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anatamous: Sasuke is not a match for Naruto, not yet. Remember that power levels will not always guarantee the winner of the battle, and Naruto with his intellect may be stronger than numbers represent. As for understanding the elements; you are correct when you say that wind is weak against fire. But, if the wind jutsu is much stronger, it will overpower a fire jutsu. Just like if a grand fireball is used against a smaller water jutsu, the fire will overcome. And for overpowering Naruto, I don't think so. He has a long way to go before he is even near Nagato's level, which is unknown. The power scales will change once the Naruto, Sasuke and Hinata become stronger. 500+ will no longer exist and I will change the number to what is the exact level is. Naruto has little to improve now and the best he can do for now is tens of points. In order to get past level 300 or 400, Naruto will have to have experience or mastery of other elements, which he does not have now. Naruto excels in what he does, and he has nearly mastered everything that has been presented to him so far. He will not learn much more from Konoha for now, and he will no longer be increasing so much.
P5yCH0: The beginning of last chapter was just me showing everyone a glimpse of what was to happen, so that tension would build up until they reached that part.
For confusion with the Triforce symbol: It's nothing more than a symbol, just like the Sharingan symbol on the back of Sasuke's neck. How and why he has the seal on his right hand will be described in this chapter.
Regarding crossing-over the Akatsuki members: I think that having enemies that we already know, such as Sub-Zero, is better than me creating many original characters. Every power that Sub-Zero has can be explained in the Naruto world, and I will explain it. Original characters that won't be explained every chapter would be easy to forget. But the enemies of Akatsuki won't be the main characters in the story, so you don't really have to worry that much about the cross-over.
Important Notice: I am going to be changing the types of Bijuu that are in the story. Don't be surprised if I replace the two-tailed cat demon or something, because I think that there are cooler animals than a cat. I understand that the demon choices may be symbolic or something, but I won't be including that in my story.
Kyuubi's Dialogue = BOLD CAPS
Disclaimer: I don't own Naruto
The Second Born
Chapter 5: Revelations and New Friends
When Sasuke finally came too, he was unfortunate to find that he had an immense headache. He shook his head as memories of the fight last night came flooding back to him. Hinata…
He saw it, with is own Sharingan eyes. Hinata was dead. He could see that her vital signs had stopped as well as her heart. He remembered the look on Naruto's face when he was holding their friend in his hands, crying for her death.
That's when he snapped.
He could remember the feeling of anger swelling through him. At firsts he thought that it was a righteous anger upon seeing the death of his friend, but the hatred just kept on coming and soon he had lost control of his body. Just like Itachi had warned him of.
But Sasuke had failed his brother. He had let the anger consume him, thinking that it would take the pain away.
And that was all he could really remember. Everything else was like watching a movie instead of actually being there. He could feel so unsatisfied after killing the two Jonin and he had wanted more. That's when Naruto came into view. He had thought about attacking his friend out of anger, but Naruto had an unmatched power and he ended the fight rather quickly.
Sasuke shook his head once more as he stood up and looked at his surroundings. He was in the middle of what seemed like an endless lake of perfectly clear, perfectly still water. But, he seemed to be standing on top of the water without needing the use of chakra. The echoes of water being treaded on echoed loudly and eerily in this area, if Sasuke could call it an area. Light gray skies cloaked the abyss with a dreadful feeling of emptiness. He walked over to a rock standing out in the middle of the lake, finding no sign of a way out of the place. No door. Sasuke checked the rock for some way out of this place, or a switch or anything! His hope dies when his search is in vain. Worse, a horrible dread flows over him.
I'm stuck here. In this… this… emptiness.
There was one tree in the center of this endless lake that flowed past the horizon. Desperate, Sasuke ran over to look at the only other object he could see besides water.
There was nothing special; it was just a tree. Where am I…?
Sasuke walked forward a little bit further, looking for a way out of this endless abyss. Had he died? Had Naruto killed him? Suddenly, Sasuke looked down at the clear water he was standing on.
Looking right back up at Sasuke was the clearest reflection that Sasuke could possibly imagine. Every detail in the reflection was perfect. Everything but…
His reflection was smirking at him.
As Sasuke puzzled over the reflection longer, he noticed a change in his image.
His reflection had the Kagai Mangekyou activated.
Suddenly, the reflection disappeared, and Sasuke looked around for a moment, puzzled at what happened.
"Fear…Begin…to fear me…"
Sasuke felt chills go down his spine upon hearing the mysterious and chilly voice behind him. He snapped around to see who had appeared behind him, only to see…himself.
Sasuke stared in horror as he looked upon the perfect image of himself, leaning against the tree that he was just looking at. His reflection! It had to be his reflection that had just disappeared! The dark Sasuke stepped out of the shadows of the tree and into the light where the real Sasuke could now see him.
The imposter was nothing more than a clear silhouette of shifting water which looked exactly like Sasuke, though the same color as the water in the lake. The eyes of the clear silhouette still contained the Kagai Mangekyou, which frightened Sasuke.
"W-Who…are you?" Sasuke finally asked, wary of standing close to this figure.
The dark Sasuke laughed in the same voice as Sasuke, yet it sounded so…cold and evil…that Sasuke could barely recognize that it was his voice.
"I am the Kagai Mangekyou, in the form of yourself…in the form of your dark side; I am all of the evil that you are not. And. I. Will. Kill. You." he claimed in such an evil voice that Sasuke began to doubt his own power. The Kagai Mangekyou continued.
"If you defeat me, then you will return to your consciousness, but when I kill you, I will take over. And when I do, I will destroy everyone close to you, and then I will conquer the world. Not even the Evil King will be able to stop me when I gain full power! Hakoda was a fool for not letting me take control of him; for in the end he failed to kill the Evil King like I could have!"
Sasuke eyes widened as he realized who the Kagai Mangekyou was talking about. Hakoda Uchiha, the first person to posses the Sharingan and the Kagai Mangekyou. But then, who is the Evil King?
Sasuke suddenly remembered what Itachi had warned him of. He pulled out his katana as he prepared to fight his dark self.
"I will not allow you to take control and kill my precious people."
The Kagai Mangekyou laughed as he pulled out the same katana that Sasuke had.
"So you won't come quietly. Very well."
The Hokage sat behind his desk as he thought about all of the problems that had come to him. He had learned last night by Hiashi that there were three Cloud ninjas found dead and Naruto, Hinata and Sasuke were found unconscious near them.
An assassination attempt.
Sarutobi cursed to himself as he realized what this meant. By the village of Cloud trying to kidnap or assassinate three of his Academy students, they were on grounds to start a war.
He had to handle this situation very carefully. What was the Raikage thinking?!
He frowned as he took a puff on his pipe as he thought about the conditions the three children were in now. Young Hinata was currently resting in the Hyuuga compound, recovering from the traumatic situation. Naruto was resting unconscious in the hospital, seemingly fine. Sasuke was…
Sarutobi dropped his pipe in surprise as that same damn Chunin messenger barged into his office. He cursed to himself again.
"What is it?!" he yelled at the Chunin who was once more panting for breath.
"Sir, Sasuke…" he said through panting breaths. "He's dying!"
The Hokage's eyes rose up as he charged to the hospital.
Hospital, Sasuke's Room
When the Hokage entered the hospital room, he saw several doctors crowded around the young Uchiha, frantically checking to see what the problem is.
"We have no idea of what's going on!" one of them explained. "All of his vital signs seemed fine! He seems to be having and internal battle of some sort which is causing him to die. I don't think that there is anything we can do to help him!"
The Hokage nodded gravely as he watched Sasuke struggle in his bed, tossing about clearly in pain.
What is that boy going through…?
The Kagai Mangekyou laughed at the bleeding Sasuke who was lying in front of him. "You were foolish to think that you could challenge me. When Hakoda battled with me he was much older with more experience. You are nothing but a child."
Sasuke didn't lose hope at his shadows words. He had to overcome the Mangekyou! It wasn't impossible! He had noticed that all of the imposters moves where exactly the same as his, and slightly better. He had to adjust and find a new fighting style. But how?
Sasuke slowly and painfully stood up as he glared at his mocking opponent. He lifted up his katana which now felt as if it weighed twice as much as it was supposed to. He charged at the Mangekyou and raised is sword to plunge it in its heart…
…only to be slashed horizontally across the chest. Sasuke screamed and fell backwards as pain surged through his entire body. The pain was unimaginable, like he had never felt before. His vision became blurred and he dropped his katana to his side and he lay on his back.
The Kagai Mangekyou walked slowly forward to Sasuke, laughing while he came. "So, in the end, after all that talk that you would defeat me and protect your friends, you were easily defeated without even landing a blow on me. Pathetic. I don't think anyone will miss you when I take over and kill your friends."
The dark Sasuke raised its katana above its head as it smirked and was finally prepared to go to the outside world.
Sasuke stared up in horror at the blade that was about to claim his life. Suddenly, standing next to the clear silhouette appeared Naruto, Hinata and Kakashi, all looking at him with sorrow and disappointment in their faces. No…this can't be how it ends! I have to protect my friends; I can't let this evil eye take over. No!!!
The Kagai Mangekyou thrust the katana down, put it didn't reach its target. Sasuke, with his hand covered in chakra, had clutched the blade which was hovering an inch away from his chest. The dark Sasuke's eyes widened in fear as it tried to push the blade further and kill Sasuke, but Sasuke had an iron will.
"You. Will. Not. Touch. My. Friends!!!" he screamed out, with the killer look in his eyes. Blood dripped down from his hand as he still held his enemies blade. The Kagai Mangekyou realized that it was in danger and stopped pushing down on the sword, but it was too late.
Sasuke grabbed his katana lying next to him and quickly thrust it up into the clear chest of the Kagai Mangekyou. The evil impersonator backed of clutching his chest, staring at its wound. After a few moments, it shifted its head up and looked at Sasuke.
"We will meet again, and when we do, don't expect to be underestimated."
With that, the Mangekyou dispersed like a water clone and it fell into the lake beneath it.
Sasuke looked down and sighed in relief when he saw that his reflection in the water returned to normal. He shuddered to himself as the endless abyss faded around him and he felt himself coming to. He wouldn't be looking at a mirror any time soon.
Hospital, Sasuke's Room
Sasuke awoke with a scream as he sat up in bed, breathing heavily. When he finally settled down, he looked at his surroundings. He was clearly in a hospital with nurses and the Hokage was in the room as well.
That…was too close…I won't be looking forward to the next time I use the Mangekyou…
He barely paid attention as the Hokage began to speak to him.
"Sasuke," he said, clearly relieved, "it is good to know that you are okay now. It seems that your vital signs are returning to normal. Just a moment ago, we thought that you wouldn't make it."
Sasuke nodded. That was probably when the Mangekyou slashed him across his chest. He checked his body, and he was relieved to find that there wasn't a slash mark across his chest. Suddenly, he felt a pain in his eyes and he clutched them as he screamed out in the hospital, causing the nurses to run to him again and the Hokage to begin to worry.
