Disclaimer: I don't own Naruto so that means that I'm not Masashi Kishimoto.

Chapter posted 12/24/2009.


Meanwhile Sasuke headed to Sarutobi.

"Hello, Sasuke. How are you? Have you thought about what I said you?", asked the Sandaime.

Sasuke nodded.

"Yes. I couldn't think about anything else... I accept your proposal, I'll be your apprentice..."

Sarutobi felt relieved, Sasuke didn't take it well when they talked about his clan's destiny, when he visited him after the test with Kushina, Iruka and Anko.

FLASHBACK

"Sasuke, I came to tell you something very important, it concerns your clan..."

Sasuke looked at him disturbed.

"M-My clan? W-What do you mean?", he asked.

Sarutobi took air while he cleared his mind. He would have to be very careful with his words.

"What I'm going to tell you is an A class secret, you can't share it with anybody under death penalty. Do you still want to know about it?", asked Sarutobi.

"An A class secret concerning my clan?", thought Sasuke surprised.

"I understand, Sandaime-sama, I won't tell it to anybody", said almost inmediately.

"He didn't boggle about it... I wonder how he will take it", thought Sarutobi.

"All right. As you know, your brother, Itachi Uchiha was an ANBU captain...", said Sarutobi before being interrupted by the killing intent coming from Sasuke.

"I know about it, Sarutobi-sama...", said Sasuke.

"Such aggressiveness within somebody so young. Nor Orochimaru nor Danzo were like that when they were his age...", thought Sarutobi with a bit of sadness.

Sarutobi continued.

"... What you didn't know was that Itachi also worked as a covert agent spying the Uchiha clan for me...", said Sarutobi.

"What!?", asked Sasuke.

Sarutobi looked at the window, at Konoha.

"... After the Kyuubi attack, rumors about members of the Uchiha Clan being able to control the beast spreaded trought the village. Many people began to suspect about the Uchihas being the responsibles of the attack...", said Sarutobi.

"What the hell are you talking about!? This is ridiculous! Many Uchihas died during the attack! And besides, why would my clan would want to destroy Konoha? They were in charge of the Police Department!", exclaimed Sasuke.

Sarutobi agreed with him.

"Yes, it is ridiculous... But people tend to follow fear before common reason. Because that, many members of your clan were angry with Konoha, to the point that many of them thought about taking control of the Uchiha clan and later coming to a coup d'etat, taking the control of Konoha. This is when Itachi comes into play...", said Sarutobi.

Sasuke listened to the ex kage with all his attention.

"Your father, Itachi, my councilors and I prepared a plan to discover the conspirators. For that reason Itachi and Fugaku pretended to be in disagreement with each other, so the dicontent Uchihas would get in contact with him...", said Sarutobi.

"And what happened?", asked Sasuke.

"... Uchiha Shisui got in contact with Itachi and told him about the conspiration, who was implied too and asked him to join them. Itachi was shocked to see that his best was one of them and asked to change his mind, then Shisui tried to kill Itachi... Your brother had to defend himself and killed Shisui. It awakened the Mangenkyou Sharingan...", said Sarutobi.

"Mangenkyou Sharingan?", asked Sasuke.

"... Yes, it is an advanced version of the normal Sharingan, not seen since Uchiha Madara's times. The Mangenkyou Sharingan is created by an overwhelming guilt feeling, for Itachi it came from killing his best friend...", said Sarutobi.

Sasuke reminded when Itachi's Sharingan took the shape of a three pronged shuriken.

Sarutobi took air, now came the part that Sasuke wouldn't want to remind.

"... Now that we knew who were the traitors, we conceived a plan to catch the conspirators. Itachi and Fugaku would apprehend the conspirators with the help of those who were loyal to him while I would make sure that nobody would be near the Uchiha District that night. This way Konoha wouldn't know about the conspiration and your clan's honor would be intact. But things went horribly wrong..."

"Itachi killed everyone! Is that the reason nobody came!? Did you abandon my clan at his mercy!", exclaimed Sasuke with his Sharingan activated.

Sarutobi kept calm, now came the really worst part.

"Yes, Sasuke that's exactly what I thought during all this time, I can't forgive myself for what happened... But recently I discovered that what happened that night was not the truth, at least the complete one...", said Sarutobi.

"What are you talking about!?", asked Sasuke.

"Recently it has been discovered that there was somebody else in the Uchiha Compound. Itachi was strong, a prodigy and had the Mangenkyou but I highly doubt that he could wipe out an entire clan like the Uchiha without help. Even more, we suspect that Itachi could be innocent...", said Saruboti.

Sasuke couldn't take it anymore and tried to hit the Sandaime. Sarutobi blocked and dodged his attacks.

