The Seventh Day
A Naruto Fanfic.
By Niki (NeeP) Paradis
Disclaimer: I wish that these were my ninjas, but they're not --I'm
just borrowing them for a bit.
Note: I wrote this while missing a good chunk of history of the Naruto
manga timeline. So if I got some details wrong, you now know why.
It was morning and the sun was shining through the window
upon two children sleeping on a single bed; one boy and one girl. They
were similar enough in appearance to be taken for twins. A casual ninja
observer peering through the window would have easily noticed that the bed
was not large enough to hold the two children and that simple fact became
even more obvious when the boy, who was nearest to the wall started to toss
and turn, pushing the girl over the edge of the mattress.
Shouya woke up after hitting the floor. Naruto had
managed to push her out of bed again. She sat out with a groan.
And with a snort and a sigh she turned to face the culprit that knocked her
off. She didn't know if it was an accident or on purpose, but then
she decided that she really didn't care. She stood up, raised her hand,
formed it into a fist, and brought it down hard on Naruto's head.
It was a rude awakening for the young genin. Despite
the well known rule that a ninja is to be neither seen nor heard, he let
out a huge yell and lashed out, forcing his assailant to jump back.
He glared at the blonde girl he was now forced to share his apartment with.
"What the hell was that for?!?"
"You knocked me out of bed, idiot!"
"What did you expect? This bed only sleeps one guy!
There's not enough room for both you and me, and this is my bed!"
"So you think you had the right?!?"
"Like I said, it is my bed..."
Shouya then began to explain exactly how she felt about
being pushed out of bed using as many choice words that she can think of.
And most of the words that she used would not be considered to be proper
for a young girl. Not that she cared. And her choice of volume
insured that Naruto was able to hear her. Naruto responded in kind.
(Mind you, the same language wasn't really appropriate for a twelve year-old
boy either.) The curses and insults went on for about twenty minutes
as Naruto climbed out of bed and reached for his clothes. Shouya grabbed
hers and headed to the small washroom to change, still shouting. There
were other shouts from underneath them, demanding silence but the complaints
were ignored. Naruto and Shouya proceeded to shout at each other as
they got dressed and only stopped as the last shoe was put on and their voices
started to get hoarse. Both came to the centre of the room, dressed
Then they glared at each other for a moment, before turning
to the breakfast table. There was only one chair. After a brief tussle,
Naruto claimed his prize, sitting down, and holding on tight. Shouya
snorted and headed for the cupboard and fridge. In the cupboard she
found one cup of instant ramen, a cereal box with crumbs in it, two slices
of (very) stale bread and a can of beans. The fridge held a nearly
empty carton of milk, and a slightly soft apple. She pulled out everything
but the beans and put it on the table.
Naruto looked glumly at the meagre offerings. "There's
no point in fighting over this, is there?" he asked. Both kids thought
about it momentarily. Both imagined the food scattered all around the
apartment and their stomachs growling.
As if on cue, the sound of stomach growling could be heard
"Not really," sighed Shouya.
The food was divided between them and they both ate, Naruto
sitting on the chair at the table and Shouya sitting on the floor with her
back against the wall.
"Y'know," she said with her mouth full, "Something's gotta
be done about this."
"You think?" asked Naruto sarcastically.
"Yeah. We gotta have a talk with the Old Woman."
Shouya stood up, casually threw her chipped cereal bowl neatly onto the counter.
It skidded smoothly on the countertop and stopped neatly next to the sink.
"No kidding. What makes her think we can live together
like this?!?" Naruto aimed his plate to land next to the bowl.
"I think I can understand why they want to stick together, but..."
"At the very least, they could've given us another bed!!!"
"Yeah!" Naruto then took a look at the wall clock.
"Crap! I'm gonna be late. I gotta get going."
"Eep! I gotta get to class or Iruka-sensei is gonna
Both ran to the old dresser. Naruto grabbed his
forehead protector, and Shouya grabbed the old goggles.
"Hey!" he shouted. "Those are mine!"
"You've got your precious protector," retorted the girl.
"When I get one of my own, I won't need the goggles then."
There was no time left to argue anyway. They put
on their respective headgear and ran out the door.
Three young genin were waiting by the bridge. It
was a warm morning and there was hardly a breeze to stir the wind.
All three young members of Team 7 wore expressions of extreme boredom and
disgust on their faces.
"Kakashi-Sensei is late again!" exclaimed Sakura.
"Why does he always do this to us?!? I mean, doesn't he realize just
how demeaning this is for us? I would think that our teacher should
be at least a little more prompt than Naruto." Hell, yeah! cried
out Sakura's inner self. The jerk!
"Its nothing to get worked up about," growled Sasuke.
"If he's late, he's late. And there's not much we can do about it."
"Aw, man! I'm starving! Do you think we may have some
time to get something to eat?" Naruto sat on the ground suddenly and
rubbed his audibly growling stomach.
"What?!? You can't be hungry! Didn't
you have breakfast?!?" asked Sakura.
Naruto sighed. "Well, yeah... Sorta...
Just not as much as usual. There wasn't much and I hadda share with
Shouya... Man! She eats a lot for a girl!"
"Shouya, huh?" mused Sakura. She recalled the rumours
about a blonde girl being forced to move in with Naruto. "What is that
girl to you? I thought you were an orphan..."
There was a snort. "That was tactless," muttered
The female ninja then blushed in embarrassment.
"I think she's one of my Harem doppelgangers come to life
on her own. It had to do with that weird artefact that me and Jiraiya
found last week. But, instead of remaining big, she shrunk to a kid,
same age as me. She even thought that she was me!" Naruto chuckled.
"It took the Old Lady Hokage to set us both straight."
"So, what's the story then?" asked Sasuke, curious, but
trying to hide his interest in his rival's story.
"I'm the original --as if it isn't obvious, but Shouya,
she's real too now. Real flesh and blood. But also a real girl..."
Naruto sighed. "It was Tsunade's idea to make us live together.
And lemme tell ya, it hasn't been easy. Not for her and not for me."
"I still can't believe it, a female Naruto. Seems unreal,
doesn't it?" Sakura shook her head in disbelief.
"You think it's unnatural? How do you think I feel..?
I mean, she's just like me! She even thinks like me!"
"And I thought one was bad enough," muttered Sasuke to
himself, "and now there's two..." Naruto glared at his rival.
"Sorry that I'm late," called out Kakashi cheerfully as
he finally came walking over the bridge. "A black cat tried to cross
my path and I had to take the long way around..."
"Liar!" cried out Sakura.
"You bastard!" shouted Naruto as he scrambled to his feet.
Sasuke just didn't care.
"Listen," said Kakashi. Team 7 stood at attention, knowing
that it was time to get serious. The team leader continued. "Things
are now starting to come under control but it will take some time before
it really quiets down. Until then, we will be taking more assignments
and working overtime until backlog of missions is cleared and the Hidden
Leaf Village comes back up in strength."
"Hmmm," murmured Naruto to himself. "Hey, Sensei?
If there are less ninjas than before, that means that we should be getting
better missions, right?"
"Hmmm?" Kakashi raised an eyebrow as his blonde
student came forward.
"I mean that we might get more C rank and maybe B rank
missions! Isn't that right, Kakashi-Sensei?" Hope was literally
shining off of Naruto's face.
"Maybe. We will have to see. But until then, there are
plenty of D rank assignments to be done. And that's what we got first."
"Yes, Sensei!" chorused the troops.
"Whaddya mean, class is cancelled?!?" demanded Shouya
of Iruka. Teacher and student stood alone in an otherwise empty classroom.
"I explained this to Naruto a couple of days ago," said
her teacher. "There aren't enough trained people to cover the existing
missions as it is. But we must appear strong to the other Hidden Villages
and countries. So, we can't refuse any missions. Everyone in the Village
is expected to work overtime. Even the school instructors are expected
to do missions. So, until we manage to catch up with the list, classes
are on hold."
"But how the hell am I gonna catch up with Naruto if I
can't finish my classes and graduate?!?"
"It shouldn't be for more than a week, Shouya. Meanwhile,
you can practice. Exams won't be delayed by that much."
The girl looked sullen for a moment. Then she beamed
up at him.
"Right, Iruka-Sensei. I'll go practice. I'm
not gonna screw up like Naruto did on his exams." She readjusted her
goggles. "I'm gonna be a better Hokage than he plans on being."
Iruka looked down at his blonde student. Determination
and passion shone in her face under her borrowed goggles and ragged topknots.
She will do it too, he thought to himself. Especially with
Tsunade's example and Naruto's enthusiasm. He smiled down at her.
