From Ninja to Shinigami

Chapter 2: New Friends and New Allies

By: jacke44

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===June 11, 4:33 PM, Wave Village===

As Naruto walked through the village of the Land of Waves, he observed the repairs that happened during his absence, he was glad to see that the community was getting back on track. He could almost taste the happiness that permeated the air compared to the melancholy atmosphere the village was like when he first arrived for his first real mission. When Team Seven first came to Wave, the streets were lined with trash, all of the buildings were broken down, and all of the homeless, including the children, were begging for food. Looking at the village now, he saw all of the dilapidated buildings were gone, with empty spots waiting for new buildings to be put up. All of the trash that once lined the streets had disappeared. Walking through the crowd of people and seeing all the children running and playing around brought a satisfied smile to his face. Looking down as a small ball bounced off his leg, he reached down to pick it up.

"Hey mister, hey mister, can we have our ball back?" Naruto looked at the little boy who called him to see it was Inari, a young boy he had saved during the mission in Wave.

"Well, look who it is! I told you I'd come back, Inari." Naruto said warmly. Inari looked at Naruto for a few seconds before he recognized him, running and jumping into a hug, tackling Naruto.

"I can't believe you're back already!" Inari exclaimed joyfully.

"Hey, I told you I'd come back, and I always keep my promise," Naruto responded.

"Have you seen my grandpa and my mom yet?" Inari asked once Naruto let him down.

"No, not yet, I just got here. I can see people have been getting a lot of work done."

Inari put on a big grin. "I know, right? After you and your team had left, we went to see if Gato had anything in his mansion that we could use to fix up the village and get supplies. There were a lot of valuable things still there, so we were able to do a lot of the work faster with the bridge finished."

"Well, I'm glad to see you guys up and going," Naruto responded.

"So how long are you staying for?" Inari asked with a smile.

"I'm only staying for the month to train for Chuunin Exam Finals, but I'll make sure to spend time with you, too, Inari," Naruto promised.

"Well okay, but make sure you go see grandpa and mom; you remember what happened last time you were out late and mom got a hold of you? If she finds out you're here, and you don't go see her, you'll be on your own." Inari warned.

Naruto glared down at Inari. "You little brat, are you trying to blackmail me?"

"No, of course not; I mean, it's not like, I don't know, my mom isn't standing right behind you and has her arms crossed or anything." Inari said.

Naruto's back went stiff as a board and sweat begin to pour down his face as he slowly turned around to see no one there. Hearing the sound of laughter, Naruto spun around to see Inari running down the street, laughing his head off. Looking at Inari and the ball he held in his hand, he took careful aim and threw the ball, nailing him in the back of the head, the other children off to the side busting out laughing.

Naruto walked up to Inari with a victorious smirk. "Let that be a lesson to you, don't try to prank the Prank Master." Inari sat up on the ground, his arms crossed and his cheeks puffed out. "Now if you're done pouting, let's go see your Grandpa and Mom."

Inari jumped to his feet. "Fine, but this isn't over! I'll get you one way or another!"

"I'm sure you will, and I'll make sure to get you back tenfold," Naruto promised as the two headed for Inari's house, swapping stories of what has happened since team seven left.

As the two went up the road, they heard the high-pitched scream of a young woman, Naruto instantly pushing Inari into a bush and speaking in a harsh whisper. "Listen to me very carefully, you stay in the bushes until I come back to get you, don't make a sound. If I'm not back in 20 minutes, I want you to run as fast as you can back to the Village, do you understand?" He asked, receiving a nod of the head from Inari. "Good, just sit tight, I'll be back soon," Naruto said before jumping up to the trees and moving in the direction of the scream. It didn't take him long to reach a small clearing in which he sees four individuals, all male, one adult and two youths like him, all kicking a tied up, green-haired girl.

As she screamed and begged them to stop, Naruto could hear what they were saying.

"I can't believe you thought we were going to be your friends! Why would we be friends with a freak like you? The very fact that you believed it shows how much of an idiot you are. You are nothing but a demon!"

As one of the males picked up a stick and prepared to hit her with it, Naruto instantly jumped out of the trees and yelled out "Shadow Clone Jutsu!" filling the small clearing with over 500 clones to swarm the three males, laying a beat down on them. Being caught by surprise, the fight didn't last very long, Naruto unsealed some ninja wire and tied up all three of them. With them secured, he headed to the girl, only for her to try to wiggle away. "Please no, please no, please don't hurt me, I'm sorry, I'm sorry." She had tears in her eyes and seemed truly terrified.

