A/N: As the title said, this is xover between Naruto and this time a Young Justice cartoon, that's been airing and I've been watching it. It's very interesting stuff that series, even though I don't usually care for that 'superhero' stuff, but that series really moved me. Anyway, this story (at least one idea) would be about when at the first episode Kid Flash, Aqualad and Robin would sneak into the Cadmus, they would accidentally find this boy chained to the wall, behind sealed doors. They would free him and then go and free Superboy and after they escape the building, five of them would be the core of the team.
A/N: Naruto would be former member of the League of Shadows (or current how you look at it). He was son of late Kushina, who was Jinchuuriki of Kyuubi which she passed onto him when she died. League of Shadows and 'Light' were very interested in this demon and wanted to harness it so they took Naruto in and he was trained part of the Root division whom were elite guards of Ra's Al Ghul, leader of Shadows. They worked endless hours trying to help Naruto to gain control over the monster, but as we know, it's not something you just will it. Due his lack of progress, they decided to lock him up in Cadmus where they would test on him until they had Kyuubi under control or they would be dead. That would be his history.
A/N: In this fic, we would see Naruto struggling with his past while trying to live up to his late mothers dreams of heroism. As for pairings, I had few ideas, of course I tried every girl in the team and few OCs, but I'm inclined leaning towards Megan or Miss Martian. He would act like a five year old 'pulling her hair' stunts and she would hate him but grow to care and later love him. If you disagree, please tell me and tell me why.
A/N: As for his powers, I don't really know how or what to say about that. I mean, when I try and imagine using Naruto world powers (chakra, jutsus) in this world, they all seem so overpowered, making him greater than superhuman. And I don't like that at all. I want to make him strong, yes, but room for growth. I also tried playing with ideas such as Kido from Bleach, or magic like Zatanna, but neither really suit Naruto. In the end, he is a hand-to-hand kind of guy who rushes in. But if there's Kyuubi in this world, Naruto needs some superhuman powers but I don't really know what. If you could help me with that one too. For this fic, I decided to give him some fire magic and he is Zatannas protégé, because I thought it was the only reasonable choice, but if you can figure out someone better, please, tell me.
A/N: I wrote this to tell everyone, that I'm still here and trying my best. I'm sorry for my long silence, but I've been working on my own novel this last year, because I seriously try to make it as a novelist, I needed to concentrate on that. But by three fics, SW, Bleach and MOK 2 are on my mind constantly and I'm trying to push them forward, but lacking inspiration. I will try my best to update one of them soon. Just… bear with me.
REMEMBER TO REVIEW! ! ! Seriously, no one reviewed my One Piece xover and it really made me sad. Was it really that awful? If no one reviews this, I will quit writing all together. It's not worth if I don't get any kind of feedback.
ALSO IMPORTANT NEWS READ IF YOU'RE MY FAN! I've decided to interact with my readers more. If you have an idea for Naruto story, whatever xover with some series or pure Naruto thing, send me your ideas and I will see if I can write a oneshot out of it. And who knows, maybe I take a liking of some of your idea and write a full-blown fic out of it. You never know. But firstly, they would be one-shots. Give me your ideas!
I wrote this in a haste, so I don't take any responsibility about grammar. Bear with it. Thanks.
July 18 Gotham City 10:00 am.
Naruto was sitting on the floor of his place surrounded by candles, even if behind the curtains the sun was already shining brightly. Breathing calmly, he mediated, trying to empty his mind and keep it empty. This was one of the exercises his new master had given him. 'First we need to establish connection between your mind, power and spirit. This is the basics of all magicians. Control and concentration. Two things that you should never lose.' He had also instructed to do this in a candlelit room to help him. He had been doing this every possible moment when he wasn't fighting smalltime crime or was in the cave, waiting for Batman to actually give them something to do.
Then his concentration was broken when his communicator started alarming. He opened his eyes and all the candles extinguished. "Answer." He had started to learn how to use the damn thing, even though he was confused most of the time by the damn thing.
"This is Red Tornado. The team is requested to report at the cave at eleven hundred hours."
"I'll be there." He answered and the connection was cut. Slowly, Naruto stood up and started doing his morning exercise in quiet. Healthy mind in healthy body. While he did that, he let his mind roam free and eyes wonder around his new room. It was very bare, with only a bed, desk and a chair, closet and a window. Compared to what he had in Arrows safe house, this felt a major downgrade from a fully equipped apartment for himself. Unfortunately he didn't have a say in the matter.
