AN: I have been really contemplating this. After several minutes of not caring, I have come up with an interesting idea. As of this moment, it is my new story. Now go and eat a waffle!
Five figures stood on a nearby rooftop, cloaks blowing in the wind. It was a dark and rainy night, but the lights of the building were still going strong. They could here the voices of the people inside as they laughed and sung. A dark haired man stepped forward, a white bundle in his hands. He looked down sadly, tears falling from his face as he took out several scrolls from his pack.
He smiled sadly down at the bundle, his eyes flashing to his Uzugan: Red with commas with rings, in a deep blood red. They finally settled on the black that was his normal color. He took one last look at the bundle. Spiky black hair stood out from the nine month old child =, his black eyes closed in a deep sleep.
He spoke in a hushed tone, so as to not alert anyone of their position. "Naruto, my son, I hope that you can forgive me. Your mother is most likely rolling in her grave, getting ready to kick my ass when I die. God knows that Kushina isn't a forgiving person. I've left you several gifts, from both your mother and I. I hope that you can one day become strong enough to redeem our name. Know that I love you, and… and… eat your vegetables!"
His tears spilled from his eyes as he picked his gift to his son: His mothers sword, a massive butcher knife like blade she called the Kubuchioboro. He leapt from the building, his shoes making as little noise as possible as he put his dead wife's massive blade on the ground, his son placed on the blade. He took one last look at his son before he vanished.
He reappeared on the rooftop. One of the figures spoke. "It was for the best, you know that. The gifts you left him are valuable, and usable to only him. I just hope that you made the right choice in giving him to Fairy Tail. I must admit that I have my doubts about them… Zeref."
Zeref smiled slightly as he sighed, leaping away as he spoke. "It's the best place for him to grow in a loving family. Kushina was a member of the guild and would never have asked me to leave him someplace she wouldn't be able to trust. I left him scrolls for him to learn from, so he could learn to control the magic he inherited from us. Kushina no doubt gave him scrolls on her signature 'Demon Slayer Magic', which coupled with my prodigal skills will make him a powerful mage. He also gained the Uzugan, the ultimate eyes. I have no doubt that Markarov will teach him the power of friends."
Their conversation stopped as they left Magnolia Town, Zeref's task done.
(Outside Fairy Tail)
A shrill cry rang out as Little Naruto awoke. The people inside the guild stopped their party as they heard it, close to their location. Markarov, fearing the worst, opened the great doors to Fairy Tail, seeing a small bundle on top of a large sword. He moved quickly to the obvious cause of the noise and picked it up. He looked under the white blankets and was met with a black haired baby. He felt several scrolls tucked in with the boy, and after picking the blade up in his other hand, he walked back into Fairy Tail, closing the door behind him with his magic as he went.
He marched to the bar at the back of the room and laid the child and sword on the counter. After unraveling the blanket, noticing several magic scrolls and scrolls on sword stances, he picked up a dark green one, a letter if he was correct.
As he read, his eyes grew wide.
I am entrusting unto you my legacy. I have high hopes that you will raise the boy to be a powerful mage of your guild, but I ask you to listen to my plea. The boy before you has the potential to be THE most powerful mage in all of Earthland, and I know that the Mage Council would be more than happy to get their hands on him. I ask you, as a desperate father, to protect him.
My story is a sad one. My wife, Kushina Uzumaki, died giving birth to our son, our little Naruto. Since then I have searched for a place that would be the best to for his development. This child before you is the son of Kushina Uzumaki and the Dark Mage Zeref. I ask you, in the name of all fathers to please raise him in your guild.
His magic will make him strong, but his bonds will make him the strongest. Markarov, I know I have done many things in the past, terrible things, but I am hoping that Naruto will be able to surpass me and do what I could not. I know of the beast I have unleashed upon the world, and my guilt is high. But please do not punish my son. He is innocent born from corruption, and I leave him to you. Give him a family, a home. That is all a dieing father can ask of you.
Markarov looked at the boy on the counter, sleeping now that he was safe from the bitter chill that had swept through Magnolia Town. He had heard of Kushina Uzumaki, the red demon, and knew of her battle prowess. She had disappeared almost three years ago, having abandoned Fairy Tail. Now, he had found out why. Zeref was alive, and she had given the man a son. As he thought about it, he felt a touch of sympathy for the dark mage. He had obviously put his trust in Markarov due to Kushina, and the old guildmaster felt for the man.
