Guest: Perhaps you have a point with his abilities but...I really wanted to give him Lightning, Iron and Fire. I also like to keep the powers confined to what they have shown in the anime.
Pix: I'll agree with you on the stamina but I've never heard of the Uzumaki's being tougher or stronger physically. And, yes, I do realize there was no Namikaze clan, but since this is fanfiction, I assumed I could create it to use as a backstory. The only reason I didn't use the Uzumaki's is because everyone uses them and I wanted to be a little different.
Aragon Potter: Well, I did write it in two days, so that's why it may seem rushed. Also, like I said before, I don't like filler, so I don't want to waste time on a training session that didn't even involve Naruto. And, yes, Naruto will have Iron, Fire, and Lightning Dragon Slayer powers. I thought I made that pretty clear in the first two chapters, what with him turning his arm into a giant iron club, but whatever. If you're wondering why I didn't have him use Wind Dragon Slayer magic, it's because that is more used for healing and I don't really see Naruto as a healer. Naruto and Konohamaru are both 12. This will not be a Naruto/FemHaku. Like I said before, I can't write romance at all, so there will be no pairing. I hate harems and the only reason he is going to have a 'Friends with Benefits' thing is because the challenger wanted it.
"I'm going to pay, huh?" Raiga said, amused. He raised his swords,"Bring it, then."
"With pleasure." Naruto replied."Scales of the Iron Dragon!" As the name implied, iron scales started covering all of Naruto's skin, giving him a great boost to his offense and defense. With that, he rushed forward and pulled his fist back.
"Hard Fist of the Iron Dragon!"
Raiga raised his swords, crackling with lightning, to block the punch but it was much stronger than he thought. He was sent skidding back, but Naruto continued his assault. Raiga was surprised when blasts of wind were created from Naruto's punches and kicks. He continued blocking and dodging his attacks, vaguely noticing when Zabuza went to engage Kakashi and Haku went to deal with the Genin.
After a few minutes of fighting, Raiga saw an opening a cut Naruto across the chest, easily cutting through his trench coat, flak jacket, shirt, and even Naruto's scales. Naruto looked down, shocked.
"T-That's impossible! Nothing can cut through these scales!" he claimed.
Raiga smirked, "I don't think so, kid. These swords can cut through anything." He then frowned, "But I'll give you this: I didn't cut nearly as deep as I thought I would."
Naruto glanced down and saw that a small amount of blood was oozing out of his wound. It was nothing dangerous, and barely worth noticing at all.
Raiga suddenly grinned viciously, "I guess I'll just have to give it more power!" he announced, pumping more chakra into his swords, causing them to glow with excess lightning. He suddenly pointed one of the swords at Naruto, sending a lightning bolt at him.
Naruto simply opened his mouth and swallowed the lightning, smirking, "Thanks! That was delicious!" he taunted, causing Raiga to growl. Naruto suddenly rushed forward and continued his assault, taking more care to avoid his sword strikes.
Raiga, however, got lucky, cutting him down the length of his left arm, making Naruto's blood splatter across the ground. The blond cried out in pain and Raiga smirked.
"Not so tough now, are you?" Raiga taunted.
Naruto growled, watching his blood ooze out. 'Damn. If I hadn't had my scales activated, he would have split my arm down the middle!'
Naruto and Raiga returned to their fight, the blond dodging sword slashes, and Raiga dodging devastating punches and kicks. However, Raiga was more than exceptional with his swords, showing his skill with them by slashing him across his chest, crossing his previous slash, drawing a copious amount of blood. However, Naruto took this moment to land a devastating kick to Raiga's stomach, sending the man flying back, coughing up globs of blood.
Naruto jumped back, breathing deeply. He looked up and saw Raiga panting with blood dribbling down his chin. The blond suddenly thrust his uninjured arm forward.
"Lance of the Iron Dragon: Demon Logs!" he declared. His arm transformed into a large spearhead and multiple steel spears were launched toward Raiga in rapid succession.
Raiga's eyes widened, but reacted quickly, dodging many of them and cutting down the ones who got too close. Some were able to graze him, though, creating many cuts over his body. Raiga was panting heavily at this point, and Naruto realized why.
'Of course! Channeling so much chakra through his swords must drain him quickly.' Naruto smirked at this realization and took a deep breath.
His cheeks expanded and he blew out a large and powerful tornado, ripping through the ground and speeding towards Raiga, who was unable to dodge.
"Roar of the Iron Dragon!"
