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"My...mother?" Naruto whispered in shock at Kakashi's words.
"Yes, your mother." The Copy nin replied sadly as he gestured for them to sit down. Kiba, feeling he should give them privacy during the discussion of clan business, made his exit with promises to come back later.
Ino wanted to do the same, but it was the features of her boyfriend, Sasuke, that made her stay. Sasami had already left her side to reassure Naruto, who seemed to be trembling. This left the blonde to take it to look after the newest Namikaze male.
She knew that he still had the memories of the loss of his own mother. Tenderly, she clutched his hands with her own smaller ones. The young man looked to her with pain filled dark eyes, before smiling softly in response to her maneuver.
"Thank you Ino..."
"None needed Sasuke." The blonde girl said quietly.
As they settled down, Kakashi looked to the young faces of the teenagers, realizing that despite everything they had gone through, they were still children. "As I am sure Sasuke could tell you, when it comes to obsession for something or someone, it is hard to break away from it. It is hard to think of anything else but that, correct?"
The black haired youth nodded his head reluctantly. It was only the presence of Ino and his siblings, who kept him from doing anything else. "Yes. You can try and stop, but the smallest thing, like a comment or a scent, and it can bring it right back to you. That need..."
His words not being disputed, Kakashi looked at Naruto softly as he began to speak. "Well obsession is the start of all, as you see, Naruto. Your mother, who spent most of her time as a weaver in Konoha, was also someone else. She was a kunoichi of incredible skill, nicknamed of all things, the Camellia Blossom."
Their eyes widened and it was no surprise that Naruto stumbled with her name in awe. "The…S-she…was my mom? She and Dad?"
A small smile crossed his lips as Kakashi nodded his head in response to the blond's words. "Yes. How they met is perhaps a story I should let him tell you, Naruto. But what I do know is this; when she came to Konoha, someone else developed an unhealthy interest in your mother. Danzou... "
Momentarily confused, as to whom they were referring to, it was then that it dawned on Naruto who looked up at Kakashi in surprise. "Sai's old boss? That Danzou!? The guy who, well..."
Looking at Ino and Sasami, the blond managed to keep himself in check. Sasuke knew full well of the incident that was being spoken of and watched as Kakashi reluctantly nodded his head. "That's him. He and your father go back a long way, Naruto... Mainly because other then your father and Orochimaru, Danzou also wanted to be Hokage as well."
"What happened then? Why was dad chosen?"
Chuckling, the copy Nin smiled softly at the memory. "That would be where your mother and the whole enmity between your dad and Danzou started.
"You see Naruto, Sasuke, and Sasami; when Minato was first nominated along with Orochimaru and Danzou, he had a run in with the Camellia Blossom, your mother.
"At this time, your father had made a name for himself as the Yellow Flash, she too had made one. Very rarely was she sent out on regular missions. Instead, she was sent out on assassinations, and not just any assignations, but the ones that always seemed impossible to complete, yet, she always did.
"Naruto, Your mother was quite unique. She had features I believe that you inherited. Kushina was quite the beauty, angelic in appearance. She had an air of innocence around her that seemed to put everyone at ease. Those very looks were a tool that she used in those missions.
Kakashi's smile widened as the teen flushed and was about to protest, however, halted the tirade with a lifted hand. "Now I know that guys do not like to be referred to as angelic, but Naruto, you're no Morino Ibiki. You have an air of innocence around and you're not an imposing figure, but that puts you at an advantage.
"You see, Kushina knew she had that particular gift and by the she was your age she knew how to use that look of innocent quite well. She could do it to the point that most enemies would think she would be just an innocent bystander. And that is when she would strike...
"And they would be dead.
"A Camellia would be left and it was always her calling card...
"I don't know the finer details, Naruto, but what I do know is that no one had seen her do it, save two; your father and Danzou.
"Danzou wanted her for obvious reasons that we all know far too well. But at that time, he did not know who she was. Apparently the obsession for her began to grow.
"Haven't you noticed that he keeps three root members with him all times? All three are female and with red hair? He calls them Camellias, supposedly in her honor. But we also know that they are his lovers as well...
"When Kushina came to the village after meeting your father, Danzou recognized her. He immediately began to lure her to his side with promises of power, control, and everything he thought she would want...
"But she only had eyes for your father, who was as oblivious to her as you are at times to those around you. She was not at the fan girl stage that we knew Sakura, and yes, even you Ino, were, yet she could be called one. She could not get it out of her head that Minato could see her...
"And at the same time, not see her...
"She wanted him to notice that she liked him. Well, here's the thing; your father was really oblivious. It took her finally being on the verge of killing him herself before he noticed her existence." He looked pointedly at the two Namikaze males.
"Rin said it right back then, and I am sure Ino would agree, that nothing infuriates a woman more then getting no attention from a man she does like, than getting attention from a man she doesn't.
"Minato was like that with Kushina. She ended up dumping some rather hot ramen on him before he realized what she was doing...
