Friday, January 11th, 2013
Yeah, my new story. I have Writer's Block, so I decided to start posting this instead of leaving all my DoOver fans hanging.
For those who think it's exactly like DoOver, it's not. It has few similarities (which will be explained, but it's mostly the scrolls, for those who have read DoOver) but from there, it becomes different. Quite.
So, Sakura, Ino, Hinata, Tenten, Temari, Matsuri, Karin, Sai, Yamato, and Tsunade (as well as Jiraiya's soul) return to the past. However, for now, the only time-travelers introduced (that I've written in the chapters so far, since I have 3 chapters written) are Sakura, Ino, and Sai.
Yamato, Jiraiya, Karin, Matsuri, and Temari won't show up 'til much later. We'll talk to and about them, but they won't physically be...here, I guess.
Couples: EVENTUAL SasuSaku, eventual NaruHina, but sooner than most SaIno, eventual ShikaTema, eventual GaaMatsu, eventual but hopefully sooner than some NejiTen, eventual/some SuiKa, some AsuKure, some, and if you want KakashixHanare (from the filler ep in Konoha History Arc), and eventual maybe Ita?, and mention of some couples that I can't tell you about yet.
Dedication: aalc95, for being the only one to review chapter 19 of DoOver. I guess everyone still thinks I'm on vacation...
Also, to AnimeLoverHaruka, who I actually know outside of fanfiction. Read her stories, guys! Oh, and to Krystal Kitsune Uchiha, who's going to adopt some of my...abandoned stories. I hate to abandon anything, but I just couldn't write them. Also to, Jasmine-.-Momo-chan, my very dear friend (though sadly, I only know her on fanfiction) who I haven't PMed in a while. I hope she's okay...
Disclaimer: Neji's going to do it. For those of you who read the recent Naruto chapters...I think you know why. For those who haven't...well, I love Neji to death.
Neji: Epic Otaku Cherry never has, doesn't, and never will own Naruto.
Me: If I did, some things would be different. Like the MOST RECENT FUCKING CHAPTERS. Yeah.
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Chapter 1: Argument & Dreams
"It's alright now, Sakura-san. You need to rest. You can take over in the morning, it's already midnight." Ayumi, a Kumo healer informed me.
I had just finished exacting a surgery on a samurai who had taken a Fuuma Shuriken to the stomach, as well as a couple burns. Ouch.
"Thank you, Ayumi-san. Have someone wake me at dawn." I answered. "Will do," she replied.
I walked back to the (medic-nins') tent and before I knew it, I found myself staring at the top of my tent, in my bed, ready for sleep to take me. Then I heard a rustle near the entrance of my tent. Expecting the worst, I prepared 2 kunai -that I keep under my pillow- to take on any unexpected visitors.
"Whoa, whoa! Cool it, Sakura. It's just me." I recognized the voice.
"What are you doing Kaka-sensei? I was just about to sleep." He chuckled, settling his rear on the edge of my cot.
"Just seeing you to sleep, Sakura. Is that a crime?" I could see him trying to smile under his mask; I didn't buy it.
Sighing, I asked. "What is it, Kakashi? You want to tell me something; what?" I watched as his face turned grim.
"...It's about Sasuke-kun, isn't it?" It was impossible to hide the sadness in my voice.
"Yeah…one of the shinobi saw Sasuke and decided to spy on him. He seems even more determined to destroy Konoha than before. He was with 3 men- a tall one with orange hair, one with white hair and Zabuza's Kubikiribocho…and Orochimaru. -That guy never seems to want to die, does he?- Luckily, the ninja that spied on him escaped before Sasuke could detect him."
I looked down, knowing where my sensei was going with this. It's nothing new. Although that whole Orochimaru thing is. I thought he was dead. I was told that Anko was captured by Kabuto…and she still had her curse seal…maybe he used that to revive Orochimaru. But why's Sasuke working with him?
"Sakura…I want you and Naruto to stop going after him. Or you, at least. You know how Sasuke is; once he has his mind set on something, there's no changing it. The Sasuke you two knew is dead, and he's not coming back. This Sasuke merely a pawn to …'Tobi'...," Gai-sensei told me about who Tobi really was and how he became "Tobi", and I could only imagine how that must feel to Kakashi. "...whether he knows it or not. He's only falling deeper and deeper into insanity and darkness Sakura; give up before the two of you are hurt more."
I clenched my fists, trying to control this wave of anger that came over me from his words. I couldn't help it, and –No, didn't want to help it– I blew up. I'm fucking sick of hearing this! "How can you say that?! I thought you wanted Sasuke-kun to come back, too? How dare you tell me to give up on him! You taught him personally; he was a son to you! And you just give up on him? I can't believe you! I already gave up on it once, and tried to get Naruto to also, but I know better now! I refuse to let him go again!"
"Don't 'Sakura' me! You know I couldn't give up on him even if I wanted to! I tried to put him out of his misery and failed! I was always the weak one on the team! The one behind all of you!" I was shouting and couldn't control myself. I can't take this anymore!
