"I will take my leave now."
He put Zabuza on his shoulder and disappeared.
"We should get going. Tazuna can you lead us to your house."
"Yes, of course. Follow me."
We arrived at a house that was built above the water.
"Father! I'm so glad you're back."
She looked at us.
"You guys must be the ninjas that helped my father. Thank you so much. Please come in and rest in our house. I'll make you guys something to eat."
We were resting in a room upstairs.
"I have been thinking about Zabuza. I think he is still alive."
"Why do you think that Shikamaru?"
"My dad told me that hunter-nin are supposed to destroy the body on sight. But this one took him away. The other thing I found weird is that he used senbon. Senbon isn't normally used for quickly killing someone."
"Yes, you're right. I have been thinking the same. But when I looked for his pulse, I couldn't find it."
"That probably means that he has been put in a half-dead state. If that's the case he won't be able to move for a week."
I have given Hinata some medical books to study. Since her clan doesn't want to use their precious Byakugan to become medics, she has to do it in secrecy. Maybe I should convince Tsunade to take her as a disciple.
"It doesn't matter even if he is back at his peak. I'll just cut his head off this time."
"Don't underestimate him, Naruto. The only reason he got beat so easily is because of that surprise attack. He won't let his guard down this time. He is an S-Rank ninja after all."
"I know, I know. I have already thought of a plan so don't worry too much. I'm going to take a breather outside."
I was walking through the hallway when a kid bumped into me.
"You should leave and not put your nose in other's business. You will all die. Gato isn't someone you can defeat. You are too weak."
Oh, isn't this that brat Inari? Why don't I have some fun. It's not like I have anything better to do. I grabbed him by his collar.
"Wait, what are yo-"
We arrived at a mountainside a couple of kilometers away from the house. Inari was holding onto a tree and throwing up.
"Are you crazy! It felt like I was dying."
"It's your fault for calling me weak. So do you still think I'm weak?"
"Just because you are a little fast doesn't mean you can take on all of his men."
I walked up to a huge rock. I coated my arm in chakra. Even though it isn't as good as Tsunade's, it is still strong. I hit the rock with a flick of my fingers. The huge rock easily shattered.
"Woah, that was so cool."
He looked at me with stars in his eyes.
"Am I still weak?"
"No way. If it's you then, maybe you can do it."
He started sobbing.
"If only you came sooner."
'What is this? Why do I feel so bad for him? Why should I care about him?'
"Do you want to talk about it?"
'Why did I ask him that? This must be Hinata's doing. To think I could get so influenced by her.'
"The Land of Waves used to have a hero that fought off Gato. His name is Kaiza. He was also my step-father. I never knew my real father since he died before I was born. I always wanted to know how it felt to have a father."
He started crying even harder and hugged me.
'Who does this brat think he is. Gettingall his tears and boogers on me.'
I hugged him back and started petting his head.
'Damn it. Why am I so weak?'
"Kaiza has been the one I looked up to the most. I wanted to be like him. When Gato tried to take over the Land of Waves, he was the one who united everyone to fight back. When Gato heard about this, he brought all his men to capture him. He hung him on a cross and executed him before everyone. He used him as an example to keep everyone from trying anything."
"I see. Your father was someone amazing. He must have been strong. You should be proud to be his son. But if he would see you like this, he would be disappointed."
"It's because you have already given up. You told me you want to become like him. But if you stay how you are right now, that will never happen. I'm not saying that you should fight Gato, but you should try to improve yourself and move on from Kaiza's death. I'm sure that you'll make him proud by doing that."
"You are right, big brother. I should have realized it sooner. Don't worry, I will make my dad proud and become worthy of being your little brother."
'This bastard dares to call me big brother. But it does sound nice. Argh, there I go again.'
"Let's go, your mother must be worried about you. Climb on my back."
"Please go slower this time."
He climbed on my back.
We arrived at the house.
"Why did you do this to me again, big brother?"
"Good, you didn't throw up. It means that you have become stronger."
'More like I didn't have anything left to throw up.'
We walked inside and saw everyone waiting at the table.
"Inari where have you been. Don't you know how worried I was about you."
"I was just playing with big brother."
She looked at me and smiled.
"Quickly wash your hands, you two. We have been waiting for you. The food has almost become cold."
After we ate we all went to sleep.
'It's time for my plan.'
I sneaked outside and summoned 20 shadow clones.
"Go and kill every goon of Gato. After you have done that, torture Gato and take all of his money."
They all vanished.
I summoned another 50 clones.
"Kill Zabuza and bring me Haku alive. Also take whatever valuable they have."
After they vanished, I sneaked back into my bed.
'With this, my goals here will all be completed. I really hit the jackpot with this mission.'