Wielder of the Crimson Princess
Naruto and all related characters belong to Masashi Kishimoto. Bleach and all related characters belong to Tite Kubo
Author's Note: This is something that's been bugging me for a couple of days. It started when I was brainstorming for ideas for "Naruto Namikaze Arrancar" and I got the idea to put Kisuke Urahara in it(May or may not do it). Then I read this story "Naruto: Blades, Bows, and Souls" where Naruto has the powers of a Soul Reaper and a Quincy, and he unlocks Benihime and has 9 other zanpakuto(Check it out it's a good read). And that lead to a major plot bunny, that made me want to do a story where Naruto has Benihime and have some of Urahara's personality traits. Don't worry I'm still going to be working on my other stories, I just had to get this out of my system.
Chapter 1: The Awakening
It was a quiet night in Konohagakure. The wind was blowing peacefully while the leaves would dance in the cooling breeze as they fell off the trees. However in the darkness of the forest a lone child sat on the grass in front of an old shack.
"Ok what's the first jutsu in this scroll? Shadow Clone? Oh man! Clones are my worst jutsu!" asked a certain blond haired child
The said child was a boy by the name of Uzumaki Naruto and at the moment he was reading a scroll. Not just any ordinary scroll mind you, but the villages most forbidden scroll. You see the child had just failed his academy exam and was depressed. In desperation of becoming a ninja he listened to a corrupt teacher by the name of Mizuki who had tricked the boy into stealing the said scroll. Now the boy had done his job successfully he felt as though he should get started before his sensei arrived. At any rate, Naruto quickly began to read through the scroll searching for something to impress his teacher with when he showed up.
"Damn these look hard! I guess I'll just start with the Shadow Clone Jutsu, it looks like the easiest." Naruto said as he went to work on learning the Shadow Clone. After half an hour, Naruto heard an all familiar voice ring out in the forest.
"FOUND YOU!" Looking up from the scroll, Naruto saw it was Iruka Umino.
"Hehe, you found me quicker than I thought, Iruka-sensei. I only had enough time to learn a single jutsu from the scroll, but that's still enough to pass right?" stated the grinning blond while he rubbed the back of his head.
"Pass? What are you talking about Naruto?" asked the scarred instructor as he looked his student over.
'He's covered in sweat and he looks exhausted. Could he have really been just training?' Thought Iruka.
"Come on Iruka-sensei, stop fooling around. I stole the scroll and learned a jutsu, so I get to graduate!" Naruto said enthusiastically. Iruka was dumbfounded to say the least. Naruto actually believed that he would graduate.
"Naruto, who told you that?" Iruka asked the excited blond. Naruto looked at him with a confused expression and replied,
"Mizuki-sensei. Why?" Suddenly Naruto found himself knocked sideways by a tackle from Iruka. Before he could say anything the blonde noticed the tree he was standing in front of mere seconds ago was now riddled with kunai. He also saw that Iruka was covered in a number of cuts.
"Shit, I missed." stated a snide voice from overhead. Looking up Naruto Mizuki. Turning a now grinning face to Naruto he said happily,
"Congratulations Naruto, you passed, now hand over the scroll." Naruto then heard Iruka shout,
"Naruto don't! Mizuki tricked you! That scroll contains some of the village's most dangerous and forbidden jutsu. You can't let him take it!" Mizuki scowled at Iruka for a moment before a twisted idea sprung up in his evil little mind.
"Naruto, would you like to know a secret?"
"What kind of secret?" Naruto asked, very confused.
"Mizuki don't! Its forbidden!" shouted Iruka, understanding what Mizuki was planning.
"The secret behind why everyone hates and ignores you. The reason you will never be accepted in this village." stated Mizuki with a twisted grin. Noting he had the whisker faced boy's complete attention he began to secretly unsheathe one of the giant shuriken from across his back, keeping the movements slow and hidden.
"You remember the story about how the Kyuubi attacked sixteen years ago and was killed by the Fourth?" at Naruto's nod Mizuki continued,
"Well that was a lie, the Fourth couldn't kill the demon, so he imprisoned it inside a new-born infant." Iruka shout again for Mizuki to stop, but he was ignored
"That infant was you. You are the Nine-Tailed Fox! NOW DIE DEMON-BRAT!" shouted Mizuki as he let his giant shuriken fly at the boy.
Naruto didn't even notice the weapon flying straight at him. His mind was filled with thoughts of confusion and betrayal. Before Naruto could realized he was in danger, he felt a pair of arms wrap around him. It was Iruka, with a giant shuriken in his back. Naruto looked at his teacher, eyes filled with tears and a gaze that was asking "Why".
