Greetings all! I know I promised I would return late summer/early fall, but something came up and there was a new story born.
Dmygo, (you know the author that does the (Na) and (Hh) in front of the lines said by their respective persons in a script like manner?) offered up a challenge for me to write out a story under the concept: What if Naruto had certain urges uncovered when ramen disappeared in Konoha? This sounded like an interesting concept and I agreed to writing it, but then he decided he liked the concept as well and offered a different kind of challenge, we are each to write a story on this topic. It was intended to be a comedy based story with romance and at least two fighting scenes (just so we each get in some practice of running action scenes) and rated M for content not intended for young audiences. We started writing May 28 and the deadline is July 9 for our write off. We are only allowed five chapters of any length (A pairing for Naruto is to be undecided until mostly at the end, but we all know the stories I write, so it won't be a secret) and just for fun we decided the winner would be the one with the most reviews, although I don't care about that, much.
Since this story has some more unusual circumstances it won't strictly adhere to my rules I have created for myself (see profile) but no one here will care since most think I'm a bit silly for holding onto some of my views, but who cares, this is a fictional story, just let it roll!
Summary: Naruto finds out that the main source of food he has been eating for years has mysteriously vanished and with Ichiraku's closed, for a well needed vacation, there isn't a single person that can make ramen. Is ramen truly harmless to a human body, or does it contain something that affects the usual maturing process? Find out as an 18 year old Naruto goes through ramen withdrawal.
I know it is supposed to be comedic, but I don't think it turned out as funny as a comedy should, but even if I get one good laugh from you somewhere in the story, I'll call it mission accomplished. Expect longer time for updates on this one than the others I have written, but you will definately see one every week so I can make the deadline.
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Oh yeah, I don't own Naruto or make money off this story
Chapter 1 – Darkness Falls on Konoha
It was a perfect beginning to another wonderful day in Konoha. The birds were chirping happily as the village's ninja were waking from their restful slumber for another day of risking their lives, which never discouraged them one bit from their chosen profession. It was all shaping up to be the best day anyone could ever imagine, that was until the most horrific event to ever be conjured up by Kami himself befell the village.
"WHAT!?! ARE YOU KIDDING? YOU CAN'T BE GOING ON VACATION!" Screamed our favorite knuckleheaded ninja, Uzumaki Naruto.
Naruto is one of Konoha's best shinobi despite the fact that he still carries the lowest ninja title of genin and a nine tailed fox demon inside him. Nearly two years ago Naruto made his presence felt in Konoha again as he returned from his 3 year training mission with the legendary perverted sannin, Jiraiya, and immediately started missions that brought him in close contact with nearly all members of Akatsuki who were after the fox he carried. Luckily for everyone, the Akatsuki leader died of a rare disease and what was left of the organization disbanded since they had no idea what his plans for the bijou were. Due to this lucky occurrence, Konoha has enjoyed a time of great peace since the sound village disappeared after the rumor that Orochimaru died at the hands of Sasuke, a traitor of Konoha bent on killing his brother Itachi.
Socially Naruto has grown up being hated by the village with no one to show him the proper way to live since he was an orphan, but after ninja academy, he actually found friends. The one person Naruto would like to know better is his long time childhood crush Sakura.
Sakura is a renown medic nin under the direct tutelage of the Hokage, Tsunade, another of the sannin. She has an energetic personality and a harsh temper that Naruto has been acquainted with more than he can remember, but despite her constant lack of interest, Naruto keeps asking her out. The funniest part of Naruto's social life is that he tries so desperately to get a girl's attention that he doesn't even notice another young girl by the name of Hyuuga Hinata.
Hinata is a member of the main branch and heiress to the Hyuuga clan, but unbeknownst to Naruto, she has the biggest crush on him; actually it's more like infatuation. Hinata is a very shy and timid girl that Naruto only sees as a decent ninja and a bit weird since he hasn't caught onto why she always seems to stutter and faint whenever he is around. If Naruto wasn't dense, he could easily have a perfect girl that would love him unconditionally, but between her head always in the sand and his in the clouds, they just can't meet eye to eye. As for the rest of the Konoha 11, minus one because of Sasuke's betrayal, everything is business as usual as they go about their ninja duties.
Well now that we are all caught up; let's see what our 18 year old ninja was yelling about.
"Yes Naruto, it is about time that we head out and see the country for a while. It will only be for about two to three months, I'm sure you can handle that." assured a squinting old man.
