May 2014 Update- After a long hiatus, I've decided to try to get back to writing some fanfiction on the side. I'll be attempting to edit some grammatical errors, as well as posting a new chapter this week. It's been a long time, and there is a ton of new, exploitable content in the manga. Also one major change, is that I'll be removing the most of the quasi-japanese phrases and titles, excepting the names of established Zanpakuto a few other things early on, I'll probably keep honorifics for now.
As a disclaimer: I do not own Naruto, Bleach, DBZ, or Negima, or any other licensed or trademarked productions...
Now on with the story
A peculiar feeling of awe and power hung heavily in the air. The acrid smells of burning debris, generated by buildings that had been reduced to rubble in seconds, and the stench of the deaths of hundreds mixed nauseatingly.
Panting heavily as the remains of his Sage power left him, Uzumaki Naruto silently surveyed the wasteland that had once been his home, the Shinobi village hidden in the leaves, Konohagakure no Sato. Behind him lay the remains of five of the bodies of his most fearsome enemy to date, one Nagato of Amegakure, more commonly known as the shinobi terrorist Pein. He was the unquestioned leader of Akatsuki, and orginization that had once featured 9 members, all terrorists and criminals themselves, and guided them in their hunt for the various Jinchuuriki and Biju that were scattered across the land.
After months of training and waiting, Naruto, who was the Jinchuuriki of the Nine-Tailed Fox Biju, was finally targeted by the Akatsuki organization. In a brutal "shock-and-Awe" display of power, Pein attacked Konoha, with a single attack decimating a massive portion of the village, shortly before Naruto arrived back from a crucial training expedition were he had learned to use Natural Energy
This Pein was a monster of a man that possessed the Legendary Rinnegan, and had learned to impose his will on corpses, granting them a sort of false "life." For nearly a full hour, Naruto had waged a relentless assault on Pein, and through a combination of luck and overwhelming talent and determination, had finally managed to put down all but one of his opponents human puppets.
After checking to make sure the other bodies were fully non-responsive, Naruto's gaze focused on his last opponent. This Path of Pein (as the puppets were called) was a man with medium length spiky orange hair, whose six piercings, a metal bar through each ear, three studs through the side of his upper nose, and one spike stud on each end of the bottom lip. What was especially disconcerting to Naruto about this last Path was that he/it was completely unscathed, there wasn't even a rip in the black and red Akatsuki cloak it wore.
"You're very strong," the man spoke suddenly, his purplish eyes boring straight into Naruto's own sapphire blues, "No one has ever given Pein this much trouble before." He raised his right hand while a black spike materialized in his left, "But you won't win."
Something took a hold of Naruto with an almighty crushing power. The blond ninja caught fully off guard helpless as Pein's technique took effect dragging him forward against his will. Before he could even blink Naruto found himself staring literally eye to eye with the emotionless grayish-purple orbs representing the Rinnegan blood-limit.
"Goodbye Uzumaki Naruto, with your death the Kyuubi will be set free, and the world will be mine," Pein intoned flatly.
It wasn't until Pein moved his hand to the side, that Naruto realized the black spike was now lodged in directly into his heart. As he struggled to move his arms, Pein placed his left hand on Naruto's chest and whispered "Shinra Tensei."
With a violent surge of chakra Naruto was blasted completely out of the crater that was once Konoha, as darkness began creeping into his vision he distinctly remembered someone screaming "NO!" and then there was nothing.
Later: Location, Outside Konoha
With a start Naruto opened his eyes, wincing slightly as they readjusted to the light."What the hell just happened," he muttered softly, a little dazed and confused. As he turned his head to the side he noted the large trees in the surroundings. "I'm outside the village," he mused to himself. He paused for a moment as the thought registered properly. "The village!" Naruto nearly shouted, jumping to his feet as the memory of his last fight flooded into his mind, "I have to get back!"
Naruto absently tried to charge a portion of his chakra to his legs, but just as he was about to jump away he felt a sudden, sharp tug on his chest and stomach. Looking down he discovered two chains on his torso leading off into the distance. One of the chains was sticking out from between his pectorals, however, the other chain was located directly on the seal.
His blood ran cold at the sight of a thick iron chain protruding from the seal of the Kyūbi no Yōko.
