(To those of you that have me on Author's Alert for R+V: I'm working on it, I've been having a little writer's block with that story, though. Expect a chapter sometime soon).

Pairings (If the story goes as planned. I'm sure most writers know that at some point; the story writes itself): NarutoxOCxFemKyuubi

So... sup? Basically, this is my... (was it 4th? 5th?) attempt at a story. I've never managed to write a Naruto fic, so I hope I don't majorly screw up. But meh, I'm confident in my abilities. Anyways, I hope you enjoy. There's three major changes to cannon.

1. Naruto meets the Kyuubi earlier, and she's a female.

2. You'll find out in the story.

3. Team 7 has no Sakura.

Alright, are you ready for this? Are you sure? Meh. Just btw: It starts with some flashbacks to add insight/suspense. Depends on how you look at it.

Within the endless wetlands which were surrounding Amegakure, there was a lone building; sheathed in eternal darkness. Not even the most hardened shinobi would willingly step foot within its boundaries. Of course, the cracked skulls lying around didn't help to ease their worries…

Unbeknownst to all affected parties, there was a meeting going on inside the room. A meeting which would change the fate of the entire world, which was ironically the exact opposite of what the two shinobi within the room wanted. Inside the 'meeting room', two darkened visages were staring across at each other from the table. "Has it been done?" One of the men asked, hardening his coiled eyes as he played with a lock of blonde hair.

"It has been done. We will soon be gods among men!" The remaining man cackled, raising his head as if to reveal his demonic eyes to the world. "All we have to do now… Is wait," He grinned, causing his companion to narrow his eyes even further.

"This isn't like you…" He frowned, as the sudden realization hit him. "You're in it for yourself…" He raised his hand and flicked a gold kunai towards his sinister 'partner'; relishing the sound of the kunai flying through flesh. "I will not have a weak link in my organization…" He glared down at his dead companion, before he moved his hands up to form a hand-seal.

Little did he know; his actions had sealed his fate. For better or for worse, there was no backing out…

---One Week Later---

Chaos - the beginning, ending, and catalyst of all. It could not be completely avoided, nor easily dispersed. Unfortunately, chaos would be invoked on this day. A large fox nearly 50 metres in length; walked into a humongous cave. It seemed to be humming, its rose-colored eyes looking around as it walked. Finally, the fox reached the point where the cave stopped, and its eyes widened in shock. The cave was smeared with blood, and there was a lone man standing at the edge of it. The same man who had been killed in a meeting near Amegakure…

He turned around with a grin, his eyes flickering between onyx and crimson. Finally, his eyes settled on a compromise. His iris was pure crimson, and there was a black ring within it, connecting to 3 hollow, onyx circles. In the middle of the 'ring', was the pupil; nearly half the size of a regular pupil. "Well, if it isn't the Kyuubi…" He laughed, as his sinister chakra began to seep out. "I'm sure you know that this is strictly a business call. I'm afraid that your…" He looked towards the blood with a frown. "Brother got in my way. Nothing personal."

The Kyuubi was about to run towards the intruder in rage. Yet when the Kyuubi tried to move, it found itself unable to. "Oh, no…" The intruder spoke softly, his malevolent smile visible through his voice. "I'm afraid that I have to live… Not as if you can stop me, can you?" He grinned; revealing perfectly white teeth. "Either way, I'm afraid we don't have much time…" The man mused, before grinning again. "I guess you'll just have to take my revenge for me!" He cackled as he disappeared, leaving a stunned Kyuubi in his wake.

The Kyuubi finally came back to its senses, and revealed a grin just as malevolent as the intruder. At that point, its beautiful maroon fur became pure crimson, as its eyes became dark nearly to the point where they were black.

---One Month Later---

Namikaze Minato, the Fourth Hokage; commonly known as the Yondaime. His predecessor, Sarutobi, held him in the highest regards, as his successor, and as his friend. Minato felt the same way about his predecessor, even if he was less vocal about it. Yet, there was one aspect of his personality which everybody feared: his selflessness. Minato would gladly risk his life for his village, something which many people admired. At this point; however, it drove Sarutobi insane.

"Please Minato," Sarutobi pleaded, "Let me seal the Kyuubi. You're still young and your son…"

"Will live without me," Minato adamantly replied, his blue eyes holding a mixture of sadness and determination.

