Chapter 11: The First Exam! The Written Test!
A.N. Hmmm... I can't think of anything ^^". One thing though is, heheh, you will enjoy the fights I have planned for Prelims and Finals, oh, and it might get awkward because I want to focus on Sasuke's POV more since it's getting closer to the end. And also, I originally intended for each stage of the Chuunin Exams to be 2 chapters each, but now that I remember more about it all and since I don't want to drag the first test for so long idk how this will work, maybe one chapter for the first, two for the second, three for the third, which by the way I intend on making much better and not so short ; ).
Now then, Chapter 40 "The First Exam!", Chapter 41 "Whispers of Demons..!", Chapter 42 "Everyone's Respective Battles...!", Chapter 43 "The Tenth Question...!", and Chapter 44 "The Natures Tested For...!" bring you...
A.N. That's chapter 11 everyone, pretty average and short, I know, bu ti couldn't think of much more that I could have done. For the life of me I could not find out what Anko's sign really said, but feel free to tell me, please lol. And also, ah ha! Naruto figured out the true uses for Shadow Clones early, nice right? He would have if Kishimoto thought about it in part 1, though probably not until Jiraiya, but hey, I thought this would be a good moment to show it. If any of you saw this coming back in wave, you get a cookie! ^^ Also, I will explain more about the Shadow Replacement Technique in the forest of death. Sorry that it still doesn't quite seem like Sasuke is the main char instead of Naruto, but I'm trying ^^". Alright, see you in the next Chapter. Chapter 12: The Second Exam, The Forest of death!
Chapter 11: The First Exam! The Written Test!
Ibiki: "Now then, you Oto-nin, I suggest you stop doing as you please before the exam unless you want to fail before they even start!" Dosu: "I apologize... This is our first time... We got a bit carried away..." Ibiki, with a stern cold glare: "Bah... There will be no fighting without permission of the examiner. Even if permission is granted, killing your opponent will not be tolerated. Those pigs that disobey me will be failed immediately. Do I make myself clear..?" Zaku: "Heh, this exam is sounding to easy."
Everyone was given a number that told them where to sit. Naruto obviously wasn't too pleased to hear that it was going to be a written exam. He was even less happy when he saw how far away he was from his team, but at least he was sitting to one friendly face. Naruto: "Oh, hey Hinata, nice to have at least one friendly face to help me through this = ^^"=" Hinata, sitting to the seat right of him: "I feel the same, let's do our best Naruto-kun ^^." Sakura: 'Poor Naruto-kun... This is the worst possible test for him... And we are too separated to help... at least he's sitting near Hinata...' Sasuke: 'We are all separated, so can't help each other, which isn't that big of a deal other than for Naruto... With how his education was held from him, he will have to cheat or he's screwed...'
Ibiki, getting everyone's attention by slamming his fist holing chalk into the black board: "Do not turn over your tests yet. Listen closely to what I'm about to say. There are many important rules to this test. I'll write on it on the board while I explain, but question will not be allowed, so listen carefully. Rule #1, you will all start off with 10 points.. The test is made up of 10 questions and each one is worth a point, however, this test uses a subtraction system. In other words, if you answer all of the questions correctly, you keep your 10 points. But if say you miss three questions... you lose 3 points and will have 7. Rule #2, this is a team test. Whether you pass or not will be determined by the combined score of your teammates. So, each team will compete to see how many points they can hold on to from the initial team total of 30." Sasuke: 'Oh crap we're screwed!' Sakura: "Wait a second! I don't understand this initial points system either, but why is it a team test!?" Ibiki: "Shut up, you don't have the right to question me. There is a reason for this, be quiet and listen. Rule#3, the most important rule. During the exam, anyone caught by the sentinels doing sneaky activities, namely cheating... will have 2 points subtracted for every offense. So say if you get caught cheating 5 times, you and your team will be disqualified, even if all of the answers were correct." Sasuke: 'We're doomed... Sorry brother, you will have to wait 6 months longer than I intended...' Ibiki: "So, there will be some who will lose all their points during the exam and be asked to leave. Realize that the pathetic ones that get caught cheating will be destroying themselves. As Shinobis trying to achieve the level of Chuunin, be proud Ninjas." Sakura: 'Calm down, yeah, of course we have Naruto, but as long as Sasuke and I do well... Even if he gets a zero, we just have to cover for him...' Ibiki: "And the Final rule, Those that lose all of their initial points during the test and those that don't answer any questions correctly will be failed along with their 2 teammates." Sasuke: !? '…. I, will never be a Chuunin... after this I am getting Sakura and Kakashi to teach him everything he should have already known and I am killing all of his old teachers!' Sakura, slamming her face into her desk: 'WHAT DID HE SAY!?' Naruto: "Well... ****..." Hinata: "Come on Naruto-kun, I'm sure it's not that bad, you'll fail with that attitude. C-can't you be confident for once ^/^." Naruto: "... Yeah, thanks Hinata-chan... =^^=."
