Authors note: I got this idea stuck in my head, and figured why the hell not, surprise surprise, by the end of the summer I have half a story down on a note pad. I'll be converting these things one at a time sporadically. Hopefully around one every other week or sooner. Reviews will encourage faster typing!
Disclaimer: I do not own Naruto, or anything else really… if your willing to sign the series over to me I am happy to accept though!
Prologue: Karma isn't always a bitch
Naruto blinked, put a hand over his chest. It was gone, the gapping whole left by his 'best friends' chidori (thank you so much Kakashi baka-sensei for teaching Sasuke-teme that) was missing, intact even his shirt was intact. His brow furrowed something was off… missing… his hands reached down and he pulled up his shirt revealing… nothing, the skin was unmarked. His eyes widened further, as he looked around him. He seemed to be in some strange endless void, he was floating somehow, although that was hard to tell as anywhere he looked was completely black. "What the hell?"
"NO, NOT HELL." The blond shinobi jumped, his limited but still existent training kicking in as he reached for a kunai and spun around to face the threat.
It was a massive robed figure, it's form seemed final, and dark. It's presence was unnerving as though it was giving off some form of killing intent, one that was almost passive, but so immense that it made the fur ball seem like a five year old girl crying about the boo-boo on her knee. "NO… YOU COULD CALL THIS PLACE… LIMBO." The voice was chilling, and echoed in a manner no voice had a right to.
"Who are you?" More powerful aura then the Kyuubi or not, Naruto was still Naruto, and little things like encountering a massive otherworldly being had long since stopped scaring him, Sakura mad, that scared him. He suppressed a small shutter at that thought.
"I AM SHINIGAMI THE DEATH GOD, AND I AM HERE TO PLACE MY SENTENCE UPON YOU." the figured continued in a booming monotone
Oddly enough no outburst came. "So he did kill me… I was hopping it was some stupid dream. Kinda silly of me I guess." He wasn't afraid; a sort of grim recondition no one his age was bared across his face "What happened afterward?"
"YOU TRULY WISH TO KNOW? IT IS NOT PLEASANT."
Naruto nodded the look of determination growing. "Yes."
"SASUKE UCHIHA MADE IT TO THE HIDDEN VILLAGE OF SOUND, WERE AFTER A FEW YEARS OF TRAINING WAS POSESSED BY THE SOUL OF OROCHIMARU. AFTER THAT A SECOND WAR BROKE OUT BETTEEN SOUND AND LEAF, THE DISTRUCTION OF THE LEAF WAS THE RESULT. MOST OFYOUR FRIENDS FELL IN THAT WAR, THE FIFIT HOKAGE TSUNADE MANAGEDING TO CALL ON ME AND KILL HER FORMER COMRAD WHILE THE FROG HERMIT SACRAFICED HIMSELF TO DISTRACT HIM."
Naruto closed his eyes a week smile to his face "She really was a true hokage… wait you said most of my friends?" there was some hope that a few survived.
"THE JONIN HATATE KAKASHI DIED IN A EARLYER SKIRMISH AGAINCED THE ATASUKI, AND HYUUGA HINATA DIED ATEMPTING TO AVENGE YOU SHORTLY AFTER YOUR DEATH WAS ANOUNCED."
"Hinata? Didn't see that coming…" he suddenly felt a great deal of regret for ignoring her so much. "So, what now?"
The monolith figure of Shinigami paused "THAT IS WHERE THINGS BECOME INTERESTING… DEVINE BEINGS ARE SUBJECT TO RULES, JUST AS MORTALS ARE. SOME ARE THE SAME, OTHERS DIFFERENT, SOME MORE EXTREME OTHERS LESS. THE SEAL YOU BARE MARKS YOU, IT MAKES YOU MY CHOSEN."
The blond raised an eyebrow "Chosen? What do you meen?"
The death god paused wondering how to word this. "I AM YOUR PATRON, IF THAT MEANS ANYTHING TO YOU. I AM THE ONE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOU. AS I AM RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SEAL YOU BARE. YOUR LIFE WAS ONE OF SUFFERING, OF ENDLESS BETRAYAL AND PAIN. KARMA DEMANDS I REPAY YOU FOR THIS."
