Disclaimer: I don't own Naruto.

You know, I have a poll on my profile asking who matches best with Naruto... as in pairing?

The three choices are Hinata, Sasuke?, and Sakura. Hinata's currently winning by a landslide, unsuprisingly.

And Sasuke? is in second place with four more votes than Sakura. O_o

Maybe I should add some other people on that list... then again, do I really want to know?

Chapter 30: Kyuubi's Statement: Training Conclude!

It was the tenth day of training. Naruto, Obito, and Jiraiya were in the same clearing that they were in on the first day of training.

Jiraiya was peeking at girls with his binoculars, as usual.

Naruto was trying in vain to summon a toad bigger than a tadpole.

Obito was yawning.

In other words, everything was normal.

"This is impossible!" Naruto exclaimed as he summoned yet another tadpole. While he hadn't gotten any further with his summoning training, he had sucessfully managed to gain a second chakra nature- water.

Not to mention he had gotten five techniques down in the three or so hours at the start of each day it took for Naruto to run out of chakra and with his Kage Bunshin.

First of all, Fuuton: Shinkuuha. Wind Style: Vaccum Wave.

Next, Suiton: Hisuitoge no Jutsu. Water Style: Flying Water Thorns Technique.

After that, Suiton: Daisuitou no Jutsu. Water Style: Giant Water Spear Technique.

Then, Suiton: Shuusuidou no Jutsu. Water Style: Surronding Water Path Technique.

Fifthly, Fuuton: Futatsu no Daifuutou no Jutsu: Double Grand Wind Spears Technique.

Finally, Suiton: Mizu no Yaiba no Jutsu. Water Style: Water Sword Technique.

Even with his Kage Bunshin, it took at least a day or two to master the technique. And the first three days was used for water chakra training.

But, no matter how much he trained, he couldn't get meditation and the toad summoning down.

It was the tenth day. Naruto was getting bored and annoyed.

Which is why he went to Jiraiya and started to poke him in annoyance. "Oi. Ero-sennin!"

"What?" Jiraiya asked in annoyance.

"This is boring!" Naruto complained, crossing his arms. "Don't you have some sort of shortcut?"

"No." Jiraiya continued on watching girls from through his binoculars. I'm not that desperate yet.

"Ero-sennin." Naruto said again, poking Jiraiya.

Jiraiya ignored Naruto.

"Ero-sennin." Naruto said yet again, poking Jiraiya.

Jiraiya groaned and put down his binoculars. "What?"

"Are you sure you don't have some sort of shortcut?" Naruto demanded again.

Jiraiya sighed. Then again... this is getting annoying... no, his parents'll kill me if he dies while freefalling through the air...

"I don't care if you put me in some life-threatening situation!" Naruto continued on.

Obito's eyes widened. Naruto... are you really that impatient? Seriously...

Jiraiya groaned and scratched his head. He picked Naruto up and slung him on his shoulder.

"Huh? Hey, let me go!" Naruto complained, hitting Jiraiya on the back.

"You wanted a shortcut, right?" Jiraiya asked, walking through the forest.

"Uh huh." Naruto nodded.

Jiraiya walked up to the edge of a cliff. A rock bounced down.

Naruto paled.

"Well, try your best!" Jiraiya said cheerfully, throwing Naruto off the cliff.

"WHA-AT!" Obito exclaimed.

"What was that?" Jiraiya flipped his head around.

Obito scowled. I don't care if he hears me! In fact, hear me!

"What do'you think you're doing!" Obito cired, glaring fiercely at Jiraiya. "You just basically killed Naruto!"

Jiraiya narrowed his eyes and continued on looking around. I can't sense anything... who is this guy?

"Oh, you won't be able to see me." Obito snapped, observing that Jiraiya seemed to be looking for him. "I'm a ghost. Anyways, explain! All you did was kill off Naruto! Sure, that's a life or death situation, but summoning frogs won't help him when he's freefalling off a cliff, for god's sake!"

"A ghost? Who?" Jiraiya demanded, stopping looking around. He stepped back from the cliff.

"Uchiha Obito." Obito stated. "Explain now."

