Disclaimer: I do not own Naruto, nor will I ever own him

Pairings: SasuNaru and maybe some others

Warnings: Shonen ai, extensive violence and lots of blood.

Summary: When someone takes the Kyubi no Kitsune from Naruto… the weirdest thing happens… he becomes stuck in a female form, similar to his Sexy no Jutsu. Forced to keep it a secret that he's stuck as a female, he takes on a new personality – all the while contemplating the choice that could change his life forever. With the Kitsune gone, and him in a different form – people are nice to him. Does he really want to be 'Naruto' again?

Title: Hybrid Theory
Chapter One: Papercut

It had started out as every other day had started out for Uzumaki Naruto's entire life. He would wake up, yawn and look out the window, admiring the way the clouds wafted lazily across the sky for a few minutes before actually getting up. He would then make his way out to the kitchen area of his apartment and get out a box of Fruit Loops before pouring himself a bowl and tiredly eating eat whilst he woke up. After that, he would take a shower and put on his BRIGHT orange jumpsuit. Stretching out the kinks in his muscles, he was finally ready to start the day.

Naruto jumped out of the door, grin in place on his tanned face. His bright blue eyes were squinted in the harsh sunlight as he made his way to the bright red bridge that he met the rest of his team at.

He was there first, which was strange. Shrugging it off, he found himself a relatively comfortable spot on the bank of the river, waiting for the rest of Team Seven to make an appearance. After a half an hour of waiting, he wondered whether or not they were coming and was starting to become worried. Something wasn't right. His senses were on alert, trying to figure out what was happening here.

Why does it feel like night today?
Something in here's not right today
Why am I so uptight today?
Paranoia's all I got left

When five shuriken came sailing towards him, Naruto easily dodged them. He whirled, looking at the forest that was a few meters off of the river. The shuriken had come from within the trees that stared at him. He just didn't know exactly where.

An old man limped out of the forest. He wore long, billowing, black robes. Naruto was wary of his presence, but figured that the man was just a normal old geezer.

"Oi! Jii-san, what are you doing out here?" he called.

The old man turned towards him. He squinted for a moment before pulling out large bifocals, which magnified his brown eyes to a hundred times their normal size.

"Who's there?" he asked. His voice was worn out and raspy.

"Uzumaki Naruto, at your service, Jii-san!" the blonde answered. If Sasuke and the others weren't showing up, Naruto wondered why he should stay here.

"Ah, Naruto-kun, could you come and help an old man," the man said.

Naruto nodded and made his way over to the man. Before he got there, however, several shadows appeared around him. One kneed him in the ribcage whilst another grabbed his armed. A third kicked Naruto repeatedly in the stomach whilst Naruto struggled to get free of the man's grasp.

"Now, now, Naruto-kun," the old man said. He was looking more and more evil every time Naruto looked at him and the blonde wasn't entirely sure why. He struggled violently, trying anything to get free. Another shinobi in the group punched the boy in the gut. Whoever was holding him let him go.

The boy fell to the ground, but before he could get up, two men had pinned him down by his wrists and ankles.

"GET OFF OF ME!" Naruto yelled.

The old man had stepped forward. He lifted the boy's shirt, so that the seal on his stomach was in clear view.

"Not until the Kyubi no Kitsune is in our possession," the old man said. Naruto looked at him with a shocked expression on his face.

I don't know what stressed me first
Or how the pressure was fed / but
I know just what it feels like
To have a voice in the back of my head

"How the fuck do you plan on doing that?" he yelled.

The man didn't answer. He was performing complex seals with his hands above a weird casket that had several different strange markings on it. Before Naruto could ask his question again, the man had complete the seals and had brought both of his hands on the blonde's stomach.

A searing pain filled the young boy as he felt the seal on his stomach unleashed. He thrashed violently, trying to break free and get away from all of this pain. A white light, lined with red and blue began to form at the boy's stomach and his head was exploding with fire. He couldn't keep his eyes focused and began to see double. In the back of his mind, he heard a voice that he had only heard once or twice in his life. The voice of the Demon Fox.

It's like a face that I hold inside
A face that awakes when I close my eyes
A face watches every time I lie
A face that laughs every time I fall
(And watches everything)

Are you just going to let them take me, brat?the voice growled. Naruto could hear the pain that it was feeling. As unconsciousness fell, he found himself in front of the sealed gate, although the entire image was becoming fuzzy and blurry.

"Is there anything else I can do?" Naruto spat. "It's not like I wanted to be with you to begin with, but there's nothing I can do. I tried to fight, but there were more of them than I could handle!"

So that's it, then, huh?Kyubi said. She seemed kind of sad. ((Kyuubi-chan note: The Kyubi is female in this fic. I don't know why… maybe y'all'll understand in later chapters.))

"Gomen ne, Kyubi," Naruto murmured. He felt as though he was losing his best friend, though he didn't know why. He didn't have any friends – but Kyubi had always been there for him. She had always dried his tears when he was smaller, even though he didn't realize that she did.

I suppose its all rightKyubi told him. She walked through the bars of the cage, as it had become dissipated enough not to be able to hold her in. Leaning down, she gave Naruto a careful lick on his forehead. If you chose to follow me, you'll be able to feel whether I am near or not. No one else will – but you will.And then she was gone.

Naruto curled up in the darkness that remained and looked at his hand. There was something on it. Water.

Was Kyubi crying?

