This is my first try at writing any sort of story, so, um, constructive criticism is always appreciated. Or flames, or any other things that bump my review count up, and make me a better writer at the same time.

EDIT: This story was up for a while, before I took it down for extensive reworking (more details at the end.)

Disclaimer: I don't own Naruto, but you probably already guessed that.

Baptized in Blood

"I'm gunna kill the demon brat!", the drunken civilian yelled, brandishing a knife that, until yesterday, had lived a peaceful life in a kitchen drawer. "He killed my wife and son, I'm gunna kill him."

Naruto Uzumaki was running for his life, away from the insane man bent on ending his life. His birthday had started out pretty decently, with no new "messages" written on the walls of the apartment complex he lived in, and he even managed to start off with a good breakfast (one not composed of ramen.) The day took a turn for the worse after meeting the old man. He had a bad feeling about him from the moment he started following him, sending off large amounts of Killing Intent, at least for a civilian.

The man caught up to him when he left the market district of Konoha, turning on to a side street to head for the residential district. Once the amount of people around had lessened some, he was able to see that the man was clearly following him. He unfortunately, did not consider the fact that continuing to head to more secluded areas could be dangerous for his health, and instead of turning back around, started moving towards his apartment at a slightly faster pace.

The man continued following, also at a slightly faster pace, until, unable to take the ominous feeling anymore, Naruto burst into a sprint for a side street. Naruto being fairly young, and not as fast as an older boy would've been, was not able to outrun the man following him. He caught up to Naruto, almost tripping over him when he shoved him to the ground. Once Naruto was down, he pulled the knife out of his belt, brandishing it in front of the boy.

"Guess what you get for messing with my family, demon brat!", the man said, still holding the knife unsteadily.

"I haven't d-done anything to your f-family, old man, h-how would I have done s-something?", Naruto asked, stuttering in his nervousness.

"Shuddup, brat, you know what you did.", the old man replied.

"No, I d-don't.", replied Naruto, still nervous, but slightly curious as well.

"Oh, don't think it's important that my family's dead because of you, do you? Didn't notice them out of all the other ones?", the man replied, eyes tearing slightly now.

"Ummm, n-no?", replied Naruto, more than slightly perturbed.

"So, you do remember, don't you?", said the old man, determination steeling his face.

"Ummm...", said a puzzled Naruto.

"Well, it doesn't matter what you remember, because you'll come out of this alley in pieces."

"Now die!", said the man, shoving the knife downward into Naruto's abdomen.

Naruto screamed in pain as the knife was pulled out of his body, doing a considerable amount of damage. The man repositioned the knife to cut Naruto's face, when Naruto started struggling. "Stop that, or I'll have to drag this out longer.", the man said, as Naruto got a lucky bite in to the man's wrist. The man let out a hoarse cry, probably too drunk to feel much pain from the bite anyway, but Naruto's sharper-than-average canines did their job, drawing a large amount of blood from the assailant's arm. The man let out a cry, and hit Naruto on the side of the head with his free hand, stunning him long enough to get his arm out of Naruto's mouth. "What the fuck!", the man yelled as he pulled his arm free from Naruto's mouth, tearing a chunk out of his wrist in the process. "I'm gunna kill you for that!"

The man continued hitting Naruto with the knife, turning his once-blond hair a matted brown, and spilling blood everywhere. Naruto fell against the wall, stunned, and finally succumbed to unconsciousness.

The man tried to continue hitting Naruto with the knife, but something stopped him, a layer of red between him and Naruto that he could not get through. "What's going on..."

Naruto woke up about ten seconds later, still slightly stunned, but somehow, grinning maniacally, and with slitted red eyes.

