Rikudō Sennin vs. Avatar
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But I do own any jutsu, weapons, etc. with the exception of those which I create.
This is my (admittedly but fashionably late) christmas present to all my readers. I know you've all been waiting for it so here it is Rikudō Sennin vs. Avatar Chapter 4
Hope you all are having a great Christmas.
Normal Speech: "Naruto"
Thoughts: 'Then I will break that curse. If there's such thing as peace, I will find it. I won't give up!'
Important Speech: "Then I will break that curse. If there's such thing as peace, I will find it. I won't give up."
Jutsu Names: "'Katon: Gōryūka no Jutsu!"
Biju and Summon Speech: "Now then... Who do you want to kill...?"
Chapter 4 :The Sennin, The Earthbender and the Bounty Hunter
After a few minutes of searching Naruto and Ty Lee had finally found the way out of the library. Ty Lee pointed toward the window where Naruto and Team Azula had entered and smiled brightly toward Naruto.
"See? I found it Naruto."
Naruto smiled at Ty Lee's bubbly enthusiasm.
"Good job Ty Lee."
The former Acrobat blushed slightly at the smile Naruto was giving her. She shook it off before turning around toward the library's enterance with a thoughtful expression.
"Now the tricky part is finding a way of getting us up there and-..."
Before Ty Lee could finish her sentence, Naruto picked her up and held her bridal style in his arms.
"Eeeeek! Naruto! What are you-!"
Then Naruto leapt into the air towards the window, keeping Ty Lee from finishing her question as she squealed in suprise at Naruto's actions. Despite seeing him perform these feats numerous times before, it was still amazing to see it up close. Ty Lee may have been a very athletic and a skilled acrobat, but Naruto's abilities made her moves look like an amateur's.
The duo landed gently on the window sill, taking in the sight of the desert outside. Naruto set Ty Lee down next to him knowing full well she would be able to keep her balance. Then they heard several familiar voices arguing from below their temporary perch.
Naruto and Ty Lee looked down to see the Avatar arguing with Toph. The 113 year-old from what they could tell was blaming the Earthbender for the loss of his flying bison.
"Just admit it Toph! You let those Sandbenders take Appa away on purpose!"
At these words the Earthbender's expression went from sad to pissed off.
"How many times do I have to tell you Twinkle Toes! I didn't let them take Appa away! I was knocked out when I fought that Naruto guy and his giant pet snake!"
"Now I know your lying! Because I was fighting Naruto inside the library and there's no way he could be in two places at once!
As he was saying all this Aang tried to get in Toph's face, but she shoved him back and caused the Airbender to fall on his ass due to the fact that she was physically stronger than him, not to mention a few feet taller.
"First of all, little boy...get my face like that again I'll bury you neck deep in sand and let the desert ants feast on your thick bald head. Second of all, I'M BLIND IN CASE YOU HAVEN"T NOTICED!"
She waved her hand in front of her face.
"What part of that don't you not get numbskull?"
Aang scowled and got back up.
"You know what Toph? Ever since you joined us, you've been nothing but trouble! You're always making rude comments, complaining, and being pushy! You may be the self-proclaimed Greatest Earthbender in the world. But you couldn't even be a proper look out for us when we needed you the most! Why don't you just go home!"
Katara's and Sokka's eyes, along with Ty Lee's widened at Aang's triade while Naruto's eyes just narrowed at the monk's behavior. Katara, seeing Aang's treatment of Toph tried to chastise the Airbender.
"Aang! That was uncalled for!"
Toph remained silent, her fists clenched to the point where her knuckles popped and her palms began to bleed from her nails digging into them. The ground around Toph began shaking violently, startling the others. Toph let out a terrifying roar-like scream before she struck Aang in the chest with a sand blast that sent him flying past Sokka and Momo where he hit the soft sand hard.
Moments later Aang slowly stood and groaned in pain as Toph trembled in anger.
"Fine Asshole! If you don't want me around than go! Good luck finding another teacher like me! Because I'm no longer your Sifu!"
Toph stomped over to the pillar and sat down. She hugged her legs to her body as she buried her face in her knees. Katara tried to approach her but Toph held a hand up.
As she said this, Naruto and Ty Lee watched an angry Aang morph his staff into a glider and left his three comrades to fend for themselves while he went to find Appa's trail. Naruto's blue eyes grew cold at Aang's behaivor toward his friends. It reminded him of how the citizens of Konoha used to blame him for the loss of their loved ones when he too lost his family in the attack before he finally changed their minds. At that moment, Naruto was tempted to go after Aang, then beat him within an inch of his life for abandoning his comrades.
When Ty Lee saw Naruto's expression, she reached out and put her hand in his. Naruto turned and saw a look of concern and worry on her face. Seeing he was worrying Ty Lee, Naruto managed to calm his thoughts before giving her hand a gentle squeeze to assured the acrobatic warrior.
"It's okay Ty-Chan...I'm fine."
Ty Lee's face brightened up at those words before looking back toward Team Avatar, only to see the Waterbender and Warrior leave Toph to go chase after Aang. Naruto frowned and turned toward Ty Lee.
"Ty-Chan go on back to Azula-hime and Mai-chan. I'll be back shortly. Tell Azula that I have some buisness to take care of that requires a...unique touch."
Ty Lee blinked a few times before she nodded and went back to meet up with Azula and Mai. Naruto turned to look back toward the ground before he used the Hiyo no Jutsu to float down from the tower before gently landing a few feet from the blind Earthbender. He then leaned against the tower with his hands in his pockets.
"That boy really needs to learn how to control his emotions...And to think he is suppose to be a Master of the Elements."
Toph to instantly jumped to her feet and got into a fighting stance. Naruto on the other hand stayed in his position completely unfazed by her reaction.
"Relax my beautiful Earthbender...I didn't come here to fight."
Toph ignored his claim as she sent a wave of sand at him. Naruto sighed as he made a small hand gesture, stopping the sand in its tracks and dispersing it.
