It wasn't too long after Guy got to the hospital that things had taken a troubling turn. Broken legs and the usage of the First gate on the body were bad, but all of them could be healed by regular doctors. Nothing too intense. It was when Tsunade showed up that Guy knew something was wrong. She had now been with Tenten for the past thirty minutes and nobody was telling him anything which was worrying him even further. Finally, Tsunade came out of the room.
"How is she?"
"Lady Hokage, how is she?!" He said this time with a bit more force.
"We got her legs stabilized and her chakra levels back up but….."
"But what? What else was wrong with her?"
"Her problem isn't physical, it's as if her mind was assaulted.
"Yes. I can heal her body, but healing her mind is something completely different all together. "
"But what about Inoichi? He specializes in mind…"
"Guy, Inoichi specializes in interrogations. On minds that are intact. Tenten…"
Tsunade stopped herself from finishing but Guy had gotten the message.
"…..Her mind is fragmented."
Tsunade could only look as Guy shifted from worry to shock.
"She's in a coma Guy. One that I'm not sure she will be able to recover from."
Guy stood there in front of her for a few minutes before moving to a bench a few feet away. His expression unreadable.
"How…..How could this have happened? Neji and Lee hurt and now…..Tenten."
Unbeknownst to him tears had begun to appear on his face as he sat in silence.
Tsunade wanted to offer some words of comfort but fate would be against that for at that moment a young man came bursting down the hall way.
"What is it?"
"It's the Hokage Mansion. It's on fire!"
The Hokage mansion is argueably the most important building in Konoha. Not only is it home to the Village's leader but also many high ranking officials call it there place of business from clients to advisors and many others in between. All in all it stands as a building of power in Konoha. So you can imagine how the ninjas feel about it being on fire.
"Why can't you put it out?!"
"I'm trying damn it! Suiton: Mizzurapa!"
The wave of water did little to nothing to stop the raging flame which now had engulfed the entire building.
"Damn it! You keep trying to put it out, I'm going to get help."
While the ninja dashed off to gather help. A lone figure emerged from the burning building and quickly blended in with the growing crowd of onlookers growing in the streets. Once he was far enough away from the building, he turned around to face it.
"Koharu. Homura. May you two finally have the peace you so eagerly sacrificed so many others for."
As he continued his way toward his next destination. He overheard two onlookers.
"Hey big brother, what's wrong with the fireworks?"
"That's not fireworks Shirou. It's probably just some accident that got way out of hand."
"Is it going to come here?"
"Come on Shirou, with me here? That fire is going to stay as far away from here as possible."
"Thanks big brother!"
Itachi nearly stopped in his tracks as he heard the two brothers talking. This instantly reminded him of him and his own brother from a time that felt so very long ago.
Itachi quickly pushed the thought out of his brother out of his head. Now was not the time to grieve. Not yet.
"No….. Not yet. I still need to find Danzo."
Before renewing his search, he gave one last thought to Kisame.
"There's your signal Kisame. Just please, don't go too overboard."
"Ok kids I've got to go. It's been fun though right?"
The disguised Kisame turned toward the unconscious Anko Mitarashi and Tenzo half expecting them to answer back. Silence was his only response..
"Well maybe a bit more fun for me than you. I'm just guessing since you're being awfully quiet. Anyway, I just wanted to let you know Ms. Mitarashi that you did pretty well considering you were against me. Haruo…..eh."
"Oh right. Forgot to pay."
Kisame then made his way past the other shocked bar inhabitants and gave the bartender a few hundred ryo.
"But…. Sir you just…."
"I know I know. It must be a bit weird for you seeing a simple merchant walk in here and take down the former apprentice of Orochimaru, but don't think about it too much."
Kisame/Akira then gave the bartender a pat on the shoulder before turning around to face the onlookers.
"Quick question did anyone of you just come in?"
One man raised his hand.
"Oh good can you tell me what's that light outside?"