"Innocent!? He can't be innocent!! He did it!! He said that he killed the Clan to test his power! He used a genjutsu to make me watch how he killed my family! He told me to hate him! To become stronger! To kill him!", exclaimed Sasuke at the verge of tears.

Sarutobi inmovilized Sasuke.

"Then tell me. If Itachi wanted to test his power, why he didn't attack any notorious shinobi during these years? Why he spared your life and told you to become stronger? Are you sure that those images you saw with Itachi killing the clan were what really happened? You said it, they were a genjutsu...", said Sarutobi with a strong look.

Sasuke stopped to resist at Sarutobi's grap.

"... Sasuke, I knew Itachi before you were in this world. He used to be a very reserved person but the day you were born he changed... He never was so happy, he talked about his little brother all time and was extremely proud of his talent. He used to comment with a smile that someday you would surpass him...", said Sarutobi.

Sasuke was speechless.

"Itachi thought about me like that!?", thought.

Sarutobi released Sasuke.

"The only way to clarify what really happened is to capture Itachi and talk with him. I only ask you to not let yourself be carried by hate before knowing all the truth", said the Sandaime.

Suddenly a memory came to Sasuke, Itachi looking at him with a tear on his eye before leaving. How could he forget something like that?

"I-I need to t-think about it...", said Sasuke.

Sarutobi nodded.

"There's something else I wanted to talk with you. Now that I don't have the responsabilities of a Hokage bothering me, I can start a project I had in mind", said Sarutobi.

"What are you talking about?", asked Sasuke still distracted.

"I'm planning to rebuild Konoha's Police Force. As you know, it was the Uchiha's duty", commented Sarutobi.

Sasuke was now focusing all his attention on the ex kage again.

"For that reason I need you, the new Police Force wouldn't be the same without an Uchiha leading it. For that reason I ask you to become my apprentice and help me with this duty. At the time you become a jonin you would be ready to take charge of the rebuilt Police Force", said the Sandaime.

END FLASHBACK

For Sarutobi this was a chance to redeem himself from the mistake he made letting Orochimaru escape. His former disciple not only will attack Konoha but also will try to take Sasuke away and turn him into his new vessel... No, he won't allow it, he will do his best to keep Sasuke away from Orochimaru's corrupting influence, and next time he won't hesitate to kill him.

For Sasuke this was not only a superb way to get the strength to fight Itachi but also a chance to acomplish his other goal, to restore his clan's honor. Sasuke's hate for Itachi didn't decline, but now there was that image of Itachi's tears and Sandaime's words... Before killing Itachi, first he needed to know what really happened that night.

Unaware of all this, Naruto opened the remaining presents while he caressed his poor ears. He liked a lot the green spandex suit from Gai and Lee, unaware of his parents's faces when they saw the present.

"Is a pity that the demiclone in charge of the laundry will have a very unfortunate accident with that monstruosity...", thought Kushina.

The demiclones began to set a big table for the meal joining various tables. When the guests took their seats it happened that there were not enough chairs for everyone, Tsunade decided to solve the problem by sitting the younger children in the laps of some adults.

Moegi and Udon ended sitting on their grandparents laps while Konohamaru sat on Tsunade's, making Jiraiya jealous.

Hanabi sat on Kushina's lap to her delight. At the little girl's request, Kushina showed her a demonstration of her hair technique changing her hairstyle.

With the little kids sat now there were places for everyone.

Sakura and Ino were placed at Sasuke's sides and they were competing to feed him.

"I'm not a baby who needs help to eat...", thought Sasuke annoyed.

Naruto and Hinata were sat before each other. Sometimes the Hyuuga girl sent an occasional glance to Naruto, nobody noticed them minus Hiashi, who was paying more attention to them than to the food.

To Shikamaru's horror, Temari was sat at his mother's side. As happened in the future, the two women got along with each other really well, they were chatting in an animated way, interrupting their sometimes to look at him with a critic look.

If it wasn't enough, Gaara was sitting before him and Kankuro at his side.

"So, you are Temari's boyfriend...", commented Gaara looking at his eyes.

"Y-Yes I am...", responded Shikamaru.

"I hope that you will treat my sister well, Nara. She is one of the most important persons in my life and I would be very ANGRY if someone hurts her", said Gaara.

Kankuro put his arm over Shikamaru's shoulders.

Shikamaru gulped, now it was the time for the talk with the protective siblings.

"Although Temari Nee-chan could be annoying sometimes she is still our sister. She is risking her prestige having a relationship with a younger boy who is not even a ninja yet. I REALLY expect that you will do your best to earn a reputation as ninja, not being a lazy ass anymore", said Kankuro smiling.

"Don't worry about that", responded Shikamaru.

Kankuro smiled.

"Excellent, I also should suggest you to be very attentive with Temari to treat her like she was the most important person in the world, in a similar way Naruto did in the future with his girlfriend...", said Kankuro.

