While the young girl Naho, Sakura and Naruto continued their journey towards Shizume Village, Kakashi along with both Pan and Sasuke were now searching the bandit's hideout they had discovered looking for information on the movements of wanted criminals, while the dark-haired boy stood near the door acting as a look out which lead into corridor filled with unconscious rouges. Confused because she couldn't even sense anyone other than the ones they already took care of and themselves, while he flipped through the pages, Kakashi stopped suddenly at one particular before he began to read through it. As he glanced at the book, the dark-haired boy noticed a picture of a girl who looked familiar to him, curious to find out more, Pan decided to ask him for more details, answering Pan's question, the dark-haired boy continued his story.
Meanwhile, as Kakashi, Pan and Sasuke quickly made their way to where the young girl named Naho, Sakura and Naruto who was still disguised as Sasuke were, the group were suddenly surrounded by the group bandits that were planning to abducted the girl, then after setting the girl down, the disguised blond decided to respond to the bandit leader demands. Thinking that she had the upper hand with Sasuke on her side, the girl decided to torment her would be abductors, after forming his hand into hand seals, the dark-haired boy yelled out his technique, then jumping into a swarming attack, the clones began to pick their targets while declaring their attacks, as the group of clones continued dashing at the bandits, just as one clone punch a bandit he comically declared his attack.
As another clone made contact with a kick, he also declared his attack, while the battle between the clones and bandits continued, one clone made another attack repeatedly hit a bandit on the side of the neck. Then a wave of mud came from the ground wiping out of the clones, as they drew closer to the bandit, one kick making him lose his footing before the rest began their attack sending upwards into the air. With no signs of backing down, Naruto who was disguised as Sasuke decided to speak, then suddenly without warning, the pink haired girl was struck unconscious from behind by a bandit to the young girl's surprise as the last of Sasuke's clones drew and throw a load of Kunai in a desperate attack on to be stopped by the bandit leader forming rocks on his arm.
Then in fear, the girl cried out for Sasuke, turning back towards the bandit, Naruto who was disguised as Sasuke to his surprise he saw that he appeared unhurt by his attack. The group were both confused and surprised as to why the blond was disguised as Sasuke.
Meanwhile, back to Kakashi, Pan and Sasuke as the young girl named Naho, Sakura and Naruto who was still disguised as Sasuke were facing deep trouble, Kakashi, Pan and Sasuke along with a ninja hound named Pakkun had just stopped at the end of a trail they were following, then trying to sense where they were, the quarter Saiyan girl was finding hard to even sense the blond or the pink haired let alone the criminals. Then coming up with an idea, Kakashi quickly began to go through some hand seals to perform another Summoning Jutsu, to have one more ninja hound help them in their search for the girl named Naho, Naruto and Sakura, before he the idea of summoning another hound to help in the search. Then turning back to Sasuke and the quarter, the grey haired Sensei began to speak to the two.
Chapter 28: Drive towards Darkness
While Kakashi, Pan and Sasuke began their search for the group, the young girl named Naho, Sakura and Naruto who were tied up by the bandits after being captured were still unconscious, "I don't get it we can ransom the girl for money, but not those ninja, shouldn't we just got rid of them," said one of the bandits.
"If we're up against ninja then having more hostages couldn't hurt," replied another.
"You guys are going to regret doing this to us!" yelled the blond-haired boy as the group regained conscious. "When I get lose your all toast!"
As Naruto struggled to get free, one of the bandits decided to respond to him, "a ninja who can't use his hands isn't much of a threat," he said in response.
"You just wait, you'll see!" yelled the blond before he suddenly began chewing at the young girl's ropes.
"Hey, cut that out!" yelled a bandit in response as he and some of his fellow bandits quickly moved towards the group.
While he continued to chew through the ropes, he began to think to himself, 'even it I can't use my hands, I'll stop you!' he thought as he was able to completely chew through the ropes before attacking the bandits as they approached with help from the pink haired girl, "quick Naho run!" he yelled to the girl just before the girl freed herself from the lose ropes and fled only to be stopped right in the middle of escaping, "Naho!" yelled the blond in surprise as walls of earth surrounded her on three sides.
"You can't escape," said the bandit leader as he approached the group, "kids who try to run, are naughty and have to be punished."
