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A/N: Okay. I know that I deserve rocks, kunai, and such thrown at me. It's been over a year since I worked on this fic, and it's not my fault… totally. My original laptop died, with not only the next chapter on it, but the entire Side Story I was working on, so not only do I not have the original chapter nine, or side story, but I had to rewrite it. I want to say thank you to those who have reviewed and favorited this story or put it on Story Alert. I'm sorry it took so long for me to come back. So, yeah, I'm a jerk. I'm a jerk and I'm sorry. But, after almost a year, here it is. This fic is almost complete on paper, but I still have some kinks to work out. Anyways, after a long time, here's chapter nine!
By Southern Shinigami
"He looks bored. Very bored." Kurotsuchi said. "They'd make excellent test subjects! Anyways, let me just fast forward to the most recent event." He forwarded the machine to the last time the warp was active. It showed seven figures, ready to enter the warp. But, it was not the fact that there seven people that shocked Jiraiya, but who the seven were, for you see, Jiraiya identified who they were by what they were wearing. The figures were wearing black cloaks with red clouds on them.
"Oh shit..." he said. "Akatsuki..."
Standing on the highest point in town, the man with the hair of a raven, looked upon the area, with vengeance in his eyes.
"On my honor, as the last Uchiha," he said, as he took out his sword and pointed it out toward the city, "I will find you," he jumped off the pillar, "and I will kill you."
And thus, the blade falls a third time...
Karakura Town High School – The next day
The day had started out pretty well for Naruto Uzumaki, despite still being bound to the body of Ichigo Kurosaki. Old Man Isshin didn't attack him this morning, since Goat Beard left early for a meeting, Yuzu had made a really good breakfast, and school didn't drag on as long as he thought it would. In fact, he was even starting to pick up on some of the things that were being taught. He had to keep up Ichigo's appearance, after all. Especially after he found out that Ichigo was a above average student. Anything that he didn't understand, Rukia and the others helped him out. All in all, it wasn't a bad day, and he was pretty much enjoying himself. That was until…
Suddenly, a blond-haired guy with buck-teeth wearing a beret, punched Ichigo/Naruto right in the face, knocking him to the hallway floor of the second floor of the school. "ICHIGO KUROSAKI! JUST WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN!"
That put an end to Naruto's great mood, as any punch in the face would. "JUST WHO IN THE HELL DO YOU THINK YOU ARE, BUCKTEETH!" He yelled back. "YOU DON'T GO PUNCHING PEOPLE IN THE FACE, JUST FOR THE HELL OF IT!"
"BUCKTEETH? WHO IN THE HELL DO YOU THINK YOU ARE, NOT KEEPING TO THE DEAL, TEME?" The guy said, getting increasingly angry.
"WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT, BAKA?" Ichigo/Naruto said, also increasing in anger. "I'VE NEVER MET YOU IN MY LIFE!"
At that moment, Rukia, Chad, Orihime, and Ishida came running to see the commotion. What they saw were two brightly-haired colored idiots yelling at each other. Suddenly, after a few moments, Uryu spoke up. "Rukia, you forgot to tell Shinji Hirako didn't you? About what's going on?"
She sighed. "To tell the truth, it kinda slipped my mind to tell him, and this is where it left us."
Suddenly, more and more students started to come out and see the arguing duo, including Tatsuki and Chiziru. "What the hell?" Tatsuki said.
"What's going on here?" Chiziru added.
"Two idiots are arguing." Rukia put plainly.
"Um, I don't think we should let this continue." Orihime said. "It's really starting to draw a crowd, and the teachers aren't going to like this much. Oh, I know! I'll stop them!" She ran over to them. "Um, excuse me, guys?" Surprisingly, they both stopped, and paid attention to her. "Hey, can you stop arguing in the hallway? The teachers are going have you two sent to Detention, if you don't stop."
The arguing did stop. Only because Shinji stopped focusing on Naruto/Ichigo, and started focusing on Orihime. "Oh, my dear Orihime, my one true love!" Shinji said, as he dropped to one knee. "For you, my dear, there's nothing I won't do!" Orihime smiled and laughed nervously.
Naruto/Ichigo, then, punched Shinji in the face. "WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU, YOU MORON?"
"MORON? WHO YOU CALLIN' A MORON?" And the arguing continued, as Rukia sighed. Later, after a separation/intervention by Chad, and an explanation by Rukia, everyone, minus, Tatsuki and Chiziru, met up at their usual meeting place, the school roof. "So, you mean to tell me, that due to some freak cosmic accident, the soul inside of Ichigo, is NOT Ichigo Kurosaki, but of some guy named Naruto Uzumaki?"
"Pretty much. At least, that's what we've gathered from Urahara." Ishida replied.
