Vanex: Hello all! Sorry I haven't updated in a while. Okay, I should probably explain why I'm splitting this story into separate arcs. I have absolutely no idea how long this story will be. I also don't have the full story worked out in my head yet. By splitting it into separate arcs, I can focus on working out each individual section of the story until I eventually reach the end. I got a feeling that this could be a very long story. After all, the gang not only has to deal with Orochimaru and the Akatsuki, but also Maleficent and the Heartless, as well as any remaining Nobodies. Okay, without further ado, here is Chapter 18!
Disclaimer: I do not own Naruto, Kingdom Hearts, or Star Trek.
In swirling masses of energy, Sora, Kushina, and Yuffie appear on a bridge. Sora looks around and grins.
"I know where we are! This is Tazuna's bridge in Nami no Kuni!"
Sure enough, they are stand on the bridge where he fought Zabuza and Haku. Kushina notices a plaque on the bridge and laughs.
"What's so funny, Mom?"
"Take a look."
He reads the plaque and then slaps his forehead. Yuffie joins Kushina in laughing.
"They named the bridge after me."
"They named the bridge after me."
"They actually named the bridge after me."
"Lighten up, Sora."
"Lighten up? This is awesome! I mean, it's not every day you get a bridge named after you!"
The other two are surprised.
"I thought he was irritated at the name."
Kushina shrugs her shoulders.
"Come on, you two! We have a long walk back to Konoha!"
They turn to see that Sora has already walked to the end of the bridge. They run to join him.
"So how far away are we?"
"Well, Yuffie, Nami no Kuni is on an island, just south of Hi no Kuni, where Konoha is located. If we were heading there right away, we would have gone to the other side of the bridge. But before we go, I have a few places I want to visit first."
Tsunami was going about her usual day. Right now, she was cleaning the kitchen, when she hears a knock at the door. She goes over to answer it and sees a spiky-haired boy and two women at his door.
The boy speaks up. "Hi Tsunami. I was just passing by on my way back to Konoha and I thought I would drop in and say hello."
"I'm sorry. Do I know you?"
"What? You really don't recognize me?"
Tsunami looks at the boy closely and notices his very familiar whisker marks.
"Naruto? Is that you?"
"Of course it's me! Who else would it be?"
"Sorry, it's the hair. Who are your friends?"
"Oh, sorry. This girl here is my friend, Yuffie Kisaragi."
"And this woman is my mother, Kushina Uzumaki."
Kushina bows her head.
"Nice to meet the both of you. Come in!"
The trio walk and and Tsunami shuts the door.
"We don't plan to stay long. We do have a bit of a walk ahead of us."
"I understand. What have you been up to?"
"Well, a lot of traveling. Saving people. The usual."
Tsunami doesn't notice that Naruto wasn't telling her the full truth.
"That's good to know. Do you plan on stopping anywhere else?"
"I plan to visit Zabuza and Haku, then head straight back to Konoha."
"Okay. Do you want me to say anything to my Dad, or Inari?"
"Sure. Say hi to them for me."
The trio walk outside the house.
"It was nice seeing you again, Naruto!"
"You too, Tsunami!"
The trio walk off
A few minutes later, they arrive at two graves. One of them has a sword sticking out of it. Sora kneels in front of the graves.
"They played a special role in your life didn't they, Sora?"
"Yeah, Yuffie. They were the ones who taught me the secret to true strength, protecting the people who are precious to me."
"And the only person who should be precious to you is me!"
The three turn to see Mei, once again.
"This is your last chance, Sora. Come with me now and we'll go see Lord Orochimaru."
"Don't you talk back to your mother!"
Sora jumps at her, keyblade drawn. Mei deflects with her katana. They struggle to push each other back. Sora snarls at her.
"My name is Naruto Uzumaki! And my mother is Kushina Uzumaki!"
He kicks her hard, sending her flying back. At that moment, Sora screams in pain. All of his remaining memories flood back into place. Everything from, the Chunin Exams, to when he was kidnapped. His hair turns a familiar shade of blonde, as the seal on his chest finally disappears, forever. His chakra flares up. However, it's not his usual blue, or Kyuubi red. It's a beautiful shade of violet. All three women stare in shock as a smile appears on his face. Naruto Uzumaki has been restored.
He looks at Mei Akuma and his smile vanishes.
"You tried to destroy my identity!"
He shoots her with a fireball.
"You tried to make me live a false life!"
He strikes her with lightning.
"I have had enough of you!"
He charges a jutsu familiar to Kushina in his right hand.
He strikes Mei with it. She is sent flying back. She smacks a rock, rolls over it, and falls over the edge of a cliff. The trio look over the edge to see Mei's body, lying in an awkward position. They head down to the bottom of the cliff to check on her. Kushina checks her pulse.
