Disclaimer: I do not own Naruto or Harry Potter. I do own the plot and some OC's along the way.
Warnings: Language, OC'ness, Het, Slash, twists and turns, fluff, smut, and abuse to the author, Loss of Kei's cuteness.
They travelled quickly through the morning and afternoon; Kei was pushing for them to arrive just after nightfall. The route they travelled wasn't traffic heavy, and it meant they could slip through the forest with ease to reach their destination. This suited their needs perfectly.
When the sun went down, Kei cracked a smile at the sight of a small village. They arrived. From there it was only a couple of minutes before the little jounin picked up his partners scent hanging in the air and followed it to a beat down bar. The crowd sitting outside looked like they lacked morals, and hygiene, but neither leaf nin paid them much attention. Instead they snuck around the side of the bar and looked in through a window.
In the middle of the room sat Makoto and Sakura, with the blue jounin hovering quite close to the genin. Around their table were four men, each drinking heavily and talking loudly. Kei scoffed at them. The only reason Makoto would be sitting with them and enduring their presence was if these men were the targets. Kei focused on each one individually to see what he was dealing with.
The first man was on Makoto's open left side, he was the drunkest and was slurring his words as he talked about this one time when he was a boy and his father met a shinobi from Iwa. The other men were jeering and throwing questions at the man to interrupt his story and laughing as the man stumbled over a few answers and mixed up facts and events.
The second man had a sharper eye, he wasn't drinking as much but his cheeks showed a rosy hue that meant he had indulged a little. The third and fourth men were relatively dumb looking, but their body mass told Kei they were the muscles in this quartet. They were the ones that kept throwing out questions to the first man to trip him up.
Confirming that his partner was there, Kei directed Naruto around the back and sat the boy on a crate. "Stay here and watch for any of the four men that we just saw. If they leave, follow them." He instructed. Not caring for a response, Kei ran around the building and slipped inside the door behind another patron. Kei stuck to the shadows, making his way through the bar and towards Makoto. When he was close enough and sniffed the air and tried to find out more about the men. They didn't carry any underscent of a main shinobi village, which was good. They also didn't have a small taste of chakra to their scent which meant they weren't ninja. This was all good news to Kei, since now he could alert his partner to his presence and not worry about being noticed.
Kei moved through the room without being seen, and brushed his partner across the shoulder to tell him he was near. Makoto made no indication that anything happened, and kept on chatting with the second man. Kei fell back into the shadows and watched as under the table, Makoto tapped Sakura's legs. The pinkette who had been silent up until this point promptly blushed and looked down. She leaned over to Makoto and whispered something before adverting her gaze to the table once more. Makoto rose gracefully and held out a hand for Sakura to take. "I'm sorry gentleman but the young lady needs to be excused for a few minutes."
The men nodded and waved away the girl before not taking a break in their story telling. The second man though, Kei observed that his eyes narrowed and followed Makoto's movements carefully. He tracked the duo from the table to the area that held the restrooms. Kei waited for Makoto and Sakura to disappear around the corner, and for the second man to look away before he moved to join them.
"I thought you would be gone a few more days." Makoto said instantly once Kei had joined them.
"Me too, but further complications arose." Kei tried to explain. "Where's Sai?" the pale boy was absent and Kei hoped it wasn't for a bad reason.
"They think he's back at the hotel room preparing everything for the young lady's nightly routine, but he's scouting out their hideout. The four here are the face of the operation but they have about a dozen men working under them. They watch all the roads in and out of the village, and report back once they spot a worthy target. We were under constant surveillance the moment we got here. Only after they determined that Sai and I weren't a threat did I sense one of the guards leaving to inform the boss." Makoto whispered.
"Who's in charge?"
"I don't know, we haven't been allowed to meet him yet. He sent his second in command to greet us and persuade us to let his men protect us from the bandits, but is currently away on business."
Kei nodded, taking in all the information. Kei jerked up straight as the room shifted and a thought came to him. "It's the second man. The second man is the boss and he's watching you to make sure he can get away with killing you." Kei announced quietly.
Makoto frowned. "I'm not sure…"
"No it is him. He's not drinking and he's watching you too closely Makoto. Not Sakura but you. He knows something isn't quite right, we need to act tonight." Kei hurriedly informed his partner.
"Kei… I think it would be better if we scout them a few more days and then Sakura's sister could join us and then we attack, once we have more information and a solid plan." Makoto argued.
Kei shook his head frantically. "No you don't understand Makoto. There's something bad in the air, something sinister. It's been following us since we left Konoha and messing everything up. There were so many problems, so many things that went wrong, it can't be anything else. We need to act tonight. I'll grab Naruto and attack the hideout, and send Sai out to take care of the scouts. Get Sakura out quickly so they don't try to take her hostage and once you're finished here join us to rob the place. We need this done tonight."
Kei held up a hand to stop his partner's protests. "Just trust me Makoto. We finish this tonight and return to Konoha. We need to leave this country it's… it's not right."
Makoto sighed. "Fine, but be safe. If there's more men in the hideout than you can handle keep Sai with you and then go after the scouts." The older jounin warned.
"The boss looks like a tricky man; he may have something hidden to help in a bad situation." Kei told his partner seriously.
Kei stared at his blue haired partner and felt a small bit of tension leave him at the hard set to the older boy's eyes. Makoto was going to be alright. A quick exchange of nods and their conversation was done. Kei left to retrieve Naruto and Makoto was left detailing a plan to Sakura to get the men to leave with them. It wouldn't do to make a big bloody scene in the middle of a bar.
