Naruto: The Whirlwind Chronicles
Prologue: Sixteen years ago, a nine-tailed demon fox, the evil, monstrous Kyuubi was unleashed against Konoha by the malicious Uchiha Madara. The Yondaime Hokage, Namikaze Minato, the greatest hero the village ever had, sacrificed his life to seal the Kyuubi inside his newborn son, Uzumaki Naruto.
The years were tough on his son; he had gotten the brunt of the villager's hatred against the demon, thinking he was Kyuubi. He had to struggle, clawing tooth and nail to gain the respect from his peers. Three years previously, he had became a genin, graduating last in his class-however, he mastered the Jonin level jutsu, Tayjuu Kage Bushin no Jutsu and was placed on Team Seven, with Uchiha Sasuke-the sole survivor of the Uchiha Massacre and Haruno Sakura, the first Kunoichi from her family. Their Jonin-sensei was Hatake Kakashi, the Yondaime's apprentice and master of the Sharingan.
Several things happened during that year-Sasuke unlocked his Sharingan, Teams Seven, Eight, and Ten participated in the Chuunin Exams, Orochimaru came out of the shadows and marked Sasuke with a Cursed Seal Mark, Naruto became the apprentice of Jiraiya the Toad Sage, Naruto beat Inuzuka Kiba in the prelims and Hyuuga Neji in the finals, Sunagakure briefly allied with Otogakure, a brief war sparked up between Suna, Oto, and Konoha, ending up with Suna and Oto losing, and Naruto became a hero, beating the Kazekage's son and his personal Jinchuuriki, Subaku no Gaara, who had transformed into his Shukaku form and was about to bash through the Village's defenses. However, the Kazekage and Sandaime Hokage, Sarutobi Hiruzen, were killed by Orochimaru and Konoha needed a new Hokage.
The respect for Naruto rose when he helped find and convince Tsunade of the Legendary Three to become Godaime Hokage. However, he had encountered Akatsuki, an organization devoted to gaining the Bijuu, for the first time in the members Uchiha Itachi-the perpetrator of the Uchiha Massacre and Hoshigaki Kisame, former Seven Swordsman of the Hidden Mist. And then…the sole survivor of the Uchiha Massacre, Naruto's best friend, rival, and teammate, left the village for power by joining Orochimaru.
For the past three years, Naruto has been training, sometimes to the point where he coughed up blood, and traveling with Jiraiya all over the continent, visiting the various villages and struggling to get stronger…so he can keep his promise to Sakura…and become Hokage…
Chapter 1: A Hero's Return
The sun had raised high into the sky above the village. It was a brisk, summer day and the shops, restaurants, and stores all began to open for business. At the Hyuga Compound, training had already started between the Heiress of the Clan, Hyuga Hinata, and her cousin, Hyuga Neji. Hinata had grown much in these past three years, becoming very beautiful as well as very skilled as a kunoichi. She was now considered the second strongest of her generation, next to her friend, Haruno Sakura, who was the Hokage's apprentice.
She breathed out, closing her eyes and activating her Byakugan just as her cousin did too. The two eased into their stances, their feet sidling and spreading their legs as they probed each other for weaknesses. The sound of water dripping into the coy pond signaled the start of the match. Neji dashed towards Hinata, who lifted her hand and blocked his strikes.
Blue, visible chakra burst off their palms and forearms as they blocked and dodged each of their blows. As part of their training regime, while engaging in taijutsu, several automated weapon throwers would pop out of the garden, shooting kunai or shuriken at them. As if on cue, the shooters would come up and began firing at them.
"Kaiten!" both of them called out, their bodies glowing brightly blue, and they spun and blocked the kunai and shuriken all the while trying to score a hit on each other.
When they finished spinning Neji blocked Hinata's blow and kicked her back. She grunted and back flipped away, landing on her feet and breathing out. Neji straightened up and smiled.
"You've perfected the Kaiten, that's good Hinata-sama," Neji said with a warm smile.
Hinata smiled back, powering down her Byakugan. "Now I just have to perfect the Juho Soshiken (Gentle Step Twin Lion Fist)."
"That's a difficult technique, Hinata-sama, not even Hiashi-sama has perfected it…"
"But when it is, its our clan's ultimate jutsu, even more powerful than the Hakke Rokujuyon Sho."