After about thirty seconds of screaming, Sasuke opened his eyes with his Sharingan activated. He shooed the nurses away and asked them to leave the room.
He turned to the Hokage and said,
"Hokage-sama, how many tomoes do I have in each of my eyes?"
The Hokage looked closely for a moment and said, "There are two, Sasuke."
The young Uchiha sighed a breath of release. It was all true. Even that his Sharingan would upgrade to level two. Sasuke could see the difference in his vision upon activating his eyes. He could…predict…every movement that the Hokage made in his chair, just by watching him with is knew eyes. The scroll had told him before that…
The Kagai Mangekyou will also enhance the users normal Sharingan, making the users level two Sharingan just as powerful as a normal Uchiha's level three Sharingan.
So now he had the equivalent to a level three Sharingan. Sasuke allowed himself to smirk as he imagined the look on Naruto's face when the blondie found out that Sasuke could predict his every move. Even Hinata and her Jyuuken would be…
Sasuke cursed to himself as he was reminded that Hinata had…died last night. Tears began to swell in his eyes as the emotional pain hit him for the first time. The Hokage sensed what the boy was thinking about, so to comfort him he had said,
"Sasuke, it is a relief to find out that you are no longer in a critical condition. Out of your two friends, we feared for your life the most. Rest assured that Hinata is fine, and that Naruto should heal in a matter of days.
Sarutobi chuckled to himself as he felt a wave of déjà vu pass over him while Sasuke jumped out to window to the Hyuuga mansion.
Days Later, Ramen Stand, Morning
Sasuke and Hinata were currently eating ramen together at Ichiraku's and enjoying the morning. Sasuke couldn't believe how relieved he was to see Hinata all right. He guessed that the saying 'you never know what you've got 'till it's gone' is completely true. He wondered how much more Naruto would react when he saw Hinata.
"Yo," Kakashi greeted as he walked up and sat next to the two. He had been there for Hinata to counsel her the day after she was attacked. Anko had visited as well from time to time, though just because she wanted to make sure her 'student' was okay. Kakashi smirked beneath his mask as he realized that Anko was bonding with the children as well.
Ichiraku leaned over the wooden counter as he greeted his new customer. "Kakashi! It's good to see you here! What will you be having?" he kindly asked the lazy Jonin. Ichiraku had always been a friendly store owner and chef, who got to know his customers on a personal basis. It was not hard to know Kakashi because he was there at the stand every other day with Naruto and his friends.
"Oh, I'll just have some water, please," Kakashi responded, pulling out his newest edition of Make-Out Paradise. Man, did he love Jiraiya for updating his series so quickly!
After a few moments of comfortable silence, Kakashi decided that it was time for the group to get back to their normal attitude, even though Naruto wasn't there. Sasuke had his normal attitude, which was surprisingly friendly and cool, but Hinata had been extremely depressed and miserable these past few days because Naruto had been in the hospital. Kakashi decided that he needed to make the girl blush a little more because Naruto wasn't there to do it. He nudged Sasuke in the side so the young boy would catch his game.
"So Hinata," Kakashi began, earning himself the attention of the quiet girl had been remaining silent. "When do you plan to ask Naruto out on a date? Right when he wakes up? Or are you going to kiss your hero for saving your life?"
Hinata choked on the noodles that she had been slurping on and it took several moments for the young girl to respond. While she was recovering and blushing, Sasuke asked Kakashi,
"Kakashi-sensei, why would Hinata want to ask Naruto on a date?"
Kakashi stopped his game for a moment as he stared at Sasuke with his one eye. Sasuke was utterly confused. Kakashi continued to stare at Sasuke, for even longer, waiting for a 'wink' or something.
Either the young Uchiha was the best actor ever, or he was just as dense as Naruto at romantics. Kakashi deeply sighed to himself when he concluded that Sasuke was serious. Technically, it wasn't his fault for being dense. He had no older brother or family to teach him about girls and stuff, like the 'father – son' talk or the 'birds and the bees' talk, and he couldn't get any information out of his friends because Naruto was Sasuke's only other good friend who was male, and getting information out of Naruto concerning romantics was like interrogating a tree.
"Because she has a crush on Naruto…" he explained, still at a loss for how stupid Sasuke could be.
Both Sasuke and Hinata gasped.
Hinata, being ever the innocent one, didn't think that anyone knew about her 'secret' crush on Naruto. How did he figure it out?!?!
Sasuke was stumped that Hinata liked Naruto. Suddenly, it all clicked for him.
"So that's why she blushes around Naruto?!?!" Sasuke discovered, looking at Hinata who was now extremely blushing. The world began to make sense to Sasuke as he solved one of its biggest mysteries.
"I can't wait to tell Naruto! He and I have been trying to figure out why you've been blushing around Naruto ever since we met you! He and thought that you were allergic to him or something!"
Hinata waved both of her hands in front of Sasuke's face.
"No!! You can't tell Naruto-kun!!" she desperately yelled, trying to persuade one of her best friends that telling Naruto wouldn't be a good thing.
Sasuke, again, was confused. "Well, if you like him, then why wouldn't you want to tell him? He'll never know that you like him!"
Kakashi chuckled as he reached over and patted Hinata's head, which had recently become in Hinata's top three pet peeves. Why does he always pat my hair?!?!
"Sasuke, Sasuke, oh naïve little Sasuke," Kakashi explained, sharing some of his sagely wisdom. "Girls your age won't tell anybody about their crushes, because they're all too shy about it, early on in their lives. But by the time they all reach the age of twelve, they'll be all over the cool guys. Just you wait! You and Naruto will be the envy of all the boys in your class, because all the girls like you!"
Sasuke looked confused again.
"But, I don't think any of the girls in our class like us!" he responded.
Kakashi sighed once more. Sasuke really needed to get with the program. "Just like you didn't think that Hinata is infatuated with Naruto?" he questioned, silencing the boy.
Kakashi took out a book from his ninja pouch. Make-Out Paradise, book one titled "Getting to Know Girls". He always kept it on him, just in case he needed to look something up for detail. This was Jiraiya's first novel of the series and it tells about a boy who goes through every type of girl problem there is. Jiraiya, debatably the smartest man in the world, uncovered all of the deepest secrets of girls after years of research and studying. He had instantly become famous when he sold the book around in Konoha, as 98% of the male adult populace of Konoha had bought the man's book.
"Here you go Sasuke, I think you're ready to read this," he said, handing over his precious book to the eight-year-old Sasuke, who treated it like it was worth millions. This is one of the books that sensei is always reading!!
"This book covers everything, from school-girl crushes, like Hinata has, and on to love and marriage, like Hinata wants."
Sasuke chuckled as he put the book somewhere in his crimson tunic, smirking to himself. Now he would uncover even more secrets! He turned to Hinata to share his excitement…
Only to find that she was on the ground, unconscious.
"Kakashi-sensei, why does Hinata pass out?"
Kakashi chuckled to himself. "Read the book and all of your questions will be answered, my boy."
Later, Park, Morning
Hinata woke up and looked around her. She was on a bench in the park, sitting next to Sasuke who seemed completely enwrapped in the book Kakashi gave him.
"Kakashi-sensei, what's 'making love'?" the Uchiha asked his wise sensei.
Hinata's madly blushed at the question. She, being a girl, and more mature than her two friends, knew some of these terms. Her mother had told her some of these types of things before she died, because Hinata had asked her mother how Hanabi was made. Interesting conversation. Well at least Hinata knew what the 'birds and the bees' were about, though some things were still pretty cloudy.
Kakashi smiled and responded, "The strongest and ultimate form of love that two people can have. Think about it like your Sharingan. Level one of the Sharingan would be like…Hinata dating Naruto. Level two might be like a serious relationship or something. Level three would be marriage. And then, the Mangekyou would be like Hinata making love to Naruto!"
Sasuke nodded as he continued reading. He heard a slight thump and he turned and saw that Hinata, once more, was unconscious on the ground.
It's all making sense to me now…
The three were now walking together to the hospital to go and visit Naruto and see whether or not he was awake yet. Hinata had once more recovered from passing out in the park, and was walking silently behind Sasuke and Kakashi.
When they reached the hospital, Kakashi walked up to the main desk and began to ask where Naruto's room was. Sasuke meanwhile was leaning against the wall and reading his newest book with complete and total interest. When doctors and visitors were walking by, they had to double-take at the young Uchiha who was beginning to look so much like the Copy-Nin. First the mask, now the book; people were beginning to wonder whether he and Naruto would start to where eye-patches and dye their hair silver!
Hinata walked up to Sasuke, who was still enwrapped in his book, and asked him,
"Ano…do you think that Naruto-kun will be o-okay when we see him?"
Sasuke continued to stare at his book, on chapter two already.
When a girl comes and begins to talk to you about something completely boring, fear not! For this is a fool-proof method of how to let her think that you are listening, but you are actually not!
Sasuke nodded as he thought about Ino. This book was pure gold!!
If the tone in the woman's voice is pleading, say: "I think that everything will turn out alright."
"I think that everything will turn out alright," Sasuke responded out loud, practicing the books advice to see if it would really work. He had no idea of what Hinata had just asked him, but her voice sounded somewhat desperate.
Hinata nodded her head, "I think so too! Naruto-kun will be alright!"
Sasuke smirked as he flipped the page.
Naruto's Hospital Room
When the three entered Naruto's room, Hinata ran over to his side to make sure that everything was okay with him. He seemed not to be wounded, which was good. Hinata was surprised to wake up with no wounds on her body several days ago. The medic-nins at the hospital must be talented…
Sasuke frowned behind his book as he saw Hinata checking Naruto for wounds. When he had woken up, he had checked to see if he himself was injured. He knew that he had been stabbed in the back with a kunai, but when he checked himself in a mirror (reluctant to see his reflection for obvious reasons) he was surprised to see that there wasn't even a scar to prove that he had been in a fight! Healing talents like that were unheard of, even from the talented medic-nins of Konoha. Sasuke concluded that it had something to do with Naruto's golden chakra flowing into him.
Hinata silently cried to herself as she looked at the unconscious form of Naruto. She blamed herself that both of her friends had to get hurt for her. The last thing that she remembered seeing that night was Naruto jumping up in the air and getting hit with a large number of shuriken and kunai that were meant for her. If she hadn't been so weak, then she would have never gotten hit in the leg with a kunai! She should've been there for her two friends when they needed her, but she wasn't.
Kakashi tried to lighten the mood in the room by once more jabbing at Hinata's nervousness.
"It seems as if Naruto is still unconscious," he said, making sure everyone heard him, "Perhaps, Hinata, you should pull down his mask and kiss Naruto, like a reverse Sleeping Beauty effect! I heard that those really work…"
Hinata immediately was brought out of her depressing thoughts as the thought of finally seeing Naruto's face…after two years!!... And kissing him…
She passed out for the third time that day as her head laid on the unconscious Naruto, with Kakashi smirking to himself. He turned to Sasuke, who was still absorbed in his book.
