Author's Note: I have decided to take Wacko12's 'Peace Challenge'. Note: I will have one or two OCs in this.
Disclaimer - I do not own Naruto.
Chapter 1 - Sennin's Return
Naruto's and Sasuke's attacks hit straight on creating a large explosion that sent both boys flying in opposite directions. Both Kyuubi's one tailed form and Sasuke's Cursed Seal form faded and both of them hit the ground hard. There was silence for a few seconds before Naruto slowly got himself up. He weakly moved himself over to Sasuke, who was unconscious. Naruto grunted, "I'm taking you home now. . . teme."
With that, Naruto fell backwards into unconsciousness. A couple of seconds after this, there was the sound of the wind shifting and a mysterious black figure appeared. The figure was cloaked in a black haori and a pair of black pants as well. The figure's head was cloaked so his eyes could be seen nor could his mouth or nose be seen due to the cloak hiding them. He casually put his hand on his chin and spoke out loud to himself, "Blonde hair; check. Whisker marks; check. Jinchuuriki of the Kyuubi; check."
The figure, whose voice revealed him as a young man, took a breath of relief, "Finally found the kid. He didn't make it easy."
The man walked over and picked up the young Jinchuuriki and put him on his back with the boy's head on his shoulder. The man smiled under his mask, "No need to worry, kid. That hell hole of a village won't be bothering you again."
Just as the figure was about to leave, Kakashi jumped down into the Valley besides the fallen Uchiha. He had a kunai ready.
"Put Naruto down," Kakashi ordered.
The man didn't seem impressed, "Who are you to make demands of me?"
"I am a Jonin of Konoha and I am ordering you to drop the boy and leave or I shall take him back by force."
Kakashi could feel the man's eye pierce his soul even though he couldn't see them. The man held out his left arm and formed his hand as if he was about to flick the air.
With that, the man flicked his figure and Kakashi suddenly felt like he had been punched in the face. He flew back but did manage to regain his footing. His eyes shot up ready to fight his opponent, but to his surprise and horror the man and Naruto were gone. The only trace left was a slight trail of settling dust falling down as if the man had jumped sky high.
Kakashi quickly summoned Pakkun, "Pakkun, someone has taken Naruto. I need you to track them."
Pakkun quickly sniffed around but he turned to Kakakshi sadly, "Kakashi, there isn't any trail to follow."
Kakashi blinked in surprise, "What do you mean there isn't a trail to follow?!"
"Just that. Whoever it was left no trace of himself or Naruto here to follow."
Kakashi spent a couple of seconds taking it all in before he screamed out his frustration and slammed his fist into the ground below. His fist was bleeding but he didn't care. He had failed his student.
"Naruto. . ." Kakashi whispered sadly as a single tear fell from his lone eye.
The Retrieval Team solemnly made their way through Konoha to the Hokage Tower. Very few people noticed the absence of Naruto and everyone noticed that the Uchiha prodigy was slung over Choji's shoulder. When the team reached the Hokage Tower, Tsunade, Jiraiya, and Shizune were waiting for them.
"We got back to Uchiha brat," Choji said grudgingly.
"Well, at least the Civilian Council will be happy," Shizune grunted.
"Where's Naruto?" came Jiraiya's voice. Tsunade and Shizune looked at the Retrieval Team and also noticed the absence of the blonde knucklehead.
"Kakashi," Tsunade said in a dangerously low voice. "Where is Naruto?"
Kakashi took a deep breath, "He was taken."
Alarmed, Jiraiya shot towards the Copy-nin. "Taken?! By who?! Describe them?!"
"Master Jiraiya, he was taken by only one person. He was a cloaked man entirely in black. However, I couldn't identify him."
"His cloak," Jiraiya stated. "Did it have anything on it?"
"No, it didn't. It was just plain black."
"So most likely it wasn't Akatsuki," Jiraiya thought to himself. Tsunade was glaring holes into the Jonin, "If you saw him why didn't you stop him?"
"Hokage-sama, I did try to stop him."
Tsunade slammed her fisting into her desk, breaking it. "THEN WHY ISN'T HE HERE?!"
"I don't know how he did it but he finger flicked the air in front of himself and it suddenly felt like Gai had given me a Dynamic Entry straight to my face. By the time I had regain my bearing he was gone. I summoned Pakkun to track him but he couldn't find any trace of either the man or of Naruto."
