Dang, I'm really sorry guys. Never thought it would take this long for me to update but things have been really hectic for me. I'm guessing you guys don't want to hear my lame excuses so I'll just make this a good chapter. Again thank you for your support and reviews. They mean a lot to me.

Focus my chakra to the palm of my hand and rotate it.

Naruto held up his right arm with his palm facing upward. His left hand hovered above it as he gathered his chakra on his palm. Beads of sweat began to form on his face. It took a huge amount of effort and he could see a small flicker of pure blue chakra at the center of his palm.

He now tried to rotate it clockwise and the small amount of energy in his hands complied. Slowly at first, but began to gain speed after each minute that passed. His hands shook with the strain of maintaining the rotation. Naruto lost his concentration for a second and the chakra in his hand dispersed.

Damn it, this is hard. He thought as he staggered backwards a bit and caught his breath.

He walked back toward the open journals and scrolls he placed on the ground. He seated himself and reached for one of his father's journals. Naruto gave a dejected sigh as he leaned against a tree and flipped open the small book.

March 13,

The new jutsu I'm developing has made an improvement. After I finished the first step, which was to focus and rotate my chakra on the palm of my hand, I've managed to gain better results when I realized that the jutsu needed more power. I started to pour more of my chakra into the incomplete technique. Each time I did, I was able to maintain it longer than my last attempt. The only problem I'm experiencing at the moment is that I cannot hold the jutsu for more than five minutes. I'll have to look into this.

Naruto closed the book and set it beside him on the ground. His eyes scanned the open scrolls about chakra control exercises. The blonde frowned when he found nothing useful written on them. Scratching his head, he picked up another scroll about advanced chakra control and opened it.

It has been three months since he first stumbled upon this mysterious jutsu that his father was developing. Unfortunately, Minato didn't go into too much detail about it and was very vague in his journal entries. No doubt his dad didn't want this falling into the wrong hands. All Naruto knew that it was an intended A-rank jutsu that harnesses chakra form and focuses it into a thrust. So far, Naruto was only able to weakly rotate a tiny ball of chakra in his hand for a few minutes.

His progress with the jutsu was mediocre at best. Besides, he was too distracted right now. He knew that from the moment he got up from bed this morning. Ever since yesterday, Naruto found his thoughts drifting elsewhere. He gazed up at the sky which was slowly being brightened by the rising sun.

"Hinata-chan," He said out loud. "I hope you're not too mad at me."

He had really screwed up big time on their date yesterday. He didn't know what urged him to kiss her but it just happened. It was stupid and selfish of him to do so. They both knew that he shouldn't look for anything else besides friendship with Hinata. The Hyuuga clan's laws were absolute and carried a lot of weight in the Leaf village.

He hated it, but he was powerless to do anything.

Naruto sat beside the Hyuuga heiress who was just as nervous as he was. Today was the day of team assignments and now they were waiting for Iruka sensei to arrive to place them into their respective squads. The blonde somehow wished that Iruka could arrive sooner. The awkwardness between him and Hinata was so strong that he could almost see it.

The two of them shared a quick greeting when they arrived and haven't spoken a word since they took their seats. He would often open his mouth to think of something to start a conversation but the words got jumbled in his head. They would steal glances at each other but that was about it.

Hurry up, Iruka-sensei! Naruto begged in his mind.

It wasn't that he didn't want to be around Hinata. Their friendship at the moment was at a fragile state and he didn't want to accidentally break it. Still, he couldn't help but notice how radiant she looked today. He was glad that she decided to ditch her old bulky jacket because it made her seem more confident. Her skin looked so soft and …

Naruto mentally slapped himself. No, bad thoughts! Bad thoughts!

Then all of a sudden, he heard something that reminded him of stomping hooves. He remembered one time when he was venturing into the woods outside of the village. He had stumbled upon a herd of wild horses feeding on fresh grass on a small plain. A freakishly huge boar had appeared a moment later and caused the pack of horses to go on a stampede.

