Hey everyone, Bruins35 here with another chapter for you. So real quick this chapter might be short (the lie detector test determined that was a lie lmao). This chapter is to set up the teams, see naruto do some training with Jiraiya in some fuinjutsu, Tsunade with Chakra control, and the next chapter is the first Major Arc of this story. No, it's not the wave arc, this is a completely made up arc I thought of. I'm planning on doing a couple of Arc's before the Chunin exams. So if you like to throw ideas out to me for future Arc's you're more than welcome to DM any ideas or questions you have! To be honest with everyone, I was thinking of writing in some D rank missions, but if I did this chapter might be over 20,000 words.
This chapter is a pretty long one, and I'm coming to realize that I think most of my chapters are going to be between 10,000-20,000 words. So I hope you enjoy reading! So now realizing that I hope you all will understand why some of the chapters are going to take longer to come out than most. This chapter has a lot going on so now onto the story, and I'll see you at the end for my ending AN(another lie because clearly I have more to say)
Also real quick I said don't be toxic, and to the one guy who literally insulted me, and then my story. You probably shouldn't insult someone when your reviews were tough to read. I literally explained why Naruto still has bad chakra control. Tsunade isn't training him on it until he graduates from the academy(aka this chapter). Jiraiya isn't training him till he becomes a chunin. He's only gonna be learning Fuinjutsu from Jiraiya right now.
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(When Kurama speaks, just like everyone else. He will be in bold. Also same with Inner Sakura)
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Chapter 2: Team 8
After the family photo, Tsunade goes to Iruka, "Don't be a stranger. Feel free to stop by for dinner or if you need any training advice or help. Jiraiya and I are here for you."
Iruka stood there in shock. He was being offered help, and to spend time with two of the legendary sannin.
"Sure thing! Plus it means I can come visit Naruto after his genin missions!" Iruka said excitedly to the three. The three couldn't help and return a bright smile.
"Alright, well I think all of us had enough excitement for one night! Naruto, you have a big day tomorrow with your graduation exam! So go to sleep! Jiraiya, Tsunade, and Iruka good night to you three as well." Hiruzen said.
All four of them took their leave. Naruto, Tsunade, and Jiraiya said their goodbyes to Iruka and headed back to the Namikaze residence.
Right when they got home and walked through the front door, Tsunade said, "Hey, Naruto. Before you go to bed, your father and I need to talk to you about something real quick."
Naruto and Jiraiya both looked at her in slight confusion, and then it hit Jiraiya what they would have to do tomorrow once Naruto passes his exam. They'd have to talk about Kushina.
The three moved to the living and sat down on the couch. "So mom, dad what is it you need to talk to me about?" Naruto asked.
"We aren't going to tell you just yet, but I want you to give you a heads-up in advance. After your graduation exam tomorrow, we have a pretty big secret to tell you." Tsunade said, with a sad look on her face.
"Now Naruto. What we will tell you won't change how we view you at all. Just like the Nine-Tailed fox didn't. We just hope it doesn't change how you view us." Jiraiya added.
"Okay, mom and dad. After I find out who my sensei is tomorrow, I'll come straight home and talk to you guys about whatever this is," Naruto said.
Jiraiya and Tsunade both nodded. Jiraiya looked at him. "Alright Naruto, go to bed. It's getting late and you have a big day tomorrow. Make us proud son" Jiraiya said nervously.
Naruto got up off the couch and looked at them with a nervous look. He was scared of what they had to tell him. He walked away and went upstairs to get ready for bed.
Jiraiya went next to Tsunade on the couch and held her. He knew she was hurting inside and scared at how he would react to finding out who his mother is.
"Jiraiya, how do you think it's going to work out tomorrow? I'm so nervous, I don't want to lose our baby." Tsunade said sadly.
"Tsunade, I think he'll be just fine. What has me more concerned though is when the day finally comes that we have to tell him about Minato." Jiraiya responded.
Tsunade never thought about how he would react to Minato until Jiraiya brought it up. "Jiraiya, when we tell him about Minato, we really need to hope he has a girlfriend by then. He can't go through this alone besides with us. For the time being, however, I think we should take a look to see if we can find any photos of Kushina alone or with her friends. I know Minato has some in his library. And don't think that I wasn't aware that you've been writing those smut books of yours!" Tsunade insinuated.
Jiraiya sweated a little, "Yes, there are definitely pictures of Kushina in there with her alone, or with friends. But that aside, I also think when we do tell him about Kushina, we need to give him books on the Uzumaki Clan's secrets… Like the Adamantine Sealing Chains. If Naruto can at the very least become acquainted with some of their unique jutsu and techniques, it could help him out should he suddenly unlock one."
"I agree. But you need to have him start working on actually using Fuinjutsu." Tsunade replied back with a serious tone.
"That's true. Now, since I've agreed to have Naruto as my apprentice, what are you going to do? Shizune is no longer with you, at least for now. Have you been looking at anyone?" Jiraiya asked her with a questioning, but serious tone at the same time.
"As a matter of fact, Jiraiya, I have. It's actually the kunoichi our son has a huge crush on, Sakura Haruno." Tsunade said with a smirk.
"Wait… Haruno… Wasn't Kushina best friends with the girl that eventually married Kizashi Haruno? I think her name was Mebuki." Jiraiya said, with his hand on his chin as he looked at the ceiling while deep in thought..
"Yes, I met their little family when Naruto entered the academy. He actually saved Sakura from some bullies that were teasing her." Tsunade said with a proud look.
"Oh, our son did that, did he? What a hero! Wait a second Tsunade! Don't tell me you're gonna try to influence her into liking Naruto!" Jiraiya said accusingly.
"Not quite. I can tell she cares about him, and may even feel the same way about Naruto the way he feels about her. I think she just needs a little nudge in the right direction. The only problem is that she has a childish crush on Sasuke Uchiha. She even told Sasuke I was 'training' Naruto in Taijutsu, although it was more like just giving him some pointers." Tsunade said.
"Wait, how did you know that?" Jiraiya asked questioningly.
"Well, I went to see if I could catch Naruto when he got out of the academy to get a late lunch. And well… I happened to catch him spying on Sakura with Sasuke and just so happened to overhear what they were talking about. Let's just say, that's when Naruto's Taijutsu training became a little bit harder for the kid," Tsunade said with an evil smirk.
Tsunade just watched a very depressing scene. It was one where her son Naruto caught the girl he liked on a date with her crush.
'Sakura just told Sasuke about Naruto studying Taijutsu under me… 'More like I was just giving him pointers then actually training him… Guess that's changing today.' she thought to herself.
Tsunade decided to sneak up on her son and give him a scare. Tsunade tip-toed up to Naruto. As she got right behind him, she whispered in his ear and said, "You know this is stalking right?"
She covered her hand over Naruto's mouth right when he was about to scream so he wouldn't blow their cover. She put her finger over her lips shushing him.
"Naruto, you'll explain to me later why you're stalking those two. But for now, I think we should go home so I can actually train you a little on Taijutsu. So you could kick that little Uchiha 'prodigy's' ass." Tsunade said with pride in her voice.
"Mom, I wasn't 'technically' stalking them. I was about to leave the academy when Sakura bribed Sasuke for a date. She would tell him a secret about me if he would go on a 'date'." Naruto said sadly.
"She's young, Naruto, and has a huge crush on him. Trust me when I say it won't last. I can already tell in her eyes that she's struggling to keep someone else off her mind too." Tsunade said with a smirk.
Naruto couldn't help but look in awe at his mother. She was extremely smart, strong, and a genius with certain things. He hoped she was right.
"Okay, mom. Let's head home and do some training. BUT, only if we can get Ichiraku Ramen after. I haven't seen the old man and Ayame for a while," Naruto said with a hint of sadness.
(End of Flashback)
"Oh, so that's why you picked up his Taijutsu training at that time. That definitely makes sense, but I'm actually quite surprised Sakura would betray Naruto like that." Jiraiya said.
"Well, she's young and thinks she's in love with Sasuke. But I can tell you now. The way I see her look at Naruto-kun compared to Sasuke is a lot different." Tsunade said.
"What do you mean the way she looks at our son compared to Sasuke?" Jiraiya asked with a confused look.
"Well, the way she looks at Sasuke right now is someone who just has a childhood crush. With Naruto though, I can tell it's something vastly different. When I see her eyes gaze at our son, I can't help but notice the love and care embedded deep within those emerald eyes of hers. She's probably already noticed the state of confusion of her feelings when she looks or thinks about Naruto-kun. The only thing those two need is time, and honestly being on the same team will help them develop even more." Tsunade explained to her husband.
"Well, let's hope you're right! Although waiting isn't a bad thing… I just don't want those two to end up like us. Don't get me wrong. I'm grateful that we finally got together, but I just wish that it hadn't taken Minato and Kushina's death to bring us closer." Jiraiya said sadly.
Tsunade couldn't help but put on a sad look as well. The worse thing is, she knows he's right. They probably wouldn't have ended up together.
"Jiraiya you're probably right, but let's not dwell on that. We're married now and to be honest it's the happiest I've ever been. Being parents to Naruto-kun, and watching him grow up with you have been the happiest moments of my life. Thank you for going on this journey with me Jiraiya." Tsunade leaned up and kissed Jiraiya.
Cuddling up next to him on the couch with her head on his chest, Tsunade began to say, "And don't forget to start his fuinjutsu training starting tomorrow." Tsunade reminded once more, as she began to fall asleep.
"I won't and you're gonna be busy also yourself… You just don't know it." Jiraiya said, with a sly smile. He picked his wife up bridal style and they went to bed.
Naruto woke up the next day, rejuvenated for his graduation exam day. He now had the Shadow Clone Jutsu for the clone part of the exam, which should make passing a breeze.
Naruto went to the bathroom to brush his teeth and to shower. Once done with his shower, he went to put on his red and blue jumpsuit.
Naruto ran downstairs after getting changed and was greeted by the wonderful scent of his mother's cooking. He went to the table and sat next to his father. "Good morning mom and dad!" Naruto chirped happily as he greeted his parents.
"Good morning Naruto-kun. I made you a breakfast of fish, rice, and miso soup. So eat up, and then head straight to your graduation exam." Tsunade said as she carried two plates over to the table, setting them down before Jiraiya and Naruto.
She gave Naruto a kiss on his head before taking a seat and then proceeded to eat her own breakfast.
