Alright, since I basically fucked up with the last try, I'll be doing this one. Dragon Flight was failed, but hopefully, I don't lose this one. It's not likely with what I plan on putting it through, though, so if I do this right, it won't be discontinued.
Also, note that this is also somewhat of my own idea, and I have revisited the game. That's what got me rethinking on this.
Alright, here we go!
But before I do:
Disclaimer: I don't own anything!
Two people were facing each other. One in a Red-orange cloak with a single fox tail behind him. He wore an Orange Jumpsuit, with Light Blue on the Shoulders. The other one looked like a Bat, with Black and red eyes, black commas in the Red Pupils.
"Let's finish this in one blow!" The one that looked like a bat shouted, as he went through 3 handsigns, and making Lightning form around his hand, before it turned Black.
"Prepare to lose, Sasuke!" the one in a cloak shouted back, as a Purple sphere that seemed to spin at high speeds inside of his right hand.
They both jumped over the river they were next to, and collided in the middle, over the water, and in front of a Waterfall.
The result was not what they were expecting.
The moment the two attacks made contact, the blonde one felt something was off.
"Kit, bad news! These attacks are doing more than you think!"
"Just tell me what they are doing fox!"
"They're making a rift in time and space! Pull back your Rasengan, NOW!"
"I have to stop him from going to that snake!"
"If you don't pull back, then NEITHER of you will survive!"
"The village will rejoice with my death, and you know it. They'll mourn over him, but not me. And what if we do survive? They'll never find us, and he could gain the power he would want to kill Itachi. I still don't see why he would do that, though."
"We'll figure that out later! But if we survive, then I might not. I'm blaming you for this."
"And you'd have every right to do so. I Just hope you do. Kurama."
"You finally call me by my name... You don't expect to survive, don't you?"
"No, but there's always a chance. Me against Zabuza was one particular indication."
"You've got a point there, but I'm still blaming you."
There was a large explosion, followed by silence. There was nothing there.
Kakashi made it to the area, and saw that no one was there. There were traces of the fight and the explosion, but nothing else. "Pakkun..."
"Its no use, Kakashi. The scent ends here." the dog then looked at the waterfall. "But I do smell something else. Could be dangerous. It's neither of their scents."
"What is it, then?" Kakashi asked.
"I don't know... but if you ask me, it's similar to a Reverse Summoning. The scent is similar, sure, but it's not a Reverse Summoning. There are a few differences there, to mark it as similar, but not in form."
"We failed." Kakashi looked down, before a plant-like man appeared.
"If you are looking for the two that were fighting here, I watched the entire thing. Black Lightning, and a Purple Sphere. Red Cloak, and a bat-like form. They clashed, and the area exploded. After that, there was no trace of either of them. You seem more knowledgeable. Do you know what happened?"
"Who are you, and why do you want to know?" Kakashi glared.
"Relax, Konoha Shinobi. I'm with Jiraiya. I'm a double agent for him. The Blonde one is his Godson."
Kakashi sighed. "Where do you plan to meet with him?"
"2 days from now. I'm one of the reasons why he knows. He may have been after Orochimaru, but we're also after the snake, so we teamed up, so to speak. Watching the battle served a double purpose for both sides."
"The best we can think of is a Reverse Summoning, as that's closest. For all intents and purposes, tell Akatsuki that the Kyuubi Jinchuuriki went missing with no clear lead. I'll report to Jiraiya about this, and the Hokage."
"Noted." The Plant-man said. "Know that I also owe Jiraiya. Farewell."
Naruto woke up in a cave, a fire next to him. There was a girl nearby in Purple clothing. He immediately saw the Rapier at her side. "So, you finally awaken." She stated.
"Where am I?"
"You don't know?"
"I wouldn't be asking if I did. The last thing I remember was fighting against someone in front of a Waterfall. Next thing I know, I wake up here." Naruto admitted.
"The Southern Half of Serdio. Your name?"
Naruto looked around and saw Sasuke. "Sasuke!" He rushed towards him. "Did he..."
"He's alive. But you're lucky that the Dragon didn't find you. I can't say the same about the guy in red."
Naruto then turned his head. "What do I call you?"
"You don't need to know my name." she replied.
"I do if I want to thank you." Naruto retorted.
"Why would you thank me?"
Naruto sighed. "I know all about where I was before I ended up here. I know all about the entire continent, and the surrounding islands. I know more about legends than most would believe. Not once have I heard anything about Serdio."
"That would be impossible. I've been everywhere on Endiness. Every place knows about Serdio, even those that lived under a rock. Trust me, I've asked."
Naruto sighed. "Hang on, I gotta check something out." Naruto then sat down in the Lotus position, and starting to meditate.
He was immediately in front of the seal. "Kurama? You still alive?"
"Yeah... But I'm tired as fuck."
"You tried to save me, didn't you?"
"Yeah... just let me sleep, unless you found out where we landed."
"It was a place called Serdio. You know about it?"
The fox sighed before closing his eyes. They then opened up extremely wide to epic proportions. "DID YOU JUST SAY SERDIO?"
"I take it you know about it?"
"Kid, you landed near my home. Nibi's home as well. 11,000 years ago, Nibi and I were born in Tiberoa. Serdio is just east of Tiberoa. If you ever need information on the Dragon Campaign, let me know. I'll tell you about it. But be careful of Dragons. If there are any left, hit their eye with a Blade, and charge both your Chakra and mine into it."
"What will that do?"
"If there are dragons running around, then be careful. They are far beyond Chuunin in their weaker states, though they lack the diversity."
Naruto nodded. "Any advice?"
"I'd need to know the changes in the last 11,000 years to give accurate information, but since you're in Serdio, more specifically, the Southern Half, I could give you my old weapon. I had it hidden there before I died. It was a rapier, and I hope you can learn to use it here."
"What about Konoha?"
"They likely won't find you, and you won't be able to return until you do something. If the Winglies were still around, and their powers are still as strong, you may find a way back through them. I'm giving you a few of my memories. More specifically the languages used and written back then. Gigantos, Minintos, Wingly, and you already know English. Those are the ones you're going to receive now."
Naruto gripped his head. "Give it a few seconds, then find out what's happened in the last 11,000 years."
Naruto nodded. "I'll let you sleep then. Let me know if you find out anything else." He then left, and Kurama sighed. "Kit, you're in a good place to learn how to use a weapon. Being as you'll be learning how to use my weapon, you'll be perfect."
The woman was waving her hand in front of his eyes. "Are you there, kid?"
"Naruto. Naruto Uzumaki. Could you tell me what happened in the last 11,000 years here?" Naruto asked.
"It is common courtesy to give your own name before asking someone else's. My name is Rose. You wouldn't know the last name."
"Kit! This is an old friend of mine! Ask her how she survived this long."