"It's uh, the Hokage Mansion. It looks like there has been an accident. Why?"
"Great thanks. I'm going fox hunting."
"Is that everyone?!"
"I hope so I can't find anyone else!"
"Did you check the upper levels?"
"Everywhere except the Hokage's office."
A piece of falling debris caused him to two ninjas to bolt for the exit. Once they made it out they radioed Kakashi.
"We can't find anyone else sir."
"Well done. Pull back." Kakashi then looked to the Anbu captain who stood beside him.
"Can you see anyone else in there?"
The Anbu Captain gave a quick look to the building before replying.
"No one alive at least. You're clear."
Kakashi nodded before radioing other ninjas on the rooftops surrounding the Hokage building.
"All right Together! Ready?"
"Suiton: Mizzurapa no jutsu!"
A combined force of twenty or so ninja lead by Kakashi sent a wave of water onto and into the Hokage building. A rushing river of water ran through every hallway and room extinguishing any bit of fire that existed on the inside as well as the outside.
Once the fire was gone, Kakashi turned back to his friend.
"You're sure no one was inside."
"What about the other five percent?"
"I'm seeing something in the Hokage's main office but it's blurred."
"Right. You know what to do."
The Anbu nodded before two agents appeared before him.
"I want the Hokage's office floor sealed off from other ninjas. No one but me, Kakashi and the Hokage goes near it."
Kakashi radioed the other ninjas who were now in the building to stay away from that floor before both of them made their way to where their Hokage was.
"Some minor burns but you should be okay."
Tsunade said as she quickly looked over the man again.
"Thank you Lady Hokage." A grateful office worker replied before walking away.
"It's a miracle that's for sure. Almost nobody came out of the building injured."
Tsunade looked over to see Kakashi standing there.
"Ah Kakashi. Excellent work."
"Thank you. Was anybody seriously hurt?"
"A few burns here and there, but otherwise everyone was okay."
"I talked to a few of the people inside they said someone told them a fire had started and told them to leave. Though I haven't found this man yet."
Tsunade replied getting up.
"Is it safe to go in?"
"Yes the building's structure is sound for the most part. Though there is something going on though with your office, I've had Anbu, secure the floor."
"Well let's take a look then."
The two made their way inside the building and up to her office. Once they arrived at the floor however, the Anbu halted them.
"What is the meaning of this?"
"Apologies Lady Hokage, but I've been ordered to keep you back."
"Back from what?"
"This. Let them pass." A new voice replied.
The Anbu move allowing Tsunade and Kakashi to come through, after a few steps they saw Jiraiya. Staring at the closed doors to Hokage office.
"Stand back you two."
Jiraiya then proceeded to open the doors revealing a very different fire than the one that had engulfed the rest of the building. This one not as wild but much more dangerous.
Tsunade and Kakashi surveyed the room shocked that such a powerful technique was harnessed here. Then they noticed two things on the floor. Two burning skeletons.
"Koharu and Homura."
Tsunade was once again shocked to see her teacher's two teammates dead before her. Jiraiay kept a neutral expression while Kakashi looked nervously at the fire.
"They didn't deserve to die like this."
"I agree. Whoever did this wanted them to suffer." Kakashi said
"You two realize what this means though." Jiraiya said to both of them.
"Only one man is able to conjure up and use flames such as these."
Both Kakashi and Tsunade nodded in understanding.
Naruto looked over to his friends as he finished recapping the events of his fight with Sasuke.
"….Even when my dad told me, I was hoping you weren't going to confirm it.
"So how have you been holding up?"
"It's been…hard. But I'm pushing through it." Naruto replied.
"Naruto, we've known you ever since the academy and while you're an idiot sometimes, we know you didn't mean to… do that. Chouji and I know that." Shikamaru replied before looking over to Chouji who nodded in agreement.
Naruto once again breathed a sigh of relief. His friends were not abandoning him. His worries returned when Shino spoke.
