(Hi guys. I know it's been a long time since I worked on this, but I haven't forgotten about it. I've just been busy with my other works. Well enjoy what I have to offer today.)
Out in a forest, Naruto, Jugo, Karin, and Suigetsu were taking on a whole gang of bandits. Naruto was using his psychic to push some back, or snap their bones. Jugo was using his curse abilities to crush any bandit that tried to touch him, Karin was giving out orders as to where more were coming from, and finally Suigetsu was going all out, while using his broken sword to cut through whatever bandit he could.
Naruto landed near Karin, as she spoke, "Sheesh, Suigetsu isn't even using strategy. He's just slicing away."
"Against a gang of weak bandits like these guys, doesn't really call for too much strategy," Naruto began, "Besides, Suigetsu needs this the most. After all only one real way to repair his sword is to slice away." he motioned to Suigetsu's sword that started restoring itself, every time it cut through an opponent.
After doing enough killing, Naruto, Jugo, and Karin just sat back, watching Suigetsu finish the job until the whole gang was killed, "Oh yeah!" Suigetsu called, as he held his fully restored sword up into the air triumphantly.
"Ya done yet?" Karin asked, feeling bored.
"Yeah, I'm about done." Suigetsu answered, as he placed his sword on his back again.
"Well we took care of this whole gang, so that means we can collect our fee now." Jugo noted.
"Yeah, so let's get back to town, collect our loot, and relax." Naruto instructed.
"I'm down with that." Suigetsu agreed, as the four headed off.
When they reached the town close to the forest, they went to the local authorities and collected their fee for getting rid of the bandit gang. Afterward they were walking through the town before seeing a restaurant up ahead, "Come on, guys. Lunch is on me."
"Good, I'm starving." Suigetsu said, in excitement.
"You always are." Karin replied.
"Now you two." Jugo said, as he broke them up.
"Come on you guys, let's go chow down." Naruto said as he was getting hungry.
"Room for another?" a voice called out.
Naruto's team were taken by surprise at the new voice, while Naruto knowing it from anywhere looked up into a tree, and saw Jiraiya standing on a branch, "Ero-sennin!" he cheered.
"How's it going, Naruto?" Jiraiya asked, as he dropped down from the tree and landed before them.
"Whoa, who is that?" Suigetsu asked.
"That's Jiraiya-sama of the Legendary Sannin, remember?" Karin asked him.
"Oh yeah." he remembered.
"So that's the second of Orochimaru's former teammates." Jugo said in wonder.
Jiraiya noticing the other three spoke up, "So this is the team you've put together huh, Naruto?"
"Yeah. Ero-sennin, this is Suigetsu, Karin, and Jugo," Naruto introduced them, "And guys, meet my former mentor, Jiraiya."
"It's an honor to meet you, Jiraiya-sama." Karin bowed her head, along with Jugo and Suigetsu.
"It's nice to meet you three too. I trust you've been looking after my former apprentice?" he asked.
"Oh yeah. We've been taking very good care of him." Suigetsu chuckled with Jugo, while Naruto rolled his eyes.
"So what brings you around these parts, Ero-sennin, off on more research I presume?" Naruto smirked.
"Ya got me." Jiraiya chuckled.
"Any good ladies you found inspiration from?" Naruto asked curiously.
"Maybe some, you interested in a little sneak peek?" Jiraiya tempted him.
"If you're offering."
"Well let's do lunch, and we'll talk." Jiraiya offered.
"Works for me, come on guys!" Naruto said, as he walked on ahead. As he reached the corner, someone else came from the other side, and the two collided with each other, and fell to the ground, "Oh, that hurt." he groaned, before looking at who he bumped into.
It was a girl, who looked to be about a few years older than Naruto. She had short black hair, and wore not only an Iwa headband, but the standard Iwa shinobi attire as well. The girl noticed Naruto, and gasped, "Hey Naruto, whadaya know?"
"Kuro-chan!" Naruto laughed in amusement, as the two got to their feet.
"Naruto!" the group approached.
"Are you ok?" Jiraiya asked.
"Never better." he answered.
"Who is this?" Karin asked curiously.
"An Iwa kunoichi?" Suigetsu gasped, knowing it could be dangerous.
"Relax. She's on the level with us." Naruto assured him.
"So this is your team?" the girl asked him.
"Yeah, meet Suigetsu, Jugo, Karin, and my old mentor Jiraiya. Guys, this is Kurotsuchi of Iwa." Naruto introduced them.
"Nice to meet you all." Kurotsuchi greeted them.
"Am I the only one, who sees there is something wrong here?" Suigetsu asked.
"Kurotsuchi?" a voice called as a big guy approached, "There you are. Naruto?" he asked seeing the boy.
"Hey, Akatsuchi!" Naruto greeted him.
