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Author's Note: This chapter...was fast! I'm not going to keep you waiting here. Here's chapter two! Enjoy :)
Two years later…
"Iruka-sensei, it's time for class to be over! Can we go now?"
Umino Iruka, instructor at the Konoha Shinobi Academy, looked up at the clock in his classroom. It was indeed time for class to end for the day. Before he dismissed his students, though, he had an announcement to give.
"I'll let you all out for the day soon, don't worry. But before I do, I want to remind you guys that because tomorrow is a special day, class tomorrow will be canceled." He explained.
Most of the academy students started to cheer loudly at the prospect of having no class. One student, however, was confused.
"Sensei, what do you mean? What's so special about tomorrow?" He asked.
Before Iruka could answer, one of the other classmates, Inuzuka Kiba, let out a loud scoff.
"You don't know? What, do ya live under a rock?" The Inuzuka laughed to himself. "Tomorrow's the day where the Sandaime steps down and the Godaime replaces him."
Iruka was about to lecture Kiba about his tone of voice and attitude, but he was again interrupted by more cries of confusion from the other students.
"We're getting a new Hokage?"
"Why did I not know about this?"
'It's been known for two years…and I've been talking about this all week…I swear, do any of my students pay attention to anything?' The Academy Instructor sighed in frustration.
"Yeah, the old man decided he wanted to put someone else in charge. Someone a lot younger." Uzumaki Naruto said loudly, getting everyone's attention.
"Oh be quiet Naruto! Like you knew about this if I didn't!" One of his fellow students, a girl with brown hair, said as she rolled her eyes.
"Hey Mai, you don't know shit! Don't act like your smart or anything." Naruto exclaimed. In response, the girl, Mai, reddened in anger. Before she could do anything about his comments, Naruto continued to speak. "The Godaime is going to be some black haired guy named Itachi."
"He's my brother."
All eyes were then directed towards Uchiha Sasuke. The boy, usually sitting quietly in his seat until class ended, was standing up.
"Oh yeah, that's right. Old man Sandaime mentioned that to me. I forgot about that." Naruto said, rubbing the back of his head sheepishly.
Sasuke nodded in response. "The Sandaime has been training my brother for the past two years in all of the duties of the position. Today, he's finally ready to succeed him."
Immediately after Sasuke's comment, nearly all of the kunoichi rushed over to Sasuke's seat. Most of them were blushing and a few of them even appeared to have 'hearts' in their eyes.
"Of course your brother would be Hokage, Sasuke-kun." Ino said dreamily.
"Maybe you'll be the Rokudaime after him!" Mai added in a similar dreamy tone.
"…whatever." Sasuke rolled his eyes in response as he backed away from the girls. "…can I get going now?"
"Hey, I'm the one going to be Rokudaime! Get in like Sasuke!" Naruto exclaimed loudly.
Naruto's female classmates turned their attention away from Sasuke and towards Naruto. They all glared at the blonde, releasing a sizable amount of killing intent at the boy. Sasuke took this opportunity to get out of his chair and away from the girls. He then started to walk to the door.
"You can have the position Naruto. Being the 'Hokage' is Itachi's thing. Not mine." The Uchiha boy said dismissively. Naruto's eyes widened slightly in response, but Sasuke paid it no mind. He, instead, turned his head towards Iruka. "Iruka-sensei, may I be excused?"
Iruka blinked in response before nodding. "Yes, class is dismissed. Have a good day!"
Sasuke bowed before leaving the room. The other academy students followed behind one-by-one. Naruto, too, walked out of the room slowly. The blonde, however, was deep in thought.
'Sasuke seemed upset when we talked about the Hokage.' Naruto noted with a frown on his face. '…why would it bother him, though? What would upset him about it?'
'This is the place…' Itachi noted a sign of a building as he walked into it.
Itachi entered a small teashop near the Konoha Ninja Academy. The young man walked up, ordered a cup of tea, and sat down at an empty table. He then stared at the door.
