Naruto: The Weapon Master @hussbek
Aiming for the Top

Hey everyone, the poll is now officially closed and I'm going to display the votes to decide Naruto's second summon, and they are:

Monster (Digimon) = 25

Monster (Bakugan) = 17

Dragon = 9

Wolf = 5

Tiger = 4

And the winner is: Digimon! As compensation for those who voted for Bakugan, they will appear in one of my future fics, so look forward to it. Now onward with the chapter ;)

Naruto: The Weapon Master

Chapter 17: Aiming for the Top

The day of the Chuunin exam finals has finally come, many people of high status were arriving at the village and were heading towards the stadium along with the civilians and ninjas with excitement and expectancy to see the participants go up against each other in the tournament in order to become Chuunin.

In the Namikaze compound, Naruto had just woken up and was doing some stretches in order to get the kinks out of his bones, he looked out the window and saw a lot of people walking around.

"Good morning, Ku-chan and Chinami-san," thought Naruto.

"Good morning Naru-kun," said Kurama happily.

"Good morning Naruto-sama, I hope that you're well rested for the finals today," said Chinami with a smile.

"Of course, today's the day that I make my debut to the ninja world and I rip Neji a new one for hurting Hinata-chan," said Naruto while performing some flips. "I'd better go and see how Haku-chan and Fu-chan are doing.

Naruto put on his clothes and gear before heading downstairs to the kitchen, but when he got there was no one in sight except a laid out breakfast and a note on the table. Naruto walked over and picked up the note to read.

Naruto-kun,

We went ahead of you to the stadium, but we left breakfast for you to eat. We'll meet up at the stadium so don't be late. Be sure to win and teach that Neji a lesson that he'll never forget. Also we took Tora-chan with us so don't worry about her.

Haku and Fu

Naruto smiled warmly and went ahead to eat the breakfast, then he left the house but decided to take a detour by passing through the training grounds. He was walking through when he saw Hinata standing near the wooden posts.

"Hinata-chan, what are you doing here? I thought that you would be with the other girls at the stadium," asked Naruto.

"Oh N-Naruto-kun, I just w-wanted to take a stroll before going to the stadium," said Hinata shyly.

"I see, there's something I want to ask you about,"

"What is it?"

"It's about why Neji seems to hate you so much, he tried to kill you and would have done if the Jounins hadn't stopped him. I intend to inflict some serious pain for what he did," said Naruto with anger in his voice.

Hinata looked a bit shaken before she stuttered out "P-Please don't hurt h-him too much,"

"Why shouldn't I?"

"Because he wasn't always like that back then, everything changed during the incident with the Hidden Cloud?" then Hinata proceeded to tell him about how a peace treaty had reached the country of lightning who sent an ambassador from the Hidden cloud village to the Hidden Leaf in order to finalize it. But one night, someone infiltrated the Hyuuga compound and abducted Hinata, though during his retreat he met Hiashi who was on a nightly patrol. Hiashi immediately killed the ninja, but when he unveiled his identity it was none other than the ambassador who had just signed the treaty.

Naruto burned with rage as he figured that they wanted to use her as a breeding tool for the Byakugan. Hinata continued saying that the Hidden Cloud Village demanded compensation having the one who killed their ambassador to be killed as well or there will be war. Not wanting that to come to past, the Hidden Leaf agreed but whom they offered was not Hiashi but his twin brother Hizashi who was Neji's father from the branch family, as the caged bird seal would seal away the Byakugan rendering the body as nothing more than an ordinary corpse.

The blonde was silent for a minute until he finally spoke "I can understand why Neji's so angry at the main family, but his reasons for attacking you isn't justified so I'm still gonna deck him for hurting you although not so much since you asked me so nicely,"

Hinata blushed bright red and twiddled her fingers shyly, Naruto was about to say more when they heard the fireworks going off.

"The tournament is about to start Naruto-sama, you'll have to hurry over there or you'll get disqualified," said Chinami, to which Naruto nodded in affirmation. He quickly channeled chakra to his bracelet and called out.

"Ride the Wing road!" then the air trecks appeared on his feet, Naruto skated over and picked up a blushing Hinata in a bridal carry. "Hold on tight as the Uzumaki express transports you to your destination!"

