Been a while since I worked on any stories... Well, any of the stories I've already posted. Too many random bouts of ideas. I hate it when that happens, you know?
Anyway, I've been typing up a FF7/Naruto Fanfic recently, mainly to get those ideas out of my head. No plans on posting it just yet. Let me know if I should, though.
Anyway, ON WITH THE GAME! Sorry. STORY!
It's been a week since Team 7 had gotten back from their myriad of missions. Team 8 was also improving a lot more than usual.
Speaking of which, Teams 7 and 8 have been meeting up regularly recently. Mainly because of Naruto and Hinata getting closer and closer every day.
Naruto and Hinata were staring each other down, in their respective Taijutsu Stances. Hinata was in the starting form of the Jyuuken, with a few slight alterations. For starters, her arms were slightly higher than they should be in proportion to her body. The biggest point that it had different was that it seemed to leave a lot of holes. Kakashi, Kurenai, Naruto, and Hinata were the only ones that saw the point of those holes, or that she could close them easily.
Kiba, Shino, Sasuke, and Sakura were sitting on the sidelines, Kakashi sitting in a tree, Kurenai between the two. "Are you sure you want to do this, Hinata?"
She nodded. "If I don't, then I'm not good enough by my own standards."
"Did you have to chose me to do this to, then?" Naruto asked.
"If I could go after Kitsuhara, then no. Unfortunately, he's not here, so I can't. You're the only other one that knows what I can truly do. My team isn't exactly aware of my progress, after all."
Naruto nodded slightly. Kurenai eyed them both, and inwardly raised an eyebrow at Hinata's answer. She brought a hand down. "Begin!" She immediately jumped back, but neither of them moved. Instead, they just stared at each other.
Everyone but Sasuke raised an eyebrow, even Kakashi. Sasuke, instead, activated his Sharingan. He noticed what they were doing first. Kiba, predictably, was the first to speak. "Why aren't they going at it yet?"
"Quiet Dog Breath." Sasuke stated. "They've already started the fighting. You just can't see it."
Sakura looked at him and raised an eyebrow. "What do you mean?"
"Don't watch their movements. Watch their Chakra." Sasuke stated. Kurenai and Kakashi saw what he was saying, and felt out their Chakra as they connected. A small breeze blew through the clearing, and they both vanished. Sasuke was glad he had the Sharingan active.
Kakashi's hand reached for his eye. "Kakashi, what are you..." Kurenai started, before Sakura grabbed the hand.
"Don't you remember what happened the last time you tried using that in a spar against Naruto and Sasuke?" She asked. He reluctantly lowered his hand. "Just channel Chakra into your visible eye, and use it to sniff out their Chakra signals. You won't see the majority of the blows in actuality, just where they connect. That's what I'm doing, after all."
"How can they move so fast!" Kiba shouted.
"I'm not sure about Hinata, but I can almost guarantee several years for Naruto." Sasuke stated. "Even if I didn't pay attention, he was able to outrun ANBU several times. If that's not an indication, he's fast."
"Since when did you start caring about him?" Shino asked, calmly.
"Since I found out that he can do more than anyone, even the Hokage, thought he could. Especially when the Academy tried stunting his progress from Day 1. When I saw what he could do with proper training... That's what changed my tune." Sasuke retorted. "Don't question my decisions. At this point, I'm at a point where, if you don't fuck with me, I won't fuck with you."
Kiba looked shocked, before turning to the fight, which he still couldn't keep track of. After a good 20 seconds, Naruto appeared doing backflips in the air. Hinata was twisting in the air, her body more straight than his. They both landed in a near perfect stance, in which they went back to their starting stances. "You've gotten a lot better since our last spar." Naruto stated.
"Thank you." Hinata replied, her serious expression seemingly foreign on her face. Especially in the eyes of her team. Sakura and Sasuke chuckled at the interaction. Kakashi giggled as well, and he didn't even have his book out. Kurenai heard him giggle and nearly glared at him for reading his book. That was when she noticed that he didn't even have it out at all.
"Your faces are priceless." He stated, earning a confused look from Kurenai. "He's right you know." Sakura stated. "That's why I chuckled at least."
"I chuckled, mainly because they're both holding back." Sasuke stated, a small smirk on his face. "After all, I know that Naruto's really at least 50 times as powerful as this. His Shadow Clones are the reason for that."
"Kakashi, what is he saying?"
"The Truth." was his reply. "Hey, Naruto!" Both fighters glanced at him. "What do you say you start with the Ninjutsu?"
Naruto looked back at her. "You up for it?"
"Why not?" They both started going through handsigns. "Fuuton: Great Breakthrough!"
"Suiton: Water Wall!" Hinata shouted.
"Katon: Kitsunebi!" A blue flame was fired from Naruto hand, as it charged Hinata, who was rapidly going through handsigns. "Suiton! Water Dragon Missile!" A Water Dragon came from the nearby lake, and hit the Fireball, which noticeably shrunk, before she started swinging her hands around her body. "8 Trigrams: Protection of the 64 Palms!" There was a wall in which the Fireball hit and bounced off.
Naruto grinned at her. "Looks like you've finished it."
"Took me a while, but I did it." Hinata replied.
"Alright then. Let's see if you can handle this." he went through several handsigns. Hinata almost raised an eyebrow, but raised both instead. "Fuuton! Great Wind Dragon Jutsu!" A Giant Dragon made of Wind Chakra appeared and charged her. She managed to avoid it, but no one saw that she managed to dodge it... Except Naruto. "You've definitely improved, Hinata-chan." He said before turning to a tree to show Hinata panting in a tree branch.
"I think that's enough for now. Agreed?" She nodded at him. "Then let's rest up." He appeared right next to her in the tree, and sat against the trunk. Hinata sat in his lap, and laid her head against his chest, passing out quickly.
"Naruto..." Kurenai said, her voice cold.
"If you're going to get pissed off because I used something that powerful, be glad it was only at 10% strength. If not, I have doubts she would've been able to dodge." Naruto told her, causing Sasuke to nearly gape. Kakashi eye-smiled.
"Naruto, you've been learning Wind Jutsu quite easily."
"It is my Primary affinity, after all." Naruto retorted.
"And yet you said that was 10% strength?" He nodded. "Your strength, or the the Jutsu?"
"Jutsu. If I used 10% of my full strength for it... Well, let's just say the clearing wouldn't be here after I used it." Naruto then sighed. "I'm gonna pass out now." His head then fell forward a bit, and landed on Hinata's head.