"That still leaves the Kyubi." Shino stated coming out of his silence.
Chouji looked over to Shino anger evident in his face.
"What about it? Naruto isn't…."
"Don't insult my intelligence." Shino interrupted. "I know very well that Naruto isn't the fox incarnate. If he was he would have destroyed Konoha years ago. "
Chouji looked at Shino confused while Naruto and Shikamaru stayed silent.
"Then why are you…"
"We need to know how much of an influence the Kyubi has on him." Shino said looking at Naruto.
"If Sasuke is dead because of the Kyubi, who is to say that it can't happen again, to one of us even. As far as we know he's a ticking time bomb."
"That's going a bit far. Don't you think this all could have been a freak accident? I mean up till now Naruto's never shown any hint of the Kyubi."
"That's not true." Naruto said immediately after Chouji. Bringing everyone's attention to him.
"I had used it twice before. The first was in the Land of Waves. The second was in the Forest of Death."
Chouji's optimism disappeared after that.
"But each time I was in control." Naruto quickly added on.
"Are you sure?" Shino asked.
"Of course I'm sure!"
"Naruto, if what happened to Sasuke was because of the Kyubi, we need to know that it was a fluke."
"He's right." Shikamaru agreed turning to Naruto. "Naruto, can you tell us without a shadow of a doubt that you are in control of the Kyubi?"
Naruto opened his mouth to shout yes but no nothing came out. Despite how much he wanted to deny it, he wasn't so sure anymore.
"I was afraid of that." Shikamaru sighed.
"….So what are we going to do?" Chouji asked aloud.
"I'm not sure there is anything we can do. I don't about you but I can't go toe to toe with a giant nine tailed demon." Shikamaru said leaning back in his chair. "It would be too troublesome."
"If we can't find an answer now, one will come to us eventually." Shino said getting up.
"I wish I could discuss this more but I need to get going. I still need to visit Hinata before heading home."
Before moving to the door, Shino placed his hand on Naruto's shoulder.
"I don't mean to sound as if I don't care about what happened to Sasuke. I understand this must have been hard for you to recall. You have my thanks for trusting me with this information."
Knock Knock Knock
Naruto and the others looked toward the door before looking at each other.
"Were you expecting anyone besides us?"
"No. Did you guys lose anyone when you were looking for me."
Shikamaru and Chouji shook their heads while Shino started to tremble.
"Shino, what's up?"
"The person behind that door…... I don't think is a person."
Immediately all of them were on their guard.
"The Plant Guy?" Naruto asked in a whispered voice.
"No, his chakra felt disturbed. This one feels relatively normal, but…"
"What's off about it?"
"The chakra amount. It's enormous. Much higher than anything I've seen before."
Before any could reply a voice spoke up from behind the door.
"I probably should change back so they know who I am."
Naruto recognized the voice almost immediately. The voice of the person he met trying to find Tsunade
"Maybe I ought to chop a leg so he doesn't try to run. What do you think Itachi?"
"No… GUYS IT'S…."
Naruto's door was then blasted open nearly throwing it off its hinges revealing a large blue skinned man with a shark like grin and a massive sword wrapped in bandages wearing a black cloak with red clouds. Some one Naruto had hoped to never run into again.
"Hey Kyubi brat. It's been a while."
"Damn it Hanabi!"
Now Hinata Hyuga isn't an easy person to anger. Heck, to people who knew her she would seem almost incapable of anger. However, she is still human. And after she got over the shock of her crush realizing her feelings for him. Anger quickly followed. However, her anger was halted when a knock came from her door.
Hinata opened her door to see a tired looking Sakura.
"S-Sakura, what are you doing here?"
"Hinata, Tenten's in the hospital. I think she's been attacked!"
"That's not all the Hokage building went up in flames! I'm trying to make sure the others are all right. Have you seen them?"
"N-Naruto was here earlier. But I h-haven't seen the others."
