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A few months ago I rear ended a car at my parking, it rolled down the hill and luckily it stopped a few metres away and did not block the road. Haha, I am still traumatised by that. The next day the driver told me he was surprised that I was being honest by leaving my phone number behind. I told myself that it was kind of stupid because there wasn't a cctv in sight, yeah but things happen for a reason. Being stupid is kind of humbling sometimes. And I haven't searched for that motorcyclist who rammed into my car causing scratches and my front bumper to yield slightly to gravity, though I know where I can find him when I finally repair my car. Later later la. Sigh.

Makan-makan fusion barat + asean

Menu makan di kursus / bengkel selalunya mesti variasi biasa seperti mee goreng, nasi lemak, nasi goreng, roti jala dan sandwic. Selalunya itula untuk breakfast dan minum petang, kalau makan tengahari pula selalunya nasi. Sekarang trend nasi arab masa meeting atau jamuan special. Selain tu nasi putih la, mudah sebab pilihan lauk dia anda boleh pilih ayam atau ikan, atau kalau kaya sikit company tu ada pula seafood.

Oh, selasa dan rabu aritu aku ada bengkel dengar pasal syarikat nak offer technology terbaharu di pasaran, pasal technology transfer la. Flash jadi HTML5, DNS buang tepi, semua benda interaktif dan one company urus semua produk IT ko. So mereka ni bertiga daripada Australia, sorang daripada Singapore tapi rakyat Australia, dan maka makanannya mestilah barat yang fusion dengan Malaysia.


Sarapan


Burger telur scramble dan wrap. Wrap dia sedap sebab pedas2 sikit. Aku tak makan pedas tapi bila dapat makanan barat perasa Malaysia ni lega tekak rasa. Hehe.


Makan tengah hari


First day to makan nasi goreng dengan ayam manis bersesame seed. Hari kedua makan pasta ni yang rasanya digoreng dengan olive oil dan chilli flakes. Daging dia sedikit liat sebab dah sejuk kot.


Minum petang


Minum teh makan cucur keras dan bawang gumpal2 goreng. Aku rasa macam dia campur telur dan tepung jagung. Dip untuk cucur dan bawang dalam gambar ialah krim kaler hijau, sos gula melaka dan juga satu dip kacang ni. Tukang masak tu kata ramuannya peanut butter + olive oil + garlic + butter



Kalau agak2 nak makan benda bawang di atas, sila ke Tomorrow People. Mereka bukan geng gua mahu pun gua dibayar untuk ini.

My life and then hey what's this? Fanfiction?

Ok, if you are a regular reader of my blog you would notice that I have substituted posting things about my life with fanfictions. I apologize for anyone who found this to be awkward since this blog was originally something about lifestyle and suddenly I'm going fanfiction all the way. I had a sideblog for writing stuff but since I started writing fanfiction I did not have time to keep up with that blog, so I thought I'll delete that blog (It was titled LukisTulis, since I mostly post my fiction and drawings there) and just stash everything here.

Well, I have been writing Jan 14th, 2016 and that's a year and a month ago. I don't write all the time, but I when I write it's 2-3 days of typing and checking. Sometimes I go for a week to three weeks not writing anything if I have other things in life like my kids falling sick and or if I am on holiday mode. Since writing fanfiction is more like unpaid work, rather than hobby to me, I try to write when I am only feeling it. A fanfic writer don't profit from fanfiction writing, so we all must fulfil our normal responsibility beofore we update that story.

I have five short stories, and ten naruto / drabble / free multichapter. I am trying to finish them by March as I be busy starting this April. Most of the ideas were a 2-3 day thing churning in my head and when I get free time, mostly while waiting for things, I write them on Google Drive. In November I made the stupid decision of totally writing a new crackish/silly, Naruto x One Punch Man ficion which was both hated and faved. It has 4 chapters more on it and it's called Fire, you can look at my side bar and click on it.

I posted on fanfiction.net, archive of our own (AO3), and wattpad, but I don't post all the stories there. I basically choose my most read ones and posted them on Wattpad. I used to post it asianfanfiction but that site does not enable users to choose a specific fandom option, you have to categorize using hashtags and that's tedious. So I am content with posting them on ff net and ao3, and here too. I noticed that the number of views reached more than 10 times my normal view. That's awesome.

Ok, so what is fanfiction? Fanfiction is when die hard fans watch a medium be it anime / books / novels / movies / cartoon and think, what happened if Character A and Character B is a couple instead of enemies? Haha. When I first entered the fandom scene I was mortified by the amount of Yaoi elements, seeing that my fave fandom - Naruto is a shounen anime - meaning that it is catered for young girls primarily. The top pairing is Sasuke x Naruto and not Sasuke x Sakura, or Hinata x Naruto.

So all we all know love makes the world goes around, so most fanfiction revolved around the love theme, apart from action, betrayal, drama, family and lots more. I right about things I know and they are drama, romance, friendship and family. It is a pain but I try to write action these days, it was tough but I learned a lot.

