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Chapter 06: Konoha Dealings.
Uzumaki Naruto looked coolly, coldly even, at the seven Konoha ninja that had surrounded them. They weren't in threatening positions, but they were strategically blocking all the exits.
Uzumaki Naruto had prepare for this day. His fighting skills were second to none but he had always been more of a thinker. So, the moment he discovered that his precious half-sister was in fact alive, he had started preparing for the day he would meet those responsible for making him believe she was dead. Similarly, the moment he discovered the treatment his beloved Natsuko had received in Konoha, he had prepared for the day he would met those responsible for stunting her growth and generally making her life miserable.
He knew that blowing his top and killing everyone involved was a bad idea…but it was so tempting.
Three years of preparation and it was taking all his considerable resolve not to blast Jiraya's head off before ripping his still warm corpse into bloody shreds.
Three years of preparation and it was taking everything he had to not shove the most painful blood curdling jutsu in his repertoire down Kakashi's throat.
He forced himself to take a deep, calming breath and focused on the others.
Those he didn't feel like dismembering.
A quick scan of the group gave enough information to deduce who these people were.
'Jiraya and Kakashi are givens…'though I'm surprised by how little Kakashi seems to have grown in power since I left Konoha. Neither seem to have recognized me yet. Yuuhi Kurenai I recognize from the Bingo Book, can't say I'm particularly impressed. An Inuzuka, an Aburame and a Hyuuga…the perfect tracking team, they obviously didn't just stumble across us.' He thought back to Natsuko's stories of her time in the Hidden Leaf and tried to come up with their names. 'Shino, Kiba and Hinata if I remember correctly.' He smirked at the shocked look on the Hyuuga's face. 'Your Byakugan won't work on us princess. And last…sweet Kami-sama what is with that smile? He looks like he's got something shoved up his ass!'
Trying hard not to let his mind ponder what kind of depravity was brining that creepy smile to the unknown shinobi's face, Naruto turned towards the jounin he would have least problems dealing with. He knew that he would be doing most of the talking at first, to give Natsuko time to sort out her feelings of seeing Konoha ninja for the first time since her banishment.
"Can we help you Kurenai-san?"
Kurenai blinked, a bit surprised that she was the one addressed, by name no less, when both Jiraya and Kakashi were by far the most notorious of the group. Nonetheless, there was no reason not to answer and neither of the previously mentioned were making any objections.
"Well…" She paused for a moment when she realized that while he knew her name, she didn't know his. "We are here to escort Uzumaki Natsuko to Konoha, by order of the Hokage."
Naruto tilted his head to his sister. Her face was in the expressionless but attentive gaze that she often used in battle. Her eyes were hard blanks, hiding her thoughts even from him. They had agreed that they would go to Konoha if a situation such as this one arose. But now that it had, he wanted to be sure that she was still OK with it.
"Natsu-chan," He said, nudging her softly on the shoulder. "Natsuko-chan. What do you think? You still want to go to Konoha?"
Her head turned at the sound of his caring voice, her eyes softened slightly and she nodded once slowly.
"'course! We agreed that we'd go so let's go."
Jiraya chose this moment to speak up. He took a step forwards and raised a palm in a warding motion.
"Hold on! We are taking Natsuko to Konoha but you, young man, are not invited."
It was a test more than anything else. Jiraya really had no objection to this mystery shinobi's presence, in fact he was curious because he looked a little familiar. He also knew that Tsunade would be pissed if they couldn't find out more about what Natsuko did during these last few years, and who she had spent them with. However, what the Toad Sage really wanted was to make it seem as if they were going to be separated so that he could get a reaction and, hopefully, an indication of the extent of their relationship.
He would get a lot more than he had bargained for.
Naruto was well aware of the subtle manipulation. He also knew that it was a bluff and that Jiraya couldn't simply refuse his presence as Natsuko's escort. The Fire Daimyo's Pardon had been for both 'Uzumaki Natsuko' and her 'companions'. it was a strange and very favorable phrasing since it indirectly solved the problem of Konoha declaring him a missing-nin once they figured out who he was.
Restraining the rising anger caused by the simple sound of the Sannin's voice, Naruto decided that the subtle test deserved a not so subtle answer. Normally he didn't like making a scene of himself. Normally he would just site the Daimyo's Pardon and be done with it.
But this case wasn't normal. If he couldn't beat on them with his fists, he would beat on them with his words.
He let a slight, but seemingly kind smile quirk the corners of his mouth and contrasted it by speaking in a calm and cold voice.
"Are you sure Jiraya-san? By now I'm sure you know that Natsuko-chan and I killed Deidara of the Rock and Sasori of the Red Sands, what you probably don't know is that the fight barely even lasted five minutes. How exactly do you plan on separating us when two shinobi of there caliber couldn't?"
Natsuko smirked at her brother's words. She knew how pissed he was at Konoha for how her life had turned out, there was a rather large series of craters near the mountain safe house to prove it. It was probably taking a considerable effort for him to not, at the very least, unleash that monstrous Killing Intent of his.
She could still remember his explanation on the subject. Killing Intent was, simply put, an aura of chakra infused with the intention to kill, maim, or otherwise hurt. It could be focused or widespread, weak enough to cause slight discomfort or strong enough to induce images of death. Regardless of focus or strength, the feel of the Killing Intent produced was different from one person to the next and from one situation to the next. For some it was tinged with bloodlust, for others it was laced with hatred, rage, determination, confidence… What made Naruto's so disturbing was that it didn't project his belief that he could kill his opponent, but the absolute certainty that he would. It sounded simple, but in truth it required a twist of the mind that she found impossible to achieve. In the ninja world a genin could kill a Kage if he/she got incredibly lucky, as such nothing was ever certain. Naruto was well aware of that, but he was somehow able to disregard it.
The blonde haired Uzumaki switched her attention to Kakashi as he stepped up next to Jiraya, his one visible eye narrowed.
"You may be strong but against two S-Rank shinobi and five jounin lev…"
He was interrupted when Naruto snorted…loudly.
"S-Rank?" He asked, not even pretending to hide his disdain. "You think you're an S-Rank? Jiraya, I'll admit is definitely worthy of an S-Rank, but you? You're upper A-Rank at best. Kurenai-san may be gifted in Genjutsu but judging by her chakra reserves she'll be little more than a distraction at our level…no offence," He added with a quick glance to the crimson eyed kunoichi. "As for the other four the only one at jounin level is the guy that looks like he's got a vibrating dildo up his ass. They may be jounin level in their clan techniques but I doubt they're even low-chuunin in any of the other ninja arts…"
Natsuko's smirk grew a bit wider as her brother continued venting his anger by systematically pointing out their various failings. He was always blunt in pointing out weaknesses but he was never really cruel about it. This time, he was obviously making a bit of an exception. The growing scowls on most of the Konoha nins faces were only serving to egg him on.