"Okay. Ino's waiting outside. We're about to go check up on the others."
"I'm going with you. We need to make sure everyone's all right." Hinata said closing the door behind her and following Sakura."
"What about Neji?"
"He's still tired he needs his rest."
"Okay let's go."
Hinata nodded and both of them dashed out of the Hyuuga Compound intending to make sure their friends were okay.
For a while Kisame just stood at the group of genin with a smile before attempting to move forward. Keyword being attempting.
Kisame was surprised to find that he couldn't move and that his shadow was now fused with Shikamaru's.
"Kagamane no jutsu, Success."
Kismae smirked as he realized he'd been caught in a trap.
"Not bad. You're a quick thinker kid. So the Kyubi brat is friends with an Akimichi, an Aburame, and a Nara…I feel like there's a joke in there somewhere."
"There probably is." Shikamaru replied. "Just who the Hell are you anyway?"
"Kisame Hoshigaki, the Monster of the Kiri." Shino answered. "One of the Seven Swordsman of the Mist."
"Nice to know at least one of you reads the Bingo book." Kisame replied. "Figures it be an Aburame."
"Now answer the question. Why are you here?" Shikamaru said, trying his best to sound intimidating. This just caused Kisame to chuckle some more.
"Kid if you're going to be intimidating you've got to do better than that."
Shikamaru then moved backwards causing Kisame to move forward and out of the door way.
"Chouji, go get help."
Knowing he would just be holding his friends back, Chouji quickly grabbed his crutches and limbed out of the room intent on getting help.
"You Konoha kids definitely are a smart bunch aren't you? Almost makes me wish I could fight the people you grow up to be."
"You've got a morbid sense of humor. It's troublesome."
"Fair point. I guess, I'll bide my time. So how's it feel to kill Itachi's brother Kyubi Brat?"
Naruto did his best to remain stoic but Kisame knew he hit a nerve.
" Zetsu told me how he screamed out in agony as you roasted him alive. And I thought Itachi was brutal."
"Naruto don't. He's trying to hit your nerves." Shino said to him as insects began to emerge from his sleeves.
Taking note of this Kisame looked over to Shino.
"Just ruin the fun why don't you? Shino was it? I don't suppose you know a woman named Suzume?"
Shino kept his neutral expression.
"Yep........no fun at all."
"I don't care." Shino replied coldly.
"Sheesh you people are boring. Makes me wonder what Itachi is up to."
"Sir the preparations have been made and the base outside Konoha is ready.
"Good. Tell all agents are to meet over there and wait on my orders. And If I am not there within three hours, proceed to destroy all of our intel and fuse back into the Anbu."
"Understood, Lord Danzo. But may I enquire as to why?" The young agent replied.
"If what I think is happening, is happening, I might not live to see tomorrow. I want Root to have its orders."
"Before you leave, what was the last name I gave you soldier?"
"I see. Sai, I have a mission for you. I want you to keep an eye on Naruto Uzumaki. He is Konoha's greatest asset and must be kept alive and well. As of this point you are assigned to his protection at all times. Is that clear?"
"Yes sir." The young agent named Sai nodded.
"Good. Now go."
Sai teleported away immediately leaving Danzo alone.
"So you've come for me haven't you?"
Danzo turned to face this intruder.
"I had nothing to do with your brother's death.
"You promised to keep him safe."
"Hiruzen made that foolish promise. I told you from the beginning none of them could be allowed to live. You went against orders and brought this pain onto yourself."
"I sacrificed my family, my clan, and myself for Konoha and only ever asked for one thing in return. And you couldn't even give me that."
"What did you think was going to happen? That Sasuke would learn to live a normal life even after you slaughtered his clan and family and made him watch it? I thought you were smarter than that Itachi."
"He would grow up and kill me and then move on with his life. That's what he would have done."
"Well we'll never know that will we?" Danzo replied getting up.
"I don't intend to go down without a fight like Homura or Koharu."