"I don't think I can old man. I went three years without it and it nearly caused my death!"
"Now Naruto, I don't think it is that bad."
"No it is! I can't live with out Ichiraku's RAMEN!" Teuchi, the owner of the said ramen stand, just smiled at him as he loaded his daughter Ayame's luggage into the small horse drawn coach.
"Don't worry, you still have that instant ramen. I know it won't be anywhere near mine, but it should at least get you through. When we return I'll even let you have your first meal for free, all you can eat." Naruto had tears of joy in his eyes as he sniffled back a childish sob.
"You bet. I have to make it up to my best customer right?" Naruto just nodded and the coach started moving away and out of the village's gate. Naruto continued waving off the pair until they disappeared over the horizon leaving Naruto to fend for himself..
"Alright, time to find me some ramen then. Since I don't have any at home, I'll need to buy some." After Naruto told himself this, he ventured his way to his favorite grocery store to find his lifeline. Naruto wandered down the streets carelessly, with his hands behind his head, until he reached the store. He walked down the same well worn path to the aisle with his precious ramen deciding on what flavor would settle him for the day.
"Hmm, I suppose a couple beef and chicken will do for now." He commented to himself and leaned down to grab the cups, only to find nothing but air. "What the hell!?!" He shouted as he started to frantically look up and down at the empty shelf where the ramen was kept for the past 15 years that he could remember. He looked to his left and saw the standard soups and to the right where the pasta was still kept, but there was noting at all, just empty space where the ramen was kept. Thinking it was just an illusion being placed on him, Naruto placed his hands together and pushed chakra in his body in a way to disrupt even the strongest genjutsu. Opening his eyes again, he saw that it wasn't an illusion.
"NOOOOOOOO!!!!" He cried out as he fell to his knees in the middle of the aisle in front of the blank space on the shelf. Immediately the owner comes running out to see what the commotion was only to find Naruto on the ground. Naruto suddenly jumped to his feet and held the man by the collar of his shirt and stared into his eyes with pure panic.
"Please tell me you have more, this just can't be happening! You have to have more Ramen!" He shouted while frantically shaking the man until onlookers broke them apart. After readjusting his outfit, the owner looked to Naruto who was still in a panic.
"Sorry, but we are all out. Our next shipment isn't due for another three months since even you don't buy as much as we had in stock in so little amount of time."
"Is there anyway to speed it up?"
"I'm afraid not."
"This can't be happening!" Naruto shouted as he ran out of the store, leaving a trail of dust behind as he made his way to the next store. Naruto found exactly the same thing in all the stores in Konoha and reacted much the same in each one. The blonde ninja was now running at top speed into the office of a sleeping Tsunade.
"BAA-CHAN!!!" He screamed causing her to bolt up in her chair sending papers flying while one piece was stuck to her cheek. Quickly grabbing the paper she looked to him with anger in her eyes.
"Quit calling me that brat! Now what is your problem?"
"It's an emergency the worst possible thing has happened; there is no ramen in the entire village! The world is coming to an end, we will all die, there is no hope, the sky is falling…" Naruto would have continued his rant if it wasn't for a hard slap to his face, courtesy of the Hokage.
"Get a hold on yourself, so you are telling me there is no ramen in the village? Where is Ichiraku?"
"He is taking a vacation with Ayame and won't be back for two, maybe three months!"
"Really? So tell me then, how long have you gone without ramen in the past five years?"
"Maybe a week when training with ero-senin because he said that it would stunt my growth, but after that week he let me have ramen at least every other day."
"Well, that is interesting. Unfortunately I can't do anything about your shortage immediately. Comeback tomorrow and I'll have something figured out."
"No buts, now go before I throw you out." Naruto hurriedly disappeared since even though he was a powerful ninja, he still couldn't stand up against a pissed off Hokage for too long.
"Shizune! Get Jiraiya's ass in here right away. If he refuses, tell him I will shut down all the bathhouses in Konoha."
"Hai, Tsunade-sama." Tsunade was surprised at just how fast Jiraiya showed up that it almost wasn't possible to arrive so quickly, but I suppose if you threaten his livelihood, he'll come running.
"Jiraiya, I need to ask you about Naruto's training. What happened when he didn't get his ramen?"
"I don't see where that matters." Jiraiya commented angrily.
"It does because Konoha is officially out of Ramen." Jiraiya's face paled as he dropped his precious notebook like it was trash.
