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A few days later, Kakashi was waiting by the Hokage's room along with Asuma, Gai and Kurenai. The four of them had been summoned to see the Hokage for an important mission together.
"It's nice to finally combine our teams and go on a mission together isn't it?" Kurenai smiled.
Asuma smiled back at her while Gai nodded energetically.
"Yosh! With all our youth power combined, there will be no enemy too strong, no sea too deep, no mountain too high, no tree too tall, no –" Gai declared dramatically but was interrupted .
"We get the point Gai," Kakashi scowled.
"You alright Kakashi?" Asuma asked after looking at him carefully.
"I'm fine," Kakashi said, frowning slightly. "Why?"
"My Eternal Rival," Gai said, rather loudly, "you look a bit tired."
"I'm fine," Kakashi repeated, but added on mentally, "It's just that I keep having nightmares about my students dying and can't get to sleep at all."
Kakashi did indeed look tired. He had bags under his eyes, seemed slightly skinnier as though he had suddenly lost a lot of weight and his normally spiky hair dropped down.
Everyone else was silent and did not pester Kakashi with more questions. Asuma, Gai and Kurenai knew better than to try and get any answers out of Kakashi if he didn't want to give the answers. After, Kakashi was the guy who made even Morino Ibiki stamp his foot in frustration.
"Kakashi, Asuma, Gai and Kurenai," the Lady Hokage called out from her room, "report!"
In an instant, Kakashi and the other three jounins were in the Hokage's room, awaiting their orders. Kakashi noticed that Shizine wasn't beside the Hokage as she normally was.
"I have a mission concerning all four of you teams." Tsunade said imperiously. "You and your students will be escorting a very important member of the council to the Land of Wind."
"Who is this council member?" Gai asked, his curiousity getting better of him.
"Rasikai Nandango," Tsunade said, noting that the name of the highly respected council member made Kakashi flinch slightly. "This will be a B ranked mission which will begin tomorrow afternoon. Do you all accept on behalf of your teams?"
Kakashi hesitated before saying, "Hai" along with his fellow comrades.
"Alright then," Tsunade nodded. "You are all dismissed, except for you Kakashi. I need to speak to you."
Cringing inwardly, Kakashi stayed behind as the others left. She had a very strict look on her face which made Kakashi slightly nervous.
"Yes Tsunade sama?" Kakashi asked respectfully.
"We wanted to see you Kakashi," Tsunade said, crossing her arms. Kakashi blinked in surprise as he saw Jiraiya suddenly standing next to Tsunade, looking unusually serious.
"Something wrong?" Kakashi asked tentatively, and Jiraiya threw up his arms in mock despair.
"Something wrong?!" Jiraiya raged. "Don't you understand anything? The question is what is wrong with you?"
"I'm fine," Kakashi frowned defensively. Tsunade raised an eyebrow.
"Kakashi, you look shattered as though you haven't been sleeping for a week!" Tsunade complained.
"Not to mention that you are finally as skinny as a scarecrow," Jiraiya grinned at his own pun.
"I'm fine," Kakashi said for the 4th time that day. That sentence was really beginning to annoy him.
Tsunade sighed and walked over to Kakashi. She examined his impassive face closely and then deftly pulled down his mask.
"Hey!" Kakashi yelled indignantly but Tsunade brushed off his protest.
"Oh shut up," she said briskly. "It's not like I haven't seen your face before."
Kakashi shot Jiraiya a dirty look as Jiraiya smirked at Kakashi's apparent discomfort.
"So princess," Jiraiya talked to Tsunade, "what is wrong with the stubborn brat? Apart from the obvious of course."
Kakashi shot Jiraiya another glare.
"Well Jiraiya," Tsunade smiled, "it would seem that Kakashi is suffering from nightmares.
"Who – me?" Kakashi asked innocently, putting on his most angelic face which would have most women thinking that he could do no wrong. Unfortunately, Tsunade wasn't like most women.
"Don't even give me that Hatake," Tsunade said angrily. "You should really have came to see me before instead of acting like a child and denying that you're alright!"
"I don't get nightmares and I don't act like a child," Kakashi pouted childishly.
"Bags under eyes, loss of weight, chewed on lips and your new moody behaviour all points towards nightmares." Tsunade said logically.
"Alright, I've been getting a few nightmares," Kakashi agreed grumpily. "What's the big deal? I can still do everything properly."
"You sure about that?" Tsunade asked sceptically. "You look like a breeze would blow you over."
"I'm fine," Kakashi insisted.
"No, you're not," Tsunade insisted strongly.
Jiraiya smiled with amusement as he watched the two well respected ninjas quarrel like little children.
"Kakashi," he said calmly. "Tsunade has a point. Why don't you let her help you deal with your nightmares."
"Talking to you is like asking a little kid to eat his vegetables!" Tsunade said exasperatedly.
"I always eat my vegetables." Kakashi muttered. "And I really am f – "
Kakashi didn't manage to finish the rest of his sentence because at that moment, Tsunade had suddenly put a finger on his forehead. A flicker of chakra ran through her finger and into Kakashi.
Kakashi shuddered slightly before falling to the floor unconscious, Jiraiya managed to catch Kakashi before he touched the ground. The toad sage looked at the smug looking Hokage curiously..
