Vanex: Hello all! Sorry, I've been gone for so long. Things have been busy around here. First, my parents decided to have a rummage sale, so I had to help out. I'm just glad all the big stuff was sold, freeing me from having to do any heavy lifting after the sale. Then, my parents went on a vacation to California, so I had to look after the house, the dog, the fish, and my grandpa. Plus, a writing class I'm taking started two weeks ago, so I'm also writing something for that class.
It's a story about a group of teens who get trapped in a school in which all the hallways and rooms keep changing places, preventing them from leaving. The story dives into the pasts of all the major characters as they try to find their way out. But here's the thing, each person can only leave by whichever entrance they came in. To leave by any other one will result in death. Also, the different characters entered the school at different points in time. The main protagonist is from 2009, another character is from 1960, another one is from 2005, etc.
Anyway, like I said, sorry for being gone as long as I was. Let's get to the chapter.
Disclaimer: I do not own Naruto or Doctor Who.
"Tailed Beast Talking"
"Tailed Beast Thinking"
Arc 1: The Maelstrom's Beginning
Kushina looks around at the void she is in, not knowing how she got there. "Hello? Is anyone here?"
Kushina turns at hearing the voice, but she still doesn't see anyone. "Hello? Show yourself, whoever you are!"
"You know who I am."
A figure steps out of the shadows. Kushina's eyes widen as she recognizes her son. "Naruto?"
"Why, Mom? Why did you abandon me? Why did you let Dad kill me?"
"Naruto, I'm sorry. But we had to free you from Kurama!"
Naruto shakes his head. "The Kyubi never controlled me. You abandoned me, left me to die. Why, Mom? Why? Why didn't you love me?"
Kushina backs away, crying. "That's not true! I do love you!"
Naruto looks sad. "I have to leave, Mom. Forever. I'm being replaced."
"No! Don't go, Naruto! Don't go!"
"Goodbye, Mom. Don't hurt the new me like you did the old me." Naruto turns and walks away.
"No! Come back, Naruto! I love you! Don't go! Naruto!"
Naruto doesn't hear her and keeps walking away. He fades away and another person appears, one with dark hair and brown eyes. The person is glaring at her with his hands in the pockets of his gray sweater-jacket.
Kushina sits up in bed. "Naruto!" She pants, realizing where she is and puts a hand on her face. 'It was a dream. Only a dream.' She gets up and heads into the bathroom. She splashes water in her face and looks at her reflection in the mirror. 'Another one of these dreams. I don't know how long I can put up with this!'
She looks down at the sink. A few moments later, a pair of arms wrap around her. She leans into the embrace, knowing who it is. "Another nightmare, Kushina?"
She nods. "Yes, Minato."
"What happened in this one?"
"I was in a void and Naruto appeared. He confronted me about abandoning and killing him. Then he said something about leaving forever and being replaced. Then he vanished and I was looking at this stranger and he was glaring at me." She shakers her head. "I can't stand these nightmares anymore, Minato! I can't stand seeing my baby boy suffer in so many ways! I can't take it anymore!" She starts crying.
Minato is at a loss. Ever since they left Naruto after sealing the Kyubi inside of him, Kushina has been having dreams of him. Some are good, but most are bad. At first, he thought the Kyubi was somehow responsible for the nightmares, but with the Fox dead, that's no longer a possibility. "We'll figure something out, Kushina. Come on, let's go back to bed."
Kushina nods, letting Minato lead her back to bed.
Naruto sighs as he looks through a book of names, trying to pick out a new one. "This sucks, having to give up what's left of my identity! Hmm, I wonder what Naruto means, anyway?" He flips to his name. "It's known for being the name of a ramen topping, but it also means maelstrom. Cool." He sighs again. "This is going to take forever." He stands up and stretches. "I think I'm going to go for a walk. I could use the fresh air."
Outside of Nami no Kuni, a boat approaches. On board is a group of mercenaries, being led by a ninja with a Konoha headband. However, the headband has a scratch through the middle. The ninja grins. "Excellent. We'll soon be arriving. How do you boys feel about taking over Nami no Kuni?" The mercenaries shout out their approval. The ninja chuckles. "Good. After Nami no Kuni is ours, Konohagakure will be next!"
Kushina is cleaning the house when there is a knock at the door. She goes over to open it and is surprised. "Jiraiya-sensei?"
