Disclaimer: Vampires, ninjas, and humans, oh my! I do not own Rosario + Vampire, nor do I own Naruto. Akihisa Ikeda is the owner of Rosario + Vampire, and Masashi Kishimoto is the owner of Naruto.
Yes...I've done it...AGAIN. Why? Because the voices don't shut up, that's why! Heheh, but no, seriously, I've been having the biggest craving to do a Naruto/Rosario+Vampire crossover lately. Who knows where this train will take us, but you can be sure that with Naruto in a school like Youkai Academy that there's going to be mayhem. Enjoy!
Chapter One: Shinobi Turned Student
"What do you mean I'm going to be leaving Konoha? I thought this was the safest place for me right now!"
Naruto Uzumaki, teenage shinobi of Genin status in the Hidden Leaf and container of the dreaded Kyuubi no Kitsune, gripped the edge of the village leader's desk while said village leader rubbed one of her temples to suppress the encroaching headache.
"Listen, Naruto, it's not entirely my choice here. With Jiraiya...no longer being with us...there's not many others who can bring you out of the village and keep you safe. Originally we would have sent you off with him after the incident with Hidan and Kakuzu. I was debating on whether or not I should let you leave again to find Sasuke. As you already know, things went a bit against our plan, and Sasuke ended up getting away..."
Tsunade, the current Hokage of Konoha, sighed as she looked to the blond in front of her, feeling anything but joyful right now. No more than four days ago Jiraiya had been killed by Pain, and now she was given this thrown at her as well.
"So you're just going to send me away while everyone else fights?! That's not fair to them! I'm the one Akatsuki's after to start with, why should I have others fight for-?"
"Enough Naruto! You think I enjoy this?! Do you think I would be dumping all this on you if I had a choice? The council overrode my decision, and the majority of the clan heads voted in favor as well. Since this involves the village security, their votes do count. I don't have power override this." Tsunade leaned back in her chair as Naruto slowly sat down, digesting the information.
"So...this...school. I have to be normal, and not use jutsu, right?"
"You can use taijutsu, sure, but being seen using ninjutsu will have people staring at you like a freak. This...world...land...I'm not even sure what to call it...well, Jiraiya said alternate dimensional plane or whatever, but the point is that the people there cannot tap into their chakra reserves like we can. Jiraiya left me with this seal to create a transportation bridge between this land and ours." The buxom woman pulled out a thick scroll, "As far as I'm aware, this scroll can work both ways, so it makes travel possible. Though, I think there was some kind of thing that you needed to use to travel to the other world. An 'automobile' or whatever. He said it was big and yellow."
Naruto looked at the scroll, already recognizing some of the fine detail work that made the seal so complex. Contrary to the majority belief, Naruto was fairly well versed in basic fuuinjutsu. As such, he was able to recognize some basic space and time characters used in sealing. He was not able to do much more than that though; the seal was way beyond his overall understanding.
"...Naruto, you hear me?"
The blond Jinchuuriki blinked before turning to Tsunade again, "Huh?"
Tsunade gave him an annoyed look, "I said, tomorrow we'll have this seal ready outside the front gate. I want you to pack everything you may need for a several year stay at this school."
"Several years??" Naruto repeated, "How long are we talking here???"
"Possibly three years, if not more."
Silence. Tsunade looked to see the boy before her go absolutely silent, his eyes staring at her disbelievingly. She pursed her lips a bit, "Naruto..."
"Three years...or more? Th-that's crazy! I was already gone for three years with Ero-sennin!" He started raising his voice, "You want me to go to some school in a place that can only be reached by some super-complex teleportation seal that Ero-sennin made, and you can't even tell me where it is on a map?! This is crazy!!!"
Tsunade stood up straight, and grabbed the blond by the collar, "Naruto Uzumaki, listen now, and listen well! I am not leaving this up to discussion, do you understand me?!"
Naruto glared at her defiantly, "Yes."
She dropped her glare, "Look..." She sighed as she let go of the boy, "I'm going to allow visitors to see you twice a year, so it won't be like you're going to be completely cut off from us. I met the person in charge of this 'Youkai Academy', and they said that they will do what they can to meet your special accommodations. Apparently they had Jiraiya do a favor years back for them, and wish to repay it."
"Oh." Naruto wasn't really listening after she said that someone could visit. He was still mulling over how he'd have to start over at some weird and parallel world, or so it was called. He remembered hearing of this stuff in fantasy books and the like, but he never thought such places were real.
"I'm going to give you twelve hours to gather your things, okay? In that time, get your gear packed, say your goodbyes, and get some rest. The bus will be here at seven in the morning."
Naruto gave a nod, and left the office without a word.
Tsunade sighed as she rummaged through a drawer in her desk. Pulling out her sake bottle she kept hidden from Shizune, she eyed over the small bottle of alcohol before putting it back in the drawer. No, she couldn't let herself drown in that stuff tonight. She'd have to say goodbye to Naruto first thing in the morning, and having a hangover wouldn't help.
"So...you're leaving again?"
Naruto couldn't even look her in the eye as he spoke, "Yeah. I didn't want to tell anyone. I figured Baa-chan would just make up a story for me so no one would be worried."
