"AWWW!" yawned Naruto as he got up, stretching his arms. Naruto looked around and saw Natsmui sleeping on the floor. 'How the hell did she get in here?' wondered Naruto as he got up and started changing. He slipped out of his pajamas and pulled on some gray pants that had multiple pockets, a kimono top, and his happi. Naruto tied his obi around his waist to keep his pants and top in place, before slipping his normal katana through the obi. Naruto went outside and travelled to the underground training facility that his team uses.
"What are you doing here, Naruto?" asked Ino.
"Training. What is it to you, Yamanaka?" asked Naruto coldly.
"Naruto, please, can we move past that? I made a mistake, and I am not proud of it. I know we will never have what we had before, but can we at least be friends?"
"Just a mistake?" Naruto whispered.
"You cheated on me with some random local, who you probably don't even remember? Just answer this, did you ever really love me?"
"I always have, and always will love you, Naruto-kun. I'm so sorry," said Ino.
"Ino, I can't forget what happened that night. But I can forgive," said Naruto, going over to Ino, and hugging her. "I won't tell you that we can get back into a relationship, but I can tell you that we can be friends again. I'm sorry for all the hurt I've caused you."
"And I'm sorry as well," said Ino.
"Good. Now that that's out of the way, let's spar, Ino!" Ino drew the sword that she had horizontally strapped just above her bottom. She drew it and whispered, "Sting all enemies to death, Suzumebachi!" Her sword glowed before transforming into a golden gauntlet with an extended blade on the middle finger.
"Well, have you mastered Suzumebachi, Ino?" asked Naruto, drawing his regular katana.
"Then let's test that theory," said Naruto, charging at Ino. Ino kept trying to stab Naruto, but he would just duck underneath her thrust, and slash at her. However, Ino was able to use her Exploding Flower Jutsu to deal some damage to Naruto.
"Storm Slash!" yelled Naruto, sliding backwards and slashing at Ino. An arc of blue energy flew at Ino.
"Water Style: Water Encampment Wall!" yelled Ino. A wall of water appeared in front of Naruto, halting the movement of the arc of energy.
"Genjutsu: Kyokasuigetsu: Equip: Tenten!" yelled Naruto. Suddenly, a cloak of darkness surrounded Naruto. "Now," said Naruto, "You will feel the might of the Equip!" Naruto charged at Ino, and thrust outwards at Ino. When he did, a number of other bladed weapons also thrust out, catching Ino off guard and stabbing her multiple times.
"Kekkai!" yelled Ino, surrounding herself in a barrier that stopped the attacks.
"Hmph." Naruto sheathed his blade and put his together in a prayer like fashion. "Empty Sky Flash!" Naruto spread out his hands, creating a spear composed entirely of wind. Naruto drew back his arm, before hurling it at Ino. The wind spear split into many, making Ino do many backflips to evade the wind spears. But when she got out of range, Naruto was behind her his fist sparkling with lightning.
"Lightning Fist!" yelled Naruto, punching Ino in the back, sending her flying into the ground. Ino turned around to get up, but stopped when she saw Naruto's blade at her neck. "Submit."
"I submit," sighed Ino. Naruto sheathed his blade, and bent down to heal Ino.
"Good to have you back, Ino," said Naruto. Naruto put his hands on the injuries that Ino had sustained and his hands glowed green, sending some chakra to heal her wounds. Naruto then leaned back, exhausted.
"Were you two doing anything naught?" Naruto turned around to see Natsmui grinning at the two of them.
"As if," scoffed Naruto. "But let's just say that we're no longer at each other's throats."
"Sure," said Natsmui, obviously not believing a word of what Naruto said.
"So what brings you down here? Last I checked, you were passed out on my bedroom floor," said Naruto, getting up.
"Yeah. Tou-san wants us in his office. Oh, and Kiba wanted to talk to you for some reason. Asked if you could meet him at training ground 14 as soon as possible."
"Fine. Ino, you go with Natsmui to Hokage-sama. Natsmui, tell Tou-san that I will be late. Burst Stream!" Naruto dissipated into air particles, leaving the two girls to leave and go to the Hokage Tower.
|Training Ground 14|
"Hell, Kiba," said Naruto, landing in front of Kiba. "How are you doing after that beating I gave you?"
"Fine, actually. I was wondering if you could help me train when you aren't on missions."
"I could. Why do you ask now?"
"Well, after you guys left, I kind of mellowed out, but when you came back, the old jealousy resurfaced. And now, I've mellowed out again. I realized how weak I am compared to you. I want to get stronger so that I can protect Konoha. Please train me!"