Jiraiya sighed. Uh... Obito, Obito... oh yeah! Minato's student, who died.

Hm... not many people would know that name... is he telling the truth? Is he really a ghost?

Anyways, he seems really annoyed... better explain first of all.

"First of all, it's toads, not frogs." Jiraiya retorted. "Second of all, if Naruto suceeds in accessing Kyuubi's chakra and summoning a relatively big toad, that toad will break his fall."

"If? If?" Obito cried. "That's a big maybe!"

Jiraiya sat down at the edge of the cliff. "Well, I've already done it... All we can do is wait... and see. Now, you said you were Uchiha Obito, correct? Care to prove that?"

Obito paled. He had angrily burst out without thinking, and now he was going to have to explain.

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Naruto screamed loudly as he fell through the air.

I'm going to die... no, wait, tree climbing!

Naruto gathered chakra to his feet and tried to attach himself to the cliff. Easier said than done. He was freefalling through the air, and the cliff was very slippery.

Needless to say, he failed to attach himself to the cliff.

I'm going to die... I'm going to die...

I'M GOING... TO DIE!

Naruto's eyes shot open suddenly. He was in what seemed to be a dirty sewer. Water dripped slowly from the ceiling, making splashes on the ground.

He frowned and walked forwards, his feet splashing in the puddles on the ground.

This is a dirty little place... where is this? I was freefalling, then...

Naruto made his way forwards to a cage. There was a loose piece of paper stuck on the bars, stating 'Seal'.

Seal? Don't tell... me... uh oh...

Naruto jumped back just as what seemed like a paw slapped down, creating a splash.

"Ch..." Red eyes glowed behind the bars. "I missed."

"Kyuubi!" Naruto exclaimed.

"No, I'm the other tailed beast sealed in you." Kyuubi growled. "Of course I'm the great Kyuubi!"

"Uh huh." Naruto raised an eyebrow. "I didn't know you had a sense of humor."

"I don't." Kyuubi growled deeply, his red eyes flashing. "For you to come here... what do you want?"

"Okay. In case you're wondering, we're freefalling through the air." Naruto retorted. "I die, you die. You've been ruining my life from day one, so it's about time you payed me back."

"With what?" Kyuubi demanded. His red eyes bored into Naruto. He's got guts... threatening the great Kyuubi...

"Chakra, of course." Naruto shrugged. "I mean, it's not like I sealed you into me- you should have nothing against me other than the fact I'm imprisoning you... then again, that's something to have against me..."

Kyuubi glared at Naruto. "Oh, I most definitely have something against you..."

"What, then?" Naruto asked.

Kyuubi paused. "You're the being preventing me from escaping! Of course I depise you! Not as much as the Yondaime, which you look like, but you come a close second!"

"Uh... I really do look like the Yondaime?" Naruto blinked in surprise. "That much?"

"So I repeat, why should I help you?" Kyuubi snapped in anger, ignoring Naruto's question.

"Like I said, since if I die, you die!" Naruto explained. "Isn't it in your interests?"

Red chakra made its way out of the bars and lifted Naruto up.

Kyuubi growled. "Hmmph. I suppose that's true. Here's the chakra you wanted..."

Naruto's consciousness gradually faded away from his inner world.

Kyuubi couldn't resist one last retort. "Don't regret it..."

1010101010

Naruto's eyes shot open as he discovered he was freefalling through the air yet again.

What's this? Chakra's... flowing through me. Way more than I've ever had...

Naruto recalled his conversation with the Kyuubi. I guess he did give me chakra...

Anyways, I need to summon a toad! Uh... the handseals were...

Naruto paled- more than he was already. I can't remember.

Calm down! Remember, remember...

The ground started to come ominously closer.

Uh... Boar! Boar, Bird, Dog, Monkey, Sheep!

Kuchiyose no Jutsu!

Nothing happened.

No, wait! It was Boar, Dog, Bird, Monkey, Sheep!

Work, please... Kuchiyose no Jutsu!

A giant puff of smoke appeared under Naruto... and a giant toad appeared, poking out its tongue.

