Disclaimer: I, FDC do not own anyone but the Kage no Yume female who will be described in later chapters. this disclaimer is for the WHOLE story. Arigato gozaimasu!!

OH YEAH!! One note...Asuma's not dead in this fic.

Full Summery: When Konoha has decided to run Naruto out. Tsunade and the others, plus their families oppose to it. 4 years later, with heavy hearts the group has found out that Orochimaru has declared war on Konoha and Suna, but what happends when Sasuke returns looking for Naruto? And who are the Kage no Yume?

Chapter 1: The Return of Sasuke and the Kage no Yume

Three dark figures stood in the shadows of Konoha, watching over the people, making sure that everyone was safe. Well, one of them was. The other two were thinking of their past in the village.

The shortest of the three, a female, thought about her past in a different part of the village. The other one, shorter than the other male but taller than the female, thought about his friends in the village and the people he thought of as family. The male's eyes narrowed a bit when he remembered the day he had to leave to ensure the safety of his friends. He also thought of the one person that he thought of as a part of his family.

Flashback 6 Years Ago

Male's POV

"Ah. That hit the spot," I said, leaning back a bit in my chair after about 10 bowls of my favorite pork ramen at Ichiraku ramen stand. (A/N: If you don't know who this is yet, I'm sorry to say that you don't watch enough Naruto.)

"Dobe! Kakashi-sensei has a mission for us."

My eyebrow twitched when Sasuke yelled his nickname for me. Nobody knows, but me and Sasuke are really like brothers when no one was around. And it wasn't just us either; it was me, Sasuke, Neji, Gaara, and even Itachi before what happened to Sasuke's clan. 'It's funny,' I thought as I got to my feet. 'We're best friends, almost brothers, all because of Sasuke's best friend.'

End of Flashback

The male looked back at the female beside him and sighed inwardly. All because of her, he had friends and people he could call family. He looked towards the city once again and started to talk.

"The Godaime Hokage wants our help. It seems that Orochimaru is on the move again."

"Demo, what about Sasuke-nii-sama?" the female asked, she held some fear over the thought of part of her past she desperately wanted to forget.

The taller male looked at the girl. "He's back in Konoha. He's the one that told Hokage." he reassured her

The girl nodded and began to make her way to the Hokage Tower. The other two followed close behind her.

/Hokage Tower/

Sasuke was sitting down in Tsunade's office with a new Leaf headband, since his old one had a scratch in it and Naruto had it with him. He had found out what Orochimaru wanted to do and ran away, giving the Hokage all the information in order to come back into Konoha. He watched as the rest of the old rookie nine, Gai's former team and their former senseis came into the room. To say that they were surprised would be the understatement of the year. They were all stuck – no, frozen in the doorway, just staring at him. Sasuke stood up and went to the window just behind Tsunade.

Tsunade sighed.

"Where's Naruto?" Sasuke's soft voice suddenly sounded throughout the room.

Tsunade's face saddened and looked at Sasuke. He was staring out the window like he was whispering to the clouds; but anyone would know that the question was pointed to everyone there.

"He… Naruto was cast out by the people and elders a couple of years ago. None of us could stop it. The Hyuugas couldn't even stop it."

Sasuke's head turned to them. Sakura had her head down and made no eye contact with anyone and Hinata looked like she was about to break down into tears but held back. Sasuke just nodded and continued to look out the window.

"They're here."

The group's sadness suddenly became a look of confusion. Then, three cloaked figures entered the office through the open window. All three were at different height, but two of the three seemed to be just about the same.

The tallest of the three spoke first. "You sent for us? For what reason?"

Tsunade stepped up to address the new arrivals. "We of Konoha have come and asked for your aid against our enemy, the former leaf-nin and sannin Orochimaru. Most of our ninjas are still in training to hold him and the sound village off."

The second one nodded and replied, "We, the Kage no Yume accept your call and will aid you in your fight against Orochimaru. We won't accept any pay for this job as we also wish the death of that snake. He has caused much pain within this group."

The smallest and third person stepped back. If her hood was off, then you would notice that her eyes were wide in fear and she was shaking. The taller man placed a hand on her shoulder and stopped her shuddering.

Tsunade nodded, "Do you have a place to stay?"

The second person shook his head and then Tsunade turned to the other group.

"Do any of you have room for these three people?" she asked.

Everyone shook their heads no and Tsunade sighed.

