New story thing at the bottom...Also, does anyone remember what day it is today...?

Chapter SEVEN

Hatake Kakashi was a very skilled, well known shinobi.

While he expected the three eagerly waiting for the test to start to be better than the other brats, he wasn't exactly expecting much in the skill section.

Compared to him anyway.

After explaining the rules, he set the timer and placed it on the tree stump. "You have until noon to take these bells from me." He said. "Your time...starts...NOW!"

Instantly Sakura grabbed her teammates by their hands and shunshined out of the clearing, leaving a shocked Kakashi behind.


"At least Shisui-Teme is useful for something." Naruto muttered. He stumbled to his feet, feeling slightly woozy.

"Hn." Sasuke, who had managed to land on his feet, straightened himself.

"Now what?" Sakura asked.

"We need to get those bells, right?" Naruto asked.

"Our opponent is a Jounin." Sasuke said. "We have to be careful."

"His rank is probably not just a title." Sasuke said. "He was on Nii-san's team. He's got to be skilled."

"So how do we do this?"

"I'm sure there's a reason behind the two bells thing." Sakura said. "And not even he has the authority to deny advancement to a team of skilled Genin."

"That's true." Sasuke agreed. "Well, let's see how much we can hold out against him first."


Naruto shot out of the trees first. He summoned a handful of shadow clones as he went, and sent them all to attack Kakashi.

After getting over his initial shock of seeing a young boy summon more than half a dozen clones, the Jounin easily engaged them, making them vanish one by one. At one point, Kakashi got a hold of the real Naruto, but the boy summoned more clones, using them to camouflage and slip away back into the sea of his copies.

Kakashi had heard that the boy spent a lot of his time playing pranks and running form Jounin and ANBU alike. Perhaps that was playing a part in this whole thing.

Just then, Sasuke streaked out from behind him, gripping a coil of wire. Kakashi noted that the other end was attached to one of Naruto clones and had to admit that it was a good idea. Sasuke flashed through a series of hand sighs, once again leaving Kakashi surprised.

"Katon: Goukakyuu no Jutsu!" The Uchiha blew out a fireball that trailed up along the coil of wire. Kakashi tossed a handful of shuriken at the clone the wire was attached to them jumped away. Shuriken flew out of the flames, having been previously concealed by the flames. Kakashi pulled out a kunai with practiced ease and knocked them aside.

To say the Jounin wasn't impressed, would be a lie.

Kakashi landed in a clearing a little away and noted that the three had followed him.

Sakura appeared from behind the cover of the trees, hands flashing through a set of hand signs more out of habit than the necessity. Her chakra vision allowed her to see chakra, and by looking at the amount of chakra required to perform a technique, she could use her superior chakra control to adjust it without the aid of hand signs.

In most occasions, anyways.

To his confusion, Kakashi realized he didn't recognize the hand sign combination of the technique Sakura was about to perform.

How could a mere girl barely a Genin know a technique not even he knew of?

"Kuchiyose: Aian Meiden!"

He felt a pulse of chakra underneath him and paused, wondering what kind of trick this was. That one second cost him, for a split second later, something shot out of the ground in front and behind him and clamped down.


"That was amazing Sakura-chan!" Naruto exclaimed. "What was that? Where did you learn it?"

"That was a kuchiyose no jutsu." Sakura explained. "Actually, the real thing is much bigger. I just adjusted the size to adapt to the situation." Sakura beamed. "Ibiki taught me!"

Sasuke jumped down and carefully inspected the ground where the maneki neko had been dragged by the chains and vanished. "And where is Kakashi now?"

"Ibiki has him." Sakura said. "Deep down underground." She sang.

"Underground?"

"In the deepest, darkest cell of the T&I building." She said. "Don't worry, we'll get the bells. I told Ibiki to confiscate anything suspicious."

"Is that allowed?" Naruto asked slowly.

Sakura shrugged. "He didn't say anything about not being allowed to do something." She said.

Sasuke nodded. "We're shinobi." He said. "We should use any means possible to win." He said. "Nii-san said so."


When Kakashi finally came to, he was chained down in a cell he faintly recognized.

What was he doing in the T&I building?

Just then, a shadow was cast over him and he looked up into the amused face of Morino Ibiki. "I didn't think she would actually be able to catch you."

Kakashi was torn between impressed and annoyed.

