Authors Note: More than likely this will be a harem but for now, it's a different kind of Naruto fic. Naruto is taken away from Konoha by Orochimaru and trained to be a greater Ninja that he could have become in Konoha.




"Inner Self"

Naruto Uzumaki ran through the night shrouded streets of Konohagakure as he was being chased by a mob of villagers. They were yet again out to hurt the innocent boy, he was only eight years old, this looked horrible. He continued to run and suddenly tripped and fell to the ground.

"Kill the demon!!" one villager called out as the picked up a stick, the mob walked forward and was prepared to bring the large stick down on Naruto's head. Yet they were frozen in fear as they felt an intense killing intent.

"Leave him alone…you people are sickening…he is an innocent little boy…not the demon you people seem to think he is…" came a raspy voice, when the villagers looked up they saw him, the infamous S-Class Nuke-Nin. Orochimaru. "But I think I will kill you fools…Kusanagi no Tsurugi: Kuu no Tachi!" Orochimaru opened his mouth and slowly a snake slithered out of his mouth and regurgitated the Sword of Kusanagi. Orochimaru then took the sword in hand and quickly dispatched the villagers, their slaughtered bodies littered the ground. He then summoned the snake from his mouth and returned the sword to the snake, as it retreated back into his belly.

"D-Don't hurt me! I didn't do anything!!" Naruto cried out as he backed away from Orochimaru feeling frightened of the man.

"Do you hate this village…do you hate what they do to you?" Orochimaru's raspy voice rang out as he knelt beside Naruto. He smirked, "I was like you once…this village is unkind to those that are different…if you would like I will take you to a village where you will be accepted…"

"Accepted…?" was the boy's reply.

"Yes in the hidden village of sound…this village once feared me…they didn't like the fact I was so intelligent…they were threatened by me…so I left. Under my tutelage you shall become a greater ninja than you could in this judgmental village." the rasping voice of the snake Sannin continued, he leaned down and rubbed the boys head. "This village hates you but you will be accepted in my village…"

"I-I'll come with you mister…if it means I won't always be hurt for being different…" Naruto stood to his feet slowly, and looked up at the man. "I'm Naruto Uzumaki…mister…"

"Say good bye to this god forsaken cesspool…consider yourself fortunate for today you start your training under Orochimaru of the Legendary Three..." he took the boy by the hand and walked off disappearing with him in the shadows of the night.

Four Years Later

In Otogakure Naruto had truly advanced from the change of environment, he wasn't a monster here, he was considered unique. He wasn't a monster, nor was he a demon, he was simply Naruto Uzumaki, of the Village Hidden in the Sound. Naruto had changed much over the years he wore robes that were very similar to Kimimaro's these were of course common for those that Orochimaru favored. He carried a sitar on his back, which was his medium for using sound as a weapon. His hitae-ate was tied around his forehead in a crooked manner slightly to the left. His hair had miraculously remained the same short, unruly spiky hair. On the side of his head slightly slanted resting at the ready was a Kitsune Mask, if he needed he would wear the mask over his face to conceal his identity.

Naruto had been called to see Orochimaru, he didn't stop for anything because when Orochimaru called you arrived. Just then Naruto had walked into the one person he had been trying to avoid…Tayuya the most volatile of the sound four. 'Here it comes…' was the only thought that Naruto mustered as he braced for her to hit him over the head with her flute.

"You fucking moron! Watch where the fuck you're walking!" then like that, crack! Naruto rubbed his head, of all the girls in Otogakure Tayuya was the most violent. The only other girl in the village Naruto really talked to was Kin Tsuchi, if he talked to Tayuya it was by accident, the two never really got along. Mostly cause Tayuya assumed he was copying her by having a musical instrument.

"I was, you ran around the corner and ran into me!" Naruto may have been a genius of Oto but still he was a bit brash…but that was mostly around Tayuya. It seemed as if the foul mouthed Tayuya cussed more than usual when Naruto was around, and she seemed to hit him a lot. It was rumored that Tayuya really was infatuated with Naruto since they say 'You always hurt the ones you love' and judging from the amount of bodily harm she had done to Naruto they must be engaged.

