(Disclaimer: I don't own Naruto, and sorry if everyone is a little too OOC, I'm just trying to tell a story according to my own vision.)

A four-year-old Naruto was laying in an alley way getting the crap kicked out of him by a group of villagers.

"Die demon!" Was among the many foul things they shouted as they beat, stomped, and stabbed the boy without any form of compassion or mercy. The lead villager then walked up to the boy, raising a katana to deliver the finishing blow. When all of a sudden the was a giant scorpion-like tail sticking out of his chest. The villagers then turned and saw what looked like some kind of humanoid monster standing in their midst.

"Leave this boy alone, or you will all die." He warned.

The villagers paid no heed to his warning and charged him. The man responded by unleashing a barrage of senbon from his mouth, and right arm. In a matter of seconds all the villagers had fallen dead. Just then Sarutobi the Sandaime Hokage, and a small team of ANBU escorts Shunshin'd onto the scene.

"What is the meaning of this?!" Sarutobi demanded. "Who are you?"

"My name is Sasori no Akasuna." The man responded. "And I have come to take Naruto Uzumaki away from this village."

Sarutobi knew that Sasori was an S-ranked missing-nin from Suna, who was currently wanted in suspicion of involvement in the disappearance of the Sandaime Kazekage. "And what makes you think I am going to even consider allowing such an asinine thing to occur?" He asked.

"Because I recommend it." A new voice rang out as Jiraiya of the legendary Sannin arrived on the scene.

"Jiraiya!" Sarutobi yelled in amazement at his former student in association with a criminal like Sasori. "What is the meaning of this?" He asked in a calm, but clearly annoyed voice.

"It's a long story." Jiraiya responded. "Perhaps we should continue to discuss these matters elsewhere?" Jiraiya suggested.

Sarutobi took a moment to think before answering him. "Very well, meet me in my office." He then turned to the ANBU. "You two take Naruto to the hospital, and make sure he receives the best possible care." The ANBU nodded before grabbing the badly wounded boy and Shunshin'd away.

(Later in Sarutobi's office.)

"So basically you have two options." Sasori said to them as they sat in his office. "You can either let me take the boy as Jiraiya-san wants me to, or I can take the boy and run off with him myself."

"Either way he's much better off then if he stays in this village." Jiraiya added.

Rubbing his temples Sarutobi countered their argument. "Even if I agreed with your plan, the council will never allow it."

"The council doesn't have to know shit!" Jiraiya yelled in anger. "I'm not going to stand idlly by, and watch my prized pupil's son's life be made a living hell by those bastards!"

"Then may I ask why you don't take him then?" Sarutobi then asked.

"I would if I could, but between monitoring Orochimaru, and the Akatsuki I don't have the time or the resources to take care of him right now." Jiraiya answered.

"And you Sasori?" Asked Sarutobi. "What is your angle? What do you stand to gain by raising, and training this boy?"

Sasori remained quiet for a moment before responding. "A legacy."

"Beg pardon." Sarutobi asked clearly confused.

"This child is the last of the Namikaze cla-" He began only to be cut off by Sarutobi. "YOU TOLD HIM?!" He hollered at his former student.

"I did'nt have a choice!" Jiraiya yelled back.

"May I continue?" Sasori asked in an annoyed tone.

"My apologies." Sarutobi went. "Go on."

"As the last of his clan he'll be allowed to practice polygamy when he comes of age. Is that correct?" He asked and received a nod from Sarutobi. "If I train him to be a puppet master, then perhaps future generations of his clan shall also pursue the art, thus creating the first actual puppet-user clan in all the major Shinobi villages."

Sarutobi did get a bit of a slight smile on his face. He then turned to Jiraiya. "Are you sure he can be trusted?" He asked.

"I'd bet all my legal rights to Icha Icha on it." Jiraiya stated proudly.

"I must be losing my mind... but I'd like to hear more of what you have planned for him." Sarutobi said as the three of them proceeded to talk and plan through the night.

The next week Naruto was secretly taken out of the village by Sasori. As far as anyone knewm, He had been sent to live in another village, only Sarutobi, and Jiraiya knew the truth, and that was how it remained for almost four years. Until the boy's return.