"…where's your dog? Did it find a better bone to chew on?…"
She was quite surprised by just how little seeing her old 'Senseis' and classmates affected her. She had been rather nervous about the reunion, but she now found that it was somewhat like meeting an old, but not particularly liked, acquaintance. She would be able to fight without hesitation if it came down to it but, unlike Naruto, she couldn't really bring herself to hate them. True, her main problem would be with Tsunade, Sasuke, Sakura and, to a lesser extent, the Council, but she had a feeling it would be the same. They just weren't worth the effort.
"…you were obviously counting on numbers to make up for your general lack of competence but…"
Natsuko sweat dropped as she realized that Naruto was really getting onto a roll with his insults and didn't seem to be finishing anytime soon.
'Sweet Kami-sama…what has gotten in to him? He's been lecturing for almost five minutes already! Where's he coming up with this stuff?'
"Naruto-kun!" She interrupted, bemusedly wondering why the Konoha team just stood there and listened to him as he bad mouthed them. "I…think they get the picture."
The male Uzumaki blinked once, twice, then grinned sheepishly, rubbing the back of his head.
"Sorry I got a bit carried away there!" He turned back to Jiraya, returning his face to its usual calm façade. "Anyway…I'm sure you know that the Fire Daimyo has granted Pardon of past crimes to Natsuko-chan and her companions, namely me. We were guaranteed safe passage through Fire Country as long as we do not purposefully cause trouble. So you do not have the authority to deny her an escort of her choice."
Jiraya had gone deathly pale. When he heard what Natsuko called her companion he suddenly understood why he seemed familiar.
'How is that possible? He was supposed to be dead! He looks like he's in his late teens, if he was alive all this time he should be in his mid-twenties! Kuso! This means Natsuko knows about her heritage!'
Jiraya hadn't had anything against Naruto. When he had used the Dead Clone Seal to fake Natsuko's death, after the sealing of the Kyuubi, it hadn't been an easy decision. The problem was that, while Jiraya was certain the boy would have taken good care of his half-sister, he didn't think he would have stayed in Konoha to do so. The kid may have hidden his dislike for Minato well enough to fool everyone else, but Jiraya wasn't the creator of one of the best spy networks in all the Elemental Nations for nothing, he had known that the young Uzumaki wouldn't want his sister to be kept in Konoha. Unfortunately for him, allowing the girl to leave Konoha hadn't been an option. The Toad Sage had consulted with Sarutobi and together they had agreed to fake the baby girl's death. A mild Genjutsu while the distraught boy was alone with the body had ensured he felt compelled to flee the Village, and after that a Hunter-nin squad had taken care of him quickly and discreetly. There hadn't been a body but that was hardly a rare occurrence when Ninjutsu was involved, so it hadn't drawn suspicion. Yes, his death had been planned, but it hadn't been personal…it was just the way the shinobi world worked.
And now, the proverbial skeleton in the closet was coming back to haunt him.
The Sannin was startled from his worried thoughts by the loud voice of the brash Inuzuka.
"Oi! Where do get off talking shit about us like that?" Kiba exclaimed rudely as he took a few threatening steps forward. "We're proud shinobi of the Leaf! You think some no name like you can just pop up and say what he wants? Huh! Huh!"
There was a collective sweat-drop as he waited for a response, teeth bared and breathing heavily. Naruto looked at him with an amused glint in his eyes.
"You're a little slow aren't you?"
Remembering how easily provoked Kiba could be, Natsuko decided to act before things escalated. The last thing she needed was for them to give Naruto a reason to attack.
"Ne? Jiraya-san, if everything's cleared up, shall we go now?" She asked politely. "From here I believe we should be able to reach Konoha by late afternoon."
He blinked in surprise, having expected the hyperactive knucklehead from before rather than a calm and serious kunoichi that was now impassively waiting for his reply. The change was unsettling, it reminded him, quite eerily, of a 'business mode' Kushina.
"Yep!" He said, slipping back into his usual genial persona. "Let's get going! The last thing we need is for Tsu-hime to get angry at us for being late."
With that said he turned tail and set off, tree hoping towards Konoha. The two Uzumaki shared a glance before following silently.
"Who the Hell does that teme think he is?" Kiba grumbled as he and the rest of the group also followed. "I'll show him who's weak!"
"Kiba!" Kurenai interrupted harshly. "Our mission is to escort them to see Hokage-sama. Don't go starting fights! Even if he provokes you!" She added when he started to protest.
Natsuko had mixed feelings as she saw the great gates of Konoha for the first time in what seemed like a very long time. Funnily enough she found that she hated…no, she totally loathed the sight. She had been, and still was, indifferent to the members of her escort, but the Village itself brought back a host of bad memories and negative emotions. There were equal amounts of sadness and anger at the treatment she received, but for the most part it was disappointment. Not in the Village, but in herself.
She sigh at the irony. She had always been called her a disappointment, the 'Dead Last' as they said. And now she actually agreed with the assessment. On top of that, the almost fanatical devotion she once had for the Village now made her skin crawl in disgust.
A strong arm wrapped around her waist and a tension she hadn't noticed building up left her body as she relaxed into the partial embrace. She tilted her head up slightly, resting it against Naruto's firm and muscular arm, not quite being tall enough to reach his shoulder.
"You OK?" He asked gently.
"We can still go on a killing spree if you'd like."
She snorted softly at his casual offer, he didn't even bother lowering his voice. Something which hadn't failed to catch the attention of their guides.
"You going to stir up trouble if you keep talking like that." She chastised. "Besides…it isn't like you to be so hot headed."
"'Pft'. You're right. I'm just pissed at the way these bastards treated you. I'll bet you your weight in sushi that they'll try to get you to rejoin the Konoha Forces."
"I'll bet you your weight in ramen that they'll try to convince me it's what my father would have wanted."
They both shared a small laugh at that. They had arrived at the gates but neither paid much attention as Jiraya checked in with the chuunin guards until he turned to them.
"It's getting a bit late so I think it'll be best if you meet Tsunade tomorrow." He said to the duo. "Kurenai can show you to a good hotel and an ANBU will tell you when and where the meeting is."
Naruto shook his head.
"We'll be alright. We can find a room without problem. We'll see you tomorrow."
He took his sister's hand and led the way towards one of the richer parts of Konoha to find a place to stay for their time in Konoha.
They eventually chose to take the 'grand suite' in the most luxurious hotel they could find, the 'Royal Leaf Hotel'. They had received gushing welcomes when they paid in advance for the entire week, even though they didn't intend to stay that long. Surprisingly they didn't have any trouble with the receptionist or the management when they booked using the name Uzumaki. Whether that was because the young woman and her middle-aged boss didn't make the connection with the Kyuubi-Brat, because they honestly didn't care, or because it had been such a long time since anyone had been willing to pay the exorbitant price to rent the high class suite, they didn't know.
