RLN: …Okay. So it's been half a year since I last updated.

That's really, really sad. Sorry guys. But hey—I told you not to get your hopes up! Hopefully you guys listened to me.

…I couldn't think of a better chapter-title, so I apologize for the fact that it is a bag of douche.

Chapter 17: Sneaky Bastards

"Guys, I'm kind of worried," Tenten said suddenly. Hinata looked up, concerned. Temari, on the other hand, didn't bother to look up from her magazine.

"If it's about Sakura and Ino and how they're going psycho—don't be," said Temari. "My brother was an insane killer, if he got knocked out of it, so can Sakura and Ino. They're just going through a 'crazy phase'."

"Actually, I was referring to my nails," said Tenten. Temari finally looked up from her reading. "But now that you mention it, I'm worried about that too." Temari blinked twice.

"Yeah, I hope they're okay," Hinata said quietly.

"Actually, I wasn't referring to worrying about Sakura and Ino," Tenten said. Hinata and Temari each raised an eyebrow. "I was more worried about the innocent bystanders, so I was referring to them. But I guess I'm worried about Sakura and Ino as well." Temari sighed heavily.

"That's true," said Hinata, nodding.

"We should probably make sure that they don't end up killing anyone," said Temari. She threw her magazine aside.

( - - - )

Sakura and Ino were storming through the streets, pushing away innocent bystanders just like Tenten had predicted.

"I bet they did all this just to mess with us!" Sakura said, growling.

"I bet that they were planning something to bring us down! Ha! We'll see who's 'brought down' once I find them!" said Ino angrily.

"You think they would've matured one bit! You think they'd get over this whole childish stage where they prank everyone, but no!"

"They're boys, Sakura—well, they were, anyways," said Ino with a snort. "They never grow up."

"I can't wait to crush their plans!"

"I can't wait either!"

( - - - )

"So exactly how are we all going to go with this?" said Naruto, raising an eyebrow. "What's our strategy?"

"Well, Jiraiya's apparently the expert. Ask him," said Kankurou, frowning.

"Can we please just do something else?" asked Gaara, sighing.

"There is no other way! Izumo and Kotetsu won't leave their post, so we have to distract them from it," Jiraiya protested. "Besides, this is more fun!" Everyone glared at him. "Well, it'll be fun for Izumo and Kotetsu…" Everyone continued glaring at him. "Look, do you want my help or not?"

Iruka sighed. "Fine. Keep going."

"All right, first, we'll need the distractions," Jiraiya explained.

"Ooh! Ooh! Me! Me!" said Lee, throwing his arms up.

"Lee, as much as I admire your willingness to volunteer and sacrifice yourself for your teammates, I think you should skip out on that specific part of the mission," Gai said, coughing. Lee looked at Gai, confused, but said nothing.

"Ero-Sennin, why don't you do it? Like Kankurou said: you're the expert," Naruto suggested.

"I can't."

"What?!" Chouji exclaimed angrily. "Why not?"

"Because I've been in the library before and I can help find the scroll. I know how things are organized in there," Jiraiya explained. "Now, who will be our distraction?" he exclaimed excitedly.

No one volunteered. Lee almost put his hand up again, but Gai stopped him.

"No? No one? I guess we'll have to choose distractions last," said Jiraiya. "Now, who wants to go inside to help find the scroll?"

Everyone threw their hands up in the air at once.

Not literally, of course.

Jiraiya frowned. It was easy to see that none of them actually wanted to do it; they just didn't want to be the distractions…

"Ooh! Ooh! Pick me! Pick me!" Lee said excitedly.

…Well, except Lee.

"I need someone quiet and stealthy," Jiraiya said. "Therefore I pick Iruka, Gaara and lastly I'll pick…" Jiraiya frowned. Why did he end up with all the loud people? "I'll take, uhm…I guess I'll take Chouji as well."

"YAY!" Chouji cheered.

Naruto's jaw dropped. "What? No way! That's not fair! Damnit, Ero-Sennin! You can't even pick your own student?"

"That's because you're a brat!" Jiraiya snapped.

