|In The Blood Summaries - Act 2: Echo
||[Nov. 2nd, 2011|11:54 pm]
Chapter 4 - Spotlight Shift - (AO3 Link)
A few months after the incident in Tamina, Sasuke returns home after informing his students that he wants them to participate in the chuunin exams that year. He learns that his youngest daughter, Karai, has also been chosen, but is distracted by his second son, Takeru, greeting him and leaving with him to spar. Meanwhile, at the gates of the city, a young red-haired man named Hanamura Yukio has arrived in search of ninja training, and is taken to the Konoha government offices to apply for a visa, where he runs into Naruto. Naruto takes him through the process of applying for the visa, and ends up showing him around the city and offers him a place to stay at his house while Yukio looks for an apartment. Yukio drops his things off at Naruto's house, and the two decide to go out for dinner.
Chapter 5 - Prism Spectrum - (AO3 Link)
Naruto takes Yukio to Ichiraku Ramen, where Chouji's daughter, Chouko, is working for the evening. They talk of their backgrounds while while waiting for their noodles, as well as what, exactly, a Hokage does, which is something Yukio has great interest in. Yukio ends up over-eating and is falling asleep as Kakashi stops by on his way home from babysitting Yamato's young son. He and Yukio are briefly introduced, and Kakashi finds himself wondering why the boy seems so familiar to him. Yukio, meanwhile, comes down with stomach troubles after the meal, and spends some time in the bathroom. Naruto mulls over the past while waiting for him to finish.
Chapter 6 - Display Matrix - (AO3 Link)
Yukio continues living at Naruto's house, and receives a teacher in the form of Kurenai's daughter, Benio. As he becomes more well-known in the village, rumors begin to spread that he is Naruto's illegitimate son, due to their strikingly similar appearances and behaviors. Sakura is skeptical, having little faith in similar rumors that Hinata's son, Andou, was fathered by Naruto as well, but her resolve is shaken when she actually meets the boy. Wanting some peace of mind, she goes to Sasuke and asks him if the resemblance is just in her head. Sasuke snaps at her after rightly guessing that she suspects that Yukio is a lovechild, and tells her to do a blood test. Sakura then draws blood from both Naruto and Yukio and sends it in for testing, though she does not tell them why.
Chapter 7 - Red Beacon - (AO3 Link)
The following day, Benio announces to Yukio that she's been chosen as a Chief Examining Officer in the chuunin exams, and will be preoccupied the following week. In the afternoon, representatives from the Taki clan, a crime family from the Land of Silk, arrive requesting assistance in finding their Boss's daughter, Kiine, whom they believe is hiding in Konoha. The head of the band, Nobuhiro, is quite uncooperative, but Naruto offers whatever assistance he can in finding her, despite the impending chuunin exams. A physical description and a photo of Kiine, a red-haired girl with peculiar freckles on the back of her neck, are sent out as a memo.
Chapter 8 - Shutter Requests - (AO3 Link)
Nobuhiro returns on the second day, angry that Kiine has not yet been found. Naruto tries to appease him, but senses an imminent attack, and defends himself by stealing the knife that Nobuhiro carries around. Naruto is attacked in turn by a beautiful young man in Nobuhiro's company with a sword, but he manages to defuse the situation and return the knife. The boy with the sword returns later in the afternoon to apologize for his actions, introducing himself as Yuki, Nobuhiro's brother and Kiine's bodyguard. He then requests that if Naruto knows where Kiine is hiding to urge her to flee, before leaving. Meanwhile, Kakashi receives a request over the phone to babysit Yamato's son, Kotoji, again. Kotoji is the result of a one-night-stand, and was left with Yamato by the mother's friend after she died in childbirth. Kakashi puts up a show of resistance but ends up going to babysit him anyways.
