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Adopted from Stormy Rebel. Thank you Joachim. Miss ya man!

"Hello folks. This is Arch-Daishou. Yes it's been a long while, and this is a new profile. Short version, my old computer went to shit. Spent 7 long months going into the depths of madness till today finally got a rebuilt computer.

But the entertainment did not stop there boys and girls, my old account got messed up and can no longer go into it. Fun, Fun. So will be republishing my stories onto this new profile. On one hand get to do some work on the chapters. So small plus.

Glad to be back, and hope you enjoy!"

NOTE: 'READ THIS FIRST, I REPEAT. READ THIS FIRST!' when adopting this from Stormy Rebel, he told me this chapter and parts of chapter 2 were parts of other stories for which he spoke to the respected authors of those fics and they allowed him to use them. 'AGAIN, READ THIS BEFORE READING THE CHAPTER! THANK YOU!'

ATTENTION: Chapters 1 -15 I kept the same in honor of my late friend Stormy who gave me this story. The only things I've done it do touch ups and fixes. That be it. Enjoy!

Hope you like!

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'Demon/Corrupted thoughts'

Chapter 1: Discovery

"Why would you help a demon? It killed your parents didn't it? It only thinks about itself, how it can get stronger, how it can get revenge" Mizuki said while he looked at Iruka lay bleeding on the forest floor.

Naruto was behind a tree at the tree line, trying to stay as quiet as possible. He still couldn't fathom what Mizuki-sensei had said. 'I am the fox? I'm the Kyuubi no Yoko? I can't be… can I?' It made more and more sense when he thought about it. That was why all the villagers hated him. That was why no one cared for him. That was why he didn't have parents.

"You are right. That's how the fox would be" Iruka said. Naruto tried hard not to cry out loud. Even Iruka agreed. The only person other than the Sandaime Hokage who actually cared for him, the one he thought was like a father, or maybe a brother, thought he was a demon.

"But that is not who Uzumaki Naruto is! He is one of the most caring person I know, and he just wants to be acknowledged! He may have that damned fox sealed inside him, but that doesn't make him the fox, more than a sealing scroll makes it what is sealed inside it! He is my student, and more than that, he is a person I care a great deal about! He is like family to me! I won't let you hurt him!"

Naruto was smiling. And not just a little smile; it was an ear to ear, sun shining out of your mouth; your chin is hurting smile. He had someone who thought him as family! Then his face turned serious. Iruka-sensei, his big brother figure, his precious person, was going to get hurt!

Naruto ran out from his hiding spot, just to see Mizuki throw his fuma shuriken. Naruto ran as fast as he could, but he wasn't fast enough. He could see it get closer and closer to Iruka-sensei. Naruto ran and ran, but he wasn't fast enough. It was 3 meters from Iruka now. He wouldn't make it. He wasn't fast enough to protect the first person to really acknowledge him. "NO!" Naruto yelled with all his might, his arm reaching out for Iruka.

The earth began to quake, and a big cluster of pink crystals grew out of the ground, blocking the shuriken. That left two Academy instructors and student speechless and stunned. Naruto snapped out of it first, turning to face Mizuki with the most serious look he had ever given. He pointed at him "I won't let you hurt Iruka-sensei. Not now, not ever!"

He put his hand in front of him, weaving a hand seal crossing his index- and middle fingers "Tajuu Kage Bunshin no Jutsu". A big cloud of smoke exploded in the forest. When the smoke cleared, Mizuki and Iruka couldn't believe what they were seeing. Over a thousand orange clothed Naruto's were standing in the clearing and the surrounding trees. As one they charged towards Mizuki. "Not now, not ever!"

Screams could be heard all over Konoha, as the now traitorous Konoha-nin was beaten by a twelve year old academy student.

- Two minutes later -

"Sorry Iruka-sensei, I think I may have gone a bit overboard" the blonde said with his trademark smile, while scratching the back of his head.

Iruka stood dumb founded while staring at Naruto. He turned it into a smile "I think I can overlook it this once". He turned his head to look at the discolored formation of meat that was Mizuki lying on the forest floor. He then turned his gaze a bit to look at the big crystal-formation what was that. He turned his gaze back on Naruto, who was still grinning. "Close your eyes Naruto"

Naruto just stared back at him "why?"

Iruka rolled his eyes "Just do it Naruto."

- A few minutes later -

"Iruka-sensei, are you done soon? Can I open my eyes already" Naruto asked in an annoyed tone.

"Just a minute" Iruka chuckled.

"There, now open your eyes" Naruto did as he was told. There, right in front of him, was Iruka-sensei smiling at him. But something was off, something was missing. It took Naruto a few seconds to figure out. He didn't have hitai-ate on. Naruto's hand slowly made its way to his forehead.

