Disclaimer: I do not own Naruto.
A/N: Another story idea that I had. It is Naruto with Rinnegan. I am hoping it will be different and not an overly powerful Naruto fic.
Chapter 1: Solved Mysteries
His body was motionless as he sat on the railings of the hospitals rooftop. He had been there since earlier morning before the sun rose and now, as far as he could tell, it was noon.
The small boy watched with bloodshot eyes as the village down below went on with their day, like they did every day, but today was different. For him, he could no longer go through the motion of living the way he used to, for his life was changed. Last night, two people tried to kill him.
His eyes quickly darted to his left to see a small blur, but it was gone. A faint smile made his way to his face as he glanced down to the streets below. He was happy that he wasn't alone. He didn't want to be left by himself.
He would have made some type of motion to let the man know that he saw him but he was tired, too tired to do anything but sit and observe the quiet village below.
Still, he wandered how he awoke in the hospital and how he came to wear the clothes that the hospital gave him because, according to them, his clothes had been too torn to give back to him, so they dressed him in tan shorts with an all black shirt. He was lucky that they were close to a good fit. 'I can tell the Hokage brought me these,' he thought happily, 'he is always thinking of me.'
"You must reconsider, Hokage-sama!" Danzou yelled, "You must see reason!"
"And what reason is that?" The Hokage replied back furiously, "So that you can make him a weapon! I will not allow that in my village! You seem to forget that he's only seven and that I am Hokage!"
Danzou gritted his teeth and pressed on, "But we have something that no other village has, that all other village's dream of! Our Jinchuuriki has the fabled Rinnegan, the eye of legend! Please think about this, if he is not trained properly then he could become a threat to our village!"
Sarutobi lost some of his temper when he heard the last part of Danzou's argument. He knew, as well as everyone else, that if Naruto was not trained properly and in an uncontrolled environment, then sooner or later someone was bound to be hurt or even killed. However, Sarutobi also knew of Danzou's hidden agenda, to make him an emotionless weapon for Konoha's personal use. That was something he would not allow.
"We have been arguing for hours. Might I suggest that we both sleep on it and decide tomorrow morning?" Danzou suggested as he began walking to the door. "We will have a better understanding of everything later and we will also invite the rest of the council."
The Hokage agreed and then watched him leave for the door. He sighed heavily as he walked back to his desk and sat comfortably at his chair as the sound of his office door closing echoed throughout the room. At first he glanced at his never ending pile of paper work, and then he glanced out the window before he decided to spin his chair around completely and begin his visual search for the boy in question through the surrounding windows.
'What will I do with you Naruto? Why must you be the carrier of the legendary Rinnegan as well as be the son of the great Namikaze Minato, and our only Jinchuuriki?' It seemed to him that life was unfair to the poor boy, especially since both of his parents did not make it through the Kyuubi attack, leaving him to be an orphan. 'I just don't know…'
Naruto remained on the rooftop for a long time, contemplating life and what he wanted from it. He felt that with the new found information that he gained from the ninja that abducted him last night, he was able to make sense of his life and why things were the way they were. It was as if a veil was lifted from him and he was able to finally see the other side, to see why others hated him.
The events of last night were still burned in his head. He remembered being dragged through the woods so vividly, as well as being tied to a tree in a clearing. He remembered the smell, the noises, but more importantly, he remembered what was said.
"Why are you doing this?" He remembered shouting as they walked slowly up to him with weapons in their hands. "Revenge," was their answer, "Because you are the son of the Fourth Hokage and because you are a Jinchuuriki. Our village cannot allow you to live."
It wasn't until later that Konoha's anbu found him leaning against a tree, crying. It was something the boy did not remember but afterwards he was informed that his eyes where different. They told him his eyes were a dark grey, rippled pattern and it took two of them to calm him down before they could bring him back to the hospital. The only thing the boy could remember was a red eye with spinning black dots glaring at him through an anbu mask, making him sleep.
The small boy turned his head slightly to the left so that he could have the Hokage Monument in his peripheral. He wanted to make sure his father was still looking at him. Although he was finally able to learn who his father was, he still could not get over the other events of that night. 'We cannot allow you to live…' that statement struck home to him. It's what kept him from leaving the rooftop that whole day.
Even now he wished he could learn more of his past. 'Because you are a Jinchuuriki…' What was that? What was a Jinchuuriki? He felt that was his next course of action, was to find out more about his past and hopefully place all the pieces together. What were Jinchuuriki? Who was his Mother? What happened to them and why is he hated so much? He made an oath to himself that he will not stop until he found answers to all of his questions.
