Chapter 2: Chunin Exams?
It was morning in Konoha and the sun was shining brightly through the window of Naruto's apartment. Naruto yawned as he stirred awake and rubbed his eyes. He got up out of bed and made himself some instant ramen for breakfast. After he finished eating, he quickly got dressed and walked out of his apartment, locking the door behind him and smiled.
"Okay, wake up, here we go, rock'n roll!" Naruto yelled as he began running towards the bridge to meet his team for their next mission. "I'm ready!"
We find Sakura and Sasuke leaning on the rail of the bridge, waiting for Naruto and their ever so late sensai Kakashi. Soon enough, they turned towards the sound of footsteps and saw that it was Naruto running towards them and stop in front of them.
"Hey, good morning Sakura. What's up." Naruto said then glared at Sasuke who glared right back before they both turned their heads away from each other.
'Good grief, not again. They've been like this, ever since we got back from the Land of Waves. Ugg, it's like being stuck with a couple of children.' Sakura thought with a downcast expression. 'Cha, hurry up Kakashi-sensei, or you've had it.' Inner Sakura yelled.
(One hour later)
"Hey guys, sorry I'm late. Afraid I got lost on the path of life." Kakashi said as he waved at his team.
"That's a lie!" Naruto and Sakura yelled in unison.
"I'm ready for the next ninja mission sensei. And hey, no more of this dumb beginner stuff okay? I want a chance where I can prove myself, I'm talk'n a real mission where I can show what I'm made of." Naruto said with confidence. "I'm gonna brake out and burn it up, see?"
"Ah, right. I get it, that's great Naruto now, take it easy would you?" Kakashi asked with a sweat drop.
"Well, Naruto does have a point." Sakura began. "After all, before the mission in the Land of Waves we've not had any real missions so..."
"...We shouldn't get missions that are a total waste of time." Sasuke said calmly.
"Well guys, as much as I agree with all of your opinions, I'm afraid every mission counts. So, that being said, we should begin our mission for today." Kakashi said as they began their mission.
Naruto and his team just completed their mission, which consisted of pulling weeds at a farm house, picking trash out of the river, and dog walking. All making Naruto look like a fool. Right now, we find them all walking down a street talking.
"Well, it looks like we're done for today." Kakashi said as he read his book.
"Good, because that was a total waste of time." Naruto said making Kakashi sweat drop.
'That is the eighth time today he's said that. Though, I can't complain. I was the same way when I was his age.' Kakashi thought with an unseen grin.
"Naruto is right, for once." Sasuke said getting everyone's attention. "Don't get me wrong, you're still a loser Naruto, but you do have point. These missions are a waste of our time. Time we could be using to train instead of doing a bunch of lazy peoples chores." He finished getting nod from Sakura.
"Yeah sensei, after all, how are going to get stronger if we're just doing other peoples chores for them?" Sakura asked getting nod from Naruto and Sasuke.
"Well, you might want to ask the Third Hokage. Because I'm not really sure myself. Anyway, I'll see you guys later, I have a place to be right now." Kakashi said as he disappeared in a puff of smoke.
"Hey Sasuke, since we're done for today, do you..a..want to go out..with me..to lunch?" Sakura asked blushing.
"No thanks, I'm busy." Sasuke said walking away.
"Busy? Can't we just go out for lunch first?" Sakura asked getting glare from Sasuke.
"No, and you should be the one training more then me because you're weak." Sasuke said causing a boulder fall on inner Sakura. "Actually, you're weaker then me and Naruto." Sasuke said as he walked away.
"Weaker..then..Naruto." Sakura said to herself as she paled.
"Hey, Sakura, if you want I'll go out to lunch with you." Naruto said earning him a glare from Sakura.
Just as she was about to hit him, an oddly shaped rock moved behind Naruto and exploded. When the smoke cleared, three kids came into view, coughing.
"I think we used to much gun powder you guys." Konohamaru said between coughs until they all saw Naruto and jumped into their positions.
"I'm Moegi, the sassiest kunoichi in preschool." She said first.
"I love algebra, you can call me Udon." He said next.
"And I'm the #1 ninja in the village, Konohamaru." He said lastly.
"Together, we're the Konohamaru Ninja Sqaud." They said in unison.
"Oh hey, Konohamaru." Naruto greeted until he saw their headwear. "Say, what's with the goggles?" Naruto asked.
"Heh, you used to wear goggles, so we're copying you boss." Konohamaru replied proudly with a smirk. "Anyway, can you come play ninja with us?" He asked.
"Playing ninja, that's stupid." Sakura said from the side getting everyone's attention.
"Hey boss, is she your girlfriend?" Konohamaru asked with a grin making Naruto blush.
"Well, you know, she's crazy about me." Naruto said only to get punched into a fance by Sakura scaring the other three.
"What the heck kind of girlfriend are you?" Konohamaru yelled at Sakura earning him a hit to head as well before she walked away.
"Konohamaru!" Moegi screamed as her and Udon came beside him.
"Man boss, she's not really your girlfriend is she?" Konohamaru asked Naruto, who gave a nod. "Good, because she's to mean for you, and her foreheads too big."
Unfortunately, Sakura heard them and stopped in her tracks getting their attention. When she turned toward them, they all paled as they looked upon the face of hell itself. They soon saw her running at them full speed and they got up and started running for their very lives.
Konohamaru soon picked up more speed and rounded a corner, only to run into someone and fall to the ground. He looked up and saw a man in black clothing with a mummy on his back along with a woman in a light violet top and skirt with a large fan on her back.
