RLN: Sorry for the long wait. I've been taking a lot of time with these updates, haven't I? Well, I'm sorry. I have no excuses. But come on, I have a life too! Erk, I already said no excuses, didn't I? Sorry.

A reminder about my OCs (since I put in a lot):

Kita is the friendly but sometimes air-headed girl. She's usually very sensitive to other people's feelings.

Izumi is the loud girl. Unlike Kita, she doesn't really care if she hurts somebody's feelings as long as she's expressing her opinions.

Sata is the arrogant girl. She and Izumi usually fight a lot.

Amaya is the girl who's been in practically the entire story, if you don't know who she is then I apologize. It must be terrible to have the memory of a goldfish.

Aiya is the person who's supposed to take care of Gaara and his siblings while their father is gone. She's the really perky one that Gaara usually wants to kill.

Chapter 16: Activities

Tap. Tap. Tap.

Naruto watched the clock with sleepy eyes, tapping his pencil impatiently. A new day of school at Konoha High had started. It was first period, and already Naruto was on the verge of falling asleep.

Must…stay…awake, Naruto thought to himself as his eyelids began to droop. He tried to keep himself awake. He glanced around the room. It was nothing too unusual. Two girls were passing notes to each other, a boy was playing his Nintendo DS in secrecy, another kid was sleeping and the new girl who was sitting next to the sleeping boy tried to stay away from his drool, other students were doodling on their hands and notebooks but most students were just daydreaming.

Naruto smiled slightly. At least he wasn't the only bored one.

(- - -)

"Ino! Ino!" Tenten pushed through a small group of preppy girls that just HAD to stand side by side and take up the hallway. Tenten made a gasp for air when she made it through. Ino waited (im)patiently for Tenten. The brunette approached her. "You will not believe what I just heard about you!"

"Wait, first off, is it good?" asked Ino.

"No," said Tenten.

"Shit," Ino swore.

"Ami's spreading rumors about you!" Tenten exclaimed.

"How'd you find out?" Ino asked.

"Somebody told me."

"Who?" Ino shrieked.

"Okay, this will take a minute." Tenten took a deep breath. "Okay, so Ami told Fuki who told Kasumi who told Masashi who told his twin Seishi who told Junko who told Chie who told Noriaki who Mari-Sukiko who told Yuzuki who told Shinji who told Yoichi who Ichigo who told me…" Tenten took a breath for air, as she did when she was pushing through the line of preps. "That you're not a virgin and slept with three different guys." (1)

"WHAT?" Ino screamed. "That's not true! And on top of that, that girl does not know how to crush a girl's reputation! Sleeping with guys… what a cliché rumor! That girl has no originality or imagination!" The blond crossed her arms.

"Well, as stupid as it is, people are buying it!" said Tenten, rolling her eyes. "Some people are even saying you slept with six different guys…"

"There is no way people are actually going to believe—"

"Ino, is it true?" A preppy girl with long hair and way too much makeup came running up to Ino. "Is it true, that you had sex with two guys? At once?"

Ino looked at Tenten. "Oh yeah," said Tenten quietly. "I forgot to mention that, too."

Ino's eyes narrowed. She looked back at the other girl. "No, it's not true."

"Well, that's not what I heard," the girl said. "Ami said—"


"But, I heard—"

"Go away!" Ino and Tenten ordered in unison.

The girl just rolled her eyes and walked away.

"Well," said Ino with a heavy sigh. "I've hit rock bottom with my social life. It certainly can't get any worse than this."

"I guess this would be a bad time to point out the rumors going on about Sakura and Temari…" Tenten said, staring down at her feet nervously.

"WHAT?" Ino exclaimed, erupting so badly that Tenten was afraid of possibly ending up like the people of Pompeii. "What are they saying?"

"Well, Ami told Fuki who told Kasumi who—"

"WILL YOU CUT THAT OUT?" snapped Ino.

"Okay, okay. Sheesh," said Tenten, staring at Ino with wide eyes. "Well, apparently, people are saying Sakura's a lesbian and Temari flirts with teachers."

"That's not true, either!" Ino protested. "Sakura is not a lesbian!"

There was a brief pause. The two stood in silence, staring at each other.

"Uhm, aren't you going to defend Temari?"

"She flirted with that one guy who was in college to become a teacher. That's pretty damn close, in my opinion," Ino said, shrugging. Tenten sighed heavily. "Anyways, we must eliminate these rumors!"

