Naruto Fan Fiction ❯ Colors of Life and Death ❯ You Need to Know ( Chapter 18 )

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It had been nearly two weeks since Sakura had fallen unconscious and Naruto had been there nearly all day, every day. Sasuke stopped in for an hour or so daily, as did Hinata. Lee had wanted to be on constant vigil, but his current mission had kept him away. Tsunade came in at the end of visitor's hours to make Naruto go home.

Naruto snored loudly as Tsunade carried him home on her back. She glared backwards at the latest bellow of noise to assault her ears. "This kid could give Jiraiya a run for his money," she said to no one.

Naruto blinked his eyes rapidly as he awoke and wasn't all that surprised to find himself being carried home. "Hey, Baa-chan," he greeted with a yawn.

"Hey, Brat," Tsunade replied, then was quiet for a few moments. "I've been doing some thinking...After Sakura wakes up, I want to announce your adoption."

Naruto was instantly more alert. "Do you think that's a good idea?"

"I also plan to tell them about the death of Kyuubi. Why the hell Sarutobi let the villagers think you were anything more than human is beyond me. I intend to set the record straight. I know I won't be able to change the minds of everyone...but if I can at least get them to think a little about the way they've treated you, then that will be enough for now," Tsunade announced, stopping and letting Naruto down from her back as she finished.

"But..." Naruto began as his feet touched the ground.

Tsunade turned around and put a hand on Naruto's shoulder. "You are my son. I will have you treated with respect," she said with a warm smile.

Naruto smiled back and nodded. "Thanks." The two began walking again. "Baa-chan?"


"I'm sorry," Naruto said as he stepped over a branch that had fallen on the path.

"For what?"

"I lied to you...about why I didn't want you to adopt me at first."
Tsunade stopped walking. "What do you mean?"

"I wasn't afraid of you messing up being Hokage to keep me safe."

"What was it then?"

"I thought you'd treat me like a kid. I didn't want a bunch of new rules."

Tsunade sighed. "Naruto...and I'm sure you know this by now, I will never try to change the way you live your life," she replied, smiling as she finished. "I think you've done a pretty good job of raising yourself. You're kind, happy, thoughtful, and, when it's important at least," she said with a laugh, "very responsible. I doubt I could've done a better job with you."

Naruto beamed with pride. "Thanks."

Tsunade ruffled Naruto's hair. "You're welcome. Now, let's go home."

Naruto nodded in affirmation and mother and son walked on to their home together.

Sakura's head hurt. She moaned and forced her tired eyes open. "Where?" Her vision went in and out of focus. She saw a life monitor. "The hospital?" With some effort, she turned her head to face the opposite direction. She saw a few fuzzy figures standing around, talking to each other. One of them was obviously Lee. No one else wore that much green, who was their age. She saw one of the figures turn to face her direction.

"Nani?!" Naruto's eyes widened. "Baa-chan! She's awake!!!!" he squeaked, pointing at Sakura excitedly.

Sasuke did a double take at hearing his brother's voice go up a few octaves. "When the hell did his voice start cracking?" he wondered. He pushed it aside for the moment, due to the situation.

"Naruto," Sakura thought with a small amount of fear.

Naruto and Lee rushed over to Sakura's side. "Sakura...can you hear me?" Naruto asked in desperation.

Sakura swallowed. Her throat was extremely dry. "W...water...." she croaked.

Naruto's eyes filled with tears of joy. "You got it," he said happily. He grabbed a cup from the water cooler and began to fill it.

Lee helped Sakura to a sitting position. She took the water Naruto held out for her and drank it in one gulp. "Arigato," she said to Naruto, her voice sounding a little better.

Sasuke moved into where he could see Sakura's face. " are you feeling?"

Sakura's eyes went as wide as dinner plates. "G...Get away from me!" she screeched, using all her available strength to scuttle backwards to the wall at the head of the bed.

Sasuke's face took on an expression of confusion. He looked at Naruto and was surprised to see a look of understanding in his eyes. "Sakura...what....?"

"NO!" Sakura screeched again, covering her face with her arms. "," she begged, braking down into sobs.

Naruto sat down on the bed and wrapped his arms around Sakura in an attempt to calm her down. "Sakura-chan, he's not gonna hurt you."

Sakura rocked a bit as she cried. "N...Naruto...I...I'm so sorry. I...I wanted to know what...what really...."

