First and foremost, I would like to acknowledge that the original idea for this story comes from Ihateheroes' "Naruto: To become a great ninja!" His basic theory behind his story was pretty unique and had a lot of potential. But the original author of this story hasn't updated it or any of his stories in a few months. So, the writer in me refused to let a good idea die and wished for me to expound on this concept. Should Ihateheroes return from hiatus, continue to write "Naruto: To become a great ninja!" and wish for me to take down my own story, I will—as it was originally his idea.
Second, I will say that my story will travel down a similar path as the original for the first few chapters with some subtle changes. In fact the first few chapters will be almost exactly the same.
Third, I don't know what the pairing will be for this story yet. My Naruto will likely meet, befriend, and romance many women as Ihateheroes intended, but whether he ensnares all of them or commits himself to one remains to be seen.
Lastly, unless there is an overwhelming negative reaction to this story or a severe underwhelming amount of interest (i.e. 0 reviews or favs after finishing my first few chapters), this story will get completed. Whether it takes months or years, this story will get completed.
Now that I'm done with my disclaimers, I'll start with the theory behind this story and begin the first chapter.
When the Fourth Hokage separated Kurama's Yin (Dark) chakra from its body and sealed the Yang (Light) chakra and Kurama inside his son, Naruto was also left incomplete. Naruto's lack of hate towards the villagers that abused him, the Konoha 12 that ignored him, and the authority figures (Sandiame, Kakashi, Jiraiya) to failed protect him in canon can all be explained by the missing Yin chakra from the Kyuubi.
But when Orochimaru applied the Gogyo Fuin to Naruto in the Forest of Death, it causes the Kyuubi's missing Yin chakra to return. Now not only is Kurama complete, so is Naruto. This new Naruto will be very different from his retarded kill-me-orange self. He will have problems interacting with those around him due to his newfound animosity and darker thoughts brought about by the influx of Yin chakra. And those around him will struggle to understand and reconnect with the "complete" Naruto.
Naruto will be strong…..VERY strong. He's going to meet and interact with quite lot females. And he's going to have a bit of an edge to himself early on. All in all, he's going to be a complete badass as Ihateheroes intended.
Now let's see what Naruto was truly meant to be…..
Naruto rubbed his aching head as he came to, climbing to his feet shakily, "What happened?" he grunted in pain as his head stung.
Then the memory came back to him, distorted by a distinct crimson haze.
"Hmm," the Grass shinobi mused quietly, Naruto in her grasp. "It seems the Kyuubi brat is still alive." She then opened his orange jacket and rolled up his shirt. The Grass kunoichi was amused at what she saw, on the boy's stomach was an intricate seal on the boy's stomach, "So this is the seal."
The Kusagakure kunoichi moved her right hand behind herself, a mini purple fire lighting up on each fingertip. Naruto thrashed in her grasp, trying desperately to free himself. The ninja's amazingly long tongue, however, would not relinquish him from its grasp.
"Hey!" he shouted, wriggling as much as the foreign appendage would allow. "Let me...go!"
The super powerful Grass ninja, who was actually Orochimaru in disguise, thrust his flaming fingers into Naruto's unprotected abdomen, crying, "Gogyo Fuin!"
Naruto's face contorted into a silent scream as the Hebi Sennin's agile digits dug into his stomach, clenching around the soft flesh. The red bled from his irises as the Kyūbi's Chakra disappeared, returning his eyes to their natural blue. His canine teeth shrunk to their original size and his nails were once more blunt and soft. Then, without warning, the blonde boy slumped, unconscious.
As the Grass Kunoichi tossed him into the depth of the abyss, all Naruto heard was a scream.
"Urgh!" Naruto gripped his head as white chakra started to form around him. Its energy sizzled, crackled like food under the stove. The white energy hissed upon bodily contact causing Naruto great pain. He screamed when memories suddenly flashed once more.
For a brief second he saw a red haired woman being held by a blond haired man.
"Naruto" a feminine voice echoed his mind.
"My Naruto don't be a fussy eater…eat a lot and grow up to be a big boy. Go to bed early and sleep well, take your bath every day." The voice coughed. She sounded like she was in pain "Make friends, it doesn't matter how many. Just make sure they're real friends…people you can trust even a few is enough. And study your ninjutsu…I was never good at it, maybe you will be."
