A grumpy Naruto, blond hair sticking out haphazardly, yawned in the early morning light, before he opened the door to Tsunade's office, and was met with a glare. "You're late."

He glared at her, his bleary eyes betraying his sleepiness, as well as his desire to go back to sleep. "Well, EXCUSE me for being tired at Five O' Clock in the morning!"

She exteneded her hand, and in it was a scroll. "Just read this gaki, and then you might wake up a little."

He looked down at the parchment he had just been given, and sighed as he read it, whilst the 18 year old Jonin just felt like keeling over and going back to bed right now. "Fine, but this had better be good, or I'm telling Ero-senin about that new hotspring you've been keeping a secret from him...

Ignored was the massive amount of killer intent that was sent his way.

He read aloud to himself, nonchalantly, voice heavy with sleep, as he scratched the back of his forehead. "In the shadows of evil, seven great warriors will rise from the shadows of fear. They stand up to fight a great evil. But one of the seven will disappear at the end of the great journey. I seek the seventh." After reading it, a rough blond eyebrow rose confused by it, as he looked back to her.

"What the hell is this supposed to mean, grandma?"

Tsunade, the fifth Hokage, restrained the urge to smack him right then and there. "Baka, its a coded message. Braka, former High Priest of Spira has asked for a certain someone to be one of the bodyguards for his daughter, Yuna, as she makes her pilgrimage, to become a Summoner. He's sent a man here to retrieve one of our ninja, for the task.That's what he means by the seventh."

The blond arched an eyebrow at this. "He's asked for one ninja from each village?"

She nodded sagely. "Good. It looks like all that training sharpened your mind as well."

"Watch it," He hissed venemously, but she could tell he was too tired to carry out any threat whatsoever, judging by the bleary look in his eyes.

Sighing, she decided to stop beating around the bush."Naruto, I'll just cut to the chase. " I've recommended YOU to be one of the seven. The one that goes to be one of her 'guardians.'"

For a moment, nothing happened, then his eyes got was wide as saucers, as he dropped the scroll, which unraveled as soon as it hit the ground.

"NANI?!"