Sakura Haruno wasn't happy to hear that her dear friend and teammate was leaving for some world that she wouldn't even be able to go and visit by normal means, "Well, if it's for your safety, then I guess I can understand."
"Are you going to tell Kakashi-sensei?"
Naruto shook his head, "Chances are that he already knows. He's an elite Jounin, after all. He probably was informed before I was on this. He always had a way of finding out these things."
"True." Sakura replied weakly, "Three or more years. I just hope that you'll be okay."
The blond shrugged, "I'll make it. I just need to pretend to be a regular civilian. No trouble. I'll just have to make up some story or something. Baa-chan says this school has a few quirks to it that are weird, even for this alternate world's standards."
"Well, either way..." Sakura gripped Naruto's hand lightly as the two sat on the railing of the bridge where they had met so many times before, "We'll miss you. All of us."
"Yeah. I'll miss you guys too." Naruto replied sadly, "I don't think I'll be able to make friends with any of the kids at this school."
Sakura sensed his mood taking a turn for the worse. She smiled a little and attempted to change the subject, "Looks like you'll have to study again, heheh."
Naruto's eyes widened, "Oh no. You mean I'm going to be doing math and history? Aw crap!" He groaned as he buried his head in his hands, "Why me?"
Sakura giggled as she patted Naruto's shoulders sympathetically, "Don't worry. You won't have any ninja stuff to get in the way. Who knows, maybe you'll be able to teach me a few things when you return!"
Naruto smiled as he looked up to the rosette, "Yeah. Maybe I will."
Sakura and Naruto parted after that. The kunoichi gave Naruto a hug while trying her best not to sound too sad. The blond had wormed his way into her life, even during his absence with Jiraiya, she had thought about him. Too her, Naruto was a beacon of hope for her. He had been the one to go above and beyond the call and try and save Sasuke. He had been the one to comfort her when Team Seven was torn asunder by Sasuke's betrayal. He had been one of the few constants in her life, and a wonderful and true friend.
Now he was leaving, and this time no communication methods outside of space and time manipulation would be able to reach him.
As she watched the blond head down the road to his apartment, likely to get the rest of his belongings packed and get some sleep, she couldn't help but wonder how one individual was able to take so much and endure. She wanted to call out to him and comfort him, let him know that no matter what, she'd always be willing to help him. She'd always be willing to be a shoulder for him when he had no one else to console in.
She never did though. Why? She wasn't sure. Maybe, she thought, if she didn't, it would be easier for him to leave. The less of a connection he had here, the less it would hurt for him to leave the village.
Heading back to her own home, she thought about these things. She'd be up early tomorrow so that she could see him off with Tsunade-sama and anyone else who knew of his departure. After all, even Naruto himself wasn't sure how long he would be gone. Who knew when she would see him next.
The following morning came with the first rays of sun for Naruto. He groaned a bit before attempting to turn of his alarm clock. After several attempts, all which resulted in missing the clock completely, he managed to grab a hold of the damned contraption and fling it across his bedroom, followed by the pleasant sound of it hitting the wall and breaking.
He forced himself to a sitting position, and smacked his lips a few times while rubbing the sleep out of his eyes. He stood up, and took a quick survey of his room.
It was completely barren. Not that he had much to begin with, but most of it was packed away in several storage scrolls. The apartment was, for the most part, empty.
Standing up, he picked up a scroll he left on the floor, and unrolled it. Looking to his bed, he made a few hand seals before it too disappeared into the scroll. He grabbed a towel and a bar of soap and headed towards the bathroom for a shower. He finished cleaning himself within five minutes, and was dressed in the green uniform that Tsunade had given him yesterday, claiming it to be a school uniform.
"Ugh, I'm already getting a bad feeling about this place." Naruto commented as he looked at himself through the reflection in his window. Green. Not a spot of orange on it. Horrible fashion sense on the school's part.
He tucked away the last of his storage scrolls, and put them in his travel pack. Whatever he didn't need once he got to school would be kept safely inside the rolled pieces of paper. He took one last look at his room before closing the door and locking it.
He was at the village gates within ten minutes time, and was surprised to see Sakura, Yamato, Sai, and Kakashi waiting there with Tsunade and Shizune. He felt his chest tighten when he saw that both Kakashi and Tsunade had packages wrapped in paper with ribbons.
"Hey." Naruto said, giving the group a smile, "I guess it's almost time for me to go."
Tsunade gave him a weak smile, "Yes, but we wanted to see you off first. Here." She handed him the package in her arms, "It's...got a few things I want you to open later when you're all settled in at the academy. There's also a gift from Shizune and I. Think of it as an early birthday gift from the two of us."
Naruto grinned, "You didn't have to do that for me."
Tsunade just laughed, "Please, I'm practically your grandmother. Think of it as an obligation of family members, heheh."
Shizune, who was biting her lip a little, walked towards Naruto. The blond was surprised when she pulled him into a hug, "You stay safe, Naruto. Promise us that you'll take care of yourself, okay?"
"Uh..." Naruto blinked, surprised by the usually timid medic-nin's sudden actions, "Of course, Shizune-neechan."
She sniffled a bit before pulling away, "Good."
