Author's Note: Not mine. My friend (who contributed to Baka) wrote, I beta-ed. Hence the short author's note.
Iruka-sensei was…unconventional, to say the least. Today was no exception-he had just given the class a strange assignment.
"I want you to write a fairy tale. Together."
"Why something so troublesome?" Shikamaru asked boredly.
"Because. There's a lesson behind it, but I can't tell you beforehand. Now start!"
The class began to work.
"Once upon a time, there was-"
"You mean one beautiful kunoichi…"
"-a beautiful bag of chips…"
"No, a beautiful bowl of magical ramen!"
"Try adding in an idiotic dobe…"
"U-uh, how a-about a brave, young squire?"
"Yeah, with a brave, young puppy companion!"
"…I don't think Hinata-san was referring to you, Kiba."
"Aww, be quiet, Shino!"
"Really loud and annoying, trying to interfere between true love!"
"Stuck with an incredibly lazy…oh for Pete's sake, Shikamaru, wake up!"
"Eaten by a person who was going to become the next Hokage!"
"If he could ever learn a decent jutsu, that is."
"d-determined! Th-they believed…a-and never gave up…"
"Right! With enough persistence, anyone can remove their itchy flea collar!"
"Ultimately, what happened was-"
"She was defeated by the power of true love, cha!"
"You know, Sakura-chan, you're really getting to sound like Lee…"
"They were eaten by a pleasingly plump ninja!"
"With their magical, ramen-y power, the shinobi became the best Hokage EVER!"
"Assuming, of course, that 'best' stands for 'Baka and Energetically Stupid Twit.'"
"The squire became the n-noblest kn-knight!"
"But what happened to the puppy, Hinata-chan?"
"It learned that bugs, even fleas, should never be killed with accursed collars."
"But they itch!"
"zzz…oh! Once upon a time-"
"We're done with that part, you lazy excuse of a-"
"In that case, the end. Let me go back to slee…zzz…"
"So what was the purpose of this assignment anyway, Iruka-sensei?"
Iruka sweat-dropped. To instill a sense of unity by combining their values and dreams, the group will demonstrate teamwork and empathy while forming a collective fairy tale. Drat. It sounded so perfect in the manual too.
"Uh…nothing. There wasn't any real reason, Sakura-chan."
Jutsus, training exercises, and tactics, Iruka-sensei learned, were the easiest things to stick to when teaching.
Author's Note: My friend's. So...I guess on her part...please review.