This story is going to be an AU. Mostly because of Naruto's origins. Also, he will be stupidly overpowered by the end of this, if he isn't already. But, really, how can you not be stupidly overpowered with the Sharingan? Also, there will be no pairing, and if there is, it won't be until the very end.
Unfortunately, I don't own Naruto.
"So, this is Konoha." was the statement made by a teenaged boy with dark, shaggy red hair. He had just entered the gates of the great Konohagakure no Sato for the first time in his sixteen years of life. His face was rather impassive but not outright cold. He was wearing a black, high-collared, sleeveless leather jacket over a dark vermilion shirt. There were also metal arm guards over his sleeves and black shinobi pants tucked into his black shinobi sandals.
As he swept his dark blue eyes over the various buildings, he caught sight of a tall, red tower with the kanji for 'Fire' on it.
'That must be where I have to go.' he thought with assurance.
There weren't any people in the streets, aside from the occasional drunk, due to the fact that it was nearing midnight. His gaze suddenly flickered to the left for a moment.
He was being watched.
He supposed he shouldn't be surprised. A teenager dressed like a professional shinobi and a high chakra level striding towards the Hokage tower in the middle of the night did look suspicious. He shook his head. It didn't matter. He wasn't here to cause trouble.
He entered the Hokage Tower and was greeted by the Hokage's secretary. "Yes? How can I help you, young man?" she asked politely.
"I'd like to see the Hokage." he said softly.
"I'm sorry young man, but you can't just see the Hokage without an appointment." she smiled apologetically.
He sighed. "Look, it won't take long. I just need to talk to him for a few minutes."
The secretary seemed annoyed now, "Again, you cannot see Hokage-sama without an appointment. If you-" she was cut off by said man's appearance.
"Misaki, what's going on?"
"Oh! Hokage-sama! This boy here," she gestured towards the red-haired boy. When the Hokage turned his eyes on him, they widened, "was trying to get in to see you. I was trying to exp-" she was once again cut off by the Hokage.
"It's alright, Misaki." he turned back to the boy and gestured for him to follow. The Hokage quickly led the red-head to his office, sitting behind his desk and gesturing for the young teen to take a seat.
"I take it you know who I am?" the boy asked as he took a seat.
"I can guess. You look just like her." the man looked wistful for a moment. "Let's introduce ourselves. I am Namikaze Minato, the Yondaime Hokage."
"I am Uzumaki Naruto."
The blonde Hokage nodded, "Where is Kushina?" he asked seriously.
"She's...gone." Naruto answered sadly, shocking the Hokage. There was a noticeable expression of pain, grief, sorrow, and regret on the blonde Hokage's face before he quickly regained control of his emotions.
"I...see. Well, what are you doing here? Why did you want to see me?"
Naruto shrugged. "I wanted to meet the man my mother loved-"
"She didn't love me." Minato interrupted abruptly.
"Why do you say that?" Naruto asked.
"She cheated on me." the blonde answered, looking angry.
Naruto shook his head. "She didn't cheat on you."
Minato looked skeptical and said, with slight sarcasm lacing his tone, "I don't mean to sound rude, but your existence kind of contradicts that."
Naruto opened his mouth to say something, but closed it and sighed instead. He thought for a moment before speaking. "Do you remember exactly what happened?"
Minato got a far off look in his eyes, "Like it was yesterday."
"How could you?" Minato yelled at the redheaded woman who was in tears.
"No, Kushina! I don't want to hear your excuses." he practically snarled. "Just leave!"
Kushina walked up to him and grabbed his arm, "Please! I lo-"
He ripped his arm away and turned his back on her, "Just go." he said bitterly.
Kushina opened her mouth to say something but closed it, realizing there was nothing she could do to convince him that she hadn't cheated on him. Turning, she left his office.
"She was gone by the next day." the Yondaime finished.
Naruto nodded. "I see. Perhaps if you had let my mother explain herself, you would not have been so eager to get rid of her." he said curtly, closing his eyes.
The blond narrowed his eyes, "What do you mean?"
Naruto sighed, still keeping his eyes closed, "If you had let her explain herself, you would know that she had not willingly cheated on you."
