Chapter 1- A New Day
Naruto was carrying Sasuke on his back and was on his way to Konoha. It wasn't an easy fight, but he was able to knock him out and was almost at the village. Naruto was hoping the village might treat him better now that he had saved their precious Uchiha. When he got to the gate, however, there were people already waiting there. Naruto saw their faces turn into frowns. He immediately heard people shouting things like "The demon cripple the Uchiha" or " I knew that boy was trouble". All the while, Naruto's anger was rising.
"Naruto you baka! What did you do?" yelled Sakura, furious with Naruto.
"Your mission was to bring back Sasuke not beat him into submission!" yelled Ino, seeing Naruto drop Sasuke onto the ground.
"It's not my fault he wanted to fight. He wouldn't come back out of free will, so I had to take action," said Naruto, but realized that his words were falling on deaf ears.
"Lets get him while he's weak," said a villager, getting agreeing gestures from the others.
"Make him pay for what hes done," said another villager, moving towards Naruto.
"Stop it," said Hinata, running out of the crowd and getting in front of Naruto.
"What're you doing Hinata? He hurt Sasuke," said Sakura, seeing Hinata scowl at her.
"Sasuke wanted to leave the village. Naruto-kun had to do whatever it took to get him back. I wont let you punish him for doing his job," said Hinata, extending her arms as a sign of protection.
"Demon lover!" yelled someone in the crowd, as he threw a rock at Hinata.
Hinata wasn't going to move, and braced herself for the rock to hit. To her surprise, Naruto moved in front of Hinata and caught the rock.
"Don't you dare," said Naruto, crushing the rock in his hand, turning it into dust.
"Naruto-kun…" said Hinata softly to herself.
"I won't allow you to hurt someone because they're protecting me. If you want my head, come take it," said Naruto, getting ready for the rush.
The mob got two steps in before something stopped them. More specifically, a giant wall of sand. Gaara appeared behind Naruto and made a sand platform.
"Get on. We need to get you out of here," said Gaara, giving Naruto his hand and helping onto the platform.
"Wait! What about Hinata?" asked Naruto, as he didn't want to leave her in front of an angry mob.
"Kankoro and Temari will help her. You need to get to the hospital," said Gaara, while Naruto nodded and they left the gate.
Naruto was lucky enough to run into Shizune at the hospital. She took him to a room and gave him medical attention. Gaara guarded the door in case the people tried anything. Thanks to Shizune, and Kyuubi, Naruto was back on his feet in no time. About that time Tsunade came through the door.
"Hey Baa-chan. This wasn't exactly the welcome I had expected fro my return," said Naruto, while Tsunade had a look of sadness.
"Naruto, I have some bad news," said Tsunade still with a saddened expression.
"What do you mean?" asked Naruto, as Shizune was equally curious.
"I'm sorry Naruto, but by order of the council, you are to be exiled from Konoha," said Tsunade, seeing everyone in the room in shock.
"What? Exiled for what? Roughing up the Uchiha?" asked Naruto, angry at the utter stupidity of the council.
"You know how they are. They pamper and spoil the boy silly, bakas," said Tsunade, but Naruto was still in rage.
"Isn't there anything you can do? You're the Hokage for Kami's sake," said Naruto, clutching his fist.
"I did the best I could. They wanted to kill you, but I managed to convince them to banish you instead of that. The council has grown too powerful for me to stop them. You have until morning to leave. I'm sorry Naruto," said Tsunade, disappointed in herself for having this happen.
"Fine, if I am to leave then so be it, but tell the council this. They have made a grave mistake," said Naruto, walking out of the room.
As he left, Gaara entered the room and looked at Tsunade.
"This is not right," said Gaara, getting a nod from Tsunade.
"My sensie allowed the council to have too much power. If I had fixed it, maybe this wouldn't have happened," said Tsunade, watching Gaara walk to the door.
"I'll have to report this back in Suna. I would expect them to end our alliance since Naruto is a friend there too," said Gaara, since people in Suna liked Naruto when Gaara told them about him.
"Hopefully that will wake up the council. The chances seem slim though," said Tsunade, seeing Gaara nod before looking back at her.
"Take care of yourself Hokage-sama," said Gaara, walking out of the room and to inform his siblings of what had just happened.
Naruto was walking to his apartment, all the while seeing the peoples smug look on their faces. It was obvious that his banishment had been heard throughout the village. Naruto ignored some taunts thrown his way and went to his apartment. When he got there, he was a little surprised to see Kakashi at his door.
"Why are you waiting for me Kakshi-sensei," asked Naruto, walking up to his sensei.
"I wanted to check something out with you, Naruto," said Kakashi, his voice was a little skeptical.
"Then ask about it. In case you haven't heard, I've been banished. So, I need to get some things together," said Naruto, folding his arms, impatient.
"Naruto," started Kakashi,"Did you fight Sasuke because you wanted to?"
"Oh for Kami's sake not you too," said Naruto getting annoyed.
