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On a normal day, Uzumaki Naruto would not be paying attention to any of the lectures in the Academy. To him, lectures were often boring and he had better things to do with his time. He would rather use the time designing new pranks to practice on the village or, if he was tired enough, to sleep.
Today, however, was not a normal day. The subject of Umino Iruka's lecture was one of the few things that Naruto was genuinely interested in. The class was discussing the former Hokage and the duties of the Hokage. The blonde-haired student paid attention as closely as he could, hoping to learn something new about the subject.
"Now, who here can tell me the names of all the Hokage?" Iruka asked his students.
"Heh, that's easy Iruka-sensei!" Naruto stated quickly before Iruka could call on someone. "The Shodai Hokage was Senju Hashirama and his brother, Senju Tobirama, was the Nidaime. The old man is the Sandaime and the Yondaime was Namikaze Minato."
"Naruto, you're supposed to wait until I call on you to answer a question!" Iruka scolded the boy. Despite the scolding, the chūnin had a proud smile on his face. "However, you are correct. Although you should give Sandaime-sama the proper respect he deserves and call him by real name instead of 'old man', you are right."
Naruto rubbed the back of his head sheepishly, a grin on his face. 'I may not get good grades, but if there's one subject I know, it's the Hokage. I have to know about my predecessors after all!' Naruto chuckled.
The blonde was about to daydream about his future life as Hokage before he stopped himself. He had to pay attention to the rest of the class to see if there is anything else he can learn about the position.
Unfortunately for Naruto, Iruka's lecture didn't contain any new information. He spent most of the time discussing the skills of each of the Hokage and the role each of them played in Konoha's history. The Uzumaki knew all of the information Iruka covered in class. Still, Naruto paid attention to class and Iruka. Although he may know most things about the Hokage, he still enjoyed hearing everything about them. They, especially the Yondaime, were his idols and he wanted to emulate them once he reached the position of Hokage himself.
"Iruka-sensei?" A short, brown-haired boy with glasses called to his teacher when he stopped his lecture.
"Yes Ken?" Iruka responded, acknowledging his student.
"I'm just curious… but do you think any of us stand a chance of becoming Hokage?" Ken asked excitedly. "It would be really cool to say that I graduated from the same class as the Hokage!"
Iruka took the chance to look at all of the students in the room, examining each of them for a moment. He then gave a smile as he turned back to Ken.
"There is a lot of potential in this year's class. You are all good students and I've seen some remarkable skills in all of you! If you all keep up with your determination and improve on the skills you all have, I could see any of you becoming the Hokage!" Iruka told his students proudly.
Most of the students in the room looked at their sensei and smiled back, gratefully accepting the compliment. Naruto had a large smirk on his face.
"Don't worry Iruka-sensei." The blonde spoke confidently. "I intend on getting better each and every day. You'll be seeing me as the Hokage in no time."
A few scoffs were heard after Naruto finished his statement. This wasn't the first time he had made such proclamations in class and many of the students were honestly sick of hearing them.
"Yeah right Naruto! As if an idiot like you could become Hokage." Haruno Sakura dismissed Naruto's claims.
"She's right. If anyone here is going to be Hokage, it's going to be Sasuke-Kun!" Yamanaka Ino exclaimed before turning her attention away from Naruto and to a dark-haired boy sitting by the window. "Isn't that right Sasuke-Kun?"
The last Uchiha gave no response to the blonde-haired girl. Like any normal day, Sasuke seemed to be deep in thought. He was either unaware of what his class was talking about or he simply didn't care.
"What's so great about him? He's nothing special." Naruto grumbled. He was annoyed that his classmate, once again, was getting so much praise for no real reason.
The Uzumaki's comment sparked an outrage from the self-proclaimed 'Sasuke' fan club. Nearly every girl in the class was now glaring at Naruto with small-traces of killing intent.
"He's more special than you ever will be!" One of the girls shouted.
Naruto sighed, deciding not to say anything back. He knew he had no support in the room and decided to keep his mouth shut, hoping that would prevent the girls in his class from going on 'too long' of a rant. Alas, he had already irritated the 'fan girls' enough. The room continued to get louder, with each girl vocalizing their opinions on Naruto and their support of Sasuke for Hokage.