Naruto sped towards the stadium at high speed while avoiding the civilians along the way, as he drew close to the location he created a shadow clone and passed Hinata to it. "I'll meet you with the others later," they both split up and Naruto headed towards the entrance to the arena. In the middle of the tunnel, Naruto made the air trecks disappear and skidded on the ground until he stopped before the other competitors with Sakura smiling happily at him, "I'm not late, am I?"

"As troublesome as it is, no you're not," said Shikamaru.

Naruto looked around and noticed that some of the competitors were absent amongst them. "Hey where's Sasuke and that sound nin?"

"I don't know and it's gonna be a drag if they don't show up,"

"All of you settle down and present yourself properly before the spectators," said the Chuunin standing before them.

Naruto looked up at the stands to see the crowds cheering out loud and smirked with excitement "This is it girls, this is where we let the world know who were are,"

"And we'll be with you all the way Naru-kun," said Kurama.

"We'll always be by your side," said Chinami.

Earlier before Naruto arrived at the stadium, most of the rookie Genin had arrived. Ino had shown up with Choji who carried a large bag full of potato chips and had just opened one of them and was munching away. Tenten was sitting elsewhere wearing regular clothes since she just came to spectate, Kiba and Akamaru also showed up and was sitting near Ino and Chouji.

Hiruzen was sitting at the Kage box with the Kazekage of the Hidden Sand Village who had been invited to watch the finals. Hiashi along with his daughter Hanabi were also among the crowd, although Hanabi was inwardly excited to see Naruto as she had come to really like him because of his playfulness.

"Everyone is here except Naruto-kun, Sasuke-kun and that sound ninja. Where could they be?" Ino wondered, then she heard footsteps approach her and turned to see that it was Haku and Fu looking at her seriously.

"Naruto-kun told us what had happened back at the preliminaries," said Haku to which Ino nodded meekly.

"Then tell us what you see Naruto-kun as and we want the truth," said Fu.

"If she's like those villagers, then we'll be her worst enemies," said Chomei.

Ino thought back to when she spoke to Naruto during the one month of training.

**Flashback Start**

At the top of the Hokage monument, Naruto had brought Ino and told her everything except his lineage and what had happened to Sakura. The female blond stood there shocked over what she had been told.

"So the real reason why the villagers hated you wasn't because of your pranks but because they believed that you're the reincarnation of the Kyuubi?" asked Ino.

"Yes they just couldn't get over their grief and decided to place the blame on me, that's what led to my dream to become Hokage so that they'll see me for who I really am and my desire to protect them," said Naruto as he looked at the village from above.

"But then why would you always act so goofy and messing around so much if you wanted to be Hokage?" asked Ino remembering how he acted back then.

"What you saw back then was me putting on a mask to hide my true feelings as many would try to hinder my progress in the academy, but as time went on, my mask started to do more harm than good and I saw being a ninja as nothing more than fun and games. But before the graduation, I realized that I should remove the mask and start taking things much more seriously if I wanted to be a Shinobi which was why I looked and acted so differently, this my true self," said Naruto.

Ino was silent as she knew what he meant, belonging to a clan of mind walkers she knows that one puts an emotional mask to hide their true feelings, and then she heard Naruto speak up again.

"Now that you know, what do you see me as? The fox in human skin or the one who simply contains the fox? I won't rush you for an answer so I'll wait for it, just keep in mind that this is an S-rank secret so telling anyone will result in death but a certain few know about it," with that said, Naruto turned and left for Ino to sort out her thoughts.

**Flashback End**

Ever since then Ino had been thinking of an answer for when she saw Naruto again until she finally came upon one, she turned to Haku and Fu and gave her answer.

"I see Naruto for who he truly is, not what the others see him as," said Ino, Haku and Fu smiled happily upon hearing what she said.

"We're happy hear that and I'm sure Naruto and the others will feel the same way," said Hinata who was coming down the stairs to meet them.

"Oh Hinata-chan, you came!" said Fu happily.

"Yes Naruto had his clone drop me off while going to meet up with the others,"

"Oh there he is," said Haku pointing towards the arena, the rest turned to see Naruto skidding on the ground to the others competitors

"I can't wait to see how Naruto will fight in the rounds!" said Chomei excitedly.

"Me too Cho-chan," thought Fu.

Meanwhile at the Kage box, Hiruzen was talking to the Kazekage.

"It's good to see you again Lord Kazekage," said Hiruzen with a smile.