"You shouldn't have done that.", 'Naruto' said, an insane grin still plastered across his vulpine face, "After all, if I am the 'demon brat', than where might the demon be?"

~~~•∞•≈•≤ ≥•≈•∞•~~~

"Ack, what, where am I? I was running, and what? Did the man drop me in the sewers?", Naruto said, spitting out water. For some reason, we was nearly submerged in it. "Gah", he said, spitting out the disgusting water, and trying to look around. He was in a dark room, filled with roughly four feet of water, that seemed to be flowing in one direction, through a tunnel directly ahead of him.

After following the water's flow for a while, Naruto found himself in the largest room, with only several inches of water on the floor, and one whole side of the room barricaded off. He approached the barricade, and as he got closer, felt as if the air itself was getting thicker. He walked to the bars, and looked inside, at the darkness that greeted him.

Something shifted on the other side of the bars, slightly scaring Naruto and causing him to step back a ways. "Now that's correct procedure for most people when dealing with me.", said an ominous Voice from the other side of the bars. "Wha-what's going on here, I was running from the old man, and then... I ended up in some sewer?"

"Oh, don't worry about the old man, I'm keeping him quite entertained." , said The Voice, which had gone from slightly creepy, to "What are you doing, run!" scariness, said.

"Entertained?", said Naruto, slightly confused.

"Don't worry, you'll find out soon enough, ku-ku-ku.", replied The Voice.

"Ugh, that's the creepiest laugh I've ever heard.". Naruto said, shuddering slightly.

"You're worried about how I laugh? I think you have bigger things to worry about. How about you look up, brat."

Naruto searched the area above him, but did not see anything, until he made out a row of teeth, each probably about the size of himself. After that, the rest fell into place.

"Ack! What the...", Naruto trailed off, trying to make out what he was standing before in the dim light. He traced the face to a rust-orange torso, then found four legs, and, finally, nine tails.

"Wait, are you the Kyuubi, how... how did you get here! Where am I, and why are you here with me! What is going on!", Naruto shrieked, completely lost by what was happening around him.

"Well, since I happened to have had no desire to feel what is essentially myself getting stabbed, I helped you get out of that littlesituation that you were in."

"What situation? What happened?", Naruto repeated, getting more angry and confused. At this point he couldn't move if he wanted to, he was too confused and shocked at what was happening around him.

"Well, why don't you take a look for yourself?", the fox said, touching Naruto with the tip of one of it's tails.

"What..." Naruto fell to the ground, semi-unconscious while receiving the images the Kyuubi was sending him.

~~~•∞•≈•≤ ≥•≈•∞•~~~

Meanwhile, in the 'real world':

'Naruto' walked through the streets of Konoha, people staring at him as he walked by. It must have had something to do with the fact that he was covered in blood, or maybe that he was dragging a body behind him.

'Naruto' walked into the Hokage tower, dragging a man easily three times his own weight behind him, both of them covered in blood. Naruto did not seem any worse for wear, with no bleeding injuries. The man he was dragging, on the other hand, was a different case. He had been, for lack of better word, gutted, and several of the important bits that were supposed to stay on the inside of his body seemed to have been strewn all over the outside of it.

People simply went out of their way to stay out of the blood-covered, unstable kid's path as he made his way up to the Hokage's office. He calmly knocked on the door, and after waiting a few seconds, walked into the office, to find the Hokage talking with another man across his desk, piles of paper everywhere, just like every other time he had been to the office. The guest saw Naruto first, as the Hokage was looking at someone outside, drawing his attention.

"What the hell is that thing!", the guest said, after looking at Naruto for a few seconds.

"What thing?", said the Hokage, looking around, and finally resting his gaze on Naruto.

"What happened to you?", 'Naruto' did not respond.

"You going to answer?", the Hokage said, before noticing the body Naruto dragged behind him.

"Oh. Kami help us.", he said, after a short pause.

"I think you summed that up quite nicely."

~~~•∞•≈•≤ ≥•≈•∞•~~~

"Wait, what happened out there?", said a now shaken Naruto.

"I told you, I provided some assistance since you were in trouble.", replied the Kyuubi, smirking slightly.

"B-but what did you do?", said Naruto, stuttering slightly.

"I think you will find that out for yourself soon. Now go, I'm getting annoyed at having to answer your questions, brat.", the Kyuubi said, as the room gradually got dimmer...

~~~•∞•≈•≤ ≥•≈•∞•~~~

Naruto awoke, as all anime characters do after losing consciousness, with a groan. This cause the Hokage to look over to the chair Naruto was currently located in, and notice he had awoken.

"Okay Naruto, would you mind telling me what is going on? You came here dragging a body behind you, and since then haven't said a word to tell me what is going on.", the Hokage said, glaring at Naruto.

