More Than a Ninja
A seven year old Uzumaki Naruto was running for his life from a group of drunken villagers. He didn't know what he did wrong. Sure he played a couple pranks, wore an annoyingly bright orange jumpsuit, and slacked off in the ninja academy, but he didn't know what he deserved to be chased through the village like some sort of animal. They called him a demon, a monster, a leper. It wasn't the time for reminiscing as right now he was trying to avoid a group of blood hungry villagers.
"There he is! It's the Demon!" called a clearly drunk civilian. Normally this man would never hurt a small child, but this was no small child, this was the Demon that attacked the village. This boy was the demon that had killed his father and sister.
'Dang it!' Naruto mentally cursed as he ducked into another alley, hoping to lose the villagers. He ducked behind a dumpster and prayed.
"He went behind that dumpster!" a villager yelled.
"Which one?" another villager asked. The first villager pointed to the dumpster Naruto currently hid behind.
Naruto wished he could just disappear. He knew he was going to get a severe beating; he always did on this day. This day was the day he always had to run for his life, October 10th, his birthday. It was also the day that seven years ago the Yondaime Hokage had defeated the mighty Kyubi no Kitsune, the nine tailed demon fox. The Yondaime was Naruto's hero and inspired Naruto to want to become the Hokage.
Naruto curled up into a small ball and cried. He cried for his crappy life, he cried for the beating he was about to endure but most of all he cried for how weak he was to not be able to fight back. He imaged lying on his bed, no matter how uncomfortable it was. He imagined his home, the one place he was safe from these bad people. Then it happened. A warm sensation seemed to cover his entire body.
His eyes fluttered open as he expected to see a group of angry villagers. He was wrong. What he saw was his old, worn apartment.
'How did I get here?' he could of sworn he was just hiding behind a dumpster being chased by a group of villagers. His mind seemed to fly hundreds of miles an hour trying to process this information. One second he was one place, and the next thing he knew he was back at his apartment. Did he--did he teleport?
"Only one way to find out" he mused. He then focused on a point on the other side of his room, he willed himself to be there…nothing. He scrunched his eyes in frustration.
"Why won't it work!" he yelled to himself. He tried to think about what he did to make himself teleport before…That's it! He was unconsciously focusing chakra when he was thinking about his home. He then looked across the room and focused chakra throughout his body, at the same time willing himself to teleport across the room.
30 seconds passed and finally Naruto closed his eyes in frustration only to feel the warm sensation again. He blinked and looked to see himself standing in front of the wall that was previously across the room from him. He grinned at his accomplishment. No one would ever mess with him again.
Time Skip—5 years—day of Graduation
It's been 5 years since Naruto learned to teleport. Since that day he rarely took a beating as he could just step into an alley and teleport away. He didn't like the word teleport though so he often referred to his ability as 'Jumping'. Nobody knew about his ability as far as he knew as he only practiced it in secluded areas.
No longer did he wear a bright orange jumpsuit. He opted to wear something stealthy, more suited for ninjas. Naruto now was clothed in loose black training pants with an orange stripe going down the side, taped at the ankle, a sleeveless black shirt, and had white bandages wrapped around his arms. After that night Naruto started to take his ninja training seriously, although there is not much that you can learn without a proper teacher. He could now successfully perform the Transformation, the Replacement and the clone Justus. His taijutsu was more of a street brawler, useless for a ninja, but great for a jumper. All in all he was an average student in the academy, not being the best nor the worst.
He woke up early that day and took a quick shower before he had himself a bowl of ramen before he headed off to perform some light stretches to get ready for the academy test today. He was determined to pass this time as the last time the only reason he failed was due to not being able to successfully perform a clone, something he could do now.
After his light stretches he walked to the academy. Sure he could just jump there but he had time and sometimes he liked to walk. It was soothing really, to feel the morning breeze flow through his unruly hair. It was days like this that he really lived for…so peaceful…no mobs of villagers trying to kill him.
