"Kyuubi talk or Jutsu"
Author's Note: Okay, to start I'd like to say I'm not going to work on this until I've finished ThePerfect Jinchuuriki Vessel. Like my bleach story, I just had to get this idea out of my head. I've been reading stories dealing with Naruto have the Rin'negan lately, and I just haven't found that one story that quenched my thirst for it. So, I've decided to make my own! Though, again, I won't start writing more until the other story is done.
Also the pairing for this will be NaruAnkoSaku, and I don't know if I want to add Konan, I'll have to think about that. Anyway, I'd like to see what you think of the story so please review, and now onto another chapter of the Perfect Jinchuuriki Vessel :D.
Chapter 1: The Nidaime Amekage
The Nidaime Amekage gazed over his village through his blindfold, hearing the downpour envelop his skyscraper filled village. He's done so much over the past three years for this village, and for that they worshipped him, loved him. It was so different in this village than his previous one. He used to think he could get what he wanted by working hard and doing the right thing. But now, now he knew what it was to be a Shinobi, to be nothing but a weapon.
Gone was the former pathetic, happy-go-lucky, dobe that everyone once made fun of. In his place a powerful, vigilant, intellectual that was to be respected, feared if need be. But he didn't need to use fear, no, not in this village, never in this village. Though the Amekage could only smile under his black mask (one that resembled his former Sensei's). He once loved Konoha – his past village – and he once wanted to protect it and everyone in it. But now, that dream was gone, well, maybe not gone, but changed. Now he wanted to protect everyone within Amegakure, and as for Konoha, he'd crush it if need be.
"Typhon-sama…" a man clad in a black, high-collared, cloak with red clouds painted randomly on it Shunshin-ed in front of the Amekage's desk in a kneeling bow, "… the Rokudaime Hokage, Danzou, has arrived with his represents and are requesting your immediate attention. They wish for you to sign a treaty with them. It seems they have become quite apprehensive about who our alliances are with, as you know Otogakure, Iwagakure, Kusagakure, and Takigakure have declared war on Konoha. With no one on their side and Suna and Kumo on ours, if we were to join the other villages, Konoha would without a doubt be destroyed. They believe you are going to side with Oto and as such have come here, hoping to make peace… "
"Are we?" the First asked his subordinate.
"Excuse me, sir?" the long haired brunette asked, moving his head up so he could see the back of his Amekage. He wasn't scared or anything, he just found the question a bit strange.
"Do you underestimate my abilities?" The Kage asked rhetorically, turning so he could face his underling, "I can easily feel the hate that's radiating off your body, so I'm asking you. Do you want me to side with Oto, so we can attack Konoha?"
The twenty-one year old hesitated for several seconds, thinking of the same village his Amekage was once from, "… No, Typhon-sama…"
"Rest at ease, Itachi-san-" the Nidaime commanded softly. "-we may one day attack, but for now you'll have to deal with them."
Itachi couldn't really tell if his Amekage was smiling or not – do to all the coverings that were on his face – but he was still reassured by his leader's words.
"Tell the rest of Akatsuki to meet up with me outside the room we'll be negotiating in." The Leader of Akatsuki ordered, knowing Itachi had nodded, "Oh, and you can take the rest of the day off, I hear your little brother has made quite a name for himself under the tainted wing of that Danzou. If he sees you we might have to go to war."
The Amekage could read Itachi's energy like a book even though he did his best remaining stoic, the very mention of Danzou's name made the Uchiha livid, "Yes, Typhon-sama…" with that the Uchiha slaughterer left with a Shunshin.
Turning back to his office's window, the Amekage took one last blindfolded look over his fertile village as a flock of seagulls took off from one of the many skyscrapers that polluted his land. He'd waited so long for this day, the day the gears of time were finally going to be put in motion and all his plans would come to blossom.
"You owe me one Sasuke-teme." Naruto stated coldly as he trudged further into the village, a nearly unconscious Uchiha Sasuke lying on his back as he tried his best holding him up in a piggyback.
All he got was a small groan of acknowledgment. Naruto's frown turned upside-down as he started to chuckle, happy that he'd been able to return his surrogate brother to the village he loved. It had been a long and tiring battle that seemed to awaken a hidden Kekkai Genkai (Bloodline Trait) – to both of the ninja's surprise – within Naruto. It was that which turned the tide on the two's battle.
It was all going Sasuke's way at first as his Sharingan took on its final form. Sasuke was able to read every move before Naruto even made it. But then Naruto's eyes, too, changed. His demonic red eyes morphed, the irises turning into a light purple, sliver mix, which colored his entire eyeball with multiple, highly defined, rings surrounding the pupil. The two didn't even notice it happen until Naruto all of a sudden started reading Sasuke's moves. It was at that moment Sasuke detected his eyes, knowing he'd have to go all out if he'd have any chance of winning.
---- (Flashback within a Flashback)
The watered crashed and banged as the two's Chakras clashed against one another, sending shockwaves throughout the valley. One dark purple and tainted with vile Chakra, while the other was a unique blue every ordinary Shinobi had.
Sasuke stood under Uchiha Madara's monumental statue, feeling the power course through him as the second level of his Curse Mark took over, giving him unspeakable powers. His hand-like wings stretched out from his back as they made their first appearance. The crackling of a thousand birds filled the valley as a Sasuke's left hand was covered with a white Chidori (Thousand Birds) thatflashed streams of black off its electrical body.
On the other side of the gully stood Uzumaki Naruto, looking the calmest Sasuke had ever seen him. A whole in Naruto's orange jumpsuit right over his heart marked Sasuke's unfruitful attempt at killing him, the scar that once lay there now healed and gone. Over him was the colossal sculpture of the Shodai Hokage, one of the many Hokages Naruto looked up to. In his eyes, unbeknownst to the two, was the infamous Doujutsu; the Rin'negan (Transmigration Eye). Naruto's perspective on the world had completely changed during their fight.
The moment Naruto awoke his Kekkai Genkai, the power radiated through him. And with that great rush of power came a flood of memories he thought he'd locked away. The beatings, the glares, the loneliness. All of it at once left him detached and isolated, but those feelings only lasted several seconds before he noticed Sasuke flying his way, the Chidori in his hand ready to kill.
For some unknown reason, Naruto felt a strange power within him awaken yet again.