"Well isn't it a small world?" Akatsuchi chuckled.
"Naruto, how do you know these Iwa shinobi so well?" Jugo inquired.
"Well we have history," he answered, 'But how about I tell you over lunch?"
"Sounds good to me." Akatsuchi smiled.
"Me too." Kurotsuchi agreed.
So they all headed for the restaurant, and soon were eating, while Karin asked, "So Naruto, how do you know these two Iwa shinobi?"
"Well this was years ago, before I even met you guys," he began, "During my three years of traveling ever since my banishment I went all over the ninja land. Of course Kumo and Iwa weren't on my list due to various reasons. But eventually ero-sennin sent me a message saying that my presence was requested in Iwa. I was skeptical of it, but since it was given to me by a summoning toad I knew it had to be real and wasn't a fake. So I flew out there at met up with the Sandaime Tsuchikage, where he revealed a very deep secret that was kept from me and Konoha."
"What kind of secret?" Jugo asked.
Kurotsuchi answered, "Naruto was promised by his father to become my husband."
"What?!" Naruto's team gasped in shock.
"You were promised to her?" Suigetsu asked, Naruto in surprise.
"Yeah." he answered.
"How did this happen?" Jugo wondered.
"Well ya know during the last ninja war between Konoha and Iwa?" Naruto began, as his team nodded, "Well as it turns out my dad and Kurotsuchi's gramps the Sandaime met secretly and forged a secret alliance between villages."
"A secret alliance?" Karin asked.
"Yes. An alliance between the villages where we'd help each other secretly from the shadows." Kurotsuchi explained.
"It was kept a secret from our villages at the time, because... Well you know the situation in Konoha." Naruto said, knowing full well Danzo, Koharu, and Homura would do something to muck it up.
"It would be made official when I the Sandaime's granddaughter, and the Yondaime Hookage's yet to be born child would be betrothed." The Iwa kunoichi explained.
"Though due to the banishment of me, things were almost made complicated, but we worked around it," Naruto continued, "If I were to marry her, Iwa would become allies with the resurrected Uzushio, and would not target Konoha. Granted when we first met, Kuro-chan was skeptical of me and wondered if I was worthy of being betrothed to her."
"So she requested a match between them to determine if he was worthy enough." Akatsuchi chuckled.
"I felt like it was the whole Nadeshiko match all over again." Naruto chuckled as well.
"Through our spar I learned a lot about Naruto," Kurotsuchi said with a smirk and teased Naruto, "He was impulsive, stubborn, and an idiot in many ways."
"Oh you're gonna make me cry." Naruto said putting on a mock sad face.
Kurotsuchi smiled and continued, "But I also found out he was a dedicated and strong shinobi who would give his life for his allies and those he cared about. And that was enough to convince me he may be the kind of guy I've been waiting for my whole life."
"It was the first time I ever saw her speak so highly of a single guy." Akatsuchi teased, only for Kurotsuchi to snap.
"So did you two seal your promise of marriage with a kiss, or something much more?" Suigetsu asked, while raising his brows multiple times.
"Suigetsu, a guy doesn't just share personal stuff like that when the girl your talking about is right next to you." Naruto stated.
"Just asking." Suigetsu asked, with a shrug of his shoulders.
"So what brings you two out in a town like this?" Naruto asked his two Iwa friends.
"We were just finishing up a mission, and you?" Kurotsuchi asked.
"Just passing through and collecting some bounty fee." Naruto answered.
"Well thanks for the meal." Kurotsuchi smiled.
Naruto was about to collect the bill, until Jiraiya intervened, "Allow me."
"Thanks, Ero-sennin." Naruto smiled.
"No problem." he answered, as he paid for their meal.
As they went outside, Naruto spoke up to the Iwa shinobi, "So do you two have to go so soon? I mean we haven't seen each other in a long time."
"Well..." Kurotsuchi began, until an explosion brought her out of her thoughts.
"Whoa!" the group gasped.
"What was that?" Jugo asked.
Karin concentrated and gasped, "I'm feeling some chakra signatures up ahead, one of them is extremely large."
"How large?" Jiraiya inquired.
"Like Naruto's." she answered.
"Naruto's?" Jugo asked in confusion.
"A Jinchuriki?" Suigetsu suggested.
"I can't imagine it being one of the others." Naruto stated.
"Any of you think we should check it out?" Akatsuchi asked.
"We?" Naruto asked him.
"Well you asked if we had to go so soon, so now we don't." the Iwa ninja replied.
"So let's go find out what that is together." Kurotsuchi said eagerly.
Naruto smirked, "Then let's go!" the whole group took off for the exit of town determined to find out the cause of the explosion.
(And there you go. It may not have been much, but I introduced yet another of Naruto's girls he's forged a relationship over the years. Don't miss next time where they take on another old enemy of Naruto's.)