"We can't! Rumors are like diseases. It spreads too quickly!"

And you know kids, she's right. People are hurt by rumors, and once they spread it's very hard to get rid of. Remember, repeating gossip is bad, so be sure to speak loudly the first time.

"Well," said Tenten quietly. "What's your plan on stopping the rumors?"

An awkward silence filled the air.

"Uhm," said Ino. "I thought you had one."

Tenten slapped her forehead.

(- - -)

"Well, I've only read the first couple of chapters, but I have to say, it sucks," said Naruto.

Naruto was currently in English, discussing the book with his project partner, the scary kid with a strange obsession with hating chickens.

By the way, I know I shouldn't say this, but I think I made it painfully obvious this chicken hating project partner is Gaara. If you haven't realized that by now, I apologize for ruining the 'surprise'.

So basically, from now on, I'll refer to him as Gaara.

Don't like it? Deal with it.

I'm also looking forward to reading the flames I'll get for writing like this. By 'like this' I mean writing like I'm talking directly to you, which is 'breaking the fourth wall' and isn't 'formal writing'. Anyways, yay for flames! You flamers make my day, with those grammar and spelling errors in your hate mail…

Naruto continued talking about the book. "I mean, the main character's just a psycho. He kills people to fill up the void in his life. All these innocent people die just because he doesn't feel good enough. And he doesn't care about anyone, not even his siblings. He even tried to kill them! I just don't get it."

Gaara shrugged nonchalantly. "Makes sense to me," he said, his voice sounding blunt and bored.

Naruto just shook his head.

(- - -)

"I swear to whatever supernatural being that's out there that I'm going to slap the next person that gives me a funny look," Sakura whispered to Amaya, who was sitting a couple of seats away from her.

"I know. What's their problem anyways?" Amaya whispered back.

"Girls!" Amaya and Sakura both looked up at Kurenai, who was scowling at them. "Unless you have something important to say, stay quiet. This is the second time I caught you two talking today. Do it one more time and by the time I get finished with you, you won't be able to speak at all! Now be quiet!"

And with that, Kurenai went back to teaching the lesson. Sakura and Amaya both rolled their eyes.

Amaya quietly ripped out a piece of paper from her notebook. She put it on her lap and wrote a message on the paper before folding it up into a square. She glanced up to look at the teacher, who was currently writing down notes on the board. Making sure she wasn't paying attention, she held it out for Shino, who was sitting diagonally from her.

"Psst! Shino! Pass this to Sakura!" Amaya whispered. Shino stared at her for a moment before taking the note from her and—making sure that Kurenai was busy—passed it onto Sakura.

Sakura held the note in her lap and unfolded it. Squinting her eyes so she could decipher the scribbled 'chicken scratch' known as Amaya's handwriting, she finally managed to read it.

What do you suppose is bothering them?

Sakura started writing down a reply, while Amaya fidgeted, hoping they wouldn't get caught.

When Sakura finished writing, she looked up to make sure Kurenai wasn't looking. Kurenai was still writing on the board, so Sakura tapped Shino, who sat behind her.

"Pass it to Amaya," she whispered. Shino, who had just started to copy the notes, stopped so he could pass down the note to Amaya. After she received it, Shino went back to writing down his notes.

"Thanks," Sakura whispered, and then waited for Amaya's response.

Amaya frowned when she compared Sakura's neat handwriting to her own. Regardless, Amaya continued reading Sakura's reply.

I dunno. Whatever it is, it's starting to get on my nerves. I swear I'm going to beat the next person who looks at me like I'm carrying a disease. I don't care if I have to knock the snot out of every kid in this school.

Amaya grinned as she thought of a witty response. She jotted it down and then reached over and tapped Shino's shoulder.

Shino, once again, stopped copying down the notes. Amaya frowned when she noticed Shino looked slightly irritated when he turned around. Either way, she passed the note to Shino who passed it onto Sakura.

Sakura took the note and held it in her hands as she waited for Kurenai to finish her lecture. Kurenai spoke for a moment or two, explaining the notes she wrote on the board, before going back to write some more facts for the class.

Sakura looked down at the paper and almost laughed aloud when she read Amaya's response.

Whoa there. No need to get crazy, Tom.

Sakura bit her bottom lip as she thought of a reply. She wrote it down and then passed it to Shino (who really just gave up on copying down the notes altogether) who passed it to Amaya.

Amaya unfolded it.