"It's okay, and I'm here to help you. My name's Naruto, I'm from the Hidden Leaf Village." Naruto finally noticed her headband, it was tied around her right nicep. "You're from Waterfall, right?" Seeing her nod her head, he smiled at getting somewhere. "What's your name?"

"My name's Fuu." She answered.

"It's nice to meet you, Fuu. Okay, I'm going to pull out a kunai so I can cut your ropes, is that okay with you?" Naruto asked. Seeing her nod, he pulled out the knife and did as he said he would. Once she was free, she sat up and hugged her knees. "You don't need to worry; it's going to be okay. Are they your Sensei and teammates?"

She spoke in a soft voice. "They were, but they went rogue and kidnapped me. They were going to sell me for money because I'm the Jinchuuriki of the Seven Tails. They thought one of the other ninja villages would give them a good price for me. If you're a ninja, you know what I am and probably hate me now, too." She burst into tears, and Naruto could hear her whisper to herself. "All I've ever wanted was friends. Why can I never make friends?"

Naruto reached out and put a hand on her shoulder. "I'll be happy to be your friend, because I know what it's like. I'm a Jinchuuriki too, and I hold the Nine Tails."

Before he can say anything else, she hugs him fiercely. "Will you be my friend?"

"Yes, I will." After about 10 minutes of letting her cry it out, they both get to their feet. "Stay right here, and I'm going to check on those three." Naruto walked over to the three downed men and noticed there was no pulse or sign of life coming from any of them. "Well, you won't have to worry about them hurting you anymore." He took out a scroll and sealed the bodies. "Man, am I happy that Akari taught me how to use Fuinjutsu. I can't make them, but I can at least use the scrolls." Once they were secured, he put the scrolls in his pocket and planned to take them to a bounty hunting office. As he turned around, he saw Fuu looking at a red cylindrical backpack with some holes in it. He walked up to her and could hear her crying again. "You okay?" Fuu looked at Naruto and nodded her head, telling him in a soft voice that the backpack is the one thing she ever got from her mother. "Don't worry about the holes, I can fix it. Okay, now I need to pick up a friend, do you think you can keep up with me?" He asked, receiving a soft nod. The two of them headed back to the road, Naruto walking up to the bushes. "You can come back out now, Inari."

Tsunami's son slowly stood up and looked around. "So, what was it? What happened?"

Inari looked ready to panic so Naruto got down on one knee and put a hand on his shoulder to calm him down. "Just breathe Inari, okay? We're going straight to your house. Now I want you to get on my back and then we can go." Naruto swiveled around for Inari to climb on. "Follow me Fuu."

===5:06 PM, Tsunami's House===

They reached the House in no time. Naruto knelt down to let Inari off, he opened the door and calling out. "Mom, I'm home!"

Tsunami's voice came from somewhere in the house. "It's about time you got home, and I was just about to start dinner." She came around the corner and stopped short when she saw a familiar looking boy and a green-haired girl. "My goodness, is that you Naruto?" After he nodded she walked up to him, bent down and gave him a hug, which he returned.

"Glad to see you, too." Naruto responded with a grin.

Tsunami stood up and turned to the unfamiliar face. "And who might you be?"

"My name's Fuu." She replied.

"Well, it's nice to meet you. Tell me, are you Naruto's girlfriend?" Tsunami asked with a smirk.

Both Naruto and Fuu blushed bright red.

===Konoha, Hospital, Room 206===

"I know this great clothing store where we can get you an outfit for your date with Naruto. It's called the Silk Kimono." Ino laid out the plans for their girls day out.

"I agree with you on that, I go to that store frequently. I'm positive we can find an outfit for you, Hinata." Kurenai commented.

Hinata, who had been taking notes in a small notepad, suddenly snapped her pencil as she scowled.

"Hinata, are you okay?" Both Ino and Kurenai asked in alarm.

"Yes, I'm fine. I don't know what happened, I just suddenly felt as if someone took something from me." Hinata answered, slightly confused.

"That's strange, has that happened before?" Ino asked.

"Not that I can recall." Hinata answered, Kurenai shaking her head in agreement when she thought it over in case Hinata forgot an incident.

"The only thing I can think of is someone is trying to set Naruto up with a girlfriend." Ino commented.

"If she even tries it, I'll show her what the Gentle Fist can do."

Both Ino and Kurenai burst out laughing. "Whatever happened to the shy little Hinata?"

"I decided I want to be strong for Naruto." Hinata said confidently.

