Screams and the sounds of battle could be heard in this cold village as the mother hid her child in the room, hoping for a savior from her deranged husband. Just as the man picked up a knife and raised it to end her life, a kunai stuck into the man's throat, instantly killing him. As he crumpled over in death, an ANBU with a Cat mask walked up to the lady and offered his hand.
"If you want to be free from hiding for the rest of your life, take my hand and come with me," Said the man as he held his hand out for her to take.
After a while, she shakily took her hand, turning around to look for her child only to find her in the arms of another ANBU with a bear mask.
"We must leave now,"
Nodding his head, the two ANBU left the premises, leaving behind the melted ice sculpture of the room in which the child was held in, the Kekkai Genkai unknowingly activating in fear.
The Captain of the ANBU stared down the head of the clan of the Kaguya clan.
"You do not have to fight this battle, you can come with us and live to fight another battle another day," said the ANBU captain with a Rabbit mask.
The clan head nodded.
"I know. My pride will never let me leave a battle, I live for the moment to fight, I will die fighting, there is no such thing as a retreat for me. However, take the children of my clan, they do not deserve to die for something they have no knowledge of. Now you can move and let me die in battle or you shall be the one I battle. Choose your next movement wisely," Said the clan head as a huge stake made of bone came out of his hand.
After a silent staredown, the ANBU stepped to the side and let the clan members who wanted to fight to the death head off to do battle.
"Take the children, load them up and let us return to Konoha," said the captain, as the group found all the children and teens left behind, the captain saw a child locked in a cage of bone staring directly at him blankly.
Shocked at such barbarity, the captain walked towards the child and opened the cage.
"Do you want a new life?" Asked the captain.
The child simply stared at him blankly before simply nodding his head.
"Yes," The child replied, to which he was quickly scooped up and taken to the rest of his clan members for a new life and chance to make his own path in life.
Kimimaro Kaguya would be a name never forgotten. This small change in scenery would also be a change in the history of Konoha itself.
(Sarutobi Backyard - 3:00 Am)
Hiruzen sat down and calmly sipped his tea as he awaited the onslaught of questions to pour out of the two in front of him. He was not dissapointed.
"How... What... When... and Why... did you neglect to tell US about the fact that HE," At this Jiraiya pointed at the equally calm Orochimaru also at the table with the three.
"Was actually a double agent working undercover and was actually scouting out the other villages for you and not a traitor to the village," growled Jiraiya in anger, Tsunade equally mad.
"Simple, I would rather you mad at me then you aware of the mission I assigned. Tsunade had her own troubles after the untimely passing of Nawaki and Dan, and you were occupied with the training of your students, why would I put that information, that vital information onto either of you. What if Tsunade got drunk and babbled away at that fact, what if you actually decided to seek Orochimaru out when he was on one of his dangerous scouts? In fact, if you think about it, Orochimaru becoming 'traitor' was the best idea ever, especially when you supplied me with all of the information about his recent movements when he could not relay messages to me," Said Hiruzen with a smirk on his face, watching Jiraiya's face turned from anger to contemplation and finally begrudgingly Jiraiya nodded.
"You always were three steps ahead of us," Said Jiraiya.
"Make that five, I have ridded my advisers and requested for you three to return immediately for a reason," Said Hiruzen, his eyes becoming a bit unfocused in thought before he looked at them one by one.
"I had a dream, a very scary dream of how things would become like had I not done things immediately, it all came down to the fact that if things continued on, unchanged and looked into, Konoha would fall. Never to recover for decades, I simply had no plans of seeing my village get raped and pillaged, so I decided it was time to change. But I need people I trust, and unfortunately, you three are all I got. As such, I am going to ask that you three stay in Konoha. Tsunade, your dream of raising Medical ninja and having them on three-man teams, I have begun making changes to allow you to have that achieved, in the new curriculum, I want your apprentice, Shizune, to teach a medic class, from there you can choose the most potentially fit student and train them. Orochimaru, I want you to run Interrogation and Experimental Discovery for Konoha, your knowledge is exceptional and what we need to exceed expectations. Jiraiya, I want you to train my Hunter Nin in espionage and hunting, there is none more proficient then you in this matter. Finally I want you three to find three others with potential as you will train them," Said Hiruzen as he took another sip of tea.
"Train them to do what?" Asked Tsunade.
"To take up the mantle of Sannin of this generation," said Hiruzen, making Jiraiya choke on his tea, Tsunade smirk and Orochimaru raise an eyebrow.
"There is more... is there not Sensei?" Asked Orochimaru suddenly. Hiruzen chuckled, he knew he had chosed the correct person for interrogation immediately from that simple question.
"I want you three to take up a new job now open," Jiraiya sighed, already figuring out what his sensei wanted.
"As my advisers,"
The field was silent other then the sounds of the cricket in the garden and the sound of water flowing throughout the backyard. After a while, Orochimaru put his cup down and looked at his sensei.
Tsunade seemed to be at odds with herself, battling with the decision before finally sighing.
"What's the worst that can come of this, I accept," She mumbled.
