Im going to keep it short since I have nothing really to put here actually so I'm just going to respond to the badass reviewers! :D :P
Kairi-kun: then I hope you'll love this one as well!
Dyingaswespeak2: Welcome to I will become a ghost! I hope by now you're up to date so you can enjoy this chapter!
Asheza: I was going to add Pein but there were already so many characters in this fight and I always have some difficulty describing each battle for each character, since there are so many obviously :P
But thanks for the review, It helps me where I should improve and where I should keep it as is it!
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CupCats: I don't understand how writer's on FF can give Naruto such an easy turnaround ya know? Like: "Oh I hate Konoha they should all die!"
Ten chapters later; "Oh I love Konoha, love, love, love!" It really disappoints me.
Pyrophoricity: writing battles is easily my favority part in this story, it's so easy and ideas just pop up in my head and I immediately write it down and see if it fits in.
Anyways here's the next chap, enjoy!
Trigun: Triiiguuuun! Glad to hear you liked Hinata's entry. Yes from now on she'll appear a lot more frequently but I'll keep it limited enough so I can add in more of Kakashi's pov which I'll be going more in-depth about.
As I said to Pyro, I Love writing fight scenes Weee! *ahum* anyways, Kenpachi being slightly overpowered is not really an issue. I mentioned it some chapters back that I already have the final battle all written out and only needs slight adjustments.
That said, it's still ways off, don't worry about it ;) now! Enjoy this chapter, I order you!
Paracuties: yeshh, this is Naruhina ( I recently added it to the summary) and their interaction is slowly increasing from now on.
I myself am not a huge NaruHina fan, unless it's written correctly, not like:
"Naruto walks across the street and sees Hinata approaching. The last time he saw her was before he left with Jiraiya on his training trip for three years. 'She's really cute, how did I not recognize this? I should really ask her out'
You understand what I mean? It's so freaking ridiculous.
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Disclaimer: If I owned the story I would've made Naruto a super badass! But unfortunately I don't own Naruto; I just borrow the Naruto universe for entertaining purposes ;)
I Will Become a Ghost Chapter 23
~Chapter 23 - Sneaking around~
"bakayaro! konoyaro!" Bee shouted and pierced two Reavers with his two blades simultaneously. He turned and with a weird form of elegancy danced around the battlefield, killing numerous lower ranked Reavers.
"You are really something else."
Killer Bee stopped and tilted his head slightly; he pointed to the newly arrived Holder and grinned. "Yo Yo you have a strange voice I doubt that was your choice ya know!" Killer Bee rapped badly before writing it down in his small book.
The Holder who was done with Bee's ridiculous rhymes charged forward, fist pumped back, ready to give the Jinchuriki the beating of a lifetime.
"I'm the eight tails! I sting like a Bee!" the rapper charged forward and tried to ram one of his blades in the Holder's eye socket.
The Reaver dodged it in time and tried to catch Killer Bee in the counter but had to side step the second blade.
"You forget the most important thing, Bakayaro! Konoyaro! and that is I'm the eight tails with some special tools. Bee mentally shook his head for the bad conclusion of his rhyme.
A tentacle erupted from his back and slammed the Holder away but before the Reaver could actually start its flight he was grabbed by one of his legs and was swung around like a puppet before being rammed in the ground, Bee's blade already piercing the man's chest.
"No one messes with the Eight Tails, Wheee!" he shouted before charging off again.
Killer Bee had lost all sense of humor the moment he saw how bad the situation actually was.
He used five of his tentacles and slammed around, sending Reavers flying. He knew that Kumo was already as good as fallen but that didn't stop Kumo from fighting to the very last man.
"Ranton: Reizā Sākasu!" several thin beams shot forward, hitting several Reavers and blasting them away. He swiped the sweat of his forehead before grabbing his blade from the ground and dashed forward.
'This is a drab situation.' Darui thought to himself. The Raikage had gone and tried for a massive counter attack, and at first it seemed that it was going well. The Reavers were completely taken by surprise and had taken a lot of casualties, a lot of the deaths were caused by the Raikage who could almost match the speed of their flash step and that had caught even more confusion.
However eventually the Reavers regrouped and used their sheer numbers to overwhelm the Raikage's assault force, killing a lot of them.
The fighting which had at first dimmed down in the city due to the counter attack, was now again in full swing and people were literally fighting anywhere. From one of the squares in the city, to small ruined buildings and even small alleyways where there was almost no room for maneuverability.
Although the morale was low, the Raikage had managed to boost their fighting spirit earlier.
Flashback, couple of hours ago.