"Indeed it is Lord Hokage, I can see that you're still active despite the years. Shouldn't it be the time that you should think of choosing the next Hokage?" said the Kazekage.

"Well I may be old but as long as I can move these old bones, I'll protect the Hidden Leaf to my very last breath,"

"I see," said the Kazekage who was staring at Hiruzen quite intensely before turning to face the arena below.

Down at the arena, the proctor known as Genma Shiranui turned to face them and took out a piece of paper from his flak jacket and held it out for them.

"There has been a slight change in the matchups, so take a look and know who your opponent is,"

They took a look and noticed that the matchups are the same except that Shikamaru and Temari have an extra match with Sakura which meant that Dosu was out of the finals.

"I guess I'll be facing either Shikamaru or Temari later on," thought Sakura.

"I'm still up against Neji, I wouldn't have it any other way," thought Naruto.

"Will you be going all out Naruto-sama?" asked Chinami.

"Definitely, the guy's got it coming,"

"But before we commence with the matches, we've got a program set up so please vacate the area until it's over," said Genma. The Genins left except Naruto much to everyone's confusion, then Genma turned to the blond and smirked "Steal the show kid," and used the Body Flicker jutsu to leave.

Naruto smirked back as he took out a scroll from his pouch "Already planning to," then he unrolled the scroll and channeled chakra into the seal, there was a puff of smoke and it cleared to reveal a stage with Naruto holding a guitar and his clones behind a drum kit and another holding a flute "Alright guys, let's rock this!" then they started to play.

Linkin Park – Nobody's Listening

Yo, peep the style and the kids checking for it

The number one question is how could you ignore it

And drop right back in the cut over basement tracks

Rap stack got you back in the sub black rewind that

We just rolling with the rhythm

Rise from the ashes of stylist division

With these non-stop lyrics of life living

Not to be forgotten but still unforgiving

But in the meantime there are those

Who wanna talk this and that

So I suppose that it gets to a point where feelings gotta get hurt

And get dirty with the people spreading the dirt it goes

Tried to give you warning but everyone ignores me

Told you everything loud and clear, but nobody's listening

Called to you so clearly but you don't want to hear me

Told you everything loud and clear, but nobody's listening

I got a heart full of pain, head full of stress

Handful of anger, held in my chest

And everything lefts a waste of time

I hate my rhymes, but hate everyone else's more

I'm riding on the back of this pressure

Guessing that its better I can't keep myself together

Because all of this stress gave me something to write on

The pain gave me something I could set my sights on

I'll never forget the blood sweat and tears

The uphill struggle over years the fear and

Trash talking and the people it was to

And the people that started it just like you

Tried to give you warning but everyone ignores me

Told you everything loud and clear, but nobody's listening

Called to you so clearly but you don't want to hear me

Told you everything loud and clear, but nobody's listening

I got a heart full of pain, head full of stress

Handful of anger, held in my chest

Uphill struggle, blood sweat 'n' tears

Nothing to gain, everything to fear

Heart full of pain, head full of stress

Handful of anger, held in my chest

Uphill struggle, blood sweat 'n' tears

Nothing to gain, everything to fear

Heart full of pain

Tried to give you warning but everyone ignores me

Told you everything loud and clear, but nobody's listening

Called to you so clearly but you don't want to hear me

Told you everything loud and clear, but nobody's listening

I got a heart full of pain, head full of stress

(Nobody's listening)

Handful of anger, held in my chest

(Nobody's listening)

Uphill struggle, blood sweat n tears

(Nobody's listening)

Nothing to gain, everything to fear

(Nobody's listening)

Song End.

When they finished singing, the crowd cheered out loud and some of the older ones were able to understand the hidden message in the song "Thanks for listening to our song, or do you desire to have some more?" the cheering got louder, then he turned to his clones and nodded then the clone switched his flute for another guitar "Alright then, you've got your wish!"

One OK Rock – No scared

Gimme more!

Gimme more!

Gimme more!

I wanna bring it back, We never carry on

I wanna bring it back, We never carry on

Seize it somehow, Seize it somehow

Only thing I lose

We hurry on (On!),

Cuz we are coming to the end

We hurry on (Yeah!),

Cuz we are coming to the end

I know it's me

I could be one from millions

I never trust anything to survive

No no

That's all, I'll be all right

No no

That's why you take me back

No no

That's the price I must pay?