"Stop complaining!" Kankurou snapped. "I wasn't picked either."

"Now we need someone loud and observant to be supervisors who can warn us if something goes wrong. They'll stand near the door," Jiraiya explained.

"Ooh! Ooh! Right here! Right here!" said Lee, waving his arms around excitedly.

"Okay, I choose Lee and…"

"YAY!" Lee cheered. Soon, Gai, Kankurou and Naruto began waving their arms around excitedly in the same manner as Lee in hopes of being picked.

"…Well, I guess I'll pick Gai, since he's used to working with Lee…"

"YAY!" Gai cheered. Naruto and Kankurou looked horrified. Jiraiya grinned at them.

"And that leaves you two as the distractions!"

"WHAT? NO FRIGGIN' WAY!" Kankurou complained.

"Stop complaining!" said Naruto, mimicking the way Kankurou had said it to Naruto earlier. Kankurou glared at Naruto, looking completely peeved.

"This isn't fair!" Kankurou growled, ignoring Naruto.

"Shut up," said Gaara, his eyes narrowing.

Kankurou growled. "You can't honestly expect me to be calm about this!"

Normally, Kankurou didn't talk back to Gaara—after all, it was a habit he kept from the days Gaara was an evil, killing, demonic child, but Kankurou was pretty upset about the whole ordeal.

"I'm not happy either," said Gaara. "In fact, I'm starting to wish we never came to Konoha for this long mission, but if you actually learned to stay calm, you wouldn't have to end up being the distraction. You could've actually went into the library and helped out."

"I shouldn't have to be the distraction anyways! I won't be any good at that!" Kankurou complained.

"…And what makes you think that I'm any better?" Naruto snapped.

"Dude! You made up a technique that turns you into a girl and you use it to seduce other guys! And you use it all the time!" Kankurou protested. He then muttered, "In fact, it's kind of suspicious…"

"It's a joke technique!" Naruto snapped. "I'm not using it for anything other than getting a few laughs! The only one out of our group who is suspicious is Sasuke!"

It was quiet, mainly because no one could argue with that last statement.

"Well, fact is, you guys are the distractions," said Iruka. "I think it'd be best not to argue. You should feel proud. You're sacrificing yourselves for the cause!" Iruka tried his best to sound positive, but the truth was it was hopeless. The two weren't going to give in.

"But I don't want to sacrifice myself!" Naruto whined.

See?

"For the hundredth time: stop whining, brat," Jiraiya said, growling. "Do you think a real Hokage would start whining and give in?"

Naruto thought for a moment.

"Well, that's true."

"Then stop complaining! Now, let's get down to business. I've already thought up a plan…"

"I'm not surprised. You probably daydreamed of a million scenarios where girls were flirting with you," Chouji said, somewhat darkly.

"Well, I am a writer," said Jiraiya, blinking. The rest of the guys-turned-girls just shook their heads.

( - - - )

Shikamaru, Kiba and Sasuke looked out the window. They saw the others spread out on the floor.

"Sorry!" Kiba called down.

The three heard a noise from below.

"Did Asuma just groan?" Sasuke said, raising an eyebrow.

"It sounded like it," Shikamaru muttered. "But can you blame him? He had to put a bunch of people on his back, and he doesn't look all that strong and stable as a girl…"

"Well, it's a good thing Neji and Shino are tall when they stand," said Kiba. "Otherwise we might have not been able to make it up this high…"

Without realizing it, from behind them, a young lad just happened to round the corner and had entered into the same hallway they were standing at the end of. He stopped in surprise when he noticed the three by the window. He frowned. He approached them, but they still didn't seem to notice him.

Many questions were in his mind. Why were they there? Who were they? And why were they holding those noodle-toys?

"Hey! Are you supposed to be here?" he shouted angrily.

"Huh? What?" Sasuke said. He turned around swiftly, alarmed. The noodle hit the boy in the face when Sasuke made his turn. The boy received a bloody nose from the hit. He stumbled backwards, holding his nose in surprise. While walking backwards, he tripped on the corner of a rug that was on the floor and he fell. His head hit the wall on the way down. He was knocked out before he hit the floor.

