Darkflash is back with a new story! Yup it's been a while since I updated anything, but I kinda got all these ideas in my head and just want to write them down before I forget.

I guarantee I'll be writing more of this story soon and maybe update a few other stories as well. I am sick of writing the wave arc and genin exams and all that canon stuff so I decided to come up with something a little more original. ***IMPORTANT*** if you have any ideas to help me write my other fics I'd appreciate it. I have a bad case of writers block. I really just write for fun. I mostly use this site to read other stories so please! I am not a good writer so any help would be useful.

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Anyway on with the story(:

Saved by the Sound

By Darkflash

Chapter One

The battle was nearing its end. Sasuke in his cursed seal level two form stared at Naruto as he was covered with the red chakra. The two of them had been like brothers. They had fought together, trained together, and argued with each other. Naruto would not let Sasuke throw all of it away just for the sake of his revenge and he would not break his promise to Sakura. Sasuke would not let anyone stand in the way of his revenge. In the end, their desires clashed and only one could survive.

Kakashi was racing towards his two students. It wasn't until he had finished his mission and reported back that he learned of Sasuke's betrayal. His dogs had located where the two were fighting and he raced to stop them before they did something that they would regret. His mission was to bring back Sasuke and he would do just that.

Naruto and Sasuke began to power up their best attacks. They could have said something; however the time for words had come and gone. Now this was their only choice. They leapt into the air and launched their attacks.



The two attacks clash for a second and then they hit their targets. Sasuke's attack pierces threw Naruto's chest. The rasengan hits Sasuke in the chest a moment later and he was sent flying into the wall. Naruto fell down into the water and began to be washed down the stream. With his last ounce of strength, he was able to grab a hold on a rock. A moment later Kakashi arrive.

He was now faced with a choice, who to save? If he saved Naruto he would most likely die, judging by the huge hole in his chest, on the way back to the village. If he saved Sasuke, Orochimaru would not have his next host body and the mission would be a success. He could try to save both of them, but their might be more Sound-nins coming and he couldn't move fast enough with the extra weight.

"K-Kakashi…sensei," muttered Naruto. He reached out his free hand for a moment before it fell down. He knew his sensei would help him. After all, he was the one who said that 'those who disobey the rule were trash and those who abandon their comrades are less than trash'. Sure, in the past he had always ignored him for Sasuke, but this was different.

Kakashi looked at his blond student for a second with a look of pity in his eyes. He then turned and picked up Sasuke. He turned back to Naruto.

"You did well Naruto," he said. "I'm sorry but it looks like you will die here."

At the sound of those words, Naruto let go of the rock he was holding and was washed down the river. Soon, he was face down in the water, drifting towards the ocean.

'No!' shouted the Kyuubi. 'I will not go out like this! Wake up kit! WAKE UP!' Kyuubi got no response.

"Let me see. Lack of oxygen, loss of blood, damaged lung, and body temperature is getting dangerously low." Kyuubi flooded Naruto's chest with demonic chakra and began to regenerate his lung. Kyuubi also went and slowed down the blood flow. "That's all I can do without damaging his body."

Some time later Kakashi arrived at the Village Hidden in the Leaves with Sasuke. He quickly made his way to the hospital and made sure the doctors treated him right away. Once everything was taken care of, he exited the room and ran into Tsunade.

"Ah Kakashi," she said with a smile. She was happy that so far there had been no deaths and it looked like the mission had been a success. "I heard from the guards that you just returned. Good work. So, what happened?"

"When I arrived the battle was over," he replied. "My best guess would be that Naruto fought with Sasuke and knocked him out with the Rasengan."

"That's very impressive," she said. "I'll have to congratulate him later. Right now I have to…" She stopped when she saw Kakashi hold up his hand.

"I'm not done," he said. "Sasuke also used his own trump card on Naruto. When I got there, Naruto looked like he was on Deaths door. He had a huge whole in his chest and was bleeding very badly."

Tsunade's eyes went wide. She then began to shake her head. This couldn't be happening. He had to be alright! He had to be!

"I was faced with a choice," continued Kakashi. "I chose to save the one who had the most likely chance to survive. Naruto is dead. I watched him as his body floated down the river in the Valley of Ends." At that, Tsunade fell down on her hands and knees. This couldn't be true. How could that loudmouth boy be dead? She began to do the only thing that she could do, cry.

Back at the Valley of the End, Kabuto arrived to pick up Sasuke. But seeing his surroundings he realized that the Leaf brought him back. "Orochimaru is not going to be happy about this." Just then he noticed an orange blob floating in the water. When he got a closer look he discovered that the blob was one Naruto Uzumaki. He was out cold and was clearly injured. Kabuto thought to himself, "he's no Sasuke but maybe Orochimaru will have a use for him." he pulled the blond boy out of the water and started to heal him. Then, he would set out for the Sound Village.