Tsunade and Jiraiya blinked in surprise, "Pakkun couldn't find any trace of them? Nothing?"
Kakashi shook his head no.
There was a moment of silence before a large shout of frustration and the sound of a fist connecting to a wall could be heard across Konoha from the Hokage Tower. Surprising to everyone in there room, the perpetrator was Jiraiya.
"Jiraiya. . ." Shizune began but she was cut off as Jiraiya turned around and positioned himself on the windowsill.
"Jiraiya, where are you going?" Tsunade asked with authority. Jiraiya, however, barely even glanced at her, "To find my godson."
With that, Jiraiya was gone, leaving everyone in the room in stunned silence.
After Jiraiya left, the Retrieval Team left to take the Uchiha to the hospital. When they got there, Sakura was waiting for them.
"Sasuke-kun!" Sakura shouted as she ran up to Choji, who was still carrying him. "What the hell happened to him!"
"Sasuke wouldn't come back willingly so Naruto fought him into unconsciousness to get him back for you," Neji said with a slight glare. "So here's your damn Uchiha traitor."
"Sasuke isn't a traitor!" Sakura yelled at him. "It was caused by the Cursed Seal. I thought you knew this. And what do you mean that demon fought him into unconsciousness?! I told Naruto to bring Sasuke back not beat him back!"
"He didn't have a choice in the matter," Shino stated.
"He shouldn't have harmed Sasuke-kun!"
"Will you just shut up, you troublesome banshee!" Shikamaru said angrily surprising everyone, with his actual show of effort. "Naruto's gone now because of that request of your's!"
Unfortunately, Hinata happened to be passing by at that exact moment and heard what Shikamaru said. She stared at he friends in horror. Neji noticed her and elbowed Shikamaru's arm. Shikamaru turned and saw Hinata, a horrified expression on her face.
"Troublesome," Shikamaru thought. "Hinata. . ."
"W-w-what h-happened t-to N-Na-Naruto?" Hinata asked, terrified of the answer.
"Naruto managed to beat Sasuke," Neji began to tell her. "But apparently some arrived right after both fell unconscious and took Naruto. Managed to beat Kakashi, too. He told us that the man performed single flick of the finger in mid-air and suddenly it felt like Gai-sensei did a Dynamic Entry straight into his face."
Many of them winced at that. Hinata looked at her cousin, "S-s-so y-you d-don't kn-know if-if h-he's a-alright?"
Neji shook his head. Sakura scoffed, "Good riddance. Who need that pathetic demonic dobe anyway."
The rest of the Konoha 12 members that were there all glared. But before anyone could retorted Sakura suddenly fell victim to a very strong blow to her stomach that sent her to her knees. Sakura looked up and to her surprise and to the surprise of the Retrieval Team, the attacker was Hinata.
"How dare you, Sakura," Hinata said angrily and without a stutter, much to the shock of those present. "How dare you! Naruto risked his life to get your precious Uchiha back for you and this is how you thank him?! I'd sooner partner up with members of the Sound village than with you!"
Everyone was shocked. They had never seen Hinata act like this at all. With her speech done, Hinata stormed off. The Retrieval Team couldn't help but feel sorry for her. The love of her life was now Kami knows where and in Kami knows condition and she couldn't do anything for him. Sakura soon managed to recover from Hinata's strike, "What the hell is that freak's problem. How could she stand up for that demon?"
The Retrieval Team glared at her, "Sakura. You better get out of our line of sight or we will hurt you."
Sakura blinked at her comrades, "What?"
Neji began counting down, "Five, four, three, two. . ."
"Alright, I get it. I just don't see why that demon's so important to you."
With that she walked away. Shikamaru sighed, "Troublesome."
"I'd have to agree with you there," the Retrieval Team looked up to see Kakashi walking up to them. Strangely, the orange book he always had wasn't in sight. "Sorry about my student."
"It's not your fault," Neji told the Copy-nin. "Choji, take the Uchiha traitor inside."
Choji nodded and went inside. Neji, Shikamaru, and Shino looked at the ex-ANBU member. "So, what's going on?"
"Tsunade's in a council meeting discussing the mission's results."
Shikamaru shook his head, "Troublesome."
Tsunade looked around the room. The shinobi council, the civilian council, and the elders were all there. Tsunade looked at the council gathered and began.
"Less than two hours ago, the Retrieval Team managed to bring back Uchiha Sasuke to the village."
