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Author's Note: AU – Timetravel
"Ramen! Ramen! Ramen! Ramen!"
Iruka chuckled with his teeth showing and his eyes closed, while his hand was ruffling the little Naruto's hair. "Naruto. You know you should watch what you eat, right? It might prove disadvantageous for you in the long run."
The blonde fresh Genin waved the comment away with a shake of his hand and started chomping down the Ramen, making Iruka believe he would eat the bowl too… almost. After he finished one bowl, the little guy winked at his teacher. "You know, you say those things every day, Iruka-sensei, but today… You sound different. Who are you?"
Waving his hands frantically, Iruka smiled and nervously started uttering "Don't be ridiculous, Naruto! It's me!"
Naruto snorted loudly. "I'm a Genin now, you know. You can't fool a Genin from Konoha that easily! Release your Henge!"
"Really… To be honest, not even a Jounin would be able to see through me with this ability." The fake Iruka stated seriously. "But then, I'm trying to imitate the one person you know the best. I figured I wouldn't be good enough to fool myself…"
Teuchi, the owner of the Ramen Shop, had his back turned towards the duo and couldn't hear anything they were talking about over the sounds of boiling water. So, when he turned around, he was completely stupefied to see both Naruto and Iruka gone…
"Damn it! Not you too, Iruka! You two had better pay up next time I see you!!" Came the old man's yell a second later. "Ayame! Where are you?!"
"Where are we? Who are you?! What are you going to do, fake Iruka-sensei!"
"Calm down, you little brat. Damn, I never knew it was this noisy." The Chuunin muttered as he was dragging Naruto with him. "Don't worry, I'm on your side."
Naruto roughly pushed the older man's hand away from his sleeve and glared up at him. "What makes you think I believe you?!" He yelled again.
Iruka glared right back and then grinned a second later. "Very well, Naruto."
What happened next astounded Naruto greatly. Iruka-sensei slowly but surely changed into someone else. Someone who looked a lot like his idol, the Yondaime Hokage. "W-What?!"
Where before the Konoha Chuunin Umino Iruka stood, now a man with a black cloak with dark red flames on the ends of the sleeves and the cloak itself was standing. "I'm you, about thirty years from now. A bit more, but who the hell cares? I came to warn you, against orders from my comrades."
"Me? You're me? That's impossible! I have Comrades? Wait, you're lying! You can't be me! Who do you think you're fooling?! The great Uzumaki Naruto?! Dream on, me-wannabe!" The little Naruto laughed as he pointed at the taller Naruto. "You should have tried this in the morning, mister!"
The taller man actually chuckled at that, but sighed before he started talking again. "I'm doing something that has never been done before. I truly am from the future. Right now, I've brought you back to my time. I currently enjoy the rank Nidaime Uzukage. I am forty-eight years old, but still look like I'm twenty-three."
"Ahhh… What's an Uzukage?"
"It means I am the leader of Whirlpool Country, Naruto."
"Hah, that proofs it! A future me would definitely become Hokage! Leader and protector of Konoha! You're a fraud! I can see right through you!" Naruto shouted as he, again, rudely pointed his finger in the future Naruto's face.
"Well, you don't have to believe me. You just have to listen to me." The older one stated as he pushed the offending index finger away. "Naruto, I'm going to train you, make you stronger so you can make a difference! The future right now isn't as bright as we want it to be. Your real problems start when the Kyuubi inside of you is no longer watching your back... and front."
"You know about the Kyuubi? Who are you?!"
Future Naruto sighed. "I told you. I am you thirty-six years from now. I have mastered many things no Shinobi has ever mastered. Time Travelling is one of those."
"I told you, I don't believe you! I'm just going to call you Fake Me! Or Fake Naruto! There's only one Naruto-sama! And that's me!" He pointed his finger against his own chest. "You can try as hard as you want, but you won't be me!"
