Mission Accomplished: Return to the Hidden Leaf
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Team Kakashi, plus Chiyo looked at the formatted Akatsuki. Naruto let his eyes drift towards Gaara, who was on the ground not moving. Naruto closed his eyes and expanded his senses fully on Gaara and could still sense his heart beat as well as his breathing and sighed softly in relief 'Good he's still alive' Naruto thought.
"So Itachi, which one's the Jinchuuriki" Deidara asked. Itachi was silent as his Sharingan eyes locked on Naruto who stared back unafraid of him.
"Long time no see Itachi" Naruto smirked "And Kisame you fish faced little bastard. You're lucky you're a hologram or I'd turn you into a combination of sushi and fish fillet."
Hidan laughed out loud "I like this kid; too bad he has to die."
"So this is the nine tails Jinchuuriki" Sasori said staring at Naruto. "I was expecting someone with this kind of reputation to be a little… older."
"Sasori of the Red Sands" Naruto said looking at his appearance "You're fatter than I expected." This time Hidan and Kisame laughed loudly while Deidara barely withheld a chuckle although it was clear that he was amused.
"You are so fucking dead brat" Sasori growled.
"Remember don't kill him Sasori" Leader said.
"Yes Leader" Sasori grumbled slightly.
Naruto looked up at the one Sasori addressed and saw his rippled eyes glaring at him "So you're the supposed invincible Leader of Akatsuki. Nice eyes ripples" Naruto said cheekily.
"W-What did you just call me" the Leader spluttered.
"It seems like the Jinchuuriki is rather cheeky" a female voice said next to Deidara.
"Man that's a sexy voice" Naruto said. "What's someone like you doing with a bunch of weirdo's like them? Wait a minute… blink twice if you're being held against your will."
"I can assure you I'm not" she said still in a monotone voice.
"Too bad" Naruto said in mock disappointment "If your voice is that sexy I can only imagine what your face must look like. Probably something a lot of women would kill for." If she was solid then you would have seen a tinge of red in her cheeks.
"Naruto we're here to rescue Lord Kazekage, not to watch you pick up girls" Kakashi said although there was an underline hint of amusement.
"Yeah, good point" Naruto said sheepishly. "Sorry angel voice, maybe next time." She blushed brighter this time.
"Deidara, Sasori, make sure to beat him to within an inch of his life" Leader said with his eyebrow twitching before dispersing. The other members followed suit leaving only the solid ones left.
"So we gonna do this the easy way or the hard way" Naruto asked.
"He's a cocky one" Sasori said.
"Or just overconfident Sasori my man" Deidara responded.
"Well I know about Sasori" Naruto said "Which leaves you. Let's see according to the report we got you flew on a giant white bird that was never seen before. Only one person has that kind of technique; the Clay Bomber of the Stone and former apprentice to the Third Tsuchikage Deidara."
"Oh my reputation precedes me hmm" Deidara said "Sasori my man how shall we deal with them?"
"I'll take my grandmother" Sasori said. "She's a master puppeteer so it's only fitting I take her and I think I'll take the Jinchuuriki as well."
"Yeah about that" Deidara said. "You see I have to keep the one I captured safe and it's obvious that the other Jinchuuriki will go after him so I think that makes me more qualified since the one tail was my target and the nine tails wants him back."
Sasori growled at Deidara and flicked a tail up to block a kunai that was thrown by Naruto where it landed safely behind them "You're pissing me off Deidara. You already got a Jinchuuriki and there's only one for each of us so you getting two is unfair."
"I have a better solution" Naruto said from behind them, surprising them. "How about I just kill you and take Gaara back home?"
'When did he' Sasori thought shocked.
'Only one man has that kind of speed' Deidara thought as they both jumped back, but Deidara's clay bird materialized itself and swallowed Gaara before Naruto could grab him. Deidara stared at Naruto wide eyed "Impossible, you should be dead" Deidara snarled.
"Deidara" Sasori said surprised having never seen his partner angry.
"Sasori my man" Deidara said "I thought you would have recognized that jutsu from the Third Shinobi War. Look at the kunai he's holding." Sasori did and noticed it was tri pronged and his eyes went wide "That's the Kunai of the Yellow Flash of the Leaf."