"Sasuke has been unconscious since you brought him here to the village, and the council is in an uproar and so they sent me here," said Kakashi, seeing Naruto's anger rising.
"I'm going to say this one more time. Sasuke didn't want to come back to Konoha, so I had to engage him. Now if you're done I have to pack," said Naruto, walking past Kakashi.
"Don't you turn your back on me," said Kakashi, putting a hand on Naruto's shoulder.
Kakashi started to feel an evil chakra roll off Naruto. Naruto turned his head slowly to the left to look at Kakashi. His eyes were that of the Kyuubi.
"Take your hand off me, Kakashi," said Naruto in a deadly voice.
"Be very careful who you order, Naruto," said Kakashi hesitantly taking hand off Naruto.
"You should take your own advice," said Naruto, opening the door to his apartment and then shutting it behind him.
Naruto started to pack some essentials into a backpack. He just got done when there was a knock at the door. He opened the door to a slightly out of breath Hinata.
"Is it true?" asked Hinata, eyes with hope, "Did they really banish you?"
"Yes, the baka's really did it," said Naruto, seeing Hinata having a sad expression.
"This is awful! How can they just send you away after all that you've done?" asked Hinata, while Naruto shook his head.
"I don't know. Someone on the council wants me gone. And I bet its for something beyond my control," said Naruto, looking away slightly.
"You mean the Kyuubi, don't you?" asked Hinata, seeing Naruto look at her with wide eyes.
"How do you know about that?" asked Naruto, seeing she was a little nervous.
"I…I heard some of the adults call you it. I asked my father about it and he told me that you were Kyuubi in human form. I was a little frightened. Then, there was that time I was getting bullied and you interfered. Do you remember?" asked Hinata, Naruto nodding at her.
"Yeah. I was walking around when I heard them talking down to you and you were crying," said Naruto, the thought making him angry.
"After you helped me, I thought, 'How could he be a demon?'. So I went to the Hokage and asked him. He was mad at my father for telling, but told me that you were merely the jailer of Kyuubi. That made more sense to me. And as we got older, I started to see that he was right, and that you were a good person, despite the way you were treated," said Hinata, smiling at Naruto while also slightly blushing.
'Good old man Hokage. Even in death your still doing good,' thought Naruto, smiling to himself.
"But I guess I'm the only person who know this and embraces it. I'm sorry this has happened to you Naruto-kun," said Hinata, looking at Naruto.
"Its not your fault Hinata. I wish I knew this about you earlier. I would've been around you rather than Sakura. If its any conciliation Hinata… I think you're cute," said Naruto, seeing Hinata blush while blushing himself.
"Really? I-I like you too Naruto-kun," said Hinata, while Naruto walked closer to her.
"How much do you like me?" asked Naruto, inching closer to Hinata, while she, surprisingly, did the same.
"More than you know," said Hinata in almost a whisper since they were an inch from each other.
They moved their lips closer and closer to the other. Naruto was wondering how he had missed all this about Hinata. Hinata was begging herself not to faint. Then they felt the others lips their own. They let themselves be pulled into the kisses passion. Only after a while did they split from eachother. Hinata then pulled Naruto into a hug.
"I wish you didn't have to go," said Hinata, feeling Naruto's arms around her pull.
"I promise you," said Naruto, lifting Hinata's chin, "I will comeback for you."
"I'll be waiting then," said Hinata, kissing him one last time.
"You should probably go. I don't want you to get jumped by some people who hate me," said Naruto, after pulling away form Hinata.
Hinata nodded and left the room. Naruto decided to turn in early. He had a big day tomorrow.
The next day, Naruto woke up, got dressed, and was out the door in record time. He wanted to be past the gate before any of the villagers could criticize him. He was surprised to see that no one was out yet and made it to the gate with no problems.
"What's your plan now?" asked Kyuubi, resting in the boys mind.
'I don't know. I could probably go to Wave country or go to Suna with Gaara,' thought Naruto, going over the options in his head.
He was pulled out of his thoughts when a group of anbu appeared.
"The council couldn't settle for me being banished could they?" said Naruto, getting himself ready.
"Naruto Uzumaki, you are coming with us. Out master wants to see you," said the leader of the group of four.
"I'm afraid I'll have to pass on his offer," said Naruto, taking off his backpack.
"It is not an option," said the leaders, as the group prepared to take Naruto.
As they were about to fight, two figures appeared from the shadows. They both had on black cloaks with red clouds. Naruto knew them instantly as Itachi Uchiha and Kisame Hoshigaki.
"Naruto is coming with us actually," said Itachi in his usual calm voice.
"If you interfere, we will kill you," said the leader, though he didn't want to fight these two.
"Well then, I guess you better get started," said Kisame, drawing Samehada.
The two forces engage one another. All the while Naruto was just standing there.
"Lets get out of here while they're fighting," said Kyuubi, wanting to get far away from the fray.
