A/N: Hello, this is my first Naruto story, other than Naruto/DBZ crossover! When I read some Dark Naruto fanfiction. I got an idea where they haven't got this idea yet. So I decided... What if their role have been switched rather than canon one? So I wrote this new story. I hope you enjoy it!

Disclaimer: I do not own Naruto, so don't sue me!"


Naruto Retrieval Arc

Prologue


(Konoha- At the Forest)

While standing on the higher branch of tree, Mizuki drew his large shuriken and spun it around his single finger. He chuckled, "Die, Naruto!" as he threw the large shuriken towards Naruto, who crawled away in fear.

Iruka was stuck against the wall of warehouse, and cried, "Naruto, duck!" So Naruto did. However, Iruka suddenly appeared to shelter Naruto and took the shuriken which that stabbed into his back. He coughed up the blood. Mizuki was in shocked that Iruka actually saved Naruto!

Naruto glanced over his shoulder and sniffed, "W-Why…?"

"Because you're the same as me," replied Iruka. "After my parents died, no one ever complimented me or recognized me. Being the bad student I was, I screwed up a lot during class… Because I wanted to get everyone's attention. I couldn't get anyone's attention when I was a good student… So I acted like an idiot. It was tough… Right, Naruto?" He began to cry. "You were lonely, right? It was tough, right? I'm sorry, Naruto. You didn't have to feel that way if I was more aware." Naruto bared his teeth in anger.

Mizuki suddenly erupted up with the laughter, "Don't make me laugh! Iruka has hasted you since you killed his parents!" Then he pointed at Iruka and said, "He just wants to get that scroll back. He's trying to fool you, that's all!"

Naruto had an enough with them, so he decided to run away. Iruka cried, "Naruto! Naruto!"

Naruto continued to run away and sniffed, 'W-Why me?! Why does that always happen to me?! Is it true? The fox inside me is the reason they hated me?!' He clenched his fists and bared his teeth very angrily. He then jumped on the branch and hopped on every branch. 'Screw Iruka! Screw Old Man Hokage! Screw Konoha!' But then he saw Mizuki standing in front of Iruka who sat against the tree. So he decided to hide behind the tree and watched on for a while.

Mizuki stood up and scoffed, "I see. What good is there in protecting the one who killed your parents?"

"I'm not going to let an idiot like you get that scroll," said Iruka.

Mizuki chuckled, "You're the idiot. Naruto is the same as me."

"Same as you?" confused Iruka.

"Anything is possible with that scroll. There's no way that Naruto, the monster fox, won't use its powers," explained Mizuki.

Iruka sighed, "Yeah, you're right."

Naruto widened his eyes and began to frown, 'I knew it,' thought Naruto sadly. 'Iruka-sensei doesn't recognize me inside. Well, screw Iruka-sensei then!' He started to narrow his eyes in anger.

"I always hate him since that monster killed my parents!" admitted Iruka.

"Then why can't we kill him right now? It'd better to kill him before it's too late!" said Mizuki.

Iruka shook his head and denied, "No, because it's an order from Hokage-sama. If anything happens to them that would involves his death from his fellow villages. Hokage-sama will have us executed or something. Although, I don't even like it a bit, but I still have to follow Hokage-sama's order!"

Mizuki twitched his eyes and drew another large shuriken and chuckled, "What an idiot. Screw Hokage-sama! Iruka, I said I would kill you later, but I take that back." Then he spun his shuriken around his hand again, and shouted, "Die now!" as he charged towards Iruka.

'What should I do?! If I let Mizuki kill Iruka-sensei, then I won't be able to graduate! If I save him, then I will be able to graduate! Then again, I will make him recognize that I'm not monster! I will use them when it's necessary!' thought Naruto. Suddenly, he jumped up and kicked Mizuki away from him, as the large shuriken cut through the branch.

Iruka shocked, "Naruto!"

Mizuki glared at Naruto and snarled, "Damn you…"

Naruto placed the large scroll on the ground and growled, "Don't lay a finger on Iruka-sensei. I'll kill you if you do."

Mizuki scoffed, "Talk while you can. I'll finish a kid like you in flash."

Naruto crossed his index and middle fingers and threatened, "Try, jerk. I'll do a thousand times more damage back to you."

"Why don't you try it if you can, you monster fox!" demanded Mizuki.

Naruto chuckled, "We will see who's truly monster here! Taju Kage Bunshin no Jutsu!" In which that shocked Iruka and Mizuki. The thousands of Narutos were surrounded Mizuki.

Iruka shocked, 'Naruto… you used the Kage Bunshin no Jutsu?' then he smirked, 'I see. You're not a monster anymore that I thought you were. You saved me, Naruto…'

Mizuki looked around him and shocked in panic, "What…?"

Naruto chuckled, "What's the matter? Come and get me. Come on." Mizuki stumbled and fell backward on his butt out of fear. "If you're not coming… We're coming!"

Mizuki screamed, "AHHHHH!" all the way to the sky.

A few seconds later, Mizuki was already beaten to a pulp and was now lying on the ground. Naruto rubbed his head and chuckled, but not a friendly. "Maybe I hurt him too much."

Iruka thought, 'What a guy… He really might surpass all the previous Hokages… Then again, why should I continue to hate him just because the fox's inside him? He's not a monster fox. He's Uzumaki Naruto of the Konoha!' Then he looked at Naruto and smiled, "Naruto, come here for a second. I want to give you something."

A few second later, Naruto closed his eyes and waited impatient. "Sensei, are you done yet?" asked Naruto.

"All right, open your eyes," said Iruka. Naruto finally opened his eyes and noticed that Iruka had no longer worn the forehead on his head and also held Naruto's goggles. He smiled, "Congratulations. You graduate." Naruto was now wearing the forehead protector around his head. "All right, let's celebrate. I'll treat you guys to ramen!" He noticed that Naruto was beginning to smile or frown. He was not sure if he was happy or sad.

'I knew it! I showed him that I'm no monster! Well, my first step is completed! My next step would be: Using everyone in this village. After that, I will take Konoha down when I am stronger!' thought Naruto happily. But he had to act like he was really happy to become a ninja! Suddenly, he jumped and hugged Iruka which pushed him against the tree. He cried happily, "Iruka-sensei!"

"Ouch! That hurts!" Iruka rubbed Naruto's hair and smiled, "Naruto, I was going to lecture you about how it's going to get harder from here as a ninja. But I'll keep it until we get to the ramen shop."


Chapter 1: Naruto's Decision


(One year later- At the Konoha hospital)

A lot of event had happened since Naruto became ninja. He fought Zabuza and Haku together with his team: Kakashi, Naruto, Sakura and Sasuke. He fought in the exam, and received the curse seal from bastard Orochimaru. He defeated Gaara during the Konoha invasion. From the inside, he was really happy that Old Man Hokage died fighting Orochimaru. Of course, he had to go with Jiraiya to bring Tsunade back to Konoha as a new Hokage.