"How is that possible," Sasori said "He's supposed to have died sixteen years ago. How are you alive Minato Namikaze?"
"You're off your mark" Naruto said. "I'm not Minato Namikaze, I'm his son." That got even more wide eyed looks from the two Akatsuki members. Deidara had a flashback to his time when he served in the Third Great War.
Deidara yelled in pain as he was thrown down to the ground with his hand covering his left eye as blood leaked through is fingers. He wore the normal Stone village flak jacket and his headband didn't have a slash through it. He was very young, about fourteen years old and his blond hair was only in a single ponytail that was slick back.
His opponent was a 24 year old Minato Namikaze and it was in the dying days of the Third Great War. Minato didn't have a scratch on him while there were hundreds of dead bodies around them, some of the Leaf, but most of them Stone. There were a few Konoha Ninja left alive behind Minato.
"Minato, let's finish this" one of them said.
"No" Minato said shocking Deidara and the others. "Look at him, he's just a child. He shouldn't even be in this war in the first place. Anyway our mission is accomplished; let's go." The Shinobi had no choice, but to obey since Minato was their commander. Deidara looked at Minato as he walked away.
It was the only reason Deidara was even alive because of Minato and his mercy. "Sasori, this kid is mine to deal with, no exceptions" Deidara said seriously.
"Fine he's all yours" Sasori relented.
"All of you other Konoha ninja's" Deidara addressed "Interfere and I'll kill you."
"Don't worry guys I got this" Naruto replied confidently "Why don't we take this somewhere else Deidara?"
"Fine by me" Deidara said hoping on his bird while Naruto jumped in the air and flew out of the cavern after him.
"Hmm" Sasori hummed "The brat can fly I see. Too bad he's a Jinchuuriki; I would love to see how far he would have gone."
"Kakashi" Chiyo said. "Me and Sakura will deal with Sasori. I think it would be best if you would standby for young Naruto in case he's in trouble."
"Yeah I think you're right" Kakashi said turning to the exit "Be careful Sakura."
"I will sensei" Sakura said as Kakashi disappeared.
Meanwhile Naruto and Deidara stopped in mid air "So you can fly I see" Deidara said noticing Naruto floating in the air "I didn't think anyone other than old man Onoki could fly."
"I have a god-like affinity to Wind" Naruto said. Naruto reached into his cloak and pulled out the wind sword. "Let us begin Deidara; I have always wanted to see the Clay bomber in action."
"Well I won't keep you waiting" Deidara said swinging his arm at Naruto and two clay birds flew at Naruto quickly. Naruto put his sword under his arm and flashed through hand seals before sucking in a breath and blowing out wind and slicing the two birds in half creating an explosion. Deidara then flew through the smoke and aimed an attack for Naruto, but Naruto dodged to the side before Deidara opened his palm and shot another bird at Naruto, which exploded quickly.
Naruto jumped back from the smoke having avoided the brunt of the explosion with a wind shield. Deidara also flew out of the smoke on his bird. Naruto charged at Deidara going through hand seals "Wind Style: Vacuum Bullets" he called blowing wind bullets at Deidara.
Deidara grunted as he swerved to the side avoiding them before he made a hand sign and shot a larger clay bird at Naruto. Naruto shot his hand forward and another burst of wind cut the bird in half long before it hit Naruto causing it to explode.
"Deidara what is the point of these bombs if they can't even reach me" Naruto called.
"Shut up" Deidara yelled. Deidara launched his hand forward and shot out a slithering snake that swerved in the air towards Naruto. Naruto launched wind blasts at it, but nothing worked as the snake dodged it. The snake then managed to curl around Naruto's arm "Katsu" Deidara shouted. The snake exploded "That blew him away."
"Not quite" Naruto said from behind Deidara. Deidara turned in time to get a palm strike to the gut and he flew off his bird.
Deidara flipped in mid air and managed to create another bird 'Damn I'm almost out of exploding clay' he thought. Naruto landed on his old bird 'And I can't detonate that since the Jinchuuriki is still inside.' Naruto pried open the bird's beak and pulled Gaara out before jumping into the air 'My chance' Deidara thought "Katsu" he shouted.
