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(Konoha Ninja Academy School Yard)
Naruto and Karin walked out into the school yard where all the other students where eating their lunches, talking, and playing ninja games. They where smiling and talking about the fact that Karin was in such a hurry that morning she had forgotten to grab something to eat and to make things worse she forgot her lunch. Naruto had decided to give her his lunch saying that he wasn't really that hungry because he had a big breakfast and that he could grab something at Ichirakus later.
"Are you sure? I could share it with you." She was still feeling guilty for forgetting her own lunch. "I'm sure. So where do you want to sit and eat?" He asked his newly discovered family member.
As Karin looked around the school yard for som place to sit and eat her lunch when her eyes fell upon the Hyuuga girl again. She was sitting on the other side of the school yard from them eating alone. On top of that she noticed the Hyuuga girl had looked very sad before turning her gaze to the ground. Karin found herself wanting to know more about this strange Hyuuga girl.
"How about over there." She pointed to the bench that Hinata was sitting at. It didn't take them long to cross the school yard. As they got closer to where Hinata was sitting they saw that she was crying. Karin looked over at her cousin and saw that he was no longer smiling but had a look of concern on his face. However before she could ask what was wrong Naruto had quickened his pace and was now kneeling down in front of the Hyuuga girl speaking in a soft voice.
"Hinata are you alright? Why are you crying?" This broke Hinata out of her thoughts as she flung her head up to see concerned ocean blue eyes looking into her watery lavender eyes. Her face began to turn red.
"Na..Na..Naruto" She was shocked to see him and quickly turned away to hide her reddening face while brushing away her tears. "I..I ju..just g..go..got s..s..so..some du..dust i..in m..my e..e..eyes." Naruto continued to look at her with concern. "Are you sure?" Hinata continued to look away as she replied. "Y..Yes" She said while trying to hide the sadness in her voice.
Some what satisfied he stood back up and stepped back a little while putting on another wide grin. "By the way there is someone I would like you to meet."
Hinata took a moment after he stood up and backed away a little to gather herself before glancing back up at him. She was no longer crying but had to force a small smile when she saw Karin. "This is my cousin Karin Uzumaki. Karin this is Hinata Hyuuga of the Hyuuga Clan." Naruto said with a beaming smile. It took a moment for his words to fully sink in for Hinata. Her eyes went wide for a moment as she thought to herself. "Wait did he just say his cousin?"
This made her heart overflow with happiness as she sat up a little straighter and relpaced her forced smile with a real one. "I..It's n..n..nice t..to m..me..meet y..you." She said over joyed on the inside that Karin wasn't Naruto's new girlfriend.
Karin couldn't help but notice how Hinata had reacted to her cousin when he finally reached her. Also how she reacted when he informed her she was just his cousin. There was no question about it she liked him but to what extent she still didn't know. Was it just a silly crush or was she in love with him. Naruto wasn't much better he had acted with so much concern when he saw her crying but now it was like he didn't even notice how she had reacted. Did he truly not know how she felt about him or just pretending not to know. One way or another she would get to the bottom of this later.
"Thank you it's nice to meet you as well." Karin knew she would have to befriend the girl if she was going to get the information she wanted later so she asked if she could join her for lunch. Hinata didn't mind now that she knew the girl was just Naruto's cousin. As Karin sat down beside her Naruto went to stand against the tree on the other side of Karin. Hinata noticced that he wasn't eating anything.
"Na..Na..Naruto yo..your n..n..not e..eating?" Hinata managed to shyly get out. But before he could answer her Karin spoke up. "That's my fault. I was in such a hurry this morning that I hadn't eaten and on top of that I forgot my lunch. Naruto was nice enough to give me his.." Naruto interruped her at that point. "I had a big breakfast this morning so I'm really not that hungry anyways." No sooner did he say that his stomach decided to disagree with him and voice its own opinion with a loud rumble.
Hinata and Karin couldn't help but giggle at this as Naruto smiled and scratched the back of his head a little embarrassed. "I guess i'm hungrier than I thought." He said with a chuckle.
Hinata always packed a big lunch hoping that one day Naruto would forget his own lunch and she could share her's with him. She knew she couldn't let this opportunity pass so pressing her index fingers together she shyly spoke. "Na..Naruto y..you c..can h..h..have s..so..some o..of m..m..mine I..I g..got p..pl..plenty." Her face beat red by the time she was done talking. His exspression softened a little as he blinked and spoke softly to her. "Are you sure? I don't want you to go hungry because of me. I can always get a bite to eat at Ichirakus later."