"Shhhhh. I know...I know. I don't care about that now. I'm just glad you're back," Naruto said in a soothing voice.

" could he?'re his best friend. How could he a...aim for your heart?" Sakura cried.

Sasuke's throat tightened painfully. "Tsunade-sama told me something scared her...but she never said...."

Lee, meanwhile, was staring at Sasuke in disbelief. "He...he tried to kill Naruto-kun? Why?" He wondered. He wanted to hold Sakura, but felt it wasn't his place at the moment. Instead, he turned to Sasuke. "What is this, Sasuke?" he asked angrily.

Sasuke closed his eyes tightly and sighed. "It's none of your business," he said through his teeth.

Lee glared at Sasuke. "Anything that hurts Sakura-san this badly is my business."

"Sasuke...tell him," came Naruto's voice from the bed.

Sasuke looked at his brother, incredulous. "What?" he questioned in a low voice.

"Tell him. I'm tired of secrets. If I'd told Sakura-chan about it a long time ago, this wouldn’t’ve happened," Naruto said with regret.

Sasuke sighed in angry defeat. "There is another level to the sharingan, an ultimate level."

"Ultimate level?" Hinata asked from behind Tsunade.

Sasuke sat down on a chair near the wall opposite the bed. "It's called mangekyou. It allows a person to use genjutsu so powerful; they can kill someone inside their own mind."

Everyone's eyes widened. Sakura was even interested enough to slow her crying and listen a little.

"The only way to awaken the mangekyou is to...kill your closest friend...." Sasuke said in a pained voice.

Everyone in the room sucked in a breath, eyes wide with disbelief. Lee spoke with disgust. "You tried to kill the person you care most about...for power?"

"According to Itachi, what causes the mangekyou to form is the pain of extreme loss. Loss your own hands." Sasuke looked at Naruto. "I'm sorry but...Very little of what happened back then was because of the seal," he said sadly.

Naruto looked down. "Seal or no seal...I knew you didn't want to kill me. You thought you had to." Sasuke looked at Naruto with surprise. Naruto continued. "And that's part of the reason I fought so hard to get you back. I didn't want you to go through more pain."

Sasuke's face fell, his mouth hanging open in an 'O' shape. "Naruto...." he said once he found his voice.

Naruto sighed, then his expression looked as though he had decided something. "Excuse me, Sakura-chan," he said as he released the girl that he'd been holding. He looked up at Tsunade. "Baa-chan, I need you to get Neji, Shikamaru, Kiba and Kakashi-sensei."

"Why?" Tsunade asked.

"I want to tell my friends...everything," Naruto replied, his voice filled with trepidation.

Tsunade's eyebrows knitted together. "Are you sure?"

"Hai," Naruto answered with more confidence.

Tsunade nodded. "Alright."

Shikamaru yawned as he sat down in the plush arm chair near the window. Kakashi leaned against a wall and Neji stood in the middle of the room with his arms folded.

"Thanks for coming, guys," Naruto greeted solemnly. He took a deep breath. "I...have some things I need to tell all of you." He closed his eyes and took a calming breath before continuing. "You all know about when Kyuubi attacked the village." Everyone nodded, except of course those who knew what was coming. "You were lied to...Kyuubi wasn't killed. He was sealed," Naruto gulped, "Inside me...."

Neji's eyes widened. "What?"

"You're honestly telling me you didn't know?" Shikamaru asked in disbelief.

Everyone turned to stare at the lazy shinobi. "How did you....?" Neji inquired.

"It wasn't that hard to figure out. You can't kill a youma, not directly anyway. You have to seal it inside a living being. One with a chakra system advanced enough to hold it. A human is the only logical choice. The older a chakra system is the more likely it will reject such a large and inhuman chakra so the person creating the seal would need a newborn baby for the container. Naruto was the only person our age that all the adults in the village seemed to hate." He shrugged. "Simple, really."

Everyone stared slack jawed at Shikamaru. After a moment, Tsunade eh hemmed. "Go ahead, Naruto."

Naruto nodded, somewhat amazed that not a single person had turned on him, even for an instant. "Two months ago, when Orochimaru took me, I was...cut open. He...peeled my skin back so Kyuubi couldn't heal me."

Neji gritted his teeth and Hinata looked a little nauseous from the memory.

