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Joys of Team 7
A/N: Yo! I apologize for my delay in updating the story. But don't worry! I'll do my best to post the following chapters in the next few weeks so please be patient. Anyways, I hope you'll like this one too. Don't forget to tell me what you think after you read this chapter! For the recap: Their next mission was to get the last potato chip which inevitably fell in Chouji's hands. However, after they successfully snatched the chip away, Chouji went into a rampage and so our dear heroes are hiding with their lives as they desperately try to find the clue in the chip.
Chapter 9: The Last Potato Chip 3
Meanwhile, within the deeper recesses of the forest…
Sasuke parted a small portion of the bush to scrutinize his surroundings. After he made sure that they weren't being followed, he released the bush then turned to his female teammate who was somewhat kinda pissed at him.
He scratched his head. 'Wonder what's wrong with her…'
On the other hand, Sakura puffed her cheeks. The nerve of him! Admitting his perverse actions right in front of her face! Maybe the attraction that they were having now was nothing but physical. Well, he could go find someone to tend to his itch somewhere else!
Poke. Poke. Poke.
"What? Quit bothering me! I'm still thinking of a hundred ways to teach you a lesson!"
Sasuke raised a questioning brow. "Teach me a lesson? For what reason?"
Sakura's cheeks went aflame. "Because you're nothing but a perverted maniac!"
Okay. That's it.
Without a word, he yanked Sakura to him. She opened her mouth to lash out at him when he immediately sealed it with his lips. Only the sounds of struggling and panting could be heard from the two until it was only a matter of time that the sounds turned into moans.
Eventually, Sasuke broke off the kiss for air. He smirked inwardly when he saw Sakura's flushed face. Her slightly parted lips bore teeth marks, which he nibbled affectionately during their kiss. She was now in some kind of a stupor, and Sasuke was a bit proud that he was the one who caused it.
Well that was enough. He shook her shoulder. "All right. Time to go back to reality, Sakura."
Her hazy green eyes blinked right away. She flashed him an angry look. "Why did you do that? You, you…"
He only smirked. "Continue that phrase again and I'll do something more than kissing."
"Mou! You're so mean, Sasuke – kun!" Sakura crossed her arms and pouted. "After admitting your perverted side, you still had the nerve to kiss me!"
Sasuke's smirk turned into a frown. "You're really annoying, Sakura. Where in the right mind did you come up with that idea?"
"What? It's not my fault! You're the one who told me that you peeped at other women's bodies!"
"Oh that?" he asked.
'That?' Inner Sakura ranted. 'He only said 'that'? As if 'that' didn't mean anything to her?'
Deciding to teach him a lesson, she curled her hand up into a fist. She was about to pound his smug face with it when he grabbed her wrist and pinned her to the ground.
Sakura squeaked. "What are you doing? Let go of me, Sasuke – kun!"
He sighed. "No."
"I mean it," she hissed.
Sasuke glared at her. "I'm not getting off of you unless you tell me what's going on inside that brain of yours."
She blushed. Right now, other than coming up with ways of answering his questions, she was also thinking of very…indecent things. She twisted her head sideways so that he wouldn't see her flaming cheeks. She yelped when she felt his cool hand caress her cheek.
Sasuke leaned closer to her. "You're not answering me, Sakura," he whispered huskily on her ear.
"Why should I? You damn sukebe," she replied smugly. The black-haired Uchiha smiled thinly.
She really wants to play, eh?
Spreading his fingers, he placed them flat on Sakura's belly. The look on Sakura's face completely changed from annoyed to surprise when his hand successfully snaked its way underneath her cheongsam. The girl squeaked as she tried to bat his hand away.
The girl screeched. "This!"
He leered. "No."
"I said stop doing this or else," she looked up at him and smiled thinly, "You don't want to mess with my other self."
Sasuke wasn't the least bit deterred. He stopped his explorations but kept his hand flat on her stomach. "All right, your royal Highness. Since I obeyed your request perhaps you shall listen to what I'm going to say now."
Sakura stuck her tongue out. "Depends on what you're going to say."
"Hn." He sat up then looked at her. "So what did I do?"
"What did you do? You mean you don't know what you did?" She poked his chest.
He gave her a confusing glare. "I don't, so start giving me an answer!"
She immediately sat up. "You don't know? All right I'll tell you!" She huffed in a breath and glared at him. "I asked you if you peeped at other women's bodies and did you know what your response was?"
"You said yes! Yes, to admitting that you peeped! You pervert!" Sakura screeched as she covered her face with her hands.
Sasuke sighed. She could be dense sometimes. He grabbed her hand and pulled her against him, forcing her to look up at him. "Look at me Sakura."
"If you're not going to do what I'm telling you to do…" He lifted her chin up with his free hand. "I'm really going to do something that'll make you regret getting mad at me."
Sakura stifled a tiny giggle as she felt his other hand again on her stomach. "What are you doing? Sasuke-kun!" Soon she broke into a fit of giggles as Sasuke tickled her mercilessly. "Mou! Sasuke-kun! Stop!" she protested, trying to snag his hand away.
Sasuke brought her wrists up above her head. "Not until you surrender."
"No? You should never say no," he grinned as he continued to tickle her.
After countless minutes of tickling which seemed to go on for hours, Sakura gave up. "All right! I give in, I give in! I give up!" Her tear-streaked eyes met Sasuke's. "I'll listen to you. Happy now?"
He stopped tickling her but kept her hands at bay. "Happy. But not satisfied." He lowered his head a few inches away from hers. "Look, I'm sorry. I didn't explain myself further. So I'm going to elaborate my previous answer."