But, he happened to run into Itachi and Kisame who were after him, because he was a Jinichuriki. And there was Sasuke who set his furious eyes on Itachi because of massacre at Uchiha Clan long times ago. Obviously, Sasuke was defeated because he did not have enough hatred, or so Itachi said. Then, there was Jiraiya who stopped the fighting. Itachi and Kisame fled.

After that, he trained to adapt into new jutsu called Rasengan. He was really interesting in it, not because it's awesome, but it was because he wanted more power so he could be stronger! They finally met Tsuande, and asked her to come with them to Konoha so she could heal Sasuke and Rock Lee, and to become new Hokage, but she refused. A lot happened until Naruto and others finally got to fight Orochimaru. Tsuande decided to become new Hokage, and was willing to heal Sasuke and Rock Lee.

Naruto had beginning to forget about his revenge on Konoha because of Sasuke and Sakura. However, that incident made him remember what he was supposed to do.

Sakura looked down at Sasuke and smiled, "Well, I'm glad your wounds aren't serious." She finished fixing the flower next to Sasuke. Sasuke was lying on the bed because of his injuries that happened with his brother Itachi. "Naruto is relieved as well." She could not help but to notice that Sasuke was really upset or something. "Sasuke-kun, are you hungry? Is there anything you would like to eat?" Then she stood up and smiled, "I'll go buy something."

After Sakura left to buy something for him, he could not stop thinking how Naruto had become stronger than he thought. He was really pissed off. He hung his arms around his back head, and remembered something what Itachi said to him.

"I have no interest in you right now," said Itachi in Sasuke's mind.


(Flashback Began- Somewhere- At the Hotel)

Jiraiya glared up at Itachi and Kisame, and sighed, "So they were after Naruto, after all."


(Flashback Ended)

Sasuke could not stand why everyone wanted Naruto instead of him. Was that because Naruto was really far better than him? He thought Naruto was dead-last in the class. He wondered if he had to fight Naruto one day. Though, he had a bad feeling for some reason. But at the same time, he was really jealous of Naruto. Suddenly, he fell asleep.

For a few minutes later, he finally woke up, and immediately sat up. He looked over at the door with a small window. He could see the shadow of Sakura inside the window. He heard the voice cried, "Hey! Sakura-chan!"

Sakura's voice confused, "Huh?"

However, Sasuke was not happy to hear that voice he was very familiar with. He glared at the door and thought angrily, 'Naruto!'

Sakura opened the door and brought some bag of food to Sasuke. She smiled, "I've bought you some apples. You don't hate them, do you?" She picked up the apple up and winked at him. "Don't they look delicious? Where did I put the knife?"

"It's right in front of you," replied Naruto.

Naruto was right. The knife was there in front of her. She nodded, "Ah…"

Naruto chuckled, "Ha! Being nervous because you're with Sasuke? How uncool."

Sakura blushed, "It's not like…"

Sasuke glared up at Naruto and thought angrily, 'Naruto!'


(Flashback Began-At the Forest)

Naruto shouted, "U…" Few clones of Naruto kicked Gaara up into the sky. "…Zu…Ma… Ki…" Then a thousand of clones lunged towards Gaara from the above. He shouted, "Uzumaki Naruto Nisen'nin Dan! (Naruto two thousand hit combo)" A thousand of Narutos punched him into onto the guts and back equal to two thousand punches.


(Flashback Ended)

Sasuke was beginning to get pissed off. Sakura frowned, "Would you stop fooling around?!" He even remembered that Naruto managed to summon a large toad during the fighting against Gaara's Biju.

Naruto chuckled nervously, "I give up! I give up, I tell you!"

He even remembered that Sakura thanked him for saving her from Gaara. However, Sasuke only replied that he did not, and pointed out that Naruto saved her.

Sakura punched Naruto's head, so she could shut him up. She went back to peel the apple. Sasuke kept remembering that Itach told him that he was weak, and it was because he lacked hatred. He bared its teeth angrily.

"Well, I've finished peeling it. Now, let's cut it so it's easy to eat," said Sakura. He gave the small peeled apple to Sasuke and smiled happily, "Here you go, Sasuke-kun." However, Sasuke finally fed up with Naruto, so he knocked the peeled apple away, which that made Naruto wake up.

Naruto rubbed his face, and groaned, "Ouch!" He got up and confused, "What the?"

Sakura shocked, "Sasuke-kun?"

"What's going on?" asked Naruto. But he just noticed that Sasuke glared at him. It almost looked like as if rest of villagers glared at him. He widened his eyes and shocked, 'Those eyes… Dammit! Does he think I'm a monster fox too?!' He clenched his fists and growled, "W-What? You don't have to stare!"

"Hey, Naruto," said Sasuke.

"What is it?" asked Naruto angrily.

"Fight me, right now," demanded Sasuke.

Naruto confused, "What?! But you're just hurt, and granny just treated you!"

Sasuke's eyes suddenly changed into Sharingan and growled, "I don't care! Just fight me!"

Sakura shocked, 'Sasuke-kun…'

Sasuke scoffed, "You think you saved me? I don't care if she's the Godaime Hokage… Doing unnecessary things…!"

Naruto snarled, "What?!"

Sasuke finally got off from the bed and asked, "You said before you wanted to fight me, didn't you? I said I'd fight you right here and now." He chuckled, "Or are you afraid?" Sasuke and Naruto began to glare at each other.

Sakura had no idea what's going on between them, so she had to interfere them and confused, "S-Sasuke-kun, what's wrong? Naruto, say something. Why so suddenly…?"

Naruto smirked, "Perfect timing. I was just itching to fight you!"

Sakura chuckled nervously, "Why don't the both of you just cut it out, okay?"

Sasuke sighed, "Follow me." Then he walked out of door, as Naruto followed him.

Sakura remembered something about Sasuke having a curse mark that went across his face. Then again, he remembered that Sasuke told her that Naruto had a curse mark on his face when he fought Gaara. She widened her eyes and shocked, 'N-No… It can't be… If they both have like that, it's going to be bad.'

Sasuke and Naruto climbed up on way to the roof. Finally, they made it on the top of roof and walked through the clothesline. Finally, they stopped walking and stared at each other, preparing to fight each other.

Naruto clenched his fists and thought, 'What's with this feeling? The bottom of my stomach is twitching. I want to fight you, too. And, it's giving me a thrill.' He laughed so hard enough for Sasuke to hear.

"What's so funny?" asked Sasuke.