"Kushina, I need to talk to you."
Kushina nods. "Come in." She leads Jiraiya into the living room and they sit down. "What do you need to see me about?"
"I just came from the Toads, due to having to check out the status of the prophecy. The prophecy no longer exists."
"What? What do you mean?"
"According to the Great Toad Sage, another prophecy has taken its place. The prophecy of the First Uzukage."
Kushina's eyes widen. "But that prophecy and the bloodline connected to it are supposed to be myths!"
Jiraiya is confused. "There's a bloodline? Wait, tell me about the prophecy first, and then the bloodline."
"Well, the prophecy was supposedly made by my ancestor, Takato Uzumaki, the First Uzukage, on his deathbed. He said that the world would be thrown into chaos at the hands of a man in a mask, and that the masked man sought to control the world. However, a descendant of Takato, some wandering maelstrom, will be the one able to beat the masked man. However, this maelstrom isn't guaranteed to save the world. It all depends on whether he chooses to save the world or not."
"Did he mention any clues that would lead to finding this descendant?"
"On the day of his birth, the chosen one is supposed to receive a mark of the Shinigami and have his life bound to an aspect of something known as the Jubi."
Jiraiya's eyes widen. "The Jubi?"
Kushina raises an eyebrow. "Yeah, but I don't know what the Jubi is. I've heard the name a few times, but I don't know anything about it"
"Well, I've heard rumors. There are stories that the nine Tailed Beasts were all originally one being known as the Jubi. The Sage of Six Paths was the one who split the Jubi into the Tailed Beasts we know of today. There is speculation that the reason the Tailed Beasts are able to come back to life is that they are all technically one being. Supposedly, the only way to kill the Tailed Beasts and ensure they can't come back is to kill all of them. As long as one lives, the others can come back."
Kushina's eyes widen. "But that would include the Kyubi! That means it will come back!"
"Of course. Didn't Minato tell you about my meeting with him?"
"No! He didn't mention anything!" Tears start falling from Kushina's eyes. "This means that our sacrifice of Naruto was for nothing."
Jiraiya realizes something. "Kushina, you were never really into the idea of sacrificing Naruto, were you?"
"Of course not! He's my son! Minato barely convinced me to go along with it, by convincing me that it was the only option we had. But even so, I just couldn't put my heart into this plan. I still have nightmares about him!"
Jiraiya sighs, seeing just how deeply affected Kushina was by what had happened with Naruto. Thinking about Naruto brings another realization. "Wait, you said that the descendant would be marked with a mark of the Shinigami. I would think that the seal used to lock the Kyubi inside of Naruto would count, as well as fulfill the part about being bound to an aspect of the Jubi. Plus, since he's your son, it makes him a direct descendant of the First Uzukage."
"That's true, but there's no point now! He's dead!"
Jiraiya is silent, having decided to not reveal the truth about Naruto still being alive. "Kushina, what is the bloodline you spoke of before?"
"Well, it supposedly is the reason that the Uzumaki were originally known for having long lives, but the number of people who developed the full bloodline had dwindled to basically nothing by the time I was born, so I have my doubts. Anyway, the bloodline was known as the Regeneration Cycle. If a person with this bloodline were to die either from natural causes or from suffering a fatal injury of some sort, the body would undergo a metamorphosis to save the person's life. The person would get a new face, voice, body, everything. Even the mind undergoes this change, leaving the person with a new personality. The only thing that remain completely intact are the memories. A person with the full bloodline can regenerate a total of twelve times, meaning thirteen incarnations."
Jiraiya's eyes widen again. "So that's how."
"What are you talking about?"
Jiraya shakes his head. "Nothing. I have to go now. Thanks for talking to me."
"Sure thing, Jiraiya-sensei. You're always welcome here, despite your perverted ways."
Jiraiya thinks to himself as he leaves. 'After that discussion, I'm certain that Naruto is the one mentioned in the prophecy. But if he did survive by regenerating, then that means he looks nothing like he used to. If only I had some way of locating him!'
Naruto's walk leads him back to the bridge, where he can look over the water. It's then that he notices the boat approaching and immediately gets a bad feeling. He frowns. "This could be trouble."
Vanex: Again, sorry for being gone for so long. Like I said, it's been a crazy couple of weeks. See you all next time!