It was still relatively early, so rather than go to their room they decided to go out and get a bite to eat. Of course, with Natsuko involved, food in Konoha could spell only one thing…
Naruto didn't even try to stop his laughter as a drooling Natsuko dragged him across Konoha. They reached the modest bar on record time and brushed aside the hangings as a ramen hungry blonde barged in. There were no customers present so they immediately spotted the pretty brunette in a white waitress kimono standing behind the counter.
"Good evening!" The ramen girl said cheerfully when she saw them. "Welcome to…"
The young woman blinked in surprise, the only person who had ever called her 'nee-chan' was… her eyes widened in shock.
"Na…Natsuk…ko-chan?" She stuttered uncertainly as she looked the blonde haired beauty up and down, trying to pick out any familiar features that would assure her this wasn't some sick joke. Her search was brought to an abrupt halt when the girl flew over the counter and pulled her into a crushing hug.
Hearing some sort of commotion, Teuchi came out from the back room to investigate. The first thing he saw was a tall, well-built man with blood red hair, dressed all in black and with a black katana hanging from his shoulder standing near the entrance. Drawn by the sound of cheerful sobbing his eyes then shifted over to the sight of two hugging females. He recognized the first as his soon-to-be twenty two year old daughter. The second, however, he didn't recognize and he was thoroughly surprised by the familiarity she seemed to share with his daughter.
Since Natsuko's banishment the Ichiraku's had been mildly shunned by the majority of the Village. They were two of the very, very few people who were openly against the decision, and it certainly hadn't made them any friends. For the most part the citizens of the Leaf had been separated into two groups: those who celebrated the 'Demon's' banishment, and those who just didn't care. The old ramen chef knew that it was fortunate that their friendship with Natsuko was a long established thing, their clientele was mostly made up of the 'indifferent' so they hadn't lost much business over it.
Nonetheless, on a personal basis, even the indifferent avoided them, not wanting to be labeled as social outcasts. As such their social lives were now close to nonexistent. Despite that, neither Ichiraku could bring themselves to regret their decision. A fact that was compounded by the group photograph of them with a twelve year old Natsuko that was proudly displayed on the wall.
Teuchi blinked as he looked back and forth from the photo to the unknown crying girl.
'Bright yellow hair… Sky blue eyes… faint whisker-like marks on her cheeks…'
"Natsuko?" He asked in a shaky voice before joining the hug when she gave a small nod.
Naruto watched the scene unfold with a smile on his face. He was glad that there were some people who treated his love properly. He also didn't fail to notice that the ramen bar looked a little run down. It wasn't anything glaring, and the place was well maintained. But the chairs and tables looked a bit worn from use, the walls were a bit chipped and the counter surface a bit dented. All in all it looked as if business wasn't going too well, and from the proudly displayed photo on the wall he had a good idea as to why.
"So what are you doing here?" Teuchi asked as he looked at Natsuko sternly. "We heard you were banished."
"I was! But it's been too long since I had any of your ramen so we came back!" She replied faking the obliviousness she was once well known for.
The two Uzumaki strained to keep straight faces at their horrified expressions. When Teuchi pulled Natsuko behind him defensively and started looking from side to side as if ANBU were about to surround them, and Ayame pulled a massive meat cleaver out of…somewhere…and hefted it up, ready to strike, they both doubled over laughing.
When she finally caught her breath Natsuko straightened up and wiped the tears from her eyes.
"I'm just joking!" She said with a chuckle. "We're here because the Hokage wants to talk to me."
The restaurant owners relaxed when they realized their surrogate family member wasn't in any danger and their attention was drawn to the young man that accompanied her.
"Who's this?" Asked Teuchi.
"Teuchi-ossan! Ayame-nee-chan! This is Naruto-kun, my boyfriend!" She said proudly, deciding to include the part about him also being her brother a once they'd got to know him better. "Naruto-kun this is Ayame and Teuchi Ichiraku, the best ramen chefs in all the Elemental Nations!"
Naruto nodded politely and took the stool next to Natsuko as she sat down.
"I've heard quite a bit about you." He said to the two chefs. A smirk quirked the corner of his mouth and he nudged his sister playfully. "In fact, I think that by now half the ramen stands in the Elemental Nations have heard just how…inadequate…their fare is compared to the greatness of Ichiraku Ramen."
Natsuko dipped her head to try and hide her blush, drawing laughs from the other three. Then she remembered why she was here and looked up with determination and seriousness etched on her features.
"Enough of this! I'll have five miso ramen ossan, and the same for Naruto-kun, and keep 'em coming!"
"Hah! Let's see if you can break your thirty seven bowl record!" The male chef laughed as he went to prepare the order.
The two Uzumaki turned to watch as the brown haired waitress set some napkins and chopsticks in front of them.
"So…" Said Natsuko. "What's happened since I've been gone?"
Ayame leaned her elbows on the counter and propped her head on the butt of her palms.
"Not much really!" She grinned. "Nothing exciting happens when you're not here Natsuko-chan! Konoha hit some hard times when the people from the Countries you helped out on your missions found out about your banishment. They dissolved all the trade agreements, so Konoha lost all their premium discounts and prices soared. Things are only just starting to settle. Luckily we mostly do business with some of Tou-san's old friends, so we weren't hit too hard, but quite a few of the merchants went bankrupt." She leaned forwards a bit with a sly look on her face. "We even took the opportunity to make a bit of profit, our stock budget didn't change much but we sold at increased prices like everyone else. hmm…"
She drummed her fingers on her cheeks as she thought.
"Oh! That's right!" She exclaimed, her eyes lighting up. "You know the Hokage's first apprentice right?"
Natsuko's eyes clouded over darkly at the mention of the busty woman but she hid it up fast enough that only Naruto noticed.
"That's the one! well… The day after you were banished they had a massive argument. You could hear the shouting from the other side of Konoha! Anyway! I don't know exactly what was said but from what I hear she was really pissed at what happened to you and she hasn't spoken a word to the Hokage since!"
Natsuko's eyes widened before she, once again, masked her emotions. She didn't want to get her hopes up, but she was pleased at the possibility that Shizune had stood up for her. She had expected the medic kunoichi to follow Tsunade no matter what.
Naruto placed a comforting hand on his sister's shoulder.
"We can go and visit her tomorrow, ne? We'll sort things out then."
Teuchi called Ayame to help him bring out the ramen and Natsuko set about beating her childhood record with astonishing ease, Naruto just a few bowls behind her.
Thankfully, her manners had improved greatly over the years.
Jiraya and Kakashi walked into the Hokage's Office to find Tsunade and the Council Elders, Homura and Koharu, waiting for them.
"Jiraya? What's going on?" Tsunade asked with a frown. "Your team wasn't supposed to return until you found Natsuko."
