Time flies, two and a half years later.
In the Amazon Store, Masahiko was lying on his self-made rocking chair, happy to see his apprentices working hard.
Over the past two years, Masahiko accepted another apprentice after Obito, Nohara Rin. On the one hand, it was to “create some more opportunities” for Obito, and on the other, is to liberate himself from the constant dispensing of medicines.
From the moment his shop started selling medicines, he got swamped. Masahiko’s intention was to kill time, not to be trapped inside the shop all day.
Pharmaceutical is no like carving, it takes time, but Rin was smart and observant. In just one month, she could prepare simple pills to support the daily sales of the store.
In the past two years and a half, Obito’s carving has improved a lot, roughly equivalent to LV4~5. As a result, there are many bargains in Masahiko’s shop.
“Master,” the voice interrupted his thoughts, “The Ninja Academy will open again in three days, and we will apply for graduation at the end of this semester, so there will be less time to come here in the future.”
Masahiko was taken aback for a moment, “You want to graduate? But you didn’t go to school for two years now?”
Obito nodded, “I don’t want to delay my graduation anymore.”
Masahiko smiled and glanced at Rin again, “You’re always so eager to become a ninja, but you can stop. Wouldn’t it be great if you inherit my little shop with Rin and live a peaceful life together?”
Rin kept her smiling face, while Obito blushed and gave Rin a peek.
After a lot of effort, he shook his head, “Master, I want to become a ninja, I want to become the Hokage!”
Masahiko was startled, then he smiled and shook his head. Although he had expected such an answer, he was still a little puzzled.
“Then you must work hard,” He looked at Obito with a serious face, “You have a lot of competitors.”
Masahiko thought for a while, “First is the new Patriarch of the Senju Clan, Senju Nawaki, the next is one of the Legendary Sannin, Orochimaru, and the next is Konoha’s Yellow Flash, Namikaze Minato… Oh, yes, your teacher, Kato Dan, also wants to be the Hokage.”
“Eh? Does Sensei want to be the Hokage too?” Obito had no feelings for the others, but when he mentioned his “Class Teacher,” he felt some pressure.
Masahiko smiled, then noticed how the sky had gradually dimmed, and waved his hand, “School starts in two days. You should go back early. Don’t come tomorrow, I will close the shop for a few days.”
The two looked at each other and nodded, “Master, we’re leaving then.”
After sending the two away, Masahiko couldn’t hide his smile as he closed the store door.
In the past two and a half years, everything has been developing in a good way. The growth of the two young disciples was expected by Masahiko, and their strength at the age of 13 began to grow rapidly.
The relationship between Kushina and Minato is also heating up rapidly. Kushina didn’t start her plans to “kidnap” Minato and take him to the Uzumaki. After all, she wanted to secure the Kyuubi first.
In addition to all of this, the news received yesterday made Masahiko the happiest.
“Uchiha Mikoto is finally pregnant. I started to believe that there’s no hope for Nawaki.” Masahiko’s wasted ten points finally made an effect. After more than four years of marrying Nawaki, Mikoto has finally got pregnant. Now, Masahiko is looking forward to the birth of that “little monster.”
Besides, Uchiha Foguku has also married a girl whose name was really similar to Mikoto; she was called Fikoto… To be honest, he wasn’t sure if her name was close to Mikoto or Foguku, but he felt that this should be a good thing.
“Next, there is only waiting.” Masahiko hasn’t gained any witness points for more than two years, and now he’s waiting for the plot to unfold.
With one turn, Masahiko walked to Ichiraku Ramen, ready to eat a free dinner.
“Hagoromo-San, you’re here.” With a smile on his face, he served Masahiko a bow of ramen. As he promised, Masahiko was eating for free for more than two years. Teuchi had no objection and has always received Masahiko with a smile on his face.
But today, he looked particularly happy.
“What did I miss?”
“Hogoromo-San, our branch in the Land of Fire, will be opened tomorrow, so my apprentice will take my place for a few days. Oh, also, tomorrow we will sell at half the price here!”
“So, the opening is tomorrow?” Masahiko looked at the second floor of the building. Ichiraku Ramen is much larger than the original, and he was about to open a branch. It seems that he has really made a fortune because of the takeaways.
Masahiko smiled, “Awesome, maybe you will open branches all around the Land of Fire in the future.”
Teuchi shook his head and said, “One store in the Land of Fire is enough for the time being. Next, I want to open a store in the Land of Whirlpools.”
Masahiko was taken aback, then took a closer look at Teuchi’s smiling face. After so many years, Masahiko was really sure that there was nothing wrong about Teuchi, but from time to time, he gives him chills when he says things like this, which makes him always concerned.
“Are you sure? There aren’t a lot of people in Land of the Whirlpools.” The plan for increasing the country’s population didn’t work out.
“But the competitive pressure over there is also low.”
“Is that so?” Masahiko nodded and began to eat his ramen.
The next day, there was a long queue outside Ichiraku Ramen. Since the time it was transformed into a two-story building, Ichiraku Ramen always had enough space, and there is rarely such a grand occasion.
“Is half the price so appealing to people?” Masahiko smiled, “Well, originally, the Ramen is very cheap, half the price is probably the same as making Ramen at home.”
But how can such a lively thing happen without his participation?
Masahiko didn’t use the transformation technique this time. He wanted to refuse to line up depending on his “veteran qualification,” but he unexpectedly found two acquaintances there.
“Jiraiya, when did you come back?”
Masahiko smiled and walked over.
Jiraiya, who was being pulled back by Minato, stopped and didn’t know what to say. It seems like he had the same idea as Masahiko.
“Elder, are you coming to eat ramen too? I just came back yesterday, and I’ve finally finished it… I didn’t expect Ichiraku Ramen to become so popular.” Jiraiya left for nearly three years, and he was shocked to see these changes.
“Elder Masahiko.” Minato also greeted Masahiko
Masahiko nodded, looked at the long line, and felt a little worried; he really didn’t want to look “shameless” in front of Minato.
“Huh?” Masahiko was taken aback, then waved his hand, “Jiraiya, Minato, follow me.”
Using his sharp sight, Masahiko noticed four acquaintances at the front of the line, Kakashi, Asuma, Gai, and Shizune
Jiraiya and Minato were pulled to the front of the line by Masahiko, then three boys found themselves being pushed out after he and the other squeezed in.
“Thank you for holding our places.”
“Elder Masahiko, is this okay?” Minato smiled bitterly, while Jiraiya looked inexplicably calm.
“It’s okay, these boys need to exercise more, they will line up again for a short while, standing is an exercise too!”
Shizune secretly laughed.