Chapter 1- Upgrading Naruto
October 10, A.K- 11:00PM- Courtyard- Normally on the night such as this, you would think that kids would be asleep at this time….that case would have to provide a slight exception for a six-year-old boy by the name of Naruto Uzumaki.
Now if Naruto had parents, he would have not been out her and the fact that he was the Jinchuuriki of the Kyuubi no Kitsune was not helping his situation especially since he was being chased by a slightly drunken mob filled with ninja and civilians alike. Six years ago, a great battle was fought…..the Kyuubi no Kitsune was mysteriously summoned to destroy Konohagakure, but the Yondaime Hokage, Minato Namikaze was able to defeat it by using a sealing jutsu, but sadly at the cost of his own life.
He was forced to seal within Naruto…..his only son. Naruto ran into an abandoned cave with the mob right at his heels, not noticing the forbidden sign, the boy was so terrified that he was constantly looking behind his shoulder every few minutes and that costs him….there was a rotting floorboard that was in front of him and when he ran on it, the floor gave away, making the young boy fall with a scream into the darkness.
The scream was heard outside of the cave and one asked, "W-What happen?"
"Demon boy fall through hole." Another answered in a drunken slur, "He dead now….let's go…." The mob dispersed back to their home, idiotically believing that the bane of Konoha was dead. But as it turns out the boy was only unconscious and what was inside the place he fell through would spark a new journey….it would upgrade Naruto Uzumaki into the ultimate ninja upgrade.
A few hours later, Naruto woke up groggily and disorientated. "Ugh….my head." He said as he got up and touched the side of his head gingerly. Blood dried on the side and made his bangs cling to his forehead and temple. "Great, another birthday and they leave me in a different place. Now where the hell am I?" the boy thought to himself.
He stood up and limped towards the wall to lean against the wall and find his way out. He ventured into the dark corridor until he saw a torch lit up and another and another, lighting the way to a door that had caution tape over it. "What is this place?" Naruto asked. The boy moved under the tape and opened the door, which moved slowly with a loud creaking sound.
Next, the boy noticed several notes thrown askew, jars filled with misty water and preserved organs, but there was one jar that caught Naruto's eye….it was filled with grey, shiny matter and Naruto looked around to find a ladder in a corner and pushed it towards the counter.
He reached up to grab the jar and struggled to open it with his hands, but little did he know was that the grey matter was reacting to the movement. Naruto's ministrations caused the jar to shatter and at that moment, the ladder buckled. The Jinchuuriki fell to the ground for the second time of this night and all he saw before he passed out was the grey matter coming at him.
October 11, A.K- Konoha Hospital- 10 AM- Naruto woke up in a hospital bed and his personal nurse, Saya Tanaka came in. She was only 16 years old and one of the few who thought Naruto was a hero for keeping the Kyuubi at bay each day. "Good morning, Saya-chan…" Naruto said sleepily.
The young nurse smiled sweetly at Naruto, "Hello, Naru-chan, are you feeling better?"
The blond looked at her and replied, "Yeah, I am…I feel much better, actually I think that this is the best that I have ever felt in my entire life…maybe it is because that you are her, Saya-chan." Saya had a light blush from Naruto's compliment and giggled a bit, "Oh, Naruto, you are too much…."
Saya's smiling face turned to a frown for a moment, "The ANBU found you in an underground lab, Inu-san tracked you and found you unconscious with matted blood on your head." Naruto's mind wandered to the events that occurred last night, especially with the mysterious grey goop, but he absentmindedly dismissed it.
"Since I am fully healed….can I go now?" Naruto asked sweetly.
"Sure, come on, I will sign you out and then we can go see the Hokage."
"Naruto, you should respect him, he is the Hokage."
"But he is old….besides I do respect him. Respect's earned, not given unlike those old farts he calls advisors believe."
Saya giggled as she held Naruto's hand as she finished signing him out and the two strode off to the Hokage's office. As they reached the secretary's desk, the lady smiled at Saya, but when she saw Naruto, she said in a crisp tone, "I am sorry, but the Hokage is busy at the moment…."
