Chapter Seven: Jinchuriki and Tailed Beasts' Encounter
"You! You hurt Sasuke. I will not allow you to do the same to Kazumi!" Naruto growls "I… I'm going to kill you."
As Naruto made his way towards his target, I was kicked back by Haku. After landing hard on my back, I ended up flipping over my head twice before flipping over a third time and ending up landing on my feet. As soon as I was up, I turned to my left to find Sasuke lying on the ground. I immediately rush to his side and was beside him in an instant. I carefully lifted him up and just held him for a minute. I quickly noticed that he was feeling a little cold. I tried calling his name while shaking him a little to get his attention. But no matter what I did, he wouldn't wake up. I immediately started searching for a pulse in his wrist and neck. I didn’t feel anything, so I quickly placed my ear over his chest to listen for a heartbeat. Nothing. My eyes just widen in shock as I held my head there. A moment later, I carefully laid Sasuke back down on the ground and just kneeled there for a minute.
"No, this can't be happening. I can't lose a comrade. Not here, not now." I thought. "If… If I couldn't even protect my teammate, then how the hell can I protect my own brother!?"
I continued to look down at Sasuke; anger quickly started forming inside my chest. I was mad at myself for not being able to protect Sasuke. I failed, I failed my team especially. Balling my hands tightly into fists, I continued to clutch them until my knuckles turned white. Suddenly, silver chakra manifested from my body and began to swirl around my form in a small vortex. Soon, everything around me went blank.
Normal Point of View:
The silver chakra continued to swirl around Kazumi as she stood there. Her eyes turning from their normal slate grey state to liquid silver. She went through the same transformation as Naruto. The only difference was that silver chakra was surrounding her instead of red like Naruto. Plus her markings were hidden because of her mask. In one quick movement, Kazumi rushed over and started helping Naruto as they both tried to destroy Haku.
Naruto and Kazumi's Point of View…..Inside their psyche:
When I regained consciousness, I found myself inside a dark place. There was a dim light illuminating the area, but I had no idea where the light source originated from. Sitting up, I quickly noticed that I was literally sitting in ankle deep water. That was strange, but the strangest thing of this situation was the fact that I should be soaking wet. I wasn’t. I was sitting in water and I was completely dry. Standing up, I continue to look around, hoping to figure out where exactly I was. But from the looks of things, there was probably no entrance or an exit.
"What the…? Where am I?” I ask myself.
"Kazumi-chan?!" I hear a familiar voice call out. Turning around, my eyes quickly land on Naruto as he ran over to where I was standing.
"Huh, Naruto?" I thought. "Naruto, you're here too."
"Yeah, whatever here is?" He says. "Where are we anyway?"
"I have no idea." I answer. "But whatever this place is, is kind of weird, don't ya think?"
"You're right." He agrees. "Now that I think about it, I don’t think I've been here before."
At the sound of the two strange voices, Naruto and I instantly freeze in place. But after regaining movement, we began to scan the area. At first, we didn't see anything but darkness. But suddenly, two large metal gates appeared. Standing back-to-back, Naruto and I found ourselves staring at these gates. After glancing back at one another, we turn back around and slowly began to approach the gates. We were curious to see if there was something inside or if they were empty, just like the area we were standing in. Sadly, we could only see pitch black darkness. We thought the cages were empty but we soon found that that wasn't true.
Inside the cage I approached, I found myself staring directly into silver eyes that pierced through the darkness with ease. As for Naruto, he found slit, blood red eyes staring back at him. The glaring eyes startled the two of us, causing us to stumble back and fall backwards. We were both sitting in the ankle deep water, staring at the eyes in complete shock. Yeah, that really caught us off guard. Soon, light began to illuminate the inside of the gates, giving us a clear few of the figures inside.
