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"Speech"

Thought

Jutsu

The Toad Demon

By: Sealed-Dragon

Sasuke was exhausted. Who would've thought that anyone could survive training like that? He was gasping half an hour through, and that was just doing the warm-ups.

Sasuke sighed, and continued on. He was starting to feel numb, and he really didn't want that to happen till he got back to the compound. At least there he might have some dignity.

He was feeling himself collapse. He barely felt someone pick him off the ground and begin to carry him. It was only when he was being placed on his bed, that he saw who it was.

"Nii-san, what are you…"

"Shush little brother, you need to rest." After a moment, Sasuke finally fell asleep.

Itachi sighed. He'd been looking for any sort of loose leads, and watching over both Naruto and Sasuke to make sure that nothing happened to them. He was surprised at how harshly Naruto was being trained, but was somewhat happy that his brother was participating.

He slowly made his way to his room, when he heard a noise from his father's room. He leaned closer. He began to make out the conversation, and it wasn't what he wanted to hear.

"Shisui, I need you send this message to Nezumi. Tell him to send a message to the Iwa ninja, that they can finally get their revenge on the Yellow Flash."

"Should Sasuke die with Naruto as well?"

Itachi's eyes widened. His father was the man out to kill Naruto? And he had authorized the Iwa ninja to kill Sasuke? Was his mind playing tricks on him?

Fugaku's next statement cleared his mind of that. "Yes, he is not worthy of carrying the clan name. Unlike Itachi, he has no talent, no power, no prospect. He will never become a powerful shinobi."

Itachi inwardly growled. How can he think that? What makes him able to judge his strength?

Before he had a chance to stop himself, he found himself knocking on his father's door. "Enter."

He found himself automatically moving into his room and sitting down in front of him. Next to him, Shisui smiled. He inwardly grimaced, he was just so calm about it.

"What is it Itachi?" Fugaku said, bringing him out of his reprieve. Itachi snapped up, a plan quickly formulating in his mind.

"Father, I've been hearing many rumors. Are you really trying to kill Uzumaki Naruto?"

Fugaku grimaced. He definitely should've told him before any sort of rumor got to him. He sighed. "Yes Itachi, why do you ask?"

"Because the last time you attacked him, he was near Sasuke." Itachi leveled a long dark stare at his father.

Fugaku blinked for a moment. "Sasuke was near the Kyuubi brat?"

Itachi cocked his head. "Kyuubi? Isn't he dead?"

Fugaku suppressed a grimace. He hadn't meant to let that lip. "Yes Itachi, his physical body is dead. His soul however, is intact inside Naruto."

The Kyuubi's inside Naruto? That might explain a lot of the glares, they simply see the Kyuubi. Itachi felt his inner grimace deepen. This didn't help his mood towards his father, or the rest of his clan. After all, even if it is a private matter, the clan leader needs the rest of the elders to agree.

"Father, do the rest of the council know?"

Fugaku smiled. Itachi would listen to him, he was sure of it. "Yes, I've spoken with them, and they have all agreed that he must be killed."

Itachi nodded. "I understand. However, could I have a meeting tonight, to get some conformation from the rest of the council? And who all knows?"

Fugaku nodded. "Yes, I'll get the word out. They'll understand your desire to understand, and will be more than happy to acknowledge any question you have. Also, all of the clan knows, except for Sasuke, and two other children."

He had no idea how much of a relief that was. This would leave some wiggle room for the execution of his plan. "Tell them to be here at five, tonight."

As he walked out the door, Fugaku turned to Shisui. "What do you think?"

Shisui nodded his head. "Once he understands, he will side with us and the boy will die."

A long chuckle escaped his lips. Yes, once he'd won this battle, the Kyuubi would die.

Outside, Itachi chuckled to himself. They had no idea of what was to happen.

l – l – l

Naruto looked over his fathers shoulder. He could tell that his father wasn't writing any of his normal stories. By the looks of it, he was writing a letter.

"Hey dad, what are you doing?"

Jiraiya looked over his shoulder at Naruto. "I'm writing a letter to someone."

"Is it a pretty girl?" Naruto grinned as Jiraiya got really red. "It is, isn't it."

"Shut up little brat!" Jiraiya was getting redder and redder by the second. "It's to an old friend."

"Yea, an old lady friend."

Even as he ran down the street, dodging random Katon jutsu's, he could tell that his dad was doing something behind his back. Of course, it really helped that he liked to run from fire attacks and his enraged father. But that was just on of the perks.