The sound he was hearing was similar, but it wasn't horses that were stampeding toward the classroom…

The door to the classroom slid open furiously as two girls were shoving and pushing each other aside.

"Move it, Forehead!" Ino yelled as she struggled with Sakura to enter the classroom first.

"Now way Pig! I was here first!" Sakura retorted as she tried to push Ino out of the way.

The two went at it for a while before they both fell into the classroom at the same time. Everybody just sighed and ignored the two girls' antics. Sure, it was pretty funny most of the time and the class would get a kick out of their arguments about their precious Uchiha, but sometimes it was getting old.

The two girls headed straight for Sasuke who silently asked: Kami-sama, why me?

"Hi Sasuke-kun, can I sit next to you today?" Sakura asked with a tint of pink covering her cheeks.

Ino wasn't about to be outdone by her rival in love just yet. "If anyone is going to sit next to Sasuke-kun, it's going to be me."

"Get lost Ino-pig!"

"Make me Billboard brow!"

The two continued hurling insults at each other for a while and Sasuke was once again ignoring them.

"Don't they realize that there are two vacant seats on either side of him?" Shikamaru muttered irritably. He wasn't pleased from being waken from his nap.

Choji just shrugged. The Akimichi boy was slightly upset because he left his favorite bag of potato chips at home and he was hungry. It was then that Iruka entered the room.

"All right class, take your seats." The scarred chunin told them. He seemed exhausted and his right arm was in a sling. Naruto's eyes narrowed. He was about to ask what happened to his arm when Kiba beat him to the punch. Everyone else was also curious about his injury.

Iruka forced a smile. "Oh this is nothing. A couple of my friends and I decided to have a friendly spar yesterday and well, some of us got lost in the heat of the moment. After a visit to the hospital, I'm good as new."

That was a lie. Naruto could see the smile Iruka wore was a fake. He knew because he had put up the same smile on his face for years, hiding his pain and sorrow. He also noted the absence of Mizuki. He decided not to point that out.

"Now, first thing's first." Iruka announced. "I would like to congratulate you all on your promotion to genin rank. I hope that some day you will make this village proud and serve it well."

Iruka picked up a clipboard on the table with his free hand and continued. "Next up shall be your team assignments. I don't want to hear any complaints about who will be your designated teammates. The teams were formed by the Hokage himself and a few other jounins after analyzing your strengths and weaknesses. So the teams are final."

He began to read through his list of names. Naruto had unintentionally grabbed Hinata's hand. She also tightened her grip and squeezed it. No doubt she was just as nervous as him. He was still unsure whether he wanted to be teammates with Hinata or not. He was so confused and yet here she was, still beside him.

"Team seven: Naruto Uzumaki," The said blonde sat at the edge of his seat and he squeezed Hinata's hand.

"Sakura Haruno," The pink-haired girl opened her mouth to start voicing her objections and start ranting on about how she didn't want to be stuck on a team with Naruto until she heard the last name called out.

"And Sasuke Uchiha," The boy just grunted while a certain aforementioned kunoichi stood from her seat and pumped her fists in triumph with a cry of: "YES!"

Naruto groaned. It was official. Whatever deities exist in the world must have hated his guts or something. Of all the people the Hokage could choose from to be his teammates, he dumped the brooder and his number one fan girl in the same boat as him. He would be making a quick stop at the Hokage tower someday soon and it won't be a friendly visit. He hasn't pulled a prank anyone for the past week and he thought that maybe it was time to change that.

Watch out old man, I've got a new jutsu created specially for perverts like you. You'll be getting a nosebleed that won't quit.

He was too busy scheming his future prank that he barely heard Iruka speaking. "Alright, your sensei will be Kakashi Hatake."

The blonde perked up slightly when he heard this. He knew that name. Kakashi was a former Anbu captain. He was the son of the White Fang of Konoha. According to records, he was made jounin when he was Naruto's current age. Plus, Kakashi was trained by none other than the Fourth hokage. Oh yeah, he was definitely excited to train under him.