"I know you can do well, Shouya. Especially if you
practice." He picked up a few last items off of his desk and placed
them into his various pockets and packs. "Tell you what. I shouldn't
be too long with this assignment. After I am done with this particular
mission, I will treat you and Naruto to some ramen. How does that sound?"
"Really?!? Ramen?!?" asked the young ninja-in-training
enthusiastically. "You're on, Sensei! You better be careful so
you can keep that promise!"
Iruka laughed. "I'll be careful, don't you worry.
You go practice!" He left the classroom with a cheery wave.
"I will!" called Shouya after him.
"Why are we stuck with this boring job?" asked Naruto
in disgust, as he ripped off some leaves of a defenceless bush.
"The Hokage has need of some medicinal herbs for her infusions,"
"Too many people are still hurting from the attack," said
Sakura. "They're depending on these herbs." She was kneeling
before her own bush, hard at work.
"Actually, the Hokage specifically asked for us to do
this particular job," said Kakashi as he supervised from behind his book.
"In fact, she wanted you for the job, Naruto."
"Really?" Naruto looked up from his basket.
"Yeah. She said that not even you could screw up
this job. She wanted to make certain that you remained out of trouble."
"Crap..." Naruto's hands clenched into fists.
Sakura smirked to herself as she continued to pick leaves
off of the bushes.
"Damn that old woman!" howled Naruto. "Who does
she think she is?!?"
"Figures that you would be the one keeping us from the
good assignments," grumbled Sasuke.
Naruto dropped the basket as he jumped to his feet.
"What did you say?!?" he shouted.
"You heard me," growled Sasuke.
"You two don't have time for this," interrupted Kakashi.
"The Hokage needs these herbs and Sakura has more than the two of you put
The two boys glared at each other for a moment then went
back to their job, each determined to out do the other.
Sasuke finished picking the young leaves from the bush
in front of him and turned to the next. He reached over to pluck a
leaf when the entire plant moved away by about ten centimetres. He
blinked and reached again. Normally he would have suspected something
right off, but Naruto was gaining on him.
Again, the bush scurried away.
Quickly, Sasuke jumped back, reached into his side pack
and pulled out a kunai knife. He threw it towards the bush. The
bush jumped up into air and changed.
Shouya Uzumaki landed on the ground, grinning impishly
"Gotcha good, didn't I?" she laughed.
Everyone stared at her.
"What the hell are you doing here?!?" demanded Naruto
of the blonde girl.
"Well, according to Iruka-Sensei, you were told that classes
were put on hold. Why didn't you tell me that?"
Naruto scratched at the back of his head. "I forgot,"
he said sheepishly.
"Sure you did."
"Really, I did."
"Shouya." Kakashi's voice cut through the argument.
"Yeah, what?" She turned around to find the senior
ninja standing behind her, bent at the waist, so that he was looking her
in the eye.
"Why are you here?"
"Well, like I told Naruto, the classes have been cancelled
until further notice. I did do some practicing of some of my techniques,
but then I thought that I could make myself useful, like the others of the
Village. I might not have the headband, but I know practically everything
that Naruto knows. I can do some of the missions. So I thought
that I would come and give you guys a hand."
"Um, I see." Kakashi closed his visible eye for
a moment. "Okay. You grab a basket." He proceeded to describe
the type of leaf that they were looking for. Shouya listened, then
she charged to find a bush of her own.
A three way competition between Sasuke and the Umuzaki
duo began. Each was determined to out-pick the other two. Sakura
snorted in disgust. Shouya was just as stubborn as Naruto.
Most of the bushes of the immediate vicinity had been
picked of all usable leaves. There was only one bush left. All
three of the leaf-picking contestants ran towards it. With sheer determination,
they all leaped at once at the bush.
"Wait a moment," said Kakashi as they sailed through the
"That's not the same kind of plant," cried out Sakura.
All three crashed squarely into the centre of the bush.
"That's a nettle," finished the pink haired ninja lamely.
A little later...
"What's wrong with you?" exclaimed Sakura.
"Did you really need to compete with them?"
Shouya dunked her head under the surface of the river
before replying. "Well, I'm sick of having Naruto ahead of me.
I know pretty much everything that he does. And I don't want to be
beaten in anything by Sasuke." She continued to scrub the nettle sap
off of her forearms. "Can you hand me my jacket?"
Sakura gingerly handed over the orange and blue jacket.
Shouya took it from her and dunked the entire garment into the river, trying
to rinse the nettle sap out of it. She walked over to an overhanging
branch and threw the jacket up over it.
"But you're a girl. Why are you trying so hard?"
Sakura watched as the blonde girl wringed out each topknot.
"Because I want to be Hokage. And for a girl to
become Hokage, she's gonna hafta train harder than any boy. She's gotta
be stronger and tougher than any boy. Look at the Old Woman.
She really strong, and she knows tonnes of stuff... Can you hand me
Sakura picked up the pair of orange pants. She looked
at Shouya, who was standing in the water. The blonde girl was shivering
a bit, because she was wearing nothing except for... "Geez! Don't
you wear any proper underwear?!?" she shouted as she threw the pants out
Shouya pulled her pants off of her head and proceeded
to rinse them. "What do you mean?" she asked. "Everything's clean!"
"I can't believe this! You really don't know what
I am talking about?!? I am talking about panties and a bra!"
"You don't think that I should be wearing those kind of
things?!?" Shouya's blue eyes were open wide in terror. She almost
dropped her pants into the river.
"I can't believe that I am having this conversation with
you," snorted Sakura. "Give me your pants." Shouya meekly handed
them over. The other girl wrung them out and hung them to dry next
to the jacket. "Now come over here and sit down. If I have to
see your hair in a mess like that for any longer, I'm going to go insane.
Hopefully I can get most of those tangles out before your clothes dry."
"Why should I listen to you?"
Sakura exploded. "Come here, Shouya!" She
pointed imperiously to a patch of grass in front of her.
Shouya came out of the meekly water and stepped over to
"You do realise that I blame you, right?" asked Sasuke
as he and Naruto sat in the stream, trying to wash off the nettle sap.
"Shut up!" snarled Naruto. "How could this be my
Kakashi ignore the both of them and started on the next
chapter in his book.
In the hall of the administrative building, Tsunade, the
Fifth Hokage of the Hidden Leaf Village, looked across the desk at the five
people standing there with baskets full of leaves. She smiled at them.
There were more than enough leaves to make the tincture to help the remaining
invalids. She looked towards each individual of the team. Sakura
wore a look of disgust and her eyes kept straying towards Shouya Uzumaki.
Shouya herself, along with Naruto and Sasuke wore a look of irritated discomfort
and red spots of nettle irritation. The team leader, Kakashi, had a
look of weary indifference.
"Well, Team 7, I am impressed with the results of your
assignment. And I understand that Shouya helped?"
"You bet!" enthused the blonde girl. "I can't go
to class, so I figure that I can contribute. I wanna help!"
"She got in the way," said Naruto.
"I did not!"
Tsunade look towards Kakashi. There was a slight
look of pleading in his visible eye and she gave him a small smile and a
"I am pleased that you could help your brother's team
out, Shouya. And your offer to help contribute at this time of need
is commendable. But there is something that I need to talk to you about
and Team 7 has another assignment."
Shouya's face fell in disappointment. "Am I in trouble?
What did I do this time?"
"No, Shouya. You're not in trouble, but I need to
talk to you."
"Lady," cried out Sakura. "If you're going to talk
to Shouya, please set her straight."
"Set her straight?" A baffled look crossed the face
of the Head Woman.
"I mean, it's just wrong!"
"She's wearing boxer shorts!!!" cried out
the pink hair kunoichi in disgust pointing to the blonde girl. "It's
just so wrong!"
The elders and the other administration people started
to murmur amongst themselves. Shouya looked confused and embarrassed.
Kakashi coughed politely.
"Geez!" muttered Shouya. "What's the big idea that
you have to tell everyone that?"
"Tactless," muttered Sasuke.
Tsunade cleared her throat to get everyone's attention.
"All right, then. Team 7, here is your next assignment. Kakashi,
please stop by the infirmary on your way out and get the boys some salve
for that nettle rash." She passed a small scroll over the team leader.
"Of course, Hokage," he replied. He turned to his
team. "Let's go."
Shouya watched as Naruto and his team left the room.
Once the team was gone, Tsunade addressed the room.
"All right, we're going to take a fifteen minute break. Get yourselves
something cool to drink. I am going to speak with Shouya here in private."
The staff and the elders filed out of the room.
"Let's go to my office," she said to the young girl.
"Right." Shouya straightened her goggles and followed
the older woman.
