Recently I've been having a lot of thoughts regarding an FF7/Naruto Crossover.
Really, I've been reading too much in that category. There are several things that came to mind, but one of them is something I have yet to see. As to what I have seen:
AVALANCHE trains him in Gaia.
Sephiroth trains him through his mind.
Sephiroth is reincarnated as him.
People from AVALANCHE takes him in and trains him, sometimes adopts him. Also includes Gaia.
There was only one exception out of all of them, and I can't place a name, but it was a Multi-Crossover, not just a Naruto/FF7 crossover. I mean, there was Raven from Teen Titans, Ed from FMA, and a few others, all of which split from the Kyuubi. That's the only one that didn't fall under any of them.
Well, there's a large variety of ways mine can start out, but I finally decided on one of them, which is something I would love to keep secret for the time being. Of course, it's going to start this chapter, anyway.
Without further Ado Let the story COMMENCE!
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Airgod and myself do not own anything, not even the idea for this, to be honest. The idea came from his brother, and our minds kept going and going, until I couldn't take it anymore and started typing.
Naruto was running away from Villagers as usual. He was only 6, and had just tried to convince the Hokage to allow him to go to the academy. Why was he running then?
They were trying to kill him, of course. He managed to get himself cornered beneath the Shodaime's face on the Hokage Monument. 'Why me?'
"It doesn't have to be you." Naruto heard in his head.
'Great. Now I'm hearing things... Again. Why can't my life be normal?'
"If I said fate, you wouldn't believe me." Naruto then found himself in front of a giant fox, in a white area.
"Where am I?" He asked.
"That's what I was wondering, myself." the fox stated. "One minute I'm in a cage, the next, I'm right here." They both looked around. "Something's wrong."
"You feel it too?" Naruto asked.
"You know what's off?" He shook his head. "This is gonna be extremely troublesome." He looked at Naruto. "Until I say otherwise, you and I are sticking together. I'm not aware of what happened to the seal, but whatever it was, it brought me out of it. Whether I'm still bound to you or not remains to be seen." The fox stated.
"What seal? What do you mean?" Naruto questioned.
"I was wondering when you'd show." A female voice stated, causing them to look at her. "I am Aerith Gainsborough. The last of the Cetra."
"Did you just say the Cetra?!"
"Is that some kind of Clan?"
"No, that's an entire race. But if you're a Cetra... Oh shit."
"Kit, we're dead."
"No, you're not." Aerith stated. "I simply brought you here, to bring you some help."
"I hate to break it you, but being in the Lifestream would kill any mortal. There are no exceptions."
"There were 2 that I know of that were alive. Friends of mine. One went there in his own sorrow, so he was dead in theory, but his heart was still beating. The other one was someone that cared for him, and went in after him, just to help him, and bring him out. It's been done before, but never like this."
"What do you mean?"
"Kyuubi, he was not aware of your presence was he?"
"Heh, everyone thinks I died, or was reborn as him."
"It doesn't happen that fast. And by the way, he's got his own body now, as do you."
"You mean I'm free?"
"Not that simple."
"Wait a minute!" Naruto shouted. "You're the Kyuubi?"
"Who else has 9 tails and looks like a fox?"
Naruto sweatdropped. "Defensive much?"
"It's a habit he picked up. You're going to live without being a Jinchuuriki, but only because you're here right now, as he was already released."
"Well, bringing him here gave him a Bloodline. You see, one of my friends that came here was something known as a SOLDIER. He claimed to be first Class, but that was only in his head. He had been tainted by Mako, and in essence, he was able to control the Lifestream to a point. Being here gave Naruto that ability."
"What do you mean?"
"Well, since he's here, why not ask him yourself?" Aerith asked, pointing towards a Blonde Hair, Blue eyed male with a giant sword on his back.
"This is him? Kind of young, don't you think?" He asked.
"I know, Cloud. But he's been on the Keen edge of a Blade all his life so far. We need someone to help him out. I can't think of anyone better than you. He's lonely, just like you were."
"Is that all?" Cloud asked. Naruto looked down. "Then why didn't you tell me sooner?" Naruto turned his head so fast, Kyuubi had one thought. 'Whiplash.'
"It's because this is the first time you'd actually be able to meet. Fate does not hold this boy. Contrary to some beliefs, the Lifestream doesn't govern all. People like him are always an unknown. And we're going to help him out." Aerith explained. "The seal will be gone, the fox here will return as a Summon Materia, and you'll be in his mind instead."
"What about you?" Kyuubi asked. "What are you going to do?"
"Give him a little something. You'll have to stay with him for a while to combat the negative effects, but once they're gone and he finishes it all, he'll be fine, and you'll be free to roam the Lifestream. He will also be able to come here anytime he needs to. He'll be like Cloud, in a sense."
"He's not the only one that's going to help." Another male said, causing everyone to look at him. It was Sephiroth.
"Sephiroth." Cloud said with distaste.
"I have no quarrel with you, Cloud." He stated. "In fact, my problem is with that fox."