Ibiki: "You will have one hour to complete the test... BEGIN!"
Sakura: 'Come on Naruto-kun, your not that stupid, you can get one point at least... can't you!?' Sasuke: 'Who knows, he has shown himself to be clever when it counts... I'm sure he will figure something out... maybe.' 'Damn... this is bad, it looks like Naruto's already freaking out... Come on Sasuke, just focus on your own test damn it! Alright, the first question is a cryptogram...' Sakura: 'I have to worry about myself... I need to get us points here... Hmm... No.2, "Line B, seen in the picture is the greatest possible distance Shinobi can throw shuriken from a tree of 7 meters. Four enemies who appear within the circumference of the shuriken's range, explain the attack options using the distance. Show your work." This is a very complicated question that requires a high amount of both book smarts and experience... There is no way Naruto can answer this... Actually... Almost no one here should be able to... though I can...' Sasuke, smirking: "Heh... I see... I can't answer a single one of these... And whats up with question 10? "This question will be revealed 45 minutes after the test begins. Listen to the examiner closely before answering."...? Hn, there's something underneath the underneath...'
Naruto, holding his head tightly, straining his brain as Hinata watched in worry: 'This is seriously bad! What should I do what should I do what should I do what should I do what should I do times 7!' "Ahhhh, just calm down and think for once damn it!"Sasuke, glaring at the sturdy eyes of sentinels, glued on the Gennin: 'And what's with them..? It's like they expect us to cheat... The Bastards...' Sakura: 'The second rule... If they add up all the team members' scores, that means we will be ranked how many teams will be allowed to pass through... Like knowing will make any difference... If only 10 of the 51 teams will pass... Then you have to score a lot of points... This is a system that encourages cheating... Hopefully Naruto-kun or Sasuke-kun won't be foolish and try to cheat... I'm sure Naruto isn't THAT stupid... I hope.'
Naruto, running his hands through his hair: 'Alright, it's okay. I just have to calmly, calmly, cheat in a way where I won't get caught!' Sasuke, seeing a sentential mark someone off: 'Someone just got caught. "Ibiki: "Those pathetic ones that get caught cheating will be destroying themselves." "As Shinobis trying to achieve the level of Chuunin, be proud Ninjas." ….. Wait a second!... I see, so that's it! Damn it, this isn't just a measure of our intelligence. Hurry up and notice, Naruto. It could cost you everything... Because this is also a test to see how well we can gather information as Ninja. A Shinobi must read underneath the underneath. So what the examiner meant was that if you are going to cheat, don't do it pathetically, but like a proud Ninja and don't get caught. Hn, if you look at it that way, the subtraction point system and the fact they let you get caught cheating 4 times safely before failing you all makes sense! So basically what is being tested is really our ability to gather information without getting caught by the sentinels and the person we are cheating off of. Damn it Naruto notice! The smart ones will begin moving soon..."
