A/N: Hope you like my story!
Bold Inner Sakura speech
Started: June 27, 2005
Draft Finished: June, 30, 2005
Disclaimer: The characters and names of Naruto characters are own by Kishimoto Masashi-sensei. The plot belongs to me.
Parings: SasuSaku, NaruHina, NejiTen, Slight InoShika
Summary: An unexpected thing happens one morning leaving the people of Konoha in a childlike state. What do you get when you have 4 Teams; 8 boys, 4 girls, 4 teachers, 2 loudmouths, and 1 pissed off Hokage? You get . . .
"The Chibi Problem"
The village of Konoha was a peaceful village. The sun is out shining, the sky is blue, and not a gray cloud was in the sky. Clean, clear blue water flows in the river below the bridge where the genins of Team 7 usually meet.
On the bridge, a girl with short pink hair against the railings with her eyes closed. The hitai-ate on her head is tied behind the bubblegum bangs that revealed her 'abnormal' forehead. She fiddled with the zipper on her collar, pulling it up and down revealing the fishnet shirt she wore under it. It was a hot day and the slits of her red dress were not helping her cool off even though she had shorts on.
Not far from her, a boy her age with raven hair and the heartthrob of Konoha, stared at the rushing water below them. His long black bangs partly covered his obsidian eyes as he stood there with his arms crossed. The Uchiha was wearing the same thing he would always wear, a blue shirt with a wide collar and a pair of white shorts. The crest of his clan is shown on the back of the shirt and his hitai-ate is tied around his forehead. Hearing the girl next to him sigh, he turned his attention to her.
"Where the heck is Naruto?" Sakura said out loud.
It was worst enough that they had to wait for hours for their sensei to show up. Now the tardiness has started to rub off to Naruto.
"He's probably stuffing his face with ramen! SHANNARO! WHEN HE GETS HERE, HE IS GOING TO HAVE A PIECE OF MY MIND! WHERE THE HELL IS KAKASHI-SENSEI ANYWAY?" Inner Sakura screamed.
There was still no sign of their teammate or their sensei. The yellow orb in the sky radiated more heat as they continue to stand on the bridge on this very warm day. Sakura's gaze drifted absent-mindly to her watch. It read 11:00 A.M.
The two genins has waited for five hours! They had been there since six o' clock in the morning and were getting really tired. Murmurs of 'I have better things to do' came from the male team mate besides her followed by curses she couldn't make out. Sighing again, Sakura looked to the sky. The beautiful day was going to be wasted by standing here on the bridge. Well, at least she wasn't alone. She was with Uchiha Sasuke. Although she had been rejected a lot of times from him, she was still happy to be on the same team as him. Now a days, Sakura tries to train harder to complete her mission instead of running behind the Uchiha and ask him on dates. They were a team, Naruto, Sasuke and her, and she was satisfied with that. Besides teammates, they were friends, and that brings them closer together. A moment later, a voice called out her name.
"Sakura-chan! Sakura-chan!" Without question it was Naruto. He always had called her 'Sakura-chan.' Turning to scold at him for being as late as their sensei, Sakura opened her eyes, but widen them in disbelief.
"Huh? Naruto?" said Sakura confusingly. Looking in the direction of the source of the voice, she couldn't believe what she had saw.
She expected to see the energetic blond running up to the bridge, but instead it was a little boy with the same whiskers on his cheeks, only shorter.
"Sasuke-kun," the petal hair colored girl said unsurely. "Is that Naruto?" In their view, a short blond dressed in clothes that were WAY bigger than his size should be. Despite his clothes, his spiky blond hair resembles Naruto.
"Sakura-chan! It's me, Naruto!" the child said.
Sasuke scoffed at his rival. "Stop playing tricks Dobe, and change back."
"Sasuke-teme! This isn't a trick! I don't know what happened!" yelled Naruto. He was still short but his voice hadn't change THAT much. Though his height changed dramatically, his appearance looked like Naruto, except younger.
"Did you use Henge no Ninjutsu, Naruto?" asked Sakura annoyed with her hands on her hips. "Is this some kind of lame excuse for being late? Naruto, you're worst than Kakashi-sensei!" Sakura pointed at him accusingly. Sure, he was not very good at Henge no Ninjutsu, but he has grown to master it over the years. Heck, he did master Kage Bunshin no Ninjutsu in a night.
"Of course not! Hey! How can I, the future Hokage, be the one with the lame excuse! This isn't an excuse, I swear!" The frustrated genin shouted with his hands waving around underneath the orange jumpsuit.
"Dobe," said Sasuke as he folded his arms in front of his chest.
Sakura walked up to Naruto and pulled on his cheek. "Are you sure you can't change back?" she said while pulling on his whiskered cheeks.
