The First Test
Here it is! Finally! I'm so sorry for the late chapter! I've had these last few months really hectic with school and work. Not to mention I honestly was bored with this chapter. After the conversation with the Kyuubi, I felt really bored and didn't want to continue with this chapter, so this chapter will be somewhat short. Sorry! Anyways Enjoy!
A special thanks to my bestest friend Chibiusa for editing this chapter!
Disclaimer: I don't own Naruto!
PS! I added a small part that I forget to put in! Very small part, but I couldn't help it!
'I'm screwed. I am so...so screwed.' Naruto could feel his mouth dry up, and sweat bead down his face. He looked around the room and sawa lot of nervous faces. 'Okay...so I'm not the only one who's nervous.' He let out a sigh, then turned back to the intimidating Jounin.
Ibiki scanned over the Genin before speaking. "All right you maggots! The test starts now! You have one hour!" Ibiki pressed the timer button and watched as the students began their test.
Naruto clenched his pencil in his fist, reading over the first question. 'Okay...don't know this one. Next question...don't know that one either...or that one...ooooooor that one. Crap...I don't know any of these damn questions!' Naruto sighed a little too loudly, and Ibiki called him out.
"No sighing!" he hollered.
Naruto jumped and focused on his test. 'How am I supposed to answer these questions? No Genin would know any of the answers!' He sighed again, quieter this time, and looked up at the ceiling. He nearly screamed when he saw an eyeball above him.
'What the hell?!' Naruto panicked. He looked around to see if anyone else had seen the eyeball. Then he noticed something strange. Hinata had her Byakugan activated. And not just Hinata, but Neji did too. He turned to his left and saw Sasuke's Sharingan activated. Ino was using her Mind Transfer Jutsu, Shino's bugs were scurrying around his paper, and Akamaru was scanning the crowd for Kiba. He noticed Gaara holding his face, where his left eye should be. Naruto shivered. 'Is...is that...Gaara's eye?! That all seeing eye is too weird.'
He scanned the room again. Everyone seemed to be doing their own form of cheating.
'What are they doing?! If they get caught cheating they'll be-' Then it hit him. 'If they get caught cheating! There's no way we can answer these questions. These questions aren't just intelligence based, they're experienced based as well.' Naruto was proud of himself for understanding the actual test, but now he was faced with another problem.
'How the hell am I supposed to cheat?' Now he was really panicking. He didn't have a special justu like Gaara's weird eyeball thing, or a dojutsu like Hinata or Sasuke. Naruto was about to start looking around, to try and figure out who he could cheat from when a kunai went whizzing passed his head. Naruto gulped and turned to where to kunai landed.
The kunai was imbedded in the desk behind him, piercing through someone's test. The Genin growled. "What the hell was that for?!" he yelled.
"You've been caught cheating five times." Ibiki smirked. "That means you and your team...are out." He chuckled. "Time for you to leave."
The boy's eyes widened as he slowly got up. He and his team did the walk of shame as they exited the test room.
Ibiki chuckled again. "One team down."
Naruto swallowed and quickly turned to his test. 'Okay...no cheating for me.' He didn't know what to do. He was a terrible cheater. He sighed and stared at his test one more time before deciding what to do. 'Whelp...might as well go to my default.' He took a deep breath and began working on his test.
An hour had passed before the timer went off. Everyone stopped writing and looked up at Ibiki. "Alright, you sorry lot! It's time for the tenth question." Ibiki straightened up and scanned the crowd. "Before I say the tenth question, there are a few more rules we need to go over." A dark smirk crept up on the intimidating Jounin's face.
"More rules?!" Naruto blurted out. He then shrunk back when Ibiki turned and glared at him.
"What are these new rules?" Kankuro spoke up.
The dark smirk from earlier, returned. "The rules of desperation."
Everyone let out a silent sigh of relief. 'At least it isn't a torture test.' Hinata thought to herself.
Ibiki scanned the classroom and spoke. ""First rule: You must decide if you want to answer the tenth question. If you don't answer it, your test will be scored as a zero." He chuckled. Many of the Genin who had opened their mouths to ask for the question quickly closed their mouths.
Everyone looked quite nervous now.
"Last...for the other and final rule..." Ibiki took a deep breath and smirked. "If you choose to answer the question...but answer it incorrectly...you will not be able to take the Chuunin exams again. Ever."
Naruto jumped up and growled. "You can't do that!" he yelled. "You can't stop us from trying to test again!"
Ibiki frowned. "Oh? And what makes you think that I can't?"
Naruto smirked and crossed his arms over his chest. "You aren't the Hokage. And unless the Old Man himself walks in and says those are the rule, I refuse to believe you." He sat back down, proud of his rebuttal.
