My spark is back, and now, I give you the kinda action-packed final chapter of The Gambler!
'I'll be watching you, Naruto-kun, descendant of Senju Hashirama...'
Naruto shot up in his bed, three weeks after the battle in Ame.
"What the fuck?!" he shouted, shocking his three fiancées awake.
"What's wrong, Naruto-kun?" Kurenai asked with wide eyes.
"I can't get that masked guy out of my head!" Naruto exclaimed, his eyes screwed shut. "How the hell did he just appear like that... And why didn't he kill me there?"
"Naruto-kun, don't think about that now," Anko said tiredly. "Go back to sleep."
Naruto sighed, before laying back down.
"That bastard probably knew that I wouldn't be able to sleep at night..." he muttered as his three fiancées laid back down as well.
--The Hokage Monument--
"Uzumaki Naruto..." the masked man mumbled as he sat on the Shodai's head. He chuckled. "I'm sure you would've been proud of him, Hashi. I wonder if he'll be able to do what you failed to do. To have become this strong without even realizing that his bloodline is active..."
"You there," came a voice from behind him, making him turn around to see a team of five ANBUs staring at him.
"Who are you? You are clearly not a citizen of Konoha."
The masked man chuckled as he stood up.
"Me? I'm one of the first citizens of Konoha," he said and disappeared, reappearing behind the ANBU team. "I am... Uchiha Madara."
And with that, he disappeared, leaving a team of decapitated ANBUs behind.
--A few days later--
Naruto was sitting inside the woods, writing in a book, using his scroll as a makeshift chair. The title of the book was 'The rise of the Lucky ninja.' He was just coming out of Rice, and had taken over Jiraiya's spy network there, coming into contact with the leader of the Fuuma clan.
"I wonder..." Naruto mumbled, leaning back to stare at the sky. "Masks... Kakashi wears a mask... He's strong... ANBU wear masks, and they're strong... How strong was that mask?" he muttered to himself, before scoffing, grabbing the sake bottle hanging from his waist. "Bah! I can't think!"
He heard something creaking, and quickly spun around, only to find no one.
"What the hell?" he asked, blinking as he stared into the woods. Shaking his head, he turned back, took a sip of sake and continued his writing. "Senkou, the Elemental Hero."
"Sounds good," came the playful voice of the Mask, making Naruto turn around again, only to find the Akatsuki playing with... a Naruto chibi doll? "Strange... You come in doll form. Do you have any idea how hard it was for me to get one of these? I had to body check an old lady and light a lady's skirt on fire."
"Yeah, I know. I had to tackle three old ladies in order to get one for each of my fiancées." Naruto said calmly, though he didn't drop his guard. "Who are you?"
"My name is not important, Senju Naruto," the man said playfully. "But if you have to call me something... I guess you can call me Tobi."
"Alright. What do you want with me, Tobi?"
"Oh, I wanna play a little," Tobi said, obviously grinning behind his mask as he reached into his coat, taking out a doll, which looked like a homemade Tobi doll. "The game is called 'Stop Konoha's destruction,'" he said, making Naruto's eyes widen. Tobi started playing with the dolls, having them fight each other. "The hero of the story, that's you, will try to stop the enemy, that's me, from destroying Konoha. However, when the game starts, I decide. It could start right now, and it could start in ten years. It all depends on one thing..."
Naruto narrowed his eyes. He took out his fan and flicked it open.
"And that is?"
"It depends... on whether or not I'm in the mood."
"Well, that was..."
"Anticlimactic, wasn't it?" Tobi asked, laughing. "Well, I won't keep you from working on your masterpiece anymore. But remember, I'll be watching you," he said, before vanishing.
Naruto blinked, staring at the spot where Tobi had once stood, before getting up, pocketing his book and pen, and picking up his scroll, slinging it diagonally across his back. He sniffed around, trying to find Tobi's scent, only to find that the trail stopped where it started.
"Damn it..." he muttered, before looking east. "Well, Iwa is next, I guess."
He started walking, only having one thing on his mind.
"Masks, masks... What I wouldn't give to destroy all the masks... Tobi, you're driving me insane... I never thought I'd loathe something orange with a swirl on it..."
--Some time later--
Naruto was sitting by a river, thinking about Tobi. Who was he? Where was he from? Why was he wearing that mask? He sighed, dabbing his forehead with a piece of wet cloth.
"Damn it!" he exclaimed as he laid down, putting his hands behind his head. "I should be gambling right now, not thinking about a stupid, childish, mask-wearing, stupid, wait, I already said that... um... ah, insane! I shouldn't be thinking bout a stupid, childish, mask wearing, insane guy like Tobi!"
He sighed again and sat up, deciding to meditate a little to clear his mind. That wasn't so easy, since he could only think about his fiancées, booze, cards and orange swirl masks.
'I kinda miss Kyuubi. It's so... quiet in my head now...' He took a deep breath, and focused on his chakra. His eyes snapped open when he felt something. His chakra was... flowing into the ground... He closed his eyes and focused on it again, and he noticed some of the chakra sprouting from the ground.
Opening his eyes again, Naruto saw something that shocked him. All around him, plants had sprouted from the ground.
"I'm so bored!" Anko exclaimed, pouting as she sat at Naruto's poker table in his compound with Gaara, Misao, Mai, Kurenai and Kushina. They were currently playing poker, and Gaara was winning. "And I'm beginning to believe that all jinchuuriki are natural born gamblers!"
Gaara shrugged, and kept staring at his card, having a poker face that seemed to be carved from stone.
