I am truly sorry about the inexcusable lateness of this chapter, and I know that many people who enjoyed my story have left, and for that I apologize. Now, I have been writing another story in my spare time, just because I was, admittedly, ashamed of the way this story has turned out. I am not going to make any promises, other than the promise that I will finish this story. I currently have a job, and am saving up to buy a laptop for my personal use, seeing as right now I use an incredibly slow computer from nearly ten years ago. I also will be taking a break from writing the next chapter of this story (not nearly as long as this break) so that I can get a full plot written out on paper. I must say, you can tell the difference between the stories that are written on impulse (this story was one of them) and those stories that have a well thought out plotline that the author adheres to. Most likely, I will revamp the earlier chapters, and possibly add a new one in to cover the timeskip. It is also my intent to flesh out the relationship between Naruto and Tayuya, and perhaps not make Kuro into a "Mary Sue" type character, which I truthfully have. He came out of nowhere, and has become an essential part of the story. I would remove him from the story... But it's just so much fun to (essentially) have someone with my personality (and foul language) in the story. Now that I think about it, it seems almost like a self-insertion fic, but differs in the fact that Kuro is not my name, and that I am not a martial artist. Kuro will simply have my personality, so that you can get some cheap laughs at the witty diatribe that I will write. My enemies call me a smart-ass. My friends call me a wise-ass. Now you know why I'm so cynical.

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What good is Information,

when one lacks the understanding,

to turn the Information into Knowledge?

-

Self

Loss of a Demon, Loss of a Hero

Chapter 5

Inazuma Tate

Bang.

Bang.

Bang.

Ba-CRACK!

"DAMMIT! I'm up, I'm up!"

"Hurry up, Kuro! The Konoha Civilian Council has 'Demanded a reason for your unprovoked attack on Uchiha Sasuke'."

"... Oh fuck me."

"You wish, asshole."

"Well then, kindly leave the room as I clothe myself."

"Bastard."

A few minutes later, Kuro emerged through the remains of a wooden door, only to be greeted by the sight of a tense Naruto, and a nervous Tayuya. He grinned as he walked up to his teammates.

"Let's get this show on the road!"

Naruto and Tayuya simultaneously groaned.

"Shin Kuro, you have been brought before the council with regards to your unprovoked assault on Uchiha Sasuke. What do you say to this?"

Kuro shrugged, "The guy wanted to spar. I sparred. He lost, that's all there is to it."

A certain pink haired girl stood up slowly, grimacing slightly while clutching her stomach, "I saw what happened! You attacked Sasuke-kun after the match was over!"

Tayuya snorted, "Yeah, right. The Uchiha shithead stuck a Chidori through Kuro's chest after the match ended. If it wasn't a Tsuchi Bunshin, then Kuro would have died."

A nondescript brown haired man stood up, "I can attest to that. Sasuke did assault the Kumori shinobi after the match was over, and thus, Kuro-san's actions should be considered self-defense." Quite a bit of grumbling followed this statement as the man sat down. Suddenly, the doors to the council chambers burst open, nearly flying off the hinges as an angry Tsunade barged into the middle of the room.

"What the hell do you think you're doing? The civilian council doesn't have the authority to detain and question shinobi, especially shinobi from another village!"

Sakura stood up, trying to draw herself up to her full height, and wincing in pain as she did so. "Hokage-sama, I demand that the team from Kumorigakure be banned from taking the Chuunin examinations in Konoha!" The majority of the council members were nodding in agreement, while a few were shaking their heads and grumbling. Naruto quirked an eyebrow. 'Looks like a few people are starting to see Sasuke for what he really is. I bet that whole stabbing people in the back with a Chidori thing is starting to get people's attention.'

The brown haired council member stood up once again. "No charges are to be pressed, Haruno-san, Kuro-san was not breaking any laws by defending himself." Sakura's face turned red, before she stormed her way out of the chambers, closely followed by the rest of the council.

Tsunade shook her head, "Damn overreaching bastards."

Naruto chuckled, "Ne, it's fine, Hokage-sama, we didn't really have anything better to do this morning."

Kuro smiled, "They were busy doing it last night." Tayuya turned on Kuro and punched him through the doorway.

"Fucking bastard. Can I kill him?"

Naruto chuckled, "No Sanoni, you can't kill him. Kuro is our friend, remember? Besides, if you kill him, you'll have to tell Oyone about it."

Tayuya shuddered, "Good point."

Tsunade smiled, "Well, thank you for your patience in dealing with the civilians. God knows they can be a pain."

Naruto nodded, "Patience is a virtue. Goodbye, Hokage-sama." With that, Naruto and Tayuya dragged Kuro out of the Hokage tower.

Tsunade chuckled, "This is gonna be one hell of a Chuunin examination."

"Are you sure it's him?"

"Yes... His chakra lacks the taint of the Kyuubi, but it is the same."

"Damn it. The only reason I allowed him to be discharged was so that I could induct him into Ne, but that damn pink haired bitch ruined my plan."

"Now, now, even the best laid plans sometimes go awry, do they not, Danzo?"

"That is true, Orochimaru-sama. What is your plan, however?"

