Dodging a random diving kick from Kotetsu, the newly minted shinobi closed the door in the Chunin's face and locked it without pausing. Honestly, Kotetsu should have known that she wouldn't stay too slow to dodge his random attacks.
"Oh, you got your headband in purple...?" Izumo obviously wanted to voice it as a statement, but it ended up being a question.
Sakura nodded, her face as blank as ever as she opened her mouth to say: "Hmm. Purple's my favorite color."
Blinking, Izumo added that new piece of information in his head (since when was her favorite color purple? Did he miss something?) before pulling Sakura into a hug. Sakura didn't tense up like she used to. Instead, she simply returned the hug and closed her eyes.
'If these two idiots didn't notice anything, then others won't. Bye-bye forever Ami-chan~'
"Oii, aren't you going to open the door?!" Kotetsu yelled, banging on the door as usual.
Releasing Sakura from his embrace, Izumo opened the door with an amused smile, "At this rate, Sakura will make Chunin in no time."
Kotetsu huffed, "I didn't use my full speed on her."
"Hey, hey," Sakura spoke up, becoming the focus of Kotetsu and Izumo once again, "Do I get a present for graduating? Everyone else got a present from their family, so do I get one too? Huh?"
Kotetsu and Izumo shared a startled look.
Not because they didn't get Sakura gifts, in fact they had been so confident that she would pass that they got her gift like a month ago after bragging to their comrades, they were startled because Sakura had indirectly called them her family.
"Tch, you're right...she really has changed," Kotetsu muttered under his breath, smiling at a suddenly flustered Sakura.
"Of course we got you gifts, Sakura." Izumo assured with a smile.
Nodding in agreement, Kotetsu dug into his pocket and produced a piece of paper.
Sakura stared blankly at it, "Are you too broke to afford a real gift?"
Izumo snickered at Kotetsu's gaping face.
"THIS COST ME A LOT!"
Sakura gave Kotetsu a pitying look, "They ripped you off, didn't they?"
Izumo couldn't hold his laughter in anymore at this point.
With a scowl, Kotetsu quickly pushed the paper onto Sakura, "Pour your chakra on to it, brat."
Sakura automatically did as instructed, blinking in mild surprise when the paper moistened up.
"Water, huh?" Izumo mused with a small smile, "I expected something like Fire."
Kotetsu smirked, "See? I knew it was going to end up being water."
Izumo gave his partner a deadpan look, "You just took a quiz and went with it."
Sakura threw a kunai in between the two, earning a yelp. "What does it mean?"
"Don't randomly throw!" Izumo scolded.
"It means your water-natured, brat. Izumo can help you with that."
"Can I spit water from my mouth?"
Izumo bonked the two on their heads, "Are we going to just ignore the fact that she almost killed us?!"
"Tsk," Sakura grumbled rubbing her head, "You two are useful alive, not dead."
"Exactly, we pay rent for kami's sake," Kotetsu grumbled in agreement.
"One day, I'll kick you two out. I swear."
With a completely blank face, Sakura looked up at Izumo, "Where's my present?"
"Uh, well," Izumo shuffled back from the intense look he was receiving from Sakura, "I don't think it's a good idea to give it to you."
"Just give it to her."
Izumo sighed, regretting his gift idea as he produced a scroll, "Just please don't kill him."
Sakura watched as Izumo summoned a black puppy with green eyes in front of her. She stared at the puppy as the puppy stared back at her.
"His name's Haru. I got him from Hana-san's ninken's litter."
Izumo and Kotetsu sweat dropped as he puppy yelped in fear and hid behind them.
Meanwhile, Sakura forcefully grabbed it by the scruff of his neck, a smile on her face as she walked away.
Blinking, the partners shared a surprised look.
"Did she just smile for more than five seconds?" Iuzmo asked, just to be sure he wasn't hallucinating.
"The world is gonna end..." Kotetsu mumbled.
When Sakura stepped into the Academy for team announcements, everyone was quiet for some reason. But she didn't care. Her eyes were on Naruto, who had a headband tied around his forehead.
Or really, without thinking, a smile curled up on her face.
Maybe Naruto really wasn't a failure.
Maybe he was just a late bloomer, which makes sense considering he was probably the last person who got his headband. But Sakura was damned proud of him. Honestly, she was proud of Kiba, Choji and Shikamaru too. She was proud of all her idiots.
With a bounce to her step, she vaulted her way between Naruto and Kiba at their table, "Morning."
Startled, the two turned to her, well three if she included Akamaru who immediately jumped on her lap. She wasted no time in scratching the ninken's ears, inwardly wondering about kidnapping him to meet Haru.
"Sakura-chan!" Naruto cheerily greeted, apparently not caring about their classmates quietness as he pointed to his headband, "Look!"
Sakura's gaze zeroed on the headband for a moment before she looked at Naruto and then Kiba.
"Congratulations," she smiled, ruffling both their heads.
The two flushed at her action.