"If you're so bored, then why do you continue to play with us?" Kurenai asked, while trying to see if Gaara was bluffing or not. She'd have more luck staring at a wall.
"Because I have nothing better to do," Anko said with a pout. "I wish Naru-kun was here..."
"He'll be back soon," Kushina said, smiling at her soon to be daughter-in-laws. "He just has to establish contact with Jiraiya's spy network, and then, he'll return."
"But there are many gambling dens between the spies. It might take longer than anticipated..." Mai said as she called Gaara, who remained as stoic as ever.
"Gaara!" Misao whined, pouting. "Why won't you react to anything?!"
"Because if I'd react to you rubbing my leg under the table, I'd lose my focus," Gaara spoke calmly, while the women in the room turned to Misao, who blushed.
"I just wanna win..."
"Don't worry," Anko said with a grin. "I do it, too."
"Not to me," Gaara said, and the others looked around, to see Mai and Kurenai blushing. Gaara finally showed emotion, and suffered from a massive nosebleed.
Anko stared down at the now unconscious Gaara, and nodded to herself.
"Yep, he's out," she said with a grin, while the others worked on splitting up Gaara's chips.
"Full house," Naruto spoke calmly as he showed his cards to the other three around the table in the gambling den. The others groaned and threw their cards unto the table, while Naruto, grinning like a Cheshire cat, raked in his chips. Another poker game won. The other players were smart enough not to play against Naruto, and headed over to the bar to drink their troubles away. Three new players sat down, one of whom Naruto recognized.
"Tobi!" he exclaimed, pointing at the masked ninja, who chuckled.
"Oh, Naruto-kun! Fancy seeing you here. I had no idea."
"Are you stalking me?!"
Tobi was quiet, seemingly staring at him, before shrugging. "I don't know." Naruto's eye twitched, and Tobi just chuckled. "Come on now, Naruto-kun! You're the big blind!"
Naruto restrained himself from attacking Tobi, and just settled for throwing in the blind.
Some time later, after Naruto had wiped the floor with Tobi and the other two, Naruto was walking through the gambling town, with Tobi following him, enacting 'The Climactic Battle,' starring Naruto the Plushie, and Tobi the Plushie.
"Naruto-kun, you're so mean! Why did you have to steal all my money?" he asked, obviously pouting, judging by his tone of voice.
"It's not my fault you're a lousy poker player," Naruto said as he glared at Tobi. "You're the one who decided to go all in in the first round."
"Not my fault..."
Tobi gasped, and grasped at his heart, staring at Naruto. Naruto almost groaned, thinking he was going to start crying. Then, to Naruto's surprise, Tobi started laughing, loudly.
"That's a good one, Naruto-kun!" he exclaimed, falling to his knees from the laughter. "You know, in all my years wearing this mask, I have never once been called that!"
Naruto stared at the laughing form of Tobi, and shook his head. He seemed to think that Naruto was joking, or something. Deciding not to bother with it, he walked away.
--3 months later--
Naruto stared up at the gates of Konoha, letting out a sigh of relief.
"Finally! No more Tobi!"
The masked ninja had followed Naruto wherever he went, and bugged the hell out of him constantly. Naruto hardly even got to train his new found Wood element, due to that masked freak. He sighed and started walking, the guards at the gate saluting him when he passed.
Now, he'd go to Tsunade, say hello, give his report, and then, he'd go home, and say hello to his fiancées, followed by hours upon hours of sex. Sex using shadow clones. One thing he loved about his shadow clones was the fact that everything they experience during sex gets transferred to him when they dispel. Thus, if he uses five clones, he'd be having sex six times in one.
A perverted chuckle escaped Naruto's lips, and he whipped out his fan to hide his now bleeding nose from the public as he fantasized about the things he'd do to his fiancées when he met them again.
Later, a groggy Tsunade was awakened by a knocking on her door, and she yawned loudly.
The door opened to reveal Naruto, who was grinning happily at her.
"Yo, Baa-chan! What's up?!"
"N-Naruto!" Tsunade, sleepiness long gone, shot out of her chair and went around her desk, wrapping Naruto up in a death hug. After a few minutes of struggling on Naruto's part, Tsunade finally let him go, and let him give her his report.
"Connections with Ero-Ojiji's spy network has been established. There was some reluctance, but when they read the scroll from Ero-Ojiji, they realized that I really was his successor."
"Then, mission accomplished?" Tsunade asked, and Naruto nodded. "Good, then you may go home."
Naruto nodded and got up, ready to go home and have sex with his fiancées, when an explosion went off somewhere in Konoha. Naruto groaned unhappily, and pouted.
"I guess I won't be going home just yet..."
"Go, Naruto!" Tsunade exclaimed, and Naruto nodded unhappily, before vanishing.
He reappeared near the center of Konoha, where a building, an ordinary apartment building by the looks of it, was on fire.
"The hell happened here?" he asked, scratching his head as he saw ninjas and civilians coming out of the building, saving whoever they could. He was about to go help them, when he sensed something behind him, and quickly reached into his coat, pulling out his metal bo staff and extending it, before turning around, blocking a ninja-to.
"Iwa?!" Naruto exclaimed when he saw the ninja in front of him wearing an Iwa jounin uniform. Not giving him the chance to speak, Naruto quickly smashed the sword away, and slammed the butt of his staff into the ninja's midsection, before spinning around and smacking him on the cheek, sending him flying.