Naruto thought it over "I think I get it, but aren't you a little late, I meen I'm kinda dead, your shot at repayment looks like it was just Chidoried to hell."
"PERHAPS… THINK YOUNG ONE. I AM THE GOD OF DEATH, IT'S RULER. AS SUCH AT THIS MOMEMENT I HAVE THE MOST INFLUENCE."
The blond nodded "Makes sense. So what can you do?"
Shinigami waved one massive hand, and in its wake an image wavered into insistence. "I WOULD OFFER YOU SAFE PASSAGE INTO THE AFTERLIFE, BUT GIVEN YOUR NATURE THIS SEEMS MORE APPROPRIATE PENANCE." Through the gate he could now make out a form, Kyuubi, free and attacking Konoha "A SECOND CHANCE. A BETTER CHANCE." A massive figure that he recognized as Gamabunta with a blond haired figure on it.
Naruto was spell bound by the image, before shaking his head, and looking at the grim reaper. "What do you meen?"
"THIS WORLD WILL PROGRESS AS YOU REMEMBER IT, WITH THREE DIFFERENCES… GIFTS YOU COULD SAY." The fight was picking up, and he knew what would happen soon.
"Gifts?" Naruto found his eyes locked on the battle once more.
"TOOLS THAT WILL AID YOU IN MAKING YOUR OWN FATE. ONE OF BODY, ONE OF MIND, AND ONE OF SPIRIT." The blond motioned him to continue, blue eyes locked dead fast on the image of the hokage. "THE FIRST WILL BE THE BIRTH RIGHT DENYED BY MY MEDDLING, ANY TIME IT WOULD HAVE ACTIVATED THE KYUUBI'S RAGE INTERFERED. AN ADVANCED BLOODLINE THAT WILL TRIGGER FROM THE KILLING INTENT OF THE DEMON DESTINED TO BE JAILED WITH IN YOU, AND THE PAIN OF THE SEAL ITSELF. THE SECOND IS YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF YOUR FIRST LIFE, ALTHOUGH THIS WILL LOSE VALUE AS YOU ALTER THE PATHS OF THOSE AROUND YOU. AND THE FINAL GIFT… I WILL TELL YOU OF AT A LATER DATE. YOU MAY CALL ON ME WHEN THAT TIME COMES. YOU WILL KNOW IT NOT WITH YOUR MIND, BUT WITH YOUR HEART. DO YOU ACCEPT THESE TERMS?"
The blond looked up at etheric entity before him. "I agree… they might hate me, but you're right. I can't abandon them." He gave a foxy grin "What kind of Hokage would I be then?"
If possible you could detect a small smirk to the dark gods voice "NOT A VERY GOOD ONE. COME, YOU SHALL PASS ALONG WITH I AS HE SUMMONS ME."
Naruto grinned and walked through the 'gateway' only to have that smile turn to screams of agony as he suddenly felt his stomach explode in pain, a white clad figure rest his weakening hand on his suddenly very small body. Blue eyes looked down into his now crimson ones "Your mother would be proud… and I am too… Be strong for them… son…" with that his eyes dulled. Leaving a child screaming, seal visible to the world, sharingan eyes crying.
OK I wanted to do the Shinigami's in bold, however is being several rude things I am not permitted to say with my current rating (yes that excessive in the swearing). I'm sorry that it is not. I made several attempts, but all ended up being for naught. I'll likely have to do Kyuubi's lines in the same way. If anyone knows how to handle this problem please inform me and I will make my best shot.
Well there's the prolog… the first few chapters are going to be kinda summative in nature, I hope to have him to the age of 12 (AKA out of the academy) in the first three chapters, so excuse the rushed style. Reviews and flames welcome, constructive criticism valued above all, but keep in mind I already have the story down, I'm just converting and tweaking it at this point.
Next chapter should be out by Friday.