Band of the Forsaken
Disclaimer: I don't own Naruto but I do own all my characters so…yeah.
Chapter 1: Failure and Slaughter
The forest on the border of Fire Country was awash in the dark orange of evening light. Crickets began their song and many animals found refuge for the night while those that thrived on darkness awoke. A soft wind blew through the leaves creating an almost musical rustling. It would have been beautiful if not for the blood staining much of the ground and the trees. A great battle had been fought in this forest, the battle to retrieve Uchiha Sasuke.
Near the valley that marked the end of Fire Country a dark-haired boy stood atop a cliff looking back over the land he had called home for his entire life.
"I knew my quest for power would one day lead me here. I have no choice but to continue if I am to kill Itachi."
Sasuke turned and began to walk away from the valley towards the village of the Sound.
He stopped and turned to face a young blond boy by the name of Uzumaki Naruto standing just outside the forest at the bottom of the valley, breathing heavily.
They stared at each other for a long time; one whose face was an emotionless mask while the others was a mix of anger, sadness, and confusion.
"What are you doing here Naruto? I would have thought you would know better than to think you could stop me." Sasuke stated with a smirk evident on his face.
"You bastard! What are you thinking running to Orochimaru! You should know better than to trust that freak!"
"Shut up. I have to gain power to get my revenge and this is the only way to do it. There's no way I'll get stronger in that pathetic little village."
"But what about me and Sakura and Kakashi-sensei! We care about you! Sakura even loves you and you think it's nothing! You're just going to throw it all away because some madman offered you a chance to get stronger?"
Naruto was at a loss for words. He stared at the ground, tears streaming down his face.
"I thought we were friends. I thought you could understand me." Naruto looked up at Sasuke and continued. "You were one of the first people I ever considered a friend. We've been through so much together and now this? Has it always been this way? Have you always looked at us as mere stepping stones on your path to revenge?"
Sasuke looked at Naruto and sighed. "Don't misunderstand. I always knew it would come to this but that doesn't mean our friendship wasn't real."
Naruto's eyes widened as Sasuke started the hand seals for the Chidori.
"In fact you have become…my closest friend." Sasuke stated as he finished the seals and watched as his chakra crackled into life in his palm, the sound of a thousand chirping birds filling the valley.
"And that…is why you are worth killing!" Sasuke shouted as he charged down the side of the cliff, using chakra to cling to its surface.
Anger returned to Naruto's face as he charged across the river running along the bottom of the valley, a shadow clone helping him to form the Rasengan in his hand.
"I promised Sakura I would bring you back to her and I will! Even if I have to beat you to within an inch of your life to do it!" Naruto roared as the Rasengan was completed and he jumped towards Sasuke.
"Alright then let's go! No Kakashi here to save you this time Naruto!" Sasuke shouted as he lunged toward Naruto at the same time as the other.
The two met above the river and the entire valley was lost in a sea of light.
Naruto awoke days later in the warm bed of one of Konohas hospital rooms. He stared at the ceiling, reliving the battle in his mind.
The demon chakra taking him.
Sasuke and his level two curse seal.
Their techniques meeting for the second time and him collapsing before he could defeat Sasuke.
"Orochimaru has gained the sharingan." A figure hidden in darkness stated to the others in the cave.
"Itachi your brother…" Another hesitantly spoke from their perch atop a stalagmite.
"It doesn't matter." Said one carrying a giant sword.
"Orochimaru will die eventually…yeah."
The first figure shifted. "This changes nothing. We begin our plan in three years."
Without a word all the figures melted into the darkness. All but one.
"Foolish little brother." He said before melting into the shadows like the rest.
Far away from the cave this meeting took place in and farther still from Konoha, in the eastern part of lightning country there lay a village. This village was not one of the hidden villages, far from it. In fact this village had no shinobi and the only ones they ever saw were hired for simple protection jobs or passing through to other parts of the country. Though not an extremely large village it had a bustling trade economy, with caravans reaching into all the surrounding countries. Due to this the population was rather large for a village of its size. A population which now lay dead.
Bodies littered the streets and blood coated the buildings. Some of the people appeared to have been have been caught unawares while others had tried to flee or to fight with whatever meager implements they could find. All their efforts had been in vain and the carrion birds now gorged themselves on this feast of humanity. Several of the buildings had been damaged and some still burned with a pathetic flame.
Towards the center of town the last inhabitant of the village lay huddled in fear before the six people responsible for the slaughter. They were all wearing identical black cloaks and were spread out across the middle of the town, but two stood directly in front of the man. Most of them appeared to be very young, not even passing the age of twenty, but their clothes stank with the smell of blood and the weapons they carried showed that these were no ordinary people. They were shinobi.
The man before them whimpered. "Why have you done this? We were a village of traders and craftsmen. What could we have done to deserve this? We never harmed anyone."
At this point a boy of sixteen strode forward and stabbed the man through the shoulder with a kunai.
"Never harmed anybody! You scum, I'll show you!" He shouted over the man's screams of pain as he began to cut at him with other knives he had pulled out of his pouch.
The oldest of them who could not be older than twenty-three grabbed his friends arm. "Sotoru…that's enough. We came here to kill them, not to torture them. I know how you feel about them. Why do you think I agreed to this plan in the first place? We have all experienced the same thing and that's why we are together now."
Sotoru stopped and looked up at the older man while putting his kunai away. "Fine Kazu."
Kazu stepped towards the man who now lay groaning on the ground and pulled a large scythe from its resting place on his back.
"May you be forgiven for your simple minded hatred." And with a flash of steel the man's life was ended.
"Was that sufficient vengeance for you Sotoru?"
Sotoru surveyed the bloodied shops and the corpses of men, women, and children littering the streets and smiled. "Yes Kazu I believe it is."
A young boy of about eight years appeared next to Kazu in a puff of smoke from his previous spot on top of one of the houses nearby.
"The Akatsuki will move for the one tail and the nine tails in three years Kazu."
Kazu smiled at the boy and reached down to ruffle his brown hair. "Excellent work Neota. Your sight has never failed us." He then turned to the others. "The Akatsuki will move in three years. We must reach the one tail and nine tails before then."
Without another word they left the village to begin plans of their own.
YES! I finally started my first Naruto fanfic! This has been in my head for such a long time it's so nice to get it typed up. I'm gonna try to update soon but shit happens so we'll see. I welcome all reviews and will try to respond to any questions in the next chapter. Oh and see if you can figure out who my OC's are. By the way I made Kazu's weapon a scythe because they kick ass. See ya next chapter and R&R!