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09 March 2008 @ 06:59 pm
What is this sense of direction you speak of?  
What: Kushina getting terribly lost. (AKA, my sad attempt at making Kushina interact with people because she thrives on human interaction)
Where: Konoha Fashion, roaming the hallways.
When: March 9, 2008; 8:00 AM
Warnings: None that I can think of.
Open: YES.

Kushina stopped in the middle of the hall and pouted because that's just what forty-three year old women did. Well... really, that's just what Kushina did. She had been working in this place for several weeks now, but she still didn't know her way around at all. She was severely lacking a sense of direction, she had been since as far back as she could remember. She blamed it on someone dropping her on her head as a child- probably her grandpa, he was known in her family as a butterfingers (something she herself had acquired from him).

But yeah, here she was. Lost. In some huge building. That she had been working in for weeks. She felt like shouting in frustration. Instead, she plopped down on the ground, pout growing immensely. Someone had to find her eventually... Unless she was somehow in a different dimension. That was a possibility, what is she had managed that!? Really, being in a different dimension wouldn't surprise Kushina that much just because her sense of direction was actually that bad.
U Z U M A K I ! naruto (to have or have not?): R U K I!! {i'm with}juxt_a_pose on March 10th, 2008 06:12 pm (UTC)
That someone just so happened to be Uzumaki Naruto, who was tripping around in a very Naruto-esque fashion, characteristically in search of ramen. It wasn't is lunch break, per se, but Naruto (had you asked him) really had no idea when his lunch break technically was, or if he even had one (and there was a good chance that he didn't). All he knew was that he was hungry and that he had some ramen down in the staff lounge, which he get to via this hallways that apparently had a woman in it.

One that he'd just tripped over.


He looked down, managing to catch himself on one of the walls, staying upright with difficulty. He hadn't fallen too heavily, but he really didn't want to have fallen all right.

"Mary, mother of- Are you okay?"

Not that Naruto wasn't eccentric enough to have sat in hallways before. It was just that he was already in a mood, having come off his two week suspension (for punching someone who deserved it, he might've added; he hadn't even broken anything. Fractured jaw. That was it. A measly fractured jaw and Tsunade had supended him, and Naruto swore up and down he'd never been so miserable in his life,) and ramen was occupy most of his mind's space at the moment.
Uzumaki Kushina: hahaclick_and_snap on March 10th, 2008 08:27 pm (UTC)
Kushina rubbed her injured knee. Well, she couldn't complain too much, at least someone had found her. Though she hadn't expected to be tripped over, but what could she expect just sitting in the middle of the hallway like that.

Kushina craned her neck to look up at her (semi-abusive) savior. "I'm fine. Thanks for finding me." The eccentric red-head gave the blonde man a huge grin that showed off all her pearly whites.
U Z U M A K I ! naruto (to have or have not?): R U K I!! {then change}juxt_a_pose on March 10th, 2008 11:31 pm (UTC)
Naruto blinked at her, only a little confused. "...you were looking to be found?" He hadn't counted her lost. But then, Naruto was no stranger to the world of eccentricities. Rather, he thrived in it, and since Naruto was not a person fond of not thriving, eccentrics did well with him, more often than not. Well, then I guess now's when I say 'I found you'?

He rubbed his foot a little, distracted from his ramen quest, before smiling back (his own nearly identical, but then Naruto didn't carry a mirror around with him - the only idea he had of what his smile looked like was from photographs of himself which, contrary to popular belief, he wasn't usually fond of. He tended to think he was only really photogenic when he was trying. Regardless, the most he thought was that she looked vaguely familiar to him. Pretty, too. You didn't find red hair around here often, not in Japan, and not as natural looking as that).

He extended his hand, offering her help up.