"Oww . . . Sakura-chan. That hurts!" said the Naruto rubbing the sides of his redden face. The girl restrained herself from 'abusing' her teammate and instead knocked him hard on the head. "No, I can't! I tried using Ninjutsu and that didn't even work!" Rubbing his sore cheeks and his head with the other, Naruto looked at his two teammates. "You guys have to believe me! You wouldn't believe what I saw! The whole village is EMPTY!"
"Baka!" Sakura's brows knitted together. "How can there be no one in the village?"
"I'm telling you. There isn't anyone in the village!"
"STOP-" yelled the angry kunoichi, but was interrupted.
"Looks like the same thing happened to you too!" exclaimed someone. The three genins turned to see the pupils of Gai's team. This time, Sakura's eyes nearly came out of her sockets. Rubbing her eyes and blinking them over and over, she looked back at the genins that were standing a few feet away from them.
Rock Lee, the one who did the shouting, ran over to Team 7 as his two teammates followed behind. Sasuke smirked as he looked down on them. "Sakura-san, Sasuke-kun, Naruto-kun," he greets politely. Sakura, who still needed to recover from her state of shock, continued to stare.
"Can you please tell us what's going on!" Naruto screamed throwing his hands on top of his head. His brain was hurting from all of this stupid un-explaining problem that's happening for no reason! How can this happen in the first place! Getting very pissed at this, Naruto kicked the pole that next to him and yelped out in pain after the contact. "WHY THE FUCKING HELL! OWW . . . THIS STUPID . . . " screamed the blonde as he rubbed his toe. "WHEN I GET THIS . . . I'LL KICK THEIR . . . " On and on it went and the genins looked at the display of stupidity by the 'future Hokage.' Shaking their heads, they murmured something about 'being hopeless' and just sighed.
"What are all of you doing here?" Spoke the Uchiha prodigy.
"Our sensei told us to come here," answered Lee. "He told us over the phone, although I thought he sounded a little weird. Like when the time when were on this mission in the winter to retrieve these snow rabbits these farmers had lost because they ran off from the farm, which had a large field and all." He continued. "So we were outside trying to find the rabbits and then it started to snow and it was hard to see, right? Gai-sensei said that we should split up to find it so then we did and-"
"URUSAI, Fuzzy brows! WHY DON'T NEED YOUR WHOLE LIFE STORY! THERE IS A CRISIS HERE AS IF YOU CAN'T TELL! WE DON'T NEED TO KNOW WHY SUPER-FUZZY BROWS HAS A WEIRD VOICE!" shouted Naruto, his voice boomed through the skies as the birds flew away by the loud volume.
"Well, I-um . . . "
"Can you tell us what's going on or what?"
"We were just told to come here, baka," told the little boy with pearl orbs.
"Kawaii!" said Sakura as she approached the Hyuuga. Dressed in a navy kimono and a black obi that fitted him, his long hair was loose instead of in a low ponytail he always wore. The eyes that seem cold and hard were replaced with two big soft, innocent eyes that would melt any girls' heart.
"Get out of my face, woman!" said Neji. Ignoring the Hyuuga's demand, Sakura reached over and started to pinch his cheeks.
"You look so adorable!" she cooed, while she tug harder on his skin.
"Uchiha, get your girlfriend away from me." Neji yelled with irritation, trying to maintain his anger and from wiping out a kunai with his little hands.
Sasuke did nothing but smirked at the Hyuuga, helpless like a child. Sakura was still eyeing Neji as she went over to Ten-Ten and gave her a hug then patted on her head. The girl in buns wore a pink sleeveless Chinese fighting outfit completed with a mandarin collar. On her waist was a red slash that was in a knot, tied to the right side. The little weapon specialist raised a brow at the attention she was receiving. She felt like she was a little girl again. Ten-Ten cringed at the memories of wearing dresses and being ogled by the people on the streets of Konoha every time she was with her own mother going to the store. Thinking about them made her sick to her stomach.
The genin of Team 7 smiled as she backed away. "You are all so cute!" said Sakura. Gai's team looked at her like she was crazy. Well, Lee was blushing like mad.
"Cute! Is that all you can say! DOES THE FACT THAT WE LOOK LIKE CHILDREN SEEM CUTE TO YOU?" The Hyuuga prodigy shouted.
"Don't yell at Sakura-san, Neji." Ten-Ten said with a slight scowl on her face. The boy next to her frowned and closed his eyes.
"FINE! If she forces you to wear a pink puffy dress, don't come crying to me." Knitting her brows together, the brunette stared angrily Neji.
"Maybe you should be treating your girlfriend with some respect, Hyuuga," said Sasuke as he and Naruto walked toward them.
