Naruto was sweat dropping to the scene front of him. He and Neon sat side by side as Ha Ki was sitting between Naruto's front leg's. All three watched as Falling Rock was shouting to Inka and Natsu. Speed Arrow and Kite were sitting near the big hole, away from older Guardians rage. What had happen before Naruto and the others step to the large cave was rather simple. Inka and Natsu has been glaring each others and as Speed Arrow had moved away between them, feeling to awkward, the two females started shouting insults to others. Just as the fight get bigger and the girls almost started more serious fight Falling Rock had stepped in the room. Rock get furious and has started to growl loudly at rage. He then stomped between young females and start his lecturing at them how to act like their own age.
Ha Ki had during all this lecturing time fallen sleep and right now Naruto was in same condition or almost. His head was dropping and his eyes were heavy and soon he had fallen sleep in sitting position. Kite noticed this and gave small smirk. Neon also noticed that the two had fallen sleep but she just smiled and winked to Kite. Ha Ki seemed to have dream at running after her prey but Naruto just slept in peace. Neon was worried but same time he was human in wolf skin so it didn't make her too worried.
In mean while all ninjas at Konoha were looking for Naruto and the wolf puppy but even thought they searched they didn't find him. Neji couldn't locate Naruto's chackra nor did Shino's bugs find any sign at him. Sakura knew that it was meaningless to try find that blond haired team mate but it didn't help how many times she said it to Tsunade or Kakashi because no one wanted to believe that Naruto had left them for real.
“Why can't you believe that Naruto won't come back until his ready to come back” Sakura yelled to Tsunade as she hit her hands to her desk.
“Sakura that letter.. it can be that he was forced to write it..”
“No it wasn't! Can't you see it. Naruto said that he left the village with his own free will but if he didn't leave with the person who had come here the person would have taken him forcefully”
“Sakura try to unders...”
“I understand very well what he meant by it. Naruto left me a letter inside his apartment, why would it be there if he had been forced to write the letter?”
“You never told us that you had another letter at him”
“I know and I didn't want to tell about it because it was personal” the young pink haired ninja sighed.
“Now let's calm down, okay?” Kakashi said “If that is the case let's call everyone back and let them know that Naruto doesn't want to be founded”
“That won't do much, Kakashi. They still go looking their friend” Tsunade sighed as well.
“I was thinking that if they go on the missions they could try find traces at Naruto and that way try to find him but that is all. They can't leave their ninja duties just to find him now that we know he has left with his own free will”
“I think that would do, Kakashi-sensei” Sakura muttered “Naruto never stated that we couldn't look him or ask information when we are on mission”
Kakashi smiled “I know and I think he did it just for us”
'Where am I? What is this place? It's dark...too dark to my liking. I can't move even how much I try, dammit. Kurama can you hear me? Ha Ki? Someone, help me!'
As Naruto woke up first thing he noticed that it was darker and all the others were sleeping different spots around the cave. Ha Ki had curled to his side and was sleeping soundly. Naruto was confused but didn't want to woke anyone up so he just laid his head back down and closed his eyes.
“So you are awake kid?”
Naruto's head shot up as he startled look around the cave. His eyes soon spotted two pair of eyes glowing in distance. It take him sometime to remember what from he was and that the person front of him was Rock. Naruto let small sigh and whispered to the older wolf.
“Now I know why Kite does hate you. Damn, you know how to scare people around”
“I didn't meant to scare you, Young Master” Rock answered with whisper also.
“Is something wrong or has something happened when I was sleep?”
“No. I only let you sleep hole day because even how hard we did try you didn't wake up”
“Is that so..”
“Never less now that you are wake do you mind and come with me to small walk so that we can talk in privacy?”
“I don't mind really” Naruto smiled and get up stretching his legs “Sleeping that long makes my legs feel dumb”
“Follow me, Young Master”
“How many times I have to say that you don't have to call me Master” Naruto growled lightly but followed.