Tsunade looked up and down the hallway before shutting
the door. Then she turned to face the young girl.
"You little idiot!" exclaimed the older woman. "What
are you trying to prove?"
"What do you mean by that?!?" shouted Shouya. "I'm
not trying to prove anything! You know that I am just as capable as
Naruto. I don't see why I have to go to the Academy. I know all
Tsunade sighed. "Let me guess, you want to be Hokage
"You better believe it! If you can become Hokage,
then so can I!"
The older woman walked around her desk and sat down.
She gestured to Shouya to take a seat. "Sit down," she said. Reluctantly,
the girl sat down in one of the visitor's chairs.
"Since I took the position of Hokage, I have been making
inquiries into Naruto's past. His record of misdemeanours is remarkably
long. His class marks are abysmal, barely above the passing grade.
You say that you know everything that Naruto knows, but how much does he
really know? Even now? His team mates, Sasuke and Sakura
both know more than he does, especially the basic knowledge that every Hidden
Leaf ninja should know. The only thing that managed to save his ass
so far is his determination to succeed."
"Yeah, so?" asked Shouya sullenly, scratching at the rash
on her cheek.
"Because of his past performance and behaviour, people
of the Hidden Leaf simply don't trust him. Because of his past screw-ups,
he has to work harder than anyone else in the village to prove himself."
Tactfully, Tsunade said nothing about the Kyubi that resided within Naruto
adding to the people's mistrust.
"And what does that have to do with me?"
"You have only been with us for barely a week, and we're
still not certain on how you came to be. However, everyone knows that
you 'came from' Naruto, and that automatically adds his reputation to yours.
Also, because of the fact that you have no history, people are going to be
more suspicious of you than of Naruto. That means that you're going
to have to work even harder than him in order to prove yourself."
Shouya nodded. She has already spent most of the
last week proving to people that she was a separate entity apart from Naruto.
"I know," she said.
"But what you have to get through your thick little skull
is the fact that while you know everything that Naruto knows, and while you
have the same memories, you are NOT Naruto."
"I know that!" shouted Shouya.
"I don't think you do. Today, you tried to participate
within Kakashi's team. You attempted to interact with everyone as though
you knew them, and don’t get me wrong, I know that you do. But they
don't know you. They don't know Shouya Uzumaki."
"Um." Shouya grunted in thought. It was true
that her presence was not welcomed in the group. She had thought at
the time that it was the same discomfort that everyone has shown around Naruto,
but even Naruto showed the same discomfort.
"You have to remember that there is one big difference
between you and Naruto. You are a woman, he's not. And I think
it is about time you learn what being a woman means." Tsunade's voice
softened. "I think it is time for you to discover who Shouya Uzumaki
is as well."
"Um..." Shouya had no idea on how to respond to
"So, to help you learn what it means to be a woman, I
am going to ask Anko Mitarashi to spend the afternoon with you."
"Who?" whimpered the blonde girl.
"I have been told that she was the jounin who supervised
the second test of the Chuunin Exam. Surely Naruto's memories would
have her in them."
Sure enough, the memories that she shared with Naruto
provided an image. The creepy woman in the fishnet dress and the jacket.
Oh yah, it's kinda hard to forget her.
Tsunade reached over and pulled a cord that hung just
behind her desk. A bell sounded, and a chuunin assistant came in shortly.
"Yes, Lady?" he asked.
"Please let Anko know that I have an assignment for her."
"Yes, Lady." The assistant left.
"Crap..." muttered Shouya.
It didn't take long until the jounin arrived at the office.
"You called for me, my Lady?" asked Anko.
"Yes, I did. This is Shouya Uzumaki."
The brown haired woman nodded towards the blonde girl.
"I need you to take her into town and teach her about
being a woman," said Tsunade.
"Yes my Lady, I can do that."
"Good. But before you go, there are some other things
that I need to talk to you about as well." The Hokage then turned to
girl. "Shouya, please wait in the hall for a moment."
"Uh, sure." Shouya got up, walked to the door and
exited. As soon as the door closed behind her, she considered putting
her ear against the door to try and listen. But the adults walking
up and down the hall with stern faces made her reconsider it.
"Anko, thanks for doing this for me," said Tsunade as
the jounin sat down.
"Not a problem, Hokage. If this girl is anything
like what I hear about Uzumaki, she'll need a strong hand to keep her in
"Hokage, do you really want me to explain the differences
between boys and girls to this kid?"
"Actually, I do. Shouya has no idea what it means
to be a woman. She doesn't know how to take care of her hair, or understand
why a girl isn't usually so forceful. According to her way of thinking,
a girl is just a funny-shaped boy. That kind of thinking can cause
her some trouble in a year or two. I don't just want you to tell her,
I want you to beat the information into her if you have to. If she
can start thinking of herself as a girl, it would help her establish her
"I can do that," said Anko. "Is that everything
or is there something more?"
"There's more." Tsunade reached into her desk and
pulled out a purse. She handed it over to the jounin. Get Shouya
whatever she needs. As the girl from Kakashi's team had pointed out,
she is definitely lacking in some of the basics. Also, take a look
around the Uzumaki apartment." The older woman got up from her desk
and started to pace around. "Naruto Uzumaki is supposed to be the Leaf
Village's responsibility, but I find that I wonder if Naruto has all of the
basics. He always had an allowance, and now he is bringing home some
extra money from the missions he does. But the allowance that a genin
brings home is usually in addition to the family's income..." Tsunade
The special-forces jounin nodded in understanding.
"I understand, my Lady."
"There's one more thing." The Hokage stopped pacing
and looked towards Anko, still seated in the chair.
"Yes, my Lady?"
"I want you to watch Shouya for any signs of the Kyubi.
The Nine-Tails may be one of the reason why Shouya came into existence.
If there's any sign of the Nine-Tails, I need to know immediately."
"Yes, my lady."
"I can't stop worrying about her," muttered Naruto as
he looked through the bushes for another missing pet.
"Hush, Naruto," hissed Sakura through her headset microphone.
"Who are you talking about? The cat?"
"No. Shouya." Naruto muttered as he inched
around a tree.
"Quiet down, you two," cautioned Kakashi. "We don't
want her to get away again."
"Right," acknowledged the two genin.
"I see it." Sasuke's voice came over the airwaves
as he dashed towards another tree.
"Give me your position," commanded the jounin.
Sasuke rattled off a bunch of coordinates. With the information,
the team leader was able to come up with a plan.
"Okay. Everyone get into position now," said Kakashi's
voice over the radio.
Barely any sound was produced by the young ninja as they
scurried into position.
"You're late again, you idiot," whispered Sakura.
"Go for it," commanded the team leader.
They leaped towards their prey.
It was quite a struggle. Because their instructions
stated that they could not harm their prey, the trio were unable to defend
themselves. However, the panther that they were sent to retrieve was
not restricted by the same rules. But through skill and determination,
it didn't take too long before the panther was trussed up. It took
a lot of effort. Everyone was panting due to the sudden exertion.
Sakura noticed something. "I think there's something
wrong with her paw." She knelt down and deftly pulled a four centimetre
long splinter. The huge cat immediately started to purr in relief.
"She should be fine now. But it's no wonder why she was so mad."
"That's great, Sakura-chan," came Naruto's muffled voice.
"Now, can you do me a favour and get her off of me?!?"
On their way back to the village, with the panther (named
'Muffin') walking beside them, Sakura began to question Naruto.
"Why are you so worried about Shouya?" she asked.
"By the way you acted towards her, I thought that you were anxious to get
rid of her."
"Well..." started Naruto.
"You can't even make up your own mind?" asked Sasuke.
"Can you do anything at all?"
"Shut up!" shouted Naruto.
The panther started, but Sakura was quick to calm her
down. "Don’t yell," she scolded. "I don't want to chase her down
"Sorry... It's just that she gives me the creeps
at times. I know that she can tell what I am thinking, because there
are times when I can tell what she is thinking. It's weird. She's
not bad, really. Just too much like me, I guess. And now the
Old Woman wants to 'talk' to her. I just keep thinking about how the
old Hokage always wanted to 'talk' to me, especially when I got into trouble.
It's not like she didn't do anything wrong, she just wanted to help us, because
she knew us best." Naruto sighed. Sakura, Sasuke and Kakashi
looked at the blonde ninja in a thoughtful manner when he wasn't looking.
A short brunette woman and a young blonde girl walked
down the street.
"So, the Hokage wants me to teach you things, huh?"
"I guess so," said Shouya in an off-hand matter.
"She says that you gotta teach me about being a girl, so I figure that it
shouldn't be too long..."
"Not too long, huh?" asked Anko. "Tell me then,
how long do you think it's going to be?"
