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A New Path

Chapter 1 : Reality

Synopsis : Naruto used to be able to stand it all, until the one person he trusted most, betrayed him. With only hate in his heart, Naruto makes a decision that will forever change his life and those around him.


Pairings : Main pairing will be Gaara x Naruto. A little bit of Sasuke x Naruto, along with maybe Kakashi x Iruka


WARNING : Contains Yaoi, in other words boy loves boy, don't like then don't read


Disclaimer : I do not own Naruto, but if I did there would definately be more shonen in it ()grins evily()


Timeline :

- This takes place after the Chuunin exam, although, Sasuke never went to join Orochimaru.

- Also, the fight between Sasuke and Naruto on the Hospital roof did occur.

- Important to have read up to Volume 20 of the manga Naruto


Jutsu List

- Sharingan : A pupil born technique, which allows the user to do to a large number of things. The Sharingan's first and most well known ability - is to memorize any technique that it is a witness to - as well as register the movements of opponents. Second, it is able to hypnotize the opponent, giving an advantage to the user. It can also suggest movements to the hypnotized brain, and 'see through; any illusionary techniques. Although it is a power jutsu, it absorbs chakra. The power of the Sharingan is judged through the amount of dots in the persons eye


Japanese Words

- baka = idiot -

- dobe = dead last -

- naruhodo = I see -

- sayonara = farewell –



'Thoughts' will be in italic

Change of place will be in bold

---- Example ---- This means a change of area within the same place.


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On the training grounds, three students waited for their teacher once more, but the mood in the air was thick, and tense. Sasuke and Naruto stayed away from each other and Sakura found herself worrying if the event on the hospital roof would happen again.


"Yo, I'm sorry for being late, this young lady lost her make-up and--" Kakashi started to explain.

"LIAR!" Yelled out both Naruto and Sakura, pointing their fingers at him.

"Aren't we energetic today?" Kakashi mused, fingering through his latest volume of Icha Icha Paradise.

"What's our mission?" Sasuke tersely asked. He wasn't in the mood for delays.

"We don't have one." Kakashi replied quickly.

"NANI?!" Naruto shrieked, outraged. All this time spent waiting, and no mission?!

"Due to the lack of teamwork lately, the new Hokage agreed to delay any missions for now." Kakashi informed his student, disappointment shining in his visible eye.

"The old hag said that!?" Naruto asked, too angry to be ashamed.

"For the last time, stop calling her that, Naruto." Kakashi scolded, frowning.

Naruto rubbed the back of his head as he gave a wide smile to his sensei, unabashed.

"If there are no missions I'm leaving." Sasuke gritted out as he moved to walk away.

"Sasuke, I never said you could go home." Kakashi drawled.

"Training, I usually don't mind, but don't expect me to do so with that loser." Sasuke replied as he turned around to face his sensei, glaring venomously at Naruto. The blond clenched his fists on the last word Sasuke placed in his phrase.

"I'm not a loser, you bastard!" Naruto shot back at his rival.

"You're not even worth my effort anymore, you moron," Sasuke sneered with a cold stare.

"Care to repeat that?" Naruto asked in what he thought was a menacing voice, but it came out as a petulant huff.

"You're not even worth my time. You. Moron." Sasuke drawled, repeating the words slowly, as if to a small child. "There, you got what you wanted. Happy?"

Naruto lost his already rapidly diminishing patience and charged towards Sasuke, fists raised. Sakura was stunned, remembering the event on the hospital roof.

Using his Sharingan, Sasuke easily countered every punch and evaded every kick Naruto tried to land on him. Kakashi waited on the sidelines, to see if something good could come out of it.

After a little while, Sasuke landed a blow to Naruto's stomach, as the boy fell to his knees. Sasuke above of Naruto with a frosty stare as Naruto tried to catch his breath, hand over stomach.

"I think that's enough for today, boys." Kakashi said, placing a warning hand on Sasuke's shoulder.

"Wasn't even worth my effort." Sasuke sneered again, as he started to walk away.

"What the hell is wrong with you, bastard?!" Naruto yelled after him, slowly getting to his feet.

"Time for you to wake up, moron. You really think you can become Hokage the way you are? You're shit. You're below shit. You're not worthy to be called a ninja!" Sasuke snarled, even as Sakura and Kakashi interrupted.

"Sasuke-kun!" Sakura gasped, shocked.

"Sasuke, that's enough." Kakashi warned, voice low and even. The boy shrugged Kakashi's hand off his shoulder as he took a step forward and looked straight into Naruto's eyes.

"The only reason you made it this far is sheer luck, and the fact that I have been there to pull you ass out of the fire. Sorry to shatter your dream, you dimwit. To be Hokage, you must be the best, and you are truly the worst shinobi I've ever seen. Quit, make a smart decision, for once in your life." Sasuke growled to the blonde, his tone and expression icy.

Naruto looked too infuriated for words, glaring murderously at Sasuke as he stood up and turned his back to Sasuke as he spoke, thinly veiled rage behind each proud word.

"I never give up, and you think I'm about to start because of what a bastard like you just said? Ha!" Naruto snorted, walking away. Sasuke's next words, however, stopped him cold.

"Maybe that's the reason your parents dumped you in a ditch to begin with. Because they knew what a failure you'd be, and they wanted nothing to with it! Wanted nothing to do with the... thing... they'd spawned." Sasuke bit out, cruel smirk on his face.

Naruto stood, frozen, his back to them all.

Sakura and Kakashi were stunned by the transformation of Sasuke, and the baseless hatred in his eyes.