Sasuke, Kiba and Shikamaru stared at the unconscious boy, wide-eyed. They then glanced at the noodle Sasuke was holding in his hands, looking slightly frightened. Eventually, Sasuke threw the noodle in the air in a frantic matter that made it seem like the noodle had just turned into a lizard and bit him. The noodle fell on the floor.

"Wow," said Shikamaru, after a short silence. "I guess those noodles are better weapons than we thought. Good job on finding them, Kiba."

"Dude," said Kiba, ignoring Shikamaru's compliment and sounding a bit concerned. "I think Sasuke just knocked out my cousin."

"Oh. Sorry," Sasuke apologized.

"No, it's not a big deal. He's a dick," said Kiba. He grabbed his cousin by the back of his shirt. "Grab his legs. We can hide him in the closet. It's just down the hall."

Shikamaru and Sasuke obliged.

Once Kiba's cousin was stuffed in the hallway closet, Shikamaru glanced around.

"Well, now that that's done, let's see if we can find Akamaru anywhere."

"He's probably in my room," Kiba explained.

Sasuke glanced at the closet. "Does your cousin live with you or something?"

"No," said Kiba. "I just live with my parents and my sister. I have no idea why he's here." He paused for a moment. "I hope his partner's not here…"

"Partner?" said Sasuke, raising an eyebrow. "You mean he's gay?"

Kiba glared at him. "No, he's not, so you can keep your pants on Captain Queer." Sasuke glared right back at him. "By 'partner', I meant his dog." Kiba rolled his eyes. "Ass," he muttered under his breath.

"Look," said Shikamaru, before Sasuke could snap back. "Will it be a big deal if his dog is here?"

"Well," said Kiba. "An Inuzuka doesn't exactly talk with his dog, not the way people talk with each other, anyways. I'm not sure how to explain it, but when you're communicating with a dog telepathically, you don't exactly hear words but it's like you can feel what they feel and picture what they're seeing and then you can understand what they're trying to 'say'. There's a reason why we, Inuzuka clan members, usually have one dog partner at a time. The stronger the bond is, the easier we can understand each other. It's like…" Kiba trailed off.

"It's like with people," said Shikamaru, catching on. "The better you know each other, the better you can understand what they're trying to say. It's kind of like how good friends can predict what the other is saying."

"Yeah, it's just like that! So I'm hoping that nobody, including his dog, notice."

"We should get Akamaru, and fast," Sasuke said.

"Yeah, if anybody else notices we're here, it could turn out bad," said Shikamaru, nodding in agreement.

"Okay, we should head to my room," said Kiba. "It's down this way. The two began walking quickly down the hall.

"Hey!"

They stopped. They turned around. Kiba bit his lip as he tried not to swear. It was Hana, Kiba's sister.

"Who are you three?" she asked, as she approached them. Sasuke mentally cursed himself for not keeping the noodle.

"We're friends of Kiba," Shikamaru said quickly.

She raised an eyebrow. "You are?"

"Uhm, yeah," Kiba said, looking around nervously.

"Oh," she said. I thought I told him not to invite his weird friends over.

"We decided to stop by," said Shikamaru.

"In other words you decided to just come in?" she said skeptically. She was raising an eyebrow and she looked slightly annoyed.

"Actually," said Sasuke. "What he—I mean she means is that we came to pick some things up for Kiba and get Akamaru. See, he's going on an important, last-minute mission and he asked us to get his stuff."

"Why didn't he come to pick it up himself?"

"Well, uh," said Shikamaru, blinking. "He had to get the rest of his team."

"You mean they weren't there to hear it from the Hokage?" said Hana, looking confused.

"Well," said Kiba. "Shino was being a dumbass and decided not to listen to me—I mean Kiba, as usual. Hinata was forced to stay home to do some stuff for her cousin and since he's always shooting down her confidence and being mean to her, she stayed behind so she wouldn't have to hear him complain about her. And Kurenai was too busy flirting with Asuma to pay attention to anyone else. He basically went to the Hokage by himself."