Naruto's hands traveled up his body from his sides, this untold of energy flowing up as it made its way to his hands. Watching calmly as Sasuke aimed to ram his tainted Chidori covered hand into the Jinchuuriki's heart, Naruto propelled his hands out at Sasuke, screaming the name of this newfound Jutsu – he had no idea he knew – to the heavens, "SHINRA TENSEI (Divine Judgment)!!!!!"
Sasuke was only several feet away when his Chidori dispersed, not able to withstand this invisible force that hit him. The unseen push didn't stop as it sent Sasuke flying back across the river, a large trench cutting through the surface of the water as he skimmed by it. He crashed into the legs of Madara's statue, creating a large explosion of dust and rocks.
Naruto slowly watched in horror as a long crack ran up the side of Madara's memorial from where Sasuke had crashed, all the way up to its head. Time seemed to slow for the boy as he observed the statue collapse on itself, crushing his surrogate brother underneath.
---- (End Flashback within a Flashback)
Fortunately, for the both of them, Sasuke had been hit so hard he rolled off to the side, away from the crumbling statue as it fell. Though the hit was strong enough to knock the Uchiha out cold for awhile, he was lucky enough to avoid being gravely wounded if not dead.
That's how it came to be, Naruto bringing Sasuke back to his village like he promised his friends he would.
"Naruto!" the young Uzumaki heard to his left, noticing the two Chuunin – Hagane Kotetsu and Kamizuki Izumo – that frequently guarded the Gate when not helping the Fifth Hokage.
Naruto was to tired to talk as he watched them run over, making sure he was alright. He was grateful the two could tell he was about to pass out and knew exactly what to do. Silently thanking them he slowly slid into a light sleep, falling into one of their chest as he fell forward.
The next time Naruto awoke his eye were wrapped in bandages (because he was complaining that his eyes hurt in his sleep) and he way lying in a hospital bed – or he thought so from the way it smelled (for some reasons his senses also greatly increased after his bloodline awoke). Naruto then sensed his sensei, Kakashi, leaning against the door to the hall.
Kakashi walked up to the foot of the hospital bed, smiling proudly behind his mask, "You really did it, Naruto."
Naruto looked away bashfully blushing while rubbing the back of his head. What? Kakashi never praised Naruto on anything. "Um, it was nothing, really!"
Kakashi's face turned stern, "Oh, so that fisted sized whole in your jacket was nothing!?"
Naruto flinched at Kakashi's voice, "Naruto, you can't defend Sasuke for what he's done. He's committed a crime, and he will pay for it, no matter what you say."
"No 'buts'!!" Kakashi ordered, wondering why the boy had wrappings around his eyes.
"O-Okay, Kakashi-sensei…" Naruto said weakly.
Kakashi let out a sigh, "I'm sorry I'm being so strict, the council has just been on everyone's ass."
Naruto laughed at his sensei's choice of words. "What have they been asking?"
Naruto noted Kakashi hesitated at first, "It seems the old geezers think you tried to kill Sasuke and are trying to find someone who will testify to that. It seems if they can find eleven people to testify, they have ruling as to what your punishment will be."
"Wait a minute!" Naruto shouted urgently, "Why would I be punished?"
Naruto couldn't see that Kakashi looked away sadly, "The council is aloud to judge what a criminal's punishment is, unless the Hokage wishes to intervene – which she has for you –, but she can be overruled if a majority of the people and/or ninja the council members have picked, wish that the convict be punished."
"But why am I even on trial?"
"The council can condemn any ninja or villager if it finds the person is a threat to the village…"
"How would I be a threa- oh yeah…" a long silence pasted over the two as Naruto remembered the Kyuubi that was sealed within him. But so what! He wasn't the Kyuubi! Naruto found he was becoming more raged than he ever felt before.
"How will it go down?" the Uzumaki asked through gritted teeth.
Kakashi let out another sigh, he seemed to be doing that a lot lately, "The council is made up of clan heads, the daimyo, old ninja that have retired, and successful business men or women. The clan heads get to chose five ninja, the retirees and the business men or women will get to chose five because they're basically the same, while the daimyo gets to chose one. The eleven will then be asked, 'Should the council have the right to condemn the accused or not?' or another question close to that, and then we just wait for their opinions. If it falls into the council's favor, the three head-councilors – which will be the three sitting next to each other in front of you – will choose what your sentence will be."
"What about the Tsunade-nobaachan?"
"The Hokage, though she has nearly as much authority as it, is not part of the council."
"So she won't be there?"
"Don't worry, any ninja is allowed to view the trial, even the Hokage. All your friends will be there too." Kakashi smiled, trying to comfort his student. "Anyway, I got to go. The Icha Icha series has just released another book, and it has my name written all over it!" Naruto found it weird that Kakashi was so giddy, much different then his usual laidback outlook.
"Oh, Kakashi-sensei!" Naruto called after his teacher as he exited the room.
Only Kakashi's head bopped back in, "Yes?"
"Who's gonna' be the, um, judge I think it's called?"
"There isn't a judge, but a moderator."
Naruto audibly gulped, he might not have known what that was, but it sure sounded bad, "Um, and who's that going to be?"
Naruto heard Kakashi let out another sigh, this one the deepest so far, "Danzou of Ne (Root)…"
Naruto stared vacantly at the spot his sensei was formerly at, 'Who the fuck is that?!'
"Do you know what you are being charged with?" the so called 'Danzou of Ne' proclaimed over the council. Danzou, with Mitokado Homura and Utatane Koharu at his sides, sat in-between the rest of the council – Naruto figured those three were the head-councilors. To the left of the three sat the Civilian Council, while on the other sat the Military Council. The entire room was a circular auditorium surrounding a chair where the condemned sat. All the council members were on the second level, while any ninja that wished to watch the trial could sit on the first level. So far the only ones on the first level were Tsunade, Kakashi, Jiraiya, Iruka, and several other Jounin that he recognized to be his so called 'friend's' senseis, strange, all those people were the only ones that came to visit him at the hospital.
"Yeah, I'm being charged with something I didn't do!" Naruto spit out. He had planned to go into the trial calm and collected, but that shattered when he sensed none of his friends there.
I mean shit, their fucking senseis were here, so where the hell are they! What the hell could they be possibly be doing when there senseis weren't even around to give them something to do. 'Probably off sucking their precious 'Sasuke-kun's' hospitalized DICK.'. Naruto soon stopped in thought, not getting where all this pent-up anger was coming from.