"I'm going to go on a guess and ask how you lived around 11,000 years ago." Naruto stated, earning a shocked look from her.
"How did you..."
"Say what I say." Naruto mentally nodded. "You were engaged at 17, right before a final battle between Winglies and Humans. His name was Zieg. He died in that very battle."
She sat down with a shocked look on her face. "You know... that's..."
"Impossible?" Naruto asked, earning a nod. "The impossible happens for me all the time. Anyway, he was affected by Petrification, and you were devastated. And you want to know what else? Somewhere near here an old friend of yours sealed something that could only come out of the seal with his Life Force Present."
"How do you know this?" Rose asked, her eyes still in shock.
"Said friend is sealed inside my gut." Naruto then took off his jacket and shirt, before channeling his Chakra. The seal appeared and Rose inspected it. "This is... A seal regarding Soa."
"The Shinigami, where I come from. God of Death."
"It ties you to Soa. I don't know where you come from, but you're coming with me. I'll teach you what I know about this place. Just don't tell anyone else that I've lived for as long as I have. If anyone asks, you don't know my age, and I'd kill you if you asked."
Naruto nodded in response. "And Sasuke?"
"We'll leave him in Bale. There's an Inn there, but it's pretty far. There's also someone near here that's probably going after a friend of theirs. With the recent battle between the First Division Knights of Bale, and Sandora, I'd imagine he'd go to Hellena to get her, and maybe even run into some POWs. If that's the case, he'd be taking them to Bale. We'll head there, and I'll give him the description. If you friend knows Zieg, he's got the looks down pat, but wears Red armor with one Pauldron. Everything else is damn near the same."
"Got it, Kit. If we see him, I'll know it's him."
"By the way, which one is he?"
"He goes by Kurama, but I'm not sure if you'd know that name." Naruto stated, earning a shake of the head. "Well, considering the fact he's a 10 story tall Fox now, I can't imagine him to use the same name."
Rose looked at him. "Sly, a little manipulative... got Zieg to propose?"
Naruto raised an eyebrow. "That's me. She remembers me."
"He says that was him."
"Korallo... How did he end up as a Fox?"
"Beats the fuck out of me. I died, and ended up as a Yoko. The anything in between is lost to me. I finally remembered after being sealed into the Wife of the First Hokage. When that happened, I had remembered a lot of my past life as Korallo. The rest of it came with Shinigami's Seal. It's not Soa, but a different version of the 108th Species here. I may not be able to take control of your body, but be sure to tell her this, exactly as I say it."
Naruto looked at her. "Rose, there's something you should know, but I also have a question. What is the 108th species? Kurama isn't saying anything on it."
"The Moon Child... The Moon Child is known as what will give Soa's blessing, but they always hold the essence of the god of destruction. They are always in a human, and I had to get rid of each one to this point. I can't let anyone revive the God of Destruction. That's way I had asked one of the Winglies to give me partially immortality. This is stuff I can't let anyone know."
Naruto sighed. "The thing about power, is not why it was created. The only thing that you can control is how it's used. If the power is used for good, regardless of why it was created in the for in the first place, it's look on as Good. If a power is used with evil intentions, then the power is looked on as evil. Maybe if someone taught the Moon Child to err on the side of Good, maybe we can make it so they can help bring peace... Of course, there would be a balance to the peace, as Peace is never everlasting. Chaos always exists alongside peace. It's like a balance between light and dark. Good and Evil. Peace and Chaos. If there's an imbalance between anything something happens to balance it out."
"Where did you get that from?"
Rose sat back and sighed. "Why didn't I think of that?"
"He didn't think about it before he was sealed inside of me, with only half of his power. The other half was actually the opposite of what was sealed in me. Yang Chakra, the Light half, was sealed in me. The other half, the Yin half, was sealed elsewhere. I don't know where it is." Naruto admitted. "I have the soul and Yang half of his Chakra. His life force. It's only understanding the basis of his own Chakra cut like it is that led him to that idea. Even light can cause destruction, just as much as Darkness can."
"Darkness causes more destruction. Light heals."
"There's a flip side to the coin. There always is. Damage made by Light is hidden, and yet instantaneous. The Damage made by Darkness is long term, and builds up gradually. If you let Darkness consume you, control you... then it is bad, because you're doing bad things with your power. Light is used to heal, so it's looked on as Good. If you see that, you'll see what I mean."
Rose sighed and nodded. "Korallo has always been the wise man. If that came from him, then I can honestly say I never thought about it, and he's probably right."
"Kurama hasn't always been wise. At least, not by human standards where I'm from."
"That's partially my fault, for not remembering sooner. People have forgotten what I came up with, as that was once how I was. A Mindless beast before the first sealing. As humans that's the only thing they remembered. A beast that didn't know how to think. That's the human idea of Demon."
Naruto repeated those words. Rose nodded. "Think you can help balance the war out? I know it's a lot to ask but..."
"Who started it?" Naruto asked.
"Sandora started the war with a Dragon. Feyrbrand happens to be that very Dragon."
"Ole Green Tusk?" Naruto asked.
"Oh, I make a habit of giving nicknames to people. It's not one of his, but it's me."
Rose nodded. "He is the Green Tusked Dragon, yes." Naruto nodded.
"So, Sandora started the war with the dragon on their side?" Rose nodded. Naruto then looked at Sasuke. "Sasuke has a Curse Mark on him. Think you can use your Dragoon Powers to purify it? Maybe make it safe for him to use? We can use his help here."
"He may be revenge driven, and it may not be by blood, but he's my brother. I couldn't let him go to that snake just for power. I think that him getting what he wants here and then trying to find a way, would help out not only him, but everyone." Naruto stated. "The power of that curse will kill him if he uses it too much. It deteriorates the mind. Makes it easier for one person in particular to control him. I'm not asking to get rid of the risk of using it, but I really hope you can help make it safe for his mental state."
Rose looked at Sasuke. "Where is it? I may be able to make it safe, but without a Light Element Dragoon, I can't get rid of the self-destruction effect on a physical level. The Light Dragoon can. The White Silver Dragon had that kind of power. I never did." Naruto nodded in response.
"Please. Help him." She nodded, and and went to work. "It's on his neck. Left side." She mumbled a few words, but Naruto didn't hear them. Kurama did though. "Aura Pulse of Darkness... So, she is using that one to purify it... Not my particular choice but, doable... for her."
"Aura Pulse of Darkness?"
"It's a spell that was used to purify hearts. I could never use it, and it has a purifying effect on powers, but it has to equal the power it's purifying. That's the only downside. If I could've used it, then I would've taught it to you to use it. If she can teach it to you, then you can use it on Anko."
"That would help out. But I'll have to show her what I... what we can do first. Maybe teach her something in return."
Rose looked back at Naruto. "I may not be able to completely purify it, but it's the best I can do right now." Naruto checked on it. "Kurama?"
