"Kyuubi or Jutsu"
Author's Notes: Sorry for late update was fixing computer and trying to salvage the stories I hadn't backed up to a different hard drive. That took up a hell a time. But I'm back to work now. Oh, and for those who have been getting mad because I haven't been keeping to the canon, it's probably because this is an AU and whatever's happened past chapter 460 (I think) of the manga was after I started writing this. So, I wasn't going to go back and change it when, again, this is a AU and is meant to be different. That doesn't mean I won't add some stuff down the road. You never know. Enjoy.
Chapter 6: Tyranny
The rain slowly died down, and the cool nighttime air took over.
Naruto stood on the edge of a cliff, looking down the great ledge from whence Uchiha Sasuke had just fallen. All the coverings that were previously on his face were removed, revealing his face to the world.
Kakashi and his team hid behind several bushes, masking their presence as best they could.
"Stay down…" Kakashi whispered to his teammates as he slowly rose so just his eyes came over the bush.
The first thing he saw was Naruto fixing the mask that covered the lower portion of his face. It was a veil that was identical to his and Sasuke's. He may have been covering his lower face, but his Rin'negan eyes and nostalgic spiky blond hair made Kakashi believe without a shadow of a doubt that it was Uzumaki Naruto; his former student.
Kakashi was sweating and worried that the Rin'negan user may find them, which led him into accidentally sliding his foot across the ground. It created a crunch sound as it slid across several fallen leaves.
Kakashi fell to the ground the moment he saw Naruto's head turn to their position.
Both of Kakashi's eyes were wide as more sweat trickled down the Jounin's face.
"What happened?" Kurenai asked quietly.
"I-I think he saw me." Kakashi stammered, not prepared to battle a descendent of the Rikudou Sennin. Even if all of them together fought the man in front of him, he had great doubts about them coming out alive.
"What are you talking about? He's gone." Sakura exclaimed, standing beside the three crouched ninja.
"What?" Kakashi abruptly stood and saw what Sakura said was true, Naruto was gone. "Where!"
Sakura had had her eyes shut even before Kakashi stood, concentrating her sage Chakra. When she opened her eyes, the power of a sage radiated through her body.
"Well, he's not in the area…" Sakura began. The others noticed the worried look the Haruno started to get, "And Sasuke's Chakra signature is gone…"
The others got worried by that.
"Does that mean he killed Sasuke?" Anko asked out loud. She was the least surprised at what was going on since she knew all this would happen. Naruto had told her himself.
"I don't know." Kakashi answered. "That rain was obviously a Jutsu. It lasted all of a couple of minutes and blocked my vision, even with the Sharingan. He could have done anything in that amount of time."
Sakura had her back turned to the group. It took several seconds for the others to realize that the pinkette was trembling.
Sakura grabbed her arms, embracing herself in a self-hug, "So after this long, we're not even going to say his name?"
The others looked away, ashamed they weren't as overjoyed as they wanted to be; or could be with the circumstances.
Kakashi reached out for his student's shoulder, "Sakura…"
The Haruno turned on a dime and slapped the Jounin's hand away from her, "No! Don't touch me! I… He… We… Just leave me alone!"
"Sakura!" Kurenai yelled.
It was to no avail as Sakura left with a Shunshin (Body Flicker).
Kurenai walked forward, about to follow the girl before Kakashi grabbed her wrist, halting all movement.
When the Genjutsu specialist turned to her team leader, Kakashi was looking at the ground sadly, "Don't. Just let her settle her feelings. This is a surprise for everyone… but… we will have to relay this to Hokage-sama. If h... if Naruto… really did kill Sasuke, then that would explain why he signed the treaty with Konoha. We could very well be seeing the beginning of a ninja war here. Hokage-sama must know. If not, this could gravely endanger the Fire Nation."
Kurenai looked away from their captain with an annoyed look.
Anko just stood back in bewilderment, not getting how Naruto could have predicted this outcome so accurately. Sakura's reaction, Kakashi's reasoning, it was just like Naruto had predicted.
XOXOXOXOXO (Several Hours Later)
Beep, Beep… Beep, Beep… Beep, Beep…
Screeched the monitor that connected to the hand of an unseen patient, hidden behind a white curtain.
"So? How's he doing, doc?" Naruto sat atop a cold desk beside a curtain, blocking him from seeing the body lying on the bed behind it. All he saw was the man's sandaled feet at the end of the bed.
All the coverings on Naruto's face were removed, revealing his Rinnegan eyes and lean facial structure.
Daha Tesshou came around the curtain and placed the patient's clipboard in its holder at the foot of the bed.
"He's stable. He's ready whenever you are." Daha explained, walking over to a desk and sitting in the chair across from Naruto.
"Good. I'll need him very soon."
"Yes-Yes, I know. You and your plan, right?"
"Well then, you probably already know that Konan came by awhile ago. She was wondering what was wrong with you. I told her what you could have – but left out what was really going on – and she left."
"Good, she's playing her part perfectly. I presume she did so because Madara was following her?"
