And I'm back, from outter space...or wherever the hell you thought I was. Anyway, I'll save the Author's Note for the end of the chapter guys since I know you all just want to read or in this case (skim) the chapter as usual. I ask that you read the author's note at the end because it's in regards to the story. For those of you who wanted to see more necromancy, here you go. I have a list of the Death Knight attacks and abilities after the authors note. Personal note, props to those who can name the band that sings this chapters title without looking it up online. Remember, Read and Review as always...come on guys I see the hits, there can be more reviews than the amount I always get.
Bold- Inner Sakura/Kyuubi/Death Knight attacks/Summons
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Naruto watched as Tsunade turned on her heel to walk away. He had one week to master the Rasengan if he wanted to follow up on his statement. Tying his headband back on, he began to head back to the hotel. If he was going to master the Rasengan he needed to have all the energy he could get, and getting some sleep would be a good start.
Jiraiya gave a nod as he watched Naruto walking away. He was quite surprised that Naruto had managed to get Tsunade to place that bet. While he knew Tsunade was notorious for losing everything at gambling, this time he was a little worried that she would win. Turning to his left he saw Tsunade walking to a different bar and decided to go and talk with her for a bit. As Shizune watched Jiraiya leave she looked at Tonton and gave a sigh.
"We can never have a normal day can we, Tonton?" Shizune asked.
Tonton gave an oink in reply as Shizune picked him up.
Jiraiya sat beside Tsunade at a small stand that was selling barbeque and liquor. Tsunade quickly gulped down her first shot of sake which made Jiraiya smirk a little bit. Tsunade saw this and sent a small glare at him.
"What's so funny?" she asked.
"Nothing," Jiraiya replied taking a sip of sake as well. "Just forgot how much you tend to drink sometimes."
"Real cute. Now why don't you go back to your hotel?"
"I will, don't worry about that. But first I want to talk to you about Orochimaru."
Tsunade's eyes narrowed at what Jiraiya said. He didn't know about the offer Orochimaru made her did he? No, he couldn't have known. Jiraiya shook his head and sipped his sake again when he observed Tsunade's reaction to his question. His spy network had informed him about Tsunade's run in with Orochimaru and that Orochimaru may have made her an offer if she healed his arms.
"So what did he offer you?" Jiraiya asked.
"He didn't offer me anything, Jiraiya." Tsunade replied.
"You were always bad at lying, Tsunade. Now let's try this again. What did he offer you?"
"Well you should know what he wanted Jiraiya, if your spy network is the reason you know about the offer then you should know what he asked for."
"What did he offer you if you fixed his arms?"
"Jiraiya, I don't want to…"
"Tsunade, don't hide anything from me. Tell me what he offered you."
"He offered to bring back Nawaki and Dan."
Jiraiya clenched his fists when he heard her say that. He was angry with what Orochimaru offered and he was worried that Tsunade would follow through with the proposal. Looking down at his glass of sake, he decided to speak his thoughts.
"You know what'll happen if he brings them back." Jiraiya said.
"I know, it won't really be them, they'll just be shells of their former selves. But I just can't help it, Jiraiya. I miss them both so much." Tsunade replied.
"Tsunade, we've known each other for a long time and we've been through much together. But I'm telling you this right now. If you take up Orochimaru on that offer, I will kill you."
Tsunade turned and looked Jiraiya in the eyes to determine if he was serious. When she looked into them, she saw nothing but cold eyes looking back at her. Jiraiya was completely serious about killing her and it scared her a little bit.
"As much as I miss them Jiraiya, I wouldn't take up Orochimaru's offer. I don't trust that slimy bastard any more than you do." Tsunade said.
Jiraiya sighed again and shook his head as he took another sip of sake.
"For your sake I hope that's true." Jiraiya said.
Naruto flopped down on his bed and rubbed his eyes in exhaustion. The bruise on his head from Tsunade's finger flick was still aching, but thankfully Kyuubi was starting to heal it. He hadn't felt a punch like that since he was in Icecrown for training, except the punch was from a Vrykul and not some drunken old woman.
"Damn, that granny can pack a punch." Naruto muttered.
A knock came from the door making Naruto groan. He sat up and trudged to the door to open it. As he was about to turn the knob he stopped. After running into Itachi and Kisame earlier that week he decided not to take any chances. Naruto glanced through the small eyehole to see who it was. His eye fell on Shizune and Tonton which made him relax. Unlocking the door he opened it wide to greet her.
"Shizune, right?" Naruto asked.
"Yes. Um, can I come in for a minute? I need to talk to you." Shizune replied.
Naruto stepped aside and closed the door as Shizune came in. Shizune sat down in the chair by his bed. Naruto sat back down on the bed and looked at Shizune as he waited for her to talk.
"So why are you here?" Naruto asked.
"I came to apologize for Tsunade's behavior tonight. She's had a rough day." Shizune replied.
"Yeah, I guess losing all of your money and drinking yourself silly can lead to a rough day."
"You've got a bit of a smart mouth there, kid."
"It comes with being a teenager. Now is there anything else you needed to tell me? Because if not I need to get some shuteye if I want to master the Rasengan."
"Actually, that's the other thing I wanted to talk to you about."
"It's about that bet you made with Tsunade. I want you to cancel the bet."
Naruto's eyes snapped open and narrowed at Shizune. This talk was going to be unpleasant for the both of them.
"I'm sorry, but I can't do that." Naruto said.
"Why not?" Shizune asked.
"I will never give up. That's my shinobi way."
"That's it? That's the only reason you have?"
"Why are you getting so defensive about this bet?"
"Why are you?"
