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"Demon talk"

"Demon Thoughts"

WARNING: There is mentioning of torture in this chapter. The section containing it has a warning label on it so you can choose to skip it if you wish

Father to a Blond Hyuga

Chapter 16

Land of Fire

"Well that was boring…" Kiba grouched as he, Shino, Hinata, and Kurenai made their way back to the village.

"Our true objective was to regain team cohesion, Kiba-san. Protocols dictate that we were required to finish at minimum ten D-Rank missions before being allowed to leave the village again once a teammate has returned. Be thankful that Kurenai-sensei and Tsunade-sama both thought it would be a waste of our talents," Shino rebuffed Kiba's complaint.

"You're not complaining because we went to Waterfall Village and you got to see your girlfriend again!" Kiba accused good-naturedly.

Shino pushed up his goggles with his middle finger and index finger in irritation, "Fu-san and I are not in a formal relationship yet."

"Yet! C'mon buddy! You're head over heels for her and she likes you so why don't you just go out with her?" Kiba asked.

"It's not that simple. I have to go through my clan and gain permission from my father. There is also the fact that she's a Kunoichi from a different village," Shino retorted.

"Man, you should just go for it before it's too late. I mean you guys seem great for each other! Right, Hinata?"

Kiba turned to look at his other teammate to see her looking straight ahead with an uncharacteristic frown on her face, "You alright there, Hinata?"

"Huh? O-Oh…I'm alright, Kiba-kun. I was just…I don't know. I just feel something isn't right, and I want to get home to my baby," Hinata said as an uneasy feeling pooled in her stomach.

Kiba laughed before nudging Hinata playfully, "It's only been a day and you're missing your rugrat? Or are you missing your baby's daddy more?"

Hinata blushed and averted her gaze when she saw Kiba wiggling his eyebrows jokingly. Kurenai decided to intervene on her favorite student's behalf, "That's enough, Kiba. It's understandable for Hinata to feel like this. There aren't many bonds strong than a mother and her child."

"You guys are no fun," Kiba pouted but stopped his teasing.

"I'm sorry Kiba-kun, but I can't explain it. It feels like it's been months since I saw Mina-chan, even though I know it's only been a day," Hinata explained.

"I kinda get that. That mission was quick, but waiting for the clients to finish all their paperwork was unbearable," Kiba grumbled.

"We're only a few miles away from the village, guys. Just hold it together for a while longer," Kurenai pointed out.

"Hai, sensei!" the members of Team 8 replied.

Konoha Hospital

It's not a surprise so many people dislike hospitals. It feels like I've been waiting for months on this doctor to come. I took out two missing nins, only to be bested by this infernal hip….how humiliating…" Hisaki ranted internally while stoically staring at the clock above her door.

Her attention was drawn to the opening door as her doctor finally arrived, "Hello Madame Hyuga. Pardon me for being so late, but it's been a busy day."

"It's not a problem, Doctor," Hisaki replied with a tight smile.

The doctor nodded before looking at his chart, "Hmm, a full break…I looked at your previous charts and saw a small hairline fracture. The stress from the fight must have caused it to break. We'll have to replace your hip with a prosthetic." The Doctor replied.

Hisaki sighed before nodding her head. "Do whatever it takes, Doctor, but can you tell me how my grandson is doing?"

"I think he's eager to see his savior," a third voiced echoed from the doorway.

Hisaki and the doctor turned to see Tsunade cradling Minato, who was clinging to one of her ponytails until he saw Hisaki. He reached out his tiny arms to the elder Hyuga woman who gladly took him, but made sure not to aggravate her injury.

"Hello little one, how are you?" Hisaki asked kindly and was greeted with happy gurgles and baby noises.

"He's been eager to see you since he woke up," Tsunade said before looking over Hisaki's chart and frowning slightly. She gave a slight nod to the doctor before dismissing him.

"I'm sure he was in good hands with you, Tsunade-sama," Hisaki replied.

"I must say it was smart thinking alerting the ANBU with chakra pulses. I'm glad everyone made it out alive, but now I need to figure out how two high classed missing-nins were able to infiltrate my village…" Tsunade said with a frown.

"I don't they could have gotten in without help. Someone sneaked them into the village in hopes of killing Minato. Whoever they are, they unknowingly signed their own death warrants," Hisaki replied with a cold edge to her voice.

Tsunade couldn't help but smirk at that comment, "They're already dead. They just don't know it yet…Not many people know about Minato and can afford to hire missing-nins. Do you think Kumo could have done it as a way to cover their tracks?"

