Dragon of Konoha
Chapter 27: Tsunade and the Gamble of the Century
As we walked along the dirt road, many of the previous day's events were still fresh within our minds. When I saw some sort of realization hit Naruto.
"Hey Sou-nii," Naruto spoke, "when you faced Itachi and Kisame, why didn't you go super speed like you did with Neji in the Chunin exams?"
"It's because doing what I did required lots of stamina and concentration to hold off two ninjas of their caliber, I needed all the energy I could to hold them off," I replied, "Granted if I was fighting them alone I may have put up more of a fight but that wasn't the case. Also, going that fast really messes up my vision, the only so I needed to heavily rely on the senjugan's ability."
Naruto and Jiraiya looked at me with understanding and we continued our travel in silence.
We didn't reach Tanzakugai till mid-noon the next day. Although we would have gotten here faster if it wasn't for Jiraiya getting himself lured into a bordello in the last town we passed and dragging us along with him.
"Finally, we're here," I said as I looked up at the town entrance, "now all we need to do is find Tsunade and bring her back right?"
"That's just about right?" Jiraiya said as we walked in, "but we have to find out where she is in the city or where she may have run off to from here."
We headed straight towards the gambling district. We saw Jiraiya looking around for a second before entering the closest betting house. I quickly changed my eyes to the eyes of future sight.
"Welcome!" one of the employees said as we entered the building.
"We're looking for a person, have you seen this lady in this area before?" Jiraiya asked as he pulled out and showed the worker a picture of Tsunade from long ago.
"Oh this lady! Yeah I've seen her."
"Oh? Do you know where she went by chance?" Jiraiya asked the worker. The worker smirked as he rolled two dices in his hand.
"Sorry sir, but where do you think you are?" he said as he started to toss the dices into the air, "We have a business to run here. How about a game for the information?"
Jiraiya grinned as he was about to answer I butted in, "I'll take that bet."
"Souryu, what are you..." I turned to look at him and smirked. I looked back at the man.
"Cho for even and Han for odds right?" I asked.
"That's right," He replied, "If you win the info is free but if you lose it'll cost you a thousand ryo."
"Ok," I said as I let my eyes do the work, "I'll call cho."
"Then I'm han." The worker started the roll and he tossed the dice on the table. The dice soon stopped. I smirked as I saw the numbers showing on the dice.
"two- four cho... I win."
"Hmph. Lucky shot kid." He said with a smile, "The lady you're looking for headed off to the castle on the southern end of town. You can't miss it since it's on a hill top."
"Thanks for the info," I said as I slipped him a five-hundred ryo bill. He looked at me inquisitively, "For your troubles." I signaled Naruto and Jiraiya to start heading out.
"Come back anytime you feel like losing some money kid!" He yelled to me as I was about to leave.
I looked back and smiled, "Don't worry, if I'll clear the house out of all its money when if I come back again."
As we headed towards the castle, we noticed something odd.
"Hey ero-sennin, where's the castle?" Naruto asked.
"Hmmm.... Your right, oi Souryu, are you sure this is the right way?"
"From what the old lady at the scratch lotto said this that is where the castle should be." I said.
"I have a bad feeling about this. Let's hurry!" Jiraiya said as we rushed forward. We reached the front gate of the castle within minutes to see people running away in terror.
"Hey what's going on here?" Jiraiya shouted to one of the civilians running from the castle.
"A-a-a giant snake... came out of nowhere... destroyed the castle." He shouted back s he continued to run away.
Fuck. There was only one explanation for a giant snake.... Orochimaru. I looked over to Jiraiya who gave me a nod of understanding as we rushed to the top of the hill. When we got there all we saw was the rubble left behind by the snake and a collapsed wall created by Tsunade.
"Damn. We were too late." Jiraiya said as he looked at the devastation caused by a meeting of two sannin.
"So what do we do now?" Naruto asked we headed back down slowly.
"We keep searching the city to see if she's still around or if she already moved on to another place." Jiraiya replied, "We'll split up and search for her." Naruto and I nodded as I headed for the east sector while Naruto went west with Jiraiya's kagebunshin. By the time we got back together, it was already night fall.