He got to the academy 5 minutes before the bell would ring, signaling the start of the day. His eyes quickly grazed over the ninja hopefuls. He was confident in his ability to pass and he knew most of his classmates would pass too. There was one person though that Naruto just couldn't stand. Uchiha Sasuke. He was cold towards everyone. He was popular but could care less. He had the whole Uchiha superiority complex and thought he was above everyone else. Something about his 'I'm an Uchiha and I deserve more than you' personality really rubbed Naruto the wrong way.
"I was here first!" an annoying voice screeched.
"No I was!" a just as annoying voice yelled right back.
Oh great…if there were any two people who Naruto couldn't stand as much as the Uchiha it was his faithful fan girls, Haruno Sakura and Yamanaka Ino. They were terrible Kunochi, caring more about their looks than their ninja skills. They also seemed to be obsessed with the class brooder and would do anything to get his attention…to bad they didn't get the hint that the Uchiha could care less about them.
"Yeah right forehead! I was so here first so I'm sitting by Sasuke-kun!" Ino yelled triumphantly.
"Bull crap Ino-pig! You and I both know I was here first and Sasuke-kun likes more way more than you!" Sakura countered with a smirk and she brushed the dust out of her pink hair. Sometimes Naruto wondered if she died her hair or if it was just natural. But then he would remember he could care less.
This argument went on for about 5 minutes with neither contestant budging an inch. In the end they were interrupted when Naruto asked why they'd want to sit by the Uchiha. Well…it actually went more like this.
Naruto snorted. "Why would you want to sit by the emo duck ass anyway?"
"Naruto! You baka don't make fun of Sasuke-kun he is way better than you in every way!" Sakura yelled and tried to hit Naruto only for him to sidestep and she fell on the ground. Sakura's misfortune caused everyone to laugh, even Ino, well everyone but Sasuke, Shino and Shikamaru (Who was sleeping).
"You Baka!" Sakura yelled and charged Naruto and yelling about how he tripped her. They were interrupted however as Iruka appeared in the room.
"Everyone sit down now!" Iruka yelled using his Demonic Head Jutsu. Everyone was immediately seated as no one wanted to get in trouble on the day of the final test. "Ok class, as you know today you will be taking your final genin test to see if you will graduate and become full fledged shinobi of Konoha. Being a shinobi is not a game and you will have to put your life on the line in a mission many times. You will also be expected to kill and die for your village." Iruka took a break. "Now we will start the tests. You will be tested on the Clone, Transformation, and Replacement Jutsu. Failure to do any of the three will result in immediate failure. Aburame Shino, will you please come with me into the other room?"
Naruto's last name was Uzumaki so naturally he came at the end of the list. Some people would come out with a smile and a headband while others came out empty handed. The most notable were Nara Shikamaru, Aburame Shino, Inuzuka Kiba, Akimichi Choji, Hyuga Hinata, and Yamanaka Ino who all came out with headbands. Naruto figured as much as they were all future clan heads. Next up was Uchiha Sasuke.
"Uchiha Sasuke, would you please follow me to the other room?" asked Mizuki, Iruka's assistant.
"Hn" was the only response he got. All the Uchiha fan girls squealed at this point, having confidence that their crush would pass easily.
A minute later Sasuke walked out sporting his headband on his head. Go figure.
"Uzumaki Naruto?" Mizuki asked, barely containing glee as he thought of his diabolical plan coming into place. "Good luck, Naruto." He said as he patted him on the back.
"I don't need luck" Naruto said confidently as he entered the room, completely unaware of how much his life was going to change in the coming hours.
"Would you please perform the Transformation?" Mizuki asked in a monotone voice.
Naruto put his fingers into the ram hand seal and a plum of smoke later an identical image of the Yondaime was standing there.
"That was very good, now the replacement?" Mizuki vainly tried to hold in his joy.
Again Naruto went through the required seals and replaced himself with a log. He also noticed that it was a lot harder to control his chakra and he was wasting a lot more than usual. He just brushed it off as nervousness.
"Now would you please perform 3 clones?" Mizuki asked innocently.
Naruto preformed the necessary seals and a puff of smoke enveloped the room. Standing, or lying, next to Naruto was a pale, dead looking Naruto. Not what he expected.