"You think my only reason is because of my belief? In case you weren't paying attention to the hag and the perve's conversation, Konoha has many injured shinobi that need her help and one of them happens to be my brother! Do you really think that bet I made with her was to shut her up? I saw her weakness for gambling and tricked her into doing it. I'm doing my job as a shinobi to drag her drunk ass back to Konoha for the Sandaime because he needs her help."
Shizune bit her lip and looked down at her feet at Naruto's response. She felt a little guilty for jumping at Naruto's response, but she wasn't done with her reason either. With her counter ready, she looked back at Naruto.
"Fine I won't argue with you on that reason. But please, call off that bet. That necklace of Tsunade's is precious to her in a way you probably cannot understand." Shizune argued.
"Yeah? Try me." Naruto challenged.
"That necklace she decided to throw into that bet of yours is something special to her because it is the only thing she has to remember of two people close to her."
"Tsunade-Sama gave that necklace to her boyfriend, Dan, and her little brother, Nawaki. Call it superstition, but she believes it's cursed. When she gave the necklace to her boyfriend and her brother, they both died within a few months of receiving it. And the one thing that both Dan and Nawaki had in common is they wanted to be Hokage, just like you."
Naruto absorbed the story Shizune told him and did feel sympathy towards Tsunade. Although he felt where Tsunade was coming from, he was not calling off the bet. His mind made up, he looked at Shizune again.
"Look, I understand where she is coming from. But my answer still stands. The bet will remain on until the week is up, I'm sorry." Naruto declared.
"Fine, but when you lose the bet don't say I didn't try to stop you. I'm pretty sure you could have convinced Tsunade another way." Shizune replied.
"There was no other way. Sometimes if you need something from someone, you need to play their game."
Shizune sighed and stood up. Upon reaching the door, she stopped and turned to Naruto once again.
"She wasn't always like this, Naruto. Under her drunken barrier is a kunoichi that would always do her duty like you. And I believe you may have broken through to her with your statement." Shizune said.
"I'll believe it when I see it." Naruto answered.
Shizune closed the door as she exited the room leaving Naruto alone. Naruto gave another sigh and fell back on his bed again. Part of him was hoping he had gotten through to Tsunade with his words, but another part of him felt like they went in one ear and out the other. Closing his eyes, he let sleep take him.
Naruto fell to his knees again after attempting to make the Rasengan for what felt like the thousandth time. His hands were burning from the chakra he had used and it wasn't easing up. Holding out his hand again, he tried to form the Rasengan once more. The blue ball of chakra formed in his hands but exploded and sent him spiraling back like before. Naruto gave a cry of frustration and pain when he pushed himself up.
"This is impossible!" Naruto shouted.
"You have to calm down, Naruto. Getting angry isn't going to help you master this any sooner." Kyuubi noted.
"Thank you Captain Obvious."
"Don't get smart with me, boy. I'm only trying to help and it's a little hard to do when you're acting like an ass."
"I know, I know. I'm sorry, alright?"
"Why don't you take a break and eat something? We've been out here since five this morning and you could use some lunch. Plus, you can regain your chakra and rest your hands."
Naruto gave a mental nod and stood up to walk back to the town. His hands throbbed in pain again and made him grimace. The Rasengan training was definitely a lot harder and he was nowhere near to finishing the technique. He had three days to master the technique or he lost the bet. The thought of losing to Tsunade made him feel sick to his stomach. The sweet smell of ramen and vegies met his nostrils making him salivate. He entered the ramen stand and sat down.
"This ramen is good, but it's nowhere near as good as Teuchi's." Naruto muttered.
Naruto started to devour his ramen once it was placed in front of him. The chef and some of the customers looked at him with some disgust at his lack of courtesy. Naruto ignored them and continued to scarf down the ramen in front of him.
"Naruto, how are you feeling about this bet right now?" Kyuubi asked.
"Honestly, I'm not feeling too well about it. I have three days to master this thing and I still can't get it to form properly." Naruto replied.
"Well you better shape up, because if you lose your mission is a failure. Not to mention you'll have to live with the fact that you lost a bet to an old woman."
"You're right, I've still got time. Plus, I did manage to learn the summoning technique in the span of three weeks. So why can't I master this one?"
Naruto paid for his meal and exited the stand to head back to the fields. He was going to win this bet no matter what.
Two days had come and gone and Naruto kept to his word about mastering the Rasengan. He was now able to form it perfectly with the clone, but he had to be able to do it without the clone assisting him. He almost had it at one point at the end of the day today, but it backfired as soon as he started to run with it. There were some angry words spurting from Naruto's mouth at messing it up right at the end there. Unknown to Naruto, however, Tsunade had been keeping an eye on him and his training in secret. She was astounded to see he managed to form a perfect Rasengan in general, even though he had a clone assisting him. The bet still was in her favor though since the Rasengan had to be formed with one hand only.
Naruto was sitting in the hotel room to recuperate once again from his relentless training. His hands were bloodied and burned from the chakra and he was thankful that Kyuubi was able to give him quick healing. Jiraiya exited the bathroom and looked at Naruto who was still recovering from the rigorous training.
"You ready to win that bet tomorrow, gaki?" Jiraiya asked.
"I'll give it my best shot. I'm kind of hoping for a miracle at this rate." Naruto replied.
"Hey, I wanted to ask you something."
"Why didn't you use your necromancy against Tsunade? You probably could have won if you used it since she was already drunk to begin with."
"I have a couple reasons for that, actually. The first being the code of conduct for the Ebon Blade. I will use the powers only if fighting an enemy, whether it is scourge or shinobi and if it's to protect my comrades. The second reason is because of the civilians. I mean think about it. What would civilians think if they see me controlling death with my own hands? Plus, what do you think Tsunade's reaction would have been? The last thing we need is for her to tell Orochimaru what I'm capable of and draw attention to myself."
