|The Fox of Konoha
Author: White Hunter PM
6 year old Naruto is beaten by the villagers of Konoha one night and in the prosses was transported to a different world where only humanoid ducks live. R&RRated: Fiction T - English - Adventure - Chapters: 4 - Words: 36,012 - Reviews: 9 - Favs: 9 - Follows: 6 - Updated: 09-18-11 - Published: 03-23-11 - id: 6843615
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The Fox of Konoha
6 year old Naruto is chased by the villager of Konoha on his birthday and was beaten near to death until he was transported to another world that was far different from his own. He will meet up with different characters when he is pulled into a war that will give his a great destiny to fulfill, with a few friends that will help him along the way. Did I mention that his new friends happen to be humanoid alien ducks?
The beginning and a new world
A young 6 year old was running down the streets of Konoha that night as he was being chased by a mob that were armed to the teeth with pitchforks, knives, wooden boards, shuriken and kunai. The young boy that was running down the street had spiky, unkempt, blonde hair, bright blue eyes that held fear, pain and sadness within them and the most striking feature on the boy's face were three whisker marks that streaked down both sides of the boy's cheek.
He was wearing a white, short sleeve t-shirt that was torn in a few places, black pants with rips in the knees and blue slip on sandals. This boy was none other than Uzumaki Naruto, the orphan of the village who had to survive each day on the street while trying to avoid the people within the village that wanted to kill him.
Naruto had been shunned by the villagers ever since the day he was born on the 10th of October. It was also on the same day of the festival that the villagers celebrate the death of the demon fox, Kyuubi, which had been destroyed by the fourth Hokage six years ago. Unfortunately for Naruto, today was the festival and that was a bad night for the young 6 year old to sneak out of his apartment on his birthday. It was the night that some of the villagers had finally had enough of Naruto roaming around Konoha on his free will.
"Come back here you monster!" shouted a man from the mob that was running after Naruto.
"Leave me alone!" shouted Naruto over his shoulder. "I didn't do anything wrong!"
"Don't give us that bull you monster!" yelled a woman in anger. "You were the one that took my husband away from me!"
Naruto was confused by what these people were talking about as he tried to figure out what he had done wrong to this village, but his thinking quickly came to an end when Naruto suddenly found himself in an alley with a brick wall standing in his way.
'Oh, no!' thought Naruto in fear before he quickly turned around to run back the other way.
But luck was not on the young boy's side. Naruto grew weak within the knees when he saw that the mob that he had been trying to out run were blocking the only exit out of the alley.
"Now we have you monster," growled one of the villagers before he threw a shuriken at the 6 year old.
Naruto cried out in pain when he felt the shuriken stab him in his right leg before he dropped to the ground. That gave the villagers the chance to swarm Naruto as they began to beat/stab their weapons down on the 6 year old. Naruto tried to curl up into a ball to protect himself from the villager's that were hurting him as tears began to form out of the corner of his eye lids that hid his blue eyes behind them.
'Why!' cried out Naruto within his mind. 'Why does everyone hate me? What did I ever do to them?'
Anger and frustration started to rise up within Naruto as those feelings started mixing with many others emotions that the 6 year old was feeling right now.
Deep within Naruto's mind, stood a giant golden cage with a parchment of paper sticking to the large doors of the cage with the kanji word 'seal' written on it. The back of the cage was so dark that you could hardly see anything in there, but something was definitely there within the shadow of darkness. A red glow flared up within the shadows as a red river of chakra began to seep out between the bars of the cage, but it was instantly pushed back by a golden aura that suddenly flashed outside the cage doors. A growl was heard within the darkness as two blood red eyes shot open in anger. Those red eyes belonged to the great beast that had been defeated by the fourth Hokage many years ago and had been sealed into Naruto's body when he was a baby. This beast is none other than the Kyuubi no Kitsune, one of the nine tailed beasts and the king of the Baijuu.
Kyuubi let out an angry growl when he sensed a presence coming towards him and saw a being standing before the bars of his cage. The person was covered completely in shadow with a golden aura surrounding his body as he stood in front of the Kyuubi's cage.
"So…you're the great beast that I've heard so much about from the spirits that roam this world," spoke the being in a male voice as he stared up into the red eyes that glared down at him. "I have to say, you're not that impressive to look at."
"Silence mortal!" snarled Kyuubi as his chakra flared up in anger as it illuminated the darkness within his cage. "How dare you talk to me in such a matter, just who do you think you are by trespassing into my container's mind and body?"
"Let's just say that I'm the type of guy who has taken an interest in this kid that you're sealed in," answered the figure calmly. "That's why I have a proposition for you."
Kyuubi's anger dwindled when he heard what the figure had said. The beast became interested as he slowly lowered his body and head down to the ground so that he can get eye level with the figure that stood before him.
"And what is this proposition?" asked Kyuubi in curiosity.
"It's simple," the figure bluntly replied. "You let me take a place with you inside this boy's body and I let you out of your cage, but on a few conditions."
"I knew that there would be a catch," muttered Kyuubi as a frown spread out across his muzzle before letting out a deep sigh. "Alright mortal, what are your demands?"
"The first condition is that you teach the villagers, who are hurting this boy, a lesson," explained the being as he told the Kyuubi the first catch. "The second condition is that you give a small amount of your chakra to the boy so that he can survive the process of me connecting with his soul and the third condition is for you to help me train this boy to what he was destined to be when he comes of age."
Kyuubi narrowed his eyes at the being when he heard what the second condition was, but if it meant getting out of this stinking cage then he was willing to sacrifice a little of his chakra just to be free of this prison. But the third condition made the fox confused on what the being had just said to him. Help train the boy for what? And just who was this guy anyway?
"Alright," growled Kyuubi in distaste. "I'll meet up to your conditions."
"Good," said the being with a nod of approval. "Now all that has to be done is to bring the boy here before we begin the process."
"Leave that to me," rumbled Kyuubi before his eyes began to glow a crimson red.
It only took a minute before Naruto appeared between the two beings. The shadowy figure slowly walked towards the unconscious form of the 6 year old and bent down to get a better look at the boy. What the figure saw made his blood boil to the point where it burned like fire. Naruto's body harbored many wounds that the people of Konoha had inflicted upon him.
Old and new wounds covered the boy's entire body. Some of the wounds were so deep that you could see the bones sticking out as blood poured out of the deep gushes of the boy's injuries. The shuriken that had been thrown at the boy was buried deep within the leg. The being's aura flared up as it lit the whole room and bathed it in a golden light before it slowly died down.