We were now in the Market district in the northern sector of the city.
"Hey ero-sennin, I'm starving here." Naruto said as his stomach growled viciously.
"I guess this place'll do for a meal." Jiraiya replied as we stopped in front of a bar.
I looked over to Naruto and placed a hand on his shoulder as a signal to not complain. Naruto begrudgingly decided not to voice his opinion as we entered.
"Holy Shit! Tsunade!" Jiraiya suddenly shouted as he pointed to the booth at the end of the isle.
"Jiraiya! What are you doing here?!" Tsunade shouted as she stood up. As we sat down with the legendary med-nin, I could feel the tension in the air between the two sannin.
"There seems to be a reunion thing going on lately." Tsunade said after a few moments, "a lot of people I don't want to see are popping out of nowhere."
"So that pedo-snake's been here to see you hasn't he?" I asked making her look at me in surprise, "How was he doing after I killed off both arms? Was he pissing his pants in pain?"
She looked at me in surprise, "Jiraiya, who are these two with you?"
He smirked as he replied, "The blonde one's my apprentice named Uzumaki Naruto and the other is his brother Uzumaki Souryu."
I saw her eyes widen in surprise, "Hey brat? Did you actually do that to him?"
"Yep," I said as I munched on some of the appetizers that were brought out during the conversation, "He lopped off my left arm first so I returned the favor two-fold."
Jiraiya smirked while Naruto snickered at the slack jawed look of Tsunade and her attendant. She quickly returned to her stoic look.
"So what are you here for Jiraiya?" She asked as she pulled out a deck of cards and started to shuffle. She started to pass out the cards. The game was poker.
"I'll just come out and say it," He said as he picked up his cards and looked at them, "old man Sarutobi has asked for your return to the village to become the Fifth Hokage." He discarded three cards and smiled as he looked at the new cards he picked up from the deck.
Tsunade and Shizune were surprised but Tsunade quickly returned to an uncaring attitude.
"Impossible. I refuse." She said as she picked up a new hand. Jiraiya smiled at her.
"That phrase takes me back," He said, "you said the same thing to me when I asked you out for a date all those years ago."
"I still don't see why we need to take this lady back with us at all other than to heal up Sasuke and Kakashi." I said unimpressed by her attitude. Soon Jirsaiya has gone on a long winded explanation about how qualified Tsunade was for being the next hokage but I was stealing glances at Shizune more than listening. Seriously she was hotter in person than the anime or manga gave her credit. I was brought out of my thoughts when Naruto got frustrated.
"Jiraiya,I think you made a mistake in taking this kid as your apprentice. He's worse than your last one." I stared at her angrily and when Naruto was about to retort when Jiraiya talked about the fourth hokage.
"But even in all his talent and ability didn't help him from dying young," Tsunade said angrily, "Even my grandfather and uncle died young for the village. You can't get back life like you can money but what do we see with them? Throwing away their lives for an ungrateful village. Being Hokage is a job for fools."
That was the snapping point for Naruto as he was about to kill Tsunade Jiraiya grabbed him by the hem of his vest. I followed up with letting Krakken burst out from my neck towards her which was quickly blocked by the table as Tsunade flipped it.
"I don't care who or what you are. If you insult the title of Hokage, I beat the shit out of you!" Naruto declared. I sighed as I retracted Krakken and kicked the table through the wall.
"Although I could give two shits about the village, I agree I cannot let you go unpunished for insulting the memory of your ancestors and the deceased," I said with killing intent pouring out, "I will have to teach you a lesson in respect in their stead."
Jiraiya sighed as Tsunade looked at the two of us with rage, "Step outside brats."
So by her words, we walked out of the bar.
Outside we stood at opposite ends of the street.
"Hey brats," Tsunade shouted to us, "Even though I may be like this now, I was once part of the legendary sannin."
She lifted up her index finger, "this should be enough for two lowly gennin brats."
"One minute to beat two gennin Tsunade," Jiraiya said from the sideline, "have you lost your touch?"
"Not one minute, one finger," Tsunade retorted, "It's all I'll need."