"Not more than fifteen, twenty minutes tops," said Shouya
"Well, I can tell you a bit in that amount of time, that's
true. But I'm not going to do that."
They stopped in the street. "You're gonna disobey
the Old Woman?" whispered Shouya in disbelief.
"You’re not listening, kid." Anko swatted Shouya
in the back of her head. "My assignment is to teach you about being
a woman. That's more than words. By the time I'm done with you,
there's not going to be any doubt. You're gonna know that you’re a
woman and you're gonna know what that means. Even if I have to beat
it into you. And believe me, if it comes down to that, I am going to
enjoy every minute of it." She smiled evilly.
"Wonderful," muttered Shouya as she shivered.
"So, that makes me your teacher for the day; your sensei.
That means you do as I say. Got it?"
"Yeah," sighed the blonde girl.
Anko smacked her again. "You got it wrong.
Try it again. Do you understand?"
The lady jounin looked around the small apartment.
She took note of the single bed and the single chair. It wasn't the
mess that she expected. There were a couple of dirty dishes by the
sink, but the place was otherwise clean.
"You don't live here alone, do you?" asked Anko.
She already knew the answer.
"No. I have to share everything with Naruto.
It was Tsunade's idea to put us together, but I guess it didn't occur to
her that there's not enough furniture for the both of us. We didn't
have the chance to find another bed or chair yet. Um, why did we come
"You here to get your bath supplies. We're going
to hit the public baths."
"What?!?" Shouya had been sponging herself down
in the washroom for the past week. It was too small to have bathing
facilities, but Naruto's memories showed that he was uncomfortable going
into the public places where he wasn't welcomed. Shouya shared that
sentiment. "But that would mean going into the women's bath."
"You got it. And I don't see your supplies yet."
Anko crossed her arms. She pulled out a kunai and flashed it casually
between her fingers. "Don't make me want to use this..."
Knowing the reputation of this particular woman, Shouya
decided that it would be easiest just to do whatever she said. She
went and grabbed a basin, a very small piece of soap, a nearly empty bottle
of shampoo, a washcloth and a threadbare towel.
Anko snorted when she saw the stuff. "You have got
to be kidding me, right?" She grabbed the basin from Shouya and dumped
the contents onto the bed. "First off, this is garbage, you can't get
yourself clean with this trash. It looks like we're gonna have to go
pick up some stuff first. Good thing that the Hokage and the elders
have seen fit to give us some money, but it looks like we're gonna need more
than that. Ah, hell, we'll figure it out. Let’s just see what
else you're gonna need..." Anko then went about the small apartment,
poking through the clothes and stuff, and she grunted. "It looks like
you're gonna need everything. Damn."
"What do you mean, by 'everything'?" asked Shouya.
"It's all boys' stuff in here," mutter the woman.
"Never mind, let's go. And you can leave that basin here too.
You should have your own."
Full of dread, Shouya followed her instructor out of the
They were standing in a drugstore in front of a shelf
full of colourful plastic containers. Anko stood behind her young student
with her arms crossed and a kunai in one hand.
"Choose one, but nothing too expensive," she said.
Shouya looked at the basins and chose a nice bright red
one of decent weight. Anko nodded and led the girl to the towels.
Instead of letting the girl choose her own, Anko chose two bath towels,
one blue and one green, then two smaller towels of the same colour and then
"Why so many towels, Sensei?" Shouya asked. "Why
are there two sizes?"
"I will show you the reason for the different sizes once
we get to the baths. And two sets are just better." She shoved
the bath sheets at her. "Hold these."
They then went to the aisle with the soap. Anko
picked up two bars and put them into Shouya's basin. Shouya noted that
they weren't the really cheap brand that Naruto always bought. Then
they were in front of the shampoo. Anko added a large bottle of the
stuff to the basin plus a bottle of something else.
"What's that stuff?" asked Shouya.
"Conditioner," replied her teacher. "Believe me
kid, you're gonna need the stuff."
Shouya swallowed. Did she really need all of this
The last of the items included a hairbrush, a wide tooth
comb and some pony-tail elastics. Anko paid for them all, making no
comment except for the asking of a receipt.
"Hey Naruto! I just saw a female version of you
walking down the street with that Anko woman!" called out Shikamaru Nara.
"You know, the examiner from the second Chuunin Exam. What are you
Team 7 was just coming back into the Hidden Leaf Village
with a playful panther on their heels. Shikamaru was sitting at a table
outside a teashop with his team leader, Asuma, playing Shogi. He called
to Naruto as he waited for his opponent to make the next move.
"Shouya's with that weird woman?" asked Naruto in disbelief
as he walked up to the small table. "What did she do?"
"Whoa. Are you telling me that the girl that looks
like you isn’t you?" Shikamaru looked sceptical, like he always had.
"Nope. She's kinda my sister, I guess."
The other boy lost interest. "Well, she must be
some kind of trouble if she's with that freak of a woman," he said.
"Hey, Shikamaru," interrupted Asuma. "It's your
"Naruto," said Kakashi, "let's go."
Anko and Shouya walked into the women's bath.
"Get out of here, Naruto!" shouted one of the women within.
She picked up a basin and hurled it towards the blonde girl with deadly accuracy.
But Anko caught it.
"Ladies," she said. "This is Shouya Uzumaki.
She is under my care by the orders of the Hokage."
"Are you certain?" asked another woman. "This could
be Naruto disguised as a girl again."
"Do you think that the Hokage is dumb enough to fall for
a stupid prank like that?!?" exclaimed the jounin.
"I guess not," said the same woman.
"Good of you to say that," retorted Anko. "Alright
Shouya, set your stuff down and get into the bath now."
"Well?" asked Anko.
"But, they're women," said the young girl faintly.
"Well, yeah. But so are you. So get your clothes
off and get into the bath." The brown hair woman started to remove
her coat and dress. Soon she was undressed and standing before Shouya
who was still fully dressed. "Do you think you need help?" asked Anko
as she pulled a kunai out of her hair and laid it against Shouya's jacket's
collar. "I can cut this off of you if you're having trouble."
"Um, no," whispered the young girl as she started to remove
her jacket. Very slowly, she undressed without looking at anyone and
blushing all the while. Once she was undressed, she quickly stepped
into the bath. Soon she was standing waist deep in the water.
She was blushing harder as the women stared at her. Ignoring the girl's
embarrassment, Anko grabbed her by a topknot and dragged her towards her.
"First off, you're gonna learn how to wash your hair."
Tsunade looked at the medical reports from a week before,
when Iruka and Naruto brought Shouya into the Village. She was found
at the gate, completely naked, save for the scorch marks that were on the
palm of her hands. According to the medic who examined the then unnamed
girl, she was a perfectly healthy human girl and she was perfectly normal
--except for the fact that she thought that she was a boy. A particular
boy, in fact. The strange blonde girl thought she was Naruto Uzumaki.
It took a bit of work on the part of many to convince the young girl that
she was indeed, not a boy.
Naruto and the strange girl took an almost instant dislike
for one another. But in a strange way, they understood each other perfectly.
Although Naruto was angry with the girl for taking his other suit of clothes,
he understood the reason why the girl would do so. He knew that she
would be most comfortable in something familiar.
Iruka had the honour of naming the wild young girl.
He was treating the both of them to some ramen. At the time, he had
figured that the fastest way to get these two to make peace with one another
was through their stomachs. If they're mouths were full, it would be
easier to negotiate the peace between the two. It would have been a
good idea, if the two weren't wolfing their food down so quickly. As
soon as they swallowed, they would start shouting at each other again.
And while the two were fighting over the fishcakes and soy sauce, he just
came up with the name 'Shouya'. To him, it seemed to fit her very well.
When the two were presented to her later that afternoon,
Tsunade decreed that they would share the same family name and apartment.
The Fifth Hokage knew that the two youngsters would not immediately recognise
the favour that she was doing them by forcing them together.
Even today, it was obvious that they still couldn't see
the advantage that they both now had. Hopefully, it shouldn't take
much longer. If it did, she could probably get Iruka to explain everything
to the both of them, that is, once he got back from his mission.
Anko looked at the mess that sat on top of Shouya's head.
There was no possible way to salvage the hair elastics that were tangled
in the blonde mass without sacrificing a lot of hair. So she settled
for cutting the elastics out with her kunai. Once the pieces of rubber
were removed from the head of her pupil, Anko shoved the blonde head under
the surface of the water.
Shouya came up sputtering. "What the Hell do you
think you're doing?!?" she yelled.
"Hair should be completely soaked before you apply the
shampoo. Don't you know that?" Anko shoved the girl towards the
steps of the bath. "Now go wash your hair."
