Disclaimer: I don't Naruto, Full Metal Alchemist, if I did, I would be living on a nice beach.
Humankind cannot gain anything without first giving something in return. To obtain something of equal value must be lost. That is alchemy's First Law of Equivalent Exchange.
In those days, I thought was its one and only truth, how wrong I was.
--Naruto Uzumaki "The Fullmetal Fox"
"KILL THE DEMON!"
Naruto ducked down a manhole to avoid the mob that was bound and determined to kill him on his eighth birthday.
All I wanted to do was get some food. Is that so wrong? The young, dirty, rag wearing blond thought as he stumbled down several long forgotten sewer ways.
His right arm was hanging uselessly at his side, the kunai buried to the handle in his shoulder keeping it that way, and sadly the kunai was out of reach of his good arm.
He couldn't hear the pursuer's anymore and he prayed that meant they had given up.
Looking around he realized he was totally lost and he didn't see a ladder leading up any more.
"Where am I?" he wondered aloud as he shuffle walked further into the darkness, his eyes adjusting faster to the dark, unknown to the boy that they were now bright gold and he could see as if the sewers were exposed to sunlight.
He staggered around, his arm was totally numb, and the lacerations on his back and legs had finally stopped hurting and closed up again. Naruto shuddered as the tunnel he was in was cold.
Reminds me of the time I was locked in that freezer at the store. If the old man hadn't come to find me I would have been frozen to death. The blond thought as he continued to walk. He never noticed it as he stumbled and fell thru a illusionary wall.
"AHHHHHHHHHH!" was his shriek before he hit the ground, thankfully on his knees and his left arm, which prevented him from hitting his now useless right arm, but sadly, the jarring impact still caused him pain.
Gritting his teeth, Naruto took a couple moments to steady his breathing and once he did he looked up.
"Where the hell am I?" he muttered. Globes sprang to life with soft glowing light as they sensed his movement. He saw the chamber was bigger than his apartment if it were doubled in size.
"Dirty." He thought seeing the thick layer of dust and cobwebs indicating no one had been there for a long time.
Struggling to his feet he moved further into the chamber, the globes sputtering to life and he looked around.
He saw a desk next to a large series of shelves crammed with books and scrolls. Near the right of the desk was a blackboard, the cobwebs obscuring what had been written there long ago.
Naruto continued to check out the chamber and he found a kitchen that while dirty put the one to his apartment to shame, and opening it, he was shocked to see that it was still functioning and cold. The stove too while dirty worked.
Naruto wandered the chamber and found an alcove that was used for sleeping, the bed was destroyed with age, but Naruto was getting an idea as he checked the chamber out even more.
I couldn't…but no one knows its here…I could be safe here. He thought.
Checking out the room, he found a stairway in the back and climbing up metal stairs he found a door. Opening it, he found himself not far from the academy. He was surprised the door was disguised and he smiled seeing it also wasn't far from the Hokage Tower.
Its settled. Naruto decided. His smile was huge until he bumped the kunai still imbedded into his shoulder and nearly screamed in pain.
Best get to the old man. Then get my stuff from my apartment. The blond thought before staggering out of the dead end ally, he smiled seeing that the hidden wall was well hidden, a dumpster was before it blocking it from view.
He checked around to make sure no one saw him and staggered towards the Hokage tower.
Sasuke Sarutobi sighed as he puffed on his pipe. He'd just defeated a stack of paperwork that he would have sword had a replication jutsu on it, but he'd done it.
And to think, I didn't need to use a Katon Jutsu. The old Hokage thought. His day had been filled with council meetings in the morning and to only come back to his office and find it covered with important paperwork that needed to signed.
I wanted to check on Naruto today, but I just haven't had the time. he thought with regret.
I need to do more for him. He was denied access to the Academy by the council… Sarutobi looked at the wall with the pictures of past Hokage's, his eyes landing on his successor who died eight years ago, forcing him to take up the job once again. Minato, you would be deeply disappointed in this village and how they have treated the boy.
Sarutobi heard yelling outside his door and added chakra to his ears to listen in.
"I DON'T CARE BRAT, YOU'RE NOT GOING IN THERE!" the familiar tones of his secretary.
There is only one person who gets that tone of voice. Sarutobi thought with a sigh at home so many refused to see the boy as the hero he was.
"I don't care what you say you old hag. I need to see the old man." Came the familiar voice that warmed the old man's heart.
"Get out of here demon, or I'll give you a matching wound…"
Sarutobi was out of his seat and the door exploded open as he saw his secretary threatening Naruto with a kunai. What saddened him even more was Naruto already sported a wound, a kunai in his shoulder already.
