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Nanowrimo 2016 : Fire Chapter 10

Synopsis

Cross Between Alternate Universe One Punch Man and Naruto. My NanoWrimo channel. This is gonna be messy in plot and writing since it's being written on a whim. Oh, and I like to genderbend my characters, so there are going to be a female Sonic and a male Genos, because I am more comfortable writing in the perspective of a female and because these two series lack lead female perspectives. Hopefully to write lots of awkward moments.


Chapter 10
“Sasuke-kun,” Sakura called as she arrived at his desk holding a stack of folders for him to see. But… unexpectedly he wasn’t at his desk like always. She peered at the things on his desk and nothing was being moved from its usual place. She was confused it was unlike him to not start work immediately upon entering the office. She had not heard about him being sick or taking leave, both of which was rare for him.

The headphones which he would wore on his head was neatly placed on the folders, the wires neatly coiled in a circle. Sakura leaned over his desk to peer at the pen he would place on his desk in case he needed to write something and found none. She thought that this was unusual.
Sakura checked her other co-workers. The Department of Campaigns was already filled with their other office mates, but the familiar spiky haired head was nowhere to be seen. She wanted to pass him a few accounts which needed an immediate second opinion from him. These clients had some issues which needed his attention, one whose CEO died and was succeeded by his son who wanted to discontinue their contract with Uchiha Works, another was always late in payment and one account had been suspended following the CEO unable to pay after he was involved with a corruption charge.

Sighing, Sakura squeezed the folders which she was carrying and brought it to their department file keeper. She had some other matter to attend at the Department of Marketing so she couldn’t just stay at the office until Sasuke arrives.
“Good morning Kurenai-senpai.”

The red eyed file keeper glanced at Sakura and greeted in return, “Good morning Sakura-chan.”

“Kurenai-senpai please pass these folders to Sasuke-san, I need him to check these files by tomorrow.”
Kurenai nodded and frowned at Sakura, “I just saw Sasuke-san some time ago. I think he is in Itachi-san’s office.”
“Owh,” Sakura said.
She knew that if Sasuke was meeting Itachi it was most likely because he was having some sort of personal problem. He wouldn’t meet Itachi about work because Sasuke only ever needed Itachi when it comes to major decisions like the need to reject high profile clients or executing an international campaign. Other matters were mostly handled by Sasuke himself.
She didn’t want to disturb Sasuke but she wondered if he was not feeling well. She had noticed that Sasuke had been looking pale and lethargic sometimes in the past few weeks. Sakura wondered if she should ask Itachi about Sasuke. She knew Itachi wouldn’t mind since Itachi himself had at other times asked Sakura to watch over his brother. Sakura found herself standing outside Itachi’s office while pondering whether she should ask her boss about his brother when the door opened.
Sasuke’s eyes instantly met the neatly styled pink bob of his officemate the moment he opened Itachi’s office door. He moved south and his eyes met the surprised green eyes of the pink haired woman.
“Hey Sakura,” he greeted.
“Ah, hey,” Sakura greeted in response, she checked Sasuke’s flushed complexion and unusually cheery demeanour.
“Is this the right time to talk about work? I have some accounts for you to double check,” Sakura asked.
“Sure thing, bring them into Itachi’s office. We can go over them together.”
Sasuke turned back to his brother and called for Itachi, “Niisan, I need to borrow your office since you’re going out.”

In a second Itachi appeared from his office wearing a neatly pressed grey jacket suit and jeans. His black shiny hair was braided neatly on the back and swept to one side of his shoulder. He turned to Sasuke and mussed his younger brother’s hair.

“Move into Department of New Media and get your own office little brother,” Itachi smirked as he messed up Sasuke’s hair.

“I’ll think about it,” Sasuke retorted.

Sasuke then rolled his eyes and then shooed his brother away. “You should be going now Itachi, we have work to do.”

Itachi smirked at his brother and then bowed to Sakura, “Please watch over my brother Sakura-chan, I have a meeting with a client today. Maybe I won’t be back this evening because we are visiting Konoha Studios after the meeting.”

Sakura nodded and moved aside as a sign for her boss to get going.

“Yes boss,” she said. She was delighted whenever Itachi had told her to watch over Sasuke. Not that Sasuke was going to misbehave when his boss was not around but it was Itachi’s way of acknowledging Sakura’s long friendship with Sasuke. However Sakura didn’t dare comment more on that since she was not sure whether Itachi saw her as a potential sister in law or even as Sasuke’s girlfriend.

Hell, she was even unsure if Sasuke was going to reciprocate her subtle hints at wanting Sasuke and her be more than office mates.
She used to fall hard for Sasuke and had asked him out to a movie out when they were in different departments about two years ago. But Sasuke told her that he wasn’t available at night since he had plans. Sakura wondered what those plans were since he was constantly declining her invitation. Still he hadn’t comment anything at all about her at all.
Sasuke pulled Sakura inside Itachi’s office and pushed her inside. Sakura went into Itachi’s office further surprised by Itachi’s manhandling her.

“Sasuke? What’s happened?”
“I think I need to change things Sakura, tell me, what do you think about me?”

“Ah, I think you are a great co-worker, always on hand to help anyone with problem.” Sakura bit her teeth, she thought Sasuke was acting weird. He had never cared about what others think about him and today he was asking Sakura about her personal opinion on him.

Sasuke sat on the sofa and gestured for Sakura to do so. “Please have a seat too Sakura.”

Sakura blinked questioningly but still approached the sofa to be seated.

“Since we knew each other for a long time, I thought we’d do this,” Sasuke said.

Sakura was not sure what Sasuke was onto but she sat facing him waiting for the bomb to drop.

“I think I need to have someone in my life,” Sasuke started.

Finally! Sakura shouted inside. This could be the moment where Sasuke propose to her.

OH MY GOD!
“So, I need you to be on a look out for someone around our age, who is receptive of a moody and apathetic guy, someone who is independent, and most importantly knows about Uchiha Works. Anyway, don’t you need a pen and paper for that?” Sasuke rattled on.

Sakura couldn’t believe her ears. Sasuke was totally ignoring her again.

