I've always wanted to do a time travel fic, and here we go! Time travel, Kakashi, and Minato; my three favourite things -what could go wrong?
Note: While this first chapter is in Naruto's view, the story (or at least how much I've currently planned out) is majority in Kakashi's view/Kakashi centric. This might change, but for now keep this in mind.
Summary: Life was going quite well, if you asked Naruto Uzumaki. So why did he have to listen to Kakashi of all people? Now, they've time traveled to the past, smack dab in Minato's era, when the soon-to-be Hokage was sporting a team seven of his own. Obsessive is mildly putting Kakashi's guilt, so don't expect him to let history run its course once again. He expects to change himself, and for the better.
Chapter One: What do you mean, 'what's the worst that can happen'?
Let's set the point straight beforehand. It's not like he wanted to go, really. In fact, all things considered, he was relatively happy where he was.
So, alright, maybe it irked him that at fifteen, he was still a genin - the only one among his friends (excluding Sasuke). But that fact could've easily been dealt with by taking the next Chunin Exam. It's not like Naruto Uzumaki was going to fail, considering he was one of Konoha's strongest ninjas. He did, after all, bring Sasuke back.
Half a year earlier, right after Sasuke killed Danzou, Sakura and Kakashi-sensei had rushed in to apprehend the Uchiha. Both of them failed. After watching Sakura stop her sneak attack a mere hair away from beheading Sasuke with a kunai, Naruto knew he also wouldn't be able to fulfill this mission. Like Sakura, he could never kill Sasuke, his best friend, his brother. So, instead, he brushed aside the Hokage's orders and commenced his original plan of bringing Sasuke back home.
After bashing in Sasuke's head a couple times, the Uzumaki finally did his magic and convinced the broody boy that his vengeance had been achieved, and to come home. Both Itachi and Danzou were dead. After their chidori and rasengan collided (it gave a slight sense of deja vu, actually), Naruto almost lost hope as Sauske talked calmly with his former allies. But, the blond fox-container's smile returned when Sasuke suddenly turned and attacked Zetsu, right after he called Madara out.
Madara was a slippery bastard. With the combined efforts of Naruto in Sage mode; Sasuke with Sakura behind him healing wounds and sending him chakra; and Kakashi with the Mangekyō Sharingan out, they just barely managed to do some harm to the "immortal" Uchiha. He disappeared into his space-time jutsu, irritated and fuming mad at the damage done and Sasuke's betrayal.
That was the last time they saw Madara Uchiha - or at least for the time being.
Near death, and limbs giving out, the search team slowly made their way back to Konoha with Sasuke and Karin in tow.
With Kakashi as the apparent Hokage since Danzou no longer held the position, he reappointed Sasuke as a leaf-nin, only after stripping him of his privileges. No longer was Sasuke allowed to carry any other weapon other than standard kunai in the village. He was watched twenty-four seven, and could be immobilized at any time he seemed to be a harm. Training was not allowed unless supervised. Naruto's immense trust was the only reason why the boy wasn't treated any worse.
The villagers for the most part, listened to their temporary Hokage. When Tsunade-sama awoke from her coma and retook the position, they grudgingly accepted Sasuke back. This was only after Naruto whined at her for days to trust Sasuke herself.
The village of Konoha treated Sasuke with as much scorn as they had once given Naruto, if not more. Who could blame them after Sasuke tried to kill all the villagers? The girls no longer swooned after him, and Sasuke, although accepted, was left alone.
As for Sakura, although she occasionally visited Sasuke, she spent most of her days in the Konoha General Hospital as a medic-nin. No longer was she just another Medic-in-training, but instead, everyone looked up to her as second top-doctor in Kohona. In fact, they relied on her help so much, she practically lived in the hospital herself.
And the girl, Karin; not much could be said about her. She died before they could save her, still calling out for Sasuke.
But really, life wasn't so bad, with the war seemingly on a halt. The village was prospering again, and Konoha was almost back to its former glory. Yes, everything was going great, so why did he decide to listen to Kakashi of all people!
The day started out fine as Naruto routinely called Sasuke out for a quick spar. As usual, it ended with an ANBU showing up to tell them they were causing too much ruckus. Afterwards, he went to check on Iruka-senei and his current Academy class, trying to corrupt his students. He was chased away by an angry Iruka as Konohamaru and his pals held the teacher back before he could reach the blond prankster.