Sakura was tearing up as well, but she was also smiling, "Baka..." She pulled him into a hug as well, "I don't think I need to repeat myself for Shizune, so just make sure you don't get into too much trouble. I'll find out if you do."
Naruto laughed, "Right, Sakura-chan." He returned her hug and spoke, "Keep getting stronger while I'm gone. Konoha's going to need that freakish strength of yours in the future."
"I'll pretend you didn't just call my strength freakish," She laughed, "I'll keep Konoha safe while you're away. I promise."
Naruto eventually let go of his teammate, and looked to Kakashi. The silver haired Jounin had a smile on his face, though Naruto could only tell because of the subtle closing of his one visible eye, "Alright, Naruto, there's a gift from Sakura and I, and one from Yamato and Sai. You can open it now if you want."
Naruto took the parcel from his one-time sensei, and peeled away the wrapping paper. His eyes widened when he saw the contents within the box, "Kakashi-sensei?"
Naruto held in his hands a fairly large book. It was labeled, 'Advanced Techniques of Konoha' and had the kanji for the five elements on the cover. That wasn't what made him tear up though. There was also a framed picture of Team Kakashi taken a day after Naruto had come back from his training with Jiraiya. Sakura and Naruto stood in front of Kakashi while he had a hand resting on either of their shoulders. The three were all smiling like it was going out of style, and it had been taken at training ground seven.
"Thanks..." Naruto spoke, unable to say more.
Yamato smiled, "That book is for Chunin to Jounin-level shinobi, so I think you'll have your homework cut out for you if you want to learn any techniques from it."
Naruto raised an eyebrow, "I thought I wasn't allowed to do any training while I'm away aside from taijutsu."
Tsunade smirked, "I said you can't be seen using anything other than taijutsu. I never said anything against training in secret."
"Oh." Naruto scratched his head, a bit embarrassed for not realizing that sooner. He had been so bummed out with not being able to use chakra outside of hand to hand.
Naruto looked to the one person who hadn't said anything since he arrived. Sai had a confused look on his face, and wasn't meeting Naruto's eyes.
"What's wrong, Sai?" Naruto asked with a grin.
"I'm...not sure what to do in this kind of situation. I never got to the part in the book that talks about saying goodbye to friends who you won't see for a long time."
Naruto just laughed, and extended his hand. Sai looked to the open palm, and then to Naruto before smiling and taking his hand and shaking it.
"Keep working on your social skills, Sai." Naruto joked, "I'll be back someday. I promise."
"I'll hold you to that, then." Sai replied.
The two were interrupted by the sound of a dull hum. They looked to see a large seal light up in front of the road that lead out of the village. The light grew brighter while the humming grew fainter before a sudden flash of light blinded the group temporarily.
"They're here already?" Tsunade asked. She had set the seal outside the gate no more than ten minutes ago. She hadn't expected Naruto's ride to be here for another fifteen minutes or so.
The sound of a low rumbling could be heard, and the group turned to see a giant metal...thing on wheels heading towards the gate entrance as it rolled through what looked like a portal of white light. It stopped with a hiss, and what appeared to be a door into the massive contraption opened.
"Is that a train?" Naruto asked. He'd seen trains before, even a crane when he was in Wave protecting the bridge. This was different though. He had never seen such a weird looking machine before.
"That's a 'bus', I think." Tsunade spoke, "It's earlier than I expected."
Naruto looked to the group of friends, and gave a wave goodbye to them, "I guess I'll be seeing you all later..."
Tsunade took a few steps forward, and wrapped her arms around the boy, "Bye, Naruto. Maybe when you come back you'll be ready to take over for me."
"You bet." Naruto chuckled, despite the tears pricking his eyes, "I'll miss you, Baa-chan."
"Not as much I'll miss you." She replied. She held him a bit longer before placing a kiss on his forehead and then brushing away a few tears, "Gah, I'm getting too soft."
"Heheh, that's because you're old." the Jinchuuriki joked. That earned him a light swat on the head, followed by another hug and a demand for him to promise to be safe. Naruto again promised that he would take care of himself, and that he would do his best.
Tsunade didn't seem to be ready to let go though. She held him a little tighter as she spoke, "If you ever run into trouble, send a toad to me, okay? I promise I'll do everything I can to help if-"
"Baa-chan, I'll be okay, yeesh."
"I mean it..." Tsunade continued, "I'd hate to lose you too. You're the most important man in my life right now, Naruto." She gripped his shirt tightly, "I...I know you said so already, but...promise me one more time that you'll take care of yourself."
Naruto smiled a bit as he sighed, "I promise, Baa-chan."
Tsunade smiled a bit, "Good...." She slowly let go, tears in her eyes.
As Naruto headed towards the bus, the six shinobi all waved goodbye. The bus drove off with a rumble, a small cloud of gas escaping from the muffler as it turned back into the portal and disappeared with a flash of light. The seal hummed a few times before fading away, the scroll rolling back up in the process.
Tsunade picked up the dimensional travel scroll, and held it close to her, "We'll miss you, gaki."
Tsukune Aono had been a bit confused when the bus driver—whom was already disturbing enough by himself—said they needed to make a quick stop to a nearby town to pick up another new student. The boy was relieved when he heard that he wouldn't be traveling alone to Youkai Academy.