Hisaki shook her head. "I don't think they would send their own missing-nins after us. They would have sent people who couldn't have been traced back to Lightning Country. Also, Ono and Tounyuu both expressed their disgust for the current Raikage. I doubt they would work for him. Whoever did this was either hoping we would jump for the obvious bait or is arrogant enough to believe they can't be traced back to."

"Maybe they're both…but your right, this feels more like an inside job. Both the shinobi and civilian councils know about Minato, but not many showed open disdain for him, especially after I nearly killed one for calling my grandson an abomination. I can't rule any of them out of suspicion though…"

"The Hyuga council was thoroughly divided about this little one. There were some who were calling for his death immediately. It wouldn't surprise me if one of them is behind this," Hisaki replied as her eyes narrowed.

"Wouldn't it seem odd for your own clansmen to send former Kumo-nin after our grandson?" Tsunade pondered.

"Actually, it's something I would expect someone from my clan to do. Who would imagine a Hyuga having anything to do with Kumo after what happened all those years back? Not to mention that the Axe Brothers could be a commendable counter to any Hyuga," Hisaki stated.

"Not to sound insulting, but they were taken down by an elderly woman with literally one hand tied behind her back." Tsunade replied somewhat smarmily.

Hisaki sniffed disdainfully before replying haughtily, "Isn't that the pot calling the kettle black? I may remind you that despite your Genjutsu, you're only a few years younger than me. Just because I chose to age gracefully doesn't mean I let my skills and strengths decline with my body."

Tsunade felt her eyebrow twitch in irritation, "We're getting off topic, why do you think those two were a good match up against a Hyuga."

"They don't rely on chakra. Both brothers use a type of axe. Ono has his signature executioner axe while Tounyuu uses throwing axes. It would be ill-advised to get within close range of either brother since they could remove an overextended limb in a matter of seconds. Their differing personalities could distract even the most focused fighter. Tounyuu is obnoxious, vile, and knows how to get under your skin. While he distracts you with his taunts and axes, his brother Ono creeps around the back. For a mountain of a man, he is incredibly stealthy and fast. If I hadn't had my Byukugan, he would have split me into two before I even knew he was there." Hisaki analyzed.

"Wouldn't a well-placed juuken strike disable them though?" Tsunade asked

"Yes, that's what I did to slow them down, but it didn't stop them. I hit Ono directly in the wrist with a juuken, but he was able to recover in a matter of seconds. I'm not sure if it was his armor or if his body just absorbed my strike."

"Hmm, that is interesting though it doesn't answer our initial question of who sent them." Tsunade pointed out.

"No, it doesn't but I trust our fine members of the T&I force." Hisaki commented.

Tsunade was about to agree when the hospital door slammed open.

"What the -?!"

Tsunade was knocked to the side by a pair of whirlwinds barging in the room. Naruto and Hiashi were by Hisaki's bedside and firing off worried question after question in a rapid pace. Poor Hisaki couldn't get in a word edge wise. She shot Tsunade an exasperated look which was returned by the annoyed Hokage.

"I'll take the blond one." Tsunade suggested. Hisaki nodded in agreement.

After a silent count to three, both women slugged their designated targets on the back of their heads. Both men collapsed onto the ground like marionettes severed from their strings.

"Owww!" Hiashi and Naruto groaned in pain.

Before Tsunade could interrogate the men, Kakashi appeared outside the hospital window. With another sigh, Tsunade opened the window to let the copy ninja in.

"Good day, Hokage-sama. I just wanted to inform you that Naruto ran off from practice today to see Hyuga-sama and Minato-chan," Kakashi replied.

"You're late as usual, Kakashi." Tsunade pointed towards to the two limp forms on the floor.

"So it seems…well the road of life is a harsh path to traverse," Kakashi said with his patented eye smile.

"Would you like to rest on the floor with your student, Kakashi? I'm in no mood for your quips," Tsunade replied tersely.

Kakashi held his hands up in surrender before walking over to the bedridden Hyuga, "I see Minato-chan is fine as well. I must say I was worried when I heard about the attack, but I am glad both of you are alright."

Minato looked up tiredly at Kakashi before letting loose a big yawn. Not surprising that the toddler was tired after such an eventful day. Kakashi patted the baby on the head gently before moving to help his fallen student up.

"Ugh, did anyone see the hammer that dropped on my head?" Naruto asked groggily.

"Welcome back to the land of consciousness, Naruto. If you had stayed more than a minute, you would have heard from me that Hyuga-sama and Minato-chan were alright," Kakashi chastised.

"I couldn't help it, sorry," Naruto muttered before looking towards his sleeping son.

"He's just napping," Hisaki whispered.

Naruto nodded his head before looking towards the elder Hyuga and asking, "What happened?"

