Title: Sea, Sand, and Shinobi
Rating: PG-13 (Some scenes and language are not suitable for very young readers.)
Summary: The shinobi of the Hidden Leaf take a much-deserved break a few months after Orochimaru's attack on their village. It all begins when Jiraya asks Naruto to join him and Tsunade for a trip to the beach. Something happens, and then suddenly everyone is on the trip as well. With transportation provided by Tsunade, and accommodations paid for by Jiraya, this is trip bound to be fun if not funny.
Disclaimer: I do not own Naruto. It owns me.
Chapter 1 – When Jounin Get Jealous
One fine day at the Ichiraku Ramen, Naruto was eating a late lunch when Jiraya approached him.
"Hey Naruto," Jiraya said as he sat beside the boy. "How about we go on another trip together?"
"Where are we going this time, ero-senin?" Naruto said with his mouth still stuffed with ramen noodles. "Will you be teaching me another cool jutsu?"
Jiraya sweatdropped. "Err, I was thinking that we could go to the beach this weekend so you can relax and take a break from you training."
"And so you can stare at bikini-clad women all day." Naruto added.
"Well..." Jiraya scratched the back of his head. "Anyway, I asked Tsunade if she could come with us, and she said she'd love too. She'll also bring Shizune along. If you go with us, it would be just like the old days."
"But it's only been a few months since we found her."
"Come on, Naruto. It's going to be really fun. I already talked to Kakashi and he said that you have nothing to do this weekend anyway. Plus, I'm going to pay for all the expenses. I'm going to make sure that there's a lot of food."
Naruto still didn't look quite convinced.
Jiraya sighed. "If you really want to train that bad, I heard that swimming in the sea is a good way to build up stamina."
"Really?! Awesome! I'll go with you!" Naruto jumped out of his seat, suddenly motivated.
"Then you should get yourself ready," Jiraya said as he stood up. "We will pick you up right outside your house in about two hours. Tsunade said that she'd find us some means of transportation provided by the administration. She isn't Hokage for nothing."
"See you then, ero-senin! And don't you dare leave me behind!" Naruto waved at his sensei and ran off to his house.
"Hehe, you haven't changed a bit Naruto," Jiraya said to himself. "Huh? Where did that Uchiha kid go? I sensed him standing outside just a while ago."
"I have to get my things ready and be in front of Naruto's house in two hours," Sasuke thought.
He had decided that he would follow Naruto this weekend. All he heard while standing outside the ramen place were the words 'jutsu,' 'training,' 'Tsunade,' and 'beach.' But with just that, he knew what Jiraya was planning to do. He was going to have Hokage-sama teach Naruto a secret, powerful, and most important of all cool-looking jutsu! Sasuke had to find it out and learn it using sharingan. His kunai-sharp good looks and hot ninja charisma depends on it.
Sasuke was about to open his front door when he heard an all too familiar voice calling him.
"Sasuke-kun!" Sakura shouted as she ran towards Sasuke's direction, waving at him. It appears that she had just passed by, but the truth was that she hid in the bushes one block away and waited for her Sasuke-sama to arrive. She usually does these kinds of things in days without training. "I was just passing by and-."
"Then get back on your way. I have to pack my things," Sasuke said. "And why do you have leaves stuck in your hair?"
"Oh. They're nothing," Sakura brushed the leaves off her hair, a little embarrassed. "Why? Are you going somewhere?"
"I'm going to the beach this weekend to follow Naruto, and I have to be at his place by 4:00 pm." Sasuke placed his hands firmly on the doorknob, ready to shut the door on Sakura when he sees an opportunity.
"Really? You're going to the beach with Naruto? Could I go too?" Sakura said as she tried to make the cutest face she could.
"Suit yourself," Sasuke said. Seeing that Sakura suddenly became distracted, he seized the opportunity to shut his door and locked it as fast as he could.
Meanwhile, Sakura was still imagining Sasuke in Speedos when she realized that the person she was talking to was already gone.
Without giving it much of a thought, Sakura ran as fast as she could to her house.
A few seconds later, in the Yamanaka Flower Shop, Ino was fixing flowers on the display window when she spotted Sakura running across the street.
"Hey Sakura!" Ino yelled. Sakura seemed to have heard her and stopped right in front of their shop in a billowing cloud of smoke. "What are you thinking, running around like an idiot?!"