"You have no..."
"Why did you let him control you?" He cut off the fox, surprising everyone else. "You shouldn't have fallen for it in the first place. Quite frankly, I'm disappointed in you, Kurama."
The Fox tensed at this. "Fine. I was still disoriented from the unsealing. He caught my eye as the first thing I saw. I barely had time to register what the fuck the bastard was doing, much less take steps to counter it! What else can I do when the first thing I see is a Red eye, and then it all goes blank?"
"Oh? That's not what I heard from Kushina. She's the only reason I am already in the know about that."
"Damn red head. At least she was fun."
"You really want to talk about that in front of her son? If so, you're more screwed up in the head than I thought." Sephiroth stated, contempt in his voice.
"Wait, my mom?" Naruto asked.
"The reason I'm even here right now is at her request. Otherwise, I wouldn't want anything to do with Tall, blonde and spiky over there."
"Even when I took you down 3 times?"
"There were only 2 times, and you know it!" Sephiroth shouted.
"Really? I seem to recall knocking you into the Lifestream from the Nibelhiem Mako Reactor, defeating you at the Northern Crater, and then after Kadaaj transformed into you, thus ending the Geostigma Virus." Cloud accused, making Sephiroth flinch. "Thought so. You didn't think I'd forget did you?"
"I hate you, you know that?"
"Because I'm the only one to take you down on multiple occasions?"
"Play nice you two. Sephiroth, why did she ask you to help out?"
"Kenjutsu, which is the art of the Sword, Cloud. Aside from that, how to use the power I'd give him, namely Materia. The 3 Master Materia, in particular."
"Then Cloud will help keep his sanity intact. I'd much rather he use First Tsurugi than Masamune, to be honest."
"If Sephiroth is going to work with him on this, then why not train him to use both?" Cloud suggested.
"And what good will that do?" Sephiroth questioned.
"Well, for one, I'll be healing his muscles as they tear themselves apart. I'll stick to healing his body when needed. He won't be drawing on my power on his own, though. That's no longer an option. I'll teach him how to use Chakra, Cloud teach him how to use the Larger swords, Sephiroth, the smaller swords. The two of you will have to work together regarding Kenjutsu. Since I'm a lot more familiar with the way Shinobi Work, I'll be handling the rest of it. There is one thing you should know, before any of this begins, kit."
"You guys are discussing my training?" Naruto asked, earning a nod from Kyuubi. "What do I need to know?"
"Simple. Play the fool. None of this gets out. One, you're being trained by me. Two, you've got 2 dead guys training you. Three, you know who your mother is, which is Ironic, considering the fact I was sealed in her as well. None of those facts are to get out. Meaning, no showing off the skills you learn from us. As far as anyone knows, you are unaware of my presence, have no idea who your parents are, though it would be obvious, if you ask me, and you have no knowledge of whatever it is you're doing. We'll be training you here, instead of up there. Also, since you're here, I'll be able to convert my Youki into your Chakra. Add Mako to that, and you've got a shitload of energy to use."
"What if I use without realizing it?" Naruto asked.
"Act like you're confused. Almost as if you had no idea what was going on." Cloud stated. "Should be easy."
"Life is never easy."
"Well, if we stand here all day, we'll never get anywhere." Sephiroth stated.
Aerith shook her head. "He must rest first. He can rest up here. If we keep him here for a while, and since time flows differently here than back on Gaia, or in the Elemental Nations, he could be here for 24 days, and only a day would pass in the Elemental Nations. The timeframe from here to Gaia is more like 1 hour there is about 38 hours here. He could stay for a while. Heal up, train him, and get him ready for the world out there. Once you are both done training him to the guidelines set by Jenova, Myself, Shinigami, as they call her in the Elemental nations, you two will be reborn to help him out in person."
"Wait, what?" Cloud asked, surprised. "If I'm getting revived, what about Tifa?"
"What's wrong, Cloud? You don't want to leave her? Even if it meant you would live?"
Kyuubi coughed for a bit. "Is this Tifa any good at fighting Hand to hand?"
"The best of her time." Cloud stated.
"Have her train him in that regard. Someone will also need to teach him how to use Shuriken, Kunai, and other standard weaponry for Shinobi.""
Cloud blinked. "Why not just bring the entire AVALANCHE, then? Maybe we'll be able to do better like that than this?"
Aerith sighed. "I'll set up an area that will allow them to gather. They'll all train him here, but not on Gaia. Every night, he should come here, instead of wherever he's staying. It will help him in the long run."
"In training and rest."
"Thanks, Aerith. You know, you're really nice." Naruto stated.
"Sometimes, a little too nice." Cloud admitted. "It's a good thing to be nice, but too much could kill you, in a way."
"It's not like you to say that, Cloud." Aerith said, concerned.
"You sacrificed yourself because you were nice. You didn't want to hurt us, but by doing so, you were were hurting us. You know the emotional state I was in after your death. I was hit the hardest, and when I was hit, Tifa was hit because she was worried about me. Cause and effect, Aerith. If anything happens, something else will because of it. One death causes several to become depressed, and those several spread to several others. The cycle goes on and on. Death, no matter whose it is, will cause pain and suffering." Cloud explained, his voice stern, but not cold.