Hisaki smiled softly. "Don't worry, young one. We're both fine and that's all that should matter."

Naruto was ready to protest, but Tsunade stepped in. "She's right, Naruto. I'm personally dealing with the situation. We already caught the two attackers. Ibiki and Anko are dealing with them."

Naruto furrowed his brows before sighing and nodding his head reluctantly. He jumped back when Hiashi spoke up from behind him.

"Are you alright Kaa-sama?" Hiashi asked

Hisaki rolled her eyes, "I swear I will hit the next person who asks me that question. I am fine. It's like none of you have seen an old person throw their hip out before…"

Somewhere in Iwagakure, an old gnome felt his hip be thrown out of place…again…

"It's not every day one of my messengers arrives frantically in my office to tell me my mother and grandson were attacked by missing-nin," Hiashi deadpanned.

"True…but they are no longer a threat." Hisaki pointed out for what felt like the hundredth time.

"Even if they aren't, I would like to understand how they managed get into our village so easily." Hiashi said with an accusing stare towards Tsunade.

"Actually, that's a good point. How did they get in, Kaa-san?" Naruto asked curiously.

Tsunade resisted the urge to smile when she heard Naruto refer to her as his mother. It wouldn't be appropriate right now. "Hisaki-san and I have discussed the possibilities of how the Axe Brothers were able to infiltrate the village. We surmised that they must have had some help from within the village…"

Naruto froze on the spot. "Those bastards…" he vaguely heard his own thoughts through the violent haze of rage.

Wasn't it enough that this village despised him? Wasn't it enough that they dishonored his father's wishes every day? His son was innocent! Minato-chan wasn't even old enough to walk yet and these monsters wanted to take his son's life?

Everyone's heads snapped towards Naruto as the room was filled with killing intent. Naruto was standing alone near the door with his head held down, yet he emitting a haze of red chakra around him.

"Naruto…" Tsunade whispered in concerned tone.

Naruto's head snapped up and Tsunade recoiled at the hurt and betrayal in his eyes, "Isn't it enough that they hate me? What could they have gained from hurting my son?! I've bled so much for this damn village and never complained about what these bastards said or have done to me, yet they want to take away my most precious person?! They've called me a monster since before I even knew what that word meant, but the real monsters are the ones staring them back in the mirror."

"Naruto, you need to calm down…" Hiashi said softly.

Naruto turned his burning gaze towards the clan head. Everyone could see the red chakra bleeding into his iris and his retina elongating into a slit. "How can I?! How can I just accept that the place I thought of as my home isn't safe to protect my son? How can I look at one of my comrades without that sliver of doubt that they'll stab me in back once I let my guard down? I tried to stay calm when Kakashi sensei said that Hisaki-sama and Minato-chan were attacked. I kept my mouth shut when you said you had it under control, Tsunade-kaa-san, but how the hell can you ask me to remain calm when the people who tried to killed my son were helped by the people I'm sworn to protect!?"

Everyone looked at each other uncomfortably before Kakashi decide to try to calm the angry jinchuuriki, "Naruto, you know you can trust everyone in this room as well as your friends. We care about you and I can give you my word that I will protect Minato-chan with my life."

Naruto looked down again and the pressure was starting to lessen in the room. Everyone let out a small sigh of relief until Naruto looked at Kakashi with a blank look.

"…Just like you promised to protect Rin for Obito…?" Naruto said dully.

Kakashi stepped back like he had been physically hit. Naruto regretted saying that to his sensei as soon as the words left his mouth, but it served to show how hollow their words rang in his ears.

"I need to get some air…" Naruto muttered before disappearing from the room before anyone could protest.

"Should we go after him?" Hiashi asked.

"I think we should give him some time to cool off…He's not thinking straight, but he still trusts us enough to leave Minato in our care…" Hisaki said gently as she stroked Minato's blond tufts.

Tsunade sighed in resignation but nodded her head. She didn't like it, but Naruto needed to be on his own right now.

Streets of Konoha

Naruto was walking aimlessly around the village after his conversation in the hospital. He didn't know how he felt right now, but whatever it was it wasn't a pleasant feeling. He could still feel the lingering rage welling up inside of him as well as the cold dagger of betrayal in his heart when he thought someone in his village set up the near murder of his son. He felt guilt over how he reacted in the hospital. He knew Kakashi, Tsunade, Hiashi, and Hisaki were just trying to calm him down, but he couldn't think straight in there. He felt cold thinking that he managed to hurt the people who were close to him with just a few words. The worst feeling was the confusion. He was always hyper and all over the place when he was younger, but now he was emotionally all over the scale. One minute he could be happy and content while the next he can be ready to rip someone's head off.