"Naruto-kun, Tayuya-chan do you two not have a meeting with Orochimaru-sama?" Kabuto Yakushi calmly said as he stepped out of the shadows adjusting his glasses as he chuckled lightly from the start of an argument between Naruto and Tayuya. "Keep fighting like that and people will think you're a couple."

At this Naruto and Tayuya both blushed, the two of them were prone to arguing, but it was usually simple misunderstandings. Kabuto only chuckled as he opened the doors to Orochimaru's chambers, the two slowly entered the room and knelt before Orochimaru. "Kukuku…another lovers quarrel?" Orochimaru smirked in his unique snaky way. There was never a dull moment with Naruto and Tayuya around, especially when they argued.

"There is a young lady, in the land of waves, I would like for you two to retrieve for me. She possesses a rare bloodline limit…you two are to retrieve her at all costs…I am sending you along with one more…see to it you do not fail me…" the Snake Sannin looked at them with a cold gaze.

"Kabuto-sensei, who shall be our third team member?" Naruto asked calmly as he looked up quietly. He saw Kabuto motion for someone to enter the room. Naruto's eyes widened, the dark hair, and the sensual shapes, it was only one person Naruto could think of. Kin Tsuchi, just his luck he was on a team with two of the most beautiful, and violent women of Otogakure. "Prepare to leave within two hours. You are dismissed." once Kabuto was finished the three Genin nodded their heads solemnly and with reverence and stood walking to the exit, "Naruto-kun please stay a moment…I need to tell you something." the Snake Sannin rasped out.

"Hai, Orochimaru-sama." the boy responded and returned to a kneeling position in front of the Snake Sannin. "Naruto…I think you are old enough to know why the cesspool hated you so…" the snake began, he gave a fatherly look to Naruto as fatherly as one could give with snake like eyes. When he saw the boy nod he smirked diabolically.

"Almost thirteen years ago the village of Konoha was attacked by the Kyuubi no Kitsune, and many ninja died trying to stop it. What they tell the children is the Yondaime Hokage, Arashi Uzumaki gave his life to stop the demon. In truth he used a powerful Jutsu to seal the fox away, in the body of a child who had just had his umbilical chord cut. Now the Hokage being a man of morals had felt this burden should only fall on his child. He had asked that the village treat this child as a hero, but no they only saw the demon trapped inside the boy.

That boy was you Naruto-kun…the village refused to honor their savior's request to honor his son as a savior. No they tried to kill you every day of your life, they felt you were a curse on their village…they wanted you dead for something you couldn't control. But do not worry Naruto-kun…you shall have your chance to teach them the hubris of their ways…"

The snake finished and he looked upon the shocked face of Naruto with pleasure, this would be enough to guarantee the boy's allegiance for as long as he needed it. "H-Hai Orochimaru-sama…" was all the boy had managed to say as the shock was too much for him to take in all at once. "Go your team is waiting for you." Kabuto coldly stated, and watched as Naruto exited the chamber.

Once the chamber doors were closed for a second time, Kabuto pushed his glasses up and smiled darkly, "What do you think Orochimaru-sama? Is he ready?" Kabuto turned to look at Orochimaru who was deep in thought.

"But of course…I taught the boy well…I molded him into the finest Jinchuuriki Ninja. Of course he is ready…kukuku…when the Chuunin exams come that's when everything will reach its apex after all they are all but pawns…and he, albeit a valuable pawn…is naught but a pawn." the cruel rasping voice broke into a dark laugh as his serpentine eyes became a glow with ambition.