“There’s a note pad and pen on Itachi’s desk, you can use that.”

Sakura got up and awkwardly approached Itachi’s desk and fetched the pen and paper. She was very bothered.

“Maybe we should do an audition, get her to work here. I need someone who understands me and what greater way to test my future wife than let her be my co-worker. Though we can’t tell her right away that it is an audition for a wife.” Sasuke grimaced and made a face.

Sakura turned slowly and looked at Sasuke. “A wife? Really Sasuke you are looking for a wife? Why now?”

Sasuke looked at Sakura and laughed, “I know right, it was all so sudden. I am not really sure about this either, but my mother and Itachi wanted me to at least befriend someone. I am just calling it a wife project because I want to find the one. I don’t want to spend unnecessary time to get to know someone and then have a relationship for years and then waste my years getting to know them.”

Sakura braved herself, she had to somehow go along with Sasuke’s idiotic ‘project’ / ‘program’ / ‘thing’ whatever this mate searching is called. Her mouth was itching to tell him that she had been there all along and the first person he should be considering for the project wife project was Sakura Haruno and not some stranger.

She walked hesitantly towards the sofa and seated herself.

“Now, I want you to create an advertisement for an employee call out. To think again, I don’t really care whether this wife is a woman or man, so don’t state the gender. Just do a call out for an Assistant Campaigns Manager, aged 23 to 30, have experience in marketing / sales / advertising, live locally, that criteria is a bonus because the closer she lived the more time she could spend at work and the more I will get to know her.”

“Mmm Sasuke-kun, don’t you want someone you already know?” Sakura asked.

Sakura paused for thinking, but then he said, “Itachi suggested to m, but I want to cast my net... wider. I already know everyone here but it would help to know if there are someone more compatible with me out there.”


Sakura sighed, really she didn’t see Sasuke to be this dumb. She had pegged him for being a brilliant campaigns manager but it appeared he was ignorant and stupid when it comes to the matter of the heart.

“Sasuke-kun why this sudden with the wife thing?” Sakura queried. She was bothered and angry but she still wrote down Sasuke’s demand, this was one campaign she wasn’t looking forward to manage.

“These past few days things had happened. I don’t want to die without experiencing human things, Itachi said i have been self absorbed for too long.”

Sakura gaped at Sasuke, she almost said. I could be your baby mama if you would just ask me.
“Sakura, would you do the honour of doing this campaign for me, I’d pay you triple the normal charge,” Sasuke was suddenly on one knee and was looking at Sakura from below.

Sakura’s head was spinning, she saw Sasuke in a white tuxedo kneeling to propose to her and the image crumbled and faded with his proposal.

“Haaa,” was all she could reply.

“Ok then, thanks for agreeing and now I need to go to the hairdresser for a haircut. Can’t get the new staff seeing their boss like this right.” Sasuke said as he was up on his two feet and was opening the door for Sakura.

“Come on, you must have a tonne of thing to do. I’ll go over the accounts after I return from the hair dresser’s. Thanks Sakura, I know you’d understand me and would help me with this.

Sasuke nudged Sakura’s unmoving body slightly and she automatically got up and exited Itachi’s office. She walked until she reached her desk.

“Well see you around Sakura, we’ll get down to the campaigns details tomorrow.”

Sasuke waved at Sakura and got out the office. He was the boss’s son but it was rare for him to abuse his position for his personal errands. Sakura ignored that fact and sat at her desk with the pen and paper still in her hands. She was shocked, bothered and angry. She sighed and slumped on her desk and wailed inwardly. There was only so much ignorance that a woman can take.

Sakura decided that she would do something about this, thought she knew Sasuke had no inclinations towards her at all before, and it was absurd for him to suddenly notice her now. But… she would have to try, he seemed like he was searching for a wife only, so he was looking for someone practical and suitable for him at this moment. Sakura knew she could adapt, she would have to adapt she thought as her co-workers looked questioningly at her worn down figure. _______________________________________________________________
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Nanowrimo 2016 : Fire Chapter 9

Synopsis

Cross Between Alternate Universe One Punch Man and Naruto. My NanoWrimo channel. This is gonna be messy in plot and writing since it's being written on a whim. Oh, and I like to genderbend my characters, so there are going to be a female Sonic and a male Genos, because I am more comfortable writing in the perspective of a female and because these two series lack lead female perspectives. Hopefully to write lots of awkward moments.


Chapter 9


Two weeks ago Sasuke was busy thinking about his dream, what those eyes had meant, why he could never reach them in his dreams and most importantly why Itachi had appeared in his dream that one time he was at Deidara’s office.

He was not bothered by Itachi’s cameo appearance in his dream, but he was intrigued. It showed that Itachi affected him more than he was aware. As his big brother, Sasuke had major respect for him and It wasn't strange but Sasuke need to know more.

Deidara had asked Sasuke about his childhood, about what type of siblings relationship did he and Itachi had. Of course they were close.

“There's only two of us,” Sasuke admitted.

First and foremost when Deidara asked how Itachi was as a brother, Sasuke remembered the good memories because he had plenty of that with Itachi. Itachi was a good brother and Sasuke was certain that even if they were married and lived oceans apart, they would still be able to maintain their close bond despite arguments are anything coming in between.

But as sons to business parents, Itachi and Sasuke had to endure a lot of unwanted opinions from people who liked to compare between them two. Itachi was a fast learner, very obedient, outgoing and was popular among their aunties. On the other hand, Sasuke was reserved, quite dependent on his mother and Itachi for attention and companion, and was never comfortable in a public situation if there was no immediate need.

When Itachi was 10 year old, Sasuke remembered his father bringing home a school bag saying that Itachi’s bag was needing replacement. Sasuke saw the bag and was instantly jealous over it, so when Itachi was busy demonstrating the bag in front of their parents, 5 year old Sasuke had gone to his room to sulk. When dinner time came, Itachi had wondered why Sasuke was so solemn and moody. Sasuke declined to explain and their parents didn’t bother to ask him, only noting that Sasuke had no need for a school bag since he had all his things at the school and at their study room.