When a bright light suddenly shined all around the bus, Tsukune was worried that something bad had happened. He recalled that they had driven through a tunnel, but he didn't expect to have his eyes assaulted by a blinding flash.
When he finally regained his vision, he found they were in a forested area. A giant wooden gate stood before the bus. It looked to be something from a few centuries ago. He noted a small group of people were standing at the gate's entrance, and that a blond haired boy in the same school uniform that he wore was heading towards the bus.
As the blond entered the vehicle, he noticed that the boy was continually looking towards the people that he had been saying goodbye to. He was frowning, and looked anything but happy to be leaving.
"Must be from a small town. Probably not happy with the idea of leaving his family." Tsukune thought. When the boy finally looked for a spot to sit on the bus, Tsukune waved to him. Naruto seemed to look him over before smiling a little and taking a spot across from him.
"Hi. I'm Tsukune Aono."
Naruto gave a nod to the boy, "Naruto Uzumaki. Um..." He looked at the bus a bit before speaking again, "So...any idea where this 'bus' is taking us?"
"No clue. I never heard of Youkai Academy before. You?"
"Nope. As far as I know, we could be heading towards the northern regions of Kumogakure."
Tsukune's head tilted to the side, "Huh? Kumo...gakure?"
"Er..." Naruto laughed, "Heheh, sorry, it's a small little village north of where I live. Lots of mountains, not much else, hehehe."
Tsukune gave a look of understanding, "Oh! Heheh, okay. So, how did you get into this place?"
Naruto wanted to say that it was because he had a demon inside of him and needed a safe haven from a bunch of powerful criminals who were after him, but he recalled the excuse Tsunade told him to use, "Oh, well, I heard this place has a good program, and I figured I'd give it a look. It was either that or I go and work as a farmer. My grandma says I need to get out and see the world."
"Ugh, I hear you. I flunked the high school exams, but somehow this place let me in." Tsukune gave a sigh, "I just hope it won't be too awkward getting adjusted to this place. I've never lived on my own before."
"Eh, you get used to it." Naruto said absentmindedly.
"You lived on your own?"
Naruto realized his little slip, "Y-yeah, I um, well, my grandmother lives in a nursing home, and I'm an orphan. I visit her a lot, though, so it's all good."
"So, were the rest of those people friends of yours?"
Naruto nodded, "Yeah, a few classmates and old teachers. They're staying home."
Tsukune grinned, "Wow, you sound like you live in a pretty isolated area."
"You could say that." Naruto laughed a little. This Tsukune guy seemed alright. Nothing extraordinary about him as far as first impressions go. Apparently Tsukune's parents were set on him going to a high school, and he had no other options but this academy.
The trip went by quickly with the two boys keeping each other company. Eventually they drove through a rather long tunnel. After they reached the end of the massive road underneath a large hillside and came to a stop, they looked outside to see...
"Holy crap, where the hell are we?" Naruto asked, looking to the blood red skies, "This looks like something out of one of those horror movies that Ero-sennin took me to."
Tsukune was having similar thoughts, "M-maybe we're just stopping for a rest?"
"Alright, boys. Here's your stop...heheh. Better be careful, Youkai Academy is a veeery scary place, heheheheh...."
The ominous laughter of the bus driver did not help the duo feel any better about the place. As the bus drove off, the two boys dropped their bags and took in the dreary scenery.
"Not a single one of these trees has leaves on them." Naruto noted, "What kind of messed up place is this?"
Tsukune didn't seem to have an answer, "I think they've made a mistake!! We can't possibly be at the right place. I mean, this is the kind of stuff you hear about only in ghost stories and such!"
Naruto reached into a pocket of his school uniform, holding tightly to a kunai he had stashed away just in case something bad happened. The rest of his weapons were stored into scrolls that he didn't have immediate access to, "Tsukune...I think we-"
"Gyaaaaah! Coming through!!!"
Naruto instinctively jumped to the side and rolled just in time to see a girl on a bike crash into Tsukune. Part of the blond felt bad for jumping away and not helping Tsukune out back there, but...well, sometimes shinobi reflexes just did that to a person.
Naruto ran over to the pair, "Are you two alright?"
Tsukune rubbed his head where a nasty gash could be seen, a little blood trickling down his forehead., "Yeah, but my head is really hurting right now."
The girl let out a gasp, "Oh, you've been hurt!" She reached into a pocket and pulled out a cloth, "I'm sorry for not seeing you. I'm anemic, and my eyesight goes fuzzy some...times..." She sniffed around Tsukune a bit before letting out a tiny breath, "Oh...that smell..."
"Huh?" Tsukune asked, his face turning red as the girl leaned in closer to him.
"Your blood...it smells so wonderful."
"Wh-what are you-?"
"I'm sorry, but when I smell blood like this...I can't keep myself under control..." the girl continued, drawing even nearer. Naruto, who was watching this whole scene unfold, was unsure whether he should get the girl away from Tsukune or give the two some space and leave. He banked on the third option of just watching quietly.
"...you see..." the girl went on, nearing his neck, "I'm a vampire."
