Summary: What happens when Sakura finds Naruto before Kakashi after Sasuke and Naruto's battle at the Valley of the End? What if they ran away from Konoha? NaruSaku main pairing. Others later on. Probably OCxOC.

Disclaimer: Don't own Naruto. I do own a few characters that come in later, but I won't tell you them just yet.

Wielder of the Sazeto

Chapter 1: Runaway

By: Zashire-hime

The soft rain only added to the tears in a young pink haired girl's eyes. She was crying for her fallen teammate. She was part of the rescue team that was sent out after five Gennin went on the 'Sasuke Retrieval Mission.' She was there to witness Sasuke and Naruto charge at each other with their most powerful attacks. The pink haired girl could do nothing but scream for them to stop, but her plea fell on deaf ears. When the two attacks met, she was blown back by an explosion made by the Rasengan and Chidori colliding. She slipped into unconsciousness when her head hit the trunk of a tree. After twenty minutes or so, she woke up and looked around. Sasuke was no where to be found. Naruto on the other hand, was lying sprawled out on his back with a second hitai-ate lying next to him. It was Sasuke's.

The pink haired kunoichi ran over to the blonde's side and kneeled down to see if he was alright. He wasn't. The girl couldn't find any sort of a pulse and assumed the worst. Her teammate was dead. Slowly tears formed in her eyes as she remembered all of the times when he would ask her on a date, and she would reply by yelling 'BAKA!' and bonking him on the head. That wouldn't happen anymore. She was able to recall all of the times when he would give everyone around him encouragement without even knowing it, like the Chuunin Exams. None of that would happen anymore.

"Why...why did I have to make him make that stupid promise?" she sobbed. All of his idiotic smiles came back to mind, which made her cry even harder. 'Sasuke's gone. Naruto's gone. What do I do now? What can I do? I couldn't even stop Naruto from...from...dying.' Her tears were beginning to soak her shirt even more than the rain. Nothing could bring either one of them back, nothing short of a miracle.

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"Pakkun, how much farther?" asked a man in his twenties with silver hair that seemed to defy gravity.

"Not much...Wait, I'm picking up another scent! But on top of that, the other two are dying down, probably because of the rain. We need to pick up the pace, Kakashi!" the small tracking dog replied.

The ninja and dog both started to pump chakra into their legs to speed up. Kakashi was exerting so much chakra that some tree branches started to snap as he leapt off them, and onto the next.

"The Valley of the End is just up ahead, Kakashi," the nin-dog informed his summoner.

After a few minutes, they came upon the Valley of the End.

"Where are they?" asked Kakashi.

"I don't know, but whatever scent I picked up earlier is gone too," Pakkun replied as he looked around the valley for any signs of life.

"Where could they have gone? I assume that it was Naruto and Sasuke's scents that you picked up, but I wonder who the third's was..." Kakashi trailed off as a kunai was sent right over his head and pinned itself into the wall he was near. It had a note tied to it. Kakashi pulled it off the kunai and read it.

Kakashi-sensei,

You may be wondering where Naruto and Sasuke are right now. I'm sorry to inform you, but Sasuke got away. He's most likely on his way to Orochimaru's. Naruto on the other hand is safe with me. I thought he was dead because I arrived at the fight just in time to see a clash of Naruto's Rasengan and Sasuke's Chidori. I was thrown back and knocked out. When I awoke, Sasuke was nowhere to be seen, while Naruto laid lifeless at the bottom of the valley. I checked his pulse, but there was none to be found. Suddenly, red chakra started to seep out of Naruto. I know it was Kyuubi's because he made contact with me. He gave me a scroll to give to Naruto when he woke up. I was scared at first, but was then overjoyed by the fact that Naruto was still alive. Kyuubi said that the only way to save Naruto was to transform him into a half-breed. Kyuubi now only has five tails, while Naruto has four. Naruto also has a couple of fox ears on the top of his head, they're cute! Aside from that, I have decided to take Naruto with me. Where we are going, I can not say. Please tell Lady Tsunade not to worry, I will keep him safe. He would not want to go back to a village that treats him like a nobody. In the time taken to read this message, our scents will be gone thanks to the rain. Don't try to follow us. You will most likely see us again, but when, I don't know. So until then, goodbye.

Sakura

'Naruto, Sakura...I'm so sorry. I wish I could have stopped Sasuke from leaving the village. None of this would have happened. I guess the only thing to do is to tell Lady Tsunade and Jiraiya-sama about this. Good luck you two...' Kakashi thought.

"Kakashi, what does it say?" Pakkun asked, slightly confused.

"Sakura has taken Naruto somewhere, but didn't say. Sasuke has left to Orochimaru, and almost killed Naruto. This note just confirms that Naruto and Sakura are still alive," the ninja stated, leaving out the part about Kyuubi.

"Should we go find them?"

"No, they said not to, and their scents are long gone. I'm gonna head back to the village," Kakashi replied.

"Alright," the dog said, and disappeared in a puff of smoke.

'Wherever you two are, please be careful. Kami-sama, protect them.' the silver haired Jounin thought. He then took off into the trees in the direction of Konoha.

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"Huh? Where am I?" asked a blonde haired ninja as his eyes cracked open to see something pink lying on top of him. He appeared to be on a very comfortable bed. The sun was peaking over the hill from what he could see outside of the single window of the bedroom he was currently in.

"Oh, you're awake...NARUTO! YOU'RE AWAKE!" Sakura shouted as she realized what was going on and jerked into a sitting position.

"Ow! My ears! Sakura-chan, why are you yelling?" Naruto asked while trying to see if his eardrum was still intact, but found that he had no ears. He also noticed four fluffy tails that were coming from behind him. They were a nice golden color that was a bit darker than his hair. They were also tipped with the color of a bright orange.