It wasn't until the sun began to set that he decided that he needed to go eat something, so he naturally went for ramen. After all, only a nice bowl of ramen could help him make sense of everything that had happened the night before.
So the young blonde hopped down from railing and back onto the rooftop before he headed for the door that lead downstairs.
It wasn't until a few minutes had passed that he made his way to the bottom floor and made his way for the exit that lead to the streets.
It was wise that he decided to leave the rooftop that late because there were less people wandering the streets. Even though there were only a few people left outside, he could feel the intensity of their glares. It felt as if the whole village was looking at him, judging him. The boy figured that the events from last night had already spread.
He didn't know why he began to run all the way to Ichiraku, or where he even found the strength too, but all he did know was that the sooner he got away from them, away from the people looking at him, the safer he would be.
It was earlier than Sarutobi expected but none the less he was ready when a messenger knocked on his door to inform him that the council and elder Danzou was ready for him.
The elder Hokage sat up from his comfy chair and proceeded to the meeting place, which was one floor below his in a secluded room.
When he arrived, both the two elders and Danzou sat patiently in a semi formal room with two chairs and one couch, all facing a center table where a tea pot and several cups where already laid out. 'I can already tell this will take a while.' He was glad he had assigned his assistant to take over his duties while he attended this meeting. 'Maybe he'll finish my paperwork!' He thought hopefully as he sat down in one of the chairs.
To his left was Danzou in the other chair. He looked the same as usual with bandages covering his forehead and right eye as well as his left arm resting atop his cane.
In front of him sat the two elders Utatane Koharu and Mitokado Homura. They occupied the couch one the other side of the table and both of them were sipping tea.
"Thank you for coming, Hokage-sama," Koharu started out between sips.
Sarutobi nodded while shifting around in his chair so that he could be more comfortable.
"I will not keep you long, Sarutobi-san," Homura began as he placed his cup down, "I suppose you know what this is about?"
"Yes, I am well aware of the situation at hand." Sarutobi said at once as he readied himself for Naruto's defense.
"Well then, it seems that we have many issues that we need to discuss. We will begin with the Earth Country, mainly with Hidden Rock."
"Ah yes, the assassination attempt." Danzou responded, "It seems that, because Naruto was their direct target, they know that he is either the son of the Fourth or that he is our Jinchuuriki."
"With what we can figure out, they probably know both." Homura replied, "If it were a regular assassination attempt, then they would have done it right then and there and be done with it but because they went through the effort to take him out of our village, then that can only mean one thing."
"Hmm." Sarutobi was at a loss of what to think. He did not know how Iwa knew of Minato's son, but he suppose it didn't matter now, what mattered was Naruto's safety. "So what should we do with Iwa?"
"I believe this is an act of war." Danzou stated, "If they are going to attack our Jinchuurki directly then I believe we should respond with the same."
"Do not be so hasty, Danzou." Koharu spoke quickly, "We have already informed our Feudal lords and the ruler of Fire country. The Daimyo has informed us that he will be confronting the ruler of Earth Country on this matter. Meanwhile, we have sent our fastest messenger bird to Iwa regarding the situation as well."
"Yes Danzou, there is no need for war, especially if we can avoid it after the tremendous loss we've experienced seven years ago. For now, we will wait and see how Iwa will treat this. I doubt he will reignite the war between us since we both experienced loss during the war." Homura added as well. "Meanwhile, we will be using this time to stage our own investigation."
Sarutobi seemed happy with the outcome and how Koharu and Homura were looking for a peaceful solution, especially after what had happened with the Cloud village only a few years prior with the Hyuuga clan.
"We will deal with this after we receive word from Iwa then?" The Hokage asked.
"It seems so, but still, we must prepare for an attack. That is why I recommend that Naruto be trained with special care. Also, I will volunteer to look after his training." Danzou looked around the room for support, he had none.
"Danzou, even if we went to war with Iwa over this incident that does not mean that Naruto would be ready for battle after only a few weeks of training. It will take years to master all that he is capable of." Homura replied. "Still, I do believe that Naruto must be trained properly and under the strictest care, even more so now that he has the Rinnegan."
"Ah yes, the fabled Rinnegan. His situation has become more delicate now that he has another tool in his arsenal." Danzou replied.
"Yes, the reports from the anbu that found him described the scene as messy. I'm sure they have seen worse but still, coming from a small child meant the boy is capable of disastrous things when he is older." said Homura.
