"We have to find Naruto," Sasuke said.
"I can get to him," Kurama said. "Because we are linked, I can teleport to him. But I cannot bring anyone with me not will I know where I em teleporting to."
"Will you be able to bring him back?" Sasuke asked.
"I'll try," Kurama closed his eyes then frowned. "The connection is weak. He must be wearing a chakra blocked."
"Then you can't do anything?" Sasuke asked.
"Calm down Uchiha," Kurama growled. "I'm the Nine-tailed demon fox! I'm powerful enough to get to the Kit! It will just take an hour."
"We don't have an hour!" Sasuke shouted.
"It is the only thing we can do," Kurama said. "So shut up and let me find the Kit!" Kurama took a seat in the corner of the room. He fell silent and it looked like he was sleeping since he was concentrating hard.
"Shukaku said that Kurama is trying to rebuild the connection," Gaara said. "Let us not disturb him and see if we can come up with something else to do." The group fell silent and everyone was in deep thought.
"Hey Gaara!" Naruto appeared before Gaara who was sitting at his desk.
"Naruto," Gaara said. He noticed that Naruto saw holding a jar with a seal on it. "What is that?"
Naruto grinned. "It's Shukaku." He held out the jar to Gaara, who took it.
"How? Gaara asked.
"Well, during my escape and raid on the Akatsuki hideout, I managed to free all of the seven captured tailed beast," Naruto said. "I handed the other six to the villages that had them just before the Akatsuki got them."
"Why would you do that?" Gaara asked. "What if they attacked Konoha or Suna?"
Naruto looked down at his feet. "Five of them were killed. The villages that I handed them to eliminated them right away. They said it was to protect their own village since they did not know if any of their Jinjuriki would be able to fully control their demon like Bee and I can. the sixth village sealed the jar away because they did not have anyone to seal the five-tails in. For some reason, they made me watch the sealing ceremony. They also gave me this to give to Tsunade and you." He pulled out some paper work and handed it to Gaara. "I already gave Obaa-chan hers. It seems they want to have an agreement that the Jinjuriki would not attack one another for the sake of war. I think they also sent on to Lightning Country for the Raikage to sign."
"I will agree to their offer," Gaara said. "Suna could use their water sources."
"I fully agree," Naruto said. "Konoha could also use their plants for medical reasons."
"You were the one who talked them into this aren't you?" Gaara asked.
"I am," Naruto said. "But it still makes me sad."
"Oh?" Gaara tilted his head to the side. Temari and Kankuro also looked questionably at Naruto.
"I didn't get to meet the other tailed beasts," Naruto said. "I know I'll get to meet the Bijuu with five tails sometime in the future, but the others are gone. It is not fair!" He paused. "I didn't get the change to befriend them."
Temari and Kankuro laughed. Gaara chuckle softly. 'That is just the way Naruto is.' Gaara looked at the blond. 'There is still apart of Naruto that hasn't changed. I'm glad that the Naruto I grew to cherish is still there.'
Gaara chuckled. Temari looked at him with a confused look on her face. "I was remembering the day Naruto returned Shukaku to me."
"Ah!" Temari said. "That was a few months after the Akatsuki incident."
"Yes, he was different, yet still the same," Gaara said. "I could tell that he was hiding a lot of pain and sadness."
"We all did," Kankuro said. "Although he told us part of what happened, we all know that the part he didn't tell us was something that scarred him."
"What happened?" Jugo asked. Everyone was shocked that it was Jugo who asked this instead of Sasuke.
"Naruto was.." Kankuro began.
"Kankuro!" Gaara warned. "Don't say another word! Sakura or Naruto has to tell the story." He looked at Kurama. "Kurama won't say a word since he was hurt too that day. But it affected Naruto even more. If neither of them says anything, then Sakura has to be the one. She was his teammate. Only she has a right to talk about them. We do not."
"Sorry Gaara," Kankuro said.
"Please wait until Sakura gets here," Gaara said.
"Besides," Temari stepped forward. "We have to try and get Naruto back." At that moment, a bird flew into the room. Temari removed the message from its foot and read it. She then smiled and handed it to Gaara. Gaara read it and a grin formed on his face.
He turned to face the group. "Sakura, Kakashi, Yamato, and Sai are on the way here. They should arrive within four hours." Everyone let out a sigh of relief.
'I'll finally get some answers,' Sasuke thought. He looked at Kurama. 'Soon, Naruto. We will save you soon.'
Kurama opened his eyes and smirked. "Found him." He stood up. "I will bring him back." Without another word, red chakra surrounded Kurama. There was a blast of air as Kurama vanished.
"And so, we wait," Suigetsu said sitting back.
"Indeed we do," Gaara said.