"Is that so, Kimiko-san?" an elderly voice called out.
"Jiji-san!" Naruto cried out. He ran to hug Hiruzen Sarutobi, the Sandaime Hokage at his waist. Kimiko paled in fear while Saya smirked at the woman's misfortune. "How are you, Naruto-chan?" The God of Shinobi asked.
"I am fine, jiji-san, I can't explain it, but I feel so much better now."
Sarutobi smirked, "Maybe it is because of Saya-chan…" Saya blushed, but Naruto shook his head, "No, that happens every day….I mean, like I feel all energized and stuff."
The Professor smiled at the boy, "Sleep can re-energize the boy, maybe that is the cause. Now come along, you don't want to miss your first day at the Academy, do you?" The boy vigorously shook his head from side to side and ran off towards the Academy, dragging Saya with him, "C'mon, Saya-chan, let's hurry or we will be late!"
"Okay, okay, I am coming, Naruto-kun…" As the two went ahead, Sarutobi rounded on Kimiko, "I am very disappointed in you, Kimiko. I thought that you would be better than that, the secretary's job is to allow all civilians and ninja to see me for their concerns….that includes Naruto-kun."
Sarutobi silenced the woman with his hand raised, "I don't want to hear your excuses, I know the routine with several of my former secretaries. Taking your anger out on Naruto is not the answer…he is not the beast that is sealed deeply within him. Naruto is just like any other child, innocent, energetic, curious and full of life. If he were a demon, this place would be unpopulated at the time he would walk."
He turned away, "This is only the first warning….three strikes and you are out, Kimiko-san. Remember, you are not the only one who has lost someone to the fox and I hate the beast for it, but not Naruto, he is the hero of this village….do well to remember that or you will regret it."
Academy- "Now remember, Naruto, be polite….making a good first impression on your teachers will help you in the future." Saya said to him in a serious tone. "Okay, Saya-chan, I will…." Naruto replied as he hugged her tightly and Saya whispered in his ear, "If they are not polite to you at all, I give you permission to prank them good."
A mischievous glint appeared in Naruto's eyes as he said, "Right, Saya-chan!" He ran off inside the building and Sarutobi appeared as he said, "You have just unleashed hell on those poor teachers, Saya."
"Some of them need to lighten up or deserve it….plus he sees it as training. Running from ANBU, Jonin and chunin helps him build his speed and agility and doing that actual task teaches him stealth, that is why I encourage him." Saya said, "I believe that Naruto-kun will be a great ninja and maybe someday, a great Hokage."
"Indeed he will, Saya….indeed he will. I have a feeling that is not all that you feel either."
Saya blushed a bit and Sarutobi said, "You like him…don't worry about the age thing, my third girlfriend before I met Biyako, was only 13 years apart from me…plus he will be a ninja."
Saya looked down at her feet and Hiruzen chuckled a bit at the huge blush on her face.
Naruto- The boy moved quickly inside of the classroom and found students rushing to sit by friends. He soon found a seat and saw that the person next to it was a bit shy. She had pink hair and jade green eyes; she also had a red ribbon tied in her hair to keep back her bangs from her forehead.
"Hello, I am Uzumaki Naruto, what is your name?"
"H-Haruno S-Sakura…..nice to meet you, Naruto-kun."
"That is a pretty name." The Jinchuuriki said with a smile, "I hope that we can be great friends, Sakura, it will be fun to be in this class with you." The timid girl blushed, "A-Arigotou…."
"Huh? You gotta speak up some, Sakura-chan. I can barely hear you…."
A new voice said, "I keep telling her that too." Naruto looked to see a blond-haired girl with pale blue eyes and she introduced herself, "Hi, I am Yamanaka Ino…I see that you have met Sakura-chan."
"I am Uzumaki Naruto….nice to meet you." Ino moved into the seat on Sakura's right hand side and asked Naruto, "Are those whiskers birthmarks?"
