Chapter 12

Konoha vs. Akatsuki

The light at the end of the tunnel grew brighter and brighter as the group closed in on the exit to the tunnel. Sakura reran the plan though her mind. Kiba, Lee, and Choji were going out first. If they say anyone they were to attack. Next would be Kakashi, Sai, and Jiryai. They would go in and support the first three. Then Shikamaru and herself would run out and help anyone who needed immediate assistance.

Shikamaru had come up with the plan the moment they started running down the long tunnel. She knew he was a great strategist, but they were up against the Akatsuki, and they had Naruto. She was so afraid she'd run out and find Itachi Uchiha holding Naruto hostage. An image of Naruto came into her mind.

His clothes were torn, nearly to shreds. He looked out at her with dead eyes, the cum stains still littering his body. Fresh bruises and cuts were all over his body and a black collar was around his neck, with Itachi holding the matching short leash. Itachi held Naruto close to him and licks his cheek and Naruto whimpers.

' me,' Naruto whispers, just loud enough for her to hear.

'Yes Sakura. Come help him,' Itachi says as he pulls out a kunai and puts it to Naruto's throat.

Sakura shook her head, dispelling the image. She couldn't think like that. They would find Naruto, and take him home.

They were close now, and it was time to put Shikamaru's plan into action.

Kiba, Lee, and Choji charged out through the exit and disappeared into the light. There was a moment of silence but then came the crash. Kakashi, Sai, and Jiryai ran though the exit next. There were more crashes and the sound of metal hitting stone. Sakura and Shikamaru ran out next, once they exited it took a moment for Sakura's eyes to adjust.

Sakura looked out at the scene before her. Kiba and Akamaru were standing not far from her left. Kakashi and Sai were close to her right. Lee and Choji were just in front of her, and Jiryai was on top of a rock not too far to her left. They were all staring ahead. She followed their gaze and gasped. There stood four Akatsuki members. One she instantly recognized as Deidara, the explosive clay wielder they had faced back when the Akatsuki kidnapped Gaara. The other three were new to her.

One was somewhat shorter than the rest and he wore a strange orange swirl mask with a single eye hole. To his right was a woman. She had bright blue hair tied back in a bun with a flower comb. Her skin was pale and her eyes were a deep cerulean blue, a color she thought only Naruto's eyes could ever possess. The final man had bright orange hair, gray eyes with rings surrounding the pupil, and multiply face piercings. He didn't look much older than Naruto. In fact, if she saw the two together, she's guess they were related.

"Where's Naruto?" Shikamaru asked, stepping up beside Sakura.

"He left with Itachi and Kisame, un," Deidara said with a smirk.

"We knew you were coming thanks to Tobi here," the blue haired woman said, "He spotted you while he was out walking his bucket," she finished.

"Bucket?" the entire team said in unison as they all sweat-dropped.

"Yep!" Tobi said and reached into his robes. Everyone grew stiff and got ready for an attack. But instead he pulled out a silver bucket with a thin metal handle.

"This is Neko! He's Tobi's bucket. Tobi takes him for walks, and feeds him rocks, and fills him with water when he gets thirsty!"

The entire Konoha squad felt like face planting at that moment.

"We're taking Naruto back!" Kiba yelled, wanting to get back to the serious matters at hand.

"Then you'll have to get passed us," said the orange haired man.

"I'd like to see them try, un," Deidara said with a smirk.

"Oh, we'll do more than try!" Kiba said as he made his familiar hand sign and transformed Akamaru into a clone of himself.

"Bad move, un," Deidara said as he dropped one of his claw birds on the ground. With a quick hand sign the bird grew huge and Deidara jumped onto its back. The bird took off into the air carrying Deidara up to a safe distance.

"Attack," the orange haired man ordered. Him and the Blue haired woman charged the group. Both making a series of hand signs as they did. Tobi on the other hand took this bucket, Neko, and jumped behind a rock. Sakura was about to go after him when she heard the blue woman call out.