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Obito sighed with relief. "Thank goodness. Naruto's fine now."

"Still, summoning the toad boss, huh?" Jiraiya commented, getting up. "I'm getting out of here... even I can't control him. Gamabunta, that is."

"Hey! You're the one who put Naruto in that situation!" Obito retorted. "You stay right here."

"And what can you do about it?" Jiraiya pointed out. "From your story, you're intangible."

"Sure, I can't do much..." Obito's eyes flashed. "But I can tell Naruto. And I'm sure that there's many people who would like to know that Jiraiya of the Sannin is currently in Konoha."

Jiraiya paled and stopped moving.

"See? Don't I make sense now?" Obito grinned.

Jiraiya growled something under his breath.

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Naruto grinned as he looked around at the toad he was on.

"Ye-es!" Naruto exclaimed. "I did it... finally!"

"Shut up!" Gamabunta bellowed, his long tongue rolling into his mouth. "I finally get some fresh air, and there's some brat screaming on my back!"

"Hey!" Naruto objected. "I'm not that loud!"

"Where's Jiraiya?" Gamabunta demanded. "Geez, putting a brat on my head... that perverted geezer..."

"I was was the one to summon you, not Ero-se...erm... Jiraiya." Naruto explained. Gee, he's scary. I didn't know a toad could be so scary.

Gamabunta chuckled. Then chuckled more. Then promptly started to laugh heartily. "You? You? You shouldn't lie, brat!"

He continued on laughing.

"I did so!" Naruto objected, waving his fist in the air.

"Uh huh." Gamabunta chuckled. "If you say so. Tell you what, I'll make you my underling, so be grateful."

"Underling?" Naruto exclaimed.

Gamabunta gnashed his mouth together threateningly.

"Uh... yes, thank you... erm..." Naruto stammered out, looking nervously at the moving mouth under him.

"Gamabunta, the Toad Boss." Gamabunta provided.

"Gambunta-san." Naruto finished, before conking out from chakra exhaustion.

-san? Not -sama? Gamabunta raised an eyebrow, and picked up Naruto with his tongue. He jumped up the cliff and onto the ledge.

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Jiraiya looked up at Gamabunta nervously. Gee, that ghost is annoying! I could've avoided this if I had left!

"So, Jiraiya... why'd you put this brat on my head?" Gamabunta demanded.

"I didn't. He summoned you himself." Jiraiya said. He lifted up the summoning scroll and pointed at the most recent name.

"Uzumaki Naruto?" Gamabunta blinked. "I've heard that name somewhere..."

Jiraiya glanced at the uncouncious body of Naruto on the floor. "He's... the baby at the Kyuubi attack."

Gamabunta's eyes widened. "I see... that explains the resemblance."

Jiraiya hefted Naruto on his shoulder. "You can go now, Gamabunta-san. I'll take him to the hospital."

Obito looked at Naruto worriedly for a second, then sighed with relief. Oh, just chakra exhaustion. He gets it so much it doesn't really affect him much anymore...

He should be alright... in a day or two...

1010101010

Naruto shot up in bed, his hands clentching the sheets.

"Hey, Naruto." Shikamaru waved lazily.

"Hn..." Naruto looked around sleepily. Then his eyes widened. "Forget I said that."

Shikamaru laughed. Sasuke's not the only one who says that, you know. "The hospital staff said you were asleep for a whole two days..."

Naruto continued on looking around. He was in a simple room, with one window and one light-green sliding door. He was sitting on a very simple bed with white sheets.

"Hospital staff? Am I in the hospital?" Naruto demanded. He noticed Obito trying to sit on a chair in the corner.

"The hospital staff also said that Jiraiya of the Sannin brought you here." Shikamaru commented. "Why were you with him?"

"Oh! I met him when he was peeking at girls in the hot springs." Naruto explained. "And then I convinced him to train me."

"Train you?" Shikamaru said in surprise. "Why would he teach a completely random... oh."

The Yondaime was taught by Jiraiya... Naruto's the Yondaime's son.

"Oh, what?" Naruto asked in confusion.