Naruto stared at the wall. Itachi had left the room to get them some food. After Naruto asked him to come back to Konoha, Itachi made the excuse that he was hungry and that Naruto probably needed to eat as well. True, Naruto's stomach did growl, but he knew that Itachi was trying to avoid him. "Stupid Uchihas and their stupid pride." Naruto glared at the wall.
Suddenly, red chakra filled the room and Kurama appeared. "Hey Kit!"
"Kurama!" Naruto jumped on Kurama. "How's Suna?"
"Fine, fine," Kurama grinned. Then he smacked Naruto upside the head. "Is that all you can say? Don't you care about yourself at all?"
"I'm safe, Kurama," Naruto said. "Itachi won't hurt me."
"The scroll told the truth then?" Kurama asked.
"Yes," Naruto said. A year ago, Naruto and Kurama were looking through some scrolls trying to learn more about Yamato's Kekkei Genkai. Kurama found a scroll with the council's seal on it. They say curiosity killed that cat, but said nothing about the fox, so Kurama opened the scroll. What he read shocked him and he had to show it to Naruto. Naruto was angry but could only think about asking Itachi if what he had read was true. Kurama said that they should just ask the council, but Naruto knew that they would just claim that someone was trying to frame them.
"Naruto!" Itachi ran into the room. "Are you ok? Did the Kyuubi..." His voice trailed off as he saw the other being in the room.
"Hey Kit?" Kurama said suddenly, his eyes not leaving Itachi.
"Yeah?" Naruto asked.
"It looks like I'm in the need of that hair cut," Kurama said.
Naruto let out a burst of laughter. "Itachi? Really?"
"What's so funny?" Kurama glared at Naruto.
"Well, it is just of all people, why Itachi?" Naruto was trying to stop himself from dying of laughter. Itachi just remained still.
"Are you blind?" Kurama yelled. "He's hot!" Itachi felt a blush begin to form on his face. "I've never seen a human as hot as he is."
Naruto finally stopped laughing. He then patted Itachi on the back. "Guess I should talk to you about the birds and the bees." Itachi's jaw dropped. He then looked at Kurama.
"So you approve?" Kurama asked.
"Of course," Naruto said. "May be you can get rid of his Uchiha pride."
"Oh?" Kurama smirked and lust filled his eyes. "I don't mind fighting for dominance." Itachi took another step back and ended up pressed against a wall. Kurama then swooped down and claimed Itachi's lips for his own. Itachi's eyes widened as he felt Kurama deepen the kiss further. Kurama noticed that Itachi was almost out of breath and broke the kiss. Kurama licked his lips. "Tasty."
Itachi's blush finally showed on his face. "Who are you?"
"I'm the Nine-tailed demon fox Kyuubi no Kitsune," Kurama said sticking out a hand. "You can call me Kurama, your lover." He winked.
"My lover?" Itachi looked taken back. He looked Kurama up and down then he smirked. "I guess you will do." He grabbed the hand and pulled Kurama into another kiss.
"Ok, ok!" Naruto said. "As much as I'm happy for both of you, I think there are some things we need to settle first." Itachi broke the kiss, blushed then nodded. "Ok, one, remove this." He held out his hand. The chakra blocking bracelet was still there. Itachi stepped forward and took it off. "Good. Number two, Itachi, if you want Kurama, you will have to come with us to Suna where you will tell Sasuke the truth. Then three, you will also come back to Konoha where you will get your own house at the Uzumaki Compound. And four, do not push it too far when I am in the room."
"How far is too far?" Kurama smirked.
"Kurama!" Naruto folded his arms. "Do not push it!" Kurama nodded knowing that fighting an angry Naruto would only end in his loss.
"I agree to your terms," Itachi said. "You are right. Sasuke has a right to know the truth." He looked at Kurama then at Naruto. "I will come back with you."
Naruto grinned. "Then let's go." He stood up.
"We are about four miles away from Suna," Itachi said.
"Hmm," Naruto grinned then looked at Kurama with an evil glint to his eyes.
"Oh?" Kurama smirked. "I agree Kit. Let's give them a show."
"He's been gone for over an hour!" Sasuke slammed his fist against the table.
"Calm down, Uchiha," Neji said.
"Shut up!" Sasuke yelled. "Naruto is gone and Kurama has yet to return! Itachi may have capture him! What will happen to them?"
"Sasuke," Karin said. "Please calm down."
"I'm sure he will be here soon," Jugo said.
"Tch," Sasuke tried to relax.
"At least the attack on Suna is over," Temari said trying to look on the bright side. And as if on cue, smoke filled the room. What sounded like glass shattering filled the room. Once the smoke cleared everyone could see that they were covered in water.
"This jutsu," Suigetsu said. "Is it Kisame?"
"I don't sense that man here," Karin said. "I sense three ninjas, but I can't tell who they are."
