The Butterfly Effect
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Summary: As a last attempt to save his village from Orochimaru, Rokudaime Naruto Uzumaki and Kazekage Gaara of Suna pull out their last trump card…and do it all again. But from every action forms a reaction…can they get it right?
A/N: It's been done before, but I'm hoping mine will be a little different then the others.
Chapter one: Breaker of Decades
"This will never work!" A tall blond man jumped to his feet, his face a picture of outrage. His eyes glittered like sapphires with barely controlled fury at his companion's suggestion.
"Think Naruto! What else can we do? And besides, it's not like we have anything to loose anymore!" The other man shouted, matching his companion with his rage. His normally bright red hair was an even darker shade then usual as it was streaked with what could only be blood.
The man called Naruto glared at the red head, his gaze hardened as it locked on the eyes of the other man. "I will not abandon this village, Gaara."
"Not even if it is the only thing that will save it?" Gaara hissed, efficiently halting his friend's anger in its tracks. Naruto fell back down into his seat, tears glistening at the corners of his eyes. One lone tear descended down his tanned cheeks, slicing a line of moisture through the three whisker like scars on Naruto's cheeks.
Minutes passed in silence, before Naruto finally lifted his head to meet Gaara's steady gaze. "What do I have to do?" Naruto's voice was utterly defeated. His face was strong as his composure held, but his eyes betrayed his inner dismay.
"As Kazekage, I have access to a number of forbidden scrolls." Gaara began, taking the seat beside his friend. "On one of these such scrolls, there is a particular jutsu…forbidden for the simple reason that it is impossible. To perform this jutsu you need not only one person with an almost unlimited amount of chakra, but two. So yes, in almost all cases, this jutsu is impossible. But it is not impossible for two demon containers like us to perform it…at least, I think so anyway." A frown crossed Gaara's face as he considered for a moment. "Yes, I think it should almost defiantly be within the realm of possibility for Shukaku and Kyuubi…" His voice trailed off once more, as Gaara became lot in thought.
Naruto tapped his foot with impatience, but when that seemed to harbour no results, his limited patience snapped. "Would you mind telling me exactly what this jutsu does already!"
"Hm?" Gaara murmured, lifting his head. "Oh, right. Sorry to keep you waiting Hokage-sama." He muttered mockingly, before continuing. "This jutsu…if it works…should take us back in time."
"So you weren't kidding before when you said we had to time travel?" Naruto said blankly, trying to wrap his mind around the concept. Gaara shook his head, before standing again.
"So are we agreed?" He asked, his eyes seeming to dare Naruto to refuse. Naruto nodded grimly, before standing by his friend. "Then let us prepare."
Shikamaru sighed as he fought off yet another wave of sound ninjas, Neji and Rock Lee by his side. "More sound ninjas. What a drag."
"I could not agree more!" Lee exclaimed as he punched yet another enemy's face in.
"Let's just get this over with." Neji muttered. "Byakugan!" His eyes pulsated slightly with a faint blue aura as the veins on the side of his face popped out slightly, allowing for the superior vision of the Byakugan.
Shikamaru swung his kunai to the right as another ninja landed beside him, before stopping as he realised the identity of the dark haired man. "You get him Sasuke?"
"Hn." Shikamaru took this to mean 'yes'. Over the two years that the war with Orochimaru and his Sound Village, the old 'Rookie nine' and team Gai had gotten incredibly close as they fought side by side in battle after battle. However, the war had taken its toll as it picked them off one by one. The first one to go had been Choji, closely followed by Ino and Tenten. One year after Tenten's demise, Hinata, Shino and Kiba were all killed in the same battle…which they had ended up loosing anyway. Sakura was missing and presumed dead. The only ones left were Shikamaru, who was hardly ever involved in battle anyway, as he was the Hokage's head strategist and tactician. Neji, who had the superior Hyuuga bloodline on his side. Lee, whose speed and skill in taijutsu was unmatchable. Sasuke, who possessed the power of Chidori and Sharingan, and of course, the Hokage, Naruto.
They had all changed in the years of the war, now at twenty-two or twenty-three years of age, they were battle hardened and experienced fighters. No matter how many talented Jounin Konoha possessed, however, they were still on the losing side of the war.
Shikamaru held no illusions in his mind, he knew as well as the rest of them that the war was coming to an end, and they would not finish on top. That didn't mean they were just going to lie down and die though, so they kept fighting. He knew Gaara was working on a plan…a last resort; after all, he had helped come up with it. He seriously doubted that the two demon hosts would ever be able to pull it off though. Time travel? It was the one concept that even the most gifted of geniuses couldn't fathom. The simple reason being that there were just too many possibilities to comprehend.
It was called the butterfly effect. Say Naruto and Gaara did succeed and went back in time, only to jump in and kill Kabuto and the rest of the Konoha traitors before the whole mess even started. Then, there could be a huge number of repercussions. Sure, they could kill the spies, stop the invasion and halt the war that followed….or it could totally destroy Konoha and leave it with an even worse fate then it is already suffering.