Ibiki sighed. "You stupid boy." Ibiki smirked. "Who do you think approved my rules for the Chuunin Exams? The Hokage himself chose the proctors specifically for each test. Which also means...he approved our rules." He saw Naruto's demeanor change from proud to horrified. "You always could just quit." He chuckled.
Before Naruto could speak, he heard a shaky voice behind him. "I quit."
Everyone turned and saw a brown haired Genin from Iwagakure. "I quit." He repeated. "I...I can't do this."
Ibiki chuckled. "Then you and your team are disqualified from the exams. You can leave."
The Genin turned to his teammates, who looked disappointed. "Sorry guys..." he apologized and the team left the classroom.
From there, it was like a domino effect. Genin were raising their hands and quitting the test one after the other.
"They're dropping like flies..." Sakura said softly. Over half the Genin had left.
Many of the remaining Genin nodded in agreement.
Naruto shook his head. He scanned the faces of the remaining Genin, and they all looked nervous, with the exception of Gaara. 'How can he not be nervous? How can he be so confident in himself?' Naruto's eyes widened a moment. 'That's it. Everyone just needs a burst of confidence.' Naruto smirked in determination. He slammed his palms on his desk and shot up out of his seat.
"You know what?" Naruto shouted. "I'm not going to sit here and let you intimidate me into quitting." He smirked.
Everyone turned and stared at the blond, who was acting crazier than usual. Sasuke sunk in his seat and hid his eyes from the crowd. 'This idiot is gunna get us disqualified...'
Hinata stared at her crush, unsure of his motives. 'What are you doing Naruto? You could get in trouble...'
Ibiki looked bored. "Is that all you have to say?"
"No. No it's not. I'm confident in my skills to pass your stupid test. In fact...I'm going to pass all these tests! And if I don't, fine! I'll still be Hokage! Whatever rank I am...I will be Hokage! And you nor any of these other jerks will stop me from my dream!" He adopted a proud and confident smirk.
The Genin stared at Naruto, and felt a new sense of confidence. Maybe he was right. You could be a great shinobi, even as a Genin. They all turned back to Ibiki and gave him a confident smirk, ready for the final question.
Ibiki sighed and shook his head. "I guess there's only one thing left to do then." He looked at the blond and returned the smirk. "Congratulations brat. You all passed."
The room was so quiet you could hear a needle drop. "What...?" Naruto asked.
"There was no tenth question." Ibiki chuckled. "No matter how desperate a situation might get, you can't give up." Ibiki explained. "The purpose of the tenth question was to see if you were going to give up when you were desperate. Since you guys remained, you pass."
Naruto whooped and holler, throwing his fists in the air. "Aaaaaw yeah! That's much closer to Hokage baby!"
Sasuke sighed. "Calm down, Dobe. We're all excited, but we aren't embarrassing ourselves."
Naruto turned to the Uchiha and flipped him off. "Screw you, Duck-Butt."
Everyone stared as Sasuke only growled and crossed his arms over his chest. Naruto grinned, but his grin quickly left when there was a loud crash and a foot slamming into his face.
The Genin's eyes went from the injured Naruto, to the purple haired bomb-shell that had just crash landed in the classroom. "Alright you maggots, listen up! The name's Mitarashi Anko and I'm your proctor for the next test." She smirked.
Everyone stared at the purple-haired Jounin with wide eyes. Ibiki sighed and shook his hair at the woman. "Anko...was it really necessary to break through my wall?"
Anko turned to Ibiki and scoffed. "Just because you don't know how to make an entrance, doesn't mean I shouldn't."
Naruto stood up from the rubble and dusted himself off. "Hey Psycho!"
Anko turned to the blond and smirked. "Hey Brat! How's my Iruka-Kun doing? I heard about what you did to him during the Genin test at the Academy. Very nice." She winked. Anko noticed the new Konoha Genin flushing red, remembering Naruto's little transformation. "Get your minds out of the gutter!" She yelled.
Naruto laughed at the Jounin and his classmates. While he might not be friends with this Jounin, she was pretty cool.
Anko smirked at Naruto, then turned to the others. "Let's see...30 teams? Ibiki...you're going soft." Anko pouted.
Ibiki grumbled. "Shut up, Anko. This group of Genin are some of the best I've ever seen." he said with a smirk, looking particularly at Naruto.
Anko looked from Naruto, to Ibiki, then around the classroom. "Seriously? Whatever you say, Softy." Anko smirked. She heard Ibiki grumble more before laughing. "Alright you lot. Meet me at Training Grounds 44 at 8:00 AM sharp! If you don't...well..." She chuckled. "Just make sure you're there." In a swirl of leaves, Anko vanished.
Naruto sighed. "I have no idea what Iruka-Sensei sees in her..." he said with a shake of his head. He turned to his teammates. "Dinner?"
