AN: / Hey guys, now I know I haven't posted a single chapter in a couple months but I've had to go on hiatus for awhile because my mom had surgery awhile back and, thank god she's okay now, but withal that and the unnecessary drama I had to take a break. Now I'd like to say that my plan has been changed and the other stories that I'd promised will have to wait but I started working on my chaps for Path to a Legend and Kami Tensai, so before I'd like to give you the main course, I'll give you this story that an acquaintance of mine had recently just put up for adoption so I'd like to give thanks to SoulReaperCrewe for letting me adopt this and for those who don't know him, check out his account and read his stories, they're amazing to say the least. So without further ado, Hajime!
"Summoning/ Bijuu voice"
"Summoning/ Bijuu thinking voice"
Disclaimer: Kami no Doujutsu does not have any claim over Naruto what so ever, except for the jutsu and characters of his creativity. Viewers' discretion is advised, thank you.
Chapter1: Revelations & New Nindo!
"Maybe next time huh Naruto," Iruka Umino said as he sat beside his eight year old student Naruto Uzumaki who was staring down at the bowl of miso ramen that was in front of him with a sad and dejected look on his face after the disappointing day the young boy had.
Naruto Uzumaki is a young boy at the height of four foot four who had spiky golden blonde hair with sapphire like blue eyes. His skin tone was lightly tanned and on his cheeks he had delicate whisker like marks. He was wearing an orange and blue shirt that had a blue hood on the back with blue shorts and black ninja sandals. To Iruka and those that cared about Naruto he was simply Naruto Uzumaki, academy student and prankster of Konoha.
To those is his class he was Naruto the loser, Naruto the orphan, Naruto the troublemaker. However the older generation all saw Naruto as another name. He was Naruto Uzumaki, Orphan and Jinchūriki of the Nine Tailed Demon Fox.
Eight years ago on October tenth the Nine Tailed Fox appeared and attacked the Village hidden in the leaves. The Fourth Hokage, the leader of the village fought valiantly against the beast before eventually he was forced to seal the tailed beast away into a newborn baby. That baby was none other than Naruto Uzumaki, who was only a few hours old when it happened.
Naruto was left an orphan and with a giant burden to carry for the rest of his life. He was asked to be seen as a hero and yet it never happened. The village stayed away from Naruto and made him an outcast. He would get glares from the villagers on a daily basis and parents would even stop their children from playing with Naruto since they thought the fox would try to harm their children. Some of the market stores would not let him in while others raised the prices greatly. Very few would actually let him in and be fair to him.
"I guess so Iruka sensei," Naruto said back as he slowly picked up his chop stick and began eating his meal.
Today was the day of the Genin exams and despite Iruka telling Naruto that he was not ready to take the exams yet, Naruto went ahead with it anyway. The result… Naruto failed miserably. He could barely answer any of the questions on the exam that was given, his target practice was pretty abysmal and he only managed to hit two of the five targets, his Taijutsu was all over the place and he could only do two of the three academy jutsu. Just like always, the Bunshin no Jutsu was Naruto's major weakness. No matter what the boy did he just could not get the jutsu to work for him. The copies always came out looking half dead.
Iruka didn't have any other choice but to fail him.
Unfortunately to make matters worse Naruto was the only one out of all the people to take the exam who had failed which of course broke his spirits even more. For the rest of that afternoon Naruto simply sat on a swing that was in the back of the academy for hours sulking as he had to listen to the parents of the students that did pass get congratulate and tell them how proud of them they were.
If he had passed Naruto had wondered who would congratulate him since unlike the other he didn't have any parents. Would the Ichiraku's come and tell him well done? Would jiji have come all the way down from his office to say well done to him? Would Iruka?
All these thoughts were swirling around in his head as Iruka and the Ichiraku's saw his saddened looks. Their hearts went out to the young blonde since no one else would.
"Naruto, look at me," Iruka asked Naruto who stopped what he was doing and slowly looked up at Iruka, "Naruto did you honestly study for the exam and practice the necessary passing grades?" he asked.
Naruto nodded. "Of course I did. I tried and tried and tried but I just can't get the hang of the damn clone jutsu," he said. "It's impossible!"
"And what about the other necessary parts of the exam? Did you read up on Konoha's history like you were required too?"
"How can I, when I can't even go into the library. The lady at the desk denies me access into the library saying that nobodies allowed after day hours when clearly it's still open but I can't do anything about so how can I study when the books are in a place I'm not even allowed in?"
Iruka frowned at this. As an Academy student Naruto had every right to use the public library. Even if he wasn't, he should still be allowed to go in. It's called a public library for a reason and you really could not disallow someone form going in without a very good reason.