After he had accepted his place as Zatarras apprentice, other League members had insisted that he would keep a closer eye on him like a teacher should which meant that Naruto was moved from Green Arrows safe house into Zatarras place. Needless to say that neither was too excited about the change. Young student saw this as a restriction of his newly acquired freedom while the old teacher saw him as a possible threat for his daughter.
Like on cue, Narutos newest pain in the ass decided to interrupt his morning exercises by banging down his door. "Get your butt up or you don't get any breakfast!" He heard a girls commanding tone huffing annoyed. "Are you even up?"
"I'm up, thank you very much!" Naruto yelled back and hurried to pull his shirt on and hoody over his face before opening the door. There he stood, teenage daughter of his teacher Zatanna Zatarra. What heck of a name was that anyway! Black hair, cyan eyes which had crooked into a annoyed frown. "Was there something else, Za-chan?"
"Stop calling me that!" She screamed and stormed away, leaving Naruto alone in the corridor before he closed the door behind him and followed after her.
Naruto made his way through the apartment and into kitchen where Zatarra was already having breakfast while reading the mornings paper, like every morning. Naruto still didn't know how someone could be so dignified all the time. On the other side of the table, Zatanna was just parking her (cute) butt into her chair while shooting death glares up to him before conjuring cereals into her bowl, which confused the hell out of Naruto, as he couldn't remember doing or saying anything worth this hostility. Sure he loved seeing Miss Martian screaming her head off at him, but he did that deliberately. He hadn't even tried to annoy his new roommate off.
He sat down on the third side of the table to his seat. He already had a steaming cup of tea waiting for him.
"Did you finish your practice?" Zatarra asked while folding his newspaper.
"I meditated most of the night." He answered and took his mug. He noticed that it was suddenly cold and noticed satisfied smirk on Zatannas face. "Couldn't we already begin my real training, sensei?"
"Meditation is real training." Zatarra said calmly. "As I already said, you must learn to control and concentrate. Two things you should never lose."
"But I feel like my powers are withering away if I'm not using them!" He complained.
"Fine. I notice that your tea is cold." He nodded. "Heat it and drink it. If you can do that, I will reconsider your training, yes?"
He grinned excitedly. "Sure thing, sensei!" He took a deep breath and concentrated. Summoning his demonic powers he slowly started to transfer it into his cup. Slowly, slowly he could feel his fingers heating up. Then his palm. But he stopped before they would flame. He wanted heat. Not flame. And it kept heating and heating and heating and CHRACK! His cup shattered into pieces and boiling water splashed over his pants and shirt.
Zatanna was laughing at him while her father only frowned. "See, he can't even heat his own tea! I could do that when I was five!" She laughed.
"Zatanna! That's enough." Zatarra scolded her daughter who answered by glaring at him, but stopped. Meanwhile teacher turned towards his pupil. "As you see you still lack concentration." He quickly conjured the cup back together and a tea pot pouring him some more. "You have great potential as a magician. Much, much raw power inside you, but at first you will dedicate your training to learning how to concentrate. Understood?"
"Yes, sensei." He muttered and stood up.
"Where are you going?" Zatanna asked, still very satisfied grin on her face.
"Ooh nowhere. Red Tornado from the Justice League asked me and rest of the team drop by." He answered back truthfully without boasting, but for some reason girl just flipped. She slammed her hands into the table and stormed out.
"Zatanna! Zatanna! Get back here this instant!" Her father yelled and rushed after her, leaving very confused Naruto by himself. "Wow." He muttered as he headed to the shower.
Zatanna slammed her door so hard that she believed everyone in the building heard it. She then spelled it to lock itself, keeping her father yelling outside. She buried her face into her pillows and started cursing everything she could think off. Especially her new 'family member' as her father had put it when he had first introduced him.
In all fairness, boy hadn't done anything wrong. Had been very polite and even nice to talk to. She could easily she herself friends with him. Except that he had stolen everything she had ever wanted! She should be on this team of teen heroes! She had all the right qualities! Her father was a member of the actual League. He had taught her magic long as she could remember. She had been fighting crime (in secret) for years! She had really believed she had worn her father down in the matter but then comes this mr. 'I saved bank load of people and paraded my ninja skills in nine o'clock news!' and 'I will be living with you now, taking lessons from your father and become a hero while you just sit here in your room alone'! Creep couldn't even show his face but kept that damn hood pulled over his face like damn Orange Arrow!
