In this story, team 7 are 14 years old, and Sasuke is still in the village. Whether he never left or he was caught is up to you to decide, it's not revealed here, and I can't remember what I thought when I wrote it (it was a while ago).
In Naruto's "inner conversation" with the Nine-Tailed Fox, everything he says/thinks is in italic, while everything the Nine-Tailed Fox says/thinks is in bold. Single words in a regular sentence in bold are not the Nine-Tailed Fox.
Kakashi-sensei was late for training as usual. So far, his record is three hours and forty-one minutes. We had been waiting on the bridge for only a little over an hour and a half. I was sitting on the bridge, leaning against the railing, and staring straight in front of me. Yes, I was quiet. I'm fourteen and I have the Akatsuki following me, trying to kill me, so I'm bound to get more mature. Anyway, Sasuke was leaning against the railing a couple of feet to my left, and Sakura was for some weird reason standing on the middle of the bridge. What wasn't weird was the fact that she was stubbornly trying to start a conversation with Sasuke. This wasn't going very well, as he was just being his usual loner monosyllabic self. I have yet to figure out why Sakura – and almost every other female ninja around our age – continuously tries to talk to him and get to know him. Not even I can do that just by normal chit-chat (which by the way is very rare for us), and he has claimed that we're best friends.
I quietly sighed, my eyes still fixed on the river on the other side of the bridge. I had tuned Sakura and Sasuke out a while ago, because they obviously didn't want me in their 'conversation'. I was fine with that. I talked with them regularly.
And you call them your closest friends a deep, growling voice commented in my head. I know that voice. It's Kyuubi. I felt a small smile coming to my lips as my vision blurred and I half left reality to have a little conversation with the demon.
It's been a while
Now that you mention it, it actually has. I hadn't noticed
I've been sleeping a lot
What, nothing else to do?
So, you're not one for keeping in touch, I see
Hey, you could have visited me as well
I've been a little busy in a while
And I haven't?
You just said you spend most of your time sleeping
You got me there
Now, what's that about my friends?
Some friends they are
What do you mean?
They ignore you, they insult you, and Sakura even hits you as well
That doesn't seem very friendly, not even to me
Wow, I'm impressed. But they are my closest friends
As I said earlier, some friends they are
All my friends are a little mean to me
Then why do you even call them friends?
Because that's what they are
Are you trying to pull a Sasuke or something?
Not really. The guy you call your best friends isn't exactly my secret drinking buddy
Of course not, you can't have a drinking buddy. You're stuck inside me
You know what I meant, Kit
Yes I do
You are so annoying sometimes
You're not exactly on my list of people or things I like
Right back at ya, Kit
Can I ask you something?
It's not like I can run away from your questions
You could go back to sleep
Actually, before the question I wanted to ask you, do you do anything except sleep?
I help you fight and heal
When I'm not in need of your strength
I take a look inside your thoughts every now and then, and watch the world through your eyes. I just never comment on it
You just commented on it a few minutes ago
You got me there
So, my question. What is it that makes you think my friends are mean to me?
I pointed that out earlier
I know, but friends tease each other
If you ask me, your friends are downright mean to you
They are not!
Yes they are, and you know that
Now you're the one who got me. I'm just too positive to want to face that
I almost feel sorry for you, you know
I'm shocked as well
Okay, I'm gonna quickly change the subject. What happened to your back while I was sleeping?
A villager hit me
Why is you care so much about this dumb village if the villagers keep beating you up?
I don't know
Why don't you just let it all out every once in a while, and just hit them back?
Why don't you drop the matter?
Because I'm stuck inside your tiny body
I have to heal you when you're hurt
I never asked you to do that
If you're hurt, I'm hurt
So you just do it for yourself?
You're not helping my current situation
Your yearly depression?
Am I supposed to?
It's your damn fault I'm depressed
Like I care
Would you care if I decided to jump off the Hokage Mountain?
You'd never to that
Shall we test that later today?
You've got to be kidding me
At this point, I got the strangest mental image of Kyuubi's eyes widening and his jaw dropping. It almost made me laugh, that's how funny it looked.
I saw that!
Like I care, as you so nicely put it a second ago
I ought to cause you lots of pain
You can't, you're still stuck inside me
Good point. But seriously, you wouldn't jump off the mountain, would you?
What's going on? You've never been suicidal before. Depressed yes, but not suicidal
I'm just having a bad day. Or bad week actually
Because it's a certain time of year
Is it that bad this year?
Maybe I'm just more moody this year, because they're actually the same
What has made you moody?
I'm not sure
Maybe it's your so called friends
Lay off my friends already!
Don't worry, I'm not gonna kill myself
You actually almost had me a little scared there
What an accomplishment! I almost scared the most dangerous demon!
I feel a need to hurt you
You still can't
I know that
I am going to hold this over your giant head for a long time
My 'giant' head?
You're just giant in general, Kyuubi
"Hey, Naruto!" someone called rather loudly. I blinked a couple of times to get out of my head and saw a hand waving in front of my face. I looked up. It was Sasuke.
"What?" I asked.
"I asked you a question" he said. He looked a little annoyed.
"Sorry, I was having a conversation in my head" I said.
Look at that! He's annoyed because you weren't paying attention!
Oh, shut it for a while, will you!
"A conversation in your head?" Sasuke echoed. I nodded, not feeling like elaborating on that. It was, after all, a very big secret. "Why?"
"Because the voice in my head wanted to talk" that was a little true.
I am more than a voice in your head, Kit!
Please, shut up!
I'm ordering you to!
Why should I listen to an order from you?
Because you live inside me
Not my choice!
Not mine either!
"Naruto" Sasuke brought me out of my head again. "You okay?"
"Yeah, the voice in my head just won't shut up" I said, scratching the back of my head.
Why are you calling me the voice in your head, Kit?
And people say I'm an idiot
Be nice, or I'll pull a Shukaku and stop letting you sleep
If you do, then I'm gonna jump from the mountain
Forget I said anything
And I can't really tell Sasuke I'm having a conversation with the Nine-Tailed Fox, because he doesn't know you're in me
Now, shut it, please
I like bothering you. It's the most fun I get while stuck in here
Look, Sasuke is trying to talk to me, and he can't do that when you're talking to me or annoying me
Why should I care?
Because I have the power to kill you, but you don't have the power to kill me
"Hey! Naruto!" I blinked again to leave my head and saw that Kakashi-sensei had arrived and had said something. "Did you hear me?"
"Uh, no sorry" I said.
"Naruto!" Sakura groaned.
"It's the voice that doesn't want to shut up!" I said defensively. Kakashi-sensei looked at me strangely.
"You talk to him?" he asked. I nodded.
"Talk to who?" Sasuke asked.
"Just someone" I said.
Can I go back to sleep?
You're tired? After having been asleep so much?
I have a feeling you're going to be training soon, and that's not that fun for me anymore
It was fun for you once?
Yes. Now, do you need me?
Not right now
Okay, then I'll sleep again
Go ahead. I'll contact you if I need you
"Naruto!" I blinked again. "Tune him out"
"Sorry" I said to Kakashi-sensei.
"Right. Now, let's get some training done" he said.
So what'dya think??