The Uzukage shrugged. "I guess you're right, I'm not you. But then, you will be me, some day. I simply WAS you. How about some proof, then? I know for a fact that you only have three orange jumpsuits and that you have to wash them every day! I also know you're completely in love with Haruno Sakura! I know you want to have friends, but no one wants to be friends with you! I know you've cried yesterday night, when Mizuki attacked you and Iruka-sensei. Before that, you haven't cried since you were five years old." A sigh, before he decided to continue. "I know you want to beat Uchiha Sasuke so you can show the entire Academy that you're not a dead-last! And the most important thing… I know what happens to you every single night…"
At that, the younger Naruto's eyes widened. "I… You can't!"
Future Naruto nodded his head sympathetically. "I know, Naruto… It's a side effect of the Shiki Fuin being used on you. But, I've created a seal to speed up the process."
Little Naruto frowned, not understanding at all.
"Every night, for a full hour, you go through excruciating pain, starting from your stomach, your seal, and ending with your brain, the one thing that controls your entire body. What's actually happening is… A Chakra Collision. Your Chakra, the Kyuubi's Chakra and the Shiki Fuin's Chakra left on the seal on your stomach by the Yondaime Hokage."
"I have no idea what you're talking about, mister. But do you mind just taking me back home? You're creepy."
A chuckle came as response. "That's what I would say too, yeah. But I'm telling you the truth. You have to believe me. If you do, then maybe, we can save a lot of Shinobi and a lot of Villages. You're real Genin Exam starts tomorrow, right? With Hatake Kakashi as your Jounin Instructor."
"Pf, everyone knows that already. Don't think you can convince me just like that. From the future, yeah right!"
'Man, I was a real piece of work back in my younger days…' The older blonde simply shook his head with a grin plastered on his face. "We're going to train for four months. After that, my time will be up and all will be left in your hands."
"Four months?! Are you crazy?! I'm a busy guy, I'm a Genin now! I'm going to have missions!"
"No worries, I'll teleport you back just in time for your Genin Examination. I want to make sure you don't need any training anymore before you go back…"
"So… Where are you taking me now, then?"
"Fukasaku… We'll start with the easiest training…"
Four months later…
"Namikaze-sensei… How come you are the leader of Whirlpool and not Leaf?"
Future Naruto slightly dropped his head. "Because Konoha was destroyed. I want you to make sure that doesn't happen. Can you do that?"
The younger blonde smiled sadly. "I will… I'll make sure we're going to have a better future. With this…" He took a look at his own hands. "I'll destroy everyone!"
Back at the Present
"Saaa… I have with me two bells. These bells are your objective; Capture these and you're Genin straight-away. You have until sunset. If you have no bell, you're going back to the Academy and can try again next year. Understood?"
"But there are only two bells, Sensei!" The pink-haired thirteen year old Genin asked.
The Copy-ninja tilted his head and grinned behind his mask. "Yup, there are! Very observant of you, Haruno Sakura!"
The Uchiha Avenger standing next to her, snorted. 'So one of us will fail, anyway? It definitely won't be me!' Sasuke thought as he quickly hid himself in the bushes. Sakura followed suit, while Naruto was frowning at the famous Hatake Kakashi.
'I wish Future Me had told me what this test was about, damn it…'
"You're a bit off, Uzumaki Naruto-kun." Kakashi let out as he stared at the short Genin.
"The only thing that's a bit 'off' is your hairdo!" Naruto shouted. 'I'm not allowed to reveal too much, so… I might as well sit this one out until I know what to do with this weird guy.'
Kakashi double checked his vision as he saw Naruto hide as well. 'Strange… I expected him to rush at me immediately. Perhaps he's not the hothead Hokage-sama told me he was…' And then, his mind realised another thing. 'His clothes… They were special, weren't they?'
The Copy Ninja's eye suddenly widened. 'I can't sense Naruto! Sasuke and Sakura are easy to locate, but… How strange. Doesn't matter, I guess I'll have to smell him out.' The Jounin thought as he focused Chakra to his nose. 'Ah, there he is…'
Tilting his head back down as to indicate he was not worried about anything, he pulled out a book from one of his many pockets and started reading. "You know, if you don't come at me with intent to kill, you won't get these bells!" He spoke out loud as he chuckled strangely at a picture in the book he was reading.