"He won't be happy!" Sarutobi yelled. "Just let me do it! I'm going to die either way!"

"No." Minato brushed a clump of blond hair away from his face, as he stared at Sarutobi. "I won't let another person's life be taken unless I can help it. That's my nindo, old man."

Sarutobi chuckled for a moment. 'Here I am, trying to convince the most stubborn man in the universe… to abandon his village.' "I won't stop you," Sarutobi finally gave in. "I just hope you understand… the villagers won't treat Naruto half as nicely as you want."

Minato snorted derisively, "Of course they will. Not even Danzo would think to go against my last wishes, would he?"

"I wonder… "Sarutobi muttered.

Minato gazed down at his handiwork: the seal adorning his son's stomach. At that moment, an ANBU rushed in, barely managing to keep his emotions in check. "Yondaime-sama! The Kyuubi is almost at our walls!"

Minato slowly tore his gaze away from his son. "Alright, head back to the defence. I'll be out soon."

"Hai!" The ANBU acknowledged, as he formed a seal; disappearing in a whirlwind of leaves.

"I still don't understand where the hell the leaves come…" Minato laughed sadly. "I guess it's off to the frontlines for us, Old Man…" His voice faltered for a moment. "Take care of him, alright? I don't want…"

Sarutobi, sensing the dread behind Minato's words, swiftly cut him off. "I'll do what I can. Let's go."

The two of them, along with Naruto, set off towards the edge of the forest.

---3 Hours Later---

Minato gritted his teeth in frustration. Finally, realizing he had no other option, he bit his right thumb and began to form hand-seals. "Kuchiyose no Jutsu!" Minato thrust his right hand onto the ground as seals extended from it. A large explosion occurred as the Leaf shinobi struggled to get out of the way. Finally, as the smoke cleared, Minato was on top of a humongous toad, which was nearly as tall as the Kyuubi itself.

"Minato, you know who that is, right?" Gamabunta, the toad boss asked; his commanding voice booming through the area.

"I know, Oyabun," Minato sighed. Sarutobi leaped up onto the large toad, and solemnly handed Naruto into Minato's waiting arms. No words were exchanged between the two, as Minato gave a weak smile to Sarutobi. "I need you to distract the Kyuubi."

Gamabunta whistled in amazement. "I can do a lot of things…"

"Fifteen minutes," Minato cut him off. "That's all I need."

Gamabunta nodded, and he began to fight the fox. Throughout the fight, Naruto kept his eyes closed, as he breathed calmly. Almost as if he knew that the encounter would end favourably… Minato began rapidly moving his hands to form numerous seals, and had entered a trance at some point. When he had nearly completed all of the seals required to forever bind the Kyuubi, Gamabunta let out a cry; almost breaking his concentration.

Minato gritted his teeth and continued to seal, until he finally reached the last seal. At this point, Naruto had opened his blue eyes and began to loudly cry; attracting the attention of the Kyuubi. The Kyuubi looked curiously at Naruto, its eyes widening for a brief moment as its fur flickered between maroon and crimson. "Shiki Fūjin!" Minato cried out, as the Kyuubi's eyes widened; breaking the evil hold which had been placed upon it.

A loud crack of thunder ensued, followed by the calling of a booming voice. "Who has summoned me?"

"I have," Minato winced, suffering from chakra exhaustion. Regardless, he pushed through; exhausting his mental barriers completely.

"For what purpose?" The Shinigami asked, its black robes extended over all its limbs; save for a literally bony hand.

"Seal the Kyuubi into this boy. I understand the price…" Minato croaked, at his limit.

The Kyuubi stared on in terror, as the Shinigami inspected Naruto. "Hmmm… Most interesting…" It drew its head up to look at Kyuubi. "For the record… I'm sorry," The Kyuubi slightly inclined its head in response. "It seems that Kami wills this to happen…" The Shinigami finished. After the pause, the Shinigami brought its scythe down with a resounding crack, and the Kyuubi's essence began to leak into the boy, from its tails; to the boy's seal. Finally, after an excruciating wait, the Kyuubi completely vanished into the boy, and whisker marks began to form on his cheeks.

