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"Speech"

'Thoughts'

"Higher Being Speech"

'Higher Being Thoughts'

"Jutsu"

(Technique Translations)

Scene Shift

Chapter 7: Meetings, Markings, and Date

Naruto wasn't feeling great.

It had been two days since Naruto's mission with Anko and Hana and the newly instated Tokubetsu was seated on his father's head of the Hokage Mountain watching the sunrise and talking with the Fox. In his hand was the scroll that he had sealed his parents' bodies into and he gazed at it curiously and anxiously. The fox groaned in annoyance at its host and his anxiety.

"What's the deal? Why are you so nervous all of a sudden? Just summon them and talk to them! You know you want to, so just do it already! They're your parents for Kami's sake!"

'Shut it fox… I want to meet them, but I'm worried about how they'll take to the person I've become. I never had parents to have pride or disappointment in me, so it's a new experience for me…'

"Oh for the love of… Summon them already, you pussy! You know the way to use the jutsu without the sacrificial bodies now, so you won't waste the jutsu! Either you summon them now, or else I'll refrain from helping you with the jutsu. And make you break out in hives during your date!"

Naruto sighed in annoyance and mentally nodded. 'Alright, I'll do it already. Give me the energy, fox.' The blonde felt the youki of his tenant course through him and he clapped his hands together, focusing the energy into the jutsu. The scroll next to him disappeared in a plume of smoke and two coffins rose; one with the kanji for "Yondaime" and the other with the kanji for "Crimson". Naruto waited for the lids to fall and the bodies of his parents were revealed.

Minato Namikaze was dressed in a standard Konoha Jonin uniform with his famous cloak over it all. Kushina Uzumaki was dressed in a light tan blouse with a dark green dress. The Jinchuriki took a steadying breath and approached them before he gently poked them in their foreheads, instilling his chakra into them to wake them and willing them to not hate him.

The two reanimated adults slowly opened their eyes to the sight of a young man with spiky blonde hair, blue eyes, and whiskered cheeks dressed in black sandals, maroon pants, a black flak jacket, and a black coat with the hood down. Kushina's eyes narrowed in on his whisker markings while Minato's focused on the man's eyes, they seemed familiar somehow.

"N-Naruto…?" asked the redhead in a whispered voice. The man in front of her looked incredibly nervous, but he nodded to her. She stepped out of her coffin and slowly approached him. She gently raised a hand to his cheek and gasped at the feeling of his whisker marks. "Sochi…?"

Naruto nodded again with a small smile. "Yeah… It's me, kaa-chan…it's me," he said softly.

Kushina's eyes welled up with tears as she embraced her son for the first time since his birth, since she was taken away from him…

Since she was denied her family.

She held him close and cried happily into his shoulder while he hesitantly hugged her back. "My baby boy…"

Minato stood back and watched with a critical eye for any deceit, but he saw none in the blonde hugging his wife. This made him smile and he walked up to his son and placed a comforting hand on his shoulder. When Naruto's gaze met his, Minato nodded to him and said, "It's good to see you…son."

Naruto smiled to him and replied, "Yea… It's good to see you too…tou-san. Even though you're an asshole."

"W-what do you mean?" Minato sputtered.

"Did you really think the villagers would seriously view me as a hero?" Naruto deadpanned.

He may have been the Yondaime Hokage but he had no common sense sometimes.

Really.

Kushina finally let go of him, wiped the tears from her eyes, and gave Naruto a bright smile. "I can't believe how much you've grown! You look so much like your father."

Minato chuckled at his son as he gained a bashful look at his mother's praise. However, there was something bugging him and he turned to his son seriously. "Naruto…how are we here when we should be dead?"

Naruto suddenly looked incredibly nervous at his father's stern gaze. "I…I summoned you here. I used the Nidaime's jutsu to do so."

"So, you sacrificed people just to see us?" Minato questioned while Kushina looked ready to reprimand her husband for his tone.

"No! I didn't use any sacrifices for this!" Naruto cried out. "I used the fox's youki to bypass the need for sacrifices. I'm not a badass, necormancing, demon filled shinobi for no reason."

The adults looked surprised at their son before Kushina smiled to him. "So, you're on good terms with the fox?"