"So that was your technique." Kakashi sighed and waves his chained wrist. Ibiki snapped his fingers and the cuffs fell off.

Kakashi stood up lazily and stiffened. He reached down and noticed that, yes, the bells were gone.

"Your students are waiting in the lobby." Ibiki said. "Anko is here too. You might not want to be late."

Kakashi wisely did as told.


Kakashi walked into the lobby to see a horrifying scene.

Sakura and Anko.

Hugging.

Kakashi blinked.

Sakura and Anko were hugging.

Kakashi blinked again, just to make sure.

They were still hugging. The older of the two crazies held the younger under her arms, spinning around and cackling in glee as Sakura enthusiastically told her something. Kakashi could hear the words that sang his defeat being passed on to the worst person it could have been passed on to.

He glanced helplessly over to the two boys. Sasuke and Naruto looked dizzy on Sakura behalf.

Ah...Friendship...

Kakashi shook his head.

And as if the two crazies had just noticed him, they both turned in his direction, eyes full of disturbing glee.

They smiled.


Their punishment came in the form of D ranks.

Kakashi gleefully watched the Genin of Team Seven run around, shooting glares at him between the different kinds of jobs he forced onto them. While the mission of every Shinobi's childhood, the 'Finding Tora' mission didn't seem to have the desired effects due to Sakura's vision, Kakashi buried them with the most boring mission he could find.

Then again, there were several mission he could not take, for Sakura wouldn't be able to do them. Kakashi learnt that the hard way after he had gotten them a 'paint the fence' mission.

It was unnerving to be reminded of the fact that while Sakura could move around like any normal person, she wasn't actually seeing things the way everyone else did. Ever since, Kakashi had limited them to running errands, babysitting, and of course, their specialty, finding Tora. Things that didn't require normal sight to complete.

Sakura, Sasuke and Naruto wondered if they could get away with murder. Still, they completed their missions like any good Genin did.

They entertained Kakashi through the day, and once they were dismissed, Sakura led her friends to the T&I office, where she drowned Ibiki in her complaints of the day. Ibiki would pretend to not listen, then give her money for some sort of snack before kicking them out. They would buy something to eat, then this time follow Sasuke to the Uchiha compound where they complained some more to Obito, who was very sympathetic. Sometimes Mikoto invited them to stay for dinner but most of the times, it wasn't that late and a Chunin who Ibiki had scared into the job would come pick up Sakura.

Then the next day, the sames things would repeat.

The better days for Team Seven was when Anko was present in the T&I building. The woman would fill their minds with nasty ways of getting revenge, and while most of the tales sounded impossible it was entertaining to listen to Anko verbally murder Kakashi.

One day, however, Naruto snapped.

Even while Sasuke and Sakura scolded him, they mentally egged him on.

That was how Team Seven earned themselves and another Genin team a collaborated C-rank.


Ibiki was not very pleased when he found out about the C-rank Team Seven would be going on, and he made sure to let everyone around him know of his displeasure too. He took a day off from work and locked Sakura into the house, where he drilled the most monstrous methods of interrogation into the pinkette. Sakura absorbed the information like a sponge.

The fact that a second Genin team would be accompanying them didn't do much to his worry, since they were like...uh...hello? Genin.

He would have gone on this mission himself, but he was pretty sure the Hokage wouldn't allow him. Experience was necessary for Genin to learn, after all.

Also, he would never outwardly admit that he was worried. He was Morino Ibiki; he had a reputation to uphold.

At least the two Jounin that would be leading the team were Hatake Kakashi and Maito Gai. While they were both unique in their own way, they were reliable.

Still, he made it a point to sharpen Sakura's weapons himself. He then stocked her up with a few vile of poison he had gotten off a few Suna nukenin.


Ibiki also dropped Sakura off at the gates on the morning of her departure. While they weren't late, they weren't early either. When they arrived, everyone else was already there, but any protest anyone might have had at the idea of being late died down when Ibiki looked over them, leaking Killing Intent.

Sasuke and Naruto did the smart thing. They dragged Sakura from his side and placed her pointedly between themselves and Ibiki.

The head Interrogator inwardly smirked.

"You're late, Sakura-chan." Kakashi said with a smile.

Naruto nodded. "Yeah!" He exclaimed. "Later that Kakashi-sensei!"