UNFAIR ! ! ! !
"Recognized: Foxfire: B08." Computer in the Cave voiced when Naruto exited the tube. He saw Superboy, Aqualad and Miss Martian waiting by the center of the room by the computers. "KF and Robin not here yet?" He asked and others turned to face him.
"Any minute now."Aqualad answered.
"What do you think he wants?" He wondered as he watched map others had displayed in the air.
"Perhaps a mission." Martian suggested hopefully, but Foxfire didn't seem convinced.
"Hopefully something. I'm dying of boredom." Superboy muttered as he followed Red Tornados logo moving across the map.
Foxfire looked at Aqualad. "Had nice morning in Star City?" He asked with a stingy voice.
"We tried to talk Speedy into joining our team." Atlantian explained. "Unsuccessfully."
"That was a shocker." Foxfire muttered. "What Green Arrow told me, that guy is stubborn and angry as hell. And we already have one of those." He glanced at Superboy who narrowed his eyes fended.
"You talk with Green Arrow?" He asked. "I thought your teacher was Zatarra?"
"He is. But for some reason, Arrow just keeps calling me and asking how I'm doing."
Kryptonian teenager didn't say anything but Naruto did see him tightening his jaw a bit, and wasn't really sure why. God, people and their emotions. SO hard! Back with the League if you had any kind of emotion you just killed it. "When are those two coming in?"
And just then the pair appeared out of the tube, excited like children in the Christmas morning. "Did you ask him? What did he say?"
"He is arriving just now." Aqualad answered with a smile. He too was starting to feel excited. They hurried outside to meet up with their 'den mother' to hear the news he was brining.
They watched in unison as Red Tornado landed front of them. "Greetings." He said with his mechanical voice. "Is there a reason why you have intercepted me outside the Cave?"
"We thought you had a mission for us." Aqualad answered on behalf of others.
"Mission assignments are Batmans responsibility." He said.
"But it has already been a week-" Robin tried to argue but Red Tornado cut him off immediately.
"You will be tested soon enough." He said firmly. "For the time being, simply enjoy each other's company."
"This team is not a social club." Aqualad shot back and others obviously agreed.
"No. But I'm told that social interaction is important team building exercise. Perhaps you can keep busy by familiarizing yourselves with the Cave." He walked passed them.
"Keep busy." He heard Wally complain.
"Does he think we're falling for this?" He asked.
"It's not that bad is it?" Naruto smiled under his hood and didn't notice dark looks he received from his team mates.
"I can figure it out!" Miss Martian offered and tried reading Red Tornados mind until realized that it failed which.
"Nice try though." Wally comforted her quickly and stepped only inches away from her face. "You know what I'm thinking right now?" Trying to sound coy.
"We all are knowing what you're thinking now." Robin elbowed him into back.
Naruto looked at Aqualad wihle others continued to picker. "Is he always like that?"
"I'm afraid Wally is always a bit…"
"Horny?" Blond teenager suggested.
"This coming from a guy who tied a woman to a light pulp and-"
"I think we should tour the clubhouse." Aqualad cut him off before he would reveal something very unnecessary to their only female team mate whom already considered their shadowy friend to be less than honorable.
Luckily Miss Martian hadn't noticed anything weird just now and offered to be a tour guide with Superboy.
"Don't look at me." He said quickly when others glanced at him.
"We won't." Wally assured him while learning closer on Miss Martian.
They ventured the whole mountain through the front door all the way to the back. "The Cave is actually the whole mountain." Martian explained excitedly.
"It was carved by Superman and Green Lantern during the early days of the League." Wally explained further.
"Then why to abandon it to the Hall of Justice?" Superboy asked confused.
"Caves secret location was compromised." Aqualad explained.
"So they traded it to a tourist trap? Yeah, that makes sense."
"Actually it does make perfect sense." Everyone looked at Naruto when he took a step forward. "It makes perfect sense for them to trade it into that tourist trap."
"How you figured that one?" Robin asked.
"During my previous career," He cleared his throat suddenly. "We didn't see Hall of Justice just as a 'tourist trap'. We saw it as a beacon of hope."
"Beacon?" Martian asked. "What do you mean?"