Minato looked at Sarutobi for a moment. "Keep…him…safe…" He croaked, "Tell…Those…Two…"

The Shinigami looked upon their exchange for a moment, before he swivelled his head to face the two of them. "It is time. We cannot delay any longer, Namikaze Minato. Rest assured that your boy shall accomplish great things."

Minato weakly grinned at the Shinigami, as its scythe descended upon him; forcibly ripping its soul out from him.

As an afterthought, the Shinigami spoke to Sarutobi as well. "I'll see you in 13 years…" He nodded. "Until then…"

---Four Years Later---

Naruto looked over his shoulders as he ran, his blue eyes wide in fear. It was his birthday, right? So why was he running? Why wasn't he getting presents and hugs from his parents? 'I no have any…' his inner sceptic remarked; utilizing his limited vocabulary to its full extent. Naruto began to pick up speed and he sharply turned into an alleyway at the last second, using it as a shortcut to get away from the villagers. To his credit (and luck), half of the villagers slammed into the wall, or passed the alley, while the other half kept chasing him.

Naruto brushed a bead of sweat away from his forehead, disturbing his blonde locks in the process. 'Have to quickly…' He picked up his speed again until his limbs were nearly screaming in protest. Naruto gave an exhausted grin as he saw the light signalling the end of the alley… when he stopped in fear.

Standing in his path were at least 15 villagers, some of them shinobi by the looks of it. Naruto swallowed the lump in his throat as he tried to run in the other direction… to no avail. Naruto looked between the two advancing groups and he curled himself into a ball and closed his eyes.

"Aww, is the little demon afraid?" One of the villagers mocked.

"Well, there's no getting out of this!" Another villager laughed as he was kicked in the ribs.

Naruto's eyes widened in shock and he coughed up a gob of blood. The villagers were encouraged by this, and began to beat him even further, nearly to an inch of his life. Finally, one of the shinobi took their kunai and jabbed it into his chest, barely missing his heart.

Time began to slow down for Naruto. He coughed up an immense amount of blood, as his chakra began to leak out. The villagers backed away in fear, leaving Naruto to die alone…

Naruto was awoken by the incessant dripping of small water droplets. He didn't know when he'd passed out, nor how; he only knew that he was no longer awake. He groaned as he got up, still sore from the beating he'd taken. Finally, after he'd stood, Naruto looked around in shock. There were iron pipes everywhere, marked with a tinge of rust. Underneath the pipes, there were several doorways which all had unreadable words above them. Naruto finally noticed the largest opening and the light that was shining through it. He tentatively took a step towards the opening, and continued on; managing to keep a brave façade.

Naruto finally stopped in front of a large cage, with openings the width of Naruto between the stainless steel bars. In the middle of the opening, there was a piece of paper with unrecognizable words, overlaying a huge keyhole. Naruto slowly approached the cage, unable to see anything within its dark depths. He wondered who, or what, was in there.

Almost as if answering his question, the inside of the cage began to light up, revealing a large nine-tailed fox with sleek maroon fur. It slowly opened its eyelids, revealing entrancing, rose-colored eyes.

Naruto suddenly found himself standing in front of the cage, staring into the fox's eyes. He tried to move away, but to no avail. His feet were firmly rooted to the ground, as he stared into its eyes.

"So, you're finally here," The fox commented, it's powerful voice filling the room.

"Who…" Naruto tried to search for the right words, "Who… you?"

The fox stared at Naruto for a moment, "I'm…" It paused, searching for the right words. "A friend."

"You be my friend?" Naruto grinned, unafraid of the fox. He suddenly realized something , though. "You no human…"

The fox seemed to deflate, almost as if it were sighing. "Yes, I will be your friend; no, I'm not a human. Does it matter?"

Naruto grinned, "No!" He paused for a moment, remembering how the other kids would introduce themselves. "I Naruto!"

"I know," The fox responded. "I suppose my name would be… Kara Hitomi."

Naruto gasped in awe. "Pretty name…" Hitomi chuckled, unable to tell Naruto the truth. She knew it would be detrimental for him not to know, but… He deserved to be a child, didn't he? Naruto finally spoke again, breaking the small awkward silence which had fallen. "But I demon…"

"NO!" Hitomi bellowed, scaring Naruto to no end. She suddenly noticed what affect her yelling had, and she softened her tone. "You're not a monster. I don't think anybody else would be able to hold out as long as you…"

Naruto blinked uncertainly for a moment and a lone tear fell from his eye. "Why they beat me?"

