Dual Bender Shinobi
Harem: Azula, Ty lee. Mai, Toph, Katara, Suki, June, Ursa, kya.
This is the chapter which will show the bashing of Aang, airbenders, and the Avatar.
In the middle of the desert a giant white snake was slithering through the sand with four people on top of her head. They were Naruto, Azula, Mai, Ty Lee, and Shiroi the snake summon. Naruto placed a barrier around them which kept the sand and wind out and the girls were currently enjoying the ride.
"This is so cool! This beats traveling in that metal tank huh Mai?" Ty Lee says while the weapon user nods and brushes a strand of her hair back.
Azula and Naruto were looking around the desert for any sign of the Avatar. Azula was looking through a hand held telescope while Naruto used his doujutsu to see for any life forms.
Azula noticed what looked like a tower-like structure not far from their location. She then taps Naruto on the shoulder and got his attention. "Naruto I see a tower right over there." Azula informed, pointing to the east. Naruto uses his special eyes to zoom into the location she pointed at and saw a tower sticking out of the middle of some sand dunes and two life forms
"That's not all. There are two life forms standing outside of the tower. One's the blind earth bender and the other seems to be the flying bison. Shiroi stop." The white snake nods her head and stops in her tracks and coils up.
"Why did we stop Naruto?" Ty Lee asks the blonde who narrowed his eyes, focusing his attention on Toph and the Bison.
"That girl is a sensor and power type Ty lee. She must have the ability to sense vibrations through the ground as well as read a person's body language and since she's blind, there's a possibility her other senses are stronger than that of a normal persons so we have to take caution with this one." He answered in a serious tone.
"I could block her earth bending chi like I did to the water bender once." Ty Lee offered but Naruto shook his head.
"No that's too risky, especially with that Bison around. He'll catch your scent and alert the girl to your presence which would put you in even greater danger. The wind current's speed also makes it worse since we're not downwind and the creature will be able to pick up on our scents a lot faster." He explained. Azula took this info in and couldn't help but agree and trust Naruto's judgment on this since he has more experience with this kind of thing than she did.
After thinking about it for a few minutes the Fire Princess spoke up. "Then what do you propose we do then Naruto?" Azula asks. Mai and Ty Lee were surprised at her question. Usually Azula prided herself in her skills and wouldn't ask for any form of help whatsoever not even from them unless she asked for it.
Naruto thinks about it for a while and the young sage did a few handseals and from his body a wood clone formed, surprising the trio when they saw a second Naruto manifest from the original.
"Wh-what is that?" Ty Lee stuttered out as the clone stood straight up and glances back at Naruto and the three girls.
"This ladies is a clone or second manifestation of me and can be used in reconnaissance missions, espionage, or to assist me in battle." He answered. The Acrobat approached the clone and pokes him a couple of times, much to the clone's irritation.
"Stop that." He said, causing the bubbly girl to 'eep' and zip behind Mai while Naruto and Azula chuckle.
"I forgot to mention that aside from being my replica they can also have the ability to think on their own and carry a portion of my knowledge and techniques." He informed the girls before pulling out a tri pronged kunai with a mixture of seals on it and looks at his clone. "Once the girls and I are inside the tower I want you to keep that Earth Bender and the Bison distracted as long as possible."
"How will we get into the tower Naruto?" Azula wondered as he turned his gaze at the tall building.
"I want each of grab onto me and whatever you do, don't let go for even a second." He warned. Azula noticed the seriousness in his voice and nodded while he threw the Kunai into the entrance of the tower. Mai and Ty Lee each grab an arm while Azula wrapped her arm around his waist (deliberately pushing their boobs onto his body), each keeping a firm grip on him before vanishing in a flash of yellow.
Wan Shi Tong's Library
In a flash of yellow, Naruto, Azula, Mai, and Ty Lee appeared before the Kunai as well as in the middle of what appeared to be a large library filled with countless books. The blonde sage looked around and whistled lowly at the countless books in the place.
He noticed the girls were looking at the countless books but haven't released him yet. "Girls I know I'm cute but could you please release me?" he asked with humor etched in his voice.
Azula, Mai, and Ty Lee looked back at him and noticed they were still holding onto him and in and instant released him with a tint of peek forming on their cheeks, much to his amusement. "I have to say I've never seen so many books in my life."
Ty Lee nodded in agreement. "Yeah we didn't even have this many books in the Fire Academy."
Mai on the other hand scoffs. "Thank Agni those days are over because studying from those books were boring."
Azula was about to say something but her eyes widened when she saw a large Owl stare down at them. Mai and Ty Lee looked up as well and were wide eyed as well. Naruto didn't look as shocked as they were and kept a calm and impassive expression. "That's a big bird." He muttered as the Giant Owl spread its wings and descended to the ground and loom over them.
"Greetings Human's, what brings you to my lair?" The Owl questioned in a deep and otherworldly tone as he looked at them with a keen eye. Naruto steps forward with his eyes activated with a stoic and calm expression on his face.
"Wouldn't it be wise for the person who speaks first to give his or her name before asking for the name of the guests?" Naruto replied calmly as he was eye to eye with the Owl. The giant bird of prey gazed into Naruto's eyes and was surprised to sense the power flowing through them before nodding.
"My apologies, I am Wan Shi Tong, the Spirit of Knowledge, Guardian of this great library and He who knows 10,000 things." He introduced. Naruto nodded in acknowledgement as the Owl introduced himself.
"Greetings Wan Shi Tong-san I am Naruto Uzumaki Namikaze, reincarnation of the successor of the Rikudo Sennin or The Sage of the Six Paths and these are my beautiful companions/mates Princess Azula of the Fire Nation and her friends Ty Lee and Mai." He introduced with a bow.
"It is a pleasure to meet you all but I'm afraid you must leave as humans have not been allowed to enter my library for centuries due to abusing the knowledge they seek for their own gain." Wang Shi Tong said but a sly smile took form on Naruto's face.
"Now we both know that is not true my friend because I know the Avatar and his friends are here as well so do we not deserve a chance to learn a bit of the vast knowledge this place holds?" Naruto requested. The spirit was surprised that this young man before him was able to see through his lie so easily and looked for any form of deceit in the strange eyes he had.
"Very well then, I see no form of deceit in your eyes young Sage so I'll allow you and your friends to use my library and any other sources to your liking," His gaze turned fierce and his feathers bristled a bit "But know this if you betray my trust I will not hesitate to end you or your companions."
Naruto nodded in agreement. "I give you my word and swear on my title, clan's honor, and life that we will not abuse any of the knowledge your library holds and will take responsibility should we break your trust." He assured the Owl who accepted his word and the trust laced in them.
"Before I allow you passage to my library do you each have anything to contribute?" Azula looks through her travel bag and pulls out a scroll.
"I have a scroll and a journal with the scroll containing instructions on advanced firebending and lightning generation, and my great grandfather's diary." She offered the Great Owl who brought his right wing forward in front of scroll and book before pulling the appendage back with the items vanishing.
