Disclaimer: I don't own Naruto
Warnings: Nothing for this chapter
Pairings: I haven't decided if there will be any.
Key: "Talking normally"
'thinking or naruto talking to Kyuubi'
"Sasuke" Naruto whispered. He looked down to where his chest was to see and arm sticking though it. Blood poured from the gaping wound when Sasuke pulled his arm out.
"Naru…Naruto" Sasuke had a frantic look in his eye. "Why didn't you move? Why did you just stand there?"
Naruto gave a laugh that soon turned into a cough. "I told…cough…you that I wouldn't…cough…fight you anymore." Blood dribbled from the side of his mouth. "I can't do it…cough…anymore. You're my best…cough…friend and my…cough…brother." Naruto said with a smile.
"I'll…I'll take you to Konoha. It's not to far. You just have to hold on till I get you to a hospital." Sasuke said praying to any god that would listen that Naruto would survive. He picked Naruto up and started to run towards Konoha.
"It's to late." Naruto whispered. "I feel so tired can I sleep Sasuke?"
"I heard they were going to make you Hokage soon." Sasuke said trying to keep him talking. Ignoring his question Sasuke said, "you haven't completed your dream. You can't die yet."
"Hehe," Naruto tried to laugh but all that happened was he coughed up more blood. A sheepish look came over his face. "Baa-chan was going to give me the post once I got back from this mission," Naruto's eyes started to droop.
Sasuke panicked a bit when he noticed. "Naruto, come on we were talking. You can't stop in the middle of a conversation."
When Naruto didn't answer Sasuke looked down to see that Naruto's eyes were closed and he looked dead. Sasuke didn't stop to check for a pulse he just sped up his pace hoping to make it there before he died.
Naruto entered his mindscape. The mindscape had changed from being a sewer to open fields with a river running down the middle. The dank dark cage had been gone since Naruto and Kyuubi had started to get along.
'Kit there's not much time left' Kyuubisaid sounding sad. Kyuubi moved to stand beside Naruto and gently wrapped a tail around his small body.
'I know but look Sasuke came back when he said he never would. In my books that makes it worth while. Besides I am so tired, I am also kind of looking forward to meeting my mom and dad.' Naruto said with a far away look in his eyes.
Kyuubi deliberated for a second before saying 'there is a way. You would have to do it all over again, but you could change it for the better.'
'What do you mean? Naruto's face showed his confusion.
'Time travel Kit. I could take us back to just before you passed the gennin test.' Kyuubi said gently.
'Back to before things went wrong, before Orochimaru, and Akatsuki.' Naruto thought for a second before saying, 'let's do it.'
'Hold on a second Kit there are a few things you need to know before you go through with this. First any and all spiritual energies that are touching you will be taken back with you. That means Sasuke. Second is that I won't be able to lend you power for a while because this will drain me of just about all my chakra. Third is the more you try to change the future the more unpredictable it will become.' Kyuubi said, 'now that you know this do you still want to go through with it?'
'It can't be any worse than it already is. I will try and wake up for a few minutes to explain what is going on to Sasuke.' Naruto closed his eyes and concentrated on opening them in the real word. "Sasuke" Naruto spoke softly.
Sasuke stumbled and just about dropped Naruto. "Naruto, oh thank god I thought you were dead." Sasuke whispered relieved. "You just have to hold on a little longer we are almost to Konoha."
"Sasuke I won't make it. I am just about gone as it is. Kyuubi is just keeping me alive." Naruto said.
"No," Sasuke shook his head not believing that his friend wouldn't make it. "If he can keep you alive for this long. He can keep you alive till I get you medical help."
"Sasuke listen to me. Kyuubi had an idea. He can take me back to when we were genin." Naruto coughed before continuing, "I can try to make sure none of this happens. You just have to set me down and Kyuubi will do the seal."
"Take me with you. You're all I have, and I am so sorry I didn't realize that till now." Sasuke looked at Naruto worried he would disappear to a place he couldn't follow if he looked away. "Please," Sasuke whispered looking so broken that Naruto didn't have the heart to tell him no.
"If you're sure." Naruto looked at Sasuke to see the determination in his eyes. "Then don't let go."
'Kit if were going to do this it has to be now,' Kyuubi said.
'Were ready anytime you are.' Naruto said a serine smile broke out across his face.
'JIKAN HANTEN' Kyuubi roared and poured most of his chakra into the seal.
Naruto woke up and looked around to see his apartment that he lived in for the first sixteen years, only to realize that the seal had worked he was in the past. He didn't know if Sasuke had made it or what day it was. The first thing Naruto did was look at the calendar to see that it was the day before he took the gennin test.