As Ha Ki woke up first thing she noticed that she didn't have anything warm next to her. Slowly she opened her eyes and look around only moving her eyes. Everyone were sleeping still but she didn't notice that grumpy wolf around at all, she meant Rock. Ha Ki then moved her head to see were Naruto had moved but was surprised to notice that he wasn't there next to her at all. Panic came inside the young female and she get up and whined loudly. She ran around the cave and searched for her nii-san but didn't find him at all. Her panic soon raised to new levels as she heard someone moving behind her. She lowered her ears and head and started shaking now more scared than ever before.
“Ha Ki, whats wrong?”
Naruto blinked couple of times and watched Ha Ki with uneasiness in his eyes for while. He wasn't sure why she was like this so with hopeless face the younger male look behind him to the older one. Rock smiled and walked to both of them.
“I think that she thought you have leaved her behind without telling”
“I would never do that” Naruto frowned and look to Ha Ki “Don't ever think anything like that again”
“Okay” Ha Ki muttered as she pressed her muzzle to his chest fur.
Naruto sighed lightly as she did so. Instincts guided him to lick the pup's head lightly as comfort and making sure she really understood his words. Rock who was behind those two could see how strong the bond was between them even after so short period time. He was impressed at this and more impressed that Naruto had started to adapt wolves mind.
“Well now that has been shorted out how about we discuss at the matter we should have done yesterday?” Kite asked with small yawn.
“Yes let's do that” Rock nodded as agreement.
“How about we eat first tough. I haven't have food for couple days now” Speed asked.
“I agree with Speed-nii” Neon muttered as she get up.
“I will go get some food from store” To everyone’s surprise it was Natsu who suggested this.
“I will come with you” It was Inka, the one who never though would go gather food with Natsu.
During that time back in Konoha Kakashi was making his way to back to the East side barracks where the former Sound ninjas were held. He raised his hands to the Anbu members to tell them that it was him, the two of them nodded and let him enter to the building.
“Did you find that blond brat?” The leader of them asked hint of worry in his voice.
“No” Kakashi shake his head.
“Damn, I hope it wasn't Madara and his people”
“I don't think so but I haven't crossed that over my list yet” The Copy ninja replied as he sat down.
“So what brings you here then? I though hole village is looking him”
“We decided to not look him anymore”
“There is reason for that. Naruto left us letter that told us not to look him but he never said we cannot look him and gather information during missions”
“Oh..” All three of them sighed.
“Now then. I have discussed with Hokage and she willing to take you in to Konohas ninjas”
“Really? That was fast”
“It is but there is on condition to this”
“Only one? That's even better” Youngest one of them said.
Kakashi nodded to him and continued “She wants that you will allow one of the Yamanaka clan member will look in your mind and confirm that you are indeed runaways and not in mission”
All three of the Sound ninjas look each others for while and then to Kakashi. There was hint of uneasiness but to be honest Kakashi didn't blame them at it, no one wanted that their memories were seen but for the safety of the village it must be done.
”That is all you ask?” The middle one grunted.
”Very well, we agree but we would like that you Copy ninja would be there when they do it”
”Why is that?”
”To our safety. There is always someone who is willing to kill us just because we are former Sound ninjas and still carry their symbol”
”I understand. I also agree with you and will be there as you ask”
Same time Sakura and other her friends were in the training ground thinking the ways how to track down Naruto and find where he is during the missions without him or any other Nation to know that they were looking him. Excluding Sand the other villages were thread right now. Without Naruto they were 'easy' target to other villages, without beast host they were powerless. Or so they believed and were badly wrong. Konoha was stronger than ever before thanks to Naruto and all the people around him but right now Tsunade had made herself clear to not let anyone know that Naruto was missing and this is why they had gathered together.
”That idiot really did it this time” Kiba growled ”First he asks high class information and now he is gone with it, dammit!”
”Kiba-kun calm down” Hinata tried to calm her fellow team mate but it was failure until Sakura knocked the male out.
”And now rest of you having complains?” She glared them all and they shook their heads rabidly ”Good. Now back to the strategy”
During this time Naruto, Ha Ki and the Guardians had finished their food. They had decided to take small break before all the serious talking mostly because Ha Ki had fell sleep right after the meal. Naruto had tried to ask them but all the Guardians had just shook their head and stated that Ha Ki must hear it also. Though this small break came two hour torture to them all as Ha Ki kept sleeping.
As Ha Ki did wake up she look around her being still half sleep but after seeing Inka who literally was bursting at anger she seen woke up fully.