Naruto spun around, finding himself staring at Sarutobi, who was staring at the Iwa ninja, his eyes narrowed. "We haven't detected a single chakra signature, apart from his."
"Some kind of distraction?" Naruto asked, getting a shrug in response.
"We'll just have to ask him, won't we?"
Naruto chuckled. "Anko-chan will definitely be happy." His eyes widened, and he patted Sarutobi on the back. "I'll let you take care of him, sensei! I'm gonna see my family!"
"Very well. Have fun, Naruto," Sarutobi said, and the blond nodded, before vanishing.
He appeared at the gates of the Namikaze compound, and opened them, coming upon a peculiar sight.
Gai was there. He was on the ground, beaten and bleeding. Standing above him was Lee, crying.
"Gai-sensei! Talk to me! Wake up!"
Naruto was about to ask about it, when Kushina came running, wrapped in a towel. She pointed down at Gai, glaring at him.
"And don't you ever dare walk in on me in the shower again!"
"Violent as ever," Naruto spoke calmly as he adjusted the scroll on his back, smiling. Kushina turned to him, and he waved. "Hi, mom!"
Immediately, Kushina forgot about Gai, and rushed over to Naruto, hugging him. "Welcome back, Naruto!"
"Thank you," Naruto said, hugging her back. "Hey, where are my fiancées?"
"In your house, sulking, like always," Kushina said, grinning. "They're a little lonely without you."
"Well, I best go see them then, huh?"
Kushina nodded, and Naruto took off, just as Lee finally noticed that he'd returned.
"YOSH! NARUTO-KUN, YOUR RETURN MUST BE CELEBRATED! I CH-" Lee was suddenly interrupted by a fist, courtesy of Kushina, who smashed him into the ground, right next to his teacher.
--The next day--
"He was a tough nut to crack, but we managed," Tsunade said, sitting behind her desk. In front of her was Anko, Shizune, Naruto, Jiraiya, Kakashi, Asuma, Kurenai and Sarutobi. "Turned out he had a blocking seal on his tongue, to keep him from spilling any information. Of course, Jiraiya easily studied and broke the seal, and after intense torture, courtesy of everyone's lovable Snake Sannin," Anko blushed at the praise, "we managed to find out that the man wasn't an Iwa ninja."
"Eh?" Naruto asked, raising an eyebrow as he crossed his arms. "Then where was he from?"
Everyone stared at each other, seeing as everyone, save for Tsunade and Anko, had said the exact same thing. Naruto, however, was the first to snap out of his shock.
"Konoha?! Who the fuck would dress up as an Iwa ninja and bomb a building in their own village?"
"A ROOT ninja," Anko said with a sigh. "Apparently, Danzo wanted it to look like Iwa was attacking us. I guess he was hoping the agent would get killed, but things didn't work out the way he planned."
"We don't have any evidence anymore, though," Tsunade said, getting questioning looks from the others. "The ROOT died immediately after he confessed, due to a seal located over his heart. So, we can't have Danzo arrested. What we can do, though, is do things his way."
The ninjas in the office blinked a little, and Sarutobi was the first to catch on. "Assassination?"
"Heh, ass-ass-ination," Naruto whispered, chuckling. "Funny."
"The number of possible assassins was just lowered by one," Tsunade said, glaring at Naruto, who shrugged. "Plus, I need to have guards for the Summit."
"Summit, Hokage-sama?" Kakashi asked, getting a nod from Tsunade.
"A Kage summit has been called," Tsunade said, making everyone's eyes widen. "We're going to discuss an alliance."
"That's good," Naruto said, nodding. "If the Great Nations are allied, they, with all of their allies, can make sure that there won't be another Great Ninja War."
"The Third was enough, that's for sure," Jiraiya said, getting nods of agreement from those who fought in the war.
"There might finally be peace in the Elemental Countries," Tsunade said with a smile. "And it's all thanks to Naruto."
Everyone turned to the blond, who'd been getting some dirt out of his nails with a kunai. He looked up and stared at the others. "Hm? What'd I do?"
"You defeated the Akatsuki by yourself, Naruto," Tsunade said, standing up. "None of the Great Nations wants to face another Yellow Flash. So, they requested an alliance. Now, I'm going to need two escorts. Naruto is a given, but the other-" Tsunade interrupted herself and pointed at Jiraiya, who'd just been about to speak up. "Not you."
"I think Kakashi-san should come as the second escort." The others looked at him, and he explained. "Kakashi-san is probably one of the three strongest active jounin in the village. It would leave one hell of an impression, wouldn't it? The Card Shark and Sharingan no Kakashi? Besides, Anko, Shizune, and probably even Ero-Ojiji needs to be here for the Danzo assassination."
Tsunade nodded. "That sounds good. Kurenai, Asuma," she said, looking at the two jounins. "Are there any genins you would like to nominate to the Chunnin exams in a week?"
"Kiba and Hinata."
"Ino," Asuma said, getting a nod from Tsunade.
"That's it for now. Anko, be here tomorrow at 1100 hours. Naruto and Kakashi, be here at 1400 hours."
"Roger," everyone said in unison, before leaving the office.
The next day, Kakashi, Naruto and Tsunade were at the gates, with pretty much every single ninja seeing them off. In the front was the shinobi council. In front of them was the Konoha elders, Koharu and Homura.
"Naruto, Kakashi," Homura said, getting the attention of the two lazy ninjas. "We're entrusting Tsunade-hime's life to you two. Please don't fail."
