Naruto stood in the hall, holding buckets of water, his punishment for not paying attention. His arms ached and he wished he could scratch his itching body. He hadn't been able to pay any attention at all in class during the last week, he'd been itching so bad, especially at the end of his spine. It was driving him nuts. And if that wasn't the worst of it, then his hair changing colors was! He was growing red stripes! The line first started right in the center of his forehead but he could see it branching out as well as growing up. People were making fun of him, saying he was dying his hair but he wasn't!
"That's enough," his teacher said, coming out of the room. "Go to the bathroom and return to class."
"Yes sir," Naruto said, setting down the buckets and running away. He got there and began scratching his legs and butt. "Kami, that feels better," he moaned. It wasn't his arms, though his nails were becoming pointed for some odd reason. When he felt better, he used the toilet and went to wash his hands. As he did though, he looked up at his reflection. "AAAGGGHHH!" He turned around and ran away. "JIJI!!!" He bolted right out of the school, to the tower, up the stairs, and into his office. "JIJI, HELP!"
"What's wrong Naruto," Hiruzen Sarutobi yelled, jumping up and looking for the danger the boy had run from.
"Look, LOOK!" Naruto jumped on the man and pointed to his right eye.
"Naruto, what am..." Sarutobi stared into the eye, disbelief replacing his concern look. Naruto's sky blue eye was changing, turning gold and the iris larger. His other eye was still a normal human eye. "Naruto, how long has this been going on?"
"I woke up and my eyes hurt," Naruto said, panicking, "but they weren't like this! What's going on with them!?"
"I...I don't know." His first thought went to the Kyuubi but his eye had been slitted and blood red. This had a round pupil. He then noticed the change in Naruto's hair. "Naruto, has something happened to you?"
"No! What's wrong with me, jiji!?"
"How long has this been going on?"
"A week! At first it was just a little itching but now..." Naruto trailed off, scared.
"Where at, let me see." Naruto turned around and lifted up his shirt a little as well as pulling down the back of his shorts to show where the itching was worst. Sarutobi stared at it, unsure of what he was looking at.
When he tentatively touched it, Naruto jumped. "Don't do that," he said accusingly.
"Naruto," Sarutobi said slowly.
"...Its nothing to worry about but for now, I'm taking you to the hospital."
"WHAT!? WHY!?" Naruto spun around and saw Sarutobi holding what looked like fur. "Where did you get that?"
"Naruto..." Naruto looked around, found a mirror and placed it at the small of his back where he could see it. What he saw was this little, blood matted, black fur tail. He screamed and passed out.
"What is going on," Sarutobi growled at the doctor in charge of Naruto. "What the hell do you mean, you can't remove it!?"
"Nerves are bundled around the bone," the doctor said. "We couldn't touch it if we wanted!"
Sarutobi grabbed him and said, "What is going on with his body!?"
"Y-Yes, Lord Hokage. He's changing, we discovered he is growing fur over the skin of his lower body. Yellow with red stripes as well. The marks on his forehead are extending as well. The whiskers on his cheeks are...growing nerves, making them actually sensitive. And his muscles are growing and compacting."
"Why? Is it the fox?"
"No," he said slowly. "At least, maybe not. Seals were placed on the boys body right away yet it continued. So we thought it was something in his body. So we took a blood sample and compared it to a previous one."
"What did you find," Sarutobi demanded.
"That's just it, we found no difference between the old and new sample but we found something, the sample themselves were different than a normal human's." He was quiet a moment and then said, "One of the nurses made the first assumption, she said Naruto was starting to resemble a tiger. So, we compared it to that of a tiger, seeing if there may have been something there."
"One fourth of his DNA is like that of a tiger. The genetic sequences we found were rare and hard to find, but not unheard of." He held out an old file, "This woman, Uzumaki Kushina, I can only assume is his mother, she had a physical done here before the Kyuubi attacked. Looking, we found similarities. They were fewer but still there. Of course, this isn't all together unheard of as changes like this is common in over a quarter of the human population but nothing to this scale."
"So, you mean to tell me Naruto is changing into a tiger," Sarutobi said, making sure he understood.
"No, not a full one at least. Physically, he will still be shaped as a human, but he will have fur and a tail. His finger nails and toe nails have already grown to claws."
Sarutobi sighed, "Is he awake?"
"No, we decided to sedate him when he woke up panicking and tried to rid himself of the tail." The doctor looked behind Sarutobi at two people coming through the door.
"Is it true," Koharu demanded. "Is the fox changing the boy?"
