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    Kidnapped and tortured by Uchiha Madara, Naruto and Kurama manage to escape, but something goes wrong with their ditch-attempt at sealing and they end up unknowingly thrown into the past. Surrounded by familiar strangers and dealing with the bizarre and drastic consequences of botched seals, Naruto will have to find some way to overcome every challenge that comes his way if he wants to save Kurama.

    And perhaps along the way, he’ll find something he’d long since quit searching for.

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    It hurts, his mind can’t handle this strange everything that it’s never been able to see, so he closes his eyes to get away from it, but his form is a part of his mindscape and he can see through the chakra that makes up his eyelids.

    He can see through himself, see the mental construct of his body that’s filled with nothing but a fibrous stitching of his chakra, a washed out, pale blue, so different from the deep cerulean it once was. He can see his every thought, clamoring at once, wisping across his vision before he even has the chance to acknowledge that he’s thinking. He can see his father’s chakra as the bare bones that remain of the seal, a golden scrawl that digs itself into scarlet-red, wrapping around it like stifling chains even with the seal as open as it can be. He can see Kurama’s chakra, suffused into every part of the landscape around him, but mostly grounded inside the fox shape he prefers to take. And, within and beneath and around it all, he can see a nothing so deep and dark it drowns, and a light so bright it blinds.

    His mind is a vast, empty chasm of dark--his mind is a chaotic mess of colored strings of chakra--his mind is a tormented ash forest--his mind is a void of light--

    He’s screaming, arched off the ground that doesn’t exist , nails digging deep into the layers upon layers of chakra of his mind, and he can see everything and it’s too much , then one of Kurama’s tails is draped over his eyes and Kurama is all around him. Kurama’s chakra is strong enough to block everything out for the most part and he can finally breathe--but he can still taste it and smell it and feel it brushing against his not-skin and catching in his not-lungs.

    "Kurama," he chokes out, and he feels the fox shift around him.

    "Something has gone wrong." Kurama murmurs, voice still scratchy from disuse and screams. Naruto feels it vibrate through the not-air and his ears ring with its strange cadence. "In our haste, a mistake was made somewhere in the sealing. We've traveled, but not in the direction we’d planned, and far too deeply mixed.” He heaves a shuddery sigh, and Naruto feels the fur around him ripple with it.

    “You, you were never meant to be a being of chakra as I am, and I was never meant to be as solid a being as you are. As you see and feel too much, I am crushed down to nothing and it--" He pauses, then continues, rougher, "It hurts. It hurts to be made flesh, it hurts to feel as you do.” He pauses again for breath, then says in a hoarse whisper, “But more, it hurts that for us to live, I will have to die."

    Naruto can feel the tears on his not-face soak into Kurama's tail, but he can't respond, just ask softly on an exhale, "Kurama?" If he could speak, he would ask the fox what he means, he has to die ? Naruto would die in a heartbeat for the fox to live, he has to know that. If one of them has to die, take him , but he’s failed everyone else, don’t let him fail Kurama too. He’s worked too hard for this, for Kurama’s survival, to allow everything to fall apart. He won’t let Kurama die .

    "If only it were simple enough that your determination could fix it.” Kurama says and shifts, and for a moment Naruto can see his thoughts scrawled out messily in the chakra around him--but then he’s engulfed in Kurama’s comforting warmth again, “But I have lived nearly two thousand years as myself, two hundred years for each of my 9 tails. To live as you will be no great hardship. I worry not for myself, but only of how you will feel."

    The fox heaves a trembling breath, then murmurs in a soft, almost covetous whisper, "Know that I have loved you as I loved the first breeze that sifted through my fur and filled my lungs as I Became, as I loved the first rain that lit upon my brow and quenched my thirst, as I loved the first bolt of lighting that streaked across the sky and blinded my eyes, as I loved the first soil that my paws laid their steps upon, as I loved the first fire that warmed my pelt. I love you as I have loved all change, but I believe that I have loved you more than all of them combined, more than your kind can even comprehend. I, as I am, will miss you as I have missed no other."

    Naruto can feel Kurama's tears on his not-skin, can feel the shift of fur as the fox tightens his grip on his not-body, and he wants to ask, wants to know what Kurama is planning, wants to stop the fox from whatever sacrifice he’s planning ( Naruto is the Jinchuuriki, he’s the human sacrifice, he’s the one who’s been nothing more than a tool for his entire life--why won’t Kurama let him serve the purpose he’s named for), but he can’t figure out how to move through all the chakra in his skin.

    And then, in a whisper of chakra and red-orange fur Kurama leaves him, and he's lost once more in a sea of confusion and agony.

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