"What the hell?" he bellowed, "Why the hell are they're chains stuck in me!? he shouted, his voice echoing softly through the trees.
When no one answered Naruto's face fell, "Might as well see where they lead," he mumbled as he began following the chains, wrapping the excess around his hand, noting that they were ice cold.
When the chains grew taut he found himself standing in front of a large tree with the chains going behind it, fearing that he had been somehow chained to a tree while unconscious, Naruto quickly moved forward...
"WHAT THE HELL IS THIS?," roared Naruto in anger and shock, because, lying on the ground in front of him was himself.
His own corporeal body lay before his eyes, with tattered clothes and new hole in the heart and all, eerily silent and wasn't sure how long he stared but some time passed. After a while he spoke aloud. "This can't be happening,"Naruto panicked. "What the hell is going on?" "This can't be happening, this can't be me!" A horrible realization settled on him, he had failed. He had lost against the monster that was Pein, his village, his friends they would be destroyed, and it was his fault. Crushing despair settled on him and he wondered what could he do? What could anyone do?
Naruto was so preoccupied with the terrible scene before his eyes, that he failed to notice the impossible materialization of old-world, wooden sliding door behind him, and wasn't aware of who stepped through.
The sight of one blond teenager screaming to the heavens was what one Urahara Kisuke was greeted by as he stepped through the Senkaimon. "So this is the one," mused Kisuke to himself as he watched Naruto. "Lively isn't he?."
After observing the other blond for a few moments, Kisuke cleared his throat loudly. Naruto froze in mid rant at the sound and whirled around, his hand instinctively reaching for a kunai, only to grasp at nothing. His blue eyes roamed over the newcomer quickly taking his appearance. The man was blonde, like himself, but it was a paler shade, and longer. He wore a pure black kimono, with a white undershirt, and a white haori cloak draped over his shoulders. Naruto's gaze also noted the sheathed sword at the mans side and tensed up.
Kisuke noted the teens look and raised his hands up in a placating manner, "Easy, I'm not here to fight," he said. "My name is Urahara Kisuke, what's yours?"
"Uzumaki Naruto," Naruto replied warily, never taking his eyes off of the older man's face.
"Look, I bet you're wondering what is going on," said Kisuke gently, as he stepped forward.
"No shit" retorted Naruto sarcastically glaring at the newcomer. Kisuke frowned at the crude statement, but ultimately to let it slide.
"I'm sorry to tell you this Naruto-kun but I'm afraid you're dead," he said gently. He hated this type of work, he was a scientist through and through and a terrible emotional therapist.
Expecting another crude outburst from the teen, Kisuke was rather surprised when Naruto merely slumped forward, and sighed.
"I kinda figured that, guess that means I'm a ghost" the teen muttered mostly to himself before falling into silent contemplation.
After a moment he looked back up at Kisuke." You know, it's funny I always pictured Death being kinda different," he said, almost absently. " I was expecting the whole grim reaper harvesting my soul with a scythe thing, ya know?" He sighed once more before addressing Kisuke again.
Kisuke laughed at that, "Most people have their own idea of death my boy, but bee that as it may, I am a Shinigami, and I am here to take you to Soul Society."
"Soul Society?" what's that, asked Naruto reflexively rubbing his head in confusion.
"It's what you mortals refer to as the Afterlife. ," explained Kisuke. "I myself am part of a special program in Soul Society, and I was chosen to ferry your soul for a very specific reason."
Let me guess by specific reason, you mean Kyūbi, don't you," Naruto growled. Great, another group that was looking for him solely because of his burden.
"Yes, in order to seal away the Kyūbi the man you know as the 4th Hokage summoned one of us, quite a feat for a human you know, and struck a deal." Naruto blinked at that. "What do you mean" he asked. "How is that possible?"
Kisuke huffed, "We still aren't sure exactly how he did it, but your 2nd Hokage developed a technique that could actually summon one of us from Soul Society, and he of course wanted to make a deal, but the price for one of us meddling in mortal affairs is quite steep, and is usually paid for with their own soul.
Naruto shivered at the ominous statement, "So what was the 4ths Deal?," he asked. Kisuke sighed, "In exchange for his soul he had the Nine-Tails split in two and it's chakra sealed in his body and yours, and asked that once you died, it would be sent back to it's own realm." He looked Naruto right in the eyes, "Now that you are dead, I am here to finish what was started."
