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Naruto caught up with them at a waterfall where they had stopped to clean blood off of themselves and the get a drink. The moment Naruto dropped out of the trees, Sakura threw a kunai at him but he slashed it out of the air with his chokuto.

"Oh, it's you," Sakura said relaxing.

"Yeah," Naruto said. "Glad you guys are okay. So, Sakura, escort Shion back to the village. Me and Hinata are going after Gaara."

"B-but, Lady Tsunade said G-Gaara was fine," Hinata said.

"Just want to be sure," Naruto said. "After all, it's a shinobi village. God only knows what their zombies can do."

"Good point," Sakura said. "Be careful."

"I'm always careful," Naruto said. "How many times have I run into a fight I couldn't win?"

"Four," Hinata said. "If you include Jiga."

Naruto gave her a dirty look and she felt bad so he smiled.

"Oh I'm not mad," Naruto said. "C'mon, we should get going."

Hinata nodded and they ran off and Sakura headed back to the Leaf Village.

"So Hinata," Naruto said. "You keep track of fights I lose?"

"Um, not really," Hinata said.

"Yes you do," Naruto said. "So, what was the first fight I ever won?"

"When Iruka protected you from Mizuki," Hinata said. "After that you have a lucky streak a mile wide."

"You know a lot about me," Naruto said. "Why is that?"

"Oh, um..." Hinata avoided his eyes as her face turned red.

"Wait," Naruto said reaching for his sword.

Just as he drew it, two zombies dropped out of the trees. One was hunched over and stood about three feet tall and had a white scorpion tail coming out from under his Akatsuki robe. The other was just over six foot with a full face mask, an Akatsuki robe, and four living masses of black threads and one mask each.

"You've got to be kidding me," Naruto said. "Kakuzu and Sasori?"

"What do we do?" Hinata asked.

"You run," Naruto said entering Sage Mode. "I'll catch up."

"I'm not leaving you," Hinata said.

"Hinata go," Naruto said.

"No!" Hinata said drawing her sword.

Naruto sighed then smiled.

"Okay," Naruto said. "I'll handle Kakuzu. You take Sasori. Be careful Hinata."

Hinata nodded and charged at Sasori. Naruto drew his other sword and ran at Kakuzu at a speed that left Naruto as only a blur. Naruto quickly destroyed the masks then was about to kill Kakuzu when Hinata screamed. He looked and saw that Sasori had managed to break her arm with his tail but had neglected to poison her. Hinata flew toward Naruto and he moved to catch her but Kakuzu beat him to it then smashed Naruto away. Naruto landed on his feet and exited Sage Mode due to exceeding the amount of time he could stay in it. Kakuzu was gone but Sasori had stayed to fight Naruto.

"Okay," Naruto said. "You first."

Naruto charged at Sasori and Sasori charged back and shot his tail forward to meet Naruto. Naruto leapt over it and spun knocking it aside with his ninjato before removing Sasori's head with his chokuto. The body exploded and Sasori stepped out He picked the tail up by the end and the segments snapped together into a six foot long broadsword.

"Impressive," Naruto said. "I like it. I wonder who's is better."

Naruto glanced at his swords and smirked. He channeled his wind type chakra into the blades and smiled as it took the same form Asuma's chakra had on his chakra blades. Naruto blocked a swing from Sasori and dashed forward swinging at Sasori's head but dove aside when he shot the chord in his stomach at him. Naruto stood just in time to roll to the side to avoid Sasori's sword again. Sasori smashed his sword into the ground then swung it sideways after Naruto. Naruto jumped over Sasori's blade and swung at Sasori but Sasori avoided the blade and shot the chord through Naruto. Naruto was pinned to the ground then disappeared in a puff of smoke.

Naruto jumped out of the ground behind Sasori and kicked Sasori away. Then Naruto retrieved his swords and channeled his swords into the blades.

"So, can you talk at all or did you forget to bring your tongues back with you?" Naruto asked.

Sasori just grinned and picked up his sword.

"Fine then," Naruto said. "Let's get this over with."

Naruto and Sasori charged at each other and both swung. Naruto used his ninjato to knock Sasori's sword aside then cut him in half with his chokuto, careful to destroy his core in the process.

"Now, to kick Kakuzu's ass," Naruto said.


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