Naruto decided that before he did anything else he was going to find out if Sasuke had made it back, or if he was alone. Naruto went looking for clothes only to open his closet to almost be blinded by the orange jumpsuit. 'Yeesh, I forgot how orange that thing was.' Naruto thought.
'Kit you ARE NOT wearing that monstrosity. I don't care if you have to go around in your underwear. That thing will not be worn, and the first time you get free time it WILL be burned.' Kyuubi stated venom lacing his voice, while he glared at the offending garment. 'I still have no idea how you managed to survive the first two years as a ninja. The enemies would have seen you coming a mile away.'
'Yeah,' Naruto said while scratching the back of his head. 'I have no idea either.' Naruto went through the rest of his closet to come out with two white shirts with an orange swirl on the back, three orange shirts, and one black. He also found four pairs of orange pants, two pairs of navy blue, and one white. Naruto decided that his outfit for the day would be the navy blue pants and the black short-sleeved t-shirt.
The Hokage monument could be seen from his house and when Naruto looked at it a smile broke out over his face as he realized that the Third was still alive. Walking to the academy was an experience in its' self. Naruto had forgotten that most of the stuff like the Akatsuki invasion had never happened and the village still hated him. While the glares and spiteful words hurt Naruto could understand that they only did it out of fear and grief. He understood that they needed a scapegoat to vent their anger on and who better than the one who had the demon sealed in him.
The academy looked the same as in his memory. When it was rebuilt after the Akatsuki attack they had changed the floor plans and added more classrooms. Naruto walked to Iruka's classroom and sat down beside Sasuke. "Dobe?" Sasuke said more like a question than anything.
Naruto smiled "Teme." Sasuke turned to look at the front a smirk playing at his lips as he said, "hn."
Iruka came in and shouted at everyone to settle down. He then proceeded to do a revision so that everyone would be prepared for the test.
Sasuke and Naruto walked to Naruto's apartment together. When they reached it Sasuke looked around and said, "smaller than I remember."
"Yeah I know, but it's all I got right now. It's not like I can go up to the Hokage and tell him I am moving into the Namikaze compound. He would wonder how I found out who my parents were." Naruto smirked a little at the thought of the Hokage's face.
"We need to go over what we are going to change, what will stay the same, and what date they happened on because quite frankly I am drawing blanks. I have an estimated idea of when everything happened but not specific dates." Naruto said as he grabbed a piece of paper they could write on.
"First thing to change would be you passing at the exams." Sasuke said and then thought for a second. "Wait how did you pass the exam? All I remember was you failing and then showing up the next day with a forehead protector."
Naruto looked embarrassed for a second before replying, "Mizuki-sensei told me that there was another way to pass. All I had to do was steal the Forbidden Scroll and learn a Jutsu from it and Iruka would pass me. Naïve little boy that I was did it and later found out that Mizuki just wanted the scroll for himself and me dead. The easiest way to do that was for everyone to believe that I had betrayed the village." Naruto looked thoughtful for a second, "that was also the day I learned about the Fur ball, and got my shadow clone Jutsu."
"Okay, so that one will have to go the same." Sasuke pondered for a moment, "that also puts me at rookie and you at dead last. Which means we will be on the same team still."
"Yup," Naruto beamed, "that one goes under the things to stay the same. Next one is Haku and Zabuza. Do we let it play out the same or do we change it?" Naruto asked
"I myself don't really care. The only thing that really mattered to me from that mission was that I got the sharingan. That one is up to you to decided" Sasuke shrugged.
"Hmm, I kind of want to save them. I mean Haku and I could have been great friends, he had the same look in his eyes as me." Naruto wrote that one on the side to change things. "The big thing that has to change is the chunin exam."
"I won't allow that snake bastered to give me the cures seal. I never noticed until now that it is not there but I don't feel like I have to have the power at any cost anymore." Sausuke said sounding relived.
"So does that mean we don't enter in the chunin's this time?" Naruto questioned
"No, we need to enter we will just have to stay far away from Orochimaru." Sasuke answered.
"We'll work more on that one later. I want to try and befriend Garra before the invasion. I also want to fix his seal as soon as possible." Naruto looked at the time and realized it was around midnight. "Do you want to stay the night?" Naruto asked Sasuke.
"Sure I really don't want to spend anymore time at the compound than I have to." Sasuke said.
"I don't blame you. That place is creepy. It is too big and empty."
"Yeah," Sasuke looked down, "I know."
