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: Chapter 1

Konohagakure no Sato, home of the greatest Hokage to ever live. Thirteen years had passed and Konoha had prospered very well. Every one in the village were busy minding there own business. The children were playing, the women gossiped and the men laughed and boasted. It was a happy picture and a good way of life.

"How boring." A beautiful blond said. She sat on top of the Sandiame's head with a bottle of sake. She held her cup to her lips and took a gulp of it. She gave a big sigh and poured herself another cup. She watched over the village that she given her life to protect but she couldn't help but scorn these people. Why did she scorn them? It was because of that decision that she been forced to make over thirteen years ago. She wished that she could have done more to stop the council of elders from making that decision. She blamed everyone for it with the exception of Iruka and Jiraiya. She wanted to send Jiraiya to keep tabs on him but the council denied her. No one ever mentioned her little brother's name in a negative since the end result would be quite painful. She ignored summons by the elders, she did not greet the clan leaders and she was quite harsh to certain ninjas. There were some who were calling for her to step down from the Hokage position. She actually was ready to give it up until she was convinced otherwise. She took another gulp of her sake. That's when she felt someone arrive. She placed the cup down.

"What do you want?" she asked without turning to face the ANBU member.

"Hokage-sama, Jiraiya-sama has called an emergency meeting and requires your presence." He said. That surprised her. Jiraiya didn't respect the council members as much as she did. If he was willing to speak to them, then it must be important.

"Fine, I'll be there shortly." She said. The ANBU member bowed and left. She stood up and grabbed the kage hat that was lying beside her. "Well sensei, let's see what your perverted student has to say." Placing her sensei's hat on her head, Tsunade, the Godiame Hokage, disappeared in a swirl of leaves.

Tsunade entered the meeting chambers. There sat Mitokado Homura, Utatane Koharu and Danzo. Jiraiya was leaning against the wall and took a glance at Tsunade and gave a smirk. She returned it and sat at the head of the table where her temporary assistant, Haruno Sakura, stood. Leave it to a pregnant Shizune to pick someone that she really didn't like.

"Ok Jiraiya, what is so important that it had to cut into my work load?" Tsunade asked

"You were working? The gods themselves must be laughing." He joked.

"Whatever, you pervert. Now, why did you call us here?" she asked again

"I came to tell you that war is upon us and we are greatly out matched." That got everyone's attention.

"Explain." She ordered

"One of my spies in Ta no Kuni sent me a message. Orochimaru has allied himself with Iwa, Ame and Kumo. They are gathering their armies and are planning a strike against Konoha." Tsunade bit her fingers in frustration.

'This is not good. Kumo has more ninja than we do not to mention that Iwa has been looking for a reason to attack us for years.' Tsunade gave a serious look toward Jiraiya.

"Is there anything else we must concern ourselves with?"

"There is the possibility that we also have Kirigakure to deal with as well," Jiraiya answered. "The Sandaime Mizukage and the Raikage are in league together since the Mizukage has been supplying the Raikage's slave operation for some time. They could join in the fight. It is even said that a diplomatic convoy are on their way there even as we speak."

"The ninjas of Kiri are of no concern to us," Danzo stated "They are the weakest of the great ninja nations. They do not even have the Kiri no Shinobigatana Nananin Shu any more. Give my 'Ne' the word and we will crush this incest once and for all."

"No," Tsunade snapped "Despite the fact that they have been plagued with civil war, their army can easily outmatch us. What we need to do is to see if Kirigakure no Sato will become a threat to us." She turned to her temporary assistant. "Send for Kurenai immediately. Also send out word to every ninja. Tell them it is an SS-class emergency meeting that will be held in thirty minutes. Go now!"

"Hai, Hokage-sama." She disappeared in a puff of smoke. Tsunade sighed and slumped in her seat.

"I really need a drink." She muttered

Deep within Ta no Kuni, four men stood around a table, discussing plans. Each man was strong in their own way and each had very high ambitions.

"So with this plan we will finally destroy Konohagakure no Sato. I can hardly wait for the day." The man said. He had on Kage robes and his hat which had the kanji of earth on it. This man was Maguna Berugu, the Rokudaime Tsuchikage. Berugu was a former soldier that took part in the Iwagakure-Konohagakure war. He led troops against Konoha's ninjas but he and his entire army was wiped out by Konoha no Kiroi Senkou. It was a most humiliating lost and a huge blow to his pride as a shinobi and leader. He wanted another shot at the man but was denied when Iwa surrendered. His blood boiled and he deserted Iwagakure soon after. Living as a missing-nin, he created a small army. He took this army back to Iwagakure no Sato. Together, they were able to turn more villagers and eventually, killed the Godaime Tsuchikage. He was appointed the new Kage without any opposition. He heard of how Otogakure almost dealt a killing blow to Konoha and made a pact with him. He would like nothing more than to see the village that the Yondaime Hokage tried so hard to protect burn in flames.