"Everyone has things they are good at and things they are not. So don't feel bad if you can't do it all. Make sure you listen to the teachers at the academy."
Naruto's head continued to spin as he kept screaming. The white chakra whirled around him and began to sprout tails….one….two…three.
"And remember avoid the three vices of the Shinobi…don't borrow money if you can help it. Save what you earn from missions. No drinking alcohol until you're 20 and don't overdo it or you'll ruin your body."
Four….five….six tails. The agony continued.
"And as for women, well I'm a woman so I don't know what to say, but there are only men and women in this world, and you'll want a girlfriend someday. Just try not to pick a weird one, try to find someone like your mother."
A man spoke now "Another warning watch out for Jiraiya-Sensei."
The voices grunted but the female voice again spoke this time was very sad.
"Naruto….you are going to experience a lot of pain and suffering…."
Flashes came. People scowling at him; there was anger, sadness…
"Mom said I can't play with you"
"He's that boy"
"Remember who you are, find a goal, a dream and don't stop trying until it comes true." The female voice spoke again bring forth another memory.
"I want to be Hokage! The greatest of them all" Naruto yelled standing in front of the class. Everyone soon laughed at him.
"Like you can be, dobe" a boy with a dog in his head insulted "you've failed twice now!"
"Yeah Naruto-Baka!" a pink haired girl yelled when everyone now threw insults at him. One word was the most consistent of them all.
"There…there's so much more I want to say…to teach you about…I want to stay with you. I love you my baby." Weeping can be heard as Naruto felt great sorrow, the woman was crying.
"I'm sorry Minato. I took all your time" she said when the male voice entered now.
"It's okay, Naruto this is your dad. Listen to your motor-mouth mother. I want you to be the greatest ninja ever!"
Naruto let out an ear-splitting scream. The pain was unbearable.
Seven….Eight….Nine tails…..finally complete.
"Eight Trigrams seal!" both the female and male yelled.
"Argh!" Naruto fell to his knees and became unconscious what he didn't know was that he stood before the seal.
The white chakra surged into the cage and two red slitted eyes opened.
It spoke "I am complete."
"Urgh," Naruto groaned softly, the splashing water waking him.
He looked around; his expression a bit dazed still, "Where—?"
A sewer is what he saw; pipes that leaked a bit hit the water creating dripping sound. He looked around and was surprised to see a huge cage before him.
"A cage" Naruto said still confused to where he was "Where am I?"
Last thing he remembered, he'd been in the Forest of Death during the second part of the Chûnin Selection Exams and he had fought against a strong Kusagakure ninja. He had been surrounded by trees and roots and then darkness.
So where was he now? The only place that had sewers was the konoha sewers he used to venture to when he was little.
"This is no ordinary sewer and this cage," the blonde thought as he looked at the cage , "a cage?" he walked to the cage and touched the bars
"So," a deep voice, like the rolling thunder, spoke. Nearly jumping out of his skin, he suddenly froze, coming face to face with a crimson fox, "you're finally here."
Its fur was like fire, wild and uncontrolled. Nine flames appeared behind the beast.
Uzumaki Naruto began to tremble, but his feet refused to move.
"It is nice to meet my jailor" the fox spoke, its voice brought shivers to his spine. Naruto felt its hot breath making him sweat.
"Tell me do you know who I am," the fox moved closer, its glowing red eyes boring into his own, "Can you say it with that tiny mouth of yours?"
"K…Kyuubi" Naruto stammered this was true fear he felt.
The fox chuckled "Ku, Ku,Ku,Ku."
Naruto took a step back when suddenly claws attacked the bars. The massive claws stopped Naruto in his tracks as they tore his clothes, like knives tearing through his skin. The Uzumaki screamed in pain.
With eyes closed and fear overcoming him, he screamed "Your name is Kurama!"
The Kyuubi's eyes went wide in great surprise when suddenly light escaped the seal and a ball smacked the blond Uzumaki on the head. Naruto fell backwards.
He groaned when he felt something on his lap. He looked and saw a beautiful glowing orb.
Kyuubi chuckled "You are not stupid after all." It seemed that the brat too went through the process.