Naruto thought for a second. "Why don't you move in here? I know I don't have a lot of room, but it has to be better than that empty house." Naruto said looking excited at the prospect of Sasuke living with him.
Sasuke looked out of his element for a moment before asking, "are you sure?"
"Yup, it's decided. You can move in tomorrow. I won't be able to help, but I can give you a key and you can just put your stuff anywhere." Naruto jumped up to hug him. Sasuke froze for a second before he hugged Naruto back.
Naruto got out his pajamas before handing Sasuke a pair of pants that were quite a bit shorter on him than they where on Naruto. Naruto laughed, "I guess they don't really fit."
Sasuke gave him a look that said 'you think.' "You can have the bed," Naruto said as he got a blanket and pillow out of the closet. "I'll take the couch."
The next day Sasuke woke up early to an unfamiliar place only to remember that he stayed the night at Naruto's. He looked at the clock and it said 5:40, which meant he had an hour and a half before he had to be at the academy. Sasuke didn't think Naruto would mind if he made them breakfast. Looking in the fridge and cupboards Sasuke found that Naruto only had Cup Ramen and rotten fruit and vegetables.
Naruto looked up from where he was sleeping on the couch to see Sasuke in the kitchen. "What are you looking for?" Naruto asked.
"Food what else does it look like dobe." Sasuke continued to look for a second before asking, "don't you have anything to eat?"
""I just got here if you remember. It has been a long time and I don't remember what my younger self was doing." Naruto said hoping that Sasuke would believe his lie, because while Sasuke may have been his best friend and brother in everything but blood he did not need to know that Naruto had already figured out why he had no food. Naruto knew that there was no food because this must have been one of the months where they forgot to give him his orphan's check. "Ne, Sasuke let's just go out for breakfast. I'll get groceries tomorrow."
"Hn," Sasuke said and then went to get changed. Five minutes later they were ready and Naruto ran out of the house dragging Sasuke with him yelling, " Ichiraku Ramen here we come"
As soon as Sasuke heard that he came to a screeching halt. "We are not having ramen for breakfast."
"Yes we are."
"No, it is unhealthy any time of day. We are NOT having ramen for breakfast," Sasuke ground out through clenched teeth.
"Please, "Naruto said with puppy dog eyes and a pout. Sasuke took one look and caved almost immediately.
When they entered the classroom Naruto couldn't help but think that they were forgetting something. Naruto sat on the desk in front of Sasuke thinking of ways to get him to smile. He didn't realize until after Sakura and Ino started yelling at him for getting to close to their Sasuke that he should move. It was too late by then and the next thing Naruto knew he was on top of Sauske with their lips touching.
Naruto jumped back as if shocked, while Sasuke had a murderous expression on his face. Naruto started to laugh nervously while Sasuke glared at the person who bumped into Naruto. When Naruto looked around the classroom it was to see the vicious glares of Sasuke's fan club, and to hear them start screaming at him about steeling Sasuke's first kiss.
Naruto took in to account the beating he received last time and decided the most prudent place for him to be would be behind Sasuke. "Save me from the evil witch's," Naruto pleaded.
Sasuke sent a death glare at anyone who came close, so by being behind him Naruto was safe. "How could we have forgotten this?" Naruto whispered low enough that no one else could hear.
Sasuke just 'hned' and then turned to the front as Iruka walked in.
"Settle down," Iruka shouted, and continued when everyone was facing front and listening. "The genin exam will consist of three parts. Practical which will be a written test. Physical, a test on fighting and kunai throwing, and a test on Jutsu. If you are caught cheating on the written you will be held back." Iruka handed out the test and said, "begin."
The exam went as planned Sasuke placed as rookie of the year, while Naruto failed.
The rest of the night was going as planned. When Mizuki came to Naruto with the offer of passing Naruto took it. The only difference that happened so far was that instead of learning, 'KAGE BUNSHIN NO JUTSU.' Naruto looked to see what else there was. As it turned out the only other things in there were elemental Jutsu's. Most of them were lightning. The only thing Naruto found really interesting was that the Hiraishin was there.
Naruto set out to practice Hiraishin and while he knew it would take him more time than he had, this way it still looked like he had been practicing. He also wouldn't have to lie as much when Iruka came to find him. .
"NARUTO!" Iruka yelled. 'How…why…did you do it?"
"What are you talking about?" Naruto asked pretending to be confused. "Look Iruka-sensei, I mastered the Jutsu. Does that mean I pass?" Naruto asked while jumping around excitedly.
"Naruto why did you take the scroll? And what do you mean did you pass?" Iruka asked sounding confused and angry.
"Mizuki-sensai said that if I learned one Jutsu from this scroll you would pass me. Did I pass?" Naruto asked hopefully.
