The Old Friends' Battle
I want to thank Uzukazi for all the time he spent reading through and fixing my silly mistakes.
Sakura slowly opened her eyes and looked around. She knew she wasn't in the hotel. She turned her head and found Naruto asleep. She smiled as his head moved and looked up sleepily. He gave a small smile as he sat up more and looked at her.
"You're awake. How ya feelin?" Naruto asked
"Sore." She said trying to sit up.
"Lay down, you gotta take it easy." Naruto said pushing on her shoulder.
"I see you're up." Said the nurse as she walked into the door. "How do you feel? You were sleeping in a very uncomfortable position for the second time." The nurse asked Naruto who only shrugged with a half smile. "And you, you're up earlier than we thought you would be. Let's take a look at those wounds." She smiled and looked at Naruto who turned and was about to leave when he heard Sakura.
"Naruto, stay." He turned and looked at her with a blush across his cheeks, he knew the two abdomen ones were fine to be there but when they needed to look at her chest…. "Come back and sit." She said with a smile, making him grin and sit back in his seat while the nurse checked the two abdomen punctures then moved to the chest and Naruto looked away trying to turn his back to her as much as possible.
"Looks like your guy here has a healing touch. A little longer and you'll be completely healed." The nurse said and looked at Sakura as she placed her hand over each wound and healed them before she sat up with a smile. "Or should I say you're completely fine." The nurse smiled. "You are very gifted to be able to heal wounds made by a chakra cutting kunai. I'll get everything set but you'll be able to leave now."
"Thank you." Sakura said turning to throw her legs over the side of the bed. "Naruto, did you really stay here the whole time? How long was I out?" Sakura asked.
"Yeah." He nodded and rubbed his head and laughed. "It's been about four days. You were hurt because I left. Wasn't gonna do that again." he said from his seat. She smiled brightly at him as she stood up and wobbled before falling sideways into Naruto's lap. They looked into each other's eyes with smiles on their faces and they started to move closer when suddenly there was a painted bird. Naruto took the scroll it carried and opened it as both he and Sakura read it.
"Looks like we know where we're headed after I get out of here." Sakura smiled as the nurse walked in and handed her everything she would need to leave. "Thank you." she smiled and Naruto helped her stand up off of his lap. He turned and summoned the toads and told them that Sakura was fine now and they were going to head out to meet Sai in the Grass country where he found Sasuke. The toads left and Naruto turned around when Sakura finished dressing.
"Ready?" He asked. She nodded and they left the hospital to go back to the hotel to say good bye to Tamotsu and pay for the hotel and damages. They walked back out into the village and Naruto looked at Sakura and smiled. "Wanta get there fast?" He asked.
"Sure." She said and gave a cry of surprise when he picked her up bridal style.
"Hold on." He said as she wrapped her arms around his neck and suddenly appeared in Kishibe only to disappear again and reappear in Ame, the next jump landed them in Kusa where they saw Sai waiting at the gates.
"I got the message that Danzo sent people to kill everyone and Sakura was wounded pretty badly." Sai said as Naruto placed Sakura on her feet again.
"She healed really fast." Naruto said "Nurse was even surprised." He said looking at Sakura then back at Sai. "So you found Sasuke?"
"Yeah. He's in the village with two of his members there was a third one but he left yesterday. It seems that he is leaving the group for good, at least for now." Sai said. "I'll show you where he is." Naruto and Sakura followed Sai and found him holding a man by the collar talking to him.
"Who are you?" He asked low.
"I am only doing what I'm told." The man said. Sasuke narrowed his eyes looking hard at the man.
"Who gave you orders?" He asked menacingly.
"It was Danzo." Naruto said walking towards him with Sai and Sakura walking behind him.
"What are you doing here?" Sasuke asked throwing the man to the side where Jugo put his foot on the man's chest to stop him from going anywhere.
"I came looking for you. I have some things I want to discuss with you." Naruto said still walking closer as Sai and Sakura stopped. "It's very important information I think you will want to hear." Naruto stopped directly in front of Sasuke and looked him in the eyes. They had almost not recognized each other for a second when they first laid eyes on one another.
"Why should I listen to you?" He asked. Naruto grabbed the front of his kimono and ground his word out.