I can't really help it. I hate it when people talk about me behind my back.

And so, the process went on again. Amaya wrote down her response and passed into an annoyed Shino who passed in onto Sakura.

Sakura read the note.

Uhm, who does?

Sakura was going to reply with 'Nobody, obviously' but then suddenly a shadow loomed over her. Sakura looked up slowly and saw Kurenai. Sakura laughed nervously, but went silent when Kurenai snatched the paper out of her hand.

Amaya and Sakura both gulped but, thankfully, Kurenai didn't read it. She just threw it into the wastebasket. The two girls look at each other, relieved, but not as content as Shino looked, knowing he wouldn't have to be a messenger anymore.

(- - -)

After science class, Sakura walked out in the hall. She said her goodbyes to Amaya, since their lockers were in different directions.

Sakura pushed her way through crowds of people and tried to divert her attention away from the eyes that were staring at her and the voices that whispered, talking about her. Sakura rolled her eyes, and seemed to brush it off, but deep down she was feeling a little discouraged. It was clear that these people were gossiping about her, and Sakura already had troubles with bullies when she was little. Well, that was until Ino took befriended her.

She turned around a corner and she saw Sasuke down the hall. She ran to meet up with him, but was pushed aside by someone from behind.


Sakura stopped and stared blankly at Ami, who was currently on her way towards Sasuke.

Sasuke turned around and saw Ami running towards him, he began to walk faster, but the purple-haired girl caught up to him.

"Sasuke, there you are!"

THAT LITTLE TRAMP! Sakura clenched her fist, cracking the pencil that was in her hand in half. Half of the pencil hit a guy who was standing nearby.

"SHIT!" he screamed. Sakura didn't pay any attention to him.

Sakura was about to stomp over and scream at Ami, but realized that if she acted that way around Sasuke, his opinion about her would drop.

Well, drop further, anyways, Sakura thought, rolling her eyes.

So she decided to play it cool. She started continue walking down the hall, as though nothing was bothering her.

"Hi Sasuke," Ami said. Sasuke came close to groaning out loud.

"What do you want?" Sasuke asked, apparently annoyed. Ami seemed to not notice Sasuke's annoyed demeanor.

"Nothing, I just wanted to ask you something," Ami said. Sasuke was about to reply with a smartass comment, but Ami continued talking. "Is it true you were walking with Haruno Sakura yesterday?"

"Yeah," said Sasuke, hoping that'd kill the conversation.

It didn't.

Poor Sasuke!

Ami did seem a bit upset though. "Well, you do know she's a lesbian, right?"

Sakura, who had just passed them, overheard that. She froze in her spot and blinked twice. That's why everybody was talking about her? Because of some stupid rumor Ami made up?

"WHAT?" Sakura shrieked, turning around. Ami jumped from the volume of the pink-haired girl's voice. Sakura stomped towards them. "WHY, YOU LITTLE—"

"Sakura, there you are," said Sasuke. Sakura was startled by Sasuke's response.

"Huh?" she said dumbly. Ami shared the same dumb look.

"Your locker's over there, right?" Sasuke said. He grabbed Sakura by the arm and started escorting the dumbfounded Sakura away from the even more shocked Ami.

Sakura finally managed to recover from shock. "Uhm, Sasuke, what are you doing?"

"Getting away from Ami. Just cooperate with me," Sasuke muttered.

"Oh, uhm, okay," said Sakura. She looked down at Sasuke's hand, which was holding her wrist. Her face turned red. Then she glanced over her shoulder and saw Ami staring at them with a look of pure shock. Sakura smiled and then winked at Ami, who then looked outraged.

(- - -)

Amaya, Chouji and Shikamaru were all standing in a hallway with nothing but lockers and a couple of water fountains. Kiba approached the three with an irritated look on his face.

"You know what I don't get?" Kiba said.

"I don't have time to list everything," said Amaya with a sigh.

"Ha-ha, very funny," said Kiba sarcastically.

"But very true," said Chouji, nodding. Then he and Amaya laughed. Kiba glared at them.

"What are you guys doing over here anyways?" asked Kiba, changing the topic. "Your classes are all separated."

"Yeah," said Chouji. "But I have to copy the homework answers for Social Studies from Amaya."

"Trust me Chouji," said Kiba. "Turn it in late. You'll get a better grade."

Instead of yelling at him, Amaya just grinned. "Touché. But actually, I just asked Sakura for the answers last hour."

