Disclaimer: Naruto and it's characters are owned by Masashi Kishimoto. and any references made in this story in any chapter are also not mine
Enraged would not be the correct word to describe how angry she was.
She had already heard the news about another infiltration in the village.
She had lost one of her most promising shinobi.
And the chūnin and the newly promoted jōnin standing in-front of her. Guilty and disappointed were the words to describe them. It wasn't a day ago did she lose the Aburame clan heir, Shino to the person Chōji was calling the 'Dancing Phantom'. It was like the Yokaze incident barely two months ago.
However the problem was she and nobody else knew the identity of this 'Dancing Phantom'. And also since he took on Shikamaru, Neji, Chōji, Tenten, Lee, Kiba and Akamaru and... Shino all at once meant he was powerful possibly low kage. Also this man had a unheard of summoning contract... bats, she had never heard of such a contract.
And how did he get into the village without being detected. Ryū Yokaze simply waltzed into the village while this man, appeared. Like a phantom.
But what made it suspicious was the fact that it happened after Yokaze penetrated their defences. Could the dragons footprints be attracting pests. Could this be the first of possibly many infiltrations into the village by their rivals and enemies.
She pressed her fingers into her temples in frustration, this could be a beacon for other villages to attack, she has to contain the situation before they are threatened with war. What happened must never see the light of day.
She turned her scrutinising gaze on the two shinobi before her.
Their heads were hung low and guilt was etched into their eyes.
"Tell me what happened in every detail... now." threatened Tsunade who leaked a small amount of killer intent.
Neji and Shikamaru explained in detail what had happened before, during and after their fight. Tsunade listened intently her eyes were narrowed throughout the explanation. She was told of the mans abilities and prowess along with his fighting style and she made a silent comment that sai's (the weapon) were an unusual choice for combat and since the person displayed mastery of them he was efficient in their use.
From what she was able to piece together of this individual she noted an uncanny resemblance in combat between him and Ryū Yokaze. However it couldn't have been him since the mans clothes didn't match the description of Ryū Yokaze who wore samurai like armour. This man wore a black cloak with silver draw strings along with black gloves and boots.
She sighed inwardly. She couldn't place this man in the bingo book, it may make Konoha look weak and the last thing she needed was enemy ninja flaunting into her village and if Danzō got wind of it he may use the opportunity to oust her as Hokage. Se had to keep it under wraps. She was going to inform the shinobi who had faced the 'Dancing Phantom' to not utter a word of what happened but she couldn't keep it from Shibi Aburame, Shino's father.
She would have to create a false cause of death, and she would need Shibi's help.
She focused her attention on Shikamaru and Neji once she had finished finalising what she was going to do.
"What were you two thinking?" snarled/questioned Tsunade. Shikamaru and Neji didn't answer, they didn't have the courage to look her in the eye. "When this person infiltrated the village it was to be brought to my attention immediately."
Neji hung his head down further. He blamed himself for Shino's death because it was his plan to confront the assailant.
"We could have taken appropriate steps and formulated a plan to capture him... but no you charged in without any assessment of the infiltrators abilities, especially you Shikamaru." continued Tsunade. He looked at Shikamaru. "I expected better from you, given your shinobi record, you have the best analysing ability among your graduating class where you are able to form correct strategies against your opponents and yet you didn't use any strategy against this man, in fact why didn't you think through all the possibilities of the outcome, you should have foreseen what would have happened... and you're not in the clear either Neji."
Neji turned her head to the side in disappointment.
"You're a newly promoted jōnin, so I expected more from you, as a jōnin you are responsible for the safety and lives of your comrades and fellows in arms, you were the team leader so everything that has happened is because of you, I would have much preferred if this 'Dancing Phantom' escaped without killing any one, if it wasn't for the arrival for Kurenai and the other shinobi among her, you could have all died." reprimanded Tsunade.
"But I guess I expected 'too' much from the both of you and now you have lost yet another comrade and friend." spoke Tsunade.
"Both of you, hand me you hitai-ate's." commanded Tsunade. They both nodded at her order fully understanding that punishment for their actions were needed. Neji removed his and showcased the bird-cage seal on his fore head. While Shikamaru pulled out his hitai-ate from his uniform where it was sewed into. "You are both suspended from active shinobi duty for a month, you are permitted to train your skills, though if you leave the village you will be sentenced for treason and in-subordination." threatened Tsunade.
both nodded and left the room leaving Tsunade alone. It was necessary, both failed to inform her of the intruder and if they did so, she could have formulated a plan to capture the man and extract any information he had and it could have been quick and quiet and no casualties. She knew that death was required from a shinobi but to have her own shinobi die in her village was something else entirely.
She massaged her temples in frustration and anger. She had faced Hanzō of the salamander, a man recognised to be one of the most powerful shinobi to grace the world, where because of their teamwork and strategies did she, Orochimaru and Jiraiya survive. If she had faced him alone and if they were a coherent team then the sannin would have fallen in battle and everyone would have forgotten about them.
She also had another problem to deal with and Kakashi was right, there was a silent uproar from half the civilian population who refused to believe that Naruto was the Yondaime's son and most if not all migrated to the hospital to stroke their arrogant ego. They had tried to find evidence that she was wrong but of course they found the opposite and even still their views hadn't changed. They still regarded him as the 'demon'.
Was this really the village that her grandfather and Madara Uchiha envisioned. Was this the village that the previous Hokage had fought and died for. Minato had sacrificed his sons life and happiness for the village and he would do so again in a heartbeat. What her sensei said about the Will of Fire true? Was what Orochimaru said about the village and it's ideals, was the fallen sannin right?
Was the Will of Fire dwindling into an ember. What were her shinobi fighting for? They abandoned one of their own to a traitor who was rooted in his clans cursed lineage and yet that traitor didn't care about the village at all and yet to this day they still praise him.
Then there was trouble with three council families dropping dead. Their funerals would be held later that day. Although she was silently happy that Marechiyo Ōmaeda and his family were gone. The fat bastard had what was coming to him and that god awful painting he had was enough reason to kill him. She also assumed that the 'Dancing Phantom' killed him and the other council families.
Maybe that was the reason why.
Shino would have a silent funeral, his body would be cremated so the village and his clan secrets wouldn't fall into their enemies paws.
Tsunade turned her chair around and faced the village as was her hobby. And it was raining again. It just seemed to rain more when Naruto died. But why. Tsunade then felt this dark feeling welling up inside her as if something very bad was going to happen and she would be powerless to stop it. It wasn't fear, she knew that and it wasn't anger, and neither was it hatred. It was unease. She could literally feel as if something horrible was going to happen and that it would affect everyone in the village.
But this feeling, it was like someone familiar setting fire to her house. So why.
She opened one of her draws and took out a betting slip. She had a hunch and this was the only way to prove it.
And there it was, she had won, she got the lucky numbers. She now had plenty of money to gamble away. And not only that, she won every other betting slip in the draw. And with her luck something horrific was going to happen.
'how come I feel like... something is coming to us? I can feel yet I can't... it feels empty as if there is no emotion or colour... something is coming and we will all suffer for it.' thought Tsunade.
In the mountain's graveyard. Inside a dark hovel, was a man sitting on a stone throne with a cliff facing him directly and a enormous Lotus flower that rivalled mountains with it's towering height. And atop the flower was a humongous decayed statue with it's hands bowed and sitting cross legged.
The man was wearing a black cloak with silver drawstrings, black gloves and black shoes with silver lining. The cloak was zipped up from it's chin height collar down to the mans waist. Both of his arms were resting on the thrones armrests. His hood was down allowing everyone to see his glistening golden hair and his bloodthirsty red eyes.
He was currently staring intensely at a peculiar branch that was growing from one of the flowers petals. It was a living clone of Madara Uchiha. The man had been cultivating it since before Madara's death. And with it the giant lotus tree would now spawn and grow black Zetsu's along with white Zetsu's by using the chakra extracted from his body that originally belonged to the Kyūbi.
He kept staring at the strange clone of Madara. But his thoughts wasn't on the clone but something else, a jutsu he found extremely infuriating. The Hiraishin (Flying thunder god). One of the greatest jutsu to be developed in the world. Created by the Nidaime Hokage, Tobirama Senju and perfected by the Yondaime Hokage, Minato Namikaze.
The man sitting on his throne was Naruto Uzumaki, son of the Yondaime, Madara Uchiha's student. The most powerful person outside the Uchiha clan to wield the sharingan and legitimate heir to the Uzumaki clan.
He was mulling over the jutsu that gave his father the title of kiiroi Senkō (Yellow Flash). The Hiraishin was a work of art in his mind. Allowing the user to teleport himself to any marked location with a speed that surpassed lightning. You couldn't blink before you dropped dead from that jutsu. And yet the blonde sharingan wielder was infuriated. It must have taken years for the Nidaime to create the jutsu and years more for his father to perfect it.