"Naruto-kun, don't forget what we told you last night. Come straight home after you finished everything today." Tsunade said.
"Yes, mom. I'll make sure to come straight home right after. I hope I get a good sensei today." Naruto said.
"Naruto, whoever you get is going to be a Jonin. So make sure to pay them the proper respect!" Jiraiya said.
"Does that mean they're as powerful or close to you two?" Naruto asked out of curiosity.
The two couldn't help, but laugh a little bit. "No son, Your mother and I, I guess you could say are as strong as a Kage. Or potentially stronger than some." Jiraiya told him.
Naruto's mouth was left open when his father told him. 'They're as strong or stronger than gramps? That's crazy!'
"Actually, it's gonna be a big day for your mother too Naruto. She just doesn't know it yet!" Jiraiya whispered into Naruto's ear.
"What are you whispering into his ear?" Tsunade said angrily.
"Oh nothing." Jiraiya tried to deflect. "By the way, Sarutobi-sensei wanted me to tell you to stop by his office in a few hours."
"Ugh, what does the old geezer want from me now?" Tsunade said questioningly.
"It's nothing too big. It's kind of a surprise actually!" Jiraiya replied.
Tsunade looked at her husband questioningly, and decided to drop it. She'll just have to go visit her sensei in a few hours. Maybe she could find out who Naruto's team and sensei is!
As Naruto arrived at the academy, he overheard Ino talking about the incident that happened last night with Mizuki and his family.
"So, my father told me that he was interrogating Mizuki because he convinced Naruto to steal a secret scroll that had forbidden Jutsu in it. Apparently Iruka-sensei went after them and got hurt by Mizuki. Naruto was actually going to be able to defeat him, but was stopped by Master Jiraiya and Lady Tsunade. Master Jiraiya used the Fourth Hokage's favorite Jutsu and pretty much broke almost every bone in Mizuki's body from it." Ino said to everyone.
Naruto looked at her with a surprised look, because he would never think her father would flat out tell her what happened.
"Ino…" Naruto said her name out loud and scared everyone. "How did you hear about that? I'm sure your father didn't openly tell you"
Ino looked at Naruto with a surprised look, "Well, he didn't actually tell me Naruto. I overheard him telling my mother."
Naruto looked at her with a hint of anger. Why did she think it was okay to tell everyone about his personal business. Just as he was about to tell her off for bringing up his family's personal affair, a certain pinkette spoke up for him instead.
"Ino pig, you shouldn't be talking about Naruto's family's personal business. If he wanted to tell us he would have!" Sakura said angrily at the blonde.
"Oh shut it, billboard brow. You know you wanted to know what happened to Naruto! It's not like you guys are even that close anymore anyway!" Ino retorted back.
Sakura went from angry to hurt. She knew Ino was right, but she went too far. As Sakura started to get teary eyes from what Ino said, she heard Naruto speak up.
"Ino, don't bring up my family's personal business without my permission, that isn't okay. How would you feel if I did the same thing to you? Because I'm pretty sure you wouldn't like it either. So please don't do that again. Trust me, you don't want to see my mother's bad side. Also, Sakura-chan and I's friendship has nothing to do with you. Just because we aren't as close as we once were before don't mean I don't think she and I aren't still friends." Naruto said angrily.
"I'm sorry, Naruto. I didn't mean to upset you. That was a low blow from me to bring up yours and Sakura's friendship like that." Ino said.
Naruto then walked up to his seat near Sakura and waited for their exams to begin. Meanwhile, no one noticed just how mad and annoyed Sasuke was from the information he just heard.
'You're telling me this idiot would have been able to beat a Chunin, our sensei Mizuki? I doubt that is true. NO, IT CAN'T BE. HE ISN'T STRONGER THAN ME.' Sasuke thought while clenching his fist.
Sakura was sitting next to Naruto and she was just in shock at what he said. 'Naruto still thinks of us as friends. Even after everything I've done, he still considers us friends!?' as she thought to herself, her cheeks started getting rosy as she thought about Naruto.
Naruto closed his eyes when he sat down and crossed his arms, giving the universal sign to leave him alone. At that moment, he heard a dark laugh coming from inside his head.
Naruto appeared in a dark hallway with lots of doors. He started walking towards where he heard the laughter. He eventually entered a massive room with water on the ground making it feel like he was in a sewer, and what looked like a huge jail cell in the room.
"Well kid, it looks like you finally found me. I haven't seen or heard you get angry like that before. That was interesting" The deep voice said.
"Who are you?" Naruto asked the voice. "Who do you think I am? What did some of those villagers call you?"
"Wait… Don't tell me… You're the Nine-Tails!" Naruto said in a surprised tone.
He heard the laugh again, but this time, he saw the face of a big orange fox appear.
"Yes brat, I am the Nine-Tails. The advice your "Parents" received about a jinchuriki, wasn't wrong" Nine-Tails said.
Naruto was in shock and couldn't help but back away a little bit. "What advice are you talking about fox?"
"The key for a jinchuriki to overcome hatred is to fill themselves with love. People hate us because they think all we want to do is destroy things, which couldn't be further from the truth. We're just mad, being trapped in a human, and being seen as a weapon. We just want to be respected, and treated normally. We used to be free until Madara Uchiha came around trying to control us, specifically me. Anyways listen kid, when it eventually comes time for you to try to learn to control my power. You're gonna need to earn my trust, but for now, I don't trust you, or this village. Prove to me you're different. Prove to me you don't want to use me as a weapon." Nine-Tails said while releasing some murderous intent.
Naruto fell on his ass when he felt the murderous intent coming from the Nine-Tail fox. He thought he was gonna die from just the murderous intent release from it.
"Hahaha, this is goodbye for now kid. I'm gonna go back to sleep." The Nine-Tails said as it put its head on its paws and closed its eyes.
While Naruto was in his mindscape, Sakura had noticed that Naruto was starting to sweat with a nervous look on his face. She started to reach out and was about to ask Naruto if he was okay when his eyes shot open and he started to breathe a little heavier.
"Naruto, are you okay? You started to sweat and now you're breathing heavier." Sakura asked with a concerned look on her face.
Naruto looked at Sakura real quick and realized he was out of that space he was just in. "Huh? Uh yeah, I'm fine Sakura-chan. No worries."
"Uh-huh. If you say so, Naruto. But my gut is telling me otherwise." Sakura said with a suspicious look on her face. As she was about to ask more Iruka-sensei entered the room.
Naruto felt relieved as he saw his big "brother" enter the room. He saved him from being questioned by Sakura. Right now he needed to talk to his parents with what just happened to him.
Iruka walked to the table and began to speak, "Alright kids, it's time to start your graduation exams. We are going to start with the written exam first, and then we will move to the next practical exam, which is for you to show us if you can break out of genjutsu, ninjutsu, and taijutsu demonstration."
Everyone in their seats groaned when they heard about the written exam portion. Iruka handed out the written exam and shouted, "Begin!"
A little while after he had finished his written portion of the exam, Naruto walked into the room where he was supposed to be taking the genjutsu test. As soon as he walked through he was put into a terrifying genjutsu.
Naruto was placed in a genjutsu that showed the Nine-Tails attacking the village. Naruto couldn't help but be scared of what he was seeing to the point he was shaking.
Next thing Naruto felt was the anger of the Nine-Tails seeing this genjutsu. Naruto swore he could hear in the back of the head the Nine-Tails saying,
"How dare this human show you this. Sorry, Naruto. I'm breaking this for you."
Naruto blinked and realized the Nine-Tails had released the genjutsu for him. Naruto said a silent thank you, to which he got a grunt in reply.
Naruto gave an angry look to Funeno, "Well, did I pass Funeno-sensei?"
"Yes brat you did. Now head down to the ninjutsu part of the exam." Funeno said
'I'm gonna need to eventually talk to mom and dad about what type of genjutsu Funeno-sensei put me in.' Naruto annoyingly thought to himself.
Naruto walked into the ninjutsu exam. He walked into the middle of the room and looked at Suzume-sensei.
"Okay, Naruto. If you can, please do a henge for me. And if you pass that, we'll do the clone jutsu." Suzume said
Naruto looked at her annoyed, 'If I can do a henge? Okay fine.'
"Henge!" Naruto transformed into his mom Tsunade Senju.
Suzume looked terrified for a second, because of how well Naruto's henge technique was. "Good Job Naruto. Now the clone jutsu please."
Naruto smirked, and proceeded to make a ram hand sign, "Shadow Clone Jutsu!" Making a solid copy of himself next to him. They gave each other a high five.
Suzume looked at him a little stunned, knowing he couldn't do a clone technique, let alone a shadow clone.
"Good job Naruto! You pass. Now head down to the taijutsu exam please." Suzume told Naruto.
Naruto bowed and headed outside the exam. Naruto waved at Shikamaru as he went to enter the ninjutsu portion and wished him luck.
Naruto walked to the taijutsu exam room to see that bastard Sasuke exit the room with his Hitai-ate. Sasuke looked and saw Naruto and couldn't help but smirk at him. Naruto returned the smirk with the middle finger and walked into the taijutsu exam room.
"Hello Naruto, welcome to the taijutsu part. In all honesty Naruto, you really don't need to do this. So how about we do a light spar, and talk?" Iruka said
"Hello Iruka-sensei, that sounds fine to me! Before we begin, when will you come by for dinner?" Naruto asked
"Naruto, they just invited me into the family, but probably in the next couple of days I'll stop and also ask Jiraiya to give me some jutsu to learn so I can eventually make Jonin." Iruka said
"Okay Iruka-sensei, shall we begin then?" Naruto asked
"Sure Naruto, come at me whenever!" Iruka said
Naruto and Iruka sparred for a little bit, and after sometime Iruka put his hand up to stop Naruto, "Alright Naruto we should stop so I can get to the other students. You passed!"
Iruka handed Naruto a Hidden Leaf Hitai-ate, "You're officially a Genin of the Village Hidden in Leaves"
"Thank you so much Iruka-sensei!" Naruto said, giving Iruka a big hug.
"Alright Naruto, I'll see you later to introduce you to your team and sensei, and I'll stop by sometime next week for dinner!" Iruka said
Naruto put the Hitai-ate on, "Alright Iruka-sensei, I'll see you later"
Naruto left the room and saw Shikamaru waiting, "Good luck Shikamaru, see you back in the classroom."
Naruto realized he still had time till they would need to be back, so he thought why not get some ramen before finding out what team he was going to be on. Naruto left the academy and headed to Ichiraku Ramen.
