Uzumaki Naruto, 26 years old and undoubtedly one of the few remaining shinobi still alive after 10 long years of war, lay dying in the midst of a bloody battlefield. With Konoha gone and no one left to live for, he sends himself back to the beginning, to the day of his younger self's graduation from the academy, in one final attempt to set things right. With the help of family new and old, Naruto learns there is more to it than just lives worth saving. Time travel AU.
- First eight chapters are not my own, and belong to cywsaphyre on fanfiction.net.
- Part 1 of The Lives Worth Saving
Bookmarked by Suterara
04 Dec 2021
Naruto is not the boy that everyone believes. He had to hide his true self because of the Council, and now that he's on Team 7, he can finally break his mask. He isn't loud or obnoxious or dumb, nor does he wear orange: he is the complete opposite. Are the two other boys on his team ready for him?
A vicious snarl ripped through clenched teeth. The Nanadaime... no, the man, gripped the Hakkō Chakura Tō firmly and wrenched it from the corpse. His only choice was to go back in time. He couldn't lose his precious people again; never again. He would become no-one, simply a shadow that protects. He is nothing, he is nameless, he is Mumei. Time-travel fic. Eventual KakaNaru.
Naruto leaves the village at five because he got tired of being bullied. Instead of Zabuza meeting Haku, he meets five year old Naruto. At the battle at the bridge, Naruto gets the chance to return home with Kakashi and he has no idea what's in store.
The village tries to repair a broken Naruto after failing him for so long. Kakashi being at the center of it all.
‘Protect him,’ Kushina prays in the quiet of her own mind as she leaves; pleading silently to the old spirits from her childhood, to the things that the Uzumaki Elders used to whisper about in hushed tones.
‘Love him,’ Kushina begs of the things she only knows from instinct and half remembered stories, those things filled with the power of salt and sun and deep deep waters. Those things that live and thrive in the heart and soul of every Uzumaki who has ever breathed and battled and bled. 'Guide him, keep him safe for always. But love him most of all. My little prince of eddies and leaves.’
Left behind, left alone and cold where before there was only a soft sort of warmth and a steady kind of safety, Naruto wails.
- Part 1 of Whirlpool Calls Him Home