Half a mile away from Kakashi's position, Naruto wasn't even thinking about the test, but more about what his Future Self had told him. Certain events scared him, but he promised he would do anything in his might to prevent all of them. He had just returned from the future three hours ago and watched his future self die right in front of his eyes. At the same time, Future Naruto's last warning came to mind.
'This is what happens when you time-travel too much, Naruto… Your body just can't handle the Space…'
'I'll find a way to perfect it, Namikaze-sensei…' Naruto thought to himself. 'I'll find a way to perfect everything.'
Turning his attention back to his current objective, Naruto decided to get closer to his Jounin Instructor again, only to see Sasuke buried in the ground, with just his head sticking out. 'Now that's funny!' Naruto chuckled inwardly.
All of a sudden, a female scream came from his right and Naruto dashed towards the location in awesome speed. 'That was Sakura-chan!'
Observing from a bit further away, a certain eye narrowed. 'That's… too fast. Hokage-sama hasn't told me Naruto was that quick…' Kakashi thought as he followed after Naruto.
Landing on the ground before an unconscious Sakura, Naruto sighed in relief. 'No harm comes to Sakura-chan!' He declared in thoughts. "She was caught in Genjutsu, hm?" He murmured, only to widen his own eyes at the sudden presence of his new teacher behind him. "Kakashi-sensei?"
"Question…" The Sharingan wielder started. "How come you know a Genjutsu was used on her?"
"Uhmmmm… Lucky guess?" Naruto nervously uttered.
"Lesson three: Taijutsu!" The blonde gritted his teeth as he was smashed into a tree by the kick he received in the stomach. He quickly jumped up and looked around, only to find out Kakashi was gone. "Quick recovery time, Naruto. You're not too shabby." Came a voice from all around him. 'He's better than I thought…'
'If I can beat Kakashi, I get a bell, but… Namikaze-sensei told me I would be in a team with Sasuke and Sakura-chan. Besides that, I'm a long way from beating Kakashi if I can't use my Kinjutsu…' He thought to himself. 'I'll have to continue my training after this…'
Kakashi, up in the trees, smiled to himself as Naruto went into hiding again. 'He's supposed to be looking for me, but he won't stop hiding. Very unlike the character that was described to me. If one could be provoked, it would've been you, Naruto. What doesn't make sense here?'
Sasuke was panting as he had finally managed to get himself out of the ground. 'Damn that Kakashi, he's gonna pay for this…' He calmed down and took a look at his surroundings. 'Sakura and that dobe haven't done anything yet, but then again, even if they do, they'll achieve completely nothing. It's up to me to finish this.'
"Ah, you're up and about again, Sasuke?" Came the lazy voice of his future Jounin Instructor. "I almost forgot about you."
"Katon; Goukakyuu no Jutsu!!" The Uchiha breathed out, but the Copy-nin easily sidestepped the Fire Ball. This time, his hands fell on his knees after using the Technique.
"Out of Chakra, Sasuke? You shouldn't poor too much Chakra in a Technique that's bound to miss your opponent. If anything, you should've used too little and make it into a diversion."
"Shut up!" The raven-haired boy shouted out. "Just… watch!" He said as he performed handseals again.
This time, Kakashi appeared behind him and had the Uchiha's right hand locked in his left. "That would've been lights out, Sasuke. You definitely need control. But you sure don't lack motivation to hurt me." He grinned. 'His temper is quite worrisome…'
"Yo, sensei!! Let go of him!!" Kakashi glanced sideways to see five Narutos running towards him.