That night the village had a celebration. News of Naruto's death spread like wild fire. Very few in any didn't attend for many different reasons. Choji and Neji were both in critical condition. Shikamaru was busy checking on his teammate and blaming himself for Naruto's death. Ino was lashing out at everyone who came close to her and started saying that they were glad the demon brat was gone. She didn't know the blond well enough, but it tore her up inside to see so many people happy about his death. Tenten refused to go outside and join the party for the same reason. Lee and Gai were crying that someone as youthful as Naruto had died. Hinata was in her bedroom crying her eyes out. Shino and Kiba just sat in their old class room, staring at nothing. This was where they had the most interaction with Naruto. Kakashi just stood by the Memorial Stone. And Sakura, well…

Sakura was sitting next to Sasuke's bed. She had a mix of emotions. She was happy that Sasuke was alright. However, the priced seemed too high. Naruto had gone this far for her, just to make her happy. Was that what love was? To go to the ends of the earth just to make that one person happy? Naruto had given everything for her, and how did she repay him? By hitting him and calling him an idiot. She felt low, very low.

Tsunade had tried to send a search party to retrieve Naruto, however…

"What do you mean no? He could still be alive," she shouted at the council.

"We do not have the manpower," said Homura. "Also, from what Kakashi has reported, it would be a waste of time. The beast is dead."

"If he was alive, who would want to save him," said Koharu. "We are better off without him."

It took everything Tsunade had not to kill them both. It became harder when they decided to pardon Sasuke. They claimed that since Naruto was a demon and murder only counts when it is a human killing another human that Sasuke didn't murder Naruto. They then claimed that since he was under the influence of the cursed seal that he could he held responsible for his actions.

Sound village - Orochimaru's hideout
"So the Leaf managed to capture Sasuke, but gave there jinchuriki up in the process. Ku ku ku... I guess I will just use this to my advantage. With Kyuubi's power I will be able to destroy the Leaf Village. Ku ku ku ku ku ku ku. Kabuto get the boy in stable condition and bring him to me. It's time to give him a little gift of power." Orochimaru laughed evilly.

Tsunade visited Naruto's apartment to find that some villagers had broken in and vandalized it. Items were broken and things were all over the floor. She looked around the place and found that Naruto left a box locked up under his bed. She broke the lock with a quick flick. She looked through it. Inside were a couple scrolls, some pictures, a stuffed frog, a pair of goggles, and a note.

She read it.

Dear reader,
If you are reading this then I'm most likely dead. Well these are my last words and requests. If these are followed I can rest in peace.
I'd like to thank Iruka sensei for accepting me and being like a brother to me. My rival and, even though I would never admit it my first friend, Sasuke. To the rest of the genins, for later being my friend. Kakashi sensei I thank you for teaching me how to climb trees. Jiraya, thank you for taking time out of your perverted schedule to teach me how to summon and the rasengan. You were a great teacher when you weren't trying to corrupt me. Tsunade you were like a mother to me and I'm glad you came to the village to become the hokage. But I still think your old.
I'd like to leave all my money and valuable items to the Ichiraku's for welcoming me to their restaurant, giving me food, and always being there for me. I sealed all of the stuff to them in the green scroll in this box. I'd like the blue scroll to go to Konohamaru. It's my ninja handbook with all the techniques. Use it to become hokage even thought I couldn't. I'd want to be buried with the rest of the items in the box like my pictures, gama-chan, and my goggles.
If all this can be followed I'd be happy.
The Leaf Village's most unpredictable ninja,
The prank master from hell,
Almost hokage,
Naruto Uzumaki

P.S. - I'd like Tsunade to read this at my funeral.

The fifth hokage finished reading the note and burst into tears. 'I'm sorry Naruto.' she thought. Tsunade took the box and left to go to her office to plan Naruto's funeral.

Kabuto brought a now healthy Naruto to Orochimaru. The boy was still unconscious. "He is ready to get the curse mark."
"Good" the snake sannin laughed.

Then he went and bit the blond demon container. And a black mark started to form on his neck.

Naruto's mindscape-
Kyuubi felt the presence of something evil. He tried to fight the seal but knew that from inside his prison he wasn't powerful enough so he decided to work with it.

With Orochimaru-
Orochimaru and Kabuto watched as red chakra formed around Naruto. The snake sannin was interested to see what the fox would do to the curse seal.

Naruto's mindscape-
Kyuubi had successfully altered the curse mark so that the evil wouldn't corrupt and influence Naruto. He also connected the seal with his own so that Naruto could access both the curse seal's power and his power at once because the original design tried to block out use of Kyuubi's chakra. Kyuubi sighed, "That's the best I can do," he panted, "I need a nap."

Real world-
Orochimaru and his right hand man watched as the curse mark changed. A circle with nine lines going through it formed around the curse seal. Also the normally black seal changed to a super dark, blood red color.

"Amazing." Orochimaru thought out loud. "Kabuto take him to the infirmary and keep an eye on him. I want to see what the Kyuubi did to the curse mark."