After an hour, Jiraiya was almost out of chakra, and Naruto was currently hiding behind Anko. She was giving Jiraiya a large, and scary grin. It really helped that she was holding a kunai to his, neither regions.

Inwardly, she sighed. Naruto had obviously done something to upset Jiraiya again, but for his sake, she hoped it wasn't something perverted. Poisonous, lethal, or anything in that general area was perfectly acceptable, just not perversion.

"Naruto, what did you do to Jiraiya?" Anko turned her head back to Naruto, who was grinning from ear to ear. She could tell that he was hiding something from her, and that it was of a juicy secret sort.

"My dad was writing a mushy letter to a girl." Anko turned in time to see Jiraiya blush. "And it was obviously someone, hot."

"Kid, shut up! She was the one who made the Kyouryoku Sutoraiku." Naruto slipped up for a second. He really didn't need for some random woman to be slamming him to kingdom come.

That, and someone needed to tease them incessantly, and he wasn't ready to hand that honor to Anko, not yet.

l – l – l

"Oh, so you're writing a letter to Tsunade?" Anko cocked her head. She understood that there was something going on, but she still felt like she was in the dark.

"Yes, I'm inviting Tsunade back to the village. I hope that seeing me with Naruto might up the chances." That, and the look of perversion gave him all away. Anko repressed the urge to hit him.

"I see, and have you told Naruto about your former teammate coming for a visit?"

Jiraiya shook his head. "No, he just thinks some pretty lady is coming for some, research."

Anko was pissed to say the least. "You know, if I find he's ever read any of those perverted books you've written, I will cut off those things you call 'balls'." Jiraiya paled considerably, covering said region. He would have to grill it into Naruto that he couldn't read them in front of his onee-chan.

"Please, don't let Naruto hear that, he'll use it as blackmail to get me killed!" He was only half lying. While he didn't want him killed, Naruto would use any opportunity to get at him if he pissed him off to much. He liked to say, 'he was keeping his hands clean'.

Anko smirked. "Well, I couldn't tell the difference, and therefore I could castrate you moments after he speaks."

Jiraiya paled. He didn't look forward to having any part of his anatomy removed.

Naruto walked in. "Dad, while it's true I'm picking up on my onee-chan's sadist attitude, I'm not totally heartless." He noticed the sidelong glance from Anko. "Well, I might be halfway there."

"Now, do you have anything to say for yourself?" Naruto could tell by the look in her eyes that she was hoping to say something to get his dad killed.

"Well onee-chan, I have in fact read those books." Anko slowly began to turn to Jiraiya, who was sweating bullets. "But then, he never could've seen you."

Anko froze. Her mind was completely shut down from that simple sentence. Naruto grinned and turned to Jiraiya. "You see dad, tact is a great part of speaking to women."

Anko quickly glared at Naruto, who didn't even seem to notice. "You simply peep on women with out that simple tact. By talking to them, and making sure to say the right things, you can win any girl over within moments. And like onee-chan, it really helps when they are exactly what you say."

Anko blinked. Was he hitting on her? "Naruto, what are you doing?"

Naruto grinned. "I'm simply proving to my dad that I not only have more tact than him, but am totally able to be a ladies man."

After several moments, everyone in the room grinned. He would be a real heart-throb when he got older.

l – l – l

Fugaku was feeling very pleased with himself. There wasn't any way that his plans could be foiled. A small band of Iwa ninja would be smuggled into the city, sent to a nearby training ground, and kill both boys. It was simple, to the point, and with out flaws. It really helped that the Iwa ninja thought that the demon was the Fourth's son.

He cocked his head at that. Now that he thought about it, there were some resemblances between the two people. With out the whisker marks, he could be a younger version of him. But that was impossible, the Fourth hadn't had any children.

A small grin crossed his face. The demon's range was going to end. There wasn't any way that it could go wrong, or that Itachi would get in the way. After all, he would be getting all the answers to the questions he asked. If Sasuke just happened to be in the facility of the demon, it wasn't his fault.

If he couldn't convince Itachi to listen to reason, there might just be that flaw in his plan. But Shisui was certain that everything would go as planned. He had some trust in him, although he hoped it wouldn't be misplaced.

He quickly entered the room. He was the last of the Uchiha who needed to attend the meeting, other than Itachi and Shisui.

He looked around the room. Everyone seemed to be much more relaxed with him there, although there were still those seemed a little on edge.

As he sat down, he heard the door behind him open. He turned around, and narrowed his eyes.

Someone had entered a secret Uchiha meeting uninvited, and was waltzing around as though he owned the place.