"Not exactly… The fox agreed to give me its power when I need it and I agreed to take down Madara for him. He's still quite the asshole."

"So, you know of what happened the night of your birth then?" asked Minato.

Naruto nodded. "Yeah, the Kyuubi told me everything; how kaa-chan was the previous Jinchuriki, the weakened seal, Madara's appearance and release of the fox, and the sealing itself. I know everything that happened through Kyuubi's perspective."

"I see… How did you come across the Edo Tensei?"

Naruto sighed at the question as the memories of his imprisonment and torture surged through his mind and sat down on the ground before motioning for his parents to do the same. "I'm sure that when I answer your question, many others will follow… So, I'm just gonna tell you how my life was after you sealed the Kyuubi into me. It wasn't pleasant."

Four hours passed as Naruto told them every part of his life; from his Academy days, his first C-Rank (though it became his first A-Rank) mission, the Chunin Exams, meeting Tsunade, Sasuke's defection, and his time as Orochimaru's prisoner. By the time he finished, Kushina looked pissed and was clenching her trembling hands while Minato had his eyes closed with a frown on his face.

"That's my story…"

"Those… Those bastards! How could they treat you like that?! And Orochimaru holding you prisoner for three years... If I ever see him…" Kushina growled, letting the threat hang.

"I guess my faith in Konoha was misplaced," Minato stated with a sigh. "I always believed that they would see you as a hero… But I couldn't have been more wrong…" He looked to his son with sad eyes and said, "I'm so sorry for giving you such a burden, son. I hope you can forgive me for my mistakes."

Naruto shook his head and replied, "You don't need to apologize. You couldn't ask another to give up their child, and Madara didn't leave you with many other options. If it's anyone's fault for my life, it's his and I plan to make him pay for it. And besides, heroes always have tragic backstories."

"Count me in," Kushina said instantly. "That bastard is gonna pay for what he did to my son."

"I'm with you as well, son. Anything you need, I'll help you."

Naruto nodded with a smile before he stood to his feet and stretched. "Well, as long as you two are here, I might as well put my theory to the test."

"Theory?" asked Minato.

"Yeah… Orochimaru taught me the Juinka (Cursed Seal Transformation) and how to use it with Kyuubi's youki. However, every person I used it on ended up dead from the power. My theory is that it should work on someone who is already dead. I mean what's the worst that could happen? You die again?" Naruto explained as he summoned another coffin with the kanji for "Twin" on it.

From the coffin came the conjoined bodies of Sakon and Ukon. Naruto pushed his chakra into them and woke them up as he turned to his parents.

"These two made up a single member of Orochimaru's old Oto Five. Each member of that group held a Curse Mark from the snake that held his chakra in it. I'm gonna see if using my version of it will override their original mark and allow them to use it. A word of warning; they might explode." Naruto then turned to them and flew through a quick set of seals before his canines elongated with a red glow and he bit both of the twins in the neck. The twins groaned in pain as the youki flowed into the Curse Mark and made it glow a furious red before it merged into the form of a demonic eye. Naruto inspected it and heard the twins breathe slowly, making him smirk. "Perfect… Sakon, Ukon, call upon your Curse Mark Level Two."

The twins glared at him for his order but complied anyway. Slowly the markings covered their bodies and they changed into twin ogres with armor on their left or right sides, depending on the brother in question. "Now what?" asked Ukon impatiently.

"Now, I want you both to call more power from your Marks. As much as you can."

The twins looked to him like he was crazy before they slowly complied. Their ogre-like appearances faded back into human forms before they each gained wicked claws, silver fox ears, silver tails, and their eyes became blood red with black slits and black sclera.

Naruto smirked while Minato and Kushina looked on in amazement. "How do you both feel?" asked the Jinchuriki.

The twins looked to one another and gave fanged grins before they turned to Naruto. "This is incredible!" Sakon exclaimed while Ukon nodded in agreement. "I've never felt such power; not even from Orochimaru's Mark. It doesn't even feel tainted!"

"Excellent. My Curse Mark should allow you to enter a pseudo-Jinchuriki state since it uses the fox's power. You won't have access to tails, but you will definitely give your enemies trouble." Naruto's grin grew as he clapped his hands together and he summoned seven more coffins.