“I.. You didn't have to wait me to wake up you know” She muttered.
“Rock said that we have to” Inka growled as reply.
“Well now that you are up Ha Ki we start” Rock said as he sat up.
Everyone’s attention was on Rock now as he started walking around little, thinking. He was unsure what part he should start but then made his mind at that and sat down.
“Well let's start the fact that Naruto has asked me about something rather serious and I'd like to answer that first”
“And these matters are?” Kite asked.
“Well first we must decide do we allow Naruto act if Madara and his ninjas attack Konoha sooner then we are expecting it to happen”
“Hmph, that's something we don't have to even think about” Inka huffed.
“I agree with her” Speed said behind her.
“We allow Naruto act even if the day would be tomorrow”
“Very well that is the only thing we had to discuss for now and decide right away” Rock moved his head to Naruto.
“Yes?” He asked unsure what was to come.
“Now we must concentrate to your basic training. You cannot master anything, not even your own jutsus if you don't know the basic's”
“I understand that”
“Good. As you have learned the basic's and Ha Ki has grown bigger it's her turn to learn them”
“I'm going to be ninja?” Ha Ki asked with wide eyes.
“Yes you are, young one. I will be your teacher for basic training. What comes to the element training, Inka will teach you how to control fire, Kite will open you the secrets of water, Natsu gives you gently nudge to the wind, I, Rock will show you the power of earth and Speed will show you the speed of lightning”
“What about Neon then, Rock?” Naruto asked.
“As Ha Ki has learned the basic's Neon will teach her how to healing basics and use Wood jutsus, she knows the basic's of them but cannot use them what has been fortunate”
“The fault is not mine, Master” Neon muttered.
“I know that but it's good that you know the signs of Wood style, it would hard to try teach them without knowing”
“How do you know Ha Ki is able to from Wood style? Only Yamato-taicho can do it right now” Naruto asked
“For time to time, not depending the specie, someone is to be born with the Wood style or another Kekkai Genkai limit” Rock said.
“Oh, that explains...” Naruto muttered.
“Naturally it will pass threw the generations but if the last one of the that blood line dies then the power of that clan will be passed to new one”
“That makes sense, even to me” Naruto grinned little “So when we start training?”
“Not for week, Young Master. You both need the gather strength and you need to learn how be wolf before we start”
“How you can train to be wolf?”
“Let your nature instincts take over and you see the result”
Naruto sighed little but nodded to Rock “Fine but Ha Ki will be my guide for this week then”
“As you wish Young Master”
“Stop calling me that already...” Naruto sighed.
During this same time Sakura and other Naruto's friends, including Team Guy had their own plan ready.
“So does all of you remember your part in this plan?” Sakura asked.
“Me and Akamaru try asking some other ninja dogs about Naruto as well stray ones”
“My bugs will try track his chackra down”
“Hinata-sama and I will try see his chackra signals during our missions when we use Byakugan”
“As for my team we use Ino's mind transferring jutsu and try to see if someone has seen him” Shikamaru said with small yawn.
“Me and TenTen will try to find any hints from local ninjas during missions”
“As that goes for me too” Sakura muttered “I will also try find out were Ha Ki did go, she wasn't in Naruto's apartment so she must fled or gone with Naruto. Either way, were is Ha Ki most likely will be Naruto”
“That's true so..”
“What is so true?”
All teens jumped at the familiar voice. Like in slow motion they turned to the direction of the voice. They all groaned mentally as they saw who it was, Iruka-sensei. They new that no one had told him at the fact that Naruto was missing.
“Never mind, have you seen Naruto? I was thinking of giving him free ramen sense it's had been long time when we last saw and... What with those faces?”
“Iruka-sensei, can we talk just two of us?” Sakura asked with small voice.
“I see you guys later” rest of the group muttered.
After walking while in silent Iruka sighed “Whats the matter? Did Naruto find other girl and dumped you?”
“WHAT?!!” Sakura yelped in surprise.
“Well I was thinking sense Naruto isn't around and you want to talk in privacy..”
“My and Naruto relationship has nothing to do with this” The young konouchi said blushing.
“Hmm” was the only reply for while.