"Our combined forces will obliterate Konoha. They have no chance of survival." The man to Berugu's right was also a Kage. He was the Yondaime Raikage, Gashira Ikazuchi. Since Kumogakure no Sato has been founded, the Gashira clan has always been in power. Every Kage was from that clan. If there was anyone who threatened their hold of that power, they were dealt with quietly but brutally. Ikazuchi was a very crafty ninja. He would rather plot or use devious schemes and strategies than fight head on. It was he who suggested the plot to kidnap the Hyuga heir. His brother, who was next in line to be Raikage, fouled up and got killed. He wasn't sad though since it made him next in line for the title. He knew that this would be another chance at obtaining the Byakugan. He had not been fooled by Konoha's little switch and he would make them pay for it.

"You may be satisfied with this but I'm not pleased." The leader of the Ame ninjas said. He was not given the title of Kage since Amegakure no Sato was ruled by a daimyo. So he sent his best man as a representative. This man was Oboro. Oboro saw this as a way to redeem himself for his past. First it was that he and his genin team were defeated by a bunch of brats. Next, those same brats defeated them again. Then, his teammates were killed against Konoha's Hunter-nins. Lastly, he was almost killed by a medic-nin that he attempted to kill. To him, the sooner that Konoha was gone, the better his life would get.

"What is it now, you little bug?" Berugu asked. Oboro had to catch himself before he attacked the Tsuchikage.

"Why are we, the Ame, dealing with Suna?" he demanded. "From what the scouts say, the Godaime Kazekage and his brother, puppet master Kankuro, are part of the convoy. You expect us to take on them? Gaara will crush us in a matter of seconds."

"Did you not listen?" said Ikazuchi. "You're not going into a full scrimmage with the Suna nins. You're to just give quick ambushes and keep doing that before they reach Konoha."

"What are you afraid of?" Berugu asked conceitedly "Gaara does not have his demon any more."

"He still has control of the sand and that still makes him a dangerous person. I won't have our ninjas go into a battle where we will be killed." Said Oboro

"Calm yourself, Oboro," a slithering voice said. "I assure you that none of your ninja will be sent into a needless fight. I've created this plan and it will not fail."

Everyone turned to the Shodaime Otokage, Orochimaru. He had not change in appearances or ambitions. The only thing that changed would be that he had switch bodies three weeks ago. It was the reason for him being in bandages. Despite being in a weakened sate, he still was a dangerous enemy.

"I am still unsure." He said

"Are all you Ame nins so weak?" Berugu said

"What did you say?" Oboro demanded while he decided which jutsu he'd to kill the man. Berugu just smirked at the predictable young man. He was in the midst of beginning a jutsu himself when they were stopped by Orochimaru.

"Enough," Orochimaru ordered strictly. "You two could settle your differences after we have destroyed Konoha." The two stopped their attacked but glared at each other while Orochimaru turned to the two Kages. "Now, let us continue."

The door to Tsunade's office was knocked and a voice asked for permission to enter. She was a good looking woman with red eyes and black hair. She wore a white dress which at her thighs with one red sleeve. Her hands were bandaged and her headband was tied around her forehead. Tsunade looked up from her desk to address the ninja. Yuuhi Kurenai bowed to her Kage and awaited her instructions.

"Kurenai," Tsunade began. "I will make this as brief as possible. We are now at war with Amegakure, Otogakure, Iwagakure and Kumogakure and it might be a possibility that we may be at war with Kirigakure. As we speak, a diplomatic courier is on its way to Mizu no Kuni." Tsunade tossed her a scroll. "That has the mission briefing on it. This is to be handled as an S-rank mission. You have one week to do the mission. Do you have any questions?"

"I do have a request. I would like to have my former team with me. They have skills which will make the mission much faster." Kurenai said

"So be it," the older woman said, nodding "Hyuga Hinata, Inuzuka Kiba and Aburame Shino are under your command. This mission is to be carried out immediately."

"Understood." Kurenai said and disappeared from Tsunade's view.

He walked through the forest at a slow pace. He was looking for something new to add to his collection. Thirteen years had done much for him. Now a jounin, he was a vice captain of one of the hunter-nin squads. His skills were second to none when it came to finding missing-nins with his clan's bloodline. He placed his hand on a tree branch and concentrated.

"Mushi Yose no Jutsu." He called out. A chakra web appeared and so did a huge amount of bugs. He had seen some of these before and was not really interested in them.

"I still see that you still enjoy this hobby." A voice said. He turned to see his former teacher standing on a branch.