Jiraiya nodded when he heard Naruto's explanation and mentally agreed that he made the right call. If anyone saw Naruto's powers with necromancy, whether it would be raising the undead or using any other power it could attract unwanted attention. He gave a sigh as he stood up from his bed.
"Why don't you get some shut eye, Naruto? The more energy you have tomorrow, the better." Jiraiya suggested.
"That was my plan. This training has drained me." Naruto replied.
"Alright, I'll be back later. I'm going to meet up with Tsunade to have a drink."
Jiraiya turned and exited the room leaving Naruto alone.
Jiraiya found himself entering the small bar and grill stand he and Tsunade sat in earlier that week. Tsunade had invited him out for a drink before the bet would end tomorrow. He was still keeping an eye on Tsunade and still wasn't completely sure if she would accept Orochimaru's offer. He found his former blonde teammate sitting in the same spot as last time and sat beside her.
"So how's the brat?" Tsunade asked.
"He's doing alright. He's sleeping to have enough energy to win the bet tomorrow." Jiraiya replied.
"I observed his training and I have to admit I'm impressed. However, it doesn't look like you're going to win this bet Jiriaya."
"Don't be too sure on that, Tsunade. Naruto's good at pulling off last minute surprises."
"Whatever gets you through the night."
Tsunade slipped Jiraiya the drink she ordered him and raised hers. Jiraiya clanked his glass against hers and downed the drink. He gave a quick shudder to shake off the taste and got ready to poor another glass. Tsunade fingered the drug that was stowed in her pocket and got ready to put her plan into effect. Jiraiya had finished filling her glass up again and she gulped it down. The two of them continued drinking and drinking shot after shot until finally both were drunk. Tsunade took Jiraiya's glass when he set it down and poured another round, while doing so she dropped the drug into the drink and watched it dissolve instantly. Pushing it back to Jiraiya, she raised her glass again.
"Bottoms up," Jiraiya said gulping down his drink.
Tsunade set her glass on the table and watched as Jiraiya began to lean forward a little bit. Jiraiya screwed his eyes shut then opened them again to try and focus. His vision was growing poor with each passing second and he couldn't rectify it. He turned his head to look at Tsunade, but he even found that difficult. Tsunade stood up and looked down at him with a frown.
"Tsunade, what the hell did you do to me?" Jiraiya slurred as he tried to stand.
"I can't have you interfering, Jiraiya. I'm sorry." Tsunade replied.
"Damn you, Tsunade!"
Jiraiya managed to stand up but his legs shut down and he fell, face first to the ground. He saw Tsunade turn on her heel and begin to walk away. Giving a frustrated growl, he started using all the strength in his arms to pull himself after Tsunade. He hadn't gotten further than four feet before he lost the feeling in his arms.
"Son of a bitch…" Jiraiya thought as he fell unconscious.
Sunlight beamed through the windows and pierced Naruto's eyelids. He gave a groan as he rolled on to his back and looked at the ceiling. He heard the birds chirping outside the window and checked his watch. The time read seven-thirty. Naruto gave a yawn and stretched his arms out after getting his good night sleep.
"I feel great right now." Naruto muttered.
He got out of bed and started to walk to the bathroom to wash his face, but stopped when he heard abrupt knocks on the door. Just as he was about to open it, the door was kicked open and Shizune entered the room.
"You're paying for the door. I hope you know that." Naruto noted.
"Quit being a smartass, we've got a problem!" Shizune snapped back.
"Alright, I'll bite. What's the problem now?"
"It's Lady Tsunade. She never came back to the room last night."
"So she may have just passed out in a bar somewhere?"
"I thought so too, but I asked around and no one has seen her."
Naruto ran a hand through his hair and cursed under his breath. Jiraiya was the only one who was with her last night after he left and he never came back either. His first thought was that they may have gone at it after getting plastered. Shivering at the thought, he began to think of another possibility. The only other thought he had was that Tsunade went to Orochimaru, but that also seemed unlikely if Jiraiya was with her to keep surveillance.
"Well, maybe she's still with Jiraiya." Naruto suggested.
"It seems a little unlikely that she would still be with him at this time." Shizune replied.
"Look as much as it makes me sick to say it, maybe they got together after getting hammered and did a little…"
"Alright, I get the picture."
The two of them turned to the window after hearing something crash into it. They saw Jiraiya struggling to open the window and began to wonder if he was still drunk from the previous night. Naruto walked over and opened the window for Jiraiya and watched as he fell to the floor and sat up with difficulty.
"Long night?" Naruto asked.
"She drugged me." Jiraiya mumbled.
"Tsunade drugged you?" Shizune asked.
"Yes she did, Shizune. And I have to tell you it feels very unpleasant. Can you please give me something to get it out of my system?"
"I can give you something, yes. However, it will take a while for it to completely boot it out of you."
"I don't care, as long as I'm somewhat functional to fight Orochimaru."
"Wait, she's actually going to go through with his proposal?"
"It would appear so. I may have to kill them both by the looks of it."
Silence filled the room as Jiraiya said that last sentence. The thought of the three Sanin going against each other was disheartening. If it came to that, Jiraiya would most likely lose. He could take on one of them, but both would definitely be a death wish. Shizune handed Jiraiya a small red pill.
"Here, this will start helping you as soon as you swallow it, but it will take a while before you are able to function properly." Shizune said.
Jiraiya swallowed the pill and gave a shudder as it went down his throat. He slowly stood up and started to walk around to get the feeling back in his legs a little more.
"Shizune, where did Orochimaru say they would meet if Tsunade was to follow through with the deal?" Jiraiya asked.