"No I don't suspect you will. However whether it is with a fight or without one, you still won't live to see tomorrow."
Itachi then opened his eyes revealing his blood red Sharingan.
Danzo closed his one visible eye and readied himself for the attack.
Then duel began.
"Shikamaru's dad is with the Hokage, and his mom doesn't know where he is."
"What about Shino?"
Sakura asked looking at Hinata.
"S-Suzume, said he went out earlier. He hasn't comeback."
"And Chouji?" Ino asked.
"His mom said he was looking for Naruto." Sakura replied.
The three Kunoichi looked at each other before dashing off towards Naruto's apartment.
"Remember. Itachi is an exceedingly powerful individual. DO NOT try and fight him alone. No one under Jonin can stand a chance against him. Understood?"
"Yes Lady Hokage." A group of fifty or so Jonin including Kurenai, Asume, Guy, and Kakashi replied.
"Good. Now let's find this bastard." Tsunade ordered them.
The group immediately dispersed into Konoha except for the four previously mentioned.
"If Itachi is here what is the likelihood that Kisame is also here?" Kurenai asked the other three
"Pretty high I'd say. And we know both of these guys are going to be difficult to fight." Asuma replied with a sigh followed by a breath of smoke.
"Which is why we don't do it alone, Ok Guy?"
"First thing is first we need to make sure Naruto is sa…."
The four Jonin looked over to see Chouji limping his way towards them.
"Chouji what are you doing here?!"
"It's Naruto. He and the others are facing Kisame Hoshigak!"
All four of the Jonin were shocked and they immediately rushed towards Naruto's apartment.
"Your friend is sure taking his time. Though that might be because he's well rounded." Kisame said with a chuckle.
Shikamaru looked over to Naruto.
"The second you see my shadow starting to weaken, attack him."
Naruto did his signature Kage Bunshin and began preparing a Rasengan should he need it.
"Shino can you use those bugs coming out of your arms yet?"
"Not too effectively. But they can still absorb chakra."
"Good. I was hoping the others would get here by now but. We might have to do this on our own. I was hoping to capture him alive but….."
Shikamaru made a handsign and the shadow of a hand appeared on Kisame which began to slowly move toward his neck.
"Kage Kubishibari no jutsu."
As the shadow made its way closer to Kisame's neck. He gave Shikamaru a smirk.
"Now we're talking."
Kisame then liquefied into water.
"What the Hell?!"
The Real Kisame charged into the room straight toward Shikamaru.
Shikamaru pulled out two kunai quick enough to stop Samehada from making contact with his shoulder but the impact sent him flying into Naruto's wall. Nearly Breaking through it and knocking Shikamaru out.
Kisame then swiftly moved to Shino giving the Aburame a solid punch to the Jaw also launching him into the wall and knocking him out. Before Kisame could turn to Naruto however.
Danzo breathed heavily as he picked himself off the ground.
"You're just as powerful now as you were then."
"Enough holding back Danzo."
"If only you were smarter than you were then too. Do you think killing me will bring your baby brother back? Or your family back? Or absolve you of your crimes?"
Itachi remained silent as Danzo continued.
"You're just as naïve as Shisui was."
Danzo suddenly charged at Itachi faster than a man his age should have been able to do and removed his bandaged arm from its cast and slugged him right across the face. Before launching a barrage of punches and kicks at him.
Itachi was initially surprised by the first punch but quickly regained his balance and dodged the rest of them. He then pulled out several Shurikan and launched them at Danzo, who in turn, pulled out several Kunai and threw them at Itachi.
Both the waves of ninja tools blocked each other Itachi charged forward to Danzo sending him a melee barrage of his own. Danzo dodged, blocked, repelled all of them before jumping back and performing hand seals.
"Futon: Kazekiri no Jutsu!"
Danzo launched two large gusts of wind straight at Itachi intent on cutting him to pieces. Seeing this coming, Itachi expertly dodged both gusts of wind and made some seals of his own.