When writing action I usually use my experience of directing a multiple camera programme to write about what the audience see. Like firstly is the master shot - where you establish the location, maybe describe the building and how many people are there, any monsters, sight and sound. Then it's from the enemy's pov - who the good guys are, and then - shot of the menacing antagonist. Then there would be close ups of hands or legs, or two character shots and such. It is all written sequentially so readers can read one by one what was happening. At least I used that because I don't know about any other way.

Well, my first and only advice for really novice writers, write about things you know. If you are not sure, at least google for it. Sometimes making things can be hazardous like saying how a four month old can crawl, that's too early. Oh and fanfictions about the official top pairings having a baby is a hit. I don't know why but it's usually popular. There's something called male pregnancy in fanfiction and it's everywhere too.

Ok, last word is try to write one story at a time and have only one published. I made a grave decision of writing one, publish it, suddenly have another idea and publish seven more new multichapters within a short time period. It's been a year and the eight is killing me sometimes. But it's a hobby so don't sweat over it. I do it for me first and foremost, and the readers later.



Nanowrimo 2016 : Fire Chapter 17

Chapter 17


Previously at Uchiha Works


Naruko felt herself being pulled up and forward by the wrist, and she instinctively ran along with the pull. She glanced aside and it was still the man assisting her. She looked forward and it seemed like he was pulling her towards the hills a few hundreds metres away. The ground continued to shake as the air was filled with shouts and shrieks. More people were heading there too and then Naruko felt her wrist being pulled aside abruptly, but she managed to turn around and grab his hands and they stood with hands on each others wrist paused in running. They caught up with breathing and then she saw her fellow auditionee running past her. Her thoughts back on the event she was attending.


“What about the others? The program?” Naruko asked him.


Eyes wide with concern he frowned even more. “Security will take care of it. We have to save ourselves first,” the man said.


Naruko watched as security personals ran past them, true to his words the security personnel were ushering the participants towards the hills. She recognized some participants she saw earlier but couldn't see Yugito Nii amongst them.


And then a siren blared and she heard the dark haired man said, “Oh no, this is for real. Come on let's run to the shelter."


The man pulled Naruko towards the direction of the hills. They ran and ran until they reached the beginning of the hill. Naruko and the man dodged some bumps on the ground while helping each other out to safety. She briefly wondered why was she running along with a stranger, who earlier bullied her into getting clothes for him. The ground shook more violently and he grabbed her wrist tighter and they continued to run.


“Be careful, the ground is uneven,” he warned.


Naruko grimaced. She did not know his name but they were now running to safety. She decided that everything else did not matter now as they needed to save themselves first.


The man pulled Naruko towards the hill nearest to a forest. Naruko rarely came to this part of town so she was ignorant of the geography here. But she knew that there's a shelter somewhere here. She had watched a safety video months ago which reminded Konoha citizens to be aware of shelters location all across town.


They ran for a good five minutes before the ground stopped shaking and the shrieks died down, and suddenly the air was quiet. Only the wind blew hard and noisy against their ears. Naruko stopped running and pulled the man to a stop. They both panted but he did not let go of Naruto's wrist. They looked at the too sudden quietness around them and the man said “Something strange is happening, I don’t know why but we should be careful.”


“What’s your name?” she urged. She knew they would be separated sooner or later so maybe she should know his name. Maybe later when the situation was better she could apologize to him properly and start anew, maybe be friends.


“Sasuke,” the man said while his eyes was scanning the sky and the ground for anything peculiar.
She nodded.  Though she thought the name sounded familiar she could not at the moment recall it from her memories. Well, at least she got a name and if anyone asked about Sasuke later on she would be able to offer an answer.


Naruko then looked at their surroundings, she looked at the sky and saw that the birds were long gone. Maybe it was true that animals were instinctive when it came to trouble and would escape first at the earliest sign of trouble.  She turned around and people were looking wary and angry.  What was happening no one had a clue. Why the sudden silence? A few had now collapsed onto the ground and began crying. They did not know what to do and help was not around even by now.


The ground shook once more and everyone stood up. The ones sobbing stopped completely and everyone on the ground stood up their eyes wide with fear. Naruko flailed from surprise and grabbed onto Sasuke's sleeves and coat. The ground trembled more violently and this time everyone crouched onto the ground.


The trembling turned violent and then the ground exploded, grass was strewn around to reveal brown earth and a dark coloured creature. It shot upwards and landed on the ground before them. It looked like a black trunked tree with leafless branches. The branches extended as if they were hands and feets. It was almost black with speckles of brown, the skin wrinkled like the trunk of a tree, but moving like that it was sure not a tree.


“What the hell?” Sasuke shouted at it. A few other people cried in alarm and began running the other way. Sasuke grabbed Naruko towards him and followed the others.


The tree like creature stretched its branches towards the people, it grabbed for Naruko and Sasuke before they could react. It was quicker than the humans. Naruko fell onto the ground and her visions blurred as she saw the sky, and then the ground, and then the grass. Her cheeks scratched along the ground and she instinctively grabbed for the ground for stability but the creature wrapped itself around her arms and bound her hands to her body, effectively rendering her immobile.  Its hold on her was tight and she cried for her life. The next thing she saw was Sasuke taking a blade and trying to cut the branch to free her. But the tree grabbed him and flicked his blade away and wrapped him in its hold, Naruko screamed with all her might but there was no one coming to save her. Her minds reeled to survival mode and wriggled violently to escape the creature’s clutches.