(Meanwhile with Tsunade)
Tsunade looked at the wall clock and realized it was time for her to head to see her former sensei.
Tsunade got off the couch and walked to the door putting on her green haori. Jiraiya was currently doing "research" for his smut books. Although Tsunade was against the smut books, it was another great source of income. So she allowed him to continue doing "research" as long as it was only spying.
Tsunade walked out the door, and started walking the streets of Konoha. As she was walking to the hokage tower she was greeted by several villagers.
After a few more minutes of walking she ended up in front of the Hokage tower, and proceeded to walk in the building, and head up the stairs towards the hokage office.
Just as she reached the door to the hokage's office, Tsunade greeted the Third's assistant. Tsunade knocked on the door and heard her former sensei yell, "Come in!"
Tsunade walked in, and greeted her former sensei, "Good morning Sarutobi-sensei, or should I call you Lord Hokage?" Tsunade said, teasing the old man.
"It's fine, Tsunade. I have something to talk to you about." Hiruzen said, causing Tsunade's eyebrow to arch.
"Okay, what do you want to talk to me about?" Tsunade inquired.
"Tsunade, I'm getting old. It really is time for me to find a replacement for me." Hiruzen said.
"Well sensei, I don't think Jiraiya would want to become the Hokage. Especially since he has to train Naruto once he reaches Chunin." Tsunade told Hiruzen.
"I know that Tsunade, and I wasn't talking about Jiraiya… I was talking about you becoming my successor." Hiruzen said, causing Tsunade to look at him with shock.
"Why me? I'm also going to be taking on an apprentice soon too. How do you expect me to do that and be Hokage? You also know I think that position is cursed." Tsunade said sadly.
"Tsunade, both you and I know Naruto and Jiraiya will be leaving the village for his training. Your apprentice, whoever it will be can do their training here, giving you the chance to do both." Hiruzen said matter of factly.
"You won't let me say no will you?" Tsunade asked.
"No, because if you say no, the advisors will suggest Danzo to be the next Hokage. We can't let that happen by any means." Hiruzen told her with a dark expression on his face.
Tsunade clenched her first, she didn't want to become Hokage at all. She, unfortunately, knows her sensei is right, and they can't let Danzo become Hokage.
"Okay fine, I'll do it old man, but you'll have to teach me the art of getting paperwork done fast so I can spend time with my family," Tsunade said.
"That's great to hear that you accept the position of Hokage Tsunade. I'll inform the advisor's and we'll start your training tomorrow. Oh and the key to paperwork is shadow clones." Hiruzen Said.
Tsunade looked at her sensei with shock, 'That makes a lot of sense now. Using shadow clones to help with paperwork. No wonder he has time to walk around the village and mingle!'
"Are we done? Because I need to make sure to prepare everything to inform Naruto tonight about Kushina." Tsunade said with a sad expression.
"Actually, no it's not. I figured you would like to find out who Naruto's potential sensei will be. He passed, by the way. The three that are gonna be sensei's for this year's graduates are about to be here. We can start your training a little early instead." Hiruzen said.
Tsunade looked at him, and nodded her head. She proceeded to walk around the desk and stand behind her sensei. She started wondering who would end up being her son's sensei.
While Tsunade was thinking, she was knocked out of her train of thought by the knock on the door. She looked at the door as three Jonin walked through.
The first one to speak was the female Jonin with long brown hair and red eyes. "Good morning Lord Hokage, and Lady Tsunade," Kurenai said with a slightly confused look on why Tsunade was there.
The other two Jonin said good morning to the Hokage and Lady Tsunade.
"Good morning Kurenai, Asuma, and Kakashi. You all are probably wondering why Lady Tsunade is here? Well, this is going to be S class information for right now, and you can't tell anyone else about it, but she is now doing her training to become the Fifth Hokage. Tsunade will take over at the end of the Chunin exam." Hiruzen said, the three looked at him with shock and then nodded.
"Now that you three are here, here are the folders on the nine academy graduates from this year's exam. I'll allow you three to choose who you want for your team. Report back here by 12:00 p.m. to discuss who you have chosen for your team." Hiruzen said.
"Yes Hokage!" the three Jonin said, and grabbed the folders. The three left the Hokage's office and proceeded outside the building.
"Well, I'll see you two later!" said Kakashi, the silver-haired Jounin with the facemask.
"Okay. Asuma, I'm gonna walk around and get some food. See you later!" Kurenai said.
"Cya later Kurenai" Asuma said.
Kurenai proceeded to walk through the village to find a suitable restaurant to grab a quick lunch while she looked over the various prospects from this year's crop of Genin. While making her way down one of the Leaf's busy streets, she saw a blonde-haired boy wearing a red and blue jacket, and pants. And what stood out to Kurenai about this young boy was the fact that he had a brand new Leaf headband tied around his forehead, something only given to new graduates of the academy. Out of curiosity, Kurenai decided to follow him
She saw him enter Ichiraku Ramen stand and decided to go in. Before deciding to take a seat next to him, she listened to him talk to the owner.
The owner Teuchi greeted the young man, "Hey Naruto! Aren't you supposed to be at the academy for your graduation exam?"
Naruto pointed at the Hitai-ate on his forehead and gave him a toothy smile. "See old man! I passed! I'll be founding out in a couple of hours from Iruka-sensei who will be on my team and who the sensei is!"
Kurenai smiled from how happy Naruto sounded. Naruto proceeded to order a miso beef ramen bowl.
Kurenai decided to finally go and sit down next to Naruto. As she sat down, Naruto looked at her and gave her a big smile, "Hey look, we're the same! I'm a ninja now too!" pointing to his Hitai-ate.
Kurenai couldn't help, but smile, "Well, you're only partially correct Naruto. See you're Genin and I'm a Jonin." She said to him.
Naruto was surprised to see the lady he was talking to was a Jonin.
"Anyway, my name is Kurenai. It's nice to meet you" Kurenai said with a big smile. "Naruto, do you mind telling me a little bit about yourself?"
Naruto gave her a weird look and decided to tell her anyway while he was eating.
"Well, my mom is Tsunade Senju and my dad is Master Jiraiya. They're both known as The Legendary Sannin. Before the academy, I wasn't really allowed to leave the house without my parents. Even when we did leave, it was always at night, or it was to visit grampa Hiruzen. I didn't have any friends growing up, and the one time I did venture out into the village by myself… Well, let's just say that it was a scary experience. I don't think I'm ready to talk about it just yet." Naruto said with a sad look.
Kurenai realized the villagers must have harassed Naruto for being the jinchuriki of the Nine-Tailed Fox. "Well Naruto, do you have any friends now since you just graduated from the academy?"
"When I first joined the academy, I stopped kids from bullying one of my classmates because she had pink hair and a big forehead. We became friends after that, and well… Shortly after we grew distant because she joined that bastard Sasuke Uchiha fan club." Naruto said, clenching his fist.
"So, I'm assuming you and Sasuke are rivals then?" Kurenai asked.
"Yeah, I guess? He got really mad last year when I beat him in a taijutsu fight to see who was ranked number one in our class for taijutsu. It was actually kind of surprising because Sakura-chan, the girl with pink hair I was telling you about, actually chose my side to win. It was weird because I caught her telling Sasuke that my mom has been assisting me with my taijutsu. What she didn't know was my mom actually overheard, and well my mom started to actually train me a bit in taijutsu instead of just assisting me." Naruto said.
Kurenai was impressed with what Naruto was telling her.
"What about your dad? Has Master Jiraiya taught you anything yet?" Kurenai asked.
"Not really? All I have been doing is reading about fuinjutsu, but now that I graduated he's gonna let me do my own seals and teach me on them! My mom is now going to assist me with chakra control too." Naruto told Kurenai.
"Well, shouldn't your sensei be assisting you with chakra control?" Kurenai asked.
"Well, I think it's because I actually have a large chakra pool/reserve. So I would have to do even more than normal training on it?" Naruto said questionly.
"Well Naruto, when you get assigned to your team, don't forget that your sensei will be teaching you too. Don't overexert yourself or you will get chakra exhaustion." Kurenai said.
Naruto finished his fourth bowl of ramen, "Well Lady Kurenai, I need to head back and prepare for when I find out who's on my team and who my sensei is!"
"Okay Naruto, good luck!" Kurenai said, as she watched Naruto leave she looked at the folders of the students she brought.
"Oh, are you potentially going to be Naruto's sensei?" Teuchi asked.
"Well, I don't know if I'll get him. But after talking to him, I think I'll definitely choose him to be on my team." Kurenai said.
"If you do get him on your team, he's a good kid. He doesn't have many friends except for a few of the boys at the academy, and the girl he was telling you about." Teuchi said.
"Woah, slow down there a second. Even though that Sakura girl Naruto just spoke of tried to give her crush the upper leg about Naruto being trained by his mother, yet she's still friends with him?" Kurenai asked in disbelief.
"Well, the thing is, Sakura was Naruto's first-ever friend. That boy has such a big heart, he would never toss her friendship away… It also doesn't help that the boy is in love with her" Teuchi said.
"Hmmm, interesting." Kurenai said and grabbed the folder on Sakura Haruno.
She looks at her folder, 'Let's see. She's very intelligent, actually competing with Shikamaru Nara on that front. Now that's impressive. She's book smart, can come up with strategies, and oh what's this? She is shown to have high potential with genjutsu. Her taijutsu is poor though, but she has phenomenal chakra control, but she also has a small chakra pool. The chakra pool can grow with physical and mental training so that won't be an issue. I'll help her with her genjutsu. Hm, Her, and Naruto can be great as a team as long as I can get her over her little child crush. I can hopefully help her grow as Kunoichi.'
"Hey Teuchi, do you know who else Naruto was close with or considered a friend?" Kurenai asked the old man.
"Hmmm, well I doubt you'll be able to pick him, but Shikamaru is one of his, and I believe the quiet one Shino is also his friend. Oh and there's Choji too." Teuchi said
"Thank you," Kurenai said.
'Well, there's no way I'll be getting Shikamaru. Asuma is going to pick him first. So, let's see about Shino Aburame. His family adopted Torune Aburame. Shino and Torune were close until Danzo came to them asking for one of them to join Root. Torune decided to go so Shino didn't have to have a life of loneliness in Root. Danzo, that piece of shit. Thankfully Lady Tsunade is taking over as Hokage instead of him… Anyways, he's good at dispelling Genjutsu, because of his insects, good at Ninjutsu, and is proficient in Taijutsu. Hm, he would be good for tracking… If I have Naruto, Sakura, and Shino I could have a well-balanced team. I think I found my team.'