"…Then can I have the answers too?"

"Yeah," said Amaya. "Go ahead." She pulled out the homework papers from out of her notebook. "Anyways, Kiba, what were trying to say?"

"Oh yeah," said Kiba. "You know what I don't get?"

"We've been through that already," said Chouji.

Kiba frowned. "Just play along."

"Okay, okay," said Chouji, rolling his eyes. "What?"

"I don't get why we have all these stupid new rules," said Kiba, as he began to copy down answers on the worksheets.

"What new stupid rules?" asked Shikamaru, raising an eyebrow.

"You know, the one where we all have to participate in at least one school activity," said Kiba. Chouji and Amaya stopped copying the answers to look up at Kiba, shocked. Shikamaru was surprised too. "Like sports and stuff. All the teams at this school suck anyways. It's not like—"

"Whoa, wait… I never heard that rule!" said Chouji.

"Well… it's new. And there's a bunch of other ones as well."

"Like what?" said Amaya.

"Who cares about that? Let's get back on the sports subject. Does EVERYBODY have to join?" said Shikamaru, looking slightly concerned.

"Well… not just sports. We have to join something like music or different clubs. If we don't, they'll close them down."

"Oh," said Shikamaru. He then shrugged. "Who cares, then? Let them close it down."

"Well, I know Tenten's not going to be happy to hear about this," said Amaya. "She loves sports."

"Sports are a waste of time," said Shikamaru sighing. "Who wants to watch a bunch of guys roll around on the floor with each other? Or tackle each other for a stupid pig-skin? It doesn't get any gayer than that."

"Well, we have to join something. Our school's broke so they don't want to spend money on clubs nobody's going to join," said Kiba. "I'm going to start looking after school."

"I don't see why it HAS to be a rule," Shikamaru grumbled.

"There's a bunch of other stupid ones. Did you know no animals are allowed?" said Kiba.

"Kiba," said Amaya, frowning. "That was always a rule."

"Yeah, and it still pisses me off!" Kiba exclaimed. "No food is allowed." Chouji gasped somewhat over dramatically. "No gum chewing's allowed and you're not allowed to swear…"

Amaya's eyes narrowed. "Those assholes."

"…There's a bunch of other stupid ones."

"When did they make these rules?" Chouji asked.

"Just recently. You can find them posted everywhere."

"Well, this sucks," said Shikamaru.

"Yeah…" said Kiba. "We should do something about it."

"Yeah, we could take action," said Amaya.

"From now on, instead of just standing around talking about it, we'll start to take action!" said Chouji. (2)

"Yeah! Instead of just discussing it, we'll do something about it," said Kiba.

"Exactly, so let's have a discussion about how we can start stopping them," said Shikamaru.

"Right," they all said at the same time.

And so, they all began talking about how they should take action instead of just standing around and talking.

Interesting, huh?

(- - -)

Everyone has been in at least one situation where they find themselves forced to making a decision that is bad, and the only way out had consequences that were no better than taking the other option.

Naruto was in the middle of one of those situations. He could either starve for an hour or eat the cafeteria food made by women who had more arm-hair than him.

Naruto moved up the lunch-line nervously. He was about to grab a tray when suddenly a big woman scooped up part of the main entrée and dumped in on a student's tray. Naruto's eyes widened as he stared at the goopy gray muck that was served. Suddenly losing his appetite, Naruto immediately went to the table where Shikamaru, Chouji and Kiba were all sitting.

"No lunch?" asked Chouji.

Naruto snorted. "Would you eat that?"

Chouji thought for a moment, and then nodded. "Yeah, good point."

"Wait, you mean there is something you wouldn't eat?" said Kiba, disbelievingly. "And for a second, I thought you were a vacuum…"

Chouji's eyes narrowed. "What do you mean by that?" he asked in a scary voice.

Kiba blinked twice. "Oh…uhm, nothing," he said, coughing.

Conversations continued at the table. Hinata approached the table. Her heart began thumping when she realized there was an open seat next to Naruto. She anxiously took the seat, even though she was sure she wouldn't be able to say a single word to him. She was just too nervous around him.

Amaya came to the table next and sat next to Hinata. She blinked twice when she realized Hinata was staring at Naruto with large eyes.

"Uhm, Hinata?"

No response.

"Hinata?" Amaya said a bit louder, Hinata jumped slightly and turned around to face Amaya. "Are you okay?"