I've got to leave you nothing to take anymore

No no

That's all, I'll be all right

No no

That's why you take me back

No no

That's the price I must pay?

No scared to death with the burning blue flame

We are

Can you! (Can you!)

Reach out?! (Reach out?!)

Shout it out! (Shout it out!)

Shout it out! (Shout it out!)

Seize it somehow, Seize it somehow

Only thing I lose

We hurry on (Yeah!)

Cuz we are coming to the end

We hurry on (Yeah!)

Cuz we are coming to the end

I know it's me

I could be one from millions

I never trust anything to survive

No no

That's all, I'll be all right

No no

That's why you take me back

No no

That's the price I must pay?

I've got to leave you nothing to take anymore

No no

That's all, I'll be all right

No no

That's why you take me back

No no

That's the price I must pay?

No scared to death with the burning blue flame

We are

I wanna bring it back, We never carry on

Seize it somehow, Only thing I lose

Yeah, We hurry on,

I could be one from millions

Touch it touch it,

Don't you know it's just begun

Watch it watch it,

Make me feel like the man

Break it break it.

We can't leave it undone

Kill the sound,

You are maybe alive

What do we forgot!

No no...on my own

No no...on my own

I've got to leave you nothing to take anymore

No no

That's all, I'll be all right

No no

That's why you take me back

No no

That's the price I must pay?

Now moving closer to the blue flame

We are!

No no

That's all, I'll be all right

No no

That's why you take me back

No no

That's the price I must pay?

I've got to leave you nothing to take anymore

No no

That's all, I'll be all right

No no

That's why you take me back

No no

That's the price I must pay?

No scared to death with the burning blue flame

We are...

WE ARE!

Song End

After his clones dispelled, Naruto slammed a palm on the stage and there a puff of smoke to reveal a scroll in his hands.

"Whoever thought that Naruto could sing so well?" said Fu, Chomei was cheering Naruto from the mindscape when he was singing.

"Naruto-kun could sing Fu-chan, he sang for the children at the orphanage when we were at the Land of Waves.

"We'll have to get him to sing for us some time," said Haku, getting nods of agreement from the others.

"You gotta love fuinjutsu," Naruto smirked as Genma reappeared before him and Neji came down from the competitors' box.

"That was a sweet performance, but let's get things going. The match between will now begin!"

Neji took the Jyuuken stance and sneered at Naruto "You might as well give up, fate has decreed that I will win this match,"

"Sorry to disappoint you, but I've come too far to just give up plus I've got a debt to collect," said Naruto as he started bouncing on the tips of his toes.

"A debt?"

"Surely you haven't forgotten that you have to pay for hurting Hinata-chan,"

"We'll see about that, I can't wait to see the look of despair when I prove to you that fate cannot be defied,"

"Cut the chit-chat and let's into the fight,"

Music Start: Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep OST; Unforgettable

Naruto quickly launched a couple of kunai at Neji and dashed in a zigzag pattern, but Neji caught one of the kunai and used it to deflect the others before Naruto got to him.

"What is he doing?! It's too risky to go up close with a Hyuuga!" said Kiba who was expecting Naruto to attack from a distance.

"That is under normal circumstances, but you shouldn't underestimate Naruto either, don't forget that he was able to defeat you back then," said Haku.

Naruto aimed a fist towards Neji's face but it was parried to the side so he put a palm on the ground and did a handstand and flipped away, he went with a palm thrust only for Neji to parry it again but he was ready this time as he adjusted his arm and slammed an elbow into the Hyuuga's chest much to his shock, knocking him back and performed a Flying Kick to send him further away.

This irritated Neji as he charged at Naruto who switched to the praying mantis stance and started attacking, Naruto was deflecting the attacks as they came at him but a few were able to graze him then he quickly had to jump back and used teleport to build some distance from Neji.

"As you can see and feel, there's no way that you can beat me and defy fate," said Neji, Naruto simply smirked at him and stretched his body a bit.

"Then I might as well shift things into high gear," Naruto crossed the middle and index finger of his hands together, "Shadow Clone jutsu!" then four of his clones appeared and took different stances, some which are the same. "Alright guys, let's get to it!"

"Roger boss!" the clones replied before charging at the Hyuuga.

