This is another new one for me. I'll be putting the others on hold for the time being while I work on this one.
In any case, I hope you enjoy this one, that isn't meant as a crossover. My first that isn't supposed to be a one shot.
Disclaimer: I don't own Naruto.
Naruto isn't a typical 4 year old. He is a Jinchuuriki, and the one for the most powerful Bijuu in the Elemental Nations. He doesn't realize why he is attacked any point the villagers can take. He has yet to realize what is going happen soon.
Naruto, as usual was running from a mob. This one was the biggest yet, and he was losing his breath. A few of them were drunk, and he lost them quickly. The Ninja on him, however, was another story. They were keeping up with him, and he was running out of breath. He finally got into a hiding place, when he heard a voice.
"Hey, Naruto. You want them off your tail?" Naruto nearly jumped out of his skin. If he wasn't hiding he definitely would have. "Relax kid. I'm not going to hurt you. In fact, I'm willing to help you out. Just think what you want to say to me."
'Okay then. Who are you?'
"Right now, that's not important. However, if you are willing to trust me on this, I will get you out of this situation. I may have to kill a few of them, but if that happens, it's because there is little chance of doing so otherwise." The voice said.
'If you can get these guys off my back for some time, I don't see why I shouldn't. If I die, though, I'm blaming you.'
"I don't intend on letting you die, which is the only reason I'm offering. However, I'll try not to kill to kill them. If you could, calm your nerves, and close your eyes. This may hurt a bit."
Naruto closed his eyes, he felt a little sting in his body and mind. When his eyes opened, they were not their normal cerulean orbs. They were now red with black slits. 'I thank you for doing this. I hope I don't I don't disappoint.'
Naruto jumped out, with more speed than he had before. The villagers had noticed him, but he disregarded them. He seldom knew the area. There was one place that they wouldn't follow. He made it to a forest closed with a fence. Naruto had jumped over the fence, and the only ones who had any idea about the place he entered stopped at the outside of the fence. "You think he could survive in there?" One of them asked.
"Somehow, I doubt it." Another one said.
"Good riddance." A third said.
Naruto had found a clearing, he was wondering why he was where he was at. "Alright kid. You're safe here, for the time being. I'll switch back with you, and give you a few instructions so we can meet." He closed his eyes, and took a deep breath. When he opened them, his eyes were blue once more.
'Ok, what do I have to do?' Naruto asked the weird voice.
"Sit down, cross legged. Relax all your muscles, and thoughts. Clear your head of everything. Once you have done that, you may find yourself in a different place. When you do, I will give you the rest of the directions."
'Alright. You better not be wasting my time with this.' Naruto sat down, and did as he was asked.
Within seconds, the landscape changed from a Forest to a Sewer. "Whoa. Where am I?"
"I see you made it. Walk down the corridor, until you find a cage. From there, we will talk."
Naruto nodded, thinking it reached the guy. He started walking and found a room with no clear ceiling, and cage that had a tag with the Kanji for Seal on it. "Alright, so who are you? And why am I looking at you right now?"
"Heh, I'm surprised you actually listened to me thus far. In any case, I'm glad. You may know me as the Kyuubi no Yoko. I know you may not trust me after what happened, but at least let me explain the situation before you judge." The Kyuubi said.
"Whoa. I didn't see that coming. Okay, I'll listen to what you have to say. After all, you did get me out of there without so much as a scratch, to me, or them." Naruto replied.
"Thank you. For starters I wasn't myself on the day that I attacked. I was under control of some Genjutsu from a Sharingan. A powerful one at that. However, the one who placed it, was supposed to be dead."
"What do you mean?" Naruto asked.
"Well, he was alive over 100 years ago, when your Village was founded. But that's not the point. The Genjutsu he placed on me was enough to enhance my bloodlust to levels far beyond my own control. I lost any sense of reason while under that accursed Jutsu, and I couldn't reverse it. I was able to hold it back for about 10 seconds, in order to tell your Yondaime Hokage... to stop me whatever the cost. With no time left, he sealed me into you. However, his last words to you surprised me."
"What do you mean?" Naruto cocked his head.
"The last things he said was this: I only hope the village treats you as a hero, my son, even though I doubt they will. Study hard, Eat right, and try not to go berserk like your mother. She should be around to help you." The Kyuubi paused to let it sink in.
"Well, if you didn't notice, I don't know who my mother was. I've been an orphan all my life. At least now I know that my father saved the village, from an out of control beast, with no choice in the matter."
"I realized that. I took a look into your memories. That's why, I intend to help you. I will teach you what I know, and since I am currently sealed within you, you can use my Youki as your Chakra. Do you know what that is?"
Naruto shook his head. "The old man said he would teach me a few things later on in life. Still, he never told me that my own father sealed you into me. I see why he did it though. Why would he do that to someone else's child, when he wouldn't do so to his own first?"
"Well, I can tell you more about your father than your mother. I only know your mother's name. After a bit of your training, ask that Hokage of yours about the Red Death, Kushina Uzumaki. She is supposed to be your mother, and as far as I know, alive. I would know whether I killed her or not, regardless of the state I was in. I was watching everything happen, without any way to stop myself. For that I'm sorry. I know that you probably can't forgive me for any of that..."
"I forgive you." Naruto interrupted. "But I hope... Wait. You actually forgive me for this?"
"Why shouldn't I? If this guy really influenced you with some Genjutsu, why wouldn't I forgive you? I mean, it's not like you had much of a choice in the matter. You were probably caught off guard."