"Well despite that Naruto this just shows that you don't listen in class. Every time I see you in class you are either goofing off or have disappeared pulling pranks on people." Naruto waved his hands over his head shouting.
"But people like my pranks; even you said you liked them!"
"Yes I did say I liked them Naruto but you do it so often and to so many people it gets people irritated and angry at you."
"And then when you get caught it's always the class that has to suffer isn't it," Iruka said causing Naruto to gaze back down at his ramen.
Whenever Naruto did a prank and Iruka catches him, it always made the class have to do a pop quiz or have to perform one of the required jutsu. He acted like he didn't care about the thing the other students would say to him and would talk back to them, but secretly it did. He just hated people not caring about him and always glaring at him. He just wanted some attention for once and he didn't care whether it was good or bad attention.
"Naruto are you serious with wanting to be a shinobi?" Iruka asked getting a surprised look from Naruto.
"Of course Iruka sensei; I have to be a shinobi if I want to be the Hokage. To be the greatest of all the Hokage's, that is my dream!"
"You realize that becoming Hokage will not be easy Naruto. If you want to be Hokage you have to work your butt off. You train and practice until you can't get up any more. And then you do it all over again the next day. Do you think the other Hokage's like the Third Hokage was just given the title of Hokage?"
Naruto shook his head. He knew that his Jii-san despite being old was very powerful. He was the strongest person Naruto knew and was one of the few Naruto could actually turn to for help. Then if you are serious with wanting to be the Hokage one day, you have to start taking the academy seriously.
"But it's very boring Iruka sensei."
"It doesn't matter if it is boring Naruto. The lectures and all the talking is to help you all realize what being a shinobi means and what you can expect one you do become shinobi. You need to learn your own village's history. Can you even tell me who founded the village he asked?"
"Urm," Naruto said as he made a thinking pose with his face. "It was the tree guy right? And… the guy with the funny red eyes." Iruka's eye brow twitched as he face palmed a little as Ayame who was obviously listening to their conversation gave a small giggle at the description.
"Those are the right people but in the exam you can't right the tree guy and the guy with red eyes Naruto. You have to learn their real names. Hashirama Senju and Madara Uchiha is the answer you are looking for."
"Oh well I was close," Naruto said grinning.
"Yes but close doesn't cut it Naruto. You need to know these things." Naruto sighed and turned back to his bowl of ramen. He knew Iruka was right but it was just so hard. How could he pay attention when most of the teachers hated him? It was only Iruka that actually wanted to help Naruto and help him succeed.
Most of the time it really did feel like it was Naruto verses the whole world.
"Naruto," Ayame said pitching in as Naruto turned his attention to her as Iruka took a few bites from his bowl of ramen.
"Iruka is not telling you this to make fun of you or to make you sad. He is telling you this because he wants to help you succeed right?" she said getting a nod from Iruka.
"He wants you to succeed just like I and tou-san want you to succeed. But if you don't put all your effort into it and give it a hundred percent, then you're not only letting yourself down but also those are who're helping too."
"Really?" Naruto asked getting a nod from Ayame.
"Now it's okay to goof off from time to time and to have fun. Everyone needs to let loose a little from time to time. But if you are as serious as you say about wanting to become Hokage then you need to start pulling your act together. You need to start paying attention in class, you need to do the work that is given to you and you need to follow Iruka's instructions," she said speaking in a very big sister like tone.
Naruto was silent as Ayame gently ruffled his hair getting a small smile from the boy as Ayame went back to ramen making.
"So Naruto will you continue the academy next year?" Iruka asked since the academy year was over for the next four months as Naruto. "You know a lot of the heirs from the clans around Konoha will be coming next year. They will be your age so you will probably find yourself in their class with me."
Naruto just listened. The Hokage had told that one could either start the academy at six or at eight and Naruto being impatient went as soon as he turned six. However he now realized that through all the time that he should have been working and paying attention to Iruka's lectures, instead he was goofing off.
The clans Naruto thought about what Iruka had just said. He knew that there were different clans around the village. The only ones really knew about was the Hyuuga Clan and the Uchiha clan because he remembered that they were the clans with the really weird eyes.
He also knew that those from clans always graduated from the academy since they were trained at a much earlier age and at least knew the concept of shinobi's skills. Plus the clans all had their own jutsu or techniques that only they could do.
But Naruto was an orphan. No family to teach about how to be a shinobi. No clan to fall back on and be looked after and treated like royalty. No special techniques.
To everyone else, Naruto was just another no named orphan trying to make it as a shinobi.