"Yay, I did it! I'm a ninja of Konoha! I'm going to be Hokage in no time! Believe it!" Naruto began ranting. But Iruka's thoughts were miles away though those crystals. 'Did Naruto make them? How did he do that? Does he have a kekkei genkai? If it is, it's not one I have ever seen or heard of before. I guess it is possible he could have one, since no one knows who his parents are. I better report to Sandaime soon. He would want to know this.'

"Ano, Iruka-sensei," Iruka's focus snapped back at Naruto

"Sensei, is it true about the fox?"

Iruka smiled sadly; "I'm afraid it is"

Naruto looked down on the ground. He mumbled something in audible.


"Am I the fox then?" Naruto asked with tears in his eyes.

Iruka placed his hand on Naruto's head and ruffled his hair "Didn't you hear me back there? You are no more the fox, than a sealing scroll is the kunai sealed inside it"

"Did you mean the other thing to?" Naruto asked carefully

"What other-"He looked at the blond, before displaying a large smile "Yeah, I meant it. Little brother"

Naruto looked up at Iruka again with a smile wider than when he had gotten his hitai-ate. Before Iruka knew it, he was tackled by the little blonde, hugging him tightly while sniffling.

- In the Hokage's office -

The Sandaime had seen it all through his "magic" little crystal ball. 'To think Mizuki would betray the village like that. I knew he had some grudges, but to think he would go this far…' He looked at the crystal ball, seeing his grandson in spirit hugging the Academy instructor 'At least something good came out of this whole ordeal. He have finally found someone else than me that he knows acknowledges him then he frowned but what was those pink crystals? I have never seen anything like it. I'll ask Jiraiya about it next time he comes to report in. He may know something about Minato or Kushina that I don't.'

He looked at the crystal ball again. The two Konoha shinobi were walking out of the forest hand in hand, the smaller figure jumping up and down, while the bigger looked down on him with a smile on his lips. Hiruzen leaned back into his chair, looking up at the ceiling 'Ah, I guess I better call back the search parties so they don't drag him off the street.' And with that thought, Hiruzen made his way out of his office.

- The next morning with Naruto -

Naruto yawned loudly as he sat up in his bed. He didn't really know what to do the next few days but train. It was not like he had any friends to hang out with. Sure Chouji and Shikamaru didn't hate his guts, but that was about it.

There was still six days left till the new teams got assigned. He didn't really care that much about who he got teamed up with. 'Just not from the Sasuke-teme. Please let it be anyone but Sasuke-teme.' And he wouldn't mind if he got teamed up with Sakura-chan. 'though I could imagine she would have a problem with that…' He frowned at that thought. "Well, better get up and get going" he said to himself jumping off the bed, and heading for the bathroom.

He had just opened the "newly" made instant-ramen when an ANBU appeared in front of him. Naruto froze the instant he saw the ANBU. 'What have I done this time? I haven't done any pranks since I painted over the Hokage monument. Right after that, it was the test, and then the whole thing with Mizuki-teme.'

"Calm down Uzumaki-san. You haven't done anything – this time" he waited a second, while giving Naruto a look. It felt like that anyway. "Hokage-sama has summoned you. You should be there within the next hour" The ANBU said, and shunshined away before Naruto could respond.

'Well, it's not like I have anything else I have to do today. I wonder what jiji wants' he wondered while slurping the noodles in him. Three bowls and another toilet visit, and he was on his way to the Hokage Tower

Naruto walked down the hallway where you could enter the Hokage's office from. As he walked past the receptionist, he got a dark glare. The blonde ignored it, like all the other glares. He knocked on the door and heard a quick "enter" before turning the door knob.

"Ah, Naruto, thank you for coming so quickly. We have a few things to talk about". Naruto looked around the room while his grandfather-figure talked. There was three shinobi standing in front of him. The two first he recognized right away: Sandaime-jiji and Iruka-sensei. The last one, not so much; on first eyesight Naruto could see he was old. Not as old as jiji, but at least up in his fifties. He had long white hair and some red war-paint running down his face from his eyes to his chin. He had a hitai-ate with the kanji for oil on it.

"Tora, Uma, please leave the office. I think we can defend ourselves against a twelve year old Genin" the Hokage said. Two ANBU appeared from the shadows before shunshining away.

"Now, Naruto, why don't you take a seat and explain us what happened yesterday" Hiruzen said, gesturing towards a chair.

Naruto went over to the chair and sat down. He turned towards Iruka for reassurance that he wasn't in any trouble. The scarred Chunin just smiled and nodded back at him. That was all Naruto needed, as he began rambling about what had happened, all from the way he had painted to Hokage monument, to how Mizuki had come to him after the exam, to the battle in the forest.

