A/N: Just because it's in this catergory, doesn't means that i'm pairing them together, in fact i might not even have a pairing in this story at all. I haven't decided yet, and if I do it will be moved to the correct catergory at that time. Thank you and enjoy!
"Alright class, today we'll be doing spars." The entire class stood outside in the academy's large training ground, the second largest in Konohagakure (the Village Hidden in the Leaves) second only to Training Ground 44 A.K.A. the Forest of Death. The instructor of the class was a chunin with a scar across his nose and brown hair tied into a short ponytail.
"Iruka-sensei, I want to fight Sasuke-teme!"
Iruka looked over at a boy in bright orange with blonde hair and whisker marks on his cheeks.
"Naruto, I can't let the top of the class spar the bottom, neither of them would gain from it."
"Yeah dope, you wouldn't stand a chance me, I'm an Uchiha." Naruto glared at a boy with black hair and eyes, wearing a blue shirt and white shorts.
"If you're so sure, why don't you just try it asshole?" Sasuke just snorted.
"Naruto, watch your language!" The blonde didn't reply to Iruka.
"What the matter teme, you scared you might lose?"
The blonde and pink haired girls that stood behind to Sasuke started to shriek. "Don't talk to Sasuke-kun like that dope!"
"Will you two just shut up, I'll talk to the teme however I want to!" Everyone was shocked at this because Naruto would usually be trying to get a date from the pink haired girl, Sakura. Sasuke just smirked and walked out further into the training ground. Naruto's face was unreadable as he took his place across from him. "Let's start already."
Iruka just shook his head, but inside he was worried for the blonde. 'I hope you know what you've gotten yourself into Naruto.'
"Tell you what dope, I'll give you a handicap, I won't use any jutsu to make this fairer."
"Fuck you teme." Naruto put his right hand on the base of his left arm. "I don't need nor I do I want your pity." Naruto tilted his head to both sides, getting a crack each time and rolled his shoulders. "Ready when you are teme."
Sasuke smirked and got into the academy taught ready stance and Iruka was again shaking his head. The chunin raised his arm above his head and, after a look towards both fighters, quickly brought it down. "Begin!" Sasuke charged forward, intent of finishing this fight quickly. He swung his fist towards Naruto face, but Naruto grabbed it with his right hand and used his shock to land a strong kick to the ribs beneath it. Naruto released the arm and swung the his right at the side of Sasuke's head, only to have him duck and get his feet kick out from under him. As he landed, he rolled backward into a crouch before standing again to face the smirking Sasuke.
"Give it up dope, you don't stand a chance against me." Naruto didn't say a word, he just charged toward his opponent with speeds unheard of for the blonde. Again Sasuke's shock gave him the opening he need and said boy found Naruto right fist implanted in his gut, Naruto removed his fist and delivered a spin kick to the side of his head, sending him crashing to the ground. The Uchiha pushed himself back to his feet and glared at Naruto, who in the midst of the fight found himself between Sasuke and the rest of the class. "I'm an Uchiha, you can't beat me!" Sasuke started running through hand signs. "Katon: Gokakyu no Jutsu! (Fire Release: Great Fireball Technique)" A large fireball shot from his mouth heading straight towards Naruto and the rest of the class.
Iruka was wide eyed, he never imagined that Sasuke would take it this far. The class was screaming as they tried to get out of the way, Naruto took a quick look over his shoulder before running straight at the fireball, his left arm was brightly glowing blue. When he got close enough he stuck his left hand out and planted his feet solidly. The fireball collided with his hand and chakra started shooting off towards the sides of his hand, forming a bullet shape around him. Even though he had come in contact with the fireball, he hadn't stopped it, only slowed it, and it was pushing him back, leaving trenches from his feet.
As much as he tried, he couldn't stop it, but he had bought enough time for everyone to get out of the way, everyone except him that is. The chakra around him grew closer and closer to his shoulder till it finally gave out and the ball hit him causing an explosion. As the air started to clear, Naruto fell face first to the ground, his body had more smoke raising from it, and most of his clothes were gone, his pants had become a pair of holey shorts, but the rest was basically all gone save a few scraps here and there. Sasuke's smirk just widened. "I told him he couldn't beat me." The next thing he knew, a very irate Iruka had knocked him to the ground.
