Chapter 1

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So this is my first story on Wattpad. By the way this was originally posted on Archive Of Our Own. You can check me out over there at LifeIsMeaningless. Enjoy the story!! Also, VOTE IN THE COMMENTS FOR WHO THE THIRD TEAMMATE IS GOING TO BE: Shikamaru, Sakura, or Hinata. Sasuke is a guarantee by the way...

Naruto shivered, curling her thin blanket around her. Burrowing deeper into her stiff mattress, she whimpered quietly to herself.

It was a cold winter night. Cold enough that water would freeze if it was set outside. Even if it was only for a moment.

It was times like these that Naruto wished she had a family. In her three year old mind, having a family meant that all of her problems would be solved.

She would have a real home. One with food preferably. Maybe even a heating system. Most importantly though, she would be loved.

Naruto had always fantasized about what it would be like to have a family. She loved her ji-chan of course, but it's not like he could ever replace a real parent.

Naruto sighed, it's not like she could do anything about it anyway. No one wanted her when she lived at the orphanage, why would it be different now.

Still shaking with cold, Naruto drifted off to sleep.


'Ne child?' A voice growled, " Why is it that you've finally decided to visit me!'

Surprised, Naruto's blue eyes snapped open, only to widen in shock at the monster before her, 'Who are you?' Naruto called to the creature.

'Me?' The beast chuckled, ' I'm what you humans call the Kyuubi no Yoko, the nine tailed fox.'

Once again, Naruto gasped, 'B-but you're dead!' The child argued.

'I am quite sure that I am not." The Kyuubi responded, 'I was sealed inside you when you were born." It responded.

'Hold on child," It said, "Let me take my human form.' The Kyuubi knew that it mustn't scare the child, for if it did, it will never gain her trust.

Suddenly, the large fox disappeared in a puff of chakra smoke, only to reappear as a young women with fox ears and a tail. She had long auburn hair and was dressed in a flowing red kimono.

'You're a girl?' The child asked incredulously.

'Indeed I am.' Confirmed the fox, 'I hear your pleas kit. I've decided that I shall care for you like you are one of my own. I will cradle you in my

arms as you sleep and teach you how to survive in the dangerous world of the shinobi. I promise that I am much more knowledgeable than your ignorant academy teachers.'

Desperate for any type of affection, the two year old girl fell into the woman's open arms. For the first time in a long, long time, Naruto felt truly happy. Smiling to herself, she fell asleep once again. She finally had a mother to love her.


Three months later, Naruto was starting to grow. Thanks to Kyuu-chan's lessons, her grades had improved, especially since the academy teachers couldn't sabotage her anymore. Most days, she was genuinely happy.

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