"I think Tsunade-kaa-san's medical book had a name for this…what was it called? Bipolar disorder?" Naruto thought vaguely before someone shouldered him hard.

Naruto looked up to see an older man glaring at him, "Watch where you're going, demon brat."

Normally, Naruto would have just shrugged and walked away, but that wouldn't be the case today, nor would it be it ever again. Naruto was done turning a blind eye to these people.

Naruto glared right back into the villager's eyes and sent just enough killing intent to cause the man's breath to hitch.

"Maybe you should be more careful who you bump into. They just might bump back," Naruto growled back.

The man took a step back after Naruto snarled at him. Naruto's elongated canine teeth were gleaming in the afternoon sun and it looked like they were begging to rend someone's flesh from their bone. He could see boy's whisker marks darkening and his became retina became foxlike slits.

"What the hell are you…?" the man asked fearfully.

"If you don't know what I am…then maybe you should tread lightly," Naruto said lowly as his face returned to normal. There was a dangerous gleam in his eyes as he continued to walk down the populated street, glaring at anyone who looked at him wrong.

Naruto wasn't sure for how long he was walking nor was he sure how many people he had scared off by glaring at them, but he was snapped out of his trance by someone placing their hand on his shoulder.

Naruto prepared to grab the person's arm and launch them over his shoulder, but he stopped when he caught the scent of the person. The person reeked of sweat and dog…Naruto wrinkled his nose before turning around to see Kiba Inuzuka grinning back at him.

"Yo Naruto! We've been calling you for like five minutes but you kept walking around like someone shoved a stick up your ass!" Kiba said loudly while gesturing to Shino and Hinata behind him.

Naruto's frown softened once he saw Hinata's concerned face staring at him. Her eyes shined with worry over his peculiar behavior and she silently asked if there was anything she could do to help. He slowly walked over to Hinata and wrapped her up into a tight hug. Hinata immediately wrapped her arms around Naruto's waist.

"What's wrong, love?" Hinata whispered as Naruto tightened his grip around her.

"They tried to kill him…Tsunade-kaa-san and Hisaki-baa-chan think someone inside the village hired these missing-nin to try to kill Minato-chan. Hisaki-baa-chan held them off until the ANBU arrived though," Naruto said hoarsely.

Kiba growled loudly after hearing that someone would be low enough to attack an innocent child like that. Shino showed no outward reaction, but everyone could hear the agitated buzzing from his swarms inside of him. Hinata went deathly still within Naruto's grasp and became deadly silent.

"Hinata-chan?" Naruto looked questioningly at his girlfriend, but she had her head down.

"They tried to hurt our baby?" Hinata said more as a statement rather than a question.

"Yes, they tried to…" Naruto answered with a grimace.

Naruto felt Hinata grip his sides almost painfully and his chest felt slightly wet where Hinata's head was laying on.

"They won't…" Hinata said in a low whisper that Naruto had to strain his ears to hear.

"They won't what, Hinata-chan?" Naruto asked as he gently tilted her head up to look at him.

Naruto looked up and felt a weird warm sensation run through him as Hinata's tear filled lavender eyes stared back into his cerulean. Her eyes were lit with fierce determination and anger that could only come from a scorned mother looking for payback.

"They won't touch a single hair on my child's head. I'll kill them before they get a chance. I don't care who or what they are," Hinata whispered harshly.

"Damn straight! No one harms an Inuzuka's pack, especially a defenseless pup!" Kiba growled out. Akamaru barked in confirmation.

"Those who prey on infants do not deserve mercy," Shino said simply though there was a hard edge in his tone.

Naruto didn't hear or see anyone else around him. The only person was the girl in his arms. He had known her for a while, but he had only recently gotten to know her beyond the person she let other people see. He could see the fire in her eyes and feel the steel in her spine as she looked directly into his eyes. This was the strong woman he knew was in her, but she rarely let show.

Naruto lowered his head before lightly pecking her lips, "We'll make sure of it, Hime. No one will lay a finger on our son…"

To her credit, only a pretty light shade of pink dusted Hinata's cheeks. She slowly eased herself back into Naruto's embrace as they both were filled with the resolve to protect their last remaining child.

"Kushi…Uzu…I promise Minato won't share that fate. I don't give a damn if I have to stare down the Shinigami himself," Naruto silently vowed to himself.

"So, what's the plan, Naruto?" Kiba asked suddenly.

"Plan?" Naruto repeated confusedly.

"These guys who tried to kill your pup, you said the Hokage thinks someone inside the village hired them. How you gonna smoke them out?" Kiba asked while flexing his claws.