"These will make a fine addition especially the firebending scroll and history of you ancestor princess but I advise that you follow your own path and not the one others made for you as it will end in turmoil." He advised. The princess looked a little troubled but nods.
Ty Lee stepped forward with a scroll and held it out. "I offer a scroll on my Chi Blocking technique that I've learned and mastered." She offered and like the others, they vanished under his wing.
"This is acceptable. Chi Blocking is a very rare and new art so you must be highly skilled in learning such an art." The Acrobat smiles at the praise before stepping back and allowing Mai to step forward with a manual.
"It's not much but I have a manual on weapons forgery for the special knives I made and one with the blueprints on the design of the projectile launchers I keep hidden under my sleeves." She offered and got a nod of acceptance from him.
"These will indeed make a fine addition to the weapon's sector of my library," And he turned his gaze to Naruto "And what do you offer young Sage?"
"A couple of things that will interest you greatly," he pulls out one of the large scrolls on his back and places it on the ground. The Owl watches with interest as Naruto unravels the scroll that had several odd containment seals on it, taps one of them, and in a puff of smoke one scroll and three books appear "My first contribution to you is a scroll that contains the knowledge of Fuinjutsu or Sealing Arts. The second is a scroll on how to use chakra as well as knowledge of one jutsu called the Shadow Clone Jutsu."
Wan Shi Tong reached out and swipes the items under his wings and they vanish. "These offerings will be very interesting to read… and the last contribution?"
Naruto had to suppress a huge grin that was threatening to escape his visage and held out a limited edition gold covered Icha Icha book with Jiraiya's signature written on the left hand corner. "This I believe you'll personally find very… entertaining." He hinted, getting a curious expression from Wan Shi Tong.
He takes the book in his feathered appendage and uses the other to open up the book and read the inscriptions of the pages for a little before a tint of pink appeared on his face and giggles in a manner that the girls didn't like for some odd reason. Naruto had to fight the urge to laugh out at their expression and the one from the Wan Shi Tong. "Oh my… this I shall cherish greatly…" He said to himself as he turned a page and continued to giggle again before stopping and looking at the group. "Enjoy the library" he said before moving backwards into the shadows with a giggle echoing around the area.
Naruto shook his head in amusement that a spirit as great and wise as the Owl was a pervert. 'The other Naruto was right everyone was a pervert at heart no matter who they were.'
Azula was the first to speak up once Wan Shi Tong was gone. "Naruto if I may ask what was that book you gave the spirit of knowledge and why did he… giggle like that?" she questioned with a hint of her demanding tone laced in her words.
Ty Lee and Mai were also curious about the book while Naruto was inwardly sweating bullets at they each had their gaze on him. "Trust me the lesser you know the better." Was all he said. Mai and Ty Lee nodded in acknowledgment but Azula didn't looked too convinced and vowed to herself to find out about the contents of that book. "Now then let's enjoy the library."
"But I thought we were here to catch the Avatar not read up on the history of the nations." Azula thought only to receive a smirk from Naruto.
"Patience my princess, we'll get the cue-ball soon enough but it wouldn't hurt to find some knowledge that would benefit us in the future, after all 'Knowledge is Power' and from my experience if they're looking for a way to end this war soon, then it's possible that there will be some info in this library that will help them find a weakness in our home's defense and could spell disaster for our nation and people." He says.
Azula wanted to make a remark but stopped and thought about it since it was a possibility that the Avatar's group could find such a thing in this vast library.
"You do make a good point but what can we do? You did promise the great spirit that we wouldn't abuse the knowledge in his library and the one thing I never want to do is anger a spirit because that is a fate worse than death." She said.
Naruto pondered on this before a smirk crossed his face. "You leave that to me, go ahead and start finding some books and scrolls that could benefit us, I'll be checking on the bald monk and his group to see what they're up to." With that Naruto vanished in a burst of wind, leaving the girls to do their part.
Planetary Calendar Room
From the shadows, Naruto followed Aang's energy signature into a room that looked similar to a planetarium and had to admit this was a very impressive invention. He watched Sokka turning the dial a few times in order to match the calendar and dates and hear him wanting to find out about the darkest day in Fire Nation history.
He watches the symbol of the sun and moon rotate until they merge and stop in place. "Hey what happened? Why did the sun and moon stop in place? Does this date represent the Darkest Day in the Fire Nation?" She asked.
"Shh! Katara don't speak so loud in front of the fox who's buddies with the Owl!" He whispered to his sister and saw the Kitsune whimper in a dejected manner.
"So I was right. They are misusing this place for this war… I think I should inform my fine feathered friend about this." He vanished in the shadows once more to find Wan Shi Tong.
Different Sector of the Library
The Animal Spirit was perched on a statue, giggling quietly to himself as he was reading the 10th chapter of the masterpiece Naruto gave him. "Oh this book keeps getting better and better… the Sage's grandfather is a true artist to create something so amazing" He said to himself.
Naruto appeared before the Owl crouching down slightly and stood up, only for a sweat drop to form on the back of his head as he saw the spirit's giggling form. 'Okay spirits are definitely perverts.' He thought before coughing out loudly. Wan Shi Tong paused and looks up to see Naruto with an amused expression on his face and the Owl also sported a look of annoyance.
"Is there a reason why you've come to interrupt my reading young Sage?" He asked with a hint of irritation in his voice.
"My apologies friend but the reason I was searching for you is because someone is misusing the knowledge of your library." The Owl's expression turned serious at what Naruto told him.
"And who would dare commit such an act and use my knowledge for their own insidious gain?" He asked in a voice full of fury and coldness.
"I'm afraid a member of the Avatar's group by the name of Sokka is using your invention in the planetarium to find out the day the Fire Nation would be vulnerable due to a war Azula-Hime's Great Grandfather started and wants to use that knowledge to possibly invade the land on its weakest day." Naruto answered.
Anger flashed through the spirit's eyes when Naruto informed him of this deceit. "What?! How dare they… after giving their word they wouldn't violate my trust for a war no less? They will pay for their treachery!" Naruto nodded in agreement.
"I agree my friend. The use of your knowledge was a privilege They deceived you, proving they hold no form of honor especially the Avatar who I believe was supposed to be honor bound and not deceitful and I apologize if their actions have broken what last ounce of trust you had for the human race." He apologized by giving a slight bow to the Owl.
"There's no need for you to apologize in their behalf Naruto because unlike them, you are honor bound by your word and for informing me of this treacherous action I am indebted to you." He thanked before his expression grew dark. "And now I must deal with the ones who have deceived me with their lies and show them why the spirit of knowledge is not one to trifle with." The Owl left while Naruto went to go get his teammates.
With Azula and her Team
The Princess and company amazed by the things they found in the Knowledge Spirit's archive. Azula found several books on the most advanced forms of firebending and even the ancient styles that were based more on the movements of the dragons who were the true practitioners of the firebending arts.
Mai and Ty Lee had found a few books and scrolls that ranged from special weapons, fictional novels, and even fighting styles that didn't require elemental bending that were similar to Ty Lee's Chi blocking skills. That was when Naruto appeared beside Ty Lee, causing the girl to scream out in surprise and Mai and Azula spun around in their fighting stances with May drawing two curved knives only to see Naruto rub his numb arm due to the female acrobat jabbing his arm in several places.