He turned to Naruto and picked the boy up. He carried him to Gildarts, his closest friend and confident. Giving him a run down of the situation, Markarov stepped onto a nearby table. Clearing his throat, he spoke in a dead serious voice. "My children, I have some things to tell you. As you know, I have found a baby outside the guild. As it turns out, he is the son of the now late Kushina Uzumaki. He was left here by his father, and I must make each of you swear in the name of you guild that what I am about to tell you does not leave the secrecy of Fairy Tail. This boys father was none other than Zeref the dark Mage. And as of this moment he will be raised as a Fairy Tail mage."
Silence. That was what met his statement. He looked at each of his children and took note of their shocked and fearful expressions. That was not to be expected, as they were obviously scared of the boy for being Zeref's legacy. But Gildarts looked at the son of his dead teammate. He had been close to Kushina, having taken the S-Class exam with her. He looked at the assembled mages and saw that they had fear and shock on their faces.
Markarov continued. "As of this moment, Naruto Zero is the son of Fairy Tail! We will keep his heritage a secret from the council, as they would turn him into a weapon. I cannot, in good consciousness, allow that to happen. So for those of you who swear to never speak of this, I ask you to step forward."
Every mage in Fairy Tail stepped forward, faces set in determination as they made a silent vow to never reveal the secret.
(Fifteen years Later)
It was pandemonium in Fairy Tail. The next generation of mages were in a fight again and were wrecking the guildhall. Markarov sighed as he turned to a figure standing slightly out of the way. The boy, as he was a boy, had very spiky black hair, held out of his eyes by a headband that covered his left eye. He had a large butcher blade on his back, held there by a leather strap. He had on a tight black long sleeved shirt with matching cargo pants. On his hands were black gloves. He had black shoes and bandages wrapped around his lower left leg. He had a white sash go over his right shoulder. His black eyes looked on at his friends fighting in amusement before he turned back to his bowl of ramen.
All of a sudden, a small blast of flame hit the bowl, knocking it to the ground and shattering it. All went quiet as Natsu's eyes widened in fear. He knew how much Naruto loved ramen, and an unspoken rule in the guild had been made after Laxus had taken a bowl from the boy a few years ago. The lightning mage had been admitted into the hospital after a very severe beating that nearly lost him his arm.
Naruto turned slowly to the young fire slayer, a calm look on his face. He stood, the fighting teens moving away from the path of the fifteen year old. Even Erza wasn't as scary as him when his ramen was messed with. Naruto stopped in front of Mirajane and turned to her. He spoke, his voice a deadly calm that betrayed the rage in his eyes. "Mira, please inform the hospital that they will need to make a bed for Natsu. Also, tell them to get as many of his blood type packets as they can. He's going to need a lot of blood after this."
Naruto was slowly engulfed in a red cloak of energy as it took shape. A singled tail grew from his tailbone as the energy formed the shape of a fox. Naruto looked at a now pale and terrified Natsu as he spoke to the pinkette. "Now, Natsu, how many tails do you wish to experience?"
Natsu shakily held up a number zero. Naruto shook his head before saying. "Nine it is."
Nine tails appeared from his tailbone as Natsu ran like a bitch, Naruto not that far behind him. After they were gone, Markarov spoke. "As many of you may already know, the younger generation doesn't. There is an unspoken rule for Naruto and his ramen. Do NOT mess with it, touch it, comment on it, eat it, go near it, attack it, lick it, or do anything negative towards the concoction in front of Naruto as I am not going to fight an enraged boy who can turn into a giant fucking fox. Mirajane, Erza, Cana, I ask you three to calm Naruto down as you three are the only people that can. Lisanna, prepare another bowl of your ramen please. Levy, go and get Naruto's book."
At once everyone snapped to work. They had done this before, as Natsu would still try and use ramen to rile up Naruto to fight him, only for it to turn into the beating of a life time. They knew that the boy was constantly fighting to remain calm so as to not kill or attack his family. His magic, even as potent as it is, was still unstable. It was something that Markarov wanted to discuss with Gildarts so that they could help the fifteen year old boy control it better. They had found during one of his rare moments of age that either Mirajane, Erza, or Cana could help calm him, while Lisanna made a special ramen that soothed his always shot nerves. Levy would go to his room at the boy's dorm of Fairy Hills and get his book, 'The Tale of the Utterly Gutsy Shinobi', and read it to him, further calming him down. As it stood, only Markarov or Gildarts could openly beat him in his 'Rage State', but they would have to work in tandem as a team.
Markarov sighed sadly as he thought of the boy. Naruto Zero had always talked about horrible nightmares, and he saw things that weren't there. Combined with the magic his parents left him to learn and his Uzugan, he was quickly becoming an S-Class mage. Markarov had seen to his education personally, teaching him to read, write, and speak. He taught the boy the power of bonds with people, and how they made you stronger. The boy understood, but he feared that because of his parentage people would hate him. He had never spoken in public, only speaking to Markarov in private, or Gildarts when he would leave Magnolia Town to work on controlling his 'Demon Slayer Magic'.