And it would take years for Naruto just to learn it and the one thing Naruto lacked most was patience. He hated waiting for something, he hated it when people paused in their speeches or when they're out shopping for food only to take up more time required before they picked what they wanted.
However since he lacked the patience to develop the jutsu he was going to do something else. Create his own space-time ninjutsu. Already he was currently thinking about it. It was going to have the speed of the Hiraishin and the versatility of Obito's teleportation. He could see it now, such a jutsu would be 'art' in Deidara and Sasori's opinion.
From his brief encounter with his teachers fake and only seeing his teleportation twice. Naruto analysed the technique and was able to tell that even though it lacked speed like the Hiraishin it was more versatile because it didn't require the location to be predetermined by a jutsu formula.
So there he was staring at Madara's clone and planning his new jutsu. It would take some time, but he could always use 'that' ability to be in two places at the same time so he could think about it more. It was decided he would stay at his base and work on his space- time ninjutsu and it also gave him a chance to meet with Kisame and another member of the Akatsuki.
"Zetsu!" barked Naruto as he kept staring emotionlessly at the Madara statue. The black and white man materialised from the ground appearing to the side of Naruto's throne.
"Yes/Yes?" answered the plant man.
"Bring me a Zetsu clone." ordered Naruto. The multicoloured Zetsu nodded his head at the blonde, he sent a silent signal to a random clone because all the Zetsu's were linked mentally with each other.
A random white Zetsu clone appeared from the ground kneeling before Naruto.
"Raise your head." requested Naruto. The Zetsu did as it was told but instead of the face of his master he was met with a katana sliding through it's mouth, killing it.
Naruto held the Tonbogiri in his right hand as he stared emptily at the dead Zetsu. He placed his foot on the Zetsu's shoulder and hefted the sword from it's body without little trouble. The body slumped forward and landed face first in the hard concrete floor.
Naruto stabbed the Tonbogiri into the floor and his eternal mangekyō appreared, spinning around like a wheel.
"Bring me more corpse's Zetsu." commanded Naruto and two more Zetsu appeared. Naruto gripped the Tonbogiri and decapitated the heads of the two Zetsu in one swing, their heads rolling on the ground like balls. And like before Naruto's mangekyō was spinning.
"I require your aid Zetsu, I must develop this jutsu in a location without much space also contact also contact Konan and tell her that my personal business will be delayed." and both left the mountains graveyard Zetsu via melding with the ground and Naruto transforming into a cloud of bats, the blonde arrived at a small part of a forest with various trees coupled together but yet were still wide enough for travel and acrobatic manoeuvres .
Kisame Hoshigaki, the Kirigakure no Kaijin (Monster of the hidden mist) was currently gorging himself on some shrimp and crab that he had brought while travelling through the Land of Grass with Itachi. He was currently sitting in a small seafood shop which was situated next to an inn. However he was alone, he was fully aware that Itachi was suffering from an incurable disease that was slowly killing him although he was able to extend his life with various medication and alchemical medicines. So Itachi was resting in their room at the inn. And he didn't have better timing since the sun was going down over the horizon signalling the end of the day.
Kisame could be described as a battle master, he loved fighting and wouldn't hesitate to start one when the opportunity presented itself but a warning from Itachi would calm him down.
When his thoughts travelled to the rest of the Akatsuki he did like some members. He hated Hidan and his stupid religion.
He liked Sasori for his equal thirst for combat and he defeated the Third Kazekage, not a bad feat although he did have some help from Orochimaru.
Deidara just simply annoyed him especially when and Sasori got into an argument over who's art was greater than the others. Kisame hated art.
Kakazu he also liked for he didn't bother him and liked money something which everyone (except Hidan) loved.
Konan. He didn't know what to think of Konan, they rarely interacted and if they did it would only be a few sort words. So he was neutral on with Konan.
Zetsu. He didn't know what to think of Zetsu.
The leader of the organisation. He will admit in a heartbeat that he respected Pain but like Konan he was neutral with him as well considering the fact that he was a pawn of Obito's, someone Kisame was working with.
And then there was Ryū the person he liked the most next to Itachi. Ryū made him laugh and despite the few times he talked with him at Akatsuki meetings he liked his personality. And the way he made Hidan appear a fool. And yet Kisame could sense that Ryū was incredibly strong, the only way to test how strong the wolf was, was for the shark and the wolf battle it out.
Kisame then felt a presence sitting in front of him on a opposite chair across from him. When he looked up a man wearing a black cloak with silver drawstrings, with black gloves and shoes with silver lining. His hood was up obscuring most of his face except for his chin, mouth and nose.
"Do you want something?" asked Kisame who was clearly agitated.
"Yes, I do want something." answered the person. He pulled down his hood revealing golden blonde, spiky hair which was patterned in a low ponytail with bandages wrapping around half the ponytail. He had chin-length hair framing the sides of his face and some fell between his eyes which were narrow and slightly rounded. He had a defined jaw line and his face was slightly round.
However he had a pair of sharingan eyes in his sockets, the same eyes as Itachi. The eyes that shrouded darkness and reflected hatred.
It didn't take Kisame long to figure out who it was but the person looked familiar also, but it couldn't be that person since he was dead, so there was only one answer.
"Ryū Yokaze, good to see you." greeted Kisame who was grinning exposing his shark like teeth to be honest he never expected his fellow Akatsuki member to see him.
"Hello Kisame, how has your day been?" asked Ryū politely.
"Don't see how you're interested and besides skip to the point, what do you want?" questioned Kisame given his many experience with other shinobi, Kisame had a second sense where he could feel that someone wanted something from him. So like always he skipped the 'hello' bullshit and got onto the main course.
"You're quite astute." complimented Naruto. At that moment a waitress came over to serve Naruto, he ordered for some green tea which wouldn't take long to arrive. So a few minutes passed in utter silence. Kisame was still eating the shrimp and crab while Ryū was waiting for his order.
So now we find ourselves with Naruto sipping on some green tea and Kisame patiently waiting for him.
"I know everything about you Kisame." started Naruto, the shark like man didn't know if he should scowl or feel violated. "I know about what you did during the bloodline purges."
"I also know that you were approached by a person claiming to be someone he isn't." continued Naruto. Kisame widened his eyes a little. "Trust me when I say this, the person you're working with is a nothing but a bitter loser who thinks he can parade around with a name he can't live up to."
Kisame narrowed his eyes at Naruto, what was this guy insinuating? And as if reading his mind Naruto continued speaking.
"After you killed Fuguki Suikazan, you were approached by the Yondaime Mizukage who applauded you for eliminating a traitor and protecting your village... however the Yondaime was merely a puppet, you were merely approached by the puppet master through his toy." spoke Naruto with deep authority. Kisame widened his eyes a little at the information. "And I will warn you now, that man, is not who he claims to be, you may think he is who he says he is, but he's used your own beliefs to sway you to his 'cause'... what do you expect he will do once he's finished with his plans?" queried Naruto.
Kisame didn't answer straight away, but he contemplated it for a while. And there was some truth to what Yokaze was saying. Tobi wished to create weapon that would wash away all lies in the world or that was what he told Kisame, but the shark man could all ways sense some ulterior motive to Tobi, he just couldn't place his finger on it.
He had been known the world to be filled with lies and false promises from many that he trusted, but he was led astray every time. He finally cracked under the pressure when he killed Fuguki. Tobi had given him a choice and he decided to follow. But the masked man promised him the end of all lies. Was that also an empty promise? Was Tobi lying to him.
"He's going to betray you." stated Naruto gaining Kisame's attention, the shark man looked up and saw his associate sipping on his green tea.
"The one you're working with, his name is Obito Uchiha... he's going to betray you." he placed his cup down and poured some more green tea. "And he's nothing more than a bitter loser who got friendzoned and now wishes everybody to feel his anger by creating a weapon using the power of the tailed beasts... where everybody would live in terror and lies and betrayal would be more rampant." spoke Naruto. "He's a mere child throwing a temper tantrum, he refuses to see truth and his anger grows by the day, you're nothing more than his tool and once you're broken he will discard you like any other broken toy." spoke Naruto sipping his tea. He looked Kisame straight in the eye casting a silent genjutsu on him. A genjutsu designed to extract information from the target, any information Kisame had on Obito would be known to the blonde.
'so Obito... you have natures connected to Fire and Earth release, master of genjutsu, considerable skill in bukijutsu and weapon skills, some skill in sealing, no where near my own, high chakra reserves clearly above kage, experienced in taijutsu, a space-time ninjutsu unlike any other called Kamui... not much information after that.' thought Naruto. He sipped on his tea in victory.