The next thing she saw the branches covering her eyes and mouth and black engulfed her sight.
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The creature had no eyes, no mouth and hence made no sound. It wrapped anything it sensed and pulled them down onto the ground. It wanted these living creatures for something its master wanted. There was no one here who could stop it, it laughed silently through its branches as it grabbed for the humans.


Army planes arrived and shot down the creature's branches and trunk. Some of its branches broke and it released the humans it captured, but more new branches grew and grabbed again for the fallen human.


From a military control room , Captain Yamanaka held tight onto his mic. They had been attacking other tree like creatures just minutes before this but they all vanished. They needed to move fast.
He ordered into his communicator, "Mark it and follow it into the ground."


“Yes sir,” the pilot answered on the other end. The pilot released it’s drone which quickly shot a tracking bullet and scanned the creature. There creature vanished before the bullet could reach it. The drone scanned the ground for any signal.


“Sir, it’s gone, there’s no trace of any movements underground.” the pilot said.


“How can that be?” Yamanaka said.


“We couldn't get the tracker on time."


“Damn,” Yamanaka said and thought of another plan. He better be quick about this the next time.
“Tell the KHA to send in the sensors,” a man beside him suggested. “Take the broken branch, or whatever the hell to Inuzuka and Tsume can detect it. It can’t get far, Suna and Iwa said nothing happened over there. So it must be localized.”


“Do as Nara ordered, captain take the evidence to lab and send the KHA in,” Yamanaka told his pilot.


"Roger sir," said the pilot.


Nara patted his shoulder. “I’ll wait for the evidence at the lab and advice Akimichi on it, stay put Yamanaka."


Yamanaka nodded and Nara left him at the control room, along with less than twenty military officials sending orders and coordinating things. All the attacks were sudden, the military was unprepared. Yamanaka frowned as he heard an officer shouted a report about blue balls attacking central and south city. He forced himself to ignore it, Root were probably already there. He was in charge of aerial attack and he was damning at it.


The speaker crackled and the pilot from South City reported, “A bike is on its way with the evidence.”


“Roger,” Yamanaka said and pressed a button to notify the labs. He hoped his daughter who was with the KHA was doing better over in southern city. He prayed that she was in safe hands along with everyone else.

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The creature slinked into the ground. Naruko was crying by now, muffled in tears and she realized that this might be an end to her short life. Being bound, without help, what was there left to hope about. She bit into the branch but it reacted by tightening its hold, that was all she could do. Darkness engulfed her view before it suddenly turned bright white and she felt herself entering a strange warmth before she was rendered unconscious.


When the army came the creature sensed that it better pop away to its secret lair to escape the army. It was defenseless against the army if they all attack it with all their might. So it had escaped to its secret place where it will absorb all these humans chakra. It knew that everyone here has chakra, the energy its master needed. It will bound everyone to its master, making them all unified for a greater cause.


The creature disappeared from the ground as the army came and reappeared under the ground of the water way, the wide straits separating Suna and Konoha. Its master could not be far since it was still too weak, which was why it needed the chakra.


The monster sensed its master and released the humans into its master’s care. It would need to collect more as time was running out. It could tell it’s master was happy but this was not enough.
The master sent a wave of messages to its underlings that this would do for now. The master told the tree creature that it would have siblings to help it. The creature could feel more creatures like it appearing beside it.


In the silence they all received the same message from their master, grab all humans and bound them. The chakra was all it needed, for the good of the future.


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Naruko felt the presence of bright light returned to consciousness. She could feel the branch loosening around her and then she fell on soft ground. She felt the ground on her entire front assumed that she was lying flat on the ground. She squinted her eyes open and the first thing she saw was bright light coming from a much larger tree. She quickly turned around but the black tree creature was nowhere.


"Ughhhh, Agghhh," she heard around her. She supported herself on the ground and sat down properly, breathing hard. She shook her head and looked around, some people were still unconscious while some were looking at the tree dumbfounded. There was only the tree with the almost white trunk in the distance, basking in light. She looked around and realized that she was in a cave, but not really. The walls were compacted ground.


She got up to sit on her knees and turned around. Then she saw a head of black hair wearing a torn coat, his face facing away. She vaguely remembered that the head belonged to someone she knew. Then it occurred to her, “Sasuke!”


He groaned but did not move so she crept closer to him and then pulled his shoulder and face towards her. The sight which met her made her sad. His flawless skin bled from scratches and she knew it must be from him fighting against the branches. Naruko picked the splinters away from his bleeding skin and when they were all cleared up, she was glad to see that his injuries were superficial.


He groaned again and she swept his bangs away from his face. She did not have water so she could not clean his wound, so the only thing she could do was look at him.


“Sasuke,” she called. He opened his eyes and looked randomly at everything.