"Fine, I'll think about it," said Naruto, after eyeing Kiba for a few seconds. "We're going to have to talk later, as Hokage-sama has summoned me. But I'm glad that you've mellowed out Kiba. That is your first step to becoming stronger." Naruto jumped into the air and started floating away towards Hokage tower using wind manipulation. Naruto landed on the windowsill and knocked.
"Can't you use the freaking door, Naruto?" asked Minato.
"I could, but that would be too much work," replied Naruto. "So, what's going on?"
"Well, as you know, we received information from Sasori on the location of a spy in Orochimaru's midst. Your mission is to go and recover that spy before Orochimaru arrives."
"Understood. Ino, I want you to bring me Neji, Shikamaru, and Tenten for the main squad. You, Natsmui, and Hinata will be back up. Go!"
"Why is Natsmui backup?" asked Minato, after Natsmui and Ino left.
"Because, there is a possibility she could go four tails."
"During the training trip, Natsmui and I went to a deserted area to try and gain control over the Kyuubi. But it was to no avail, as she went four tails on me. If it hadn't been for Juubi's ability to heal me, and for my Zanpakutō, I would be dead right now."
"But that doesn't explain why she's on backup."
"Well, you remember how close she and Sasuke were, right?" Minato nodded. "Well, since Orochimaru was indirectly responsible for Sasuke abandoning Konoha and forcing me to kill him, she might go out of control and start releasing Kyuubi's chakra."
"I see. And Tenten, why is she on main. I would think that she would be backup with all the weapons she uses."
"Yeah, about that, Tenten still uses her weapons, which are sealed, and throws them at her enemy, but that isn't her main attack style anymore. Now, she uses her Zanpakutō, Senbonzakura, complimented with Water Jutsu, and I have to say she has become very skilled. She can easily go toe-to-toe with Natsmui if Natsmui can't use her Kyuubi chakra. Then, she will be pushed to her limits, and it's a 50-50 chance that she will win."
"Your team truly has grown."
"Indeed. Now, I must go prepare for the mission." Naruto disappeared and reappeared in the HQ, and went to his storage box, and fished out an S-rank mission supply scroll, along with some sealing scrolls and sealing equipment. Naruto also went to the house and grabbed a gauntlet, before running into Haku.
"Naruto, where are you going?" asked Haku.
"Mission. Orochimaru involved, nee-chan, got to fly!" shouted Naruto, as he shot towards the Village Gate. When he got there, he saw that everyone was there ready to go.
"Naruto, what is the mission that we are going on?" asked Neji.
"Well, we received information from Sasori that he has a spy in Orochimaru's organization. We are to extract the spy from Orochimaru without alerting him and get as much information as we can from him."
"Understood, but how will we be posing as Sasori?" asked Hinata.
"Don't worry. I can do a transformation jutsu, which isn't a Genjutsu, but an actual transformation. Now are there any more questions?" None of the ninja made any indication. "Then let's be on our way." The seven ninja jumped into the trees, heading for Tenchi Bridge, which is where the spy was to meet Sasori.
|9 hours later|
After travelling for nine hours straight, all three of them landed on the ground to make camp.
"Alright, I have two tents for shelter. One for the guys, one for the girls. That means Neji and Shikamaru will be sharing one tent, while Ino, Natsmui, Tenten, and Hinata will be sharing another."
"What about you?" asked Ino.
"Ino, have you forgotten so easily how I slept while we were out in the wilderness during our training trip?"
"How…oh!" exclaimed Ino in realization. "You are going to sleep in the trees like you always do, aren't you?"
"Yep. Now, get to bed. We have a long ways to go tomorrow and we have to move fast if we want to catch the spy. Now get into the tents," said Naruto, jumping into a tree, and forming sphere of ice around himself as he slept in the tree.
|5:00; next morning|
Naruto woke up the next morning and started doing some light chakra exercises, like keeping a kunai balanced on its tip on his head while he prepared breakfast. First, he made a hole in the ground and found three long, wide, and flat stones. And then Naruto dropped the stones in the hole. Next he filled the hole with scalding hot water to heat the stones. Finally, he took the stones out, and then put 7 piece of meat on, three for the first two, and one on the last one. Soon, each of the pieces of the meat were cooked and just right. Suddenly, the prankster side of Naruto came out, and he took out two smoke bombs, and quietly opened up the tent flap on both tents and threw in a smoke bomb, before resume his original position, transferring all the pieces of meat onto the plates that he had unsealed. He then took out some herbs that would give all of them some extra strength before the bombs went off and let a huge amount of smoke out.