"Well, the area is already set up. Let's go." Aerith stated, as she walked away. Everyone followed her.
They found themselves in an Arena. "Jenova handled this one for me. Said it should help out."
"What about beds?" Cloud asked. "He'll need one."
"I'll handle that." Kyuubi stated. "I kind of owe his mother, so I might as well."
"Which one?" A female voice Kyuubi recognized all too well.
"Training him is the first... 7. Remember, I didn't really train you like I was planning to."
They all turned to the Red Head female behind them, with a Blonde male that looked like Naruto when he was older. "Really, Kyuu? Then why didn't you?"
"There wasn't enough time. As much as I would like to say otherwise, I wanted to help you out more than I did. The moment you got pregnant put a pause on any plans I had." Kyuubi told her. "If I could have without endangering your unborn child, then I would have. There was nothing I could do. For that, I'm sorry."
"If that's all, then the rest of them would be to protect him, even after the training is done. Make sure he achieves his dream, whatever it may be." The Red head stated. "He dies of Old Age, and after that Tobi guy is dead. Anything else, means you failed me."
"If that's all..." He turned to Naruto. "We should let him rest first. Training will begin when he wakes up. Teach him your Original Jutsu. Make it so only he can use them. When we leave here, I'd much rather be a familiar than a summon, to be honest."
Kyuubi then shrunk and cuddled around Naruto. "If you want to join, I have no complaints. This is for you, as much as it is for him. Kushina. Minato."
The two adults blinked, shrugged, and then went to sleep next to Naruto. "Thanks Kurama."
"I don't like owing a debt. You know that."
"Maybe so, but this is more of a good thing for the family. You at least partially get along with the Uzumaki Clan."
"Too stubborn to care. Kind of like me, ne?"
"True." Kushina's breath evened out and she was asleep. Naruto was already asleep, and Minato finally got some sleep. Cloud, Sephiroth, and Aerith looked at them in a bit of shock.
"That was probably the weirdest thing I've ever seen here."
"I think the weirdest thing I've ever seen period is Cloud agreeing with me." Sephiroth stated. "You had taken the words out of my mouth when you said it wasn't like him to say that one could be too kind."
"I know I wouldn't usually say that." Cloud admitted. "I was making a point. I'm at fault for doing so myself, you know?"
"That's why I was confused."
"By the way, when will the others get here."
"Before they wake up, I hope. I don't have to sleep here, but you guys do. You always have. Sephiroth, you're not a True Cetra, and Cloud, you're not even a fake Cetra. It's not just in the blood, but in the soul. Sephiroth doesn't have the soul, and Cloud doesn't have the blood. It's that simple."
"Things are never simple with you, are they?" A female asked. They all turned to see the rest of AVALANCHE.
"Tifa..." Cloud whispered.
"Cloud." The female in black replied. "Why are you both standing side by side, without fighting?"
Everyone looked at Cloud and Sephiroth, and was wondering the same thing. "We had to come to an agreement for the Blonde kid over there. Sephiroth because his mother damn near ordered him to..."
"Which I'm not happy about. I just have too many Gift Cards that I can't get out of it. No matter how much I want to."
"So, what's the deal, Spiky? What's so important about the brat?" A black, buff man with a metallic arm asked.
"Aerith and Jenova have both taken an interest in him. If I'm correct, the two of you get along about as much as Sephiroth and Myself when we were alive?" Aerith nodded. "Meaning, if that happens, you know something big is going to happen to him. We'll be keeping him here for how long?"
"3 days in his world. That means 72 days here. It's a time shift thing. I couldn't really explain it if I tried."
"So," Vincent Valentine started. "We are to train him in our specialties?"
"That was the idea."
"What's he planning on doing?" A hyperactive girl asked. "I mean, come on! What could he need all of our skills for?"
"He'll be needing your skills the most, Yuffie." Cloud stated. "Namely, Stealth and secrecy from you."
"Wait..." The girl, Yuffie, said. "You mean that he's going to become a Shinobi?"
Cloud and Sephiroth nodded. "Oh, this is gonna be good. Am I to assume that he's got to keep his true abilities hidden?" Aerith nodded. "I want details of his life, mainly his family, anything he's supposed to know, and things he isn't but he does anyway. Along with the environment, and people in the area."
"I'll explain it, since I have the most information on him." And so Aerith did.
"Hmm..." Yuffie took a thoughtful pose, that usually sacred everyone around her that knew her. "I got it. I'll talk it over with him. Although, if I'm correct, Tifa and I will have to teach him our sets before anyone else teaches him theirs." This surprised most of them.
"You're not fucking teaching him to be fucking obnoxious." A man with a spear on his back stated.