"From here on out, call me by my name here. Korallo is what you should call me from now on."
"It'll take some getting used to, but alright... Korallo."
"Alright, the snake's influence is gone, and the damage is still repairable. I can make it so he can use it as a Dragoon-like transformation, you can ask Rose about it, but it would be the same form he used against you in the Valley of the End. That's the form he'll use. I'd do the same for you after a while. It'll take a while to do so. You've gotten 56% of my power turned into your own. Once this happens, I'll do the same with myself. You won't be a Dragoon, and neither will he, but they will work the same way as a Dragoon. I can't guarantee the process will work to your liking with me, though."
"Alright. But can you make it happen? At least to see the effects with Sasuke? If it'll work like you say, then we'll see how Sasuke handles it."
"Rose, Korallo and I are going to try something. It should allow him to use the Mark like the Dragoons did." Naruto said.
"How do you two plan to do that?"
"It's him with the idea, not me. I'm just going along with it." Naruto admitted, and Rose sighed. Naruto put both hands over the mark, and infused Korallo's power with the knowledge of a Dragoon Transformation. Sasuke's eyes opened up wide, and he screamed in pain. He couldn't move, for some reason.
"What the fuck are you doing to me?"
"Shut up Sasuke! This is supposed to help you control this!"
"I don't need your help! AHHHHHH!" Sasuke shouted.
Rose watched on with interest. 'He considers this kid a brother?'
Naruto just kept on working. "This is the same power that fueled my Rasengan in the Valley! It countered the power of your Curse Mark powering your Chidori! Just shut up and accept what I'm doing, because Itachi will never find us where we're at, and you'll never find him here either!" That gave Sasuke a pause, and he ignored all pain for a second there. "This will help both of us, because if it works like I hope it will then I'll gain the same power as you, and we'll take him on together! As members of a family SHOULD do!"
Naruto stopped channeling Korallo's Chakra to the Curse. "It's done. The mark..." He looked at where it was. "I don't believe it... It's gone."
Sasuke looked at Naruto. "What do you mean it's gone? I can still feel its Chakra but... It's different. Calmer. Almost as if..."
"It was purified. The Snake's influence was gone when I started. I just made it so it could be used at a moments notice, similar to the Dragoon status here. Try to call on it."
Sasuke shook his head. "I can't risk it."
Naruto raised an eyebrow. "Why not?"
"The power is corrosive. If I use it too much it will destroy me physically."
"That's the point I told you I couldn't fix." Rose stated.
"Yeah. Well, that may have been fixed with what we did." Naruto told her. "Sasuke, just try to call on it. See if it works."
Sasuke sighed, as he tried calling on the power. It didn't come out. "I can't."
"Sure you can! You didn't think I would stand a chance against Haku. What makes you any different?"
"No. I really can't. I tried to bring it out like I did before, but it didn't follow." Sasuke replied. "I don't understand it. The power is there, but I can't use it."
Rose sighed, earning their attention. "It responds to a need. More specifically a need to protect. That's what I use, and it works every time."
Sasuke then imagined Naruto in danger from Itachi. It started coming out, and he glowed a sliver glow. Naruto covered his eyes, as did Rose. When the glow subsided, Sasuke appeared in the same form as before, but different. His skin was the same color as usual: A pale, yet tanned complexion. His eyes were the usual Onyx Black, and showed he didn't have his Sharingan active. His hair was the same color, but his clothes were entirely different.
It was changed into a Black Armor, the same color as his hair, which was still Black. There was the Uchiha Insignia on the Chest Plate with a Snake underneath it. He didn't hold a weapon, but the wings... They were the same as before. Bat-like wings, but they were the same color as the Armor.
He was looking at himself. "This... This is..."
"How did you manage to get the Dragoon Armor right?"
"This isn't the Dragoon form, and that's not Dragoon Armor. Since it uses the power of a Snake, I'd assume if you went up against a Snake with the power of a Dragon, you'd probably get the same result. I can't really say anything on that, and Korallo has no idea if that's the case. Still, if we see the Dragon Buster, provided it also survived this long, we should avoid being hit by it. Settle for a Graze if you can't avoid it." Naruto said. "We'll also need to find a weapon for him to use. His Sharingan will allow for speed. And a lot of it."
"That's an understatement." Sasuke pointed out. "It effectively gets rid of Tunnel Vision. That's how good it is for speed. And with the perception, you could add accuracy into that."
Naruto was silent for a bit. "Rapier. That's your best bet. Rose, I believe that's your department." She shook her head.
"Do I have to ask why me?"
"You expect me to know anything? Even with Korallo sealed inside of me? He won't give out the secrets to your style, as they're not his to give. The main problem is: Regardless of the fact that he's been inside of me all my life, he still has no idea what kind of weapon would suit me best. All he knows is that I'm a close range fighter. Which weapon in particular is what he can't figure out."
"And why not?" she asked, completely curious.
"He may know a lot, but since everyone started to stunt my progress until what Sasuke would know as the Wave mission, our first C-rank, that was the only time I've really gotten any training to improve. Everything else, was to keep me weak. And when I finally got some kind of good training, the speed at which I grew was incredible."
"Whoa whoa whoa whoa back up!" Sasuke said. "Are you saying that everyone else wanted you to have absolutely no skills?"
"Exactly. The council wanted me dead. The only true exceptions to who wanted me dead in the village is... actually, I'll put it to you this way. The amount of people that actually cared for me I could count on one hand." He paused as he mentally named them. 'Teuchi, Ayame, Jiji, Hinata... heck, Jiraiya is on that list too. Regardless of the fact he's a pervert.'
"Yeah, I can still count them on one hand. There's only 6 right now, but one of them is dead. That means 5. Teuchi, Ayame, Hinata, Iruka-sensei and Jiraiya. Those are the only ones that stay in the village and care about me, even though Jiraiya is a Sannin. Not even Kakashi-sensei has made that list."
Sasuke just stared at Naruto. 'If they did that...' "Why? Why would they do that to you? I mean I know they didn't like you, but that was going too far!"
Naruto sighed. "Rose, you know him as Korallo. Sasuke, you know him as the Kyuubi no Yoko. He's been sealed in my gut since the day I was born." He paused. "That's also the reason I survived the Chidori that hit my lung. He's the reason it healed. That's the only reason I am alive."
Sasuke sighed, and looked Naruto in the eye. "It's better if you stay here. Even if I go back, if they're going to treat you like that, they'll never let you become Hokage. No matter what you do."
"That's why it's my dream. If I can accomplish it, then that means I've changed their opinions of me, and I finally gained acceptance."
"The only way you could do that is by proving yourself in a war, or stopping an invasion,with everyone watching you do so firsthand." Sasuke pointed out. "That'll never happen."
"Even if they don't find out what happens here, we can still help end a war. I just wish I knew who my parents were."