The Kyuubi started to shed a tear. "Is that a tear? Why would you cry at a time like this?" Naruto asked.
"I'm just... happy. I didn't think anyone would understand that I could be nice. Especially after that little incident with Madara."
"Madara?" The Fox in front of him nodded. "Madara Uchiha. He was the leader of the Uchiha clan way back when. Supposedly, he died after trying to attack Hashirama Senju, the Shodai Hokage. He was reported to be killed. The events leading up to my sealing into you proves that false. He is still very much alive. How, I don't know. In any case, I believe that you and I together can stop him."
"What makes you say that?" Naruto asked.
"Because, I'm going to train you in the ways of a Ninja. On my behalf, and that of your entire village, you will be the one to defeat him. The combined might between your impressive stamina, and my massive amounts of Youki, we can be a more powerful warrior together than most Chuunin are by the time 3 years go by."
"Sweet!" Naruto was ecstatic.
"Don't get so hasty. I may be training you, but I won't go easy on you. You don't have that luxury. With the village in constant hate for you, you have to train in ways that would normally kill someone your age. However, the amount of Chakra you possess is more than the average Chuunin, without resorting to my Youki. Your control with it will pretty much be fucked up, so the first thing you're going to work on is Chakra Control. At the same time, you will be learning about Shinobi life, customs, blah blah blah. The information my not seem important, however, as a Ninja, information is key."
"Information is key... so you're saying that without the right information, you could fail at almost anything, maybe lose your life if you make a mistake in the wrong situation?" Naruto said.
"You catch on quick for someone your age. I will be teaching you everything you could possibly learn, and also that you will need to know. In addition, the seal weakens with your rage, so you will also have to meditate. After you have a little control over your chakra, I will teach you something that will help you progress faster. Until then, you will focus on basic knowledge, meditation, and Chakra Control. Remember, the Jutsu I will be teaching you at that point is counted as forbidden by your Hokage. I will go into more depth on it when the time comes."
Naruto nodded. "Okay, so the forest we're in. Why is this a safe place?"
"In truth, it's not that safe of a place, but I know the villagers and the majority of Ninja don't go in here if they don't have to."
"I see. This forest has a reputation. Do you know what kind of rep it has?"
"It's called the Forest of Death because the animals of the forest tend to kill anyone that gets too close."
"That makes sense. This is a safe place for me to be. I doubt most of them will attack me with you inside of me, so we're good for the time being. I mean you are powerful."
"Yet another reason I chose this place. The Forest happens to be my home territory. This is known as the Forest of Death, but as long as I'm within you, they will not attack you. At least, they shouldn't. Now, I will explain one more thing before we finish up here. You will be in here for a few days, working on meditation. The reason being, is that it increases awareness, and also helps you gain more rest than you'd get in a bed."
"Okay, anything else I should know?"
"Meditation is how you got in here in the first place. If you want a better mindscape to look at, you can change it. Just, if you do, you mind changing this area? It gets cramped in here, and it is somewhat stuffy."
Naruto chuckled. "I already have an idea for that. You could say I've been wanting to change that sewer from the moment I got here, but didn't think I could. Good to know that I can. It makes me feel like my mind is in the gutter."
"Well then, I'm glad."
"Okay then, close your eyes for a second." The Kyuubi did so. Naruto closed his, as well. When Naruto open his eyes, it didn't look like a sewer anymore. He was in a meadow, with a forest to one side. A cottage, as well. "Okay, you can open them up, now."
The Kyuubi did so and looked around. "Wow. You did a nice job. Is that a cottage?"
"Sure is. I put a forest over there so you can feel somewhat at home. By the way, is there another form that you have? I don't think you'd fit in the cottage like that." Naruto said.
"You know what? I'm starting to like you, Naruto-kun. I suppose showing you my Human form will be okay." The Fox started glowing red. When the glow died down, there was a girl there.
Naruto stared at the girl... no woman, standing in front of him. She had Red hair, Blood Red eyes, and a perfect tan. Her breasts were an amazing C cup. Her skin looked like it was made of silk, or something softer. Her lips were full, her figure was literally flawless. The one thing Naruto thought was missing: Clothing. She was completely naked. "You like what you see?"
Naruto was dumbfounded. "Wha..." he shook his head. "Sorry, I just didn't see that coming. One question. Could you put some clothes on? I don't think I need to see some of what I just saw. Too young or something."
The woman giggled. "Nice, even to someone like me. Considerate, as well. Unless... you're not..."
Naruto instantly saw what she was about to ask. "OH HELL NO! I am, by no means, like that. I just have more respect for women than I do myself."
"Well then, I think I will indulge that little request." She was suddenly dressed in a Blood red Kimono, with what seemed to be a herself in her Demon form over her chest. On the back of it, there was the Kanji for Queen of the Forests. There were a few more foxes littered all over the Kimono.
"Better?" Naruto nodded. "This is a lot better. This way, I don't get distracted while trying to learn."
Kyuubi giggled at that. "Clueless, aren't you?"
"Nothing. Anyway, you remember the pose you sat in to get here?" A nod. "Get into that pose in here as well. Concentration and a clear mind are key here. It will help you stay in control over your emotions."
"The point of meditating is to gain control of my emotions, but what is the real cause of me going through this?"
"When you lose your temper, you get more reckless, and can fall victim to more losses. The possibility of losing your life is also there, especially in a Life or Death fight. Your life has been that way every day so far. This will help you out, in more ways than one."
