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I´ve already tried this in another community, naru_stroyfind, and as one of the members recommended this community, saying I´d likely get more results, I hope that one of the members here can help me. I´ve been searching for this fic for ages now and I just can´t seem to find it. Frustrating...
The fanfic I´ve been looking for was set in an AU where Naruto never really spent his childhood and Genin days in Konoha and instead left a permanent clone with it's own personality in the village while the real Naruto went travelling and training. So in this fic the loud moron we know from canon was only a clone that Naruto left in Konoha as a cover for his disappearance. During the battle with Sasuke in the Valley of the End the Naruto clone is then killed and because neither Tsunade, the Godaime, nor Naruto´s friends know that he´s only a clone, they all believe he´s dead. Jirayia knows the truth, though, and he proceeds to find the real and very much still living Naruto and takes him back to Konoha.
After their arrival the highly capable and serious Naruto talks to Sarutobi Hiruzen, who´s still alive, and is surprised by the old man´s knowledge, since he didn´t tell the Sandaime about the clone, but then admits that he underestimated the older man. Naruto also confesses that the type of freedom he´s been enjoying is addictive but still promises to stay in Konoha and protect the village. After that he´s introduced to Tsunade and Kakashi and the former promptly tells him that he´s being tested in a fight against Sharingan Kakashi to which Naruto agrees.
The whole introduction, that takes place with Jirayia, Naruto, Tsunade and Kakashi standing in a clearing, is being watched by the Rookie Nine, who at first wanted to teach Naruto a lesson since he left the clone in full knowledge that it would make friends and the "death" of the clone would devastate them. But the real Naruto´s appearance alone is enough to throw them off a bit since he´s nothing like the clone they knew and Sakura thinks that he fits right in with the three legends in the clearing. During his fight with Kakashi they all realize that they simply can´t teach this Naruto a lesson for "messing with other people´s lifes like that" because he´s in a whole other league. After Naruto´s tested and deemed capable Tsunade assigns him to a mission with Kakashi and Sakura and they travel to Sunagakura because of the new Kazekage Gaara.
A pretty detailed summary of the fic, I think, but I hope it helps. I´m fairly sure that when I read it, the fanfic had eleven chapters and was still in progress. I´m not sure about the pairing but from what I remember it was gen. If I´m posting in the wrong place, just say so and I´ll delete the entry. So, hopefully someone recognizes it.
Any help would be appreciated.