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 14: Sunblock and Sand Castles
"Hey! Hyuuga girl!" A voice called out before Hinata saw anything traumatic inside the 'Meat Market.' She turned around and saw a man wearing a Konoha Anbu mask standing beside the building's entrance. "What do you thing you're doing here?" The Anbu asked.
"I'm looking for meat for our barbecue later," Hinata answered.
"You've come to the wrong place, there's no meat for barbecue here."
"But the sign says Meat Market."
"Well, the meat here is um, diseased. Yeah, the meat here has all kinds of diseases. You wouldn't want them for barbecue, trust me."
"Don't worry, the others already found meat for your barbecue. Come, I'll escort you to your meeting place."
"Thank you Mr. Anbu," Hinata agreed, sensing no evil intent from the man.
"Kakashi-sensei, we've already finished setting up the tents, can we go play now," Naruto asked. Shikamaru, Chouji, Kiba, Shino, and Lee were also with him.
"I guess it's alright," Kakashi answered. "Just be sure to put on sunblock or you'll get a bad case of sunburn."
"Yay!" Naruto and the others returned to their bags to get the sunblock.
"Geez, that Naruto is such a kid," Sakura said to Ino. The two of them found a perfect spot under a beach umbrella to lie down on.
"Yeah," Ino said as she adjusted her tight, blue swimsuit.
"It looks like the boys are putting on sunblock," Sakura said.
"I wonder where Sasuke-kun is," Ino said. "I want to be the one to put sunblock on him."
"Like hell I'm going to allow you to do that," Sakura said. "But come to think of it, he disappeared right after we finished setting up the tents."
"Neji-kun, do you know where Sasuke-sama went?" Ino asked when the Hyuuga boy walked by carrying his snorkeling gear.
"I think he went to the other side of the beach," Neji answered. "Either that or he went to the jetski rental place.
"Wow, Sasuke-sama on a jetski," Sakura and Ino said with starry eyes. Neji left the two girls in their fantasies and proceeded snorkeling alone.
"What! How could you leave that girl alone in a place like this!" Tsunade yelled at Iruka and Temari.
"Don't worry, Hokage-sama, I'm sure she's going to meet us here," Iruka said confidently. "She's just a little late."
"She better be safe, Iruka. Or else." Tsunade nodded towards Anko and Shizune. Iruka slowly turned around and swallowed hard when he saw Shizune flash several barbecue sticks between her fingers, and Anko lick a particularly rough piece of cucumber.
Just then, the Anbu carrying Hinata suddenly appeared beside Tsunade.
"Hokage-sama," the Anbu greeted as he let go of Hinata, who stood up but couldn't look at the others in embarrassment. After Tsunade acknowledged him, he whispered to her the details of him finding Hinata.
"But what were you doing there in the first place?" Tsunade asked.
"Um, there were reports of missing nin in this area and I went to investigate," the Anbu said. "But it seems that the missing nin already left town a few days ago."
"Very well, show me those reports when I get back to Konoha," Tsunade said with an evil look on her face. "You may go."
"Who was that?" Shizune whispered as the group walked towards the meat vendors.
"Just my perverted grandfather."
"I mean, it was Yamato," Tsunade said, smiling.
"What are you doing?" A curious Gaara asked Naruto.
"We're putting on sunblock, the other boy answered.
"Yeah, so that we don't get sunburn."
"Do you want some?"
"I don't need it. I still have the second layer of sand on my skin."
"What? You still have that? Just when you dropped that tacky gourd, I thought you'd loosen up for once."
"But what if an enemy village launches a surprise attack?" Gaara said.
"Come on, who'd think that we're shinobi?"
Just then, Shino summoned a huge swarm of insects to help him create a sand castle.
"Don't worry, if an enemy attacks us I'll protect you." Naruto said. "Now take that thing off so I can put sunblock on your back. We can then join Shino and the others."
"Alright," Gaara shed his skin of sand and let Naruto place some sunblock on his back. "What are they doing?"
"Oh, they're making sand castles," Naruto answered.
"Yeah, it's a popular activity when people go to the beach."
"Are we going to make sand castles too?"
"Yep. I'm going to make the biggest sand castle ever seen," Naruto answered enthusiastically.
"We'll see about that."
"Huh, did you say something Gaara?"
"Nothing," Gaara answered with an evil smile on his face.
"We're back!" Tsunade waved at the male jounin waiting for them. "Have you guys set up everything already?"
"Yes, Hokage-sama," Kakashi, Asuma, and Gai said at the same time.
"But there's a little problem," Asuma said. "They forgot to deliver the blankets."
"Why didn't you call them about it?" Tsunade said angrily.
"We did, but no one was answering until a while ago," Gai said.
"So what did they say?"
"They said that someone called them earlier and cancelled the delivery of the blankets. We asked them if they could still send us blankets but they said that they've already rented out the others. They'll send us the remaining ones, but I think we'll be restricted to one blanket per tent." Kakashi explained.
"But who could have cancelled the delivery of blankets?" Anko asked.
"I have a perfectly good idea who," Tsunade said as she cracked her knuckles.
On the other side of the beach, Jiraya finally regained consciousness after having a terrible dream of Tsunade beating him up for canceling the delivery of blankets.
Whoa! An update! I even surprised myself for finishing another chapter. The Naruto fillers completely killed my interest in the series, but if it picks up again when Naruto returns to Konoha, I may end up writing more. But until then, I'll just work on my other fic and come up with some oneshots. Thank you to all reviewers and those who added this fic to their favorites.