"Secret Art; Paper Crane Barrage!" She flung out her arms and hundreds of paper cranes flew from her sleeves and whizzed across the air at the Konoha Shinobi. Sakura put up her arms to shield herself from the bombardment. The paper cranes whizzed passed her, leaving deep paper cuts on her arms, legs, and face.

The attack stopped and Sakura looked around. Everyone seemed to have been caught off guard and hit fairly hard by the attack. But what scared her was Kakashi's and Jiryai's facial expressions. They were in utter shock it seemed. Sakura looked over at Kakashi.

"What's wrong?" she asked.

"Th-That technique...its a Kekkei Genkai," Kakashi sputtered out.

"So, we've faced Kekkei Genkai's before," Sakura said, wondering why the two were so flustered.

"This is no normal Kekkei Genkai," Jiryai said as he jumped over near Sakura.

"That Kekkei Genkai is one that came from Konoha, and is thought to have died out," the pervert sage said.

"What? What do you mean?" she asked.

"That Kekkei Genkai is the ability to control and manipulate paper. It is the Kekkei Genkai of the Uzumaki family," Jiryai said as he stared intently at the orange haired man and the blue haired woman, who both had stopped charging for the moment. Sakura's eyes widened in disbelief.

"You mean...that related to Naruto?" Sakura asked, her voice echoing a bit. The rest of the team looked at Sakura in shock then turned their gaze over to the blue haired woman.

"Yes, it would seem that woman is related to Naruto, on his mother's side," Jiryai said.

Sakura stared at the blue haired woman. She was Naruto's family. Possibly the only family he had left, and she was part of the organization bend on controlling him!

"How could you do that to Naruto!?" Sakura exclaimed. The group turned to Sakura in shock. She wasn't one to make emotional out bursts, but it was obvious she was pissed.

"How could you leave him!? He needed you!? He thought he had no family! He was all alone! How could you just leave him all alone!? Why!? Why, damn it!?" Sakura yelled with small tears rolling down her cheeks.

"It is complicated," was the blue haired woman's response.

"BITCH!!" Sakura cried out and charged the woman. She brought back her fist and put in as much chakra as she could. She swung at the woman and hit her directly in the face. But as soon as her fist made contact, the woman burst into hundreds of tiny slips of paper. Sakura went wide eyed.

"Paper clone?" she asked out loud.

"Sakura!" Shikamaru cried out, but it was too late. The orange haired man used a spinning kick, and hit Sakura right in the stomach. Sakura gasped as the air was forced from her lungs and she flew backwards. She hit the ground hard, which didn't help with her breathing situation. Sakura wrapped her arms around her stomach and concentrated on breathing. She felt a pair of hands touch her sides, making her jump. She looked up to see it was just a concerned Lee.

"Are you alright?" he asked.

"Yeah," she chocked out. She looked back over at the orange haired man and her eyes widened at what she was seeing. The pieces of paper were coming back together on their own accord and reformed the blue haired woman in seconds.

"She's a true master of the Uzumaki Kekkei Genkai," Sakura heard Jiryai say.

"But, that can't be. The only person to ever fully master the Uzumaki Kekkei Genkai was...Kano," Kakashi said, but from the sound of it, he was going to say something else.

"Kano?" Shikamaru asked, the look on his face told them all he saw though Kakashi.

"Yes, Kano Uzumaki. Naruto's mother," Jiryai said, his eyes fixed on the blue haired woman.

"WHAT?!" the group exclaimed.

"The only one to ever master that paper technique was..Naruto's mom?" Kiba asked.

"Yes. She was a genius when it came to her Kekkei Genkai. She could do almost anything with paper, even turn into it. What is your name!?" Jiryai called out. The blue haired woman smiled and motioned to herself with an open hand.

"I am Konan Uzumaki," she said, "And this is the leader of Akatsuki, Pain," she said motioning towards the orange haired man. Jiryai's eyes widened as Konan finished.

"He's the leader?" Kakashi asked. The man named Pain nodded.

"Yes, I am the leader of Akatsuki," was all he said. Jiryai opened his mouth to say something but was interrupted by a voice directly above them.

