Naruto Uzumaki growled in frustration and ran to the Hokage's tower, when he realized one simple fact.
He was just thrown away for the Uchiha bastard by Kakashi. Naruto tried to ignore the pain in his chest at his rejection and continued to run. The Blonde knew he wasn't the smartest ninja on the block, but he sure knew when he was getting blown off, seeing it all too often in his life.
He realized just what the hell Kakashi was saying when his sensei managed to find another teacher for him. That Kakashi was trying to pass him off, so that he could kiss Sasuke's ass. But, that was not the part that pissed him off, oh no! It was when Kakashi told him that his sensei was none other than the closet pervert Ebisu, the one Naruto managed to beat using only his Sexy Jutsu. And at that, Naruto ran to the Hokage tower, to have a little talk with the village leader.
Seeing the large tower come within his view, he boosted his speed. At his arrival to the base of the building he ran in and charged up the staircase. There was no way in hell this could happen, not when so much was at stake.
The Hokage felt the familiar feeling of Naruto's chakra the moment the boy had his chakra flare. Looking out his window he saw the many people of the village working, running, and playing. Never did these people know that just one secret, one attack, one problem, and the village would collapse starting the Fourth great ninja war, once the other villages saw how weak they were.
But those people down there were civilians, and would prefer to be ignorant of the truth, than know of the mortal danger facing them every day.
He sighed in discontent when he realized that with no paperwork to do, the job was even more boring than ever.
Due to the arrival of the Chuunin exams, almost all ninja missions were cancelled, and all village affairs were turned over to the council, when they realized long ago, that one man could possibly never manage something as big as this. Any official Ninja business was to be handled by the council, so all ninja were at the beck and call of the council at this moment, taking all power away from the Hokage.
So here he was in his office, trying to enjoy the unofficial vacation he was taking, and wondering why the hell he was still in his damnable office. It was time for him to go, and leave to his own little camping trip. So he could be refreshed for the Chuunin Exams.
Suddenly a rapping on his door brought him from his thoughts and brooding.
Arriving to the Hokage's door, and ignoring the protests of the Guards and the Secretary, he knocked angrily, feeling his knuckles vibrate against the wood. The door swung open and Naruto arrived to see the old Kage looking at him serenely, possibly ignoring the boys anger, and his discomfort.
Now the Hokage was a lot of things, however, he was far from being dumb, and as such, knew the ways of the enigma Naruto, and his ways. But judging from what he could see, Naruto was severely pissed off.
"What can I do for you Naruto?" asked the Aged man. Naruto looked at him before realizing that if the Hokage was calm and composed, so could he. Naruto sighed before letting telling the Kage his tale. "Old man, can I get a teacher for the Chuunin exams?"
Sarutobi raised an eyebrow and frowned "Well, why doesn't Kakashi teach you? Sasuke shouldn't be out of the hospital for at least another week?" Knowing the answer to what was to come. Kakashi had come by yesterday and asked for Ebisu to 'Assist him with training his students.'
"But that's just it! Kakashi doesn't want to train me, instead he passes me off to the closet pervert! I want win the tournament Old man, but without a GOOD teacher, I think I might lose to Sasuke-teme and Gaara." Naruto stated, completely forgetting Neji, or perhaps just not caring.
The old man frowned at hearing these words, before saying "Naruto, then who do you wish to train you? According to these records" The Hokage pulled out a large book. "There is no one available other than Ebisu. Naruto scowled before turning his head slightly, trying to hide his anger and frustration from the Hokage.
"How can I be Hokage if no one wants to help me!" The old man knew just what the boys problem was. Naruto hated to be rejected, and to be rejected by his sensei stung the little boy.
Although Naruto didn't show it, he was just as vulnerable as any other child, regardless of being a Ninja or not. Suddenly the Hokage had an idea that would possibly end both his boredom, and make Naruto happier than he has been in his life.
"Naruto, come here." The boy looked up and walked up to the man.
"Yes" he stated quietly.
