A child was brought screaming and kicking into the world. His name was Uzumaki Naruto.
Scant moments later, the Kyuubi was sealed inside of him, by a man named Namikaze Minato. He was known as the Fourth Hokage of Konohagakure.
Minato was killed, his soul taken by the Shinigami, as soon as the seal was complete. He cast one more look at his newborn son and smiled a sad smile that barely reached his eyes.
"I'm sorry…Naruto. I…always wondered if I was hated by the Hokage…but now I know the answer." With that cryptic answer, the Yellow Flash slumped, a small smile gracing his lips as his soul was taken to the Death God's stomach.
The child grew up with the hate of the citizens of Konoha without knowing why. He heard spiteful comments aimed in his direction, and they hurt. Hating the feeling of being shoved aside and forgotten, he turned to pranks in order to gain recognition.
Then, he graduated from the shinobi academy.
But before that, he learned of the reason he was often hated and shunned by the people of Konoha. He learned why people called him a freak and a demon.
It was because he held the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox inside of him. Uzumaki Naruto was a container, a living sacrifice, a jinchuuriki.
Team Seven. This was the name of his genin cell. His teacher, Hatake Kakashi, was a porn addict as well as being habitually tardy. His teammates were Uchiha Sasuke and Haruno Sakura, one of which was a genius, and the other, Naruto had a crush on.
The team struggled at first, but survived. A mission to Wave Country that was supposed to be far above their standards tied the three children closer together.
They had only returned for a while before Kakashi decided to nominate them for the Chunin Selection Exams. Being the young and impatient children they were, Team Seven agreed to take part in it. When they entered the pre-exam room, they realized that they truly were rookies compared to most of the other genin in the room.
The proctor's name was Morino Ibiki. One hour, and the first exam was over. Uzumaki Naruto passed only because of his determination not to fail.
There was a survival test. A man wearing a Grass genin's face attacked Team Seven. Sasuke was given a strange mark with three tomoe in a triangular fashion. Exhausted, and helped along by a fellow Leaf genin by the name of Kabuto, the team barely made it through to the third and final round. However, there were too many people still left, and preliminaries were held.
Naruto was to fight Kiba. A combination of good luck and creative thinking enabled him to pass.
Uzumaki Naruto was happy – he had passed the preliminaries and was going onto the final stage of the Chunin Exam, which was to be held in front of a large audience with civilian and shinobi alike looking on. He asked Kakashi for training, but was denied in favour of Uchiha Sasuke.
The bitter feeling of betrayal slowly passed.
He was passed onto the tutelage of Ebisu, of whom Naruto believed he could defeat already. Contemptuous, he sneered at the man. However, the special jounin proved that he was worthy of the title and surprised the boy. He agreed to let Ebisu teach him.
The man taught him chakra control in the form of walking on water.
He was interrupted halfway through with the appearance of an apparent pervert.
Angry at the loss of his teacher, Uzumaki Naruto demanded training from the white haired man, who introduced himself as Jiraiya of the Sannin. The Toad Sage taught him summoning.
A boss summon later, Uzumaki Naruto was finally feeling a little momentum on his side.
Uzumaki Naruto had beaten Hyuuga Neji, the prodigy of the Hyuuga clan and the top of his year's graduating class.
It was to be expected, after all. He had sworn an oath to defeat him, and Uzumaki Naruto never broke a promise.
Sasuke arrived late. His match was delayed until the end of the first round of the tournament. His opponent was Gaara of the Desert.
A short while after the match started, chaos broke out.
Sand ninja and Sound ninja together started the invasion of the Hidden Leaf village. Naruto, along with Shikamaru, Sakura and Shino were instructed to – go on their second A-ranked mission – follow Sasuke, who was pursuing Gaara and his teammates.
Naruto made it there only to see Sasuke in obvious agony, clutching something on the left side of his neck, and Sakura pinned to a tree with a slowly tightening arm of sand.
He summoned. Gaara transformed. Soon the fight was over, with many of the trees scattered, and the sand boy lying on the ground, defenseless and worn out. His siblings appeared, and the three fled.
And Uzumaki Naruto stayed long behind, staring in the direction the red haired boy had gone, because he had finally found a fellow jinchuuriki.
He mourned for the Sandaime's death, of course, in his somber black attire.
Uchiha Sasuke deserted soon after. Naruto vowed to bring him back. Operation Retrieve Sasuke began, under the direction of newly promoted chunin Shikamaru.
It wasn't that they couldn't defeat the Sound Four, but because of Naruto's personal failure when he attempted to bring Sasuke back.
The Curse Seal was too powerful.
He left on a three year training trip with Jiraiya.
