Akane

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Akane had already gotten ready for the day. Her red hair was clean, braided into one long row, and adorned with small green velvety pins shaped like leaves. She wore black halter, cropped, and blue flowing pants. Her black boots were cleaned and shined, mostly because they were new, and her jewelry of the day was a golden cuff around her left wrist, swirling like a vine over and back across her whole forearm. Her pants were topped with a leather belt, a golden leaf shaped piece in the front. She was feeling nature-y today. And smelling like fresh sultry flowers, Akane made her way to Daichi's room.

 

She pounded on his door with the heel of her fist, letting the hard rap go twice before waiting. When no sounds emerged, she was not surprised. Daichi slept pretty hard after a night of drinking, and though she had no idea what he was up to the night before, she planned to not wait and see. Akane opened the door and called his name as she stepped inside, "Daichi? Daichi?" The red head repeated, looking in, carrying the fresh clean scent of her recent onsen visit with her.

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There was no denying that Daichi had been a drinker but ever since he had become Hokage, a fact that was widely known now, he didn't get to enjoy the life he was use to. There was no denying that he had been indulging in a Bachelor's Life for the last fews but that came to a crashing halt once he had to start doing actual work, sitting behind a desk. His late night usually consisted of doing it after finishing paperwork at his desk, or maybe with one of his siblings if he was lucky. Last night he had managed to finish the work he had to do early and drank by himself on top of the old Hikage Tower, basking in how the whole village looked like it was built for ants from where he was.

 

As Akane entered his room, she'd find the fact that the man was dressed in... Well, nothing. The white blanket that was on his bed was covering his goods but barely, the rest of his form exposed, including the seemingly endless scars that littered his body, from the intense training that he had gone through. There was one on his upper right arm from a mission they were on not too long ago but it had fully scarred over by now. As she opened his door, it wasn't the noise but the scent of her aroma that would start to wake him from his slumber,"Mmm... You smell... So nice... Did you always..?" He mumbled to himself as he slowly raised a right hand into the air, as if grabbing something.

 

Then it came down onto his face and brought him out of his sleep, something that was weird but it wasn't the first time he did it. There was an audible groan as he would drag his hand down his face, knowing that today was one of the only days he had to fully enjoy himself and he was going to wake up even if he was hungover. But then he sniffed the air a few more times, wiping the rest of the sleep from his eyes and looking towards his door,"So that part wasn't a dream... What a pleasant surprise." He'd groan audible as he would roll over and swing his legs off the side of the bed. He'd be completely exposed at this moment but barely noticed, or had no shame, as his moved to place his head in both his hands and his elbows against his knees,"God, Akane... I don't want to be awake."

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Akane had seen him naked before, just once or twice, usually in similar predicaments. She groaned when she caught sight of his muscular pale flesh. She had to admit he was a great specimen from a medical standpoint, despite all the scarring. She wasn't shy about it really, and continued on forward with her hands on her hips. She looked down at him, thankfully his position hiding his aforementioned goods. His comments on her good smell was an odd mix of a compliment, and a playful jest. She wrinkled her nose and shook her head, "You know better than to insinuate that I smell when I come in here and you're looking like you do."

 

Akane normally felt no pity for him and his stupid drunken late nights, but he had been working awfully hard on all that paperwork. He deserved a night, she thought, but perhaps for once not the pain that came with the morning after. Still, the red head wasn't fazed and didn't plan to alter her course of action.

 

"Get dressed, would you? It's mid morning already and you said we could go to the enclave and train together, like old times." Akane moved to cross her hands over her arms and over her chest, still standing with her weight forward slightly on one hip and leg, filling her posture with attitude. "You need to blow off steam, catch a break, and I need a good workout. I don't care if you're kage, you better not make me wait." Akane relaxed a little, smiling softly. It was more like old times than she wanted to admit. Years ago, as his only student, he had trained her hard and she was the one in bed begging him to go away. She looked around for a glass of water, considering throwing it on him as revenge for that one time he had done so to her. It seemed only right.

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There was a grin that was forming on his lips as the woman would continue talking and he would raise his head slowly from his hands. As she finished talking, throwing out her playful threats the man would give a laugh,"You know just what to say to get me all hot and bothered under my collar." He then gestured to him having no clothes around the neck area,"The hypothetical collar, of course." The man would then move to stand up fully to his full height, not hiding any part of him as he did and maybe it was the angle he was bent before but it'd be good to mark the seal that rested on his right peck. No one had openly seen it except for the man that had put it there but there was no hiding it from Akane, though he hadn't thought to hide it. She may not know what it was used for, given the rarity of Fuinjutsu users but that was the seal that held the Four Tails Bijuu inside of him.

