Disclaimer: I don't own Naruto. If I did, I wouldn't be writing this series, no would i?

It's Mika-chan! And it's the sequal of Deidara-sensei! That means if you haven't read it, you probably should. I think I started this before I finished Deidara-sensei. That's how much I wanted to start this. This story takes place 8 years after Deidara-sensei. Just wanted to make that clear. Let the tale begin!

Deidara was eating some ramen when the bolder guarding the cave was opened. As his silver-grey eye got adjusted to the sudden change in light, Deidara saw Sasori and a small girl. She was around 5 or 6 years old with red hair tied in a ponytail. Her eyes were the exact same shade of brown as Sasori's.

"What's with the kid, Sasori?" Deidara asked, putting his dirty bowl in the sink.

"This is Sayu." Sasori said, "She'll be living with us."

"Akatsuki is no place for a kid Sasori, hmm." Deidara said as he approached his teammate, "Does the leader know that she's here?"

"Not yet." Sasori said.

"He's gonna kick her out, you know." Deidara said.

Sayu was looking Deidara up and down. In her eyes, he looked terrifying. Especially the palm-mouths. Sayu grabbed Sasori's hand, trying to distance herself from Deidara.

"It's ok, Sayu." Sasori assured the small girl, "Deidara's my partner. He's not going to hurt you."

Sayu didn't say anything. She was trying to avoid Deidara's gaze. She didn't care what Sasori said. To her, Deidara looked like he could kill at any moment.

"Where did you find her?" the blonde ninja asked.

"In Suna." Sasori said.

He walked over to the living room, Sayu still gripping his hand. She sat down on the couch next to Sasori. Deidara sat down on the recliner opposite the couch.

"What are we gonna do now?" Deidara asked.

"I'm waiting for Leader to get back." Sasori said.

"To ask if she can stay?" Deidara asked.

Sasori nodded.

"You know he's in his room with Konan, hmm?" Deidara asked.

"I'm not going to interrupt them." Sasori said flatly, "He could have me kicked out."

"That wouldn't be good, hmm." Deidara smiled.

"Where's Hikaru?" Sasori asked, "Isn't she supposed to be here?"

"She had to go somewhere with Zetsu, hmm." Deidara said, "They should be back sometime tonight."

"I bet she's gonna try to get that light strangle thing worked out." Sasori noted.

"Probably, hmm."

Sayu stared at Deidara, trying to figure out if he would really kill her at a moment's notice. Why did he say 'hmm' at the end of so many sentences? Sasori never did that. Maybe it was just Deidara's way of speaking. A door opened and the Akatsuki leader came out of his room with Konan.

"What's up, hmm?" Deidara asked.

"Just reviewing the scrolls Kakuzu and Hidan brought back." The blue-haired kunoichi said as she joined Sasori, Sayu and Deidara with her partner.

"That what you always say." Deidara smiled.

"What's with the kid, Sasori?" Pein asked.

"I found her in Suna." Sasori said.

"When you left without telling anyone, you mean?" Pein's eyes said it all.

"I had to go. My puppets kept breaking. I needed to find some new ones." Sasori said, "No one was around."

"You couldn't leave a note?" Pein crossed his arms in front of his chest.

"I didn't think about that." Sasori frowned.

Sayu stared at Pein. Forget Deidara, this guy looked like he was ready to kill. All of his piercings definitely freaked her out.

"Do you have a name?" Pein asked the small girl.

Sayu edged closer to Sasori and said, "Sayu."

"What type of jutsu does she use?" Pein asked.

"Nothing yet." Sasori said, "I'm going to teach her how to use puppets."

Sasori's eyes met Deidara. Deidara could tell that Sasori would do anything to let Sayu stay.

"She can stay as long as she doesn't get in the way." Pein said, "She'll stay here while you guys go on your missions. I don't think you'll have any for a while, though."

Sasori breathed a sigh of relief. Sayu wouldn't have to leave after all.

"So she's gonna be your student?" Konan asked the puppet master.

Sasori shook his head, "Not really."

"Then why's she staying here?" Deidara asked.

"She doesn't have anywhere else to go." Sasori said.

He looked at Sayu said, "Wanna start training?"

Sayu shook her head, still holding onto Sasori.

"Let her get used to the place first." Konan suggested, "It takes a little getting used to."

"What time is it?" Sasori asked.