"What should we do?" asks Yuffie.
"Burn her body."
Kushina uses a fire jutsu to light the corpse on fire. They watch her body burn to ashes, then turn away and leave, heading for Konoha.
As they walk along, Kushina decides to distract the others.
"So, Naruto. Your memories are all back. What happened at the Chunin Exams?"
"Well, not only was my team nominated for the exams, but also all the other rookie teams. The first exam was held in a classroom with Ibiki Morino as the proctor. He messed with our minds, but we made it through. The second exam happened in the Forest of Death. The proctor was Anko Mitarashi, or as I like to call her, the Crazy Snake Lady. During this exam, we were attacked by the traitor, Orochimaru. Wait a minute, that's who the leader of Otogakure was! I remember now! Orochimaru was behind it all!"
Kushina growls. "We'll make that bastard pay."
Naruto nods. "He attacked us in the forest. Before he left, he branded Sasuke with a curse mark. After that, we eventually made it to the tower at the center of the forest. Too many teams passed the second exam, so prelims were held to cut down the number of people left. I had to face off against Kiba Inuzuka. Of course, I won. After the prelims were over, we were given a month to train for the finals. I went to Kakashi-sensei for help, but he brushed me off, saying that he was already going to train Sasuke and couldn't train me at the same time."
Kushina is pissed. "Oh yes, Kakashi. I will have to have chat with you. Not only do you send three genin into the chunin exams unprepared, but you also show favoritism? Minato taught you better than that."
"I was assigned the same tutor who teaches Konohamaru. He isn't very good at his job. He tried to teach me water walking, but that failed. It was at the hot springs he was teaching me, that I met Jiraiya, or as I like to call him, Pervy Sage."
Kushina bursts out laughing. "Let me guess, he was peeping on the women, right?"
Yeah, how did you know?"
"He was your godfather, Naruto. Minato and I both knew of his perverted ways."
"What? But I only met him on that day! Where has he been my whole childhood?"
Kushina makes a note. "Looks like I need to have a chat with Jiraiya too."
"Anyway, he taught me how to summon toads and trained me for the finals. I faced off against Neji Hyuga and won. Sasuke was late, probably thanks to Kakashi-sensei. So the others matches went before his and he shows up at the last minute."
Naruto tells the rest of what happened at the Chunin Exams.
"So Sarutobi is dead?"
"I'll need to pay my respects. What happened next?"
"Well, Jiraiya was sent to retrieve Tsunade so that she could become the Fifth Hokage. He requested that I go with him. Along the way, he taught me the Rasengan."
He goes through the entire events surrounding Tsunade's retrieval.
"After that, life almost went back to normal. The exams did have a positive effect, though. The relationship between Sakura and I began to improve, until we reached a brother-sister relationship. The relationship between Kakashi-sensei and I didn't change at all. Sasuke, on the other hand, got worse. He began to distance himself more and more from us, until he finally decided that power was all that mattered to him. He left the village, to join Orochimaru. Sakura tried to stop him, but he knocked her out. When she awoke, she reported his betrayal. I was assigned to the team to retrieve him."
He tells them everything that happened.
"After that, Jiraiya took me out of the village. The point was for him to train me for the next couple of years, while keeping me hidden from the Akatsuki. However, Jiraiya didn't train me much. He would give me a task to complete, then go over to do his stupid research. One day, we were going through a town close to the Hi no Kuni/Oto no Kuni border."
"What are you going to teach me, Pervy Sage?"
"Damn it, brat! Stop calling me that!" Jiraiya and Naruto were walking in a town, located near the border.
"Naruto, I want you to do some tree climbing and water walking. In the meantime, I'll be doing important things."
"Your research isn't important!"
"Shut up! Of course it is! Just do the exercises!" Jiraiya walked off leaving Naruto alone.
"Damn that Pervy Sage and his research." Naruto decided to walk around town. He ended up passing by an alley, when he heard something in it.
"Hello, is someone in there?" He walked into the alley. He felt a presence behind him, but didn't react fast enough. He was hit on the head and fell to the ground as darkness took him.
He woke up, restrained to a table. He heard laughter, that he recognized immediately.
"Why have you kidnapped me, Orochimaru?"
"You are nothing but a nuisance to me, Naruto Uzumaki. You have been constantly getting in the way of my plans. I need you gone. However, it seems one of my associates has taken an interest in you. So I'm going to block your memories, change your appearance, and give you to her."
Naruto struggled against his restraints, but it's no use. It's only then that he noticed that his jacket and shirt are gone. Orochimaru drew the seal onto his body, did some handsigns, and touched the seal. Naruto screamed in pain, as he fell unconscious.
