Chapter 3: Introducing A New Naruto, member of team 7!

Mindscape

"Hey Mizuki-teme, Kyuubi-san! Why is it a sewer down here?" Naruto yelled upon entry into his mindscape.

"Cause kid, you're as unimaginative as a shit." Kyuubi honestly replied.

"BASTARD FOX!"Naruto yelled back childishly while shaking a fist at the legendary demon.

"Well Naruto," a see-through Mizuki stated leaning on one of the bars on the cage, "A person's mindscape is basically the representation of how they imagine their consciousness to be, yours is a sewer because you are young and impressionable." Naruto just looked at Mizuki blankly.

"What I'm saying is it took a random simple form, you can change if you want. Just by 'willing' it to change." Mizuki explained.

Naruto's face lit up in realisation, "Why didn't you just say so before?"

"See what I'd have to put up with by myself if he chose another jutsu?" Kyuubi deadpanned at a facepalmed Mizuki.

"So I can do this!" Naruto exclaimed staring in concentration at a blank space.

"A lot of people can glare at the floor kid, it doesn't take much concentration to-" a small 2 storey house with a flat roof suddenly appeared, "….I stand corrected."

Mizuki looked at the house in awe, "Holy Log! That's incredible"

Smirking, Naruto jumped onto the roof "Almost done," he said and chewed his lip in focus.

And thus, a 10x8metre flat screen television grew out of the roof, along with a four-seater couch. "Done! Now you two can watch the outside world through my eyes and ears!"

Mizuki looked at the black screen and listened to Naruto's snores. "Truly invigorating." he sarcastically stated.

"I KNOW RIGHT?!" Naruto obliviously yelled.

"That's nice and all, but you need to get up. Your team assignments is in four hours, and you need to get new gear."

"New gear? Why?" Naruto asked looking at Kyuubi.

"Since you have my fighting style and main jutsu, you need to acquire the items that work with it." Mizuki explained.

"Huh? So that's how I knew the Head-hunter jutsu?" Naruto asked with a look of understanding on his face.

"Yeah kid, say what other jutsus do you 'suddenly' know?" the Kyuubi asked.

Naruto tried to think of what jutsu he knows, "Well, all my jutsu that I know I can do are: Substitution, Transformation, Ninja Art: Soul Drain, Shuriken Shadow clone jutsu, Earth Style: Head-hunter jutsu and the Earth Style: Earth wall. I also feel like I have a higher understanding of chakra control." Naruto's smile threatened to split his face in half, "WOW I totally picked the BEST jutsu ever!"

"That's nice," Mizuki said standing behind Naruto, "Now, WAKE UP" Mizuki punted Naruto back down the hallway into consciousness.

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BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP BEE-SMASH

Naruto sat-up quickly fully energised, "Alright! Let's go!" Naruto cheered as he jumped to his feet.

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After getting dressed, Naruto ran down the street to the Higurashi Ninja Store, hoping they'll let him in since he's now a ninja.

Now standing at the door, Naruto took a deep breath 'Hurry up kit, you don't have all day.'

Realising the annoying baka was right –

"OI"

-Naruto walked into the store listening to the jingling of the doorbell.

"Good Morning and welcome to the Higurashi Ninja Store, how may I help you?" a roughly 40 year old burly bald man asked from behind the counter.

"Umm hi, I'm looking for a twin set of those giant shuriken," Naruto said pointing to a shuriken identical to Mizuki's hung on the wall, "and a Shinobi Assassin Set please."

The burly man's eyebrows lifted, "An assassin set? Aren't you a little young to already have a Shinobi specialty?"

Naruto smiled up at the man, "'Old enough to kill, old enough to do whatever the fuck he wants.' That was taught to me by an old sensei of mine."

A huge laugh bellowed out from the man, "What an interesting life philosophy young man! Alright I'll grab it for ya." the man walked into the back room where Naruto heard a lot of metal clinking.

Not two minutes later, he walked back out with a box the size of Naruto's torso, and two small metal bracelets, "These are the latest giant shuriken sets, the bracelets have three seals on each, and each seal can hold two giant shuriken. It's a bit pricey, but for a kid like you I can knock it down a little since you're buying a whole assassination kit as well. You want me to fully stock each seal?"

