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The Sleeper

The Sandaime Hokage, Sarutobi Hiruzen, had a problem. 


A big problem.


A snake problem.


“And you’re absolutely sure it was Orochimaru, Anko?” He asked, rubbing his forehead with a frown.


“I’m positive.” The Special Jounin confirmed. She stood before his desk at attention, but it was obviously difficult for her to do so with the injuries she has sustained fighting her traitorous teacher.


Sarutobi gave a deep sigh.”Thank you, Anko, you may go.” She looked like she wanted to protest, but a quick look from the God of Shinobi had her quickly shutting her mouth and leaving the room. When he was sure that she was gone, he turned to a corner of the room.


“Neko.” Immediately one of his ANBU was kneeling before him.


“Yes, Hokage-Sama?”


“Awaken the Sleeper.” She was gone instantly, leaving Hiruzen to sigh deeply once more. He had really hoped that it wouldn’t have come to this, that the Sleeper could continue to live an oblivious life, never needing to be called on, but with Orochimaru active he just couldn’t risk it. 


“It looks like it’s time to put your training to the test. I’m sorry, Naruto.”





“Goddamnit” Blue eyes took in unfamiliar surroundings, and, more importantly, his missing teammates. Looking up at the towering trees, he could see the signs of battle from earlier, but no pink-haired Genin or brooding Uchiha.


So they had left him behind. Great.


Naruto shook his head with a sigh, idly aware of the throbbing pain that had resulted from his fall. There was a kunai directly above him, a torn piece of orange fabric hanging from it, to indicate that at least some effort had been put into preventing his fall, but he couldn’t speak highly of the results.


“And this was my favorite jacket, too”. With a grimace, he examined the large hole in the back. it wouldn’t do him any good now. tearing it into thin strips, he began to wrap a large cut on his left forearm before placing the remaining strips into his pouch for later. 

before he could decide what to do next, a presence made itself known, jumping down from the trees in a low crouch. Well, shit. He didn’t know what he had done this time, but an ANBU coming for him in the middle of the Chuunin exams was a bad sign.


“Genin Uzumaki Naruto,” She began. “By order of the Hokage, you are to be activated.” In a flash she crossed the distance between them, slamming a piece of paper to the back of his neck and slipping another under his shirt. 


“Awaken.” Commanded the woman.


And he Awoke.




012607, reporting for duty.” Behind her Mask, Neko grinned. She had been waiting for this day for a long time.


“012607, You have been activated by order of the Sandaime Hokage, Sarutobi Hiruzen, because of the threat posed by rogue Sannin Orochimaru.” She tossed him a scroll followed by a black bundle. “Those are your written orders and your supply kit. You have ten minutes to prepare before mission start, I will be your handler, ‘Moon-Flower’.”


“Understood, Moon-Flower.” 



This didn’t get very far but I really do like the idea of Naruto being a sleeper agent hidden within the lower Shinobi ranks. I know it’s been done before but with him being the village’s greatest asset it just feels right. The Sandaime having an alternate agenda of allowing him to live a normal life despite all the training he’s gone though as Konoha’s weapon is also something I can very easily picture the man doing. 


In this story I just wanted him to be a more tactical, ANBU-like shinobi and pairing him with Yugao, well, how could I resist? I never quite figured out how his training went but I do have one little tool that I’ve been dying to use/see used so maybe one of you can implement it. 


Huh, this is almost like a little bonus idea, really. 


So, what’s the best way to give Naruto all the know-how of a veteran Shinobi? Easy, transfer everything they know. How do we do that? Well, I suppose if an old Yamanaka member tired of life were to see Naruto and decided he’d finally figure out why Yamanaka had been ordered to not attempt any mind-transfers with him it would provide plenty of opportunity for an author to transfer him everything he needed. 


I have a scene with that happening somewhere in my files but I haven’t seen it recently. Probably typed the damn thing up on notepad, too. If I find it I’ll attach it here or something, but for now feel free to make use of this. 


Just let me know, please. I’d really like to see what you do with it.