The bird exploded, but Naruto just jumped out of the smoke without a scratch on him or the unconscious Gaara. 'Alright I got Gaara, now to finish him off' Naruto thought. Naruto saw Kakashi hiding down low in case he was needed. Naruto flew down to Kakashi "Kakashi-sensei I got Gaara safe and sound."
"Good job Naruto" Kakashi congratulated.
"Thanks" Naruto said. "Now I'm gonna deal with him and then we'll go and check on Sakura and Grandma Chiyo."
"I'll hold onto Gaara for you" Kakashi said. Naruto nodded and gently laid Gaara on the ground and Naruto jumped back into the air and flew in front of Deidara.
"Damn it" Deidara cursed "You're just like Itachi; always acting so cool and making my art look pitiful."
"That is not my intention" Naruto said calmly. "You are a true artist. Most people think art can last forever, but eventually it will fade away into nothing. A fleeting flash is what brings out an artists potential like a big flashy jutsu that shows itself briefly before vanishing in a heartbeat."
Deidara's eyes went wide. No one had ever understood his art before or ever complimented him on it.
"It's too bad you're an Akatsuki" Naruto said. "If you weren't things could have been different, but oh well." Naruto went through more hand seals before ending on the snake hand seal and he pulled his hands apart to reveal a swirling white orb appeared in his hand "See ya."
Naruto shot his hands forward and the white ball went forward and expanded and began heading for Deidara. "Space-Time Art: Dimensional Distortion Jutsu" Naruto called. Naruto was aiming it for Deidara's torso, but it only managed to snag his right arm up to his shoulder and then it clamped down and Deidara's arm was cut off making him scream in pain. 'Hmm I missed' Naruto thought.
Down on the ground Gaara was slowly starting to wake up 'W-Where am I' he thought groggily.
"Lord Kazekage" Kakashi said.
"Kakashi Hatake" Gaara said surprised.
"You were kidnapped by Akatsuki" Kakashi elaborated "We were called in to help rescue you and we managed to get here in time before they extracted Shukaku from you."
"That's a relief" Gaara said "Who else is here?"
"Well there's Sakura form the Leaf, Elder Chiyo from the Sand village and Naruto" Kakashi said.
"Naruto's here" Gaara said shocked.
"Yeah" Kakashi said "As a matter of fact he's up there fighting one of the Akatsuki right now."
Deidara hastily made a retreat as Naruto plowed through his bird with his sword and he fell down and his himself in the trees masking his chakra as best as possible. 'Forget the Kazekage; it's the nine tailed Jinchuuriki all of us need to worry about. I only had one arm, but I still should have been able to at least wound him and the worst part is that he got my other arm as well. Damn him.'
Naruto landed back on the ground near Kakashi "Naruto did you deal with him" Kakashi asked.
"He got away" Naruto said not pleased with letting him get away before he noticed Gaara was awake. "Hey Gaara, how you doing?"
"Naruto" Gaara said shocked at seeing his first friend after so long.
"Yeah it's good old me" Naruto grinned. "Come on we should regroup with the others" Naruto said putting his arm under Gaara's to help him up since he was still a little weak. Just then Sakura and Chiyo burst through the clearing. Chiyo was sweating badly while Sakura was cut up and had dried blood everywhere on her. "Grandma Chiyo, Sakura you're both okay?"
Sakura nodded "Yeah we managed to defeat Sasori, but man was it tough. Anyway we need to get back to the Hidden Sand Village quickly. Lady Chiyo's been poisoned and we don't have any antidotes left."
"Alright we should regroup with Guy's Team as well" Kakashi said. Immediately after he said that there was a small explosion and they saw an armless Deidara fly out of the tree with a kunai in his mouth dodging attacks from Guy's Team.
Deidara landed near his downed bird while the rest of them surrounded him "You're surrounded Deidara" Naruto said "What are you gonna do now when you know you can't defeat all of us?"