"And who're you callin' some guy?" Naruto shouted. "My name is Naruto Uzumaki! The world's greatest ninja, and the future Hokage of Konoha, dattebayo!"
"Riiight." He ignored him, and turned his attention back to Ishida and the others. "So, where is Ichigo, anyways?"
"Well, to tell the truth, we don't really know." Rukia stated. "But apparently, it's enough to get the entire Soul Society up in arms, and for them to send a Captain, his Lieutenant, and a 3rd and 5th seat."
"That tenth division captain, right?" Shinji asked, and she nodded. "Well we can't continue without Ichigo, since this is for him and all."
"So, what will you do?" Ishida asked, knowing everyone wanted to ask it. "You going into hiding, until we get Ichigo back?"
"Nah. I gotta keep up appearances and such, so I'll be around. Besides…" He, then, turned to Orihime, with stars in his eyes. "The thought of being away from my dear Orihime is more than sheer torture!" She sweatdropped, as did everyone else.
"Well, we should tell you to watch out for anything strange, like ninjas wearing a headband, like Naruto's, but with a clef note symbol on it." Rukia said. "We just fought a bunch of those guys a couple of nights ago."
Shinji smirked. "Thanks for the advice, but I doubt they're any match for us."
"Still, be careful, Shinji." Orihime said, unknowingly encouraging him.
"Hey you! Naruto!"
"Whaddya want?" Naruto replied to him.
"Watch out for these four, and they'll watch out for you." He turned around and began to walk off. "See you around, Naruto Uzumaki…"
Meanwhile, somewhere else in Karakura, Sasuke Uchiha was searching for his former teammate, to do what his current sensei wanted him to do: kill the jinchūriki of the Kyubi no Yoko. This town is so much different than the town back home, Sasuke thought. No matter, I'll still find that loser and kill him. He noticed that his chakra was acting funny, so he decided to search carefully and slowly. This world must be messing up my chakra. I have to find him and get this done quickly. After a few blocks, he came up on a gang of thugs, eyeing him hard.
"You must have a lot of guts wearing that get-up." The leader of the group, who was wearing shades, a tanktop, and a pair of blue jeans, said. "Just who do you think you are? A samurai, or something? Mitsuhide Akechi? You think you Kenshin Himura in this bitch?" His entire group laughed. There were about ten of them there, aside from their leader.
"Heh." Sasuke said, with that Uchiha arrogance. "I'm really not in the mood for this crap, so get out of my way or else."
"Oh ho ho ho!" The leader laughed. "We got ourselves a tough guy, don't we?" He walked up to Sasuke. "You think you're a tough guy, do you?"
"I'll say it one more time." He said, as he put his hand on the hilt of his sword. "Get out of my way."
He got way up in Sasuke's face and grinned. "Whaddya gonna do? Cut me with your sword?"
That entire group laughed, and that pushed Sasuke over the edge. He didn't have time for this nonsense, so to get rid of them quickly, he activated the first level of his Cursed Seal of Heaven.
At least, he tried to.
What's going on here? He thought. Why can't I activate the cursed seal? Whatever it was that was affecting his chakra, was also affecting the mark, and that left him, not only, without Orochimaru's power, but without ninjutsu, genjutsu, and the power of his Kekkei Genkai, the Sharingan. But, it still didn't stop him from thinking he could beat these guys, easily. Oh well, like I even need that to handle these guys. He figured he didn't need it. He had the taijutsu of his family, the academy, and of Orochimaru. He would win easily…
Or so he thought.
"GET 'EM!" Their boss yelled, and before Sasuke could react, they were about to bear down on him. With a few moves from his taijutsu set, he took down three of them, but then he was hit from behind, and the remaining seven proceeded to stomp him straight into the ground. They kicked him in the ribs and the abdomen, until he started coughing up blood, then they went to work on his arms and legs, until his left arm and right leg were broken. He screamed to the heavens in pain. What was going on? This wasn't supposed to happen to him! He's was an Uchiha, an elite! How were these common thugs taking care of him so easily? And just when he thought it couldn't get worse, one of them picked up his sword, and passed it over to the leader.
"You know," he said, "it's been illegal to carry swords in Japan for the past 200 years." He, then, pointed the sword down towards Sasuke's heart. "Oh well, I guess we gotta teach you a lesson about the law, now don't we?" He began to thrust the blade straight down towards Sasuke, as the last, true Uchiha waited for death.
It can't end here, he thought. Not like this!
And for him… it didn't.
