Once again Nobu returned to silence after his words, barely acknowledged by the rest of the classroom. He didn't particularly care. Once he would reach his goal, there would be no way left for them to ignore him. The teacher went on to explain the issues the village was facing both inside and out. Crime and war. According to what Nobu knew of the history books, that was about the usual for shinobi. In the current day they were all still pressing problems, but some part of the boy knew that they'd remain problems for generations to come. While hardly a philosopher on human nature, the boy was also too much of a pessimist to give the people of Sunagakure the benefit of the doubt on whether they'd eliminate conflict.
A grin spread across the boy's face when his teacher asked why he was there. Well, she didn't ask it to him personally, but in Nobu's eyes, only his own answer mattered. His plan was to take a little time to think it over and let the rest answer the question first. Of course, easier said than done, considering the combination of his bad attitude and big mouth. The first answer was fairly cryptic - the strange fox-cat girl muttered something about self-discovery and finding truth. To Nobu, those things weren't necessarily tied into being a ninja - as such, the answer struck him as strange.
Now, the second one... When the latecomer proudly proclaimed her reason for being a shinobi, to be the best, Nobu couldn't help but chuckle. Still, he wasn't quite certain about how to phrase his answer yet. In fact, he took so long to answer that the teacher slid right into her next question. As it wasn't particularly aimed at Nobu himself, he felt no need to answer right away, though he knew his answer to the second question already.
After a few more moments, he managed to form a response. "Ma'am, if I may, I've got my answer to the previous question I'd also like to give. Consider it an answer to you too, Aikayume girl, 'cause I feel bad for you." the boy added, pointing at Natsume. "You're going to have a hard time with that goal as long as I'm around, I'm afraid. You see..." Nobu stopped leaning his chair backwards, and instead casually rested his elbow on his desk, and his chin on his hand. "I'm going to be our village's best. That's not some goal, or a wish, or some other dreamy word. It's my fate. It's in my blood. Plain and simple." he replied, aiming the statement both towards Natsume and Lady Byakko. "There's no deep reason or other excuse for it. I'm here because I belong at the top. Others might dream of it, but I know I'll get there."
He was about to stop talking when he remembered the second question. "Oh, that's also why I'm sticking to the main branch. I'm neither going to hide behind a mask nor waste my time supporting those who can't support themselves. Others will be more suited for that. But me? Nah. Not me."
Nobu's face froze in its grinning expression when he heard the loud voice shouting from the next floor up. Something about voice's source possessing the cat. Normally, Nobu would've taken it in stride. Weird abilities were normal for shinobi. Possessing cats wasn't much of a surprise to the boy. No, it was the voice himself that got his attention - he knew that voice from one very unfortunate day at the bathhouse, where he accidentally walked into the women's bath instead of the men's. If that person was currently upstairs, and had been controlling the cat... Nobu was in real trouble.
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