"Sasuke…I think I just planned out something really funny…"
Sasuke snapped his book shut and looked at the unconscious Hinata.
"I'm all ears."
"LONG BEFORE THE NINJA VILLAGES THAT YOU KNOW OF WERE CREATED, CLANS OF NINJAS WERE SCATTERED ACROSS THE PRESENT MAP. CLANS WITH POWERFUL BLOODLINES RULED OVER THE SMALLER CLANS WHO MERELY USED KENJUTSU STYLES TO FIGHT."
"Where do bloodlines come from, if this period of time was the start of clans before ninja villages?" Naruto asked, curious as he was following along.
"DO NOT INTERUPT ME!!!!" he roared, causing Naruto to flinch back as the sheer power of the Kyuubi's voice shook his entire mindscape.
"THERE ARE THREE TYPES OF BEINGS, RULED AND CREATED BY THE DIVINITIES. THERE ARE ANGELS, HUMANS, AND DEMONS."
Naruto frowned to himself as he thought about what the Kyuubi had said. Angels? The idea was preposterous! …But…then again he was staring at a demon. So if demons where real, as the Kyuubi seemed to be, then were angels real? Naruto decided to believe what the Kyuubi was saying.
"OTHER FORMS OF LIVING INCLUDE TREES TO INTELLIGENT SUMMONING ANIMALS. THE DIVINITIES MADE IT THAT THE HUMANS WERE THE WEAKER FORMS OF LIFE OUT OF THE MAIN THREE. ANGELS AND DEMONS BATTLED WITH EQUAL POWER UNTIL THEY SEPERATED THEMSELVES INTO DIFFERENT REALMS OF LIVING. THE ANGELS FLED TO THE KINGDOMS IN THE SKY AND THE DEMONS RETREATED TO THE EMPIRES OF THE UNDERWORLD.
"THE DIVINITIES, SEEING THE UNEQUAL POWER BETWEEN THE THREE FORMS OF LIFE, BREATHED A SECOND BREATH OF LIFE INTO CERTAIN HUMANS GIVING THE SELECT FEW BLOODLINE LIMITS TO HELP THEM FIGHT OFF THE DEMONS THAT REMAINED ON THE PLANET. SOON, ALL OF THE WEAKER FORMS OF DEMONS FLED TO THE UNDERWORLD AND ONLY US TAILED-BEAST REMAINED. BECAUSE OF THE DEFIANCE TO THE DIVINITIES FROM THOSE WHO HAD NOT RETREATED TO THE UNDERWORLD, THE GODS EVENTUALLY GAVE ONE MEMBER OF A CLAN THE POWER TO OVERCOME ALL OF US. YOU WILL KNOW THAT MAN AS THE FIRST HOKAGE, WHO WAS GIVEN THE BLOODLINE LIMIT OF WOOD STYLE JUTSUS.
"BEFORE THIS HAPPENED, THERE WERE THREE BLOODLINE LIMITS THAT ROSE ABOVE ALL. THE LEGENDARY DOUJUTSUS IN THEIR PUREST FORMS: THE TENRAI RINNEGAN, THE KAGAI MANGEKYOU SHARINGAN, AND THE SHINSEI BYAKUGAN, ALL BALANCING EACH OTHER OUT IN POWER.
"HOWEVER, AN EVIL KING BEGAN TO RISE AND HE STOLE A NEW POWER. USING HIS NEW ABILITIES WHICH HE SOMEHOW ACHIEVED, HE SPREAD HIS HATRED ACROSS THE LAND AND HE SINGLE HANDEDLY STARTED THE FIRST GREAT SHINOBI WAR, CAUSING ALL OF THE CLANS TO FIGHT EACH OTHER IN THE NAME OF GOOD AND EVIL.
"GYATSO NAMIKAZE, THE MAN THAT WAS GIVEN THE RINNEGAN, QUICKLY BEFRIENDED THE UCHIHA AND HYUUGA IN HOPES THAT TOGETHER THEY COULD DEFEAT THE EVIL KING WHO HAD STOLEN AN EVEN STRONGER BLOODLINE LIMIT THAN THE THREE. I KNOW LITTLE OF THIS DARK LORD, BUT WHAT I DO KNOW IS THAT ALL OF US BIJUU COWARDED IN FEAR BEFORE THE AWESOME POWER THAT HE POSSESSED, SURPASSING EVEN OUR POWER.
"TOGETEHR, THE THREE DOUJUTSU USERS WERE ALMOST ABLE TO OVERCOME THE MIGHT OF THE EVIL KING, BUT IN THE END THEY WERE NOT ABLE TO KILL THE MAN. GYATSO, REALIZING THAT THEY HAD FAILED AND THAT SOON THE WORLD WOULD BE RULED IN EVIL, GAVE HIS LIFE AND USING THE LEGENDARY BLADE WHICH HE CREATED; HE SEALED THE EVIL KING INTO AN ENDLESS ABYSS WITH THE NEW POWER THAT THE DIVINITES HAD GIVEN HIM, THE POWER OF THE TRIFORCE. HOWEVER, HE KNEW THAT ONE DAY THE KING WOULD RETURN TO CLAIM HIS THRONE ONCE MORE.
Naruto wondered how all of this connected to him, but he decided to remain silent and listen further to the history lessons which he never heard before.
"GYATSO HAD ONE SON, AND THROUGH HIM SPREAD THE BLOODLINE LIMIT OF THE NAMIKAZE. HAKODA AND KYOSHI DID SIMILAR.
"THE TWO REMAINING LEGENDS WERE CURIOUS AS TO WHY GYATSO'S SON DIDN'T HAVE THE LEGENDARY TRIFORCE ON THE BACK OF HIS HAND, LIKE GYATSO DID. THEY WERE ALSO CURIOUS AS TO WHY THEIR OWN CHILDREN DIDN'T POSSESS THE SEALS OF POWER THAT WERE ON THEMSELVES: THE SHARIGAN SEAL ON THE BACK OF HAKODA'S NECK, AND THE ALL SEEING EYE SEAL ON KYOSHI'S FOREHEAD.
"MANY YEARS LATER, JUST BEFORE THE FORMING OF THE NINJA VILLAGES, THE EVIL KING RETURNED, JUST AS GYATSO HAD FORSEEN. THE VENGEFUL KING RETURNED EVEN STRONGER THAN BEFORE AND ALL HOPE WAS LOST AS HE STARTED THE SECOND SHINOBI WAR ALLYING HIMSELF WITH EVIL CLANS. THERE WAS NO HOPE FOR GOOD TO OVERCOME EVIL, UNTIL ANOTHER HERO APPEARED SEEMINGLY FROM NO WHERE FROM THE NAMIKAZE CLAN WITH THE POWER THAT GYATSO HAD. THE YOUNG MAN QUICKLY MASTERED ALL OF THE ELEMENTS AND WITH THE POWER OF THE GOD GIVEN TRIFORCE AS WELL AS HIS TENRAI RINNEGAN AND THE LEGENDARY SWORD THAT GYATSO HIMSELF HAD USED, HE SINGLE HANDEDLY FACED THE EVIL KING IN MORTAL COMBAT.
"BUT IT WAS TOO LATE, FOR THE EVIL KING'S POWER HAD GROWN TOO STRONG AND THE NAMIKAZE REALIZED THAT EVEN WITH HIS TENRAI RINNEGAN AND THE LEGENDARY SWORD, HE COULD NOT DEFEAT THE DARK LORD. HE HAD FAILED, JUST LIKE THE THREE LEGENDS BEFORE HIM AND IN THE END ALL HE COULD DO WAS SACRIFICE HIS LIFE AND SEAL THE EVIL KING USING THE MASTER OF ALL SWORDS WHICH GYATSO HAD USED BEFORE HIM, KNOWING THAT THE EVIL KING WOULD RETURN ONCE MORE, EVEN MORE POWERFUL THAN BEFORE.
"AND TRUE TO HIS WORD, THE EVIL KING HAS FINALLY RETURNED AND IS SLOWLY GAINING HIS POWER BACK."
Naruto's eyes widened in shock as he realized what this meant. He knew that this was trouble, because the Kyuubi himself had claimed to be scared of the Evil King. Who…who would stop him this time? The Kyuubi continued with his speech, not allowing Naruto to ask any questions.
"THE SECOND NAMIKAZE TO POSSESS THE TENRAI RINNEGAN AS WELL AS THE TRIFORCE WAS NAMIKAZE RINKU. ONCE HE DIED, THE POWER OF THE TRIFORCE WENT WITH HIM. BUT ONCE AGAIN, JUST LIKE THE EVIL KING RETURNED, THE DIVINITIES HAVE CHOSEN A NEW PERSON TO WIELD THE POWER OF THE TRIFORCE AND THE TENRAI RINNEGAN. NARUTO, LOOK AT THE BACK OF YOUR RIGHT HAND."
Naruto did so and he was shocked to see that he could see the seal image of the Triforce colored in a dimmed gold on the back of his hand. The Triforce! But that meant…
"YOU, NARUTO, HAVE BEEN CHOSEN BY THE DIVINITES TO CARRY THE POWER OF THE TRIFORCE AND THE POWER OF THE TENRAI RINNEGAN. YOU HAVE BEEN CHOSEN TO DEFEAT THE EVIL KING ONCE AND FOR ALL.
"BUT YOU ARE NOT ALONE. THE ONLY WAY TO DEFEAT THE EVIL KING IS WITH THE THREE LEGENDARY EYES. NAMIKAZE RINKU HAD DISCOVERED A WAY TO DESTROY THE DARK LORD WITH THE THREE LEGENDARY EYES, BUT HE WAS NOT ABLE TO BECAUSE HE WAS ALONE WHEN HE FOUGHT THE DARK LORD.
"YOU HAVE THE TENRAI RINNEGAN; SASUKE HAS THE KAGAI MANGEKYOU…"
Naruto interrupted. "But what about the other eye, the…"
"THE SHINSEI BYAKUGAN LIES DORMANT IN YOUR FRIEND HINATA."
Naruto was filled with grief as he realized that his friend…had…
He turned his head down with tears as he shouted,
"Hinata…she's dead! I saw her with my own eyes, dead before me! They killed her!"
The Kyuubi chuckled to himself, a dark and deep chuckle that would make the average villain piss themselves in fear.
"I HAVE SAID ALL THAT I AM REQUIRED TO SAY. IT'S TIME TO WAKE UP, FOR I HAVE LOOKED OUTSIDE YOUR BODY AND I BELIEVE NOW WOULD BE QUITE THE INTERESTING TIME TO WAKE. IT IS YOUR DUTY TO MASTER ALL THE ELEMENTS, MASTER YOUR TENRAI RINNEGAN AND SAVE THE WORLD BEFORE THERE'S NO WORLD LEFT TO SAVE."