"He's wrong Naruto. You aren't the Kyuubi. You are the most caring boy I have ever met. You train yourself with all your might and you might screw up at times, but you never give up." Iruka said as Naruto began to really cry. Mizuki was becoming disgusted with this display and said as he slowly walked toward his victims,
"Ugh! This sentimental down-pour is killing me, so I'll be killing you now Iruka" This caused Naruto to snap his head towards the man and thought,
'He's gonna kill both of us! And I can't do anything!'
"Naruto! Run!" Iruka ordered Naruto as he barely stood before the traitor and the boy.
Naruto ran into the forest not sure where he was going, then suddenly, Naruto felt something appear in his hand. He looked down and saw a simple looking katana with a red hilt in his hand.
'Do you truly wish to live and save your sensei?' A voice rang out in Naruto's mind. It sounded fairly gentle and was definitely female. Naruto was unsure of where the voice was coming from, but softly replied,
"Yes." The voice replied,
'Do you wish to be strong and protect those around you? Even if doing so means you may die?' Naruto replied in a more forceful voice,
"Yes!" The voice then said,
'In that case you must learn my name. For yours and your sensei's sake I hope you can hear it. My name is...'
Mizuki was slowly closing in, taking pleasure in prolonging his victims pain.
"First you, then the demon!" Mizuki said as he reached for his other gigantic shuriken. Suddenly a voice roared,
"SCREAM, BENIHIME!" and a wave of red energy collided with Mizuki, sending him flying into a tree. Mizuki got up and saw Naruto standing in front of Iruka and in his hand was a sleek medium sized sword. It had a crimson tassel dangles on the end of the hilt, which had a gentle decorative bend. Instead of a crossguard, a U-shaped decoration covers the first three or four inches of blade, with a flower petal design right as it meets the string-crossguard. It also had a red decorative string wrapped thrice around the hilt, with a three-loop bow on one side and a folded paper decoration on the other. The blade was straight and slim, though somewhat short, with a single edge along the bottom and a rounded top. The tip ended in a slanted razor-like edge instead of being tapered to a point.
"You come near my sensei like that again. AND I'LL KILL YOU!" Naruto threatened as he stared daggers at the traitor before him.
"Yeah right! Let's put that to the test demon!" Mizuki said as he threw his gigantic shuriken at the blond. Naruto simply stood in place and held up his sword as he said,
"Scream, Benihime." and a large shield of red energy appeared and stopped the shuriken dead in it's tracks. Naruto yelled again as he swung his sword at the gray haired traitor,
"RAZOR, BENIHIME!" and a wave of red came from the blade and headed straight for the traitor. Mizuki leaped out of the way, only for the attack to change directions and slice him in half. Iruka was in total shock at Naruto's power, but quickly recovered and said,
"Naruto come here." Naruto went over to his sensei and knelt down next to him.
"Close your eyes." Iruka said softly. Naruto did as he was told, then felt something on his forehead. Naruto opened his eyes and saw that Iruka wasn't wearing his headband. Naruto felt his forehead and knew he was wearing his sensei's headband.
"You graduate." Iruka said before he passed out. Just then the Hokage appeared with several ANBU and saw the bloody mess that was Mizuki on the ground with Naruto and Iruka not far away.
"Lord Hokage, I can explain." Iruka said as he felt a twinge of pain. The old man shook his head and replied,
"No need. I saw it all, and I also saw that Naruto has unlocked a zanpakuto." Naruto looked at the old man and said in a confused tone,
"A what?" The Hokage went on to explain what a zanpakuto was. A zanpakuto is unique as the swords are both reflections of a persons soul and power, and sentient beings unto themselves. The zanpakuto's name is also the name of the living spirit that empowers the sword and lends its strength to the person who wields it. These beings can vary greatly in appearance and have their own distinct personalities which match their owner's. Normally, the Zanpakutō spirit can only be seen by its wielder. Otherwise, they dwell in their own "inner world", created within the minds of the person who wield them. As such, each person's inner world is drastically different from another person's and is unique to themselves. Naruto was amazed at the power he now had, but before he could say anything else he was pulled into his mind.
"Where am I?" Naruto said as he looked around the sewer like area.
"It's your inner world." A woman's voice said. Naruto looked behind him and saw a woman with long red hair and red eyes, who wore a black kimono with a red sash. She was very beautiful, but what really got Naruto's attention was the nine red fox tails behind her.