Homura grunted, "Let's see it then."
"Naruto is a boy, not an it," Sarutobi told him.
"It is a weapon of the village," Homura replied.
"He is the village's savior, he is an eight year old child, not even in the academy," Sarutobi growled. "And I am not getting into this with you once again."
"Fine, let's see the boy."
Sarutobi looked to the doctor. "Nothing wrong with them seeing him, I guess. This way please." He took them to Naruto's room where he was laying curled up into a ball. Peach fuzz fur had begun growing along his legs and feet and his tail was a bit longer. "He is also about to lose his canines from the look of them. Going along with what has already happened, I think it would be safe to say he will have fangs to replace them."
Homura looked at Naruto confused. "I don't get it, why isn't he changing into a fox?"
"Because its not the fox doing it," Sarutobi told him. "The doctor tells me his DNA is partly tiger."
"A tiger," Koharu asked in disbelief.
"Yes," the doctor replied. "As I told the Hokage, it isn't that unusual, in fact it is quite common for some DNA in people to be animal like. The Hokage himself is a bit monkey, in fact. The Inuzuka's as well as yourself, have Canine. As for Homura-san, he has armadillo. Many of the ninja forces in fact have some, maybe five or six chromosome at most. Out of his forty six, Naruto has thirteen."
"How did this happen," Koharu asked.
"I honestly can't say," the doctor replied. "Maybe his parents both had a large number and passed them along to him, I don't know without knowing his father." They all looked to Sarutobi.
"Just who is his father, Hiruzen," Homura asked. "And his mother for that matter."
Sarutobi sighed, "...His mother was Uzumaki Kushina and his father...Namikaze Minato."
"You mean to tell me that he is the only child of the Fourth," Homura shouted in disbelief.
"Yes," a new voice said, walking in. Jiriaya stood next to the Hokage, looking down at Naruto. "I didn't want to believe it but apparently its true."
"You knew," Koharu asked.
"Of course I knew," Jiriaya replied. "I'm his godfather."
"A bad one then," Koharu replied. "What else do you know?"
"I know what's happening to him." He had their attention. "Ancient ruins tell us that long before the Rikudo Sennin, long before Chakra even existed, there was magic and other races."
"Yeah, I know that legend," Homura said, waving it off. "The Goddess Wars and the White and Black Dragon Clan and whatnot."
"Exactly," Jiriaya replied. "One of the clan spoken of was the woren clan. A race of half humans, half tigers." The doctor glanced at Naruto.
"You mean you think Naruto is a woren?"
"A throw back. I found a family tree in one such ruin. It seems that the humans of the time were interbreeding with the other races. Races like the Woren, Plainrunners, half human half dogs, Highlanders, half humans, half monkeys, the Shell Clan, half human half armadillo, and the Wing clan, half human half bird. The children of which all displayed greater than human abilities."
"Bloodlines," Sarutobi surmised.
"I believe so."
"Wait, wait," Homura said, stopping him. "You mean to tell me that all the ninja of the world are offspring of these...these subhumans!?"
"That is what I found points to, it also explains the creation of chakra," Jiriaya said with a shrug. "Of course, I could be vastly wrong and it is all just a legend. So, can anyone else explain why Naruto is changing?"
Naruot laid there, listening while pretending to be asleep. He didn't want to think about what was happening to him but the things they talked about raised more questions. He woke up when they first began talking so Naruto heard everything. Opening his eyes, he sat up to see the doctor staring at him wide eyed. "What's a godfather?" Everyone stared at him like startled deer. Now that he thought about it, he wouldn't mind hunting one.
"Good afternoon, Naruto," the Old Man said, his voice shaking a little. "Sleep well?"
"No, you all woke me up talking so loud. What's a godfather," he asked again, looking at Jiriaya, seeing him begin to sweat a little.
Koharu looked at the silent men and sighed, "A godfather is someone that is supposed to take care of a child when his or her parents can't, either because they are sick or they died." She glared at Jiriaya, purposely making it a jab.
Naruto shook his head, "Wait, he isn't my godfather, Jiji is. He's the one that takes care of me."
Sarutobi sighed, "He is your godfather, Naruto."
Naruto blinked at him then looked at Jiriaya. The silence was very awkward. "Where were you," Naruto finally said.
Jiriaya searched for the words to explain to this child so he would understand. "I...was away. I couldn't come."
"But you're here now? So you had to be close. Why didn't you come any other time I was hurt?"
