Yes! Return of the evil psycho! Thanks to all of my reviewers! I know there aren't that many, but I actually wasn't expecting any. Like I said I don't need you to leave a comment or anything, it's just an added bonus if you do.
Okay, well, I have some very important news: I am now working on writing a book. A real novel! So, if you like my writing, and if it gets published, please read it, and authors on here, I would be very appreciative if you were to write a fanfic on my book and post it when the book is on here. (I am PRAYING that it will be.)
But I was a little surprised: only one person entered the contest in the time frame I gave so they got to read the scene on the train before the rest of you. Well, here are the official pairings:
Lupin&Tonks (very, very slight)
So, if you don't like the pairings, too bad! This is how I roll. So, I have a SasuSaku scene that's a little sweet but it's slightly…menacing at the same time. Yeah, if that makes no sense, sorry. You'll understand when you read it. I also put in a little NaruHina (cutest couple ever! Well, except for SyaoSaku from CCS and TRC.) So, enjoy!
Chapter 3: A Ninja's Training, Him, and an Encounter on the Train:
Promptly at 4:00, as promised, Sakura sent Sai to wake Harry up. Harry had a little trouble functioning due to lack of sleep, but nothing too serious. As the scent of foreign spices tickled his nose, he woke up and saw Naruto struggling with a fork, trying to eat something from a cup. "What're you eating?" he asked.
"The best food ever!"
"Well, what is it?"
"It's noodles, mixed with spices and meats that you eat with the broth," Sakura explained.
Naruto dropped his fork on the table, "Crap!"
"Nice handiwork, dickless wonder."
"Shut up asshole!"
"What is Sai calling him?" Harry asked Sakura.
"You really wanna know?"
"It translates to… dickless wonder," she said, whispering the last part.
Harry began to laugh uncontrollably. It was the funniest nickname he had ever heard. No wonder Naruto couldn't stand the guy!
Once everyone had finished eating, and Harry had stopped laughing, they went out to train. Harry was very anxious to see it.
"You'd better get a safe distance away," Naruto suggested. Harry did as he was told and backed off. He could see Sakura pull out some weapons from the pouch on her leg, Sai pull out a scroll, and Naruto just standing in a battle position.
It definitely seems like Sakura has the upper hand in this battle, Harry thought.
"And… START!" Sakura yelled.
Narulto formed some extremely fast hand seals and yelled, "Kage bunshin no jutsu!" A ton of Narutos came out of nowhere. Half of them charged at Sakura, who threw weapons and punches at them. As she made contact with a Naruto, it disappeared in a puff of smoke. The other half of the Narutos charged at Sai, who speedily whipped out a scroll and ink well, and began to paint quickly. He waited for the clones to come closer before performing a hand seal. Suddenly, the lions that he had painted came to life and attacked the clones. The clones punched the black-and-white lions, which exploded in large spurts of ink. Several lions sneaked up behind each clone. These too disappeared in puffs of smoke.
Sakura began to team up with Naruto to eliminate the remaining ink lions. Sakura then charged at Sai, fist pulled back. Meanwhile, Naruto was standing behind them with one of the clones, some sort of unknown energy was radiating in his palm. As soon as he had the energy he began to charge alongside Sakura. Naruto misaimed and shoved the energy into a tree, which went flying. Harry wasn't that surprised as the energy looked very powerful. What had surprised him was what had happened with Sakura. Sakura's aim was dead on, but Sai had dodged her punch easily. She, like Naruto, hit a tree. But, what had looked like an ordinary punch to Harry had split the tree into splinters. Note to self: do not piss her off.
It went like this for several hours before Harry reported that the others would wake up soon. They agreed to head back. On the way, Harry started conversation with Sakura and Naruto as Sai walked behind them. "So, how did you destroy that tree," he asked Sakura.
"I pump chakra into my fist and release the energy as I throw the punch. I can enhance my kicks by doing the same thing with my feet. I can actually do it with any part of my body. I can even break boulders with just my pinky finger by using that same technique." Harry's eyes widened in horror at the mere prospect of this. Sakura noticed this and laughed. "Don't worry, I'm here to protect you, not hurt you," she assured.