"And then I ran towards Iruka-sensei, trying to reach him before the fuma shuriken hit him, but I couldn't make it. I wasn't fast enough. And then…." Naruto trailed off, while looking up on Iruka with a confused and pleading look.

"And then the earth began to quake, and crystals grew out of the earth, deflecting the shuriken away" Iruka finished. Naruto looked around for the reactions. Sandaime-jiji and the white-haired guy didn't show any. They had calm collected faces.

"I see…. Please continue Naruto" the Sandaime said calmly.

Naruto continued his story, to the point where he had used a kinjutsu, and to where he got his hitai-ate, and the ramen Iruka-sensei had bought for him afterwards.

When Naruto was finished the room was quiet for a minute or two. Naruto was looking carefully at the three shinobi in the room.

"Jiraiya, do you have any idea what those crystals may have been?" the Sandaime asked.

Jiraiya looked at Naruto; taking in everything he saw 'Gods, he looks so much like Minato. But from what I've heard, he has inherited Kushina's fiery personality.'

"I may know…. I heard a rumor a while back. I had just set out on my journey. The nations were still recovering from the third great war, and everyone wore their nerves on the outside of their clothes. I heard that a whole village up in Ta no Kuni had been destroyed by a single jutsu. Now that alone isn't something to raise eyebrows over, it was the jutsu in question that was used that was."

"Where are you going with this Jiraiya-sama" Iruka asked in a mild annoyed tone. He had already concluded that it was Naruto who had made those crystals. But he didn't know why or how, or if it was dangerous in any way.

"Everything for its own time" Jiraiya said, looking calmly at Iruka, who was glaring lightly back at him. "Apparently it was destroyed by crystals. Now these crystals just grew out of nowhere, they encased people and plants alike. No one knew how". Jiraiya continued. He looked around on the small group "It later got the name Shoton" Iruka's eyes bulged out of their sockets. While he had expected something like that, it was still a bit of a shock. Naruto just looked confused at Jiraiya.

"I thought the same thing. There's only one way to find out" The Sandaime said, while going through his drawers. He pulled out a little piece of paper, and handed it to Naruto. "Please run your chakra through this".

Naruto looked questioning at the Hokage for a moment before complying. When he did, the paper split into two, where after each piece turned dark brown, before crumbling. Now Naruto looked even more confused.

"Eh, what just happen jiji?" Naruto looked at the Hokage.

"Well, Naruto, it looks like you have a kekkei genkai" the old Hokage replied calmly.

"A what?" Naruto asked, looking more confused than ever.

After twenty minutes of the older shinobi trying to explain the basics of elemental manipulation and kekkei genkai, the blonde finally got it… somewhat.

"But how? I mean…. Wait, you said this, this kekkei genkai is genetic, right?"

The old Hokage looked at Naruto, knowing where this was going "Yes, it is".

"Do you think, maybe…" rest was mumbling, as he turned his head down.

"Sorry Naruto, you will have to speak up. I'm not as young as I have been" the old Hokage said to Naruto with a kind smile.

"Do you think this will help me finding out who my parents were? We just have to find someone who had the same abilities as me, and they must have been my family, right?" Naruto asked hopefully.

The old man looked sad at Naruto. "I don't think that's possible. It is true that Shoton is a kekkei genkai, but it isn't bound to a family as, let's say, the Byakugan is." 'I wish I could tell you who you parents were. You just have to be a bit stronger before I can tell you. Minato and Kushina had some powerful enemies. Just hold on a bit longer. You will know soon enough.'

Naruto's mood dropped a second, but he came right up again smiling "I guess I'll just have to find another way then"

The older shinobi smiled at that. There were very few in this world similar to Naruto.

The Sandaime then caught the glance he was getting from Iruka. He sighed deeply. He didn't know how Naruto would react.

"Naruto…" He said gently. He got the attention of the blue-eyed blonde "About the Kyuubi. Are you ok?"

Naruto's smiled faltered slightly, but he was still smiling "Yeah. I guess I'm… I'm kind of relieved"

The Sandaime Hokage eyed him. "Relieved?"

"Yeah. I finally understand why. Why all the villagers hate me so much. Why I'm getting all those looks. Guess I'll just have to work harder on getting them to acknowledge me, despite that damned fox".

Iruka was smiling at his student. He was proud at how well he was handling it. He wasn't sure he could've done it well as him. "That's good to hear Naruto. Don't let it get you down. If you have any problems, no matter whom or what it is, you just come to me. My door is always open".

That got Naruto to grin while putting his hand behind his head. "Thanks Iruka-sensei."

"Well, it's good that that's settled. Now Naruto, we don't know how this Shoton works, so please don't use any chakra before we have taken a look at how it's used." The old Hokage said with a serious undertone. Naruto nodded. The Sandaime then turned to Jiraiya.