"That's a pretty smart move from Naruto," said Haku.

"What do you mean?" asked Ino.

"The Byakugan can see the chakra and its circulatory system and since Naruto has evenly distributed his chakra to all of his clones, Neji won't be able to tell who the original is," said Hinata.

"But then he has to be careful since it only takes one hit to dispel a Shadow clone," said Fu worriedly.

"Don't worry Fu-chan, Naruto has Kurama- neechan to help him win," said Chomei to assure her container.

The first of the clones had reached Neji and engaged him in close combat while using the praying mantis style, another clone appeared in midair and charged in with a dive kick. Neji saw the attack coming and grabbed the clone with the intentions of using it as a shield, but the attacking clone saw this and dispelled itself at the last second which surprised Neji, giving the grabbed clone the opportunity break free from Neji's grip and throw him across the field.

Neji righted himself in midair and was about to land when a clone blurred in front him and grabbed his collar. "Gotcha!" and started getting punched in the face repeatedly before being thrown again.

"Wow, the kid's got good co-ordination with his Shadow clones, I guess he figured that he should fight from a distance," said Asuma while lighting up another cigarette.

"That is for any regular Shinobi, but my time as Naruto's sensei has taught me that he has a different way of dealing with things like this, you just keep on watching," said Kurenai with pride.

Neji was busy defending himself against the clones that kept attacking from different directions, then he suddenly smirked "Your strategy is quite flawed," then he quickly dashed through the clones before slamming a palm into a particular Naruto which didn't dispel "I figured that the one that doesn't attack would be the real one," the other clones started to dispel as if to confirm Neji's theory, but Naruto simply snickered at him.

"*Bzzzt* Wrong, boss wouldn't use an obvious strategy like that," said 'Naruto' with a smirk before disappearing in a puff of smoke much to Neji's shock. He quickly turned around to see Naruto with three of his clones attacking from different directions.

"Flying Kick!"

"Bicycle Kick!"

"Dive Kick!"

"Shadow Kick!"

When it looked like the attacks would connect, Neji started spinning on his axis while releasing chakra from his body to form a spinning dome. Naruto and his clones got knocked back, forcefully dispelling them and he skidded backwards.

"What was that technique? It's almost like Kung Lao's Spin but much different," Naruto wondered as he winced from the injuries that he got from it.

"Father isn't that?" asked Hanabi.

"Yes that's the Eight Trigrams Palm Rotation but how? Only the main family knew that technique," said Hiashi, Hanabi along with the other girls looked at the battle worriedly as they wondered what Naruto will do now.

"Since he'll use that when I come in close, let's try a different approach. Shadow Clone jutsu!" Naruto creating some more clones and they started going several hand signs.

"Fire style: Grand Fireball!"

"Lighting style: Lighting Bolt!"

"Wind style: Air Bullet!"

As the jutsus were about to hit Neji, he quickly spun again to deflect every single one of them. Right as the dome went down, Naruto teleported in front of Neji and performed a roundhouse kick but the Hyuuga ducked under the attack and landed a palm strike his chest, causing Naruto to stumble backwards.

"I have you right where I want you, you're within range of my Eight Trigrams," said Neji then he took certain stance which was instantly recognized by the Hyuuga members.

"What kind of stance is that?" asked Kiba, it was Hinata that answered with a shaken voice.

"That's a technique along with the Rotation that's only known by the members of the main family, if Neji knows how to perform it then Naruto-kun is in trouble,"

"Gentle Fist art: Eight Trigrams 64 palms," Neji dashed forward and struck Naruto "2 palms!" he could feel his chakra stop flowing at where he was hit and tried to retreat but Neji kept up the assault.

"4 palms!"

"8 palms!"

"16 palms!"

"32 palms!"

"64 palms!"

Naruto was sent tumbling from the force of the attacks while Hinata and the others looked on with worry "Damn he got me, I can't feel my chakra throughout my body,"

"Naruto-sama, all of your chakra points have been closed from that technique," said Chinami.

"Ku-chan, I'll need your chakra to force open my chakra points," thought Naruto as he struggled to his feet.

"Okay Naruto-kun, just say the word and I'll do it," said Kurama.

"For him to be able to perform that technique without being taught, you would have been proud of him brother," thought Hiashi.

"Come Naruto-kun, you can't give up now," thought Tenten.

