Author's note: Hi everybody! This is my first fanfiction, so please review and let me know what you think. Also, I don't have a Beta, so if there are any errors in spelling, punctuation, etc., let me know. If you like it, I'll post another chapter. If not, I would like to know what I'm doing wrong so I can improve. OK. Here we go!

Disclaimer: I do not own Naruto, so please don't sue me!

Prologue: Coming Home

Blood fell to the ground, marking a trail where the boy limped. He was hunched slightly, carrying the weight of another. He spared a glance at the one he carried, a small smile lighting up his features. He returned his gaze to the village in the distance, perhaps 150 feet away. Blue eyes glittered with pain briefly before being replaced by a familiar determination. He had always liked a challenge; this would be no exception.

Taking a deep, slightly labored breath, he sprinted forward, carrying something important.

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Kiba Inuzuka, Shino Aburame, and Hinata Hyuuga walked towards the gates of Konoha. As usual, Akamaru tagged at Kiba's heels. The group was discussing the details of their newest assignment.

"Man, I wish we had a more exciting mission. " Kiba said, folding his arms and frowning while he walked with his teammates.

Shino sighed, "The Hokage needs to have this scroll delivered to the Kazekage. We're not busy, so it only makes sense that we should do it."

Kiba looked like he was about to protest, but paused, looking at Hinata. Her curious gaze was fixed on Akamaru. The large dog was sniffing the air wildly, tilting his head as the wind shifted. Akamaru barked loudly, then raced towards the gates. Kiba took off after him, calling Shino and Hinata.

When they reached the gates, they couldn't believe their eyes. Naruto Uzumaki was standing there, full of wounds, blood staining his clothes. However, it was what he was carrying that surprised them the most. Sasuke Uchiha, missing nin, also bloodied and battered.

Naruto smiled brightly in his usual way, then cheerfully said, "Hey guys! What's up? Can you call a medic?" Then he promptly fainted, still holding onto the unconscious Uchiha.