Next was a visit to Sakura, and of course, interrupting her check ups and making her still-growing lists of patients wait hours more as the pink-haired girl was forced to shoo Naruto away before he could do any more damage.
Of course, right after this was lunch at Ichiraku, as usual. As Naruto merrily made his way to the Ramen bar, Kakashi intercepted him with a "Yo."
"You joining me for lunch, Kakashi-sensei?" the blond boy asked, not even batting an eyelash at the sudden appearance. He was used to Kakashi showing up when-ever and where-ever he wanted.
"Maybe later," the silver-haired man said, patting the boy on the head. "I was just wondering how much you knew about seals."
The boy stopped mid-stride at the word. "Fuinjutsu?" Naruto confirmed, "I studied a bit on it with Jiraya, and then after on my own when I found out the Fourth was my dad." The boy grinned sheepishly, muttering something about living up to his dad's legacy in an embarrassed mumble.
The elite jounin nodded, knowing full well of this. "At the moment, you are the most qualified seal specialist in this entire village. You've studied it more intensively than anyone else here, but how well versed are you truly in it?"
Naruto let out a long "uhhh," before shrugging. "I know a fair amount. I'm sure I could recognize seals, if that's what you want me to do. Plus with a bit more studying, I could totally make my own!" he added enthusiastically. "So what's this about?"
Naruto wasn't given an answer. Rather, the jounin's eye just creased up in an unseen smile under the mask at the boy's response."That works," Kakashi said with a nod. "If you want to see, come along," Kakashi replied cheerfully, turning around.
Naruto didn't move.
"Coming?" Kakashi urgede with a tilt of his head towards the village gates.
Naruto blinked his clear, blue eyes. "Now?" At Kakashi-sensei's nod, he groaned out loud with a sulk on his lips. "What about my ramen? I was going to Ichiraku's for lunch!" he whined.
Kakashi hummed and gave the boy a bright smile in response, a chuckle in the back of his throat. Naruto tried not to shudder at his teacher's mischievous smirk of a smile. "Maa, I think you can skip out on lunch once in a while, Naruto. Don't you want to look good for the ladies?" he said teasingly before continuing down the road.
Naruto froze. "Are you calling me fat?" Kakashi continued on his way, seemingly oblivious to his student's cries. "...Sensei? Hey, Kakashi-sensei? I'm not fat, really! Really!"
The man finally chuckled out loud. "Of course not," Kakashi said aloofly pausing in his journey, before gesturing at the gates once more. "Get a move on, Naruto. If you do a good job, I'll treat you to the ramen you missed."
With a whoop, Naruto scurried along, a smile on his face this time.
"A rock," Naruto deadpanned, "I skipped lunch and ran all that way so you could show me a rock."
"It's a very special rock," Kakashi corrected. Somewhere between Leaf and Cloud Country, the silver-haired jounin stumbled among this very rock when he was making his way back home post-mission.
Naruto lifted an unamused eye at his teacher, "What's so special about it?"
"Ahh, that's a good question," Kakashi said airily, but didn't elaborate.
The blond demon container stared incredulously at him. "You mean you don't know? So we really did just come here to stare at a stupid rock?"
Kakashi tsked at the boy. "I didn't say that." The 'stupid' rock was about a meter high, eroded through weather and environment until it was shaped to something akin to an inverted pyramid. It sat deep in the forest on an uneven terrain of rocks and upheaved dirt. Trees surrounded the place densely like needles on a porcupine. If it weren't for Kakashi pointing out that particular boulder, Naruto would have dismissed it for being the boring rock he was sorely believing it honestly was.
"So…?" Naruto urged, when Kakashi was only a pain and grinning secretively at him.
Kakashi stepped forward and touched the large boulder. "Alright, teasing aside," the man finally said, kneeling down beside it, "Just watch." He released chakra out of his hand, and the floor lit up in a pale red colour. "It looks to me like those are seals on the floor. I landed on the rock on my way back, and it absorbed chakra through my feet. The ground lit up in seals like just now."
Naruto dropped down, studying the seals. "I can't see them very clearly; it's too light." Kakashi poured in more chakra, and the seals lit up brighter, expanding further around them. Naruto looked cautiously over at his teacher before turning back onto the seals. "It's not going to activate on us, is it?" he asked with due paranoia.