Chapter 9 - Flash Signals - (AO3 Link)
Kakashi has a dream of his childhood, from shortly after Obito's death. He and Kushina talk about Minato. He awakens when Yamato comes home from his errand: he had been asked to assist Benio and her boyfriend, a former student of his, in finding Yukio, who has gone missing. Naruto has since found out and is understandably upset and panicked. On the way home, Kakashi sees a boy that looks like Haku, and has a violent flashback about his murder, which takes him a while to recover from.
Chapter 10 - Luna Moth - (AO3 Link)
Inou, Sasuke's youngest son, who has been training with his teammates Shikake and Chouko, collapses from exhaustion and throws up. Chouko decides to bring him home, despite Inou's protestations. Ino takes him in and has his clothes laundered, and makes him soup. Inou passes the time with a comic book left on the table by his older sister, Nadeshiko, whom he avoids and tries not to speak to. His younger sister, Karai comes home from her own training and pesters Inou a little, and Inou leaves to take a bath. He ends up falling asleep in the tub and has a dream about his last chuunin exam attempt, during which he encountered a strange creature with big eyes in the Forest of Death. He awakens to Sasuke and his criticism, and falls asleep at his desk while trying to study.
Chapter 11 - Slight Illumination - (AO3 Link)
Yukio is found early in the morning trying to leave Konoha, and is kept in a guard station while Naruto is informed. A Taki clan member arrested for messing with a ninja restaurant owner is also there, waiting for Nobuhiro to pick him up. He harasses Yukio a little, until Nobuhiro arrives. Naruto arrives shortly afterward, and he and Nobuhiro start arguing. Before the argument can escalate, Yukio reveals himself to be Kiine, apologizes to Naruto for the trouble, and leaves with her family's representatives. The news that Yukio was Kiine spreads throughout Konoha, and Sasuke makes a point of mocking Sakura for believing Kiine to be Naruto's lovechild. However, the blood tests that Sakura ordered have finally been completed, and the results are interesting enough for Sakura to go to Naruto about them.
Chapter 12 - Phosphorescence Trail - (AO3 Link)
Sakura meets with Naruto about the blood test results and explains to him that Kiine is actually related to him on his mother's side, and suggests that he perhaps use that connection when they contact the Taki clan about their unsettled debts after the chuunin exams. Sakura runs into Sasuke as she returns to the hospital to conduct further tests, and informs him of the results as well, for minor revenge. In examining the blood samples further, Sakura discovers a strange pattern of chakra-saturated blood cells, similar to ones she had seen before in Karin's blood. She sends copies of Kiine's medical charts and samples of her blood to Karin, who has set up a medical clinic of her own in the Land of Waves, to see what she makes of this.
Chapter 13 - Held Candle - (AO3 Link)
Sasuke responds to Sakura's news by digging through the archives of Uchiha clan records, to see if there is any chance that Yakata (whom he hasn't been able to entirely forget) is like Kiine, and a distant relative of his own. The records don't turn up anything, and Sasuke is interrupted and further angered by the entrance of Murasaki, an unstable young woman that claims she can speak to the dead. She attempts to pass messages from Sasuke's dead family members on to him, but is shoved out of the Uchiha compound ruins before Sasuke goes home. Inou, meanwhile, is still attempting to train, despite being sick and over-tired. He practices a mind-reading technique of his own invention that allows for him to remotely listen to thoughts, but ends up losing control of the technique and collapsing with a nosebleed after hearing voices he has never heard before. Karin replies to Sakura with a few theories and says she'll do further research in the meantime.
Chapter 14 - Interlude: Big Red - (AO3 Link)
Kiine, home from her stunt in Konoha, looks back on what brought her there. Her dream is to become Boss of her family's syndicate when she grows up, and has been training for years for that purpose by sneaking out of the house and learning how to fight and make connections, but ends up in an arranged marriage with an allied clan's son. She and Yuki, her best friend, come up with a plan for her to run away long enough for the marriage to be called off, and put the plan into action after much thought. Obviously, the plan fails, and Kiine feels mad at Yuki for ratting her out and sorry for Naruto, whom she is very fond of, and all the trouble he'll have to deal with from her family.