Disclaimer: I do not own any of the Naruto series. All rights are reserved for Kishimoto as the series are his sole you.
Spiky sun-kissed hair stood out among others in the market area of Konoha. Bustling and hustling, civilians and ninjas alike went about their duties. Boisterous market men shouted their products and prices with a large grin on their face. Curious customers went from shop to shop to find what they were looking for. Shinobi are varying ranks headed towards the gates with packs on their back. And unseen to the eye, ANBU forces leapt from building to building, slipping in and out of the shadows.
This is the scene we find Naruto Uzumaki. The blonde haired boy walked with a loopy grin on his face. Whisker-like birthmarks stretched wide to accommodate his smile. Cerulean eyes filled to the brim with eagerness. The boy was short for his age (HEY!) and certainly not the most fashion-forward person (WATCH IT, BUDDY!). Blue sandals led to orange, shin-length trousers. Garbed in a bright orange jacket with blue shoulders and white collars, the newly-minted genin strolled down the street, his hands interlocked around the back of his head. On the forehead where he once wore green goggles, the boy know proudly donned the forehead protector of Konoha. The jubilant boy was unaware of the mild glares sent his way or the wide berth others he passed gave him. No, he couldn't care less about that now. He was finally a ninja, dattebayo!
The boy finally arrived at his destination. In front of him stood a tall red tower. Circular shaped buildings littered the small compound, the most significant of them being the one that bore the insignia of 'Fire', the Hokage's Tower. The boy had woken up early this morning on the others of his new jounin sensei, Kakashi Hatake. According to the silver-haired man, it would seem that the hokage had requested an important meeting with the rookies of this year, so they were to meet in the Hokage's office half an hour past seven.
The boy entered the massive construct, and found himself walking along the curved, green padded hallway towards the office. Several ninjas passed him, some clutching paperwork close to their chests while others merely walking around. His steps echoed slightly throughout the hall, and Naruto soon found himself in front of the large wooden door leading to his destination. Forgoing protocol and general etiquette, he simply pushed the door wide.
"Mornin' Old Man!" the male jinchuuriki greeted his pseudo-grandfather.
Hiruzen Sarutobi was a man long past his prime, his current self a mere shadow to the man who was hailed as the 'God of Shinobi'. But despite his recline in power, the man was still revered as an important figure in Konoha. His once brown spiky hair had washed away to a ashen gray. His tanned tone was now lighter and wrinkles and liver spots adorned his face. A grim expression was etched into his face as he looked at the individuals sitting in front of him in his office.
Varying sets of persons watched with varying emotions running through them. Ranging from fear to slight nervousness to absolute aloofness. Seated closest to the Hokage were eleven children. Each had a different set of gear on but one thing similar about them all were the forehead protectors they wore, signifying them as shinobi of Konoha. These children were: Neji Hyuga, Rock Lee, TenTen, Shikamaru Nara, Choji Akimichi, Ino Yamanaka, Hinata Hyuga, Kiba Inuzuka, Shino Aburame, Sakura Haruno and Sasuke Uchiha. Behind these kids were adults who were all wondering why they were here. These adults included: Might Guy, Asuma Sarutobi, Kurenai Yuhi, Kakashi Hatake, Hiashi Hyuga, Yoshino Nara, Shikaku Nara, Choza Akimichi, Inoichi Yamanaka, Tsume Inuzuka, Shibi Aburame, Kizashi Haruno and Mebuki Haruno.
Each of these adults were the respective jounin sensei and parents of the eleven kids today. The Hokage had requested their presence for some reason only known to himself.
"Hokage-sama, if I may ask, why are we here?" The red eyed Genjutsu Mistress of Konoha asked her aged superior.
"All in due Kurenai. We're waiting for one more person to arrive," Hiruzen answered.
"Ha, never thought I'd see the day when Kakashi is earlier than someone," laughed a bearded man, a lit cigarette in his mouth.
"No doubt that baka would be late," Sakura fumed.
"Maa Maa, Sakura. I'm sure Naruto has a good -"Kakashi started to explain before the door swung open and a mop of golden hair stood more than the bright orange atrocity he called a jumpsuit.