"You will listen to me because it's what you have to do. I have had enough with talking things out, so if it's a fight you really want then I'll fight you. I want you to know first that Danzo has taken Tsunade's place as Hokage and has put and order for your head. He's taken everyone you know and have associated with and confined them to the village. Danzo has tried to kill several of them. While several of us have been trying to protect the village, our friends and you from being killed off, you've been doing what?" Naruto said looking into Sasuke's dark eyes. "I have just come from a hospital in the river country because Sakura was attacked on our way here. She nearly died because you still refuse to do anything about the problems you have caused! You either listen to me or I make you listen, it's your choice!" Naruto pushed him back making him stumble slightly and the woman with red hair stepped forward. "What will it be Sasuke?"
"Again I ask why?" he asked calmly.
"Sasuke, please listen to what we have to say. Danzo is out looking for everyone and he wants blood. We have been looking for you since the day you left and now we a have a chance to make things right. Would you please just hear us out?" Sakura asked before Naruto could open his mouth. Sasuke looked at Sakura then back at Naruto who was still fuming. Suddenly Sasuke was pressing a sword to his throat. Sakura gasped and was about to help when Sai grabbed her and held her back. Naruto looked at Sasuke stern.
"You have no fear of death. Why?"
"Because I wouldn't mind joining everyone that has died. Jiraiya, Tsunade, the Third, the fourth and his wife. Hell I wouldn't mind dyeing and telling your father all about how wonderful you turned out. So kill me if you're going to kill me, I don't care anymore!" Naruto slowly raised his voice until he was yelling at Sasuke who just stared into his eyes.
"You are too careless." Sasuke told him still pressing the sword into his neck and suddenly Naruto was gone and behind him with a special three pointed kunai pricking his back.
"You are the one who is careless. You forget someone can change a lot in a few years." Naruto whispered into Sasuke's ear. "You either listen to me and help us and yourself or you can die here. I won't hesitate." Naruto told him making the woman with red hair step up but stopped when she heard Sasuke.
"Karin, stay back. This is a battle we need to finish." Suddenly Sasuke was gone then Naruto. The two groups looked at each other before they heard a crash outside the village and they ran to look. Once outside of the village they found Naruto and Sasuke fighting with every ounce of energy they had. Sasuke was using all his power he had and Naruto tapped into his Fox Chakra.
"They're going to kill each other." Sakura said watching them clash once again. Sasuke charged his Chidori and Naruto charged his Rasengan. Sakura ran towards them yelling. "Would you two grow up? All we want to do is help you and have you help us and this is how you act? Both of you! Stop it now!" She screamed running to them only to be stopped in her tracks and everything bleed red. Suddenly she was strapped down and there was a man that came from nowhere. He pulled his small kunai and slowly made small cuts all over her body making her gush blood and cry out in pain suddenly she dropped hard and cried when she felt someone wrap their arms around her. Slowly she came back to the real world and heard yelling.
"Is this what you do to friends? Sakura has never been anything but nice to you and she has been dealing with the fact she was never strong enough to stop you before! She blames herself! She loved you and this is what you do!" Naruto yelled. Sai walked up to Naruto as he stood up with Sakura in his arms. Slowly he turned handing Sakura to Sai. "Sai, Take good care of her." Naruto said and watched Sai nodded and ran back to the safe spot before Naruto turned around and faced Sasuke, even angrier than before. Naruto pulled a clone from their safe spot and he charged. Time after time they clashed. The world around them seemed to explode each time and suddenly Naruto summoned his toads.
"Calling for help?" Sasuke asked.
"If that's what you call it! I call it asking friends to lend a hand!" Naruto called on the back of a very large light brown toad. "Gamaken, Thank you for coming." Naruto said before he told him what was going on. "This is our opponent. Don't kill him, I want him to be able to listen and hear me when I speak with him." The toad gave a nod.
"I'll do my best Naruto." The toad said before Sasuke called his snake and the four attacked. Naruto never gave Sasuke a chance to use his eyes on him and made the battle go longer and longer. All four were exhausted and Naruto and Sasuke clashed once more. Once they released the pressure they looked at each other before dropping to the ground. Their summons popped back home breathing heavy.
"Naruto!" Came a call making Sai and the others look over and find a large group running to them, Kiba and Akamaru were by his side an instant after Kakashi, and Yamoto
"Naruto." Kakashi said and Naruto opened his eyes slowly breathing heavily.
"Sasuke….. Is he…. Okay? And….. Sakura?" Naruto asked before he closed his fox and sage eyes. Kakashi glanced to where Ino, Tenten and Hinata had gone.