"It's part of the cover, but he'll be able to do that on his own. Unfortunately, or fortunately in your case, what he needs to learn first is Taijutsu. That's Tifa's department. The other is how to act the fool and make it convincing enough to fool even the most observant. That's my department, crazy as it sounds."
Cloud then blinked. "At one point you could be so crazy, I wouldn't blame Sephiroth for his insanity if he spent 3 hours locked in the same room as you. Within Seconds, you can be so serious everyone here would shit themselves. No one knows the real you, now that I think about it."
Everyone else blinked. Sephiroth then whistled. "If acting isn't her specialty, I don't know what is."
"My point exactly." Yuffie stated. "After Tifa is done with her part, Sephiroth, you're up with Light Blades. Vincent, you and I will be teaching him Ranged Weaponry at that point. Once Sephiroth is satisfied with his Kenjutsu, Cloud will work with the Heavier blades. We all know that's the area that Cloud is best in physically. They are his signature weapon." they all nodded at that.
"Cid... You've got improvising."
"Why the fuck do I have something like that?"
Yuffie turned to him. "How many people have you met, besides yourself, that could take a bunch of random junk parts, some of which didn't work when you got them, and turn them into the fastest flier of its time?"
"Dammit. You got a point there."
"I'm afraid I'm lost." A red dog-like being stated.
"Nanaki, the reason I said Cid has Improvising, is because of that one fact. Improv is nothing more than taking something completely or at least partially irrelevant to a situation, and turning it into something extremely valuable. It's like taking a bunch of Materia of different types, and combining them into a Master Materia that works. The Shera? That's all it is. A bunch of random parts that was turned into the fastest ship of its time. Only Cid could do that. Only Cid could teach him Improv here. Hmm..."
Barret looked annoyed. "Where am I?"
"Honestly, I'm not sure if you'll be any good here, to be honest. I mean, aside from Mining, and fighting with that Gimmick Arm, you've got nothing to note, aside from weightlifting so... Wait. That's it." Yuffie then stared at his Gimmick Arm. "You can work on his agility with your guns, and his stamina, by conditioning his body. Make sure he isn't too buff, because he still needs the stealth. Nanaki..."
"I've got a bit of Research on his homeland. The Land of Fire in the Elemental Nations. I've got the entire History of the Elemental Nations from the end of the Demon Wars, as they're called. He's good on history. Cloud will have to teach him battle strategy."
"No." Cloud stated. "After his Kenjutsu is complete, Sephiroth and I will be working on his spells. His parents, the Taller blonde and Red head over there, will be working with the Jutsu. We will also be training him to access the Mako Energy he will have access to."
"I'll be teaching him about the Lifestream."
"When it comes to Battle Strategy, I think it would work best if he works it out while using his cover." Yuffie stated, earning surprise from everyone. "Part of the cover would have him cause pranks. You want to know how hard it is to cause a Prank in a village filled with people more observant than Sephiroth is dangerous? The moment he can do so without anyone being the wiser, he'll have Battle Strategy somewhat complete. All he needs is to use that kind of thinking in the battle, and he'll do just fine."
That got their heads going. Cid huffed. "You may be annoying as hell, but you're one hell of an analyst."
"That's my job." Yuffie stated with pride. "Anyway, we'll need to work everything out. I don't see the need for spears in his arsenal. I doubt guns would do any good without ammunition, but that would be a simple fix with Cid's training."
"I'll be helping out there." Barret stated. "I'm not just a Miner you know? I could easily teach him how to make the Ammunition he needs."
"We've got a lot to do. Rest up for now. This is for the next Lifestream Warrior." Yuffie stated, earning a few raised eyebrows. "Don't question it, unless you've got a better nickname for him." they all nodded at that.
-Konohagakure, 3 days after the attack-
Hiruzen Sarutobi was getting worried. There was no trace of Naruto's body, and none of the ones that were there actually made sense to Ibiki. 'Naruto... Where are you? I can feel it in my bones. You're alive somewhere. Just... Where?'
An ANBU entered the room. Sarutobi looked at him, worry and anger in his features. "There better be good news about Naruto Uzumaki."
"He's alive sir." The ANBU stated, earning Sarutobi's attention.
"You have the proof?"
"He is currently within Training Ground 44, a small fox cuddled around him. The boy is sleeping there."
"Why didn't you bring him out of there?" Sarutobi questioned.
"The Fox... It had 9 tails, and spit Green Fire at me before I could get close enough."
Sarutobi's looked hardened. He took off his robes, revealing an armor underneath them. "Ready 3 ANBU Squads. We're going to see them." He said, his voice that of his old titles.
"Yes sir!" The ANBU Shunshin'ed out, and Sarutobi then went to the South Side of said training ground.
Within 5 minutes, there 12 ANBU, and Sarutobi there. "Let's move." They all went in. One ANBU was ahead of the Hokage, but not by much. He landed in a clearing near a partially uprooted tree. "They're in there. I can't get close enough without getting barbecued."
A Fox head stuck out. "About time you got here Old man."
"Kyuubi... What have you done with him?"