"Mornin' Old Man!" the aforementioned Naruto shouted in greeting. With a feral grin, the vulpine youth flashed the peace sign at his hokage.
"Good morning to you too, Naruto-kun. I'm glad to see you made it," the Hokage spoke, his wrinkled features seemingly vanished for a moment as he smiled at the son of his predecessor.
"Of course I'd make it, Old Man,"
"Well, seeing that you're here, we can finally start," the homage started. He looked at the other occupants in the room while Naruto wedged himself between his teammates.
His smile withered as a pronounced frown took its place. Hiruzen got up from his seat, before closing the door Naruto had left open.
"Now that we're all here, I'd like to explain why I've called this meeting in the first place," seeing that he had their undivided attention, the military leader continued.
"I'm an old man, and I'm nothing like I used to be back in my prime. Fortunately, there is no need for me to be as active as back in the past due to the somewhat peaceful era we're in," Hiruzen began. "But, there I'd no guarantee that this will always be so. I fear that there might be trouble in the future. My senseis had worked towards a peaceful time and both had achieved it somewhat, but if there is one thing I've learnt from then is that there will always be war, no matter the era."
At this, some of the battle-hardened veterans had nod there head in agreement. While it would be great to achieve true peace, that was too idealistic in the shinobi.
"I understand what you are saying Hokage-sama, but what does that have to do with us being here?"
"I'll be addressing that now, Shikaku," the 'God of Shinobi' spoke. "You see, these twelve young ones in front of us represent the future off our village and each of you are the ones tasked in their upbringing, so for what I have planned for today, it is necessary for you all to be here,"
Sarutobi gauges their reactions which altered from embarrassment to nervousness at his diction. What could be so important that not only all the rookies and the team before but their jounin senseis and parents had to be present?
Lost in their thoughts, they had missed when the Hokage activated the privacy seals in the office. But they didn't miss when he closed the binds.
"What we say, do and discover in this room, stays in this room, are we clear?" The man's voice was quick and sharp, channeling reserves of his strength that gave him his feared title.
"There are many techniques in this world that have been banned due to their nature. One such of this is a Space/Time jutsu that we will be using to today,"
"And what is the purpose of this jutsu?" Kakashi asked, being the most familiar with these types of techniques. With his senseis being the 'Yellow Flash' himself, plus the ability of Kamui, he was head over shoulders compared to others when it came to Space/Time techniques.
"To see the future," the Hokage answered without hesitation.
"WHAT!" Sakura shouted. If she heard correctly, she would've been sure that the Hokage said that they we're gonna see into the future.
"Yes, Sakura-chan, we will be able to see into the future with the usage of this technique. Specifically, all of yours" Sarutobi spoke while eyeing all of the Konoha Twelve.
"But the possible repre-" Inoichi tried to explain before he was cut off by the Hokage instead.
"Inoichi, this is my decision,' Sarutobi eyes then narrowed dangerously, "or are you opposing my rules?"
Naruto, having heard everything the Hokage had said, had only one question to.
"Ne, Old Man. If I do this, will it tell me if I become Hokage or not?" The cheerful boy asked.
"Quite possibly, yes," Sarutobi answered.
"Then what are waiting for, -ttebayo. LETS GET THIS SHOW ON THE ROAD!"
Hiruzen smiled and nodded at his ninja's request. Drawing for sealing kit, he became mapping out a matrix on the floor in front of the chairs, before repeating the process on a much border scale on the wall. When he finished, he brought his hands together in a hand sign. The seals glowed blue on his command and the room was illuminated at the brief light show. Hiruzen turned back Naruto with a smile on his face.
"Alright Naruto-kun, since you're so eager, how about you go first?"
The boy agreed immediately. In the blink of an eye, he was out of seat and was poking around at the seal.
"Uhm... how does this work Old Man?" Naruto sheepishly grinned while the Hokage grinned at his pseudo-grandson's antics.
"Just stand on top of the seal and channel some chakra to your feet, when the seal turns blue, you should stop, okay?"
"Got it. Let's do this, into the future, -ttebayo!"
Within seconds, the seal glowed blue and the other seal on the wall began to change into a small screen before flickering to life...
To be continued...