"What do you mean 'shit'?"
"Uh, well, you see. Remember when I told you about the first time he went to the four tailed state and nearly killed me? Well, that was done on exactly the tenth day of not eating ramen." Tsunade looked at him unbelievingly, ready to strangle him if he was lying.
"And you relate that to not eating ramen?"
"Have you ever seen what is in that stuff? It isn't meant as a sole source of food. When I said it was stunting his growth, I meant it. For some reason the ingredients in ramen have a natural blocker for testosterone and other stuff that lasts for ten days."
"Wait, so you are telling me that once the ten days are up, Naruto will have a boost in his testosterone levels?"
"Exactly. His anger will be easy to set off and he'll have extremely high sexual desires. What makes it worse is the Kyuubi doubles each of his senses meaning his hormones will be raging to heights unseen. Better yet, the Kyuubi has probably been increasing his testosterone levels just so he seems like a normal teenager."
"So what you're saying is that after ten days Naruto will tear the heads off anyone that crosses him and behave like you around every woman in the village?"
"After ten days, yes. But I would suspect that after 60 to 90 days it would be more like wanting to rip off the heads of anyone that looks at him wrong and possibly, if his desires aren't fulfilled, he may start forcing himself on women. It may be so bad that he will loose himself completely to his primal instincts." Tsunade looked saddened by this and contemplated her options.
"Ok, so we have a little over one month to find lots of ramen or an alternate blocker for his hormones or we are all doomed, correct?"
"Sounds about right, if we can't do that then it is possible to lessen the effects if he fights other ninja and maybe gets a few ladies." HE told her with his perverted side taking over a bit.
"Jiraiya! There is no way I would condone him being with women so cheaply. He isn't you!"
"Got that right, little brat seems to be just perverted enough to make his jutsu but not enough to be affected by it much. How boring." He muttered on his way out of the Hokage's office.
Naruto was wandering around Konoha aimlessly, like a lost child, with his ramen being gone. He was clearly depressed as he shuffled his sandals across the pebbles and dirt of the unpaved roads through Konoha. His unruly blonde hair just seemed a tad duller and lifeless as he continued to watch his feet kick up clouds of dust with each lazy step. He wasn't paying any attention where he was going as he smacked into a bundle of pink hair.
"Hey jackass, watch where you're walking!" She screamed, obviously unaware of where she was going either otherwise she would have recognized him before screaming.
"Oh, sorry Sakura-chan." He muttered with his head still down.
"Oh, uh, hey Naruto. What's up? You seem depressed."
"Um yeah, there is no ramen."
"Oh, well I guess it is about time to try something new." She told him in an attempt to lighten his mood.
"I guess, but I don't know how long I'll last without ramen for 3 months, I barely lasted a week last time." Sakura's eyes bugged out as she looked at him astonishingly.
"Three months! I know how you are with ramen, and that would be like me wearing the same clothes for a week straight. It's horrible!" Naruto actually had a smile form on his face from her actually being able to empathize with him. "Well, good luck with it Naruto." As quickly as the smile came, it left again with Sakura actually not caring about his problem.
With a frown and a sigh, Naruto continued shuffling his feet down the roads. Soon he found himself passing the shutdown Ichiraku's and paused before sitting under the one tree in the area and sat staring at the building. In the middle of his staring he caught a glimpse of dark hair before it disappeared again behind another building.
'Naruto-kun, I'm sorry. You shouldn't have to be sad like this. I really need to step up now.' Hinata sucked up all the courage she had in her and forced her feet to bring herself out from behind the building and step closer to her crush. She inched her way even closer and nearly fled from her uncontrolled shyness but her resolve held her fast.
"N-Naruto-kun." Said blonde looked up and couldn't help but smile when he looked at the shy girl before him. Hinata had to the strangest of all the kunoichi of her age. A person that was deathly shy of speaking to people and even worse around her crush, had become something no one would have believed, even she hasn't started believing it yet. She used to be a scrawny timid girl of twelve, but in the past six years, she has changed a lot. She still wore her large curve hiding jacket and standard Capri style pants, but you could clearly tell she had a body many would die for since her pants hugged her legs nicely. If only everyone could see her abundant chest and well formed abs along with her slender but fit arms, she wouldn't be able to move without a guy throwing themselves at her. Then again, she only ever wanted one guy to throw himself at her so it was a good choice to keep them at bay.
"Hey Hinata, what are you doing out here?" Naruto asked her still trying to hide his sadness away.
