Chapter 1: Naruto's Partner
Naruto Uzumaki was panting heavily as he finished the first technique inside the Forbidden Scroll that he took from the Hokage's House… He chuckled at how easily he defeated the Hokage with his Orioke No Jutsu.
'He should just give me his position since I defeated him.' Naruto thought with a chuckle but he opened the scroll again to learn a second technique when one caught his eye. It showed a weird looking red and white ball with what looked like a blood seal; he's only seen them in class, so Naruto bit his thumb enough to let a little blood flow onto the picture when the ball came off the page and into his hands.
"Just what is this?" Naruto muttered to himself as he pressed the silver button on it only for a bright flash of light to appear and it took the form of a weird creature.
It looked like a yellow bipedal mouse with red cheeks, and the edge of its tail was brown as well as three brown lines on its back. The tip of its ears were pitch black and when it opened its eyes it had black eyes as it looked around before seeing Naruto.
Naruto just gaped at what he was seeing before he read the description of the item.
"This is a Pokéball, an item that was created to house strange creatures called Pokémon. Inside this ball is a Pokémon called Pikachu the electric mouse Pokémon. It is said to store electricity in the sacks on its cheeks." Naruto blinked in shock. "So your name is Pikachu?"
"…" Naruto looked back at the description. "They talk a certain language that revolves around their names."
Pikachu walked towards Naruto sniffing him before jumping onto his shoulders. "Cha!"
Naruto was a little shocked at how friendly this Pikachu was but he smiled as he rubbed the cheeks and Pikachu seemed to enjoy that. "It's nice to meet you Pikachu."
"There you are!" Naruto and Pikachu looked up to see Iruka storming towards them but he stopped as he saw Pikachu.
'What in the name of Kami is that?' Iruka thought before Naruto had a wide grin.
"Found me already huh? That was quick, I only had time to learn one technique and meet Pikachu here." Naruto said happily as he kept rubbing Pikachu's cheeks.
'He has been training hard.' Iruka thought as he observed Naruto's rough state before he raised an eyebrow. "Pikachu?"
"Pika!" Pikachu said waving at Iruka.
"Yup I've only known him for two minutes and he's already a friend." Naruto then jumped up and Pikachu barely stayed on his shoulder. "Listen Iruka-Sensei, I'm going to show you an amazing technique and you're going to let me graduate! That's the way it works right?"
"What are you talking about?" Iruka asked in confusion.
"Mizuki-Sensei told me about it he said that it's a great way to let people pass." Naruto still had a grin. "He told me that all I had to do was come here with the scroll and then I had to learn a technique."
Iruka's eyes widened as he heard that but before he could say anything he saw something out of the corner of his eyes. "LOOK OUT!" He pushed Naruto sending him and Pikachu back before Kunai's came at him pinning Iruka to the wall with one stuck in his leg while the others cut up his clothes a bit. There was also a Kunai in both his shoulder blades.
"I see that you found our little hideaway Iruka." Mizuki, the Chunin with white hair, came down with a smile that made him very sinister looking.
Iruka pulled the Kunai out of his leg. "So that's the way it is huh?" He asked his voice laced with pain. "I should've known."
"W-what's going on?" Naruto asked as Pikachu narrowed his eyes at what was happening and he glared at Mizuki.
"Naruto give me the scroll now!" Mizuki said before seeing the creature but he smirked at how pathetic it looked.
"Naruto don't give him the scroll." Iruka called out. "It contains forbidden techniques that will put the village in great danger."
On hearing that Naruto glared at Mizuki but the man scoffed. "Iruka is worried about what you will do with the scroll." When Mizuki saw Naruto's face he gave a huge smirk. "I'll tell you who's really lying."
"NO MIZUKI!" Iruka called out realizing what the traitor was going to do.
"Have you ever wondered why everyone hated you?" Mizuki asked from the tree branch that he was standing on. "Why they treated you like dirt? Why they hated you for just being alive? Everyone knows but you, even Iruka here knows."