"I read the reports as well." Danzou added simply, "He is in the academy now and we do not want him repeating his performance from the woods. We cannot allow him to endanger the rest of the students in the academy."
"True, that is why I agree with Danzou and will accept his tutelage over Uzumaki Naruto." Koharu said while glancing over to her partner. "The academy will not be enough for Naruto and I fear that he may not be accepted within the shinobi community. That is why it would be best for Naruto to go with Danzou. Isolation might be what he needs."
"But going to the academy will provide Naruto a social balance that kids need. You cannot expect him to go through life and be denied a normal life," Sarutobi quickly suggested. "You also forget that he is the son of the great Minato. Submitting his son to an endless life of training would be disrespectful to him and all that he sacrificed himself for.
"Yes, Sarutobi is right. We must let Naruto live a life where he will progress regularly along with the other kids his age. Then maybe he will become accepted by his own age group. Without a normal life, he might become mentally unstable. After all, he is no Itachi and we cannot expect him to do the same as him." Homura said as he remembered the young Uchiha who was ordered to kill off his clan only a year ago.
"You forget that Naruto is not a normal child and that he will never be able to live regularly. Even if he is the son of the Fourth, Minato knew what he was getting his son into when he chose him to be the host. There is nothing we can do now but look after his legacy with as much care as possible. At least with Danzou he will be under surveillance and also be safe from harm. As for Itachi, he was a special case. He grew up on the battlefield and hated violence. Naruto did not grow up on the battlefield and so he may actually learn to live with it and accept it as a necessity for our survival. "
"Koharu is right, with me, Naruto will be safe from future assassination attempts but also he will live with highly skilled shinobi that watch his progress and monitor his actions. Also, I will make sure to treat him as a hero like the Fourth wanted." Danzou said with a slight smile. 'Game. Set. Match.'
Sarutobi knew he was losing the battle so he opted for another strategy. "Does it have to be Danzou who trains him?"
"What do you mean?" Koharu and Danzou both asked.
"If I find someone else to train him, would you accept that?"
Danzou narrowed his eyes because he knew what Sarutobi was getting at.
"Like who?" asked Koharu.
"Me," the old Hokage replied. "I will train him. After all, I did train the legendary Sannin."
There was a slight pause in the room and Danzou began to feel anxious. All of his plans where waiting on their answers and he knew that if they said yes, he would lose a great tool in his army. To his great surprise, the awkward silence was broken with laughter.
"I am sorry Sarutobi but neither I nor Homura will allow that." Koharu said with a smile still plastered to her face. "You have other responsibilities and a village to attend to, where would you find the time? Besides, using anbu to look after him all the time is unwise seeing as they are used for other things. We are already shorthanded and using them to protect Uzumaki does not seem wise when you are off completing your duties as Hokage. It seems to me that we have to only one option and that is to-"
"What about Jiraiya?" The old Hokage asked, "What if he trained him? After all, he is a sealing master and will know how to handle his training. Besides, he also trained the Fourth. He is his godfather after all and has more rights to him than anyone else."
"Well what about protecting him? Is he able to look after him all the time?" Danzou asked. "That task alone needs more than just one man."
"You forget that he is a Sage." Homura stated. "I believe he is up to the task of protecting him. After all, with him beside Naruto you will be hard pressed to find anyone to go against a Sannin, let alone the Toad Sage."
"Hm. Very well, inform Jiraiya that he must be back in the village within a week. I want Uzumaki Naruto to be well protected and I want his training to start as soon as possible." Koharu stated as she began to sit up to leave. However, when she saw the distraught look on the Hokage's face, she paused and looked back down at him. "You do know where he is, right?"
When Sarutobi did not answer her, she feared the worst. "Well this changes everything! Why would you suggest Jiraiya to train him if you don't even know where he is?" She asked as she sat back down.
"She is right," Homura added, "We need Jiraiya here if he is going to be looking after Naruto."
"Very true," Danzou added, "We also cannot wait forever for him to get here either. There is also no guarantee that he will even want to train him, let alone stay in the village for this. What if he wants to continue his travels?"
"Danzou is right, there is no guarantee that Jiraiya will even look after the boy let alone train him. We must consider other options. "
The old Hokage knew this would take longer than necessary and so he took a sip of his tea while still listening to the others debating over Naruto and his future. 'How can I win this argument…wait a minute, why must I win?' He thought at last as he placed his cup down on the table. 'What if nobody wins…'
Then the Hokage cleared his voice, making sure he grabbed everyone's attention and said, "I have an idea that might satisfy everyone."