The Hokage's eyes widened, "Are you saying someone raped her?" he yelled angrily, his Killing Intent exploding. What surprised the Hokage was that Naruto wasn't all that affected by it.
"Technically, yes." the redhead answered.
The Hokage's anger had not subsided in the least, "What do you mean 'technically'? And how do you know all of this, anyway?"
"I know this is because my mother told me herself. A few months before she died, we kept asking her about her father." Naruto said.
"Wait, we?" the Hokage asked.
Naruto lowered his head, "I... used to have a brother." he said sadly. "Anyway, she eventually told us what happened. Apparently, one night she was out shopping and someone cast a powerful genjutsu over her, making her think the caster was you. The next day, after she realized what happened and what she had done, she tried to explain things to you, but after she got to the 'I slept with someone last night.' part, you wouldn't let her explain why." Naruto completed his story, still keeping his eyes closed.
Minato looked horrified. And why wouldn't he? He pushed the love of his life out of the village and out of his life because because he wouldn't let her explain herself. His horrified expression soon turned into a furious one.
"Who was it?" the blond whispered dangerously.
Naruto shrugged, "I have no idea, but I know he's from the Uchiha Clan."
The Hokage raised an eyebrow, "And what makes you think that?"
"I have a compelling reason to believe so." Naruto said as he finally opened his eyes.
As soon as Minato saw Naruto's eyes, his own widened in surprise. Why, you ask? Because the young redhead's eyes were no longer a dark blue. Instead, they were a blood red color with three tomoe slowly swirling around the pupil.
Minato quickly composed himself, "I suppose that is evidence enough that your father-"
Naruto interrupted, "Please do not refer to him as my father. I prefer sperm donor, or son of a bitch, or asshole, or dead man walking, or-"
Minato quickly held his hands up, "Okay, I get it. As I was saying, you possessing the Sharingan is evidence enough of the 'dead man walking' being an Uchiha, so I could have a DNA sample taken from you and compare it to every Uchiha male alive around fourteen to eighteen years ago. Does that satisfy you?"
"I suppose that's fine. In fact, I am surprised that you would so readily agree to help me like this." Naruto admitted.
Minato nodded in understanding, "Yes, well, let's just say you're not the only one angry about this. I can tell you're not lying about it, either. I am rather curious, though, as to why she would tell her children what happened to her."
Naruto looked thoughtful, "Looking back, I, too, can't believe she would tell her children something like that, but I guess she might have just wanted someone to know the truth, no matter who they were. I honestly can't say why she told us."
"I see. Now, back on topic. What do you plan on doing once you find out who your 'sperm donor' is, if you don't mind me asking?" he asked.
"I will kill him." Naruto answered immediately.
Minato did not look at all surprised with his answer. "There may be a problem with that." At Naruto's raised eyebrow, the blond Hokage continued, "Fugaku, the clan head, will no doubt protect his clansmen no matter what they are accused of. Also, you have no proof that whoever this man is, he actually placed a genjutsu on Kushina. I believe you, but that's no enough for it to be proven." Minato finished, showing some frustration with the situation through his tone of voice.
"That doesn't matter to me." Naruto said, "When I find out who this man is, I will kill him regardless of whether there's proof or not, and no one will stop me." the redhead finished with conviction.
The Hokage narrowed his eyes, "If you did so, I would have to go and stop you myself." Naruto narrowed his eyes as well, but the Hokage continued speaking, "Tragically, I would not arrive in time to prevent the death of this man." he said with a smirk, before his face fell. "However, I would still have to punish you for killing a ninja or civilian of this village. That punishment is usually death, but I'm the Hokage so I think I could pardon you."
"Are you sure you can do that?" he asked.
Minato smirked, "I'm the Hokage. I can do practically anything I want. Then again, it would be easier if you were a ninja of Konoha. I have better control over my shinobi, after all."
Naruto cocked his head to the side, "How did you know I had ninja training?"
"It's kind of obvious. Well, to me, anyway. First of all, I can tell you have massive chakra reserves, second of all, the way you're sitting tells me you are ready to defend yourself from an attack from any angle, and third of all, you have a fully developed Sharingan." Minato explained, surprising the redhead with his observation skills.