 

Daichi would have taken a long inhale of Akane's scent once more and stepped up to her, easily closing the distance. His left hand rested almost arrogantly on his hip while his right actually came up to her face, his thumb and index finger gently coming to hold her chin,"Maybe it is the fact that I don't get out as much, but every day that goes by you look more and more like an actual woman to me." And to most a compliment like that would have seemed mean and heartless but it was one of the nicer things Daichi could manage to say without sounding like a conceited Bachelor and Akane deserved a bit better than what the other women in his life had gotten. Even if that contained a bit of his rugged personality.

 

He'd have tilted her head so that she was looking at him, the man boldly scanning her face and details as he did so. After a few moments of that, he would nod his head at the woman and then release her chin, grazing along her jawline as he did and then shuffling past her and to his dresser,"After training today, you should let me buy you dinner." Pulling on a pair of boxers he would turn to face the woman fully for a moment,"Actual dinner." He commented before moving over to his closest to start looking through his clothing.

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The woman started shaking her head, arms lowering to her sides. She noted the seal, staring at it so intently that she didn't see anything else. She examined it but despite the way she had scanned fuinjutsu scrolls in her free time in Daichi's study, she hadn't ever seen a mark like his. Her brown hued eyes were locked onto the mark, trying to place its meaning in her mind, and then they lifted to his eyes. She heard something about him calling her an actual woman and it drew her attention to his face. Unfortunately, he was standing erringly close. Were he any other guy, she would have kicked him hard and brutally in the crotch.

 

She frowned as his hand floated over her jawline, gazing into her eyes. Akane felt puzzled, strangely warm and confused, as well as nervous. He was naked. And not in the medical way, not like the corpses she had seen, not in the helping out in the emergency way, not in the 'old person stripped and running through the hospital' way. He was naked and oozing seduction. She had seen him do it to others before, and had rolled her eyes. Now she was embarrassed that his tricks, his very presence, had an effect on her. He really was losing his mind. Her frown deepened as she struggled to understand the emotion of nervousness when she had spent years with Daichi and never had felt so nervous before. She scoffed a bit at his request for dinner, "You're just buying me dinner because ladies and no pants," The red head tumbled her tongue through the nonsense words. She clenched her fists and crossed her arms. She tried to fix her words, turning to face him once he wore boxers.

 

Catching his eye again this time, she paused and her anger went away. Would dinner with Daichi be so bad after all? "You can buy me dinner on two conditions. One, I can't be your second choice. And two," Akane paused and then smirked at him. It was the kind of look she would give him before cleverly sending an attack his way which he did not expect. "You must be able to defeat one of my attacks out there in the enclave today." Akane doubted that would happen. The woman knew he didn't have Kai Release, or he hadn't learned it last they sparred. Breaking her genjutsu would be a challenge, even if he was a kage, she was quite good at what she did. Dinner and humiliation at his expense would not even be on the to do list because there was no way he could beat her if she pulled an illusion jutsu on him.

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Daichi had let out a series of snickers as he sorted through his clothing for a pair of pants, just a loose fitting pair of black gi pants. As he slipped them on he would listen to the woman and glance over his shoulder,"Actually, I'm asking you to dinner because I try so hard to find a woman out there in the world. When there has been a perfectly capable woman in front of me for years~" He remarked this as he would shuffle through his closet until he'd find a black button up shirt, that didn't exactly go with his choice of pants but he was going for comfortable over fashionable. As he would pull the shirt on he would walk over to the woman and reach for one of her hands, lifting it and bringing it to the seal that was on his form now. 

 

He'd hold it there for a moment and find her eyes,"Don't look so concerned about it." He'd offer a grin before he would walk over to his desk and pull a case off the top of it, large enough to hold a small instrument. Of course Akane would know that his gauntlets inside of the case, which he'd need for a good training session. "I don't ever ask a woman out to dinner, so you are the first and last option." Sliding his sandals onto his feet at the door, he'd open it and hold it open for Akane,"I hope you got good at your medical skills then, because I'll cut off a whole limb to get you to say yes~" He mused but it was hard to actually say how much he was joking about that statement.