"WHAT THE HELL?" yelled all the people who were sleeping in the tents. They ran out of the tents in whatever they were sleeping in. When they got outside, the all saw Naruto calmly preparing seven plates with food. It had bread, some meat, and some fruits, along with a small bottle of water.
"Naruto, did you see the person who threw a smoke bomb in our tents?" asked Ino.
"Sure did. Said his name was Oturan," replied Naruto, without looking up from cleaning up the pit of water.
"Then why didn't you stop him?" asked Hinata.
"Couldn't have, even if I wanted to," replied Naruto. Shikamaru stared at Naruto impassively before saying, "It was you, wasn't it, Naruto?"
"What?" asked Natsmui. "How could it have been Naruto? The person had a totally different name!"
"Are you sure about that?" asked Shikamaru. "Oturan is just Naruto spelled backwards. Now answer the question, Naruto."
"Correct, as usual," replied Naruto with a smile, before grabbing his plate and taking out a sake dish and pouring himself some sake. He then took a sip and sighed. "Ah, this is good sake."
"NARUTO!" yelled Natsmui, punching Naruto, who just sat there, unfazed by her punch.
"You going to try and defeat me now?"
"Hell no," replied Natsmui. "Even I can't beat you with the Kyuubi's help. It is really frustrating. How the hell are you so powerful? And that's without you using the special energy or you Zanpakutō."
"I know. Now eat. We have to be at the bridge by 12:00 to meet the spy. So quickly eat so we can get to Tenchi Bridge as fast as possible. Also, if I know Orochimaru like I think I do, then we're going to have to deal with Orochimaru as well since he will more than likely not let anyone who is near him out of his midst, so be prepared for that. Should that happen, then Shikamaru will take charge and bring the spy back, whether it's through cooperation or force, I don't care. Also, the backup team will come and help out if I go to take on Orochimaru. We don't know if Orochimaru will have other backup teams of his own on standby. Understood?"
"Good." All seven of them finished eating their meal, before they packed up what they had and got all their gear on before heading over to Tenchi Bridge. When they got there, it was about 11:50. Naruto formed multiple hand seals, before whispering, "Transform!" Naruto was enshrouded in smoke before he took on the form of Sasori while Sasori was still in his Hiruko puppet. He then 'walked' out to meet the spy who appeared, while wearing a hooded cloak.
"It is good to see you, Master Sasori," said the spy.
"And you as well," said Sasori. "Do you have any new information of Orochimaru? Where are his bases?"
"Well," said the spy, as he removed his hood to show the face of Kabuto, "We have many bases. At most, we are at a base for only one week at a time. If you come with me to our current base, I can show you a map of-" Suddenly, Orochimaru appeared behind Kabuto.
"Kabuto, are you planning on betraying me?"
"Of course not, Orochimaru-sama. I was just greeting my old master, Sasori-sama."
"So you broke the seal that I placed upon Kabuto, did you, Orochimaru?"
"Of course, Sasori. It wasn't too hard. Besides, you gave me a loyal soldier when you sent Kabuto to me. I thank you for that."
"I see. Now, I believe it is time I left," said Sasori, before Orochimaru launched his head at 'Sasori', before a wall of water appeared in front of 'Sasori'. When it disappeared, in 'Sasori's' place was Naruto.
"Naruto-kun, how nice to see you. By your appearance, can I assume that Sasori is dead?" asked Orochimaru.
"You may. First Response team, form up. Shika, take lead. Let's go, First Response Team, Going Forth!" Naruto drew his blade from the plain wooden sheath on his belt, and charged at Orochimaru, forcing Orochimaru back. Orochimaru and Naruto landed in a clearing just north of Tenchi Bridge.
"Are you ready to die, Naruto-kun?"
"In your dreams, bastard!" Naruto charged at Orochimaru, and started slashing, and stabbing and performing many basic, yet very effective attacks against Orochimaru, who was forced to dodge each time.
"Earth Style: Great Landslide!" yelled Orochimaru, slamming his hands down on the ground. A huge amount of boulders shot out of the land in front of Orochimaru right at Naruto.
"Sword Style: Quick sword!" yelled Naruto, flashing his blade at the boulders. As the boulders came at him, the rocks fell into pebbles, destroyed by Naruto's blade.
"How did you do that?"
"I can't tell you, but I can show you technique of mine. Only one other person has seen it in battle, and that was my sister. Everyone else has died when they saw this technique," said Naruto. "Genjutsu: Kyokasuigetsu!" Black smoke started rising from Naruto, while Orochimaru grew confused.
"Wind Style: Great Breakthrough!" yelled Orochimaru. The blades of wind ripped right through, Naruto, yet no damage was dealt. Naruto walked straight towards Orochimaru slowly, sheathing his sword.
