1/06/07

Awake

Naruto Uzumaki: Konoha Research Facility: 2156


Naruto Uzumaki awoke with a groan, feeling sick and with a throbbing pain in his head.

He slowly sat up, looking around with startled blue eyes. He frowned, not recognizing the place he was in.

It was dark, cold and sterile in the room. There wasn't any light on but he could see well enough. He was lying on a cold, metal table, a small tray of tools next to it. There was only one door to the right and a wide mirror on the opposite wall. He could hear dripping to his right and as he squinted he saw that it was just a leaking tube.

Naruto blinked. What the hell?

He jumped off the metal table and ran to the tube, examining it carefully. The tube went into the wall, so he couldn't look at it thoroughly, but he got the feeling that it had a very basic use.

"Awake, I see."

Naruto spun around and stared at the man who had come in. He was tall, with silver hair, though he didn't look that old and bored, dark eyes. He was wearing a lab coat and a dark blue jumpsuit underneath it, a mask covered the bottom half of his face and a headband covered his left eye.

"Who the hell are you? Where the hell am I?" Naruto asked, backing away as the man came closer. He blinked as he suddenly realized something."And where the hell is the bathroom?"


"I'm Kakashi Hatake and you're in Konoha Research Facility. It's the year 2156." the man told him after he'd taken care of his business.

Naruto spit out the water he'd been drinking, staring at the man in shock. "What? But how?"

"You were frozen, at your own consent, I believe." Kakashi said, suddenly looking serious. "You did give consent, didn't you?"

Naruto thought for a moment. No wonder that tube had been leaking! It was some sort of sink. The bathroom hadn't seemed all that high-tech but now that he thought about. The toilet flushed on it's own, like normal, but the sink had turned on by itself and had a comfortable flow and temperature. And it had also come out a tube filled with holes.

"Yeah, now that I think about it. I wasn't eighteen, but they took me anyway. Probably because of Kyuubi." he said carefully.

"Kyuubi?" Kakashi asked, frowning.

"Nothing." Naruto said quickly. No need for some scientist to know about Kyuubi if he didn't already know, he'd either think he was insane or lying, anyway.

"Kyuubi..." Kakashi muttered, pressing buttons on some sort of small screen that looked akin to a palm pilot. "There's nothing in the files that say anything about a 'Kyuubi'."

Naruto nodded, knowing it wouldn't have been recorded. The Hokage had wanted to keep it quiet as best as he could. Naruto thanked him for that. Life was bad enough with the adults knowing, no need for the children to start hating him even more for it.

"Anywhere," Kakashi continued, frowning at his palm pilot thing, "nothing, not in the language database or anything. There's not one word that even sounds like Kyuubi."

"Language database?" Naruto asked blankly, twirling his fork around some noodles that Kakashi had insisted he eat. At least future food wasn't much different from the food of the past.

"Where all of the languages have been recorded. Most of them anyway, some died out long before this was invented."

"Like Latin?" Naruto asked, knowing that only scientists used it. Well, in his time, anyway.

"Latin?" Kakashi asked, his brow furrowed, "what's that?"

Naruto blinked and stared at the man for a moment before laughing. "You don't know what Latin is!" he exclaimed with delight. And he was supposed to be some future scientist!

"What is Latin?" Kakashi asked, looking at his palm pilot again.

"Some language. I never bothered to learn much. It was a dead language in my time, only scientists used it." Naruto thought for a moment, "The universal science language. They all understood it to some degree so they could communicate, because they all spoke different languages sometimes."

"Hm." Kakashi was studying Naruto with interest and he couldn't help but feel as if he were being examined. "You hold a wealthy amount of information. We could learn a lot from you."

Naruto once again stared at the man. A wealth of information? Him? He burst into another fit of laughter.

"Good one, Kakashi-sensei!" he managed to get out. If his schoolmates had heard that, they'd be laughing their heads off at the man. Honestly, even Naruto himself knew he wasn't exactly the brightest bulb in the ceiling. And now that I'm in the future I bet my stupidity can't be matched, he thought with a snigger.