Jiraiya stood up and put his hands in his pocket, turning around, he silently walked off before turning around and looking at his sensei.
"You've got my acceptance, as long as Tsunade shows up in meetings with a bikini on," Said Jiraiya, perverted gleam in his eye.
Only to get cracked upside his skull with the thrown teacup courtesy of Tsunade.
"All these years and you're still a perverted toad," Said Tsunade, though Hiruzen and Orochimaru noticed, the sentence had no malice or anger. It had a hint of happiness. After years and years of being away, Team Sarutobi had reunited like they never left.
(Konoha Stadium - One Week Later)
Hiruzen stood up from his seat to address every single Konoha Shinobi under his reign. He had a few things on his mind that needed to be said and as Hokage, he would for the benefit of his village and underlings.
"Kuniochi and Shinobi of Konoha, as Hokage of this village, I feel it is only right that I inform you all of the recent changes the Village will be going under. This is all for the focus of maintaining this village as one of the most powerful ninja villages in the elemental country," Hiruzen continued.
"The civilian council is no more, we will have one representative from the Civilian council in meetings at all times concerning the village matters. However, all matter dealing with the Shinobi will be between the members of the Shinobi Council, with any news worth knowing being told to the representative of the Civilians. Any ninja, Chunin and up, will be partaking in a class on Politics taught by my former advisers Homura Mitokado and Koharu Utatane. In one week, all Chunin Shinobi and Kunoichi will be asked to come back to this stadium for a one-week course in proper political resources, knowledge and etiquette. This is not debatable, any Chunin found not to attend will be demoted to Genin effective immediately. You will be notified as to the time of the lesson. The week after will be Jounin, then Hunter Nin. Next, The Academy lesson plan has been changed to further edify our young and turn them into soldiers. The curriculum has been modified as such," Pulling out a scroll and unfurling it, Hiruzen continued with his speech.
"Children aged 3 to 4 of major clans or any family wanting their children to be ninja, will be entered into pre-school. This will teach the children the importance of group interaction, and how to cooperate with other children the same age, in addition to young and proper etiquette. From there they will enter what I call secondary pre-school from age 5 to 6, where they will begin to pick up on the history of Konoha, which takes away the need for most of the lessons taught in the old academy curriculum. They will also be introduced to the beginning of identifying Hiragana, a basic component of our Japanese writing system in addition to many other lessons monumental to the development of our Shinobi."
"From then on, from age 7 they will enter Kindergarten, preparing them for the life of a Shinobi, after kindergarten will be an entrance test to balance out and learn what exactly the student should be taking once they actually reach the academy. From there, all children from 8 to 12 will finally be entered to the new academy and they will be split into eight classes taught by eight teachers in the following:
Genjutsu teaching taught by Karuma Clan members
Medical training. The teacher will be announced at a later date.
Kenjutsu teaching taught by Hayate Gekkou
Taijutsu teaching taught by Maito Gai
Ninjutsu teaching taught by Uchiha Clan members
History of the Hokage taught by Umino Ichigo
Chakra theory taught by Ebisu, and gym, otherwise known as field training/D-rank missions and endurance training taught by Inuzuka clan members," Hiruzen read. Taking a second to let the newfound information marinate, he continued.
"As such, D-Rank Missions for Genin are hereby terminated. As the final year of academy will be spent making their own money as they are called to do so. With this new curriculum, a higher range of missions will be available for Genin, Chunin and Jounin. We will begin this curriculum the upcoming semester to see how effective it is," Stated Hiruzen.
So far, the entire group shinobi were going through emotions such as shock, to amazement, to awe, to satisfied, to proud and finally joyful. Things were finally starting to look and become great for Konoha.
But now was time for the finale to the meeting, and one that would surely shock the group.
"My final announcement is that I have recalled many of our ninja both in hiding and both out handling secret missions for me. As such, returning to Konoha for the time being are students trained personally by me. You will see them around the village, either in the hospital, in our research and interrogation rooms or our sealing chambers, so please do not be alarmed," Hiruzen stepped back and put his hand down towards the stadium floor, where at the moment nobody was seen.
Suddenly three figures were seen landing in the middle, with long black cloaks. One by one they removed their robe hoods to reveal white, black and blonde hair respectively.
The Shinobi in the stadium seats gasped in surprise at the appearance of the three. Some out of knowledge of what they had done in the Third Shinobi war, some from the gossip heard about them and others at seeing them in the same area at the same time.
" I present to you all the return of The Sannin," At this Hiruzen smirked again, ready to drop another bomb.
"Also my brand new advisors,"About half of the Shinobi and Kunoichi fainted in shock.
Hiruzen smirked. Nothing like schooling the Konoha Shinobi in surprises.
(Three Years Later)
The currently jogging Naruto Uzumaki was of four years old and was just returning from his second day of pre-school under the new Academy Regiment. The past three years for young Naruto had been amazing! His mother apparently was asleep, (something they called a coma, but Naruto preferred asleep) and was now awake and ready to take up the reigns as the Uzumaki clan head. With that being said, today was the day he would be meeting a family member of his clan. Apparently, after Iwa attacked Uzushiokagure, a lot of Uzumaki clan members escaped, spread out and the remaining members were currently living in different parts of the elemental countries. It seemed Kushina had a long-lost brother, who was currently making his way towards Konoha from Suna, and Naruto would have the privilege of getting to know him more as he would be staying in their current clan house until further notice.
