Four- man Teams

Chapter 2

Author's note:

I am so sorry it's taken so long to update!

Sorry for last chapter's text bunch- up. X(

BTW, bold italics means it's either Inner Sakura or Kyuubi talking (Except for the first part).

Whew, what a day! Naruto thought as he opened the door to his house. He quickly ran to his room and shut the door behind him. He sat on his rug, crossed his legs, and went into a trance- like state.

-------------------------------Inside Naruto's Mind----------------------------------

Naruto ran down the dark hall, counting the doors to his right. Twenty- eight, twenty- nine… this one. He stopped in front of a door, pulled it open and found himself in the same old dark and damp room with the huge iron bars. "HEY! Wake up!

"WHAT?!" growled a deep voice.

"I'm here! Now what were you going to tell me?! Where are you, anyway?" yelled Naruto.

"Look behind you, idiot."

Naruto whirled around and saw the same red- haired man in robes, with nine sleek, flowing tails behind him.

"Morning." Grunted the demon fox. "Aww, did I wake you up?" Naruto teased. "Very funny. Now, what I wanted to tell you is that I can't teach you anything else at your current level."

"WHAT DO YOU MEAN?!" Naruto yelled angrily.

"I mean, the only ninjutsu, genjutsu and taijutsu I can teach you take too much strain on you as of now. You need to get stronger before I can teach you more."

"Hey, Fox. I've been wondering, how the hell DO you know all this? Naruto asked.

"Eheh… you know, there's a funny story behind that. It all started with a harmless little trick on Hades, but with VERY bad timing."

"What do you mean?"

"Well… it's a long story, so sit down and listen. It all happened several years ago…"

Meanwhile…

"Hey Sasuke do you want to-"

"No." Sakura hung her head. After trying for the past half- hour to try and get Sasuke to talk to or do something with her, she still had no luck.

"Look, I'm busy." Sasuke said. "Why don't you go bother Naruto? I have to train." And before she could say anything else, Sasuke was already 5 blocks away from her.

"You know, you haven't really been nice to him at all."

"But this is Naruto!" Sakura thought. Well… okay, fine. I'll go see if he wants to go hang out." Sakura thought. "Wait… but I don't know where he lives… hey wait. Is that… burning ramen?"

Seeing no restaurants anywhere near her, and remembering that Naruto had said that his favorite food was ramen, she decided to follow the smell, hoping it would lead to her new teammate.

Back at Naruto's Apartment:

"SHITSHITSHITSHITSHIT!!!! Why the hell didn't you tell me my ramen was burning?!" Naruto yelled.

"Hmm… maybe it's because I'M STUCK INSIDE YOU AND I CAN'T SMELL! AND HOW THE HELL DO YOU BURN RAMEN?!" the Kyuubi yelled angrily. Just as Naruto was about to dump the burnt pot of ramen out the window, he heard someone knocking at his door.

"Huh… who'd actually come to visit ME?" he thought as he walked towards his door. He opened it and was surprised to see Sakura outside his door.

"Oh, hi Sakura- chan!" Naruto said, smiling. "Um… hi." Sakura muttered. "This is kind of… awkward." She thought.

"So, how can I help you?" Sakura immediately snapped out of her trance and said "Well… I was wondering if… maybe you wanna hang out?"

"Is this for real?" Naruto thought. But the opportunity was too good to pass up. So, he replied "Well… I just burnt my dinner, but there's this great ramen stand a couple blocks away. Wanna come?"

"Sure." Sakura replied. "Great!" Naruto exclaimed, grinning. "Just lemme find my keys… here they are! Okay let's go!" "Lead the way." The kunoichi replied before she walked after an extremely happy Naruto.

Several minutes later, at Ichiraku's ramen stand, Naruto took his favorite seat, and Sakura took the seat to his right. "HEY OLD MAN!! I'M HERE!!!" Naruto yelled. A brownish- haired woman walked out from the back and, seeing Naruto smiled at him. "Oh hi Naruto- san. My father had a cold, so he's at home for today."

"Hi Ayame!" Naruto said. "Did the old man tell you my usual order?"

"Yeah. Beef miso ramen, right?" "Yep." Naruto replied. "And who's your friend?" Ayame asked, looking at Sakura. "Oh, this is my friend, Sakura."

"Hi. Pleasure to meet you." Ayame said, smiling. So he's finally made a friend who's his age… good for you Naruto. She thought. "Thank you. It's a pleasure to meet you too." Sakura replied.