"Alright, I get it." Naruto sat down, and tried to concentrate. He was like that for 3 hours before he tensed. "I'm picking something up outside. Someone else is in the forest." He opened his eyes. "It seems like snakes."
"I sense it, too. Shall I go?"
"No, I want to see who it is myself. You said that few people ever come in here and leave. This person seems oddly at peace with the fact she's in the forest. If I had to guess, she's a frequent visitor." Naruto said. Kyuubi nodded. "Just know that if it comes to a fight, I'll be helping you out."
"I know. I don't have any fighting experience just yet." Naruto said before he got up and left the mindscape.
Naruto opened his eyes, Cerulean orbs blazing with fire. "Alright, they seem to be in that direction."
Naruto jumped onto a tree branch, and went even further, traveling more like a fox, jumping from branch to branch. It wasn't long before he found the other person in the forest. Him coming up to her surprised her so much she was getting ready to attack him. "Hey, are you a regular visitor here?" Naruto said.
The woman looked like she wanted to seduce someone. "Who are you? Why are you in here? It's dangerous!"
"When your life is in danger 24/7 in the village, this place is probably better." Naruto told her. "What's your name, anyway?"
Anko relaxed her guard a bit. "Anko. Anko Mitarashi. What about you?"
"Naruto. I won't give a surname, because i don't know if it's the real one or not."
"Are you an orphan, or something?" Anko asked.
"Yeah, my parents both died by the Kyuubi." 'Don't say anything on that, because I know you didn't kill one of them, and the other neither of us are sure if she's alive.' "Anyway, the village seems to hate me, and I like the forest. I came in here, and it seems that no one bothers to come in here."
"Well then, you should probably head back to the orphanage. They're probably worr... Okay, on second thought, I don't think it's a good idea. If the village hates you, then you may have been kicked out of the orphanage."
"Well... I was kicked out sometime last month. Anyway, I was thinking of staying here until things settle down in the village. They might forget about me in a few days, so I'll be staying in here for that time, probably work on Ninja skills while I am." Naruto said.
Anko was a little shocked. "How old are you Naruto?"
"Uh... 4, why?" Naruto replied.
"Well, if you're hated by the village, then by all means stick around. I have no problems hanging around someone else the village hates." Anko said, her voice getting a little down.
Naruto noticed this and looked at her. "Hey, there's a clearing just ahead. We could go over there. I may only be 4 years old, but given what I already know, my Chakra Control sucks. You think you can help with that?"
Anko looked up at him in surprise. "You would want me to help you?"
"Why not? It's not like anyone will miss us for being in here. We could find out a few things about each other while we're at it." Naruto replied with a smile. Anko looked at him. "Alright then, let's go. I'll help you with what I know, and Chakra Control Exercises. Then again, since you're only four, I doubt you know much about Chakra in the first place."
"I have somewhat basic knowledge of it. How else would I know that my control sucks? Much less why it sucks." Naruto said. Anko nodded.
"I got you. Let's get over there, and I'll help." Anko said, before Naruto turned around.
"It's over here. Let's go." Naruto jumped off towards the clearing with Anko right behind him. He heard the voice of the Kyuubi.
"Hey, why are you letting her train you in control?"
'Because she can actually monitor my progress in real time. Besides, in a way, she's like me. I could see it in her eyes. She is hated in the village for something out of her control. As am I, but I've come to peace with my burden. In fact, it seems like I made a friend in it.'
"Cute. Anyway, a little advice. During Chakra Control, you need to keep yourself focused. Meditation also helps in that. Remember that."
'Got it.' Naruto replied.
They both reached the clearing about a minute later. Anko looked at him. "Well, what exercises have you been doing, so far?"
"I've only been trying meditation. Nothing on Chakra Control just yet. From what I know, focus is a key element in Chakra control. Am I right on that?" Naruto asked, earning a nod from Anko.
"Quite right. I'm surprised you already know this without doing the exercises once." Naruto rubbed the back of his head, sheepishly.
"In any case, I think you should start by taking a leaf and keeping it stuck to your forehead." Anko said as she found a leaf and plucked it. "What you want here is to keep it on your forehead, without moving you body to keep the gravity from taking it."
"Simple version?" Naruto asked.
"Stand up straight, and keep it on your forehead at the same time. That's what you have to do." Anko stated. Naruto nodded, and tried it. He put it to his forehead, and it stayed there for a few seconds. It fell right afterward. "Well, you have better control than I thought, based on what you said. Tell me, why would your Control suck?"
"Large amounts of it. And by Large, I mean Hokage Monument Large." Naruto said. Anko just looked at him. "I did a bit of looking into myself while I was meditating. That's how I know." Anko nodded.
"Well, when you can do this for a total of 3 minutes straight, that means you've basically completed the exercise, and can move on. I already know of the next two exercises, but those will have to wait." Anko said causing him to nod. "In any case, meditation seems like a good way to learn to focus. Mind if I give it a try?"
Naruto shrugged. "I don't see why not. I just sit down, relax all of my thoughts, and emotions. Clear my mind, and boom. I got meditation." Anko nodded.
"Well then, I'll be starting up with that. See how far it takes me." he nodded, and went back to trying to keep the leaf on his forehead. Anko was completely aware of everything after about 5 minutes of meditation. She even felt how much chakra Naruto had. She couldn't see the true nature of the majority of it, but she could tell he had more than he said he did. She was surprised when she found that out, but didn't shake the meditation.