"You arrogant little bastard! If he hadn't taken that hit you might have killed half the class! I don't care if you're the last Uchiha, you should know better than to put your classmates in harms way!"
"But Iruka-sensei, it's the dope's fault, he shouldn't have thought he could beat Sasuke-kun!"
"Shut it Haruno, you are one of the ones that Naruto protected." Iruka turned his back on them and started towards where Naruto now laid. The first thing he noticed that saddened him greatly, were the scars all the way down his back and arm. Iruka stopped and stared at the boy, his eyes glistening with tears threatening to fall, Naruto left arm was missing from just below his shoulder. Iruka quickly rushed to the boy's side and turned him over, his front was just as bad as his back, if not worse. He examined the boy's left shoulder and was shocked to see that it seemed to have been missing for some time, but how could that be, he had had it when he came to class.
Iruka glanced down at the boy's stomach to see a circle around his navel free of scars. By now a few students had made their way over to them and they were all horrified at what they saw. Some of them started to whisper amongst themselves. "Did Sasuke do all that?"
"No way, he barely touched him and neither used weapons."
"What about the giant fireball when it exploded?"
"I don't think so, those scars look pretty old."
"But he didn't have any on his face earlier." At this Iruka tore his gaze from Naruto's stomach and looked at the boy's face, there were five scars there as well. One went from his hairline across his right eye and through two whiskers on his right cheek. A second started at his jaw, went through all three whiskers, and ended just below his left eye, while another went diagonally across the bridge of his nose and crossed them both slightly. A short one went up towards his hair from the outside edge of his left eyebrow and another that was half an inch long that went outward at an upwards angle from the right corner of his mouth.
"Iruka-sensei…" Iruka looked up and saw that the entire class had now gathered around the unconscious boy, and that even most of Sasuke's fangirls had tears in their eyes. "Iruka-sensei, what happened to him?"
He looked down at the boy sadly. "I don't know." As he spoke the blonde started to stir and as he opened his eyes, everything except his clothes returned to how he had looked when he first walked into class that morning. "Naruto…"
Said blonde cut off Iruka. "Is everyone alright Iruka-sensei?"
"They're fine thanks to you, but what about you Naruto?"
Naruto just smiled. "I'm fine Iruka-sensei."
Iruka frowned. "What happened to your left arm?"
Naruto's smile faded and he stood up before walking away. Iruka grabbed his arm. "Naruto, we should at least take you to the hospital!"
Naruto jerked his arm out of Iruka's hold, his eyes, filled with unrestrained malice, locking with Iruka's. "I'm fine!" Naruto saw the hurt in Iruka's eyes and spoke in a sad tone. "I'm going home, I'll see you tomorrow."
Iruka watched him walk a ways away before turning back to the class. "That will be all for today, I'm afraid I have to have a chat with the Hokage. You should all head home, I'll see you all tomorrow morning for class." With that said, he disappeared in a puff of smoke, reappearing in front of the Hokage's desk. "What happened to Naruto?"
The Hokage started to panic. "What do you mean I saw him just this morning, didn't he show up at the academy?"
"Yes he did, but when he sparred with Sasuke Uchiha, he took a hit from a large fireball to protect his classmates and fell unconscious, I'm not sure how he survived, but I have a good guess. But what I want to know is why he was covered in scars, five of which are on his face, and had no left arm, and why they appeared as though they had been there a while."
The Hokage mouth was hung open and he was letting off a restrained amount of killing intent. "He looked fine this morning, how could this be possible?"
"He looked fine when he walked into class too, but once he fell unconscious, they were there and were gone again when he woke up. I would say genjutsu, but his scores in that field are almost as bad as Rock Lee's were last year."
"We had always assumed that Kyuubi was helping healing him because he never had a scratch on him after he was discharged from the hospital. I'll need to speak with him about this."
"I already tried, he doesn't want to talk about it, and as stubborn as he is, I doubt you or anyone for that matter would be able to make him."
"But for me to help him I must know."
"That's the problem, you can't help him, every time you try, the council interferes, and things get worse. If you try to give him protection, he'll refuse and we don't know for certain who can and cannot be trusted."