"Too bad! Cause I feel like fighting right now!"
She stomped her foot into the ground, causing a large orb of sand to form in front of her. Toph then went through a few hand motions and the orb morphed into a long pike before separating into several smaller ones. The Earthbender, in her rage, released the deadly projectiles toward Naruto, aiming for the shinobi's chest. Naruto simply closed his eyes before lifting his hand in front of him.
The pikes burst into a cloud of sand instantly, unable to stand up to the power of the technique. Toph, 'seeing' through her seimic sense that he was unharmed, let loose a scream that spoke more of sadness than it did rage.
"Because of you and those Fire Nation girls, I've lost the only friends I ever had. Now I have to go back to that prison that use to be my home!"
As she said this, a stream of tears fell from Toph's face as the memories of her life before traveling with Team Avatar came back to the surface.
The upset Toph created a sand whip and whipped it toward Naruto. However, due to his speed and her state of mind, Naruto was easily able to evade her attacks. He frowned as he noticed that Toph was moving slower than she did during their eariler fight, meaning she was probably still recovering from their last duel.
He suddenly vanished, suprising Toph before he reappeared with a kunai pressed against her throat. The blind Earthbender froze as she felt the cold steel against her neck. What she heard next chilled her to the bone.
"If I had wanted to kill you, Toph Bei Fong, I would have done it already."
The chill that went down her spine at the harshness in his voice grew as she realized the truth of his words. She lowered her arms in surrender and released her hold on her sand whip.
Naruto removed the kunai from her throat and stepped back a few feet.
"Good...Now tell me, why you refer to your home as a prison? Why are you so reluctant to return there?"
He already knew the anwser because of his prior access to Team Avatar's minds but he wanted to hear it from her. Keeping what her parents had done to her inside wasn't good for her health. He had experienced this type of thing before when he was young through the Konoha elders Homora and Utatane, though admittedly for different reasons.
It was something they both had in common. Both been caged from a young age, as people had tried to keep them from doing what they wanted in life. Toph's parents had wanted to control her because of her blindness and refused to let her travel and Earthbend. The elders had wanted to control Naruto, because they felt he wasn't good enough to control the Kyubi or be a Shinobi, so they tried to keep him inside the village in order to prevent others from stealing their 'weapon'.
Toph turned toward him, tears still streaming down her face no matter how much she tried to stop them.
"Simple, my parents believed that since I was born blind that I would grow up weak and fragile, so they had me guarded everyday and didn't allow me to even set one foot outside the house. They cared more about their reputation as a rich and noble family than they did me and shut me off from the outside world and I hated it. They even planned on marrying me off to some rich, spoiled nobleman and I would have died before I let that happen.
Toph scowled at the memory as she wiped her tears away. Over the next few minutes she suprised herself by telling Naruto how she went under the name Blind Bandit in the Earth Rumble, as well as how she met Aang, Katara, Sokka, Appa, and Momo. Toph didn't know why she was telling him all this, but she somehow felt she could trust this mysterious guy that seemed to appear from out of nowhere. Naruto listened attentively to the story as she told it from her point of view.
"So you're of noble blood? I never would've guessed with your tomboyish attitude and your attire. Though my mother was the same when I learned about her and my father."
Toph did a double-take.
"You're of noble blood too? Wait... what nation are you from? I've never 'seen' anyone like you in before."
"Actually, I'm not from any of the Four Nations. I come from a world similar to the Four Nations, but we have Five Great Nations with a several smaller countries and the people there are able to use more than the one element with training. Most of us are trained to be shinobi, which I guess are the equivalent to Benders. However, some train to be Samurai, warriors who can use the same energy we shinobi use but to a lesser extent. The rest are like the warriors and ordinary citizens who try to live life as best they can."
Toph paused and 'looked' at him for as she blinked at the information she had just recieved.
"You're not lying. I can tell when a person lies due to how irregular their heartbeat gets and when certain muscles tense up. I'm practically a living lie detector."
Naruto smiled, sensing the blind beauty was coming out of her depression.
"Interesting...Though what I really wish to know is this..."
Naruto gazed at her as she gave him a puzzled expression.
"Toph in what do you plan on doing after the war is over and peace comes? Will you return to that prison you call a home?"
Toph flinched and shook her head violently.
"No! I'll never go back to that place! Never! I won't be a prisoner in that hellhole ever again!" She answered.
""Well it is not like you can stay with your friends forever Toph."
Naruto walked towards Toph, who looked a bit depressed knowing his words were true.
"Once your journey ends, where do you plan to go from there? What do you plan on doing in the future?"
"Nothing, because in time, you and your friends will be forced to walk your separate paths in life."
Naruto knew she didn't have an answer as he had walked down that path before.
"You will be alone in this world with no one to guide you. Once peace is assured and you all go your separate ways, you will no longer have any friends. As you grow older, your skills as an Earthbender will leave your body and you'll have no one to carry on your legacy. The title you worked so hard to achieve, 'The World's Greatest Earthbender', will be nothing but a memory until the people eventually forget about you and your accomplishments."
Naruto saw fresh tears begining to fall down Toph's beautiful face as the young woman realized that he was right. She would once again be all alone in this world with no friends or real family. Naruto reached out and wiped the tears from her eyes, surprising the blind beauty with his actions.
"Toph, I would like to make you an offer."
Toph looked up with her light green-grey eyes and sniffed before putting on a strong front.
"What If offered you a life where you can prove to the world that you truly are the greatest Earthbender this world has every seen? If you don't mind, I would like you to join me. I can show you things that you never thought possible and the adventure will never seem to end. I can take you to places that you only dreamed of going to. But most of all, I can give you a gift that no other can. A very precious gift."
Toph's brow rose in interest.
"And what gift is that?"
Naruto smiled as his hand moved and caressed her cheek. Toph blushed at the contact, no one had ever touched her with such affection before.