"Rest Naruto." Kakashi said while he and Yamoto picked him up and started to carry him to the others on the side while Kiba and Neji helped with Sasuke.
"How are they?" Lee asked.
"Well from the looks of it, Sakura has nothing wrong with her but won't wake up, Naruto and Sasuke had very minor wounds and are exhausted. It didn't turn out as bad as we thought." Ino said
"Sasuke used his eyes on her. It's going to take a long time until she wakes up. She just recovered from a very bad injury and was susceptible to anything." Kakashi said as they walked into the room and found Naruto stirring.
"Sasuke's going to have to deal with Naruto when they wake because of what he has done." Yamoto said.
"Sasuke has done nothing wrong. It was a battle between them." Karin said as she walked into the room with Jugo behind them. "We were told to stay out of it, it's her own stupid fault she was hurt." Suddenly Naruto had her up against a wall with a kunai to her throat.
"Keep your mouth shut if you know what's good for you. Sasuke did nothing wrong according to battle but he attacked a friend and that is unforgivable." The woman looked at him slightly afraid as she looked at his aura. Suddenly he fell to the ground coughing and breathing heavy.
"Naruto, you shouldn't be out of bed." Ino said coming to his side. He pushed her back and looked at the woman with red hair.
"You should learn what it is to have friends and ones to care for you." Kakashi bent and grabbed Naruto. "Come on. Naruto, you'll only hurt yourself more if you keep pushing." He said as he lifted him up and walked him back to bed. "Rest for now." As soon as Naruto lay down his eyes closed and darkness surrounded him.
"He doesn't know when to quit." Karin said.
"He knows, but he will push well beyond that for his team, friends and loved ones." Ino said as she sat beside Sakura.
"So what do we do now?" asked Hinata.
"We have to wait for them to wake up. Once that happens we can make a plan to head back and take Danzo out of office." Kiba said.
"I heard Naruto had a fight. Is he okay?" Temari asked as she and her brothers walked into the room.
"He got into a fight with Sasuke. Sakura was caught by Sasuke's jutsu and the boys both passed out." Hana said.
"How bad is it?" Gaara asked as he walked in and looked at the three in the cots.
"It's not too bad, Naruto's wounds are completely healed, Sasuke has minor wounds and Sakura has nothing wrong. The two baka men are exhausted and over extended themselves. " Ino said to Gaara. As the group spoke one of the sleeping people began to wake.
"Naruto?" Sakura asked making everyone turn to her. They watched as her head went back and forth as she dreamed.
"I think everyone needs to leave." Ino said when she hear her best friend whisper something that she wouldn't like the others hearing. Everyone looked at her for a moment before complying. Just as the last of them started walking out of the door they heard Sakura scream. They turned and saw her sit straight up breathing heavy and crying. Anko, Hinata and Tenten continued to push the others out while Temari and Ino tended to Sakura.
"Why did they kick us out? We could be in there helping." said Konohamaru said.
"There was nothing we could do; besides, Sakura was talking in her sleep. Obviously it's for them to handle." Kankuro said looking at the door as the sound of yelling was heard.
"Sakura, you have to lie down." Ino said trying to get her friend to lie back down.
"No! I saw it! I have to help! Naruto!" She cried while the women looked at each other confused. "He killed him! He killed him!" She screamed.
"Sakura, who killed who?" askedTenten.
"No, no, no, no! Don't die!" She cried "Naruto don't die! No! Leave him alone! NO!" She screamed making the women jump. Suddenly they heard a voice behind them and a hand was placed on Ino's shoulder. She jumped up to help Naruto as he came closer still warn out.
"Naruto, you need to be in bed resting." Ino said as she helped him to sit next to Sakura. He grabbed her head with both hands and looked at her. "Do you know what's wrong with her?"
"Yeah, still under the effects of Sasuke's jutsu. She wasn't back to normal when we got here that's why he was able to get his jutsu to stay and work." He said and used one hand to do several hand signs and he placed his index finger onto her forehead for a second. "Sakura." He called holding her head between his hands. "Sakura, look at me." Her green eyes slowly looked into his blue ones and she broke into hysterics and clung to him.
"How did you do that?" Anko asked.
"It's a simple technique to stop the effects." Naruto explained.
"What happened?" Asked the men as they started walking back into the room after hearing the dead silence in the room. Naruto turned and saw them flowing in.