Darui and Killer Bee, along with Bee's old students were fighting on the market square of Kumogakure. The second wall had fallen and it seemed that there was absolutely no chance in hell they we're going to survive this.
A high pitched sound filled the air before they heard someone roar through several speakers. "To all remaining shinobi in Kumogakure! This is the Raikage speaking. I know the fight is going badly and even though we took a lot of them down, there are still too many of them left."
A's voice boomed through the area. "But we can't give up! We have to keep fighting to protect the civillians! Show to me that you are true shinobi! Retreat is not on option, fight to your dying breath!"
What caught them by surprise the most was when suddenly music filled the air.
It was Killer Bee's rapping.
The mass of Kumo shinobi shouted in agreement and cheered before charging forward with new resolve, getting the Reavers by surprise.
Evening after the battle of Kumogakure.
Naruto leaned against the wall, panting heavily. Hinata had gone ahead to check if it was all clear to cross a small road.
He looked down and saw a small mirror lying on the ground, with a grunt he reached for it and held it in front of his face and what he saw confirmed what Hinata already told him.
His right eye was gone. A large gash crossed his eye and down his cheekbone. Blood kept seeping out of his socket. He suppressed a groan and slowly tried to close his right eye lid, which caused a lot of pain.
"F-fuck it." He whispered. He slowly tried to stand up but was quickly stopped by Hinata.
"Would you stop that?" she swung his arm around her neck and slowly dragged him across the small street. "I haven't seen a single person yet. Which is strange, I would've expected them to strip the town of all its resources."
Naruto didn't respond and just kept glancing from the left to the right.
They continued sneaking through the mostly destroyed city, stopping every so often thinking they heard something.
"We have to keep going, Naruto how are you holding up?" The Hyuuga asked giving him worrying look. They had stopped for a moment in one of the many alleys.
Naruto wanted to respond saying he was fine but he just couldn't exhaustion and the pain, accompanied with the loss of blood he just was unable to talk. Instead he gave a weak smile.
Before Hinata could respond they could hear voices.
"-It's ridiculous we're giving this to some fucking shinobi just because their leader are helping us out…I mean, He should feel lucky he's still alive" They heard someone say.
"Yeah well, fuck it. Doesn't matter anyways, we'll be regrouping and shit here for a while anyways. They really did defend this place to the last man." Someone else said with a chuckle.
Naruto felt his legs slowly giving in to the exhaustion and slowly slipped out of Hinata's grasp. They were going to die and that was the end of it. Kenpachi was going to win and they had lost. This was it.
"Naruto?!" she whispered as she saw him sag to the ground. "Naruto, you have to stop! You need to calm down, you're hyperventilating!"
Naruto took deep steady breaths. His vision became darker and his head rolled from the left to the right. "H-Hinata…You need to get out of h-here…" he said taking ragged breaths.
"Stop talking nonsense, we're both going home!" she hissed while she looked around the corner. The Reavers had left.
He coughed up another mouthful of blood. "Look…at me…I'm a mess, I-I'll only slow you down, get the hell out of here now!"
"What have we here?" a sound echoed through the alley.
Naruto saw Hinata's eyes widen in fear and slowly turned around.
"You w-want me!" Naruto said between gritted teeth.
"Naruto shut up, please!"
"What are you talking about?" the Holder asked, looking at the wounded Hunter.
"You know I'm a Hunter. H-Hunter Ghost to be more s-specific, I killed Kenpachi's son…" Naruto said as he slowly pushed himself on his feet, almost falling face first in the ground "Y-you think your leader wants his son's k-killer dead?"
Hinata looked at him with pleading eyes; she already knew what he was planning. He was going to sacrifice himself in the hopes of getting her out alive.
The holder looked at him with narrowed eyes. "What are you aiming at, Hunter?"
Naruto reached for a kunai and held it at his own throat. "If you let the girl go I'll c-come with you, but if y-you don't I'll kill myself right here and Kenpachi won't get his v-vengeance."
The Holder opened his mouth to respond. But instead of words, blood trickled out his mouth. Before Hinata or Naruto could even look at one another the Holder dropped to the ground.
Behind the Holder stood Itachi, holding a bloodied kunai, "You aren't looking too good Naruto-kun."
Naruto tried to smirk but instead grimaced. "D-don't…want to talk about it."
Itachi walked over and crouched in front of the blonde. "Kenpachi did a number on you," Itachi glanced over his shoulder. It would only be a matter of time before they would start to wonder why the Holder hadn't checked in yet. "Can you walk?"
Naruto was completely drained. The fight had not only beaten him physically but emotionally as well. He shook his head.
Itachi narrowed his eyes slightly. "Yes you can."