"Jiraiya, meet with me and Naruto tomorrow at training ground 43 at noon"


"Good" The Sandaime turned to the blonde. "Naruto –"

"I know, I know. Tomorrow at training ground 43 at noon. Don't use chakra until then. Can I go now?" Naruto asked eagerly. Now having spent almost two hours in the room, he was getting restless.

The Sandaime chuckled. "Yes, you can go. You're dismissed." And then the blonde shinobi dashed out of the office.

The Hokage then turned towards Iruka "You're dismissed to, Iruka."

Iruka nodded and made his way to the door. Halfway there he turned to face the Hokage "Do you think he will be ok?"

The Sandaime looked up at Iruka with a smile "You really do care about him, don't you?" Iruka nodded with a smile. "I think he will be fine. He has gotten some answers today. That should help him some."

"Hai" Iruka said before continuing walking towards the office door. Just as he was about to close the door, the old Hokage called him out.

"Iruka, take care of him"

Iruka just smiled at the Hokage. "Hai"

- The following day at training ground 43 -

Naruto and the Sandaime were talking as there were still a few minutes until they should meet with Jiraiya. Hiruzen turned towards Naruto and took a good look at him. He still wore that bright orange jumpsuit "Naruto, don't you think it's time you soon bought some new clothes?"

Naruto looked outrageous at the Hokage at that question "Why! What is wrong with my clothes?" he asked while looking down, tucking on his clothes a bit.

"Well, you're ninja now. And ninja's can't really go around with bright colors so the enemy will spot them faster, can they?"

"…I guess you have some point" Naruto grumbled. "But what am I supposed to do? I can't really go into a regular clothing store, since they won't sell me anything. And the few places that will triple or quadruple the prices as soon as I enter".

Hiruzen frowned at that. Naruto had a good point. He would have to talk to the boys' new Jounin instructor about that. Maybe he could help him.

A puff of smoke appeared in front of them.

"Glad to see you could make it Jiraiya" Hiruzen said to his former student.

"I hope I'm not late?"

"No, you just made it. Well, let's get to it" the two elder shinobi turned towards Naruto.

"Now, the reason we're here is because we need to make sure your Shoton isn't dangerous" the Hokage said.

"Why would it be dangerous?" the orange clad Genin asked.

It was Jiraiya who answered "well, normally with jutsu, the greater the power, the greater are the risks. We want to make sure you don't hurt yourself."

Naruto didn't seem convinced, but complied. Jiraiya nodded at Hiruzen.

"Good then. Naruto, can you tell me how you did it in the forest?"

"I don't really know. I just tried everything to save Iruka-sensei. I was desperate and was willing to do anything to save him. I had my arm put out like this" Naruto said while showing what he had done. As before the earth began to quake, and pink crystals appeared out of the ground. Both Jiraiya and Hiruzen were wide-eyed. While Hiruzen had seen it through his crystal ball, it was another thing to see it happen with your own eyes.

"How did you do it?" Jiraiya asked.

"I… I don't know. I just put channeled some chakra, while thinking of the crystals from yesterday" Naruto answered.

Jiraiya thought about that for a bit. He then got an expression like he had an idea "try to think of it shattering"

Naruto did what he said, and to his amazement, the crystal shattered in tiny pieces, making the air glitter lightly in pink.

"Amazing" was all Jiraiya could say.

Hiruzen looked at Jiraiya "What are you thinking?"

"I think it's controlled by his thoughts. He has to channel the chakra to make it, but he just have to think of what he wants, and it's going to do it. It will probably not work on higher level jutsu, but I on the lower… I would say D- and C-rank jutsu; he just has to think of it"

Hiruzen nodded while looking at Naruto. "Ok Naruto, try to make"…

- Next morning in Naruto's apartment -

Naruto yawned loudly while stretching. He took a few minutes sitting in bed and waking up, before making his way to the bathroom.

While he was taking a bath he was thinking about what happened yesterday. They had discovered a lot about his Shoton. It is a combination of fuuton and doton, as the chakra paper had said. Jiraiya had theorized that he used doton to find minerals and stuff like that, while he used fuuton to compress it under high pressure, successfully making crystals.

He could crystallize anything they put him to. Earth, wood, water, grass, really anything that had mass, and wasn't energy. He could even crystallize living things, as they had discovered when he accidentally crystallized a bug. It was really like having a weapon on hand all the time.

Jiraiya had also told him about the secrets of Kage Bunshin halfway through the day, so he had made about a hundred clones, putting them to learning his Shoton, thus why he already had such control over it. Jiraiya said he was the only one who could train this way, due to him having such a large chakra reserves.