You see, Kushina had made many enemies, being a Wizard saint does that to you, and when people found out about his connection to the woman and Zeref as his parents, they had demanded his head. The Mage Council had tried to take the boy to mold as their weapon, but he adamantly refused them. Naruto had made friends with several of the younger generation, but was still a bit distant to them. All except Mirajane, Erza, and Cana. They had managed to get him to speak for the first time in public, a shock to many.
It had been a normal day and everyone was hanging around until Mirajane had become frustrated with Erza and Cana being 'idiots'. Naruto had been watching them with a small smile as he found it funny, something that the three girls noticed. When Mira had gotten in his face about it, Naruto had stayed silent. Infuriated, the oldest of the take over trio had attacked him. He had dodged her repeatedly, causing her to resort to asking Erza and Cana for help. When they tried to hit him, he had skillfully taken each of them down with one hit.
When it was over, they asked him how he got so strong. He smiled and shyly spoke his first words in public. 'Strength through the virtue of knowledge will always beat strength through the virtue of rage and hate.'
Since then, all the members of his generation had tried to catch up to him, gaining experience and expanding their minds. When Naruto had gone back into his silent shell, Markarov had spoken to the girls, encouraging them to try and get the brunette to speak. Cana had taken every opportunity to speak to him, getting him to give short answers, but answers all the same. The same for Erza and Mirajane.
A loud crash was heard as Natsu was dragged back into the guild by his hair, looking as though he had been dragged through a patch of cactus spikes, by a calm Naruto who was accompanied by the three girls. He was led over to a table, Lisanna's ramen set before him as Levy sat next to him.
Naruto's relationship to Levy was interesting. He had been reading his book when she had appeared before him, jabbering on and on about how she loved books. Naruto had looked like a lost puppy trying to silently tell he to be quiet. When she had stopped talking, Naruto calmly told her that he enjoyed his book because he was named after the main character in hopes of being just like him, and how he tried to model his life after the book. Levy had been happy to talk with him about books they read, neither noticing the shocked looks of the guild.
Naruto sighed as he ate the ramen, looking at Natsu's battered form he said. "Natsu, don't mess with my ramen again, or I will Bijuudama your ass. Is that, in any way, unclear?" The Dragon Slayer shook his head. "Good. Now, go to the hospital."
Finishing his ramen, he stood to his 5'10" height as he headed to his apartment.
Had he stayed, he would have noticed the blushes on the faces of the girls who had broken him out of his shell.
(Naruto's apartment- That night)
Naruto sighed happily as he stepped out of his shower, clad only in a towel. He made his way to his dresser, only to here a noise come from his living room. Freezing, Naruto fell back on his years of training and experience as he made his way out of his room, now clad in black crimson boxer and a skin tight short sleeved shirt. He closed his left eye socket, and stepped into his hall.
He peered around the corner to his living room, only to see two people, woman if he could go by their figures. One had long dark green hair with a beret and the other had horns and a fluffy look about her. Naruto ran through several plans, and came up with one.
He stood from his observation point and walked around the corner, a calm and emotionless look on his face. The woman turned to his steps and smirked seductively as she licked her lips. She had been sent to this apartment by her guild to try and convince the mage living here to abandon Fairy Tail and join theirs. She had been a little put off by the age of the person she was sent to try and convince to join, but seeing the tight muscles bulging from his tight shirt, she didn't mind. She put on her most winning smile, noting how his boxers strained to contain what he had. "Why hello there. My name is Karen Lilica, and I was sent by the guildmaster of Blue Pegasus to 'convince' you to leave Fairy tail and join us. We could give you anything you want, make you richer beyond your wildest dreams, you would have woman of the most beautiful kind! All you need to do is join us."
Naruto examined her for a moment then looked at her companion. She was rather cute in his opinion. She had straight pink hair that fell to her shoulders and curved upward. A light yellow dress that ended at her thighs. She had yellow arm gloves and large doe like eyes. She had thigh high cream colored stockings and shoes that looked like goat hooves. She had a large blush on her face as she looked away from him.
'judging from the looks of her, she's a celestial spirit. Aries if the horns are anything to go by. This Karen though, she seems to be and abusive master, judging from the scared and submissive feel of Aries. Has she been beaten?' Naruto thought. "I'm sorry to say, but I have no intention of abandoning my guild just like that. Now please, leave my home."
Karen looked at him before she sighed sadly. "If that's your answer. Aries, attack him."