Naruto's thoughts were soon cut short as Danzou repeated himself, "Boy! I will only say this one more time. You are under trail, and it is our decision as to what your punishment will be!"
"Heh, yeah right, I know you can't do jack-shit if you don't have a majority rule by the people." Naruto could feel Danzou's brow furrow. Naruto decided on wearing a long black cloth instead of the bandages the hospital provided, much like the one he had his forehead protector attached to. He thought it'd be pretty bad if everyone saw his new eyes, he didn't know why, but they just seemed like they'd get him in trouble. So he came up with that blindfold thing, and if anyone asked, he'd just say his eyes got injured in the fight. That's what everyone at the hospital believed. And though he had the blindfold on, he could see fairly well.
Whatever happened to his eyes, they were like a combination of Sharingan and Byakugan. All he saw was black and blue. The blue being the persons Chakra, but that wasn't all. He could also see (damn what did Kakashi call it), oh yeah, their Tenketsu. He pretty much saw a different variation of what everyone else saw, and was slightly colorblind.
'Good job, Naruto.' Kakashi told Naruto mentally, happy his student had listened to him in the hospital.
"That may be the deal, but I reassure you, it will all fall in our favor in the end." Danzou promised darkly, getting dirty looks from all the ninja a floor under him and several clan heads to his right. "Now let us begin!"
The first to go up was the Civilian half, and lets just say, all went down the tube for Naruto and ' two times his age' friends. All, I repeat, ALL of the citizens that were picked said the head council should chose what the demon child's punishment should be, some didn't even let Danzou finish the question, and others even suggested forms of punishment.
At this point Naruto and co. where getting a little worried as to what the others were going to say. One more yes for the council getting rule of the punishment, and it was a majority.
"Who is your pick, Shikaku?" Danzou asked the Nara clan head.
"We choose Nara Shikamaru." As the words left Shikaku's mouth, his son entered through one of the doors on the ground floor.
Naruto smiled widely, happy that at least one of his Genin friends was there. Noticing the grin, Shikamaru smiled too, trying to reassure Naruto. Though it soon faltered when he noticed the twenty Anbu lined in fives standing on either side of Naruto.
Naruto could see the Tenketsus around Shikamaru's mouth move, saying, 'Hey Naruto.' but then he realized the roped blond was blindfolded.
Naruto's 'Hey' – which would have completely shocked Shikamaru – was stopped when Danzou interrupted, "If you mind Nara, we'd like to continue."
"Tch…" Shikamaru snorted under his breath, annoyed the old man came between him and Naruto, "Yes, sir?"
"Who is it you deem fit in giving that 'boy's' judgment, the Hokage? Or the Council?"
"The Hokage." The lazy genius stated clearly, much to the relief of the ninja present.
Danzou didn't seem irritated in the least, why should he? It was 1 to 5.
Naruto didn't listen to the name given as he saw the Tenketsus around Shikamaru's hand go up, giving him a small thumbs-up.
Realizing another clan head had given a name, Naruto turned to see who it was, well, as best as he could. All Naruto saw was the regular anatomy of Tenketsu, and an average flow of Chakra – with a small hue of purple like the one Sasuke had shown when full influenced by the Curse Mark –, but it was pretty much the same as everyone else's'. Though for some strange reason, Naruto got a really bizarre feeling that he'd seen him/her before. He also noticed some of the civilian council members were radiating with hate.
"Who is it you deem fit in giv-"
The woman – he could safely identify as from the voice – didn't even let Danzou finish his sentence as she answered anxiously, almost like she didn't want to be there, "Hokage!"
Naruto's head followed her as she left, laughing on the inside at her total lack of respect for the entire council. He could clearly remember that voice, the second proctor of his Chuunin Exams; Mitarashi Anko.
The next two candidates went fast, both Akimichi Chouji and Inuzuka Kiba demanding the Hokage being the one to give judgment – much to the head-councilors' and civilian council's detestation. Naruto was very happy at his two friends appearances, giving him reassuring words from the way their mouth Tenketsu moved. The last of the clan heads was now up; Hyuuga Hiashi.
"Danzou-san, I was originally going to nominate branch member, Hyuuga Neji, and I tell you, he would have favored the Hokage. But I decided against that, so I nominated myself." As Hiashi was making his way down, Tsunade and the other ninja sitting under the Council were starting to get scared for the blond Genin. Hiashi rarely did anything good, if any, so it was very slim the Jinchuuriki was getting out of this.
Naruto came to realize Hiashi was Neji's uncle by the time the Hyuuga clan head was in front of the 'soon-to-be-teen'. Hopefully he wasn't as stuck-up and fate crazed as Neji when Naruto first met him.
"I am a man that holds high standers. I believe that a person cannot do anything, if he does not have the right ancestry." Tsunade and the ninja next to her were getting more scared by the second. Well, Kurenai and Asuma seemed fine; he wasn't their student after all. "But…" Hiashi sighed, rising some of the ninja's hope, "This boy has changed that. This boy proved to my nephew that hard work could prevail against anything and because of that, I was able to gain the strength to tell Neji something very important. Unfortunately I cannot tell you what, but know because of that information I told Neji, I have reunited with my nephew, and I owe it all to this boy. Therefore, I vote for the Hokage!"
Hiashi stoically walked back to his seat after patting Naruto on the shoulder fatherly, completely shocking all present. Hiashi wanted to tell everyone his respect for the boy only grew when he heard Naruto had returned to the village with Uchiha Sasuke – said to be like a brother to the blond. Saving a brother, something Hiashi wasn't able to do.
Danzou let out a low sigh, he had thought for sure Hiashi was going to rule in favor of them, but no. He had to make some long ass speech about the boy and his stupid power of making people turn over a new leaf. It didn't matter though, next was the daimyo, and boy was Danzou glad people invented a thing called 'bribery'.
Naruto didn't know where the daimyo sat until he started talking. He was perched behind the head-councilors and seemed to be waving a handheld fan as if he was hot, "Oh, my pick already?" The bone-skinny daimyo asked pleasantly with a sigh, "I guess I'll call upon…" all the ninja that felt attached in any way to the whiskered boy were at the edge of their seats, "… Danzou!" all the hope within those very same ninja sank. Not him. Anyone but him.
"I vote in favor of the Council, which means it's 6 to 5, the Council wins." Danzou announced much to the pleasure of civilian council. "We will hold a short intervention while the head-councilors discuss what his sentence will be."
