This is a new Naruto story I'm currently working on. This story'll take place when Naruto and Hinata were kids. The rest... well, hope you enjoy this story. And this was kinda inspired by another fanfic. Enjoy:D
Disclaimer: I don't own Naruto.
To Go… or Not To Go
Naruto, the young 4-year-old, blonde haired boy from Konoha watched as people walked by, doing their daily routine. There were shinobi, a few ANBU members, men, women, and children. Children his age ran about happily, either returning home from the Academy or catching up with their parents.
Parents. He always wished he had them. But he was all alone. He never even knew his own parents. He also never had any friends.
All the adults and children ignored him. All he could do now was watch from afar; unfortunately, he wasn't like that. Sure he just watched everyone, but he didn't want to do that.
He just wanted some attention. He didn't care who it was, but he wanted at least one person to give him some attention!
"Maybe," he said to himself. "one day… I'll become the next Hokage! Yeah. Maybe."
The thought started to fade away after a while. Sure, he could be the next Hokage, but what will he do? He wasn't strong and his ability to use his chakra wasn't perfected yet. He had no idea how he could do this.
Then it hit him! If he trained every day, then he'd become the next Hokage!
"I think I'll start… right now!" he said as he ran back home to get stuff for his training.
Meanwhile, at the training grounds…
"Ha, ha, ha, ha… ha, nineteen."
"Ha, twenty! Ha, ha, ha."
"Ha, ha, twenty.. one. Ha, ha, ha… ha… ha… ha… ooh."
Four-year-old Hinata Hyuuga collapsed as she was about to strike the post again. Her small, pale hands were bruised and worn out. Sweat was matted to her forehead. Her white eyes looked all tired with the black circles around them. And her short, raven colored haired was a mess!
She had been at the training grounds for a day now and never slept during that time. Hinata was only training here because she didn't want to train back at her home. She didn't want to look like a failure to her father again, so she snuck out and went to the training grounds to improve her skills.
"Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, t-twenty-one hits… ha, ha, ha, and no improvement yet. Ha, ha, ha, ha." she said to herself. Her body shook a little. Tears started to form in her eyes; she didn't know what to do next. She certainly didn't want to go back to the Hyuuga estate, but at some point, someone would send out a search party to find her.
"W-what should I do?" said Hinata. Her body shook violently now and began to cry. What can she do? She didn't even know. After crying for five minutes, she wiped her eyes and struggled to stand up.
After a while, she was on her knees, gently rubbing her sore, wet hands with her fingertips.
"Hina-chan?" said a voice. Hinata gasped. Someone was here! Her head spun around to see who it was. She blushed when she saw who he was.
Naruto Uzumaki was standing a few inches near her, a kunai knife and shuriken pouch in his hands.
"N-Naruto-kun. O-Ohayou." she stammered.
"Ohayou. What are you doing here Hina-chan?"
"Um, I, uh, you see… um, uh…"
"Were you… training?"
Naruto smiled and helped Hinata get on her feet.
"Great! I came here to train myself!" He flashed a goofy looking grin at her, which caused her to crack a smile and blush deeper.
"I-I see. Um, Naruto-kun?"
Hinata's blush got deeper as she tried to get the words to come out of her mouth. "Umm, w-will you…? Uh, well, do you want t-t-t-to, um…"
Naruto looked a bit annoyed now, but then relaxed when Hinata turned her head away. He sweat dropped.
'What's with her? She's a little freaky.' he thought.
Hinata's head bolted in his direction, her blush as deep as ever and she looked more than a little freaked out. Naruto scratched his head and asked, "Since we're both here, how about we train together, is that okay?"
Hinata smiled and slowly nodded. Naruto smiled back, then strapped the shuriken pouch on his left leg and handed Hinata the kunai. She fumbled with it for a while, then she managed to hold the hilt right. She never held a weapon before, so this was her first time using it. Naruto stepped back a few spaces and put his hand in the pouch, pulling out a shuriken.
"We'll practice throwing first, okay? You take that post," He pointed at one target post. "And I'll take this post." He pointed at another target post. He faced it.
Hinata faced hers. She started to worry. She didn't know how to use a weapon! Her hands began to tremble at the thought of missing the target or failing to hit it.
"Aaannnnd… NOW!" Naruto shouted as he threw the shuriken at the target. It missed the post and hit a tree.
"AAAAARRRRRRRGGGGGGHHH!!!!!!!! IT ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS MISSES!!!!" he screamed. Hinata looked over at him to see if he was alright. He glanced at her.
"Hina-chan. Why didn't you throw your kunai?" he asked.
