Hello everyone, I have officially obtained permission to re-post this. For now this is the original word for word, but keep an eye out for the updated version coming soon

As always I'll say that this isn't mine, the fanfic is the creation of Dragon6 and Naruto belongs to Masashi Kishimoto

Return of a Hero: Prelude

He walked through the rain toward an unknown destination. His blond hair fell across his eyes, soaked with rain. His orange jumpsuit felt heavy from the rain and his movement was sluggish. Even though his eyes were hidden, you could see the sadness in his expression. He had lost everything that was dear to him. First it was his brother.


The retrieval team that went after the traitor Uchiha Sasuke returned successful. Though four out of the six were critically injured, they were healing amazingly well thanks to the Godiame, Tsunade. A member of that team now stood in front the door that his comrade was being held. It was easy to get pass the guards being such perverts. He entered the room to see Sasuke. He was bound to his hospital bed. He turned to see who was visiting him and glared. He glared at the person who stopped him from obtaining the power he needed to avenge his clan. That person was Uzumaki Naruto. Naruto sighed at the glare and looked at him.

"Are you all right?" Naruto asked

"What do you think?" Sasuke growled

"Well, I did say that I was going to brake your arms and legs." He joked. Sasuke struggled to get free from his bonds as he jerked forward.


"I told you that I was not going to let you go to Orochimaru. I'm trying to protect you from him and yourself. Do you truly think that he would have given you the power to kill your brother without a price? Think about it teme."

"I'll kill you." Sasuke sneered


"I'll kill you. If I ever see you again, I'll kill you."

"Damn it Sasuke, I'm trying to help you." Naruto shouted

"I don't need your help. I don't need Konoha. I don't need anything. The thing I need is power to kill my brother. That is all I care about and nothing else. You dare to lecture me? I'm an avenger and you will always be a dobe. Now get out of my sight." Sasuke yelled. He sighed and turned to leave.


He then lost his first love.


Naruto waited at team seven's meeting spot. He had gotten a letter from Sakura to meet him here. He did wait to long as Sakura came into view. Thinking that she was going to thank him for bring Sasuke back, he put on his usual grin and walked to meet her.

"Hey Sakur…" was as far as he got before he was slapped by her. His head reeled back and he had a shocked look on his face.

"How could you do that to Sasuke-kun?" She yelled. "I asked you to bring him back and you almost killed him. It's a miracle that he could still be a ninja after what you did to him. I thought you were his friend. I hate you, Uzumaki Naruto. You're nothing but a monster." She turned and left. If she had stayed, she would have heard his heart breaking.


Next the village turned against him.


Naruto hit the ground and slumped over. The group of adults looked at him with satisfied smirks. "That's for the Uchiha, you little demon." One said and they left him on the ground. He could have fought back. He was a trained ninja after all but they were villagers. He was to protect them so he showed restraint. Lately, these beatings had gotten worse. They have also ransacked his apartment and he was lonelier than ever. He felt a hand on his shoulder and flinched. When the hit never came, he opened his one good eye to see his sensei, the Gama (toad) sennin, Jiraiya. He also noticed that Konohamaru, Mogei and Udon were with him. They had tears in their eyes and Jiraiya gave him a sigh. He carefully picked him up and took him to see Tsunade.


Lastly, he lost his dream.


Naruto sat before the council members. He knew that this would happen sooner or later. Word got out about the red chakra that he used in his fight against Sasuke and the council was not happy about it. At his side were Jiraiya, Tsunade and Iruka. He was unhappy that Kakashi was not there but it didn't come as a surprise. The man never really gave a damn. Then there were his so-called friends. With the exception Neji and Hinata, everyone avoided him like the plague. He sighed and turned toward the losing battle that was going on.

"How dare you do this to him? After all he has done, this is how you wish to treat the Yondiame's sacrifice?" Tsunade yelled

"He is unstable. You saw what he did to Sasuke. He can not control the fox." Said Homaru

"It was necessary. Sasuke attempted to kill him when he used Orochimaru's Juin jutsu. Are you just going to ignore that?" Iruka accused

"You are stepping out of line Umino Iruka. This is for the best for Konoha." Koharu said

"You're just covering up for him with your hate for Naruto." Accused Jiraiya

"Are you saying that we are being unfair Jiraiya?" said Danzo. The minute that Naruto met this council member, he knew that this man was evil. He felt that he only lived for the pain and the suffering of people. Danzo realized that he was being watched by Naruto and glared at him. Naruto glared right back. He didn't take stuff for the other two elders and it wasn't different for this guy.

"I would advise you to watch who you glare at boy." Danzo said

"Like I care about who you are?" Naruto said

"Naruto." Said Iruka

"His anger is wild. Because of that, he can't control the Kyubi's power. He is a danger to everyone." He said. Tsunade was about to retort until she was cut off.

"I'm sorry Tsunade but our decision is final." Koharu said. She faced Naruto. "Uzumaki Naruto, you are hereby stripped of your rank and are banished from Konohagakure no Sato. The council has spoken."


So now, a soaked Naruto walked toward a destination. He just took off in a random direction, not really caring where he was going. His first choice was to go to Suna but that would cause problems for Gaara and Tsunade. He looked and saw that he at the entrance of a bridge. The bridge looked familiar to him. Looking at the sign, he saw something that gave him a shock.

The Great Naruto Bridge was the title. Naruto had many questions running through his mind until a voice cut his train of thought.

"Naruto-ni-chan?" Naruto turned to see Inari with his mother, Tsunami. They walked up closer to get a better look.

"It is you Naruto. How have you been? My god, you're soaked to the bone. What are you doing…" She was cut of as Naruto hugged her with tears coming out of his eyes. She was very confused now and returned the hug. Inari wondered what was wrong with his hero.


Suna – Sand

Konoha – Leaf

Konohagakure no Sato – village hidden in the leaves

Gama - toad