Neji nodded and he looked up. "Wish I could train more, Hinata-sama, but I have a mission. Have a good day."
Hinata and Neji bowed to each other respectfully before he left. Hinata walked over to where she put her jacket and put it back on, zipping it up tightly. Her hands moved behind her head and she moved the hair out of the way. She took a deep breath and walked out of the compound.
'Perhaps I'll check in Kurenai-sensei, or do some training with Kiba-kun or Shino-kun…' Hinata thought as she walked.
She lifted her arms over her head and stretched after the training session she had this morning. Hinata then heard a cat hiss and she watched as the late Sandaime's grandson, now newly promoted Genin, Sarutobi Konohamaru, chasing after Tora, the Daimyo's wife's cat.
"Get back here you stupid furball!" Konohamaru yelled, running on all fours like Naruto would to try to get his speed up.
Hinata couldn't help but giggle at Naruto's surrogate young brother, trying to catch the same annoying cat that his big brother caught nearly three years ago. Tora ran behind her, panting and Konohamaru skidded to a halt. Hinata knelt down and picked Tora up.
"Its okay…its okay, calm down," Hinata said gently and Tora began to stop hissing and squirming. The cat began to purr in her arms, and she handed it over to Konohamaru. "You should try luring it to yourself, Konohamaru-kun, rather than chasing it."
"Thanks Hinata-san!" Konohamaru cheered, hugging Tora and the cat purred in his arms. "Sensei, Moegi, Udon, I've got the target!"
He began running back off to the Hokage Tower to report in for the mission complete. Hinata giggled as Tora started to scratch Konohamaru's face when he was being squeezed too hard. Konohamaru yelled 'Stupid cat' over and over again. The Heiress looked up at the summer sun and breathed out, closing her eyes.
At the western gate of Konoha, Izumo and Kotetsu yawned at their post. They were waiting for some ninja to return from missions. Basically, the most boring post to get in all of Konoha, since they'd be sitting there for long stretches of time without anything to do…
And then, a sight they hadn't seen for three years entered the village. He was taller, much taller, but he still had his trademark blonde, spiky hair, his Konoha Headband, now black, tied around his forehead, and he was wearing a nearly all black jacket with a thick orange line down the middle, and black and orange pants. He grinned, adjusting his headband. Uzumaki Naruto had returned.
"Ah…it feels so good to be back!" Naruto said, stretching out with a grin.
"Oi, Naruto, that really you?" Izumo asked with a grin and Naruto gave an thumbs up.
Naruto laughed, and he ran further into the village, right up a telephone pole as Jiraiya walked in through the gates. The blond haired ninja stopped on top of the telephone pole and stretched.
"Ah! This place hasn't changed a bit! Everyone, Uzumaki Naruto is back!" Naruto cheered, stretching and looking around. He looked at the Hokage Monument, seeing that Tsunade's face was carved into the mountain now. "So they finally put oba-chan's face up there huh…?"
"Yo, Naruto, long time," a familiar voice said from behind him. Naruto turned to see a man with tall, spiky silver hair, a mask over his face, wearing a typical Jonin outfit. His right eye was covered by his headband.
"Kakashi-sensei! Long time indeed," Naruto said, leaping over to the roof where Kakashi was. "You saved me the time of looking for you." He reached into his pocket and pulled out a book, handing it to Kakashi.
"This…this is…" Kakashi stammered in shock.
"The latest Icha Icha in three years, I thought you'd like it, even though its kind of boring."
"Humph…the kid just doesn't know what good art is," Jiraiya grumbled, hearing that and crossing his arms.
"Oi! Naruto, when did you get back!?!" a familiar female voice said from below the pole.
"Just now!" Naruto replied, and he grinned, leaping down from the pole and landing next to his old friend and teammate, Haruno Sakura. She had changed a lot over the past three years, short pink hair, she had incorporated the red ribbon Ino had given her into her headband, she was wearing a red vest and a black skirt, with a brown belt with her kunai and ninja weapons pouch, and on her back was a dagger in a sheath. He grinned and she looked at him, and blinked.
"Y-You're taller than me now," Sakura said and Naruto blinked.