Naruto chuckled, "Nothing's funny. I'm excited. To think that I can finally beat you here. No, I think I can kill you. We're destined to kill each other. Do you think you can kill me?"

'What's up with him?! It was almost as if he had changed or whatever. Does that dead-last think he can kill me? I will kill him before he can kill me!' thought Sasuke angrily. He remembered that Itachi told Kisame that their priority was to take Naruto with them that was ordered by Atatsuki.

Sasuke snarled angrily, "What?! Cut the nonsense, you dead-last!"

"I won't be anyone's burden, nor a dead-last forever," replied Naruto. Sakura finally reached to the roof and saw that Naruto and Sasuke glared at each other.

"You… you dumbass! Why are you so full of yourself?!" asked Sasuke angrily.

Naruto scoffed, "Ha! You, who's always been so cool-headed, is talking more than usual. That's not like you. Could it be that you're scared despite the fact that you picked up the fight, Sasuke?"

Sasuke scoffed, "Whatever, let's get started."

"Before that, put on your forehead protector. I'll wait," said Naruto.

"I won't need it," replied Sasuke.

Naruto shrugged, "Whatever… I don't care if you're going to put it on or not."

Sasuke pointed at his own forehead, and chuckled, "That's true. You won't even be able to scratch my forehead."

Naruto scoffed, "No, you're wrong. I can scratch your forehead. But you're the one who couldn't scratch my forehead!"

Sasuke growled, "That's what I mean when I say you're full of yourself! You think that you and I are equals?"

"No, I'm stronger than you, Sasuke!" remarked Naruto. "I'm always better than you ever since I became ninja!"

Sasuke scowled, "You're an eyesore!"

"That's because you're still weak, Sasuke-chan!" sneered Naruto.

Sasuke shouted angrily, "Naruto!"

Naruto shouted angrily, "Sasuke!"

They both charged and punched to each other, but they caught their fist. Then, Sasuke tried to kick, but Naruto caught it. Naruto then spun him around, until Sasuke stopped by putting his hand on the ground, and kicked Naruto away. Naruto landed on the fence and bounced off back to Sasuke as he pulled his fist out.

However, Sasuke threw Naruto away before Naruto could land a blow. As soon as Naruto landed on the ground, Sasuke immediately threw a barrage of punch at Naruto, who kept blocking them. Finally, he kicked Naruto in the face, knocking him through the blanket on the clothesline. He got blanket off of Naruto, but he realized that Narut was not there. He began to look for Naruto.

So Sasuke had to jump up into the sky to find Naruto, but he realized that Naruto was there standing on the large water tank. Unfortunately, he could not see because the sun was behind Naruto. Suddenly, Naruto punched Sasuke in the face, knocking him away.

Sasuke landed on the fence and shouted angrily, "Don't be so overconfident!" Then he jumped towards Naruto, and punched him down through the blanket onto the ground. Then they both landed on the ground, and ran through between the blankets. Sasuke blindsided Naruto by kicking him through the blanket, bashing him against the fence.

Then, Sasuke picked Naruto up that covered with the blanket, and began to pummel his fists on Naruto against the fence like a boxer.

Sakura widened her eyes and worried, 'Naruto…'

However, Naruto stopped Sasuke, and kicked him away up into the sky. Then, they both jumped up and landed on the fence.

Sakura shocked, "Cut it out already!"

They both jumped towards each other and exchanged their blows in the sky. But that only lasted for a while until Sasuke axe kicked him down to the ground. They landed on the ground and panted heavily.

'Damn! I have enough with him! It's time for me to finish him!' thought Naruto angrily. Then he crossed his index and shouted, "Taju Kage Bunshin no Jutsu!" He replicated many clones that surrounded Sasuke. Then they suddenly jumped towards Sasuke, and attempted to attack him.

However, Sasuke made a great move by dodging and attacking them one by one. He dispelled every single of them. Suddenly, he noticed that four Narutos slid on the floor towards Sasuke.

They chanted, "Uz… zu… ma… ki…" Then four Narutos kicked him up into the sky.

However, Sasuke knew that last Naruto was behind him, so he made no waste to time, and made some series of hand seals.

Naruto lifted his right leg up and shouted, "Naruto Rendan!" However, Sasuke repelled Naruto's final attack, and bounced him off up further into the sky. Then, Naruto noticed what Sasuke's last hand seal was. He shocked, 'A tiger seal?'

Then, Sasuke puffed out, and shouted, "Katon, Goukakyu no Jutsu!" He expelled out the blazing fireball from his mouth, exterminating all Naruto clones on the ground.

Sakura cried, "Naruto!"

However, Naruto was still alive. As soon as the flame cleared, Sasuke noticed that Naruto had other clone on his side and began to form the small blue sphere. Sasuke shocked, 'What is that technique?' He placed his hand down with his other arm to support it. He growled, "Damn you!" Then he began to charge up the lightning around his hand. He shouted, "Chidori!"

Sakura widened her eyes and sniffed, "Stop… "

Then Naruto and Sasuke charged towards each other. Naruto shouted, "I will win!"

Sasuke scoffed, "Don't be so confident!"

Sakura gulped, "Stop it, you two…" But Naruto and Sasuke did not listen to her as they continued to charge. It was almost as if they intended to kill each other. She cried, "Stop it!" She ran towards them and began to panic.

Sasuke immediately noticed that Sakura suddenly ran to them, and shocked, 'Crap…'

'I can't stop,' thought Naruto. However, Sakura continued to run towards them. Naruto and Sasuke could not stop themselves since they already were on mid-air. Suddenly, two hands grabbed Naruto and Sasuke's wrists and spun to throw them at the water tank.

Naruto shocked, 'Kakashi-sensei!'

A long sliver white-haired stared up at Naruto and thought, 'Naruto, that's…' He looked up at them and sighed, "What do you think you two are doing on top of the hospital? Isn't this a little bit too much for a sparring match?"

Naruto pierced a small hole on the water tank. When he released his hand, there was only a small water squirt out of the water tank.

'That technique was without a doubt… the Rasengan,' thought Kakashi. Sasuke pierced a big hole on the other water tank, but his arm was deeply inside the water tank. So he had to force himself to get his arm out of water tank. A large water squirted out of the water tank.'What's going on? How can Naruto know that technique?'

Then Sasuke saw that Naruto made a small hole, as he began to smirk. 'That serves him right! He can't beat my Chidori!'

"Sasuke, were you planning to kill Naruto?" asked Kakashi. He sat on the top of large water tank above Sasuke. "Why must you insist on being superior? Chidori is not a move to use against someone from the same village. Why did you act so childish?" Then he thought, 'Could it be from seeing Itachi again?'