"W…what do you want and why am I here?" Naruto asked suddenly huge back can be heard as fires came rushing towards him but enwrapped the bars of the seal.
"I am the Kyuubi and you are in the seal" the fox spoke—its eyes studying the blond like a specimen under the microscope.
"Seal?" Naruto moved away from the fox fearing he would lash out at him. "So the snake woman sent me here?"
"Partially," the Kyuubi spoke "I sent you here."
Naruto was surprised but his surprise came through a croaked voice "W…why"
"It is not your concern" the fox said
"Wha…what do you mean …" Naruto got up now holding the orb in his hand "why did you send me here?"
The orb glowed and the Fox slanted its eyes a bit "The seal is complete."
"What" Naruto blinked "the seal, you mean the Eight Trigrams seal!"
"Yes, the seal is fully complete." The Kyuubi said "what was lost has been found."
"What was lost…" Naruto said in thought "you mean you lost something" Kyuubi chuckled, its damn chuckle always made him shiver.
"Indeed," it smirked. "But it appears I wasn't the only one."
"What do you mean" Naruto asked but the fox spoke "Now is not the time. Wake up"
Eyes wide open Naruto woke with a gasp, his head aching and his stomach sore. It felt as though he'd been run through with a katana to the heart..
Getting up he heard he looked around to see team 10, 7 and another team.
"You're awake Naruto," Chouji spoke getting his attention as did everyone.
"Naruto-Baka!" Sakura yelled as he saw her with Ino it seemed she was done getting her hair done.
Naruto just ignored everything and held his face.
"What is this feeling" he thought, he felt more spiritually aware, like an empty void inside him was filled.
"What was lost has been found" what Kyuubi said rung through his mind.
"Mendoukse (troublesome) that fight was a waste of time." Shikamaru groaned as he sat next to Chouji who opened a bag of chips and began to inhale them.
"Don't...be..like..that...Shikamaru...we won." Chouji offered positively between bites.
"Yeah, you're right Chouji. It's just too troublesome to think about," Shikamaru replied as he leaned back to look at the clouds.
Neji stood of to the side as he watched Tenten wake their teammate Lee up while keeping a discreet watch on Uchiha Sasuke. Sasuke sat under a nearby tree by himself just reflecting on this latest development.
"That power, I felt that nothing could beat me, it felt great..." Sasuke thought as he remembered what happened not too long ago, however he looked at Naruto who also was in deep thought.
"We got the scroll. Let's go" Sasuke said now getting up. This alerted Sakura who also got up. Naruto remained still.
"There are still plenty of teams out there who could easily beat us separately," Ino pointed out as she looked at everyone else in the clearing.
"Yosh! We can all make it through with the combined might of our youth!" Lee all but shouted as he gave his nice guy pose before Tenten clocked him with a fist to the back of the head and pulled him down to sit and be quiet.
"Need I to remind you we are enemies for the remainder of this part of the exam, so teaming up wouldn't be wise. Lets go Lee, Tenten" Neji ordered Tenten nodded and got up Lee did the same they left now.
"Troublesome but we have both our scrolls," Shikamaru got up "let's go." Chouji and Ino nodded as the Ino-Shika-Cho trio left.
"Hrn" Sasuke grunted and walked off. "Naruto" he called out to his teammate.
"Uh" Naruto snapping out of his thoughts.
"We're going," Sasuke ordered as Sakura followed.
Naruto just got up and went with them. The other team followed.
Chunin Exam - Forest of Death Tower
"I suggest we open the scrolls," Naruto said. After three hours of nonstop running, Team Seven had finally made it to the tower. They were now deciding what to do.
"Idiot!" Sakura punched Naruto over the head, a vein popping out on her brow. "Anko-san said not to open the scrolls! We'd get disqualified!"
"She was talking about before we got to the tower!" Naruto shouted back, rubbing his head. "Besides, we would probably still be looking for a second scroll if it wasn't for me remember the decoy scroll"
"I don't care!" Sakura fumed, glaring at him. "I'm not about to let you and your stupidity get Sasuke-kun disqualified from the Chûnin Exams!"
"Stupidity…its common sense!" Naruto argued, blue eyes burning. "We're in the tower now. The only explanation is that the scrolls have something to do with our qualification into the next part of the Exams!"