-2 hours later-
Naruto had kept the leaf on his head for a max of 1 minute, 32 seconds. He was getting better, but was starting to get impatient. Anko was still meditating. Naruto chose to sit down right next to her and start meditating himself. He realized that getting impatient was counter productive, so he decided to start meditating again, not realizing what would happen.
Naruto had arrived in his mindscape. He saw Kyuubi immediately. "You found yourself getting impatient and started meditating? You're getting better."
"I see that. In any case, do you think I should go for it some more in here?" Naruto asked before an unexpected visitor popped in.
Anko found herself in a luscious field, filled with flowers, with a forest nearby, and a cottage. "Where am I?"
Her question caught the attention of the 2 already in the area. "Anko? What are you doing here?"
Anko turned around to find Naruto with a red head. "Naruto? Who is this?"
"He didn't tell you the reason the village hates him. That reason is me."
"Anko, I don't know how to say this without you freaking out, but this is the Kyuubi no Yoko. Remember when I said I did a little self searching?" Anko looked at him strangely. She nodded. "This is what I found. She wanted to help train me, and told me that, due to my massive Chakra levels, my control would suck." Naruto told her.
Anko looked at Kyuubi again. "You do realize it is impolite to stare, right?"
"Uh... Sorry. I just didn't expect this. Just... where am I? This isn't anything like the Forest of Death."
"This is my mindscape. I'm not sure how it happened, but when I started to meditate, you popped in here." Naruto said. "At least it's not a sewer."
"True. However, I do have an idea as to why she ended up here. It could be because the two of you are both meditating right next to each other."
"Are you sure about that?" Naruto asked.
"Not entirely. It's a possibility, but that's about it."
"Well then, I think it would be a good idea to meditate in here, as well." Naruto said. "Anko, this is double the Focusing experience... At least, I think it is." Naruto started to meditate in the mindscape.
Anko decided to ask a few questions. "Hey, if you're the Kyuubi, why are you not trying to take over his mind? The way everyone else portrays you, you're a cold-hearted and mindless beast. Then again, the way I see you right now is nothing like I had heard."
"I have no intention of taking over his mind. The reason being I have chosen him to help me with my own revenge. Since I can't do so myself."
Anko tensed. "It's not revenge against the village, if that's what you're thinking. No, I'm grateful that the Yondaime sealed me instead of killing me. The one I want dead is the one to put a powerful Genjutsu, that not even I could break free of, on me. Thanks to that bastard, I was forced to attack your village. I was conscious the whole time, but not in control of my own bloodlust. I want that guy dead, and I feel Naruto could help me with that. He couldn't do so as he is now, and that's one reason I wanted to train him."
"Wait, you wanted to train him? Why?"
"Because, regardless of what he's been through, he doesn't blame the village. He has a strong will. One not even a god can sway. The third reason, is because his heart is pure. He has more respect for women, than he does himself... at least that's what he told me. And this is when I was completely naked. He actually asked me to put some clothing on."
"Wow. Didn't think he was like that. Hang on... His surname is Uzumaki isn't it?"
"Yes, it is."
"That means that his mother is Kushina Uzumaki. She is one of the last Uzumaki, and the only one to ever step foot in Konoha in my life. My mother was on somewhat good terms with her... before she died." Anko looked down.
"Please tell me that I didn't kill her. If I did..."
"No, it wasn't you that killed my mother. She died 2 months beforehand. However, I've been in touch with Kushina. As of now, I'm the only one. If Naruto is her son, then you'd have to work him to the bone on controlling his anger. Especially if he gets pissed off. It's even worse if he inherited his mother's temper."
"I know. An Uzumaki's temper is as bad, if not worse, than an Akimichi. Even though different things piss them off, when they are pissed off, either you'll end up in the hospital, or a casket. This is in either case."
"Tell me about it. The only one that could ever calm Kushina down was her friend Minato. I always wondered why the two never married."
"They probably did, just kept it secret. I doubt you'd be able to tell anyone, but his father is the Yondaime. I know his mother is an Uzumaki, and from what you've said, Kushina Uzumaki is the only possible candidate for his mother."
"Damn! Can you say score?" Anko yelled.
"SCORE!" Kyuubi yelled, causing Anko to look at her. They both laughed.
"Try and get some meditation done in here. It should help better than just doing so out there. I'll bonk you both on the head before it gets too late to do anything. That way, you can get home before it gets too late, Anko."
"Thanks. You know, you're not that bad. Definitely, not as bad as people say." Kyuubi was flushed. "Anyway, I'll get to meditation." Anko sat down and started to meditate in the mindscape.
Two hours went by, and they were both bonked on the head. Naruto and Anko both grabbed the hand that was going for them. "Nice reflexes."
"Kyuubi-sensei, you were the one that said meditation allows you to remain alert and still gain rest, thus increasing awareness." Naruto said.
"You know what kid? I'm thinking of letting you stay at my place. We outcasts gotta stick together." Anko said.
"You really mean that?"
"I wouldn't be surprised if she did."
"Well, I'm serious. I'd have to talk it over with the Hokage first, but I will find a way to get you to live with me. Both of us are hated in the village, and there is strength in numbers." Anko said, causing Kyuubi to nod.
"Are you sure about this, Anko? You really want us to live in your own home?"
"Why not? You're a lot nicer than most think. Naruto is also a lot better than most would think." Anko said. "He just needs to be led down the right path, and for that he needs a friend. I'm willing to be that friend. I may not be a Jinchuuriki, but I'm not one of those sons of a bitch who would attack someone without a good reason. At this point, I don't see a reason to hurt him. In fact, I can also help with getting him in touch with his mother."