"Oh we found her Tsu-hime. We even brought her back. But considering who she's been travelling with I thought it would be best to talk to you before you met them."
"What do you mean Jiraya-kun?" Koharu asked. "Who is she travelling with?"
Jiraya looked at his old team mate meaningfully.
Four sets of eyes starred at him blankly.
"Uzumaki who? Who the hell is…" Tsunade's eyes widened in recognition. "Kushina's boy?"
There was a silent pause as those present took in the information and tried to remember what few interactions they may have had with him.
"But…" Homura started. "I assumed he died during the Kyuubi attack. Where was he all these years? How have we not heard of him before?"
Jiraya shook his head in a mixture of weariness and worry.
"That's where things get bad. You see when Minato died sealing the fox he intended for Natsuko to be raised as a kunoichi of Konoha, unfortunately, after Kushina's death, I didn't think it likely that Naruto would have let that happen. Sarutobi-Sensei and I decided that it would be best if…well if he thought that she had died."
"You staged her death?" She asked incredulously.
"Well, not exactly. We used the Dead Clone Seal to create a corpse, he fled the village and…well we believed that he died when the Hunter-nin caught up to him."
He decided to leave out the Genjutsu they used to make sure he wanted to flee, it wasn't a necessary detail at the moment. With his sensei dead he was the only one alive that knew the full details of what happened, telling the others would just make things worse.
Tsunade's frown grew more pronounced as she tried to remember the boy. She hadn't been particularly close to Jiraya's student, and even less so to his wife. She had counted them as friends, but she didn't know much about their personal lives. She knew that Kushina's first son wasn't Minato's but other than that…nothing.
'Well, there was that one time when he asked me about the theory behind medical chakra but other than that I can't remember ever talking to him beyond simple hellos.'
"What happened then?" She asked in confusion. "He must have been…what? Eight years old, was he even a shinobi? More importantly how could the Hunter-nin be mistaken about his death?"
"They said the body was destroyed by jutsu damage." Jiraya explained, glad that blame wasn't being cast on him…yet. "There's no official report, Sensei and I thought it would be best if there wasn't one, but from what I can remember the hunter squad said he put up quite a fight and used more than one type of Elemental jutsu."
"Don't be ridiculous Jiraya-kun!" Koharu exclaimed angrily, going so far as to wag a wrinkled finger at him. "That would mean he was jounin level! Preposterous! Not even Kakashi-kun and Itachi were so advanced at such a young age."
"I agree!" Homura added. "If he truly was at such a level it wouldn't have gone unnoticed. The Hunters messed up no doubt, and created some story to cover their backs."
"It doesn't matter how strong he was then!" Jiraya interrupted before the old geezers could harp on anymore. "What matters is that he is strong now. I'm not sure just how strong, but he said that he was S-Ranked and I'm more than a little inclined to agree with him. It might be a good idea if we can find a way to get a more precise estimate of his skill."
"We'll organise a spar between the two of you." Koharu stated firmly. "We shall tell him that it's to evaluate what rank to give him when he reintegrates the Konoha forces."
Jiraya looked around the room, taking in the various expression on their faces. Kakashi had his face buried in his copy of Icha Icha. The Elders looked convinced in the effectiveness of their plan. Tsunade, he could tell, had her doubts.
"Just a moment." She said, lifting a palm up for emphasis. "If they've been travelling together then…Natsuko will already know about her heritage."
Once again silence reigned as they assimilated the information.
"It doesn't matter!" Homura said dismissively. "Even if she does know of her heritage, it will only increase her desire to return to the Leaf. All of the Namikaze heirlooms are in our possession, once she takes her place in the village she shall receive them."
Koharu nodded but a small frown appeared on her wrinkly forehead.
"Nonetheless it would be good to have an idea of her state of mind before she is brought before us. You should have your ANBU watch them closely Tsunade-chan, perhaps we will discover something of importance."
"They had an ANBU tail the moment they entered the village." Jiraya pointed out. "An ANBU squad may be able to hide from an average ninja but I doubt Naruto was fooled."
"Then have that squad pull away," The female Elder retorted. "Replace them with your best stealth operatives and put them under close surveillance. If you're right Jiraya-kun, and the boy really is as strong as you think, then we need to know as much as possible."
Jiraya was about to object when he remembered something that had puzzled him. Seeing his confused expression Tsunade raised an eyebrow.
He looked up, matching gazes for a while before he sighed and shook his head again.
"Maybe it would be a good idea to watch them."
"Are you sure?" She asked in surprise. "After all if the ANBU are discovered it could create complications."
"I know, I know! But there's not much they can do even if they do find the ANBU. Having them watched may be frowned upon, but it is within your rights and they don't have enough political clout to make a fuss about it. It might make things a bit strained but…"
"But…?" She prompted as Koharu and Homura leaned in in interest.
"Well…the gaki was around eight when he left so now he should be, what? Twenty five…twenty six years old?"
"Get to the point Jiraya-kun!"
"Well that's just it! He doesn't look a day over nineteen!"
They all blinked, unsure of what to say.
With a sigh and a grumble, Tsunade pressed the button on the side of her desk. The intercom scratched a bit as the connection to her assistant activated.
"Get me ANBUs Snake and Cat, I have a reconnaissance mission for them!"
LEMON WARNING: INCEST, EXHIBITIONISM (A/N: I don't know much about exhib. Other than the fact that it's in front of other people. I also have the constraint of having to keep it at least slightly realistic so there won't be any crazy sex on the Konoha main street. I thought of having them use a cloaking genjutsu but in the end I opted not to.)
After an enjoyable meal at Ichiraku Ramen, the two Uzumaki headed back to the Royal Leaf Hotel. As soon as the door to their suite closed behind them, Naruto lifted his sister up, grasping her round buttocks firmly in his strong hands as she curled her arms around his neck and her legs around his back.
"Rrrr…I've been waiting for this all day Onii-chan." She purred, nuzzling his neck as he carried her towards the bedroom.
Naruto chuckled and gave her ass cheeks a squeeze.
"Are you sure you cancelled this morning's transformation Natsu-chan?" He asked in a low, rumbling voice that sent shivers down her spine. "You're still being a bit of a kitten."
"Oh no! Onii-chan. Not a kitten," She whispered huskily as she moved her head up to his ear, punctuating each word with a soft lick as her hot breath washed over him. "A very…needy…pussy…"
This time it was Naruto's turn to shiver and his cock started to harden in anticipation.
When they entered the bedroom an 'out of place' scent reached her nose, making Natsuko skip a lick before she continued. The scent, or scents since there were two, were weak, very weak. It was only because of her very enhanced sense of smell that she detected them, which meant that a lot of effort had gone into eliminating them.
'There's one near each corner to the head of the bed. Sake, dango and…dried blood? Eew. The other…dango also, and sword maintenance oil.'