"On the outskirts the city, just short of the farm fields." Shizune replied.
"Then that's where we are going."
Tsunade was standing in the backstreet waiting for Orochimaru to show himself. She got her wish when she felt two chakra signatures appear behind her.
"Took you long enough." Tsunade said.
"I just wanted to be sure you didn't have any unwanted people here when we started our little deal," Orochimaru said, his snake like grin spreading across his face.
"What's the situation with your arms? Did your lapdog there stitch them back on?"
Tsunade turned around and saw Orochimaru standing there alongside his bodyguard with the silver hair. The guardian had a matching smirk with his master. She could see the stitches in his arms just like he confirmed with her a moment ago.
"Wait a second, why didn't you just shed your skin to regenerate your limbs? I know you're capable of doing that." Tsunade stated.
"While that's true, the wretched technique that cut off my beautiful arms seems to have an effect that prevents me from regenerating them. It's as if they've been reaped from my soul." Orochimaru answered.
"Reaped? What are you talking about?"
"I'll tell you as soon as you heal my arms, Tsunade."
Tsunade frowned inwardly and could tell Orochimaru was hiding something. She gave a sigh and held out her hands over Orochimaru's arms. Her eyes grew in shock as she analyzed the extent of the damage. It was as if the nerves, muscles and chakra coils of his arms were missing. She could repair it, but it would take a while to get them to the point of functioning at all. Channeling chakra into her hands, she began to heal Orochimaru's arms. Out of the corner of her eye she could see Orochimaru grimace in discomfort as the damage in his arms started to recede.
"Hurry up Tsunade or the deal is off!" Orochimaru hissed.
"I can only do so much, Orochimaru. If I were to hurry up and rush it, I could end up damaging your arms to the point that I won't even be able to heal them." Tsunade replied.
What happened next would change the course of this bitter meeting. Tsunade brought back her fist which was filled with chakra and sent the strongest punch she could at Orochimaru's face. There was a sickening crunch as Orochimaru's cheek broke from the brute force. He was launched off of his feet and sent straight through the opposing wall. Kabuto jumped out of the way just in time to avoid being turned into something to resemble a squashed insect. He started to run towards the wall Orochimaru broke through to support him.
"Oh no you don't!" Tsunade yelled as she smashed her fist into the ground again.
A massive fissure began to follow Kabuto until it finally crumbled under his feet. Kabuto turned around to come face to face with the enraged Tsunade. Her fist was brought back for another punch and he did the only thing he could do. He held his arms up to block the punch and jumped back at the last second. While the punch didn't hit him directly, it still had enough force to hit him through the air. Kabuto was sent through the wall just like Orochimaru but he managed to land on his feet before hitting the ground.
"Heh, as expected from Tsunade. Her inhuman strength doesn't disappoint." Kabuto thought.
"I'm not done with you yet!" Tsunade hollered as she jumped at Kabuto again.
Kabuto began to go on the defensive and pulled out a kunai. He gave a smirk as he knew of Tsunade's weakness. Bringing the kunai up, he gave a quick slash and sent blood from his arm on to Tsunade's face. As soon as that happened, Tsunade froze in mid-step. Her blood went cold and she began to shake. As her hemophobia kicked in, Kabuto wasted no time and lunged at her with his kunai. What he didn't expect was to be hit by a glowing green skull of fire.
Kabuto gave a cry of pain as the skin on his arm burned. He glared in the direction where the attack came from and his eyes fell upon Naruto and Shizune. His mouth moved up into a smirk as he saw Naruto. He had hoped for the day to come where he could give the blonde a proper thank you for getting him locked up during the Chunin Exams, and now here he stood.
"Tsunade-Sama, are you okay?" Shizune asked as she put her hand on Tsunade's shoulder.
She could feel Tsunade shaking under her palm and frowned. Tsunade was too lost in shock to even hear her question. Shizune began wiping the blood off of Tsunade's face and continued her attempts to get her to focus. While that was happening, Naruto turned to look at Kabuto with mild surprise.
"Well, I didn't think you'd have been able to break out of the ANBU prison, Kabuto." Naruto spoke.
"Orochimaru found me too valuable to have wasting away in that compound. So during the invasion he sent his best shinobi to break me out." Kabuto replied.
"Because of your medical skills?"
"Yes, however my skills weren't sufficient enough to heal Orochimaru-Sama's arms."
"Shame, I'm surprised he let you live. He usually kills anyone who fails him."
"Hold your tongue you little brat."
"Oh, did I hit a nerve with you there, Kabuto?"
"I'm not one to be affected by insults, Naruto. But I can't let that one you said to me slide. I'm just as proficient with medical jutsu as Tsunade, and I can show you just how deadly it is in combat as much as it is useful for healing."
"Then come at me, Kabuto."
Kabuto's hands started glowing green as he lunged at Naruto. Naruto quickly summoned his blade and brought it up to parry Kabuto's attack. Kabuto's hands hit Naruto's blade and he gave a grimace as he felt it cut into his hands. He jumped back and started to mend them.
"Not much of an attack there, Kabuto. Don't tell me that's all you've got!" Naruto barked.
Naruto brought his fingers together and created a few Kage-Bunshins. All at once they brought their hands up and launched a barrage of Death Coils at Kabuto. Kabuto's eyes grew briefly at the new power he was seeing and dodged the flaming skulls. However, he didn't expect himself to suddenly slow down to snail's pace. He looked down and saw his feet were almost blue in color. Naruto lowered his hand after casting Chains of Ice to slow Kabuto. He went through a series of handsigns again and finished the last one.
"Fuuton: Renkuudan!" Naruto cried.
