A Devilish Mind
[Disclaimer: I do not own Naruto. It is owned by Masashi Kishimoto. This fiction is just for fun, not for profit.]
"Demon or Summon"
"... then he disappeared using a body flicker Jutsu," Cat masked Anbu said as she finished her report on the events that had happened the previous night in front of the Hokage and his advisors.
Minato felt more than just fatherly pride for his son's actions. "Thank you, Cat. You can go now," he said.
Cat nodded and gave a bow before disappearing in a puff of smoke.
Hiruzen puffed out smoke from his pipe. "Hmm, Genjutsu and Medical Ninjutsu," he said to himself.
"Your son is definitely stronger than we thought, Minato. It seems he's been hiding his true skills," Koharu said, looking at the Fourth Hokage.
"Level headed, intelligent and cunning," Homura said, who was clearly impressed by Naruto's skills. "He's a perfect example for a Shinobi."
"Yes," Minato said, smiling. "Now, what about the team selections?"
"I seem to be better if we put both Naruto and Natsumi together on the same team," Hiruzen said.
Homura looked at his old friend and nodded. "It's a good idea. This way, if Natsumi ever lose control and use the Nine-Tails' chakra, Naruto will be there to restrain her with his Chakra-chains and if it is possible with his Wood Release."
Minato nodded his head. "Yes, but we need somebody to teach him Wood Release," he said. "And there is only one person who can teach him that."
"Tenzo," Koharu said. She was one of the few people who knew about him.
Minato nodded. "I will speak to him. I'm sure he'll be happy to give Naruto his private lesson on the Wood Release."
Hiruzen pulled the pipe from his mouth and blew out a small puff of smoke. "That is a very nice idea. It will keep his Wood Release power secret for now."
Minato said, "Anyway, let's start forming other teams first." He gave a signal.
A Chunin brought a stack of papers inside and put them on the desk. After giving a bow to his superiors, he leaf.
Koharu picked up the first paper. "Start off with Team 10 first. Ino Yamanaka, Shikamaru Nara, and Chouji Akimichi will be in Team 10 and they will work under Asuma Sarutobi."
"The next generation of the Ino–Shika–Cho Trio," Hiruzen said, releasing a cloud of smoke from his pipe.
Homura adjusted his glasses and read the next paper. "Team 9 is still active, so we'll skip it. Kiba Inuzuka, Hinata Hyuuga, and Shino Aburame, they will become Team 8 and Kurenai Yuhi will lead this team."
"This team will be a great tracking team with Hyuuga clan's Byakugan, Aburame clan's bugs, and Inuzuka clan's dogs as well as their own heightened sense of smell," Minato said.
"We've some problem with Team 7, so keep it for later," Koharu said, putting Team 7's paper side. She took another paper. "Now for Team 6..."
A faraway from the Leaf Village, in a deep forest, Naruto was seating on a rock. Legs crossed, back straight, he was in a calm meditating position. The place around him was filled with wild life and nature; there were plenty of trees, and animals around.
He made numerous hand seals. "Wood Release: Nativity of A World of Trees!" he shouted.
All around him, plants started to grow. Not small plants, but giant, tall, and beautiful trees whose roots shot out of the ground into the air, crushing and merging with old trees in the forest. As they branched out, they formed leaves and caves beneath their bases. One such root burst out of the ground beneath him, lifting him off the ground.
"Does anyone have problem with arranged teams?" Koharu asked. No one protected or said anything. Accepting no one had problem, she picked up remaining paper. "Now, there are just four students left. First two are your children, Minato." She took first two papers and placed them on one side of the desk. "Another student is Sasuke Uchiha." She placed his paper next to Naruto and Natsumi's papers. "The final one is a girl from a civilian family Sakura Haruno." She took the last paper in her hand, which was Sakura's paper, last in the line.
"What is in her report?" Homura asked to know more about the girl.
Hiruzen picked up Sakura's paper. "She is among the top students in the class. Other than Naruto, she is the only student who has gotten full marks in all written tests," he said. "She has also shown in great talent in chakra control."
"Naruto and Natsumi must be in the same team," Koharu said. "And only Kakashi can teach Sasuke about the Sharingan."
"Hmm, we could always put Sakura in a different team," Homura suggested.
"No, that isn't necessary. I have a better solution," Minato said suddenly, catching his advisers' attention.
"What's on your mind, Minato?" Hiruzen asked.
"Put all of them in the Team 7," Minato said, shocking everyone. He quickly held his hand up, stopping Homura and Koharu from saying anything. "This team is going to be our assault and front-line combat team."
"An assault and front-line combat team?" Hiruzen repeated. Neither he nor his old teammates understood what Minato had said.
"Being a Jinchuuriki since the day of her birth as well as a descendant of the Uzumaki Clan, Natsumi alone possesses a massive amount of chakra. She can easily take a position of powerhouse in the Team 7," Minato said. "I know Sasuke hasn't activated his bloodline Sharingan yet, but after activating it, he can become a Ninjutsu specialist in the team. As for Sakura, putting her on the team may not seem like a good idea, but with her natural talent in controlling chakra, she does have capability to become a Medical-nin. We all know how a Medical-nin is helpful to a team." He paused to let the information to sink in. "The last is my son Naruto. He has shown a natural talent in most of Shinobi arts. He is equally smart and cunning. With those qualities, he's suitable for position of Brain of the team."
"If you put that way then it'll be a great team," Hiruzen said. He had liked Minato's idea.
"Yes, it is a great idea, but leading a team of fully trained Ninja and leading a team of four freshly graduated Genin is two separate things, Minato. Kakashi will also have to teach all of them. Can he handle it?" Homura asked. He had no doubt Kakashi was considered one of the best ninja the Leaf had ever produced. But Kakashi was also one of the laziest people he'd ever known.
"I'm sure he can handle with help that I'm going to provide him," Minato said.
Koharu asked, "Help?"
"I'm placing another Jounin in the Team 7."
Hiruzen puffed once more and removed the pipe from his mouth. "Who is that person?" he asked.
Minato smiled. "I'm sure she'll have no problem with it."
Naruto was walking toward the classroom with his hood covering his face. He was eating an apple. It was the day when he and the rest of the recently graduated students would be assigned into Genin teams. He calmly strolled into class and threw away the remains of his apple in a dustbin that was at the corner of the room. He walked toward his desk. He looked around and spotted Shikamaru Nara sleeping in his seat. Without disturbing him, he walked toward his seat. Sitting down in his seat, he crossed his arms over his chest, and closed his eyes, being decided to get some more rest.
A loud screaming woke him up from his sleep. Opening his eyes, he saw Sasuke kissing some brown-haired boy from the class. Everyone in the classroom and Sasuke's fangirls were looking at the scene in front of them with wide eyes.
Okay, he plays for the other team, Naruto thought. Take note, maintain a safe distance between us.
Both boys jumped away from each other and began to spit out the taste of each other's lips. Unfortunately, for the brown-haired boy, Sasuke's fangirls did not take well to the fact that he stole 'their Sasuke-kun's' first kiss from them. They proceeded to beat the poor boy into a bloody pulp for the next few minutes, which only ended because of the arrival of Iruka.