From the one marked "Red" came Tayuya, Jirobo came out of the one marked "Drain", Kidomaru was in the one marked "Spider", the one marked "Bone" held Kimimaro, Kin came out of the one marked "Bell", Dosu out of the one marked "Melody", and the one marked "Airwave" held Zaku.

As they all woke up and turned to Naruto, he gave them a fanged smirk and opened his arms wide in greeting. "Welcome to the living world, my friends! I've called you all here to give you much needed power that makes the snake's Curse Mark look tame! Sakon and Ukon can easily attest to my claim," he exclaimed while the twins nodded. "I offer you this power so that you may further bring destruction to those who oppose you! Do you accept?"

The others turned to one another and murmured before Kimimaro slowly walked forward. He looked Naruto dead in the eyes for what seemed to be hours before he got down to a knee. "I will accept this power…Naruto-sama. You gave another purpose after my death and I wish to repay you for it."

Naruto smirked and turned to the others. "Anyone else?"

Tayuya looked to the others, mainly Kin, and nodded. "Count me in, Shithead. Like bonehead said, you gave us another chance to make something of ourselves. If this new purpose is serving you, then I accept."

Kin stepped forward and nodded followed by Dosu and Zaku. After them came Kidomaru and Jirobo while Naruto's parents stood next to the others and nodded to their son.

Sometimes it was great being him.

Naruto grinned foxily to them and called upon the fox's power. "Okay then… Let's begin."

Three Hours Later

Anko sat in a dango shop, bored out of her mind as her plate held nothing but finished dango sticks. Tsunade hadn't called upon them for any missions and she hadn't seen Naruto since they returned and the blonde was promoted to Tokubetsu.

She sighed again and paid for her meal before she stepped out into the streets and made her way to Hana's. Maybe the Inuzuka would be interested in a spar. She was passing by a clothing store and took a small glance inside before she stopped and grinned. Inside the shop, with many maroon cloaks was Naruto.

"Foxy! I've been looking for you!" she exclaimed as she approached him.

Naruto had just sealed away the cloaks after paying for them before he turned to the violet-haired woman. "Hey, Anko-chan. Sorry I haven't been around the past few days," he greeted while rubbing his head sheepishly.

She waved him off and walked with him through the village streets. "It's alright; you can just pay me back tonight."

"How do I do that? I really hope you don't expect me to put out on the first date. I have standards" he smirked with a raised brow.

She turned to him with a grin and said, "You can take me out to dinner then! After all, you promised me you would since you took on Mizuki by yourself."

Naruto shook his head with a smile and replied, "Okay, I guess I do owe you one. Where did you want to go?"

"The Golden Leaf. Pick me up at 8, okay?" she said before she kissed him on the cheek and disappeared in a swirl of leaves, leaving a slightly blushing blonde.

His blush suddenly disappeared when he remembered one thing. "Oh shit, I don't know what to do on a date! I'm too socially awkward!" he cried before he raced back to his apartment where his parents were waiting. While he sent the others away, his parents wanted to spend more time with their son and he wanted to spend time with them as well.

He burst into the apartment and Kushina looked worried at his frantic look. "Naruto, what is it?"

"I have a date…"

"Oh that's wonderful!" she said happily.

"…And I have no idea what the hell to do! It's like candy being dangled in front of me and I can't open the fucking wrapper!"

Minato chuckled as he read one of Naruto's scrolls, making the two look at him. "I freaked out too when I first took out your mother. Just relax, be yourself, and enjoy your time with her. By the way, who are you going out with? She must be quite the looker to get with my son."

"Anko… Mitarashi Anko," he answered.

"Oh, I remember her!" Kushina exclaimed. "She was in Kakashi's graduating class. She was a wild one if I remember right."

"And she was betrayed by Orochimaru after he branded her with his Curse Mark's prototype form," Naruto added. "I removed it from her and was put on a team with her and Hana. We were made to go against Akatsuki whenever we can."

"I see… Well, like your father said; just be yourself. That's what women look for in a man," Kushina said with a smile. "Now then, let me help you get ready."

"No, you don't need to-"

"I know I don't need to, Sochi. But I want to. I want to be there for the positive parts of your life, and this date of yours is definitely a positive in my book." She then led him to the bathroom to get ready while Minato returned to the scroll he was reading with a smile.