"Yeah, they are…" Just then more students came in and Naruto noticed that his friends Shikamaru Nara, a lazy genius and Choji Akimichi, his pleasantly plump, loyal friend came in. Next, he recognized a Hyuga girl who he faintly remembered saving her from teasing bullies.
"Alright, class, settle down…." A teacher said. The students looked to see a brown-haired man with his hair in a ponytail and a large scar running across the bridge of his nose along with a silver-haired man with a kind smile. The brown-haired man said, "I am Iruka Umino and this is your assistant teacher, Mizuki Touji. We will be your teachers for the next four years. First, we will start off with introductions."
Soon one by one, the students introduced themselves in the front of the class. "Okay, now we will be testing your physical endurance. We will be running laps, doing pull-ups, sit-ups, squats and then speed and agility training. Follow us to the gymnasium please."
Gymnasium- 10:45 A.M. - Mizuki said, "Okay, now each of you will run through this obstacle course to test your speed and agility. First up, Aburame Shino…." Each of the kids ran through the obstacle course with an average score except Shikamaru, who had the slowest time because he was too lazy to do it.
"Uchiha Sasuke…" Iruka called out, the girls including Sakura and Ino blushed as an eager boy with a dark long-sleeved shirt and brown shorts came into view. He wore the Uchiha crest on his back and had onyx eyes. Instantly you would think he was a bit emo, but his eyes held so much life in them.
"You may begin!" Mizuki cried out. The boy shot off through the obstacle course. He weaved through the hallway where tennis balls were being fired, flying around his head and body, and then he jumped over the mud pit to grab a hold of the rock climb.
The young Uchiha scampered up like a monkey and then jumped on the swing to haul him over to the finish line where a crystal orb was waiting for him. Sasuke grabbed the orb and moved through Iruka, who was waiting about a quarter of a mile away. "8 minutes and 43 seconds, you were close to beating the record, Sasuke." Iruka said with a smile.
Sasuke nodded and walked back to his classmates with a frustrated look on his face. "Why isn't he happy? He got the fastest time out of most of the students here." Naruto thought to himself. "Uzumaki Naruto…." Mizuki said.
Naruto stepped forward and readied himself at the starting line. "You may begin!" Mizuki shouted. Naruto sprinted through the hallway where the tennis balls were being launched, then leaped over the mud pit to grab a ledge on the rock climbing wall and used his momentum to escalate himself up on the top of it, then he swung himself down and moved to grab the crystal orb. Next, he sprinted toward Iruka and stopped in front of the man.
Iruka had a shocked look at his face and said, "I-Impossible….4 minutes and 45 seconds….Naruto, you just broke the record." Naruto said in a shocked tone, "W-What? I did? B-But I wasn't even going all that fast."
Iruka asked, "Did you have any weights that you took off?"
"No, I have never worn weights before."
"Do you know how to access your chakra?"
"Chakra? What is that?" Naruto asked.
Iruka said, "Well, that is strange…you were mostly a blur to your classmates. Even I, a chunin, had a bit of difficulty tracking you."
Naruto thought, "What is happening to me? Is it because of that grey matter I found last night?" The Jinchuuriki was lost in his thoughts as Iruka proceeded to teach them history and Mizuki taught them the basics of taijutsu. He didn't even notice the glare of Sasuke because he broke the record…..the record that his older brother, Itachi held, which was 6 minutes and 49 seconds.
Naruto's Apartment-October 11, A.K. - 8:00 PM- "Under 5 minutes, I did the obstacle course and broke the record….how is that possible? How did I manage to do that? What did that grey matter do to me? Is it some sort of power boost or something?" Naruto asked himself as he ate his ramen.
"I could tell you….Naruto-sama." A voice said in his head.
"What the hell? Who are you, where are you and how am I able to hear you in my head?" Naruto said, looking a bit startled.
The feminine voice said, "This would be better if you were asleep, hold on one second, master Naruto. Program execute….forced sleep procedure in 5….4…3…2…1." Instantly, Naruto's eyes began to droop and he slowly fell asleep with his ramen in front of him.