'Kage Bunshin, huh? Impressive for a Genin, but… it won't work.' The grey-haired veteran slammed all five Shadow Clones down in the blink of an eye, before he realised none of them were the real Naruto. Many Kunai and Shuriken came flying towards him as soon as he did. 'Kage Shuriken and Kage Kunai? I didn't know he could do that…' The CopyCat wondered as he vanished and appeared a few meters to the right, watching the many Kunai and Shuriken make impacts on the ground he stood before.
'I can't sense him, I can only smell him and...' Kakashi's eye narrowed. 'This is impossible for a Genin. I should be able to hear his movements! This means I have to rely on my nose to locate Naruto.'
A short distance away, one Haruno Sakura awakened. "Where am I?"
"We're on a training ground. I don't know which one this is." Came an answer from above. The pink-haired girl looked up to see Naruto standing on a tree branch. "I don't know what to do, Sakura-chan. Kakashi-sensei is a lot stronger than us."
"Naruto! Leave me alone! Where is Sasuke-kun!?" Was the immediate and harsh reply out of the pinkhead's mouth.
The blonde knuckle-head sighed and pointed his finger in a direction in front of him. "Sasuke's out of Chakra. He can't do anything right now."
"Shut up, Naruto! Sasuke-kun can always do something! He's the number one in our class, you idiot!" Naruto looked dumbfounded as Sakura ran in Sasuke's direction.
"Ahh… ok?" Naruto scratched the back of his head. "I never knew Sakura had so little Chakra in her…" He wondered out loud.
"Ah, Sakura! Back in the land of the living? How was your little nightmare?" Kakashi asked as he flipped a page. Behind him, Sasuke was panting. The Jounin was humiliating Sasuke even further by turning his back towards him. "Perhaps you have a bit more fight in you than Sasuke has?"
"That's impossible! No one has more fight in him than Sasuke-kun has!!" Sakura yelled.
"I don't think I have to stop reading for this…" Kakashi deadpanned. "Come at me, Sakura."
Sakura rushed forward, making Kakashi frown. 'How sloppy… She runs so slowly, holds no weapon in her hands, is not gathering any Chakra or making any handseals and she's… so emotional.' Hearing movement from behind as well, Kakashi vanished just in time to make Sakura collapse right into Sasuke, who was just about to attack the Jounin from behind.
"Ah, Sasuke-kun! I'm sorry!!"
"Get off of me!!" Sasuke roughly pushed Sakura off of him. "Stay out of this, you're way too weak!"
Taking one step away from Sakura, Sasuke started panting again. 'Shit! Why am I so tired?!'
"Sasuke-kun? Are you alright?" Sakura rose from the ground and hesitantly approached the Uchiha. "Sasuke-kun?"
"Sasuke-teme!" Both Sakura and Sasuke turned their heads to see Naruto behind them. "You don't look so good!" He exclaimed loudly.
"Be quiet, you dobe! I haven't seen you try anything yet!" The Uchiha reacted.
Naruto shrugged. "I will, I guess…"
"As if, Naruto! If Sasuke-kun won't succeed, you won't either!!"
Kakashi frowned as he saw the trio standing together. 'Somehow, they look funny when they stand close to each other like that. Now then, I wonder how Naruto will fight me. His speed and stealth is on a very high level.' And then, his eye widened. 'T-That's impossible!! When did he…?!'
Naruto grinned to himself. "You said anything goes, Kakashi-sensei. You were too busy watching Sakura and Sasuke to notice me right next to you!"
'… Right next to me?' The Copy-nin wondered. 'How?'
In the blonde's right hand, were two bells dangling. "I'm a Genin now, straight-away. I'm giving this other bell to BOTH Sakura and Sasuke, so they both can be in my team!" He decided. "Time to train your new team, sensei!!"
Sasuke and Sakura both looked like dead fish as they were staring at the bells in Naruto's hands.
The old man averted his gaze from the papers on his desk to the former ANBU Captain in front of him. "What is it, Kakashi?"
"I have a report on my Genin Examination. Haruno Sakura, Uzumaki Naruto and Uchiha Sasuke have all passed. Within the hour." He spoke with definite suspicion in his voice. "Something strange happened. I regret to inform you that I did not have my Sharingan activated to know what actually and exactly happened."