A few minutes passed and Itachi received his cup of tea. The door then opened up to the shop and another man walked into the room. He was an old man with black shaggy hair. He had bandages covering his forehead and his right eye. He had a white shirt on with a black robe over it that covered his right arm. The man walked over to the counter with a cane and ordered a cup of a tea. Itachi mentally tensed at the sight of the man, but he had no outwardly reaction.
After receiving his tea, the man walked over to Itachi's table and sat down.
"Thank you for coming at my request Itachi. I hope I didn't keep you waiting for too long." He told the Uchiha.
Itachi shook his head in response. "I was only here for a few minutes. Don't worry about it Danzō-sama."
The crippled man, Danzō, nodded in response. The two men took a sip of their tea in near unison. Silence filled the table for a few seconds before Itachi started to speak.
"Forgive me for asking, but what exactly did you want to talk about today? It's unusual for you to plan a meeting with someone. Especially during the day." Itachi noted with a neutral tone of voice.
"Your schedule is going to be filled in the next few days. I felt like I should talk to you while I had the opportunity." Danzō commented. "How do you feel, Itachi? Tomorrow is your big day."
"I've been training for this day the past two years. I feel ready." Itachi responded.
"You're not nervous at all?" He questioned.
"Why would I be?" The Uchiha asked.
"Being Hokage is a stressful position. I'm sure Hiruzen has gotten that point across." The crippled man noted as he stared at his tea. "The entire village is going to be your responsibility. It'll be your duty to keep this village safe." Danzō's eyes left his tea and glared at the Uchiha. "The entire village: not just your clan."
Itachi matched his glare with one of his own. "I realize that. I'll do my best."
"But is your best enough?" Danzō questioned, eyes going back to his tea. He took a sip before speaking again. "A prodigy you may be, but you are also young and inexperienced in the world of politics."
"The Yondaime was also young when he was chosen to become Hokage." Itachi pointed out.
"As was the Yondaime Mizukage. I'm pretty sure we all know how well that decision worked out for Kiri." Danzō retorted.
Itachi frowned. Kirigakure appointed the Yondaime Mizukage, Yagura, when he was seventeen years old. Ten years had passed since his appointment and the village of Kirigakure had fallen into a period of bloodshed and civil war due to the leadership of Yagura.
Itachi pushed his teacup to the side of the table and glared at the crippled man. "Danzō, what exactly are you wanting to talk to me about? Are you trying to threaten me in some way or something?"
Danzō let out a small chuckle. "Threaten? No, of course not. I'm not one for threats: I simply act when I see a need for action." The man then glared back at Itachi. "I just wanted to remind you of the importance of the position of Hokage. Your life is forfeit now. You belong to Konoha. Konoha's safety and power are all that should matter to you. I trust you will be able to act in the best interests of the village."
The Uchiha nodded, not dropping his gaze. "I will give my all for this village."
The older man's glare intensified. "For Konoha's sake, I hope it is enough. Just remember that what is in the best interest of the village may not always be…the most ethical of decisions."
Danzō got out of his chair and picked up his teacup. Bidding farewell to the Uchiha, he proceeded to walk out of the restaurant. Itachi was left alone at his table.
"…what is he planning?" Itachi mumbled to himself as he got out of his own chair.
Itachi left the teahouse as well and headed back home. He was going need to get as much rest as he could. Tomorrow was going to be a big day for him…
The next day came quickly for the people of Konoha. Celebration filled the streets of the village as villagers crowded around the Hokage's Mansion. Many were buying decorations, food, and other items to commemorate the day while they wait for the inauguration of the Godaime.
Inside the mansion, Uchiha Itachi was getting prepared for the inauguration in a locked room. His parents, Mikoto and Fugaku, his younger brother Sasuke, and his best friend Shisui were all waiting outside of the room impatiently for the soon-to-be Godaime. After a while, Itachi walked out dressed in the robes of the Hokage.
Fugaku smiled proudly at his eldest son. "Itachi, the robes suit you. You look like a true kage."
"I'll say!" Shisui added with a playful smirk. "Looking good Itachi."
