hei guys, sorry for such a long update. I really wanted to drop this story but after my 5 of my biggest supporters of 'Naruto: the replicator' sent a PM requesting me to not stop this story. One of them even gave me ideas on what to write. Im sure you know who you are. I thank you for your support.
So with that, here is the new update.
CHAPTER 9: THE 'SAND' STRIKES
Naruto Namikaze wakes up from the sound of his alarm clock ringing. Naruto grumbled as he shut the annoying alarm clock off. Naruto looks outside his bedroom window and he can see pedestrians walking to wherever they are going. Today is a public holiday so there will be no school today.
Naruto sighs softly, thinking just how lucky he is to be able to enter Konoha high school, one of the most prestigious schools in Japan. Of course, he did this with hard work and his determination. Kiba also struggled to enter but the only person who entered the school without breaking a sweat was Shikamaru, that lazy bastard. Even Sakura had to study hard for the entrance exam.
Just thinking about Sakura brought memories of last night. Naruto remembered receiving the phone call from Iruka, his guardian, that he is here in Japan. He has not yet met Iruka but Naruto had no doubt that he will today.
Iruka is an old friend of his father, something like that perverted novelist, Jiraiya. However, Iruka worked in his father's company and was closer to his father. After his parents died, Iruka became Naruto's guardian and brought in some light to Naruto's life. However, when Naruto turned twelve years old, Iruka left Japan to work in England. Naruto protested and tried to convince Iruka to stay with him but all of it failed.
After that, Naruto grew cold towards Iruka. He had been a father-like figure to Naruto and for him to leave Naruto just like that when he was just twelve years old was horrible. Of course, Iruka would call Naruto from time to time and sent him a large sum of money for Naruto to use to take care of himself, but Naruto preferred having Iruka here with him.
Luckily for Naruto, the old perverted novelist came to visit from time to time. Jiraiya still lives in Japan, but he travels from city to city. He claims that he has to do his 'research' by moving to other cities and watch the women living there. Naruto can never figure out how his father had become friends with an erotic novelist.
Naruto was taken out of his thoughts by the sound of his mobile phone ringing. Naruto picked his phone and looked at the name of the caller. It was from Kiba.
"Hello?" Naruto answered the phone.
"You had better have a good reason to call me so early in the morning." Naruto grumbled, rubbing one of his eyes.
"Dude," Kiba sounded surprised, "It is already eleven in the morning man. How can you call this early?"
"It is early to me when we have no school."
"Dude, that is not healthy man, you have to eat breakfast." Kiba advised, which is quite unbelievable to Naruto.
"Since when do you tell people what's healthy and what's not, dog breath?"
"So what'd you call me for anyway?" Naruto knew that Kiba wouldn't have called him without a reason.
"Oh, right," Kiba cleared his throat, "The gang are going to go to the mall later at around three in the afternoon. You free to come and join us?"
Naruto thought about that. He actually planned to go to the gym later since it has been a few days since he last worked out. Naruto has to keep in shape after all.
"Erm…" Kiba did not say anything for a few seconds, "Lazy ass, Temari, Chouji, Sakura, Hinata, Ino and Sai."
Naruto almost dropped his phone from shock, "Ino and Sai?! Why the hell are they coming along with us?"
"Don't know man," Kiba replied, "I was surprised too, but what can we say 'bout it?"
"So are you coming or not?" Kiba asked once more.
Naruto was now torn between to hang out with his friends or to work out at the gym. His body is still doing good and it's not that he's weak. Besides, Sakura is going too so it isn't that bad of a deal. Naruto finally made his decision.
"Fine, I guess I'll tag along."
"Alright!" Kiba punched the air, "I assume that I have to pick you up, Namikaze?"
"The usual…" Naruto answered, getting up from his bed and making his way to the bathroom.
"Alright, I'll come around… say, ten minutes before three."
"What about lazy ass?" Naruto asked.
"Yeah, I'm picking him up first…"
"Alright then, see you later."
"Chiao!" Kiba hung up the phone.
In Namikaze corp. all of the workers there were extremely nervous by the sheer presence of the man that is currently working in the office of the president. That room was reserved only to Gatoh but since that man is in jail, this place has been put under the charge of him.
Iruka did not like having this kind of attention. He was an average worker like all of them but during his time, his co-workers never showed that much fear to the superiors. It seems that time change everything.