"Naruto just reversed the effects. And now….." Ino said standing up as Naruto held Sakura tight as she cried into his chest. The men looked on with surprised faces as they watched. They had never heard of what he did and never seen Sakura the way she was now.
"Naruto, I've never heard of a way to remove it effects of the jutsu, you have to let them ware off." Kakashi said as he walked closer to see Sakura shaking with soft sobs.
"It's something I developed while I was away. Dad said he thinks Madara was controlling kyuubi then and now he thinks he's behind the whole thing. So I figured I would need some things to use against him." Naruto said.
"That was a good idea." Kakashi smiled.
"The kyuubi and dad gave me the idea." Naruto gave a small smile and looked down at Sakura who was starting to quiet down and fall asleep.
"Naruto? I thought your parents were both gone." Tenten asked making him look at her then to Kakashi in front of him.
"Why do you always look at Kakashi when anything is asked about your parents?" Tenten asked. Naruto sat quietly holding Sakura who was still trembling every now and then. He looked around at the ones who were confused.
"Naruto, why hide it any longer. You would tell them sooner or later." Anko said. Naruto sighed and looked around one more time.
"Both my parents were killed a long time ago. My mother was the only survivor from the whirlpool country, I don't know much about her but from what I hear she was the only survivor and she came here to stay with my dad. Her name was Kushina." Naruto said and saw that Sakura had fallen asleep and he laid her back down with the help of Ino on the opposite side of the bed.
"What about your dad?" asked Lee. Naruto was hopping he could slip out of it but it seemed he would have to explain everything.
"My dad….. My dad was the fourth." Naruto said making everyone to look at him completely shocked.
"You have to be kidding." Tenten said.
"No. My dad was Minato Namikaze. The third wanted to keep it secret so I have my mom's last name." He smiled and looked around at the silent faces. He was starting to feel weird and was about to leave when they came out of their shock.
Naruto looked around as everyone began to smile.
"I thought I was talking to Minato sensei when we were at Konoha." Kakashi said.
"Is that why you can't teach anyone those moves you do?" Lee asked.
"Yeah. They're blood line jutsu." Naruto said.
"So that move, where you went so fast…. That's from the fourth?" Asked Choji.
"Yeah, I have a few from him and a few from my mom." Naruto told.
"When were you going to tell us about your parents? Were you even going to tell us at all?" Ino asked.
"Yeah, I was gonna tell everyone…..but later." He said looking down.
"So what do you plan on?" Kiba asked making him look up and think as he looked over at Sasuke.
"I need to wait till he wakes up and have a talk with him. After that I think we should start gathering everything we would need and start moving out." Naruto said
"Do you think that's smart, having a talk with him?" asked Hinata.
"He can't do anything to me." Naruto told her. "Besides we need to figure out what to do with these two."
"Hey! We're right here!" Karin yelled making Naruto roll his eyes.
"Well you should get more rest before you get up and start doing things." Ino said looking at his eyes as they seemed like they were trying to close. She grabbed the front of his outfit and pulled him up and walked him to his bed. As soon as she got near the bed he passed out and almost took her down. Kakashi grabbed his old student and hoisted him up and got him into bed and covered. The rest of the group quietly made their way out of the room to let the three rest.
"Can you believe that Naruto's the son of the fourth?" Ino said.
"He does look exactly like him." Anko said, "It's been so long I had almost forgotten what he looked like, I had almost no seen the resemblance."
"I never knew that the Fourth had a wife." Inosaid.
"Well technically he didn't" Kakashi said. "Minato sensei met Kushina when we went on a mission and they hit it off. She would come visit and was at our village every now and then. When her home was destroyed, she decided to stay and they did plan on having a wedding but Kushina became pregnant and they put it off. They never got to have the wedding. She died a few hours after Naruto was born and Minato sensei died that day, not long after she did." Kakashi said
"So that's why no one really knew about her. They never married so no one thought it impotent to take notice." Shino said.
"But someone had to notice that Kushina was always with him and then became pregnant." Choji said.
"They didn't want it to be really know, everyone would have been after her and the baby." Shikamaru said
"Right so we need to keep this between all of us." Temari said. Everyone nodded and sat to discuss their thoughts.
Naruto woke up to the sound of crying. He looked and saw Sakura was in a far corner of the room sniffling. Sasuke was still asleep as Naruto sat up and saw Sakura wipe her face as he got out of bed and made his way to her. He knelt at her side and she looked up at him.
