Chapter One

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Minato stared at the wall opposite him with blank eyes. His work ignored on his desk, it really was building up on him. He should probably do something about that.

"Minato-sensei!" He blinked and looked to the door to see his three old students watching him. Rin was concerned, Obito was annoyed (at being ignored) and Kakashi was appraising him with a raised brow.

"Oh. Good morning." He said rubbing his hands over his face and taking a deep breath in as he stretched.

"Ohayo Minato-sensei." Rin said frowning. "Did you sleep here?"

"No, of course not." Minato smiled nervously, she didn't need to know that he hadn't slept at all.

"Okay." She said smiling brightly and skipping forward into the room.

"What is it that you all want?" Minato asked suspicious as Obito and Rin instantly tried to look innocent, Kakashi just rolled his visible eye and sighed almost inaudibly.

"Dumb and Dumber want to take you out for ramen." He explained causing the other two to glare at him.

"It was supposed to be a surprise!" Obito complained glaring at Kakashi, well, as well as one could with only one eye. He didn't quite have the trademark Uchiha glare down to a pat yet.

"I can't go anyway guys. I have work to do." Minato said rubbing the back of his head.

"Aww come on Minato-sensei you never come out for ramen anymore!" Rin pouted and Minato just shrugged. He had an excuse; he needed to become better prepared. He had to work to protect his village. His wife and his son had died for this village. He had to protect it.

"She wouldn't want you working yourself to death." Minato's head snapped up and he narrowed his eyes at Kakashi who just shrugged. "Well she wouldn't."

"Is that why you won't come out with us?" Rin asked cautiously knowing that it was a sensitive topic with their sensei.

"I'm just working to make sure that Konoha stays the best that it can be." Minato said causing all of his students to glare at him.

"Konoha has never worked better! You need to have fun and relax sometimes!" Obito pouted and Minato rolled his eyes.

"I relax." He protested. All three students gave him 'the eyebrow' and he just shrugged. "Sometimes."

A knock at the door saved him from further interrogation by his students.

"Come in!" He called hurriedly and the door opened to reveal Uchiha Itachi, the youngest ANBU guard in history, he even beat Kakashi's record. Something that he knew bugged the silver haired boy more than most things, even Obito.

"Ohayo Itachi." Minato smiled and nodded his head. Itachi bowed back. "What do you need?"

"I was wondering if I could have a day off." Itachi said staring straight at the Hokage who raised an eyebrow.

"What for?" Minato asked.

"My younger brother Sasuke has been begging me to spend some time with him. I would only have to take a day off." Itachi bit his lip almost nervously.

"Of course. Have tomorrow off as well as the rest of today." Minato said smiling at the fleeting look of excitement on Itachi's face before it was covered in his stoic Uchiha mask.

"Arigato Hokage-sama." Itachi bowed once more before leaving the room. The three students turned around to see their sensei staring at his desk with a look of crushing agony on his face.

"Minato-sensei?" Rin asked worriedly.

"Naruto would be Uchiha Sasuke's age if he were a-alive." Minato whispered clenching his fists tightly. The three students looked to one another before looking back to their sensei.

"Minato-sensei we declare that you shall come out to have ramen with us!" Obito declared loudly. "I'm sorry but you don't have a choice in the matter."

That said the three students dragged the almighty Hokage from his desk and practically carried him to Ichiraku's ramen where they proceeded to do everything they could to take his mind off of his son.


"Uzumaki Naruto! If you do not get down from there right now so help me God I will skin you alive!" Naruto pursed his lips and looked down from where he was perched on top of the Inari statue which stood proudly in the middle of the forest clearing.

"But why?!" Naruto whined pouting. Kyuubi sighed rubbing his forehead tiredly. Why did his nephew have to be such a pain? He was only five and yet he was more of a pain than Kyuubi could even imagine.

"If you do not come down from there now then… then…you won't be allowed to see Kiba or Gaara for a week!" Naruto gasped and instantly leapt down from the statue. Kyuubi felt his heart jump to his throat as he watched the boy fall. But despite being half human, his half demon instincts took over and he twisted in the air landing as a cat demon would; on all fours. He would have to thank the Yamanakas later for teaching him that.

"I camed down! I still go to Kiba's tonight?" Naruto asked his eyes watering and Kyuubi sighed, curse his weakness for those big blue eyes. He picked Naruto up and rested him on his hip. Naruto buried his face into his Uncle's shoulder and sniffed.