That night Itachi talked to Sasuke about his new bag, saying that Sasuke would have to be patient with some things. The sulky preschooler was silent when Itachi began explaining. Sasuke didn’t understand why their parents can’t buy two of the same bags since they work and they seem to have fine things in their life. In response Itachi showed him children with torn bags and some even brought plastic bags to put their books in, and bring that plastic to school. It took awhile before Sasuke realized that these people were unfortunate.

Itachi had explained that though their parents were capable of buying them a bag for everyday of the school year, there was no sense in buying things and wasting. Not that giving Sasuke a bag was a wasteful thing to do. It was just more practical to not buy something when you have no need for it. Sasuke was confused and it took him years before he finally understood the difference between need and demand.

On the surface, Deidara interpreted Sasuke’s dream as a deep seated want to emulate his brother but something was holding him down. The blond dream interpreter had used a dream reference manual to interpret Sasuke’s dream. He said the interpretation was only his view and opinion. It was all up to Sasuke to believe in it or not.

Deidara said he would need a few days to prepare an in depth report of what Sasuke’s dreams meant and what he should do if it was bothering him in the future. Deidara’s parting words were, “dreams are windows to your soul, sometimes it means something, but sometimes it's just a play of your mind.”

A week ago his dream report had arrived at his apartment. But Sasuke declined to open it, just putting it on his dining table until he had time to browse over it. He had put off opening it until today.

There was nothing on tv and Sasuke glanced at the report. Slowly he stood and grabbed for the envelope, wondering would his life change.


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Sasuke had just started living on his own about a year ago because Mikoto wanted him to be independent and manage his own personal life though she was sure that Sasuke would only spend all his time being a hermit at home. Sasuke didn’t bother to find a housemate since he was apprehensive about the housemate bringing in strangers. He also never brought anyone home, preferring to visit Itachi’s and their parent's house, than the other way around. Sasuke spent little time at home, preferring to spend it at the office, events or at his parent’s house about 7 kilometers from here.

Sitting on his sofa Sasuke flipped to the last page of Deidara’s typed report regarding his dream. The segment was titled…


Prologue

While this report is based on a five year research and case study, it is in no way should be regarded as the formal answer to the meaning of this person’s dream. Each person would be the best judge in how to handle their dreams and nightmares. I could only advise and offer my insight on the dream world. For a more precise description please contact me for a sharing session.

Sasuke chuckled, Deidara still managed to promote his business at the end of his report. That was a good business strategy,quite annoying but it helped the company to.achieve at least a percentage of attention from the public though he was sure he would be burning the report after he was finished reading it.

Sasuke then started reading the ten page report. It started with analogy on dreams, the exact words Deidara had told him.

“Dreams are windows to your soul, sometimes it means something, but sometimes it's just a play of your mind.”

Then it had two pages of ‘Definitions of elements’ present in Sasuke’s dreams and what it could symbolise. Elements like the eye, what red might mean, why there was resistance in a dreamer unable to approach his dream subject, and why someone is present in a dream.

Sasuke flipped the case study describing him and went directly to the page on interpretation of his dream. He read it for a quiet ten minutes before closing it and putting it on his coffees table.

He laughed until he was crying. It rang true, everything the dream interpretation said was things he had thought about from time to time, but he kept shoving them away for later. Today they all came crashing in him.

Sasuke palmed his face in a mix of emotion: happiness, sadness and regret. Regret was something he had been shoving to the back of his head, regret regarding his life in general. He felt like he had a quarter life crisis, like everything he did was mediocre.

Sasuke flipped back to the page on Definitions of Elements, looking at what the eyes and redness meant. They were defined as, “ Raw energy, force, vigour, power, courage, impulsiveness and passion.”

Deidara had mentioned that redness in eyes could mean, “deep emotional and spiritual connotations.” So Sasuke closed his eyes and remembered the red eyes looking at him, he never saw whose face the red eyes belonged to, but those e eyes were enough to catch him. The swirling red commas or tomoes as Deidara had called were moving in circles before settling in its place and calling Sasuke to it. Based in its description, it symbolizes power and raw force which Sasuke knew he was lacking. He couldn't reach those eyes time and time again because he was reluctant to escape his comfort zone. Like right now he had been stalling his mother's demand for him to head the New Media Department because he thought he was too junior for that post. So he kept changing departments after a year to gain experience until he was finally in his current department under Itachi. He loved his job at the campaigns department, mostly because he could his brother every day since they were no longer living under one roof. Their mother sometimes came by the office especially after Itachi returned from overseas work visit. Sasuke was very comfortable and he realized this was what the dream meant.

He needed something raw, a wake up call from his current state. In a nutshell, Sasuke was stagnant in life, work, relationship and with his own self. He had led a life with no challenges, maybe except when it came to his relationship with his family. They weren’t the most dysfunctional nor were they the most happy, but that one thing kept him afloat. He was making himself dull and complacent, and underneath it all he damaging himself.

What was Itachi doing in his dream. Itachi was part of the thing which made Sasuke be where he was. He was happy just sitting by Itachi letting his brother shine, he thought that was it. His dream meant that he wanted the same thing happening to Itachi but was too afraid to be just that. He was younger than 30 year old Itachi, who in time will be promoted to a higher management position. Sasuke thought there was no leader material in himself, he was better off working along than managing a team of people like Itachi. They were involved in the entertainment business and Sasuke knew he didn't have the ability to face their clients and still be himself like Itachi. His nii-san was a people's person unlike him.

Sasuke realized that he had been afraid of pursuing his full potential all along. He had been hiding in his nii-san’s shadows for a few years now. His mother had told him that she would be waiting for him to fill the position, but Sasuke realized that she wouldn't be waiting forever. Filling the position as head of New Media wasn't just about getting an upgrade, it was also realizing that he had to grow up and see that life is not just about himself.

Sasuke looked around his house, at the barren model style he had adopted for his comfort. There was nothing which screams unique, and that was something Sasuke kept in his life. All throughout his life, he maintained a constant style which is very self dependent and lackluster. He barely had friends if not for his office mates who respected him as a good employee of Uchiha Works, and subtly as son of the big boss.