Naruto began to fade away from his mindscape as he was brought back to reality, screaming questions at the laughing Kyuubi as he came to.
Naruto's Hospital Room
Hinata woke up to find herself alone in the room lying on the unconscious Naruto. She looked around but she didn't see Sasuke or Kakashi anywhere in the room. They must have left to eat lunch and left her there so she could peacefully rest.
Her attention was quickly brought back the unconscious form of Naruto who was steadily breathing. She looked both ways once more to check and see if anyone was in the room. The window was open and it let in a nice soft breeze as Hinata remembered what Kakashi had told her.
"Perhaps, Hinata, you should pull down his mask and kiss Naruto, like a reverse Sleeping Beauty effect! I heard that those really work…"
Perhaps…Naruto-kun would wake up if she were to kiss him, just like in all of those bedtime stories that she used to read. Hinata nodded her head as she thought she might give it a try. She is an eight-year-old soon to become nine, so it's not out of her league to believe such tales. She began to blush as she inched her hand slowly towards Naruto mask, before she quickly pulled it back again.
No! I can't do this! It would be violating Naruto-kun's privacy! But…Kakashi said I could…and I really want to see his face…and he might wake up and we can spend time together again…and now would be the only time that I could kiss him…ah!!! What do I do!
Checking both ways once more, Hinata inched her hand slowly to Naruto's face as she prepared to pull his mask off.
Sasuke looked through his own expensive camera that he and Kakashi had just bought with a great view directly into Naruto's room through the open window. He could see the bed sideways, so he had the perfect view.
"Oh my God…she's actually going to do it…"
Kakashi smirked to himself as he patted Sasuke on the back. "This picture we are about to take is going to make you quite the famous photographer, Sasuke. Make sure you turn the flash off; they'll never know what hit them."
Naruto's Hospital Room
Hinata was now on the bed beside Naruto sitting on her knees. She shivered as she felt her hand touch the fabric of Naruto's white under-armor at the bridge of his nose. I can't believe that I'm actually doing this…
Blushing madly, she decided to go about the situation like a band-aid and she quickly pulled off his mask.
She nearly fell off of the bed, backwards as she gasped and looked at his face. He was…he was…
Oh my God, Naruto-kun's an angel…
Hinata quickly remembered why she fell in love with Naruto in the first place. She ran her hand across his face as she looked at his six whisker marks. She had forgotten that Naruto had them, but in a way…it made him look cute. Foxy, almost!
Blushing like she's never blushed before, Hinata willed down the urge to pass out as she realized that an opportunity like this would never come again. She slowly leaned her face down until she was about an inch away from Naruto.
She closed her eyes, held her breath, and leaned down the rest of the way until their lips connected.
Heaven…I must be in heaven…how could I have possibly imagined that kissing Naruto would feel this good?!?!
Hinata knew that she had never felt this good before in her life, and she doubted that she would ever feel this way again. If only Naruto-kun would feel this way about her; they would be able to be together no matter how young they were! If only he was awake to share her heavenly experience…
Hinata opened her eyes only to see Naruto's deep blue eyes staring back at her in surprise.
Rooftops of Konoha
"Did you save the picture?!?!" Kakashi asked his fellow partner in crime as they made a beeline to the nearest developing shop.
Sasuke smirked as he held up three copies of the same picture where Hinata was closing her eyes and kissing Naruto. While he was unconscious and closing his eyes as well, it seemed that they were both kissing each other. All Kakashi and Sasuke had to do was wait until Naruto woke up and then send the pictures everywhere so people would think that he was awake when it happened. Or maybe…maybe they could wait until the start of the Academy once more and then put them all over the classroom…yes…I'll have to wait for the perfect time…
"And now its time to copy this picture. Copy and copy and copy and copy until our wallets run dry," Kakashi said, uncharacteristically laughing like a madman.
Weeks Later, Naruto's House
Naruto woke up this morning with a lot on his mind. He had recently accepted that he and his friends were the ones who had to stop the evil that the Kyuubi said had once more come again…but that didn't make it any easier. He had decided that he wouldn't tell his two best friends or Kakashi until the end of the Academy or maybe not until after they become Chunin. He understood now why Kakashi had made them go to the Academy last year. Kakashi had made them go to the Academy because he knew that their childhoods were short and over, and he wanted them to enjoy their time in Konoha and make friends before they left. Kakashi had thought that strictly training them until they leave Konoha would mean that their adulthood would start early and they wouldn't have any time to relax.
He had also decided that he would tell his friends about the demon fox within him…later. He wondered how his friends would react or how that conversation would even go:
"Yeah, that was a pretty funny joke. By the way, did you guys know that I have the nine-tailed fox sealed within me?"
"Hinata, your food is amazing as usual! You know what else? The demon lord Kyuubi is sealed within me! Yep! I'm not kidding!
Ugh, that would be difficult. He hoped his friends would understand.
That's why Naruto wouldn't tell Hinata and Sasuke yet. He figured that he would tell Hinata of her power sometime soon, but not about all of their destinies. For how could he truly relax now that he knew that he would eventually face the Evil King and either save the world or let it fall to evil? Now that he knew that it was his destiny to save the world, just like Gyatso and Rinku, he couldn't enjoy his relaxing time nearly as much. No…he would allow his two friends to think that they would only search for the secret of their siblings for now.
Now, Naruto walked into the hallways sleepily as he headed towards the front door. He had sensed that Hinata had come through the main Namikaze entrance, so he decided to greet her. Thinking about Hinata, Naruto realized that he had been spending a lot more time with her in the past few weeks than he ever has before. It was almost like he didn't want to let her out of his sight, not that Hinata had any problems with Naruto's new attitude. Naruto thought that it was because he had felt how much it would hurt if he were to lose Hinata, which he was sure he did. Waking up that one morning in the hospital to see someone alive who thought dead…even though she was kissing him for some reason…was an amazing feeling, and Naruto had newfound appreciation for Hinata in his life. When he had first woken up, he had given her a hug, only to find her unconscious. It was such a relief to find her back again.
"G-Good morning, Naruto-kun!" Hinata kindly greeted surprised when Naruto opened the door for her. He ran out the door to her and gave her a friendly hug.
"Good morning, Hinata-chan!" he replied to the girl who was rapidly losing consciousness.
Two Months Later
The three kids had had their birthdays over the two month break, and now they were all nine-years-old and entering the second year of the Academy.
As Naruto, Sasuke and Hinata walked by, parents and fellow students from different years began mumbling about how 'those three took out three full-fledged Jonin!' Well, the rumor was true, but that didn't make anything better.
When they finally entered the room everyone fell silent and stared at the three, causing them to sigh as they walked to the back row. The whispering began, and everyone was now talking about how they killed three Jonin.
"Alright, everybody, quiet down!" Iruka said, getting the large group to fall silent rather quickly. Why don't we all share with the class the most exciting thing that happened over break. Chouji, why don't you share first?
The large boy, who curiously wasn't as fat as he was last year, 'did he lose some weight?' someone mumbled in the class, stood up in front of the class and shared,
"For the past two months I have been training really hard with my dad and I have mastered my first jutsu! Naruto, high-five!"
Chouji reached his right arm back, and when he threw it forward it stretched all the way to the back row where a smirking Naruto gave it a high-five. The class starting clapping and were amazed that Chouji was able to master one of his family clan jutsus.
"Good job, Chouji! Shikamaru, why don't you share with us something exciting that you've done this year?"
Shikamaru walked to the front of the classroom, with his hands in his pockets and when he had everyone's attention, he spoke up.
"I have also been training these past two months and I have mastered level two shadow control, out of the five levels that my clan possesses." Iruka was impressed. "Why don't you show the class then, Shikamaru?"
Shikamaru sighed as he explained. "Level one shadow control is being able to send your shadow across the ground and capture someone in the technique. Once they are captured, they will move the same way you move."
With that, he formed the rat-seal and sent his shadow to capture a pink-haired girl who was sitting in the front row.
The class laughed as Shikamaru danced around like a monkey, forcing Sakura to do the same. Naruto, from the back, shouted out,
"Shikamaru, what would happen if you were to jump out the window?!"
Shikamaru looked to his right were he indeed saw an open window, and he smirked at the idea. Iruka paled. I always keep my windows closed!! The last time my window was open…pies flew in and hit me. Oh God, I hope whoever that won't do it again!!!
Shikamaru, jogged at a fast pace, not a full out sprint, but rather close to a sprint, and vaulted out the window. Unfortunately, there was now window where Sakura jumped, so she ended up smacking into a wall, at a pretty fast pace.
The class broke into laughter again. When Shikamaru returned, the enraged Sasuke threw a dulled kunai at him which she had kept in her ninja pouch.
Shikamaru didn't flinch, and as the kunai was about to hit him…
His black shadow shot up from the floor in a straight line and the kunai bounced off of it like a rock.
Shikamaru smirked. "Level two shadow control: Being able to defend yourself with your shadow without using any hand-seals."
The students returned to the classroom after lunch, and Sakura sat embarrassed in the front row. Shino, Chouji, Shikamaru and Kiba were all walking home with Naruto's group who had invited them all to come over to his house and have lunch. Ino asked to come, thinking that she would be able to flirt with the boys, and Naruto had shrugged and allowed her to come. Hinata made sure to stand extra close to Naruto so Ino wouldn't flirt with him.
Sakura had saw the group leaving and felt rejected that she hadn't been invited, so full of anger, she had ran up to Shikamaru to give him some payback for making her run into a wall in front of the class.
"Alright guys, let's head out to my place then!" Naruto said, leading the group away. Ino happily had begun to talk to Sasuke about something or the other (the Uchiha was currently reading Kakashi's book about girls while professionally ignoring Ino) and Shino walked in the back of the group, happy to be invited.
Most people stay away from the people of the Aburame Clan, but Naruto had always been friendly to him and now he was inviting him to lunch. Shino felt…honored.
As they were about to walk out of the school grounds, (which Iruka had actually forbidden them from doing, but eventually allowed them to after realizing the Naruto would go anyway) Naruto whispered to Shikamaru.
"Hey Shikamaru, I think that pink-haired girl is following us so that she can get some revenge."
The lazy boy didn't even blink. "I might be worried, but then again, she is an extremely incompetent ninja. Even Ino is trying to learn jutsu, but I don't even think Sakura knows what a jutsu is."
True to Naruto's word, Sakura came running down the road with her fist raised high in an attempt to smash Shikamaru in the head…
Only to hit his shadow, just like the kunai did. Every time she through a punch, Shikamaru's shadow would come up and intercept her fist by forming a small shield of shadow. Aggravated, she tried punching him from different angels but the result was the same.
What pissed her off the most was that the group didn't even acknowledge that she was there! Eventually she gave up and began walking with the group.