"It's best that you give up, I've struck all your chakra points so you can use your jutsus. You've lost just like fate has foretold," said Neji with a sneer.

"Sorry but you still have a debt to pay, and besides I totally suck when it comes to giving up," said Naruto.

"Why do you defy fate?"

"Unlike you, I walk my own path and won't let anyone tell me what to do. I've have been told about what happened to your father but all I can see is that you're using fate like a crutch, something I intend to fix,"

"What do you possibly know, how could you know how it feels to be cursed with a mark, one that can never be removed?!" shouted Neji, Naruto and Fu clenched their fist while their tenants felt depressed, Gaia however was indifferent although she lightly glared at Neji.

"Believe me when I say that I do know how it feels, more than you ever had or will. Which is why I can't afford to lose to someone like you!" Naruto declared as he faced Neji "Ku-chan, do it!"

"Okay Naruto-kun," said Kurama, then she sent her chakra through Naruto's body and Neji was shocked to see red chakra flow through Naruto's chakra circulatory system reopen his chakra points.

"How could this be?! I closed all of your chakra points!"

"I'd rather you worry about what's going to happen next," said Naruto, then he raised his hand to reveal the bracelet which made everyone that knew about it smile.

"Looks like Naruto is finally going to use it," thought Haku.

"Neji's in for it now," thought Fu with glee.

"Go for it Naruto!" shouted Chomei happily.

"That's right Naruto-kun, you still have that," thought Tenten.

"You're about to make your presence known in the Shinobi world," Hiruzen thought fondly, not noticing that the Kazekage was staring quite intensely at Naruto as he brought out the bracelet.

"You're about to see what makes me proud of my student," said Kurenai, drawing Asuma's attention.

Naruto channeled chakra into the bracelet and called out "Reborn!" there was a bright glow before it faded to reveal him wearing a pair of red gloves with orange cross and flames designs at the base with a silver ring at the index finger on the right hand, he is also seen wearing a pair of headphones at his ears and orange contacts on his eyes plus a leg bangle on his left leg.

"Get ready to lose to my dying will!" shouted Naruto as a tongue of flame appeared on his forehead before he charged at Neji.

As Neji was attacking, he noticed that whatever attack that he launches Naruto would react to them and counter accordingly almost as if he was a Sharingan user. He blocked a punch but then noticed that Naruto was smirking.

"That's a bad move for you," the gloves ignited into flames, forcing Neji to jump back and discard the bandages from his right hand. Naruto dashed at Neji and tried to launch a fiery punch at the Hyuuga, but a Rotation deflected the attack and tossed him into the air. Naruto quickly flipped in midair and then shot out flames from the gloves which made him hover in the air.

"Whoa, Naruto's flying! That's pretty cool man!" said Kiba with Akamaru barking in agreement.

Naruto performed a nosedive to the ground and straight towards Neji who performed another Rotation, but Naruto had planned for it as he sped around the spinning chakra dome forming a ring of fire. "X-Stream!" then he ascended to the sky forming a blazing tornado, Neji jumped out of the flames and rolled on the ground to put out the fire on his clothes.

"I will not lose to you! Gentle Fist art: Eight Trigrams 64 palms!" Neji charged in to use the technique again, then Naruto lit up the gloves in flames again focused on Neji as he attacked "2 palms!" the first two strikes were blocked.

"4 palms!"

"8 palms!"

"16 palms!"

"32 palms!"

"64 palms!"

Throughout the assault Naruto had deflected all of the palm strikes and then punched Neji in the chest, sending him skidding backwards.

"How could you possibly block all my attacks?!" shouted Neji.

"It's an ability that comes with these gloves called Hyper Intuition which removes the limiters of my mind and releases my hidden awareness. That was why I could block your attacks, I could sense them coming," said Naruto.

"I don't care! Fate has decreed me the winner, I won't lose!" Neji lost all sense of reason and charged in blindly, Naruto shook his head and stood with his legs apart and reared his hand back as flames gathered around it and took the shape of a lion's head.

"It's over Neji!" Naruto slammed an blazing uppercut into Neji's chin, which propelled him into the air before he crashed into the ground and didn't get up. Naruto walked over to where the Hyuuga laid and stared at him.

Music End

"How could I have lost? How could you have defied fate?" asked Neji.