In his cage, Kyuubi's eyes widened in surprise after he felt the stranger's aura before they narrowed in suspicion as he stared at the shadowy being that knelt beside the body of the 6 year old human boy.
"Just who in seven hells are you?" questioned Kyuubi as he watched the being slowly pick up the boy and cradled him within his arms.
The being looked up at the Kyuubi as he held the boy close to his chest before answering the demon: "I'm a being who came from a different world where there are no humans. Now…are you ready to do the process or what?"
The Kyuubi let out a rumbling sigh of defeat when he knew that he would only get that much information out of the being that had intruded his container's mind.
"Alright," growled Kyuubi. "But be warned, that kit will not look the same after my chakra has been transferred to him."
"I know," answered the being as he looked down at the 6 year old within his arms.
The nine tailed beast nodded his head before he started to summon his chakra. A small red strand of chakra slowly leaked out from the cage and began to enter Naruto's body. The 6 year old began to moan in pain as he felt his body starting to burn, but the being's golden light gently soothed the boy as it helped him through the process. Naruto's body began to change as his human ears disappeared and were replaced by two golden fox ears with black at the tips, a golden fox tail slowly appeared behind Naruto's rear end and his blonde hair began to take on a golden tint with a few red streaks in it.
The deep wounds that had once covered the boy's body slowly closed up and became nothing but small scratches but there were some wounds that refused to close as blood still poured out of the deeper areas on the boy's body. The shuriken was still lodged within the boy's leg and the being didn't want to risk hurting the boy by pulling the metal star out.
"It is done," spoke Kyuubi. "Now it is time that you held up your part of the bargain."
The being nodded his head before he walked up to the cage. The being adjusted the 6 year old in his arms before he reached out with his right hand. He touched the parchment that sat on the doors of the gate with the tip of his fingers as he began to concentrate on what he needed to do. The same golden aura appeared as it glowed around the seal that held the nine tailed beast behind the cage doors. It took about a second as the cage bars began to disintegrate until they turned to dust, but the process wasn't done yet. The parchment of paper slowly burned away. The only thing that was left of the parchment was the Japanese word for 'seal'. The being glared at the word 'seal' for a moment before he thrust his arm forward as he pushed the Kanji word towards Kyuubi. The kanji word shot towards the large fox before it slammed into the beast's forehead. Kyuubi let out a growl as he shook his head left to right when he felt the pain of the seal starting to burn for a moment before it quickly subsided.
The fox scrunched his eyes upwards as he glared up at the seal for a moment before glaring down at the being in front of him.
"Just be thankful that I'm not going to bite your head off after you had just freed me from that cage," growled the Kyuubi in a deep voice.
The being just smirked up at the fox before him: "Shouldn't you be more focused on teaching those villagers a lesson instead of biting my head off? Or have you already forgotten that part of our deal?"
"I have not forgotten mortal," rumbled the nine tailed beast. "I will give those villagers a taste of their own medicine, but before I do I must ask you again. Just who are you?"
"If you really want to know my name then I will happily answer your question," the being chuckled with a smirk. "My name…is Drake DuCaine, the hero of a planet called Puckworld."
Kyuubi's eyes widened for a moment as he stared down at the being that held the 6 year old boy in his arms. Many demons and spirits have heard of the legendary being called Drake DuCaine; for he was once a great warrior that had fought against the Saurian overlords that had invaded his home world a thousand years ago. Kyuubi had a great disliked for the hero and would always tear off the heads of anyone that so much as mentions the being's name. But after what the being did for him, Kyuubi decided to let his hatred of Drake DuCaine go. The great beast slowly bowed his great head at Drake DuCaine in respect.
"I thank you for releasing me Drake DuCaine, but why are you so interested in the young kit?"
"Because I see great potential in this young boy," replied Drake DuCaine as he turned his gaze on Naruto. "Naruto might be the only hope in saving my people from the Saurian Overlords for I fear that they will return someday to enslave my planet once again."
Kyuubi frown as he though over what Drake DuCaine had said: 'And I thought having a demon trapped inside him and being called a monster was bad enough for the kit.'
"But he won't be alone," continued the being as he turned to face Kyuubi again. "For no one should face off against the Saurians alone. Now, shouldn't you be going now?"
Kyuubi merely smirked at the being before he faded away and out of Naruto's mind. Drake watched the nine tailed beast disappear before he looked back down at Naruto sadly.
"Naruto…your father wanted the villagers to see you as a hero, but their fear for Kyuubi only feud their hatred for you. I just hope that where I'm taking you, you'll be seen as a hero."
Naruto let a light moan as a few strands of his hair fell across his face, but the strands were gently pushed away from the boy's face by the being holding him.
"Stay strong Naruto," whispered Drake. "And do not lose hope no matter how dark things may seem."
Outside of Naruto's mindscape
Naruto laid on the cold ground of the alley with blood pouring out of his wounds as the villagers stood around the boy's body while they cheered at what they had accomplished tonight.
"At last, the monster is dead!" shouted one of the villagers.
But their celebration was quickly cut short when the still form of the six year old began to glow as a cloak of red chakra surrounded the boy's body. The villagers stepped back in fear as the red chakra slowly rose up and detached itself from Naruto's body before it grew into the creature that everyone feared the most; the Kyuubi. The red chakra became the solid form of the nine tailed beast before the Baijuu let out a snarl as its white eyes glared down at the villagers that were standing before it. The villagers were quickly caught off guard when the Kyuubi suddenly lunged at them. The alley was filled with screams that night as the Kyuubi ranked his claws down on the flesh of the villagers while tearing off a leg or arm that got too close to his jaws. While this was going on, Naruto's body began to move as the boy started to awaken from his unconscious state, but before he could open his eyes a blue vortex suddenly appeared above him. The Kyuubi snarled as he let a few of the villagers escape with only a couple of scratches. The nine tailed fox breathed heavily for a moment before he felt the burning pain of the Kanji seal on his forehead. The fox let out a short growl as his body transformed back into red chakra that disappeared back into the boy's body before the vortex swallowed up the six year old. The vortex slowly closed in on itself before disappearing in to thin air.
Two minutes later
Naruto started to slowly open his eyes as he began to awaken from unconsciousness. His vision was a little blurry at first, but it slowly got clearer and he soon saw that he was still in the alley, but something was different about it.
The first thing that Naruto noticed to his relief was that the villagers, who had been chasing and beating him to a pulp, weren't surrounding him anymore. The second thing he noticed was that the ground and temperature were a lot colder than usual. Slowly, Naruto sat up with a painful groan as the wounds that he had received from the villagers still stung, along with the shuriken that was lodged in his right leg.