"What do you mean? Surely they'd... On second thought, the only one who would ever tell you is the Sandaime, but he didn't, did he?"
Naruto shook his head. Rose seemed to remember something. "You said Uzumaki, right?"
Naruto looked at her. "That's my surname."
"You see, a while back, 12 years ago, actually, there's been reports of a Red haired female. She called herself Kushina Uzumaki, but no one knows how she moves, where she's from, or even got close enough to find out anything else on her. She's a powerful assassin. The likes of which none has lived to see. I can only tell you rumors, because before anyone ever sees her, they're already dead. No one knows how she kills, and there's never any witnesses." She replied. "I've only heard about her in passing, but I haven't seen her."
Naruto sighed. "Do you have anything else on a description? Maybe a last known location." She shook her head. "The rumors did originate in Tiberoa, but they've spread to Millie Seseau, and even Serdio. No one knows where she is."
He nodded. "If that's the best we've got, then after this war, then I'll be finding out everything I can about her. Before I go back, I have to find her. If she's my mother, then..."
"I know. You haven't known your family, and this is a change to find out. You're going to take it." Sasuke sighed. "Just like me and going after Itachi. You'd probably go rogue for this chance."
Naruto sighed. "It's likely that they think we're both dead, or transported to who knows where. We were transported into another Dimension. The same dimension that Korallo came from. As far as anyone back home knows, we're looking for a way back, if we're even alive. For the time being, we need to work this out on our end. It's not likely they'll find us easily. Kushina has probably found a way to get back home, but if she did, she either doesn't remember, doesn't have a reason to return, or maybe even doesn't remember the reason to return."
Rose nodded. "If that's the case, then I wouldn't be surprised. If she's from your world, then if she saw you doing something Humans can't do here, then you might make her remember."
"Then that's a second goal for me. The first thing I need to do is end this war. We'll be playing for Bale. If we come across the guy you saved from Feyrbrand, then we join up with him. Hopefully, he ends up on Bale's side of this war." Naruto said, as the other two nodded. "Feyrbrand is something that we'll need to beat, and I think they have incentive to join up with Bale. All things considered, if this guy is from a nearby village and was almost attacked by a Dragon allied with Sandora, he's gonna go up against Sandora. Especially if he's a dragoon."
"Know that he doesn't know he's a Dragoon. At least, it doesn't seem like it, as he didn't use it when Feyrbrand attacked him." Rose stated. "I'll have to awaken it for him. He's got Zieg's Dragoon Spirit. I can awaken it for him."
"You do that. Korallo is gonna have to rest up for a while. After my fight to Stop Sasuke from going to Orochimaru, he's pretty worn out. He gave me power during the fight, but controlling it for two people, even through the Jinchuuriki cloak, is hard on a being. Human or not, it's not easy to do."
Rose and Sasuke nodded, as Sasuke left his new form back to his regular state. He was panting. "It'll do that a few times. The more you use it, the better off you'll be, but we can't let anyone else know about it until I awaken the Red Eye Dragoon." Sasuke nodded as he stopped panting.
Naruto looked out toward the entrance. "Alright, who's hungry?"
"I didn't get any food. I didn't think either of you would wake up yet." Rose admitted.
"It's okay. I sent 3 Shadow Clones out there to hunt, and they've got the food caught, skinned and 2 of them are bringing it back here." Naruto admitted.
"How did you know that?" Rose asked.
Naruto then blinked. "You know, I don't know how I know it."
"The Shadow Clone... You said you made 3 of them, right?" A nod. "The Third one dispelled?" A nod. "Shit. You gain the Clones Memories when they dispel."
Naruto blinked, and then sighed. "That's a piece of info that would've been useful to know. The mental feedback from using too many at once is a likely problem, though."
"You're right." Rose admitted. The clones entered the cave at that point, carrying 4 Large Boars. "You really intend on eating all of that?"
Naruto nodded, as they started cooking over the fire, which was getting low. "Sasuke?"
"That's far too small." He pointed out.
"I know. You mind?" He shook his head, and went through a few handsigns, before letting out a small Fireball. "I can't make a bigger one... I have too little Chakra."
Naruto nodded, before charging a bit of Wind Chakra. "Wind Element Jutsu. I found out that my element was Wind, but I had to work out what I could do with it without help. Enhancing Fire Jutsu is a given, but this is the only way I know how to do so. I don't have Chakra Exhaustion, like you do. Korallo's Chakra is corrosive at this point. Using too much of it at once can damage the body. It's similar to the Cursed Seal of Heaven, but the damage is only physical. That's why I lost all use in one arm during our fight. Once I've finished using it, it switches functions and heals. I have natural regeneration, sure. But that's a Bloodline of sorts, and it's enhanced with Korallo sealed inside of me. That's why I can recover from Chakra Exhaustion in a single night, along with a few flesh wounds."
Sasuke nodded. "Wake me up when it's ready." He laid down and fell asleep quickly.
"How long do you think it'll take to cook?" She asked.
"I'd give it an hour. Maybe 2. I always eat a lot, not just Ramen, like everyone back home thinks." Naruto admitted. "I can go 4 days without eating, but that's taking it easy on traveling. That's on a full stomach."
Rose nodded. "I'll keep that in mind. And him?"
"Somehow, I doubt he could keep going as long as I could. I've definitely got the stamina, but he's got speed." Naruto stated. "I'd say 2 days on a full stomach is pushing it for him."
Rose nodded in agreement.
-4 days later-
Rose, Naruto and Sasuke were in the Forests, but Naruto was leading the way, on the ground. "Why are we going this way, again?" Sasuke asked, partially annoyed.
"Korallo had a weapon hidden near here. I'm using his Chakra to act as a Tracker of sorts. It's leading me to it. Rose said it was only 10 hours between the time I woke up, and the time she saved the guy. By the way, I got a name for him. You can thank my Shadow Clones. His name is Dart Feld. He was born in Neet, 23 years ago, and came to Seles around 7 years old. 5 years ago, he went on a quest of his own. Sasuke, you'd find a bit of familiarity with him here. He was after the one that killed his parents. Oddly enough, they were named Zieg and Claire Feld. He carries around his father's Memento. I have a feeling that the memento happens to be the Spirit of the Red eye Dragon. That also means that his father is the Zieg from the last Dragon Campaign."
"But that can't be..."
"Petrification can be cured with time." Naruto pointed out. "It's been 11,000 years. It's highly possible that he could've gotten out of it in the last 30 years."
Rose sighed. "Is that your thinking, or Korallo's?"
"Mine. Korallo is still asleep. I'm only using his Chakra as a link to his weapon." Naruto pointed out. "I've been gaining his memories of this place and what happens. I may do a lot of the thinking, but the information is based on his memories. I'm only pointing out a possibly in the matter."
"I wouldn't have killed Zieg, if that's what you're implying."
