Behind Blue Eyes
"Ah Kakashi-senpai. How kind of you to join us." said the man who was tasked with erasing Naruto's memories.
"Where is Naruto?" Kakashi demanded.
"RIght here, though I doubt she remembers you." the man said. "I have completely erased Naruto's memories in order to get her ready to accept Danzo-sama's training and conditioning to join Root."
Rage filled Kakashi's eyes as the jonin rushed the Yamanaka and swiftly beheaded the man with a tanto. The man fell to the ground, his head rolling to the side.
"I found Naruto." Kakashi said into his radio. "I'm taking her to the Konoha Shinobi Hospital."
A short while later Naruto was laying in a hospital bed sleeping. Asuma was sitting in a chair to the right side of his students bed with Kakashi leaning against a wall at the foot of the hospital bed. Hiruzen was standing beside Asuma with a worried look on his face.
"Kakashi, you said Danzo had Naruto's memories erased?" Hiruzen asked.
"Hai." Kakashi replied.
"Kakashi, I have a favor to ask of you. I need you to get Inoichi and see if there is any hope of recovering Naruto's memories." Hiruzen said.
"Hai Hokage-sama." Kakashi said leaving the room heading for the T&I division.
Ten minutes later Kakashi and Yamanaka Inoichi walked into the hospital room where Naruto lay still asleep.
"Inoichi I know it's late but I need to know if you can recover Naruto's memories." Hiruzen explained.
"I'll do my best Hokage-sama." Inoichi said and he walked over to Naruto and put a hand to her head and closed her eyes.
In an instant Inoichi was pulled into Naruto's subconscious where he saw the young kunoichi huddled into a ball before a large gate with none other than the Kyubi sealed behind the gate. Inoichi approached the young blonde hoping her mind wasn't lost. Naruto looked to the older shinobi with a scared look on her face.
"Wh-who are you?" Naruto asked.
"My name is Yamanaka Inoichi." Inochi said introducing himself.
"What do you want with my host Yamanaka?" came the voice of the Kyubi.
"I'm here to recover Naruto's memories if possible." Inoichi said, answering the giant fox.
"Unfortunately whatever your clansman did completely erased Naruto's memories and he found a way to prevent me from doing anything to stop it so Naruto has to relearn everything." the Kyubi said.
'I see." Inoichi siad with a sigh.
"The only thing she still possesses is the ability to speak and write but she will have to relearn her shinobi skills and remake her friends." the Kyubi explained.
"Thank you for talking to me Kyubi." Inoichi said bowing. "I will take my leave now."
"That would be for the best Yamanaka. You're lucky Narurto doesn't remember it was a Yamanaka that stole her memories." the Kyubi said.
Inoichi left Naruto's subconscious and returned to the hospital room.
"Well Inoichi, what have you discovered?" Hiruzen asked.
"I regret saying this, but Naruto's memories are lost. My clansman found a way to erase Naruto's memories and prevent the Kyubi from interfering." Inoichi explained.
"I feared as much." Hiruzen siad with a sigh.
"From what the Kyubi said she still has the ability to speak and write but she will need to relearn all her kunoichi skills." Inoichi explained further.
"Asuma, do you think you can retrain Naruto with the rest of your team?" Hiruzen asked.
"It will take some time but I can do it with the help of Ino and Hinata." Asuma said. "I may also enlist the help of Kurneai and Gai. They can help her with skills that I lack."
"I can help her with Ninjutsu as well." Kakashi said.
"Asuma until Naruto is retrained you are only permitted to take d rank missions. I know Ino and Hinata deserve to go on higher missions but I can not risk their lives because Naruto isn't ready for the mission." Hiruzen said.
"Hai tou-san." Asuma said with a sigh. "I wonder if I can get her ready for the Chunin exams?"
"The Chunin Exams? Asuma those are less than four months away. How can you possibly get Naruto ready for those exams in four months?" Kakashi asked.
"Naruto may not show it but she is skilled in the Shinobi arts and she has a drive that will push her to be the best even if she doesn't remember who she is or any of her friends. I know I can make her a top rate kunoichi in just four months." Asuma said.
Just then the gathered shinobi heard a sound from the sleeping kunoichi and turned to face her. Naruto opened her eyes and looked around and saw the gathered shinobi and the Hokage and she instantly grew fearful.
"Wh-who are all of you?" Naruto asked.
Hiruzen sighed he knew he should have taken this conversation outside.
"My name is Sarutobi Hiruzen the Hokage, and your grandfather." Hiruzen said.
"Jiji?" Naruto asked.
"Yes Naru-chan I'm your Jiji." Hiruzen replied.
Naruto felt like she knew the man but her mind was coming up blank but if the man was her Jiji he wouldn't hurt her.
"Naruto." Asuma said, getting the blonde to look in his direction. "My name is Sarutobi Asuma, I'm your Jonin Sensei. You are a kunoichi of Konoha and your memory has been erased. It's up to me to retrain you and I promise I will not fail you."
"I'm a Kunoichi?" Naruto asked.
"Yes you are, you also have friends who are also kunoichi and shinobi." Asuma said with a warm smile.
"You said my memory was erased, who erased it?" Naruto asked.
"A Yamanaka from Danzo's Root Anbu." Hiruzen explained. "He tried to force you into his organization by erasing your memories."
"Why did he want to force me into his Root Organization?" Naruto asked.
"You are the Host of the Kyubi no Yoko. On a mission you had an episode where you used the Kyubi's Chakra to kill bandits who were trying to take you and another kunoichi from a hotel room. Danzo wants to make you into a weapon for Konoha. I have put a stop to every attempt of him trying to get you into his Root but he acted without my knowledge or consent." Hiruzen explained.