Guiltily, he looked away. "I had something important to do that kept me away."
Naruto kept on staring at him a moment longer before saying, "More important than me?" Jiriaya said nothing so Naruto got up and walked over to him. "I guess so..." Suddenly angry, he kicked him in the shin. "THEN GO BACK TO IT! I WAS FINE BEFORE NOW, I'LL BE FINE STILL!" He ran out the door, ignoring Jiriaya's yelps of pain and Sarutobi calling his name.
"Well, that went well," Koharu muttered.
"I thought he was sedated," Sarutobi said, rounding on the doctor.
"He, he was! I gave him enough for a child his age to sleep for eight hours! They must have worn off faster because his changing physiology!"
Jiriaya set his leg back on the ground with a wince. "I'll go get him."
"No," Koharu said, "he doesn't want to see either of you," meaning Jiriaya and Sarutobi. "I'll go get him. You three stay here. Doctor, can you get some warm clothes for me and bring them?"
"Yes ma'am." He went to a supply closet and grabbed some sweats. He handed them to her and she started walking away. When Homura started to follow, she glared at him until he stepped back.
"Must be that time of the month," Jiriaya muttered.
Koharu found Naruto up on the roof, holding himself and crying while he scratched at his ears as they too began to change. They were becoming pointed and fur the same neon yellow as his hair began to grow. "Naruto," she said softly. He jumped a little and looked at her, fiercely wiping his tears away. "You must be cold in that hospital gown. Here, put these on." She gave him the clothes and stepped back.
"Thank you," Naruto said, sniffling. He put the pants on first and pulled off the gown. He pulled the shirt on.
"Do you know who I am, Naruto?"
"Yeah, the Old Man said you were his teammate a long time ago. He showed me a picture once, you were really pretty."
She smiled a little. "I would like to think I still am."
"Sorry ma'am," he said, lowering his head.
"Hey now, no more tears." She knelt by him and smoothed out her kimono.
"I don't get it, why are you being nice to me," Naruto said, wiping away more tears. "The Old Man says you're often mean."
"He does, does he? Well, I can see why. The truth is Naruto, I always try to do what is best for Konoha, even if it goes against Sarutobi's, or even my heart."
Naruto sniffed, "...Why is everyone mean to me," he asked her hopefully.
"I can't tell you," she told him regretfully. Looking now, it was easy to see that he was a boy, not a thousand foot tall demon fox.
"Of course," Naruto said in defeat. "No one could tell me I had parents. No one could tell me I had a godfather. That I had a family. No one will tell me why this is happening to me. Why would anyone tell me why they are so mean?"
"I know it hurts, Naruto, and I know it makes you sad. Please understand, why I do and don't do is for the best, even if it hurts. Now though, you do know. Won't you give Jiriaya a chance?"
"No," Naruto said wiping his eyes on his sleeve. "I recognize his name. He writes those pervy, orange books the Old Man sometimes reads. More important."
"Naruto," she said soothingly.
"No! Always for the best of Konoha! Always and yet I always hurt! Well, if he wants me to like him and it hurts that I don't, then he can hurt to!"
"Alright," she said, holding him to her. "I won't try to convince you otherwise then." She held Naruto until his head started to drop from how tired he was. "Ready to head back to bed?" He nodded so she picked him up and he curled into a ball in her arms. Taking him to his room, she set him on his bed, making sure his tail was outside his pants.
Outside, Sarutobi said, "Well," when he saw her.
"If he wants me to like him and it hurts that I don't, then he can hurt to," Koharu quoted. "He is not happy. With only Jiriaya for the moment but once he realizes that you kept all that information and more away from him, I imagine his ire will be directed at you as well."
"Did you tell him?"
"No," she replied. "Though my heart cried out to tell him everything, it isn't in the best interest of Konoha. Besides, he has had more than he can take as is. He doesn't need that as well." She looked at the doctor. "Watch him carefully, understood? I don't want anything bad to happen to him."
"Yes ma'am," he said before heading off.
As she was about to leave, Jiriaya called out, "Will he forgive me?"
She stopped and thought hard. "I don't think its in his nature to hate people. But then, he doesn't know if other people will abandon him to write 'pervy, orange books the Old Man sometimes reads'. No, I honestly don't think he will, at least not for a long time." Then she left.