"Ah, elaborate further, Kakashi." The Third ordered as he rose from his seat. "I can tell you're a bit upset. This must be something serious."
Kakashi bowed shortly. "Haruno Sakura has performed below average, but holds promise if guided properly. Uchiha Sasuke is above the average Genin already, although he needs to be set straight in certain cases. Uzumaki Naruto however… He has shown almost nothing but more than the other two."
The Third chuckled. "Almost nothing? So Sakura and Sasuke or less than almost nothing?"
"Hokage-sama. Naruto's strong. Stronger that you've told me."
"Of course he is. He surpasses every opinion, that's just what he does. Remember that, Kakashi."
"…" Kakashi stared hard at the Sandaime, only to sigh. "Understood, Hokage-sama. If anything, I'm sure I'll be enjoying teaching this team."
"Kurenai-sensei, Kurenai-sensei… Who the hell IS Kurenai-sensei, anyway?!" Naruto muttered to himself as he was walking through the streets of the village. "Namikaze-sensei told me to find her as soon as I could, but… Couldn't he have told me what she looked like?!"
"Oy, if it isn't Naruto… What brings you out here so late?"
Naruto looked up from the ground and his pondering to see Shikamaru and an old guy looking like the former. "Shikamaru?"
"Ah, this is my father." Shikamaru lazily explained as he saw Naruto gaze at the older man. "He's drunk, obviously. My mother forced me to drag him back home. Managed to make me deaf on one side in the process." He said as he rubbed his right ear. "So, you haven't answered the question, Naruto."
"Huh? What question?"
The younger Nara slapped his forehead. "As troublesome as always, huh, Naruto? What are you doing out so late? I already told you my reasons."
"Ah!" Naruto seemed in deep thought. "I'm looking for this woman named Kurenai-sensei?? Maybe you can help me?"
The black-haired Genius-gonnabe shook his head. "The name sounds familiar, but… I can't help you."
"You're looking for Kurenai?" The older Nara suddenly slurred. "Haha, a young brat like you, looking for the cutest woman of Konoha?"
"Hey! You said mom was the cutest!" Shikamaru suddenly interjected.
"I say that when she's around, son." Shikaku immediately reacted. "But Kurenai, huh? You might find her at a training ground this time around. Heard she was training a fresh Genin Team this year."
Shikamaru frowned. "Ah, that's right. She's the Jounin Instructor of Kiba and the two silent ones of our class."
"Silent ones?" Naruto asked. "Who are they?"
"Hyuga Hinata and Aburame Shino, obviously. Sheesh, Naruto, you never pay attention, do you?" He then started dragging his father again. "See you around, you bothersome guy." The Shadow user half-yelled over his shoulder.
Naruto simply stared. 'He really is a strange guy, that Shikamaru.'
"What's wrong, Hinata?"
"Someone's approaching us, Kurenai-sensei. But… this person doesn't seem to be having any Chakra. My bugs tell me they are… confused?"
Yuuhi Kurenai tried to sense any Shinobi or Villager in the area, but found none. Even a Villager lets out some Chakra Presence… "Hinata, you can see him?"
The blue-haired girl nodded her head as she had her Byakugan activated. "Y-Yes!"
The black-haired Jounin frowned at Hinata's reaction. 'A relative, maybe? Her father, perhaps?'
"I can smell him. It's that dead-last, Naruto. I can recognise that horrible smell anytime, anywhere!" Kiba shouted, as always. "Let's continue, already! That guy's worth nothing, anyway!"
"Peculiar. Before, my bugs always seemed… agitated, whenever Naruto-san is around. But now, he doesn't seem to have a Chakra Presence? What has happened to him?" Shino wondered and turned to his Instructor. "Can you sense him, Kurenai-sensei?"
"Tcheh, it's not like it matters, Shino! That guy had so little Chakra, having nothing is just about equal!" The Inuzuka chuckled at his own joke. "We've wasted enough time talking about him already!"