"Nothing." Shikamaru placed a fruit basket on Naruto's bed. "Here. I was going to give it to Chouji, but he's not allowed to eat this."

"What? Chouji was that injured?" Naruto exclaimed in worry.

"Don't be silly." Shikamaru smirked. "He ate too much yakiniku after the preliminaires."

Naruto snickered. "That sounds like Chouji." He got out of his bed and picked the fruit basket up. "Come on."

Shikamaru blinked. "Where're you going?"

"Chouji's room, of course!" Naruto grinned and slided open the door. "Are you coming?"

Shikamaru sighed with a smile. "Now that sounds like you, Naruto."

Naruto laughed and headed out the door. He stole a glance at Obito, and his face sobered.

I didn't think so... but I apparently resemble the Yondaime... actually... Am I related to him? Obito and Kakashi-sensei both seemed nervous when Sasuke asked about that...

When Sasuke asked if the Yondaime was my father...

No way... right? I'll ask Obito later...

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Naruto waved at Chouji with a grin. "Hey, Chouji!" He munched on a banana from the fruit basket.

"Naruto, you're evil!" Chouji complained, looking at the fruit in Naruto's hand. "So evil!"

"Heh heh." Naruto grinned again. He sat down on a chair, Shikamaru right next to him. "Hey, anyone else in the hospital?"

"Nah." Shikamaru shook his head. "Shino was here for the first week or so, because of chakra exhaustion, but he's fine now."

"A whole week?" Naruto said in surprise.

"That's normal." Shikamaru pointed out.

Not for Naruto. Obito thought.

"I was here for two days, and I'm already fine... but then again, I guess I'm..." Naruto recalled Kyuubi. "A little unique... I have a lot of chakra."

"You recovered from chakra exhaustion in only two days?" Chouji exclaimed in shock, his hand snaking sneakily towards the fruit basket. Naruto stopped his hand. "What are you, some sort of chakra monster?"

"I'm not a monster!" Naruto objected hotly.

"Don't take things so seriously, Naruto." Shikamaru raised an eyebrow. "It's not like you're... hm, what Asuma-sensei said. A Jinchuruki."

"Oh yeah?" Naruto muttered under his breath.

Shikamaru blinked and looked at Naruto with narrowed eyes. Naruto... if I remember correctly, his birthday was on the Kyuubi Attack, correct?

Not to mention the way the villagers seemed to treat Naruto...

And... Daichi... from the Academy... he called Naruto a demon...

Then... Kyuubi? Is...

The way he acted when he heard Gaara might be a Jinchuruki... his blatant skeptism to Konoha not treating a Jinchuruki like the demon...

Shikamaru continued to stare at Naruto.

No, I shouldn't make hasty conclusions... I need more proof.

Naruto turned his head to the side and stared at Shikamaru. "What's the matter, Shikamaru?"

"Oh, nothing." Shikamaru murmured, still deep in thought.

Naruto shrugged and got up from his chair. "I'll be going, now. See ya."

"Are you sure you're fine?" Shikamaru asked. "You just recovered from chakra exhaustion, right?"

"Oh, I'm fine." Naruto grinned. "Don't worry 'bout it. I have to get back to training! No way I'm going to have Sasuke beat me!"

Naruto ran out of the door, leaving only a breeze.

1010101010

"I finally escaped..." Naruto sighed with relief. "Gee, the medic nin are harder to avoid than ANBU! Isn't there something problematic about that?"

"True. The skill of ANBU must be going down." Obito nodded. After Naruto had managed to escape from the hospital, he had made his way to his apartment. He had wanted to go to Ichiraku's, but Obito convinced Naruto... somehow... to go to his apartment and rest first.

Actually, going to the apartment was perfect for Naruto. He wanted a private place to talk to Obito.

"So.. um... Obito?" Naruto asked hesitantly.

"What?" Obito grinned, and looked at Naruto.

Naruto looked at the ground, scratching his cheek. "Am... erm... Am I..."

"What is it?" Obito rolled his eyes. "Hurry up!"

"Am I related to the Yondaime?" Naruto blurted out, his head looking upwards straight at Obito's face.