Sasuke got up and walked to his balcony and stopped by his apartment’s sliding doors separating his living room and balcony. He peered from the sheer curtain to the pool just outside his balcony. Sasuke’s apartment was on level three. He could just jump from his balcony into the pool of he could manage a ten meter gap from his balcony to the pool. Sasuke shoved that thought away and smiled at himself.

If his office mates were to know about the silly things sometimes swirling in his brain, they wouldn't be treating him like right now. He was only human no more different than them.

His officemates mostly talked to him on a working basis except Sakura. She was the only one who never let his status as the boss’s son to intimidate her friendship with him. She was the only person who cared to talk to him after school ended. Sasuke closed his media social account awhile back and only kept his emails because it was standard communication tool. He never found joy in updating his daily activities or anything to his friends. With his family was another story, he knew his father had a network of security all over town to keep an eye on their precious sons.

Sasuke marvelled at Sakura, she was single and that was weird because she took care of people around her like a mother hen. She was always extending invitation to Sasuke to have lunch with people he could tolerate. She knew his comfort level and that was something Sasuke had just now realized.

So his dream was just about him afraid of branching out for his future. Sasuke laughed again until he lay curled on the floor. He needed a long talk with his ini-san tomorrow morning.

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“Good morning Sasuke, how can I help you?” Itachi asked without taking his eyes off his laptop.

“With my life,” the younger man said.

Sasuke closed the door behind him, noting that his brother was wearing his jacket suit. So he checked his time and saw that it was 15 minutes past eight am. His brother would be out the door in fifteen.

Itachi glanced at his brother's unusually casual clothes and sunglasses. “Heading somewhere directly after work?” he asked.

Sasuke plopped on his brother’s sofa and took off his sunglasses.

“No.I just couldn't be bothered with ironing today and mom told me we can dress casually anyway.”

Itachi smirked, “You never dressed casually at the office unlike half of the others.”

“Time for a change maybe,” Sasuke smirked back.

Itachi finished typing and closed his laptop. He walked over to Sasuke and perched on his side’s armrest.

“Now, what life are you talking about?”

“This?” Sasuke pointed his finger to himself.
“What seems to be the exact problem?”

“Well…” Sasuke started. Suddenly he was wary that Itachi would be laughing at him. But this was his brother who held him while he cried from falling down a flat ground.

“I think I want to change my life around. I want to explore my full potential.”

Itachi smiled and let out a low laugh. “That's what I've been egging you on, and you only wanted this after I appeared in your dream?”

“No, that wasn't it. I've realized it long ago, but I was afraid.”

Sasuke grimaced and bent forward, his eyes fixed into his shoes. “I am afraid of the inevitable, I was always in your shadows for the longest time and I was comfortable being just that.”

Itachi frowned and moved to sit beside his brother. “I am more concerned about you feeling like that, you don't have to change just because of me. You have to be your own person, but you make me feel guilty about my shadow.”

Sasuke smirked and turned to see the playful smirk on his brother's face.

“You are always joking around even when I'm like this,” Sasuke pouted. He hadn't pouted for awhile now. It was childish but Sasuke wanted to feel childish right now.

“It's about time you realize that we have been pushing things at you and you don't take it until you realized something. Mom said you aren't like me, I was an obedient child while you rebelled all the way. But mom being mom just told me and dad to wait. Look, you finally accepted it became you wanted it.”

Sasuke let those words sink into him. He realized that his family know more about him than he thought. Then he felt Itachi’s smirk on him.

“Don't you have somewhere to go?” Sasuke asked and glanced at his brother's jacket, it was new for sure. And then he saw a glint on his brother's ring finger. He pulled his brother's hand onto his face and saw that it was a platinum engagement ring.

“What’s this?” he let go of his brother's hand and frowned. If his nii-san was getting engaged it was a total surprise. dO I mom and that know about this?”

“Yes. She proposed to me this morning.”

“Who?” Sasuke demanded. He hardly saw Itachi going out with anyone. To think back, he never knew who his brother's girlfriends were.

“It took me by surprise too. We had been the longest of friends and she suddenly popped the question while I was making coffee.”

“Tell me who is it Nii-san?” Sasuke whined. He really was bothersome when he needs to be.

“You'll meet her at dinner tomorrow night. Be home at 7.”

Sasuke pouted again. Itachi would carry his secret to the grave if he needed to.


The next day Sasuke continued to bug his brother for his future sister-in law’s identity. But Itachi just shoved him aside verbally and bribed Sasuke if he would just stop asking. Sasuke agreed and asked for a motorbike in return. Itachi just rolled his eyes at his brother's childish acts.

Itachi thought he was finally free from today's brotherly assault. He was preparing a paperwork for a new account when Sasuke said.

“Maybe I need a wife too?”

Itachi’s eye widened at his brother’s statement. “What the hell Sasuke?”

He saved his documents and looked at his not so little, younger brother but surely a naive one.

“Yeah. I need a companion.”

“That's absurd. You don't just marry for the sake of companionship or because of this quarter life crisis you're having. What are you thinking Sasuke?”

Sasuke paused and thought, he might taking things drastically but it was a change. Maybe he needed someone to knock reality into him. Someone who could work with him on any kind of situation.

“This is real nii-san, I need someone.”

Itachi sighed and searched his brain for an idea. As mature as he was, the couple, marriage and love subject was something he was very new in. It was unlike his love for his family which knows no bound.

“How about someone you already know?” Itachi thought about Sakura, that was someone who knew Sasuke for a long time. And if he wasn't mistaken, Sakura was one of the few person who have had lunch with his brother.

“Hnnn.”

“So?”

“I need someone else. She's a friend.”

“And why is a friend a bad choice for a wife?”

“She already has a perception of me, the old me. I don't want that.”

Itachi sighed, “Sasuke really, you can't want someone to be an ideal version of your dream girl. She does not exist.”

“In that case, I'll do an audition?”

Itachi sighed again but then smiled. He realized Sasuke was the same old inside, still insecure and afraid. But if he wants change, Sasuke would have to do it on his own pace.”

