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Chapter 9: Chuunin Exam Finals

The long month finally came to an end. The Chuunin Exam Finals were upon the village. The stadium was packed with civilians, foreign dignitaries and clan heads. Everyone was ready for genin to fight one another to become chuunin. A jounin stood in the arena with the genin who'd shown up. They were all there and waiting to fight.

"Alright, the first match is Hyuuga Neji vs. Uzumaki Naruto," the proctor announced. Naruto grinned savagely as the others went up to the Observation Deck.

"Do your best, Naruto!" Ino cheered as she walked by. Shikamaru just patted his shoulder and smirked. Naruto nodded.

Once the other participants were clear, the proctor called start.

"I don't know why you bother," Neji stated, "It is your destiny to lose." Naruto growled.

"Don't lecture me about destiny!" Naruto shouted as he charged the Hyuuga, his blade poised to swing. Neji leapt out of the way of the incoming strike and darted towards Naruto. However, it was cut short by a second swing from Naruto. Naruto stuck his sword in the ground and flew through a few hand signs.

"Ranton: Kaminari Parusu!" he declared. He thrust his hand forward, lightning arcing from his fingertips. Neji quickly dodged out of the way. Naruto smirked as he grabbed his sword from the ground and chased after the Hyuuga. Neji was forced onto the defensive and had started sweating.

"Wasn't it my destiny to lose?" Naruto mocked, slashing wildly. Neji growled. Naruto went to slash again when Neji spun himself in a circle and emitted chakra from all his tenketsu.

"Kaiten!" he yelled. Naruto's blade was repelled and he back flipped away to avoid being thrown to the ground. Neji came to a stop, smirking.

"There is no way a failure like you can defeat a genius like me," Neji said, "Failures will always be failures." Naruto growled, appearing bestial. A specific memory flashed in front of his eyes.

Flashback

Naruto was younger, about six. He had been strapped to a table and injected with a mysterious substance. All he knew was that it hurt. He begged for the pain to end. Finally it did.

"Looks like that serum was a failure," a doctor said. Naruto breathed a sigh of relief.

"Get the next serum ready," the doctor ordered, "We'll begin immediately." Naruto's eyes widened. He started panicking and thrashing. Guards rushed in to hold him down while a doctor administered the next serum.

End Flashback

Naruto dashed forward, moving almost as fast as Ino. His sword was a blur of motion that Neji could only keep up with because of his Byakugan.

"You think you're so special!" Naruto growled, "Let me guess. You were going to have some tragic reveal to prove your point about destiny and how it can't be changed. Well, suck it up! You're not the only one with a sad story!" Naruto abandoned his blade and began punching Neji recklessly. Even with the Byakugan, Neji was hard-pressed to dodge the blows. One caught him in the chest, sending him flying backwards. Naruto stomped toward the Hyuuga, who'd started to get to his feet and back handed him back to the ground. He kicked the Hyuuga in the chest, sending him flying once again. Neji attempted to get up, but fell back down and started coughing up blood.

"This match is over," the proctor intervened, "The winner is Uzumaki Naruto." There were mixed reactions from the crowd, some were booing, some were cheering. Naruto went up to the Observation Deck as medics carried Hyuuga Neji to the infirmary.

"Sabaku no Gaara vs. Uchiha Sasuke," the proctor announced. Gaara waited on the Observation Deck for Sasuke to show up. Sasuke didn't show up and his match was postponed.

"Sabaku no Kankuro vs. Aburame Shino." Before either of them even went down to the arena, Kankuro forfeited.

"Sabaku no Kankuro forfeits. Aburame Shino wins." The crowd booed and threw things at the proctor.

"Sabaku no Temari vs. Nara Shikamaru." Temari immediately rode her fan down to the arena. Shikamaru performed a couple hand signs. He sank into his shadow and reappeared in the in the proctor's shadow.

"Let's get this going," Shikamaru said boredly.

"That's what I was going to say," Temari replied, smirking. The proctor called start and Shikamaru immediately began weaving hand signs.

"Yaton: Mahi," he murmured. Temari froze in her tracks.

"What…did…you…do?" she forced out. Shikamaru yawned.

"Just my paralysis jutsu," he replied. He walked over and put a kunai to Temari's throat.

"I win." The proctor called the match and Shikamaru returned to the Observation Deck. Temari recovered her composure and went to stand by her brothers.

"Yamanaka Ino vs. Kinuta Dosu." Ino smiled viciously. However, Dosu didn't appear in time, causing him to be disqualified. Ino pouted and glared at the proctor. Sasuke's match was back and the Uchiha finally appeared. Gaara went down to the arena. Shikamaru tilted his head slightly.

"Things are about to get interesting," he whispered to them.

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