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WARNING! Uzumaki incest! This fic is going to be a lot 'lighter' than my other's. There will probably be at least one lemon per chapter. The main characters will really be a cut above the rest so there won't be any dramatic "ultimate battles". They won't be dark but they will be without mercy for their enemies.
Uzumaki Naruto was walking through the forest of Hi no Kuni humming slightly to himself. This was the nearest he had been to Konoha since he had left and he still wasn't sure why he was doing so. Sensing a large number of chakra signatures in the clearing ahead he debated if he should take a detour, or just walk right through. With a shrug he walked into the clearing. He was masking his presence, so nobody had noticed him yet but what he saw made him feel that they would soon be very much aware of him.
A young girl in bright orange was the first thing to catch his attention. Quite honestly with the way her clothes screamed 'I'm right here! Kill me!' he wouldn't be surprised if a blind man could find her. She was about 12 to 13 years old if he had to guess, and a bit short for her age. She was crouched in a rather sloppy approximation of the Konoha academy taijutsu stance, and was surrounded by two four man squads of ANBU with blank masks bearing the character 'ne' (root) on them.
The ANBU were all in battle stances, and all of them had flat tipped a ninjato drawn. Not one to let a young lady get killed by a bunch of emotionless robots he prepared to save the day.
"KAGE BUSHIN NO JUTSU!"
The girl's voice stopped him in his tracks for two reasons. One although it was slightly different and definitely younger, her voice sounded a lot like his mother's.
'And two, if she can use such a chakra expensive kinjutsu she must be a lot stronger than she looks.'
Naruto was no stranger to how deceiving appearances could be. He himself was a living example. When the Kyuubi attacked he was only eight years old but he was already jounin level, by thirteen he was on par with most kages and now he was fairly sure that he was one of the two or three strongest shinobi in the Elemental Nations. Not that many were aware of the fact since he mostly kept to himself. He would hunt for meat and when he needed money for other supplies he would take on a few A-rank missing-nins or destroy some bandit camps.
He was dragged back to reality by a loud, inarticulate battle cry. He turned back to the fight and sweat-dropped. The girl had created an incredible amount of clones, but they were charging like headless chicken! Apparently his first impression was right; while she did have insane chakra reserves her skills were catastrophic.
Just as the last clone was dispatched the young blonde girl landed in a heap surrounded by the NE ABNU and Naruto's blood ran cold. He had just gotten a good look at her face and what he saw was…
She was not having a good day. It had been a week since the Sasuke retrieval mission and she had only just got out of the hospital when a cat masked ANBU had told her that she was summoned to the Council Chambers.
She had been banished from Konoha. BANISHED! They had accused her of using excessive force while bringing back the Uchiha. Sure he had been a bit bashed up, but he was only in the hospital for three days. She had been in there a whole week, and that was with Kyuubi healing her!
She had pleaded with them not to banish her. She even offered to do all the D rank missions! But they had just smirked at her and said that demons didn't have a place in their village.
The whole while her obaa-chan… no! She didn't deserve to be called that anymore. Tsunade had just sat there with a constipated expression and refused to even look at her.
She had been told she had three days to leave Hi no Kuni. She hadn't said goodbye to anyone but Teuchi-ossan and Ayame-nechan, the other girls were too busy mooning over the emo king and the guys weren't really her friends. They were nice enough but they weren't friends.
She had been running for about four hours when these weird ANBU had jumped in front of her. They had said that the council ordered her death for betraying Konoha. Bastards! They were probably going to make it look like she had committed suicide or something. Despite her happy go lucky attitude Natsuko held no delusions about her skills, or lack thereof. She knew she had no hope of winning against eight fully trained ANBU, so she decided to make a run for it.
"KAGE BUSHIN NO JUTSU"
She sent her clones at the ANBU to distract them while the original tried to escape. Unfortunately for her the clones didn't last long enough and she was kicked back to the middle of the circle.