"I'm not saying you did. But if was in Neet when The Black Monster attacked, then it's likely he managed to get out of there alive. If that's the case, something's going on. Any dead guys claiming to be alive at this point is likely to be Zieg."
"You know how improbable that is?" Rose asked.
"Need I remind you about me and the Impossible?" Naruto retorted.
"Point." She replied.
"You know, Naruto, she's far better for you than Sakura."
Naruto sighed. "Sakura is likely to be better off with Bushy Brows than you. No offense."
"None taken. Until she gets completely serious, I wouldn't go after her anyway."
"Why do you think I kept going after her?"
"So you could get hit."
"No. I went after her, because I knew you wouldn't want her the way she is. You don't like fangirls. That's the problem with her."
"I'm more worried about the Fanboys rather than Fangirls." Sasuke shivered. "They're even worse."
"Did you think I didn't know about them, either?" Naruto asked. "I may not have done anything forward regarding you until you left, but I was always backing you. The only actions you have made that I question are your goal to take down Itachi, which I don't believe he did it for that reason, and you leaving. Everything else you had damn near perfect support from me, whether you realized it or not."
Sasuke sighed, though he tensed up when Itachi was brought up. "Look, I may have been blind to a lot of things, but I don't get why you'd put yourself in trouble because of me?"
Naruto stopped at that point, before turning his head to the left a bit, he ran up to a Tree, and put a hand on it. "It's here." "Korallo, we're here."
There was a yawn, before Korallo spoke up. "About time. I was getting bored. Charge my Chakra to your fingertips, and put it to the ground. It should pop up."
Naruto did just that, and a glow appeared on the ground, which then formed a Glyph. Rose watched it all happen, and Sasuke had activated his Sharingan for it. Trying to memorize everything he could. There was nothing he could decipher in this Glyph. The glyph soon shrunk, and then the ground rose in front of Naruto, only to form a small case.
"Alright. The case is far too sturdy for any Jutsu that I know of. Dragoon Magic, Dragonic attacks, even Wingly Magic. It's all useless. Do the same at the midpoint of the front." Naruto followed what he was saying, and it opened up.
Inside was what seemed like a knuckle guard, made of a Brown Metal of sorts. Rose's eyes widened. "Naruto, grab the handle, the Overguard covering your knuckles. After that, channel My chakra, and then yours into it. Mine through the fingertips, and yours through the palm, like you would for the Rasengan."
When he did that, the thing glowed, and made a physical blade that Rose recognized immediately. "It can't be..."
"He says this isn't the Dragon Buster. He had it made to work for him only. He has to channel his own energy, before anyone else can use it. This is Dragon's Horn. Aptly named, since the hilt was made from Belzac's armor. At least that's what he's saying. It'll work on anything damn near as well as the Dragon Buster works on Dragoons. Any metallic armor, Dragon hides, hell even the Virage's of old are nothing before this sword. This also would be a good thing if someone tries to get the 9 Bijuu together. This sword can do some good damage to Demons just like it can for Dragons. It was a Just in Case thing."
Rose nodded at that. "He always had a way to figure things out before even he realized he knew of them."
"It was a problem of mine back then. Sue me."
"No need. This'll help."
Naruto sighed. "Alright. We're 4 days out from Seles at a Civilian Pace. Rose, you think you can keep up at a Shinobi's pace?"
"I may be old, but I'm not out of shape." Rose stated.
"Then we'll go towards Bale. Once there, we'll meet with the current King, and ask what's been going on. Rose, I would suggest you stay hidden for that time. I'm going to find out what they know about her. I do know one thing for sure though, and it's thanks to Korallo... She's my mother by blood, and thought to have been dead. By all accounts, she should be dead." Naruto stated.
Rose raised an eyebrow, as did Sasuke. "Rose isn't a good one to reveal until she awakens the Red Eye Dragoon. Sasuke, you and I are more likely to figure out what we can do around here in a City. A Capital City makes it a bit more likely. A Merchant City, though, is even more likely to find out things."
"Where did you pick this up?"
"Standard Information gathering. Merchant cities tend to have traveling merchants from time to time. They say Pubs are a great source of information. They are second only to the Traveling Merchants. You could consider them the Kings of the Rumor mill. Ino was the top in Konoha. When it comes to general information, mainly for location of certain people, you can almost guarantee you'll find something there. A Pub has maybe 72% chance of finding information you want. Merchant cities, or even Merchant towns, have at least 90% chance of having the information. Back home, I had a type of Spy Network that no one in the village could rival, and no one could every figure out how they worked, and for a reason."
"It's the agents actions, right?"
"Nope. It's the Agents themselves." Naruto admitted. "Think of it from a normal Human standpoint. How many people would suspect a mouse to be a spy?"
Sasuke blinked a few times. "You used rodents?"
"Animals, Sasuke. No one would ever suspect an Animal of spying on them. The Inuzuka Clan Head is the only one to know of this, and they are in on it as well. They get the information, as do I. The Inuzuka is basically a midpoint for everything. Kiba doesn't know, but it all finds its way there. That's why I've always had the Inuzuka's backing on the council. I help them gather information that would help them and me, and they help me out where I can't do anything easily."
Sasuke nodded. "They back me up, sure. But otherwise, they don't really care. I'm someone that can help them, and I'm part of the pack, but everything is unofficial."
"Alright. Lets move." Rose said, turning towards the Northwest. "This way to Bale."
"and you know this how?"
"the direction we've been going, how far we went, and where we were before. The sky tells the rest." Naruto nodded, expecting that kind of answer.
They jumped up to the branches, and Rose did the same. "If you're jumping from tree to tree, I'll admit I don't have much practice."
"Just apply your Rapier skills to your jumps. Your feet touch down is like a hit. Your target is the tree branch. Try that out for a bit." Naruto suggested. Rose was a little shaky, but managed to keep pace with Naruto and Sasuke.
Sasuke looked at Naruto. "How did you know that would work?"
"I didn't." Rose and Sasuke looked at him in surprise. "All I really suggested is apply skills that one uses in one action, and put it into use for another, completely unrelated action. It doesn't always work, and even if it does, it sometimes takes a while. That's how I learn these days. Taking skills from certain actions, and applying them elsewhere. I may not know much about Rapier skills, but I do know that accuracy is one key aspect. Using that, I figured that if worded correctly, someone would see how it works if they wouldn't understand the usual lesson."
Sasuke raised an eyebrow, but Rose turned her face front. "That makes sense, if you think about it." Sasuke then turned his head to her.
"I know it does, from time to time. But the problem is, the official way to teach someone may not work for some, and they don't really accept that fact." Naruto added.
"Ain't that the truth."
"Am I missing something?" Sasuke asked.
"If you're missing what I said, then you obviously don't know basic psychology. The First thing any psychologist needs to know is that no two people think exactly the same way. To teach someone, you have to teach them, on their terms. Their minds. Teach them the way they can learn. Iruka-sensei didn't get that, but at least he actually tried."