And tried to ignore Naruto's unmanly cries of fear.

Two Hours Later

Outside of Anko's apartment door stood Naruto dressed in nicer clothes for his date. He was dressed in black shoes, brown slacks, a white button-up shirt, and a brown leather jacket. In his hand was a small purple tulip that he bought at the last minute. He still shivered as he recalled his mother's last words before pushing him out the door.

'Remember, Naruto-kun! Don't be a fool, wrap your tool!'

He'd have nightmares forever.

He was "fixing" his collar for the fifth time before Anko's door opened and he gaped at her appearance. She wore black shoes, an ebon purple dress with a single strap on her left side, and a necklace with a snake fang pendant. Her hair wasn't in its normal style and flowed down behind her; something that Naruto thought made her look more beautiful.

He was brought out of his staring by Anko waving a hand in front of his face. "Hello? Earth to Naruto; are you there?"

He shook his head and smiled to her. "You look stunning, Anko-chan."

She smirked. "Of course I do! Don't I always?"

The blonde chuckled before he handed her the tulip. "I got this for you. I don't know if it's your thing, but…"

She took it with a smile. "Thank you, foxy. It's a sweet gesture."

She then took his right arm and led him out of the apartment building. The couple walked through the streets until they reached the restaurant. The Golden Leaf was the third fanciest restaurant in the village. It was ironic that the Silver Leaf was fancier than it, but no one questioned it.

It was Konoha after all.

The two got a table next to a window and ordered water to drink while they read the menu for their food. Once the waiter came back and took their orders, Anko turned to her date and smiled. "So Foxy, what do you think of Konoha ever since you returned?"

He shrugged and answered, "It feels the same, to be honest. I still see villagers glaring at me and I still get charged a little more than others, but I honestly expected it. It won't matter for a while anyway."

"What do you mean?"

"I've been making some…plans for the future. These plans should change the view of the populace."

"Can I have a hint of these 'plans' of yours, foxy?"

"…You play a part in them somewhat," he answered making her look confused.

"What do you mean?"

Naruto chuckled and waved his finger in a playfully scolding manner. "Now now, no spoilers Anko-chan. You'll see soon enough," he said as she pouted cutely. He chuckled again at her face and commented, "You're cute when you're mad."

She smirked and replied, "Then what am I now?"

"Like I said earlier; stunning," he said honestly making her gain a faint blush, causing Naruto to pat himself on the back.

Dinner was simple and enjoyable for the two and Anko even convinced Naruto to have one dance with her. It annoyed him when the other patrons kept their distance from them, but he kept it under wraps for Anko who was enjoying herself.

Her sneaking in a quick grope of his ass didn't hurt.

After their dance, Naruto walked Anko back to her apartment and the two stood outside of her door. "Well, I can honestly say that I had fun tonight, Anko-chan. I can't remember when I enjoyed myself so much. It's quite refreshing."

She smiled and replied, "I'm glad you had fun with me, foxy." She then leaned up and kissed him on the lips, surprising him at first before he returned it. She wrapped her arms around his neck while he wrapped his around her waist. They broke apart for air after a while with blushing smiles on their faces. Anko then gave him another chaste kiss before she let him go and stepped inside. "Goodnight, Foxy-kun," she said as she closed the door.

Once it closed, Naruto still had a grin on his face as he said, "Goodnight, Anko-chan." He then disappeared in a swirl of wind and reappeared outside of his door. As soon as he opened it, he saw his mother standing before him with a smile.

"So…?"

He chuckled as he walked past her to his room. He looked back to her and said, "It was nice," before he walked in and closed the door.

Kushina smiled at her son while Minato chuckled, making her turn to him. "I told you he'd be okay."

"I know, but a mother can't help but worry, y'know?"

He chuckled again before he and Kushina felt sat at the table and went over the info Naruto took from Orochimaru's base. Seeing as they were reanimated beings without a need for sleep, they decided to see if the snake's documents held anything worth looking into.

They weren't there for Naruto for over 17 years, but that didn't mean that they couldn't be there for him now.

"By the way, Naruto-kun! Did you get any?"

"MOM!"

To make his life a small, but bearable, Hell.

(End)

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