Kakashi shook his head. "I experimented on it before I reported back. It'd taken up a lot of my chakra, and hadn't changed a bit within that period of time. The results were the same if I continuously poured in chakra, or if I put in bit by bit in intervals - the seals would always light up before slowly fading away. I'd tried translating the seals, but I haven't actively studied fuinjutsu, and this is out of my league."
Naruto let out an interested 'huh', before turning back down to the ground. He spoke and he worked: "You know, Sensei, studying something potentially dangerous sounds like something I would do. Aren't you usually the voice of reason against this stuff?"
"I believe that's Sakura nowadays," Kakashi joked lightly, before giving the boy a guilty grin. "I do admit, this intrigues me; I've yet to see a seal this intricate before." Kakashi studied the seals, face growing serious this time, "With Madara liable to return any day now, I think it's best if we figured out what this does before he finds it and uses it to his advantage. The man has more experience and knowledge than any of us - if anyone could make use of this in a heartbeat, it would be him." That, perhaps, was the merits of an immortal; they'd have lived long enough to recognise and use more than the average shinobi.
"Right," Naruto said suddenly, motivation renewed, "Let me help too!" He clambered beside Kakashi, dropped to the man's side and pressed his palm on the rock. Kakashi raised an eyebrow, and Naruto shrugged in response to the man's unspoken question. "You're too slow. I can't see anything. We'll take all month at this pace, and Madara will probably be back by then, and then everyone will be depending on us!"
"If you want to light up the whole thing, it'll take more chakra than I want to spare without winding myself," Kakashi answered honestly.
Naruto shrugged at that. "That's why you've got me!" The blond focused on his hand on the stone, calling up the Kyuubi's power. "Are you sure it's safe, Sensei?" Naruto added suddenly, unable to help the bout of doubt that cropped up at that moment.
Kakashi mused over the question for all of a minute before answering reasonably. "The Kyuubi won't let anything happen to you, and I have enough experience to tackle most worse-case scenarios; what's the worst that can happen?" And they both forced their chakra into the rock.
The pale red slowly shone brighter, until it was as red as blood, lighting up the mossy, leaf littered grounds. Between the cracks that were the dead leaves, strokes of seal patterns could be seen, weaved in complicated manners. It ran far down the forest until it was out of their sight, only faintly visible from their vantage point from the glow it reflected onto the barks of the trees. Naruto watched it expand, eyes widening as he saw it was wider than he had expected. Kakashi looked a little worried about the situation, but otherwise stayed still.
The wind suddenly picked up. It grew violent, hurling whichever way it pleased. It whipped and slashed brutally at their skins, threatening to leave red marks the next day.
"I'm stopping!" A messy-haired blond yelled over the howling wind. He tried to let go, but his hands stayed firmly attached. His chakra involuntarily spilled into the rock, as it sucked it up greedy. "It's stealing my chakra! I can't let go!"
A glance at Kakashi showed that the man felt the same as he did. His masked head drooped as the man quickly lost all his energy. His wincing eye showed more emotion than the lazy man ever allowed it to. "Sorry, Naruto," the man hissed out, before he dropped down. His body collapsed, and mind headed into oblivion, hand still attached in place.
"KAKASHI!" Naruto screamed. He tried to thrash around, but his body stood still. His mind had no control over his actions. "Damn it, let met GO!" His attempt to blast himself out with chakra, but it failed as the rock merely absorbed it all. "I'm not dying here; I'm not!" He cried determinedly. All resistance failing, Naruto had no choice but to do the opposite. He charged his chakra at it, hoping to overload the rock, making it destroy itself.
He felt winded as his chakra was pulled out faster than anticipated. For once, Naruto was glad for his enormous amount of chakra - and then, it turned red. Like toxin, raw Kyuubi chakra flowed out, stinging his coils along the way. He'd used the red chakra before, but never this amount, never this quickly! His heart rate accelerated, felt his stomach drop, stifled a scream as he felt like his soul was being ripped out. His blue eyes widened in pain, then drooped closed, feeling the drain from chakra-depletion. He tried to stay awake, but it was a futile attempt. His eyes flashed over at Kakashi and his prone form on the ground, wishing for someone to find them. "This is all your fault, Kakashi," he murmured out, before blackness swallowed him up whole.
There was a flash of red light; 'lightning' the villagers close by thought, and the two unconscious bodies disappeared from sight. There left no sign of a seal anywhere, and no residue chakra lingered to be traced. In short, there was nothing there to indicate anything happened in the forest. All was left was a meter tall rock sitting innocently, looking as suspicious as the trees in a forest.