Naruto just shook his head again, blood dripped on his ruined outfit.
Itachi grabbed him by the chin and forced the blonde to look at him. Naruto in return avoided his gaze. "He's out of it," Itachi sighed and stood up.
"We can't stay here, they will find out soon" Hinata softly said as she looked at Naruto who was barely even paying attention.
Itachi nodded and grabbed Naruto by the wrist and started carrying him.
Kakashi looked at Neji with a concerned look. When Neji heard about Hinata he immediately tried to mount a rescue operation. His request got denied.
Shikamaru had ultimately decided that retreat was the best option, and that a counterattack or infiltration would be suicidal.
Sasuke had relayed the message to everyone. He also got the brunt of Neji's rage.
"I don't care about Shikamaru's orders! I'm going back there with or without your help."
"Neji you aren't thinking straight! Your feelings are clouding your judgement." Sasuke tried to reason,
Neji narrowed his eyes in anger. "Like you're one to say!" he spat. "You went running off because of it."
Sasuke opened his mouth to respond but he found it he couldn't, instead he turned away for a moment. Neji was right; he had no right to say something. But that didn't mean he was going to let him go.
Kakashi knew Sasuke could handle it so he grabbed his orange book and pretended to start reading while his thoughts drifted off.
Flashback, four months and 8 days after Naruto's betrayal.
Kakashi dashed through the forest, Tsunade had informed them that Naruto was seen by one of her informants, saying that a fight had taken place there.
Kakashi glanced over his shoulder to see if Sakura and the others were still able to keep up.
Sakura had a sad and doubtful look on her face. Apparently she hadn't forgotten what she had said to Naruto.
Beside her all of the rookies were assigned on this task, except for Sasuke who had still been under close guard of one of the Anbu.
Along with the Rookies, all their Senseis were tagging along as well. They didn't know what to expect from the blonde and had to take precautions, just in case.
"We're approaching the bridge." Kurenai pointed out as she nodded towards the bridge which was slowly becoming visibly as the forest finally cleared.
Kakashi gave a single nod. "Alright, don't attack him, just leave it to us, you're only here to try and talk him into getting back, understood?"
He received a several 'Hai's' and with that he turned his attention back in front of him.
After a couple of minutes they arrived at the other side of the bridge and what they noticed were the body bags lying next to the bridge.
"What happened here?" Chouji asked as he looked at the body bags.
"It must have something to do with the fight that was mentioned." Asuma pointed out, while he took a drag from his cigarette.
"And you would be correct." A voice said.
They all turned their attention to the newcomer who turned out to be a middle aged man with a hat.
"What exactly happened here?" Kurenai said as she butted in, grabbing Asuma's cigarette and threw it on the ground, getting a grunt from the chain smoker as a response.
"It was just like any other day, people doing their groceries," he sighed and scratched the back of his neck. "That was until two random guys showed up and started killing everyone, unknown what they exactly wanted."
"What happened then?" Sakura asked, she had taken a real liking towards the small town after their assignment they had here.
The man started smiling. "A random shinobi just popped up and defeated them!" he knew that they were Konoha shinobi, he wasn't dumb. Naruto had saved their village twice now, and he was going to repay him by keeping them off his tracks.
"A random shinobi? What did he look like?"
The man seemed to think about that for a moment. "I guess average height, brown hair, kinda spiky though."
The Rookies seemed disappointed but Kakashi looked at him with a calculated eye, apparently thinking things over "It could be henge."
Asuma and Kurenai nodded in agreement.
Shikamaru looked lazily at Ino. "Could you?" he asked.
Ino nodded with a small smirk and used her signature jutsu to enter the man's mind.
"Maa, Shikamaru, say if you're going to do that next time." Kakashi said, feigning annoyance.
Moments later Ino woke up again and gave cocky smile. "Naruto was here, the man's been lying to get us off his trail."
Kakashi tilted his head. "Not very nice, now…Why would you do that?"
The man sneered, but said nothing.
"That's because Naruto asked them to help keep his stay here a secret, and they all agreed." Ino answered for the man.
"You little brat!" the man shouted. "What did you do to me?!"
A small tick appeared on her forehead. "Who are you calling a brat? You disgusting pervert! You're having very disgusting thoughts about Kurenai-sensei!"
The man's face turned bright red and marched off, muttering about freaks and mind readers.
Asuma's left eye twitched and was about to run after the man but decided against it when Kurenai shook her head.
"What's our next plan of action?" Shino silently asked.
"We should check out with Tazuna, whoever that is…I saw that name floating around a lot." Ino mused.