"Oh my gosh I'm so sorry Naruto!" Ty Lee apologized as he manage to get some feeling back into his right arm.
"It's okay Ty Lee it was my fault for scaring you like that." He replied back.
"Did you find them Naruto?" Azula asked her new partner and got a nod.
"Yeah I did and not only that but I just found out that they discovered a day when firebenders lose their ability to bend and the nation will be at its weakest." He informed the Fire Princess. Her eyes widened since she just realized that there was only one day in every 100 years when fire benders lose their ability to bend.
"The Day of the Black Sun." She whispered to herself.
"It's a day when the sun and moon intertwine and those with the ability to fire bend are cut off from the sun with is the main source of our bending. My Great Grandfather wrote about it in his journal saying it was the one day where he believed that losing his ability to bend was the most drastic day in his life." Azula explained.
"And if they were to invade your homeland on that day, the fire benders won't be the only ones in danger, the civilians will suffer as well since those who will attack will more than likely want to gain their retribution through them after losing their loved ones and that is what worries me the most." Naruto informed.
Azula noted his serious expression and nodded in agreement. "So what do you propose we do?" she suggested.
"Right now gather whatever scrolls and books you've wanted to take and then we'll greet the cue ball in his friends. I want to personally see if this boy is what he claims to be." Naruto answered.
"So you're gonna fight the Avatar and measure his current level of strength? You don't think he'll be much of a challenge to you?" Azula asked the blonde sage.
"A challenge? I wouldn't consider him to be a decent warm up after that fight in that abandoned village but one can never be too careful, I especially can't wait to see his world coming down and that all he knew was nothing but lies." Naruto answered.
After gathering all of the scrolls and book in a large storage scroll for safe keeping, Azula and her friends gather around Naruto and they vanish in a flash of yellow and reappear in the entrance of the Planetarium where they heard Sokka boasting about finding the Fir Nation's weakness.
"This is great! We finally found the Fire Nation's weakness. With the solar eclipse appearing in the middle of the summer the fire benders will be helpless and we can finally defeat the fire lord and pay those monsters back for what they did to us!" Sokka declared with a victorious smirk on his face.
"Monsters", Naruto thought angrily. "The real monsters were the Air Nomads and the Avatar, the real reasons the war started as well as the other two nations being too stupid to listen to the truth."
Suddenly a shadow hovered over the Gaang. They turned around and their eyes widened when they saw Wan Shi Tong staring down at them and from the expression in his eyes he wasn't happy at all.
"You humans are so predictable and are also terrible liars." The Owl stated and glared at Sokka's paling form. "I take your word to heart when you said you wouldn't abuse my knowledge for violence especially you Avatar." The Giant Owl said with disdain in his voice.
"Please great spirit you have to understand we are doing this in the name of justice and to save the ones we love. This information will keep the rest of the innocent from being hurt." Aang tried to reason but Wan Shi Tong wasn't hearing any of their excuses and glared darkly at the Avatar.
"Your Justice is nothing more than a suppression of revenge and now I must do what I have to do protect what I love and unleash my form of justice which includes ending your traitorous lives." He said while he spread his wings and prepared to attack.
"Hold on Won Shi Tong," everyone turned their attention to the approaching forms of Naruto along with Azula, Mai, and Ty Lee, much to the group's shock and fear "Allow me to deal with them in your steed since you shouldn't have to stain their traitorous blood on your talons."
The Owl's eyes soften somewhat from Naruto's appearance but still the fury he expressed for the Avatar and his friends were still there.
"Thank you Naruto but my honor demands retribution for their actions against me but you and your friends have proven that you are bound to your words and have not deceived me in any way."
Sokka noticed Naruto and his eyes bug out. "YOU!" he cried out, pointing an accusing finger at Naruto who didn't look the least impressed. He recognized Naruto by the hair because he had been at an angle to get a good look at his face.
"Yes me… for a self-proclaimed warrior you aren't that bright." Naruto remarked, getting a peeved look from the teenager. Aang and Katara couldn't help but snicker at the jab while Azula and her friends chuckle. Sokka glared at his sister and friend with his sister looking away and Aang giving him an apologizing look.
"Sorry Sokka but he did get you with that." Sokka said nothing and looks back at the Owl.
"Please Great Spirit you have to listen to me, that guy before you is working with the fire nation, the people who not only started this war but also burned a portion of your library." He said but cringes when the Owl's glare intensifies especially when he tried to point the blame at his new friends.
"I know who they are but unlike you who were looking for a means for war, they came here only seeking knowledge and nothing more. This agent as call him swore an oath not to break my trust and even forfeited his life should they betray me."
Aang and the others were surprised and worried because they realized that they were in big trouble and it was only getting worse. Wan Shi Tong turned to Naruto.
"Naruto since they have attacked your honor in spite of their own deception I will allow you to deal with them as you deem fit." He offered before flapping up once and landing on top of a large bookshelf.
As Naruto set his gaze on the trio, Azula decided to speak up. "So you all were planning on invading my homeland on the day of the eclipse huh? Well it would've work if the water peasant hadn't blurted it out in the open." She stated and smirked when Sokka paled at the realization.
"Indeed but what can you expect from a wannabe warrior?" Naruto replied while Sokka fumed at the insult to being a warrior but was ignored as Naruto set his sight on the 13 year old monk and from his facial expression he didn't look the least impressed. "So you're the Avatar? The Messiah of the People, Master of the Elements, and the only being on this planet the Fire Lord fears."
He narrows his eyes at Aang who was looking a little unnerved. "I have to say I am not impressed."
"Hey you better watch what you say buddy because Aang is more powerful than you can ever imagine!" Sokka says only for Naruto to give him a look of annoyance.
"I was talking to the kid with the arrow on his forehead not some warrior wannabe who got knocked out by his own weapon." That right there caused Sokka to remain shocked and silent. "I mean really that was just plain pathetic. I'm willing to bet that you're the village idiot," Naruto stated with a smirk on his face infuriating Sokka but then tapped his chin a couple of time.
"Actually no because even a village idiot would know better than to throw a projectile at an assassin who can kill him without batting an eyelash, so you must be retarded."
Now Sokka's face was red and steam escaped from his ears while Katara, Azula, Ty Lee, and Mai had to hold in their laugh.
"Enough! Who are you and why are you with Azula?" Aang asked/demanded. Naruto however scoffed at the kid's demand and folded his arms.
"I have no reason to explain myself especially to a child." Naruto retorted. Aang narrowed his eyes and was about to say something, but Naruto suddenly appeared in front of Aang, surprising the Monk at his speed. Before he could say anything, Naruto delivers a kick into his chest and sent him flying backwards and crashing into the wall of the planetarium.
The wall shook slightly from the impact and strength behind Naruto's kick and said blonde look impassive as he saw the boy's body slide down the small crater and onto the ground hard.
"Aang"! Katara cried out and rushed to her friend's aid as did Sokka.
