The Dragon Sannin
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Kyuubi Speech: "speech"
Kyuubi Thoughts: 'speech'
As Uzumaki Naruto was on his way back to Konoha he felt the ground beneath him begin to quake. The quakes became more violent until fissures were formed in the Earth. Off in the distance he felt an explosion of foul, malevolent chakra. Being a jinchuuriki, Naruto was easily able to identify the feel of demonic chakra.
"I take it you can feel the brat." Came a voice form inside Naruto's head.
"I doubt there is anyone in the Elemental Countries that can't. Kyuubi what the hell is going on here?" Asked Naruto.
The Kyuubi replied with simply one word, "Akatsuki."
"What you are feeling brat, is the chakra of all of the bijuu excluding myself being released at once" replied the Kyuubi in a somber tone.
"Shit, well I've got to get back to Konoha and see what Baa-chan wants to do…"
"It doesn't matter kid,' said the Kyuubi interrupting his container, "seeing as the world will be destroyed."
"WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT KYUUBI?" shouted Naruto inside his head.
As if in response to Naruto's question the quakes became even more violent than they had been minutes before: forests were destroyed, villages burned and mountains crumbled to the ground.
"Somehow the bijuu Akatsuki captured were released. Demonic chakra is far more potent than your pitiful human variety as you well know. Your world can not handle such an amount of demonic chakra being released all at once. And as such this world has begun tearing itself apart."
Naruto fell to his knees after hearing this, the information hit him with more force than any of Tsunade's punches. Everyone was going to die…himself included, it didn't even occur to him to see if the Kyuubi had been lying. Somehow, deep down, he knew the great fox demon was telling the truth.
'Iruka-sensei, Ayame, Ichiraku-ojisan, Kakashi-sensei, Yamato-sensei, Kurenai-sensei, Gai-sensei, Lee, Kiba, Shino, Chouji, Neji, Ino, Shikamaru, Tenten, Anko-san, Temari, Gaara, Hanabi, Sai, Baa-chan, Ero-Sennin, Sakura-chan and…Hinata-chan.'
As his thoughts rested on his girlfriend, his heart felt like it would rip in two when he thought about her dying. They saw when you're about to die you see your life flash before your eyes: well Naruto flashed back to the events that led to him and Hinata getting together.
Just over one year ago, Team 7 had their final reunion with their long lost teammate, and it was an encounter that Uchiha Sasuke did not survive.
A small group of Konoha ninja had launched an assault one a compound of the Snake Sannin Orochimaru. While Jiraiya, Tsunade, Kakashi and Yamato dealt with Orochimaru and Kabuto, Naruto and Sakura were left to deal with Sasuke.
He was furious when Naruto told him that he had already killed Itachi and that Orochimaru kept it from him. Sasuke retaliated to running his Kusanagi (Grass Cutter) through the one person that loved him more than life itself, Haruno Sakura.
Luckily the wound wasn't fatal and Sai was able to deal with the wound. However the fact that Sasuke had tried to kill Sakura sent Naruto over the edge and he finally went all out and threw their friendship out the window.
And when everything was said and done, Fuuton: Rasengan (Wind Release: Spiraling Sphere) is infinitely more powerful than Chidori (Thousand Birds). So it was that Naruto had finished what Itachi had started, the Uchiha clan was wiped off the Earth forever.
Afterwards Sakura quit as a shinobi and fell into a deep depression. She shut herself off from everybody for three whole months. Naruto assumed that Sakura hated him for killing Sasuke and began to fall into depression himself. But throughout all the aftermath of Sasuke's death, Hinata was there for him.
Within a few weeks Naruto came to terms with what happened and was back to his usual self. Hinata and Naruto continued to spend lots of time together and a month later Naruto fulfilled one of Hinata's greatest desires: Hinata got her first kiss from Naruto. And aside from the protests of the Hyuuga Elders (whom were quickly dealt with by Tsunade) it had been smooth sailing ever since.
