Well, I'm back again!

Thanks everyone for the favorites and alerts, I almost teared up a little when I checked my email! I would usually reply to reviews individually, but my login is being a pain in the ass right now….and I'm just waaaaay too lazy to do that…so I'm doing it here! ^.^

Here's my answer about the overused plot bit:

Guys, I know it's overused, but it was the best scenario to fit in with the story. That's why I said it's overused; I NEVER exactly liked the scenario actually. My other choices were that Naruto died by Haku, by a mob when he was younger, or he for some reason committed suicide. After I thought about it, I needed Harribel to be somewhat bitter towards her past and Konoha, so this scenario fit the best.

Shiva1: Don't worry; I'm trying to make sure this doesn't end up like those stories too, so expect if Harribel encounters at the maximum of two S-rank enemies, she'll will have to go into Resurrección, and I added Ggio so there could be a balance, for something new, and a pairing no one has probably thought of yet, no matter how odd it seems ^.^

Thanks to all of the other reviewers, favoriters, and alerters too! I thought this story would be dud, but it actually was better received than I thought it would be! I also made a cover for this story with a few different pictures and some cutting/pasting, so does it look alright?

Now that a ton of people like and read this, I'm actually kind of afraid of screwing up…..

Guaranteed OOCness.

Here's the story so far: Harribel and Ggio are sent to the Elemental Nations, and are currently heading to the Land of Waves.

Here's the chapter!

How can you see into my eyes like open doors?

Leading you down into my core where I've become so numb

Without a soul my spirit's sleeping somewhere cold

Until you find it there and lead it back home

(Wake me up)

Wake me up inside

(I can't wake up)

Wake me up inside

(Save me)

Call my name and save me from the dark

(Wake me up)

Bid my blood to run

(I can't wake up)

Before I come undone

(Save me)

Save me from the nothing I've become

Now that I know what I'm without

You can't just leave me

Breathe into me and make me real

Bring me to life

(Wake me up)

Wake me up inside

(I can't wake up)

Wake me up inside

(Save me)

Call my name and save me from the dark

(Wake me up)

Bid my blood to run

(I can't wake up)

Before I come undone

(Save me)

Save me from the nothing I've become

Bring me to life

(I've been living a lie, there's nothing inside)

Bring me to life

Frozen inside without your touch

Without your love, darling

Only you are the life among the dead

All this time I can't believe I couldn't see

Kept in the dark but you were there in front of me

I've been sleeping a thousand years it seems

Got to open my eyes to everything

Without a thought, without a voice, without a soul

Don't let me die here

There must be something more

Bring me to life

(Wake me up)

Wake me up inside

(I can't wake up)

Wake me up inside

(Save me)

Call my name and save me from the dark

(Wake me up)

Bid my blood to run

(I can't wake up)

Before I come undone

(Save me)

Save me from the nothing I've become

(Bring me to life)

I've been living a lie, there's nothing inside

(Bring me to life)

~ Bring Me to Life by Evanescence ~

~ Land of Waves ~

"This so…..different from what I've ever seen." Ggio stated as Harribel and he walked down the paved road of the Land of Waves, which Harribel had smiled lightly after seeing how prosperous the smaller nation has become.

Harribel nodded, and stated, "This is a very different culture than Hueco Mundo, the World of the Living, or even the Sereitei. We should try to blend in more if we want to stay hidden from the main village's notice."

"But….I don't want to change…. I feel that this uniform signifies who we once were, and who we still are today….." Ggio muttered as the duo entered a weapon shop in the now prosperous Wave. Harribel glanced at the younger hollow with pity and sympathy, but Ggio was looking in the other direction from her.

"Ggio," Harribel placed her hand on his shoulder, "we do not have to change our uniforms. I meant that we will need to stay undercover somewhat, so we need to change our ways. We are now partly human, so we will need human food and necessities to depend upon, so this is like a new beginning for us."

"True." Was all the cat-like man said as the duo separated to browse around the town.

Ggio walked down another road, and couldn't help but to smile at a group of children playing on the side of the road. This smile soon vanished after he had realized what he was doing.