Then Naruto glared down at Sasuke and thought angrily, 'Dammit! I could have killed him if Kakashi didn't stop me!' Then Sasuke immediately jumped over the fence and landed on the floor.

Sakura widened her eyes and shocked, "Sasuke-kun…"

Just when Sasuke saw a large hole behind the water tank where Naruto had pierced into, he was really in shocked. He bared his teeth and punched the wall angrily. 'Damn it! Naruto… How much stronger are you getting…?'

Kakashi stared at Naruto carefully and thought, 'Not only that Sasuke tried to kill him… Naruto tried to kill him. What's going on?'

Sakura was really upset and began to cry. She sniffed, "Kakashi-sensei…"

Kakashi sighed, 'Where is the teamwork?' He knew that someone was standing behind the water tank. He asked, "Were you the one who taught him that technique? I believe that Naruto is still too young to be using that technique. If he screwed up, he could've killed Sasuke. Actually, he tried to kill Sasuke in the first place. Even if it was a measure against Atatsuki, teaching that technique to Naruto is…"

The long white-haired old man sighed, "Same goes for you. That Chidori's very dangerous. Still, I didn't think he would use that technique against his friend. Unless there is something much deeper between them."

Kakashi nodded, "Well, a few things."

Jiraiya looked up at Kakashi and puzzled, "A few things?"

"Simply put, it is like the relationship you and Orochimaru had," explained Kakashi. Jiraiya rolled his eyes over, remembering the similar relationship Orochimaru and he used to have.

Jiraiya nodded, "Oh?"

Kakashi stared at Naruto and said, "To him, Sasuke is his friend but, at the same time, his rival as well. And well, he's someone who just wants to be seen as an equal. He probably wasn't able to deal with Sasuke's provocation." Then he looked down at Jiraiya and continued, "He tried to catch up to Sasuke in his academy years, and that continued after graduation. The current Naruto doesn't want recognition from me or you, but from Sasuke. Because of that, Sasuke has noticed Naruto's growth in such a short period of time, creating a feeling of inferiority. Almost as if he himself hasn't grown at all. Naruto has become strong. And besides, Sasuke has… to kill a certain man without fail."

Jiraiya sighed, "Revenge, huh? So Itachi is rushing him."

Kakashi looked at Naruto and said, "That's why Sasuke doesn't want to recognize Naruto. If he does, it will negate what he is. Rivalry is a difficult thing."

Jiraiya moaned, "It's not something to admire. Maybe I should lecture him a little."

Kakashi stood up and nodded, "Well then, I'll leave Naruto to you. Anyway, I've got a mission, and I still have to speak to him about Chidori, too." Then he jumped and landed on next to Sakura. He noticed that Sakura continued to cry, and smiled, "Sakura… Everything will be fine. It will be like the old days again. Cheer up. See you." Then he jumped to leave the area.

Sakura stared at Kakashi leaving the area, and smiled happily, 'Thank you, Kakashi-sensei.'

Then Sakura looked behind her, and noticed that Naruto was behind her. Naruto looked really upset. "Naruto…"

Naruto frowned, "Sakura-chan… Don't interfere!" Sakura was in shocked, and began to upset again.


(With Sasuke)

He sat on the branch against the tree and remembered what Itachi told him back at the hotel. Itachi told him that he was weak because he lacked the hatred. "What have I been doing up until now?' He even remembered that he fought Naruto on the roof at the hospital. He could not believe that Naruto was able to pierce a big hole behind the water tank. He began to get angry and frustrated. Suddenly, the wire wrapped around his waist that locked him against the tree. He glared up, and found Kakashi in front of him. Kakashi was the one who held the wire.


(With Naruto)

Naruto walked on the road, and thought angrily, 'Dammit! What have I been doing up until now? Was I supposed to take Konoha down?! How could I have forgotten about my goal?!' He clenched his fists and bared his teeth angrily. 'This time, I will destroy Konoha when I have a chance! I'm master of prankster after all. I can set bombs, and it will go BOOM! I should have done that after the old man Hokage's death,' Suddenly, he noticed that Jiraiya stood waiting for him. But he chose not to stop and continued to walk past Jiraiya.


(With Sasuke and Kakashi)

Sasuke struggled to break free of the wire, and glared up at Kakashi. He growled, "What's the meaning of this?"

Kakashi explained, "If I don't do this, you'll run away, won't you? Since you aren't the type who would sit quietly and listen to lectures." He noticed that there was a curse mark remaining on Sasuke's neck. He sighed, "Sasuke… Forget about revenge."

Sasuke growled, "What?"

"Well, I've seen a lot of people like you, and the fate of those who seek revenge is grim. It's tragic. You will end up suffering and hurting yourself even more. Even if you do succeed in getting revenge, the only thing that remains is emptiness," lectured Kakashi.

Sasuke scowled, "Shut up! What do you know?! Don't lecture me as if you know what it's like!"

Kakashi sighed, "Now, calm down."

Sasuke smirked, "Then how about it? Should I kill the most important person to you right now? That way you'll know that what you just said is way off the mark!"

Kakashi shrugged, "Well, I won't mind if you do. Unfortunately, I no longer have anybody important to me." Then he gave Sasuke a eyes smile. "They've all been killed already." Sasuke widened his eyes in shocked. "I've lived much longer than you. It was a bad time, too. I know very well how it feels to lose important people. Well, I'll say that we're both unlucky people. That's a fact. But we're not completely out of luck." Then he smiled, "You and I have important friends now, don't we?"

Sasuke knew what Kakashi meant. They had an important friends to them were Sakura and Naruto.

"You understand because you lost important people," explained Kakashi. Then he pulled the wire off to release Sasuke and continued, "You were given the power of Chidori because you have made important friends. That power isn't used against friends or for revenge. You should know what that power is for. Think very carefully about whether or not what I said is off or not." Then he suddenly vanished, leaving Sasuke alone to think about it.


(With Naruto- Later Night)

He sat on the top roof of building and thought, 'What should I do? What is my first move? Should I destroy Konoha tonight, or wait until the right time?' Suddenly, four shadow figures jumped up and landed on the roof behind him. He glanced over his shoulder at them and shocked, "What?! Who are you guys?!"

The ponytail hair smirked, "The Four Sounds. I'm Kidoumaru of Toumon."

The white-haired boy introduced, "Same. I'm Sakon of Seimon."

The fat orange-haired boy introduced, "Same. I'm Kiroubou of Nanmon."

The red-haired girl introduced, "Same. I'm Tayuya of Hokumon." Suddenly, all of four ran around Naruto at high-speed.

Naruto immediately made a hand seal, and shouted, "Kage Bunshin no Jutsu!" He created one clone. He ducked Kidoumaru's punch, while his clone knocked Sakon onto the wall. Then, he grabbed Kirobou's wrist, and threw him at Kidoumaru. At last, he blocked Tayuya's punch.

