Author: The Skeptical Puck PM
Chapter 2 up Naruto, exiled by the leaf, betrayed by the council, takes his vengeance.Rated: Fiction T - English - Angst/Romance - Naruto U. - Chapters: 2 - Words: 2,591 - Reviews: 91 - Favs: 58 - Follows: 118 - Updated: 02-23-06 - Published: 12-15-05 - id: 2703934
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Author's notes: A very short first chapter, I felt that a short chapter to introduce the concept would be best, because in later chapters will be from Naruto's perspective in the majority. At least, that's how I plan it to be, though it might not.
A pink-haired kunoichi, aged around twenty, drew breath, preparing to speak as she stood on a podium, addressing the high-council of Konoha, who sat on tiered rows along the three remaining sides of the hall. "I bring news from Uzumaki Naruto!" A chuckling rung throughout the hall, as the forty members of the High council of Konoha heard her statement.
"So the fool will run back once more to defend his village, excellent, with that boy's power we'll barely need anyone else to fight in his war." A councillor said this, smirking arrogantly; murmurs of assent were heard from the other members.
"No," The noise quickly silenced the mirthful chuckling which had moments before been echoing throughout the great hall. "Uzumaki Naruto has refused to fight with Konoha." Surprise was evident on the councillors' faces, they had lost there trump card.
The same man who had spoken previously stood up, nervously shaking now where a confident stance had been seen before. "Did he give reason why, Haruno-san?" All attention in the hall once again turned to the pink-haired kunoichi at the end of the hall once more as she cleared her voice, preparing to speak.
"Indeed he did councillor; he had accepted a six million ryo payment from the Stone to work as a mercenary in the upcoming war. The transaction has already been made, and has been lodged in a secure account in the Tea country, with instructions for him to be paid after the battles have ceased, as long as he has fought beside them, no matter to what degree." The hall was in uproar, at this, hearing the words of the lithe woman, and few could hide the shaking in their manner as they thought of the truly terrible power wielded by the man who became known as the shadow swordsman.
A different councillor spoke up, his quivering lip adding a stutter to his voice. "He… He cannot do this! This is treason! His country is threatened and he joins the enemy. It must be the demon!" Agreement could be heard from all the council, wanting to believe that the insane fox was in control, instead of the cold, calculating boy who over the last two years had killed every ANBU sent after him.
The kunoichi laughed, a harsh, bitter laugh filled with emptiness and despair. "You poor fools, the Kyuubi died when he fought Uchiha Sasuke at the End. All his chakra was absorbed into Naruto, what do you think made him so powerful? And you exiled him! His acts are not treasonous, the second your decision was made he was no longer a shinobi of Konoha. But these are not the only reason he fights for the enemy, he told me so himself." The councillors shivered with fear, realising now the cause of a massive danger to Konoha. "You gave him two missions after that, to test his allegiance, so he could return. Two high ranked S-class missions, to prove his loyalty. The kind of missions that any self-respecting council would've sent ten jounin, but no, he was sent alone. He completed these missions, as you well know, killing Kabuto, and Orochimaru himself! And what happened, gentlemen, when he was returned, having killed Konoha's greatest enemy?" Her eyes blazed now, revealing she knew greater truths than any of the council would wish to admit to, and they shuffled away from her gaze, as it was known the kunoichi now equalled the Hokage in strength and speed. "Well," she locked eyes with each and every person in the room, daring them to defend their actions, "Answer me!"
"We sent him into exile once more. We had to, he was too powerful, we couldn't allow such a threat within the walls, it was too dangerous." A stout, round-faced man stood up, addressing the Kunoichi. "We did what was best for Konoha Haruno-san, you must understand that." His eyes held a pleading look, willing her to come round to their point of view.
"He's only a threat now because you sent him into exile you idiots!" The pink-haired woman fought to keep her calm, the knowledge of the lies she had been told about her old friend welling up inside, the feeling of betrayal hurting deeply. "Simply put, you exiled him without pay, pay totalling over ten million ryo for such an important mission. No wonder he's against us, considering the money you owe him. Not to mention the crap he's been through his entire life. I was shocked by what I've learned gentlemen. That each and every one of you here today has taken part in a beating of a young boy, you all had attacked him at least once before he was eight. It sickened me." She took deep breathes as she let out a sigh. "Gentlemen, there is a great threat to Konoha, we must prepare. His message I am to give to you. For each crime against him, for each betrayal at the hands of this council he has felt, Uzumaki Naruto will have every man woman and child within these walls killed when the attack comes. Thus the Hokage has declared that any ninja who was known to have treated Naruto well will be allowed to leave Konoha, no questions asked. She will not have them dragged into a war only made possible by your actions." She turned from the podium, and walked to the door. Opening it, she turned her head to speak once more, tears brimming in emerald eyes, and aid one parting note. "Gentlemen, you have made an enemy of the most powerful shinobi in history. Hundreds of deaths will be on your head. May Enma, king of hell, have mercy on your souls, because for this great crime, there is no penance." She turned, and left the hall.