"Thank you for the meal Teuchi. I'm gonna head back now and hope to get the team I want!" Kurenai said.
"Thanks for stopping by. And hey, if you get Naruto, treat him well please," Teuchi said.
Kurenai gave him a nod and then proceeded to head back to the Hokage tower. After taking her time on her walk back, she gave a knock on the Hokage office door. "Come in!"
Kurenai walked in and saw the other two waiting for her, she bowed to Lord Third and proceeded to stand next to Kakashi.
"I hope you all had enough time to look through everyone's folder and was able to choose the best squad suited for you," Hiruzen said.
"Yes," the three Jonin said.
"Okay, Asuma who is the first person you would like to pick?" Hiruzen said
"I'm going to choose Shikamaru Naru," Asuma said.
"Okay, Kakashi, who is your first pick," Hiruzen asked, writing down team ten's first genin.
"I'm going to choose Sasuke Uchiha," Kakashi said with an orange book in front of his face.
"Okay, and Kurenai who is going to be your first pick?" Hiruzen asked, proceeding to write down team seven's first pick.
"I'm gonna choose Naruto Uzumaki," Kurenai said, getting questioning looks from everyone in the room.
"Kurenai, why are you choosing Naruto?" Kakashi interrupted before anyone could say anything else.
"Well, I was originally going to go with a tracking unit, but I ran into Naruto when I went to go look over everyone's profile. He's a sweet boy, and I honestly don't think he would do well being on your team Kakashi, because he and Sasuke aren't friends and are rivals. It would be bad for a team without chemistry to go out in the field." Kurenai said, returning the gaze Kakashi was giving her.
"Kurenai, you know Naruto-Kuns prisoner, are you going to treat my son equally?" Tsunade asked
"Although I hate the Nine-tails because of what happened to my team I was on when I was a Genin. I harbor no ill feelings toward Naruto, and if I did… I don't feel like dying from two of the Sannin." Kurenai said jokingly at the end.
"I still disagree with you Kurenai, I think Naruto is best suited to be with me," Kakashi said with a slight tone of anger behind it.
"Why Kakashi? Because Naruto is the son of your former sensei? Do you think you have the right to him? Although I do agree he would probably be better suited with you as a sensei. I do have a sense that you won't really focus on him, but instead focus more time on Sasuke. Sarutobi-sensei I agree with Kurenai having Naruto-kun," Tsunade said
"Well, I also agree with Kakashi, that Naruto would be better suited with him. I can't also look past the history that Naruto and Sasuke have at the academy. Kakashi if you wanted Naruto, you should have chosen him first. Kurenai you will get Naruto," Hiruzen said, writing down Naruto's name for team eight.
"Thank you, Lord Third, and thank you Lady Tsunade I will train Naruto to the best of my capabilities!" Kurenai responded.
"Okay, Asuma, who do you choose for your second pick?" Hiruzen asked.
"I'm going to choose Ino Yamanaka," Asuma said.
Hiruzen wrote down Ino's name for team ten, "Okay Kakashi, who's your second pick?"
"I'm going to choose Choji Akimichi," Kakashi said, getting a confused look by Asuma.
Lord Third wrote down Choji's name under team seven, slightly apologizing in his head to his son. "Okay and your second pick Kurenai?"
"I'm gonna go with Sakura Haruno," Kurenai said. Everyone was surprised with this pick. They thought she would choose Hinata.
Lord Third gave her a questioning look, and then proceeded to write down Sakura's name under team eight.
"Alright, Asuma, who's your final pick?" Hiruzen asked.
"Kiba Inuzuka," Asuma said
Hiruzen wrote down Kiba's name under team ten, "Okay Kakashi and your last pick?"
"Hinata Hyuga," Kakashi said. Hiruzen went ahead and wrote down Hinata's name under team seven, and since Shino is the last one left he wrote down Shino's name under team eight.
"And that leaves Shino Aburame with you Kurenai, is that okay?" Hiruzen asked.
"Yes that's fine, I got the squad I wanted" Kurenai stated.
"Okay, everyone is dismissed!" Hiruzen said.
"Actually Kurenai, can you stay behind real quick? I need to talk to you about Naruto-kun," Tsunade said.
"Okay, I'll see you two at the academy shortly," Kurenai told Asuma, and Kakashi nodded and left.
"Kurenai, I'm assuming Naruto informed you I'll be assisting him with his chakra control, and Jiraiya is going to be teaching fuinjutsu?" Tsunade asked
"Yes, he did, which I'm surprised to find that out since it's my job to help him with his chakra control too," Kurenai stated
"Well you will be helping him with that, but with Naruto being an Uzumaki, and a Jinchuriki he has a massive chakra pool. So he needs extra training for it. Now there is one thing you both don't know." Tsunade said
"Okay? What is it Lady Tsunade?" Kurenai asked
"Jiraiya and I are telling Naruto about his real mother, Kushina Uzumaki, tonight. He's also gonna start learning about the Uzumaki clan, our hopes are he can find a way to unlocking or using the Adamantine Chakra Chains. He might not be in a good mood tomorrow, but since he isn't learning about Minato yet. We should be fine," Tsunade said.
Kurenai looked at Tsunade with shock. She didn't know what to say, so all she did was nod.
"Since I'm going to be training as Hokage now, Jiraiya is going to be doing more missions. He's going to be in your care, so please look after our son" Tsunade said.
"Yes Lady Tsunade I'll do my best," Kurenai said with a smile.
"Okay, you're free to leave now," Tsunade said, Kurenai bowed at the both of them and left for the academy.
Naruto was sitting at his desk, while everyone else was in groups talking. Ino and Sakura were bothering Sasuke. Shikamaru, Choji, and Kiba were in a group talking. Shino and Hinata were sitting at their desk quietly.
Naruto was once again reading a different fuinjutsu book, this one was more of the basics and how to make storage scrolls and explosive tags.
Iruka walked in and got everyone's attention, "Class, sit down, please. Your sensei's are here now and you're about to find out who's on your team."
Everyone went back to their seats. Once seated, Asuma walked through the door and said, "Team ten will be Shikamaru Nara, Ino Yamanaka, and Kiba Inuzuka. Meet me at the tea shop. We'll talk and get to know each other."
Asuma shunshin out of the room. Kiba, Ino, and Shikamaru got up and left the room.
Kurenai then entered the room after they left. She walked in front of the desk and said, "Hello. Team eight will be Naruto Uzumaki, Shino Aburame, and Sakura Haruno."
Naruto was excited that he and Sakura were going to be on the same team. He looked at Sakura who looked defeated that she wasn't with Sasuke.
Shino on the other hand was extremely happy that he was with Naruto and Sakura. He didn't really have any friends, but he does consider those two as his friends.
"Okay, you three. Meet me up on the rooftop. No offense to Team Seven, but if I know your sensei as well as I think I do, he'll be late." Kurenai said, and then shunshined out onto the roof.
The three of them walked out of the classroom. As they were walking to the roof, Naruto went to Sakura and said, "Hey Sakura-chan, isn't it awesome we're on the same team? Maybe now you can forget about Sasuke and we can go on a date!"
Sakura looked at him angrily, "I'd rather be on a team with Sasuke-kun rather than on a team with you Naruto. I appreciate you saying we're still friends, but I won't ever go on a date with you so stop asking."
Naruto flinched initially at first, but quickly started to get angry with the pinkette, "Listen Sakura, just because I defended you that one time with Ino doesn't mean this friendship can't be broken either. There's a breaking point on how much someone can take being insulted. Just remember, I beat your precious Sasuke-kun, and he also wasn't the one who stepped up to your bullies… Remember that."
Naruto then stormed away from Shino and Sakura. Sakura stood still and watched Naruto storm away. She was in shock, Naruto never got angry with her like that.
Shino looked at Sakura and shook his head, "Sakura you shouldn't have said that. This isn't a good way for the team to start off."
Shino then walked away from her, and continued to head to the roof to meet their sensei.
Sakura didn't know what to do? She didn't even mean to say what she said. She's been confused about her feelings for some time now, but she guessed she must still be in love with Sasuke.
'Damn it… I'm sorry Naruto, I'm destroying this friendship, and more so your feelings to me… I don't know what to do to fix this.' She thought to herself.
Sakura ended up starting walking to the roof again to catch up with her teammates, and to meet their sensei.
The three of them met Kurenai on the roof and sat down on a bench.
"Hello, you three. Why don't we start with introductions, so I can get to know you all better? Tell me about your likes, dislikes, hobbies, and dreams. Let's start with you," Kurenai said while pointing at Sakura.
"Umm, I'm Sakura Haruno. I like uh the person I like um… My dreams are to be a strong kunoichi like my mother once was and like Lady Tsunade. Hobbies besides reading? I like gardening, and helping cook dinner with my mother. I dislike my large forehead, and pink hair," Sakura said with a depressed look at the end.
"But Sakura-chan, I like your forehead and pink hair!" Naruto interrupted.
"Sakura, I agree with Naruto, your forehead, and pink hair is fine. Don't let people bully you,and I'm sure the whole team agrees. You're a kunoichi. And from what I read, you have a chance to surpass me, maybe even Lady Tsunade." Kurenai said.
Sakura couldn't help but blush from what Naruto said, and the fact that Kurenei-sensei thought she could surpass Lady Tsunade of the legendary Sannin.
"Okay, your turn glasses," Kurenai said to Shino.
"Hello, sensei. I'm Shino Aburame. I like bugs. My hobbies are collecting new species of bugs to help with my clans Jutsu's. I miss my older brother figure Torune Aburame. I dislike a group called root." Shino said.
'So his brother was taken by Danzo. Hopefully, we can help him in a way.' Kurenai thought.
"Okay, Naruto. You're up." Kurenai said.
"Well, let's see… I'm Naruto Uzumaki. I like ramen and going to get ramen with my dad. My hobbies are reading fuinjutsu. I dislike jerks, Sasuke, and not eating ramen. My dream is to be Hokage!" Naruto said.
"It's nice to meet you all. I'm Kurenai Yuhi. I like reading and cooking. One of my hobbies is gardening. I dislike liars, and my dream is to make sure my students are successful." Kurenai told them."Now with that being said, we'll meet again tomorrow at 10 am."