"Nothing, as of yet. I have a debt to uphold, after all." The Fox stated. "Get in here. None of the ANBU are allowed. I don't trust them. He, at least partially, trusts you. That much, I know."
Sarutobi looked pissed, but he quickly schooled his features and went in, signaling the ANBU to stay close, but not to get too close. "Naruto..."
"Jiji?" The boy asked, slowly opening his eyes.
"Naruto... What happened?"
"Passed out under the Hokage Rock Face. Strange Dream. Woke up here with this fox that wants to protect me. That's all I know."
"Kit, that Dream, and I know this because I saw it myself, was crazy. Even by my standards."
"You know what it was?" Sarutobi questioned.
"Of course I do. After all, our minds are linked." The fox stated.
"Then what was it."
"Nothing much. Just your Yondaime claiming to be his father, Naruto being completely against the idea due to the way the village treats him, a Red Head by the name of Kushina saying she was his mother, also close to impossible in his eyes. Anything else that happened isn't really important."
"I don't think they are. I mean, why would they treat me like that if I was? It doesn't make sense." Naruto stated. Sarutobi inwardly sighed in relief.
"Naruto, this forest is dangerous. I can't allow you to be in here."
"Then we'll live in the forests around the village. He won't be welcome in an apartment inside the village, and anyone that knows where he lives is bound to tell others, and they'll attack. No, it's best if his apartment is not in the village. Nor is his home. I can and will teach him to survive in the worst of situations, because it will help him in the long run."
"He was scheduled to attend the Academy yesterday." Sarutobi stated, his voice still somewhat cold, knowing who it is.
"Drop the tone. If I wanted to hurt him, or you, I would've done it already. The Flame I shot at the ANBU that found us was a warning shot. Nothing more. The seal now holds something else. Less powerful, but more dangerous. He is not my Jinchuuriki, any longer. I do have a few Favors to work off, anyway. They've been transferred to him. As the last one's final request. Know this, I do not have to stay with him. Not anymore. I am here, and I will protect him where you failed."
"Jiji... What is he talking about?"
Sarutobi inwardly cursed. "I placed it as an S-class secret. Something wasn't to be said under the Death Penalty." He turned to the fox. "You said something replaced you in there. Less powerful, but more dangerous. How? Or better yet, what?"
"2 beings. I will not explain who they are, as I am not entirely sure of the details myself. All I know, is that one of them almost succeeded in destroying his world, and the other one stopped him both times. That is all I can say, as it is all I know for certain."
"Why should I believe you?" Sarutobi's eyes narrowed.
"Whether you believe me or not is your decision." Kurama looked at Naruto. "Get some rest. You'll be going to the Academy tomorrow. No Stream." Naruto nodded and curled back into Kurama's fur. "I am his guardian. At the request of his mother. Get lost, and do not disturb us."
"How do I know you won't destroy the village?"
"There is only one rule I ever go by. You don't fuck with me, I don't fuck with you. That is the same rule I've gone by for the last 2 centuries. 6 years ago, I'm not even sure of the exact events. I got released from my last host, the next thing I see is Red, and then being sealed. Anything else is a blur, or just non-existent. Whoever had that Red eye obviously did something, and they, more likely than not, forced me to attack the home of my friend. They had done nothing to me, so I wouldn't have done anything to them, as per my code."
"And why would you ever try to attack?"
"If I truly wanted to attack, Blondie would've died in another way. Not in the sealing. I owe Kushina. That's one of the reasons I agreed to be his guardian for the time being. I won't be able to stay forever. Before I do go, however, another group will be coming for him. Those 2 were married some time ago. They lived in the Mountains at one point. I do have their names, though I won't give them until later on."
"And why don't they come here now?" Sarutobi stated. "Or are they really coming?"
"They'll come. It'll take some time for them to be allowed to come by their land lords. There is a lot of shit they have to go through before they do. I highly advise that you don't let anyone know that I'm out of the seal." Kurama stated. "And if anyone asks, my name is Kurama. I'll only be traveling through the village with 1 tail, and yes I know how to do that. All Kitsune that have 6 or more tails can. When they get here, I will be gone, but also, I will be here. A summon for him to use as needed. My time is near it's end, anyway. Also, note that he can no longer access my Chakra on his own. I have to willingly give it to him, and I'd only do that to heal him."
"Why?" Sarutobi's eyes have yet to widen.
"For now, just know that I won't attack unless provoked. There are only 2 ways for that. They attack him, or they attack me. If they don't do either one, I won't hurt them, regardless of how much I may or may not want to. An attack on him is an attack on me. I'm also thinking on possible trainers in case the Academy tries to stunt his progress. Being as old as I am, I know the majority of History, just not the official stories. If Nibi weren't sealed, I'd ask her to help out by bringing up a few people to help out knowledge wise."
"What is the favor you owe her?"