Two Weeks Later…

Naruto muttered silently to himself as he tried to tolerate the two girls he was traveling with. Mostly because Tayuya and Kin were possibly the most hostile girls he knew, of all the people he could have been teamed with, the foul mouthed Tayuya of the Sound Four, and his former classmate Kin. Naruto then saw a squad of Konoha ninja, a tall cycloptic Jonin who could only be identified as the Copy Nin, Kakashi Hatake, and his Genin Team, all the same age as Naruto, a loud mouthed blonde girl, a pink haired girl who seemed like she spent more time worrying about her looks, and a raven haired young boy, who simply looked like someone shit in his cheerios.

"Konoha Nin…we'd better take cover…" Naruto was quick to issue this command as he took sight of a squad of four Konoha Ninja. He then shot Tayuya a look that said 'don't argue with me' and with that they all took cover.

"What the deal shithead…it's not like they will notice us." Tayuya asked with hostility while maintaining a whisper. She then saw something she had never seen in the blonde's eyes. Fear. It didn't fit the boy, as long as she had known him he had been brave. "That's the shithole you're from isn't it?"

Naruto nodded softly, he had fear that these ninja would try to kill him, or bring him back so he can suffer again. No. He wouldn't return to that pit of hell, Orochimaru had offered him a place he belonged, and that was where his loyalties would remain. "Let's continue to our destination maybe this village will help reveal our target…our information says, a crime boss named Gatou has hired a Missing Nin from Kirigakure to eliminate a bridge builder. And our Target is from Kirigakure…the bridge builder is with those Konoha bastards so let's follow them from a distance for the time being."

The two kunoichi of Otogakure nodded their heads in agreement, and the team continued on with their mission. Tayuya couldn't shake the feeling that something was going to change them from this mission on, it was as if she felt events would change Naruto.

One week later…

Naruto was sitting in the forest, quietly strumming away at his sitar, he appeared to be defenseless. A young girl with black hair wearing a blue dress walked up silently, she held a kunai in her hand. As she prepared to strike the silence was broken, as Naruto ran his fingers over the string rapidly. "Interesting show Oinin…or should I say…Haku of Kirigakure" Naruto's eyes remained closed as he slowly stood to his feet. "Good ruse…hit your partner with senban in just the right spot to create a false death."

Haku was taken back by this as the blonde sound nin turned smiling at her, 'He knew I was there the whole time he could of dispatched me at any minute…who is he…' she thought to herself. She was ready to fight, she didn't trust this sound ninja as far as she could throw him.

"They all just use you like a tool…don't they…" the smile never faded from his face as he took a step closer to her. It was his mask, he wasn't alone, he didn't need the help of his team mates for this.

"What would you know…Zabuza-san has given me life, given me a purpose!" the girl shouted in retaliation. She wasn't prepared for someone like this that was for certain.

"Is that so…" the boy coldly said as his face become much graver, he wasn't going to play nice for much longer. He spun the sitar around so it was resting on his back, and he looked at her with darkening eyes, they were no longer friendly. "I was treated as filth by the village I was born in…nearly killed on a daily basis for something I never could understand or control. They called me a monster, a demon, a mistake…so don't tell me I don't know what its like."

It came to the conclusion of the boy he was no different than this girl. He was a tool being used by Orochimaru. No, Orochimaru wouldn't do that would he? He would keep it on a need to know basis for the time being. "Do what you want…just don't throw away your life for that man…maybe when you're ready you will come with us…" after that was said the boy ran up the tree and disappeared in the canopy.

As the trio leaped through the canopy of the forest, Tayuya looked at Naruto in a questioning manner. She didn't know what he was doing it was too subtle too slow. "Dipshit…what the fuck was that?" not one to miss the beat the impulsive Tayuya was ready to start berating the blonde ninja.

"It requires planning…I simply put the seed of doubt in her head. She's very loyal to the demon of the mist…we can't just bring her over to our side just like that…" Naruto continued to lead the way. He may have been the youngest one in this team but he was also quite intelligent, this was in fact due to the fact he was taught directly by Kabuto and Orochimaru themselves.

Later, at their camp…

"Tayuya-sempai…what do you know about Naruto-kun?" The dark haired kunoichi asked quietly, they were left alone for a moment while Naruto had gone to check on something. Kin had noticed something about Naruto changed from the moment he noticed that team of ninja from Konoha.

