What a MESS! I fixed this train wreck months ago (or I thought I did) only to find out I posted chapter 6 over this. So I'm sorry to those of you who are confused by this mistake and thank you Mirawennem for telling me about it. Chapter seven has been under construction for several months.
It was a warm spring day in Konoha, everyone was bustling around to prepare for the third Kazekage's arrival. Everyone was trying to make their business look as appealing as possible, hoping a visit from him would improve their sales. After not too long he arrived with his two bodyguards the Kazekage took a deep breath, enjoying in the scent of cherry blossoms carried in the breeze.
"Kazekage-sama I'm here to escort you to Hokage-sama's office." A cat masked Anbu politely called to gain attention. As they strolled civilians bowed while ninja nodded in respect, yet the Kazekage didn't even glance in acknowledgement.
"Ah welcome to Konoha Kazekage-san, I hope you had a safe journey." The fourth Hokage Minato Namikaze greeted with warmth in his voice.
"Yes thank you, and I must say konoha is truly beautiful in the spring Hokage-san." He said with just as much familiarity in his voice.
"Forget the formalities, long time no see Daisuke!" Minato said with a large grin on his face.
"Heh heh yes indeed, how have you been Minato-san?" The Kazekage asked with a subtle smile.
"Good and well…how have you been holding up?" asked Minato, suddenly becoming somber.
"…I've been managing. It's been hard caring for Gaara, with Shukaku and as well. Not to mention Temari and Kankuro…" he said trailing off.
"I must give you condolence on your wife's passing. She truly was a wonderful person." Minato said with genuine remorse, having met the woman once himself he still truly felt the loss.
"Thank you Minato-san."
"Have a seat." Said Minato as he gestured to the chair across from him. "Now let's get down to business." He said in a serious tone.
Daisuke started them off. "The relationship between Suna and Konoha has been getting a little shaky since our Daimyo has been giving more missions to Konoha, due to the cost being lower. This is leaving some of Suna's shinobi and even the council worried that you'll bleed us dry of funding. Some people have gone as far as to speculate you'll break off the alliance with Suna after you've taken a large margin of our income, and turn on us while were economically crippled. The amount of mistrust between our shinobi hasn't reached dangerous levels yet but if we leave this unchecked it could escalate, leaving both countries even further vulnerable after the war. So any ideas on how to crush the seeds of doubt?" They took a moment of silence to think on how to solve the matter at hand. The kazekage was the one to break the silence with his idea.
"I…think I have a possible solution…" He thought aloud.
"You do? Then please share because I got nothing."
"You're having a daughter correct?"
"Yes, it was confirmed recently." Minato assured, not liking where this was going.
"Then how do you feel about an arranged marriage between them? It kills two birds with one stone. Not only will it show that you trust your firstborn in the hands of Suna, they will also think of it as an insurance policy: we go down; you lose your daughter showing you're faith in us. And I also think it would be a good arrangement because if I had to trust my son to anyone…I know he would be well taken care of if she's anything like you or your wife…I honestly fear for his future. The life of a jinchuriki is a hard one and especially as the Ichibi, container the lack of sleep will make him unstable. If need be, I will have to train him to be a weapon before a person."
Minato was shocked at the suggestion of marrying off his daughter before she was even born, but at the same time it solved the problem. 'Leave it to Daisuke to find the best solution that also ends in my bodily harm…' minato thought before agreeing. "It has sound reasoning so I don't see why not…"
"Why so hesitant?"
"I'm just thinking about how I'm going to convince kushina." Minato shivered at the thought
"I'm sure she'll understand" he said with a smirk.
"Well if you're so sure why don't you tell her!"
"I'm not suicidal, I said she'll understand not like it. Good luck with that." He said as he stood up from his chair.
"Just promise you'll visit my grave…" Minato muttered forlornly as he too stood up and shook hands with his friend.
Subtly rolling his eyes at the blond's dramatics, the Kazekage said "I promise."