Tayuya widened her eyes and shocked, "What?!"

Naruto chuckled, "Heh, a cute girl wants to fight with me?" Then, he roundhouse kicked her away onto the wall, kicking up the smoke. He pointed at himself and chuckled, "I'm stronger, ya know! You can't fight me pretty well!" However, as soon as the smoke cleared, he widened his eyes in shocked. It was only bunch of logs after all. He glared over his shoulder at the Four Sounds, and sighed, "I'm in a bad mood right now, ya know! If you want to fight, I will kill you!"

Sakon sneered, "Don't talk big, weakling. Well, come on."

Naruto growled, "If that's what you want me to, then I will beat you to a pulp!" Suddenly, he charged towards Sakon.

Sakon stopped Kiroubou's move, and chuckled, "I'll do it." Then, he charged towards Naruto.

Naruto made a hand seal, and shouted "Kage Bunshin no Jutsu!" He created two clones next to him. However, just as Sakon kicked him, he immediately raised his arm to block it. Then, he grabbed his leg and spun him around.

Sakon shocked, 'He got my legs?!'

Then Naruto threw him down to the ground, but Sakon managed to land safety. He immediately blocked the clone's punch from the left. He did not fail to notice that another one tried to attack him from the right. He caught one of clone's fist. Then, the real Naruto jumped towards Sakon and tried to punch him.

However, Sakon chuckled, "Let's hear some good sounds." Then he shouted, "Do!" For some reason, two clones dispelled in puff of smokes.

The real Naruto was in shocked, and spewed up the blood from his mouth. "What?!" He was being knocked away from Sakon.

Sakon chuckled, "Re!" That knocked Naruto against the wall.

Naruto fell onto the ground and shocked, 'Where did he attack from? That was no ordinary attack!'

Sakon chuckled, "Your bones have a low tone. Let's hear a higher pitched sound.I'm sure you Jinichuriki could not handle this sound! How about it?"

Suddenly, Naruto sensed that Kidoumaru attempted to blindside attack him, so he had to jump to dodge. But Kidoumaru spewed out the spider web from his mouth to grab Naruto's arms. Then he threw Naruto towards Kiroubou. Kiroubou shoulder rammed Naruto, knocking him away.

Sakon chuckled, "Next will be a "mi fa so" combination." He tried to palm attack, but Naruto immediately ducked his head down to dodge it. Then, Naruto kicked him, sending him sprawling up into the sky. Sakon saw that Naruto jumped above him and shocked, "What?!" Naruto was about to use his quick Naruto Rasedan without chanting his stupid name. He shouted, "Naruto Rasedan!" Then he axe kicked him down, bashing him onto the roof.

(With Sasuke)

Sasuke walked on way to his home, and thought, 'What should I do? What Kakashi said is right. I should give up on revenge, and make new goal. If I don't give up on revenge, then I will be not able to achieve something. Though, that Naruto bastard may be annoyed, but I should not go reckless like that. I should not go for kill in the first place! For now, I should leave Naruto alone. I will talk to Naruto tomorrow and apologize to him.' Finally, he arrived home, and entered the house.

He immediately lay on the bed, and thought, 'Come to think of it, Orochimaru said something to him the same thing he said to me.'

(Flashback Began- Forest of Death)

The tongue pulled Naruto's both arms. Naruto shocked, "Why you…!" Then, the tongue turned Naruto around. "Damn it! Let go! You snake bastard!" He struggled to break free from the tongue, but he failed anyways. The tongue apparently was Orochimaru's.

Orochimaru stared at Naruto's red eyes and chuckled, "What should I do to you? Oh, I know! You might be very useful to me later on. I may need you someday. Let's see if you can survive this!"

Naruto shocked, "What?!" Suddenly, Orochimaru bit Naruto in the neck, making Naruto scream in the pain. He released Naruto afterward.

Sasuke cried, "Naruto!'

Suddenly, the mark on his neck appeared for some reason. Naruto clutched his neck and growled, "What did you do to me, you snake bastard?!"

Orochimaru chuckled, "Someday, you will seek me out! You may need a power someday! I know of your true ambitious! You've given a curse mark from me! Seek me!"

Naruto growled, "Damn you!" Then he went to unconscious.

(With Sasuke)

Sasuke stared up at the ceiling and scoffed, 'Hmph! There's no way that Naruto will accept Orochimaru's invitation! Don't think I will accept your invitation, too! He has a dream to become Hokage after all. There's no way he will betray Konoha! As for me, I don't know what to do if I give up on revenge…'

(Naruto vs Sound Four)

Sakon laughed, "Why does Orochimaru-sama want a weakling like him? Why can't we have Sasuke instead?" He held Naruto's arm and lifted him up. "Well, Kimimaro would've been a better choice. He doesn't need Sasuke or Naruto. Well, as long as you stay in this shitty village, you'll be no different from an average person. You won't get any stronger."

Naruto frowned, 'Why? I'm sure that I landed some blows on him. Yet it seems like he didn't take any damage.'

Sakon chuckled, "If you continue playing ninja games with your buddies, you'll just rot."

Then Tayuya landed on the floor and said, "Come with us. That way… Orochimaru-sama will give you powers."

"It's pointless if we force you to come. You must decide. Orochimaru-sama sure gave us a troublesome job. So, what's it gonna to be? You comin'? Or not?!" asked Sakon, throwing Naruto against the wall." Then the Sound Four walked to him. "Make it clear. I feel like killing this weakling for being so hesitant."

Suddenly, the curse mark began to come across Naruto's face face and arms. He snarled, "Try it!" Even his eyes turned into the red. But for some reason, the curse mark took over the Kyubi. Apparently, the curse mark was currently stronger than the Kyubi.

Sakon shocked, "You're… Releasing the cursed seal?"

Naruto shouted angrily, "I'm gonna kill you!" Then he charged towards them and tried to attack them, but Sakon knocked him against the wall again. Then he looked up at Sakon and noticed a curse mark that came across the face.

Sakon chuckled, "You're not the only one Orochimaru likes. You shouldn't be using the cursed seal so carelessly. By the way, it seems like you can't control the seal. Well, you can't control the Kyubi either. If you stay in the released state for too long, the seal will eventually consume your body. It's like the Kyubi consumes you. But the cursed seal is even worse than that. It seems like you're still in the first stage, so the speed at which it spreads is slow. Once it completely takes over your body, you will lose yourself. Forever." Naruto's curse mark reverted back to normal, so did his eyes.

Tayuya sighed, "In return for gaining power through the cursed seal, you will be under Orochimaru-sama's control. We have no freedom. In order to gain something, you must throw something away."

