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An Eye For An Eye

By TheHugMachine

Chapter 1

An Eye For An Eye Chapter 1

"Character talking"

'Character thinking'

"Kyuubi Talking"



-With Someone/ Someplace-

A 6 year old Naruto Uzumaki sighed to himself and watched with disinterest as his academy teacher, Iruka, continued to ramble on about things he had no interest in. He didn't have time to be sitting in a stupid classroom anyways, he had to get out there, and show Konoha that he was Hokage material.

'This is so stupid! I don't see any point in going through all of this! How is any of this going to help me become a great shinobi!? I need to be out protecting Konoha, not sitting in some dumb classroom!'

Naruto, once again, just silently sighed to himself, and mentally shook his head. No matter how much the blonde wanted to get out and fight for his village it didn't matter. Not only was spending six years at the academy a requirement, but Naruto also lacked any of the basic skills it took to be a shinobi of Konoha.

Most basic ninja knew how to throw a kunai or shuriken perfectly straight, and with decent accuracy, but Naruto, however, lacked both of those skills. Not only could he not throw a kunai or a shuriken straight, he couldn't aim to save his life. On top of that all academy students had to take a test at the end of their session at the academy, and one of the requirements for passing this was to make a simple Bushin(Clone), but, of course, Naruto had never made a perfect Bushinor anything even close to one for that matter, but this was to be expected from a kid like Naruto Uzumaki.

You see, Naruto grew up with no parents, and no one to help him with even the simplest of tasks. So as you may have guessed he had to teach himself everything. The only people Naruto could even start to call his family were the head of Konoha or the Hokage, if you wanted to call him that, Hiruzen Sarutobi, and a girl from the Konoha Medical Center named Azami Shisharu.

Shockingly enough Azami was the only one who worked within the medical team that would do anything to help Naruto without being forced to, and since the young Uzumaki was beaten on a daily basis, one can only assume that the two would naturally get close.

Naruto was still deep in his own thoughts when he heard Iruka's voice grow slightly louder. Naruto knew what that meant, as he looked up at his teacher to see him glaring directly at him, before turning back to the rest of the class and lowering his voice dramatically.

"So does anyone know what a Kekkei Genkai is?" Iruka only had to look around the room for a split second before a hand shot up. Iruka smiled slightly as he looked to find Sakura Haruno ready to answer the question as always. Iruka just gave a slight nod which signaled the okay for Sakura to start talking.

After giving a slight nod back, Sakura stood up, and started speaking to the class, "Kekkei Genkai are abilities passed down genetically in specific clans. Most clans have developed special jutsu related to their Kekkei Genkai and their related jutsu cannot be taught or copied by others, as they require the specific genetic trait to work. Kekkei Genkai abilities that work via the user's eye for example are called Dojutsu such as the Byakugan, and Sharingan."

Once Sakura had, once again, seated herself Iruka nodded, and looked at all of his students once again.

"Very good Sakura that was a great explanation of what a Kekkei Genkai is, but…-"

Iruka trailed off as he looked over at the class clown, village prankster, and so called 'Demon Child' to find him, now, wide awake and paying full attention.

Iruka regained his composure from his slight shock, and was about to continue with class, but when he glanced up at the clock at the back of the classroom he noticed it was the end of the day, and dismissed everyone.

"Okay class is dismissed, but your homework for tonight is to look up a Kekkei Genkai, it doesn't matter what kind it is as long as it qualifies as a Kekkei Genkai. Make sure you know quite a bit on whichever you choose because I will be asking various questions on this topic tomorrow."

With those words, everyone got up, and started out the door, all but one Naruto Uzumaki, that is. The blonde was too deep in thought to do anything at the moment.

'I've never thought about it before, but having a Kekkei Genkai would be pretty awesome! I mean it could help me become Hokage, while also giving me the edge in a fight!'

