Okay all. Here is the last chapter of Lost. I will work on the sequel, which will be called "Found" whilst I'm away in Cyprus this year. Hopefully I'll be posting it sometime near the end of July or beginning of August. Yeah I know that seems like a long time away but trust me people it flies by. Thank you to every one of you who stuck by this story and carried on reading it. I'm very grateful. However if you don't really care for a sequel, then please just tell me in a PM or when you decide to review and I won't write one. Thanks again all. Now on with the chapter.
Chapter Twenty – Long Awaited Reunion.
Kakashi and Jiraiya both stared at Kushina. "What makes you think that you have no rights to your son Kushina-San?" Kakashi asked kindly. He still remembered this woman, who was married to his Sensei, very fondly. She was like family to him. Just as Minato had been. He wanted to make things right. Even if it wasn't for his Sensei's sake, or for Kushina's sake, at least he could try to make things right for Naruto. Kushina bit her lip anxiously. Kakashi noted that Naruto had gotten this trait from her. "Kakashi I left him when he was born. I've been gone so long. He must hate me for leaving him all alone." Kushina said sadly. Kakashi shook his head. "No Kushina-San. He wants to know why you had to leave. He thinks that it's his fault. That maybe you had the same belief as the villagers and you left him because you thought he was a monster." Kakashi replied. Kushina's eyes flashed with anger. "I would never think like that! I loved Naruto! I still love him! I'll love him until the day I die and after! He's my son!" Kushina yelled angrily. "He needs to hear it from you Kushina." Jiraiya replied. Kushina looked at the ground. "I'll only put him in danger if I come back to Konoha. Danzo's men are still chasing me. They're still trying to kill me. Ever since that night..." Kushina trailed off.
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Kushina sat in her hospital room. She was still tired and weakened from giving birth. She laid her head on the large pillow behind her back and closed her eyes. Two tears made their way down her cheeks as she thought of her husband. Minato had taken their child to seal a demon inside him. Kushina knew that Minato would die. She felt like there was still so much she had needed to say to him. At least she would be able to say it to her child. She would protect Naruto with her life. She heard her hospital room door open and she opened her eyes. She turned her head to look at the door, and saw Danzo standing there.
"What do you want Danzo?" Kushina hissed angrily. "I wanted to inform you that your son is dead. He wasn't strong enough to survive the sealing." Danzo said sadly. Kushina felt her eyes widen. She was trembling. "No. You're lying!" Kushina yelled angrily. Danzo smirked. "Now that the Fourth Hokage is gone, there's no need to pretend that you're an asset to this village." Danzo stated. Kushina's eyes widened as two ROOT Anbu agents came into the room from behind Danzo. "Get rid of her. Leave no trace of her for anyone to find." Danzo stated.
Before the Anbu could get near her, Kushina used all her abilities as a Kunoichi and jumped out of her bed. She headed for the window and leapt out. The agents followed her out of the window and she carried on running.
It seemed like it had been hours since the Root agents had started chasing her. She knew it couldn't have been more than an hour. She was losing strength, she hadn't recovered from giving birth yet and she was exhausted. She had tried every trick in the book to get away from them. As she kept running she came to a cliff edge. She looked back at the ROOT agents who were still chasing her. As they got closer she realised that there was a river underneath her. In fact it was the Konoha River. It flowed into a waterfall, which is what she was stood next to. She knew that many Genins were sent to clean the river on a regular basis. She stepped back a little further and found that her foot was too close to the edge. She was still wearing her hospital gown and her feet were bare. She saw the Root agents advancing on her. "Stay there Kushina Uzumaki. We'll make it quick." One of the agents, a male said. Kushina glared fiercely. That was when the rock she was standing on gave way and Kushina fell down into the river. Before she hit the water, her head smashed into a rock and she lost consciousness.
Kushina awoke, washed up on the bank of the river, which flowed through fire country. She felt her forehead and found a nasty cut. She couldn't remember how she received it or what had happened to her. She stood up shakily and tried to make her way to civilisation. She found her way to a small village. An old woman saw her and ran to her aid. "What happened to you child?" She asked kindly. "I'm not sure. I don't even know who I am." Kushina replied softly.