"Yes you can still go to Kiba's tonight." Kyuubi said. Naruto cheered and hugged the fox demon around his neck tightly.

"Yay! I love you Oji-san!" Naruto cried happily and Kyuubi had to chuckle.

"I love you too Naru-chan. Now, we better go home so you can get ready. You know Kiba and Gaara won't like it if you're late." Naruto nodded his head quickly before struggling to be put down. Kyuubi placed his nephew on the floor and Naruto hurried ahead to their home. He giggled every so often as he waited for his Uncle to catch up.

"Hurry up Oji-san!" He pouted when Kyuubi started to move deliberately slow. Naruto pushed his lips out further and stomped his foot.

"Make me!" Kyuubi laughed and Naruto stormed back to his Uncle pulling on his hand harshly.

"Hurry up!" Naruto complained. Kyuubi laughed and lifted Naruto onto his shoulders suddenly. Naruto squealed and forgot all about the need to hurry his Uncle up. Kyuubi ran the rest of the way, dodging trees and up sticking roots until he reached their home. The little wooden cottage was in the middle of a small clearing complete with a small stream running behind it.

The demons didn't have a village as such. They knew the forest well enough that they knew where their closest neighbours and those they needed to know about lived. So even though Kyuubi was considered the Leader of the Demons he didn't have a palace or any markings to prove that he was one of the Nine Demon Lords, nor to show that he was the most powerful out of the Nine Demon Lords. Everyone knew though that he was. It was an instinct that the demons had.

"Oji-san." Naruto said innocently and Kyuubi glanced up to see a thoughtful look on his nephew's face.

"What's wrong Naru-chan?"

"Why don't I have a Mommy or a Daddy?" Naruto asked frowning as if to try and remember if he ever had a Mommy or a Daddy. After a while of silence Naruto decided that that was a bad thing to say. "It's not that I don't love you Ji-san. I do. I really do. But Kiba has a Mommy and a Daddy and Gaara has his Daddy. Why don't I?"

"Your parents…" Kyuubi paused trying to think of the best way to explain this to the young child. "Well you Mum died giving birth to you."

"Did I kill her?" Naruto whispered terrified and Kyuubi shook his head frantically.

"No Naru-chan. You did no such thing. She died from loss of blood when you came into this world and you have to know that she loved you more than anything. She was a wonderful woman. She was my sister." Kyuubi said pulling Naruto from his shoulders and holding him close. Naruto hugged his Uncle back.

"Gaara's Mummy died like that too. He told me." Naruto said and Kyuubi nodded. "But Gaara still has a Daddy."

"Yes well, your Daddy loved you very much too." Kyuubi said.

"Is he dead too?" Naruto asked sadly but Kyuubi shook his head.

"No, he isn't." Naruto frowned.

"Why isn't he here then?" Naruto asked. Kyuubi sighed; he walked into his home and sat down on the sofa pulling Naruto onto his lap.

"Your Daddy wouldn't be able to live in the Forest."

"That's silly. Everyone lives in the Forest!" Naruto said rolling his eyes at his Uncle who chuckled slightly.

"Naru-chan, do you remember when Inuzuka-san told you and Kiba never to go outside the boundaries of our territories because there were things there that could hurt you?" Naruto nodded thinking back. "Well, one of those things is humans. They are a lot like demons but they don't have animal spirits. They can't transform into their animal spirit either. They have to stay in their one form. They are generally weaker than us as well."

"What about my Daddy?" Naruto asked thinking his Uncle had gone off track.

"Your Daddy is a human. Humans can't live in the Forest very well so they live outside of it. Your Mum went to one of the human…territories and she fell in love with the Leader of the Humans." Kyuubi said and Naruto nodded his mouth forming an 'o' shape.

"So my Daddy can't live in the Forest since he's human. But Mummy was a demon so I'm…half human, half demon." Naruto said slowly and Kyuubi had to chuckle at the look of pure concentration on his nephew's face.

"Don't hurt yourself kid." Kyuubi laughed as Naruto pouted.

"But I am half aren't I?"

"Yes, I suppose you could say that. You're half." Kyuubi said ruffling his nephew's hair.

"Oji-san!" Naruto whined shaking his head so his hair fell back into place. Messy as it was.

"Hmm, now we better go get you ready for Kiba's." Naruto cheered and ran from his Uncle's lap to go get ready. He couldn't wait! He loved his best friends.


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