"Naruto you in there," Iruka said bringing Naruto out of his thoughts as the older man was waving a hand in front of him. "You alright there Naruto? You zoned out there for a few minutes."
"Oh sorry sensei my mind was elsewhere," he said scratching the back of his head. "What did you say before?"
"I asked whether you will be joining us again next year at the academy since there are a lot of the heirs from Konoha's clans will be joining."
Naruto thought for a second before he answered "I want to but I don't know whether I should. I might just embarrass myself again," he said getting a frown make its way to Iruka's face. It was not often you saw Naruto Uzumaki in a somber kind of mood.
"I really want to be a shinobi but I just don't know where to begin and with the heirs of Konoha's clans being in it, I know it's going to be tough."
Iruka mentally sighed. He knew that with so many children coming in from shinobi families, it will be tough for Naruto to stay on the same level with them.
"You shouldn't give up just because of some competition Naruto," Teuchi said as he too was listening in to Naruto's conversation. It was not often he saw his favorite customer act so down and glum. Even his ramen was able to fix it most of the time, but today's failure had obviously gotten to Naruto.
"If you want something you have to work hard in order to get it. You can't be expected to work half assed all the time and then just get what you want handed to you on a plate. When you work hard to achieve something, then when you get it the feeling will be one or great pride and happiness. I always wanted to own my own ramen stand and I knew I had to work hard in order to do it. I slaved in the kitchen for months to get recipes done right and had to save up money in order to start it. And look where I am now. I'm the owner of Konoha's most successful ramen stand that has been going on for twenty years strong."
"Really old man?" Naruto asked getting a nod from Teuchi.
Naruto looked at the people around him to see they were smiling at him before he jumped up from his seat and stood on it. "Then from now on I promise I will work hard and train so that one day I can be become a fine shinobi and become the greatest Hokage this village has ever known."
They all smiled. There little Naruto was back.
"Although," Naruto said getting the others attention. "I'm going to need a lot of help. I can't do it on my own," he said as Iruka stood up from his seat and stood behind Naruto and placed is hands on his shoulders.
"And you won't be alone Naruto. Tell you what, since the academy is finished for the next few months I will have some free time now. When I can I'll stop over to your apartment and I will help tutor you. I will have to run it by the Hokage but I'm sure we can come to some agreement."
"You mean it Iruka sensei?" Naruto asked getting a nod from Iruka.
"Tomorrow you and I will head down to the library and we will get you some books to study from."
"But they don't let me into the library."
"They will if I am with you Naruto."
"Thanks Iruka sensei," Naruto said as the older man ruffled his hair. The two then went back to their ramen with smiles on their faces.
Later on that Evening
Naruto walked down the streets of Konoha at a steady pace with his hands in his pockets staring at the ground in front of them.
The street was pretty empty other than a few people heading home from work or going out to enjoy Konoha's night life. He kept his eyes on the ground so that he didn't have to see the glares that the people shot at him. He knew if he looked up all he would see was frowns, angry faces and looks of disgust.
He didn't understand why everyone hated him and always nicknamed him the monster, demon, freak, murderer and more. He didn't remember doing something like that to anyone. Other than his pranks he did not know what he did that caused everyone to hate him.
The villagers were the ones that mostly threw glares and harsh words at him. Since the civilians controlled most of the shops and markets in Konoha, it was all but impossible for him to buy food, clothes, etc. Most times he had to rely on the Hokage to either do it for him or to accompany him. The civilian wouldn't dare insult Naruto with the age old Hokage around since everyone knew he had a soft spot for Naruto.
The shinobi of the village were varied. There were a few that hated him and would have liked nothing more than to blast him away with a jutsu. But the rest were just kind of neutral to Naruto. They didn't bother him and just kind of stayed clear of him.
The only time shinobi had been openly hostile to Naruto was on one of the annual fox hunt as the villagers liked to call it. Naruto was six at the time and when he had been cornered by the mob of angry civilians, two Chūnin level shinobi took their chance and attacked him. One hit him with a fire jutsu while another threw shuriken at him.
He was not sure how he managed to survive when he woke up the next morning to see the familiar age old face of the Hokage looking down at him. When he asked he saw Hokage flinch a little before he just told him that Naruto has always been a quick healer and that Konoha just has some of the best doctors and healers around. He felt like the Hokage was lying to him but he didn't push it.
The Hokage then told him that the two Chūnin had been taken care of by one of his anbu's while the civilians were taken to the T&I sector. Naruto never really understood what the T&I stood for or meant but he had a feeling it was bad and that you did not want to go through it.
Ever since then there were no more 'fox hunts' but it didn't stop the glares or the names. Verbal beatings were just as bad as physical beatings in Naruto's mind.
