Disclaimer: I don't own 'Naruto' (guess I forgot to mention that in my first fic ' ). I do own my original characters.

Summary: Tsunade sends the young, Konoha gennins to the Tiger Challange, a famous tournament in which gennins from every, hidden village can participate. Everyone has their own goals in going to the tournament: some want to prove something, some wishes to test their skills. But who is this mysterious, new member of team number seven that's going to replace Sasuke? And what are his motives?

It's better if you read this: This is a special note, so that you guys won't be confused coz this story doesn't follow the manga strictly. First of: this story takes place about a year after Naruto left Konoha. He got back only recently. None of the Konoha gennins made it to the chuunin level yet (except for Shikamaru, who was promoted much earlier). I believe that's all.

P.S. First few lines describe how gennins changed in looks. They may not be interesting, but I advise you to read them, so you won't be suprised later on.

Chapter #1: Konoha Gennins Re-Assembled

A loud ring of the alarm clock sounded in the apartment and it was instantly silenced by a mysterious hand. The hand belonged to a young boy with blonde hair, blue eyes and whisker marks on his cheeks.

The boy stretched himself, looked at the clock and with a sleepy face he said to himself:

'Eight thirty in the morning. Tsunade-obachan told us to be at her office at nine…'

Without a rush he made himself breakfast (A/N: guess what it was), then brushed his teeth and changed clothes for black and orange dress and a shinobi forehead protector with leaf symbol on it.

He arrived at the Hokage office five minutes past nine, just to see that everybody was already there. Some were totally different then from the time he saw them the last time, some didn't seem to changed much.

Haruno Sakura, a kunoichi with medium-length, pink hair, green eyes, dressed in short, black leg guards and red zip-up top, his old teammate started to resemble Tsunade, her new sensei, more and more as time flew.

Konoha's laziest shinobi, Nara Shikamaru a guy with golden earrings in his ears with black hair clipped in a ponytail, wearing a green fishnet shirt and a black t-shirt under it, carrying a long, wooden stick. As usual he seemed to be sleeping while he was standing.

Sakura's old-time rival, Yamanaka Ino, a girl with long, blonde hair clipped into a ponytail (A/N: yes, they grew back), dressed in a violet dress. She didn't seemed to grown in looks, but during the last year she was probably the one who matured the most.

The widest gennin of all, Akimichi Chouji, a fat boy with hair pulled up into two spikes (A/N: sorry, I just don't know how to describe Chouji's hair cut) with long, white scarf around his neck. It was said that he was training hard with his father on mastering the Akimichi clan supreme techniques. What it was or if he made any progress was totally unknown to Naruto.

A guy wearing sunglasses with messy, black hair, dressed in a light green overcoat, carrying two Fuuma Shurikens attached to his back. The attitude of Aburame Shino didn't seemed to changed at all during the time the blonde gennin was away.

A heir of one of the most respected clans in all of Konoha, Hyuuga Hinata, a girl with short, black hair and completely white eyes, wearing blue pants and yellow overcoat (A/N: I know it should be silver, but light yellow fits her better… at least in my opinion).

An impatient loud-mouth, Inuzuka Kiba, a guy in grey shirt, with messy, brown hair and two red fang tattoos on his cheeks. As usual, his white fur dog, Akamaru, assisted him, though he wasn't a little puppy anymore.

Called by many 'the greatest genius in all of Konoha', Hyuuga Neji, a guy with white eyes just like Hinata, with long, black hair clipped in a ponytail, wearing grey dress with wide sleeves. One of the top gennins, not only among Konoha ones.

A kunoichi that didn't stand out to much, Tenten, a girl with brown hair clipped in two bons, wearing pink shirt and blue pants. Probably one of the greatest weapon experts in the Leaf.

The creepiest (if it goes to looks) gennin around, Rock Lee, a guy wearing green with helmet-like, black hair and huge eye-brows. Among Konoha gennins, none could match him in taijutsu.

The only one missing was a certain, raven-hair boy, but Naruto knew that one wouldn't show up.

'Good, you finally arrived' smiled an older looking woman with blonde hair clipped in two ponytails behind her back with a… huge wreck. 'Now we can begin.'

'So why have you called us here, Tsunade-sama?' asked Ino.

'The reason is simple' replied the Godaime. 'I want all of you to participate in a certain tournament.'