He took a deep breath. "Yes. I peeped once. But it's not what you think. You see, I…" A blush crept in his cheeks and he looked down to where he could see the rise and fall of her chest. "The girl I peeped on once was you."
Now it was her turn to blush. "What? That couldn't be true!"
"Oh yes it's true." He gave her a boyish grin. "We even slept together remember?"
"No we didn't!" Her green eyes crinkled. "Did we?"
"Yep we did. After the karaoke."
"But that's impossible!"
"What do you mean impossible?" He moved his head to the side to whisper huskily in her ear. "Shouldn't you be relieved that the one person I settled my sights on was you?"
"Well…I uh…no. But," a grin crossed her face. "You're really a perverted person, Sasuke-kun."
"So you say."
Sakura sighed, admitting defeat. "You're such a bad boy. I can't believe that you're so…"
He raised an eyebrow. "So what?"
She smiled evilly. "Perverted."
"Hn." He bent down to kiss those smirking lips when a crunching sound stopped them. The raven-haired teen immediately sat up. "What the hell was that?"
Sakura raised herself up as well. "That sounds like…could it be?"
They looked at each other, terror shown in their eyes.
"THE POTATO CHIP!!!!"
Naruto stopped running, feeling the distorted amount of chakra gathering a few kilometers from him, he sweatdropped. 'Just where did that teme take Sakura-chan? Didn't he know that they're in really big trouble now that Chouji's in berserk mode?' He mentally smacked himself.
'Oh yeah…he's in a love-love situation. Damn him, He should've thought about finishing this mission first before taking off with Sakura-chan!' he angrily thought. A slight rustle caused him to snap out of his trance and he saw Shikamaru walking towards his direction with Ino next to him.
"Any word?" he asked by way of greeting.
The two exchanged wary glances.
The blond's arms went limp. "I-I see…"
Ino snapped. "I just can't believe this! We've got to find those two or Chouji will ruin the entire forest! You're so stupid Naruto, if you didn't take the chip away from Chouji this won't happen!"
"Ino…your blood pressure…"
"I can talk whenever I want to talk, Shikamaru!"
"Whatever you say…"
Naruto sighed, putting himself in-between the two bickering shinobi. "Oi, oi! We don't have time to argue all day. Let's just continue searching for Sakura-chan and teme! Chouji might've sniffed their trail by now!"
The two reverted back to their senses. Shikamaru scratched his head idly. "This is really troublesome. I can't believe that those two would cause this much trouble in one day."
Ino bonked him on the head hard. "What do you mean the 'two' of them? If you want someone to blame then choose forehead girl! I don't want to hear you saying bad stuff about Sasuke-kun or you're going to get it!"
The lazy-eyed shinobi raised his hands up in mock surrender. "All right, all right. I surrender. You don't have to threaten me you know."
"Hellooo! Guys! We have to find them now, or else," Naruto reminded them.
"Okay. We got it."
"Sasuke! Where did you hide it?"
"I don't know! But I know that it's got to be here somewhere!"
Sakura fumbled feebly on the grass for the chip. Sasuke did too, and they were having a hard time since there was no indication that the chip was on their hands or that it was dropped on the ground by accident. Or probably, it was crushed on the ground when they tumbled onto each other.
Okay. The crushing part would be a bad idea. If the potato chip were indeed crushed, then their clue would also be crushed. And then…
"NO WAY!" the pink-haired girl screeched as she began pulling out the grass from its roots. Sasuke sweatdropped at the display he was seeing.
"Oi, yamero. Even if you pull these grasses out, we'll never be able to find that chip," he said, stopping Sakura from her work.
She looked at him, her green eyes misty. "So what are we going to do? We've got a 170lb Chouji running after our heels, and we left Naruto in Ino's care! To top it all off, we only have two days left! I don't want to lose the game!"
Sasuke patted the top of her head in comfort. "Don't worry. Everything's going to be all right. Let's just keep searching for it."
Sakura nodded weakly. Just then, an idea hit her. Gazing at her teammate's eyes, she gave a sinister smile. She immediately grasped the hem of Sasuke's shirt, surprising him.
"What in the heck are you doing, Sakura?"
She gave a haughty cackle, just like the one witches used. She gripped the shirt tightly afterwards, began to pull it up, little by little. Uchiha's eyes went wide, grasping both her wrists. "Stop!"
She gave him an innocent smile. "Why? It's not like I'm…" His shirt inched further up, exposing his flat abdomen. "…Taking…" A smile slowly made its way across her face. "Advantage of…" The sight of his well-crafted chest took her breath away. "…You," she finished coyly.
He tried to bat her hands away but she wouldn't let him. Sakura giggled as she ran her free hand down the length of his stomach. He was becoming irritated by the minute and if Sakura didn't stop touching his stomach…
"I said stop it, Sakura!"
Instead of stopping, she giggled more. Her green eyes crinkled with amusement as she caused the Uchiha to squirm more. This dominating-the-other game proved to be much fun than she thought it would.
"Take off your shirt, Sasuke-kun."
A/N: And that's the end of our chapter! I'm still re-orienting myself because of my almost one-year hiatus from this story. In this chapter, Chouji is still chasing after them because they stole his potato chip, which, at the same time, is their only clue to their next mission. How they'll calm our potato-chip loving friend…we'll know in the next chapter! Many thanks to our readers who still read this story! If you have any questions or suggestions, you can leave me a message. I'll be more than happy to hear from you. Ja ne!