The Trickster

Naruto and all related characters belong to Masashi Kishimoto. Thor and all related characters belong to Marvel Comics

Naruto and Gaara stared each other down, as the red head began to surround himself with sand. Naruto knew how Gaara fought, keeping his opponents at a distance and letting his sand do the work. Gaara proved his predictability as he sent forth a stream of sand, which was easily dodged by the the blond.

"Tell me wielder of sand, do you know of ice, or is that merely a myth in your land?" Naruto asked in a sing-song tone.

"We don't get much ice in the desert." Was Gaara's simple reply. Naruto smirked and quickly pulled out a golden kunai, a blue gemstone inside the pommel, that sent forth a blue-white beam that froze the sand around his opponent, and the gourd on his back, solid.

"Well that's ice. It's basically water that's gotten so cold it becomes solid." The blond said condescendingly, while the sand user was simply amazed that his sand was so easily defeated. Naruto then vanished from Gaara's sight, before reappearing behind him.

"I suspect this power doesn't come from you, so let's take a look and find out where does come from." Naruto said as Gaara gasped.

Gaara stood in a desert with blood red sand with bleached white bones strewn about it. The sight was all to familiar to the Suna-nin.

"I'll admit you're mindscape is more interesting than mine, but a bit too macabre for my tastes." Naruto said as he picked up a skull and examined it before tossing it over his shoulder. The sand wielder was shocked at finding the green clad blond in his mind, so much so that he didn't even move. Naruto looked around until he saw a large raccoon-dog inside a large iron cage with a small seal where the lock would be.

"Ah, that explains things. It seems we have more in common than I thought Gaara-san." Naruto said as he eyed the beast.

"What is a pathetic whelp like you doing here? GET OUT BEFORE I GRIND YOUR BONES INTO DUST!" The One-Tailed Beast roared. Naruto simply smirked and said,

"I know of beings far more terrifying than you beast." Suddenly without warning the blond trickster pointed an exotic looking triple bladed staff with a blue glowing gem at the monster. It howled as the the cold ice encircled it's cage and then itself. Naruto turned to see a completely shocked Gaara.

"You shouldn't have anymore problems from him." Naruto said as Gaara managed to slowly nod.

"I did you a favor, and I don't grant favors lightly. From now on, you're my servant and when we leave this realm you will heed my every whim." The blond said, a dark look in his eyes as Gaara again nodded.

"Excellent." Naruto said as he tented his fingers, a pleased smile on his face.

15 minutes had passed in the real world during the time the two had been inside Gaara's mind. However the state of the arena was a much different one than what they had last seen. The crowd was asleep in their seats and Konoha-nin did battle with Oto-nin and Suna-nin in the stands. Naruto turned to his new servant and said,

"Is there something you want to tell me?" Gaara kept his gaze on the stands, searching for his siblings, as he said,

"My village and Otogakure joined forces to invade Konohagakure." Naruto smiled a sly smile and replied,

"Well then, I think you and I should deal with this." Gaara nodded as his master leaped up into the stands, an action he mirrored.

"If I see my brother and sister, I won't kill them." Gaara warned, to which Naruto replied,

"I don't expect you to, just make sure no Konoha ninja die."

After an hour of dealing with the invading ninja, Naruto grew board.

"Isn't there someone more interesting to fight?" The blond trickster looked around the village, seeing that everyone was locked in combat.

"Naruto-sama, look!" Gaara said as he came up and pointed to a purple force-field around a spot on the walls of the arena. Naruto looked and saw the Hokage in battle with a pale, snake-like man. The blond knew this was without a doubt the instigator of the invasion, so he headed straight for the fight. However, when he got there he saw the Hokage fall over dead with the snake-man yelling something about giving back his jutsu. Naruto teleported inside the force-field and appeared behind the snake-man.

"It seems that the Old Man beat you." Naruto said in a cocky tone. The pale man turned and saw a boy with a mocking smirk on his face.