Itachi smiled in response back. "Thank you-"
"Now all we have to do is get you a little more personality, lest we have to live under the reign of the most boring Hokage in the history of ever!" Shisui added.
Itachi's smile dropped and he gave a glare at his best friend. Shisui and Sasuke proceeded to laugh loudly at Shisui's joke. Fugaku chuckled lightly as well. Mikoto, however, ignored the laughing boys and walked over to her son. The woman had tears of joy in her eyes as she gazed at him.
"Itachi…you look so dashing, so handsome." Mikoto told her son as she gave him a hug. "I'm so proud of you…"
Her eldest son returned the hug and rubbed her back gently. "Mother…"
"I can hardly believe it! My little baby boy is the Hokage!" Mikoto tightened her hug on Itachi. "I remember back when you were just a year or two old and you stole your father's forehead protector! You tried to so hard to get it on your head like him but you couldn't and you were crying, because you weren't a tough shinobi like your father. And that little baby boy has grown up into the most powerful shinobi in Konoha!"
"Whoa, whoa. What was this about Itachi crying because he couldn't get a forehead protector tied to his head?" Shisui interrupted the moment, his smirk seemingly growing.
Itachi resisted the urge to blush and shook his head. He pulled away from his hug with his mother and gave her a look. "Mother, please, I'd rather not discuss my early childhood right now."
"No, no, go on Mom. What else do you have to say about Itachi?" Sasuke added with a similar smirk to Shisui.
"Ah, Itachi. The robes suit you well!"
All Uchiha clan members in the room turned their heads. Sarutobi Hiruzen entered the room. The man was wearing a black mesh suit instead of the Hokage robes that he was generally seen wearing. He was holding the Hokage's red hat in his hands.
"Sandaime-sama, it's nice to see you." Fugaku bowed to the man. "Is it time for the inauguration."
"Fugaku, I will soon no longer be active Hokage. Just call me Hiruzen." Hiruzen said with a slight chuckle. "And yes, it is indeed time. Are you ready Itachi?"
The Uchiha prodigy nodded in response.
"Then let's get going." The Sandaime suggested before turning to Itachi's family and Shisui. "The four of you may want to head on outside. Make sure you get there before us!"
"Got it." Mikoto nodded in understanding. "Itachi, we are so proud of you!"
"Do us proud, son. This is your day!" Fugaku added.
"Itachi, in all seriousness, you're gonna be the best Hokage we've had." Shisui said with a smile.
Sasuke gave no verbal reply. He gave his brother a thumbs up, which Itachi quickly returned with one of his own.
The Uchiha prodigy's family, along with Shisui, left the room and headed on outside the mansion to join the festivities. Hiruzen and Itachi were left alone. The two men proceeded to walk further into the mansion, heading towards a nearby balcony.
"So, Hiruzen-san, what are you going to do now after you pass on the title to me?" Itachi questioned, making a note to use the Sandaime's name instead of his title.
"Well, I'll have a lot more free time now. Perhaps I'll try and be more involved in the Ninja Academy and try and help train the new generation. I always told myself that if I didn't get the Hokage position, I would have tried to be an academy instructor." Hiruzen answered with a chuckle.
"Only someone like you would have the patience for that job." Itachi responded with a similar laugh.
"Indeed. It takes a lot of patience, but it's definitely worth it. At the very least, it'll be a good way to kill time as I get older and older." The Sandaime noted.
After a minute of walking and some small conversation, Itachi and Hiruzen reached their destination: the balcony doors. Hiruzen walked forward onto the balcony and stood at the end of the balcony. The people of Konoha saw their Sandaime and started to cheer as all eyes focused on him.
Hiruzen delivered a speech, talking about his time as a shinobi and about his reign as the Sandaime. He talked about how his return to the position after the death of the Yondaime and how Konoha has recovered since the Kyūbi attack. He then talked about how the people of Konoha, both civilians and shinobi, were the strongest and most caring throughout the shinobi nations and how it was an honor for him to serve as their leader for so long. His speech received a loud applause from the crowd.