Sakura simply grinned. "I'm sorry." She said. "We had to stop Anko-sama from trying to kill someone with a scroll." She said.

They received shocked and confused stares from everyone, but it wasn't a lie so Ibiki simply shrugged.

"You must be the Sakura-chan Naruto-kun talked about!"

Ibiki frowned when the Gai copy popped up in front of Sakura, who appeared to be taken back.

"You are truly as beautiful as your youthful teammate claimed! Please go out with me."

Before Ibiki could try out his most favorite method of torture on him, Naruto and Sasuke yanked Sakura backwards. "Back off, Bushy brows!" Naruto said.

"Hn." Sasuke had his eyes narrowed. "She's way too good for you."

There was no way Ibiki was going to jump in on this, but he contributed with his 'Interrogator glare'. The boy backed away instantly and Ibiki was hit with another bout of worry.

Not only was Sakura supposed to keep an eye out for enemy nin, but she had to avoid Bushy Brows too? He glanced towards Sasuke and Naruto, then decided that they would probably be good enough to keep him away.

Sakura, having gotten over her shock, began chattering away to her teammates and Ibiki took the chance to inspect the second Genin team and the client of the mission. He fixed Kakashi with a warning glare, then placed a hand on Sakura's head, cutting her off.

"I have to go." He said.

Sakura pouted. "Awwwww. Already?"

Ibiki grunted. "Yeah."

"Kay." Sakura gave him a quick hug. "Be careful."

Ibiki flicked her forehead. "I should be the one saying that." He sent Sasuke and Naruto a look before he turned away. "Stay safe."

Sakura nodded, a gentle smile on her face.


Once the two teams had taken to the trees, Kakashi stopped them. "Before we go any further, we should introduce ourselves." He said cheerily.

Team Seven glanced at each other.

"Why do we have to do that?" Neji demanded. "We're only going to be working together for this mission." He shot Team Seven a look of distaste. Sasuke and Naruto gladly glared right back.

"Because during missions, we have to rely on each other and trust one another with our lives." Kakashi said, a bit more firmly.

"My youthful team shall go first!" The other Jounin, Maito Gai, exclaimed.

Instantly, his clone jumped up. "I am Rock Lee, the Beautiful Green Beast of Konoha!" He said. "Saku-"

"I'm Tenten." The girl with twin buns interrupted her teammate, smiling awkwardly. She glanced worriedly at the last of them.

"Hyuuga Neji." He finally said.

"So it speaks." Sasuke said, clearly meaning for the older boy to hear

The Hyuuga narrowed his eyes but Kakashi stepped in before a fight could break out. "I'm Hatake Kakashi." He said. "You first, Naruto."

"The name's Namikaze Naruto."

"Uchiha Sasuke."

"I'm Haruno Sakura."

Kakashi gave his Genin hair ruffles. "See? You can do it if you try." He casually stepped back to avoid the kunai that came for him.

"Now, my eternal rival, we should get going!" Gai exclaimed.

Kakashi nodded. "Sakura-chan, keep an eye out on our surroundings, will you?"

Sakura sent him a mock salute. "Aye Sir!"

Neji narrowed his eyes but didn't say anything.


NEW STORIES:

The Core (Sakura x Akatsuki/Sakura x Multi):

The Akatsuki are an Elite Police Authority group stationed in a city where the lives people are influenced by the predictions of a Supercomputer. The predictions had never been wrong ever since Version Sakura had been released. However, when the computer shuts down one day for no reason, they come across the horrifying truth and the Akatsuki must confront their twisted government.

Those who walk the Realms of the dead (Sakura x Multi):

The Haruno clan are known for their unique relationship with the dead. To them, hearing whispers, seeing the ghosts wandering the planes and having their bodies taken over by spirits are common occurrences. However, once in a hundred years, the 'Reaper Child' is born. The chosen of this century, Sakura can walk the land of the dead at will, the limit to her powers unknown.


Darque: So, more Sakura/Neji interaction to come.

Raven: i just realized just how prissy he can be.

Darque: Well, that's a part of the story.

Raven: I know. Also, his character seems familiar...

Darque: That's cause he's like you when you're in a bad mood.

Raven:...

Darque: What? It's the truth.

Raven: I'm not that prissy.

Darque: You are.

Raven: I am definitely NOT.

Darque: See?


Also, Happy Birthday to us! We're sixteen now!

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