Naruto looked on blankly at the bracelets, "Umm I don't know if I can afford all that, I only got this much," said Naruto as he opened his froggy wallet, letting all his cash fall out. And after the bounty on a B-rank missing nin (Mizuki) there was a lot.

The burly man's eyes flashed into $$ signs, "I think you can easily afford all of this with a half of what you got there my boy! Haha!"

Naruto smiled up at him, "Thanks Mr…umm, sorry what's your name?"

The man thumped his chest proudly and stated in a much rehearsed voice "Dan Higurashi is my name, and Blacksmithing is my game, and you my boy?"

Naruto suddenly got nervous, 'Will he kick me out once he finds out who I am? Like all the others..?'

The Kyuubi whispered to Naruto through his thoughts "He seems to be a good man Kit, trust him and he may return the favour."

Naruto looked up at the man nervously, "My name is Naruto Uzumaki, rookie Gennin of Konoha."

Dan's eyebrows lifted once again and stared at Naruto for a solid minute, putting Naruto on edge, ready to run at a moment's notice.

"…You're the kid that painted the Hokage monument?" Dan said with a smile, "That takes guts kid."

Naruto smiles back widely, "Hehe you heard about that?"

"Everyone did, what I wanna know is how you managed to get away from all them ANBU in a bright orange tracksuit." Dan said while he chuckled at his own joke.

Naruto yelled confidently, "Orange is the best colour by far! Believe it!"

Laughing at Naruto's enthusiasm, Dan said, "Well I can help set you up with some proper Shinobi clothing while keeping some orange if you got the time, what do ya say Naruto-kun?"

"YATTA!"Naruto cheered while following Dan to the clothing section.

Naruto heard the Kyuubi sigh heavily, "This is why we left extra early kid."

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"Good luck with the team meeting Naruto-kun." said Dan waving goodbye to Naruto as he ran to the academy to meet up with his new squad.

Naruto half-turned and grinned back, "Thanks Dan-san! I'll be back soon I promise!"

Jumping onto a nearby roof in his new outfit, Naruto took a second to admire how 'cool' he looked.

With the tracksuit now folded away and safely sealed into his new orange sealing belt, he now wore black ninja pants with a print of an orange shuriken on each of his knees, with a chainmail singlet laying under his new black t-shirt with an orange trimming. On his feet he wore standard black Shinobi sandals, sitting over orange bandages wrapped to hold the hem of his pants in place. He had orange and black-lined gloves on his hands showing off his shuriken seal bracelets, the look was finished off with the new cloth on his headband which was a jet black.

Jumping on top of a nearby power-pole, Naruto yelled out, "LOOK OUT WORLD! A NEW NARUTO UZUMAKI IS IN TOWN!"

With that, Naruto focused chakra to his feet, and started building hopping towards the academy.

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"Sasuke Uchiha?"

"Hn."

"Naruto Uzumaki?"

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"Naruto?" Iruka looked up from his roll to look towards Naruto's seat only to see it empty, with a frown Iruka thought, 'Naruto what are you doing? Being late on your first day as a Shinobi? Geez he's probably just slept in'.

With a deep sigh, Iruka was about to continue on when suddenly Naruto popped out of the FLOOR in front of Iruka's desk, "HEY SENSEI!"

"NARU..to?" Iruka stopped his rant when he noticed, yes Naruto DID pop out of the ground, and with a new look.

With a grin Naruto said, "Sorry I'm late sensei, I was stocking up on ninja tools. You know what they say: better to be late and prepared than early and dead." He finished before moving to his desk between Shikamaru Nara and Kiba Inuzuka.

Iruka stared at Naruto in shock until, "Oi sensei we're all here so can you get on with the team announcements? It's troublesome to be here any longer," spoke the resident genius.

Now snapped out of his daze, "Y-yes, good point Shikamaru, right Team 1…."

Nobody cared unless it was their team that was called…

"…Team 7 Sasuke Uchiha, Naruto Uzumaki, Sakura Haruno. Under Kakashi Hatake."

Sasuke had no outward reaction at all, Naruto only frowned slightly, Sakura cheered that she was on the same team as Sasuke.

For an unknown reason, Iruka felt like he was witnessing something special..