"I'm sorry Naruto, but do to your inability to form a single clone—you fail!" Mizuki said feigning sadness. His plan was almost in place.
"But…I knew I could do it…I did it last night!" Naruto argued in vain and Mizuki shook his head sadly. Naruto proceeded to run out the door and took a seat in the back of the room, causing many people to look at him.
"Hmm I knew he wouldn't be able to pass! What a loser!" Kiba smirked at his joke causing everyone to laugh. Naruto just ignored him and sat in his corner.
'I know I could do that jutsu! What happened? Why did Mizuki seem happy that I failed…Wait! I remember him slapping me on the back and then my chakra started to act up! That must be it…' Naruto's mind was a mess of thoughts until he finally came to a conclusion. Confusion quickly turned to anger as Naruto thought of ways to get back at Mizuki. He couldn't just tell Iruka-sensei, because who would believe a genin over a chunin like Mizuki. But Mizuki would be his prime prank target for the next year until he had another chance to pass.
After class ending Naruto immediately sat on the swing he would always go to after he failed his test. He overheard shushed conversations of parents picking up their children.
"It's a good thing he didn't pass..."
"Yeah…can you image if he were to pass…"
"I know considering he's just the…"
"Shhh! You know we're not supposed to talk about that!"
Naruto tuned most of it out until about an hour after class Mizuki approached him. Naruto raised an eyebrow at this, seeing as how Mizuki had caused him to fail.
"Sorry about how you failed Naruto." Mizuki said with fake sorrow in his voice.
"It's ok." Naruto said. What was Mizuki up to?
"Between you and me, there's another way to pass." Mizuki whispered with a strange gleam in his eyes. This further intrigued Naruto.
"Really? How do I do that?"
"All you have to do is steal the Forbidden Scroll of Sealing from the Hokage's office and learn 1 Jutsu." Mizuki explained.
Naruto knew he was lying. He knew that the Scroll of Sealing was the village's sacred treasure but he figured he'd get to learn a kinjutsu and then he'd take down Mizuki if he tried anything. "Ok! I'll do it!" Naruto yelled with fake joy.
"Good. Here's a map of the guard layout. You must get the scroll and go to training ground 16. There you can learn a Jutsu from it and pass!" The traitorous chunin said as his plan worked better than he thought.
Shortly after Mizuki left Naruto decided he'd get the scroll fast and possibly learn two Jutsu so he 'jumped' into the Hokage tower and made his way to the room. He pressed the part of the wall Mizuki described and walked into the room. That was just too easy. He picked up the Scroll of Sealing and jumped to training ground 16.
Naruto then opened the scroll. 'The Shadow Clone Jutsu allows the user to split their chakra and produce a solid clone of the user. The Shadow Clone, when expelled transfers all its knowledge to the original, meaning it can also be used for spying or training. Shadow Clone? Hmm…a solid clone would be incredibly useful!' with renewed vigor Naruto started to learn the Shadow Clone Jutsu. He had it down in a couple hours and opened the scroll further.
He then read it mentally. 'Great Clone Explosion Jutsu. To use this jutsu you must have already mastered the Shadow Clone Jutsu. The Great Clone Explosion is a variant of the Shadow clone. Using this Jutsu allows a seemingly normal Shadow Clone to blow up with the force of multiple exploding tags, more or less depending on the amount of chakra used. High B ranked Kinjutsu.'
For the next couple hours Naruto learned the Great Clone Explosion and then copied a couple more Jutsu down on a blank scroll he had present. Soon after he was done he sensed someone's presence. 'Took them long enough…' Naruto thought to himself. Soon enough Umino Iruka appeared in of Naruto.
"Naruto! Do you know what you've done?" Iruka asked, shocked that Naruto would steal the Forbidden Scroll.
"Yeah! I learned a Jutsu from the scroll, just like Mizuki said. So do I pass or what?" Naruto asked with fake innocence.
"What are you talking about?" Iruka was completely shocked. If what he was hearing was true than Mizuki was a traitor.
Before Naruto could answer Mizuki appeared in the clearing. "Give me the scroll!"