Hinata flinched. She was supposed to throw now? She quickly looked back at the target, readied the kunai and threw it. She closed her eyes when she let go. When she opened her eyes, she saw that the kunai didn't hit the target, but landed a foot away from her.
It wasn't even close to the target! She sighed depressingly. She had failed once again.
"Gomen." she said as she started to walk away.
"Wait Hina-chan!" said Naruto. Hinata stopped walking. "Do you wanna stop now?"
Hinata froze hearing that. He didn't tell her that she was a 'failure' or told her to stop practicing, but simply asked if she wanted to stop practicing.
'That probably means that he wants me to keep practicing.' she thought to herself. She faced Naruto and said, "No. I-I… want to k-k-k-k-k-keep p-pr-practicing!"
"Then c'mon! Let's keep practicing!" he said, getting another shuriken from his pouch.
"Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha…"
"Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha…-cough-"
"I give up! Ha, ha, ha… I can't hit it!"
"Ha, ha, ha, me either! Ha, ha, ha."
Naruto and Hinata collapsed on the ground. Sweat was matted to their foreheads and their cheeks were red due to sunburn. The training grounds were littered with shuriken and kunai markings appeared on a lot of trees! The blonde boy was out of shuriken and the Hyuuga girl was completely exhausted from all of the throwing.
"N-N-Naruto… kun. Ha, ha, ha… let's face it. We… we failed. There's no way we can get… s-s-st-st-stronger… ha, ha, ha, ha… this way!"
"Ha, ha, ha, ha. Are you k-kidding me Hi-Hi-Hina-chan? Ha, ha, ha, we can do this! I-It's ju-just that… we need, ha, ha, ha, we need… to learn more than just using weapons!"
Hinata wiped the sweat off her face and struggled to stand up. Naruto did the same and dusted himself off. They stared at each other for a while, Hinata blushing (though it hard to tell through the sunburn) at that moment.
"Sayonara!" she said as she ran off. Naruto watched as she ran and started thinking about what she said before. Was she right about failing? If she was, then was there no way to become Hokage? He sighed.
"What am I kidding? Maybe everyone would be better off if I wasn't around." he said to himself. With that, he picked up all of the shuriken, put them back in the pouch, grabbed the kunai, and walked back home.
"Clothes? Check. Canteen? Check. Backpack? Check. Favorite nightcap? Check. Instant ramen? Check. Well, that should be it." said Naruto, checking off all of his items on a scroll. "Oh! I forgot. Weapons and training scrolls? Check!"
He checked off the last items on the scroll, rolled it up, and placed it in a drawer on his nightstand. He looked out the window. It was nighttime; the pitch black sky was lit up with beautiful white, shiny dots and a big, round, silver plate that seemed to captivate all that saw it. Naruto sighed.
"I guess I… better get going." he said, grabbing his backpack and putting in all of his things. After he was done packing, he put his backpack on, stood up, and walked towards the door out of the house.
He looked around and saw all of the buildings of Konoha, the tree where he used to go on the swing, the Academy, even the stone faces of the past Hokages as he walked. He sighed when he passed the Hokage's office. He stopped in front of the gates of Konoha, hesitating a bit.
"It's kinda risky for me… but," he said. 'I don't want to stay here where everyone's gonna ignore me.' he thought. 'Augh! What should I do?!' He held his head as if he had a headache, he didn't know what to do.
"Can I actually… do this on my own?" he asked no one in particular. He sighed and was about to go back home, when…
Naruto turned around to see someone come towards him.
"Hina-chan?" he asked. Hinata ran up to him, and then stopped in front of him, trying to catch her breath. She had used her Byakugan to find and catch up to Naruto. He was surprised to see her actually.
"What are you doing here Hina-chan?" asked Naruto. The Hyuuga girl took one more deep breath before answering, "Are you… l-leaving K-Konoha?"
Naruto nodded. He then noticed that Hinata was wearing her pink kimono and had a small, lavender carrying bag over her right shoulder; she was bare foot, too, like him. He on the other hand was wearing a white t-shirt and black shorts, with a yellow backpack on his back.
"I-I want… to c-come with y-y-you, if th-that's… okay."
Hinata blushed once again and turned her head away from Naruto when she said that. Naruto just stared at her for a while.
"Why do you want to come?" he asked.
Hinata bit her lip before answering, "I-I-I… I just don't… want you t-to travel… alone."
Naruto gasped. She wanted to go with him… because she didn't want him to travel alone? He smiled his biggest smile of all time. He then grabbed Hinata's hand and walked through the gates of Konoha.
"Then LET'S GO!!" he shouted. Hinata's face flushed! She then smiled a little, enjoying the moment. She then looked back at Konoha. Naruto did the same as he walked.
They both knew that it was going to be the last time they ever saw Konoha.