Tears started to form in Naruto's eyes but sadness was quickly replaced with unbridled fury towards those responsible for the founding of Akatsuki: Konan, Pein and Uchiha Madara. But there were other things to deal with at the moment so he quickly pushed those thoughts out of his head. He then asked the Kyuubi probably the most important question of his life.
"Hey Kyuubi…is there anything we could do to fix this?"
The Kyuubi was silent for a moment and Naruto waited for its answer rather than yell and scream as he was known for.
"Well brat…there is something we could try. But it is incredibly dangerous and will most likely result in both our deaths."
As if sensing what Naruto was about to ask, the Kyuubi answered before Naruto could even ask the question.
"Baka-fox, everybody knows that time travel is impossible." Claimed Naruto angrily
"It is impossible for you humans and yet that hasn't stopped you from trying for generations," said the Kyuubi with disdain," However there is a demonic technique that allows travel through time. The problem however lies in the fact the you are not a demon and there is not enough time to properly prepare the technique."
"So what does that mean then?"
"Well even if you are a mere human, knowing you that would prove to be no problem. However the technique entails a complicated set of seals drawn on the ground in concentric circles…which we don't have time to do properly. Basically since the seals will be incomplete we will probably both die." Said the Kyuubi seriously
"Well you know me Kyuubi," said Naruto to his tenant, "I've been defying the odds all my life…let's do it."
Inside his cage the Kyuubi began carving out a series of seals with his claws. But time was of the essence and many of the seal circles were improperly aligned, while others were left incomplete.
'I sure hope this works because I have no intentions of passing to the afterlife with this gaki.'
Within minutes the Kyuubi had drawn in all the seals he thought he had time for. Naruto notes that the sky had turned blood red and the severity of the earthquakes continued to increase…he also noted a faint orange glow coming from the direction of Konoha.
"Alright brat we're as ready as we're gonna be. So first I'm going to pour my chakra into the seals to activate them. Then I am going to force out as much of my chakra as I can through the seal to hopefully create a tear in time. Hopefully this will work and we won't end up dead."
"Well let's get this show on the road then." Said Naruto.
"One thing before I start, since the seals are incomplete, I have no idea where we will end up in the past if this works. Oh…and this will hurt worse than anything you have ever experienced."
Naruto was about to respond to the Kyuubi when suddenly he felt the Kyuubi release more of it's chakra than ever before. And true to his word, Naruto found himself in more pain than he ever thought humanly possible. It felt like his entire body was burning from the inside out.
Demonic chakra seemed to just spring forth from Naruto and erupt into the sky. Naruto was in so much pain that he just wanted it all to end. Suddenly he noticed something odd in front of him, it looked like the space in front of him was beginning to tear.
Slowly but surely the tear began to get wider and wider, until it was about three times as tall as Naruto. Inside the tear there was a swirling mass of multicolored energy.
'Just hang on for a few more seconds kid, almost done.'
Suddenly the energy expanded outward and completely enveloped Naruto, he felt himself being pulled forward into the tear and then everything went blank.
(Inside Naruto's Mindscape)
The unconscious form of Kazama Uzumaki Naruto was face down in front of the Kyuubi's cage. Slowly he began to stir and push himself up to a sitting position.
"Now that you are awake brat welcome to the past" said the Kyuubi
"What you mean it actually worked? We're not dead?" Naruto asked the Kyuubi eagerly.
"No brat we are not dead," replied the Kyuubi while snickering, "However there are a few complications: first off we are much farther back than we should be, decades before you were born. I am not certain exactly how far, but luckily we are only a mile or two from Konoha so it won't be too hard to find out."
After spending 17 years with the Kyuubi Naruto could say that he knew the fox pretty well. Years of deception and plots to gain freedom had granted Naruto unique insight to the demon. So he knew there was something the Kyuubi wasn't telling him.
"Well at least I'm alive, I'll deal with the other stuff when I make it to Konoha. So how about you tell me whatever it is you're trying to keep from me."
The Kyuubi bared his fangs in what could be considered a sly grin. Indeed he found it increasingly more difficult to keep things from his vessel over the years.
