628 Prediction: Dealing with Madara
Note: Italics are used to show the character's thoughts
Madara: Hmph. Seems you've run out of ideas boy. Surely now you realize that everything you try will be useless. With this power I could easily destroy your pathetic alliance.
*Madara is in Perfect Susanoo mode, a large portion of the Alliance has been wiped out, Obito has returned atop the Juubi and has attached more Senju tendrils from his body to control it while Madara is dealing with the Alliance. The Juubi and Obito are positioned behind Madara*
*Naruto is panting heavily, but has suffered no serious external wounds*
Naruto: Damn! Despite all our efforts we...
*Naruto turns around to glimpse the battlefield, and new corpses litter the battlefield including*
Naruto: It can't end like this...
*Jump to inside Naruto*
Kurama: That bastard Madara...on top of retaining all his past Uchiha techniques, his strength is immensely greater than when he was controlling me. He truly reminds me of old man Rikudo...
Naruto: What are we going to do? If we can't take care of Madara...
Kurama: Yes...I'm sure you've somewhat sensed what they're trying to do...remember when I said that the Juubi Obito created was incomplete?
Naruto: Yeah, but how much stronger could the Juubi possibly get? It can't get much worse than this...
Kurama: You're wrong. Believe it or not, it's about to get much worse than you can even imagine. Basically, the Juubi has one more stage: it's perfect and complete form which would be the equivalent to if the Eight-Tails and I had been sealed along with the other Jinchuriki from the beginning. It's power could destroy this entire continent in the blink of an eye.
Naruto: So Madara...
Kurama: Right...while Obito controlling the Juubi, Madara is buying time for the next transformation. In other, words, if we can't take down Madara here then we can't deal with the Juubi and Obito.
Naruto: Obito can charge the Juubi on his own? Is he giving it chakra or something?
Kurama: In a way...The Juubi is the manifestation of chakra itself in a deity like form...think of it as a God of Chakra that has access to all forms and kinds of jutsu. Right now, Obito is allowing the Juubi to charge using senjutsu and over time it will transform to the next stage.
Naruto: If it's that powerful...how the hell did the Sage of Six Paths defeat it???
Kurama: I wouldn't know...after all I was the product of the old man's victory and he never told us how he did it. If only he was here now...
Naruto:... Kurama. Things are looking bad I admit, but we'll find a way out of this. I know we will. We still have the plan Shikimaru's old man left us.
Kurama: I hope you're right...although you've seldom been wrong before *chuckles*
*zooms back to the battlefield*
*Kakashi has joined Naruto up front*
Kakashi: We don't have a choice. We're going to have to put the plan in motion.
Naruto: But Madara is in front of us...we need to get you closer to Obito and the Juubi for the plan to work...Madara won't let us do as we please here.
Kakashi: That's true...
*flashback to Shikaku, continued conversation from CHapter 617*
Shikaku: Kakashi...you were able to warp the Eight-Tails because of the chakra you received from Naruto. From what I'm understanding, the initial transfer was unrefined and given to you by Kurama alone...what I'm saying is that if I tell Naruto about his Namikaze roots and Minato's famous ability to deliver chakra, do you think he could learn it on the fly? If it works, he might be able to deliver a more refined form of the Kyubi's massive chakra not only to you...but to the entirety of the alliance!
Kakashi: That just might work...never know until we try.
Shikaku: If Naruto can pull it off...do you think it might be possible to warp the Juubi to another dimension?
Kakashi: The Eight-Tails was the largest thing I had ever attempted to warp...it may cost me my life even with Naruto's chakra.
*end of flashback*
Kakashi: In order for me to warp the Juubi and Obito to the other dimension with Kamui, I'll need to focus as much as I can...hard to do with Madara in the way...
Madara: Hmm...I'm not sure what you're trying to pull, but it's a pity I didn't have you killed back then...Kakashi was it?
Kakashi: ?! Back then...?
Madara: You survived merely because I orchestrated it. After the incident with the Hidden Mist Ninja, I had Obito witness the death of his beloved. Of course the girl had to die to suit my plans, and to create my disciple.
Kakashi: What are you talking about?! She died because...
Madara:...because I willed it. Obito was mine from before you could even consider yourself a ninja. I had my eyes on him from the beginning. Of course those Hidden Mist Ninja also belonged to me.
*Obito's eyes clenched and teeth gritted*
Kakashi: From what Obito told me earlier...he must have witnessed Rin die back then...but if now Madara is admitting to having planned the entire thing why is Obito still on his side? Did he know all along that Madara had planned it?!
Madara: Obito is no fool. I'd have expected him to learn the truth about the girl after my death. Although we are not allies the creation of the Dream World has driven us both to stand before you today.
*Kakashi is infuriated and clenches his fists*
Kakashi: This was all your...
Madara: Enough. Goodbye Naruto and...well your name has seemed to slip my mind.
*Madara slashes downward with Perfect Susanoo*
Naruto and Kakashi: !!
*Suddenley, two giant hands made of Mokuton emerge from either sides of Naruto and Kakashi and catch the Susanoo blade*
Madara:....!! This is...!!
*Several figures stand before Naruto and Kakashi, their faces obscured by the cloud of dust from the clash*
Orochimaru: Fufufu...looks like we made it instantaneously. As expected of the Second Hokage's Time/Space abilities...
Tobirama: Hmph...the Fourth Hokage helped quite a bit too, can't take all the credit.
Hashirama: Looks like we arrived just in time!
*In front of Naruto and Kakashi stand (from left to right) Hiruzen, Tobirama, Hashirama, Sasuke, and Minato. Orochimaru and Taka are standing slightly behind Hiruzen*
Minato: Naruto...I can't believe I have the chance to be seeing you again.
*Instantly he's behind Naruto and giving him a pat on the head*
Minato: I'm so proud of you Naruto...and you too Kyubii if you can here me in there. I knew you'd come together I just knew it!
*He hugs Naruto as Sasuke looks on*
*Naruto is so moved that tears start rolling down his cheeks*
Hashirama: Madara! Looks like you evaded death that time, you always did have something up your sleeve. However this time, I'm afraid I won't be as relaxed as I was before.
*Last panel shows Madara's eyes widen with the Rinnegan and an insane smile is on his face as he grins ear to ear*
The Editor Comments: The Hokage and co. arrive to the battlefield! Finally Madara is serious?!
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