Before Hinata could respond, a loud clacking noise came from the end of the table. Everyone turned their attention to the noise and saw Ino, who had slammed her tray on the lunch table. Behind her were Sakura, Tenten and Temari, all of whom were looking nervous.

They all stared at each other for a moment.

"Why is she here?" Kiba whispered.

"I don't know. Maybe if we stare longer she'll go away," Chouji whispered back.

Ino's eyebrow twitched. "Do you guys seriously believe I can't hear you?"

"I think they're just trying to drop a hint," said Shikamaru. "Such as: GO AWAY."

Ino huffed. "Ami won't let us sit at her table, so we need to sit here."

Shikamaru rolled his eyes. "Boo-hoo. Let me play the world's smallest violin for you."

Ino's face turned slightly red. "It's not like I want to sit here, y'know."

"Then don't," Shikamaru countered, his eyes narrowing.

Ino glared at him. "I don't have a choice. This is the only table left."

"Too bad."

Ino gave a frustrated growl. "You are so annoying."

"Oh please. If anyone's annoying, it's you."

Ino scoffed. "Yeah, I'm so annoying," she said sarcastically.

"Shikamaru, just let them sit here," Amaya said.

"Why should I?"

Amaya's eyes narrowed. "Because I said so."

"Don't get in the middle of it," said Kiba. "It doesn't really concern you anyways."

"Yes it does. I know them," Amaya protested.

"I'm going to sit here whether you like it or not!" Ino snapped, ignoring Amaya and Kiba.

"No you're not," Shikamaru said firmly, his eyebrows furrowed.

"What's going to stop me? You? Oh please. Get real."

"'Get real'? You're the fakest person I know!" Shikamaru snorted. "'Get real'…" he grumbled.

"But still, nothing can stop me from sitting here," Ino said, pointing her nose in the air.

"You're not sitting here! I don't care if I have to force Chouji to eat the chairs in order to prevent you from sitting here! You're not sitting by us and that's final!" snapped Shikamaru.

Ino sent a glare of defiance before taking a seat at the table. Shikamaru gaped at her. Temari, Tenten and Sakura glanced at each other before awkwardly sitting down.

Shikamaru looked as if he was going to say something, but realized he had already filled his argument quota. He simply shut his mouth and glared at the table.

The tension eased slightly, and the girls began talking to each other.

You know what this means right?


"So anyways," said Sakura. "Ino, did you hear about those rumors Ami's spreading?"

Ino's eyes narrowed. "You bet I do." She scoffed. "She's so annoying. She can not spread a rumor."

Sakura's eyebrows rose. "So it doesn't bother you?"

"Not at all," said Ino. "The only thing that bothers me is that people at our school are actually stupid enough to believe it."

"Ami's just a bitch," said Tenten, shrugging. "Ignore her."

"No, no, no," said Temari. "That's not what you do. By spreading rumors about you, she's practically asking for war. If she's asking for a fight, then it's a fight you'll give her." Temari shrugged. "She's such a wimp anyways… spreading rumors…Ha! If she wants to say something she should say it to your face."

Tenten stared blankly. "Isn't that just giving Ami more attention?"

Temari shrugged. "I guess. But I dunno. If I was in that sort of situation, I'd do something about it. Why, you ask? Because revenge is a bitch, that's why."

"Oh!" Sakura said suddenly. "Speaking of revenge, guess what happened to me?"

"What?" Amaya asked.

Sakura grinned. "Sasuke held my hand today."

Temari laughed lightly. "Ha, yeah right."

"Are you sure that's what happened, Sakura?" Hinata asked, trying not to sound too skeptical.

"I don't get it," said Tenten. "What does that have to do with revenge?"

"I just wanted to announce it as pay back for Ino."

Ino's eyes narrowed. "For what?"

"That time you were bragging for an entire week because you lent Sasuke your pencil in math."

Ino scoffed. "So? I would barely call that revenge."

"I made physical contact with him. Unless his hand brushed against yours when you oh-so-romantically handed your pencil to him, then I would consider my moment ahead of yours."

Amaya shrugged. "I still don't get what you guys see in him. Yeah, he's hot, but… I dunno. I guess I don't like emo guys."

"Sasuke's not emo!" Ino snapped. "He plays sports and he's popular! He's more like a jock."

Tenten burst into hysterical laughter. "Sasuke? A jock?"