Harry noticed that Naruto was smiling contentedly at Sakura. Harry guessed that Naruto was happy that Sakura was not mad at him for what had happened the night before, something Harry could not at all blame him for. They walked into the kitchen and began to talk to Mrs. Weasley, who was making breakfast.
It was the night before they would leave on the train for Hogwarts and Naruto and Sakura were in another argument.
"Well, if you wouldn't follow me around like a lost puppy, I might not hit you as much!"
"The only reason it bothers you is that you're still obsessed with the teme, and he left you two-and-a-half years ago for power!"
"Newsflash Naruto: you did the same thing! The only difference with you is that you came back!"
Naruto froze and stared into space. He had never thought of it that way before. He realized that he had been such a jerk! Sasuke had just left and then he left her without a team. He and Sasuke had both chosen to spend the last two-and-a-half years in solitude, but they had both condemned Sakura to it without meaning to.
Sakura, as everyone could plainly see, was trying her hardest not to cry. She ran out of the house as fast as she could; she needed to be alone. She couldn't believe that she had just said that.
Hermione and Ginny had jumped up and began to follow her to try and comfort her, but Sai held them back with an arm. He didn't understand anything about feelings, but he knew enough to know that when Sakura wanted to be alone, it was usually best to leave her alone. Harry decided that he would leave her alone for a while and then go after her.
Sakura took deep, shuddering breaths, willing herself with all her might not to cry. I promised myself that I would never cry over him again. She felt like she was being watched, just like the night that she had first met Harry. She had a feeling that if she was in reality, being watched, it was by the same person as last time. She was right. She felt a familiar chakra but was unable to identify it. Suddenly, there was a presence approaching from her left, it was Harry, he was far away, but still coming towards her. She was suddenly able to identify the chakra. She motioned for Harry to get down and began to turn around, but it was too late. She felt the cold steel of his katana against her neck. "What do you want here?" she asked in what she meant to be a harsh tone, but her fear sank in along with it.
"Now is that any way to greet an old friend, not to mention your first love?" He began to play with a strand of her rosette hair. She gasped, fear coursing through her veins. He chuckled darkly into her hair. "Don't worry; I won't kill you. I just wanted to give you a message. Get out of my head," he whispered in her ear slowly.
What? THUMP Not again. The dark cloud of unconsciousness fell over her as she fell into the arms of her first and only love: Uchiha Sasuke.
Harry rushed back to the house while keeping ducked down, as Sakura had instructed. Another ninja had a sword to her throat, and since Harry knew that he couldn't deal with an unknown ninja on his own he decided to go get Naruto and Sai. He made it back to the house fairly quickly as he had not gotten that far away when he had turned back. He burst in to find everything exactly the way that he had left it.
"Naruto! Sai! Some ninja with hair that sticks up at the back is attacking Sakura!"
Naruto and Sai bolted out of the house at top speed with Harry. They saw a misshapen lump on the ground and it wasn't moving! Naruto and Harry were horrified of what might have happened to Sakura, while Sai was just thinking about it. As they approached the body, they definitely knew that it was Sakura and they saw that she was not dead.
"He just knocked her unconscious," Harry sighed in relief.
"That wasn't all he was doing," Naruto said coldly.
"Huh?" Harry asked, confused. There was nothing else wrong with her.
"He was mocking her," Naruto answered in disgust.
Harry didn't see the mocking until he remembered what Sakura had said to him about the night that Sasuke had left. "He knocked me out and left me on a bench!" Understanding suddenly swept over Harry. Sasuke had been mocking Sakura with the last time that he had seen her. Sai picked her up and said, "We should take her inside to rest for tomorrow." Harry and Naruto nodded in agreement and they all headed in.
Sasuke was watching from a tree the whole time. He felt an emotion that he had never felt before. Was this…jealousy? Impossible. Who was there to be jealous of? There was the stranger target that he knew nothing about, the dobe, and the one carrying Sakura back to the house, his replacement. It was probably him, but he knew that the replacement was just there to help with missions and eventually bring him back. It wasn't that big of a deal. (But is that really why Sasuke's jealous? XD)
Sakura woke up in the early hours of the morning in the room that she had been sharing with Ginny and Hermione. She tried to remember what had happened the night before. Oh right, Sasuke showed up. "Get out of my head." What did he mean by that? She suddenly heard a very loud snore from next to her. She whipped her head to see a sleeping Naruto sprawled on the floor. She smiled kindly at her long-time teammate, touched that he would try so hard to keep her safe.