Everyone looked at the sight, and Kurenai was a little surprised at the fact he passed out. Sakura was instantly next to him. "Idiot... Don't worry, he's just physically exhausted. Hinata's the same way. Neither of them have Chakra Exhaustion. Naruto, I can understand. But Hinata... I don't get it."
"She's been training with Naruto's other sensei." Sasuke stated. "I'm only vaguely aware of who he is, but right now, I don't really care."
"Kakashi, I don't know how you did it but..." Kurenai started.
"I didn't." was his retorted. "It was a man named Nun Kaze that did. Because of him, Sasuke's already gotten his vengeance." This surprised Kurenai, Kiba, and Shino. Sakura was unaffected, as were the two sleepers.
"Where is he, anyway?" Kurenai stated. "I've heard he's literally a Spy master, but there's no information on him at all. Not even the Hokage knows much."
"He probably knows more than he lets on."
"That reminds me." Sakura stated. "Why is it my mom doesn't know who Nun Kaze was, when he revealed himself in that Council meeting? I know she was there, and so was I."
Sasuke's eyes widened. "I don't believe it." This caused everyone to turn towards him. "Everyone but myself, Sakura, possibly Hinata, and the Hokage probably won't remember who Nun Kaze was. Not including himself, of course."
"You know who he is?" Sakura and Sasuke nodded. Kakashi shrugged. "Then talk."
"I doubt I could." Sakura admitted. "All I can say without consequence is that Naruto is somehow connected to him. I guess you could say it is an S-class secret."
"No surprise there." Sasuke stated. "At least 90% of Naruto's life before he graduated was labeled A-class secret or above. Ever since the day he was born."
"How could he have so many secrets?" Kiba nearly shouted.
"An attempt to give him a normal childhood." Sasuke stated. "No matter how you look at it, his life will never be normal. That's a fact of life with his condition."
"What condition is this?" Shino asked. "Although, I already have a guess."
"Can you sum it up in one word?" Sasuke questioned.
"Jinchuuriki." Sakura, Sasuke, and Kakashi nodded. Kurenai was surprised, but kept it from her face. "So... Am I to assume that the Academy instructors were wrong in a few lessons?" Sakura nodded. "Then I won't intrude."
"Hey, Hold on!" Kiba shouted. "What lessons are you talking about?"
"That is one that was deemed S-class, is it not?" Shino asked, earning a nod from Kakashi. "Then I guess Naruto is the only one that can speak of it. As such, no one else will know that I figured it out on my own. And I also think I know who his father his, though I wonder why he didn't take his father's name."
"Safety, and I have a feeling you're right." Sakura stated. "The reason he isn't shouting it from the Hokage Monument is because of the obvious repercussions if he did."
Shino stood there quietly. Then he turned to Naruto. 'It couldn't be... Could it?' "Sakura... I would like to talk to you about something later."
"Sorry Shino. I believe you figured it out, but I can't really say anything. If anyone can, it's him. You'd have to ask him."
Shino nodded. "Then at least let him know that I don't hate him in the slightest with the knowledge I have." Sakura and Sasuke nodded.
"Kakashi, you've been teaching him along, haven't you?"
"Nope. I haven't taught him anything but Tree Climbing. Everything else, he learned on his own. I must say, he progresses faster than anyone else I know. Myself included. I'm still writing down all of the Wind Element Jutsu I know for his use. I've also been going for Earth Jutsu for Sakura, and Lightning for Sasuke." Kakashi stated. "Naruto's actually been a bit more of a help to Sakura than you'd believe. He's helped get her stamina up, along with providing a few ways for her to kick ass."
"You'd be surprised at what he comes up with when it comes to live combat."
Kakashi then felt a shudder in his spine. 'My Gai senses are tingling. This is so not good.' "Ah! Kakashi, my eternal rival! Come to fan your flames of youth?" He questioned, louder than he should.
"Hm? Did you say something Gai?" Kakashi replied, lazily.
"Curse you Kakashi and your hip attitude!" Gai shouted gripping his hair. He then noticed the Genin. "Kakashi. Your team is a lot more youthful than I would imagine!"
Sasuke looked pained. Sakura... looked indifferent.
Naruto, on the other hand woke up, and made a Shadow Clone to walk up to him. "Hey, Gai-sensei! Come to Fan your flames of youth?" he ended up asking.
"Oh-ho! Kakashi, you taught him of the flames of youth?"
Kakashi looked shocked at Naruto. "Want to know a way to increase your Youthful flames?" Naruto questioned. Kakashi's eye widened in alarm.
"You know how to?" Gai was instantly in front of him, flames dancing in his eyes.
"Of course." Naruto was inwardly smirking.
"Please tell me, Youthful Uzumaki!" Gai shouted.
"Tone down the voice." Naruto replied. "If you get too loud, your Flames will diminish. They only increase through action, not words. When it comes to the Flames of Youth, the phrase actions speak louder than words is actually an understatement."
Gai was interested now. "How so?"
"I'll put it to you this way. Instead of showing your Youthfulness through your loud voice and words, show it through your actions. You don't have to get so loud about it. Only act on the Flames. They will burn brighter than ever before." Gai's head bobbed up and down.
"I see. That does seem like a good plan for Increasing my Youthful flames."
"I do that all the time, and I took on an A-rank Rogue. Walked away without a scratch." Naruto stated. "There is no question that it works. The REAL question is: Can you handle such bright flames?"
"Without a doubt."
"Then let us see if the brighter flames will accept you. They will test you. They will push you to your mental limits. All the while, you must not break. You must not shout about them. You must learn to channel it through your actions. Only then will they reach the pinnacle of youth." Naruto told him. "I'll only ask one more time. Will you take the test of the Youthful Will?"
"Yes, the Youthful Will. It something that cannot be expressed through words, but summed up in only a few sentences." Naruto stated. "By combining the Power of Youth with the Will of Fire, you gain the Youthful Will. It does not accept just anyone. In fact, I'm the first in probably 50 years to achieve it and be accepted by it. At this point, the only way for you to increase your flames is by adding in the Will of Fire."
"I thought I already had the Will of Fire."
