"You're father's the reason this village is suffering."
"Don't go near him, he's a murderer."
"He stole our bloodline!"
"He can't be trusted with it!"
"The rules are the only thing that matter."
"I believe the White Fang was a hero."
"It's not your fault."
"You killed him, you killed my son, you killed Obito!"
"You're the one that should be dead!"
Naruto's eyes snapped open. All he saw was blackness. He looked down at his hand, he could see it, so he wasn't in the dark.
"What were those voices?" he asked himself out loud.
He cautiously took a step foward, then another. He walked slowly through the blackness.
"Kakashi'sensei?" he said as he looked around only to find darkness.
"Where are you going?" Naruto snapped his head to where he heard the voice, suddenly he found himself on the road that lead out of Konoha. He was looking at his sensei and Asuma, only, they were younger.
"I'm going after him," Kakashi said.
"Going after that him is only a suicide mission! The Hokage will send a team after him, you just have to wait!"
"There's no time!" Kakashi shouted. "I'm going to get her back."
"...Kakashi, you're falling right into his trap. He came for you, he's only using her for bait." Asuma looked down, "Kakashi, I know you saw her face before he left, she was already — "
Naruto watched. 'What's going on? Are these Kakashi-sensei's memories?' he thought.
Suddenly the scene disappeared and Naruto was once again surrounded by darkness. He balled his hand into a fist and started to run. 'I have to find Kakashi-sensei!'
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The entire village was watching an unbelievable scene. The Kyuubi, that came sixteen years ago, was holding off the Silver Wolf, along with taking out any Akatsuki that came to close.
Sakura closed her eyes and prayed. It's been an hour since the Kyuubi arrived and se feared for Naruto and her sensei. She felt a hand on her shoulder, she opened her eyes and look up. Sasuke was there, covered in blood and wounds. She was shocked, but it soon wore off. She gestured for him to sit and she began healing his wounds.
"Are you coming back?" she asked.
"...I have a feeling it won't be easy."
"You'll have to earn everyone's truest and I'm sure Tsunade-sama won't let you off easy."
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Naruto wasn't sure how much longer he could take. He felt like he's seen to many personal (and tragic) memories of his sensei's. Just when Naruto felt as if this entire thing was hopeless, he saw him. Kakashi stood about ten feet away, staring into the blackness that surrounded them. Naruto cautiously walked up to him.
"Kakashi-sensei?" Naruto said. Kakashi's gaze turned to him, a look of terror fulling his hollow eyes.
"Naruto? What're you..."
Naruto placed his hands on Kakashi's shoulders. "Kakashi-sensei, the demon is attacking Konoha, you have to stop it!" Naruto stated. "You're the only one that can."
"Naruto, I —" Naruto cut Kakashi off.
"I know you can do it!"
Kakashi looked down at Naruto and saw the hope in his eyes. He smiled.
"I wish I could be like you Naruto." he said, Naruto's face becoming confused. "You have so much hope, determination. You don't let anyone stand in your way when you know what has to be done. And not just because it just has to be done, because it's the right thing to do. I guess you can say I'm a little jealous of you," he said. Naruto could only stare at him, then suddenly the blackness around them rose and a view of Konoha, from the Silver Wolf Demons eyes, came. Kakashi saw the destruction that has happened and the Kyuubi holding him off.
"Naruto..." Naruto turned and looked towards his sensei. "Thank you for your help. I'm sorry I've caused you, Sakura, and everybody so much pain, but I need you to promise me one thing, alright?"
Naruto had a worried look on his face. "Kakashi-sensei, I don't like how you're talk."
"Just promise me, that you'll protect your friend no matter what and that you won't let anyone get in the way of you're dreams," he said.
"Heh, that's two things Kakashi-sensei, and I promise," Naruto said, he could feel tears welling up in his eyes. Kakashi placed a hand on Naruto's head and brought his forehead down onto Naruto's, doing a small headbutt.
"Thank you, Naruto, and tell everyone thank you and that they made my life worth living, especially you, Naruto." Now the tears ran freely, but before Naruto could say or do anything else, he felt him getting pulled away, and then nothing.
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The villagers and shinobi stared in horror as the Kyuubi began to disintegrate, when they thought all hope was lost, the Silver Wolf Demon suddenly howled in pain. It too began to disintegrate, but in a more painful manner. It thrashed around and soon it's head stood high in the sky, as if it was looking at the moon. It then, completely disappeared.