"I don't need some else to tell me how to see respect." The two prodigies locked their eyes in a staring contest.
"Iyo, Sasuke-kun," said Sakura, blushing slightly. "They're little after all."
"WE'RE NOT LITTLE!" shouted Neji.
"Then what do you call three little genins who look like six year olds?" backed Naruto.
"Four, Idiot." Corrected Neji.
"Damare! I'll take you on, you white eyes freak!"
"I'll kick your sorry ass and then let's see who's the idiot."
"Naruto, stop acting like one and be quiet."
"Kids shouldn't be fighting."
"WE'RE NOT KIDS!"
"Yes, you are." Sakura said towering over Gai's team.
"Height isn't everything, woman."
"I know, but you guys look like six year olds. It's just so cute."
"ONE, WOMAN, WE'RE NOT CUTE! TWO, WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU! AND THREE, WHY AREN'T YOU AND THE UCHIHA LIKE US!" said Neji, losing his cool. Now all eyes were on the two teenagers.
"Chotto matte, how come you and Sasuke-teme aren't like us, Sakura-chan?" said Naruto, realizing for the first time.
"I JUST ASKED THAT QUESTION!"
"Excuse him for being slow."
"I CAN EXCUSE ANYONE I WANT, BUT HE'S NO EXCUSE FOR AN IDIOT!"
"I'M NOT AN IDIOT, YOU WHITE EYES FREAK!"
"WHITE EYES FREAK!"
"WHITE EYES FREAK!"
"YOU BLOND! NO WONDER YOU'RE A DOBE."
"IT'S MY NATURAL HAIR COLOR! AT LEAST MINE IS SHORT LIKE ALL THE GUYS. YOU LOOK LIKE A GIRL!" Naruto pointed at the Hyuuga.
"AT LEAST I DON'T LOOK LIKE AN IDIOT!"
"FOR ALL WE KNOW, YOU'RE PROBABLY GAY!"
Neji had the last straw. The little Hyuuga launched himself onto Naruto and the two started to roll on the ground, choking each other.
"You guys stop!" said Sakura, running up to the scene and pulled the Hyuuga off of Naruto.
Blue and gasping for air, Naruto was still on the ground covered with dirt and coughing.
Neji fell to the ground with a thud, rubbing his rear from the impact. Lee, who was quite amused by his rival's attempt to beat up Naruto about the remark, helped him up to his feet.
"In any case, I know this isn't Ninjutsu. If this was Henge no Ninjutsu, it would be impossible for me because I can't use even use it," said Lee. He was standing there, still in his green spandex that apparently fitted him. His shiny bowl-cut hair style and furry brows still remained as his appearance.
"Sakura-chan, you're smart, can you tell us why we're like this?"
"How am I suppose to answer that if we don't even know what's going on!" said Sakura, who was getting irritated.
"Stop this you two! We don't have time for this!"
"He started!" said Naruto, waving frantically with his long sleeves.
"I don't care who started, but we don't have time for this. We need to know what's going on around here."
"No 'buts' Naruto."
"Sakura-san is right, Naruto-san. We need to know what's going on around here."
"What do you suggest, fuzzy brows?" Lee cringed at the nickname Team 7 had dubbed him.
"Well, maybe we should find how you guys did turn into little six year olds," said Sakura.
"I WOKE UP LIKE THIS!" yelled the blond genin. " I OPENED MY EYES AND WAS A LITTLE TIRED, OKAY, A LITTLE! THEN I GOT OUT OF BED, WENT TO BRUSH MY TEETH, TOOK A WIZZ, AND THEN I FINALLY SAW MYSELF IN THE REFLECTION, I WAS LIKE THIS!"
Sakura punched on his head, leaving a huge lump in the process. "We don't need details Naruto."
"WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH TAKING A WIZZ!" exclaimed the golden hair boy. "WHEN NATURE CALLS, YOU HAVE TO ANSWER THE CALL!" That comment earned him another hard-crushing knock on his head.
"I woke up like this also," stated Lee. "I was up at 5:00 A.M. because Gai-sensei has always said that the power of youth works best in the morning. So, I wanted to show him my power of youth and got ready to train. I went to the bathroom quietly because I didn't want to wake up my parents, you know. They worked hard and it was too early to disturb them." Looking up, Lee could see the monstrous glares he was receiving and decided to hurry along with his story. "So then I went to brush my teeth, and saw my reflection was like this."
"You guys don't know," said Sakura sadly, rubbing her temples.
"Maybe we should see the Hokage to see if she can fix this problem," suggested Ten-Ten.
"Yeah, maybe the 'Baa-chan can turn us back to normal!" Naruto grinned happily.