"Get out of here brat! I am Orochimaru of the Sannin! I may not be able to use jutsu at the moment, but I can still kill you!" Orochimaru roared, seeing the blond boy as a perfect object to vent his frustrations on. Naruto laughed humorlessly.

"Like I said, the Old Man beat you. However, not in the way I would have." Naruto said as he held out a golden staff toward the Snake Sannin. Faster than Orochimaru could react he was frozen in a block of ice. The blond walked over, and simply shattered the ice with one punch.

"You should feel honored. You are the fist person I've slain with Frjósa, and let me assure you that you won't be the last." Naruto said to the bloody frozen mess on the ground.


It had been a month since the invasion of Konoha and the death of Hiruzen Sarutobi, the Third Hokage. The village mourned greatly, but none more so than Naruto Uzumaki. The boy had finally achieved that which he so longed for, recognition and praise for his actions during the invasion, but it all seemed empty without the man he viewed as his grandfather.

The sky was filled with dark clouds and the distant sound of thunder could be heard as a lone figure stood in a cemetary.

"Hello Old Man. It's been a month and I still can't believe it." Naruto said to a tombstone. He gave a deep sigh as he stared at the name inscribed on the stone, Hiruzen Sarutobi.

"Some mornings I wake up, and I expect you to appear outside my door and say, 'Looks like I finally out-pranked you Naruto,' but then reality hits and I just loose the will to get out of bed." Naruto said, his eyes beginning to water.

"The village is treating me like a person now, not some demon that needs to be put down. I finally got what I wanted, everyone's praise and recognition." He stopped as the tears in his eyes finally began to fall.

"I just wish that you were hear to see it." Naruto sobbed out as a wave of grief washed over him. Suddenly he felt a hand on his shoulder.

"Naruto-sama, it's time to go. Jiraiya-sama is waiting at the gates." Gaara said, now wearing a leaf symbol on his headband plate. Because of attacking his fellow ninja, Gaara and by extension his siblings where banished from Sunagakure. It was hard on Temari and Kankuro, but Gaara assured them that Naruto would help them to fit in.

Naruto took one last look at the headstone before he left and said,

"I gotta go Old Man. This Tsunade Senju might be able to do your job, but she will never take you're place."


Rock Lee hobbled on a cane up a mountain trail. He needed to get away from everyone, so he decided to take a long walk and it just happened to lead him to this mountain. Lee would never say so, but he had had enough of hearing about how everyone handles themselves during the invasion while he was unable to do anything. He was glad that his friends had come through it unscathed, but even Lee could only take so much before it began to hurt him at the fact he was practically a cripple.

"I cannot be a ninja anymore, who am I kidding? I can barely move as is, let alone enjoy the Flames of Youth. I have failed you Guy-sensei." Lee complained to the sky in grief. However as if on cue, dark rain clouds came from behind the mountain and began to drench the poor genin. Lee spotted a cave and quickly went inside to escape downpour. The bushy-browed boy soon heard thunder, followed by lightning soon striking the entrance of the cave causing a cave-in. Lee groaned in frustration, as he now had to explore the cave to find a way out. He turned on the small flashlight he had on his key-chain and went deeper into the dark. He went deeper and deeper into the old cave, and it didn't seem he would find the end anytime soon.

After what seemed to be to be a couple hours, he came upon a large cavern. It was lit by a small hole in the ceiling, and in the middle of the room was a pedestal with what looked to be a sledgehammer on it. Lee hobbled up to the hammer and inspected it. It appeared to be made of a metallic stone, had a short handle wrapped in brown leather, with a small leather loop at the bottom.

"Reach out and prove your worth." A voice called out, seemingly from the hammer. Lee didn't know if he was hearing things or not, and cleaned out his ear with his pinkie.

"Lift the hammer. Gain the power." The voice called out yet again. The bushy-browed boy slowly reached out and grasped the handle of the hammer, as the thunderstorm outside raged. He picked up by a fraction of an inch before he was struck by lightning.