The wind bullet hit Kabuto directly in his stomach and sent him crashing across the ground. Naruto continued his assault and charged at Kabuto holding his hand out to use Icy Touch. Kabuto barely dodged the attack and gave a swipe at Naruto again with his hands. Naruto felt the chakra hit his hand and he gave a surprised cry of pain. The skin of his hand was unharmed, but his left hand was completely shot. He tried flexing his muscles but found it impossible. Kabuto gave a chuckle at Naruto's look of shock.
"I'm sure you can tell your hand is now unable to be used. As I said before, Naruto, medical jutsu is just as deadly in combat as it is for healing," Kabuto began. "The chakra you see around my hands right now are chakra scalpels. They allow me to slice and cut the muscles and blood vessels of the body without harming the surface of the skin, which is why you don't have a scratch on you."
"That's a dirty trick, Kabuto." Naruto sneered.
"Dirty but effective, Naruto."
Kabuto leapt at Naruto again and brought both of his hands down for a slice. Naruto, thinking quickly, channeled his runic power and performed Unbreakable Armor. Kabuto's eyes narrowed in suspicion as Naruto let the attack come closer. When Kabuto's hands made contact with Naruto's chest, he was surprised when it was him who felt the pain instead of Naruto. The chakra scalpels had completely rebounded off of Naruto and resulted in giving Kabuto the full blast of the scalpels. Kabuto gave Naruto a look of confusion and bewilderment.
"You seem surprised. To be honest, I'm a little surprised myself. That defense I just used can protect me against some of the strongest attacks, but from what you said earlier about the chakra scalpels, I was a little worried it wouldn't work. I was pretty sure it was going to be a knife through butter case, but no." Naruto informed.
"Don't get cocky. Although I did take the hit of the chakra scalpels, it's not as bad as your hand." Kabuto replied.
Kabuto's hands glowed green for a few moments before turning blue again. He had healed the damage the scalpels did and got ready to come at Naruto again. Just as he was about to attack, he immediately felt cold and sick. Kabuto fell to his knees and vomited up blood. Naruto was now aware that his ice attacks from earlier infected Kabuto with Frost Fever. This gave him the advantage now since Kabuto would be slower with his moments. Not wasting any more time, Naruto jumped at Kabuto and swung at him performing a Festering Strike. The attack slashed Kabuto across the chest and made him yell in pain. Naruto continued his onslaught and followed up a Blood Strike then used Chains of Ice again to prevent Kabuto from moving quick.
He summoned a clone and ordered the clone to use Chains of Ice again while he ran to intercept Kabuto with his next attack. Naruto pressed his hands to the ground and watched as ancient seals appeared on the ground, making it glow red. Death and Decay was definitely one of Gaz's favorite attacks, so Naruto decided to pull a leaf from Zano's book. Kabuto began to feel his skin burn from the ground under him and saw that his flesh was slowly peeling away.
"What the hell are you?" Kabuto yelled.
"I am death," Naruto replied with an icy tone.
Kabuto avoided another slash from Naruto and swiped at him again with his chakra scalpels. The attack hit Naruto in his leg and made him fall to his knees. Naruto gave an annoyed growl as he struggled to stand up.
"Cheap son of a bitch!" Naruto thought.
Kabuto drove his knee into Naruto's stomach and smashed down on his spine with his elbow. Naruto fell to the ground and hacked up a glob of blood from the attacks. Naruto's clone jumped at Kabuto from behind and was met with chakra scalpels. The clone dispersed and gave Naruto enough time to roll away and hold out his hand. Kabuto turned to Naruto and saw his eyes. His eyes made him stop in mid stride in shock. Naruto's eyes had changed. One eye was a neon blue wisp with a black slit and the other was a crimson eye with a black slit.
"Try this on for size, Kabuto. Blood Boil!" Naruto barked.
Kabuto fell to his knees in agony and felt his muscles and blood burning with pain. He could see his skin turning red and his veins were bulging from the pain. Naruto jumped at Kabuto and gave an uppercut to his chin. Kabuto staggered back and was met with Naruto's blade once again.
"Obliterate!" Naruto cried.
Kabuto felt more pain as the blade slashed into his side and his bones cracked from the attack. Gritting his teeth, he turned and glared at Naruto with anger. The boy before him was putting up more of a fight than he thought he was capable of. Fighting through the pain, Kabuto sent some shuriken at Naruto. Naruto jumped back and managed to block a few of the shuriken but some of them managed to hit him. Kabuto jumped at Naruto and slashed at Naruto's arms with the scalpels. The attacks hit both of Naruto's arms and made him drop his blade from muscle failure. Kabuto swept Naruto's feet out from under him and delivered an axe kick to his stomach. Naruto's face scrunched up in pain as he coughed up another glob of blood.
"That look suits you, Naruto," Kabuto began as he gave two more slashed to Naruto's legs. "Now stay here and wait your turn, I have to finish my fight with Tsunade."
Naruto gave an angry growl as Kabuto turned around and limped to Tsunade as he healed his wounds. He struggled and tried with all of his might to move his arms and legs to try and reach Kabuto before he got to Tsunade to harm her. Out of the corner of his eye, he saw Shizune fighting Kabuto with her own chakra scalpels activated as well. He closed his eyes and attempted to talk to Kyuubi.
"Kyuubi, I need you to patch me up. He's going after granny!" Naruto urged.
"Very well, just hang on a moment." Kyuubi agreed.