"You're not as dumb as you look anymore brat. It seems that somehow the time travel process has separated us…I am finally free from you."
A look of pure terror washed over Naruto as he began to consider the implications of what this could mean. Although the two had gotten along better in recent years Naruto knew that the Kyuubi would still devour him and probably destroy Konoha if given the chance.
"Ahh…the beautiful stench of fear, you don't know how long I've waited to see you fear me brat. But lucky for you I won't be sticking around to devour you."
"What the hell do you mean?" asked Naruto, "From the first day I met you it's been one day I will free myself from this prison and devour you blah blah blah."
"Indeed, normally I would seriously consider devouring you but there is no need for that. I can feel my soul gradually leaving your body and merging with my own body in this time. After the process is complete it seems I will be returning to Demon World. So I suppose you and your village lucked out." Stated the Kyuubi simply.
Realization slowly washed over Naruto's face, "So you mean…"
"Yes, you won't have to worry about me stopping by the day you are born as I will be leaving this world permanently. Just don't ask me how a doorway to my world is opening or why we're being separated. I couldn't begin to tell you."
'I don't believe it…I'm gonna be normal, nobody calling me demon brat, no Akatsuki coming after me. I'll just be Naruto, plain and simple.'
"So as you know overtime our chakras have been merging, and as such the healing properties I have granted you over the years will remain once I am gone. And as you know due to this you will live longer and age slower than most humans. But I wanted to leave you with one more parting gift so to speak."
Suddenly Kyuubi's claws shot out from between the bars and one impaled Naruto right through the seal. Suddenly a spiraling column of demonic chakra erupted from Naruto's body.
Once again Naruto felt like he was on fire, but he noticed that the chakra slowly went from being red, to a purple color, and then it began to turn blue and be absorbed into his body.
Again Naruto lost consciousness due to the pain. Gradually, the Kyuubi began to fade from sight.
"Well brat it's been pretty interesting. Don't take this the wrong way but I hope we never meet again as long as we live." Said the Kyuubi before he, along with the cage that had once contained him faded completely.
When Naruto regained consciousness he found himself in a bed staring at a white ceiling.
'Damnit, I would recognize the Konoha Hospital no matter what time I'm in.'Naruto thought to himself while groaning slightly
"Well young man, I see that you have finally woken up." Spoke a voice that Naruto found vaguely familiar.
Slowly Naruto sat up in his bed and turned towards the door to his room to see who it was that had spoken to him. When he finally saw who it was his eyes went wide with shock. Granted he was much, much younger than he was in Naruto's time, but he could recognize this person anywhere.
"Oji-san is that you?" asked Naruto weakly.
Standing in the doorway of Naruto's hospital room was indeed Sarutobi, but going from what Naruto remembered from history lessons, the Sarutobi before him was in his prime.
Naruto heard someone chuckle from behind Sarutobi before speaking, "Well Saru, this boys lack of respect aside, he seems to recognize you."
As Sarutobi stepped aside Naruto's eyes went even wider if that was possible as a figure stepped into the room that Naruto had only seen pictures of. In front of him was the man who had helped his older brother establish Konohagakure no Sato (The Village Hidden in the Leaves).
Standing in front of Naruto was the Nidaime Hokage.
A/N: Well here it is, the first chapter of The Dragon Sannin. So yes, Naruto is back during the time of the Nidaime Hokage and will become the fourth member of Team Sarutobi. I realize that Sannin will be an inaccurate title since it means three shinobi & yes as the title suggests Naruto will summon dragons…but I'll get to all that later on.
As for the gift Kyuubi left Naruto with, that will be addressed within the next few chapters. I'm debating as to what Naruto should tell Sarutobi and the Nidaime…should he give them the complete story or the condensed version?
Coming up next: Naruto's explanation as to where he came from & his introduction to Team 7. (I dunno if that what team the Sannin where but it seemed appropriate since Team Yondaime didn't stay complete & then Team Kakashi lost a member as well…sort of like a curse)
Anyways I have some great things planned for this story that I think you'll love. As always….read & review