Reluctantly, Shouya stepped out of the bath and stumbled
towards one of the stools where her basin and shampoo sat. She picked
the large green towel that her teacher had purchased for her and wrapped
it around herself. She felt very self conscious as she felt the eyes
of practically every single woman upon her. She sighed. She felt
uncomfortable with looking at herself as well. Under the towel was
a body she was not familiar with at all. It was more slender than anything
that she could remember and it was missing the familiar parts that she would
have as a boy. She sat down on the stool and sighed. She knew
that the body was correct for a girl. Naruto did do his research for
his Sexy Jutsu skill, and that included anatomy books as well as nudie magazines
and spying in the women's bath. He had to emulate a woman accurately
to be believable. She picked up the large bottle of shampoo and squirted
a bit into her hand.
"You'll need more than that, Shouya," called out her sensei,
who was relaxing in the bath. "You have a lot of hair to wash."
Shouya snorted and filled her hand with about one fifth
of the one litre bottle's contents. She figured that would be more
than plenty for her hair --she couldn't possibly need that much. It
should be enough to piss Anko off. It was time to start pulling on
her teacher's chain, so to speak. "Is this gonna be enough, Sensei?"
she asked innocently.
Anko was unruffled. "Yeah, that should do it, especially
for this first time. Tomorrow, you shouldn't need nearly as much."
The young girl was applying the goop to her hair.
"Tomorrow?" she asked with her eyes wide. "I gotta do this again tomorrow?!?"
Some of the shampoo got into her eyes and began to sting. She grimaced
from the sudden pain.
The jounin looked thoughtful. "Well, maybe you'll
be fine to leave it until the day after. You're probably young enough.
But you got too much hair to leave it for any longer than that." She
looked hard at Shouya. "Scrub harder. Remember you were stuck
in a nettle bush today. You don't want to leave that in your hair."
Shouya scrubbed at her scalp harder. She considered
cutting her hair. She always thought that long hair looked sexy, but
she wasn't aware that long hair takes so much damn work. She filled
her basin with warm water from the tap in front of her and dumped it over
her head, being careful not to get her towel wet. There were still
suds in her hair, so she poured another basin full of water onto her head.
She had to repeat the process one more time before all of the suds were gone
from her hair. Relieved, she began to wring the water from it.
"Once you get the water out of your hair, use the conditioner.
You're gonna need quite a bit," said Anko.
"What did Shouya do to deserve such a punishment?" muttered
Naruto, as the team stopped to eat their lunch. "I mean, she didn't
have enough time to do anything outstanding enough to be thrown to that crazy
"Shut up, Naruto," snapped Sakura. "Shouya's fine."
"The Hokage wouldn't do anything that would harm her,"
"I know that the Old Woman means well," said the blonde
genin. "But I just don't trust that woman. She likes to hurt
"It's just a bad reputation," said the team leader as
he turned the page in his novel. "You're overreacting."
"I thought you were hungry," said Sasuke. "You better
eat so I don't have to bail you out later because you were too weak to take
care of yourself."
Naruto replied by viciously stuffing a rice ball into
his mouth. But it didn't stop the worrying.
"No!" shouted Anko. "You're still doing it
wrong!" She smacked Shouya in the head with a rolled up magazine.
"Try it again!"
Both women were still in the bathhouse, now fully dressed.
They were sitting on the short stools while Shouya tried to figure out the
complicated procedure that Anko was determined that she should learn.
The other women of the bathhouse watched them in amusement.
Carefully, Shouya removed the ponytail elastics from her
hair again. This was the eleventh time that she had attempted to put
her hair into topknots, and the eleventh time that the evil teacher had smacked
her in the head for doing it wrong. "Why don’t I just cut it short?"
she finally asked.
The other women in the bathhouse gasped.
"Don't you even think about it!" exclaimed on middle aged
mother. "Don’t you understand? Most women would kill to have
hair like yours."
A younger woman with short cropped hair nodded fervently.
"And they would kill you if you tried to cut such wonderful hair."
"Really?" asked Shouya as she tackled her hair again with
"Really," said Anko. "So, you're gonna learn to
take care of it. And you're gonna learn how to put it up yourself."
She crossed her arms, still holding the magazine at the ready. "Now
let's take it from the top."
Women are really weird, Shouya decided to herself.
And I am supposed to be one of 'em... She sighed.
After she had proven that she could put her hair up in
a reasonable amount of time, Shouya followed Anko out of the bathhouse.
They had left their bathing supplies with the bathhouse attendant, promising
to pick them up in a couple of hours. On their way
down the street, the short brunette stopped a messenger carrying a bunch
of scrolls to the mountain palace.
"Take this to the Hokage," she said to him. "She
will be expecting this."
"Yes ma'am." The young man gave Anko a smart nod
of his head and continued on his way.
"What's that all about?" asked Shouya straining her head
to watch the messenger continue down the street.
"Don't you worry about it, kid," replied Anko. "We've
got one more place to go," she said as she held open a door. "Let's
Shouya preceded her sensei into the air-conditioned store
then realised exactly where she was. Shelves and racks of silky looking
items were before her. She tried to back out of the store but ended
up backing into her teacher. With a firm grip on the young girl's collar,
she dragged her further into the lingerie store.
Tsunade looked at the slip of paper brought to her by
messenger. She quickly read Anko's suggestions. Some of the recommendations
written down were reasonable to the Hokage and so were some of the warnings.
She was pleased at the fact that the jounin has yet to report any sighting
of the demon-fox within Shouya, but she also knew that relief would be premature.
Actual sightings of the Kyubi within Naruto was far and between, but the
presence was there, everyone knew it.
She looked again at Anko's writing, and smiled.
Not everyone is going to be happy with the suggestions, but it should be
the best solution all round. She left her office to find the elders
and tell them what she was going to do.
Naruto had a half hour break. He decided that he
would use the time to find out what was going on with Shouya and that scary
exams woman. Not that he really cared about her, he told himself, but
because he knew that whatever happens to Shouya would probably affect him
too. He wasn't sure how, but somehow it would. Whatever the actual
reason, he just hadda find Shouya.
He asked around the Village. Apparently, the jounin
and her student were both seen at the drugstore, the women's bathhouse and
then going into a lingerie store. When he heard about that, he was
shocked. He honestly couldn't see why Shouya would have anything to
with a lingerie store --he sure the hell wouldn't have a reason. Really!
He raced to the shop, stopped and looked through the front
glass door. He couldn't see too much as the interior was dimmer than
the outside. He took a quick couple of breaths to steady his nerves
then pushed the door open and stepped inside.
The door chimes tinkled and a matronly woman was coming
towards him. "Don't you think you're in the wrong store, young man?"
she asked acidly.
"Shouya!" gasped Naruto as his senses reeled from the
sight of too many lacy things. "Where’s Shouya? C'mon, you gotta
know what she looks like! Like me, only she's a girl!"
"Listen, young man," scolded the woman. "You just
can't dash in here and look for people! It's rude, inconsiderate and
simply NOT DONE!"
Naruto was trying to think of a way to explain his situation
when he heard a hysterical voice call out.
"You can't do this to me!!! Let me outta here!!!"
That was Shouya's voice all right.
"Something's happen to Shouya, did it?!?" asked Naruto
hysterically. "And it's gonna happen to me next, ain't it?!?
That woman did something to her, didn't she?!?" The young ninja dashed
towards the sound of the voice and pushed his way through some other sales
women until he made his way into a small room. In the centre of the
room stood Shouya, wearing nothing but a bra and a pair of panties.
Without the obvious things that should be running through
his mind, Naruto stopped and stared. Shouya had noticed him and stared
back then started to swear at him. "Get out, Naruto! I don't
want you to see me like this!" she shouted. She threw a stool at him, but
Anko managed to catch it before any serious damage to the shop displays could
The jounin then casually reached out and snagged Naruto
by the collar of his jacket. "What are you doing here, Uzumaki?" she
asked him as she pulled a kunai out of her pocket.
The young genin struggled in the woman's grasp.
"What are you doing to Shouya, you bitch?!? Quit torturing her!
Why can't you just leave her alone?!?"
Then, just when he was certain that Anko was about to
scream at him, or tear his head off, she just started to laugh. The
laughter started low, then it increased in pitch and volume until the jounin
bent over double with tears in her eyes. "Y-you thought th-that I was
t-t-torturing her?!?" she gasped. "That's j-just too much!!!"
She laughed for a few minutes more, with Naruto getting red in the face and
Shouya trying to do a disappearing act.
"What's so funny?!?" demanded Naruto finally when he thought
he would be able to get a word in through all of the laughter.
