Naruto opened his eyes to the still form of Gaara. Turning his head to the other side, jaw clenched in pain, he hissed in agony when on his other side he saw the body of Shikamaru. Trembling in pain, both emotional and physical, he sat up and stared at the destroyed land around him.
In a final act of valor, Shikamaru, Gaara, Kakashi, and him had gone all out against Madara.
Naruto put a bloody hand to his forehead, trying to remember what happened. The Konoha and last Suna Shinobi had combined their strongest attacks in a last ditch effort against the mad mind. He remembered a bright flash and the screams of every ninja there, then blackness.
Gaara and Shikamaru hadn't made it. That much was obvious. Naruto's chest shuddered as though he was sobbing, though no tears fell and no sound was made. His breathing pace increased as he pounded the ground below him with a bloody fist.
Kakashi, where was Kakashi?
Naruto got to his feet, ignoring the feeling of tearing muscles and screaming wounds. He didn't care, everyone else was dead, and if Kakashi was too...
Well then he didn't need to live anymore, did he?
"Kakashi!" he called, his voice raw, the taste of copper on his tongue. Stumbling forward, his sky blue eyes scoured the land before him, searching for the familiar head of silver hair.
They settled on a crumpled form just meters away.
"Kakashi!" Naruto's voice cracked as it tried to go louder than a whisper. He stumbled quickly over to the silver-haired man and crumpled next to him, shaking hands turning him over.
Ragged breathing. One gray eye cracked open and stared at the blond.
"K...kakashi...!" Naruto took a shuddering breath, hands clenching through the silver hair and holding the elders unmasked face.
"Naruto..." Kakashi murmured, relief shining in his eye. "Shika...Gaara?" he questioned, before coughing blood onto his torn and ragged top.
Naruto shook his head, eyes torn with grief. Kakashi frowned, marring his perfect looks.
Ever since the first comrades fell, Naruto's eyes have retained a deep pain, much like most hard war veterans Kakashi had seen as a child. The grief grew and the eyes darkened more and more as more fell, but as long as there were others left, he pulled through, for there sake.
Kakashi knew Naruto would be the only one who would live this time. He could already feel his life slipping away, the world around him seemed darker than it did a minute ago. The horrible thing was, Kakashi knew that if he died, Naruto would kill himself out of grief. Not just grief for him, Kakashi, but for everyone, all the emotions would finally come crashing down. Naruto would be immersed in unbearable pain and agony, finally having to except that he failed in protecting his friends, and they were never coming back.
Kakashi sighed and took a good look at the man cradling his broken body. Naruto was the spitting image of his father, he looked so much like him it hurt. Naruto had grown out his hair, the tips of his side bangs just reaching his jawline. His beautiful blue eyes had narrowed slightly in a more masculine way than his wide, girly eyes used to be. He was a dead ringer, for a male, handsome as his father.
"Naruto. I can't let you die."
Naruto jolted slightly at Kakashi's words, looking at him in confusion. "If you go, so do I, and don't lie to me, I know you're..." he drifted off, a pained look on his face.
"I'm going to try something, Naruto, I'm going to let you start over."
Kakashi flipped up his headband and revealed his Sharingan.
"What're you doing Kakashi! The Sharingan..! You don't have any chakra let!"
"I've been doing a lot of research on Time-Space Jutsu with the added help of the Mangyeko Sharingan, I'm going to send you back."
Naruto froze. Back?
"I don't want to! Kakashi! They won't be the people I know anymore!"
Kakashi looked at the blonde before him, something sparking deep within his eyes.
"You can change what happens. Think about it. They don't have to die, they may never be the people you know. But they will be alive."
Naruto stared deep into Kakashi's eyes, looking in confusion as water droplets fell on the face of his former sensei.
"What...?" he brought his hands up to his face and noticed it was wet.
When was the last time he cried?
Kakashi wrapped a hand around his former students neck and lowered it until they were nose to nose.
"Change it, Naruto. Become Rokudaime Hokage again." Kakashi yanked Naruto's head down, making their lips clash.
Naruto was stunned for a second, but then sunk into it.
Kakashi pulled away slightly, "Make me fall for you all over again."
Naruto blushed at Kakashi's confession, and opened his mouth to say something.
Kakashi's Mangyeko flashed.