"Y-you're-." stuttered Kisame as what Ryū said contrasted with everything he knew about Tobi and yet it sounded true there were no lies sprouting from his lips.
"Wrong..." replied Naruto. "You can say that... for now." said Naruto. "Kisame... this world is sick... fettered with a disease known as hatred... I wish to rid the disease by creating a world where there is none of that, a perfect world, where betrayal and deceit never exist... there would only be truth and love and nothing else will will corrupt those pure things." spoke Naruto.
"What makes you think I should believe or trust you." accused Kisame as he narrowed his eyes. But Naruto's emotionless visage didn't reveal anything.
"Because, of one simple fact." replied Ryū. "I am Madara Uchiha." whispered Naruto.
"You have blonde hair." deadpanned Kisame who got over his stupor rather quickly.
"And you have blue skin and gills."
"So even if you were Madara, how do I know I can still trust you because the other guy said he was Madara as well." spoke Kisame who was sporting a grin for he was finding this enjoyable for this guys prospects sounded better than Obito's and he was hoping to get a fight out of it, he adored fighting and he wanted to see Ryū fight considering all the hype about the guy thats been going around.
"How about a bet." suggested Naruto gaining Kisame's interest. "We have a battle, no rules, no restrictions, no interferences just a one-on-one fight between the two of us."
Kisame grinned, he didn't know whether to believe Ryū or not.
"How about we add some more money to the pot." responded Kisame. "If you win I'll join your plan and abandon that Obi- whatever and if I win, well I don't really want anything other than to feed your chakra to Samehada." spoke Kisame.
"Very well." spoke Naruto. "Lets have this fight in an hour, there is a clearing not far from here, it's not too small and it's large enough to sport our battle while it's far enough from here that it won't attract attention."
Kisame nodded and Naruto left within a cloud of bats leaving Kisame alone in the seafood shop where he was left with the bill for his and Naruto's orders.
Meanwhile another Naruto was standing in a forest with the main body of Zetsu standing adjacent from him.
"So what will this jutsu do?" asked Zetsu. Naruto stared at Zetsu which unnerved the plant man.
"This jutsu will take the limits of time to it's greatest point... teleporting something to you is easy, teleporting yourself is another annoying hurdle... this jutsu will take literally make time bend to my will... I already have the idea for it now I just need to employ it." clarified Naruto.
Zetsu seemed to almost sigh. Whenever Naruto had an idea for a jutsu he wouldn't stop until it's completed and mastered. And he still had his stubbornness from his time as a Jinchūriki, he was stubborn like a rock and wouldn't give up if he set his mind to something.
"I will use the Hiraishin and Obito's Kamui as bases... the Hiraishin's speed and Kamui's versatility will be major factors and the Raotin no yoroi (Lightning release armour) provides the general concept and appearance of the technique." continued Naruto as Zetsu let everything sink in.
Naruto started gathering his chakra forming a shield around his body and it was in such large quantities that it was visible. This was going to take some time. A jutsu on a scale such as this will take years to create and develop what Naruto was showcasing to Zetsu was the initial development of the technique.
He had just started the concept, he would focus his chakra around his surroundings and... do something.
Zetsu silently watched as Naruto cloaked himself in chakra. And quickly Naruto cut off the flow. Black Zetsu could already see what the blonde was up to. And suddenly Zetsu heard a.
"Tajū kage bunshin no jutsu!" yelled Naruto as he formed the signature created a multitude of shadow clones and each started working on the shields. First they would practice with their chakra cloaks and be able to simultaneously the cloaks off and on without much thought and would become second nature.
"This is going to take a while." spoke White Zetsu. "Yep"
While in Konohagakure someone was wallowing in sorrow. She had pitch black hair and crimson eyes she was currently being comforted by two others. Asuma Sarutobi and Hinata Hyūga. This persons name is Kurenai Yūhi.
Why was she crying. She had just watched one of her beloved students be killed before her eyes. He was brutally murdered and within his home village.
Shino was a valued member of the team. He was also the thinker of the group always coming up with clever plans to fool and outwit his enemies, he was also support and his insects were ingenious for capture and espionage along with tracking. She questioned many times why the Aburame died. She felt guilty because she couldn't reach him in time.
The man in the black cloak was too fast and his moves were like lightning to her. She was currently wondering on how Shibi Aburame was doing. Most Aburame hid their emotions excellently, you could never tell what they were feeling but Kurenai, she just knew that Shibi was grieving and also thinking about revenge.
Revenge. She wanted that so much. To kill the person that took her student away from her. She wanted to give the man a painful death and she wanted to watch every second of it. Though remembering what happened to Sasuke Uchiha, she knew that killing the man won't lessen the pain in her heart. But if it hurt Shino's murderer would it matter.
Kurenai was currently sitting at her table with Asuma next to her in a chair and Hinata sitting adjacent from her.
"Kurenai..." spoke Asuma Sarutobi who was rubbing her shoulder gently so to comfort her as he watched the silent tears flow down her cheeks. "You need to accept what happened and move on."
"H-he's r-right Kurenai-sensei." spoke Hinata. Who was currently wondering where Kiba was because she suspected he'd want to be here. But Hinata was also trying to get over her sadness at seeing her teammate and friend die. She had become good friends with Shino and to find out he was just... gone broke her.
"You two didn't see it." said Kurenai who sounded like a broken violin. "You didn't see his blood splatter across the ground." spoke Kurenai grimly as a few drops of salty liquid dropped from her chin.
Asuma sighed heavily he couldn't emphasise with her because none of his students were dead.
Hinata looked to the ground sadly. Maybe if she had been there she could have helped. Maybe she could have saved Shino and stopped the black cloaked man. She stopped thinking about the what if scenarios knowing that it was causing more pain.
"I just need to be left alone for a while." spoke Kurenai quietly.
"Kurenai." said Asuma.
"Leave!" she shouted as he tears became more frantic. Asuma nodded and Hinata left with him.
Kurenai was now alone. And she poured her anguish in wails of sorrow and sobs. If only she had gotten there sooner.
Kiba was currently sitting in a bar drowning his sorrows in alcohol. Like Kurenai he too was suffering. Shino was one of his greatest friends despite how weird the guy was.
Akamaru was by his side and was currently pawing at his leg to get his attention. The dog understood his partners pain but somehow the dog was smarter knowing that this wasn't the way to get over what happened.
Kiba brought a bottle of sake to his lips and drowned a large volume of the drink in a audible gulp. The bartender didn't want to interrupt the young man, for one the Inuzuka were known to have bat tempers and two he wanted the kid to drown out his troubles even though he was underage for drinking.
"Hey buddy! More Sake and make it snappy!" barked Kiba. The barkeep nodded and got out another bottle of sake and placed it in front of Kiba who took the drink and started guzzling down the alcoholic beverage. He could feel the burning down his throat as the drink dove down to his stomach. He knew he was going to have a massive hangover but he didn't care at the time.
He felt a presence next to him so he turned his head to the left to see Shibi Aburame, Shino's father, sitting next to him.
"Kiba." spoke Shibi in his monotone voice. Kiba being around Shino for years could tell his emotions through the patterns of his voice. And Kiba knew instantly that Shiba was depressed which was uncharacteristic of the Aburame clan.
"Hey Shibi-sama." greeted Kiba despondently as he turned back to his drink. Akamaru meanwhile was still trying to get Kiba's attention through wines and clawing at his leg.
"I don't blame you for what happened to Shino." spoke Shibi making Kiba look at him with his eyes widened a little. "The Hokage informed me of what happened."
Kiba sighed wearily. The Inuzuka heir almost died at the hands of Ryū Yokaze. And he almost died at the 'Dancing Phantom's' palms, in fact he should consider himself lucky to be alive if it wasn't for reinforcements arriving. Yet how come he didn't feel relieved, he should be happy but also he felt guilty and he was now questioning weather he should have died in Shino's place.
Kiba had never been so thoroughly outclassed in his life. The black cloaked man was merely toying with them except for the few hits Lee scored. Even after two years of training and missions with his had done nothing. After his loss to Naruto during his first Chūnin exam he wanted to get stronger, to defeat his self-appointed rival, but since Naruto's death, why was he getting stronger? Did he have a purpose anymore other than to let his comrades die.
"Kiba... this." spoke Shibi gesturing to the sake bottle in Kiba's hand. "Won't lessen the pain and it won't bring Shino bac-" and just then Shibi's voice broke. Kiba then thought he saw what appeared to be a tear. And Kiba couldn't fault the man for it. He had cried earlier before he came to the pub to wash away his sorrow.