"W-where am I?" croaked Naruto as he looked at his surroundings.
The alley that he was in was completely different from the one he had been in a few minutes ago. The buildings that rose up around him looked as if they were made of metal for they looked smoother than the buildings that he was used to, and when he looked down at the ground he saw that the pavement was covered in ice. That was when Naruto noticed his reflection within the surface of the ice. Naruto saw that his whisker birth marks had grown much darker on his face, and his hair had changed from a bright yellow to a dark golden color with red highlights in it. On top of his head were two fox ears that would twitch once in a while at the slightest sound that would catch the boy's hearing.
"What the…?" started Naruto as he slowly raised his hands up towards his head before he started to tug on his new fox ears until he yanked a little harder on them.
He let out a yelp of pain as he quickly realized that the fox ears which were on top his head are actually real: "NO WAY!"
Naruto quickly looked behind him and saw a black tipped fox tail sticking out of his rear end: "This cannot be happening to me."
Suddenly, Naruto heard something sliding towards him. The 6 year old quickly turned his gaze forward and saw a small, flat, circular black object sliding towards him before it slowly came to a stop in front of him. Naruto arched an eyebrow at the object in front of him before he began to pick it up, but quickly dropped it when he heard voices coming towards him.
"I think the puck went this way!" shouted a voice that belonged to an 8 year old.
"Uh-oh!" whispered Naruto as he quickly started to search for a hiding place.
He soon spotted one. Naruto quickly dived behind some boxes before he slowly peeked out of his hiding place to see if the 8 year old had come into the alley or not, and what he saw made his lower jaw drop wide open. Standing before him was an 8 year old humanoid duck. The duck had tan feathers covering its entire body and dark brown eyes. The duck was wearing human clothes that were fitted for the cold weather. The duck was wearing a black jacket with a short sleeve blue shirt hidden underneath it, baggy brown pants, and on the duck's feet were the strangest foot wear that Naruto had never seen before. They looked like boots with sharp edged metal blades attached to the bottom as the blades cut into the ice underneath the duck's feet. On top of the ducks head was a tuff of tan colored hair that went over its forehead. Naruto glanced at the bird's figure and saw that this duck was male.
'N-no way,' thought Naruto in disbelief as he shook his head to make sure that he wasn't hallucinating. 'I must be dreaming.'
"Hey Canard, did you find that puck yet!" called a voice from the entrance of the alley.
"Yeah, I did!" answered the tan duck.
Naruto watched the duck from his hiding spot as the 8 year old stretched his right hand out to grab the black object. Just then, the young 6 year old suddenly felt his nose starting to twitch. The boy soon let out a loud sneeze before he could stop himself. The duck froze in what he was doing and quickly turned his head towards Naruto's hiding spot. Naruto quickly ducked back behind the boxes and tensed as he shut his eyes tight in fear.
'Please don't let him find me, please don't let him find me,' prayed Naruto rapidly within his head in desperation.
"Hey Canard," spoke the same voice from before as it entered the alley. "What's the hold up?"
"Wildwing…I don't think were alone here," voiced the tan duck.
Naruto kept really quiet in hopes that this duck and the new comer would go away, but that was not the case. Before the 6 year old knew it, the boxes he had been hiding behind were slowly lifted away from him and that was when instinct kicked in. Ignoring the pain in his leg and of his injuries, Naruto blindly leapt to his feet and began to make a brake for it, but he was suddenly caught by strong arms that lifted him right off the ground.
"Got ya!" exclaimed the same voice that Naruto had heard from the entrance of the alley.
Naruto began to squirm within the being's arms as he tried to escape from his captive's grip.
"Hey, hey easy," soothed the being that held Naruto in his gentle yet strong arms. "Just calm down, it's alright."
That was when Naruto suddenly felt an unknown force touch his right fox ear and he quickly froze up within the arms of the being that held him. His muscles tensed as he felt his ear continuing to be tug on by the person standing behind him before he let out a small whimper of fear.
"P-please, d-don't hurt me," pleaded Naruto quietly.
"It's okay, we're not going to hurt you," soothed the being again.
Slowly, Naruto opened his eyes and saw that he was facing the being's chest. He quickly looked up at the person that was holding him in a tight, yet gentle embrace. It was another male duck, but unlike the first one this duck had white feathers that were as pure as snow. He was wearing a blue jacket over a white t-shirt, light brown pants, and the same blade boots like the first duck was wearing. The duck had dark blue eyes and a tuff of white hair on top of his head.
The first duck was standing behind Naruto and in front of the white 8 year old mallard as he gently tugged on the strange boy's ears. He soon drew his hand back with an astonished look on his face before looking down at the bushy tail that was frizzed up in fear.
"Wildwing…I think those ears and that tail are real," stated the tan duck to the white mallard that held the 6 year old in his arms.
"Yeah, and so are these injuries," added the white duck to his friend.
The tan duck took another look at Naruto and saw the scars/wounds that covered the boy's body. He also spotted the shuriken that was buried deep in the boy's leg. The tan duck cringed at the sight before him until he turned his gaze back on the boy who was now facing him with his blue eyes staring at the tan duck in fear.
"What happened to you?" asked the tan duck to the 6 year old.
Naruto hesitated for a moment until he finally answered the tan duck's question: "I-I was being chased by a bunch of people that wanted to hurt me."
"Were these people like you? In body and form I mean?" asked the white duck curiously as he looked down at the kid he held within his arms.
"N-no," stuttered Naruto as he shook his head at the white mallard. "T-the people that were chasing me were more human t-than I a-am now."
"Why were these…humans…chasing you?" pressed on the tan duck as he scratched the side of his head in confusion.
"B-because…they think I'm a monster," sniffed Naruto as he began to shiver from both the cold and the tears that were starting to roll down his face.
The tan duck shared a look with the white duck as the 8 year old felt pity for the 6 year old fox/boy. The tan duck quickly slipped off his jacket before draping it over Naruto's shoulders. He gently lifted the 6 year old out of his friend's arms and into his own.
"We'd better get this kid to the hospital," stated the tan duck.
"I'll gather up the puck and hockey sticks," said the white duck as the two of them began to skate out of the alley with the puck now in the white mallard's hand.
Naruto looked up at the duck that was carrying him with his eyes full of confusion, but his confusion soon turned into drowsiness until he finally let sleep over come him.
Ten hours later
Naruto let out a small groan as he began to awaken from his sleep. The boy slowly opened his eyes and saw a white ceiling hanging above him. Slowly, the 6 year old sat up on the bed that he was lying in before he began to look around the white room.