Deidara glared at him before gaining a smirk on his face. He spit the kunai from his mouth before turning to his clay bird and biting the clay off of it chewing it and swallowing it. Then his body started bulging up "I'll kill all of you" Deidara shouted. "The backlash of this explosion will cover up to five kilometers; you all have no chance of dodging it." His body really expanded and was ready to blow "Art is a Bang" he shouted before his body detonated.
All they saw was a bright flash that nearly blinded them before it simply disappeared. They opened their eyes to see Kakashi with his Sharingan eye uncovered although the eye was shaped differently 'The Mangekyou Sharingan' Kakashi thought 'I just barely made it in time.'
"Whew, talk about the in the nick of time" Naruto said sealing his sword back up.
With the Akatsuki no longer a threat they all proceeded back to the Village as quickly as possible, but unfortunately they weren't fast enough. The poison of Sasori was fast acting and Kankuro only survived as long because his body was young and fit, but Chiyo was old and withered and her body couldn't handle the poison so she sadly passed away right before they got to the village.
A moment of silence was held in Chiyo's honor was ordered by Gaara. After that they had a funeral for her and everyone was allowed to rest for the rest of the day and they would be setting off tomorrow. Naruto was sitting in his room sharpening his fire sword and he was taking special care since the blade was so intricate so one mix up and he could end up taking a chunk out of the sword by mistake.
"Naruto" Lee said walking into his room.
"Hey Lee, what's up" Naruto greeted.
"I heard from Kakashi-Sensei that you became a Jonin upon your return" Lee said "Is this true?"
Naruto chuckled "Yeah it's true. I had a match with Sakura and Kakashi-Sensei once we got back. I defeated them both quite easily."
"Yosh" Lee burst "I would like a spar with you Naruto."
"Sure why not" Naruto said standing up "Meet at the front of the Sand Village Walls." Both of them grinned and disappeared from the room.
About an hour later it was getting close to dark and no one had seen Naruto or Lee anywhere "Where are those two" Tenten asked exasperated.
"You mean the mini-copy of this man and the handsome boy with yellow hair" a woman asked overhearing them and indicating to Guy.
"Yeah" Tenten replied.
"Oh they've been out fighting in front of the walls for the past hour now" the woman said.
"Neji" Kakashi asked.
"I'm on it" Neji said "Byakugan" he looked out to the front of the village and indeed Naruto and Lee were fighting each other. "Yep it's them alright."
"Well we might as well go get them before they kill each other" Sakura sighed as they all jumped towards the Gates. They arrived to a bunch of gate guards watching the fight with rapt attention along with a bunch of sand craters along with Lee and Naruto exchanging fast punches and kicks. "Well they're really into it."
"You've improved a lot Lee" Naruto said dodging more attacks.
"As have you my friend" Lee said also dodging more attacks. Both of them gave a final punch towards each other, which were both blocked before they jumped back from each other.
Naruto made a half seal "Earth Style: Antlion" he said. A pit appeared under Lee and began sucking him down "Well Lee try and break out of that" Naruto taunted. Lee's whole body was sucked under, but then he flew out of there with a burst of chakra. "Impressive, but" Naruto said going through more hand seals "Not good enough" he finished with the dog seal and held his hands out "Water style: Ripping Torrents" he called and hurled two condensed balls of water at Lee who couldn't dodge in mid air and was thrown to the ground.
Lee struggled to get up since that hurt a lot, but Naruto appeared in front of him with his hand pointed at his face with another ripping torrent jutsu ready "Well it looks like I win this one Lee" Naruto said deactivating the jutsu.
"Because I lost I must now do five hundred laps around Konoha once we return" Lee stated. Naruto laughed and helped Lee up off the ground.
"Not only has Naruto gotten more knowledgeable he's gotten stronger as well" Neji said.
"I'm really glad he's on our side" Tenten said.
The next day came and they were all ready to depart from the Sand village. Gaara, Kankuro and Temari were out there to see them off "I guess this is the part where we all get chocked up on our goodbyes" Naruto chuckled. Gaara had a small smile on his face and slowly put his hand out. Naruto smiled as well and both of them shook hands with each other before departing.