Toph's eyes widened. If she took him up on his offer, she could finally have a chance to see what the world look like. It was an old dream of hers to actually be able see colors, people, and other things that existed around her instead of just feeling it with her hands and feet. However, Toph wasn't stupid and knew there had to be a catch with what he was offering her. She pulled away from him slightly.
"Let's say I believe what you say is true. That you could give me back my sight. What I want to know is what you want in return for such a gift. So what's the catch?"
"There's no catch Toph, except for the pleasure of your company, which is all I ask really."
Toph was shocked as well as confused as she registered through her senses that he wasn't lying. Naruto simply smiled as he approached her and brushed his hand across her cheek.
"You don't need to answer right now...Take your time and think hard about what you really want. No matter what happens the offer is always open to you."
Naruto then kissed her forehead making the Earthbender blush from the sensation. No one knew it, but due to Toph's enhanced senses she had a very sensitive sense of touch, which heightened the experiences of pleasure she got from Naruto's affectionate gestures.
She 'looked' up toward his face.
"I would like to give you something if you don't mind."
He moved his hand from her cheek to her shoulder, somthing that secretly dissappointed her as she was robbed of the sensations she had been recieving. Then she felt something strange as it felt like something crawled across her forearm. The feeling stopped as soon as it came as Naruto removed his hand revealing a tattoo like seal on Toph's left shoulder. Toph gave him a questioning look.
"What did you do? It felt a little weird"
Naruto chuckled. Toph looked rather cute when she was confused.
"I placed a seal on you that will allow me to teleport to its location instantly. If you ever get into any trouble or just want to talk then just focus a speak my name, though I would suggest you get away from your 'friends' when you do. If they ask about it just say its a tattoo."
Toph grinned a little at the mention of the tattoo. She thought about getting one once to spite her parents but never went through with it. Naruto smiled as he sensed her mood and stepped back a little before pulling out a pouch full of water and placing it in her hands. He then started walking away toward
"That'll keep you hydrated out in the desert. I'll see be seeing you again soon Toph, don't forget about my offer. Remember the name Uzumaki Naruto, but you can call me Naruto for short. Ja ne."
Naruto then vanished in a flash of golden light leaving Toph to her thoughts.
(Timeskip: One Month Later)
Earth Kingdom Forest
It had been a month since Naruto and Team Azula's trip into the Shi Wong Desert. After they had returned to the Azula's entourage they spent a while chasing the Avatar, Zuko, and Iroh. Ty Lee was currently arguing with Azula about taking a break. Naruto was resting on a tree branch chuckling at the sight of Azula shooting blue fire out of her nostrils because of Ty Lee's whining. It reminded him of how dragons behaved when they got mad.
"Come on Azula! We've been tracking the Avatar's group for weeks and Mai and I are tired. Can't we just take a week off hunting them and relax? Pretty Please?"
She then utilized the greatest weapon known to women. The infamous Puppy-Eyes no Jutsu. However, Azula was having none of that.
"For the 20th time Ty Lee! No! We have to stay on their trail while we search for Zuzu and Uncle."
"But Azula! I'm dirty, I haven't eaten anything decent for awhile, and my braid is all frizzled up."
Ty Lee showed her friend her braided ponytail. Azula was ready to zap Ty Lee with her lightningbending, until Mai walked toward them to keep Azula from murdering their hyperactive friend.
"What's the big deal about taking sometime off? Naruto can track the Avatar anytime he pleases. Besides I think some rest would do us all some good, especially you Azula. Your our leader and you need to be in top form when we finally catch up to them. You tiring yourself out isn't going to do us any good in the long run.
Mai then turned toward Ty Lee and began inspecting the girl's ruined braid. Azula frowned and was about to refute Mai's observations until Naruto appeared behind her.
Azula jumped back in surprise but then glared as she realized it was just Naruto.
"How many times do I have to tell you not to do that?"
Naruto gave her an innocent look and tilted his head to the side.
A vein throbbed from her head and puffs of smoke escaped her nostrils as folded her arms, causing Mai and Ty Lee to giggle.
"I swear one of these days I'm gonna find a way to get you back for this."
"I Love you too Hime."
Azula blushed slightly at the comment before Naruto gave his opinion on the situation.
"Now Hime I think we all deserve a little break. Like Mai-chan said, I can find Arrowhead at anytime I want, so let's take this time to relax a little."
The Fire princess began to think about it. She valued Naruto's opinion highly, knowing that he was skilled in tracking down tragets from experience. Naruto, knowing she was on the fence, decided to go in for the kill. He walked up behind her and placed his arms around her neck. Mai and Ty Lee knew what he was doing and hid their smiles.
"Come on Azula-hime, you need to learn to relax and take some time off. Plus, I can feel how stiff your shoulder and neck muscles are. When was the last time you had a massage or relaxed at a hot spring?"
Azula knew what he was doing and it was working. Though now that she thought about it, Azula realized just how exhasted she was from the traveling and tracking. It was then that she conceeded that really needed a break. She sighed and gave him a reluctant smile.
"Alright Naruto, you win. We'll take a break for a few days."
Naruto grinned toward the other girls, who smiled knowing that when Naruto got involved, Azula would seldomly deny his requests. He placed a kiss on her neck, causing her to blush and the others to become slightly peeved that they didn't get one. He let go of her as he pointed toward something nearby.
"Great! I saw a large lake not far from here where we can relax for a couple of days."
Ty Lee raised her hand and waved her arm toward Azula's royal entourage.
"Um Naruto? What about the rest of the entourage? We can't just leave them in the middle of the forest."
"Leave that to me. Azula, I need you to tell them were going to take a break for a few days and not to move until they recieve further orders or are attacked by Earth Kingdom soldiers."
Azula nodded and informed the captian of the guard to inform the rest of the camp of their new orders. The relief in his voice was evident, as they could tell he and the rest of Azula's entourage were as tired as Team Azula was. After the orders were fully circulated around the camp, Naruto and the girls walked away about 50 meters from the camp before he pulled out a scroll that had a blueprint of the camp and some of the surrounding forest. Naruto had made the map using the info from his Kage Bunshin's, who he usually sent ahead of them to scout out enemies and the Avatar.