"Sakura." He said and she buried her head in his chest. "Sakura why are over here crying?" He asked.
"I… I don't know. What's going on?" She asked softly.
"What do you mean?" Naruto asked as he pushed her away slightly to look at her.
"I don't know. I remember you fighting Sasuke and then I don't know what happened. I remembered being cut everywhere and then I heard you yelling." She sniffled. "Then I saw you get hurt so bad, you were dying. Then suddenly I saw you sitting with me and holding me. Naruto I don't know what's going on. Why was I caught in Sasuke's Jutsu?" She said looking up at him confused.
"You were never back one hundred percent and when Sasuke used his jutsu it went right through and you couldn't do anything. I was able to break it, that's why you saw me." He said and pulled her close.
"Why would he use it on me?" She asked looking over to Sasuke who was still asleep.
"I think he was just trying to stop you from getting in between us. I'm sorry I couldn't stop it from happening." He said looking down at her.
"Naruto, you can't save everyone from everything." She smiled and looked up with her green eyes. As they sat in the corner they started to move closer and closer until their lips grazed the others once before they both pressed harder and their eyes slid closed. They were in complete bliss as the world around them melted away. They slowly pulled apart in need of air and looked into each other's eyes.
"Sakura, I love you." Naruto whispered.
"I love you too, Naruto." She whispered with a smile before they kissed again.
"We should get back to bed. If we're tired in the morning what are we going to tell them?" Naruto chuckled softly as he stood up and helped Sakura up and they went to bed to rest for the next day.
"Naruto?" Came a soft voice. He opened his eyes to see Hinata waking him, while Ino woke Sakura and Karin woke Sasuke up. He sat up and he and Sakura looked at each other in a different light than they have ever done before.
"Let's go everyone else is in the other room waiting." Ino said.
"What time is it?" Naruto asked her as he climbed out of bed.
"It's about five in the afternoon. You have been sleeping all night and most of today." Ino said. Watching Naruto and Sakura look at each other with slight blushes. Naruto looked over at Sasuke who looked back with dark eyes. Within a heartbeat Naruto was in front of Sasuke with a blade at his throat and everyone was about to try to pull him back when they heard him.
"You attacked a friend! We have been looking for you for years and you try to kill her! What the hell were you thinking?" Naruto half yelled angrily. Sasuke only stared into Naruto's eyes before speaking low.
"I did what I had to, to keep her out of our fight that is not finished yet." He said as everyone started to move closer to separate the two if needed. Sakura and Ino placed their hands on his arms and Naruto slowly relaxed as Karin put her hand on Sasuke's arm as he relaxed a bit They went and sat with the group while Naruto and Sasuke sat opposite of each other as they spoke.
"You have changed, Naruto." Sasuke said as they sat down.
"Yeah, few years can do that." Naruto sat down and looked at his old friend. "You've changed a lot too."
"As you said a few years can do that. Now what is it you wanted to talk about so badly?"
"A lot has changed since you left the village. Jiraiya was killed when he went to get information about pain, Tsunade died trying to save the village. Danzo took over and is now controlling ANBU and root. If he becomes the Hokage, I think you can imagine what he would do. I mean he already has orders for all of our heads and is slowly working on tracking us down." Naruto explained.
"He is a man that needs to be removed and from what Naruto says and what we've seen, if you help us will make it all possible." said Temari.
"Why should I help you?" Sasuke asked.
"Because you want to fix things and come home." Naruto said making everyone look between the two confused. "You miss the village and now that you have killed Orochimaru and you have had your revenge. You found out the truth, you're ready to come home for once." Sasuke and Naruto sat in their spots staring at each other. After what seemed like hours to the others Sasuke and Naruto held their hands out and shook.
"If I help you, I want to be instated as head of the Uchiha clan." He said looking at Naruto hard and suddenly Naruto smiled.
"Who else's clan would you be head of?" He said before he looked around. "I plan on gathering the supplies we need and heading out. Once there see what needs to be done." he said and Sasuke and Gaara nodded. "Alright, let's get our supplies and get moving towards the village." Naruto said.
"Once we get closer we can make a better plan to fit what we find but Naruto and I will take the big one, Gaara, and Sakura will back us up." Sasuke said
"We need you to clear the path and take out as many as you can." Naruto said making everyone look at the two. They had just been enemies and now were thinking alike and acting like they had never had a fight.