Naruto released Hinata before sighing and running a hand through his hair, "I'm not sure where to start, honestly. Tsunade-kaa-san said not to get involved, but I don't think I can sit on the sidelines for this one. Whoever ordered this assassination made it personal and I don't care who tries to stop me. I aim to misbehave."

"We're going against the Hokage's orders? Nice! Let's be bad guys!" Kiba replied with a feral grin.

"We should consult with Shikamaru-san. He will be able to form a solid plan on what little information we actually have," Shino logically suggested.

"We better go; we're drawing a lot of attention already." Hinata said softly. It was true, the streets were starting to get more packed and people were throwing random glances at the group of young shinobi.

All four of them nodded and simultaneously jumped onto the roof before heading off towards the direction of the Nara Ranch.

T&I Department (Warning)

Ibiki Morino and Anko Mitarashi were two people nobody wanted to piss off. When the Hokage wanted information, those two could get it at whatever the costs. It didn't matter if their target would be scarred mentally for life or had a sudden and incurable case of ophidiophobia. Torture was considered a necessary evil in the shinobi lifestyle. Information was too valuable to let morals get in the way. Faulty information could easily get a whole squad killed while good information could save the numerous lives. It has always been a "means justify the ends" case concerning torturing for shinobi villages. What's the life of one spy compared to village security? While Konoha preferred not to physically scar their prisoners, it doesn't mean they're not willing to get their hands dirty.

Anko and Ibiki looked on impassively as two of their subordinates went to work on their latest victim. The first Chunin tipped over the victims chair while the other placed a rag over their victim's face. There was a short pause where the second Chunin said something to the bound victim. Obviously not liking the answer he got, the Chunin proceeded to pour a bucket full of water slowly over the rag on top of the victim's face. The victim thrashed against his restraints and the first Chunin had to hold down the man's legs before he inadvertently got kicked in the face. This process continued for another full minute before the second Chunin stopped pouring. The two Chunin repeated this process about 5 times before deciding to see if their captive would be more talkative. The first Chunin placed the bound man back upright in his chair and took the rag away to reveal the smiling face of Tounyuu, the younger axe brother.

Tounyuu's obnoxious laughter grated against Anko's and Ibiki's ears.

(Warning: Over)

"He's one tough son of a bitch; I'll give him that…" Anko said with a shrug.

"Tough or not, The Hokage wants names immediately. He and his brother went after her grandson and she's willing to overlook anything we do as long as we get their employer's name." Ibiki grunted.

"I guess the kiddy gloves are coming off. We get anything from the bigger one?" Anko asked as she looked at a separate interrogation room.

Ibiki shook his head, "Nothing useful. He shrugged off the electricity clamps like they were mosquito bites."

Anko rolled her eyes, "Of course he did! He's from Kumo they specialize in lighting shocks and all that bullshit. I doubt our machines can generate anything higher than a low B-rank Raiton jutsu. Have you tried anything else?"

Ibiki sighed before rubbing his forehead, "We've tried mental torture and blunt force trauma. He just shrugged them off. We tried having Inoichi get in their minds, but to no avail. The big one has iron clad mental defenses while the little shit over there is just a maze of chaos and disorder."

"So where do we go from here?" Anko asked.

"Inoichi said he could probably get past their mental blocks, but it could take months and I don't want to be the one to break that news to the Hokage. She's out for blood, not that I blame her."

Anko hummed in agreement, "Well I guess I'll go give a crack at it."

Anko silently crept into the room just as the disbelieving Chunin exited. Tounyuu was still laughing uncontrollably so he didn't notice the new torturer standing behind him.

"Was that all you pussy rubbing tree hugger got?! I thought this was supposed to be torture, not a shower! HAHAA" Tounyuu taunted while still laughing uncontrollably.

Anko rolled her eyes before grabbing a fistful of hair and slamming Tounyuu's head into the steel table in front of him.

"That shut him up." Anko thought with a smirk.

Tounyuu groaned in pain before looking around dazedly, "Never start with the head. The victim gets all fuzzy. He can't feel the next-"

Tounyuu was cut off by Anko slamming her foot directly into his nether regions.

There was an awkward pause as Tounyuu's brain tried processed which part of his body was assaulted, "See? Nothin…"

Anko rolled her eyes before sliding into the seat directly across from Tounyuu. Tounyuu shook his head one last time before looking over his new torturer.

"Well, well, well…look at this. How about we ditch this place and find a classier joint for a lady such as you. What do you say, sugar-tits?" Tounyuu leered.

"Yes, because you're all class, aren't you?" Anko replied sarcastically.