"Can you undergo over 1,000 assassination attempts on your life as a kid, when you have no means to defend yourself, from your own home, and not fall victim to hatred, or revenge? Can you forgive them for their ignorance? Can you take it all in stride and still wear a smile on your face? Can you watch as one person goes through anyone and everyone just to get to you, kill off anyone that was ever precious to you, and, when you actually have the chance to, not kill him? It is through all of that, I persevered. That is how I achieved the Youthful Will. Can you bear all of that?"
Gai looked at him for a moment, and nodded. "If I cannot, then let my Flames of Youth be extinguished permanently."
Everyone opened gaped at Naruto, who ignored them. "Then let us see if they accept you. Know that it isn't instantaneous. It will likely take years to achieve it, even with your level of Youthfulness. Remember that." Gai nodded and walked off.
Naruto then turned to the others, who had the "Gaping Fish" look. "and that's how you do that."
Kakashi was gaping at Naruto. Anyone who looked at him would see that, if not for his mask, his jaw would have disconnected from his face.
"People have been trying to get him to shut up about that for years! How could you do that in one conversation?" Kurenai questioned, shock evident in her voice.
"It's only a matter of understanding the Flames themselves. It's like they say: It takes one to know one." Naruto shrugged. "And I was actually being serious there. It is only after going through all of that, and choosing the right actions will he ever find it, much less have it accept him. If there's anyone else that can Achieve the Youthful Will... It's not Gai, but his student. The one that seems to copy him, you know?"
"Rock Lee..." Kakashi mused.
Naruto nodded. "Yeah, him. I've already met another of his students. After all, he is Hinata's cousin." he looked at the one in a tree, nodded, and dispelled.
-Training Ground 9-
Gai walked up to his team, who were looking a little lost at the moment. "Lee. Tenten. Neji. I have recently found out that someone has found a way to improve my Flames of Youth and done so already." His voice was lower than usual. Lee was the only one to seem depressed about it.
The other two were confused and scared at the same time. "Gai-sensei, what do you mean?"
"Lee, the only way for me to achieve brighter flames is by adding a different flame to compliment it."
"Which one, sensei?" The one that looked like a Mini-Gai.
"The Will of Fire. The Will of Fire cannot be expressed through Words, but through action. Words do not make up the Will of Fire. To increase our flames, we must combine our Youthful Flames with the Will of Fire, and be accepted by the Youthful Will. When it comes to the Will of Fire, I am severely outmatched by one person."
Neji and Tenten were shocked that someone had found a way to nearly shut Gai up about his Flames of Youth. "Who told you this?"
"Ah. Young Uzumaki."
'Uzumaki? Impossible! How could he possibly shut this out?' Neji thought.
Tenten, on the other hand, thought differently. 'I wonder where I can find him. And if he's taken.' "Gai-sensei?" She started, he turned to her. "Where, exactly, can I find him?"
"He is currently in Training Ground 8. He is Kakashi's student." Gai replied. "It is strange how one of Kakashi's students went through that much, and can still forgive those who cause him pain. The Will of Fire burns strongest in him. I have seen his strength of Will. It cannot be moved by any deity. Maybe even fate."
"That quite the statement." Neji stated, his disgust veiled. "He is the dead last of his class. He could never have that kind of will."
"You will have to see it for yourself to believe it, then." Gai replied. "For not even I can describe it better than that, and that is, more likely than not, an understatement."
Someone else came up to them. "Ah. Haku!" Tenten shouted. "What's up?"
"Nothing really. I was actually looking for Sasuke, and wound up here." Haku replied.
"Oh. Well, he's probably with his team in TG 8. Oh, and if you see him, can you tell Naruto that I said thanks?"
"Just tell him who my sensei is. He'll understand." Haku nodded. "Anyway, why don't you stick around for a while?"
"Well... Why not?" Haku stated, before making and ice clone which then ran off towards the next Training Ground. "Weapons battle?"
"As usual." Tenten replied, drawing a few Kunai. Haku drew a few senbon.
"Begin!" They shouted.
Shuriken, Kunai, and Senbon were flying all over the place, but conveniently missed, Lee, Gai and Neji... Until near the end, when Neji got hit with a few Senbon as Tenten dodged them. He collapsed, as they hit his knee.
"Dammit Tenten!" they both stopped and looked at Neji in surprise.
"Looks like that was your strike." Tenten stated.
"Yes, yes it was."
"And you don't regret it?"
"His Fate Monologues are annoying." Haku admitted. "I also have his Uncle's permission to do that if he goes into one."
"Good to know."
"Why would Hiashi-sama give an outsider permission for that?" Neji scowled.
"Well... You'd have to ask Naruto. He's the reason I have the permission in the first place. He's also one of the reasons Hinata has you beat. Badly." Haku stated, smiling.
"Shy and Gentle Hinata?"
"She's not shy anymore." Haku stated. "If anything, she could probably give her father a run for his money, especially if she goes all out. She cares for those close to her, and may hold back against them, but she will not hesitate to attack if they strike first."
"She will lose."
"I would think otherwise, as she has already taken out a few Demons that insulted someone close to her." Haku stated, before turning back to Tenten. "Shall we continue."
"Why not?" Tenten replied, as she threw another Kunai. A Senbon intercepted it. Kunai, Shuriken, and Senbon were flying all over the place. Haku then managed to perform a few one-handed handsigns. "Sensatsu Suishou!" Several Senbon appeared above her, before they charged at Tenten.
Tenten, dodged most of them, but had to block 2 of them.
The moment she tried blocking them, they cut through the Kunai used to block, and they both hit her shoulders. "What the...?"
"I forgot to tell you. Sensatsu Suishou creates Water Senbon enhanced with Wind Chakra. In essence, it's similar to the Hyouton Bloodline in Water Country, but does not require said Bloodline. Just Water and Wind Chakra."
"So... You were a Kunoichi once?"
"No... At best, I was a Ronin. No affiliation. I was taught by a Rogue, that has been granted a Safe Haven as the Guardian of Wave Country. They gave him a home, and he protects them in return. I was never aligned with any village, and as such, have never had a true home."
"Then why didn't you become a Kunoichi?" Tenten asked.
"I am wondering that as well." Gai admitted. Neji and Lee were silent.
Haku sighed. "I had no wish to become a Ninja in the first place. I learned what I needed to survive. That's all I truly wanted. Now, I have someone to care for. Someone who cares for me as well. And I'm actually quite happy with where I'm at."
Tenten nodded. Sasuke and Haku's Ice Clone entered the clearing and walked up to her. "What's up?"