After a few minutes Naruto arrived at his apartment building. The place was not in the best condition but it was definitely live able. Plus it had been Naruto's home for the last three years so he grew to like the place. The building was easily live able for about a hundred people or more and had faded orangey red tiles and creamy colored walls.
Naruto walked up the steps of the apartment complex until he got to his own apartment on the top floor which he was secretly happy about since it gave him a pretty good view of the village.
As he walked up the steps he got a chill go down his back. The eerie silence from the stairway always creped him out. Someone had once joked that a ghost roamed that stairwell. And if there was anything Naruto hated more than anything else, it was ghost not caring whether they were fictional or not.
Soon enough he arrived at his apartment which was right at the end of the hallway. Putting in his key, he turned it until he heard the click before opening the door, walking in and closing it behind him. His apartment was a pretty normal one bedroom apartment. It had a small hallway, a living room, a built in kitchen, a bathroom and then his bedroom.
It was pretty bare since he didn't have all that much to decorate the place and he didn't have the money to do so. The only room that had anything in it was his room.
In his room his bed was located in the middle of the room and up against the wall with orange duvets covering it with two pillows at the end. At the side of the room was his closet with all his clothes and then a small desk that just had kunai and shuriken scattered all over it. There were also a few posters hanging up but they did not look like they would stay up for much longer.
In all honesty his whole apartment was in a bit of a mess. He had clothes scattered across the floor, old bowls lying on the sides. Dust began to collect on the side of the windowsill along with small cobwebs in the corners of the room.
Naruto stood in the middle of his apartment looking all around him.
His conversation with Iruka had really woke him up. He really did want to a great shinobi and be the Hokage one day but with his attitude at the moment it was looking to be very impossible to do. A shinobi had to have strength, discipline, brains and had to be prepared for anything.
Looking around he rolled up his sleeves, went into his kitchen and got out some cleaning equipment.
"I may as well start somewhere," Naruto said aloud as he got going with cleaning his apartment.
He spent the entire night doing cleaning his apartment which left the people who lived below and around him wonder what on earth he was doing and why he was making so much noise. Eventually he fell exhaustedly on his bed never realizing how tiresome cleaning an apartment could be, especially on an eight year old. He put his head on his pillow and quickly fell to sleep, not bothering to change out of his clothes or take a shower.
Naruto woke up with a start as heard someone knocking at his apartment door. He looked over at his clock to see it read 10:00 am.
Sitting up and stretching Naruto stood up from his bed, still wearing the same clothes from yesterday as he walked out of his room and made his way to the front door.
Opening it he saw Iruka standing their looking at him expectantly and was looking him over.
"Naruto why are you still in the same clothes from last night?" he asked.
"Sorry Iruka sensei, I was up cleaning all night," he said as he stifled a yawn and led Iruka inside.
When he got into the living room Iruka was pleasantly surprise when he saw that Naruto's entire apartment was pretty much spotless. He could even still smell the bleach that Naruto had used. He saw a basket full of folded clothes that looked brand spanking new and was undoubtedly washed last night. Clean dishes on the dish rack. Even the high ceiling corners were clean and cobweb free.
Iruka whistled in amazement. "Pretty good work Naruto. What brought this on," he said getting a small shrug form Naruto who was still half asleep.
"Just thought if I'm going to be a great shinobi, I should have everything tidy and orderly. I'll be out in fifteen minutes. I just need a quick shower," he said as he disappeared into the bathroom.
Twenty minutes later Iruka and Naruto left Naruto's apartment and made their way towards the public library.
Iruka had made sure to check in with the Hokage that it was okay to help Naruto a bit since the academy was over for the semester. Sarutobi just waved it off telling Iruka that it was okay and if Naruto needed a little added extra help then he didn't see the harm in it.
Since Iruka had told him how sad and disappointed Naruto was over failing the genin exam, Sarutobi had sympathized for the boy since he knew how hard he had it despite his and a few others best efforts .
He also patted Iruka on the back for giving Naruto a good lecture and speech and was happy to hear that Naruto was going to take his shinobi it raining a lot more seriously now. So to make sure that Naruto could go into the library he made sure to write a small letter to the head of the library to make sure she knew full well Naruto was allowed to be there just as much as everyone else.
He gave the letter to Iruka in case he needed while taking Naruto.
As the duo walked down the streets of Konoha Naruto could feel the glares people were aiming at him and was avoiding their eyes. He moved a little closer to Iruka and felt a wave of comfort surge through him when he felt Iruka place his hand on Naruto's shoulder signaling that Iruka would make sure nothing would happen to him.