The Uzumaki Clan house was pretty much the Senju Clan house being that Hashirama Senju and Mito Uzumaki had married and the clan shared the same space. The only people that inhabited the place currently were Naruto, Kushina and Tsunade. At the moment, Naruto was sure his mother was training. She had been slowly gaining her strength back. The first year dedicated to motor movement and the next two on exercising her body back into the shape of the feared Kunoichi she was. At this point she was back to Jounin level, and would be ready to take up missions' solo.
In all honesty, the estate of the Senju clan was extremely beautiful. The nature Hashirama had created to fill the house was astounding. From the gate made of redwood bark, which had the clan mark engraved on it, requiring chakra to pass through it in order to open it, was a path way made of stone with grass on the left and right. You then came to a bridge made of literal tree bark with clear water underneath. You then came up to the front door made of water, which was interesting as it never wet you whenever you walked through, making Naruto believe that it cleansed your spirit. The house was clearly made for a big clan as when you walked in you entered a room the size of Konoha's stadium. Directly in front was a huge living room for the guest with chairs, table, couches and a tree that grew fruit on the spot. All around the house were small bonsai trees and flowing water. Next came the kitchen, made of wood except the fridge and sink. Of course, the dishes were of fine porcelain imported from all over the nations. A counter was placed in the middle with the fridge on the left, the sink in front and shelves on the right. On both sides of the wall were two stairs that led to the second story. Naruto and Kushina's rooms were on the right, with Tsunade's room on the left side. Guest rooms were also available.
Ten rooms, with a private bath.
On both sides. Naruto felt a bit down at the fact that they were the only ones left, but he was sure his clan members would be found soon enough.
Entering his room, which would be a guest room, but was now Naruto's own, which was painted a vibrant shade of blue which included his bed directly in front of the door, about ten feet from the entrance, on the right side from bed being two doors, the one on the left being the bathroom and the one on the left being a walk-in closet. The left side of the room was simply a couch with a tv in front of it, not that Naruto really used it that often. Above the entire room, hanging from the chandelier, was a training dummy Naruto used for target practice, on top of his dresser, also on the left side of the room in the corner, were draws full of various weapons and seal tags, papers, ink and more things Naruto would need as a ninja. Naruto changed from his clothing, which consisted of simple green cargo shorts and an orange shirt with his clan spiral, into black shorts with a navy blue plain t shirt, Naruto headed back out to find his mother in this huge house.
The clan had its own sauna room, over ten different Training rooms with various degrees of nature, an underwater pathway that lead to an underground training ground inside of a cave and forty-acre backyard?
Eventually, Naruto found Kushina meditating with a long sword in front of her. The sheath was red leather and the handle was wrapped in navy blue cloth. A sheen of blue chakra was around her and the sword as it seemed to sync and manifest into something else.
Slowly, but surely, the background began to morph into… a red dragon with blue eyes. Naruto's eyes nearly popped out of his head at the sight. Was this Genjutsu? He knew that the sword was rumored to be made from a Dragon's fang but did not understand the deep connection between sword and owner just yet. He was still four after all.
Naruto knew all about his burden, how could he not, a lot of people tried to take the weapon, currently in his bedroom on a mantle encased in powerful Uzumaki clan seals, only to get a sharp shock from the weapon, yet it never affected Naruto at all.
He had most recently met the Kyuubi, or Kurama. He remembered the massive gate and teeth that followed. After calming down, the fox introduced himself as the Kyuubi. After a lengthy back and forth, filled with sacrcasm and anger, Naruto finally got him to omit his true name. The fox replied that he had no other choice but to get to know his… life partner, as Kushina called him. However, he would always give Naruto a most difficult time as he attempted to be Kurama's first friend.
After an awkward moment of Naruto thinking about all of those people that were incorrect about the Kyuubi, Naruto smiled and grabbed a small pebble, a training technique he used to do with his mother when she was getting back in shape. Tossing the pebble with all of his strength, Naruto smiled when Kushina suddenly caught the pebble with her right hand, a smirk also on her face.
Smiling at her son, Kushina stretched her back before getting up. She was currently in simple training clothing. Black sweats with a black shirt and standard Shinobi sandals, Her sword on her shoulder.
"Back from school already I see?" Kushina asked.
"Yeah, they let us out early. I want to get to the ninja stuff! Learn cool jutsu and save princesses you know?" replied Naruto, posing as a super ninja with his hands on his hips.
Smirking slowly, Kushina ran at Naruto full speed before putting the now morphed sword to Naruto's neck, the blunt end of course.
"If you don't know the basics, how can you ever try to defend yourself against the real troubles of the world?" asked Kushina in a sweet voice, with a dangerous edge to it.