Both sides of the council breathed a sigh of relief. One councilman spoke up, "Where is the Uchiha now?"
"He is currently in Konoha Hospital being treated for severe injuries."
With that sentence there was an uproar from the civilian side of the council.
"What, who harmed the Uchiha?"
"He should be punished severly for such an act."
"Silence!" Tsunade shouted and the entire civilian side instantly closed their mouths. "Let me continue. From report of the mission, Uchiha Sasuke did not come willingly and was beaten into submission by one Uzumaki Naruto."
The council was instantly in an uproar again.
"What?! The demon brat was responsible for this?"
"He tried to kill the Uchiha!"
"That brat must be executed!"
"SHUT UP!" Tsunade shouted. The council immediately shut up. "Uzumaki Naruto is the reason I called you all hear."
"So we are deciding his punishment I'm guess," a more 'rounded' member of the civilian council asked arrogantly.
"No, the problem is much more serious."
"Did the demon get loose?" asked Choza Akimichi worriedly.
"No," Tsunade said and with a deep breath uttered one phrase. "Uzumaki Naruto, Jinchuuriki of Kyuubi no Kitsune, was kidnapped when he fell unconscious after he defeated the Uchiha."
There was a silence that followed. A stunned silence. Even Danzo seemed surprised at this turn of events. It was then the Hyuuga Hiashi spoke up, "Who kidnapped him? Who took the boy?"
Tsunade sighed, "Kakashi is the only one who saw the perpetrator, but Kakashi described him as a man entirely in black who didn't seem worried that a powerful Jonin like Kakashi was in his way. According to Kakashi, the man merely flicked the air in front of him and, again according to Kakashi, felt an impact to his skull that wasn't dissimilar to one of Gai's Dynamic Entries."
The entire shinobi council and the elders winced at that.
"By the time Kakashi regained his bearing the man was gone as was Naruto," the council blinked. They knew that even if something as strong as one of Gai's Dynamic Entries struck Kakashi head on, his recover still would've been very quick. The man must've been incredibly fast for Kakashi not being able to see him. "Kakashi summoned Pakkun to track him but the summon couldn't find any trace that the man was even there to begin with."
The shinobi council gaped. Pakkun couldn't track this guy? Who in this world could hide themselves so well that fast?
"Hmph, so the demon's gone. Who cares?" a councilman spoke outloud earning a glare from the shinobi side and from the elders.
"Perhaps you don't realize what this means do you?" Shikaku, the Jonin Commander, asked the civilian council member, who shook his head.
"It means," Hyuuga Hiashi continued. "That Konoha has lost its advantage over the other shinobi nations."
The civilian council looked on confused. Tsunade nodded her head, "Yes, the other nations each have Jinchuuriki, however, we had the strongest one, the Kyuubi. With it gone, Konoha is now greatly weakened."
"So what if the Kyuubi is gone," shouted out another councilmember. "We have the Uchiha brat. He can grow to take on a Jinchuuriki!"
"Really?" Tsunade asked sarcastically. "An Uchiha boy, a genin no less, has the strength to match up with a Jinchuuriki, whom most of which are either chunin and jonin and some have a very strong leash on their demons? Can that teenager match up against a being that took the Shodai Hokage to match up against?"
The council is silent. They didn't have a retort for this. Danzo then spoke up, "We need to send out search teams for the Jinchuuriki at once."
Inoichi sighed, "Really, you think our search teams will have any luck in finding someone that Kakashi was right on top of but still couldn't find any trace of him. And if what he says is true about his skill and speed, he's probably as far as Iwa by now."
"Besides," Tsunade spoke up. "Jiraiya is out there frantically searching for him. He and his spy network will find him."
"For all our sake I hope you are right, Hokage-sama."
When Naruto awoke the first he could see was only blurs and shapes. However, as the images got clearer he could tell he was neither in his apartment nor in Konoha's hospital. He seemed to be in a stone room. He managed to sit up a bit, enduring some pain along the way, and he took a look at his surroundings. Despite it being made of rock, the room seemed rather homey. He was in a nice, comfortable bed, there was a dresser, a desk, and a small bookcase. The room was very nicely lite up adding to the homey feel of it.
"Huh, where am I."
As if on queue a door on the other side of the room opened and a man entered. He was cloaked and was wearing entirely black. Naruto blinked before narrowing his eyes, "Who are you?"