Naruto and Kyuubi looked at each other, then at Anko. "I'm game."
"As am I. You know, I could get used to this. I can work on his skills at night, when he's asleep, while you work on them during the day when he's awake."
"Well, since I'm a Chuunin right now, I could give you some advice in Ninja techniques from time to time, and other places." Anko said, a smirk appearing on her face.
"Don't even think about it. If I find out you did something to him in his sleep, you will be in pain."
"I didn't intend to go that far. You think I should tell the Hokage some of the things I found out?"
"Please, don't tell him I've started talking with Kyuu-chan just yet. I think that is something to keep to ourselves."
"Along with the fact he knows who both of his parents are. Those should not be said. Especially if a law states that no one is to tell him."
"There is. On both subjects, and with what happened that night. Don't worry. I won't tell a soul what I've found out here. Just know that if you're in trouble, I'll help out... as long as I'm not eating Dango. I zone out when I am, and completely ignore my surroundings. Don't tell anyone I said that." Anko said.
Kyuubi and Naruto nodded.
"We'll stay in the forest for the time being. Continue working on Chakra control and meditation."
"I'll also be helping out with your studies." Kyuubi said. "By the way, if you need to talk about me outside, call me Akane. That's my actual name."
"Akane? Unusual name, but what do I know? You're a Yoko. Names are probably different from Humans."
"Actually I'm a Kitsune, and you're not that dumb. You figured it out. Quicker than even I thought."
Anko just blushed.
"I think I should get going. I'll let the Hokage know that Naruto will be staying in here for a few days, and what I plan to do about it all. The living arrangements are something I will take care of myself." Anko said. "I hope I can call you nii-san real soon."
Anko started glowing and left. "She already figured out how to leave?"
"Seems like it. Anyway, I think it's time I give you a few lessons on your villages history. I know more than most think."
"Think you can dumb it down a bit? Remember, I'm only 4." Naruto asked.
"I was planning on it. I don't expect you to get the version that most Academy students get."
Anko had gone over to the Hokage's tower. "Lord Hokage, I have found out where Naruto Uzumaki is."
"He went into the Forest of Death, didn't he?" Sarutobi asked.
"Yes, he did. He intends to stay there for a few days. Stay away from the villagers so everything can cool down. Also, I have a little favor to ask, regarding him." Anko started.
"What would that be?"
"I'd like him to move in with me. Being kicked out of the Orphanage is one thing. Being hated by the Village is another. This wouldn't be adoption, it would be more of a Brother-Sister thing, than mother-son. I remember that law that said no one is allowed to adopt him. This should be able to get around it." Anko said.
Sarutobi was in a bit of shock. "Do you mind if I ask why?"
"He wants to be a Ninja, and is currently in the Forest trying to train himself. He told me his reasons, but I promised him I wouldn't say anything on the subject. I intend on keeping that promise."
"Really? Even if I order you to tell me?"
"Even then, I don't intend on doing so. That kid has little to no trust for anyone. He already trusted me with that, so I don't intend on betraying that trust." Anko said.
Sarutobi smiled. "Well then, I would accept this. I'm not even letting the Council in on this. They don't need to know. Something like this is paperwork I'd actually enjoy working on. It's worse than hell, but for you to do something like this, I'm glad to do it."
"Also, there are a few more things he told me never to say. However, I may be able to get Kushina back to the village." Anko said, causing Sarutobi to drop his pipe from his mouth.
"What do you mean?"
"If Kushina is, in fact, his mother, he has a right to be with her. Also, if she were here, people would think twice about attacking him, in fear of her. Not the smartest tactic, but arguably one of the best." Anko said.
"I will say this. His mother is in fact, Kushina Uzumaki. However, no one is to know of his father. The moment he finds out, if he ever does, no one can know until he is a Chuunin, or Kushina is around."
"Good to know. In any case, I'll be getting my house ready for him. He's gonna need more than he's got, so you don't have much to worry about."
"Good. One question. Who is going to train him?" Sarutobi asked.
"That would be one of the secrets he told me. Although, I will say this. She isn't anything like most would think. I'll also be helping out, so you could say it would be a bit of a collaboration with his training."
"Don't tell me the Kyuubi is going to train him." Anko tensed. 'How did he...?'
Anko nodded. "Don't mention it to anyone. Since you already know that, you would be able to figure out the other things he told me not to say."
"Such as Naruto already talking with him? Or he's trying to corrupt Naruto's mind?"
"In order, yes, then no. Also, the Kyuubi is female." Anko said.
"How do you know this? For all you know..."
"I know more than you think. I already know the backstory, from the source. She's actually pissed at what happened that day, but not at the Yondaime. She told me herself. She does want revenge from what was done to her, but the village is not the cause of that. She didn't say who it was, but did say that they are no longer affiliated with any village now. She didn't even tell me if the person was male or female." Anko interrupted.
Sarutobi looked at her. "You mean to tell me, she isn't even mad at the Yondaime for sealing her?"
Anko nodded. "That's right. Her anger is focused on whoever increased her Bloodlust through some Genjutsu that, for some reason, she couldn't break. She was grateful to the Yondaime, and even shed a tear when she said that. If anyone said Demons don't cry, they lied. I saw that for myself."
Sarutobi looked at her in shock. "How do you know any of this?"
"When you go straight to the source, you find out more than learning through gossip."
'The source? No... She actually talked to the Kyuubi?'
