A/N: Hello my lovely readers! I'm back from the beach! Did you miss me? Well, maybe not so much, but at least a little? Ah well, it's good to be back. I've missed fan fiction!!
My mom bought my little brother an anger management book called Hot Tips to Help Kids Chill Out. I got bored, so I read a little bit of it, and it had some pretty good tips in there that I might use. Just thought I'd site my sources.
Also, before I forget, I have appointed a Beta! She's my friend XxPiffleXxPrincessxX, and without her, I'd probably still have writer's block. Thanks a ton, Piff!
This chapter's playlist was the entire Wicked sound track.
Disclaimer: Don't own, sadly enough, so don't sue. Thanks.
"GET ME OUT OF HERE!!!!" Ino cried, attempting to yank the bars off the windows.
"You can't," said Suki calmly.
"Just watch me!" Ino contradicted. She took a few steps backward before sprinting headfirst to the door. Unfortunately, Ino only managed to knock herself out cold.
"You see?" Suki smiled. "You can't get out by using mere force. These doors have a seal on them which keeps them locked from the inside until the course is completed."
"So you mean we're stuck in here with you until we're done with the class?" asked Neji looking horrified and repulsed at the same time. Suki nodded cheerfully.
"And how long could that take?" Gaara inquired.
"Oh, a few days, weeks… A month if you're really resistant," said Suki. "I wish I could say that was the biggest problem you face right now."
"Then what is?!?" Sasuke cried.
Suki looked uncomfortable. "Well, I'm not really supposed to tell you four yet," she started hesitantly.
"Tell us what?" asked Neji skeptically.
Suki looked from the group of boys to Ino sprawled on the floor and sighed. She pulled a scroll out of the front of her kimono and began reading aloud:
"By order of the Third Hokage, Yamanaka Ino, Hyuga Neji, Gaara, and Uchiha Sasuke are forbidden from participating in the Chûnin Selection Exams, or serving as shinobi at all for that matter, until they have completed Lady Suki's anger management class and received her Scrolls of Approval. If they fail to do so, they will be stripped of the title Genin and forced to join Lady Suki in her quest to help members of the Akasuki manage their anger."
"So, if we don't pass," Sasuke began.
"We're going to be friends forever!" Suki finished with a grin.
"NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!" shouted the class.
Ino began to stir. "What's going on?" she asked weakly, massaging the knot that had formed on her head.
"Well, since Ino-chan has been kind enough to join us, why don't we go ahead and work on the anger management exercises she requested?" Suki suggested. She didn't wait for a response. "This exercise helps you calm down when you're angry. I'm going to say something mean and hurtful to you, and instead of reacting, I want you to count to ten."
The class gaped at her in confusion.
"So, do we have any volunteers?" asked Suki. When no one raised their hands, Suki volunteered Gaara. She cleared her throat. "Gaara… sometimes… you're not a very nice person."
Sand began leaking out of Gaara's gourd, ready to strike Suki. "Gaara! I said count to ten, not attack people with your sand!" she screamed.
"One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten," Gaara counted. The sand receded.
"See, it works!" Suki smiled. "Very good, Gaara-kun! However, your sand concerns me a little. I don't allow weapons in my class. You may keep your sand with you, but only if you use it to make sand sculptures of smiley faces." Gaara looked as though his teddy bear had just died. Surprisingly, that's a look of total disgust and hatred.
"Okay then," said Suki, turning to Neji. "Neji-kun… I think that sometimes you're too mean to you're cousin Hinata."
Neji gave her the evil eye. "One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten," he hissed.
"Very good! Sasuke-kun… I think you're a little too obsessed with killing your brother."
"WHY YOU!" Sasuke screamed. "HE MURDERED MY ENTIRE CLAN! ALL MY FAMILY MEMBERS! MY PARENTS! MY HAPPINESS!"
"Not so fast. Just count to ten and relax," said Suki.
Sasuke sighed. "One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten," Sasuke muttered.
"Good. Now, Ino-chan… sometimes… you're an annoying person to be around."
"NANI?!?" Ino screeched. "Everybody loves me! And anyone who thinks I'm annoying is an idiot!"
"Hey!" said Sasuke, slightly insulted. "I think you're annoying!"
"Me too," Neji agreed. "Are you calling us idiots?"
Sasuke grabbed his windmill shurikan, while Neji pulled out a kunai. The two of them began advancing toward Ino. Ino gulped.
"That's enough!" Suki cried. "I told you I don't allow weapons in my classroom! Now put your shurikan and kunai on the desk." She pointed at a desk in the corner than nobody had noticed, including Lizzie-sama (but not Piff-sama because BETAS KNOW ALL), before now. "You may have them back once the course is finished."
Neji and Sasuke reluctantly complied.
"Instead, you may use these." Suki pulled the replacement shurikan out of the desk drawer. "Bubble guns and faux feathers! Now, you can vent your anger without hurting anyone!"
Sasuke and Neji took their new "weapons" and walked halfheartedly back to their pillow/chairs.
"Wait a minute," Ino piped up. "Sasuke gets a bubble gun, Neji gets faux feathers, and Gaara gets to keep his sand! Where's my weapon?"
"Ino-chan, your imagination is the greatest weapon of all," Suki beamed.
"But I want a physical weapon!"
"Ino, are you familiar with the old saying, 'kill them with kindness'?"
"What if I want to kill them with something else?"
"Maybe I shouldn't have said 'kill'. What I mean is cheer them up with your joyful happiness, the likes of which are only found in your happy place."
"My what?" Ino asked dully.
"Your happy place," Suki repeated. "Which brings us to our next lesson."
The class groaned.
Reviews, my lovely readers! Let's try and break 30; I'm feeling ambitious today.
Superspecialawesomekiba: Thanks! I was listening to the radio while I was writing, and I kept waiting for the band name, but they wouldn't tell me. I don't think they'll sacrifice Ino yet, but you never know. I'll have to consult w/ my Beta for that. YAY SHIKA FANGIRLS!!
BambiSpirit: Yay! Thanks! I hope you will continue reading.
YinYangLover: Yeah, that came from a thing I did at campo where I was pretending to be a hippy.
Yoruhoshi-Sora: Thanks! I love it when people recommend my stories to their friends.
XxPiffleXxPrincessxX: Hi Scarecrow! When are you updating Da Crack Ish Whack? I could be your Beta for that story if you need help, to return the favor.
Ino Yamanaka Goddess: Thanks! Lol, don't worry. I say that to almost everyone too. Still means a lot to me, though!
Bleeding-lily: Thanks! yeah, I know I need to do a better job of proofreading. I have a Beta now, so she can help me out with that. Hmmm... that's an interesting idea... certainly something worth pondering.
Tangerine Tea: Lol, you can just picture Neji saying something like that. Everybody loves Sasuke. He may be a traitor... but you gotta love his hair!!!