"Yes. She knew all along, since you told her how to find him."
"Good, I'm glad she took that to heart. The pieces are slowly moving into place. It won't be long now before everything I've done comes to fruition."
Tesshou reclined in his chair and folded his hands over his stomach, "It's sad how he doesn't even know his own Jutsu's weakness. But, I can't really blame him. How would you be able to know when you warp out of this dimension and move around, it leaves a lingering sensation of heat to those around, when you're the one already in a different dimension?"
"Please, it's his own ignorance that blocks him from seeing his own faults. Even though he always goes on and on about knowing the limits and faults of your own powers. He's a fool and a hypocrite. For a man who prides himself on being one of the strongest ninja that ever existed, he's pretty pathetic."
"That might be, but he's beginning to move. I know he confronted her the moment she left. He's trying to corrupt all those around you. He's already gotten to most of your Akatsuki."
"I already know that. They're not too good at hiding their true intent. I know Konan will never switch sides. Trust me; she already knew what was coming from Madara. The rest, except for Itachi, have most likely already fallen to his side. Although the Uchiha will probably go to Madara's side once he fines out I've killed his younger brother. As well, Madara will be enraged to find out that I've killed one of the last three Uchiha. It's unbelievable how he thinks the Uchiha are God's chosen people. But it doesn't matter as I've started to make my move as well. Earlier, before I was interrupted by Sasuke, I was finishing up a new bill to be enforced immediately. One of my clones has spread news of its content and I'll be holding a village announcement about it soon. It'll all begin very soon."
"That's good; I hope my efforts will be of help."
"Oh, they already have Daha-san, and they will continue too." Naruto pushed himself off the table. "Now, I hope you come see my speech. If you do, I promise you'll never again see better acting."
Naruto was at the door when he heard Tesshou say, "Sure, I'll be there. Anything for my little cousin."
This made the Amekage chuckle as he looked over his shoulder, "You don't know how happy it makes me, knowing you'll never betray me."
"Of course, Madara could never do anything to sway my opinion of you. Blood is thinker than water, after all."
"It's still nice to hear." The Uzumaki turned back to the exit and slowly began to leave, "Well then, I'm off Daha-san … or, rather I say… Uzumaki-san."
Madara sat upon the edge of a roof, legs crossed over one another as they swung back and forth. His arms were folded over his chest as he looked down on the streets of Amegakure, pondering his son's latest behaviors.
'It seems that fool has finally caved under all the pressure he's got. It's just too much for a child his age, no matter how much he tries to hide it. But this is what I want, so who am I to complain?' Madara leaned back on his arms, getting into a more relaxed position as he smiled under his spiral mask, 'I do commemorate you on making it this far, Uzumaki Naruto. But there's a point to how far a child of your age – and lineage – can come. It's time you were put to sleep, and let the Uchiha take over. You've held together the most powerful association the ninja world has every seen, and for that, I congratulate you. You did better than I ever thought possible. Thanks to you, I and my great-nephews will be able to rule the entire elemental nation with an iron fist.'
Madara pushed himself up so he could stand, 'Now, all I must do is convince the last two Uchiha, and the Jinchuuriki to my side before we get rid of Naruto; the latter of which should be easy with the way their fool of a leader is beginning to act.'
Madara was about to teleport away when he spotted the group of Konoha ninja roaming the streets below. Two of their members were missing. This didn't bother Madara at first, but then he realized one of the two missing was Sasuke.
Madara jumped down to greet the three.
The Uchiha landed in front of the group, halting all their movement.
"Hello!" Madara started waving at the ninja even though they were right in front of him, "My name's Tobi, and I'm a good boy! You're the Konoha-nin, right?"
Kakashi didn't know what to make of this fellow. He found it strange that one such as him was wearing the Akatsuki uniform. "Um, yes we are. I see you're part of Akatsuki."
"Yep, the one and only! Although I think you guys are so much cooler, because Tobi's a good boy!"
Kakashi rubbed the back of his head, chuckling nervously, "Well thanks, that means a lot."
Tobi put a finger to the bottom of his mask, where is mouth would be, "But wait, weren't there five of you. Where'd the other two go?"
"Well, one of them is frustrated right now and is just trying to sort her feelings. The other…" Kakashi's faced darkened; something Madara found eerily wrong.
'He said 'her' so that must mean the Haruno. Then where's Sasuke? Get to it already!' Madara waited longer than he would have liked to hear where the other Uchiha was.
"…The other is inactive as of right now."
Madara stopped himself from shouting, "WHAT!" and answered the Jounin, not realizing he had his fists clenched, "O-Oh, well… tell them 'Hi' for me when you see them next!"
Madara teleported on the spot, surprising the three other ninja as they realized why he was in Akatsuki.
He resurfaced several stories up, 'What did he mean by 'Inactive'? No… he couldn't be! He couldn't be dead!'
Madara's Sharingan spun rapidly and he teleported once more.
The oldest of the Uchiha burst through the Amekage's door.
Naruto stood across the room, preparing for his village gathering. The Jinchuuriki gave the man a glance over his shoulder before going back to what he was doing. "Yes, what do you want?"