Naruto smirked at the girls puzzled expressions. "You asked how we could protect Azula's entourage Ty Lee? Well I'm about to show you." Naruto's hands blurred as he performed over 30 handseals in less than the same amount of seconds.
"Kekkaimon Gofūjutsu: Hachimon Heijō!"
The scroll glowed as the ground started to rumble. Suddenly, a few feet away a giant gate with a strange bird on top of it emerged from the ground. From there vantage point, they saw four more gates appear around the area. Then a massive barrier formed a dome around the area within the gates, making the girls eyes to widen in shock. Azula was the first to recover.
"Naruto what just happened? And what is that dome around the camp."
Naruto chuckled as he noted their bewilderment.
"Don't worry, Its just a barrier to protect the camp from being attacked. The second anything makes contact with it, they'll wish they hadn't."
He picked up fallen tree branch that was nearby and tossed it toward the barrier. The moment it struck the barrier, the branch burst into flame and was instandly turned into a pile of smoking ash from the intense heat. The girls cringed at the sight. None of them wanted to go near it anytime soon. Naruto turned toward them.
"See what I mean?"
The girls nodded their heads, still a little confused and a slightly afraid. Naruto noticed this and decided to take pity on them.
"It's another form of 'bending' only I can use."
Ty Lee recovered quicker than her friends and smiled brightly at Naruto.
"Oh! That awsome. Do you think we can test out the barrier on Mai?"
Mai's eye twitched as she pulled out one of her knives and was about to throw it but she paused when she noticed that her knife was missing. Mai blinked in confusion as looked around for her knife, only to see Naruto grinning and twirling the blade in his hand. Mai and the rest were shocked to say the least.
"Naruto what did you just do?"
"Oh nothing just another of my 'bending' forms. Now Mai-chan you can't go around filleting your friends just for joking around with you. It isn't nice."
He wagged his finger in a scolding matter as he said those words. The knife fighter folded her arms over her chest and huffed.
Azula covered up a giggle she had with her hand before she realized something.
"Umm Naruto? What are me and the girls suppose to wear when we relaxing at the lake? Our spare clothes are at camp."
Naruto paused and looked at the girls. Silence filled the area for awhile until he rubbed the back of his head.
"Oops. I forgot about that. Sorry."
Naruto then pulled out a bunch of seal tags and handed three of them to Team Azula.
"These tags will allow you to pass through the barrier unharmed. So don't lose them. I already gave some to the captian to give to the members of the camp and warned him of the dangers should anyone try to leave the camp boundries without the tags."
Azula smirked as placed her arms on her hips.
"Looks like even the genius can make a simple mistake."
Naruto playfully glared at her.
"You do realize I can take those seals back and you three would have to swim in your underwear right?"
An evil smile appeared on his face when their faces glowed red.
"You wouldn't want to have to do that in front of me would you princess?"
Azula gave Naruto a glare that usually sent Admirals and Generals running away from her in fear. However, Naruto just crossed his arms and smirked triumphantly at her. Azula, seeing that her infamous death glare wasn't working, turned around and stormed off to get her spare clothes from the camp.
"You may have won the battle Naruto, but the war is far from over!"
He looked at Mai and Ty Lee and gave them a victory sign with his fingers as he grinned.
Mai shook her head at his antics.
"She is going kill you one of these days, you know that right?"
A small smile formed on Mai lips as Naruto grin became sly.
"No she won't. Azula loves me, but doesn't like to show it in front of others."
Mai rolled her eyes at him before heading after Azula with Ty Lee following behind her.
"Fine it's your funeral. When she zaps you with a bolt of lightning don't come crying to me."
Naruto's grin never faded until he felt a nudge in the back of his mind before a deep, powerful voice rumbled in his head.
"Those women of yours are interesting young sage."
Naruto's eyes widened when he heard the voice of the mightest demon in Shinobi history, the Jūbi.
"So you're finally awake? How does it feel to be whole once more?"
The great beast yawned and shook the drowsiness out of its head.
"It feels good. I haven't felt anything like this before. I'm finally free of hate that gave me life."
Naruto raised an eyebrow.
"Don't worry young sage, everything will be explained in due time, but for now I must rest."
The beast then drifted back off to sleep, leaving Naruto to ponder what had just transpired.
After getting their things from camp, Team Azula had layed out some red colored towels and beach umbrella's shaded their bodies from the sun. Azula and Mai were lying on their backs with their hands behind their heads. Ty Lee was lying on her stomach with her head resting on her arms.
While she was busy relaxing, the acrobat didn't notice a large orb of water making its way towards her. Azula had heard water sloshing and opened her eyes to see what Naruto was up to. The young sage was wearing a loose sleaveless black shirt and black shorts. Naruto was making a handseal as the water orb got closer and closer until it hovered over Ty Lee's head. The fire princess smirked and nudged Mai's side. The knife fighter opened her eyes and looked over to Azula who pointed toward Ty Lee. Mai then noticed what Naruto was doing and giggled quietly.
"Oh, this is gonna be good."
Azula closed her eyes as she let out a sigh.
Naruto snickered as he kept the water ball steady.
"Rise and shine, Ty-chan!"
It was then he lowered his handseal and released his hold on the orb.
The water orb dropped and soaked Ty Lee's body causing her to jump.
Ty Lee rubbed her body with her arms frantically in order to get the freezing water off. Mai snickered as a small grin graced Azula's face.
The drenched acrobat then noticed Naruto as he laughed at her. Ty Lee's cheeks puffed out in anger as she marched towards him. The bubbly girl tried to give him her best death glare. But this only made her look cuter to the young sage.
"What was that for, huh?"
Naruto lightly thumped her nose with his index finger.
"Why for the fun of it, Ty-chan!"
"That water was freezing you jerk!"
"Your point? Your body was hot, so I thought I would cool it off for you."
Ty Lee blushed at what he was insinuating, then an innocent smile appeared on her face.
