Narutimate Legends: Reload
Narutimate Legends: Reload
(Naruto AU: What if the Legendary Sanin stayed together in Konoha after the Kyuubi's attack to help raise the next generation of shinobis as well as select & train their succesors? Disclaimer: I don't own Naruto or any of it's characters in any way, shape or form but I do reserve the rights of any OC I may create.)
Chapter 1: The Aftermath
Sarutobi Akira, the Sandaime Hokage felt tired.
It had been four days since the Kyuubi No Kitsune attacked Konoha. four whole days since Namikaze Minato, the Yondaime Hokage sacrificed his own life to perform a forbidden jutsu which sealed the Bijuu into his newborn son & made the child an orphan seeing that his mother, Uzumaki Kushina, also died while giving birth.
And while he should've been enjoying his retirement by now, he was forced to take the mantle of Hokage again after the Yondaime's death because of the three other candidates outright refusal of the position.
The three other candidates were none other then the legendary Sanin & his former student. Each were imminently qualified for the job.
The Snake Sanin, Orochimaru: A cunning prodigy in both the art of warfare & diplomacy as well as the wielder of the legendary sword, Kusanagi.
The Toad Sanin, Jiraiya: Minato's legendary sensei & author of a certain perverted series of books which the Sandaime himself reads.
The Slug Sanin, Tsunade: The insanely strong kunoichi whose reputation as a healer is almost as great as her other infamous reputation of being "The Legendary Sucker".
Currently, the three said candidates were facing Sarutobi looking just a tad nervous at standing in front of their old sensei despite their ranks & reputations as the legendary Sanin. And who wouldn't be? They just doomed Sarutobi to possibly another longterm stint of unending paperworks & dealing with the troublesome council.
"Well? Have you three got anything to say for yourselves?" Sarutobi asks his former students, his left eyebrow twitching in anoyance. "You DO realize that I'm supposed to be retired, right? Why didn't any of you accept the title of Hokage anyways?"
Silence. After a while (As well as looks from both Jiraiya & Tsunade), Orochimaru sighs & spoke first.
"Sarutobi Sensei. As much as I respect you & all you have done as Hokage, I cannot accept the position for the simple reason that I feel I am not suitable to serve as Hokage & would serve better in other functions." Orochimaru stated respectfully before mentally adding. "That plus the fact that I've better things to do then listen to the insane rants of those old geezers in the council."
Sarutobi sighs in resignation. This was typical of Orochimaru. The man avoided the spotlight & always kept a very low profile when doing his duties. But it was also these traits which made him so effective as a shinobi because he did his best work behind the scenes & becoming Hokage would certainly curtail his effectiveness.
The Sandaime Hokage then glances at the white haired Frog Sanin, Jiraiya who took the look as his cue to speak.
"I'm a free spirit." Jiraiya declares. "I can't be constrained behind these wall & you know that very well. And what about my work outside of the village? I'm the only one who can pull that off, remember?" Jiraiya said while also thinking to himself with a perverted giggle. "Besides, I can't do my research in peace if I have ANBU always showing up & taking me back to the tower to do the damned paperwork."
Sarutobi frowns at this. While it is true that Jiraiya's mobility was essential in the maintenance of his vast intelligence network, Sarutobi suspected that Jiraiya was more interested in reseaching material for his next Icha Icha Novel. And as ashamed as he is to say it, he also had a vested interest in this venture.
This left him with the last & possibly the most volatile of the Sanin. The Slug Sanin, Tsunade who notices the look that her old sensei was giving her & shakes her head empathically.
"Oh hell no, Sarutobi Sensei." Tsunade growls at her former sensei. "You know I don't have the patience for it. I'd just as soon beat the tar out of the council then listen to them whine & bitch about the smallest things. Maybe I'll consider the job in the future, but right now..." She said then thought. "I've also got to win back my loses to pay my debts. It wouldn't look good for a Hokage to have loan sharks after her all the time."
Sarutobi winced to himself. Though Tsunade was certainly qualified because of her tremendous medical skills as well as her lineage which counts the Shodaime & Nidaime in her family tree, her quick temper & questionable habits/vices would haunt her term which would probably hamper her productivity as Hokage. Perhaps if she were to tone down on her 'activities' for a few years or so...
"I guess it can't be help." Sarutobi said wearily. "There's no other way but to temporarily take up the mantle of Hokage once again." He then glares at his former students & stated. "But I'll expect one of you to replace me sometime down the road. I can't do this job forever, you know."
"Of course Hokage Sama." Orochimaru answered for the group then adds. "But for now, why don't you tell us the REAL reason why you summoned the three of us here today?"
Sarutobi stares at the Snake Sanin for a moment before chuckling. "Hehe, as perceptive as ever, eh Orochimaru? Very well. The reason why I asked the three of you to come over today is because..."
"Tsunade Sama!! Where are you?!"
The Sandaime statement was interrupted by a loud female voice. Moments later, the door to the Hokage's office swung open & three young teenagers ran in.
The first one was a black haired girl protectively carrying a bloody bundle in her arms. After her came a silver haired kid wearing the skin-tight outfit of an ANBU & a dog mask on his face. Bringing up the rear was a purple haired kunoichi wearing a fishnet shirt which had a wide, black stripe covering her budding assets & a short leather skirt who was wildly looking around behind as if expecting an attack at any given time.
What made things alarming was that the silver haired young ANBU had unsheathed his ninja do while the purple haired kunoichi held a kunai on either hand.
"Shizune!!" Tsunade runs towards her young apprentice & checks the bundle she was carrying. "What the hell happened? Kami, is that Naruto?" Tsunade asks as she starts healing whatever injuries the little infant had suffered. It looks as if somebody had tried to mutilate him by slashing away but thankfully, the Bijuu's chakra had healed the more serious injuries.
