Chapter One: Under Strange Circumstances

Chapter Cover- Team 7 resting in a forest after a hard day's training. Kakashi is reading his book as usual.

The sun shone softly through the Hokage's office windows. Birds chirped in the forest surrounding the village of Konohagakure, the Hidden Village of Leaves. It was summertime here, and while to most people it seemed to be a time of fun and relaxation, to the Hokage it meant more paperwork.

You see, over the summer, most of the population likes to go on vacations and such. The upper class has the money to go visit faraway places, but they always feel the need to hire bodyguards. In Konoha's case, it's the ninja that are hired.

While it makes good money for the village, it also piles up a lot of paperwork for Tsunade, the Fifth Hokage, who'd rather be drinking sake and gambling right now. Her assistant, Shizune was also burdened under the paperwork, seeing that she always ended up doing more than half of it.

On this particularly fine day, a bird flew in through the open window of Tsunade's office. At first she didn't regard it as something unusual as hawks were sometimes used to deliver messages. But then she realized when it wouldn't just leave the message that it was an owl, not a hawk.

Confused and overly curious, she untied the letter tied to its leg. The envelope was made of thick yellowish paper- parchment to be exact. The address read:

Sandaime Hokage Hokage Tower, Konohagakure, Fire Country

Curiously she opened the letter, befuddled that someone wouldn't know that Sandaime had been dead for nearly three years now. Word had spread very quickly about the incident. Even if whoever had sent the letter lived in one of those more secluded areas, he or she would've heard the news by now at least.

Or maybe it was some sick joke.

Nonetheless, Tsunade opened the letter up and read its contents. Her honey colored eyes widened at every word she read.

Quickly she grabbed some paper and replied and sealed in an envelope. She addressed it and awkwardly tied it to the owl's leg. After the owl had flown off with its message, she sent word for several chuunin to meet her at her office.

""

Uzumaki Naruto hated low ranked missions. Just recently he had gotten back from a rather boring B-rank to accompany some wealthy family to Wave Country. Sure it was nice that he ran into Tazuna, Tsunami, and Inari in the now prosperous town, but his teammate for the mission was some idiotic shinobi who had just attained the rank of chuunin. Why Tsunade didn't send a genin team, Naruto didn't know.

"Maybe it had something to do with the anti-aging cream I gave her…" he mumbled to himself as he trudged wearily back into the village.

He let himself into his small, messy apartment room. His bags were tossed unceremoniously over the couch he collapsed on and fell asleep instantly.

"Thank the kami that I made that idiot, Tomo, file in the report for me. I bet Obaa-san would've given me another mission right away."

Somewhere else in Konoha the 'idiot' chuunin sneezed as he received another mission from a certain Hokage.

Naruto had managed to sleep another good three hours before he awoke with a growling stomach. He prepared a cup of instant ramen (beef flavored, mind you).

He looked out his window and saw one of the messenger hawks flying right outside. Groaning, he pulled his orange and black jacket back on and left the apartment.

""

"Is everyone here?" Tsunade asked the small group gathered in her office.

There was a murmur of replies melted together into a buzzing drone. As Tsunade looked at the group she sighed. The summer really was getting to everyone.

Naruto had a glazed look on his face as he stood there. Tsunade's own pupil Haruno Sakura, was trying to cover her yawns with her hand. And Inuzuka Kiba seemed to be falling asleep on his feet, his canine companion, Akamaru laid curled up asleep at his feet. The only people who looked relatively awake were Uchiha Sasuke and Hyuuga Hinata.

"I know that you've all had a tiring summer so far, so I'll be rather brief," she started. "I just received a letter today from a very old friend of the Sandaime. They require a team of shinobi to guard and protect the students of a very large school called Hogwarts."

"What kind of name is 'Hogwarts'?" Naruto scoffed. He would've said more had not Tsunade gave him 'the glare'.

"As I was saying," she continued. "Dumbledore-sama asks that you keep an eye on the students there and watch out for any spies. I'm sure he can explain more to you when you arrive."

"How long is this gonna take?" Kiba asked.

"Well, since you have to be there before the fall, about tem months."

"Ten months!" Naruto yelled. "What rank is this?"

"…A."

Naruto jumped in the air in excitement, all his weariness gone. "YESSSSSSS!"

Appropriately at that time both Sakura and Sasuke smacked the hyperactive blonde on the head.

"Dobe." "Baka."

Hinata suppressed a small giggle at the scene.

When things quieted down Tsunade continued. "You need to be packed and ready to leave by noon tomorrow. Meet me in my office at this time and don't you dare be a second later," she added threatenly. "Dismissed."


So what do you think? Should I continue or not? Reviews, suggestions, ideas, complements, comments, CC (constructive criticism) is greatly appreciated.

Sorry it's a bit short, Harry and co. will eventually appear. I promise!

--Aoki-chan