"They're afraid," Hitomi sighed.

"Why?" Naruto sat down on the dusty ground, almost as if he knew that it would be a long tale.

"They were hurt by somebody very close to you," She replied carefully. "That doesn't matter though. You…" She paused for a moment, as if searching for the right words. "You need to learn."


"To read, write, and think," Hitomi explained. "I'm going to turn you into the greatest prodigy this village has ever seen."

Naruto grinned, when he suddenly felt a tugging sensation. The world seemed to spin around him, until he woke up again, staring into the red eyes of a girl his age.

"Are you alright?" She asked, staring down at Naruto in concern. Naruto's eyes widened as he took in her appearance. She had long, black hair which traversed to the middle of her back. Her pale skin was contrasted by her barely visible blush, in addition to her full red lips, delicate eyebrows, and wry smile. When she noticed that he wasn't replying, she sighed. "I asked you a question."

"I…" Naruto frowned, "I fine."

She looked at Naruto, unconvinced, before she offered her hand to him. "You need some food. Come on, I'll treat you," she grinned, and Naruto obediently took her hand and followed her.

The pair stopped in front of a stall, which had the words "Ichiraku's Ramen" adorning the top of it. Naruto hesitantly walked in, afraid he'd be thrown away again, when the old man at the counter welcomed the two of them. "Ah, Natsuko-san! How's Shisui-kun doing?"

"He's doing well," Natsuko grinned, "but enough of that. How about 2 miso ramen?"

"Of course, and for you?" The old man asked Naruto, looking carefully at him. When the old man recognized Naruto, he cut himself off. "Never mind, we'll give you one miso ramen on the house, young man!"

Naruto's eyes widened in shock, and a small tear escaped from his eye. He quickly wiped it away before any of them could see, and he nodded furiously. The old man laughed, and he put three miso ramen on the counter.

"So, what's your name?" Natsuko asked Naruto as he quickly devoured his bowl of ramen.

"I'm Uzumaki Naruto!" He grinned, feeling a lot better.

"I'm Uchiha Natsuko," She returned Naruto's grin with one of her own; as she devoured her own two bowls of ramen.

---8 Years Later; Present---

"I'll tell you the truth," Mizuki grinned, as he took a large shuriken off of his back.

"DON'T DO IT, MIZUKI!" Naruto's Sensei, Iruka cried out; blood spilling from his mouth.

"A rule was created after an incident 12 years ago," Mizuki explained, a sadistic grin worming itself onto his face. "A rule… A rule that only you can't be told about!"

"Is he talking about that rule?"Naruto mentally asked his companion.

"I think so…" Hitomi snarled within Naruto's mindscape. "You have to act surprised, alright? It's a matter of life or death."

"—The Kyuubi," Mizuki finished, waiting for Naruto's reaction.

To their surprise; Naruto kept a stoic face on, and he stared at Mizuki for a moment before bursting into laughter. "I-I'm sorry," He managed between breaths. "Did you just call the dead last of the academy…" Naruto grinned, as he brought his index and middle fingers together to form a cross-shaped seal. "The Kyuubi?"

"Are you retarded? That's exactly what I said!" Mizuki yelled, annoyed that Naruto thought it was a joke.

"Well you see, Mizuki-temee…" Naruto began to circulate his chakra. "I wouldn't give a crap even if I was the Kyuubi itself." Iruka and Mizuki both looked at Naruto in shock as he summoned well over one hundred clones. "Alright guys!" Naruto cheerfully cried. "It's time to kick his ass into next year!"

The multitudes of Naruto's all cracked their fists with sadistic grins, as they charged Mizuki. Throughout the night, there were pained cries reverberating through the forest. After the beating was done, a masked shinobi returned to the Hokage tower to make a report.

At the crack of dawn, an exhausted Naruto was slumped against a tree, his breathing laboured while he slept. Iruka looked at Naruto, proud to say that he'd taught the boy. Finally coming to a decision, Iruka quietly untied his headband, and placed it on Naruto's forehead.

Naruto opened his eyes slowly, squinting at the bright sunlight. "Ah, geez… So tired…" He muttered, absentmindedly scratching his forehead. Naruto immediately snapped awake when he felt the soft metal of the ninja headband, and he touched his forehead in shock. "A headband? But that means…"

"Congratulations, Naruto," Iruka grinned. "You're now a genin."

