"You could never be a ninja." It was those words that cut Naruto Uzumaki the deepest.
He watched in silent horror as one of the villagers reached forward and ripped the metal plate from his forehead. He didn't feel the rocks that smashed his femur, or the blades that cut through his clothes and left muscles torn and bone exposed. His struggles were all focused towards getting his fore-head protector back.
12 hours earlier with Sakura Haruno.
She sat silently on her bed, staring across her room at a picture that sat on her desk. It was Team seven. Kakashi Hitake, their Sensei who had kept silent and careful vigil over the three of them. Naruto Uzumaki, the loud mouth who'd been nicknamed Konoha's Number One, Hyperactive, Knucklehead Ninja. Herself, Sakura Haruno, a brain if you ever met one. and Sasuke Uchiha, the handsome boy who's mysterious personality had never ceased to fascinate, until recently.
She didn't know why she stared at him, she didn't even know why she used to like him. She just did. Not that he'd ever done anything to deserve her affections, or even to encourage them. She'd known something was off since she woke up, she just didn't know what until she'd spotted her crush walking down the street, and realized, he didn't interest her.
Present with Naruto
The crowd silenced as a gentle hand reached down and picked Naruto up from the floor. The same hand wrapped itself around the metal and cloth that made up Naruto's world, that symbolized his dream to become Hokage, his dream to finally be accepted. It was scuffed and marked with scratches running across the surface of the metal, one disected the leaf symbol of Konohagakure, the village hidden in the leaves.
The woman who'd helped him up brought his eyes up to hers, and reflected in them was a fury deeper than any he'd seen in them before. Tsunade, the fifth Hokage turned towards the angry mob that had attacked the one she considered a younger brother with nothing short of murder in her eyes, though for once she held those emotions in check.
"How dare you. I should have you all thrown in jail now." The icy tone and violence behind the whisper of her voice broke through the hate induced cloud of the mob. "If I were him, I'd kill all of you right now." She looked down at her friend and brother. "Naruto? What do you want to do?"
His voice was barely above a whisper, "Let 'em go. Just let them go."
A voice cut out of the back of the crowd. "We can't let that demon live! We've disrespected the dead long enough by letting that, creature, live."
Tsunade's eyes spoke volumes, but the voice was silenced by a small rock hurtled at him lightly from her palm. Had she let any force leak into the throw, it would probably have gone straight through his head, as it was, it left a nasty dent and a horrible headache behind it.
5 hours earlier with Sakura Haruno.
Her feet were carrying her towards the flower shop where Ino Yamanaka worked. The same shop that had been in her mother's family for several generations. She stared for several minutes before pushing the door open and walking in.
Ino perked up believing a customer had walked in, then scowled when she saw who it was. "What are you doing here billboard brow?" While there was a current of dislike in her tone, the insult was given lightly, almost in a joking manner. The friendship that had ended several years previously was starting anew.
"I don't kmow. Just thought I'd come in and see what flowers you have." Sakura frowned as she noticed the sky outside had suddenly darkened and water was starting to fall. "And I really didn't feel like going for a swim."
Ino smirked lightly. "Can't blame you. Looks like it's gonna be one heck of a storm."
Sakura nodded her consent and remained silent for a while. "Ino?"
The questioning tone in her one-time friend's voice caused the blond to sit up and rest her elbows on the counter. "Yeah, what is it Sakura?" Curiousity even caused her to forget to add an insult.
"Have you ever thought, that you loved someone, and suddenly realized you didn't want to be with them?"
"What having second thoughts about Sasuke?" Ino laughed until she noticed that Sakura was nodding.
"Kinda, it's just, I'm not thinking of Sasuke at all... for all I cared for him, I just, I don't want him anymore."
Ino looked at her strangely before walking around the counter and putting a hand on her forehead. "Well it doesn't feel like you have a fever."
Sakure pushed her hand away laughing. "That's cause I'm serious Ino. He's not... he's just not the right one."
Ino's eyes twinkled in merriment. "Then who is?"
Sakura shrugged. "I don't know. I just, I know what I want, I want someone sweet, someone who will listen to what I have to say someon..."
