Naruto: Journey To Now Chapter 4 - The Argument
Naruto(Narrator): The next day was another day at school. But this day was a day that Iruka almost died.
*Naruto and Hinata are seen being approached by Hinata's Bullies*
Naruto: What do you guys want?
Hinata's Bully #2: What do you think?
Naruto: She didn't do anything to you guys.
Hinata's Bully #1: Look at him acting all tough. He doesn't look intimidating.
Naruto: We don't want any trouble.
*Hinata's Bullies start laughing*
Hinata's Bully #3: Hahahaha! This is so cute. They don't want any trouble.
Naruto: Don't make me call the teacher.
Hinata's Bully #1: Oooooh scary...yeah right! Iruka's at Amaguriama's right now! Who else are you gonna call? Your parents? Oh wait, they're dead aren't they?
Naruto: What did you just say!?
Hinata's Bully #1: You're parents are dead aren't they? No wonder why they don't show up to pick you up after school. They must've died when the demon fox attacked long ago. I wonder, were they were the first to die? If they were, they must've been very weak shin-
*Before the bully could finish, Naruto sends him flying with one super powered kick, sending him flying into a tree. The bully clenches his stomach in pain. The other bullies are seen with scared expressions on their faces, even Hinata's scared*
Naruto: I didn't want any trouble, but I see now that you guys want trouble.
*The 2 bullies start taking a few steps back in fear*
Naruto: What happened to me not looking intimidating? *scary grin* Come at me. Come on!
Hinata's Bully #3: Wha-what are you?
Naruto: I WAS just a kid like you guys. But now, I'm gonna be something far worse than anything you've ever seen.
Hinata's Bully #2: No, don't come any closer! Stay away!
Naruto: I would, but you crossed the line.
*Scene changes to the sky, where 2 screams are heard. Scene changes to Hinata's Bullies being treated at the hospital*
Doctor: My goodness, these bruises are severe. Not only that, some of their ribs are broken. Also this one's tibia is broken. Quickly, we gotta get them to the operating room!
*Scene changes to Naruto coming home. Iruka is seen waiting for him inside*
Iruka: Naruto I got word that Hinata's bullies were sent to the hospital with severe injuries! They said that you got angry and beat them half to death!
Naruto: They deserved it.
Iruka: I can't believe you're saying that! Thanks to you, they have a 85% chance of dying!
Naruto: So what?
Iruka: Do you hear yourself right now!? If your parents were here, what would they think!?
Naruto: Funny you ask that because they're not here aren't they? So where are they?
Naruto: Where are my parents? Where's my dad? Where's my mom? Where were they when I needed them!?
Iruka: How dare you-
Naruto: How dare I!? How dare I!? How dare you!? Trying to act like my dad! I may not have known him but I know that you're not him! And you're no brother to me!
*Naruto leaves the house with his super speed*
Iruka: Naruto wait!...Dammit!
*The Third is seen using the Telescope Technique to watch Naruto leave the village*
Third Hokage: *sigh*I know Naruto's actions weren't good, but I can't blame him. He grew up with no parents to care for him. If only you were here, Minato...Kushina...you could've been there for him...What's this!? Four Kumo-nin!?
*Naruto is seen very tired from running*
Naruto: Stupid Iruka...stupid village...
*Suddenly, the four Kumo-nins come out and surround Naruto*
Naruto: What the-
*One of the Kumo-nins knock Naruto out with a punch to the stomach*
Kumo-nin: We've got the Jinchūriki, let's-
*A Kumo-nin is sent flying with one punch from Iruka*
Iruka: Get away from my brother!
Kumo-nin: Get him!
*Iruka starts fighting the Kumo-nin. Scene changes to Naruto waking up*
Naruto: What happened?
Iruka: Naruto...are...you okay?
*Naruto turns around and sees a severely injured Iruka and 4 dead Kumo-nin. Naruto is seen with a shocked expression on his face*
Iruka: See Naruto? I was here...to help you...I'm so glad...you're okay.
*Iruka collapses. A very worried Naruto starts rushing to his side*
Naruto: No no no no no! Don't die Iruka!
*Tears start coming out of Naruto's eyes as Naruto tries to stop the bleeding*
Naruto: No I didn't mean for any of this! Oh god! No no no, don't die Iruka! I'm sorry...I'm sorry...I'm sorry...
Naruto(Narrator): He went out looking for me. And he almost gave his life to make sure I wasn't taken away by those Kumo-nin. It was a good thing that some Jōnins found us on time.
*Scene changes to Naruto watching the medical-nin bringing Iruka into the emergency room by stretcher. Scene changes to the next day as Naruto enters the academy. The students are seen looking at him with concern in their eyes. Sakura walks towards him*
Naruto: I'm not in the mood Sakura.
Sakura: Naruto I-
*Naruto shoves her against a locker, shocking everyone*
Naruto: Didn't you hear me? I said I'm not in the mood!
Sakura:*teary-eyed* I'm sorry about Iruka-sensei. I feel bad for you...we all do.
*Naruto looks at all the students before walking off. Hinata walks over to him*
Hinata: Naruto, I heard what happened. I'm so sorry.
*Naruto goes over to Hinata and hugs her as he cries. Scene changes to everyone in the classroom. Kurenai(22 yrs old) is seen teaching the class instead*
Kurenai: Since your teacher's in the hospital today, I'll be his substitute. But before we start, Naruto can I talk to you outside of the classroom?
*Naruto gets out of the classroom with Kurenai*
Kurenai: I know what you're going through right now Naruto. You think that it's your fault for Iruka almost dying. But you shouldn't blame yourself. It was his choice to risk his own life to save yours.
Naruto: After all the things I said to him, he still came looking for me.
Kurenai: He may not be your real father, and he may not be related to you, but he really cares about you. He talks about how good of a brother you are every time we're on break.
Naruto: He does that?
Kurenai: Yes, he does. He is always talking about how good you are, rarely anything bad.
*Naruto starts crying tears of happiness*
Kurenai: Come on, let's head back in.
Naruto(Narrator): Hearing Kurenai-sensei talk about Iruka saying good things about me moved me to tears. I also got all teary-eyed once I heard that he was gonna make it. For 4 weeks, I stayed with Shikamaru and his parents. His parents, I have to admit, were scary, but they were nice people, and I got to hang out with Shikamaru more. Hinata still remained my close friend, that was good. Sakura and Ino became my friends as well...sort of. After 4 weeks, Iruka was finally released from the hospital.
*Iruka exits the hospital with Naruto*
Iruka: Finally! I'm out of the hospital!
Naruto: I'm glad you're outta that hospital. Shikamaru's parents are crazy!
Iruka: But they were nice to you.
Naruto: That's true. So...are we good?
Iruka: Yeah...we're good.
Naruto: From now on, I will be a better brother to you.
Iruka: There's no need for that. You're a better brother already. You visited me every day.
Naruto: Oh okay then, so what do we do now?
Iruka: How about some ramen? In celebration for me getting out of the hospital!?
Naruto: Alright ramen! You're the best brother ever!