Obito froze.

"Obito?" Naruto said, blinking.

Obito sighed. He found out... huh? Well, he would've eventually... With Sasuke asking questions, every other person mentioning the resemblance...

I guess he deserves to know.

"Yeah." Obito nodded. "You're related to Minato-sensei."

"Really?" Naruto said in shock. "What way?"

"Um..." Obito's eyes looked to the side. "Erm..."

"Please, tell me!" Naruto cried, looking up at Obito. I finally found a lead on who my parents are... please tell me, Obito!

"Don't hate him." Obito stated.

"Huh?" Naruto turned his head to the side. Hate?

Wait... no way! He really is...

"The Yondaime... Minato-sensei... Namikaze Minato..." Obito looked to the ground and then stared straight at Naruto. "Is your father."

Naruto's eyes widened, and he fell unconscious. He didn't faint, of course. He 'fell unconscious'.

1010101010

"Huh?" Naruto blinked and looked around blearily. "What?"

"You're finally awake, huh, Naruto?" Obito sighed with relief. He was sitting on a chair in front of Naruto, staring at him. "You've been out for the whole night ... chakra exhaustion must've still been affecting you. It's already morning."

Naruto rubbed his head and sat up from his position on the floor. "Wha-... last thing I remember is..."

Namikaze Minato... is my father...

"You saying..." Naruto trailed off, lost in thought.

Obito looked at Naruto worriedly. "So? What do you think?"

Naruto looked up at the ceiling. The Yondaime... is my father.

My idol. The one who sealed the Kyuubi in me.

It was enough of a shock learning that my idol was the one who sealed Kyuubi in me.

And now... I learn he's my father?

Sure, when I thought he picked me just because I was a random orphan, I didn't care much. But now...

Father?

Naruto's thoughts kept on going in circles.

Oh! Whatever!

Naruto shook his head fiercely, standing up suddenly and startling Obito, who tripped and fell down.

He sealed Kyuubi in me. That most definitely doesn't give him the 'Father of the Year' award. He's a horrible father.

Bu on the other hand, he's a great Hokage. Sacrificing his son... me... to save the village. Which is why...

Like I told Iruka-sensei, no matter what happens, the Yondaime will still be my idol! He's still a strong, cool, Hokage!

It's not like I'm going to swear revenge on someone who's already dead... I'm not Sasuke or something.

"Whatever. I don't care." Naruto decided, crossing his arms.

"Hu-huh?" Obito blinked in surprise.

"Anyways, I'm going to start training again!" Naruto grinned and headed towards the door.

"Hu-huh?" Obito repeated. Then blinked. "Wait, Naruto! You're not completely healed yet! There's no way you can start training!"

"Uh huh, uh huh..." Naruto nodded and continued out the door.

"Naruto!" Obito exclaimed, floating after Naruto.

1010101010

Sasuke breathed hard, staring hard at the puddle in front of him. Electric sparks flew across the surface.

Kakashi stood up from the rock he was leaning against. He placed his Icha Icha book into his pocket.

He observed the puddle, then smiled. "Looks like you did it."

"Of course." Sasuke retorted, taking another deep breath.

"Okay, then." Kakashi looked at Sasuke. "I suppose we can get on to the next step, then."

"Next step?" Sasuke asked in confusion. I thought this was the last step for learning lightning chakra nature.

"Actually learning a lightning technique." Kakashi eye-smiled.

"Hn." Sasuke grunted. I see. "So, what sort of technique?"

Kakashi looked at Sasuke with narrowed eyes. "Hm..."

"What?" Sasuke demanded.

"If I taught you a strong technique, what would you do with it?" Kakashi asked, turning his head slightly to the side. He didn't want to teach Sasuke the Chidori if he wasn't going to use it properly.

Kill my brother! Sasuke thought initally. But, surprisingly, he then hesitated. But... is that the only thing?

"For example... would you try to gain the Mangenkyo?" Kakashi's eye narrowed. Sasuke twitched slightly at his stare. "Would you try to kill Naruto... just to kill Itachi?"

