Repatriation 52 - EpilogueEpilogue10 years later… “Hold on, I’m coming!” came a voice from inside the house. When the door opened, it revealed Hinata Hyuuga, now in her upper twenties, looking as cute and sweet as ever. “Sakura!” shouted Hinata as she finally got the door open. She noted Sakura wasn’t alone. “Hi Sasuke, where are the others?”“They took off as soon as we got here,” he replied.“We’re not the first, are we?” asked a glowing Sakura Uchiha.“Gosh, no. Far from it. Neji and Tenten are here. So are Kiba and Shino and their wives. The sand contingent aren’t coming until just before dinner,” said Hinata. “Come right in! Everyone is out back.” She stepped aside allowing her friends access to her house.“Thanks,” said Sasuke flatly from behind his wife. Although he had been back in the Leaf f
Repatriation Ch 51Hours later, Sasuke stopped on a large branch and brought out his map once again. “We’re in a good place to stop for the night,” he said aloud. “Let’s camp out here.”Without a word, the six others dropped to the ground and began their preparations for the night. Each shinobi had a sleeping bag. Since it was only a one-night mission, Sasuke opted for no tents…they would sleep under the stars tonight. Umi and Kawa collected some larger pieces of wood while Lee got the fire going. Sakura collected the divided rations from each of them so that they could eat their one big meal for the day. Teki and Karin didn’t see anything else that needed to be done, so they just watched the others for the time being. “I’ll be so glad when this is over,” noted Karin to Teki.“Yeah, me too,” he agreed. “I wonder how they’ll assimilate us into the Leaf shinob
Repatriation Ch 50Nearly two weeks later…Sasuke opened the door to Sakura’s apartment after another long day with his trainees. Sakura happened to be in the kitchen preparing a quick meal for the two of them so they could just spend the evening relaxing together. All their hard work was only a few days from fruition. “Uh, I am so tired!” Sasuke said as he flopped into one of the chairs at the dining table. “It’ll soon be over,” said Sakura, stirring the soup on the stove. “Are you ready for the big mission tomorrow?”“Definitely,” Sasuke replied. “It’ll be something different than training, training, training. The question is…are you ready?”“I sure am,” said Sakura. “I’m just glad Iruka-sensei was willing to take my shinobi for the next two days while I support your mission.”“Academy time will be good for them.
Repatriation Ch 49Sakura and Sasuke left their home the next morning eager as ever to begin their respective assignments. Sakura was going to head to the orphanage with the seven shinobi she had taken responsibility for. Three would ultimately be staying in the village and four would be leaving. Even though these last two and a half weeks would fulfill different goals depending on the ultimate destination of the shinobi, Sakura knew that it was her duty to make it educational and inspirational for all of them.Last night, she and Sasuke had discussed what might be the best plan for those under Sakura’s charge. The orphanage would be visited probably twice more. It was the youngest villagers…the ones who had lived among the hardest conditions without their parents most likely due to war….who would make the most impact. They also decided that at least one day would be spent at the Academy, giving the young students a taste of shinobi from other villages and a taste of their exper
Repatriation Ch 48The next morning, Sasuke left the apartment early so that he could quickly visit the Hokage on his way to the inn. Sasuke knew that she was an early riser on work days, which he was about to take full advantage for two very specific reasons. The door was open, so Sasuke simply knocked on the door frame to get her attention. She looked up to see who was there.“Oh, Sasuke. Come in. I wasn’t expecting you. How’d the first day go?” Tsunade asked.“I thought it went pretty well. It wasn’t perfect though,” he replied.“How many?” she took the hint immediately, knowing that not all the shinobi could be let go. “One,” he replied. “What are you going to do with...is it a him or a her?” she asked.“It’s a him. Teki Abunai…and he has no intention of going quietly. His ninjitsu isn’t anything special, but he rather excels at ta