".......are you lost then?" He chuckled around the concept. "That's cute. ♥"
Uzumaki Kushina: Knowingclick_and_snap on March 10th, 2008 11:50 pm (UTC)
Kushina took the hand and pulled herself up, stummbling only a little (darn her natural clumsiness). "Well, I was until you showed up." She then added as an after though, "Unless you're lost too." Her eyes were wide with fear at that concept. That would be her luck, wouldn't it.
U Z U M A K I ! naruto (to have or have not?): R U K I!! {nails done}juxt_a_pose on March 16th, 2008 01:50 am (UTC)
"What? Oh, God no. I know this building better than I know my own house." Actually, that wasn't saying much, since Naruto spent so much time at the Konoha Fashionistas HQ building that he sometimes got home and didn't remember where his bedroom was. He'd done that twice in the past three weeks, and it had really sucked because he'd been stuck there.

(He'd felt caged. Awful. Just horrid, honestly. Who'd ever heard of grounding a twenty-one-year-old? But Tsunade had with a straight face. His suspension had only been so short because he had subjected himself to her term of living on house arrest, since the papers had just about jizzed themselves, and the woman hadn't felt like risking having to watch Naruto make even more of a fool of himself and their magazine. It was terrible, like being a recluse or something. Pure torture.)

"Where were you headed, anyway?"
Uzumaki Kushina: Say what?click_and_snap on March 16th, 2008 02:00 am (UTC)
"That's good. I'm headed to... headed to... ummmm...." Kushina paused to think for a moment. Where had she been heading anyway? It felt like she had gotten lost forever ago, and now she just couldn't seem to recall where she had been heading, having been more worried about being found.

Her stomach growled, and that immediately reminded her of her intended destination. She was quite sure her lunch time had ended awhile ago though.

"Well, I was looking for the cafeteria, but I'm pretty sure that now my lunch break is over. I would say that didn't matter, but I have a photo shoot to be at soon (or at least she believed it was soon, god, she hoped she hadn't missed it!). So um... anywhere with food I can just grab and eat on the go is fine by me!" Kushina gave a light-hearted chuckled, sheepishly rubbing the back of her head.
U Z U M A K I ! naruto (to have or have not?): R U K I!! {yeah that}juxt_a_pose on March 16th, 2008 05:34 am (UTC)
"Well, you're on the right track then." Naruto put his hands back in his pockets and grinned at her. "If you like ramen, I've got about a year's supply about one-hundred-and-seventeen steps from where you're standing right now. Considering Baa-chan hasn't like...burned it, or anything. I think she's pretty mad at me." But, of course, he assumed that it would take a lot more than punching Pein in the face to make Tsunade that mad at him.

(He hoped so, anyway.)

"What time's your shoot?"
Uzumaki Kushina: Thoughtfulclick_and_snap on March 16th, 2008 05:43 am (UTC)
"That would be great!" It wasn't something she admitted to many, but ramen was her guilty pleasure. Okay, so it's not like she tried to hide it or anything, but it just wasn't something she shouted to the world... usually.

"My photo shoot is at... 10? Yeah, that sounds right." Not only did she lack a sense of direction, but she wasn't that great with times either. It wasn't that she was dumb, she just let her mind drift off to other places. When she felt like putting her mind to something she could actually be rather intelligent. After all, that's how she'd caught Minato's eye in... Minato... Kushina examined the man in front of her. He looked just like her college boyfriend, and he did see to act a bit like her, though in a much more reserved manner. But no, it couldn't be. What would be the likelihood of that? She quickly shook the thought from her head.

"So, where's this ramen?" Kushina asked, a big, cheeky grin on her face.
U Z U M A K I ! naruto (to have or have not?): R U K I!! {srs bznz}juxt_a_pose on March 16th, 2008 06:14 am (UTC)
"That depends on how fast of a walker you are, babe. If you keep my speed, its one turn left, one turn right, three secretaries and a meeting room away from here. If you don't," and he grinned just as widely, "well, then I might not ever really know. Y'know?"

By most accounts, Naruto was pretty eccentric at best, and whirling batshit crazy at the worst. But he enjoyed himself. Really, he did.

"Come on."

And then he ducked around the corner and out of sight.
Uzumaki Kushina: Proudclick_and_snap on March 16th, 2008 06:36 am (UTC)
Kushina felt herself smirk competitively. Oh this little runt would regret the day he challenge the great Uzumaki Kushina. She took off after him and caught up with the blonde man in no time.

"You can't lose me that easily," she teased.