"Don't worry, Elder," Naruto said, grinning as he flicked open his fan. "My head will have to be cut off before I allow Obaa-chan to even get scratched! It's a promise!"
"We'll do our best, Elder," Kakashi said, giving an eye smile.
"Tsunade-hime," Homura said and nodded to the Hokage. "Good luck at the Summit."
Tsunade nodded, putting on her Hokage hat, and walking off, Naruto and Kakashi close behind.
"I just thought of something," Naruto said as he fanned himself. Tsunade looked at him, urging him to go on. "Since you became Hokage, this is, like, the first time you ever put on that hat."
"That's true," Kakashi said with a nod. "I've never seen you wear it, except for when you accepted the position..."
"It's uncomfortable," Tsunade said with a grunt as she adjusted the hat on her head. "I'd prefer it if we just had to wear, like, an armband, or something."
"That'd be simpler," Naruto said with a nod. "But it'd leave less of an impression."
The trip to the Land of Iron was uneventful. There was one time when a group of bandits tried to attack them, but the sheer power the three ninjas radiated told them that would be a bad idea. Wisely, they chose to back off.
The Land of Iron was a small, neutral land formed by three mountains called the "Three Wolves." It maintained a unique culture and strong military, which used samurai for protection. Ninja villages respected their neutrality and did not challenge their force. Their neutrality made them a good location for the Kage Summit called by the Raikage.
At the border of the Land of Iron, Tobi stood, along with Orochimaru, who glanced at him.
"So, all I have to do is go in there, and get you the Kyuubi brat?"
"Do that, and I'll stop hunting you," Tobi said with a nod.
"I'm strong, but facing the five Kages is... is suicide. I'll get killed for sure," Orochimaru said, getting a chuckle from Tobi, who released some strong KI.
"What do you think will happen if you don't do it?" he asked, still chuckling. "Worry about me, Orochimaru."
Orochimaru sighed, before melting into the ground.
Meanwhile, Tsunade, Naruto and Kakashi entered the building, where they would be meeting the other Kages. Tsunade nodded, and Naruto and Kakashi headed up a set of stairs, while Tsunade entered a round room. Naruto and Kakashi came out on the floor above the room, where there was a stand overlooking the meeting room. Looking around, Naruto saw Baki and Kankuro, ninjas from Suna. He also saw two Iwa ninjas, one incredibly fat, and the other a rather cute woman. The Kiri escorts were a large man, obviously a 10-year veteran, at least. Most likely closer to 20. The other was someone Naruto recognized as a member of the Seven Swordsmen, 6th ranked Choujuurou. He was ranked sixth because, though he was skilled, he lacked confidence.
Upon closer inspection, the other Kiri ninja was a man named Ao. That eye patch was a bit of a mystery, and not even Jiraiya's spy network could find out what was under it. There was also a rumor that he had battled Uchiha Shisui at one time. Whether he won or not was unknown.
The two Kumo escorts were nothing to talk about. One of them looked extremely normal, which was strange for a ninja, and the other one looked kinda like the Kumo equivalent of Shikamaru, droopy- and lazy-looking.
Naruto remembered something, and grinned, reaching into his pocket, taking out a fist-full of rings. Kakashi raised an eyebrow as he watched Naruto put them on, and his eye widened when he saw what they were. Akatsuki rings. Nine of them. He wore one of each finger, save for his left little finger.
"This'll leave more of an impression, won't it?" Naruto asked with a grin as he showed off the rings. Kakashi was about to respond, when someone spoke down in the meeting room.
"Place your hats on the table." The two Konoha ninjas looked down, finding all the Kages sitting at a C-shaped table, with a man in front of them, his head wrapped in bandages.
The Raikage was a huge man, muscled and dark-skinned, with his platinum hair tied into cornrows. The Tsuchikage was a short, bald old man with thick eyebrows, and very small eyes. The Mizukage was one of the most beautiful women Naruto had ever seen, with long, brown hair that reached down to her lower back. Her right eye was covered by her hair, and Naruto could swear he could feel the perverted blush coming from Kakashi.
The Kazekage made Naruto raise an eyebrow. Temari, Gaara's sister, was sitting in the Kazekage's chair.
"MY name is Mifune. I will be your amoderator," the man with the bandages said, a no-nonsense look on his face. "The meeting will now begin."
"I'll go first," Temari said. "Listen up."
"The makeup of the Five Kages sure has changed. You must be something special to be made Kazekage at your age," the Tsuchikage said, staring hard at Temari. "Your father must have taught you right, but apparently, he forgot to instill in you any manners."
"I guess... That's why I'm here as Kazekage," Temari said, getting a loud laugh from the Tsuchikage.
"Hah! Cheeky brat!"
"Tsuchikage, please stop interrupting," the Mizukage said, and turned to Temari. "Kazekage, please continue."
"My brother is a host. Akatsuki nearly captured a year ago, trying to extract the beast," Temari explained, resting her chin against her hands. "That's why I believe Akatsuki is extremely dangerous."
"What's that about?" Naruto asked, getting a shrug from Kakashi.
"That happened before Gaara came to Konoha. Well, it was the reason why he moved to Konoha."
"I requested aid from the other Kages many times, but they all ignored me," Temari continued. "Except for Hokage-dono. Though at this point, with so many hosts captured, it's too late for aid."
"Hmph... If a country had its host captured, it has no business giving other countries orders. It's an embarrassment!" Tsuchikage said, glaring at the Kages. "You should have tried to recover it in secret! Once it's stolen, you can't expect other countries to help you!"