“Just do what feels right for you. If she turned out to be a failure, don't reject her without explanation. Tell her your intentions.”

“Thanks Itachi, I'll get on it right away. Maybe I should ask Sakura to help. It would be awkward to push this campaign alone.” Sasuke smirked at his own words.

Itachi took his jacket from his chair and wore it. “I'm off now. You want to follow?”

“Hnnn,” Sasuke said.

“Well then see you later little brother.”

Sasuke led his brother to exit the office when his eyes fixed onto Sakura’s green eyes.

“Hey Sakura,” he greeted.

Itachi smirked when he heard Sasuke spoke. He would sure love to see how this played out. Exiting the office he inwardly wished his brother good luck in his wife finding mission.

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Read all the chapters here - Fire - A Fanfiction

Nanowrimo 2016 : Fire Chapter 8

Synopsis

Cross Between Alternate Universe One Punch Man and Naruto. My NanoWrimo channel. This is gonna be messy in plot and writing since it's being written on a whim. Oh, and I like to genderbend my characters, so there are going to be a female Sonic and a male Genos, because I am more comfortable writing in the perspective of a female and because these two series lack lead female perspectives. Hopefully to write lots of awkward moments.

Chapter 8


Genos flew forty feet above ground to survey the landscape for his target, but in a matter of seconds he located the monster which was positioned only a killometer away. The red dinosaur like monster was standing doing nothing but Genos knew better than to underestimate the potential threat it possess. He saw that the monster was standing taller than the trees behind it, his calculations showed him that it was twenty feet tall. He saw that the monster was giving no sign of wanting to start an immediate fight, so he resorted to communicate with it first. Genos was a hundred metres away when the monster turned to it. It showed no response so Genos flew closer until he was thirty metres away. He zoomed onto the monster’s eyes and saw that the monster was looking directly at him.

“I am Genos from Konoha Hero Association. What are you here for?” Genos asked.

The monster let out a low rumble of laugh and then lifted it’s hand to reveal a light ball in it’s palm.

In response Genos readied himself into an attack stance. He aimed his right palm at the twelve foot monster standing twenty metres away from him. He activated his blasters in its lowest setting, showing the monster what his weapons were. He calculated his opponent’s potential firepower and possible next attack.

They were both facing each other in a clearance amongst trees  which a few kilometres from the city center so he had to also bear in mind that if the field caught fire from their blasts the fight would probably resume in the cities. There are about 10,000 people in the city alone so he better warn Konoha Hero Association first. He sent a note via his wireless connection to Konoha Hero Association (KHA) and then mapped out a few attack strategies.

“State your purpose,” Genos warned the monster in a neutral tone.

“Hahahaha,” the monster laughed. It's idiotic laughter booming across the field.

“We came here to terrorize Konoha, we will quash everything, blaze your house, your friends and families, until only ashes under our feet,” wailed the monster. Then it continued to laugh until Genos couldn’t stand anymore but as a hero they had a code of conduct above all since the monster didn’t start any attack yet.

Genos readied his other palm for attack and warned, “If that’s what you want then I have this to say to you, Konoha is not yours to destroy. The people of Leaf and its protectors will defend it till its dying breath”

“Hahahahha, whatever, you are going down first,” the monster said.

Without any hesitation following the ignorant statement from the monster, Genos sent a concentrated shot aimed at the monster's chest. The monster cried from being hit and flopped on its side while wailing painfully.

The crowd chanted Genos’ name and everyone cheered. Genos only then realized that he had an audience all along.

A woman’s voice boomed across the field. “Let’s give a standing ovation to our hero Genos the Demon Cyborg!” Then Genos noticed the camera drones which was shooting him in action.

Genos quickly relaxed and shut down his blazers. He flew down and a voice came into his ears. “Mr Genos please return to the stage for the remainder of the session, and that was a great show!”

“Ok.” was all Genos had said.

It was indeed all a show. When the company Super Mosquito Killer had approached him to grace the event, Genos thought that it was just a normal publicity function. He realized that he was still a novelty in Konoha being dubbed ‘Demon Cyborg’ with his orange eyes. The fangirls and fanaunts made the bulk of his fanteams. Genos didn’t usually mind them so he agreed to grace the event and it was also a way to connect with the citizens in a safe surroundings.

At the first meeting the CEO of Super Mosquito Killer, Mei Terumi was instantly taken by Genos. She asked for Genos to do a simple presentation for the Meet The Hero session and he had agreed to it. But when the day approached the ‘simple presentation’ had turned into a fight sequel. If Sonic had known about this she would have commented “They could kiss my arse for all I care and I still won’t do it.” But Genos, he would do it because he was a very compliant person when it comes to cheering the public and they offered to recommend his security services to their counterparts for no charge at al. Mei Terumi had offered him a hefty payment for doing the show but Genos declined, he hadn’t flexed action muscles for awhile. After they had done a rehearsal and made sure that the mock fight wouldn’t harm the public Genos prepared himself to treat the fight scene aka mock fight as something real. Genos didn’t have it in him to be a an actor so he had to think of this something real. He was assured that the public would be placed faraway and there would be cameras shooting him and the fight would be viewed on a giant stage at the event location.

Genos finally landed on a raised stage and glanced to his behind where the monster caught on fire was already being hosed down with water by firefighters.

“Thank you Genos the Demon Cyborg, let's welcome the newest addition to our Konoha Hero Association,” a host called upon Genos and the crowd.

Genos looked at a green mint haired woman who flew down towards him. She had huge transparent colourful wings which reminded him of dragonfly wings.

“My name is Fu, from Konoha Hero Association and I am your host for today. Now everyone thank you for joining us in this meet the hero session courtesy of Super Mosquito Killer, the number one mosquito killer, efficient and deadly.”

The crowd cheered and clapped. A few whistled and phones were being pushed upwards to get a shot of Genos.

“What you just saw was an awesome display of Monster vs Hero fight which we had seen just now. Imagine a twenty foot monster, with malicious threat coming to destroy Konoha, but we hope that will never be as we now have Demon Cyborg to help defend us.”