"See kit? I knew you could do it," Hitomi proudly smiled inside her landscape. A warm feeling was blossoming out of her chest. A warm feeling she hadn't felt for ages…

"Iruka-sensei…" Naruto spoke in hushed tones for a moment, before a huge grin appeared on his face. "Thank you so much!"

Iruka chuckled lightly, "It's no big deal. The way I see it, you're overqualified." His face suddenly turned stern. "You can't prank anybody anymore, Naruto."

Naruto rubbed his head sheepishly, "Come on, Sensei... I'm going to be the next Hokage; do you really think I could afford to lose the favour of my people?"

Iruka chuckled lightly, 'Why would you want to be the Hokage when everybody hates you?' "It's not a matter of losing their favour…" Iruka grinned, "It's a matter of gaining it."

Naruto gave Iruka a thumb's-up gesture, and he winked. "I won't fail, Iruka-sensei. Just think about it; soon you'll be able to tell everybody you trained the Hokage," His smile suddenly faded. "Despite his being a demon," he spat, nearly choking on the words.

"W-What are you talking about, Naruto?" Iruka nervously laughed. "Mizuki was just trying to lower your guard; it's not as if he was telling the truth…"

"Indeed," Sarutobi landed beside Iruka. "He was pretty scared of you."

"I'm just repeating what the villagers say," Naruto soberly replied.

"They just don't know how awesome you are," Sarutobi grinned.

"Thanks, Jiji," Naruto lightened up considerably. His stomach loudly rumbled, and he rubbed his head, embarrassed.

"Tell you what, Naruto…" Iruka checked his wallet before continuing. "I'll treat you to ramen as congratulations."

"Seriously?" Naruto's grin nearly took up his entire face. "What're we waiting for? Let's go!" Naruto leaped onto a tree and immediately jumped his way to the village, scaring numerous birds in the process.

"I think the late Yondaime might have some competition for his nickname," Iruka laughed.

"The 'Orange Flash', eh?" Sarutobi replied, while bounding after Naruto. "It doesn't do him justice." 'I hope you're watching over him, Minato.'

In no time, the trio reached Ichiraku Ramen, ran by Ichiraku Teuchi and his daughter, Ichiraku Ayame. "What can I get for my favourite customer," Teuchi asked, as soon as he saw Naruto.

"Hmm…" Naruto seemed thoughtful for a moment. "I'll have three miso ramen, five pork ramen, and one beef special to start off!"

Iruka glumly looked at his wallet, as he handed Teuchi the money. Ayame handed Naruto his ramen and seemed to notice his headband. "Naruto, is that yours?" She asked, a small smile playing on her lips.

"Of course, Ayame-nee-chan!" Naruto proudly grinned, before digging into his ramen. In no time, the ramen was finished; leaving Sarutobi and Iruka to stare at Naruto in awe, shock, and fear.

"I'm pretty sure that's not good for you…" Hitomi clutched her stomach in pain.

"But… It's ramen!" Naruto pointed out, sending her a mental glare. Hitomi's comeback was interrupted, when Natsuko entered the booth and glared at Naruto.

"Where were you?" She demanded, glaring at Naruto.

"Sorry about that Natsu-chan," Naruto grinned. "I had to take out the trash."

"It's Hikari," Natsuko corrected. "I told you… I'm not keeping that name anymore…"

Naruto immediately sobered up; his infectious smile dying from its place. "Sorry about that, Hikari-chan…"

"It's alright," Hikari sighed and sat down beside Naruto, wondering why she had to lose everything.


A pair of red eyes met a conflicting pair of red eyes in the rain. Both seemed to match each other, carrying a pinwheel in place of the pupil. "Itachi…" Natsuko's frown deepened and Naruto looked at her in concern.

"Natsuko," Itachi nodded, sheathing his bloody sword. He looked at her for a moment, and sighed. "I'll leave you be. For the memory of Shisui."

Natsuko's eyes widened immensely, "It was you?!"

"The council," Itachi coolly replied, as he glanced at Naruto. He seemed to be in deep thought for a moment, before he returned his gaze to Natsuko. "You should disguise yourself. If they know that both you and Sasuke are alive… You will lose any chance at a normal life."