When they were about to leave, Hiruzen had pulled him aside and asked him to go to the library today. Naruto wasn't really a reader, and had complained loudly about it, but as Hiruzen said "If you want to be a ninja and the Hokage nonetheless, you need to have knowledge about the world. If not, people will just use you." That had made Naruto promise that he would do it. He also planned to go find a store who would sell him a new outfit, though he didn't know if he would be successful.

Naruto ate his breakfast and brushed his teeth, before making his way out the door.

"Scram demon! And don't come back!" Naruto sighed as he was kicked out of another store. Walking off Naruto tried to think of a way to get into a store. He could use Henge, but it would dispel as soon as someone touched him. And he couldn't just use the "I'm a ninja under the direct command of the Hokage" deal. It would only work on buildings owned by the government, like the library, not private-owned stores. He sighed deeply again.

Looking around the blond found a store that looked fairly non-descriptive. The only sign that told him it was for shinobi was the rather large kunai symbol above the door and the sign that read 'Higarashi Weapon Shop'. Deciding to give this place a try Naruto walked in.

Looking around, the first thing Naruto noticed was that whoever owned this place had an obvious love for weapons. There were racks upon racks of weapons lining the entire shop. Swords, Staffs, Scythes it seemed that anything anyone could name was there. He had never seen so many different weapons in one place ever, and some of these weapons he had never seen at all. It was enough to make even someone like Naruto, who knew next to nothing about weapons, drool.

"Can I help you?"

Naruto stiffened and almost shouted as he spun around. Behind him was a young girl that was maybe a year older than him, wearing a Chinese style pink tank top, dark green cargo pants and had her hair done up in two buns. To Naruto they made her kind of look like a panda. 'Or a mouse'. Naruto did his best not to snicker at the thought.

"Hello?" Tenten asked, while waving her hand in front of Naruto's face. He blinked a couple of times.

"Um… what?" Naruto said, blushing in embarrassment as he took a step back and put a hand behind his head.

The girl just looked at him before she rolled her eyes at the kid's inattentiveness and shrugged. "I was asking if you needed help finding anything."

"Erm…" Naruto blinked in surprise. "You work here?"

"That's right!" the girl said. "My name is Higarashi Tenten. My father owns this store so I come in and help when I'm not on missions."

"You're a shinobi then?" Naruto asked curiously.

"Yep, I've been a shinobi for about a year now," Tenten replied.

"That's awesome!" Naruto stated with a large grin. "I just graduated…" he blinked as he remembered why he was here. "You know you can help me, I was looking into getting some new clothes!"

"I can see why," Tenten said with an amused smirk. "Your clothes are hideous."

"Hey!" Naruto said, feeling the need to defend his clothes. "These clothes are warm and comfortable and-"

"Ugly," Tenten finished with a grin, "seriously who wears orange?"

"I like orange!" Naruto shouted indignantly. Seriously, what was it with people continuing to dis on the color orange? It was the best color in the world! "It's my favorite color!"

"Even so, it's not a very good color for a ninja." Tenten replied, finding the boys defensiveness amusing. "Especially when it's so bright."

He took a deep breath to calm down a bit. "I guess I can see the logic in that. Anyways, can you help me?"

"Sure," Tenten replied, amused by Naruto's reaction. She took him over to the clothing section of the store. "So what are you looking for exactly?" she asked.

Naruto thought about what he wanted to look like. He needed something that made him look cool and added a mysterious persona to him. Something that screamed powerful and awesome! Something...

"You know… I'm not sure," he said sheepishly. "I've never really shopped for clothes before so…" He had actually tried clothes shopping once when he was six and had just gotten an apartment, however the store owners had kicked him out before he could actually shop. That had actually been the same day he found his jumpsuits in the trash, after the same store he tried to shop from had thrown them away.

"You're kidding right?" Tenten looked at him incredulously. When he shook his head she sighed. "Then it looks like we're just going to have to see what works." She pulled him over to the clothing section of the store, where she began grabbing different styles of clothes and then making him change into many styles she gave him, essentially turning him into a life sized dress up doll.

Eventually she found a style that fit. Now Naruto was wearing dark black shinobi pants that tucked into a pair of black shinobi sandals. He had a black sleeveless Chinese style shirt like hers but with a dark orange trims and with the Uzumaki swirl on the back of it, she had tried to talk him out of wearing any orange but was unsuccessful in getting the blond to completely rid himself of his favorite color. At least there was less orange then before and it was in a darker tone then his jumpsuit had been. His hands were covered in fingerless gloves and his arms were also covered in black bandages up to his biceps. Lastly she changed the strap of his hitai-ate, from the dark blue color to black.

"There, you look much better now," Tenten said, smiling at him. Indeed he did look much better, now that she was seeing him without all the orange he actually looked cute. "Now you're like a real shinobi."