Kei managed to track Sai easily and found the pale boy on a rooftop observing a flower shop. He barely glanced in their direction before he spoke. "The hideout is in the basement, there's a side door that leads down to it, but there's another entrance in the flower shop."
Kei's eyes flickered down where he spot several ink mice running off. "We'll take care of this, you get the scouts."
"10 men. No ninja's." Sai whispered before he disappeared.
The little jounin carefully led Naruto to the shop, keeping his eye, nose, and ears open to anything hostile. When they reached the side door, it was a matter of seconds for him to deal with the simple lock. When the metal lock clicked, the tension that left when with Makoto came back full forth and multiplied. Something was screaming at Kei's senses that he didn't want to go inside, but this was a mission and Kei didn't have any other choice. With a deep breath, he pushed the door open.
Kei walked into the room in and froze. It was filled with men, dark men, men that resembled a nuke nin he killed long ago. A dead nuke nin who cursed his life with that damn black hand jutsu. He could see his face on every single man's body; sneering, glaring, openly laughing at his plight. This is what his senses had been screaming, practically beating him over the head with warnings. Kei couldn't take it. This man needed to learn to stay dead. With a roar of fury and anguish, Kei rushed the man and his clones, pulling out kunai to slit their throats as he ran by. Blood sprayed everywhere but he didn't care. This man's blood had stained him before; a few more wouldn't make a difference.
Kei killed them. Slit throats, stab wounds littering their bodies, and limbs missing, he didn't notice or care. When his kunai became so drenched in blood and slipped from his fingers, he kept fighting, shoving his hands that rippled with electricity into their chests to rip out their hearts, relishing in the feeling of crushing the organ that kept this dad man alive.
Looking around there was only one left. One dead nin left that was cowering in the corner but despite his actions his face never changed. It mocked him with its cruel laughing eyes and sneer that promised pain. He was already in enough pain from this man; he didn't need nor want more. He just wanted the man to stay dead and for him and his death curse to stop haunting him. Kei was getting ready to kill the last doppelganger but he spotted blond out the corner of his eye.
The idiot blonde wanted to be Hokage, and now would be the perfect chance to teach him another lesson. Kei reached down to the nearest body and ripped the shirt off. Body aching with determination, Kei marched over to the last ghost and covered his head. This man already haunted him, Kei didn't want his face to be imbedded into Naruto's mind too. Lifting the man, Kei kicked him in the back, sending him flying across the room to land at Naruto's feet.
"You want to be Hokage? This is what a Hokage does!" Kei screamed. "They kill people for money. They don't care about their names or faces, they just send shinobi out to slaughter them like animals. Have a taste Naruto, kill him!" Kei commanded.
Naruto trembled where he stood, his eyes wide as he stared between Kei and the whimpering man at his feet. "I..I.." he struggled.
"KILL HIM! He's already killed me so what does it matter how quick or painful his death is? Kill him!" Kei screamed, his body shaking with rage.
"I-I can't." Naruto protested.
"You can. The Hokage kills people every day, whether it's an enemy, or their own people. It's better you get used to being a murderer now." Kei hissed. He wanted Naruto to understand, to see the dark side of the position he so desperately craved. "If you don't do it now, I'll make you!"
Kei stalked towards the genin, his hair as just as wild as his one good eye. He needed Naruto to understand! He needed Naruto to learn, but most importantly, he needed someone else to kill this ghost because Kei didn't know if he had it in himself to do it anymore.
Kei retrieved a clean kunai from his hip pouch and shoved it into the blonde's hands. He wrapped his own fist around Naruto's to prevent him from dropping it. With his free hand he grabbed the ghost under his armpit and lifted him up, shoving the dead man to face Naruto.
"Kill him right now." Kei growled. Naruto still hesitated looking scared at the action. The crazed jounin growled again. "His crime is killing me; will you really let an enemy go alive after he condemned a fellow leaf shinobi to death?" Kei asked.
"H-how did h-he kill you?" Naruto asked.
"The how doesn't matter. The only thing that matters is that you take revenge and kill him." Kei squeezed Naruto's hand that was wrapped around the kunai and pulled. He pulled the hand forward and then quickly to the side so the blade rooted itself into the ghost's heart. Then he pushed up, guiding Naruto's hand as the kunai tore through skin, muscle, and bone -up the man's chest and through his neck.
After the blood started gushing over their joined hands, Kei dropped everything: Naruto, the ghost, and his anger.
The little Hatake took a step back and surveyed the damage he wrought. Dead bodies littered the floor and slowly their faces started to melt. The hauntingly familiar nuke nin's visage left and people he had never seen before took their place. Kei stumbled and looked down to behind his foot to see a bloody kunai, lying innocently on the floor. He did this. Kei couldn't understand.
He had killed before and even performed some gruesome murders with Makoto, but he had never done anything like this alone. He looked over to the genin that was in his charge and could see the blonde in a state of shock, staring at his blood stained hand in a horrified fascination. He did this.
Kei did this.
Kei couldn't handle it. His head burst into an overwhelming explosion of pain and he blacked out. Kei's mind had shut down on him.
I couldn't think what would fit after that fight, so I decided to end the chapter here and start working on the next. Nothing seemed right to follow that up in the same chapter. I will also gather poll results next chapter and have a new omake.
Also, I apologize for the shorter than normal length.
I also wrote 'Mikoto' every time for Makoto and after staring at it for 5 minutes wondering why it looked wrong it clicked. I really shouldn't have made a character called Mikado for Applause, cause now I'm mixing up names.