Author : The Special One
Naruto 488 : Preparations for War
Naruto 488 : Preparations for War
[Kabuto invades the hidden Waterfall Village. What is he planning?]
(The three shinobi that were restrained by Kabuto’s snakes, dies… Kabuto then tosses their bodies across the pavement and withdraws his snakes.)
Kabuto: Now, to find this village’s leader… After I kill him, I will convince the Damiyou of this country to make me this village’s leader. He, he, he… And with the experimental subjects, and all of Orochimaru-sama’s bases under my direct command, I can put up quite the resistance here… No one will interfere with my projects.
Kabuto (in thought): I will surpass Orochimaru-sama… I will continue his research and take his studies further than he could ever hope to… There are still unsolved mysteries surronding jutsu… I must solve them all… I must… I’ll need more than a life time, several times more… Chakra consumption for jutsu, handseals for molding jutsu, how long it takes to learn jutsu based off the individual’s skill level, and the complications of implanting bloodline based jutsu into subjects…
There are so many equations, so many possible outcomes… There must be potentially thousands of combinations. I must know all of the equations… I must know the true extent to jutsu’s growth. That is the only way to surpass Orochimaru-sama….
(Kabuto makes a grin, and then a long prehensile tongue sags out of his mouth, much like Orochimaru’s did. The scene switches over to Konoha. Shikaku, Kakashi, and Shikamaru walks out of the Konoha hospital shack and into the streets of the village.)
Kakashi: It seems Madara was tight-lipped… We didn’t get anything we didn’t already know out of her…
Shikaku: Although, I wish things could have gone better, it’s good to see that you’ve come out on top as the Hokage… We sure as hell didn’t want that old hound calling the shots….
Shikamaru: Is it true that Sasuke took care of Danzou too? Mannn… That guy’s becoming a real handful… It’s getting harder and harder to relate with Naruto after hearing that. But I heard Sakura contributed to a lot of confusion… Gosh, women are so-… (Shikaku punches him.)
Shikaku: Watch what you speak!
Shikamaru: I’m just sayin! Geesh!
Kakashi: Shikamaru… Considering you worked well for Tsunade, and Shizune is tasked with overseeing Sakura’s training, I was wondering if you’d help me with the paper work, security checking, and battlefield plans that I need help with… I know you’re more than capable…
Shikamaru: *sigh* What a drag… (Shikaku places his hand on Shikamaru’s shoulder.)
Shikaku: Do it son… It’s not like we go to war every day, or something…
Shikamaru: Gee, thanks dad… You make it seem like that’s some sort of thing to get excited over.
(The scene switches over to Danzou’s lair underground… Hyou is giving a speech to his fellow Root, who fills the chamber.)
Hyou: We have just received word of Danzou-sama’s unfortunate passing. It was done by the hands of Uchiha Sasuke! (The crowd is in uproar. Sai can also be seen in the crowd somewhere… The panel focuses on Sai [he has his mask on, like all the rest].)
Sai (in thought): Danzou, dead… Is that even possible? But by Sasuke no less… I’m sorry Naruto… I’m unsure if I can help you this time… Not when my unit wants revenge… (The panel focuses back on Hyou.)
Hyou: WE WILL KEEP CALM! THIS IS NOT THE WAY ROOT BEHAVES. (The crowd silences.) Good. We have not received word on the condition of Fuu and Torune… We will also assume the worst for them… As always, we work in the dark… We will not conform to the Hokage’s orders… We will have our revenge on Uchiha Sasuke… But, we will do it discreetly, to avoid any conflict with the public. This meeting will be adjourned.
(The Scene switches over to the Sakura and Shizune’s location. They are somewhere out in the fields.)
Shizune: You are going to be needed more than ever in this situation. As a medical ninja, you will be on the field saving lives… You may also have to escort the wounded to recovery platforms quickly.
Sakura: I know, I understand…
Shizune: For that reason, it is really important that you refine your medical ninjutsu… I’m not Tsunade, but I can surely help you in that that regard…
Sakura: Yes, I understand. (She pictures Tsunade. The Scene switches over to another open field. Two of Naruto’s Shadow clones can be seen gathering natural energy… Two other shadow clones can be seen fighting each other. A short distance away, the real Naruto is sweating a little.)
Naruto (in thought): I have to keep trying… And keep my concentration… (Naruto makes the ram handseal and instantly goes into the 4th tailed state, but just the cloak, not the bloody, beastly form. Soon Yamato drops in from behind.)
Yamato: So that’s what I was feeling… (4 tailed Naruto turns around to face Yamato.)
Naruto: Yamato Sensei? (Naruto falls out of the 4th tailed state and falls on his ass. He begins to sweat.)
Yamato: Looks like you’ve gotten the hang of it a little.
Naruto: I can only take it this far while keeping control… Damn it!
Yamato: How about I help you out?…
Naruto: But aren’t you tasked with fixing up the village? I don’t want to be a burden…
Yamato: Nahh, it’s fine and I’m on break… I actually kind of miss these days…
(The scene switches over to outside the Akatuski base… Sasuke is standing in the fields… The ground around him has smoke rising up from it. Madara appears behind him.)
Madara: You’ve been practicing for a while now… You’ve most certainly taken a liking to them…
(Sasuke turns around; his Mangekyou is a mixture of Itachi and his own patterns.)
Sasuke: Konoha will be crushed… And most of all, him… (Madara’s eye rises with excitement. The scene switches over to Mizugakure… Insider her office, she sits at the desk (the door flies open, and several mysterious figures’ shadows can be seen.)
Mizukage: The sevenmist swordsmen. Perfect, our formations will revolve around you… (The scene switches over to Sunagakure… Gaara is having an audience with one division of shinobi troops [who are plentiful].)
Gaara: This division is tasked with the protection of the two hosts. You’re top priority is to barricade Uzumaki Naruto and the Hachibi of Kumogakure… Don’t let a single attack get through… I’m certain the other hidden villages will provide us with support in that regard…
Next Time: With war waging on, the hidden villages gathers their forces…