“Hi,” she said awkwardly.


He looked at her and blinked a few times.


“Hey,” she greeted again..


He was in a daze and closed his eyes once again.


“I don’t know where we are but it’s somewhere in a cave or underground. How do you feel?”

“Trashed,” he said with a croak.


She crept closer to him and tried lifting him into a sitting position. Sasuke tried getting up and accepted Naruko’s help without any qualms. He was too disoriented from the attack.


“Hey, my name’s Naruko.”


He opened his eyes as he sat with his legs stretched out, back supported by Naruko’s body. He looked at her and blinked again, “Hi.”


They sat in silence with the others. Naruko counted that there were about twenty five people there. She did not know what to do but she decided that they needed to rest before doing anything. Help was on the way maybe, but they can’t just sit and wait. The white tree did not move or anything and instincts told her that they better make a move though the situation seemed placid. Never underestimate a placid lake as there might be crocodiles underneath, her aunt used to say. She grabbed onto Sasuke and she realized that he had fallen unconscious.


“Hey, wake up.”

Sasuke then snored and Naruko sighed. He was just asleep and not dead or anything. Naruko guided his sleeping body to lay on her lap and after adjusting to the most comfortable position, she also lay down and looked at the others. Then sleep began seeping into her and she too soon drifted into dreamland.

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Read all the chapters here - Fire - A Fanfiction













Free! Drabble - Valentine's Day?

This is something I wrote promptly using the Free! AU fandom as the premise. For those who never saw Free! or read High Speed, which are anime and manga to a high school series about a bunch of swimmers from Iwatobi High / Samezuka Academy, well this is the fandom. It featured topless kids swimming and being emotional.

However as the fandom dealt with M/M pairings and my preferences are M/F pairings, so I genderbend them. So in here Rin Matsuoka and Sousuke Yamazaki are 16 year old boys, and Haruka Nanase and Makoto Tachibana are girls. They are all attending Iwatobi in this AU. It's something about crushes and love.

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There are more reasons to be angry about this, than to be happy about. Of course Rin chose to be angry, he was always ready to embrace anger rather than happiness. He did not like this at all, in fact he thought that it was inappropriate to be happy over this. His personal space was being invaded by someone he didn't know. It did not matter that the invasion was just a huge bouquet of chocolate bouquet placed on his table, he just thought that the method was cringy. The sender wanted to be anonymous but made Rin receive the gift publicly. The anonymous sender could have chosen other personal methods, such as sneaking it inside his locker or via a delivery man and send to Rin during lunch or any other personal time. He didn't like being clueless. Not like this, not on the first period on a Monday where he had classes with his crush. His crush would think that he had someone in his life when he was very, very single.

Matsuoka Rin opened his bag and took out his phone, and the date… there on the phone's display was the iconic date, but February 14th felt like it fell out of nowhere for Rin. Then he palmed his face, he had been away for practice since December and had only came to school for registration. All his classes had been held at the office of the swimming center where he had been practicing. Since he practiced for the regional sometimes dates did not register to him at all. Even new year was forced on him with his sister declaring him ungrateful for failing to spend the night at home instead of the swimming center's hostel. And now Valentine came on a Monday and he totally forgot about it, along with the opportunity to send a Valentine to his crush.


“Biggest bouquet i've seen so far today,” someone commented followed by chuckles.

“Shut up Yamazaki” Rin glared at his best friend, also a swimmer who was on hiatus because of an injured shoulder. At this point, his classmates started arriving for class one by one. He sighed and decided that there was no point in concealing the bouquet. He held it casually in his arm as he shoved aside things in his bag to put the bouquet in, and at that precise moment his crush walked into class.

Nanase Haruka was a girl beyond Rin’s comprehension. She almost qualified for regional swimming competition too but got disqualified for suddenly stopping in the middle of her race in the qualifying round. Rumours claimed that she was distraught as her parents were divorcing. That rumour made Rin cringe to ask her about her well being.

Haruka looked at the bouquet in Rin’s hand and then at him, but she looked away and headed to her seat. Rin was a little disappointed that she showed no reaction at the bouquet. Did she even care?

Great, now one more thing coming between us, he thought. Rin was still hopeful about him and Haruka. Maybe in the future if it couldn't happen now.

Rin had been crushing on Haruka for two years. At fourteen he entered Iwatobi High and registered with the swimming club, where he saw Haruka swimming. He fell instantly in love with her. He wished that he could ask her for a race but it was impossible since they are of different genders and they barely spoke to each other.

“Babe, how's the weekend?” Yamazaki Sousuke spoke to someone else this time. Rin stashed the bouquet inside his bag but only the bottom part of the bouquet fit the bag. Rin zipped up his bag and dropped his jacket onto his bag, totally covering the top half of the bouquet. Then he turned towards his best friend and saw Sousuke flirting with his girlfriend of one month, Tachibana Makoto, also best friend of Haruka. Sousuke pulled Makoto towards him and pecked her cheek, Rin quickly averted his eyes.