"All right class, take a place," No one paid Iruka any mind, and continued their talking and playing. "I said sit down!" He roared using his demon big head jutsu, which was not technically a jutsu, but his job was done as all of them immediately took their seats. He cleared his throat and looked to his class. There wasn't any weakness in his voice nor was he showing any signs of yesterdays' injuries. "Today—"
"Iruka-Sensei!" Sakura interpreted, holding her hand up.
She stood up from her seat and asked, "Where is Mizuki-Sensei?"
"Well," Iruka said. He and the Hokage had come up with an excuse to cover up the Mizuki incident, "he is on a long term, top secret mission and I can't tell you about it. Because if I tell you... I'll have to kill you." It was truly a lame excuse, but its job had done. It scared Sakura at that point she nodded her head fearfully without asking any more question and took a place on her seat. "Now class ..." He started one of his boring speeches about ninja-life.
Ignoring everything that Iruka was saying, Natsumi looked at her twin brother out of the corner of her eyes. She knew everything that Iruka had told Sakura was a lie. She had accidentally heard her parents in the hallway talking about the Mizuki incident. The silver haired Academy teacher wasn't on some kind of long term, top-secret mission. He was dead. Her brother killed him for his treason. She turned back to Iruka, who was about announced teams.
"...I hope you to do your duties with the utmost diligence and not to dishonour your village. From now on, you'll be placed in teams under the tutelage of your Jounin Sensei. Team One..." Iruka began as Sasuke and Naruto's fans waited who among them would end up one of their squad. There were many possibilities.
"Team Seven is Haruno Sakura, Sasuke Uchiha." Iruka winced as he heard the little banshee screaming in victory. "Natsumi Uzumaki and Naruto under Jounin Kakashi Hatake and... Kushina Uzumaki." He paled as he was struck by a feeling of utter dread. He looked to see Naruto's cold stare. He swallowed a lump in his throat and continued shakily to declare the other teams.
Naruto really wanted to slam his head into a table or something. I can't believe it! he thought. How come every time I try to keep my distance away from Kushina and Natsumi Minato always does something that sticks them with me?
Sasuke was also clearly unhappy for being saddled with Sakura. He had no problem with the other two teammates, but that useless fangirl was the one he disliked.
Sakura was cheering inside her mind. It was her dream to end up together with her Sasuke-kun. It was common knowledge that Genin were put in four-man cells or squad, consisting of three Genin and a Jounin-sensei. However, her team constituted an exception. It was a six-man cell: Four Genin and two Jounin-sensei. My love for Sasuke-kun is strong enough to make Hokage-sama bend rules for me, she thought. Another Sakura appeared in her mind. She looked exactly like Sakura, except she was in inverted colors—the gray body color with white lines. She had white eyes and Kanji of Inner Sakura on her large forehead. Pumping her fist in the air, she shouted, When love is eternal, even God bends its rules...
Natsumi was grinning, as she was happy. She was placed on the same team as her brother and mother. They were going to be together most of the time and she might be able to reconnect with her brother.
It appeared that the only ones satisfied about the team were girls.
Naruto suddenly stood up from his seat and started to walk toward the exit, shocking many students.
"Where are you going, Naruto?" Iruka asked. Naruto was a real mystery, not just to him but everyone. Nobody could guess what was going through his mind.
"It's obvious. I'm leaving," Naruto said, stopping in his tracks.
"What about your team meeting?"
"One of my sensei is Kakashi. You're already aware of his reputation. I don't want to waste my important time." He took a few steps toward the door. "Anyway, If anyone wants to meet me, you can find me outside, in the academy training ground," he said before he walked out of the classroom and closed the door behind him.
Within an hour, all the teams were picked up by their sensei with the exception of Team 7. They were sitting in the classroom and waiting for their own sensei to pick them up.
So I'm on the same team with a worthless fangirl and the Fourth Hokage's children. At least they won't be a total waste of space like her. Sasuke glanced at Sakura before looking at Natsumi. He thought about her brother. And I've someone who can possibly challenge me… Let's just hope that this Hatake and the Fourth's wife can teach me useful things... things that can help me against Him.
Meanwhile, with Natsumi, the girl was thinking about her current team. Ok, I'm with Mom, Naruto-nii-chan, and Kakashi-onii-san. I'll have to thank Dad, but… She looked at Sasuke and Sakura… but why did he put the class emo and his fangirl on my team… Sure, I can put up being with the Uchiha… but Sakura... I don't like her.
"Where are they?" Sakura cried, having gotten sick of waiting. She was just trying to vent some of her frustration from waiting as well as having Sasuke neglecting her the whole time.
"Sakura, please keep your voice down," Natsumi said, rubbing her ears. Being Jinchuuriki of the Nine-Tails, she had heightened senses, which were sometimes pain in the ass to deal with. "Kakashi was my father's student. He's always late by at least two hours, and it is common belief that Kakashi Hatake will be late for his own funeral." Both Sakura and Sasuke looked at her as if she was crazy. Seeing this, a tick mark appeared on her face. "It's true, but don't worry about him, my Mom will handle him."
As she finished the sentence, twin puff of smoke erupted in the room drawing their attention to it. When they cleared, both Jounin appeared in front of them. The first one was Kushina Uzumaki, wearing the standard uniform, which consisted of a simple black suit with a standard flak jacket, black pant, strapped up sandals and leaf forehead protector on her head. Her long red hair was tied into a ponytail with bangs the both sides of her face. Their attention went toward the man standing next to her. This man was Kakashi Hatake. His hair was not white, but had more of a silvery hue to it. He wore regular attire of anyone in the regular forces of the Leaf. On his hands were short, metal-plated gloves, he wore his forehead protector on a simple navy blue band, tilted to the left to cover his left eye and half of his face was covered by a navy blue mask.
"Yo!" he greeted them with waving his hand. "Sorry, we were late. We were lost on the road of life."
Everyone sweat dropped at his lame excuse. It was, of course, obvious that he was lying.
"Kakashi!" Kushina shouted, as she whacked him on the back of his head. "You're the reason we're late!"
"Sorry, Kushina-senpai!" Kakashi said, rubbing his head. Man, she still hits hard.
Kushina turned to her students. "Anyway, Team 7... Err, where is Naruto-kun?" she asked, as she noticed the lack of their fourth student, her son.
"Naruto-nii-chan is outside," Natsumi answered her mother's question.
Kushina nodded and said, "Let's go to get him!"
She and Kakashi put their hands on their future students' shoulders and disappeared in puffs of smoke.
They all appeared in the Ninja Academy training ground. Both Sasuke and Sakura felt a little dizzy, but it began to fade. Unlike her teammates, Natsumi was perfectly fine. She had already gotten used to her father's the Flying Thunder God Jutsu, which was more powerful and faster than the Body Flicker Jutsu.
"It's just temporary. You'll get over it soon," Kushina said.
Sasuke and Sakura nodded as they already started to feel good.
"What the hell is happened here?" Natsumi shouted, catching others attention toward her.
They quickly followed the line of her gaze and saw the condition of the training ground. It was torn in many places, filled with numerous small holes, and cut marks.