"Appearance... Honor... I don't have time for that ridiculous, old-fashioned thinking."
Suddenly, everyone in the stands perked up, when the Raikage raised his fist. At once, all of them blurred down in front of the Kage, who slammed his fist into the table, breaking it.
"Quit your yapping!"
Naruto and Kakashi were in front of the escorts, also in front of the Raikage's escorts, who were in front of the huge man, ready to defend him.
Their eyes widened, however, when they saw who they were facing off against. The Card Shark and Sharingan no Kakashi.
"We are here to talk," Mifune said, glaring at the ninjas. "Please refrain from such displays of rudeness."
"Stand down, Naruto, Kakashi," Tsunade said, getting smiles from her ninjas, who nodded and blurred up into the stands again.
"You too Kankuro, Baki," Temari said, and her ninjas did the same.
"Ao, Choujuurou, it's all right," Mizukage told her ninjas, who nodded and went up to the stands, while the Iwa ninjas headed upstairs when Tsuchikage jerked his head.
When everyone were seated, Raikage glared at the other Kages.
"Konoha, Iwa, Suna, Kiri! Akatsuki is made up from missing-nin from your villages! And that-"
He was interrupted when Naruto blurred down again, sitting down in front of Tsunade as he covered his fan.
"Why are you stuck in the past, Raikage-sama?"
The other Kages looked at him, Tsuchikage glaring when he noticed who he was.
"What are you talking about, boy?"
"Akatsuki. Why are you all arguing about an organization that no longer exists?"
"What do you mean, no longer exists?" Mizukage asked, furrowing her brow in confusion. "I have received no such information."
"I guess no one decided to spread the news," Naruto said, smiling. Then, he held up his hands, showing off his Akatsuki rings. "A few months ago, I destroyed the Akatsuki."
"All in one go, I might add," Tsunade added, grinning like a Cheshire cat.
"That's impossible!" Tsuchikage yelled, glaring. "Akatsuki is made up of nine S-rank ninjas!"
Naruto smirked and reached into his coat, taking out a three-pronged kunai. "Ever hear of the Hiraishin, Tsuchikage-sama?"
The other Kages gaped at Naruto. Another Konoha ninja able to use the Hiraishin?! And Konoha's Card Shark at that?!
"That's still impossible!" Raikage roared, glaring fiercely at Naruto. "My brother was kidnapped by Akatsuki just a few days ago!"
"Unlikely," Naruto said, chuckling. "I met Bee a few days ago when I was heading back home to Konoha," he said and reached into his coat, taking out a pair of sunglasses. "I won these from him in a game of poker."
The Raikage stared at the sunglasses for a few seconds, before snapping.
"That jackass! He used it as an excuse to leave the village and gallivant about!! I won't let him get away with this!"
"You should have figured that out already," Naruto said, scratching his head. "After all, Bee told me he forgot to leave signs of a struggle."
"Anyway, didn't you call this meeting to discuss an alliance, Raikage?" Tsunade asked, raising an eyebrow. "Or did you lie to get us here?"
"A little bit of both, actually."
The Raikage was about to continue, when the building suddenly shook, and a crack formed in the wall. Naruto sniffed the air, and his eyes widened, just in time for the wall to shatter, and a snake came flying at him, knocking straight into his chest and sending him flying through the opposite wall.
"Naruto!" Tsunade yelled, and headed of the hole in the wall, only for a purple shield to appear in front of the hole.
"Can't have you joining the battle, Tsunade-hime," came a voice from inside, making Tsunade's eyes widen. The Raikage growled and slammed his fist into the wall, crumbling it, to find Orochimaru standing in the next room, a purple shield protecting him from outsiders, with Naruto on the floor in front of him, rubbing his chest.
"Ow..." Naruto muttered, before shooting to his feet, his fan already covering his face. "Yo, Orochi-kun! What's up?"
Orochimaru twitched in annoyance at the name, before smirking.
"It's a shame, Naruto-kun, but I've come to kill you."
"Perfect, I've been waiting for an opportunity!" Naruto exclaimed, and turned toward Tsunade. "Oi, Baa-chan! Watch closely, will ya! I'll show you something super cool!" He flashed her two thumbs up. "Suuuper cool, Baa-chan!"
Tsunade sweatdropped. "Focus on your opponent, you fool!"
"Tch, fine!" Naruto said as he turned back to Orochimaru. "Shall we get started?"
Before Orochimaru had even started to respond, Naruto's hands shot up, and he formed handseals at a fast rate, ending in a Snake seal.
"Mokuton: Daijurin no jutsu (Wood Element: Great Forest technique)!" he exclaimed, and shot out with his arm, as several wooden pikes grew out of his arm, shooting off toward Orochimaru, who went wide eyed. He hadn't been expecting that. However, he jumped out of the way, forming handseals as well.
"Katon: Goukakyuu no jutsu (Fire Element: Grand Fireball technique)!" Orochimaru exclaimed as he blew a huge ball of fire out of his mouth, sending it flying toward Naruto, engulfing him.
Suddenly, Naruto appeared behind the snake man, hitting him in the temple with his bo-staff, sending him flying. He didn't give him time to recuperate, however, as he flashed away in an all too familiar yellow flash, making the watching Kages' eyes widen, along with the other ninjas watching.
"Without the kunai!" Kakashi exclaimed as Naruto appeared to be playing table tennis with Orochimaru, flashing back and forth and kicking the pale Sannin. "How's that possible?!"
"No idea..." Tsunade muttered, while the others just gaped.
