Prodigies Reborn!: Chapter 1: The Calm Before the Storm
The Calm Before the Storm
It's a beautiful morning in the Hidden Leaf Village and Minato Uzumaki awakes from a good night's sleep. He opens the blinds to let the sunlight in. Then he briefly admires the blue sky and white clouds.
Minato: *yawns* (Another beautiful day in Konoha).
Minato leaves his room, enters the hallway, and bangs on his adopted brothers' bedroom doors to wake them up.
Minato: Wake up, guys! There's more missions to accomplish and more jutsu to master!
Itachi, Aizu, and Shindo are all woken up by Minato, who is also their personal human-alarm. The three of them rise from their beds and they all head for the dining room.
Itachi: Minato, your over-the-top optimism is going to kill me one of these days.
Minato: Sorry, little brother, but you slouches would never leave your beds if it weren't for me. Plus, Shindo and Aizu don't mind my obnoxiousness, right guys?
Aizu: Not at all, big brother. I've been having nightmares lately....so thanks for waking me up early.
Minato: ....No problem, Aizu.
Minato doesn't like to hear that any of his little brothers are troubled by something, but he decides to save the thought for later.
Shindo: Ehh. Could be worse, could be better.
Minato: See, Itachi? Maybe you're just a little too sensitive.
Minato playfully shoves Itachi. The four brothers finally reach the dining room after walking the mansion's long hallway. Naruto and Hinata are already seated at the dining table. Naruto wears an orange robe with a red Uzumaki crest designed on the upper left-hand side. His hair is a lot shaggier than it used to be and he's a few inches taller than he was in his teenage years. Physical traits aside, Naruto's personality is the same as it always been, but slightly more mature. Hinata wears a purple nightgown and her long blue hair flows down her back, all the way to her waist. She is less insecure and shy as she used to be, but not exactly outgoing either.
Naruto: Good morning, bed-heads!
Hinata: Good morning, children.
Itachi, Minato, Shindo: Good morning, dad, mom.
Aizu: Good morning, Naruto-san, Hinata-san.
Aizu has only has only been living with his new family for three years and is not yet comfortable enough to call his adoptive parents "dad" and "mom". Especially since he still vaguely remembers his biological parents.
Itachi notices his least favorite breakfast on the table.
Itachi: Ichiraku Ramen's food is good and all, but must we really have to eat it for breakfast....everyday?
Naruto: Hey, Ayame blessed me with free food for life. You bet I'm gonna take advantage of that.
Itachi: Why do you need free food? Villagers from all the five great nations donated enough ryo to you that you could buy out Ichiraku Ramen a million times over....
Naruto laughs because he was caught red-handed.
Naruto: Okay, you got me there. I just love their ramen, that plain and simple.
Minato: Me too, dad!
Minato digs into the grub and the others join him. Minato and Itachi sits side-by-side, so does Aizu and Shindo. Naruto and Hinata each sits on an end, like parents usually do at the dining table. Hinata notices that Aizu is eating lifelessly.
Hinata: Aizu. Honey, what's wrong?
Aizu: Nothing, I'm fine. I didn't get much sleep, that's all.
Minato, Naruto, Itachi, Shindo, and Hinata exchange worried looks.
Itachi, Shindo, and Aizu knows that they're adopted, but everyone in the household cares for each other as much as any biological family could.
As Aizu's obvious stress begins to create awkwardness, someone knocks on the door.
Minato: I'll get it.
He gets up and open the door.
Minato: Hey Keiko and Kakashi-sensei!
Keiko is a friend of all in the Uzumaki household. She's closest to Itachi and Minato, being that the three are very close in age and been best friends since they were in the Ninja Academy.
Kakashi is out on the street, ten feet behind Keiko. He sits on the Hatake's family pet and friend, Tigris, the giant white tiger. Kakashi still wears his mask, yet to reveal his face to anyone but his family (which annoys Naruto). He also wears a white cloak with lightning designs scattered on it and samurai-style sandals, like the pair the deceased Legendary Sannin Jiraiya wore. Being mid-age, Kakashi's hair isn't as thick as it used to be and he rides Tigris just about everywhere, instead of traveling on foot.
From the dining room, the others greet their visitors.
Aizu and Shindo: Hey Kakashi-sensei and Keiko.
Naruto has picked up a habit of using occasionally slang, a trait he picked up from an old friend, Killer Bee.
Naruto: Yo, Kakashi! Hey Keiko! Nice to see you guys drop by!
Hinata: Hello Kakashi. Please tell Hana I said "hello".
Kakashi: Hey.....Minato.(Did Naruto really have to give him my sensei's name? I'm never going to get used to that.) Greetings everyone. Shindo, Aizu. Are you two ready?
Shindo and Aizu look at each other's sloppy appearances. Both of their hair are messy and their faces are covered in ramen.
Shindo: Ummm, give us a minute?
Kakashi: Sure, just try not to make a habit of it.
Aizu: *mumbles* You're the one who is usually late....
Shindo and Aizu quickly grooms and puts on more suitable clothing. Then, they leave the mansion and approach Kakashi.
Shindo: My wind techniques could use some improvement.
Aizu: Same goes for my lightning jutsu. Well, where to today, sensei?
Kakashi: The Hidden Cloud Village. Lightning is easier to generate there and wind is easier to gather on the mountain peaks.
Shindo: Okay, sounds good to me. Let's go.
Aizu and Shindo hop onto Tigris.
Keiko: Thanks for the ride, dad!
Kakashi: No problem. See you all later. Tigris, go girl!
The three of them head for the Hidden Cloud Village to start their daily training.
Hinata: Did he say mountain peaks? Oh, no. That's dangerous, I hope they will be safe.
Naruto: Babe, you worry too much. They'll be fine. Kakashi used to train me, I'm healthy and alive!
Keiko: Poor Tigris, dad relies on her for most of his transportation. If only he listened to Guy-sensei about protecting his youth...
Naruto: Yeah, ol' Bushy Brows-sensei still runs laps around the village without breaking a sweat.
Hinata: Well Keiko, would you like something to eat while you're here?
Keiko: No thank you, Hinata-san. Itachi, Minato, and I are going to request a mission from the Hokage. We don't have much time to waste, Kuwabara and his group of bafoons are sure to ask for today's best mission. We have to get to Lord Konohamaru first. Come on, you pigs.
Minato and Itachi are embarrassed because they notice that their mouths are overflowing with food.
Minato: *Talks with his mouth fulll* Okay, I'll be ready in a sec.
Itachi: I bet 100 ryo that I get ready first.
Minato: You're on.
Naruto: (Man, those two are like the new Eternal Rivals).
Minato beats Itachi at getting groomed and dressed for the day. Then, the three best friends head for the Hokage mansion.