Chapter 2

Half an Hour Later

We were told to wake everyone up who was sleeping, so first I woke up Deidara by imitating an explosion-- just a little one-- by his ear. I made him switch places with me. I gently shook Shino to wake him. "Shino. Shino, wake up."

"Mmm." I didn't see his eyes open, of course, but he shook his head sleepily and yawned, rubbing his neck. "Yasu?"

"Morning. We're half an hour away from camp. The living were told to awake the dead. Any questions?"

"Uh... any I may have had are no longer pertinent."

"You use big words. Feeling better?"

"And by that you mean...?"

"Your cold, silly! You said you were getting over a cold and I assumed rest helped!"

"Er... Yasu, I told you I was already over the cold. I'm just... a little drained, is all. I don't get sick too often. My immune system isn't used to fighting off disease... so, Yasu, even with just my cold I really had to work-- or, rather, my body had to work-- to get better, and it left me kind of weak."

"Well... awkward, yes? No? Maybe so?"

I heard him chuckle softly. "You know, I find that saying quite annoying, but it's kind of cute when you say it."

"Really?"

"Mildly, yes. Hey, how did you wake Deidara up? He sleeps like a log."

"I mimicked an explosion by his ear."

"An explosion?"

"Just a tiny one."

I peeked over the seat in front of me. Sakon and Ukon were asleep. I reached down and bonked them both on the head. They opened their eyes and cried, "Ow!"

I smiled down at them. "I was wondering how come you two were three quiet."

"Three quiet?" Ukon said. "What the heck's that supposed to mean?"

"It's one more than two quiet."

After a few minutes, Uncle Hayate was at the front of the bus holding one of those intercom things they use on busses. "Okay," he called, coughing. "We have time before we get there to-- cough-- sing one song together. What's it-- cough cough-- gonna be?"

We all looked at each other, seeming to discuss it in total silence. Kei, Deidara, Sakon and Ukon, Tayuya, Kabuto, Kiba, Hana, Choji, Lee, and I all yelled at the same time, "'Year 3000' by the Jonas Brothers!!"

"Alright," Uncle Hayate said. "Take it away, Miss Yasu, you'll be the lead singer." He coughed, sitting back down.

"Alright. Deidara, Choji, Lee, gimme a beat," I told them.

The three of them clapped and stomped their feet in time, and everyone else joined in, except for Shino, Gaara, and Temari. "Aw, yeah, that's nice," I grinned. "Now take a listen at this." I clapped my own hands for a few seconds, then started to sing.

"One day

When I came home

At lunchtime

I heard a funny noise

"Went out

To the backyard

To find out

If it was one of those ratty boys

"Stood there

With my neighbor

Called Peter

In a flux capacitor

"He told me he built a time machine

Like one in a film I've seen, yeah..."

I called out, "Everybody now!"

Everyone but Shino, Kisame, Gaara, and Temari sang the chorus with me.

"Been to the year 3000

Not much has changed

But they lived underwater

And your great-great-great granddaughter

"Is doin' fine

Doin' fine..."

I yelled, "Kabuto, next verse, boy!"

Kabuto grinned and kept time by clapping. Then he sang the next verse.

"He took me

To the future

In the flux thing

And I saw everything

"Boy bands

And another one

And another one

And another one

"And the girls there

With round hair

Like Star Wars

Float above the floor

"We drove around in a time machine

Like one in a film I've seen, yeah!"

Everyone but Gaara, Temari, Shino, and Kisame sang the chorus again.

"Been to the year 3000

Not much has changed

But they lived underwater

And your great-great-great granddaughter

"Is doin' fine

Doin' fine, yeah!"

I shouted, "Break it down, everyone!"

They all continued singing.

"I took a trip to the year 3000

This song had gone multi-platinum

Everybody bought our seventh album

It had outsold Kelly Clarkson

"I took a trip to the year 3000

This song had gone multi-platinum

Everybody bought our seventh album

Seventh album, seventh album..."

Kabuto and I sang the next chorus by ourselves.

"He told me he built a time machine

Like one in a film I've seen, yeah!

"Been to the year 3000

Not much has changed

But they lived underwater

And your great-great-great granddaughter

"Is doin' fine

Yeah! Oh..."

I called out, "Everybody, c'mon!"

Again, everyone but Shino, Gaara, Temari, and Kisame sang, but I saw Gaara tapping his finger on his arm to the beat.