"Do you need something?" The man asked with a glare as he picked Konohamaru up off the ground by his scarf.
Soon enough, Naruto, Moegi, Udon, and Sakura came around the corner only to stop dead in their tracks as they watched the scene before them. Konohamaru was being held in the air by some guy wearing a black suit with a cat-like hat and purple face paint. He also has wrapped up object on his back.
Standing beside him was a girl with blonde hair in four ponytails wearing a light violet shirt and skirt with a red sash around her waist, mesh on her right calf and left thigh with some showing on her shoulders. She also has a large fan on her back with her headband on her neck.
"So, does this hurt punk?" The man asked squeezing tighter.
"Put him down Kankuro, or else you know you'll pay for it later." The girl said with worry in her voice.
The now named Kankuro only grunted as he eyed Naruto's headband.
'So, these are the Leaf Village Genin. Not very impressive.' Kankuro thought with a grin.
"We got enough time before 'he' shows up, let's mess with these guys first." Kankuro said squeezing even more on Konohamaru's scarf.
"Hey, put me down you jerk." Konohamaru said trying to kick the man in the gut, but failing.
"You're a feisty, but not for long." Kankuro said with his grin growing.
"What ever, but I want nothing to do with this." The girl said crossing her arms and eyeing the other Genin, until she saw Naruto. 'Ah, he's a cute one. I wonder if he's single? If he is, he's mine.' She thought to herself with blush.
"Hey, put Konohamaru down!" Naruto yelled running at Kankuro.
Kankuro saw Naruto run at him, and smiled as he used an invisible Chakra Thread to pull Naruto's foot out from under him making him fall to the ground.
"KANKURO!" The girl yelled as she glared at Kankuro.
"Relax Temari, it's not like I killed the guy." Kankuro said calmly to the now named Temari.
"Agh, what the heck was that?" Naruto asked himself as he sat up.
"Heh, where was I? Oh yeah, I was about to teach you a lesson kid." Kankuro said facing Konohamaru, rearing his fist back.
Just as Kankuro was about to punch Konohamaru, a rock hit his hand causing him to drop the young boy. Everyone then looked up to see where the rock came from and saw Sasuke sitting on a tree branch, bouncing another rock in his hand.
"Sasuke!" Sakura yelled, happy to see her crush.
"Why you." Kankuro said to himself, glaring at the new arrival.
"I suggest you get lost, or else." Sasuke said as he crushed the rock in his hand.
'Well, someone's got an attitude problem.' Temari thought to herself.
"That's it, I've had it with you Leaf Genin." Kankuro said reaching for the bandaged object on his back.
"What, you're going use the crow?" Temari yelled worried.
"Kankuro, stop it." A cold voice said getting everyone's attention as they looked in the tree.
They were all shocked to see a red headed boy with a gourd on his back and the kanji for love on his forehead and black circles under his eyes, hanging upside down, on the opposite branch that Sasuke was. He wasn't even paying attention to the others a he eyed Kankuro.
"Gaara, I was just a..." Kankuro began, but was cut off by the now named Gaara.
"You're an embarrassment to our village." Gaara said as he disappeared in a swirl of sand, then reappeared between Temari and Kankuro. "Let's go." He ordered the two.
"Hey you, identify yourself!" Sasuke yelled as he jumped down, get their attention.
"Hmm, you mean me?" Temari asked with a glare.
"No, you. The guy with the gourd on his back." Sasuke replied pointing at Gaara.
"My name is Garra, of the Desert. I'm curious about you as well." Gaara asked calmly.
"Sasuke Uchiha" Sasuke replied getting a nod from Gaara.
"Hey, I bet you want to know I am to, right?" Naruto asked with a large smile.
"I couldn't care less." Gaara replied coldly, making Naruto deadpan.
"Actually, I want to know." Temari said with small blush getting Naruto's attention.
"Heh, I'm Naruto Uzumaki, believe it." He said with his trademark foxy grin.
"Nice to meet you, I'm Temari." She said with her blush growing from seeing his grin.
"Hey wait, you're from Suna, why are you three here?" Sakura asked the three.
"We're here for the Chunin Exams." Temari said shrugging.
"Chunin Exams? What's that?" Naruto asked confused.
"Their the test to become Chunin, but only you pass." Temari said getting a nod from them all.
"What ever, come on Kankuro. Temari, return to the hotel when ever you please." Gaara said walking away, shocking Temari.
'Well, this could give me a chance to get to know this Naruto, and Gaara did say to return when ever I please, so.' Temari thought with a smile.
"Hey, are you alright Temari?" Naruto asked his fellow blonde.
"Yeah, I'm fine. Say, Naruto?" Temari asked the blonde.
"Yeah?" Naruto asked.
"I-if you don't mind, could you show me around the village? This is my first time being in Konoha." Temari asked blushing.
"Heh, sure. It's no trouble at all." Naruto replied with a grin. "I'll see you guys." He said as he and Temari walked away.
To say that Sakura and Sasuke were shocked was an understatement. However, Konohamaru and his friends were smiling ear to ear.
"The boss works quick." Konohamaru whispered to them.
"Yeah, and did you see the size of that fan? She must be strong if she can carry that." Moegi said cheerfully.
"I think she's better for the boss, then mean girl." Udon said getting agreeing nods from them.
"Sa-Sasuke? Did that really just happen, or am I going crazy?" Sakura asked confused.
"I don't know, and I don't care. If the loser wants to waste his time on women rather then training, so be it." Sasuke replied walking away.