Silence ensued as both Sasuke and Sakura were greatly surprised. That really made sense.
"Baka!" Sakura hissed "since when do you have common sense! I won't allow you to mess this up."
"Then what do you propose?" he said seriously. "Come on tell us"
Sasuke looked at her and Sakura now was intimidated a bit as she was put into a spot.
"Well..I, we just move forward" she sputtered having no idea.
"Where, we are in the tower," Naruto asked. "Where do we go?"
"We just move forward!" Sakura snapped at him.
"Jeez!" Naruto flung his hands up in exasperation, rolling his eyes. "For the smartest girl in the Academy you sure are pretty dumb!"
"What did you say?" Sakura's voice rose. "I dare you to say that to my face!"
"You heard," Naruto yelled back looking at Sakura like she was the stupidest woman in the world, "BAKA!"
"How dare you!" Sakura was about to hit Naruto again when Sasuke spoke.
"Hey, guys," both of them froze as Sasuke looked at them with his serious face. "I think we should open the scrolls."
Naruto now sighed as Sakura squealed and droned about how right her Sasuke-kun was, and about how he always had the best ideas. Wasn't it his idea?
"Yeah Naruto-Baka!" a pink haired girl yelled when everyone now threw insults at him. One word was the most consistent of them all.
Naruto froze with his head down, the shadows covering his eyes.
"Baka huh" he said to himself eerily "Sakura…why did I even like her anyway?" It didn't make sense.
"Come on, baka!" Sakura pulled him by the sleeve of his jacket, shoving the Heaven scroll into his stomach forcefully. "Help me open the scrolls."
Grudgingly peeling open the scroll given to him, he stared at its contents. Several characters were written down, focused around single kanji in the center; the scrolls began to bring out smoke.
"Sakura let go of the scroll" Sakura quickly listened oblivious of the way Naruto called her name.
The scrolls were hurled at the floor as it rolled away from them. The smoke rose to covered the,. As the smoke began to clear, a shape could be seen within the dispersing cloud. Team Seven tensed, but was surprised at who it was.
"Iruka-Sensei!" Sakura yelled
The person that came was the Academy teacher, Umino Iruka. He grinned at them, waving in a friendly manner, "Hey, guys. It's been a while, huh?"
"Iruka…Sensei" Naruto said in a quiet voice.
"Get out Naruto" Iruka was scowling "you have been disrupting the class."
"But I didn't do anything!" Young Naruto groaned.
"Get out!" Iruka yelled.
"It's been a while Naruto" Iruka smiled his hand landed on his hair softly began to ruffle it.
Naruto flinched at the touch and suddenly slapped the hand away.
"Don't touch me!" he hissed, eyes gleaming dangerously much to the shock of Iruka.
"Baka!" Sakura came and bonked his head "don't do that to your sensei!"
Naruto had his head down. He couldn't understand where these memories were coming from or why he was acting the way he was.
"I am complete." "But it appears I wasn't the only one."
The Kyuubi knew something.
"Naruto!" Sakura yelled getting him out of his thoughts
"Ah" he smiled scratching the back of his head exactly the way he used to do "sorry Iruka-Sensei"
Iruka was deep in thought. He was confused. This wasn't the Naruto he knew.
"Sensei…can you explain our next task?" Sasuke spoke.
"Oh, right," Iruka rubbed the back of his neck, "I am here to tell you all you have passed the second exam," Team 7 was surprised.
"Really?" Sakura asked
"Yes" Iruka smiled "now is the third exam. You guys don't overdo it okay" he looked at Naruto "especially you Naruto."
"Don't worry about me, it's not your job; its mine" he said suddenly surprising the teacher.
He grinned, rubbing his neck sheepishly, "Yeah, I guess so, huh?" Iruka was beginning to worry. What happened to Naruto?
"Let's go," Sasuke said walking off.
"Yeah!" Sakura yelled following Naruto went after them until Iruka stopped him with a hand on his shoulder.
"Naruto…did something happened in the forest?" he asked a bit worried.
With his back turned to his sensei, he shrugged the hand off his shoulder. He walked off completely ignoring a shocked Iruka.
All Iruka heard was a dead voice laced with traces sadness and confusion.
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