"Huh... you are definitely the Hokage." He was silent for a moment, "I guess I could become a ninja of Konoha. I don't really have anything better to do at the moment."
Minato raised an eyebrow. "'At the moment'? You do realize if you become a ninja of Konoha, it will be for life, right?"
Naruto nodded, "Yes, I didn't mean for it to sound like I would leave once I got my information. It doesn't seem so bad to live here, and my mother loved this place. Maybe I could, too." he said softly.
Minato smiled, "I'm sure you could. Konoha is a wonderful place, and I'm not just saying that because I'm the Hokage."
"Thank you Hokage-sama. Is there anything else you need?" Naruto asked respectfully.
"Yes, actually. And, please, call me Minato." Naruto nodded his head. "Anyway, do you know why she named you 'Naruto'?"
Naruto nodded, "Yes, she told us that the man she loved wanted to name his first child 'Naruto'. She also told us that it was the Yondaime Hokage." He began. Minato nodded. "I see. Now, if it's not too hard to talk about, could you tell me how she and your brother died?" he asked gently.
Naruto shook his head, "Not at all. Well, my mother always seemed to be weak. She would tell my brother and I how she used to be a powerful kunoichi, but now that I look baack on it, she always seemed to be in near constant pain. I have no idea why, but I did hear her mention something about a seal." the young warrior said, gauging the Hokage for a reaction, but was disappointed when the man's face stayed perfectly blank.
Minato may have shown no outward recognition, but he instantly knew what Naruto was referring to, even if the redhead didn't. Without anyone to help hold her seal during childbirth, it must have caused so much damage to her body that not even Kyuubi or her Uzumaki healing could fix it right away. He couldn't help but feel guilty because of it. If he had just listened to her, then this could have all been avoided. He was shaken out of his thoughts when Naruto continued his story.
"Anyway, we lived in a small cottage in a forest. Sometimes, things were difficult, but now I would give anything for those days." Naruto said wistfully. "One day, our little cottage was attacked by some bandits and ninja. My brother and I were alone in the house when the bandits broke in. I think most of the ninja went after mom, but one was ordering the bandits around. When they saw us, the ninja ordered the bandits to kill both of us. I tried to protect my brother, but I was just a scrawny little nine year old, so I couldn't do much. I tried shielding him with my body, but one of the bandits slashed me across my eyes, blinding me."
"But you're not blind now. Even Tsunade, the greatest medic in the world, wouldn't be able to heal that." Minato interjected.
Naruto looked a bit annoyed at being interrupted, "I was getting to that." The Hokage held up his hands in surrender and gestured for him to continue. Naruto took a deep breath and did so, "I'm not sure what happened next because I passed out from the pain, but the next thing I know, I'm walking up in a hospital bed with my eyes working fine. The doctor came in and told me that my mom had brought in both my brother and I to their hospital to treat us, but my brother had already died from blood loss and I was told my mother collapsed soon after and died. They didn't even give a reason, either. They said it was like she died of natural causes." After a few moments of silence used to get himself under control, Naruto continued. "The reason I'm not blind is because they took my brother's eyes and transplanted them into me. He was a perfect match, after all." he smiled sadly, and the Hokage nodded in understanding.
"Later that week, they buried both of them in the town's cemetery. I didn't even see their bodies, couldn't bring myself to. I was sent to the orphanage, but there was no way in hell I was staying there. When I saw the chance, I slipped away from the caretakers and made my way to back to our cottage. I nearly threw up at what I saw." he said, grimacing at the memory. At the blond's quizzical look, Naruto explained, "There were dead bodies everywhere. Blood was smeared all over the house, and it seems that the bodies all died from a large hole on their chests." Naruto said, remembering the grisly scene.
"Sounds like Kushina." Minato said with a smirk.
At Naruto's questioning gaze, the blond elaborated, "During the war, Kushina was infamous for killing enemies by piercing their hearts with her chakra chains."