"Hey Sakura!" The intrusion came from a bundle of pure energy she knew very well.
"Uh, Naruto, what do you want?" A small vein on her forehead pulsed lightly
Ino watched in amusement almost sure of what would happen.
"Well I saw you in here and just thought I'd ask if you wanna go do something on Friday." The smile on his face showed hope even though Ino knew there was none.
Sakura sighed and shook her head. "No Naruto, I don't."
Naruto's smile fell and Ino saw sadness enter his eyes. "Fine. I get it. It's your precious Sasuke." He looked down. "Well good luck, I'm done." He walked out of the door into the falling rain and jumped onto the roof of the building next door before moving off away from the site of his broken heart.
Ino looked on a bit saddened by the scene. "You know Sakura, he's not that bad. Maybe you should give it a try. I doubt he'd do anything too bad."
Sakura turned to her. "I know. It's just, he's just not..."
"Sasuke?" Ino interrupted. "but aren't you the one who just told me you didn't want Sasuke, that you wanted someone who'd care about you?"
"Um, that's not exactly what I "
"WHO CARES! You said you don't want Sasuke, and you just turned down one of the most decent guys we know. If you don't try, how do you expect to find the one?"
Sakura looked down at her feet and thought about what her friend has said.
Present with Naruto Uzumaki
"Creature?" Tsunade's voice became shrill and the edge to it could have cut someone in half. "Naruto's lived in this village his whole life, he was born here, he was born from someone who lived here, that boy is no more a creature than you are! In face, he's LESS of a creature than you. Naruto Uzumaki is a Shinobi of this village. When he put on that Headband, he swore his allegiance, more than that, he swore his life to protect this village, and everyone in it, and you attacked him. He may have the Kyuubi in him, but from where I stand you're more demonic than he could ever be!"
A gasp cut through the air at the back of the crowd. "No, no that can't be true."
Sakura backed away even as Naruto lifted his head. "Sakura, no, please don't, please."
He limped towards her slowly, even with his demonic chakra, his leg wasn't healed enough yet for much. "Please, don't hate me. Please it's still me." His hand reached out towards her.
"STAY AWAY FROM ME!" She slapped his hand away and he fell to the muddy ground, crying. "You're a monster, you killed all those people. I can't believe I was actually gonna say yes, that I was gonna go out with you." The pink-haired girl ran away from the scene as fast as her legs could carry her.
Naruto lay in the mud for several minutes before his tears gave out. "No, not now, now everyone, and, I can't. no, I won't go back to that. I WON'T!" Naruto rose to his feet, red chakra pouring through his veins, his leg wrenched itself back into place. His cuts started to burn slightly as they vanished.
Blue chakra flared from his body while red produced an aura around him. The energy slowly started to gather in his hand, and a glowing blue and red sphere started to appear in it. The villagers moved away, while the Hokage moved forward. "Naruto, Naruto calm down, it's gonna be okay, it's all gonna be okay."
The Rasengan in his hand flared brighter illuminating the faces of those around him. His left hand dropped the forehead protector into a puddle of mud. "I won't go back to everyone hating me." He raises his hand and rammed his hand straight toward his face.
Before the Rasengan hit his chakra flared one last time. It flared as pure demonic hatred seeped into it and caused it to burst in his hand. The energy ran up his arm causing his flesh to bubble, his bones to melt and his muscles to explode. The same chakra was at the same time trying to heal the damage done. In less than a minute the terrifying transformation ended, and Naruto's arm was whole again. He closed it lightly looking in horror at the monstrosity that was attached to him. "My arm." Bone and skin were fused with muscle, none of his arm had been left in anything one could recognize as human.
"AHHHHHHHHH!" With an unearthly howl he struck his hands together in a series of signs as many more of him appeared. Each moved with an intensity the likes of which nobody in the crowd had seen before. With that, hundreds of Narutos ran from the village in different directions and in the confusion, the true Naruto was lost.
(A/N) R&R please and please ignore the OOC, the seriousness was such a main part of this chapter, and will remain so through the story, hope you enjoyed this first chapter. TTFTHW
Ta-ta from the Halfa Wannabe