Sakura could see sparkles in the moonlight, who knew something's destruction could be so beautiful? She shook her head and began to head to the sight where the demons once were. Sasuke trailing behind her. Only one thing was on her mind, let her boys be safe.
When Sakura got there Tsunade was already there healing Naruto.
"Naruto!" she shouted and knelt down next to him.
"Don't worry Sakura, I'm only checking for injuries and I haven't found any yet," Tsunade said. Sakura looked around and saw her friends dragging bodies of the Akatsuki out of the rubble. She turned to Tsunade.
"They haven't found him yet," she said, answering Sakura's unspoken question. Naruto's eyes opened slowly, when he realized where he was he shot up.
"Relax Naruto, it's over," Tsunade said as she placed a reassuring hand on his shoulder.
"Naruto," He turned his head to Sakura, "Where's Kakashi-sensei?" He turned away, unable to look at her.
"He said thank you," was all Naruto said. Sakura stared at him wide eyed, and then the tears fell, she sobbed into his shoulder. Sasuke stood over them, with a blank expression on his face. Tsunade stood up and walked away to where Jiraiya was standing.
"Nearly the same as his sensei, eh?" was all he said. Tsunade nodded.
1 month later
"AH! Sakura-chan I'm tired!" Naruto said as he took a seat on the ground, covered in sweat and dirt.
"Shut up, Naruto and help, the village isn't gonna rebuild itself," she said as she finished hammering in a nail and went to the next one. Naruto turned to the ANBU that were standing a few feet away. Tsunade had two ANBU's watching Sasuke until she felt it was safe for him. Naruto turned to Sasuke, who was holding up the frame which Sakura was hammering. Their eyes meet.
"What're you looking at?" Sasuke said. "Why don't you be useful and do something."
"Grrr, I'll show you! I can fix more houses then you!" naruto said as he jumped up and ran off.
"Ah, Naruto come back here!" Sakura yelled.
Naruto walked with one hand in his pants pocket and the other in his back pouch, fumbling with a box. When he arrived at where he wanted he sat himself on the grass. His eyes scanned over the silver stone that stood in front of him. He placed his hand on the lightening bolt that was carved into the stone and then ran his hand over the name that took place under it.
Naruto sighed and pulled out the box he was fumbling with on his way here.
"Pervy sage said you wanted me to have these when you pasted away," he said as he opened the box, it was filled with photographs. "I just can't understand why."
He took out the top photo, it was a picture of an irritated Kakashi holding baby Naruto, who had pulled down his mask. "I always wondered who took care of me when I was a baby," he said.
Some pictures were with Iruka, Gai, Asuma, Kurenai doing various things. From the pictures he could tell they were never planed, someone would always just snap the shot. Some had Kakashi reaching to block the camera's view and failed. Some were pretty funny. In one Kakashi had a baby carrier on with Naruto on his back, the next picture he was throwing it at Gai, Iruka was in the background holding Naruto, who looked like he was in the middle of a sigh.
He stopped flipping through the pictures, the sun beginning to set.
"I have so many questions I wanna ask you," he said. He looked up at the grave and smiled. "You know Kakashi-sensei, I should be the one thanking you," he said as he pulled out a photo, closed the box and laid down, looking up into the starry sky with the photo over his heart.
Hidden in the trees Jiraiya watched Naruto.
"It's a full moon tonight," Naruto said as he drifted off to sleep. Jiraiya waited a few minutes and walked up to Naruto's sleeping form. He lifted the boy into his arms, carrying him bridle style. As he walked back to the village he caught a glace at the photo in Naruto's hands.
It was of a teen Kakashi and about a year old Naruto who were fast asleep in Kakashi's bed. Kakashi had his arms securely around Naruto and baby Naruto was gripping onto Kakashi's shirt.
Jiraiya smiled to himself. He had taken that picture. After he brought Naruto home, he looked up into the full moon.
He could've sworn he heard a wolf howl in the distance. He looked down towards Naruto's window and saw the boy shift in his sleep. He heard Naruto mumble something in his sleep. Baby Naruto's first words.
"Kashi......chan," he said as he hugged his handmade Kakashi punching bag.
(If you read the manga it's the Kakashi he made when he prepared for the bell training, or if you saw in the anime when he was dreaming about kissing Sakura, the doll he slept with)
Wow, its over. I had a great run with you guys. It was really fun.
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