"That's me, Tounyuu, axe throwing mercenary by day, debonair gentleman by night. So what do you say? I give you the time of your life," Tounyuu replied with an obnoxious grin.

"Gentleman…right…" Anko said with a sarcastic smile.

Tounyuu raised an eyebrow as he watched her slowly walk over to him and mold her body on the side of his.

"I knew you'd see things my way," Tounyuu said cockily.

"I just wanted to sample the goods to see if you can back up your word," Anko said seductively as she trailed her hand slowly down his chest.

Tounyuu was about to reply when Anko's smirk turned into a full blown sadistic smile. Her hand shot down towards Tounyuu's crotch and she squeezed with rock shattering force.

Tounyuu howled in pain until Anko released his damaged goods. Anko stood there for second before taking a napkin out and wiping her hand clean.

"I knew you were all talk. That twinkie is smaller than my damn index finger," Anko taunted.

Tounyuu growled at her. "It ain't big but it gets the job done. Damn baby, you like to play rough."

"We haven't even got started yet," Anko said cheerfully before summoning some of her pet snakes.

Anko commanded her snakes to constrict Tounyuu and occasionally bite him when she felt like he was being too uppity.

"Ugh, snakes," Tounyuu complained as another snake bit into his shoulder.

"What's wrong with my pets? I think they're adorable, and I always like company when I'm chatting with my latest torture-buddy," Anko replied with childlike giddiness.

"Torture-buddy? Well that's a start…" Tounyuu winced when a different snake bit his thigh.

"Oh wait till the venom starts kicking in. That's when the real fun begins.

"Venom?" Tounyouu asked before he felt a burning sensation coming from his shoulder. He looked at his shoulder just to see a red rash where one of Anko's snakes bit him. He watched in fascination as the rash became a boil that kept getting larger as it filled with fluids until it painfully popped.

"GAAAAAH, WELL…that's…original," Tounyuu panted out.

I wonder what'll happen when you're not so long Johnson gets bitten there?" Anko asked innocently.

"Well let's not do that, and say we found out," Tounyuu said with a half-smile half-grimace

"Well maybe if you tell me something I want to know, your little wood chipper will be A-Okay?" Anko said casually.

Tounyuu stared blankly at her before saying, "Name's Tounyuu. I like polishing my axe and long walks down the beach. I also love reminding women of their place in the world."

"Oh and where is that?" Anko asked with a raised eyebrow.

"…Beneath my boot." Tounyuu smiled sadistically.

"Oh, we have a misogynist among us folks! Kami must be very pleased with me today for giving me this treat." Anko smiled wildly before ordering another venomous snake to bite Tounyuu on the hip.

Tounyuu screamed in pain as the boil exploded. Slowly though his pain filled cries started to turn into manic laughter. Anko raised an eyebrow at the weird shift of emotions but chose to remain silent.

"Is this the best you've got?" Tounyuu said between chuckles.

"You're not quite right in the head, aren't you?" Anko commented off-handedly.

"What it considered right now a day? We got kids being trained to be killers and leaders so full of shit they would make top of the line septic tanks. If I told you, a fresh genin squad died during their first C-rank mission, no one blinks an eye. But if I try to kill one measly baby, everyone loses their mind! Come the fuck on! Shit like this happens every day! It's a dog eat dog world, but I'm being persecuted because I actually enjoy my job. I'm not crazy; I'm just ahead of the curve," Tounyuu said with a psychotic grin.

"The difference is between a psychotic killer such as you, and a real shinobi is that we know where the line is and when not to cross. I get the feeling you enjoying crossing that line," Anko commented.

Tounyuu bobbed his up like a child before saying, "…Oh I do. I love crossing what's considered moral by society and throwing it back in their faces. Also I'm getting a little tired of your holier-than-thou attitude miss I'm-gonna-blow-your-cock-up-with-snake-venom. It must be nice to sit atop your lonely little hill and yell about morality while you yourself are torturing me within an inch of my life."

Anko waved her hand dismissively. "You call it torture, but I call a nice relaxing Sunday afternoon."

Tounyuu gave out a sharp bark of laughter. "That's the problem with all you shitheads. You believe torture is this "necessary" thing. You need to do this so you can get whatever precious info is locked in my cracked pot, but we both this isn't the case."

"Oh and what is the real reason behind it?" Anko asked curiously.

"All this shit, is for you. You like hurting people. You get off on this. Torture is for the torturer. You can lie to yourself all you want, but let me ask you this. How often do you get useful information from a beaten and broken fucker who just wants the pain to stop?"