She wasn't tired, so she went into the kitchen and found Mrs. Weasley making lunches for everyone. She then noticed that Sakura was in the room. "Oh, dear! Are you alright?" she asked in an urgent tone.
"Yes, just a slight headache," Sakura replied with a slightly sad smile. "Why were you up so early?" she asked.
"Well, since it's such a long ride, I'm making lunches for all of you," Mrs. Weasley said with a kind smile.
"Would you like some help?"
"Oh, yes! Thank you. I still have to make breakfast and wake everyone up," Mrs. Weasley commented.
"Well, I'll finish the sandwiches and you make breakfast. When I'm done, I'll go up to the rooms and wake everyone up."
And so, they both did their parts and, as promised, once Sakura had finished, she set out to wake everyone up. Since most of the people were in Ginny's room, she decided to go there first. "Oi, Naruto, wake up. We leave to meet with the others today," she said forcefully, kicking him gently in the stomach.
Naruto shifted in his sleep at the sound of Sakura's voice. "Sakura-chan? You're okay!" Naruto exclaimed, overjoyed by the news.
"Yes, I'm fine, now get up. We have to meet with the other teams today."
"Yosh!" Naruto cried, punching his fist into the air.
Sakura shook her head at her teammate's childish behavior and went Hermione and Ginny, who both got up. Next she went to Sai. "Sai! Get up! We have to leave today!" the kunoichi yelled, throwing a kunai at the sleeping teen.
Sai caught the kunai and sat up to say, "I see that the hag can take a hit. Though I am worried about any brain damage that may have been caused."
"Shut up and get your ass downstairs!"
Sakura marched on to Ron's room where he and Harry were sleeping. She was much kinder to these boys than to her teammates. She spoke at a regular volume instead of a yell, and she gently shook them awake instead of kicking them and throwing kunai at them. Once she was sure that they were up, she returned to the kitchen, where everyone else was.
"Hey, Naruto, I'm sorry I fought with you last night," she said to him.
Naruto turned to her, "It's alright, Sakura-chan. You're right; I did do the same thing as Sasuke-teme. But I promise you, we will bring him back."
"Speaking of the traitor," Sai interjected, "what did he do to you?"
"Well, he-. That is-," she sighed. "Well, he came up behind me and put his katana to my neck. Then, he started mocking me. And he gave me a message. He said 'Get out of my head," and then he knocked me out."
Sai and Naruto stared at her, contemplating the meaning of the message. At that moment, Harry and Ron came downstairs. Sai leaned back in his chair and said, "So, how do you want to handle his security?"
Sakura turned to him; "We only have to watch him while he's on the train. If unwanted visitors come, we'll kick 'em out."
Sai smirked; "And if they don't comply?"
Sakura adapted an evil grin to her face; "Then we'll have to exert force."
Naruto chuckled evilly.
"Oh, children, eat! We have to leave soon!"
The shinobi did as they were told and ate quickly. Soon they were out the door and headed to the cars that Mr. Weasley had managed to get from the Ministry. There were only two, so Naruto and Sai shared one with Harry and Ron and Sakura shared one with Mr. Weasley, Mrs. Weasley, Ginny and Hermione. They arrived at the train station and the shinobi were confused by the prospect of running into a wall to get to the platform, but they agreed in the end.
The seven managed to get a compartment but since there wasn't enough room for all seven of them, Ginny volunteered to find some other friends and find a different compartment. As the train started to move, the shinobi began asking questions about the school. "So, what kind of rules does the school have?"
Hermione jumped right into all of the rules, "Well, there's no magic allowed except for in class or the common rooms, no fighting, no possession of any banned objects…" The list went on and on.
Suddenly, the young ninja leaned forward, on guard. Harry noticed that their hands twitched towards their weapons. They soon found out the reason to their abnormal behavior as the door to the compartment opened and a boy with platinum blond hair walked in. "Hello, Potter. Seeking extra protection, are you? Scared?"
Naruto, clueless as always, asked, "Hey, Harry, who are these guys? Are they your friends too?"