"Currently, as Hokage, I am entitled to certain duties, rights, and areas, which I may use and perform. Naruto still felt slight tears rest on his eyes, as they stung and burned him gently, but the Blond still listened intently.
"What if I told you that I could train you?" At that moment, the room exploded… Or would have if Naruto wasn't shocked, he stared at the Old man…no, the Hokage, with resolve.
"Listen Naruto, if I were to train you, it would have to be top secret. I wouldn't want to start a war because I helped train someone to win a tournament who managed to defeat the Kazekage's son." Sarutobi added the last part, because he knew of Naruto's slight fear of the red-headed psychopath.
"But, what about all of your work…" Naruto looked around the room and realized that the usual stack of papers and scrolls, were missing.
"None of that is here to bother me, the village council has me covered…thank god" He chuckled slightly "And also, let me repeat that If I were to train you, this would be top secret, and no one, not even your teammates will know of your whereabouts."
Shaking his head quickly, he knew that to be trained by the Third Hokage, was not only a great honor, but also a chance in a lifetime.
"When can we start training…Sensei?" Hearing those words, Sarutobi felt his insides squirm a bit. He had not been called Sensei in a very long time. It was a saddening though. He was getting on in years.
"We can start now, just gather the supplies you need to survive outside for one month, and trust me we will make you worthy of being the next Hokage. Now, meet me here in one hour, and remember, do not tell anyone!
The last part had to be shouted due to the speed Naruto used to leave and return to his home for the supplies needed for their little 'trip'.
Naruto arrived at his home in record time, and formed ten clones to search the filthy home for clothes, weapons, and also food.
The real Naruto stayed back and looked gently around his decaying apartment, knowing that as filthy a place this was, this was the only home he could buy. Not because he was poor, no he was far from that, it was the fact that no one else wished to sell him a home, or rent him an apartment.
The building where Naruto lived was all but evacuated, thanks to a certain Blonde haired boy. There were other tenants living within the building with him, however, the other inhabitants of the building lived at the base, leaving the entire second floor to Naruto.
As quickly as the clones were formed, they all arrived in front of Naruto, holding two backpacks full of equipment and supplies for the training to ensue for the next month. Maybe, when this was all over, he would ask the Old man to help him find a new home.
Leaping out of his window, he turned to see Sakura walking with a bouquet of flowers, heading in the direction away from the Hospital. "Hey! Sakura!"
Sakura looked behind her, ignoring the sadness she felt at being rejected by Sasuke again. "Yeah Naruto? Can you see I'm busy?" Hearing her tone and seeing her face, Naruto sighed as he looked at her before jumping away.
The Hokage glanced at the picture of the Fourth Hokage, hanging gently on his wall. Walking over to his late successor he sighed "Will you ever forgive me?" He closed his eyes and looked away sadly, feeling the guilt grow within him. He hoped that he could help his soul, and redeem himself in the eyes of Naruto's father.
The Hokage already had his items packed for a trip into the forest surrounding Konoha, however, he did not expect to have a little boy tag along. Therefore instead of going to relax in the wilderness, he was going to travel to the one area he knew no one would follow him.
The Forest of Death.
There he would be safe, and could train Naruto. Also it was secluded and would stop spies from learning what he was doing. The doors slammed open and the Hokage nearly jumped in surprise, were it not for the years of training that had turned him into a hardened Shinobi.
"Ok Old man, let's go get some training done!" The Hokage sighed and glanced at Naruto. The will to learn and beat his rival, who had yet to acknowledge his existence, reminded him of something from the past, when he had 3 little kids to look after.
Three hours later…
The Third Hokage situated himself within a clearing within the Forest of Death near a river of clear water. Dropping his usual Kage clothes in favor of his combat shinobi attire, he glanced at Naruto.
Naruto glanced around sadly, when he swore to himself. He hoped he would never come back to this place again, but fate was a cruel mistress, and sent him back to this hell, in only Seventy-two hours.
"Naruto, it's time to see what you know, and hopefully, it's not farting in someone's face." The Blonde looked down at those words, hiding a blush. The Third smirked, before aptly placing a fist within Naruto gut. Naruto was forced back several feet, before gaining his balance, and wiping some blood from his mouth.