"Hiraishin..." the Tsuchikage muttered, his eyes wide in disbelief.
Naruto flashed ten times, and appeared a few feet behind Orochimaru, who suddenly screamed in pain as his body was sliced up, spraying blood over the floor. He fell to his knees, drawing raspy breaths.
"Y-You... You bastard!" he hissed, while Naruto merely turned to him, smiling, though he was panting a little.
"Man, that's really draining, you know..." He sighed as he formed a few more hand seals, ending in Snake. Suddenly, wooden spikes shot out of the ground, and Orochimaru was forced to dodge, jumping to the side, but due to the pain he was in, he was forced to roll as his knees gave out, just in time for a wooden spike to pass through the air where his head had been just a millisecond before.
"Damn..." Naruto muttered as he watched Orochimaru get up, seemingly no longer bothered by his injuries.
"You're gonna pay for that, you little brat..." Orochimaru muttered, while Naruto just laughed.
"I took out the entire Akatsuki by myself, Oro-chan. What could you do?" he asked as he flashed away, appearing in the air behind Orochimaru, his bo-staff extended.
The purple 'cage' was suddenly filled with dust as Naruto rammed his bo-staff into Orochimaru's neck, slamming him into the ground.
Once the dust cleared, the spectators could see Naruto standing over Orochimaru, though you couldn't see the Snake Sannin's head, which was buried under the ground, with the bo-staff pushing it down.
Suddenly, a sword shot out of the ground, heading straight for Naruto's heart. Reacting quickly, Naruto jumped to the side, landing several feet away with a raised eyebrow.
The sword retracted into the ground, and soon, Orochimaru stood up, pulling his head out of the ground. Before Naruto had the chance to speak, Orochimaru let out a hissing roar as his body started bulging. Naruto just stood there, wide eyed, as Orochimaru's body grew into a long, snake-like body, consisting of hundreds of small, white snakes.
Now, Naruto had to whistle. "Wow... You're not even human anymore, are you?"
Orochimaru, swallowed by rage, didn't respond. Instead, he just charged Naruto head on, not thinking about what he was doing. Naruto just sighed as he held out his hand, a Rasengan already formed. Also charging, he slammed the Rasengan into Orochimaru's nose.
Now, Orochimaru made a sound. He let out a agonized shriek as the Rasengan tore his face apart, before blasting him away, into the purple barrier, which set him on fire, turning him to ash in a matter of seconds.
Naruto let out a sigh of relief as he walked over to his bo-staff, picking it up and folding it, before stuffing it into his coat again, this time taking out four cards. He charged them with chakra, and spun 360 degrees, letting the cards fly. The cards passed right through the barrier, hitting each of the four Oto-ninjas in the corners, holding it up. As they all let out choked cries of pain from the cards lodged in their throats, they fell to the ground, letting the barrier drop.
When he walked up to the stunned Kages, he grinned. "I know what you're all thinking right now. You're all thinking, 'Did he just take down one of the most dangerous criminals in the world without breaking a sweat?'" he guessed, chuckling as he took out his fan, flicking it open and covering his face. "The answer is yes. Yes, I did." When he saw that no one had moved, he cleared his throat. "Well, uh, should we continue with the meeting?"
This got them all moving again.
--The next day--
"They were eager to agree to the alliance," Naruto said, his face covered by his fan as Kakashi, Tsunade and he were heading towards Konoha again. After Naruto's display of skill, Tsunade had suggested the five village alliance, and they were all quick to agree.
If anything, that had just managed to inflate Naruto's ego even more, if that was even possible.
So, as they walked through the gates of Konoha, Naruto flashed away, leaving many people in awe as they saw it.
He reappeared inside his house, sitting in his chair in the dining room, with his feet up on the table, yawning.
Only then did he realize that his family was at the table, staring at him with wide eyes.
"Oh, hello!" he said as he waved cheerfully. Everyone just stared at him, slack-jawed. He raised an eyebrow. "What?"
"Did you just... use the Hiraishin?" Kushina asked, getting a grin from Naruto.
Deciding to ask later, Kurenai cleared her throat. "So, uh, how was the Kage Summit?"
"Oh, you know, the usual," Naruto said with a shrug. "They argued, Orochimaru attacked, I killed him with style, and scared the Kages into agreeing to form an alliance."
Once again, the occupants of the table went slack-jawed. Naruto just set his eyes on a dish.
As he started digging into the food, the others followed shortly after, all of them deciding to get details from Naruto later.
"Oh," Anko said suddenly, smiling. "In other news, I'm pregnant."
Everyone went slack-jawed again, including Naruto. A thud was heard, and Naruto was found on the floor, passed out.
--The next day--
Naruto, Tsunade and Jiraiya were sitting in a bar in southern Konoha, all three of them shitfaced.
"I-I don' get it..." Naruto slurred, barely keeping his eyes open. "It's too much... First, the Summit, th'n Oroshimru, and now this! I'm too young ter be a father, arn' I?"
Tsunade shrugged, as did Jiraiya.
"You're never too old, brat, or too old."
"Well, I s're s hell don' wanna have a baby at this age, I can tell you that," Jiraiya muttered, getting a nod of agreement from Tsunade.
"That's true, but I just said that you're never too old, I never said that you wanted to have kids at this age."
"How about a game of poker?" Naruto asked, reaching into his coat to take out a deck of cards.
Jiraiya and Tsunade grinned. Finally, they'd be able to beat Naruto, since he was drunk.
Too bad they didn't think about the fact that they were drunk as well...