"Fine! I forgive you Shikamaru!" she said, even though Shikamaru had not asked to be forgiven. "I guess I'll just walk with you guys to lunch then!"
Naruto stopped and turned around to Sakura, mad that she would just invite herself.
"Fine, you can come eat lunch with us if you can follow us. Come on guys."
With that, Naruto put chakra into his feet and he walked up the side of the building, with everyone following him. Everyone, after seeing Naruto's first battle with Sasuke, had asked their parents to train them more so that they could catch up. Even Ino had learned how to walk up walls using chakra.
But not Sakura. She looked up with anger and the retreating forms of the laughing group as they walked up the building. "Fine then," she shouted up to them, "I'll just go and eat my own lunch!"
With that she stormed back to the Academy.
"Can I have everyone's attention please?!" Iruka called out to the class that had just gotten back from lunch. Attention received. "I have two important announcements to make. The first one is that we have a new student attending the Academy with us today. Sai, please come in and introduce yourself to the class."
The class watched as a strange pale boy in ANBU gear (A/N: Outfit Change) minus the mask entered the room with a sword on his back. He seemed to be smiling but Naruto had the strangest idea that the boy wasn't happy.
"Hello, my name is Sai," he told the class, smiling at everybody. After several moments when he didn't continue, Iruka stepped in. "Uh…okay…you can pull up a chair and sit in the back row next to Naruto, Sasuke and Hinata."
Iruka had gotten a larger back row over the school break because he thought that it would be better to have more room for sitting in the class. Sai nodded and walked up to the 'legends' in the back. He pulled up a chair like instructed and sat next to Sasuke.
"Hello, it's nice to meet you. I presume that you are Sasuke Uchiha?" he asked, never dropping his smile. Sasuke didn't even look at him and replied by saying "Hn." He was currently reading chapter six of Make-Out Paradise. Why wouldn't he be reading the amazing book? After all, there is nothing Iruka can say that is more important than the sage Jiraiya's words of wisdom!
Naruto leaned back and his chair as he greeted Sai.
"What's up? I guess you'll be joining are little 'back row' group! You seem like a pretty cool guy, and the way you walked in here impassively sensing the chakra levels of the students was very professional. I take it that you're from ROOT, sent here to analyze the students in the class…and if that's the case, more specifically, us three."
Sasuke looked up from his book at Sai now and Hinata was well turned to look at him. Everyone else in the class was listening to Iruka talk about the changes that would be made this year.
Sai smiled on the outside but was swearing on the inside. Kuso! My act was flawless! How could he see through it?! Danzo-sama was correct when he said that this boy is truly powerful. After Danzo-sama watched Naruto's fight with Sasuke, he personally trained me harder than ever so that I could enroll in the Academy to spy on Naruto. But…what do I do now?
"Very observant, Naruto," Sai responded panicking on what he should do.
Naruto laughed and said once more, "But just cause you're sent to spy on me doesn't mean that we can't be friends! We should hang out and train, sometime! I heard that kids from ROOT were raised to be emotionless. I bet that if I can show the wonders of daily life that you wouldn't want to return to ROOT!"
Sai raised his eyebrows in shock as he pondered the question.
Iruka cleared his throat and had the strangest feeling that no one had been listening to what he just said.
"On to the second announcement," he proclaimed earning the attention of others now. "The Hokage has been impressed at how well this class performed on our exams last year! They were better than any other class in history! I'm so proud of you all!
"Anyways, the Hokage was so impressed that he is going to allow or class to take a fieldtrip!"
The class groaned. They had all been on a 'field trip' before. It involved them spending time in the nearby forests learning how to survive without food or shelter for three days. Iruka had said that they would be taking that field trip again in the fourth year of the Academy; so many children had thought that they would be doing it again.
The only people who had enjoyed the experience were Naruto, Hinata, Sasuke, Shikamaru, Chouji and Shino. Naruto was a born leader and with his crew they all had a camp set up in no time. Naruto had chosen each person to join him saying that it would be the easiest way to survive for three days.
Look! Tis a Flashback! First Year of the Academy, Forest of Konoha, Afternoon
Naruto and his chosen teammates were standing in the middle of a rather large and beautiful clearing in the forests of Konoha with a nice stream running through it.
"This place is perfect!" he said, while thinking of a plan and how to set everything up.
"You know," Sasuke recommended, "we could just sneak back to Konoha and return here in three days. Iruka would never know!"
Naruto shook his head. "It doesn't matter if he doesn't know. The point of this fieldtrip is to test our own skills of survival. We'd only be cheating ourselves," Naruto said like a true leader. Applause and tears of joy came from his audience.
"Here's the plan," Naruto began, "Sasuke, use your sword and fire jutsus to start a fire in the center of the camp site. Having a fire is vital if we want to survive!"
Sasuke nodded and headed off into the forest to collect wood.
"Hinata-chan," Naruto continued, "you and Chouji go into the forests together and collect spices and berries and such. When you return, you two can cook the meals for all of us."
The two nodded and ran out of the clearing together. Naruto knew from being friends with Chouji that the boy was a good cook and had a lot of knowledge when it came to food and how to find it in the wild. His knowledge combined with Hinata's Byakugan made the team perfect for finding food.
Naruto turned to Shikamaru. "Shikamaru, go and find a deer which Hinata and Chouji will cook for us. I'll send a clone with you to help."
Without even forming a seal, a shadow clone 'poofed' into existence next to Naruto who had his Rinnegan activated. The clone ran with Shikamaru into the woods.
"Shino, with your allies, cut down some trees and create ten large, flat and wide boards of wood so we can form a house together."
Shino nodded and with another clone of Naruto he left the clearing.
Naruto smiled at his group's teamwork and went to the stream to acquire some fresh water for everyone. He had his Rinnegan activated, as well as his clones.
Recently, Naruto had discovered something phenomenal with his clones. He already knew that all of the clone's memories travel to him once they disperse, but he had found something new as well.
If Naruto had his Rinnegan activated as well as his shadow clones, he could see everything that they could see at the same time. He could with his normal vision as well. It was…amazing. If Naruto created a clone with the Rinnegan and he and the clone stood back-to-back, he could see behind him and in front of him at the same time in a way that couldn't be described. It was almost like the Byakugan: it's impossible to describe what 360 degree vision would be like, just like it is impossible to describe how Naruto could see through his clones. Not only that, but he could share thoughts through his clones as well. Now, Naruto's clones were stronger than ever and he could use them much more efficiently. Oh, how he loved the shadow clone jutsu!
Naruto smiled to himself once he gathered all of the necessary water needed for dinner, also creating a small well of water using a small D-rank earth jutsu that Nagato had once taught him.
Afterwards, he chose the tree that he and Shino would eventually put their house in, and he leapt up and sat on one of the branches. He closed his eyes for a moment, and when he opened them, his golden Rinnegan appeared in his eyes. Pushing chakra into his eyes further, he reached out his…conscience…so to say, until he reached all of his shadow clones that he created. Naruto, as of now could only see through the eyes of two clones at the same time, but he knew that if worked on the skill, the number would slowly increase. For a moment, Naruto wondered if Nagato new about the ability to see through clones using the Rinnegan. Hm…
Naruto smiled when he reached his clones and he saw Shino with one and Shikamaru with the other. He couldn't hear what they were saying, put Naruto pushed even more of his golden Rinnegan chakra through the clones until he could hear the conversation.
Elsewhere in the Forest
The clone of Naruto who was standing with Shikamaru smirked as he felt the original Naruto's presence within himself.
"Great! So the technique works!" thought the clone of Naruto, trying to communicate with the original.
"Yep" the original responded. "It seems that we can send messages through our brains. Incredible!
The result of everyone's hard work put together was incredible. Shino and Naruto had built a house in the trees above the ground, Shikamaru and a clone of Naruto prepared the deer so that it was ready to be cooked, Chouji and Hinata cooked a delicious meal and everyone was happy.
End of Flashback
The rest of the class hadn't done so well as Naruto and his group in the forest, some even having to eat bugs, to Shino's annoyance.
Iruka could sense the disappointment in the class. "Hold on everybody, this fieldtrip won't be like the last one. For the first time in Konoha history, our class will be taking a field trip to another ally village where you will learn the differences in how our systems are set up."
The class broke into cheering as they thought about the possibilities. They could visit the Village of Grass or something!
"In one week, the Hokage has scheduled his annual meeting trip with the Kazekage to discuss certain terms. He usually goes with a group of ANBU, but not this year! In one week, we will be visiting the Suna, the Sand Village!"
The kids once more erupted into cheering. They may be going to a desert, but at least they wouldn't be in some boring classroom.
Naruto frowned as he realized the situation. Look underneath the underneath, Kakashi had always told him. What was the real reason that they were going to Suna?
Sasuke smirked as he thought about challenging some puny Sand ninja.
Hinata smiled as she imagined a field trip with Naruto-kun and Sasuke.
Sai kept his fake smile going and thought to himself: Perhaps now would be a good time to make a 'funny' image of myself, so people will find me more social and I will fit in. That is what the book said, after all.
Sai had been reading a book about how to make friends so that it would be easy to infiltrate the Academy and spy on others.
He stood up, which was the old fashion way to gain peoples attention. Everyone turned to him, to see what he had to say.
"Iruka-sensei," Sai started, still smiling. "You said that we are going on this fieldtrip because of the exceptional students in our class and how well we have progressed. Wouldn't it only be fair if the 'exceptional' students were allowed to go, rather than all of the students, even the ones who are pathetic like the pink-haired girl?"
The class brought into laughter as Sai smiled to himself. Perfect! Now I have the image of a class prankster!
Sai had known that Sakura was weak, which is why he had chosen her for the example.
"I guess I'll just walk with you guys to lunch then!"
Sai turned to look out the window as he was disrupted from painting his picture. Outside, he saw a bunch of kids his age making a commotion near the side of a building. The leader of the group seemed to be a blond-haired boy, while the person who seemed to be making the commotion was some pink-haired girl. Pink hair? Who the hell has pink hair?!
"Fine, you can come eat lunch with us if you can follow us. Come on guys."
Sai watched in amusement as the group climbed up the wall using chakra while the pink-haired girl was unable to.
End of Flashback
Sakura, full of rage, ran up to the pale boy and prepared to punch his face in.
Sai, in self defense, took out one of his paint brushes and quickly dipped it in some ink.
Sasuke's and Naruto's eyes widened. They had heard that there was a Hijutsu (secret technique) which allows the user to draw out attacks, but they had never seen it before. So this must be the power of ROOT.
When Sakura neared Sai, the smiling boy flicked his paintbrush forward and ink splattered all over Sakura's face, causing Naruto and Sasuke to sweat-drop. While the pink-haired girl screamed in horror, Sai explained to Naruto and Sasuke,
"In my study book, it said that the weak female ninja in the class care to much about their looks, which is a reason as to why they are so weak. So, this is her weak-spot."