Naruto frowned when his lover's tongue skipped one of its licks. It wasn't a problem, but it was enough to alert him that there might be something wrong. He sent a small pulse of chakra, one that would go completely unnoticed in the large presence that he and Natsuko produced when they restrained but didn't mask their chakra. The echo told him that there were two ANBU, both female if their curves were anything to go by, standing hidden near the corners of the room.
He had to admit he was impressed. His senses weren't as developed as Natsuko's but they were better than most. The fact that the two uninvited females were able to hide from him meant that they must be the very best stealth experts in Konoha.
He took his hands off of Natsuko's rump so that she could get free and they could take care of the nuisances.
Natsuko, however, had a different idea.
When she felt her brother's hands leave her ass, Natsuko knew he had detected the intruders. From their scent she could tell that they didn't intend to attack, in fact they didn't even hold any animosity towards them. That ruled out the possibility of them being assassins so she guessed that they were spies.
'I guess I should give them something really good to spy on then.' She said to herself with a perverted giggle.
She tightened her legs' hold around her brother so that she wouldn't slip, making the leather of her above-knee-height kunoichi boots squeak as they rubbed together, and leaned back slightly. She saw him blink in surprise at her actions, but when their eyes met she easily conveyed not to do anything about their two extra room mates.
Without breaking eye contact Natsuko flipped off the shoulders of her trench coat and let it slide down her arms and fall to the floor. With her legs still securely wrapped around her brother, she slowly pulled off her tank top, dragging her firm breasts up with the momentum and leaving them to bounce enticingly when they were finally released.
She discarded the garment, dropping it next to her coat, with her gloves following soon after, and reached her hands down to Naruto's sides. She took his hands in her own smaller ones, pulled off his gloves, and brought his large, strong hands up to her round, fleshy mounds, moaning softly as he started to massage them.
Naruto bent his head forwards and took his sister's hard left nipple in his mouth, rolling and flicking it with his tongue. He removed his hands, momentarily stopping the breast massage he was giving her, so that she could take his trench coat from his shoulders. He let his katana fall to the floor with a clang and his coat to fall half way, folding in two as its descent was stopped by his sister's sexy legs.
He brought a hand back up to her left breast to continue the groping as he switched his mouth's attention to her right nipple. His other hand slithered around her waist and stroked her in loving, sensuous circles that made her back tingle.
Natsuko gripped the front of her brothers red and black top tightly in her fists as she felt her temperature rise. She moaned loudly in her throat, clenching and unclenching her legs repeatedly to show her approval. Wanting more she pulled her arms to each side, tearing the shirt in two and exposing his ripped pecs and abs. She caressed his muscular forms with her soft hands, trailing her fingers along the his chest.
Naruto pulled back up and sent another undetectable pulse of chakra. The two ANBU girls were still there, in fact it looked as if they had inched a little nearer. He smirked and walked up to the large king sized bed. He leaned over and gently placed Natsuko down.
Natsuko moaned as he lifted his head from her tingling bosom and sought out her mouth in a passionate kiss. She felt his hands run up her thighs and, taking the hint, released him from her grip. She met eyes with him shortly before he grinned and slid downwards, teasing her with soft kisses as he passed between her fleshy mounds and down her toned belly. He gripped the zipper of her tight leather shorts between his teeth and pulled it down ever so slowly. She writhed under the pressure of his chin, as it rubbed down the apex of her thighs, and the warmth of his palms, as they held her narrow waist.
She let out a small sigh as he gently pulled off both her shorts and her panties, exposing her clean shaved pussy and leaving her in nothing but her sexy footwear. The sigh turned into a pleasure induced whimper as he bent down and kissed her nether lips, his tongue darting out to tease the sensitive flesh. The whimper grew into a delighted moan as he nibbled tenderly on the small bud above her dampening slit and a finger curved its way into her moist folds.
She smirked as she smelt a scent of arousal that belonged to neither her nor Naruto. She had a good idea who one of the ANBU was from the reputation she had back when Natsuko was a Konoha kunoichi, but surprisingly it was the other one that seemed to be getting worked up.
The thoughts of her excited audience were driven from her mind as Naruto added another finger. He started thrusting them vigorously as he sucked up the juices she was starting to produce, swallowing the delicious liquid with lewd noises.
She pinched her nipples, rolling them between finger and thumb as she felt her first orgasm approach. Naruto pulled his fingers free and attacked her velvety pot with his tongue, using chakra to stretch it out and explore her vaginal folds. She closed her legs around her brother's head, pulling his mouth into her and moaning loudly as he hit all the right spots, discovered through countless sessions of steamy sex.
She felt herself tip over the edge and screamed as she release a flow of hot pussy nectar. Her eyes went wide when he showed two fingers in her ass, slick and coated in vaginal fluids they entered easily despite the heavenly tightness.
Naruto grinned, mentally patting himself on the back, as the flow of his sister's sweet juices turned into a veritable geyser. He swallowed eagerly, not letting a drop go to waste as he savoured her exquisite flavour. Eventually the flow subsided and her legs slackened enough for him to free himself.
Natsuko came back to her senses in time to see Naruto remove what was left of his torn muscle shirt. She grinned as her gaze followed the small trails of her pussy juices that dribbled down his chin, his neck and his muscle packed torso.
"You're such a messy drinker Onii-chan." She chided playfully as she turned on her hands and knees and crawled towards him.
Naruto's eyes homed in on her lower back and ass, tracking each exaggerated sway as if hypnotised.
"You…so much…" He muttered absently.
She smirked at how expertly she could enthral him and, slipping her delicate hands into his beltline, ripped his black combat pants clean off his legs.
Naruto yelped in surprise as the tearing fabric stung his legs. He silently cursed at himself for falling for her sexy little tricks yet again, even though he wouldn't have it any other way. He looked into her eyes, groaning deeply as her silk like hand grasped the base of his cock.
Natsuko grinned as she took hold of his monster meat, her hand not quite able to circle its impressive girth. The grin turned into a smirk when she heard two small, badly stifled gasps come from the peeping ANBU girls and the scent of arousal coming from them increase to full bloom. Looking up at her brother she saw a similar smirk on his face, telling her that he had also heard the small sounds.
Not feeling in a patient mood, and wanting to put on a good show, Natsuko pumped her lover's ten inches twice to make sure it was at full hardness before taking the fat tip into her mouth. With one, well-practiced, movement she lunged forwards, swallowing him to the base and pushing her nose into his pelvis. They both moaned as her throat was stretched to its limits, bulging obscenely around Naruto's cock.
Natsuko hummed softly, her lips quirking upwards in satisfaction when she felt two thick blobs of pre-cum dribble out in response. She kept humming as she bobbed her head back and forth, sliding her brother's thick pole in and out of her throat, drool coating it and giving it a shiny glow. Leaning on one hand, she brought the other up to massage his heavy sack, moaning all the louder as she felt the large quantities of seed stored inside.