'A tournament?' Shino gave the Leaf leader a questioning look.

'Yes, a tournament. It takes place only once every ten years and it's a well-known event among the shinobies from all villages… and probably the best test for the young gennins.'

'So what is this event that you keep talking about, Hokage-sama?' asked Neji.

'It's called the Tiger Challenge and it allows gennins from every, hidden village to participate in it' explained Tsunade. 'But the number of teams from every village that can enter is limited.'

'To how many' asked Tenten.

'Four per village' responded the Godaime. 'And I've chosen you guys to represent Konoha on this decade's tournament.'

'I'm afraid there are two 'buts' about that, Tsunade-sama' announced Shikamaru. 'First one is the fact that I'm a chuunin so Ino and Chouji don't have the third teammate. The other is the fact that Naruto and Sakura are in a similar situation.'

With those words both members of Kakashi's cell became a little gloomy.

'That has been already taken care of, Shikamaru' replied the Godaime. 'As it goes for your team, you'll be allowed to participate in the tournament, even though you're a chuunin. Of course it's not like it was arranged just like that. Since a chuunin will take part in a tournament for gennins, Konoha will be able to send only one jounin with all the teams…'

'I was hoping to seat this one out' Shikamaru though to himself. 'How troublesome…'

'When it comes to you guys' with those words Tsunade turned to Naruto and Sakura. 'I have found you a replacement for the Uchiha.'

'A replacement?' repeated Sakura. 'Who?'

'Easy, easy' responded the Godaime. 'I'll introduce this person to you right now…'

With those words the doors to the Hokage office opened and a boy in Naruto's age entered the room. He had a spiky, blonde hair (kinda like Naruto) with a long ponytail falling on his back and green eyes. A bit scar went across his right eye, but the eye itself didn't seem to be damaged. He wore a black shirt with short sleeves and a red kanji symbol, that represented 'hyena' on its back, white pants with short trouser legs, a bandage that covered his right hand (just like in Lee's case) and he had two katana's attached to his back.

'This is Nadare Fukamaru' announced Tsunade. 'And he'll be the new member of team number seven for the time being.'

'And just why should he be a member of our team?' yelled Naruto, pointing at the blonde. 'How do we know he's qualified enough?'

'Isn't the fact that I could beat you up with my eyes closed enough?' replied Fukamaru with calm in his voice.

'What!' yelled the Kyuubi vessel. 'Lets take it outside, whimp!'

'This kinda reminds me of a certain event from the past' thought Tsunade to herself.

'Na... Naruto-kun, please don't' asked Hinata shyly, but the blonde gennin has already left Hokage's office.

Fukamaru just sighed and walked after the whisker-mark kid.

'This could be fun' smiled Kiba.

'Better get some popcorn' added Chouji.

'We'll finally see how much you've grown, Naruto-kun' though Lee.

'How troublesome' sighed Shikamaru, as he followed the rest of the gennins outside.

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Naruto stood in front of Fukamaru, giving him and angry look.

'Don't think that you'll be able to even touch me!' he yelled to his opponent.

'Let me just tell you, that people who keeps yelling that they're the best, are usually extremely weak' replied Fukamaru, keeping his cool. 'I hate wasting time, so could we, please, start already?'

'These guys are so troublesome' sighed Shikamaru.

'Somebody should stop them' whispered Hinata, but her request was completely overwhelmed by Kiba's shout:

'Come on, begin already!'

Suddenly, both Naruto and Fukamaru charged at each other. Naruto instantly performed his primary jutsu, kage bushin. Now there were nine Narutos coming at Fukamaru.

'Simple shadow replication?' thought Fukamaru. 'What's he trying to do, make me laugh to death?' and with that he performed a short chain of hand seals, yelling: 'Katon: Kasai Uzumaki!'

Suddenly chakra began to escape from his feet, forming a circle of fire around him. As four Narutos jumped into the air with an intend to land a powerful blow on Fukamaru's face, the flames forming the circle went up, creating a fire barrier around the swordsman. All of the shadow clones that crashed into that wall disappeared in the puff of smoke.

'Impressive' announced Lee. 'Looks like we've got another, absolute defense' and with that he turned to his teammate.

'Hmph' was all the white-eyed boy responded.