"Uchiha Sasuke. Where is he?"
Madara couldn't see Naruto's smile, "How should I know, I'm not one of his fanboys."
"Don't play stupid, I know you must have done something. You're the only one that could!"
"So what if I did?"
Naruto knew Madara was glaring at his back, but didn't let on.
"Do you know how stupid that is? You just signed a treaty with Konoha and now you're killing their ninja! How stupid are you? You pretty much guaranteed a war between the two villages! I thought the plan was to combine with all the villages that would except your treaties and then rub out the others that would disagree! You realize now that you've killed a ninja from an allied village the others will without a doubt have second thoughts about their treaties! And what's with this new bill you just issued. You want to halt all trade between the villages. It's like you want to be everyone's enemy! When has this ever been a part of your plan?"
'The entire time…' Naruto thought to himself, snickering on the inside,"What? I had to improvise. What does it matter? Sasuke should have nothing to do with you."
Naruto turned and looked at Madara accusingly, catching him off guard. The Jinchuuriki dismissed the Uchiha's other ranting and focused on the other part.
Madara quickly calmed himself, 'Relax, he knows nothing.' "He doesn't. I'm just worried for you. You're not acting like the son I know. You seem to be losing it, and I don't want that to happen." 'I've got to watch myself more carefully from now on. I almost lost it.'
Naruto smiled, 'You're an awful liar, Madara.' "Well, I'm glad you care, but I'm fine. Trust me. I'm a god after all. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a village to please."
The Amekage walked past Madara and out the door, going to gather his Akatsuki for the event.
Madara looked over his shoulder at the empty doorway, mumbling, "I hate you…"
Naruto stood high atop the Amekage building. Kakuzu, Hidan, and Itachi stood behind their Amekage, for security reasons should any foreign ninja try and attack. People cluttered through the streets as he waved to them, smiling happily down at his villagers. However, there were few smiling back as rumors had spread like wildfire about how this bill would change their lives; and not for the better.
"Hello, my fellow people. I wish to thank you all for coming out and forfeiting your daily actives to come here today." Naruto's voice boomed over the village, even without any microphones. His face was completely covered except for his eyes.
Murmurings filled the crowds as rumors had spread about what the bill would be incorporating. If the rumors turned out to be fact, then this would not sit well with the villagers.
"I wish to bring you all up-to-date on our current status. We are in war times, and as such, need soldiers. While we do have some of the finest Shinobi around, we don't have the required regimen of soldiers we need to keep ourselves so widely spanned out across the nations. We are a small village, so we need as many people to fight for our village as possible. Because of this, I have passed a bill so we can start a war draft."
The crowds became a little riled up at what their Amekage was getting at, but Naruto kept on going.
"If you are a male between the ages of fifteen to forty-five, you will be recruited. If you are a female between the ages of fifteen to thirty-five, you will be recruited. It is the will of your god."
The mass of people turned into an uproar at his proclamation. This was not like the Amekage that everyone loved. People began to wonder if this was his true personality.
Several courageous citizens tried to rush the Shinobi guarding the entrance to the Amekage building. However, they were quickly held back by the ninja, even though they didn't look like they wanted to.
"I see we already have some infidel." Naruto said darkly as he extended his hand out and the three men trying to push through the ninja were lifted high off the ground.
They were eye-level to Naruto before there ascension stopped. The men wiggled around, trying to break free from this invisible grasp. The multitude of people had quieted down to see what he would do with them.
Naruto looked back down to the crowd and spook with a solemn, "If you are not with us, you are against us. You are a traitor to your god, and thus, will receive the greatest punishment."
Hidan and Kakuzu begrudgingly stood silent as Itachi took a step forward. They were innocent, so what was he doing with them? "Naruto-sama, stop! What do you think you're-"
Naruto's hand squeezed into a fist, and the unseen force crushed down on the three men. The men exploded and it rained blood on those in the front of the crowd. Some even got on Naruto.
Women cried out and children began to cry. Many watched on in horror at what just happened, not believing it was true. It was eerily quiet as the citizens didn't know what to make of what just happened.
Naruto's voice once again boomed across the village, and sent a dark chill down everyone's back "Any who defy god, will suffer the same fate. That will be all…"
Naruto turned on his heel and bumped shoulders with Itachi, nearly knocking the Uchiha over as he had been just standing there dumbly. He didn't want to believe what just happened and looked to Hidan and Kakuzu wondering why they hadn't voiced their disapproval. The two just avoided his gaze. It still to this day surprised Itachi that two S-rank missing-nin would be afraid of just one man. But then, he remembered it was Naruto.
The three remaining Konoha ninja watched on from below, surprised by how cruel Naruto had become. Even Anko was surprised at first, but then remembered it had to be done. Naruto had told her there would be sacrifices, and she trusted in his word.
Kakashi turned away from the tower shortly after Naruto left, "We've got to leave as soon as possible."
"Wait, but what of Sakura?" Kurenai asked quietly.