"Oh. It's nothing really," Sakura said with a very big grin. "I'm just going to the beach with Sasuke-kun this weekend. I have to get my things ready because he's going to pick me up in front of Naruto's house by 4:00 pm. Bye!"
Sakura ran off, leaving Ino stunned when images of Sakura rubbing sunscreen on Sasuke's back entered her mind. Ino shook her head then thought of herself rubbing sunscreen on Sasuke's back instead of that idiot Sakura. Ino imagined her slippery hands moving across Sasuke's broad shoulders feeling his smooth muscles become tense and then relax under her touch, then moving down to his smooth back, and then down again to the dimples right above his round, firm bu-! Ino suddenly woke up from her delusion and caught herself blushing.
"Damn. She must have used some kind of genjutsu on me so I can't stop her," Ino thought. "I just can't let her get Sasuke-sama all alone like that. I know what to do, but I'm going to need some reinforcements."
"I'm sorry Ino, but Shikamaru is at the park with Chouji right now. You can call back later if you want to talk to him," said the voice of Shikamaru's mom, though it sounded more pleasant than the way Shikamaru always described it.
"It's okay Mrs. Nara," Ino replied. "I'll just go to the park and talk to him personally. Goodbye."
"This is good," Ino thought. "This way, I won't have to go look for Chouji too."
"Hey Chouji, look at that cloud over there," Shikamaru said while pointing at a patch of clouds. "It looks just like Ino when she's angry."
"Um, you shouldn't be saying that," Chouji said as he suddenly stuffed his mouth with a lot of his snack.
"Why are you getting nervous all of a sudden? We haven't seen her all day and she couldn't-" Shikamaru stopped talking and gulped. What he was looking at isn't a cloud anymore, but Ino's actual face, and it looked pretty angry.
Shikamaru got lucky, as Ino remembered her true purpose for coming to find them. Shikamaru closed his eyes as he got ready to be whacked by Ino, but to his surprise she just stood there and smiled at them.
"Hey guys, do you want to go with me to the beach this weekend?" Ino asked.
"No way," Shikamaru answered. "It's too troublesome."
"Yeah, it's also our first weekend off after a long time. I want to take a rest," Chouji added.
"Oh come on," Ino said. "Sasuke-kun will be there. It's going to be fun."
"So that's why she wants to go," Shikamaru thought.
"Plus, you're going to see me in a bathing suit." Ino untied her hair and let it seductively fall as she winked at the two boys.
"Tempting, but no."
"You can watch clouds while getting a tan at the same time."
"Umm, and I heard that there will be a party. And of course, there will be lots of food." Ino was desperate.
"Come on, Shikamaru. Why don't you want to go with us?" Chouji said, his will suddenly broken.
"Hey! How many times do I have to tell you not to bribe Chouji with food," Shikamaru said as he sat up to take a look at his teammates. Both Ino and Chouji were making cute faces at him. Shikamaru sighed. "Alright, alright, I see no point in arguing with you guys. Geez."
"Great!" Ino jumped in excitement. She can't wait to see Sakura's face when she finds out that she will NOT be alone with Sasuke this weekend. "We'll meet at 4:00 pm in front of Naruto's house."
"But I have to tell Asuma where we're going just in case." Shikamaru said.
"Suit yourself," Ino said. "But I have to go now. I still need to pick which bathing suits I'm going to bring."
On her way back home, Ino saw Shino, Hinata, and Kiba who just came from the training field. "This couldn't get any better," Ino thought as she waved at the other three genin.
"Hey Asuma! It's for you," Shizune said. She was kind enough to answer the phone at the jounin's lounge. "I think it's the new chuunin kid."
"Thanks," Asuma said as he took the phone from her. All the other jounin in the room, which were Shizune, Kakashi, Gai, and Kurenai who had just arrived, looked at his direction.
"Hey, I just called to say that team 10 is out of town this weekend. Ino invited us to some kind of beach party and I think that the other genin will be there as well. Bye." Shikamaru sounded like he was in a hurry, and his mother's voice could be heard in the background.
"What was that about?" Kakashi asked, but it was obvious that everyone else was curious.
"My team is going to a beach party this weekend. And from what I heard, it seems that your teams are going as well."
"No wonder Jiraya asked if Naruto was free this weekend," Kakashi said.
"How come my team didn't tell me anything?" Kurenai took the phone from Asuma. "I'm going to ask Hinata. She lives closest to the training area so she should be home by now."