===Land of Waves, Tsunami's House===

Naruto was at the dinner table talking to his friends when he felt a cold chill run down his spine. Both Fuu and Tsunami looked at him in concern. "Are you okay, Naruto?" Tsunami asked.

"I'll be fine, it's just for the last couple days, I've gotten cold chills down my spine every so often. Anyway, back to the topic we were discussing. The Land of Waves made your dad its leader, so how is he taking to the responsibilities?" Naruto changed the subject.

"Surprisingly well, after I threatened him if he didn't cut back on the drinking." Tsunami answered innocently.

Naruto burst out laughing. "And he listened to you?"

Suddenly the whole room became ice-cold and a very dark look took over Tsunami's face, and in a very sweet voice, she responded. "You'd be surprised what a woman can do."

The only thought in Naruto's head at the moment was 'The first chance I get, and I am so picking up some books on women.'

The sound of the front door opening broke the tension in the air. "Tsunami, I'm home!" Came the gruff voice of Tazuna.

"We're in the kitchen, and we have guests!"

Tazuna walked into the kitchen with a stack of papers. "I've said it once, and I'll say it again, this paperwork multiplies faster than I can do it." He looked up to see Naruto on the floor, laughing his head off.

"You said the same thing the old man always says about his paperwork," Naruto said between laughs.

Tazuna put a smile on his face. "Well if it isn't the little brat."

Naruto jumped to his feet and pouted. "I'm not little, I just haven't had a growth spurt yet!"

The whole room burst out laughing.

"Okay, I'm going to start dinner." Tsunami said.

"Can I help? I've always wanted to learn how to cook." Fuu requested.

"I'll be happy to teach you, Fuu." Tsunami responded with a motherly smile. Fuu ran over to hug her. "Thank you so much."

Tsunami walked over to the cupboards and looked in them. "I'm all out of brown rice. I knew when I was at the market I forgot something."

"You don't need to worry about that, I got this." Naruto said, make a shadow clone and sent it to the market.

Tsunami smiled at Naruto. "Those clones sure come in handy."

"Oh man, I wish I could do things like that, it's so cool!" Whined Inari.

"Inari, how old are you?" Naruto asked, receiving a confused '9.' "The Academy recruiting age starts around 6-7 so technically, if you wanted to, you could learn to become a ninja. All you need to do is get your mom to sign off on it."

Inari looked at Naruto in disbelief before turning to his mom. "Can I mom, please?"

"I'm going to have to think about this. I'm not going to say no, but I'm not saying yes either. I'll speak to Naruto alone about all the risks and how much it'll cost to send you to the Academy." Tsunami said.

Naruto walked over to his backpack and rummaged through it, pulling out a small book. "It's a good thing I brought this, and you can borrow it Inari. It's a beginner's guide on how to mold your chakra. Why don't you spend some time reading this first?" Inari took the book and went into the living room to read it. Just then, the shadow clone returned with a bag.

"Hope you don't mind I picked up a few other things, Tsunami." Naruto said.

"That was very thoughtful of you Naruto. Now, while Fuu and I are making dinner, do you think the two of you can behave?" Tsunami asked.

Tazuna pouted at being treated like a child. "Yes dear, but first I'm going to get me a drink."

"You can have one glass." Tsunami reminded him, receiving a "Yes ma'am," before turning to Naruto.

"Well, I gotta write a letter to the old man, anyway." He had said before the shadow clone dispelled itself. "Hey, that's weird. I just got the memories of my clone. I didn't know that they could do that. Just one more thing to put in the letter, I guess." Naruto said with a shrug before getting the supplies to write his letter while the occupants of the kitchen heard a shout from the living room.

"THIS BOOK MAKES NO SENSE!"

They all had a chuckle but ultimately paid it no mind, Tazuna preoccupied with getting his drink while Fuu and Tsunami began making dinner, Naruto starting his letter, trying to make it as legible as possible.