It took a week before it was finally complete. It ended with Naruto having a strong, agile body, His fur went up his leg, to the small of his back on his back, while stopping where his legs bend when joining the hips. His tail was as long as his body, his ears a few inches longer covered in inch long fur, and his eyes golden, able to see in the dark. He was being released today. "Hey Naruto," Jiriaya said, walking in. Naruto snapped a glare at him. "Come on, don't be mad," was as far as he got before Naruto punched him in the gut, making him double over. He growled down at him before walking out.
When he got to his apartment, he looked at his clothes and scowled. He didn't need orange to stand out anymore. Filling a bucket with red dye, he put all his jumpsuits in after he tore off the white bindings at the ends of the pants legs as well as tearing off the sleeves. There was something relieving in that. Looking at his sandals, he toss them away next. Taking the sleeves, he took a thread and needle and began to sew them into toe-less, heelless, wrappings like his sandals. Tying white cloth bandages around his feet and shins, he pulled on the padding. He wrapped his arms next, up to her elbows. He put on the jacket turned vest after it dried as well as the pants. With his last orange jacket, he did the same with, except with the sleeves with this one, he turned into a bandanna to keep his hair out of his face. He then grabbed two large daggers he got as a gift from the Hokage on his last birthday. Placing the sheaths on a belt, he tied it around his waist. When he was done, he packed up everything else and looked around him home. Though it all, all the pain and lies, this had been his one place of peaceful refuge and he would miss it. Looking at the overhead wooden beam separating the kitchenette and the living room, he got a chair and scratched Naruto was here in it with his claws. He walked outside, was about to locked the door and realized it didn't matter anymore. Not wanting anyone to see him, he ran to the end of the walkway and jumped to the rook of the building below. He landed on all fours, got up without a problem, and started running. He reached the end of the roof and jumped to the next one. When he got to the wall, he jumped and was just able to grab the ledge. Not bad as it was over ten feet away. Clawing his way up, he stood on the edge a moment before jumping down. "No more lies," he said to the chunin that had been staring at him, surprised at what he looked like.
"I want to see Naruto," Jiriaya said to his sensei the next morning.
"You can't," Sarutobi sighed.
"I'm his godfather and I can't!?"
"You can't see him because I can't find him," Hiruzen shouted. "He's gone missing, boy! No one has seen him!"
Jiriaya gaped, "He isn't in the village. You could find him with that stone of your's if he was."
"You're right," Sarutobi said, dropping down into his chair.
"Then I'll go find him. He won't get far."
"He will," Sarutobi muttered.
"Then I'll follow him, find him. He's an eight year old, how much trouble will he be?" Sarutobi hesitated. "What?"
"...Since his family wasn't here to take care of him, I did in your place."
"What did you do?"
"I taught him to survive, just as I did you."
"So he won't need to go into villages for food," Jiriaya groaned. "Even then though, I can try to follow him."
"Not that simple still," Sarutobi replied. "We haven't found one footprint that might be his. We thought we did with when he landed outside the wall but there hasn't been a close match since. Like he..."
"He doesn't walk on all his foot. Did he have pads on the bottom of his feet, like a tiger does?"
"I don't know, no one bothered to check and the set we have of his were distorted when he jumped into the trees. We followed him to a river and lost him."
Jiriaya fell into a chair. "...I'll still find him, if it takes years."
"No," Koharu said, walking in.
"What do you mean no," Sarutobi and Jiriaya shouted.
"He is a boy, even if he is the son of the Fourth and a jinchuuriki. As a village, we can't be without Jiriaya's information network for as long as it takes to find him, nor can we waste the man power to find him. We must do what is best for the village and that isn't retrieving Uzumaki Naruto. I just wanted to tell you that." She turned around and said when she reached the door. "Too ad we never took a picture of him, we can't even post him a missing nin without a picture and no one will believe a description or a drawing." She smiled a little when she left. 'Run, Uzumaki Naruto, run far and run fast. Find your happiness.'
"I refuse..." Jiriaya started.
"No, she's right," Sarutobi said. "The boy is no longer our concern... Get back to your spies."
"You can't be serious!"
"You think I want to abandon him!? I held him as he grew, when he got sick! He is as much my grandson as my daughter's child and it tore me up inside to lie to him as I had to! But we can't force him back if he doesn't want to and we can't waste time to retrieve him and explain!"
Jiriaya looked down, knowing what he said was true. "So what do we do?"
Sarutobi sighed, hating himself. "We go on, look for him as well can, but he is a secondary objective of the village."
