Chapter 2: Training: Rasengan vs. Eight Trigrams Palms Heavenly Spin
As Naruto ran up to the training stones, Hinata surged to her feet. She had been sitting against one of the pillars, and could not suppress a yawn and a stretch.
“Hey, Hinata,” the young ninja greeted her, “Sorry if I’m late.”
“You weren’t,” the kunoichi’s voice cracked slightly in awkwardness, “Uh, late that is. I just got here a little early.”
Naruto Uzumaki nodded, and then looked around at the monoliths set throughout the clearing.
“So, what do we do?” he asked.
“What do you mean?” her counter was twinged with confusion.
“Well, to be honest I never really trained with anyone else. Not as a partner. When we did the tree climbing training, Sasuke, Sakura, and I were competing, not working together. And the rest of the timing its been either me working alone, or being taught by someone,” he gave her an embarrassed grin, “So I’m not too sure what we should do here. Do we spar? Have target practice? Go for a jog?”
“Actually,” Hinata tapped her fingers together and looked at the ground, “I, um, had an idea. If you don’t mind?”
“Sure, what is it?”
“Well, can you show me the Rasengan first?” she tapped her fingers again; afraid she was asking too much.
“Yeah, no problem.” As he answered, Naruto extended his right hand. Blue streaks of chakra began to circle above his palm, quickly increasing and growing tighter until they formed a spiraling sphere, about 4 inches in diameter.
“Byakugan,” Hinata whispered. The veins around her eyes swelled as additional blood and chakra flowed into the pale orbs. She looked down at the chakra globe spinning in Naruto’s hand, and she gaped in amazement.
“It’s so beautiful.”
“You think so?” Naruto asked, staring down at his hand through slitted eyes.
“You can’t see it like I do,” she told him. Then her voice grew very quiet and she asked, “Um… Would you like to?”
“Really? That would be awesome. How?”
“Kariname Jutsu. It is one of the kekkei genkai techniques of the Hyuga clan. It enables the user to share what they see with someone else,” her gaze dropped to the ground, clearly unhappy about what she was about to say, “I am just learning the Jutsu, so I still require direct contact. Neji is able to transmit his vision through a thread over 100 feet already. And my father can send to multiple people several miles away with no connection.”
Sensing her depression, Naruto got a little angry.
“Listen, Hinata, you have to stop comparing yourself to Neji. He might be better at some things, but you are better at others. You created the ‘Protection of the 8 Trigrams 64 Palms’, not Neji,” Naruto put his hand on her shoulder as a supportive gesture, “And besides, Neji’s like a machine. All he thinks about is getting stronger. You are a more balanced human being, and more fun to be around.”
Hinata’s head jerked up in shock, but she smiled a bit, “Thank you, Naruto.”
“Don’t mention it. Besides there’s nothing wrong with a little ‘direct contact’.”
Hinata turned red at that, but Naruto was looking at his Rasengan again and didn’t notice.
“So, what do we need to do? Hold hands?”
Hinata flushed again and this time Naruto saw. His face colored as he realized what he had suggested.
“Um, no… I’m not that advanced. I’ll need to touch your forehead, the third eye point.”
“Ok.” Naruto shifted his headband to a higher position to give her access to his forehead. The young woman flashed a quintet of quick hand signs, and then pressed the middle and ring fingers of her right hand to the center of his forehead, just above the brow ridge.
The possessed ninja felt an odd sense of being outside his body as he found he was seeing himself rather than Hinata. Suddenly he was glaring straight up into the sky. Then he was looking at the stones to his left. He realized he could not access Hinata’s entire 360-degree vision at once, instead he had his normal field of view, and could change what part he was seeing by ‘turning’ his ‘head’. He remembered why they were doing this, and focused on himself again.
He could see the blue trails of his chakra network through his skin. He turned his attention downward, and realized that the chakra points around his stomach were red instead of blue. He wondered if he always looked like that to Hinata and Neji. Finally he shifted again, and saw the Rasengan in his hand.
Instead of a sphere, under the Byakugan it appeared as a many faceted gem. The colors of the chakra streams appeared both more varied, and more vibrant. The chakra appeared to be moving more slowly, but the ‘jewel’ itself also rotated gently.
“You’re right, Hinata,” he said reverently, “It is beautiful. This is…. You’re amazing.”
Hinata suddenly stepped back, and broke the connection.
“Thank you,” Naruto said with heartfelt honesty. He dismissed the Rasengan and asked, “Ok, so what’s next?”
“Well… My idea was for you to attack me with Rasengan.”
“I don’t mean to hit me,” she explained quickly, “ I suspect the Rasengan might be able to break the 8 Trigrams Heavenly Spin. I thought we could test it, and in the process give us both a chance to push the limits of out abilities.”
“Alright,” Naruto still sounded a little dubious, “But I am going to try it at half power first. I don’t want any chance of hurting you.”
She nodded, and then stepped back. Naruto also moved away, carefully judging the distance between them. He dropped his hand, and formed a less dense Rasengan.
She nodded. He took a half step forward, and then darted towards her, his right hand extended. When he was three feet away, she moved.
“Heavenly Spin,” Hinata incanted, expelling chakra from her palms as her body rotated. The energy expanded into an opaque dome around her. When the Rasengan struck the barrier, there was a moment of where the two seemed to strain against one another. Then the chakra sphere shattered and the Genin was thrown back almost thirty feet.
“Man, Hinata, that was too strong. I don’t think the Rasengan did anything,” he shook his head to clear the cobwebs.
“Oh no,” she protested, “It did. You made a dent in the Heavenly Spin. I haven’t seen or heard of that happening before.”
“Also,” she frowned as she continued, “That Rasengan was only about thirty percent of the strength of one you showed me before.”
Naruto blushed, it was his turn to be embarrassed, “The pervy sage keeps telling me I need to work harder on my chakra control.”
“Oh... Um… Lets try again,” having pointed out one of his flaws left her uncomfortable, “You just need to make your Jutsu a little stronger.”
“Right, a little more,” Naruto still looked worried. He formed a weak Rasengan again. Not satisfied, he let it dissipate, and formed the attack a second time. This time the glowing ball met his expectations, and he readied himself to rush the kunoichi.
“Here I come, Hinata,” he warned her as he charged. She braced herself, and when he was in range, activated her technique again. This time, the conflict lasted a half second longer; and instead of shattering, the Rasengan carved through the Heavenly Spin barrier. Naruto’s hand followed the spinning sphere in, but the defensive wall closed around his wrist. The force pulsing from the Heavenly Spin shook the Genin like a terrier shaking a rat. As soon as she realized what was happening, the Byakugan user released the Jutsu, dropping Naruto like a stone.
“Naruto,” Hinata ran over to him, her face wracked with fear, “Naruto?” She reached out and gently touched his back, “Naruto?”
Last edited by Xavon : 07-25-2007 at 09:59 PM.