"I thought you should know that the Inuzuka Clan Head came looking for you. Said she wanted to talk about something with us both there. I'm not sure of the details, but she said that both of us were to be at a cave to the Northwest. Said it should interest us."
Sasuke looked at her, and saw that she was suspicious. "Anything else?"
"Well... There's the Yamanaka, Akimichi, and Nara clans wanting to talk about some kind of Clan Alliance, but other than that, no." Haku stated. Sasuke nodded. "They also said they would meet you after the Inuzuka Clan Head."
"Alright then. My team is done with Training." He then noticed Neji. "Hyuuga. If there's one person I can respect it's Naruto. He has the ability to do everything I can't. Anything that you say is impossible, is his life. His entire existence is a testament to the Impossible. You insult him, you insult me. He is one of the select few to ever gain my respect." He turned with Haku in tow. "And to gain an Uchiha's respect, Arrogant or not, it takes a lot more for someone who was an orphan from day 1." With that, he walked out of the Training Ground, leaving a shocked Genin Team and their Jounin Sensei.
However, no one was more pissed than one Neji Hyuuga. 'NO DEAD LAST SHOULD HAVE THE KIND OF POWER TO DO THAT!'
Naruto and Hinata were in front of Kitodo in the Kitsune Realm.
"So, what's up? You never really come for a social call." Kitodo asked.
"Well... I just wanted to get away from the village, so I told everyone else Individual Training for both of us under our Second Sensei, and they won't find him. Kakashi is already aware of you being my other sensei. He's only my sensei on paper. He knows it. I know it. The Hokage knows it. No one else does." Naruto stated. "Thought I could come here to take a load off, you know?"
"I also thought that I could hang out with the Kits, or Naruto-kun." Hinata replied.
Kitodo nodded. "I see. Well, the kits are currently in the clearing. If you want to play with them, be my guest. You really do need to take a load off, Naruto."
"Yeah, I've been a little too stressed, and Hot Springs just don't do it for me." Naruto stated. "The way I see it, it's better to be around people that actually care about my well being than those that don't."
"I still think the majority of the village is stupid for thinking what they do. I just don't see why they would think you're a demon. You're a lot better than any of them, and would have killed them if you were, am I right?" Hinata told him.
"True as that is, even Demons have a sense of Honor. I say it's the Human Mindset that was fucked up to think that all Demons are evil, and all Humans are good. That's a lie, and we've both seen that first hand." Naruto retorted.
"Ain't that the truth. The only thing keeping me from razing the village myself is you. I still don't see why you want to protect them."
"You know I'm not normal, Kitodo. It takes an abnormal human, with a completely different mindset, to be able to befriend a Bijuu. What I want, is not to destroy them myself, but to prove their ideals wrong. I did it once before, and I can do it again."
"I keep forgetting that you're from the future."
"I don't think that will ever change. All in all, I'm me. Whether it's the future me, or the past me, It doesn't really matter, the way I see it. I'm still me."
"I can't help but notice you did change a lot."
"I'm not the reckless idiot I was last time I graduated?"
"Well, that... But also that you're a lot more mature than you really should be."
"Honestly? I blame my childhood." Naruto stated. "It forced me to grow up mentally."
"Oh. Hinata, Regaldo came in a few days ago. Said he wanted to talk. As did Kamiccolo."
"Good to know. I'll head to them after a while."
"Well, Regaldo did say it was a Level 2."
"Level 2?" Hinata asked, before noticing Naruto's eyes widened.
"Did he finish that project?"
"He took 3 projects, and finished them all. He wanted to see what she thought of them. As to which 3, I don't know."
Hinata nodded with a smile. "I'll probably check on Kamiccolo first."
"I'll head to the clearing. Hopefully the kits are there. If you want to join me Hinata, feel free to do so." Naruto then got up and left the room, before stopping at the door. "Oh, and Kitodo? I believe you should check on the Snow foxes, and if there's a summoning contract, I know of someone that they may like."
"I'll let them know." Naruto left quickly, and nearly vanished from Hinata's senses.
"When did he learn to hide his presence completely."
"He didn't. He does so naturally. And it confuses me to no end."
"You're not the only one." Hinata said, before turning for the door. "Oh right." She looked at him over her shoulder. "Things are going a lot more smoothly than I thought. The only ones that truly remember anything about the invasion are those that came back, myself, and the Hokage. The Inuzuka Clan remembers as they were told beforehand by the Wolf Clan, but they know not to tell anyone."
"Good to know."
Hinata was sitting in the lotus position at the peak of a mountain. "Kamiccolo..." She paused. "You wanted to see me?" she opened her eyes and looked at the Angel in front of her.
"Glad to see you made it. My father said he has watched you during your life. He is surprised at the way you progressed in your life. You think on your own, and don't allow other to influence your decisions. He has decided to give you a gift, should you accept it."
"If it will take me away from Naruto-kun, then I'm sorry, I won't take it. I'm not going to let him go. Not if it means to get higher. I'm not that kind of person."
"He is aware that you wouldn't have accepted something like Immortality, Not unless he is granted it as well." She nodded in response. "As such, the gift is an upgrade to your Byakugan. And... a pair of wings."
"Why give me this? I don't see why you'd go for it..."
"It's the last point that gets me. She wants you to lead the Seraph Clan in case we need to head to battle. Even after death, you will have that luxury."
Hinata thought it over. "I think I'd take the first two now, and wait for the invasion to start for the third one to kick in. Is that acceptable?"
"Father. Did you catch her response?"
"That I did." The glow acted as if turning towards Hinata. "Hinata Hyuuga. Those terms are acceptable. I will let them know of your decision, though I am a little confused as to why you will only take 2 of the 3 now."
"It's because I'd have to get used to them. I have maybe 2 weeks to get used to them before the Exams begin, and from there, I have a month before the Finals, where the invasion happens. That's if everything goes according to Naruto-kun's plan." She told them.
"I see. You wish to be able to control your gifts before then, and they wouldn't trust you if you couldn't, correct?"
"That would be about right."
"Aoihoshi was right. She is smarter than she let on."
"Remind me not to ignore her opinion when it comes to those she watches over."
"Thank you, Kami-sama. Kamiccolo." Hinata stated.
"Be aware this will hurt a bit." The glow come closer to her, and spread out to her forehead.
She screamed in pain as it hit, and closed her eyes. The pain was there for about a minute after the glow left. She whimpered for a bit, and then calmed down. She opened her eyes which didn't show any change. "It's done?"