Hinata smiled. "Where do you want to go, Naruto-kun? Ichiraku?"
Sasuke shook his head. "No! We've had ramen three times this week. Let's get some barbeque."
Naruto looked a little apprehensive, but agreed. "Alright. Let's go."
Hinata saw the look that cross Naruto's face. She placed a gentle hand on his shoulder and gave him a soft smile. "It's okay, Naruto-kun."
Naruto sighed, then smiled back. "Thanks Hinata-chan."
Ibiki walked around the room collecting everyone's tests, when he stopped at Naruto's. He looked down at the test and frowned. 'That damn brat!'
On Naruto's test was a picture of himself laying on the ground, with Naruto standing on him wearing the Hokage's Robes, cheering in victory.
Ibiki sighed, a chuckle soon followed after. "Well played kid. Well played."
The trio walked into the restaurant and sat down at a nearby table. When the waiter came to their table, he frowned at the team, mainly at Naruto.
"Is there something we can help you with?" Sasuke spat. "Or are you going to do your job and help us?"
The waiter was taken back by Sasuke's insult and composed himself. "What can I get for you?" He asked as he bit back an insult.
"The standard platter." Sasuke stated bluntly. Naruto and Hinata nodded in agreement.
The waiter took their order and walked back into the kitchen. Naruto sighed and stared at the hot grill in front of them. "Guys...I'm really sorry. I mean...I understand why they hate me now but...I wish they wouldn't take it out on you guys."
Sasuke sighed. "Well...if they want our money, they better get used to you."
Naruto wasn't sure what to say. "I'm not sure whether to take that as an insult or compliment." Then he chuckled. "Thanks Sasuke...I think."
Sasuke smirked and soon the team fell into easy conversation. When their food came out, the waiter practically dropped the food in front of them and left. The team glared at their water and then turned to the food. Naruto proceeded to smell the pork and the beef before moving to the vegetables. He moved away from the food and blinked.
"What's the matter, Naruto-kun? Is it rotten again?" Hinata blinked.
"No...it's all safe." He smiled brightly.
With smiles, the team began putting all the food over the barbeque pit. They ate their meal, and talked about the upcoming test. "Naruto...you're an idiot. The next test is not a ramen eating contest." Sasuke groaned.
Naruto pouted and nibbled on a piece of pork. "Well if it was...I'd totally kill it."
Hinata giggled. "It has to be a survival test. We're having the test in the Forest of Death."
Sasuke nodded. "I agree. After dinner we should stock up on weapons."
The others nodded, and continued to eat. After they ate and paid for their meal, they walked to Ten Ten's family weapon shop. It was the only shop that would let Naruto buy sharp and non-defective weapons, and their prices were the most affordable for new Genin.
"Ten Ten!" Naruto waved. "Hows it goin?"
The brown haired genin, who was leaning against the register, smiled. "Hi guys. I'm sure you're not here for just a visit."
Hinata shook her head. "No. We're here to purchase some new weapons."
Ten Ten chuckled. "You came to the right place! Pick whatever you want!"
They browsed, picking up shuriken, kunai, and some exploding tags. Ten Ten watched them and smirked. "So...what do you think our test going to be?"
"Survival." Naruto said bluntly as he picked up some trip wire. "That's why we're here." he smiled back at Ten Ten. "Your team will do awesome too. Don't worry, Ten Ten."
The older Genin chuckled. "Thanks, Naruto." She made idle chit-chat with them while they continued to shop. They bought their weapons, and left the store waving goodbye to Ten-Ten.
Hinata smiled at her teammates. "I think I'm going to go home now. I'm sure my father wants to talk to me about these exams." She said making a face.
Naruto chuckled. "Don't worry Hinata-Chan. If you dad gives you trouble, just let me know. I'll knock some sense into him."
Hinata giggled. "Thanks, Naruto-Kun. Goodnight." She bowed to her friends and walked home.
Sasuke shrugged and turned to Naruto. "I'm gunna head home too. I want to mentally prepare myself for tomorrows exam."
Naruto nodded. "Alright. See ya, Sasuke." The two teammates said their goodbyes and walked to their own houses.
Naruto walked into his apartment and quickly went to work preparing for the test in the morning. He grabbed several sealing scrolls and sealed away his new weapons, along with an extra pair of clothes, his toothbrush and toothpaste, and his special sleeping cap. He grabbed the scrolls and put them in his weapons pouch. After packing, Naruto showered and got ready for bed.
'Where...am I?' Naruto woke up to the sound of dripping. He looked around and realized that he was laying in a large puddle of water. He stood up and noticed that he was in some sort of sewer. Naruto frowned. 'What is this place?' Against his better judgment, Naruto started walking.
