Naruto walked through the academy gates with a bored expression. He saw the other kids hanging around outside because the classes hadn't started yet. He decided not to hang out in the heat and headed for Iruka-sensei's classroom. The blond haired boy opened the door to only find two people sitting in the chilled room. Iruka stared down at him, a surprised look crossing his face before he chuckled, "I don't think I've ever seen you be early to class before."
Naruto grinned up him, "It was hot outside."
Iruka smiled, "Well, you can do what you want, but I expect you in a seat before the first bell rings."
"Yes, sir." He nodded before going to the back of the classroom. He walked up the stairs and slid in beside Shikamaru. He poked the sleeping boy.
The Nara heir groaned before opening his eyes and looking at the other boy, "Have I really been sleeping for most of the class?"
Naruto laughed, "No. Usually, I would be late, but today I decided to come early."
"Well, that's certainly a change of heart." Shikamaru scoffed.
"So, what do you want to do? We have about twenty minutes before class starts." He asked.
The black haired boy sat up in his seat, "Well, I just recently got into a card game. I'll teach it to you." For the next three minutes, Shikamaru explained the rules and directions of the game Speed. Naruto was already captivated by the card game and was extremely excited to start. The cards were placed out and the game started.
Iruka watched discreetly from his desk as he completely homework that he meant to finish last night. He'd seen the two play games during free time – well, whenever Naruto wasn't late and Shikamaru wasn't sleeping – and they always seemed to have a good time. The game they were playing was one Iruka remembered from his academy days; Speed. It was a fast paced game and was played with numbers. Iruka had always been good with numbers, so he'd won the majority of the time. However, while watching two of his students play Speed, he became very shocked. Shikamaru hadn't won a single match – which was extremely shocking – and you could tell that he'd been trying his best. Iruka noticed that there was a calculating glaze over Naruto's, one that he'd only seen Shikaku and Hiruzen have.
The bell rang loudly, startling the three people in the classroom. Shikamaru grabbed all of the cards and put them back in their box. The two academy students shook hands for a good game as Naruto walked down the stairs and took a seat in the front of the classroom. He grinned at Iruka who stood with a baffled expression. Children started filing into the classroom, talking amongst themselves. Choji took his seat beside Shikamaru, already opening a bag of chips for the two to eat. He looked over at his best friend, "So, what did I miss yesterday?"
He looked over at the Akamichi heir, "Not much, just some training."
"Oh, well that's okay." Choji shrugged.
After a few seconds, Shikamaru poked his friend's shoulder, "Did you know that no one has ever beat me in any kind of card game except my dad?"
The brunette nodded, "Yeah, how can I forget?"
"Well, what if I said that Naruto can beat me in Speed?" He asked.
Choji furrowed his eyebrows, "You mean that really fast-paced game my dad taught you?"
He nodded, "The exact one."
The other boy laughed, glancing over Naruto, "There is absolutely no way that he could beat you in Speed."
"Well, he did." Shikamaru stated seriously, "We played about ten games within seventeen minutes and he beat me every time. I'm not sure how."
"Maybe he's a closet genius," Choji suggested.
The Nara heir shook his head, "I don't know. From what I've just seen, he's most likely good with numbers, colors, and shapes."
"What do colors and shapes have to do with a card game?" Choji asked.
"Each card has a set number, color, and shape. Let me give you an example. The seven of diamonds. The number is seven, the color is red, and the shape is a diamond." Shikamaru stated, "Naruto could just briefly glance at his deck before easily placing down a card."
"Wow, I didn't think Naruto would be capable of that." He munched on a few chips.
"I didn't think so either until this morning," Shikamaru said, crossing his arms on the table and placing his head on top.