"Where ever Naruto is, he is on his own." Naruto ran, dodging and jumping over branches that got in his way. His clothes has long since dried and were comfortable again. He cleared all the trees to see the ocean. Looking around, he spotted a port. He prayed he could get passage on a boat, he wanted to go somewhere. Somewhere Koharu had told him about during his week at the hospital. Uzu no kuni, the Land of Whirlpools, and the home of the Uzumaki clan. And he would get there, if he had to stow away aboard a ship and then jump ship and swim the rest of the way. Entering the port, he found a sheet hanging on a line and turned it into a cloak to hide his feature. Going to the building with the port master, he asked, "Is there any boats to the Land of Whirlpools?"
He looked at Naruto in surprise. "Not many go there son, but..." He looked over his list. "Yes, there is. Well, sort of. You see, only the natives know the way to and from the island without getting pulled into a maelstrom that surround it so we must meet one of their boats outside their borders. And they decide if you go or not."
Naruto was silent a moment. "I'll take that chance. How much is it?"
"Twelve ryu. Takes three days to get there."
Naruto handed him the money and took the ticket. "When does the boat leave?"
"One is going by there this afternoon. He will take you to the drop off point."
Naruto waited at the railing, nervous as the boat pulled up to his. "Hail, travellers," a large man said, going up the boarding plank. "Been a while since someone had been this way. Who is it?"
"Me," Naruto said, walking up to him.
"Yeah, a boy, is that a problem?"
The woman with him shrugged her shoulders. "Doesn't really matter, where's your parents?"
They nodded silently and the man said, "Ticket and let me see your face." Naruto gave him it and pulled the hood back enough to show his face but leave his ears hidden. The woman grabbed his hood though and looked at him in disbelief. They shared a glance and the man said, "Alright, you're free to enter. Hop on aboard." Naruto jerked back, pulling his hood from her grasp and stepping on their boat. He stood at the railing and watched the water as they pulled away. They two of them went back to the wheel and concentrated on piloting the boat through. Naruto watched the shore anxiously as it got closer but then he glanced up at the pilots. They knew what he looked like and they way they were treating him made him nervous. When they cleared the last of the dangers, Naruto stepped back.
"Whew," the woman said, stepping away from the wheel. "I'm sorry, young prince, if any of that scared you." She looked at him just in time to see him push off the railing in a running jump, diving into the water. She ran to the railing and looked through the water, trying to spot him. "Stop the propeller!" The man killed the engine instantly and went to the water. "Do you see him!?"
"No!" Naruto swam underwater as long as he could before breaking surface. He was a good ways from the ship now. "There he is!"
"Damn," Naruto growled as be began swimming as fast as he could. The engine roared to life and the man pointed the ship at him, hoping to catch him. Luckily, Naruto reach the shore by then and ran into the forest.
"Prince Uzumaki, come back," the woman yelled, not being heard. After Naruto vanished, she said, "Hell, we are so going to get it."
Naruto ran for a it before slowing down. He took a deep breath and sniffed around. He was hungry now. "Oh man, I should of caught a fish while in the water," he moaned. Catching the scent of a deer, he licked his lips and began stalking it. Getting closer, he pulled his knives out and crawled through the foliage. His smirk and thoughts of lunch went from his mind when he saw this red haired girl dancing on a stump with several animals watching her. The odd, and beautiful, part of her was that she has a set of snow white wings coming from her back. Watching her, he couldn't help but stand up and move closer to watch. He sat down next to the deer, not even thinking about it. When she stopped, she smiled and giggled at him.
"Hello," she said.
"Hello," he replied. "You're really pretty and you dance very well."
She giggled again, "Thank you, Uzumaki."
"How did you know my name?"
She tilted her head, "Because you're a woren."
"Huh? Don't you know anything? Uzumaki are worens, Sora are wyndians, Ryu are dragon clans, and the Rand clan are the Shell tribe."
"What are you talking about," Naruto asked.
"You don't know, do you," she said, crouching down to look him in the eyes. "Just where are you from?"
"Konoha, my mother, Uzumaki Kushina, gave birth to me there. Do you know her?"
"No...Oh, I know, she's the woman auntie said married that handsome man in the photo! So, you turned out to be a prince and you parents sent you home?"
"No, my parents are dead, they died when I was born. What do you mean 'prince'?"
She smiled, "Well, why ruin it? Come with me. I'm Din."
"Naruto," he said, getting up. "So no one is going to look at me odd?"
"Nope," she said, smiling. She saw him sheath his forgotten knives. "What are those for?"
Naruto grinned helplessly. "Lunch. Deer was on the menu." She laughed while said deer ran away.