"Hatake Kakashi?" A Shinobi with a slash going through his Iwa headband appeared.
"Yes?" The Jounin asked back.
"By decree of the Amekage, you are all hereby on house arrest. You will be guarded and locked up in your hotel room for the duration of your stay. We will provide you will your daily necessities, so please, come with me."
Kakashi lowered his head, annoyed at their current predicament, "Very well."
"Kakashi-" Kurenai began.
"-No! We have to listen to him. They've got us surrounded…" Kakashi looked around, spotting where all the ninja lie in wait should they cause any trouble.
"Thank you for your corporation." The man said stoically, turning as he led the ninja to their quarters.
'Stay out of sight and lay low, Sakura' Kakashi inwardly warned his student.
XOXOXOXOXO (One Week Later)
Gaara sat quietly within his office, pondering the recent actions of his friend. He remembered what happened after awakening from Naruto's unexpected attack.
The One-tailed Jinchuuriki slowly got up with the help of his ninja. They had felt the disturbance in chakra below and assumed a battle had started. Having received no signals from their Kazekage, they were worried something had gone wrong. They were right as they found him lying on the ground unconscious.
"What are you thinking, Naruto?" Gaara asked out loud. He could sense that the battle had been over with. Naruto was also already gone.
The Godaime Kazekage ordered his ninja to follow him as they went to search the hideout.
They eventually found the whereabouts of the fight as the wall of a room and its surrounds were crumbled. Two dead bodies that suffered from large stab wounds lay next to the debris of the destroyed walls. The biggest surprise was a large white snake that was coiled up, dead, in the middle of what was presumed Orochimaru's room.
Gaara could only wonder as to what Naruto needed from Orochimaru. He had believed it was just to kill the old Sannin. However, if he wanted to just kill him, then why would he go by himself if he could have the help of another Kage? Gaara didn't believe Naruto went by himself for no reason other than that, there had to be something more. He just couldn't figure out what.
Gaara turned as someone entered his office immediately after knocking. They were entering without permission, but he pretty much knew who it was if they were going to be so informal.
"What's up little brother?" Kankuro barged in with Temari on his heels, swiping her hand across his head as she warned him of manners.
Gaara turned in his chair, giving his siblings the smallest of smirks, "Thinking of our old friend, Uzumaki Naruto."
The two's expression immediately became downcast.
"It's shocking that someone like him could become so cruel." Temari was the first to say.
"I still can't believe." Kankuro said out loud, "I mean, holding a war draft? That's never even been done before, right?"
Gaara looked back out the window, his smirk gone, "No. No village has ever held a draft for citizens. Just the thought of it puts a bad taste in your mouth. To put villagers who have no ninja training in a war, it's just so disheartening. I just don't know what's going through that man's mind. I've never been able to tell, and it's starting to get to me."
"Well now are villages aren't on much of good terms now that the villagers have learned of his assault on you. As the Kazekage, you shouldn't put that behind you so lightly." Temari didn't want to say that, but it was the truth. Naruto had attacked the Kazekage, and that would not sit well with any Suna resident.
Gaara closed his eyes, "I do not. I know what he did, and because of it I have to make several difficult decisions. First, we are going to stop all trading with Amegakure, and secondly, stop any non-Suna personal from entering the village. I am putting the village on lock-down for a short while. I don't know what Naruto's reaction to our hesitancy in dealing with him will be, but as of right now; I do not know that man anymore. He is not the man I lost to during the Chuunin Exams, and he will be dealt with as an enemy should he turn his sights on any of my people."
"Very well." The two older siblings answered, turning to leave as they did what was ordered of them. Temari stopped at the doorway, which got Kankuro to stop as well. She turned and asked, "Do you really think Naruto would hurt his allies."
A shadow passed over Gaara's eyes, "Word has it he's killed some of his own villagers. What's to stop him from hurting one of ours?"
The other sand siblings widened their eyes, not believe Naruto of all people could do such a thing to his own people. If that was true, then the man they had once known was truly gone.
Kakashi and his fellow Kunoichi looked up to their hotel door as Sakura came in, looking at them with a confused face.
"What?" the pinkette asked, scratching the back of her head.
Kakashi got serious immediately, "Don't 'what?' me! Where have you been, and why didn't the Ame-nin haul you into here with us as well."
The Haruno shrugged her shoulders, "It's not hard sneaking around a village that's mostly shadows, with it always raining and what not. Why do you have to know anyway, you're not my dad?"
"No, but I am your team leader, and as such I must know where all my ninja are at all times. We haven't seen you for three days. What if something had happened to you."
Sakura scoffed at that, "Yeah, like something could happen to me. I'm the strongest one in here."
"Stop ignoring the question, where were you?"
Sakura snapped at Kakashi, "I was crying, okay? I wanted to be alone. Do you know how messed up I've been these last couple days. Learning that Naruto's actually been alive this whole, and that he just killed his own teammate! Sorry for not running that by you!"
Sakura immediately went by the Hatake and went into her room, slamming the door.