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"WHERE THE FUCK IS THIS SENSEI OF OURS!"

"NARUTO DON'T SWEAR IT IRRITATES SASUKE-KUN!"

"FUCK YOU HARUNO!"

Team 7 appeared slightly frustrated that their sensei was late…by three full hours, starting to border on four. Though on Sasuke, you can only tell by the slowly increasing frown.

This is the sight one Kakashi Hatake finds himself walking in on, "hello team seven, your tacky and I hate you. Meet on the roof in one minute." Poof, and the Jounin is gone.

In a rush, Naruto grabs his teammates and using the head-hunter jutsu, dives into the outer wall of the academy and moves up to the roof.

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Poofing onto the roof Kakashi took a seat against the railing, waiting for his charges. What he saw next was more than he expected.

"WAHOO!" yelled Naruto as he flew out from the rooftop with a screaming Sakura under one arm and a stunned silent Sasuke over his shoulder.

Naruto let go of his teammates in mid-air and landed with a thumbs-up directed at Kakashi, as Sakura landed in an unceremonious heap on her ass, and Sasuke flipped around at the last second to land in a crouch next to Naruto. "That was…interesting, how did you do that dobe?" said Sasuke with a raised brow.

With a grin Naruto looked to Sasuke, "Hehe with my new jutsu teme."

Sasuke smirked back at Naruto's grin, "Guess you won't be as useless as I thought."

Before Naruto could retort Kakashi cut in. "Impressive you three, getting up six stories in eight seconds. Very impressive."

"Thanks sensei!" Naruto shouted proudly.

"SHUT UP NARUTO YOUR YELLING IS ANNOYING EVERYONE!" the useless banshee screeched. She was just about to scream again when Kakashi slammed some tape over her mouth.

"Right, now that that is taken care of, how about some introductions? Starting with the blonde." Kakashi said while pointing to Naruto.

"Why don't you show us how it's done sensei?" Sasuke asked.

"Alright, my name is Kakashi Hatake, my likes are none of your concern, my dislikes are the things I don't like, my hobbies include things I like, and my dreams are rated R18+ so I won't be sharing them with children. Now you blondie."

The three just stared at him thinking, 'All we know is his name and he has grown-up thoughts.'

"Okay then. My name is Naruto Uzumaki! I like ramen, my comrades and my tenant," At this Kakashi's visible eye widened. "My dislikes are the scum of this village, irritating fangirls, and traitors. My hobbies include sleeping and training and ramen! And my dream, I WILL protect the will of fire and the people that follow it! Believe it!"

Kakashi nodded, "Alrighty then, I'll need to talk to you about you 'tenant' comment later Naruto. Alright the emo, your turn."

"…My name is Sasuke Uchiha, I like training and getting stronger, I dislike weak fangirls, and a certain man. My hobbies are the same as my likes, and my dream... No I don't have a dream, but my ambition, is to kill a certain man."

"Well aren't you a ray of sunshine," Sasuke glared at Kakashi. "Alright and your turn pinkie."

"MMMPH MNNMMPFFF!"

"That's quite amazing and more than enough information, thankyou Sakura." The two boys looked at Kakashi confused, 'Did he actually hear her introduce himself? Or did he already know our names?' they looked at each other than at a fuming Sakura. '…best not to ask'.

"Alright you three, meet me at training ground seven tomorrow at six am for your second test. Naruto, I will be visiting you this evening to discuss…things." Kakashi said before 'poof', he was gone.

Naruto turned to Sasuke, "Hey what do think he meant by 'second test'?"

A frowning Sasuke looked back, "How should I know dobe? I have to go train." Then he started towards the stairs just as Sakura ripped the tape off of her mouth.

"Sasuke-kun! Let's train together!" Sasuke froze and turned back to Sakura before turning back to the stairs only to see Sakura standing there staring at him with hearts in her eyes, "Sasuke-kuuuuuuun?"

Sasuke scowled, 'Crap! how do I ditch this banshee?!' he thought when he suddenly felt someone grab his arm.

Turning, he saw Naruto, "C'mon teme!" he yelled before jumping off the building and dragging Sasuke with him.