The girl, who Naruto noted had beautiful pink hair, not unlike Sakura's bit down on Tsukune's neck and began to suck on the boy's neck.
Tsukune was freaking out while flailing his arms wildly. Naruto had taken a step back, kunai drawn but just as unsure of what to do as the dark haired boy was being drained of blood.
Eventually, the girl drew away from Tsukune, licking her lips in a cute manner while Tsukune had managed to get up, rambling on about being bitten by a vampire and monsters and what not.
"Wait, wait, wait!!! What...??!!" Naruto asked, seeing as Tsukune was still a bit delirious from just having his blood drained from him, "Y-you mean you're a vampire? Like, live in a coffin, turn into a bat, and hate garlic and crosses vampire?!!"
The girl smiled a little, "Yes, I am...well, I don't like garlic, but it's not like it's harmful or anything. I prefer sleeping in a bed, not a coffin...and I don't hate crosses. I wear a rosary, in fact." She explained, pointing to the rosary on her neck. She then turned to Tsukune, who had managed to settle down a bit, "Thanks for the wonderful treat! It was really tasty!"
"...um...you're welcome?" Tsukune managed to say, "S-so...uh...?"
"Oh, I'm sorry!" the girl apologized, "I'm Moka Akashiya!"
Naruto, who had tucked his kunai away, nodded, "Naruto Uzumaki..." He looked to see Tsukune was staring at the girl with glossy eyes. He couldn't really blame him; the girl was cute. Incredibly cute.
A minute or two later after Tsukune got both the bite wound and gash on his head cleaned up and bandaged, the three made their way towards the giant mansion that looked to be straight out of a horror flick.
"So...you hate my kind, don't you?"
Tsukune and Naruto both looked to Moka, "Huh?"
"Vampires, I mean. You hate them, right?"
Naruto and Tsukune both looked to each other before forcing out laughs, "Heheh, what gave you that idea?!"
Tsukune nodded, "Y-yeah, I mean, vampires are pretty unique, so why would we possibly hate them, ehehehe..."
"Oh, that's great!" Moka beamed, her eyes shining in a way that had the two boys feeling weak at the knees, "If it's not a problem, can we be friends then?"
Naruto grinned, "Vampire or not, she seems like a sweet girl. I don't think I'd have the heart to tell her no...then again, maybe she's just a little nuts in the head and thinks she's a vampire...probably best if I don't bring it up again. She could have rabies or something..."
Tsukune nodded while laughing nervously, "Yeah, of course we can."
The three made their way into the school, parting to find their home rooms. Naruto strolled the halls, looking for his designated room. When he managed to find it, he walked in, only to see Tsukune in seated among the desks.
Naruto grinned, "Tsukune, hey!"
The dark haired boy looked up, and waved, "Naruto? Looks like we have the same homeroom! Neat!"
Naruto took an open seat to the boy's left, waiting for the rest of the classroom to fill up. The two chatted about the rather odd school. As far as the two saw it, having graveyards around the campus of a school was quite taboo. Naruto knew some cultures honored their long deceased ancestors...but there had to be a line being crossed here with burying them out in the front of the school!
The room was soon full of chatting students when the teacher walked in. The spectacled blond woman smiled brightly before speaking, "Hello, everyone! Welcome to Youkai Academy; I'm your home room teacher, Shizuka Nekonome! Pleased to meet all of you!"
"She seems nice. Maybe this won't be so bad...I mean, if Tsukune's here, then at least I'll know a few students here." Naruto thought to himself.
"Now, even though you all already know this, Youkai Academy is a school for monsters to attend!" Nekonome continued.
The look on the faces of Naruto and Tsukune would have been perfect for a freeze frame shot to put on a card later. Naruto's face had become something between a grin and a silent scream while Tsukune simply went slack-jawed with his right eye twitching a little.
"You see, the current situation with Earth is that the humans have gained control of it. As such, we must peacefully coexist with them if we wish to continue to survive. This school will therefore help all of you learn how to do as such and live peacefully along with humans!" Nekonome chirped, pointing at a diagram she had drawn on the board showing a circle labeled Earth with humans on it, and the words coexistence circled numerous times. She looked forward again before going on, "Oh, also, the school rules state that you are all to remain in your human forms to properly disguise yourselves. At no time are you to reveal your identities to other students."
"Monsters? Monsters???" Naruto looked around the room, fingers over his jacket pocket where he kept a few kunai, "So...I'm completely surrounded...by monsters? Seriously???"
"What??? Monsters? What is she talking about? What does she mean by 'monsters'?" Tsukune thought as he looked around the classroom. He eyed Naruto, only to see that the blond wasn't fairing much better. He was huddled up a bit, but Tsukune could tell that his fellow classmate was just as uninformed about this information.
"Hey, teacher, why don't we just eat all the humans instead of bothering with this coexistence crap?" spoke a tall, rather burly looking male student in front of the two, "Well, maybe with the women we could..." He didn't finish his sentence, instead licking his lips a bit while a few of the other males laughed and the women in the classroom gave disgusted looks.
The large male turned around while glaring daggers at Naruto, "You say something, punk?"
Naruto didn't flinch, "Yeah, I didn't stutter, did I?"
