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The Black Flames 8 – Balance

“Well done, Ratio.” Fugaku looked out of his window to the dark clouds approaching the Village, feeling relieved the rain was coming to the village again. “Thank you Lord Hokage” the teenage boy began, his black hair covering most of his face, a patch covering his right eye and his remaining eye was dark and empty. “You earned it,” Fugaku finally turned to face the boy, “You have a great mind and potential for great things” Fugaku paused, sitting down and motioning for Ratio to do the same, “You are an Uchiha after all.” Fugaku leaned forward passing Ratio a glass filled with some strange liquid, “Please, when one graduates to Chunin level a drink is usually customary.” Fugaku sat back sipping his drink. The boy named Ratio struggled to keep a straight face as he sipped from the cup. Fugaku drank the last of his cup in silence, reaching for a folder as he put the cup on the table with a bang. “I have your first mission, Ratio. This is your first chance to prove yourself worthy of the Uchiha name.” Fugaku said as he threw the folder before Ratio.

Ratio did not enjoy this taste, it burned his lips even now after finishing his cup, the folder before him had a strange red glow, Ratio knew that this was his chance to be noticed, to be accepted. His hands felt as though shaken with excitement and fear, he lifted the file’s cover to reveal a small picture of a boy not much older than him, Itachi Uchiha. As he read the file he could see all of Itachi’s stats, near perfect on every level, his genjutsu and dojutsu abilities on perfect. “B… but this is your son?” Ratio began looking confused at the page before him, “That is not my son!” Fugaku replied with intense hatred, “He is a criminal, Itachi Uchiha…” Fugaku paused standing to look out the window again. “The world needs balance, for every action there needs to be a reaction.” Fugaku paused for a moment as the rain began to fall before him, almost a sign of the tears a father should shed for the loss of a son, “but Itachi destroyed that balance when he took the Nine Tailed Fox from the Village.” Fugaku turned to face Ratio again looking at this young boy not even a year younger than his son. “I need you to help me restore that balance and regain the honor of the Uchiha name.” Fugaku’s stern face showed no emotion at the task at hand.

Ratio heard all the Hokage was saying but he was fixated on the idea of regaining honor, his childhood was never easy, forsaken by his father and always on the outskirts of the Uchiha clan. They would mock him as a “nobody” or a “disgrace”, the older members wouldn’t even look him in the eyes. The day his Sharingan awakened he was unable to control it and it still remains active in his left eye, covered now as a disgrace to his family and his name. As he remembered his painful past and the vows he made to change it, his mind began to work on strategies, “To defeat a genjutsu and ninjutsu master” he thought to himself, “To bring honor to my name and clan”. “Thank you, Lord Hokage. I accept this mission, I will require 3 Genin of long range distance and with a helpful knowledge of earth style.” Ratio said, no longer the boy before Fugaku, but a man. His voice was strong and filled with purpose. “I will also need all data you have on Itachi and the boy.” with that Ratio left with the feeling of having pieces to play with, though he wasn’t great at ninjutsu, taijutsu or genjutsu he was able to use people and effective strategies. This was his moment. “To kill Itachi” he thought to himself as the Rain fell around Konoha.


“Whats wrong, Itachi?” Kisame finally shouted out, “You’re keeping such a slow pace.” “I was just remembering an old friend, me and him did a mission in this land and we passed through this area.” Itachi answered. “Hmph, we don’t have time to waste. Pain is expecting us at the meeting in a day.” Kisame continued, “and you didn’t want to fly there with Deidara so we gotta move extra fast, let’s just hope he doesn’t escape Orochimaru and Sasori” Kisame seemed genuinely concerned. “Don’t worry Kisame, I have given Deidara a reason to stay in Akatsuki, he will not leave till he finds a way to kill me.” Itachi was calm as ever, the trees were beginning to grow thicker as they reached the border.

1 Day later.

“Ah, so this is Akatsuki.” Deidara began looking around the dark cave, “I know my village used you many times before but this does not seem like the base of the most powerful criminal organization in the world.” he mocked as he found his way to the hands standing in the center of the cave. “Deidara, welcome. You will stand next to Kakuzu, his partner died recently and he is attempting to find his replacement. You will be placed there for now.” Pain’s voice echoed, silencing Deidara as he made his way to his place. “Kakuzu.” Pain directed his attention to the after image of the man named Kakuzu, “Why are you taking so long? Your assignment was to find Hidan and bring him to us.”
“Well I have been hunting down the last of the Jashinists and their members seem to gain a good price, I will be able to locate Hidan soon.” Kakuzu responded proud of his accomplishments in gaining the money. “I see.” Pain finally responded seemingly uninterested in the answer. “There is a matter we need to attend to, Konoha has become increasingly active in their pursuit of the fox and Itachi, we will need to counter their actions.” Pain always spoke with authority and his eyes seemed to lock with each member as he did. ‘So this is the man behind the ten most dangerous criminals in the world”, Deidara thought to himself as he looked around the room. “Orochimaru! You will attempt to return to the Hidden Leaf Village at once.” Pain looked towards Orochimaru, “But they would kill me upon entry.” Orochimaru responded but did not seem to be afraid. “They will not, the leadership has changed and they would do anything for information on Akatsuki, you will return under that disguise. If they try and kill you, you will always have ‘that’ jutsu to fall back on.” there was a pause for a moment, “So you know about the Jutsu I been working on, eh?” Orochimaru’s words seem to sliver out his mouth. “Very well. I will go and seek an audience with the new Hokage.” Orochimaru wanted to gain the Sharingan and would now get his opportunity to gain one through the Village he wanted to destroy.


Added Extra’s – The first chapters of this fanfic where difficult to write, I wanted to hold of on battle orientated to rather build up characters though now with each on their paths.

Which of these battles would you most like to see happen…

Some of these battles will happen but not all also I think some people are confused about Fugaku and his ability, I wanted to reveal it later but I will give a short fact file on his character and Ratio in the following chapters 😀


3 Responses

  1. you did a good job, you can still go anywhere with the story and i like how you make it extremely slow paced and let it slowly build up

    i voted for pain vs jraiya because i like the rinnegan. but i think most of them should happen. and shouldn’t it be fugaku vs kazekage?

    come on people comment! don’t make me hunt you all down and force you to put something nice here!

  2. First, I want to apologize for not commenting earlier. Been really busy.

    I like the way you’re going with your story. Fugaku, though a small character in the naruverse, is looking like someone you don’t want to mess with. I’m curious on this ‘ability’ of his. Keep up the good work.

    Question: Since this is a retelling, and the Uchiha coup d’etat happened. What happened to Shisui? Is he still alive? I don’t remember you mentioning anything about him.

  3. @ Zep – Well I still think Shisui could be Tobi to be honest after this chapter I am more convinced he is, since he had MS since before Danzou took his eye or round about the same time, so he was a higher up in the uchiha and he had ms so he could read more of that tablet, that is why I haven’t mentioned it yet because I wanna see if the manga plays out the way I want it to,

    So far everything is the same Shishui is “dead” apparently according to the Uchiha but that is also a mystery that I may use to my advantage later 😉

    In the story Fugaku was just seen as the father of the Sasuke/Itachi but he was also the Leader of the most powerful clan in Village so he is pretty powerful but not in the way Naruto is powerful his ability is minipulation and getting people to do what he wants… @_@

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