Heh Hey everybody! Crippleshot here and I'm finally bringing you the first chapter of the story I've been talking about! It was a little delayed because of the Christmas and New Years holidays. Spending time with family, extra shifts at work, etc...Haha! Anyway, good news is, it's here! A little background for this fic. It was suggested to me by kitsune060698 as I've mentioned before.It is actuallya retelling of his own story called "Fox Nine" I've been collaborating ideas with him and from the sound of things, it's going to be a complete or almost complete overhaul of his story. Due to unfortunate circumstances, he had to stop writing it and has enlisted me to help him write it once more, to which I am greatly honored. I really appreciate it when you guys ask me to write your ideas. It fills me with great happiness to know you trust me with your stories. And I do my absolute best to live up to your expectations. Also, I recommend reading Kitsune's original story. I promise it will give a good background of the idea this story is based on. Once again I really want to apologize for being gone so long. I only hope that I still have your support or that I haven't been forgotten TT-TT. Anyway, let's finally begin! I've rambled long enough! ON TO THE STORY! (I've missed saying that)

Disclaimer: All of Naruto belongs to Kishimoto-San. I don't own any of this friggin awesome anime.

Everyone knows that certain victories come with a price. This battle was no different. The Fourth Shinobi War was finally over. Madara had been defeated and Obito had come back to the side of good. The Bijuu were free and now their own entities again without their hosts. Everything was right with the world again. Except one thing. Naruto was not going survive. He made the ultimate sacrifice by exerting every last bit of Chakra within him to stop Madara's final and desperate attack. Even Kurama could not save him. Sakura tried her best to heal him but it was to no avail. He died in her arms. But not before saying his last goodbye.

"Don't be sad, Sakura." Naruto said in a weak voice.

"I won't be as soon as I finish healing you!" Sakura shouted desperately.

"Sakura, it's no use. I'm not coming back from this one. All of my chakra is gone."


Naruto reached his hand up to her face. "I'm so sorry, Sakura. I know I promised to always be there. But I had to protect everyone. I had to protect you. If I hadn't stopped Madara, we would all be dead."

"I'd rather be dead than alive without you!"

"Don't say that, Sakura. It breaks my heart. I couldn't bear the thought of you being dead. At least this way, you can have the life you've always wanted. Saskue is back for good now. You can start over with him. Who knows? Maybe you'll be the one to help him revive the Uchiha clan."

"I don't want that, Naruto! I want to help you revive the Uzumaki clan!" Tears began to fall and her voice was much softer now. "Naruto…I love you."

Naruto was shocked at the confession and he also started crying. But with tears of joy.

"Sakura…You have no idea how long I've waited to hear you say that. I love you too."

Those were his final words. His eyes closed and he let out one final breath as his hand fell from Sakura's face, to the ground. It landed with a thud that you swear you could hear for miles. His still wore his smile and dried tear streaks were still visible on his cheeks. He had died peacefully knowing that the woman he loved almost all his life had finally returned his feelings. Sakura was violently shaking him and pleading for him to open his eyes. But it was no use. He was gone. Sasuke put a hand on her shoulder. She turned her head and her eyes were blood shot with tears. He shook his head and kneeled down to her level. She hugged him tightly and cried into his shoulder. He held her and patted her back while staring at Naruto's lifeless body.

"I'll take good care of her, Naruto. And the rest of the village too. You have my word, my friend." Sasuke thought to himself.

Suddenly, a giant poof of smoke surrounded Naruto, startling everybody. Kurama had appeared and had become his own separate being once more, meaning Naruto truly had died. Mostly everyone there knew that once the host of a Bijuu dies, they are released from their seal and are reborn into the world. Kurama was crying when he appeared. He had lost the only person besides the Sage of Six Paths who ever cared about him and called him friend. This didn't go unnoticed by the other Bijuu as well. They all mourned the one who had brought them all together once again in harmony. The ninja alliance also mourned him. Almost all of them were crying and the rest were fighting back tears. Most didn't know Naruto on a personal level or even at all for that matter. But no one could forget what he did for all of them. He saved them at the cost of his own life. Even though they knew the original mission for this war was to protect him and Bee. Kurama stared at him for a long time, as if he was contemplating something. This didn't go unnoticed by the One-Tail Shukaku.

"Hey, what are you thinking about, Fox?" He asked commandingly.

Kurama snapped out of his daze and turned his attention towards his fellow beast. He smiled and shook his head.

"It's nothing. Don't worry about it. I was just wondering if there was anything at all I could have done to save him."

"It's not your fault. You were out of chakra too. There was nothing you could do."

Kurama looked at the ground. "You're right...There's nothing I could have done. But there is something I can still do." He finished within his mind. "I need to go. I don't do well with crowds."
With that, Kurama jumped away from the scene to be in exile leaving many wondering what was wrong with him. Once Kurama thought he was far enough away from everyone, he came to a halt. He looked around to make sure he wasn't followed. He noticed a cave that lead into the mountains and thought that would be as good a place as any to hide away. He found a spot in the cave where he could lie down.

"No one must ever know of this." He said to himself.

There was a secret that he had been keeping. A secret not even Naruto knew. It was an ability that only he could perform and it could very well save Naruto...but in a different time.

Kurama took a deep breath. "Ok...here goes."

He did the hand signs for his technique and clasped his hands together at the end.

"Secret Fox Art – Time Reversal Technique!" He shouted.

Kurama started to glow a bright yellow light. The light became so blinding that it fulled up the entire cave. When the light finally faded, Kurama was no longer there.

To Be Continued

A.N.: There you have it, ladies and gents! The first chapter of the new story! I knew I said that I would have at least two or three chapters ready to release in my previous fic. But I didn't not account for things that would happen (read my opening statements) and it really put a hold on things once more. I'm just gonna stop promising things TT-TT I'm a bad person. Anyway, I know this chapter is a little short, but it's more of a prologue to the events that are about to take place. I am currently writing the next chapter. That much I can say. When it will be released is another story. I'll do my best to get it finished as fast as I can. But I also want it to be good and good things can't be rushed. Thank you all again for sticking with me! It means a lot! Thank you again Kitsune060698! I hope this is a good start to what we've been discussing! Please R&R so I can get some good feedback! I really appreciate it! Until next time, CYA!