It seemed like everything finally clicked and Iruka asked, "Naruto where is Mizuku?"
Naruto didn't answer because the next moment Naruto was pushing Iruka out of the way as a giant shuriken came at them. Naruto wasn't quick enough and it ended up hitting him instead of Iruka. Iruka looked stunned for a moment before rushing to his side. "Naruto are you okay?" Iruka asked franticly trying to asses the wound.
"Hehe, Sorry Iruka-sensei. Guess I wasn't quick enough." Naruto said a little embarrassedly. Naruto knew that while the wound wouldn't be life threatening that didn't mean it did not hurt.
"Aww, how touching." Mizuki said sarcastically. "Your fake concern is touching Iruka, especially as it is for the demon who killed your parents."
"What are you talking about?" Naruto asked while trying to show that he was curious on the outside. On the inside Naruto was getting bored and just hoping that this would end soon so he could go home and get patched up.
Mizuki grinned gleefully with a sadistic gleam in his eyes. "Haven't you ever wondered why the village hates you? Or why they call you a monster and demon?"
"Mizuki stop you know that, that is forbidden to speak about." Iruka tried desperately to stop him from talking.
Mizuki continued not showing he had heard Iruka. "You're the demon Naruto. The fourth never killed the Kyuubi he sealed it. The demon is you."
Naruto looked to Iruka pleading with his eyes for Iruka to tell him that Mizuki had been lying. When Iruka said nothing Naruto got up grabbed the scroll and ran.
"NARUTO," Iruka yelled getting up to run after him.
When Naruto heard Iruka and Mizuki he hid behind a tree. Naruto watched as Mizuki found out that the person he had been chasing was Iurka henged as Naruto. When Mizuki asked Iruka why he helped the demon when he would just destroy everything. Naruto's breath hitched as he waited hoping Iruka would say the same thing as last time.
Iruka's answer was, "Yes the Kyuubi would destroy everything and yes he did kill my parents." Iruka took a breath and Mizuki looked smug thinking he had won Iruka over. "BUT Naruto is NOT the Kyuubi he is a clumsy, kindhearted, and maybe a little bit of an idiot." Naruto's face vaulted. "He would never hurt anyone if he could help it. You will not harm my little brother." Iruka growled.
Naruto smiled gratitude and love filled his eyes. Mizuki on the other hand said, "Fine I guess I'll just have to kill you first then." Mizuki got ready to throw a kunai but was halted when Naruto jumped out shouting, "I'll kill you before you hurt Iruka nii-san."
"Let's see you try it demon." Mizuki hissed.
"KAGE BUNSHIN NO JUTSU," Naruto shouted while forming the hand signs. The clones beat Mizuki while Naruto went over to Iruka and hugged him. "Thank you for standing up for me and calling me your brother." Naruto said gratefully
Iruka smiled, "think nothing of it I only said what was true."
Iruka looked over when he heard no more noise only to see Mizuki lying on the ground beaten and bloody. "Close your eyes naruto."
Naruot felt his head when Iruka said he could open his eyes. "You pass Naruto," Iruka said smiling. Naruto got up and gave Iruka a bear hug saying thank you over and over again. Iruka had a whole speech prepared on the dangers of being a shinobi, but one look at Naruto'a excited face and he said instead, "let's go for ramen to celebrate."
Naruto got up and punched the air shouting, "yatta."
Naruto got back to the apartment a little later than planned to find Sasuke pacing around the room. "You okay?" Naruto asked.
"Your late," Sasuke growled, but paused when he saw the blood. "Your hurt," Sasuke said now sounding a bit worried.
"Don't worry Iruka took me to the hospital and had them check it out." Naruto said. "It's part of the reason I am late. The other was that he took me out for Ramen to celebrate passing." Naruto grinned and held out his forehead protector.
"You got moved in okay?" Naruto asked.
"Yeah, but you don't have room for another bed," Sasuke said. "So that either means we switch every night or we share the bed."
"Let's share," Naruto replied. "I think of you as an older brother anyway." Naruto said while blushing.
Sasuke actually smiled when he heard that. "I am fine with that but call me nii-san and I will kill you."
Naruto smiled and then broke out in to laughter at the thought of actually doing that. Fifteen minutes later they were ready for bed and Naruto said, "Hopefully the team assignments go the same. I want to be on your team." Naruto yawned, and said, "Night Sasu."
Sasuke froze when he heard the name but let it go saying, "night dobe."
Kage bunshin no jutsu = Shadow clone jutsu
Jikan hanten = Time reversal