"Yo." Someone said. As the smoke cleared, it revealed Kakashi. The sensei of Team 7 smiled underneath his mask as he looked at the genins near the bridge.
"YOU"RE LATE!" Sakura and Naruto yelled in unison.
"Oh my GOSH!" said Sakura.
"Not you too, Kakashi-sensei!" Naruto said getting really mad.
Their 'sensei' sweat dropped as the genins looked at him. "I'm sorry I was late. You see, there was a meeting with the Hokage and we had to stay until the-"
Kakashi was cut short. The silver haired Jounin rubbed the back of his head and jumped down to them. "Well, you see-"
"Save it, Kakashi-sensei." Sakura stated.
"I want to change back now! I don't even know why this happening to me!" the blond shouted. "This isn't fair! I didn't do anything to deserve this!" A cough interrupted his rambling. "This isn't funny! If this is a joke, I swear I will kick that bastard's ass! I'm the prankster of this village!" Naruto boasted.
"Stop your whining, Dobe," said Sasuke. Naruto stuck out his tongue and turned to the lazy Jounin.
"Kakashi-sensei, you can change us back right!"
Sweat dropping, Naruto could see him being hugged to death by his female teammate. His silver hair swayed back and forth as she swung him in her embrace. The black long-sleeved shirt with red swirls on the sides of the shoulders and his pants seemed to blur at the fast movement. The hitai-ate that covered Kakashi's left eye was about to fall off any second as he held it with his gloved hands for dear life. Finally, she set him down and patted his head just like the way he had always done to her.
"You're so kawaii, sensei." Dizzy and wobblely, Kakashi tried to regain his balance.
"Aa . . . thanks," he said uneasily. Though he was still young, the 27-year-old Jounin was an eye catcher, receiving a compliment like that from his pupil seems a bit weird. Sasuke's cold stone eyes narrowed at the group. This seemed strange that Kakashi, Naruto, and Gai's team are like six year olds. Despite their appearances, they still had their minds intact. Well, almost intact, minus the Hyuuga. He LOOKED and ACTED like a child. Either way, the Hyuuga was still his rival and a worthy fighter.
"Like I was saying before, I was at a meeting with the Hokage. She told us we should all go to the Hokage Tower for another emergency rendezvous," said Kakashi, regaining his authority. "I'll meet you all there in a little while." In a proof, he was gone.
The Uchiha broke the eye staring contest with the Hyuuga, and was pulled along . . . "Stop tugging so hard," could be heard from the grumbling raven hair boy as he allowed his female teammate to drag him and Naruto to the Hokage Tower.
Following behind, Gai's team walked together with Neji taking the lead.
"Hello, anyone in there!"
"Open the door, 'Baa-san! You better not be sleeping."
Team 7 stood in front of the doors of the Hokage's office along with Gai's team. Inside the Hokage Tower, not an adult was in sight. The shinobis that would usually run around with documents, scroll, and reports with piles of paper were gone. A whisper of 'I told you so' escaped Naruto's mouth with a big grin. He was telling the truth after all. The whole Konoha village was empty.
"OPEN UP! THIS IS AN EMERGENCY!" said Naruto, pounding harshly on the door despite his size.
"Keep that up, and the door will never open," stated Neji cooly.
"I don't see you coming with any brilliant ideas, white eyes!"
"At least I'm not attacking the door like some dumb maniac!"
"Who the hell are you calling a maniac, you gay ass!"
"I'M NOT GAY!"
"Sure, that's what you want us to think!" said Naruto smugly.
"I didn't know you even know how to think, idiot! And for the last time: I'M NOT GAY!"
"Sure . . . HEY! I CAN TOO THINK!"
"Can you two just grow up!" shouted Sakura.
"Let's not start that again!"
Standing off to the side, Ten-Ten and Lee sweat dropped as they saw the angry Sakura.
"What's with all the troublesome commotion?" asked someone.
The genins present at the entrance of the office, turned to look and found Team 10 standing there.
"AHH! IT HAPPENED TO YOU TOO!" yelled Naruto.
A big silence 'DUH!' responded to his stupidity. Well, almost silence. Chouji who, despite his size, was munching on his big, super-sized bag of potato chips. Crumbs were sticking on his cheeks and bits of salt were stuck on his white clothing with the Akimichi symbol in the front. Standing next to him was Shikamaru. The Nara gazed with boredom as he approached the genins.
"Sasuke-kun!" squealed the mini-Ino. Dressed in a purple tank top and skirt that fitted her size, Ino ran up to the Uchiha prodigy, who was next to her rival. Sakura laughed as she and the others witness Ino's attempt to jump on Sasuke's back to give him a hug. Sasuke, who was grateful that he wasn't caught up in this hell of a mess, stepped behind Sakura to get out of her reach.
