AU- Konoha High is full of drama…and not just from the students…
Loads of pairings, loads of chapters. Consider yourselves warned.
"I won't let you go! I can't let you go!"
"I need to leave. There are just some things…I need to find out on my own."
"So you'll just run off on your own? I thought you cared about this school, about all of us!"
"I do. More than you know, I do. But she needs me to go with her, and I need to go with her. I can't stay here forever. None of us will. Konoha High's just a school. We're all going to have to leave it someday…"
"But why does it have to be now? Why do you have to go now? How long will I have to wait?"
"Don't. Don't wait for me. You've got to move on. And so do I."
Naruto opened his eyes. Noise…where's the noise coming from…?
"NARUTO! YOU'D BETTER BE AWAKE UP THERE!" That was Sakura. Naruto checked the time and panicked. Ten minutes until school started!
Roughly twenty seconds later, he was out the door and greeting his friends with a wide smile. "Morning, Sakura!"
"Good morning, Naruto," Hinata murmured, blushing. Naruto didn't hear her.
"Idiot…you overslept, didn't you?" Kiba grunted.
"THAT'S NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS!" Naruto shouted at him.
"Jeez, Naruto…you're so noisy." That was Shikamaru, walking by with Ino and Chouji. "Troublesome…"
They got to Konoha High with little trouble, walking into the building with minutes to spare. Iruka beamed at them from the front office. "Good morning! Have a wonderful day!"
"Morning Iruka!" Naruto said cheerfully. "Are you gonna take me out for ramen tonight?"
Iruka scratched his head. "Well, I guess so…"
"You're the greatest!" Naruto beamed. "This is going to be a great year!"
"A great year, huh?" Iruka mused. "What do you think?" he asked Kakashi, who was lounging on one of the couches in the office.
Kakashi shrugged. "We have no principal right now, and frankly, I doubt Jiraiya's going to come through with his offer to bring back one. If you ask me, this is the year Konoha High is finally going to close down."
"He's right," Genma agreed from the doorway to the teachers' room. "Seriously, we don't even have an assistant teacher. Just a bunch of slackers who call ourselves teachers and the Board. It's surprising that we even bothered in today."
Iruka's face fell. "But what about the students? We can't just deprive them of an education because we don't have a principal…"
"So you be the principal," Kakashi suggested, deadpan.
Iruka's eyes widened. "Well, I don't know if I could do it…I mean, I'm dedicated, but…I guess I'd be okay…Okay! I'll do-"
A boisterous voice cut him off. "When Jiraiya says he'll deliver, he delivers!" Jiraiya stood at the front of the room, an idiotic smile on his face.
Genma, Kakashi, and Iruka gaped. "You mean you actually…"
"All right, get to work! The bell's about to ring, and you had better be in those classrooms on time! That means you, Kakashi!" Tsunade, the long-lost assistant principal of ten years ago, bellowed from behind Jiraiya.
Groaning, the teachers filed out of the room and headed for class. Tsunade…it figures…
When they were gone, Tsunade smirked at Jiraiya. "Shouldn't you be off to do whatever you do, too?"
Jiraiya shrugged. "I don't really do anything. Hey, how about I be your new assistant principal?"
Tsunade laughed. "I've already got one. Shizune. She's taking care of some of the paperwork now." She grinned. "Better find something to do before I kick you off the pay list."
Jiraiya whined for a while, until Tsunade punched him in the face and told him to go make himself busy. Iruka marveled at the turn of events. Tsunade, huh? Things are definitely changing around here…
First period was math for Neji. Sakura, Hinata, Shino and Shikamaru were all there, too.
Asuma stared at them all. "Didn't I have all of you last year? Don't tell me you were all held back."
Sakura rolled her eyes. "No, we're the advanced class. And you teach math to all grades, not just freshmen."
"Do I?" Asuma considered. "Okay. Get up, Shikamaru!" He hurled a piece of chalk at the snoring genius.
Shikamaru just picked up his head and dropped it again.
"Do we have a principal yet?" Neji asked.
"Yes, her name's Tsunade, and don't cross her." Asuma opened up the textbook on the desk. "Is this what I'm supposed to be teaching? I haven't looked at this stuff in years!" He sighed. "I've got to review this stuff. You guys can do homework or something now."
"Homework?" Sakura demanded. "It's the first class of school!"
"Don't bother him about it, he's in love," Shikamaru yawned.
Even Shino turned to the lazy boy. "WHAT???"
But Shikamaru was already back asleep, and Asuma was staring at them suspiciously, so they let the subject drop. Instead, Sakura turned to Hinata. "So how was your summer? Meet anyone interesting?"
Hinata flushed beet red, and Neji turned sharply to hear this. "N-no!" Hinata squeaked. "Not at all!"
"Doesn't sound like it," Sakura laughed. "Come on, tell me what happened!"
"Kiba confessed to her," Shino said suddenly, surprising everyone. "But she turned him down."
"You turned him down?" Sakura moved closer, suddenly fascinated. "Why? Do you like someone else?"
Hinata flushed even redder and looked away.
Sakura considered pressuring her into telling her, but decided against it. Knowing Hinata, she'd give it away herself before the day was through…
Kakashi meandered down the hall to his class. He couldn't just come on time…it would cramp his style. As long as there were no students in the halls, it was fine, right?
Moving past the nurse's office, he heard quiet voices. "…and if you need help, just hit this buzzer," an oddly familiar voice spoke faintly.
That's odd, I didn't know we had a nurse, he mused. Oh, well. He was late anyway; why would a few more minutes matter?
He pushed open the door and gaped. "…Rin?"
Rin smiled sadly at him. "Hello, Kakashi. It's been a while, hasn't it?"
It had been a while, since a rivalry with another school had killed their best friend Obito and Rin had vanished to a distant boarding school. He had thought that he'd never see her again. And yet, here she was, standing beside another of his long-missing classmates, Shizune. "You're…you're the nurse?" he finally asked stupidly.
She nodded. "Now that Tsunade's running the school, she asked me to come back." She put a hand on his shoulder. "I've missed you, Kakashi," she said softly.
Kakashi could only nod dumbly.
Rin looked at his face searchingly and something in her seemed to harden. "I see," she murmured, and turned away.
"What do you-"
"Wait a minute…" Shizune said, snapping back to reality. "Kakashi! You have a class right now! And you're-" She checked her watch- "Twelve minutes late! Get out of here!" She tried to shove Kakashi out, and he let himself be moved.
"I'm going, I'm going…" But as soon as they were in the hall, Kakashi turned to Shizune for a moment. "Have you spoken to Genma yet?"
She jerked up at the name. "That's none…!" Her voice trailed off. "No. Not yet."
"He's going to find out you're back soon," Kakashi warned her. "It's probably best if you tell him." He wandered down the hall.
"I know," Shizune whispered after him. And yet…