"I'm not sure, there - there was a man attacking me, and he hit me, and then the Kyuubi, and he did..." Naruto seemed to be going into shock once again over what had happened, and he still didn't know what it was that had happened. "Wait... walked in, a body, what?", Naruto said, wondering what was going on, and becoming less and less coherent.

"You, walked in, dragging a body behind you. How do you not remember this?", said the Hokage, before realizing, "Wait, Kyuubi, when did you... What!"

~~~•∞•≈•≤ ≥•≈•∞•~~~

After Sarutobi called in his ANBU guard, asking him to find out what had happened to Naruto, he turned back towards his desk. Sitting down, he turned to Naruto, saying "So... once the ANBU get back from finding out what happened, we'll find out once and for all what the hell is going on."

"But first, I'm going to have to ask you to try to explain what happened. Are you steady enough to try to describe what happened?", asked the Hokage, handing Naruto a towel for his face.

"Yeah, I think so. I think I know what happened, up to a point.", said Naruto, now appearing much more normal, at least lacking the bloodstains that were on his face. "I was walking home after getting some ramen at Ichiraku's, when I got the feeling someone was following me. I turned around, but since it was crowded, I couldn't tell who it was. I walked farther, and once I saw the man following me, started running through a side street, when the man caught up to me. He pushed me down, and pulled out a knife. He stabbed me with the knife, but I managed to bite his arm. When he pulled his arm out, he hit me on the head with the back of the knife, but everything was getting pretty fuzzy then, and I couldn't see anything, then he hit me again, and I must've lost consciousness then, because I don't remember anything else after that."

"Okay, but that doesn't quite explain how he ends up dead, and you end up just fine.", said the Hokage, impatiently waiting for the ANBU to return.

A knock at the door interrupted his musings, as a voice from the other side of the door said "Hokage-sama." "Come in", Sarutobi replied.

The door opened, and an ANBU in a dog mask entered, saying "Hokage-sama, we have followed the blood trail back, and investigated the scene of the accident, and found several strange things there. First, a large amount of blood, obviously, most of it probably from the dead man, but some, strangely black-tinted, and having large amounts of demonic chakra residue on it. We suspect that this came from Uzumaki-san. Second is the fact that the whole area was torn apart. There were rather deep gashes in the ground, which looked strangely burnt, and apparently, at some point someone was thrown into a wall, hard enough to do damage to the bricks and leave a roughly one or two centimetre impression of... something.

"Well, this is worrying. We still don't exactly know what happened though.", said the Hokage, turning to Naruto. "So, you still don't know what happened?"

"I just told you, no. I'm starting to have my suspicions though..."

"What!", said an irate Sarutobi.

"After I lost consciousness, I woke up in a sewer, and after walking around, seemed to find the Kyuubi. When I asked it what was going on, it said that it was 'keeping him entertained.' It must've done something to him, but I still don't know what happened.", Naruto replied.

But I do!

"What?", Naruto said, much to the Hokage and his guard's surprise.

"I didn't say anything Naruto.", said Sarutobi.

"Oh, I must've heard wrong.", Naruto said.

"No, you heard me perfectly fine.", said someone.

"Wait... That's The Voice from earlier.", said Naruto.

"What voice?", said the Hokage.

"Wait, how can I hear it out here?", Naruto said. By now the Hokage was more than slightly worried, having not taken long to figure out what "out here" meant. "That must be the Kyuubi!"

Wow! You actually figured it out without outside help, I'm almost shocked! I wouldn't have guessed you had that much intellect.

"Umm... Yeah, but how can I hear you out here, and you still haven't explained what happened.", said Naruto.

Don't worry, all will be revealed in time. In the meantime, I'm going to ask you to relay what I say to the Hokage. If you need to reply, don't say anything out load, just think about trying to talk to me.

Okay. Can you hear me now?

Yeah, that'll be fine, just talk to them.

"Jiji, the Kyuubi wants to talk to you.", said Naruto, who seemed to be accepting this as if it were the most normal thing in the world.

"Umm... Okay. I guess. How?", said Sarutobi.

"I just have to tell you what it said.", said Naruto, still extremely calm.

"Okay... So what does it have to say?", said the Hokage.

Yeah, I killed the man they saw me drag in, no I'm not apologising for it, honestly, what are you going to do to me, anyway? He should have stayed out of my way like a halfway intelligent person would've, and he could've lived out a life of mediocrity like he should've. At least it was fun, I've been so bored sitting in one place for years. Second, if you want to see what happened, then I can show you. It's not that hard to guess though, and this is more for Naruto's benefit than anyone else's. I'm also going to give you an important message at the end of it, so just wait for that.

Naruto relayed the Kyuubi's message to the Hokage, who cringed at the Kyuubi's idea of 'fun'. He thought about what it had said, before saying "I guess we might as well listen to what it has to say. It can't hurt, after all."

Okay, the technique I'm going to use on you all is a form of Kitsune Illusion, the techniques which were the foundations for genjutsu,the Memori Tensou (Memory Transfer.)Since I'm stuck in you for the time being, I need them to be in contact with you for this to work, rather than just flooding the air with chakra. Just get them to hold on to some exposed part of your body.

The instructions were once again relayed to the Hokage, who told the ANBU to pull him off Naruto if anything happened. He followed the Kyuubi's instructions, holding Naruto's arm, as the Kyuubi began the illusion.