This increase in noise ended up disturbing Nara Shikamaru, who has been trying to drown out the noise of his fellow classmates so he could fall asleep. With a loud yawn, he started to look around the room and at the girls in the class in irritation.
"You should seriously stop trying Naruto. Sasuke will be Hokage in no time and he will be the greatest Hokage this village has ever had!" Ino informed everyone in the class proudly.
Naruto's irritation continued to rise with each comment. There was a limit on how many insults he could take. He was about to finally respond and snap until someone else started to speak.
"This is so troublesome… can you people just admit that Naruto can become the Hokage already so I can go back to sleep? You're all so damn loud." Shikamaru groaned lazily. He then laid his head down on his desk, trying to fall asleep once again.
The classroom became quiet for a moment. All of the students turned their attention to the lazy Nara. Even Naruto looked at the boy with shock in his eyes. He honestly hadn't expected to get any support from one his classmates.
"You can't be serious Shikamaru!" Ino shouted, rolling her eyes in disbelief. "You seriously think that an idiot like Naruto can become the Hokage?"
"Sure he can. Why wouldn't he be able to?" The boy replied with a yawn.
'What? Does he really mean it… does he think I can become Hokage?" Naruto asked himself, taken aback by Shikamaru's defense of his dream.
"Why not? Really?" One of the boys sitting next to Shikamaru laughed. "He's the dead last in our class, Shikamaru. He's nowhere near strong enough to become Hokage."
The Nara heir shook his head in annoyance. All of the noise meant he was never going to fall asleep.
'Might as well argue back I guess… the sooner I get this over with, the sooner I can maybe get to sleep.' He inwardly grumbled before turning his attention to the boy sitting next to him.
"Of course he's not strong enough to be Hokage right now. None of us are. We're just academy students. Wait until we are shinobi and he gets the chance to truly train and get stronger. He'll probably surprise you." Shikamaru mumbled with a yawn. "I can see it."
"You see him being Hokage? The dead last idiot? Over more competent ninjas like Sasuke?" One of the Uchiha 'fan girls' yelled at her classmate.
"I do. Becoming the Hokage is not something anybody can do. They need to be willing to work and do whatever they can to reach the position. Naruto clearly wants the position and is actually going to work for it. He has dedication and he won't give up until he reaches his goal. If you can't see his dedication, then you're just being troublesome." The Nara replied. "Besides, he'd probably do a good job as Hokage in the future. He cares for the village, after all. I'm sure he'd do everything he could to be a good Hokage."
The girl seemed as if she was going to reply to Shikamaru's statement. Before she could speak, however, she was cut off by another person's voice.
"Um… I-I agree with Sh-Shikamaru-san."
Everyone turned their heads to the back of the room, staring at Hyūga Hinata. The indigo-haired girl started poking her index fingers together, looking uncomfortable. She was not somebody used to having a lot of attention on her. However, the girl felt empowered to speak. She saw Shikamaru defend her crush and his dream to become the Hokage. With every word said in Naruto's defense, Hinata felt courage growing within herself to do the same.
"I-I think th-that Sh-Shikamaru-san is r-right. N-Naruto-kun has the d-dedication to become a g-
great Hokage." She spoke quietly with her trademark stutter.
'Hinata? She thinks so too?' Naruto looked at the girl, shocked once again. Another one of his classmates thought he actually could become Hokage as well?
Before any of the students could reply to the quiet girl, Iruka coughed and grabbed everyone's attention.
"That's enough for that discussion. There are more things we have to discuss today besides who we think can become Hokage!" Iruka informed the class sharply before returning back to his lecture.
Naruto stopped paying attention to class, focusing on his thoughts. His mind kept repeating Shikamaru's and Hinata's words of support: their claims that he could become Hokage. Naruto had never met anyone his age who actually believed in him. The blonde spent the rest of the class thinking back to his two fellow classmates, wondering what they truly thought about him and his dream.
"Class is dismissed. I will see you all tomorrow." Iruka informed the students.
Nearly all of the students in the room got out of their seats quickly and started rushing out of the classroom to head back to their homes. Naruto got up from his seat slowly and looked around for his two classmates who defended him and his dream.
"Hey, Shikamaru! Hinata" Naruto called out to them.
Shikamaru, who was taking a nap, groaned at being awakened before turning to Naruto. He got out of his seat and walked up to him, giving him his attention.