Minato pulled one of his closest friends into a comforting embrace before seeing him off to his hotel, who after a nights rest would head back to Suna.
~7 month time skip~
The roar of the nine-tailed fox echoed through Konoha as it laid waste, swinging its mighty tails that were have said to destroy mountains from a mere flick. In the heart of the madness man and his wife were facing off with the strongest bijuu, planning to seal it into one of the very few miracles of this nightmare. "Ready to do this Minato?" Kushina asked exhaustedly as she held down the kyuubi with her chakra chains.
"As ready as anyone can be." He said with a tired smile. "Shiki Fuujin!"
The death god emerged from behind Minato, plunging its hands into his soul while drawing on the Kyuubi's to trap it in Minato and Naruto's bodies, sealing their fates as well. When the kyuubi realized what was happening it sent its giant claws to impale its future container, but was just barley stopped by the bodies of its parents.
After a bloody cough kushina sighed in relief. "She's safe. Everyone's safe. We did it Minato. I'm just so sorry Naru-chan will have to grow up without us." She said with tears in her eyes.
Minato gave her a pained smile, blood dyeing his mouth red. "We still have a bit of time, why don't we say goodbye?"
Softly crying, Kushina said her final words to her beloved child, the one they condemned to the life of a jinchuriki. "Naruto, beat up any boys that pick on you. Make lots of friends, you better eat your vegetables or I'll come after you…and no matter what…never…forget that we love you...no matter what you do…"
Seeing the redhead completely slump, Minato's voice shook from the loss of his wife and his own creeping death. "Your mother covered all the important stuff…heh heh…she's such a chatterbox…you'll do great things…and change people…I know you will…because we will always believe in you…" With a final shuddering sigh Minato passed on, their corpses fell to the floor as the Kyuubi's form disappeared. Konoha was in silence from the shock of it all, the sudden attack, the loss of their loved ones, seeing the Kyuubi disappear before their eyes, and realizing they survived it all. Suddenly the silence was shattered by the cheers that erupted for their Kage, unaware of his sacrifice.
~Time skip to after the funeral~
It was a cool autumn day, the eternally green leaves of Konoha's trees swayed in the breeze. An auburn haired man with thin eyebrows stood in front of a memorial holding a pink bundle in his arms. "I kept my promise, Minato…" As a tear rolled down his cheek he looked into the large innocent eyes of his old friend's carbon copy.
"You're legacy and mine…what a pair they will be."
The man turned away from the grave and walked back to the main streets of Konoha, heading for the Hokage tower. After receiving permission to enter the office he opened the door to see a painful reminder that the man who used to sit there was gone. "Hopefully it wasn't too cold outside for little Naruto." Said the third Hokage pleasantly, fully decked out in the Hokage hat and robes.
"It was a bit chilly but the blanket and coat was enough." He replied respectfully
"I wonder how all this will work out…everything's a mess. Naruto is an orphan without a caretaker, the villagers and even some shinobi haven't taken well to the news of her jinchuriki status and I'm not sure how that even leaked out." Huffing a wiry sigh Sarutobi's smile turned into a bitter one. "Thank you for watching her this afternoon. I'm sure it only worsened your grief, but I don't know who she's safe with right now…I'm too old for this job…I'm sorry for making you listen to an old man's troubles."
The kazekage subtly shifted his weight as he said "It's no problem, I never got the chance to meet my future daughter-in-law anyways…" He handed her back to the sandaime.
"Ah yes, she's betrothed to your youngest son Gaara who is also jinchuriki correct?" He asked as he accepted naruto into his arms.
"That is correct, he's the container of the Ichibi."
"Hm…the one and the nine-tails…kitsune and tanuki…the desert and the forest…if they're anything like their parents then they're going to be polar opposites. What a headache this'll be…" The Third grumbled to himself as the Kazekage lightly chuckled at his expense. "I don't see what your laughing about, you're the one who's going to be stuck with them." Sarutobi said smugly as he heard the laughter die in his throat.