"Well, when you put it that way, yeah, torturing is useless, but you're missing one point." Anko said as he called back her snakes back.

"Oh and what's that?" Tounyuu asked.

"Any sadist can be a torturer, but Ibiki and I know when to stop and start again later. You're going to talk; it's only a matter of time," Anko said with a sadistic grin before she sashayed out the room.

"That's not gonna happen sugar-tits! Don't worry though; I look forward to more sessions with you. Hopefully there will be fewer ball crushings next time!" Tounyuu joked before Anko slammed the door.

Anko took a deep breath before turning to her colleague, "Saddle up, Ibiki. We're in this for the long haul…"

Ibiki shook his slowly, "I was afraid you were gonna say that…"

3 Months Later – Land of Lightning

The beautiful courtesan slowly trailed her hand across the older man's red haori. "Is this business or pleasure."

The man gently grasped the woman's hand before sliding it away from him, "Business."

The woman huffed gently, "This is a first, Jiraiya-kun. Usually you prefer my company."

Jiraiya of the Sannin said in exasperation before looking over the woman in front of him. She was looker with her brown soft curls and doe like eyes. She had supple curves in all the right places and her smile was enough to fuel more than a few erotic chapters for his novels. It would be so easy to give in, but Jiraiya made a promise that he wouldn't stop until he found what he came for. Ever since he left Naruto in the village, he couldn't stop thinking about how his cavalier behavior was what put Naruto in such a bind now.

The boy wasn't the same and he was more emotionally lost than he was before. Every time he would be waved over by a pretty little thing, his heart would seize up and his brain would replay Naruto desperately trying to claw through the wreckage of that vile base so he could see his last two children one more time.

Jiraiya would wake up in the middle of the night just to get away from the accusing stares that plagued his dreams. He hadn't been able to be with a woman ever since. His research had been put on hold and his publicist had been given his note of hiatus concerning his novels. Of course there was an outcry of shock followed by pleading, but Jiraiya didn't care.

He had the itching feeling in the back of his mind that something wasn't quite right about what happened at that base. He had gone directly there and found…nothing…no cave in, no dead bodies, not even any research notes. This screamed "clean up job" in his mind and he was going to get the bottom of this which is why he ended up in his favorite brothel in Lightning Country.

"I'm sorry Kasumi, but I need to see your mistress," Jiraiya said seriously.

The Courtesan known as Kasumi huffed again but motion for Jiraiya to follow her. They both walked silently while Jiraiya ignored the looks being sent his way.

"This must be quite serious for you. You haven't even glanced at another woman here. It's quite a shock to see this behavior from the self-proclaimed super pervert." Kasumi commented idly.

"Nothing else matters at the moment, my dear," Jiraiya said without missing a beat.

Kasumi nodded before opening a sliding door for Jiraiya. Jiraiya nodded his head in gratitude before crossing the threshold. Sitting before him sat a woman in her mid-forties. She had black hair with streaks of silver here and there. Her eyes were a deep shade of brown that bordered black and seemed to be appraising him with suspicion.

"Jiraiya," the mistress of the brothel greeted shortly.

"Akira," the old sage greeted back in the same tone.

"So what do I owe the pleasure of you being in my office again? Were you harassing one of my girls again?" Akira asked with steel in her tone.

"First of all, we both agreed that day was a big misunderstanding. I had too much to drink and you're new girl was a liar and a thief. Secondly, I'm here for information about-" Jiraiya was cut off by Akira.

"About a hidden lab that was destroyed nearly a year ago…" Akira finished for him

Jiraiya frowned, but didn't seem surprised. "You're well informed…"

"It's my job; pleasuring rich pigs can only get you so far," Akira said with a smirk. It was a well-known fact that brothel houses were a gold mine of information if you knew where to look and who to ask. Jiraiya had based most of his spy network around brothel houses and such.

"I need to know whatever you know about that base," Jiraiya said seriously.

"What's in it for me?" Akira asked with a teasing smirk.

Jiraiya just grunted before tossing a large money pouch towards Akira. The Head Mistress caught it with easy before looking inside the bag.

"It's double you're usual rate," Jiraiya said simply.

"This must be quite important to you if you're not wasting our time with your nonsensical haggling," Akira said with a slight smile.

"It is, now tell me what you know," Jiraiya said shortly. It seemed like he was running out of patience.

Akira stood up before sighing. "I don't have anything about that base." She held up her hand to stop Jiraiya's protest. "I do know someone who can help you. I can arrange for him to meet you on neutral ground in two days. He'll have what you're searching for."

Jiraiya looked at the location Akira circled on a map she had just given to him. "How do I know I can trust this?"

