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Naruto practices hard so he can win the necklace from Tsunade. Meanwhile, Tsunade is in a dilemma over Orochimaru's offer.
"GO!!!" by FLOW
Tsunade is having a flashbacks of memories from when her brother, Nawaki, and her lover, Dan, passed away years ago. Some time later, Naruto is still training by the river through the night, exhausted and frustrated from his failure. Tsunade watches him from a distance. She thinks about the offer Kabuto proposed to her concerning repairing Orochimaru's arms, the revival those she lost using his forbidden jutsu., Shizune's passionate objections, and Jiraiya's offer to become the hokage of the Hidden Leaf Village. She remembers that for the forbidden jutsu to work that she will need to present two human sacrifices. Later, Tsunade has left to go to a dice gambling parlor. At the hideout of Orochimaru, Kabuto asks his master if Tsunade will help them. Orochimaru said if she refuses that he'll just have to force her to help. Still, he's supremely confident that she'd do anything to have those she loved returned.
Back at the river, Naruto is in pain and trying to remember the steps for completing this Rasengan jutsu. That he needs to remember all three steps to complete. First to create the whirlwind of chakra in the balloon to create a single layer and compressing that chakra. He knows the steps but continues failing compression of his chakra. He tries again but has used too much energy, and he falls to his knees. Frustrated, he remembers Tsunade mocking that he could never learn the Rasengan. Forcing himself back on his feet to try once more.
Back in town, Tsunade sits alone on a balcony. Tomorrow is the last day of her week to decide. Deeper in town, Jiraiya is leaving a hostess club and staggering as he walks. Walking through the street, he remembers asking Tsunade if she plans to meet with Orochimaru and how shaken she was at that question. He's confused why she gave Naruto that one week limit to learn the Rasengan. When he returns to his hotel room, he sees that Naruto still hasn't returned. Guessing he plans to press for more time, Jiraiya leaves the room.
An exhausted Naruto is laying face down on the ground but forces himself to stand and falls back down. He thinks that he's going to be too late. Nearby, Shizune has come to check on Naruto. She's shocked to see the devastation caused by his training. Running to him, she asks if he's alright. Tsunade is her hotel room gazing at the precious necklace of the First Hokage when there's a knock on the door. It's Jiraiya asking her to join him for some moonlight drinking.
At a local bar, Jiraiya attempts to bring up small talk but mentioning tomorrow is the one week limit she gave Naruto and wonders what he'll do. She responds, uninterested, that she doesn't know, and when he's not looking. She slips a power into Jiraiya's sake. Watching carefully to make sure he drinks it. Later, Tsunade returns to find Shizune has brought Naruto back to be looked at. Tsunade diagnoses him to have exhaustion and his right hand is burned from chakra. In this condition, she doesn't expect him to awake for two days. Looking over him, she wonders why she made such a silly bet with him. Tentatively at first, Shizune pleads for Tsunade not to meet with Orochimaru tomorrow, bust she is ignored. She bursts out asking for some response. She's cut off by Tsunade when she mentions if she'd actually go. Tsunade asks what she'd do if she does. Shizune shouts that she's stop her with her life and Tsunade snaps back asking is she realizes just who's she's threatening. Tsunade brushes by Shizune and with a swift strike, Shizune collapse and falls unconscious. She has left the room leaving the two of them behind with her pet, Tonton.
Early the next morning at the bar Jiraiya was drinking at, the owner has returned to find Jaraiya sleeping at the stall. The owner tries shaking him awake, but he fails to respond and collapses as if dead. In the forest outside of town, Orochimaru and Kabuto rush to their meeting. To avoid any complications, Orochimaru orders Kabuto into town to kill Shizune. Kabuto remembers the conversation he had with Orochimaru during the last stages of the Chunin Exams. That Orochimaru still doesn't completely trust him. Orochimaru told him that if he wanted to stop him, he'd have to skill Sasuke and that he couldn't kill him. Though, that was before Orochimaru lost the use of his arms. Kabuto rushes off to kill Shizune.
Back in town, a Naruto confused is awake and trying to rouse Shizune. Once she's fully awake, she shoots up and demands to know the time and day. He tells her it's Monday. Now she's confused if his body is alright. After the knight's sleep, he's perfectly healed and energized. Shizune realizes it must be because of the Nine-tailed Fox's chakra that heals him so quickly. Naruto wants to know where Tsunade is since this is the promised day for their bet. When she asks if he's learn the Rasengan. He simply says he'll have to wing it. Before she can laugh, Shizune flinches in pain from the strike she received from Shizune. She rushes to the window and asks him to remain in the room. As she puts her head out the window, a kunai barely misses her head. When she looks to the source, she and Naruto see Jiraiya on the ledge leaning in great main and sweating. He can barely move his body and pleads for her to wait. A few moments later, Jiraiya explains that Tsunade spiked his drink with something. It's hard for him to move and he can't focus his chakra. Shizune wonders what he'd done if he had hit her earlier. Naruto berates him for falling for such a trick. Jiraiya defends himself that even if Tsunade is rotten that she's still a medical specialist. Only she could develop an odorless and tasteless drug that a ninja couldn't detect. Still, he's disappointed he was caught off guard.
Tsunade is waiting for Orochimaru were they last met one week ago. Back at the hotel, Jiraiya drinks water to rehydrate. Shizune asks how he's doing and he responds that he's at about 30%. In the distance, Kabuto spies on the group. Seeing Jiraiya, he's too cautious to attack and leaves. Jiraiya demands to know from Shizune what happened with Orochimaru. Hanging her head in shame, she says she wanted to believe in Tsunade but she asks them to come with her so she can explain along the way. At the meeting place, Orochimaru demands his answer form Tsunade, and rushing to the meeting Jiraiya and Naruto have been filled in. Naruto is sure the answer will be no, but Jiraiya thinks that this could be very bad. He knows just how important her brother and lover were to her. He's worried that he may have to actually kill Tsunade to stop her.
Tsunade tells Orochimaru that she'll heal his arms, but he has to promise to not touch the Hidden Leaf Village. Orochimaru agrees. Memories of Tsunade's happy life with her brother and Dan fill her mind. They approach each other so she can begin. Shizune with Naruto and Jiraiya rush to the meeting. Kabuto has already arrived and remembers that Orochimaru needs him to defend himself in his state. He watches as Tsunade reaches out to Orochimaru's bandaged arms and the healing chakra of her medical jutsu fills her hands. Both quickly jump back as a kunai hits the ground to interrupt the jutsu. Looking to see who threw it. It was Kabuto. He leaps to a distance behind Orochimaru and he demands to know the meaning of his actions and asks if he's been betrayed.....by Tsunade.
"Ryusei (流星)" by Tia
|Naruto Uzimaki||Rasengan (failed)|
|Tsunade||Healing Jutsu (interrupted)|
|Nawaki ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Tsunade ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Dan Kato ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Naruto Uzumaki ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Kabuto Yakushi ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Orochimaru ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Shizune ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Jiraiya ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Tonton ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Masashi Kishimoto||Concept Artist||He is the creator, writer, and artist, of the successfully popular manga and anime series: NARUTO|
|Hayato Date||Director||Hayato Date is the famed anime director who has directed the entire Naruto and Naruto Shippuden anime series.|