'Hmm, I wonder if they'll notice they'll have to track me.' Kurenai thought to herself momentarily as she proceeded to shunshin away.
"Wait, she didn't tell us where to meet tomorrow morning!" Naruto said.
"Maybe she wants us to track her?" Sakura said.
"If so, let's meet early tomorrow to find her. What do you think, Shino?" Naruto asked.
"I think you guys are right. Let's meet at 9 a.m. tomorrow in front of the academy?" Shino said.
"Sounds good to me. See you two tomorrow. I have to head home. My mom and dad want to talk to me about something important." Naruto said waving goodbye to his friends and headed home.
(Just before Naruto got home)
"Jiraiya, did you grab all the photos that don't have Minato in them?" Tsunade asked
"Yes Tsunade, I did. We're going to have to tell him about a few things he can't do." Jiraiya said
"What do you mean?" Tsunade asked with a questioning look.
"One of the women that are in a few pictures with Kushina, is that girl Sakura's mother. So we can't have Naruto going to Sakura, asking her mom questions about Kushina until he knows about Minato." Jiraiya stated.
"Okay, we'll just have to lay some rules for him, and explain to him that when the time is right. We'll tell him about his father. Do you think we should tell him we're actually his grandparents?" Tsunade asked.
"At this point, it's tough to say? If we do tell him, he's going to get even more curious about who our son/his father is, and he might start asking around. Now, on the other hand, the only one who knows Minato is our son is Sarutobi-sensei. So I think it might be okay to tell him, but I'll leave that up to you." Jiraiya said.
"If I think he's taking the news about Kushina okay, I'll tell him. I don't want to lose him, Jiraiya. We finally know what it's like being parents. I can't lose Naruto-kun either. My heart won't be able to handle it if we lose him." Tsunade said with tears coming down.
Jiraiya hugged Tsunade tightly, "We won't lose him. I promise I'll do whatever I can to keep this family together."
Jiraiya kisses on her forehead, and as he was about to say something else, the front door opens.
"Mom, Dad, I'm home!" Naruto said.
"Naruto, we're in the living room. Come in and sit down." Jiraiya said
Naruto walked into the living room to see Jiraiya and Tsunade on the couch with what looked like photos on the table. He walked to them and sat down.
"So what is it that you two wanted to talk to me about?" Naruto asked.
Before they could even get to what they wanted to talk about, Naruto noticed the pictures on the table showing a beautiful red-headed woman. The moment he saw her, his heart started to hurt. He didn't know why, but he had a feeling this woman was important to him in some way.
"Mom, who is this lady with the red hair in this picture?" Naruto asked.
"Naruto-kun, this is very difficult for us to talk to you about, but that lady is Kushina Uzumaki," Tsunade said.
Naruto looked at her with shock. This woman had the same last name as him! 'Maybe she's a relative or something?'
"Is she my cousin?" Naruto asked.
"No, Naruto. That's your real mother." Jiraiya said.
"She's my real mother?" Naruto said, picking up one of the photos and looking at her.
"So who's my real father, dad?" Naruto asked Jiraiya.
"Unfortunately Naruto, we can't tell you that just yet. Your father had a lot of enemies, and no one except your Tsunade and I knew about Kushina and him being married." Jiraiya said.
"So what were you to them then?" Naruto asked
Tsunade thought about it for a second, and she could tell Naruto wasn't freaking out about his real mom.
"Naruto-kun, we know you kept hearing some of the villagers bring up that you were adopted, and could tell you really didn't believe them. Well, I'm actually quite surprised you aren't angry at us for not telling you the truth. We were selfish, Jiraiya, and I that is. You see, your father is actually our son, but we were never there for him as parental figures. We were both too young to really be parents so we actually put him in an orphanage. We never really got a chance to tell him the truth, and we never got to actually raise him. So we both swore we would raise you as our own child. So please, don't be mad at us for being selfish and wanting to raise you as our own son… Instead of being our grandson…" Tsunade said with a sad look on her face.
"Well, it wasn't okay that you both didn't tell me the truth, and you're still withholding who my father is, but I can understand why you did it. Although you're technically my grandparents, to me you both are my mom and dad… Unless for some weird way my mom and dad come back to life, then you'll become my grandparents." Naruto said while laughing at the last thing he said.
"Thank you, Naruto. I don't think you know how much that truly means to us. Now, how about you take a look at all these photos of your mother." Jiraiya said with a cheeky smile.
Naruto started looking at the photo's and then he looked at a photo of his Mom with a pale blonde hair woman. There was something about this woman that reminded him of Sakura for some reason.
"Hey, mom? Who's this woman next to my real mom?" Naruto asked
"Well, before we tell you Naruto. There's one thing your mother and I need to say before we tell you who that woman is. You're forbidden to ask who your father is when you eventually meet this woman, and you can't go to your "grandfather" and ask him who your father is either. Got it?" Jiraiya asked
"Okay, okay, okay… I won't ask them. So who is she?" Naruto asked
"Naruto-kun, I believe her name Mebuki, and she is Sakura's mother," Tsunade told him.
Naruto looked at her in shock. 'Wow, Sakura-chan and my mother were friends. This feels really strange to me right now… Especially with Sakura-chan being on my team and my feelings toward her.'
"I can see why you don't want me going to ask her. Thank you two for showing me this. I know it probably took a lot to tell me this. Just know you're parents too. Okay?" Naruto said
"Naruto, I must say, you sounded really mature right there. I'm quite proud of you son. How about we start working on your seals in fuinjutsu? Hopefully, before your first real mission, you can make your own explosive tags?" Jiraiya suggested.
"That'd be great dad! Mom, tomorrow is our first training day, and Kurenai-sensei I believe is gonna start teaching us chakra control. Is that when we'll start too?" Naruto asked.
"If that's what you want, then yes we can start tomorrow also," Tsunade said with a smile.
"Naruto, before we start working on fuinjutsu. The Uzumaki clan was known for fuinjutsu. Your clan had a very unique clan technique, they're called the Adamantine Sealing Chains. They're the only clan that could really use them since it was a clan technique. One thing we will discuss in the future is clan politics, and then you'll understand why. These books we have right here are about the Uzumaki clan, and we hope these books can help you eventually learn how to use them. The Adamantine Sealing Chains will come in handy for you in the future. They're a part of fuinjutsu, so please, do your best to read these books and study my son." Jiraiya said.
Naruto took several of the books his dad handed him. He realized one of them was by his real mother. He gave Jiraiya and Tsunade a determined look, and said, "I won't let you both down. Believe it!"
Naruto hugged them both, and then Jiraiya stood up, and Naruto did the same. He followed Jiraiya to the table where they started to work on basic fuinjutsu seals like a storage scroll seal.
"Naruto, once we get the storage scroll down. We'll go to a C-rank fuinjutsu and we'll try to have you master Exploding Dragon Strike." Jiraiya said
Naruto looked at him with big eyes, "Okay dad! That'll definitely help on missions too" Naruto said excitedly
The next day, Naruto woke up early. He went to the bathroom to brush his teeth and take a shower. Once out of the shower, he put on his red and blue jumpsuit and his hitai-ate.
Naruto ran downstairs to see the breakfast laid out for him, and only to see Jiraiya there and not Tsunade.
"Hey, Dad. Where's mom?" Naruto asked.
"She already left to start her training with gramps today on becoming Hokage. Although it was supposed to wait until it was announced, Gramps changed his mind and wanted to start as soon as possible." Jiraiya said
Naruto's jaw dropped. He had no clue his mom was becoming Hokage. Jiraiya realized his mistake.
"Now Naruto, we forgot to tell you, but you can't tell anyone yet," Jiraiya said.
Naruto quickly finished his breakfast, "Well dad, I gotta get going. Kurenai-sensei is having us track her this morning."
"Oh, really? That'll be good for you to start learning. Good luck Naruto," Jiraiya said.
Naruto left and headed to the academy to meet up with his teammates.
Naruto walked up to the academy entrance and saw his teammates Shino and Sakura. "Hey, guys! Hope I didn't keep you waiting?"
"No, Naruto, you didn't," Shino said, Sakura on the other hand was acting shy and avoided looking at Naruto after what happened yesterday.
Naruto noticed Sakura being quiet, and he realizes it was because of what happened yesterday.
He frowned because he never thought he would have an outburst like that, let alone with it being the girl he just so happened to have a crush on. He knew though he had to do that because he couldn't let Sakura just walk all over him and hurt his feelings.
"Okay, so how do you guys think we should start to track Kurenai-sensei?" Naruto asked.
Sakura put her head to her chin, thinking of a plan and then said, "Well, we could have Shino send out some of his bugs. And maybe you could send out some shadow clones, Naruto. While the clones and bugs are searching, we as a team can start walking around looking for her?"
"That sounds like a great idea, Sakura-chan! Shadow Clone Jutsu!" Naruto said, proceeding to make twenty shadow clones.
He gave them instructions and they ran off to look for their sensei.
"Go my bugs," Shino said, holding his arms out and letting bugs fly out to find their sensei.
"Alright, where should we start looking at first?" Naruto asked.
"How about we walk over to the tea house that's near the hospital," Sakura said.
"Sure thing, Sakura. Let's go," Shino said.
The three of them started walking towards the tea house near the hospital. It was awkwardly quiet, so Sakura broke the silence.
"So Naruto," Sakura began.
"Yes Sakura-chan?" Naruto responded, looking into her emerald eyes while walking.
Sakura blushed a little as she looked into Naruto's cerulean blue eyes. She coughed a little to pull herself together.
"Yesterday, you said your parents needed to talk to you about something. If you don't mind me asking, what was it about?" Sakura asked
Naruto thought about it for a second if he should tell the team everything or just a little bit of what happened yesterday. He decided to only tell them a little bit instead.
"Well, Sakura-chan. I only feel comfortable talking about some of the things we discussed last night. We discussed my clan, the Uzumaki Clan. They want me to read up on it and take my studying of fuinjutsu very seriously. There's a fuinjutsu called the Adamantine Sealing Chains, it's an Uzumaki Clan technique. They want me to be able to eventually be able to use it. That's about it for the most part," Naruto told them.
'Naruto, didn't know anything about his clan? That seems a little strange. I guess we'll have to wait and see if he tells us more. I can tell he's hiding something pretty big.' Sakura thought to herself.