"Hold that thought, boy, let me get out of this," Naruto's eyes widened in surprise at the man's casual tone. Naruto watched as the man removed his cloak to reveal his face. The man looked around his mid-20s if Naruto had to guess and had long black hair tied into a long ponytail that reached mid-back. The ponytail, however, looked so smooth and so narrow it would've been more accurate to call it a dragontail.
The man's eyes, however, were the most curious part of him. His eye color was midnight blue, that wasn't strange. It was the fact that the 'whites' of his eyes were pitch black. Yet for some reason it didn't disturb Naruto for whatever reason. The air around him did seem to be an air of power but it was still gentle.
"Now, what was your question again, boy?" the man asked raising an eyebrow. Naruto deadpanned.
"I asked who you were."
"Ah, right." The man held out his hand to Naruto, "My name is Mahotsukai Kaosu, the Mortal Harbinger of Yami himself. At your service of course."
Naruto's eyes widened in shock, "You serve Yami? As in, the God of Darkness Yami?"
Now it was Kaosu's turn to deadpan, "Yes, that Yami. Tell me, how many other Yamis do you know?"
"How'd it happen?" Kaosu finished for him. "A story for another time, however, I am not here to talk about myself. I am here to talk about you."
Naruto blinked, "Me?"
"Yes, you," Kaosu answered as he sat on a stole besides Naruto's bed and crossed his arms. "First, let me clarify this. I know you're the Jinchuuriki of the Kyuubi no Kitsune."
Naruto froze and stared at the man with downright horror. Kaosu rolled his eyes, "You know if you keep giving me that face with every bit of information I give you, you might as well just keep your face like that."
Naruto immediately wiped the look of shock from his face and looked at Kaosu, "Is that the reason why you brought me here?"
Kaosu held up his hand and shook it a little is a 'sort-of' type of manner. Naruto then blinked again, "Where is here exactly? How long was I out for?"
"You have been out for about a day or so. And as for where you are, you are in my little, underground abode in Uzushiogakure, the home of your ancestors on your mother's side."
"My mother?!" Naruto shouted and tried to sit up farther up on his bed but the pain forced him back down. Kaosu was instantly by his side helping him lay back down, "Easy, kid. You're still sore from your fight with the gaki."
"What happened to Sasuke anyway?" Naruto asked him.
"Your sensei took him back to Konoha, however, I brought you here."
"He-he left me?" Naruto asked feeling hurt and betrayed.
"No, he tried to stop me but I knocked him away. Why I shall get to in a moment."
Naruto nodded as Kaosu continued, "Anyway, back onto the subject of your parents. Your mother was Uzumaki Kushina, the Chishio no Habanero (Red Hot-Blooded Habanero). She was a member of the Uzumaki clan, the clan that led the village of Uzushiogakure, where we are right now."
Naruto gaped in surprise, "My mother's clan had a village?"
Kaosu nodded with a grin, "Yep, the sole leaders. They were famous, and some might say infamous, for their skills with the sword and in fuinjutsu. They are a very powerful clan. In fact, they are cousin clan to the Senju. Furthermore, the Shodai Hokage's wife was an Uzumaki."
"Yep, and while I am thinking about it, his wife, Uzumaki Mito, was the first Jinchuuriki for the Kyuubi, the second was your mother, and you are the third."
Naruto blinked in surprise and in shock. He couldn't believe it. His mother and the Shodai Hokage's wife were not only of the same clan but they were also the Jinchuuriki of the Fox before he was. Naruto looked up at him, "What happened to my mother? Why is the Fox now in me?"
Kaosu sighed, "I wasn't given the full details but someone attacked you while you were being born. He used the moment of weakness of your mother to free the Kyuubi and spread havoc across Konoha. To keep Konoha safe, your father sacrificed himself to seal the Kyuubi into you."
"My father sealed the Kyuubi into me? But I thought it was-" Naruto trailed off as his face got pale with shock. "The Yondaime. . .the Yondaime is my father."
"Namikaze Minato, the Yellow Flash," Kaosu confirmed. "He couldn't asked another family to sacrifice their child if wasn't willing to do it himself. He also trusted that you'd be able to handle the beast and that you would be taken care of. As you know yourself, however, only the former came to reality."
Naruto was in tears by this point and Kaosu put a comforting hand on the boy's head.