"Get out of my way, Forehead Girl!"
"Shut up, Ino-Pig!"
"I want to stand next to my Sasuke-kun."
"Then go ahead." Said Sakura innocently.
"Move your FAT ASS!"
"Why don't you take your fat, chubby self, out of my sight!"
"You're the one blocking my way!"
"Yeah, right! You're just too short to get past me!"
"I'm not short!"
"Yeah, you're right. You're SHORT and FAT!"
"SHUT UP, WIDE FOREHEAD GIRL!"
"How troublesome," said Shikamaru. In the background he could still hear the girls biting each other's heads off and trying to pull their hair. The problem was that Ino was too short to reach Sakura and ended kicking her in the shins instead. Sakura who was trying not to get hit by Ino, jumped back and bumped into Sasuke.
"Omph. Sorry, Sasuke-kun."
"Get away from him!"
"Why don't you make me!" said Sakura, sticking out her tongue.
"ARGH. . . ." Growled Ino as she tried to run up to her rival, but was held back.
"CAN WE JUST FIND A WAY TO GET IN BESIDES TALKING ABOUT SASUKE-TEME!" In a matter of seconds, Sakura's fist connected with Naruto's head.
"We don't need you doing any more of your shouting!" Rubbing his head, Naruto glared at Sasuke, who was standing there in silence.
"Ino, stop this. We have a meeting, remember," stated Shikamaru calmly.
"But . . . but . . . she called me FAT!" sobbed Ino.
Sighing, the ponytail hair boy, grumbled something under his breath about 'women being so troublesome.' He crossed his arms over the black fishnet shirt he always wore, along with the vest with the green Nara clan symbol on the sides of the shoulders.
"WELL, THAT'S WHY WE'RE HERE FOR!" Naruto shouted.
"I can't believe I'm surrounded by grade A idiots." Shikamaru said under his breath. Eyes and ears perked in the direction of the Nara genius. "If we're here for a meeting, why are we all standing outside the door for?"
"THE DAMN DOOR IS LOCKED!"
"Ever heard of a device called a 'key', you idiot"
"STOP CALLING ME AN IDIOT!"
"Maybe we will when you stop acting like one."
"Can we just get it over with. While we're young." Said Neji.
"Look who's talking, Hyuuga." Sasuke smirked.
"It was a figure of speech."
The two boys glared at each other like there was no tomorrow until they heard a loud crash.
"Naruto, you should be more careful!"
"Itai! I slipped on my pants!"
"Well, at least that got us in," said Ten-Ten as she pointed at the door, which was opened a crack.
One by one, the clicking of sandals on the tiled floors can be heard as they all walked inside the Hokage's office.
"Ahhh. . . .'Baa-san is not here! FIGURES! SHE'S PROBABLY OFF GAMBLING OR GETTING DRUNK!"
A loud thud hit Naruto's head. "ITAI! WHO THE HELL-" said Naruto as he rubbed his abused head. On the floor next to him was the object that was thrown directly on his head. It was a huge medic book.
"I don't get drunk, you brat!" yelled another blond.
"Ohayou-gozaimasu!" chorused the group of genins.
In front of them was the Hokage. She was in a yukata that fitted, her hair in a high ponytail, and normal. By normal, I mean that her breasts weren't unnaturally large, but she still was young and looked like the others.
"You all of aware why we're here-"
"CAN YOU CHANGE US BACK, 'BAA-CHAN!"
Another thud could be heard as Tsunade punched the blond, sending him across the room, and closing the door. At least we know she still had her strength. She isn't called the Hokage for nothing, you know.
"Hokage-Sama, can you tell us why we're like this?" asked Ten-Ten. Her voice sounded a little off and squeaky. The genins in the room turned their attention to her and then to the Hokage.
"As I was saying before I got rudely interrupted," continued Tsunade. "The reason you are all here is as you can see, not our normal selves. The streets are empty from what we can see. Everyone in the village is alarmed by the idea that they look like children when they woke up this very morning. As an order, the people of the village are to stay inside their homes until they turn back to themselves. Also, the gates of Konoha are closed and no one will come in or out of the village. All missions are to be carried out tomorrow when everything is hopefully back to normal. The only thing I can tell you is that this was caused because the fountain of youth had a leak."
"FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH!" They all shouted, except for Sasuke, Neji, and Chouji, who was still chopping down on his bag of chips.
"Yes, there is a fountain of youth, but it's hidden. Every 500 years, the fountain overflows and some of the water goes into the Konoha river, which is our water supply. So, the reason all of you are so chibi-like is because you either drank water this morning or touched the liquid substance. That isn't the only effect. For the rest of the day, you guys cannot use any Ninjutsu. Not even your bloodline limits."