"Hm… Adamantine Sealing Chains? I don't think I ever heard of it." Sakura said.
"That's because it's a clan technique, Sakura. Clans are very secretive when it comes to their techniques. Since Naruto is probably the last Uzumaki, it makes sense why we haven't seen or heard of it until now." Shino said.
"Yeah, my parents said in the future we'll be discussing clan politics. I guess that makes sense why we haven't seen anyone else using them, huh Sakura-chan?" Naruto said.
"Yeah, I guess it does," Sakura said.
As they were about to reach the tea shop, one of Naruto's clones came running to them. "Yo boss! I found sensei!"
"Oh, where is she?" Naruto said, as the clone was about to answer, Shino's bugs came back.
"It seems like our sensei is that way," Shino said pointing towards the Hokage monument.
"Stupid bugs, I was about to say that!" Naruto's clone said before he got dispelled.
"Alright you two, let's go meet up with sensei!" Sakura said, and the three started running towards the Hokage monument.
After a few minutes, and running up the stairs of the Hokage Monument. Naruto was the first to reach the top and saw their sensei.
"We found you sensei!" Naruto yelled
"That you have, Naruto! You and Shino did a great job using your techniques to find me." Kurenai said, smiling at the three.
"Sensei… Why did you… Have us try… To find you?" Sakura said in between breaths.
Kurenai noticed Sakura's poor conditioning, reminding herself that the three should probably run laps in the morning before training.
"Well, Sakura. To answer your question. When I was Genin, my squad was a tracker squad, and I originally planned for my Genin team to be a tracker squad. That changed however when I met Naruto during your graduation exam. I realized Naruto has a lot of potential, and since then I changed my mind on what type of team I wanted. A team that is well balanced and would be able to adapt to any situation." Kurenai told her Genin.
"Well, why did you select me then Kurenai-sensei? I don't really have any good traits? I'm not strong, I'm poor at taijutsu, I don't have a very good chakra pool and reserves if anything my pool might be close to average maybe worse. So I don't understand why you would choose me?" Sakura asked with a sad expression.
Kurenai looked at Sakura with a sad face, 'This poor child thinks she's useless when she doesn't realize how strong she could truly become.'
"Sakura, training can change everything you said that is supposedly wrong with you. You can gain strength, becoming better at taijutsu is easy with the right instructor, and the chakra pool/reserves can be fixed with physical and mental training. Now what you don't realize is, you're extremely smart, very good at strategic planning, and from what I read you have potential in genjutsu. I'm a genjutsu master, so you and I will focus on your genjutsu the most." Kurenai told Sakura to see a smile appear on her face with tears forming at her eyes.
As Kurenai was about to speak about another reason why she chose this group, Naruto spoke up.
"Sakura-chan, stop thinking you're useless. Just like Kurenai-sensei said, everything can change with a little training. You're extremely intelligent, and I'm sure when we finally do real missions, your intelligence and strategic planning will help us out a lot. If you want, we can practice on your taijutsu after training with sensei or missions? It'll have to be at my place though because I have a lot of training I also must do after missions or training with sensei." Naruto said.
Sakura was shocked by what Naruto just said, "Sure, Naruto. I don't mind if you help me… If it's okay with Kurenai-sensei too."
"You know what? Why don't you all go with Naruto after training to improve your taijutsu. From my understanding, Naruto is good at taijutsu, whereas you both need to improve on it. For the time being, Sakura, I want you to practice with Naruto on taijutsu until I find you three an instructor." Kurenai said.
"Kurenai-sensei, it'll be a little bit tougher for me to go, since my clan wants me to continue learning all the clan techniques," Shino said.
"That's fine Shino, Sakura I still want you to go after missions or training to accompany Naruto to practice on taijutsu," Kurenai said.
"Yes sensei," Sakura said.
"Now the other reason I choose you Sakura, and Shino is because of what Teuchi told me about Naruto. You two seem to be the closest to Naruto when it comes to friendship wise. That should work extremely well with team chemistry and fighting together." Kurenai said.
"Alright, now let's head to our training ground and begin training. I want to start with chakra control and taijutsu." Kurenai said, leading them down from the Hokage monument.
As they were walking to their training ground, Naruto was the first to speak up and break the silence.
"Kurenai-sensei, I was wondering when you will start training us on ninjutsu?"
Kurenai put her hand on her chin thinking while still walking ahead to the training ground.
"Hm, good question Naruto. I think we'll work on ninjutsu after our first C rank mission. That way I can see how you guys fare out of the village and depend on what ninjutsu would work best with you three." Kurenai said
"Sensei, when do you think we'll be ready for a C rank mission?" Naruto asked
"Naruto, we just became a team. We need to work on strategies, teamwork, chakra control, and taijutsu before we even think about taking a C rank mission." Kurenai stated.
"Okay, sensei," Naruto said.
They continued walking for a few more minutes and ended up on training ground 8. "This is training ground eight, this will be the official team eight training ground."
"Okay, to start today off, I want you guys to go up against me 1v1 in taijutsu. So I officially can see where you three stand in taijutsu." Kurenai said.
"Sakura I want you to start it off, followed by Shino, and then Naruto," Kurenai told them.
"Yes sensei," the three said to Kurenai.
Sakura walked towards where Kurenai was and got in the stance she learned at the academy.
'Hm, looks like the basic taijutsu stance from the academy books. This girl is going to need a lot of training on her taijutsu… Wonder who I should go to for this?' Kurenai thought while she saw Sakura take her stance.
"Okay Sakura, come at me," Kurenai told her.
Sakura was hesitant at first but started going to Kurenai. Sakura threw a right hook to Kurenai's head which Kurenai blocked.
Sakura continued and tried to send a kick to Kurenai's midsection, but Kurenai grabbed the incoming kick and threw her about 10 feet from her.
"Sakura, your taijutsu is identical to the academy instruction, but you aren't putting in any strength behind your punches. The way you're fighting you'll put your teammates in danger. I have an idea who I want to make your taijutsu instructor, but for the time being work with Naruto with your taijutsu, and I'll help when we're training. Okay Shino, your turn," Kurenai said
Shino got in a different stance than Sakura and got ready to charge at Kurenai.
'This must be the Aburame clan style of taijutsu. Interesting.' "Come at me anytime Shino."
Shino charged forward launching an overhead kick to their sensei. Kurenai blocked it, but then Shino followed up with a right hook that Kurenai blocked with her left arm.
Shino then tried to do a roundhouse kick, but Kurenai ducked underneath it. Before Shino knew it Kurenai grabbed his right wrist and wrenched it behind his back and forced him face-first onto the ground.
"Good job Shino. Okay Naruto, show me what Lady Tsunade taught you." Kurenai said
"Yes sensei," Naruto said, walking by Shino and giving him a pat on the back. Shino responded to the pat with a nod.
Naruto walked towards his sensei, he stopped about ten feet in front of her and got into his stance.
'His stance is definitely very similar to Lady Tsunade's from what I remember when I saw her fight once.' Kurenai thought, "Okay Naruto come when you're ready."
Naruto charged straight towards her with his right fist drawn back, Kurenai was getting ready to block his punch when Naruto changed and went for a roundhouse kick instead.
'Oh, he's changing on a whim, not like what the others were thinking of doing.'
Kurenai quickly threw up her right arm to block the roundhouse kick from Naruto. Naruto then proceeded to throw a right hook, which Kurenai blocked with her left arm.
Kurenai threw a right hook of her own to see Naruto block it with both arms. Kurenai tried to do an overhead kick, but Naruto jumped out of the way.
Naruto jumped forward and went to try and do a sidekick to Kurenai's midsection, but she grabbed his leg and then threw him to Shino and Sakura, having him land just a couple feet in front of them.
"Well done Naruto, Lady Tsunade has taught you well. Now I think Sakura should train with you until I find you three an instructor when it comes to taijutsu. I'm not the best at it, so there's only so much I could teach you on it." Kurenai said
The three of them nodded their heads to Kurenai, "Okay, now let's start learning chakra control."
Kurenai had them follow her to the trees on their training ground. She walked up to three tall trees, and turned around and looked at her students.
"Okay, so this chakra control training you'll be walking up the tree. You focus chakra on to the bottom of your feet, if you put too little you'll simply fall from the tree. Now if you put too much you'll be pushed off the tree. So watch me," Kurenai said, turning around to look at the tree.
She focused chakra on the bottom of her feet and slowly started walking up the tree until she reached about halfway up the tree and jumped down back to her students.
"Okay, now when you three do this, mark your spot with cutting a mark with a kunai," Kurenai instructed them.
All three of them took out kunai, except Naruto took a three-pronged kunai instead. "Hey, Naruto. Where did you get that kunai?" Kurenai asked.
"My parents gave them to me, they want me to learn how to fight with a three-pronged kunai. They said it will help me in the future, but they were very vague about it though, to be honest." Naruto told her.
'So they want him to learn how to use Lord Fourth style with the kunai. I wonder if they want him to eventually try to learn the technique that got him his nickname. Interesting' Kurenai thought.
"Alright, you may begin. We'll be doing this until I tell you to stop. Okay?" Kurenai asked.
The three of them began doing their chakra control exercise. After a couple of hours, the only one to make it close to where Kurenai got to on the tree was Sakura. Shino was able to get close though, Naruto on the other hand could only get about five feet up the tree.
"Alright, you three that's enough. Naruto, I know you're frustrated, but with the amount of chakra you have it's going to be more difficult for you okay?" Kurenai told him.
"Okay sensei," Naturo said with a dejected look on his face.
Kurenai gave him a reassuring smile, "Alright you three, you're dismissed. Meet me in front of the Hokage mansion tomorrow so we can get assigned out first D rank mission"
"Yes sensei!" The three said in unison.
"Alright Sakura-chan, and Shino I got to go home and train a little bit more," Naruto told them
"Naruto, don't overdo it. Okay?" Sakura said with a concerned voice.
"Yeah, Naruto. We don't need you getting hurt on our first mission tomorrow because you're exhausted," Shino added.
Kurenai couldn't help but laugh a little, "They're right Naruto, don't go too hard tonight okay."
"Jeez sensei, I was only going to fuinjutsu with my dad! My mom is sure going to be tired from whatever gramps had her doing today." Naruto said.
(About a week later)
Naruto then waved goodbye to his teammates after another lousy D rank mission and started running home. After a few minutes, he arrives in front of his home.