(Start Letter)

Dear old man,

As agreed I'm sending you a message to let you know that I reached the Land of Waves. As I was walking down the street, I could see all the changes that have happened. The village itself is getting back on its feet, and most of the buildings were repaired, no more trash on the streets, no more homeless living on the street, the grocery stores have food in them. There were children roaming around the street, laughing and playing. That's how I ran into Inari, Tazuna's grandson. Soon after running into him, the little brat tried to pull a prank on me; can you believe it? He tried to pull a prank on me, the Prank Master! But I got him back. After we got done laughing, we were walking down the road when we suddenly heard a girl scream. I put Inari in the bushes, told him not to move or make a sound, and I jumped through the trees towards the scream. I saw three men beating on a tied up girl, and when one of them was about to start hitting her with a stick, I knew I had to intervene. I flooded the clearing with clones, catching them by surprise, then secured them quickly. I checked on the girl, and at first, she screamed and begged me not to hurt her, but I was able to calm her down to learn her name. Her name is Fuu, and she's a kunoichi from the Waterfall Village. She told me those three men were her teammates that went rogue and intended to sell her to another ninja village. That was when I found out she's the Jinchuuriki of the Seven Tails. After that, I checked on her teammates and found them all dead, they had pills in their mouths in case they got captured. I put the bodies in a scroll, which I plan on turning into a bounty hunting office soon. After we picked up Inari, we headed to Tazuna's house where I found out the village made Tazuna the leader of the country. That's about everything; I'll send you a letter next week.

Naruto Uzumaki, the Prank Master and next Hokage.

PS: Did you know shadow clones give the user the memories they gain when they dispel? If that's true, why don't use them to do all that boring paperwork for you then get the memories?

(End Letter)

With a great smile on his face, Naruto put the letter in an envelope and signaled down a Hidden Leaf messenger bird to send it to the village. By the time he was done writing the letter, Fuu and Tsunami had finished making dinner and were setting up the table. "You guys need help?"

Tsunami looked up to Naruto. "No, we're good. You three go wash up for dinner."

Over dinner, the conversation steered toward Naruto telling them what happened at the Chuunin Exams, including his fight with his Sensei and teammate and his request to come here to train for the month to organize his thoughts. "So Naruto, do you mind explaining what made you decide to come back here to do your training?" Tazuna asked.

"Well, when I was here the first time, as I made my way to the bridge for the fight, I stumbled across some structures in the forest. I didn't get a chance to go back and look at them, so I thought I'd come back and look. Do you know anything about them?" Naruto asked.

Tazuna stroked his chin in thought. "I think you might've stumbled across the ghost structures. It's a legend in these parts; sometimes they're there and sometimes they aren't. I remember my grandfather telling me stories about them."

"Well, I'm going to go look for them in the morning to see if it's anything that can help me with my training," Naruto said.

===9:00 PM===

The rest of the evening passed without anything exciting happening. "It's time for bed, everyone." She sweat dropped when she saw her Father passed out on the couch. Inari tried to put up a fight, but a stern look from her sent him running. "Fuu, you'll be staying with me tonight, Naruto you're welcome to the guest room."

"Thank you, Tsunami, I appreciate you letting me stay here again." Naruto said with a smile.

"Naruto, you will always be welcome in this house for everything you did for this country." Tsunami responded.

As Naruto laid in bed, he couldn't stop thinking about what he learned about the structures; it sounded very suspicious, buildings that can appear and disappear seemingly at will. "If I find anything that points to ninja activity, I'll send a letter to the old man. I just hope there are no ghosts." After he thought about it a while, Naruto finally went to sleep.

===July 12, 6:30 AM===

Waking up bright and early the next morning; the first one up. Deciding to be helpful, Naruto began to cook breakfast for everyone, Tsunami came in a short time later to find the kitchen held a delightful aroma. She looked to the stove to find roughly about 10 Naruto's in aprons working on breakfast that smelled wonderful. When she spoke up to catch his attention, one of them turned to smile at her. "I thought I would give you the day off, so have a seat. Would you like a cup of tea or coffee?"

Sitting at the table, Tsunami smiled. "A cup of tea would be nice." A clone immediately answered her request. "So where did you learn to cook?"

"Myself. I'm an orphan, and one of the unlucky ones that never gets adopted, so I had to learn to cook for myself." Naruto answered.

Tsunami looked down at her cup in thought. "Do you mind if I ask what happened to your parents?"

Naruto signaled for one of the clones to take over the stove before he walked over to table to sit with her. "The truth is, I don't know anything about my parents. I don't know their names or anything. I lived in an orphanage for five years, and then the Hokage got me an apartment when I went to the Academy. I've always been by myself, well not truly alone. I've had people that take care of me. A few adults in the village who teach me a thing or two here and there."

"I'm sorry to hear that. I know what it's like not to have a mother, at least; mine died when I was very young, so all I have is my father, and he did the best he could raising me." Tsunami sympathized.

"You don't need to apologize, Tsunami, I got over it a long time ago." Naruto said.

"So besides being a gourmet cook and ninja, do you have any other tricks up your sleeves?" Tsunami asked to lighten the mood.

