Title: The Transformation

Pairing: Not confirmed yet, open for suggestions

Rating: PG-13 - R

Summary: Naruto leaves the Leaf because his seal is weakening. No one knows where he went or what he's been doing over the years. Now 5 years later, Naruto returns to leaf completely different but in what sense???

Disclaimer: I don't own Naruto this is merely for entertainment purposes.

A/N: This is my second attempt at this story. The plot will basically be the same, but some events maybe be changed.

'Italic' Thoughts

"…." Speech

CHAPTER ONE

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The sky was tinted with crimson rays as the sun slowly descended to the will of the night, bringing forth darkness. A lone figure perched on a branch of a tree overlooking the gates of Konoha. Nothing seemed to have changed, the gates stood tall despite everything it had been through.

The guards stationed at the gates shifted slightly as the stranger approached. It was always common for spies to sneak in when it was nearing dusk, especially in times such as these, with missing-nin becoming more prevalent, Orochimaru and Akatsuki still on the loose. It was always better to be careful than sorry.

"Halt. Who are you? State your grounds for entering Konoha."

"Who I am is of no importance to you. I've just completed my long-term mission and would like to see the Hokage to submit my report as soon as possible. Now I would really appreciate it if you would be so kind as to move aside so that I can pass through." the stranger stated dripping with distaste.

"How can we be sure that you are who you claimed to be? For all we know you may be a spy or a missing-nin. We would require some identification before we could allow you to pass through the gates." the jounin replied.

The stranger took out a pass and a scroll and handed over to the guards. The contents in the scroll and the pass were more than sufficient to confirm that that the stranger in front of them was a fellow leaf shinobi.

"I'm sorry but in times such as these no one can afford to take things lightly, I hope you do understand. Here are your things, welcome back." the guard said, slightly embarrassed and bowed slightly while the other guard went to open the gate.

With that the stranger disappeared into the inky darkness.

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The feeling of being home assaulted the person's senses causing a small smile to form on the face of the stranger as he strolled into the heart of Konoha. His smile widened a slight bit as he take in the familiar sights, Orochimaru's invasion five years ago had not left any lasting effects on either the building or the economy. He was heading towards the Hokage tower with one thought in his mind, 'Guess I should inform the old hag first that I'm back before heading over to Ichiraku. Oh… I can't wait to sink my teeth into a huge bowl of miso ramen. Just thinking about it makes my mouth water…'

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Tsunade was sleeping behind piles of paperwork stacked on her desk that was threatening to topple over. The paperwork however was able to shield her from view giving the illusion that she may just working. She woke up shortly after sensing someone familiar and smiled at the person that was hidden in the shadows.

"Naruto! You're back! Oh, it's been so long!" The person stepped out of the shadows allowing the Hokage to have a better look.

"Tsunade-baba! You're suffocating me!"

She released him reluctantly but held him by the shoulders to allow her to have a better glance at him which caused her to gasp. The teenager in front of her was nothing of the Naruto she knew 5 years ago.

Gone was the simple-minded looking brat with the messiest blond mop of hair that resembles a bird nest and the dumbest grin plastered on his face. The man in front of her radiated a sense of tranquility and confidence that strangely reminded her of Yondaime. His cerulean blue eyes resembled the cloudless afternoon sky while his thick, straight blond hair was worn in a fashionable style. Although he had grown taller, he was still shorter than most guys his age. Added to his slender build, he was almost effeminate that one might just think that he was more of a she from the back.

Tsunade couldn't help but stared at this whole new Naruto. 'Something seems to be amiss though, but I can't seem to place a finger on it.' She shrugged thinking what ever it was could wait. Now the most important matter was to find out what happen over these 5 years.

"What the hell happened? After that note stating you're fine, there was completely no news from you since three years ago even Jiraiya didn't know what's going on with you ever since both of you were separated. You could have spared a few moments to tell me how you were coming along, brat." She screamed then pulled back to smack Naruto over the head hard.

"Ow! You didn't have to hit me that hard you know!" He protested, nursing his throbbing head.

"First thing first, is the problem solved?"

"Yeah, duh why did you think I came back for? Anyway I've to tell you something beforehand and promise me you won't freak out."

She nodded knowing probably what he was about to say before allowing Naruto to continue.

"You know that the Fourth sealed the Kyuubi in me right? But what the rest didn't know was that after it was sealed in me, Kyuubi actually altered my body into a girl to accommodate him…"

----FLASHBACK----

The Fourth had just sacrificed his life by sealing the nine-tailed fox demon into the newborn, hoping that the people would see his babe as a hero who was sacrificed to contain the Kyuubi in turn saving the village from being destroyed.

