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Walking through the streets of Konoha, Uzumaki was in deep thought. After the incident with Mizuki, he was brought to the Hokage's office to explain what happened. Let's just say he wasn't too happy with the old man right now.
"Naruto-kun, it's good to see you." The Hokage said with a warm smile which Naruto returned, though his was fake.
"Hey jiji, how's it going?" he asked taking his seat in front of the old man's desk.
"I just wanted to talk with you about what happened." He said causing Naruto to nod.
"Alright then, what do you want to know?" Naruto asked his fake smile still in place. This was it he decided. If the old man told him the truth then maybe he could still trust him but if he lied, then that was it.
"I would like to hear about the Mizuki incident from your point of view." Hiruzen said.
"Well I failed the test since I couldn't make a stupid clone. After that Mizuki told me about a secret test and if I passed I could still become a genin. He told me to take a scroll from the vault and learn at least one jutsu. I started to practice when Iruka came. He asked me what I was doing so I explained the test when Mizuki came and attacked us. He was able to take down Iruka before he walked over to me. He underestimated me so I was able to kick him in the nuts. He was stunned for a bit so I made my next move and punched him in the face until he passed out." Naruto said lying. He decided if the old man was keeping secrets then he would keep his chakra chains a secret as well.
"I see, well I must say you have the making of a fine shinobi. Using your opponent's overconfidence against him, well done." Hiruzen praised.
"Thanks jiji, but he also said something else. Something strange." Naruto added causing the Hokage to frown,
"He said the villagers hating me had something to do with the Kyuubi, but I thought that the Yondaime killed the Kyuubi 15 years ago." Naruto said plastering a confused look on his face. The Hokage was silent as if debating with himself on what he should say before sighing.
"Think nothing of it Naruto-kun, he was probably just trying to distract you." The Hokage said. So that was it. He wasn't going to tell him the truth.
'So you're going to continue to lie to me?' Naruto thought.
"That is all I needed to know. You are free to go Naruto-kun." HIruzen said as Naruto stood from his seat.
"Of course, glad I could help…Hokage-sama." Naruto said closing the door behind him never seeing the confused frown on Hiruzen's face from being addressed so formally from the blonde.
End of Flashback
"I still can't believe it. All this time he was lying to me. Who knows what else he's lied about? Maybe he really does know who my parents are but just never told me." Naruto mused to himself. Naruto pushed away any thought of the man he once saw as a grandfather and instead looked straight ahead. He could see the looks of hatred and disgust.
Normally Naruto would just shrug it off and smile widely but after yesterday he just didn't care anymore. He no longer cared for their acceptance or their acknowledgement. The villagers seemed a bit surprised when he shot them an emotionless look as if anything else would be too much of a hassle and to him it was. Putting up a mask just wasn't worth it anymore.
'To think I wanted to be Hokage, to protect these people.' Naruto thought sarcastically looking down at the forehead protector wrapped around his neck. The cloth it was attached to was longer than usual so it could act more like a scarf then a headband. He still wore the orange shinobi pants that came with his jumpsuit but tossed the jacket away in favor for a long sleeved black shirt with the sleeves rolled up and a red spiral on the back. His usual goggles and black fingerless gloves completed his look.
Finally arriving at his destination, he walked into the class without uttering a single word, but it didn't seem to matter. Even silent he seemed to have attracted everyone's attention. The seemed shocked that the dead last passed.
"Hey Naruto! What are you doing here? Don't you know that only the people who passed are supposed to be here today?" Inuzuka Kiba asked with a smirk waiting for the blonde to throw a fit like he would usually do. So imagine his surprise when the blonde remained silent, the only indication that he heard the Inuzuka was that he shifted his gaze at the brown haired boy, his cold blue eyes unsettling him a little.
Naruto merely answered the question by tapping the forehead protector he wore as a scarf before scanning the room. Settling his gaze on the closest free spot, he sat down crossed his arms and closed his eyes waiting for the teams to be announced. Everyone in the classroom was a bit unsettled by the silent blonde; eventually they returned to their conversations but would throw a curious glance at the blonde every now and then.
'What the hell was that? His eyes, they were so…' Kiba thought not able to describe what he saw when he looked into the cold eyes of Naruto.
'It would appear that something has happened to Uzumaki-san to make him act in such an uncharacteristic way.' Aburame Shino logically thought.
'Troublesome…I have a feeling this new attitude of his is going to give me a lot of future headaches.' a tired Nara Shikamaru thought.
'Wonder what happened to Naruto?' Akamichi Choji thought munching on his chips.
'N-Naruto-kun…a-are you a-alright?' Hyuga Hinata thought fiddling with her fingers as she threw her crush a few shy glances before looking away.