Naruto felt a small measure of relief wash over, even if he was dead, Akatsuki would not be getting the Nine-Tailed Fox, the world would be safe from them at the very least.
Kisuke strode past the soul form of Naruto and stood over the teens corpse. "You might want to step back," warned the Shinigami, and with a quick practiced move, Kisuke unsheathed the sword at his side and sliced straight through the chain attached to the seal, then seamlessly jumped back a good 20 feet.
The moment the chain was cut red chakra burst out of the seal like a torrent of flames. Within moments the chakra formed a gigantic fox-like form, becoming more and more solidified, until...
"I AM FREE,"boomed to voice of the mighty demon fox, Kyūbi no Yōko, as it stood in the mortal plane for the first time in fifteen years. "Now I shall have my revenge!"
"I'm afraid not," spoke Kisuke, his voice easily picked up by the beast. "In fact you're about to leave this plane of existence entirely."
"Impudence!" roared the fox. "Who dares challenge me?" The fox turned it's furious gaze on the blond shinigami, and roared loudly.
"Yare yare," commented Kisuke idly, completely unfazed by the creature's fury. "You're very loud."
"I will dest…"
"Be silent, "commanded the Shinigami, he raised his hands and spoke again. "Bakudo 46: Chains of Iron."
Naruto watched in awe as hundreds of iron chains burst out of the ground, and wrapped around the demon fox immobilizing it. No matter what the beast tried to do free it's self, nothing worked.
Urahara smiled, "That's better," he said softly as he watched the beast stuggled. 'Now then, it is time to finish this." Focusing his spiritual energy into his legs he took off in a massive jump, and landed mid-air directly in front of the Fox's eyes.
He swiftly unsheathed his sword once more as he stared at the demon straight into the eye, he smiled coldly and said "Goodbye," slamming to hilt of his blade right onto the creatures face.
A blast of golden light appeared taking the shape of a rectangle even bigger than the fox itself. After a few seconds the translucent rectangle seemingly pulsed once, flashing brightly and then faded away revealing a gargantuan black doorway held shut by a massive chain, and adorned with the bandaged head and torso of a giant skeleton on each side.
Naruto watched fascinated as the skeletons pulled to door open revealing a yawing blackness, a darkness that seemed to suck in light itself. One of the skeleton creatures stretched out its hand and took hold of the immobilized demon fox, and brought it, stuggling vainly the entire time straight into the blackness. The moment the fox was inside, the doors slammed shut and disappeared. Kisuke gently floated down from the air, dropping to the ground silently.
"Wha.. what was that?" asked Naruto, both awestruck and terrified, what he had just seen was a sight not meant for mortal eyes.
"The Gates of Hell," replied Kisuke darkly as he held his sword out horizontally, before turning it sideways like a key. A traditional shoji materialized before the two blonds, and slid open. "Now then it is time to go," ordered Kisuke cheerfully.
"But wait there's so much I need to ask you" said Naruto. "What is Soul Society like, is the Kyūbi really gone, is..."
"Don't worry all of your questions will be answered soon," Kisuke said with a smile. He stepped forward gently tapped Naruto's head with the hilt of his sword
The moment the hilt of touched his forehead, the remaining chain, which had still been attached to Naruto's chest vanished.
At the same time Kisuke sheathed his blade, and began walking towards the shoji, and waited until two black butterflies floated out of the doorway.
"Come with me Naruto, the world of the living is not your world anymore,"he said somberly, before stepping through the gateway.
For a moment Naruto contemplated staying behind, but something deep inside of his soul, knew that it would not be a good thing to do. So with a sigh and a shrug, he too stepped through the doorway.
On the other side, Naruto found Kisuke waiting in a long dark tunnel. "Wow there really is a tunnel with a light at the end of it," Naruto commented sardonically.
Urahara chuckled lightly, and began walking briskly towards the light, motioning for Naruto to follow. When they at last stepped into the light, Naruto felt as if a weight was lifted from his body, and he noticed that he felt noticeably stronger.
Looking around he discovered that he and Kisuke now stood large courtyard of sorts, but before he could even blink a person clad in what appeared to be an old-style shinobi body suit appeared before them. Startled Naruto leapt back his own shinobi training kicking into overdrive again, as he shifted into a defensive position.
