Doesn't Want Soy-Sauce
A Naruto short-fic
By Niki 'NeeP' Paradis
This story was written to explain
Shouya's name. Some people who understood the naming scheme in
Naruto may have noticed that Shouya's name didn't really fit her
situation as Naruto's sister. Thus this story was written to
explain why, and to introduce Shouya's future teacher.
It was quiet in Konohagure Academy's staff
room. Iruka-sensei was eating his lunch, glad that the genin
examinations were over.
"Iruka? Have you got a moment?"
Iruka looked up from his lunch at the large woman
who stood before him.
"Sure," replied the teacher. "Just give me a
minute to clean up."
Akimichi Isu was a very large woman. She
towered over Iruka, but that didn't bother him. She also towered
over most of the men in the Village. She was also one of his old
classmates. But she had the courtesy to sit down next to Iruka as
she figured out what to say.
"You know that I have been appointed by the Fifth to
oversee the team that Uzumaki Shouya is on," she began. "Along
with Rekishita Jiten and Chiisaioka Tsukue. Right?"
"Yes, I know," replied Iruka. He
chuckled. "I don't envy you the assignment. Shouya can be
quite a handful at times."
"So I have heard," grinned Isu. "I have also
heard of her new technique."
The teacher went red in the face. "Oh?" he
almost squeaked in reply.
"I'm afraid so, Iruka. You know there are
still children of the Akimichi clan going to the Academy and you know
how kids talk to each other, right? And so, that means that
eventually, someone's gonna want to talk to Auntie Isu." She
laughed merrily. "Just great..." muttered the
"It's all right, Iruka... Everyone knows that
kids and pranks do happen. And everyone knows that an Uzumaki can
easily disrupt things."
"They're not as bad as all that," protested Iruka.
"I know. I have spoken to Kakashi about Naruto
and he said that same thing. Don't you worry about Shouya,
Iruka. I will watch over her."
"You won't believe how glad I am to hear
that." Iruka was still blushing, but his smile was honest.
"But seriously, I didn't come to make fun of you."
"Really? That's nice to know."
"I wanted to make sure that you to know about my
assignment. But I am a bit curious about something."
"Oh? What would that be?"
"I have heard that you were the one who gave Shouya
"Yeah... Um..." Isu seemed to be at a
loss for words.
Iruka raised an eyebrow, as if to prompt the jyounin
"Yeah... Um, usually 'Shouya' is considered a
boy's name, right?"
"Yeah, I know."
Isu scratched her nose thoughtfully. "So, how
did you come by it?"
"All right," said Iruka cheerfully. "I can
explain that. Let's go have some tea."
It was about the middle of the morning of the second
day, when the girl was released from the hospital. Iruka and
Naruto went to pick her up.
"I don't see why she hasta wear my old clothes!"
protested Naruto as the three of them walked down the busy
street. People all around were giving the trio a wide space.
"I sure the hell can't go around naked like this,
can I?" protested the unnamed blonde girl.
Iruka sighed. The young girl had not even been
'alive' for more than a day and already it was very obvious that she
and Naruto were going to have problems getting along.
"It's fine, Naruto," soothed Iruka. "She'll be
getting clothes of her own soon enough."
The boy grunted.
"I don't see why I hafta be a girl," muttered the
girl. "I'm not supposed to be a girl."
"You shouldn't be here at all!" growled
"Why, you..." The girl made as if to leap at
"That's enough, you two." Iruka sighed as he
grabbed the both of them by their jacket collars. "How about I
treat you both to some ramen and we can all talk things over?"
Both children brightened at the sound of the magic
"Ramen?" asked the girl.
"Sounds good to me," agreed Naruto.
Iruka sighed inwardly. At least I got them to agree on something,
he thought. Now if only I can
keep them from arguing for a while.
The owner of the Ichiraku Ramen House was happy to
see his best customer coming in again. He was happy to see Iruka
as well --with the two of them, business was always profitable.