"W-where am I?" voiced Naruto quietly before he noticed that his body was wrapped up in bandages and that the shuriken was not in his leg anymore.
He also noticed that he wasn't wearing his usual clothes anymore. He was now wearing a light blue short-sleeve shirt and light blue pajama bottoms. Naruto blinked as he stared down at the bandaged that was wrapped around his upper left arm when he suddenly heard the door to his room being opened.
Naruto turned his head towards the door and saw a female white duck with long blonde hair and dark blue eyes walking into the room. She was wearing a white overcoat over a green shirt and a short black skirt. On her feet were slip-on black shoes. She was holding a clipboard in her right arm as her blue eyes stared at Naruto in surprise.
"Oh, I see you're awake," stated the female duck in a gentle voice as she smiled at Naruto. "How are you feeling?"
"G-good…" answered Naruto quietly, "But…where am I?"
The female duck walked over to Naruto and sat down in a chair that stood next to the bed: "You don't have to be afraid of me; I'm not going to hurt you. You're in the Ice Town hospital on Puckworld."
"Puckworld?" echoed Naruto as he blinked his eyes up at the female duck.
"Yes, it's the planet that you are currently on now," answered the female duck as she looked down at her clipboard before she scribbled something down on it.
Naruto looked at the female bird with uncertainty, but he was quickly distracted when he suddenly heard voices from outside the door.
"Will he be okay Wing?" asked a 5 year old voice curiously.
"Don't worry dive, he'll be okay," answered a familiar voice.
"That would be my two sons," said the female duck with a chuckled as a smile spread out on her face when she saw Naruto looking towards the door. "I should probably introduce myself. I'm Mrs. Lydia Flashblade, and who might you be?"
"N-Naruto Uzumaki ma'am," answered the 6 year old.
"It's nice to meet you," said Mrs. Flashblade sweetly before the 5 year old voice suddenly spoke up again.
"Come on, let me see!" exclaimed the same 5 year old voice from the door.
"Will you just calm down Nosedive," said another familiar voice wearily.
Naruto cocked his head to the side as he tried to get a better view of the door and saw the familiar face of the tan duck that he had met in the alley peek around the corner of the door. Mrs. Flashblade turned towards the door and saw the 8 year old duckling before she smiled at him.
"You three can come in and see him now if you like Canard," said Mrs. Flashblade.
"Okay," voiced the tan duck before he walked into the room with the white 8 year old duck following after him with a young 5 year old duckling holding onto the white duck's hand.
The duckling had peach-yellow feathers, a mop of blond hair and blue eyes that stared up at Naruto in curiosity. He was wearing a dark blue short-sleeve shirt with a white stripe going across his chest, dark brown pants and white runners.
The tan duck was wearing black/red runners while the white duck was wearing blue/white runners. The two older ducklings and younger duckling walked up to Mrs. Flashblade until they were all standing near Naruto's bed.
"So how's he doing mom?" asked the white duck.
"He's going to be just fine honey," replied Mrs. Flashblade as she looked down at her eldest son. "After a few days rest he'll be back on his feet and walking again in no time."
"That's good," the tan duck sighed in relief.
"I have to go now," announced Mrs. Flashblade before she got up from her chair. "Until then, I want you three to stay here and keep an eye on this young boy for me. I'll be back in a few minutes."
The four boys watched as the adult walked out of the room while closing the door behind her. The room was quiet for a moment as the four boys looked at each other for they weren't sure what to say to each other until the 5 year old duckling suddenly jumped up onto Naruto's bed and sat down on the edge with a huge smile on his beak.
"Hi, I'm Nosedive," said the duckling excitedly. "What's your name kid?"
"N-Naruto Uzumaki," answered the 6 year old quietly.
"That's a funny name," Nosedive chuckled as he cocked an eyebrow at Naruto.
The white 8 year old duck frowned at Nosedive before looking back at Naruto with a smile: "You'll have to excuse my brother here. Sometimes he forgets his manners as well as his beak."
"That's okay," reassured Naruto as a small smile appeared on his face.
"Anyways, my name is Wildwing Flashblade, Nosedive's older brother," said the white mallard as he introduced himself. "And this guy right beside me is my best friend, Canard Thunderbeak."
"Nice to meet you," replied tan duck as he held his hand out towards Naruto.
Naruto took the offered hand and shook it gently before pulling his own hand back: "Like wise."
"Hey, um, just a question," popped in Nosedive once again. "Are those ears and that tail of yours real?"
Naruto blinked in confusion until he quickly remembered his fox ears and tail. The boy slowly frowned in sadness as he nodded his head at Nosedive before the young duckling suddenly reached out with his right hand to grab one of Naruto's ears. The 6 year old quickly froze up as he waited for the duckling to yank on his right fox ear, but it never happened for he only felt a light tug on his fox ear before it changed to a gentle rub. Naruto slowly opened his eyes and stared at Nosedive in surprise before he started to feel his muscles relax under the duckling's gentle touch.
"Hey kid," spoke Canard in good humor. "If you aren't careful you'll wind up putting Naruto to sleep again."
"But his ears are so soft!" whined Nosedive in complaint.
"You can play with his ears later little bro," said Wildwing gently. "Right now we need to ask Naruto a few questions."
"Okay," muttered Nosedive with a pout as he dropped his hand down from the ear that he was touching.
Naruto snickered a little at Nosedive's face when he saw how funny the duckling looked. The older ducklings also laughed at Nosedive before they all settled down. Canard walked around to the other side of Naruto's bed and sat on the edge while Wildwing sat in the chair that Mrs. Flashblade had occupied earlier before he began to talk.
"So Naruto, how exactly did you wind up in that alley?"
"I don't really know," replied Naruto with a shrug. "All I remember was being chased by the villagers because I snuck out of my apartment so that I could have fun at the festival on my birthday."
"Your birthday huh?" said Canard with a thoughtful look on his face. "How old are you now?"
"I'm 6 years old," replied Naruto proudly.
"Cool!" exclaimed Nosedive in excitement. "So this festival comes around every year on your birthday? What do you celebrate?"
"The festival celebrates the day of how the Fourth Hokage destroyed one of the nine tailed beast lords that had attacked Konoha 6 years ago," explained Naruto with a large smile on his face.
"What's a Hokage?" asked Nosedive in a confused tone.
Naruto stared at Nosedive for a moment before scratching the back of his head in thought.
"Well…a Hokage is like a…like a leader. He looks after the people of Konoha, lays down the rules that kind of stuff."