How could you know? Well that's exactly it; you couldn't. There is no one action you could take that would ensure better results. It would be a game of luck and chance, guessing your way through and hoping to roll a six.
"I'll send the signal then."
Shikamaru looked up as one of the few remaining Konoha ninja landed beside him. "Message from the Hokage." The man announced, producing a scroll and handing it to the shadow manipulator.
Shikamaru hastily unrolled it, barely noticing the others forming a guard around him so that he could read it without interruption.
Shika, Sasuke, Neji and Lee
It is time. Gaara has pulled out the trump card (No doubt with your help, Shika)and we have found a way to restore things to the way they should be. I will let Shika explain, but just in case this fails, this is my final goodbye.
Shika- Finish this war. No matter the outcome, fight for our cause. I know it's all very troublesome, but do this for me. Make sure you help Sasuke get Itachi, don't die until you get him. Okay? God knows that bastard deserves to die. Just brave it for a little longer then you can finally be with Ino, and perhaps myself. I'll see you soon Shika, in this world or the next.
Sasuke- I tell you the same thing I told Shika: MAKE SURE YOU GET ITACHI! I know how much that ambition means to you, to avenge your clan, and I am only sorry that I could not be there to help you. Also, once I go, you can be the nanadaime, okay? Atleast that way you die with the title of Hokage. See you soon Sasuke!
Neji- Make your own destiny. If you can't avoid death (and no offence, but the way things are going, that seems likely) then at least choose the way you die! Personally, I'd do a Zabuza and charge into a suicidal battle, taking down as many as I could…but hey, what ever you want. If things get better and we somehow pull out of this, then help Sasuke with his Hokage duties…cause I know he's gonna suck at it! Help Shika too. If he survives this war then he's going to wish he hadn't. The only reason he's stayed so long is to finish his duty. I'm counting on you Hyuuga!
Lee- What can I say? You just go and do your thing Bushy Brows!
Well see you all soon! If this doesn't work, then it's all Gaara's fault!
Oh and just for the record, I don't really support this idea myself, but hey, Gaara's a convincing guy!
Gaara and Naruto finished painting the kanji within the circle on Hokage Mountain, before finally standing inside it, hands at the ready. Simultaneously they began to form the hand signs, chakra gathering around them. Naruto took one last longing look around his village, before speaking the words to put in motion their final plan to save Konoha.
"Time Shadow Jutsu!: Breaker of decades!"
Naruto opened his eyes, only to see more black. He squinted as three faint shapes entered his vision, the shapes shimmering and twisting until his vision finally settled. Before him stood Gaara, and the two huge forms of the Kyuubi and Shukaku. The large sand coloured cat like creature stretched slightly, its gold eyes fixated on Naruto. Naruto immediately deciding that he defiantly did not enjoy being looked at as if he was on the menu for Shukaku's dinner.
Kyuubi pushed Shukaku out of the way, stepping forward o laugh heartily at Naruto. "You fainted!" He exclaimed, rolling onto his back as he shook with laughter. "You fainted! You fainted! You-"
"Shut up Kyuubi!" Naruto exclaimed, rubbing his aching temples. "Where am I?" He asked Gaara, who seemed to be trying to control his own laughter.
"Why Naruto, we're in your mind. Since you...fainted…Me and Shukaku entered your mind to wake you up."
Naruto's eyes shot open as he remembered the events leading to his passing out. "Did it work?" He asked, almost afraid of Gaara's response.
Gaara rolled his eyes. "Of course it worked. I thought of it, didn't I?" Gaara asked rhetorically, glaring at Naruto.
Naruto met his glare with his own, standing up wearily. "Hey, you were the one who said you weren't sure if it would work!"
"That was then, this is now." Gaara said, nonchalantly waving of Naruto's argument. "I believe we have succeeded in going back ten years. The only problem, is that we are in completely different countries. I think we are some time between your genin exams and the beginning of the chuunin exams."
Naruto rolled his eyes. "Well that's just wonderful. Now I have to relive the whole city of the Waves fiasco. What a drag."
Gaara raised an eyebrow…or would have, if he had any. "You need to stop hanging around Shikamaru. First you learned to copy Sasuke's stoic 'I'm an ice cube that doesn't melt' expression, and now you're saying Shika's line? Really Naruto, you should really reconsider your choice of friends this time around."
"Yeah, starting with you!" Naruto retorted.
Gaara shrugged. "Either way, it is of no concern to me. It's about time for you to wake up, I'm not sure of the exact time and you could be passed out in the middle of the street for all I know."
"Aw, was that concern Gaara? For me? Oh I'm flattered."
"Pfft. Think what you like, idiot. I'll talk to you tonight."
"Looking forward to it…not"
"I heard that."
"…that was the point."
"Pffft. Whatever, I'm going."
Naruto sighed and opened his eyes, lifting his head off his arms, he took in his surroundings. He groaned as he realised his was at the academy, and had been sleeping on his desk. He felt the prickling sensation of being watched and turned to meet the burning eyes of a twelve year old Sasuke Uchiha.