"Do you know who you're talking to? I don't think you do, you little twerp!" The male student stood up and looked to him, "I'm Saizou Komiya, and if you know what's good for you, then you'll shut up and-"
"Please stop! Let's not have a fight on our first day here!" Nekonome spoke out, her face etched with worry. Even if she was the teacher, she didn't really believe she'd have the power to break up a fight between the two boys. The last thing she wanted was someone to get hurt right off the bat.
Naruto and Saizou both looked forward before Saizou let out a growl and sat back down, still glaring at the blond the whole time.
"Right..." Nekonome sighed a bit before going on, "On the topic of humans, there are actually no humans on campus. If there were any humans with knowledge of this place, then they would receive death as punishment for discovering this secret and sacred realm!"
Tsukune was feeling a bit faint right now. He was just about ready to try and break up a fight between Naruto and some gigantic guy. Luckily, Nekonome managed to get a hold of things before they escalated.
"Oh...is this the right classroom?"
The class turned towards the door, and the majority of the male students all let out gasps, cat calls, whistles, or howls as Moka Akashiya walked in. She looked around a bit before spotting Tsukune and Naruto.
"Tsukune! Naruto!" She walked over to the two, and hugged Tsukune before taking a seat next to him. She leaned forward to wave to Naruto, who waved back as well, a cheesy grin on his face.
"Who the hell do those two think they are?"
"She's so beautiful! Why do they get to be treated so nicely???"
The two boys could feel killer intent being aimed towards them as the boys in the room grumbled about not receiving affections from Moka.
When Nekonome dismissed them for the day to get to know the campus better, the trio set about the halls, following Moka the whole while. The vampire girl was quite joyful, they noted. She seemed so happy just to be with the two. Naruto noted, however, that her arm was continually holding Tsukune's. He didn't get jealous though. He could tell that it wasn't his business. He hardly knew the girl, anyway. He was just glad the two were friendly to him.
"Naruto, what do you think of this place so far?" Moka asked as she was practically dragging Tsukune by the hand as the boy struggled to keep up.
"Huh?" Naruto tapped his chin, "Um...it's definitely different from what I'm used to..."
Tsukune laughed, "Yeah, it's different alright..."
The two continued down the halls a bit before a figure stepped out in front of them. Naruto looked to see none other than Saizou standing before them, a smug grin on his face.
"Hey there," Saizou said, his grin directed to Moka, "You must be Moka Akashiya. I'm Saizou Komiya."
"Uh...h-hi?" Moka spoke, waving a little.
"So..." Saizou suddenly picked Tsukune up by the collar, glancing at him for a moment before tossing him aside, "What's a beautiful girl like you doing hanging out with worthless chumps like these two?" He gave Naruto a smirk before looking back to the girl.
"Ah, well, N-Naruto and Tsukune-kun aren't worthless..."
"You should be spending time with a guy like me! I'm much more fun to hang out with than these two could ever hope to be. What do you say?"
"Um..." Moka looked to Tsukune and Naruto before shaking her head, "No thanks, but I'm having fun with them right now."
"You shouldn't waste time on-"
Naruto was before Saizou in an instant. The hulking teen blinked before looking down at the blond, "Huh? What do you want?"
"Moka just told you she'd rather spend time with us." Naruto spoke, looking up to the man, not flinching as Saizou leered at him, "Don't start harassing her about it, Saizou..."
Moka helped Tsukune up, and tugged on Naruto's uniform, "L-let's go, Naruto, okay?"
Naruto nodded, "Alright, Moka." He turned around to follow the rosette and Tsukune, but not before shooting Saizou a look clearly warning him to back off.
Saizou growled a bit before looking to Moka again. His frown soon became a smile though. He chuckled deeply. There was no way he would allow such a lovely young girl to escape his grasp. Not if he could help it.
Naruto and Tsukune had lunch with Moka before they left to go to their dorms. Naruto and Tsukune found that the theme of tombstones, dead trees, and the ever-present feeling of cliché horror film continued with the students' homes.
"I'm not sure that it's right to bury your dead in the front of a living hall." Tsukune spoke in a hushed tone, "You ever hear of this before, Naruto?"
"No. Our dead our usually burned or buried in a cemetery in our village."
"So..." Tsukune began as he looked down the hall, "You think this monster stuff that our teacher was going on about is possibly true?"
Naruto shook his head, "I-I really don't know. I mean, it makes sense, in a way. Moka biting you and saying she's a vampire..."
"Well..." Tsukune looked around a second time, "I'm a human."
Naruto's eyes widened before he smiled, a look of relief on his face, "Seriously? Oh, good! I was worried for a minute that if I was alone here..." he paused while assuming a confused look, "I wonder if Baa-chan knew about this..."
"So, you're human too?" Tsukune asked tentatively.
Naruto gave a quick nod, "Yep, just a human being. Not a single bit of vampire or troll or whatever in me..." He scratched his head a bit, "I still don't understand why she would send me here if she knew the risk I was being put in."
"Hmm. My dad just said he found a pamphlet for this school by pure chance. He said that some creepy guy walking by dropped it." Tsukune tapped his chin, "Not really a good choice on his part."
