Chapter 3: Lost Smile
It had been a whole two months since Minato had recovered from his injuries and decided to work out in the fields. The villagers were curious about him at first, but they soon got along with him. He also sparred with Kagome from time to time. To make sure that his shinobi skills wouldn't get rusty. There were times that he would join Kagome on her exorcist jobs as well. He was quite amazed on how some demons were powerful but not as powerful at the Kyuubi. Some of the jobs were easy, there were difficult ones as well. Right now, he was helping out in the fields with the other village men.
"Thank you for your help, Minato-san." A villager said.
"It's the least I could do for Kagome's village, Jun-kun. After all, if Kagome hadn't found me, I would've been dead." Minato said.
"Hai. But we're also thankful for helping Kagome-sama." Jun said.
"What do you mean?" Minato asked, confused.
"When Inuyasha broke her heart and left the village, Kagome-sama has been unable to move on." Jun said, "Ever since you arrived, She has been smiling more. An honest smile."
"Really?" Minato asked.
"Hai." Jun said, smiling.
Minato looked over his shoulder and saw Kagome near the end of the field, waving at him. She was smiling happily as she waved at him.
"Come on! There are some people I want to introduce you to!" Kagome shouted.
"Hai!" Minato yelled, "See you later, Jun!"
"Likewise, Minato-san!" Jun yelled back as Minato ran towards Kagome.
"So who are we going to see, Kagome-chan?" Minato asked as they walked towards their destination. He was curious of the people that Kagome wanted to introduce to him.
"I want to introduce you to Miroku and Sango. They're very good friends of mine." Kagome said, smiling.
"Then I can't wait to meet them." Minato said with a closed eye smile.
Soon enough, they finally reached their destination. He spotted a male with black hair tied back in a low ponytail and violet colored eyes who was wearing purple monk clothes. Two little girls were standing beside him. Each were holding one of his hands. There was a woman who had long brown hair and brown eyes. She was dressed in a pink kosode with a green mo-bakama. She was also carrying a bundle in her arms.
"Kagome-chan!" The woman said when she spotted him and Kagome coming towards them.
"Sango-san!" Kagome yelled as she ran towards Sango. The two hugged and started talking as Minato came towards Kagome's side.
"Who might this person be, Kagome-chan?" Sango asked.
"This is Minato Namikaze. Shippo and I found him at the bottom of the Bone-eater's well a few weeks ago. Minato, this is my best friend and sister, Sango and the man beside her is her husband, Miroku." Kagome said.
"Well, it's a pleasure to meet you, Minato-san." Miroku said.
"Likewise, Miroku." Minato said.
Throughout the whole afternoon, Minato talked to Miroku as he held his son in his arms. He nervously laughed at a few parts of Miroku's stories when he mention all of the women that he had encountered and the many hits from Sango that he received. Even though he sounded like a pervert, he could easily tell that Miroku loved his wife and his children. Minato, however, wasn't able to have that life for long since it was so short. Like it was over in a blink of an eye.
"Minato-san, are you alright?" Miroku asked, breaking Minato out of his thoughts.
"Oh, I'm fine Miroku. I just…have a little bit on my mind." Minato said.
"About how you ended up here?" Miroku asked.
"Hai." Minato answered, "But also how I can never see my son grow up."
"You did what you had to do to protect your village and your son, Minato-san. There's nothing that you can do now. The only thing you can now is to more forward." Miroku advised.
"Perhaps you're right. But how?" Minato questioned as he turned to Miroku.
"Just live each day with a positive outlook." Miroku answered. Minato looked down at his feet. He still pondered on why the Kami decided to send him here instead of the afterlife. Perhaps, he should stop thinking about why and just move on.
"Maybe you're right, Miroku." Minato confessed.
"Good." Miroku said. "Since you've been here, Kagome-sama has been smiling more and more."
"One of the villagers told me that she lost her smile because of this 'Inuyasha'?" Minato asked.
"Hai." Miroku admitted. "He didn't realize a good thing when he had it."
"I'm glad that I was able to help her in some way." Minato said.
"Trust me, you're helping her more than you realize." Miroku stated.
After their talk, everyone gathered around for dinner and ate delicious stew that Kagome had made. To Minato, it was more delicious than the ramen served in his village in Konoha. There was something about that made it taste better. But he didn't know what it was. However, it was still good.
Later that night, Minato sat outside on the porch, looking at the stars. He guessed that it didn't matter where you are, the stars are always the same even in different dimensions. He began to wonder how Konoha was recovering from the kyuubi attack. He knew that the village had put up a funeral for those who lost their lives in the attack and trying to repair all the damage that was left behind. He hoped that the Sandaime will be able to let Naruto live because he easily knew that the council would want to kill Naruto because he's a jinchuriki.
Minato turned to the voice and saw Kagome standing there next to him.
"Kagome-chan? What are you doing out here?" Minato asked.
"I sensed your aura." Kagome replied. Minato forgot that Kagome was a miko. She would able to sense anyone with their aura. "Is something wrong?"
"I'm just thinking about home." Minato answered, looking down at the ground. Kagome walked over and sat down next to him.
"Do you want to talk about it?" Kagome asked.
"If you don't mind." Minato said.
"I don't mind at all." Kagome said with a soft smile. Minato returned the gesture and looked back up at the night sky.
"I know that my village's funeral has probably ended and the village is being repaired." Minato stated.
"And?" Kagome inquired.
"I'm just hoping that Sandaime-sama will be able to keep Naruto safe from the council." Minato stated.
"If your Sandaime is strong minded, he'll find a way to make sure that Naruto will live." Kagome reasoned.
"Jinchūriki aren't really well liked in any other village, Kagome-chan." Minato concurred, "They are treated horribly. Some of them are even thrown out of their villages."
"But isn't he your son? Why would they want to kill the Yondaime's son?" Kagome asked.
"True. But no one can know that because Naruto would become a target from my enemies' villages." Minato confirmed. Then he sighed at the frustration of his son never knowing his parentage.
"I'm sorry, Minato." Kagome confessed.
"It's not your fault, Kagome-chan." Minato said. "I'm sorry if I'm just ranting to you."
"I don't mind at all, Minato." Kagome said with a small smile. Minato couldn't help but smile back.
"You know. You have a beautiful smile, Kagome." Minato admitted.
"T-Thank you, Minato." Kagome said with pink cheeks. Minato chuckled at her embarrassment. He had to admit that she was cute when she blushed. Beautiful in fact. Unexpectedly, she leaned her head against his shoulder. Minato stiffened at first, but then he started to relax in her close presence.
Your smile will give you a positive countenance that will make people feel comfortable around you.
~ Les Brown