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Akane watched as he dressed, staring still at the seal on his chest. She wondered what it meant, what it was for, and if it was dangerous. She wondered if it was a secret, but then if it weren't why not just tell her what it was right out? As Daichi went on about finding a woman, she rolled her eyes a little. He was just so busy he hadn't yet found time for more wenches or girls to fool around with. She had seen the way he frolicked out at night, drinking and flirting the times away. And she might never have dated a guy before, but she was far from naive when it came to her mentor and friend. Daichi was charismatic, handsome, and tender-hearted. But he was also a consistent heart breaker. When he approached her, placing her hand on his chest, she looked up and met his eyes again. Her brows pinched together a bit as she spoke, "You really should button up, I'm waiting for--" But he interuppted her as he let her hand go. She sighed.

 

Probably, the seal was not very important, but if it was, she was sure Daichi would tell her sooner or later. As his personal up and coming medic, she knew she would learn more than maybe she wanted to about him. Akane watched him get his gauntlets out and could not help but grin. Though he teased her, she could tell by the gauntlets that he was taking her seriously. On the one side, it was disorienting and she felt strangely nervous about it again. Seriously desiring to take her on a date was more than just odd for Daichi, and his admission of his determination was even more so. But then, taking her seriously is what she always wanted him to do. Akane wanted to see how she fared against him after these past few months. Could she finally attempt to take on her former sensei? He was only a couple years older, or so she assumed based on her medical observations of his muscle tone and behavior. However, Daichi had always been so much stronger.

 

"A whole limb?" Akane started, chuckling as she exited through the door, "Should I be flattered more by the determination of cutting my arm off, or by the fact you asked me to dinner?" The aromatic woman passed him by and began walking from the complex towards the enclave. It was an extensive journey, likely several hours walk, but Akane had done it before and with Daichi in such a lively mood, she was positive it would feel much shorter.

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As he stood at the door waiting for her to walk out, his right hand would take to holding the case's handle within it as he would glance around the halls before letting out a soft breath. *Tsk, tsk, Uzumaki. Lying to that poor girl.* Daichi would have mentally grunted at the beast's comments, in response to the fact that what the seal was much bigger than just a small secret. But it was easy to block out these hateful thoughts for now, especially seeing that the Tailed Beast had slowly started to quiet down once it noticed that it wasn't going to be getting a rise out of Daichi. Though it had only been a few weeks since the Four Tails had been sealed within him, adjusting to having almost another person in your body and mind at all times was a toll. On top of having become the Hokage, but he wasn't ignorant to the strength that the Four Tails had granted him either.

 

But as they would walk through the halls of the building and out into the small town they had been in, he rolled his shoulders slowly and glanced around,"To think that these people all look up to me to protect them." He absentmindedly commented to Akane as they had continued their walk. His eyes seemed to stay towards the sky as they walked and it was clear that he was expecting the woman to lead the way to the training grounds today. His left hand moved to grab the smokes out of the pocket of his pants, but that was when he remembered he hadn't ever had the time to stop and buy a new pack. How many days ago was that now? His brows furrowed at the thought of this and he grunted quietly.

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The ground had shifted from the organized albeit old stone pathways through the town and into grassy dirt paths leading out of the area. Akane waited until they were nearly out of the town before responding. She was thinking, spending her time considering the ways that she would beat him, the jutsu that she would use, and the ways she would have to defend herself against him. Always, her mind was busy, but to face off against her mentor, the kage, she would need her wits about her. If nothing else, the comments he made about dinner earlier were likely to disarm her for their fight in a psychological way. She wouldn't have any of it. The red head did not completely ignore Daichi, however, considering what he said for the second time in her mind before finally responding to him, "Nothing's changed. We always looked up to you. Everyone. You're a natural leader and it's no secret to a single person out there."

 

Akane shifted her brown eyes to look at him, slowing her pace a bit. The thick dense forest sprang up ahead, like a waiting predator. The leaves rustled in excitement akin to the way a wild beast shakes its hindquarters- right before the attack. Akane had spent many hours in this enclave, but she did not trust it. Not for just the lurking criminals, but for the dizzying amount of unknown plants and animals. She could walk past an array of flowers only to find out the pollen had been toxic and paralytic. Being so involved in nature, collecting specimens and creating poisons and antidotes, had influenced her entirely. She was both in a state of perpetual fascination and eagerness, like a cliff diver looking down, as she was in a state of wariness, as paranoid as a small rodent in the enclave itself. Her comfort level was high in this place, especially near the edge, most plants and things were documented, identified, and even taught by Akane at the Daigaku. But her posture and body radiated tension, like a spooked beast, she naturally fit in here and yet, with her wariness, she stuck out.

 

"Daichi, you are going to be a great kage, do great things, and I have no fear of any of that. And all those people in the village are sheep, willing to follow anyone with a cool hair cut, a bright smile, and a sharp weapon. You'll do fine."

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