"Good point." Naruto replied, sweating nervously. His mother was fast, but that was faster than fast, he just had to ask how she gained that speed. Danger forgotten, Kushina sighed as Naruto begged her to learn how to do that, jumping up in down in a rush of energy he was known for. If there was anyone Naruto seemed to take after so far, it was definitely her. She felt a bit bad suddenly for all the trouble she caused her teachers and caretakers growing up.
Sighing, Kushina made her way back to the house.
"Maybe when your uncle gets here we can convince him to show you," Said Kushina, struggling a bit as Naruto somehow ended up wrapped around her leg. The brat was fast in his own right, not to mention, Naruto already had the makings of a strong and powerful Shinobi. But he would have to earn his spot as there was a lot he had to learn. But with the plan Kushina had in mind, he would grow at an exponential rate.
But for now, he was a brat. He sure did have much to learn. But Kushina was sure he had time for all of that when they began the training he would be receiving.
But for now.
"Could you get off my leg?"
(Uchiha clan Compound, Backyard training grounds)
Sasuke watched in awe at the control Itachi presented. Every single target had been hit with amazing accuracy! This was why he looked up to his brother.
Itachi smirked at the obvious awe his brother showed watching how he trained. Soon he would be just as good if he had any say. But now it was time to motivate him some more.
"A ninja not only needs to train his body, but he needs to train his brain. This is why it is essential to get good grades at the academy and to take every class you are given seriously," Itachi said to Sasuke.
"Now I challenge you to get the top three in all grades when you officially begin and I will begin training you in things not taught at the academy," Itachi said as he turned around, knowing Sasuke would accept without hesitation.
"You got yourself a deal Itachi-nii!" Sasuke exclaimed.
Itachi nodded his head; he had many dreams for his brother. He would stop at nothing to see it completed. Even if it meant meeting with the Hokage to discuss the recently attained knowledge he had come across.
(Hyuga Residence - Indoor training facility)
Currently the clan head was training with his child while his brother, who was head of the branch house, was securing the area, even though nothing ever occurred.
The training seemed to come easy to the child of the main branch. The movement was fluid and the mere fact that the kid was already advancing on to more Jyuken techniques made this boy a prodigy.
Hiashi was proud of his nephew, but he was even more proud of his four-year-old daughter, Hinata, who was currently on the other side training with her mother in Hyuga clan techniques. It seemed that the Hyuga clan Taijutsu did not fit her style of fighting, as such, Hinamori decided to take manners into her own hand and teach her a personal style she had developed.
If Hinata learned that style and mastered it, there would probably be no Kunoichi that could defeat her. No offense to the tons of powerful Kunoichi, it was just that Hinamori had smacked Hiashi across the floor with that style of hers, it was impossible to defend and attack because of the level of flexibility and the amount of different styles incorporated in the entire style.
Things were looking up for the Hyuga clan with these two growing up to lead the clan into the future. With Neji as the clan head and Hinata as the branch clan head, the Hyuga clan would definitely prosper into a new generation of prodigies.
Instantly looking to the right as he felt a presence, Hiashi had to stop the groan coming from her throat at the sight of the elders.
"We must talk Hiashi-san. Follow me," turning around, the elder walked off, with Hiashi soon following behind.
'What is it now?'
(Konoha Gates - 7:00 PM)
Kushina and Naruto were currently watching the figure coming on the road towards the gates, who was to be Kushina's long lost brother. Naruto just wanted to see who his uncle was. It was always a good thing to meet new family, and Naruto always wanted to know if his mother was really the only one still alive from the Uzumaki clan.
Finally, the figure came into view. He seemed to be at the height of five foot three, with a huge beige cloak covering his face and most of his body. After going to the gate and handing his information to the guards for clearance, the man bee lined towards a shaking Kushina.
Stopping in front of her, a long silence occurred before the man chuckled.
"It has been forever tomato," Said the voice, Naruto noticing it wasn't that old a voice. Kushina said nothing before slowly walking up to the man and touching his hood.
Removing his cloak, red hair was the first feature seen, letting Naruto know immediately that this was his relative, next was the brown eyes, which was interesting as his mother's was purple, but Naruto did not question it.
"My brother, Sasori-kun," Kushina gasped, tears falling from her eyes as Sasori smiled and hugged Kushina, picking her up and spinning around in joy.
Sasori of the Red Sands, S-Ranked Shinobi out of Suna, known for annihilating over four hundred enemy forces in the third Shinobi war, with the usage of one hundred puppets, to hold off an attack on one of the main forts used for transporting goods from Konoha to Suna. Many wondered why he was not the Kazekage, to which he would simply answer that he found no desire to be stuck in the village taking care of mundane affairs.
"I tried to come and see you a few years ago, but I was told to return back to Suna as the Kyuubi attacked. But I am here now, and that is all that matters," Said Sasori calmly before looking at Naruto.
"You must be Naruto," Said Sasori. Naruto grinned and nodded. Reaching in his cloak, Sasori pulled out a scroll and handed it to him.
"This is for you to decipher and learn from, it is something I hope will interest you enough to master. Do you know how to mold Chakra yet?" Sasori asked Naruto.