"And what about this…beast that you're talking about, what is it exactly?" asked Wildwing.
"The beast that I'm talking about is a giant fox with nine tails," answered Naruto. "The fox was called the Kyuubi and it was said that the fox was as tall as a mountain. It was also said that the Kyuubi can create tornados with just one sweep of one of its nine tails."
"Whoa," voiced Nosedive. "I hate to come face to face with a giant fox like that in a dark alley."
"Me too," added Canard in agreement. "But that still doesn't add up to why Naruto was being chased by the humans of his village."
"The people within the village called me a monster," spoke Naruto as a sad look came over his face. "They also beat me up a lot until I can't move or until I'm near death. That's what they were doing to me on my birthday when I snuck out of my home. They chased me into an alleyway where it was a dead end for me. That was when everything turned for the worse as one of the villagers threw a shuriken into my leg."
"You mean that metal star blade that our mother just pulled out of your leg when you were unconscious?" asked Wildwing.
Naruto nodded his head at the older Flashblade: "But that's not all, the villagers also started to beat and stab me with other kinds of weapons until I blacked out. I then woke up and found myself in that alley of snow and ice. That was when I met up with you and Canard."
"And what about your parents?" questioned Canard. "Did they beat you up too?"
"I…I don't have any parents," answered Naruto quietly. "The villagers within Konoha said that monsters like me don't deserve human parents."
Canard bit the edge of his lower beak when Naruto said that he didn't have any parents: "Me and my big beak."
"It's okay," reassured Naruto. "You didn't know."
"I have another question," piped Nosedive once again. "Why do the villagers call you a monster?"
"I…didn't really know at first because I was human like them once, but now I do." The 6 year old looked down at his hands as he soon noticed that his nails had become sharper, almost like claws. "Look at me; I've turned into the very thing that the villagers fear. I'm a monster now and I don't deserve to live."
Tears started to form within the boy's eyes as his hands clenched into fists as they clutched the top part of bed his bed sheet. The three ducklings looked at the boy for a moment before they shared a look with each other Wildwing was the first one to act as he leaned forward on the chair and gently wiped away a stray tear that streamed down Naruto's right cheek and that made the 6 year old look up at him.
"Naruto, you're not a monster," reassured Wildwing gently as he sat back in the chair again. "You have feelings just like any other human and duck would have."
"Really?" voiced Naruto as he looked at Wildwing with hopeful eyes.
"Yeah," replied Canard as he placed his right hand gently on top of Naruto's shoulder. "You have emotions like us and that's what makes you human."
Naruto looked at Canard for a moment before the 6 year old flung his arms around the tan duck's neck and began to cry into the older duckling's shoulder. Canard was surprised at first by Naruto's action, but soon wrapped his arms around the fox/boy as he held the young 6 year old while Naruto cry out his sorrows.
Wildwing and Nosedive watched the two for a moment before looking at each other with smiles coming across both their beaks.
In the lobby of the hospital
Mrs. Flashblade walked down the hallway before entering through the lobby doors where she met up with three other adult ducks.
One of them was a male duck. He had peach-tan feathers with a short blaze of white hair on top of his head and dark brown eyes. He was wearing a black leather jacket over a dark blue shirt, blue jeans and black boots. This was Mrs. Flashblade's husband, Mr. Justin Flashblade. He was taller than his wife with a fine body structure that had a light muscle tone to it.
The second male mallard that was beside Mr. Flashblade had dark brown feathers and light brown eyes. He was the same height as Mr. Flashblade with a muscle toned body. He was wearing a dark purple shirt with a brown vest over top of it, dark blue jeans and army boots. This is Canard's father, Mr. Armand Thunderbeak. He was part of the military that protects Puckworld from any alien invaders. He is also good friends with the Flashblade family.
The last duck was a female with long black hair, tan feathers and dark green eyes. She was wearing a light blue jacket over a violet halter-top, brown jeans and white boots. This was Mrs. Jasmine Thunderbeak, Mr. Thunderbeak's wife and Canard's mother.
"How's the kid feeling?" asked Mr. Flashblade to his wife.
"The boy is fine honey," answered Mrs. Flashblade in reassurance. "And that's what surprises me since he had a few wounds that were so deep that I'm surprised that he didn't die from them. A lot of blood was pouring out of those injuries so I had to stitch them up before he lost any more blood, but the smaller scratches that I had looked at suddenly closed up in only a few minutes time after Wildwing and Canard brought him here to the hospital."
"That kid our two boys brought in is a strange one," remarked Mr. Thunderbeak with a frown. "But the question that stands before us now is; what are we going to do with him?"
"I guess the boy will have to go into an orphanage for a while until we can find a family who is willing to adopt him," answered Mrs. Flashblade sadly. "And if we can't then he'll have to be put into foster care."
"But where did this kid come from, and what the heck is his name?" questioned Mr. Thunderbeak impatiently.
"He said that his name was Naruto Uzumaki," replied Mrs. Flashblade calmly. "As for where he came from…I'm not really sure; I haven't asked him that question yet."
"Then how do we know if he's not some alien spy that's been sent to our planet to invade it?" exclaimed Mr. Thunderbeak in anger.
"Dear…" soothed Mrs. Thunderbeak as she placed her hands on her husband's shoulder and arm before looking calmly back at Mrs. Flashblade, "Would it be alright for us to see this boy?"
Mrs. Flashblade smiled as she nodded her head at Mrs. Thunderbeak's question before she began to lead her husband and the Thunderbeak's to the room that held Naruto, Canard and the Flashblade brothers. The adults walked down the hall in silence until they came to the door of the room, and when Mrs. Flashblade opened the door a surprising sight met the adult's eyes. On the bed lay the three ducklings that were all curled up around the alien boy. Naruto was being held within Canard's arms as his tail draped over Nosedive's stomach and waist while the five year old was lying on his back and Wildwing was on his side with his left arm draped over his little brother's body. All four of them were sleeping together with a peaceful look on all of their faces.
The adults quietly walked over to the bed as they stared down at the sleeping children with smiles spread out across their beaks, even Mr. Thunderbeak had to smile at the scene before him.
"Ain't that the cutest sight to see," voice Mr. Flashblade quietly.
"I have to admit that I'm surprised," muttered Mr. Thunderbeak. "Usually my son would keep to himself and only connect with kids his own age. He never really liked little kids for he would always say that they were nothing but trouble for him. So this is the first time I've ever seen Canard take a liking towards a kid that is younger than him."