"YOU'RE THE KYUUBI!" Naruto yelled at the top of his lungs. The woman simply replied,
"Only in title. My name, as you now know, is Benihime." Naruto eyed the woman before him and said,
"Well you did help me, but why did you attack the village?" Benihime looked away as she said,
"I'm afraid I cannot recall. When I became a zanpakuto many of my memories were lost, but I do know that a one eyed Uchiha made me very angry." Naruto nodded his head, sensing no lie in her voice.
"Why did you bring me here?" Naruto asked. Benihime replied,
"I felt it was wise for you to know what I once was, and also to tell you that you need to wear less orange." Naruto then yelled back at her,
"WHAT DO YOU MEAN? This is my favorite color!" the zanpakuto pinched the bridge of her nose in annoyance and replied,
"My favorite color is red, but as you can see I don't cover myself in nothing but red." Naruto was about to argue once again before Benihime continued,
"I am merely saying that wearing less orange will result in people taking you more seriously, and greatly decreasing the chances of you getting killed on a mission." Naruto wanted to argue, but he couldn't. Naruto begrudgingly agreed.
"Alright, anything else?" Benihime nodded and said,
"Yes. I want you to drop that mask of yours and be your true self." Naruto was shocked by this. He had been acting like a clueless idiot for years. Naruto wasn't as dumb as he let on. he wasn't genius, mind you, but could have easily aced the exams at the Academy. Well that is, if they weren't rigged by Mizuki. He had hidden his intelligence, sadness, loneliness and sorrow from everyone to try and fit in. But he knew that it was time to stop and with that he left his inner world and returned to the outside world.
"Naruto are you alright? You spaced out for a moment." The Hokage said as he placed a hand on Naruto's shoulder. Naruto replied,
"Sure old man. I'm okay."
The next day Naruto made his way to the Academy to meet his team. He wore a black hoodie left unzipped, a dark green mesh shirt, blue pants with his forehead protector acting as a belt, his zanpakuto in a simple sheath and tucked into his belt on the left side, black ninja shoes, and an orange and white striped bucket hat. As he entered his homeroom, he was received with surprised looks.
"NARUTO! This room is for people who graduated!" Sakura screamed. Naruto smiled and pointed to his belt and said,
"As you can see I did graduate, so I'd appreciate it if you didn't blow out my eardrums with your banshee-like screeching." Sakura was royally pissed off at Naruto's response and ran up to him, ready to knock the living daylights out of him. But Naruto sighed as he drew his sword and said,
"Scream, Benihime." and a red mist like shield appeared in front of him, blocking the pink haired banshee's punch.
"DAMMIT! WHAT WAS THAT?" Sakura screamed in pain as she held her bruised hand. Suddenly a raven haired boy walked up to Naruto, who had dispersed his shield, and said in a demanding voice,
"How did you do that?" it was Sasuke Uchiha. Naruto chuckled and said,
"Oh, I just used this little lady here." Naruto then showed off his sword, attracting everyone's attention as they gazed at the weapon.
"Give me that sword idiot, I can use it much better than you!" Sasuke demanded. Naruto chuckled again and said,
"Sorry can't do it. You see, this is a zanpakuto. Which means that this is a manifestation of my soul, and won't work for anyone but me." Sasuke scoffed and said,
"Yeah right, give me that sword you idiot!" Naruto stepped a couple of feet back and made a slash at Sasuke as he said,
"Scream, Benihime." and a red energy came from the sword and slammed into Sasuke, nearly putting him through a wall. Everyone was dumbstruck at Naruto's power, but didn't say anything as Iruka limped in on crutches followed by several jonin.
"Alright everyone, these are the teams for this year. When I call your names, report to your jonin sensei." Iruka said as he began to read off the teams. (A/N: Skipping everyone else but Team 7).
"Team 7 will be Uryu Ishida, Soifon, and Naruto Uzumaki. Your jonin sensei will be Yoruichi Shihoin." Iruka said as he pointed to the dark skinned woman with purple hair in a ponytail, who wore mainly black with only an orange shirt. Naruto followed his teammates, who he had seen around but never really talked to. They followed their sensei up to the roof of the Academy. Naruto walked next to his teammates and got a good look at them. Uryu was a few inches taller than Naruto and had black hair, wore glasses and a white jacket and pants with a blue shirt. Naruto could tell he was fairly stuck up, but nowhere near the level of Sasuke. Then Naruto turned his attention to Soifon. From what Naruto knew about her, she had no family or clan so she didn't know he last name and refused to be given one. She had short black hair and wore an all black outfit with a dark gray sash around her waist. As they reached the roof, their sensei said,
"Alright! I am Yoruichi Shihoin, also known as The Goddess of the Flash! Now tell me about yourselves!" Everyone sweat dropped a little at her energy as she smiled widely.
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