Eh..heh heh, why thank you for thinking so... I personally think I'm a bit of a :dork: with too much time on my hands. I'm quite convinced there are others out there far more talented.
Uzumaki Naruto, eh?
Looking into the blackness stretching ever further before him, Minato recognized he was wandering without purpose. This was not the time to doubt his decision, but there it was and Minato focused his attention on his only light in the mass of shadows. The small chakra crystal in his hand, glowed dimly and though it held the bulk of the kyuubi's poisonous chakra at bay, enough of it leaked through to make every movement, however small, extremely painful. At this rate Minato knew he wouldn't last long. He was running short on time. Finding the 'heart' of the kyuubi was proving more difficult than anticipated but now that he'd started down this path, there was no turning back and Minato willed himself even deeper into the void.
"Are we there yet?" the frog on his stomach asked in a rather petulant tone.
"Almost, be patient."
"Easy for you to say, Yondaime."
In truth, just breathing was becoming more and more difficult, as Minato felt the burn of the kyuubi's chakra in his lungs every time he inhaled. There was no escaping his chosen fate and deciding he no longer needed to be as cautious, pushed a little more chakra into the crystal. The relief was immediate, and with his senses cleared, Minato came to an abrupt halt and said to himself, "Step four is complete."
Sarutobi Sandaime kept a wary eye on the battle raging just outside the walls of Konoha. So many good people were dying. Dying to defend the Village Hidden in the Leaves. The Yondaime Hokage asked him to hold himself in reserve should his chosen strategy fail. A strategy Minato did not fully explain, but left Sarutobi with a bad feeling in the pit of his stomach. The kyuubi's appearance was never an accident of nature as people often thought. It was a summoning of the highest level, but why?
When Gamabunta appeared within the crystal ball, Sarutobi gasped at the horror behind the giant frog and thought, Oh no! Even as Gamabunta leapt forward, the former Hokage was out of his rooms and into the street. Looking toward the gates of the village, Sarutobi realized the resonance of the Death God was not strongest in that direction. Turning back the Sandaime stared a moment at the Hokage's tower. It was definitely there and without a backward glance took off toward it.
The kyuubi heart revealed itself at last and now that Minato was within sight of his target, he willed the Death God's hand forward. It pushed through him, consuming his chakra at a horrifying rate, but Minato ignored the pain as he watched the kyuubi struggled in vain against the large fingers that had wrapped themselves around its chest. He pushed forward again but the resistance was too great. You will go no further, a deep resounding voice echoed in his mind.
I go where I wish, demon. It is you that will go no further.
Something akin to snarled laughter made its way out of the fox demon. It swung its many tails in irritation, but ceased its struggle. Pitiful little man, you cannot hope to contain me with this worthless jutsu. Death is meaningless to one such as I.
Even if you do not fear death, you will learn to fear me soon enough, Minato thought at the demon fox, almost grateful for the connection. At least he wouldn't have to inhale more toxin to shout. It still surprised him how calm his words sounded. He certainly didn't feel calm. You should not have come here.
The kyuubi fixed Minato with look of pure contempt and hatred. Its voice felt hard and harsh against his senses, Your attempt at flattery is laughable, little man, since my will in this is even more limited than your own. The kyuubi paused, sniffing the air as an image of the baby appeared between them. Aaahhh...I see it now. This was your true intention all along. It even smells of you. I wonder how it tastes...tell me little man why would you sacrifice one so small? It is sure to die...
When Minato remained silent the kyuubi sniffed again, this time its nose passing within in inches of the boy's face. The baby, who up until that moment slept peacefully, shocked awake and started to cry. Minato unconsciously tightened the Death God's grip, pushing the demon fox away. The demon's eyes flashed at the interference but sat back on its haunches regarding the Hokage with a curious expression. The emptiness again filled with the demon fox's laughter as it asked, Can it be that you actually care what happens to this whelp?
I care a great deal...but that is no longer my purpose here.
Interesting...no matter, you will not succeed. Others have tried and all have failed.
Believe as you must, but I will not fail in this.
The kyuubi again tilted its head, apparently unused to such opposition and after another short pause the kyuubi asked, Why do you throw away your life and his for nothing? Do you really believe the worthless rabble of that puny village will accept any child blessed by my greatness? They will never truly understand the pain of his burden and yet you are willing to let this child suffer enormously because of it.
Minato did know it as he realized the light of the chakra crystal was fading and he was finding it hard to breath again.
"Doubt is the killer of hope, Minato. It knows this and is striving to use yours against you." The frog was speaking to him again, it could not move from its spot on his stomach and its voice was hollow to his ears, but Minato strained to hear him. "Don't listen to his words, they are only meant to confuse and sway you from your task. It is your bond with your village that will be its undoing...and it fears that part of you, Yondaime. It fears your love and hope."
Love and hope? Minato thought and he reigned in his guilt, it was far too late for regrets now but couldn't decide in that moment whether his growing feelings of understanding were for the kyuubi, the boy or himself. The chances of things going badly for his son were great, but either way, Minato decided, it didn't matter. The boy would have the potential to become as powerful as any force of nature and people would naturally be drawn closer to him and if his son's heart was big enough, he would be an almost irresistible one. It would be up to the boy to decide whether to grab hold of those opportunities for something more. Minato's task was to do his best to leave behind a place where Kushina's hope for her son would be possible. A place where he could do more than just survive. A place where his future would hold some good things along with the bad.
Tapping into the last of his chakra reserve, Minato let that feeling of love and hope muffle the last of his doubts. The crystal once again shone bright, dispelling the darkness around them both. No longer in the mood for useless banter, his need to end this overpowered the last of his hesitation and Minato extended his chakra into the light of the crystal until it resemble the short sword it was intended to be and he whispered aloud to the kyuubi, "Step five is complete."
The Yondaime Hokage now simultaneously activated the special seals he left behind, while raising the sword, launching himself at the demon through the Death God and splitting the kyuubi's heart.
- arg the 10 k limit is really starting to piss me off - but! I'll jut have to learn to deal - anyway there will be another piece of this again....heh