So, the next day, Naruto woke up in his living room, on the couch, hungover and red-eyed. Next to him was a pile of clothes, Jiraiya's and Tsunade's. Remembering everything the two bet yesterday, Naruto chuckled merrily as he got off the couch, heading toward the kitchen, going to make coffee.
He hummed a slow tune as he sat on his porch, a cup of coffee in his hand as he watched Misao and Gaara walk by. He waved at them, and they waved back.
There was something he'd forgotten. He was sure of it! He just couldn't remember.
So, later that day, he was surprised to find people smiling and congratulating him. And it wasn't because Anko was pregnant, that was for damn sure. So, why were they congratulating him?
"Hey, congratulations, Namikaze-sama!" an old shopkeeper, one of the ones who'd always been kind to him, said as he waved at Naruto. "I always knew you could do it!"
"Ah, yeah!" Naruto said, smiling as he waved back, though he had no idea what the man was talking about. Then, when he got to the Hokage Tower, he got an answer as to why people were congratulating him. The guards outside the tower stood at attention as he approached.
"Good morning, Hokage-sama!" they exclaimed in unison, and Naruto just nodded a greeting back as he entered. Then, as he headed up the stairs, he stopped, as memories of Tsunade's last bet assaulted him mind.
"I bet the Hokage title, brat! You deserve it!"
Naruto stood there, blinking, Then...
Senju-Uzumaki-Namikaze Naruto, now 30, the Rokudaime Hokage, was sitting in his office in the Hokage Tower, sipping sake and reading a report, while three Kage Bunshin were off to the side, doing most of the paperwork.
"Hatake Kakashi, requesting permission to retire, instead of taking on another team..."
"Denied," one clone said, looking up.
Another looked up. "Denied."
"Denied," the last clone said, and Naruto nodded, picking up a red stamp and stamping 'DENIED' onto the document, before picking up another one.
"Uchiha Sasuke, requesting permission to rebuild the Konoha Military Police Force..."
"It won't harm our budget," the first clone said and shrugged. "Granted."
Naruto nodded again and picked up a green stamp, this time stamping 'GRANTED' onto this document. He put it away and picked up another document, one that made his eyes widen.
"Senju-Uzumaki-Namikaze Misao, requesting permission to marry Sabaku no Gaara?!"
"DENIED!" the three clones exclaimed in unison as they shot to their feet. Then, one of the clones put a hand on his chin.
"Then again, they are expecting a baby..."
"It'd be good if they were married before it was born."
"And we'd get a new brother-in-law."
Naruto's eyes widened as he heard the clones talk to each other, and a grin appeared on his face. "Hey, guys!" The clones turned to him, puzzled looks on their faces. "You know what that means?" The clones stared for a while. Then, their eyes widened as well, and all four blonds grinned like Cheshire cats.
They all laughed loudly as Naruto picked up his green stamp, and stamped 'GRANTED' onto the paper five times.
The third clone was interrupted when a knock was heard on the door. With a mental command from Naruto, the three disappeared. "Come in."
The door opened, and his wife Anko stepped in, along with their 11-year old son.
Senju Yahiko had spiky hair, like his father, only it was purple, like his mother's. He stood at 4' 9", and had a shit-eating grin on his face and, unlike his father, only one whisker line on each cheek. His right eye was Naruto's blue, while his left eye was Anko's brown.
When nudged by his mother, Yahiko lost his grin, and stood up straighter.
"Senju Yahiko, here to accept punishment," he said, and Naruto grinned, sitting down in his chair.
"Morning, Ya-kun! Morning, Anko-chan!" he exclaimed as he waved at the two. Then he realized what Yahiko had said, and raised an eyebrow. "What'd you do?"
"He was standing in the middle of the street, selling pictures of you, from our vacation in Spring, to women," Anko said, making Naruto twitch.
"Fangirls..." he muttered as he stood up, slowly walking over to Yahiko, who gulped. "Ya-kun... What have I told you?"
"N-Not to feed the fangirls..."
"And what did you do?"
"I-I f-fed the f-fangirls..."
Naruto smiled and patted Yahiko on the head. "It'll be cleaning the Monument for you."
"Aw, man..." Yahiko pouted and stuck his hands into his pocket, glaring down at the floor. "I'm a ninja now... I shouldn't have to do crap like this..."
Naruto chuckled. "You're a genin. You'll only do crap like this," he said with a grin, getting an identical grin from Anko, who leaned towards him and gave him a quick kiss.
"Don't be late tonight, love," she said as she started leading Yahiko out of the office. "The whole family finally has a day where everyone is in the village. It's time for a family dinner."
Naruto nodded with a smile and went back to his desk, sitting down and seallessly creating three Kage Bunshin, all of whom went to work immediately.
"Nothing could keep me from a family dinner."
"One's all we've had this year so far, right?" one clone asked, and Naruto nodded. Then, his eyes widened a fraction, and he reached for his sake, taking a sip.
A chuckle was heard from the window, and Naruto turned his chair to find Uchiha Madara, sometimes known as Tobi, sitting there, sitting in a lazy position with his elbows resting on his knees.
"Alright, I guess I can do that. Interrupting a family dinner wouldn't be very nice, would it?" Madara asked, obviously smiling under his mask. He was no longer acting like the playful Tobi, like he'd done when Naruto first met him. He was more serious, and his voice was darker. However, he was more polite than usual. "And I think our fight would take all day."
"Feeling nostalgic?" Naruto asked, getting a nod from Madara.