Uchiha Sasuke didn't bother to think about Naruto but he did throw him a single glance before returning to his own thoughts. However everyone's thoughts were interrupted when the door was opened with such force it was practically torn from its hinges.
"Ha I win! I get to sit next to Sasuke-kun!" Haruno Sakura shouted with a victorious look.
"In your dreams forehead girl! I totally won!" Yamanaka Ino shouted in protest earning a glare from the pink haired girl.
"Keep telling yourself that Ino-pig!" Sakura shot back as the two entered a glaring contest, their eyes shooting lightning at each other.
This was the scene that Iruka walked into. Sighing in annoyance he took a deep breath.
"EVERYONE SHUT UP AND TAKE YOUR SEATS!" he shouted causing all the students to quickly take their seats gulping. As Iruka began his congratulation speech to the passing students Naruto zoned out thinking about his future.
What kind of sensei would he get? Would they treat him fairly or would they see him as the Kyuubi and ignore his very existence. Who knows? Maybe they would use their first mission out of the village and try to kill him saying he died from an enemy shinobi.
What about teammates? There wasn't anyone in this class that he trusted. No, now he was wary about almost every person in this village. No one in this class knew anything about him thinking he was a useless idiot. He had no idea if he could trust any of his classmates, and if he can't trust his teammate then it would only be a matter of time for the team to fall. Sighing in displeasure, Naruto wondered when and why his life became so complicated.
"Team 7 consists of Uzumaki Naruto…" Iruka said catching Naruto's attention. Looks like teams were being chosen during his thoughts.
"Haruno Sakura and Uchiha Sasuke." The scarred instructor finished causing a few reactions. Sakura gave a victorious shout while the rest of the girls looked depressed, Sasuke said nothing but you could see his eyes twitch when Sakura shouted and Naruto…
"You have got to be kidding me. Out of all the people in this class I get stuck with those two?" Naruto groaned banging his head against the desk causing the class to blink in confusion. It was common knowledge that Naruto had a huge crush on Sakura, they would have thought being on her team would cause him to jump and cheer for joy.
"Sorry Naruto, but you have the worst grades in class. To balance the teams out, we pair the student with the lowest grades with the one with the highest grade which in this case would be Sasuke." Iruka explained but inwardly he was just as confused as the rest of his class.
"If that's the case is it too late to hand this back and quit being a shinobi?" Naruto asked pointing at his forehead protector shocking everyone in the class. What happened to the boy who shouted how he would become Hokage.
"Y-Yes it is too late." Iruka said wide eyed wondering what was going on.
"Fine." Naruto mumbled slumping back to his seat in defeat. The class was silent as they stared at Naruto with unmasked surprise before Iruka cleared his throat and began listing of the rest of the teams.
At the time the Hokage and jounin were watching the class thought his crystal brown and their faces showed confusion as they watched what transpired.
'Naruto-kun…what happened to you?' the elderly man thought worriedly.
"Well now…this is something I wasn't expecting." Hatake Kakashi, a sliver haired man with a mask covering the lower half of his face, stated.
"Yes, from the notes the teachers have on his he should be a ball of energy. Are you sure this is the same Naruto who pulled all those pranks?" Yuuhi Kurenai, a woman with long black hair and red eyes, asked.
"That's him alright. Blonde hair, blue eyes and whisker marks. As for this new attitude…well your guess is as good as mine." Sarutobi Asuma said taking a drag from his cigarette.
"Yes…this is a bit of a shocker and I must say I am a little concerned about this new change. I think it would be best to keep a close eye on him." Hiruzen said feeling bad about spying on the blonde but he had to make sure he was alright.
Naruto was sitting in his seat. While he looked calm and relaxed on the inside he was losing his patience. Not only was his team's sensei the only one who hasn't shown up yet, but he has been waiting for 2 hours. To make matters worse, he had to sit there and listen to Sakura as she talked excitedly to Sasuke about how lucky they were that they were on the same team, but Sasuke paid no attention to her.
Deciding to use his time productively, Naruto studied his teammates to see if there was any way they would be able to work together. First he looked at his pink haired teammate Sakura and he mentally slapped himself. What did he ever see in her? Sure she was smart, it was safe to say she was the smartest one in their class but other than that there was nothing really special about her. As for her personality…again what did he ever see in her. When he was infatuated with her he would constantly ask for a date but she would turn it down immediately followed with a fist to the head. It never mattered what it was whether it was to ask her out on a date or to just try and start a civil conversation it always ended the same way.
He glanced at his other teammate, Uchiha Sasuke. At first he felt sympathy for the black haired teen. I mean it's hard not to when his entire clan was slaughtered in one night by a single person. But once he saw Sasuke's attitude after the event, the sympathy he felt was soon replace with disgust. The village acknowledged him and practically worshipped the ground he walked on, but instead of showing gratitude Sasuke let it go to his head until he became so arrogant he believed all he has to do is say his name and his enemies will surrender.