"You think so?" Naruto blushed as he scratched the back of his head.

"Of course! So will that be all?" Tenten asked.

"Yes I think so. For now anyway" he responded with a smile.

"Tenten, are you out front?"

Both Naruto and Tenten yelled as they spun around.

Naruto found himself staring at a bull of man. Large and built like brick shit house. The man had muscles on every part of his body that Naruto could see; he even had muscles on his muscles! He had brown hair and brown eyes much like Tenten. He was wearing an off white shirt, brown pants and a pair of brown boots.

"Damn it tou-san!" Tenten shouted as she clutched a hand to her chest. "How many times have I told you not to sneak up on me? And especially when I'm with a customer!"

Tenten's dad merely laughed, "Ah take it easy Tenten. Beside aren't you shinobi supposed to be more aware of your surroundings?"

"Do you want to be used as target practice again?" Tenten asked with a maniacal gleam in her eyes and had one of her hands inside her kunai pouch.

Her dad merely sweats dropped before he coughed and turned his attention to Naruto. He looked him up and down, immediately recognizing him. That didn't matter to him; he wasn't as narrow sighted as some of the other villagers. He worked with sealing scrolls on a daily basis; he knew that the boy in front of him wasn't the demon. And if he had been, he would probably already have destroyed the village, with the way some treated him.

Naruto watched with a mixture of shock and weariness as the man looked him over. He was already expecting to get thrown out. No one wanted to sell the "demon brat" anything. But Tenten's dad just smiled at him, walking over to the cash-register, typing in all that his daughter had noted on a block.

"Now all that stuff you got there will come to around 5,000 yen," Tenten's dad said.

Naruto cringed a bit but got out the necessary money, it would put him back by a lot, especially since he would no longer be able to gain a stipend from the Hokage since he was a ninja. But this was for his shinobi-career, so he had to. He took out his frog-shaped green wallet, much to the amusement of Tenten, and put the money on the table.

"Thank you kid. Hope you'll come back" Tenten's dad said to Naruto while counting the money Naruto had left.

He gave the two there one of his most brilliant smiles. "Thanks mister…"

"Kaito," the man replied.

"Thanks Kaito-san," Naruto bowed before grabbing his equipment and running off with a grin. "I'll make sure your store becomes famous when it's selling to me as the Hokage!" he yelled out as he left for the library.

Naruto was standing outside a big building, a building he had never thought he would set foot in – the library. He sighed deeply and made his way through the front doors. He hadn't made his way in more than a few meters, when a voice called out behind him.

"Can I help y-. What do you want? I'm sorry, but you will have to leave - Now." Naruto turned around to see who it was. It turned out to be the custodian, a woman who looked to be in her mid-fifties said, spitting out the word boy with venom.

Naruto remembered what Hiruzen had said to him the day before. Naruto tapped his finger on his hitai-ate "I am a ninja of Konoha, under the command of the direct command of the Hokage. And can I remind you that this is a government owned building? And who again runs the government? That's right, the Hokage does. Thus, you can't kick me out of here" the custodian was clearly irritated by this, but as Naruto had pointed out, she couldn't kick him out.

She sighed "Fine, but if you break anything, you will be sorry" she said, and walked away.

Naruto snorted mentally at this. Since he was told about the Kyuubi, he had been near stunned by the naivety of the population of Konoha. One thing was the civilians who knew nothing of sealing, but the ninja-population too? They used sealing on a daily basis.

He shook it off him, and made his way to the shinobi section of the library. When he was there, he put his hands in a ram seal, making ten clones.

"Alright guys, I need your help finding some books. Anything on chakra, seals, Taijutsu and basic shinobi skills will be fine. Also, try to find something on bijuu, Jinchuuriki and anything related". With that said, he and his clones looked through the bookshelves looking for said books. In the end he found twenty-seven on the various subjects. He made his way home, and began to read.

- Three days later -

Naruto was on his way to training ground 43. Jiji had given it to train the week before the team assignments, which was still two days away. The Sandaime had said it was because he needed to get his Shoton under control before getting on a team, so he wouldn't put them or himself in danger with it.

He made his way to the training field, and did what he had done the last few days. He put his hand to form the ram seal, and made about one hundred clones, and split them up to do various tasks.

Fifty clones were working on his Shoton, which were coming along nicely. He had learned to crystallize stuff fast, and could even make crystals from the humidity in the air. He had also made quite a few new jutsu, most of the based on jutsu of other elements. It wasn't as hard as he had thought it to be. He would just have to think about something crystallizing, and it would.

The next twenty-five were working on his chakra control. He had perfected the floating leaf exercise that they had learned in the academy, and were now slowly making progress on the tree-climbing exercise. He could run up the tree by now, and could walk about two quarters of the way. He had decided that he wouldn't move on before he could fight on a vertical surface for about ten minutes.