"You know… 'long as this place stand the world will have heroes to protect it' kind of thing."
Aqualad rubbed his chin in thought. "That is very deep, but also accurate, Foxfire."
"I'm still not convinced." Superboy said quietly.
"If bad guys do know about this place, we need to be on constant guard." Miss Martian pointed out worriedly.
Robin hurried to move in by taking her hand. "Bad guys know we know they know so they wouldn't even dream of looking here."
Miss Martian only blinked at this. "Wha…?"
Wally tackled his friend out of the way. "He means: we're hiding on plain sight."
"Oh. I get that." She smiled brightly.
Then Superboy started sniffing the air. "I smell smoke."
"My cookies!" Miss Martian shrieked and flew into the kitchen hurriedly while others followed. Naruto stayed behind and kept looking at the hangar for a while. "So, this is going to be my life now." He said quietly while trying to get a hang of the whole 'teen spirit' floating around. He could remember his old 'team' when he was half his current age and they had been more adult than this lot.
He then joined others at the kitchen just when Superboy stormed away. "JUST STAY OUT! ! !"
"What's with the Superemo?" He asked.
Miss Martian lowered her head in shame. "I… accidentally read his mind." She answered while others were uncomfortably silent.
Others half waited him to make some stupid joke that would make Miss Martian, or Megan as she had introduced her earth name, screech in rage or something but instead frowned slightly. "I see." He muttered and looked at the frying pan. "That aside, what did you make? Some martian cuisine?"
"Those are cookies." She answered.
Then everyone saw his lips curl into a soft smile. "I'm afraid these are not cookies by earth standard, but thank you." She felt conflicted about that comment. "But in here, coal is not considered good."
"Those are not coal!" She yelled angrily.
It was amazing how things could turn out. One moment they were enjoying a friendly chat in Megans ships, the next the ship was being twirled around in a hurricane.
"Get out of the hurricane!" Naruto yelled. "Martian!"
"I-it's Megan!" She screamed back. "A-and shut up! I'm trying to concentrate!" She managed to lead the ship out of the raging wind and park if over the Happy Harbor power plants parking lot. The team jumped out of the ship.
"Robin!" Aqualad yelled over the noise. "Are tornados common in New England? !"
They turned around but noticed how he was already gone. "But he was already here." Megan said confused.
"Foxfire is gone too!" KF yelled. "Where did they go? !"
They were inside the power plant fighting this big red robot or something that was cause of all this. He just sent a tornado at Robin who was sent flying back. He was about to hit the wall when Foxfire, his mask on appeared behind him and caught in mid air and brought them both down.
"Thanks." Robin said quickly.
"Don't mention it." He answered. "Where are the others?"
Rest of the team rushed to the scene and they began their fight with the tornado creating guy named Mr. Twister. While others rushed in, Naruto leaped back, doing what came naturally to him. It had taken years for him to learn never to rush into battle with an enemy. And he knew he was right this time when Superboy tried to break in through the front and was sent flying to the wall, almost breaking it. Then KF tried to the robot into chest but was sent outside. Miss Martian and Aqualad tried to attack together but were sent back too before they even reached him.
"I was prepared to challenge a superhero." Mr. Twister taunted them. "I was not expecting children."
"We're not children!" Robin yelled as he threw his batarang and decoy. Twister blocked the decoy, but the batarang landed in his chest but he simply flicked it away.
"Technically you are." He said while he did so, but before he could continue, Foxfire appeared behind him with a raised kunai which he brought down but it hardly made a dent. "Nice try." Twister said mockingly and sent him flying at the roof. Others saw him banging at the ceiling before starting to fall.
"Miss Martian!" Aqualad yelled and she hurried to catch him.
Foxfire felt himself freefalling towards high concrete and was trying to shift his body in a way to soften his landing when Miss Martian pushed him aside while others continued to fight but being blown away at the same time. By the time she landed, they were only ones left. "What should we do?" She asked quickly, even forgetting that she was paired with the one person she could ever hate.
Thinking quickly, Naruto formed a plan. It was simple. Miss Martian would go first and keep Twister occupied while he would sneak around the back and this time he would cut the tubes in its back. He considered that the plan was so obvious that he didn't even need to tell it to her. Only charge forward. "Wait! What are you doing?"