"Oh? You're right!" Naruto said with a grin, measuring himself.
'…mmhmm…Naruto…you've gotten really strong since the last time I've seen you…' Sakura thought with a smile. She placed her hand to her cheek, deciding to tease him a bit, a fake blush appearing on her face. "So Naruto…do I look more womanly now?"
"You haven't changed a bit, Sakura-chan!" Naruto said and Sakura gagged and an angry look.
'Naruto…you're so dense…' Jiraiya thought, sighing.
Hinata was also walking down the street and her eyes widened, seeing Naruto. A blush appeared on her face and she sidled into a nearby alley to hide, breathing in and out and she pressed her fingers together.
'Come on Hinata…you're not that little girl anymore…just…just go talk to him…' Hinata chided herself, pressing her fingers together. 'Okay…just go talk to him…no big deal…just…talk yeah…'
Taking a deep breath to calm herself, she walked out of the alley and down the street towards Naruto and Sakura. She looked and saw Konohamaru, Moegi, and Udon running towards the blond haired ninja.
"Hey boss, check this out!" Konohamaru yelled fresh from returning from the 'Find Tora' mission. Naruto, Sakura, Hinata, and Jiraiya looked as he did a seal and in a puff of smoke, there was an incredibly beautiful woman. "How's my Sexy no Jutsu now?"
Sakura's eyes bugged out and her jaw dropped as Konohamaru dropped the specialize henge. She looked to Naruto, who was just chuckling lightly.
"Konohamaru, you're a ninja now, you shouldn't be doing that jutsu anymore," Naruto said with a grin, and Konohamaru blinked.
Sakura and Hinata looked at him from their different vantage points. 'Wow…he really has changed…' Sakura thought in admiration.
Naruto grinned jokingly. "Because I got a new perverted jutsu up my sleeve!"
'New…perverted…' Sakura's eye twitched and she slammed her fist into Naruto's face angrily. "SHANNARO!" Naruto went flying into the air and he crashed into the ground, skidding and coming right to Hinata's feet. Sakura stormed over and hefted him up and began shaking him. "Just when I start developing a new respect for you, you do this!"
Hinata blinked as Naruto was shaken violently in front of her. Jiraiya sighed, closing his eyes. 'You've been making yourself a mini-Tsunade now, haven't you Tsunade?'
Sakura set Naruto down, growling angrily and she looked up at Hinata. "Oh, Hinata-chan, didn't see you there," she grinned. "How are you? Oh, look whose back!"
Hinata yelped as Naruto was hefted up in front of her. "Ugh…whose…" Naruto groaned dizzily, and looked at her. "Hinata…is that…you?"
A blush appeared on Hinata's face and she forced down the urge to faint. "H-Hai Naruto-kun…w-welcome back…"
Sakura grinned as Naruto was set down, and he was rubbing his face and muttering. "It was just a joke Sakura-chan…"
Naruto looked at Hinata after regaining his bearings. "Wow Hinata! You've changed a lot!"
Hinata blushed. "I-I have?"
"Yeah! You're taller now too, and you're hair has grown out! And I like the new look!" Naruto said cheerfully, and the blush grew on Hinata's face. She was indeed taller, but was slightly shorter than Sakura and Ino. And she was wearing a different, thinner coat, colored gray and purple. Underneath was a protective layer of ninja mesh.
"T-Thank you, N-Naruto-kun," Hinata stuttered, forcing herself to stay conscious after Naruto's compliments.
Kakashi then leapt down, and Konohamaru hid behind him, afraid of Sakura's might even though she had calmed down. He laughed lightly, and looked at Naruto, Hinata, and Sakura.
"Okay guys, you three will be coming with me on team-related missions. Kurenai-san has already accepted Hinata-san's transfer. Its different than before, we're no longer master and pupil, starting today, we're equal Konoha Shinobi's."
Tsunade had arrived, and saw that Kakashi had already taken out the bells. She grinned at Naruto, the boy had really grown into a fine young man by the looks of it.
"Well…I'm curious to see how you three developed. The rules are the same, you'll only get the bells if you come at me with the intent to kill," Kakashi said and the three of them nodded. "I'll leave you two to fill Hinata-san in on the test more. We'll start in an hour."