"What I'm trying to say is Kiba... do you want to spend the rest of your days looking down at the bottom of a glass... or will you change yourself for the better so something like this won't happen again." spoke Shibi with wisdom. Kiba soaked everything in like a sponge there was something true to what Shibi was saying but he lost his train of thought when he heard a loud crash coming from the entrance of the pub.
"KIBA YOU LAZY BUM! STOP MOPING AROUND AND DO SOMETHING PRODUCTIVE AND BECOME STRONGER SO TO AVENGE YOUR CREEPY FRIEND!" came the screeching voice of Tsume Inuzuka who in some unknown way found out about Shino's death and it will remain forever an unanswered question of the universe.
"MA HINATA'S NOT CREEPY!" roared Kiba who had clearly misheard her.
"NO YOU IDIOT! NOT THE WEIRD STALKER, THE NASTY BUG BOY!" screeched Tsume who had yet to notice Shibi sitting next to Kiba. "Seriously I hate bugs if only I had a bigger boot then I can crush them all." mumbled Tsume. Shibi sweatdropped at the loud woman, everything he wanted to say to Kiba was explained in Tsume's original sentence. Although he did question her methods about getting it across. And why did she hate insects?
Tsume stomped her way up to towards her idiot son while she was grinding her teeth. Kiba's depressing attitude had been making her depressed even though she didn't show it. However she stopped when she noticed the sake bottles next to Kiba and in his hand.
She cocked back the palm of her hand and in one swift motion launched it at the back of her sons head where a audible smack was heard as Kiba was temporarily knocked unconscious. Although to many parents that was her way of punishing and disciplining Kiba when he did something stupid.
Shibi who had watched everything from the sidelines sweatdropped at the scene. He wasn't sure if he should be scared or confused.
Tsume grabbed the collar of Kiba's black jacket and started swinging him around like a rag doll while Kiba was utterly dazed from his mothers 'love'.
"I DIDN'T RAISE A WIMP SO HE CAN JUST MOPE AROUND WHEN ONE OF HIS FRIEND'S GETS SQUASHED!" continued Tsume and her analogy between bugs and her boot. "NOW LETS GO!"
"Where?" squeaked Kiba as he regained consciousness and was now being pulled out of the pub by the back of his collar as he was dragged out of the building.
"TO GO TRAINING MORON!" yelled Tsume. Akamaru chased after his partner and his mother barking all the way.
Shibi was left alone... until the barkeep came back.
"So are you going to pay for the kids drinks?" asked the bartender. And suddenly Shibi got depressed again.
Sasori and his partner Deidara were currently traversing through the land of Hot Water. They had just finished a mission for a snobbish Daimyō in eliminating some pesky nobles with their rich wealth. He had to wait ten months until he and Deidara started hunting the Jinchūriki. But he had to wait even more for the Kyūbi was still coalescing into a complete being. And if there was one thing that Sasori loathed with his being was waiting.
The puppet master was notorious for being annoyingly impatient. He hated when people paused in their speeches and when they couldn't make up their mind about something. But he hated when would take their time in trying to attack him.
And because of his age. Sasori was an experienced shinobi who could identify certain shinobi from their abilities. He could still remember his greatest battle in his now eternal existence. His battle with the Sandaime Kazekage. The Kazekage was the toughest opponent the red head had faced. His intelligence in creating the iron sand from his studies of the Ichibi no Tanuki.
The iron sand had completely decimated the puppets Sasori had collected over the years. And he had to compliment the Sandaime, he was a genius. The iron sand was a work of art and now it was a part of Sasori's art.
After a long battle Sasori was able to kill the Sandaime with specific poison the missing-nin had concocted.
And Sasori turned his body into his most beloved puppet, and greatest work of art.
"Sasori, my man, there's an inn up ahead and since it's getting late we should book a room for the night, after all wouldn't your dolls be getting, I don't know creaky and unartistic, hmm." grunted Deidara trying to goad Sasori.
"I told you Deidara they are not dolls but eternal beauties... you could never understand for you dabble in the incorrect way of art... like I told you many times before, my art is true art... not your repugnant version of your so called 'art'" bit back Sasori.
"Hey calm down Sasori, my man, I was just pulling your wooden leg." spoke Deidara with his signature smirk.
"Shut up." replied Sasori. Who was watching something from the corner of his eyes. It was a dark shadow walking among the trees on the sides of the road. It had been following him for the last half hour.
The figure was currently walking at an even pace, his steps mimicking those of Deidara's.
"Deidara, go on ahead of me... i'll catch up." spoke Sasori. Deidara giving him a curious look but shrugged it off and headed toward the inn up ahead.
Sasori trekked his way into the forest, passed by all the green trees on his way and he beheld a figure dressed in a black cloak with a head which obscured most of his face.
"You've been following me." stated Sasori. The figure didn't make any movement or facial expression. "I can feel that you don't want anything to do with Deidara, you want something from me."
"Yes, Sasori..." spoke the cloaked individual neutrally. He removed his hood allowing Sasori to take in his image. He had spiky blonde hair with chin-length bangs that hugged the sides of his face and a single bang fell between his eyes and parted at the bridge of his nose and he had a low ponytail which were wrapped half way with bandages. He had a narrow face and narrow eyes which were slightly rounded and he had a pair of sharingan in each of his sockets. "I've been meaning to meet with you for a while."
Sasori chuckled a little, he knew this person and he recognised him easily.
"Ryū Yokaze... to what do I owe the pleasure." said Sasori who was amused at the scene.
"As I said, I've been meaning to meet with you." continued Naruto emotionlessly. "There is something I want your help with."
"And... that is?" questioned Sasori.
"Seeing as how I'm the newest member of the Akatsuki, I wish to help expand the organisations influence and I was told you were the best person to help me." said Ryū blankly. Sasori was not fooled, he could tell there was some ulterior motive behind Yokaze's words, most members didn't care for Akatsuki's ultimate goal so they just stuck around for no apparent reason.
"You can cut the act, tell me what you really want as I hate to be kept waiting." spoke Sasori who was slightly annoyed.
"Cunning would be the greatest word to describe you." complimented Naruto. Naruto's right index finger started to glow blue with his chakra. He pressed his finger into the ground and slowly a mapped of the shinobi world was carved into the ground. Sasori instantly recognised the tekoku fūin (hand carving seal).
"I wish for spies to be set up within each of the five great shinobi nations so they can relay information to me and also act as sleeper agents." clarified Naruto as he highlighted the five main countries that each had the strongest ninja villages.
"Now I see why you came to me." deadpanned Sasori as he scoured over the map. "But tell me, what are you planning with the villages?"
"Something that doesn't really involve you, but what I said earlier about aiding the Akatsuki's plans was the truth... in a way." answered Naruto.
"A plan on this scale can't be easy... and what do I get out of this?" queried Sasori. Ryū stared at him blankly betraying little emotion. Ryū tucked his left hand into one of his coats inner pockets. He removed a scroll bound with twine with the kanji for ('human' 人) on it.
Sasori eyed the scroll for a second not sure what to think of it.
"This scroll contains the bodies of several shinobi who I believe would be very valuable to you." clarified Naruto as he stared at Sasori blankly, the puppet master within his puppet armour didn't make any motion of life. "I am aware that you can create human puppets from the bodies of real people and they can retain their abilities from life and can be used in death in the body of a wooden machination..."
"And may I ask? What is in the scroll?" questioned Sasori. He wanted to know what was within that scroll and how could it benefit him.
"This scroll contains the corpses of shinobi of Konoha, before I came here I took the liberty of ambushing several teams of Konoha nin with the Land of Fire and stored their bodies within the scroll... most are just average ninja cannon fodder but the others are corpses of Yamanaka, Aburame and Nara nin." spoke Ryū. From within his human puppet Sasori gave a small smirk. Members from three strong clans of the Hidden Leaf village, he could only imagine the art he could create with their bodies.
"Very good... I'll help you... since the price is right." replied Sasori as his puppet removed his Akatsuki cloak. And what Ryū saw was the stout puppet 'opening up' it's shell was a human head who's mouth was closed and the puppet slumped to the ground as a dark clothed figure rose from it.
"I guess you don't want to show me your face." stated Naruto.
"Yeah... if you don't mind." spoke Sasori and Ryū noted that his voice was less gruffer and sounded younger.
From the dark clothed came a hand with a scroll in it and Ryū noticed Sasori's Akatsuki ring which linked him to the Gedō māzo (in the manga and anime the rings purposes are unknown so this is added, just go with the flow). Naruto handed the 'human' scroll to Sasori and Sasori handed him a jutsu scroll.
"That scroll contains a jutsu that allows you to bury away your targets memories and if you want you can restore their memories from any place in the world, the scroll can clarify the rest." clarified Sasori as he shrunk back into his human puppet. Ryū nodded at the former Suna shinobi, the blonde was going to use genjutsu to enslave the minds of certain shinobi from each major village and turn them into his little mice. "If you want I can continue to help you, for the right price."