“We're in a classroom,” Makoto reprimanded her boyfriend. Sousuke laughed as Makoto moved away to her seat across from Rin.

At the moment Rin wished he had the balls to confess to Haruka openly like Sousuke, but with Haruka mostly ignoring him, he thought waiting for some more time was better. With Haruka whose personality was as frigid as a frozen lake, Rin wished that he could read the girl like Makoto could. Sometimes Rin envied Makoto for understanding each of Haruka’s non verbal language.

The teacher entered the class as Makoto sat down on her seat. Haruka glanced at Rin and he looked back. Their eyes met and Rin swore that he saw her eyes widening for a second.

“Now have you finished your assignments, Rin have you done yours? You did excellent in the past assignment despite preparation for regional and all,” the teacher praised.

Rin broke eye contact with Haruka reluctantly and nodded at his teacher. He blushed hard, he was not as good as Sousuke in his studies but he tried his damn hard to complete all his assignments on time.

“Now everyone, let's continue with a new chapter and don't forget to register for your favourite novel for English week,” continued the teacher.

Rin noticed Haruka stealing glances at him from the corner of his eye. It was odd for Haruka to pay him this much attention. Maybe the bouquet stirred something in Haruka, or was she jealous?  Maybe he had a chance now. Rin smirked and covered his face with a book before glancing at Haruka and locked eyes with her. This time Haruka did not turn away, she looked at him and blushed a deep red.

Gerimis : A Sasu x Naru fiction - Chapter 1

Disclaimer : All characters belong to Kishimoto M. I only play around with them :D.

Synopsis : Sasuke, meets Naruko and is missioned to persuade her to join the Jinchuuriki program. As a super soldier he was sceptical of the weak blonde's ability to be part of his organization. But an order is an order, and he befriends her in his bastardly way and promises her three wishes. What's up with that? Mild SasuSasku in chapters 14 and 15.


Chapter 1 :Yellow, black and pink.

Konoha Mall

Tuesday is a slow day for business, but it wasn’t a problem for entrepreneurs who can see silver linings behind clouds. Let the numbers do the talking, good news for entrepreneurs as it was recently reported that a tenth of Konoha's 500,000 population have their day off on the weekdays. Upon knowing this fact, business such as cinemas, pool center, karaoke, bowling alleys and restaurants started offering these holidaying minority, services and products at discounted prices. For Sasuke, a Tuesday is not just about low prices, it is simply a good day to spend time alone at the cinema.

Black sneakers with red streaks stepped into the queue lane divided by the velvet rope barriers. Attached to it, a pair of lean legs in black faded jeans and black quilted leather jacket. The boy in black clothes except for the undershirt which was a plain blue snuck his hands in his pockets, eyes looking upwards. The pair of onyx eyes checked the available movies on the overhead LCD display and then looked at his black digital watch, the time was 11.40 am and today is his birthday.

Every July on this particular day the teen usually spent his special day alone, but this year his teammates insisted on a 'surprise' party for him. Actually his comrades were always planning birthday surprises for one another, it had became the norm. Parties mean unhealthy food, drink, dance, music and stupid party games, everything a youth wants. But not Sasuke. When Shikamaru subtly asked him what he did not want at his party, he said it should not be during the day, don't make him do stupid things or play stupid games, and also that they don't ask him to clean the after party mess. Troublesome, Shikamaru had said.

Sasuke made his movie choice and was about to walk to the front when four girls materialised and rushed in front of him towards the queue lane. He paused in his steps as they snaked to the front. They giggled happily while confirming with each other of their chosen movie.

A gust of air conditioner wind blew Sasuke's bangs to cover his eyes, Sasuke brushed his bangs aside and shuddered at the coldness of the cinemas and zipped his jacket halfway. At that point he noticed that two of the girls were gazing at him, so he tilted his head slightly at them. One of the girl giggled and the other blushed and both turned away. He was still not used to being checked out by girls, girls who only looked at him but never approached him. He was thankful that they never approached him since  he wouldn't know what to do if they actually approach him.

The girls were finally arrived at the only opening ticket counter to proceed with their purchase. Sasuke made an observation, usually the second cashier counter opens around 12.00 noon to accommodate the incoming shopping mall patron. Thus the second cashier should appear about… now.
As the cashier appeared, he tracked her movements as she plopped down on the high chair of the ticket counter and took the COUNTER CLOSED signage away.

"GOOD MORNING PATRONS!" She hollered.

The cashier gestured for him to approach the counter. Sasuke watched as the cashier speedily logged onto her cash register all while flashing him a welcoming smile. He wondered whether he will ever work as a cashier in his lifetime, the smiling all the seems tiring. It was just a passing thought, nothing deep there.

"What movie would you like to watch sir?"

"The Dinosaur Walk, the 12.30 show" he said while making eye contact with her. She was blonde and blue eyed. Actually her hair's colouring was more towards yellow, he wondered why people called it blonde. She also wore spectacles with no actual lens, he wondered what the purpose was for. So superficial he thought mildly.

"How many tickets?"

"One."