"Oh," said Hana. Her eyes widened a bit. Well, I always did think his team was weird, especially the Aburame kid, but I didn't expect it to be like that.

"So we're going to get his stuff, since we're his friends," said Sasuke. "Do you know where Akamaru is?"

"Yeah, I'll get him," said Hana. "Wow. This is so sudden. Stay right here." She turned around and left.

The minute she was out of a sight, Shikamaru glanced at Kiba.

"Wow. I'm so telling Neji what you said about him."

Kiba glared at him.

( - - - )

"How do you think they're doing?" Asuma asked Kakashi. The guys had gone back to their hiding spot in the bushes.

"I think we've should've given them better weapons," said Kakashi. "After all, what the hell could a noodle possibly do to a human being?"

( - - - )

"You know, if it was going to be this easy, maybe we should've just went to the front door and knocked," said Shikamaru, frowning.

"Yeah," said Kiba. "But this was more entertaining."

"Except for the thing about your cousin," said Sasuke. "And I'm still sorry about that. It just…happened all of a sudden."

"Don't be apologetic. He sort of had it coming."

"Ah. I see."

"Okay," said Hana, as she came walking down the stairs. "I got a couple of things for Kiba and Akamaru's right here."

True enough, the dog stood right next to Hana, his tongue hanging out as he panted. He seemed happy.

Sasuke, Shikamaru and Kiba were pretty happy themselves. In fact, had Hana not been there right that moment, they probably would've jumped up and down and held hands and skipped around in circles like little schoolchildren. But Hana probably would've freaked out if they actually did that, so they just smiled.

"All right—thanks," said Shikamaru.

"By the way, I've been meaning to ask you guys something," said Hana. "How in the world did you three get up here?"

And just like that, the giddy smiles disappeared.

( - - - )

"Where the hell are they?" Sakura said angrily, looking around. She and Ino were standing in the area where Tenten claimed to have first met them.

"I have no idea," said Ino. "Do you remember that time we were at Ichiraku? I bet they're there."

"I kind of doubt that. The only person who goes they're constantly is…" Sakura trailed off. "Yeah, let's go there."

"We might have to start asking around if they're not there," said Ino.

"We will find them though," Sakura said, looking more determined than ever.

( - - - )

"Okay! Now that you've memorized your lines, get down to business!" Jiraiya exclaimed.

"I really don't want to do this right now," said Kankurou. He thought for a moment. "…Or any other time, for that matter."

"Well that's too bad!" Jiraiya exclaimed, sounding almost enthusiastic.

"Now, remember," said Iruka. "You only have to distract Izumo and Kotetsu with the lines Jiraiya gave you long enough for us to get in."

"I still don't see how we're going to get them away from the door," Kankurou said, frowning.

"Trust me," said Jiraiya. "After a couple of my ingenious lines, Kotetsu and Izumo will follow you just about anywhere!"

"…Uhm, eww," said Naruto.

( - - - )

Neji, Kakashi, Asuma and Shino sat in the foliage, waiting for Kiba, Shikamaru and Sasuke to come back.

Suddenly, Asuma noticed something.

"Hey! Here they come!"

The others looked and, true enough, Kiba, Shikamaru and Sasuke all came running up to them.

"We got Akamaru!" said Kiba.

"And a bunch of other shit that belongs to Kiba," Shikamaru muttered darkly. He was the one holding the bag full of Kiba's stuff. Normally Shikamaru wouldn't want to deal with the labor, but Kiba and Sasuke kept yelling at him and he figured it would be too troublesome to argue with them any longer.

"Yeah, that too…" said Kiba. Then he frowned. "Actually, you guys, I was thinking about something. I'm in this doll, right?" Everyone nodded. "So technically, I don't have my powers as an Inuzuka. So how is Akamaru going to know what we're looking for?"

"For once, Kiba makes sense," Neji said. Kiba glared at him. "If he can't converse with Akamaru, how will Akamaru find our actual bodies?"

"Well," said Kakashi. "I guess Shikamaru and Sasuke thought ahead by bringing Kiba's stuff. We'll use the scent for Akamaru to find Kiba's body. Our bodies should be wherever Kiba's is."