"You don't get it do you? Once I used this jutsu, you lost all hope of winning. With Kyokasuigetsu active, you can't touch me. I am like the reflection of a moon on water. You can see me, but you can't reach me."
"Impossible!" yelled Orochimaru.
"Afraid not. And this is your end," said Naruto, once he got right in front of Orochimaru. "Ryukei Qigong Tashinkō!" yelled Naruto, striking Orochimaru right in the chest, sending a beam right through Orochimaru, making him to start coughing.
"What did you do to me?"
"I only used the final technique of the Xinyi Lihue Taijutsu style."
"The Xinyi Lihue style? You were able to find the fabled Masataka clan?"
"Indeed. I found the final one, who taught me all the secrets of his clan. And now, you are dead," said Naruto, impassively, as Orochimaru collapsed on the ground convulsing, and coughing up blood. "But before you die," whispered Naruto, as he lifted up his eye patch, revealing his Sharingan, "Tell me everything you know about the Akatsuki." And so Naruto was able to fill out three books of information on the Akatsuki before Orochimaru died. "Thank you, Orochimaru," said Naruto, leaving for the bridge, until he sensed an increase in Kyuubi's chakra. "Shit!" Naruto jumped away after sealing away Orochimaru's body into a scroll and going towards Tenchi Bridge. When he got there, he saw Natsmui with the fox cloak, ready to tear apart Kabuto.
"Naruto, sealing tag, now!" Naruto nodded and slapped a sealing tag onto Natsmui's forehead, forcing the chakra to recede.
"What the hell were you thinking?" yelled Naruto, when Natsmui calmed down.
"He mocked Sasuke! He said that Sasuke was a useless ninja who only relied on his Sharingan. You think I'm going to let him insult Sasuke's memory?"
"Only when he is right," replied Naruto quietly. "During the Chūnin exams, the only reason he got through is because of the Sharingan. It was his only true strength. Now that is enough. Fall in line, Chūnin Namikaze."
"But nothing. Continue, and it will be insubordination," replied Naruto, glaring at Natsmui. "And we need the information from Kabuto."
"Fine, but I don't like it."
"You don't have to like my orders, just follow them," replied Naruto. "Now, let us be going," said Naruto. Naruto slapped a seal on Kabuto, which knocked him out. "This will keep Kabuto asleep for about two days. I want to be in Konoha before he wakes up. Any injuries that can't be treated later?"
"No, Naruto. We're all good," said Ino.
"Good. Then let's go." The seven took to the trees, with Kabto slung over the shoulders of Naruto. The group travelled nonstop, not even for a bathroom break towards Konoha. Finally, after two days of nonstop travelling, the group of seven got to Konoha, exhausted, but vey much combat ready.
"Izumo, Kotetsu, we're going to see my father," said Naruto. The entire group rushed to Hokage tower an entered the Hokage's office.
"Naruto, who is that on your shoulder."
"We have apprehended the traitor, Kabuto, who was Sasori's spy. But as it turned out, Orochimaru broke the seal that Sasori placed on Kabuto, which was keeping Kabuto loyal to Sasori."
"I see. So we are going to use him to get as much information on the Akatsuki as possible."
"Yes, Hokage-sama. But I have also got information from Orochimaru. By letting Orochimaru know about how I learned my Xinyi Lihue Taijutsu style, I was able to get Orochimaru to tell me all the secrets he knew about the Akatsuki before he died. I have his body in a scroll."
"You will get the bounty for Orochimaru, the rest of your team will split the bounty of Kabuto," said Minato. "Is there any extra information I need to know about?" Natsmui discreetly glanced at Naruto, who didn't even look at Natsmui.
"No, there isn't, Hokage-sama. By your leave?"
"You are dismissed, First Response Team." Naruto and the others bowed, before leaving the room. Once they were outside, Naruto spoke to Natsmui.
"Natsmui, come, we are going to have a spar," said Naruto.
"What? Why? We just got back from a mission. I really wanted to rest a bit."
"Now, Chūnin Namikaze."
"Fine, I'm coming." Naruto and Natsmui leapt into the trees and travelled all the way to Training Ground 7, the old training ground of Natsmui's genin team.
"Now, we will spar! Now, show me what you are made of, or are you a coward like Sasuke?"
"Sasuke wasn't a coward!" yelled Natsmui, rushing Naruto, while drawing her Zanpakutō. "Blast Away, Tachikaze!" The katana glowed green, before shortening in length to become a combat knife. "Bakudantsuki!" yelled Natsmui, forming a green transparent orb and launching it at Naruto.
