The smell of pancakes filled the air. Blue eyes opened as the blonde's mouth began to water. His stomach growled. He sat up, only to see raven-colored hair at the bottom of his bed. He stood up and memories of last night flooded his head. He was angry, no, not angry, pissed! He stomped over to the raven only to see that he was still asleep. Naruto looked at Sasuke's sleeping face. 'He's still cute when he's sleeping. That hasn't changed.' He then grinned. He had an idea. He made quick work, trying not to wake the Uchiha before he was finished. When he was done, he could only smile.
"Get down here or I'll eat them all Kit!" Kurama called from the kitchen. He knew Naruto was awake.
"I'll be down in a second!" Naruto shouted back. He then turned back to the Uchiha and shook him awake. "Breakfast is ready." He watched as black eyes opened. Sasuke blinked. "And we will talk about what happened last night!" He threatened, though Sasuke had no idea that Naruto was about to get his revenge.
When Sasuke stood up, Naruto grabbed his hand and pulled him down to the kitchen. When they got there, Team Hebi gasped and Kurama burst out laughing. Then Suigetsu did the same, tears coming out of his eyes. Karin looked at Sasuke in horror. Even Jugo chuckled. Sasuke looked at them then at Naruto who couldn't hold it in anymore. He feel to his knee and let out a laugh so loud, that Tsunade woke up from her nap on her desk and quickly wiped at her drool. 'Naruto must have done something to the Uchiha,' she thought turning back to her paperwork.
Sasuke frown. He saw Suigetsu pointing to his face and he ran for the bathroom. In the mirror he could see what Naruto had done. There was a bunch or swirls on his face in black ink. The word 'Teme' was written in red on his forehead. He also had a mustache and a small beard. "Naruto!" He yelled, sharingan blazing. He ran up to Naruto and got ready to punch him. But Kurama grabbed his fist.
"Now, now," Kurama said though his laughter. "You deserve it." Sasuke glared then ran back to the bathroom to watch his face. The laughter finally died down when Jugo served everyone pancakes. Everyone was now calm and happily eating their pancakes. Then, there was a puff of smoke.
"Yo!" came a voice out of the smoke.
"Kakashi-sensei!" Naruto jumped up and hugged the man. He had gray-silver hair. A mask covered the bottom of his face while his headband covered his left eye.
"Hi Naruto," Kakashi smiled. "It is good to see you."
"What are you here for?" Naruto asked.
"Straight to the point I see," Kakashi said. "Lady Tsunade wants to talk to you about a mission."
"Another mission?" Naruto asked. "Am I the only Anbu captain around or something? I just got back from a solo mission."
"She said is has something to do with Suna," Kakashi said.
"Ah!" Naruto stood up. "It must be very important then!" He quickly finished his eighth pancake. "Feel free to eat some. Though I bet you want to get back to Iruka to eat breakfast with him."
"Well, the dolphin does taste good," Kakashi chuckled.
"Pervert!" Naruto laughed. "Don't eat too much. You are starting to get a little big."
"That's just mean, Naru-chan," Kakashi pouted, at least that's what everyone guessed he was doing.
"Just stating the facts, Kakashi-sensei," Naruto said heading upstairs. He came back down in his Anbu outfit. "And don't call me Naru-chan!"
"Whatever you say," Kakashi said waving good bye. He vanished.
"Kurama, I'm sorry but..." Naruto began.
"I know," Kurama said. He walked over to Naruto. "It's not your fault Kit." He kissed Naruto on the forehead. Naruto made a few hand seals and Kurama turned back into a fox then the fox turned back into red chakra that Naruto pulled inside of him.
"Sorry," Naruto said again.
"I'm going to sleep. Wake me up when you're in Suna."
"I will." Naruto turned to Team Hebi. "I have to go. You can either stay here until I get back or leave Konoha."
"We'll come with you to see the Hokage," Sasuke said.
"Fine," Naruto sighed. "I'll wait." Team Hebi then ran off to go change. Suigetsu was the first one done. He was wearing the same cloak from before.
