Disclaimer: I don't own Naruto or any of the characters that I have come to love.

Hello

Beautiful. That was Minato's first thought as he saw the 13-year-old Whirlpool refugee. Everything about her was beautiful: a thin face but not gaunt, not at all, piercing green eyes that could see into a person's soul, and the prettiest hair in Konoha.

"Why are you looking at the Whirlpool freak?" demanded Ken, his best friend at the Academy. Minato glared at his friend.

"You don't know her. It isn't right to condemn anyone. In three months you're graduating from the Academy. Grow up" Minato snapped. Ken looked down as his friend made him ashamed of himself. Minato had that affect on people. He was a stronger ninja, graduating from the Academy at the age of 10 but was wise enough to keep going back for his friends and his soon to be teammates.

"Well…she's ugly! You keep staring…I think you should stick to your girl hiatus" Ken joked. They watched the girl enter the Academy and Minato sighed as he shot his friend a withering look as they entered. It was true that he wasn't very interested in girls at the moment. They were giggly soulless idiots to him. He was halfway down the hallway from the classroom when he heard it.

"Namikaze-kun!" shouted a high voice. He could hear the giggly idiots and he prayed that the new girl wasn't an idiot. She looked pretty enough. He mentally slapped himself. That sounded shallow. The head girl, Misa, prepared to glomp him. Due to his formidable speed he was in the classroom's doorway. He watched as Misa crashed into Ken, causing him to burst with laughter.

"You deserved that one, Ken! Karma is well…you know the rest" Minato laughed. Ken wrestled with the girl and Minato entered the classroom. He looked around and counted his friends, Yamanaka Inoichi, Akimichi Chouja, and Nara Shikaki. However, he didn't spot the beautiful girl that had just entered the building. He waved to Makoto-sensei. The sensei's face brightened at the sight of his favorite student.

"Class, settle down! I'd like to introduce to you a new classmate" Makoto-sensei commanded, strictly. Minato sat in his usual spot up front. He sat with no one since they were all so intimidating. Everyone looked around but found no one unfamiliar. Until she stepped from behind Makoto-sensei that is.

"This is Uzumaki Kushina of Uzu no Kini! Say hello Uzumaki-san and share a bit about yourself" Makoto-sensei said, trying to sympathize with the girl. She brushed it off and stared at Minato, recognition flickering onto her face. Everyone looked down as the blonde shifted uncomfortably from her scrutinizing gaze.

"I am Uzumaki Kushina, heir to almost extinct Uzumaki clan. I have a kekkei genkai. I was forced to come here by my elder sister who came with me. My family was the royal family of the Land of Whirlpools. My only request of you Konoha nin is that you do not ask any questions about what happened even though I know you're dying too" she said in a foreign accent that Minato had never heard. It was very…dare he think it, sexy. She was staring at him with her green eyes and he looked down to avoid the gaze of the disturbingly knowing girl with the beautiful hair.

"Very…nice, Uzumaki-san. You may sit next to Minato-san…the blonde one. He will help you catch you" Makoto-sensei said, almost kindly. The students stared at the strange girl in interest.

"I know who he is. And I need nobody's help. I was trained in the standard Whirlpool and Konoha way. I'm aware of your curriculum though I disagree" she hissed. Minato didn't realize how much he was starting to love the way she spoke though he had only heard it twice now.

"Well…then…follow me. We will spar outside. Minato-san…keep Uzumaki-san company," Makoto-sensei commanded. They followed their sensei outside. Kushina trailed behind the others but the male population of the class stared at her in fascination as she walked. She wasn't like the other girls in Konoha, that was for sure, Minato decided. She was a foreign beauty with a sharp tongue and glowing green eyes. He saw her smirk as if she had heard something funny. Minato's brow furrowed and he slowed down to her pace.

"So you have a kekkei genkai? That's cool" Minato said. The girl turned her ferocious gaze on him and held his steadily. He smiled at her easily and she glared. Kushina had thought the intimidating stare would make him back off. She now decided to use the tack of blunt honest.

"Not when it's the cause of a civil war that destroyed your home. My kekkei genkai is not cool. It is a destructive force that I barely have any control over" Kushina said. Minato grinned at her sexy accent.

"I see…I'm" Minato said. He was cut off by a patronizing tone.

"It would be necessary if you were fighting Minato. This guy can't be beat! Even by your silly kekkei genkai!" Ken said, glaring at Kushina. She looked at him with her wide eyes and lifted her chin. Minato rubbed the back of his neck, not knowing what to say. Her eyes narrowed as she realized he wasn't going to say anything.

"Namikaze-san…you are like a baby" she said. She swore in an unfamiliar language before walking off, tugging her shoulder length blood red hair. Minato looked after her before turning to Ken.

"Idiot! I was trying to be nice. This is an unfamiliar place to her. You're being a jerk" Minato murmured. Ken laughed and the Ino-Shika-Cho group gravitated to the laughter. That was their thing. They gravitated towards laughter and added to it with their quirky antics.