"Heh, I'll make you eat those words old hag." Naruto said cracked his knuckles.
"Ditto," I said flaring my chakra activating Krakken, "here we come baa-chan."
"It's kinda pointless asking this now short-stuff, but why do you bother youself so much with the title of Hokage?" Tsunade asked Naruto.
"Because being Hokage is my dream!" He replied with a smirk. As in the anime, it struck a nerve with Tsunade freezing her up. We both knew that this was the best time to strike.
Naruto threw three kunai at her with me close behind them. Tsunade deflected two of them catching the third and using it to block a stab from one of my own. As soon as she did I dropped mine to hold her in a bear hug.
He jumped into the air as he charged up an incomplete rasengan rearing it back as he dived towards her. Realizing what we were up to she used her inhuman strength to break my grip. She then continued by flicking me on my forehead sending me flying and in the same instant when the rasengan was about to hit she grabbed Naruto's wrist and flung him towards me. The rasengan dispelled and I was trying my best to block out the pain. Even though she may be old, her legendary strength hasn't faded. Seeing Naruto fly straight at me I released Krakken's arms into multiple buildings like what Spiderman did to stop the train in Spiderman 2. I raised my arms to cushion the impact as his body flew at me. Luckily, when Naruto hit me, krakken was able to absorb the blow with minimal damage to the buildings give or take a large chunk of the walls missing from most of them.
"Did the plan work?" whispered Naruto to me as I put him down.
"We'll see." I replied as I retracted Krakken.
"Jiraiya, what are you doing teaching the rasengan to that brat?!" We heard her yell.
"Well, I am the boy's master. It's my job to teach the brat." Jiraiya rebutted.
"Don't be stupid. Only the Fourth and you are the only ones that can use the jutsu," She continued, "calling yourself a master by teaching a move the boy can't even begin to comprehend. Stop giving the brat dreams of things he can't even reach!"
I signaled Naruto to do nothing because I was pissed beyond reason. I punched the ground using futai no kiwami causing a big boom to resound getting the attention of those present.
"DON'T YOU EVER SAY THAT AGAIN BITCH!" I yelled with killing intent all to present in my voice. She, being a sannin, wasn't fazed.
"OH, and what are you going to do about it?" she asked mockingly. I suddenly realized I was letting her get to me and took a deep breath.
"I would really like to kill you for such slander against my brother's dream, but we need you alive more than dead." I said with anger still apparent, "What do you have to say to her Naru-nii?"
"Stupid old hag," He said with anger apparent in his voice also, "Give me three days and I'll master this thing!"
She then smirked, hook, line and sinker, "Hn, so you say, a man always sticks to his words."
"I never go against what I say" Naruto replied, "Because that's my nindo."
Tsunade's eyes narrowed as she continued to stare at Naruto, "Ok, then let's bet on it."
"heh, bring it on." Naruto replied with a smirk.
"I'll give you a week to master the rasengan," she explained, " and if you win, I'll admit you have a chance at becoming Hokage, and as a bonus, I'll toss in this necklace."
"Tsunade-sama! That's your most important..." Shizune shouted at her master.
"Ok, and what if I lose?" Naruto asked
"if you lose the bet, I get to have all the money you have." She said holding up his wallet she took when they were fighting.
"You got a deal! Prepare to lose hag!" Naruto shouted with pride. We were about to separate when I heard Tsunade shout to me.
"Hey brat, I haven't asked you," she asked, "Why do you care so much about your brother's dream so much?"
I turned around and looked her dead I the eye, "Because my dream is to help him up to the rank of Hokage."
She continued to stare at me so I continued.
"I will do anything to help him even if it meant becoming the enemy of the world or if I needed to kill off everyone in Konoha to do so."
I turned around and ran to catch up to Jiraiya and Naruto.
To be continued....
Finally! I finished this chapter! Took me a while but please forgive me readers! I've been busy with school work and my part-time job. I also been bogged down with plenty more projects and fieldworks for my classes. O hope to have the next chapter up before the end of the month but by the looks on my syllabus, I'm not going to get a break for a while. Till next time!