The chances of them making a successful team? Not so good. With Sasuke believing he could do anything himself and Sakura who was so obsessed with him, she would do anything he said pretty much guaranteed. This team would probably fail since Sasuke would refuse the advice of anyone and Sakura would agree with him in a second.
His thoughts were interrupted when he heard the door knob turning. Turning towards the door he saw a man with spiky silver hair, a face mask covering his face from the nose down, his forehead protector work sideways so it was covering his left eye and despite the fact that more than half his face was covered he could still see a lazy look on his face.
"Hm…so you're my team huh? As far as first impressions go…I have to say you're pretty boring." The man commented causing Sakura and Sasuke to glare at him while Naruto raised a brow. Boring huh? Not the worst he's ever been called.
"Meet me on the roof top." He added before vanishing in a swirl of leaves. The three genin just sat there wondering what happened until Naruto stood up and quietly walked out the room. The remaining two blinked before following the blonde's example and exited the room heading for the roof. Once on the roof, they saw their sensei leaning against the railing of the room. Seeing them he motioned for them to take a seat in front of him. Once seated, he began to speak.
"Alright then, to start things off let's introduce ourselves and tell the rest a little bit about us." Their sensei said.
"What exactly do you want us to say?" Sakura asked causing the man to gain a thoughtful expression before answering.
"Oh just some basic info. You know, things like your likes, dislikes, hobbies and dreams." He clarified.
"Why don't you go first? After all you're a complete mystery to us." Sakura pointed out.
"Me? Alright then, my name is Hatake Kakashi. My likes and dislikes are not important. As for hobbies…I have a lot of them and my dream for the future is none of your business." Kakashi said with an eye smile causing the genin to sweat drop.
'Awesome, all we learned was his name.' Naruto thought dryly.
"You're up pinky." Kakashi said pointing at Sakura who gained a tic mark at the nickname before speaking.
"My name is Haruno Sakura. What I like…" she trailed of sneaking a glance at Sasuke as a blush spread across her cheeks.
"My hobbies…" she trailed off again as she stared at Sasuke again her blush increasing.
"My dream for the future is…" she fell silent staring at Sasuke with a dream like expression before squealing causing Kakashi to sweat drop.
"What about dislikes?" he asked hoping to get this over with.
"Ino-pig and Naruto." She said harshly. Kakashi glanced at Naruto to see his reaction, but to his surprise he looked completely unfazed. In fact, the only indication that he heard her was the annoyed eye roll he did.
"Well now that was…informative." He said trying to find a good word before pointing at Sasuke. "You're up next Mr. Dark and Broody."
"Hn. My name is Uchiha Sasuke. There are plenty of things I dislike considering there is almost noting I do like. My hobbies are training and as for as dreams go, I have none because my goal is no dream…it will become reality. I will restore my clan and hunt a certain someone down and kill him." He finished his voice taking a dark tone.
'Wow…he's so cool' Sakura thought dreamily.
'Obsessed with revenge huh? Guess I should have expected that.' Kakashi thought with a sigh.
'Probably the guy who killed his clan.' Naruto guessed uninterestedly.
"Now last but not least we have you goggles." Kakashi said pointing at Naruto.
"The names Uzumaki Naruto, My likes are ramen and Konoha." He started but frowned when he said Konoha. Something that Kakashi picked up on. "Well not Konoha per say, more like the ideals of Konoha. You know like the Will of Fire and stuff." He clarified causing the others to raise their eyebrow at him, but he ignored it.
"What I dislike are people who think their actions are justified by their arrogance and blind hatred." He said with so much venom that the two genin flinched and looked at him in shock wondering if this was the same blonde classmate they had. Kakashi on the other hand looked at the boy sadly understanding what he meant.
"Hobbies are training and I used to do some pranks and my dream…I'm not too sure." Naruto finished causing the others to blink in confusion.
"What do you mean you're not too sure? You always bragged about how you're going to be Hokage." Sakura said looking at Naruto incredulously.
"That was then this is now." Was the simple reply that came from Naruto.
Kakashi was silent as he studied the blonde carefully. He was nothing like the reports said he was. The Hokage was right they would have to keep a close eye on this one.
'So I have a fan girl, an avenger, and a wildcard. What have you gotten yourself into Kakashi?' the masked jounin asked himself before straightening up.
"Well now that the introductions are out of the way we can begin your graduation test." Kakashi stated catching them off guard.
"What do you mean by that? We already passed our exams." Naruto said confused causing Kakashi to chuckle.