After completing his speech, he turned his attention back, towards Itachi. The Uchiha nodded and proceeded to walk forward. He walked on to the balcony and stood next to Hiruzen. The eyes of the Konoha population turned towards the Uchiha.
"As my time as Hokage ends, I pass on the hat and the authority to the new generation. I trust that Konoha will prosper and grow under a new Hokage." Hiruzen declared as he held out the hat to Itachi. "I present to you your Godaime Hokage, Uchiha Itachi!"
Itachi took the hat from Hiruzen's hands and put it on his head. The reaction was instantaneous: the people of Konoha cheered loudly at the sight of the new Hokage.
'It's happening…this really is happening…' Itachi let a sincere smile cross his lips as he turned his head towards different groups of people in the crowds below him.
The reign of the Godaime Hokage, Uchiha Itachi, has now begun!
The next day, a couple of civilian architects arrived at Hokage Mountain. They were tired and seemed red in the face due to activities from the previous day's celebration, but they were all excited for the day ahead.
"I don't think I partied that hard since the Yondaime's inauguration…damn, that's why I don't drink much anymore." One of the architects noted as he rubbed his head.
"Quit bitching. You got a hangover, just like everyone of age in the village. Big whoop." Another architect retorted, rolling his eyes.
The hungover architect glared in response. "I'm pretty sure mine's worse than most other people. Don't tell me it's not a big deal!"
"Guys, we can't be fighting now. We got a big day ahead of us." A third architect said with a large grin on his face. "Today's the day. We get to work on the head for Godaime-sama and add it to the mountain. We can't have any complainers or negative attitude! We need focus and we need determination!"
All civilian architects, including the two that were arguing, nodded in agreement. The group of architects, after hours of set-up and preparing equipment, reached the faces of the mountain to start construction of the Godaime's face. Just as they arrived and were at the space reserved for the Godaime, they noticed something…
"Hey boss! Someone's covered the entire area here with paint!" One of the architects exclaimed.
The lead architect, the one who rallied his follow workers, rushed over and saw the area for the Godaime's face. It was, indeed, covered in paint. The paint was still slightly wet and depicted a very crude depiction of Itachi's face. Underneath it was written a small phrase: "All hail the Godaime, but just you wait for the Rokudaime! He'll be twice as cool!"
The architect, who had been preaching about positive attitudes, couldn't help but glow red in anger. He had a hunch at the culprit and couldn't help but shout aloud his suspicions. "NARUTO!"
Uzumaki Naruto was, indeed, the culprit. After being notified about his painting, a group of chūnin and jōnin were sent out to capture blonde and bring him to the Hokage to be reprimanded. It took them two hours before they were finally able to trap the academy student and bring him back to the Hokage's office.
'Heh, it keeps taking them longer and longer to catch me! Am I getting better at this stuff or what?' Naruto chuckled to himself.
The blonde was nearly tossed into the Hokage's office by the jōnin that had captured him. Naruto brushed off some dirt on his clothes before coming face-to-face with Itachi.
"Er…" The blonde rubbed the back of his head sheepishly. "Hey…uh…Godaime-sama?"
"…" Itachi sighed in response at seeing the boy's awkward response. "Hello Naruto. Have a seat."
Naruto sat down in a chair in front of Itachi's desk. The boy had a slight nervous look on his face.
"I'm not in trouble, am I? The old man would never punish me too hard for doing anything! He would just tell me to not do it again!" Naruto explained, still rubbing the back of his head.
'…he'd tell you not to do it again, but you would anyway.' Itachi noted, resisting the urge to chuckle.
"I'm not going to punish you Naruto." The newly-appointed Godaime stated.
The Uzumaki immediately sighed in relief. A grin quickly came over his face. "So, then, did you like my paint job? I felt like I captured the real you!"
Itachi actually let a frown come over his face. "You messed up my face."
"What?" Naruto blinked in surprise before shaking his head. "No way! I made sure to study you yesterday dattebayo! There's no way I did!"
"I saw the painting on the mountain. My eyes aren't that narrow, and I don't look that unhappy." Itachi noted.