Sasuke glared at the loud, blond kid who dared invade his personal space. First he yelled at him, then he jumped onto the desk and leered at him, and then…then the stupid brat kissed him! Him! And after all that, the kid had the nerve to fall asleep without even an explanation for his atrocious behaviour. Oh yes, Sasuke Uchiha was pissed.
Perhaps he's in shock… Sasuke thought as he watched the blond sleep on the desk, completely ignoring Iruka as he explained what it meant to be a genin. "How'd that idiot even pass anyway?" Sasuke muttered, as the kid began to stir. Naruto opened dreary blue eyes and seemed to search the room, before meeting his own obsidian gaze. And then, he smirked.
Sasuke turned his glare up a few levels, before pointedly ignoring the dumb blond and facing the front.
smiled to himself as Sasuke turned at faced the front, although
Naruto was a bit dismayed that he had arrive too late to stop
the 'kiss'. He tuned back in to what Iruka (There's someone he
sure missed a lot) was saying.
"And so with that, I will now announce the teams. Team one will be…" Naruto tuned out, whistling listlessly to himself. He already knew the teams, anyway. "Squad Seven: Naruto Uzumaki. Sakura Haruno. And…Sasuke Uchiha." Naruto rolled his eyes as Sakura jumped out of her seat, screaming and cheering. While it was nice to see his team mate alive once more, he couldn't really understand why he had ever harboured that old crush on her.
"Squad eight will be…Hinata Hyuuga, Kiba Inuzuka and Shino Aburame." Naruto looked over to where Shikamaru and Ino where arguing about Sasuke. "And now squad ten. Ino Yamanaki, Shikamaru Nara and Choji Akimichi." Naruto sighed in relief, glad that his presence hadn't changed anything…yet. So far, everything was still according to the original timeline.
Finally, we were told to meet our senseis…and, like last time, Kakashi was fashionably late. Naruto was quickly becoming frustrated with Sasuke, as he was back to the whole moody avenger behaviour. Naruto had forgotten how long it had taken to change Sasuke's attitude.
Naruto sighed and rubbed his head in a futile attempt to stop his growing headache as Sakura once again tried to initiate conversation with Sasuke.
"So is it true you like girls with long hair? Sasuke? Sasuke!"
"Oh. Well, is it true that you prefer pink hair to blonde hair? Cause Ino totally said you liked blond hair but-"
"Would you shut up already?"
"Sorry Sasuke-kun, of course Sasuke-kun."
Finally, silence! That girl can be so annoying!
"SHUT UP SAKURA!" Naruto exclaimed, jumping to his feet. His yelling, however, was interrupted by the arrival of their teacher. This time, without the black board eraser incident. However, Kakashi's entering statement was identical. Typical.
"Hmm…How can I put this? My first impression of you guys…you're a bunch of idiots." Sasuke's eyebrow twitched almost unnoticeably.
A slight argument followed with Sakura trying to defend herself, when they were finally lead up to the roof.
"Alright." Kakashi said, just like the first time. "Why don't you introduce yourselves…I know, you can tell me your name, likes, dislikes, hobbies, dreams and…favourite animal." Naruto blinked. Slight variation there…have I changed something already? Naruto forced down the panic that was rising in his chest, willing himself to remain in character.
"I suppose I'll be going first then. I'm Kakashi Hatake. Things I like and hate...I don't feel like telling you that. I have plenty of hobbies and my dreams for the future…I've never really thought about it. My favourite animal…well I don't really have one."
"That was totally useless." Sakura muttered. "At least we learnt his name." Naruto made a noise of agreement.
"Okay, your turn. The one in the orange on the right."
Naruto sighed, before putting on a fake cheery voice that he hadn't used in years. "I'm Naruto Uzumaki! I like ramen…and…well ramen! I hate the three minutes it takes to make the ramen. My hobby is eating ramen. My dream for the future? Well I'm gonna be Hokage someday! The greatest Hokage ever!" I never knew how right I was… "My favourite animal is…a fox." Naruto thought he saw a slight crease of Kakashi's forehead, indicating a frown, but it was gone before he could be sure.
"Alright. Pinky, it's your turn." Sakura scoffed a little at the name, before introducing herself. "I'm Sakura Haruno. I like…" He eyes drifted to Sasuke as she giggled. "My hobby is…" Her eyes drifted to Sasuke again. "My dreams for the future are…" Three guesses where her eyes drifted. "And my favourite animal is a cat."
"And what do you hate?" Kakashi asked lazily.
"NARUTO!" Sakura exclaimed. Naruto found it funny that her comment didn't hurt nearly as much as it had the first time…although to hear one of your (dead) best friends say they hated you was a little harsh.
"Okay…Silent angsty guy, your turn."
"My name is Sasuke Uchiha. I hate almost everything and like very few things. My hobby is training. My dream…or rather ambition, is to kill a certain man. My favourite animal is a snake." Kakashi stared at him for a moment, before saying that was great and moving on. Kakashi explained about the pass or fail test and told them to meet at the bridge at seven o'clock the following morning. Pffft as if. If Kakashi wasn't going to show until nine, then neither was Naruto. And he sure as hell was eating breakfast this time!