"Now, Sakura lis-"
"You, Naruto, Sasuke-kun, even Sora(1) and Sai-kun! I was always left behind! You always kept things from me, saying it was to 'protect' me! Well fuck them! I know you're hiding something from me, sensei! I know it's about Sasuke-kun and that you, Yamato-taichou, Naruto, and even Sai-kun are in on it!"(2)
Even being as hot-tempered as I am, in all my 16-and-a-half years of life, I have never blown up like this. Ever.
It felt good, though.
Kakakshi-sensei just waited for me to finish, knowing it would be pointless to say anything. And that I was right. That bastard...
"If that's all you have to say Kakashi, I'd appreciate it if you left me to sleep." I crawled back into bed, seeing as I got out when I was yelling at Kakashi. I pulled the covers above my head, making it clear that I wanted to be left alone.
I heard him sigh. I felt him get off my bed and lay his hand where my head was, stroking it softly.
And as I felt myself being pulled to sleep, I heard him whisper, softly with a small hint of regret and sadness, "I'm sorry, Sakura."
Then, I let sleep take me away to a place, usually, blissfully different than reality.
"Wait a second, aren't I asleep?"
Yup, and it's me, Inner, by the way.
"Inner, where are we? All I see is darkness.'
I don't know.
It was me, and my Inner's voice echoing around me, in...darkness.
Wait a minute. I knew that voice…
"Itachi!? What do you want? How did you get in my head! Shouldn't you be gone? The Edo Tensei is gone!"
He appeared in front of me, and I saw his host body slowly peeling away. Just like the bodies of Haku and Zabuza. So I was right on my speculation of whether or not he was revived.
"Just stay still."
"Wait! What are you doi-" He placed 2 fingers on my forehead and I suddenly found myself looking through-…are these memories?
These are Itachi's memories! But why does he want us to see these?
"I don't know, Inner. But let's just watch."
Inner and I watched through Itachi's eyes as a war raged; the Elders of the Council order the massacre of his family; fighting Sasuke-kun; and finally, his encounter with Sasuke again along with his fight against Kabuto. And I also something unexpected: Itachi spying on Danzo as he and Orochimaru looked over Danzo's hidden arm; the arm that was covered in Sharingan.
I even saw "Tobi's" identity, and his history of how he became, "Tobi", from the day he "died", to the day he became who he is now. Obito? Kakashi-sensei's teammate? And Kakashi-sensei…killed Rin? He has to have a good reason…he was crying while he did it and it seemed the enemy ninja were desperate for her body…so it was to make sure they never got her? But why'd they want her in the first place? Only Kakashi knows…
And Obito was clearly set up – he walked into a trap. Madara seemed too adamant on keeping him underground, and suddenly he lets him up saying Kakashi and Rin were there? Surely, the two must have passed over them multiple times, with war raging. Madara had to have known what Obito would see would keep him on his side…
Lastly, I saw Itachi's fight with Kabuto, Sasuke with him. His last words to his brother. I almost cried at them. "You don't have to forgive me...No matter what you decide to do from now on...I will always love you."(3)
I felt myself return into the black abyss of wherever-the-hell-I-was before and Itachi remove his fingers.
I looked up at him, now feeling terrible. "Itachi-san…I'm so sorry. I can't believe I…I knew something was up with the story of the Massacre…Tsunade-shishou and some others and I always knew the Elders, or at least Danzo, had gone behind Konoha's back but we never found proof of their wrong-doing… I can't believe I tried to kill Sasuke-kun…if I knew this I wouldn't have-….now I understand why he wants to destroy Konoha…"
Itachi stopped me before I could continue my babbling. "By the looks of things, this war isn't going to end very well." I snapped my head back up at him, wondering where he was going with this and the sudden change of subject…more or less.
"You're right. The original Madara is beat the Kages, the White Zetsu clones never seem to end and no one knows where Black Zetsu is…though the revived are all gone - besides you, obviously. Tsunade-sama, according to Katsuyu, has her body split in half by a tree trunk summoned by Madara and is using the last of her chakra to heal the other Kages. There's no way she can survive that." I replied, trying not to cry at the thought of losing my second mother and mentor.
"I have one last resort, but it's going to take a lot of strength and your complete cooperation."
Now I was officially curious. "What do you mean? What is it?"
"I'm sending you back to the past. With others. I want to change the course of history and make it so Otouto never went after that snake. And to stop 'Tobi' early."
I was shocked. "No offense, but how do you plan to do that? I don't remember there being such thing as a jutsu that can send you to the past! And if it did, it'd likely cost a life, or more! And who are the others you mentioned?"
He looked perfectly calm. Damn these Uchihas. How do they do that? "I found it on a forbidden scroll during one of my Akatsuki missions. Yes, it will cost the user's life, but I'm dying anyway and my past self will know everything and be alive. So no harm done. When you arrive in the past, you will be in your old body with your…Inner with all the memories of the future. You will each also have a scroll with you that will magically never disappear from you, as best I could explain it. (4)
"Most of your chakra will be sealed to fit the amount you had in the past, and you might have to relearn most of the jutsu you know now. Some things, mainly minor will be changed when you go back. Results of most battles will stay the same, especially if they had a big impact in the future. Meaning events like the Chunin Exams and the Invasion. I think so, at least.