"Naruto, don't give him the scroll. He's just using you. He's a traitor!" Iruka countered.
"Meh, don't worry Iruka-sensei. I knew Mizuki was up to something all along. He even purposely made me fail the first test. I just went along to try to bust Mizuki as the traitor he was." Naruto explained with practiced ease.
"What?!" Mizuki asked shocked that Naruto knew all along about his plan. "It doesn't matter because both you and Iruka are going to die!" Mizuki yelled as he threw one of the Fuuma Shuriken at Naruto. Naruto pulled out a kunai from his pouch and deflected the Shuriken. Mizuki decided to pull out his trump card.
"Do you want to know why you're hated Naruto?" The white haired traitor asked with malice.
This struck a chord in Naruto. He always thought he was just hated…he didn't think there was a reason.
"No Mizuki! It's forbidden." Iruka pleaded.
"It's because 12 years ago on your birthday, the Kyubi no Kitsune attacked the village. The Yondaime didn't kill it as you were told. He sealed it into a newborn baby. That baby was you. You are the Kyubi no Kitsune that nearly destroyed the village 12 years ago!" Mizuki bellowed.
Naruto dropped on his knees. Was it true? Was he the Kyubi? It made sense when he thought about it. His birthday was the same day as the Kyubi attacked and he was always called a demon and a monster. It also explained why everyone hated him. 'So…I'm nothing but a demon?'
Before Naruto could react Mizuki was throwing another shuriken at the blonde demon container. The Jinchuriki didn't have time to dodge. He clenched his eyes shut and waited for his early demise. Only it never came. He opened his eyes and gasped when he saw Iruka-sensei sitting in front of him. The only difference was the giant shuriken sticking out of a large wound on his back.
"Iruka-sensei?" Naruto asked, holding down tears.
"Why did you protect the demon Iruka? You and I both know that demon killed your parents!" Mizuki accused angrily.
"You're right…the Kyubi did kill my parents." Iruka muttered darkly causing Naruto to want to cry. "But…Naruto is not the Kyubi. Naruto is one of my finest students and a future shinobi of Konohagakure no Sato!" Iruka protested. He turned to a shocked Naruto. "I was kind of like you, you know? I didn't have any parents. I resorted to pulling pranks to try to fill the void. I know what it's like to be alone. I'm sorry about everything. I should have been there for you."
Naruto went from shocked to happy to angry. He got up and turned to Mizuki. "You hurt my sensei, and if you ever touch Iruka-sensei again. I'm going to kill you!" Naruto growled.
"Ha! If you could even touch me! I'm a chunin and you're just an academy student!" Mizuki smirked, confident in his abilities.
"Try on this! Multi-Shadow clone Jutsu!" Soon the field was surrounded with hundreds of Naruto's all ready to attack. Mizuki didn't feel too confident anymore.
The next hour was filled with the hundreds of Naruto's beating the living crap out of the traitorous chunin.
"Heh…I guess I kind of overdid it?" Naruto rubbed the back of his head sheepishly.
"Naruto…close your eyes." Iruka instructed. Naruto did as he asked, even if it confused him. He felt something being tied over his forehead. He opened his eyes to see Iruka-sensei without his headband. The blonde's hands immediately went up to his forehead.
"Iruka-sensei!" Naruto yelled as he tackled the scarred chunin.
Things seemed to be looking up for our favorite blonde jumper. He just hoped that things would stay that way.
Yo! Narutofan401 here! This is my first fanfic so I would appreciate criticism and your opinions. It's just an idea so I'm not sure if I'll continue it. If you guys seem to like it though I will! I got this idea because I loved the movie jumper and a Naruto teleporting around seemed pretty sweet to me. Naruto's ninja skills are above his in canons but not enough to beat Sasuke without jumping. Enough A/n please review and tune in Next time for More Than a Ninja chapter 2: Team assignments and the first mission! Tell me if you want a certain pairing as I'm up for anything but Sakura! Also if there is anyone you want to be on his team I'm open for ideas, I'm leaning toward to classic Naruto, Sakura, and Sasuke but anything works!