"You're probably wondering if I actually did talk to her. The answer is yes. He is not to know that you know any of this, I don't want him to stop trusting me right now. Us outcasts have to stick together, and gaining our trust is not easy. For this reason, you should keep the fact you know any of this a secret. Not even the council should know, and definitely not Naruto himself."
Sarutobi sat back and released a heavy sigh. "Anko, I see where you're going with this. Do you think that you can truly help him?"
"I do. I can't do much, but I can help him out to a point. I will do everything I can to help him out until I can't do anything else. I don't intend on making him use my fighting style, because the two of them will work on that."
"Very well. You are dismissed." Anko nodded and left.
-the next day-
Anko had gotten up late. She spent all night getting a room ready for the Blonde Maelstrom. She left her house, and locked it. Afterwards she went to the Forest of Death to find Naruto.
It wasn't hard, he was still meditating. When she got to the clearing, he opened his eyes. "Hey, Anko-neechan."
"Well, I got it all approved by the Hokage. I was up for hours last night trying to get a good spot for you made. Otherwise, I'd probably be here earlier."
"That's okay. I see where you went with that."
"One more thing... I tried dropping a few hints at what you said, but mostly kept them secret. He probably found out about some of them. If he did, he already knows not to say anything about it." Anko said, her head down.
Naruto looked at her. He wasn't angry, but he did feel somewhat sad. He perked up almost immediately, though. "So, how did you word the warning?"
"When he figures it out, and I have no doubt he will, he is not to tell anyone what it is. Not even the council. He put you in my hands, and though I'm not completely capable, Akane should be able to fill any holes I'd miss." Anko said. "Now, what did you learn last night? I'd need to know what you already know, so I can make some accurate adjustments."
"Well, history is one thing. Didn't get that far into it, but this is from the beginning of the Ninja Clans to the founding of the villages. I also learned more about Chakra." Naruto said.
"The new knowledge of Chakra should help you out. Alright, let's get back to the leaf. Remember, 3 minutes straight." Naruto nodded, and got a leaf.
He managed to keep it on there for over 2 minutes.
"Good job there. 2 minutes, 14 seconds. Quite an improvement on the time." Anko said. "I think I can help you out with the next exercise now."
"Really?" Naruto asked, somewhat excited. Anko nodded. "It is to climb a tree, without using your hands."
"I'll buy. How do you do that?"
"I think it's better if I show, than if I tell you." Anko said as she found a tree. Naruto felt the Chakra go into her feet. He realized that he could sense chakra last night. She put one foot on the tree trunk, and started walking up it. She then walked up the side of the tree, then hung upside down from a branch. "This is basically it. The point is finding the correct amount of Chakra and keeping it steady. Too much Chakra, you'll blow the tree, too little, you won't stick. Find a tree," Anko pulled out a Kunai. "When you fall off, cut it with this." Anko threw the Kunai to his feet. "Doing that will give a height to beat. When you reach the top of the tree, and can go up and down it several times with no problem, you've basically got this down."
Naruto nodded. "Since the feet are the hardest part of the body to channel Chakra to, this is an excellent way to train Control." Anko smirked.
He got to a tree and sent Chakra to his feet. "You might want to get a running start. You'll need the momentum." Anko said, while Naruto nodded.
He started running towards the tree, he got up about 5 steps then fell off. "I told ya, didn't I?"
"Too little. I have to keep it balanced." Naruto said.
"Kid, focus on the tree itself. All things have some type of energy. Find that amount, and use the same amount."
Naruto closed his eyes and focused on the tree. He cleared his mind. When he opened them, he ran at the tree. He got noticeably higher than before. He went halfway up the 18 story tall tree. (A/N: Hey, those trees are tall as hell. This one is one of the smaller ones.)
He lost his concentration when Anko said something. It went too high, and blasted him off the tree. He marked it a little over halfway. He landed on his feet. He felt a sting, but that was it. "Anko-neechan, why did you do that?"
"It helps you learn to concentrate, without shifting your focus to distractions." Anko said. Naruto raised an eyebrow. "By that, I mean you need to be able to control your chakra as if it were second nature. When you can do that even when you are in a fight that could get you killed, you've already got it as a second nature. Before you can even do something like that, though, you need it at second nature."
Naruto sighed. "She has a point kid. Still, your control is a lot better now than it was beforehand."
"Hang on for a second." Naruto got an idea. Instead of focusing on the tree itself, he just cleared his mind as if he were meditating. He charged Chakra to his feet, and went up the same amount when Anko said something to catch him off guard. It didn't work this time, so she decided to throw a senbon in his path. He dodged it, while keeping himself to the tree. Anko was surprised he managed to do that.
He made it to the top, and then went back down to a branch. He jumped to another nearby branch, and kept jumping from branch to branch before finally reaching the ground. "Why did you throw that needle?"
"Well, you avoided it, and it didn't seem to distract you. Mind telling me how?" Anko asked.
"Well, I wasn't really focusing on anything. My mind was clear of all thoughts. It's like I was meditating but I was completely conscious and on the move." Naruto replied.
"Do it again. This time, I'll be throwing 2 or more at a time. See if you can keep up." Anko said. Naruto looked at her, then nodded. He went back to the tree, and started running. He charged Chakra as he did, and cleared his mind like before. He went up, dodging the Senbon every time she threw them. He made it to the top, went around, and came back down the trunk, only to find more needles come towards him. He kept dodging, while retaining his control. It was like he had already mastered it.
He went towards Anko, and smirked. "I guess that's a good start, don't you?" Anko nodded.