Shikamaru reminded when Naruto and Hinata became a couple. His friend felt so guilty for not noticing Hinata's feelings that he did some impressive stunts like painting the Hokage monument with their names inside a heart or filling the Hyuuga Compound with white roses.

None of them noticed that Naruto himself overheard their conversation when he was passing there to go to the bathroom.

"Am I going to have a girlfriend? Who could she be? Is she beautiful?", thought interested.

When they finished the meal Arashi noticed that Hanabi was looking at him blushing a little with an amused Kushina.

"Come on, Hanabi-chan, ask him", encouraged Kushina.

Arashi looked at Hanabi smiling.

"What do you want, Hanabi-chan?", he asked.

Hanabi looked at him trying to look the cutest way possible.

"A-Ano, Arashi-san... I was wondering if you could give me one of your flying rides...", said Hanabi with puppy dog eyes.

"Of course, it will be a pleasure to give a ride to such a lovely young lady", responded Arashi taking Hanabi on his arms.

The Konohamaru Corps looked with envy how Hanabi enjoyed the flight. When Arashi landed they were looking at him also with puppy dog eyes and he had no choice but to take them to a ride too.

Shino's present happened to be karaoke, Jiraiya decided that it was a good chance to test the artistic skills of the presents with a small contest.

Gai and Lee made a duet won the price for the Most Passionate ones (anyways, nobody wanted to hear them sing again). It happened that Sakura was a very good singer and earned a lot of cheers, but the first price was won by a duet made by Kushina an a slighty drunk Anko (the fact that Anko was showing more skin than Iruka would want and Jiraiya being the judge had nothing to do with it).

The party ended and everyone went home. Shikamaru's father offered the Sand delegation to stay at the Nara's household as long as they stayed in Konoha and the Kazekage accepted.

"I hope that you won't take advantage of the situation and sneak on Temari's room...", commented Kankuro to Shikamaru.

Shikamaru didn't say anything, that day was troublesome enough.

LATER

Kushina headed to Naruto's new room. The former guest's room now looked like Naruto's old room from his apartment but with more things. When Naruto awoke that day he found out that his mother redecorated the room and filled it with presents. When he opened them he found out that they were things that at one time or another he wanted to have but couldn't afford them.

Kushina explained Naruto that it was a way to compensate him for the birthdays he missed while they hugged each other with tears on their eyes.

Naruto was now asleep over the bed with one of Jiraiya's books on his hands.

It happened that among the books Jiraiya gave Naruto there were two of them that were not erotic.

One of them was 'The Legend of the Heroic Ninja', the book that inspired Naruto's name. The other was the manuscript of 'Naruto Uzumaki's Tale', the biography of Naruto's future self.

When Naruto found out what these books really were, he couldn't wait to read them.

Kushina took the book and put it on the self. Then she covered Naruto with the blanket and gave him a kiss in the forehead as she did all nights.

"I feel a bit jealous...", commented Minato at the door while he smiled.

Kushina gave him a kiss on the lips.

"Naruto is my World, you are my Life. There's no need to be jealous, Min-kun. I have love for you both", said Kushina.

"Is not that, I'm jealous of Naruto because I never had such a loving mother like you, Kushi-chan... Are you sure to keep going with this and fight with me against our enemies? I know how much you love kids, the way you interacted with Hanabi was a good proof", commented Minato.

Kushina nodded.

"Yes, I want. I have the feeling that our enemies will attack this time stronger than ever. All help possible wouldn't be enough", she said.

She decided to change the subject.

"Minkun, when you gave the kids a ride I realized something...", said Kushina blushing a little

"What was?", asked Minato.

"... I realized that you never took me in a flight... Could you...?", she asked.

Minato took her bridal style and headed to the door.

"All for my beloved... By the way, there are some things that I realized you could do with the hair...", commented Minato with a naughty smile.

"I'm all ears...", commented Kushina with another naughty smile.

IN OTHER LOCATION

Things didn't go as Madara planned. At the begining, his plan was to collect the one tailed jinchuuriki. Sasori and Kaworu would take advantage of the small confussion caused by the Chuunin Exams and the control Sasori had over the Kazekage to capture the Shukaku without problems.

But the Yondaime and Naruto had to appear and mess everything...

First, Naruto befriends Gaara and plants the seeds that would change the psychotic boy into the Godaime Kazekage and one of his future enemies.

Then Minato and his henchmen abort the kidnaping of Gaara, killing Sasori and Kaworu in the process. Not only that, but he managed to revive the Sandaime Kazekage and made him his ally.

If Madara was a Hyuuga he would think that Fate was plotting against him because it happened that the Hachibi and his brother, the Raikage were also in Suna and now they were aware of Akatsuki's plan to collect the Bijuu. Now the Nibi and the Hachibi would be extremely protected too.