"The fuck would I know? Shit its not like he tells me much." The foul mouthed red head quickly said as she watched the surroundings. She didn't like the feeling of what was going on with Naruto, something unusual happened the moment he saw those Konohagakure ninja.

"So then it isn't true that you two are an item? I figured you would know since people seem to think you two are dating. Seeing, as you hurt him more than anyone else." the dark haired beauty calmly responded, in that moment the two began to glare. It would seem even the kunoichi of Otogakure despite the focus of their training to become efficient killers still could notice a guy.

"And what the fuck does it matter to you bitch? Just because I hurt the idiot doesn't mean I love him." the red head was about to fly off the handle and punch this nosey bitch right in the nose. 'It's none of her fucking business what Naruto means to me…' her thoughts were just as vile, and laced with anger. "All anyone knows is one day Orochimaru-sama brought the fucktard back one day…he was afraid of everyone…that's the entire fucking story I really know about him…"

"Naruto-kun, is hard…no he is unreadable…you could say he is like the wind." The dark haired girl softly said. "But behind that smile…I can see someone who is suffering inside...even if he is one of the best of our village its like he needs something more."

"Family is a fucking joke if that's what he wants." The red head gained a dark look to her face. She in truth did want something more than she had but Orochimaru had given her something, a place of acceptance.

Meanwhile at the bridge…

Naruto sat on the edge of the bridge, his fingers moving over the strings of his sitar his thoughts going over his situation. He never could turn again Orochimaru, Orochimaru had given him a home, a purpose, and taught him many things. But Naruto was realizing Orochimaru didn't care about him, or any of the other members of Otogakure.

"Who are you?" a bossy feminine voice came from behind Naruto, he didn't move and just continued to play. Naruto didn't feel he had to justify her with anything and continued to play his sitar. "Answer me!" the girl was getting frustrated and drew a kunai, something about him didn't sit right with her.

"Why…it's not like you need to know…I'm just a ninja with business in the area…" he put on the fake smile he always wore and turned to look at her. "Is that so wrong?" his eyes narrowed slightly, he recognized her. It was that obnoxious Sasuke fangirl, Ino Yamanaka.

"You look familiar…who are you exactly?" she took a step familiar, she recognized the whisker markings on the boy's face but as she stepped closer, to get a better look he jumped over the side of the bridge. He couldn't afford to be found out by the Konoha Ninja, it could jeopardize the mission. He began to focus his chakra into his feet as he adjusted himself during his descent, he just hoped the water below was deep enough in case the water walking technique didn't work, as it sometimes didn't want to work for him.

It was coming full circle to the boy slowly, as he fell downward, he realized he could die. That's when it happened, he found himself in a winding tunnel, filled with red lights, and pipes going in all directions. He opted to head in the direction which had more lights, when he reached the end he found himself staring at his 'tenant' face to face.

"Well, well, well…never thought I would have to see you this soon…but you're recklessness is going to get us killed so…I guess I shall have to start paying rent…" the booming demonic voice echoed out. "That's right…you die…I die…and frankly I don't want to die you runt."

"I see…so are you going to stop fucking up my chakra control and make it so I don't have to worry about not having enough chakra, or too much?" the boy asked aggressively, as he looked at the fox. "Your rent shall be some of your chakra…after all if I die…you die, and frankly I can't die yet…there is something I have to find out for myself…" he had a look in his eyes that had never been there in all of his years in Otogakure. A look of determination.

"Fine but don't screw up…we both have to live!" the fox declared with a hint of enjoyment to his voice.

Naruto came back to reality and looked around only a few seconds passed, he focused chakra to his feet, just as he neared the water. As soon as he touched the water and was standing on top of it, he smirked happily, and quickly ran across the water. He needed to return to the camp. He had been gone long enough and Tayuya would bash his head in with her flute.

Authors Note: Next time! The big three way Battle on the Bridge, Fates Intersect, and a hard road is revealed.