* Cue the Bleach Ost- Never Meant to Belong *

'Have I truly gone weak-hearted after my "death"? What's my purpose anymore? I'm in some foreign territory with the only familiar face is the former Tercera's, Tier Harribel, while everything I once knew is gone…including Master Barragan….' Ggio kicked a small pebble in his way as he stopped in front of the same weapon shop as before. He reentered the shop silently, and immediately saw something he liked.

It was a pair of claw-like contraptions used for close combat, and Ggio knew he had to get them, so he bought them. As he exited the shop, he chuckled darkly at the irony that the claws were eerily similar to that Taichō's, Suί-Fēng's, Shikai Suzumebachi.

"I guess life has its ironic moments, eh?" He muttered to himself with another chuckle as he began to seek out Harribel.

~ With Harribel ~

Speaking of the mysterious woman, she was aimlessly walking around Wave, as she had already bought her supplies right before the duo had separated.

As she passed Tazuna's house, she browsed deeper into her past life's memories.

~ Flashback ~

"YOU KILLED SASUKE!" Naruto screamed as the Kyūbi's chakra began to release from his anger and despair.

"This is the life of a shinobi, full of death and bloodshed." The male, Haku, monotonously uttered as he gawked at the youth's hidden 'power'.

Naruto lunged at the mirror, managing to break it, and the fight continued.

Haku had sacrificed himself so Zabuza could live, but Zabuza had died peacefully next to his beloved companion.

Inari brought all of Wave to the Konoha shinobi's aid, and realized he needed to move on from his stepfather's death.

Zabuza's and Haku's graves.

Tazuna declaring the newly built bridge "The Great Naruto Bridge!"

~ End of Flashbacks ~

Harribel stopped and stared for a moment at Tazuna's house, and a small smile graced her features, but none could see it underneath her jacket.

'I find it still hard to believe that I was once this Naruto Uzumaki, but I shall accept this! I now consider myself as Naruto Uzumaki, but I still am Tier Harribel, the Tercera Espada!' Harribel once again stopped walking, but this time she had stopped at the bridge. She leaned over the edge and stared into the water. 'What did Kami mean by bringing peace or destruction? Is my influence enough for either of those options?' Harribel's hard, green eyes stared at the glinting water, and her decision was made. "I will protect the purity of this world!" The wind blew her braided locks across her face, but Harribel was too fixated on the sunset to care.

"Looks like you made your decision pretty quickly." Ggio stated with a bag slung over his shoulder, and he was now leaning against a post of the bridge.

"Yes…we should start moving to the location I have selected."

"Where is this?"

"To visit an old friend in Sunagakure…in the Land of Wind." Harribel looked towards the sky in nostalgia, remembering Gaara, and he must have been affected deeply by the events three years ago.

"Alright then…though we shouldn't probably spread around your other…identity…because we'll have this Konohagakure after your head." Ggio stretched for a moment, and Harribel took out a sealing scroll and sealed Ggio's pack inside, but kept the

"True….are you ready?"

"Hai." This simple response led to both Harribel and Ggio flickering away, leaving behind only a static sound at the use of Sonίdo.

~ Land of Wind: Sunagakure ~

"What's with all of this sand?" Ggio cried out as he rubbed his eyes continuously from the grains of sand.

"The Land of Wind is known for its vast, desert terrain. The main ninja village here is Sunagakure, and the most powerful ninja of the Land of Wind, known as the Kazekage, controls the village." Harribel was somewhat protected by the sandstorm, but she still had to wipe away the grains of sand going into her eyes, while both were still moving.

"Hey…is that Sunagakure?" Ggio pointed towards a hazy looking structure in the distance.

"It seems safe to assume that is Suna, but I have never been there before, so I never really knew what it looked like." Harribel gazed towards the figure on the horizon, and she could hear someone shouting loudly from this point, and no other occurrence usually happens in normal civilian villages, so this had to be a shinobi village. "Let's keep moving and see."

The duo raced towards the entrance of the village, and surprisingly, there were no guards at the moment.

"STOP!" A figure shouted after them, and the Jōnin sensei to the Sand Siblings, Baki, leapt in front of the two arrancar. "What is your business here and who are you?" He commanded sternly, glaring at the two intruders.

Ggio reached for his Zanpakutō, but Harribel motioned for him to stop. "I am Tier Harribel, and this is Ggio Vega. We came here seeking Sabaku no Gaara." Harribel's gaze was calmly fixated on Baki's; the two were sizing each other up for power and knowledge.