With that, he vanished with a shunshin no jutsu (body-flicker technique). Naruto grinned. "Well we can fill her in over ramen! I'll buy!"
The three walked to Ichiraku and Naruto laughed joyfully, smelling his favorite food simmering on the stove. Ichiraku Ayame and Teuchi looked up and they grinned.
"Oi, Naruto, is that you? Damn, you grew up like a bean sprout!" Teuchi asked his favorite customer and Naruto grinned.
"Yep, its me! The usual old man, and I'll be buying for my friends!" Naruto replied with a grin, sitting onto the chair. "We have to discuss battle plans in beating Kakashi this time and getting those bells!"
"On it, Naruto! Oh, what can we get you, Sakura-chan, Hinata-chan?" Ayame asked and Sakura grinned.
"I'll have shrimp ramen please, with some crab legs in the ramen as well as a side salad please? Oh, and green tea for a drink," Sakura asked with a grin, taking her own seat.
"Okay, and you Hinata-chan?"
"I-I'll have miso ramen…and green tea please," Hinata replied and Ayame nodded.
"Alright guys, Hinata-chan, the main objective really isn't getting the bells, its working together to get them," Naruto explained as they waited on their ramen. "Since there are only two bells, one of us will be without one. One of us will sacrifice themselves so their teammates will get the bells."
"I-I…" Hinata started and Naruto grinned.
"Nope, I'll do it guys. You two get the bells, I'll hold him off and distract him," Naruto said with a grin. "At first though, we have to act on our own, to throw him off guard. We'll show him how far we've grown, and lure him into a trap in the woods…"
Their ramen came and in between bites Naruto explained the plan. Hinata and Sakura hung on his every word, and he grinned, slurping the ramen proudly and he set his bowl down when he was finished.
"Another one, old man!" Naruto said with a grin.
Later, at Training Ground 8, Naruto, Hinata, and Sakura were waiting for Kakashi to arrive. Hinata was twiddling her fingers at the corner of the fence, Sakura was leaning back against the fence as well, and Naruto was pacing as they waited. Around 10 minutes later, Kakashi finally walked up.
"Yo, sorry I'm late…"
"SAVE IT!" Naruto and Sakura yelled at the same time and Kakashi chuckled weakly. "Wow…that's nostalgic…" Sakura said.
"Just like when Sasuke was here…" Kakashi said and Sakura and Naruto blinked…and became depressed. They both sulked as Hinata sweat dropped. 'I guess Sasuke's name is taboo now…'
From the forest, Jiraiya, Tsunade, and Shizune watched and the Hokage sighed, shaking her head as her student and Naruto both shook off their depressions.
"Alright, you three know the rules now. Get the bells from me before the sun sets and you pass," Kakashi said with a grin.
"You're not going to read Icha Icha while we fight are you, Kakashi-sensei?" Naruto asked skeptically as Kakashi placed his book in his pack and lifted his headband.
"No, I think, given your current level…that'd be suicide," Kakashi said, opening his eye and showing the Sharingan.
The four had a tense stand off and then Kakashi dropped to his knees and tossed several shuriken at Naruto. The blond ninja leapt into the air and crossed his fingers, creating a Kage Bushin. The clone yanked Naruto out of the way when Kakashi launched several shuriken up at them, and then when both landed, Naruto was transformed into a giant shuriken which the clone began to throw. Yet, his wrist was caught.
"Hold up Naruto, I didn't say start yet," Kakashi said good naturedly and he felt a sharp point on his back. Glancing back, he saw Naruto there, grinning with a kunai in his hand. The copy ninja's thoughts went back to the first bell test, where he put Naruto into a similar situation. 'You have grown a lot…' he grinned. "Okay…start!"
With that, Kakashi vanished in a puff of smoke. Naruto dispelled his transformation and his clones and looked around. Hinata snapped on her Byakugan, checking where the copy ninja was.
"Sakura-chan, Naruto-kun, he's underground!"
"I got him!" Sakura yelled, jumping up and slamming her fist into the ground…and it began to crater and fracture. Naruto's face was a surprised expression, so was Kakashi's.
'Wow…better stay on Sakura-chan's good side now…she could kill me…' Naruto thought as his hand idly reached into his pack.