He was surprised to see the blonde girl who resembled Naruto, but if
she wanted ramen too, then she was more than welcomed. The owner
found it odd that the girl didn't want to give her name, but Iruka
started to order and the owner decided that it really didn't matter.
Iruka seated himself between the two, hoping to keep
them from each other's throats. He made a small sigh of relief
once the bowls were placed in front of them all and the two children
stopped shouting at each other and began to eat.
While the kids had their mouths full, Iruka tried to
talk to them.
"Okay, Naruto... I know that you and..."
He looked to the girl. I'm
going to have to give her a name.
"I'm Naruto too," said the girl with her mouth full.
"No, you're not!" protested the blonde boy.
"Be quiet, you two," sighed the teacher. "I
have to think." He ordered two more bowls of ramen. As the
two steaming bowls were placed in front of the children, Iruka took the
moment to watch both the girl and Naruto. Naruto was reaching
across his teacher for the small plate that held the extra order of
fish-cake. The girl was reaching the other way, trying to get to
the soy-sauce. Iruka grinned hugely as inspiration struck.
There aren't too many moments where the perfect name would suggest
I'll call her Shouyu. He didn't notice that the two
children were trying to kick at each other from either side of him.
"I'm going to call you Shou --YAAAAH!" The
girl's foot accidentally knocked the teacher from his seat. She
was trying to reach Naruto and missed. Iruka was sent sprawling
and he landed heavily. From his prone position from the floor, he
looked up at the girl that he was trying to name. "That wasn't
"Sorry, sensei," replied the girl with a grin.
"You're gonna call me 'Shouya'? That's a great name!
Perfect for the future Hokage!"
"You're not gonna be Hokage!" shouted Naruto.
"Actually," said Iruka as he rubbed his head where
he bumped it, "I was thinking of 'Shouyu' as a name."
That's a dumb name." The girl snorted. "I like Shouya
better. I want to be called that."
"But Shouya is a boy's name! You can't be
called that!" protested Naruto. He felt that it would be unfair
for her to be called that when he was the one who was going to become
"Well, so what?" argued the girl. "I like the
name, 'Shouya' and that's what I'm gonna be called."
"Fine, fine..." sighed Iruka. And he got up
from the floor. The owner of the ramen shop got out from hiding
and handed Iruka the bill. After wincing, the chuunin paid the
bill. Paying just for Naruto and himself was bad enough.
Add the extra hungry mouth and Iruka could see that he couldn't afford
too many more 'treats'. "Let's go, you two," he said. "The
Hokage wants to see you two."
And Naruto and the newly named Shouya jumped off of
their seats and followed him out.
"And that's what happened." Iruka took another
sip of his tea.
Both he and Isu were seated in a small teashop some
way from the Academy.
Isu looked thoughtful. She sipped at her own
extra large tea before replying. "So, it really was an accident?"
"Yeah. 'Shouyu' would have suited her
perfectly, especially with her brother named 'Naruto', but..." He
put the teacup down and sighed. "Well, you now know what
"Yeah, I can understand that now." The large
woman chuckled. "But you know something, Iruka?" She put
her hand lightly on his arm. "Shouya has made the name her own,
and so it suits her just fine."
"I suppose so," replied Iruka.
Isu grinned at her friend. "And maybe, just
maybe, even though she's a girl, Shouya will someday be able to live up
to her name."
shouyu = soy-sauce (can be found in ramen)
shouya = village headman
isu = chair
Actually, the truth is that this
foolish author spent a night until 3am researching the perfect name for
this fanfic character who was Naruto's clone and sister. I
started out by finding the definition for 'naruto' (fish-cake) and then
looked for other things that could go into ramen. I found the
Japanese word for 'soy-sauce' and thought it was perfect and went to
bed feeling happy. But it was not until after I have written and
posted The Seventh Day did I realise that I have mistaken the last
letter of the word, shouyu, for an 'a'. But it was too late then,
and I decided to keep the name and come up with a reason why she was
misnamed. So remeber, boys and girls, make certain you're awake
when naming new characters.
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