"Why would you have business with Kazekage-sama?" Harribel's eyes widened at her former friend's new title, as he truly had grown more powerful since Naruto's death.

"This is a private reason that could be a true S-rank secret, so may we speak to Gaara?" Harribel's tone was calm, but her undertone held warning and demands in it.

"Let us speak in the Kazekage's office…..it is not sufficient to speak in the streets." Baki motioned for the duo to follow him, and when they reached the Kazekage's office, Temari and Kankurō awaited them.

(A/N: Temari had never gone to Konoha during this time for the Chūnin Exams, and Kankurō did not go after Deidara and Sasori. Instead, another unnamed ninja caught Sasori at the front gate-thing and discovered his identity.)

"Baki-sensei, who are these people?" Temari asked while reaching for her fan, and Kankurō was doing the same with Karasu.

"They said they had business with Gaara-sama." Baki wearily told his two students, and then sat down in the chair.

"You two really don't know, do you?" Kankurō's hand withdrew from his puppet as he straightened up.

"Know what?" Ggio snapped.

"Gaara was kidnapped two nights ago by the Akatsuki organization." Temari said this while trying to hold back tears, and she shook her head sadly.

"What exactly did you want to tell Gaara anyways?" A suspicious Kankurō questioned, eyeing the strange people in front of him.

Harribel glanced at Ggio uncertainly, and he slowly nodded, symbolizing that she should just tell the truth to the remaining Sand Siblings and their sensei.

"The truth." Was all the stoic woman said as she reached for her zipper of her jacket. The ninja in the room tensed, and Ggio wondered what would happen when they caught a look at Lady Halibel's mask. The zipper fully came down, and what was underneath the jacket revealed a row of sharp teeth, and the bone-like mask led all the way down to Harribel's breasts.

Temari gasped, Baki's eyes widened comically, Kankurō gave a perverted grin at the sight before him, and Ggio indifferently stared out the window with a bored expression.

"When people die, they linger in the realm they died in: the World of the Living. If a Shinigami comes by, the dead soul is sent to heaven; known as the Sereitei. If they remain in the World of the Living, have no purpose, another Hollow eats them, or a Shinigami doesn't reach the soul in time, they become a being known as a hollow. Hollows are a species that devour other hollows souls and human souls. 3 years ago, a human named Naruto Uzumaki turned into a hollow known as Tier Harribel." Harribel explained, her eyes now closed in despair.

"Prove it…PROVE THAT YOU ARE NARUTO UZUMAKI!" Kankurō shouted with his fists clenched. Ggio raised an eyebrow at the outburst, and gave out a loud yawn.

"Naruto Uzumaki was the Jinchūriki to the Kyūbi, Kurama, and lived in Konohagakure. He was the one who brought Sabaku no Gaara back to his sanity, and inspired him to become the Kazekage. He went on a mission to retrieve Sasuke Uchiha, brought him back uninjured, while he had received two Chidoris to the chest. He was scheduled for execution, and the only people who cared for him were Shino Aburame, Neji Hyūga, Sabaku no Kankurō, Sabaku no Temari, Sabaku no Temari, and Shikamaru Nara."

"It's true…..you ARE Naruto…" Temari whispered, and her eyes widened at this realization. "You know, others realized you weren't a monster in the village. Konoha is torn into two factions: the Naruto supporters and the ones who are against you. The majors against you are the Hyūga clans, Sarutobi, Senju, Inuzuka, Haruno, Uchiha, Akimichi, Kurama clan, Root, and most civilians. Your supporters include the Nara, Aburame, Ichiraku, the Yamanaka, Konohamaru Corps, Genma, Neji Hyūga, Tenten, Anko, and Yugao."

"It's pretty much a civil war over there, and the rebels are led by Jiraiya against Danzō and Tsunade….Suna pretty much cut off all ties except being allies due to this, and that's only because of fear they could attack us and easily overpower us." Kankurō gravely said.

"I see. Something needs to be done over in Konoha." Harribel quietly amended.

"It already did." Baki cut in, "Your supporters left the village a year ago, and now inhabit Amegakure. Now we need to go onto more pressing matters, such as Gaara."