The word was whispered but somehow everyone heard it. Looking up she saw a rather handsome shinobi standing at the edge of the clearing. He looked about seventeen or eighteen years old and was quite tall, probably just under six foot. He was wearing black combat boots, black and grey camouflage pants that gave a storm cloud effect, a dark grey T-shirt that clung to his sculpted body; and a knee length black trench coat. His hands were covered by fingerless black gloves with steel knuckles, and on his back was a black katana with a black sheaf. His hair was dark red and hung like a shoulder length mane framing his handsome face. She fought back a blush as she saw his stormy blue eyes look into her shy blue ones, she felt as if he was trying to see right into her soul. She remembered her dire situation when one of the ANBU pointed his sword at the newcomer.
"Piss of gaki! There's nothing to see here!" Completely ignoring the not so subtle hint he continued looking at Natsuko.
"What's your name kunoichi-san?" Again it was barely a whisper but it carried through the entire clearing. This time however there was an underlying rage that seemed to be barely restrained.
"Natsuko. Uzumaki Natsuko!" she answered in an uncharacteristically subdued voice.
Killing intent washed over the clearing and the rest of the forest in at least a two hundred yard radius. Natsuko could tell it wasn't targeted at her, a fact she was instantly grateful for. It was the most intense killing intent she had ever felt, it completely dwarfed what she felt from Zabuza or any of the other enemies she had face, hell it was stronger than what she felt from Kyuubi. No maybe it wasn't stronger but it was… different. It spoke of rage, of destruction of a death that couldn't be avoided, it was heavy, thick and suffocating and yet it seemed… precise, controlled.
Looking around she saw that all eight of the strange ANBU were on their knees shaking and sweating bullets. Her eyes widened as they exploded in a cloud of blood that hung between five to seven feet of the ground. A small 'click' drew her attention back to the unknown shinobi in time for her to see his hand leave the handle of his recently sheaved sword. She blinked as the 'clouds' started to rain onto the forest floor, covering the grass in a layer of fresh blood. It was an eerily beautiful sight. Natsuko turned back to this obviously powerful man, wondering what was going to happen to her now.
Naruto closed his eyes and took a deep calming breath. When he felt his temper subsiding, he opened them and motioned for the girl to follow. He then turned around and jumped into the trees, heading for the nearest village.
After a moment's hesitation Natsuko followed him.
Natsuko looked around the room suspiciously. They had ran for just over an hour to get to an average sized village and her 'guide', who's name she still didn't know, had got a room in the small inn. One room. Now, Natsuko was generally rather trusting but even she knew that following an insanely powerful and completely unknown individual into his room wasn't exactly a smart idea. On the other hand what could she do? He was an insanely powerful and completely unknown individual, who knows how he'll react if she starts resisting. The idea of becoming a little red cloud and raining blood on the futon he was setting up wasn't pleasant. She gulped slightly at what his current course of action could mean.
"W-what's the f-futon for?" She stuttered, wincing at the fear in her voice.
Naruto looked up from setting up the bedding, his eyes widened in realization. He answered quickly with a sweeping gesture of his arms.
"Ah! No! It's nothing like that! I just thought that since we're going to have to talk I'd set up the futons so we can be a bit more comfortable."
Following his arm movement Natsuko felt her fears dispersing. The room was a small one with no seating and just enough room to for two people to sleep. Deciding to be helpful she started setting up the second futon. This had the added benefit of helping her calm down. When she finished she sat down 'Indian style' facing the other occupant of the room. There was just two feet separating them now and she could see his face more clearly. She was quite surprised to see that he seemed… nervous? With a loud sigh he squared his shoulders and looked her in the eye with determination.
"I'm not sure how best to explain…" He made some wild hand gestures "...this." He sighed again before resuming "I'm just going to tell you about… well me! OK?" Natsuko blinked a few times and opened her mouth. Not quite sure what to say she closed it again and just gave a sharp nod.
