He'd forgotten everything.
Slowly, she stood, silver bangs shielding her eyes from view.
"It's... been over ten years since the samurai war, Seb."
Tears continued to flow.
"I... am Raika Hofushi. S-ranking shinobi, now former Head of Kumogakure no Sato's Medical Department. You... are Sebokik Nara, jounin, ex-Commander of the Bureau of Lethal Tactics, also known as BOLT. You're saying you're here right now because you couldn't get a promotion? That's bullshit. You left... for a far less conceited reason. But before we even get into that.... What funeral? Let me tell you a story of a heroic idiot and the aftermath of his recklessness. Long Fei, our friend... he became the Raikage. We did well under his leadership; after all, he was Fei, a natural leader who worked himself to the bone. BOLT tried to take care of what terrorists tried to bring harm to Kumo and its citizens. But... in the end, an army of terrorists and their followers attacked Kumo, and our home burned for the second time since I had come here. Everyone fought as best they could... there were many losses.... The enemy's leader was facing off with Fei, pulling cheap tricks like using Fei's daughter, Penni, as a hostage. Fei got her away and gave her to me to treat her injuries before getting back into the battle, and I stablized and healed her... but... when I could finally reach the battle, the enemy was defeated... and Fei was turning to stone. He gave his final words to those that found him before he completely turned to stone.... You were standing behind him, out of sight. He left BOLT to you. And I... I wasn't able to save him. A medical shinobi, world-reknowned by that point! And I couldn't do a single [badword] thing. I shut down. I was just an emotionless shell, mechanically going about my duties. Until one day when I had gotten out of the office, away from the village, and you called out a greeting to me. I told you to stay away, that I didn't know what I might do right now. And then... you snapped, shouted at me with just the right words to make me snap as well. We tried to kill each other. No... not just kill... I wanted you to suffer that day. I wasn't myself, and I didn't see you as you... but that's no excuse. And... in the battle...."
Her jaw clenched, fresh tears flowing, self-deprecation heavy in her voice as she continued, "...your sanity did not go unharmed. I think... it was a combination of a second personality and neurosis forming, I'm not the best at determining mental illnesses.... You always tried to hide your mental struggles afterward. If I hadn't pushed you... maybe it wouldn't have happened. But... eventually I snapped out of it, came to my senses, and helped bring you back to yours, though you fought with your shadow before it was all over. And then... we talked some sense into each other, promised each other that we wouldn't let the each other lose ourselves again. You visited me a lot in the Medical Department after that... until the day came that you decided to leave. The old ways that we grew up with had become a dying breed... we were the only ones still left from the old days. Everyone else was either dead or missing. You left BOLT to Otoha and decided to live in the shadows, following your own path. Meanwhile, I... I couldn't leave yet, not with the Medical Department under my control. We hugged and parted ways, and you seemed confident and happy. That was the last time I saw you before today. That's... just a fragment of everything you don't remember, but it's one that's important to both of us."
Raika sank back down to sit on the grass, her head hanging low again, silver hair hiding her face from view. Suddenly... she seemed so fragile, the electricity fading, and now she was just tired and sad.
It always seemed like the world wanted to steal away what pockets of happiness she could find.
(Kudos to Arzur for making the pic! ;D )