"I actually owe her well over 50 favors. Her husband? I owe him 3. Their favors were transferred to him. Kushina wants me to protect her son. Train him. Then I'd be good to go with her. Unfortunately, I can't train him as well as she thinks. I'll be able to teach him how to survive, Chakra Theory, and the like. That's basically all I can really teach him. But I don't think that's enough for what he'll need to know. Everything else I could teach him regards my Youki, or requires him to be a Kitsune like myself. I can't teach him any of that without making major modifications to him. I don't intend on doing that. Now get lost. We'll both need the sleep."
Sarutobi saw that he wasn't getting anything else out of him, so he got up, wondering when he sat down, and left to the ANBU, who were still there.
"I'm fine. There is nothing to worry about. Head back to your posts, and do not worry about them. The fox will not attack without provocation." He looked at the Hyuuga ANBU. "Lion, let the Clan Heads know that if anyone goes after Naruto Uzumaki, they will have a Kitsune after them, as the Kitsune is his guardian. Hiashi and Tsume are to know that it was Kushina's request to do so. They should understand the situation."
"Sir." The ANBU left, and he turned his head. 'Kurama... you better hold to your word. I have given you the benefit of a doubt. Don't mess it up.' He left himself.
-the next day-
Naruto woke up, still in Kurama's fur. "Morning sleepyhead."
"Remember, do not let anyone know that you know what you do. Sarutobi is already suspicious enough of me. Let's get you to the nearby river and get you cleaned up. Then we'll head to the Academy. I remember the layout from your memories, your mother's and that of another. The Shodaime's wife."
"Got it." They both started running through the forest to a river. Naruto got undressed, and started cleaning himself. "So, if I'm starting the Academy today, what will you be doing?"
"I'll be watching from afar. Mainly to see if what your parents, along with AVALANCHE and myself, think is true. If that's the case, I'll have to ask Kushina teach you her Blood Clone Jutsu ahead of schedule."
"Why not now?"
"Because we're not sure whether or not it'll really happen. If it does, then we'll do so. If not, then we'll wait until you turn 10 here. Remember the seal your father gave you, and don't release it. Not until after you learn the Blood Clone Jutsu, and make one. Then you use it to take out a few bandits in the area, and make sure you use a mask."
"Alright. I got it." Naruto said, as he finished washing himself, and got dressed in the new Clothes Kurama brought. "I thought that Orange wasn't a good color for Stealth?"
"Yuffie's idea. If you can stay hidden during the day in a Bright color, think about how stealthy you are at night in black?"
Naruto then thought about it, and nodded. "This is good. And her cover will help out with that as well. Still can't believe Mom and Dad were all for it."
"For him, I'd say the reasoning was key. For her... she was one herself. She saw the bigger picture, as well. Hey, it helps you out in ways you'd never expect."
Naruto nodded, before looking around. "Which way do we go?"
Kurama lowed his neck. "Hop on. I'll take you there." Naruto got on the neck, and he ran through the trees on the ground, avoiding each tree with ease, before they jumped over the fence surrounding the forest, and ran through the streets, the sun just passing the horizon. They ended up at the Academy within 10 minutes.
An ANBU caught them both, and tried to follow. The moment they stopped in the Academy Yard, the ANBU stopped as well, mainly to observe, as per orders. Naruto got off and thanked the fox, confusing the ANBU, before the fox grinned and nodded.
"Remember, be extremely watchful. Anything happens, let me know. And don't let anyone know what you see and hear. That's the point of your training with me."
"Watch for everything, but don't let anyone know I am... Right?"
The fox nodded. "Remember what I told you. It could be the difference between life and death."
"Wait here for the first teacher. I have to meet up with Sarutobi. Make sure that the one that's teaching you has some sort of understanding that you're an orphan."
Naruto nodded. "Try and be careful, Kurama."
"You should know me better than that."
"That's what I'm afraid of." Naruto muttered before walking to the front porch. Kurama jumped off and it was only 5 minutes later a teacher entered the yard.
"Who are you?" the man who had a scar over his nose asked.
"New student. I was supposed to start yesterday. At least, that's what I was told. I didn't wake up early enough to even make it late."
The man blinked. "You're Naruto Uzumaki?"
"You know me?"
"No, but that's name of the Student I was supposed to get yesterday. He never showed."
"Well, that's me. And apparently you're my teacher."
"Iruka Umino. Chuunin Instructor."
"Naruto Uzumaki. Orphan."
Iruka blinked. "You're an orphan as well?"
"Yeah. You mean you are too?"
"I've been an orphan since my parents died nearly 7 years ago." Iruka admitted sadly.
"I never knew mine." Naruto admitted with a sad tone. "People say they abandoned me, or killed themselves. That they didn't want me. Or even that I wouldn't deserve them anyway."
Iruka then got down to his eye level. "If the Hokage has you in another class, I'll ask him to switch you to mine. You need someone that's been on the side of an orphan to help you out. Okay, Naruto?" He got a nod, though the sad look didn't leave his face. "You and I are kin, Naruto. Maybe not by blood, but we are kin by circumstance. If you need any help, please ask me."
Naruto was a little surprised, but nodded, a smile now on his face. "Thanks."