As soon as the tornado made contact, it created a large explosion, damaging Raiga severely. When the smoke cleared, Raiga was revealed. He was covered in cuts and lacerations, most of which were bleeding profusely. He was coughing up blood every few seconds, and his swords lay useless on the ground. His clothes were reduced to shreds and he was glaring at Naruto with hooded eyes, crouching over something protectively.
"Raiga!" a small voice cried out in alarm.
Naruto was surprised to see a small boy crawl out of Raiga's pack. He looked concerned for the swordsman's well being. Raiga smiled a bloody smile to the boy and slowly stood up, grabbing the Kiba from nearby.
"I-I'll be f-fine, Ranmaru." Raiga said, standing in a weak stance, his swords barely crackling with lightning.
Naruto sighed and his scales receded, "Look, why don't you give up? I'll take you into custody and you'll be sent back to Kiri."
"Never!" Raiga cried, stumbling toward Naruto, raising his swords.
"Sword of the Iron Dragon!" Raiga seemed not to notice as Naruto's arm changed into a large, jagged steel blade. The blade's spikes started rotating up and down the length of the blade, effectively turning it into a chainsaw.
Raiga continued stumbling towards him, eyes hazy, and Naruto looked solemn as he raised his chainsaw/arm. Raiga raised his swords weakly.
"You will die here!" he cried, a touch of insanity coloring his voice. The former Kiri-nin suddenly gasped as a large amount of blood spurted from the wound Naruto had created on his torso, running from his right shoulder to his left hip.
"R-Ranmaru..." was the last thing he uttered before he fell to the ground, dead.
"Raiga!" the boy, Ranmaru, cried out in tears.
Naruto picked up the Kiba and walked over to the crying boy. He crouched down, "I'm sorry for your lost, but he gave me no choice. I hope you understand." he said quietly.
The boy looked at him, tears still running down his face. He nodded slightly, "He told me this would happen someday, but he was all I had."
Naruto put his hand on the boy's shoulder, "I understand. When I was your age, I didn't have anyone either. No matter what kind of person they were, they acknowledged you and took care of you, right?"
Ranmaru nodded, "Yes." he said softly and wiped his eyes, "I shouldn't be crying like this. Raiga wouldn't like it. You're really nice, you know." he smiled.
He ruffled the boy's hair, "Thanks. You know, I am surprised you're not angry with me for killing him." he said gently.
"I can't really ever get angry. And since you're so nice, I can't help but kind of like you." he said.
Naruto rubbed the back of his head sheepishly, grinning, "Thanks. You should probably go back to the village. It's dangerous here." he added seriously.
Ranmaru looked down, "I can't walk. I'm not paralyzed, but my body's always been weak."
"Oh." Naruto said lamely, mentally kicking himself. "Well, why don't you stay here? I've got to go help the others. If you want, though, you can come back to Konoha with us to get good medical help." the blond Jonin offered.
"That sounds good." he replied with a smile.
Naruto smiled back before standing up and running towards the mist, leaving the Kiba near Ranmaru. He stopped as he caught sight of a dome of mirrors that seemed to be composed of ice. By the sounds coming from inside, he guessed Konohamaru and Sasuke were getting their asses handed to them.
He lifted his right leg, which formed into a giant iron club and extended forward, smashing through one of the ice mirrors. Many smaller iron clubs formed from it and extended, smashing every other mirror in the process.
"Club of the Iron Dragon!"
He slowly walked forward, opening his mouth to make a smart-ass comment, but the words caught in his throat as he caught sight of Konohamaru's unmoving body, senbon sticking out of his neck. Sasuke looked up and Naruto noticed his eyes. The Sharingan.
Naruto was still, his eyes shadowed. The fake hunter-nin slowly stood up from where he had been knocked down when he was thrown from one of his mirrors. He looked over to Naruto.
"You have defeated Raiga? I must say that was unexpected. No matter. I will exterminate any threats to-"
His words were cut off as a malevolent, red chakra erupted from Naruto in droves. Flames erupted from Naruto's clenched fists, but unlike before, when they were controlled, the flames were wild and violent. They were also a much darker red than before. The red chakra was swirling around him until it briefly took the shape of a fox head, and then faded away. Naruto slowly lifted his head and Haku's blood ran cold at the sight of his eyes.
Naruto's eyes were a blood red with a black, vertical slit running through them. His teeth were longer and sharper, his hair was wilder, and his whisker marks were wider and darker. When he spoke, his voice was deep and guttural.
"I'LL KILL YOU!" he screamed and disappeared. It was so fast that not even Sasuke's newly awakened Sharingan couldn't keep track of him.