"Interesting," Kakashi said, as he saw Naruto practicing his kenjutsu katas. His movements were fluid and quick, making him look almost like he was practicing some deadly dance. "He is good."
"I didn't know he is this good in kenjutsu," Kushina said in a slightly depressed tone.
Kakashi couldn't help but feel sorry for her. Being close to the Hokage's family, he knew that the relationship between his sensei's family and Naruto was non-existent. He also knew that putting Kushina and Natsumi on the same team with Naruto was Minato's idea. He was only trying to repair Naruto's relationship between them. He looked back at Naruto and couldn't help but think that the boy was the perfect example for a Shinobi. He was intelligent, calculating, and secretive, but he was also dark and lonely. The primary qualities were good to have, but when connected to the last two, it could form a very dangerous combination. Best examples of that were Orochimaru and Itachi Uchiha.
"Spying on someone isn't a good thing."
A voice caught everyone off guard. They quickly whirled around, looking back in the direction of the voice. They saw another Naruto on the top of a tree branch.
"What!" Sakura shouted in disbelief. She turned back and saw the first Naruto still practicing his kenjutsu katas.
"A clone," Sasuke guessed.
"No, Sasuke. It's a genjutsu. " Kakashi said. And a very good one.
"Correct, Kakashi," Naruto replied, as he jumped down from the tree and landed on the ground without any sound. "It's a genjutsu." With that said, other Naruto in the training grounds faded from the view.
Natsumi asked, "But when did you cast it?"
"A good shinobi never reveals his secrets," Naruto told her. He looked at their faces, both Natsumi and Sakura were looking at him with expressions of awe. Kushina was looking at him with a pride, and Sasuke, he was staring at him with some jealously as he realized just how strong he really was. He turned his head to Kakashi and saw no reaction on his face. I really wanted to see his reaction.
"Ok, you four, meet us on the roof in ten minutes," Kakashi said. He and Kushina used the Body flicker Jutsu to disappear in puffs of smokes.
Without saying anything to the others, Naruto turned himself into a pitch black smoke. The smoke dissolved into the air, leaving Sasuke, Natsumi, and Sakura alone in the training ground.
"See you guys up there," Natsumi said, as she ran toward the academy.
After seeing this, Sasuke frowned, but he quickly decided to go up to the rooftop, where he left the ground with Sakura following behind him.
When Sasuke and Sakura arrived on the rooftop, they found Natsumi sitting on a stone bench. She was looking at the scene in front of her with an amused expression on her face. Kushina stood, holding up an orange book in her hand. In front of her was Kakashi, who was attempting to take the book away from Kushina. Finally, there was Naruto. He was leaning against the wall and reading his own book while ignoring everything that was going on around him.
"Please, Kushina-senpai," Kakashi said, kneeling in front of her. "This is the first edition and signed copy of Icha Icha Paradise."
"Kakashi!" Kushina said, releasing a small amount of her killing intent. "I'll burn you and your books, if I ever find you reading this type of book in front of my children or students again. Got it?" Kakashi gulped and gave a fearful nod. "Good." She threw the book toward him. She absolutely hated these perverted books her husband's teacher wrote.
Kakashi quickly caught the book and put it in his flak jacket's pocket. He didn't want to make Kushina angry. The last time when he had made her angry, she had tied him up with a chakra suppressing rope and left him hanging upside down on the tree. Thinking of that time made him shiver in delight. He still had nightmares about it.
Sakura and Sasuke sweat dropped. Is he really a Jounin? they thought before they sat down next to Natsumi. Seeing drama was over, Naruto snapped his book close and took a seat next to Sasuke. Kakashi and Kushina sat on the steps, which were opposite side of their students.
"I think we should get to know each other better first. Let's start with telling your name, what you like, what you dislike, and your dreams for the future and your hobbies," Kakashi said, looking at his future students.
"How about you go first Sensei so we know what we have to say," Sakura said to Kakashi.
Is she stupid? was the common thought in others minds.
"Alright then… I'm Kakashi Hatake. I have no desire to tell you my likes and dislikes… My dreams for the future… Hmm… As for my hobbies… I have lots of hobbies…"
The only thing we learned about him was his name, Sakura and Sasuke thought.
Natsumi sweat dropped. Seriously, Kakashi-onii-chan is too lazy to even tell about himself to others.
As usual Kakashi and his secretive attitude. Kushina knew that Kakashi didn't like people knowing too much about him.
Kakashi Hatake, you are a very secretive person, aren't you? Naruto thought, carefully eyeing the silver haired Jounin. He knew almost everything about the man. "Well then, please allow me to tell them about you," he said, catching everyone's attention on him. "Listen carefully, because I'm not going to repeat myself. Kakashi Hatake ... is the son of Sakumo Hatake, a genius renowned as 'White Fang'." At the mention of his father's name, Kakashi winced slightly. "He is a genius, a prodigy and the best of his generation. His prodigious talent, skill, and Sharingan prowess has made him one of the village's most capable Ninja and recognised throughout the Ninja world."
Sharingan? Sasuke thought. This one word made him to give all his attention on the blond's words.
Naruto continued, "He is also the last living student of the Fourth Hokage. His hobby is reading... Icha Icha series." Kushina glared at Kakashi for this, making him to look away from her. "His dream is to fight his Sensei. His favourite foods are salt-broiled saury and miso soup with eggplant while his least favourites are anything fried or sweet. He has completed 1,141 official missions in total: 197 D-rank, 190 C-rank, 414 B-rank, 298 A-rank, 42 S-rank."
There was complete silence. No one said a word. Kushina was smiling inside her mind. Looks like has done some research on Kakashi, she thought.
"Ok," Kakashi said. He hadn't expected something like this. There goes my plan making me look mysterious in front of students, he thought. However, there was something bugging him. "Where did you get all this information?" he asked. Most of things that Naruto said weren't entirely secret, but neither was it common knowledge.
Naruto smirked. "It's my hobby to gather information on every famous ninja and you're quite famous in Ninja World, Copy Ninja Kakashi. The man who has copied over a thousand jutsu."
All three remaining stared at Kakashi incredulously after hearing that he knew a thousand Jutsu with their jaw hanging open.
"T-Thousand Jutsu?" Sakura sputtered out, being the first one to snap out of the shock.
Kakashi ignored her completely. "It is truly a good hobby. It will certainly help you in future," he said to Naruto.
"Hey!" Natsumi shouted, catching their attention toward her. She pointed her finger in Kakashi direction. "Why didn't you tell me about this?" she asked. She had always thought he was a lazy man, but the thought of him being a genius never even crossed her mind. I forgot that things aren't always, as they seem, she thought.
"Well," Kakashi said, "you never asked."
Hearing this, Natsumi's face faulted.
Kushina let out a small laugh, seeing the expression on her daughter's face. "Anyway, it's my turn," she said, gaining her all students' attention toward her. "My name is Kushina Uzumaki. I love my husband and children." Naruto scoffed when she mentioned children. "My likes are Ramen particularly salt Ramen and playing pranks on people. My dislikes are perverts, people who make fun of my hair, coffee and anything bitter. My hobbies are pulling pranks, chatting with my friends and cooking. As for my dream, my dream is..." She glanced at Naruto. "I want to see my complete family once again."