"And when you mean price you actually mean fresh corpses and preferably ones with kekki genkai." replied Naruto and Sasori who was now in his scorpion like puppet nodded with his puppets head. "Pleasure doing business with you and thank you for your cooperation." spoke Naruto and before Sasori's eyes Ryū dispersed into a cloud of bats and flew away.
Sasori watched as the flying mammals departed. Sasori had learned something very interesting today. Ryū Yokaze was a very interesting person.
"Yo, Sasori, my man whats keeping ya! Hmm." gruntedd Deidara as he appreared from behind Sasori.
The clay user had been curious about what happened to his partner of course he didn't care what happened to the Suna shinobi but he also didn't want to get in trouble with the leader of the organisation.
"Shut up Deidara." spoke Sasori as he shuffled past Deidara. "You're annoying."
Deiadara would have face faulted at what Sasori said but the blonde Iwa nin was use to the 'mans' abuse ever since he joined the Akatsuki.
Both members started the trek along the road they were originally walking. But Sasori couldn't help but think about Ryū's plans. What was the dragon planning? And what consequence would he bring with it?
In Konohagakure Tsunade Senju was tending to her work as the Hokage. Signing off on missions and handling any trade the village had with neighbouring towns and cities in the Land of Fire.
The Fire Daimyō had been concerned recently he and his council were doubting Konoha's strength. And he he found out about the Yokaze and 'Dancing Phantom' incidents was unknown but Tsunade had a wild guess that it was Danzō that cunning old badger.
In fact he had disappeared a few weeks ago only to reappear out of nowhere. Where did he go? And who did he see?
But she could guess that Danzō supplied the Daimyō with the information on Konoha's infiltration so he could use the opportunity to oust her as Hokage. Danzō had to be watched carefully she needed to watch him and his movements you never really knew what he was plotting but Tsunade also knew that Danzō loved the village more than anything. She remembered one of the lessons that Sarutobi gave to her as her time as his student.
'Judge us not by our methods, but what we seek to accomplish.' which basically translated into questioning a persons methods but not their motives. And that lesson still confused her to this day because it sounded like the opposite of what it was supposed to mean.
Her thoughts then travelled to the Aburame clan who would be holding Shino's funeral tomorrow. His death was a major blow to the Aburame who had lost one their most promising ninja. Shikamaru and Neji were both being foolish at the time, they had no clue of what the enemy could do and they just rushed ahead without a second thought... 'he' used to be like that and now she could still remember the blonde to the finest detail.
But she couldn't dwell on the past, if she thought about it too much it, it would just hurt her in the end.
She then heard something strange behind her. She thought nothing of it but she heard it again where she turned around in her chair and saw a jet black crow perched on the windowsill with a scroll tied to it's back it was currently pecking at her window to get her attention.
She got up from her chair and opened the window where the crow flew in and roosted itself on her desk. She walked over and untied the scroll from it's back. She unbound the flimsy paper and read it's contents.
It was a message, a very frustratingly short and near useless message and she didn't know who sent it. She looked back at the crow where it flew out through the window and into the sky where it was beginning to darken as night was encroaching.
She threw the scroll back on her desk where it's contents were visible to the world.
'Nobodies like him may look like they respond emotionally, but this is, in fact, a ruse. Nobodies like him have no emotions... but he remembers what is was like, thats what makes him special and he knows very well how to injure another's emotions. Beware of him.'
She had no idea of what to make of the message it was near gibberish and who was this 'Nobody' and he could injure another's emotions... what the hell did that mean?
She sighed things have been changing a lot and she could feel that someone was making the pieces of the puzzle fall into place. However she couldn't help but feel that Yokaze was connected to it somehow.
Konan was currently sitting in her hotel room in Kirigakure. The Mizukage was kind enough to pay for the service herself. It had been a day since Ma-Ryū left for some 'business' and the blonde had yet to return.
Konan would be lying if she said that she wasn't worried about him. They had been partners for some time and she was the only person in the world aside from Zetsu, did he really count as a person? Nah forget it, but she was the only person who could claim that she knew Yokaze the best. She had yet to see all of his true powers yet. And the only other things she knew about his abilities were those that were mentioned in the Bingo books.
But personality wise she knew nothing about him other that how he liked to train and increase his jutsu arsenal. She knew nothing about him and yet she knew everything about him.
From spending years with Nagato and being his partner, Konan can see emotions without someone forming facial expressions. But when she talked to Ryū she couldn't see nor feel any emotion, it seemed like she talked through him and not to him.
However she knew one thing that she could see and feel. Was his pain. It practically radiated off him, he was always in pain and she would cause more pain by asking him what caused it. His pain. Is greater than Nagato's that was something she knew about Ryū Yokaze. She didn't know the history of Madara Uchiha well, the only thing she did know was his time in Konohagakure and his defection from said village and his battle with Hashirama Senju.
And somehow she felt sad, sad because she didn't know how to ease his pain. Maybe he was trying to achieve the dreamworld because he wanted to relieve himself of his anguish.
She gave up thinking on it. Nothing was going to happen when you sit around thinking about it.
She got up from her seat on the chair and left her hotel room and went out exploring Kirigakure.
Two men were standing opposite each other in a small but not too small field. The grass swayed with the winds currents and the light in the sky was darkening quickly signalling that night was coming and the moon would be at it's peak.
These two men were wearing black cloaks however one had red clouds on his cloak and he carried around a massive bandaged sword that slightly resembled a claymore. He had blue skin and gills on his cheekbones jagged, dagger-like teeth and blue hair along with beady eyes.
This was Kisame Hoshigaki, the Kirigakure no Kaijin (Monster of the Hidden Mist) and one of the famous seven ninja swordsman of the mist. Kisame was reputed to be the most powerful member amongst the swordsman and his massive chakra reserves have earned him the moniker of 'Tailed Beast without a Tail'. Kisame was not someone you should take lightly otherwise he'll flay your body around like a shark.
The other person was Ryū Yokaze, the Yokaze no Ryū (Dragon of the Night Wind). A man whose fame had spread to the entire shinobi world in little over a month. Ryū was regarded as a infiltration and assassination master and easily an S-ranked Shinobi and the most powerful person outside the Uchiha clan to wield the sharingan. Ryū was tall and his golden blond, spiky locks reminded people of the sun, he was considered very handsome by the women who saw his face and he mainly wore black attire which gave rise to his other moniker, Kuro Ryū (Black Dragon). Like his fellow Akatsuki member Ryū wore a black cloak although it lacked the clouds and instead had a hood with drawstrings.
"Shall we get started Ryū, Samehada is curious about how your chakra tastes like." grinned Kisame who hefted his massive sword off his back.
Ryū didn't say anything except a sword slid out of his loose sleeve and into his black gloved hand. He twirled the blade around getting use to it's weight. It was his signature weapon. The Tonbogiri-no-tsurugi (dragonfly cutting sword). Naruto would also have to hold back to avoid killing Kisame and it won't be like last time where he fought the Konoha nins he was merely playing around. But he had to be careful since Kisame's sword could absorb chakra.
"Only one drawback." spoke Naruto gaining Kisame's attention. "No killing."
Kisame frowned at that. But then thought about what Pain would do to him although the leader accepted the fact that Kakazu would kill his partners except for Hidan. He was pretty sure that the organisation wouldn't find another person like Ryū. So Kisame just went with the flow.
The shark man stabbed his sword into the ground and started forming handseals for a B-ranked jutsu. "Suiton: Bakusui Shōho (Water release: Exploding Water Colliding Wave)!". Kisame spat out a enormous volume of water aimed at Naruto that quickly flooded the area. Ryū jumped in the air to avoid the collision course of the wave.
'He plans to gain advantage of the environment by flooding the area with water, thereby reducing the chakra cost of his water techniques and giving him the option of submerged combat... it didn't matter if he hit me or not he just needed a large water source and because of this, my fire techniques will now be near useless unless I combine them with my wind jutsu increasing it's power and heat otherwise the water will just smother my flames not only that Samehada can absorb chakra so my masked beasts are near useless against Kisamece they are made of chakra.' deduced Naruto as he landed on the water, he also noticed that the water was being freely manipulated to cover the field as many of the trees was flood but beyond that there was nothing but ground. Kisame was truly the closest person to match the Nidaime Hokage in water release, granted he couldn't take the moisture out of the air to form his techniques.
With his sharingan Naruto scoured among the life giving liquid searching for his opponent. However it was difficult seeing as the water was made from chakra.
Kisame meanwhile was underwater forming handseals for a jutsu. "Suiton: Goshokuzame (water release: five feeding sharks)!".