'That insane strength! Tsunade-sama hasn't just been teaching her medical ninjutsu!' Kakashi thought nervously as Hinata then charged him.
He leapt out of the cratered, cracked earth as Hinata began launching her palms at him. He blocked and dodged, knowing that even a graze could affect his ability to use chakra for a while. Thanks to his Sharingan, he was able to read her movements and avoid her strikes, but even then, she was getting painfully close. He kicked her away as a chain came shooting out behind her.
Leaping back, Kakashi looked to see who it belonged to. To his surprise, it was Naruto, who was swinging it around expertly. In his left hand was a scythe, and the blond haired ninja grinned. Kakashi brought out a kunai as Naruto launched the weighted end of the chain at him.
'Always the unexpected…' Kakashi thought, blocking as he was forced back.
Sakura used that moment to charge him and Kakashi back flipped, landing on the water and doing the seals. A massive dragon made of water went towards Naruto, Hinata, and Sakura. Hinata jumped into its path.
"Shugohakke Rokujuyon Sho (Protection of the Eight-Trigrams, Sixty-four Palms)!" Hinata called out, and she put up her chakra laser barrier, completely blocking the attack and redirecting it. "He's moving off into the woods!"
Naruto and Sakura gave a nod-the plan was going off perfectly. The three jumped off onto the water, crossing into the woods to pursue Kakashi. Naruto crossed his fingers and created dozens of clones which began to fan out into the woods to look for him.
Kakashi hid behind a tree as several clones leapt by. 'They've improved tremendously…never thought Naruto'd be using a weapon like that…much less using it effectively…'
His Raikiri charged up as he saw several clones approaching him. Dashing towards them, he slammed it through one, then the other, and then another. His attack gave away his location to the rest of the group and clones suddenly burst from the ground.
'What?' Kakashi thought as he leapt out of the way.
"We've got him!" one clone yelled as Kakashi tossed several kunai and shuriken at the clones, making them explode in a puff of smoke.
He landed with his back to a tree and then heard something. The tree exploded from a blow and he looked to see Sakura there, cracking her knuckles and grinning. Kakashi breathed out through his nose as he looked around-Naruto and then Hinata appeared in the trees.
Naruto grinned. "Alright sensei, we're getting those bells!"
With that, he crossed his fingers and nearly three hundred clones puffed into existence around the entire area. Kakashi looked around calmly, his Sharingan analyzing each clone.
'As expected…you can make a lot of clones Naruto…' Kakashi thought as all of the clones took out chains and began swinging them around.
Kakashi leapt into the air to avoid the attack and did a bunch of seals. Taking a deep breath he blew out a stream of fire into the wave of clones, making dozens of them blow up in a puff of smoke before charging in.
'Alright…' Naruto thought. 'Dispel!' and the remaining clones exploded, giving Hinata her queue.
Hinata leapt in, using the smoke to charge Kakashi while he looked around, waiting for the mass of smoke to clear. He whirled around as he detected movement…but it was too late. Even as he dodged, Hinata's palm grazed his arm…shutting off the chakra to it.
'Tsk…' Kakashi thought as his hand and forearm went numb. He dodged Hinata's next strike, catching her forearm and slamming his foot into her stomach, making her crash into the bushes. 'Got to make a swift escape…'
Sakura then charged, knowing it was her turn. Kakashi's eyes widened as she closed in and her fists became a blur. He jumped and dodged and ducked, knowing one hit would knock him out. The sound of the chain coming at him then made him step back just as Sakura caught the weighted end. She pulled back as Naruto gave more slack to the chain. Kakashi caught on and barely ducked when they tried to wrap him up.
Taking out a smoke bomb, Kakashi tossed it down and he used it to escape. 'They've really improved a lot…Hinata's strike disrupted my chakra…ninjutsu will be out for a few hours…have to rely on taijutsu…'
The test continued for hours, Kakashi engaging the three younger ninja and all of them getting close. He got nicked a few more times by Hinata, but not enough to really slow him down. He began to think they were acting on a plan, however, he couldn't think what. Finally, Naruto, Hinata, and Sakura were talking strategy as the sun began setting.
"Man…even after all the training we've had, Kakashi-sensei is still as impressive as ever," Naruto said, panting and wiping his forehead.