"But that still doesn't explain why Sasuke and Sakura are the only ones who aren't affected by this." Shikamaru pointed out.
Tsunade looked up at the two normal genins who were in the room. "You guys did use water this morning, right?"
Both of them nodded. "Then can you explain to us why you two look exactly like nothing happened to you."
"Umm . . . well," mumbled Sakura. She rubbed the back of her head. The female nin didn't exactly use the water this morning, at least not the water from the Konoha River.
"We didn't use the water from the Konoha river," said Sasuke plainly.
"What kind of water did you use?" asked Tsunade.
"Water from the Uchiha residence," answered Sasuke. The attention was fully shined on Sakura and him.
"What were you doing at Sasuke-kun's house, Forehead Girl!" inquired the anger Ino.
"None of your business, Ino-Pig!" The pink hair genin exclaimed. She can't explain to them what had happened. It'll be the talk of the village if it got it out. Sasuke made her promised not to talk about the night before and she swore she wouldn't.
"So, it seems like you two are the only ones here that aren't affected by fountain's water." The Hokage concluded. "I have some bad news and good news. The good news is that you all won't stay like this forever. The bad news is that the youthfulness will take over your mind. By that I mean you will be acting like six year olds."
"But I thought it was just the fountain of youth," said Lee.
"It is the fountain of youth. It gives makes the person, who is contacted with the water, half their age, but it still affects the mind."
'So that explains the Hyuuga's behavior.' Sasuke thought.
"What you're saying is that we will eventually turn back into ourselves, but we will have to spend the rest of the day like children," restated Neji as closed his eyes.
"Yes. You all will turn back into your normal selves the next morning. In the mean time, Sasuke and Sakura, you two have a mission."
"What?" said Sakura in disbelief. She deliberately heard that all missions are to be postponed til tomorrow.
"Your mission is B ranked. You two must take care of Team 10, and Gai's team, as well as Naruto. Make sure they don't get into trouble. They're six year olds, so watch them. Oh, one more thing before I forget. You need to take care of Team 8 as well. They are waiting at the park along with the other senseis. I will try to maintain everything. In the mean time, you can help yourselves to the stores for necessary needs and food for the children. Is that clear?"
"Hai, Hokage-Sama." Sakura replied. She looked at the group of genins that used to be 12 year olds. Now they are half their age and to make things worst, she and Sasuke had to babysit them.
"I HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF THESE BRATS!" Inner Sakura screamed. 'Imaginary' flames can be seen in the background as well as in her eyes.
Sasuke just grunted at the ridiculous mission and the rank of it. They are just little kids. How hard was it going to be to keep the kids in order? To his answer his curiosity, the kids in front of him ran out the room screaming "Park!" And they were gone. Just like that.
"You better catch up to them before they hurt themselves.," warned Tsunade. "In the mean time, I'll try to get some work done." Turning to her desk, she caught a glimpse of the two genins as they sped out the door.
Sakura quickly went after the chibi-genins with Sasuke heading in front of her to cut them off. "Hey! Come back here!" The 7 little shinobis ran toward the direction of Konoha Park, knocking over anything that they came across. Poor Sakura had to pick up whatever that fell over and continued to chase them.
"Naruto, Ino, Shikamaru, Lee, Ten-Ten!" yelled Sakura, watching them enter each shop and coming out with supplies. "Chouji, put that down!" The chip-loving boy had grabbed a huge supply of skewered meat from one of the food stands and stuffed his face with them.
Naruto had gone into a clothes store and ditched his oversized jumpsuit. Coming out of it, he was dressed into some tan shorts and a white shirt with the symbol of red swirling chakra. Parading through the village barefoot, Sakura could see Naruto taking packages of ramen from the local stores one after another.
"Naruto!" Upon hearing his name, the prankster ran to hide, dropping bags ramen wherever he went.
Ino pulled Shikamaru along the stores of toys and on her other hand, she dragged Lee. Ten-Ten, being the person she is, went into weapon shops and came out with newly sharpen kunais that would cut her little fingers if she kept twirling it rapidly.
"What did I do to deserve this!" exclaimed the frustrated female as she tried to round up the rest of the nightmare.
Sasuke was jumping roofs among roofs and finally caught up to his target. The Hyuuga was fast, he'll give him that, but he was not a match for the Uchiha's speed now that he was a 6-year-old.
"Hyuuga," said the raven hair genin. "You're coming with me. I'm not going to fail this stupid mission because of you." Sasuke said as he pulled on the little Neji by his arm.
The little boy stuck out his tongue. "I don't have to listen to you!" he said. The effects of the water from the fountain of youth have already kicked in.