"Yes! The Akatsuki headed out towards the Land of Rivers according to Maki's team, so they most likely have a base there." Kankurō stated while pointing to a map on the desk.

"Hey, Harribel-sama…why don't we go and save this Gaara then?" Ggio threw in his opinion as he studied the map.

"That may not be the best idea to rush in and recklessly attack enemies we know barely anything about." Harribel sighed as she realized what she may have to do. "Fine…we shall go rescue Gaara then."

Ggio picked up his Zanpakutō, and Harribel turned, but just as they were about to leave, Baki shouted out, "Wait!"

The duo turned around and looked at the now pale Jōnin, and he exclaimed, "I had asked Konoha for backup….." Kankurō sighed and smacked his forehead.

"Hurry before they get here!" Temari exclaimed to the duo, and Harribel nodded as Ggio and she used Sonίdo towards the Land of Rivers.

~ Border of Land of Wind and the Land of Rivers ~

Our heroine and hero were currently tracking the path the two Akatsuki had made with the use of spiritual signs from Gaara. The duo eventually stopped in front of a boulder with a seal on it, and both could tell that Gaara was currently behind that boulder.

"Ggio…..be ready, got it?"

"I'm ready, but I know you don't like to fight, so I should be the one checking to see if you're all right!" Ggio laughed out as he scratched the back of his head.

"I'm alright…now how do we break this boulder?"

"Easy." Ggio stated as he brought his palm horizontally, and began charging his rose colored cero up.

"No, Ggio, don't!" Harribel barked out, but it was too late. The boulder was shattered to bits, revealing a statue, a motionless Gaara, and several figures.

"Here are our expected visitors!" A tall figure with beady eyes laughed out.

"Deidara, Sasori…..deal with them." A deep voice, which was obviously the leader, commanded the now identified Deidara and Sasori.

"You got it, un!" The blonde man crowed out, and Harribel shuddered as the way he said it reminded her of that Visored…..Shinji Hirako*.

"Of course, Leader-sama." A large, bulking figure respectfully replied. Both Harribel and Ggio shuddered at how he sounded like that fox captain Komamura*.

The sealing statue disappeared, and the two figures leaped off their respective fingers. Harribel reached for her sword, as did Ggio.

"Hey, my man Sasori, what do you think they are after, hmmm?" Deidara mockingly asked his partner.

"It is quite obvious they came for the Jinchūriki, brat." Sasori replied back gruffly.

"Such a shame that he's already dead, un." Deidara slapped Gaara's face for emphasis.

"Then we'll get his corpse back!" Ggio yelled as he charged at Deidara, who had created a clay bird and jumped on top of it. The bird then commenced on flying outside, and Ggio followed him.

~ Ggio vs. Deidara ~

"Now you will face my art, un!" Deidara cried out with a shit-eating grin on his face.

"Art? What the hell is your definition of art?" Ggio shouted back with a genuinely confused look.

"My art is…an EXPLOSION!" Just at that moment, a clay bird launched itself at Ggio, but he noticed it too late, and it exploded in his face.

'Damn it!' Ggio thought as he leapt away from the impact, and he could feel the left side of his face was severely burned. "Now it's my turn!" Ggio used Sonίdo to get right up in Deidara's range, and kicked him as hard as he could in the stomach. This resulted in Deidara coughing up some blood, but he was not too injured.

"You'll pay for that, un!" Several clay spiders were sent in Ggio's way, but he narrowly dodged them and the explosion.

'He's a long-range fighter, so close combat would be the best option.' Ggio unsheathed Tigre Estoque, and charged Deidara. Deidara merely flew higher into the air, but imagine the shocked look on his face when he discovered Ggio could stand on air.

"You won't get your friend back, yeah!" A determined Deidara screeched as he sent several more clay birds Ggio's way. He was able to dodge all but one, and he screamed as the third caught his leg in a small explosion.

"Damn you! You're gonna pay for that!" Ggio roared, he pulled out Tigre Estoque straight in front of him, and yelled, "Bite off, Tigre Estoque!" Ggio's features became more feral-like, he had some fur at his elbows and kneecaps, his braided ponytail also became longer, and his jacket extended downwards. "Prepare to die!"

Deidara sent four more clay birds in his direction, but Ggio used Sonίdo to avoid the incoming projectiles, and made a slash at Deidara's arm. It missed, but it left a shallow slash across Deidara's stomach.