"Why… Why did you do it?" Natsuko asked, nearly in a catatonic state. Naruto looked at her and reassuringly placed his hand on hers, when she began to waver.

"I've lost all hope for this pathetic clan," Itachi replied. "They were about to launch an attack against Konoha." He imperceptibly shifted his posture when he noticed that Natsuko's anger wasn't dissolving. "To top it off, they planned to kill Naruto."

"It's not right!" Natsuko cried, "You could've at least let the kids live!"

Itachi released a deep sigh, and began to form seals. Before his seals finished, he replied, "Right and wrong are simply concepts. There is neither true right, nor true wrong. The Uchiha clan thought it was wrong when they were surpassed by others of a different clan. The Hyuuga main family thought it was right to curse their branch family. I only tell you this for your sake, and for your late brother's. Make him proud… He always did say that you were like a light in his life…"

As soon as Itachi finished his words, he disappeared in a whirlwind of leaves. Naruto looked at Natsuko and shook her lightly. "Natsuko-chan, we have to leave…"

"I… see…" Natsuko frowned and lowered her head for a moment. She suddenly raised her head in pure determination. "Today marks the end of Uchiha Natsuko," She picked up a small kunai and cut her finger, letting droplets of blood fall to the ground. "And the beginning of Uzumaki Hikari."

Naruto gave Hikari a brief smile, and they quickly ran away from Uchiha grounds, leaving a collapsed boy in the rain.

---End Flashback---

Naruto and Hikari were about to walk out of the stall, when Sarutobi stopped them. "Naruto, Hikari… I have some news for you."

"What is it?" Naruto turned around and asked Sarutobi, as he cleared his throat.

"You two will be on the same team… with Uchiha Sasuke."

Naruto's eyes narrowed, and Hikari clenched her hand. "Relax, I'm sure there's a reason…"

"Why?" Hikari asked, beating Naruto to the chase. "Don't you think it'd be a bad idea?"

"His team was the only one open," Sarutobi replied with a sigh. "I understand your feelings towards him, but…"

"We should get over them, because feelings don't make the shinobi…" Naruto rolled his eyes, "Thanks, Oji-san. At least you told us."

Sarutobi nodded, and Iruka turned to him with a frown plastered on his face. "Are you sure it's for the best?"

"I'm afraid so. Kakashi will have to instruct them in the Sharingan, regardless of her unwillingness to use it." Sarutobi solemnly replied, before lightening up. "Could I get another miso?"

"Of course, Hokage-sama," Teuchi answered, as he rushed to make the ramen.

Iruka sighed, "Can you really blame her for not wanting to use the Mangekyou? It is the reason that her brother died…"

"I don't blame her," Sarutobi reassured Iruka, "I want her to be the best that she can be. Shinobi don't become the best if they live by their emotions."

"I'm going to have to disagree with you, Hokage-sama…" Iruka replied, mustering as much courage as he could. "I think that emotions are all that save us from becoming killing machines."

Sarutobi gave Iruka a small nod, "It's true, but your opponent is more likely to manipulate these emotions."

"Which will cause you to try your hardest," Iruka responded, causing Sarutobi to grin.

The next morning, the sun began its slow ascent over the horizon, causing a very irate Naruto to wake up. "I hate the sun…" He mumbled, as he began to get ready. His eyes widened when he remembered the hitai-ite on his dresser. Naruto tied it on his forehead and grinned, revealing strikingly long canine teeth. "Alright! Let's do this!"

Naruto decided to forego the door; jumping out of the window instead. He began to jump across rooftops in a yellow blur, as he rushed towards the Academy. Finally, Naruto managed to get into the classroom somewhat early. All conversation stopped as Naruto walked in, and sat down beside Hikari. Hikari gave Naruto a small smile, and the two of them went back to daydreaming.

"Hey dobe, didn't you hear? This class is for genin only," Sasuke called out.

Naruto laughed and turned towards Sasuke. "Hey temee, didn't you hear? I completed a B-Rank mission, and I was promoted. Or did you not notice my hitai-ite?"

Everybody burst out laughing at this, and Sasuke began to blush. "As if you could complete a B-Rank," He scoffed. "You're the dobe of the class, and I'm rookie of the year."