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I spent ten years in that tiny village without any problems. I had no idea who I was, but when Tomoko stopped in the village to get some supplies, she recognised me." Kushina said gently. "It took a while, but I helped her to regain her memories. Then I was able to tell her that Naruto was alive." Tomoko added in. "How long ago was this?" Jiraiya asked. "Two years ago." Kushina replied. "Why not come home then?" Kakashi asked. "I heard from Tomoko that Naruto was missing. He was feared dead by Akatsuki. Then that he was home and was getting over his own amnesia. I couldn't come home and destroy everything he knew when he was vulnerable. I wanted to come home when he was ready. When the time was right for him. I don't want to hurt him anymore then I already must have done Kakashi. Surely you can understand that. That's why I have no right to him Kakashi. I left him all alone. I abandoned him. I may not have wanted to or meant to but I still did. I left him alone to face the hate of a bunch of ignorant villagers." Kushina replied softly. Kakashi nodded. "I think now is the right time for you to come back Kushina. He would understand. He's a very understanding and forgiving person. He needs you Kushina." Kakashi said kindly. Kushina nodded. "I have to think about it properly. All I really want now is for him to be safe." Kushina said softly. Kakashi and Jiraiya both nodded. They stood up and said their goodbyes. Tomoko grinned. "We should do this again sometime Sensei." The woman stated. Jiraiya gave his female student a smile, and then both men were gone.
Tomoko looked at Kushina. "Your son is waiting for you Kushina-Chan." Tomoko said. "I know." Kushina replied. "Are you ready to go back home?" Tomoko asked. "I'm not sure if I can face him knowing that I've left him alone all these years." Kushina replied.
xXxXxXx THE NEXT DAY xXxXxXx
Jiraiya and Kakashi made it back to Konoha in one piece. Both walked to the Hokage tower in silence. Kakashi saw Sakura, Naruto and Sasuke waiting for them. "How did you three know we were back?" Jiraiya asked. "We could sense your chakra from a mile away." Naruto replied. Jiraiya grinned at his grandson and ruffled the boy's blond hair. "I'll go and give Tsunade the report. You can stay and explain everything to Naruto." Jiraiya told Kakashi kindly. Kakashi nodded and Jiraiya walked into the Hokage tower.
He walked up the stairs and found his way to Tsunade's office. He knocked and walked in. For once he didn't use the window. Tsunade was going through a pile of paperwork on her desk when he entered. She looked up at Jiraiya curiously. "You found her quickly." Tsunade stated. Jiraiya nodded. "Danzo caused so much damage Tsunade. I don't know if it can be repaired." Jiraiya said softly. Tsunade waited patiently and listened as Jiraiya explained the situation to her.
While Jiraiya explained everything to Tsunade, Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura were waiting for Kakashi to tell them everything. He looked at Naruto, and when he was sure that Naruto was alright with it, Kakashi started to speak. He told them about Kushina and what had happened to her. He then told them about how he and Jiraiya had come back without her, so that she could decide to come back to Konoha by herself. Naruto nodded sadly. "So she is alive." Naruto said softly. Kakashi nodded. "I think she will come home Naruto. I know she loves you dearly." Kakashi replied. Naruto nodded as he hoped for that moment when he would meet his mother. They had made their way to the Uchiha estate and back to the main house where they all went inside and closed the door. None of the group had noticed that they had been watched throughout the whole time.
Crystal blue eyes watched as the group made their way into the house. They particularly focussed on Naruto. As the day turned into night, a figure jumped down from the tree they'd been watching from and walked into the light of the sunset. Long red hair caught the fading sunlight and looked the colour of blood and finally, she walked to the front door and knocked on it. Kushina Uzumaki was back in the Leaf village. Back to see her son.
Naruto heard a knock at the door and went to answer it. He opened the door and couldn't help staring at the red-haired woman who stood outside. His eyes met hers and he knew instinctively that this woman was not any ordinary woman.
Sasuke and Sakura were watching from the kitchen. Kakashi put a hand on both their shoulders. "I think we should go outside and give them some privacy." Kakashi whispered. They nodded in agreement, but silently pledged to be right outside the door should Naruto need them in any way.
Naruto stepped aside for the tall redhead and she walked into the house. Her long hair swished form side to side. "Do you know who I am Naruto?" She asked softly. "I'm not sure." Naruto replied. He wondered how she knew his name. "You look exactly like your father except for the whisker marks on your cheeks." The woman told him gently. "You didn't have them when you were born. It must have been an effect of the sealing." She added. Naruto's eyes widened as he realised who this must be. "Are you.... are you my mother?" Naruto asked. His voice was quavering as he asked. It was almost as though he were afraid to hope. The woman nodded. "Yes. I'm Kushina Uzumaki and I am your mother." Kushina replied. Naruto couldn't help the one tear that fell from his eyes as he hugged this woman, whose love he hadn't known his whole life through. He knew he didn't need anything more. He had the love of his mother. That was enough for him now.
Okay all that's the end of Lost. I hope you all enjoyed it. Once again the sequel will be called "Found" just to keep you all informed. Please R&R I always appreciate feedback. Thanks again to all of my readers.