A/N: Sorry about not updating earlier. School started and I've been dead tired. I've got an easy week this week, and should be able to make up for all those chapters I missed! Hope you enjoy!

15: Deidara from Stone

Roshi had removed his forehead protector the moment the stepped foot into the Land of Rocks. He despised his old village, but Naruto wanted followers from everywhere. Unfortunately for Roshi, that meant seeing more of his homeland than he ever wanted to. He shrunk into himself when they entered the Village Hidden in the Stone. That was after slamming a hat down onto Naruto's head. He finally figured out why the blond kid was so familiar to him. Naruto Uzumaki was an almost carbon-copy of Minato Namikaze. He desperately hoped that it was just coincidence

Roshi did everything humanly possible to not be recognized. He glanced around and saw that they were alone. Good.

"Eeeeeeh! Lookie who came back to Stone, un!" Roshi shuddered. Oh, that horribly familiar voice. He turned to see that damned annoying blond teen run up.

"...Deidara..." Roshi grumbled and sighed. "I was trying not to be recognized."

"Kind of hard not to not notice you, yeah!" Deidara smirked. "After all, every Genin, un, have been told exactly what Stone's run-away Jinchuriki look like, so we can run away, yeah!" Roshi raised a brow.

"What rank are you, anyways? On that note, how old are you too? You were an annoying toddler when I left." Deidara puffed out his chest in pride.

"I'm a Special Jounin now! And I'm almost 14, un!" He looked around Roshi at the people following him. "Who are these?" Roshi sighed, and pointed at the group.

"This is Killer Bee, Yugito, Naruto, Gaara, and Fu." He decided to leave out the fact that they were all Jinchuriki.

"Heya, yeah! I'm Deidara!" Naruto bounded up to the other blond.

"Nice to meet'cha Deidara-nii! I'm Naruto Uzumaki!" Roshi mentally groaned at Naruto's tone. He was planning on recruiting Deidara!

"Whoa, yeah, Deidara-nii? Where'd that come from?" Naruto shrugged.

"Just felt like it! You gots blond hair, I gots blond hair, you has blue eyes and I do too!" Naruto grinned wide. "Now, Deidara-nii, have you ever heard of a religion which worshiped the Nine Bijuu and their Jinchuriki?"

"No, un. Can't say I have."

"Well, Priest Naruto is here to tell ya'. A long, long time ago, the Rikudou Sen'nin divided up the mighty Juubi into the nine..."