A couple minutes after the three left, mostly all the other council members left. Only Naruto, his Anbu guards, and his friends were left. Shikamaru, Chouji, and Kiba came around to the 'Ninja Section' after their votes were said, wanting to see their friend's trial. Even Neji showed up when Hiashi started giving his speech.
"This is total bullshit!" Kiba said loudly as he stood by Naruto's side. Naruto had his head down so his blond hair shadowed his wrapped eyes.
"Quiet, Kiba-kun." Yuuhi Kurenai ordered his student, not really caring for the blond's predicament, she – along with Azuma – was dragged down here by Kakashi and Gai. "The council has made its decision, we have to just wait and see what the three elder's say."
"Damn it…" The Godaime Hokage muttered under her breath, she just felt so useless; she couldn't protect Nawaki or Dan from enemy ninja, and know she couldn't protect Naruto from their very own council! Feeling a strong hand on her left shoulder, Tsunade looked to see her old teammate Jiraiya who had a comforting smile.
"Don't worry, no matter what the punishment, I'll be there to protect him, I promise."
"Thank you, Jiraiya." Tsunade's thanks soon ended as a large vain bulged on her forehead, feeling Jiraiya's hand as it now groped her butt, "Let go!"
"Of course." Jiraiya said pleasantly retracting his hand, knowing it would have been broken if he didn't.
The only two that really confronted Naruto was Shikamaru and Neji. Shikamaru walked up to his left while Neji to his right, both kneeling when they got closer.
"Sorry Lee, Tenten, Shino, and Hinata-sama aren't here." Neji started, getting no reaction from the younger Genin, "There all on a mission to Yama no Kuni (Bear Country)."
"Sasuke, as you know, is still hospitalized and Sakura and Ino are frequently visiting him. Ino's only visiting because, and I quote 'Like I'd let that forehead beat me in love!'.
The two got no response from the boy whatsoever.
"We have come to a decision!" Danzou's voice rang throughout the auditorium, all the council members entering out of nowhere as they took their seats. Naruto's friends did the same.
"Uzumaki Naruto, under the judgment of the three head-councilors, shall have his title stripped from him. You shall never be a ninja and are forbidden from any training of any kind. If caught, you will be executed." Danzou continued through the many complaints he was getting below him, even Kurenai and Asuma found that to harsh, "You are forbidden from talking to any rank of ninja, other then the Hokage – should you request a mission –, for you will be put under suspicion of getting hidden training. That is all, the council has spoken. Take him away!"
Naruto's head was down just like before, and before any of his friends could protest, the Anbu had already taken him out of the room.
Naruto's blindfolded eyes scanned over Sasuke's body. He was sitting on a backless stool at the Uchiha's bedside. Just an hour ago he'd been told he could no longer be a ninja, and though he didn't show it, that infuriated him to no end. All because of him, their 'precious' Uchiha. He'd done everything to bring Sasuke back to the village. Did he get a thanks or a smile from any of them, no he didn't. Not only did the council take away his ninja rank, but they said he couldn't talk to any ranked ninja, which were pretty much all his friends. Other then Teuchi and his daughter, he didn't have any citizen friends!!!
Naruto then contemplated on whether or no he should leave, he could see out of the corner of his eye out in the hall that his other teammate – Haruno Sakura – was making her way towards Sasuke's room. Fuck's wrong with her, it was like two o'clock in the morning, why wasn't she sleeping? Oh, right, because her 'Sasuke-kun' was lying right in front of him.
Deciding to stay, Naruto heard the audible gasp as Sakura entered, dropping whatever she was holding.
Naruto didn't even turn to her direction when she whispered his name, "Naruto…"
Naruto was about to say, "What?" as harshly as he could, still annoyed that she didn't even attend his trial, but then remembered the council's words. If he talked to her, he'd be executed, and it didn't help there was a camera hanging on the corner of the room.
Sakura started to get annoyed at his quietness. First he puts Sasuke-kun in a coma and now he won't talk to her, who does he think he is! "Naruto." She repeated, "Naruto!"
He continued to look at Sasuke through his blindfold, completely ignoring the pink haired girl. Marching over the flower she'd brought for Sasuke, that she moments ago dropped, Sakura glared at the boy. "Answer me damn it!"
Naruto's face was now facing away from Sakura, a large red imprint of a manicured hand was on his left cheek.
"First you bring Sasuke-kun back nearly dead, and now you won't even answer me when I'm talking to you!!" Sakura started. Naruto could feel the immense hatred that was rolling off her small body. "I hate you, I wish you were dead! You, you MONSTER!!!!"
A lingering chill ran through Naruto's entire body, the haunting memories of how the villagers used to torture him when he was younger creeping its why into his head.
"Go die, you filthy demon!!"
"Why does such a horrible thing like you even exist?"
"Let's just kill it so we don't have to look at that ugly face anymore."
"No! Killing it would be too easy on a demon like him; I got a better idea…"
Naruto slowly awoke from his daydreaming, still hearing the echo of his younger self's terrifying screams of pain. Naruto abruptly stood up from his stool, slightly scaring the Haruno as to what he'd do. All the ex-ninja did was walk past her, shutting the hospital door silently as to not wake other patients.
Looking from the door to the bedridden Uchiha, Sakura noticed Sasuke was wide awake, staring at the ceiling wordlessly, "Sasuke-ku-"
"-You're an idiot." He cut her off, thinking of his blond teammate, 'Naruto…'
Naruto slowly walked through a deserted street within Konoha, all the villagers were likely asleep or going there because all the lights to homes or stores were turned off. Slowly Naruto brought his hand up through his hair, feeling a burning sensation within his head. It'd been there ever since he awaked his 'Yet-to-be-named' bloodline limit at the Valley of the End. It was like an itching that scratched at the back of his head, he didn't tell the nurses or doctors – like they would have listened – because for some strange reason whenever he read something (He learned brail) or learned a new bit of information (Like with Kakashi) it receded. Though lately it's been acting up, mostly because the only thing new he learned was him not being a ninja, and that wasn't a 'need-to-know' thing in his opinion.
Noticing – to his luck – the biggest ninja library in Konoha a couple stores away, Naruto decided to make a detour from his trip home. Naruto would never have thought he'd be at a library in his free time, but then again, he never thought he'd be striped of his ninja rank. Breaking in – it was closed – was pretty easy to do with his skills, just using the vents on the roof as a way to get in. Flicking on a light switch near the front doors, rows of lights turned on, revealing bookshelf after bookshelf of knowledge.