Naruto grit his teeth as his sister worked on him, putting his focus into not blowing his load too soon. Even if his sense of hearing wasn't as developed as hers, he could still hear the soft panting coming from the two ANBU as their concentration slipped and their stealth diminished. Having his dick sucked in front of an audience, strangers at that, was oddly satisfying. Judging by Natsuko's enthusiastic bobbing, she was of the same opinion.
He tried to thrust forwards to meet her halfway, but grunted when the hand on his balls tightened uncomfortably, forcing him to stay put and let her have control. When her humming grew louder and the vibrations of her taught throat around his engorged cock increased, he couldn't find it in himself to complain.
It took less than five minutes for Natsuko's ministrations to push her brother past his limit. She slammed her face forwards as she felt his cock swell. With his cock lodged down her throat she opened her mouth as wide as she could and reached out with her tongue, sliding it under his balls and cupping them in the warm fleshy appendage sending a wave of heat into his loins.
Naruto howled in pleasure as he exploded, the heat of his lover's tongue making his seed's ejection all the more powerful. The sexy blonde haired Uzumaki didn't even have to work to swallow the thick cream as he was deep enough down her gullet that it sprayed straight down to her stomach.
Completely drained from the incredible climax, Naruto slumped back and fell on his butt, relishing the sloppy lick that cleaned the underside of his shaft as it dragged across Natsuko's wet tongue.
"Mmm…Tasty as always Onii-chan!" She cooed as she bent down, pressed her pursed lips to the tip of his cock, and sucked the last of his cream out of his canal.
Seeing that, despite his tiredness, Naruto was still as hard as ever, she grabbed his ankles and pulled him alongside her, not caring that she crumpled all the bed sheets in the process. She then straddled his waist in a reverse cow-girl position, her firm butt sitting on his ripped abs and her flat belly just inches from his upright erection.
She wriggled forwards, letting her pussy juices seep onto her brother, and stopped when his stiff meat pole was lying flat against her tummy, the bulbous cock-head nestling all the way up well above her belly button. She grinned widely as she heard the two ANBU girls gasp, stealth all but forgotten, as they admired the length of the throbbing tool. Natsuko closed her eyes and drew a deep breath through her nose, drinking in the scent of arousal that was coming from just feet away. She could hear as their breathing became laboured as they rubbed their thighs together, the fabric of their tight ANBU issued pants becoming damp and sticky as it soaked up the fluids from their overflowing pussies.
When Naruto finally recovered from his mind blowing orgasm, it was to find his sister's delicious rump resting on him with a small puddle of her juices building up between them. Naruto could feel the length of his shaft press against the soft skin of his sister's stomach and grinned at the reaction he was getting from the two spies.
He placed his hands on her hips, only to have her grab them in her own smaller ones and hold them tightly. She then lifted herself up, positioning her wanting lips above the fat tip of her man's tool, and slowly pushed down. Everyone held their breath as Natsuko's pussy stretched around her brother's girth, greedily gobbling it up and swallowing it into her velvety folds.
As soon as she reached the base of his pole, Natsuko lifted back up, rising more than half way, before slamming back down again. She established a frantic pace, sending the sound of slapping flesh echoing throughout the room. She closed her eyes and channelled chakra to her ears, increasing her already high level hearing.
She moaned in pleasure as she allowed the sounds to wash through her. The wet slap that accompanied the sudden stop to each downward thrust of her hips. The sloppy squelch as her clenching vaginal walls fought to keep his pulsing log inside each time she rose. The squeaking of the springs in the plush mattress as she bounced up and down with a vigour even high level ninja would be hard pressed to match. The increasingly loud pants of excitement coming from the side of the bed as the two ANBU girls felt their temperatures rise and their coils tighten. The rustling of damp fabric as one of them slipped a hand into her pants, and the wet slurp as she started to finger herself. And finally the rhythmic grunts and groans of pleasure from her brother as she literally fucked herself on his godly weapon.
Naruto held on to his sister's hands tightly as her moist inner walls started to convulse around his shaft. He grunted as he felt the stirring in his loins and pulled on Natsuko's hands so he could hold her to his chest as he came. Natsuko, however, caught herself before he could do so, propping her hands on his chest and leaning on them heavily as she arched her back like a contortionist. Unable to hold back any longer, Naruto thrust up and released his torrent of hot and sticky spunk, triggering his lover's orgasm as he flooded her womb with his warmth. They cried out together, riding the continuous waves of pleasure as best they could.
When she felt she had recovered enough, Natsuko shook the blissful cobwebs away so she could get right back to business. Still shivering from the afterglow, she got up on her knees, turned around and sat back down, impaling her ass on Naruto's well lubricated cock. She moaned as her cum filled cunt emptied some of its contents because of the pressure her brother's delicious log was putting on her bowels.
The corner of Natsuko's mouth quirked when she heard the 'sword oil' ANBU whimper pathetically and drop to her knees. She was surprised that the woman managed to keep her cloaking jutsu active. Turning her attention to the 'blood' ANBU, Natsuko sweat dropped at the sounds of fast paced masturbation, and marveled at the intensity of her orgasm that prevented her from noticing the noise before.
Pushing the useless thought aside, she started bouncing, smirking down at Naruto as each thrust caused another squirt of his thick spunk to splash from her abused pussy. She clenched her anal ring and rectal muscles as hard as she could, forcing a wince from him as it seemed like she was trying to crush his member.
The recent climax had left both Uzumaki's nerves extra sensitive that, coupled with the friction caused by the incredibly tight fit of Naruto's cock in his sister's rear as she grinded up and down his length, had them both grunting and groaning from the onslaught of pleasure. Natsuko set a slower pace as she rode his cock, focusing on her control of her intestinal muscles to make sure she never loosened up.
The extreme stimulation quickly brought them to the edge of their release. Natsuko's moaned ecstatically as her fluids and what was left of Naruto's cum flowed freely, covering her lover's stomach in a sticky white mess. Naruto, however, wasn't as fortunate. He could feel his large spunk load as it gathered at the base of his shaft, the pressure increasing progressively as the grinding of his sister's slick ass coaxed more and more from his balls, but the vice-like grip her anal walls had on him wouldn't allow the built up cream to go any further.
"Na…Natsu-chan!" He bit out between shuddering breaths. "I…need…to…cum…gaah!"
Naruto clawed at the bed sheets as he felt like he was about to explode.
"Beg for it Onii-chan!" She murmured, leaning forward so her face was hovering just over his and doing her best not to let her voice betray her own desire. "Beg for me to let you cum!"
Naruto grunted as his vision went blurry from the new and incredible torture his sister was putting him through. Had his mind been less clouded he would have seen the need, desire and lust filled desperation that Natsuko simply couldn't keep out of her sky-blue eyes.