Naruto chuckled and thought it over. "Well let's see, I can sew and knit, I'm good at cleaning, specifically removing stains from clothes, I'm pretty good at plumbing, electrical work, woodworking, gardening, I'm also writing on a book... and I can play the guitar." He threw in before looking at Tsunami, looked shocked. "You okay?"

"That's a lot of skills to have mastered." Tsunami finally commented.

Naruto laughed it off. "I've hardly mastered them; I'm more a jack-of-all-trades, master of none."

"Well okay then. What's this book you're writing?" Tsunami asked.

"Oh, that? I started it a while ago. It's just something I do in my free time."

The two of them continued to talk until they heard footsteps coming down the stairs as the other occupants of the house came down for breakfast. "Naruto, my boy, don't go spoiling my daughter, now, by doing all the housework. I'm going to need her to take care of me at the end of the month." Tazuna commented jokingly.

Tsunami shot her father a dirty look. "You know what? I think both of you can start helping with the housework."

"Yes, ma'am." Both Inari and Tazuna responded dejectedly.

"Good. Now, I want you to bring down all your dirty clothes. I'm going to teach you how to use the washing machine." She said to her son before turning to Tazuna as Inari ran up the stairs.

"Well, I'm heading off to work now," Tazuna said almost too quickly, receiving a nod all the same.

"Excuse me, Tsunami, will you teach me, too?" Fuu asked shyly.

"Of course, dear, why don't you write down a list of things you want to learn? I'll do my best to help you." Tsunami offered kindly.

"YES!" Fuu cheered before taking the notepad Naruto offered up before she began to write down what would be a long list of things she's always wanted to know.

The mother of the house put on a smile at seeing how happy the child was, especially after what happened to her yesterday.

"I'm going to head out and look for those structures." Naruto said as he left the house and headed for the woods.

"Okay, Fuu, now that all the men are out of the way, what do you want me to teach you first?" Tsunami asked.

"Okay, the first thing I wanna learn is where do babies come from?" Fuu asked innocently.

Naruto picked up the pace when that was the last thing he heard out the door.

===7:08 AM, Konoha, Hokage Tower===

Hiruzen was sitting at his desk in the middle of a life-and-death battle with the greatest enemy of all ages... paperwork; the day had just begun, and he already had a cramp in his hand. He set his brush down to nurse it. "I have been doing this job for close to 38 years and I have yet to figure out the secret to defeating this monster. How my predecessors did this, I will never know." He looked at the pictures on the wall, swearing that the previous three Hokage were grinning at him. "I still can't believe they wouldn't tell me the secret. I am the Professor and God of Shinobi, and I will not be defeated by paperwork!" He declared before looking back at the stack and seeing it had doubled in size. Understandably, he felt tears forming and doubt in his heart. His thoughts were broken by a knock on the door; he sighed and called them in... it was Sakura Haruno.

"You wanted to see me, Hokage-sama?" Sakura asked meekly.

"Yes, I want to discuss something, take a seat. Would you mind explaining to me what you were doing yesterday?" Hiruzen said harshly.

"Could you please be more spec..." Sakura replied.

Hiruzen shot to his feet and slammed his hands on the desk, interrupting her mid-word. "I am talking about the way you treated Naruto, and don't even think about trying to deny it. I have several eyewitnesses who have given me a complete account of what transpired. I am very disappointed in you, not only were you attempting to rob a fellow Leaf ninja, but you also tried to slander his parents. I will have you know that both of Naruto's parents were great ninja. They loved Naruto so much they used their bodies as human shields to protect him from the fox. And for you to dishonor the name of his parents is the last straw! You are to be put on probation, and will be doing D rank missions for the next two months without pay. At the end of the two months if you have not improved your attitude, I will have your headband... and if you dishonor Naruto or his parents again... I'll have your head!" Hiruzen said powerfully.

All Sakura could do was nod her head, shaking in fear.

"Good. Here is your first mission; the Inuzuka need to have the kennels cleaned." He gave her the scroll, which she took and made for the door. "And I expect you to apologize to Naruto." He said as she headed for the door. Once she was out, he picked up his pipe and had a sort of victory smoke before hearing a little tapping on the window, it was a messenger bird. Standing up and walking to the window, he opened it and took the scroll. "Thank you, my friend." He bid it farewell and sat back down, opening the scroll to read the contents; he had to read the first part multiple times to make sure he saw it right, finding it highly amusing that the boy can't go a single mission without something going wrong. Either way, he was happy that Naruto was able to meet another Jinchuuriki, he had heard rumors of how the Hidden Waterfall Village treated their Jinchuuriki. Perhaps Naruto would make a friend... then he stopped dead in his tracks at the end of the letter.