"OK! Well I guess I'll start with my mother, she was a kunoichi of Uzugakure no Sato when it was attacked by the Kiri-Kumo-Iwa alliance. As I'm sure you know that was the start of third great shinobi war and very few Uzu-nin escaped the attack. My mother was one of those few. She eventually managed to get to Konoha and was granted asylum, but she didn't fight in the war since she had recently given birth to me. When I was born she decided to raise me rather than give me over to an orphanage like many kunoichi do. Luckily the war was pretty much over by then so she didn't have to worry about being call to the front lines. After a few years she met Minato Namikaze and they started dating. I never really liked the guy but I guess that was mostly because I didn't want to share my kaa-chan with him, so to speak. A year or so later they got married in secret and a year later she was pregnant. Now I still didn't like my stepfather much but the idea of having a little brother or sister was great! By this time I was about eight years old and I could have been considered a genius since I was already jounin level. But kaa-chan had always told me that it was never good for your enemies to know how strong you are, so I kept it a secret from everyone but her. Then on October 10th the Kyuubi attacked. As you probably know the only way to defeat a Bijuu is by sealing it and from Gobi upwards the only thing that can contain such power and not shatter is a newborn child. My bastard father-in-law decided that he couldn't ask another to sacrifice their child so he forced my kaa-chan into early labor. She died shortly after giving birth and only just had time to give my imouto a name." He took a deep breath and stared into her eyes. "She named her Natsuko."
Natsuko's eyes widened and her jaw dropped. She wasn't stupid, far from it in fact. She had followed everything he said, even though she hadn't seen what it was leading to. But this? She could never have guessed this! She had always wanted to know if she had family. She hadn't even known if Uzumaki was her real name! And now she was talking to her brother? Well, half-brother according to his story. She felt anger welling up in her, were the hell had he been? Before she could explode at him he continued his story, unaware of her boiling emotions.
"Minato-teme took Natsuko-chan away using his Hiraishin no jutsu. I couldn't do anything to stop him and I was a wreck what with kaa-chan's death just moments before. I cleaned her up and sealed her body before falling asleep from exhaustion. When I woke up I went straight to the Hokage tower to find out what had happened and to take custody of my imouto-chan." Naruto's expression became desperate as his eyes started watering up. His voice cracked as he spoke and Natsuko felt her anger wither. She could almost fell his heartbreak and sadness, it was soul shattering. She felt tears start to build in her own eyes as he labored on. "When I got there Sarutobi told me that she had died in the sealing. I asked to see the body and he showed me. He said that she was a hero who had given her life for Konoha and that I should be proud. 'pfft' Bastard! He said he'd give me a moment alone, as soon as he left the room I seal her body with kaa-chan and made a run for it. I had already planned on leaving Konoha so I had everything with me. When the hunter-nin caught up to me I tricked them and staged my own death. Since then I've been wandering the Elemental Nations, training and learning new things. And now I've meet you. I swear if I had known you were alive I would have come back for you, even if I had to destroy all of Konoha to get you. But I didn't know. I didn't know." His voice trailed off at the end, barely more than a whisper. Natsuko frowned; she had a lot of questions. She decided to start with the simplest.
"So… you're my nii-san?" He nods yes. With that the dam broke and she launched herself at him, hugging him as if her life depended on it. Tears poured down her cheeks as she buried her face in his chest. She knew he was telling the truth, she almost always knew when someone was lying. It was the main reason she had stopped asking the Sandaime if he knew her parents, she didn't want to hear lies from one of the only people who was kind to her.
Naruto held her close as tears silently slid from his eyes. He cried tears of sadness for all the years that had been stolen from them, tears of happiness for being reunited with his imouto-chan. And perhaps a few tears of compassion for anyone who would try to harm her in the future because it would be the last thing they did before he shredded their body into a bloody mess.
They both fell asleep in each other's arms, exhausted by all the emotional revelations.
Natsuko woke up feeling better than she could remember ever feeling. She stiffened slightly when she felt a hand run through her hair but relaxed when she realized whose hand it was and snuggled into his chest.
"'morning onii-chan." She mumbled sleepily as he continued caressing her head.
"'morning Natsuko-chan." She blushed slightly as she felt his chest rumble, his voice a little deeper than normal.
"Ne Naruto nii-chan you said that you saw my body, how is that possible?"
Naruto sighed and sat up forcing Natsuko to do the same. She was about to grumble a bit about not wanting to get up yet when she saw him take his T-shirt of. She turned beet red at the sight of his toned abs and well developed chest. Luckily for her Naruto didn't notice this as he was concentrating on a seal located over his heart. He place the tip of his right index finger on it and channeled some chakra into it. There was a big puff of smoke as whatever was store in the seal was released. When the smoke cleared Natsuko saw a large crystal… tomb? It was about seven foot long, three foot wide and four foot high. It was completely transparent with a slight blue twinge to it and numerous seals carved into the sides.