"Now let's see you do some exercises while doing this. From now on, every other day you will get to a tree hang upside down from a branch and do 20 squats. After you're done with that, you will hang on to the Trunk and, while your head is pointing down at rest, will do 20 sit ups. I will add more when you get these down, and then I will increase the amount of each one. You'll continue to work on your Chakra Control, and at the same time, you'll increase you stamina, and strength." Anko said, while Naruto nodded. He knew he would need this.
He went to the Tree and hung upside down from a branch. He started doing a few squats and managed to finish them. Went he went to the trunk to start the Sit ups, he fell off at 18, and Anko caught him.
"And that's why I'm here. You need a way to be able to catch yourself if you do fall. So, I'm going to have to teach you a Clone of some sort."
"I'll handle that later. You have gotten more than enough control. Clearing your mind helps you out more than you think."
'Okay, do you know which one? Maybe she can help out.'
"Somehow, I doubt it. The one I was thinking of teaching you was the Shadow Clone. It is more your speed, and you should be able to create upwards of 100."
"Well, we have one lined up. What do you know about the Shadow Clone Jutsu, Anko?" Naruto asked, making Anko's eyes go wide.
"Akane suggested it, didn't she?" Naruto nodded. "Okay, the first thing you need to know is that a Shadow is a pure copy of yourself. It is marked as Forbidden for several reasons, though."
"Okay, I'm listening." Naruto said.
"First off, the amount of Chakra it takes is a good amount. For this reason most Jounin could only create up to about 20, but some would dispel automatically. After the Jutsu is completed, each Shadow Clone along with the Original copy, have the same amount of Chakra. In other words, the remaining Chakra is split evenly."
"Well, Akane did say that I would be able to make upwards of 100 Shadow Clones."
"With the reserves you have, along with you being able to draw on her Chakra as well, I wouldn't be surprised if you could make upwards of 1,000 Shadow Clones." Anko stated. "but that's not the point. The Jounin in question will only be able to use 1 or 2 C-rank Jutsu, and then pass out due to Chakra Exhaustion."
"Then... If I used the Shadow Clone Jutsu, and made, say 100, do you think I could handle it?" Naruto asked.
"I'm not gonna answer that just yet. There are a few more downsides you need to be aware of. The next thing you should know, is the fact that whatever a Shadow Clone learns during the time it is around is transferred to the Original, along with any other Clones that are still around. The downside to this is when you dispel too many clones at once, you may have a mental Backlash."
"So, I'd get a headache, maybe pass out?"
"More like a Migraine. Passing out is a definite." Anko said. "It is for this reason that Shadow Clones are used for Scouting and Espionage. If you can make upwards of 100, you'd just make about 50, and have them train on a few things, and another 10 or so, to work on Chakra control, or study. You'll get the combined experience of all of the Clones, thus resulting in better training, or even learning Jutsu, or Control. 1 Shadow Clone working on Chakra control for 2 hours, will gain 2 hours of Experience. 2 Shadow Clones doing the same exercise for 1 hour, will gain the same 2 hours worth of Experience that 1 clone did in 2 hours."
"She's basically saying that for every Shadow Clone doing the same thing for the same amount of time, experience will be stacked."
"That's good. Aside from the Mental Backlash, it's a great thing to use for Training."
"For someone who knows how to meditate, you could sort out everything you learn while doing so. How it would work with your mindscape, I don't know."
"Well, I'm gonna head in there and learn the Shadow Clone Jutsu. It should help out more with my training than anything else." Naruto said, causing Anko to nod.
"Mind if I come along?"
Naruto shrugged. "I don't see why not." He sat down, and she sat right next to him. They both started to meditate.
Naruto and Anko found themselves in the Field, looking at the cottage in there. Akane walked up to them. "Alright Naruto. Come with me. Anko, you may want to stand back for this. It's easy to perform, at least, the way he's going to learn it. What's more is, since this is his mindscape, he won't get that tired." Anko nodded.
Naruto and Akane both went down to the field, while Anko stayed put.
"Alright Naruto. The version I'm going to teach you only has one sign. You send the Chakra into the sign, and call out the Jutsu. That Sign is this." Akane put her first 2 fingers of both hands in a cross-seal. "When you make this sign, send Chakra to it, call out the Jutsu, and this should happen."
Akane did so, and Naruto felt it. "Shadow Clone Jutsu!" a few smoke plumes popped up, and about 50 Clones of Akane appeared. "See what I mean?" Naruto nodded. "Now you try it."
Naruto made the handsign. "Shadow Clone Jutsu!" About 80 Shadow Clones of Naruto appeared. "Wow."
"You get amazed at the smallest of things."
"It's just amazing that I can do this, and I'm only 4." Naruto replied. "Especially when Jounin have trouble with it." Akane nodded. "Dispel them 10 at a time, every 15 seconds. That should reduce the backlash, and eliminate the possibility of fainting in here."
Naruto did so, and didn't feel much pain in his head.
Akane looked at him. "Now, do it again. This time, put as much Chakra as you can into it."
Naruto looked at her. "After you do that, they are to get into groups of 10. Since you can do this here without much consequence, it is a lot more safe to do so here."
Naruto sighed. He put about 3 times as much Chakra into the seal as before. "Shadow Clone Jutsu!"
"Alright, get into groups of 10 each. We're gonna see how many of me I can make." The Original said.
They all scrambled. When they counted, they found 63 groups of 10. There was another group that had 8, but that was it. "638? Not bad. Dispel just like last time. I think you know the mechanics of the Jutsu now." Naruto nodded, and did so. It took over 10 minutes, but he did so.