"Yes. It is. Activate your Byakugan which about twice as much Chakra as usual." Hinata nodded and did so. The veins appeared, but in place of a pupiless white eye, she had a Bright Green 7 leaf clover in the center of each eye. "The Angel's Version of the Byakugan. As long as you remain pure of heart, you will be on great terms with our clan. Do not change for anyone."
"Yes, Kami-sama." Hinata replied. "is that all you wanted to see me for? Unfortunately, I have a few other things to take care of, and then I was planning on spending time with Naruto-kun."
"Yes. You may go if you wish."
"Thank you, Kami-sama." Hinata then dissolved into wind.
Hinata walked into Regaldo's forge. "Hello, Regaldo."
"Ah. Hinata. Perfect timing. I wanted to get your opinion on a few things." he led her to a stand that had a few swords on it. She recognized a few of them. "What do you think?"
She took one of them off the rack, and inspected it. After a bit she set it on the rack, and took another off of it. 'When he said he was a great smith, he wasn't kidding. Just those 2 alone are far beyond what I thought possible for any smith.' She took another off and inspected it. "I don't believe it..."
"I'm not sure I follow."
She put it back on the rack. "Regaldo... This sword right here. Do you think you can make enough for the Seraph Clan to use in approximately 6 weeks in the Elemental Nations?" She turned to him.
"Yes, unfortunately. I was chosen as a General for the Seraph Clan, should they have to go into battle. Unfortunately, that means 6 weeks."
"Hmm... That would mean I'd need to get 166 of them, right?"
"That would be about right."
"Alright. I'll make 170 of them. This one was actually the easiest to make out of all of them." He pointed at the sword in her hands. "I'll have them delivered. Since you actually came up with the idea behind them, I'll let them go for 20% of the full price."
"No worries. Oh right." He pulled out a scroll. "Pass that on to Naruto. The code for that one is the Fan that catches pockets. At least... that's what he said it was for. He never elaborated."
"Fan the catches pockets..." She mused, before her eyes widened. 'It couldn't be for... It probably is.' "He and I are going to have a talk soon."
"There is another one in there. 2 more, actually. One of them is the Tree that Shines like gum, and the other is for the Angel that glows with Lavender. I don't get his codes."
Hinata froze. 'He made one for Sasuke, Sakura, and me? Spoiled much?' "I'll make sure he gets them."
She walked out of the forge, only to spot Ibiki Morino, surprising her with his presence. "Ibiki-san?"
"Hinata Hyuuga?" He replied.
"What are you doing here?" they asked at the same time.
"You go first." She said. He nodded.
"I mainly came to talk with a few old friends. Now, about you?"
"I've got to pick up a few things. Naruto-kun is actually highly popular here."
Ibiki nodded. "I take it you picked up an order from Regaldo?"
"Yeah. I also checked up on some of the ideas I left him." She admitted. "I'm actually impressed he got them to that level of detail."
"No offense, but that doesn't really instill much confidence."
"Considering that Naruto-kun openly stated those ideas dwarf the majority of his pranks, I am surprised."
Ibiki was suddenly interested. "How much, and on what basis?" She explained to him what was said. "I really need to check this out."
"I've really got to get going though. See you."
"Wait. If you're going to be in the Chuunin Exams, be careful of your decisions."
"Sure thing." She smiled as she jumped off, disappearing quickly.
He looked at the forge as he entered.
-1 week later-
Team 7 was meeting on a bridge. Kakashi was only 30 minutes late. "Sensei, unless your tardiness has anything to do with the Chuunin Exams, I don't want to hear it." Sakura stated.
"Well then, you're in luck." Kakashi said, as he pulled out 3 application papers. "Here's your Applications. Room 301 in one week. No missions until then."
They all nodded. "Well, I'll see you then." Kakashi left in a puff of smoke.
Naruto, Sasuke, and Sakura signed them immediately. Sakura looked at Naruto. "Did you figure out anything along the lines of espionage? I remember you're gonna need it."
"You didn't think I would, did you?" Naruto deadpanned. "Yeah, I did. Kitodo is the reason for that... One of the reasons, anyway. Ero-sennin is the other one, but he didn't teach me much. I'm a frontline fighter, after all."
They both nodded at that. "But if Ino gets too close to Sasuke, I'm gonna send her flying." Sakura stated, cracking her knuckles.
"No." They both turned to Naruto. "Hinata and I have been coming up with ideas to get Orochimaru to come after us, so we can kick his ass."
"Why do you want to go after him?" Sakura asked, a little shocked.
"You thought I didn't find a few purification Jutsu among the Void Element, didn't you?" Naruto asked. This surprised them. "Believe me, if he gets you with it, it'll be gone before you even realize it."
"How do you know it will work?"
"One Anko Mitarashi can attest to it. I've already gotten rid of hers. Man am I glad I can sniff out Chakra like Kiba does scents. I caught the Snake-like Chakra, isolated it, and purged it. Doing so got rid of the Curse."
"Remember, that was a Prototype." Sasuke pointed out.
"And it has been years since the application." Naruto countered. "If applied on the spot, what do you think will happen?" Sasuke and Sakura's eyes widened, seeing his point. "I rest my case."
They all nodded, and went around the village.
Naruto met up with Hinata and walked around the village for a while, before Naruto stopped in place and sighed. "How many times do I have to tell you, rocks aren't square Konohamaru!"
"You got it, Boss!" An explosion sounded, revealing 3 coughing kids: Konohamaru, Moegi, and Udon.
"I think we used too much Gunpowder, guys." Udon suggested.
"No kidding." Hinata stated.
"Hey boss, is she your..." He held up his pinky.
"I wish it were further." was his reply. "But for now, yeah."
"She doesn't look like much, if you ask me." Konohamaru stated, checking her out, before stopping in his place at the KI that Naruto emitted. The 3 kids turned to him, knowing he was either pissed, or about to be.
"Come again?" He said, his voice level, but laced with anger.
"Nothing!" Konohamaru stated, a little quickly, but it did the job.
Naruto's smile returned. "Good."
The kids shared one thought. 'When did Boss go Bipolar?'
"Naruto-kun..." Hinata deadpanned.
"You know why that happened." He told her.
"I know, I just..." She paused, before turning around. Naruto did the same, knowing what she felt. "You feel it too?"
"Couldn't call myself his friend if I didn't." He replied.
"You mean that he's..."