Anko got a hold on herself before replying. "The
Hokage has instructed to take Shouya out and teach her about being a woman.
We're here, because undergarments are a part of it."
"Oh. Um..." Naruto didn't know what to say.
He looked to Shouya, who had put on her jacket to hide the underwear from
view. She looked almost vulnerable, and it was obvious that she was
miserable. Something within the blonde boy began to burn. He
pulled himself free from Anko's grip and turned to face her.
"Listen," he said. "If it's the Old Woman's idea
to teach Shouya to be a girl, that's fine. I can live with that.
But if you do anything to harm her..." Naruto's eyes glowed red for
a brief moment. "I will make certain that you'll regret it."
He turned around and marched straight out of the shop.
Anko snorted. Despite the sudden and immense increase
of chakra she felt, she knew that she couldn't afford to show any indication
that she knew that she was in terrible danger for that brief second.
There was no doubt that the Nine-Tails did indeed reside in Naruto, but the
seal held it in check for now. Though it now seemed obvious that certain
situations would bring out the power of the demon from within.
She turned back to Shouya. "Take that jacket off,
kid," she said. "We need to know how well that brassier fits you."
The young girl growled as she complied with her teacher's
instructions. "What was that all about?" she muttered to herself.
"Today, Uzumaki," drawled the brunette. "There's
still more to go."
"I hate this," said Shouya plaintively. "I feel
"Um," murmured Anko as she reached over and adjusted the
girl's strap. "This one seems to fit all right." She turned to
the sales woman who held a few more samples. "What do you think?" she
asked of her.
"I think that is the best one yet," said the woman enthusiastically.
"It flatters her so nicely."
"What do you think, kid?" Anko asked Shouya.
Shouya looked in the three-way mirror. She saw herself
in girl's underwear, and grimaced. I feel so... so... girly,
she thought to herself. The items themselves weren't ugly and she was
sure they would look great on a girl. But they were on her, and...
they look good on her. But if she was required to wear them, that only
meant one thing...
"I really am a girl, aren't I?" she sighed. Not
a boy stuck in a girl's body, but an actual honest to goodness girl.
"Yes, it's true," said Anko softly. "But you say
it like it's a bad thing. Women are strong. You already knew
"Yeah, I guess so." Now she looked again in the
mirror. True enough, she didn't look like a boy at all. She wasn't
ugly or hideous. In fact, she looked kinda... pretty. It was
a weird feeling for her. She didn't know what to do with how she felt.
Her only choice was acceptance. But part of her wanted to rebel anyway.
"Okay, you win!" she shouted. "But there's no way in Hell that you’re
ever gonna get me into a dress!!!"
First thing Sakura noticed was how distracted Naruto was.
He didn't call out to her like he usually did. He just sat on the rail
of the bridge and stared down into the water. In fact, he didn't noticed
either her or Sasuke as they came up to him.
"Naruto?" she asked in a singsong, trying to catch his
"Oh, hi Sakura-chan," said the blonde genin, not even
looking up. The pink haired kunoichi looked towards Sasuke and shrugged.
Sasuke lifted his arm and punched Naruto hard in the shoulder.
"Pay attention to your surroundings," he said. "Otherwise, you're going
to be a liability."
Sasuke was surprised, usually he got a different type
of response whenever he made that kind of comment to Naruto. But nothing
"Naruto," said Sakura. "What's wrong with you?"
The blonde boy finally looked up at his team-mates.
"I went to look for Shouya during the break..."
"Yeah, so?" Sasuke crossed his arms.
"I found her. She was in a... shop." He sighed.
"That Anko woman was making her put on um, uh..." He gestured to Sakura's
chest briefly and dropped his hands. "Uh, girl stuff," he said lamely.
"I saw her..."
The meaning of what her blonde team-mate was trying to
say was not lost on Sakura. "You were looking at her while she was
trying on underwear?!?" She raised her fist to bring down on Naruto's
"Yeah... Wait! Sakura-chan! It wasn't
like that!" Naruto waved his arms as he tried to figure out what he
was going to say next. "I didn't know she was gonna be like that!"
He swallowed and sighed. "It's..."
Sakura lowered her arm. "What is it?" she said softly.
"It's just that I have never really seen her. Since
Iruka-Sensei and me brought her to the Village last week, I have never really
seen her. I know that she's a girl, but I have never really thought
of her as one... Y'know, a girl. I've been thinking of her as
just someone that has been forced into my life, but I just saw her, upset
because of what that Anko woman was making her do."
"And?" prompted the female shinobi.
"And I threatened the woman! I told her that if
she harmed Shouya, I was gonna make her regret it! I don't know why
I did that..."
"Do you still mean it?"
"Yeah, that's the funny thing. I do."
Sakura nodded to herself while she thought about what
Naruto said. "And can't you figure out why?"
"Naruto, you idiot," said Sasuke finally. "You're
luckier than you know."
Naruto was about to ask what he meant, but Kakashi came
walking up to them. "Sorry that I'm late again. It took longer
than I thought to cook my meal of sashimi*."
Groans escaped from all three students.
"Oh, come on now!" growled Sakura. "You truly don't
expect us to fall for that one, do you?"
Naruto and Sasuke looked at each other while huge sweat
drops formed on their heads. They both knew that there's no point in
arguing about their teacher's excuses. Kakashi just didn't care what
"We have one more assignment before we can call it a day,"
said the leader of Team 7.
Naruto put his worries of Shouya out of his mind as he
concentrated on the particulars of the latest mission.
It was close to evening when Anko finally took Shouya
back to the administration offices. The rest of the afternoon was spent
with the brunette explaining to her young student about other womanly
things, while snacking on tako-balls. She explained about puberty,
the changes that the young girl can expect and the monthly hell that all
women experience once they hit a certain age. She explained the various
reasons why some women spend so much time fussing about make-up, dresses,
nylons and the rest. Anko also explained about the certain way that
a woman is expected to talk, but did mention that she personally had no problem
with the way Shouya spoke, except for the lack of respect to her teachers.
Tsunade welcomed them both into her office. She looked
at Shouya, who seemed a bit tired, and at Anko who also appeared to be tired,
but she also had a look of triumph.
"So ladies, how was your day?" she decided to ask anyway,
as the two sat down.
"Tiring," said the Jounin. "But I think we made
a great deal of progress."
Shouya squirmed in her chair. She reached into her
jacket and tugged a bit on something inside. Anko looked at her for
"I thought we got it to fit right," she said critically.
"Is it bothering you?"
Shouya blushed as she took her hand out. "No, Sensei.
It fits all right. It's just not something I have ever worn before."
"How are you feeling, Shouya?" asked the Hokage.
"All right, I guess," said the blonde girl. "It's
just kinda strange having to think of myself as a girl. I'm skinnier
than Naruto and I don't have uh, certain things, and I have gotten other
certain things..." She blushed. "But I saw a girl in the mirror
at the shop, and as a girl, I guess I look okay." Shouya then grinned
at the two women from under her goggles. "And I betcha that my chest
is bigger than Sakura's."
Naruto checked on his funds within his little frog purse.
Since he received his earnings from a weeks worth of missions, he now had
enough funds to go get some groceries. He wanted to hurry and get the
shopping done and over with. He wanted to get home and tell Shouya
about his day. He wanted to tell her about the panther, the missing
item of jewellery and how they had to fight actual bandits for it!
And he wanted to tell her...
He stopped in the middle of the street. Why was
he so anxious to go home where Shouya was probably waiting? He had
to think things through. It's been a week since the Old Woman has forced
him and the girl to share the apartment. Every night since, he would
go home and Shouya would be there. They would argue, fight, argue some
more and even talk. It wasn't the same as before where he would go
home to be by himself. Now there was always someone at home expecting
him... He started as the proverbial light bulb flashed in his head.
He laughed in joy and then started to run.
Shouya was walking home after being dismissed from the
Hokage's office. It had been an extremely weird kinda day. She
just wanted to go to the grocer's, grab some food, and go home. She
pulled out her allowance from her pants' pocket. She had yet to buy
herself a purse to keep her money in. But if she carefully saved some
money from each allowance day, she could probably buy one within a month.
She wanted to tell Naruto about her day, but she seriously
doubted that he would understand. Well, not everything anyway...
But there were some things that she just had to tell him. She wanted
to see his face when she told him that her chest was bigger than Sakura's.
She stopped. Why did she want to see Naruto?
He had called her a nuisance and they always fought over something or another.
But she recalled the scene in the lingerie shop. He wanted to protect
her from Anko-Sensei. That was very brave of him, she thought.