Aries murmured. "Y-Yes ma'am." She used her wool magic to send a cloud of pink wool at Naruto, even though he dodged to the left, going directly to her master. The black haired boy grasped the woman who dared attack him in his home by her throat, lifting her off the ground. He snatched all he celestial keys from her as he snarled, a look of pure hatred in his eye. "A Celestial Spirit Mage who treats her spirits like that, I find pathetic and disgusting. You pride yourself on your appearance, not training in other abilities and slaves. As of right now, Aries will not be your slave, and neither will any other celestial spirits."
He kept Karen in his vice like grip as he walked over to Aries, who had since been shocked into a state of muteness. He quickly rendered the green haired woman unconscious and tossed her outside his door, into the street. He brought his hand gently up to the girls face as he smiled kindly at her. She looked into his kind black eyes as he said in a quiet voice. "You don't have to be scared of her anymore. I have your key with me."
Aries eyes watered as she heard this. She hated Karen. Hated how she was used as a shield. Hated how she was almost used as a toy to pleasure the men Karen had debts to. She was free now. Free to do what she wanted. She hugged the boy in front of her, the boy who saved her. She squeezed him as he put his arms around her and his chin on her head.
Naruto was slightly shocked when she had hugged him, and he did what his book on interactions with others told him to do (OK, who in Naruto uses this?) and hugged her back. He felt her tears on his chest as he rubbed her arms soothingly. He had no idea what she had been subjugated to, but he had read in the Weekly Sorcerer that she had been rather cruel towards her partners. It disgusted him, a person who valued bonds with others, that anyone could treat another like that.
After she had been sobbed out, Naruto backed away and smiled as he said. "Feel better?"
Aries nodded as she said. "I feel better. Thank you for that."
Naruto waved it off before he turned to his kitchen and said. "It's fine. I'm rather hungry after this ordeal, care to join me for a bite to eat?"
Aries quickly followed him into his nice sized kitchen as he went to his fridge, pulling out his milk and some sandwich ingredients. He started to make a ham sandwich for himself and his guest. When he was done and had them prepared, he poured two glasses of milk and carried them over to the table that Aries sat at. Placing a glass of milk and a plate in front of her, he sat down and smiled.
Aries took a small bite, then a bigger one, and a bigger one, until finally she was scarfing the entire thing down. After she was finished, she drank the milk and gave a small burp. Looking up, she saw Naruto with a smirk as he finished his sandwich at a slower pace as he drank his milk. She blushed and started to apologize. "I-I'm sorry! I-I didn't mean to be rude!"
Naruto just waved her off as he said. "It's fine. Besides, it's the small things that make life so much fun. Now come on, I need to get some sleep. Are you going to de-summon yourself?"
Aries nodded as she gave him one last hug, suddenly not wanting to let go. "Promise to summon me and make a contract?"
Naruto gave a small grin, something that made Aries blush deeply, as he said. "I promise! And I never break a promise."
Naruto casually strolled through Magnolia Town, Aries hanging off his arm despite his protests, as he headed towards Fairy Tail. He had summoned Aries and made a contract with her. It stated that she could summon herself to him at any time she wanted, and he taught her how to gather eterno from the world so she could sustain herself for long periods of time. After learning the technique, he had de-summoned her, only to have her summon herself to his location.
He made his way to the guild, wondering how the others would take the news of his almost kidnapping and that Blue Pegasus wanted him. No doubt other guilds heard about his skills and his heritage. He had already had multiple assassination attempts on his life, and he didn't doubt that as he grew stronger and became more famous, he would get more.
He came to a stop outside of Fairy Tail, a small smile on his face as he walked up to the doors.
While he didn't know what the future held, he certainly knew one thing.
'I will protect my family with my life. I made a promise. And I always keep my promises.' he unconsciously rubbed his clothe covered eye as he opened the door to the greatest guild in Fiore.
AN: And that's a wrap! A bit touchy feely, but I needed to set Naruto's habits and behaviors as well as explain why he will act the way he does. Naruto will be strong, Wizard Saint strong, and he does have emotional baggage. As for the harem it is pretty obvious who is in it. Mirajane, Erza, Cana, Levy, Aries, and Angel.
Here are my reasons:
Mirajane: Explained Next chapter.
Erza: Explained Next Chapter.
Cana: Explained Next Chapter.
Levy: She loves his belief in 'Knowledge is power' attitude.
Aries: He saved her from Karen. That pretty much sums it up.
Angel: Next few chapters.
And there you have it. I may or may not take requests, but I will need you to give me a reason for them and a bit of a potential back story. As always, Review and I give you… Waffle Ramen.