Kisame held out his hand and used his chakra to form five sharks made of water and aimed it at Ryū where they glided through the water with impressive speed.
Naruto sensing something coming at him looked down into the water and saw a water shark with serrated teeth rocketing towards him. Naruto took a step back and allowed the shark to graze past him without much harm.
He then felt a second presence where another shark burst from the water where he strafed away from his previous position.
Using his chakra he rolled out of the way of another shark.
He felt two other chrakra signatures coming at him from two sides. He jumped into the air and avoided the sharks where he prepared the Tonbogiri to stab on of the sharks. And he did just that where he successfully stabbed on of the sharks in the nose where it dissipated upon contact with the water flooded fields surface.
He could sense a shark coming at him via propelling itself from the water and soaring at him like a torpedo. He twirled the Tonbogiri and stabbed the other shark where it also dispersed into water.
However his troubles weren't over as the two sharks started regenerating by using the water that Kisame created.
Kisame below the water grinned. Even if the sharks dispersed into water they could regenerate their bodies by using the water.
Ryū jumped away from another shark but instead he felt his leg crushed into between two mighty jaws where he looked down to see one of the newly regenerated sharks munching on his leg where it bled a little but the wound wasn't that bad that it could cause injury.
Another shark flew from the water and hit Naruto in the chest where he felt the air in his lungs leave. He's lucky that his ribcage wasn't broken. The sharingan wielder flew back a little and fell into the water where one of the five sharks latched onto his wounded leg earning a silenced yelp from the blonde as he was dragged into the water.
Kisame frowned from his position on the miniature ocean bed. Was that really all Ryū could do considering all the hype about him.
'even if I attack the sharks they would just regenerate therefore I must attack Kisame.' thought Naruto. He sealed his Tonbogiri and went through sone handseals while fighting off the pain in his leg and holding his breath.
He would have to use a stronger version of a wind jutsu because if he used a lightning jutsu underwater he would just hurt himself along with Kisame. "Fūton: Tsuiseki Ejiki Hantingu Puredetā (wind release: chasing prey hunting predator)!" yelled Naruto as he as he blew out numerous wind rabbits but along with them were wind wolves following them. Kisame seeing the deadly wind rabbits and wolves swam away like shark but he too found out that like his sharks the rabbits and the wolves were following him.
While Kisame was distracted Naruto punched the water shark in the nose, the carnivorous fish released him from it's crushing jaws allowing Naruto to swim to the surface.
Naruto's head breached the water and he started gulping for air. He channeled chakra through his body allowing him to balance himself on the water.
He stared down into the blue liquid and saw Kisame doing his best to get away from the eviscerating wind animals that were piercing the dense water.
From behind a water shark attacked Ryū but of course Naruto sensed it and kicked the shark away with his good leg and he went through some handseals. "Raiton: Kangekiha (lightning release: wave of inspiration)!" yelled Naruto as he slammed his hands against the small ocean where electricity burst forth arcing about and travelling through the water.
Kisame didn't and couldn't see the lightning coming fore it was travelling too fast. And when the lightning made impact it turned Kisame's environmental advantage into a disadvantage as the lightning coursed through his body and numbed his senses. His water sharks also were not able to escape from the lightning where they dispersed in the water unable to regenerate.
Kisame's body was so numbed that he was left open to attack from Ryū's wind. Since Lightning is weak against wind the lightning currents did very little to the wind rabbits and wolves. When the rabbits ht Kisame tearing his sides and body the wolves would come also inflicting even more damage to the man.
As the onslaught continued Kisame started revoking his doubts about Ryū. Since he used his own jutsu and environment against him and followed up with an attack after being weakened from his initial technique.
Naruto took the time to heal his leg with medical ninjutsu. Madara taught him how to use it but it was Naruto's worst subject he wasn't even close to matching Hashirama Senju's prowess in healing nor was he as good as Tsunade. But he knew enough to get him out of trouble. When Naruto was done the wounds were fully healed and his natural healing ability took care of the rest. Although he did frown at the torn holes in his pants where the shark bit him.
When Naruto looked up he saw a floating mass on the surface of the water which he guessed was Kisame who was bloody and torn up. Naruto walked up to Kisame and inspected his wounds he could sense that Kisame was alive since his chakra signature had yet to disappear and Naruto had to hand it to him. He was a tough bastard.
He turned the shark man over with his foot. But instead he found a large bandaged claymore slice him diagonally across the chest and then shred him horizontally. Blood immediately exploded from the slashes on Naruto's chest where he fell back and impacted against the water.
"Make sure your target is knocked out before you check if he's alright." advised Kisame as he stood up on the water with his injuries being healed by Samehada.
But suddenly Naruto exploded in a plume of smoke revealing a broken log drifting on the water. Kisame frowned and turned his head in different directions looking for the black cloaked blonde. And he found him to his left with his arms crossed and an emotionless visage on his features.
"And always have a getaway plan if your opponent is waiting to strike." spoke Naruto. Kisame grinned since the blonde was right. The former Kiri nin hasn't had this much fun in ages and he could tell Samehada was excited given that it made a gurgling sound when the sword was excited.
"Heh heh this is fun." quipped Kisame. "We should do this more often." suggested the shark man.
Naruto didn't respond but instead unsealed the Tonbogiri where he held it in his right hand.
"Nice sword you have there, too bad mine is bigger." jested Kisame hoping to throw Ryū off balance. Unfortunately it failed because Naruto was unperturbed.
Both fighters fell into a sword stance. Kisame holding his with two hands facing in front of him, while Naruto held his with two hands by the side of his head ready to strike like a cobra.
Both men charged forward at each other with impressive speed. And their swords both metal with a loud clank.
And there it started a large kenjutsu duel. Whenever Kisame tried to hit him from the side Ryū would block it and use the block to his advantage where he would use his natural agility to bypass Kisame's defences. But Kisame used his hulking mass to keep Naruto away. And the blonde was impressed since the shark man could wield that sword like a tooth pick considering it's size.
"Heh you're pretty good." complimented Kisame as he and Ryū locked swords. Naruto didn't answer and instead stared at Kisame who was unafraid of the sharingan in mans eyes.
Naruto knew that genjutsu might not affect Kisame since the swordsman had a symbiotic relationship with his sword so Samehada might feed chakra to Kisame breaking him from nay genjutsu.
Kisame performed a leg sweep to topple Naruto but the blonde jumped in the air to avoid it where Kisame sweeped Samehada in a full circle and smacked Naruto away from him who perfectly positioned his sword to block it where he flew back from the impact.
Kisame not one to be undone chased after the blonde and tried to cleave Naruto's head with Samehada but the blonde blocked Samehada with his Tonbogiri and fell to one knee from the strength put into the slash.
Despite Naruto's strength from training under Madara it wasn't enough for Kisame who was pressing down on his claymore. Naruto felt the sword encroaching closer to his shoulder he couldn't kick Kisame or unbalance him. So he prepared justu by forming two handseals with difficulty since trying to keep Kisame from shredding his shoulder was something hard.
'Ōkamishō Unari (wolf piercing howl)' yelled Naruto in his mind as Samehada came in contact with his shoulder. And at the same time Kisame pulled Samehada towards him shredding Naruto's shoulder causing blood to spill into the water. And Naruto at the same time prepared chakra in his throat and emitted a loud howl that sounded like a bell ringing and a wolf howl at the same time where a beam of chakra surrounded by sound-wave like rings hit Kisame in the chest cracking most of his ribs and sent him hurtling away.
Naruto held his bleeding shoulder with his left hand causing him to grimace and he lamented over his now ruined cloak. He sealed the Tonbogiri and applied medical ninjutsu to his shoulder which was still functioning.
Naruto also grinned, Kisame was going to be a tough opponent since the swordsman's healing ability was quite troublesome. If there was one thing Naruto loved it was holding back against strong opponents, he loved getting wounded why? It serves as a reminder that he is still human and can still die. Immortality sucks in his opinion when you fight you have no motive to why you fight except for a few other reasons. But when you fight and your life is on the line thats when Naruto has the most fun.
Kisame was floating on the surface on the water. He felt like he had been kicked by twelve donkey's and continued to be kicked. To Kisame it seems as if Ryū was around at his level of power. And he had now found his new favourite hobby. Fighting Ryū.
He grimaced when he moved his torso. He felt lucky to even have his chest at all. Right now Samehada was supplying him chakra to heal his cracked ribs.
He got up on both feet and prepared to charge at Naruto again. While Ryū did the same.
Naruto unsealed the Tonbogiri and fell into another stance he felt some slight pain coming from his right shoulder but he brushed it off. Sharks are opportunistic, any sign of weakness and the'll attack.
