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[There are a couple awkward starts of dead air and static. Finally, there's a long pause and then Kakashi begins.]

Assuming this isn't going to be a week long fake-out where we're "sent home" only to come back here at the end of it all, I guess ...a little sentimentality can be ...indulged in. We might as well treat it like it's the real thing, and make plans like we'll be here a while longer.

So, if it's goodbye, then it's goodbye, Adstringendum. It's...been interesting.

And if it's not goodbye...well, it's still been interesting.

[Private to Konoha Ninja/Unhackable]

I'll treat this as goodbye. This was no mission, so there will be no debriefing--just a few parting words.

...Take care of and protect each other. Do not let your personal differences divide you. Remember why you fight, what you live for...and die for.

Leave yourselves nothing to regret here. Treat it as if you will remember, for better or worse. If we do go home, this might be the last time some of us speak to each other. We've seen some of our future, but not all of it. Say your goodbyes now; there is no telling what lies ahead in our war.

[There's a pause, as if Kakashi is going to change filters and then decides he has more to say.]

I regret it couldn't have ended on a higher note. ...Maybe, hopefully, I will be able to make it up to you, sometime. If I have done something to disappoint you, or at all failed in my capacity as sensei or comrade...[There's a poignant pause.] I am sorry.

...I have one last request for you all. ...Any information you have regarding anything back home, especially from the time Naruto returns to the village and onward, would be appreciated. Assuming we go back and remember, I'd like to believe I could do something to...change things for the better.

[Private to Team Seven/Unhackable]
Don't wander off too far. I'll see you three tomorrow, hm? Or, rather, later today...

[Private to Team Gai/Unhackable]
Behave for your sensei.

[Private to Kenpachi/Unhackable]
Ask her out before we go, Kenchan.

[Private to Anko/Unhackable]
Don't get into too much trouble. I expect you to take me up on that rain-check I promised once the war is all over.

[Private to Jiraiya/Unhackable]
...Thank you. [[He means for writing the books, and all that entails for him, and for training Naruto, but take it as you will. Thank you is a vague sentiment ^^]]

[Private to Maes/Unhackable]
[[Probably the hardest goodbye. Because Hughes has no spot on the memorial stone. There's nothing of Maes back home and no promise of maybe seeing him again. And yet... Maes has been something like a respected sensei/senpai and devoted comrade to him, an ally and dear friend...useful, helpful, supportive. Trusted. Maes should be the one that gets revived from the dead for a second chance...not Kakashi.]]

In our world, there's rarely a chance to say goodbye, so I don't really know how. But...thank you. For everything. ...I, uh, hope this isn't how it ends, but if it is, I'd like the chance to say thank you properly to a good-friend, for once. If you'd still like that drink.

Oh, and please give my regards to the Colonel and his Lieutenant.

[Private to Carmen/Unhackable]
...I'd say take care of yourself, but ...I trust you not to get caught.

[Private to Itachi/Unhackable]
I haven't spoken with you much, kohai. But if you truly believe in saving your brother from Madara, I'd like to speak to you sometime soon.

[Private to Alphonse/Unhackable]
Alphonse, any information you may have on Itachi and Sasuke could prove useful if we remember things upon our return... If you have the time.

Take care of yourself, and your brother. I know Edward doesn't remember me for that now, but...he was a good son.

[Private to Neji & Anko/Unhackable]
Mm...I guess it's time to get rid of those scrolls, assuming the blizzard hasn't made getting to them impossible.

[Private to Kakashi//Unhackable] [Voice]

Date: 2010-01-21 07:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] heavenly-earth.livejournal.com
...Like most everyone here, I've thought of composing something of this caliber, however... Well, perhaps I still can. It seems so surreal after being here, experiencing a considerably different lifestyle and growing used to it- only to realize one day that it won't last forever. Toying between relief and guilt, it might be the best thing overall.

...In any case, sensei, I wanted to apologize for being difficult for you, and let you know that for the entire duration of our stay here, I've been thankful for your constant presence in the ever-changing nature of this world. It may be selfish, but I've respected and admired you since arriving, and I'm grateful for everything- even while I may not have been particularly charitable to all the advice you've tried to give me over the course of this past year and five months.

Regardless, I appreciate everything you've done for me and... my teammates although my near-sightedness wouldn't allow me to see your intentions in the beginning. I only wish I had been able to fully repair my team in this time and perhaps restore some of the previous regard that we had held for each other before.

Also, sensei, I've heard that your death in our world isn't permanent. Though the logic fails me, I'll continue to hope that is the case, so, good luck back home as well. I will do as you've requested of me.
Edited Date: 2010-01-21 07:39 pm (UTC)


Date: 2010-01-22 02:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] turn-a-blindeye.livejournal.com
If you find it's something you need to do, Neji, it's not too late. To be honest, I'm not sure I care for either choice. ...But what will be, will be.

No...you don't need to apologize to me. How you reacted was to be expected when the advice was unsolicited. You're a good person, Neji, and a good shinobi. Don't think my criticism of you has ever meant I do not see your talents or capacity for being something great. I just wanted you to be better than your predecessors--not the stats in your file, or the strength of your skills--but in the areas that...really count. Compassion. Loyalty. You have shown...far more promise than many before you.

...I believe in you.

And in your team. Your team is not down for the count yet; for you three, this is not the end of your time together. Regardless of what happens, just continue to care for them, as they care for you. Stick by them.

It has been an honor to be a part of your household and to be allowed to get to know you and your team. Thank you, Neji. I'm grateful it was you who was here this whole time. Hopefully, we can serve together again sometime.

...Mm...So I've...heard. I don't know how that works either, but...thank you. I will try to do something this time with my second chance.


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