Natsuko grinned feebly in both victory and relief as he submitted, she didn't want to lose face but she wouldn't have been able to hold out much longer. She could feel the pressure building as his cock swelled against her tight walls, trying to stretch them wide enough to eject his seed. With the last of her strength she tightened her ass as much as she could, forcing the waiting load back down one last time, before she went limp, slumping on top of her brother's muscular chest and burying her head in his broad shoulder.
Naruto's eyes widened to dinner plates when the tightness of his love's ass around his cock suddenly dropped to bearable levels. It was still very tight, but by comparison it felt as if she wasn't even there. For a moment everything became shockingly clear as the sex-fog was wiped from his mind. Acting on pure instinct, Naruto threw his arms around his sister's back, pining her to him and smooching her glistening breasts against his chest.
Natsuko's mouth opened in a silent scream as her brother's cock seemed to expand, pushing her intestinal walls to their limits. She had never felt as…stuffed…as she did know. Added to the searing heat in her nether regions and her body was wracked with bliss induced convulsions. Her eyes widened when she felt the bulge shoot up Naruto's thick shaft as the pent up cream finally raced towards the exit, it exploded out with so much force that she was sure it was trying to force its way into her stomach.
She clawed at the sides of Naruto's chest as mammoth loads of semen were forced into her rectum. She could feel the sticky fluid try to squirt back out, only to be forced deeper in by the fat cock that completely blocked her rear entrance. She heard a thump and a moan as the 'blood, sake and dango' scented ANBU dropped to her knees in orgasm. And still her brother was pumping thick strands of semen into her bowels…it was becoming painful.
It wasn't and order, or a plea, but somewhere in between. Naruto immediately tightened his arms around her and tugged her up, sliding her glistening body further up his chest and pulling his cock from her ass with a lewd popping sound. Physically drained, he gave a mental laugh as both his pulsing cock and her gaping asshole sent jets of his hot cum spraying out.
Seeing an opportunity Naruto flipped them both over so that he was on top, nestled between his sister's perfect thighs with his slightly softened dick resting between her firms butt cheeks. He looked into her eyes and, seeing that she was slowly recovering, gave her an evil smirk that promised both pain and a lot of pleasure.
"That was a rather nasty thing you did Natsu-chan. Torturing me with your tight little ass like that! I think I'm going to have to punish you!"
"Sweet Kami! I thought they'd never stop!"
Cat slumped to the floor and leaned against the wall, shivering. She turned her head to the her right and looked at her partner, who was in a similarly frazzled state. The two ANBU had been forced to watch, front row seat, as their targets 'punished each other' throughout the night. It was now eleven in the morning and the Uzumaki duo had only just left their hotel room.
Snake pulled off her mask, revealing the flushed and sweaty face of Mitarashi Anko. The fact that she was still drooling would never be commented on.
"I know what you mean! they came back just before eleven last night, that's over twelve hours of non-stop hardcore sex!"
Cat pulled off her own mask, revealing herself to be Uzuki Yugao. She didn't bother commenting on the hysterical tone her partner's voice.
"I didn't think that was physically possible, even for shinobi. Did you see the size of his…?"
"He's a monster! How she can handle taking that, that…thing…in the ass, let alone getting ploughed in the ass…" Anko shuddered as an echo of Natsuko's blissful screams floated through her head.
"He didn't go soft! Not even once!"
"They didn't even stop in the shower!"
"They didn't even stop on the way to the shower for Kami sakes!"
"They could at least have closed the door!"
They both went silent, apart from their heavy breathing, as their minds kept replaying some of the 'best moments'.
Suddenly Yugao jumped to her feet.
"Crap! It's eleven!"
Anko looked up, annoyed by the disturbance now that she could finally get some rest.
"Anko we were supposed to report in at nine!"
They both bustled about, getting themselves as presentable as possible and wondering if they could risk catching a shower and a change of clothes before they went to face the inevitable dressing down and probable demotion for their tardiness.
"What!" The sword wielder bit out impatiently. "We haven't got time for this Anko!"
"I know! I know! But this is important!"
"How long have our cloaking jutsus been gone?…"
"You know…you're getting more and more kinky every day Natsuko-chan."
Natsuko leaned into her brother's side as they walked hand in hand to the Hokage Tower. An ANBU with a Tiger mask had been waiting in the lobby of the hotel to tell them that the Council was ready for them. They had picked a few pastries from the breakfast buffet and were now on their way.
As they walked she saw many of the villagers stop and stare at them. Word had obviously gotten out about her return to the village, whether that was the result of a fast working rumor mill or some sort of intimidation tactic, she didn't know and really didn't care.
She was a bit surprised that there hadn't yet been any mutterings of 'Demon brat'. In fact they seemed to be looking at her with varying degrees of surprise, and in the females' cases, envy. She shrugged it off. The inner workings of the minds of Konoha citizens were of little to no interest to her.
"Meh! You know you enjoyed it just as much as I did Naruto-kun."
She shot him a cheeky glance. Taking special note that he no longer looked as if he was on the verge of going on a killing spree.
"It certainly helped you relax."
"Tss…you hardly look stressed yourself."
"True. But I'm not being shy about it."
"Oh you certainly weren't shy about it. I'm willing to bet that those two can give a perfect description of your…"
He was cut off a small spike of chakra alerted them to an incoming Shushin and a moment later a bear and a rabbit masked ANBU appeared before them.
"Uzumaki-san, follow us. We will lead you to the Council Chambers."
The walk was short but they gathered quite a few looks from the administrative body. Soon they were walking into the last room, other than her apartment, that Natsuko had been in before her banishment.
She looked around, making a quick sweep of the room and taking in the faces. The Civilian Council was there, as was the Elder Council. The surprise came from the Shinobi Council and the fact that many of the Rookies were seated beside their clan head/parent. The exception being Sasuke who was there as head to the Uchiha clan. They were all sitting in designated places on a long semi-circular desk with two chairs placed in front where everyone could see. Finally Tsunade presided over the group, sitting at the 'head' of the table, with Jiraya standing a little behind her.
The two Uzumaki were directed toward the empty chairs before Tsunade leaned forward with a stern expression and rested her arms on the Council table. She was annoyed that Anko and Yugao hadn't reported in since she could have used whatever information they found during this meeting. The only reason she hadn't sent more ANBU to investigate was because Jiraya dissuaded her.
"Uzumaki Natsuko! Uzumaki Naruto! Do you know why you've been called to stand before this Council?"
They both raised an eyebrow in perfect synchronization.
"I believe you should rephrase that Tsunade-san." Naruto stated with a hard gaze. "We were not called to stand before your Council, we were asked to stand before it. You would do well to remember that neither Natsuko-chan, nor I, are under your command."
