Disclaimer: Naruto does not belong to me, strange though that may seem.
Instead it is Kishimoto Masashi's creation. However, the text of this
fanfic is mine, and may not be used without permission. Also, Japanese
dwarf flying squirrels!
Impossible, he or she would have been forced to conclude, was
not a word in Akatsuki's vocabulary. Hardly surprising when that many
of the world's most powerful ninja, possessing countless forbidden and
secret techniques and several powerful bloodlines among them, pooled
their formidable resources. It was difficult, and dangerous for many
reasons, for Akatsuki to meet in person, and so they developed a way
around that inconvenient fact.
"We have invented...e-mail."
The speaker's companion didn't stir, nor did he speak in
response for almost a minute. Then, when an image of a woman wearing
the same cloak as the two men appeared before them, he broke his
silence. Unlike the two of them, the forehead protector she wore was
unmarred. "You're late, Kaida-san," Itachi stated flatly, no sign of
irritation in his voice.
...well, I suppose that answers the biggest mystery from the end of the LAST
The answer leapt at her, blindingly obvious thanks to her own
problems. If Naruto himself was not the cause, it could very well be
Oooh, she's coming dangerously close to barking up the right tree now...
"Back during the Sand attack," Shizune said, "one of the
storerooms for the archives got hit, and there was more damage just now.
Nobody's gone through everything yet to sort it out and figure out what
was damaged or destroyed." Shizune paused. "Part of the reason is that
someone with really broad security clearance should do it, and all those
ninja have been busy with more important matters."
Oh hell, I see where THIS is going.
"It would only have taken one mistake," Kakashi said gently.
"You know that. Moving openly against you would have been too
dangerous, so instead she took steps to neuter you
Jiraiya nodded. "It certainly seems that way. I'm worried how
many steps in advance she's planned this out, considering that she
thought to poison your organization against me years ago."
"I assume that was just contingency planning," Junhime said.
Never assume anything around a ninja. Especially an EVIL ninja.
"I trust Jiraiya-sama managed to convince you that he was not a
member of Akatsuki," Kakashi said smoothly after an awkward silence.
"If he hadn't," Junhime said, "one of us would be dead."
"You," Jiraiya said confidently. "I could have killed you at
least twice before I managed to convince you to stop fighting and listen
"And felt you up at least eight times."
"Haruno Sakura (Leaf Genin, Registration ID: 012601): Minimal
unique information uncovered in debriefing. Subject claimed to have
been unconscious for most of the battle against Gaara of the Desert.
Analysis of subject's records finds this plausible. Upon indirect
prompting, said nothing indicating any knowledge relevant to the
unconfirmed Kyuubi sighting; direct questioning on the matter was ruled
out per the Third Hokage's special order on the subject."
Sakura forced herself to set that minor irritation aside. When
Naruto returned, she would just have to ask him what had happened. What
was more important was why ANBU hadn't interrogated him. Sakura poured
over the report a third time, searching for some explanation. When she
finally found a casual, easily overlooked reference to another report on
"the surveillance of Uzumaki Naruto" the folder slipped through
Game, set, match.
"It's not that," Sakura said. "I need to talk to you."
Shikamaru groaned as he sat up. "This sounds troublesome," he
said, but he didn't leave.
Just a bit.
"What do we do now?" Shikamaru asked after a long moment.
"What can we do?" Sakura said. "We go on with our lives, and we
don't breathe a word of this to anyone."
Yyyyyyeah. I give them a week, TOPS, on that.
(Especially since it looks like Konoha's about to need its pet Jinchuuriki
more than ever...)
"We'll see about that," Junhime hissed as she formed a final
seal. "Raiton: Summoning - Avatar of the Thunder Dragon!" The clouds
overhead raced apart, but they revealed no starry sky. Instead it was a
bright, electrical glow that filled the gaps, the barest hint of a long,
serpentine form visible swimming in it. Grimacing, barely able to
control the power she was channeling, Junhime formed another sequence of
seals as a massive bar of lightning descended toward her. "Eightfold
Heavenly Divination Seal!"
Wow, she just used half of Sailor Jupiter's attacks in one go! XD
"Well," Zeshin said from behind the legendary Sannin, "I imagine
it was probably Kabuto-kun or Tayuya-chan. Unless Sasuke-kun has been
studying genjutsu in his spare time, of course."
....oh, DAMN. I knew he was a fake, but... @_@;;
Jiraiya's eyes widened, his face paling even further as he
looked over his shoulder at the Cloud ninja. The other man smiled,
licking his lips with an abnormally long tongue before gently pulling
his face away, revealing a very different set of features.
"Orochimaru," Jiraiya hissed, almost in unison with Itachi.
Well, at least Akatsuki are as surprised as Jiraiya.
Tenten was indeed one of the members of the patrol, and she
relaxed slightly as she recognized the trio. "I know them," she said,
and her teammates too began to relax. One of the men on her squad gave
her a questioning glance, and she spoke again. "Aburame Shino, Hyuuga
Hinata, Inuzuka Shinta."
Loved the fight scenes in this chapter.
And now I can't WAIT to see the next one...
This is a test of the Emergency Ass Dance System.
The Eternal Lost Lurker
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