"You know Naruto-kun. Your body looks a little hot too."
She moved closer to him until her assets were pressed against his chest. The sensation sent a chill down his spine.
Azula and Mai sat up instantly, their eyes widened as they saw what Ty Lee was up to.
"So why don't I help you...by cooling you off."
An evil grin on Ty Lee's face as she used her foot to knock Naruto off balance before she pushed him backwards into the lake.
Azula and Mai laughed as Ty Lee's plan worked and Naruto crashed into the lake. The blonde rose from the surface with his bangs covering his eyes before he brushed them back to get the water away from his eyes. When he finally got out of the lake, he was completely drenched.
"Okay, I guess I deserved that one."
Naruto pulled his shirt off, revealing his tan, lean, athletic body. The girls eyes widened as a blush appeared on each of their faces as their eyes devoured his upper body. Naruto saw them staring and a grinned at their reaction.
"Like what you see?"
Naruto flexed his biceps, causing the blush on their faces to become darker. Azula and Mai turned their faces away from Naruto while Ty Lee kept staring at him with a hungry look in her eyes.
"Ummm Ty-chan...You're drooling."
The acrobat snapped out of her stupor and wiped her mouth. Naruto shook his head before his face became all buisness.
"You three enjoying yourselves?"
Team Azula nodded.
"Good, cause I wanted to let you know that I'm going to be gone for a couple of days."
A look of disappointment quickly appeared on Azula's face.
"What? Naruto I thought you were gonna relax with us?"
Ty Lee began to pout as her brown eyes grew watery.
"If it's because I pushed you in the lake then I'm sorry! Please don't leave!"
Naruto cringed at the look she was giving him but he quickly regained his composure before he patted her shoulder.
"It's okay Ty-chan, I won't be be gone long. I'm just going check out some of the villages nearby. Besides, you all need this mini-vacation more than I do."
The girls looked at him for a while before Azula sighed.
"Very well then Naruto, but be back by the end of the week."
Naruto nodded before he vanished in a swirl of leaves. The girls remained silent for a couple of minutes before Azula decided to snap them out of their funk.
"Well ladies, you heard him. Let's try to enjoy the next couple of days shall we?"
Azula returned to lying on her back as Mai did the same. Ty Lee pouted and mumbled something about missing Naruto, making her two friends snicker.
Naruto was currently leaping through the tall trees in the forest silently. As he landed on another tree branch he stopped and noticed that the sun was setting. He then turned his sights on a village not far from his location and headed straight for it. As he landed on the ground, he dusted off his cloak and formed a handsign.
"Kage Bunshin no Justu!"
A four puffs of smoke appeared. After the smoke had finally disappated, four perfect replicas stood before their creator.
"Alright you four. All of you scatter and gather any info on the Avatar's location. You have one week and if you see the monk create a clone before dispelling yourselves. Now go."
The clones nodded before scattered in four different directions.
After sending out his clones, Naruto made his way toward the village. He pulled his hood up to cover his face as passed villagers who were used to people like him wandering in considering their usually visitors. After wandering around the village for couple minutes he noticed there was a bar. Naruto grinned, bars were a good source of information as well as good place to have a little fun while digging for said information.
"I think its about time I had a good drink."
Naruto walk foward and entered the bar. Once inside he noticed kinds of mercs, bounty hunters, thieves, and criminals that were on the run.
"Well doesn't this place look lively?"
He took a seat near the bar stand and snapped his fingers to get the bartender's attention. The barkeep turned toward Naruto.
"What's your poison stranger?"
"That depends. What do you got that's light?"
The man raised an eyebrow.
"The lightest thing we have is cactus juice mixed with mango and green tea why? Can't handle anything heavy?"
A smirk appeared on his face before Naruto chuckled.
"Oh I can handle my liquor... I'm just trying to cut back..."
Naruto then pulled out a uniquely-designed trench knife and twirled it in between his fingers. The two thugs that were sitting in between him with daggers hidden in their sleeves paused. Naruto killing intent radiated around him.
"Bad things tend to happen to when I drink too much..."
Faster that their eyes could see Naruto stabbed the trench knife into the table. The two thugs jumped out of their seats and backed away as fast as they could. Naruto snorted quietly under his hood.
The bartenders eyes widened at the display of speed before shaking his head as he chuckled.
"I think those two just pissed their pants. You must be the real deal. Here, take this one on the house. Those two have been a thorn in my side for months, always trying to make a name for themselves."
He handed Naruto his drink, however as soon as he did Naruto tossed a dozen gold pieces on the table suprising the man.
"Thank you, but I like to pay for my drinks. I know how hard your buisness can be sometimes."
The man whistled as he counted the gold before placing it in his pocket.
"Oh yeah, your the real deal alright. Pleasure doing buisness with you."
Naruto nodded to the man before turning to his drink. The barkeep was called over by another customer and left the young sage as he tasted the local beverage.
"Hmmmm...Not bad. Tastes better than that sake Ero-Sennin gave me that one time..."
Naruto shivered involuntarily for a moment as he remembered his former sensei's disastrous attempt to make his own sake.
"...On second thought, anything is better than horrible stuff."
He took another drink to try and forget about his sensei's killer concoction. After that incident, Tsunade had forbid Jiraiya from ever trying to make sake again. All the bars and taverns in Konoha were warned of Jiraiya's blunder and never allowed the toad sage near their stock ever, for fear of what would happen to their customers if they did.
Naruto was pulled from his reminising when he heard a scream of something headed toward him. Naruto smirked as he quickly stood up, grabbed his drink, and spun around as a large muscular man hit the table, hard. He shrugged and downed his drink before looking down at the unconsious behemoth.
Naruto then turned toward where the man had come from. Across the room, he saw five thugs surrounding a woman in her late teens to early 20's. She was 5'6 with waist length black hair that covered up her right eye, it was kept in a topknot with a headband in the form of a skull.