Before Haku could react, Naruto's flaming fist was buried in his stomach with such force that it caused Haku to cough up blood and lit his clothes on fire. Naruto pulled his other fist back and punched Haku again. Haku gasped in pain as he felt some of his ribs give away to the power of the punch. He tried to jump away but Naruto grabbed him by the throat.
"You're not getting away, bastard!" he screamed and dropped the hunter-nin. Naruto pulled his still flaming fists back. "Crimson Lotus: Fist of the Fire Dragon!" Naruto proceeded to rapidly punch Haku, each punch causing an explosion, destroying a small part of the bridge in the process. Naruto pulled his left fist back after the attack was completed and flames shot out of his elbow. The blond Jonin rocketed his fist forward and impacted Haku's face with such force that it broke his mast and caved his skull in. The force of the hit threw him across the bridge to the mainland, where he hit a tree and fell to the ground, dead.
Even with the object of his anger 'taken care of', Naruto's rage was not sated. He noticed the mist clearing and looked over to where he sensed Kakashi, ignoring Sasuke's terrified gaze, and saw Zabuza being held by Kakashi's ninken with said man's lightning covered hand piercing his chest. As Kakashi pulled his hand out of the now dead missing-nin, they heard a loud banging sound echoing throughout the air. They all looked over to see a short, pig-like man grinning at them with a veritable army of bandits standing being him.
The man, who was obviously Gato, laughed evilly, "Ah! I see you've taken care of Zabuza and that masked brat that broke my arm. I'll have to thank you. Right after I have you killed, of course." he grinned. He opened his mouth to continue taunting them, but was cut off my Naruto's feral roar.
"You! This is your fault!" he screamed, his rage increasing. "I'll show you hell!"
With that, he shot toward the disgusting man, flames reigniting on his hands. The bandits reacted quickly and rushed forward to meet his charge, which was a really stupid mistake. The first bandit tried to slash him with his low-quality sword, but Naruto ducked underneath and punched him in the face hard enough to snap the man's neck. Another man tried to stab him with his spear, but Naruto simply sidestepped and punched him over his heart, causing it to stop immediately. The next attacker tried an overhead strike with a large mace, but he simply caught it with his hand and pulled it from the man's grasp and swung it back at the man's head, causing his head to explode, blood, bone, and brain matter splattering over the other bandits. The battle continued much the same way, Naruto mercilessly and systematically killing all of the bandits, not once getting hit himself.
Sasuke, Sakura, and Tazuna stared in mute horror at what was transpiring in front of them. A twelve year old boy killing dozens of people with little effort and no remorse. His formerly white coat was now soaked in blood. Kakashi only stared with sad eyes, wondering what brought this side of the normally cheerful and fun-loving blond out to 'play'. He realized why when he spotted Konohamaru's still form. He closed his eyes.
Eventually, only Gato was left. Naruto slowly stalked towards him. The man was so terrified, he fell to his backside and a wet spot appeared on his pants. Gato shakily held his hands up.
"P-Please d-don't ki-"
"Roar of the Fire Dragon!"
Everybody couldn't help but flinch at the bloodcurdling scream that erupted from within the fire, which was so intense that it started melting the stone of the bridge. Naruto kept the flames up for five minutes, before he had to cease, lest he pass out from lack of oxygen. Naruto panted hard and stared down coldly at the blackened and burnt body of the business tycoon. Naruto pulled his foot back and kicked the man's corpse into the ocean below.
He then slowly turned around and walked back towards Konohamaru's body, ripping of his bloody coat and tossing it aside. He was going to need a new one. Kakashi gently grabbed his shoulder, but Naruto ripped it away and kept walking. When he reached his best friend's body, he collapsed to his knees. He hesitantly reached forward and checked Konohamaru's neck for a pulse.
There wasn't one.
A lump found its way to Naruto's throat and the blond could feel his eyes watering. The rest of Konohamaru's team and Tazuna closed their eyes in grief. Naruto closed his eyes to stop his tears, but a few made their way out anyway.
"Crying on a mission? Hmph! Some Jonin." A weak voice snarked from underneath him.
Naruto's eyes snapped open, causing a few more tears to fall, and he saw Konohamaru staring back at him with with half-lidded eyes and a slight smirk. Naruto immediately wiped his eyes and glared at him.
"I wasn't crying, you idiot!" he yelled, though no one believed a word of it.
"Uh huh." the Sandaime's grandson replied condescendingly. He tried to sit up, but winced in pain and lied back down. "Ugh, I'm so sore." He looked around, "What happened to the hunter-nin?"
"Oh, when I though he had killed you, I...oh." he trailed off, grimacing.
Konohamaru blinked, "What?"