The aged Hokage sighed. "What do you suggest Iruka?"
"I suggest, and I can't believe I'm saying this, that we tell him the truth about everything." The Hokage paled. "I don't know how he'll react, but after all he's been through, he deserves to know."
The old man sighed. "You may be right, but I would still like to know how this has happened, if only to ensure it doesn't happen again."
"He may never tell us what happened, and unless they have a hundred percent grantee that they won't be punished for it, the assailants won't come forward. And even if you do give them that, we would probably have every villager that hates him in here telling us different stories, so we still wouldn't know which one was true."
"I agree, so we'll just have to persuade him into telling us, I'm sure an all he can eat meal of ramen will be more than enough." Sarutobi's smiled widely.
This time it was Iruka who paled. "Are you buying, because I'm not sure I could do that and have enough left to live on." The Hokage smiles dimmed as he nodded. "That being decided, I'm not entirely sure that that will get him to talk." Iruka sadly looked towards the ground, a fact that didn't go unnoticed by the Hokage. "He snapped at me when I asked him, and his eyes… I've never seen him like that. The malice I saw in them could rival the amount the villagers feel towards him, maybe even Kyuubi's itself."
Sarutobi's eyes saddened as well. "Can't say I blame him, I have found myself wondering if Minato made the right choice more than once. It must be harder for him, not know why they hate him." Iruka, although shock this had come from the leader of the village, couldn't help but agree with his statement. "We should go speak with him." Iruka nodded and they both disappeared in twin puffs of smoke.
Naruto sat on his bed with his back against the wall, his hand resting on his left bicep. 'How could I have been so stupid?! One damn fireball and all my hard work goes out the fucking window. Damn that Uchiha bastard, attacking me with that jutsu while I was in front of the rest of the class, though I will admit it was more powerful than I thought it would be.' He let the genjutsu fall around him, revealing his true appearance, and looked down at his left arm. It had become almost transparent and was dark blue in color. He moved each finger individually into a fist before quickly opening and closing it again.
He replaced the genjutsu when he felt two chakra signatures appear outside his house. He quickly made it to the door before they had a chance to knock. He could tell by the look on their faces that they were surprised. "If you're coming in, come in, I want to get this over with." He walked into the kitchen of his small apartment, where he heard the door close and the sound of them sitting down on his worn out couch. "Do you want something to drink?"
Out in the living room, if it could be called that, Sarutobi and Iruka were looking around his dismal dwelling. "Tea please." They were answered by the sound of running water before Naruto entered the room.
"The water is boiling. So I take it Iruka-sensei told you what happened."
"Yes he did, and there are a few questions that I need you to answer. First, what happened and why you didn't tell me."
"It wasn't all done at the same time, I don't recall most of it and what I do is all blurred together. I didn't tell you because it wouldn't change the fact that it happened."
"You still should have told me, I can't do anything if I don't know what happening."
"Well obviously what you do when you do know isn't enough if they keep attacking me."
Both adults looked sad, but Iruka looked mad as well. "Naruto don't speak to the Hokage like that!"
"It's alright Iruka, he's above everyone else has the right to be angry." There was a sharp whistling from the kitchen and Naruto got up to fix the tea. He came back and handed a cup to each of them at the same time, again they were shocked. "Naruto, how are you able to do that, Iruka said your left arm was gone."
Naruto sighed and released the genjutsu again. Both of their jaws dropped. "Pure chakra? How could no one have felt that much chakra being put out? And how can you have any chakra left for the academy jutsu?"
"I've always had a lot of chakra, making the arm as close to solid as I can and the genjutsu uses up about half of it. As for why no one's felt it, I don't really know, I still kind of new to the sensing thing, I didn't even know what it was till last year, as it is I can only sense sources, but not who or how powerful they are."
Sarutobi was chuckling while shaking his head. "You are further along than you think, most ninja don't start sensing chakras till they're chunin at least. As for how you're suppressing you chakra, it could be that you are doing it subconsciously in an attempt to stay hidden for others." Naruto shrugged and took a sip from his own cup. "Naruto, do you remember how you lost your arm, or even when?"