"One dinosaur movie coming up. I'm a big fan of the Tyrannosaurus Rex sir, if only I could have one I will surely ride it to work. But maybe no, maybe I'll sell it for a million bucks to any zoo or a private zoo and buy myself a cinema. That way I can watch movie anytime I want. Ok, the price is 6 dollars today,"

Sasuke, smirked at the cashier and nodded while handing a 10 dollar bill and waited for his balance and ticket. He looked at the cashier, yellow hair gathered into a single side braid, baby blue eyes behind a pair of black spectacles. Her toothy smile was infectious, as she handed him his balance and ticket. Sasuke being in control of his actions stared at the smile for a second entranced, before glancing at his ticket to check the details.

"Have a nice day sir."

"Hnn" Sasuke replied.

Sasuke never remembered any of the cinema's employees before this. All he ever noticed about the cashiers were that they were a bunch of smiley friendly people. However this particular cashier seems to be the cheeriest of them all. He was not sure if he will remember her later, he thought he would not as he had a habit of forgetting things and people that are not important.

So far Sasuke had come to this cinema for seven times now, for seven Tuesdays. This cinema is the one and only cinema in Konoha which frequently shows documentaries, as often as other cinema shows romantic comedies. He was not into fictions, although documentaries are sometimes a rendition of reality by the producers, take the case of dinosaurs as no living human had ever seen an actual dinosaur. Still Sasuke prefer his movies with a healthy dose of information instead of pure entertainment.

Sasuke had been hopping from one hobby to another. Before this he spent 5 weeks playing video games with Kiba, before that three weeks of planet watching and prior to that two weeks of trying to learn how to draw - which he seriously failed. He goes from one leisure activity to another leisure activity, until movie watching caught his interest for the time being. Sasuke is very meticulous.
He checked at his watch, now it is only half an hour before the show starts. He parked himself against the wall in between the movie posters, deciding to enter the cinema a few minutes before the movie starts. He did not want to be spending more minutes in cold, less people means freezer worthy cinema hall. In the meantime, he decided to copy Shikamaru and did the least troublesome activity, people watching. Really not troublesome.

12.30 pm
Sasuke was in the movie hall now. He bought the ticket for the most centre seat, 4 rows from the back. The last of the advertisements were rolling now, before the message to silence your mobile phone came up. Sasuke let out a n Aaah and spread his hands onto the headrests of the seats to his left and right. Just heavenly he thought, a huge screen, awesome audio and people sitting far away from him. It almost feels like being alone, the other three people sitting farther away from him. A few more lights went off and the hall darkened signalling that the documentary was about to start.

13.10 pm
Someone walked inside the cinema and sat a row behind Sasuke.

13.15 pm
"Hey, it's me again," a voice whispered.
Sasuke did not heed the voice. He knew it was someone he did not recognize so when he/she didn't continue he let it slide.

13.16 pm
The huge screen showed a sole Tyrannosaurus walking on two legs on a grassy plain, far far away smaller dinosaurs shuddered when they noticed the T-Rex's appearance.

"I wonder on which street would they be able to walk with that size of a butt should they exist today. Hell big lizards right. Luckily the Komodo dragons live that far away from me. I shudder to think one ambling behind my yard."

Sasuke tilted his head to the sound of the apparently female voice but decided to just ignore it.

13.40 pm
A Stegosaurus ambling towards its mate, the two rows of bony plates on its back moving with each step.

"Wow, such impressive armour. Eh I googled about them once, the bony plates are sold on ebay you now."

Sasuke let out a small shushhh.

13.50 pm
"Roarrrr!"

Sasuke did not hear that because the audio of the T-Rex fighting with the smaller but noisy Triceratops cancelled the additional sound effect.

13.58 pm
The Tyrannosaurus bit down on a baby dinosaur.
"Hey don't do that!"

14.03 pm
"Now, that's what I call a movie," loudly and annoyingly.
Sasuke was just about to turn around and hush the person making the constant commentaries when he heard her continuing.

"Well my break is over, see you later alligator."

Then he heard the person shuffle towards the exit in a few quick movement, opening the door, shutting it and letting light inside the hall for a few seconds. He glared in the darkness and voiced his words in a hushed tone "Is this a cinema or a zoo?"




Months ago Naruko was still going to school, waking up at 7.00 am and do some basic housekeeping duties. By the time she was 14 there were no more little ones at her house as they have all been adopted. She was the only one left there so she only had herself to fuss over during the late years she was still at Iwa. It was only months ago when she arrived at Iruka’s house to start her episode of her new life. It was only three months when she stepped into the house for the first time.

Flashback to three months ago

Iruka, unlocked the door and gestured for Naruko to enter the house. She walked in, stopped and looked around, it was a two bedroom house with a television set, a red sofabed in the living room and a small table beside it. There were two brown doors beside the table, closed. But if you open them, they will reveal the bedrooms. No pictures on the wall or curtains on the windows. Just bare white walls.

They stood side by side at the entrance for a moment before Iruka decided to close the door. He went out and closed the outer door grill while leaving the inner wooden door open. It was his first time having a visitor staying in his house and he was indeed nervous.