Genos smiled at the crowd and then gave a wave. He glanced again to his back and at the monster - monster effigy behind him which was being gathered into a truck to be taken away. The monster was a mechanized puppet made from plastic and metal. Genos knew real monsters would be much vicious than that, some wouldn’t even boast but would approach with rapid fire burning the city into ashes just like they had during the Battle Of Monsters. His thought was with Saitama and he hoped that Saitama-sensei was doing ok in his investigation.

“Say hello to Genos everyone!” the host continued and pulling Genos back to reality.

“Genos, marry me!” someone shouted amongst the crowd.

Genos scanned the crowd and zeroed in on the woman who shouted a marriage proposal to him. His eyes and ears acutely picking her face from the crowd. She was older than him and she was quite pretty. Genos smirked at her and she let out a cry of joy and threw Genos a flying kiss.

“What you have seen just now is a splendid display or power and with us today specially for this event. How are you doing now Mr Genos?”

Genos closed the distance between him and the host and then smiled as Fu handed him another she had grabbed from a side table microphone.

“It feels great to be here today amonsgt people of Konoha. Thank you for accepting me into the community.” Genos waved to the crowd before him. He could see Mei Terumi and her officers standing under a tent on a corner of the event venue. They were doing the event in an open area in the edge of the city because they wanted the mock fight at an unpopulated area but still closer to the city.

“I am sure Konoha would love to get upclose and personal with you, tell us more about yourself. Oh, I can see those girls taking selfies from over there. Don’t worry girls, we will have an autograph booth if you purchase Super Mosquito Killer’s starter pack at rm49.90. For more details please proceed to the counter on your right. So Genos tell us about yourself.”

“Thank you Fu,” Genos started. He scanned the venue and could see that he barely know anyone here. He smiled a little larger and said, “I was not always a cyborg. A massacre happened in my village and I was only left with a brain, and a good doctor saved me and gave me a whole new body. I have been roaming from city to city for any hints of the one who was responsible for the massacre and found a sensei who taught me everything about being a hero. It is because of him that I became a hero under Hero Association of City A

Genos flew forty feet above ground to survey the landscape for his target, but in a matter of seconds he located the monster which was positioned only a killometre away. The red dinosaur like monster was standing doing nothing but Genos knew better than to underestimate the potential threat it possess. He saw that the monster was standing taller than the trees behind it, his calculations showed him that it was twenty feet tall. He saw that the monster was giving no sign of wanting to start an immediate fight, so he resorted to communicate with it first. Genos was a hundred metres away when the monster turned to it. It showed no response so Genos flew closer until he was thirty metres away. He zoomed onto the monster’s eyes and saw that the monster was looking directly at him.

“I am Genos from Konoha Hero Association. What are you here for?” Genos asked.

The monster let out a low rumble of laugh and then lifted it’s hand to reveal a light ball in it’s palm.

In response Genos readied himself into an attack stance. He aimed his right palm at the twelve foot monster standing twenty metres away from him. He activated his blasters in its lowest setting, showing the monster what his weapons were. He calculated his opponent’s potential firepower and possible next attack.

They were both facing each other in a clearance amongst trees  which a few kilometres from the city center so he had to also bear in mind that if the field caught fire from their blasts the fight would probably resume in the cities. There are about 10,000 people in the city alone so he better warn Konoha Hero Association first. He sent a note via his wireless connection to Konoha Hero Association (KHA) and then mapped out a few attack strategies.

“State your purpose,” Genos warned the monster in a neutral tone.

“Hahahaha,” the monster laughed. It's idiotic laughter booming across the field.

“We came here to terrorize Konoha, we will quash everything, blaze your house, your friends and families, until only ashes under our feet,” wailed the monster. Then it continued to laugh until Genos couldn’t stand anymore but as a hero they had a code of conduct above all since the monster didn’t start any attack yet.

Genos readied his other palm for attack and warned, “If that’s what you want then I have this to say to you, Konoha is not yours to destroy. The people of Leaf and its protectors will defend it till its dying breath”

“Hahahahha, whatever, you are going down first,” the monster said.

Without any hesitation following the ignorant statement from the monster, Genos sent a concentrated shot aimed at the monster's chest. The monster cried from being hit and flopped on its side while wailing painfully.

The crowd chanted Genos’ name and everyone cheered. Genos only then realized that he had an audience all along.

A woman’s voice boomed across the field. “Let’s give a standing ovation to our hero Genos the Demon Cyborg!” Then Genos noticed the camera drones which was shooting him in action.

Genos quickly relaxed and shut down his blazers. He flew down and a voice came into his ears. “Mr Genos please return to the stage for the remainder of the session, and that was a great show!”

“Ok.” was all Genos had said.

It was indeed all a show. When the company Super Mosquito Killer had approached him to grace the event, Genos thought that it was just a normal publicity function. He realized that he was still a novelty in Konoha being dubbed ‘Demon Cyborg’ with his orange eyes. The fangirls and fanaunts made the bulk of his fanteams. Genos didn’t usually mind them so he agreed to grace the event and it was also a way to connect with the citizens in a safe surroundings.

At the first meeting the CEO of Super Mosquito Killer, Mei Terumi was instantly taken by Genos. She asked for Genos to do a simple presentation for the Meet The Hero session and he had agreed to it. But when the day approached the ‘simple presentation’ had turned into a fight sequel. If Sonic had known about this she would have commented “They could kiss my arse for all I care and I still won’t do it.” But Genos, he would do it because he was a very compliant person when it comes to cheering the public and they offered to recommend his security services to their counterparts for no charge at al. Mei Terumi had offered him a hefty payment for doing the show but Genos declined, he hadn’t flexed action muscles for awhile. After they had done a rehearsal and made sure that the mock fight wouldn’t harm the public Genos prepared himself to treat the fight scene aka mock fight as something real. Genos didn’t have it in him to be a an actor so he had to think of this something real. He was assured that the public would be placed faraway and there would be cameras shooting him and the fight would be viewed on a giant stage at the event location.

Genos finally landed on a raised stage and glanced to his behind where the monster caught on fire was already being hosed down with water by firefighters.

