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A Fellowship

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Utakata was there to help him.

The situation was honestly kind of laughable. A rogue Shinobi from the Bloody Kirigakure was there to help a team of Konoha Ninja from another rogue Shinobi who also hailed from the Bloody Kiri.

"What is Konoha thinking? Aren't you still a Genin? This is an A-rank mission." Utakata said with a frown.

"Who are you?!" Sakura immediately asked the stranger in response to his words.

Utakata raised his eyebrow in return.

"I am not talking to you." He said dismissively.

Utakata turned his head to face one of the seven swordsmen of Kiri calmly.

"Picking on a helpless Genin? How far the mighty have fallen." Utakata commented nonchalantly, ignoring Naruto who immediately shouted that he wasn't helpless at all.

"What are you doing here, Utakata?" Zabuza asked his fellow missing-nin in a rough voice.

"I can ask the same thing to you." Utakata replied lightly.

"Utakata. You are also a rogue Ninja from Kirigakure. Why are you helping us?" Kakashi asked in a suspicious tone, his eyes starring sharply at him, ignoring Sakura who gasped in surprise from behind him and Sasuke who immediately tightened his grip on his kunai.

It was strange that the man was helping them instead of Zabuza. What was his reason?

Utakata chuckled softly in response to his question.

"Don't get too far ahead of yourself, Hatake Kakashi. I am only here to help Naruto." Utakata said while inclining his head to the yellow-haired Genin.

Naruto? Why? How did they know each other? Utakata was a rogue Ninja from Kirigakure while Naruto lived his entire life in Konoha and never ventured outside. This was his first time going outside Konoha. Did Utakata ever infiltrate Konoha without their knowing?

"From one Jinchuuriki to another." Utakata added quietly but everyone in the vicinity could hear him just fine.

It was their fellowship. A comradely to help one another whenever and wherever.

"Jinchuuriki?" Sasuke muttered the word under his breath in confusion.

Kakashi tightened his grip on his kunai but Utakata was no longer paying attention to him.

"Shall I show you what a true demon look like, Demon of Kirigakure?" Utakata tilted his head slightly before he was engulfed in a red chakra.

That was Team Seven's first encounter with a Jinchuuriki from another village. It wasn't their last.

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Hatake Kakashi immediately stopped talking with his Genin when a thick smell of blood entered his nose and he turned his head to the side warily.

"Come out." He called out to the person in hiding.

A red-haired teenager with black circle around his eyes and a blank expression on his face appeared in a swirl of sand. Both of his arms were crossed over his chest and there was a gourd on his back.

"Naruto." The teen suddenly greeted one of his Genin in a flat tone.

"Gaara!" Naruto immediately responded with a bright grin, waving his hand slightly to him.

How did they know each other?

"You are from Sunagakure, correct? Are you here for the Chuunin Exams?" Kakashi asked him stiffly.

"Yes." The teenager answered him shortly before he turned his attention to Naruto again.

"I am not going to lose to you, Gaara! I will see you in the final." Naruto said in a cheerful tone, pumping his fist up to the air.

"Is that a challenge?" Gaara asked him emotionlessly.

"Yes. From one Jinchuuriki to another." Naruto replied with a smile, ignoring his teammates who immediately tensed in response to his words.

"I am looking forward to it." Gaara replied simply in a cool tone before he disappeared in a swirl of sand.

That was Team Seven's second encounter with a Jinchuuriki from another village. It was still far off from their last one.

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Their third encounter happened in the beginning of the Chuunin Exams when Naruto introduced himself loudly at everyone in the room.

A girl with short hair and tan skin suddenly walked closer to them.

She was a participant from another village, probably pissed off at Naruto's loud introduction.

The girl only raised her hand in a greeting.

"I am Fuu of Takigakure! Nice to finally meet you here." She introduced herself with a friendly smile.

"Uzumaki Naruto of Konohagakure! Nice to finally meet you here too!" Naruto immediately returned with a beaming smile.

She started at Naruto's eyes for a few seconds before she let out another smile on her lips.

"Your eyes are really pretty." She complimented him innocently.

Naruto only rubbed the back of his head shyly in response with a short laugh. "Thanks."

Then, she suddenly turned around, effortlessly stopping the Ninja from Otogakure in their track.

"That's not nice." She commented lightly before she let them go and turned her attention to her fellow Jinchuuriki again.

"Good luck on this exam, Naruto." Fuu said with a wink and a carefree smile.

It was a wish of luck from one Jinchuuriki to another.

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Their fourth encounter happened in the final of the Chuunin Exams when Naruto landed his eyes on the Kage's place and saw someone.

He raised both of his hands and waved enthusiastically, jumping up and down like a little kid.

Hatake Kakashi sighed at that. His student was probably doing that to get the Hokage's attention. How embarrassing.

"Yagura! I can't believe it! You are really a Kage even though you are so young and short!" Naruto said loudly with a laugh.

Holy shit. That stupid brat. Was he trying to start a fucking war with Kirigakure or something?

"You are shorter and younger than me!" The Mizukage bellowed back in response, twitching slightly in annoyance.

"Aren't you going to cheer for me?" Naruto asked cheekily with his foxy grin.

"I am going to cheer for Gaara." Yagura said in a deadpan tone.

"Hey! That's not fair!" Naruto immediately said with a big pout, crossing his arms loosely over his chest.

"Show some respect first, brat." The Mizukage said in a clearly amused tone.

It was a friendly banter from one Jinchuuriki to another.