The young boy stared up at his ceiling from his bed. He was alone in his small apartment and had yet to go out that entire day. He was scarred of what people might say, but also he was trying hard to remember what happened that night, the moment he blacked out.
He wondered how he was rescued and who had saved him from the two foreign shinobi. Naruto figured they were not from his village because of the different headband that they wore and they spoke of revenge. Sure the village he was in now looked at him with fearful and sometimes hateful eyes, but never have they acted on their feelings.
After pushing those thoughts away, he turned his head to see the digital clock by his bed. He wasn't surprised at all that it was only noon, so he decided to take a quick shower and head out to see how the other kids were. After all, he was supposed to be attending the shinobi academy but because of recent events, he decided against it.
"It's not like I'll be missed anyway," He told himself as he stood up and headed for his drawer to pick out some clothing. "I don't have any friends there and they all seem to dislike me."
Minutes later, when he had stepped into his hot shower, he began to notice strange scratches and bruises along his body. At first he wondered how they happened and why did he not feel the bruises earlier but soon he realized that, whatever they were, they had already healed and where just scars, reminders of what had happened. His hands went down to touch them and then he froze as the memories from the night before began flooding his mind.
It came suddenly, a power surge like none he had ever felt when he was tied to that tree, ready die by the hands of those foreign nin. Red and orange chakra began to consume his body as his eyes transformed into vertical slits. He felt like a caged animal that wanted to be free.
Breaking the bonds were easy considering that they weren't expecting a demon boy to unleash his power, but when they began attacking him in hopes of killing him quickly, Naruto's eyes transformed again to keep him alive. His vertical slits gave off ripples that expanded outward until it covered his entire eyes. His new found abilities helped him avoid all the jutsus and weapons that were thrown at him. It was enough to give him the edge in battle.
And then, using their own weapons, he killed them.
He killed them.
Naruto had taken two lives.
'I killed them.' He thought as he slowly reached out to turn the water off. 'I killed them.' His vision slowly began to blur while his stomach started to churn. He was going to be sick.
His hands reached for the walls for support as he left the shower and placed the new clothes on. His hair was still wet but he did not care. All he wanted right now was to lie down and rest. First thought he had to make it to his bed before passing out.
"So it is agreed then?" Danzou asked everyone as he stood up from his chair.
"I believe it is." Homura said while Koharu stood up as well, a sign that the meeting was at an end.
'It turned out much better than I expected.' Sarutobi thought as he stood up from his chair as well. 'The hard part is now finding Jiraiya or Tsunade before it is too late.'
"Thank you Sarutobi-san for your time and to you Danzou-san for your contribution." Homura said before bowing to the two of them and leaving. Koharu gave her thanks as well before following right behind Homura.
All that was left was Danzou and Sarutobi.
"That was fun." Danzou stated dryly before walking past the Hokage, "We shall know what to do in a week's time."
Sarutobi just nodded and waited for him to leave before sitting back down while sighing heavily. 'Everything depends on Jiraiya or Tsunade...Hopefully one of them will come through for me just this once.'
The deal was simple. Naruto would remain in the academy to learn his basics such as chakra control, and Konoha's history, but more importantly it will help him attain a more normal life and hopefully it will keep him mentally balanced.
However, after the day ends, he will be either staying with Danzou under his guard and be training with him or will be staying with Jiraiya or Tsunade. He will no longer be living on his own.
The old man rested his elbows on his knees while placing his head in his hands. He figured that, if Jiraiya and Tsunade did not make it back in time and Danzou became Naruto's guardian, then he could pull Naruto out of his academy class if he wanted too. "Homura and Koharu will not say anything because it will be too much of a hassle to keep their attention constantly on Naruto's progress." He said sadly to himself.
After a few minutes of contemplating, he rose from his chair and headed for his office. One the way he passed his assistant and told him that he needed the two specific members of Anbu, ones that he knew he could trust.
"Hai," the assistant bowed and ran off to complete his duty.
By the time Sarutobi reached his office and sat down in his comfy chair, two anbu casually walked in and knelt down on one knee before addressing their leader.
"Please, take off your mask. I will need you to be traveling in disguise for this mission."
The two nins took off their mask to reveal familiar faces. It was the ones that helped cool Naruto down when they found him in the woods and also brought him to the hospital.
"Kakashi-kun and Gai-kun, what I ask of you requires complete secrecy."
"What is it, Hokage-sama?"
"I need you to find Jiraiya or Tsunade and bring them back to the village as quickly as possible. It must be done within a week. You must leave within the hour.."