Iruka listed off the other teams. Hinata would be teamed up with Kiba and Shino. Team nine was still active so they skipped to team ten who consisted of Shikamaru, Ino, and Choji.

"Iruka-sensei, why do I have to get stuck with the lazy bum and pudgy?" Ino complained. Sakura stuck out her tongue at the platinum blonde and she made a face in reply.

"Well it isn't a picnic for us either. Troublesome." Shikamaru muttered.

Iruka sighed. He really hoped these kids would at least try to get along. "Okay, you have a one hour break for lunch. Afterwards, you will all meet back here to be collected by your jounin instructors. I hope that you all do well and I am glad to have been one of your teachers."

The chunin then left the room.

"Man, I'm so jealous of you Hinata." Naruto told her. "You have awesome teammates."

She gave him a sad smile. If only you were one of them Naruto-kun…

"Don't worry, I'm sure Sasuke and Sakura aren't as bad as you think." Hinata tried to sound enthusiastic.

"Are you kidding? How the heck am I supposed to be able to work with the two people who dislike me the most?" Naruto put his head in his hands.

She tried to think of an answer but then, Kiba and Shino walked up to them.

"Hello Kiba, Shino," Hinata greeted the two. The small dog perched on Kiba's head barked and she had to resist a giggle. "Oh hello to you too Akamaru,"

The small dog barked again, happy to be recognized. Kiba spoke up next. "So Hinata, seeing as the four of us will be a team from now on, how about we all go out to lunch together to get to know each other better?"

"It is only logical to know the simple backgrounds of people you will be working with." Shino put in.

The girl hesitated for a moment before Naruto chipped in as well. "That sounds like a great idea. You should go."

She turned her gaze back to him. "Are you sure? What about you?"

Hinata didn't like the idea of being separated from the blonde even for a short while. Then she realized that it only gets worse. With the two of them put on different teams, they'll barely have any time to see each other between their missions and training. She managed to chock back a sob and keep any of the anguish she felt from showing on her face.

"I'll be fine. I have four coupons for free ramen at Ichiraku's so you know where to find me." Naruto said putting on a smile.

Hinata bit her lower lip before nodding. She stood from the table and followed her teammates out of the classroom. She looked back and gave him a little wave. He waved back and gave her a warm smile. She could tell that this one was genuine and reserved mostly for her.

She smiled back before exiting the classroom.

Naruto sighed contentedly as he slowly began making his way back to the academy. "Man that hit the spot!"

He found himself at his favorite ramen stand later that lunch break and helped himself to four servings of delicious ramen. It was lonely without Hinata there with him. It was sad to think that they would only be able to meet rarely because of missions and being in different teams.

Speaking of teammates, he thought that Shino and Kiba's idea about eating lunch with your new squad members to gain some common ground was a good one. He decided to see if his teammates would at least be considerate enough.

Oh man was he wrong.

Sasuke merely just huffed and walked away. At least Sakura gave a reply that actually consisted of words. It went something like: "No way, I'm going to ask Sasuke-kun out to lunch and I don't need you ruining my chances to get a date with him…"

Blah, blah, blah, you get the rest.

So much for building trust and cooperation with your fellow shinobi, this is just great.

Teamwork is one of the most important things in being a ninja. He remembered one of his dad's rules. If that was the case then he was doomed.

Naruto was so wrapped up in his own thoughts that he stopped for a moment to realize where he was. He was on a narrow path in the park. It was two blocks away from the academy so he started walking toward it. He stopped however when he saw his two teammates ahead of him.

Sakura was sitting on a bench with her head hung so that her hair covered her face. Her lunch lay beside her, uneaten. He noticed that her shoulders were shaking and tiny droplets were falling on her lap. With a start, Naruto realized Sakura was crying.

Sasuke remained indifferent, standing in front of her.

With a sigh, he decided he might as well find out what was going on. I'm going to regret this.

Sakura couldn't stop the tears from flowing. Quiet sobs wracked her body and she didn't know what to do or feel. Sasuke's words hurt her so much. It was like being cut with a knife and rubbing salt on the fresh wound.