Sasuke's hands clentched in anger at the mention of Itachi. But he shook his head.

I wouldn't kill Naruto... though I would do anything else to kill him. Anything but that!

Because that would make me the same as him.

"No." Sasuke stated, staring right into Kakashi's eye. "I wouldn't kill Naruto."

Kakashi eye-smiled. "I see. Did you notice that I made you admit that Naruto was your closest friend?"

Sasuke twitched. That... little...

"Anyways, I'm satisfied." Kakashi continued on eye-smiling. "Fine. I'll teach you the Chidori."

"Chidori?" Sasuke repeated, feeling the sound of the word. "What is that?"

"My personal lighting technique." Kakashi dropped his eye-smile. "Now, let's start..."

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Naruto stretched, touching his toes. He stood back up. "Okay, then... training..."

He was in the clearing of the forest where he had trained with Jiraiya. Actually, it wasn't a particularly good training spot. The only reason Jiraiya picked it was because he wanted to peek on girls.

"Awake already?" Jiraiya asked, not looking away from his binoculars. "It's only been a couple of days."

"Ah-what?" Naruto stared at Jiraiya's back. "Since when were you here?"

"A while." Jiraiya stated, placing his binoculars down. He looked at Naruto. "So, is that ghost with you?"

"Gh-ghost?" Naruto stammered. He promptly glared at Obito. "Go-o-ggles..."

Obito paled and laughed nervously. "Um... I forgot to tell you... Jiraiya-sama found out."

Naruto continued on glaring at Obito. "First, Kakashi-sensei. Then Sasuke and Sakura-chan. Now Ero-sennin, who we barely know."

"True." Jiraiya nodded. Though technically I'm your godfather.

"What next? A random passerby on the street?" Naruto demanded.

"Hey! He threw you down a cliff! Anyone would cry out!" Obito objected.

"Hmmph." Naruto muttered. He looked at Jiraiya. "So, how much do you know, Ero-sennin?"

"Basically that he managed to come back as a ghost somehow." Jiraiya explained. And then he glared at Naruto, poking him on the head. "Don't call me Ero-sennin!"

"Oh, okay." Naruto nodded, Jiraiya's complaint going into one ear and out the other. Good, nothing specific.

"I didn't tell him anything specific!" Obito rolled his eyes.

"Anyways, can you teach me a super cool technique?" Naruto demanded, looking at Jiraiya.

"Toad summoning isn't super cool?" Jiraiya asked in annoyance.

"I guess, but it's not a sure-kill technique!" Naruto complained, crossing his arms. "I mean, you can't really use it in battle that easily."

"Hm.." Jiraiya looked to the side, scowling. It was true that it was hard to use toad summoning in battle if you weren't used to it. But that didn't mean it wasn't useful!

"I already taught you something." Jiraiya decided, turning around. "Go teach yourself or something... from scrolls... or I don't know, think up your own technique."

"Wha-a-at?" Naruto cried, sitting on the ground. "It's not like I'm a genius or something, like Sasuke! How am I supposed to manage to beat Thick Brows, who beat Sasuke, with a bunch of random scroll techniques?"

Jiraiya twitched. Seriously...

He reminds me of me when I was younger... I often complained to the Sandaime about not having any super-cool techniques as well...

He always favoured Orochimaru, after all. And look where that got him!

And it's true that he probably can't beat an older, more experienced genin right now...

Oh, hell. I'll teach him a technique.

"You have tons of cool techniques, right!" Naruto demanded. He looked up at Jiraiya with puppy eyes. "Please teach me one! I'll let you see my Oiroke no Jutsu!"

Jiraiya's eyes flashed and he grinned. Oh, this is great. I can get more research down with that than for five hours watching girls bathing from far away!

"Fine. I accept!" Jiraiya smiled lecherously. "Show me the technique first."

Obito groaned. "Seriously, Naruto. He's like you- except inside of 'do anything for ramen' it's 'do anything for perverted stuff'. You know, I thought I would never say this, but I'm glad you're a ramen junkie- considering the alternative."

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Jiraiya chuckled, scribbling various notes into his notebook.