Later…

Ino was walking down the street, thinking about her new team. GREAT! I got paired up with Fatso, Bum and Bug Boy. How could this get any- wait, is that…? Ino thought. She saw something that she couldn't believe: Naruto and Sakura were sitting next to each other, eating, talking and laughing.

I don't believe it. She thought. They're actually sitting next to each to each other. And she's actually LAUGHING! They look like they're having fun. Then, looking up, she saw that the clouds were becoming black.

Uh- oh. It'll probably rain soon. I better go. Ino thought as she turned and ran off for her house.

"Thanks Ayame!" Naruto said, waving at Ayame as he and Sakura walked away from Ichiraku's.

Wow. He's so funny and so gentle. And he has a great smile, too. Why haven't I noticed that before? Sakura thought.

You never really noticed anything about him before. You were always obsessing over Sasuke.

Oh… right. Sakura thought. Then, looking at Naruto, she smiled. He looks so happy… I can't believe I was so mean to him in the past… she thought, looking down.

My wallet feels so much lighter… Naruto thought. Ah well, it was worth it.

"You really like this girl, don't you?" Oh, so NOW you decide to stay awake. Well? Do you like her, or not? Kyuubi asked, pressing for an answer. …Yeah. I like her.

Well then, why don't you tell her? BECAUSE, if you'd been paying attention for these past few hours, she is freakin' OBSESSED with Sasuke. So what? So what?!? She may be my friend, but she'll probably never like me.

Kit, you should tell her how you feel, but not now. She's still obsessed with that SAS- kay kid. Get closer to her, then tell her.

Thanks. I'll think about it. Don't mention it, kit.

"Hey, Sakura?" "Hmm?" "Umm… you mind if I… walked you home?"

Sakura, who was taken by surprise by this, blushed slightly, and looking at Naruto, replied, "Umm… sure." "Great!" Naruto said, grinning.

Suddenly, he felt water on his wrist. Looking up, he saw that it was raining.

Crap. He thought. Sakura noticed too, and said, "We better hurry." She turned to start running, when she felt something on her shoulders. Looking at her back, she saw that Naruto had taken off his jacket, and was offering it to her. "

"Are you sure?" Sakura said uneasily. "Sure! A little rain won't bother me! Take it!" Naruto said. "Thanks." Sakura said, taking his jacket and putting it over her head. Thank you Naruto. You're so sweet.

Twenty minutes later, the two young ninja reached Sakura's house. Looking at Naruto, she could see that he was thoroughly soaked. "Thanks for lending me your jacket." Sakura said. Look at him. He's shaking. "Want me to get you a towel?" looking up, Naruto smiled at her. "Sure. Th- thanks."

"Why don't you come in? You can warm up inside." Sakura told her shivering friend. "U- um… o- okay." Sakura led Naruto into her house. Spotting a note on her refrigerator, she told Naruto "Stay here. I'll get your towel." She glanced at the note, which read:

Dear Sakura,

I won that free week- long trip to Tea Country! YAY!!! Anyway, I'll be back in eight days. There's food in the fridge, so keep yourself safe.

Mom

Eight days? Aw man… Sakura thought. She quickly grabbed a towel from the closet, walked over to Naruto and gave it to him. "Thanks." Naruto said. "No problem." Sakura replied.

Fifteen minutes later, Naruto was dry and itching to get back home. "I have to sleep early so that I can get ready for Kakashi's test tomorrow." "Me too. I wonder what he'll want." Sakura replied.

"Yeah. But I'm eating breakfast anyway. He probably wants us not to eat for a reason." Naruto said. "Okay, well… thanks for letting me use your towel." he said as he opened the door to leave.

"Wait!" Sakura said.

"Huh?" Naruto said, turning around. "Umm… I really had fun tonight. You wanna … hang out again some time?." Sakura muttered, blushing.

Grinning, Naruto turned and said "Sure! See you tomorrow." he said,

"Yeah… goodnight." the kunoichi replied.

As Naruto closed the door, he smiled and thought, She want to hang out with me again!!! YES!!!!!! Naruto looked around and, seeing that it wasn't raining anymore, decided to walk home.

Good for you, kit. The Kyuubi muttered from inside Naruto's head. Naruto smiled and started walking home, happy about how things had turned out that evening.

I'm soooooo sorry for not updating in so long!!! Anyway, please don't criticize TOO harshly, and all constructive criticism taken! TY!

Patleon909