"N-nothing really. I w-was just passing by and saw y-you sitting here. Is there s-something wrong?" No matter how many times he has talked to her, he has always been amazed at how she would pickup on some of the things he would keep hidden so well from others, almost like she knew him better than any other person could. After her question, he knew it wasn't worth it to keep up his façade and he let his face fall back into reflecting his depression.
"Well, there seems to be no ramen in the entire village, and the only one that knew how to make it is Ichiraku's. Even worse is we are in a mission slump, so I can't even get out of the village and find some else where."
"Why d-do you live off of r-ramen anyways? There are many other g-good things to eat." Hinata wondered, since it was one of the few things she didn't know about him.
"I know Hinata, it is just that ramen was the only thing I have been able to afford before becoming a ninja, and I became addicted to it. Also many places don't like me in there."
"Oh, well, if t-they like to d-discriminate against y-you, them m-maybe I-I c-could accompany y-you. N-no one refuses a Hyuuga." Hinata was very happy with herself with that offer. If she were to even think about offering to accompany him to lunch a few years ago, she would have fainted, but now she has managed to only turn horribly red and keep her consciousness, maybe her life was about to change like she planned.
"That is very nice of you Hinata, but I don't want to use someone's status to get what I want." She nodded and sat down next to him with a deep blush remaining on her face.
"I know w-what you m-mean, but sometimes it is f-fun to see the l-looks on their faces when t-they are forced to d-do something they d-don't want." Naruto looked at her with surprise evident on his face that she would actually enjoy seeing that.
"Hinata, I don't believe you." He said in an accusing tone
"What d-do you mean?"
"You like seeing people squirm under your status, it isn't right." Hinata immediately realized how it came out and started waving her hands defensively.
"N-no n-not l-like that!" she shouted in defense. "I d-don't do it for t-that reason, only t-those w-who treat others w-wrong or are very rude." Naruto was silently relieved that she was still how he saw her, but just the thought of being relieved had him stumped.
"I guess, that is not horrible then. So would you actually be willing to see yourself with me?"
"Naruto-kun, I w-would l-love to be seen w-with you." She replied shyly.
"Huh?" He asked. She immediately shrunk into her coat with blood fully at the surface of her face, worse than before.
"I-I uh, well. I don't think it w-would be b-bad for us t-to go together." She muttered into her coat. Naruto couldn't figure out why she was so read, but decided all the other times she looked warm it only got worse if he said something about it, so he decided against it this time around.
"I guess so, we are comrades."
"A-and friends?" She asked hopefully. Hearing this Naruto just had to smile again.
"That too Hinata, you are definitely a friend." Naruto stood up and held out his hand to help Hinata up, which she took happily with her blush barely fading from before.
"So, where is a good place to go?" Naruto asked, without noticing he didn't let go of her hand yet. Of course Hinata didn't miss it and smiled happily and tightened her hold on his hand. "Oh, sorry." He muttered and freed her from his grasp disappointing her dearly.
"It's f-fine." She lied, hoping that at some point she would get to do that again. "There's a place n-not too far from here t-that has some g-good stuff."
"Alright then lead the way!" The pair walked through the village and got some stares, but nothing enough to distract their off and on chatting about nothing in general. A few minutes later they were stepping into a cozy little rustic looking restaurant complete with wooden floors and all wooden tables and chairs. There were plenty of people there and it would seem like you couldn't get a seat for quite some time. Before a minute passed they were greeted by the hostess.
"Ah Hyuuga-sama, it's nice to see you back here again. I'll have your table ready in a moment." Hinata smiled in acknowledgement and silently stood in wait. About a minute later the woman returned. "I have your table ready." Naruto actually was surprised at how well she was treated and followed Hinata as she was led to her table. It wasn't but a few steps when the hostess stopped and faced Naruto.
"Can I help you sir?" She asked in a demeaning voice.
"Actually he is with me. Is that a problem?" Hinata spoke without the slightest hint of a stutter.
"Well there kind of is. You see we have a policy that…"
"Well it is your choice, but know that if you refuse service to him then you are refusing service to me. If you would like to stay in business, I would advise you not to have the heiress of the Hyuuga clan on your bad side." The hostess immediately shut her mouth that was now a few shades paler and continued escorting them to the table. After they got seated, their menus were delivered, leaving them for a while.
"Thanks for doing that Hinata, you really didn't have to."
"N-no I d-did, it isn't r-right."