Won Shi Tong witnessed the move and was impressed at Naruto level of speed and strength behind his physical attack as were Mai and Ty Lee.
"Wow he's fast." Ty Lee says with Mai nodding in agreement.
"And strong. I'm just glad he's on our side." Mai commented.
Aang on the other hand was in pain. Never in his life has he been hit like that. He could feel his bones rattle from the kick and was having a tough time breathing Who did this Fire Nation monster think he is, attacking him the Avatar.
"Aang are you okay?" Katara asked as she tried to help him up as did Sokka. He used his staff and staggers back to his feet, glaring weakly at Naruto who still didn't look the least impressed.
"It would appear that your so called power is highly exaggerated. Tell me Aang, back when you and your friends had Azula cornered, what would you have done with her after she was captured and restrained?" Naruto questioned.
Aang, Katara, and Sokka were confused by the question as were Azula, Mai and Ty Lee, wondering why he was asking the Avatar a question like that.
"We would've taken turned her into the Earth Kingdom as a prisoner, why?" Aang replied. A scowl formed on Naruto's face and Aang for some reason shuddered at the fierce expression on the blonde's face and unknowingly took a step back for some reason.
"So in other words, you would hand her over to people who despise the Fire Nation and leave her at the mercy of her interrogators? Are you as stupid as the wannabe warrior over here?" He questioned. Aang was unaware of the cold tone in Naruto's voice and fumed at the insult.
"What's the big deal? It's not like anything bad would happen to her if she was thrown in jail!" he shouted only for Naruto to release a vast amount of killer intent around the room. Sokka and Katara shivered from the unknown feeling they were getting but Aang was getting the worst of it because for some reason when he looked into Naruto's eyes, he saw visage of himself being stabbed through the heart by a single edged blade and broke into a cold sweat.
""Don't you know anything about war you foolish, ignorant child?!" Naruto growled out in a tone so vicious it unnerved everyone in the room.
Ty Lee however lets out a shudder as she saw the dark expression on his face. "Whoa, Naruto's aura just went dark all of sudden and it feels so… scary." Ty Lee said to herself as she hugged herself.
"For once I have to agree." Mai said as she too felt something unsettling from Naruto but to see the Avatar tremble before him must mean he's facing the worst of it. Azula was somewhat unnerved from the feeling she was getting and it made her want to shiver uncontrollably until it suddenly faded and everyone manage to get their bearings back.
Naruto calmed himself due to noticing that his murderous intent, while focused on Aang, did spread out and scare his teammates so he settled down. "Let me give a brief history in war kid. When an enemy or ally is captured by the opposing side, after getting 'interrogated' for information they are as you say sent away to prison as POWs or Prisoners of War but not in the way you think they would." He noticed Aang was growing more confused and had to keep himself from rolling his eyes at the kid's lack of knowledge of the real world.
"What could be worse than jail?" Aang wondered and Naruto had to keep himself from rolling his eyes.
"A lot of things could happen, things that would give you nightmares and make you want to kill yourself just to be free from the torture and if you had succeeded in capturing Azula and handed her over to the Earth Kingdom she would've been subjected to something worse than jail time because if you had noticed she not only the daughter of the man who is continuing this war and is a member of royalty, she is also female and they tend to suffer in prison even more than the male gender do." He glanced at Katara's form and noticed her eyes widened in horror. "From your female friend's expression she knows what I'm talking about."
Aang glances at Katara only to see fear etched in her eyes and her body to tremble at what Naruto was implying. "Katara what is he talking about?" He asked the female waterbender but Naruto spoke up again.
"This is gonna be short and simple for even you to understand monk. If your friend Katara was captured and sent off to a prison, she would've been subjected to being raped on a daily basis by both male prisoners who haven't laid eyes on a female for Kami knows how long or even by the guards for entertainment." Aang was horrified beyond belief at what he just said. Ty Lee covered her mouth as a gasp escaped and Mai was just downright terrified. "If that could happen to her then what do you think Azula would be fated to in a prison full of people who'd want to get retributions for the wrongs her family committed?"
Azula looked away and closed her eyes in fear of being captured and going through something so horrendous if she was caught by the enemy.
"B-but… th-that can't be true… they would never…" Aang stammered out as he tried to deny the things Naruto said. After all he was the Avatar and if he said that it wouldn't happen then it wouldn't happen…right, only to be on the receiving end of a glare so fierce and dark, he almost lost all of his composure.
"Fool! Did spending the last 100 years in ice make you brain dead?!" He snapped, causing the young monk to flinch from the sharp tone in his voice. "The world you live in is nothing but a fantasy. This is the real world kid in the real world things like that happen!" He paused for a minute and then his expression became dark. "And in the real world you can't save everybody no matter how strong you are."
Aang looked down at the floor and pondered on what Naruto said until something small whizzed past him and hit the wall with a thud and Katara crying out in shock and pain, causing Aang to snap out of his stupor and turn around to see Katara staring at the rip on the sleeve of her shoulder and notice a red spot forming around the cut.
The waterbender grips her shoulder for a few second, pulls her arm away and stares at the blood, her blood in the palm of her hand and trembled. Aang noticed a shuriken imbedded in the wall behind Katara and spun around glaring at Naruto. "Why did you attack her for? She did nothing to you!" He shouted.
Naruto on the other hand looked impassive when he threw the shuriken at Katara and hit her on the shoulder. "And? I'm the enemy and I'll use any advantage I can to get you and that includes attacking your friends."
Aang clenches his fists and grits his teeth in anger that the person before him would stoop so low as to attack bystanders especially if they were his friends. "Why are you doing this?" Sokka and Katara looked noticed a faint glow on Aang's arrow tattoo on his head as did Naruto who smirked inwardly.
"He's almost there...just a little push and then we'll see just how powerful the Avatar really is." Naruto thought as the faint glow started to get more noticeable.
"I am doing this because people rely on this Avatar like he's some sort of God who can solve everyone's problems, fight their battles and bring everlasting peace." He spat the word peace out like it was something vile. "But look what happened, you ran away and remained hidden for the past 100 years while countless innocent people suffered from the destruction this war caused while wondering where their savior was and why he hasn't done anything to end the war."
"Also it is ironic because while the Earth Kingdom and the Water tribes think of the air benders as the first casualty of this war when in fact they were the ones who helped this war start."
Aang's eyes widened as the glow started to die down at what the blonde said.
"What are you saying the Fire Nation was the one to strike first with no provocation the Air Nomads had done nothing to the Fire Nation," Aang cried out.
"YOU FOOLISH CHILD," yelled Naruto. "Don't talk about what you don't understand considering the fact the Fire Nation destroyed the Air Nomads to protect the Fire Nation's continued existence." At that everyone just stopped breathing.
Naruto took a deep breath and continued.