Only Kakashi and Natsumi caught the hidden meaning behind Kushina's words, as they knew what she meant.
Kakashi said, "Okay, Natsumi you are next."
"My name is Natsumi Uzumaki. I like my family, my friends, Ramen and learning new Jutsu. My hobbies are eating Ramen, playing with my friends, and trying new Justus. I dislike traitor, perverts and anyone who harm my family or friends. My dream is to help my mother to achieve her dream." Hearing it, a small smile appeared on Kushina's face. "And I want to become the first female Hokage!" She cried out the final part, pumping his fist in the air.
A huge sweat drop appeared on the back on Kakashi's head. She is a mini Kushina in the team. He pointed at Sakura who was sitting next to Natsumi. "You're next, Pinky," he said, which caused Sakura to scowl.
"My name is Sakura Haruno. My likes are…" She glanced at Sasuke. "… My hobbies are playing trivia games and …" She looked at Sasuke again with a slight blush on her face. "… my dislikes are Ino-Pig along with Ami and her gang… my dreams for the future … Kyaa!" She screamed in excitement of what could happen between her and Sasuke in the future.
Sasuke slightly moved away from her. He didn't want to stay too much closer to his number one fangirl. Can't she see I am not interested in her? he thought before shivering as he remembered his last night's dream. It wasn't a dream. It was a nightmare.
Naruto just shook his head and ignored her. In short, her dream, hobby, and everything are linked to Sasuke, he thought.
Natsumi also ignored her. Sakura likes Sasuke was generally known thing in the academy. Tch, typical Sakura and her obsession toward Sasuke.
Kushina and Kakashi cursed their luck. They looked straight at each other and nodded, knowing what they had to do.
Kakashi looked at Sasuke and said, "Ok then, you're next broody over there."
Sasuke only scowled slightly at Kakashi's nickname. "My name is Uchiha Sasuke ... I hate a lot of things, and I don't particularly like anything... What I have is not a dream, because I will make it a reality... I'm going to restore my clan, and kill a certain man."
Could someone just tell this guy to lighten up a little? Rather than brooding and thinking darkly all the time, there are many things he can do, Natsumi thought.
Sigh, Mikoto-chan, I was worried about this. It appears that loss of the Uchiha Clan has made your son hung up on revenge. Kushina looked up at the sky, remembering her late friend, Sasuke's mother.
If he keeps going down this path, it will only lead more sorrow for him and everyone around him. Let's hope we can save him before it's too late. Kakashi sighed, as he knew he and Kushina had a lot of work to do.
Naruto sneered. Idiot. Revenge has blinded him from seeing the power gap between him and his brother. Itachi is a prodigy and genius. Running after him without any strategy and power will only kill him.
There was only one person, whose thought was separate from the others and it was Sakura. She had a dreamy look on her face. Sasuke-kun is so coooll!
"And now, last but not least, Mr. Rookie of the Year," Kakashi said, looking directly at Naruto.
Naruto began saying, "My name is Naruto."
On his lack of using his last name, Kakashi raised his eyebrow. Kushina looked down, so no one could see hurt expression on her face. He doesn't even consider himself as a part of the family, she thought.
Naruto continued, "I like and hate many things. My hobby... you already know it I don't like repeating myself. My dream... I want to become a best."
Kakashi looked at all his students one by one. Well, I have a mini Kushina, a fangirl, an avenger, and a boy with deep family issues. He turned his head toward Kushina—she had a cheerful smile on her face to hide her hurt expression—and nodded
"I think it's time to tell you about the test," Kushina said, surprising everyone, except Naruto.
"But mom—" Natsumi
"Natsumi, you're not home," Kushina interrupted. "Here, I am your Sensei, so call me Sensei or Kushina-sensei. Did you understand?"
"Y-yes, mo-Kushina-sensei," Natsumi said, quickly correcting herself. "But what kind of test? We already had our test."
Kakashi chuckled out loud.
"What's so funny sensei?" Sakura asked with an annoyed expression.
"Well, if I say this, I'm sure you four are going to be surprised," Kakashi said with an eye smile.
"Out of all the graduates this year, only a few are going to become real Genin, and will stay as teams while remaining will be sent back to the academy. In other words, this test is going to be very hard with a dropout rate of 66%," Kushina explained.
"This means there is 34% chance of success. That's enough for me," Naruto said in a confident tone.
Everyone turned toward him and looked him for a minute in silence.
"What?" Naruto asked, annoyed.
"Hmm, nothing," Natsumi said.
"Anyway, Meet us tomorrow at training ground three at 9 am sharp," Kushina said.
Kakashi said, "Oh, and a word of advice, don't eat breakfast, you'll just throw up."
"And don't be late," Kushina said. She glared at Kakashi. "Which applies to you as well, Kakashi."
"Y-yes Kushina-senpai." Kakashi nodded fearfully.
Both Kakashi and Kushina said goodbye to their students and disappeared in twin puffs of smoke.
Naruto stood up from his seat and began to walk. Suddenly, stopping dead in his tracks, he turned his head toward his teammates and said, "Take my advice, don't take Kakashi's advice seriously."
Before anyone could ask him anything, he had already gone from there.
"What does it mean?" Sakura asked.
Sasuke answered her, "I don't know."
"Goodbye," Natsumi said, as she began to walk away from the group of two as well.
Once Natsumi left, Sakura turned to Sasuke. "Sasuke-kun, would you like to go out for dinner?" She asked hopefully.
"No," Sasuke replied simply. He left the roof to go home and train. Sakura wasn't going to give up easily. She followed him to convince him to have dinner with her.
Next day, in the training ground three, Natsumi, Sakura and Sasuke were waiting for their both sensei and their last teammate to show up for their test for the last 15 minutes.
At nine am sharp, in a swirl of leaves, Kushina appeared in front of them. "Good, you alkaline are in time, but where are Kakashi and Naruto-kun?" she asked, noticing their absence.
Suddenly, there was a puff of smoke next to Kushina and Kakashi appeared there. Checking his clock, he sighed in relief. "Yo," he said, greeting team seven and Kushina.
"Kakashi?" Kushina said in surprise tone. She looked Kakashi and then quickly checked the time. She looked up at Kakashi again and checked for any genjutsu. She founded nothing. "You're on time."
"Because I do not wish to die," Kakashi muttered under his breath.
"Did you want to say something, Kakashi?" Kushina asked dangerously, as she narrowed her eyes at him.
Kakashi sighed in relief. "Anyway, where is Naruto?" he asked, when he saw only Natsumi, Sakura and Sasuke there.
"I'm here." A voice came behind Kakashi, causing him to move around in surprise.
The silver-haired man's eye winded when he saw Naruto. How the hell did he sneak up on me? He observed the pale blond haired boy. Is he really that good, or am I just losing my touch? Both things are troubling me.
"Alright everyone, here is the test," Kushina said, getting everyone's attention. "Kakashi."
"Oh well!" Kakashi said. He walked over three stumps wooden posts and put a clock on it.
"Your task is getting a bell from Kakashi before noon," Kushina said. Kakashi pull out three bells from his ninja pouch. "Those that don't get a bell, will be tied to one of the wooden post," She pointed at wooden posts, "and we'll eat lunch in front of them... Oh, and we'll be sending you back to the academy."