Okay here is a good time to point out something about Naruto, who was trained to work under conditions where communication was limited to the minimum. So when someone suddenly yelled 'wait' he instantly thought that something was wrong so he stopped and looked at Miss Martian who was only looking at him, not knowing what she was supposed to be doing. And that one second was long enough for his opponent to aim a controlled tornado at him. He felt his body flying in the air and last thing he heard before losing all consciousness were the words "Foxfire!" Miss Martian was actually worried about him. He felt quite pleased with himself when he hit the wall and felt the blinding pain before losing all consciousness.
"Fox! Fox! Are you alright?" He cracked his eyes open to see Robin over him. "You're alright?"
"Of course. Just blacked out for a minute there." He whispered when he helped him stand up. Others were already heading out. "You go. I'll follow."
"Don't be too long." Robin tried to sound confident. "We'll beat this guy without you if you do."
"Like you could without the awesome me." He smirked under his mask even if he felt like his back was killing him. Slowly forcing his body to move, he started to feel better and soon he was already running. Just as he reached the door of the plant, he saw how Twister created an explosion that threw everyone else back. Wind shook even him and he had to reach for a corner to stay standing up. When he came to, he saw Superboy doing something superstupid and leaped straight towards a guy who can easily send him flying away. Which he did with a lightning. The moron came crushing down.
Naruto watched stunned when Twister started descending, lighting coming from his hands. He didn't know what came over him, but he sprung into action. "Hey, big red moron!" He threw two shurikens at him which twirled in arcs. Man turned his attention on him and simple blew them away. "Is this it? What's left of your little 'team'?"
"We're just getting started!" Firefox yelled and quickly reviewed his options. He had kunai and shurikens, but they were ineffective. He had his magic, but he didn't think he could use a spell effective and reliable enough to defeat this guy. Which left only few options. "I'm the team ace!" He yelled at him. "Those are just my lackeys I use to humor me. I'm the one you should be worried about!"
"Ooh, that's humoring!" Twisters laugh echoed as he hovered front of him. "So, what are you going to do, oh great ace! ?"
"What should I do, but this!" He threw another kunai which too was simply blown away and the robot was ready to taunt his opponent when suddenly chains shot out of the ground and wrapped themselves around its feet. "How about this!"
"Impressive." He admitted. "So you were a magic-user. I have to admit, that I had no idea. But chains of this level won't do anything to me." And he shot a lighting that shattered the chain and they fell to the ground. "Now it's my turn!" He shot another lighting at him which he barely managed to dodge. It was followed by series of lightings which he dodged. Barely. Two of them even scraped him.
Unnoticed by neither of them, Miss Martian saw this as her chance and summoned her bio-ship in stealth mode to cover her and rest of the team while Foxfire was keeping Twister busy. They couldn't fight like this. Not when everyone else was unconscious. Also, she needed to save Foxfire before it was too late. But how? She couldn't shout at him. And they had said that telepathy was rude in this world. Hello, Megan! She mentally slapped herself. It would far worse to let their enemy to defeat their teammate. She looked at Foxfire and concentrated to link them all mentally. "Foxfire! Do you hear me? !" She saw how Fox physically flinched so hard that he forgot to dodge and a lightning scraped his hand. "Argh!" He yelled painfully and clutched his arm.
"Had enough, you ace?" Twister laughed.
"I must have concision or something. I'm hearing voices in my head." Naruto shot back and held his arm.
"No. It's me! Megan. I mean Miss Martian! I have just linked us both mentally so we can hear each other's thoughts." Megan explained quickly.
"You mean to tell me that you can hear my thoughts. Wow. That's cool!"
"Well, I think it's actually quite normal, but we can talk about that later! All you need to know now is, I've covered rest of the team with my ship so he can't find us. You need to come here too without alerting him! Can you do that?"
Fox smirked under his mask. "I know I can." He put his hand behind his back and pulled a flash bang that covered blinded Mr. Twister momentarily. By the time he had his sight back, Fox was already gone. And so were others. "I see." He muttered. "So his plan all along was to buy time for his little friends to escape. Pathetic. I DON'T HAVE TIME TO PLAY HIDE AND SEEK WITH YOU SO LISTEN CAREFULLY! ! ! CROSS ME AGAIN AND I WILLNOT SHOW MERCY! ! !" He roared before flying away. Foxfires eyes followed his going through the eyeholes of his mask. There was something… familiar with it. With those techniques and movement. Then he turned his attention to his arm, which had a bad burn. He didn't know if he could use it for a while. Meanwhile the rest of the team were struggling to stand up again.