Kiba frowned. "What the hell are you talking about? It wasn't Shikamaru and Sasuke's idea to—"

"Well," said Sasuke, interrupting Kiba. "Now that we have Akamaru and the stuff holding Kiba's scent, maybe we should head to Ichiraku as planned and wait for the others."

( - - - )

"It's now or never," said Naruto.

"I'd rather pick 'never'," muttered Kankurou.

Naruto and Kankurou stared at their targets—Kotetsu and Izumo. All they had to do was walk up to them and recite their lines…

"I CAN'T DO IT!" Kankurou said. He tried to run away, but Naruto grabbed the back of his shirt and pulled him back.

"No! Get a hold of yourself, man!" Naruto cried. "We have to do this for the team!"

"Screw the team! They're all psychos anyways!"

"We must do this!" Naruto protested. He calmed himself. "Now, let's try this again. We're going to go up to Kotetsu and Izumo and recite the lines Ero-Sennin gave us. When they're distracted, the guys are going to climb into the window. Once they're all in, they're going to find the scroll. All we have to do is distract them between the time the other guys get in and get out. They'll be quick about it, I'm positive!"

"Somehow, you seemed to have forgotten that one of them—my brother—tried to kill me! I don't trust them!" Kankurou snapped.

"We have no choice but to do this!"

"Do it yourself!"

"I can't! I need help! And you're the only one who can!" Naruto snapped. "Don't worry, if we work as a pair, it won't be as bad…"

"Yes it will."

"No it—okay, maybe it will, but we need to do this. If thinking about helping the team doesn't help, then think about yourself! Don't you want to be a guy again?"

"Of course I do!"

"Then let's do this."

Naruto and Kankurou both glanced at Kotetsu and Izumo nervously.

"We can do this," Naruto repeated, but somehow, he didn't sound so sure of himself.

"No we can't…"

"Yes we can!"

"No we can't!"

"We don't have a choice!"

Kankurou blinked twice. "Well, yeah, but…"

"Come on! It's now or never!"

"But—"

Naruto was pretty much fed up with Kankurou's protests, so he grabbed his new comrade by the arm and dragged him toward their targets.

Kankurou was about to yell another protest but before he knew it, the two were standing before Kotetsu and Izumo.

The two guards raised an eyebrow.

"Can we help you?" Kotetsu asked.

"Uhm, hi," was all Kankurou said. Everyone, including Naruto, expected Kankurou to say more so they kept looking at him. When nothing came from his mouth, Naruto coughed nervously and started talking.

"Sorry, my friend is shy," said Naruto, after an awkward silence. Kotetsu and Izumo just stared blankly. Naruto coughed. "And uhm, mildly retarded."

Kankurou glared at him.

"Oh," was all Kotetsu and Izumo said.

The four stood in an awkward silence.

"Uhm, can we help you…?" Kotetsu asked again, staring at the two as if they were crazy.

Naruto tried to recall one of his lines. However, his mind suddenly drew up a blank. He forgot everything. In time, the only thing that was on his mind was Sakura and ramen…

Kankurou, Kotetsu and Izumo stared blankly at Naruto as he started drooling.

…Why am I the mildly retarded one? Kankurou thought, glaring at the drooling Naruto.

Kankurou elbowed Naruto and Naruto snapped back into reality. Somehow, elbowing him got his brain cells working again.

"Well, hello there," said Naruto.

Kotetsu and Izumo stared at him blankly.

"I think we already covered this part of the conversation," said Izumo, frowning.

"If you don't need our help, then go somewhere," said Kotetsu. "We're trying to guard this place—we don't need a bunch of distractions."

"You mean you would actually push away a couple of girls?" said Naruto, pretending to be offended.

"DO YOU NEED OUR HELP OR NOT?" Kotetsu snapped.

"Actually, we do need help," said Kankurou.

"Well that is for damn certain," Izumo muttered.

Kankurou ignored him. "I bet you guys could help us in a lot of ways."

Naruto stared blankly at Kankurou.