Suddenly, out of nowhere, a figure leaped out and kicked the leader in the face, knocking him into a nearby fence. The rest of the gang immediately attacked the one who offended their leader, but they were taken down with ease. Suddenly, the leader got up, still clutching Sasuke's sword. "Just who do you think you are, attacking me like that? You know who you're messing with?" The figure didn't answer. "Well fine, I'LL TEACH YOU SOME MANNERS!" He ran towards the figure, with the sword, with the attempt to kill the person, but the attack was dodged and the figure began to attack him back, and, then, thrust kick the leader of the gang, straight in the chin, knocking him out and into another fence. The figure, then, began to walk over to Sasuke.
"Y-you…" Sasuke said, before he lost consciousness.
Meanwhile, in Otokagure, Kurotsuchi looked at Jiraiya, like he had gone insane. "I'm sorry, I must be losing my mind." Mayuri said. "Did you just say 'red dawn'?"
Jiraiya raised an eyebrow. "What the hell are you talking about?"
"You said Akatsuki, as in red dawn. What the hell does that even mean, mascara man?"
Jiraiya shook his head. "No, you moron. Akatsuki is-"
Kurotsuchi's phone rang again. It was Ukitake, again. "What do you want, Captain Ukitake?"
"You hung up on me. I was just wondering what was going on." He replied. "You're on speaker, by the way, so the whole room can hear what the situation is."
Mayuri growled. "Okay, fine. The old man was about to tell me who was it who went through the gate." He looked at Jiraiya. "You might as well get it over with, old man."
Jiraiya protested. "I'm not old, clown face."
"Heh, could've fooled me…"
Jiraiya rolled his eyes. "Anyways, Kurotsuchi's machine ha-"
"Machine?" Kurotsuchi interrupted. "This isn't a machine. It's an invention, you dolt!" Everyone listening on speaker, sweatdropped.
He sighed. "Fine. His INVENTION has picked up the source of the rift and how it was caused. It was determined that Orochimaru used, yet another, forbidden jutsu, to open up a rift into, what the Shinigami call "Hueco Mundo"." With Orochimaru, aside a group of Sound ninja, Kabuto Yakushi, his right-hand man, and Sasuke Uchiha, traitor to Konohagakure, had went through the rift."
Tsunade sighed. "Why am I not surprised?"
Kyoraku raised his eyebrow. "Who's Orochimaru?"
"Orochimaru is an S-Class ninja, who was formerly, a member of Konoha, before he betrayed the village, after he wasn't suggested to become the fourth Hokage, and lost the chance." Tsunade summed up. "His goal is to obtain all knowledge of jutsu, and use it to take over the Fire Country, and the rest of the world."
"You don't think he might go to team-up with Aizen, do you?" Ukitake said to Kyoraku.
"Who knows." Shunsui replied. "According to the information we got from Captain Hitsugaya, it's possible that he may already have, with the attacks here and in Karakura Town."
"Is this Aizen guy powerful?" Shikamaru piped in.
Ichigo nodded. "Yeah, he is. He's pretty strong. And pretty dangerous."
"He used to be the captain of the 5th division, until he went rogue," Nanao Ise added, "along with two other captains, Gin Ichimaru, formerly of the 3rd division and Kaname Tosen, formerly of the 9th division."
"Not good…" Sakura said. "Not good at all."
"There's more." Jiraiya said. "A few hours after Snake Bastard and his gang went in, some more people followed in."
The ninja in the Hokage's office gulped. They had a bad feeling about this. "Do we want to know who?" Kakashi replied. "I hope it's not who you're thinking about, is it?"
"Yep. Them." Jiraiya replied. "Akatsuki." Murmurs of sarcastic "great" reigned in from the ninja in the room.
"Um, can you tell us who Akatsuki is, so us Shinigami can crap ourselves, also?" Kyoraku asked, cynically.
"Akatsuki is a criminal organization of S-Class missing-nin," Jiraiya said, "and is the most wanted group in all of the shinobi world. Their main goal is to collect all of the tailed beasts for their plan of world domination."
"S-Class?" Nanao said. "What's S-Class?"
"S-Class is the designation that we give extremely high powered missing-nin." Tsunade explained, as she tossed Kyoraku a copy of the Bingo Book. "As you can see, they're extremely dangerous, and should be approached with caution."
"And these guys entered a portal, that took them where?" Shunsui asked, as he handed the book to Nanao.
"Let me check that out, give me a few seconds." Kurotsuchi replied. He checked the data, to see where it was that Akatsuki went, and… "Huh… this isn't good."
"What does it say, Captain Kurotsuchi?" Ukitake asked.
