OMG! School starts the week after next here in Nowheresville! Wow, time flies, huh? Finally finishing this one, so have fun! BTW...paranoid-Neji is an idea from Akai Ito...read her behind the scenes Naruto fic! It rox!

Disclaimer: I own a copy of Naruto Ultimate Ninja one and Naruto Uzumaki Chronicles, but not the show...


0800 hours: Konoha theatre

"GAARA! WE NEED HELP OVER HERE!"

Iruka was hemming a few dresses. After Shino's announcement, Iruka had fainted; Gaara, Sakura, Kakashi, and Naruto had to hold Sasuke back to prevent him from strangling the Aburame; Hinata gasped; and Neji started cowering in the corner, rocking back and forth singing "The Itsy-Bitsy Spider" under his breath. Now it was the day, and they'd woke up at five in the morning just to get ready.

"Neji-kun," said Hinata, being her usual shy self for once, "Please stop singing that song...you've been singing it for three hours now..."

"The itsy-bitsy spider went up the water spout..."

"Neji-kun?"

"Down came the rain and it washed the spider out..."

"Neji..."

"Out came the sun and dried up all the rain..."

"Neji, shut up..."

"And the itsy-bitsy spider went up the spout again..."

"Finally..."

"Hinata, the spider wants to eat me...but he's up the spout...but the rain washed him out...and he went back up...does he get to the top? DOES HE?! TELL ME!!!"

"Neji, he does not, now SHUT UP!!"


1800 hours: Konoha theatre

It was now exactly six o'clock. Normally, Konoha would be bustling with night-owls, Naruto being heard from Ichiraku's ramen stand, Sasuke training with Kakashi, Baki strolling through Suna, wondering whether or not he should go visit his students at the Kazekage mansion, Sakura practicing healing justu well into the night...instead, a large crowd gathered in front of the theatre, tickets in hand and shivering in the early autumn chill. Baki walked into the side entrance, containers of food in his arms. Since the troupe's refuge in the Suna theatre, he'd become the official caterer without even realizing it.

Inside the backstage area, mass hysteria ensued. Sasuke was reading his lines so fast his eyes were a blur. Gaara's nerves were on a razor-sharp edge, and he had flipped Naruto over one of the tables just for asking about the time. Baki calmly ducked as Naruto went flying overhead, looped around a frantic Sakura, sidestepped a hysterical Hinata (who was trying to extract Neji from a cupboard), and set out dinner on the table. The cast smelled the ramen, and flocked to the table. Within six minutes, the table was completely bare.

"Gaara?"

The firey red-head turned to face Sakura, in costume, and holding out a plate of onigiri.

"Gaara, you need to eat. You haven't eaten in two days."

Gaara nodded, relaxed, and acepted the plate. "Thanks."

"Gaara said thanks," screamed Kankuro, "It's a sign of the apocalypse! We need everyone to calmly...RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!!!"

CRACK! THUD. An irate Gaara and Sakura were standing before a now-passed out Kankuro. The rest of the cast sweatdropped as the two weirdos went back to their onigiri.


1900 hours: Konoha Theatre, 5 minutes until start

"You ready, peoples?"

"READY," shouted the cast.

Shino smiled. It had been a long, arduous, and painful journey, but it was finally time. "Team, make Konoha and Suna proud."


Needless to say, the play was a hit. Amazing reviews were written, and people were stunned with Sasuke and Hinata's performences. People provided honorable mentions for Sakura, Gaara, Hiashi, Neji, and a few other castmates; but none recieved the rave reviews that Naruto did. Shino and the cast soon swelled their ranks as new shinobi joined the troupe, and Shino hinted at a musical.

We'll just have to wait and see what's in store for the world-renowned Konoha and Suna Theatre Troupe 7.


DONE AT LAST! SHANNARO! REVIEW!