Iruka took notice to Naruto's presence in the classroom, and decided he would bring the boy back to reality. Iruka had, recently, been trying to act nice to Naruto. For the longest time he had thought of him as being a demon, but recently he'd been questioning what everyone said about the boy.

It just didn't make sense that a demon would be the worst student in class, and show absolutely no promise in the world of Shinobi, but then again there was always a chance that he really was a demon. If Naruto turned out to just be the jailor, however, then hating him would only hurt the boy, and it could come back to haunt the very same village that the 'demon' was raised in.

Iruka walked up the set of stairs, until he was standing right next to Naruto, and he gently placed a hand on his shoulder, which in turn got a slight flinch before Naruto looked up, and around the room.

"Class is over Naruto, you can go home now." Iruka stated with a slight smile, and to which Naruto just returned.

"Okay sounds good. I could go for some ramen about now anyways." Naruto responded as he slowly stood up from his table, and started his way down the stairs, toe in toe, with Iruka.

Iruka decided now was a good chance to have a slight talk with Naruto. So why not take it?

"So Naruto, I noticed that you seemed really interested in Kekkei Genkai, was I right?"

Iruka saw the change in Naruto's expression go from content to excited in a matter of seconds, and before Iruka knew what was happening Naruto was in front of him with a giant grin on his face.

"Yeah, I was thinking about how awesome it would be if I ended up with some sort of Kekkei Genkai, because then I could use it to protect Konoha, and become Hokage!" Iruka came to an abrupt halt as he looked at Naruto with wide eyes.

Naruto, however, was too excited to notice Iruka had stopped, and he continued onward. After a couple of seconds Iruka shook his head, and jogged slightly until he was caught up with the blonde once again, but this time Iruka was the one deep in thought.

'There's no way Naruto can be a demon. It's a shame that I'm just now noticing this, while so many others still are so naive.'

Iruka glanced over at Naruto sadly, and placed a comforting hand on Naruto's shoulder. Naruto stopped, and looked back at Iruka with a questioning glance, before Iruka just gave a smile, and looked down at Naruto,

"Hey Naruto, how about tomorrow you and me go and get some ramen together?"

Iruka could visibly see Naruto's eyes widen as he immediately began nodding his head furiously.

"Yeah, sure, Iruka-sensei that would be great!" Naruto was now wearing his usual grin, but there was something different about this one, and Iruka couldn't figure it out.

"Well anyways, I better be getting home Iruka-sensei I have some stuff around my apartment I need to take care of." Iruka just gave a slight nod, and with a slight wave departed from Naruto.

"Okay well I better see you in class tomorrow Naruto, or no ramen." Iruka turned around to see Naruto waving his hand behind him, not even looking back.

"Yeah don't worry about it Iruka-sensei I'll be there!" Iruka just smiled to himself as he continued walking until Naruto was out of sight. He sighed silently, and shook his head.

'I've been so stupid for so many years…'

-With Naruto-

Naruto turned back to look behind him, and saw that Iruka was now out of sight. He smiled to himself and started walking with his hands behind his head, like usual.

'I wonder if I could get close to Iruka-sensei…I mean he's gave me the same glares everyone else has, but I might be able to get close to him if he'll let me. That would be great!'

Naruto was pulled out of his thoughts by the feeling of a hand gripping his shoulder. Naruto just figured that it was Iruka coming back to say something else to him.

That thought was quickly shattered when his face was rammed into a nearby wall. Naruto's concentration was broken courtesy of the immense pain radiating from his nose. He wasn't entirely sure what was happening, but he knew he needed to get away, or at least face the person attacking him.

Naruto slowly turned around cupping his nose with one hand, while holding the other one in front of him, as a weak attempt to defend himself. Naruto didn't even have time to see who was attacking him as the hand protecting his nose was kicked with brute force, which in turn slammed against his nose, and just made the situation worse.

Naruto could feel blood flowing out of his nose now as he slowly pushed himself up, and faced his attacker. Naruto's hopes of getting away from this person dropped to absolutely nothing as he looked up to see an ANBU member facing him.