The woman wore a dark brown sleeveless bounty hunting dress that hugged her figure nicely with matching tight pants and boots. She also wore a pair of fingerless gloves that stopped to her biceps and she had a red coiling snake tattoo on both of her shoulders. Her eyes were grey as the morning mist accented by the grey eye-shadow she wore.
The thugs grinned darkly as they cracked their knuckles while she remained perfectly calm. Naruto narrowed his eyes until he noticed the smirk on the young woman's face. There was a gleam in her eye that told him he should wait and see what would happen before he decided whether to interfere or not.
The first thug let out a battle cry before charging at her with his fist reared back as she stood in place while inspecting her nails. When he threw his punch she dodged it like she was bored and side-stepped to his left. He growled as he charged again and tried to punch her again. However, she dodged it once more with the grace and skill of a warrior. The guy's friends tried to join in and strike her from her blind spots, but she just kept evading their attacks like they were nothing.
Naruto, who had decided to take a seat and watch, couldn't help feeling impressed.
"She's good and very skilled. I like that..."
Naruto continued to watch as the woman dominated her opponents. Even stopping one guy's fist with her palm and using it as a springboard to flip over him before using a leg sweep to knock him on his ass. She twisted her body as another thug tried to strike her from the side and delivered a vicious roundhouse to the head and sent him flying into a nearby table.
Another tried to perform a clothes line on her, the woman ducked and struck him hard in the ribs causing him to cry out in pain before collapsing on the tavern floor. The third thug growled before he smirked and he pulled a battle axe out of his belt. Naruto's eyes narrowed when he saw this and noticed that the woman didn't see it and dissappeared from sight in a burst of speed. Those near him jumped as they saw him seemingly vanish into thin air.
As the thug was about to throw the axe at the woman's exposed back, his arm was stopped mid-swing. He turned his head to see a man dressed in a black cloak with red cloud prints hold his wrist in an iron grip. The guy had his head down, his face obscured by the hoods deep cowl.
"What the hell! Who the fuck are you! Let me go before I-"
The mysterious man looked up at the thug stopping the man from finishing his sentence as his blood froze in his veins. Now it wasn't the man's strength that caused him to nearly shit himself. No, it was his eyes, for when he looked under the hood he saw a pair of blood-red eyes with strange irises staring back at him.
The woman's other opponents stopped their advance and stared at the scene. The female bounty hunter blinked in confusion as she turned to see what they were looking at and her eyes widened as she witnessed Naruto stop he would-be killer with just one hand and the man's terror upon seeing what was under the Naruto's hood.
"T-Those eyes...w-what the hell are you? Let go of me!"
The thug, now deathly afraid and desperate, tried to throw Naruto off before he suddenly felt an excruciating pain lance through his arm as the young sage, without any visible effort, closed his fist around the man's wrist, shattering the guy's wrist bones.
The man's axe fell to the ground as he howled and fell to his knees, tears of pain trailing down his face as he tried desperately to free his arm from the hooded sage's grip. The atmosphere turned cold as killing intent rolled off the man in waves causing most the occupants to shiver in fear.
"Few things really ever set me off...Ganging up on a woman is one of those things. But attempting to cleave her in half while her back is turned? Now that's something that really pisses me off."
Naruto twisted his closed fist, crushing the shattered bones even more as the thug twisted and sobbed in agony. Naruto then decided that the guy had had enough and knocked the man unconsious with a swift chop to the neck before letting his face slam onto the hardwood floor.
The bar was dead silent as Naruto turned his attention toward the other four thugs. Naruto smirked as he gestured for them to bring it, the way he had dealt with their friend, combined with his blatant taunt, infuriated them.
"You're gonna pay for that! You son of a bitch!"
One of the thugs pulled out a dagger, followed shortly by the others.
Naruto, who had kept them from seeing his eyes turned his head slightly, so they would see the Sharingan shining ominously at them. The sight unerved them as they stared at the strangers terrifying gaze. They now understood why their friend had been so scared, the look man eyes screamed of danger.
"Daggers? I don't know if I should be offended by that...or feel sorry for you. You'll need more than those little pocket knives for me to take you seriously. Looks like someone's trying to compensate for something..."
The room, which had grown tense from the fighting, suddenly roared in laughter at the stranger's insinuation. The laughter at the accusations toward their manhood caused them to forget their fear and made them even more pissed off than before. The first thug charged and swung his weapon toward Naruto"s chest, but the sage side-stepped his attack and snapped kicked the back of the thug's kneecap. The force of the blow snapped the bone instantly and people nearby cringed when they saw it protruding from the guy's skin. The thug screamed in pain before Naruto knocked him out with a fast jab to his left temple. He fell to the floor next to his friend.
The 2nd thug, seeing how Naruto had defeated his friend, charged at the sage, swinging his dagger around wildly. Naruto calmly evaded the man's strikes without even trying. After a few more swings, Naruto grew bored with the little dance and hit the man as swiftly as he had the first. After the man left himself open with one of his clumsy strikes, Naruto appeared in the blink of an eye, suprising the man with his speed and flicked him on the forehead. Naruto's unexpected blow lifted the guy off his feet and flipped him in midair before he crashed down on the ground unmoving.
Just as the other one was about to make his move, Naruto performed an unseen handsign under his cloak's long sleaves. In a flash of speed and smoke, a massive, yet wicked looking broadsword shaped like giant butcher knife with a circle cut out of the top of the blade and the semicircle near the handle appeared in Naruto's left hand.
The last thug stopped dead in his tracks with the giant blade inches from cutting open his throat. Everyone looked on surprised at how the man was able to lift such a large, heavy blade with only one hand. The thug looked up from the blade into the strangers demonic-looking eyes. The look he recieved in return caused him to soil his pants, nearby occupants quickly noticed the smell and moved away from the stink. Naruto's eyes narrowed as he beheld the thug who looked like the shinigami was about to devour his soul.
"You're really starting to piss me off...I suggest you take your friends and beat it before I decide that I find your limbs to be...unnecessary."