The four, remaining clones of Naruto (the original one stayed behind) surrounded the whirlpool. Suddenly he felt chakra cumulating inside the barrier. Then Fukamaru's voice was heard: 'Katon: Kasai Hebi!'. Before he knew it, a powerful fire missile in the shape of a viper with opened mouth came at the original.

Naruto, acting on instinct, jumped to the air. He managed to avoid a direct hit, but his clothes got a little burnt.

While he was still in mid-air, the fire barrier disappeared and his clones charged at Fukamaru with kunai's in their hands, while the original began performing a new set of hand seals.

The first of the four clones received a direct hit from one of Fukamaru's katana's. The second's clone attack was deflected by the very same blade and the third's was blocked with the well-known sword. The fourth clone cut from the side.

At the very same moment when the kunai reached Fukamaru's body, the swordsman changed into a wooden pale.

'Kawamiri?' thought Naruto, as he finished the chain of hand seals. 'But it'll take more to defeat me then some primitive techniques' and with that thought the set of seals was complete and the whisker-mark kid called out: 'Fuuton: Arai Dageki!'

Suddenly the air surrounding him began to circle rapidly and a powerful tornado went straight at the place where Fukamaru appeared.

'That technique' thought Tenten, covering her eyes. 'It's similar in strength to that sand girls who defeated me during the Chuunin Selection Exam.'

'A wind jutsu?' thought the swordsman as the wind blown him away and smashed him against a wall. 'So he's familiar with techniques from outside Konoha as well. If that's the case, I guess I should reveal my abilities as well' and with that he began performing a new chain of hand seals.

'Suiton: Soudai Tsunami!'

Before anyone knew it, all three clones of Naruto, that charged at Fukamaru were wiped out by a powerful tidal wave that came from behind the swordsman (he was save, coz the wall he was standing behind created a small, dry space).

'What a technique' though Shino. 'But I thought there is no Konoha clan which mastered water jutsus.'

Seeing the oncoming water, Naruto instantly began performing the chain of hand seals and right before the tidal wave reached him, he called out: 'Doton: Ishi Sekisho!' and a huge wall of stones came from underground right in front of him, saving him from the tsunami.

'Heh, he channeled his chakra into the ground and used it to pull up the stone in a way they would create a blockade' thought Fukamaru, as he began to perform a new set of seals. 'This guy's better then I thought.'

While still behind the stone wall, Naruto began performing a set of hand seals of his own. As he stepped out of his shelter, he yelled: 'Fuuton: Ketatamashii Kaze!' and before Fukamaru noticed, a powerful, spinning wind, formed in a spike was coming straight at him.

As his stomach was pierced be the wind spike, Fukamaru's body turned into a puddle of water.

'Mizu bushin!' Naruto's eyes widen with surprise, as the real Fukamaru appeared right behind him, ending a new set of seals:

'Suirou no Jutsu!' and instantly Naruto was trapped in a big bubble of water.

'That technique' Sakura thought to herself. 'But didn't that Zabuza guy used that jutsu against Kakashi-sensei?'

'Looks like this is the end' announced Fukamaru, holding his hand in the bubble. 'I win.'

'Really?' asked Naruto with a grin on his face, as he disappeared in a cloud of white smoke.

'Another kage bushin!' Fukamaru's eyes widen.

'But where's the original?' asked Chouji, looking around.

'Over there!' Ino pointed to the top of a nearby building.

Naruto stood with his right hand in front of him, in which a ball of blue chakra started to form. The chakra that was cumulating surprised everyone, except Tsunade, who started to look worried.

'What…' was all Kiba could say. 'What in the world is that?'

Naruto jumped down with the chakra ball in his hand and charged at Fukamaru.

Seeing that, his opponent grabbed one of his swords, perform few, quick hand seals, called out 'Mikazuki no Mai' and instantly three Fukamaru's appeared in ones place, charging at the whisker-mark kid.

As both of them were closing in on each other, Tsunade entered the space between them and grabbed Naruto by the wrist of his hand that was holding the Rasengan and Fukamaru by the one holding the sword. Before anyone of them could react, the Godaime send both of them flying away from each other.

Fukamaru was able to land on his feet and just sled a few meters. Naruto on the other hand landed hard and rolled on the ground for few second before he came to a stop.

'I believe that's enough' announced Tsunade. 'Whether you like it or not, you're both Leaf shinobies. More over, from now on you're on the same team, so grew up and live with it!'