While Ggio was somewhat distracted, Deidara had sent a small centipede that wrapped around Ggio's legs. "Katsu!" Deidara yelled out with that same sadistic grin.

All Ggio could feel was a searing pain as he plummeted to the ground, and he could feel his consciousness fading. He could also see Deidara getting onto one knee as he tried to stop the bleeding in the slash on his stomach. As one desperate, final act, Ggio began charging his rose cero in his palm and sent it at the Iwa-nukenin. The cero barely missed, but it was enough for Deidara and the bird to plummet to the ground with enough force to render his unconsciousness for a short period of time.

Ggio gave one last grin as he fell into the dark abyss known as his mind.

~ Sasori vs. Harribel ~

************Theme is B13A from Bleach *********

The inside of the cave was still tense, both Sasori and Harribel were staring at each other, and both were prepared to kill each other.

Sasori made the first move by launching senbon out of his puppet shell's mouth. Harribel dodged this by the extensive use of Sonίdo, and swung her hollow broadsword at the undefended Hiruko's back. Much to her shock, a scorpion tail blocked the sword, but it broke from the power Harribel put into the strike. The tail then swiped at Harribel, but she narrowly dodged by leaping backwards.

Harribel's eyes widened as she noticed the tail glistened slightly, and had poison dripping from the tip of the tail.

'So he poisoned the tail…he must have done the same to all of his weapons then….There is enough force to break my Hierro, judging from the screams of pain coming from Ggio…It's time to get serious.'

Sasori watched silently as Harribel reached for the now sheathed sword, and wrapped a finger around the key-hole like contraption on the side. She slowly unsheathed the sword, and it spun around until she gripped the purple guard. Inside of his puppet, Sasori smirked, the true challenge had begun.

Harribel charged, and used Sonίdo several times to move towards Sasori faster. Sasori raised Hiruko's arm, and several senbon and kunai were sent out rapidly. Harribel dodged these by a series of twists, and used Sonίdo once more to get behind Sasori.

"Ola Azul." Harribel charged Tiburón up with her spiritual energy, and swung the sword several times at the puppet. Sasori managed to dodge the first two, but the third hit his puppet dead on and he was left stunned for a crucial second.

Harribel appeared above the puppet, and swung her sword as hard as she could at Hiruko. The puppet shattered on impact, and the real Sasori jumped away from the puppet.

"So you managed to destroy Hiruko…impressive, but can you beat my true form?" Sasori asked, pulling out the scroll containing the Third Kazekage. The Sandaime Kazekage appeared in all of its puppet glory, and Sasori made it charge towards Harribel. As it raced towards her, the puppet revealed to have several sharp and poisoned blades on its right hand.

Harribel brought her sword crashing upon the blades, and a buzz saw was revealed to be on its left hand. Harribel was forced to swap her sword from both hands continuously to avoid be injured by either weapon.

"Is this all to your power?" Harribel mockingly said as she avoided a jab from the swords. Sasori said nothing back in reply and instead continued to control the Sandaime puppet. Sasori soon withdrew the puppet from the continuous onslaught, and a compartment in the puppet opened.
"This is the Sandaime Kazekage's special ability, the Iron Sand. Let's see how quick it will take to finish you. Iron Sand Drizzle!" A bullet of sand quickly shot towards Harribel, and she tried to use Sonίdo to avoid the attack, but a margin of it managed to scrape her. "You're now poisoned, and within three days you WILL die!" Sasori let out a small chuckle at his supposed victory.

Harribel's movements became sluggish, and she got hit with another sand bullet.

'Damn it…..' Was all she could think as she reached for Tiburón. "Don't….underestimate….me!" She cried out as she released her spiritual pressure. The familiar yellow glow surrounded her, and she could see Sasori panting for breath at the sheer amount of pressure she had. The rocks of the cave began to rumble at the pressure, and Sasori managed to use one attack to try to stop the former Tres Espada's spiritual release. By this point, the ceiling had collapsed, leaving a big gap on the valley side.

"Iron Sand World Method!" The sand regrouped into one big mass, and shot straight at Harribel, who quickly stopped the spiritual flow and used Sonίdo to escape the spikes and a painful death. Harribel then shocked Sasori by running on air, as if there were ground beneath her feet.