Naruto's hopes were gone now, and he just kept staring at the man in front of him. The one thing that stood out to Naruto for some reason was the man's ANBU mask. It was almost identical to the other ANBU masks, referring to it being the face of a certain animal and his seemed to be a wolf, but where his left eye should have been there was only an 'x', which only confused Naruto further.

The man didn't say anything as he continued to stare at the blonde before he started walking, slowly, towards Naruto. Naruto was inching backwards until he felt his back run into something behind him. He looked back to find what appeared to be the exact same man standing there with a kunai grasped in his left hand.

Naruto's eyes widened as he made an attempt to run forward, away from the man, only to see the man still standing in front of him.

'How are there two of them!? This isn't good! I can't get away from this! I'm going to die! I can't believe it! I can't become Hokage…I…-'

Naruto lost his train of thought as he suddenly felt his neck being crushed followed by his back being slammed against something. It took a second for Naruto to understand what was happening, but he soon realized the man was holding him against a wall using only one hand tightly gripped around his neck. Naruto could feel the presence of blood running down the back of his head, and everything was starting to go black on him.

Naruto decided that if he was going to have any chance of getting away from this man then he was going to have to make a run for it, but in order to do that he would have to get the man to release his grip.

"Please let me go mister! I've done nothing wrong! I was just walking back to my apartment, and then you came in! I swear I won't do anything bad ever again if you just let me go!"

The only response he got in return was the man's grip on his throat growing tighter. Then Naruto heard a faint chuckle coming from behind the mask of the man in front of him.

"You didn't do anything? You didn't do anything!?"

The man screamed as he threw Naruto to the ground, and stepped on his, still bleeding, head.

"You've done everything demon! You've killed thousands, and you have the nerve to act all innocent! You've ruined more lives than I can count!"

Naruto was trying to get his head out from underneath the man's foot but the pressure would increase with every slight struggle the blonde would make. He had no idea what the man was talking about, but he assumed that he had him mixed up with someone else.

"Mister you've got the wrong person! I've never done anything bad to anyone I swear!"

The man just growled as he slammed his boot into Naruto's face, followed by a quick kick to the boys ribs. "So you didn't hurt anyone huh!? Then what about my wife and kids!? Were their deaths just a figment of my imagination!? Was my eye not real!? You took my eye away, and now I'm going to take yours in return!"

Naruto's eyes shot open as he pushed himself up, and within half a second he was making a run for it, only to be kneed in the face, and sent flying back.

"I don't think so demon. You're mine, and you're not going anywhere."

Then before Naruto had a chance to stand up he was being held up by the man. Naruto saw the slight glint the moonlight gave the kunai in his hand, and Naruto just started to cry to himself.

He gently closed his eyes, and the next thing he knew he felt pain like he had never experienced in his life, covering the left side of his face.

Once Naruto felt himself hit the ground. He slowly opened his right eye, fearful of what was going to happen next, but much to his relief he saw the man walking away.

"I'll be back to finish the job later demon. I just want to see the fear in your eyes when you see me again. Wait…correction…eye!"

All Naruto could hear was the man's laughter drifting further and further away. The thing that had shocked Naruto more than anything was the fact that he couldn't scream. For some reason he was unable to scream, but he felt something in the lump of his throat. Then, out of nowhere, it came.

Naruto let out the loudest, more pain filled scream he'd ever heard in his life before he started to get unbelievably tired. The ground under his head wasn't hard anymore seeing as his blood and tears were turning the dirt into mud, so it was actually kind of peaceful for the blonde.

He loved the idea of getting away from all of the pain that was coming from the left side of his face. He was positive that other areas on his body were also badly injured, like his nose, but he guessed that the immense pain radiating from the left side of his face was overwhelming any other senses he had at the moment.

Naruto finally gave into the dark bliss that had been calling for him, and the only thing he could hear before everything went black was a group of footsteps, and the old, familiar, loving voice of Sarutobi screaming,


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