The class laughed again, Naruto the hardest.
Iruka sighed. Looks like we have another class clown…
End of Class
"Alright everybody, make sure you sign the field trip forms! Naruto, Sasuke and Sai, you three are exempt from this of course."
The majority of the class left as Iruka reminded them about the field trip. Naruto turned to Sai.
"Sai, you don't have any parents?"
Sai continued smile and shook his head.
"Nope. Most ninjas in ROOT are orphans."
Naruto nodded his head. "So, are you going to this field trip then? It sounds pretty interesting!"
Sai nodded. It would be a good time to completely measure Naruto's and Sasuke's power and then report to Danzo. "Yes, I will."
Hinata, who had been keeping quiet, still wasn't comfortable with Sai hanging around them to spy on Naruto.
"Sai," she asked, earning the boys attention, "Why are you spying on Naruto-kun? What would ROOT do with the information?"
Sai truthfully shook his head. "I am merely following orders. I do not know what Danzo-sama will wish to do with the information I give him."
Naruto asked further. "Really? That's pretty cool! So are you like gonna tell him what my favorite food is and stuff?"
Sai once more shook his head. Why are these three so…open and accepting? I thought that once they found out about my mission, they would stay away from me! And why am I answering these questions? They're supposed to be a secret! It's like their friendly natures are luring me into a sense of protection and trust!
Sai responded, "He only wants to know how strong you are."
Naruto laughed and answered, "Well all he had to do was ask!" Naruto didn't really care if this man knew of his powers and wanted to use him as a weapon in the future. Once he became a Chunin, he was leaving Konoha, so what did it matter?
"Hey Sai, can I have a sheet of paper?" Naruto asked. "Actually, give all three of us sheets of paper and the paintbrush and ink."
Sai nodded his head and did so. Sasuke and Hinata were curious as to what Naruto had planned. The blond boy turned to his two friends and said,
"Sasuke, Hinata-chan, I want you guys to write every jutsu and technique that you have mastered on your paper. This way, Sai's job is made easier and he might have a chance to actually become our friend!"
Sai stood there, shocked. Who…who are these people?!
One Week Later, Empty Training Ground, Early Morning
Sai hid behind the bushes, and carefully peered into the clearing before hiding completely once more. He turned to his comrade in the trees and motioned to Sasuke that the coast was clear.
Sasuke, who was hiding in the tree, jumped down next to Sai.
"There's no use hiding, the Byakugan will see us!" he warned, telling his new friend that hiding would be pointless.
"I know, but I've using my jutsu and sending my ink into the ground," Sai responded, showing Sasuke the scroll that he was holding which was pouring out ink.
"Why are you pouring all your ink out?!" Sasuke fiercely whispered to Sai. "You won't be able to use it for other jutsus!"
Sai shook his head. "This is a special scroll that creates ink itself using my chakra. All I have to do is feed it a little chakra and I have an infinite amount of ink."
Sasuke nodded, though he asked another question.
"The Byakugan will still see your attack coming from the ground, so they won't be surprised."
"Actually," Sai answered as he closed his scroll, "the Byakugan has one major weakness: it can't see underground."
Sasuke was shocked. How come he had never known that!
"I'm all done setting up my ink. I'll cover aerial attacks which will probably come from Hinata. You have to take on Naruto until he is distracted enough for me to attack him. Let's move out!"
Naruto turned to Hinata and said, "Sai will probably take to the sky using his flying ink bird like he did before. With your eyes, make sure that there are no traps set up around me and take him out using your water jutsus. Use your chakra wisely!"
"If you can't get him, then quickly come and help me take out Sasuke. I'm sending clones around in the forest to give me a perfect view of the battle using my Rinnegan ability. Let's go!"
"Fire Style: Dragon Flame Projectile!"
The second Naruto jumped into the clearing, a large stream of powerful inferno came headed right at him. If he were to use wind style jutsus to defend himself, the attack would only end up increasing on his because the fire attack was so powerful.
Naruto jumped high into the air to avoid the flames…
Only to find Sai headed directly at him flying on a large falcon. However, just as he was about to clash with Naruto,
"Water Release: Geyser!"
A giant vortex of water shot up in front of Naruto and intercepted Sai on his ink falcon, pushing him away.
Naruto landed next to Hinata who was rising from a kneeling position where she had just pushed her palms into the ground. "Hinata-chan, do that jutsu again underneath me and aim it at Sai!"
Hinata nodded her head and flew through several hand-seals and slapped her palms on the ground again.
"Water Release: Geyser!"
Naruto was quickly lifted into the air on top of the water stream and headed towards the unbalanced Sai. Just before they hit, Naruto jumped off of the geyser and went through some hand-seals, and when the powerful stream of water collided with Sai, Naruto shouted out,
"Wind Style: Wind Column Technique!"
A horizontal column of wind burst forth from Naruto's two hands and headed towards Sai, but when it hit him, the ROOT ninja burst into ink.
When Naruto landed, he had little time to think as Sai appeared in front of him using a shunshin and yelled out,
"Ink Flush Technique!"
Naruto didn't have time to react as several black ink snakes appeared beneath him out of the ground and enwrapped him as they continued to slither around him completely restraining him. One of the snakes actually bit Naruto as Sai walked closer to his new friend.
"My serpent just injected a special ink venom which will knock you unconscious in about…three seconds. Powerful stuff."
Naruto looked at Sai and eye-smiled as he burst into a cloud of smoke.
Sasuke and Sai kneeled to the ground in defeat as Naruto gave Hinata a victory hug and swung her around. "I knew we could do it, Hinata-chan!"
The poor girl blushed at the contact with Naruto and Sasuke smirked, knowing why his friend was blushing. Sai had never been taught to restrain his observations and said out loud,
"Ah, I have heard about these types of girls before. They blush when they are in close contact with people they love!"
Sasuke smacked his head and Hinata passed out from embarrassment and Naruto smiled and explained.
"Of course! We all love each other like a family, Sai!"
Sai nodded thoughtfully as he took out his notebook to write that down while Sasuke pulled out his orange book and shook his head.
Oh, Naruto, Naruto…naïve little Naruto, thinking that she likes you like a brother. I feel so intelligent now after reading half-way into this book. Fill me with your wisdom, Jiraiya-sama!
Later That Day, Morning
The four friends made their way to the Academy after their little match and when they got there they could see everybody outside with Iruka checking for names. Hinata, being the only person in the group to have a parent, turned in her father's signature that said she was allowed to go on the field trip. Her father had been more than willing to let his daughter go into the sand village, telling her to 'uphold the honor of the Hyuuga Clan'.
"Okay, it seems that everyone is counted for…let's head to the front of the village!" Iruka called out to the tired group. It was six in the morning, and everyone was half asleep. Shikamaru actually was asleep and his friend Chouji was carrying him.
Outside of Konoha
The group was now walking through the out on the trail in front of Konoha. Iruka and the Hokage were leading the group with Iruka's students behind them, and there were several guardian Jonin following from behind.
Naruto, Hinata, and Sasuke were walking in the back of the group along with Sai as well. The three were surprised how easy it was to befriend the clueless boy, and they all had fun trying to teach him how to be a friend. Sai had reported that he would send information to Danzo about them in a month, but until then they could hand out.
"So, what do you think the Sand Village will be like?" Naruto asked the group, curious himself. When he left to Kusa to learn kenjutsu from the master there, he was curious as to which villages he would visit next. Suna had been an option but Naruto had known little about it.
"Troublesome," Shikamaru replied, walking behind so he was strolling with the group. "My dad said that it full of sand and that the people there are…not as kind as those in Konoha towards outsiders."
Everyone nodded their heads at this important information.
Behind them, the three Jonins, or rather, Kakashi, Anko and Kurenai were walking together talking about Kakashi's students.
"I can't believe that those three students are together in the same year," Kurenai said, "The last time there were three doujutsus on the same team was when…"
"When Nagato and his team was their ages. I also plan to become their Jonin sensei. I know I will not be as great as a sensei as Minato was to the Legendary Three, but those kids have a potential that we haven't seen in Konoha yet," Kakashi proudly exclaimed.
Anko nodded. She knew it was true. "I think…I think that after seeing you train with the kids, Kakashi, I may want to take on my own students when I become a Jonin. You should too, Kurenai."
The red-eyed girl nodded. She had been giving it some thought. She wondered what being a sensei would be like. However, everyone was interrupted from their thoughts as Hinata fainted in front of them.
Kakashi sighed as Naruto and Sasuke tried to pick her up. Yep, that's my team…
Sabaku no Gaara sat on top of his house, staring at the moon. The night was silent and the wind blew across the desert, ruffling his clothes. He clutched his teddy bear and cried to the skies as he remembered what happened to him earlier that day.
"Why?! Why are you attacking me?!" Gaara screamed not even paying attention to the kunai that flew at him. They would never hit him…his shield of sand protected him from everything.
The assassin smiled menacingly at Gaara as he shouted out,
"Because you're a monster! A failed experiment! I would be praised as a hero if I were to kill you!!!"
Gaara had enough. Every day people called him a monster. Fine! Then if they called him a monster, he would start acting like one!!
He reached out his hand and felt the sand around him bend to his will. Faster than his attacker could predict, the sand shot forward and enwrapped him, hovering in the air.
"Monster! Why don't you just go in the desert and die?! Mon-"
The assassin was silenced as Gaara, with tears in his eyes, closed his fist and mercifully ended his life.
When Gaara lowered his hand, he stared in horror as the shock and sand fell to the ground.
He clutched his head as he screamed out in horror. This was the first time he had killed someone…now he was a monster…a failed experiment…
End of Flashback
That had been the first time Gaara had killed somebody, and now he felt like a true monster. What would Yashamaru do to him once he found out? Would he like him anymore?
Gaara continued to sob into the night as the common feelings of grief and misery flooded over him.
Days Later, Arrival at Suna
The large group finally reached their destination and arrived in Suna. As many students were complaining about the heat and the uncomfortable walk in the desert, Iruka escorted all of the Academy students to a reserved hotel along with the help of Anko and Kurenai. However, when Naruto and his friends turned to follow the group, Kakashi pulled them aside.
"Not you guys! The Hokage has something special planned for the three of you!" Kakashi proclaimed, eye-smiling. He then turned to Sai, who had stayed with the group. He had been informed before by his three students that Sai had been sent to the Academy from ROOT due to orders from Danzo and he was supposed to spy on them. Naruto, however, had said that the emotionless boy had become a friend to the three, so Kakashi didn't act rashly. But Kakashi made sure that Sai didn't know where the Namikaze Clan entrance was, because it was important that Danzo didn't know either. The Namikaze's had incredibly kept their compound location hidden amongst a village swarming with ninjas, and even then Danzo had been unable to find out where all of the Namikaze ninjas lived.
"Um, Sai…I guess you could come with us, if the Hokage allows it."