Yamamoto-, sōtaichō has ordered that you appear before him immediately after you arrive," the unknown man spoke addressing Urahara, completely ignoring Naruto.
"Understood," replied Urahara in a clipped tone of voice. "Dismissed."
With a quick salute the man disappeared as fast as he appeared, one second he was there, the next he was gone.
"Take my hand Naruto-kun," said Kisuke, "It's time to go see my boss." Despite his slight hesitation Naruto obeyed and took Urahara's hand.
For a second he felt nothing, but then he was pulled off his feet, whilst the details of the world blurred before his eyes.
When the world appeared in focus again Naruto let go of Kisuke's hand, his head swimming. He groaned loudly as his body and stomach protested.
"Sorry, I forgot how Flash Steps feel to the inexperienced," his older companion apologized softly.
Once he felt better Naruto noticed that He and Urahara were in a room with twelve other people similarly dressed to Urahara. Eleven of the people stood in two lines on facing eachother, and in the center was an old man sitting in a high backed chair, with his hands folded atop a gnarled staff.
"Urahara Kisuke, reporting in on a successful mission," announced Kisuke formally, addressing the old man who Naruto correctly assumed to be the leader.
"The Kyuubi no Yoko has been successfully returned to Hell, and it's former jinchūriki Uzumaki Naruto has been brought without incident into the Soul Society." He motioned for Naruto to step forward, who did so with slight hesitation, the old man exuded an aura of raw power.
"Uzumaki Naruto," spoke the old man, his voice gravely, his tone serious. "I am Yamamoto Genryuusai Shigekuni, Captain Commander of the Thirteen Divisions."
"You are here due to the rather special circumstances surrounding your entire life," he said. Naruto nodded, "Kisuke-san explained that it was a Shinigami here from Sould Society who helped seal the Fox into me." Yamamoto nodded, "That is correct." He cleared his throat and continued, "Due to your status as a former jinchūriki and your skills as a shinobi, we believe that you have the capacity to become a shinigami, wiith your consent we would like to administer some tests to gauge you're capacity."
"Um, what exactly is it you shinigami do," questioned Naruto. He was rather curious as to what Shinigami did on a day to day basis.
Instead of Yamamoto replying it was Kisuke who spoke up, "A shinigami has many responsibilities, ranging from keeping the peace in Soul Society, to ferrying souls on the mortal planes along to the after life." "Also, one of our main responsibilities is the cleansing of Hollows," he said.
"Hollows?" asked Naruto, something told him that Hollows weren't very pleasant.
"Hollows are a race of creatures which are born from Human souls who, for various reasons, do not cross over to Soul Society after their death., if the soul is consumed with regrets about its life,it becomes a monstrous creature that devours the souls of both living and deceased humans," explained Kisuke. "As a shinigami it is our responsibility to use our powers to protect the mortal world, and purify the Hollows."
"Purify?" asked Naruto. "What do you mean?" he was getting tired of not knowing anything.
"We shinigami use our Zanpakutō," at this Urahara gestured to the sword at his side, "To "kill" Hollows." "Of course the Hollow is not truly killed; its spirit is purified of the sins it committed, and the spirit is sent to enter the Soul Society."
"So you use your powers to protect the living?" asked Naruto for clarification.
That's right," replied Urahara.
"Well then I would gladly become a Shinigami," procalimed Naruto with a smile, I'd do anything to protect those who are precious to me!
"Excellent!" boomed Yamamoto, pleased with the youth's attitude, "We need more men like him," mused the old man, far too many saw the Thirteen Divisions as a means to achieve wealth or status, and forgot it's primary responsibility.
"Yamamoto-soutaicho, with your permission I would like to begin the test immediately," announced Urahara grandly.
"Permission granted," Yamato replied. "You are dismissed!" he commanded, while slamming the hilt of his staff on the ground once. Immediately, the other people who were in the hall, but who had stayed silent vanished.
Kisuke held out his hand once more, "Come along Naruto and we'll begin," he said with a smile.
This time, Naruto braced himself as he took Urahara's hand. He waited for a second and then he was pulled off his feet, while the details of the world once again blurred before his eyes
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