Kankuro, catching a glare by Garra: 'Don't look at me like that, I know. So, Garra's already started... I'm counting on you Crow...' Akamaru, looking around the room: "Woof Woof! Woof, Woofwoof!" Kiba, writing down answers: "Good boy Akamaru! Now, what's #4?" Shino, as a bug flew from one desk onto his and started walking in a figure 8: "Alright, the answer is 8, go to his for the next one..." Everyone was Cheating in there own special way. Lee and Tenten were using subtle body movements and reflections around the room to communicate. Dosu was listening to the strokes of pencils on paper, hearing what was being written. Neji activated his Byakugan to look through people at their papers. Sasuke used his Sharingan to copy the movements of the guy in front of him to write down the same answers.
Naruto: 'That's it! I am running out of time, my only chance is to cheat... But how..?' A kunai flew by him and landed into the paper and desk of the guy behind him as said Leaf-nin was told by sentinel told him that he was caught 5 times and was told that he and his team were kicked. 'Five times...? That's right! Let's see, if I have 10 points, cheating gets rid of 2, uuuh, blah blah math, even if I get caught cheating 4 times I will still be safe! That means, I can try my new trick! And if it doesn't work, who cares! It would only be once! Heheh!' Hinata was about to offer Naruto a glance at her test, but when she saw a huge foxy grin on his face, she was reassured and went back to her test.
Sasuke: 'And, done. Hn, that was easy enough, let's see, Sakura seems finished aswell. She has her pencil down and here hands on the table, and she is looking over to Naru-' !? He was interrupted by a big poof of smoke from Naruto's location. Four Naruto's appeared and started running all around grabbing tests left and right, scanning over them causing chaos and uproar from the other Gennin. Ibiki and the overseers were wide eyed with jaws hitting the floor. Ibiki was the first to snap out of it.
Ibiki: "WHAT THE HELL DO YOU THINK YOUR DOING! Sentinels pick up your jaws and stop this before I drop you back to Genin!" They all snapped out of it right their and threw Kunai at the Naruto Clones who all jumped back to back and disappeared before they could get hit, the Kunai bounced off themselves and Gennin ducked for cover.
Once everything calmed down. Ibiki Glared at the blonde: What do you have to say for yourself brat! You just made a mocker of my test! Why shouldn't I kick you and your team out right now and exile you from ever taking this test again!?" Naruto, grinning ear from ear and pointing: "Because according to YOUR rules, I only cheated once! Hell, who is to say I even cheated huh!? I just sent a bunch of clones running around to lighten the mood! But to be safe the most you can do is subtract 2 points and take my promise that it wont happen again, I will stay silent the rest of this test heeheee. I follow my unbending words... That's my Ninja way! =^_^=." Hinata: 'Naruto-kun!?' Sakura: 'Naruto-baka you are going to get us kicked permanently what are you doing!?' Sasuke, with a huge tick-mark to match Sakura's, but a calmer exterior minus the eye twitching: 'Hn, you cocky bastard, if this doesn't work, I am going to kill you..!'
Ibiki, obviously angry calling over Izumo and Kotetsu who were overseers, talks to them to figure out what to do. He finally finishes : "Alright Uzumaki, here is the deal brat, I respect how ballsy that move was, however, NEVER DO IT AGAIN!" This made Team 7 flinch and sweat. "Now then I have decided to let it slide since you are right and maybe I should have been more specific, but note that on the field and in life, ignorance is not bliss understood Uzumaki? So then, from here out. If anyone tries anything blunt like that again, you and your team are autocratically out! As for you, Izumo and Kotetsu are going to be right behind you to make sure you don't try anything, and since you made 4 clones, that is 4 strikes, one more strike of any kind and you are out!" Naruto was slack jawed at hearing all of this, but then snapped back: "Oh come on! That isn't fair! It's not my fault you didn't see this coming and-!" Ibiki: "Shut it! I am in charge! I am your god here! And you promised to not say another word! You have 1 more point now! Another peep and you are out! You are on thin cracked ice so stay still and silent! NOW!" Naruto decided against arguing again, and zipped his lip, much too his team's assurance. "What are all of you looking at! Get back to the test! You have 30 minutes left! 15 until the tenth question!"