"But still, he noticed her. What neither one knew was that Danzou had watched and he seethed about it. Kushina was extraordinarily beautiful to many. Her skills and the fact that she was the daughter of a Kage made her high in demand by many a clan and shinobi of power, such as Danzou.
"Still she picked your father, Naruto, Sasuke, Sasami. She picked the orphan over the clan picked the mere jounin over the man who was the ANBU head at the time.
"Danzou does not like being passed over; his actions over the years that we know about prove that. But despite being involved with Minato by then, he kept harassing her. He wanted her to be his and his alone... Attacks started coming then.
"They were not on Minato as you would think. It was nearing the end of the war and with his reputation establishing itself; Danzou wouldn't dare make a move on your dad.
"But to him, Kushina was fair game.
"It was a belief that if he could not have her, then no one would. I have to say it was a cliché if I ever heard one, but yet it was true. Danzou had truly wanted your mother like none other, Naruto..."
"He would try little things first to warn her of what he wanted. But after time, Minato or even one of we would thwart his attempts.
"In the end though the final straw was the nominations for the fourth... and I believe that being passed over again and in favor of your father broke Danzou. Things became worse then, and the little things became bigger for your mother." Kakashi said, meeting blue eyes.
"Unable to find out who was doing these things to her, Minato had your mother installed on his estates and under constant guard during his second year as Hokage. She didn't like it of course, but to soothe him, she accepted the protection as best she could.
But by that time, she found out she was pregnant...and she so desperately wanted you, as did your father." He stated as he paused in thought. The memories were becoming clearer with each word spoken.
"Considering what we know of Danzou's ROOT, you already know that more then likely he knew before them. Before anyone else knew as well, and so things got even worse. Those few times she left her home for check ups, the accidents became bigger and more dangerous. I think her last straw was when a child got hurt instead of her when she triggered the trap on accident.
"She was never truly the same after that." The Copy Nin sighed sadly as he continued on.
"I don't know for sure, but Danzou and your mother did meet once during this time. Only your father knows what she said. I just know that afterwards and up until the Kyuubi attack, my one job, along with Rin's, was to never leave your mother's side if we could help it. And we were good at it. No more attacks came..."
"Until the Fox...did...did the fuzzball kill her?" Naruto asked softly.
"No...I think she was one of the few who we knew not to have died from the Kyuubi's attack." Kakashi stated sadly. "When the Fox came that day Naruto, Minato knew he would need all the spare ninjas he had. So he sent us both up there leaving your mother defenseless. It didn't sit to well with us either...." Kakashi sighed.
"But then considering the village was supposed to be evacuated except for the shinobi trying to keep it from being destroyed and the medical staff." He stated quietly as he continued speaking. "All I know is when he left and came back with you an hour or so later, everything was fine with your mother according to him. You were supposed to at least have her with you through your life, but when I went to take you there...when I wanted to reunite you with her...she was dead and all though we have no proof-"
"You believe Danzou did it." Sasuke said quietly.
Naruto looked up sharply at Kakashi and the gray haired ninja just nodded his head in response. "Yes. I do. Kushina was at her weakest then. What woman wouldn't be if she had just given birth? It was a prime opportunity for him to take her out."
"Then why hasn't something been done?" Naruto all but shouted.
"Because if you remember what I said earlier, there was no proof. Can't arrest or kill in the village without it. And when was the last time you or anyone else has heard of that man ever leaving his home for anything but a council meeting?"
Reluctant to admit that their teacher had a point, the blond leaned back and sighed. His arms resting on his knees, the young man smiled as small arms wrap around his shoulders.
"But why...why is all this happening now?"
"Sasami's mother. She is a dead ringer for yours, Naruto, with exception to her coloring. To Danzou, he has a chance to reclaim what he thinks was stolen from him. To him, it probably won't matter how much pain he causes to others as long as he gets what he wants."
Kakashi opened his mouth to continue but paused when Konohamaru came dashing into the yard. The pre-teen glanced at those assembled on the Namikaze grounds, searching; until he spotted the older copy nin.
"Kakashi-sensei! I was told to deliver this." Handing the man a note, the little genin nodded and took off immediately as the jounin began to read. The man's eyes widened in shock and surprise.
Nodding to himself, he turned to the youths. "All of you, including you Ino, need come with me now.
"Kakashi-sensei?" Naruto asked as Sasami scrambled up onto his back. Although she was better able to keep up with her two older brothers on her own, the younger girl was still needed further improvement on her endurance to do so for a significant length of time. Hence when it came to immediate summons or getting punished by Anko-sensei during team meetings; she always arrived on Naruto or Sasuke's back.
They were more likely to live that way. Anko was a stickler for punctuality to the point that she was even early. Late one time, and it would be time for kunai practice, except she would be doing the throwing and the one who was late would be the target.
The silver-haired man paused upon hearing the confusion in the blond's voice; he looked at his three students with what seemed to be the huge vestiges of a headache. "It seems your grandfather came earlier than what we were told. Naruto, Sasuke, Sasami; the Raikage and the contingent from the Cloud village are already here..."