"'Sensei'?" Kakashi asked, once again looking bewildered.

"Teacher. How Japanese students address their teachers." Naruto explained.

"Do you know... English?" Kakashi asked, glancing at his palm pilot for confirmation.

"Enough of it." Naruto answered, taking a bite of the noodles. He made a face. This would be so much better if it were ramen.

Kakashi looked relieved. "It's the universal language now. No one speaks anything else. The races are also one, though traces of an individual one still make themselves known, we are all considered part of a single race."

Naruto made a face. "So, that did happen? Must have done wonders for world-peace."

Kakashi just nodded, but Naruto could tell he was lost.

"There used to be a lot of wars because of differences." he said, not bothering to elaborate.

"Oh, yes. I've heard about 'wars'." Kakashi said. "There hasn't been one for about a hundred years."

"That's, uhm, good." Naruto said, not knowing what to say to that. He took another bite, before looking at Kakashi again. "Do you know anything about what happened to the ninja's and such?"

"Ours tried to overthrow the Hokage. They succeeded and other villages got wind of it. Fearing the same thing would happen to their own governments, they banished ninja's. They took revenge by killing the Hokage and most of our ninja's. It turned into a bloody war between them and in the end, no one won. Some people believe they're still around. I think it happened a few years after you were frozen."

Naruto almost choked on his food at this information. None of the leaf village's shinobi would do that! There's gotta be a mistake in history somewhere!

"And if some still are around?" Naruto asked uneasily.

"The laws still stand and will probably still be enforced. Any ninja will be banished or killed if they refuse to leave. They're a danger to our society, apparantly."

Naruto thought for a moment. Well, no way I'm telling them what I am.

"Hey, why did you wake me up?" He'd been wanting to ask that since he realized what year it was, but hadn't had the chance until now.

"We thought it was the right time. We wanted to see if we could successfully wake a person from being frozen. And now that you are awake, with nothing wrong as far as I can tell, we'll have to keep you under close observation for some time." Kakashi answered. "We know it's not right to keep a person against their will, but we have to make sure you're alright and that this can be done to other people."

Naruto felt annoyed at his words. Lock me up here, huh? Well, I'll get out, one way or another.

"Speaking of which, I have to show you to your room." Kakashi got up from the stool he was sitting on, waiting patiently for Naruto.

Sighing, Naruto dropped his fork and stood, following Kakashi out of the small cafeteria.


"This is your room." Kakashi said, throwing open a steel door with a small window.

"Room? This looks like solitary confinement! Or a mental room!" Naruto exclaimed. They honestly wanted him to live here?

"It won't be that bad once you get used to it." Kakashi said, stepping into the room and looking around the small space. There was a bed two feet off the floor with a blanket and pillow. A door was in the back, leading to a small bathroom with a shower, toilet, sink, and medicine cabinet.

And, of course, it's all in white, Naruto thought with disgust. He wandered back into the hallway, looking around without interest. The hall was just as drab as the room. The walls were a blueish green and very long, Naruto's door the only one besides two others at the end of the hall. Though he wasn't sure, he felt that they were empty.

"I'll be back in the morning, to start evaluation of your mental and physical state. There'll be some tests and you'll meet a few others." Kakashi said, gently pushing Naruto into the room. "Good-night." with that, he shut the door and Naruto could hear the turning of some sort of lock. With the huge groan that accompanied it, he guessed it was big.

"Great," he mumbled, flopping onto the bed, "I get frozen and end up in the future." he sighed and threw his arm over his eyes. The fact that he was a wealth of information spoke volumes about his situation. Nobody knew him here. There was no one he could talk to, no one he could say he knew.

He was alone again.

Sighing, he closed his eyes and let himself drift to sleep.

At least the bed was comfortable.


this is just an idea that popped into my head and is the only story where i'm actually a few chapters ahead of myself. i don't know if it's good, bad, in the middle or what. but hell, i hope you enjoyed the first chap!

-Slaughter

Next Update: 01/08/07