Naruto Hiden / Naruto Hiden Vol 3 Chapter 3.2
The meeting had finished. When Kakashi returned to the Office of the Hokage, Sai had arrived.
It was evening, and the room was tinged with an orange afterglow.
“A little while ago, I was attacked”
Kakashi was sitting at the desk of the Hokage as Sai spoke.
He was mentally fatigued from the meeting, but with that single word, (his tiredness) was blown away.
Sai spoke: He had picked out some high-ranked individuals from the bingo-book. Sai had been in contact with an informant and had dispatched him (to investigate into their activities). When Sai was returning (back to the village), a masked duo had attacked him.
“They were strong. Between the two people, I even wanted to detain at least one of them, but――
Pages 78 and 79
Sai said that one of them escaped, and the person who remained then self-destructed.
“However, he was unprepared for the self-destruction”
Kakashi stared back at Sai’s face.
“For a moment, I tried to interrogate the man whom I detained. When I spoke to him, I dangled some bait to make him consider his treatment in the future (while his was in our custody). However, when the man started to say something――
A disaster had occurred within the man’s body, and then he detonated.
“On the back of his neck, there was something similar to a cursed seal. I think that it was activated. “
Kakashi placed his hand on his chin.
If the man tried to speak, then the cursed seal would activate. Speaking of which, Kakashi associated it with a certain man’s face.
“It was something……like Danzo’s (cursed seal), right?
As Kakashi spoke, Sai also nodded.
“It certainly resembles the method (that Danzo used) to bind us”
志村ダンゾウは、かつて暗部を裏で支配していた男だった。三代目火影の座を猿飛ヒルゼンと争い、その争いには敗れた。 そののち、暗部のなかに「根」という独自の機関を作り、里の支配を目論んだ男だ。 サイは、その「根」にいた。
Shimura Danzo was the man who controlled the ANBU from behind the scenes. He competed against Sarutobi Hiruzen for the position of being the Sandaime Hokage. In that competition, he was defeated. Afterwards, he created an original organization called “Root” within the ANBU. He was a man who was scheming to control the village. Sai was in “Root”.
ダンゾウはサイたち「根」の構成員の舌に、呪印を埋めこんでいた。 「根」やダンゾウについて話そうとした途端、 体が痺れて声が出なくなる、というのがその効果だった。
Danzo applied a cursed seal onto the tongues of Sai and all the other members of “Root”. As soon as they tried to talk about “Root” or Danzo, their bodies would become numb and their voices would not come out. That was the effect (of Danzo’s cursed seal).
“It means that the guys who attacked you were also bound by the purposes of their boss, eh?……Well, whether it’s detonation or becoming numb, the outcome is quite different, isn’t it?”
“And then there’s another thing”
“As for the two people who attacked me, they were cloaked in tailed-beast chakra midway through the battle.”
Kakashi’s eyes widened.
「はい。本人の姿が尾獣化したりはしなかったんですが、チャクラが爆発的に大きくなり、 衣となって体を覆いました。 そのチャクラの衣に、短いですが、 尾が」
“Yes. The form of the person himself does not transform into a tailed beast. However, their chakra grows tremendously on a huge scale. Their bodies are wrapped in a cloak (of chakra). That coat of chakra is short, but there’s a tail. “
Kakashi raised his voice with a groan.
“It’s not like that person is a Jinchuuriki, so how do they have the power of a tailed-beast?………”
“In addition, it’s two people (with this ability)”
Pages 80 and 81
“If you tried to examine the corpse, we might have understood something (about their abilities). But he self-destructed, right?”
“I didn’t want to examine the corpse, because I possibly (could have been injured by the) cursed seal that caused his death by explosion….”
Kakashi closed his eyes, and then thought it over in his head.
‘It’s a method similar to Danzo’s (cursed seal)…… And Sai was attacked with this timing…..’
And then there was the meeting from a while ago―― There was something to talk about from Kakashi’s intuition.
Kakashi then asked Sai:
“Sai, did you tell anyone about your investigation into the recent incidents?”
“Nope, nobody at all. Why?”
“If you didn’t tell anyone, then I wonder why you were attacked”
「お前が事件を調べていると知ったから、 敵 さんはそれを阻止するためにお前を襲った。なら、敵はどこでそれを知ったんだ？ まさか、お前と情報屋が話しているのをたまたま盗み聞きして、 それで慌てて襲撃を思い立った、なんてことはないだろう」
“Because they knew that you were investigating the case, the enemies attacked you in order to hinder (your progress). Even so, how did the enemy know where (to attack you)? Indeed, they were casually eavesdropping on your conversation with your informant. Because of that, they made up their minds in a rush to attack you. Perhaps it wasn’t something like that, though. ”
“That’s impossible. When I was in contact with my informant, we were always careful and attentive.”
“So that means that before you went to the location with your informant, the enemy knew that you were investigating the incident. “
Sai kept silent about Kakashi’s remarks.
Eventually, he let out a small “Ah――”.