"What are you talking about?" Naruto asked in confusion. "What does everyone know?"
"You wouldn't know since the third Hokage passed the decree twelve years ago." Mizuki chuckled. "It was made so you wouldn't know."
"WHAT IS IT?!" Naruto roared in impatience.
"No one can tell you that the Nine Tailed Fox is inside you." Mizuki said grinning evilly at the look of shock on Naruto's face. "That's right the Demon that nearly destroyed the Village is inside your body! You are the Nine Tailed Fox!"
"B-But that can't be." Naruto shook his head. "The Yondaime Hokage killed it twelve years ago."
"What day was it?" Mizuki asked with a chuckle.
"October 10th-." Naruto stopped talking remembering that he was born on that day and he realized that Mizuki was telling the truth. "Oh Kami… Why?" He fell to his knees in disbelief.
"DIE!" Mizuki threw his Demon Windmill Shuriken.
"PIKACHUUUU!" A bolt of electricity hit it knocking it away and bringing everyone's attention to Pikachu as it stood in front of Naruto protectively.
"What?" Mizuki snarled. "You choose to protect a Demon?"
"He's not a Demon." Iruka coughed out in pain. "Naruto is one of a kind, he works hard and he makes people laugh. He's Naruto Uzumaki of the Village Hidden in the Leaves."
Naruto felt tears sliding down his face as he heard that but Mizuki shook his head. "You are a delusional fool Iruka after I kill that pathetic rat you will be next-."
"If you ever lay a hand on my Sensei or my friend Pikachu I will kill you." Naruto snarled out.
"As if you could brat!" Mizuki charged at Pikachu but Naruto did a Ram seal.
"Kage Bunshin no Jutsu!"
The clearing filled with smoke and a hundred copies of Naruto stood there shocking everyone.
"So you think that you're tough Mizuki?" One of the clones asked as they all charged at him and in minutes he was on the ground with blood coming out of his mouth and nose before the clones disappeared in a puff of smoke. "I think that I went a little too far." Naruto chuckled as he rubbed the back of his head not noticing Mizuki standing up with a Kunai.
"Naruto look out!" Iruka called out but Pikachu became a blur smashing into Mizuki sending him flying into a tree knocking the traitor out.
"Thanks Pikachu." Naruto said with a grin and Pikachu returned that grin with a thumbs up added.
'He wants to surpass all the Hokage's and I'm starting to believe that he might actually do it.' Iruka thought in amazement as he watched Pikachu jump back on the blondes shoulder. 'Plus with his new friend Naruto might be more powerful than anyone else.'
With that Iruka smiled. "Naruto come here." He said. "I have something that I want to give you."
Naruto tipped his head in confusion before he was told to close his eyes so he did and after a while he felt the goggles on the top of his head being shifted.
"Okay you can open your eyes now." Naruto did only to see Iruka without his Forehead protector and holding Naruto's goggles. "Congratulations! You graduate."
In disbelief Naruto reached up to feel the Headband of a Leaf Shinobi on his Forehead. "I-I did?"
Iruka smiled at the blonde's reaction. "And to celebrate I'll treat you to Ramen."
Naruto didn't speak for a bit before he hugged Iruka. "Thank you!" He cried out while Pikachu chuckled at his behavior.
"Hey that hurts." Iruka told him but he was smiling.
A while later they were visiting the Hokage giving reports on what happened. "Well done on getting the scroll back." Sarutobi said with a nod before giving Naruto a stern look. "Although it shouldn't have been taken in the first place."
Naruto rubbed the back of his head sheepishly. "Sorry Oji-san." He apologized.
After a few seconds Sarutobi's face softened up. "But capturing a traitor excuses you for that." He said.
Naruto nodded while Pikachu smiled that his new friend didn't get into too much trouble.
"Now are you going to tell me who your friend there is?" Sarutobi asked looking at Pikachu.