Iruka is currently waiting for the phone call from the man that is temporarily in charge of Namikaze corp. Iruka has called him after the talk he had with Naruto and then asked every bit of information that he has regarding Naruto. After he told Iruka everything, Iruka had a plan in his mind and told him what he needed. The guy in charge was at first reluctant, but finally gave in, but threatened Iruka that this plan had better work or he will be in deep trouble.
Iruka didn't blame the man in charge, the name being Nagato. Although he was never really close with Minato Namikaze, Nagato worked hard to reach the top and although he is just temporarily in charge of Namikaze corp, he is doing a pretty good job in managing such a large company.
Iruka also hated himself for doing this but if this is the only to convince the boy that he took care for since he was five for seven years, Iruka treated Naruto like his own son.
There was a knock on the door and Iruka was brought out of his thoughts.
"Who is it?" Iruka asked, looking at the door in front of him.
"It's me…" A female voice said, and although Iruka never remembered her name, Iruka knew she is the current secretary to whoever is in charge of this building.
The woman entered and Iruka looked at her, "So what is it?"
"I am just informing Iruka-sama that Nagato-sama will be calling you in just a couple of minutes."
Iruka sighed, "Is that all?"
The woman nodded and then let herself out. Her manners were rather rude, exiting the room when Iruka never let her off the hook but that was not important. Besides, if Iruka felt like it, he can just fire her ass but everyone knew that Iruka was not that cold to treat someone like that.
Iruka jumped a little when his personal cell phone was ringing. Iruka knew that it would be from Nagato, since no one else would call his cell phone while he's in Japan.
Iruka pressed the button, "Hello?"
"Yes, it's me…" Iruka said, taking a quick glance at his watch on his left wrist.
"The transfer has been completed. It is currently in your bank account." Nagato stated.
"Understood. I will continue convincing Naruto before I really use this plan." Iruka informed Nagato.
"That is a lot of money just to go through with your plan." Nagato said, still not liking Iruka's plan.
"I know, just give me a few days and I will have Naruto back in England."
There was a brief pause, "Fine… But you are only given a week, no more."
Iruka heard static and the line went dead. Iruka leaned back on the leather chair and his shoulders slumped. He knew that with the large amount of money, he can complete his plan to convince Naruto. It will take about four days to deal with everything and the fifth day for Naruto to realise everything. Iruka will then give Naruto a day to pack everything up and by the sixth day, Iruka and Naruto will be sitting in a plane heading to England. Yup, everything is just going to be fine.
"Can't you slow down a bit?!" Shikamaru yelled from the back seat of Kiba's car, the sound of rock music being played too loud.
Kiba took a sharp right and continued accelerating. Although this is a pretty busy street, Kiba drives as if he was a racer, and it is as if he has the experience of one. After all, Kiba is a wild guy. Naruto is also frightened by the way Kiba is driving, even actually buckling his seat belt and gripping the chair of the passenger sit so tightly that his knuckles were white in colour.
"You just got to chill man!" Kiba yelled back, overtaking a car, "I got everything under control. We're late to meet up with the group and the only way to get there without pissing any of them off is by driving like me."
Naruto looked at the rear-view mirror and can see Shikamaru mumble something but could be heard as the loud music was louder. Although it did not take a genius to know that Shikamaru must have said something about 'troublesome,' his favourite word.
Naruto is currently wearing a simple black shirt with the emblem of Konoha high school on it, and wearing a simple brown jacket too. He is wearing faded blue jeans and some sneakers. As for Kiba and Shikamaru, they are wearing the same shirt, which is a simple blue shirt with spiral signs, also another emblem of Konoha high school.
They finally reached the mall but the parking lot were full. Kiba drove to the main entrance of the mall, "The two of you guys get out and meet up with the group first. I'll catch up with you guys later once I am able to find a damn parking."
"Got that, dog breath!" Naruto said as he closed the door, avoiding the anger of Kiba yelling at Naruto.
Shikamaru and Naruto walked side by side as they entered the mall. As they walked on, they recognise the hateful glances that were thrown at them. It has to be about the reputation of Naruto's, and although the town they are living in is not that small, word sure spreads fast about Naruto's reputation. Naruto sighed. He's used to this.