"What happened?" Wally asked.
"I placed the bio-ship between us." Megan explained to others and Naruto was about to actually congratulate her of her ingenuity when Superboy had a fit and took it out on the rocks front of him, by starting to bound them angrily.
"And that's supposed to make it right! ?" He yelled accusingly. "You tricked us believing that Twister was Red Tornado?"
"What?" Naruto asked quickly and looked at others. "How long was I out?" But no one answered.
"She didn't do it on purpose!" Aqualad hurried to defend Miss Martian.
"It was a rookie mistake." Robin agreed and Naruto rolled his eyes but stopped in the middle and started to think. No wonder that guy was so familiar. His movements were similar to Red Tornados! But not quite enough to make him believe that he was himself. Perhaps a distant cousin or something. Meanwhile others kept throwing excuses in Megans behalf until Wally told her to hit the showers. "We'll take it from here." He assured her.
"Stay out of our way!" Superboy said harshly and rushed after Twister. Then Wally and finally Robin.
Megan watched them go, feeling miserable. "I… just… wanted to be part of the team." She mumbled sadly and bowed her head.
Aqualad stood there, rubbing his head uncomfortably. "To be honest, I don't think we have a team." He walked past her but turned her head towards Fox. "Are you coming?"
"In a minute." He assured him and watched him run after rest of the 'team'.
Then it was only Miss Martian and Foxfire. "Well, look how things turned out." He said with a light tone, but his eyes kept glancing at her kneeling in the ground.
"P-please. For once!" She said almost in tears. "Could you please for once just be quiet! ?"
Foxfire rubbed his head for a minute before doing something totally unexpected and lowered his hood, revealing his blond hair. But his mask was still on. "What are you going to do now, Miss Martian… no Megan?"
She flinched at hearing her earth name and looked up. "I… I don't know… I just… I… don't know." She lowered her head.
"When Robin said that you made a rookie mistake, he wasn't lying. But do you know what's the difference between you and anyone else in the League?"
"What?" She asked suddenly. "What do you mean? They are stronger, more experienced-"
"Unimportant." He said quickly and took a hold of his hood again and started to pull it up. "After making a mistake, they won't mope in the ground but try to fix it." He offered his hand for her. "So are you going to just lie there while others are being beaten to the ground or… are you part of this team?"
Her eyes widened in shock when she realized that this was almost exactly like the scene from 'Hello, Megan!' when Megan screwed up badly and others were angry at her, expect this one boy who helped her stand up on the football field. She gulped and tried to push those thoughts away. She looked up to his mask and slowly took the offered hand and allowed herself to be pulled up. "T-thanks. I… needed that." She brushed her hair nervously and found herself even following the lines from the scene. "W-what should we do, Nate – I mean Foxfire?"
He raised an eyebrow to this but didn't comment on the slip. Who's Nate anyway? He took a quick recap of what he knew. "I was taught that during situations like this, best thing to do is take a step back and calmly make next plan of action."
"Wow… that's like… so unlike you."
"You don't even know me. How do you know what's me and what's not?" 'Okay, few years ago, I would have run after others to take my enemy head on, but I'm not twelve anymore.'
"Oh… right. Yeah." She chuckled nervously. "Sorry. But others…"
"They will be okay." He assured her. "One of them is near indestructible, other runs faster than the wind, third can go underwater and last one was trained by Batman. Those four should be able to hold few moments."
"So… what now?"
"I will go after others and try to keep them alive. You – even if it pains me to do so – contact the Cave and ask Red Tornado if he has any intel on our foe and regroup with us afterwards."
Megan nodded satisfied when Nate – I mean Foxfire run after others… just like Nate from Hello, Megan had after cheering Megan up. "That was one of my favorite episodes." She whispered when she remembered how Nate and Megan kissed before the ending credits. She blushed bright red before shaking her head. There were so many reasons why that wouldn't work out. Like one, Foxfire wasn't Nate, a handsome school jockey but annoying creep who did everything in his power to make her mad… like Nate had in the series… NO! ! ! Stop this now, Megan, she told herself! Nate didn't hide his face from his friends or acted like a creepy weirdo all the time! That was the second reason, not showing his face. Three… he was… he was… Foxfire! There was no way she would have a crush on a guy whose face she hadn't seen. Not when there were Superboy, Aqualad or even Robin and Wally out there.