"If it was that easy to become a shinobi then everybody would be one right now. No, the academy only trims the numbers down and then we have the real test to see if you're cut out to be a shinobi. If you fail then you get sent right back to the academy." Kakashi explained causing the genin to fall silent as they digested what he said.
"I want you to be at the designated place at the designated time tomorrow morning for your real test." Kakashi said handing them a slip of paper with the information before leaving. He suddenly stopped and looked over his shoulder.
"Oh and if I were you I would skip breakfast. You'll just puke it out." He advised before continuing his way.
Later that night Naruto was laying on his bed thinking about his test the next morning. He knew that Kakashi would be a much more difficult opponent compared to Mizuki. Also with his chakra chains, he only had one real shot or he would lose the element of surprise. Once Kakashi learned about them, he would be on guard and Naruto knew that once he kept an eye out for his chains then it would be almost impossible for him to land a hit. Getting up, he reached under his bed and pulled out a small box with the words Prank Kit inscribed on it.
"If I want to be a shinobi, I'll have to pull out all the stops." He said with a smirk as he began rummaging through his kit deciding what to bring. He knew one thing for sure. Tomorrow would definitely be a challenge.
Naruto walked towards the designated spot and saw that Sasuke and Sakura were already there. He also heard the sound of their stomachs growling causing him to chuckle. Unlike them, he chose not to skip breakfast, no way was he skipping a meal. He needed all the energy he could get.
"Sensei's not here yet?" Naruto asked leaning against one of the wooden posts. Just because he didn't like them didn't mean he couldn't try and be civil. Who knows, maybe they could be a successful team.
"Hn. Dobe do you see him here?" Sasuke asked condescendingly.
"Yea Naruto-baka! Don't ask such stupid questions!" Sakura screeched causing Naruto to wince.
Well so much for being civil. Shaking his head Naruto closed his eyes waiting for Kakashi to arrive.
"Good morning students." Kakashi said waving at them cheerfully as he arrived…3 hours late.
"You're late!" Sakura shouted as the two male genin remained silent but they sent their sensei annoyed glances, but Kakashi ignored them as he placed an alarm clock onto the ground.
"This alarm is set to go off at noon. You have until then to take these bells from me." Kakashi stated as he took out two small silver bells and showed them to the genin.
"Anyone who is unable to get a bell will get tied up to one of the stumps there while I eat your lunch in front of you." Kakashi continued as if on cue Sasuke and Sakura clutched their stomachs as he growled in hunger but Kakashi noticed Naruto seemed fine.
"Well it seems that Sakura and Sasuke took my advice about not eating, what about you Naruto?" Kakashi asked. Naruto just shrugged his shoulders.
"Yesterday you said 'If I were you I wouldn't eat any breakfast' but you aren't me so I ate anyway. Besides I don't know about you but, I don't work well on an empty stomach." He explained causing his teammates to glare and Kakashi to chuckle.
"Good thinking. Just because someone gives you advise doesn't mean you have to listen. Just do what you feel is right." Kakashi praised looking at Naruto as the hungry genin grumbled.
"Wait a minute sensei. You said we have to get a bell to pass but there are only two bells and three of us." Sakura pointed out.
"It looks like someone is perceptive. You are right, there are only two bells. This means, no matter what, one of you isn't getting a bell. Whoever that one is…is getting sent right back to the academy." Kakashi said causing the genin to swallow nervously.
"You can use shuriken, kunai or any other tools during this test. Take this seriously as if I were an enemy shinobi. If you don't come at me with the intent to kill, you will have no hope of passing this test." Kakashi said looking at his students seriously.
"Hn, are you sure about that sensei? I wouldn't want to get in trouble for killing a Konoha shinobi." Sasuke said with his signature smirk.
"You know that old saying, a dog's bark is worse than its bite? I think that works really well here." Kakashi said in a dry tone causing Naruto to snort and the Uchiha to glare.
"Alright then. Are there any questions?" Kakashi asked. Seeing them shaking their heads he continued. "Okay the go."
And just like that the three genin scattered into the trees and bushes using them to hide from their sensei. Seeing this Kakashi hummed approvingly.
'All three of them are well hidden.' Kakashi thought as he causally walked around.
Naruto was jumping branch from branch looking for his team. As much as he hated to admit it, he would need the help if his teammates. After all, they were fresh out of the academy genin and they were up against a fully trained and experienced jounin. Their best bet was to work together as a team no matter how impossible it seemed. After a few minutes, he spotted Sasuke and jumped down next to him.
"Hey Sasuke, I don't like you and you don't like me but if we want to get a bell then our best chance is working together." Naruto quickly explained.
"Please, why would I want to work with a dobe like you?" Sasuke scoffed causing Naruto to groan in annoyance.