Sasuke glared at Kakashi. So telling us not to eat breakfast…
...was for this. Sakura held her grumbling stomach.
Thank Goddess, I took Naruto-nii-chan's advice. Natsumi smiled. She had eaten a lunch before coming here for the test.
"Why are there only three bells if there are four of us?" Sakura said.
"Well, Sakura, this way we can send at least one of you back to the academy," Kakashi said with a smug smile. "So come at me with the intent to kill. Begin"
Four figures—Three Genin and one Jounin—blurred out of existence while one stayed there.
Kakashi sweat dropped. "Uh, Naruto the test has begun." He sent a curious glance at the young boy. They're good, but they can be better. Sasuke and Natsumi are up in the trees while Sakura is under the foliage. Even though I'm standing next to him, I can barely sense Naruto's presence. He's good. A truly a prodigy as academy teachers said.
"I know," Naruto replied, the sound of his voice calm. "But I want to say, this is an interesting method to test teamwork."
Both Kakashi and Kushina—She was hiding behind a tree to observe her and Kakashi's future students—were surprised by this. It was the first time someone had found out the true meaning of the bell test.
He got your quick analysing mind, Minato-kun, Kushina thought. A small smile appeared on her lips.
So he figured out the meaning behind my test, Impressive, Kakashi thought without taking his eye from the boy. "So what are you going to do, Naruto?" he asked.
Naruto smiled and said, "Nothing."
Suddenly, Kakashi felt something in the air like something was off. "A genjutsu," he muttered. He made a hand seal. "Kai!" He watched Naruto in front of him faded, showing that he was nothing more than an illusion. "Minato-sensei, your son is good."
Natsumi was up on the tree, looking at Kakashi. Okay, think Natsumi. There are only three bells, and we need them before noon to pass the test. However, against an experienced Jounin like Kakashi, this is pretty much impossible for fresh out of the academy Genin like us, she thought. And why are there only three bells?
Her eyes widened as she remembered something.
Minato had said to her, "Natsumi, in our line of work, teamwork is the most important factor for the success of a mission."
Those bells are used to put us against each other. They want to see if we can work out our differences and work together. Natsumi smiled, as she finally understood. She closed her eyes and a deep breath, just trying to calm her nerves. Okay, I know Sakura is under the bushes on my right, and Sasuke is on a tree on my left, but where is Naruto-nii-chan? Suddenly, a scream caught her attention. She acted quickly. Jumping off the tree, she ran toward bushes, in the direction she assumed the voice came from.
Upon arriving there, Natsumi saw an unconscious Sakura lying on the ground. She instantly ran toward her, knelt down beside her, and checked her condition. "A Genjutsu," she told to herself. Placing her front finger on Sakura forehead, she pumped a small bit of chakra into her.
After a few seconds, Sakura's eyes quickly fluttered open. "Sasuke-k—," She cried out.
"Haruno, shut up!" Natsumi said, quickly coverings Sakura's mouth to stop her from shouting and giving their position away to Kakashi. "Whatever you saw earlier, it wasn't real. It was a genjutsu. For God sake, keep your voice down." After receiving a positive response from Sakura, she removed her hand from her mouth. "Ok Haruno, I think I have figured out meaning behind the test and I—" she said before she was interrupted by Sakura.
"Why should I help you?" Sakura asked quietly.
"Go away! I only need Sasuke-kun," Sakura said, interrupting her again. She got up and left to find her 'Sasuke-kun'.
Natsumi got angry. "Aragh! Stupid Fangirl… I'm beginning to see why mom hates—them so much," she said to herself. "Now, where is that emo?"
Standing up, she searched for Sasuke around and found him facing Kakashi. Let see what Sasuke can do.
Sasuke crouched down and threw several kunai at Kakashi, who jumped to the side to dodge them.
"There's no use in just using normal attacks," Kakashi said lazily.
Sasuke smirked as kunai he had thrown cut a rope, activating a trap. Several shuriken flew toward Kakashi's direction
"A trap?" Kakashi said as he slid along the ground, making shuriken to hit a tree that next to him. He jumped up and stood on his feet.
Sasuke went behind Kakashi and tried to kick him with his left foot. Kakashi quickly raised his arm, blocked, and grabbed his leg with relative ease. Sasuke threw a punch with his right arm only for it to be caught. Sasuke brought his other leg around and brought his food down for a kick. Kakashi blocked with his forearm as Sasuke reached the bell. Kakashi jumped back as Sasuke touched it.
"I admit you're good," Kakashi said.
Sasuke started doing hand seals. He ended with a horse and tiger and inhaled deeply. "Fire release: Grand Fireball Jutsu!"
Kakashi's lone eye winded. What? A Genin shouldn't have enough charka to do this!
Sasuke put his right hand to his mouth and exhaled. A fireball hit the spot where Kakashi was. A half minute passed and Sasuke stopped his attack. He saw his attack left nothing but a burnt earth. Looking around, he tried to find Kakashi but couldn't see him anywhere. "Where did he go? Behind me? No… above. Where is he?" he said to himself, frustrated as he lost Kakashi.
"Beneath you," Kakashi's voice replied that was muffled for some reason.
That's was when Sasuke felt someone grab his ankles. "Wha…"
"Earth release: Suicidal Beheading jutsu!" Kakashi said, pulling Sasuke down as he screamed. He got up from the ground and crouched down looking at Sasuke head from the ground. "Good try. Your talents are exceptional, but not good enough." He stood up and started to walk away, knowing Natsumi was following him.
As he got away from Sasuke, Kakashi stopped. Natsumi jumped out in front of him. "I was wondering when you would come out," he said.
"Sorry, I just had to get you alone," Natsumi said, getting into her taijutsu stance.
"Well, then come at me with the intent to kill," Kakashi said in a lazy tone.
After getting his ass kicked by Kakashi, a humiliated Sasuke Uchiha was seen struggling to get out of the ground.
Natsumi came out from behind one of the surrounding trees. "Hello Sasuke, how are you doing down there?" she asked. The last Uchiha glared at her while trying to get out of the ground even harder than before. "If you want I can help you."
"Go away Idiot! Uchiha elite like me doesn't need your help," Sasuke replied with an arrogant tone.
A tick mark appeared on Natsumi's forehead. "Then go to hell!" she shouted before disappearing in a puff of smoke.
From her hiding spot, behind a tree, Kushina saw everything. Looks like Natsumi has also found out a true meaning behind the test.
"Damn arrogant bastard! I guess I have to wing it," Natsumi cursed under her breath, when a clone's memory suddenly surged into her mind. She ran toward Kakashi and tried to kick him only to miss. He's fast. She spun around and throwing a punch toward Kakashi only for Kakashi to block it.
For a few minutes, Kakashi was blocking and dodging Natsumi's strikes. Natsumi saw a small opening, but just before she could take advantage of it, Kakashi blocked the strike by catching Natsumi's elbow with his left hand. In an impressive feat of flexibility and agility, Natsumi pushed herself away from Kakashi.