Naruto's head looked up a little to the side and saw the scowls and frowns that etched onto everyone's face. Though he did notice that the kids his age looked more confused. Like they were not sure why they should be glaring but were just copying their parents.
It was not long before they arrived at the Konoha Library. The building was a three story high building with different levels for the different type of books they had. Naruto had only been in a few times but during those times it was because he managed to sneak in. Though it always ended with him being thrown out.
They walked inside and made their way past the checkout desk where the head librarian was stationed. She was a middle aged woman with dark brown hair and brown eyes. She wore simple civilian clothes but had a small badge on the left side of her top signaling that she worked at the library.
Her gaze glanced over towards Naruto and Iruka and she scowled when she saw Naruto. She stood up from her seat and pointed at him.
"I have told you before boy that you are not allowed to be in here. Get out this instant," she said as Iruka stood in front of Naruto and looked her square in the face.
"He has every right to be in here just as much as I do," Iruka said.
"No, I will not allow that de"- she stopped when she saw Iruka throw his hand over her mouth.
"Unless you want to break the law and lose your life I suggest you do not call him that," Iruka said making her think twice before she said anything. Iruka then dug his hands into his pocket and gave her the letter from the Hokage.
She read it over and scowled a little but she knew it was real since it had the Hokages seal at the bottom along with his signature.
She cast her gaze back at Naruto and gave him a small glare. I will be keeping a very close eye on you boy she said before she gave the letter back to Iruka.
Iruka simply nodded before he motioned for Naruto to follow him. Naruto walked past doing his best to ignore the glare the woman sent him before he fell into line next to Iruka and followed him.
As they walked Naruto could not help but be amazed at all the books that were there. He might not have been a great fan of reading but when something interested him he was more than happy to read about it.
There were signs of the different genres' on the side of the bookcases ranging from romance, dramas, mystery's etc. However they kept walking and went up one flight of stairs before Iruka stopped them at one of the large book cases.
Naruto read the sign and saw it said SHINOBI ARCHIVES.
"Okay Naruto," Iruka started. "Everything that you need to know to help you become a capable shinobi is down this isle. The range from chakra control, the history of this and other villages, different weapons, different strategies, all kind really. You will be amazed at the things that you can learn from these books."
Iruka walked over to the bookshelves and began scanning the books for a few minutes. During that time he took out two books and handed them to Naruto.
"Okay these are the two we will have you start off on," he said as Naruto looked at the two books he had been given.
The books were Chakra Basics and History of Konoha.
"We will start with these two. The first will help you with your chakra control and will have a few exercises for you to do in order to get better control of your chakra and to increase your chakra reserves," he said as Naruto just nodded along taking in what he was saying.
"The other will teach you all you need to know about the history of our village. This information will help with future tests," he said giving Naruto a wink which made the boy smile.
"It should have some details about the previous wars, how Konoha was founded, our village's allies and all sorts. It will help. Come on lets go take a seat and look them over."
Naruto nodded and the two went over to the nearest table. They opened chakra basics and Naruto slowly read while Iruka helped him along.
Chakra is the mixture between spiritual energy and the body's physical energy. It is essential to every jutsu technique that has and ever will be created. Once molded, it can be channeled through the chakra circulatory system, which is to chakra as the regular circulatory system is to blood, to any of the 361 chakra points in the body. Through various methods, the most common of which is hand seals.
Hand seals perform many ninjutsu, genjutsu, and other secret arts other than taijutsu. The exact amount of chakra necessary to perform a simple technique is manipulated through hand seals. This will vary between the simplest of jutsus to the most dynamic and most powerful.
The hand seals are Bird, Boar, Dog, Dragon, Ox, Tiger, Serpent, Rat, Horse, Monkey, Hare and Ram.
Naruto took it all in as his eyes scanned the pages.
"The hand seals are most important Naruto. When you go home later today I want you to practice and memorize each hand seal. Trust me when I see knowing your hand seals off by heart will be greatly appreciated later on."
"Okay Iruka sensei. Could you show me them?" he asked with Iruka nodding.
So Iruka went through the hand seals despite them being in the book already. But having a practical approach could help just as much as reading could.
Naruto paid close attention the hand seals that Iruka made and did his best to memorize them.
"Can people use jutsu without hand seals?" Naruto asked.
Iruka thought for a second before answering. "Well sometimes there are some techniques that can be used without hand signs but to do that, the shinobi would have to have mastered that jutsu to such a level that he or she has complete mastery over it."