Hinata was confused by the smirk on Naruto's face, but decided against saying anything. Naruto, smirking and calmly writing down all of the answers: 'Heh, it worked, I remember everything they saw! Thank you Kakashi, heh, as a matter of fact, thank you Haku and Zabuza...'
|Furasshu Bakku no Jutsu!: The day Team 7 returned from wave|
Kakashi: ^_\ "Alright, just control that seal in the meantime and try not to die. Let's go home Naruto-kun." Naruto, hesitating at first but then looking right at Kakashi: "Kakashi, there was one more thing I wanted to ask you about..." Kakashi: "Hm..? What is it Naruto?" Naruto: "Back in wave, when you all were going to the bridge and I was left to rest, the way I woke up was, strange... It felt like I was getting pierced and slashed all over, but in a numbing way. You said that all of my clones that were working on the bridge were killed by Zabuza and Haku, right..?" Kakashi, taken back by this at first, but then understood: "Tell me what you know of the Shadow Clone Jutsu..."
|Furasshu Bakku no Jutsu!: Kai!|
Naruto, writing down his last answer then lazing back into his seat: 'Heh, so this is the full potential of Kage Bunshin huh..? Heh, no wonder it was a forbidden technique...' Sakura: 'Naruto-kun, what was all of that mess about!? His clones disappeared without even being able to tell him anything, but look at him just relaxing... what are you-!' Sasuke: 'What the hell was that!? It better have been worth the risk whatever it was or he is dead! He is just relaxing and now Sakura's sleeping?! How can she be so, oh never mind, maybe she just fainted... looks like she is double checking her answers now, I guess I should do the same then huh...'
Everyone was back to cheating in their own special little ways. Ino used her clan technique to put her mind into Sakura's for a few minutes to look over her test answers, Shikimaru connected his shadow to someone else's to make his body mimic the others movements. Garra made a third eye from sand to float out of sight and look over others answers. Kankuro had a man sized puppet disguised as a sentinel the whole time and had him escort him to the restroom to get answers from what the puppet recorded. Sasuke: '13 teams are out so far... Good thing I am already done, these guys are thorough... even that one with bandages all over his face, even covering his eyes, pinned one non compliant ninja to a damned wall...'
Ibiki, 45 minutes into the test: 'Heh, we've gotten rid of the trash, now let's get to the real winners. It's about time...' "Alright... We will now start the 10th question." Team 7: 'This is it!' Ibiki: "Now... Before we get to it, I would like to go over the added rules for this question as the proctor for this exam." All: !? Ibiki: "I'll now explain... These are the rules of desperation... For the tenth question, you must decide whether you will take it or not in the first place." Sasuke: 'Choose whether to take it?' Temari: "Choose!? What happens if we choose not to!?" Ibiki: "If you so choose to not take the 10th question, your points will be reduced to 0, you and your team fail!" Shikimaru: "Eh, then what does that mean!? All of this work for nothing!?" Ino, causing Shikimaru to rub his ears: "THEN OF COURSE WE'LL TAKE THE QUESTION!" Ibiki: "If you listen, I will tell you the other rule. If you choose to take it and answer incorrectly... You will permanently lose the right to ever take the Chuunin Exams ever again." This clearly made most in the room grimace Kiba: "WHAT!? What kind of stupid rule is that!? There are guys who have taken the exam before!?" Akamaru: "Bark!"