"Let's do it!" she said, making a single hand seal. "Shadow Clone Jutsu!" Four clones of the girl appeared in a cloud of smoke and surrounded Kakashi. They all charged at him.
Kakashi dodged their attacks without any difficulty. Shadow Clones, wasn't expecting that from a Genin. He went and started dispelling all her clones, trying to find the real Natsumi. After dispelling the remaining clone, he found the real Natsumi.
"Are you done yet?" he asked.
Suddenly, his danger sense went off. He turned around just in time to see a dozen shuriken flying toward him. Shit! He quickly dodged all lethal weapons. He looked up to meet his attacker. "Naruto."
"Hello, Kakashi," Naruto said standing on a tree branch.
He jumped off the tree and fell on the ground in a crouch. Immediately after that, a wave of black chakra chains erupted from the ground, causing Kakashi to curse as he leapt back and began dodging all chains. So rumours are true, Naruto has inherited of Kushina-senpai's special chakra, he thought while trying to dodge the black chains.
Natsumi watched the scene before her with pure awe, she'd never seen anything like that. She knew her mother can use chakra chains, but she never saw her using it. Wow! That's so cool! I wish I could do that.
"This is taking us nowhere," Naruto said, retreating all chain except one back into his body. "I guess it's time to take it up a notch then." He smirked as white flames engulfed the entire chain, shocking everyone who were watching it.
From her hiding spot, Kushina's eyes widened. He has mastered his Chakra Chains to such a degree that he can even add his element affinity into them, she thought.
Shit! Kakashi cursed when he saw Naruto aiming his flaming chain at him. He narrowly dodged that deadly attack, but it stuck in the tree behind him. The tree exploded into splinters as if hit with a giant Fleming rock. He kept dodging the flaming chain as Naruto kept whipping it at him.
"I grow tired of these games," Naruto said. Faster than before, he whipped his chain at Kakashi. It hit Kakashi, but he exploded into a puff of smoke. "A shadow clone?" He felt a kunai pressed up to his neck.
"Well Naruto, I have to admit it is impressive, but it's still no good if you're not fast enough to land a hit on me," Kakashi said holding kunai tip on Naruto's neck.
"I admit you're good, Kakashi," Naruto said, "but I'm still better." 'Boom' without warning, 'Naruto' exploded in a massive explosion.
Fortunately, Kakashi was able to evade the blast. Dammit! He knows Clone Great Explosion! He got out of the smoke. Unfortunately, for him, two Naruto waited for him. They attacked him with a flurry of punches and kicks. He continued to dodge attacks. As he felt something touch his belt, he jumped back. He started in shock seeing another Naruto holding three bells in his hand. Naruto's clone smirked, but he wasn't able to hold bells much longer as another Kakashi appeared behind him, dispelled him with a punch in the gut and caught bells before they could hit the ground.
Watching it, all Naruto moved away from both Kakashi. They got back into their taijutsu stance. They all were willing to fight with him once again.
But the alarm clock rang, signalling the end of the bell test.
"The time is up, Naruto," Kakashi said. "You've failed to get a bell from me."
"No comments," the real Naruto said as his clones exploded into clouds of smoke.
"Come with me," Kakashi said. He dispelled his clone and pulled out an orange book.
They walked in silence and came where three stumps lined side by side. They saw Kushina, Natsumi, Sakura, and Sasuke were already there. Naruto took a place next to the post on the side of Sasuke while Kakashi stood next to Kushina. He had already put his book back in his pocket, knowing Kushina would skin him alive if she saw him with the book.
"I watched all of you and I believe that there are no reasons for any of you to go back to the academy," Kushina said, carefully looking at each Genin.
Sasuke smirked. Sakura cheered, beaming, considering she had done an excellent job. Natsumi narrowed her eyes at her mother. Naruto didn't show any visible reaction.
"Instead of we think you should stop being a ninja," Kushina added in a cold voice.
Kakashi nodded his head in agreement.
Sasuke's smirk was replaced by anger. Sakura's beaming smile switched to disbelief. The twins didn't show any reaction.
Kakashi asked, "Do you know the true meaning of the test?"
"What? What's meaning? I thought we only had to get a bell," Sakura asked.
"The teamwork," Natsumi said.
Sasuke and Sakura stared at her.
"She is correct," Kushina said. "Individual skill is important to a ninja, but what's even more important is teamwork. Sakura," She pointed at the pink haired girl, "instead of accepting Natsumi's help, you were only thinking about Sasuke, who was far away from you." She turned to Sasuke. "And you, Sasuke, you slapped away Natsumi's offer of help and dismissed her advice without listening." She looked straight at Kakashi, who nodded his head, as he knew strained relationship between her and Naruto. Therefore, it was up to him to tell Naruto his faults.
Kakashi turned to Naruto and said, "Naruto, you knew the meaning behind my test from the beginning. Nevertheless, instead of assisting them, you just chose to watch them. Why?"
"Because unlike someone, I didn't want to waste my time on it," Naruto said, looking Natsumi from the corner of his eye.
Kakashi narrowed his lone eye at the blond. "Naruto, you are a shinobi of the leaf, and here, we value teamwork and friendship."
"I don't believe in them, Kakashi. They are meaningless to me. It makes you weak and makes you make stupid decisions, I will not be weak."
Kakashi looked at his sensei's son. The mask was hiding his surprise expression very well. He is colder than Sasuke.
"However, I already know the benefits of a team and teamwork," Naruto finished.
Nonetheless, it's good to know unlike Sasuke, he is willing to work as a team. Kakashi sighed in relief.
"And Kakashi," Naruto called, catching Kakashi's attention again. "I think those are yours." Pulling out something from his pocket, he threw it at him.
Kakashi quickly caught it. To his surprise, it was three bells. Quickly, reaching at his belt, he saw his bells disappearing in a puff of smoke. "But how?" he asked Naruto.
"Our teamwork." It was Natsumi who answered his question.
A few minutes before...
Natsumi watched the scene before her with pure awe, she'd never seen anything like that. She knew her mother can use chakra chains, but she never saw her using it. Wow! That's so cool! I wish I could do that. She was impressed by his display. However, he can't do it all alone; I'll have to help him. Before she could do something, a familiar voice stopped her.
"Don't do anything stupid!"
Natsumi turned around and came to face with another Naruto. "Narut—"
"Do you want to pass the test?" Naruto asked, cutting her off.
"Then follow my lead."
"...Then I waited for the right moment and swapped bells with my clones," Natsumi explained, smiling brightly.
If the other Jounin find out about this, they will never let me live peacefully. Kakashi shivered just thinking about it.
"But how is this possible? I was watching you the entire time," Kushina asked her daughter. "You were there standing in front of me, all alone."
"What you saw was nothing more than an illusion, a genjutsu that I placed upon you," Naruto answered.
"Well, that was a great plan, but since you have one extra bell, what are you going to do with it?" Kakashi asked, looking at the twins.
Taking the bells from Kakashi's hand, Natsumi threw the two bells toward Sasuke and Sakura each. "I'm giving them two bells," She showed her last bell to Kakashi, "and I'm sharing this last bell with Naruto-nii-chan." Kakashi gave her a deadpan look. "What? You didn't say that we can't share a bell."