Kakashi looked down, it hurt to hear that, but it was his duty to know what was happening as team captain. Kakashi felt a hand on his shoulder and looked over to see Anko smiling at him.
"I'll go talk to her." Anko said as she turned and walked into Sakura's room, shutting the door behind her.
"It's going to be okay Kakashi-san." Kurenai reassured her peer.
Kakashi closed his eyes and sighed, "I hope Kurenai. I really do."
Anko locked the door behind her as she entered, not wanting any of the others to enter.
Sakura looked over to Anko from her position on the bed. Anko wasn't surprised to see Sakura so stoic. She already knew the truth, so that bull the Haruno just told wasn't flying by the snake mistress.
"You were with Naruto, weren't you?" Anko returned the girls emotionless stare.
"I can smell him on you." Anko pointed to her nose, "I have a really good sense of smell. Even better than Kakashi's. The perfume you always wear doesn't throw me off. You smell of sex."
"I'd watch that noise of yours; it could give people the wrong idea." Sakura warned as she stood from her bed.
"Relax; I already know who you really are."
"And I, you, Anko Mitarashi. I am Naruto's favorite. I knew about him wanting you before he even confronted you." A sly smile appeared on Sakura that even made the snake mistress uneasy. "Know this Anko, unlike you or Konan. The reason Naruto loves me the most, is because I will die for the plan, and do you want to know why I love Naruto above all else?"
Anko quirked and eyebrow at the girls question.
"Because to him, I'm more important than the very plan he's been crafting for the past ten years."
"Oh, and what makes you think that?" Anko asked, crossing her arms under her chest.
"Because he's told me." Sakura smirked, "There's nothing you can do to change my love for him. I've accepted that I might have to share him, because I know I will always be the one to hold his heart. I'm not too sure you're willing to live like that, so I'm put in the position of watching you."
Anko closed her eyes and smiled, making the Haruno wonder what she was thinking, "You are right, it's going to take time before it settles on me that there are others that love him. But don't think for a moment that just because you hold his heart now, it means you'll always have him. Who knows, maybe when I'm through with him. He'll love me even more than you."
"You can tell yourself whatever you have to so you can get through the day."
"It's not just me, Sakura."
Sakura raised a pink eyebrow.
"Although I've never met her, I can guarantee you that Konan is thinking the exact same thing as me. Be wary Sakura-chan, you have a target on your back, and its name is Uzumaki Naruto."
Sakura scoffed at her use of words and fell back onto her bed with a tired look, "Are we done now?"
"No." Anko could see Sakura's one open eye watching her, "I wanted to know, how this thing between you and Naruto started."
Sakura sat up on the bed, with a happy look. Anko could tell Sakura's mind was back to a pleasant time and wasn't even paying attention to the snake mistress.
"It started after he was banned from being a ninja…"
Yagura answered the door to their hotel room. He smiled when he saw Fu and Utakata, the Seven and Six tailed Jinchuuriki.
He hugged the two with each arm around one of their shoulders, "Fu. Utakata. How are you two doing? And why are you here."
"Hey Yagura, we're doing great thanks for asking!" Fu exclaimed, taking Yagura into a full hug. Utakata stood back, watching with a smile as he continued to blow some bubbles from his pipe.
"What's up you guys?" Roshi greeted with Han beside him.
"What's up bubble blower?" Han addressed the Six-tails.
"It's nice to see you too, steam-head." Utakata said quietly.
"Come on in. So, what brings you two here?" Yagura asked once more, as they all made their way to the couches in the family room. As of now there were five Jinchuuriki that are fully in control of their Biju in one village. Something had to give here.
Fu was the one to break the news, "Well, Typhon-sama wants Roshi and Han to travel to Iwagakure and lay-low for awhile. Infiltrate their community and learn of what's come of their people. See if their feelings for Konoha or any of its allied villages have calmed. We're here to take your positions here in Kirigakure."
Everybody could feel the tension as Han gripped the end of his knees tightly. They could hardly see his eyes as his teal hair covered most of his upper face. He wasn't in his armor, just in some casual clothes to live in for the time being.
Seeing that Han wasn't going to show his disapproval, Roshi was going the one to defend his friend, "Do you really think that's wise? You know the history Iwagakure has with Han."
Han looked at Roshi, "Roshi, it's alright. I'll to what's commanded of me."
"But you were the one that told me you never wanted to go back there!" Roshi slightly raised his voice to prove a point.
Utakata spoke up, "I'm sorry you two, but its Typhon-sama's orders."
There was an awkward silence as Roshi prepared himself for what he was about to say, "So what?"
The other Jinchuuriki except for Yagura looked at the elder Jinchuuriki like he'd grown two heads. The Three-tailed Jinchuuriki watched their conversation stoically, thinking of what each said carefully.
"I-I mean, you've all heard the news. He's starting to lose it! I couldn't believe it when I heard it, but it's all over the news. How can we continue to serve someone as disastrous as him? He may have seen right with all his talk of peace and his 'plan', but how far does he intend to go? Better yet, how far are you all willing to go?"