Ibiki: "Ahahahaha, you guys are just very unlucky. This year I am the proctor, my test, my rules! But I am giving you a way out. Those that aren't confident can choose not to take it and try again next year." Sakura, gritting her teeth and sweating: 'So basically, if one of the 3 chooses not to take it, everyone fails. And if you decide to take it... and get it wrong, you will be a Genin forever...' Ibiki: "Now then, for the 10th question, those that do not wish to take it, raise your hands. Once your number is confirmed, leave."
Naruto, worried once more: 'Damn it! All of that for nothing! If I get the 10th question wrong, I'm screwed! But if I avoid it, then Sakura-chan and Sasuke-teme, they will fail too...' Sakura: 'I won't raise my hand, I have confidence that I can answer, but, poor Naruto, he can't even complain about his situations... Even if he does cause us to fail, it's not like I got the question wrong, so I can try next time. But, Naruto-kun, you're not me, you should forget about us and think about the next chance...' Sasuke: 'Damn it, teams are dropping out left and right, Naruto, you might aswell too, we can do it next time, and be ready for it... but no, that isn't you, you are too cocky, confident, and unpredictable. You rush forward without thinking... Hn, I guess I don't need rank to get stronger... !?'
Sakura was about to raise her hand for Naruto's sake when he was slowly raising his own, but before it could go all the way, Hinata grabbed his wrist and pulled his hand down back onto his desk.
Hinata: "Don't you dare run N-Naruto-kun!" This sudden action shocked Naruto and his team aswell as Hinata's own team. Sakura was blushing, and a little bothered by the intimacy as Hinata scolded Naruto nose to nose "Don't ever underestimate yourself! Take it! Even if you are a Genin forever! Who cares about rank! You will find a way to become Hokage some day! Don't be afraid, I believe in you!" Naruto thought about it thoroughly, smiled, nodded, and pulled her into a hug and whispered in her ear so sentinels didn't take his last point for talking, and to be fair, he was being silent: "Thank you, Hinata-chan."
When she realized how close she was, her whole face turned red and she fell back off her chair. Sasuke: 'Hn, alright loser, you got guts, I'll say that.' Sakura: 'Yeah, your that kind of idiot... And what's Hinata's deal huh!? SHE ISN'T EVEN ON HIS TEAM!'
Ibiki: "I will ask you again. Your life is riding on this decision. This is your last chance to quit." Naruto sternly stared at him with a hard smirk and nodded hard. Ibiki looked around: 'A lot of people look reassured after that little speech... Interesting kid, he blasted away everyone's worries, though it was his little girlfriend talking for him. 78 left... More than I expected... Stretching this any longer won't make any difference.' "Good decisions. Now, to everyone still remaining... I congratulate you on passing the first test!" All: "WHAT!?" Naruto: "WAIT! WHAT DO YOU MEAN!? We already pass!? What about the 10th question!?" Naruto quickly covered his mouth. Ibiki, grinning wide: "No worries brat, the test is over and you stuck to your word! There never was a 10th question! Well, I guess the 10th question was stay or go hahaha!" Temari: "Hey! Then what were the first 9 questions for!? They were pointless then!" Ibiki: "They were not pointless... They had already served their intended purpose. They were to test your individual information gathering ability!" Temari: 'What's with the sudden personality change!?' "Information gathering..?"