"Y-Yes. I... I was watching over him like you instructed Tsunade Sama when suddenly a group of villagers came in with a couple of doctors holding scalpels & started slashing at Naruto." Shizune said who was in tears at seeing the helpless little boy attacked like this.
"WHAT?!" Jiraiya thundered angrily. "How could that happen? Where the hell were the ANBU assigned to guard him?"
"They were in on the attack Jiraiya Sama." The silver haired young ANBU stated with disgust as he took of his mask revealing a youthful face marred by a scar over his left eye. "I heard them talk about it at HQ saying some people from the high council wanted him dead so I immediately went to the hospital to help protect the child. It's the very least I can do for Minato Sensei's son."
Sarutobi cursed softly under his breath. Ever since he revealed the new that Kyuubi was not killed but was instead sealed within Naruto, instead of treating him as their savior, many of the villagers & a number of people in the high council demanded that Naruto be put to death. That was exactly the reason why he had summoned the Sanin to his office. To discuss their options.
"And I saw Kakashi Kun & Shizune Chan being attacked by those bastards because they were protecting the kid so I decided to help them." The purple haired kunoichi stated, her arms shaking with rage. "Then I suggested that we run over to the Hokage Tower since I saw Orochimaru Sama & the others coming her. Those sickos won't be able to follow us here."
"Your decision to come here in the Hokage Tower was the right course of action Anko." Orochimaru assured his apprentice. "You three did a good job & we are very proud of you. Now, go haome & get some rest. We'll decide what to do with the attackers tomorow." Orochimaru said & after watching the three teenagers leave, scowls angrily. "This is extremely troubling. I'll find whoever it is who planned this attempt at Naruto's life. But I never would've guessed that the village & the high council would react so negatively this way."
"Indeed. That makes it the 12th assasintion attempt on Naruto in the last three days which is why I wanted your opinion on this particular matter." Sarutobi said, looking at Naruto.
"Since Kakashi said that the high council was the one who ordered the attack on Naruto..." Jiraiya stated. "...Do we have an idea as to who?"
"There's a lot of suspects. As you all know, a vast majority of the high council consists of civilian members & almost all of them want Naruto dead." Sarutobi said with a frown. "A few members who belongs to shinobi family's also want him disposed... Including the Uchiha Clan."
"No surprise there." Tsunade scoffed. "Those anti-social pricks were always against the Namizake clan & they would love the chance to completely wipe them off the face of the planet if the opportunity presented itself. What about the other shinobi clans?"
"Most are on the fence regarding this matter." Sarutobi answered. "Though the situation is a little better. It comforting to know that some clans like the Naras, Yamanakas, Akimichis, Aburames & Inuzakas are at least sympathetic because of their loyalty to the Kazama clan."
Sarutobi then sits back & lights his pipe. "There IS one other clan head who presented us with another solution for this problem." He stated. This prompts the three Sanin to look at him as he continues. "Danzou suggested that we turn the boy over to him for protection & training to become Konoha's weapon."
"How gullible does he think we are?" Jiraiya snorts with a dismissive wave of his hand. "He'll only turn the child into one of his mindless little puppets & that's even more unacceptable."
"Actually, that's not such a bad idea." Orochimaru cuts in thoughtfully. Both his fellow Sanins & the Sandaime stares at Orochimaru in disbelief before the Snake Sanin finds himself slammed against the wall by Tsunade.
"Teme, you actually agree with that geezer on making the kid a weapon?! How low can you go?" Tsunade hissed in anger.
"Calm yourself Tsunade Hime." Orochimaru said, calmly brushing off Tsunade. " Any ninjas worth their salt ARE technically weapons aren't they? Naruto could be trained to be a ninja but not under that old cripple Danzou."
"So what are you trying to say Orochimaru?" Sarutobi asks, his interest piqued by Orochimaru's statement.
"What I'm saying is this boy has the potential to be a very powerful shinobi like his father. And Kami willing, he could even become Hokage if he so chooses. We just have to nudge him in the right direction." Orochimaru stated.
"So are you offering to train him Orochimaru?" Jiraiya asks.
"I'd rather that the boy chooses his mentor." Orochimaru said. "But you would probably have that right Jiraiya seeing that you were his father's sensei."
"I guess I could do that eventually if he wanted me to. But for now, what will we do with Naruto seeing as both his parents are dead?" Jiraiya asks looking at Sarutobi.
"I put up an edict preventing people to talk about Naruto's 'condition' at the risk of capital punishment. That should at least save him some mental anguish." The Sandaime said.
"Or it could give him even more." Tsunade stated. "You do realize that won't prevent people from abusing him."
"There's really not much I can do. For some reason, the council prevented us from revealing that Naruto is the son of the Yondaime. That fact alone would've greatly lessened the hate against him." Sarutobi said with sorrow in his voice.
"Then we make sure that Naruto is protected till he comes of age." Jiraiya said firmly. "The council may have denied him his legacy but I for one, won't stand for any abuses or harm being inflicted on Minato's son."
"Since we know that some shinobis may become biased & may NOT give Naruto the proper training to become a shinobi, we could also secretly help him along in this aspect by 'dropping' scrolls for him to learn from." Orochimaru said.
"I could put him up in one of the orphanges that I trust till he becomes old enough to fend for himself." Tsunade volunteered.
"Excellent. Now we're getting somewhere. I knew I could count on the three of you for support." Sarutobi said then thought privately. "Your son is in good hands Minato. We will not abandon your legacy."
Author's Notes: Hope you guys like my new fic. As I've said before, R&R please