“Thank you Genos the Demon Cyborg, let's welcome the newest addition to our Konoha Hero Association,” a host called upon Genos and the crowd.

Genos looked at a green mint haired woman who flew down towards him. She had huge transparent colourful wings which reminded him of dragonfly wings.

“My name is Fu, from Konoha Hero Association and I am your host for today.” The crowd cheered with her introduction and Genos gauged the audience’s reaction. He assumed that she was a well known hero in Konoha too though he had not met her the few times he was at Konoha Hero Association (KHA) office. The KHA had not done any meeting unlike the first meeting where Genos and Saitama had met all of the S class heroes san a Metal Knight, following an attack which could spell an end of their world, or even world. Genos had concluded the only time heroes ever met was maybe during emergencies.

When the cheers died down Fu interrupted. “Thanks for the love, I thought you all had forgotten me seeing the Demon Cyborg by my side. On with the show, everybody, thank you for joining us in this meet the hero session courtesy of Super Mosquito Killer, the number one mosquito killer in Japan and Malaysia, efficient killer in your palm.”

The crowd cheered and clapped not at the mosquito repellent but at Genos. A few girls and boys whistled and phones were being pushed upwards to get a shot of Genos.

“What you just saw was an awesome display of Monster vs Hero fight. No monsters was destroyed in the process, unfortunately. Imagine a twenty foot monster, with malicious threat coming to destroy Konoha, but we hope that will never be a huge threat to us, as we now have Demon Cyborg to help defend Konoha.

The crowd cheered and Genos smiled at the crowd and then gave a wave. He glanced again to his back and at the monster – a mechanized paper, plastic and metal effigy - was being gathered into a truck to be taken away. Genos knew real monsters would be much more vicious than that both in shape and manner. Most of the monsters Genos had met would greet the heroes with a boastful introduction before attacking, but some wouldn’t even stop to say hi and instead approach them with rapid attacks burning the city into ashes just like they had during the Battle Of Monsters. That brought his thoughts to Saitama and he hoped that Saitama-sensei was doing ok in his investigation. Last he heard Saitama was somewhere in ASEAN following a believable lead.

“Say hello to Genos everyone!” the host continued and pulling Genos back to reality.

“Genos, marry me!” someone shouted amongst the crowd.

Genos scanned the crowd and zeroed in on the woman who shouted a marriage proposal to him. His eyes and ears acutely picking her face from the crowd. She was older than him and she was quite pretty. Genos smirked at her and she let out a cry of joy and threw Genos a flying kiss.

“What you have seen just now is a splendid display or power and with us today specially for this event. How are you doing now Mr Genos?”

Genos closed the distance between him and the host and then smiled as Fu handed him another she had grabbed from a side table microphone.

“It feels great to be here today amonsgt people of Konoha. Thank you for accepting me into the community.” Genos waved to the crowd before him. He could see Mei Terumi and her officers standing under a tent on a corner of the event venue. They were doing the event in an open area in the edge of the city because they wanted the mock fight at an unpopulated area but still closer to the city.

“I am sure Konoha would love to get upclose and personal with you, tell us more about yourself. Oh, I can see those girls taking selfies from over there. Don’t worry girls, we will have an autograph booth if you purchase Super Mosquito Killer’s starter pack at rm49.90. For more details please proceed to the counter on your right. So Genos tell us about yourself.”

“Thank you Fu,” Genos started. He scanned the venue and could see that he barely know anyone here. He smiled a little larger and said, “I was not always a cyborg. A massacre happened in my village and I was only left with a brain, and a good doctor saved me and gave me a whole new body. I have been roaming from city to city for any hints of the one who was responsible for the massacre and found a sensei who taught me everything about being a hero. It is because of him that I became a hero under Hero Association and following the aftermath of Battle Of Monsters had to recuperate while waiting for a new body. Then while the cities were being evacuated and some of the heroes travelled overseas to investigate the forces behind the Battle, I was scouted by Mayor Tsunade..” Genos quickly scanned the area and found Mayor Tsunade talking to a white haired tall man.

“As I was saying, she scouted me and offered me to be a part of Konoha Hero Association for two years and also to upgrade my skills in battle and exchange knowledge with my fellow heroes in Konoha Hero Association,” Genos turned to Fu and smiled at her.

“Well, welcome to Konoha. How about your current life here, what do you do apart from being a hero?” Fu said.

It was a trivial question actually, but Genos knew many of Konohans would probably ask the same question. Konoha was considered a safe city until a few attacks which had been thwarted by Maito and Rock Lee the Green Beasts. A crazed Konoha citizen by the name of Zetsu had been doing animal hybrid experiment at his secluded home and unleashed a terror of carnivourous plant and animal a year ago. It was reminiscent of the happenings in where Genos was from and when Mayor Tsunade heard that the heroes of cities A to E were down with no activity following the Batlle, she had looked into recruiting Genos to KHA.

“Apart from training and learning more about Konoha battle tactics and exchanging knowledge with the Association and fellow heroes, I am currently doing freelance work with my partner Miss Sonic.”

“Miss Sonic?”
“Is that your girlfriend?”
“I thought he’s single”.

Genos enhanced hearing could pick up the faint comments and questions among the crowd but he ignored them.

“We hope that you have a nice day in Konoha and we will talk with Genos the Demon Cyborg later, thank you Genos. Next up is Kurenai and Asuma with their legendary swords and weapons skill. Be mesmerized.”

The crowd cheered and Fu whispered into Genos’ ear, “Maybe we can exit via flight instead of walking out?” Genos nodded at her suggestion and then grabbed her waist and activated his thrusters. “Get ready Miss Fu.”

“Goodbye everyone and thank you for the lovely time,” he said and him and Fu flew away to the guests’ tent. Everyone cheered and wolf whistled at them He had Fu shrieking delightfully at his sudden stunt of grabbing her and flew away like that.

When they landed in the closed off area of the guests’s tent Fu laughed and wriggled from her grip.

“Sorry about that,” Genos said smirking naughtily. He had begun to be infected by Sonic’s naughty nature he thought, spontaneity was indeed fun.