"There is something about you that I really like," Suigetsu said. "Though, you are one scary dude when you have to be."
"Thanks I guess," Naruto mumbled.
"He's talking about last night," Karin said. She too was wearing her cloak. "You didn't even flinch and your chakra aura remained calm the entire time."
"I'm use to doing stuff like that," Naruto shrugged. He saw Sasuke and Jugo coming towards them. They had their hoods up. "We should be going." With that, he walked out of the house and headed to the barrier. He turned to Team Hebi and smiled. "Just so you know, you do not need to doing anything to get out. You can just walk right through it. Getting in is the only hard part." He turned and walked right through. Team Hebi followed. When they reached the door to the Hokage's office, Naruto grinned at Team Hebi then threw the door open. "Obaa-chan! Naruto Uzumaki at your service!
"Brat!" Tsunade threw a kunai at Naruto who caught it between two fingers. "How many times do I have to tell you to knock?"
"Once more than everytime I don't," Naruto stepped closer.
"Brat!" Tsunade sat back down. "You have a mission."
"Kakashi said it was to Suna," Naruto said. "What do i have to do?"
"The Kazekage will give you instructions," Tsunade said. She looked at Naruto. "Naruto," she used here sad voice. "It's Akatsuki."
"Again?" Naruto asked. "What are they after this time? Only four tailed beasts are alive. I mean, Gaara, Bee, and I have control over our demons." 'No offence.'
"None taken. I am a demon after all."
"It seems they're after something else," Tsunade said. "Even the Kazekage has no idea what."
"I see," Naruto said. "I'll leave today then."
"Are they going with you?" Tsunade gestured to Team Hebi.
"We will since I still need to get Naruto to come with me," Sasuke said.
"Plus Itachi might be there," Naruto said angrily.
"Ok," Tsunade said. "Just don't bother the Kazekage too much. He'll kill you and I won't stop him."
"Hey Obaa-chan," Naruto said. "Is Neji on a mission?"
"No, why?" Tsunade asked.
"I'd like him to join me," Naruto said.
"I doubt you'll need his help," Tsunade said.
"I need him to watch Sasuke and them for me," Naruto whispered so that only Tsunade could hear.
"Fine," Tsunade said. "I'll send him a message to meet you at the gates in an hour."
"Bye then Obaa-chan!" Naruto waved then left the room, Team Hebi behind him.
"I just hope everything goes well," Tsunade said taking a sip of tea.
Naruto let his messenger bird head towards Suna. Then he packed his weapons while Team Hebi pack theirs. Suigetsu grabbed some ninja bars and threw them in his pack. An hour later, they found themselves standing at the gate.
"Sorry I'm late, Naruto-sama," Neji said appearing before them.
"You really need to stop calling me sama," Naruto said.
"But you are..." Neji began.
"Neji!" Naruto warned.
"Sorry," Neji fell silent. Team Hebi looked at each other. Then Neji spoke. "How are we doing this?"
"The fun way," Naruto grinned pulling out a scroll.
"You and your jutsu," Neji said.
Naruto's grin widened. "You know, I could always teach you it. That way you could go to Suna more often."
Neji blushed. "Th-that's ok."
Naruto unrolled the scroll then stood back. He grabbed Neji's hand. "So we all need to hold hands. Don't be babies about it." Team Hebi did as Naruto said. They looked unhappy. They stood in a circle around the scroll. "Ok, everyone, I need you to relax. I'm going to send some of my chakra to each of you. It may feel funny. Once that it done, we will all at once jump onto the scroll. Don't worry about the scroll, my clone will take care of it." Naruto nodded to his clone that no one else noticed. It was standing near a tree at the gate. He then forced his cakra into everyone. Some gasped at the weird feeling. "Ready?" They nodded. "Then on a count of three. One... two.. three..." They jumped. Then all of them disappeared in a blast of smoke. Once the smoke cleared, the clone grabbed the scroll and teleported to the Uzumaki compound. He dropped off the scroll in his room then waited a bit before he was no longer needed.