"It's not unhappy! You look serious! Like…" Naruto closed his eyes, trying to come up with the right wording. "…like you have to fart, but are trying really, really hard to not let it out!"
Itachi immediately face-palmed, unable to resist the urge. '…of all the ways to say that…he reminds me way too much of Shisui…'
"Uh, Godaime-sama…are you okay?" Naruto asked in confusion.
"…I'm fine. Just don't refer to my face like that again please." He requested.
"Sure…whatever." The Uzumaki shrugged in response.
The Uchiha then realized something he wanted to talk to Naruto and changed topics to it. "Naruto, if you don't mind me asking, how are you able to avoid the shinobi for so long?"
"…huh?" Naruto blinked in response.
"I sent both chūnin and jōnin out to bring you here and you avoided them for two hours. How were you able to do that?" Itachi elaborated.
"Oh!" The blonde's eyes widened in realization. "Um…I don't know exactly. I've just been good at hiding and stuff, y'know? I've been practicing it and I'm quick! I'm just hard to catch!"
Itachi remained quiet for a few seconds, trying to understand the blonde's response. A few seconds passed before he spoke up.
"Naruto, from what I understand, you failed the graduation test to become a genin." The Uchiha noted.
Naruto's face immediately stiffened in response. "Hey, I didn't fail it!" He exclaimed defensively. "I was just trying to graduate two years early and they told me I couldn't…so what?"
"I was just trying to wonder how you wouldn't pass the graduation exam if you are able to avoid the pursuit of chūnin and jōnin shinobi." Itachi clarified. "Based on that alone, I feel you should be a genin at least!"
"…really?" Naruto's eyes widened in response at Itachi's praise.
The Uchiha Hokage nodded as he smiled in response. "Try taking the test again early next year. I'm pretty confident you should be able to pass it then."
Naruto's eyes actually started to water slightly. No one, under than the old man, Iruka, and the two workers at Ichiraku's seemed to have any faith in him. Here, the new Hokage was saying that he faith in him as well. The blonde couldn't help but smile in response.
"Heh…I like you Serious-sama!" He exclaimed.
"…'Serious-sama?'" Itachi repeated the phrase with a hint of confusion in his voice.
"Well that's what you are! You're the Godaime and you're always serious. You're Serious-sama!" The blonde explained with the same smile.
Itachi processed his newly-appointed title and the logic behind it and he laughed in response. 'Naruto, you remind me way too much of Shisui. The two of you need to meet at some point!'
"Hey, hey! What's so funny?" Naruto questioned curiously.
"Heh…nothing, nothing. Just thinking." Itachi responded, his laughter dying down. "You're free to head out now Naruto. You're not in trouble: just try and not to do too many pranks. I'd rather not have to have you get dragged to my office every day."
Naruto nodded in response. He got up and was about to head on out the door when he heard his stomach growl loudly. A sheepish looked appeared on his face, which was then followed by a pleading look.
"Um…Serious-sama…the old man would sometimes take me out for ramen at Ichiraku's…would you want to come with me?" He asked.
Itachi closed his eyes in thought as he tried to remember if he had any appointments for the day. A second passed before he realized that he was, indeed, free. "Sure, I wouldn't mind."
A grin developed on Naruto's face as the blonde rushed over and pulled the Godaime out of his desk. The two then left the mansion and headed off to go get dinner together at Ichiraku's.
Naruto and Itachi had just created a bond between a future shinobi and his Hokage: a bond that would change their lives forever.
Omake: Itachi's 'Training'
A day had passed since Hiruzen publically declared Itachi as his successor. Both Hiruzen and Itachi knew that the Uchiha, despite being a prodigy, was not prepared to claim the title of Hokage. The Sandaime would need to train his successor…
The two men met each other in the Hokage's office to begin this training.
"Itachi, it is probably going to be at least a year or two before I feel you are ready to take the hat and my title as Hokage. There are lot of things that you need to know and be capable of before I feel comfortable with you being the Godaime." Hiruzen explained. "You are going to have to become aware of many S-Ranked secrets of Konoha. You're going to have to improve on your understanding of politics and figure out diplomatic responses to foreign and local leaders. You're going to have to become aware of every aspect of this village. And you are going to have to improve on your individual skills. You are indeed talented and are one of the greatest shinobi your generation has improved, but you are going to need to be constantly improving. You need to be ready to face any danger and threat to Konoha that could come at any given moment."