“That was fun, but I have my own wings Genos. Hahahha,” Fu laughed until she tumbled over a table while walking out, luckily Rock Lee was just besid her and caught her in time.

“Be careful Miss Fu, how about learning Taijutsu from us?” Rock Lee gave his best hero pose to Fu.

“That would be good, but you all seem to be so busy with your charity taijutsu class, do you actually have time for me? Fu said while still heaving from her sudden flight.

“Sure, Gai-sensei would happily slot you in anytime you find the free time to come along.”

“Ah, then let me check my schedule first,” Fu said. She then remembered that she was supposed to take Genos to the dining area to have brunch. “Excuse me Lee-san, I have to take Genos along for brunch, call my people to arrange things later.”

Rock Lee was this time balancing a huge vase of flower on his index finger and Genos looked around, he was sure the vase came out of nowhere.

“Sure thing, I will let my PR call yours. Have a nice brunch, beautiful flower,” Lee said.

Fu laughed and grabbed for Genos’ hand and pulled him along. The trudged along a few tents and entered the dining area. There were a few dark haired people inside and Genos saw that they all had white eyes, the closer he came he could see that their eyes weren’t white but a really light lavender.

“Good morning Mr Hyugaas and Miss Hyuga. The four long haired people looked at her and then said, “Good morning Miss Fu.”

“This is Genos-kun, here under invitation from Mayor Tsunade,” she said.

“Please be seated and have lunch with us Miss Fu and Genos-kun,” one of the older looking lavender eyed people invited them.

Genos let a small smile appear on his fae, he didn’t want to appear to be unfriendly. Who knows that they might be his clients one day, he knew Sonic would be useless in the networking division so he did all the clients scouring while Sonic took care of the dirty job. He then noticed that the four were wearing kimono and haori and he noticed that the two younger people were actually a woman and a pretty man. He slightly glanced to the other older men and then noticed they looked totally alike.

“Sure, thank you Hiashi-sama,” Fu said happily. “Genos, these members of one of the prominent clan in Konoha, “Hiashi and Hizashi-sama, their children Neji-san and Hinata-chan. They are owners of the Hyuga Corps, the company which provides electricity to Konoha.”

They all nodded and Genos and he tensed at having to eat with them, but then Hinata broke into a smile, “I am a fan of Saitama-sensei… I lllike how… how he is a hero with no flashy clothes and just an awesome sense of justice.” Hinata blushed.

Genos smiled and bent to honour them, “Thank you Hinata-chan, he would love to hear your praises.”
“Now, let’s sit down and Waiter!!!” Fu called for an approaching employee who wore an apron around his waist with a cap on his head.

As they sat beside the Hyuga, Fu who must have been very close to everyone in Konoha made a quick comment regarding the Hyuuga, “Neji and Hinata are psychics and they are part of KHA too.”

Genos tried remembering that and noted that there were even normal looking heroes. Ok, so the Hyuga don’t really look normal at all but still in their kimono and haoris looked very normal.

“Fu, don’t forget us.”

“Ah, sorry Hiashi-sama, my favourite twins of all Konoha are also psychics but they have since retired to run their business.” Fu explained as she thanked the waiter for handing her the menu.

Hiashi shot her a glare while Hizashi ruffled her mint green hair. Fu just laughed with adoration.
Genos received his menu and promptly browsed for something none oily and fish based. He noted fish soup and decided to order it with rice.

“Would you like to order now miss?” asked the waiter who stood purposely beside their table.

Fu smiled at the waiter and made her order… but a male voice proceeded “She's ordering beef hotpot and Genos-kun, fish soup with rice. Drinks, iced green tea and coffee.”

Fu looked at Hiashi and pouted, “Uncle, there's no need to flaunt your powers around.”

Genos nodded in amusement at their exchange.

“These are my godfathers actually. My mom was also a hero and when she died giving birth to me. I lived at the Hyuga Village until I got these wings and became a jinchuuriki at 12, well cut story short I entered the Hero Academy in Mumbai, and now live at KHA quarters since I was 16. Don't be fooled by their tight faces, they are all nice people.”

Hinata got up and hugged Fu from behind, “Thanks Minty, that… that was nice.”

“I love you too Nata-chan,” Fu grabbed on Hinata’s hands which were wrapped around her neck and smiled.

“Is that all sirs and madams?” the waiter asked breaking up their banter.

“Yes that's all”, Genos replied. He was sure that was all that they were ordering. He was hungry, his energy was low. He didn't want to use his reserves on a slow day like this.

“Thank you,” Fu sing songed to the waiter. The waiter laughed and went to the kitchen to pass their orders.

“Genos,” Neji said. His lavender eyes on his golden ones.

“Yes, Neji-san.”

“I am intrigued by your ability to stay human though you are essentially artificial intelligence.”

“The honours should be directed to my good doctor Dr.Kuseno. This was all his genius showing. Mine was only in executing his inventions towards the good of mankind.”

Neji smiled and nodded at his father. “We would like to extend our invitation to Dr.Kuseno to come to Konoha and share knowldege with us.”

“I will relay your invitation Hyuga-sama, but Dr is currently engaged with reviving his destroyed laboratory. But he will surely welcome any chance to further his research and development. Thank you sirs.”

Neji smiled widely and replied, “I understand that. We were also impressed by the recent developments in the destroyed cities. Our condolences on the Battle. We hope there will never be another.”

“Yes,” Genos said. He was very passionate when it comes to preventing another Battle. “My sensei Saitama is working with other heroee at the moment to fidn the cause for it. They came at us with surprise.

Suddenly the ground was shaken and Hinata’s cup of water vibrated. Everyone held onto their seats, Genos sat up and his heightened hearing located something unusual outside the tents. He scrambled outside and saw something very familiar.

There just above the horizon of Konoha’s forest, where the trees lined up in a harmonious row a very familiar looking monstrosity hovered.
Genos grabbed his phone and dialled Sonic’s number. He gritted his teeth and impatiently waited for his roommate to answer his call.

“Sonic get out of the house, run!” he shouted as soon as he heard Sonic’s lazy before lunch voice.

“Run!” __________________________________________________________
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