Naruto, Neji, and Team Hebi appear in front of Suna's walls. Team Hebi fell on their butts. Naruto laughed and Neji let out a soft chuckled.
"How?" Sasuke could only manage to say.
"It is a teleportion jutsu I made," Naruto said. "It allows me and a group up to six to teleport over long distances. There is a scroll of mine barried about fifty feet under where we are standing. This scroll and the other one are connected. Only those who have my chakra in them can use the scrolls."
"Ok, you are one amazing dude!" Suigetsu slapped Naruto on the back. "how many other jutsus do you know?"
"Several," Naruto grinned. "You will see some later." He turned to Neji. "Use the invisibility jutsu."
"Why?" Neji asked.
"Because we are going to surprise Gaara," Naruto said.
"Is that why you asked for me?" Neji asked.
"Of course," Naruto put his arms over the back of his head. "And don't deny that you wanted to see Gaara."
"Thanks," Neji said doing the jutsu. He vanishes right before everyone's eyes. Naruto knew that Neji was right beside him and Sasuke used his sharingan to see that neji was still there.
"No problem," He smiled.
"Naruto Uzumaki!" a voice yelled. A boy older than Naruto appeared before them. "Long time no see!"
"Hi Kankuro!" Naruto said.
"A large group I see," Kankuro said. He was wearing his normal outfit of all black, but without his normal headband. "Anyone I know?"
"You'll see," Naruto said. He was glad that Team Hebi's hoods hide their faces. He was unsure if Sasuke was welcome in Suna. "Gaara probably wants to see us."
"He does," Kankura said. "Follow me." He lead the way to the Kazekage's tower. Once inside, he led them to the Kazekage's office and knocked on the door.
"Enter," came a voice. Everyone entered. Gaara was sitting at his desk. Temari was standing in the corner.
"Ah! I should have brought Shikamaru with us!" Naruto said.
"He's on a mission," Neji whispered so only Naruto could hear. He was still invisible.
Gaara looked at Naruto questionably. "I have a gift for you Gaara!" Naruto said. He waved Neji forward. Neji then dropped the invisibility jutsu. He smiled as Gaara's gaze fell upon them.
"Why thank you Naruto," Gaara said. "I'll enjoy me gift later tonight." Neji blushed. "We have other matters to attend to."
"The Akatsuki," Naruto said. "How many?"
"5 S-level," Gaara said. "100 others."
"We don't know when they will get here," Temari said.
"They are about two days away," Karin said stepping forward. "I can sense them since it is my ability." She removed her hood.
"This is surprising," Gaara said. "What is your name?"
"Karin," Karin said.
"Your surname?" Gara asked.
"It's..." She looked at Sasuke then at Naruto then back at Gaara. "Uzumaki."
"What!?" Naruto yelled. "You're my relative?"
"A distant cousin," Karin said. "You are the only Uzumaki that does not have red hair."
"I see," Naruto said. "I have a relative."
"Sadly your only one," Karin said. "You and I are the last of the Uzumakis."
"Who are the others?" Gaara asked. Naruto gulped.
Sasuke then removed his hood. "Hello again, Gaara." Temari and Kankuro reached for their weapons. Jugo and Suigetsu did the same. "Stand down." Suigetsu and Jugo obeyed.
"Temari, Kankuro," Gaara ordered. They put their weapons away. "What are you doing here, Uchiha Sasuke?"
"I came with Naruto," Sasuke said. "I seek Naruto's help and will follow him until I get it."
Gaara nodded. "Naruto, your room is ready. I'll have another room set up for the others." Kankuro nodded and left to get Team Hebi a room. Gaara turned to Neji. "Will you be staying with me?"
"Of course," Neji said. Kankuro came back quickly.
"It seems your rooms are all ready," Gaara said. "Go unpack and rest. I'll see you at lunch." With that, Kankuro showed everyone to their rooms. Naruto and Neji already knew where they were going, but join Team Hebi anyway. Once they were in their separate rooms, they decide to rest.