'PS: Did you know shadow clones give the user the memories they gain when they dispel? If that's true, why don't use them to do all that boring paperwork for you then get the memories?'

Aimi was sitting at her desk, looking at the schedule for today. "He's got a busy schedule today on top of all the paperwork he has. It's going to be a real hassle to get all this done." She said to herself, got up and was about to knock on the door when she heard a loud scream from inside. Without missing a beat, she rushed in. "Hokage-sama, are you okay?" She stopped in her tracks when she saw the Third Hokage doing a victory dance while four clones made quick work of the paperwork.

"I've done it! I've done it! I've done it! I finally defeated the monster... finally, I'm free!" Hiruzen chanted with a giant grin before freezing in place as he looked to the left, seeing Aimi with her jaw dropped. He composed himself and coughed into his hand. "As shown by my demonstration, the paperwork will be finished very soon. What's my next appointment for today?" He attempted to move on.

Aimi rolled with it and looked at the clipboard. "You have a meeting about two hours."

"Good, I'm going to go train my grandson until then. While I'm gone I want you to go to the mission room and put a completed S-Rank mission in Naruto's file, with pay and a large bonus... and make sure the money is put in his account." Hiruzen said.

"I'll make sure to get it done right away, and it's good to see you smiling again." Aimi said as they both headed out to do their things.

===8:01 AM, Wave Country, Forest===

Naruto has been in the woods outside the village about 45 minutes looking for the structure, before finally seeing something in the distance and sprinting to it. "I knew I'd find it eventually." He looked around the building for an entryway and found a big door which he couldn't push open for the life of him... then noticed a small ring and pulled on it, opening the door. "...Okay, I'm seriously starting to think maybe people are right and I'm an idiot." He muttered to himself before taking out a kunai to be on the safe side and slowly walked in.

The first large room had a flight of stairs on the right going up and left going down, and looking to the right saw a bunch of doors lining the wall. "Normally I'd make a dozen clones to help me search the building, but I have to start acting smart." He whispered to himself and began with the doors, searched the entire building in about two hours and found many interesting rooms. Finally he found a metal door with a nameplate: Mayuri Kurotsuchi. "Guess this must be the leader's office." He slowly stepped in and saw it was bigger than the Hokage's office. There were tables everywhere with test tubes, beakers, and a lot of scientific equipment, including a large tube-like machine in the center of the room. At the far end, Naruto could see a massive machine that looked like a pipe organ, but with a lot more keys, and a big screen, he had seen a computer once before, but it was nowhere this big or sophisticated. He made his way across the room to the machine and took the sheet off the nearby table, unveiling a metal helmet with a lot of cords coming out of it, which he picked up to take a closer look at. "I don't see how this is going to help my training, and I'm sure not a scientist." He decided to throw caution to the wind and put it on cautiously, only for nothing to happen. "Don't see what this was supposed to do..." He droned before seeing a red button on the table. "What could it hurt?" He slapped the button, instantly collapsing to his knees as wave after wave of pain shot through his body. After what seemed like forever, the pain stopped, and knowledge began to flash before his eyes, all sorts of equations and formulae and history, things he could not even begin to understand. This process went on for another hour before it stopped. He shakily stood up and took off the helmet, making his way to the machine at the back and collapsing into the chair, rubbing his head to sort through all the information shoved into his skull. Without thinking, he reached out and typed on the keys, the screen lighting up to show a giant face.

"Hello Naruto Uzumaki, my name is Mayuri Kurotsuchi, and seeing you have survived the downloading process proves to me you are worthy of my knowledge. Now, I guess you want to know what this place is?"

Naruto shakily nodded, mesmerized. "Are you alive?" He wondered since a program had a name.

"No. Before I left this place, I transferred a copy of my consciousness to this computer so that one day, if someone survived the process, I could help them." Mayuri replied.

"Well, that makes sense." Naruto said. "So what is this place, and how do you know my name?"

"The helmet you put on transferred all your knowledge to the computer, allowing me to know everything about you, and I can assure you that I can help you get the power you need for your fight at the end of the month. Now, this is a safe house I made to store all my knowledge. Because of the download of my experience to your brain, you know I'm not of this world. We will now begin a history of my world and what the purpose of this lab is." Mayuri said then started to explain how he came to find Naruto's world.

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End Chapter 2