"Hehehe, it was easy!" Kiba bragged, preening under Sakura's attention.
"Yeah!" Naruto agreed.
"Jeez, you two are so loud in the mornings..." Shikamaru groaned from in front of them, his head still on the desk.
He was probably taking a nap.
Choji chuckled from next to him, turning around to talk to his friends.
With a yawn, Shikamaru lifted his head from the desk and did the same.
"You three are acting the same as always."
In unison, Kiba, Naruto and Sakura tilted their heads to the side in confusion.
"Wait, didn't you guys hear?" Choji asked, surprised.
If possible, the trio seemed to radiate even more confusion.
"Troublesome," Shikamaru sighed, sharing a glance with Choji before looking at them with a serious expression, "Apparently, Ami went missing after she failed the exams. No one's seen or heard of her. And her apartment complex was burned down."
"They say it was her hair curler that set it on fire," Choji added.
"...oh," Naruto sobered up at the news.
The Four Idiots, as Sakura had dubbed them, all turned to look at their pink haired friend who had a bored look on her face as she continued petting Akamaru. None of them really blamed her lack of reaction, considering they all knew that Ami bullied Sakura.
Yes, even Naruto knew.
Before any of them could say anything, Iruka walked in looking tired. Not that they blamed him, considering he was helping the ones that were in charge of looking for Ami and probably didn't get enough sleep.
Everyone looked at Iruka who managed to smile at them.
Sakura would shamelessly admit to zoning out until the team placements, which she only paid attention to when it came to her or her Four Idiots.
It turned out she was in a team with Sasuke and Naruto. Both scowled at each other when they heard that they would be in the same team. It seemed like neither minded Sakura, their problem was with each other.
Kiba, her best friend (according to him at least), was in the same team as a boy named Shino from the Aburame clan whom Sakura didn't really care to know much about during her academy days and Hinata Hyuga. This team placement in particular made Sakura smirk. Her smirked only widened when Hinata, her sweet precious little mouse, shivered in fear.
Shikamaru and Choji were placed in the same team, along with Rio. Or was it Kina? Sakura really couldn't recall the blonde girl's name. She annoyed her too much for her to even care enough to remember her name. Sakura simply referred to her as the leader of Sasuke's fangirls.
"Hah? No way. Ino's too troublesome for me to like her," Shikamaru yawned before looking at the classroom's clock. One hour left before detention ends and he could go home and get a scolding from his mother.
Next to him, Choji chuckled in agreement, "Ino's just too energetic I guess."
"And she likes the Teme," Naruto added as he crossed his arms.
"Yeah, but you have to admit, she has a nice butt," Kiba wolf whistled, earning a few chuckles.
"So if you don't like Ino, who do you like Shika?" Naruto curiously asked, "Sakura-chan?" he suspiciously asked, looking intently at Shikamaru.
"What? No way. She's more troublesome than Ino," Shikamaru instantly denied, "Wait. You like her, don't you?"
"What? You like my Sakura?" Kiba asked, surprised.
"No way, dattebayo!" Naruto denied with a blush before blinking, "Wait, your Sakura?!"
"She's part of my pack," Kiba casually said. Well, it would have worked if his ears didn't turn red.
Shikamaru and Choji watched on in amusement as the two started arguing about who Sakura belongs to. Personally, they both thought that if Sakura wasn't sleeping in front of them, she would have kicked their butts for even suggesting she was an object to be earned.
"You think Sakura likes anyone?" Choji wondered.
"Nah, I don't think so."
What they didn't know was that Sakura was just pretending to be asleep.
She heard every single thing they said.
More importantly, she was inclined to disagree. She did like people. In both platonic and romantic ways. Crushes, she had heard Rio and her lackeys call what she felt. But she didn't really think of it as a crush.
It was more than a crush.
What she felt for Naruto or Kiba could be considered a silly crush.
But what she felt for Hidan? It was pure unadulterated want.
Sakura stirred, scrunching her nose up as she felt someone shaking her awake.
She refused to get up. She wanted to sleep more.
Before she could register any movement, she got kicked and fell on the floor.
"TEME WHY DID YOU KICK SAKURA-CHAN?!"
Groaning, Sakura sat up and sent Sasuke a scowl. She'd pay him back for that later. Hell, she'd get Neji to help her too. Neji's a sucker for her sometimes after all, she just had to bargain to "accidentally" break Hinata's fingers. Or something.
"Good," an unfamiliar voice said, earning Sakura's attention.
"How are you doing that?" Sakura wondered aloud, cutting the newcomer off.
"Doing what?" the masked man asked.
"Your hair. It's weird. How did you do that with it?" Sakura bluntly asked, ignoring the man's sky grey aura (loss, it meant loss.)
"My first impression? You're all idiots. Meet me-"
"You look suspicious, are you a pedophile?"
"Meet me on the roof in five minutes."
Sakura blinked as the masked man disappeared.
"Well, let's begin with introducing yourselves," the masked man started.