But when Foxfire disappeared from her sight, she knew that she could grade her friends later. Now she had a job to do!
Naruto arrived at the scene when the whole Happy Harbor was in wreck. Twister was doing his meaningless destruction while trying to fight the team of teen heroes who were being pushed back all along. Right then, Wally came flying at him hard. "Not again." He sighed as he leaped high into air and caught him before he could hit anything.
"Thanks." Wally said quickly. "What took you so long?"
"I was grooming myself. What's it to you?" He shot back before they leaped away when a tornado almost hit them. "We need to actually form a plan, shouldn't we! ?"
"More easily said than done!" He yelled back over the noise. Just then Superboy came crashing between them but stood up easily and charged in for more.
"And they called Megan a rookie." He muttered before looking at stepping front of Twister himself. "Hey! Moron! Remember me!"
"You again, you weak magic user!" Twister laughed. "What do you hope to accomplish? More of those chains of yours? Or another lame flashbang?"
"None of the above!" He smirked when Aqualad appeared behind Twister with his water-maze and slammed it into Twister head and made him stumble few steps before sending him flying away next to Superboy. Then he turned just in time to see rain of kunais impelling his armor. "Useless!" He yelled and ripped them all out. "Is that really the best you can do? !"
"Then how about this!" He raised his palm and another chain shot out of the ground, wrapping itself around Twisters leg.
"This is just the same little trick like last time. Not even worth my time." He simply dodged it but then felt few explosions on his back where Robin was using his utility belt. "You're just making me angry you petty distraction!" He yelled and blew them both away hard.
This time, Fox was able to turn in the air and land on the ground.
"All you of you!" He heard Megans voice in his head suddenly and he clutched it. "About bloody time." He muttered to himself.
"Sorry but it took little longer than expected." Megan answered and Naruto realized that she had heard him.
"What did we tell you! ?" Superboy screamed on the line.
"I know, and I know I messed up but now I'm very clear on what we need to do. Please trust me!"
Naruto smirked to himself when he heard the plan. Miss Martian had come up with. "Way to go, teammate."
At that moment, Megan was glad that others couldn't feel or see her blushing after that compliment. "Okay, let's do this!"
It was a good plan. First Miss Martian disguised as Red Tornado and was 'defeated' but lured him close. Then KF kicked him into back, right into Superboys warm fist parade. He kept pounding robots chest time after time. But when Twister managed to block one of his attacks, Foxfire appeared between them and planed his palm against his chest. Remembering the control and concentration and what he had done during breakfast, he heated his palm hot as he could and it melted through the armor. Twister let go of Superboy, to prevent any more damage being dealt with but Superboy punched him one more time which sent into the ocean where Aqualad shot him with a good doze of electricity, sending him back onto land where Miss Martian first ripped it into part and Robin sent couple of batarangs that landed on its back and exploded. It came crashing down.
The team gathered front of the robot. "Do we get to sell these pieces to a junk yard?" Foxfire and earned a humored grins from both sides.
Then the Twisters chest opened and some old useless guy came out calling a 'foul'. "Can he do that?" Wally asked from Robin who shrugged.
"I think that's pretty hypocritical for a villain to say such-" Robin stopped when Miss Martian raised a boulder and dropped it on top of this pilot. Aqualad tried to stop him, but it was too late. It came crashing down.
Foxfire looked at the scene. "Okay, that's a foul, right? We aren't supposed to do that, right?"
"He is right!" Robin screamed. "We don't know how things are in Mars, but here, we don't execute our captives!"
But instead, Megan smirked quite pleased of herself. "You said you trusted me." And raised the boulder off, revealing a bunch of pieces of robot disguised as a pilot. "That's why I couldn't read his mind."
Wally took a mechanical eyeball and raised it to inspection. "Cool! A souvenir." He flipped it into air before snatching it away.
"We should have had more faith in you." Kaldur apologized from Megan.
"Yeah, you rocked this mission!" Wally yelled excitedly. "Get it? Rocked?"
"Ignore him. We're just glad you're in the team." Robin agreed.
"Thanks, me too." She looked around at others when she noticed Foxfire going through Mr. Twisters body. "W-what about you, Foxfire? What did you think?"
"Nah." He shrugged. "It'll do I suppose." He said bored when he found another part to inspect and looked at it very intensively. "For a girls job, I mean."