"It would also be best for all of us…" Natsuko shook her head. "I'm sorry, let me rephrase that. It would be best for you if you realized that I am not the same girl you used to walk all over three years ago."
The council members frowned but didn't respond. Many of them were slightly shocked at her calm confidence since they had been expecting the old Natsuko.
"You shall speak to this Council with respect Uzumaki-san!" Koharu said, frowning.
Naruto looked at her with a blank stare.
"There was no disrespect in her words Councilwoman. Just a simple statement. A reminder that she is no longer yours to command."
"What's wrong Dobe?" Sasuke glared at her with a sneer. "Still bitter about your banishment?"
Much to his anger Natsuko didn't even spare him a glance.
"Anyway!" Tsunade intervened before the situation could degenerate. "We asked you to be here so we can discuss your return to Konoha."
Natsuko sighed and shook her head.
"I suspected as much." A hollow laugh escaped her lips. "Do you actually believe that I will even consider returning to Konoha after my past experiences here."
"What about your dreams Gaki?" Jiraya piped up. "What about protecting your precious people and becoming Hokage?"
Natsuko looked at him in a way the practically screamed 'are you an idiot?'.
"My precious person is sitting right next to me Jiraya-san, and he is strong enough that he doesn't need my protection. As for becoming Hokage…is that some sort of joke?"
Thinking she had an opening, Tsunade gave one of her 'betting smiles', feeling certain that she could convince the girl to see things their way.
"Of course it isn't Natsuko! After all, how can you become Hokage if you don't come back to Konoha? And once we reveal your heritage I'm sure the entire village will recognize that you're a worthy candidate to Rokudaime Hokage."
Natsuko knew what she was getting at but decided to play dumb and see where things went. She had no intention of returning to Konoha no matter what they offered her, but that didn't mean that she couldn't make the most of the situation and trick them into giving it to her anyway. Hiding her smirk, she plastered a convincing puzzled expression on her face.
"My heritage? How does my being the daughter of Uzumaki Kushina put me in a position of being Candidate Hokage?"
The Godaime blinked in surprise and leaned back in her chair. She exchanged a few meaningful glances with Jiraya and the Elders before peering back at Natsuko.
"I'm surprised Naruto didn't tell you." She said, sounding for all the world as if that had been her plan all along. "Your real name isn't Uzumaki. You are Namikaze Natsuko, daughter of Namikaze Minato the Yondaime Hokage."
Her announcement was followed by a moment of silence before the Council erupted into loud murmurs.
Looking around at the unruly group, Naruto categorised the reactions.
The Civilian Council was in uproar, half of them had reverted to claiming that the Demon was trying to fool them, and the other half was praising the return of the Namikaze.
The Shinobi Council was more composed. The Ino-Shika-Cho trio and Inuzuka Tsume, as well as their children, were having a fast paced whispered conversation. The Hyuuga and Aburame kept both their composure and their silence, but Hiashi's eyes had a calculating gleam to them. Sasuke was seething, his deluded mind outraged at the possibility of someone being as special as him…an Uchiha.
Danzo was skulking in his corner with no visible reaction other than his usual 'plotting face'.
The only ones who didn't seem at all affected by the revelation were Jiraya, Tsunade, Koharu and Homura. Naruto assumed that they, and probably Danzo, were the only ones who had known about his sister's father, and Danzo hadn't been told that it would be revealed.
When the noise finally calmed down Natsuko took her chance to speak.
"I am aware of my birth father's name, Hokage-san. Naruto-kun told me when we met shortly after my banishment. I was quite surprised to learn that Jiraya, the Sandaime and yourself had hidden my origins from me."
Jiraya looked at her pleadingly.
"You have to understand Gaki! Your father made a lot of enemies, it wouldn't have been safe to let people know that you were his daughter."
"And my mother? Why was I never told of her?"
"It would have led to awkward questions and some people knew that they were in a relationship so they would have connected the dots."
Silence descended on the room. The two Uzumaki waited, not wanting to make this easier for them by initiating the conversation.
Koharu grew tired of the wait and cleared her throat.
"Now! Since we've cleared that up, I think the Council would like to hear of your time outside the Village walls. Specifically: where you were hidden, what training you may have received, and the details surrounding the deaths of Sasori and Deidara of the Akatsuki."
A frown marred Natsuko's pretty features.
"As I've already said, I no longer answer to this Council or to this village's Kage. Where I have been and what I've been trained in is nobody's business but my own. Naruto-kun and I are only here because we do not wish to seem ungrateful of Fire Daimyo-sama's pardon."
Koharu was about to retort when she was stopped by Tsunade lifting a hand. The blonde Kage then looked at Natsuko with a small smirk.
"Now Gaki, don't be like that! If you don't tell us what you've been up to we won't be able to assign you the proper rank and you'll have to go back to being Genin."
"You're assuming that I want to be assigned a rank. I've already told you that I don't intend to rejoin Konoha. The village has nothing to offer and any sense of duty I once had for the Leaf has long since faded."
Surprisingly Tsunade's smirk didn't fade.
"Ahh! But if you aren't a kunoichi of Konoha you won't be able to get you heritage. You father created some very powerful jutsu but you'll have to earn them first."
Jiraya also felt his lips twitch in amusement. His old team mate was playing on the girl's love for powerful jutsu to get her back in Konoha. It may be a bit underhanded, but they would make it up to her when she settled in.
'…This may just be one bet that she wins!'
Their smirks faded when Natsuko grinned right back.
"Powerful techniques huh? Do you mean like this one?" She casually created a perfect Rasengan on the tip of her right index finger and waved it about a bit before letting it dissipate. Her grin turned more predatory, making Naruto chuckle softly as he guessed what she was going to do next. "Or maybe you meant this one?" She flicked her wrist slightly and a Hiraishin Kunai appeared in her hands, without any smoke or a pop to signal its unsealing.
The entire room gaped as she spun the Tri Pronged Kunai on her finger while giving a cheeky smile.
"W-what…h-how?" Jiraya sputtered. "How did you make that?"
Natsuko sighed. She had been doing that a lot lately.
"I've said it a thousand times already but I'll say it again, 'I don't have to answer'." She stopped spinning the kunai and with another flick of the wrist it vanished. "As you can see I already know Minato's powerful jutsu, so if it's that's the only reason you can give me for coming back to Konoha…"
She trailed off but her meaning was clear.
The entire Council was silent, even the civilians. They all realized just how powerful she had become. For the civilians it was mostly because of the awe that the Hiraishin inspired. For the ninja however, even the younger ones, it was because of the knowledge of just how deadly the technique could be. Some of them had been witness to the crushing defeat of Iwa's army at the hands of the creator of the jutsu, so they knew that even on the off chance that the rest of Natsuko's skills were abysmal, Hiraishin alone could cause incredible damage.
Naruto smirked as he saw a good opportunity.
"Maybe we can have a little bet?"