"Hi Sasuke-kun, have you eaten lunch already?" She waved when she saw him from the bench. "If you haven't, I've got a spare bento. You can have it if you want. We can eat together to keep each other company."

The Uchiha kept walking, not even sparing her a glance. She wasn't going to take no for an answer this time. Without meaning to, her hand shot forward as he passed the bench and grabbed his wrist. This time Sasuke was forced to look at her.

"Sasuke-kun, why don't you like me?" She asked, her voice shaking a little. "I just want to be nice and try to get to know you better if you let me, but why do you have to be so cold? Please, Sasuke-kun, just tell me why you ignore me. I've tried everything to get your attention but none of it seems to work. Is it because of my looks? I know I'm not the prettiest girl around or the most attractive but I'm not that bad am I? Do you like someone else or-,"

"Stop," Sasuke interrupted her. "You're annoying me."

Her grip on his wrist slackened a bit. Her lower lip trembled. Sasuke didn't stop there. "You're wasting your time. You and the other girls only think about your love lives and other petty things like that instead of training to become real shinobi. Let me make something clear: I don't like you or anybody else for that matter. What's important to me is to become stronger to achieve my goal, so stop asking me for dates because I will never agree to one."

She had started crying at that point. She felt ashamed because some of his words rang true, although he didn't need to be so cruel about it. Sakura never really did worry about her future career as a kunoichi. She thought that it was just something that happened, like getting a job as a carpenter or a shopkeeper. Now she started to doubt herself. Was this really what she wanted for herself? Or was it all just one of her delusions to get her dream boy?

She heard Sasuke grunt and start to walk away when a voice stopped him. "Hey, Sasuke-teme, what did you do this time?"

Sakura looked up to find Naruto walking toward them with an annoyed look directed at the Uchiha.

"You know, I thought we were supposed to be a team." Naruto said. He stopped a few feet away from Sasuke.

The raven-haired boy just replied with an arrogant tone. "I don't need teammates who will drag me down. Do me a favor and stay out of my way dobe."

Naruto sighed. "Someone really needs to knock some sense into you arrogant Uchihas. Just because your clan has a powerful doujutsu doesn't mean you're the strongest and it definitely doesn't give you the right to talk trash about anybody else."

"I believe that anyone can be strong as long as they have the determination and will to make it so." He gave Sakura a pointed look with a small smile and the girl stared wide-eyed at the blonde in front of her. A tiny part of her felt touched by his words. Naruto looked so calm and confident. The boy in front of her right now was totally different from the clumsy class-clown she knew. Was this really Naruto?

"Strong words for the dead last." Sasuke mocked. "Why don't you show me how your determination will win against an Uchiha?"

Naruto surprised the both of them by giving of a small chuckle before walking past Sasuke. "No thanks. It wouldn't be much of a challenge anyway. We should probably head back now because our lunch break is almost over."

"Are you scared?" Sasuke tried to bait him. Every hot-blooded male could never refuse such an open challenge.

The blonde kept walking and deliberately ignored the taunt. This seemed to infuriate Sasuke. Sakura gasped when he reached into his pouch and took out a kunai.

"Watch out!" Sakura cried out when Sasuke threw the knife straight at Naruto.

The blonde leaned his head over to the left and caught the kunai with ease as it passed him. The raven-haired boy couldn't believe what he just saw. Sakura was trying to form coherent words but she just stood there gaping like a fish.

They were even more surprised when Naruto vanished in a swirl of leaves in front of them.

The girl felt a slight breeze blow past her and she heard a voice off to her right. "You dropped this."

Sakura turned and found Naruto standing next to Sasuke with his right arm holding the kunai was draped over the other boy's shoulder. The knife point was directed under the Uchiha's chin. Nobody moved.

"Attacking an opponent from behind," The blonde's voice was low and menacing. "Last time I checked, that was called cowardice."