"She has a point, Kakashi," Kushina said, smiling. "You forgot to say that."
Kakashi sighed. "Well, then I guess I have just one thing left to say that..." he said, looking at all his students as he took a dramatic pause. " ...you all pass!"
Hearing it, Sakura began cheering out happily, but it quickly ended, when Kushina spoke in a serious tone. "I don't know why you are so happy, Sakura. The entire exam, you didn't do anything." Sakura looked at down in shame as she realized it was quite true. "This is not some game, Sakura. Death is a common thing in the Ninja world. Do you understand?" Sakura nodded. "Good."
"Now, you all are officially team 7," Kakashi declared.
"It seems I didn't need to use backup plan," Naruto muttered under his breath, but Natsumi clearly heard him as she was standing close to him.
"Backup plan?" she asked. "You had a backup plan?"
Remaining four heads turned slowly in his direction as they heard what Natsumi had asked
"Well, yes," Naruto admitted as he held up a piece of paper with a seal neatly written on it. "This was my backup plan."
"Hmm, interesting," Kushina said as she began to examine the seal. She was a fuinjutsu master and an Uzumaki after all. "It is a basic trigger seal uses to detonate one or many explosive tags."
Sakura's face turned ashen white as a thought came in her mind. "Please, do not say you have planted explosive tags all around training ground?" she asked, looking around to find them. She was also carefully watching her footing. She didn't want to accidentally activate any tags.
Her statement caught everyone off guard. Explosive tags were a dangerous Ninja tool.
"Don't worry. I've not planted any explosive tags here," Naruto said, causing everyone to sigh in relief. "I've planted them into Kakashi's home, especially all over his favorite books."
"You've done, what?" Kakashi shouted when his statement finally sank into his mind.
"What did you think I was doing when you were busy in testing others? I went to your home and slapped explosive tags everywhere... especially on your all books. Everyone knows they are your weakness," Naruto said. "If my original plan had failed, then I would have used those tags to force you to pass us."
There was an absolute silence as everyone absorbed the information that Naruto had revealed. Kakashi quickly made the necessary hand seals for the Body Flicker Jutsu and disappeared in a puff of smoke.
"What the hell just happen to him?" Natsumi asked. "He didn't even say goodbye."
Kushina shook her head. "He's gone to his home to save his precocious books," she said with disgust.
Sakura looked at Naruto and asked, "Was your backup plan really necessary?"
"Sakura, not everything always goes as the way we planned," Naruto said. "That's why having a backup plan set before anything goes wrong is one of the most important tasks."
"Ok, team 7, pay attention," Kushina said aloud to gain her students' attention on her. "Meet me here tomorrow same time, same place. You're all dismissed except Natsumi and Naruto."
"Hmm," Sasuke said. He turned around and walked away slowly while his loyal fangirl followed behind him.
Natsumi sighed as she watched Sakura following Sasuke like she always did. She will never change.
"What do you want?" Naruto asked coldly after he made sure Sasuke and Sakura left.
Kushina said, "Naruto-kun, I—"
"If you want to speak about earlier, then don't bother," Naruto said, cutting her off. "As a Leaf Shinobi, I helped her. There wasn't anything personal."
"Naruto-kun, listen to me," Kushina said. "I want to talk about your chakra chains."
"What about them? You have already seen it; I don't your help. I'm much better in using them than you."
"I can see that" Kushina admitted. "But how did you add your element affinity in them? I had tried to add my water affinity in my chains before... but it didn't end well."
Did she just ask my advice? Naruto thought as he just stood there confused. He had never seen anything like that coming. He had half expected she would ask him about his chains but not this. He shook his head to clear his thought. "Well, your answer is always front of you," he said. He turned around and took a few steps forward. With each step he took, tendrils of black smoke began to dance beneath his feet, gathering and coming apart unnaturally. "Your chakra control. You need a very good chakra control to make chains using your element affinity. While too much chakra will break your chains, low chakra will make them weak. The balance is only way. It's very difficult control. I can only add my element affinity into a single chain."
Black smoke warped around Naruto and slowly started to dissolve into the air, leaving no trace of him behind.
"Mom," Natsumi said. She literary had stars in her eyes.
"Yes, Natsumi-chan," Kushina said, staring right at her daughter.
"When are you going to teach me the Body Flicker Jutsu? I want to do that." She pointed at a place that was once occupied by her brother.
Kushina sweat dropped. Kids nowadays seem to focus more on flashy Jutsu rather than getting the job done.
The following night, together the Uzumaki family was celebrating the success of their children. It was only a little celebration; both Minato and Kushina had brought some gifts for their children.
"Congratulations on being a Genin, Natsumi," Minato said as he handed a small box, packed in green cloth.
Naruto unwrapped the gift and then opened the box, causing her eyes to go wide. Inside was a three-pointed kunai. "You're going to teach me the Flying Thunder God Jutsu," she shouted in joy and excitement.
Minato scratched the back of his head nervously. He didn't want to burst her bubble, but it had to be undertaken. "Sorry, Princess, I can't teach you that Jutsu yet. You do have chakra to use it many times, but don't have enough chakra control to use it correctly," He pointed the three pointed Kunai that she was holding in her hand, "It is just a little extra insurance. Only to use it in case of an emergency."
Natsumi nodded, placing her father's kunai safely into the weapon pouch. She moved and gave Minato a hug. "Thanks even though it's lame," she said, murmuring the last part under her breath. She released her father from the hug and looked straight at him with a hopeful expression. "Hey, Dad, can you teach me the Body Flicker Jutsu?" she asked.
"Maybe," Minato said. What's wrong with kids these days? They prefer Flashy Jutsu over basics, he thought.
"This one is from me," Kushina said, giving her gift to her. It was long and wrapped in a red cloth.
"Please, tell me, it isn't a Demon Wind Shuriken?" Natsumi asked after examining its size and length.
"No, my gift is not lame as Minato's," Kushina said.
Minato's eye twitched in annoyance as he screamed in his mind. My gift is not lame.
Natsumi opened Kushina's gift. Inside the long, black box lay the most beautiful Ninjato that she had ever seen before. It had a black sheath and blood red hilt. On the hilt was carved a mythological bird, Phoenix with the Uzumaki Clan's swirl in between its both wings. Natsumi removed the ninjato from its sheath. Her eyes moved over the blade to examine its beauty. The blade was thin, an elegant looking, razor sharp and deadly. She traced the kanji of 'Will of Fire' that carved into the blade with her fingers.
"Do you like it?" Kushina asked, smiling as she watched her daughter had lost in eyeing the beauty of the sword.
"Yeah," Natsumi said. She gave his sword a few practice swings to get a feel for the weapon and found Ninjato was perfect for her hand. "I love it."
"I knew you would love it."
"Thank mom." Natsumi sheathed her sword, moved forward, and hugged her mother happily.
Kushina wrapped her arms around her daughter and gave her a hug in return. "I believe that you are fully ready to learn Kenjutsu," she said, releasing Natsumi from the hug.
"Thank you," Natsumi said, "but what about Naruto-nii-chan?"
"Don't worry, Natsumi, we also have gifts for him," Minato said, smiling. "Anyway, where is he?"