An excited Hinata answered the phone. "Um, hello."
"Hinata. It's Kurenai." Kurenai noticed the excitement in her student's voice. "By any chance, are you guys doing something this weekend? After all, we won't be having any training sessions or missions."
"Oh! Y-yes, Kurenai-sensei," Hinata said after a long pause. She was too distracted with images of her Naruto-kun in swimming shorts that she almost forgot she was talking with someone on the phone. Good thing the idea of putting sunscreen on Naruto hasn't come into her mind yet. She would have fainted. "We were invited to a beach party this weekend. Shino and Kiba are going too."
"Well, that is good." Kurenai said. "That party is a great way for you and Shino to build up your social skills, and Kiba needed a bath anyway. Have fun on your trip. Bye."
"Yeah, looks like my team is going too," Kurenai said to the other jounin.
"I'll call Neji," Gai said as he took the phone from Kurenai. He was a bit pissed off that his students didn't invite their super-cool, super-nice, and super-macho sensei to their beach gig. After all, they have nothing to be embarrassed about and had everything to be proud of. "Hello. Neji? I have to ask you something very important."
"What is it Gai-sensei?" Neji said, somewhat nervous from the tone of Gai's voice.
"Will you three be going to a super-exclusive beach rave party this weekend and planning to leave me behind?! Tell me the truth!" Gai's outburst made every jounin in the lounge fall off their seats.
"Oh, I'm sorry about that. It's all too sudden." Neji gave a sigh of relief. He thought that Gai was going to cancel their weekend off like he usually did. "Hiyashi-sama approached me a few minutes ago while I was with the rest of the team. He instructed me to watch over Hinata-sama this weekend because she was going on a trip to the beach with the other rookies. I would be okay even if I went by myself, but Lee and Tenten insisted that they come along as well. Lee obviously wants to see that girl Sakura, but I'm not sure why Tenten decided to go."
Somewhere in Konoha, a girl is giggling thinking of a certain longhaired boy she knew wearing Speedos.
"I see." Gai was depressed that Neji still hasn't asked him to come along. "See you on Monday then. Tell Lee not to stress himself too much. He still needs to rest after Hokage-sama's operation."
"I will. Goodbye." Neji put down the receiver. Now Gai is totally disappointed that Neji didn't invite him in the last minute like he thought he would.
"Looks like the kids are growing up," Kurenai said.
"Don't worry about them, think about us," Asuma interrupted. "They probably think we are too old to join their fun."
Everyone in the room sighed, except for Shizune who was obviously suppressing laughter.
"What's so funny?" Kurenai said, glaring at Shizune.
"Well, I think I'm going to the same party as your students are." Shizune said, letting out a little giggle.
"WHAT?!" Everyone's jaw dropped except for Kakashi who expertly concealed his.
"How come you are invited?" Kakashi asked.
"Well, yesterday Tsunade-sama asked me if I wanted to go to the beach with her this weekend. She said it was about time that the duties of the village started to lighten up and she wanted to take her long-overdue break. She also said that Jiraya and Naruto-kun would be going with us." Everyone was giving Shizune bizarre stares. "What?!"
"So if you're going," Kakashi said. Everyone seemed to be having the same idea, all except for Shizune who was starting to get scared.
"That means we could come too," everyone said in unison. Shizune was already holding on to the edges of her chair, getting ready to escape.
"Oh. Well, I-I guess so." Shizune gave a sigh of relief. She shouldn't have told them anything at all, but at least they were acting normal again. "But if you guys really want to come along, then you should be getting ready. Tsunade-sama is supposed to pick us up in front of Naruto-kun's house in about an hour."
"But I thought we were going to watch 'Come Come Paradise' the movie this weekend?" Kakashi suddenly remembered.
"Yeah! I want to watch that too," Kurenai said without realizing that it wasn't like her to talk about adult stuff in front of the other jounin.
"We could do that when we return." Asuma said, still startled from what he just heard from Kurenai.
With that, the all the jounin in the room filed their vacation permits and then disappeared to get their things ready, except for Shizune who went to the phone.
"Um, Hello? Could I please speak to Iruka-chan?"
Finished. Quite long and took too much time to write, but I wanted everything to be started in the first chapter. I hope it seems original enough. When I first thought about this fic, I was like, "I bet a lot of people had already thought of this before." But I wrote it anyway. I hope you enjoy this fic and please review. I would really appreciate it if you do. XD