Sakura smacked herself on the forehead.
"Hired some strange little freaks to help you I see. And it looks like the blonde one is an idiot," the boy taunted.
Naruto's temper flared. "Say that again and I'll kick your ass!"
"He'll do it," Sakura warned, "so I suggest you leave," her tone became threatening.
The boy looked her up and down, checking her out. "Why don't you sit with us? Our company is much better than theirs," he said in a suggestive way.
Sakura turned to her comrade. "Don't worry, he's weak, I can deal with him on my own," she said, putting her gloves on. Sai and Naruto smirked, knowing what the guy had coming to him. Sakura turned back to the boy. "What's your name?" she asked him.
"I'm Draco Malfoy," he said, putting his arm around Sakura's waist. Sakura, as Naruto and Sai could plainly see, was offended by the close contact. "And you are?"
Sakura whirled around and punched him in the face, sending him flying into the corridor. "I'm Haruno Sakura. Don't touch me again for as long as you live, you Hidan-look-alike!" she yelled, causing Naruto to crack up laughing. She slammed the compartment door shut. "Bastard," she muttered under her breath.
"Whoo! Sakura-chan, you totally kicked his ass!"
Hermione stared at Sakura, "I don't think that was a good idea," she warned.
"Feh, like he can do anything," Sakura laughed.
"He has two big, strong cronies who'll come after you," Ron warned her.
"Can they split the ground in a single punch?" she asked offhandedly.
"Um, well, no,"
"Then I guess I have the upper hand because I can." They all stared at her in amazement, except for Naruto and Sai, of course. To them it was old news.
They spent hours sitting there talking about the school. Harry, Ron, and Hermione changed into their school robes and they soon after arrived at the school. The ninja were amazed to see that the school was a frickin' castle!
Suddenly, they heard a familiar voice, "N-Naruto-kun! Sai-san! S-Sakura-chan!" Hyuuga Hinata came running up to them.
"Hinata!" Naruto yelled in joy.
"N-Naruto-kun. H-H-How are you?" Hinata asked, fiddling her fingers as she always did.
"Fine. Some guy started touching Sakura the wrong way, but she kicked his ass, so it's okay." Naruto said casually.
Hinata looked shocked, worried, and slightly indignant, "Sakura-chan, are you okay?"
Sakura looked slightly embarrassed over how big of a deal Hinata was making of this. "Hinata, I'm fine. You heard Naruto; I kicked his ass! No guy touches me like that!" she proclaimed.
"I'm so glad," Hinata said with relief apparent on her face.
"Ah, Hinata, these are Harry, Ron, and Hermione. We've been watching them this whole time," Naruto introduced.
Hinata turned to the older teens and bowed low. "H-Hello, I'm H-Hyuuga Hinata. "Ah! N-Naruto-kun we've found out which teams will be guarding which houses, s-so you'll all h-have to come with me t-to get your assignment." Hinata got a slight blush from telling Naruto to come with her.
"Oi, Hinata, are you alright? Your face is all red. Are you sick?" Naruto asked putting his hand to her head and bringing his face close to hers.
N-N-Naruto-kun, he-he's so close. And then she fainted…again.
She totally likes him, Hermione thought.
Does he realize that she likes him? Harry thought.
If he doesn't realize that she likes him then he's an idiot, Ron thought.
"Hinata? Oi! Hinata! Are you alright?!" Naruto shouted in panic.
"She just fainted again, Naruto," Sakura said.
Again? the golden trio thought in united disbelief.
Naruto picked her up bridal style, (aww) "Well, we'd better get going, see you later."
"Right," Harry responded.
Naruto, Sai, and Sakura headed in the direction that Hinata had come from. When they got to the castle, they met by Team Gai. (Neji was worried about Hinata 'cause he's cool like that now.) Neji saw Naruto carrying Hinata and rushed forward. "Hinata-sama! What did you do to her, you idiot?!" he yelled at Naruto.
"Neji, relax, she just fainted again." Sakura said.
Neji's eye twitched. "Again? How often does this happen?"
"That depends," Sakura said, throwing a meaningful glance at Naruto.