The others averted their eyes, not wanting to be the first to respond. They didn't know what the others were thinking.
Han was the first to speak as he stood. Being the tallest among them, he seemed to tower above the rest, "I'll go get packing. You should too, Roshi."
Roshi looked up to Han with a surprised look, "But, Han-"
"No!" His voice boomed, silence all others. He looked to them, his eyes filled with disapproval, "I don't know about all of you. But Typhon-sama saved my life from a world of hate. He's more to me than just my leader. He my idol, the one man in the world I actually look up to. Because of him, I'm a completely different person than the man I could've become. For that, I will serve him for all eternity."
A small smile unseen by the others came upon Yagura as he saw the sadden looks the other Jinchuuriki gave Han. Like Han, Yagura felt the same, and would always be there for Naruto. He just hoped could realize just how important Naruto was before it was too late.
"That was so sweet." A dark voice said sarcastically.
All occupants turned to the window. Uchiha Madara sat on the open windowsill, looking at the Jinchuuriki. They could see that he was smiling under his spiral designed mask with the way his cheek was pushing his eyes up.
"What do you want, Madara." Han hissed out.
Everyone was giving Madara attention except for Yagura. His hair shadowed his eyes, keeping any around from seeing what he was feeling.
Madara jumped off the sill and towards the Jinchuuriki, "Hey now, I only came to tal- OOF!"
The Uchiha was cut short as he was sent flying out the window, breaking the edges of the window as his body was too big to fit.
Yagura lowered his leg back to the ground having fulfilled his motive in kicking the Uchiha in the chest. It was too fast for the others too stop. They had only watched on as the former Mizukage had kicked Madara out the window.
The space in front of them started to distort as a small twirling portal began to take the form of a man. Madara softly patted the dust he got from the bottom of Yagura's shoe off his chest, "Now that was rude."
"Don't be surprised if I do it again." Yagura warned, deadly serious. Neither had forgotten the history between them. However, the others could just watch on in bewilderment at what had once transpired between the two.
"Please, I just came to talk." They could see through the eye whole that he was no longer smile, "And know that next time, it will not go as you planned."
The tension filled the air as the two former Kages stared each other down, unwavering.
Han once again broke the since, "I'll ask again, what do you want Madara?"
"To talk. As equals and as friends." Madara tried to persuade them. Yagura was the only one to scoff as the others made no notable disagree.
"I wish to talk of your leader, Naruto." Madara bent his head back as the end of Yagura's staff was at his throat.
Yagura sneered, "Watch your words very carefully."
Madara placed two fingers on the hook part of the staff, "Scary…"
The space around Madara's mask began to spin and Yagura's staff was pried from his hands and sucked into another dimension, "You'll get that back when the grown-ups are done talking."
Yagura was about to charge the man but was quickly held back by Han's massive arm as it crossed his chest, "Yagura, let's just hear him out. Okay?"
Madara hadn't moved an inch at Yagura's intimidation tactic, "Are we done with formalities?"
Han took the initiative to speak for the group, "Just say what you came to say."
"You've all seen how he's been acting. It pains me to watch what's happening to him." Madara said solemnly, playing the part of worried father, "I'm afraid he's slowly spiraling into darkness. As of now, I don't even think he's the same man I once called son."
Yagura spoke up immediately, "You know nothing. You never did and you never will. You can't understand him like we can."
"Oh! He's turned on his own villagers. What's to stop him from turning on you?"
"Naruto-sama would never-"
"No one thought he'd attack his own villagers either. What's stopping him from attacking all of you? You all know it's true. It's there, lingering in the back of your minds. I know it is. You're scared. Scared that if you don't follow him, he'll do to you what he did to those villagers."
Yagura continued to stick up for Naruto, "That's enough, all you'r-"
"He's right." Roshi said quietly.
Yagura turned to his fellow Jinchuuriki in disbelief, "Roshi- how-"
"Come on Yagura. So you're telling me you're not scared of Naruto? He undoubtedly is the strongest ninja in the world."
Madara inwardly scoffed at the old man's delusions.
"Who wouldn't be afraid of a man with that kind of power backing him?" Roshi finished.
"I agree." Fu announced her feelings.
"Ditto…" Utakata blew one lone bubble that showed just how bummed he was feeling.
"How could you all?" Yagura looked up to Han whose hair was casting a shadow over his eyes.
"We will follow Naruto-sama's orders." Han finally stated, as if the leader of their group.
Madara raised an eyebrow while the three sitting Jinchuuriki made their disapproval vocal.
"What! But Han, you've got to see where Madara is coming from! The Naruto we once knew is gone. He must be stopped!" Roshi voiced the other's complaints.
"Yes, but we aren't free to roam. He will notice if we try and make a move." Han looked at Madara, face to face, "You're going to have to stop him. You are the only one able to move freely around and probably the only one strong enough to stop him. We leave this to you."
They could see that the smile returned to Madara's face as he slowly spun back into his parallel dimension, "That's all I wanted to hear."
As the Uchiha vanished, Yagura's staff clattered to the floor having been removed from the man's dimension.