"Almost 7." Deidara said, "You missed the better half of the day, hmm."

"Sorry about that." Sasori said, "I didn't think I'd be gone all day."
He got up off the couch and walked over to the kitchen, Sayu following behind him. She's really attached to him. Deidara watched as the small girl walked over to the kitchen table and sat down next to Sasori.

"Sayu, what do you want for dinner?" Sasori asked.

Sayu shrugged. Deidara had a feeling that she wouldn't be saying anything for a while. Watching his partner, Deidara wondered how Sasori could put up with her. Little kids drove him crazy. The way they were always complaining about something. Maybe Sasori had more patience than he had.

"Deidara, did you eat already?" Konan asked.

Deidara nodded.

"I'm gonna go outside and blow shit up." He said.

"Have fun with that." Pein said.

Deidara grinned and walked out of the cave. Sayu looked at Sasori and said, "What is he going to do?"

"Blow stuff up." Sasori said.

"Why?" Sayu looked confused.

"Because that's what Deidara does." Sasori said.

"So, Sayu, if you hear any explosions, that'll be Deidara." Konan said, "So don't get all freaked out, ok?"

Sayu nodded. Konan didn't seem as bad to her. Not as bad as Pein or Deidara, anyway.

"Where is everyone else?" Sasori asked as Deidara's 'works of art' could be heard.

"Hidan and Kakuzu should be back soon." Pein said, "They were going on a mission today."

"What were they doing?" Konan asked, eating some white rice.

"Getting some scrolls on the Jinchuuriki." Pein said to his partner over Deidara's explosions.

"How many do we have now?" Sasori asked as Sayu crawled onto his lap.

"Not many." Pein said, "We need to get a lot more."

"What about that Naruto kid?" Konan suggested, "Doesn't he have the Nine-Tailed Fox?"

Pein shook his head, "We won't try for him yet."

Sayu had no idea what was going on, but she didn't want to know. She leaned against Sasori's chest and closed her eyes, trying to block out the sound of the explosions.

"So what are we going for now?" Sasori asked, "We have the Shukaku. What else do we need?"

"Right now we just need to find the other hosts," Pein said.

The bolder was opened again as Kakuzu and Hidan entered the cave.

"How goes the mission?" Konan asked.

Kakuzu tossed Pein a bright blue scroll.

"Success." Hidan said, sitting on the floor, praying.

"What's with the kid, Sasori?" Kakuzu asked, sitting down next to Konan.

"Kakuzu, Hidan, this is Sayu." Sasori said, "She'll be staying with us.

"Sasori, Akatsuki is no place for a kid." Hidan said, "Why the fuck did you bring her here?"

"She didn't have anywhere else to go." Sasori said, "I figured I could take care of her."

"She won't be going on the missions, will she?" Kakuzu asked, "Deidara won't like that."

"She won't be." Sasori said, "Maybe Itachi will watch her while I'm gone."

"Don't count on that." Hidan said, "You know how Itachi hates kids."

"There's always someone here." Pein said, "It's usually Itachi and Kisame."

"I don't know about Kisame, but Itachi's definitely going to be pissed." Hidan said.

"I know. It's not like I won't be teaching her anything." Sasori pointed out, "I'm going to teach her how to use puppets."

"Another one with puppets?" Konan sighed, "Isn't one enough?"

"It's the only thing I know how to use." Sasori said.

Deidara walked back inside and joined the others in the kitchen.

"It got too smoky."

"That's never stopped you before." Kakuzu pointed out.

"I like to watch my works of art explode." Deidara grinned.

"Here he goes again…" Konan sighed.

"Try having him as your partner." Sasori told the blue-haired kunoichi.

"I don't know how you and Hikaru can stand him." Hidan said.

The bolder was once again raised. Hikaru and Zetsu walked in. In the 8 years since she had first come to Akatsuki with Deidara, Hikaru had taken Orochimaru's place. She was still grouped with Deidara and Sasori. Zetsu, who was the only Akatsuki member without a partner, liked working alone.

"How was it?" Pein asked.

"You'd better need these." Hikaru said, "They got us into a lot of shit."

Also in the 8 years since she had first come to Akatsuki, Hikaru had picked up some habits from her fellow members. She hadn't started calling her exploding light 'works of art', but Sasori was willing to bet it wouldn't be long with Deidara as her sensei.

"What happened?" Kakuzu asked.