"I must be heading back now, my absence was hastily planned so I could attend the funeral. I can't afford to stay long." Offering a shallow bow the Kazekage left the office.
~Time skip 4 years~
A four year old Uzumaki Naruto ran through the streets towards the Hokage tower as if the Kyuubi itself were on her heels. She bolted up the flights of stairs heading for the top of the tower where her grandfather figure was, ignoring the chaos her rush created though out the hallways. She tried to skid to a stop when she reached her destination but the momentum was too much, causing her to collide with the door.
She groaned as she tried to focus her vision. "How many times have I told you not to run in the hall." said the Third Hokage, Hiruzen Sarutobi also known as 'Old Man' or 'Grandpa' by Naruto. Chuckling, Hiruzen picked up Naruto from the floor and placed her on his hip. "So what brings you here in such a hurry?" He positioned her to sit on his lap when he reclaimed his chair.
"Guess what gramps!" She said excitedly.
Laughing at her antics, he asked "What? Naru-chan?"
With a big grin on her face she said, "I know what I want to be when I grow up!"
"oh? And what is that?" he asked as he continued to sign paperwork.
"I wanna be- uh what did you call it again…well, what you are. I wanna be the hokage!" she yelled. "What's the matter?" she asked with much less excitement once she noticed her grandfather wasn't as happy about it as she was.
"Naruto…I'm sorry but you can't be hokage." He tried to say as gently as possible.
"Wh-what? Why!" Sarutobi began to quickly explain before she began one of her explosive temper tantrums that was surely on its way from the news.
"No, no it's not that I don't think you can do it! it's just that…when the time comes you'll have to leave Konoha-"
"Huh! Why?! Is it because I'm bad? I'm sorry grampa! I've been trying to be good, really! Shima actually broke the vase! I just said I did 'cause- 'cause he said h-he'd play with me!" By now Naruto was in tears at the thought of her grandfather abandoning her.
"What? No naruto it isn't anything you've done! Calm down you won't have to leave for a long time." He promised as he wiped away her tears, which Naruto took as a signal to wipe her runny nose on his robes. Grimacing he continued to explain her situation. "So the reason you can't be Hokage is because before you're even old enough or have the experience to qualify for the job, you'll be living in Suna-"
"Suna?" Naruto interrupted, "Isn't it that desert place you told me about before? Why do I have to go there?"
Sighing tiredly, the sandaime finished explaining. "Because you've been chosen by the fourth Hokage to be the one of the two people who strengthens the ties between Suna and Konoha. Because He's a boy and you're a girl, when your old enough you'll be officially be in a political marriage with the kazekage's son." He hoped the word 'marriage' was drown out by all the jargon. That way he couldn't say he hadn't warned her about this in the future.
"What! I have to get married?"
"Does that mean I haf'ta kiss 'im and stuff?! Ew! Yuck! I don't wanna marry him! Boy's are gross and mean!"
Laughing at her pouting face, the Sandaime reassured her. "Don't worry, you won't even have to think about it for a long time. Now how about you go colour at the table so I can finish my work, then we can go out for ramen."
~Time skip 8 years~
"Konohamaru, run." Naruto ordered after he thought it would be a good idea to make a crack at Sakura's forehead. As they were making their escape Naruto let Konohamaru get ahead to make sure Sakura didn't catch him, but quickly sped up after she hear him cry out in distress.
"Hey, watch where you're going shrimp!" Naruto rounded the corner to see Konohamaru being held up by the scruff of his shirt.
"Hey! Put him dow-pfft hahaha! What-what are you wearing!" As naruto was in the middle of demanding the release of konohamaru she took the time to appreciate the boy's outfit.
"What wrong with my outfit?!" He yelled back at her.
"What's wrong with it? What's right with it! You're wearing more makeup then a clown and a black onesie with cat ears for god's sake! What would possess you to wear these things in one outfit, you look ridiculous! I could only imagine how hilarious it must be to catch you in the rain, makeup all smeared!" Naruto fell into another fit of laughter, even Konohamaru and the blond girl behind them were laughing.