"Something's wrong, Kiba." Kurenai suddenly and very seriously stated. "To emit no Chakra at all… You have to be either dead or… extremely skilled. As in, Jounin Level."
Shino's eyes narrowed behind his glasses. "I see."
"He is… He seems to be…" Shino, Kiba and Kurenai turned to the stuttering Hinata, who was also blushing a bit. "He seems to be calling your name, Kurenai-sensei!"
"That's odd… I've never talked to Uzumaki Naruto before. Are you sure he's not looking for any of you three?" Kurenai asked.
"Heh, that idiot has no friends, so he automatically has no one to look for, Kurenai-sensei!" Kiba laughed. "I mean, no one ever talks to him! He always talks to everyone, but we all just ignore his annoying sounds!"
"Kiba." Kurenai sternly started. "You're saying he has no friends and are laughing about it? That's harsh."
And then, all of a sudden, Naruto was standing behind Hinata, whose eyes widened even further. She deactivated her Byakugan and turned around swiftly to see Naruto grin at her. "Yo, Hinata! Can you help me find Kurenai-sensei!?"
Kurenai's eyes narrowed dangerously. 'Still no signs of any Chakra… But that speed was too fast for a Genin.' She then took a look at his clothes. Completely black. Black gloves, black belt, black T-shirt, Black pants, black sandals, black hitai-ate… and a black symbol on his belt. The symbol meant 'Uzumaki?'
"I am Yuuhi Kurenai. You must be Uzumaki Naruto. Can I help you?" Kurenai started, still trying to figure out why she couldn't sense him when he was just standing in front of her.
"Yes!" The blonde Genin bowed. "I must learn how to use and defend against Genjutsu! It is my weakness!" He was still bowing when Kurenai nodded her head and a gentle smile appeared on her face.
"Your weakness, you say!?" Kiba started. "Man, if I could make a list of your weaknesses, I think I'll be making the thickest book there is!!"
Shino kept silent, while Hinata was fidgeting, obviously feeling uncomfortable. "No, Kiba. You must learn from this. Naruto-kun has confirmed his weaknesses and has come to me for aid. It takes guts to confirm your own weaknesses." She then faced Naruto. "But I'm afraid I have to disappoint. I have my own team and if I'm not mistaken, Kakashi is your teacher now? He can help you with Genjutsu as well."
Naruto shook his head instantly. "But you're better than him in Genjutsu! Please help me!" He bowed.
The Jounin didn't know how to react to the sudden praise. It doesn't happen often that someone tells you you're better than the famous Copy Ninja. Not often at all. "Well… Even if that's true, I still won't be able to help you."
"Hey, man! Leave our sensei alone, Naruto!" Kiba yelled. "She's ours!!"
Naruto gazed at Kiba and then back at Kurenai, remembering what his Future Self had told him.
'Some people just won't help you because of what's inside you, Naruto… But just ignore those people. There are more ways than one to get where you want to go.' A sudden memory came to mind at the rejection he felt. Namikaze-sensei told him this once...
Kurenai held in a cringe as Naruto suddenly glared at her. But it was no anger that he was directing at her. It was more… disappointment and blame. "Fine." The blonde muttered darkly as he turned away.
"Why is she so afraid of you?"
Sasuke had his arms folded over one another and didn't seem to care about his surroundings. 'Really… Chasing stupid cats and fixing pointless fences… Ridiculous.'
"I don't know… So strange…" Naruto answered as he stared at the shivering cat in front of them.
"Kakashi, we've captured the cat." Sasuke suddenly stated. "We can go back now." It wasn't a question at all…
Naruto shrugged himself away from the cat as Sakura picked her up. "Let's go back." She said.
Naruto was sitting on a tree branch, reading a book and chuckling occasionally. On the ground, leaning against the same tree, was Sasuke, pretending to be sleep so the girl in front of him, Sakura, wouldn't talk to him. 'Heh, Kakashi's always late. Thank god I was able to buy this book.'