Iruka stayed with Naruto for another hour before he had to go and fulfill some of his shinobi duties. He told Naruto he had border duty for the next few days and would not be back by the end of the week. He told Naruto he could take those books out but to make sure to check them out with the lady at the front desk.
Naruto nodded and gave Iruka a quick hug before Iruka left thus leaving Naruto sat at the table reading the books.
He spent the next two hours just sitting at the desk reading more about chakra and surprised himself when he actually found it interesting. He found some exercises that he could practice such as the leaf exercise where the user had to levitate a lead in the air on one of his fingers using his chakra. The better control, the more leafs he could use.
There were a few more exercises that he read about before he left them to read for another time before he closes the Chakra Basics book and opened the History of Konoha book.
He began to flick through the book before he found a good place to start and began to read.
Before the ninja villages came into being, ninja were organized into small mercenary clans that knew nothing but battle. But after countless bloodshed, the two strongest ninja clans, the Senju clan and the Uchiha clan entered a truce. Afterwards, the two clans would be the foundation that helped form the first shinobi village: Konohagakure. Hashirama Senju, the leader of the Senju, used his Wood Release abilities to produce much of the villages' infrastructure and even part of the surrounding forest.
When Konohagakure was created many other clans located with the Land of Fire slowly began to join and make Konoha there home. Such examples are the Hyuuga, Inuzuka, Yamanaka, Akimichi, Nara, Aburame, Kurama etc.
Naruto recognized a few of the clan names and think he knew which ones they were.
The Hyuuga were the ones with the white eyes and the Akimichi were the big people with really round bellies and swirls on their cheeks.
Naruto had to giggle at the Akimichi Clan. He had met one of the Akimichi clan members about a year ago. He was a big man with crazy, wild red hair that always seemed to be smiling. The few times that Naruto had seen him the man were actually pretty nice to Naruto and he did not show any hate or disdain towards him.
Naruto smiled at the memory before he continued to read. When he was done with the page he began flicking through the pages until he found something he found interesting. It was like that for a few minutes before he stopped himself at a certain page which interested him. Mainly because of its name.
"What's this" Naruto thought as he saw the name. He had never heard of that place before from the academy. He had heard of the other Five Nation but never this one.
"How come I have never heard Iruka Sensei talk about this place before" he thought before he began reading.
Uzushiogakure was the shinobi village of the Land of Whirlpools. Uzushiogakure was known for having a long river run through its entire village while the village had its own natural defenses being surrounded by hills and natural whirlpools surrounding the small nation. The people of Uzushiogakure were noted to have notoriously long lives, so it gained the epithet "The Village of Longevity". Uzushiogakure was an allied nation and had close ties with Konohagakure due to Konoha's Senju Clan being distantly related to the Uzu-
Naruto froze mid-sentence and stopped reading as he stared at the book with wide eyes as his mouth fell open a little.
"U-Uzumaki Clan? B-But I thought, I thought I was the-, do I have a family?"
"I don't understand. Where are they? Why am I not with them?" he whispered as water began to gather in his eyes before he quickly wiped it away.
"Could that be where my Mom and Dad are?"
Not knowing what to do, Naruto did the only thing he could think off. "I have to see jiji," Naruto thought as he picked up the two books and ran through the library.
He checked the two books out while ignoring the scowl on the librarians face when she did it. As soon as she was done he took off with the books in hand ignoring the looks people were giving him and ran straight to the Hokage tower.
Hiruzen Sarutobi sighed as he finished one pile of paper work before he started on another batch. "Dammit I hate this paperwork. Kami why do you curse me so," he thought. He wondered how the hell his predecessors and successor did it. They always seemed to finish their paper work in record time and he for the life of him he could not figure out how he did it. He wondered if the fourth Hokage use his Hirashin to beat the paper work by moving at light speed to finish everything in an instant.
He was the current Hokage of the village and the nicknamed 'God of Shinobi' and 'The Professor of Ninjutsu.'
He was old and he knew it. Hell he knew that every morning when he woke up and felt his old bones and joints stiffen. He knew that when time that would not tire him out ten years ago, now it left him taking deeper breaths.
He knew, he only really had a few years left in him being Hokage before it was time to find another successor. He just hoped the next one would not have their life end so tragically just like the Fourth Hokage's did.
While there were a few people he could consider taking over, a certain white hair perverted Sannin and one mask wearing Jonin coming to mind, and he knew they were not quite suited for the role of Hokage.
"Wait you can't go in there," Sarutobi heard as he looked up from his desk at the sound of hearing his receptionist shouting. When his eyes left the paper work on his desk he saw one Naruto Uzumaki standing in front of him panting while holding a book in his hands.