Neji understood immediately, and it pissed him off! (Overprotective cousin mode!) He sent a death glare at Naruto, who, being as clueless as he was, stared back in confusion. They soon dropped the argument and headed into the castle. A man with oily black hair told them to stay in the corridor until the Sorting was finished. They waited in silence and met up with everyone else. Kiba was carrying a bucket of water. He said that he had asked one of the teachers for it when he had heard that Hinata was the one that would be fetching Team Kakashi.
"How did you know that she would faint?" Naruto asked him. (smacks forehead with hand)
Kiba sweatdropped. "Let's just say that I had a gut feeling," he said.
They successfully woke Hinata up and dried her off. Since they were all together and Hinata was awake, Sakura decided that it would be a good time to tell them about what had happened the night before.
"Guys, listen, this is important to the mission. Something happened. Last night I had a fight with Naruto and I went off on my own outside and…Sasuke-kun showed up." Sakura looked to her feet while speaking after her pause.
"WHAT?!" everyone shouted, taken completely aback by.
"What happened?" Gaara asked, surprising everyone, yet again.
"He-He held his katana to my throat and then-," she clenched her fists in anger. "And then he began to mock me. And then he left me the same way that he did the first time."
Everyone was silent and Ino stared at her best friend, knowing how hard it must have been for her.
"Do you think he will interfere with the mission?" Neji asked professionally after awhile.
"He's here to avenge his clan and kill his brother, we'll probably clash at one point or another. I just wanted everyone to be aware of his presence."
At that moment, the oily haired man returned. "Come in," he ordered. They entered the Great Hall and walked up to the front. They lined up, standing in their three-man teams and turned to face the students. (Team Kakashi was just following along.)
Dumbledore stood up to announce what was happening, "These young ninja will be guarding Hogwarts this year. There will be one team of three guarding each of the houses. Gryffindor will receive two teams. We all know why." He left a meaningful pause to sink into the crowd before he continued. "Team Asuma!" he called.
"Hai!" Ino, Choji, and Shikamaru responded.
"You will protect the Slytherins. Please sit with them at that table," he said, gesturing to one of the four very large tables.
Team Asuma was there in a flash and the members sat in three of the empty seats. Sakura couldn't help but notice that Ino was sitting next to Draco Malfoy. This won't be a good year for him she thought while smirking to herself.
"Hai!" Kiba, Hinata, and Shino said.
"You will guard the Hufflepuffs." He indicated to another table. "Team Gai!"
"Hai!" from form Neji, Tenten, and Lee.
"You will be guarding the Ravenclaws," he said while pointing to the next table, which the three then joined.
"You will guard the Gryffindors." But before he could gesture to the remaining table, the siblings were already there.
"Same as in the summer."
"Hai!" They bolted over to take seats next to the golden trio.
"Now, without further ado, let us begin the feast."
Mountains of food suddenly appeared in front of them. Every ninja was taking food suggestions from the wizards and witches around them. But Naruto noticed that Gaara wasn't eating anything.
What the Hell? Why isn't he eating anything? This stuff is good… Not as good as ramen but still good.
Harry was thinking along the same lines. "Who's the guy who isn't eating?" he inquired.
Sakura looked at the teams to find whom Harry was referring to.
"That's Gaara," Naruto said. "He's probably on edge about something.
"Yeah," Sakura agreed, "but what? I don't sense anything strange, do you?"
Naruto shook his head. "What about you, Sai?"
Sai also shook his head. "He might just be thinking about something."
Sakura looked up at the staff table and turned to Hermione, who was next to her. "So, who is everybody up there?"
"Well. From left to right it's Professor Sprout, who teaches Herbology, Professor Snape, who teaches Potions, Professor Sinistra, who teaches Astronomy, Professor Burbage, who teaches Muggle Studies, Professor McGonagall, who teaches Transfiguration, then Professor Dumbledore in the middle, Professor Trelawney, who teaches Divination, Hagrid, who is the groundskeeper and who teaches Care of Magical Creatures, and Madam Hooch, who teaches the first years how to fly and referees the Quidditch matches. But I don't know who the last two are."
Sakura, on the other hand, recognized the last two immediately: Kakashi-sensei, and Gai-sensei. Wait! Kakashi-sensei was about to eat something. He put his hand to his mask and slowly began to pull it down. Sakura was so excited that she forgot to tell Naruto, who was having an argument with Harry and Ron.
