Chapter 26- My New Friend
I hear a woman’s cry of relief, then a man’s soft voice. Someone laughs gently and begins to walk away. Soothing arms wrap around me and I sigh. “Don’t worry sweetie, your home.” I don’t open my eyes. It’s my mom, it must be true. I’m finally home.
“Kaya!” A child, hopefully Chiemaru yells. “K-Kaya!”
“Shh… she’s sleeping Chiemaru. Sister needs her rest.” Little footsteps follow after my mom and me.
“Will she live?” A chuckle escapes my mom’s lips.
“Yes. She’s just exhausted. We’ll ask her tomorrow for the story.”
“What about Daddy?”
“I’ll ask Daddy later. You just go to sleep.” I’m gently laid down on my bed while my backpack, headband, weapons and pouches are removed. She gently lays the covers down over me and opens my window. She knows that I love the sound of night and its creatures. I’m still tired even after all of my rest, but I never thought that sleeping in a bed again would feel so good. Or… sleeping…
We’re back in Konoha. Time to go report back to Lord Danzo of my return.
I enter after he beckons me in, and I explain that the mission was successful and kept secret from the Hokage. “So the Tsuki doesn’t know?”
“Good. Keep it that way. Keep tracking her. Kaya’s connections with that rebellious family must have something to do with the recent rogue activity.”
“Sir, if I may speak…”
“You may.” Lord Danzo nods.
“… I… nevermind sir. It isn’t important.” I scratch the back of my head and smile.
“Then go. And wipe that stupid smile off of your face. I believe I’ve told you before.” I stop, and become more serious. Then I dash out of there and head home.
“Tell me, Mizu. What happened? As her mother, I have a right to know!” I cross my arms… he irritates me when he’s stubborn.
“Let her tell you herself. Please, calm down before you wake them both up.
The nightmares woke or tormented me no more. I had a perfect restless night. The sun shined through my window and greeted me as I opened my eyes. I didn’t want to get up, I knew I’d be able to feel my wounds if I did. So I kept my eyes open and stared out into the village. Smiling, I breathe deep and go deeper under my covers. “Look at that… I actually did make it home in one piece.” I whisper.
I would’ve given almost anything to stay there, listening to the birds, feeling the cool breeze and warm sunlight, watching the villagers go about their daily lives. But, of course, that little voice made me get up. “Kaya! Kaya!” It said. “Get up! You’re alive aren’t you?”
“Kaya! Kaya!” Chiemaru yelled. That little voice… “You’re strong, so get up!” I shuffle under my covers and turn to face him, still tired my eyes droop a bit, but he doesn’t care. The biggest smile I have ever seen crosses his face. And he throws himself onto me. After I get over the pain I hug him and smile back. “You are alive!”
“Yes, I am. I promise I’ll be more careful next time.” I whisper, trying to save my breathe for later.
After I get up and walk around a bit, I find mom and dad at the door, talking to someone. “Mom?” I speak up.
“Kaya, sweetie! You’re awake.” She looks relieved.
“Of course. I didn’t die, you know.” I give her and dad a smirk, letting them know that I’m completely fine.
“I can see that.” I look in between mom and dad and see Sai. “Glad you’re finally conscious.” He throws a smile at me, and I throw it back.
“Um… who is this young man, Kaya?” My mother asks.
“Oh, he’s the one who stuck with me throughout the whole battle! Don’t worry, he may be an Anbu, but he’s my friend. I trust him with everything I am.” I stop and hand motion to them. “Sai, Mom… Mom, Sai.” She doesn’t look concerned nor convinced, but she lets it go. Sai on the other hand looks surprised. “I finally got an emotion out of him!” I think to myself. I almost laugh when he turns his face away. He always looks so clueless and innocent. After a while I find myself growing red… and a strange look appears on my face. “Anyway!” I say to obviously. “I have-”
“-Something to tell me.”
“Um… yes, Mom. But I wanted to…” my voice trails off as I stare at Sai.
“No excuses. That mission, what happened?” She holds up a headband… and it’s not mine. My eyes grow wide, and I think I might cry.
“Come on, Kokoro.” Dad persuades. “It’s her first day back with us after a hard mission… let her do what she wants. I’ll fill you in until she comes back. Fair enough?”
Dramatic sigh… “Fine, Mizu. Kaya…” She turns to me. “… One hour.” I hold up a finger to Sai. Half-limping back to my room, I put all of my art supplies in my knapsack, pull a jacket over me and run out the door with Sai by my side. “Come on Sai!” I laugh and don’t even notice my injuries which are searing into my side.