"ANBU!" Sasuke Sarutobi shouted. A masked ninja appeared. "Gopher, take her to Ibiki." Sarutobi ordered. The secretary was knocked unconscious and taken away before she could utter any kind of protest. Another ANBU appeared, this one sporting a Sparrow mask. "Get my personal physician here, and tell her to bring her full kit." Sarutobi ordered as he rushed to Naruto's side, the boy going to his knees as his body was finally telling him enough was enough.
The masked ANBU was gone in a flash. Sarutobi was at Naruto's side and the boy looked up at him with his usual grin. "Hey Ojii-san." Naruto said. "I've had a hell of a day."
Sarutobi didn't know if he should laugh or cry. He put a hand on the boys uninjured shoulder. "Naruto, I'm going to remove this kunai, it will hurt…"
"Just do it Ojii-san. I trust you." Naruto said as he leaned into the old man's chest.
Sarutobi took a grip of the handle and with a quick motion ripped it out. Naruto's scream of pain was swallowed by the Hokage's robes.
"I'm sorry Naruto." The Third Hokage said as he held the boy, using the sleeve of his robe to make a temporary bandage.
"It's okay Ojii-san. I know you wouldn't hurt me if you could avoid it." The eight year old blond said thru gritted teeth.
When his doctor showed up and started to work on the blond, who was nearly unconscious, the look on the aged medic's face worried the Hokage.
"Eboshi?" he asked from where he was waiting as the medic worked.
"Most of his wounds have closed up with scarring." She gave him a look to indicate the fox had been doing it again.
"But?" Sarutobi asked as he saw her hesitation.
Doctor Eboshi Dooku hated giving the Hokage bad news, especially about the blond boy, as she had come to see him as someone special to the village leader.
"The amount of damage done by the kunai in his shoulder isn't healing. Its like there was something on the blade, an acid or poison that damaged the tendon's and muscles beyond repair. I've had to sew up the wound as it wasn't even hinting at healing like the wounds in the past."
Sarutobi looked at the unconscious boy and wanted to cry. "Any chance?" he asked softly.
Eboshi shook her head. "No. maybe if Tsunade was here and could perform a surgery, but its beyond my skills as a healer. The arm is useless…I'm sorry Lord Hokage, but Naruto Uzumaki is crippled for life."
Sasuke Sarutobi closed his eyes. He wanted to weep for the boy he saw as a grandson. He wanted to rage at the village for what they've done to this boy who saved them, and continued to save them. But most of all, on this day, the Third Hokage wished that his successor, the Yondaime Hokage, Minato Namikaze had never sealed the Kyuubi no Kitsune all those years ago.
You should have let it demolish these bastards. Look what they have done to your son. I pray when they meet the Shinigami, that he isn't merciful, for they have earned their place in a special hell; reserved for child molesters and people who talk in theaters.Drip…
Naruto looked around. "What the hell am I doing back in the sewer? Wasn't I in Ojii-san's office?" the blond asked and scratched the back of his head. It was then that he realized that he was using his right arm.
"Huh, guess Ebo-chan did her magic again and fixed me up." Naruto said with a smirk. He had liked the doctor the first time he saw her. If he was in the hospital, he was happy that she was there, cause the others ignored him.
With a shrug he looked around. There were pipes filled with blue light, there were thin pipes with red light fleck passing thru them, and then wrapped around both was what looked golden pipes that seemed to pulse.
Looking around he walked on, seeing puddles of water all over the place. "I don't remember ever seeing a tunnel like this under Konoha before." Naruto said as he walked.
As he continued on for what seemed like hours, he found himself entering a monstrous chamber with a cage that reminded him of the doors to Konoha. On the front of the cage was a weird seal. From the depths of the cell he heard the sound of what sounded like someone breathing, heavy.
"Hello?" Naruto called out, his voice echoing in the chamber. He passed what looked like a small waterfall and pond, his eyes continuing to be drawn to the cage.
"Is someone in there?" he asked.
The breathing changed and from the depths of the cage he could see a pair of eyes, three times bigger than him snap open. They were gold with red flecks.
"Finally came to visit I see." A deep voice said, and Naruto froze. He could feel the power from behind the seal and he was frightened. It was power like this he thought he was going to be hurt.
"I won't hurt you child. But we have much to discuss." The voice said, lowering its base and the eyes went from high to close to ground level.
"W-W-Who are you?" Naruto got out over his fear.
A deep chuckle. "I have many names. I'll use one I'm sure you know." The figure moved out of the shadows and Naruto backed up a step seeing the giant fox on the other side of the bars, the creatures body still concealed by shadows of the cell.
"I am the Kyuubi no Kitsune. But I would prefer if you call me…Ed."
AN: Well? Something bugged me about this one. Should I continue? If so, I'll add it to the rotation with my other stories.