'Damn.' Sasuke thought. He wasn't the kind of guy to deal with children. Behind him, he could hear his female team mate grabbing a hold of the rest of the genins. He still had Neji cornered and the rest of the 'children' show up with Sakura dragging them along with chakra strings. Sasuke smirked. Why hadn't he thought of it sooner? Sakura was the one who had great control over her charkra. Summoning his own, he formed a rope and lassoed the Hyuuga tightly and dragged him toward the rest of the gang.
"Stop struggling! It's for your own good!" grunted Sakura as she tried to pull them with all her strength. Holding three ropes on each of her hands, Sakura gripped tighter on them as they tried to escape.
"Let me go!" the girls yelled.
"I want to go too. Why are you being so mean! I want to play!" complained Naruto.
"I'm hungry!" Chouji whined.
Lee said nothing as he stood by Sakura with his face all red from either the running or the thought of being near his crush.
Standing quietly with a frown on his face, Shikamaru whispered words along the lines of 'troublesome idiots, who are just a bunch of brats-' while staring at the sky above him, wishing to be one of the clouds. Instead, he was stuck on earth with little babies who cry to get what they want. Tired of the noise and shouts, the spiky hair boy plugged his ears, drowning out the voices that interrupted his thoughts.
"Not now, okay!" said Sakura, trying to handle the situation as best she could. "How about I bring you all to the park and buy you some ice cream!" She bribed.
"Ice cream!" They all eagerly yelled. Well, all except Shikamaru.
"You all want ice cream, right?" They nodded.
"Alright, if you want some, you have to come with me quietly. Then when we get there, I'll buy you all some. How about that!" said Sakura sweetly. Although she was an only child, she knew how to compromised with children. Sakura had often taken care of her cousins whenever they were visiting. The only thing she regrets is giving them candy. Kids can do crazy things when they are hyped up with sugar.
"OKAY!" She smiled at her victory and pulled them along with Shikamaru to his dismay of watching clouds, stuffed his hands in the pockets of his shorts instead of his ears. Behind her she could hear the little genins discussing the flavors they wanted.
"I want something yellow because it matches my hair," said Ino as she smoothed out her gold locks.
Shikamaru laughed as soon as he heard 'yellow.'
"Are you sure you wouldn't want a 'yellow' snowcone instead?" Naruto and Chouji snickered.
"Why YOU-!" Ino stammered.
"How about I give you a black and blue snowcone?" Ten-Ten threatens with her fists in their faces.
Moving slightly away from the weapon specialist, the boys continue to walk along the road kicking rocks with their little feet.
Sakura smiled and slowed her pace for them. Her trip stopped short as she bumped into someone. Looking up, she saw two onyx orbs.
"S-Sasuke-kun," said Sakura. Turning her attention behind him, she saw Neji tied like the others, except with more chakra string that bounded his arms and mouth shut. "Um . . . you didn't have to do that, did you?"
"That brat was getting on my nerves." She looked at the little Hyuuga. Sure, he wasn't the same Neji a few minutes ago, but still, no one should be treated like this. His pearl eyes look so innocent that she almost felt sorry for him.
"Sasuke-kun, maybe I should hold him." Sakura said as she handed the chakra rope that held Naruto, Lee, and Shikamaru. Gripping on the other three, she approached to Neji and slowly unbound the rope around his mouth.
"Don't worry. I won't hurt you. We are all going to the park for some ice cream. You want some too, right?" she said softly. With a nod, Neji let the petal hair girl tug him along to the park.
"Hey, Neji" greeted the girl in buns.
A soft smile appeared on his lips as he walked along his female team mate. "Hi."
The Uchiha stared down at the three he held. Naruto was still the energetic blond and kept on jumping up and down while Shikamaru and Lee remained there standing still and watched as the blond tangled himself in the three-foot long chakra rope. "Dobe, get up!"
"I'm not a Dobe!"
"Then get up."
Grumbling Naruto did what he was told. He too, wanted ice cream like the other children. Shooting a glare at the Uchiha, he untangled himself and followed the other two 'captives' to the park.
"YEAH PARK!" screamed the little genins as they arrived at the grassy fields with swings, the slide, monkey bars, and the sandbox, and all. Sakura released the chakra ropes and watched them roam free onto the playground.
Ino walked over to the fields and started to pick some flowers that grew there. Not far from her, Shikamaru plop down on his back with his head on top of his overlapped arms, looking at the blue sky. The cloud watcher smiled as he could think in peace. On the monkey bars was Lee, swinging from one bar to another, while Ten-Ten and Neji sat together in the sandbox with the pail and shovel. From the looks of it, Sakura could see that they were trying to build a sand castle. They were all having so much fun. The petal haired girl secretly wished she could join them, but she was on a mission to watch them. That sucked the fun out of everything.