"So because of the Kyubi I was abducted and lost my memories because this Danzo wanted to turn me into a weapon?" Naruto asked.
"Hai." Hiruzen replied. "I'm sorry Naruto."
"When do I start my training?" Naruto asked Asuma.
"Tomorrow morning at Training Ground Ten. I will come to your apartment to get you so I can show you the way to the training grounds." Asuma said.
"Hai sensei." Naruto said.
Just then Naruto's stomach growled loudly indicating the girl was rather hungry and causing her to blush a deep red.
"Seems as though we need to get you some food." Hiruzen said with a chuckle. "Come Naruto, let's go get some food. I will take you to your favorite place in Konoha."
"Ok Jiji." Naruto said with a smile.
The next morning Naruto and Asuma arrived at Training Ground Ten where Yamanaka Ino and Hyuga Hinata were waiting. Ino saw Naruto and instantly rushed to hug her friend, however it didn't have the effect she was hoping for as Naruto instantly got out of Ino's hold and hid behind Asuma.
"Ino Naruto doesn't know who you are, her memories have been erased." Asuma said.
"But only a Yamanaka could have done that, why would anyone erase her memories?" Ino asked.
"Danzo tried to make Naruto into a weapon and to do that he needed a clean slate so he had someone in his organization erase Naruto's memories." Asuma explained.
"That bastard." Ino said angrily.
"Naruto these are your teammates Yamanaka Ino, and Hyuga Hinata." Asuma said. "They are also your closest friends."
"Hello I'm Yamanaka Ino." Ino said, introducing herself to Naruto.
"Hello Naru-chan I am Hyuga Hinata." the Hyuga Heiress said bowing.
"H-hello Ino and Hinata." Naruto said to her teammates.
"Right. Now girls we have the fun task of completely retaining Naruto from the ground up. Unfortunately that also limits us to D rank missions until Naruto is retrained." Asuma explained to his team.
"What can we do to help Naruto Asuma-sensei?" Ino asked her sensei.
"Spar with her, give her tips on how to be a kunoichi again, help as we all rebuild her from the ground up." Asuma replied. "And to start things off we will do the most basic thing to a ninja, chakra control."
Ino and Hinata looked at each other then nodded.
"What are we learning first Sensei?" Ino asked.
"The leaf exercise." Asuma said. "I want all three of you to grab a leaf and place it on your forehead and channel chakra into it and make it stick to your forehead."
The three girls nodded and they all grabbed a leaf from a nearby tree. Ino and Hinata sat on the ground and Naruto followed suit by sitting with them.
"Alright Naruto the basic idea is to channel your chakra to your forehead and into the leaf to make it stick." Asuma instructed.
Naruto closed her eyes and heard a voice in her head.
'Naruto to focus your chakra simply find your chakra which is in your stomach and pull on it to draw it out.' came the Kyuibi's voice.
Naruto did as the Kyubi instructed and found her chakra then pulled on it and guided it to her forehead and into the leaf. At first the leaf fell but Naruto didn't give up, she simply picked it back up and tried again with more chakra. After a few tries Naruto finally got the leaf to stick to her forehead then she tired a few more times and made it stick longer and longer each time.
"Very good Naruto." Asuma said.
"Thanks sensei." Naruto said.
"Alright Naruto the next chakra control exercise we will try is the tree climbing exercise. This is more difficult than the leaf exercise as it requires you to focus chakra to your feet, one of the hardest places to focus chakra." Asuma said
Naruto nodded and looked at a nearby tree. Naruto formed a ram seal and closed her eyes again, this time focusing her chakra into the soles of her feet. Opening her eyes Naruto walked over to the tree and started to walk up the tree, Asuma smirked.
'It seems her body still knows how to be a kunoichi even if her mind does not, this might make things easier than expected.' Asuma thought to himself.
Naruto walked up and down the tree calmly, never losing her focus. She continued to walk up and down the tree until Asuma told her to stop.
"Alright Naruto, that was very good. From my observation it seems as though your body still knows how to be a kunoichi even if your mind does not. The next thing we will cover is sparring. I want to see if you can fight without having to relearn the basics of taijutsu." Asuma said.
"Hai sensei." Naruto said "Who will be my opponent?"
"Ino will be." Asuma said. "Ino I want you to spar with Naruto, don't hold back I want to see if her body still remembers how to fight."
"Hai sensei." Ino said as she walked up to Naruto and adopted a fighting stance.
Naruto adopted the same stance as Ino as her body seemed to move on its own. Ino rushed Naruto with a speed that belied her slender form. As Ino drew near Naruto the platinum blonde threw a solid punch aimed for Naruto's face which the golden blonde easily blocked and twisted around Ino and delivered a blow to Ino's side with force enough to cause Ino to jump back away from Naruto.
Naruto, seeing Ino jump away from her, rushed Ino with speed no one expected and began a barrage of punches and kicks at Ino. Ino tried her best to defend against the assault but she was failing. Naruto jumped back, eyes wide with fear.
"I-I'm sorry Ino." Naruto said, trembling.
"Seems I was correct in thinking Naruto still knows how to fight." Asuma said. "Naruto, you were the strongest kunoichi of your team. It seems you still know how to be a kunoichi, we just have to recover your skills."
"But I don't remember what I was good at." Naruto said.
"That's ok Naruto you can rediscover what you were good at or even find a new path to walk." Asuma said.