"You know, Naruto. There's a lot of rumors going around about you. And being an orphan, I've learned to come to my own opinions." Iruka said, walking up to the door, and unlocking it. "What I've seen this morning doesn't match any of the rumors I've heard. I'll be going off of my own opinions, as those rumors are the spawn of idiots. That's what I'm thinking right now. Come on. You can stick to my classroom until the other students come in. I'll teach you a few things. Try and help you out. I highly doubt anyone else will, due to the rumors."
Naruto nodded, and they walked in. They reached a classroom on the second floor, and entered the room.
A fox came in through the window. Iruka was immediately on guard, but didn't attack. "Calm down. I'm not going to attack. I'm only here for the kit." Kurama looked at Naruto. "I just got the name of your instructor, and we thought like mind in choosing. Your Instructor is Iruka Umino."
Naruto looked at Iruka. "Looks like I'm in your class after all."
"Looks like it but..."
"Don't worry about Kurama." Naruto said. "I guess you could say he's the reason I'm alive right now. After what, 3 days?"
"That'd be about right. I'm the one that got you out of that jam, too."
"Did I thank you for that?"
"Yes, you did."
"Okay. Just making sure."
Iruka watched the two. "Naruto, foxes aren't well liked in the village. I think you should know that, and be careful with him. He wants to help protect you. That much I can see. However, you'll be calling me Iruka-sensei during class with this news."
"So, you're Iruka, huh?" Kurama said, looking him in the eye. "You hold a little hate, but from what I can tell, it's diminished greatly from what it was."
Iruka sighed at that. "I'll admit that I hate foxes as well, but that's only because one killed my parents. I was an only child, and I didn't have any other family."
"Don't knock the foxes. They're actually nice if you get to know them. Great pranksters sometimes, too." Naruto stated.
"I'm not teaching you the art of pranking. Although... Iruka, if I find out you're stunting his progress..."
"Hey, I already promised myself I wouldn't do that." Iruka said defensively. He looked at Naruto. "I know that the others won't see what I saw this morning. Even if it were right in front of their face. What I saw, can't be faked. Not like that. Everyone else might try to stunt his progress, but I know for a fact that I won't. I wouldn't be able to live with myself if I did that to another Orphan. Even though a Teacher shouldn't show favoritism, that doesn't mean I can't teach him off duty."
"He's got a lot to learn in Survival and stealth."
"Then why the Orange Jumpsuit?"
"My choice. And here's the reason. If he can hide in broad daylight in a Bright Color, such as that shade of Orange, then picture how well he can hide in a dark color at night?"
Iruka then blinked, pictured it. "I get it. I won't question it though. Not my job to. Thing is, I teach the academics. Not much in the practical portions."
"I've been trying to find a few people that will help train him in those aspects. Not having much luck. You'd be surprised how many owe me favors. And not all of them are Shinobi."
"You got anyone, preferably human, that can take care of him? Make sure he's safe at home?"
"I already have them lined up. They won't be able to come for an indefinite amount of time. There's a lot of things they have to do before they can come, and that includes convincing their Land Lord. Believe me when I say, that's not going to be easy. Until then, I'm his guardian, and the Hokage is already aware of it. I have already agreed not to attack those that stunt his progress, but if they outright try to kill him, the gloves are off, and the attackers are dead. No exceptions. The Hokage knows this, the ANBU are being told as we speak, and he knows his parents are dead. They wouldn't have been able to abandon him, as they died within 3 hours of his birth. They both died holding him, and the last thing they told me was my favors to them go to protecting and training their son. That's why I'm here now."
Iruka nodded. "So I don't have to worry about you?"
"Nah, he's cool." Naruto answered. "I've already gotten the story but... Why didn't you say that it was parents that told you to do this?"
"My code doesn't allow me to leave a debt unsettled. They knew this. Unfortunately, the Hokage has stated that your parent's identities are labeled as a SS-class secret. No one is to know. Not even you." 'Although I know for a fact you already do.' "I'm not allowed to tell you their names until you become a Genin, though he was planning on waiting until you became a Chuunin. As a friend of your parents, I convinced him to let me tell you when you become a Genin, instead. No sooner, no matter how much I wish otherwise. Oh yeah. Something I think you'll find a little ironic."
"What do you mean?" Iruka asked.
"Naruto, you told me you like Ramen, right?" He nodded. "Both of your parents were what are called Ramaniacs. They knew virtually everything about Ramen in their time. I can't give you any identities," 'Regardless of if they're necessary or not.' "But I can tell you a bit about them. The law doesn't prevent that."
Naruto smiled. "Alright. Well, Iruka-sensei, since I'm in your class, I might as well stick around."
"I've got a few things to do to kill some time. Sarutobi's got his hands full, and the council is not happy. They're still calling for blood."
"Well, what do you expect?" Iruka asked. "I may not have been a councilor myself, but I know for a fact that there are only 2 enemies for any leader. One: Paperwork. No one, save for the Yondaime ever figured out how to beat that one. That secret went with him to his grave. History gives the second one. The Council of advisers. Those two combined are the biggest headache, because usually, said Council is filled with Power Hungry Idiots."