"The night of the Uchiha massacre, an Anbu attacked me outside the grocery store near their compound, though he did seem surprised when the henge dropped. Then again, I did transform into an Uchiha I had seen, so he was probably the guy that orchestrated the massacre and thought I really was who I was pretending to be."
"If you were able to convince an Anbu you were someone else, why can you barely do a passable one in my class?"
He held up his chakra hand. "I only have one hand to mould chakra with and I guess I overcompensate with more chakra. I'm able to do Henge and Kawarimi fairly well, but it isn't likely that I'll be able to use Bunshin again." They looked at him confused. "This arm takes a lot of chakra just to make it so I can use it, but it also works as a control exercise because I have to keep its shape or the genjutsu won't work properly and just to move it. The problem is that while my control is going up, so is my chakra reserves, about twice as fast as my control. Basically even with my control going up…"
"You have too much chakra to control." Naruto nodded. Iruka looked like he was lost deep in thought when he spoke. "Naruto, if you are able to use the chakra arm physically, why did you only use your right arm in your spar with Sasuke?"
"I'd rather lose using only my right arm then win because my chakra increases the damage done by my left, especially against him."
Sarutobi smiled inwardly. 'He's already starting to sense chakra, he even stumbled upon the bases of Tsunade's super strength, and he's not even a genin.'
"Now what are you really here for?" They both looked shocked by his question. "If you were only going to ask me these questions, you would have summoned me to your office Ojii-san, the only reason for you to come out here to the wastelands is if what you have to say is meant to stay between us. So what is it?"
Both adults looked at each other hoping the other would start, but then the Hokage sighed. "I was hoping not to have to tell you this till you were a chunin, but after all I've learned today, I don't think I can afford to wait any more. Naruto, I'm going to put this as bluntly as I can, the night you were born, the Yondaime sealed the Kyuubi no Yoko within you."
Both he and Iruka braced themselves for the yelling, ranting, and the more than likely temper tantrum that would come, but it didn't. "Is that it?"
Iruka's jaw dropped. "What do you mean 'Is that it?'?! You were just told that you have a demon sealed in you and that's all you have to say?!"
"Well yeah, I've known for a while. She's really not so bad once you get use to the sadist."
"She? Kyuubi is female?"
"It's not so hard to believe, especially after knowing Tsunade. Now, how did you find out?" The Hokage had a seriously scary face, but it didn't come close to fazing Naruto.
"Happened just after the Anbu cut off my arm…"
A seven-year-old Naruto woke up to find himself in a place that was dark and wet for he was laying on his back in knee deep water. The memory of what had occurred passed through his vision and his right hand immediately went to his stump of a left shoulder. He found it odd that he felt no pain from the spot, but knew he shouldn't look a gift-horse in the mouth. He pushed himself to his feet and tried to get an idea of where he was. He saw that the walls were made of stone and that he was in a tunnel of some sort, but the presence of the water had him assuming a sewer. Another thing he noticed was that the tunnel he was in was a dead end and that a red light came from the other way. 'Hmm, I wonder if I died, one of those books Ojii-san gave me said something about seeing a light at the end of a tunnel when they were close to dying.' He shrugged. "Only one way to find out."
The only sounds heard in the tunnel were that of Naruto's legs moving through the water and the resulting waves lapping against the walls. After what seemed like hours of walking, he reached the end of the tunnel, having passed three other passages, he wondered why he had continued towards the red light. He knew why he had passed the first turn off without a second thoughts was because it had a depressing aura about it, the second had a single door with paper wards all over it with glowing blue characters in a language he didn't recognize, the third was the longest as far as he could tell, but every door was covered in the same wards, but the characters glowed red. The aura of the third tunnel was like nothing he had ever felt and screamed danger and death. But nothing he had seen so far was able to prepare him for what he found at the end of the tunnel, it was a large intricate two-door gate with another paper ward with the kanji for seal keeping it closed.
Naruto walked right up to the gate hand placed his hand on the seam of the two doors, but stepped back quickly as the whole gated glowed blue for a moment. Then he felt the same aura as he had from the third tunnel and a dark chuckle come from within the gate. He took a few more steps away from the gate before he noticed the two large red eyes with cat-like pupils staring down at him from near the top of the gate. A smile of large sharp fangs appeared below them. "Oh my, I hadn't expected you for some time, or I would have tidied up a bit." Another chuckle was emitted from the creature. "So what brings my jailor to my lowly abode?"