"Wake up, Sora."
Sora opened his eyes to see he was on a boat, with a brown haired woman next to him.
"Who are you?"
"Geez, Sora. You must be very tired, not to recognize your own mother."
"After that, we arrived at Destiny Islands, where I lived a quiet and false life, until the night the Keyblade came to me. That's the full story."
Kushina is having mixed emotions. She is proud of her son, for being so strong, and pissed at Jiraiya, for neglecting him, and at Orochimaru, for trying to erase her son.
"How did you get to that boat?"
"I don't know. Mei and Orochimaru must have somehow transported me there. Maybe Maleficent helped them."
"It would make sense."
"Ah! There's Konoha!"
They could now see the walls of Konoha, still the same as ever. Naruto takes off in a sprint. Kushina and Yuffie follow close behind.
Izumo and Kotetsu are guarding the gate, like they usually do.
"Man, Izumo. This job is as boring as ever."
"I agree with you, Kotetsu."
"Hey, do you remember that Naruto kid? He always made things exciting around here."
"Yeah. He's still on that training trip with Jiraiya, right? Isn't he due back any day, now?"
"Yeah. It'll be crazy soon enough. Hey, there's people coming."
They could now see the trio running up to the gate.
"Halt! State your business!"
"Izumo! Kotetsu! You guys don't recognize me?"
"Naruto! We didn't recognize you without the orange! Who are these two and where's Jiraiya?"
"What do you mean?"
"You left two and a half years ago with Jiraiya."
"You mean, he never came back to report I was missing?"
"Missing? What are you talking about?"
Naruto's face gets serious. "Get Granny Tsunade. I need to have a chat with her."
When Tsunade hears that Naruto has returned with two women, instead of Jiraiya, she knows something has gone wrong and runs down to the gate. She is surprised at Naruto's appearance, but is even more surprised at the red haired woman with him.
"It's been a while, Tsunade! I hear you're Hokage now?"
"Where the hell have you been?"
Naruto speaks up. "I'll explain everything, Granny. A lot has happened."
A few hours later, the four are in Tsunade's office, with the story fully told. Tsunade is shocked at everything Naruto has gone through. She is about to ask him a question, when there is a knock at the door.
The door opens and Sakura comes in.
"Lady Tsunade, I have the reports you asked for."
She stops when she see a certain blonde haired boy.
Naruto stands up and hugs Sakura.
"I was told that you would be back later this afternoon. How was your training?"
Naruto sighs and gestures for Sakura to sit down. A few hours later, Sakura is brought up to speed. After the explanation, Tsunade finally asks her question.
"If you were kidnapped two years ago, then where is Jiraiya?"
Jiraiya is walking towards Konoha, depressed. He knows he is going to have to explain Naruto's disappearance. Two years ago, he left Naruto to do some exercises, while he went to do some research. Some time later, he noticed Naruto was missing. He searched the entire town and discovered that Naruto had vanished. He thought of going back to Konoha to report what happened to Tsunade, but he knew that she would beat the crap out of him for losing Naruto. So he decided to try to find Naruto on his own. He though that if he found Naruto, he could swear him to silence, and Tsunade would never find out. Two years have passed, with no sign of Naruto. Now, he has to go back to face the music.
"Oh, man. What am I going to tell her?"
He walks up to the gate, where he is met by the guards.
"Jiraiya. You are required to report to the Hokage, immediately."
Jiraiya is nervous. "Does she already know?"
He nods to the guards and heads to the Hokage tower. He knocks on the door of the office.
He opens the door and is surprised to see all the people in the room.
"Kushina? Naruto? Where the hell have you two been? And why did you run off, Naruto? I've been looking for you!"
Tsunade looks at him, angrily. "Close the door, Jiraiya. We have a lot to discuss."
A few hours later, Naruto is sitting on the Hokage monument staring out at the village. Jiraiya was punished for not reporting his disappearance when it happened. Right now, he is doing ten D-Rank missions a day, with no chance of any higher rank missions. The punishment will last for one month.
"So, I have to get used to calling you Naruto?"
He turns to see Kairi, walking up to him. After Jiraiya was punished, Kairi and the others were brought down from the ship.
"It is my real name and who I really am."
"I know, but it'll still be weird."
"No matter what my name is, you can be sure of one thing. I love you, Kairi."
She sits down next to him. "I love you too, Naruto."
He grins at her and wraps an arm around her. She leans into him as they stare out at the village. Naruto smiles, as he is home at last.
Vanex: This is the end of Arc 1! Naruto's memories are restored and he has returned to Konoha. Arc 2 is being planned out, right now. See you all when Arc 2 starts!