"This is what has to be done, Yagura." Roshi tried to console the man. The three could only see Yagura and Han's back, but the Three-tails Jinchuuriki did nod.
"I know…" Yagura looked to the corner of his eye up at Han who was now at his side.
Han did the same as the two's eyes met. The taller man gave the slightest of nods that went unseen by the three behind them as they went back to talking.
Yagura nodded back, acknowledging what the two were thinking. It was going to start soon… very soon.
"…And so I decided to believe in him where no one else did. I wanted his love, and I wanted to show him mine." Sakura finished as she looked to Anko to see what her expression was.
The snake mistress was smiling, "I'm happy that the two of you found love in one another, but this doesn't change the fact that I'll be after Naruto's heart."
Sakura scoffed, "As if. I merely told you because you asked. I think you can respect that."
"I do. I just wanted to make sure you understand where I stand. Even with your sob story." Anko said turning, "I'll be going now."
"Don't let the door hit you on the way out." Sakura smiled leaning back on her hands.
When Anko opened the door she saw Kakashi standing there with his hand up, balled into a fist as if he was about to knock.
"Sorry, I just came to inform you that we'll be preparing to leave soon."
Anko raised an eyebrow, "I thought we are prohibited from leaving this hotel."
"We are. But we must get the information of the Amekage's true identify to Hokage-sama as soon as possible. I don't think you're getting how serious this matter is. Naruto was betrayed by his own village. He without a doubt wants revenge, any man would. So what other reason would he have to sign a treaty with the village that abandoned him?"
"Alright alright, calm down I'll start packing immediately." Anko motioned her hands for Kakashi to back off a little.
"Thank you." Kakashi turned to leave but looked over his shoulder to Sakura, "You should get packing too, Sakura."
"Yes sensei." Sakura said, pretending to still be the sad little child.
The space in the doorway between Kakashi and Anko distorted. Soon a man with an orange mask as leaning against the door frame with his arms crossed over his chest, "That will take too much time, I'll take you to Konoha myself."
"You?" Kakashi reached for his kunai holder when he stopped, seeing the man hold up a hand, showing he didn't want to fight.
"I do not wish to fight, and I am sorry for lying to you about my true identity." The man slowly pulled off his mask, revealing a man that looked to be in his late thirties. However, the most shocking part of his features was the pair of fully developed Sharingan. "My name is Uchiha Madara, one of the founding fathers of Konohagakure."
The ninja looked at Madara with looks of disbelief.
"W-What?" Kakashi exclaimed, looking at the man wearily. "That's impossible. Uchiha Madara was killed by the Shodai Hokage over seventy years ago. You don't look a day over forty."
Madara smiled, acting flattered, "Why thank you. But what I say is true. Hashirama was not able to finish me off and I escaped. Thanks to my Mangekyou Sharingan, I am immortal in that I cannot age."
As Madara activated his Mangekyou Sharingan, Kakashi reached up and pulled his headband up, not wanting to be trapped by the Sharingan once more. He'd dealt with a Mangekyou user before, and that was just Itachi. If this was really Madara, he didn't even want to think of what that man could do.
"Relax, I merely wanted to prove to you who I was." Madara deactivated his Sharingan. "I just wish to help."
"Why?" Kakashi asked threateningly.
"Because it is my fault Naruto has become what he is today. I trained him, and I must take responsibility. However, I need your help, and in your current predicament, I wouldn't hazard to guess you need mine. With my teleportation abilities, I can take you to Konoha instantly."
"What do you need our help with? If you really are Uchiha Madara, couldn't you handle Naruto on your own? Legends say you were once the strongest, until the Shodai came along." Kakashi didn't want to irritate the man, but he had to act tough in front of his peers. He was their leader, if they sensed his distress, they would be the same.
Madara had to stop the twitch that came to his eye at hearing that, "I can defeat Naruto, but I cannot beat a nation. You see the ninja of this village are given a seal that was only thought of as a tracking device used when one of our men defect, but Naruto has changed it into something that will kill any that defy him. Only the Akatsuki, the Jinchuuriki, and I are the ones without it. The men and women fighting for Amegakure are doing it against their will. I cannot fight a whole country of ninja. I've convinced the Jinchuuriki and some of the Akatsuki, all I need is your help."
That last part wasn't quite true. Even though the Jinchuuriki weren't going to be on his side, they weren't going to get involved. And really, the only Akatsuki he had on his side so far was Konan, Zetsu, and Hidan. Hopefully Hidan had done what was asked of him and was persuading Kakuzu to join them.
"If you need help, why not go to a village like Iwagakure that wants the downfall of Amegakure?" Kakashi questioned.
"Naruto is your problem as well. He was once one of you but your village kicked him to the side and because of it, you created something that's hell-bent on revenge. This is your village's responsibility as well. Plus, being a former Konoha ninja, I know just how strong the village can be. Your assistance would be the best in my opinion."
Kakashi stood silently, contemplating his words.
"Kakashi, you're not really thinking about this are you?" Kurenai asked worrying about what her captain was thinking.