"And how did you meet him?" Iruka asked curiously. "I've never seen a creature like him before."
"This is Pikachu and he is a Pokémon." Naruto said before pulling out the Pokéball. "This is what he was in when it came out of the scroll."
"Pikachu came out of the scroll?" Iruka asked in shock.
"Yup… But I still don't get what a Pokémon is exactly." Naruto muttered.
"I can explain that." Sarutobi said bringing the attention back to him.
"What?!" Both Iruka and Naruto asked loudly.
Sarutobi rubbed his ear before continuing. "The Yondaime had a catalog of creatures that he called Pokémon but I always thought that they were purely legend." He pulled out a book. "He said that one of them was capable of bringing him to a different time period where hundreds of them existed."
Naruto skimmed through the book before he saw the page about Pikachu. "Whoa." Naruto muttered as he read more accurate info on him as well as the attacks that he could learn. "Jiji-San? Can I keep this?"
"Of course." Sarutobi nodded. "I'll give it to you as thanks for bringing Mizuki in as well as pay you for a B-Rank since now that you graduated you will need money to pay for your apartment."
Naruto's grin widened as he did a fist pump. "ALL RIGHT I HAD A B-RANK MISSION!" He bellowed in excitement.
Iruka laughed at Naruto's reaction before Sarutobi frowned. "We must also talk about what you learned from Mizuki." He looked at Iruka who nodded and left the room.
At hearing that Naruto felt a little angry. "Why didn't you tell me?" He asked harshly. "Why didn't anyone tell me?"
"I didn't tell you because I wanted you to grow old enough to handle the truth." Sarutobi sighed as he stood up. "That is why I made the rule for no one to talk about it. Even those who whispered it were punished severely in hopes of giving you a normal life but the parents found a way around that rule and for that I am sorry."
Naruto was silent for a bit until Pikachu poked his arm. "Pika?"
"I'm fine." Naruto said with a nod. "It's just a lot to take in."
"By the way… Can you understand Pikachu?"
"Uh not really, no." Naruto admitted with a nervous laugh. "I'm mostly guessing."
Sarutobi nodded as he approached Naruto doing a few hand signs before placing a hand on Naruto and Pikachu and they both felt lightheaded for a second.
"What was that about?" Naruto muttered.
"Oh my head." Pikachu moaned.
Naruto froze and looked at Pikachu. "I just understood you!"
"You can?" Pikachu smiled. "That's good."
"Jiji-San what did you do?" Naruto asked in awe.
"It was a technique that Minato created to understand Pokémon and he showed it to me saying that I should know it just in case."
"So only you and I can understand Pikachu?" Naruto asked in confusion.
"Precisely." Sarutobi nodded.
"Cool." Naruto cheered with a jump before he thought of something. "Hey Pikachu?"
"What is it Naruto?" Pikachu asked tilting his head before Naruto brought out Mizuki's headband that he took off the traitor.
"I was going to give this back to Jiji-San but I want to know if you would mind being my partner?" Naruto asked before looking at the Hokage with a hasty smile. "If that's okay of course."
Sarutobi smiled kindly. "Of course it's okay Naruto."
Pikachu smiled. "Sure on one condition."
Naruto blinked. "Uh sure."
"Never put me in the Pokéball again!" Pikachu told him. "I like being out in the open."
"Deal!" With that Naruto tied the Headband around Pikachu's forehead. "Look out Konoha you're looking at the greatest team in History!"
"You said it!" Pikachu said on Naruto's shoulder as they walked in.
'You'll go far Naruto. I'm sure of it.' Sarutobi thought fondly before he looked at his desk only to do a double take as he saw that the amount of paperwork seemed to have tripled from when he started to talk to Naruto. 'DAMN IT!'
To Be Continued…
So what do you think? I know that it's a little clichéd to have Naruto with Pikachu but I don't care because Pikachu is too freaking awesome!