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Chapter 2- New Teams and A Date

Over the next six months, the class was actually fun for once since Naruto was here. With his devious mind, he scheduled pranks and would set them off with a time delay or cover it up with one of his illusions. It was good practice since he would shift the blame with the evidence and if he would shift the blame to Ino, Ami or Sakura, he took the time to help her with her punishment.

'Naruto took special interest in these four because Ino and Sakura had mental blockers….Sakura using her inner self and Ino's natural ability as a Yamanaka. Hinata and Ami….there was something special about the two of them, he couldn't place it.

Now the six months have passed and Sasuke Uchiha found a rival within Naruto. The Uzumaki was amused at the rivalry and sparred against him, but in a result, he was chased by his fan girls along with Sasuke's to find out his friend/rival's likes. Naruto was also wary of Mizuki's movements….he was nice….too nice.

Academy- "Now you will all start the graduation exam, when your name is called, please step forward." Iruka said.

Naruto began to talk to Hinata, "So, Hinata, are you ready to become a genin?"

Hinata said, "Yes, I-I think I have c-come pretty f-far."

Naruto smiled, "You have, Hinata-chan. You have gotten stronger."

Iruka called out, "Hinata Hyuuga."

Naruto said, "You better go and give it your all, Hinata-chan."

Hinata blushed, "H-Hai." The Hyuga went forward and did the required jutsu, which was the Bunshin no Jutsu. Soon it was Naruto's turn and walked up to the desk of Iruka and Mizuki. "Bunshin no Jutsu!" 5 clones appeared in front of Naruto and Iruka said, "Congratulations….you pass."

Naruto smiled, "Thanks…" He grabbed his headband and tied it around his belt as he walked out of the room. Sasuke said, "Well, what do you know, Uzumaki…you actually passed."

Naruto said, "What? You almost sound as if you were going to miss me, eh, Sasuke."

Sasuke said, "You all together…..no, me kicking your ass….yes."

Naruto said, "What are you talking about? I still have 5 wins over you."

Sasuke said, "That last win didn't count…" Naruto said, "All is far in the world of ninja, Sasuke."

Outside, Naruto sat in the tree's shade as he watched the rest of his classmates be congratulated by their parents. Then Mizuki came up near Naruto, "Hey, Naruto…" Naruto said with a smile, "Hey, Mizuki, thanks for being a great teacher and all. I have learned much from you."

Mizuki said, "Yes, you have….just being a good ninja and make sure you always keep your friends close." Naruto said, "Right, and Mizuki-sensei…."

Mizuki said, "Hmmm…"

Naruto's face hanged back in the shadows and his eyes glowed a moment, "You will tell everything about yourself to the Hokage." Mizuki said, "You know what, I am going to tell the Hokage about myself….I haven't been exactly truthful."

Naruto said, "You are going to tell the secrets of your master, Orochimaru and turn yourself in." The silver haired chunin replied, "You know what, I need to report myself…my master Orochimaru and I have been in contact for a while and I feel guilty." Mizuki moved toward the Hokage Tower in a trance and

Naruto smirked, "Well, that is one traitor down….I hope you are happy, Jii-san." Meanwhile in the office, Sarutobi was a bit startled, "How were you able to know that I was watching him? What has Shadow been teaching him?"

Naruto was about to walk back home until Ino came over, "Naruto-kun…." Naruto turned to her, "Oh, hi, Ino-chan, what is up?" Ino said, "I-I….wanted to thank you…for helping me get this far…"

Naruto smiled, "It's okay, Ino-chan…anything I can do to help others….it is just my nature to do so." Then an ANBU came down, "Uzumaki-san, the Hokage would like to see you."

Naruto said, "Well, duty calls, Ino-chan, I hope that we are on the same team when we find out tomorrow." Ino smiled as Naruto moved in the ANBU's shadow and melted into it. The ANBU in turn disappeared via Shunshin, making Ino smile a bit. "He never ceases to amaze me, that Naruto." She said to herself as she walked back home.

Hokage's Office- The ANBU arrived at the Hokage's desk and Naruto appeared out of the shadow. "Hey, oji-san." Naruto greeted him with a wave. Sarutobi said, "How did you do that?"

Naruto said, "Ah, a ninja or in my case, a shadow never reveals anything….only leaving more questions than answers."

Sarutobi said, "That is true, but that is no reason to hide secrets from me." Naruto said, "Yes, that is true, but there are ears on the walls and you have your secrets as well…like the identity of my father and mother." Sarutobi said, "How…."

Naruto said, "Like I said, you have your secrets and I have mine…I know why you did it, but that doesn't give you the right to withheld the information if you would have just told me to keep quiet about it."

Sarutobi bowed his head in shame and Naruto said, "But….I respect you for trying your best to protect me, Sarutobi-oji-san…..arigotou." Hiruzen looked at Naruto and said, "You have matured, Naruto…"

Naruto looked at him and his blue-green eyes twinkled, "I always have….I had to…I will see you later, oji-san."

Later that day, Sarutobi was looking at the genin teams, checking them over. "We need an assault team, a tracking team and a capture team, but Naruto seems to have expertise in capture and assault. On top of that, we have an extra member…hmm, Ami Kumara. This just might work." He said to himself. Hiruzen began to move the team around furiously, based on their skills.

Next day, Naruto woke up and put on a black Mandarin collar shirt with some black shinobi pants, and then he wrapped his usual scarf around his mouth and put on his fedora. Then he walked out the door silently and quickly toward the Academy. He walked inside to see everyone seated and talking to one another. He noticed Ino was with a group of girls, laughing and talking.

Sakura was near Sasuke as always, Hinata was near Kiba and Akamaru, but Ami was sitting in the corner by herself. Naruto walked up to her, "You know…you are not the type to be a loner."