The silence of the sewer combined with the occasional dripping and his wet footsteps, was eerie. He was scared and disturbed. As he walked, he heard a soft, but menacing cackle. The noise was enough to make him freeze.
"I can smell you. human. There's no use in running."
Naruto swallowed hard. 'Well...there goes that plan.' he thought. Naruto took a deep breath and continued forward. After a few more minutes of walking, he came to a very large, sealed cage with two very large eyes staring at him.
Naruto gulped and stared at the eyes in shock. "What...are you?" Naruto shook with fear when he saw a massive sharp-toothed grin appear below the eyes.
"Stupid human. Use that measly brain you were given and think." The dark voice chuckled.
Naruto stared at the eyes and teeth, almost afraid to think. But as soon as the cogs started turning, it hit him like a ton of bricks. "Kyuubi..."
The Kyuubi chuckled, then smirked at the blond. "Correct human. I'm surprised,you took your time to visit me."
"I didn't take my time—Wait...what?" Naruto was confused.
"I'm not going to repeat myself human." He growled.
Naruto stared at the giant face. "You were waiting for me to visit? Why would I visit you?"
"I reside in you, you incompetent baboon." The fox spat.
Naruto frowned. "Hey! I am not a monkey!" he yelled.
"Hmm...you have some spirit, even staring into the face of death."
Naruto blinked. "You're...behind a cage. You can't really kill me." He heard the Kyuubi give a low growl. "Listen, not that I don't love standing here making fun of you, but what do you want?"
Kyuubi chuckled. "You have guts, brat. I'll give you that. But you are here because I summoned you."
Naruto blinked. "You...summoned me?How?"
"While this may be your mind, I do reside in it." He stated bluntly. Naruto accepted the answer and let Kyuubi continue. "I've been watching your life unfold since my sealing, and I must say...you surprise me."
Naruto was confused. "I surprise you? How?"
"You aren't like the Shukaku host." Kyuubi explained. "You didn't let hatred and misery consume you. You allowed their hatred to fuel your ambition to become Hokage. A stupid position, if I may add. You are one of three people who have earned my respect." He saw Naruto's eyes widen to dinner plates. "Don't flatter yourself. The respect you have from me is merely a sliver."
Naruto stuck his tongue out at the fox, but then smirked. "Thanks. Not gunna lie, never thought I'd be having a one-on-one conversation with you."
Naruto stared at the Kyuubi for a moment and spoke. "Can I ask you something?"
"If you must."
"What happened in Wave? I didn't remember anything until Sasuke called out my name." Naruto sighed. "I remember seeing Haku on the ground, and I was initially shocked. But because of the situation, I was kinda brought out of it quickly."
Kyuubi nodded. "I understand. My chakra consumed you."
Naruto swallowed hard. "I could've killed Haku, and I couldn't even control it."
"Then you must learn." He stated. "You must learn to hone my power so you won't lose control again."
Naruto stared at the Kyuubi like a gaping fish. "You're telling me...I should learn to use your power?" Then he frowned at the beast. "What's the catch?"
"For now...nothing. But that doesn't mean I won't ask for a favor or two down the road." Kyuubi chuckled.
Naruto stared at the fox skeptically. "I'm not sure I can trust you."
Kyuubi laughed. "It'd be wise not to. There's a reason we foxes are called sly and cunning."
Naruto sighed. "Alright. I want to learn. But only so I can protect my friends and the village, not because I want power."
"If you were out for power, I wouldn't be making you this offer." Kyuubi smirked. "But it will not be easy. In fact, the first few days of training will take a toll on your body. You'll be sluggish and won't preform in top shape."
Naruto nodded. "Alright. When should we start?"
The Kyuubi thought for a moment. "I suggest after you survive the forest. I have witnessed your exams through my other hosts, and you will have time before your next test to train." Naruto nodded and Kyuubi spoke again. "Now...I suggest returning to the real world. It's nearly morning and you have a test you need to survive."
Naruto nodded and smirked. "See ya, Fuzzball." He waved and retreated from the large fox.
Kyuubi sat in his cell with an unamused expression. "How original." Kyuubi sighed. 'That brat is just like his mother.'
Naruto's eyes slowly blinked open and he noticed that it was barely sunrise. He sat up and ran a hand through his hair. Despite talking with Kyuubi in his mind, he felt surprisingly rested. He looked out the window at the purple and pink clouds. He stretched and climbed out of bed.
"Are you ready for today?"
Naruto nearly jumped out of his skin. "What the-?! Kyuubi! How are you talking to me?" He asked looking around his bedroom.
Kyuubi chuckled. "Once you've initiated contact with me in your mind, I'm able to to communicate with you. Telepathically, of course."
Naruto sighed. "Alright. As for today...I think I am. I think I'm prepared for this test."
"Good. Because you need to be. This test is going to be nothing you've ever experienced."
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