"Katsu!" It wasn't until then that they Konoha ninjas noticed the small clay birds flaying down at them. Each quickly jumped away, Lee grabbing Sakura first. Luckily everyone escaped the explosions, but now rock dust and smoke was everywhere. And to make matters worse, Pain and Konan had now disappeared.

"Everyone regroup at my position!" Shikamaru called out. Sakura got onto her feet, now that she could once again breathe.

"Let's go Lee," Sakura said and Lee nodded in response. The two took off in the direction they heard Shikamaru's voice came from.

When they got to the source of the cry they found a knocked out Akamaru, Kiba, and Choji.

"It's a trap!" Sakura called out and jumped away. Lee ran off as well, which Sakura knew was a good idea. With all the smoke and dust around, spreading out was the best idea.

"Katsu!" Another barrage of explosions shook the mountain side. Sakura continued to move hoping to find the enemy before they found her. After a few minutes of running around the dust finally lifted. She looked around her and was shocked at what she saw. Everyone had been knocked out. They all lay on the ground with a large bump on their heads and their eyes closed.

"Oops! Tobi missed one!" Sakura turned around to see Tobi holding his bucket, staring straight at her. Pain and Konon had retreated to a safe distance and Deidara was still in the air.

"Go get her Tobi!" called Pain.

"Yes, Leader-sama!" Tobi called back and ran at Sakura. Sakura drew out two kunai and threw them at Tobi, but the boy was fast. He dodged the weapons and grabbed his bucket with both hands. He brought it back and Sakura could see he had filled it with rocks. He flung it out at her, throwing the rocks at Sakura. Tobi threw his bucket up into the air and made a quick series of hand signs.

"Ninja Art; Rock shadow clone jutsu!" he called out. The rocks suddenly began mulitplying at an incredable rate. Sakura knew she couldn't dodge them all. She brought up her arms and the rocks crashed into her body. She could feel the bruises forming on her arms, legs, chest, and face already. Once the barrage stopped she looked up to see Tobi running at her, his bucket in hand. Before she could do anything, he swung the bucket and hit her right in the head. Sakura's vision blurred instantly and her body became heavy. She fell to the ground and everything went black.

Tobi stood over the pink haired girl with a smile underneath his mask.

"Tobi did it! Home run! Strike! Bulls-eye!" he called out as he started dancing with his bucket.

"Tobi is a good boy! Tobi is a good boy! And Neko is a good bucket!" he cheered.

"Come Tobi. We need to go. There is much to be done," Konan said. Tobi stopped dancing and ran over to Konan.

"Okay mommy!" he said. Konan patted Tobi on the head. Deidara landed and created another large clay bird. Tobi got on and the two took off.

"Bye-bye!' Tobi called out as he waved at the two.

Konan waved back until Tobi and Deidara were out of sight. Then she turned to Pain and sighed.

"What do we do with them?" she asked.

"We've slowed them down. They'll be out for about two hours. We leave them. Naruto wouldn't forgive us if we killed them. With two hours head start and the time it will take for them to reorganize, that should give Itachi and Kisame enough of a head start to train Naruto enough."

"Must he go on this mission?" Konan asked.

"Yes. He has to," Pain said as he dropped his genjutsu and revealed himself as the fourth hokage. Konan lowered hers as well. Her hair remained blue but it grew slightly longer and he appeared much younger than she did.

"Okay. But if he doesn't succeed and comes back hurt, I swear to Kami I will beat your ass so hard you won't be able to feel anything for a month. Oh, and I'll add on two months without sex to that as well," she said and started walking off. Minato's (that's the fourth's real name. Sorry about the Arashi thing before. I didn't know and I'll get around to changing that soon...I hope) jaw dropped as she threatened him with no sex.

"WHAT?! Oh come on!! That's not fair! Kano? Kano?! KANO?!" he called out and chased after his wife, hoping she was only kidding.

A/N; there you go. The chapter twelve. I know it took over a year, but that's writer's block, and I have officially smashed that block to death with my imagination sledge-hammer! YAY!! I'll get working on the next chapters right away. Thank you all for your patience. So, what did everyone think of Neko?