A/N: 'Cuz I adore lynnxlady and she likes the sennin. So, set
waaaay back when- before Orochimaru-kun got irreversibly fucked
up, before Tsunade-sama's Dan got his sorry ass killed, and
before Jiraiya-chan went all "no touchies village peeps stay
AWAY." Let's say the sennin are maybe chuunin-level, jounin-
level- probably in their late teens. I'm not sure how old any
of them were when they bolted, so I'm assuming it was sometime
in their mid-twenties.
"A Thousand Cups of Wine"
When Jiraiya and Orochimaru talk it's almost always a fight, and
half the time it's all Tsunade can do to keep herself from
flashing them both just to get them to shut up. She doesn't
want to give Jiraiya the pleasure, though. And she's not even
going to think about the little smirk she knows Orochimaru would
put on before he very deliberately licked his lips. He KNOWS
what that stupid tongue-thing does to her.
They're a weird little group. They don't really have any goals
outside of getting stronger just yet- they're maybe still a
little young or maybe just a little indecisive. Right now, they
just want the same things most teenagers want: a little
attention and to come out on top. Jiraiya wouldn't mind getting
a girl somewhere in there and Tsunade'd like to make sure no one
else dies the way her brother and Dan's sister did and
Orochimaru has this weird obsession with learning every jutsu he
can get his hands on no matter how useless or how difficult, but
mostly, they're just kids. Most of their peers steer clear of
They were grouped together because, quite frankly, they were the
freaks of their year and their teacher didn't know what else to
do with them. That lazy bitch and that loud loser and that
closemouthed freak that no one could put up with. They can't
even put up with each other half the time. When Tsunade's being
honest, Jiraiya is probably the most well-adjusted member of the
group, and that's saying something.
Sometimes she really hates this team.
Sometimes she really loves it too.
Orochimaru licks his lips distractedly and Tsunade has to take a
drink before she gets distracted herself, thanking God for cheap
alcohol and places that don't check ID. Jiraiya is too
distracted checking out the ass of the same waitress Orochimaru
is to notice Tsunade's discomfort, but Orochimaru himself does
and gives her a little smirk. She glowers at him and considers
tossing her drink in his face, but settles for dumping it over
Jiraiya's scruffy head and calling him a pervert.
He comes up bitching at her with all the usual insults and she
bitches back the way she always does and flips her hair and
flips him off while Orochimaru grins in that one way he does
that creeps out everybody else and drawls out some sarcastic
something or other and Jiraiya snarls at him and then they're
fighting again but Tsunade's in on it too and okay, yeah,
Orochimaru isn't really fighting, just kind of baiting the other
two, but that's just the way he always is. Because they kind of
like each other, and they kind of love each other, except when
they hate each other. So maybe they're friends, and maybe
they're not. And maybe a hundred years from now none of this
will matter or the whole world will be changed by it.
But right now, it's three idiot teenagers squabbling in a cheap
restaurant and waiting for their dinner to come and with ten
thousand tomorrows waiting in the wings. And ten thousand other
groups like this have done this ten thousand times and ten
thousand others will do this ten thousand more, and maybe
they'll all end up happy or maybe they'll all end up in hell.
Or maybe they'll all end up like this, getting drunk together
and being almost-friends. Which, Tsunade would say if asked, is
really all you can ask for.
* ende *
. : in the company of good friends, a thousand cups of wine is
not enough : .