A/N: I do not own anything except for Xander and the five gates.
"Any sign of anything?" Kakashi asked.
"Negative," Xander replied, looking across the partway completed bridge that Tazuna and his men where currently working on.
"I don't like this. Something should have happened by now," Naruto pouted, hoping for some action.
"Well, give it time, I'm sure something...A thick fog is rolling in," Kakashi said, alerting the rest of the team.
"Is that a jutsu?" Sasuke asked.
"Yes, so be careful, we don't know if it is a diversion or not," Kakashi said, pulling out a kunia. The fog slowly rolled over them, blocking out the sun. "Tazuna, get away," Kakashi said, as two figures appeared in the mist.
"Hello again, Kakashi," Zabuza said, walking forward, with the person that "killed" him following him.
"I thought that he was suspicious," Kakashi said.
"Get ready to die," Zabuza yelled as he pulled out his giant sword and rushed forward to Kakashi.
"Everyone, go and fight his companion," Kakashi said, dodging Zabuza's sword.
"Listen, we need to stick together. I have a feeling that that guy is much stronger than any of us," Xander said.
"Tch," Sasuke said rushing forward.
The masked figure stood there, unwavering, until Sasuke threw a punch at the figures face, when it grabbed Sasuke's fist and threw him into the air.
"Damn it! Shikamaru, go left and use Taijutsu, I'll go right with Water drill jutsu, while Naruto, you go from above with a group of shadow clones," Xander yelled as he charged forward, followed by Naruto and Shikamaru.
"You really shouldn't say your strategy out loud," the masked figure said, easily blocking all the attacks.
"Haku, stop playing around and finish them," Zabuza yelled, dodging a large number of kunias thrown by Kakashi.
The masked stranger, now deemed Haku, started to perform a one handed jutsu. Suddenly, large mirrors of ice surrounded team seven on all sides.
"Ice mirrors? I'll just melt them," Sasuke said, using dragon flame jutsu, only for it to have no effect.
"Xander try your flame," Shikamaru said.
"I can't, the air is to wet, I can't get a spark," Xander said snapping his fingers frantically.
"The ice in these mirrors is infused with chakra, and can't be melted," Haku said as he melted into a mirror, and showed up in all the mirrors.
"So, what are you going to do?" Sasuke asked, glaring at a random reflection.
The images reached into sleeves and pulled out six large needles, and then all the images disappeared as needles rain downed upon the team.
"Shikamaru use your armor," Xander said as Shikamaru used the jutsu and doned the shadow armor.
"Ok Sasuke, you...Sasuke?" Xander said looking at the youn Uchia whose pupils had turned red with two black tomoes in them.
"This power...my speed...this must be the sharingan," Sasuke said smiling.
"Your clans kekkia genkia? Awesome, but we're sort of fighting for our life here," Xander said as a new wave of needles hit them.
"Damn, uh...screw it, Shikamaru, can you use Shadow possession jutsu?" Xander asked, only to see Shikamaru fall over from chakra exhaustion.
"Oh damn it all to hell. Fine, Sasuke, can you see him when he is attacking us?" Xander asked.
"Barely, but my eyes are getting better each time he does," Sasuke yelled as a new round of needles were thrown at them.
"Ahhhhhhh, I won't let you hurt us anymore! Frozen hell sword jutsu," Xander yelled as he charged forward to the closest mirror, hitting it repeatedly, until he had to stop from sheer exhaustion.
"Are you done yet?" Haku asked from the mirrors as a new wave of needles, all focused on Xander, hit.
Xander yelled out in pain as he slowly felt his consciousness fading away.
"No...no...I won't...die here...I still...have to...fight," Xander said, trying to support himself on just his hands, and failing.
"Naruto, a little help!" Sasuke yelled, only to see the blonde standing still, looking at the ground, tears streaming down his face.
"Na...Naruto?" Sasuke asked.
Suddenly, Naruto looked up and yelled, his eyes rolled into the back of his head, as an evil looking red chakra surrounded his body, creating a pillar up to the sky.
"Bro...ther?" Xander weakly said, struggling to look at the pillar. Suddenly, Naruto leaped not the air and shattered all the mirrors with a wave of his hand, knocking the real Haku to the ground.
"What...what..." Sasuke said in shock.
