2 years after the incident with the Silver Wolf Demon
Naruto, Sakura, and Sasuke jumped through the trees of Konoha, returning from an A-ranked mission. Naruto was ranting on how awesome he preformed in this mission, he missed his step and landed face first in the dirt.
"Ha! That's what you get for being so full of yourself Naruto!" Sakura shouted from a tree branch. Sasuke crossed his arms over his chest.
"Aw shut up," Naruto said as he rubbed his face and dusted off his jonin outfit. Since he became a jonin he decided his orange cloths weren't "professional" enough, so he switched to the standard jonin outfit. Even so, on his days off he wore his old clothes. Sakura and Sasuke jumped down next to him.
"Come on were wasting time," Sasuke said.
"Shh," naruto held up his hand. "You hear that?"
Sasuke and Sakura listened closely. Then heard a faint growling.
"This way!" Naruto said before they could stop him or tell him it's nothing. When they arrived at the source of the sound, they found a wolf, an average sized wolf who's leg was caught in a trap. Naruto would've probably have run up to it and helped it out if he wasn't trapped looking into the eyes of the beast. It's left eye, had a vertical scar running down it.
"Ah, the poor thing!" Sakura said.
"Wait Sakura, it's a wild animal, it's probably dangerous." Sasuke said.
"Well, we can just leave him hear!" Naruto said as he approached the trapped wolf cautiously. The wolf bared its teeth and moved back as for as it could.
"I'm not gonna hurt you, I just want to help," Naruto said.
The wolf seemed to settle, even if just for a second, Naruto took advantage of that. He quickly grabbed the wolf's mouth and held its body in a firm, secure grip.
"Hurry! Get its leg out of the trap!" Naruto shouted as he struggled with the thrashing wolf.
Sasuke and Sakura quickly unclasped the jaw like trap and at the same time Naruto released his hold on the wolf, who quickly jumped away. The wolf took a defensive stance and growled at the three.
"It's hurt," Sakura said.
"We freed it, that's all we can do. It'll be able to manage on its own now," Sasuke said as he turned and started to walk away.
"He's right, lets go," Sakura said and pulled Naruto along with her. When Naruto glanced back at the wolf, he could've sworn he saw an apologetic look in its eyes.
They continued their trip back to the village so far with out any more delays, that it until Sasuke flung a kunai.
"What the hell, Sasuke!?" Naruto said as the kuni flew past him, missing him by inches.
"We're being followed," he said. Sakura and Naruto both took up defensive stances. "Alright, come on out, we know you're there!"
A rustling was heard and what soon emerged from the bushes was a wolf with a kunai in its mouth. This stumped the three teens for a moment. Sakura watched as the wolf limped towards them and dropped the kuni, then it looked up at them.
"It's....the same wolf as before," she said, noting the wound on its leg.
Naruto approached the wolf. "Ah, Naruto wait!" Sakura warned him. He paid no heed to her and walked right up to the wolf. The wolf neither flinched or growled, it only looked at Naruto. Naruto placed his hand on the wolf's head and began to scratch it, then he crouched down and smiled.
"You're not so bad, huh?"
Sakura and Sasuke were a little confused. Sakura went to say something but Naruto beat her to it.
"You're probably hungry, aren't you?" Naruto asked the wolf, the wolf's ears drooping. "Well, then that settles it!" Naruto said, he stood up and lifted the wolf into his arms.
"Naruto what are you doing!?" Sakura asked alarmed by the sudden actions.
"We can't just leave a starving wolf out here to die, plus he's hurt," Naruto said as he walked past them.
"You can't bring a wild animal into Konoha," Sasuke said.
"Granny Tsunade will understand," he said as he turned to grin at them.
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"Ahhh, but Granny Tsunadeeeeeeeeeee!" Naruto whined, leaning on the Hokage's desk. She looked at the wolf that was lounging on the floor.
"Naruto, it can be dangerous. I won't allow that thing to be in the village," she said, she saw at the corner of her eye the wolf's ears perk up and it look at her.
"First of all, IT is a HE and he's not dangerous!" Naruto complained.
"I didn't know you had such a relationship with him, that changes everything!" Tsunade said, slamming her hands on the desk and stood up, putting her and Naruto into a death glare. Naruto backed away from the desk so he could see her clearly and crossed his arms.
"Look, he's not a normal wolf, he's to thin, I could tell he hasn't eaten in days," Naruto said as he glanced at the wolf. "And he's full of scars, so he probably doesn't belong to a pack."
Tsunade was taken aback slightly. "How do you know so much?" Naruto avoided her gaze.
"I asked Pakkun told me Kakashi-sensei had a thing with wolves, so I did a little research on them, that's all," he shrugged.
Tsunade sighed, every since Kakashi pasted away, Naruto has been trying to find out as much as he could about the man.
"Fine, he could stay," she said, Naruto let out a yes, "but I want him to stay at the Inuzuka estate so he could get familiar with his surroundings."
Tsunade watched as the eighteen year old jumped around like a five year old. She watched Naruto leave carrying the dog and then sighed.
'I hope this doesn't cause any problems,' she thought.
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Naruto and Kiba watched Hana examine the wolf through a window.
"So, you just found him?" Kiba asked as he patted Akamaru's head.
"Yea, he was stuck in a trap," Naruto said.
"That's unusual," said a voice from below. They both looked down and saw Pakkun. Every since Kakashi pasted away, his dogs have been staying at the Inuzuka's place.
"Wolves are pretty smart and wouldn't fall into a simple trap that easily," Pakkun said as he jumped up onto the window sill. "That's not your everyday wolf," he said.
"What'dya mean?" Naruto asked, but before he could answer the door opened.
"You guys can stop spying and come in, I'm done," Hana said.
Naruto watched as the wolf downed every crumb in his bowl.
"So what's his name?" Hana asked, Naruto looked up at her.
"Well, he's in no condition to be on his own, so might as well call him something while he's here."
Naruto looked down at the wolf. "A name," he mumbled. He examined the wolf closely.
"I'll call him Kashi," he said. This caught Pakkun attention.
"Kashi?" he asked.
Naruto grinned, "He reminds me so much of Kakashi-sensei and I think the name goes well with him!"
Pakkun can see that Naruto wasn't telling him everything, but left it at that. He turned his head to the wolf, Kashi. Their eyes meet, but the wolf soon turned away and let out a big yawn.
"Seems like Kashi's tired. We'll keep him here for tonight," Hana said as she shooed the boys out.
"See ya tomorrow, Kashi!" Naruto waved good-bye.
Pakkun waited until it was only him and the wolf. He approached Kashi and sat down next to the lounging wolf.
"What happened to you, Kakashi?" Pakkun asked, looking into the wolf's eyes.
Kashi let out a whine.