"Honey, I just thought of something…" voiced Mrs. Thunderbeak when an idea suddenly popped into her head before she whispered her thoughts into her husband's ear.
Mr. Thunderbeak's eyes widened in surprise before looking at his wife in disbelief: "You want to adopt this child as one of our own!"
Mrs. Thunderbeak's nodded her head in eagerness as a smile spread out on her beak.
"I think that would be a great idea," stepped in Mr. Flashblade. "After all, Nosedive doesn't have any friends that he can call his own and he constantly follows his brother around. So if Canard had a younger brother with him then…"
"Alright, alright, fine!" hissed Mr. Thunderbeak as he interrupted Mr. Flashblade. "We'll adopt the kid, but I ain't gonna like it and neither will Canard after he wakes up and we tell him."
What the adults didn't know was that Canard and Wildwing were eavesdropping on the whole conversation as they pretended to sleep on the bed with one of their eyes wide open. The two older ducklings smiled at each other. Canard had secretly wanted a brother ever since he was 6 years old and now he was finally getting one. Wildwing on the other hand felt relief, along with excitement. The white mallard was relieved that Naruto wasn't going to be put into an orphanage and he was excited for it meant that Nosedive will finally have a friend to call his own. Canard held the young 6 year old closer to him while Naruto unconsciously cuddled up against Canard's chest as a smile spread out across his face.
Ice skating, brothers and the legend of Drake DuCaine
It had only been a few weeks since Naruto had been let out of the hospital and was adopted by the Thunderbeak family. He was a little uneasy at first in living with strangers like them, but he soon started to warm up to Canard and his mother.
Canard was gentle with Naruto and would not rush him when the 6 year old wanted to talk to him about his past. Mrs. Thunderbeak was someone that Naruto looked up to as a mother figure for she was always patient with the 6 year old and would always comfort him if he had hurt himself or had a bad dream about his past.
As for Canard's father, well…the male mallard didn't really want to have anything to do with Naruto and that made the 6 year old a little uneasy of the older mallard's presence around him. The boy would keep his distance from Mr. Thunderbeak while also staying out of the adult's way whenever they were in the same room together.
As for the Flashblade brothers, Naruto had quickly taken a liking to both of them right off the bat. Nosedive and Naruto had become fast friends with each other as they began to hang out together, along with their brothers, whether they were in school or out of school. Nosedive had proven to be a loyal friend to Naruto by staying with him through think and thin no matter how tough the times were and would cheer his friend up whenever Naruto was sad or lonely.
Wildwing was and can be a little strict at times, but he was always a good companion to hang around with. He was like a second older brother to Naruto for Wildwing would tell the young 6 year old on how much he knew about Puckworld and what it was like. Wildwing also helped Canard out in teaching Naruto about hockey and how it was played.
Naruto was given a new set of clothes that had been bought for him by Mrs. Thunderbeak since his old set of clothes were torn and were not suited for the cold winters on Puckworld. Naruto was now wearing a long sleeve white shirt with a blue horizontal oval in the middle along with a dark blue vest over top of it, baggy pants that were held up by a brown leather belt and white/blue runners.
Naruto was getting use to his new life on Puckworld, but he was still not use to the traditions, yet he was willing to give them a try. One day, Canard, Wildwing and Nosedive had decided to take Naruto out with them to the skating rink so that they could teach the young 6 year old how to skate. Wildwing's and Nosedive's father was a sports shop keeper for hockey equipment like skates, pucks and hockey sticks so Mr. Flashblade had been requested by the two Flashblade brothers to make a set of hockey skates for Naruto.
We now find Naruto standing in his new skates on the ice of the rink in DuCaine Metropolis. The 6 year old tried to keep his balance on the ice as he began to skate a little on the frozen surface, but he soon slipped and fell down onto his back with a thud.
"Ow," muttered Naruto as he sat up on the ice while rubbing his backside and rear end in pain.
"You okay little bro?" asked Canard as he skated over to Naruto in worry.
"Yeah," answered Naruto with a nod of his head. "I'm okay Canard."
"That's good," voice Canard as he sighed in relief.
He soon helped the young 6 year old up while he kept Naruto balanced on the ice by holding the fox/boy by the arms.
"Ain't as easy as it looks, huh squirt," Wildwing joked as he skated over to Naruto and Canard.
Nosedive was skating with Mrs. Flashblade as the younger mallard flew across the ice like a streak of lightning while the female drake watched her son closely to make sure that he wouldn't trip and fall on the ice. Naruto watched Nosedive in envy before looking up at Canard and Wildwing.
"Well I haven't really done this before," answered Naruto truthfully as he wobbled a little bit on the ice. "Because it never really snowed that much in Konoha and we don't have foot wear like these skates either."
Naruto's point was proven when he suddenly felt himself falling forward again, but he was quickly caught by Canard as the 8 year old lifted the blonde haired boy up off the ice and into his arms.
"I think that we should take a little bit of a brake," suggested Canard with a smile.
Wildwing and Naruto nodded their heads in agreement before they skated over to the ice rink steps with Canard carrying the 6 year old in his arms. The young Halfling plopped down on the steps with a sigh after Canard had put him back down on the ice again before the 6 year old stared out across the rink as he watch the other ducks of Puckworld skate around on the ice. That was when he spotted a 20 foot tall statue of a duck. It was mounted on a giant pedestal in the middle of the ice rink. The figure of the statue was clad in armor and the duck's face was covered by a duck shaped goalie mask. On first glance Naruto almost thought the statue looked like Wildwing for it held a slight resemblance to the younger drake.
Naruto quickly started tugging on Canard's jacket after the 8 year old and Wildwing had sat down on the steps with him before the 6 year old pointed at the statue: "Canard, why is there a statue standing in the middle of the ice?"
Canard looked down at Naruto for a moment before he turned his eyes and head towards the statue that the 6 year old was pointing at.
"That statue there was built in the honor of our greatest hero that had saved Puckworld a hundred years ago Naruto, his name was Drake DuCaine," answered Canard as he looked down at Naruto with a smile.
"Drake DuCaine…" voiced Naruto as he stared up at Canard before he turned to look at the statue again.
"He was also one of Puckworld's greatest goalies and the ultimate team captain," stepped in Wildwing as he looked down at the 6 year old that sat between him and Canard. "But over the years, the stories of Drake DuCaine became only legends and nobody believes in them anymore."
"How did Drake DuCaine become a hero?" asked Naruto curiously as he looked up at Wildwing. "What did he do?"
