Hokage: Ryo’s Path - Chapter 481
After learning about Jiraiya from Anko, Minato and Kushina were in a grave mood. Especially Namikaze Minato.
He had been an orphan since he was a child. He was fortunate to be accepted as a disciple by Jiraiya that taught him Ninjutsu. For him, Jiraiya was not only his teacher but also his father. He can be what he is now thanks to Jiraiya. It can be said that Jiraiya was a very important figure in his life.
Kushina was aware of Namikaze Minato’s concerns and said softly, “Minato, don’t worry about it. Everything will be alright.”
Namikaze Minato took a deep breath, forcing himself to calm down. “I’m fine, Kushina. You can relax. Besides there’s no time to worry about it, now all we have to do is temporarily block the connection between Jiraiya-sensei and Mount Myōboku.”
Namikaze Minato took out a Scroll, and the Scroll depicted the special Fūinjutsu that can seal time and space.
Namikaze Minato used both hands to seal and set up a time and space barrier all-around Orochimaru’s laboratory with the help of Scroll, isolating the laboratory and the outer space.
At the same time, Mount Myōboku Fukasaku Sennin and Shima Sennin called the most toad of Mount Myōboku. They were going to search for Jiraiya in the sea near Amegakure.
Looking at summoning Scroll, Jiraiya’s name hadn’t turned black yet. It meant that he was still alive.
Just right before he formed a team and was preparing to leave, Fukasaku Sennin saw that Jiraiya’s name had turned black.
He sighed to Shima Sennin and said, “Hey, we don’t need to search him anymore, Jiraiya is already….”
Shima Sennin froze, “Are you sure? Is it already too late? Dad, please prepare to go to Konoha and tell Tsunade!”
“Yes, I need to report about Pain’s information. Minato and Ryo know about the Reverse Summoning Technique but we need to find a new contractor to let him learn Sage Mode. To avenge Jiraiya.”
“About the new contractor, you might as well consider Uzumaki Naruto,” Bunta suggested.
“Uzumaki Naruto? Who is that?” Shima Sennin asked.
“Naruto is Jiraiya’s disciple, the son of Minato and Kushina, and also studied Ninjutsu for quite some time.”
“It turns out that this child is indeed the best choice. Bunta, come with me to Konoha!”
“Understood!” Bunta agreed.
After disappeared with white mist, Fukasaku Sennin left Mount Myōboku with a lot of toads and came to Konoha.
The sudden arrival of a large number of toads surprised the patrol member of the security department.
Fortunately, Hyūga Hizashi, who led the team today, knew that toad was Jiraiya’s summoned beast and immediately went to Hokage’s Office to report the situation.
Tsunade was uneasy when he heard that a toad had come to the village of Konoha.
“Shizune, call Kakashi and Yamanaka Suzune. And call
Naruto too. If I remember correctly he is training at the Forest of Death.”
“Okay, I’ll summon them quickly.”
A moment later, a group of toad and Konoha Ninjas came to Hokage’s Office.
“Do you have any news for us this time?” Tsunade asked directly.
Fukasaku Sennin nodded. With a sorrowful voice, he said, “Jiraiya, he died.”
Fukasaku Sennin’s words were like a bolt from the blue and stunned everyone. Kakashi and the others were also unable to accept the sudden bad news and needed to proceed first.
After a while, Tsunade recovered. While she held back the tears and bit her lips so hard to keep herself under control.
“Fukasaku Sennin, can you tell us about the situation at that time?”
Fukasaku Sennin informed Tsunade of every detail of the battle between Jiraiya and Pain and how they had come into contact with Pain.
After listening to the report, everyone present was surprised.
Kakashi pondered but later said, “Jiraiya-sama in Sage Mode is stronger than me but he lost to Pain. I should also … Lain, what about you?”
“Me? At least I won’t lose. Why? Are you going to get revenge?”
Kakashi shook his head, “I assume that Pain will come here very soon. Akatsuki’s purpose is now clear to everyone, and now there is only Hachibi and Kyuubi that hasn’t fallen yet into their hands. Ryo isn’t in the village, Jiraiya-sama was killed, Shisui also left a few days ago, now it can be said that our village defense is at its weakest. At this point, I think Akatsuki also knows that now is their chance. “
Suzune snorted coldly, “Let them come, who’s afraid of them anyway? Even though big brother isn’t here, there’s still you, Tsunade-sama, and me. In the worst case scenario, the retired Sakumo-sama can join too!”
“Lain, you are too naive. Do you think Pain is the only one who will come? Akatsuki is not that simple.”
While everyone was discussing, Naruto came in and broke the unpleasant atmosphere.
Everyone’s eyes looked towards him, making him a little embarrassed. He scratched his head, “What … why is everyone here?”
“Fukasaku Sennin, he is Uzumaki Naruto, Jiraiya’s last discipline.” Tsunade introduced him.
“Is that him? He has potential.”
Naruto asked, “Who is this old frog?”
“Naruto, don’t be so rude. This Fukasaku Sennin, one of the two Great Elders of Mount Myōboku. They are Jiraiya’s teacher.”
Naruto was taken aback, and with an unbelievable look, he said, “You are Ero Sennin’s teacher?”
Fukasaku Sennin laughed when he heard Naruto calling Jiraiya like that. “Haha! Ero Sennin, you said? He fits his nickname.”
“Well, grandpa, why did you come to Konoha?”
Fukasaku Sennin’s expression suddenly became serious, and the heavy atmosphere was still hanging in the air.
Fukasaku Sennin was about to convey the news when Tsunade interrupted him and said, “Naruto, Jiraiya died!”
Naruto, like Tsunade, who just heard the news, froze in place.
After a while, Naruto said to Tsunade, “It must be you that asked him to go, old hag!”
Naruto’s words pierced Tsunade’s chest like a sharp blade, making Tsunade’s face paler.
“If Ero Sennin is the Hokage, he would never go!”
Naruto turned around and left Hokage’s Office.
Tsunade took a deep breath, suppressing the sorrow inside her heart, and said to Fukasaku Sennin, “I’m terribly sorry, Fukasaku Sennin. Naruto is still young and ignorant.”
Fukasaku Sennin waved his hand and said, “It’s okay. It is always hard to accept someone we admired to die so suddenly. One more thing, Jiraiya seemed to have discovered Pain’s secret during the battle. Unfortunately, he was injured at the time and could not tell me directly, so he left a secret sign on my back. This should be the key to defeat Pain.”