"Well, the only places I can think of are the inns, and all of them are being used for patients that were injured in the last battle. The best I can give you is…" Tsunade trailed off and the second person took notice almost immediately.

"If you want, we could set up camp just outside the city so that we can watch the border. You don't have to worry about us. We can take care of ourselves."

Tsunade seemed hesitant to say yes. The smallest one noticed it and reassured her.

"I-it's okay," she stuttered. "We c-can tell that w-wherever this place is that i-it is very important to you. We d-don't want t-to cause any tro-trouble."

Finally, Tsunade reluctantly nodded and dismissed them so that they could set up their camp. She turned to the rookie nine, Gai's former team and senseis. The senseis eyes had gone wide in shock.

Kakashi was the first to come out of this shock. "You asked the Kage no Yume for aid? Hokage-sama, is Konoha really that desperate?"

Tsunade shook her head. "No, Kakashi. Konoha is not desperate. They are only here for back up and time for healing."

Kakashi nodded.

Sakura spoke up. "T-those three…the two males, they sounded familiar, didn't they?"

The group nodded.

"One of them sounded like Gaara, demo, isn't he in Suna?"

Shikamaru nodded his head.

"He was, last time I was there."

"So, it can't be him, right? And that other boy…he sounded like-"

"He sounded exactly like Naruto when I last saw him."

Everyone's head snapped directly towards Sasuke. Sakura attentively moved forward.

"Sasuke? Where was the last time you saw him?"

Sasuke took a moment to think before responding. "I saw the dobe about three months ago. He was taking care of a Leaf-nin as well as a Mist-nin. He was also with two others. Demo…they were hidden in the shadows."

Tsunade sighed in relief. As long as Naruto was alive.

"I'm going to look for him. After all this is done. I'm going to look for him and bring him back, no matter what the elders say."

Everyone looked at Sasuke.

"I'll go with you," Sakura said suddenly. "I don't care if the elders brand me a missing-nin. Naruto is part of Team Seven." Sakura proclaimed glancing at both Sasuke and Kakashi. "And I think Team Seven has been separated for long enough. I also think the rookie nine should stay as the rookie nine."

A course of cheers sounded throughout the group.

"So, then it's decided," Tsunade proclaimed. "Once we kill Orochimaru and end this war, we set up and look for Naruto."

"That won't be necessary."

Everyone turned to the door. The shorter male of the Kage no Yume stood there.

"What do you mean?" Hinata inquired.

"Let's just say Naruto will be fighting by you in battle against Orochimaru, but you won't know it. Watch your surroundings. You might find more allies and maybe enemies help you fight off that snake."

With that said, the Kage no Yume member teleported away.

"Okay," Tsunade declared in a stern voice. "I need all of you to get plenty of rest, especially Sakura, Ino and Hinata. We need to heal the wounded. Sasuke, we will be testing you tomorrow on what level ninja you will be. So that means that Kakashi, Asuma, Kurenai and Gai will sleep tonight with no workouts."

No one seemed to oppose her decisions.

"All right, everyone got it?"

They all nodded.

"Good. Oyasuminasai, minna-san. Dismissed."

Everybody, but Sasuke, Sakura and Kakashi left the room for home. Sasuke turned to Tsunade.

"Where will-"

"You may stay back at your old place, or stay at a friend's house."

Tsunade produced a key. Sasuke just nodded, took the key and turned to leave for the night. Kakashi and Sakura only nodded and they all teleported home.

/Outside Konoha/

The Kage no Yume member only recently made it back to the camp. He was then confronted by one of his partners.

"What did you say to them?"

The shorter male already expected that question. "I told them that Naruto would be helping them against Orochimaru, but they wouldn't know where he is."

"So you practically told them who you are," the taller male grounded out.

"You could say that. How is she?"

"Fine, but she does need rest."

"We all do, Shukaku."

"I'll take first watch, Kyuubi. Get some sleep."

The figure, now known as Kyuubi, nodded. "We'll let her sleep tonight. Okay, Shukaku?"

Shukaku nodded his head.

Kyuubi slipped into his sleeping bag for the night and drifted quickly into sleep.

To Be Continued…

FDC: Okay! So, we all know the names of two of the mysterious figures. But why demons? I know! But it looks like you're gonna have to figure it out. Ja!

GF: Ja ja ja ja ja!

FDC: …

GF: A note from the editor. Squee!

FDC: … –.–;; Anyway...Please reveiw!! ONEGAI!! I won't update if you don't!!