1: You're so old
The trees around me quietly whisper secrets to each other as the wind works as a messenger, moving leaves from tree to tree to the ground. I step over sticks and rocks as I make my way through the forest. My hands shoved into my jean pockets and my hooded jacket up over my head makes for the perfect shield from the sun. I suddenly stop, sensing the change of wind.
Three men fall from the tree tops and circle me. They're drenched in black cloaks and hide behind colorful masks that resemble animals. I slowly pull my hands free from my pockets and wait.
One slowly breaks free from the rest, stepping in front of me. "Who goes there?" he holds out a kunai, ready to attack.
"I have an invitation…" I begin to reach for my pocket but stop as he lunges forward and holds the kunai to my throat. I twist sideways and offer my pocket to him which he slowly reaches into and pulls out a paper. He drops the kunai slowly and hands me back the paper.
"I don't know who you are or how you got this, but you're coming with us."
It took us a while to get into the village. With my hands tied in front of me and the three of them guarding me, I felt somewhat special. There were stares from people we passed by. Little kids were shielded by mothers who looked at us with curious eyes and suspicious glances. Whispers circled us and I smiled softly to a little girl who stared at me through blue eyes.
We finally came to the tall, red, dome shaped building. As we climbed the stairs, I began to wonder what was in store for me this time around. After a while of thinking, we came to familiar double doors and my mind went back to old memories. The two men on my sides both swung the doors open and the third pushed me inside.
The room was small, the whole wall opposite me were window overlooking the oh-so familiar village. A desk sat right in front of those windows with a chair in between them, it's back toward me. There was one other girl in the room. Her pink hair tied up into a ponytail. Her green eyes widened when she saw me and the man gripping my arm finally let go and addressed the person in the chair. "Sir, we found someone wandering around the village border. They have this with them." he hands the paper to the woman but she just stares a while longer before walking over to the chair. Handing the paper to the person, she backs up as he quickly stands and faces me.
His bright blue eyes grow wide and yellow hair stands on end. The familiar features of his face now changed with age. His face is now so firm, mature. His childish look no longer has a place on the mature man he now is, except…yeah, I can kind of see some of it… His arms extend and his smile grows into a laugh as he runs around the desk and lifts me off my feet, twirling me around.
"Roe! How long has it been? Years! I haven't seen you in years!" he laughs and drops a dizzy, giggling me onto the floor. He looks at my wrists and holds them up. "What's this for?" I shrug and he rips the ties off. I laugh while looking up at the tall man in front of me. I stand on my tip toes and ruffle his now long hair. "You've grown, Naruto, you're so old now!"