"It is good to see you again, Kurenai-shishou. I'm sorry that I have not visited you recently." He said

"I keep telling you that you do not have to refer to me like that. You are a jounin now so we are at equal standing."

"Old habits are hard to break, shishou," he said. "What is it that you require of me?"

"I need you for a mission. I have already cleared you with your captain. You have an hour to get your things and meet me at the west gate." Kurenai said

"Understood." He said. Kurenai left him alone with his bugs. He then noticed a bug that he had never seen. Calling to the bug, he held at the tip of his finger and observed it.

"You will make a nice addition." With that said, Aburame Shino disappeared.

"Yahoo!" shouted a little girl. She was riding on top of a big white dog. She had brown hair and brown eyes. She had two red marks on each side of her cheek. She was wearing a tank top and black bottoms. She was riding the dog like she in a rodeo when she saw a black haired lady appear. She knew her from the picture that her father kept on the table.

"Hi Kurenai-san." She said

"Hello Hanryu-chan. Is your dad home?" Kurenai asked

"Yes." She turned to the door and took a deep breath. "DADDY!" she shouted. In seconds, a man came out. He was wearing a black shirt and gray pants. He had a mask on top of his head which the ANBU used. He looked to see his old teacher standing next to his daughter.

"Hey Kurenai, what's going on?" he asked

"I have a mission that requires your skills. It's a S-rank mission." She said

"How long do I have?"

"One hour at the west gate." Kurenai said and disappeared. He walked up to his daughter and lifted her up of the dog. She pouted and he laughed.

"Sorry honey. Akamaru and I have a mission to do." He said

"All right. You're going to kick butt, right?" Hanryu asked

"Of course. I'm Inuzuka Kiba, one of Konoha's ANBU. I'm going to kick so much…" He was cut short by a smack across his head. He turned to see his wife.

"How many times must I tell you about your language?" she growled

"Sorry dear." He said. Hanryu giggled. Her father may have the big bad dog when it came to fighting but he was a whipped puppy when it came to his wife.

He dodged the first strike and countered. She ducked and struck out to his leg. He dodged and tried to close one of her chakra points but she spun away and tried to do the same to him. He dodged again. It was just like their fight at the Chuunin exam. The only difference was there was no rage involved. Besides it would be frowned upon if he killed his wife. The two backed away from each other, breathing heavily. They both then turned to the clapping sound.

"Kurenai-sensei." The woman said. He just bowed.

"Hello, Hinata-chan, Neji-dono." Kurenai called.

"What brings you here Kurenai-sama?" Neji asked

"I have a mission that requires the Byakugan. Since I'm gathering my old team, I'm going to need your Byakugan, Hinata."

"Yes sensei. I will be ready within the hour." Hinata said

"Good." Kurenai disappeared and left. Hinata turned to Neji.

"I must prepare. I'm sorry to cut our time short." She said with a small smile. Neji walked up and kissed her forehead. They left it at that and she left to get prepared.

The former Team Eight stood at the entrance at the west gate. They were carrying light and wear in dark clothes. Kurenai faced her former genin team.

"Ok, here is the mission. We are to enter Mizu no Kuni undetected and spy on the Mizukage." She said

"May I inquire why?" Shino asked

"If you have not heard," Kurenai said. "Otogakure has allied with Kumogakure, Iwagakure, and Amegakure. They have declared war on us. It is possible that Kirigakure would likely join the war. We are to get in, gather information, and get out."

"What is our time line?" asked Hinata

"We have one week so we will not be stopping until we reach the docks."

"So what are we waiting for?" Kiba asked. Kurenai nodded and signaled them to move out. The reunited Team Eight disappeared in a swirl of leaves.

Dragon6: Authors' Notes: Ok there were some people that did not think that Gaara and Hinata was not a good match. So I switch Hinata's pairing from Gaara to Neji. It sounds weird but if you think about the fact that the whole Hyuga clan has the Byakugan, then you got to believe in inter-clan marriage. Hate it, like it, let me know.

Glossary

Otogakure – Hidden Sound

Kumogakure – Hidden Cloud

Iwagakure – Hidden Rock

Amegakure – Hidden Rain

Kirigakure – Hidden Mist

Konohagakure no Sato – Village Hidden in the Leaves

Ta no Kuni – The Land of Rice

Iwa – Rock

Kumo – Cloud

Ame – Rain

Kiri no Shinobigatana Nananin Shu – Seven Shinobi Swordsman of the Mist

Kiri – Mist

Mizu no Kuni – The Land of Water

Shishou – teacher

Konoha no Kiroi Senko – Konoha's Yellow Flash

Mushi Yose no Jutsu – Bug Gathering Technique – Shino uses a web-like chakra to attract bugs.