Sakura thought for a moment. "I kind of agree with Amaya. I don't think he's emo though. I think he's more… alternative, I guess is the word. But basically, that's just as hot."

"It isn't hot!" Ino snapped. "Emo people are whiny and wimpy!"

"I guess he really is emo," Temari muttered, but not loud enough for anyone to hear.

"That's why I didn't say he was emo," Sakura said. "I said he was more alternative."

"That's the same thing!" Ino snapped.

"Actually it's not," said Amaya. "Besides, you're both wrong. He's definitely not a jock. And alternative people wear band shirts, Sakura. Sasuke is not alternative. I think he's punk."

"I've yet to see Sasuke mosh," said Ino, rolling her eyes.

"Actually," said Temari. "Did you ever see the look in his eyes when he's stuck in a large crowd? I was next to him one time when we were in a crowd and I swear it looked like he was going to elbow someone."

"…Why are we arguing about this?" Tenten asked no one in particular. It didn't matter, because nobody listened to her.

…As usual. Poor Tenten.

"I'm telling you guys, he's a jock! He has to be! Popular girls can only date jocks, if Sasuke's not a jock, then I can't go out with him!" Ino protested. "Besides, Sasuke has muscles."

"What makes you say that?" said Tenten, raising an eyebrow.

"I've seen him with his shirt off."

"You have not."

"I did. And he had muscles, lots of them."

Suddenly, there was a loud clatter at the end of the table. All the girls looked and saw the boys were missing from the table.

"Hinata, where are the guys going?" Amaya asked, as she stared at the guys who were running towards the exit.

"I think they said they were going to step out into the hall… I'm not sure; I couldn't hear them all that well."

Amaya raised an eyebrow. "You couldn't? Why?"

"Well," Hinata said slowly. "It was hard to hear them because they were laughing really hard about something…"

( - - - )

It was after school. Normally, Naruto would have detention for the mishap with Sasuke, but Tsunade allowed him as long as he joined an activity. He still had to do detention the next day, though.

"Are you guys ready to join for stupid sports?!" Kiba exclaimed loudly. Naruto, Shikamaru, Chouji, Hinata and Amaya just stared at him. "Yeah, I was thinking the same thing," Kiba said with a sigh.

Amaya pulled out a pamphlet that had all the school's activities. "What should we start with?"

"Uhm, anything besides sports teams…" Shikamaru said.

"Okay. There's music on here."

"We don't know anything about music," Chouji protested.

"Well," Amaya said. "I'm sure they teach us. Besides, you can be excused from classes to practice and there's a trip where you can play on a cruise. That'll be cool."

"Yeah," said Kiba. "Especially the 'skipping classes' part."

"Agreed," said Naruto.

"Alright then! To the music room!" Amaya declared, pointing her finger at the ceiling.

"…Amaya, why are you pointing?" Hinata asked.

"Because it's upstairs. Now, let's go!"

( - - - )

The music teacher crossed her arms and narrowed her eyes at the group. "It's too late to join. You have to have experience in music to join now."

"I told you," Chouji muttered under his breath. Amaya ignored him.

"Well, I'm sure it would be easy to learn if we worked hard…" Hinata said tentatively.

The music teacher glared at her. "Oh really? Do you know anything about music? Do you know the proper notes? Do you know any scales? Or the difference between an F-natural and an F-sharp? Do you know the proper bow hold? Do you know dynamics like piano or forte? Do you even know what presto means?"

There was a silence.

"I know Prego is a type of spaghetti sauce!" Chouji declared loudly.

( - - - )

"I know Prego is a type of spaghetti sauce!" Kiba mocked, as the group walked out of the music room. Chouji pouted and said nothing.

"Well," said Naruto. "What's next, Amaya?"

"Uhm, there's the math club."

Everyone stared at her.

"OH YEAH, GUYS! THE MATH CLUB! HARDCORE!" Kiba said sarcastically. Amaya frowned.

"Hey, I'm just reading what I see."

"Well, what else is there?" Naruto said, rolling his eyes.

"Chess team."

There was a short silence.

"Might as well," said Shikamaru.

"Go right ahead," said Kiba, shrugging. "But I'll pass."

"We'll go with you while you sign up," said Naruto.

( - - - )

"Wow. It's a wonder why nobody joined—this place is awesome," Kiba said sarcastically.

The entire room was empty except for a couple of nerds, a bored looking teacher and a couple of quiet girls that were practically hiding in the corner.