"Katon: Gokakyu no Jutsu!"
Itachi opened his mouth expelling a massive fire ball from his throat and making contact with Danzo.
Danzo however managed to escape the blaze even though the bandages on his right arm were burning away and charged toward Itachi.
Once again the two sent a barrage of melee attacks to each other and once again neither was able to get a significant hit on the other. Itachi made a quick lunge for Danzo when he noticed his previously bandaged arm had something very familiar, his eyes widened in shock for a split second which was plenty of time for Danzo to give him a powerful kick which launched him across the room. As Itachi picked himself up he gave Danzo a look of absolute hatred.
"I see you've taken notice of my acquired assets."
Danzo held up his previously right arm up revealing ten Sharingan eyes embedded in it.
"You…You weren't content with them being dead? You needed to destroy their legacies too?"
"It was a necessary project. The Sharingan is too powerful a technique to be-UGHHHHH!"
A powerful punch to the stomach silenced him and sent back to the ground.
"Whose Sharingan do you have?"
Danzo jumped up to attack Itachi only to be punched down again.
"I asked whose eyes do you have?"
Danzo tried to attack but he was given a quick kick to the face forcing back.
" My mother's?"
Another kick launched him back a few feet but Itachi was immediately on him again.
Danzo threw another punch at him but Itachi seemingly effortlessly caught it and punched him again/
By this time Itachi was launching a hail of punches and kicks on Danzo who was doing very little to block it.
One Last powerful punch catapulted Danzo back several meters onto his back.
" Before I was only going to kill you . But now…NOW I WILL MAKE YOU SUFFER!"
With those words Itachi was suddenly enveloped in a red energy that took the form of an armored warrior with a gourd and a large blade.
Danzo could only watch in amazement as Itachi activated a technique few of the Uchiha had ever unlocked.
"So…It seems I have no choice now."
Danzo picked himself off the ground and removed the last of his bandages. The ones over his eye.
"Is that the best you can do Kyubi brat? Itachi's brother must have been pretty pathetic."
Naruto managed to say trapped in the aqua prison.
Kisame just smiled as he gazed looked around. The battle he had with Naruto had moved out of his apartment and into the open. He was surprised to see very few ninja had shown up. He hadn't exactly been quiet. But Kisame wasn't the type of guy who questions fate. All he saw was an opportunity to get the Kyubi out of Konoha.
"Well got to say I'm kind of disappointed but whatever. Time to get go…"
Kisame managed to get out of the way just in the nick of time as fist came down upon where he was standing leaving a massive crater where he once stood and releasing Naruto from the water prison.
"Well well. I guess I'm the baby sitter today."
After catching his breath and spitting out the water in his throat, Naruto looked up to see three kunoichi standing in front of him.
"I don't know who you are but you're not getting Naruto got it?!" Sakura said as she cracked her knuckles.
Ino nodded and Hinata just activated her Byakugan and entered her Juken stance.
Kisame just smirked at them in response.
As he prepared to attack however,
All five of the nins looked over to see a massive Lightning Beam erupting from another part of Konoha.
"The hell was that?!"
Kisame looked back to them with a smile.
"You have your friends. I have mine."
"The Fuck was that for?!"
"I needed to fry their communication links. It makes it easier to take fight them when they aren't united."
"But you electrocuted me in the Fucking blast. Asshole."
"I'll do it again if you don't shut up."
"Kakashi what was that blast?"
Kakashi turned away from the quarreling duo and back to his friends.
"Guys. We have another problem."
Asuma, Guy, and Kurenai looked over to where Kakashi was looking at to see two figures in Akatsuki cloaks. But not the ones they were expecting.
One had silver slicked back hair, a Jashin necklace, and Large Three pronged scythe on his back. While the other wore a mask that withheld any identifying features except for a Takigakure headband with a scratch through it.
The Zombie Duo was now in Konoha.