Nara Compound

JigokunoTenshi

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It’d been two days since the power went out, and two days since she had gotten sick. Hikari was getting better, albeit slowly, but thankfully her illness hadn’t turned into anything worse than a normal sickness. No pneumonia, no hypothermia. She could have easily been put up on the hospital because of the exposure to the drastically cold temperatures, but the Nara clan and her boyfriend especially had managed to get her body temperature back up in order to prevent it from getting too serious.

Over the past two days, the young chunin had been laid up in bed recovering, and lamenting the failed, not failed endeavor to save the entire family that had gotten trapped in an overturned car. While they had managed to save all three of the children that were in the back seat, including the youngest two month old, they were unable to save the parents. The mother had retained consciousness throughout the entire ordeal up until the moment of her death, but her husband had never regained consciousness. Some of the medics that were there on scene believed that he was already brain dead before his body failed from his injuries. The mother may have survived had it not taken so long to get her out of the car, though she’d would have been paralyzed from the waist down the rest of her life as the dashboard of the car had crushed her pelvis and the lower part of her spine against her seat. It was the wildest scenario that they could have imagined themselves in, and Hikari was wracked with guilt from it. Unbeknownst to some, she was actually avoiding resting as much as she should have been just to avoid potentially dreaming about it. It was mainly why she was so sickly looking, though her recovery rate had always been laughably low.

Hearing that the explosions had shook the ground all over Land of Fire had made her enormously anxious about the well-being of her family, but according to rumors circulating from one shinobi to another- the casualties of the explosions and even the damages were incredibly low.

Now she just wanted some toast, but not a single toaster was working in the compound. It wasn’t the same without it.
 

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Although being responsible for the safety of millions, Ketsugo was not unaware of the valiant efforts made by those who survived and protected others in the process. The trauma's the villagers experienced was out of the ordinary, a terrorist action caused by the Red Tongue organization. A organization which was being cleaved out across the Land of fire, the beginning process was being underway after the demise of the former and puppeted governors. A hand would peel through the yard of the Nara Compoud, meters a head of the household he intended to arrive at. Another hand reached through the darkened surface, palms flat on the ground using one's strength to pull out as the Uzumaki began to stand tall. A light gentle breeze carassed the mans visage, as he continued to press forward and ahead of the door where his fist banged against. The noticable knock would travel far enough to alert those of someones arrival. Looking to the left the man observed a owl, perched upon a loosened pole seemingly from the damage caused by the Red Bombing. For now, visually the man observed the flying creature while anticipating the openingof the door.
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JigokunoTenshi

Mythical
Hikari was dozing off again when she heard the knocking on the front door. She had given it a few seconds to make sure that she had to get up herself, but as far as she was aware Hyosui was still out with his father. With many sniffles, she sluggishly peeled herself out of bed and pulled her hoodie back on. Her steps were less graceful than usual and she was bumbling down the stairs louder than an ox, but she was managing at least. The bags under her eyes did little to cloud the brightness in them, and were it not for the rising sun the slight glow to them would have been unmistakable. She was in melancholic spirits, but it all turned to surprise when she opened the door. This was the last person she expected.

”Ketsu-sama?” She blinked for a moment and shook her head apologetically. She knew of him somewhat personally and always forgot about addressing him as Hokage. Her respect for him though? Insurmountable. He was her sensei’s former... a lot of things, after all. ”I’m sorry, my manners. Lord Ketsugo, did you need Hyosui or his dad for something?” Not many people knew that she stayed with them when she was in the village. She stepped aside with her hand on the door still and gestured for him to come in, feeling the frigid air waver her stability. If he came in she would shut the door and rub her hands together to regain her warmth, sitting on the step up into the home.​
 