When Uzumaki Naruto returned, much had happened. Immediately he was sent on a mission to help the Godaime Kazekage, Gaara. Akatsuki had started mobilizing, and by the time his team reached the Akatsuki base, Gaara was dead, and the Shukaku extracted.
Chiyo, the woman who had sealed the Shukaku into Gaara, used a life restoring technique, resurrecting him, and subsequently sacrificing herself.
When Naruto returned to Konoha, Jiraiya was waiting for him, with the grave news that another jinchuuriki had fallen to Akatsuki. The two left again for another few months, and when they returned, Naruto was stronger than ever. Jiraiya had taught him a few new techniques, and had worked on his taijutsu, as well as introducing to him the secret power of the kage bunshin. Then, with the advanced training that the clones allowed, he had taught Naruto elemental manipulation. With this, he quickly perfected his Rasengan into one handed use, and used his clones to master Futon: Rasengan- a technique that the Yondaime himself had never been able to master.
Tsunade, the Godaime Hokage, informed him that Orochimaru had been killed by Sasuke.
A year passed, and then another. Naruto advanced to chunin, and then jounin in quick succession. He perfected his Rasenshuriken, and improved his control over the Kyuubi's power.
And then he stumbled across Itachi, who was without his partner Kisame, for some odd reason. However, this mattered little to Naruto, who was busy fighting for his life. He flared the chakra of the Kyuubi sharply, and then dived forwards with a Rasengan in hand. As the swirling ball of chakra impacted on Itachi's stomach, Naruto reflected that it had been too easy. The Uchiha hadn't even activated his Sharingan at all.
Naruto left the battlefield site, unable the shake the feeling of guilt he had when he realized he had just killed Sasuke's brother, making it impossible for him to achieve his revenge.
Sasuke confronted Naruto scarcely a month later, ironically meeting him at the Valley of the End once more. Naruto overpowered his Chidori with his improved elemental Rasengan, and managed to punch him into the statue of Uchiha Madara, knocking him unconscious.
He returned to Konoha, errant Uchiha in tow.
When Naruto arrived, several ANBU kept Sasuke sedated and dragged him off to a specialized chakra-sapping cell in a dungeon below the Hokage tower.
Tsunade asked for his presence in the Hokage tower soon after, with Jiraiya, and informed him of his parentage. Naruto spent the rest of the day alternating between being hateful towards his father for abandoning him, and positively gleeful that he was the son of a Hokage. In the end, he settled for being happy, and asked Jiraiya to teach him Hiraishin, of which he had heard about from a scroll he had obtained from the local library. The Toad Hermit had replied that Minato had never taught him the Flying Thunder God Technique, but he had a vague idea of where to start.
He then proceeded to teach Naruto how to seal for the subsequent half year.
"Brat? Brat! Stop snoring and get up!" Jiraiya's loud voice knocked him out of his slumber.
"Huh? Whazzat?" came the sleepy mumble from a clearly content Naruto lying on his pallet. The two were in a small clearing behind the Hokage Monument, experimenting on Hiraishin.
Jiraiya huffed in annoyance and employed a Suiton jutsu against Naruto, causing him to splutter and immediately exit his pallet with a speed to rival Lee's. As he dried himself off, Jiraiya reached into an interior pocket in his red coat and brought out an odd looking three pronged kunai with kanji written around the handle.
"What's that?" Naruto asked, barely taking a look at the kunai as he stretched and grabbed an empty scroll from his hip pouch.
"This," Jiraiya said, "is what Minato used as a marker for his Flying Thunder God technique."
At this, Naruto snatched the kunai out of his hands and immediately started turning it over and examining it. "The seal array is arranged in a strange fashion," he mumbled, jotting something down on his scroll. He continued to talk to himself for a while until Jiraiya cleared his throat.
"Well…" he announced, "It looks like you're quite busy over there, so I'm just going to go to the hot springs…I'll see you around later!" the self-proclaimed super pervert giggled lecherously to himself as he stood. Naruto, immersed in the intricacies of the kunai seal, waved a flippant hand at him.
"Yeah, yeah, Ero-sennin," the demon container murmured, not looking up and seeing Jiraiya's mock hurt at being brushed off so easily. "See you later."
The Sannin sulked for a moment before leaping away, his faux-dark mood already being chased away with mental images of his newest research projects.
Naruto sat back on his heels, bored. After an hour of examining and experimenting with the Hiraishin kunai, he thought he nearly had the jutsu down. He glanced at the near-midday sun, and then down at his scroll that he had hastily scribbled the kunai's original seal array on.
Picking up his ink brush, Naruto dipped it in the portable ink container located at the head of the scroll (given to him courtesy of Sai) and looked at the arrangement again, before shrugging and doodling random seals on the scroll, figuring that he wouldn't really have a use for the written down seal arrangement again.