"What I am going to say is the truth but for that I will have to go back to 55 BSC. In that year Avatar Roku got married with Fire Lord Sozen as his best man after he had come back as a fully realized Avatar. After the wedding he borrowed Roku for a few minutes. This was where Sozen unveiled a plan to help bring the Nations together. He proposed to have trade done between the Nations. That there wouldn't be just 4 nations, but one kingdom, a world where people could live together, in peace. No more would there be separation but unification"
"Now Roku was horrified at the thought of the Nations becoming one and without even considering the possibilities he shut down the conversation without listening to anything, or any of the possibilities."
"17 years passed after that argument and Sozen had gotten the permission from the Earth King to start the trade to see if it would work. There were 25 guards which included both Benders and non-benders with 75 tradesmen, repair men, cooks, whatever. Now coincidently Roku had been heading there as well. When he got there he saw the symbol of the Fire Nation next to the Earth Kingdom one with smoke coming from the walls."
One Earth Kingdom man was messing with a Fire Nation item and had caused it to exploded injuring several people. When he arrived just as Earth Kingdom citizens told him it was an accident he turned on his kin and slaughtered 95 of them."
At this Aang's group gasped in shock.
"He then destroyed their supplies and ordered them to get out. They did and just as they got out of the city they sent a messenger bird ahead of them saying what had happened. Needless to say Sozen was angry when he got the message. When Roku confronted Sozen he tried to lay false accusations against him. When Sozen refuted him and told him that he would be punished for murder Roku just scoffed and said that those lives were on Sozon's hands because he didn't bow to the Avatar's demands. "
"He then turned away which caused Sozen to grow angry. Here was this murderer saying that he was responsible for their deaths launched fire at the Avatar. The ensuing fight destroyed the palace and ended with Roku's victory. He then warned Sozen if he didn't stop it would result in his permanent end."
"25 years after that battle there was a massive eruption on Roku's home island. The only ones who lived on that island were the ones who still followed the avatar as over 99.99% of the Fire Nation hated him. Sozen went there only because this was the biggest eruption to date and it could have affected the mainland."
"He along with Roku managed to calm down the lava but Roku had been exposed to too much sulfur smoke which is toxic and collapsed. He saw his old friend standing there on his dragon and pleaded for help."
"However Sozen was indifferent to Roku's plea and said why should he help him when he slaughtered so many innocents. So Sozen left Roku to be buried within volcanic ash. After that they kept an eye on the Air Nomads considering they had a habit to think they were right and the barbaric unenlightened should be put in their place. "
"Eventually Sozen learned that there was a new avatar. However with this news one of the monks had sent a secret message to Sozen telling of a plot to basically destroy the Fire Nation. Apparently most of the elder monks felt the Fire Nation should be punished for challenging the status quo. There were plans to basically turn the Avatar into a weapon to destroy most of the Fire Nation."
"So on the day of the comet when Fire Benders were at their peak the same monk helped cause a ruckus and on that day many lives were lost including the monk who you should know by the name of Gyatso."
This cause Aang's eyes to widen at his shock.
"On that day Fire Nation soldiers captured all four temples with the death toll being only a few. The plan was to only capture them and have the elders face trial; however it didn't work that way as planned. A few of the elders on all of the temples escaped and used advanced air bending techniques to surround the entire temples and basically cut off all air to the lungs, thus led to the end of the Air Nomads. From baby to elder, innocent to not."
"Now you may wonder exactly how I know all of these details, well the truth is I saw it happening."
There was a loud WHAT.
"It is true the Avatar isn't the only one who is reincarnated and my spirit saw the corruption of the Avatar and the Air Nomads. "
"Did you really think that only the Avatar was capable of reincarnation of their spirit? You truly are pathetic."
"I wonder how it feels, now knowing that your order was the cause of this Hundred Year War that has killed so many. The fault for them all lies on the Avatar's shoulder's as well as the Air Nomads."
Aang couldn't take the verbal assault and the arrows on his arms and head as well as his eyes glowed white and he looked up at in fury while said blonde remained calm and focused. Katara and Sokka saw Aang go into the Avatar State and looks of hope appeared in their eyes. Sokka grinned triumphantly
"Alright the Avatar State! Now you're gonna get it tough guy!" Sokka declared knowing Aang could easily take this guy down with only one attack (Apparently he didn't hear what Naruto was saying when he told them the truth about the war which will cost him later).
Naruto ignored him and kept his gaze on Aang.
A powerful wind current blew around the library and books and other objects were floating and twisting around the cyclone sphere Aang created. Naruto's hair and coat blew back from the powerful gust but his facial expression remained the same. Azula, Mai, and Ty Lee were protecting their faces from the debris flying past them but they manage to look on in wonder of Aang's Avatar state, having never seen it before and watched as Naruto prepared to fight the Avatar at his strongest and show everyone what he was capable of.
"So this is the Legendary Avatar State I've heard so much about. This should be interesting." Naruto leaps back and starts to gather chakra around his form. Everyone watches as the energy shifts from blue to a gold color until a flash of light coated the entire area for a few seconds before dying down. The spectators as well as Avatar Aang were surprised to see Naruto's body shrouded in a golden aura that flowed off of him in a flame like pattern with a series of seals and designs that looked like spirals on his shoulder, torso, and hands.
His first Tailed Beast Mode lite up the once darkened room, showing every his new form. His eyes were no longer deep blue but were now golden colored with a slit pupil in both of his ocular organs and he looked back at the stunned Avatar with a cold expression.
"Now let's see what you can do, boy." He challenged.
The battle between the Avatar and Rikudo Sennin was pretty much one sided with Naruto having the advantage. Naruto was easily evading a series of air blasts that missed him and destroyed most of the bookshelves and walls of the building. Just as he evaded another blast and landed onto a bookshelf he froze due to gaining the memories the Moku Bunshin he had fight Toph and cursed as he was hit by a powerful air blast that sends him skidding backwards and stops before he nearly falls over the edge. Sokka whoops in joy as he saw the blonde get hit by one of the air blasts.
"Alright nice shot Aang!" Sokka cheered and grinned arrogantly at Azula and her friends. "Looks like your friend isn't gonna last long ladies." He mocked but they ignored him and continued to watch the fight.
Naruto vanished in a flash of yellow as an Airwave destroyed another section of the library. "Not bad kid but your control needs work." He inhales some air into his mouth and his chest expands as he adds a large amount of wind chakra into his lungs.
"Wind Release: Great Breakthrough!" He releases a powerful wind blast that heads straight for Avatar Aang who increases the size of his wind barrier but the force from the attack was so great that it sends him sailing backwards.
"Aang!" Katara cried out as she saw the last hope of the world (Though she wouldn't admit it she wondered if the handsome sun hair colored man was right) crash into the pillar that was collapsing and while Naruto stood in his spot with his arms folded sporting a bored expression on his face, know the boy wasn't dead due to sensing his negative emotions.
"Get up boy I know that attack didn't finish you of yet!" He calls out and his answer was a giant fireball erupting from the pillar and expanding as it sailed across the room and towards Naruto. He sighs in annoyance of the straight forward attack and rears his head back. "Water Release: Water Wall." He expels a large quantity of water from his mouth and rises in front of him. When the fireball makes contact, the colliding elements turn into steam until it clears out of the way.