The look in Naruto's eyes sent shivers run down her spine. She was glad that the glare wasn't directed at her or else she might've whimpered involuntarily. The blonde lowered the knife pointed at Sasuke's throat and took a few steps back. He handed him back the weapon. The boy held up three fingers and showed it to Sasuke.

"What's that supposed to mean?" The raven-haired genin demanded as he placed the knife back in its pouch, regaining his composure.

"Three," Naruto told him. "That's the number of how many times you'll die in this fight."

Sasuke scowled at him. He took a fighting stance and Naruto did the same. Sakura's gaze shifted nervously between the two boys. She wanted to stop them somehow but her courage failed her. Besides, she knew neither of them was going to back down at this point. All she could do now was to avoid getting caught in the middle of it.

Without warning, the blonde genin shot toward Sasuke like a rocket and raised his fist. The other boy didn't even get the chance to react. The next thing he saw was Naruto in front of him with his left fist an inch away from his throat.

"That's one." Naruto said. "I could've easily crushed your larynx and you would have died in less than five minutes from the lack of oxygen."

"You surprised me." Sasuke retorted.

"If you say so," The genin pulled back his fist and retook his previous position in front of the other boy.

Sasuke lunged forward and drew another kunai from his pouch. He poised, ready to thrust the weapon as he closed the gap between the two of them. The blonde just stood there however, waiting.

The Uchiha thrust the kunai forward as his intended target was Naruto's face in between the eyes. For an uncertain second, Sasuke thought that the weapon would hit its mark. The blonde wasn't moving and the kunai was only inches away now. This was only a fight and the boy didn't want to accidentally kill someone. He couldn't redirect his attack now.

Suddenly, Naruto ducked diagonally to the left and grabbed Sasuke's wrist holding the kunai in his right hand. The blonde twisted the other boy's arm behind his back and took the weapon from his hand. Sasuke grunted in pain as his opponent tightened his hold on him.

"That's two." Naruto told him. He gently touched the point of the knife on the back of Sasuke's neck.

The restrained genin gritted his teeth. The blonde shoved him and the Uchiha stumbled forward. Sasuke growled and turned to face his opponent. Naruto's face was blank and expressionless. He held the kunai in a reverse grip while his left hand was in his pocket.

"At least try to make this interesting, teme." The blonde smirked.

Sasuke unleashed a volley of six shuriken simultaneously. Naruto deflected them all with ease as his opponent closed the gap between them in second. The blonde was unfazed by the display, however and caught the genin's punch with his other hand.

The raven-haired boy then delivered a roundhouse kick with his right leg, aiming for the blonde's head. Naruto saw this coming and dropped the weapon in his right hand to block the attack before it connected. He caught the foot in his hand but Sasuke wasn't finished yet.

The boy planted his free hand on the ground and twisted his body so that his other leg was raised above Naruto's head.

Impressive, Naruto thought.

"Take this!" Sasuke brought down his heel to strike the top of Naruto's head.

However, the attack didn't connect because just as he thought the foot was about to hit, Sasuke found himself being tossed over Naruto's shoulder. The Uchiha rolled and tumbled on the ground for a moment before regaining his footing and skidded to a halt. He was about to charge again when he felt something cold press against the side of his neck.

"That's three."

Sasuke's eyes widened. No way

Naruto stood next to him holding the kunai. How did he move so fast? Sasuke looked up and found the place where they were fighting a few moments ago. Sakura looked just as stunned as he was.

The blonde sighed and tossed the kunai back to Sasuke. "Well, that was fun but I think we should be heading back now. Our new sensei must be waiting for us back at the academy. I guess I'll see you guys there!"

He gave them a wave before disappearing in a swirl of leaves.

Well, that was interesting.

Kakashi had watched the entire dispute while he hid amongst the branches of the trees in the park. He didn't mean to spy on them. He'd already done that while they were in the classroom so he had a pretty good idea of their personalities and behavior. He was sitting on the branch contentedly reading his novel when he heard the sound of a scuffle nearby.