Back when she was young the boys all looked up to her and she had never lost that tomboyish flair. She was still better than a boy any day, just ask anybody.
U Z U M A K I ! naruto (to have or have not?): R U K I!! {then change}juxt_a_pose on March 17th, 2008 06:14 pm (UTC)
Naruto's hands were at his sides like soldiers and he was smiling to himself as he watched her over his shoulder. He could feel his Juke in his back pocket, tracing lines into the back of his leg. (It was a comfortable, life-ender type feeling, like he was a Harbinger and not a-) This woman interested him quite a bit.

"That's good."

He grinned.

"Did I ask your name yet?"
Uzumaki Kushina: Proudclick_and_snap on March 17th, 2008 07:13 pm (UTC)
Kushina grinned proudly. "No, you didn't, but that's okay." Pointing energetically to herself with her thumb (ouch, that kinda hurt... She'd have to remember not to poke herself so hard next time...) she announced, "Name's Uzumaki Kushina!"

[[OOC: Her mannerisms! I don't mean to make her so much like Naruto, the girl just writes herself XD And ooooooo, now he knows they have the last name, what's gonna happen? lol &hearts]]
U Z U M A K I ! naruto (to have or have not?): R U K I!! {what the}juxt_a_pose on March 18th, 2008 06:37 pm (UTC)
Naruto blinked at her, feeling stupid. (However many times he was labeled as such throughout his typical day, it was not very often that Naruto felt as such. It was like someone had just waltzed up to him and told him, very confidently, that he was pregnant with a fire monster. His face felt numb a little, at the edges.)


Well, that was weird. Naruto'd never come into contact with anyone else with his last name before. It couldn't be very common, since Naruto had come into contact with a lot of people in his line of work, and never encountered it before. He felt like his insides had temporarily become the lave in a lava lamp. But surely, they couldn't be related. Naruto had never encountered a blood relation his ever, and he had looked and waited a long time.

He'd never found anything.

Besides, blood relations didn't just spring up from the floor like this. Nothing was this convenient. Nothing. Not even ramen. And ramen was fucking convenient among a bazillion other things, let Naruto tell you.

And she looked his age, to boot.


He snorted.

"Well, don't sully it or anything."
Uzumaki Kushina: Stare you downclick_and_snap on March 18th, 2008 07:14 pm (UTC)
Kushina looked at Naruto like he had three heads. Don't sully it? What the hell was that supposed to mean?

"Yeah, Uzumaki," the red-had replied slowly, eyebrow raised. Was this guy insane? It was possible.

"What d'ya mean don't sully it. I've had the damn name for forty-three years now, and I think I've done a pretty good job with it." How irritating.

"What's your name anyway, runt?"
U Z U M A K I ! naruto (to have or have not?): R U K I!! {you're fired}juxt_a_pose on March 18th, 2008 07:29 pm (UTC)
"Runt? I'm just as tall as you are!" Naruto's voice was indignant. He really hated gibes at his height, really hated it. It had been speculated that he might have been born a little premature, and sometimes he used that as an excuse, but such an occasion was rare, because he didn't really know for one thing, and for another he thought he more than made up for his short stature just by being himself.

"And if you've had the name Uzumaki forty-three years," he grinned, "then I've had it for a thousand." (It was the name he'd always known himself to have. Nobody had to tell him, he just knew. "You're going to name yourself?" The social worker had laughed down at him like he was telling a joke and fourteen-month-year-old Naruto had scowled. The man was new, didn't know him.


"Uzumaki Naruto."

His eyes were bright and they turned the first corner.

"At your service, dattebayo. ♥"
Uzumaki Kushina: Say what?click_and_snap on March 18th, 2008 07:38 pm (UTC)
Kushina's haughty expression fell off her face leaving it blank. Uzumaki Naruto- her boss. Uzumaki Naruto- her...

She felt sick. She felt like murdering someone- Tsunade sounded good. That woman had to know! Even if she didn't she still deserved it!

Not that Kushina could Tsunade, but that didn't mean she wouldn't try!

For all her inner turmoil, Kushina's face remained blank, mouth gaping like a fish. She hoped she didn't puke all over him, that wouldn't be a good career move on her part.