"Let me show you a real fire attack. Fire Release: Great Fire Destruction." He takes a deep breath and unleashes an massive stream of white fire that incinerated everything in its path. Aang's eyes widened and knew even in his Avatar State realhe would die if he was hit by a fire blast of that magnitude and used Airbending to hover over the wave. The heat from the technique caused the damaged section of the library to not only be reduced into ashes but became even hotter than the heat outside the desert.
"Whoa now that is hot." Ty Lee commented as she felt the heat from the attack with Mai and Azula agreeing.
As the ground from beneath them shook, several large amounts of debris hit the ground causing Sokka to cry out. "Ah! If this keeps up, they'll bury us in the library!"
Naruto was about to make another move but stops and inspects his surrounding, noticing the place really was falling apart and cursed inwardly as he allowed himself get caught up in the fight between him and the Avatar. "Damn it, if this continues the girls will get hurt… I'll have to end this now."
He deactivates the chakra mode and returns to his normal form as Aang hovered over him. "Sorry kid but the fun's over. While your form is powerful, you lack the control to use it properly and are just throwing random attacks at me and causing unneeded damage and had this been a populated area, countless people would've been injured or killed." The Avatar narrows his eyes at Naruto who showed no fear of him "Overall I'm rather disappointed since I was only using less than a tenth of my strength as a test and if I wanted to kill you, you would already be dead."
"Silence. What you have done is unforgivable." Said the Avatar as he sounded like he was talking as one with many other voices. "You side with the Fire Lord whose family has caused nothing but imbalance in this world and now you will pay with your life."
The girls eyes widen in horror when the boy stated that he would kill Naruto and were about to tell him to run but stopped when they saw Naruto remain calm and just stood there, not the least bit affected by the threat of the monk threatening to kill him and scoffs.
"Spare me the death threats kid unless you've got the power to back them up and unfortunately for you," He activates the Jyuubigan, brings his right arm up, and aims his palm at the monk "You don't, Shinra Tensei."
The Avatar didn't get the chance to strike due to being hit by the powerful invisible force and went sailing across the room like a bullet, crashing through several bookcases and hitting a wall hard enough to knock him out of the Avatar State and render him unconscious. Katara and Sokka quickly ran to the location Aang landed in while Naruto shook his head in disappointment.
Unknowingly a large piece of ceiling cracked around until it was loose and fell down to where Azula, Mai, and Ty Lee were. A small piece of rubble landed beside Ty Lee who noticed it and looks up, only to scream as the large piece of debris descend. Azula looked up as did Mai and their eyes widened in fear knowing that they couldn't out run a piece of debris of that size.
Naruto appears in front of them and brings his hand up, firing a small blast of gravity that reduces it into dust. "Are you girls alright?" he asked and his answer was Ty Lee glomping him and almost made him lose his footing.
"Yeah we're good." Mai complied as she dusted off her clothes but sweat dropped when she saw Ty Lee rub her head against his chest with her arms around his waist and it grew when she saw Azula's brow twitch at the affection the acrobat was showing to the blushing blonde.
"Ty Lee since we're fine would you be so kind as to let Naruto go and go search for the exit?" She asked sweetly but Naruto knew that from the strain it wasn't a sweet gesture in any form and detected a small hint of jealousy in the princess's voice. Ty Lee was unaware but let's Naruto go and nods happily before cartwheeling away.
"Okay…" He looked around to see the avatar and his friends gone and sensed them outside of the tower.
"Looks like they got away from us." Azula states and Naruto nods.
"Yeah sorry about that Hime, I got too caught up in the fight and endangered you three." He apologized but Azula shrugs it off and pats him on the shoulder.
"It's alright Naruto we'll get them next time but for now we'll head back to the entourage and rest for a bit." She assured the blonde ninja and for some reason she looked a bit sheepish. "And for what it's worth I'm glad you're not hurt… and the fight was… pretty amazing." Naruto smiled as she looked away with a blush forming on her face.
"Yeah Naruto you actually worried us for a while there but it good to see no harm come to you." Mai admitted with her arms folded only to be on the receiving end of a one armed hug by a grinning Naruto.
"Awwww, Mai-chan I didn't know you were worried about little ole me, I feel so special knowing you cared." He teased with a fox-like grin on his face while the knife thrower blushed and averted her gaze from his but was secretly enjoying the hug, not that she'd admit it out loud.
"Wait where is our large feathered friend? I hope he didn't get caught in the attacks?"
Said Owl descended towards them and landed on the ground, folding his wings in place and while he was a little ruffled, he was not harmed in the least. "Fear not I am okay."
Naruto was about to speak up until a pink blur AKA Ty Lee landed behind Azula. "Guys I found the exit!" She said loudly, causing Aluza to jump. She lost her balance and tripped towards Naruto and Mai, trying to grab them both to regain her footing but ended up dragging them down and into a mess of tangled bodies.
The two girls groaned and shook their heads only to hear muffling noises underneath them. They looked down to see Naruto under them and their breasts smothering his face while he was waving his arms around frantically. Their faces turned scarlet and the instantly jump off the blonde who sat up gasping for air.
"Oh Kami I thought I was gonna die!" He cried as he regained some color back on his face until he had his sight on Azula and Mai who had their backs turned to him, scarlet faced and covering their chests with their arms. Naruto's face heated from what happened earlier. Ty lee was giggling, and Wan Shi Tong chuckles at his new friend's reaction.
"…. I think I'm gonna go check to make sure that the exit is clear. Oh and sorry about the damage to the library."
"It's alright most of the things in those sectors were greatly worn out and my servants will fix the place up. Now if you'll excuse me I have a book to get back to reading." When he vanished into the shadows, Naruto's brow twitched when he heard the spirit giggle perversely and muttered 'Ero-Spirit'.
"Ty Lee come on we're gonna check to see if the coast in clear." She nodded happily and joined with Naruto, leaving Azula and Mai by themselves.
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"See? I found it Naruto." Ty Lee says, pointing towards the window where they had entered through and smiled brightly. Naruto smiled back in approval and at Ty Lee's bubbly enthusiasm.
"Yes I can see that, Good job Ty Lee." She blushed a little from the compliment he gave her and realized that the exit was very high. She may be an accomplished acrobat but to scale something that high would be difficult even for her.
"Hmmm, the only problem is how do we get up there? Any idea Naruto?" Ty Lee asked, unaware of the smile forming on his face until she found herself getting scooped up in his arms and held in bridal fashion. "Eek! Naruto what are you" she didn't get to finish her sentence due to Naruto leaping extremely high into the air and much to her surprise and shock, was clinging to the wall via his feet before hopping off and jumping even higher, continuing to hop left and right simultaneously.
To say Ty Lee was shocked was an understatement. She knew Naruto's athletic abilities were amazing but not to this level and couldn't help but inwardly admit that his moves made her feel like an amateur even though she's been working on improving her agility, flexibility, and reflexes since the day she could walk though she seemed better at being flexible like when she did a few flips and then did the splits and impaled herself on his dick causing her to scream in pleasure. Just the thought of that night made her a little wet.
