A/N: This is my first fanfic so please don't be to hard on me! The Naruto described in this fic, is how I personally think, Naruto really is. I hope you enjoy!
Disclaimer: I do not own Naruto and do not gain anything from this fanfiction!
Fox in the Dog-house
Two voices shouted into the sky above the Valley of the End. The fight between Sasuke and Naruto hat come to it's climax. The two attacks almost clashed, before Naruto pulled back at the last possible moment. His reward was a hole in the chest, curtsey of the last Uchiha, his formerly "best friend and brother".
"Told you, dope. You'll never beat me. Now if you excuse me from not watching you die, I've wasted enough time with the likes of you, dead last."
Smirking one last time at the blood covered form of his opponent, Sasuke turned and left to serve his new master the Snake Sannin Orochimaru.
"Sasuke.." Naruto muttered before he was enveloped by darkness.
Unknown to both combatants, they were watched the entire time. The Kyuubi had taken an interest in it's vessels fight and had provided him with it's chakra. But now it had a problem. The injuries Naruto had taken were very severe, but nothing it could not heal. The villagers had done a lot worse on him, when he was young and defenseless. But now, Naruto was experiencing an emotional trauma, caused by the betrayal of his best friend. Because of that, Kyuubi was unable to heal the hole in his chest properly and he would have surely died, if the demon had not found a solution to the problem. Kyuubi did not like the solution very much, but it was better than dyeing. So the demon set to work immediately in order to save the life of the orange clad boy.
"At least this will make things a lot more interesting around here. I have missed the smell of the fresh air for so long…."
Meanwhile Kakashi had arrived on the scene. One glance at Naruto's almost lifeless form told him all he needed to know. So he did the most logical thing he could do, which would be picking up his student and running at high speed back towards Konoha. All the way the copy-cat nin was beating himself up internally for his past failures. He knew he had favored Sasuke over Naruto and Sakura, but he kept telling himself he did so for the sake of his dead teammate Obito. But now he was finally coming to terms with reality. The sole reason why he had ignored Naruto was because he blamed him for the death of his sensei, the Yondaime Hokage. A stupid selfish reason, which put the genius ninja on the same level as most of the villagers. Kakashi came to the conclusion that if Naruto survived, he would do anything in his power to help him in order to make up for his lack of attention until now.
While he was dwelling on these things he had come near the gates of Konoha. Since time was of essence, he ignored the guard and rushed to the hospital, blasting everyone in his path away. At last he arrived at the hospital. Tsunade, the Godaime Hokage, seemed to have anticipated what had happened to Naruto and had already prepared an emergency surgery for him. She rushed immediately towards Kakashi when she caught site of him. She took Naruto out of his arms and placed him on the provided stretcher. But before she could ask Kakashi what the brat's condition was or call for her assistants, Naruto suddenly started to glow in an eerie red light. Before the eyes of the surprised and confused Tsunade and Kakashi, Naruto's wounds started to heal. But what happened next, scared both spectators out of their minds. From Naruto's stomach a red mass of chakra erupted, taking the form of a fox. The mass circled around him and he started to change. His once human ears moved upwards and took the shape of fox ears. His nails grew longer, as did his already pronounced canines. Finally he grew a long fox tail which was the same color as his now shoulder length golden hair. But the most disturbing thing, at least to Tsunade and Kakashi, happened after the changes on Naruto. The red fox shaped mass stopped circling him and instead started to settle on his stomach. The seal, which once held the Kyuubi, disappeared and instead of the red mass there suddenly sat a cute little fox with 9 tails. It looked around and noticed the two terrified ninjas in the room. There was a long silence until the fox did something very unexpected.
The only reaction it got was a loud thump as both the Godaime and Kakashi hit the floor, unconscious.
"This is going to be a looooooong day" the fox sighed.
The sight that greeted Naruto when he awoke moments later was somewhat disturbing: A cute little fox with nine tales was frantically trying to revive both Tsunade and Kakashi. What made it even more disturbing was the fact, that the fox was speaking while doing so.
"Wake up you to insolent humans! We've got some things to discuss! It's not very polite to become unconscious when somebody is trying to start up a conversation with you, dammit!"
The creature then noticed the stirring Naruto and turned to address him:
"Oh, hi kit! Nice to see you're okay. How do you like your new features? It was the only option other to death, so please don't be too upset."
"Ano… do I know you? And what new features are you talking about? And why is it so loud and smelly in here? And why does my tail feel so clammed up? Wait a moment… my tail???!!! What did that baka kitsune do this time??!"
"That "baka kitsune" saved your worthless live kit, so stuff it. I didn't like the prospect of dying, so deal with it. Ah, it seems your Hokage and your sensei are starting to come to their senses, about time."
Indeed, the two ninjas were slowly starting to wake up.
"God, I should stop drinking so much sake it's effecting my brain. I was dreaming Kyuubi escaped from the seal, turned Naruto into something foxlike and then talked…"muttered Tsunade.
"Interesting Tsunade-sama, I had the exact same dream" was the comment from Kakashi.
"Sorry to bring it to you but that wasn't a dream. I'm really not sealed anymore into Naruto. I gave up most of my power and left it within him and turned him into a fox-hanyou by doing that. It was the only way to save him. And as you can hear, I can really talk, I'm not dumb you know?"