Natsumi answered, "I think he's in his room."
Suddenly, they heard faint footsteps. They turned around to see Naruto carrying a backpack on his shoulder.
Minato smiled at his son. "Naruto, I have—" However, he cut himself off as he saw his backpack. "Where are you going?"
"I'm leaving forever this home," Naruto said, making his way toward the front door.
"What?" Kushina shouted, a tear forming in the corner of her eye and slowly falling down her face.
"Naruto, this is your home," Minato said, trying to persuade his son.
Naruto stopped in front of the door and turned slightly to look at Minato. "It's your home, Hokage-sama, not mine," he said.
"Naruto, I forbid you from getting out of this house," Minato ordered.
"You can't stop me from leaving, Hokage-sama," Naruto said, smirking. "According to the village law, after wearing a headband that shows my status as a ninja, a Genin is considered an adult. There's nothing you can do now." With that, he exited the house, leaving his saddened family behind.
Naruto stepped out of the Uzumaki House's compound and took a deep breath, savouring the air of freedom. At last, he had been able to free himself from all watchful eyes of his family... former family members. It was a major obstacle in his path, which was gone; he could start formulating his master plan.
He gathered chakra into his feet and jumped to the next rooftop. He landed there in a crouch and then started jumping from roof to roof towards his new apartment. After jumping from one roof to another for several minutes, he slowed down when he came near his new place. He took a big jump and swiftly landed on the balcony.
He took a few steps forward, but something stopped him. His eyes drifted over to a small, dark empty space between the two buildings. He shook his head before returning his eyes back to the door. He withdrew a key from his pocket to unlock the door. So Minato has sent one of his Anbu to keep his eye on me, he thought as he pushed the door open and walked in. He closed and closed the door behind him. Then he channelled chakra into the door as the seal array materialized on it, securing whole apartment from unwanted eyes. He looked around. He had gotten everything he'd need in the small apartment. It had a small kitchen, a bathroom, and a bed.
"So this is your new home," one of the white Zetsu's clone said, emerging from the apartment's wooden flowing. "But it's quite small, isn't it?"
"Whatever, Zetsu. Get ready," Naruto said, taking his backpack off from his back, and placing it on the ground. He took the black cloak out of it and pulled it over his head. "We're going."
His violet eyes slowly turned crimson. He opened a rift in space, a Space-Time Portal and went in with the white Zetsu's clone following behind him.
Using the Space-Time Portal, Naruto and Zetsu teleported to a place that was very familiar to both of them.
"The Valley of the End," Naruto said.
It was the place, where the legendary two, Madara Uchiha and Hashirama Senju, had their final battle. The battle resulted in Hashirama's victory and Madara's death.
Which wasn't true, Naruto thought as he was standing on top of Madara's statue's head while looking at Hashirama's status.
Those two giant statues were built in the memory of their battle, Madara on the left side and Hashirama on the right side, with the waterfall serving as a border between the Land of Fire and the land that was also known as the Land of Sound.
"A perfect place for a hidden base," Naruto said.
He ran vertically down on Madara's statue and landed on the surface of the water. Moving towards the waterfall, he made some hand seals before slamming hands on the surface of water. A blood-red seal materialized on the water surface. It parted the waterfall in the center, revealing a pitch-black passage behind it.
"Aha, one of a Madara's secret hideout," The White Zetsu said, as he emerged next to him.
"Yes," Naruto said.
They went inside.
"Now, it's your secret base," Zetsu said, chuckling, as they continued working in the dark passage.
They finally came to the end and found the large room. The moment they entered, several seals activated and lit up a huge room. The room was filled with various weapons, a few hundred scrolls, and books on the ninja arts.
Naruto went forward, pulled one book from one of a shelf, and read its title. 'Uzumaki Clan's Secret Fuinjutsu' "Interesting," he told himself, putting the book back in its place.
"So you finally came here…"
Naruto quickly turned around and saw the person he had supposed to see.
Sasuke was walking in a forest near the border of the land of fire. He was not exactly a kid anymore. He had grown up into a tall and handsome man, but he still had duck butt hair style. He was dressed in the standard uniform of the Anbu with a ninjato strap to his back. He was the deepest part of the forest to search Itachi.
"Today I'm going to destroy you Itachi," Sasuke said as he jumped from tree to tree, searching for any sign of his brother. His Sharingan eyes narrowed when he saw a black cloaked figure standing near a tree. "Found you, Itachi." He accelerated and landed in front of his brother. "Itachi."
Itachi turned around and looked at Sasuke with his emotionless Sharingan eyes. Sasuke looked at his brother and clenched his fist. They both bore similarities to one another in terms of their appearance. They both had same onyx eyes, jet-black hair and skin tone, but that was where their similarity ended. Itachi's hair was pulled back with red elastic in a low ponytail, which extended his shoulder blades, and his eyes, they were cold and emotionless. They were looking right at him.
"Hello, my foolish little brother," Itachi stated in an emotionless tone. His Sharingan started to spin amazingly fast.
"I'm not little anymore." Sasuke glared directly at Itachi, his Sharingan spinning rapidly.
"I've heard you got married and became a father, foolish brother," Itachi said.
"It's none of your business, Itachi," Sasuke said. He gritted his teeth angrily as he glared hard at his brother.
Ten years ago, when he just turned eighteen, the council forced him to marry his teammate, Sakura. One year after their wedding, Sakura became pregnant, and she gave birth to twin sons.
Sasuke shook his head. It isn't time thinking about it, he thought, not taking his eyes off his brother. "Less talking, more fighting, Itachi," he said, coming into the fighting stance. "Today I'm going to finish you."
"Very well, foolish little brother."
However, before they could make a move, two blur landed in between them. Itachi raised his eyebrow when he saw two nine years old twin boys. They both had weird features.
"Dad," one boy said, looking at Sasuke. "We've come to help you."
His twin brother nodded in head agreement.
"Dad?" Itachi said. He starred at both boys. They had Sharingan spinning in their eyes, and both of them had pink hair... pink hair?
Itachi blinked. He immediately tried to dispel any genjutsu that might be affecting him but accomplished nothing even after he flared his chakra. He looked at Sasuke and then his pink haired sons... He again looked straight at his brother before looking at twin pink haired boys. Then he did something... something Sasuke had never expected that Itachi would ever do. Itachi laughed really hard. So hard that he fell to the ground still laughing and clutching his stomach.
"Why are you laughing?" Sasuke shouted angrily at Itachi.
Itachi pointed at Sasuke's sons. "Hahahaha... Pink... Pink Haired... HAHAHAAAA… Pink Haired Uchiha boys... AHHHHHAAAHAHAA!" he said, and he erupted into another fit of laughter.
Sasuke's face turned a deep red in either anger or embarrassment, probably both. He growled at his brother, who was laughing like there was no tomorrow.
Itachi was laughing so hard, his eyes were red and tears were forming in the corners of his eyes.
"Stop laughing, Itachi!" Sasuke shouted again. "Itachi!"
"Itachi!" Sasuke shouted as he jolted up in his bed. Looking around, he realized that he was his bedroom. "Dream? It was a dream." He shivered, thinking about it. "No, it wasn't a dream. It was a nightmare."
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