Naruto laughed nervously, "I...may have overreacted a tad." he admitted, standing up and walking towards where Haku had landed.
"What did he mean?" the brunette asked, turning to Sasuke.
The Uchiha shivered, "Trust me, Konohamaru, you don't want to know." he said vaguely.
When Naruto reached the dead body of the fake hunter-nin, he grimaced. The boy's face was caved in and he was covered in burns and blood. He was missing most of his teeth and one of his eyes was hanging out of its socket.
The blond sighed, "Geez, I feel like an asshole now." He lowered his eyes, "I'm sorry I did this to you, but I'm sure you understand why. You'd probably have done the same thing, though I guess I don't have any right to assume what you'd do. I didn't know you after all." he said softly. He pulled out a scroll and unsealed a body bag. He unzipped it and gently lowered the boy into the bag. Before he zipped the bag back up, he checked the hunter-nins ninja pouch. There was nothing much, just some senbon and smoke bombs. He felt a scroll, too, and pulled it out.
"Ice-make?" he muttered. "Could this be...?" he questioned softly. He saw that the scroll was sealed shut with a blood seal, so he hesitantly bit his thumb and brought the blood covered digit to the scroll. Nothing happened at first, but Naruto smiled as the scroll suddenly unfurled, showing a variety of techniques with the large kanji for 'Namikaze' at the top. He would usually be very happy at finding another scroll from his clan, but he couldn't be too happy because of the circumstances. He sighed and rolled the scroll back up, placing it in his pouch. He zipped the body bag up and sealed it back into the scroll.
He walked back to Raiga's body and repeated the process with him. He looked over to see Kakashi doing the same with Zabuza's body. He looked over to the Ranmaru and smiled.
"I'll make sure to give him a proper burial, alright." he said and the boy smiled. Naruto bent down and picked the boy up, settling him over his shoulders. He reached over and picked up the Kiba, admiring the legendary blades. "Hold on tight, okay?" he said to the boy, who nodded. He walked back over to Team 7, who were staring at the boy curiously.
Konohamaru, who had finally found the strength to stand, asked, "Who's that?"
"He was Raiga's partner." he said, causing the others to narrow their eyes. Naruto held up his hands, "Relax. He's okay and he'll be accompanying us back to Konoha when the bridge is completed." he said. They were hesitant at first, but decided not to protest. It was just a small, fragile boy that couldn't walk by himself, apparently, after all.
"Speaking of the bridge," Tazuna's annoyed voice broke in, "Did you have to be so destructive?"
"Actually, Tazuna," Kakashi interjected, eye-smiling, "This actually isn't so bad compared to what he could have done."
"Fuck you, too, sensei." Naruto deadpanned. He turned around, "Come on let's go back to the house. I'm tired and hungry."
"Oh, then take these, Naruto." Kakashi said, tossing a couple shuriken to Naruto.
Sakura cocked her head to the side, "Sensei, what's he...gonna...do..." she trailed off, her jaw dropping along with everyone else's when the blond ate the ninja tools.
He looked over to them, "What?" he asked lightly through his chewing. They opened and closed their mouths repeatedly, not able to form words. He swallowed and shrugged, turning back around, "Come on, Konohamaru, we need to get those senbon out of you before they start doing some damage. Besides," he smirked back at his friend, "I'm still hungry."
Konohamaru rolled his eyes, knowing he was joking, or hoping he was, at least, "Yeah, yeah, I'm coming." he rushed to catch up to the blond, Sasuke following. They both asked Naruto about the swords he was carrying, but he wouldn't say anything.
Once they were out of ear shot, Sakura turned to Kakashi, "Sensei, why'd he get so mad when he though Konohamaru had died. I mean, I understand why he'd be upset, but it seemed to be more than that." she asked, whispering.
Kakashi sighed, "Well, Naruto's never really had any friends, even with his rank in the ninja forces. He's always been so lonely, so when he made friends with Konohamaru a few years back, he became so much happier, and, although he'd never admit it, Konohamaru is one of his only true friends, and if he died, I was never sure what damage it would cause to his psyche." Kakashi whispered solemnly.
The girl blinked and lowered her head, "Oh. So what we just saw..." she trailed off.
Kakashi nodded, "Yeah, that's what would happen if a person he cares about died." he told his student. "Come on, Sakura, let's go back."
"Hey!" Naruto called back, "What are you whispering about back there?"
"Nothing, Naruto." Kakashi said back, knowing Naruto would hear him even from his distance.
So, there was a tad bit of a wait, but I have other stories, and college, and I was thinking about some ideas concerning this story. I honestly don't know when my next update will be, but it will definitely take less time than this one.
See ya later.