The outcome of the fight mildly surprised him. Apparently, the teachers at the academy gave the title of Rookie of the year to the wrong student. Then again, the Sandaime did say Naruto always hid his real self behind the mask of idiocy and childishness.

Looking at the boy now, it was like seeing his sensei again. Since the blonde decided to ditch his horrid orange jumpsuit, the resemblance between them now was slightly uncanny. Plus the chemistry between Sasuke and Naruto was similar to what he and Obito used to have.

Kakashi checked the position of the sun and sighed. "I think I've kept them waiting long enough. The next chapter will have to wait."

He shut the book and proceeded to head to the academy, where his new team was waiting for him.

"Now let's get started." Kurenai Yuhi called the attention of her new genin team. She decided to take them to a training ground so that they could enjoy some fresh air. "My name is Kurenai Yuhi and I will be your jonin instructor. I've only been promoted to this rank quite recently new so I'm a little bit inexperienced but I'll do my best to teach you everything you need to know to become good shinobi. Now that the three of you know me, I want you to introduce yourselves and tell me something about you."

"Like what sensei?" Kiba asked.

Kurenai shrugged. "Anything from your hobbies, likes, dislikes, and dreams, that kind of stuff."

"Alright, I'll go first!" Kiba stated boldly. "My name is Kiba Inuzuka and I like my partner Akamaru, my family, and my friends. I don't like stuff that smells bad because my nose amplifies the scent. I also hate it when my mother and sister smother me too much. That's why I'll show them how strong I'll become and be the strongest clan member there is!"

Kurenai nodded. "Good, now how about you?" She said, gesturing to Shino.

"My name is Shino Aburame." The boy spoke in his usual monotone. "Many things…interest me but I don't think you could call those things my likes, or dislikes for that matter. I don't have a specific goal at the moment other than to learn what I can to improve my skills as a shinobi."

"Fair enough," Kurenai said. "Now let's hear what our last teammate has to say."

"I'm Hinata Hyuga," The girl stated in a polite tone. "I like to spend most of my time with people who are close to me. I love the smell of lavender flowers. My favorite food is cinnamon buns but I think I'm starting to get a taste for ramen as well. What makes me sad is losing people who mean a lot to me. As for my dreams, I have two of them. First, I want to heal the Hyuga clan and bring all of the branches together again. I don't like my family being separate for so long and I want to change that."

"What's your second dream?" Kurenai feigned curiosity. The jonin hid her smile because she already knew, sort of, what the younger girl was about to say.

A smile tugged at Hinata's lips as well as a deep blush. She couldn't meet anyone's gaze. She knew that this was too much to hope for. Still, even with the odds stacked up against her dream, she wanted to give it her best shot.

"I want to be the future Hokage's wife someday."

"About time you three showed up." Kakashi said as he casually leaned on the railing.

A gigantic tic mark appeared on the three genins' foreheads. Sakura wanted to pummel the man. Sasuke's left eye was twitching in irritation. The boy's scowl was deeper than usual, probably still suffering from the effects of his earlier defeat. Naruto kept flexing his fingers to help him calm himself. He had no doubt in his mind that his three subordinates weren't very happy with him right now.

"Two freaking hours…" Naruto grumbled under his breath. He sat down next to Sakura on some steps.

Once his three new charges were comfortable, he cleared his throat to get their attention.

"Now, I think introductions would start things nicely." Kakashi said. "Pinky, you start."

Another tic mark appeared on Sakura's forehead at the nickname. "What should we say?"

"Oh, you know your likes, dislikes, hobbies, and dreams." Kakashi drawled.

"Why don't you start sensei, so that we can have an example?" The girl suggested.

The jonin shrugged. "Alright, my name's Kakashi Hatake. The things I like and the things I hate…I don't feel like telling you that. My dreams for the future, hmm, never really thought about it. While I have lots of hobbies, I don't want to list them all for you. Okay, Pinky you're up."

The only thing we got from him was his name. Sakura thought.

Sasuke didn't seem to care. Naruto on the other hand gave him an approving nod. The look that the boy was giving him was a look of respect.