She forced an extremely shaky smile. "Who... who are your parents, kid?"
U Z U M A K I ! naruto (to have or have not?): R U K I!! {what the}juxt_a_pose on March 18th, 2008 07:50 pm (UTC)
Naruto creased his eyebrows. He was walking backwards now, to keep an eye on her. He didn't really like the expression on her face. (It looked like the one a person wore when they were trying too hard to look one way, even when they were feeling completely different. It made his insides twist and he didn't like it. He didn't like it.)

"What? How would I know? ...that's a weird question." He frowned, folding his hands behind his back. It wasn't like people to ask about his parents. It wasn't like people to ask about his family period (and if they did he usually lied).
Uzumaki Kushina: depressedclick_and_snap on March 18th, 2008 07:58 pm (UTC)
How... would he know? SHIT! Scratch that puking thing- she felt like crying or fainting. Where was Minato when she needed him. Probably off on some trip somewhere, she didn't make it her business to keep track of that man. She should! She didn't want to deal with this, especially not alone. God was cruel to her.

"H-How old are you? Really. No lying... please." She was looking for a way out, anything to disprove the glaringly obvious.

U Z U M A K I ! naruto (to have or have not?): R U K I!! {i'm with}juxt_a_pose on March 18th, 2008 08:10 pm (UTC)
Naruto just felt very, very stupid now, like he was missing out on something he was supposed to be panicking about. It made him nervous, to some extent, but he wasn't quite sure why and so he stopped walking so that he could spend less of his focus on maneuvering through the halls backwards and more of it on trying to think through what could possibly be so large a reason for Kushina's apparent distress. (It was hard though. He was more troubled that she was distressed at all for some reason. He really hated when women got upset. It was hard to watch.)

"Uh, twenty-two as of October last. ...why?"
Uzumaki Kushina: Dejectedclick_and_snap on March 18th, 2008 08:25 pm (UTC)
She wanted to die! How the hell did this happen!? It was like those ridiculous stories where people found long lost family members through Myspace.com, only worse! At least those people were looking for the relations!

Kushina felt guilt flood through her in that moment. Just what kind of mother was she!? A bad one, that's what kind. She had left her son in an orphanage because she had career goals that she was afraid a child would impede upon. She had refused to marry the child's father because she was too stubborn when it came to marriage. Now, almost twenty-two years later she finally got the chance to meet her son and all she could think about was how badly she wanted to avoid the situation.

And he wanted to know why she was asking these things? How could she respond to that? 'Oh yeah, I'm your mother that abandoned you right after you were born!' She didn't think that would go over well.

Part of her kept trying to remind her that there was still a possibility that this was all a coincidence. She knew better. The evidence was glaringly obvious.

She decided to test the waters slowly. "I think... we might be related." Let him take that as he wanted.
U Z U M A K I ! naruto (to have or have not?): R U K I!! {this shift}juxt_a_pose on March 18th, 2008 08:35 pm (UTC)

Naruto was truly feeling the most stupid he had ever felt in his life, which was saying something. He was baffled, virtually overwhelmed with confusion; he had no idea where she was going this, very less why she looked so up-in-arms about it, and it was really bothering him. So they had the same last name. Plenty of people had the same last name who weren't related. Hell, Nakamoto for instance. He knew, like, twenty guys with that last name, and last time he'd checked, three of them were dating one another, which wasn't typical of family members, Uchiha and Hyuuga groups excluded.

So why was she...?

He frowned deeper.

Uzumaki Kushina: PARTY!click_and_snap on March 18th, 2008 08:42 pm (UTC)
She wanted to shake Naruto. How could he be so slow!? She chose to ignore the annoying voice in the back of her head that sounded like Minato reminding her of her own airheadedness.

"Stop looking so clueless!" Kushina shouted. That's it, she'd snapped.

Kushina desperately clutched at Naruto's shoulders, crying out, "I share your last name, we act alike, I'm twice your age! What don't you get about this!?"

She hadn't intended to act like a loon the first time she met her son. Then again, she hadn't ever intended to meet her son either.