“Sensei, after I received the command from you here, I went to investigate the incident at the ANBU Resource Centre”
“Yes. At the ANBU Resource Centre, there are records of the people who browse through (the room’s contents). Those records remain there. They knew from the records that I was concerned about those incidents…..”
“I suppose that it’s likely (that you were first targeted) there”
“But , Sensei…”
Sai lowered his voice.
“So about what you said….You’re saying that the criminals are from within the ANBU…..”
Their glances met.
After a little while, Kakashi spoke:
“Actually, the superiors assembled a little while ago for the budget meeting. However, (the discussion) greatly concerned the next budget for the ANBU“
Pages 82 and 83
“For the ANBU….”
“Ahh. It was Tsumiki Kido from the ANBU. He alluded to the recent incidents when (the Daimyo and Homura) were attacked. Now, it would surely be the time to strengthen the ANBU; He emphasized it as something that was urgent business. Because the Daimyo-sama and Homura-sama were at the meeting, the ANBU were fairly successful in their acquisition of the budget……Well Sai, do you understand the meaning of what I want to say?”
Sai took a breath. Somehow, Sai even seemed to be reminded of the same image as Kakashi’s (intended meaning).
“The ANBU caused the incident. With that, the ANBU used it as proof to increase their budget. The point is that those guys were putting on a charade. ”
「そう考えると、 いろんなことの辻褄が合うんだ。 大名様や御意見番が狙われた理由もそこにある。上層部の危機感を煽りたいなら、上層部を襲うのが一番手っ取り早いからな。 それに、大名様の移動ルートや当日の警備計画は、 暗部の極秘事項だ。外部の人間がそれを知るのは難しい。だが、犯人が暗部のなかにいると考えればそれはあっさり解決する」
“When I think about it like that, the various things are consistent. That’s the reason why the Daimyo-sama and the Honourable Council were also attacked there. Because they wanted to agitate a sense of impending danger within the upper-division personnel, attacking them would be the foremost and quickest means (to easily incite such a reaction from them). Moreover, the route for the Daimyo’s movements and the defense plan for that day were absolute confidential matters within the ANBU. It would have been difficult for anyone external (to the ANBU) to know about it. However, if I consider that the criminal is within the ANBU, (then this incident) will readily be settled.
Furthermore, Kakashi continued:
「その襲い方も、程度を心得てる。投げこむクナイは一本。 斬りつけるときも、 浅く一太刀。それ以上のことをやれば、 里を挙げての犯人捜しになるかもしれない。 あくまで小さな事件でなければならなかったんだ」
“They were even knowledgeable about the degree and means of attack. There was one kunai that was thrown. When (Homura) was slashed, he sustained a shallow cut by a sword. If they did something further (in seriousness than those attacks), perhaps we would be wholly invested in searching the village for the criminals. In the end, it had to be a small incident (to achieve their desired effect without more risk). ”
“And so, Kido-san…….”
“We cannot settle it just yet. My impression is that he’s a bad guy.”
“Kido-san was someone who was referred to as Danzo-sama’s treasurer. When Danzo-sama’s plans were put into effect, I heard stories that he raised funds for them behind the scenes. Kido-san provided almost all of the necessary money to him.”
“I also heard about those rumours”
To go against the Uchiha clan, and possibly against the Akatsuki, Danzo maneuvered and promoted around various places. Naturally, a considerable amount of money was needed (to oppose them).
In the process of espionage, he probably paid his informants with rewards. There were mobilization and infiltration (missions to fund) that would extend for long-term periods of time. Those activities in themselves were costly expenses.
In the past, he was handed down a formal budget from the ANBU. In addition to that, they didn’t know how much of it was funneled towards “Root”; However,“Root” also had several of their own means for only funding the activities of “Root”. Eventually, Kido burdened himself with one, or possibly even all of those (routes of funding). Because he was a man who was close to Danzo, it was no wonder that Kido had a common understanding with him. Kido also (seemed to use Danzo’s) idea of applying cursed seals to his subordinates.
“So that man was the treasurer of “Root”…. Because “Root” disbanded, he came out on the front stage of things, eh?….”
Kakashi muttered and then restored his sights back onto Sai.
“Won’t you mark down Kido? For now, he’s the most likely suspect.”
“However, immediately withdraw if you even think that it’s getting a little too dangerous. The enemy failed in his attack on you once already. On their second attempt, they should be more serious. ”
Sai nodded. Instantly, he erased his presence from the front of the desk (and disappeared).
When Sai left the office of the Hokage, Kakashi leaned his body on the back of his chair. He stared at the ceiling.
“……However, these various things are happening somehow”
As Kakashi muttered that to himself, a shinobi from the Communications Corps came rushing up to him: “Hokage-sama!”.
” An urgent communication hawk has arrived from Suna”
As he was speaking, the shinobi handed him a small scroll. The shinobi from the Communications Corps then exited the room.
Kakashi spread out the scroll.
‘Uchiha Sasuke appeared in Sunagakure Village. He contacted terrorists. After negotiations, he killed the terrorists.
Kakashi shook his head.
“It seems that too many things are happening”
//Section 2 completed.