Sakon sighed, "What is your purpose? Is it to stay in this hateful village and continued to be hated by those villagers? And then forget everything… about destroying Konoha?" Naruto widened his eyes in shocked. "Don't forget what your purpose is. This village is nothing more than a shackle. You should just break such worthless bonds. That way… you will be able to gain an even greater power. Don't forget your purpose!" Then the Sound Four suddenly jumped and disappeared.

Naruto stared at his own hand for a while. Suddenly, he saw a bunch of villagers glaring down at him. He clenched his fists and growled, "Dammit!"


(Naruto's Apartment)

Naruto stared at his team's picture. In the picture, Naruto glared at Sasuke angrily, while Sakura was in front happily. Sasuke simply folded his arms, and looked like he did not care for the picture. Kakashi's hands were on Sasuke and Naruto's head and smiled at the picture. Naruto already put his backpack on. Sighing, he put the picture down on the table.


(With Sakura)

Sakura cupped her mouth and cried, "Naruto! Where are you?! I need to talk to you about Sasuke!"

She folded her arms and scowled, "Where is Naruto?! It's really important!" Then she smiled, "I know! I'd bet he's at Ramen. It's his usual time after all." Then she ran off to find Naruto, possibly at Ichiraku Ramen.

Finally, she arrived at Ichiraku Ramen, and went into it. She saw old man, and asked, "Hey, Teuchi! Where's Naruto?"

Teuchi frowned, "He didn't come."

Sakura shocked, "What?"

Teuchi sighed, "It's odd. It's his first time that he did not come here at the night. He doesn't have mission right?"

Sakura widened her eyes and shocked, 'What does that mean? That can't be. Why do I have a feeling? Did that Sasuke really change Naruto this much? No, I better check him out!' Then she immediately ran off.

Teuchi cried, "Wait, Sakura!" But Sakura did not listen and still ran off. He puzzled, "I wonder what's going on with her?"


(With Naruto)

Naruto walked down the path, but he noticed that Sakura stepped in front of him. He stopped walking and stared at her. He sighed, "What are you doing… wandering around here at the night?"

Sakura frowned, "Because in order to get out of the village, you have to take this road."

Naruto sighed, "Go home and sleep, Sakura-chan." Once again, he walked past her.

Sakura sniffed, "Why?" Then she looked around at Naruto, and asked, "Why won't you tell me anything? You usually tell me what's wrong, Naruto. What happened to you? You used to be happy. Now you're sad. Did Sasuke-kun do this to you? If so, then I apologize for his awful behavior! But that's how he is!"

Again, Naruto stopped walking and snarled, "So, you're all about Sasuke-kun! That and this! Get over this! He didn't do shit to me! If you want me to tell you, then why not you come with me, Sakura-chan? If not, then you can shut up and leave me alone!"

Sakura chuckled, "You've always loved me, huh? Do you remember… the day we became Genin and when our three-member team was first chosen? The day you were happy that I was in your team, you always want me to come with you to the date, but I turned you down, remember?"

Naruto sighed, "I don't care about that."

Sakura shocked, "But I haven't told you something. That's something I have been hiding from you. I really love you, Naruto-kun! But I'm afraid to tell you that I really love you! But that's the day when everything started… You and I… And also Sasuke-kun and Kakashi-sensei. The four of us completed a number of missions together. They were tough and a lot of work, but… Above all… It was fun! Then there's when I started to love you! But I thought you wanted to become Hokage someday! But if you leave this village, nobody will be happy about you! Not even Sasuke-kun will! Neither you… nor I." Then the cloud shadowed over them.

Naruto scoffed, "Just as I thought. I'm different from you guys. I walk a different path than you guys. I tried to think that it was my path to do the things we've done up until now. The four of us did things together, but my heart decided on revenge in the end. I was just merely using you guys in order to gain your respect! That's my purpose in life. I can't become like you or Sasuke."

Sakura cried, "Are you going to choose to be alone again?! On that day, you said you will make everyone in this village recognize you when you become Hokage! I understand how you feel when the villagers glared at you. I have a family, and I have friends, but if you're gone… To me… it'll be the same as being alone! From now on… A new path will open for all of us. I…! I love you so much! If you stay with me, I'll make sure you won't regret it! Every day will be fun. We'll definitely be happy. I'll do anything for you. So… Please! Stay here! I'll help you to become Hokage! I'll do something! So please stay here… with me!" The cloud finally gone as the moon shined on them. "If you can't stay, take me with you."

Naruto glared at Sakura and scowled, "Now I understand how Sasuke feels about you! You really are annoying! Don't sprouting that bullshit confession about me! I know you're lying! You don't really love me! You only want me to stay so I won't be in trouble! I know you still love Sasuke!" Then he sighed before walking off again.

Sakura cried, "Don't leave! If you do, I'll scream!" Suddenly, Naruto disappeared, causing her to shock.

Naruto smiled, "Sakura-chan… Thank you." Suddenly, he chopped her neck, putting her to sleep.

Sakura went to fall asleep and sniffed, 'Naruto…' Naruto put her on the bench to sleep, and walked away to leave the village.

Naruto finally came out of the village and walked outside. Suddenly, he heard the voice chuckled, "We've been waiting, Naruto-sama."

Naruto looked at them and asked, "What're you plotting now?" He saw that the Sound Four kneeled before him.

Sakon explained, "When you left the village, it was decided that you become our leader. Please forgive our rudeness earlier." They bowed before Naruto.

Naruto chuckled, "Apparently, I'm leader? Well, I'm satisfied as long as I'm the leader." Then he walked past them, and sighed, "I forgive you. Let's go. It's time for me to start my true mission."


(Next Morning)

"It's four in the morning. The Godaime really abuses her people. She could have gotten the documents she left behind herself," complained the first Chuunin. Apparently, they carried a full of books. But they stopped because they saw that Sakura was sleeping on the bench.

Another Chuunin confused, "What's wrong?"

First Chuunin walked to her and said, "Hey, wake up. If you sleep here, you'll catch a cold."

Sakura slowly opened her eyes and remembered that Naruto left the village. She shocked, "Naruto!" She was really upset that she lost her good friend.


(At Hokage's Mansion)

A blonde-haired woman let her face down on the table and slept there. Suddenly, she heard the door creaked open. She immediately woke up and saw two Chuuninsthat entered the door. She chuckled nervously, "Thank you."

First Chuunin noticed that Tsunade was drooling and had a print mark on her cheek, and shocked, "Godaime! You were sleeping just now, weren't you?! While making us get these documents, you were sleeping, weren't you?!"

Second Chuunin sighed, "More importantly, Hokage-sama, there's something we need to report."

Tsunade confused, "What?" For a few minute, she was in shocked to hear the news. "What did you say?! Is this true?"