"Well, legends states that Puckworld had been invaded by giant alien lizards that called themselves the Saurian overlords," replied Canard as he looked down at the fox/boy beside him. "They were a ruthless race of aliens that would destroy anything that stood in their way. They enslaved the people of Puckworld and made them work in their mines, but Drake DuCaine was the one who soon stepped up to fight against the Saurian overlords. After a long and hard battle, he finally vanquished the evil alien lizards and banished them to another dimension. After the defeat of the Saurian overlords, the people of Puckworld built that statue to honor Drake DuCaine and hockey didn't just become the main sport of our planet, it also became our way of life."
"Wow!" exclaimed Naruto in fascination and excitement. "But why do the people say that Drake DuCaine is just a myth?"
"Because no one really knows whether the stories of Drake DuCaine are real or not." Wildwing explained as he answered the 6 year old boy's question. "For no one has ever found the mask of Drake DuCaine."
Naruto looked up at Wildwing for a moment before turning his eyes downwards to look at the ice below him as the 6 year old stared at his reflection. He began to mull over what the two 8 year old ducks had told him before a smile of determination came over his face. He turned his eyes back onto the statue of Drake DuCaine.
"Someday…I'm going to become a legendary hero of Puckworld," voiced Naruto as he clenched his right hand into a fist. "That's a promise."
Canard stared down at his adopted brother for a moment before a smile stretched out across his beak. The 8 year old dug into his right pocket before pulling his hand halfway out.
"Naruto, I want you to close your eyes for a moment," said Canard.
Naruto turned his attention on Canard as he looked up at the tan duck with confused eyes, but he did what the 8 year old told him as the 6 year old closed eyes. Naruto's fox ears twitched when he heard a jingling sound in front of him, but he kept his eyes shut for he didn't want to anger Canard by disobeying his order. After a few minutes, Naruto felt a small weight hanging down and around his neck.
"Okay, you can open them now," announced Canard.
Naruto slowly opened his eyes before looking down at the object that was now hanging around his neck and the 6 year old saw a metal chain encircling his neck. Hanging from the chain were two military dog tags. One of them bared his name while the second one had Canard's name written on it. The chain was long and it hung down to 6 year old boy's stomach.
Naruto looked up at Canard with surprised, yet confused eyes: "Is this…chain for me?"
Canard nodded his head at Naruto: "Always keep it with you wherever you go little bro. So that way you and I will always stay connected with each other no matter how far apart we are."
A large smile spread out across Naruto's face before he jumped on Canard and flung his arms around the 8 year old duck's neck. Canard was surprise by this action for a moment as he only looked down at the fox/boy with wide eyes, but his surprise suddenly grew at what Naruto said next.
"Thanks Canard, you're the best big brother a guy could ever have!" exclaimed Naruto in happiness.
Canard stared down at his adopted brother in shock before a smile appeared on his beak once again as he gently wrapped his arms around Naruto's smaller body. In that instant a warm feeling began to spread out within Canard's chest as he held the young boy in his arms.
"You're welcome little bro," whispered Canard to the 6 year old.
13 years later
Naruto raised his hockey stick up in the air before he swung it downwards as the flat end slammed into the puck that sat on the ice. The puck was sent flying towards the make shift net that was set up in front of him, but the puck was quickly deflected by the goalie that stood within the net.
"Rats!" growled Naruto in an older voice as he snapped his fingers in frustration.
13 years had passed for Naruto ever since he arrived on Puckworld when he was 6 years old now the young fox/boy had grown up into a young 18 year old teenage adult. Over the years Naruto had grown use to Puckworld's cold atmosphere and now he barely feels the frost bite on his face or arms whenever he ventures outside to play hockey. Naruto also grew accustomed to Puckworld's life style as well for he soon became one of the best hockey players on the planet, next only to his brother, Canard.
Naruto had changed over the years. His once spiky golden hair had grown a little longer and a little tamer as it grew halfway down to his shoulders. Naruto also became a lot braver and more confident within himself. He was also independent as he developed his own skills within hockey. Naruto had a light muscle toned body and was now 5 feet tall, he was near the same height as Nosedive while almost reaching up past his brother's shoulders.
Naruto was wearing a light blue shirt with short sleeves while a black streak ran across his chest, a black hooded vest, dark brown pants and black skates.
Canard and Wildwing were 20 years old while Nosedive was 17 years old and was and still is Naruto's best friend in the whole world ever since they were little kids. (Everyone already knows what Canard, Wildwing and Nosedive look like in the first episode of Mighty Ducks, so I won't bother with the details.)
"Nice try Naruto," complemented Wildwing from the make shift net. "You almost got it past me that time."
"Thanks Wildwing," said Naruto with a smile before he traded places with Canard.
Naruto and Canard had become a lot closer over the years that they became almost inseparable, except on a few occasions when they wanted to hang out with someone else for a while. But they would always hang out with the Flashblade brothers from time to time. Naruto and Canard would share secrets or practice hockey moves with each other whenever they had free time for Canard had become one of Puckworld's best military generals after being trained by Mr. Thunderbeak himself and Canard was always busy with his work.
Canard gently clapped his hand on Naruto's shoulder while giving him an encouraging smile: "You'll get the puck past him eventually bro."
Naruto smiled back at Canard and nodded his head in agreement before he skated over to Nosedive.
"Man, you almost scored that time Naruto," voiced the young drake to his childhood friend.
"Don't worry Dive," reassured Naruto with a wink. "I'll get a puck pass Wildwing one of these days, you just wait and see."
"Hey, that reminds me," started Nosedive with a snap of his fingers. "I just finished researching the legend of Drake DuCaine and he totally ruled Naruto."
"How so?" questioned Naruto as his fox ears perked up in interest while his tail started to wag in excitement.
"Okay, listen," began Nosedive as he started to skate across the ice around Canard and Wildwing while the older drakes focused on their hockey practice. "Canard already told you about the Saurian overlords, right?"
"Yeah," replied Naruto with a nod before giving a quick glance at his brother while Canard shot a puck at Wildwing, who blocked it, before firing off another one.
"And did he also tell you of how the Saurian overlords took over the planet?" continued Nosedive as he skated around Naruto. "It's was game over for the whole universe man and nobody could find them, because they had these evil magic powers."
Naruto nodded his head for the 17 year old to continue as he leaned on his hockey stick. Naruto had always been fascinated with the legends of Drake DuCaine and would sometimes read them whenever he was bored. Naruto never got tired of hearing the stories of Drake DuCaine for something about the legend of the mighty duck made him feel like he was a part of the action himself.
"Then Drake DuCaine made this mask, a goalie mask, which he used to see through their invisible shields," added Nosedive as he skated behind his brother and stole Wildwing's mask while the white mallard glared after his brother in annoyance.