Naruto pressed the blade against the thug's throat and the low life gulped in terror as backed away. Naruto scoffed before placing the blade on his shoulder and walked out of the tavern. Just before he reached the door he tossed a bag of coins toward the barkeep who caught it with practiced ease.
"...For the mess."
He stepped through the exit. The other occupants then began chatting animately wondering who the man could have been. The one thing they agreed on was this, he wasn't one you wanted to mess with...if you wanted to live that is.
Naruto turned a corner and entered an alley after leaving the tavern before stopping abruptly.
"If you're trying to follow me, at least make the effort to quiet the sound of your footsteps, Lady Hunter."
Naruto smirked under his hood as the woman from the tavern stepped out of the shadows.
"That was an interesting display of skill you showed at the inn."
She leaned against the wall, keeping her gaze on him. Naruto turned around and smiled.
"Thanks for the compliment, but those fools were nothing but worms. It would take more than those rats to make me fight seriously. You, on the other hand, practically manhandled them."
The huntress smirked at the man's praise.
"Thanks...and you are?"
Naruto pulled back his hood and revealed his face to the woman.
"Uzumaki Naruto, at your service. However, you may call me Naruto...May I know the name of this beautiful, yet deadly, bounty hunter?"
The young woman smirked as she brushed her hair back.
"The names June. Are you a bounty hunter?"
Naruto shook his head.
"I'm a shinobi, but I'm skilled enough to be a bounty hunter."
He twirled a the trench knife he had used to scare off the thugs that had though about robbing him eariler around his index finger. June raised an eyebrow at this. Naruto grinned as he let his eyes wonder across her curvaceous form before looking into her eyes playfully.
"So what's a pretty, tough as nails girl like you, doing hanging around a rundown bar full of low class thugs?"
"Trying to gather info on any recent bounties. Sadly, this pickings are bone dry in this place. The prices for most of the ones I did find wouldn't even be enough for me to feed my companion."
June then snapped her fingers. Naruto blinked until he noticed a giant furry creature that looked like a combination of a Giant Anteater, a German Shepherd, and a Star-Nosed Mole leap over the building and land beside the bounty hunter. Naruto whistled at the sight of the impressive animal.
"What in the world is that? Never seen a anything like it before"
June gave him a questioning look.
"Naruto, this is my partner. She's a Shirshu named Nyla. My father gave her to me when I was a child and she's been with me ever since...Isn't that right my little snuffly wuffly?"
June scratched Nyla behind the ear who in return purred and nuzzled her master.
'She's tough as nails and gentle? Not to mention smoking hot. If Ero-Sennin were here he'd have a field day with this.'
Naruto thoughts were interupted when June pulled Nyla towards Naruto.
"Nyla, this is Naruto. He helped me deal with a couple of big bad men earlier."
The Shirshu lowered her head to Naruto's level and sniffed him a couple of times. Afterward she nudged his hand, showing she wanted to be petted so Naruto rubbed the side of her muzzle making Nyla growl softly.
"Nice to meet you Nyla." Naruto grinned toward June as he continued to caress the purring Shirshu.
"I think she likes me."
June remained silent. Nyla was never this forward to anyone else besides her. Even with people she had known for years.
"You must have a way with animals. Normally Nyla wouldn't act like this toward a stranger."
Naruto chuckled as he patted Nyla on the head.
"Really? How does she normally react?"
"She'd strike you with her tongue, which has poisonous barbs on the tip and paralyze you."
June grinned as Naruto paled at the thought.
"Well it's a good thing I'm great with animals, huh Nyla?"
The Shirshu snorted in agreement. Then June climbed up onto the saddle before looking down at the young shinobi.
"Well, as interesting as it is to see you and Nyla getting along, we really must be going. I hope we meet again."
Naruto nodded and smiled up at the bounty hunter.
"Same here... Oh! Before I forget."
He reached into his pouch and pulled out a Hiraishin Kunai.
He tossed the kunai to June, who caught it and looked at it for a moment before raising an eyebrow.
"What am I suppose to do with this?"
"It's special weapon that will allow me to appear to any location that thing is thrown...Meaning that if you throw it, I will sense it and appear instantly to your location."
"You're kidding right?"
Naruto shook his head. He pointed to the house closest to them
"Throw it at that rooftop."
June shrugged and threw the tri-pronged kunai toward the roof where it embedded itself in the tile. She turned her head only to see Naruto had vansihed. Her eyes widened as she turned her attention back toward to the roof. June's eyes bugged out when she saw Naruto standing on the roof waving down at her. She blinked as a million questions ran through her head.
"How in the world did you do that?"
Naruto smiled at her question as he picked up the kunai before he landed back down on the ground. He approached her once again and petted Lyla's flank making the Shirshu purr at the attention.
"I'd tell you, but it's a family secret."
June pouted as she reached out her hand.
"In that case, can I have it back?"
Naruto tossed it back to her and the huntress put it into a pouch on Nyla's saddle.
"Well we have to get going, but if you ever want to talk or need me for another bar fight, feel free to throw the kunai and I'll be there in a flash. Until then, ja ne my beautiful hunteress."
Naruto gave her a mock bow before vanishing in swirl of leaves. June stared at the display and chuckled.
"I hope we meet again soon, Naruto. You seem like an interesting person...and you're cute too. Don't you think Nyla?"
Nyla growled in agreement. June smiled.
"Well then, let's go."
Nyla roared and leapt across the rooftops and into the forest, searching for their newest prey.
Techniques & Weapons:
Hiyo no Jutsu (Flight Technique) - This technique grants the user the ability to fly. The user is able to transfer this technique to others through physical contact with them for an unspecified amount of time
Kage Bunshin no Justu (Shadow Clone Technique) - Similar to the Clone Technique, this technique creates clones of the user. However, these clones are actual copies, not illusions. The user's chakra is evenly distributed among every clone, giving each clone an equal fraction of the user's overall power. The clones are capable of performing techniques on their own and can even bleed, but will usually disperse after one or two solid blows. They can also disperse on their own. The clones will be created in roughly the same condition as the original.