Oh, how wonderful! This is just wonderful! Takagi watches Kaya as she...

"So! Teach me a technique!" Naruto exclaimed.

Jiraiya placed down his notebook. "Okay, then. Get some water balloons... And I guess some rubber balls as well, just in case."

"Huh?" Naruto blinked in confusion.

"It's to help you learn..." Jiraiya paused, thinking about the best way to phrase it. "Erm... The super-cool technique."

Naruto looked at Obito with a questioning look.

Obito shrugged.

"What sort of technique?" Naruto asked, turning his head to the side.

"Wait and see." Jiraiya said mysteriously.

1010101010

"Well? What do I do with this?" Naruto demanded, holding the water balloons and rubber balls in his hands.

"Give me one of those balloons." Jiraiya ordered, holding out his hand.

Naruto gave Jiraiya one of the balloons.

The water balloon broke into a swirl of water and rubber.

"This is what you have to do." Jiraiya explained. "It's the first step in order to learn a certain jutsu."

"What jutsu?" Naruto asked curiously.

"Anyways, try to break the balloon by swirling the water inside with your chakra." Jiraiya said, ignoring Naruto's question.

"Uh huh." Naruto nodded, placing down the other balls and balloons and retaining one balloon. He didn't answer my question! "So how do I do this?"

"Figure it out yourself." Jiraiya rolled his eyes and made his way towards the bushes. "You're not a little kid- you're a ninja. You don't need to be told how to do every little thing, right?"

"Of course!" Naruto decided, clentching his fist. "I'll finish this up in a day!"

Obito sweat-dropped and shook his head. He knows perfectly how to manipulate Naruto.

Jiraiya grinned lecherously as he sat down behind the bushes. He got out his binoculars.

1010101010

The water balloon stretched more than one would think possible, but it still refused to break.

Naruto growled slightly, glaring at the balloon. Why doesn't it break? I keep on swirling my chakra, but the only thing that happens is this!

The water balloon stretched again, and refused to break.

What am I doing wrong?

I'm swirling the water... but is that not good enough?

Naruto frowned.

Am I not putting enough chakra?

The water balloon still didn't break.

Or am I putting too much chakra?

The water ballon now practically didn't stretch at all.

Neither. Come on, think, Naruto! There's got to be some sort of trick to this...

"Why don't you try to stretch the balloon in several directions?" Obito suggested.

Naruto fell down comically. So... simple... why didn't I think of it...

"I was so stupid..." Naruto groaned.

This is where Sasuke would've said 'when are you not?' Obito thought humorously. He chuckled.

"That's so simple!" Naruto groaned again, looking at the water balloon in his hand. He closed his eyes, then opened them again, staring at the balloon.

The balloon made itself into various shapes, but didn't break.

"Then again... not that easy to actually do.." Naruto muttered, continuing on glaring at the balloon.

1010101010

The water balloon broke into a swirl of water and rubber.

"Ye-e-es!" Naruto cried, placing his fist into the air. "I did it!"

It had been only around one day since he had started the training, but because of all of the chakra control exercises he had did, something like this wasn't as difficult to do for Naruto once he knew how to do it.

"Hey, Ero-sennin!" Naruto exclaimed, walking up to Jiraiya.

Jiraiya placed down his pen and pencil he was using and regarded Naruto. "What? Do you want help?"

"I did it!" Naruto repeated, holding out his balloon. It broke in a swirl of water and rubber.

Jiraiya's eyes widened in shock. "Do that again."

Naruto smirked and got out another balloon. It broke in another swirl of water and rubber.

Jiraiya rubbed his eyes. Let me get this right... this kid completed the first stage of the RASENGAN, for god's sake... in a single day?

One... single... day. This is crazy.

Ah, well... the first stage is the easiest after all. The others won't go as easily.

"Okay..." Jiraiya coughed, hiding his shock. "I suppose I might as well show you what sort of technique you're trying to learn."

Jiraiya brought out his hand, and a swirl of blue chakra started to rotate in his hand.

Naruto's eyes bulged out of his head. "Woah! That's so cool!"