"Yeah, how much of his chakra have you sealed off on him, Hinata-chan?" Sakura asked, panting and she took a drink of water from her flask.
"He should be slowing down right now, but he's still faster than us. We have to get him to close that Sharingan of his to have a chance," Hinata said, wiping her forehead.
"That's not going to be easy…Kakashi-sensei has a better nose than Kiba…a better mind than Shikamaru…and uses the Sharingan better than Sasuke…" Naruto said, putting his hand to his chin. "We may have to use the unconventional…"
"What do you mean?" Sakura asked and Naruto grinned. "What?"
"Its so obvious. Listen, I'll set him up, just you two, get the bells. Hinata-chan, where is he?" Naruto asked.
"He's close, I'll lead the way."
Naruto and Sakura nodded, and the blond shinobi grinned, ready to implement his plan. They all leapt into the trees, following Hinata.
Kakashi was, meanwhile, panting behind a tree. Fighting for this long amount of time had drained his reserves, and the juken strikes were starting to really zap his strength. Not only that, but his use of the Sharingan was beginning to also drain away at his strength.
'This isn't good…if this continues, I'll have to stop using my Sharingan…' Kakashi thought as he heard rustling from ahead of him.
"Hey Kakashi-sensei!" Naruto yelled as he, Sakura, and Hinata barreled out of the branches.
'A frontal attack? They know that's not going to work…'
"Kakashi-sensei, the secret ending to the newest Icha Icha is…"
"What?" Kakashi asked in shock and he covered his ears, not wanting to be spoiled. 'No use, the Sharingan can trace his movements!'
He closed his eyes…just as he felt the chain wrap around him and he was slammed into a tree. And then Hinata and Sakura leapt in, grabbing the bells and he groaned in pain. When his eyes opened, he saw Hinata, Sakura, and Naruto grinning proudly, and Hinata and Sakura were holding the bells.
"…well…I'll be damned…you did it," Kakashi said with a grin as Naruto pulled the chain off of him.
Tsunade looked at Jiraiya from the woods. "Well, Naruto's improved immensely," she said with a grin. "Guess you are good for something other than writing perverted books."
"Humph, you just can't appreciate good art Tsunade, but I'll take the compliment anyway," Jiraiya said, returning the grin and he leaned back.
River Country, location unknown
Two men in black cloaks with red clouds were sitting, meditating as several hologram projection-like representations activated. One man had long blond hair, worn in a pony-tail and an optic enhancer over his eye, and the other was a squat looking man who kept his face hidden by a mask.
"Deidara, Sasori, it is time to move out and capture the Shukaku," the spiky haired projection with Spiral Eyes said from ahead of them. "Do not underestimate him. As the Kazekage, he'll have many resources to draw upon to keep you from getting him."
"Tsk…that will be no problem," Sasori said in his rough, gravely voice. "I already planted a agent in Sunagakure."
"Feeling nostalgic to visit your old village, eh, Sasori-senpai?" Deidara asked and Sasori rolled his eyes.
"No…Deidara, you will be doing the capture. Limit your explosive clay not to kill him."
"Hm…I'll just have supplies of mostly C1, and probably C3 then, in case they want to experience my full art," Deidara said with a grin, lifting his hand…and there was a mouth on it. A tongue came out and licked around. "Yes…everyone will see my art and be in awe…yeah…"
"Humph, those explosions are not art, true art is everlasting…"
"Art is a blast, senpai! And I'll prove it, yeah!"
The Leader sighed, closing his eyes. The transmission was cut and the two other Akatsuki members concluded their argument and walked out of the hideout. It'd take two days to get to Suna from River. During that time, Deidara'd think of a strategy to deal with this Jinchuuriki…
To be continued…
I know you're all waiting anxiously for Into the Inferno, but I just wanted to show that yes, I'm still alive. Sorry for the lack of updates on that, it's being worked on. This story was inspired by talking and RPing with a group of my friends online, seeing what Naruto Shippuden'd be like our way.
Anyway, I hope you like. Of course, this is my style-NaruHina, eventual SasuSaku. I'll be using the characters a lot more than canon; each team will have an arc focusing on them. I hope you enjoy.