"Damn it teme. Even you can't be the pigheaded to think that you could take on a jounin by yourself. Think about it." Naruto continued. Sasuke was silent as he thought about it but shook his head.
"No, I'm an Uchiha elite. I can get a bell on my own." Sasuke stated before running off causing Naruto to sigh in frustration before heading off on his own way. What they didn't know was that Kakashi was hiding near them listening to their conversation.
'Well it's clear that those two aren't very fond of each other, but at least Naruto is willing to put aside his differences for the better of the team. The same can't be said about Sasuke though.' Kakashi observed.
Sakura was hiding in the bushes wondering where her sensei was when she heard someone land next to her. Looking at her side she saw it was Naruto.
"What are you doing here baka?" she asked in an unusually quiet voice so Kakashi wouldn't hear her.
"You think I suck as a shinob,i honestly I think you do too." Naruto started ignoring Sakura's indignant look. "But we're up against a jounin. You're smart; you must understand that going one on one against him is practically impossible. So what do you say, team up?"
"In your dreams baka!" came Sakura's immediate answer.
"Come on Sakura! Think! Do you honestly think you can snatch a bell by yourself?"
"Sasuke-kun and I will get the bells." Sakura said confidently causing Naruto to snort.
"Please, you honestly think that? You have a brain so use it!" Naruto said starting to get pissed. Why couldn't his stubborn teammates see his point?
"No means no baka. You just want us to help you because you know you can't do it alone. What a useless shinobi." Sakura mocked. Normally when she insulted the blonde, he would brush it off with a smile, so imagine her surprise when Naruto glared at her with so much anger the she cringed but in the blink of an eye the anger was gone and replaced with a pair of emotionless blue eyes.
"Very well Haruno, good luck because if you honestly think the Uchiha will help you then you'll really need it." Naruto said in an even tone before stalking off.
"W-What was that? Why hasn't he been calling me Sakura-chan like he used to?" Sakura asked to herself wondering what happened. She saw Naruto's attitude change the other day, but she thought it was an act to try and impress her but now…no, that wasn't important right now. What was important was finding Sasuke so the two of them could work together and get the bell.
From the tree above, Kakashi sighed after hearing the conversation like he did with Sasuke and shook his head in disappointment.
'Another one who refuses to work as a team. Looks like Naruto is the only one who understands the value of teamwork.' Kakashi thought before jumping down behind Sakura who hadn't heard him.
"I don't see sensei anywhere." He heard Sakura say.
"If you're looking for me then you might want to look behind you." Kakashi said offhandedly causing the pink haired girl to stiffen before turning her head slowly over her shoulder where she saw Kakashi standing behind her casually.
Before she could speak, he performed a few hand seals as leaves began to dance around them. The leaves began to pick up speed until Sakura was in the middle of a small leaf tornado. The wind suddenly stopped and the leaves fell to the ground but Kakashi was nowhere to be found.
"What was that? Where'd sensei go? What did he do?" Sakura said wondering what the hell happened as she looked around frantically.
"Sakura…" he heard a voice from behind causing her to blink before a large smile found its way on her face. She knew that voice anywhere.
"Sasuke…kun…" she started but the rest of her words died in her throat when she caught site of her crush.
Standing in front of her was Uchiha Sasuke. Only he was heavily covered in blood, sharp pointy objects stabbing into his body as he breathed heavily looking like he would pass out any second.
"S-Sakura…help…m-me…" he said his voice strained.
"Sasuke-kun…" Sakura said in a dazed like voice as tears formed in the corner of her eyes. After releasing an ear shattering scream Sakura passed out; the sight of her precious Sasuke in such a state was too much for her to bear.
Casually leaning against a tree, Kakashi looked at the prone form of Sakura with a raised brow.
"Huh, maybe the genjutsu was too much for her." He mused before walking away. One down two to go.
Sasuke was running through the forest looking for Kakashi when he heard a loud scream. Coming to an abrupt stop, he frowned when he realized what happened.
"Looks like he got his first victim…and based on that scream it was Sakura." He stated.
"Pretty good. She fell for a simple genjutsu." The voice of Kakashi said from behind.
"Hn. She may have fallen for such a simple trick. but it won't work on me. I'm not like the rest them…I won't go down that easily." Sasuke said turning around his eyes landing on Kakashi who stood their looking like he didn't have a care in the world.
"Well today we've learned you can talk a big game. The only thing that remains to be seen is if you can back it up." Kakashi shot back.
Gritting his teeth, Sasuke threw a handful of shuriken at Kakashi who jumped out of the way.