Dropping Konohamaru he rushed Naruto hoping to get in a good hit, but he was suddenly hit on the side of the head by a pebble. "You shouldn't be causing so much trouble in a foreign village," Called Sasuke, who was sitting casually on the tree branch hanging above them. "And Naruto, no matter how true it is you shouldn't be making enemies before the exam."
'Sasuke-kun is so cool!' Were the love struck thoughts of Sakura as her eyes practically sparkled from Sasuke's cool entrance.
"Get over here you little punk!" The poorly dressed boy yelled.
"Kankuro stop it before Gaara comes back, not that I'm going to save you, I have no part in this."
The boy now identified as Kankuro said, "Shut up Temari, I'm just having some fun before the chuunin exam tomorrow, besides these brats started it."
"And you'll finish it later." A cold voice coming from above Sasuke interrupted.
Sasuke jumped down to face the new comer in case they were looking for a fight only to see a boy hanging upside down, presumably using chakra. He had fair skin and short spiky bright red hair that was parted to show the kanji for love was carved in his forehead. The tanuki-like black rings around his eyes drew her attention to his frosty sea foam green gaze.
She was frightened when they locked on her.
"Shut up. You're disgracing our village."
He finally looked away when Sasuke asked, "What's your name?"
"Me?" Temari asked shyly, with a light blush.
"No. Him." Sasuke said as he pointed to Gaara for clarification, disappointing her further.
Gaara shunshined from his branch to stand in front of Sasuke. "Sabaku no Gaara. And you are?"
"Uchiha Sasuke." He introduce with a smirk.
"I hope we meet in battle soon then, Uchiha Sasuke." And with that they began to walk away.
"Wait!" Naruto yelled after them. "I still haven't introduced myself! I'm Uzumaki Naruto, soon to be Konoha's strongest ninja!" She said with a huge smile on her face.
"Hn…I'll keep that in mind." Gaara responded dismissively, like he wouldn't even remember her face as soon as she was out of earshot.
Naruto puffed out her cheeks and stomped her foot in anger at being written off so easily. 'If he isn't going to acknowledge me, I'll make him! Just like the rest of them!' Naruto vowed to herself.
"Naruto stop staring off into space, don't you have to meet the Hokage for something important like- five minutes ago!" Sakura yelled at her forgetful teammate.
"It's not my fault Sakura-chan! You're the one who started chasing Kono and I had to make sure you didn't strangle him. And that cosplaying guy beat you to it, leading to a bigger waste of time!" Naruto yelled back
"Just go, your late enough! And don't forget were having a team meeting at the barbeque restaurant!" Sakura yelled after her as she ran to the Hokage tower.
"Sorry I'm late, I had to save Kono from being beaten to a pulp-" Naruto panted out as she burst into the office, but blinked when she saw the redhead from a few minutes ago.
"Hey! It's you from just before!" Naruto said as she pointed at him.
"Well I'm glad you've already met but please sit so we can go over some things." The Sandaime said as he motioned for her to sit down next to the boy. "As you're both aware you have an arranged marriage with someone correct." They both nodded in affirmation, filling Naruto with dread. "Well meet you future spouse." Sarutobi said cheerfully, fully aware of what happened a few minutes prior.
"What!?" Naruto shrieked, he could tell Gaara was going through the same amount of shock from his eyes almost bulging out of his skull.
"Soon after Naruto turns sixteen, you two will be living together in Suna. So to make sure you can at least function with each other, you Gaara will be courting her starting today. It's been arranged that you two will have a dinner at a restaurant tonight to get to know each other, and an escort will take you there, be ready for them to come at eight o'clock sharp. Understood?" He said all business "Y-yes…" Naruto stammered while Gaara only nodded.
So this is what set the stage and hopefully this gives you the background info you were missing. PM me about more mistakes or put it in a review please!