"So...what do we do? We're not monsters..." Naruto asked. Well, he wasn't a monster, but he did hold a demon within him. He had long come to grips with the Kyuubi being a part of him. He was a Jinchuuriki; a human with a demon inside him.
"I don't know. I don't want to get caught." Tsukune spoke, "I mean, just imagine what would happen if we get found out."
Naruto gave a nod of agreement, "Yeah. I'm not too thrilled about the idea of being killed for finding out about this place."
"I think I may give the school a withdrawal notice." Tsukune stated quietly.
"Yeah. This place isn't for me to begin with..." Tsukune looked to Naruto, "You should do the same."
"Well, I can't. I have...different circumstances, I guess."
Tsukune decided to not pry, "Oh..." Thinking about it made him think about Moka. He hardly knew the girl, but something about her just drew the boy to her. He wasn't sure what, but it was bothering him. Not only that, but Naruto was a genuinely cool guy from what he'd taken in. Maybe he'd give this place a day before deciding to leave. Maybe the monster thing was just a weird little prank to play on the first year students? He shrugged his shoulders, "I guess I can trust you enough, but you're not going to tell anyone that I'm human, are you?"
Naruto smiled, "Only if you promise not to tell on me as well."
"Awesome." Naruto gave the boy a nod, "So, what should we do now?"
"I don't know..." Tsukune responded with uncertainty, "I mean, we can probably just pretend to be monsters. I mean, technically no one can reveal their 'true identities', right?"
"Yeah, that's true." Naruto could pull this off. He was a shinobi, after all. Deception was a key element to being a ninja. Naruto preferred being upfront about things, but this was something different. This wasn't a normal mission. This was something that would insure he wouldn't be found by Akatsuki. He had to blend in.
Tsukune and Naruto ended up finding their rooms in the dorm to be only a short distance from each other within the same wing. Naruto took the key to his room and unlocked his door. Dumping his backpack, he took in the condition of his room, and gave an approving nod, "At least there's no spiderwebs or anything like that."
The blond decided to go for a stroll through the campus to get a good look at the place. After all, he wanted to find out where he could train without being seen, and to do so meant knowing where all the public buildings were located.
He was strolling through by a randomly placed cemetery when he heard something. Stopping, he listened and tried to make out the sound. A voice? Somewhere further in the cemetery. It sounded like crying.
He headed towards what sounded like a girl crying. About a minute's worth of walking found him stopping near a small clearing in a wooded area bordering the cemetery. He looked, and sure enough it was a girl crying. She appeared to be holding her ankle, and looked to be in mild pain.
"Um...are you okay?" Naruto called out. The girl let out a gasp as she turned towards Naruto.
The girl looked up, her eyes wide as she took in the boy before her. Naruto noted that she had the faintest hue of purple in her irises as she made eye contact with him. Her hair was a bright blue, and she wore a yellow sweater vest over the standard school undershirt. Among other things, her physical figure was clearly like that of a certain Godaime Hokage; very well endowed.
Her eyes lit up, "Oh! You scared me! I-I was just walking around, and I tripped over a root. I think I sprained my ankle. D-do you think you could help me?"
Naruto felt himself becoming entranced as her eyes met with his, "Um...y-yeah, I suppose. I'm new here, though, so I'm not too familiar with the campus."
The girl smiled, "Hehe, I guess that makes two of us." She got up and took his hand, "I'm Kurumu Kurono."
"I'm Naruto Uzumaki." He grinned, "I think I know the way out of here, so just stay with me."Helping her up gently, he helped her walk out of the woods. He had insisted on carrying her, but she waved a hand, assuring him she was capable of using at least one of her feet. Sure enough, in only a minute's time the two were leaving the woods and heading towards campus.
"Say, um, Kurumu, what were you doing out in the woods anyway?"
Kurumu looked to the blond while smiling, "Oh, I just wanted to get some fresh air. That's all." Her smiled dropped a bit, "I guess I wasn't paying attention..."
"Oh." Naruto noted that she had somehow managed to slip both her arms around his, "So, um...what do you think of the Academy so far?"
"Oh, I love it here! All the boys are so nice to me. It's hard to be popular though." She giggled, "None of them have ever helped me like you though. It's really sweet of you." She winked cutely while Naruto felt his face flush a little while he sported his trademark grin.
"Heheheh, I'm just helping someone in need. Think nothing of it."
The two managed to get Kurumu to the nurses office near the campus. After waiting for about ten minutes, the girl walked out of the office with a pair of crutches.
"So, how bad is it?" Naruto asked as she walked over to him.
She smiled, "It's not serious. Just a minor sprain; I should be able to walk in a few days as long as I take it easy on the foot."
"That's good." Naruto sighed, "So, I guess I'll be seeing you around?"
Kurumu nodded, "Yeah. It was nice meeting you, Naruto-kun."
The girl walked down the road back to the girls' dorms, Naruto watching her for a short while before making his way back to his own dorm.
"Wow, she sure is pretty..." Naruto thought, "I almost felt like I was in a genjutsu when I was looking into her eyes."
Shaking his head and chuckling, Naruto reminded himself that these students weren't ninja. Monsters...well, he wasn't sure on that, but he remembered Tsunade stating that the students here didn't use chakra like he did.