Slowly untying his blindfold, a large smile spread across his face, "…let's begin!"
During Naruto's nightly readings at the library, the Uzumaki learned several very important things:
First, it turns out the Kage Bunshin has more than one use, it allows the user to gain any knowledge that clone learns. Though it says it's dangerous to use more than fifty cause by then the ninja will be out of Chakra and die. Luckily for Naruto, he had a large supply of Chakra, and could even go into the hundreds with the Tajuu Kage Bunshin technique. Another hazardous fact is that the more the clone learns or the more clones there are, it will all come back to the user in a large migraine, ranging from a small headache to a eternal coma. But for some reason, whenever Naruto used his Tajuu Kage Bunshin or Kage Bunshin and the knowledge all came back to him, instead of a headache the longing desire within Naruto's head would fade. His brain felt peaceful and serene, giving him feelings he never knew he had.
Second, he found out the Kage Bunshin could be used for physical training as well, though nothing he read told him that. He figured it out when one of his clones was doing a hundred pull-ups after he'd read everything he was assigned. When that clone dispersed, he could feel the slight tiredness and soreness that came with the pull-ups. Now when Naruto creates his clones and assigns them to reading, after they finished all their stuff, there to start light work outs. What? He couldn't really tell them to go wild. They were in a library and he didn't want to fall in a coma because of fatigue.
Last, he learned the Doujutsu he had was called the Rin'negan, and the only other person that had it was the first ninja; the Rikudou Sennin (Six Realms Sage). Oddly, the moment her learned that fact visions flashed through his mind, like he'd just awakened the Rin'negan. He had practically memorized everything within the library by the time he fully awoke the Rin'negan, and now he knew what he had to do to reach the Rin'negan's highest peak.
That's what brings us to Naruto's position in front of the Hokage's Memorial, the heavy downpour high in the sky casting a deep shadow over the entire village.
'Forgive me, Shodai-sama, Nidaime-sama, please forgive me.' Naruto thought to himself as he grabbed the shovel wedged into the ground next to him. Raising it to his side as a loud clap of thunder flashed, Naruto drove the shovel into the soil over the Shodai's grave.
Tsunade looked out her window from her chaired position behind her desk. Naruto's banishment as a ninja two months ago hit some people really hard. Especially because none of them had seen him since they were forbidden to, other then the Kage, but she just didn't have the time no matter how much she wished she did.
Shikamaru seemed lazier than ever, missing some of the missions he was assigned, not going to his team trainings, and just staying at his family compound all day. Even his dad Shikaku seemed a bit lazier, though he still got all his work done.
Chouji now ate at Ichiraku's daily, along with Shikamaru whenever he stopped hibernating at his house.
Ino and Shino didn't really seem fazed by the boy's exile.
Kurenai wasn't really fazed either, but she did feel sad for the boy every once and awhile.
Asuma was actually seen less with a cigarette in his mouth. If you asked he would have just told you it was because Kurenai told him to quit. But deep down it was really because Asuma used to take care of the kid when he was around two and the brat would always tell the Jounin "Smoking was bad". It wasn't until now did he start listening, well, he'd have one ever so often.
Kiba and Hinata seemed really down. Kiba started gaining respect for the boy after he was defeated in the Chuunin Exams and it only grew when he learned he was successful in brining Sasuke back to the village. Hinata was more crushed than her dog-like teammate, barely ever leaving her room even when Hiashi said it was bad to continue like that.
Neji still held his cold demeanor on the outside, but everyone knew he was hurt deep down, wishing he could have done something to help the blond.
Lee and Gai could been seen working extra hard on all kinds of things, big or small. Even Tenten was working harder than she usually did.
The three that took it the hardest though, was Sakura, Sasuke, and Kakashi. Kakashi could be seen reading his book upside-down at times, showing he was clearly thinking about something else. Sakura felt dejected, she wished she could have taken back everything she said to him at the hospital. Sasuke, not surprisingly, was only charged with a couple D-rank missions without pay as punishment. He seemed the most miserable, he would never admit it, but Naruto really was like a brother.
Tsunade let out a sigh, thinking of her little Naruto. She had practically finished all her work for once, and was about to leave when Shizune came barging into her office.
"T-Tsunade-sama!" Shizune panicked taking in breath after breath of air.
"Shizune calm down! Now what hap-"
"NARUTO'S DIED TSUNADE-SAMA!!"
Tsunade looked out her window, letting out another sigh as a scenario just like the one yesterday happened. She was in her Hokage chair, looking deadly pale out her window. Yesterday Naruto was found dead in his house; cause of death, kunai to the heart. It was later revealed by morticians that it was suicide.
They were going to have his name embroidered in the MIA stone, but the councilmen interfered, saying the boy was not a ninja and could not be put on the stone. His funeral was small, most of his other friends being on missions. Everyone was now three if not four times worse than they were when he was only stripped of his title. Even mission success rates were dropping do to the lack of his never give-up attitude.
Rummaging though one of her many drawers in her desk, Tsunade pulled out a bottle of sake, immediately poring it into a saucer. Tsunade slowly raised it to her lips, but dropped it when she felt a familiar spike of Chakra out in the distance. Jumping from her chair, Tsunade ran as fast as her high heels could take her.
Entering a large meadow within the dense forest that surrounded it, Tsunade noticed a boy with his back to her, standing underneath what looked to be the largest and oldest tree within Konoha. This person was wearing a black high-collared cloak with numerous red clouds imprinted in it. The thing that drew Tsunade's attention the most was the spiky blond hair on the boy's head.
Though the Hokage was several yards away, she put her hand out, trying to reach him as she walked forward. Her shocked walk was halted as she was wrapped in what looked like wood – which protruded from the ground – from head to toe in the blink of an eye. Her eyes widened in shock and terror as she realized this was her grandfather's Kekkai Genkai; Mokuton (Wood Release). She struggled against the restraints, but it was to no avail. This wood was filled with Chakra and trying to bend it was like trying to bend diamond.
Tsunade grunted, giving it one last ditch effort at escaping, it didn't work. She looked to the boy, "Who are you?!"
"Don't tell me you've forgotten about me already Tsunade-nobaachan." The cloak wearing blond said coldly, turning to face her. Tsunade could see a mask that resembled Kakashi's hid Naruto's mouth, tied around his head was a black cloth that was as long as the one holding his Konoha forehead protector. At first she felt relieved and thankful that he was still alive, but she then gasped, noticing the long slash that ran through the leaf symbol.
