This is going to be a short, 'fill you in on the situation' chapter. Then I'll move to more personal stories. Shikamaru/Ino will be first, probably, because their my usual characters.

I really hope you like this, it's my first shot at a group fic!

Disclaimer-I do not know any of these characters that I'm about to submit to hilarious romantic happenings!

"Hatake Kakashi, I'm leaving the formation of this mission up to you. You'll need eight people, preferably Chuunin or gennin. The owners of the Inn are expecting them this evening. You're excused."

Kakashi exited the room, reading over the mission description. 'I can have some fun with this one.'

"Neji, Tenten, Shikamaru, Naruto, Kiba, Sakura, Ino and Hinata. I have chosen you from your respected teams to fulfill a mission. Report to the city gates at 7:00 sharp tomorrow morning for departure. Your packing last in enclosed. Do not be late."

The group stared at each other, nobody quite able to comprehend the strange orders.

"What's with this list?" Naruto whined, glancing at the piece of paper attached to the note.

Sakura snatched it from him. "Appropriate night attire, bath supplies, basic ninja supplies, enough clothing for three days. Any personal care products used daily? What kind of mission is this!"

"A troublesome one, by the sounds of it."

"Well, it's not like we have a choice, let's prepare."


The next morning, everyone was waiting at the gates for their briefing, the only thing missing was the brief-er.

"Ohayo!" Kakashi chimed, casually strolling up to them.

"Kakashi-sensei! You're 21 minutes late!" Sakura yelled, throwing a shurinken at her teachers' head, which he carelessly dodged.

"Sorry, sorry."

"Like hell! You told us not to be late!" Naruto rushed at his sensei.

"Sorry again. Anyways, here's the handouts for your missions, you're only allowed to read them once you get to the destination. I'll tell you the basic outline... You will be staying at a new hot springs resort on the border of the country for three days. They've reported suspicious behavior within the past few weeks with their customers. Only a select few of the management know about this mission, so, under no circumstances are you to blow your cover. We suspect that some of the employees are behind the ploys and your job is to find out the causes. You will each be staying in a separate wing of the hotel, and are not to be in contact once there. Of course, you'll be rooming with your own teammates. A full report is expected upon your return. Shikamaru will be your basic leader, until you separate at the site. Directions to the appointed spot and further instructions are inside your scrolls. Good luck, Ja ne."

With a puff of smoke, he was gone, leaving the group in utter amazement, a few blushes starting to creep unto cheeks.


"Well, what do you think, Shikamaru? You're ranking chuunin here." Neji asked, trying to avoid Tenten's face.

"It's troublesome, but I suppose we should head out. It's a mission after all."

"Sakura-chan! You're rooming with me!" Naruto beamed. Sweatdrop

"Um…Ano. Kiba-kun? You look flush, are you alright?"

"Fine, Hinata."

"Shikamaru, you better be respectful of a girls' privacy!"

"…Let's just go."

The group departed, heading off in the direction of their destination. It didn't take them long to reach the site, and what an impressive on it was! The resort couldn't have been more than 6 months old, everything was in a new condition. Everyone paused in a clearing, awaiting some kind of strategy.

They all sat down and read their detailed breifings in silence.

"NANI! We're suppost to be COUPLES!" Ino bellowed, Sakura, upon reading her own outline, sat, speechless.

Tenten and Hinata blushed, Kiba poked the ground, Neji re-read the scroll, thinking there was some kind of mistake, Shikamaru stared at the clouds and Naruto shouted for joy. "Woohoo! Don't worry Sakura-chan! I'll protect you!"

After a few having a few monemts to let everything sink in, Shikamaru cleared his throat, "Okay everyone. It's troublesome, but he instructions say that no-one is suppost to know that we're ninja, so we should probably change clothes and get rid of our forehead protectors and equipment."

The group mumbled agreements and nodds and separated to change, returning in a matter of minutes. The boys were mostly in basic pants and loose shirts and girls in rather nice skirts and jeans. It was…different.

"O-okay. Remember, our cover is couples, so bear with it, all of you. We'll separate and enter from different direction, so as not to arouse suspicion. Wait about five minutes, so we don't all arrive at the same time. If anything happens, send up and exploding tag and fly it towards the front of the premises. ……….Let's go."

The group nodded once more and jumped off in different directions, with the exception of Ino and Shikamaru. 'How troublesome...this is going to be a long couple of days...'

I know that was short and a little boring, but the next chapter will be good, I promise. I usually write Shikamaru/Ino fics, so their experiences will be first and much more extensive, probably taking a few chapters... The other 'couples' will follow, I'll try to make their's as good! I promise!

I've already gotten a few complaints about the couples actually, deal with it people. This is just the way my scary little brain came up with it!

Like I siad though, Shikamaru and Ino will be the first couple, and I have a lot of good ideas for them.

Shikamaru- Shit, you're going to put me throught something troublesome and embarassing, aren't you?

Lynlyn-maru- ...maybe... -evil grin-

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