Holy crap it's been two years since I've touched fanfiction. Forgive me anybody who's been waiting for an update…they'll come…EVENTUALLY! Isn't it strange that I'm picking this back up during the hardest years of school?

Team Asuma

Team Asuma was bored.

No, that's incorrect.

Shikamaru was bored.

Then again, wasn't he always?

"When's that weird jump suit guy going to get over here?" Ino whined.

"I'm hungry," said Choji.

Shikamaru sighed.

"Ah yes! Team Asuma! Here's your flower baby. Name it, take good care of it, and be back here by tomorrow with it still intact and we'll give you an A+!" Gai flashed a thumbs up sign at the genin who returned his grin with blank stares.

"Mkay," Ino huffed because she was a teenager therefore giving her the right to be perpetually angry at the world and everybody who inhabits it. She grabbed the flower baby and beckoned the other two to follow her.

Shikamaru rolled his eyes and sighed.

Choji…was Choji, and he followed Shikamaru.

They found Asuma gazing off into space and smoking his cigarette, "Hm? So what do you guys want to do now?" he glanced up.

"Is this really necessary?" Shikamaru asked.

"Yes. Yes it is," Asuma blew out a puff of smoke.

"I'm hungry," Chouji said, once again.

"Yes we know, Chouji. But we have to do this stupid "mission" first, then we can get you food." Ino held the flower baby up.

"This is so troublesome," Shikamaru sighed and kicked a rock. He would much rather be doing Shikamaru-ish things like…cloud watching. Or sleeping.

"Shikamaru everything is troublesome to you," Ino scowled and threw the flower baby at him.

Shikamaru caught it and stared at it, "What do you want me to do with it?"

"Name it. Duh," Ino said as if it were the most obvious thing in the world and that Shikamaru was supposed to read people's minds.

"I'm not going to lie, I don't care," Shikamaru said bluntly.

"Well, at least let it have a gender," Asuma said lighting up another cigarette.

"Does it really matter?" Chouji asked.

"Yes. Yes it does." Asuma said

"Stop answering our questions like that," Ino said, "and stop acting like you even care Asuma," she glared at him.

He shrugged, "You caught me. Just…I don't know. Throw it in your rooms for a day or something and then grab it tomorrow. When he does the inspections."

"Kay well, who wants to keep it?" Shikamaru asked.

"Don't look at me, I have…uh…I have…very important things to do." Ino replied.

"Like what, take more pictures of Sasuke while he's not looking?" Shikamaru raised an eyebrow.

Ino look appalled, "How dare you suggest that I do something like that!"

"We've seen your room Ino," Shikamaru said knowingly.

"All those picture frames," added Chouji.

"And those boxers with the Uchiha fans on them."

"And that lock of hair." Asuma piped in.

"We saw you last week," Shikamaru deadpanned.

"Yeah, remember? You fell out of that tree when we asked you what you were doing," Chouji added gasoline to the fire.

"What was Sasuke doing to that pumpkin in that one picture anyways?" Chouji asked.

"Shut up! You guys don't even know what you're talking about!" Ino huffed and stomped away, "You can take care of that stupid baby!" she screeched back at them. And then secretly whipped out a Polaroid camera and a pair of scissors and ran off to find Sasuke.

Yeesh. What a creeper.

"Well, Chouji…do you want to keep it?" Shikamaru suggested.

"If that's what you want me to do Shikamaru," Chouji said evenly.

"Well, alrighty then. You can take it. I have to go do chores for my mother." Shikamaru sighed for what seemed like the millionth time that day, "See you tomorrow." He handed Chouji the flower baby and strolled off.

"I have some missions to take care of," Asuma said as he too walked off leaving Chouji all alone.

Chouji felt slightly lonely. Then he glanced down at the flower baby in his hands, and realized that he was hungry, again. So he set off for his house.

"Dad I'm home," Chouji flopped down on the couch.

"Shouldn't you be out with your team?" Chouji's dad glanced over the top of the newspaper.

"They all had other things to do," Chouji doodled on the flower baby, "is there anything to eat?"

"No, I haven't done the shopping yet," his dad replied.

Chouji sighed.

And then he did a double take at the flower baby.

A light bulb went off in his head.

The Next Day

Team Asuma met at their usual spot and patiently waited for Chouji to show up.

"Where is he? He's so late," Ino put her hands on her hips.

"It's too early," Shikamaru yawned.

"Hey guys!" Chouji ran up carrying something.

"What took you so long?" Shikamaru asked, "And what's in your arms?" he pointed at the Tupperware.

"Is that…is that a cake?" Ino asked horrified.