Inside was the most beautiful woman she had ever seen. She had crimson red hair that reached down to her lower back and contrasted with her pale creamy skin. Her eyes were closed, her face in a serene expression giving her a peaceful aura even in death. She was dressed in a white silk kimono that stopped just above her bare feet; it was decorated with a red Uzumaki swirl on the left breast. It was tied at the waist by an equally red ceremonial obi decorated with little white Uzumaki swirls. The outfit was a perfect combination, revealing her natural beauty and preserving her modesty. She wore no makeup, but that only made her more beautiful.
Natsuko blinked as she saw the diminutive form held on the crock of her mother's left arm. It was a baby, dressed exactly the same as her mother. She didn't have to ask who the baby was. If the three whisker marks on its cheeks didn't make it obvious the inscription just above the woman's head did.
"Uzumaki Kushina and Uzumaki Natsuko: beloved mother and sister." She whispered reverently. She looked in confusion at the little… her? "I don't understand."
Naruto placed a hand on one of the seals and channeled some chakra into it. The top seemed to simply melt away as he explained.
"The casket is actually made of ice. I used hyouton manipulation to create it. The seals on the side draw nature chakra to sustain it and keep it from melting. Then there are blood seals so only a family member, in this case you or me, can open it. I put preservation seals on the bodies so they're in the exact same condition they were thirteen years ago. This was my way of keeping you both close to my heart, literally and figuratively."
Reaching in he pulled the 'baby Natsuko' out her mother's arms and started running his hand through her hair. Sensing her confusion he explained what he was doing.
"Since you're obviously not dead my best guess is that either Sarutobi-teme or Jiraya used a 'dead clone seal' to make me believe this was your body. Basically you take a dead body, the fresher the better, and place the seal on it using blood. Then you channel chakra into the seal to activate it and the corpse turns into a perfect copy whoever's blood you used. The seal isn't used much because med-nins know to check for it, but I this case it worked perfectly. I was already upset about kaa-chan's death so I wasn't thinking clearly enough to check and by the time I had calmed down I had already accepted the idea that you were dead. Now let's see who this really is."
Pushing enough chakra into the seal to break it Naruto stepped back to observe the transformation. The body slowly morphed into that of a young boy, maybe three or four years old.
"Damn that's creepy! I just hope the kid was dead to begin with and that they didn't kill him especially for this."
Natsuko paled at his words. After an awkward silence Naruto got to his feet and gently picked the dead child up.
"I'm going to bury this little guy and get something to eat. I'll be back in an hour so you can have some time with kaa-chan." He bent down a placed a small kiss on Natsuko's forehead and another one on Kushina's before leaving.
Naruto came back an hour latter to find a smiling Natsuko looking up at him. She had tear tracks down her cheeks but she also looked as if a weight had been lifted from her shoulders. He set two trays of food down between them. It was a simple meal of rice, steak, a meaty broth with vegetables in it, and some fruit. He sat down opposite her leaving Kushina's casket out. He felt she should be there for what he had planned to ask his imouto.
"So Natsuko-chan tell me what your life had been like. And don't leave anything out, I know the life of a demon vessel isn't easy but I want to know everything. Considering I found you being attacked by NE ANBU I can imagine it hasn't been too good."
And so she started telling him about her life. The glares and whispers. Being chucked out of the orphanage at four and living on the streets for months before she found her way to Sarutobi's office. Eating out of trash cans because none of the grocery stores would sell her food. How she became friends with Sakura, only to be dumped next day because her mother told her not to play with the 'demon brat'. How she would be thrown out of classes at the academy just for asking a question. How she failed the genin exam three times. How she got a team that was completely dysfunctional and a sensei that didn't teach them anything. Finally she told him about the Sasuke retrieval mission and her banishment.
By the time she finished the sun was already setting and they were in a similar position to the one they woke up in. Naruto was stroking her hair as she snuggled up to him with her head resting on his chest.
"Don't worry Natsuko-chan! From now on we're together and things are going to be different." He said in a soothing voice.