"That's your opening move? Such a simple frontal assault?" Kakashi chastised when he heard the distinct sound of a blade slicing. Looking over his shoulder, he saw one of Sasuke's shuriken cut a piece of rope.
'A trap?' Kakashi thought taking note of Sasuke's smug smirk. Suddenly a wave of knives flew through the air heading right for Kakashi. Seeing this, he was able to jump out of their path as they lodged themselves into a nearby tree.
He turned towards the genin only to see Sasuke standing right in front of him. Sasuke launched a kick, but Kakashi caught him by the ankle. Not letting that stop him, he threw a punch but once again Kakashi stopped it by using his free hand to grab his wrist.
"Looks like both your hands are occupied." Sasuke taunted as he twisted his body and aimed a kick at his head with his other leg. Seeing this, Kakashi shifted his arm to block the kick while still keeping his hold on Sasuke's wrist. Seeing this caused Sasuke to smirk as the bells were completely unguarded. Using his free hand, he quickly reached out to snatch one of them, but Kakashi saw this and released his hold on Sasuke before jumping back with the bell jingling as Sasuke was able to graze it.
"Pretty good." Kakashi complimented.
'I won't lose.' Sasuke thought as he began to perform some hand seals catching Kakashi off guard.
'Those seals…a genin shouldn't have the necessary chakra or control to perform this jutsu.' Kakashi thought as Sasuke took a deep breath.
"Fire Release: Great Fireball Technique" he said firing a large fireball at Kakashi. He smirked thinking he got him, but when the flames and smoke disappeared there was no sign of Kakashi anywhere.
"He's gone…where'd he go?" he muttered to himself as he began to look in every direction. His eyes widened when he felt something grab his leg. He looked down just in time to see a hand sticking out of the ground pull him down until he was buried from the neck down.
"The fire jutsu was a bit of a surprise but you were too overconfident in your abilities." Kakashi said as he began walking away leaving a trapped and cursing Uchiha behind.
'Well now that's two down and only one to go. According to his file, Naruto is the kind of person who will charge first and ask questions later, but so far he has stayed hidden. Well hidden, I can barely detect his presence and he's covered his trail fairly well.' Kakashi thought as he looked for the blonde genin when suddenly shuriken from every direction came flying towards him.
'Another trap huh?' Kakashi thought as he pulled out two kunai to deflect the shuriken as he twisted and shifted his body to avoid the shuriken he couldn't block.
"Not bad, a trap that comes from every direction. It must have taken you some time to set this up. The fact that you did it without me noticing is also impressive." Kakashi praised as he leapt into the air causing Naruto, who charged at him from behind, to miss the bells.
When Kakashi landed on the ground and felt it shift, he quickly leapt into that air to see the ground he was previously standing on collapse revealing a large pit.
"And a pit fall trap, you're really giving me a workout." Kakashi said taking a step to the side in order to avoid the kunai thrown at him.
Cursing, Naruto charged with a punch but was blocked by Kakashi who proceeded to throw the blonde over his shoulder. Turning his body, he landed on his feet and jumped into the air, planning on hitting an axe kick while his hands reach into his pouch. Kakashi crossed his arms to block the kick, but his eyes widened when he saw what was in his hands, a small bottle of alcohol and a lighter. Naruto quickly took a mouthful of alcohol and lit the lighter before spitting the alcohol towards Kakashi creating a small flamethrower.
"Got ya." Naruto grinned when his flames hit Kakashi, but it turned into a frown when he vanished in a plume of smoke only for a charred log to take his place.
"I must say, this is my first time seeing a genin to something like that." Kakashi said from his new position.
"I can't do any fire jutsu so I used what I had. I call it Uzumaki Style: Improvised Fireball Technique." Naruto explained.
"Simple yet clever at the same time." Kakashi nodded in approval before he charged. Naruto quickly covered his eyes with his goggles and reached into his pockets before throwing something on the ground between the two of them causing Kakashi to come to a halt. He looked down to see multiple marbles between them.
"Marbles? Really?" Kakashi asked incredulously. He never heard of a ninja who used marbles before so imagine his surprise when a few of the marbles glowed before bursting into a blinding light.
'What? He disguised flash bombs as marbles?!' Kakashi thought as the blinding light forced him to close his eye. 'And because of those goggles he can still see.'
And just like he thought, Naruto smirked as he once again charged at Kakashi reaching towards the bell. Hearing the footsteps, Kakashi jumped out of the way before throwing some shuriken where he thought Naruto would reach. Cursing, Naruto came to a sudden halt as the shuriken sunk into the ground right in front of him.
"The flash bombs surprised me Naruto, but remember a shinobi can use all their senses, not just their eyes." Kakashi said.
"I know that, which is why I thought of a backup plan." Naruto smirked before reaching into his pouch and threw the contents in the air. Then he dug his hands into his pockets before throwing something at Kakashi's feet.