Naruto entered his house and took off his shinobi sandals at the front door before walking into the living room.
As he entered the living room, he saw his dad sitting at the dinner table, "Hey, Naruto. Your mother is actually really tired from work today, but if you're ready to continue working on your fuinjutsu, we can try making the Exploding Dragon Strike."
"Yeah, that sounds great dad! It's a C rank fuinjutsu, correct?" Naruto asked.
"That's correct. It'll definitely help you to at least have a couple of these scrolls on you when you get your first C rank mission," Jiraiya said.
"Okay, and how am I going to carry those around?" Naruto asked.
"Well, we'll probably have to change up your gear? I think we should add some scroll holders for your leg, that way this fuinjutsu is easy to grab for you. Now, this fuinjutsu strength depends on how much chakra you put into the scroll. So for you Naruto, all though this is a C rank Jutsu, with your chakra you could at this point potentially have it up to a B rank Jutsu." Jiraiya told him.
"Wait, you're saying because I have a large chakra pool and reserves I could make this a potential B rank Jutsu?" Naruto said in awe.
Jiraiya nodded at Naruto, "Yes, so be careful when using it to make sure none of your teammates is near it."
Naruto nodded and got back to work.
After a couple hours, Naruto almost got the exploding dragon strike down.
"Alright, Naruto. That's enough for today. Why don't we go to Ichiraku for dinner since your mother is sleeping the day away!?" Jiraiya suggested.
"Sure dad! I almost have the exploding dragon strike down anyways. I doubt my team and I will be going on any C rank missions anytime soon." Naruto said as they put their shinobi sandals on and left the house.
As they're walking through the village, some of the villagers greeted Jiraiya. Naruto couldn't help, but think how cool his parents were.
"So dad, if we take the Chunin exams this year and I make it to the finals. Will you teach me a powerful ninjutsu?" Naruto asked out of curiosity.
"Naruto, if your team is allowed to participate and you make it to the finals, I'll try to teach you the Rasengan," Jiraiya said
"You promise?" Naruto said
"Yes," Jiraiya said as he started to pull the flaps away to enter Ichiraku. They both walked to the bar and greeted Teuchi and Ayame.
"Hey Teuchi and Ayame! How are you both doing?" Jiraiya asked.
"Hey Master Jiraiya! We're doing good! I see you brought Naruto with you. I'm assuming Lady Tsunade is busy?" Teuchi asked.
"Yeah Sarutobi-sensei really had her busy today helping him and also working at the hospital if they needed her. She's sleeping at home." Jiraiya said.
"Ah, I see. I'll make her a take-out order for you to bring back to her." Teuchi said.
"Thanks, that's much appreciated. I don't want to be on the receiving end of a hangry Tsunade," Jiraiya said, making Naruto, Teuchi, and Ayame laugh.
"How are you Naruto? How's the team training and missions going?" Teuchi asked
"I'm doing good old man, and everything is going good except for the boring D rank missions unfortunately," Naruto said.
"Well that's expected, I doubt you guys are ready for tougher missions. I'm assuming you two want your usual Miso Pork?" Teuchi said.
Naruto and Jiraiya nodded. They ended up staying there for almost two hours enjoying their time with the Ichiraku family. They paid and went home to end their day.
(A couple of weeks later)
Naruto just got home early from a D rank mission, rescuing that stupid cat again with his team. Since it ended early, he knew that Sakura would be stopping by to practice on taijutsu, and Shino was going home to work with his bugs.
He was wondering where his mother was since she wasn't in the Hokage office when they returned. He walked into the living room, and the answer to his question was right in front of him, he saw his mom was home early.
"Mom, what are you doing home this early?" Naruto asked.
"We're going to do some chakra control training today. I made sure gramps let me out early today to help you work on it a bit." Tsunade said.
"I want to let you know before we start, Sakura-chan is coming over later to work on her taijutsu. So what should we do today? I've already got walking on trees and water down. I also was able to do the leaf concentration chakra control training at the academy." Naruto told her.
"Today, we're going to do a variation of the leaf concentration chakra control training, but instead of a leaf, we'll use a rock instead. You'll have to use more chakra and the right amount of control to keep it on your forehead. Once you master that, the next training will be you learning to run up walls that are wet, running on the water with waves, and last but not least we'll use a water balloon where you have to manipulate the direction the water is going without having it explode." Tsunade told him.
'The water balloon exercise is going to help you out more than you realize Naruto. When Jiraiya starts training you on the Rasengan, you'll understand more,' Tsunade thought to herself.
"Okay mom, shall we head outside then?" Naruto asked.
Tsunade nodded her head, and they headed outside. Tsunade walked up to Naruto and handed him a small-sized rock.
"Alright, Naruto-kun. Just like the leaf concentration, put that rock in the middle of your forehead and do your best to keep it there with your chakra," Tsunade said.
"Okay mom," Naruto said, putting the rock on his forehead, focusing his chakra on to the point where the rock touches his forehead.
After an hour or so while Naruto was practicing, Jiraiya walked out to watch him train. "Tsunade, how's it going with his chakra control?"
"Well, it was rough in the beginning, but he's starting to make a lot of progress on it. I think he might have it down in a couple of hours, but I need to talk to you real quick about an exercise I'm going to have him do. Naruto-kun, your dad, and I need to discuss something inside real quick. You almost have it down, keep at it." Tsunade said, leading Jiraiya into the living room.
"Okay, Tsunade what did you want to ask me?" Jiraiya asked.
"So, this is actually going to help you in the long run once you start teaching him the Rasengan. One of my exercises, I'm going to have Naruto-kun do is to manipulate water in a balloon. He's going to have to move the water in the balloon in different directions with his chakra. This will eventually hopefully help him down the line when you have him use the rubber ball exercise for the Rasengan. I hope you don't mind me doing this." Tsunade said
Jiraiya gave it some thought, "That's fine, he needs to learn better chakra control especially if he wants to use the Rasengan with one hand. I'm okay with this."
"Thank you, I already told him we're going to do this exercise, but if you weren't okay with it I would have thought of a different exercise," Tsunade said, then giving Jiraiya a hug and then giving him a kiss on the lips.
"You're welcome, you really don't have to ask me. I'm going to back whatever chakra control exercise you have him do" Jiraiya said, going in for a longer kiss.
"Thank you again for always listening to me and having my back with my decisions on our son. I should head back out there." Tsunade said, giving him one more quick kiss.
After another hour of working on his chakra control, "Naruto-kun, that's enough. You have taijutsu training today with Sakura. You need to make sure you aren't too tired from it."
Tsunade and Naruto both enter the living room just to hear someone knocking on the front door.
"Naruto-kun you can wait in the living room, I'll go let Sakura in," Tsunade said.
Tsunade walked to the front door and opened it. She saw Sakura wearing her usual red qipao dress with green biker shorts.
"Hello, Sakura, welcome! Come in!" Tsunade said to a timid Sakura.
"Thank you, Lady Tsunade," Sakura said bowing.
"How are you, Sakura? Naruto-kun informed me you'll be practicing taijutsu with him until Kurenai finds you three a taijutsu instructor?" Tsunade said.
"Yes, Lady Tsunade. She hasn't found anyone yet, and this is the first day Naruto is assisting me with my taijutsu until Kurenai-sensei gets us an instructor," Sakura said, following Tsunade into the living room.
"If I could instruct you three myself, I would, but I'm unfortunately busy with a lot of work that Lord Hokage has me doing," Tsunade said.
Sakura looked at Tsunade in shock, 'I couldn't even imagine Lady Tsunade being our instructor on taijutsu. Maybe one day I can convince her to take me as her apprentice'
"Hey, Sakura-chan! Welcome to my home!" Naruto said.
"Thank you, Naruto. And thank you, Lady Tsunade, for letting me come here to train with Naruto," Sakura said.
"No problem, Sakura. I'll come outside a little later to see how it's going, and bring you two some snacks," Tsunade said.
"This way Sakura-chan, and thank you, mom!" Naruto said, leading Sakura out to their backyard.
Sakura was in shock at how big their backyard was. It's pretty much a personal training ground, but just not as big.
"Naruto, I didn't know your family pretty much had their own training ground?" Sakura said
"Well, my dad and mom used to train together a lot when I was younger from what they told me, but now they're going to be assisting me at times with my chakra control, and then with fuinjutsu," Naruto said.
"Anyways Sakura-chan, we'll start with your stance and then I'll let you come at me and see if you can land a hit," Naruto said
Sakura got into her stance, and Naruto walked up and fixed the little things that he saw from what he could remember from the academy books and training.
Sakura started to blush slightly with Naruto being close to her, 'What is going on right now? Why am I blushing like this? I like Sasuke-kun'
'What's wrong with Naruto? He's cute, strong, and he isn't an idiot? It's not like Sasuke-kun is paying attention to us' Inner Sakura said
'Inner, not now! I don't like Naruto like that.' Sakura said to inner.
'Are you dumb? Whatever you say there. Keep hiding your feeling for Naruto, and keep going after the stubborn Uchiha' Inner said
'Listen Inner, I'm not arguing with you about this right now okay?' Sakura said to her inner personality and went back to focusing on training with Naruto.
After working on Sakura's stance for another thirty minutes, Naruto felt her stance was good now and they could start sparring.
"Okay Sakura-chan, I think we can start sparring now if you're ready," Naruto said with a toothy smile.
"If you think I'm ready Naruto then sure let's spar," Sakura said
"Okay Sakura come at me," Naruto said
After some time has gone by with them sparring, Naruto stops the session for a brief minute.
"Sakura, you're too stiff when it comes to taijutsu. Just need to let everything go with the flow and not think about what you're going to do next. Just let your body decide what to do next." Naruto said
"Okay, Naruto," Sakura said.
"Now let's go again," Naruto said.
After a few exchanges, Naruto could tell that Sakura was starting to improve. While he was blocking her attacks, Naruto couldn't help, but get distracted by how beautiful Sakura was.
Sakura could tell Naruto was distracted by something and took the opportunity to get an advantage on him. Sakura went in for a hip toss.
Naruto was caught off guard and wasn't expecting Sakura to do that. He grabbed one of her arms when she was doing the hip toss.
From the momentum of her toss and Naruto grabbing on to her arm, they both went to the ground with Naruto somehow landing on top of her and their faces only a couple of inches apart.
They both look each other in the eyes and both start blushing. Naruto gets up quickly and then helps Sakura up.