"Well, I beg to differ, as a Ninja, there is no 'fair.'" Naruto winced in pain when he took a position to prepare for an attack. Suddenly a kick came to the side of Naruto's head and he realized one thing.
The old man could fight, and if he wanted to, could kill him as well.
Naruto grabbed the leg before swinging the Hokage around and threw him towards the tree behind the himself. Flipping himself around in the air, the Aged man grinned as he stuck to the base of the tree. Looking around him, he saw hundred of clones, armed with kunai, ready to charge him.
Glancing around, he spotted the real Naruto, still standing in the exact same position he was. With a wide grin, the Hokage held up a single shuriken. "Naruto all those clones are USELESS!"
The old man threw the single ninja star and bellow out one command. "Kage Shuriken Jutsu!" On that one command the single star turned into two-hundred and sliced through every clone Naruto had created.
Naruto looked around and saw each and every one of the clones die. Even the two underground and one behind the tree!
In shock he saw the smirking man drop from the tree. Naruto growled before charging forward, he threw his right hand to the Kage's face, before the Hokage caught it with both hands.
Naruto smirked and let something slide out of the sleeve of his coat, a hidden kunai knife. Of course however, the Hokage already knew of the trick and grabbed the hand holding the kunai, and held both of Naruto's hands within his own, both gripping each other, and looking into each other's eyes. Quickly, Sarutobi jumped a foot into the air and mule kicked Naruto's chest. Knocking the breath out him and winning the fight.
Later that night...
Naruto rested by the fire after their fight, cradling his sore chest. He stared at the fire for some time, before asking one question.
"Do you know any fire techniques?"
The Hokage looked back on the night when Naruto had asked to learn fire jutsu. When they learned Naruto could not mold chakra, something was up. After nearly two hours of examining the boy trying to figure out the problem, the Hokage finally knew. He told Naruto to raise his shirt, so that he could examine the seal placed over the fox. To his surprise, the seal had another seal placed over it.
He knew the seal was of Orochimaru's design. After a few moments, he removed the seal, and knew it was time for Naruto to learn a basic fire jutsu. In four days, Naruto was being instructed on the basics of chakra, molding it, and releasing it. The Third was surprised of the boys willingness to learn, and took the lessons to heart. Later on that morning, it was time to start the performing the jutsu.
Naruto had done as he was told. He formed the seals needed to create a fireball, carefully molded the chakra, and shouted "Katon:Goukakyuu no Jutsu" The clearing was cleared, as a large orb of flame sterilized the area.
For several hours he did as he was told and repeated the same technique over and over again. The Hokage was surprised to learn of the boys remarkable aptitude toward fire, or maybe its sister element, wind, which could possibly help increase his abilities. He knew the boy had not mastered the element, however, Naruto showed enough skill to wield flames and control it to an extent.
That was when the Third decided to experiment with just what Naruto could do.
Out of all the elements in the lands, fire abilities required the most chakra. Water, Earth, Wind, and Lightning were materials that were usually available, and most Ninja could acquire the elements from their own Natural surroundings. Unfortunately, fire had to be molded and created from chakra, draining the user's chakra by a substantial amount. That was why fire jutsu are used in bursts. To constantly expend chakra for more than few seconds was taxing. Even normal jounin had trouble using such ability for more than a dozen seconds.
However the advantages were sure to be shown, as the speed and heat of such techniques usually outweighed the disadvantages, burning the toughest of ninja gear in seconds, and with its speed outrunning many Jounin. Due to Naruto's insane amount of chakra, and the ability he had to restore such an amount within seconds thanks to the fox, made Naruto a perfect candidate for wielding fire jutsu.
Nearly forty fire balls had been fired since Naruto had first performed the Jutsu, and all of them had managed to be performed to a deadly level. Naruto held his head high, as he was about to perform the jutsu again when suddenly Sarutobi stopped him.
"Enough, Naruto." The boy had held the final seal, before, releasing it and glancing at the Kage.