Kabuto agreed and took Naruto away.

The night of the funeral, only members of the rookie 9, the Sand Trio, Team Gai, and Jiraiya showed up for his wake. To many of them, this was a shock to see how he had lived. It made them feel spoiled. One by one they approached his picture and said a few words. For once, Shikamaru didn't say it was troublesome. When it was Gaara's turn, everyone was shocked to hear what he had to say.

"Naruto, you were the one person I considered my friend," he said. "When I heard that you were dead, I couldn't believe it. I-I just couldn't believe that someone like you could be stopped. You saved me from the darkness and yet I couldn't save you. Why couldn't I have been there for you? I will make it up to you. I will carry on your spirit and your dream in my village. I will try to love other and hold them close to my heart." With that, he got up and bowed before the picture of Naruto.

The next one who shocked everyone was a late comer. And it wasn't Kakashi. The man and his seven year old daughter went over to the picture and kneeled before it. Hiashi then spoke.

"I'm sorry I never thanked you while you were alive. What you did for Neji was something that I could never do. Thanks to you, my family has begun to heal. I also admire what you did for Sasuke. I tried to keep my brother from certain doom just like you did, but unlike you I failed. I would have gladly given up my life to spare him from death. I am glad that you succeeded were I failed."

Konohamaru went next, "Naruto I promise that for you I will become the second greatest ninja ever only after you. I'll become hokage and when I do I will make sure that you are treated like a hero. Thanks for everything boss."

One by one, the other said their goodbyes to the blond. Tsunade honored his wishes. She was able to sell everything in his apartment and gave the proceeds to Teuchi. A grave was set up for him in Wave Country, where he was seen as a hero and not a demon. Buried there was not a body, but a small box containing his belongings.

Jiraiya moved to Wave country, refusing to step foot in the Leaf Village ever again. He kept in contact with Tsunade by mail and informed her and Gaara of Akatsuki's plans. It was rumored that he was giving up writing his porn books, feeling that he should have paid more attention to his student than naked women. Truly, he had taken Naruto's death hard.

Tsunade also took Naruto's death badly. At first she wanted to quit being hokage and leave the village, but thought that it wouldn't be what Naruto wanted. Instead, she decided that she would no longer be a weak hokage that lets the council push her around. For all she knew she could have saved the boy she viewed as her son if she tried harder.

Ever since then she had become serious about being hokage. She studied the laws, looked through archives, and studied politics. Next time she was against the council she would be prepared.

Days after his funeral Naruto woke up. Over the past few days Orochimaru had experimented on his body. He had made Naruto taller, faster, and stronger by sending chemicals to his muscles and bones. He also experimented to increase Naruto's senses so he could have better eye sight, hearing, smell, and even taste and touch. He wants to try implanting a bloodline in the boy but thinks it would be better to wait a little longer.

When Naruto woke he found himself face to face with Orochimaru.
"ku ku ku So your finally awake Naruto. How do you feel?"

Naruto honestly felt fine. A bit sore, but he felt powerful. "I'm fine. Where am I? I thought I was going to die?"

Orochimaru smiled, "You're in the sound village of course. And your right you were going to die. You precious village left you to die. Do you remember?"

The blond jinchriki cringed at the memory if Kakashi leaving him to die. "Yes, I remember Kakashi sensei took Sasuke but just left me there."

"Yes that's the Leaf Village for you. A bunch of ungrateful backstabbers. They used you to get what they want and throw you away like trash."

Naruto winced and tried his best to hold back to tears for he knew everything Orochimaru said was true. 'Granny Tsunade, Iruka sensei, pervy sage, Kakashi sensei why?'

"You can get them back you know. Train, become strong, and show them that they made a big mistake using you." the sannin said


"I can help you. Stay here and join me and the sound village. I can train you and give you power beyond your wildest dreams. I have already given you a curse mark. And thanks to Kyuubi it has been altered and has become even more powerful. While you were asleep I had Kabuto help make you taller and make your body stronger. We also enhanced all your senses. All that is only a fraction of the power you can achieve if you left me help you." Orochimaru smiled slyly.

Naruto starred at him with cold, stormy blue eyes different from the happy, sparkling blue people knew. He thought it over, "I know he's evil, but he's done more for me than the Leaf village has ever done. While the leaf let me to rot, he saves me. While the leaf thinks I'm a demon, he thinks the Kyuubi being sealed in me is a gift and doesn't hate me for it. He's helped me more with training than my real sensei. I mean I feel so much stronger and all Kakashi sensei taught me was tree climbing.'

"Okay I'm in. But what do you want in return."

"Ku ku ku Smart boy," Orochimaru laughed, "All I want is your help in destroying the Leaf Village."

Naruto hesitated at that, but reluctantly agreed.

Orochimaru put his arm around the young blond and led him out of the infirmary to show him around.

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