"Been to the year 3000

Not much has changed

But they lived underwater

And your great-great-great granddaughter

"Is doin' fine

Doin' fine, yeah."

The whole bus broke out in cheer, whistles, clapping, and laughter, except Gaara and Shino. Shino tapped me on the arm, gave me a little smile, and told me, "You have a beautiful voice."

"Arigato, Shino!" I called over the applause.

"Do itashi miate," he answered.

"Settle down, settle down," Uncle Hayate told us all. "We are currently fifteen minutes away from our destination, so just-- cough, cough-- calm down!"

"I'm so excited, and nervous," I commented, looking out the window and grasping Shino's arm. "Hey, Shino, what are you doing at Jam Session?"

"I play acoustic guitar. Sometimes I sing, but not often because I don't consider myself very good."

"Ah. I'm here for singing and electric guitar." I turned to Deidara. "What about you, da Vinci?"

"Auxiliary percussion and clarinet. I like to shake things and blow in a tube, yeah."

"Oh-kay, then..." I peeked over the seat. "Yo, Siamese Twins. What're you goin' to Jam Session for?"

Sakon looked up, and he seemed delighted that I was actually talking to him. "We're dancers-- we can bust some moves, even though it may not look like it."

"Oooh. Bet you move good together."

I saw both of them blush. "Thank you, Yasu."

I leaned forward, all but gluing Deidara to the seat, so I could hear the strains of what Kabuto and Kei were saying. "... For putting my glasses away," Kabuto said, taking his specs from her and putting them back on his face. I wasn't sure about Kei, but I thought he looked pretty handsome without them. "Sorry I fell asleep on you, Kei."

"No problem," she giggled. "You look cute when you're asleep, Kabuto."

I looked around, and my eyes held Sasori's gaze for a second. Slowly, he smiled at me. Then he returned to drawing.

I tuned back in to what Kabuto and Kei were talking about. "It's a date," Kei was saying.

My mouth hung open. What had I missed?

"So, do you want to, Yasu, yeah?"

I shook my head. Deidara was talking to me, and Shino looked ticked off. "I'm-- I'm sorry, Deidara. What was that?"

"Uh, do you wanna have dinner sometime, yeah?" he repeated to me. "As in, like, a date?"

"Um... no thanks, Deidara. I'd like to go as friends, though, if that's okay with you?"

He shook his head. "Never mind, Yasu, yeah. It's okay." He held up a hand. "Didn't mean to bug you, yeah."

I bit back a smile and looked at Shino. He'd tensed up. I let myself smile. "Michelangelo, I believe you've offended our young Aburame seatmate."

"Gomen nasai," Deidara said off-handedly, fiddling with his clay again.

"Hai," Shino replied stiffly, crossing his arms.

I giggled .Oh, this was so cute. Shino was jealous. He didn't want me going out with Deidara; did that mean he liked me?

I leaned on Shino's shoulder. "You're jealous," I said, playing with a few strands of his messy hair.

I saw him blushing. "I am not. Why would I be jealous? You can date whoever you want."

I rolled my eyes. "Say what you like, Shino, but your whole face is pinker than a Valentine's Day card-- you're blushing."

After that, he refused to speak to me for the rest of the ride. He didn't, however, push me off his shoulder; he let me stay there and amuse myself with his dark, untidy follicles.

Notes: OK. What y'all think? Jam Session is actually the name of the camp, since I haven't mentioned that. "Year 3000" woot! Do you like my song choice? And I forgot to mention, End Note is like Final Jam from Camp Rock. It's this whole big bash they do at the end of the season (in this case, at the end of the month) where all the students perform and stuff. LOL, some people will be performing twice, and some won't perform at all… dun dun dun… foreshadowing… I love foreshadowing… Shino!

Shino: comes in Yes, milady?

Me: End the chapter, please.

Shino: Very well. A'isha doesn't own Naruto, but she owns Yasu, Kei, Nuo… and I'm pretty sure she owns me, Choji, and Deidara.

Me: glomps all three of them I LOVE YOU PEOPLE!! HAVE I EVER TOLD YOU THAT?

Deidara: On a regular basis, yeah. You're hurting me.

Me: Do you guys want me to stop?

Shino: quick reply No! It hurts too good!

Choji: True dat!

Deidara: eye twitch True what?! It's painful!!

Me: Bye-bye, fans!