"It appears that Akatsuki, that group of S-Class criminals, did not end up in Hueco Mundo, or Karakura Town." He replied, in surprising worry. "Instead, they ended up in… Soul Society." Ukitake, Kyoraku, and Nanao couldn't believe what they were hearing! These dangerous criminals, who were threatening to rule the shinobi world, were now a bunch of ryoka, in their home? This was bad, really bad. With them in the Leaf Village, and Hitsugaya and his team in Karakura Town, and the fact that the Senkaimon were locked down from the Soul Society side, what was going to happen?
Meanwhile, at Los Noches, in Hueco Mundo, Orochimaru was talking with Aizen and Gin.
"Amazing," Aizen said, "you have a technique that allows you to raise the dead, and puts them under your control."
"You ninjas are amazing." Gin added. Suddenly, someone came in and went over to Gin and Aizen, whispered something to them, and then left. "Well now. This is interesting."
"Oh?" The rogue Sannin, Orochimaru, went. "What's interesting?"
"It seems that some others from your dimension have infiltrated the Soul Society." Aizen said.
That somewhat confused Orochimaru. "Others?" he said. "What others?"
"They, apparently, came through a gate, like you and yours did. A bunch of guys, ninjas, wearing black capes, with red clouds on them." Gin replied, leading to Orochimaru freezing up, like he was shot. "Sound familiar? Friends of yours?"
"Damn it." He replied. "The Akatsuki."
Aizen and Gin looked at each other, and then, him. "The who?"
Orochimaru explained who they are, and Aizen gave thought about it for a minute. "So, what you're saying is, is that these guys are strong?"
"Yes, very strong." He replied.
"And that they're dangerous?"
Orochimaru raised an eyebrow. "Very dangerous. What are you getting at?"
Aizen thought about it again. "You know, I think we should leave them alone. Let them run rampant through the Seiretei. It'll make what we wish to accomplish much easier to do."
"You know, I didn't think about that. Let our enemies destroy each other, while we work on the Leaf and Karakura! Genius!"
"Y'know, speaking of which," Gin chimed in, "we should start planning that, don'tcha know."
"I've got Sasuke in Karakura. He'll take care of your issue, swiftly." Orochimaru replied.
"Sasuke knows when to return, right?" Gin asked. Orochimaru looked at him. "I mean, you guys know that chakra has no effect in the living world, correct?"
Orochimaru turned pale…er, paler. "Uh-oh…"
Meanwhile, at the gates of the Seiretei, in Soul Society…
Jidambo, the giant guardian of the Seiretei gates, laid in pain. He had never been hit with such an attack! He wasn't sure what just happened, but a bunch of people, apparently ryoka, had just approached the gates, demanding to be let in, claiming they were coming to take over. Jidambo just laughed. "You people must be crazy!" He had said to them. "There's no way you punks are even gonna in here, let alone take over the Soul Society!"
"Do NOT underestimate us." Said the one with the strange red eyes, with black markings, as pupils. "You have no idea who you're dealing with."
"Yeah," said the one who resembled a shark. "So, outta the way!"
He laughed, thinking they were fools. "Alright, I think I'll humor you. Do your worst!"
The red-eyed one looked at him. "Very well." Suddenly, the world went black for Jidambo. He noticed that he was hanging from a wooden cross.
"WHAT'S GOING ON HERE?" He yelled. Suddenly, the one with the red-eyes appeared.
"You are in the world of Tsukiyomi. I control the time. I control the space." He drew a sword. "You will be stabbed, with this sword, for the next 72 hours." He, then, proceeded to stab him. Jidambo winced, in pain, as he was constantly stabbed. Suddenly, everything went dark, and then back to the way he was, but, he saw himself hanging from the cross. "You are in the world of Tsukiyomi. I control the time. I control the space. One minute has passed. You have 71 hours and 59 minutes remaining."
"Im-Impossible!" Jidambo exclaimed. It had to be, at least, 24 hours since he was first stabbed. He continued to be stabbed. He, then, blacked out, and woke back up again. This time, there were more of him on the wooden cross, and more of the strange man, with the red eyes.
"Are you surprised. Remember, I control the time and space." He said. "Another minute has passed. You have 71 hours and 58 minutes remaining."
Back in the normal world, the people with the black cloaks were all standing out there, looking at Jidambo. "Let's go in." Itachi Uchiha said. "We've nothing to worry about." The Akatsuki walked into the Seiretei, not knowing what they would be getting into…
And after an extremely, EXTREMELY, long wait, Chapter 9 is DONE! So, what will happen next? What is the plan of the Akatsuki? Do they REALLY intend to take over the Soul Society? What are the plans of Aizen and Orochimaru? Just how do they plan on destroying Konoha and Karakura? And who rescued Sasuke, and why? Was it a good Samaritan? Or someone else? Chapter 10 is in the works, and I promise, it won't take as long! Until next time, read and review, please! Thanks for sticking so long with this! Peace!