"Can't argue with that."
"You're a good man, Iruka."
"He's got to have some kind of friend. I figure that he doesn't even have any family, either."
"If he does, not even I know where they are." The fox admitted.
"Then we have to stick together. Us Orphans have to stick together."
"He's also an outcast. A Black Sheep, if you will."
"Then someone else might take a liking to him. No one likes her either." Iruka admitted. "I'm not sure why, nor do I really care. I can tell she wears a mask, and no one else bothers to look for it. All because it's not visible."
"Emotional Mask?" Iruka nodded. "Kit, looks like that's another one."
"No kidding." Naruto said, his eyes dead. Iruka noticed this and frowned. "I may act happy, and you've already seen part of it, Iruka-sensei. But... If Kurama thinks you won't do anything..."
Iruka then hugged him, surprising them both, and didn't let go. "I don't care about what anyone else says. I saw the look in your eyes. I... I don't know what they've done to you, but... No one, child or not, should have the look. That's the look of someone who's already died." Naruto sniffled, his mask was breaking apart.
"This isn't good. Someone is already breaking his mask." Kurama thought.
"Don't worry, Kurama. Yuffie and I planned for this. He broke through the first emotional mask. The hug did that. He still won't be able to break the other 3."
"Wait, 3 others?"
"The first is an Emotional Mask. The second is the mask of an idiot. If he manages to break that one, which I somehow don't doubt with time, then he'll have to break the Physical mask. That's the small set of abilities. Nothing regarding my Bloodline. Once the Fourth Mask is removed, or I get pissed beyond recognition, and would usually channel your Youki... Either someone will get severely injured, or they're dead. That's removing my Fourth Mask. Mask 3 will be gone after I become a Genin. Anything B-rank or above, or Chuunin Rank will trigger Mask 4's permanent destruction. Extreme Rage will only trigger a temporary release, and I'll pass out afterwards. That's what we came up with."
"And everyone said she was crazy as hell."
"Not everything is as it seems. You know that. Besides, she uses all of them but Mask 1."
"That... That's why they say that."
"People see the mask, but not underneath it. That's the problem with most humans."
Kurama cleared his throat. "As much as I don't want to interrupt a tender moment, I believe there is business to take care of. I can sense a few others coming towards the Academy. Some are about Iruka's level, a couple others are higher, but a lot are weaker. I'll pick you up after the Academy is out. And Iruka? Remember your words. I'm holding you to them." Kurama jumped out the window and disappeared.
Iruka looked at Naruto. "Look, Naruto. If you don't understand something, let me know. I'll try to explain it as best as I can. However, I'll have to introduce you, since it's the middle of the school year. The Academy is mainly for the basics in practical application, and knowledge. Nothing big, or dangerous. You've already been through danger. I can tell that much. Nothing but the other teachers would try to harm you. And if they do, I'll call them out on a law that I remembered hearing about."
Naruto nodded. 'I heard about this already. I'll be getting the lessons in another way from Mom, Dad, and Nanaki, after all.'
Students came in and sat down in groups. Naruto was venturing the Academy Grounds, mainly to figure out the best places to hit, but he acted like he was lost, or trying to figure just where he was. So yeah. Lost.
He managed to make his way back to Iruka's Classroom, as he heard his voice, and stopped.
-In the classroom-
Iruka had just finished Row Call. "Alright class, before we begin, there is a new student that wasn't able to come in yesterday due to some kind of incident that kept him in the hospital, or so I'm told. Come on in."
The door opened, and Naruto walked in. Iruka looked at him. "Introduce yourself. Name, likes, dislikes, hobbies, and dreams. Stuff like that."
Naruto had his fake smile on his face. Iruka noticed. 'He's not willing to show them the pain he's felt. Smart choice, for now.'
"My name is Naruto Uzumaki! I like Ramen, the Forest, and foxes. Dislikes... Not many, but can't name them. Hobbies... Don't have any. Dreams... Can't say. Torn between 5 things." Naruto took a turn from his thoughtful look to a big grin, reminiscent of a fox.
'I saw the Fox comment coming. And that grin... It shows he's living with that fox.' "Alright, Naruto. Find a seat, and sit there, so we can begin. I am Iruka Umino, but from now on, you are to call me Iruka-sensei." Naruto nodded, and found a seat, before sitting in it.
'Let's see how far my act can go.' Naruto thought, as he sat down, next to a girl with Dark Blue, almost raven colored, hair. 'Looks like I found a seat next to a Hyuuga.'
You thought I didn't think the mask thing through, did you? Well, this is a little embarrassing to be honest, as I thought more about the mask than the Training Schedule, and remembering the Characters from FF7 in AVALANCHE after... a few years of not having the game. I blame me going through the FF7/Naruto Fanfics on the site for this story.
That is, if this story even gets posted. Of course, if you're reading this, it was obviously posted, and that means that I did something else I wasn't planning on.