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Becoming a Cloud

by Cesium 2 Reviews

He had sacrificed his life for his team, they said. That he had stalled the enemy ninja with his Shadow Possession Jutsu as his team fled for safe territory...

Category: Naruto - Rating: PG-13 - Genres: Action/Adventure, Angst, Drama - Characters: Shikamaru - Warnings: [V] - Published: 2007/05/29 - Updated: 2007/05/29 - 223 words - Complete

Becoming a Cloud

They had found Shikamaru in the same position he had been in all his life: Head turned to the cloudy sky, lazy eyes closed in the mockery of sleep and a phantom smile brushing across his lips...

This time, however, Shikamaru wasn't pleasantly watching the clouds, as he had always done. No, instead...

He was dead.

He had sacrificed his life for his team, they said. That he had stalled the enemy ninja with his Shadow Possession Jutsu as his team fled for safe territory. That, after the jutsu had broken, the enemy had taken a sword to his chest, rupturing and destroying multiple organs and arteries. That, as he bled to death, he had quietly slid to the grassy floor of the forest, laying back and looking to the cloudy sky. That he had watched and envied the clouds, free from responsibility and worry... just drifting along, riding the gentle winds that pushed them along so softly...

Many thought that it had been cloudy that day, just for him. Just for his death...

Maybe he felt weightless, all of the blood draining and staining the lush, green grass around him? Maybe he felt worriless with all the feeling flooding from his body?

Maybe...

When he finally fell asleep, never to wake up again...

He dreamt of becoming a cloud.
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