"Sasuke please help," said the young girl out of fear before yelling at the top of her lungs, "I need you Sasuke!"
As her voice echoed across the area, the bandit leader thinking it was futile decided to speak to her, "yell that all you want, it's no use, no one's coming to help you." he said just before he heard a noise behind him, after turning his head he saw the dark-haired boy standing there in front of the camp fire with his gang laying unconscious at his feet.
"Sasuke!" yelled Sakura in shock.
"Sasuke, you're here!" yelled the girl knowing that her crush will save her.
Impressed that his gang were taken out so quickly, the bandit leader decided to praise Sasuke's skills, "ah, not bad, so you're the real Sasuke then, is that right?" he asked the boy.
"Real one!?" replied Sasuke in surprise.
"That brat over there," said the bandit leader in response while pointing at the blond, "has been impersonating you this whole time."
Angered by thought that Naruto had been impersonate him, the dark-haired boy decided to find out why, "he did what!?" he said loudly.
"I had to, because you were on another mission," replied blond-haired boy.
"Hey kid, we're here to help," said Pakkun the ninja hound as he appeared near the pink haired girl chewing through her ropes.
Relieved to see a friendly face, Sakura had to thank the dog for coming to her aid, "Pakkun!? Thank you," she said in response.
"Your friend actually fought pretty well when he was designed as you," said the bandit leader, "so how about the real thing."
"I'll show you right now, come on let's go!" replied Sasuke in anger, then after the dark-haired boy finish his sentence, the bandit leader charged at him, forcing Sasuke throw a kunai in response, but before it was able to hit the bandit, he disappeared with speed, "he's fast!" he said out loud before the bandit leader reappeared behind him and was about to kick him before the dark-haired noticed and dodged the attack.
While the battle between the bandit and Sasuke went underway, Pan suddenly appeared and helped the ninja hound who was having difficulty with ropes, "Sorry we're later, I've been looking everywhere for you guys" she said as the ropes around Naruto loosened.
"Pan, what a sight for sore eyes," replied Sakura.
"Yeah better late, than never," said the blond in response.
Then after landing on a side of a cliff, Sasuke was again attacked by the bandit forcing the boy to dodge up the cliff face, then as the bandit lost sight of the dark-haired boy, the boy appeared behind him in a surprise attack with Kanui in hand he thrust it into the back of his enemy, but to his surprise the blade began to bend on impact, "what!?" he said in shock before the bandit grabbed him and tried to slam him into the ground, but was unable to hitting into the side the cliff instead before the earlier Kanui with a tag tied around it exploded.
"An explosion, Sasuke could be in trouble!" said Naruto in surprise.
"We should get Naho to safety first," replied the pink haired girl.
After the bandit get up from the rubble of the explosion, Sasuke had to admit that he was impressed, "Hah, you're pretty tough," he said to the bandit.
"And you're pretty lame," replied the bandit leader, "an attack like that won't work on me."
"Well then, how about this," said the dark-haired boy in response before forming hand seals, "Fire Style: Fireball Jutsu!" he yelled as he finish his last seal putting a hand to his lips he started to blow a great ball of fire from his mouth at the bandit.
As the ball of fire hit Sasuke's opponent, the group from a safe distance viewed the attack as it struck, "Sasuke!?" said the girl in panic.
"Don't worry, Sasuke is going to be alright," replied Sakura.
"I just hope that Jutsu can take that guy out," said the blond-haired boy in response.
After the full power of the attack forced the bandit to roll backward along the ground burning most of his clothes in the process, the group decided go to where the boy was as the man to the dark-haired boy's surprise still smouldering got back to feet and began chuckling to himself, "this won't just do at all, will it, but I have to admit that I'll miss the protection it gave me though," he said to Sasuke as he flexed his muscles as a layer of rock like skin broke away from him revealing a more slender man, "my original skin is more comfortable anyway, it's lighter."
"Unbelievable, he was armoured by a Jutsu," said the pink haired girl in shock.
"So that's it, that's why my Rasengan didn't work before, but he should be easier to defeat now" said Naruto to himself.
Now in his true form, the bandit leader began to speak to the group, "now that you know the real me, let's start over again shall we," he said before disappearing.