"I'm not done." Harribel jumped into the air, held Tiburón straight in front of her with the blade facing downwards, and declared, "Destroy, Tiburón."

Sasori could only watch with an amazed expression as a torrent of water surrounded Harribel, twirled around her, and a sword cut through the water. Harribel's Resurrección made the walls collapse even further, and Harribel now wore knee high white boots with matching gloves, hollow bones enveloping her breasts, two ribbons protrusions coming from her back, resembling shark fins, a mini skirt made of bones with a dark undergarment, and Tiburón now resembled a stretched shark tooth.

"What the hell….." Sasori muttered as he stared at the now transformed Harribel.

"La Gota." Tiburón's tip was now covered in water, and the water bullet shot out at Sasori, and the impact caused him to crash into the wall.

'I've got to get Deidara and flee!' A panicking Sasori thought, looking for an opening to escape.

Harribel noticed this and gravely said, "You are going to die here, Akasuna no Sasori. Your fate has been sealed when you decided to go up against me."

Sasori didn't answer, but instead opted to figure out a way to escape. He then replaced himself with a sand clone. He then fled to his partner, who happened to still be unconscious, picked him up, and fled the scene.

"WHY THE HELL DID YOU LET HIM GO?" Ggio screamed into the pit at Harribel.

"Simple. Our priority was to retrieve the Kazekage, not fight the Akatsuki. We could have ridded the world of at least one of them, but one of us would probably end up dead."

"But….But…But….." Ggio protested.

"What did you bastards do to the Kazekage?" A whiny, banshee like scream came from their left. Sakura Haruno in all of her glory stood there staring at Gaara's motionless body.

"Geez," Ggio muttered while wincing. "can't get any louder than that."

"We saved the Kazekage from the Akatsuki? Is that a problem, leaf ninja?" Harribel calm tone held warning in it, and the lone sand elder stared at the woman, recognizing her from within the village.

"SASUKE-KUN WAS SUPPOSED TO SAVE THAT WEAKLING!" Sakura screamed, and the other guy, not Sasuke, sighed at the pink haired girl's antics.

"Hey ugly, be quiet." Sai said this with a fake smile, which caused Sakura to punch him. Sasuke just stood there brooding, and a dark, depressing aura covered him.

"Hey there." Kakashi warned, "What happened to the Akatsuki."

Ggio rubbed the side of his face and angrily glared at Harribel. "They escaped like cowards…those bastards…"

"Was one of them Sasori?" Chiyo questioned.

"Yes. I went up against him." Harribel said, already annoyed by the Leaf ninja, and she suppressed to urge to kill her old teammates off.

"Let's regroup with Team 89, and figure out what to do from there." Kakashi said, and the ninja flew off into the forest with the two arrancar following behind.

~ Clearing ~

Team 89 was already waiting for Team 7 by the time they had gone there. Team 89 apparently was Kiba Inuzuka, Rock Lee, Hinata Hyūga, Kurenai, and Gai. In other words, what was left of Team Gai (AKA Team 9) was merged with Team 8.

*******Theme is Here to Stay, a Bleach OST*********

"So this was the fate of the youthful Kazekage…" Lee whispered, feeling mournful towards his former companion.

"No Lee, this is good! Konoha can take control over Suna, and Sasuke-kun can be more powerful with this new arrangement!" Sakura squealed, delighted over Suna's misfortune.

"Hey, Harribel-sama…didn't you used to…" Ggio started to say, but was muffled out when Harribel put her hand over his mouth and gave him a warning glare.

"Not now….not now…" Was all she said back, and gave him one final glare.

"Move away!" Chiyo shouted as she moved towards Gaara's motionless body, and got on her knees next to him. She began to put all of her chakra into her hands, and began pumping it into the deceased Kazekage.

Everyone watched in anticipation, and Sunagakure ninja soon arrived to see their Kazekage's rebirth. Chiyo slumped to the ground as Gaara awoke into the World of the Living once more.

"LORD GAARA!" Was the cry all the Sunagakure shinobi screamed as they saw their Kazekage rise once more. Two of his fan girls were screaming and Glomping him, and people were even crying. Sakura seemed to have a dark aura around her, in fact, the same as Sasuke's.