Anonymity is vital for a ninja. Never give anyone personal information unless he's your commanding officer or someone you trust unconditionally.

That was one of his sensei's rules. If Naruto's smirk was anything to go by, he guessed that the boy knew of the Fourth's rules as well. Not that it was surprising. The Sandaime had briefed Kakashi on all he needed to know about the blonde's true abilities. Regardless, Kakashi was slightly impressed.

"Um, my name is Sakura Haruno." The girl introduced herself. She cast a sad glance at Sasuke and as usual, the boy didn't even notice. The pink haired girl's shoulders slumped and she continued glumly. "I like to read. My hobby is competing with Ino and flower pressing. I…I don't have a particular dream in mind at the moment…"

Kakashi subtly raised his eyebrows. He didn't fail to notice the looks she was giving Sasuke. It seems that the former fan girl just got rejected big time. Frankly, he was thankful. He didn't need a kunoichi who spends most of her time fawning over some stupid crush. Maybe there was hope for her yet.

"You're next brooder boy." The jonin motioned to Sasuke. The Uchiha glared at him, not appreciating the name calling.

"My name is Sasuke Uchiha." He said. "I dislike a lot of things and I don't particularly like anything. My ambition is not a dream because I will make ithappen. I'm going to kill a certain man and restore my clan."

Kakashi and Naruto frowned at this. At this point, Sakura wasn't surprised by his cold words. It just adds to the fact that the boy would never be interested in her. However, she was curious to know who the man he wanted to kill was. She had a vague idea but she couldn't remember.

Kakashi knew who he was and he didn't like the mindset of the genin. Revenge was a dangerous road to tread on. By the time you reach your destination, you won't like what you see. It would consume you. He could tell that Naruto was thinking along the same lines as well.

Well, he could always knock some sense into him, assuming that he would even pass his test to become a full genin.

The man turned to his last member. "Alright, it's your turn whiskers."

Naruto rolled his eyes at the choice nickname. "I'm Naruto Uzumaki. I love ramen, especially the ones at Ichiraku's! I like to spend my free time training or hanging out with my friends. I hate arrogant assholes and traitors."

He paused. The blonde closed his fist and got a faraway look in his eyes. "My dream…is to make the people who are important to me proud. I want them to see how far I'm going to go and the only way I know how to do that is to one day become Hokage. Plus I can change a few laws when I get that hat."

He mumbled that last sentence but Kakashi heard it. He decided not to comment on it though. He hid a smile as he recalled another person having the same dream as him. If only Obito was here…

"Right then, since we've all been acquainted. I want to see you all tomorrow morning at training ground seven by six. We'll have a little survival exercise that will determine if you are ready to become genin."

Sakura looked confused. "But sensei, aren't we already genin?"

Kakashi chuckled. "You will be, once you pass my test tomorrow. The graduation exam was to make sure you had the appropriate skills and knowledge to become ninja. To put it simply, it was supposed to weed out the hopeless cases. Your real test has a sixty-six percent chance of failure."

Sakura tried her best to hide her nervousness. Sasuke remained impassive as ever. However, the jonin spotted the barest trace of a smile on the boy's lips. He could tell the boy was hiding his excitement. The prospect of a challenge was something he couldn't ignore. Naruto was grinning.

"Well then, I'll see you all tomorrow." Kakshi leaped onto the railing in a crouch. "Oh and by the way, I wouldn't recommend eating breakfast. I wouldn't want any of you puking all over the place."

And done! I hope you guys liked this chapter. I'll try to update quicker next time. By the way, I hope you guys don't mind but I'm going to make Sakura useful in this fic and Sasuke won't be that much of an arrogant jerk as the story progresses. Sorry to all the Sakura and Sasuke haters out there but there won't be any bashing in this fic. I actually had high hopes for Sakura at first and I was let down by her character development. Also, I think that Sasuke is a pretty cool character too. So yeah, just to give you guys a heads up.

As always, leave your wonderful reviews and tell me what you think! (Next chapter is the bell test)