"What chose do we have? I didn't really think we could make it out of here. However, then he pops up and it's one of the only opportunities we have. We have to take it. Take us to Hokage-sama now."
Madara smiled as he put his mask back on, extending his hands to Kakashi and Anko he said, "Everybody hang on now."
Sakura grabbed Anko's shoulder and Kurenai did the same to Kakashi. Madara and the four others vanished in a spiral of varying colors.
Danzou looked up from his desk as several people appeared in his office. "Who?- Kakashi? What are you doing here? You were ordered to stay in Amegakure. And where is Sasuke? And who is this man?"
"So it's true of what they say. You are a very cautious man, Danzou." Madara said.
Danzou's one visible eye squinted. The presence surrounding this man was something to not trifle with. His stand was unwavering and seemed almost unmatched.
"Hokage-sama, this is Uchiha Madara. It seems he's more of a monster than the rumors had let on."
Danzou didn't seem shocked in the slightest; he always had a sneaking suspicion that the man was still alive. "Very well, but what of Sasuke?"
Kakashi and the others became glum at the boy's name, "That's the main reason I'm here Hokage-sama, it turns out that the true identity of the leader of Amegakure is none other than Uzumaki Naruto."
Danzou's eye widened, "What?"
"Sir, Naruto's killed Sasuke."
Danzou's left hand slammed onto the desk, "That bastard, so this treaty of his was all just a ruse! Call back the Akatsuki members and put them under arrest, but make sure they do not know what is coming!"
Madara made his presence known, "I'm sorry Danzou-san, but I wouldn't do that. They could be a great asset to us. They were not fully informed about Naruto's true intentions and are therefore not in the wrong. I only wish you let me explain my proposition. I believe it will be to the benefit for both of us."
Danzou kept his fist pushed into the desk, but looked to calm down a little, "Then hurry and speak your mind! I have an army to prepare."
Madara smiled underneath his mask, "Now that's what I want to hear…"
Unbeknownst to the lot of them, the toad Sannin stood outside the Hokage office with a deep frown across his face having heard all of that. Jiraiya turned to the direction of Amegakure, 'Naruto…'
Jiraiya puffed into smoke as he left the village.
XOXOXOXOXO Several Days Later
Naruto stood within his office, looking out his window to the people below. They went about their daily lives. However, they did not walk with the same tone as weeks ago when the village was a happy place to live. It took years for the village to grow and only weeks for it to drop. But it was necessary, Naruto told himself. Things would soon be picking up.
"Naruto-sama." Konan made her presence known behind the man.
Naruto turned and smiled, his face was covered by nothing but the mask covering the lower half of his face. "Konan my sweet, has everything been going according to plan?"
"Yes, Madara believes me to be on his side." Konan smiled sadly.
Naruto walked forward and put his hands on the woman's shoulders, "What's the matter my dear?"
"It's going to begin soon, isn't it?"
"What if something goes wrong?"
"My dear, there is bound to be one or two things that are unexpected. But the greatest thing about me is I take every aspect into affect. I'm prepared for everything. We will live happily after this, believe it."
Konan's smiled grew as she looked up, "I do believe you, because I love you."
She gave a quick kiss through the mask.
Naruto sighed, he knew he shouldn't get too attached, but really, everything was going exactly as he planned it, so he could take one moment for himself, "I love you too, Konan."
The elder woman's eyes widened, she had not expected to hear that, "Naruto, you-"
"-I know, just let it be all you need for now to help you with the upcoming hardships. Now please, leave me. I have someone to see."
Konan nodded happily, "Thank you, Naruto-kun."
She left with a smile on her face.
"Puaah!" Jiraiya climbed atop the waters of Amegakure, having held his breath for nearly twenty minutes as he swam along the river running into the village. He was able to use the cover of rain to his advantage, unseen within the waters leading into the city.
The man didn't get far as he heard of voice echo around him, "It's been too long, Ero-sennin."
Jiraiya was not happy to hear that nickname, "Get out here, Naruto."
"So serious." This time the voice came from in front of him. In the distance was land made of steel with pillars of ruin. It looked to be a place a fighting, perfect for what Jiraiya had in mind.
The man Jiraiya once thought of as a grandson came walking out of the shadows. He wore no veils around his head, leaving his face exposed to the world as Jiraiya took in all his new features. The piercings and the Rin'negan was new, but everything else seemed the same. The whisker marks, and the blond hair. It was his student, yet it wasn't.
Jiraiya face fell and he spoke with much hurt, "What have you become, Naruto?"
Naruto's smile was sick and twisted as he raised his hands in front of him, preparing his favorite Jutsu, "A god!"
Author's Notes: Well that's the end of that chapter. Things are starting to heat up and next chapter will be the beginning of the end for this story and Naruto's plan. For those upset that I didn't go into detail about Sakura and Naruto's past, don't worry. I'll be explaining that either next chapter of the one after depending on how long the Jiraiya fight takes. That's it for me, next; PJV chapter 9. :) R&R
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.