The wind was blowing the sand about as the seven ninja went back home. Naruto, Sakura, Lee, Neji and Tenten were in front, but Guy and Kakashi were in the back because Kakashi's body was weak from using the Mangekyou Sharingan "Would you two hurry up" Tenten called to them.
Guy looked like he was constipated being so frustrated "Sorry Guy" Kakashi said sheepishly. "This new Sharingan takes a lot out of me. It takes me a while to get up to speed."
"Hurry up" Tenten called again.
Guy looked even more frustrated and Kakashi have him a suspicious glance upon feeling him come to a stop. Kakashi then gave a startled yelp as he was tossed into the air making the others turn around "What happened" Neji said. What they saw nearly scared them for life.
Guy had on his normal grin while Kakashi had a look that said 'Please God kill me now.' Kakashi was on Guy's back piggyback style while guy's backpack was strapped to his front. They looked totally ridiculous.
'Oh gross' Naruto thought.
'That's just wrong' Sakura thought.
'Oh brother' Tenten thought.
Neji remained thoughtless and stony faced although he was creeped out. "What the" Lee said "Oh I get it a training exercise."
"You want faster, well here it is" Guy laughed and took off full speed down the deserts with a semi-flailing Kakashi on his back "Catch me if you can."
'It looks worse when they're in motion' Sakura thought.
Lee mimicked Guy's actions "Neji."
"Oh hell no" Neji said. Anyway Lee took off after Guy leaving the four of them alone.
"Well you guys want to walk or go back the fun way" Naruto asked them.
"Define the fun way" Sakura asked. Naruto grinned and floated off the ground until he was fifteen feet in the air making them wide eyed "You can fly" Sakura burst out.
Neji activated his Byakugan "He's using the wind to propel himself into the air" he told him. 'That takes a very high amount of chakra control in order to accomplish.'
"Well you guys want to fly or just walk" Naruto asked.
"Fly please" Sakura and Tenten said barely containing their excitement. Neji gave in and said fly as well.
"Alright" Naruto said making the dragon seal. All three of them felt the wind pick up underneath them before they floated into the air as well and were the same height as Naruto. "Now let's have some fun and surprise the hell out of everyone else" Naruto grinned.
Manipulating the wind Naruto had all four of them flying pretty fast and in no time they caught up with Lee. Lee was so shocked he nearly fell over "You're all flying" he said shocked.
"Yep, it's the fun way to go back" Naruto said. "We'll leave you to your run Lee and we'll see you back in the village." Continuing on they met Guy and Kakashi "Hey what's up?"
Guy had the same reaction as Lee "Flying, you're all flying" he said.
"Yep and it's a lot of fun too" Tenten grinned at her sensei.
"Well Bushy Brow Sensei it looks like we'll all beat you back to the village. See ya" Naruto grinned taking off down the trail with the other three.
Meanwhile back at the Village Gates about a day later the gate guards were just sitting there bored before they could sense something coming "Do you sense something" Kotetsu asked.
"Yeah I do" Izumo said before they both got up and looked outside the gate.
"HEY" Naruto shouted zooming into the village with his companions before coming to a stop a few feet in the village. The guards were blown to the ground from the force of the wind. "Sorry about that, didn't know I was going that fast."
"Really now" Sakura said a little wobbly.
"Yeah you'll be a little unsteady on your feet the first time, but it goes away pretty fast" Naruto said.
"Either way it got us back to the village" Neji said smoothing his hair out.
"And in record time" Tenten said smoothing her shirt out. Speaking of record time here came Guy, Kakashi and Lee all bursting through the gate almost at once.
"Ah the power of wind has beaten me" Guy said with a look to Naruto. "In order to beat the wind I must push myself even harder."
'Yeah right' Naruto thought. 'The only thing that's faster than wind is lightning and he'd have to have a god-like affinity to lightning to beat me in speed.'
"Well we're all present and accounted for" Guy said "Let's go report to Lady Tsunade."
"Shouldn't we take Kakashi-sensei to the hospital first" Sakura said. "He's not looking too good" she added seeing Kakashi's pale and zombified complexion.
"Oh right" Guy said as Kakashi mumbled incoherently.
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