Madara frowned before racing back to the person he'd assigned with looking after the clan for the year that he and Izuna would be away before giving the man some final final last-minute instructions. With that task done, he was as ready as he would ever be for his journey. A year was a small price to pay in order to get a definite victory over the Senju, and taking the Senju's legacy from them out from under their noses was better than any victory that could be earned in battle.

After readjusting his heaviest winter cloak and his pack once more, he went to join his brother who was similarly attired in the middle of a sealing array. With a flash, they were gone from their world, and into the world where the Sage had hidden his younger son's legacy.

Rather than there being snow as he'd been led to expect, a bright summer sun was shining down from a clear and cloudless blue sky on a massive lawn that stretched out towards a forest in one direction, and some sort of fortress in another, and extended down a road and into the distance in another.

He couldn't kill the brat who created the seal because he was a world away and in a future that wouldn't happen, but he could settle on his brother who had dragged him into this mess...

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In another timeline, Uzumaki Naruto activated the seal that Sai had helped him trap the resurrected Uchiha Madara and his clone Tobi in. While this wouldn't end the battle for him, it would give his comrades a year to regroup and come up with a plan that would defeat the two of them. Hopefully, when they got back from the world of ice and snow where they were going, half the Kunoichi force wouldn't be too pregnant to fight...

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In two different timelines, Albus Dumbledore looked out the window, found that there were some complete strangers standing on the lawn, and thanked every deity he could think of that his prayers had been answered. He would be able to tell Fudge that that toad from the Ministry that he was planning to send over wasn't needed.

Now, if he could just catch them, or at least one of them, and persuade them that teaching Defense Against the Dark Arts was in their best interests...