She found the concept of having to be protected very uncomfortable, but then
she suddenly realised that if Naruto was in trouble, she would do anything
within her power to help him out. But she had to figure out why she
felt like that.
The Old Woman, Tsunade said that she had put her and Naruto
together for a reason. The name Uzumaki was assigned to her, so now
Naruto was no longer the only member of that particular clan.
Her eyes opened wide in sudden realisation. There
were now two Uzumakis. She laughed joyfully.
The two ran into each other in the grocery store.
Literally. Cups of instant ramen flew everywhere. Both kids sat
sprawled on the floor staring at each other. Naruto stared at Shouya
--she looked different to him somehow. Shouya stared at Naruto --he
was looking at her differently.
"Hey," said Naruto neutrally. "How's it going?"
"Not too bad," replied Shouya. "How are you?"
The two looked at each other again.
The store-keeper yelled from the front. "Hurry up,
you two! I've got to close up!"
"Hang on!" shouted Naruto.
"Just a minute!" yelled Shouya.
The two looked at each other again. Naruto looked
in their baskets.
"You got your allowance today, huh?"
"Yeah," nodded Shouya. "Hey, you got milk in your
basket too. We only need one, right?"
"Today, already!" shouted the store-keeper. "I don't
have all night, Naruto!"
"Keep your pants on! We gotta figure this out."
Shouya looked at the two baskets. "How 'bout you
get the milk, I get the eggs..." They got their separate lists quickly
figured out and they went to get what was needed. Soon, the two of
them were finally at the counter.
"Yay," said the older man. "Does this mean that
I can finally go home?"
"After we pay for our stuff, old man," agreed Naruto.
With their hands full of groceries, the two kids walked
home. Naruto was explaining Kakashi's lame excuse of being late that
"Cooking sashimi?" asked Shouya in disbelief. "You're
"Nope!" Naruto laughed.
"What an idiot!" Shouya joined in with the laughter.
Then she looked up towards their apartment. She stopped laughing.
"What is it?"
"I remember turning off the lights after Anko-Sensei and
I left home. But they're on now."
With their arms full of food, the two ran up the stairs
and into their apartment.
They entered their apartment and into a nasty surprise.
The apartment was a mess. It might have been more so if Naruto only
had more stuff. But the boy didn't own very much and Shouya had even
less. But the mess that they did walk into was bad enough. Naruto's
and Shouya's school books were scattered all over the main room. Some
of them had pages ripped out. They set their groceries down just inside
the door and started to determine what kind of damaged they have come home
They started with the kitchen. The fridge door and
the cupboards were wide left open, with what little left of the food scattered
all over. The dishes were all broken and the few canisters were spilled
on the counter-top. There was a second chair by the kitchen table,
but it had been tipped over, just like the first one. Drawers were
emptied out onto the floor, scattering silverware.
"What the Hell?!?" growled Naruto, as Shouya dashed to
check the bedroom.
She was surprised to find a second bed in the room, and
it looked like someone has gone out of their way to trash it. Naruto's
bed wasn't much better. Naruto's dresser drawers were dumped on the
floor and his clothes were all over the place. There was another dresser
as well and its emptied drawers were on the floor as well. "What's
going on?!?" she demanded to the air.
Anko walked to the top of the stairs, carrying Shouya's
bath supplies and underwear purchases. She knew that the Uzumaki kids
would be surprised to see her, but that was one of the reasons she wanted
to sneak up on them. A little scare was good for the soul and so was
the paranoia that was sure to follow. She noticed that the door to
the apartment was open and she knew that someone was home, but as she approached
the doorway, she noticed the signs of forced entry. She walked into
a disaster area. She tensed up as she felt the chakra of the two kids,
and that of someone else.
Quietly, she put down Shouya's stuff and crept stealthily
to the washroom. The door was closed. Carefully and quietly,
she put her hand on the doorknob, turned it slowly and waited. With
an evil little smile, she slammed the door open.
Naruto and Shouya both came running when they heard the
scream. They saw Anko wrestling with a huge burly hairy man.
"What's going on, Sensei?" asked Shouya of her teacher.
"I caught one of your intruders," she said as she lovingly
kneed the big man in the groin. He gasped with a squeak and fell unconscious.
Naruto stared at the unconscious man. "Hey," he
said with a slight growl. "That's one of the bandits that we had to
deal with today. He's one of the guys who got away."
"What do you mean?" asked Anko as riffled through the
pockets of her victim.
"Our last mission was to go find a diamond necklace that
had been stolen from a noble-lady. Four guys had it and they didn't
want to give it up. I managed to knock out one guy and Sasuke got the
other and Sakura-chan managed to get the necklace. But the guy with
the necklace hadda gas bomb and he used it and got away while we were gagging
on the gunk. We didn't know where that guy and his buddy went to.
Kakashi-Sensei thought that they escaped by boat down a river that was close
by. But they were scared and we had the necklace, so Sensei thought
it would be best to just come back to the village."
Anko nodded. "Yeah, no one in their right mind would
try to enter a known ninja village." She stood back up. There
was nothing identifying within the pockets of the unconscious man.
"Or maybe the meathead didn't know it was a ninja village,"
suggested Shouya. We're the Hidden Leaf Village. Not everyone
knows where we are."
The three ninja looked at each other.
"Wait a minute," said Anko. "Naruto, you said that
there were two that got away, right?"
"Yeah..." His eyes opened wide as he realized what
the jounin was implying.
Anko reached into her pack. "Be alert you two, I
think we're missing someone."
The two kids pulled out their kunai as Anko quickly searched
the rest of the apartment. But she couldn't find anyone else within.
She didn't trust that, her gut was telling her that there was someone else
There was a sudden movement by the door and a blur of
motion headed towards the kids. Anko tried to intercept it but she
wasn't fast enough to prevent a tall stranger from grabbing Naruto and placing
a kunai of his own to the boy's throat.
Missing-nin, mused Anko, as she looked at the intruder.
But there was no identifying item or mark to determine what village or country
he came from. The ninja was completely covered from head to foot in
black, hiding his features from her. She looked
to Naruto to determine whether he was all right. The boy wasn't scared
at all. He simply looked pissed off. She couldn't blame him.
"So, here's one of the little shits that took out my partners,"
he growled as he dragged his hostage away from Shouya. "And he's just
a little boy." They strange ninja felt the boy trembling in his arm.
Mistaking the tremors of anger for fear, the tall man taunted him.
"What's wrong, little boy? Does the big bad ninja frighten you?"
"Go to Hell," snarled Naruto, and he bit on his captor's
With a snarl, the strange ninja threw Naruto away from him.
Anko dashed in to take him out but whoever he was, he was skilled enough
to block her attacks.
Naruto rolled with the fall, and got back up onto his
feet. He watched as the two adults struggled, and looked for an opening.
"Are you, okay?" asked Shouya.
Anko and the stranger leaped back from each other to reassess
"What do you want?" demanded the woman.
"This little shit and his buddies took something from
me today," replied the strange ninja.
"The necklace?" asked Shouya.
"Yes. My companions and I were promised a handsome
sum to bring in that necklace, and I mean to get it. Since the yellow
haired brat took it, I thought that I could track it down to where he took
it. The information that I managed to find was that he lived here.
But the necklace isn't here."
"Of course not," snorted Anko in disdain. "The necklace
has been already returned to its owner. Why would you think that a
kid would have it?"
Naruto trembled in anger. "You tore my home apart,
looking for something like that?!?" he snarled. "You asshole!
You're gonna pay for that!" He then took that moment to attack the
strange ninja. He leapt at the tall missing-nin with kunai in hand.
"Naruto, no!" shouted Anko. "He's stronger than
But the boy wasn't listening. He tried to get in
a few kicks at the tall man's head. But every single one of them were
Shouya was waiting for her turn to attack when she saw
the tall ninja reach out with his kunai and slashed Naruto across the face.
Then he belted the boy hard in the face, while he was
blinded by the blood. Naruto fell hard to the ground, dazed and confused.
Shouya's world stopped.
"YOU BASTARD!!!" she shouted at him.
"Oh?" asked the strange ninja. "The little girl
is starting to cry? What's this boy to you, little girl?"
Anko felt the girl's chakra blaze up around her.
There was an odd evil feel to it.
Shouya's blue eyes glowed red as she snarled, "He's my
brother, you asshole!" Then the suddenly feral girl charged
at the taller man, faster than Anko thought possible. With a kunai
in each hand, she went at the unprepared ninja like a buzzsaw.
The brown haired woman could only watch, realising that
she did not dare get in between a demon-possessed child and her prey.
Instead she went to check on Naruto who was trying to get up.
"Hold still," she commanded. "Let me check."