Her current dilemma then came back to her, "What do you think your doing Naruto!!" she yelled at the boy.
"Forgive me, Tsunade-nobaachan…" Naruto told Tsunade sadly, untying his blindfold, "…Forgive me…"
The Fifth wasn't even able to let out a gasp at her surrogate son's eyes as a strong unknown force pulled her toward Naruto, completely shattering the wood wrapped around at the pressure. She couldn't even move under the gravitational force pulling her as she saw the long, sharp, piece of black metal that Naruto pulled from his sleeve.
Naruto stabbed the metal into Tsunade's stomach, stopping her forward motion in the air as she chocked out blood. Tsunade's entire stomach felt as if it was on fire, more so than just a simple stab wound, it was like that metal weapon was burning her insides.
Laying the dying Kage onto the grass Naruto slowly slid his weapon out of her bleeding stomach; the blood covered metal dissolving into the air as if it didn't exist.
"It's funny Tsunade-hime." Naruto told her as she looked at him with cloudy eyes, "I'm glad that the council forbids me from being a ninja or talking to my friends. Because of that, I was able to come up with this ingenious plan, not being hindered by my friends' nonsense or useless missions. This nifty plan of mine – sorry, I can't help but toot my own horn, in my opinion I outdid even myself – started the day I was exiled as a ninja. All I'm going to tell you, though, is that body they found at my house was actually a lowly academy student I killed, kunai to the heart remember? Though the only really hard part was making an invisible seal that transformed his features to mine, permanently, even got the fact cerulean eyes that I used to have!" Naruto had learned a couple days after usage that his Rin'negan was eternally activated, his old sea blue eyes gone forever.
A lone tear cascaded down her already pale skin, how did Naruto turn out like this?
"Don't fret, Tsunade-hime." Naruto persuaded, "You shall be with me and your grandfather and granduncle for a lifetime as one of my bodies. Now let this one last act of kindness bring you joy when you're at God's golden gates."
Tsunade didn't know what he was talking about with the whole 'one of my bodies' but why would she care, she was dying. And though she didn't show it, Tsunade was shocked that Naruto had bent further down, capturing her lips through his mask. It was kind and sweet, and the very last one Tsunade would ever have as she slowly slid her eyes shut, letting her life slip away with Naruto's warmth.
"How sweet." A voice up in the trees over Naruto's head called, doing little to startle the greatest bijou holder. Why should he, Naruto was expect him. "She was like a mother to you, was she not? Or maybe no? Something more?"
"Shut-up…" Naruto growled turning to face the large tree as he stood back up, "Come out, Madara."
A blur of black fell from the tree branches. Madara landed gracefully, his orange swirl looking mask – that Naruto would later complement for its orange-ness – held securely in his left hand. His face was the same as it was seventy years ago, (well, there was no point in counting, seeing Madara didn't age any) just shorter black hair.
"My oh my, that Rin'negan of yours sure is something. Sensing me is some feat." Madara smiled happily.
"You two can come out as well." Naruto ordered, getting a curious look from Madara. Hearing some bushes rustle, Madara looked behind Naruto, nearly dropping his mask. There standing several yards away was Senju Hashirama and Senju Tobirama, wait, no. There was something different about them. "Don't worry yourself Madara, those two are mindless, they're part of me now." Naruto's finger pulled down the mask he had covering his entire nose and down, so it hung loosely around his neck. Multiple piercings, made with the same material as his spike weapons, cover his face.
Three small stub-like piercings ran vertically down either side of his nose. Six looped ones were cascading around the outer rim of each ear, while a longer bar-like piercing ran perpendicularly through them. Under each side of his bottom lip two small triangle shaped piercings hung.
Looking back to the First and Second, and now that they were several feet away, he could see they were wearing the same attire as Naruto. Konoha headband protector with a slash through it – though the Nidaime still had his crown-like headband. Every accessory of Akatsuki was on them, the cloak with red clouds, painted and manicured nails, the bamboo hat, and even the 'Zero' kanji ring that he'd given to Naruto was on their right thumbs (seems the kid made duplicates). Though the only thing Madara found unique about them were the many piercings.
The Shodai had a big upside-down 'U' in stub piercings starting from the top of his nose to bending down either side of his cheeks. Three, two inch long, stick like piercings ran through both his ears horizontally.
The Nidaime had a small bar piercing running diagonally through his nose. On either side of his cheeks running down vertically were two stub piercings, while two were horizontally placed on his chin.
"Don't get any ideas, these aren't really piercings." Naruto stated a bit annoyed, "Having the Rin'negan gives me perfect control over my Chakra and the Kyuubi's, even though it's said to be impossible to do so. These piercing looking things are made of Kyuubi's Chakra, and I use these to my transfer thoughts and parts of my soul to the other bodies. It's like I'm more than one person at a time, I have control over what any of them do. I can see what they see, feel what they feel. They can even talk when-"
The moment Naruto stopped talking, Tobirama started. "-I want them to."
"Mind going into more detail?" Madara asked. He never met the Rikudou Sennin when he was alive, so he didn't know much about the Rin'negan.
"Sure, it's going to take a little while putting all the piercings in Tsunade's body." Naruto said, untying the sash around her waist as he pulled off her clothes, beginning her surgery. "There are six bodies in total that the Rin'negan user can control. The people chosen can use whatever technique or Kekkai Genkai they had before they died, which is why Shodai-sama was able to use his Mokuton."
Madara whistled in astonishment.
"But that's not all; these different bodies gain abilities when I 'resurrect' them. The Shodai is the Jigokudou (Hell Realm). The Nidaime is the Ningendou (Human Realm). And Tsunade-hime shall be the Gakidou (Hungry Ghost Realm). Now, to tell you their abilities. Ningendou specializes in Taijutsu, which was the Tobirama-sama's weak attribute, the strongest being Ninjutsu. So it's quite clear as to why I did that, seeing he still has all his abilities from when he was alive. Tsunade-hime is like a reverse scenario of that, she sucked at Ninjutsu, but was great at Taijutsu so I made her the Gakidou; it allows her to seal away any Chakra or element based attack. Basically, she invulnerable when it comes to Ninjutsu. Then we have Shodai-sama. Jigokudou has the power to resurrect the dead by calling forth a spectral Enma head. This Enma can ingest the deceased and return them to life, free of injury. So as long as any of my other bodies die – even me – I can transfer to the Shodai and use his skill to resurrect them. But if he dies I'll just have to find a new body to take his place."