Both men charged at each other intent on continuing their kenjutsu brawl. Although Kisame had to be careful to avoid Ryū's mouth, if he wanted to be hit by that shockwave like technique he needed to watch out for Dragon's mouth.
And Kisame's fears were right as his opponent kept firing the howling shockwave which was decimating the trees around them.
Kisame being smart scraped his sword against the water, sprawling it everywhere, where it blinded Ryū temporarily and Kisame used the opportunity to lay down some punishment on Yokaze.
He punched him in the gut, head-butted him and slammed his foot down on Ryū's leg. However all those attacks did little to Naruto from all the times he was the White Zetsu's punching has caused his fortitude to skyrocket. Where he was able to shrug off various hits and kicks and his healing ability helped him greatly in that department.
Kisame detected something coming off from Samehada it was a strange feeling something which the sword hadn't felt.
'Samehada's in pain?' questioned Kiasme silently. 'is it coming from the Yokaze's sword?.. what is that blade?'
Naruto took advantage of Kisame gathering his thoughts. Round house kicked him in the stomach and slashed him diagonally across the chest, Kisame however was able to strafe away from the slash but did receive a large cut on his across his torso, which left the shark man in a stupor.
'his sword didn't even touch me, so where did this cut come from?' thought Kisame. The wound wasn't too bad and Samehada wouldn't bother healing it.
Naruto performed a flying double kick on Kisame who blocked it with Samehada and pushed him away causing Naruto to fly back several metres.
But what Hoshigaki didn't expect was Naruto to boomerang the Tonbogiri which was surrounded by a wind aura. Kisame deflected the sword as it came flying towards him where he watched fly off somewhere.
When he turned around he found Ryū's fist inching itself closer to his stomach where it made impact and Kisame keeled over from the force of the punch.
Naruto smirked in victory. That jutsu was the Kōtō Hōku (Soaring Hawk). Similar to the Hien. The Kōtō Hōku surrounds whatever bladed weapon in a wind aura where it can literally fly between enemies and rip them apart. It could also be used as a distraction should it fail and it would always return to the jutsu caster and better yet required no handseals only mastery of the Hien.
The Tonbogiri with it's wind aura in a matter of seconds returned to Naruto's hands where the blonde twirled around kisame and severed the tendons in his legs preventing him from moving.
Kisame swung Samehada behind him in hopes of hitting Ryū. But Naruto jumped away to safety.
So far Naruto was loving this. When he looked up he noticed the sun was setting and the moon would be following it soon.
"I have to compliment you Ryū." spoke Kisame whose tendons were being healed by Samehada. "You're a lot stronger than I originally thought."
Naruto remained emotionless. Because he wanted Kisame alive so he couldn't kill him and Nagato wouldn't approve of such a thing either.
"Suiton: Fukagufuu Shōgekiha (water release: shark tornado shockwave)!" yelled Kisame as he finished going through the jutsu's handseals. And lietrally a tornado made of water sharks appeared that were as tall as the trees around them started spiralling in on Naruto. The sharks ahd the added benefit of tearing any individual caught in the spiral.
The blonde did what any normal person wouldn't do. He rocketed straight at the water shark tornado. He threw the Tonbogiri and used the Kōtō Hōku to have it spiral around and try ot hit Kisame while he dealt with the tornado.
Naruto weaved some handseals for a wind jutsu which hold back the shark tornado or disrupt it completely.
"Fūton: Harikēn Dageki Kabe (wind release: Hurricane Striking Wall)!" roared Naruto as he held out his hands as a small hurricane appeared and met the shark tornado head on where loud crash was heard. Since Wind wasn't weak against water and Water isn't weak against Wind either it was practically a stalemate.
Naruto grapsed his right arm with his left and started gathering chakra in his right hand and made sure Kisame didn't see him using this jutsu. He never knew if his hurricane or Kisame's sharknado would win in their power battle and he didn't want to be ripped into pieces.
And soon a loud screeching bell like sound was heard throughout the field. In Naruto's hand was a white Rasengan with four wind blades circling around it. He cocked back The Rasenshuriken and threw it at the two spiralling jutsu's. And when it made impact a dome of small wind blades was seen shredding the hurricane and the sharknado.
He could sense that Kisame was out of the blast radius so he probable future pawn would be unharmed.
Naruto himself was trying to stay on his feet and keep the water out of his eyes. His cloak billowed violently and his loose sleeves were whipping the air under the force of the wind.
Kisame himself was trying to stay on his feet while fighting off a single blade surrounded by a wind aura.
Around that time Zetsu melded out of a tree to observe the fight. The plant man had not watching the fight from the beginning but the original Naruto kept his attention pre-occupied. Zetsu decided to keep to himself. Naruto would always have a way of over hearing the conversation the two Zetsu's had when in close proximity.
"Naruto is sure holding back." commented White Zetsu. "Although he won't be holding back as much when the moon rises." spoke Black Zetsu.
"What do you mean?" asked White Zetsu. "You've forgotten haven't you?" queried Black Zetsu while the White half squeaked in reply.
"Well soon you will see what I mean."
Soon the Wind dome died down and the area wasn't damaged and the water returned to it' orginal shape.
Naruto saw the Tonbogiri sailing towards and he grasped the sword in his right hand when it returned to him.
Kisame meanwhile was panting a little but otherwise alright.
'That sword is fucking annoying.' though Kisame as he regained himself. But still while the sword was annoying the fight was too fun. Kisame hadn't felt so alive in a long time. But unfortunately for him he was unaware that the battle would be ending soon.
"Now I see why Obito lauds you so much." spoke Naruto emotionlessly to Kisame. "You're truly someone worthy of strength... And I would lo-" but Naruto stopped in his sentence when he felt a light radiate over him. He had finally noticed that the sun had set. And a new light was replaced with it.
When Naruto looked behind him he thought he saw a pale white goddess watching over him like a guardian. And he was close but not too far off. The full moon was now clearly visible in the sky. It's light shining down on the darkness.
Kisame was confused. Why was Ryū interested in the moon so much.
"Can you hear it's Euphoria?" asked Naruto who had yet to take his red eyes off the moon. "The moon... someday I will hold it in my grasp." whispered Naruto. Kisame didn't hear Naruto's words but he did hear something.
"I'm afraid that I gave grown tired from this battle Kisame." said Ryū. "I'm afraid I have to end it now."
Kisame raised his eyebrow in curiosity. Ryū had yet to turn and face him. And what was he babbling on about.
"Here it comes." spoke Black Zetsu.
Naruto sealed the Tonbogiri into his right wrist seal. And went through some hand seals to activate a special transformation.
'dog, tiger, snake, rat, horse, dragon, monkey, ram, ox, boar, dragon.' thought Naruto as he weaved together the handseals. "Yaban'na Bāsākā Henkan (Bestial Berserker transformation)" whispered Naruto.
Kisame felt something flow from Samehada and it felt like fear. What was Ryū doing?
Kisame received his answer where he saw something change in Ryū's appearance.
Naruto felt an overwhelming power flow through him he had only used this mode once before and now was his second time using it. His appearance began to change.
His ears became pointed like a wolf's, his canine became bared and more fang like and his hair became manic and wild where his ponytail tore through the bandages holding it where it was now loose and free and his hair slightly resembled a lions mane. The sclera in his eyes turned black and his pupils became slits. His muscles became slightly larger but still kept their lean look. And a scar like 'X' sprouted between his eyes which ended below his cheek bones and near his hair line.
Naruto breathed in a large amount of air in content as if he nothing in the world could affect him.
"That is the 'Yaban'na Bāsākā Henkan' a special mode created by the wolf tribe and can be learned by their summoners." clarified black Zetsu. While Zetsu whistled in astonishment he could feel the raw and wild chakra pulsing through Naruto. "What does it do?" asked White Zetsu.
"It's similar to sage mode in that it allows one to absorb natural energy, however this mode is reliant on a person's own natural energy from within them, they look inside their core and stabilise their own natural energy and coalesce it within their chakra, instead of relying on a person's surroundings... it was created by the wolf tribe when a clan of shinobi received a power from the Ryūchi cave that allowed them access to powers similar to sage mode... however any person of that clan was mentally unstable and their power was inferior to that of sage mode... so the wolves created their own power to bestow on their summoners superior to the clans sage transformation but still inferior to sage mode and the Yaban'na Bāsākā Henkan was created." explained Black Zetsu. "So Naruto's powers are tripled to what they originally were." stated White Zetsu where the black half answered him with a grunt.
"However there is one... deadly side effect to this power." spoke Black Zetsu to it's White counterpart. "The form brings out the persons purest instincts and savage impulses and while Naruto is under the influence of the transformation he will be more wild, primal and uncontrollable... the transformation brings out the persons animalistic instincts and makes it surface in the transformation."