"Jii-san look," Naruto said putting the book on the desk and opened it up to the page he was looking at before.
"Naruto I'm very busy. You can't just-
But Naruto pointed to the title of the page that made the Third Hokage sigh sadly.
"I thought I would have had a few more years until Naruto would ask this," he thought as he put down his pen and lifted the young boy onto his lap.
"All Anbu please leave," he said as he heard the faint sound of shushins sound out behind the walls and in the ceilings.
"Look jiji look at this," Naruto said happily as he pointed to a certain point in the text. "It says Uzumaki Clan. I have a clan jiji. Isn't that great?"
"Yes that is great Naruto," he said a little sadly but wore a small smile on his face anyway. Despite the situation it was nice to see Naruto wear a genuine smile on his face instead of the fake one he saw on his face most of the time.
"The book says they live just on the outskirts of wave country. It says in the book that's it near the Land of Fire. Can I go jiji? Maybe my mom and dad will be there," Naruto said as his eyes had a look of begging in them.
How he wished he could but the age old Hokage knew that it was all but impossible.
"I'm sorry Naruto buy I'm afraid I cannot allow that," he said sadly getting a confused look form Naruto.
"How come? You can send people with me if you're worried about safety and stuff."
"I'm afraid that's not the problem. Naruto tell me did you finish reading the page on Uzumaki Clan or did you head here as soon as you read the name of the clan?"
"Oh urm I came right here," he said as Sarutobi took another deep sigh. He was not surprised at that. He knew when Naruto got excited very easily and no doubt finding out about his clan would cause a wave of excitement to hit him.
"Its moments like this that never gets any easier," he thought.
"Naruto the reason you can't go is simply because there is no Uzushiogakure to go back too," he said getting wide eyes from Naruto.
"But the book says"-
"I know Naruto," Hiruzen said softly. "Naruto, Uzushiogakure was destroyed during the Second Shinobi War a long time ago. The home of the Uzumaki clan is now nothing but ruins," he said as Naruto lowered his head.
"W-What about the Uzumaki clan? W-Where did they go?"
"They are gone Naruto. From what I understand most of the Uzumaki's died during the attack on their home by Iwa and Kumo. Those that did not fall in Uzu's destruction were scattered all across the Elemental Nations. The only one I knew off were the ones that came to live in Konoha. But they have long since passed away."
"So does that mean they are all gone?" Naruto asked as tears began to well up in his eyes as the hopes of finally having a family were dashed.
"Yes Naruto. As far as I am aware, you are the last of the Uzumaki Clan."
Naruto didn't have to say anything as he dug his head into Hiruzen's chest and cried softly as the Hokage gently rubbed his back in comfort and brought him in for a comforting hug.
"It's okay Naruto, it's okay," the Hokage reassured as Naruto continued to sob.
"They're all gone," Naruto thought. "I only just found out about them but just like that they were taken away again."
After a few more minutes Naruto sobs slowly stopped but his eyes were red and puffy and he sniffled a little. The Hokage gave him a tissue to blow his nose with.
"So was my mom or dad an Uzumaki then?" Naruto asked Sarutobi as the old man nodded.
"Your mother was an Uzumaki. One of the few I have ever met and along with being one of the strongest people I ever knew."
"What was her name?" Naruto asked wanting to finally know the name of his mom.
"I'm sorry Naruto but I cannot tell you. At least I can't until you're older."
"But," Naruto started before he was quickly interrupted by Hiruzen.
"You have to understand Naruto that both your mother and father were very powerful people in their own right. And because of that they made very powerful enemies, both inside and outside the village. If word to their enemies got out that they had a son, then you would no doubt have to suffer long term assassination attempts."
"So they were really bad ass then and really strong shinobi."
Hiruzen chuckled. "Yes Naruto they were bad ass. Very bad ass and very strong shinobi."
"Cool," Naruto thought. Despite not knowing their names or what they looked like, he at least now knew that they were both shinobi, they were both strong and his mother was an Uzumaki.
"So how do you feel about this?" Hiruzen asked a Naruto thought about it.
"I'm sad that there gone but at least I know that I had a clan and they were strong right?" he asked getting a nod from Hiruzen.
"They were very strong Naruto. But what they were strongest at was Kenjutsu and Fuinjutsu. In those two areas' they were unbeatable. Very few people could match them."
"Well then I'm going to make them all proud," Naruto proclaimed as jumped out of the Hokage's lap.
"I'm going to be Hokage one day jiji but that's not all. Now I have a second dream that I will accomplish."
"Oh and what's that then Naruto?" Hiruzen asked thought he had a good guess at what it was going to be.