However, things never seemed to go the way people wanted. For instance, the newborn had just transformed into a girl!!! The third and the other two sennins could only stare at the bundle that was once a boy. After a moment silence, the blond female sennin finally spoke, "I think I can explain the situation here." The other two could only nodded signalling her to continue.

"I remembered that my sensei once told me that everything in life must have an equal balance of Yin and Yang. The Yin and Yang represents all the opposite principles one would find in the universe. Yang is the principles of maleness, the sun, creation, heat, light, Heaven and dominance while Yin is the principles of femaleness, the moon, completion, cold, darkness, material forms and submission.

If one is stronger then the other, the balance will be disrupted and nature being the core of balance will correct whatever mistake that has been made. As you can see, the Kyuubi that has been sealed was a male while the baby…was a boy. The balance was disrupted when Kyuubi was sealed causing an increase in Yang than Yin. Therefore in order to correct this mistake, nature had transformed the child here into a girl in for the balance to be restored.

However most often people would die or go insane before the transformation is completed. Only people with the blood are able to survive the change as it does great damage to both demon and host. I guess this was the reason why the Fourth chose his son knowing that he would survive the fate of insanity."

The younger of the two men that had been listening spoke solemnly, "You two should know as well as I do that the villagers knew that the baby chosen was a boy but now given this new situation. I think it is best for everyone if we seal her in a boy form until a time when she is ready to protect herself by then she would be able to release the seal herself…."

"Yes. Who knows what will happen if the villagers were to find out that the Kyuubi holder is a girl. I'll do the jutsu, this secret will only be known to the three of us not even Naruto is allowed to know." The Third said sadly, knowing fully that the villager would never see this baby as the hero her father had wanted.

----END OF FLASBACK----

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'Seventeen years, this secret has always been on my mind. I can't recall the number of times I almost slip up and told him what exactly happened that night, the secret that only the Third, Jiraiya and I know about….'

"Tsunade-baba!!! Tsunade-baba are you listening?" Naruto pouted, pissed that the old hag was off in her own world while he was explaining.

"Huh… Yeah I've been listening, and STOP calling me a baba!"

"As I was saying, I found someone who could strengthen the seal for me three years ago. And by doing so, I learnt of my truesexuality." Naruto lifted his shirt allowing the Fifth to see the seal over his stomach.

The first thing the Fifth noticed was that the seal was no longer flat on his abdomen when Naruto exerted his chakra to the area, it was now 3-Dimensional with the addition of ancient symbols around the spiral seal some of which she could not recognise.

"As you can see the seal is very stable so I would say that the problem has been solved." Naruto beamed showing his signature smile once more.

"Now that that's been settled, can you release the Henge no jutsu so that I could see how you look beneath the seal placed upon you all these years?"

"Poof!" Once the smoke cleared, the girl before her was nothing like Naruto's Sexy no Jutsu. The moment Naruto released the jutsu, it was as if the impulsive loudmouth brat she once knew, the person who thrived on people's attention any means possible cease to exist. The girl before her was the very definition of grace and beauty. She had the most exquisite set of cerulean blue eyes that were lined with long feminine lashes. Her expression may have been relaxed however her posture portrayed a confidence that was usually found in a Hyuuga. There was an air of elegance that seemed to surround her entire being.

"Now that you're a girl again, what name do you go by?"

Tsunade blinked at the soft tone of Naruto's voice, it would take some time getting used to the melodious voice belonging to a former loudmouth. "I go by the name of Natsuko. Enough of this though, I'm more interested in how Konoha had dealt with Sasuke after his abandonment?"

"I would say that he got off relatively easy, he had been under house-arrest for two years ever since he woke up at the hospital. Given his abandonment, the villagers have spilt into two fractions. One fraction is now wary of the last Uchiha, they're afraid that he would end up like his brother while the other fraction still treat him as the pride and joy of the Uchiha clan. He may be a chuunin in rank but his skills are more of a borderline jounin. But with his attitude, it's unlikely he'll be promoted to jounin anytime soon. "

"I see. I'm guessing that his personal vendetta with his brother is still more important than the resurrection of the Uchiha clan. It seems to me, he is in serious need of a wake-up call. His bitterness towards his brother is clouding his judgements in life."

Tsunade stared at Natsuko in disbelief. 'It's like a different person sitting in front of me. She would never show such seriousness pertaining to any topic that wasn't ramen or about the position of the Kage in the past. These five years has really matured the kid far more than I expected.'

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