Hyosui and his father were still tending to matters around the village considering they were still medical staff. That aspect alone made them essential for a lot of things whether that was tending to the average wounds of the people or more pressing matters like those greatly affected by the bombing. The hokage arrived on his front doorstep and Hyosui nor his father were far behind. There was no need to hide their presence because after all it was quite literally their house. The two of them arrived in one swift motion portraying the very essence of body flicker as they emerged. His hands were stuffed in the pockets of his jacket and his face was covered in soot despite the temperatures being so frigid. Two days for Hyosui and his father wasn’t tiring to say the least but it certainly took its toll in the long run as that meant the members of the Nara clan were working tirelessly during that time. Every able bodied member of the clan was working hard to ensure the village’s people were tended to in the best way possible. When he emerged with his father there was more a look of annoyance than there was intrigue or even surprise. If the hokage was on their doorstep that meant he wasn’t tending to matters around the village. In turn after Hyosui and his father emerged some paces off from the door he could see Hikari talking with the Hokage. If he was looking for Hyosui or even his father for that matter he would have to do more than make impromptu visits to their home.
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Hyosui’’s lips were prepared to deliver a few disrespectful words before his father placed his hand on his shoulder. His father could tell simply by his body language the words that were going to leave his son’s mouth. He gave him a look that any child could expect from their parents in a situation like this. it clearly expressed “I raised you better than that”. He sighed regathering him before actually speaking his tone deep and words annoyed. “Couldn’t this have waited?” Hyosui wasn’t exactly tired physically but he most certainly was mentally. It was one of the things that made a member of the Nara clan such as himself a formidable force in the first place. The mental acuity they provided was something many kage before Ketsugo coveted but more importantly in a time like this where they weren’t the kages aids meant that they were no more important than the average militarized citizen so why was Ketsugo on their doorstep? Hyosui was less than enthused but he could respect that Hikari was simply doing as she would to any other Kage by simply being hospitable. Had she looked past the Hokage in the moments that Hyosui himself spoke she could find him still greeting her with a warm smile much like he always did.​
 

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A smile lit upon the Hokage's face when he saw Hikari, a pleasant sight to see that she was doing rather fine. At least based on sight, however based on the Red Bombing the mental effects it caused some people were traumatic. "Actually, there is little to no down time for most people who can serve at this time. However, rest is necessary for shinobi to be efficient." A larger smile arose on his face to comfort Hikari. The cold air slashing against them once more, but seemingly unbothered by it the Uzumaki turned around to face two others who had arrived to their home. Staring at Hyosui Nara and Isshi Nara with sapphire orbs, his smirk grew even larger. He could feel the exhaustion off them, the arduous work that each shinobi shared across the Land of Fire. Turning his head to the side where he was able to capture Hikari in his view once more. "The reason for my arrival, was to check up on you and Hyosui, to make sure you both are fairing well." Yes, they were his responsibility like the millions of other citizens and shinobi within this great country. And that is why he was visiting them, and doing work across the Land of Fire to ensure health and safety. Facing Isshi and Hyosui once more, Ketsugo would wait at the door for the both of them. His sight upon Hyosui, looking at the warm smile on the boys face.
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JigokunoTenshi

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Check on them? That wasn’t the answer she had expected to hear. One of the Leaf’s busiest shinobi turning up on this Nara family’s doorstep himself, when the entirety of Land of Fire had been attacked- well, it was odd to say the least. In the grand scheme of things, she’d have thought they’d be the last of anyone’s worries. In a way she appreciated it though. Hyosui and his father had been working tirelessly. Any appreciation given to them she would receive with open arms, even if Hyosui or Isshi did not.

Hearing Hyosui’s voice coming from the other side of Ketsugo, she tilted to the side to look past him and saw him standing there looking displeased. One would expect this to make her upset or disappointed with him, but she actually found it pretty cute. Their eyes locked as he looked at her and his warm smile was returned immediately, shifting up on her wobbly knees to stand she would gesture them all inside and not take no for an answer.
“I’m sure it won’t take long. And then you both need to rest! Mariko and I can go back out, whenever she decides to finally show up.” She tried to ease some of his irritation with Ketsugo’s arrival by suggesting it’d only be a minute of his time. There was no harm in it.

“Now,” she said confidently, rubbing her little hands together to warm them up, “Lord Ketsugo, why exactly are you checking on us? There weren’t any injuries on our side in our report, if you’d even had time to read it. Is this about the children? They’re okay, right?” Hikari paused, hesitating for a moment as she looked at Hyosui. Something that had been bothering her from the moment they finished rescuing those children was her own family. There was no way to contact them. When she spoke again her voice was quieter, fearful of an answer, and for just a moment there was a glisten of threatening tears in her eyes. “Do you know if Nōchi City was attacked too? My family is there.”
 