Hinata nodded her head. "I..I'm s..sure." Then stood and walked over to Naruto and handed him a sandwich, two rice balls, and a small cup of tea she had secretly made just for him that morning. She then returned to her own lunch after Naruto thanked her. After just a couple of bite he couldn't help but tell her how great of a cook she was. This only made her blush even more if that was possible. The three of them sat there eating and talking a little till lunch was over and returning to class to finish the day.
Hayate Uzumaki decided to return to the Hokage Tower around 1pm the next day to finish his meeting with the Hokage. As he made his way through the village he couldn't help but notice how much it has changed since he was here last. There were a lot of new businesses and homes that had sprung up. Some of the things he did remember had also changed a little. And the people seemed much more lively too. He just shook his head and continued on to the tower. When he finally arrived he made his way to the top where the Hokage's office was and announced himself to the chuunin guards at the door. It didn't take long before he was once again sitting in front of the Hokage. He began to debrief him on the secret mission the 4th Hokage had sent him on many years ago.
"Minato had heard rumors of surviving members of the Uzumaki Clan. He summoned me and gave me a mission to look into the rumor. He told me that there would be no time limit for this mission. If I was to find any survivors I was free to bring them back to Konoha or try and rebuild the Village Hidden in the Whirling Tide. After about three months of following false leads I came upon a small family living in the Land of Rain. It was one man, his wife, and their son. The man didn't share our blood however the woman and the child did have Uzumaki blood. I stayed with them for about two months before deciding it was time to continue my mission. Because of the war going on at the time they decided to join me in my search for more surviving Uzumaki. Over several long years we stayed in the shadows not wanting to let our old enemies know there had been survivors. We finaly settled in the Land of Whirlpool until I could make arrangements to move my clan here to Konoha. As of right now there are 20 survivors that share Uzumaki blood. I have stepped in as acting head of our clan. The true head was my sister because she was the first-born and now that she is gone her only heir Naruto Uzumaki will now become the head of the Uzumaki clan upon his 16th birthday. Until that time he will be trained to take on that role."
The Hokage puffed on his pipe as he took this all in. "Given further approval by the council of elders I see now reason to refuse the Uzumaki Clan entry into the village. Also I would like a more detailed report by the end of the week." He took a moment to take another puff of his pipe before continuing. "Was there anything els you wished to talk about involving your clan?"
Hayate thought about it for a moment there was just one other thing he wanted to discuss with the Hokage involving his clan. "Yes, given the relationship our two villages have had in the past I would like to make a request. I would like for all members of my clan to recive a whirling tide headband upon graduation at the Konoha Ninja Academy. This will be done to remember where we came from but they will still be considered Konoha ninja. It would also be nice for any of the new graduates that volenteered to be alloud to wear one as well."
The Hokage rubs his chin while thinking about this. "That sounds like a good idea. One must always remember where they came from so that they know who they are. I will also run that by the councial as well."
(Konoha Ninja Academy Classroom)
Karin was proud of herself. After lunch she had come up with the perfect plan to get some answers out of her new Hyuuga friend. She decided to invite her along for her shopping she needed to do after school for her and Naruto. While Naruto would go home and clean his apartment and wait for them. She would tell her it was because it would speed up the shopping since she still didn't know her way around the village and didn't want to get lost along the way. Also this would give them time to get to know each other better. So when class was done for the day she stopped Hinata on her way out of the classroom.
"Hey Hinata I just got a great idea. If you don't have any plans would you like to join me in some shopping? I need to pick up some stuff for me and Naruto. Besides that it would be a good time for me to get to know my new friend better while Naruto cleans his apartment." Naruto grined and scratched the back of his head while standing behind his cousin. "My apartment is kind of messy now that you mention it."
Hinata stood there trying to remember if she needed to do anything after school today. After a moment she couldn't think of anything and she did want to get to know her new friend. "Su..Sure th..that s..s..sounds n..nice." She said while looking down and pressing her index fingers together. Her face was also pink just from the thought of shopping for her Naruto.
They parted ways at the academy gates Naruto going home to clean while Hinata and Karin went shopping. On the way to their first stop they didn't talk much but what little they had Karin noticed that Hinata didn't seem to stutter as much as she did when her cousin was around. Their first stop was a ninja supply store that Hinata always used to get her training tools. After entering the store Karin decided to put her plan further into motion by asking Hinata a few simple questions about her and her cousin Naruto.