"Can you use the other's techniques?" Madara asked, wondering if the boy could now use Mokuton.
"No, only the Shodai."
"Hmm, I see, so where are the other three bodies?"
"I am the Tendou (Deva Realm). I can bend gravitational mass, which means I can repulse things or draw them to me, but the downfall is it has a ten second interval before its recharged. The other two bodies we'll have to make a short stop for, they're buried next to each other like the First and Second."
"And where's this stop?"
Naruto finished Tsunade's surgery, giving her an Akatsuki cloak as clothing wear. She had two stub piercings running vertically in the middle of her nose. Two, cone shaped, ones pointing out of her cheeks. A long thin piercing ran though both sides of her ears like the ones the Shodai had through his ears, just one instead of three. and hanging from her bottom lip was a row of sharp looking piercings that resembled teeth. Many more piercings lined the woman's entire body, and Madara wondered if that was the same for the other two Hokages, but there was just too many to count.
"Kirigakure no Sato…" Naruto answered slowly, helping Tsunade with her Akatsuki cloak as she tried to get it on.
Madara smiled as Naruto clapped his hands together, the three ex-Kages poofing into smoke as if they were Kage Bunshin, "How nostalgic!"
The village of Amegakure no Sato was one of – if not – the smallest and poorest villages the Shinobi world had come to see. Its citizens were mostly thugs working for hire, while those that still clung to humanity barely had any money to pay for a single meal a day. Many lived on the streets, and very few were rich enough to last a week on good living before becoming poor themselves. It didn't help that they had a tyrannical overlord that wanted nothing but money and power. It was a dying land, and within a year or two, it'd be nothing more than a hollow wasteland of tall buildings. Even a powerful being like Sanshouuo no Hanzou (Hanzou the Salamander) – who so happened to be the same totalitarian we were just talking about – could not save his people. Multiple civil wars were breaking out and if anyone stepped into Ame no Kuni (Rain Country) they would be thrown into a war zone of endless combat. Even the neighboring nations had to build blockades so that no one went in or out of the country.
"FUCK!!" Amitora Shinryou – an ordinary soldier in the rebellion – screamed over the loud crashing of Jutsus combating against one another, the middle of Amegakure was a complete war zone.
The rail fell like hail, making the ground all the ninja were fighting on like water as it became muddy. The rebellion decided to congregate all its forces and try one last ditch effort in attacking Hanzou's palace. They so far were half way in the city of Amegakure, couple more miles and they'd reach Hanzou. Unfortunately, nearly half of their military was either injured or dead and their remaining forces were wearing thin.
Shinryou turned to one of his allies, whipping the rain and mud from his face, "HANZOU'S FORCES AREN'T BUDGING, WHAT THE FUCK DO WE DO?!?!"
Another solider next to him kicked an Ame-nin un the gut before slicing his neck. "PRAY TO GOD!!!" He screamed back, scarcely dodging an incoming attack from an enemy ninja.
"You rang?" asked a small voice, sounding quite feminine. The two could barely hear what this new person said, but turned to see who it was nonetheless. All they saw was a flash of white, the heavy rain clearly like it was never there, and all ninja serving under Hanzou froze to the bone. Any ninja that were once fighting turned to see this new competitor.
At first glance many thought it was a girl, but then they realized it was a boy (to some of the Shinobis' disappointment). The boy looked to be no older than a fifteen year old. He was wearing a high-collared cloak with numerous red clouds on it and normal blue ninja sandals. Another misleading thing dealing with his sexuality was the purple colored, manicured, nails on his hands and feet. He was a brunette and let two long bangs fall down either side of his face while the rest was tied in a bun at the back of his head. Some found it weird he had a Konoha headband protector with a slash through it. It wasn't strange that he was a missing-nin – most of the ninja in rebellion were nuke-nin, but they were Ame nuke-nin – it was the leaf symbol that they didn't get. Why would a Konoha nuke-nin be caught up in this war? Though the strangest thing about the boy's appearance was the abundant amount of piercings on his face.
There was one stub piercing at the top of his nose while three other stubs stuck vertically out of either side of his cheeks. Two other ones were on the left and right sides of his neck.
"What is your name son?" a man the kid perceived as the commander asked. The ninja then realized it started to snow.
"I have several names; Chikushoudou (Animal Realm), Haku, but you can call my Typhon…" Typhon answered, it was then that the commander noticed the boy's eyes.
"Those eyes are, are they-"
"-The Rin'negan? Yes, they are." Typhon heard multiple gasps throughout the grouped ninja.
"Please…" the commander fell to his knees with a splash as he hit the muddy water, bowing to fifteen year old, "we have few men to spar and our numbers dwindling. I beg you, descendent of the Rikudou Sennin, kill Hanzou and end our suffering. Please, Typhon-sama!!"
Looking around, Haku noticed all the other ninja were now bowing, "Do not worry, that was my first intention to begin with."
Chikushoudou clamped his hands together as a large explosion of smoke under him took over the vicinity. When clear, Typhon was now standing on a large bird with a contorted beak that looked like it could smash through nearly anything. Two large pike like piercings were imbedded in its neck and the Rin'negan was clearly present in its eyes.
With a flap of its wings, the bird was airborne, heading straight for Hanzou's Palace as the ninja below cheered on.
"Hanzou is not to be underestimated." A voice behind Typhon told him. "He was capable of defeating the three Sannin when they were in their prime. I've only been training you for three months now, are you sure you won't need my help?"
"Why do you think I'm not using my original body? I may have decreased the time interval it took to recharge my powers by two seconds, but it still isn't strong enough, all around, to kill Hanzou." Naruto told his sensei, Uchiha Madara, "Haku was low Chuunin level when he died and because of your training he's nearly as strong as a Jounin." Madara was about to cut in but Naruto continued, "I also have numerous advantages, like having Shuradou (Asura Realm) hide and watch the fight so I can see it from all angles. And if things get too hectic I'll just have Zabuza enter the fight, he is near Sannin-level now thanks to your training."
"I thank you for the appraisal, but that still might not be enough." Madara said, actually worried for the boy's safety, "When this is over you will finally have grabbed the title of 'Leader of Akatsuki', but you're still a son to me. Your brother and I will be watching as well, so if you're in trouble, just ask."