"He's gone!?" said Sasuke in surprise.
"He's behind you," said the quarter Saiyan girl in response, but it was too late for him to respond getting kick in the back sending him flying.
Then following after him, the bandit continued to speak to the dark-haired boy, "you didn't even try to dodge, you're not really much of an opponent are you," he said before jumping above the boy and kicked him to the ground.
"Hey Sasuke, don't worry I coming," said the blond.
"Yeah, let's team up and take him down," said Pan in response.
Before the two could join in, Sasuke instantly refused their offer of help, "back off!" he said angrily to Naruto before activating his Sharingan, "you owe me one for impersonating me, this guy's all mine."
"Oh, the Sharingan, so you're a Uchiha then," said the bandit.
'What a Sharingan? Is that a technique or something... ...Sasuke's eyes!? They're red again,' thought the quarter Saiyan in shock as the two continued to talk.
Surprise that he knew about the Sharingan, Sasuke decided to speak, "you know about the Sharingan, do you?" he asked.
"As a Shinobi for higher, my people have worked in many places, for various employers, in the last great war, members of the Uchiha Clan are among the people we have faced in battle" answered the bandit before bringing up the fact that there was a tragic incident that happen to the clan, "oh right, I do remember hearing that there was one Uchiha named Itachi who betrayed the Hidden Leaf Village and slaughtered the entire clan, isn't it getting close to its anniversary?"
"What? That's just awful, how can someone kill his entire clan, their family..." whispered Pan to herself in shock.
Shocked that he knew in such detail about of what happened to his clan, Sasuke was left almost speechless, "but it appears that there was a survivor amongst the Uchiha after all, or could it be, that perhaps you simply weren't worth killing." said the bandit continuing to speak triggering the boy's memories.
"Just shut up!" yelled the dark-haired boy forming a Chidori.
"Oh my, it seems I've touched a nerve and upset you," said the bandit in response as the boy began to charge him, "that's exactly why; you're a weakening aren't you! He saw you as no threat to him and let a coward like you live!"
Then after using his speed to get some distance, the bandit was shocked to see Sasuke above yelling out in pain as the boy made his attack driving him straight into the ground, "I'll keep your mouth shut permanently!" he yelled in anger landing on the bandit's body before he began punching him in face.
"Sasuke, don't you think it's enough, he's already out of commission," said Naruto not bearing to look anymore.
"Are you trying to tell me what to do Naruto?" replied the dark-haired boy. "Just stay out of it."
Hiding behind Sakura's should, the girl pleaded for him to stop, "stop Sasuke, you're scaring me," she said.
"...Please, spare me," said the bandit as Sasuke was about to continue punching until Pan grabbed his arm.
"Sasuke, that's enough, don't cross that line or I'll break your arm," said the quarter Saiyan girl holding tightly to his arm.
With frustration and anger, Sasuke glared at Pan, "what the heck are talking about? Let go of my arm, what line?"
"The line between you and the person you despise," replied the quarter Saiyan.
"I'll take it from here," said a familiar voice as Pan let go, letting Kakashi who suddenly appeared grabbing the dark-haired boy's arm from the quarter Saiyan girl.
To their surprise, the group called out his name, "Kakashi Sensei!" they said in surprise.
"You can stop now," said the grey haired ninja to the boy, "there's still a lot of question that he'll need to answer for us, hey! I'm not finished talking yet..."
Sasuke reluctantly did as he was told but ignored him when he continued to talk, "I going back to the village," he said leaving the others.
"But why Sasuke..." said the girl.
"I'm sorry, he's got let oh his mind now, but he really is a great guy, I swear, just try to forgive him okay," said the blond placing a hand on her shoulder in which she replied with a nod, "yeah that-a girl, then one day when he's back to his old self, I'll take you to visit him"
Curious to what triggered his anger, Pan asked Kakashi for more information, "Err, Kakashi who is Itachi Uchiha? That bandit was talking about him and that enraged Sasuke," she said with a question.
"I'm afraid for now all I can tell is, the man called Itachi is... ...Sasuke's brother," answered the grey haired ninja.
"His own brother did that..." replied the quarter Saiyan in disgust.
To be continued...