The duo landed gently on the window sill, taking in the sight of the desert outside until Naruto sets her down beside him, knowing she could keep her balance without his assistance.
She was about to ask him something but paused as she heard arguing as did Naruto. They both looked down to see Aang arguing with Toph about Appa. "Just admit it Toph! You let those Sandbenders take Appa away on purpose!" The air bender accused. Toph however was put off by the accusation and sported a pissed off expression at being blamed for losing the flying bison.
"For the last time Aang, I didn't let them take Appa I was trying to keep that Naruto guy we fought in that abandoned village and some giant snake from burying us in the sand and then I passed out from exhaustion!" She exclaimed but this only made Aang scowl at her.
"Now I know you're lying Toph because I was fighting him in the library and there's no way he can be in more than one place!" Naruto snorted softly especially since the monk didn't know about his 'replication techniques' "Just admit it! You let them take Appa because you never liked him in the first place!"
He was inches apart from her face even though she was a few inches taller than him. Toph's brow twitched as she sensed him in her space and didn't like it. "First of all little boy," She brought her hands up and roughly shoved him back, making him stumble and fall on his butt mainly because she was physically stronger than him body wise "Get out of my face or I'll bury you neck deep in the sand and let the desert ants feast on that chrome dome you call a head. Secondly I was out here fighting Naruto and a giant snake so don't call me a liar and lastly I'M BLIND!" Toph waved her hand in front of her face, emphasizing her disability. "I can only 'see' people using my feet and the sand around us makes it difficult for me to pinpoint others unless I can recognize there voice!"
The angry nomad scowled and got back up.
"You know what Toph? Ever since you joined us, you've been nothing but trouble! You're always making rude comments, complaining, and being pushy! You may be the self-proclaimed Greatest Earthbender in the world, but what good are you if you couldn't even be a proper look out for us when we needed you the most huh?" Toph was stunned at the verbal attack as were Katara and Sokka until Aang said something he would regret. "Why don't you do us a favor and get lost or better yet go back to that prison you call a home?!"
Everyone remained silent when Aang said that but to Toph, those words hit harder than any other physical attack and hung her head. Katara snapped out of it and gave the 13 year old a look of disapproval. "Aang that was totally uncalled for! I know you're upset about losing Appa but that doesn't mean you can blame Toph." She chastised.
Aang glares at her, "Shut up Katara I'm the Avatar so when I say she let them take Appa then she did." He was about to speak more but then realized that the sand underneath them was shaking violently courtesy of Toph. She was squeezing her fist to the point where her knuckles were white and was biting her lower lip with her eyes clenched shut. She lets out a scream laced with fury and rage, bringing her arms back. She stomps the soft sand hard with her right foot and throws her arms forward, unleashing a blast of sand which bypassed Sokka and Momo (the first of the two being unconscious) and struck Aang directly in the chest, causing him to fly backwards and crash into the sand hard, leaving Katara speechless but also proud seeing as she was about to whip Aang for daring to say that just because he was the Avatar that he was the only one right..
Toph was sporting a furious expression on her face as she 'glared' in Aang's direction while the monk groans in pain. "Fine Jackass if that's the way you feel then we're done because I'm not gonna be a Sifu to some pathetic excuse of an Avatar! I QUIT!" She screamed before stomping off around the other side of the pillar and curls up against the edge, hugging her legs to her body and burying her face in between her knees.
Katara tries to approach the earth bender but Toph speaks up in a voice lace with anger and hurt." Just go." As she said this, Naruto and Ty Lee watched an angry Aang morph his staff into a glider, he then took all of the water that Katara had and left his three comrades to fend for themselves while he went to find Appa's trail.
Naruto's blue eyes grew cold at Aang's behavior toward his friends because it reminded him of how the citizens of Konoha use to blame his past self for the loss of their loved ones when he too lost his family during the day Tobi forced Kurama to attack the village before his past self had finally changed their minds. At that moment, Naruto was tempted to go after Aang and then beat him within an inch of his life for not only abandoning his comrades and verbally attacking the other who also had a sensitive past, but taking what water they had left
When Ty Lee saw Naruto's expression, she reached out and put her hand in his. Naruto's gaze met hers and noticed the look of concern and worry she was expressing. Seeing he was worrying Ty Lee, Naruto managed to calm himself by releasing a sigh and gave her hand a gentle squeeze to assure the acrobatic warrior he was okay.
"It's alright Ty-chan… I'm fine" He told the acrobat and smiles when her expression brightened. He looked back down and saw the water sibling also leave to find out which direction Aang went and back at Toph who didn't move from her spot. "Ty-chan go on back to Azula-hime and Mai-chan, I'm gonna go talk to Toph." She blinks a few times but nods and hops back down the tower to meet up with Azula and Mai.
The blonde Sage hops off towards the dunes, using his skill in wind manipulation to lightly descend down the tower and gently lands besides Toph who is unaware of his presence while he placed his hands in his pockets. "Baldy really need to work on his temper." As soon as she heard his voice, Toph sprung up and leaps back in her fighting stance. Naruto didn't react and remained calm in his posture. "Relax Toph I didn't come here to fight." Naruto informed her but Toph ignored his statement and sent a small wave of sand at him but he vanishes and appears to her left.
"Yeah well too bad because I feel like fighting!" She yelled and stomps her foot into the ground. When this happens a large orb of sand appeared in front of her and with a motion of her hands, it morphed into a long pike which separated into many smaller ones, aimed it at Naruto's chest, and threw it.
Said blonde simply sidesteps to the right, infuriating Toph. The blind bender lets out a scream that contained a mixture of sadness and a little rage but mostly sadness. She whips her arm back and creates a whip made of sand. "Because of you and those fire chicks I lost the only friends I had in this world and now I have to go back to that prison that use to be my home!" She cried while a stream of tears fell from her face due to the memories she had of her life of solitude.
''You're not as alone as you think.'' He said shushining away as a panting and exhausting Katara caught up. It was obvious considering her background the hot sands of the desert were getting to her. Living in the frozen climate of the Water Tribe all her life, the sun was particularly hell for her.
''Sugar queen? Why are you here? Did you come to blame me as well?''
''No Toph, Aang was wrong. I know you did everything you could...'' she said then let out a gasp and moved into a fighting position upon seeing Naruto.
''I think we both know you're no match for me. I could kill you both without much effort so how about we talk? After all you might want to save your energy. Since from what I've heard Sand Benders are bandits who's to say they won't hesitate to kidnap young girls and sell them on the market!'' That particular statement sent a shiver down their spines so the girls relented.
''So talk!'' Toph barked out, still pretty pissed from the situation.
''Toph-chan, you seemed to react rather angrily when the monk told you to go home. I'm curious as to the reason why?''
Toph lowered her hands a little as did Katara. "Because it was more like a prison than a home." Toph said as memories of her life started to come to the forefront of her mind.