"Well Sensei, how was that?" Naruto grinned stupidly, knowing of his achievement.
Sarutobi smirked at the boy, and felt his heart swell when he heard the boy call him 'Sensei'. Sarutobi cleared his throat, before looking into Naruto's eyes. "It's time that you start moving on to another Jutsu. Stale moves can lead to the death of a Shinobi."
The Third had planned to teach Naruto three jutsu to help him win the tournament.
"Old ma- I mean Sensei, what can Neji do? He is supposed to be strong, but when I saw Hinata fight that bastard, all they seemed to do was…slap each other, and for some reason, those attacks seemed to be killing her." The Third frowned at those words when he realized that Naruto had no knowledge of just who he was facing in the exam. Intelligence in the Ninja world could decide life or death.
"Naruto, do you know anything about your opponents in the exam? Neji is powerful for a reason, and that is due to his clans fighting style and bloodline." The elderly Man knew Naruto had no clue just what his opponent's abilities were, and just what kind of harm they could inflict. Luckily, Sarutobi already had information gathered on all the Chuunin potentials.
"Sensei, I don't know anything about the people in the exam, except for Sasuke." The Hokage frowned at those words before stating the solution to the problems.
"Are you ready to study?"
Neji stood quietly in his training area, with his Byakugan activated, tracking his Sensei and Female teammate. Suddenly dozens of shuriken erupted from the foliage surrounding him, leaving nowhere to run, and no way to block.
As quickly the attack came, chakra was released from all of his external Tenketsu (This is the correct spelling I hope) and spun him in a perfect orb of chakra. "Kaiten!" He bellowed. The shuriken smashed into the wall of chakra, but their trajectory, was altered, making the attacks sail harmlessly away.
"That's enough Neji." His teacher said gently. "I know that you want to continue, however, you cannot expend more chakra" He said the Hyuuga. This was the fifth time Neji had performed the technique and already he felt as though he was going to pass out.
Gai-Sensei had turned to leave and sighed. "Come on Neji, let's go visit Lee, then we'll go eat." said the Weapons Mistress. Neji glanced around the small field before clearing his throat, taking note of the many weapons and holes in the ground in their training.
"You can't change fate." Neji told his sensei "Lee was destined to lose the fight against Gaara, it had to be done."
"Neji, when this match is over, you will learn that fate is simply an excuse used by cowards." At those word he became enraged at the remark and activated his Byakugan unconsciously; unfortunately, Gai was nowhere to be seen.
Tenten looked upon the whole exchange with sad eyes, when she realized that team Gai was falling apart.
Only fate would tell if the team would stay together, or disband.
Naruto glanced at his hand before concentrating chakra to it again. He was trying to force his chakra to the area around his hand, to create a jutsu used for close range combat using fire. He felt it was impossible to perform such a deed.
He took off his jacket to cool himself down in the hot forest. Only Seventeen days were left and Naruto still felt as though he were behind. Naruto was glad that he knew most of the abilities of the genin, learning of their abilities, clan jutsu, and the like. Unfortunately, nothing was turned up on Gaara.
The Old man told Naruto that the point of the one month waiting period was not exactly for training. It was for gathering intelligence on the enemy and exploiting a weakness. However, the Hokage knew of Naruto's lack of abilities, and therefore decided to simply train the boy's ass off.
All the knowledge that the boy was missing would be filled in by him of course. After all, the Hokage had quite an impressing intelligence network. The Kage examined Naruto's hand happily, seeing the chakra form around it.
This was step one of course. The next part would involve Naruto to infuse his chakra with flame, and therefore create an original jutsu only Naruto knew. Naruto held the chakra around his hand, sweat pouring from his forehead as he tried to hold the chakra there. He glanced at his Sensei, and noticed the smirk on his face.
At that moment, Naruto decided to proceed to the next step without the permission from the old man. Applying the chakra manipulation principals that the Third told him, he suddenly felt the chakra around his hand turn to flame.
That was when the Problem started.
He heard Sarutobi shout some words to Naruto, however, those words fell to deaf ears. Naruto was more concentrated on the pain in his hand. The flames swirled around his fingers, and Naruto could see the flesh blacken.