"Yeah," said Naruto. "This place is as hardcore as the math club." Kiba grinned.

Shikamaru shrugged. "I have to join something."

"Yeah, you might as well join this. You're good at logical games like chess," Chouji said.

"Chouji, why don't you join up as well?" Amaya said.

"Why? I can't play."

"Well… unless you want to do sports, I don't think any of these activities really suit you…"

Chouji shrugged. "Whatever."

The group approached the desk where the teacher sat. The teacher was half-asleep. He didn't say anything. Shikamaru coughed loudly. The teacher jumped out of his drowsiness.

"Oh. Hey," he said.

"…Uhm, I'm here to join," said Shikamaru said, staring at him like he was crazy.

"Me too," said Chouji.

"Oh yeah. Just fill these out."

As Shikamaru and Chouji began filling the papers, Naruto looked around the room. He saw the group of girls and noticed they were staring at him. Naruto raised an eyebrow and waved awkwardly at them. They immediately blushed and turned away, talking and giggling with each other. Naruto just stood there, staring blankly. He then looked over at Hinata. He noticed she was staring as well, but the minute he looked at her, she looked away.

Naruto just turned away, his eyebrows raised. He self-consciously ran a hand across his face. Did he have some dirt on his face or something?

( - - - )

"Well, I joined my activity. See you guys later," said Shikamaru.

"Wait, you mean you're going to ditch us?" Amaya said, appalled.

"Well, yeah," said Chouji. Amaya was at loss for words. "See you guys later!"

The two left.

"Well that sucks!" Kiba snapped.

"I'm sure they have something important to do," Hinata said, trying to be the understanding one.

"Well, let's move on," said Amaya. She looked through the pamphlet. "Most of these clubs are academic… Unless you guys want to join theatre."

Kiba's eyes narrowed. "I'm not running around in tights."

"Why?" said Amaya, raising an eyebrow. "It's not like you can't get any gayer than you are now, even with the tights."

"You're just saying that because you want to see a bunch of guys run around in tights."

"Actually, I do," said Amaya, smiling. "I might join."

Kiba stared at her. "You're sick."

"No, I'm a girl." Kiba muttered something along the lines of 'could've fooled me'. Amaya then looked at Hinata. "Come on, Hinata. Join with me!"

"Don't do it Hinata!"

Hinata glanced at Amaya, then Kiba. "Uhm…"

Naruto laughed. "I can't believe you guys are forcing her to choose."

"Fine," said Amaya, crossing her arms. "I'll join by myself."

"There's got to be something else on there besides academic clubs," said Kiba, snatching the pamphlet from Amaya's hand. Kiba skimmed through it. He began murmuring the names of the clubs. The rest of the group listened.

"Wait," said Amaya. "What was that last one?"

"Creative writing?"

"Hinata, I bet you could join that!" Amaya said.

Naruto raised an eyebrow. "You write?"

Hinata blushed. "Well, I…"

"Okay, so Amaya's joining theatre and Hinata's joining creative writing," said Kiba. He looked at Naruto. "What the hell are we going to sign up for?"

Naruto shrugged. "Beats me. What else is there?"

"Nothing. Most of them are just stupid sports."

Amaya laughed. "Join a sport. Then you guys can become jocks and we'll all laugh at you."

"Ha, ha. Very funny," said Kiba, rolling his eyes.

"I don't think we have much of a choice," said Naruto, frowning. "Besides, it's not like we really have to do anything…"

"Uhm, except practice," said Amaya, rolling her eyes.

"Actually we don't have to. We'll end up on the bench anyways," said Kiba. Amaya stared, appalled.

"Guys, I was joking. You don't seriously have to sign up for sports."

"Do we have a choice?" said Naruto, raising an eyebrow. "It's a school rule."

"So? You're going to end up being on a team filled with people you hate and don't like!"

Kiba shrugged. "We don't have to play any games; all we have to do is go to stupid practices. And if we sign up for the same team, we won't be entirely alone."

Amaya shook her head. "You guys can't be serious."

"Can't you get really good scholarships for joining?" said Naruto, raising an eyebrow.

"Stop! Guys, just… stop!" Amaya said. "Are you guys even listening to yourselves? Do you have any idea what kind of people are one sports teams? They're guys like… Sasuke and…" Amaya paused. She sighed heavily. "Look, just… don't do it!" Amaya looked at Hinata. "Please, Hinata. Put some sense into their head."