"Kenjutsu: Single Slash," whispered Naruto, as he drew his own katana, before cutting the orb in two. The two parts hit the ground behind him, causing an explosion. "Kenjutsu: Demon Slash," said Naruto, his blade glowing black from the use of the Juubi's chakra. Naruto appeared in front of Natsmui, and brought his sword down. "Is this the extent of your abilities?" asked Naruto, as blood spurted from the deep laceration that Naruto made.
"Kyuubi," called out Natsmui, "I need your assistance!"
"So, you are going to rely on crutch like Sasuke did?"
"He never did!" yelled Natsmui.
"Yes, he did," replied Naruto, sheathing his blade. "It's time you faced the facts and accepted that your best friend wasn't perfect."
"Fine," said Naruto. "Burst Stream!" Naruto disappeared and reappeared in front of Natsmui, knees bent. "Hakka Soudou Shō!" Naruto put his hands on Natsmui's chest, and blasted her into a nearby tree. Natsmui looked up when she saw Naruto fist, covered in lightning, water, wind, and fire hovering above her face.
"What is it you are trying to accomplish?"
"Beat you to a bloody pulp until you realize that while Sasuke was a great ninja for his age, he relied on his Sharingan. That's what I am trying to prove. And you aren't getting that through your head. Every single time someone badmouths Sasuke, you fly off the handle. As your commanding officer, I cannot have a liability on my team. So I am giving you two choices. Clean up your act and stop over reacting when someone badmouths Sasuke or get off of my team. Got it?" hissed Naruto.
"Got it," replied Natsmui.
"Good. Don't make me do this again. I may be your brother, but I am also your superior and I will do whatever it takes to make sure that we succeed, even if that means taking my own sister off of the team. Got it? Now get yourself to the hospital." Naruto then transformed into a bolt of lightning and reappeared in front of Hokage mansion and walked in.
"Naruto-kun," yelled Kushina, "Dinner's going to be ready in about ten minutes. Is Natsmui with you?"
"She's on her way to the hospital because of a spar we had when we came back from the mission."
"What?" asked Kushina, sticking her head outside of the kitchen. "Why would you do that?"
"Because she has the uncanny knack to fly off the handle when someone badmouths Sasuke and attack them. So I tried to beat it into her head that he only relied on his Sharingan to get strong and that she can either clean up her act or get off the team."
"Would you really kick her off?" asked Kushina.
"I would. Right now, she's just another liability to our team. If I was being a liability to your team and making the others pick slack for me, would you kick me off?"
"In an instant," replied Kushina. "Your reasoning is sound. I just hope that she learns soon that she needs to keep her emotions in check."
"I do too, kaa-chan, I do too. I'm going upstairs to shower. See you later, Kaa-chan." Naruto went upstairs and took off all of his clothes and stepped into the shower. As the water ran down his body, he thought about the previous mission. How he had single handedly killed Orochimaru of the Sannin. 'Was it really that easy?' thought Naruto, as he looked at his hands. 'I killed a Sannin that easily? Impossible. There's no way Orochimaru could have been killed that easily.' Naruto sighed, and got out of the showed and put on a pair of shorts and a shirt with the Uzumaki swirl on it. He walked down to see Natsmui glaring at him.
"Kaa-chan, is dinner ready yet?"
"In a second." A few moments later, Kushina brought out a steaming pot of udon noodles. "Dig in." Kushina, Minato, Haku, Naruto, and Natsmui dug into the udon noodles without hesitation. After eating, Minato pulled Naruto aside.
"Naruto, was what you did really the best way to about it?" Instantly, Naruto knew what he was referring to.
"Yes, it was. I had no other choice. She can't keep going off whenever someone badmouths Sasuke. I'm sorry Tou-san, but that's the way it is."
"I'm not questioning the decision. In your place, I would have done the same. But was the method wise?"
"I believe so."
"Then I have no problems with it. Now go to bed. I want you in my office at 7'O clock sharp tomorrow morning."
"Yes, Tou-san," said Naruto, saluting and going off to bed after saying good night to everyone else. As he got into bed, Naruto smiled, as he thought of how much he had grown since he was a child.
Here is the next chapter. Now, I won't be able to update for the next few weeks because my finals are in 2 weeks. Secondly, right after summer starts, I will be travelling to Israel for about 3 weeks for my cousin's graduation gift, so updates then will be sporadic. In fact, updates during the entire summer will be sporadic. I believe I will be lucky if I can get even two updates during the summer. I'm sorry, but this summer is really busy as I am preparing for applying to college. On a side note, the author RedRules has decided to try doing his own Electric Dragon of Konoha. It is called Electric Dragon of Konoha: Revised. Please help support. He just published the first chapter this week.