Quickly, she examined the boy's face. Despite of the amount of blood,
there was no deep cut. There was a shallow one across the bridge of
Naruto's nose, but that was already scabbing up. She realised that
the power of the Kyubi was protecting him.
Kakashi was a little concerned. He was on his way
to discretely check up on Naruto. The genin had been distracted during
the last mission that day. Even though 'distracted' was a common state
of being for Naruto, he was more so than usual. Not that the boy didn't
try to keep his mind on the mission, he conceded . But during the search,
it was obvious that Naruto's mind was wandering. The jounin knew that
it had something to do with Shouya.
He was approaching the building that Uzumaki's apartment
was in and he heard the not-quite-muffled sounds of fighting. It didn't
sound like a sibling squabble, so he started to run. Then he felt the
build up of an evil feeling chakra. He stopped to identify it.
At first, he thought it was Naruto, but he realised with a shock that it
was subtly different, and a bit weaker. He started to run again.
He noticed that other people were poking their heads out of their windows
and stopping in the streets. The chakra was so strong that even people
not trained in the ways of ninjitsu could feel it. And Kakashi knew
that it wouldn't be long before it was identified by the people who were
trained as ninjas. He had to stop it before the Village ended up with
another reason to persecute the Uzumaki kids.
Naruto was still dazed and unaware and Anko could only
watch as Shouya went after the intruder. The girl has since lost her
kunai and was attacking the tall man with her bare hands. The stranger
was mostly successful in fending off Shouya's attacks, but he was starting
to tire out, whereas Shouya's energy seemed limitless. The girl was
forcing her opponent towards the balcony --even in her berserker rage, she
seemed to have a plan.
Anko reached over to the pile of bath supplies she brought
up to the apartment. She briskly knocked the other intruder back into
unconsciousness as she did so. She grabbed the still damp washcloth
and brought it to Naruto's face, trying to clean some of the blood off.
She never took her eyes off the progress of the fight.
Kakashi came in through the window, just as Shouya forced
the stranger onto the balcony. He quickly took note of the unconscious
man on the floor, Naruto's still bloody face and the watchfulness of Anko.
He heard the shrieks of Shouya as she attacked the other intruder.
He went cautiously to the doorway of the balcony to watch
"You shithead!" screamed Shouya as she tried to
rake at the tall man's mask. "You're gonna die!"
Kakashi turned to Anko. "Why aren't you stopping
her?" he asked. "If you let her kill him, we won't be able to get any
The female ninja glared at him. "Don't you tell
me my job, Kakashi. The Hokage wants me to observe her for signs of
the Demon Fox."
"Well, I think you can safely report to the Hokage that
Shouya has indeed been showing signs of the Kyubi. Now if you would
excuse me, I think I should go stop her." He called out to the wild
girl. "Shouya, that's enough! We need him alive."
Shouya had the intruder bent over backwards over the balcony
railing. Both the girl and the intruder were panting with exertion.
However Shouya had the energy of the Demon Fox to sustain her, her opponent
did not. Another few seconds, and the fight would be over with the
stranger going over the edge.
But then Kakashi's command reached her. As the Kyubi's
chakra quickly dissipated, Shouya managed to catch the mask and rip it free.
The landed back on the balcony and then got her first look at the intruder.
The face underneath was surprisingly smooth and handsome. Shouya could
not place the face, but she was certain that she had seen it before.
The young man had grey eyes and a disarming grin.
The evening breeze blew threw his short brown hair. With Shouya's pause
he found an opportunity. "You're master's calling you, young bitch.
Go heed him. I will have to come back to the village some other night."
With that as his final departing words, the young man disappeared in a puff
Kakashi was out on the balcony in a flash, searching for
some trace of the intruder. He jumped up onto the roof and searched
around for clues. He didn't find any. He re-entered the apartment.
Naruto was just coming to his senses and Anko was tying up the other intruder.
"How is he?" asked Kakashi as he bent down to look at
his blonde charge.
"Kakashi-Sensei?" asked Naruto with a moan. "Did
you get that guy?"
"Nope," said the pale haired man. He turned to Anko.
"Did you recognise him?"
"Not at all," said the brunette. "Never seen him
before in my life. But it's obvious that he's more than a thief."
"Yeah." Kakashi nodded and looked towards Shouya
who was coming in from off the balcony. She seemed a little dazed,
but there was no further sign of the Kyubi within her.
"How about you, Shouya?" asked Anko. "Did you recognise
"I dunno... I think I have seen him, but I can't
"Try and remember," said Kakashi. "It’s important."
"Meanwhile, I am going to take this guy into custody and
make a report of this incident," said Kakashi. "I will see you bright
and early tomorrow, Naruto."
"Yeah, right," muttered the boy. "Like you're gonna
be there on time..."
"See ya." Kakashi grabbed the collar of the trussed-up
thug and disappeared in a puff of smoke.
"Bastard," muttered Anko. "He just didn't want to
help out with cleaning up."
Both kids nodded in agreement.
"Hey, Sensei?" asked Shouya suddenly. "What's with
the other furniture?"
"Oh, that? That was the Hokage's idea. She
wanted me to find out what you guys needed and pass the info to her.
She the one who arranged for the extra bed and chair."
"What the hell?!?" yelled Naruto. "We're not that bad off that we need
to accept charity." He conveniently forgot to mention that he and Shouya
were talking that very morning about asking Tsunade themselves for the very
items that they have received.
"It's not charity, Uzumaki," said Anko as she picked up
the fallen chairs in the kitchen. "You and Shouya are both expected
to pay back for these items when you start bringing in a chuunin's wage."
The jounin picked up a broom and started to sweep the floor. "That
includes all of the stuff we got today, Shouya."
The girl sighed. "Yes Sensei." She bent down
and picked up the towels.
"Oh yeah, I almost forgot!" called Anko as she poked her
head out of the kitchen. "The blue towels and the other bar of soap
are for Naruto."
"Really?" asked Naruto. He has never gotten anything
new before, except for his goggles --and he saved up for those himself.
"A whole bed to myself," breathed Shouya as she sat down
on her newly made bed. The bed, chair and dresser were all second-hand
but they were sound and most welcomed. "No more being pushed onto the
"No more having to fight for the chair," grinned Naruto,
pulling on his nightcap.
It was now bedtime. Anko left after the mess has
been cleaned up, and the kids were able to eat their meal of instant ramen
in peace. They talked about the day and what was being planned for
the next one. They fought over the last cookie of the bag they bought
for dessert. They didn't really talk about the battle with the strange
ninja in their apartment, mostly because Naruto was unconscious for most
of it, and Shouya couldn't remember what happened before she saw the stranger's
"But the fights were kinda fun," said Shouya, as she examined
her new pyjamas. They were flannel, like the ones she had previously
borrowed from Naruto, but they had a blue flower pattern on them. She
figured that they could be better, and that they could be worse. There
were lacy ones at that shop as well...
"Yeah," nodded Naruto. "But I won most of 'em."
"Only because there were only seven of 'em and you won
four. If we still needed to fight for the one chair, I would've won
"Yeah." Shouya jumped up on her bed and grabbed
her pillow. She took careful aim and then hurled it at Naruto.
He threw his own pillow at her. What happened next was an incredible
pillow-fight that lasted until both children were exhausted and laughing
too hard to stand back up. They lay on their respective beds, trying
to catch their breaths.
"I never did that before," said Naruto in wonder.
"I never did either," agreed Shouya.
Naruto rolled over onto his side. "Never had anyone
to do that with."
"I guess not. Hey. The Old Woman said that
we're to share the same name." Shouya rolled over to face him.
"So does that make us?"
Naruto thought for a moment. "Siblings, I guess."
His eyes opened wide. "Brother and sister."
Shouya's eyes were just as wide. "We're family..."
They both sat up and stared at each other as the realisation
sank in. Slowly, they got up and walked the few steps to the middle
of the floor between the beds. Naruto raised his hand slowly and carefully,
Shouya raised hers to meet it. They never have made physical contact
with each other before, except for when they were fighting. They both
lowered their hands and embraced each other in a hug that threatened to break
both sets of ribs.
The hug only lasted for barely a minute before they sprang
apart from each other with tears on their faces. The moment was too
embarrassing for the both of them. They blinked at each other a few
times before Naruto broke the silence by saying, "I gotta
get up early in the morning. We better crash."
"Yeah," agreed Shouya. "I'll go get the lights."
And both children fell asleep within minutes, feeling
more secure and at peace than they have ever known. And no longer alone.
*Sashimi is a traditional Japanese meal made with raw fish.
"Hands off the jacket!" Naruto and Shouya
Last cup of Ramen