The not quite eighteen year old boy sighed as he looked longingly at the three pronged kunai, slipping a finger through the hole at the end and letting it dangle, unknowingly copying a pose from the Yondaime himself. Jiraiya had expressly forbidden him from trying out the Hiraishin jutsu without him being present, but honestly, one try couldn't hurt, could it?
Naruto stood up slowly, the slightly stunted grass tickling the bare soles of his feet as he absentmindedly twirled the kunai around on his finger. He calculated the amount of chakra he would have to push into the jutsu, and without thinking, abruptly halted movement and brought the kunai into a guard position- or tried to.
"Damn it!" Naruto cursed as blood trickled down his finger from the shallow cut he had accidentally made with his kunai. He had forgotten that the three pronged Hiraishin kunai was longer than his normal ones.
Naruto looked around the area once more before selecting a tree to throw the kunai at. He twisted, preparing to shoot his chakra out, but stopped a second before going through with the jutsu.
'I should probably practice throwing the damn thing before even trying,' Naruto thought ruefully, before snapping his arm back and hurling it at the tree.
Jiraiya caught himself just as he was about to fall, balancing precariously along the wooden divider. He giggled perversely one more time a thin trickle of blood coming out of his nose, and then sighed in disappointment as he eyed the position of the sun in the sky.
'Heh…time's not going to run backwards,' the Sannin thought regretfully, as he turned away from the hot springs and wiped the remains of his nosebleed away. 'I should check back on Naruto to see how he's doing.'
Tsunade was busy reading a mission briefing written by Kurenai when Shizune rushed in, not even bothering to knock.
"Look, Lady Tsunade!" she gasped, thrusting a newspaper in her face. Tsunade snatched the newspaper out of the other medic-nin's hands and furiously skimmed it.
'Damn it all…' she cursed as her eyes took in the gambling section.
She had won the grand lottery prize.
Tsunade raced to the window facing the Hokage Monument as a huge shockwave blasted through the entire village.
'An earthquake?!' she thought, before discarding the idea. 'No, couldn't be…the source is from the top of the Hokage Monument.' She turned around again, before…
The Godaime blinked stupidly for a second, before whipping around as a second blast shook the Hokage Tower.
"..Naruto!" she exclaimed, already jumping out of the window, chakra grasping onto the walls. "He's up on the Monument!"
"What on earth was that?!" Jiraiya shouted as the first jolt caused the ground beneath him to shake. He took one look at the Hokage Monument before setting off at a dead run for where he knew Naruto was located.
"Hiraishin no Jutsu!"
Naruto flung the sealed kunai at the tree, concentrating on the thin line of chakra that connected him to the blade, and smiled in satisfaction as he felt a slight tug…only to look in horror as a swirling bright vortex of light engulfed him, sending spots to his eyes. Through the light, he could dimly make out the inked seals on the scroll he had experimented, and a small splatter of blood on it. His eyes widened in realization.
"Damn it!" Naruto cursed as blood trickled down his finger from the shallow cut he had accidentally made with his kunai.
The seal array flared a violent yellow and Naruto groaned, clapping his hands over his eyes as the supernova threatened to blind him.
"WHAT ARE YOU DOING, BRAT?" Kyuubi roared as his container twisted around and collapsed in agony. A low keening sound started, quickly rising in pitch and volume until it was a vicious high pitched whine that scorched the blonde boy's ears.
"S..seal," Naruto choked out, as Tsunade landed at the edge of the churning vortex of bright yellow light. "Tsunade baa-chan!"
"Naruto!" she cried out in helpless dismay as the intense brightness all but engulfed Naruto. Next to her, Jiraiya climbed the last few steps of the Hokage Monument and hurried to her side.
"…I SEE," Kyuubi said, sounding almost…nostalgic. "NOW I SEE WHAT THE YONDAIME MEANT WHEN HE SEALED ME…"
"W..what?" Naruto gasped as the current around him increased. A wave of nausea overtook him and he retched, involuntarily opening his eyes in the process and then flinching back in pain.
"THERE'S NOTHING YOU CAN DO TO STOP THIS," the demon fox murmured, not appearing to hear Naruto. "GOOD LUCK IN THE FUTURE…OR SHALL I SAY PAST?"
"WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT, YOU STUPID OLD FOX?!" Naruto screamed as his chakra spiraled out of control and mixed with the already virulent radiance.
"I'm sorry…Naruto. I…always wondered…"
"Hiraishin no Jutsu!"
"-chan, I promise."
And with that, Uzumaki Naruto disappeared from the world in a bright yellow storm of chakra and light.