"Just who do you think you are?" Fugaku asked, getting the young mans attention. He had some sort of mask on his face which spiraled around his right eye.

The man looked up. "Oh, don't mind me, just passing though."

Fugaku stood up. "You do realize I have the authority to kill you right now?"

The man looked around the room. "Was that a challenge? Maybe I'll answer it."

Suddenly, all the room was on fire. People were suddenly screaming and trying to run out the doors. The man turned his head to each door in turn and burnt all of the doors. The only way out, was through the masked man. Fugaku turned to him, only to find that he couldn't move. The reason, the man had run him through with a sword.

Most of the Uchiha who had activated their sharingan, where doing so now. They would need any sort of advantage against this man. The man just laughed. "The silly little Uchiha. It's to easy one on one, so just come at me all at once."

l – l – l

Uchiha Itachi was walking towards the meeting room. He'd been in the Hokage's library all the day, looking for different loopholes to get Naruto and Sasuke safe. After several hours, he'd finally figured several out.

He suddenly looked up. Shisui was running towards him. He cocked his head. Isn't he supposed to be at the meeting? He thought as he watched him approach.

When Shisui had gotten to him, he was panting and out of breath. "I-Itachi, the c-clan has b-been…"

Itachi picked him up and shook him a little. "What has happened to the clan?"

Shisui looked at him. "We are the last. They were consumed by a strange black flame. They are all dead."

Itachi gasped. While he wasn't exactly fond of what they had been doing, he really had no desire for their death. "Who has done it?"

Shisui shook his head. "I don't know. But everyone is dead."

Itachi's head shot up. "Not everyone, Sasuke and the two other kids weren't at the meeting."

Shisui looked a little guilty. "Um, Itachi. I was told to kill Sasuke."

Itachi nodded his head. "I know. What are you going to do now?"

Shisui thought about it for a moment. After several minutes, he finally came to a decision. "No, if we are the last, we should have more than less. What should we do with them?"

Itachi formed a cross hand sign. Three kage bushin's appeared and ran off through the compound. "We will go to the Hokage's tower, while my clones take the kids to Jiraiya."

"But he is harboring the demon!" Shisui yelled out. He didn't have time to react to the fist that hit him in the face.

"Shisui, you and the rest of the clan disgusted me. Constantly speaking as though he was his prisoner. The Fourth Hokage wasn't a genius for nothing."

Shisui was shocked. He'd expected for him to be on their side, and want for the demon's death. But here he was, protecting him. He wasn't sure how to react, so he didn't even move when Itachi grabbed him and began to drag him down to the Hokage tower.

l – l – l

When Naruto woke up, he ran down to his training ground. He hardly noticed that Sasuke was sitting on a nearby futon. He was focused on getting his morning routine done so that he could get down to his real training.

He was going through all of his different exercises, when he felt several presences nearby. He stopped and looked around. While there didn't appear to be anyone there, he could feel all of them.

"Come out! I know you're there!" Naruto called out, standing straight up. He looked around, trying to figure out who could possibly be watching him.

There was a deep laughing coming from several bushes. "Well, it seems that the boy can sense us. It'll be so much more fun for when we kill him." A small group of ninja came from the bush. A group of Iwa ninja.

Naruto felt his blood freeze. He couldn't believe it, they were back again. And the killer intent was suffocating.

"W-who are you?"

The largest man in the group chuckled. "We, are the last thing you will see in life." He began to run through a long string of seal.

"Hm, this is an interesting sight, five Iwa ninja against one little boy. Maybe I should change that?"

All the eyes went to behind the large man, just to jump out of the way as he was sent flying across the field. It was painfully obvious that he was unconscious, and that it would take a long time before he woke up. The Iwa ninja turned back to the person. It was a woman, about 20 years or so with a large chest. The Iwa ninja felt their blood run cold.

"Tsunade." Was all that one of them got out before she went around and pounded them all into the ground.

Ten minutes later, there were five, somewhat alive, Iwa ninja lying on the ground. Tsunade turned to Naruto. "What are you staring at?"

Truth be told, he was wondering how she'd been able to beat the Iwa ninja, with her bare hands. She didn't look that muscular, and it was impossible that she could beef up her strength, right?

Tsunade sighed. "Come on kid, let's go see Jiraiya. If I know him, I'll be able to kill him moments after seeing him."

Naruto finally broke out of his trance. There was some sort of evil glint in her eyes, one that was reserved for mischief. Naruto felt himself mirroring that same grin. After all, he was the king of mischief, and he really wanted to see how far she could hit his dad.