"Nice…to that freak? Sure, she's nice to look at but aren't you a little disturbed by her? She's terrifyingly disgusting!" Ken grinned. Inoichi and Chouja laughed. Shikaki merely smirked. Kushina heard and turned to face them. A ring of black now outlined her beautiful eyes and her pupil was now a violent shade of violet.

"You are like a baby, Namikaze Minato. I can see it in your eyes. I can see it in your smile. You will be a great ninja. But only if you are not like a baby. My sister was our clan prophetess…she saw you. She told me. You will be an amazing ninja. The best of the best. You will not fail with me by your side. And I'll show you. You fight me!" Kushina hissed. Minato stared at her in growing confusion and she sensed it. Suddenly her cold face changed into the sweetest smile in the world. She touched his face and everyone watched, as he didn't flinch. Ken expected Minato swat her away but Minato couldn't move from her sweet gaze.

"I see your confusion. I see your hurt and your pain. I see you, Minato. And I'll teach you to see me…" she murmured. She turned on her heel and walked away. Inoichi chuckled, trying to break the silence from the students.

"She's not only a freak! She's creepy" Inoichi laughed. Everyone laughed nervously along with him with exception of Minato. He glared at all of them.

"Shut up!" he snapped, harshly. Everyone was instantly quiet. He used shunshin to transport to the sparring fields. Kushina stood there in the middle. Makoto-sensei stood to the side. Minato took it that she addressed the battle with him. She smiled at him.

"Do not hold back. The worst you can do is hold back. If I lose control restrain me" she commanded. He nodded and she suddenly shifted into a stance. Her feet were together but one hand was over her head and the other towards him.

"Bring it on, Kushina" he said, smirking at her. She smiled softly and serenely.

"Gladly, Minato" she responded. Suddenly she shifted her feet until it was spread apart. She closed her eyes and started panting. She clutched her eyes as it went through the painful transition.

"Ryūketsu no me" she screamed. Suddenly her eyes flickered open. Her eyes were gorgeous and frightening to Minato. They were still green but her pupils were once again the violent shade of purple. There were two lines, one vertical connecting to the pupil and a horizontal one, making a right angle in her eyes.

"What the hell?" demanded Ken as Minato stood there in shock. Suddenly she launched herself at him. She blatantly threw a punch at him and jumped back. She jumped on his back and punched him in the back of the head. He back flipped and she fell off. He stood up straight, expecting her to be on the ground. She wasn't anywhere at that point.

She's fast but not as fast as me Minato thought as he saw a flash of her silky red hair. He spun around and punched her in the stomach. She keeled over and coughed. He kicked out and she grabbed his foot. She spit her blood onto the ground and threw him to the side. Everyone watched as Minato pummeled the girl. He didn't mean it, they knew. But that didn't stop them from screaming for him. Kushina growled ferally and her pupil glowed.

"I, inu, tori, saru, hit…" Kushina trailed off. Minato was holding her, her arms behind her back. He picked her up bridal style and ran to the woods.

"I'm sorry, Kushina. Jiraiya-sensei taught me this just in case any of this ever happened" he said. He slammed her into a tree trunk and put his hands on either side of her head. She was blushing and he realized he liked it.

"U-zu-ma-ki Kushina…you are very pretty" he murmured. She was red instantly. She looked down but he brought her chin up to look into her eyes. She was shaking slightly.

"You are the prettiest girl in all of Konoha" Minato said. Kushina shivered again and Minato smiled softly at her.

"You want me to surrender" Kushina said, shivering, her attraction to him taking over. He nodded slowly.

"I can make you" he responded. She scoffed through her embarrassment.

"Try me" she murmured. She knew exactly what he was going to do and she was going to make him flustered as well. He leaned in and their lips touched. She kissed him back with such fierceness and he pushed her against the tree trunk. She broke apart from him.

"This doesn't change anything" she murmured as they broke apart. He laughed and kissed her one more time.

"I know. Do you surrender?" he asked. She nodded and crossed her arms.

"You don't always get what you want. And that means you arent' getting me. You may have every other girl after you but that is because you are like a baby. You don't understand anything. And until you do my heart wont' be yours" she hissed. He laughed quietly. He nodded.

"I know. I have to grow up. And well, this is your last chance. I won't offer again" he said. It was her turn to laugh and she shook her head.

"You offered me nothing. Minato, you are like a baby. You don't know what to do. I'll teach you, Minato. You aren't the strongest yet. You learn like everyone else. You don't know how to be a ninja and you never will unless I teach you" Kushina said. Minato looked down at her.

"I'm sorry that I don't know your moral ethics, Kushina. Will you teach me?" he asked. She nodded.

"It is my duty at the heir to the Uzumaki clan. Let go of me. We don't speak of this" she said. He smirked and kissed her forehead this time.

"All right. I apologize for going into your personal space" he said. She nodded once before he leaned up. He walked past her and they walked out of the forest together. The two Hyuuga's stared at them in shock. Minato noticed their Byakugans were activated.

"Not a word" he murmured. They nodded almost mechanically. Kushina deactivated her eyes and everyone looked at her curiously.

"Why isn't she unconscious?" asked Ken. Kushina smirked and touched Minato's shoulder.

"We came to undertanding."