'Yes, Tsunade-sama' replied Fukamaru, bowing.

'Yeah, yeah, what ever' nodded Naruto without showing any respect to Konoha's Hokage.

'Anyways…' continued the Godaime, ignoring the blondes. '… I want to see all of you tomorrow at nine in the morning at the East Gate. Once you're there, you'll meet your jounin sensei for the time of the tournament. Dismiss!'

And with that commend Konoha gennins scattered.

'This is going to be extremely troublesome' whispered Shikamaru, as he headed back to his own home to pack for the coming trip.


And that's it for the first chapter. Hope you liked it. Please tell me what you think about it.

Also, for those who are intrested, I place a little info about the origins of my OC's name:

Fukamaru Nadare - 'fuka' can be translated into english as 'shark' and '-maru' usually means something in full. Fukamaru uses many water-based techniques which is one of the reasons he was giving the name from the famous, underwater predator. As for his last name, 'nadare' is translated as 'avalanche'.

And now it's time for a little jutsu encyklopedia:

Katon: Kasai Uzumaki (Fire Element: Fire Whirlpool) - jutsu used by Fukamaru. In order to perform this technique, the user must first concentrate enough chakra in his feet and then release it with performing the right hand seals. If done correctly, released chakra will form a fire barrier around the user.

Katon: Kasai Hebi (Fire Element: Fire Serpent) - technique used by Fukamaru. A powerful jutsu, in use similar to the Kirigakure's Suiryuudan no Jutsu. In this case, the user must have access to flames already burning. He then 'gathers' some of the fire with his chakra and unleash it against his opponent in a form of a viper.

Fuuton: Arai Dageki (Air Element: Wild Blow) - jutsu created by Naruto. It's based on Temari's Kamaitachi no Jutsu, the differance is that in this case the fan isn't needed th perform the technique. The user releases his chakra into the air, thanks to which it begans to form a tornado which (using his chakra) the user can point in any direction.

Suiton: Soudai Tsunami (Water Element: Grand Tidal Wave) - jutsu similar to Zabuza's Daibakufu no Jutsu, can be performed only near a water source. In this case the user sends his chakra into the water and with the use of correct set of hand seals forms a gigantic tidal wave. Even though it takes a big among of chakra, this single technique is able to wipe out the whole army!

Doton: Ishi Sekisho (Earth Element: Stone Barrier) - jutsu used by most of the Iwa shinobies. The user must cumulate the right among of chakra and after performing the right hand seals release it into the earth. Moments later the chakra that was send to the ground will push up a stone wall to the surface, creating a shield for the user of this technique.

Fuuton: Ketatamashii Kaze (Air Element: Piercing Wind) - a powerful jutsu invented by Naruto. In use it's similar to his Wild Blow, only this time chakra that is released into the air forms in an air spike. Spike formed in that way can cut through practically anything.

Suirou no Jutsu (Water Prison Skill) - jutsu first used by Zabuza. It creates a large sphere of water, that holds the opponent inside it. The prison is difficult to escape, yet, the drawback is that the user must keep contact with the sphere to keep the prison working.

Kage Bushin no Jutsu (Shadow Clone Skill) - Uzumaki's favorite technique. A jutsu, that creates clones - which are not just plain illusions (like the normal bunshin no jutsu). Each clone is an exact replica of the user, capable of attacking. The clone's strength is dependable on how much chakra the user intends to give his replica. A direct hit causes the clone to disappear though.

Mizu Bushin no Jutsu (Water Clone Skill) - similar to the Kage bushin. It requires the water to take effect. The user sends his chakra into the water and thus creates his own clones.

Rasengan (actually, I don't know how to translate it, but 'rasen' in this case probably means 'spiral') - jutsu used only by the Forth Hokage, Jiraiya and Naruto. In strength similar to the Chidori. It doesn't require any seals to work. The user must cumulate circiling chakra in his palm and then simply hit the target with it.

Mikazuki no Mai (Dance of the Crescent Moon) - this jutsu was first used by Hayate during his fight with Baki. It's a sword fighting technique, that creates two replicas that confuses the opponent.

Now this is seriously the end of the first chapter. Hope you'll like it. Please leave me a review. ANything can be helpful, even criticism.

Take care and hope you'll read the next chappie.