A/N: Yay! First chapter! This chapter is short like all of the ones from the first story. But these chapters will get longer as the story progresses, because it deals with ALL of Konoha.
The blonde hokage sighed and ran her hand through her hair. Around her was a wall of papers, surrounding her in a paperwork fortress. She sighed again.
"Ino and Kiba are here," Shizune said, leaning in the doorway, her hand on the door knob. Tsunade sat up and put her hands together.
"Let them in," She said. Shizune nodded and disappeared for a moment. When she reappeared she was leading Kiba, Akamaru, and Ino into the room. Tsunade's eyebrows rose when she saw Ino's heavily bandaged arm and the occasional light bandaging covering the rest of her body, while Kiba seemed to be just as healthy as he was when he'd left. Tsunade noticed that they were stading closer together, body language telling her that they must have grown close during the mission.
"Tsunade-sama, we just returned from our mission," Ino was the first to break the silence.
"Were you successful?" Tsunade asked, leaning forward in her chair a little. Ino smiled and nodded her head.
"Yes, the mission was finished successfully," Ino said. Tsunade pressed her hands, which were still together, against her chin.
"Why is your hand so heavily bandaged?" Tsunade asked. Ino looked at Kiba before answering.
"Well...the clan that was hired to kill Odori dealed with poison. I had an unfortunate encounter with one of their kunai. The medic-nin there did the best they could, but they could only isolate the poision in my hand," She said. Tsuande dropped both of her hands, they both slaped down on her desk.
"They isolated it in your hand?" Tsunade asked (more demanded), her eyes flaming with anger. Ino shrunk back, and looked nervous. Tsunade knew the young blonde was overly confident and wasn't easily frightened. Of course, Tsunade probaly did look pretty scary right now.
"Ye-yea," Ino replied. Tsunade pulled a book down from the shelf and began flipping the pages. Tsunade waved her hands in the direction of Kiba and Akamaru.
"Kiba and Akamaru, you're dismissed. Ino stay here. We need to get you into surgury right away," Tsunade said, still flipping quickly through the pages. Kiba looked stunned.
"Surgury?" Kiba asked. Tsunade nodded.
"Yes, so get out of here. I bet you're tired. Why don't you go rest," Tsunade said. Kiba hesitated and looked at Ino, but was forced out by Shizune who looked slightly flustered.
"Ino. We need to hurry up and get you into sugury. The longer the poision is isolated in your hand, the more risk of losing permanent use of your hand," Tsuande informed the kunoichi.
"If I lost use of my hand...I wouldn't be a kunoichi anymore...my jutsu requires both hands," Ino said, her voice softer and quiter than usual.
"That's why you need to hurry up and come to the hospital with me," Tsunade said, pulling the girl behind her as she left the Hokage Place. The hospital their destination.
Tenten was leaning over, her hands on her knees, and breathing heavy. When she was found her breath again and her heart rate calmed a bit, she straightened back up and smiled. "I got it!" She said. Rock Lee ran to her and placed a hand on her shoulder.
"That was wonderful Tenten! You are a wonderful, youthful kunoichi!" Rock Lee congratulated her. She smiled and turned to Neji.
"What do you think Neji?" Tenten asked.
"Hn," Was his reply. Tenten felt disappointed, but what had she expected? Neji to proclaim his undieing love for her and naming her the best kunoichi ever? No, a simple 'that was good, Tenten. Nice work!' would have sufficed. Tenten sighed, but tried not to look as disappointed as she felt.
"Want to go again?" Tenten asked. She loved training with her teammates. Rock Lee surprised her and declined.
"I have to go meet my lovely Sakura-blossom. She should be on her way to the hospital right now," Rock Lee said. Tenten nodded, still shocked that he would decline training.
"Ok, have fun," Tenten said. After Rock Lee left, Tenten turned to face Neji. "Do you want to go again?" She asked. Neji nodded and stood in front of the target. Tenten was trying to hit the target, while Neji was trying to protect it. A smile covered Tenten's face and she pulled out a scroll.
Kiba ran down the street, collecting wierd looks from people as they stepped out of the way to avoid the brown haired shinobi. Kiba's eyes searched and he gathered the scents around him. He searched for a good 15 minutes when he finally found Shikamaru and Chouji. They were both leaving the barbeque place with Asuma. Kiba panted for a few moments after stopping in front of them.
"What is it Kiba?" Asuma asked him.
"Ino...has...to...have...surgury...," Kiba said in between pants and gasps. An alarmed look was present on all of their faces. Even Shikamaru's.
"Surgury? Why?" Chouji asked.
"I'm not sure. Tsunade got upset when she found out that the medic-nin from the Waterfall Country isolated the poision in Ino's hand," Kiba said, having caught his breath. This caused Ino's teammates to look more alarmed and worried.
"Poision?" Chouji asked. Kiba nodded.
"Is she at the hospital right now?" Shikamaru asked. Kiba nodded again. Shikamaru looked at his teammate and sensai. "Let's go," he said. The four of them hurried down the street, heading towards the hospital.
Sakura looked up, hearing her name called. "Yes, Hokage-sama?" She asked, seeing her walking down the hallway with Ino.
"Ino has to go into surgury, please prepare the room," Tsunade ordered. Sakura eyes flickered to her best friend and greatest enemy. Ino was bandaged more than usual. Usually she just had her body wrappings, but her hand was heavily bandaged along with the other bandaging covering her body lightly. After studying her friend Sakura nodded and headed off.
She had been learning alot under her new sensai, Tsunade-sama, and she enjoyed helping out at the hospital. She walked into the room and began preparing the room. What had happened to Ino?