"AHHHHHH! Kyuubi escaped, were doomed" came the simultaneous cry from all three ninja.
"Naruto you idiot! How could you let it escape?! Now it will finish what it started 14 years ago!"
"Itai! Why must you always hit me Tsunade-baachan?!" was the only reply she got after yelling at him and bonking him on the head.
"QUIET! I am NOT going to harm your beloved village! Now shut up and listen!"
Kyuubi must have somehow acquired Iruka's giant head jutsu and the shinobi started to pay rapt attention.
"Much better. Now let's get down to business. First off, as I said, in order to save Naruto from certain death I had to give up my power to turn him in into a fox-hanyou. In exchange he survived and I finally got free. But don't worry; I only am about as powerful as an average jonin at the moment. Normally all of this would not have been necessary, because as you know I am able to heal every damage to Naruto short from somebody chopping his head off. When Sasuke tried to kill Naruto though, that caused a trauma. Not very surprising, after all he thought he loved Sasuke like a brother. Anyway, any questions?"
"Actually yeah, why does your voice sound so feminine all of the sudden? I thought you're a guy."
Everyone sweatdropped at the question from the blonde boy and Kyuubi had the grace to blush.
„Well you see kit, in the demon world females are seen as weak. So I had to keep up the image I'm a guy. In reality I'm a vixen. How do you think I could raze half of Konoha to the ground before your Yondaime sealed me? Fear the wrath of a woman!"
"Wrath of a woman? Wrath for what?! This village didn't do anything to you! You just attacked it without a reason and ruined my life by being sealed into me!!!!"
"REASON? Of course I had a reason! You fucking bastards attacked my den and killed my mate and kits!!! I had a damn good reason to attack your village!"
"That's stupid! Yondaime-sensei would have never given the order to attack you! He was a person who loved peace and hated war. Why should he do something that stupid?"
To the surprise of everyone in the room, Kyuubi lowered her head in shame.
"You're right. I now know it was that bastard snake who ordered the attack. I found out when I recognized his scent back in the forest of death. But can you blame a mother to seek revenge for the death of her family? You would do the same thing…"
"So all this time, this was nothing but a big understanding?" came the curious question of Tsunade.
"Yeah, pretty much. And Naruto I'm sorry for ruining your life…"
Naruto gave Kyuubi his patented foxy smile and just waved her off.
"Nahh, it's okay. You saved me back there after all. And what's done is done, so no hard feelings, okay?"
Again Kyuubi shocked everyone present by jumping into the hanyou's arms and cuddling against his chest.
"Thank you so much kit. You don't know how much that means to me."
"Sorry to interrupt your touching moment. But where do we go from here? How will I explain Naruto's changes to the council and the rest of Konoha?"
Tsunade's question pretty much sobered both Naruto and Kyuubi.
"Fuck those villagers. After all they've done to my kit; I don't care what they think!"
"That may be true, but what about my friends? Will they abandon me, now that I really am what the villagers call me, a demon? Well at least a half-demon…"came the saddened whisper from Naruto.
Tsunade couldn't see her self-proclaimed brother suffer any longer. She went over to his stretcher that he had not left during the whole conversation and embraced him.
"We will work out something Naruto. Don't worry, nobody will think differently of you, okay?"
"Yeah kit, don't worry. By the way, let me explain how your new body works. By changing you into a hanyou, your stamina has increased to even more insane levels. Also your chakra reserve is now near limitless and being a half-demon give you the control over my chakra as well. So your chakra control should have increased dramatically because of the change. But don't get cocky, you have to be trained in your new abilities. Speaking of training, I have a offer for you. For three little things from you, I will grant you the fox-summon contract. Also I will fight by your side, like those dogs for the Inuzuka, only with about ten thousand years worth of experience under my belt. Furthermore I will help you to gain control of your new powers and will help you in any way I can, how does that sound?"
"Agreed!" came the instant reply from our favorite knucklehead.
"Baka! At least wait until she tells you about what she wants from you."
"Don't worry Tsunade-baachan, there's nothing she can ask from me that I wouldn't give for what she's offering. It can't be worse than everything what happened up until now can it?"
Tsunade sighed. She knew he was right. "Okay, Kyuubi what do you want from Naruto?"
"Nothing much. Number one: I want him to kill Orochimaru, so I can avenge my mate and kits. Since he has to kill him anyway at some point, that shouldn't be a problem.
Number two: I want at least one scratching session a day."
*insert giant sweatdrop*
"What? I'm a fox and I like being scratched behind my ears, so sue me! Anyway:
Number three: I want you to drop your stupid mask."
Naruto gulped at the last condition. Kakashi and Tsunade blinked and Kakashi decided to ask:
"What is she talking about Naruto?"
The boy in question had started sweating until he finally sighed. His face turned into a serious expression and when he looked into the eyes of the other two shinobi, both had to gasp. His blue eyes, which up until now had held unbounded happiness and cheerfulness, suddenly had unlimited sadness and pain in them. Pain caused by the hate of 14 years of abuse. Naruto drew a deep breath and started to speak:
"I have been keeping something from both of you…the Naruto you know isn't the real Naruto…."
A/N: So that concludes the first chapter. Please review! I'll be trying to have the second chapter up by november 16th the latest!