Hyosui was still slightly irritated at the thought of the hokage showing up on his doorstep. It was common practice to show up on someone's doorstep like this if there was a death in the family or a declaration of war. However the brooding reality was that neither was the case in fact Hyosui and his father both ensured the safety of those children personally so in his eyes Ketsugo had no real reason to be here. Yet here was standing on his front porch impeding his ability to spend time with Hikari before the inevitable happened and he was sent back into the wild again to tend to a village matter. He responded to Ketsugo’s words in kind nonetheless just moments after Hikari had. The breeze that swept over the land caused the soot stained fur on his jacket to sway from side to side as his eyes cut like daggers with each passing moment. He knew Hikari was right in the long run so despite his gaze being filled with frustration when it came to Ketsugo he wasn’t going to make this take any longer than necessary.

“Really, we’re fine. I just want a hot meal and a bath.”

After speaking he simply walked straight past the hokage and into his house before waving him in with a casual motion. He wasn’t exactly expecting company after returning home so he could only hope that Ketsugo would keep things short and sweet. In the end when Hyosui walked past Hikari he would place a gentle kiss on the cheek before making his way to the living room. It was at the very least the most neutral place in his house to have guests after all as he had no intentions of having the man over for dinner. He did take Hikari’s mention of Mariko with a sense of anticipation as that would mean he would be able to take a rest without issue but more importantly their team would be all under one roof even if just for a day. Had Ketsugo followed the three of them inside he would find Hyosui plopping down onto his couch before letting out a brief sigh of relief. His father simply departed to his own room being the first of them to take time to get clean. Had one taken a look around the living room they could find it dimly lit with candles strown about along with several other living room amenities such as a tv and two loveseats accompanied by a coffee table in the middle.​
 

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There were things the Uzumaki was able to comprehend, due to his unique ability to detect and track the findings within one's heart and mind. It was a process which has allowed him to understand the concern and discontent on some people's heart. The sage was connected to the flow of the world and at times closer than most would like, as it could seem like an invasion of privacy. Regardless of one emotion and intent, Ketsugo tried not to judge anyone for anything unless it was concerning health and safety protocols. As everyone was rightfully able to have their own point of view of things, whether approved or not. One could not take thoughts away unless done so, by person choice or force. Ketsugo did not view any threat but he did see sommething else, clear as the famed dojutsu of this land.

"From what have been reported, the total amount of casualties were drastically low in comparison to what the explosions actually appeared to give off. It was thanks to the efforts of every quick-thinking shinobi. I commend each of you for doing your part in protecting and tending for all those who are in need. The Red Bombing impacted several locations across the nation and Nochi City, was one of the targetted areas. However, with everyone's quick thinking the effectiveness of the Red Canvas technique, most people are alive and well. I do not know if your family survived, but I choose to believe in good faith that they are with us but a promise i cannot guarantee. What are they names? I will find out immediately for you."
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"Hyosui of the Nara Clan. I came to check on you both, because you both are Yozu's Uchiha student. A fellow Sangami, who I cherish and I understand she would be concerned of you both as well. However, that is not the only reason I come here. Based on what is known of you and your abilities, I would like you to consider being apart of my team. The Nara has often times within this nation history played a crucial role in advising leadership, and I would like you to share this burden as your predecessors have."
He said, as both arms rested standing in front of Hyosui who was now plopped down onto the couch.

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JtHojo

Academy Student
It had been two days since various things happened in Konohagakure but for Mariko, it seemed like an eternity since she had been home in Konohagakure. She was away for a while on her modeling tour only returning due to hearing about the mayhem that ensued within Konohagakure. She returned not only to check on the village which became her home but also to check on her childhood best friend Hikari and Hikari's boyfriend Hyosui, who had become like her second family. She was especially worried about Hikari who she grew up with as their families had connections through their businesses.

Mariko was a very bubbly and bright young lady who would always treat others kindly outside of battle and at one point even in battle till Hyosui helped her understand that not all opponents deserve mercy and it could harm her and her teammates one day if she gave everyone mercy. Now she was back not only to check on her team but to give them whatever backup they might need as the village had gone through so much in a short few days and it would be best for her to be here to help her squad, her village, and the Land of Fire.

She was headed to the Nara compound as she knew normally Hikari wouldn't be too far from Hyosui unless she was doing her business and this would be the easiest place to find Hyosui if he had not been hurt during the bomb problem. She would hope that Hyosui and Hikari would give her an update on everything she missed in the last month since her tour started and she would be able to help repair the village. As she got close to the Nara Compound Mariko would knock on Hyosui's door while dusting off her dress to fix her appearance as it had been a while since anyone saw her and she always liked to make a good visual impression as a model.
 
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