"I understand Hokage-sama." Itachi responded immediately.
"Hiruzen, just call me Hiruzen Itachi." Hiruzen chided before continuing. "Regardless, we have a lot to cover during these 'training' sessions. And I figured the first day of training should be focused on the most difficult aspect of being Hokage!"
Itachi nodded again in understanding. "What do you wish me to work on?"
The Sandaime gestured to his desk. "Have a seat there Itachi."
The Uchiha nodded in response and took a seat at the Hokage's desk. Hiruzen proceeded to pull out a stack of papers from seemingly nowhere and slammed them on the desk.
"…Hokage-sa...er….Hiruzen?" Itachi gave the man a strange look.
"This, is just a sample of the paperwork you must complete as Hokage." Hiruzen said. "Each paper must be studied, read carefully, and then responded to appropriately. You need to be careful. Occasionally, the civilian council will send a paper with a rather idiotic request. You want to make sure you don't accidentally pass a stupid law or something."
"…" Itachi turned his head in confusion.
"I am going to leave you with the paperwork, Itachi. I'll be back in about an hour or so to your progress. Good luck!" Hiruzen said politely before he left the room.
Itachi blinked in response before he turned his attention to the piles of paperwork. "This…is the hardest part of the job?"
The Uchiha prodigy pulled out a piece of paper from the pile and started to study it. "…well, I guess I should start. How hard can this be?"
An hour had passed when Hiruzen returned to the office. When he came into the room, he saw Itachi was studying a sheet of paper with near-bloodshot eyes. Approximately ninety percent of the paperwork he had started with was completed and filed to the side of the desk accordingly.
"Ah, Itachi, how are you doing?" The Sandaime asked cheerfully.
Itachi gave no response. The boy continued to focus on the paper. He soon slammed the paper down on the Hokage's desk, signed it, put it with the piles of completed papers, and then pulled out another sheet.
"You look…stressed." Hiruzen noted.
"…you think?" Itachi finally commented as he continued to focus on his next paper.
A devious smirk developed on the older man's face. "It would be a shame if, well, there was more paperwork that was needed to be done."
Itachi turned away from his paper and stared at the Sandaime in surprise. The Hokage was, indeed, holding another giant stack of paperwork.
"…please…lord of God no…" The Uchiha begged.
"Oh, but you must! It is the duty of the Hokage." Hiruzen chuckled as he placed the new pile of paperwork on the desk.
Seeing the new stacks of paper that needed to be completed, Uchiha Itachi fell backwards in his chair and promptly passed out. Hiruzen started to laugh loudly in response.
"Well, I must say, he responded better than Minato did when he got assigned his first batch of paperwork!" The Sandaime reminisced. "Thankfully, another soul knows the agonizing feeling of paperwork!"
With that thought, Hiruzen left the room to get some tea to pass the time while Itachi was unconscious. The aged shinobi was daydreaming about a life without paperwork and was actually looking forward to the day when Itachi succeeded him and he could finally leave the accursed paperwork behind.
Author's Note: So there we have it: chapter two is complete!
Quick note that I think I should've touched on earlier: the first chapter occurred literally days before the incident with Uchiha Shisui, meaning that yes, he is alive. I know you all could tell that through reading this chapter, but just explaining. Shisui is indeed alive, and he will have a major role in the story's future...
I was really surprised with all the quick and positive reviews and support the story received! Thank you all so much! :) I hope to continue and keep writing a story that pleases you all!
Starting from here on, the story chapters will be getting a bit longer. Just giving that heads up!
So yeah...don't have much else to say now. I will try and update as soon as possible! I'll also have an update for my other story around the same time, if not a little earlier. So yeah, make sure to review and let me know what you liked/didn't like. Any critiques will only help the story improve for you all! I'll see you all at the next chapter! Until then :)