"The more you train, the more chakra will be unsealed. However, don't strain yourself when you first get back. I don't know what might happen. "
Before he could explain any further, I interrupted to make him answer the question he seemed to have avoided. "What about the others that are going with me? Who are they?"
"Since I can't send many with…exceptional chakra and…abilities - no offense- but I also need people with close ties with people who greatly affected the present, I am sending you, Yamanaka, the Hyuga girl, the Kazekage's student, his sister, Karin from my brother's team –she'll be useful, believe me- that girl on Hyuuga and Rock Lee's team, your 'Yamato-taichou', Tsunade, and that ROOT member on your team."
I understood what he meant by exceptional abilities and chakra and I wasn't offended. Or at least I tried not be...he meant no one like his brother, Naruto-kun, Kakashi….the works.
"Lastly, I assume you all will be having dreams. Well, specifically, these dreams will be of the future had you never left it. The point of view you will be receiving them in is unknown to me, however."
Well. That's interesting. And the information we gain can help us beat Obito in the past.
"I will do all this under one condition. Or two, really. Otherwise, you can kiss my participation good-bye," I said.
"What is it?" he asked me.
"I want you to come to Konoha and tell Sasuke-kun the truth. I want you to get your name cleared, as best you can, anyway."
Before he could say anything, I continued. "If you don't, everything we'll do will be futile and the future will happen all over again. If he kills you and learns the truth – which I know he will - this will all be a waste! Please, Itachi-san…I can't bear to see Sasuke-kun suffer like that again. Or Naruto suffer trying to bring him back. Therefore, I refuse to help unless you agree to these terms."
I saw him contemplate. Then make a decision.
"Fine. But not too soon. I'll do it after Jiraiya retrieves Tsunade, but I might do it before to prevent the roof incident. And I know about these things because I looked into the memories of everyone I'm sending back. Sorry, but it had to be done. I will do the same to all of you, so don't feel too confused if you have memories that don't belong to you."
He added that last part because of the look of confusion I had on my face at the mentioning of the roof…incident.
I sighed. "It's alright. Like you said, it had to be done. So how does this work exactly? What do I need to do?"
"Just walk through this door and you'll wake up in the past."
"What door – oh." A door suddenly appeared. I walked to it.
"When will I see you next?" I asked.
"I'll try to communicate through the scroll. Try to meet up with the others as soon as possible and try to keep in character and slowly introduce your new self. Don't raise suspicion and tell the 3rd Hokage everything."
"Alright. Bye." I pushed the door open, feeling the presence of my Inner next to me, ready to go into it with me.
As I stepped through, I heard Itachi say softly, the last of his body disintegrating, "See you there."
BEEP! BEEP BEEP!
I jolted from my bed, looking down at my smaller body.
"It worked!" I said.
I looked to the calendar to see what day Itachi sent me (and others) to.
I gasped. "Today is-"
(1): Sora was a filler character in the anime, after/during the Twelve Guardian Shinobi Arc and right before Asuma died. Sora's dad, Kazuma, had harvested the chakra Kurama (the Kyuubi) had.. exuded (?) during his invasion, and 5 years later, implanted it in Sora, making him a pseudo-Jinchuuriki. I kinda consider him a member of Team Kakashi, as temporary as he was. Do you want me to add him later?
(2): The truth about the Massacre. Remember "Tobi" told Naruto, Kakashi and Yamato? In this case, Sai was told, too, or he somehow figured it out. Either way, he knows. And in canon, as usual, Sakura's never told anything, so here, she doesn't know either.
(3): When I read it in the manga, it made me tear up. Seriously. I rarely tear up in anime - rarer so in manga. But that was one of the most beautiful things I've ever read, and the most beautiful moment in the entire series. I didn't feel like shedding a tear in the recent chaps - I was too surprised and angry to!
(4): If you've read the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series, it works like Riptide, Percy's pen-sword. Even if he loses it, it appears magically in his pocket. The scrolls are like that, except not in their pocket. Somewhere on their person, may it be a backpack, purse, pouch, or otherwise.
READ AND REVIEW MY LOVELIES~! I LOVE YOU ALL! Dearly.
R&R DoOver, too.
I won't update without reviews.
And I have a poll:
Later in this story, we'll celebrate Sasuke's birthday. Since I will be making everyone a year older than they should be, it'll be Sasuke's 14th birthday. So, what should Naruto get him? It has to be meaningful guys, not some crap from a store. You can even make up a backstory for the item. Naruto and Sasuke, in this story, will be best friends since like the age of 6, so they're already close.
WHAT SHOULD NARUTO'S MEANINGFUL 14TH BIRTHDAY PRESENT TO SASUKE BE?
You can even tell me through reviews in DoOver.
So you have 5 ways to suggest your ideas:
-Reviews for this story
-Reviews for DoOver
-My email, which is at the top of my profile. But I'd prefer if you did, because I got a shitload (maybe like 2k right now) emails on that account and I delete by the hundreds, so not a good idea to contact me through there.
-My facebook account, on which I have no friends. I haven't even friended myself yet (I have another, personal, facebook) and neither has my sister.
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK, PEEPS!