"I guess that's better than most could say."
"No kidding." Naruto replied.
"Let's keep moving you two. At this rate, we'd make it to Bale in 6 days time." Rose stated.
Naruto and Sasuke nodded.
-6 days later-
Naruto, Sasuke and Rose caught sight of a castle. "That's Bale. The castle is called Indel's Castle. Find the Inn first. Look for a way around. And no Jutsu. They can pass off as Magic, and that's not a good thing to do."
"No jutsu, no Chakra, either." Naruto said. "Got it."
"Wait, but that also means no Sharingan."
"You got it."
"Bummer. I guess I can't memorize any maps with the Sharingan."
"You can't rely on it, Sasuke. If you do, then anyone that can exploit the weakness of the Sharingan will be able to kick your ass easily. You need to learn how to fight without it. Work without it. That's how you will truly get powerful. A tool is only as good as the one that uses it."
Sasuke sighed. "Right."
"I'll wait for you here. If Dart passes through here, then I'll let you know when you get back."
Naruto nodded. "Let's go Sasuke."
They went into the city at a civilian pace. Naruto and Sasuke walked up to the castle, and a pair of guards stopped them. "State your business."
"I need to speak with someone that has information on rumors, legends, and the like. I was hoping that someone here may be able to help."
"You'll want to talk to Minister Noish. He knows a lot, but nowhere near everything. He does know the most of what's what around here." The guard replied.
"Can you get me a meeting with him?"
"He's meeting with the head of the First Knight's Division, alongside King Albert."
Naruto looked in the guards eyes. "Would he have come by with a male with blonde hair, red chest armor, and probably has a Sword?"
"Yes, in fact. How did you know?"
"Looks like Dart made it before we did... That was much quicker than we expected."
"You know him?"
"I know of him. Dart has gained the attention of a friend of mine. He's got something of legend, and she's been interested in them. She won't kill him for it, only inspect it."
"Does he know her?"
"Not personally. If you say it's the one that saved him from the dragon, then he should know who she is. As far as I know, she didn't give a name." Naruto replied. "I'm merely helping her get information on him, but I'm more interested in something else. More specifically, someone that I hope to find one day."
"No. I'm looking for a female. Possibly my mother."
The guard nodded. "Do you have a description of her?"
"No. I only heard about her recently. I haven't even known her name until then. I thought she was dead for the first 13 years of my life. I've been an orphan for all that time, not knowing who they are or why they weren't there. Now I have a chance to find out who she is personally. I'm not giving up that chance to find her." Naruto said, sternly. The guard heard the determination, something that isn't found in anyone but war veterans that knew what they were fighting for.
"You're really into this, aren't you?" Naruto nodded. "Alright, I'll be going to let him know. Follow me."
He led Naruto and Sasuke to the Throne room, where Minister Noish was. "Minister Noish, someone is here to ask you a few questions."
"Naruto Uzumaki, and Sasuke Uchiha." Naruto stated.
"What do you want to know?"
"Anything you can find on Kushina Uzumaki." Naruto stated.
The man raised both eyebrows. "You want to know where the Red Devil is?"
"I can't tell you where she is, but I know a lot more than most would think. Her skills are far beyond that of a Knight. She's silent. She can kill anyone without their guards, servants, or even their families know. If anyone finds her, and manages to hire her to kill someone, then you'll need something like the Dragon Sandora has at this point."
"I'd say you're underestimating her abilities." Naruto stated. "There was one called the Red Death back where I'm from. The only one to ever match her was the Yondaime Hokage: The strongest warrior there. They were nearly equal in both skill and strength. And The Yondaime Hokage was able to take out an entire Legion, well over 500 people, in one attack."
"In a one on one fight between them, they would end up in a draw, or a close fight. All out, I couldn't predict what would happen. If they're the same person, the Red Devil and the Red Death, then I doubt anyone could match her easily." Naruto stated.
"I do know one thing. She was in town 3 days ago. I haven't heard anything else on her. The inconsistencies of rumors aren't really reliable, but that's all I can go on."
"I see. And what do you know about a man named Dart Feld. A friend of mine saw that he had something that belonged to someone she valued. It's also a historical artifact."
"He's right on the balcony over there. There is a girl named Shana, and First Knight Lavitz Slambert, as well."
Naruto nodded. "Well, if I'm correct with what I have gathered, I doubt he'd let this Lavitz go through a war alone. His entire Legion was wiped out. Dart will be going with him. I can almost guarantee it. If you could..."
"Head to Hoax. That's where Lavitz is likely to be stationed next. The Eighth Division is also stationed there. We also received word that the Dragon will be heading there to attack."
"Rumor or fact?"
"Any other place they could attack? Probably closer to Sandora Territory?" Naruto asked. Sasuke continued to watch as Naruto got the information. 'Is this his true skill? Unreal.'
"It's in the Marshlands. Why do you ask?"
"I think that the Dragon, if it appears at all, will attack in the Marshlands. It was in the Sandora near Seles, about 10 days ago. I was in the area as well, but I was unconscious at the time. I was lucky that the same one that saved Dart that day had also been taking care of both me and Sasuke while we were exhausted." Dart came into the room, but stopped when Naruto mentioned the Dragon.
"Now that I think about it, you have a point there. But still, if it can fly at low altitudes..."
"It can't. You see, my friend knows exactly who that Dragon is. It's Name is Feyrbrand. A wind Element Dragon. Only a Wind Element Dragoon can control a Wind Element Dragon. This leads me to believe they have the Jade Dragoon Spirit on their side. If that's the case, you'll need a Dragoon, or something else on par with a Dragoon. If you see Dart..."
"What about me?" A blonde haired male said from behind him.
Naruto looked at him. "You are Dart, correct?" He nodded.
"You remember the one that saved you from the dragon near Seles?"
"You know who she is?"
"She's taken an interest in you. More specifically, that memento around your neck." Naruto stated.
"What does she want with my father's Memento?" His voice was fierce and unwavering.
"Am I to assume that your father's name is Zieg?" Naruto asked, earning a shocked look from him, before his determination returned full force. 'Just like me. You can surprise me for a bit, but I'll bounce back quickly.'
"How do you know who my father is?"
"Head into Hoax. Sasuke, myself, and the one that helped you out then will meet you there. If you need help, she'll provide it. We'll be working on the outside. Understand?"
"When will I see her?"
Naruto looked at Noish. "I thank you for the information. I'll help out in Hoax if I can. More likely than not, I'll be able to. I'll see them." He nodded at Sasuke and walked towards the door. "But they won't see me."
Sasuke just followed Naruto, his eye betraying the awe he held. 'This... Is this really Naruto? I can't believe he could be this good.'