"A life and death battle with a Senju... It's been over 50 years... I kinda miss those days. There was less corruption. We fought to the death in the battlefield, and not amongst each other."
"Rumor has it, you, yourself, was corrupted by greed."
"Could you blame me?" Madara asked, shrugging. "The Sharingan is the most powerful doujutsu in the world. The Uchiha were, and still are the greatest bloodline users in the world."
"Too bad being the greatest bloodline user doesn't mean you're the strongest ninja."
Madara nodded sadly. They sat in silence for a while, before Naruto spoke.
"You ever wonder what it'd been like if you hadn't left?"
"Well, the Valley of the End wouldn't exist, that's for sure," Madara said, and they both shared a chuckle. "I think about it every day, Naruto-kun," he said as he got up, ready to leave. "But I wouldn't go back and change it, even if I could."
"I figured as much," Naruto said with another chuckle as he got out of his chair. "Same time tomorrow, then?"
"Tomorrow," Madara said with a nod, before vanishing.
That night, Naruto was sitting in the great dining room on the first floor of his mansion. Around the table was Sasuke, now a jounin, known as the Demon Eyes of Konoha, Jiraiya, who, despite being beaten hundreds of times, still hadn't suffered a fatal heart attack, Kushina, Misao, now a chunnin, Gaara, a jounin, Anko, Mai and Kurenai.
Also among them was the kids, Yahiko, Tanuki, Taka, Hizuren and Minato.
Tanuki was Naruto and Anko's second son. He was one year younger than Yahiko, and had purple hair tied into a pineapple shape, like his mother, and blue eyes and whisker marks like his father.
Taka and Hizuren were Naruto and Kurenai's children. They were nine-year old identical twins, both of them with spiky, black hair and red eyes. They also had three whisker marks on each cheek.
Minato was named as such, because he, Mai and Naruto's six-year old son, had spiky, blond hair, and sky blue eyes, just like the Yondaime, and unlike Naruto, he didn't have any whisker marks.
Sadly, Sarutobi had died six years prior, from a lung disease that not even Tsunade could cure, which was the reason why Hizuren was named as such. When Sarutobi was diagnosed, Kurenai and Naruto promised that they'd name their first son after him, in honor of one of the greatest Hokages to ever live, Sarutobi Hizuren. Sarutobi fought on for four years, so that he could see the twins be born, and was allowed to name the other twin. He chose Taka. Sarutobi died with a smile on his face, taking a nap on Naruto's porch with the twins in his lap.
Naruto looked around the table and smiled. He'd gained a big family.
"What's wrong, Tou-san?" Hizuren asked, or maybe it was Taka... Naruto wasn't sure... "You look like you've been given a death sentence, or something. Are you dieing?"
Naruto laughed loudly, patting his son on the head. A clockwise swirl in his hair. This was Taka. "Don't worry, Taka! I won't die until all of you are married. Then I might decide to kick the bucket!"
Suddenly, he was bopped on the head by Tsunade, who had just come out of the kitchen. Despite being called Dai Obaa-chan (Great Grandma) by the kids, she couldn't hate them for it. She loved her great grandchildren.
"Stop trying to dissuade your children from getting married one day!"
Naruto grumbled. "Is this how you treat your loving Hokage?" He cleared his throat and grinned at Taka again. "Don't worry, son. I won't die anytime soon."
"You better not!" Yahiko exclaimed from the other end of the table. "If you die, who's gonna teach me the Rasengan?!"
Everyone laughed at the eldest Senju son. Jiraiya was about to speak up, when Yahiko suddenly stood up, pointing at the old pervert.
"I'm not getting taught by that old fart! He gets even more perverted with age!"
"Is this how you treat a great ninja like me?!" Jiraiya roared, standing up. "You sang a different tune when I got you your birthday presents!"
"Of course I did! I had just graduated from the Academy, you old fart! Nothing could bring me down that day!"
Suddenly, Jiraiya was bopped on the head by Tsunade, while Anko smacked the back of Yahiko's head. The two didn't raise their voices for the rest of the evening.
Naruto looked down at his youngest, Minato, and smiled. "Yes, son?"
"You'll teach me tomorrow, right?" Minato asked with a hopeful look on his face.
"I'm sorry, Minato, but something came up. I'll be busy all day tomorrow. But I'll train you the day after."
"Promise?" Minato asked, pouting. Naruto stared at Minato for a few seconds, before grinning widely.
The next day, Naruto was sitting on the Shodai's head in the Valley of the End. Suddenly, Madara appeared on the head of his own statue. They nodded a greeting to each other.
"Ready for this, Naruto-kun?"
"As ready as I'll ever be," Naruto said as he reached into his coat, taking out his bo-staff and extending it. "Let's get started, shall we? I promised to train Minato tomorrow, and I'd like to get home early so I can get some sleep before the training."
Madara nodded, and the two charged each other, Naruto with his bo-staff, and Madara with a kunai.
'I won't die,' Naruto thought with a smile as they clashed. 'After all, I made a promise.'
I'm done! The Gambler is finally complete! Thank you all for sticking by me, and encouraging me to continue! I must admit, I had my doubts about whether or not this fic was all that good, but you guys stuck by me, and I love you all for that! Give yourselves a pat on the back! Go on! You deserve it! If it wasn't for you guys, I never would have gotten this far! Honestly! Thank you! Shit, I'm crying right now...
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I'm sorry for there not being a big fight scene in this. I tried, and I tried, but I just couldn't do it...