"Sasuke pushed my wound together and Kyuubi was able to seal it, but it used too much of his chakra. He died," Naruto said as though he were sorry the Nine Tails was dead.

Even Shikamaru showed surprise. "But...that shouldn't have been enough to kill a youma that powerful."

Tsunade folded her arms. "Not by itself, no. I've been researching the jutsus Orochimaru used on Naruto. They are designed to remove seals, but they also have the side effect of corrupting the flow of chakra in the being residing within the seal. Essentially, Kyuubi's own chakra poisoned him. The combination of that and using an enormous amount of power to heal Naruto apparently proved fatal."

Shikamaru frowned in thought. "Makes sense."

"Kyuubi left me a 'going away present'," Naruto said as he began to mold some chakra.

Everyone watched in amazement at Naruto's new chakra color. However, Tsunade, Sasuke, Sakura and Hinata were confused. The chakra wasn't yellow. It was a swirling mix of red and blue. "What the hell?" Tsunade questioned.

Naruto opened his eyes when Tsunade spoke. He noticed the new colors and stared at them. "What...happened?"

Neji turned to Tsunade. "What is it?"

"It was yellow just yesterday. Not to mention it shouldn't be possible for it to be two colors at once," Tsunade replied with a frown.

"What does it mean, Tsunade-sama?" Hinata asked.

Tsunade frowned in thought. "I don't know. I'll research it when I get home." She let out a puff of air. "Naruto, I believe you have a few more things to say?"

Naruto nodded. Naruto scratched the side of his face in embarrassment. "Tsunade-no-baa-chan...adopted me," he said with a smile.

"Congratulations, Naruto," Neji said after the momentary shock wore off.

"Hmpf. You were better off before," Shikamaru said with a wry smile.

Tsunade stalked over to Shikamaru, holding up a fist. "What did you say? !" she said dangerously.

Shikamaru cringed. " was nothing," he replied, waving his hands protectively in front of his face. "Geez, how troublesome," he thought as Tsunade walked back to her previous position.

"Anyway. I also found who my parents were a few weeks ago," Naruto said quietly.

Except for Tsunade's, all eyes were suddenly fixed on Naruto. "Naruto-kun, that's wonderful!" Hinata cried cheerfully.

"Who are they? Have you met them yet?" Sakura asked eagerly.

Naruto's face fell. "They' died when I was born," he answered, his voice sad.

Hinata made a tiny gasp. "Oh, Naruto-kun...." she said as she bit her lower lip.

"It's okay," Naruto said, giving Hinata a small smile.

"What were their names?" Sakura asked, gently.

"My Dad's name was Arashi...." Naruto began before being cut off by a strange choking sound that came from Kakashi.

Kakashi looked as though he'd seen a ghost. "What is it, sensei?" Sasuke asked with concern.

Kakashi's beloved book simply fell from his hands as he stood and walked slowly toward his blonde haired student. When he got to the bed he reached out a shaking hand and touched the side of Naruto's face. "I...I always thought you looked like him," he said in a choked voice.

Sakura was confused. "Sensei?"

Kakashi pushed his forehead protector up and away from his sharingan eye. "But how? Sandaime told us you were dead."

Naruto was shocked to see Kakashi's eyes filled with tears. "It was a lie. He did it to protect me," Naruto informed him.

"So really are Yondaime's son?" Kakashi said as though he wasn't still sure he believed it.

Immediately following Kakashi's question everyone in the room stared, positively bug-eyed, at Naruto. "You're the son of the FOURTH?!" Lee asked in shock and awe.

Naruto nodded. "Yeah."

Kakashi gripped Naruto's shoulder affectionately. "It' a part of him is back from the dead," he said, hurriedly wiping his tears away with his other hand. Suddenly his expression turned dangerous. "Jiraiya...."

"I already took care of it, Hatake," Tsunade said with a hand on Kakashi's shoulder.

Naruto looked at Tsunade in confusion. "What did Ero-sennin do?"

Kakashi stared at Tsunade in disbelief. "He doesn't know?"

Tsunade shook her head. "Nm mm. I want Jiraiya to tell him himself."

"Tell me what?" Naruto questioned, growing impatient.

"Ask Jiraiya. I want him to be the one who sees your reaction to it," Tsunade said icily.

Naruto growled a sigh.

