The Hokages' Office, "Konohagakure"
"You do know what happens if one of the other villages gets their hands on those pills right?" Mei Kurani the oldest of the village Elders squeaked towards the Seventh Hokage. She and her two brothers lived during the reign of all six previous Kage somehow managing to evade the grips of death for almost two centuries. The knowledge and secrets they hold in their old age made them valuable assets to Homura, but their personalities were...far less valuable.
Icy blue eyes lifted from papers and stared at the old woman before answering slowly "Very bad things...which is why I'm having my best out there gathering information." The Hokages' eyes drifted back to his papers where he looked them over again.
"I don't like that you're sending those Uchiha on a mission of such importance. They're not trustworthy."
The papers were softly set on the table as his gaze locked on Mei's brother. "Then it's a good thing you're not Hokage. None of you three should be speaking about trustworthiness when you all were involved with the concealment and cover up of the Uchiha Massacre. For twelve years the villagers were told that the clan was murdered by the Rogue Nin Masara Uchiha when in truth Predosuku blackmailed three children into wiping out their entire bloodline. You three were aware of this prior and didn't alert Lord Third until after the deed had been done which makes you just as guilty in my eyes. It is only because of your usefulness and the word of Lord Sixth that you are all here. You should all be in prison."
"They were planning a cou-"
"My brother is here, please get out of my office." Three set of eyes peered into the blonde with seething rage before lining up and exiting the office slamming the door behind them in anger. "Come in Kyushi." As his brother entered Homura seemed to visibly deflate, sinking into his chair. His hands covered his face and he sighed deeply "I hate those guys. I don't know how dad could deal with them." Rubbing his face he would lift his head and give his younger brother a tired but genuine smile.
"You've gotten taller. Not by much but it's something." Three picture frames lined his desk, one of Homura and his parents with Kyushi as a baby, the other of Homura, Kasumi, Junri and Hasaru Sensei and the last of just Homura and Kyushi posing together as young children. It had been nearly five years since his brother had disappeared leaving to search for his own path and while Homura was happy to see his return there was a knot in the pit of his stomach. There was so much he missed, Kyushi was a child the last time Homura had seen him and now he stood before him as a man. An engaged man.
It made his heart hurt.
Masking his pain was something the Seventh Hokage had learned to do well, and that was what he did here. Sliding the papers lining his desk Kyushis way he would allow him to look them over. "About two weeks ago we caught word over the wire that the facility built by the Shinobi Alliance to house the remains of the God Tree was broken into and a large section of the tree was taken. Luckily Kasumi and Kurugari were within teleporting range and prevented the entire tree from being taken and are now in pursuit of the theives. I wasn't given permission to bring the remains to the village but I was allowed to send Junri and Shisai to escort it to the land of Wind where the Kazekage will keep guard over it."
"The last I heard from the pair of Uchiha they had tracked them to the Land of Iron. Now we're just waiting for another report specifying their location or for the two to reappear here. Then we'll move out. I'm not sure how they plan to extract the power of the God Tree but I know that if they do keeping peace will be more difficult than ever"
Tapping his finger against his desk he would look at large map adorning his wall "I say we body flicker to the edge of the Land of Fangs and enter the Land of Iron under the guise of random passerby. We'll use clones to scout the country and find areas that are less densely populated in case a battle breaks out. If they've managed to harness the tree's power we'll need to lure them to these places so we're not dividing our attention between attacking and defending."
"The closer we get the harder it will be to keep the tree's chakra signature hidden from me, we'll head in, smoke out the criminals and continue from there."
"That sound good to you younger brother?"