Kakashi wondered what he meant when suddenly the sound of small explosions filled the air and a horrible stench reached his nose.
'You have got to be kidding me, firecrackers and stink bombs too?' Kakashi thought wondering what other unconventional things this genin used. He opened his eyes and while his vision was still a bit blurry, he was still able somewhat see the blonde although he looked like a multicolored blur in the green forest they were in.
"Now time for those bells!" Naruto shouted as he charged. Kakashi saw the blur that he identified as Naruto approaching him so he leapt into the air causing Naruto to curse.
"I really wanted to keep my chains a secret but I'm running out of time and he won't fall for my traps again." Naruto said to himself before slamming his open palms into the ground.
"Forced Submission!" he yelled as multiple chains shot from the ground below Kakashi and wrapped around his arms, legs and torso before pulling him back to the ground, where the chains kept him pinned. By the time Kakashi regain his sight, he saw the chains pulling him to the ground. Casually walking up to the trapped jounin, Naruto plucked the bells away and casually walked towards the starting point of the test.
"That's what you get for underestimating me Hatake-san." Naruto said over his shoulder as Kakashi tried to free himself cursing himself for underestimating this genin.
"These chains...they're not normal. No…it couldn't be. Chakra Chains?" Kakashi said to himself, his visible eyes widening in shock when he figured it out.
Starting Point: End of Test
"Well I have to saym other then Naruto…you all failed horribly." Kakashi said plainly causing the genin, other than Naruto, to gape at him disbelievingly.
"What do you mean other then Naruto? Are you trying to tell us that the baka over here was able to get a bell…and why the hell am I the one tied up to the stump!" Sakura screamed trying to break free from her confinements.
"Yes that's exactly what I'm telling you and the reason you're the one tied up is because you were the only one who didn't do a thing. All you did was stand there and faint after getting exposed to a simple genjutsu." Kakashi answered in a bored tone causing Sakura to fall silent.
"I find it hard to believe that the dobe was able to get a bell when I couldn't." Sasuke voiced out. Instead of answering, Naruto reached into his pockets and threw the silver bells on the ground surprising Sasuke and Sakura.
"How…" Sasuke started but Kakashi interrupted.
"You see, not only was he able to get the bells by himself, he was also able to figure out the true purpose of the test." The masked jounin stated.
"True purpose? I thought the purpose was to get a bell to avoid getting sent back to the academy." Sakura said confused, causing Kakashi to sigh. He had a feeling that he would be doing a lot of that in the future.
"No, think about. Why would we place you in a three man team?" Kakashi asked.
"What do you mean?" Sakura asked causing Kakashi to shake his head in disappointment.
"Unbelievable, and this is the next generation of shinobi? Think about it, the purpose of being on a team it using teamwork." Kakashi said, putting emphasis on the last word.
"You all have your differences yes, but out of all of you, Naruto was the only one willing to put them aside for the better of the team. You two just blew him off thinking you didn't need him. Funny now seeing as he was the one who got the bells, huh?" Kakashi said with an eye smile.
"So I guess that means Naruto here is the only one out of you three who has the makings of a real shinobi. Since you two failed to see that, I don't even think your fit for the academy." Kakashi finished.
"You can't do that!" Sasuke shouted in outrage as he charged, his frustration finally getting the best of him. Kakashi just spared him a glance before he grabbed the Uchiha's arm and twisted it behind his back and forced Sasuke to his knees.
"In case you forgot, I am an experience jounin and you are someone who failed their genin test." Kakashi said in a hard tone.
"Let go of him! You can't do that to Sasuke-kun!" Sakura shouted.
"And once again you are missing the fact that Sasuke just attacked a Konoha shinobi for no apparent reason. You're not really helping your case." Kakashi said before Naruto stood up and began walking away.
"Where are you going Naruto?" Kakashi asked confused.
"Let those two have the bells and I'll go back to the academy." Naruto answered, not even looking back at them. The three of them blinked.
"Are you sure?" Kakashi asked surprised.
"It's fine." Naruto answered.
'Besides, this means I won't have to deal with those two.' He added as an afterthought. After a few minutes of walking he heard someone land next to him. Sparing a glance, he saw it was Kakashi who was by his side and he had his head buried in an orange book.
"Is there something you need from me Hatake-san?" Naruto asked uninterestingly.
"I just thought I would tell you that I passed your team." Kakashi answered. not even looking up from his book.
"Really? How did that happen? In case you forgot I don't have a bell." Naruto pointed out. On one hand he was kind of glad he was able to become a shinobi, but on the other he did not want to be teamed with Sakura and Sasuke.