"There is one more thing you will want to know. Making as many Shadow Clones as you can, will also help with your Taijutsu."
Anko was down there already. "It doesn't help him learn Taijutsu. The effects don't stack."
"I never said anything about stacking. When you're going up against a massive amount of opponents, which he can provide, he can go 1 on 100, and learn the flaws of whatever style he's using, anything he needs to work on, and even gain battle Experience. He won't be able to see what kind of effects the attacks will bring, but he can see how to get around the guard of multiple opponents at once."
Anko's eyes went wide. "You're saying that if he creates 100 Shadow Clones, and he fights them solo, he can practice Taijutsu, while learning more about his own style. If there's anything he needs to work on, anything he can improve on, and gain experience fighting against the odds."
"My point exactly. That kind of training can only happen if a Jinchuuriki is involved, and they can use the Shadow Clone Jutsu." Akane turned to Naruto. "You can't gain physical training here, and that's a little disappointing, but that's something we have to deal with."
"Question. If I use it in here, will it affect my chakra out there?" Naruto asked.
"I am not entirely sure. You should only try to make maybe 50 Shadow Clones at first. If some of them dispel right after being created then the answer is yes. If not, and you don't feel much, at all: The answer will be no. Either way, I can't really say which will come about."
Naruto nodded. "I guess we're done in here for now."
"One more thing. Once you have completed the exercises Anko gives you on your Control, You should start working on Water Walking."
"I haven't gone through that. I know of it, but I haven't done so." Anko said.
"You are a Chuunin, are you not?"
"A somewhat experienced Chuunin. However, the Hokage was planning on requesting me to be a Special Jounin for the Chuunin Exams." Anko replied. Akane nodded.
"Well, I guess I'll have to explain it when it's time." Akane said. "I may not be a ninja, but I do know how the exercise works. My Youki is the same way, and I can use it like you use Chakra."
Anko and Naruto nodded. They both left.
It was mid afternoon. Naruto's stomach growled. He smiled nervously while scratching his head. "I guess I haven't really eaten in a while." Anko's stomach growled as well. "Make that both of us."
"I got an idea. Since I actually have some money, why don't we eat at one of my favorite places?" Anko suggested.
"Why not? Where is it?"
"It's the Dango shop. I'll lead the way. You're with me this time around, so they should accept you. They're some of the only ones to actually like my company. Hey, their Dango is the best."
Naruto looked at her strangely. He shrugged. "As long as you're buying, I don't see much problem with it, since I don't have any money of my own."
Anko chuckled a bit. "I didn't think you had any, and was intending on paying anyway."
They both went off towards their lunch. "Hey, Nee-san?"
"When we're done with lunch, you mind if we head to your place? You did say the Old man gave you permission to take me in."
"I'm not adopting you, but you are going to live with me. The reason for this is the law the Council passed stopping anyone from adopting you. It sucks, but I think I have a better way to settle the little matter of your mother." Anko explained.
"I didn't know about that law. Then again, you did say you had stayed in contact with my actual mother, so I didn't think you'd be adopting me." Naruto replied.
"I did, and I sent her a message about a son, and if she had one. I'm not sure if she really is your mother, but if she is she'll either ask why, or something like that." Anko said. "But like I said before, I'm not sure if she really is your mother, so all I can do is wait for her reply, until I can be sure. Meeting Akane drove that lesson home."
"Waiting until she knows for a fact, and then making a decision. Not bad, she learned something just from meeting me. I didn't think that was easy, but I guess not."
'Not everything is as it seems. You're a prime example of that, Akane-chan.'
Anko and Naruto entered the place. "Hey guys. Sorry it's been a while. I've been a little picking up with a new friend."
The shop owner looked at Anko. "Ah, Anko. Who's the kid?"
"My friend. He may be young, but he's more like me than most." Anko told the man.
"Well, what's your na... Nevermind. I heard about you from the other Shop owners."
"I guess I'm not wanted anywhere in the village. Sorry, Anko-neechan." Naruto was about to walk out when the owner spoke up.
"That doesn't mean I believe them." Naruto stopped in his tracks. "If what Anko says is true, then you're good in my book. I know one other place that wouldn't mind you either. They don't care what a customer is. They will serve them." Naruto turned around, hope in his eyes.
"Wow, you were right Anko. He is more like you than anyone else. How many do you think he can eat?"
"Being on the street for a while, I guess he could eat quite a bit. Let's get 10 to start. You know how much I love Dango." Anko said. The man nodded.
"10 sticks?" Naruto asked.
"10 Trays. They have 6 sticks on each." Anko said. "Come on, let's sit down."
They both talked for a while, then the Dango came to them. "Oh boy, I'm gonna take 5 trays to start. Eat as much as you can, Naruto. You're gonna need it." Anko said.
When they finished, they looked at the owner. Anko was about to say bye, when Naruto spoke up. "Thank you for giving me a chance. I appreciate it."
"No problem, kid. Seriously, I don't see what their problem with you is. What they see in you, I don't see." The guy said. "Name's Onimaru. See you next time."
(A/N: Yes Onimaru is not an original name, and no he does not look the same as the one from Kurohime)
"Well, I think we should head back to my place. Thanks for the Dango, Onimaru. It's as good as ever." Anko said.
"Don't mention it, Anko." Onimaru replied as they both left. "Those two are gonna get a lot of people in trouble one day. I'd love to see what happens when they do."
Chapter 1 End.
Well, this was longer than I expected to make it, but I didn't get everything in I wanted to.
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