Into the Fire Chapter 1Chapter 1- The Great Whirlpool
"In the world there are five great nations: the Land of Fire, the Land of Wind, the Land of Lightning, the Land of Water, and the Land of Earth. And each of these nations is home to one of the five great shinobi villages: can anyone tell me what those five villages are." As Hiromasa-sensei's question drew to a close, I watched most of the students' hands shoot up. All were fidgeting anxiously in their seats, wanting to answer a question they knew the answer to, but I felt bored out of my mind. I knew the answer to the question; this one was far too easy. But I didn't raise my hand. This part of becoming a real ninja was the painful onesitting in a class of students while there are real battles to be fought outside. I was ready for it, but the genin exams weren't for a few weeks still. That was just a few more weeks I'd have to endure.
Finally, Hiromasa-sensei called on someone: and not just any someone either. This girl was Keiko Uzumaki, my very di
Into the Fire PrefaceFire.
If it all began this way, in fire, it seemed appropriate that it should end in the same fashion. So long ago, my life had seemed to be immersed in that very word: my home, my family, my friends, my everything had gone up in flames. Fire had been a relentless, ruthless force of nature in my eyes. Fire could sweep over an entire life, an entire country, so thoroughly, leaving everything in its path charred and unrecognizable. Everything I had ever loved had been rendered to nothing more than piles of ash.
It had seemed a cruelly ironic fate to find myself in the Land of Fire, but that's where I had found myself. It wasn't fair that I had to be subjected to this new landto these new people, who seemed to represent the very thing I hated. But that's when I met him: That famous, or infamous depending on whom you would ask, ninja who was said to harbor the power of the will of fire. I had never thought that fire could be beautiful, until he found me. Fire, if you thought about it