Behind the gates that stood before Naruto was a large, orange furred fox. It had blood red eyes with slits, long sharp teeth and claws and long sharp ears. It was lying down with its front paws crossed over each other. He looked at Naruto with an uninterested look as his head sat on top of its legs. As for me, I found a large silver wolf staring at me. But unlike the fox, they were looking at me with a soft yet curious look. She was lying down as well, but they had their head up, looking aware of the situation before them.
"You! You're the Nine-Tailed Fox." Naruto says as he pointed an accusing finger at the figure that stood on the other side of his gate.
"Huh? The Nine-Tailed Fox?” I manage to say as I looked at the fox. I slowly turn my head back towards my gate and focused my attention on the wolf. “If he is the Nine-Tailed Fox, then who are you?” I ask.
"I don't blame you for not knowing who I am, pup." The wolf states in a calm tone. "My name is Kiyiya. I'm the Ten-Tailed Wolf. And the fox over there, that's Kurama."
"Kurama, the demon fox." Naruto says quietly.
"And Kiyiya, the Ten-Tailed Wolf." I mutter.
"Kids! It's always damn kids!" Kurama complains. "Why the hell are we always sealed inside damn snot-nose brats?"
"Well now. Isn't he just a ray full of sunshine?" I thought sarcastically to myself.
"Don't mind the grumpy fox. He’s always had a bad attitude." Kiyiya assures us. “In fact, that’s his normal demeanor.”
"So the silver chakra was from you and the red chakra was from Kurama?" I ask.
"You are correct.” Kiyiya tells me. “I must say, you're pretty smart and observant for a twelve year old."
"At least you have a smart container. The one I’m sealed into looks like he's about to wet himself." Kurama says. "Just look at him. Pathetic."
"Hey! I'm not going to wet myself." Naruto snaps. "Why the hell are you so mean? What the heck did I ever do to you?"
"Kurama, be nice." Kiyiya growls in a threatening tone. "Besides, your bad attitude is starting to get on my last nerve anyway."
"Humph whatever, Kiki." Kurama sneers.
"Don't ever call me that again, you idiot!" Kiyiya snarls.
"Hey, Kazumi-chan." Naruto whispers, capturing my attention. "If you ask me, that act more like siblings than demons. Don't ya think?"
"I have to agree with you there, Naruto." I whisper back. "But I have a feeling that Kiyiya and Kurama are brother and sister."
"Hey! What are you two whispering about?" Kurama growls.
"Kurama, I won't say it again. Now! Be nice." Kiyiya tells him.
"We were wondering…" I start. "Are you two, by any chance, siblings?"
"It seems you both are very quick." Kurama says. "Yes, we are siblings. Kiyiya here is indeed my sister."
"You were right, Naruto. They are siblings." I tell him.
"Kazumi, Naruto." Kiyiya says, causing us to look at her. "We don't have much time, so we are going to cut straight to the chase. As our hosts, you need to learn how to control our power."
"Uh, exactly how are we going to do that?" Naruto asks.
"I will be training Kazumi while Kurama here trains you, Naruto." Kiyiya explains. "But there will be times where we will train you both at the same time."
"But… so that we are clear, there will be no whining once training starts." Kurama adds. "Got it!?"
"Got it!" Naruto yells.
"Understood." I state as well.
"Yeah, you say that now." Kurama says. "But we will see if you still think the same once the training starts."
"Now that we have communicated with you. We both believe it's a good idea that you two learn how to communicate with each other." Kiyiya tells us.
"What do you mean?" Naruto asks.
"Whenever you two need to contact each other, communicate by going into your subconscious." Kiyiya explains. "Just think about this place once you do."
"That shouldn't be hard for a couple of scrawny mortals like yourselves." Kurama mutters.
"Enough with the bad remarks already. They are getting old!" Naruto yells.
“Hmpf! Whatever, Kit." Kurama tells him.
"All right you two. It's about time you both regained consciousness. We can talk about this later." Kiyiya tells us. "After all, you are in the middle of a battle."