"Y-you didn't mean that, right? Right, Sasuke-kun?" Sakura asked, unsure, with tears in her eyes. How was this Sasuke?

"I'm just bringing that dobe back down to what normal people call reality," Sasuke replied, smirk never leaving his face.

"Naruhodo ..." Naruto said, unfreezing, continuing to walk away. His voice betrayed nothing, but his stride was stiff, and jerked slightly.

As Naruto slowly vanished from sight, Sakura seemed unsure of what to do, so she walked home, deep in thought. Kakashi stared at his dark-haired student, face unreadable.

'Things seem to have gotten bad...' Kakashi thought to himself, 'And this it's going to get worse, before it gets better... If it's going to get better...' Those dark thoughts going through his head, he left the training grounds.

'He... didn't come back for a fight?' Sasuke thought, bemused. Heaving a perplexed sigh, he too, left for home.


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Konoha Streets

Walking towards his house, Naruto received the usual cold stare from the village adults. He was use to it, but with what happened a few minutes ago, it was irritating, hurting, him worse than ever. Between the adults, whispers could be heard, as Naruto stopped walking and gave them a very frigid glare.

"We're not scared of you, Demon!" Some face in the crowd spat, the other nodding.

"Maybe you should start to be," Naruto drawled, clenching his fists.

"A threat? You're in no place to, Demon. We could easily kill you, right where you stand!" One villager shouted.

"You should have killed each other, a fight between demons, then life would be more enjoyable. A world without you, or that creature of the sand. Two demons dead, but no humans!" Another agreed, snickering nastily. They began to shout among themselves, voices clashing.

"Whatever." Naruto replied tonelessly walking into his apartment and slamming the door.


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Inside Naruto's Apartment

Naruto looked at himself in the mirror, pouring water over his face, to try and physically cool himself down. He stared at himself for a long time, until his fist suddenly connected with the mirror and shattered into pieces. Punching the glass, Naruto had several cuts on his hand, and he watched as they started to heal.

"Even if I wanted to die, with him inside me, it couldn't happen." Naruto said bitterly, collapsing onto the bed.

Naruto stared at his ceiling for several hours as the words Sasuke said to him earlier repeated in his head over and over, like a twisted mantra. Naruto looked over his shoulder to his night-stand, the clock reading midnight already.

"Why do I keep doing this? After all, the only one who ever cared was Iruka- sensei, but even then, he's never around. Loneliness is all I've ever known... The only time I didn't feel alone was when I met him..." He said, his voice dropping to a whisper. "Gaara of the Sand..." Naruto mumbled to himself.

He sat up on at the end of his bed, looking at his hands.

"Maybe... maybe it's time for Uzumaki Naruto to listen to what the others say." Naruto muttered as he ripped the necklace that Tsunade-baba had given to him off his neck.

Naruto stood up as he threw it onto the bed. He grabbed his backpack, and as quickly as possible filled it up with some clothes, a few scrolls, kunais, and shurikens. After half an hour of packing, Naruto took one last glance at his apartment. He felt a weight on his head, and remembered that he was still wearing the Konoha forehead protector. Naruto untied it and looked carefully at it. He smiled mirthlessly.

"I was so proud of myself when I got this, but in the end, it's only a meaningless piece of metal and cloth." Naruto spat in disgust, throwing it to the ground.

Naruto hefted his backpack and shut the lights, leaving his apartment.


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Konoha's entrance gate

Naruto had reached without any trouble the gates that led out of the Village. As Naruto prepared to walked through them, two Ninjas stepped before him, blocking his way.

"And where do you think you're going?" A tall ninja demanded.

"Away from this forsaken village" Naruto answered coldly, glaring.

"Do you have papers showing you have the right to?" Asked the second ninja.

"Hai. Right behind you." Naruto answered as he pointed past ninjas.

Both Ninjas looked at each other not understanding the boy answer. They turned around to see two more Narutos and both simultaneously lashed out, kicking the ninjas in the stomach hard, so they would lose consciousness.

"I never thought that they would actually stop this demon from leaving their Village." Naruto thought aloud, snorting in amusement. His two clones dissipated into smoke as Naruto finally crossed the gates and entered the forest.

"Sayonara, to everyone, and to my past," Naruto smiled wistfully as he walked towards the forest.

Naruto entered the forest with only one thought in mind. He wanted to start a new life, where he wouldn't be stared at and associated with Kyuubi.

"My past has now been buried, and my new life begins now," Naruto said solemnly as he looked at the great trees surrounding him.

That night, Naruto put behind him the village that tormented him since he was born, along with the people he believed at one time were his friends. He needed to forget them. Most of all, he needed to forget the one person that had hurt him the most.

Uchiha Sasuke.

As he walked through the darkness of the forest, Naruto never looked back, and he vanished within the shadows.



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Well I had this idea in my head for a while and decided to write it down, even though I have like 3 fics already to update weekly lol. Oh well I hope you people will like this because it will get better.

I know maybe Sasuke was a bit OOC and sorry about that, but I had to find a way for Naruto to finally leave the Village and start a new life.

This fic will have very soon Naruto x Gaara, since they will be my main pairing in this one. I haven't seen so many on this pairing so I'm giving it a shot, so please be nice to me!!!


Next Chapter : Lost and Found

Konoha Village realizes that Naruto is gone! And in the forest, Naruto meets someone unexpected.


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The more REVIEWS I get the more likely I'll write a next chapter sooner, sicne I'm concentrating on my other three fics first