Ami said, "Oh, Naruto…." Naruto said, "You miss your friends, Ayeka and Himori, right?"

Ami nodded, "I…Yeah…." Naruto said, "It is okay…may I sit, you seem quite lonely, just looking out the dreaded window."

Ami smiled at him and Naruto said, "Ah, there is that pretty smile that I know."

Ami replied, "Thanks, Naruto, you sure know how to cheer up a girl."

Naruto did a mock bow, "But of course, after all, I am a gentleman, Ms. Kumara."

Just then Iruka came in and shouted, "Okay, my students, you are officially Genin….you will set into groups of three with a Jonin sensei to monitor and train you to rise in the ranks. Now….let's see, Team 7 will be Sasuke Uchiha, Ami Kumara, Naruto Uzumaki and Sakura Haruno."

Naruto smiled at the girl next to him, "Well, looks like we will be working closely together, do you agree?"

"I do….and I think that I will enjoy it, Mr. Uzumaki."

Iruka continued, "Team 8 will be Hinata Hyuga, Kiba Inuzaka and Shino Aburame, Team 10 will be Ino Yamanaka, Shikamaru Nara and Choji Akimichi." The Chunin continued through the teams and dismissed them to have their break.

"Well, Ami-chan, would you care to have lunch with me?"

"Are you asking me out, Naruto?"

Naruto smirked behind his scarf, "Only if you want me to, Ami-chan."

The purple-haired girl blushed and said, "I accept..." Much to Hinata's jealous glare along with Ino and Sakura slightly. Naruto took her by the waist and said, "You may want to hold tight…" Ami blushed as she wrapped her arms around the Jinchuuriki and then Naruto did a Shadow Shunshin as he did his creepy laugh.

Sasuke shuddered as he said, "I hate it when he does that."

Yakiniki Q- Naruto and Ami arrived at the restaurant and said, "Table for two, Uzumaki…"

"You planned this?" Ami said incredulously

"Yes, I think that you are quite cute and I bet you were hoping for me to ask you out, ne?"

Ami blushed and Naruto grinned in triumph, "I rest my case, Ms. Kumara. Now shall we?"

The two sat across from each other and Ami said, "So tell me about yourself, Naruto…."

"Well, you know my preference in girls. My hobbies are playing with Phurba, training, gardening and dancing."

"You dance?"

"Yeah, before I got to learn my fighting styles, I had to learn to dance. Dancing is like fighting and one of the styles that my master knows was originally a dance. What about you?"

"Me, well, I like to dance as well, play the guitar and write songs as well as sing."

Naruto smiled, "Well, maybe we should do a duet sometime in the future." Ami shook her head, "You are just full of surprises…aren't you?"

"Look who's talking…"

The waiter came up and gave their order as they sat. "So what is the biggest regret that you have?" Ami asked. Naruto leaned back, thinking, "My biggest regret was when I was about ten years old, I got caught and my master had to save me, but he lost one of his arms in the process to save my life. What about you?"

Ami said, "My biggest regret was being mean to Sakura because of her forehead. I guess that I was getting jealous of all of the attention that she was getting from the kunoichi."

"Maybe it is not too late to say that you are sorry….after all, you are on her team as well…" Naruto said.

"Yeah, I guess that you are right…."

"Well, enough talk….let's eat…." Naruto said. Ami nodded and the two of them dug into their lunch, talking about various things like different genres. Ami preferred a mix between pop and punk while Naruto's preference was R&B.

The time flew by until Naruto checked the time and said, "Oh, it looks like we are late…."

"What? Oh, no!" Ami panicked.

"Oh, don't worry, if we were late….they would have came to our location." Naruto said in a reassuring tone.

"Meet up on the roof in five minutes." The silver-haired Jonin said.

Roof- "I'm your sensei obviously and I need to know a bit about you guys….your likes, your dislikes, your dreams, that sort of stuff."Sakura piped up, "How about you start us off, sensei?"

The Jonin eye-smiled at her, "My name is Kakashi Hatake, my likes are classified, my dislikes are none of your concern, my hobbies…I have a lot of them and my dream is you don't want to know."

Sakura said, "My name is Sakura Haruno, my likes are sunsets and Sasuke, my hobbies are reading and…. She looks at both Naruto and Sasuke and squeals. "My dislikes are perverts, mean people, Ino –pig. My dream is to be a great kunoichi and….."

Kakashi said, "Next."

Sasuke said, "Sasuke Uchiha, I have little likes and many dislikes, I don't have any hobbies than training and I don't have a dream, more like an ambition….I need to kill a certain person to avenge my clan."

Kakashi thought, "Typical, Sasuke has become an avenger."

Kakashi turned to Ami and she said, "I'm Ami Kumara, my likes are dancing, singing, writing songs, Naruto-kun, my dislikes are idiots, perverts and traitors. My dream is to be a great kunoichi."

"Naruto Uzumaki, my likes are training, Phurba, some of the kunoichi in my graduation class, clubs, flowers, ramen, chicken tempura and my master. My dislikes are traitors, idiots, perverts and rapists. My hobbies are gardening, dancing and training. My dream is to be strong enough to protect my family and loved ones."

Kakashi said, "Okay, move on, we will do survival training…the real graduation test." Sakura butted in, "But we already did that." Kakashi answered, "Yes, but there is too much graduates, so we use this test to see if you have what it really takes to be genin. The test has a 66% failure rate."

Kakashi continued, "Anyway, tomorrow, you have to show your real skills, bring all your weapons and you might skip breakfast, you'll might throw up."

Naruto said, "Well, looks like we will be passing this test tomorrow, guys….see you in the morning.