"I know it's a lot to take in, Naruto," Kaosu said in a gentle voice that was very contrast to the essence he gave off, "But there's still more."
Naruto wiped the tears from his eyes and nodded. Kaosu took a deep breath, "I take it you've heard of the Rikudo Sennin, correct?"
Naruto blinked, "You mean that myth about the Founder of Ninjutsu?"
"It's no myth, boy," Kaosu said seriously. "The Rikudo Sennin did indeed exist. He fought the being known as the Juubi and became the first Jinchuuriki. Towards the end of his life he split the Juubi into nine parts, whom you know today as the nine biju."
Naruto gasped slightly.
"I am not done yet. The Rikudo Sennin is the ancestor of the Uzumaki clan as well as the ancestor of the Senju and Uchiha clans.
Naruto gaped in utter shocked, "I'm-I'm related to the Rikudo Sennin. Wait! I am related to Tsunade-baa-chan and the teme?!"
"Distantly to the latter but yes."
Naruto didn't know whether or not to be disturbed, excited, or both. Naruto slowly laid back down, "I think I need time to process this."
"Not yet, Naruto. I am not done."
Naruto looked at him strangely and then sarcastically asked, "What are you going to tell me I'm the direct descendant of the Rikudo Sennin next?"
"Well, you are but that wasn't what I was going to say," Naruto looked at him with his mouth dropped. He was the original Kami no Shinobi's direct descendant yet that wasn't the important thing Kaosu was going to tell him then what was? "It's actually the reason why I took you away and brought you here. It's is to train you."
Naruto gasped and looked at him, "You want to train me? But why?"
Kaosu pointed at Naruto and said the line that would change Naruto's world forever, "Simple, you are the Rikudo Sennin Reborn. You are his reincarnation. You and the Sennin and one in the same person."
Dead silence filled the room.
That is until Naruto shouted out at the top of his lungs, "I'M WHAT?!"
Jiraiya was quickly making his way through Hi no Kuni trying to find whatever trace of his godson that he could when he stopped.
"Was that Naruto's voice?" Jiraiya asked himself. He could have sworn he had heard his godson's distant voice somewhere. Seemed like it came from the north. "Uh, what am I doing? I've got to continue my search!"
With that, Jiraiya took off again.
Despite the pain, Naruto was in Kaosu's face shouting at the top of his lungs, "WHAT DO YOU MEAN I AM THE RIKUDO SENNIN'S REINCARNATION?!"
Kaosu face was blank, "First, sit down and shut up, kid. Second, I mean exactly that. You're the Rikudo Sennin Reborn unto this world."
"But-but how is this possible?"
"Look, kid, I am Yami's Harbinger, not Yami himself. He didn't tell me that, however, he did tell me to awake the memories of you past life and then train you to match your predecessor."
"Why would the God of Darkness want to help me?"
"I don't know," Kaosu said. "I did here him mumble something along the lines of 'Damn Kami' but that's pretty much it."
Naruto sweat-dropped. He had never seen someone act this casual as he talking about Yami. Hell, few people ever really did talk about those deities now that he thought about it. His train of thought was derailed when Kaosu spoke up, "Now, to unlock those memories of yours."
"I am going to get the Sennin's memories?"
"And his dojutsu as well."
"The Rinnegan, the Eyes of God."
"Awesome! I am going to be the world's greatest shinobi!" Naruto shot up in true Naruto fashion but collapsed again after his brief speech due to the pain. Kaosu deadpanned, "Kid, I thought I told you to sit still and be quiet."
"Sorry," Naruto shrunk under the Harbinger's gaze.
"Now, let us begin," Kaosu said as he put his middle and index finger on Naruto's forehead and slowly shut his eyes to concentrate.
I know I haven't been on a lot and it is with good reason. School hasn't been so hot for me recently and I need to work much harder. I'll try to get back to regularly updating my story but I have no promises. However, another is the Maplestory Romance series and the next chapter in Al and the Legendary Hero is still in the works. What about Warriors Orochi: Shinobi of Fire; well I have yet to decide.
Anyway, thank you for reading the first chapter of this new fanfiction and please review! Oh, and thank you again to Wacko12 for providing me with both the inspiration and the challenge for this fanfiction!
P.S. - MERRY CHRISTMAS!
NOTE: I do tend to fix something's after I post because I realized I missed them. Please forgive me for this and I will try and catch as many as I can before I publish.