"Yeah, you're absolutely right, Kiyiya." I say in an agreeing tone. "All right, Naruto. You ready to finish this battle with Haku?"
"Yeah! I'm ready whenever you are." Naruto replies back.
"It was nice to finally meet you, Kiyiya, Kurama." I tell them.
"Yeah, even if the big fox does have a bad attitude." Naruto mumbles quietly.
"Naruto, we don't want him getting mad at you." I whisper.
"It's an honor to finally meet you as well, Kazumi." Kiyiya tells me. "Oh, and I'm sorry for scaring you in your sleep. I was just trying to get in contact with you."
"Apology accepted, Kiyiya." I say with a nod. "I'm just glad to know that you're on my side."
"Okay you brats. Time to wake up and get the hell out of here." Kurama growls as he backs up and disappears into the dark shadows.
"We will meet again. Farewell for now, Kazumi Hatake and Naruto Uzumaki." Kiyiya says as she did the same.
Naruto and I stood there and soon the gates of both cages disappear. Naruto and I just found ourselves standing inside the dimly lit area. Suddenly everything went blank and we could see only darkness now. Before long light appeared. Naruto and I moved forward and headed right for it.
Normal Point of View:
Naruto and Kazumi were both able to strike Haku hard, knocking him back and destroying the crystal ice mirrors. One by one, they were able to strike him with their attacks. Just as Naruto was about to strike the young boy again, he suddenly stops, however, Kazumi continued. Kazumi struck Haku with one strong and precise punch to the face and sent him tumbling a few feet away from where she stood.
Kazumi was about to go after Haku but Naruto quickly caught her arm to make her stop. Kazumi just turned to Naruto and glared at him. But as soon as she saw his face, her expression slowly softened. Before long, Kazumi's eyes returned to back to their normal slate grey.
Kazumi's Point of View:
When I came to, I found myself looking at Naruto. Whatever I was doing, or what I was going to do, I forgot all about it. I looked around, trying to figure out what was going on. I turned and found Haku lying on the ground. His mask was no longer covering his face. Instead, it was lying on the ground, shattered to pieces.
"Kazumi?" I hear Naruto say in a concerning tone. Taking my eyes off Haku, I turn to look over at Naruto.
"Huh? Naruto?" I answer.
"Tell me, was I just dreaming or did we really see our beasts not too long ago?" he asks.
"Well if that's true, then I believe we had the same dream." I tell him. "Because I remember seeing them too."
"So, it wasn't a dream after all." Naruto mumbles.
"No, apparently it wasn't." I reply back with a shake of my head.
"Well, I'm a little glad that it wasn't." he says. "It would be a little too weird to have the same dream, Kazumi-chan."
"Naruto, come on." I say.
"Huh?" Naruto answers.
"We are still in the middle of a battle against Haku and Zabuza." I remind him. "We can worry about that once we're done here."
"Hmm. Yeah, you're right Kazumi-chan." Naruto says as he tightens his headband on his forehead. "Let's go, we need to finish this battle right now."
"Right." I agree.
"You, you both are incredibly strong." we hear Haku say as he struggled to get off the ground. "But, this will not stop me from finishing you two off."
"Heh, then bring it on then." Naruto taunts. "We are ready for you."
"And this time, there will be no running away." I add. "Let's go Naruto!"
"Right behind you, Kazumi-chan!" Naruto yell.
"Fine. If you two wish to fight, then I will have no other choice but to finish you off." Haku taunts. "For the sake of Zabuza's dream, I will stop you."
"I don't understand. Zabuza looks and treats at you like some kind of weapon." I point out. "And yet, you're agreeing to it. Why?"
"Because he is precious to me." Haku answers. "And for me to help him achieve his dream makes me happy and nothing more. So if I'm just a weapon to him, then so be it."
As Naruto and I got ready to go after Haku again, we froze when we started hearing something strange. It sounded like chirping birds. We looked over towards Kakashi. He was holding his hand, palm down, charging his chakra. I watched him carefully as his chakra changed into lightning as it surrounded his hand.