"Well thank you anyways. Now why do you always stutter around me when I just saw you speak clearly to her?"
"I w-well, y-you s-see that, there um well." She stuttered while twiddling her fingers nervously with a blush on her face. Naruto reached out and pulled her hands apart.
"Never mind, I'm sorry for asking. What's good here?" Naruto took his hand back and started staring at the menu.
"N-no, I'm sorry. Ask me again another t-time." He looked at her over the menu and saw something strange that he never recognized before in her eyes that made him smile. "You should g-go with the Sweet 'n Sour Chicken, it is the b-best they have."
"Well, if you say it's good, I'll believe you." He placed the menu down on the table without even looking at anything and took a sip of the water left for them. Hinata tried to hide her happy smile in the menu she was pretending to read while glancing over the top of it every so often at her obsession.
"Well, what'll you have?" Asked their waitress, who unfortunately recognized them both.
"Two of your Sweet n Sour Chicken." Hinata responded quickly as she handed over the menus.
"Sure thing, it'll be out in a few minutes." The waitress took the menus and smiled at Hinata and ignored Naruto before heading to the back room.
"I d-don't like how everyone looks at y-you Naruto-kun."
"Yeah, but you get used to it after so many years." Hinata shook her head in disagreement of his assumption.
"N-no, I don't think you have." Naruto was now staring at his water thinking over what she said and couldn't disagree.
"You are always too perceptive of these things for your own good." He muttered sadly.
"Sorry." She didn't like seeing him unhappy at all and to know something she said triggered it, made her unhappy.
"Please, don't apologize. I'm sure life being the heiress of a cold hearted clan isn't all glamorous either, so we are probably a lot alike."
"Probably…" Hinata looked saddened as she mirrored his gaze on the water. Their moment of silence was soon interrupted when the food was brought out.
"Here you go, enjoy." The waitress set down the plates in front of them and took her leave. Naruto inhaled the aroma from the food before digging in. After a few bites, Hinata saw his face contort strangely.
"So, h-how does it t-taste?" Naruto just laid the chopsticks down next to the plate.
"Not what I would expect, it doesn't really taste good at all."
"Really? Mine tastes fine." On a whim, Hinata reached out and took a bit from his plate and stuck it in her mouth. A few chews later, she was grabbing her napkin and spat out the food. "That's gross. How could you even swallow that?"
"It wouldn't be polite to you if I did." Hinata just blushed with a shy smile.
"Well, try some of m-mine." She slid the plate closer to him so he could take some easier. After deciding there wasn't anything to loose, he took some off her plate and placed it in his mouth. Suddenly his face brightened in delight at the abundance of flavor.
"This tastes wonderful Hinata."
"That's good, take it. I don't feel hungry anyways."
"You sure?" He asked while staring at her with a smile, that was all she needed to see.
"I'm sure. I don't eat much anyways." She told him with a blushing smile.
"Ok, but if you want some, feel free to dig in." He immediately started eating at a ferocious pace while Hinata watched, clearly enjoying it. Within a few minutes the food was gone and both parties were happy. "That was probably better than ramen."
"I'm g-glad you l-liked it. I'm late to g-get home, so let's g-go ok?"
"Sure thing Hinata, what about paying?" Naruto asked while trying to think if her should pay or what.
"It is covered. They owe m-my f-family some money, so w-we can c-call it even."
"Alright then, let's roll." Naruto stood up first and waited for Hinata before they both walked out of the restaurant happily.
"Hey you, thief!" Naruto looked behind him and saw a guy from the restaurant running straight for them.
"Uh, Hinata, they don't owe your family do they?" Hinata looked at him shyly with a bit of shame in her eyes.
"N-no, but they m-messed up your lunch on purpose." Naruto just smiled at her before pulling her into a hug.
"You're the best. Now go, they'll blame me for it, so don't worry." Naruto quickly released the bright red girl and took off running while the guy gave chase to him, leaving Hinata by herself.
"Well, I guess it wasn't all a waste. Hopefully all this will pay off the way I want it to." Hinata told her self as she started on her way to the Hokage tower to request her favorite restaurant be shut down for mistreating Naruto.
And that is Chapter 1. A bit short, but the last two chapters will be much longer so just go with it. Be sure to give me a review and check out Dmgyo 's story that has yet to make an arrival, so I have a bit of a head start. Now if you would like to keep an eye on when to expect the rewrite I was promising, check out my profile...Later