They finally found the group waiting in front of the cinema. Naruto waved happily at them and the only one's to return the gesture were Hinata and a reluctant Sakura. Ino looked at Sakura, wondering why she was waving at him after what she did to him.
"Sorry we're late guys." Naruto apologised, rubbing the back of his head.
"Was it because of that lazy bastard?" Temari questioned, giving a death glare at Shikamaru.
"You women are so troublesome…" Shikamaru muttered and rolled his eyes.
Before anyone could tell what happen, Temari was in front of Shikamaru and grabbed him by the collar with inhuman strength, "WHAT DID YOU SAY!?!"
"Nothing!" Shikamaru quickly replied, waving his arms to try and calm his girlfriend down.
Sakura was relieved that Temari was the one to scold Shikamaru. She was about to beat Shikamaru to a pulp when he heard that comment.
"What's going on?" A voice came up behind the group and it looks like it was from Kiba.
"Where the hell were you?" Chouji asked, taking a bite of a burger, his third burger actually.
Kiba looked at Naruto and Shikamaru with a confused expression, "You guys didn't explain it to them?"
Shikamaru was too busy trying to avoid Temari's wrath to answer Kiba's question and Naruto just grinned sheepishly. Kiba sighed and now stood next to Hinata.
"Well, let's get going," Sai said, wrapping his arm around Ino, "The movie's about to start."
With that, everyone followed the couple, discussing their expectations of the movie. Naruto and Sakura acted as if nothing happened between them, back to being friends as they did in the past. Only this time, Sakura holds no feeling of hate towards Naruto. After all, Naruto was a good friend, so what's not to like him. Only his bad reputation of his past is what holds him back.
After the movie ended, the group planned to grab a bite but Sakura informed them that she has to go home, saying that her mother is expecting her. Naruto volunteered to see her home safely.
"I can walk home myself, Naruto." Sakura said, looking at the blue eyes of the blonde. Somehow, Sakura felt those eyes… mesmerizing.
"Yeah, and what happened the last time you walked home alone?" Naruto asked, raising one of his eyebrows.
Everyone looked at Sakura, and both Ino and Hinata knew what Naruto meant. What confused Ino was how Naruto knew about it. And why is Sakura actually blushing when Naruto said that.
"Fine!" Sakura concluded and started walking to the main entrance, with Naruto following close behind her.
Since the two does not possess any vehicle to use nor do they want to waste their money to pay for a cab, they decided to walk home, using the long way rather than going through the park again. The walk would probably take up to a half and hour at most.
"How do you do it?" Sakura asked suddenly, looking at Naruto while the two walked.
"How do you live everyday in this town with all the hateful glares that people give you? You could have just started a new life in a city. Tokyo, for instance."
Naruto gave a gentle smile, "I didn't want to leave my friends behind. And I didn't want to leave a beautiful girl behind just to escape all of that."
Sakura blushed, and Naruto noticed it. He was about to say something when Naruto saw a group of guys walking towards Naruto and Sakura. Naruto recognised one of them, which is Kankurou, the person he beat up a few days ago.
"Oh crap," Sakura said, fear in her voice, "It's 'sand.'"
"Don't you know who that guy is?" Sakura asked, pointing at the boy with red hair.
"He's Gaara, the 'Sand.' He's one of the toughest kids in school and none dares to mess with him." Sakura told Naruto, her eyes never leaving Gaara.
Naruto looked at Gaara. Gaara is wearing a black tank top and has several tattoos on his right arm. His green eyes stared back at Naruto, but Naruto showed no fear. After all, none has beaten Naruto in a fight, not like he's going to fight with Gaara now, why should he fear Gaara.
"You're Namikaze, I assume?" Gaara asked, his gang surrounding Naruto and Sakura.
"I want to have a fight with you." Gaara simply said.
"Man, you got to get a life. And besides, why should I?"
Suddenly, one of the guys grabbed Sakura from behind and before Naruto could do anything, the guy has a knife to Sakura's throat. Naruto clenched his fists in anger and then looked at Gaara.
"What the hell do you think you're doing?"
"Giving you a reason to fight me." Gaara answered, cracking his knuckles.
Naruto gritted his teeth in anger, "If I fight you, you will let her go, right?"
"I'm a man of my word."
Naruto took a deep breath and then took off his jacket. He took one last look at Sakura behind him and then got into a fighting position. Now this is personal.