"He's using that technique. The Lightning Blade." I thought.
Once his attack was fully charged, Kakashi quickly rushes forward, heading straight for Zabuza. But instead of striking Zabuza like he planned, Kakashi struck Haku. We saw that Haku had rushed over and stepped in front of Zabuza, taking the fatal blow instead. Haku's actions actually saved Zabuza.
"He, he just jumped in front of him and took the hit." Naruto says in a shock tone.
"Excellent work, Haku." Zabuza tells him.
"He… he just jumped in front of Kakashi's attack." I say quietly. "And Zabuza… he's laughing about it. He really is a demon."
"This isn't right." Naruto states in a disapproving tone. "We have to go in and help."
"No! Naruto, Kazumi, stay out of this." Kakashi orders as he closes Haku's eyes. "This is my battle. Zabuza is mine."
"Huh? Naruto! Kazumi! Over here!" Sakura yells.
"Oh no. How are we going to tell Sakura?" I ask Naruto.
"So are you two and Sasuke all right?" she asks happily. I slightly turned my head away, glaring at the ground instead. "Hey! Where is Sasuke anyway?" she asks.
Naruto and I turn to look at each other, not wanting to say it. But pretty soon, Sakura finally got it. Glancing up, I saw her and Tazuna running forward. They both ran right pass us. Naruto and I were both hurting inside, but we knew Sakura was taking it worse. Before long, we could hear her cries of sadness and sorrow. But as this was happening, Kakashi and Zabuza continued their fight.
Before long, Kakashi had the battle won, but it soon came to an end. But it didn't end with a winner. As we stood there, several thugs suddenly appeared, along with the mastermind of the group, Gato. Naruto and I stood back a little ways from Kakashi and watched as Zabuza nearly took out a great deal of the group with just a kunai grasped in between his teeth. He was able to strike down Gato as well, throwing him into the water.
Zabuza did enough damage to cause others to question if they wanted to fight off the demon and lose their lives in the process. But even though neither decided to do so, Zabuza collapsed, due to exhaustion and his injuries. Now with him down and out the way, the thugs turned their attentions onto us. They thought that since we were exhausted, they could take us out.
"That's it, I can't take this anymore." I mutter with a growl as I cracked my knuckles. "Those jerks are dead."
"I'm with you there, Kazumi-chan." Naruto says, allowing a small smirk to appear. "So let's show them who they're dealing with."
"Shadow Clone Jutsu!" Naruto and I exclaim together.
Naruto and I had created a total of eight clones, four each. Soon my brother joins in, creating more than a few clones of his own. With us, our clones and the villagers, the thugs ran away or jumped off the bridge, not wanting to continue the fight. Once we were done, all of our clones disappeared. With that over, I watched as Kakashi pick up Zabuza and move him, placing him next to Haku's lifeless form. Zabuza just laid there beside Haku as he slowly dies.
Naruto and I were standing over beside Sasuke and Sakura. Sakura was sitting beside Sasuke, crying on his chest. While Sakura was crying, Naruto had a somewhat depressed look on his face while I just stood there with a straight face. As we stood there, something shocked us.
"Uh Sakura, I can't breathe." Someone says.
"Sasuke!" Naruto and Sakura yell.
I stood there for a minute as I watch Sakura wrapping her arms around Sasuke as she continued to cry. I looked over at Naruto and saw a smile on his face. We were all happy to see Sasuke alive, especially Sakura. After a minute, I slowly turned away and walked over to where Kakashi stood. I remained quiet for a moment as I stood there.
"Are you okay, Kakashi?" I ask.
"Hmm? Yeah, I'm all right." he answers. "What about you and the others?"
"I'm fine, Kakashi. And so are they. There's no need to worry." I tell him while keeping my sights on Zabuza's and Haku's lifeless bodies.