Naruto felt Kyuubi's chakra surge through his body again. He could feel the muscles in his legs and arms returning to normal as the chakra coursed inside him. Naruto pushed himself off of the ground and saw that Shizune was lying on her side, obviously defeated by Kabuto with his scalpels. He turned around and noticed Kabuto charging at Tsunade with a kunai in hand. Naruto used some more of Kyuubi's chakra and had a sudden burst of adrenaline. He disappeared in a red flash and appeared in front of Tsunade to block Kabuto. Bringing his hand up, Naruto winced as the kunai pierced his hand. Kabuto clicked his tongue in annoyance and was about to move away from Naruto but found his legs frozen in blocks of ice. Naruto lowered his hand after casting Hungering Cold and opened his mouth to speak.
"Get ready to hand over the necklace, granny," Naruto said as he glanced over his shoulder.
Naruto held his free hand back and began to concentrate as hard as he could. He could feel his chakra begin to take shape in his hand as the Rasengan formed. The blue ball of chakra was rotating and growing stronger and stronger with each passing second.
"Eat this, Poindexter," Naruto began as he drove his hand forward. "Rasengan!"
Naruto's hand pushed the Rasengan straight into Kabuto's stomach. Kabuto's mouth opened in a silent scream as the attack hit him directly in his stomach. He finally gave a loud cry of pain as the attack began to push him back until finally he was blasted off his feet. The attack engulfed Kabuto in a whirlwind and carried him towards a bunch of giant rocks. The Rasengan carried Kabuto through a total of three rocks until he came to a stop at the last one, creating a body print. Kabuto slumped against the remains in utter shock from the powerful attack.
Tsunade was looking at Kabuto from her place behind Naruto with surprise as well. She looked at Naruto and couldn't believe it. The boy before her had mastered the Yondaime Hokage's signature attack, which took him years to develop in just one week. Jiraiya and Orochimaru even stopped their fight temporarily to watch the skirmish between Kabuto and Naruto end with Naruto using the Rasengan.
"That Kyuubi brat. Where did he learn to do a technique like that?" Orochimaru wondered.
Jiraiya felt pride rush through him when he saw Naruto defeat Kabuto with the Rasengan.
"Seems like Naruto has things handled on his end." Jiraiya thought.
Naruto was panting heavily as his eyes never left Kabuto, who was currently struggling to stand up without support of the rock. He barred his teeth at Kabuto when he saw that he was now standing with difficulty. He couldn't understand how Kabuto could be walking after an attack of that magnitude. Naruto was about to move and finish Kabuto off, but stopped in his tracks when he felt his chest constrict in pain. He bent over and coughed out a bunch of blood again. Naruto swayed back and forth before falling to his back.
"Did he get me with those chakra scalpels again?" Naruto asked himself.
"Naruto, hang on!" Tsunade shouted.
Naruto was having difficulty keeping his eyes open and trying to breathe for that matter. Tsunade came into view and began using her medical jutsu to heal him. Even though Tsunade was healing him, he couldn't feel a change in his breathing pattern. His vision was beginning to go dark as he was losing consciousness.
"What's going on? Am I dying?" Naruto thought.
As his sight grew worse, Naruto was also starting to lose his other senses. He couldn't hear anything, he now couldn't see anything, he couldn't feel anything, he couldn't taste the blood in his mouth, and now he was barely able to breathe. Kyuubi was also beginning to feel the same thing Naruto was since he and Naruto were connected via the seal.
"It's dark… it's getting very dark now." Kyuubi muttered. "Damn-it, no! Naruto, hang in there, I'm going to juice you again!"
Kyuubi sent a powerful burst of chakra through Naruto again and began trying to mend the damage to his heart. Light was starting to grow in the chamber and Kyuubi sent another surge of chakra into Naruto again in to get his heart beating. Although Kyuubi was helping Naruto, he was concerned that the side effects of his chakra might come into play and poison Naruto as well.
"Come on, Naruto. Get off your ass and finish this fight!" Kyuubi roared as he gave one more final torrent of chakra.
Naruto's eyes snapped open and he gave a gasp as he found himself able to breathe again. Tsunade was looking down at him with relief and she wiped the tears from her eyes. She ruffled his hair and gave him a small smile.
"Don't scare me like that again, brat!" Tsunade berated.
"Sorry." Naruto grunted.
Naruto noticed Tsunade's necklace was no longer around her neck and he placed his hand around his. He found the necklace dangling from his neck, alongside his dog tags. Naruto sat up and noticed Kabuto standing up and walking towards Orochimaru and Jiraiya.
"Hey, he's getting away!" Naruto alerted.
"Naruto, go stop him. I'll be right behind you once I get Shizune's muscles back in order." Tsunade ordered.
Naruto nodded and picked up his blade before heading to intercept Kabuto again. Right when Naruto was about to cast Chains of Ice, he felt a punch hit him on the side of his head. He stumbled and fell to his knees. Turning to see his assailant, he was surprised to see Orochimaru towering over him.
"You've given me a lot of trouble you little pest. I shall take great pleasure in killing you here and now." Orochimaru spat.
"Like hell you will!" Tsunade yelled.
Orochimaru was sent flying when Tsunade smashed her fist across his face. She jumped up to continue her assault on Orochimaru, sending various kicks and punches into his body. Naruto shook his head and started to run after Kabuto who was running towards Manda, whom Orochimaru summoned earlier. Naruto closed his eyes to talk with Kyuubi again.
"Kyuubi, I need more of your chakra to catch Kabuto!" Naruto declared.
"Naruto, I can't give you anymore chakra at this time. If I give you more, I could poison you with it because it's so tainted. The more I give you, the more susceptible you will be to the poison." Kyuubi replied.
"That's just a risk I'll have to take."