Jiraiya smirked and pushed it into a tree, which promptly cut through the bark and cut the tree down.

"Wow!" Naruto cried again.

"Rasengan!" Obito cried in shock at the same time as Naruto. "You're teaching him Rasengan?"

"Rasengan?" Naruto said in confusion. "I've heard that before..."

"It's Minato-sensei's technique!" Obito exclaimed, staring at Jiraiya.

"The Yondaime?" Naruto questioned.

"It is the Yondaime's technique." Jiraiya nodded. "It's called the Rasengan, and it's an A-rank technique. Well, I won't explain the details, but basically, it's a construct of strong, rotating chakra that can grind through things."

"Oh, okay." Naruto nodded at his explaination.

Good thing you simplified it. Obito thought. There's no way Naruto... and I guess I... would understand the technical explaination.

"Now, take your rubber ball." Jiraiya ordered. "I'm going to explain the second step now."

Naruto blinked and took a rubber ball from his pocket. He handed one to Jiraiya.

"Now listen carefully." Jiraiya said, taking the rubber ball. He frowned, and broke the rubber ball.

"Oh, I get it. So, all I have to do is break the ball?" Naruto asked, looking at the blue rubber ball in his hand.

"It won't be that easy." Jiraiya smirked.

Naruto frowned as the rubber ball refused to break.

"This is harder..." Naruto muttered.

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Sasuke breathed hard, looking at the giant craters in front of him. It had been around two weeks after he had started training for the Chidori.

"Looks like you managed to do the Chidori." Kakashi commented. He poked the crater with his gloved hand. "Two, huh? That seems to be your limit."

Sasuke nodded, wiping his brow.

"Anyways, just in time." Kakashi eye-smiled, glancing at his watch.

Wait, since when did Kakashi have a watch? Sasuke thought in surprise.

"The Third Exam will start in around... 24 hours." Kakashi nodded, satisfied. "I would rather have you work on the Chidori a little more, though..."

"No. Way." Sasuke stated, glaring at Kakashi. "I stay here, I end up late. And disqualified."

Kakashi eye-smiled. "That's true. I suppose you can go and rest for the last day, then. I'm going to go check up on Naruto and Sakura."

Kakashi shunshin'd away.

Sasuke twitched. Kakashi knows it, Naruto knows it... I need to learn the Shunshin as well.

I have to run for hours back to Konoha... seriously... Shunshin would make my life much easier.

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Naruto grinned, looking at the tree in front of him. "Did it! Told you so!"

Jiraiya regarded Naruto in pure shock. "You really did it... you really learned the Rasengan in two weeks and a few days."

"It was easy!" Naruto grinned.

"You do know it took three years for the Yondaime to complete it?" Jiraiya demanded.

"No, I didn't!" Naruto grinned again.

Jiraiya simply shook his head in amazement.

"Naruto's always been quick at learning jutsu." Obito explained. Still, it's still amazing... I guess he gets more determined when he has a time limit.

"But, ghost... erm... Obito?" Jiraiya said, regarding the spot the voice had come from. "Does the Sandaime know about you?"

"No." Obito stated.

"Technically, I'm obligated to tell him." Jiraiya stated.

"Technically, Kakashi's obigated to tell him." Obito pointed out. "Technically, Sakura and Sasuke are obligated to tell him. Technically, Naruto's obligated to tell him."

"True." Jiraiya amended. "But that doesn't change the fact that technically I should."

"Too many 'technically's." Naruto muttered.

"Come on... can't you wait until after the Chuunin Exams?" Obito begged. "At least?"

Jiraiya hesitated.

"Naruto here will show you the Oiroke no Jutsu again, right?" Obito smiled, placing a hand on the air above Naruto's shoulder.

"I will?" Naruto raised an eyebrow.

"Yup, you will." Obito nodded. The Oiroke no Jutsu is quite useful.

Jiraiya's eyes flashed with a lecherous light. "I suppose I can wait until after the Chuunin Exams are over..."

Obito grinned. This is so fun.

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I know the last chapter was a little short, but this chapter is extra-long to make up for it!

6 384 words!