At Naruto's shake of the head in the negative, Sasori's face was blank for a while, an uncomfortable feeling for Naruto. However, the feeling faded as after a few seconds, Sasori smiled.
"Then your uncle will be teaching you how, along with many other things that will benefit you in your growth as a Shinobi," Said Sasori. Kushina took Naruto's hand and began leading the duo towards the Uzumaki clan.
"Come, let's go back to the clan house and speak some more, I am sure you must be tired from your travels," Said Kushina.
"Hardly, I am at the peak of my fitness as a Shinobi and I have no desire to slack in my fitness," Said Sasori calmly, missing the evil gleam in Kushina's eye.
"Really? We will have to test this belief of yours to see if you can catch up with me, though I am sure you won't. Couldn't years ago, and you can't now," Kushina replied.
"Is that a bet?"
"I think it is, you brat!"
"I wouldn't want to beat you into tomato paste with your dear son watching,"
"I can show you true red sands Sasori; instead it would be your blood,"
Naruto sweat dropped at the somewhat playful bantering between Kushina and Sasori.
"Can you too stop, you're scaring the civilians," Naruto said calmly.
Sasori and Kushina looked at one another than the civilians, who were giving the three a wide berth in the road on the way to the clan house.
Realizing they were emanating killer intent, the two cut it off before Sasori looked at Naruto in surprise at him being unaffected by it. Which pretty much meant he raised an eyebrow at his nephew.
"Why aren't you affected by my sister's killer intent?" Sasori asked Naruto, who looked up at him and shook his head.
" Kaa-san is scary when she doesn't get what she wants," Naruto whispered to Sasori. Sasori and Naruto both shivered, before continuing on the way to the Uzumaki/Senju residence. Nothing like family time with the Uzumaki's.
Hiruzen read the scroll sent from Kumo and instantly summoned his advisors to discuss the new development.
"It seems that Kumo is interested in signing a treaty between us. It seems the Raikage wants to let bygones be bygones," Hiruzen told to the three Sannin before getting blunt.
"I don't believe this man for a second. They want an excuse to come to Konoha; no one randomly comes out with some treaty years after this Kyuubi situation occurs. I am even surprised Iwa or Kumo did not attack us in our construction efforts. But I am also intrigued as to what he is planning. I think I want to accept their talks and see what occurs," said Hiruzen. The three were silent before Jiraiya spoke.
"Do it. We can see what exactly they have in mind, while we have a few Root ANBU watch the group of delegates, this way we can monitor them without having to explain our actions as we don't officially 'know' about the Root unit."
Nodding in agreement, Orochimaru spoke.
"I too think something is up, but I believe we should go about it as if nothing is amiss, keeping our 'tree hugging' philosophy for a bit longer might just work out in the end. They will think we have no clue as to what is going on, only to find out that we knew from the beginning what was occurring. Besides, doing something in Konoha with all of the new security we have set up would be close to suicide.
What Orochimaru was referring to, was the influx of Kiri bloodline clans that had come to Konoha to live a new life. It seemed that some from the Kaguya clan, rumored to go and do battle in Kiri, had changed their minds, and also made their way to Konoha. Now, Konoha had a huge nation of Shinobi with various abilities, skills and techniques, some even being added to the Forbidden Scroll secured deep within the Hokage towers, Orochimaru had scouted out and recruited tons of new talent from Rice country, Kiri, Land of Snow, Waterfall and more, in addition, he had also added the Hyuga clan into the Konoha Military Police, which was a frowned upon move, considering the pride between Hyuga and Uchiha clan members, to after a couple tussles, the two began fully transitioning into a smooth functioning, well-oiled machine with the addition of Aburame and Inuzuka clan members. As of late, the crime rate in the red-light district, had all but been taken care of, with the amazing detection abilities of these clan members.
Tsunade simply stood up and turned for the door.
"Bring them, and if they try to pull a fast one," Tsunade made a fist, and the three became wide eyed as the door snapped along with her fingers,
"I will personally crush them myself, nobody tries to mess with Konoha, and we are the best. Get someone to fix the door and take it out of my tab, I have more issues to attend to," with that Tsunade was gone, leaving the three in silence.
After a few minutes of literal silence, Jiraiya sighed."Maybe that bet to wean her off of Sake was a bad idea,"
Orochimaru and Hiruzen simply nodded in agreement.
(Namikaze House - Living room)
Kushina, Sasori and Naruto sat on the couches simply discussing life and how things were growing up, sharing with Naruto how life back in Uzushiokagure used to be.
Suddenly the sound of Tsunade entering the room changed the atmosphere to a bit tense as Sasori, who slowly stood up, and the still standing Tsunade sized each other with their eyes.
The silence was broken as Tsunade snorted and walked over to the Suna Shinobi, ruffling his hair.
"You brat, good to see you after all of these years," Tsunade mumbled as she sat down.
"I dislike when you do that, the part that makes me angrier is the fact that you know that already," Sasori said.
"That is precisely why I will continue to do it," Said Tsunade.
"How do you know each other?" Asked Naruto, a bit surprised at the encounter the two had.
