It was a usual hot day in Konoha and as usual I was late for the mission. Naruto, Sakura, and the others all scolded me for being late. Even Gai and Kurenai were pissed off. Oh well. It was a week since Asuma died and everyone is feeling a bit better, but I can tell Shikamaru and Kurenai are still depressed. Our mission today was quite a long one since all the teams were here. Shikamaru, Ino, Choji, Neji, Tenten, Lee, Hinata, Shino, Kiba & Akamaru were all here. And the Jonin Gai, Kurenai, and me. Our mission was to go to the Sand Village and meet up with Gaara, Temari, and Kankuro and we would search for Orochimaru and Sasuke. Yes, the time has finally come.

So, we headed out. I thought it was bad to be going in such a large group like this, but when you think about it were gonna need all the help we can get. We were maybe about an Hour into our trip to the Sand Village when my back started to hurt right near my right shoulder blade. It was such a striking pain I noticed I was squeezing my eyes (or eye) tightly.

Then Naruto distracted me from my pain.

"Hey Kakashi-sensei?" he said.

"Yeah Naruto" I said as he slowed down to be at the same pace with me.

"Do you think will be able to find where Orochimaru is hiding?"

I was a bit shocked to hear this coming from Naruto of all people.

"I'm sure will come across it one way or another." I replied. Naruto opened his mouth to say something when we heard Neji yell, "Look out!"

As we scattered in all directions and explosive charm attached to a kuni went off.

We were under attack, but by who and why?

sorry its so short please Review and tell me if I should continue. Thanks for reading

Nire Sanam