Naruto grinned brightly before lifting his arms in the air and shout "TO BRING BACK THE UZUMAKI CLAN AND SHOW THE WORLD THE UZUMAKI'S ARE STILL HERE."
Walking along a deserted hallway barely lit up by some small torches to on the side of the walls a tall man with long wild white hair tied in a pony tail at the back and had black eyes with red lines running down his cheeks. He was wearing a green short shirt kimono and matching pants; under which he wore mesh armor that showed out of the sleeves and legs of his outfit. His outfit was completed with hand guards, a simple black belt. On his feet he wore wooden sandals with a red haori over the green shirt. On his head was forehead protector with the kanji for oil.
This man was none other than Konoha's Toad Sage Jiraiya of the Sannin.
As he walked down the dark corridors he looked to each side to see cages and prison cells all containing people in them. However by the looks of them all they looked like they had been dead for a few days.
"Orochimaru," he growled out looking at the bodies. "What kind of monster have you become?"
Jiraiya of course was referring to his once friend, rival and comrade Orochimaru of the Sannin. The man that went from being one of Konoha's most prized shinobi into one of the world's leading S class criminals.
For the last ten years Jiraiya and pursued Orochimaru and attempted to stop him at every turn but Orochimaru was a snake for a reason. He kept finding ways around Jiraiya and kept giving him the slip. He was literally slipping from his fingers and it annoyed him.
But Jiraiya had many contacts due to his elusive yet nationwide spy system and learned that Orochimaru had set up basses all around the Elemental Nations. He even discovered that Orochimaru had set up his own hidden village in the rice country which he named Otogakure.
Somehow Orochimaru had convinced the daimyo of rice country to allow him to set up his own village there. He did not know how he did it but he knew Orochimaru had ways of persuading people. No doubt telling the daimyo he would bring power and prosperity to his small country. Orochimaru had always been a good liar and even a smooth talker. He managed to deceive Jiraiya and the leaf for years on end.
He was currently walking down the hallways of a small base the Toad Sage had caught wind of from one of his spies. It was well hidden in the forests between many of Grass countries hills. Jiraiya almost ended up walking past it multiple times.
Jiraiya footsteps echoed down the hallway. He knew Orochimaru was long gone from this base and most likely had not been here in months. He probably left it in charge with one of the shinobi he corrupted and said would make them strong.
As he walked down the empty halls leaving the prison cells behind his thought went to the young boy that currently resided in Konoha.
The boy was his godson by legal right and he wanted to take care of him. He was also one of the only few who knew of Naruto's parentage and inheritance. He got monthly updates from his sensei the third Hokage and knew Naruto had it rough but he knew Naruto could pull through it. He was an Uzumaki and if he was anything like his mother then he would be fine.
It was even Jiraiya who gave Naruto his first present for his birthday. He left him a little toad wallet on Naruto's bed. He hoped the boy used it since it was not easy for him to get. It took him weeks to convince Ma to make it for him. Even then the grumpy old toad would always complain.
He stopped moving and looked to his right. There were a series of doors down the corridor and it looked more promising than just continuing to walk forward.
For the next ten minutes Jiraiya went in each room and examined its contents.
Some were empty; some had notes about previous experiments that Orochimaru had performed on people while others had the corpses of the unfortunate souls who were most likely forced to be experimented on.
He looked over the notes of the experiments and found Orochimaru had been attempted to implant bloodlines into people. No doubt trying to use it strengthen himself and to help with his finding of becoming immortal.
He eventually got to the last room at the end of the corridor and stepped inside.
The room was barely lit; there was only a candle on a small desk that was stationed next to a bed which was the only things in the rooms.
He could see a figure lying on the bed with the covers up to their neck and with their hands to their sides. The figure was looked to be wearing some sort of pale cream robe.
When he got closer he saw the young figure was of a girl, about the age of seven or eight. She had red hair that went just down to her shoulders and had creamy colored skin. She had an iv drip attached to her left arm.
It was the hair though that had captured Jiraiya's attention. He had only seen that shade of red on one person before. He was not sure whether she was one of them but it was quiet likely.
Jiraiya looked to his right and saw on the small desk was a clipboard with notable scribbles and writing on it. He picked it up and held it next to the candle light.
He began examining it and saw her blood type, her height and age which he was correct since it says she was eight years of age. It said she was here for observation and had not been tampered with or experimented on to Jiraiya's relief. However when he got to the name his eyes went wide and almost made him drop the clipboard.
"I never thought I would find this," Jiraiya muttered as he looked at the girl before looking back at her name. Mainly her last name… Uzumaki.
AN: / Well here's the first chapter. Review and thanks for reading!