"Where exactly are we going?" Sasuke asked, irritated at the sudden change of plans. The Hokage walked up to the three at that moment, and had beckoned them to follow him. He had been talking with several of the Suna nin guards at the front of the gate. There was a ninja following him who had tan hair.
"Naruto, Sasuke and Hinata," he began with them, explaining what he had planned, "while the other students enjoy their stay in Suna and I converse with the Kazekage, you three will on a special mission. Sai, I think that it would be appropriate if you were to join them as well, so listen up. There is a young boy, your ages, in this village named Gaara, who is…emotionally hurt due to all of the unfair treatment the villagers. Naruto, you and Sasuke should understand how that feels and how it would make you act if you had no friends."
The two boys nodded. Naruto, though recently some of the villagers (the ones who saw his fight) had been treating him better, had been mistreated by the population of Konoha for something that wasn't his fault. He had recently discovered that it was because the Kyuubi was sealed inside of him. Did that mean that this 'Gaara' kid had a demon sealed inside of him as well?
Sasuke understood what it meant to feel hated as well. There were many of the villagers who treated him like trash because his brother betrayed the village and murdered the Uchiha Clan.
"This is Yashamaru, Gaara's uncle. He will lead you to where the boy is now. Make sure that you four make friends with Gaara and show him how friendship can change his attitude!"
With that, the Hokage walked off with Kakashi and they were escorted to the Kazekage.
Sasuke was displeased with the mission. They sent us to Suna just so that we can make friends with someone?!
Hinata was worried. I hope that we can make friends with Gaara so that he won't feel hurt anymore…
Sai was impassive. ………I wonder if I'll have time to paint a sunset in Suna…
Naruto smiled to himself and he was happy that he would be making a new friend. Growing up with Nagato, Naruto had never had many friends and he had loved becoming friends with Sasuke and Hinata. That was why he so easily befriended his classmates and Sai; he loved making more friends. He also wondered how different he would be if he never had any of his own precious people. That pain…loneliness…we have to help Gaara…
"Alright then," the man named Yashamaru said, "follow me and let's head out to where Gaara is. I think that this time of day he spends his time in the park."
The four kids followed Yashamaru as he led them away.
Why? Why won't they let me play with them? I promised that I wouldn't hurt anyone! Why would I want to hurt anyone?!
Gaara sat miserably to himself on his swing in the park as he watched children his age play soccer in front of him. He had asked to join, but they had screamed at him and said that the game 'wasn't for monsters'.
Suddenly, one of the kids kicked the ball really high and it landed on top of one of the buildings.
"Ah man!" the boy complained. "None of us know how to chakra-walk to get it!"
Gaara jumped out of his swing as he realized that he could now prove to everyone that he was not a monster. He pushed his chakra into the sand around him and held his hand to the rooftop, silently commanding the sand to move.
The sand obeyed, and under Gaara's control it flew to the top of the building and carried the ball back down to Gaara. The players looked on in horror as Gaara held the ball out to them.
"Here you go!" he said excitingly. Now they would see that he wasn't so bad after all!
Naruto and the grouped silently watched as Gaara got the ball down from the roof. Yashamaru had left when they arrived, saying that he had to report to the Kazekage that they were going to meet Gaara, and told them to go and talk to Gaara. He had pointed out to them that the red-haired boy on the swing was Gaara.
When Naruto saw that the ball had been kicked on the roof, he had been about to run up and get it, but he saw Gaara use sand to fly the ball down to them.
Sand?! Sand isn't even an element; it's a sub element combining the two elements earth and wind!
"Here you go!" the boy had said excitingly while holding out the soccer ball, almost eager to prove himself.
Naruto was horrified at what happened next.
All of the children ran away from him and called him a monster, screaming as they fled like mindless chicken.
Gaara was traumatized.
"Why?! Why are you running away from me?!" he screamed, clutching his head in pain. Suddenly, he reached out his hand in anger and sand shot out of the ground, grabbing a girl's leg. He swept his other hand up as well, and another sand bullet shot at the screaming girl, sure to hit her…
But the attack was disrupted as Naruto appeared in front of the girl with his hands spread out, having blocked the attack.
The girl looked up from the ground at him with wonder in her eyes.
"You…you saved me from the monster!"
Naruto turned coldly around to the girl.
"No. I saved the monster from having do deal with scum like you! Leave, before I change my mind and help him!"
The girl squealed and ran away like Naruto instructed. He then turned to Gaara who had somewhat regained his composure and spoke out,
"Why don't you just run away like everyone else and leave me alone!" he screamed, furious at the world. Naruto sadly shook his head and walked over to Gaara as Sasuke, Sai and Hinata came out as well. He held out his hand and greeted himself.
"Hey, I'm Naruto and you must be Gaara. I've heard that you've gone through some pretty difficult times and my friends and I here want to hang out with you for a while."
Gaara shook his head in denial. He couldn't trust anybody except for Yashamaru. How could he expect these strangers to be friends with him when his own siblings avoided him?!
"I don't believe you. You'll just try to kill me like all the others!" Gaara shouted out, causing them all to flinch. Somebody tried to kill him?!
Naruto shook his head as well and picked up the ball that was on the ground, tossing it around in his hand. "How about we play some dodge-ball or something?" he pushed on, certain that he would play with Gaara.
Gaara looked continued to stare at Naruto and his friends as he thought that they would try to kill him. Hinata walked up to him and introduced herself.
"H-Hello Gaara, my name is Hinata. We don't want to hurt you! We just want to get to know you!" she insisted. Sasuke and Sai followed her example and introduced themselves as well.
Suddenly, Yashamaru returned to the group and heard about what was happening. He placed a kind hand on Gaara's shoulder and reassured him that everything would be okay.
"Gaara, it's alright!" he nicely said smiling at the red-haired boy. "These four have come to play with you!"
Gaara looked up into Yashamaru's face to see if he was telling the truth. Slowly, he turned to Naruto and said,
"How…how do I play?"
Yashamaru had left the five children together after he had seen that everything was going to be alright. As of now, the five were playing dodge-ball together in the park, with Sai being the ref.
"Take that!" Sasuke shouted as he threw a ball at Naruto, who was on the other side with Hinata. Naruto managed to avoid the blow and Hinata picked up the ball from where it bounced. She hurled it across the lot in an attempt to hit Gaara, but…
Gaara didn't even flinch as the ball came soaring towards him. Naruto was to shout out to dodge it, but the second before the ball hit Gaara, sand flew up from the ground and caught the ball inches from the boys face.
The ball then dropped into Gaara's hand as the red haired boy tossed it to Sasuke, who was too bewildered to even catch it.
Naruto ran across the lot to Gaara.
"How did you do that?!" he asked, puzzled at how Gaara had managed to block the attack without even using hand-seals.
Gaara merely shrugged because it was an everyday thing for him. "I am gifted with an automatic sand defensive system. …Nothing can hit me or hurt me, whether or not I want it to. It's completely automatic, and I have no control over it."
Sasuke stared at Gaara with disbelief and with his two fingers he tried to poke Gaara in the head…
Only for more sand to shoot up and intercept Sasuke's fingers. The Uchiha tried to poke him again in the side where there was no sand, but sand suddenly appeared in front of his fingers as if from nowhere.
Naruto laughed to himself. "Well, I guess that makes dodge-ball kinda pointless. How about we play tag?"
Gaara shook his head in confusion. "What is…tag?"
Hinata spoke up and explained to Gaara. "Ano…the point is for a chosen person to touch any other person in the game. If any one else is tagged, then they become the chosen person."
Gaara nodded his head and Naruto continued. "I guess since we can't touch your body, the rules will change. If your protective sand is touched, then you become 'it', which is the chosen person forced to chase others."
Sai walked up and decided that he would join as well. He couldn't remember the last time he played tag before!
"Sai," Sasuke said, "you're it!"
With that, Naruto, Hinata and Sasuke jumped away from Sai, leaving the artist alone with Gaara in the park.
"…Uh…you're supposed to run away, Gaara-san, otherwise I will tag you."
A light bulb went off in Gaara's head as he understood and jumped away as well.
Yashamaru looked out to the streets of Suna the balcony of his house. He heard some commotion up ahead, and suddenly, he saw a blur appear of one of the roofs.
Naruto and Sasuke appeared together, laughing.
Suddenly, another blur appeared and Gaara ran after them. When they met up, Gaara tried to touch the laughing Uchiha as the dark-haired boy maneuvered himself around the roof.
When the Gaara came to Naruto, the red-haired boy sent tendrils of sand at the boy, making Naruto go through some extremely impressive acrobatics to avoid being hit. Eventually though, one shot of sand hit Naruto in the chest and caused him to fall off of the roof.
Laughing, Naruto held his hands up in defense. "Alright, alright!" he called out to Gaara who had jumped down. "You got me! Now I'm it! That was really fun Gaara, you're really good at this!"
Naruto laughed again, and this time Gaara…joined him.
The red-haired boy had found the experience to be extremely fun, and for the first time in his life, Gaara was laughing.
Yashamaru looked on in complete astonishment as he looked at Gaara…laughing. That was impossible! He had never seen the boy laugh before! Seeing Gaara laugh was like seeing Orochimaru giving out free hugs to all of his test subjects!!! Yashamaru jumped out of the balcony as he headed straight towards the Kazekage to tell him what happened.
The two Kages that were in the office were now sitting and chatting lightly because their business had been finished. The Kazekage was talking about how he just signed an adoption form from the a daimyo.
"Which child did the daimyo end up choosing?" Sarutobi asked, not really interested however.
The Kazekage took a sip of his tea as he replied. "A young orphan girl by the name of Matsuri. About three weeks ago they left to-"
"Kazekage-sama!" Yashamaru yelled, running into the room. The Kazekage swore as he nearly spilled some of his tea.
"What is it, Yashamaru!" he hissed, angered from the sudden interruption.
Yashamaru was panting from exhaustion. "Kazekage-sama…its Gaara…he's laughing!"
Sarutobi held down a chuckle as he looked at the ridiculous face the Kazekage was making.
The five children sat in Gaara's house as they talked with each other. Gaara was currently explaining how he could control sand.
"My chakra is…special as my father told me and it allows me to control sand automatically with little effort. All I have to do is…will the sand to move, and the sand will bend and move to my will!"
Gaara showed what he meant by holding his hand up in the air. Suddenly, with a squeal, Hinata was lifted into the air on a platform of sand, before being brought down again. Sasuke frowned in jealously.
"Your sand protects you from any attacks automatically, you can completely control sand, and you can use it from ninjutsu…You're so lucky!!" he said, showing how he felt. Naruto and Sai agreed.
Gaara appeared to be shocked. No one had every considered him to be lucky before! But then again, so many new things had been happening to him today. For the first time in his life, he had had fun! Not only that, but he had laughed as well! It felt so great to be with his…with his friends.