"Once we got there, we got into the building and stole the scrolls without a hitch." Hikaru said, opening the fridge and pulling out a container of shrimp.

"When we walked out, the guards noticed us and started to attack." Zetsu said.

"I used so much light that now I have a killer headache." Hikaru said.

A downside to Hikaru's light manipulation was if she used it too much in a short amount of time, she got terrible headaches. They were gone by the next day, but it got in the way of missions.

"What did you do last time?" Sasori asked.

"Sleep it off." Hikaru said, placing the bowl of shrimp in the microwave.

"What's with the kid?" Zetsu asked, looking at Sayu.

"Zetsu, Hikaru, this is Sayu." Sasori said, "She'll be staying with us."

"Another kid?" Hikaru sighed, "Wasn't I bad enough?"

"Not really, hmm." Deidara said.

"We just let Deidara deal with you." Hidan said.

He walked into his room, presumably to pray before going to bed.

"What are you going to do with her?" Zetsu asked.

"I'm going to teach her how to use puppets." Sasori replied.

"Sasori, have you thought about where she's going to stay?" Hikaru asked, "I'm still sharing a room with Sensei. There isn't any more room. Not unless leader moves his library."

"The library stays put." Pein said, "Sasori, she'll stay with you."

"Fine by me." The puppet master said.

"Zetsu, Hikaru, what were the scrolls on?" Deidara asked as Pein and Konan went to their rooms.

"Jutsu development." Hikaru asked as she walked over to the microwave to retrieve her leftover shrimp, "What now?"

"I was planning on eating something." Sasori said, "Sayu, you're gonna have to get off of me, ok?"

Sayu nodded and got off of Sasori, who proceeded to walking to the fridge in search of food.

"Hikaru, don't forget you have to make dinner tomorrow." Deidara reminded the brown haired kunoichi.

"I know." Hikaru said, breaking apart her chopsticks, "I'm making onigiri."

"You always make onigiri!" Deidara protested.

"I don't know how to make anything else." Hikaru shrugged, "And not so loud. My head is killing me."

Sayu looked at Zetsu. She couldn't even see where his head was among the Venus Fly Trap-like plant that surrounded his body. Did everyone in this group look so deadly? Konan and Hikaru didn't look like that. Well, not Konan. Hikaru, maybe. Her lip piercing looked menacing. Sasori didn't look evil. Why did everyone else? Sasori joined Hikaru, Deidara and Zetsu at the table. Kakuzu had already gone back to his room. Once Sasori had sat down at the table, Sayu was back on his lap again.

"What did you guys do all day?" Hikaru asked.

"Sasori just got back." Deidara explained, "I created works of art."

"Deidara, will you cut it out already?" Zetsu asked, going to his room.

"Nope!" Deidara exclaimed.

"Sensei, it is getting annoying." Hikaru said.

Sayu watched the two ninja conversing. Why was Hikaru calling Deidara sensei? She made a mental note to ask Sasori later.

"Zetsu and Hikaru are right, Deidara." Sasori said, eating some sushi he had found, "I'm amazed that leader hasn't kicked you out yet."

"He can't kick me out." Deidara said.

"No?" Hikaru questioned.

"Who else are they going to use for explosives, hmm?" Deidara pointed out.

"Hikaru can explode light now." Sasori said.

"But her explosions will never be as big as mine." Deidara said.

"Wanna bet?" Hikaru raised her eyebrows.

"Sayu, are you getting tired yet?" Sasori asked, turning his attention to Sayu.

"Yeah…" Sayu said softly.

She got off Sasori so he could stand up. Holding his hand, she followed him into his room, leaving Deidara and Hikaru in the kitchen.

"Man, it's boring." Hikaru sighed, eating some shrimp.

"Wanna explode things?"

"No, sensei."

"Is there anything on TV, hmm?"

"How should I know? I've been gone all day."

"Good point. We can see if something's on."

"I'm gonna go to bed. This headache's killing me."

Hikaru stood up, putting her dirty bowl in the sink. She walked into the room that she shared with Deidara. After taking off her cloak and hanging it on a peg by the door with her headband, Hikaru got into her makeshift bed and stared at the ceiling, trying to ignore her throbbing headache. So Sasori's brought a kid here. I wonder if he knows what he's doing.

So Sasori's brought a kid now? What next?

Next chapter: Everyone goes on a seperate mission. So who stays with Sayu?