Walking towards the couch he paused and turned to Naruko "Please have a seat". Iruka's throat felt dry so he went to his mini fridge in the kitchen and took out two cans of soda. He opened one and handed it to Naruko and opened the other for himself. He leaned backwards on the wall next to the television, sipping the sweet drink. He started "Miss Uzumaki."

"Yes Mr Umino?"

"Errr.. call me Iruka."

"Owwkeyyy... Iruka."

"I need to tell you something."

Naruko who was now sitting on the sofa, set her drink on the table and smoothed her long black skirt while looking at Iruka.

"First of all, I want to be honest with you. I can only provide basic necessities, I mean daily meals, a roof and a private space for you here."

Iruka's eye lingered at the bedroom door for a second and paused, he looked back to his drink and continues.

"On the positive side, my backdated salary increment will be paid in July," he looked directly at Naruko. " I am very sorry Naruko because for the time being we, err you and I have to live by what I earn in my current position."

They stayed silent for awhile. "Ummm yeahh... Don't worry about me at all . I am happy enough that you decide to… ummm welcome me into your house."

Iruka, finished his drink in one go and looked at his watch. "I have ten minutes before I return to work. Do you have anything to ask about or anything you need? I can swing by the store later after work."

Naruko grinned and shook her head. Iruka quickly moved to the kitchen to throw his can away and fished out his keys. Naruko bounced up to his feet and stood by the door.

As Iruka exited the house, he said "Be sure to secure the doors and windows from inside. The apartment complex is fairly safe but we have some nosy neighbours here and I don't want them to annoy on your first day here."

Naruko stuck a hand to shake his, Iruka awkwardly took the hand and shook it. Then his face turned into a friendly grin. Naruko nodded and watched Iruka walk out of the house.

Just as Iruka left she spent no time closing both grill and wooden door. She secured the inner door latches and retreated back to the sofabed. Switching on the tv, she started channel surfing and settled on a show about ways to clean cluttered homes.

After five minutes she jerked her head up. It looked like she had fallen asleep while watching television, well she was tired. It had been a six hours train ride from the orphanage to Konoha's train station, add another hour wait for Iruka at the train station, and then they went straight for lunch at Kurenai's stall by the roadside. Kurenai, a close friend of Iruka, upon seeing Naruko's ocean blue eyes and blonde hair, promptly congratulated Iruka in shrieks and bear hugged Naruko. The brown haired shop owners then told them that their afternoon lunch was on her and went back inside the kitchen to prepare food. Iruka was as red as a lobster upon hearing Kurenai's words while Naruko just smiled innocently. Iruka wondered whether she understood what Kurenai had implied. Before they left Kurenai had gifted her a thin gold bangle, though Naruko declined saying it was expensive. Kurenai insisted saying that her daughter was too tomboyish to wear gold and pleaded to Naruko to please the wishes of a new friend. Naruko shyly smiled and slipped it onto her thin tan wrist. The bangle glinted against her tan skin.

On the sofa bed, three minutes Naruko yawned again and decided that sleep was the best thing to do for now. Remembering Iruka's words about securing the windows and nosy neighbours, she went to the windows and checked whether they were properly secured. Seeing that they were, she dropped herself onto the sofa bed and curled on it to sleep. She set her phone alarm so it would wake her up two hours later, before Iruka returns from work. She placed the phone next to her unfinished can drink and promptly fell asleep. Naruko had a talent for napping. She can sleep in any position, anywhere.



Present time

CHUNIN quarters

The corridors were weirdly empty as Sasuke headed for supper. He approached the heavily tinted sliding door of the dining hall and paused. Smiling widely he thought about being older and noted that a few things had changed since a year ago, his sharingan had matured to three tomoes a few months ago and he was also a lot less shy now.
Now he could hear the growing volume of muffled voices behind the cafe door and knew his friends had detected his presence. So as the hall door slid open his smile vanished replaced by an apathetic expression.

"Happy Birthday Sasuke!"
"Happy Birthday Raven!"
"Happy Birthday Bastard!"
'Happy Birthday Sasuke-kun!"
"Happy Birthday Sasuke-san!"

The thunderous wishes met him like the cheers of spectators when their favourite sports team scores a goal. He smirked in amusement, an eyebrow arched.

"It's time to party!" that unmistakable excited voice of Kiba sent the crowd into a cheering frenzy and everyone went to fetch food. Chouji was smiling proudly looking at his party spread, this time all unhealthy food. Neji and Tenten began counting which unhealthy food contains the less preservatives. Sasuke being his usual eagle eye self noticed that Neji who similar to him, never touched anyone casually, had his hand lightly on Tenten's shoulders.

Sakura, Hinata and Kurenai were queuing at the buffet table. Kiba was already digging into his food while Shino was somehow munching on food without unzipping his high collared jacket. Shikamaru was looking boredly at the polite Suna siblings who were here to send their brother, Gaara for training,

Suigetsu and Juugo were busy rolling a huge cake on a trolley into the hall. Sasuke stared at the huge cake when a lazy voice called for him.