"Does that mean..."
"And you said that he..."
"Not sure if he is right now."
"Do you think he..."
"If pushed... I'd say yes."
"You think he'll actually go that far?"
Naruto shrugged. "You really don't know him that well, do you?"
Naruto looked at the Konohamaru Corps. "You guys should head home. I can't risk your lives right now. Konohamaru, Jiji would never forgive me if I let you get in harms way."
Konohamaru nodded, and he left, Udon and Moegi behind him. Soon after he turned a corner, both Naruto and Hinata heard a grunt. They both went to the source and found a man in a black cat suit, and a sandy blonde female with a fan on her back.
Naruto knew them instantly. Hinata? Not so much. The man in a black suit had Konohamaru in his grip. 'Why is it that this just reeks of Deja Vu?' "Hey, you might want to put him down."
"And why should I?" The man asked.
"For one, that's the Hokage's Grandson." Naruto pointed out.
"The other you can find out if you see my eyes." Naruto told them. The girl looked immediately, and saw the Red eyes with Black Slits. She unconsciously stepped back. "You piss me off, you get all 9. Comprende?"
She immediately bonked Kankuro on the head. "Kankuro, you idiot!" He instantly dropped him, and grabbed his head in pain.
"What? Why am I an Idiot?"
"He's like him!" The girl shouted. Kankuro instantly paled.
"Apologize to him at once, and I can forget this ever happened." Naruto stated, evenly.
"Stop it." A dreary voice stated. Naruto instantly got a smirk on his face. "I was wondering when you'd speak up Tanuki."
There was a swirl of sand in front of Naruto. "Must you embarrass them to that point?"
"You should be lucky that I don't kill them yet. You know I could." Naruto retorted.
"This is true." The red head stated. "Kankuro, Temari. Head to Baki. I've got business with this one."
They both stepped back, and ran off.
"Alright, before we go any further, a few questions." Naruto stated.
"Act is still up, but I remember everything."
"Safe. Monk is dead. I still can't sleep much. Not yet, anyway. He still plays my mother at this point, and I call him such, if only to add to the image." Gaara then noticed Hinata. "She in the loop?"
Naruto nodded. "Much more so than the Hokage."
"No one on my end knows." Gaara stated, before pulling out a scroll. "These are the details of what I remember our mission being."
"Anything change on your end?"
"Iwa is in on it this time. Last time, they weren't."
"This just got more complicated." Naruto stated, before turning to Konohamaru. "Head to Jiji. Tell him that I'm calling Code Yellow 92.
"What does that mean?"
"He'll know. If he doesn't, Stating "The Flash" will."
"It would appear as thought we've slightly underestimated the Snake." Gaara stated.
"Not quite." Naruto stated, after Konohamaru and his friends ran off. Sasuke and Sakura landed next to Naruto.
"Gaara." Sakura stated.
"Gaara. Shukaku." Sasuke stated, Sharingan blazing.
"Relax, I'm not going to kill you." Sasuke stated. "Unless you give me clear reason to, I wont. Besides, Itachi's still alive, and I got my revenge already. Orochimaru is unaware of this."
"The only ones that are aware of this happens to be present, minus the Hokage."
"You're going to need some kind of Backup."
"Taken care of." Naruto replied.
"I planned for a change in the timeline. Not really my style, but I figured we'd need some extra manpower... or should I say... Supernatural power."
"Only 2 of them are Demon Clans. Wolf and Kitsune."
"Dragon, Seraph, and Death Angel. Think that's enough?" Naruto asked, earning a nod.
"I also have some good news on my front. Now that Shukaku is much more sane, I have a Summoning Contract with the Tanuki Clan. No one else knows, though."
"Good to know. Any other big changes?"
"Nothing right now."
"Kumo may help. Kiri... they might as well. If you see them, don't, under any circumstances, kill them. Mei would be furious."
"I believe both of us would know not to piss her off."
"No kidding. I'd sooner get hit with a Jyuuken to the balls by Hiashi than piss her off." Naruto stated, shivering at the image.
"I'd imagine." Gaara replied. "I'm pretty sure a death from my sand is a mercy compared to her punishments."
"Can you really call those punishments? She melted that guy's balls off!" Naruto nearly shouted.
"When was this?" Sakura asked. Hinata just listened. 'Who is this Mei?'
"I don't believe Hinata is aware of what we're talking about." Naruto blinked, before looking at her, noting her confused face.
"Sorry. Remember when I told you of the Godaime Mizukage, and the fact that she has Yoton?" She nodded. "Well, I had the... displeasure of seeing her use it on another man's balls. If she's pissed at me... Hiraishin wouldn't get me away fast enough." Hinata then nodded in understanding.
'Not a girlfriend. Good.' She thought.
"You didn't think I'd go and cheat on you, did you?" She shook her head. "You lie~." She blushed.
"No... I didn't think that. I just... thought something else that would've gotten me angry if it were true."
"Still have some insecurities, I see." Gaara stated.
"A lot better than she was last time around. At least she's not fainting every time I get close."
"It took her years from now to be able to do so. Seriously, Pein is an epic bastard." Gaara stated, evenly.
"No kidding. At least he went out right."
"You told me that right after the summit." Gaara noted.
Naruto nodded. "Anyway, Uchiha?"
"Don't bother. No one truly knows what's going on. Besides..." He looked over into the distance. "if sound comes after me, there's nothing I'll do to go to them. If the Snake finds us, he'll regret targeting me."
-in the distance-
"Somethings wrong here." A Sound Genin that looked like a mummy stated. "I can't hear what they're saying. All Sound Waves are being blocked. It's like they're just standing there, but I know they're talking."
"How can you not?" A female next to him asked.
"I don't know."
-back with Naruto-
Naruto chuckled. "Those Sound Genin think they're all that. They don't seem to realize that they won't catch anything through my Sound Barrier. It's more secure than the Hokage's Privacy seals."
Sakura raised an eyebrow. "When did you come up with that?"
"It's part of my All-purpose Barrier. I can use bits and pieces, or the entire thing. Believe me, it comes in handy." Naruto stated, earning a nod from Sasuke, Sakura and Hinata, but a raised eyebrow from Gaara. Naruto sighed. "A Shadow Clone used it and got a sneak attack on Madara once."
"That's... Damn." Gaara replied, clearly at a loss for words.
"Anyway, we've been redeveloping our skills, and learning new ones." Naruto stated.
