Chapter 1

Sakura laughed at something funny that Ino had said as she, Shikamaru, Chouji, Naruto and Ino sat at the Ichiraku's Ramen Shop. It wasn't long before the laughter attracted Kiba and Hinata and later Rock Lee, TenTen and Neji showed up. They were all having a good time and for once Sakura found the burden of work lifted off she shoulders. It was nice having the gang together. She sighed and looked around at her friends sadly, well almost the entire gang, there was still one person missing.

"What's wrong Sakura-Chan?" Naruto asked. She shook her head and smiled.

"It's nothing, what were you saying?" she asked but he didn't get a chance to tell her because right then a messenger came to Naruto and Sakura telling them Tsunade wanted to see them immediately

"I have a mission for you two and Kakashi." She said and they waited patiently to hear what she had to say while they stood with Kakashi. "Orochimaru's been doing some business in a nearby town. So far he hasn't caused any trouble but I want you three to check it out. I have also heard that Sasuke might appear." She said and she saw their eyes widen slightly.

"Sasuke?" Naruto asked and Tsunade nodded.

"Which is why I'm sending you three." She said. "We need to know what Orochimaru is doing and almost more importantly why he hasn't caused any trouble. Do you understand?" She asked. They all nodded. "Good you'll leave as soon as you're ready." She said and Naruto and Sakura were already running out the door to get ready. Kakashi stayed for a moment.

"Wouldn't a bigger team work better, and" he hesitated, "a more experienced team?" he asked.

"Orochimaru is not there, from what I've heard he has only sent a few of his subordinates, one of them happens to be Sasuke." She said. Kakashi nodded as she continued, "I think you can handle him." She said and Kakashi agreed. "Now go get ready you have a difficult mission ahead of you." She said and Kakashi nodded and was off. Tsunade sighed hoping desperately that she had sent the right people.

AN: Sorry guys the beginning starts off really slow but it'll get better I promise