"I used to visit The Land of Whirlpool when clan relations were great, I actually knew of most of Kushina's relatives, especially this little brat," said Tsunade cheekily.
Kushina chuckled before clearing her throat, bringing attention upon herself. Looking at Sasori and Tsunade and nodding, Kushina turned to Naruto and looked at him seriously.
"There is actually another reason as to why your uncle is here Naruto. I was waiting for Jiraiya but it seems I will have to begin without him. The reason why Sasori, Tsunade and I are here all at once is because soon we are going to be starting your training to become a Shinobi," Said Kushina.
Naruto's eyes widened and he swiftly jumped on the seat of the couch.
"YES! I CAN BECOME THE COOLEST SHINOBI OF KONOHA EVER, BETTER THAN EVERYONE BEFORE ME, THE STRONGEST, QUICKEST, AND COOLEST EVER; I CAN'T WAIT TO TELL ME FRI-URK!" Naruto shrieked while jumping up and down in his excitement. Only to get pulled back to reality as Kushina grasped his arm.
"However, you won't be able to tell your friends Naruto. The training you are to be going under will take many years to complete and as such, you will not be able to hang out with your friends for a rather long time after school," said Kushina as her eyes softened at Naruto's curious expression.
"How long will I be training for?" Naruto asked.
"That's when I come in," Said a voice from behind him. Turning around to see who it was, Naruto smiled upon seeing Jiraiya come into the room.
"You see, the training you will be going in is a very advanced type of training. It has only been used a few times because of the strain put on your body. In real life, you will be training for four years," At this, Jiraiya became extremely serious, to the point of making Naruto gulp.
"But in reality, you will be trained for decades worth of combat, skills, knowledge and more aspects of a Konoha Shinobi." Naruto was a bit silent at the newly told information. He had but only one more question that needed to be asked.
"When do I begin?"
Kushina knew this question would come, and as much as she wanted it to begin now, she knew he had just begun school so they would have to wait a bit.
"In four years. The strain is too much so you need to continue to develop and grow in age and structure. For now, enjoy your couple of weeks in school, make friends, because soon you'll be pretty busy." Nodding his head, Naruto was silent before he smirked and grasped his right wrist with his left hand and balled his right hand into a fist. Looking his mother into the eyes, Naruto spoke.
"I will do this training and I will succeed, that's a promise of a lifetime," Naruto said, his eyes sparkling with determination. Kushina, Tsunade and Jiraiya smiled while Sasori chuckled, at the same time, the four thought similar thoughts,
'He is definitely an Uzumaki,'
Suddenly, a knock interrupted the discussion, getting up to see who it was, Kushina opened up to find a rather irritated looking Hiashi standing at the front door, his wife Hinamori behind him also looking worried.
"We need to talk, it's about Hinata,"
*Time skip- four years later- Final day of semester*
"Have fun on your vacation!" yelled out Kiba, as he grabbed Naruto in a headlock and ruffled his hair with a noogie.
Over the years, Naruto had gained a lot of good friends in primary pre-school, none more than most of the major clans of Konoha. His two best friends, were the sometimes shy, sometimes unemotional, but sometimes out spoken Hyuga Hinata and the calm, level headed Uchiha Sasuke. The three could always be seen playing together, eating together and even napping in the same row of their bunkers whenever it was time to sleep. This in turn created good relations with the Uzumaki, Hyuga and Uchiha clan, which already had a great foundation, despite the prideful rivalry between Hyuga and Uchiha clan members, Mikoto, Hinamori and Kushina could always be seen having tea time while their kids were out in the backyard being kids, it seems at a young age Hinata was smitten with Naruto, always blushing whenever his attention was upon her. However, her Hyuga pride would always show and she would deny such feelings. It also seemed that a small friendly rivalry was apparent in Naruto's and Sasuke's actions as they always attempted to outdo one another.
Walking towards the Uchiha compound with Sasuke and Hinata, the three stopped at the gate. Sasuke said nothing with his back facing the two, before swiftly turning around and holding out his pinky.
"I want you to promise on your Uzumaki name that when we start the academy we will fight and see who is the strongest," Sasuke said to Naruto, with a grin on his face, which was soon mirrored by Naruto.
"You got yourself a bet, you better train hard, when I get back, I am going to beat you," said Naruto, to which Sasuke scoffed.
"Yeah right, in your dreams, see you in Naruto," Said Sasuke, as he entered his clan compound, happy he had a friend he could train with once he got stronger.
Naruto smiled after a while before chuckling. Grabbing Hinata's hand, who blushed at the touch, Naruto made his way to the Hyuga clan compound to drop his friend off for what could be the last time in a long time. It seemed both of his friends were going to different places for clan business, with Sasuke heading to visit the Fire Lord and Hinata's family off to do business in various lands before the semester began.
"So, Hinata, are you going to be training to become a strong Kunoichi too?" Asked Naruto to his red-faced friend, who nodded in affirmation before finding her voice.
"I plan on being the strongest Kunoichi in Konoha, as well as…" Hinata trailed off at the end, cheeks red at the thought she was thinking to herself about.