Kakashi could tell that this mission required his utmost attention because of the tone of voice his leader was using.
"YOSH!" Gai said while standing tall, "Do not fear Hokage-sama, with Kakashi's coolness and my youthfulness, we shall find the legendary Sannin and bring them back before a week passes!"
Normally the Third would have tuned Gai out or would have ignored him completely, but today was different, today he would have complete faith in them. "I hope you're right."
It had been four days since the incident and Naruto had finally decided to head back to the academy. He was informed by the Hokage (by letter) that he was excused for a whole week but he was tired of being alone, trapped in his apartment and he did not want to get behind on his studies.
He quickly dressed and headed for the door after getting a quick bite to eat.
It wasn't until he came to class that he regretted coming because nobody wanted to talk to him. Most were too wrapped in their little group of friends and no one wanted to even bother with him. He just shrugged and headed for the back of the class and sat down. He was alone again. Even in a crowded room he was still alone.
"Good news Hokage-sama," A man came into the office and knelt down onto one knee. "Iwa has informed us that it was not an act of war and has deeply apologized for their actions. It seems they were rogue ninja's who did not heed the Tsuchikage's orders not to act."
"So they knew what and who Naruto was." Sarutobi said with a tone of disproval.
"It seems so, but the Tsuchikage gave strict orders to leave the boy be and to forget about him."
The Hokage gave a slight smile. 'It seems that even Tsuchikage understood that he is just a boy and that killing him does nothing but cause unneeded stress. What a wise old man.'
"That is great news. Please inform the elders and Danzou." The old Hokage dismissed the messenger. 'It seems we have avoided war yet again. I wonder how long this will last once the entire world finds out what Naruto has. Still, at least the Rinnegan remains a secret except to a chosen few.'
From a military standpoint, he had the advantage. Konoha now possessed all three great eye techniques, a Jinchuuriki, and housed a large enough army to withstand any attack. So why was he not happy?
Danzou silently fumed when he heard the message but still he was somewhat happy he was not going to war. After all, Naruto would not be ready for quite some time. Years in fact, but still, there was nothing like going to war for him. The thrills, the adrenaline, the conquest, all that he ever wanted in life could come from war, except one thing. 'One day I will be Hokage…one day and Naruto will help me do so.'
Still, the old war hawk continued down the secret passage that led to his secret underground lair that housed the most deadly group in Konoha, Root.
"What have you found out?" Danzou asked as he approached his small army of ninja who where all kneeling before him.
"We have yet to find Jiraiya-sama or Tsunade-sama but we did place signs and other hidden distractions along the way. I doubt they will make it in time."
"Excellent." Danzou stated, "Only a few more days and the boy will be mine." The old warrior looked around and decided a few things needed to be done.
"You three," He said pointing to the three shinobi at the end, "I need you to clean and empty out an unused apartment we have in section B. If Naruto does come to live with us, he will be granted his own place and will staying in the same complex that most of you live in now."
The three men bowed before dashing off to complete the task, however strange it was.
"I will also need a few more volunteers to continue to watch the boy for the next few days. Our first priority is to keep him safe." When he saw two volunteers stand up, he dismissed them to their new assignment.
"The rest of you will continue on with your duties. I expect all of you to treat the boy kindly when he gets here. Any that harbor hateful feeling for him shall not be allowed anywhere near him and will be quarantined. Is that understood?"
"Hai!" yelled the group of shinobi as they darted off to complete whatever task they were doing beforehand.
'It may take another decade, but my time will come.'
Jiraiya had been walking for days around the countryside, trying to find the next place of inspiration for his erotic novels. Today though, he was not trying to find any inspiration, but instead was heading back to Konoha. He had heard a few rumors regarding Orochimaru and Akatsuki and needed to inform the Hokage.
The problem was that it wasn't life or death information so he took his time and enjoyed the scenery. This time however, when he approached a fork in the road, one path that leads to a famous hot spring and another that leads to Konoha, he stopped and thought for a moment.
For some strange reason he was compelled to head for the Leaf village, like something important was taking place there. It was almost as if fate was waiting for him to choose a path, one leads towards the end of the world and the other leads to peace on earth. Everything was riding on his decision, or at least that what it felt like to him.
So he had to pause to think for a long time. 'Why is this decision so hard to make?'
A/N: I'm going to go ahead and stop here. I hope you enjoyed it and sorry if it was slow. Unfortunately the next chapter will be the same but it will progress more in plot. The third or so should pick it up a bit and continue at a more regular pace. I just wanted to answer the questions of who, what, when, where, and why of the story.
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