"I trust this person and if you didn't trust me, you wouldn't have come here for information." Akira smiled serenely.

Jiraiya nodded his head and was about to leave when Akira gently grasped his shoulder. "You should go get a massage. You're so tense."

Jiraiya shrugged her hand off his shoulder, "I'm fine, thanks. Make sure you're contact is there when he says he will be."

Akira watched his retreating form before she let out a small sigh. She sat back down and wrote a small letter to her contact.

"The Toad is in the swamp and wants to see how the hornet lives during the new moon."

Two days had gone in a blink of an eye for Jiraiya. Now he waited patiently in a small border village that sat between Fire and Lightning Country. Every now and then he would look over the people passing him by, but he wouldn't look long enough to draw attention to himself. A dark skinned boy who couldn't have been older than Naruto sat next to him. He had white shaggy hair and a lollipop in his mouth. Jiraiya looked him over and noticed that despite his civilian clothing, he held the posture of a ninja waiting to act.

"The crow caws at midnight…" the boy said casually.

Jiraiya groaned. It was going to be the last time he let Akira choose the pass phrases, "…And the cat sours the basil."

The boy nodded before gesturing towards the forest bordering the village. Jiraiya looked at him wearily before nodding slowly and following the boy into the forest. They walked in silence until they came to a new clearing with a larger dark skinned man leaned casually on a tree.

"Are you Akira's contact?" Jiraiya asked while his hand rested on his kunai pouch.

The man saw Jiraiya's hand rest casually on his weapon pouch and held his hands up to placate the Sannin. "No need to be alarmed, I ain't armed. Miss Akira told a little birdie to meet a toad, but I didn't know I'd be meeting a Sannin down the road. Name's Killer Bee, when fools see me they flee, cuz I'm the eight tails jinchuriki."

Jiraiya looked at the strange man before turning towards the boy who escorted him. "Is he always like that?"

The boy just shrugged his shoulders. "You get used to sensei's weird tendencies."

"Right…Killer Bee was it, if you hold the eight-tails that means you guys are from Kumogakure," Jiraiya stated.

"You got it one, Kumogakure is where I'm from. Now let's talk about why we're here and make some matters clear," Bee rapped out.

Jiraiya nodded his head, "I'm here about any information you could tell me about that base that was destroyed about a year ago."

"Before I say anything, I need to know why you want this information," Bee said without rapping.

Jiraiya got the feeling that Bee only stopped rapping when he became serious, "That base ran experiments on my student. They…hurt him badly."

"So you seeking retribution? I gotta tell you that aint the solution," Bee replied.

"No, I'm not looking for payback," Jiraiya said with a shake of his head. "On the day that I found my student; we lost something during our escape."

"Can you be more specific? That would be terrific," Bee said as he crossed his arms.

"I don't know why I should tell you. From what Naruto told me, he said there were Kumo-nins all over that lab that was holding him. Honestly, I don't have any reason to trust you."

"Alright man, I hear you. I'll give you proof. I gotta warn you that you might fall on your ass with a great oomph!" Bee said before tiring his head in a different direction.

"Samui, bring out Red and Blue, they gots some explainin to do," Bee finished in a joking manner as Omoi groaned.

Jiraiya turned his head and froze on the spot. He watched in what felt like slow motion as a busty blonde woman walked into the clearing. His eyes gravitated towards her robust chest, but not for the reason would come to expect from Jiraiya, the legendary pervert. Within the young woman's arms were two babies that Jiraiya only caught a glimpse of a year back, but their faces were forever etched into his mind. The blue hair baby kept fidgeting within Samui's grasp. He was just like Naruto had said; the boy was a little bundle of energy. Jiraiya turned his gave to the red head little girl her hair was now reaching her shoulders and she still had the tendency to pull on blonde hair as she had a few of Samui's blonde locks wrapped around her pudgy fingers. The main give away for her heritage though was her whisker marks etched on each of her cheeks…

Jiraiya felt his knees give out on him as he continued to stare at the two babies who were playing with their current caretaker without a concern for the world. Jiraiya felt his hands reach out for them even though he was across the clearing as he whispered their names,


Chapter End

A/N I can't express how sorry I am for taking so long with this chapter. I went through so many drafts and rewrites and bouts of just losing interest in Naruto in general. I can't really say I've found my muse again, but I'm really trying and I apologize in advance if I disappear again though with the cliffhanger I just left it on, people might riot if I fade away for another ½ year…

Please leave a review, right Minato! Minato…? *Finds note* "You are not allowed to use Minato to shamelessly garner reviews anymore after putting him through so much and then abandoning him for so long – Hinata & Naruto"

But…but…I created him!