Three Days Later
Gaara stood at the gates of Suna with a sad look on his face. Today, he friends would be leaving him! He was so sad that he wouldn't be able to play with anybody anymore. These past three days had been the best days of his life! He had really enjoyed getting to know each one of his new friends. Naruto was funny, Sasuke was cool, Hinata was nice, and Sai was friendly to him. But now they had to leave!
Naruto and his friends walked up to Gaara to say goodbye.
"Gaara," Naruto said, very sad as well, "we are all going to miss you! You've become a great friends to all of us! Make sure you remember all of what we've told you and how to treat others! Ignore the way they treat you and strive to become a great ninja!"
Naruto went up and hugged his now crying friend, as well as Sasuke, Sai and Hinata. They all waved to Gaara as Iruka called them over and they walked off with their group.
Gaara continued to cry as he watched the figures of his friends fade into the desert. Yashamaru came up to Gaara and placed a hand around his shoulder to comfort him.
"Don't worry Gaara," he comforted, "I'm sure by the end of the day you'll feel a lot better!"
Later That Night
Gaara sat on top of his rooftop as usual when most others were asleep. Gaara suffered from insomnia and he was unable to fall asleep at night. He stared at the moon as he pondered upon his times with his friends. He smiled as he remembered what he and Naruto did the other day.
Gaara had led Naruto to the house of the girl who Naruto had saved the other day. Naruto had insisted that they apologize for their behavior, saying that it was the first way to get people to like him.
When they the door to the house opened and the girl appeared, she had screamed at them and said,
"It's the monster!"
Gaara shook his head and held out medicine for the girl in an attempt to apologize. He could see that the girl suffered from a broken leg.
"I'm sorry for what I did. I want you to have-"
"No!" the girl screamed again. "You're just a monster!" With that, she slapped the bag out of Gaara's hands and slammed the door…
Only for the door to be stopped by Naruto's hand.
"He came here to apologize to you…and this is how you treat him?!" he yelled furiously. He reached back his arm and punched the girl in the face full of anger that the girl should do such a thing.
Gaara continued to smile on his rooftop as he recalled the memory. Naruto was a true friend for sticking up for him. He wasn't sure that-
Gaara was interrupted from his thoughts as his sand shield shot up and five kunais embedded themselves in his sand. He turned around furiously as he looked to another assassin that tried to kill him.
"Why?! Why are people always trying to kill me?!?!"
Without waiting for a response, Gaara summoned his sand and at a lightening speed, he captured the man in his sand, holding him in the air. He clenched his hand and crushed the man in his sand coffin.
Gaara hadn't used that much force and the bloodied man fell to the ground when Gaara released control on his sand. The nine-year-old walked over to his assassin to look him in the face. He removed the mask over the killer, and gasped when he saw who it was.
Yashamaru uncharacteristically grinned and ripped off his shirt to reveal many explosive tags covering his body.
"Gaara, I never loved you. I have always wanted you to die. Please respect my wish, Gaara. Please…die…"
With that, Yashamaru activated the numerous tags on his body and exploded into the night.
Gaara stood still and cried as sand swarmed around him, calming down after protecting him from the blast. Yashamaru had said that he never loved him…Yashamaru had tried to kill him…Yashamaru…
Three Years Later, Suna
Twelve-year-old Gaara stood at the gate of Suna not even looking behind him. Tears fell down into the desert sand as Gaara clenched his teeth in pain. Suna had always treated him like trash, but today was the last straw. Without even looking behind to the village, to his childhood, he walked forward with one destination in mind.
I no longer have any reason to stay in Suna. I will go to the only other place where people have treated me with kindness. I will return to my friends…I will leave to Konoha.
A/N: This is the end of the second year of the Academy. Starting next chapter, we will move on to the third year.
Why did Gaara leave Suna? Next chapter will take place after Gaara kills Yashamaru, so we will find out.
The setting for Sasuke's mindscape in the beginning of this chapter may be familiar to some: a mini-boss room from the water temple. I merely used it because it fits perfectly into what I want to portray Sasuke going into. Next chapter you are going to see how much Sasuke's fighting is enhanced with the leveled up Sharingan.
Important: Naruto has decided not to tell his friends of their fates or that he has the Kyuubi within him…for now.
Tenrai = divine, or heaven sent.
Kagai = evil
Shinsei = pure, or holy
Thank you for reading this chapter! I have decided to start writing omakes in my story, which means short stories at the end of the chapter. I plan to write many of them focused on Tobi in the Akatsuki so we can all know how things are going for the Legendary Three. But first, let's go over the power levels in the chapter. Nobody really increased that much this year, which is why I didn't show in-depth training scenes.
Strong Human: 10
ANBU Captain: 350
Characters (after training at the end of the chapter):
Hinata: 140 (Our favorite girl is catching up! w00t!)
Sasuke: 160(Level two Sharingan! Find out more next chapter)
Naruto: 165(wtf? I thought he had the Rinnegan?! Yes he does, but he has yet to learn of its powers.)
Gaara: 150 (He's only nine-years-old and he's able to kill assassins that very well may be Jonin, so don't say I overpowered him.)
Sai: 100 (Danzo has been training him harder once he found out how strong Naruto and Sasuke were)
Thanks for reading! Please review!! I find that when I sit at my computer and read the reviews, I feel so much more motivated to get a start on the next chapter! I love getting reviews!
Also, please check out the prologue of the new story that I want to start writing. The story is focused on Gaara, because I like the character and there aren't that many great stories of Gaara. I will not stop updating this story. It is my main priority, and as of now, no one can get mad at me for my update rate. Each one of my chapters is around 20,000 words, which is about 50 pages in Word, and I update once a week!
Omake: The Life and Times of Tobi
"Dismissed," the Leader announced, telling all of the gathered Akatsuki that it was time to leave.
"Yay!!" Tobi shouted, jumping out of his miniature throne. Man, these Akatsuki meetings were boring! World domination, kill all of the Jinchuuriki, establish new hideouts, boring! He wanted some more action!
As he walked out of the Akatsuki throne room, (alone, because everyone else had used teleporting jutsus), he adjusted the ring on his finger. The Leader had given out rings to everybody with a special seal place on it, courtesy of Nagato, which would allow them to communicate mentally with each other over long distances and store chakra as well. Each ring was black, and the flat red jewel in the middle was inscribed with the person's symbol. Tobi had the kanji 'spiral' written on his ring.
Days Later, Private Quarters
Sub-Zero sighed, aggravated that he had been paired up on a mission with…Tobi. He hated that boy! He acted like everything was a joke and like nothing mattered! But this mission was important and the Leader had assigned his two strongest members to complete it. He suddenly heard a banging on his door.
"Popsicle-senpai! Tobi is ready to roll!"
He pinched the bridge of his nose as he already felt a headache coming his way.
Three Days Later, Trail, Afternoon
"Come on! Please!!!! I forgot what we're supposed to be doing! If you were to tell me what our mission is, we could finish it so much sooner!"
Sub-Zero sighed for what felt like the millionth time that day as he repeated,
"Where are going to kill a rogue ninja in the mist village named Kisame, turn in the body for money, and you are leading the way because you said you knew the quickest way there!"
Tobi stopped walking as a light bulb went off in his head. "Mist?! Oh! The Land of Water!! Here I was leading us to a dango restaurant! My bad!"
"You've been leading us to a dango restaurant for the past THREE DAYS?!?!"
Tobi didn't pay attention as he excitingly pointed to the end of the trail.
"Ah, senpai!! There it is!! The dango shop! The one that I had told you earlier about! Yay!! I love dango!! Ah yeah!"
He ran forward to the shop and began ordering food for them. Sub-Zero sighed as he walked up and sat down next to Tobi.
While the orders were being made, Tobi suddenly looked panicked and whispered to Sub-Zero,
"Senpai!! I forgot to bring my wallet!! How are we going to pay?!?!"
Sub-Zero slapped his head. "We are a in a criminal organization! We are about to go murder someone!! How can you possibly be worried about stealing?!"
Tobi didn't seem to hear the question as he was reading more of the menu.
"Cool! Check out the desserts this place has! Hmm, did you say something?"
Sub-Zero sighed once more. Damn this kid!
"Your orders are ready!" the waitress said.
She placed a large plate with about ten dango sticks in front of the eager Tobi, and in front of Sub-Zero…
She placed a glass cup full of ice-cubes.
Tobi explained. "I figured since your all about ice and stuff, you would appreciate some ice-cubes or something. Ikadakimasu!!!"
Sub-Zero closed his eyes as he restrained himself from not killing Tobi. What pained him most, however, was that Tobi was stronger than him and he couldn't kill Tobi! He hadn't eaten in the entire day because Tobi was leading them!
"Tobi, if you're not going to order me anything, then-"
Tobi smacked down his empty plate on the table, leaving Sub-Zero speechless. H-H-How did he eat all that so fast?!?!
The waiter came over and Tobi ordered for them while Sub-Zero was busy trying to find out what the hell just happened.
When the waiter returned, she placed a large piece of cake in front of Tobi, and she handed Sub-Zero a popsicle.
Sub-Zero watched closely now as Tobi turned around with the entire plate of cake in his hand, lifting his mask but hiding his face.
Seconds later, he turned around and the cake was gone. H-H-How is he doing that?!?!
"Man that cake was good! Oh, and I ate your popsicle because it didn't look like you were going to!"
Sub-Zero looked at his hand and surely enough, his popsicle was gone. Impossible…
Tobi looked left and right before whispering across the table,
"Senpai! I'll create a big distraction, and then we can get out of here!"
Sub-Zero sighed. "Sure, Tobi. Or we could just walk out right now and if they follow us we'll kill-"
Tobi then stood up on his table and screamed,
"Thief!!! This man is trying to leave without paying!" pointing down to Sub-Zero.
Everybody in the store turned to look at Sub-Zero. The man in the Akatsuki robes turned to look at his friend.
"Are you crazy?! How are…"
Tobi wasn't there anymore. He had just…disappeared.
Now, all of the men in the bar stood up and were walking over to Sub-Zero to teach him a lesson.
Sub-Zero sighed as he realized that he would be killing a lot more people than he expected today.
As the total carnage went on in front of the restaurant, nobody noticed that everyone's food had…disappeared!
"Hehehe! Tobi is a genius!" he said to himself as he prepared to stuff another dango stick in his mouth.
Suddenly, an ice projectile hit his food and it completely froze before he could eat it. A pissed off Sub-Zero seemed to be the one who threw it.
"Ah, Senpai! Don't be a spoiled sport! Senpai? What are you doing?! Wait, wait! Don't use that move! If you do, all of the dango…"
A weary traveler was walking down the trail, surprised when he saw a dango shop. He was really hungry, and he decided that he would be having dango for lunch.
Suddenly, giant spikes of…ice pierced through the entire shop, coming out of the ceilings and the walls.
The traveler paled and ran the opposite direction.
End of Omake