"No way," Sakura bluntly said, "Hi-kun said I shouldn't talk to strangers, they can turn out to be pedophiles."
Naruto laughed while Sasuke simply sighed, both used to Sakura's antics.
"...okay, then I'll start first. How about that?"
"Hmm," Sakura thought for a bit before nodding, "Yeah, go ahead Pedo-sensei."
The masked man's only visible eye twitched, "Alright. My name's Kakashi Hatake, I have no desire to tell you my likes and dislikes. As for dreams for the future...hmmm...I have a lot of hobbies."
'He didn't tell us anything important...' the classmates thought.
"What about you? The blonde one with the stupid look," Kakashi pointed to Naruto, "Introduce yourself."
"C'mon we don't have all day. We're behind schedule as is."
'And whose fault do you think that is?' the trio wondered.
"Alright! My name's Naruto Uzumaki," Naruto began, planting a grin on his face, "What I like is ramen! I like instant and Ichiraku ramen. I like when Iruka pays for my ramen and I like eating ramen with my friends and Sakura-chan!"
'Does he mean he likes the girl or eating ramen with the girl?' Kakashi wondered, a bit confused.
"I dislike the three minutes you have to wait for the instant ramen to cook, I also dislike anyone that's mean to my friends and Teme."
'Again, confused,' Kakashi thought to himself.
"And my dream is to become Hokage and have everyone acknowledge me!"
Kakashi didn't react to Naruto's declaration, but inside he felt proud, 'He's grown in an interesting way.'
"Hobbies...pranks I guess."
'You really are Kushina's son, Naruto.'
Nodding, Kakashi turned to Sasuke. "You, the broody one, your turn."
Sakura and Naruto both snickered.
"My name is Sasuke Uchiha. I dislike like a lot of things and I don't like much-"
Kakashi blinked as the girl, Sakura, cut Sasuke off by bonking the Uchiha on his head.
"Do it again. Less brooding this time."
'So she doesn't have a crush on him like the other girls,' Kakashi thought, relieved.
"My name's Sasuke Uchiha," Sasuke gritted out, glaring at Sakura before turning back to Kakashi with an intense look. Was this what Sakura meant by less brooding? "I like training, fighting worthy foes like the Hyuuga and the idiot-magnet, and I also like tomatoes. I dislike idiots, liars and traitors. My dream? It's not a dream, because it will happen, it's an ambition. My ambition is the resurrection of the Uchiha clan and...to kill a certain man."
"Shit..." Naruto muttered inching a bit away from Sasuke, "I didn't think he'd hold a grudge for the tomato prank..."
'As I thought...' Kakashi sadly thought, 'And why is she nodding like a proud mother...?' Kakashi wondered, sweat dropping as Sakura patted Sasuke on the back in what was probably an 'I'm proud' gesture.
"See? It wasn't so hard, now was it? Tell you what, I'll even help you with your ambition, I have nothing else to do right now anyway."
"NO!" Naruto quickly yelled, earning their attention as he shook Sakura's shoulders, "You can't have Teme's babies, Sakura-chan!"
"Why not?" Sakura seriously asked, "Did you want to have Sasuke's babies?"
"EH?! NO WAY, DATTEBAYO!"
"It's not biologically possible, Pinkie," Kakashi pointed out, amused as both Naruto and Sasuke were now blushing in embarrassment.
"Maybe if I share Sasuke with Naruto, I can have both their babies? We can even build an Uzumaki Clan, if Naruto wants."
Kakashi watched as the boys got even redder if it was possible and restrained from telling Sakura that there already was an Uzumaki Clan. No need to rile the three up any further.
"Well, let's wrap things up. Introduce yourself, Pinkie."
Nodding, Sakura raised her hand up in a wave, "Yo. I'm Sakura, Sakura Haruno. Though, some people accidentally refers to me as Sakura Kamizuki. I like Hi-kun, idiots, broods, Hi-kun, Haru, my guardians, food, my religion, Hi-kun, Hinata-chan, training and did I mention Hi-kun?"
"You mentioned him a lot, Sakura-chan."
"Oh," Sakura's face remained bored as she continued: "I dislike perverts, pedophiles, people who insult my religion or things that belong to me, Hi-kun and Hi-kun's stupidity."
'Hi-kun. The mysterious person...not even Inoichi knows who this man, or woman, is...'
"My dream is..." Sakura trailed off, "I guess it isn't a dream either. It's a reality. Something that will happen," she clenched her fists as her two teammates leaned closer, curious to hear what she had to say, "I'm going to sleep with Hi-kun!"
'...you're only twelve, Sakura. You shouldn't be thinking of sleeping with anyone.' Kakashi couldn't help but sweat drop, 'It's probably just puberty. Yeah, just puberty messing with her.'
Author's note: ...what am I even doing with this story?
1. As a series in general, what do you think of the Naruto franchise?
2. Rearrange the team placement anyway you want from Team Kakashi, Team Asuma and Team Kurenai. Who would be in which team and why?