Doctor Tokiha came into the room. He saw Sakura sitting up and smiled broadly. "She's awake," he said cheerfully.

Sakura smiled and nodded.

"Well then, how about you all clear out of here so I can check her over?" Doctor Tokiha requested.

"Bye everyone," Sakura said with a wave.

Sakura's visitors returned her goodbye and walked out the door, except for Naruto and Lee. Naruto smiled at Sakura. "Glad you're okay," he said with a grin.

Sakura smiled. "Thanks."

"Later," Naruto said with a mock salute.

Once Naruto was out the door Lee turned to the girl he loved. "I don't know what I would have done...if I could never see that smile again," he said as he lovingly touched her cheek.

Sakura paused for a moment, unsure of what to say. "Lee-kun....

"It's alright," Lee said softly, "I know you don't feel the same," he said with a small smile. "I'll see you later." As he turned around to leave he felt Sakura's hand grab his.

"Lee-kun...I can't make any promises," Sakura said gently, "but don't give up on me yet...."

"Sakura-san?" Lee questioned, trying desperately to quell the bit of hope that was entering his heart.

"Just...give me some time to think," Sakura explained.

"O...okay," Lee in mild confusion. He looked at the door. "Well then...I have to...get back to my training...Ja," he said nervously.


Lee smiled and left the room. Sakura stared out the window, watching some kids playing ninja tag. "It was so simple back then," she thought. An image of Sasuke entered her mind, but his adorable smirk was quickly replaced by the murderous grin he had worn in Naruto's memories, making Sakura wince. "Sasuke-kun, I don't...can't love you anymore. But I'm not sure I know how to move on."

"Alright, Miss Haruno. Let's see if you're ready to go home," said Doctor Tokiha.

Sakura nodded. "Alright."

As Doctor Tokiha began the usual stages of a routine physical Sakura's mind wandered to the memory of Naruto telling everyone about Kyuubi. "I'm so glad everyone took it so well. He's already been through so much." Of course, she knew exactly what had gone through Neji and Lee's minds. She had had the same thoughts when she had been told the truth....

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Tsunade moved to sit behind he desk. "There is something you must know before you go on this mission. What I'm about to tell you is not to leave this room. Understood?"

"Hai, Hokage-sama," Sasuke replied.

"The Kyuubi that attacked Konoha fourteen years ago...was not destroyed as you were told. It was sealed...inside Naruto," Tsunade explained.

"What?!" Sakura and Hinata squeaked in unison.

Sakura's breathing became slow and quiet as she absorbed what she'd just been told. After a moment she noticed Sasuke didn't seem at all surprised. "Sasuke-kun, you knew?" she asked in wide-eyed disbelief.

"Hai. Naruto told me, after he stopped me from going to Orochimaru," Sasuke said, his eyes looking at the floor.

"Why didn't he tell me?" Sakura asked, her voice rising a bit in pitch.

"I saw him use the Nine Tails when we fought. I asked him what it was and he told me. I think...he didn't tell you because he was afraid of how you'd react," Sasuke said, raising his eyes to Sakura's.

Sakura bit her lower lip.

Tsunade eh hemmed and the teens turned their attention back to her. "We have recieved intelligence reports that Orochimaru plans to extract Kyuubi from Naruto and transfer it to himself. This would not only increase Orochimaru's power, but also kill Naruto in the process," she said gravely.

"!" Hinata said loudly.

"You three will be accompanied by Kakashi and a team of anbu. They will act as a distraction while you get Naruto out," said Tsunade.

"But, we're not enough to take on Orochimaru!" Sakura exclaimed.

"We're hoping that the distraction will be enough that you won't have to," Tsunade explained. "Now, as for the reason you were told about Kyuubi. Should Orochimaru make even the slightest miscalculation when attempting the needed seal transfer jutsus, you may wind up facing the Kyuubi itself...."

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Sakura shuddered at the memory as Doctor Tokiha removed the blood pressure cuff.

"Well, Sakura. I think you can go home tomorrow morning. For now, why don't you try to get some sleep?"

"Hai. Thank you," Sakura replied.

Doctor Tokiha smiled and left the room. Sakura laid down, her skin relishing in the smoothness of the cool pillow. As she closed her tired eyes one thought came to her mind. And for some reason, she found it comforting. "I think...I really do like...Lee-kun...." With that thought she drifted off into a restless sleep.

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