"Send for a bloody medic, kid!" someone shouted. There was a brief silence, punctured by the soft pitter-patter of running feet. Naruto grunted as the noise seemed to amplify itself by a hundredfold. Slowly opening his eyes, and half expecting to be blinded by the golden light, Naruto became aware that he was lying in a hospital bed, staring at the ceiling of the immaculate and sterile hospital room. Naruto groaned and closed his eyes again.
"Ah, you're awake." A calm male voice interrupted his moment of blissful silence.
"Whooareyoo?" Naruto slurred, his head pounding as he feebly tried to lift himself up off the bed. "Where am I?" The male's hand gently pushed him back down.
"Calm down, would you?" the man chuckled softly. "My name is Yakushi Tetsuya. You are in Konoha Hospital."
'Yakushi?' Naruto thought, his half-asleep mind whirring furiously. After a few seconds, it hit him. 'Kabuto?!'
Naruto snapped his eyes open and stared at the brown haired man, who looked like he was in his late twenties.
Tetsuya walked over to the foot of Naruto's bed and tied the clipboard he was holding onto a piece of string. Then he walked back and extended a green glowing hand across Naruto's chest.
"I'm running a diagnosis," the medic-nin told him. "You appear to be clean now, and soon you'll just have a rather large bruise on your head."
Naruto blinked a few times. Something didn't seem quite right.
"Ano…Tetsuya-san," he began, his voice slightly raspy. "How did I get here?" And in his mind, he added, 'did Tsunade baa-chan or Ero-sennin take me here?'
Tetsuya raised his eyebrows. "You don't remember?" he asked, but then shook his head. "Well, I guess that's not really a surprise. You did get a concussion, after all. One of our chunin patrols found you a little beyond the northern gate. We don't really know much besides that." The man glanced at his watch.
"Look, kid, I'm sorry, but I can't stay here for much longer. Sandaime-sama is expecting me in his office soon." He started to turn around.
Naruto's eyes widened. Sandaime?! "Wait!" he called. "What do you mean, San-"
Tetsuya turned back to Naruto with a pleading expression on his face. "I've got to run, kid. I promise I'll talk to you later!" he twisted back around and opened the door. "I'm coming, Tsuke-san!"
The door slammed shut.
Naruto tore off his sheets and jumped out of the bed, grimacing slightly at his hospital gown and the feel of the cold tiles on his bare feet. He hurried to the window and stared out at the faces of the three Hokages on the Hokage Monument.
Wait. Three Hokages?
Naruto rubbed his eyes furiously and stared at the unmarred face of the Sandaime Hokage. He slowly arranged his hands in the ram seal.
"Kai!" he whispered.
'What…what's going on?' Naruto thought. 'Is this the result of that stupid seal I made?'
The door opened again, and a nurse stepped into the room. "What are you doing out of bed, young man?" she questioned, pointing back at the bed with a commanding finger. "Get back in there at once!"
It occurred to Naruto that the woman seemed rather tall…although only from his current perspective. However, he disregarded that thought as he frantically tried to come up with an excuse.
"Aa…Nurse-san, I need to go to the toilet," Naruto replied meekly, trying to seem as pathetic as possible.
"Oh! That's okay then," the woman said brightly. "I'll take you to the bathroom."
When he looked in the mirror, Naruto got quite possibly, the biggest shock of his life. He blinked at the mirror.
The face of a six year old blinked back.
And what's more, this six year old had spiky blonde hair and sapphire blue eyes. In fact, he looked almost exactly like what Naruto looked like when he was a child, except this one had a slightly narrower jaw line, and more defined cheekbones.
Well. For a child, at any rate.
However, the face that stared back at Naruto didn't have his trademark whisker marks. This boy couldn't be him, Naruto decided. He looked far too much like the boy in the picture Jiraiya had shown him of his team…
He snapped back to the present as the nurse rapped smartly on the door outside.
"Are you quite finished in there yet?" she called, a tinge of impatience in her tone.
"Um…yeah," Naruto replied, hurrying out. There was only one way to find out for sure…
…and besides, he didn't even know if he was in the past.
In his room, Naruto turned around to face the nurse.
"Ano…did I tell you my name?" he asked, wringing his hands together nervously. The lady looked at him in surprise.
"You can't remember?" she asked, looking shocked. "You really must have hit your head quite hard."
"Do you know?" Naruto pressed. The nurse gestured at the clipboard at the end of his bed.
"Before you passed out, you told the patrol that your name was Namikaze Minato," she said. "It's my lunch break now, Minato-kun. I should go now."
She left, closing the door gently behind her, as Naruto rushed towards the clipboard.
Blood type B.
Author's Notes: My first foray into Naruto fandom. Constructive criticism and comments are welcome.