Thinking it was something girls just did when they did not want the boys to know what else they dreamed of, as most of the girls in his classroom did that when they were shy, Naruto continued.
"I believe you are going to be strong! Then I will come back strong, and we can be strong together, and maybe even get married and make strong kids, wouldn't that be great Hinata?... Hinata?" Asked Naruto, as he caught the fainting girl, Naruto had a lot to learn about girls at eight years old, talking about marriage was something ingrained in any young girl's head, especially with their first crush, which in Hinata's case was Naruto.
Shrugging his shoulders, Naruto sat down by the tree in front of her house and put her head on his lap, patiently waiting for her to wake up, not seeing the camera or hearing the flashes from the person taking the pictures. When Hinata awoke, she found herself leaning on the now napping Naruto with her mother standing in front of her, a smile on her face.
"You two had been sleeping for a couple of minutes, I didn't want to wake you two up," Said Hinamori.
Getting up, which in turn, woke up Naruto, Hinata whispered a 'sorry' to Naruto, who waved it off.
"I have no idea as to why you fainted, but it is alright, I have to go home now though, mom says I have to pack for my trip once school is done, but this is for you," Naruto reached into his pocket and handed her a red box with nicely designed blue flowers on the outside.
Opening it, Hinata gasped as two navy blue ribbons were seen inside. They seem to be made of metal and looked rather sturdy. All in all, it looked like a rather expensive gift.
"Mother said I should give that to you, seeing as how navy blue is one of your favorite colors, I think it's for your hair," Said Naruto, rubbing the back of his head nervously, he did not know why she was making him feel weird, was he hungry? His stomach was acting up. He would ask his mother what this was about as soon as he arrived home.
Hinata went up to Naruto and hugged him, thanking him for the going away present. Naruto hugged her back before letting her go, with a bow to Hinamori, who simply smiled at the cute little boy, Naruto was on his way home, leaving behind a blushing eight year old girl and a futuristic thinking mother who was already thinking of ways to get her little baby what she deserved.
Happiness and freedom from the old- fashioned mannerisms of her clan.
(Konoha Gates- 3 hours later)
After packing his necessary items, he would need for the years to come inside of his scroll, Naruto was currently with Kushina and Sasori standing by the gates with Tsunade and Jiraiya, heading out to visit Suna for the summer.
"Everyone ready?" Asked Tsunade, who would be staying behind while the four went off to train Naruto. Everyone nodded except Jiraiya, who made a joke about missing a kiss to leave. Tsunade smirked.
"Close your eyes then," She said sweetly. Too naïve and perverted to catch the innuendo, Jiraiya leaned forward lips puckered. Only to receive a fist to his face and jaw, the shockwave moving dust from the ground and travelling off too Jiraiya as he was lifted off the ground and into the sky at mach speeds, a gleam appearing signaling he was off to Suna express female punch.
Dusting her hands off, Tsunade bent down and left a kiss mark on a blushing Naruto instead.
"Say Hi to Chiyo when you get to Suna. Don't forget to eat your vegetables, unless you want to be the shortest in your group," Tsunade said, knowing that his height was a sore spot.
Naruto turned, only to see his mother and uncle already half way out of view and bickering.
"Hey!" Cried Naruto as he ran to catch up. Out would leave the eight years old Naruto, but returning will be a Shinobi with knowledge and power to defend Konoha and his family to the best of his abilities.
( Konoha , Undisclosed location 12:00 Am Midnight)
The room was extremely silent at the recent information received from the person in front of them. This was no ordinary room. During the founding of Konoha, the 1st Hokage had constructed a meeting area located inside of the biggest tree in Konoha, which was surrounded by many other trees. This tree also led to many different exit routes and entrances that all of the clans of Konoha were able to use whenever the need for a secret discussion came up.
At the moment, Hiruzen and his students, also named his new advisors, were sitting down in front of the current person who set up this meeting.
Uchiha Itachi, current Uchiha clan prodigy, ANBU captain and one of the most talked about Shinobi in Konoha, had just informed Hiruzen and his new advisors about the fact that his clan, the elders and his fathers, in addition to some of the Konoha police force, had been speaking amongst one another about ending the life of Hiruzen and taking over Konoha with Fugaku being the Godaime Kage. They felt a bit angered at the fact that, as co-founders of Konoha, they should have their hands in the affairs of Konoha. Some said they were placed in the corners of Konoha so they could be watched easier.
Apparently, some of the Uchiha clan members did not agree with this coup'd'eat and were trying to talk sense into the unreasonably belligerent Uchiha members, only to come up empty as they continued to plot, causing Itachi to report to Hiruzen.
But that was not the reason the room was silent as Hiruzen had already known of the coming storm, which was why he had recently gotten rid of his advisors, the decisions they made in his dream came back to bite them in the future, even if it was a dream, he made sure to change that as soon as possible.