"So he is deadliest while under the transformations effects." stated White Zetsu.
"Yes... though he will still have some level of control but we should still be wary he might cause some collateral damage to everything around him and when he's angry he'll destroy everything around him."
With Naruto he was still staring at the moon as if drowsily, his sharingan red matched the black of his sclera. He brought his hand up to his face and began opening and closing it.
He grabbed his cloak and threw it off him (insert fangirl squeal) where is lean torso was showcased to the world.
He turned to look at Kisame who was a little unnerved with those black and red eyes. Naruto had yet to say anything. The wind was flowing wildly while his hair moved with it. Kisame noticed something on left side of his chest. It was a scar that looked like a lightning bolt struck it over where hi hear should be.
And without warning Naruto roared like a beast and flew at Kisame who barely brought Samehada up in time to block the attack and not only that he was pushed back tremendously where the shark man had trouble staying on his feet.
He pushed Ryū who snarled at the former Kiri nin. And charged again at the S-ranked shinobi.
Kisame was completely put on the defensive. Ryū's attacks were now wild and unpredictable. He didn't notice the punch aimed for the left side of his temple which he narrowly ducked under but he didn't failed to register the kick coming into contact with his chin which launched him into the air where Naruto followed after him.
Ryū performed the Kage Buyō (Shadow of the Dancing Leaf) to match Kisame's movements in the air where the bestial man summersaulted and brought his elbow down on Kisame's head causing him to crash into the miniature ocean.
Naruto followed right behind Kisame's plummet and roared all the way. And when Kisame touched the water bed he was punched in the gut by Naruto. The punch was so powerful that all the water around them created a small pocket of air inside the small ocean.
Naruto latched his hand around Kisame's head and threw his face across the ground causing a large skid trail where Kisame's head was.
The shark man was wrecked with pain and his face was bloody, so this was Ryū's special and unique power. The water he had summoned was dispersing into droplets around him no longer holding shape.
Zetsu was watching everything transpire and he could detect that something was wrong.
"He's still holding back even under the influence of the beast." spoke Black Zetsu because if Ryū wanted someone dead while using his 'beast mode' then Kisame would be dead already.
Naruto unsealed the Tonbogiri and launched himself at Kisame where he prepared to stab him.
"Come ON!" yelled Naruto just because he was more manic didn't mean he couldn't utter intelligent language. "I will leave you with Nothing!"
Naruto threw the Tonbogiri where the wind aura carried it and tried to wound Kisame while Naruto was going through handseals faster than before.
"Katon: Kurai Honō Tsume (fire release: dark flame claw)!" growled Naruto as three columns of flame shaped like a crescent moons as tall as large trees streaked across the ground toward Kisame who had finally regained himself.
When he got up on his feet he registered three flame like claws and a wind sword heading towards him. With all his speed Kisame sliced through the flame claws but he couldn't escape the wind sword where he received a deep cut on his side.
He dropped to one knee and held himself on the ground when he looked up he saw Ryū standing over him like a predator. And he was emitting a growling sound.
'maybe fighting a guy who susposedly claims that he's Madara Uchiha wasn't a good idea after all.' thought Kisame. He got kneed in the face which made him fall to the ground and dropped Samehada.
"I want to See you die fighting!" snarled Naruto as he started pounding Kisame's face with his fist. "All will be lost to you." said Naruto. He felt something gnawing on on his right arm and saw Samehada, the sword was un-bandaged and it now had a mouth at it's tip. Naruto got off Kisame and threw Samehada away.
Naruto huffed and was about to return beating Kisame. When he received a large glob of water smack him in the face and sent him skidding back a distance.
'even when I put as much chakra as I could into that technique he looks unfazed.' thought Kisame as he picked himself up. While in 'beast mode' Naruto doesn't feel pain and his already amazing healing ability doubles.
"Yes, thats more like it, fight back!" shouted Naruto. He performed some handseals and prepared a lightning jutsu.
"Raiton: hekireki Hakushu (lightning release: thunder clap)!" yelled Ryū as a bolt of lightning fell from the sky hitting Kisame and causing a bright light.
When he looked back at Kisame he saw that Samehada was protecting him from the bolt of lightning. Naruto growled bestially. That sword is getting pretty annoying and it was healing Kisame's wounds with the chakra it had devoured.
Naruto made an all too familiar handseal.
"Kage bunshin no jutsu." and a perfect clone of the beast Naruto appeared.
The breezed through handseals preparing a fire jutsu.
"Katon: Gōryūka no jutsu (Fire release: Great Dragon Fire technique)!" and blew out a alrge amount of fire chakra in the shape of a dragon head flying towards Kisame. Who brought up Samehada to protect himself from the fire despite how Samehada doesn't like fire chakra.
To Kisame this was getting ridiculous. And from now he's never fighting Ryū again. He'd rather get castrated than fight Ryū again. At first it was fun but when the moon rose of the horizon everything changed. Kisame was the one being dominated and he could venture a guess that Ryū can defeat Itachi. Hell he now knows that Yokaze has been holding back during the entire fight.
And suddenly out of the flames came the original Ryū soaring towards kisame with the Tonbogiri in hand. He grasped the hilt of Samehada and performed a spinning heel kick on Kisame's face taking out several of his teeth.
Naruto still grasping Samehada in his left hand went to attack Kisame with his own sword. Samehada in retaliation created spikes from it's hilt to force Ryū to let go of it. But it did little as Naruto was now immune to pain.
And with the Tonbogiri and the Samehada Naruto laid waste to Kisame. He slashed and cut him with the Tonbogiri and shredded and tore him with Samehada in a wild flurry with Naruto roaring throughout it.
And with a double strike to the chest Kisame coughed up blood crashed to the floor his body a bloody mess.
He was breathing harshly and his blood stained the dirty wet ground. Naruto stood over him with a blank look still wielding Samehada which he let go of.
He deactivated his bestial berserker transformation and knelt down next to the dying Kisame who's cloak was torn and nothing but mere remnants of cloth.
Naruto made three handseals for a handy medical jutsu.
"Ketsueki hontai ritān no jutsu (Blood Body Return technique)." and in a few seconds all the blood Kisame had lost was returning to his wounds and injuries. But the wounds were still open and needed to be healed quickly.
Samehada approached it's master and for the final time during the fight it healed all of his wounds by transferring chakra.
Ryū unsealed a scroll from his left wrist seal and ink from his right wrist seal and started writing a message.
He rolled up the scroll and dumped it on Kisame's unconscious body. And with that he left the field. And Zetsu returning to the original Naruto's location.
And no one there saw the crow perched on a tree watching the whole fight with it's sharingan eyes. It flew off to an unknown place letting out a loud 'caw'.
When it arrived to it's intended point of arrival someone was writing on a scroll and tied the scroll to the back of the crow where it flew off to anther location.
so did you like this chapter it basically had another battle which is my battle beta version 2 and I hoped you liked it. Also to those of you who think Naruto is a werewolf, he's not, I wanted to showcase how the moon is important to Naruto's plans and his power.
Now first of all I'm going to answer some questions people have been wondering. and I will make this clear so people understand
One: Sakura will have a large emotional impact on Naruto and no there will be no romance between the two i can confirm that.
Two: Naruto doesn't have the Rinnegan
Three: Naruto doesn't have Kurama's seal anymore.
Four: Naruto has more mangekyo abilities
five: Naruto will be doing other things in the meantime before the fight with Obito
Six: Naruto vs Obito will be far longer than Naruto vs Kisame
Seven: there will be some parts of the story that are canon with the manga and anime
eight: Naruto's main love interest is Konan, Mei is secondary
Nine: the beast mode is senjutsu like jugo's sage transformation
ten: Naruto won't reveal nor will people find out who he really is for a very, very long time
eleven: I'm just showcasing Naruto's new powers and strengths before we move on to the main story which starts at Naruto vs Obito
twelve: Im going to use some OC's in this story.
thirteen: Naruto already has hatred being aimed towards him and more hatred will be thrown at him.
fourteen: unlike tobi in the manga Naruto is more aggressive when it comes to the moons eye plan
fifteen: Naruto will fight many of his old friends and family
and thats it I have also set up two polls for this fic, one poll is, do you want lemons in the story I'm ok with lemons but I want you guys to decide and I've set up another poll on who you want Naruto to fight most. and the choices will be notable figures in the anime and manga the first poll the lemon poll will be available with this chapter while the other will be released later after chapter 10 and also I'll be focusing on my other fic The Return of the Sage it's a NaruSaku fic you can read it if you want, your choice and because I'm having trouble righting this fic and I need time to think it out I mean the beast mode took forever for me to create and balance.
so vote on the poll and review the new chapter
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