"Naruto. Don't you think you're a bit too young for that book?"
The blonde shut the book and grinned upwards, right into the face of Kakashi. "I have no parents telling what not to do, Kakashi-sensei."
"That doesn't mean you can do anything you want." He replied as he jumped down and greeted his other two students. "Alright, let's head for a Mission, shall we?"
As they were slowly walking through the Village, Naruto started listing the Techniques he knew and what his Future Self told him not to use if he could help it. 'No Fuuton Techniques, no Maton Techniques, no Fuinjutsu, no Sage Mode, no Fox Mode, no Youkon, no Kinjutsu except for the Kage Bunshin, no over the top Chakra Techniques and… what were those others? Oh yeah, he told me last resorts ARE last resorts. Trump Cards shouldn't ever be used…'
"You have any objection against this? I was planning to give you another D-Ranked one, but with you as their sensei, I'm sure you'll be able to do a C-Rank now." The Hokage's voice came sudden as soon as he heard 'C-Rank.' Naruto's eyes widened gleefully as he stared at the old man in front of him.
"Are you for real, old man?!" Was therefore his sudden and loud reaction.
"Naruto! Show some respect!" Naruto blinked and just then noticed Iruka was sitting next to the Third. He hadn't seen his former teacher for months! Well, the other way around, Iruka hadn't seen Naruto for days…
"Ah, Sorry, Iruka-sensei!" Naruto bowed. "But seriously!? This is awesome!!"
Sasuke smirked. 'Finally, something better than picking weeds.'
'C-Rank? Will we be alright?' The remaining member of Team 7 thought. 'I hope Kakashi-sensei knows what he's doing.'
"The mission is simple; Escort a bridge-builder back to the Wave. There shouldn't be any trouble doing this and I believe with you there, the client is very lucky." The Hokage said as he looked at Kakashi. "Good luck, team 7!"
"Kakashi-sensei, you guys go on ahead, I need to ask the old man something." Naruto said as his team had already turned for the door.
"Naruto! Respect, remember?!" Came Iruka's voice again. "Little brat!"
Naruto chuckled nervously. "Right, Hokage-sama."
The Sandaime simply smiled. "Can I help you, Naruto?"
"I need help with Genjutsu. I've already asked Kurenai-sensei, but she said she has no time." It amazed the Third that the blonde Genin was actually bowing. "I know no one else."
"I'm surprised you know Kurenai is talented with Genjutsu, but I'm even more surprised to see you interested in it." He paused to see no reaction from Naruto. "To be very honest, Naruto, you are not the type for Genjutsu."
"Exactly!" Naruto's head rose from the bowed position. "I'm completely helpless when it's used against me!"
The Third's eyes narrowed a bit. "You're awfully bright today, aren't you? You have a point by saying it's your weakness. There are many Genjutsu wielders in Konoha, but only few can teach it to others. Besides Kurenai, there are…" Naruto and Iruka watched as the Third was thinking. "Four."
Naruto nodded his head, hoping he would get some names now.
And indeed, the Third granted his wish. "Two of them might be able to work with your… special Chakra Situation. Mitarashi Anko and Uzuki Yuugao. They're both very busy, so I'll ask if they feel like helping a Genin when I see them. You WON'T look for them, understood?"
Naruto swallowed nervously at how serious the old man was about this. "Yes!"
"Listen up, Naruto. There are people out there not hesitating to kill you or your precious people. I want you to be ready for people like that. Don't show them any mercy; don't give them a single chance! You need to be ready to KILL them before they kill YOU or any of your friends or… family. Please, Naruto, you have to understand… I made mistakes, I let my enemies live and paid the price for it. I don't want you to make the same mistake."
Naruto's eyes hardened as he followed his sensei, the bridge builder Tazuna and his teammates out of Konoha.
'Don't worry, Namikaze-sensei… I won't let you down.'
Next Chapter: Flashbacks on how the training of Naruto went with his Future Self!