''I was born blind and because of that my parents have treated me as a helpless child. Nearly every moment of my life they have kept me under the scrutiny of guards, teachers, or anyone on their payroll. No matter where I went I lacked privacy. I could hardly recall a time I was given a chance to leave the compound let alone explore the outside world around me. I was never even allowed into the city. Do you have any idea what it is like to be in a place that you feel that you don't have any freedom of your own?" She then explained how she learned Earth bending up to how she met the rest of the Gaang.
''A child from noble blood growing up as a tomboy. It appears you and I have a lot of common. As I am a child of noble blood and your struggles sound like a lot of what my mother went through.'' He said gaining her interest.
''You're of noble blood as well? Well which of the four nations do you descend from?''
''I'm afraid I'm a reincarnated spirit of a child of Fire long before the creation of the Fire Nation. Do you sense any deception in my words? I heard your unique sight lets you see many things. So maybe you can see the truth as well?'' He asked as Toph focused intently on him.
''Well Toph?'' Katara asked as Toph mused over what she heard for a bit.
''He's not lying. His heart beat didn't become irregular at a single word.''
''So you know you can trust me. I have something else I want to say, but there is something else I have to ask.'' He said as he locked eyes with the Water Bender. "And as for you I can see the contempt and hatred in your eyes when I mentioned the Fire Nation and their questionable actions. Those eyes...eyes of hatred...I recognize them all too well Katara.''
"Wait, how do you know my name?" She asked.
"I was watching the little event that unfolded earlier.'' He answered with a shrug.
"Oh..." Was all she said.
Naruto let out a chuckle at her reply. "I wonder if you have what it takes to conquer the hatred in your heart? Will you learn to seek forgiveness in find your light or will you fall into darkness and let it consume you? Hatred and revenge alone as your fuel will destroy you long before you achieved your goals.''
"You don't know what you're talking about!" Said Katara as she averted her eyes away from the blond.
"I know more than you can possibly comprehend." Replied Naruto as he closed his eyes. "Remember this story...that of a man consumed by revenge. His name was Uchiha Sasuke and his actions led to death of thousands because he couldn't let go of revenge. Many innocent people died because people were so self-absorbed in themselves and prophecies to do anything that might have been the least bit productive. His hatred of his brother built on a foundation of lies transformed into a hatred of people who hid the truth which then became hatred of an entire village unaware of the truths simply because they existed. He was willing to murder thousands of innocents who were clueless in what he thought would honor his revenge. That is what happens when you let revenge take control of your heart. It twists and perverts you into a shell of your former self. So think long and hard if this is the path you wish to follow?
But the question is what will you two do when this war is over? Toph? Will you return to that prison that was your home? Katara? Do you even know what you want to do with your life? Have you ever wondered? Has anyone ever bothered to ask either of you about your hopes and dreams? About what you want to do when this war is over? Because once this is over and you walk your separate paths you will find yourself walking aimlessly as you drift away into the obscurity of history. As you both will be nothing more than just another bender of a generation.''
Toph found herself gasping lightly as Naruto touched her cheek. Whipping away a solitary tear as his words struck a chord deep inside of her. The fact that once it was over she would be nobody. That once she had earned recognition then what would she have? Nothing but loneliness to embrace as she drifted through life alone.
''You can join me...both of you. I can help you both find a purpose and a gift that no one else would be able too.'' he spoke sincerely as he turned to Katara. ''What about you Katara? Do you really desire being another tribes-girl who just becomes a mother or simply just another bender? Wouldn't you like to be able to help people? I mean really help people and make a difference?''
Deep down he could see both of their emotional turmoil and he felt for them. ''So if you two give me sometime I can give you both what you want the most.''
''And what would that be?'' Toph asked as her brow raised in interest.
''For you Toph it would be the gift of eyesight.'' He said as Toph was stun into silence. All her life she wondered what it would be liked to see. To be able to see people, shape, and colors. To be able to see how everyone else viewed the world and to finally have people stop dismissing her as a helpless little girl.
''And for you Katara...I could give you the chance to see your mother.'' He said as the girl's legs gave out from under her resulting in Naruto catching her, which flustered her a bit. Being in the hands of the stronger and taller male almost made her nearly missed what he said. ''...kay?''
''It...could you...could you really do it?'' She asked with hopefulness in her voice as her eyes became wet with fresh tears.
''Of course...I wouldn't toy with you like that. I'm surprised this hasn't been brought to your attention before. Surely the Avatar could have easily done this.'' He said as he helped her to her feet.
''And...what would we have to offer in exchange? I doubt you're just doing this of your good will?'' Toph asked him, wondering just what game he was playing at.
''To have you at my side. Simply at that...'' He said as the two girls began blushing. ''Okay...let me rephrase that.'' he said with a sheepish grin. ''I meant I want you to join me and the others. Now I know you two have problems with Azula and her friends, but I'm hoping we can put an end to this war nonsense. I want to speak with the people and have them come to realize, to come and understand this is their world. Hell I can tell you that there are even people in the Fire Nation who are probably sick of this war even though that this war had started because of idiotic people. Wives mourning over the loss of their husbands and Father tired of bearing their sons due to the madness.
So many things people don't think about and just jump ahead without worrying about the result. So think about my offer and keep these with you.'' He said pulling out several Hirashin Kunai and handed them three each.
''What are these?'' Katara asked as she looked them over.
''These are called kunai,'' Naruto explained. ''...a custom-made kunai when thrown will alert me and teleport to you instantly. So if you girls ever find yourself in trouble just throw one and I'll be there to help you.'' He said as he pulled out a scroll and unsealed a massive jug of water. ''It looks heavy but I have a special seal on it that makes it as light as a feather. There is enough water in here to keep ten people hydrated for months.'' He said as he placed down the heavy and daunting looking jug. ''Naruto Uzumaki, son of Kushina Uzumaki and Minato Namikaze. Remember my name. So take care of yourselves.'' He said kissing Toph on the left cheek and Katara on the right. ''See ya.'' He said disappearing in a yellow flash and leaving the blushing and somewhat aroused girls to their thoughts.
Katara found herself so confused about her feelings. She didn't know what to make of Naruto. His words and how logical and sound they were? Did the people really depend on the Avatar too much? But then she thought about her grandmother tales of the Avatars and how great they were and how they were forces of good and balance.
Though she shuttered as she remembered the scene in the library and how Aang in Avatar state tried to kill the blond. And not to mention what else he said. Also there was the story he told about the start of the war. For some reason she actually started believing him.
She had never really thought about what she was going to do with her life beyond helping Aang. It also left her to reevaluate her feelings on certain things. Could he really bring an end to this war if they united? It also had her questioning the emotional depth of her feelings with Aang and if she could handle falling for him and dealing with everything it entailed.
Toph felt just as confused as she tried to come to terms with the offer. Being offered the ability to see and a purpose. Being able to also deal with other things she never thought about. Like having a reason to pursue a romantic relationship. It was something that never really crossed her mind until this moment. Tomboy or not she was still a teenage girl with hormones after all and being shown interest by a guy bolster her self-esteem a bit. It also made her want to experience a world without war and to finally be embraced and accepted for who she was by her parents without being coddled like a child. With that in mind Toph and Katara were considering taking up the blond's offer.