"Oh, sorry Naruto-kun!" Sakura exclaimed, while mumbling 'sorry' over and over again.

"It's okay! Hey, where are we? Where are my ears? Why do I have these tails? And since when do you call me Naruto-kun?" asked a very confused Naruto.

"Well, to start things off, we're in Wave Country. We're at Tazuna's house, you know the bridge builder? I'll explain the whole deal with the tails and ears later. Anyway, I just called you Naruto-kun because you...I don't know..." she trailed off.

"Wow, the last thing I remember is being at the Valley of the-SASUKE! Where is that teme!?" Naruto yelled.

"Naruto-kun, please calm down a bit! Also, please don't mention Sasuke..." she started trailing off again as she looked at the ground.

"I'm sorry Sakura-chan. I just can't believe that he went to Orochimaru! Stupid teme! I'm sorry for breaking my promise to you Sakura-chan," the blonde apologized, also looking at the ground. We his eyes met Sakura's feet; he saw wet spots on the floor, and looked up. He saw that Sakura was crying. "Sakura-chan, what's wrong?"

"Don't a-apologize to m-me...Sasuke nearly k-killed his best friend. I should be sorry for what I did to you over the years. Sasuke nearly killed you, and it took me that long to realize how kind you were for doing all of those things for me since the Academy days. I'm so sorry, Naruto-kun!" she yelled as she flung herself onto the blonde once more.

"Owwww! Sakura-chan, that hurts!" blonde tried to push her off of his ribs that were apparently still sore from his battle with Sasuke.

"Oh! Sorry! I didn't mean to!" Sakura said while getting off the bed.

"It's okay. Now, do you mind telling me what's up with these tails? And where are my ears?" Naruto once again became confused.

"Oh, right. You were just about dead when red chakra started to seep out of your body. You grew four tails, and your ears are now in the form of a fox's at the top of your head. I'm guessing you have some sort of enhanced senses. That's probably why you reacted so badly when I shouted. When the red chakra came out, Kyuubi's head formed above your body. He told me that to save you, he had to turn you into a half-breed. He now only has five tails. A scroll somehow materialized in my lap. I was told to give this to you when you woke up. So here you go," Sakura explained while pulling a red scroll out. "He also said that it was a blood scroll."

"Thanks," Naruto replied before biting his thumb, and rubbing some blood onto it. When it was unsealed, he opened it and read it to himself.

Kit,

I made this for you so wouldn't kill that puny brain of yours while trying to get to me. In here are a few jutsu that only you can use, thanks to your new fox features. Also, you will have enhanced senses from now on that will take a while to get used to. If you focus chakra into your eyes, you will be able to use them to see through things, much like the Byakugan, but without being able to see others' chakra systems. This will go up to five hundred feet in each direction. Your hearing will be about five times stronger than what it used to be. Lastly, your sense of smell will be about three times stronger than that Inuzuka mutt you faced in the preliminaries.

Your tails are going to come in handy many times during battle, Kit. They will be your ultimate defense, much like Gaara's sand. They are better than his sand because they react to ALL speeds, not even Maito Gai or his "clone" will be able to break through it. For offense, the tails store next to infinite amounts of chakra in them. This will be a change for you. Rather than getting chakra from me directly, you will be getting it from the chakra that I put into your tails. They have a few more uses, but you will discover them later on.

As a last note, you will have some trouble contacting me now. Since I only have about half of my original power, and the seal still remains the same, I was pushed farther back into your mind. You will most likely only be able to contact me in a life or death situation. I don't know why, but I decided to leave you a library of jutsu. It is located in the spot that I used to live in. You will only be able to open the scrolls when you have reached the power level they require. That's about it. By the way, your future mate already knows that I'm sealed inside you. She was scared at first, but got over it. See ya, Kit.

Kyuubi no Kitsune

Demon Lord

"What does it say?" Sakura asked after waiting for him to read the scroll that she handed him.

"Here, you can read it," the blonde shinobi replied. He handed her Kyuubi's scroll, and she began to read.

When she was done, her eyes widened. "That's a lot of power, Naruto-kun!"

"Yeah! Now I'll be able to beat anyone! I'll totally kick butt!" Naruto shouted with enthusiasm that made Sakura smile.

"Okay then. Tsunami-san told me to tell her when you wake up. You've been out for almost four days. I had to drag you from the Valley of the End all the way to Wave! Sorry if you're still sore, I literally dragged you by your foot all the way here. When I came here, I saw a plaque dedicated to the hero of the bridge. Want to know who it is?" Sakura asked cutely.

"Sure."

"You, Naruto-kun!" she exclaimed, proudly.

"WHAT!? ME!?"

"Yep! It's called 'The Great Naruto Bridge!' You really changed the views of people around here, Naruto-kun. You're a hero," the pink haired girl whispered the last part.

"How can I be a hero?"

"Naruto-kun, you've always been a hero! Ever since the Yondaime sealed Kyuubi in you! Even if you don't think you are, I do," she said with a smile. A single tear escaped Naruto's eyes. "Naruto..."

"I'm fine. Why are you being so nice to me Sakura-chan?" the blonde asked, returning his stare to the floor.

"Do I need a reason? You're nice to me, so I'd like to return the favor. Anyways, let's go get breakfast!"

"Sure thing!"

Passing the mirror, he noticed that his ears looked the same as his tails, but reversed. They were orange except for the tips which were golden.

So with that, the two ninja ran downstairs towards the kitchen to, well, eat.

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A/N: This is my first fanfic. I don't think I'm that good of a writer. Please give me constructive criticism. If you hate it, don't flame, tell me what's wrong. I know it was kind of rushed. Sorry. Well, see ya next time!

Zashire-hime