That wasn't sexy at all, Naruto thought angrily. He's not doing it right! I guess I'll have to step up…

"We couldn't help but see you two and we decided to come over and say hi," said Naruto, winking.

Izumo and Kotetsu glanced at each other.

Kotetsu raised an eyebrow, giving an expression that said, 'Is she hitting on us?'

Izumo smirked, giving an expression that said, 'I hope so'.

Kotetsu stared incredulously, giving an expression that said, 'Are you out of your fucking mind?'

Izumo grinned, giving an expression that said, 'I hope so'.

Kankurou stared at Naruto blankly, but then when he realized that the guards were actually paying attention to them and not telling them to get the hell away, he caught onto Naruto's flirting.

"Oh," said Kankurou. Then he batted his eyelashes. "Yeah, we just thought you looked so handsome and…" Kankurou paused to think of a word. "Uhm, well, you looked all… ninja-y."

"Okay, that's great and all, but we need to focus on guarding this place," said Kotetsu, glaring at them.

Kankurou scowled.

A pretty girl's flirting with you—you should be happy! Then again, you two spend so much time together… Kankurou thought bitterly.

Izumo noticed the scowl. "He doesn't mean it like that!" he said. He laughed nervously.

Kotetsu glared at Izumo. "Yes I do."

"He's just joking, ladies…" Izumo flashed a returning glare.

While Kotetsu and Izumo had a mini glaring contest, Kankurou and Naruto glanced warily at each other. They then noticed their comrades starting to head over to the window of the library.

"So," said Kankurou. Kotetsu and Izumo stopped their evil-glares-of-doom to look back at the two before them. "When are you two getting off-duty?" said Kankurou, trying to sound flirty.

"Not anytime soon," said Kotetsu, frowning. "And again—you should leave—"

"—but of course," said Izumo. "It's always nice to have company." Izumo smiled.

Naruto giggled in a girly manner. Izumo was pleased, Kotetsu rolled his eyes and for a second, Kankurou looked as if he was about to gag.

"You two seem like strong, capable men," said Kankurou. As Kankurou was working his girlish charm, Naruto took a quick glance at his hand. When Jiraiya was giving them lines, Naruto wrote them down so he wouldn't forget.

"Y'know," said Naruto, interrupting Kankurou through the middle of some speech. "I just thought of something. Wouldn't we look cute on a wedding cake together?"

Kankurou stared at Naruto in shock. "Huh?" was all he could say. Meanwhile, Kotetsu and Izumo just stared at Naruto, confused.

"Your parents must've run a bakery, because those are some nice buns."

Kankurou inwardly groaned. Was he actually using those lines Jiraiya taught him?

"Look," said Kotetsu. "I'm starting to get annoyed—I have no problem throwing you guys out of here."

Kankurou and Naruto both glanced back at the window. All of them were almost in!

"What are you two looking at?" Izumo asked. The two guards were about to look in the same direction as the wall with the window—panic went through Kankurou and Naruto.

"QUICK! LOOK OVER HERE!"

Izumo and Kotetsu looked back at Naruto, alarmed. Naruto pulled his shirt off, flashing the guards.

Kankurou, Izumo and Kotetsu's mouths dropped. Kankurou was unsure of whether to bow his head in embarrassment or keep looking.

"T-THAT'S ENOUGH!" said Kotetsu, despite the fact that he was blushing profusely. "GET AWAY FROM HERE OR YOU'LL BE REMOVED!"

"Come on!" said Kankurou, grabbing Naruto by the arm. Naruto was using his shirt to cover his female body's assets.

When they were a good distance away, Naruto threw his shirt back on.

"Are you out of your frickin' mind?!" Kankurou screamed.

Naruto glared at him. "What's the big deal? Everyone got inside!"

"But now we can't distract the guards so the others can get back out!"

"They'll find a way," Naruto said, sounding positive.

"That was so… stupid!"

"But it worked!" said Naruto, grinning.

Kankurou sighed and shook his head. "I can not believe you did that…"

"I used to do it all the time with my Oiroke no Jutsu."

"You're fucking crazy."

"Yeah," said Naruto, his grin widening even further. "I'm crazy and I have nice 'assets'."