Ibiki: "First, as the rules explained, success on the test is based on the whole team doing well. This puts pressure on each member not to mess up things for their teammates. But the questions on this test were not the types that a mere Genin could answer. Because of that, I am sure most of the people came to the same conclusion that to score points, you had to cheat. Basically, cheating without getting caught was what you were supposed to do to for this test. As cheating targets, we had a few Chuunin who actually knew all of the answers scattered around the room to help you guys out." Naruto: "WE WERE SUPPOSED TO CHEAT!? Uh.. Ha! I knew it the whole time hahaha! I saw right through that! You had to be retarded not to get it! Right Hinata!?" Sasuke: 'You idiot... you pulled that shit earlier but you didn't even realize you were supposed to cheat..? What was that anyway... you seem confident that you got all of the answers... but, then how was it exactly that you cheated..?' Ibiki, staring at Naruto: "But, those who cheated poorly of course failed..." Ibiki removed his Head-bandana to reveal his incredibly scarred and burned skull, shocking all. "Because sometimes, information is more important than life... And on missions and the battlefield, people risk their lives to get there hands on it" Sasuke: 'Horrible burns, screw holes, scars... he's been tortured severely...' Ibiki, recovering his head: "If the enemy or 3rd party notices you, there is no guarantee the info will be accurate... Remember this. Important information in your hands can be a powerful weapon for your comrades and for the village. So, we had you gather information through cheating. This clearly separated those that did not have the right abilities." Choji: "Yeah but,* Munch * I still don't understand the final question..."
Ibiki: "The tenth question was the whole point of the test! The take it or leave it decision... Obviously these were painful choices. Those who choose the latter fail along with their teammates. Those who choose to take it could lose the chance to ever take the test again. A true leap of faith. Say you are Chuunins, you are leading a mission to steal a secret document. The amount of Ninja, their abilities, etc, is all unknown to you. And of course there could be traps set all around you. Now, do you accept or not accept..? Because you don't want to die, because you don't want your comrades hurt, can you avoid the dangerous mission? NO! No matter what the danger, there are missions you can't avoid. The ability to be courageous and survive any hardship... This is the ability needed to become a Chuunin Captain. Those who can't put their destinies on the line.. who cling to the uncertain future of "There's always next year" and then walk away from their chance... Those pieces of trash who can only make such cowardly choices don't have the right to become Chuunin and that is how I feel! I do not actually have the power to prevent anyone from ever taking these exams again, but for some, I would if I could, really. Those who choose to take it answered the tough 10th question correctly. You will be able to survive any troubles you face in the future. You have made it through the entrance, the first test of the Chuunin Selection Exam is now finished! I wish you all luck." Naruto, standing out of his seat and clenching his fist: "YOU CAN TAKE YOUR LUCK AND SHOVE IT BALDY! I DON"T NEED ANY OF YOUR LUCK! I AM NARUTO UZU-****IN-MAKI YOU GOT THAT!?" Ibiki: "Heh, interesting kid...?"
Suddenly, a huge cloaked object broke through the window surprising everybody as it landed in front of Ibiki. It suddenly projected four corners of itself to both ends of the room. The cloak itself was a sign with the words, " Presenting the proctor of the Second Exam, the very sexy and very single Anko Mitarashi!". In front of it stood a purple, pineapple haired broad who wore nothing but a mesh suit, orange skirt, and tanned trench coat. Anko: "You guys! This is no time to be celebrating! I am the proctor for the second test! Anko Mitarashi! Now let's go! FOLLOW ME!" Ibiki ruined her shining moment of awing all in the room to silence by popping his head from the side of the curtain she raised: Anko, your early... Again..." SakuSasu: 'She is just like Naruto... =_='' Anko: …. "78!? Ibiki! You left 26 teams!? The test was too easy this time!" Ibiki: "This group just had a larger amount of exceptional Genin." Anko: "Bah, whatever. I'll at least cut them in half in the second test! Aahhh, oooh yes, I'm getting exited... I'll explain everything once we have changed places, follow me!"
An affirmation from Ibiki and all followed her... out of the broken window... once everyone was cleared out, Ibiki went to collect the tests. Ibiki, picking up one in particular: "This is Naruto Uzumaki's test... Every answer is perfect, but the closest thing to cheating he did was make shadow clones that dispelled before they could tell him anything... He is a very interesting kid indeed..."
|One hour later|
All Genin are crowded in front of Anko in front of a huge fenced off forest that stretched for miles. Anko: "Welcome to the stage for the second test, practice area 44. Also known as 'The forest of Death!'"