"What! ?" She shrieked shocked. "Y-y-y-you're such a JERK! ! She screamed loudly and others hurried to calm her down. "I was a fool to even think that you could be a – be a… nice person! JERK!"
When she stormed away, Wally and Robin hurried after her, telling how stupid Fox was and how he was wrong and all that.
Meanwhile Aqualad kneeled next to Foxfire to inspect the pieces too. "You don't have to do this, you know."
"Do what?" He asked quickly.
"You wear a mask, but it does not hide everything. You helped her up when she was feeling down and now you're helping her and the rest of us through this tension by your buffoonery. You needn't do that, Foxfire. You are part of this team so don't try to bear everyone's burden by yourself." He turned to leave as well
"Naruto." He said suddenly and Aqualad stopped in his tracks. "My name is Naruto." He said again and stood up.
Atlantean turned around and placed his hand over his chest to a greeting. "And my name is Kaldur'ahm, but you may call me Kaldur. It's an honor to meet you."
"Likewise." He bowed his head. "But I am who I am. But I'll work on my communications skills. This is, after all the first team where I don't need to be afraid of assassination every time I turn my back."
"No, you don't."
They gave their last report to Red Tornado and everyone started return to their homes. "Speedy was so wrong." Wally smirked.
"This team thing…" Agreed Robin.
"Might just work." Aqualad said lastly.
Superboy followed them, but not before looking at Miss Martian. It seemed that clone of a man who can do anything had hard time just saying: "Sorry." Before practically running after others. She smiled after seeing something so cute.
"Wait! Everyone!" They halted in the middle of their steps and turned towards at Naruto whose lips had turned into an unsatisfied grin. "Aren't you guys forgetting something?"
Everyone looked at each other confused and shrugged. "What?"
Naruto raised his fist and Three Stooges understood the meaning and smiled. Quickly making their way back to the center of the room, they too raised their fists. Naruto gave a satisfied nod. "These are important." Then they turned towards two remaining team mates. "Are you guys part of this team or not?"
Megan tried to held back a smile, seeing how Nate had been exactly like that in the show. The force that kept schools football team going when others were down. She mentally slapped herself, reminding how mean and what jerk he was… exactly like Nate! NO! Bad Megan!
Meanwhile Superboy, even if it took a moment too, stepped forward and raised his fist with others. Even for him this felt… right and good.
Then, lastly Miss Martian stepped forward and raised her fist as well. "Go team." She said with a smile.
They shared excited grins and smirks and even Naruto had to be genuinely excited. This team just might work.
"So, how was your day?" Asked Zatarra when they were at the dinner table.
"You must've heard." Naruto answered. "Team kicked ass." He noticed disapproving scowl on his teachers face. "Butt?" He offered quickly.
"What I heard, the team got it's butt kicked." Zatanna shot back, trying not to sound too petty.
"Zatanna, that's enough." Her father scolded her and she huffed angrily. "Do you see it that way?"
"No." He answered truthfully. "I mean, our team is still young and we will have lot of work ahead of us, but we are slowly beginning to work as one."
Zatarra was obviously satisfied with his answer and nodded. "But that's not all I learned."
"Oh?" He raised an eyebrow with his cup of coffee. "Please, share what you have learned."
"Nothing special. Just this." He extended his arm over the table so his fingertip touched the cup. Zatarra felt it freezing in his hand. Or rather… warmth being sucked out by the finger. His steaming cup of coffee had frozen solid. "And that's not all." He saw his students excited smile when the cup started heating up and just like it had been frozen, it melted and started steaming but didn't boil over.
"Impressive." Zatarra admitted as he examined his work. "First you absorbed all heat from the cup and then you melted it but with enough control not to break my cup or boil it over." He placed it on the plate. "And just this morning you broke a cup. You indeed have great promise in you."
This was enough showing off for Zatanna and she stormed out of the kitchen furious. She was so going on bad guy hunting. It was perfect way to blow some steam.
Meanwhile, all too confused Zatarra wrapped their conversation with words: "I believe it is time to take your training step forward."
Naruto couldn't held back his smile. This was AWESOME! ! !
A/N: Okay, this is something I just cooked up, while watching this series and wanted to give it a shot. IF I started writing it (it would be after finishing one of my other fics) the plot would change a LOT but this is what it basically be. Naruto being part of the team. Tell me your thoughts.