The Suna events also confirmed that those who were with Minato when he attacked also travelled in time. Konoha now had four Hokages and two of them training Naruto.

There was also the mysterious kunoichi claiming to be Naruto's mother. When Madara found out that she and Naruto were distant relatives of the Senju Clan he almost had a collapse, another reason to hate them.

Attacking Konoha now would be suicidal. But there were other options...

There were a pair of techniques that Madara copied from Orochimaru during his stay in Akatsuki.

One was the Edo Tensei, the technique that summons the dead as minions of the summoner, now completely useless against Minato.

The other was the technique where the user steals the skin of a person he wants to impersonate turning it into the perfect disguise. Said person had to die, of course.

Madara looked at the gates of Iwa with his new identity, a veteran from the latest Shinobi War.

"The former owner of this skin should be grateful. I'm going to turn him into a historical figure and the man who avenged Iwa from the Yellow Flash crimes...", thought Madara while he got into the village...


OMAKE: SAI'S MISSION

The pale boy arrived at ROOT'S secret headquarters with his precious acquisition.

Torune Aburame and Fuu Yamanaka received him.

"Greetings Sai? Have you managed to get valuable info from the Uzumakis?", asked Torune.

Sai smiled and showed them a scroll that had written "Uzumaki Clan's Jutsu Compendium".

"What!? Is it what it seems?", asked Fuu.

"We must bring it to Danzo-sama", said Torune.

The veteran Root agents led Sai to Danzo's chamber. The War Hawk seemed to be very pleased.

The three agents kneeled before him.

Fuu spoke.

"Danzo-sama, Sai has returned from his mission, he brought..."

"I know what he brought, nothing happens her without my knowledge... Sai, let me see that scroll", said Danzo.

Sai offered the scroll with both hands. The old man took the item and examined it carefully.

"Mmmmh... Just what I thought, this scroll has a protection seal that would burn it if someone tries to open it without the appropiate methods. This seal is very hard to remove without activating it but it is not beyond my ability although it will take me a week to remove it. Sai, I suppose that you executed the usual procedure for these kind of situations, don't you?", asked Danzo.

Sai nodded.

"Yes, Danzo-sama. I used my skills to make a normal scroll look like the one I subtracted and added your Humidity Seal. This way, next time they check the scroll they will see only a lot of fuzzy words and they will think that the scroll deteriorated itself because a bad conservation", said Sai.

Danzo looked at him with approval on his visible eye. That substitution procedure was an excellent way to get valuable information without the victims noticing it. Making them believe that the info was lost made said info more valuable when Danzo wanted to force them to do something for him.

"Excelent work Sai", he said.

The pale boy responded with a smile.

"Why I feel so bad? Usually I feel very satisfied when Danzo-sama congratulates me. W-Why I feel like I am commiting treason? I-Is it because I got the scroll from Naruto and his family?", he thought.

Danzo spent the rest of the night removing the security seal from the scroll. The seal happened to be harder to remove that he thought at first but he suceeded.

Sai, Fuu and Torune looked expectantly while Danzo opened the scroll.

However instead of secret techniques there was a seal that activated itself at the moment the scroll was opened.

A smoke cloud emerged from the seal, when it dispelled there was thin, red head man dressed with a long jacket while a strange music began to sound.

The strange man took a microphone and began to sing.

We're no strangers to love

You know the rules and so do I

A full commitment's what I'm thinking of You wouldn't get this from any other guy

I just wanna tell you how I'm feeling

Gotta make you understand

Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down

Never gonna run around and desert you

Never gonna make you cry, never gonna say goodbye Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you

We've known each other for so long

Your heart's been aching but you're too shy to say it

Inside we both know what's been going on

We know the game and we're gonna play it

And if you ask me how I'm feeling

Don't tell me you're too blind to see

Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down

Never gonna run around and desert you

Never gonna make you cry, never gonna say goodbye

Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you

Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down

Never gonna run around and desert you

Never gonna make you cry, never gonna say goodbye

Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you

(Ooh give you up)
(Ooh give you up)
(Ooh) never gonna give, never gonna give (give you up)
(Ooh) never gonna give, never gonna give (give you up)

Danzo and his henchmen watched speechless the strange show.

The red head man (obviously a demiclone) ended his song, looked at them with a smile and opened his jacket revealing a lot of explosive tags about to detonate.

"OH SHIT!!!"

BOOOOUUUUUMMMM!!!

Danzo and his men managed to escape the explosion, but his chamber ended completely destroyed.

The War Hawk got up and looked at Sai.

"Sai, clean the chamber", he said.

The pale boy nodded and took a mop.

Then Danzo looked at Fuu and Torune.

"You won't tell anybody about this. NEVER!"

The Root agents nodded.

That day Sai promised himself that he wouldn't treason Naruto's trust anymore.

END


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