"Let's go." Harribel muttered to Ggio, who nodded him agreement, but just as she turned away, a hand placed on her shoulder stopped her.

"My, my…..Gaara would want to see you after so long." Kankurō's grin was wide, and Harribel sighed in disappointment.

"Why are Leaf ninja here?" Gaara demanded to Temari.

"I'm sorry, but we had to request their aid to save you." She whispered back to her younger brother.

"Were they the ones who saved me?"

"No….you will meet your saviors after the Leaf ninja have left."

Kakashi approached Gaara, and said, "I'm sorry Kazekage-sama, but we have to return to the village right about now."

"What a shame. I wish you a safe journey then." But Gaara really didn't mean this at all.

~ Later: Kazekage's office ~

"So you are the ones who saved me?" Gaara asked, eyeing down these new, strange people.

"Hai, Kazekage-sama." Harribel said, and bowed for respect.

"Whatever." Ggio grumbled, still upset over the enemies' retreat.

"This is Tier Harribel, and that is Ggio Vega." Temari motioned towards each person respectively, and her smirk made a look of doubt and confusion come onto Gaara's features.

"We originally came to the village to talk to you, but you were kidnapped, so we saved you." Harribel summarized, but left out what she wanted to talk about.

"Talk to me about what?"
"In my past life, I was known as Naruto Uzumaki. I became Tier Harribel due to my soul not being able to move on, and I became a being known as a hollow. I had three companions in the lonely Hueco Mundo, the land of hollow, and the three's names were Mila Rose, Sung-Sun, and Apache. One day, I was saved by a Shinigami named Aizen, and made my companions and me into arrancar. I became one of the elites, and my rank was the 3rd Espada." With this statement, Harribel unzipped her jacket and pointed towards the gothic "three" tattoo on her breast. "Aizen wanted to rule all three worlds, and brought his top Three Espada and their Fracción to a town. The Shinigami captains were defending the town, and I was forced to go up against the Taichō Tōshirō Hitsugaya. My three comrades died by the So-Taichō, and I was killed by Aizen, so I was brought here."

"Naruto…." Gaara merely stared at the woman in front of him, and stood up and hugged her.

"What about him?" Kankurō asked, pointing at Ggio.

"Me? I was the second Espada's, my majesty Barragan's, Fracción. I went against Taichō Suί-Fēng and her lieutenant, and ended up being killed." Ggio summarized, not wanting to give his life story to random strangers.

"Where will you go after this?" Temari asked.

"I was planning on heading towards Kirigakure." Harribel said with certainty.

"Kiri? Isn't there a civil war there?" Kankurō asked.

"It ended, but no one outside of the Land of Water knows who won yet." Gaara cut in with the intel he received just recently.

"No matters. We shall still go." Harribel said, and turned toward the door. "Maybe we shall meet again, old friend." Gaara said nothing as he watched Harribel and Ggio exit the room, but he secretly wished that they would stay another night at least.

~ With Ggio and Harribel ~

"Aw come on! We could have stayed and rested at that village!" Ggio complained.

"No….we need to keep moving. It could be dangerous to stay at Suna." Was all Harribel said as she looked at the sunset.

'I have a bad feeling about where we are going…' Ggio thought with an eye twitching.

So how was this chapter? Good? Bad? Alright? Please let me know with reviews, and maybe a few tips could help improve in more chapters to come! WERE THE FIGHTS ACTUALLY GOOD? Sorry Sakura fans...but I really don't like her. I kept Sasori alive due to purposes later on in the story, so he will be needed for future events.

*= Shinji and Deidara have the same voice actors, so do Hiruko and Komamura (and Pakkun). I would have done the same with Sasori and Ichigo, but I was too lazy. Too bad if Harribel ever meets Anko, Yukimaru, or Ayame she won't notice ^.^ Same with Ggio and Minato & Ulquiorra. LOL! MINATO HAS THE SAME VOICE ACTOR AS ULQUIORRA! A EMOTIONLESS MINATO! Reminds me when I first watched Bleach...I had a spasm because Ichigo was like Sasori with no emotion! Gotta love Johnny! Anyone else listen to Eyeshine? Ya know, the band Johnny's in?

Well, I hoped this was satisfactory for everyone!

'till next time,

~ Zantana ~