Chapter 9- Going Shopping
"Why? Why did they have to be like that?" Kiyoko was sobbing uncontrollably into his shoulder.
Raido wondered again why he hadn't killed them when he'd had the chance. "Shhh. It's ok. You're safe now." He stroked her back the way one would a child's and whispered reassurances into her ear. It worked and after a few more minutes she settled down. "Are you sure you don't want to talk about it?"
She looked up at him. She knew that talking about it might help so she swallowed hard and said "if you don't mind."
"Damn!" Having heard her story Raido was sure he'd like to go back out there and hunt Fumio and Kin down, he also knew that Tsunade wouldn't allow it. He held Kiyoko close. "Are you ok?"
"I-I think so. But I don't know if I can sleep anymore. What time is it?"
"It's 1 am and you need your sleep. How about you come in and let me hold you?" Raido realized too late that he had essentially invited her into his bed and he watched her to see if it had frightened her. But she looked grateful and accepted, quietly following him into his room.
She'd fallen right back to sleep with her head resting on his chest, his arm wrapped around her and Raido had drifted off shortly after. But not before he realized that he should never have invited this beautiful, bewitching kitten into his bed. Now he'd be the one with nightmares.
Kiyoko woke to the daylight streaming though the window. She was momentarily disoriented but then remembered the nightmare and Raido's comforting arms. She thought that she was lucky to have been rescued by such a handsome and strong man, who was also actually honorable. Honor was a trait she hadn't encountered recently in men and it was refreshing. She stood up and went to find Raido.
Raido was sitting at his breakfast bar drinking coffee and contemplating the events of the night. When he thought of those two men his hands would tighten and the anger would start to rise inside of him. He was telling himself that it had less to do with Kiyoko and more to do with his innate sense of justice but, he thought, he might just be fooling himself. He reminded himself that she needed a friend right now and that was all. He looked up as the door to his bedroom opened and she came out.
"Good Morning, Kiyoko. Did you sleep well?"
"I did, after the nightmare. Thank you, again." As she approached him she noticed the scratches on his face. "What happened?"
He smiled ruefully. "I learned that I should never get in the way of you defending yourself."
"I did that! I'm so sorry!" She was mortified.
"It's ok. I'm glad you talked about it. I think it'll help. Are you hungry?"
"Starved! I can cook for us if you like?"
"Fine by me. I can cook but it's nothing special, just the basics."
She made her way into the kitchen and started looking around for what she needed. He just watched her work. None of his girlfriends had ever cooked for him, preferring instead to have him take them out. He reflected that that was the price of dating a kunoichi. It wasn't too long before Kiyoko put two plates of omelet down on the bar and then went in search of napkins and utensils.
They ate quietly both thinking about the previous night. Kiyoko wondered how long she had before she'd be alone at night. She wasn't looking forward to that.
Raido wondered how this woman could have wormed her way into his heart so quickly. It's not that he thought he loved her, he wasn't one for all that soft, squishy stuff but he'd known her for just two days and he was concerned and wanted to help her.
"Hey. Did you want to go shopping? You'll need some clothes if you're going to work. And maybe some other stuff." Raido was at a loss there, he had no idea what sorts of things girls needed to, well, be girls. "You know, shampoo and stuff."
She laughed at him, he clearly had no idea what that stuff would be. "Yeah. And you said we might be able to go by the training fields today? I'd really like to see this training."
"Sounds good. Lets get cleaned up and head out then. I think I have a spare toothbrush if you want to brush your teeth."
"Brushing my teeth would me amazing!"
They got ready and knowing that a lot training happened early in the day he took her to the training fields first. On the first field they came upon was being used by Kurenai's team. They were warming up and discussing teamwork so they moved on. The next field they came to had Tsunade herself and Sakura on it. He whispered in her ear "Be quiet so we're not a distraction." She nodded her understanding and he grabbed her and jumped up into the branches of a tree.