"I want my ice cream now!" Chouji whined. His bags of chips were turned upside down and crumbs fell to the dirt as he shook the remains into his mouth. The young Akimichi didn't even bother to glance at the park. The only thing on his mind is food.
"Alright, I'll get you all some," Said Sakura as she gave him a small smile. "But you guys have to wait for me quietly while I get your ice creams, okay?" Shouts of 'Okay' echoed in the air from the little genins, who seem to be drawn into their activities.
"Let me go, Sasuke-teme!" she heard Naruto yell.
Turning to the commotion, Sakura saw that Sasuke holding Naruto, who was still bounded by the chakra rope.
"Sakura-chan, help me! This big bully won't let me have my fun!" fumed Naruto. Grabbing the chakra rope, Sakura released the hold of Naruto and watched him run to the swings. "Thanks, Sakura-chan!"
Sasuke's eyes narrowed at Sakura. "You know they will start to act up again."
"I know, but it's the park. It's supposed to be fun. I'm going to get them ice cream now. Do you want any?" Instead of a response, Sakura heard a 'Hnn' which she interpreted as a yes, seeing how it was a hot day. Dragging . . . er . . . bringing the genins to the park was hard work. Walking over to the ice cream shop, she saw that no one was there.
'Oh I forgot. Everyone's turned into children.' Sighing, Sakura went behind the counter and started to scoop some ice cream into waffle cones. Three vanilla, three chocolate, and three strawberry cones later, she headed out to the playground to hand the little genins their treat for cooperating along with the mission.
"Ice cream, Ice cream!" they shouted as they ran over to Sakura's direction.
"I want chocolate!"
"I want vanilla!"
"I want strawberry!"
"Okay, okay. Here you go," said Sakura as she handed them the cones. "Now, go eat it over there on the bench and don't make a mess."
"Yeah!" they all chorused. She watched them as they ran over to sit on the big bench near the sandbox. All of them sat in a row as they licked their ice cream happily, cooling off from the summer's heat.
Sakura went back over to Sasuke and handed him a cone. "Here you go, Sasuke-kun. It's vanilla." She offered, licking her strawberry one. Taking the cone from her hand, he took a bite as she sat next to him. He didn't usually like sweets, but one cone wouldn't do him any harm. Sasuke was going to take another bite when someone interrupted him.
"Look what we have here," said a voice behind him. Turning around to see who it was, the two looked down at their sensei.
The silver hair Jounin smiled underneath his blue mask. "Having fun?" Red tints appeared under Sakura's cheeks as she desperately tries to hide it.
"Kakashi-sensei. Where are the others?" She changed the subject. As if on cue, Team 8 and the other teachers arrived running up to them.
"Hello, Sakura-san." Hinata said softly. The female kunoichi smiled widely and walked up to the Hyuuga heiress. Dressed in a silver kimono with a blue obi around her waist, Hinata hid behind Kiba and his canine, Akamaru.
"You're so cute!"
Hinata blushed madly, making her whole face looking like a cherry.
"Hey, what about us?" asked Kiba with Akamaru at his side. Despite the hot day, the Inuzuka had wore a jacket and tan shorts to match. Behind him stood Chibi versions of the quiet Shino, Kurenai, Gai, and Asuma.
Shino was silent as ever with his eyes hiding behind his sunglasses and his hands in his silver pockets. Kurenai wore a red and white sun dress that complimented her eyes with her hair was bunched up in curls. Not surprisingly, Gai still had on his green spandex, minus the Jounin vest. Asuma wore the same attire as Kakashi, only he didn't wear his hitai-ate. No one really wore theirs today. Well, no one except Sasuke, Kakashi, and Sakura.
"Um . . . Do you want any ice cream?" suggested the female kunoichi.
"Ice cream!" answered the little spiky brunette boy, followed by a bark from his puppy. The teachers, who seem to be in tact with their adultness, nodded in agreement. Loud pondings of 'youthfulness' from ice cream can be heard as Sakura went back to get more cones, leaving Sasuke to watch them. No one said it was going to be easy babysitting 10 shinobis, including the teachers, which makes the grand total of 14 nins. Heck, this is going to be a hell of a mission and it was only just the beginning.
A/N: How did you like the first chapter? Should I continue? Please excuse my spelling and grammar mistakes! Also, please excuse my use of the remark for people being blond. I used it out of humor, not as an insult. Forgive me! Give me any thoughts you might have about my writing. I don't mind concrete criticism just as long it is in an intelligent manner.
hitai-ate- head band
Henge no Ninjutsu- transforming technique
Iyo- It's ok
urusai- shut up
Ohayou-gozaimasu- Good Morning
Thank you for reading!