"Sorry about that Sakura-chan," Naruto said, putting his hand behind his hand and looking away.
"It's okay Naruto, I wasn't expecting you to be able to counter that with you being distracted and all. What were you thinking about Naruto?" Sakura asked
"Oh, it was nothing at all," Naruto said hastily, still not looking at Sakura.
"Naruto, you're lying to me! It's okay to tell me," Sakura said.
Naruto turned his head to look at her, "I was just thinking how beautiful you are…"
Sakura looked at Naruto with shock. She started to blush and swear she could hear Inner telling her that she told her so.
"Naruto, it's getting late I think I should head home," Sakura said.
"Okay Sakura-chan," Naruto said.
They walk inside and see Tsunade in the kitchen finishing dinner and Jiraiya at the table writing in his notebook.
"Hey, you two! Dinner is almost ready. You're more than welcome to join us if you like, Sakura." Tsunade offered.
"No thank you, Lady Tsunade. I should really be heading home," Sakura said, heading to the front door.
"Okay, well whenever you come over again, you're always welcome to dinner," Tsunade said.
"Thank you again," Sakura said bowing before putting on her sandals.
Naruto opened the front door letting Sakura out.
"Thanks for helping me today, Naruto. I really appreciate it." Sakura said.
"You're welcome Sakura-chan. And I'm sorry if my comment bothered you." Naruto said while looking at the ground.
"It's okay, Naruto. I'll be going now. See you tomorrow Naruto," Sakura said, turning and walking away.
"Bye Sakura-chan." Naruto said.
Kurenai was walking to the Dango shop. She finally discovered the perfect instructor for her students on taijutsu.
She walked into the shop and saw the person she was looking for sitting at the Dango shop bar table, that person was Anko Mitarashi.
Kurenai walked up to Anko, and sat next to her. "Hey Anko, I have a favor to ask you."
"What is it this time Kurenai?" Anko said, biting into a piece of Dango off the stick she was holding.
"I was wondering if you could instruct my students on taijutsu. You know I'm not the greatest at taijutsu, and I was hoping you would decide to train them for me in taijutsu." Kurenai said with a smile on her face.
"And why should I train your brats?" Anko said with a smirk on her face.
"Because we're friends, and I'll treat you to Dango for the next few weeks, but you also need to eat healthier too Anko," Kurenai said with a teasing tone.
Anko got a tick on her forehead, "And what are you trying to say Kurenai? That I'm getting fat?"
"Well, I mean if all you eat is Dango, what do you really expect to happen?" Kurenai said, keeping a smile on her face.
"Ugh, you're so annoying Kurenai. Fine, I'll help your brats out. Who are they anyway? Any promising talent on your team?" Anko asked.
"Well, I have Shino Aburame who could use some help with his taijutsu, Sakura Haruno who's very intelligent but has self-confidence issues and didn't take the academy training seriously, and then I have Naruto Uzumaki," Kurenai said.
"You have Lady Tsunade's, and Master Jiraiya's son on your team? Does he even need training?" Anko asked.
"Actually, they didn't really personally train him. They only assisted him here and there. They didn't want to hold his hand with everything. Lady Tsunade is helping him with chakra control outside our training and mission, and Master Jiraiya is teaching the kid fuinjutsu." Kurenai informed her.
"Lady Tsunade only helped train him on the basics of taijutsu so he wouldn't lose to Sasuke Uchiha during one the ranking test while they were in the academy," Kurenai said.
"I thought you originally wanted a tracking team? What changed your mind?" Anko asked.
"Well, I just happened to run into Naruto during the graduation exam. We had ramen together, and I got to know him better. Did you know some people still treated him poorly because he's the jinchuriki? Even when they found out who his adopted parents were, they still treated him badly." Kurenai said with a depressed look on her face.
Anko looked slightly angry, "Those idiot villagers, Naruto should be looked at as a hero, and not as a demon. Alright Kurenai, I'll meet your genin tomorrow and introduce myself."
"Thank Anko, I greatly appreciate you doing this. I'll see you tomorrow then" Kurenai said, getting up and leaving to go home.
The next day Naruto arrived at the training field seeing his teammates Sakura, and Shino waiting for their sensei.
"Hey guys, is Kurenai-sensei here yet?" Naruto asked
"Nope, not yet Naruto. I wonder if she found us an instructor yet?" Sakura asked
Shino just stood there in silence listening to his teammate's talk. Shino saw Kurenai walking over to them, "Sensei is right there."
"Hello you three, before introducing you to your taijutsu instructor, Sakura, you'll be starting genjutsu training with me before taijutsu training. Learning genjutsu will benefit you greatly and help place traps on enemy shinobi." Kurenai told her
"Yes, sensei! I'll do my best" Sakura said
"Okay now to intro…" as Kurenai was about to finish introducing them to the taijutsu instructor, a puff of smoke appeared next to Kurenai.
"Hello, brats! I'm going to be your taijutsu instructor, my name is Anko Mitarashi. I'm a Jonin, and I love Dango!" Anko said with a cheeky smile.
Naruto couldn't help but think how cool Anko was when she appeared.
"Ugh, Anko, why do you have to always go over the top with entrances," Kurenai said while facepalming.
"Anyways, as she said, she's going to be your taijutsu instructor. Anko used to be an apprentice of one of the legendary sannin, Orochimaru." Kurenai said.
"Don't you bring him up around me Kurenai, that bastard can rot in hell for all I care," Anko said.
"Well you three, I'm gonna let you get acquainted with Anko. When you're done taijutsu training, take the rest of the day off… You'll probably need it…" Kurenai said as she shunshin away.
"Alright brats, I'm going to see where you all stand with taijutsu and decide what I think you all need to work on and how to improve," Anko said.
After about an hour testing them on their taijutsu, Anko has decided on what they all need to work on.
'Okay… Sakura needs to improve significantly, her reaction time is slow, and she's slow at throwing punches and kicks… but they all are slow at though, so I'll have them all wear weights to improve on that front. Now Shino isn't bad but is weak so the weights will definitely help him increase strength. Naruto's taijutsu is fine but is slow like the rest of them. Now the last thing they need besides field experience is conditioning' Anko thought
"Okay Sakura, I'm going to be honest with you, you'll need the most work out of the group, but that's fine. Shino, your taijutsu isn't bad, but you're weak. It's okay though I know how to fix that. Naruto, your taijutsu is actually pretty good for Genin, but that isn't surprising considering who your mom is but you're too slow you all are."
"Now besides you brats being weak, it's your conditioning that is really bad. After every taijutsu training session, I'm going to have you guys running five laps around the village. When that gets too easy I'm bumping up to ten laps and so on. Now to improve your fighting speed and strength, you three will be wearing weights from here on out, I'll increase the weight when I think you're getting too comfortable. I'm not going to be going easy on you brats so by the time I'm officially done with you. You won't need to worry about how your taijutsu is, and maybe if you guys do well enough Kurenai might think about signing you three up for the Chunin exams" Anko said.
Anko walked up to them and put the weights on them, and then activated the weights.
Naruto, Sakura, and Shino almost fell to the ground with an amount of weight the weights applied to them.
"What the hell Anko-sensei, how much weight is this!?" Naruto yelled.
Anko laughed, "Hahaha. Don't worry about that brats! Once you get even comfortable with the weights, they'll get even heavier!"
"Alright, since you guys won't be able to do any taijutsu practice until you get used to these weights, go run your laps around the village!" Anko said laughing.
Team eight very slowly started walking to leave the training ground to go on there "run" around the village. They barely can even walk let alone run.
"How does that crazy woman expect us to run with this much weight?" Naruto complained
"I don't know, Naruto, but it will make us stronger and faster in the long run." Shino said.
Sakura looked at them both, "We need this guys, and I definitely need this to improve and catch up to you guys. We can do this as a team."
Shino and Naruto couldn't help but smile. They both know she needs this more than them, but they're a team and need to do this together.
"Yeah lets do this Sakura-chan" Naruto said and they all tried their best to pick up the pace.
Anko looked at her trainee's and couldn't help but smile a little. 'Well Kurenai, looks like you got a good group of Genin. I'll do my best to train them.'
While Team Eight went on their run around the village. What they didn't know is they'll be going on their first C rank mission very soon.
Well everyone this is Chapter two. I know it took about a month to get this chapter out so I do apologize for how long this took. To be honest with you guys it's a wicked long chapter and a lot of information in it. I do apologize there really isn't much team training in this, but there will be team training coming. If I did team training in this chapter, I honestly don't know how long this chapter would have been. I hope you enjoyed the little NaruSaku moment. Don't worry I have a plan set up for Sakura to show she still loves Sasuke or still has that dumb fucking crush on him. Like I said before, I don't plan on doing any bashing in my fic. If it does happen, it wasn't intentional.
Now, I know it's cliche to have them have weights on them to make them stronger and faster, but honestly, I don't mind using them. They'll eventually probably move to resistance seals since Naruto is learning fuinjutsu. Now since Naruto is learning a C rank fuinjutsu I'm going to have to change up his attire a little for him to have his scrolls on him.
The genjutsu Naruto was put in will eventually be discussed later on, I already have the scene planned in my head, but it won't happen for a long time tbh
Anyways I hope you guys enjoyed this chapter. I'm sorry once again for it taking so long to come out. I have been having a lot of trouble sleeping the past two weeks, and with fighting depression it makes you unmotivated to really do anything. I had crippling depression when I used to live in Florida, and since moving back home to the North, I finally found happiness again, but depression just doesn't leave. So with that said, think twice before leaving a nasty review, because you don't know what a writer could be battling, soooo please think twice.
Leave a review (if you got nothing nice to say, I politely ask you to leave. If you don't like my story and have nothing nice to say, then don't say it. You're the reason why a lot of fic writers leave or abandon stories people actually enjoy. It's 2020, be excellent to each other dudes and party on), favorite, follow.
Also real quick, if you think me being harsh on authors note to have you not be fucking toxic is childish, then I'm assuming you are someone who puts nasty reviews for no reason on other stories.
A Guest review actually pointed out a very obvious mistake I made, and fixed it. (It was when Sakura is talking to her inner personality. I had Sakura say she doubts Naruto still has feelings for her. In my mind I was having Sakura say that to herself because how she's been treating Naruto as of late, but me being a dumbass also wrote how Naruto has been helping her and complimenting her. So I went back and fixed it! Thank you guest review for pointing that out to me!)