Naruto was filled with Kyuubi's chakra once again and he began to dash towards Kabuto again. As Naruto gave chase to Kabuto again, he kicked up a bunch of the ground and it continued to make a trail as he went on. He brought his fist back when he was directly behind Kabuto and gave the strongest puch he could. There was a sickening crunch as Naruto heard some of Kabuto's bones break from his punch. The Kyuubi's chakra faded from Naruto and he immediately felt sick and dizzy. He shook it off and started to attack Kabuto again. Naruto brought his blade down and slashed Kabuto across his leg and kicked him towards the ground.
Kabuto crashed into the ground and pushed his broken glasses back up. He was truly amazed at Naruto's current level of power and could see why he was made Chunin. However, it was Naruto's power that really interested him. He remembered when he was reading Naruto's status card to Sasuke during the first exam and said that Naruto's other skills were classified. The dark power Naruto had been using through their entire fight must have been the classified skills, but what he wanted to know was where Naruto learned such dark arts.
"I have to admit Naruto, you are the first to have ever pushed me this far. But let me ask you something." Kabuto said.
"Ask away, it's not going to matter since you'll be dead when I'm done with you." Naruto replied.
"That power you have used during our fight. What is it?"
"The power that I have used on you throughout our fight is called Necromancy. It gives me the power to control death basically."
"Where does one like you get that kind of power?"
"Now that is something I will keep to myself. I will never tell you where I got my powers or how I got them for that matter."
Kabuto gave a shrug as Naruto gave him that answer. Couldn't hurt to try and get some information. He looked up and saw Naruto holding his hands towards him and mentally cursed for not paying attention. Kabuto once again found himself frozen, but this time he was frozen in a block of ice from the neck down. He could only watch as Naruto walked toward him with his bloodied blade. Kabuto began to squirm and tried to break free from the ice, but it was too cold and thick.
Naruto stopped in front of Kabuto and looked into his eyes. Naruto's eyes were now glowing neon blue as he glared at Kabuto. Naruto raised his blade and slashed through the ice itself, once, twice, three times. He brought back his sword for the final blow and brought it down as hard as he could.
"Rune Strike!" Naruto hollered.
The ice exploded into tiny pieces and Kabuto fell to his knees. Four new slashes appeared on his chest, the fourth one had frost growing inside of it. He could feel his body shivering and his blood felt cold as ice. Kabuto looked up at Naruto and saw Naruto place his hands directly over his chest.
"Howling Blast!" Naruto bellowed.
Kabuto was blasted off his feet for what would be the last time today. The last attack Naruto hit him with was a blast of snow and ice directly from his hands. Kabuto fell from the air and landed directly on Manda's back. Naruto fell to his knees and began panting heavily from exhaustion. That had definitely been one of his most challenging fights. To his surprise, Kabuto also managed to move and got to his knees. He knew Kabuto was strong, but there was no way he could be alive after all that damage. Naruto squinted and could see Kabuto healing his injuries from the fight, but with little effect.
Tsunade finished landing one final punch on Orochimaru which sent him spiraling down towards Manda. Orochimaru landed hard on Manda's back, much to the giant snake's anger. Manda glared up at Tsunade for causing even greater annoyance.
"You'll pay for that, wretched bitch!" Manda hissed.
Manda slithered toward Tsunade and attempted to devour her. Tsunade jumped just in time to avoid being both eaten and poisoned by the monstrous snake. While Tsunade was in the air, her eyes fell upon Gamabunta's blade which was currently embedded into the ground. Gathering the rest of her chakra, she grabbed the top of the giant blade and heaved. The blade came free from the ground and she stabbed it directly through the roof of Manda's mouth, pinning him to the ground.
"Orochimaru, if you ever want my assistance again, you will need mountains of sacrifices." Manda hissed.
"I'll be sure to have them, Manda. I'm going to have to end this here." Orochimaru replied bitterly.
Orochimaru glanced out of the corner of his eye and took note of Kabuto's state. He couldn't believe that the Kyuubi brat had managed to push Kabuto as much as he had. Bringing his attention to the four people before him that ruined his day, he gave them his signature snake like grin.
"I never imagined all of you would push us this far. But I must say it wasn't a total loss, because Tsunade did in fact restore my arms to the point I can use them to perform my body switching technique." Orochimaru said.
"While that is true, you still don't have your wanted body yet. And if I'm right, this current body you are in is at the end of its rope, is it not?" Jiraiya inquired.
"That is true, Jiraiya. But I will get Uchiha Sasuke one way or the other, and when I do, I would have perfected his Sharingan to the point I will want it at."
Orochimaru gave a sinister cackle and started to sink into the ground along with Kabuto. Naruto started to charge at them but stopped when Jiraiya called out to him.
"Naruto, stop! Their time will come, but it's not now. Orochimaru could still finish you off in your current condition!" Jiraiya shouted.
"You should listen to that perverted imbecile, boy. I have more power than you do at this time, and the next time we meet, I will personally kill you with it." Orochimaru added.
"Looking forward to it." Naruto retorted.
Orochimaru gave one last chuckle before he and Kabuto vanished. There was a loud crack as Manda, too, disappeared. Naruto sealed his blade again and turned to walk back to Jiraiya, Tsunade and Shizune. However, as he started walking, his eyes rolled to the back of his head and he fell face first to the ground. The last thing he saw was Jiraiya, Tsunade and Shizune running to him. He could hear their voices fading as he lost consciousness.
"Naruto! Naruto! Na…ru…..to."
CaptainPrice Office Omake: Happy Holidays
CaptainPrice: Hey all, CaptainPrice here just giving you one of the crazy imaginitive omakes from the back of my head. I have some special guests with me here today.
Grimes: Hey readers, I'm Grimes Jensen Wallcroft.
Darion: I'm Darion Mograine.
Gaz: I'm Gaz Matthew Zanovich, or as you all know me as Zano.