Hinata bit her bottom lip, unsure about what to say.

(After all, Naruto running around all sweaty was very drool-worthy.)

"I think you guys should do what you think is best."

"WHAT?" Amaya screamed. She growled. "I don't know you people anymore! Just wait—in three months you'll be them."

"Says who? We're just signing up so we won't get expelled and it's not like we'll be on our own."

"Great. Just wonderful." She sighed heavily. "I don't care anymore. Go ahead! Get brainwashed!"

Naruto and Kiba glanced at each other. They shrugged. "Okay."

Amaya's jaw dropped.

"I hate you two."

They just grinned.

"Well, what are you going to sign up for?" Hinata asked.

Kiba opened the pamphlet and looked through it.

"Say 'football' and I'll kill myself," Amaya said.

"No, it's too late for that anyways," said Kiba.

"The only upcoming sport is basketball. Then there's baseball, but that's not until spring."

"Then I guess our choice is made," said Naruto.

"No. You guys are not joining basketball."

"Isn't Lee on the team?" Kiba asked.

"I think he mentioned it," Naruto said.

"Guys!" Amaya screamed. "Basketball is like… our school's obsession!" The boys didn't seem to be listening to her.

"We don't need to audition for it, do we?" asked Naruto.

"I don't think so."

"Stop! Before I hurt myself, stop!"

"I think it's open for anyone to join," Kiba continued, ignoring Amaya. "But that doesn't automatically mean we get to play in games."

Naruto shrugged. "I'm fine with sitting on the bench—as long as we're signed up for something, I don't care."


"Just wait, you're going to be brainwashed by all the jocks," said Amaya. She crossed her arms. "It's only a matter of time…"

Naruto raised an eyebrow. "What do you suggest we sign up for?"

Amaya stuttered. "Well, I…I don't know!"

"Exactly," said Kiba. "We just need to sign up for something. It's not like we're going to be at enough practices and games to be 'brainwashed' anyways."

"We're just going so we have an activity," Naruto said. "Everything else is boring, stupid or gay."

"Or all of the above."


Amaya frowned crossly. "Fine. Do whatever the hell you want. But if your IQ drops fifty points, don't blame me. I warned you."

"Actually Amaya, that's not possible," said Kiba, grinning. "According to you, my IQ is so low it can't drop by fifty points."

Naruto grinned. "Exactly."

Amaya glared at them. "Don't try turning that into a good thing."

"Really. It's no big deal," said Kiba, sighing. "The worst thing is that we're going to be on the same team as Sasuke."

"We're not going to pay any attention to him so he shouldn't pay any attention to us. We're fine."

"I just don't want you guys to turn out stupid!" Amaya said. Naruto, Kiba and Hinata stared at her. "…Well, more than usual, anyways."

"Well, it looks like we're set buddy," Kiba said to Naruto.

"Yep," said Naruto, grinning.

Amaya shook her head. "You guys are so going to regret this… I just know it."

Naruto and Kiba just smiled at her before heading down the hall.

"You guys are making a mistake!" Amaya called after them. "You'll hate yourselves for it! Just wait and see!" Naruto and Kiba ignored her, and before long, they were turned a corner and were out of sight. Amaya glared at Hinata. Hinata fidgeted with her fingers, unsure of why Amaya was giving her that angry look. "Thanks for the support, Hinata!" Amaya said sarcastically before storming off.

Hinata stood there in shock, but then shrugged.

Sure, Amaya was angry at her, but it'd all be worth it to see Naruto running around all sweaty…

End of Chapter

RLN: …Hinata's a pervert. xD

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Also, this chapter was about 23 pages. OMG RECORD. And because it's incredibly long, I didn't fix EVERY SINGLE mistake, so yeah.

(1) "Okay, this will take a minute." Tenten took a deep breath. "Okay, so Ami told Fuki who told Kasumi who told Masashi who told his twin Seishi who told Junko who told Chie who told Noriaki who Mari-Sukiko who told Yuzuki who told Shinji who told Yoichi who Ichigo who told me…" Tenten took a breath for air, as she did when she was pushing through the line of preps. "That you're not a virgin and slept with three different guys." For those of you who didn't realize it, this was actually a reference to a lot of things, such as other manga-ka, voice actors, and different characters from different manga.

(2) "From now on, instead of just standing around talking about it, we'll start to take action!" said Chouji. All credit for this joke goes to Monty Python's Life of Brian.