And the last quarter were reading. Reading anything he could get his hands on. Most of the jutsu and exercises were from the books. He had learned a lot about bijuu, one of the subjects he was most interested in, for obvious reasons.

He continued training the next few days, until the team assignments.

- The day of the team assignments -

The alarm clock ringed high. Naruto almost fell out of his bed, trying to punch the stupid thing into oblivion. When he finally managed to turn of the stupid thing, he sat up, scratching his eyes and looked around with sleepy eyes. He saw the calendar, and within a second he was wide awake. 'Today I get my team assignment!'

He jumped out of the bed, and made his way to the bathroom to wash up and brush teeth. He thought about what he had done the last week. He had advanced rather quickly due to the Kage Bunshin; he had done almost two years of training in the last week. He now had decent control over Shoton, but it could still be improved. His chakra control were a ton better; he could know fight on the tree surface for about four minutes, before he fell off. And he had read. He was surprised how much it had mattered. He could actually understand what people were saying most of the time now. Nothing like when the week started. Overall, he had improved a lot, though he still needed to be careful. The third day he had dispelled all his clones at once, and had fainted from fatigue alone. He had woken up an hour later with a throbbing headache. He wasn't do that again, and had the following days dispelled his clones in groups of ten, with a few minutes interval.

He had also met Konohamaru, the "honorable grandson of the Sandaime Hokage", and his teacher Ebisu, who hated his guts. He had met Konohamaru when he had turned in his Ninja Registration Form. Konohamaru had come to challenge the Sandaime for the title of Hokage, but had tripped over his own scarf, halfway across the room. It had been fun to see the reaction of his teacher, when he slammed him across the head after he learned who he was.

Konohamaru had followed him later, asking him to teach him. Naruto had complied, and taught him Henge no Jutsu and Oiroke no Jutsu. Later Ebisu had come, saying he didn't want Naruto to teach. Konohamaru couldn't figure out why, but Naruto knew right away, when he saw the eyes of Ebisu. It was the same as most of the villagers – full of hate towards him, for something he had no control over what so ever. He had beaten him with his new Haremu no Jutsu, sending him flying halfway across Konoha because of his nosebleed. He had after told Konohamaru that there was no shortcut to becoming the Hokage, and that he had to beat him to get there. Konohamaru told him that they weren't student and teacher anymore; they were rivals. He had left after that.

After he was done in the bathroom, he made his breakfast, which was made up of bread and various vegetable. Naruto had read that he needed to eat better if he wanted to grow. Naruto was still the shortest from his class, which annoyed him to no end. He was sitting and eating, looking across the room. He saw the new picture he had put up the day before. It was his picture for the ninja registration. He had asked Hiruzen if he could get a copy of it to hang up, and was allowed. He was in the picture, of course, and stood with an angel to the camera, with his hand, back down towards the ground, pointing slightly towards it. From his hand, to the corner of the picture, and across the top, the air was glimmering slightly pink, clear evidence of his Shoton. It had taken some persuasion on his part, but the Hokage had finally said yes. He was quite proud of it; clear evidence of his shinobi status.

After he was done with his breakfast, he bolted out the door, and made his way to the Academy. 'Today I'm going to get a team. I am officially going to be a Genin, a ninja of Konoha. It's the first step on the way to become the Hokage.'

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Kage Bunshin no Jutsu – Shadow Clone Technique: Similar to the Bunshin no Jutsu, this technique creates clones of the user. However, these clones are actual copies, not illusions. The user's chakra is evenly distributed among every clone, giving each clone an equal fraction of the user's overall power. The clones are capable of performing techniques on their own and can even bleed, but will usually disperse after one or two solid blows. They can also disperse on their own. The clones will be created in roughly the same condition as the original. When they disperse, all the knowledge they have gained return to the creator.

Bunshin no Jutsu – Clone Technique: A Ninjutsu that creates an intangible copy of one's own body, without any substance. Since the clone itself doesn't have the ability to attack, and thus can only be used to confuse the enemy, it is mainly used in combination with other Ninjutsu. It's a basic technique, but depending on one's ingenuity, it can be used effectively. The clones will dissipate when they come into contact with something.

Kekkei Genkai – Bloodline Limit (Literally meaning "a technique limited to inheritance by blood"): are abilities passed down genetically in specific clans. It's possible for a ninja to have more than one of these abilities. Kekkei genkai abilities that work via the user's eye are called dojutsu. Other kekkei genkai include mixing one type of elemental chakra with another, creating a new one unique to the users, which is usually impossible for normal ninja.