Mac: I'm Mac Adam Compton.
Naruto: And I'm the one and only Uzumaki Naruto.
CaptainPrice: On behalf of all of us here from Shinobi of the Ebon Blade and CaptainPrice Productions, we wish you the happiest of holidays.
Gaz: Yup, Merry Christmas motherfuckers!
Grimes: Gaz, that's not how you wish people happy holidays!
Mac: Well, to his credit Grimes, Zano was given the nickname 'Grinch' because he doesn't like the holidays that much.
Naruto: Okay, the one time we gave him a lump of coal and we marked his present from Santa Claus as a joke and he goes ape shit from it.
Gaz: You sucked the holiday cheer out of me you stupid ass!
Grimes: Actually, I have the photo of him opening the present of coal in my pocket here.
CaptainPrice/Mac/Naruto/Grimes look at the photo. Gaz has an abnormally large tear the size of his head trickling down the left side of his face and he's holding a box of coal in his hands.
Mac: You know this is the first time I've seen a legit photo of Zano crying.
Gaz is off in the background loading shells into an 870MCS.
Darion: Facebook that, his squad will get a kick seeing their Sergeant crying.
Gaz: (Puts on a santa hat and cocks the 870MCS before walking towards his friends)
Grimes: Uhh, guys, we might want to run. (Starts running away)
Naruto: Why? (Turns and sees Gaz) Oh you crazy fuckin' bastard!
Gaz: Dashing through the snow, with a shotgun in my hand, shooting my friends in the ass, laughing all the way! MUAHAHAHAHAH!
CaptainPrice: Well, hope you guys enjoyed the chapter and the lame omake here. Now before Gaz blows our heads off, I'd like to wish you all a happy new year! See you next time!
So yeah, that's the chapter guys, I know this is late and I hope you haven't had the urge to shoot me in the head. I just finished my third semester of my college career and I'm kind of concerned with how I did, but anyway, I'm on break up through January 23rd, so I'll try to get 1, maybe 2 more chapters in for this story before that time. I also had an unfortunate and sad thing happen, my Grandpa passed away unexpectedly on December 9th, so yeah. Now, without further excuses, lets move on to the points I want to make with the authors notes.
1.) Do you guys still want me to continue this story? (Silly question I know, but I'm just curious)
2.) Do you guys want me to put omake's in the story every now and then?
3.) This wraps up the Tsunade arc, but now there is 1 more main arc for this story before it's done, and that's the Sasuke retrieval arc. However, I'm going to put in 2 more arcs that are going to be my made up ones, the next arc will be up in the next chapter or so that will be setting grounds for the next story.
4.) Do you guys think I need to put more romance in the story? IE Naru/Hina, Grimes/Kurenai/Anko? I feel I put some in, but then I feel as though I don't have enough, tell me what you think.
5.) Not really a point. But if any of you guys play Xbox 360 and play Battlefield 3 and want to play a round with me, send me a message over Xbox live telling me where you saw the offer. My gamertag is on my profile page just the way it is no spaces in the name or anything.
Death Knight Abilities:
Frost Fever- A disease dealing Frost damage every 3 sec and reducing the target's melee and ranged attack speed by 20% for 21 sec. Caused by Icy Touch and other spells.
Obliterate- A brutal instant attack that deals 150% weapon damage plus a bonus. Total damage is increased by 12.5% for each of your diseases on the target.
Icy Touch- Chills the target for Frost damage and infects them with Frost Fever, a disease that deals periodic damage and reduces melee and ranged attack speed by 20% for 21 sec.
Death Coil- Fire a blast of unholy energy, causing Shadow damage to an enemy target or healing damage on a friendly Undead target.
Chains of Ice- Shackles the target with frozen chains, reducing movement speed by 60% for 8 sec. Also infects the target with Frost Fever.
Blood Boil- Boils the blood of all enemies within 10 yards, dealing Shadow damage. Deals additional damage to targets infected with Blood Plague or Frost Fever.
Death and Decay- Corrupts the ground targeted by the Death Knight, causing Shadow damage every sec that targets remain in the area for 10 sec. This ability produces a high amount of threat.
Hungering Cold- Frost Death Knight attack, encases the foe inside a block of ice for ten seconds.
Rune Strike- Frost Death Knight attack, causes up to 150% weapon damage.
Howling Blast- Blast the target with a frigid wind, dealing Frost damage to that foe, and Frost damage to all other enemies within 0 yards.
Blood Strike- Instantly strike the enemy, causing weapon damage. Damage is increased by 12.5% for each of your diseases on the target.
Festering Strike- An instant attack that deals weapon damage plus and increases the duration of your Blood Plague, Frost Fever, and Chains of Ice effects on the target by up to 6 sec.
Unbreakable Armor- The Death Knight strengthens his armor to the point it is almost impenetrable.
CaptainPrice story shoutouts: Give these stories a read through and give comments.
Changes by Mash Tactics- A modern day World of Warcraft story that I cannot wait to see updated when it is. Story starts off a little slow, but it gradually gets better, give it a chance.
Naruto vs Sasuke: The Aftermath by Kingkakashi- A story that starts directly after the failed Sasuke retrieval mission. Without a doubt one of the best stories I have come across for the Naruto category on fanfiction.
Church's Rangers by ArmedSammy123: A world of warcraft story that revolves around siblings that form an elite team known as Church's Rangers. There goal is to bring peace, but their methods of doing so a little more extreme than negotiations. I just read it last night and I found it really good, give it a chance.
A Shinobi's Creed by CaptainPrice- You ever wondered what would happen if Obito survived the cave in during the mission to destroy the bridge? What would happen if the war didn't end after the mission was successfully completed? Now you can read what would happen.