"No one but my Team, Haku, and Hinata know just how far I am with the Sharingan. I have not needed to use the Eternal Mangekyo, so no one but those I've told know about it."
Gaara raised an eyebrow. "You saved him?"
"Her, actually." Naruto retorted. "It could be a Time Warp thing, but I don't know. She said she was male, but really she's female. I've already made Contact with A and Mei, so you know. Mei happened to be in the area when I landed, and I used Zabuza as Air Mail with a little help from Sakura Express. They're both still alive, and pardoned."
"Good to know. No contact with Iwa on your end?" Gaara asked. Naruto shook his head. "Your father?" A nod. "Got it."
"Yonbi and Gobi are the only ones that have yet to be warned. They're from Iwa, though, so you can see why." Sasuke stated.
Gaara simply nodded. "I'll be sending updates through the Tanuki Clan." They all nodded. Naruto then turned towards where the Sound Ninja were... and flipped them the bird.
-with the Sound Ninja-
"That Blonde brat is gonna get himself killed." The mummy Genin mused.
The female huffed. "Why is it that you want to kill anyone that flips you off, Dosu?"
"Because it's fun, and they're annoying, Kin."
"Still... That Blonde rubs me the wrong way. Something tells me there's a lot more to him than... Actually, he's the most powerful of the group."
"That can't be right." The other male stated.
"Out of all of them... I'd say the Hyuuga is the one we have to worry about the least." Kin admitted.
"that can't be right."
The Third male narrowed his eyes. "Uchiha, Hyuuga, the blonde brat, pinky, and that idiot from Suna. I say Suna is the most dangerous."
"No. It's Blondie, Suna, Uchiha, Pinky, and then Hyuuga. Biggest threat first." Kin stated.
"You know she's right." A male said behind them, causing them to get into a battle stance. Naruto was right there. "She's got the threat levels correct among us."
"Oh yeah? Eat th..." Naruto was suddenly behind him, holding his arms towards his own face.
"You don't want to blow off your own head, do you?" He asked.
"Zaku, stop." Dosu stated. "How did you move without making a single sound?"
"You try outrunning ANBU as an Academy Student, in broad daylight, in a Bright Orange Jumpsuit. Then ask me that question." Naruto retorted.
The 3 Sound Genin looked startled. 'This guy is DANGEROUS!' was the collective thought. "See you in the Exams." 'Naruto' went poof, revealing he was a Shadow Clone. The Sound Genin turned back to where the others were and noticed they were long gone.
-the day of the First Exam-
Team 7 and Team 8 walked by the first room that was marked 301, noticing the Genjutsu. Sasuke didn't speak up about it. Team Gai noticed, and then backed away silently.
"Naruto-kun..." A boy in Green Spandex stated.
"Lee. I take it you wish to fight with one of us?"
"Yes. I wish to show you how my Flames of Youth have improved." Lee stated.
"Don't worry too much. You will be able to show them in the Exams." Naruto stated. "Besides, if you faced me now, you'd be forced to resort to forbidden moves, and Gai-sensei would stop it immediately. We don't want that, do we?"
"No, we do not." Lee replied. "Let us continue in the Exams. May the best Genin win."
"Don't get knocked out too soon." Naruto replied, as they shook hands. Naruto let go and left for the door immediately. Sasuke and Sakura left quickly as well. Hinata sighed. Teams 8 and 9 ran towards the room, only to find Team 7 entering the room, Gai and Kurenai in front of them.
Team 7, 8 and 9 were in the room, when Team 10 walked up. "Naruto? You're here too?" A lazy voice stated.
"Sasuke-kun!" Ino shouted. Naruto had her by the Ponytail, and kept her out of reach of Sasuke. "Let me go Naruto!"
"Not until you realize that He's already taken. The rumors have been spreading, after all. I know you've heard of them."
"No one believes them. Why would I bother with false rumors?"
Naruto sighed, and turned her around. "Because..."
"Wait..." Sasuke stated. They all looked at him. "Where did that rumor get started?"
"Some girl in your fanclub. She's one of the bigger ones. She said that you were making out with someone. No one would believe that. Not even my father."
Sasuke chuckled. This shocked everyone but Team 7 and Hinata. "Well then, in two weeks exact, I'd suggest you make sure that Sound Barriers are around your rooms, Naruto. Sakura. Hinata."
"You mean..." Naruto eyes widened.
"That's when it'll happen." Naruto got his old pranking smirk. "I'll make sure it's ready, and record it myself." Sasuke nodded with a devious smirk on his face.
"Wait. I have a better idea." Sakura stated.
"You guys going to keep talking so loud?" A male with silver hair and glasses walked up to them.
Team 7 shared one thought. 'Kabuto Yakushi.'
"You must be the rookies, walking in here like you know everything. Trust me, you don't."
"And what do you know?" Naruto questioned, annoyed. He looked at Sasuke and Sakura who noticed. 'Don't let on that you know what he truly is.' They both nodded slightly.
"Oh, I'm sorry. My name is Kabuto Yakushi. It's not my first time here, so you know."
"Oh? And how many times have you taken the Exam?" Shikamaru asked.
"It's my... Seventh. But I did managed to get plenty of information on them." He pulled out a deck of cards. "With these, I can show you what I've gathered."
Naruto looked out at the crowd, and noticed one team in particular. A team from Kumogakure. A Team from Kirigakure next to them. 'Kiri and Kumo next to each other? What the hell?' Naruto thought. He then noticed one of the Kiri Ninja. 'Wait could that be...' "Kabuto, do you have individual profiles?"
"Of course I do, though some are not really accurate." Kabuto admitted. "Hayase Kaname. He's from Kirigakure."
"You know his name? You take the fun out of it." Kabuto pulled a card off with a smile. "Hayase Kaname. He seems more Ninjutsu and Kenjutsu oriented. His team... they look like weirdos, to be honest. However, it's those kinds of people you have to watch out for. Thing is... This one has taken on an A-rank, and escaped with his life. That's impressive for a Genin. His Kenjutsu is well above Jounin level, and His Ninjutsu is about Chuunin level, but his Genjutsu is unknown, and so is his Taijutsu. That's all I've got."
"Naruto Uzumaki." Shikamaru stated.
"Why do you want to know about me?"
Shikamaru looked at him with a half suspicious look. "Call it curiosity."