"This is what you will do Itachi. Find out who disagrees with this decision, write their name down. Find all of the conspirators that want to take Konoha for their own. Then I want you to take a mission out of town. In fact, the entire group of people who are Shinobi that believe in Konoha first, will be away on a mission. I want the non-Shinobi members of your clan to watch the children. I will be having a 'meeting' with the remaining members of the clan. From there, I will take care of the rest. Have no fear young Itachi. Everything will be taken care of. I know how hard of a decision it was to report to us about the current situation of your clan but please know that you coming here has saved more lives then what would have occurred if you had not come," Said Hiruzen.
Bowing slightly, Itachi nodded and made his way out of the chambers. Once the chamber doors closed, Hiruzen wasted no time.
Tsunade, Orochimaru, Jiraiya, how do you think we should take care of this?
Not wasting a second, Orochimaru, Tsunade and Jiraiya answered.
"Seal off the entire room," Said Jiraiya.
"And in there, we will release an odorless scentless virus that affects the brain, implementing situations in which they are not really in, but every action they do, will cause them to react, while a paralyzing sensation corrupts the body slowly and meticulously," Entered Orochimaru, his voice full of glee at the thought.
"Or you can enter the virus in the tea as well to deepen and quicker the effect," Countered Tsunade.
"But you must also get a bit sick in the midst of the meeting, causing you to end the meeting early, but you arrive late to not arouse suspicion," Said Jiraiya.
"The virus will cause them to suffer a heart attack, brutally kill themselves, or become a vegetable with no cure. The beautiful thing about the drug I have created, which me and my apprentice have called it ' The Scarecrow' is that the air virus will fade from the air after about five minutes, you must make sure some people do not attend that meeting however, we do not need them all to die suddenly. Keep two or three members alive, then send them on a mission in which they fail… with their lives,' added Orochimaru.
"Good idea, but why not just put the virus in their water and alert the loyal members do not under any circumstances use any of the water from the system they have?" Hiruzen asked.
The three Sannin blinked owlishly at their sensei at the idea.
"Why did I not think of that?" Jiraiya asked himself.
"That makes more sense actually, it would show that we had nothing to do with the death, it was a simple virus in the water system," Tsunade said.
"In fact, let's up the ante, poison everyone, just to show that it was not a conspiracy," Orochimaru said.
"But then people would also have to pass away to show it was not a fluke," Jiraiya also countered.
"That is also a good point. How are we going to do this without causing suspicion?" Tsunade asked.
"Who said they had to die in one day, accidents… happen all the time," Hiruzen replied.
After a while, a chuckle came from Orochimaru, followed by a snort by Jiraiya and a loud guffaw from Tsunade. The ideas were endless. As the group discussed the many methods they could do to get rid of this issue, more pieces of the future were being moved, especially the most important Shinobi in all of the elemental countries, the legend to be, the phenomenon that had untapped ability and intelligence that would rival Uchiha Itachi and Hatake Kakashi respectively.
His name would grow to be a house hold name, the savior of the nation, the one ninja that would become the strongest of the strong, the elite, the remarkable, the boy…
(Currently- Grass lands between Konoha and Suna)
"UZUMAKI NARUTO, YOU HAVE FIVE SECONDS TO GET TO MY FEET NOW, WE HAVE WORK TO DO. GET UP NOW!" bellowed the voice of Kushina Uzumaki as she stood in the middle of the huge area, awaiting her son to come.
…well, maybe in a decade or so, but not now.
Naruto arrived, albeit rather slow as he tried to adjust to the new heavier density in the air. It seemed as if he was wearing fifty pounds just walking. Apparently, the seals on his body would work out his strength training.
His outfit was simply a navy-blue body suit that felt like it molded around his body and ninja sandals
"Alright, I am here. So, what are we going to be doing?" Asked Naruto, to which Kushina's smirk disappeared, replaced with a very serious and combat ready look. Walking up to a board next to a waiting Sasori, which was rather organized, to which made Naruto question inwardly, where did the board come from, Sasori began speaking.
"It's rather simple. For the past two years we have been training you in chakra control exercises, which included tree climbing, water climbing, waterfall traveling, weighted rock climbing, leaf balancing, and various test in your level of knowledge, information gathering, training your body to memorize the basic stances and kata (choreographed patterns or movements) in over five different styles and worked on the speed of your hand seals, both with both hands and single handed seals. For the next few months we will be working on the following:
Week one: Taijutsu (Kushina, Sasori)
Week two: Kenjutsu (Kushina)
Week three: Genjutsu (Kushina)
Week four and five: Ninjutsu (Kushina, Jiraiya)
Week six: Specialized Fields (Jiraiya, Sasori)
Week seven: Etiquette of a clan member and clan head (Kushina, Sasori)
Week eight: Poison usage and detection (Kushina, Jiraiya)
Week nine: Espionage (Jiraiya)
Week ten: History of Konohakagure and Uzushiokagure (Jiraiya, Kushina, Sasori)
Naruto paled at all the information that would be crammed into him. It also explained why he had been finally allowed to bring his sword, currently in a scroll and in one of the seals on his body.
"How am I going to learn all of that?" Asked Naruto. At that Kushina smiled.
"What do you know about the Kage Bunshin?"