"Come on, Sasuke. Let's head to the Inn. If Kushina has really been here recently, the Innkeeper will know." Naruto stated.
"Who are you and what did you do to Naruto?" Sasuke questioned.
"I'm the same Naruto you've seen, but at the same time, what you saw then... was only an act. Academy? Pure acting. My dream of being Hokage is the only thing that was real. My stamina and speed are insane. That much is certain. My best area is Forested areas. If you're chasing me in a Forest, you're gonna lose me fast. Even the ANBU do."
"You lose ANBU in forests?"
"If ANBU show up, I'll know. I usually do. I head into the forests immediately. I lose them pretty quickly."
Sasuke sighed. "Is there anything you can't do?"
"At this point? Brains has always been a weak point. I rarely have book smarts. I lived on the streets. I grew up alone. I know how to survive in the wild, in a city, and damn near anywhere else... Except maybe prison. Then again, I could figure that out pretty easily, more likely than not."
Sasuke sighed. "Alright. You got anything else to give out?"
"Trust me. With me? Nothing is a guarantee. The moment you think you figured me out, and Iruka-sensei found this out quite quickly after I graduated, I pull off something you never think I will. After a while, you find that as long as you expect the unexpected around me, then you'll never really be surprised. Iruka-sensei knows it, and if we make it back, you can ask him yourself."
Sasuke nodded. 'Note to self. When I get back, find out anything I can about Naruto. If I have to sneak into the archives, then by gone it, I will.'
They made it to the Inn within a few minutes. While there, Naruto found a female drinking. He recognized her near instantly, and walked up to her. "Mind if I sit here?" She put her cup down, and looked at him.
'He looks just like my husband... Only with my chin.' She thought. "Go ahead."
Naruto then looked at her closely. "I take it you're Kushina Uzumaki?" Everyone looked at them, and she put her drink down.
"Who are you, what do you want, and how much do you have?" She asked.
Naruto looked around, and sent a few waves of Killing Intent. They all looked around. "Look, I have a few questions for you, not a job."
"If you're looking for information, I doubt I'm the right person to look for."
"It is when I want to know about your family." A Katana was sent towards Naruto's neck, which was intercepted by Dragon's Horn. "All I want to know is if you had a son 13 years ago around the day of October 10th."
"How did you know this?"
"Do you know whether he is alive or not?"
"Yes, and he died that very day. I was supposed to die the next day, and I ended up here. If I ever found out that he was alive, then I'd head back in a heartbeat. And then I'd kick anyone's ass that disagreed, or wanted him dead for bearing the same burden I did, and was supposed to have died after losing said burden." She said, her voice stern.
Naruto then sighed, and pulled back Dragon's Horn. "If he was alive, and standing right in front of you, what would you do?"
"I'd probably apologize my ass off for not being there for him in the hell that is Konohagakure."
"If old man Hiruzen is still alive, then I'd probably kill him if anything happened to my son that shouldn't have happened."
"And what would you have named him? Naruto Uzumaki?" She stiffened. "Or Naruto with another Surname?"
She looked him in the eyes and saw something that probably shouldn't have been there. Longing, desperation... Hope. He was hoping for a certain answer. 'He couldn't be...' "Sochi?"
Naruto closed his eyes and sighed. "My name is Naruto Uzumaki. Kushina... I think that you're..." He didn't finish his thought, as she wrapped him in a bone crushing hug. "I'm sorry. I thought you were dead. I had complete faith in your father's plan, but to find out you died... I was in shock. I didn't last another 24 hours. Or so I thought. I ended up here, in Tiberoa. If I had known you were alive, I would've done anything I could to get back to you. To help you."
"Your...crushing... me..." He got out. She let go, and looked him in the eyes. "You have to tell me what you've done so far." Sasuke coughed to get their attention.
"You think we should get back to Rose? We'll need to get to Hoax and scout out the area. Remember, she wants to reawaken the Dragoon." Sasuke stated.
"Dragoons? The old legends around here?"
"They're more than legends mom. And you're right Sasuke. We should. Mom, I can't believe I'm saying this, but I think we could use your help. I don't know anything about Space-time Ninjutsu. I'm afraid to say I'm at a loss as to how to get back. Aside from looking for the old Winglies, there's nothing else that I can figure out can help."
"Can I at least learn what kind of skill set you have? I mean, surely you have a lot."
"Not really. I only have 2 Jutsu that I didn't make myself, aside from the basic three. I was a Genin for 6 months, and then I went on my Third A-rank. It was led by a Chuunin, since we were short staffed, and the rest were Genin. I was apart of that Mission."
"That's not enough for an A-rank. I mean, a Chuunin and 3 Genin?"
"A newly promoted Chuunin, a brash Inuzuka Genin, A Branch house Hyuuga, which by the way I beat in the Chuunin Exam finals my first shot, an Akimichi Genin and friend of mine, and then me, with only the Shadow Clone Jutsu, Rasengan, Summoning Jutsu for the Toads, Substitution, and my own version of the Henge, which by the way managed to take out Old Man Third. I call it the Oiroke no Jutsu, and it's what I consider the first in Anti-pervert Jutsu. There's also the Harem no Jutsu, and that's the second one."
"You've got to be kidding me."
"I'm not showing the last two, for a reason. All I will say is, though they may seem perverted, in reality, I made them to bust perverts. Would you believe that someone died of Blood Loss due to me using the Harem no Jutsu?"
"Nosebleed?" She asked, earning a nod. "You've got to teach me that."
Naruto did a double take. "Alright, If you're my mother, then I'm glad."
"If you do that, I could probably use it on old man Hiruzen. Kami knows he needs something in his life."
Naruto looked down. "Sarutobi-jiji is dead... he died during an invasion."
"Come on. We've got to get moving." Sasuke stated. "And Naruto, don't sulk. I doubt you're really like that."
Naruto nodded. "Sorry. Let's go." they got up, and left. "By the way, did you know that the Kyuubi is actually from here?"
"You're kidding me."
"Nope. Born in Tiberoa. Nibi is the same way." 'Which reminds me... What was Nibi's name here?'
"Her name was Olivia. We weren't even Dragoons."
"And it's name here?"
"He says it was Olivia. He is named Korallo. Since he came back, he'd been going by Kurama, and then Kyuubi." Naruto stated.
"I knew of the name Kurama, but not Korallo."
"It didn't apply at the time. Now, it does. And now, you know." Naruto said.
"I'm beginning to feel like a third wheel." Sasuke muttered.
"Oh come off it. You saw the 4 maps of Serdio, didn't you?"
"You noticed them, too?"
"I couldn't call myself a Shinobi if I didn't." Naruto retorted.
"Really? Where were they?" Kushina asked.