"Well, let's go Naruto!" She spread her wings and flitted through the trees as he followed. When they got to the main village, Naruto looked around amazed. Though rare, there were others that looked odd like him and Din. One was this huge man over eight feet tall and looked like a walking armadillo. He even saw others like himself and more like Din. Din pulled him up to a gate with a red spiral on it just like the one on his vest. "Hey, its Din, let me in," she called. When it opened, the guards bowed politely to her. "Look what I found lost in the woods, the poor kitty."
"Thank you, princess Din," the guards said. "Prince... Who are you?"
Naruto stepped back a little. "He's Naruto," Din said. "His mother is Uzumaki Kushina and he was born on the mainland. She died and he came here when he changed."
"Of, you are the ones that the boat pilots told us about," a woman with blue hair and a kind smile said to him. "Welcome home, young prince."
"Why do you all keep calling me a prince," Naruto asked.
"Because you look as our ancestors did long ago," the woman said to him. "When our numbers dwindled too far, a great mage put a magic spell over our people so that though fewer of us there will be, every generation, our blood will remain strong in us and a prince or princess will be born to the clan every so often, based on the person's strength. Your mother would have been very proud to see you like this."
"She...she would," Naruto asked, tears starting to slip free. "No," he said, rubbing his eyes with his arm. "I'm crying again."
The woman picked him up and asked, "How long have you been alone?"
"Always, my mother died when I was born."
She rubbed her head against his, "You poor thing. Don't worry though, all that is in the pass. How would you like to meet your grandfather, aunts and uncles?" Naruto's face brightened like the sun. "I'll say a lot."
"I do, I do, I do!"
"Then let's go see him. Thank you again, Princess Din."
"You're welcome, bye Naruto, maybe next time, you will dance with me!"
"Bye," Naruto waved. They closed the gates and Naruto was led inside. He marveled at it all, he had such a huge family! The woman stopped him behind this large woren.
"Lord Rei," she said to him. The man turned around, showing that he had been talking to the lady from the boat. "Princess Din has just delivered to us our lost prince."
Naruto blinked at the woman, "Hello, boat lady," he said, waving a little.
"There you are, you scared me half to death, diving into the water like that," she scolded.
"I'm sorry," Naruto said, looking down.
"Enough of that," Rei said. "I'm sure you have a reason. So, I know that you are Naruto of the Uzumaki clan," Rei said. "Who is your mother?"
"Her name was Kushina," the guard said. "Lord, this is your grandson."
Naruto looked from her to proclaimed grandfather. He had widened his eye a moment but began to smile and scooped Naruto up in a hug. "My grandson!?" He held Naruto up in front of his face. "Look at you, so strong looking! You look a lot like that Minato, your father!" His face fell a little when he realized the woman said 'was'. "I'm sorry, grandson, for losing your mother. Where is your father?"
"He's dead too, they died the day I was born," Naruto said, his face falling as well.
Rei hugged him tight. "There there, in that case, we will find you a family here." He rubbed his forehead against Naruto's. "Don't worry, son, you won't be alone ever again. Thank you for bringing him to me, Nina," he said to the guard. "Mina, thank you for bringing him safely to the island."
"It was our pleasure," the sisters replied. "Good bye, little prince," they said before giving him a kiss on each cheek and walking away.
Still holding Naruto, Rei walked to another room. "Love, I have someone I want you to meet."
"Who is it dear," a woman said, walking out. She also had wings growing from her back but instead of feathers, these were leathery. She was beautiful with serpentine green eyes and long, red hair. She sniffed and her eyes widened. "Oh Rei...he smells just like Kushina." She walked over and picked Naruto up, "Oh, precious baby," she said, holding him close. Rei knew her heart would break when he told her the fate of her daughter but for now, he remained quiet. One did not interrupt one of the dragon clan when she was fussing over a child. Naruto felt the attention placed on him and latched onto it, hugging her for all he was worth, even as she placed kisses all over his face, getting him to give a deep rumbling purr. "My precious little grandson is home," she kept on saying.
Deis did cry when Rei told her what happened to Kushina. And she almost changed into a dragon to fly off and burn Konoha to the ground when Naruto told them his life. She kept hugging him after that, as if afraid he would run away if she did. Not that Naruto, minded. He finally found what he wanted all his life, a home, family, and happiness.
Author's Notes. Something I made on a flash of inspiration. Only figured out just what caused it at the end, when Naruto was talking to the harbor master. Don't know if this should be a one shot or not. Here you go though.