"After you left, I gave them one more chance to see if they were capable of being a team. I ordered Sasuke to not give any food to Sakura while I left for a meeting. Truth was, I stayed hidden to keep an eye on them and Sasuke disobeyed my orders to give Sakura some food." Kakashi explained.
"So in the end he actually helped his teammate huh? I didn't think he would do that." Naruto said.
"Yes I already told them this so it's only fair I tell you too. Those who break the rules are trash but those who abandon their comrades are lower than trash." Kakashi said looking away from his book to look at Naruto to show how serious those words were to him.
"Wise words." Naruto nodded.
'But they don't really apply to me. There isn't a single person in this village who I consider a comrade.' He added in thought.
"Well I just came to tell you the good news. Meet me back at the same training grounds tomorrow for our first official meeting as team 7." Kakashi said before vanishing in a swirl of leaves.
"Alright, as of right now the only team of genin to pass are teams 8 and 10. Now we must wait for Kakashi to see if he passed his team." Hiruzen said.
"Why bother? He never passes a team." Asuma said getting a few nods of agreement from the present jounin gathered. As if on cue, Kakashi walked into the room with a bored look.
"Yo." He greeted as he offered a lazy wave.
"You're late…again." The Hokage deadpanned.
"Sorry but on my way here I saw a couple of birds moving into a birdhouse so I thought I would help them with their luggage." Kakashi answered with an eye smile as the others sweat dropped.
"I see…so how did you're team do Kakashi?" The elderly Hokage asked.
"They passed." Kakashi answered as the room fell silent. Kakashi looked around and noticed everyone looking at him in disbelief.
"What? Is there something on my face?" Kakashi asked.
"You passed a team?" Kurenai asked incredulously.
"Yes." Kakashi answered wondering what the big deal was.
"But you never pass a team." Asuma pointed out.
"Oh come on. I'm not that bad." Kakashi said looking a little hurt. It only increased when he saw everyone throw him a look that said 'Yes, yes you are.'
"Why don't you tell us what happened."
"I guess I'll start with Haruno Sakura. To sum it up she was a major disappointment." Kakashi said causing the others to look at him with raised brows.
"Care to elaborate?" Hiruzen asked.
"She only cared about Sasuke and thought he would save her. Basically, she's living in a fairy tale world where she's the damsel in distress and Sasuke is her knight in shining armor. She fainted after getting caught in a basic genjutsu." Kakashi explained causing the others to frown at the pink haired girl's behavior.
"Then we have the rookie of the year, Uchiha Sasuke. Although he is a very skilled genin, his attitude will only cause problems. He believes he could do anything because he is simply an Uchiha." Kakashi continued.
"I see, I was afraid of that. It seems that the civilians constant spoiling has let his arrogance grow to such a high level." Hiruzen said with a sigh before looking back at Kakashi. "And what of Naruto-kun?"
"Naruto was actually a surprise. Despite being the dead last, he showed the most potential and his skills are very impressive." Kakashi said before explaining Naruto's strengths and skills. Needless to say, the room was shocked to hear that the apparent dead last was able to do such things. But there was one thing that bothered the Hokage.
"Did you say he could use chakra chains?" he asked carefully.
"Yes, at first I found it hard to believe but after studying the chains a bit, they were the same as Uzumaki Kushina's. It seems like Naruto is able to use a skill passed down from his mother." Kakashi answered as the room fell silent.
'If he could use Chakra Chains then why hasn't he ever mentioned it to me?' the elderly Hokage thought with a frown.
"Very well, it seems this year's passing genin are teams 7, 8 and 10. You are all dismissed." He said as the jounin left the room leaving Hiruzen alone to think.
End of Chapter
Naruto skill list
Haki- able to use it subconsciously but is not aware of what it actually is
Shadow Clone- knows how to do it but has not had time to master the technique
Expert at stealth and setting pranks/traps
Now to answer some questions. Naruto is not going to be some cold emotionless person. He will be indifferent to practically all of Konoha. He doesn't hate them but he doesn't hold any particular love for them either. He is able to show emotions to them but he chooses not to because he thinks Konoha is no longer worth the effort. He will show emotions to those he trusts and cares for.
Is this a Naruto revenge fic? As of right now, no. Like I said earlier he just doesn't care, he thinks they are not worth the effort. But that does not mean that he won't want revenge later on in the fic, I have not decided yet.
Why is he a shinobi if he doesn't care about Konoha? What else is he going to do? Just sit by in the village and take the abuse? This way he can get in some training and get stronger.
Anyway thanks for reading hope you review but if you're thinking about flaming then don't waste your time because I'll just ignore it.
Also sorry if this you expected more from this chapter. To be honest, I kind of rushed through it so I could get the team selection and bell test over with.