Once the room was filled, Iruka started taking attendance. Everyone was here looking either bored or expectantly at him. He stood up from his seat, holding a piece of chalk in his hand. "Today were are going to be learning about ninjutsu." He wrote the word down on the chalkboard for the class to see. Iruka circled the eight lettered word for more emphasize. "Ninjutsu is a term that shinobi use when referring to almost any and every technique which allows the user to do something that they would otherwise not be capable of doing." Iruka looked to the class to see them all looking confused except for a select few. "Let me give you an example." Iruka chuckled before flying through some hand signs, "Bunshin no Jutsu!" An exact copy of the teacher appeared before them all. He smiled at the awed expressions on his student's faces, "Ninjutsu is one of the three main types of jutsu, the others being genjutsu and taijutsu. Ninjutsu can help you on missions or in battle. Some kinds of ninjutsu can be used as distractions or help to up your regular abilities."
Sakura raised her hand politely. The teacher nodded for her to begin. She stood up, "What are the different types of ninjutsu?"
Iruka chuckled, "There are thousands of different kinds of ninjutsu, Sakura. Even if I decided to tell you all of them, it would take years to explain them all."
"Then why don't you tell us a few of them?" Kiba suggested with a bored tone.
"Well, alright. There are a few famous ninjutsu that is only found in Konoha. There is the Uchiha's many fire ninjutsu, the Nara's shadow manipulation ninjutsu, the Akamichi's expansion ninjutsu, the Yamanaka's many mind ninjutsu, the Inuzuka cooperation ninjutsu, the-" He was stopped by Ino standing up.
"But, Iruka-sensei, we already know about the clans and their ninjutsu. There have to be some other kinds!" She shouted from her seat.
He sighed, "Well, there is a not-so-popular ninjutsu. It takes years to become a master of the art. This ninjutsu is also one used by the great Sannin Tsunade-sama. It's call medical ninjutsu. Not many people like to use this type of ninjutsu because it takes a while to get the hang of it and shinobi don't want to have the grief of not being able to save everyone. However, for those who master medical ninjutsu, these people praised in the shinobi ranks for saving lives."
Naruto perked up at this. "Praised for saving lives?" He thought, "Maybe if I master medical ninjutsu, the village will finally acknowledge me?!" His heart pumped excitedly. He felt jittery in his seat and knew that this could make or break him. He grinned and rocked in his seat as Iruka started to talk about more fundamental things about ninjutsu. "Iruka-sensei said that it takes years to become a master, but if I started learning now then I'd be on my way to becoming a master." Naruto thought, "But where do I even begin…"
A few hours later, a bell rang, symbolizing lunch. Many kids jumped out of their seats with boxes and bags in their hands as they rushed outside. Naruto didn't feel like eating lunch today and instead walked up to his teacher with a grin on his face. "Sorry Naruto, I can't take you to eat at Ichiraku's Ramen today. I've got some business that I have to take care of right now." Iruka stated, scribbling on a piece of paper
He shook his head, "That's not what I was coming to ask you."
"Huh?" He looked up, "Oh, I'm sorry that I assumed. Um, so what is your question?"
Naruto rocked on the balls of his feet, "Um… if I wanted to read more about medical ninjutsu, where do you think I should go?"
Iruka thought for a second, "Well, the public library wouldn't have much on it, maybe a few intermediate books. I'm not sure you'd be able to understand those books." He sat back in his seat, thinking silently. Naruto gave him an expectant look, bordering begging. He sighed, reaching into his desk and pulling out a green book, "I once tried to get basic medical ninjutsu knowledge, but it just didn't work for me. Since then, I've kept this book just in case. I don't think I'll ever use it again, so I guess I can let you have it."
"Really?" His student beamed, holding the large green book in his arms, "Thank you, Iruka-sensei!"
"You're welcome." He smiled, watching the eight-year-old boy run outside gleefully.
A/N- I hope you like the first chapter and I'm so sorry that it's short. Chapters will get increasingly long (I hope). I will decide the couple at a later kind, but I know that it is going to be yaoi because I want some more of that good stuff. Since it's going to be yaoi, it will probably be Naruto X Kakashi, Naruto X Itachi, or... hm, Naruto X Gaara. I'm not sure yet. May do a poll to see which of these three pairings would be good for the story. Thanks for reading and I hope that you all have a great day/night!