"Jailor? What are you talking about? Who are you?"
The smile stretched even farther. "Oh, they haven't even told you. Well then, allow me to explain." The opposite side of the gatewas lit up by the same red glow that lead him here, and what he saw made him fall over in shock and slight fear. The glow was coming from the creature, that he now identified as being dog-like with nine tails swishing around behind it. "I am the Kyuubi no Yoko, strongest of the Kitsune demon clan and Queen of demons!" The now identified Kyuubi basked in the silence of her jailor assuming it was from awe and fear until she heard a quiet chuckle which soon turned into full blown laughter. Her head tilted to the side as she observed her jailor until his laughter stopped. "Why were you laughing? Are you not afraid?"
Naruto face was covered in a very fox-like smile. "I just realized how obvious it was why the villagers hate me, my birthday, the names, the whisker marks, I've been so stupid."
Now it was Kyuubi's turn to be shocked. "They hate you for containing me?"
"You don't know? They think I am you, how can you be sealed in me and not know?"
"I've been cut off from anything outside this room until you touched the seal and I've been too occupied to look through your memories. Hope you don't mind, I'll be out of it for a bit, if you do, too damn bad."
"Not at all, if you're even half as bad as they tell us, you'll enjoy what you see greatly." Again the Kyuubi tilted her head to the side, but stayed quiet before her eyes were enveloped by the darkness. Naruto laid back down, floating on his back, his ears were underwater and he just stared off into space as he waited for Kyuubi to finish. Eventually his eyes closed and he thought of what could possibly be in the second tunnel as he was now pretty sure of what the other two were. In the end he came up with two guesses that were more likely than the others, a bloodline, or a forcefully repressed memory. He felt more than heard the growl indicating Kyuubi's return, and the amount of killing intent made it hard for him to force himself to stand. He saw both sadness and anger in the demoness' eyes.
The red glow returned and Kyuubi seemed to dissolve into it before the aura took the form of a human. In place of the giant fox stood a woman that looked to be in her twenty's with red hair that went down to her mid-back, her eyes were the same, she had the same whisker marks as Naruto but they were wider and more defined, and she wore a formal black kimono with a red and white fox on the front and the kanji for fox on the back in red. Naruto's jaw dropped, if he didn't know she was a demon, he might have mistaken her for an angel.
"Remove you coat and shirt." He shrugged and did so revealing nothing but unmarked skin. "The technique too." He did so without a moment's hesitation, immediately the amount of killing intent doubled. "They call you a demon and when they do this to a kit?! Even true demons don't treat kits like this! One of them used you to save them and they blame the tool of their salvation!" Her rant came to an end when she noticed that Naruto was on his knees from the amount of killing intent she was letting off. This was also the first time she had taken a good look at his face and he noticed her frown deepen.
"What? I'm not use to being exposed to so much unfocused killing intent."
"It's not that you reacted that way, frankly I'd be angrier if you didn't, it's just you look remarkably similar to the one who placed me here, are the two of you related?"
"I wouldn't know, would I? You've seen my memories, you should know I'm an orphan."
"You're right… sorry." She bowed her head slightly.
He casually waved it off. "It's fine. We have bigger things to worry about anyway, such as my missing left arm and the fact that until now my henge has kept everyone in the dark about my scars."
"Well, I can't regenerate whole limbs, but I can teach you a better disguising technique."
"But not before someone finds me."
"That's were you're wrong, the one who put me here seems to have wanted me to suffer for longer than your pitiful mortal life can last, so time progresses slower here than out there. From what I can tell it's only been a few seconds since your arm was cut off, your body hasn't even hit the ground yet."
"So if I train in here I'd become stronger faster?"
"Only when it comes to chakra control and jutsu as you humans call them. Your physical body will gain nothing. If I were to teach you a fighting style, in order for you to gain the muscle memory you would have to train out there as well before you could advance any further."
"Okay, what do I do first?"
"You have a large amount of chakra, but no where near enough control to use the technique I want to teach you, so you'll start there."