"I cannot tell you everything, but I will indulge you a little bit. Namikaze Uzumaki Naruto will be dead, or under our control by the end of the Chuunin exams."

"How-"

"He has become strong, ridiculously so, but he still has one weakness."

"The girl?"

"Exactly. Tayuya-chan will serve my purpose one last time."

A little short, but I'M JUST KIDDING!! MWAHAHAHA!!!

"So team, we have one day until the Chuunin exams. What should we do?" Kuro spoke as he pulled an apple from one of his many pockets, and began munching on it.

"I think I'm going to explore Konoha, I want to see if it's changed at all since I've left." Naruto spoke wistfully, glancing around at the brightly coloured stalls of the civilian market district.

Tayuya whacked him in the shoulder. "Liar. You're just going to that damn ramen stand you always talk about."

Naruto scratched the back of his head sheepishly, "How'd you come up with that, Sanoni?"

Tayuya crossed her arms and glared at Naruto, "You talk in your sleep."

Kuro smirked, "And how exactly were you close enough to hear him, Sanoni?"

Tayuya's eye twitched, "I know what you're thinking, retard, and nothing happened like that."

Kuro smiled, "Okay then, why were you close enough to hear Naruto in his sleep?"

Tayuya said nothing.

"I knew it."

"YOU BASTARD!"

Naruto smacked himself in the face. "Come on you two, how does it feel to leave me as the responsible one?"

Tayuya, who was poised to stab Kuro repeatedly in the left eye, and Kuro, who was holding a kunai away from his right eye, both felt a tremor of unnatural coldness seep into their bones.

"Damn freaky ass shit."

"I agree completely."

Naruto sighed as the three shinobi walked into the Ichiraku ramen stand. "No respect."

Kuro smiled as he took a seat. "Of course not, then I'd have to call you Byakko-sama, and that would just be wrong."

Naruto rolled his eyes.

"Right, what'll you three be having?" A brown haired waitress had come up on the other side of the counter.

"I'll have a Miso ramen."

"I'll have the same stupid shit that the bastard is having."

"I'll have four Beef, three Miso, and one Pork."

The waitress nearly tripped when she heard the last order.

"What? So much?"

Naruto nodded eagerly, "I'm so hungry I'll probably have more later, so don't worry."

The waitress's eye twitched, "DAAAD! Five Miso, four Beef, and one Pork!"

Kuro sat down quietly on the park bench as he listened to the wind in the leaves.

"Such an anomaly; the sound of wind in a tree. Peaceful, relaxing... And the name of a Hidden Village that has cut a bloody swath through all who oppose it." Kuro leaned back on the bench. "And yet this village is populated with such... Boneheads! It's no wonder that Uchiha is insane... I'd go insane if I ever have to hear another-"

A rustle in a bush, and Kuro was alert.

"Hello?"

The sound of people creeping closer, alerted Kuro that he was surrounded.

"I'm warning you – I'm armed!"

A shiver ran down his spine as he heard... A giggle?

Kuro was so surprised that he froze. A single moment of weakness, and their instincts allowed them to react.

"KURO-KUUNN!!!"

"Oh... SHIIIIT!!"

Naruto was suddenly stricken with the urge to laugh at Kuro. He managed to hold it in, but Tayuya was not so composed.

"Hahaha! Why am I laughing?"

Naruto pointed across to the park that was barely visible in the fading light. Kuro could be seen screaming in fear, and running as fast as he could, away from a horde of what could loosely be called girls. Some were old, some were young, and some were holding various pictures of Kuro.

Tayuya squinted slightly, "Damn, all of those pictures are from this morning, and they're all different! Konoha's civilians are creepy as all hell; fucking bimbos."

Naruto put an arm around Tayuya's shoulders, "Enjoy it while it lasts, for tomorrow it will be but a memory."

Tayuya turned towards Naruto and stared at him. "You acting wise. Stop it. Now. Or I'll have to hurt you. You wouldn't want that, would you?"

Naruto shuddered under Tayuya's glare. "O-of course not, Sanoni."

Tayuya smiled, although it seemed more like she was baring her teeth than

displaying a gesture of happiness. "Excellent."

Naruto sighed, and covered his face with his hand. He knew that soon, he would be forced to eat... Real food. He wasn't happy. At all.

Well, that's all I was able to get out. I really am sorry for taking so long, and then updating with this crap chapter, but there really wasn't anything more I could do with this chapter without dragging it out, painfully and constantly. Fortunately, I have been working on a plotline for this story, which should make everything run a little smoother, however, I have to focus on school... A lot. I am failing one class, and nearly failing two others, and I need to bring my marks up to a respectable number. Physics, Chemistry, Math, (Shudder). I really need to do well if I want to get into a decent University, considering I am hoping for a career in computer programming, web design, Video game developing, stuff like that. Ergo, you should thank an anonymous reviewer whose review was deleted for this chapter, I do believe your exact words were "Update you motherfucking asshole". Yeah. Unfortunately, anyone who reviewed chapter five has had their reviews deleted – I removed the chapter and updated it with this one. Don't worry though, I'm working on the next chapter when I don't have homework, and it should break the 10k word barrier, as my thanks to the readers, and my apologies for taking so long.

~Inazuma Tate~