The pain was sickening as and he could feel the flames creeping up his arm.
And all of this happened in three seconds, and the shout of "Fire Suppression Jutsu" was all he heard before passing out.
The Hokage smiled happily at his new student when he formed the chakra around his hand. Rapidly however, it all changed when the chakra turned to flames.
"Naruto stop!" was all the Kage could say when the boys hand started to burn.
It was as though time slowed, and only one thing could be done.
Reaching into his chest pocket, he pulled out a scroll, and with a pre-inked brush, used for sealing items quickly; he slashed hundreds of seals across the scroll within a second and placed his chakra within the seals. "Fire Suppression Jutsu" was all that he could say before the seals activated and the flames on Naruto's arm came rushing towards the scroll.
That was when Naruto slumped over, his eyes rolling into the back of his head. Rushing forward, he caught the boy, and placed him inside of the tent they had prepared. Taking Naruto to a hospital would arouse much suspicion.
Forming several seals, Sarutobi's hand grew green and went to work on Naruto's hand, but to his surprise, the boys blackened skin began to flake off, and beneath that, lied brand new skin.
Sarutobi let the healing technique be released, as he examined the younger mans hands closer. His eyes could have fooled him because as the skin flaked away, it turned to dust and fell to the floor.
"Such a devastating jutsu." He whispered in wonder. He continued to look at the boys hands noting that in only ten minutes time, the flesh had re-grown, and all that remained to show what happened was the pink coloring of his hands.
Sarutobi quietly thanked the fox for protecting the boy, but felt grief when he remembered the burden the boy had to carry.
When this was all over, he would treat Naruto to some ramen.
Naruto had no idea just what was going on, he remembered the being within the Forest of Death, training with the Third, feeling his hands set on fire and aptly passing out. He lay in the middle of a pool of water before slowly getting up.
Looking around he felt and looked as though he were in a sewer. The wall were concrete he noted, and pipes lined the ceiling. Also there was a familiar scent in the air, accompanying with it the sound of breathing.
Following the sound, he came across several passages before finally finding the real one.
And he wished he hadn't.
Before him lay a great cage, greater than even the Hokage tower. Slowly, he walked forward, and saw a massive creature behind the bars.
"Kyuubi" was all that was said before the heavy breathing stopped, and a pair of large red eyes was directed in his direction. "Human…What does a weakling such as you want?" It echoed throughout the area before the enormous form of the beast moved towards the cage.
Naruto felt his insides turn in fear and was about to pass out were it not for his steely resolve. "Hey, shut your damn mouth!" The fox was momentarily stunned before calming from its rage, and setting its two eyes upon Naruto.
"I have lived more than all of the lifetimes from your village, and not one creature, demon, and being have ever said that to me." The fox stated quietly "Even your precious Fourth Hokage respected me greatly" The fox continued to eye Naruto before allowing itself a toothy grin.
"How may I help you, child?"
"Well, I guess I kinda came in here by accident, hahaha." Naruto tried to hide his nervousness. The demons eyes narrowed, and a faint growling could be heard.
"Umm, I'm training to beat people in a tournament, wanna help me train?"
Did foxes growl?
"How about I leave some valuable knowledge? If you were to fight Gaara, then learn to summon, only then will you be able the fight such a beast." The words of the fox shocked Naruto greatly, not only for helping, but also because the Nine tailed fox knew of Gaara. Was the fox looking at everything through his eyes?
Before Naruto could ask such a question, be felt himself flung back into the physical world.
Naruto awoke quietly in what he could recognize as his tent.
The Blonde raised the hand he remembered he burned to his face. To his surprise, his hand was slightly paler than the rest of skin, but otherwise completely new. He glanced around gently and could he some noise coming from the outside.
Naruto grabbed his jacket lying on the side of him, and put it on. Feeling fresh and relaxed, he stepped out the tent. The Third Hokage was waiting for him outside of the tent holding a piece of cloth in his hands, and holding a small brush. "How are you Naruto? Or should I say how your hand is?"