So I know that when it's time to sink or swim
That the face inside is hearing me / right beneath my skin
It's like I'm / paranoid lookin' over my back
It's like a / whirlwind inside of my head
It's like I / can't stop what I'm hearing within
It's like the face inside is right beneath my skin

As soon as the group had the fox sealed within the casket, they left the unconscious boy where he was. They didn't care if he was breathing or not, just as long as the fox demon remained unharmed, they really didn't care.

(((In Another Place)))

"Ne… Kakashi-sensei?" Sakura asked her sensei as they sat at the bridge. "Where's Naruto?"

"If I knew that, he would be here, not wherever he is," Kakashi replied dryly. He closed his eyes, trying to sense the boy's chakra. It was faint – but not in a distance way. It was more of a life-or-death faint.

Something's wrong, he thought to himself as he sat on the top of the bridge, like he normally did. The blonde never missed training. He had come a few times when he was sick and then had to be carried home when he fainted twenty minutes later, but he had come.

The fact that he had not come worried Kakashi greatly, although he didn't show it.

"Sasuke," he murmured the name of the stoic boy in a demanding tone. The said boy looked up at his teacher, his expression unreadable. Kakashi stared back through his one eye. "Go check Naruto's apartment and be back here in ten minutes."

Sasuke nodded, not saying a word as he went off to search for his rival in the apartment his rival owned.

When he got there, he knew immediately that the boy wasn't going to be there. However, he still entered the open door and checked around the entire house. As he had originally guessed, there was no Naruto here.

He was on his way back to the bridge in order to report his findings – or lack there of – when he heard a groan to his right. It was low, almost inaudible, but Sasuke still followed it. In a clearing, not too far away from the bridge, he saw Naruto, unconscious and lying on his back. The boy's lips were blue and his skin was cold. Sasuke listened for a pulse and a heartbeat and was surprisingly relieved to find that he could hear both. They were faint – but they showed the boy was still alive.

Loading his rival onto his back, Sasuke made his way quickly to the bridge, to forewarn Kakashi and Sakura and then he would head to the hospital.

I know I've got a face in me
points out all the mistakes to me
You've got a face on the inside too and
Your paranoia's probably worse
I don't know what set me off first but I know what I can't stand

When he arrived at the bridge, Kakashi and Sakura looked at him and the fainted boy with surprise.

"Sasuke… what happened to him?" Kakashi asked, noticing the dead look in Naruto's face.

"I don't know… I'm gonna take him to the hospital."

"Allow me to do that."

Sasuke nodded as he handed the orange-clad boy to the jounin. With a faint POOF, both disappeared.

"Come on, Sakura," Sasuke said. He didn't want Sakura to get attacked as well. She followed him as he sprinted towards the hospital.

When they got to Konoha Hospital, they found that that was not where Kakashi had transported the boy at all. Sasuke gave an uncharacteristic yell of frustration and punched a wall – repeatedly. Sakura tried to stop him but he didn't listen and she couldn't pull him away from the wall without him turning and punching a different one.

It took three doctors, Sakura, two nurses and six security shinobi in order to finally get Sasuke out of the hospital. He was also told that he would have to pay for the numerous holes that had magically appeared in the walls due to his fists.

"Sasuke… kun," Sakura whispered. He didn't hear her.

Sasuke stuck his hands in his pockets and walked away. Not knowing what else to do, Sakura headed home. She was sure Sasuke could take care of himself and Naruto was being taken care of by Kakashi.

Everybody acts like the fact of the matter is
I can't add up to what you can but
Everybody has a face that they hold inside
A face that awakes when they close their eyes
A face watches every time they lie
A face that laughs every time they fall
(And watches everything)

Kakashi had gone straight to the current Hokage – who was none other than the medical genius, Tsunade. She was currently having a discussion with Jiraiya (the SUPER Pervert) when Kakashi appeared out of nowhere, holding the blonde.

"Sorry for interrupting," Kakashi said.

"Never mind that," Jiraiya growled as he stared at his student. "What happened to him?"

"We're not exactly sure," Kakashi answered softly.

Tsunade motioned for the Jounin to lay the boy down in front of her. When he did so, she inspected every part of him from head to toe. She stopped when she noticed something on his stomach.

"The seal?" Kakashi asked.

"Its missing," Tsunade replied softly. "Like it was never there."

"But he still has the whiskers…" Jiraiya mused, noticing the three black lines on either side of the boy's face.

"Maybe he's still linked to the Kitsune in some way…" Tsunade ventured a guess. "Don't take my word for it."

Fifteen minutes later, Tsunade finally had an analysis on Naruto's condition. "He'll live, but I want him to stay here for tonight. Go tell your other students not to worry," she told Kakashi.

The Jounin nodded. With one last glance to the now-sleeping genin, he disappeared.

The sun goes down
I feel the light betray me
It's like I'm / paranoid lookin' over my back
It's like a / whirlwind inside of my head
It's like I / can't stop what I'm hearing within
It's like the face inside is right beneath my skin
I feel the light betray me

Minna-san, just so you know. The jutsu that the old geezer performed is a new kind of jutsu. It's a forbidden technique because extracting a demon is not the smartest idea in the world. The old geezer and his corporation invented it, with some outside help. But I won't tell you who helped them yet. That's for a point later in the story.

If you didn't figure it out – the bridge that Naruto was at was part of a genjutsu (illusionary technique) so that's why Team Seven could be at the bridge and Naruto wasn't.