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Chapter 7 – Rescuing You

As Ino and Sasuke were trying to melt each other with their glares, let's see what's happening in our beloved Konoha.

"Are you sure?... Since when?... Okay. Thanks. We'll send someone to look for her quickly." Kakashi hung up. He pinched the bridge of his nose in frustration. Shit.

"What's up Kakashi?" Anko asked, sitting beside her husband. Kakashi managed a small smile before quickly reverting back into a frown.

"I just got a call from our contact in Oto. Ino was supposed to give him a package, but she never came. And the fact that she's in Oto doesn't help." He said.

"I won't try to comfort you and say that Ino just got sidetracked shopping, because we all know that Ino is responsible. Mission first, then shopping." Anko wrinkled her nose. "Why she finds it absolutely enjoyable, I don't know."

"Anko, we have to tell Tsunade about this." Kakashi said, slightly wondering why Anko was talking about shopping, of all things. It might have to do with the fact that she was 6 months pregnant, but that wasn't the point.

"Go. But make sure Itachi hears of it. Sasuke could be part of the deal or not, but he needs to know." Kakashi nodded before kissing her cheek, going out the window.

"In case you forgot, there happens to be a use for doors!" Anko called out as he left.

"WHERE IS NARUTO, ITACHI?! I KNOW YOU KNOW WHERE HE IS!" Sakura shrieked at Itachi, before attempting to punch him. Itachi's eyebrow twitched, and he leaped on a branch, away from the madwoman.

"Haruno-san, I told you, I don't know where Naruto is. And before you accuse me again, I am not his accomplice. Go and find Kiba. He's bound to know." Itachi smirked. Kiba was in for it now. Sakura huffed, blowing out a strand of her bubblegum pink hair which covered her eyes.

"I'll come back Itachi. Don't forget that. When you least expect it, expect it."

"Yes ma'am." When Sakura was finally out of earshot, he breathed a private sigh of relief. That girl was scary.

In case you were wondering, Naruto stole Sakura's journal, hence the pissed off Haruno. Poor, poor Naruto.

Itachi sighed. He jumped off the branch he leapt on, expecting a grinning Ino to appear. She was always there when he got in trouble.

That didn't mean he missed her.

Why would he miss her anyway?

So absurd.

"Itachi-san!" He turned towards the voice, and saw a genin run up to him. He nodded in polite greeting.

"Itachi-san," the boy bowed. "Tsunade-sama wishes to speak to you. It's urgent. She says to come to the Hokage Tower as soon as possible." The genin spoke between pants. It was obvious he had been running. Even if the boy had done him a favor, Itachi had the decency to criticize him, fully knowing the boy must've been a new graduate.

"You need to work on your stamina." He said before nodding vaguely at the boy as a sign of thanks. He took a running start, then jumped on the nearest roof, as silent as a cat. He continued his slow trek to the Hokage Tower. He really didn't want another mission.

He knocked on the door of the Hokage, dusting his jounin uniform. He heard Tsunade's okay and opened the door. Kakashi was inside with Tsunade, deep in thought.

"I'm here Tsunade-sama. Is there anything you want?" He asked politely.

"I would love a bottle of sake right now, but that's not why I called you here." She was rubbing her temples.

"Itachi, Ino's missing." Itachi's eyes narrowed.

"You sent Yamanaka Ino on a trip to Otogakure no Sato. Of course she would go missing!" He said. He never did like the thought of Ino going to Oto. Why didn't she accept the C rank mission to Suna instead?

"Watch your tongue, Uchiha. I didn't call you here to lecture me. I realize that it was a mistake." Tsunade said, narrowing her eyes at Itachi. He didn't feel threatened.

"Only one person would even consider going after her." Kakashi said. "Any ideas, Itachi?"

"Two people would. Orochimaru or Sasuke." Tsunade raised an eyebrow.

"I notice you said 'or'. You believe they would have different reasons for capturing her? Without letting the other know?" Itachi nodded.

"Orochimaru would just want a Konoha captive. Sasuke, on the other hand, would want her," Kakashi interrupted him.

"just to spite you." He finished, the realization dawning on him.

"It's the kind of news that would get Sasuke to do something." Tsunade said, getting it.

Itachi didn't bother saying that he felt Sasuke still cared for Ino because it wasn't right. Sasuke left her and ignored her open arms when he left. Ino was broken. But she learned her lesson and wouldn't let Sasuke charm her again.


Lyn: There you have it. I'm gonna be updating Unattainable Love? next, so keep a lookout for that. Don't forget to vote guys! Xoxo.