( - - - )

"All right!" said Iruka. "Lee and Gai will stay by the window to supervise and we'll go upstairs to look for that scroll."

Lee saluted. "We won't fail the mission!"

The others stared blankly as Lee and Gai pressed their faces up against the window. Gaara sighed and wondered why he wasn't put with the other group with the other quiet people.

( - - - )

Jiraiya, Iruka, Chouji and Gaara reached the top of the stairs.

"The older and more powerful scrolls are usually up here in the attic," Jiraiya explained.

"Is the Mystical Transformation really a powerful technique?" Chouji asked, raising an eyebrow.

"It is in a way," said Iruka. "After all, incomplete techniques can be dangerous to both the users and the victims. Also, it seems the Mystical Transformation is a very old and ancient technique…"

"I wish there was an easier way to find it," Jiraiya muttered, scowling and the dozens of scrolls and shelves.

"Yeah," Chouji agreed. "We're never going to find it…"

"Found it," said Gaara.

Iruka, Chouji and Jiraiya all turned around and looked at Gaara in shock.

"What?!"

Gaara glared at them. "I said I found it."

They all huddled over around Gaara.

"Get the hell away from me," Gaara said icily.

Jiraiya pulled the scroll from Gaara's hand. "This is it! How'd you find it?"

"Well," said Gaara. "Whoever brought the scroll back was really lazy and didn't feel like putting it away in the correct spot so they just threw it on the nearest shelf." Gaara glanced down at the shelf that was right next to him and closest to the stairs.

"Wow. I really didn't expect it to be that easy," said Iruka.

"Yeah," said Chouji. "I hope Naruto and Kankurou didn't have to go through that much either."

( - - - )

Kakashi, Asuma, Neji, Shikamaru, Shino, Sasuke, Kiba and Akamaru were all sitting at a table in Ichiraku. Apparently, everyone decided they hated ramen because no one else was in there…

"It's really quiet in here," Sasuke commented.

"We got the scroll! We got the scroll!" Naruto screamed excitedly as he ran into the ramen restaurant.

"Now I know why," Sasuke muttered grimly.

Iruka, Jiraiya, Lee, Chouji, Gai, Naruto, Gaara and Kankurou all went up to the table.

"All right," said Kakashi. "Good work guys. We'll get some sleep and tomorrow we'll get Akamaru to find our real bodies."

"Where are we going to sleep?" asked Naruto, frowning.

"I guess we'll have to go to Kakashi's place again…" Jiraiya said.

Kakashi frowned.

( - - - )

Hana walked down the hallway. It was late and she decided it was about time to go to bed. As soon as she passed the closet, she heard a loud noise on the other side of the door. Hana looked at the door cautiously, then, she quickly opened the door. Something fell onto the floor.

Hana's eyebrows rose as she stared at her cousin. "What the hell were you doing in the closet?"

"I don't remember!" he protested. His breathing was heavy and he looked frightened. "All of sudden this giant noodle came out of nowhere and attacked me! And then I woke up in this cramped closet! That's all I can remember!"

The boy started hyperventilating. Hana firmly placed her hands on her cousin's shoulders and looked him in the eye.

"Whoa, whoa, whoa! Calm down! You're just imagining things." Her cousin's breathing began to steady itself. "The whole idea is completely ridiculous and impossible. Noodles can't hurt people…"

End of Chapter

RLN: I didn't go back to edit it. If you noticed any huge mistakes, please tell me where they are…

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By the way, I'm sorry this wasn't as funny as the other chapters… But the plot's moving forward. The next chapter will have a couple of twists. This story is also nearing the end, which is a good thing.

Until next time!

P.S. Also, I'm quite aware that fanfiction dot net puts the chapter titles at the top now, but I still like putting author's notes at the end and the beginning of chapters, so… yeah.

P.S.S. I'd also like to say that, in case you haven't heard it yet, I made a website for me and my fanfiction. I have links in profile, if you're interested in checking out the site. BUT YOU MUST REVIEW THIS CHAPTER FIRST!

P.S.S.S. Is it P.P.S or P.S.S.?