Canard watched as Nosedive skated passed him with a smirk of amusement while the younger drake stopped to stand beside Naruto before putting on Wildwing's goalie mask.
"So he tracks down the evil Saurians with the mask, right?" exclaimed Nosedive as he began to get more excited about the story he was telling. "He then kicks their scaly tails clear into another dimension and the crowed goes WILD!"
At the 'wild' part, Nosedive jumped into the air with his hockey stick held high above his head, but he suddenly slipped on the ice and fell flat down on his back with the goalie mask flying off his face. Naruto chuckled as he skated over to his fallen friend.
"Make sure you watch that last step next time Dive," warned Naruto in good humor as he held a hand out to help Nosedive up.
The two adults smiled at their brothers before Canard turned to Wildwing who stood beside him while placing a hand on his friend's shoulder: "Man Wildwing, I couldn't get a single puck past you today."
"You want a real hero Nosedive?" said Wildwing as he turned his attention on to his brother and Naruto before looking back at his childhood friend. "Well check out Canard, he's the best student in school and nobody beats him on the ice. He's a real team captain."
"Yeah, even though he can be a bit bossy sometimes," added Naruto in a joking matter before he tried to pull Nosedive up off the ice, but soon winded up slipping and falling down onto his stomach with Nosedive falling on top of him.
Canard and Wildwing burst out laughing at their brother's predicament as Naruto and Nosedive quickly untangled themselves from each other before they sat down on the surface of the ice while glaring up at their older brothers.
"Not funny you guys," muttered Nosedive crossly.
"Well it is funny when you two jokers make fools out of yourselves," laughed Wildwing as he looked down at both Naruto and Nosedive in amusement.
"I bet DuCaine didn't have any older siblings laughing at him when he did something embarrassing," grumbled Naruto as he stood up and began dusting the snow off of his shoulders.
"He probably did squirt," replied Canard as he came up to Naruto and dusted some snow off from the boy's fox ears and head.
"And besides, I've heard all the stories of Drake DuCaine's mask Dive," spoke Wildwing as he looked down at his younger brother. "They're just legends."
"Legends?" repeated Nosedive in disbelief as he stood up from the ice before he began to dust the snow off of his shoulders and arms. "Wake up and smell yourself man, Drake DuCaine was one of the greatest ducks who'd ever quacked, flat out!"
"Relax baby brother," eased Wildwing as he placed his right hand on top Nosedive's shoulder. "The Saurian Empire vanished centuries ago."
"Yeah," spoke Naruto as the foursome began to skate back to their respective homes. "And besides, even if one of those creeps did show up, I'll kick their scaly tails to the next planet that's even colder than Puckworld, believe it!"
"Be careful on what you wish for Naruto," warned Canard to his adopted brother. "For you might just get it one day."
Naruto stuck his tongue out at his brother before Canard playfully ruffled the blonde boy's head.
"So how are you and your family doing Naruto?" asked Wildwing suddenly.
"Not so good," replied Naruto solemnly. "Mom's been sick for weeks now, and Mr. Thunderbeak is never really home all that much these days."
"Sorry," voiced Wildwing apologetically as he looked at the 18 year old sadly.
"It's okay, you didn't know," reassured Naruto with a small smile.
"Hey, I just have a question that's been bugging me for a while," stepped in Nosedive as he skated up beside Naruto. "You've been living with the Thunderbeak family for 13 years now and not once did we ever hear you call Mr. Thunderbeak 'Dad', why is that man?"
"Naruto isn't really that close with our father," answered Canard. "It's because he's too stubborn to talk to him."
"It's not that I don't want to talk to him Canard," argued Naruto as he looked up at his older brother. "It's just that…I don't know; it's just so hard to get near Mr. Thunderbeak. He has this powerful aura around him and it kind of makes me feel uneasy whenever I'm close to him sometimes."
"Well he is in the army Naruto," reasoned Canard as he reminded his adopted brother about their father. "Dad has never been that easy to impress, but just give it some time and who knows, maybe he'll warm up to you someday."
"Maybe," voiced Naruto before he decided to change the subject. "We should probably head over to the drug store and pick up mother's medicine Canard."
"You're right," responded Canard as he, Naruto and the Flashblade brothers stopped near a corner. "We'd better hurry before the store closes for today."
Naruto nodded his head in agreement before he turned to look at Wildwing and Nosedive: "We'll meet up with you guys tomorrow, okay?"
"Sure thing champ," answered Wildwing as he rested a hand on Naruto's shoulder. "I hope your mother gets better soon."
"Thanks, I hope so too," said Naruto before he clasped hands with Nosedive as they gave each other a firm handshake.
"Stay frosty buddy," voiced Nosedive.
"You too Dive," added Naruto before he and his childhood friend let go of each other's hand.
The foursome soon divided up into duos as Canard and Naruto took a right turn that will lead them to the drug store while Wildwing and Nosedive headed straight towards their home. Canard and Naruto skated beside each other in silence for a while before the older drake finally spoke.
"Naruto, what do you think of Wildwing and Nosedive?"
Naruto let out an exasperated sigh as he and Canard stopped to talk: "Bro, we've been over this a thousand times. Nosedive is my best friend just like Wildwing is your best friend, right?"
"Yeah," answered Canard with a shrug.
"So what's the problem with me hanging out with Dive?" questioned Naruto crossly.
"I just think that Nosedive is a bad influence on you," stated Canard calmly.
"Or it could be that you're jealous of him," teased Naruto with a smirk.
"I am not jealous!" protested Canard in anger. "Why would I be jealous of Wildwing's kid brother?"
Naruto only smiled at Canard before he reached into the collar of his shirt and pulled out a familiar chain that held the two military dog tags that bared Canard's name and his name.
Canard blinked in surprise: "Naruto…you're still wearing that chain after all these years?"
"Yeah," replied Naruto as he let the chain fall/hang over his chest. "I've never taken it off because it was a special gift that you had given me when I was 6 years old. It lets me know that I have an older brother that really cares about me and that I can always have him close to my heart whenever he's not around or beside me. Canard…no matter what happens; you'll always be my brother."
Canard stared at Naruto for a moment before a smile spread out on his beak. The older drake had always known the young fox/boy for keep his promises no matter how silly they were. The 20 year old wrapped his right arm around his younger brother's shoulders as the two of them skated off towards their destination. What the two didn't know was that their home planet was about to get some unlikely visitors that weren't very friendly and were thought to have vanished over a thousand years ago.
To be continued
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