First chunin nodded, "Yes."

"According to Haruno Sakura, there's no mistake," explained second Chuunin.

Tsunade bared her teeth and thought, 'Why? Why did Naruto leave this village? Then again… Orochimaru told me about something…'

"I get what I want, and this time, I'll control someone to completely destroy Konoha. I will have that demon to destroy the village," said Orochimaru in Tsunade's mind.

At first, she thought Orochimaru wanted Sasuke. But instead, Orochimaru wanted Naruto for some reason. 'So you wanted to use the Kyubi to destroy Konoha? That twisted freak.' She sat down on her chair, and sighed, "Izumo. Kotetsu. There's someone I want you to go get for me."


(Later)

A young ponytail haired boy was in shocked to hear such news! Tsunade sighed, "Shikamaru, late last night, Uzumaki Naruto left the village. And there's no mistake that he is heading for the Sound Village."

Shikamaru shocked, "Left? Why?"

"Orochimaru lured him," answered Tsunade.

"Wait a second! What does a dangerous guy like him want with Naruto?" asked Shikamaru. "Besides, I know Naruto! He will never accept an invitation from the likes of Orochimaru!"

Tsunade sighed, "That's not important. We don't have any time to lose. I'm sure you will figure it out why Naruto left this village. I honestly don't know why. For now, I'm assigning you your first mission as a Chuunin."

"Is it to bring Naruto back?" asked Shikamaru. Then he thought, 'As long as there are no enemies, it won't be too troublesome.'

Tsunade nodded, "Yeah. However, this mission must be completed quickly, and there could be some trouble."

Shikamaru widened his eyes and shocked, "What?"

"There is a high possibility that Orochimaru's subordinates are guiding Naruto," explained Tsunade.

Shikamaru thought, 'This has turned into a troublesome situation. But that guy… I've always thought he was not kind of that person who would go for awful purpose. What's going on?' He sighed, "So for this mission, I need a squad of four comprised of Jounins or Chuunins."

Tsunade frowned, "I cannot give you that."

Shikamaru shocked, "Why?!"

"You should know. Besides the Jounins that must stay, most are away from the village on missions. In the next thirty minutes, gather as many exceptional Genins as you can, then set off on your mission," said Tsunade.

Shikamaru walked to the door and sighed, "It's troublesome, but I can't just let this go since he's someone I know." Then he glanced over his shoulder at Tsunade and smiled, "Well, I'll do what I can."

Tsunade looked at Shikamaru and smiled, "There's one person I would like to recommend. He will be responsible for Naruto's missing."


(Sasuke's House)

Outside the door, Sasuke widened his eyes and shocked, "What?! What did you say?!"

Shikamaru sighed, "I will explain it to you later." Then he thought, 'Why does Hokage-sama want him to be part of my squad? How troublesome…'

Sasuke clenched his fists and thought angrily, 'Damn him. Why did he accept the invitation?! If I never got mad at him, then it would never happen to him! It's my fault!' Then he stared at Shikamaru and sighed, "I will be here in a minute." Then he went into his room to change some.


(Later)

Sasuke and Shikamaru ran down the road. "So, have you chosen other exceptional people besides me?"

Shikamaru nodded, "Yeah." Finally, they arrived at someone's house and knocked the door. "Wake up, man."

Sasuke sighed, "You said exceptional, didn't you?"

Shikamaru sighed, "It can't be helped." Then he sat down on the ground, and opened the potato chips bag.

Sasuke folded his arms and scoffed, "Potato chips? Why are you eating this at this time?"

Shikamaru nodded, "They're BBQ flavor. You help out, too."

"No, I don't want to eat," denied Sasuke.

"Well, if you want to make it faster, then just help out," said Shikamaru.

Sasuke sighed, "Fine." Then Shikamaru and he began to eat chips.

Finally, Shikamaru dropped the last chip, and said, "He's coming."

Suddenly, the fatso boy came to grab the chip and growled, "I won't let another soul have the last potato chip!"

Sasuke twitched his eyes, and thought, 'He's the exceptional guy?!'

Shikamaru sighed, "I've teamed up with Chouji for quite a while. We work well together."

"I don't care! You should ask someone that is more suitable to this mission instead of him! Let's say someone like Shino!" scowled Sasuke.

Sasuke sighed, "How troublesome."

Suddenly, the small white dog jumped towards Chouji. Chouji glared at the dog and shouted, "Not good enough!" He ate the chip before the dog could eat. The dog was really sad.

The boy with the red painted on his cheeks, and chuckled, "Shino isn't here because he's on a special mission with his dad."

"Yet, another useless?" asked Sasuke.

Shikamaru smiled, "Okay, it's decided."

Sasuke nodded, "I knew it! You choose Kiba! Another useless!" The white dog growled at Sasuke.

Once ready, they ran down the road. Kiba shocked, "What?! Naruto left this village?"

Shikamaru nodded, "Yeah."

Suddenly, Kiba chuckled, "I see. Sounds fun! Rescuing our good friends should be fun! Looks like it was well worth waking up early for a walk."

"Hey, Shikamaru. What about the others?" asked Sasuke coolly.

Shikamaru looked at Sasuke and smiled, "I want to take my time to look around for more, but we're running out of time. If I can't find anybody by the time we reach the village gate, then this will be it." Then they saw a long-haired boy with a strange eyes talking with boy in green jumpsuit.

A few of explanation, a long-haired boy nodded, "I see."

Shikamaru sighed, "It's troublesome, but there's nothing bad about having more people."

The boy in green jumpsuit who had his arms around long-haired boy to support him to stand, and frowned, 'Naruto…'

The long haired boy looked at the boy in green jumpsuit and sighed, "Lee. You do what you need to do."

Suddenly, Lee put his crutches to support himself and walked slowly to the stair. He declared, "Starting tomorrow, I will climb up these stairs on my own."

The long haired boy said softly, "Lee."

Lee glanced over his shoulder at them and smiled, "Neji, don't worry. Please go."

They finally arrived at the gate, after gathering members with him. The gate finally opened. "Time's up," said Shikamaru. They were ready to rescue Naruto back to Konoha. "At least we have five people.

Sasuke frowned, "It's my fault."

Shikamaru sighed, "It's not your fault. It is troublesome though."

Sasuke fell to his knees and continued, "It's my fault! I told him to fight me. But I did not know that I could change him! It's all because of me, he left this village!" He punched on the ground and scowled, "If I didn't force him to fight me, then that would never happen!"

"Sasuke! Are you going to take blame just because you did to Naruto?! No, you haven't done wrong to him! For whatsoever reason, he left the village thanks to Orochimaru! We don't know what he will plan to do!" explained Shikamaru. "Even as his childhood friend, I still don't know! Right, Kiba, Chouji?!" Kiba and Chouji nodded in agreement with him. But Sasuke did not listen to him and still thought that it was his fault.