"I've failed the exams in three times in row that I'm sure that you would have considered that as my fate, however it was thanks to those whom I consider precious that helped me be who I am now. Which is why I train hard to get stronger so that I can protect them. So let me ask you this, if a so called 'dead last' like me could defy fate, then what can a genius like you do?" said Naruto before he turned and walked but he stopped "I wanted to seriously pummel you but Hinata-chan begged me not to, so you can consider your debt paid and have her to thank,"

"Winner of the match, Naruto Uzumaki," said Genma Shiranui, upon his announcement the crowd went crazy as they cheered loudly. The younger generation were amazed with a few wishing to be ninjas as well while the older generation were shocked and a bit fearful should they try anything to piss him off.

"That was totally serious, I feel kinda lucky that he didn't use it against me," said Kiba, Akamaru shivered at the thought of it.

"Naruto-kun, you're the best!" shouted Fu happily.

"Yay, Naruto-kun won!" said Chomei having sprouted wings from her back and was flying around happily.

"Naruto-kun, thank you," thought Hinata as she gazed at Naruto with love.

"You're so amazing Naruto-kun, I can't wait to spend more time with you," thought Tenten.

"It's time that Neji receives your letter brother," thought Hiashi as Hanabi looked happy at Naruto winning against Neji.

When he entered the competitors' box, Naruto was met with a hug from Sakura who was happy at seeing him win the match.

"Way to go Naruto-kun, you beat Neji!"

"Of course Sakura-chan, was there any doubt?" said Naruto with a foxy grin.

"You've really become more troublesome than ever before Naruto," said Shikamaru with a small smile, Kankurou was looking wary, Shino was stoic as always and Gaia was glaring at Naruto.

As the tournament continued, Kankurou forfeited the match much to the crowd's annoyance. Then it was the match between Shikamaru and Temari, Shikamaru wanted to forfeit but Naruto wouldn't have any of that and so he kicked him into the arena, it was a match between shadow and wind although Shikamaru finally captured Temari he forfeited the match due to low chakra. Naruto had to shake his head in amusement at the chronic laziness of his friend.

Soon it came to the match between Sasuke and Gaia but the Uchiha was still absent, the proctor was about to disqualify Sasuke when he arrived with Kakashi in a shower of leaves just at the last minute.

As the match commenced, Sasuke surprised everyone by moving at speeds matching that of Lee's when he takes off his weights. After getting pummeled by high speed attacks from the Uchiha, Gaia formed a sand dome around herself and whenever Sasuke attempts to attack, the sand would produce spikes whenever he approaches.

Then Sasuke then climbed to the top of the stadium wall and went through some handsigns then Naruto and the others heard sounds of many birds chirping and saw lightning surging from Sasuke's hand. Gai who had accompanied Lee to the stadium explained to them that the jutsu that Sasuke is using is an A-ranked assassination technique belonging to Kakashi known as Chidori, hearing this made Naruto watch the technique with interest.

Sasuke ran down the wall and towards the dome all the while picking up speeding and was able to pierce through the sand and into Gaia's right shoulder which led screaming out in pain and horror. Suddenly Sasuke was the one to scream out in pain as he gripped his arm and jumped back, an clawed arm made of sand covered with purple markings burst out before returning into the dome much to everyone's surprise and Naruto heard Kurama call out to him.

"Naruto-kun, I recognize that arm, it belongs to Shukaku-chan! It's like she's trying to take over Gaia's body but it's definitely not like her at all!" said Kurama worriedly.

"Then there's gotta be something else going on," thought Naruto, then white feathers started falling from the sky and he felt sleepy but a pulse from Kurama's chakra woke him up and he saw many ninjas either wearing a musical note or sand symbol on their jumping around and fighting the Leaf ninjas. "What the heck is going on?!"

Kakashi landed next to him "We're being invaded by the Sand and Sound villages,"

Naruto clenched his fists and the bracelet glowed a bit "Not on my watch they won't,"

Weapon/Gear appearance

Air Trecks = Air Gear

X-gloves (Vongola Version Gear) = Kateyoshi Hitman Reborn

Hello this is Hussbek online with another chapter, I hope that you enjoy this chapter as the next one will be an interesting one to look forward to. Read and Review as always as it inspires me to write. Keep in mind that after the twentieth chapter, I start working on updating the Naruto/Pokemon crossover but until then I'll make these chapters count.

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