~~~•∞•≈•≤ ≥•≈•∞•~~~

"What's going on... What's wrong?", said the man, looking at the knife which he had by now realised wasn't touching Naruto.

"What do you think?", replied 'Naruto' in a heavily distorted voice.

"Uh.. I dunno?", replied the confused man.

"Well, it doesn't much matter what you think now, does it? You won't get to tell anybody now, will you?", replied 'Naruto.'

"What? What do you mean, won't get to tell anybody?", replied the man, recovering some of his earlier rage.

"Well, I'm not quite up to what I should be in this brat's body, but I think it'll be just fine for taking care of you.", replied 'Naruto'. "I have been so bored sitting in that cage, thanks for finally giving me a break."

The man, now very shakily, said "I'm not letting you do anything, demon." The man grabbed the knife again, and attempted to stab Naruto. I say attempted because before he was even able to get close, 'Naruto' grabbed his wrist. The man screamed, and dropped the knife. Not only did the kid have a strong grip, his skin was starting to burn where Naruto had grabbed him.

A red coating began to form over Naruto, starting to heal the many cuts and scrapes the man had inflicted on him. The man tried to pull his arm away, but 'Naruto' did not let go. The man looked at Naruto with fear evident in his eyes. 'Naruto' said "Now, what are you doing, you got to have your fun, why won't you let me do the same?" 'Naruto' twisted the arm he had in his grasp until a faint 'pop' could be heard from the man's shoulder. The man seriously started panicking now, and was starting to hyperventilate. "Now calm down, wouldn't want you you to have a heart attack while I'm just getting started.", said 'Naruto' with a smile Ichimaru Gin could've taken lessons from.

Naruto picked up the man's knife off the ground and prepared to cut the man open. "No, no, get away from me!", the man said, futilely struggling to back away from Naruto. 'Naruto' placed his hand on the man's chest, saying "This might hurt, a bit, but don't worry, it'll be over soon." As red chakra started making it's way from Naruto's hand into the man's chest, the man started screaming. "Now, let's end this pointless struggle, shall we?", 'Naruto' said, pulling his hand away from the man. With that, the chakra that was forced into the man's chest quickly left it. This had the side effect of imploding the man's chest, spraying blood all over Naruto and the area.

"Now, I take my leave.", said 'Naruto' to the dead man. As he dragged the body out of the alley and towards the Hokage tower.

~~~•∞•≈•≤ ≥•≈•∞•~~~

And, that's that! This is a slightly shortened version of what I'd originally wrote, where the man was drawn and quartered. *gagging sounds* I'm not sure I like this version more, but the other was quite graphic, and I decided to retract it. If you want the original for some reason, in all it's gory, uncensored glory, I think it's on my computer somewhere, but don't count on it. (Not sure why you'd want it anyways.)

Anyway, next chapter deals with the aftermath, and then a major timeskip.

Until then, bitshoptyler signing off.