Neji sighed, "Never mind. Let's get down to it. Tell us your strategies and plans. According to what you said, it is highly probable that our enemies could ambush us."

Shikamaru chuckled, "For now, think of us as the pursuers, since this is a rescue mission. In other words, it will be easy for the enemy to ambush us." Then he looked around them and continued, "So right now, I want a formation that can react immediately to an enemy attack. If you ignore my orders and go off on your own, we will all die!" Kiba gulped in fear. "We'll move in a single line formation. The most important position of forward scouting will be… You, Kiba. You walk Akamaru all the time, so you know the terrain of the Fire territory. Also, since you've got a good sense of smell, not only can you track Sasuke, you can also detect the booby traps by detecting the enemy's scent. The single line formation is weak against a frontal attack, but you have Akamaru to compensate for this, so it's more efficient having you up front.

"Next is me, the squad leader. Being behind Kiba, I will be able to give orders based on the situations that unfold. Also, I can order the rest of you behind us with hand singals. Next is the center; third position is Sasuke. You have quick reaction, so you're able to cover the front and back right away. As the center position, you are the important backup man. You've also got Sharingan. You should be able to warn us if someone is going to ambush us.

"Now the fourth position is you, Chouji. You don't have much speed, but you pack the biggest wallop in the squad. Kiba, me, and Sasuke will be in front of you, and we will use you finish off the enemy after the surprise attack. Meaning you're the final blow. The last position is you, Neji. I'm going to have you handle the most difficult job as the rear lookout. With Byakugan, you can check to make sure there are no blind spots in the line."

Shikamaru kneeled, and opened the scroll. He continued, "Listen up, and examine this carefully." He scratched the pencil on the scroll. "Look at your appointed scouting area depicted in this drawing. Kiba will watch up front. I will also be looking out in front, but in a wider scope. Sasuke is left. Chouji is right. Neji, you use your byakugan for the entire roar area." He rolled the scroll back on, and looked up at them. "Also, I want to know what our current battle strength is. Let me check all of your equipment right now. I'll keep what you have in mind. Any questions?" Nobody responded.

Lee stared at Shikamaru and smiled, 'With the members he got in such a short time, he thought of a perfect formation so quickly.'

Shikamaru sighed, "If not, let me say one last thing… This is the most important thing. Naruto is a close friend of mine. I want to get him back no matter what! But if I'm ordered to kill Naruto, then I have to do, even if I don't want to. But I'm relieved that Hokage-sama ordered us to bring Naruto back. He is our comrade. That is why we will put our lives on the line to bring him back. This is the way of the Konoha. It's damn troublesome, even for me, so it's hard to want to do it… but I'm responsible for all of you."

Kiba chuckled, "Now you sound like a Chuunin."

Neji nodded, "Well then, as soon as we finish checking our equipment, we leave. Everyone, take out your equipment." Then everyone showed their equipment to Neji.

Sasuke thought angrily, 'Naruto wouldn't take on that freaky's invitation! He doesn't need to do that since he's really strong. Not to mention he wanted to become Hokage! I guarantee it! Damn it! I will be responsible to bring him back! It's my fault! Why, Naruto?!'

Neji nodded, "Okay, let's go."

Just as they were about to leave, they suddenly heard the voice cried, "Wait!" They looked around only to found Sakura behind them.

Sasuke shocked, "Sakura."

"I already heard about it from Hokage-sama," said Sakura.

Shikamaru sighed, "Sorry, but I can't take you on this mission. Not even you were able to convince Naruto, right? With your false confession, right?"

Sasuke widened his eyes and shocked, 'What? She falsely confessed her love to Naruto? That idiot! That only made worse!'

"So there's no choice but for us to use force to persuade him to come back with us. Sakura. Your job is done," said Shikamaru.

"Wait! Did you talk to Naruto?! Did you make a false confession to him?!" asked Sasuke. Sakura began to frown.

'Sakura-san,' thought Lee.

Sakura frowned, "Sasuke-kun… This is the only favor I will ever ask of you… Bring… Bring Naruto back. I couldn't convince him. I couldn't stop him. I have made many attempts to convience him… that you only got mad, and did not meant to. But it didn't work out… He's our good friend, and our comrades. Without Naruto, there wouldn't be fun! I'm sure the only person who can stop him… the only person who can save him is… Sasuke-kun… Only you!"

Sasuke sighed, "But it's my fault! It's because of me, he left this village! If it never happened that way, he would never leave the village!"

Sakura looked at Sasuke and sighed, "Sasuke-kun… That's not true… It's not your fault…"

Sasuke shocked, "What? What do you mean it's not my fault?"

Sakura nodded, "Yeah, that's what he told me. It's not your fault… He made that decision on his own accords… So… Please… Save Naruto!"

Sasuke was in shocked at first, but then he chuckled, "So you're better friend to him than I am, Sakura. I can understand very well the pain that you are going through. It's because Naruto and I have went through all the pain. Now it's your turn to understand the pain. You probably couldn't imagine if it was me instead of him. If it was me, you would have been in very pain worse than in this state you're now."

Sakura smiled, "Sasuke-kun… Thank you."

Sasuke looked around at the outside of Konoha, and sighed, "I will bring Naruto back. I don't know if I can promise this, but I will try my best to bring him back!" Suddenly, Sasuke gave her a thumb-up.

Sakura sniffed, 'This is the first time you understood me. This is the first time you helped me.'

Kiba walked to him and chuckled, "Hey, hey, Sasuke. You sure you're okay saying that… and posing like Naruto?"

Sasuke realized that he gave her a thumb-up. He began to blush in embarrassment. He turned around and scowled, "Shut up! Let's go!"

Shikamaru sighed, "We just lost some time. Let's hurry up." Then they left the Konoha in order to rescue Naruto back.

Lee smiled, "Sasuke-kun said it with the 'nice guy' pose. Everything is fine, now. It'll be all right. No doubt about it." He gave her a thumb-up and smiled. They watched them walking away.

To be continued…


A/N: Well, I changed Sasuke's personality a little. He is willing to give up on his revenge just to bring Naruto back. And what if Iruka said, "I hate Naruto..." and that stuff. Then I made Naruto like this. I hope you like this chapter. It's long first chapter. But later chapters, it will be usually 5k words. This is just first chapter. For now, I will be working on Team Z to finish the current Saga/Arc. After that, I will choose which story I will be writing next. However, if this doesn't get review, then I will not be able to write this story more.

If you got suggestion what I should make to improve this story, then please tell me. Any question? Tell me please.

Read and reviews as always! Thank you! I'm out! :D