A/N: Enjoy the first of what I hope to be many new stories. Suggestions and Criticisms will be accepted. Flaming will be ignored also thanks go to my beta reader rasEnshur1KEn who has several interesting stories of his own. Try Element of Time if you get the chance
Summary- A long forgotten prophecy, a forgotten sacrifice, and a chance encounter leads to a new path for both Naruto and Konoha as long hidden secrets and hidden enemies are brought to the fore front.
Disclaimer: I do not own Naruto, nor am I in any way affiliated with it all rights belong Masashi Kishimoto
Prologue: And So It Begins
Long before there was a Konohagakure or even and Uzushiogakurethere the legend of the Sage of the Six Paths. To his youngest son was given a prophechy that was passed down through out time through the Uzumaki lines and with the founding of Uzushiogakure the prophecy began to make sense... more importantly it began to take shape before their eyes.
At the dawning of the 3rd great war
The Whirlpool shall face a deadly storm
Three rivals shall fight as one to see all our work undone
To weather this storm must we pay the cost
To all concerned we must be lost
None shall know no matter the cost
The second in line will light the way
But first she must be cast away
In the land of leaves our fate resides
An honored past which darkness hides
When the son of she who has long been lost
Returns to our hallowed shores
His blood will open up a forgotten door
And that thought lost she wake once more
Deep within the city of Uzushiogakure, a young Kushina Uzumaki lies asleep in preparation for a long journey to visit her Aunt Mito Uzumaki, the wife of Hashirama Senju of Konohagakure. Little did she know this would soon lose most of her family. As she slept an older man and woman stood at her bedside watching over her.
"Are you sure we are doing the right thing dear?" the woman asks her husband.
"Yes my love it is the only chance we have. She will not know the burden that she will soon bear, and the seal that has been placed will not reveal itself until the end. If all goes as we hope she will be safe from what's to come and the prophecy will come to fruition." he husband answers her.
"But to place such a burden on one so young?" she replies.
He places is hand on her shoulder to comfort her before he replies "Mito will keep her safe, and the Hokage is an honorable man, he will be given the only copy of the prophecy so that when the time comes they will know what to do."
"I can only hope we are doing the right thing for her future, and that she doesn't hate us when the time comes." was her only reply.
"She is the daughter of the Uzukage, and the future jinchuriki of the Kyubi no Yoko. She will make us both proud and when the time comes she will understand the choices we must make in the coming days." he tells her shaking his head slowly.
"So it's confirmed then is it they are making preparations to attack us?" she asked fearfully. "Yes my dear but we are making our preparations as well, and if all goes well they will never know the truth of our plans. Worry not my dear let us retire and let her dream in peace." he told his wife as they left the room quietly.
23 years later outside Konohagakure
Kushina Uzumaki and Minato Namikaze stand in front of the stone alter that holds their newborn son impaled by the claw of the Kyubi as it struggled to prevent itself from being sealed once again. While the eyes of the villages ANBU and Hiruzen Sarutobi lay on the dying couple and the sacrifice they were making none saw the tear fall from the face of the Kyubi as it looked upon the scene it had wrought. Any who did see would never have believed the truth but would only think that the Demon feared losing its freedom once again. It could only watch as the couple said their final goodbyes to their new son Naruto.
"Naruto... This your Dad. Listen... To your motor mouth mother" Minato told his son.
"Naruto... you're going to experiance a lot of pain and suffering. Remember who you are! Find a goal... a dream... and don't stop trying until it comes true. There's so much more that I want to say... to teach you... I want to stay with you... I love you." Kushina cried as she told her only son. As the Shinigami sealed the Kyubi within the small child a bright flash of light blinded all but one who watched as Kushina and Minato both disappeared, and all present wept for the loss of their beloved Fourth and his wife. The only thing that could be heard were the cries of a small child. The sound of a lonely child was heard throughout the night.
"Is it time my love?" a quiet voice asked
"Not yet but now there is hope. Hope for us, and hope for the future." was the reply.
"And what about her? She's suffered so much." the first voice asked.
"Don't worry the seal worked as we hoped... everything is coming to pass as was foretold."
And so the long wait began.