Naruto suddenly turned to her, "Right Sakura-chan?"
Sakura didn't answer, still staring at Kakashi-sensei. (If you're wondering why I keep saying "Kakashi-sensei" instead of just "Kakashi", it's cause I call him Kakashi-sensei when I'm talking about him in conversation.)
Naruto, the poor soul, took no notice of what she was staring at, "Sakura-chan? Sakura-chan!" He tugged sharply on her arm, her fall out of her seat.
"Ah! Naruto! What do you want?!" She gasped and looked back at Kakashi-sensei, who was setting down his knife and fork next to his empty plate.
"Do Neji and Hinata look like they're blind?"
Sakura's face darkened. "You made me look away for that?!"
Naruto became extremely frightened, "L-Look away from what, Sakura-chan?"
Sakura towered over him. "Naruto, I nearly saw Kakashi-sensei's face. He was pulling his mask off to eat and you made me look away! Now he's done and he put his mask back on!"
Naruto looked and saw that it was true. "Shit," was all he had time to say before an angry Sakura punched him really hardin the head and sent his head flying into the edge of the table due to the angle. "Dammit! Sakura-chan, is it really that big of a deal?!"
"You know damn well it is!" Sakura sat back down, fuming.
Hermione looked terrified, not that you could blame anyone for being a little scared since they didn't know the reason for the argument. "Um…Sakura? What happened that was so bad?"
Sakura sighed and explained the hard work that started with the original Team 7 to find what was under Kakashi-sensei's mask. "Dammit!" She looked back at her sensei and saw that he was looking at her. She threw a death glare in his direction and saw his visible eye close in a smile.
After dinner and dessert, Dumbledore stood up to talk again. "Now, we have some new teachers: Professor Hatake, who has taken the position of Defense Against the Dark Arts and professor Maito, who has taken the position of Ancient Runes."
Gai flashed his "youthful smile" and the young wizards and witches were, needlass to say, utterly horrified but the ones wo didn't take Ancient Runes were exceedingly grateful for the choice they made.
"Now," Dumbledore continued, "everyone get a good sleep, classes start tomorrow."
Naruto stood up and held Harry back as Sakura and Sai stood on the other side of the table. "You're the main target, you need to meet everyone," Naruto explained.
When only Harry and the ninja were left, they introduced everyone to him and he realized that Sakura hadn't been kidding about the less-than-normal appearances.
Sakura reported the Sasuke sighting to the senseis andthey all headed to their respected common rooms. (This was in greater detail but now I'm thinking it's getting a little too long.)
Hermione and Ron were fighting to stay awake while waiting for Harry when they heard the portrait hole open and they saw Team Kakashi, Harry, and the team that had been assigned to guard Gryffindor House enter. Hermione noticed that the girl had a large fan strapped to her back, the older boy had three wrapped objects that she couldn't identify and the younger boy had a large guord of who-knows-what.
"You guys didn't have to wait for me," Harry told them.
"Actually," Ron admitted, "we didn't know where you were and we got a little worried."
"Oh, sorry about that."
Hermione looked at the new team. "So. What are your names?"
Sakura stepped forward. "Right; Temari, Kankuro, Gaara, Hermione, Ron," she introduced quickly pointing at each one as she spoke their name.
So Sakura and Temari followed Hermione to the girls' dormitories and Naruto, Sai, Gaara, and Kankuro follow Harry and Ron to the boys' dormitories.
Hermione couldn't help but wonder about the strange objects on the backs of the Sand Sibs. She rolled over and decided to let sleep overcome her. She had to be at her best for classes tomorrow. She had a strange dream that Professor Maito's eyebrows had jumped off of his head and attacked her. (Which, you have to admit, is a pretty reasonable fear. My friend and I once debated whether they would scream if set on fire.) She woke up and decided it was too early for breakfast and went back to sleep, when she woke up a second time she forgot all about the strange dream the night before and got ready for class.
YES! DONE! 22 PAGES DONE! Again, sorry about how long it took, I was so busy and I just couldn't bring myself to keep typing. But having more delays in my FanFics means I'm typing more chapters in my novel! I'm really happy about it. So thank you for following the story. Reviews would make me happy.