"Indel's Castle, one in the Throne Room, over the entrance, one on the floor, but that one also included parts of Tiberoa, one in another room, 2nd floor. Looked to me like a bedroom for servants, or guards. One in the weapon shop, though that was a Shadow Clone that saw it. He was under a Henge, though. That's the only reason I saw it. It was checking out the weaponry used here. The closest thing to what we use back home is the swords. That's about it, and even those are different."
"You won't find much on Ninja Supplies here. Lohan is probably the only place you'll find anything on that subject, and you'd actually be asking for Throwing knives for Kunai. That's as close as you can get, and you won't find them in Basil. That's the northern half of Serdio." Kushina admitted. "Sandora is more like Shinobi, and then there's thieves, which actually implement the same practices... Minus the Ninjutsu and Genjutsu. Ninjutsu is like Magic here. There's a difference, and Shinobi back home don't know of it. Magic was lost to the years, but they were used by Dragoons, and Winglies."
"And then there's the one in the Inn. That was number 4." Naruto finished. They soon left the city gates, and jumped out of the way of an incoming merchant. "Talk about being in a rush."
"No kidding." Kushina replied, looking at him. She then turned to Naruto. "Where is this friend of yours now?"
Naruto took a few sniffs. He looked towards a forest nearby. "She had to choose the forests." He said. Earning a raised eyebrow. "You can smell her?"
"We traveled alongside her for 10 days. I think it gives me incentive to learn her scent. Besides, she's a friend of Korallo. We'd know if it were her or not. Me, by sniffing her out. She smells of darkness, blood, and a slight amount of hope. She's alone. She's found a friend in me, since Korallo, the Kyuubi, was sealed in me."
Kushina nodded. "When it comes to my family, even before it was wiped out, if we were ever surprised, we never showed it. Many call us insane. More call us mentally ill. The fact of the matter is: We attract insanity. We live through it. If we don't look for it, it looks for us. That's the old Uzumaki Clan, in a nutshell. There are only 2 left right now. And they're both present."
Naruto looked down. "I see. No family left."
"Don't worry, Sochi. I'm here, and I won't leave you to rot. I can help get all 3 of us back to Konoha, but for now, we'll have to finish up the war."
"Something tells me this war ending is only the beginning. That it's only a small piece of a big puzzle. Which reminds me..." He looked at Sasuke. "I think it would be better if we go towards the inside of Hoax. Rose will stay on standby, considering what I managed to buy in Bale."
"What did you buy with the limited money we had?" Sasuke replied, his eyes narrowed.
"Oh, nothing much. Just some nails, wire, quite a bit of paper, a hatchet, and a bit of ink." Naruto counted off. Kushina raised an eyebrow at that.
"What good will... Wait a minute..."
"You're not seriously going to prank them, are you?"
"Close, but not quite." Naruto replied. "What I had in mind is a little more... lethal. But the same in prospect."
"Prankster when you were young?" Kushina asked, earning a nod. "That is so your father."
"Which reminds me. Who was my father? I mean, I thought it was the Yondaime, but..."
"You found out on your own?" Kushina asked. "I figured you'd stick to my side when it came to personality. Your father was a Genius and a prodigy. A rare combination. He could learn anything quickly, given the right tools. He could make damn near anything. He came up with the Reaper Death Seal, after all. That was his. His prowess was shown not only in skills, but everywhere. It was best in Fuuinjutsu. That was what got me. An Uzumaki is a master in Fuuinjutsu by blood. It's not easy for most, but he learned the Uzumaki style. What are you planning on using for your traps?"
Naruto grinned, as he explained his plans. Sasuke was listening in on them, surprised at what he was coming up with. They came up to a campsite, in which, Rose was tending to a fire. "That was quick. I didn't see Dart pass by."
"He was there when we got to see Minister Noish. He's leaving Bale tomorrow, and heading to Hoax. On the way, I'll be making a few things. We've got 5 days to get there and set up."
"Set up? What are you planning?"
"I wasn't called the Prank Grandmaster from Hell for no reason, you know? The only difference between then and now, is then, I was being completely non-lethal... physically, at least. I hurt their pride, mainly. This time... There's going to be a full lethal blow with each one. This is what I call a Wide Scale Death Prank Run... Naruto Style."
"If you want potent Paper Bombs, then allow me to make them. Uzumaki Paper Bombs are 4 times as potent as normal Paper Bombs."
"Then I'll have to adjust my plans a bit." Naruto then checked his supplies. "I probably should've gotten more wire."
"Let me see." She said, as they went through everything he got. As they talked, Sasuke sat next to Rose, as they both watched them interact. "You ever seen this side of him?" Rose asked.
"Not once. Only after coming here did I truly appreciate what he did for me. Hell, this is the first place I found out anyone did anything to actually help out with what I wanted, regardless of the fact that I wanted revenge for my Clan. Which is stupid, now that I can think clearly." Sasuke admitted.
"If I weren't as old as I am, and I didn't have a duty to this world, then I'd give up my immortality jut to be with him. Now that I think about it, he received the mind of Korallo, and the personality of Zieg. Two great friends, combined into one. One of those friends was a fiance. What I've seen of him, is too much like both of them. I... If I could, I'd go with him to death. Unfortunately, as long as the Moon Child can still be reborn, I have to stay here. I... I have a duty to attend to. I can't do anything, without jeopardizing this world. As much as I want to... I know that I can't."
Naruto continued talking to Kushina, who was coming up with more ways to get them. When they were done 10 minutes later, they sighed. "I think that'll do."
"10 minutes going back and forth with plans for traps? I think that's too little, considering how much thought had to have gone into his pranks at 9."
"Really? What I did to the Hokage Rock Face before we graduated only took... 20 seconds. Maybe less." Naruto retorted.
"You're joking." Sasuke told him. "There's no way something that elaborate could've been... On second thought, I think that's what you meant about you and the unexpected earlier."
"You're learning." Naruto said with a smile. "That's good."
"Actually, I don't think that's all that great." Sasuke shivered. "Because if I'm learning how you think, I'm not sure if I've gone insane already."
"Told you." Kushina said.
"You really think I doubted you on that?" Naruto asked.
Naruto looked at her. She returned his gaze. They looked at Sasuke, then back at each other. All 3 broke out in laughter. Sasuke, who had never laughed like that in his life, surprised Naruto a bit, but it didn't stop him from laughing. "Get some rest. We leave at the crack of dawn." Naruto made a few Shadow Clones and cleaned up. Kushina slept close to Naruto, and Rose was on the other side of him.
Sometime during the night, Rose put an arm around Naruto, while still sleeping. Kushina noticed, and looked at her positioning. 'Oh, this is good blackmail. To think that she is falling for my son. And she knows it.' Kushina thought, before checking on Sasuke. 'A nightmare? Who knows? I have a feeling he's reliving a Traumatic experience. Not a good thing. Sochi, I hope your life is better than I think. Because if it isn't, then when we get back... IF we go back, there will be hell to pay. And I'll be taking it out of the council's ass.'