Kabuto did so. "Okay, Naruto Uzumaki. Teammates are Sakura Haruno and Sasuke Uchiha. 32 D-ranks, 3 C-ranks, one B-rank... and 4 A-ranks?" He looked at Naruto. "Nice record."
"What details do you have on the A-ranks?" Ino asked.
"Not much, I'm afraid." Kabuto admitted. "All I have is that 3 of those A-ranks started out as C-ranks, and got upgraded. The last one... I have nothing on. I'm not even sure what it was for, but it was a solo mission. That's all I know."
"Mizuki..." Naruto mused. "That's the fourth one. It was actually how I graduated. Hey, I showed off that I could get past ANBU for an entire night after taking a Sealed Scroll. When it comes to stealth, few can match me."
"Yeah right!" Kiba shouted. "ANBU are the best in the village! There's no way a Dobe like you could do that!"
"Let's see you try painting the entire Hokage Monument, in a Bright Orange Jumpsuit, and not being spotted until after I was leaving the area, laughing somewhat like a maniac, and then getting away from all of your pursuers, without ANY Clan training."
"He's right." Kabuto stated. "That was his last Prank in the academy. Quite a good one, I'll admit. Not easy to do. He had 5 ANBU, 10 Jounin, and 1 Chuunin after him. What I don't get is: The Chuunin is the one that caught you in the end, but the Jounin and ANBU couldn't."
"If you ask me, he's got some kind of tracker on me, though I could never find it. It could be he's been able to track my Chakra, even when I was keeping most of it hidden. He's the only one to ever catch me after one of my pranks."
"I'm still confused." Kabuto stated. "Then again, they're only ranks, not their actual skill level."
Naruto shrugged. "Considering the fact he left ANBU to teach the Academy of his own choice, can there really be such surprise?" Kabuto shook his head, while everyone else, even Sakura and Sasuke, were confused.
"Naruto, what do you mean by that? Iruka-sensei wasn't really in ANBU, was he?"
Naruto sighed. "Iruka-sensei and I are like brothers. He's told me a few things he probably shouldn't have, but he told me that he doesn't regret doing so once. If you were close enough to him, you'd know that, like me, he has no specialty. He's a Generalist Ninja. As such, he left the ANBU and started Teaching. At least, that's the reason he said he started teaching. I have no reason to doubt him."
The Rookie Genin nodded at that. They knew of Naruto's relationship with Iruka.
There was an explosion on the other side of the room.
(A/N: I'm not even going to go into the First Exam. Events happen the same exact way they do in Canon, even when Naruto doesn't answer any questions. Hinata mentally questions it, but she knows he has a reason.)
Ibiki called at the 45 Minute Mark, and explained the rules. "Now, who wants out?" People were quitting left and right. Naruto then noticed a Kumo Ninja, one of the only teams there, was about to forfeit. He raised his hand into the air, shook it a bit, and then slammed it down on the desk in front of him. "Never Underestimate me! I don't quit, and won't run! Even if all you other fuckers are going to Prevent me from being Chuunin, I'm STILL gonna be Hokage some day!"
Ibiki looked directly at him. "Are you sure? Remember, once you make a choice, you can never take it back."
"Good. Because I never go back on my word. THAT is my Nindo! So can you can take your Killing Intent and threats and shove them up your ass!" He shouted, this instantly dispelled any and all fear in the room.
Ibiki looked around the room. 'That kid is too courageous. Then again, I'm talking about a kid that would rather hang out with true demons than his own kind. I can't say I'm not surprised, but Anko will be pissed.' He was about to speak up when something came through the window.
A banner appeared and Anko was in front of it.
"Anko, earlier than usual." Ibiki stated.
"What the hell? 28 teams?" Anko shouted.
"I hadn't even told them they passed yet." Anko was surprised when she heard this.
"Damn. I really am early."
Naruto chuckled, earning their attention. "Am I to assume the next portion is at TG 44?"
Anko looked at him. "How did you know, gaki?"
"You're presence for one." Naruto pointed out. "The next clue is the banner. You're the Second Proctor. The final piece is that's your Home away from home, and it's nickname drives anyone that doesn't need to be there away from it period."
Anko looked at him. "Well, Gaki. How did you know that you passed already?"
"Try your conversation. Anyone else wouldn't have been able to hear it, especially from this distance. I did. I can tell that the First 9 questions were for Gathering information. Sadly, I lack espionage skills when it has nothing to do with talking and listening. So I took a gamble with the Tenth Question. As long as we have 1 point, we pass. Which brings up another point. You only really need to answer 1 question correctly to pass. That's when it hit me. The Tenth question holds a greater value than the rest."
"What do you know?" An Ame Nin shouted.
"More than you, apparently." Ibiki stated. "He is right on all points, but he is missing a few."
"Like how the first 9 had rules that would encourage cheating? That was the espionage skills. They are not useless as some would think. That's the difference between a real shinobi and a fake shinobi or civilian. A real Shinobi can look at one thing and tell everyone about it. I had this all figured out within the first 5 minutes, so I waited. Good work on the Tenth Question though. You were scaring the shit out of anyone here that hadn't gone through worse. That Team from Suna for example." Naruto pointed at Gaara.
"I recently got word of an Unstable Jinchuuriki there. All Suna Nin have to fear for their lives because they could die at the hands of one man. May not know who they are, but I know one thing for sure. They are bound to be a crazy killer. If you can stand up to that, you can stand up to your Killing Intent."
All Suna nin glared at him, which he shrugged off. "Those of you glaring should know that I've felt worse, I've been hit with worse, and I've dished out even worse than that." He said getting up. "Mitarashi-san, I will be seeing you on the South Side."
Sasuke and Sakura looked at each other and left.
"Alright. 1 hour. Training Ground 44. Follow me!" She jumped out the window.
The rest of the Genin in the room thought one thing. 'Are all Konoha Jounin this crazy?'
Hate to admit it, but things have been going shitty on my end. I haven't found a lot of time for typing. I still blame my FF7/Naruto Crossover for part of it, but the rest is real life interfering. I hate graduations. They always set people back.
Also, another Note that should be made: I'm currently thinking about discontinuing My Story: Son Naruto. I can't think of anything to progress it at this point, and believe me, I've tried. I'm still thinking on things to put in it, but nothing has come to mind.
On the plus side: I joined a Tournament, and have been kicking ass. Semi-finals begin tomorrow, along with the final round. I'm top 4. ;) I will say this right here and now:
Lightsworns are a bitch to face off with. =D