"What did you do to him?" Jiraiya asked, slightly concerned about his best friend'sson.
"Nothing," Tsunade replied. "Just sent some chakra which will put him in a deep sleep until tomorrow morning. He won't be having any dreams or nightmares for a few weeks."
"Impressive," Jiraiya grinned.
"I know," Tsunade said, displaying her lack of modesty. "He should be ready for tomorrow's mission. Take him home and put him in his bed Jiraiya."
She failed to notice a snake slink out of her room silently to report to it's master.
Jiraiya lay Kakashi gently down onto his bad. The much younger ninja looked unusually peaceful as he slept on. Jiriaya frowned at the watching nindogs.
"You know, you could have told someone that you master was having nightmares," Jiraiya said reprovingly.
"He wouldn't let us," the pug dog said lazily. "You know how he is."
Jiraiya sighed and nodded. He told the nin dogs to look after Kakashi before leaving the building. Memories of the long gone past came back to haunt him….
--20 years ago--
Jiraiya knocked on the Hatake's house door loudly. Tsunade and Orochimaru stood beside him as they waited for the door to open. It had been nearly 2 years since they had last saw their close friend, Sakumo, due to the missions they were given. And Jiraiya and Tsunade couldn't wait to see the white haired man again.
Jiraiya, Tsunade and Orochimaru received a huge surprise as they stared at the six year old boy who had opened the door.
The boy had spiky silver hair and pure pale skin. With his feminine mouth and sharp nose, he was absolutely the cutest 6 year old anyone could ever have met.
"You must be Kakashi," Tsunade said, her eyebrows raised.
Jiraiya's eyes widened as he made the connection between the serious looking toddler playing with his father's kunai and the proud looking boy with a Leaf Village headband.
"And you are?" Kakashi asked, rather rudely in Jiraiya's opinion.
"Let us in kid," Orochimaru scowled. "We're the sannins. We're here to see your tousan."
"And how do I confirm that?" Kakashi asked, blocking the doorway.
"Don't you recognise us?!" Jiraiya yelled and Kakashi shrugged.
"I suppose you look like the three sannins but you could still be a henge jutsu, trying to get me to let you in so that you try to kill me and tousan." Kakashi explained.
The sanin's mouths dropped at the six year old's paranoia.
"How do you know about Henge jutsus and why are you wearing Sakumo's forehead protector?!" Jiraiya yelled.
"I am a chuunin of the leaf village," Kakashi said proudly.
Before the sannins could start to protest at the outrageous statement, a voice called out from inside the house.
"Kashi?" Sakumo's voice called out. "Who's at the door?"
"Just the three sanins here to see you tousan," Kakashi called back. Sakumo appeared at the door in an instant.
"Jiraiya? Tsunade? Orochimaru?" the handsome man was surprised to say the least.
Kakashi waited by the door patiently as he watched his father exchange fond greetings with the three famous Sandaime's students.
"Are they really the three sanins tousan?" Kakashi asked after the peculiar greetings were over.
"It's really them Kashi," Sakumo grinned at Kakashi.
"But you said that the Princess Tsunade was beautiful," Kakashi was confused.
Tsunade turned red with anger.
"What did you say you brat!" Tsunade screamed. Sakumo had to restrain Tsunade from jumping at Kakashi, who seemed unimpressed.
"He's just six Tsunade," Sakumo said, trying to calm Tsunade down. "He still doesn't recognise true beauty when he sees it."
"You're just trying to charm me," Tsunade said, but she smiled nevertheless. Jiraiya sighed and made a mental note on asking Sakumo how does he manage to handle Tsunade so easily.
"You better go to your traning now Kashi," Sakumo smiled and ruffled Kakashi's hair.
"Alright tousan," Kakashi smiled back. He gave Sakumo a brief hug and gave the three sannins a suspicious look before heading to the training ground at full ninja speed.
"He really is a chuunin?" Jiraiya asked weakly, while Tsunade and Orochimaru had their mouths open in amazement.
Sakumo nodded proudly and promptly invited the dumbstruck sannins in. He couldn't wait to see the look on Jiraiya's face when he told him that it was in fact his former blond student who was Kakashi's sensei.
Jiraiya shook his head empty from the memories. The past was gone. Sakumo was dead. Minato was dead. Kakashi had changed so much, toughened by the war which had taken away so many of the people he loved.
Everyone was eventually going to die.
"Guess that's fate," Jiraiya sighed and moved on.
"It would seem that Naruto kun is going on a mission tomorrow," Orochimaru said to Kabuto.
"Yes master," Kabuto nodded. "I suppose we will ambush him during the mission?"
"We wait to ambush him after the mission Kabuto," Orochimaru said cunningly. "Then, he and his squad would be weaker and chakra amounts would also be low."
"Master Orochimaru," Kabuto said, "if you don't mind me asking, how will you get Naruto to give you his demon chakra?"
"Everyone has a weakness Kabuto," Orochimaru smirked. "Uzumaki Naruto is no exception."
YAAAAAAAAAY! It's the summer hols! I am so glad!
Sorry about late chapter update.
What did you think about the flashback? I enjoyed writing that the most! Stories about Kakashi when he was a kid are soooo sweet!
Could be a while before I update the next chapter as well since I'm going away for the holidays.
Anyway, read and review please!!