"My my my Sasuke, you have grown taller since I last saw you. Happy Sixteenth Birthday. Here's one for your book collection," the silver haired senpai handed him a rectangular wrapped gift and Sasuke could already guess what it was.

Sasuke's polite part beckoned him to speak of three polite words, "Thank you senpai."

The mask moved in what Sasuke thought was a smirk as the senpai's eyes turned beady with glee. He could already see the book stashed behind some books he will be getting rid of as soon as there's a chance. Suddenly, Sasuke was pulled by the arm and then pushed towards the huge cake.
"Time to blow your birthday cake," the boys voice erupted.

Automatically the whole room broke into an unsynchronized Happy Birthday song. Meanwhile Sasuke marvelled at the ugliness of the cake, a patchwork of combined decoration from roses to a marzipan katana and some icing drawing of his Sharingan.

"Blow the candles now rave," Kiba nudged Sasuke towards the cake. Any nearer and Sasuke could taste the icing. So he blew the sixteen large candles and stepped away as everyone clapped. Kiba stuck a hand into the cake and grabbed a chunk of it before announcing "Cake fight!"

Everyone jumped in to chuck a piece of cake on birthday boy. But agile Sasuke rolled from under them and ran behind Neji, Neji was instead plastered with a piece of cake. Next, Sasuke swooped behind Neji and tried to shove his senpai in front of him, the silver haired man conjured a water element jutsu and fired it into a surprised Neji instead of Sasuke. Sasuke saw Sakura looking at him in amusement and he jumped behind her intending to use her as an armour. The next assailant, Suigetsu mumbled apologetically to Sakura as his hand paused before he could hit her with a slice of cake. Suigetsu headed away mouthing "I'll get you later" to a smirking Sasuke. The raven turned around to thank Sakura but was gently attacked by a piece of cake, Sakura had him this time. Though he was surprised, he flicked a finger and tasted the cake which despite its ugliness was decently tasty.
Sasuke looked around as Hinata giggled at him and passed him some tissues. Chouji had his head full of cake, while Suigetsu had cake all over his face courtesy of Karin and Juugo. The girls had refrained from playing cake throwing while Tenten was busy fussing over Neji. Neji did not look the least happy.
"Itachi asked me to pass you this today, I almost forgot," Kiba said.

Sasuke eyed the drawstring bag and took it from Kiba's hand. He peeked inside and saw that Itachi had gave him a pair of very stylish sunnies.

"He said he was sorry he couldn't train with you as he had promised. " Kiba said forlornly for Itachi's sake. Sasuke took it upon him to put a hand on Kiba's shoulders as if it was Itachi that he was talking to. Itachi is his 'brother' in blood and skill, they have the same eye enhancement, though Itachi had his upgraded.

"Open ours next," Karin dumped a huge box onto Sasuke's lap. "It's from us girls, including Ino," she gave a two finger peace sign and posed sexily in her long sleeved lavender shirt, her eyes twinkling. Rin-senpai pulled her down to seat and collectively Sakura, Hinata and Tenten rolled their eyes at her.
Sasuke unboxed their gift, a stylish winter jacket in dark blue because black was too mainstream.
Next the boys handed him a palm sized box wrapped in used A4 paper, which contained a very useful army pen knife.

"I saw that Itachi had one like this, so we thought maybe you'd like a similar one," Kiba said while scratching his head hoping Sasuke would love their gift.

"We had your symbol engraved," Chouji added. That made Sasuke smile appreciatively. He traced his finger in the fan shaped indentation.

Juugo and Suigetsu appeared before Sasuke and dumped a full-face street motorcycle helmet on the boy's lap.

"Since we knew you like motorcycles, we thought we'd give you this. A memento from our days as Taka."


Half and hour later.

"Daaaance time!" a sugar high Karin pulled Suigetsu to dance with her as Shino suddenly appeared with dj equipment at the buffet table. Sasuke wondered when did they made the switch from food to groove.

"You want to play Truth or Dare birthday boy?" Kiba waggled his eyebrow at Sasuke while moving his eyes from Sasuke to Sakura thrice in a row.

"No, I am going to bed." Sasuke pushed his trolley of presents back to his room and waved at his senpais who were drinking at the adult's table. They waved back at him.
"Do you want me to walk you to your room?" Karin asked, swiping a freshly opened can of coke from a passing by Shino while pushing Suigetsu away from her. Suigetsu almost stumbled from being pushed, but was caught by a still angry Neji in time.

"No, let him be by himself." Sakura looked sharply at Karin, that stopped the redhead from stepping away.

"If you say so," Karin remarked disappointedly.

Sasuke nodded gratefully to Sakura and began pulling his gifts in a trolley, some remain unopened as the gifters told him to open later when they are not around, towards the dining hall exit.
That wasn't a bad party after all, he thought.


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Author’s Note : Thank you for reading. This story started as a Fem!Naruto x Sasuke, but after a few months I felt like changing Naruto into Naruko is much more fun. Blame it on the newbie thingy. This story will be rewritten in it’s lifetime as I progress as a writer.

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