Typhon felt a strong hand on his shoulder, "Relax, I can easily use the three Hokages if need be…"
Madara didn't say anything as he gave Typhoon's back a sad look. Putting his orange spiral mask back on, the strongest Uchiha ever teleported off the bird.
Typhon sighed, thinking of his surrogate father. A couple days into his training under the Sharingan wielder, Madara had adopted him as a son. Naruto didn't get what Madara got out of all this. He was an all-powerful everlasting human who just watched life roll by. Naruto learned of his dad's boring life during their training.
It turned out Madara had gotten tired of his casual life of rooming the world, learning life's mysteries with his son Zetsu (Naruto's 'brother'). Zetsu wasn't really his son, but Madara did plant him, literally. Zetsu was a seventy year old carnivorous plant that looked like a human and was as ageless as Madara, just nowhere near as powerful.
Anyway, Madara had gotten bored of his life, so he decided to start an organization called 'Akatsuki', which was made wholly of S-class nuke-nin. Though during the years one of them quit because his plan of stealing the eyes of another Uchiha within the organization went unfruitful. Madara just found another member, letting the ex-member – known as Orochimaru – live for the time being. He then had them pair up in twos and told them they would all finally join up when he found a person to lead them. It'd been ten years since he started his search, and it's been nearly fourth months since he found that one person, Naruto. Though the members didn't know Madara found a leader, Naruto wasn't to become it until he killed a Kage and took over the village. Amegakure happened to be the village chosen.
When Naruto asked why Madara was doing all this, he simply stated he was bored with life and wanted to see what a man with the power of eight S-class and one SSS-class – that was Madara – nuke-nin under his control would do. Naruto had no objections to that.
Bringing his daydreaming to a halt, Typhon noticed his bird summoning was slowly circling Hanzou's Fortress. "Go…" Naruto ordered his bird silently, concentrating Chakra to his feat as the aerial animal folded its wings in, plummeting to the earth at a high velocity.
A great explosion rocked Ame as Naruto's summoning crashed through Hanzou's Citadel.
The territory around Hanzou's Palace was plain carnage, houses and large towers the size of skyscrapers were destroyed, large pieces of the ground and trees were uprooted and thrown about, and the mass downpour had once again started up.
The members of the rebellion had made it all the way to the outskirts of Hanzou's Stronghold before total war broke out again (it seemed Hanzou believed the forces he sent to the middle of the village were going to be enough in cleaning the rebels up, sadly he didn't plan for a descendent of the Rikudou Sennin to show up). The battle had lasted a good hour and there were very few rebels that were left uninjured (the two armies had once fought side-by-side, even the higher ranked ninja tried to kill the least they could).
The fierce fight within Hanzou's Palace could even be heard outside. Though none even went near it, knowing they'd most likely die if they did. The fighting had slowly stopped when the noises within the palace ceased, all hoping the unofficially announced leader of the rebellion came out the victor. Even Hanzou's men wanted the kid to win, the Salamander was an awful leader, and barely paid his ninja the money they needed for their family's survival.
The only reason his personal ninja didn't rebel was because no one was strong enough to kill the man, and even if everyone rebelled and found a way to kill him, no one was even good enough to be a Kage. Every ninja within Ame was a missing-nin (why do you think they all had slashes through their forehead protectors); they didn't know how to run a village.
Hearing the loud creaking made by the large doors at the main entrance of Hanzou's Fortress, all eyes turned there, and all fighting stopped as the rain out of nowhere ceased. Some families that had their homes destroyed in the fight were trying to push their way through the wreckage so they could see who had won.
Standing at the entrance was none other then Typhon, descendent to the Rikudou Sennin. His upper body was bare, the cloak he was wearing probably obliterated in the two's fight, and multiple wholes ranging from small to big littered his black ninja pants. Many ninja that had seen him before wondered just how many piercings the boy had as an uncountable amount of them covered his dirty and bruised body. Some women even blushed when they noticed how defined the young man was under all the piercings and bloody cuts he had. His hair bun was gone so his black locks fell unruly over his sweaty back, and blood leaked out of the left side of his lips.
None could make out the gleaming metal item the boy had thrown until it landed in the dirt in front of the commander the boy had confronted before. All that were close could see that it was Hanzou's breath-amplifier/helmet headband thing.
Walking until he was in front of the blood-spattered boy, the commander slowly kneeled like he did before. Following suit, every ninja and citizen slowly kneeled down, bowing to Typhon.
Looking up from his bowed position in front of Typhon, the commander asked, "What are your orders… Amekage-sama?"
---- (End Flashback)
Author's Notes: There's your prologue, even though it's as big as a regular chapter. I couldn't really put more detail into people's feeling 'cause if I did then I would have gone to two chapters (which I didn't want). But don't worry; there will be more feelings later on. Oh, and I'm sorry I couldn't show the Haku body vs. Hanzou fight, again it wouldn't have fit. Hopefully I can put it in a flashback later down the road. Also, for a look at Deva Realm Naruto's looks go to my profile for a link.
The flashback will not continue into the next chapter, I can assure you anti-flashback people. Anyway, please review, I want to see what you think and goodbye till next time. :)
Shunshin no Jutsu (Body Flicker Technique); D-Rank: Shunshin no Jutsu is a basic Ninjutsu technique. The ninja will appear and disappear in an instant, allowing them to retreat or attack suddenly. To facilitate the movement the ninja will often use nearby elements such as mist, sand or leaves to mask their appearance or disappearance.
Chidori (Thousand Birds); A-Rank: After concentrating all the chakra into the arm, Kakashi and Sasuke use their quickness and the power of the thrust from the chakra to pierce any object with the extended forearm. Because their opponent can easily counter the attack, it requires a Sharingan user to make the technique worthwhile. The Sharingan will allow them to predict any moves their opponent decides to make and send their strike home into the target. Due to the high speed, the force emits a sound like a thousand birds chirping which gave the technique its name. Because of the great amount of chakra needed to utilize the technique, the technique can only be used so many times during the day.
Shinra Tensei (Divine Judgment); S-Rank: Shinra Tensei is a Ninjutsu technique used by the Deva Realm, Naruto. This ability allows Naruto to manipulate external objects through an invisible force that emanates from the center of his body. This force allows Deva to repel objects or elemental Ninjutsu and deflect any attacks that are launched against him. The force requires a large interval to recharge because Naruto has not fully mastered it. Eight seconds is the lowest that he has gotten it so far.