Naruto looked surprised and a bit proud, "I didn't know that. Anyway, I looked through the house until I found what I was looking for. A few months before, I saw my mother opening a trap door in her bedroom, so I decided to see what was inside. When I opened it, I was surprised at the contents. Inside were a bunch of scrolls on genjutsu, taijutsu, ninjutsu, chakra control, fuinjutsu, and even scrolls on how to properly use various kinds of weapons. There were also kunai, shuriken, ninja wire, exploding tags, and even some money my mother had saved up. As soon as I realized what they were, I decided to become a shinobi so that I could protect myself and anyone I came to care for in the future. I vowed to never let what happened to my family happen again. And here I am." Naruto finished, voice brimming with complete confidence and conviction.
Minato grinned. This was definitely Kushina's son, alright. "Speaking of your abilities, what can you tell me about them?" he asked.
Naruto looked at him for a moment, "Well, I don't want to tell you everything. I am a ninja after all." he said.
"I understand. No ninja should freely give away their secrets, but I just need a general idea." Minato explained.
Naruto nodded, "Well, in my opinion, I think my ninjutsu and genjutsu are superb. I practiced non-stop on them until it was practically second nature to me." he said, sounding quite proud with himself.
Minato seemed surprised. "You can do genjutsu? Huh. Kushina never could get the hang of it, and had too much chakra to be all that effective with it."
Naruto shrugged, "I guess it comes with being half Uchiha. I'm glad, too, because I love using genjutsu." he said with the first smile Minato had seen on him since they met.
"Makes sense. Anything else?"
"Oh, yes. When I wasn't practicing ninjutsu or genjutsu, I was studying fuinjutsu. I don't know why, but I just seemed to have a knack for it. I loved it, too. I honestly couldn't get enough. I also practiced with kunai, shuriken, and the various weapons that were in the scroll. I wasn't very comfortable with any, except one. I also had to practice chakra control non-stop, so I could keep using my genjutsu effectively. Other than that, I read up on the history of shinobi and the clans throughout the world." he finished with a smirk, rather proud of his abilities.
"I see. And taijutsu?" the Hokage asked.
Naruto grimaced, and chuckled nervously, causing Minato to raise an eyebrow. "W-Well, I'd like to say I'm decent, but it certainly isn't one of my stronger points. I don't know the reason, but I could never really get the hang of it."
Minato nodded, "It's understandable. Almost every shinobi has at least one subject they're weak in. And it's more effective to learn from a sensei rather than a scroll when it comes to taijutsu."
"I didn't just train, either. Power's useless if you don't have any experience." Minato smirked. It was good that he knew that. "Sometimes I would make Kage Bunshin and have them protect a target I set for myself. You know, make up mock-missions. As I got older, I started taking bounty hunting jobs. I mostly killed missing-nin and destroyed bandit camps. Happily, I might add." he said.
Minato understood. It was bandits and missing-nin that took his family away from him. If he could prevent that from happening to others, of course he was going to do so. Speaking of...
"I hate to bring this back up, but do you know which village those ninja that attacked your home were from?" he asked, wondering which village leader had caused the death of Kushina and might need to be assassinated.
Naruto crushed that thought when he shook his head, "No. I did some digging, but the mark on their hitai-ate didn't match any known villages."
"What did it look like?" the blond asked, not liking that their might be a village he didn't know about.
"I'll never forget. The mark on their hitai-ate looked like a musical note." he said, angrily clenching his fists.
Minato rubbed his chin, "I've never heard of a village using a symbol like that, but I'll do some digging."
Naruto looked taken aback, "You'd do that for me?"
"Not just for you. I don't like that there is a village that Konoha doesn't know about, so I'm going to gather information and see what I can come up with." Minato said with a smirk.
"Understandable. Anything else?"
"Well, if you're going to join Konoha, I will need to test you, regardless of what you told me." Minato informed him. After all, for all he knew, Naruto was exaggerating when he spoke of his abilities.
"I guessed that. When would that have to be?" Naruto asked.
"It will happen the day after tomorrow. I'll set it up and tell you where to be later. For now, I want to talk more about Kushina." he admitted.
Naruto smiled. "I think I'd like that."
You know, I already had half this chapter typed around late August, so I'm a little disappointed in myself for just now putting it up. Anyway, I hope you like it.
See ya later.