"Tazuna, was the man we were supposed to protect on our first mission out of Konoha. It was a C ranked mission turned A rank."
"It makes sense Naruto would've gone to them, they were really nice to us!" Sakure exclaimed and was already making her way to the house.
While they were on their way to Tazuna's house, Kakashi had summoned his Ninken and started trying to find his scent.
"There it is!" Sakura shouted and ran over, knocking on the door when she got there.
The door opened, revealing an attractive woman, better known as Tsunami. Immediately after noticing who were standing at the door she scowled. "Tazuna they're here!"
They could hear some noise in the background and moments later an older man appeared in front of them.
"Tazuna, it's good to see you again. " Kakashi said with a smile.
Tazuna glared at the man. "I don't have anything to say to you, why don't you get the hell away from here, eh?"
Kakashi widened his eyes slightly. "I guess you've heard?"
"Of course we heard! He told us and we gave him a place to stay here and he accepted."
"Where is he now?" Asuma asked, looking at Kakashi from the corner of his eyes.
"I don't know, and even if I knew, I wouldn't tell you disgusting bunch. Now get the hell out of here."
"Wait, we have to check your house," Kurenai said before turning to the rookies. "Hinata?"
Hinata gave a resolute nod. "Byakugan!" With her Kekkei genkai she quickly checked the house but found nothing. She sadly shook her head.
"How long has he been gone?" Kakashi asked, not caring that the older man was on the edge of exploding.
"Go to hell, I can't believe you actually betrayed your own student." Tazuna spat before slamming the door in their faces.
The silver haired jounin looked to the ground for a moment, lost in thought for a moment.
"What now? Scout the area?" Shikamaru asked.
Kakashi shook his head. "My summons would've found his scent by now. It either means he's been gone for days or the rain has washed it away. 'Damnit Naruto, you've really done it this time…I'm sorry Sensei'
Kurenai looked at him with a slight confused look. "You mean we're going back already?"
Kakashi looked up in the air. "We'll stay here for a short time, everyone, take a look around the village and report back at the bridge in two hours.
Everyone split up in small groups, Kurenai going with her students while Asuma went to get some cigarettes.
Kakashi who was lost in thoughts continued to wander around. 'I had a moment of weakness and that may have cost me more than I can handle. I never actually considered trading him for another student…It doesn't matter, Naruto left because of the Chakra seal and not of my wrong doings.'
He noticed he had stumbled upon Zabuza and Haku's grave. What he noticed was that the flowers that were placed upon their graves were relatively fresh.
He reached and grabbed the flowers, which were wet from the rain from earlier. 'No one would actually visit their graves would they? Perhaps Tazuna and his family would have…But the village? No…Naruto did this.'
He looked back up and suddenly noticed a small picture. He grabbed it and what he saw made him smile.
It was the picture of their old team. He turned it over and something scribbled on the back.
"It's weird to miss someone who was out to kill you…Thank you for everything, Zabuza, Haku. You thought me what it means to be a shinobi.
Kakashi laid the picture back down. He stood back up and decided to get a bouquet of flowers as well but was interrupted by Pakkun who had landed on the ground behind him. "You found anything?"
The dog nodded. "It's very faint, but I've detected Naruto's scent around fifteen miles from here across the bridge. That's why it took so long."
Kakashi crouched down and scratched the dog. 'So we found him.' He couldn't help but flash back to his days in Anbu where he had the task from watching over little Naruto from time to time.
The beatings and hatred he received was sickening. And how the the blonde kid had survived those years were still beyond him.
Kakashi tilted his head. Now that he thought about it, the blonde Genin never seemed to have much luck at all. The hatred never stopped, only the beating. And that had been replaced by ruining his apartment; they only did that because he could now fight back instead of lie down and accept it.
The jounin sighed. 'Even after all that he still tried to earn the respect of the villagers. But then the Council was out to get him, without the support of the Hokage.'
"Chakra seal…" he whispered, earning him a confusing look from the Ninken.
'Everyone abandoned you…I can understand now why you left, Uzumaki Naruto.' Kakashi stood back up.
"You want me to gather the others?" Pakkung asked.
Kakashi shook his head. "No…You can go home and rest, you've done enough."
"You need my help if you want to catch up to the kid, you know that." The dog answered, walking around the Silver haired jounin in circles.
"We're not going after him. We're going back home." Kakashi said as he walked back to the village.
"I see…Well, I guess my work here is done."
Kakashi glanced towards the dog. "Thanks for the help."
"Can you scratch my ear? No? Okay take care." And with that the dog dispelled.
"You earned a break, Naruto, but I do hope you know what you're doing." Kakashi muttered.
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