"Could the Mist be attacking?" Neji asked. Then someone appeared above them holding what looked like water in a glass ball. The ninja was wearing light blue robes and a mask that covered his face. His hair was a brown similar to Kiba's. The ninja then dropped the balls. They hit the ground and shattered, sending water all over the place. Two more ninjas appeared next to the first. They look identical to the first one. Sasuke activated his sharingan but saw nothing different about them. The three kept dropping their water bombs.
"Sasuke! Don't!" Karin yelled. "Your lightning will hit yourself and everyone in the room."
Sasuke calmed down but formed the signs for his Katon: Hosenka no Jutsu (Fire Style - Art of the Phoenix Flower, the Touch-me-not). The fire balls went flying towards the group above him. They dodged but separated. The first ninja landed on Gaara's desk chair. The second landed behind Gaara and the third behind Sasuke. The first grinned then lunged at Neji, knocking him to the floor. The second did the same to Gaara. The third however, grabbed Sasuke and hugged him. Sasuke stood shocked at the hug. The first two ninjas looked at each other than at the third and laughed. The first then made a few signs and the robe and mask disappeared. His hair changed to blond. The second smirked as he made the same signs, lost the robes and mask, and his hair turned red. The third remained still.
"I say we got them good Kit!" Kurama laughed.
"I agree Kurama," Naruto grinned looking at everyone else's shocked faces. He looked at the other ninja still holding Sasuke. "What do you say?"
The third ninja smiled. "I say it was indeed funny to see the shocked look on my foolish little brother's face." At his words, he release Sasuke and stepped back. He undid his transformation jutsu.
"See?" Naruto said. "Even a Uchiha can have fun!" He smiled at Itachi.
Without even thinking, Sasuke turned around and punched Itachi into the wall. He grabbed his sword and was about to stab him, when Naruto grabbed his hand and Kurama stepped in between Sasuke and Itachi.
"Step back, Uchiha," Kurama growled.
"Um, Kurama?" Neji said. He was standing and helping Gaara up. "You do realize that there are two Uchihas in the room."
Kurama grinned. "Yes. One is the Uchiha brat and the other in my Uchiha mate." Itachi felt his face get hot. Sasuke did not miss that change in Itachi's expression.
"Uchiha mate?" Sasuke dropped his sword. "You... wha?"
"I think you stunned Sasuke into silence," Naruto said.
"It wasn't hard, Kit," Kurama said.
"Ok!" Suigetsu said. "I give up! Even I'm confused!"
"Ah!" Naruto said. "Let me explain!" He grabbed Itachi and brought him forward. "This is Itachi Uchiha. Kurama and him fell in love with each other at first sight. I say first sight since Kurama never got to actually meet Itachi and vice versa." He looked at Sasuke then at Itachi. "He has something he has to tell Sasuke. Right Itachi?" Naruto grinned, but Itachi knew that his voice was somewhat threatening.
"Hn," Itachi said.
"Oh God not you too!" Temari said. "First Gaara is overly quiet and only said things like 'die' or 'I will kill you' and then Sasuke here only says 'I must kill Itachi' and now we have Itachi who just says 'hn'? What the heck is wrong with you guys?"
"Gaara speaks a lot more now," Neji said.
"And Sasuke is more verbal when it comes to Naruto," Suigetsu added.
"So it's only Itachi that doesn't talk much," Kankuro said.
"Oh he talks a lot," Naruto said. "You just need to get it out of him."
"Hn," Itachi said.
"Oh Itachi-kun," Kurama said pulling Itachi into a hug. "Speak to me mate."
Itachi's face reddened. "Ah... um..." He sighs. "Don't call me mate." He said it quietly and without looking at Kurama.
"I think he's embarrassed," Kurama said. "Kind of cute."
"Kurama!" Naruto yelled. "What did I say?"
"Oh, right," Kurama said letting Itachi go. "We can't push it too far in your presence." His eyes brighten. "I have an idea then." He lifted up Itachi and put him over his shoulder. "We will be going to my room. I'll try to keep it down."
"Not before Itachi tells Sasuke the truth!" Naruto yelled, freeing Itachi from Kurama's grasp.
"Fine," Kurama pouted. "I'll wait." He sat down and folded his arms in a depressed manner.
"The truth?" Sasuke finally asked. Everyone but Naruto and Kurama looked at Itachi with questions in their eyes.
"Guess I might as well tell everyone at once," Itachi sighed. He saw Naruto take a seat and sat down next to him. Sasuke glared and took the other seat next to Naruto. Suigetsu, Jugo, and Karin took the other couch, Gaara sat on his desk chair with Neji on his took that remaining seat with Kankuro standing behind her. And so, Itachi began to explain everything.