"I feel good Sensei, what are you doing?" The Kage held up a pair of gloves within his hand and changed the subject.
"Naruto? Do you know what that jutsu did?" Naruto shook his head and continued to watch the Hokage, curious as to where this was going.
"The jutsu we have just tried did something I had never seen before." The man took a breath of air before going into his 'explanation mode'. It was one of the reasons he was called the 'Professor'.
"When you created the technique, the flames you had created were not…normal. When a fire is started, they need to have a form of fuel to continue to burn. When you perform a fire jutsu, the flames dissipate because there is no more chakra to sustain it. Even then, you cannot continue to feed a fire jutsu chakra, because when the original chakra is gone, the fire becomes just a regular blaze."
The old man paused, before going again.
"Your chakra seems to have a unique property…from what I saw, this fire jutsu you have created apparently…burns chakra. We need to test this out again, but with your permission. If this jutsu can do what I think it can do, you will have a powerful jutsu only you may create."
He held up the two gloves he had been holding, and handed them to Naruto. "I have placed several seals on and within the gloves to resist fire, not only that but the gloves should hold the flames away from your chakra. With this we just might be able to control the fire.
Naruto stared at the gloves before placing them on quickly, and looking at them. The gloves were your standard black shinobi gear. Fingerless so that jutsu could be performed with minimal resistance, still provide grip for weapons, and protect the hands from hard strikes. He looked at the back of his hands to the metal plate, and instead of the Leaf Village symbol being on the back, there were dozens of seals, all placed within an intricate pattern.
The old man grinned at the boys look of wonder as he examined the gloves.
"Do you want to try the jutsu again Naruto?"
Naruto looked apprehensively at the gloves before saying "Yes Sensei." He had faith that these would work. The boy walked up to the middle of the clearing and closed his eyes.
Raising his hand, the boy felt chakra begin to flow into it. Naruto continued to concentrate until he had enough chakra.
Opening his eyes, he turned his chakra into flame.
Naruto bit his lip when he expected the flames to harm him, yet, the glove kept the flames from reaching his wrist, and to his surprise, his fingers were cool too.
The Third walked over to him and formed several seals. To Naruto's amazement, the earth next to him slowly began to rise until the form of the Third Hokage was standing next to the original.
"Naruto, strike the clone" Said the maker of the doppelganger.
At those words, Naruto bit his bottom lip and felt slightly queasy at hitting the Hokage, even if it was a clone.
Pulling his flaming hand back, he made a fist and struck at the Earth clone's side.
The clone took the punch without even wincing and looked below its 'ribcage', where Naruto struck him.
To the real Hokage's shock, the clone's chest was set ablaze within seconds.
Starting from where it was struck, the flames continued to travel along the clones body as though it were doused in gasoline. Then the clone turn back to mud, but the flames still rested on the remains, until several seconds, when the flames died.
Naruto quirked his eyebrow before asking "See what?"
"Naruto, that was an earth clone, fire jutsu have little or no effect on such beings. Yet, it appears that my theory is true. The clone I had created only had the amount of chakra most Chuunin have. Naruto, promise me you will never use this on an ally."
"Yea, I promise." Naruto however, felt a large amount of excitement in the fact that this new jutsu he had created could be shown off to his friends. Quickly he remembered the words of the fox, and the words it imparted. Looking at the old man smiles and happy demeanor, he decided to ask about summoning…without mentioning the fox.
"Sensei" he asked in a polite tone "Do you think I can learn to summon?" Sarutobi glanced at Naruto, before asking him one thing.
"What do you want to summon?"
Slightly revising the story a bit and cutting down the size.
Let me also say that Naruto will not 'transform into the fox', and have some fox ears, permanent red eyes, tail, super abilities, have harems after him, godly powers (but he will be strong), flying, pheromones that enable every woman to fall in love with him, control the fox, summon the fox into chibi form, talk with the fox every waking moment of his life, fuck a female Kyuubi, have Naruto transported to a different world (Harry Potter), and pretty much any other bullshit you can think of.