Naruto landed on the ground, and started running towards Haku, feigning a punch and throwing a kick. Haku dodged the kick and drove several needles into Naruto's outstretched leg. Naruto, completely unfazed, threw another punch with no recovery time from his last attack at Haku, who, taken by surprise, did not dodge the punch, and got punched in the jaw.
Haku slowly got up. She slowly walked toward the berserk Naruto and bowed in front of him, witch confused the enraged boy, giving Haku the chance to stab six needles into Naruto's chest. Naruto fell backwards, going back to normal, already unconscious.
"Fire flare jutsu!" Sasuke yelled from right behind Haku, who didn't have time to dodge the attack. The cone of flames enveloped Haku, the results of Sasukes attack unknown, until a figure appeared in the dying flames.
"But...how?" Sasuke cried out as he fell to his knees. Haku walked over to him and help him up by his throat. Haku slowly started squeezing until he sensed something wrong and turned around.
"You hurt me, my squad, and my father. You completely stopped every one of our attacks. You almost killed one of my friends and my brother, and we're about to kill another. You are really pissing me off," Xander said, calmly walking towards Haku.
"Xander, I..." Sasuke said, only to be silenced by the orb grip on his throat.
"Put him down," Xander said.
"Why?" Haku asked.
"So we can fight one on one," Xander said, stopping twenty feet in front of Haku, who threw Sasuke to the ground.
Xander smiled, as slowly raised his right hand. "This mist jutsu, would have worked great, if not for me," Xander said.
"Why is that?" Haku asked.
"Because, your just giving me more ammunition for my bomb," Xander said snapping his fingers, which caused a giant explosion of fire to hit Haku. As the smoke cleared, Xander fell to the ground, only to see that Haku wasn't there, but was instead farther back, rushing to intercept Kakashi's chidori from hitting a defenseless Zabuza. Haku jumped at the right time and took the attack right in the heart.
"Haku! No! Why?!" Zabuza cried.
"Don't worry, I did it becuase I wanted to," Haku said, getting very close to death.
"Haku...I'm sorry. For everything. For not treating you right, for making you train, everything," Zabuza said, tears running down his face.
"Don't apologize. Those were the best times of my life. If it wasn't for you, I would have died an orphan on the street. Now don't cry, I'll always live on in your heart. Goodbye, friend," Haku said, drawing his last breath.
"Goodbye, my friend," Zabuza said before breaking down into sobs again.
"Zabuza, I...I'm..." Kakashi began.
"No, don't be. We both knew that death would happen eventually. I don't blame you," Zabuza said, followed by a slow clapping.
"The great demon of the mist, weeping like a child. How funny," a short man said, stepping out of a crowd of mercenaries.
"Gotto, what are you don't here?" Zabuza asked.
"Finishing the job I hired you to do, now go get them!" Gotto yelled as the mercenaries charged forward.
"Kakashi, I'm sorry for all the trouble I've caused you. Please allow me to take on these mercenaries," Zabuza asked as Kakashi nodded.
Zabuza ran forward, with a kunia in his mouth, stabbing mercenaries as he ran, grabbing two of there weapons and putting one in each hand, killing all the mercenaries, but suffering many, many fatal wounds, untill he reached Gotto, where he slit his throat.
Zabuza slowly walked back over to the place where Haku lay.
"I loved him like a son and be was my best friend," Zabuza said.
"He seemed a lot like you," Kakashi said.
"No, he was calmer, and more analytical. Ny only wish, is that I can go to the same place he is, but I know that is not the case. Goodbye Kakashi," Zabuza said, as he looked at Haku and died with a smile on his face and tears running down his face.
"Goodbye," Kakashi said, collapsing in exhaustion.
"Thank you for everything," Kakashi said to Tazuna.
"It was no problem. It was the least we could do in exchange for the protection you gave us," Tazuna said shaking Kakashi's hand.
"And thank you four, also, for everything," Tazuna said to team seven, who all nodded.
"What are you naming the bridge?" Kakashi asked.
"I don't know," Tazuna said, holding his chin in thought.
"How about Haku?" Naruto suggested.
"Haku bridge? Hm, I can go with that," Tazuna said, as he waved goodbye to the group of ninjas.
That's it for this arc, and I am very happy. I hated writing this arc, there's just no passion. Sorry if the last few chapters haven't been that good, but I promise, if you stick around, things will get much better. Thanks for reading.