Shinra Tensei (Divine Judgment) - Shinra Tensei is the ability to manipulate repulsive force (斥力, sekiryoku) at the user's will to push matter away. Depending on the amount of force the user puts in this technique, it can easily shatter wood, bones, metal, or stone walls. By using this technique as a defensive measure, all attacks directed to the user will be deflected, no matter the size, power or mass. It can also be used to repel flames caught on the user's body. The only downside to this technique is that there is a short period when it is unusable after being used. The minimal time period is about five seconds, but it varies depending on the amount of power put into the attack.
Kuchiyose: Raikō Kenka (Summoning: Lightning Flash Blade Creation) - This is a special "ninja tool summon" that allows the user to seal ninja tools like swords or kunai into a scroll or their clothes beforehand, allowing them to be called upon when needed. The ninja tools can be summoned in an instant just by touching the sealing "marks" which can be drawn anywhere. The greatest advantage of this technique is that the time between taking out a ninja tool, taking the right stance and actually throwing it is greatly reduced.
Also when a weapon such as a Fūma Shuriken is summoned, the time needed to throw it can be further shortened by having prepared the weapon in its fully extended form beforehand. The ninja tools are thrown with the actual speed of a "flash of lightning", ruining the opponent's outset of the battle, and snatching away the initiative. Furthermore, because the summoned ninja tools can remain hidden until right before they are used, if this technique is mastered, there are an exceptional number of possible tactics. A large number of ninja tools can be stored within the sealing marks, which can make the efficiency of this technique last longer.
Kekkaimon Gofūjutsu: Hachimon Heijō (Barrier Gate Five Seals Technique: Castle Closing Eight Gates) -This technique requires a scroll on which a blueprint of a particular area will be mapped. When activated, it causes four giant gates to emerge north, east, south, and west of the targeted area. Afterwards, the gates will form a barrier around the area. This barrier has a very high durability, anything that makes contact with it will immediately be engulfed in flames. The only way to pass through the barrier unharmed is with a special seal.
Kubikiribōchō (Decapitating Carving Knife) - a massive broadsword shaped like a giant butcher knife, earning it the title of "seversword" (断刀, dantō). Like the other weapons belonging to the Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist, the sword is passed down from generation to generation amongst the group's members. The blade itself has two cut outs, a circle close to the top and a semi-circular one nearer the handle, that aptly fits the sword's purpose of decapitation. The latter notch allows a strap to be wrapped around the weapon, making it easier for the user to carry. Its extremely long handle is also detachable to further aid transportation and then reattached when required for combat.
Like the other weapons employed by the Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist, the sword possesses a unique power, this being its ability to reform itself using the iron harvested from the blood of its victims. This regenerative process takes place almost instantaneously and is capable of bringing the weapon back to its original condition no matter how severe the damage is, from a simple chip or nick to a complete separation of over half the blade.
Hiraishin Kunai (Flying Thunder God Kunai) - are custom-made kunai utilised by users in conjunction with the Space–Time Ninjutsu: the Flying Thunder God Technique. They differ in look from a standard kunai in that they have three blades instead of one and on the handle (which is thicker than normal) is the "marker" for the technique's teleportation ability; it is a bit heavier than a normal kunai. The prongs on them also makes it more deadly in melee fighting.
Hiraishin no Jutsu (Flying Thunder God Technique) - a technique created by Minato Namikaze, allowing the user to transport himself to another location in the blink of an eye. To activate this technique, the user needs a special seal or "technique formula" (術式, jutsu-shiki) to mark the destination. After this is done, the user enters a dimensional void that instantaneously transports himself to the location of the seal. The technique can create smoke, similar to a Summoning Technique, but that is not always the case. The technique is fast enough to even allow Minato to escape Tobi's Space–Time Migration, despite the latter already being in physical contact with him. Minato can also use this technique to teleport other objects, such as when he used it to teleport the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox out of Konohagakure, though the size of the object determines the amount of chakra required.
Sharingan (Copy Wheel Eye) - The first of the Sharingan's powers is being able to see the flow of chakra. The Sharingan can tell if a person is under a genjutsu because the person's chakra flow would be irregular. The Sharingan's second-most prominent ability grants the user an incredible clarity of perception, allowing them to easily recognise genjutsu and different forms of chakra, though not to the same extent as the Byakugan. This also allows the user to pick up on subtle details, enabling them to read lip movementsor mimic something like pencil movements. As the Sharingan evolves, gaining more tomoe seals, this ability extends to being able to track fast-moving objects before finally giving some amount of predictive capabilities to the user, allowing them to see the image of an attacker's next move from the slightest muscle tension in their body and counterattack or dodge without any wasted movement. However, even though the user may be able to see an attack or know it is coming, their body may not always have time to react.
The Sharingan's third and most well-known ability is that it grants the user the ability to memorise almost any technique that he or she witnesses, apart from other kekkei genkai techniques. The user can memorise ninjutsu, genjutsu, and taijutsu with near perfect accuracy, allowing the user to use the techniques as their own, or even modify them to create their own new techniques. In order to reproduce a copied technique, however, one must have the necessary skill or ability to perform them. In addition to physical skill and kekkei genkai techniques, the Sharingan cannot reproduce techniques dependent on other factors, such as summons that the user has not signed a contract with.
The Sharingan's final commonly-used ability is capable of inducing a unique brand of hypnosis that involves suggesting actions and thoughts to the opponent through genjutsu cast by simple eye contact between both parties. More advanced Sharingan users can take the hypnosis ability even further to the point where a powerful summon like Manda or even the Nine-Tailed Fox may be controlled. When this was used against Manda and the Nine-Tailed Fox their eyes took on the tomoe pattern of the users' Sharingan while under hypnotic influence.
Well there's chapter 4, as most of you will notice its very similar to Namikaze09's and Oni Shin's and I apologize for that in advance if you were expecting something more. As I said before this story will pretty much follow the same plots as the other stories until I catch up and then I'll start to move away from there.
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