Keeping that in mind, Naruto headed up the stairs to his floor. Maybe this place wasn't so bad. He'd just have to see after classes started what this place would be like for him.
As Naruto neared his room, he saw that Tsukune's door was open. He knocked on the open door, and Tsukune, who was sitting on his bed with a paper in his hand, looked up.
"Hey, Naruto." Tsukune greeted glumly.
Naruto raised an eyebrow, "What's up, Tsukune?"
Tsukune placed the paper on top of the dresser by his bed, "I'm thinking of filling this out."
Naruto frowned, "Really?" The blond looked to the paper on the dresser labeled 'Withdrawal Notification'.
"Yeah. I think I'll be safer if I'm not here. I ran into Moka, and she told me a bit more about her being a vampire. Apparently that rosary around her neck seals away her true form. She says her true form is really scary and evil...though I think she was joking with the evil part."
Naruto laughed a bit, "She sure has taken a liking to you. I'd be hard-pressed to leave if I was you, heheh."
Tsukune smiled a bit, "Yeah. She's really nice, even if she hardly knows me." He shook his head, "She bit me again and drank my blood. I think she's telling the truth about the whole vampire thing."
The Jinchuuriki chuckled a bit, "Sexy."
Tsukune frowned at Naruto's teasing, "Yeah, well, after that happened I ran into that Saizou guy you were arguing with in class today. He said I better stay away from Moka or he'd make me pay."
"What'd you say?" the blond asked, all joking gone from his voice.
"Well, he asked what kind of monster I am, and well..."
Naruto didn't like the pause, "...well...what?"
"I-I said I was a vampire."
"Huh?" Naruto cocked his head to the side, "Wait, you said you were a vampire?"
Tsukune nodded, "Y-yeah. He got really pissed. He looked ready to kill me or something, but left saying I should stay away from Moka or else he'd end me."
"You aren't seriously going to let him bully you like that, are you?"
"W-well, he is big, and he could snap me like a twig. His arm got all weird and muscular too. I think that maybe he was letting some of his true self appear. It shattered a whole in a stone wall when he punched it."
"Tsukune, you can't let guys like that push you around, otherwise they'll just keep doing it." Naruto sighed.
"...he punched through a stone wall."
"Yeah, well, when someone gets on your case like that, there's only one thing you can do!"
Tsukune's expression became one of confusion, "There is? What?"
"Kick their ass, that's what!" Naruto crowed, clenching his fist, "Even if they beat you up, they'll leave you alone because you stood up to them! Bullies like that tend to just bother those that don't stand up for themselves. I bet if you had decked him in the jaw, he would have probably left you alone."
"He looked like he was ready to rip my head off." Tsukune murmured, "I got a bad feeling about that guy."
Naruto decided not to press further on the matter. It was Tsukune's choice, after all, "Well, just don't make the decision because of Saizou. If he gives you any more trouble, I'll be there to help you, alright?"
"Heh, thanks, Naruto." Tsukune smiled a little, "I'll think about it. I have until the end of the day to decide on this. It's only half past two, so I've got time." The boy decided to change the subject, "So, where did you go?"
Naruto proceeded to tell Tsukune about his little walk around campus, and how he ran into a 'super-cute girl' in the woods outside of school. As he described the girl to him, Tsukune couldn't help but feel a little jealous, "Heh, I got to admit, Naruto, I'm jealous. Maybe you'll luck out and have her in a class!"
The blond chuckled, "Eh, I doubt it. I mean, she said she's super popular, and I was never the kind of guy to attract attention from those kinds of girls. Well, at least I was never one to attract the good kind of attention from them."
The two talked for a bit longer before Naruto left, stating he wanted to get his room organized. Tsukune found himself once again looking at the withdrawal notice for Youkai Academy. Two sides presented themselves to the boy.
On one hand, if he left the Academy, he'd be safely back at home. No scary freaks attacking him and punching holes in walls. He wouldn't have to deal with the creepy atmosphere of the school, and risk being found out. However, he wouldn't be able to see Moka anymore, and that was a real downside in his opinion. He found that he wanted to know her better. That, and Naruto seemed to be a real cool guy. He didn't have many good friends back home, and he had found himself hitting it off well with the charismatic blond.
On the other hand, if Tsukune stayed, he have to deal with Saizou, as well as all the other negatives of being here. He'd be possibly risking his life, and he didn't like the idea of being killed very much. Still, he'd be able to spend time with Moka and Naruto, who was also a human like him.
"I want to make friends, but I don't know if it's safe here." Tsukune mumbled.
Taking a final look at the pamphlet, he let out a held breath and looked out the window of his dorm room. It was probably going onto three He got up and picked up his travel bag before leaving the room, his mind made up.
End of Chapter One- Well, that's the end of the first chapter. Not much yet, I know. Then again, Rosario+Vampire is not as action packed as some of the other manga that I read, so yeah. Naruto will change that, likely. Let me know what you think. I'm sure many of you are wondering about pairings, and I'll just say right now that I won't be revealing such things...yet. By the way, yes, I am working on my other stories as well. Don't worry!
Anyway, hope you enjoyed reading! Until next chapter, see you!