No. It's such a simple word, yet it can completely destroy your entire world. I feel the walls of my diminishing hope start to crumble. Why would Shikamaru give me so much hope and reassurance if he didn't mean it? I stare at him blankly, feeling the emotion drain from my eyes.
"What?" I reply.
Shikamaru takes a small breath, "I said no. This is a journey you're going to have to figure out by yourself. You won't need my help. Besides, I have a feeling you will finally be able to bring peace to this hopeless world."
"Why would you need me to come with you anyways?"
"I wish I could tell you but I can't. When you said no, you lost the opportunity of knowing my plan. You are one smart dude, so if I tell you, you would probably run off and tell the Hokage. And we can't have that now, can we?"
I looked away signaling that the conversation was over. I heard him sigh and get up. His fading footsteps signaled that he was out of hearing range. 'Well, then. There goes that small hope. I haven't really made any friends in my small time of being here. Well, except… wait, does he count?' I thought to myself.
The bushes near me began to rustle. Out of the bushes step out one of the last people I wanted to see. It was Red Eyes; AKA Itachi Uchiha. I start to slide back in order to get away from him.
"Do not fear. I have not come to hurt you." He says.
"Then why are you here!" I demand.
"How much do you know about the Akatsuki?" He asks.
My eyes widen. 'How did he know?'
"Do not be surprised. I know more about you than you think. If I am correct, you know the real reason I killed the clan."
"Does he kill me?"
My voice cracks, "Yes."
Itachi take a few more steps closer to me so that we are nose to nose.
"I have a favor to ask of you," he states.
"What is it?" I question.
"When I die, make sure that Sasuke does not stray from the right path."
"Sure, but how do you know that I will follow through with your favor?" I ask Itachi.
'Because you pity me.'
'Hmm… he is a possibility, but how in the world do I find him? Trying to find him is like trying to find hay in a needle stack. Oh! I got it! I find Sasuke, travel with him, and therefore find Itachi! Oh my gosh! Alyx, you must have your genius pants on today!' I think to myself. With that final thought I decide to head on my epic journey of the awesomness that is me!
Two Hours Later…
"AAAAHHHH! Get it off! Get it off! HELP!"
Yes. That pitiful scream is me. No. That is not my master plan of finding Sasuke or Itachi. That scream is a resort of me being randomly mauled by a koala. Yes, a KOALA. Do NOT judge me! Anyways, as I'm running around completely helpless, someone pulls it off.
"Hey~! Hey~! Are you okay~?" someone sang to me.
I look up and see someone I recognized on the Naruto Wikipedia. It was Killer Freaking Bee! NO WAY! This cannot happen to me! NO NO NO!
He starts to speak again, "Hey baby~! Are you okay~? Do you have anything to say~?"
Do I have anything to say? There are so many things I want to say! Like how messed up his brain is. Or how he doesn't need to rap everything he says! With that in mind I did something completely unreasonable and kinda rude. I said thanks, took a deep breath, and then…
"AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH! Leave me alone, man! Your voice is crazy! It's as if your voice is in my head! AAAAHHHHHH!"
And so I ran. I ran into the woods, swam through the rivers, and ended up at an ominous cave. Little did I know that in that cave were the people I was trying to destroy. And by the end of the day, my life will never, ever be the same. For goods or for bads? Well, you'll have to wait until the next chapter. ;)