What she saw amazed her. Lady Tsunade was not gentle with her student and her student seemed to expect that. Sakura and she spoke for a few minutes and then they backed off from each other. Kiyoko almost screamed when Tsunade had run at Sakura with everything she had, she looked like she was going to kill her! But Sakura merely parried and hit back. In response Tsunade punched the ground beneath their feet and Kiyoko watched as it split open and Sakura leaped away to avoid falling into the hole that had appeared. Eventually they were left panting and found a place to sit. Raido had whispered in her ear, "lets go now." But as he jumped down from the tree with Kiyoko in his arms Tsunade had hollered out.
"I know you're there, Raido. Can I help you?"
Raido shrugged and walked towards her. "Good morning Lady Tsunade, Sakura."
Kiyoko followed him with trepidation. "Good morning Lady Tsunade, Sakura." She dipped her head in respect to them both. There was no way in hell she was going to risk upsetting either of them, ever.
"Oh. Good morning Kiyoko. Did Raido bring you out here to see the training?" Lady Tsunade asked.
She sounded a lot nicer this morning, perhaps training agreed with her. "I asked him to. I've never seen ninja in action before, and certainly never women ninja. You two are amazing!"
They both smiled up at her.
"Thanks. I wasn't always like this. In fact until Lady Tsunade took me on as her apprentice I was kind of weak." Sakura said this, but in Kiyoko's eyes she was a practically a goddess.
"May I ask how old you are?" She hoped she didn't sound rude.
"Of course. I'm sixteen."
SIXTEEN! "But you're so strong!"
"Well, I've been training for a long time and it's finally paid off."
Tsunade spoke up, "I'm sorry to interrupt but we have work to do. I'll see you both this afternoon."
They said their good byes and then went their separate ways.
"Thank you so much for bringing me here to see that. It was amazing!"
Raido laughed and said "Yeah well Lady Tsunade is one of the legendary sannin. And Sakura has learned a lot from her. Lets go shopping, yeah?"
"I'm actually a little hungry, if you don't mind." She realized that weeks of inadequate food was catching up to her.
"Sure. It's almost lunchtime anyway. Do you like ramen?"
They had lunch at a ramen stand and then Raido guided her through the shopping district helping her to find a few outfits and some other supplies. She had eyed a pretty scarf but put it back after looking at the price. So when she'd been busy in the shoe store trying on a pair of sandals he'd slipped back and bought it. His mom had always been adamant in saying that all girls needed pretty things.
They were weighed down by packages and groceries since they had also stopped to pick up some food when Kiyoko saw a tall man with a dark bowl cut coming towards them.
"Raido! How are you. And who is this lovely young woman with you. She is the breath of youth itself!" He bowed low to Kiyoko.
Kiyoko looked to Raido for help.
"Oh hi Guy. This is Kiyoko. Kiyoko, this is Might Guy, another sensei in the village."
"Ahh a beautiful flower in the springtime of her youth! It is lovely to meet you!" With that he was off.
Kiyoko looked at Raido, "What was that all about?"
He shrugged. "That's Guy for you. You'll find that ninja in the Hidden Leaf village come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. He's one of them."
Kiyoko thought she liked Raido's shape and size the best, then she dismissed that thought. She didn't want him to think she was falling in love with him just because he'd rescued her.
When they'd gotten to his house they dropped off their packages, put the food away and headed up to the Hokage's office for their meeting.
"Well what did you think of our training this morning Kiyoko?"
Kiyoko had been afraid that she would be angry at them for watching but she didn't seem to be. "It was amazing! I'm sure I could never be that strong. I'm glad I'm on your side!"
Raido cleared his throat.
"Yes Raido?" Tsunade turned her attention to him.
"If it's ok, I'd like to talk to you alone for a moment."
"Sure." She indicated that Sakura, who'd been sitting quietly with a book should take Kiyoko out.
"Come on. We'll get a hot chocolate." Sakura took her hand and led her to the door.
Kiyoko was more comfortable today and although she wasn't sure of it, she thought Raido might want to talk to Tsunade about her nightmare. So she went with the pretty pink haired girl.
Raido watched them leave and when the door was shut he turned back to his Hokage. "You're not going to believe what I have to tell you."