Naruto grinned. "Well, I can see two problems there. First of all, you're rookie of the year." His grin widened when he saw Sasuke began to fume. "Second of all, if they say you're the best shinobi this year, then their standards are too low."

Sasuke was about to retort when Iruka walked in and slammed the door behind him. "Alright! Starting today, you are now Genin!" Iruka winked at Naruto, who was sitting in his chair. "Due to this, you will be put in teams of three, along with a Jounin sensei. Remember, you may have made it through the Academy, but it's a different world out there."

"Don't worry about it, Sensei." Kiba called out. "Me and Akamaru can take on anything!" The dog which was sitting atop Kiba's head yipped proudly, showing that it completely believed Kiba's words.

Iruka looked at Kiba for a moment. "Kiba, let me tell you something… Pride will do nothing except get you killed…" He softened of a moment. "Or irreparably injured."

"Sounds like he has some experience in that area," Hitomi commented.

"It can't be helped," Naruto responded. "Like he said, it's a different world out there…"

"Anyways, let me tell you what your teams are," Iruka grinned as he picked up a piece of paper and began reading from it. "Team 7: Uzumaki Naruto, Uzumaki Hikari, and Uchiha Sasuke. Your team will be taught by Hatake Kakashi." Sasuke's eyes narrowed and Hikari clenched her hand into a fist underneath the desk. At this point, Naruto tuned out, ignoring the rest of the teams.

Team 7 sat in their desks, waiting for well over 3 hours. Finally, a silver-haired man walked into the room. He wore a mask which covered the bottom half of his face, and his hitai-ite overlapped with his mask, completely covering his left eye. "Alright Team 7, let's go to the roof." He disappeared in a puff of smoke, leaving the three of them to walk up on their own.

Naruto grudgingly pushed in his chair and went to the roof, with Hikari in pursuit. After a minute, Sasuke followed the two of them. Finally, they reached the roof, where they were met by Kakashi. "So, why don't you introduce yourselves?"

"What do you mean? Could you demonstrate?" Naruto asked, throwing his hands up in defeat.

"Alright… I'm Hatake Kakashi. I have no intention of telling you my likes or dislikes, and as for my dream… I have few hobbies," He replied, skilfully evading their questions. You next, blondie."

Naruto grinned. "I'm Uzumaki Naruto. I like ramen, training, and Hikari-chan. I dislike ramen's waiting time, hypocrites, and presumptuous idiots. My dream… " Naruto paused for a moment, "It's a secret."

Kakashi stared at Naruto for a moment. "Alright, next." 'I'm surprised he said nothing about being a Hokage…'

Hikari sighed, "I'm Uzumaki Hikari. I like ramen, training, and Naruto-kun. I dislike shortcuts, egoists, and those who gain acknowledgement for their birth and not work. My dream is…" She paused and looked at Naruto for a moment. "My dream is to allow my brother's memory to rest in peace."

Kakashi frowned imperceptibly underneath his mask. 'She's interesting, but… I didn't know Naruto had a sister…' "Alright, your turn."

Sasuke sighed, "My name is Uchiha Sasuke. There are many things I hate, and there aren't a lot of things I like. Also, I have an ambition which I have no intention to leave as just a dream. The revival of the Uchiha clan, of which I am the last living member in Konoha, and… To kill a certain man."

Hikari's clenched her fist even more, until her knuckles were red. After taking in a silent breath, she released all the tension from her hand.

"You three have unique personalities…" Kakashi sighed after a moment. 'Just my luck. I end up with two enigmas and an avenger.'

"Anyways, tomorrow we have a mission. We'll be partaking in a test, to see if you are worthy of being genin. Meet me at Training ground 7 at 5 A.M." Kakashi stood on the railing and prepared to jump. "Oh, and don't eat anything unless you want to puke." As soon as he finished his sentence, Kakashi jumped towards the Hokage tower to hand in a report.

To Be Continued

Well, how was it? I don't hate critique btw. It has been forever since I've seen Naruto. The next chapter should be out within the week, I'm still trying to fit summer school in with my schedule. Oh, and if anyone's going to ask re: lemons - I can't write them, but if someone's willing to write them for me, I'll change the rating and add yours.

Anyways, give me ideas for the next chapter. It's not that I don't have any, I'd just prefer to let you guys have some autonomy. (Save me from that stroke).

Laterz :)