"NARUTO YOUR GONNA KILL US!" Sasuke screamed in a very un-Sasuke moment. He looked at Naruto to see him holding a one handed sign. "DOBE WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!"

And then, the two disappeared as they dove into the ground.

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Coming up at team 7's new training ground, a giggling Naruto let a freaked out Sasuke free. "Hehe that was great! Did you see her face? Hahahahahaha!"

A now slightly calmer Sasuke said, "I guess a thanks is due dobe, nice save. Although, I could've used a warning. I owe you one."

Naruto, now smiling widely, "Alright then, I'll consider us even if instead of both of us training separately and without a sparring partner, let's train together as long as we're on this team together, sound good?" Naruto asked.

Sasuke looked at Naruto weighing the pros and cons, after a moment he nodded "Fine, but only for as long as the anti-fangirl service is active. Deal?"

Naruto nodded, "DEAL!"

Naruto and Sasuke took their stances, "Taijutsu only dobe?" he asked with a confident smirk.

"For now teme! Enough chatter LETS GO!" Naruto yelled as he shot forward with a higher skill level than ever shown previously.

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*Knock Knock*

Naruto looked up from his dinner of instant ramen and blinked, 'Who do you think it is Kyuubi-san?' he thought.

"It's probably that Cyclops from earlier. He did say he wanted to talk to you about me."

Naruto nodded and slurped the last mouthful as he took the necessary steps to the door. He opened it with one hand to see that it was indeed Kakashi who was waiting, "Yo Naruto." He said with a wave.

Naruto grinned, "What's up sensei? You wanted to talk about Kyu-"

Within a second, Kakashi had closed the door and moved Naruto over to his bed. When Naruto got control and sat back up normally, he noticed Kakashi had pulled his only chair up to face the bed, "What the hell?!" Naruto yelled.

Kakashi eye smiled, "Sorry Naruto, but I can't let you talk about that so callously." He said before leaning forward and speaking in a serious tone, "Your comment earlier today. About your 'tenant', explain to me what you meant exactly?"

NNaruto stared into Kakashi's eye for a moment, 'What should I say Kyuubi-san?' he thought to the fox.

Naruto heard the fox chuckle, "Just repeat after me, even if I say something you don't agree with."

Naruto nodded to himself before talking to Kakashi, "Well Cyclops, I meant the Kyuubi, but since it's in my gut, I don't see how it's your business." He said before folding his arms and pouting childishly.

Kakashi's eye widened, 'And here I thought he might be similar to Minato-sensei…' he thought before sighing.

"Naruto, I'm your sensei. I'm asking for the safety you and your team." Kakashi said while placing a hand on Naruto's shoulder.

Naruto blinked in shock, 'He…cares about me?' Naruto thought.

"No shit kid, why else do you think he came here? Repeat after me again, I wanna mess with him some more." Kyuubi ordered with a chuckle.

Naruto frowned, 'Bastard Fox! Forget it! your cut off!' Naruto thought as he broke the signal between him and the TV in his mind.

Naruto smiled at Kakashi, "Umm, sorry sensei. Well, I met Kyuubi-san the other night. Other than being a prick he's pretty alright." Naruto said while scratching his head.

Kakashi blinked, "The Kyuubi…'pretty alright'?" he asked sceptically.

Naruto nodded, "Mm, he has no influence on me if that's what you think. I can cut him off anytime." Naruto explained.

Kakashi nodded, "Well…alright. I'll take your word for it. But if I see any problems concerning it's chakra I won't hesitate to take action." Kakashi said, signifying the importance of Naruto's control.

Naruto nodded, "I wouldn't expect anything less sensei. There are people in this village with a strong will of fire, I refuse to let them be hurt because of me." Naruto said in a moment of seriousness.

Kakashi appraised Naruto before patting his head, "You're a good kid Naruto. I think you'll do well." Kakashi said before standing up straight, "That is, if you guys pass my test in the morning." Kakashi said with a eye smile before waving, "Later."

Naruto watched as Kakashi disappeared in a poof of smoke, it filled his small room in seconds, causing him to cough and splutter as he opened a window to let it free.

Naruto stared out at the Hokage monument as the smoke filtered out and held his arm up to it. clenching his fist he vowed, "I will pass your exam sensei, believe it!"

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Chapter end