Dojutsu – Eye Techniques: are kekkei genkai that utilize the eyes, granting the wielder ocular abilities? Being a by-product of specific kekkei genkai, dojutsu are not classified as one of the major jutsu types. They do not require the use of hand seals and in some cases facilitate in the use of or defense against Genjutsu, Taijutsu and Ninjutsu and then defeat their opponent. All known dojutsu also provide the user with some unique abilities, such as an extended field of vision or predictive capabilities. The use of dojutsu often-time consumes a great deal of chakra.

Shoton – Crystal Release: is a rare and specialized field of elemental Ninjutsu that can create crystal as well as manipulate already-existing crystals and crystalline structures.

Doton – Earth Release: is one of the basic elemental nature transformation techniques and allow the user to manipulate the surrounding earth for offensive and defensive purposes or create it; be it dirt, mud, or rock.

Fuuton – Wind Release: is one of the five basic elemental nature transformations. It is performed by making chakra as sharp and thin as possible. Wind Release is mainly short to mid-ranged offensive techniques that combine brute force and keen precision to deal cutting and slashing damage. A rarity among the five chakra natures, wind techniques are usually performed by generating air circulation and can be enhanced through this method as well. Wind-nature chakra can also be channeled into blades to increase their cutting power and overall range.

Katon – Fire Release: is one of the basic elemental nature transformations. It is performed by molding super-heated chakra inside the stomach before releasing it via the lungs and mouth. There are also variants to this in the form of some mediums such as the use of gun powder, explosive tags and chakra flow into a weapon.

Suiton – Water Release: is one of the basic elemental nature transformation techniques that allow the user to manipulate per-existing water, or create their own, by turning their chakra into water. It takes much more ability to create the water than to manipulate what is already available and expel it from their mouths. One of the most versatile of the five basic chakra natures, Water Release techniques can not only change shape but state as well. Moreover, the water becomes more solid in the process as well

Raiton – Lightning Release: is one of the basic elemental nature transformation techniques that allow the user to generate lightning by increasing the high frequency vibrations of their chakra, allowing for piercing damage and fast movement. The electricity paralyses the target so that they are unable to move and leave them vulnerable to a finishing strike. While uncommon, lightning can be infused into bladed weapons in a way similar to fuuton through chakra flow for increased the piercing power through vibrations, with the added effect of inducing numbness. When the technique is released from their bodies, and thus not requiring physical contact, it does not move as fast as true lightning. Instead, due to the control the user has to exert over it, it moves far slower, which give opponents can time to still react. Based on the exhaustion seen when using Lightning Release techniques, it can be presumed that they require more chakra than the other nature transformations

Kyuubi no Yoko – The nine tailed fox.

Bijuu – Tailed Beast: The tailed beasts are large, living forms of chakra, sometimes referred to as "Chakra Monsters", giving them power that far outmatches most shinobi. However, this immense strength is tempered by their bestial nature, which restricts them from being intelligent enough to use it effectively. As such, when the tailed beasts are sealed within humans, they are able to benefit from the knowledge of their hosts, giving them the ability to better utilize their powers.

Jinchuuriki – "Power of Human Sacrifice": are humans that have bijuu sealed within them. They exhibit extraordinary powers, and in some cases are more powerful than their tailed beasts, because they have the intelligence to use the beasts' powers effectively.

Henge no Jutsu – Transformation Technique: Given all the missions ninja are assigned to - battle, intelligence gathering, and diversions - this is a priceless Ninjutsu. It is typically used to change into people other than one, but one also has the ability to change into animals, plants, and even inanimate objects like weapons. This gives this technique an abundance of uses. The transformation of a skilled shinobi will be exactly like the genuine article, so it will be impossible to tell the two apart. On the other hand, a transformation performed by an inexperienced person will have obvious discrepancies. It will be impossible to deceive anyone with it. This is one of the most basic Ninjutsu, as such most shinobi know how to perform it. The transformation technique is considered to be among the more difficult E-ranked techniques, since it requires constant emission of chakra while mentally maintaining the form. On top of that, the user would be, most likely, interacting with the environment. This puts mental strain on an inexperienced ninja. Thus the best way to determine if it is indeed a transformation is to cause this strain upon the user; though this is of course not always successful.

Oiroke no Jutsu – Sexy Technique: The Sexy Technique is simply a Henge no Jutsu used to transform the user into a beautiful, nude woman in a very seductive pose with mists of smoke covering her privates, or in a bathing suit.

Haremu no Jutsu – Harem Technique: This technique is considered to be an advanced variation of the Oiroke no Jutsu, which is combined with the Kage Bunshin no Jutsu. After creating a dozen or so clones, Naruto uses this technique to transform them all into the same beautiful. Naruto uses this technique when he either wants a better chance of his target falling victim, or when the Sexy Technique fails to fulfill its purpose