Naruto, however, just continued to stand there, watching the fight. More specifically, the Akatsuki. And was making a plan in his head. A plan that had a slim chance of working, but if it did, he could become strong enough to take down Konoha. He was brought out of his thinking when an anbu's jutsu caught Kisame. His feet were stuck in a type of mud jutsu and the anbu was about to deliver the final blow. Naruto had to make a choice now, and he made it in an instant. Naruto pulled out a kunai and threw it right at the anbu. It nailed him right between his eyes, and fell to the ground dead. Kisame got himself free and decapitated another anbu. Afterwards, Kisame gave Naruto a raised eyebrow before being joined by Itachi after dispatching the rest of the anbu.
"Why'd you help me, kid?" asked Kisame, as Itachi was now raising his eyebrow as well.
"I want to talk to your boss. I have a proposition for him," said Naruto, seeing both of the Akatsuki members look at one another.
"Kid what're you doing?" asked Kyuubi, as he was thinking that the kid had lost his mind
Itachi and Kisame turned to one another, and started to discuss the situation. Meanwhile, Naruto was talking to Kyuubi.
"Why are you wanting to talk to their boss? Have you forgotten that you are what they're after?" asked Kyuubi, stumped at the moves that his vessel was making.
'Just trust me on this one. I have a plan,' thought Naruto, seeing Kyuubi reluctantly nod.
"Come with us Naruto," said itachi finally after talking with Kisame.
Naruto walked behind Itachi and Kisame as they left the land of Fire. They kept walking until they made their way to Ame. After waking through the drenched village, they came to a tall tower. They made their way to about the top when they came to a door. Inside, Naruto saw seven other people with Akatsuki cloaks on. They were all giving him a look of curiousness. At the end of the room was a woman with blue hair with an origami flower in her hair. Next to her was a man with orange hair and six nose piercings. But the strangest quality about him was that his eyes were grey with circles around the pupil and outward.
"Itachi, Kisame, what is the Kyuubi Jinchuuriki doing here?" asked Pein, narrowing his eyes at Itachi.
"He requested to see you. Says he has some sort of proposition," said Itachi, seeing Peins eyes continue to narrow at him.
"And you thought that gave him the right to see me?" said Pein, anger was building in his voice.
"There is something else. When we went to capture him, another group of anbu had come to take him. We engage them and I got caught in a jutsu. As the enemy was about to kill me, the jinchuuriki took out the enemy. I probably wouldn't be here if it wasn't for him," said Kisame, Pein's eyes widening along with everyone else.
"Is this true Itachi?" asked Pein, as all eyes fell on Itachi.
"Yes it is. Naruto save Kisame," said Itachi, all the while Pein was thinking in his head.
"Very well. What is your proposition Naruto?" asked Pein, as Naruto moved closer to the man.
"It involves me joining the Akatsuki," said Naruto, gaining mixed emotions from everyone in the room.
"An interesting request. What's the downside?" asked Pein, as he knew it would come at a price.
"You have to stop hunting and killing Jinchuuriki," said Naruto, as he could tell a lot of the members were about to yell, but were stopped by Pein.
"Naruto, we require the power of the Bijuu to bring peace," said Pein, trying to be diplomatic.
"That is why I have an alternative. Have the Jinchuuriki join the Akatsuki," said Naruto, hearing mumbles through out the room.
"How can this work?" asked Pein.
"Think about it. My village just kicked me out because of what I am. The other villages threat their Jinchuuriki the same way I'm sure. We go to them, offer them a chance to do a little damage. I can probably increase your chances since I am a Jinchuuriki," said Naruto, while some of the other members started to talk amongst themselves.
"This would make things easier, but what about the ones that remain loyal?" asked Konan, as she knew their were some that still had respect in their villages.
"We'll just do our best with them, but I won't force them into joining. We could even cut a deal with some of the villages they're in," said Naruto, seeing the Konan nod at him.
"That seems fair, but to keep up our image we should keep them hidden until they're needed," said Pein, as he wanted to make sure that everyone knew the image of the Akatsuki as a fierce force.
"I've got friends in Wave country that can keep them safe and hidden," said Naruto, earning a smirk from Pein.
"Impressive. I hereby initiate you into the Akatski. However, you are still a genin and need proper training. Itachi, train him in what you know. We wont make a move until two years time, so I expect him to be powerful by that time," said Pein, as he ended the meeting.
Itachi escorted Naruto to his room in Ame. After Itachi left, Kyuubi talked to Naruto.
"Well what do you know? There is a brain in that skull of yours. Nicely done my vessel," said Kyuubi impressed with how Naruto handled the situation.
'Yea things have definitely played out in our favor. And it looks like I'm gonna get some real training done,' thought Naruto, as he could wait to get to work.
"You and I are gonna train together as well. With me and the Akatsuki training you, no one will be able to hold a candle to you," said Kyuubi, chuckling to himself.
'For now, though, I need rest. Got a bid day tomorrow,' thought Naruto, turning off the lights and going to bed.
(A/N: Sup! So this is my Naruto joins the Akatsuki story, and will just be the first chapter for now. So like this if you want more. Till next time!)