Hinata froze at the sound of Naruto's voice and turned to face him nervously. 'Naruto-kun wants to talk to me?' She walked slowly over to where her crush and Shikamaru were as a blush formed on her face.
"I…I just wanted to ask you guys. Back in class today…did you both mean it when you said that I could become Hokage?" Naruto asked, still not fully believing that anyone would actually think he could become Hokage. He felt he had to prove himself to everyone. He never thought that anyone actually believed in him already.
"Yes. I did…" Hinata mumbled quietly, poking her index fingers together again. "I… I th-think you will be a g-great Hokage in the future N-Naruto-Kun."
"I think so as well. If I thought otherwise, I wouldn't have said anything. It'd be too troublesome to lie about something like that." Shikamaru said with a shrug.
Naruto stared at his fellow classmates for a few seconds before he gave them a large smile. It was different than the grin he normally wore on a daily basis. This smile was more genuine. It was not a mask of happiness; it was a look and smile of actual happiness.
"You guys are the first two to believe in me like that and I promise you both that you will not regret it!" Naruto proclaimed to them, his smile not getting any smaller. "Thank you guys!"
"You're welcome." Hinata replied in an even quieter voice, her blush getting a little redder in color.
"I was just saying the truth. You don't have to thank me for it." Shikamaru replied, a smirk on his face. "But, it's no problem at all, Naruto."
Naruto continued to stare at his fellow classmates who defended him in class until an idea came into his head.
"You two aren't busy right now, are you?" He asked them.
"Hmm? I was planning on getting some sleep. Maybe go cloud watching. But I guess I'm not really busy." Shikamaru told him, trying to see the point in Naruto's question.
"I have to be home in about t-two hours for t-training with my clan, b-but I'm free r-right n-now." Hinata told him, pushing her index fingers together again.
Naruto didn't really hear too much into what the two said. All that registered in his head was that the two were free at the moment. He gave them a foxy grin.
"Since you guys are free, I'm taking you both to get ramen at the greatest place in Konoha, Ichiraku's Ramen. Consider it a treat from your future Hokage." The boy told them.
Before his words could register in their heads, Naruto grabbed both Hinata's and Shikamaru's hands and started to rush out of the room, dragging them along with him.
"Hey! Slow down. I didn't agree to this." Shikamaru grumbled as he tried to loosen Naruto's grip on his hand. His attempts, unfortunately, failed. 'There goes my relaxing afternoon of sleep. What a drag...'
'Naruto-Kun's holding my hand! Naruto-Kun's taking me to get ramen with him!' Hinata shouted in her head, unaware of anything else in the world.
It took only a few more seconds before the Hyūga heiress lost her grip on Naruto's hand and fell to the ground in unconsciousness.
Sarutobi Hiruzen, the Sandaime Hokage, smiled to himself as he stared into the crystal ball in his office. His crystal ball reflected an image of Naruto sitting at his favorite ramen stand, Ichiraku's, with two kids from his class in the academy. The Sandaime recognized both of them as Hyūga Hinata and Nara Shikamaru, the heiress and heir of their respective clans.
The aged Hokage often checked up on Naruto in his crystal ball to make sure he was doing okay and that nothing bad was happening to him. Seeing the blonde boy sitting with two kids his own age having fun and laughing made Hiruzen feel a great joy in his heart.
"Naruto, it's great to see you have friends your own age now. It's good to see people accepting you." Sarutobi commented to himself.
Seeing that Naruto was okay, Sarutobi deactivated his jutsu and the crystal ball stopped reflecting the image of the academy students. Even with the image gone from the ball, the Sandaime couldn't help but see it in his head.
'Those three... I have a feeling they will become something big. Something the shinobi world will remember.' Sarutobi thought to himself.
Every legend has a beginning. Sarutobi Hiruzen just witnessed the beginning of a new legend: a legend of three ninja who would work together to help each other grow and reach their true potential.
Author's Note: Hello everyone! Hope you enjoyed the first chapter of my story. I have a lot of plans in store for this story. You shall all see very soon what I have planned! Let me know you guys think of the chapter and the premise of the story. Any criticism and comments will be taken and will only help better the story! :) The next update will be coming soon, hopefully by the end of the week. Until then, though! See ya! :)