CIA Squad – S.I.N.
Capture Interrogation Assassination Squad
(Konoha Training Ground)
It was nearly a year later and Inoichi was watching as Naruto and Ino who had learned to move as a perfectly trained unit. The main reason was due to an unforeseen complication with the Wedlock collars.
It was shortly after their suspension from the academy when they were out in the village and Naruto was attacked. Ino had been terrified and had tried to help the blond, which had the mob attack her as well. Some of the blows had caused the collars to short and not open no matter what Inoichi had tried and nothing short of blowing the collars up which would have killed the kids could remove them.
He watched as they recovered and during their time away from everyone their age they learned to rely on each other. After nearly two months, they had been joined by Shikamaru to work on team movements.
They returned to the academy after six months and began to dominate the class, Sasuke Uchiha who had been at the top while they were gone found himself moved to third place. Shikamaru continued to be near the bottom of the class, Ino, Naruto, Choji and their parents aware of his true potential and the fact he was using a ninja's greatest weapon in deception.
A couple teachers had been removed due to trying to sabotage Naruto's education and the Hokage had taught classes himself for a semester.
Now two years later and Naruto stood not more than five feet from Ino as they watched their classmates sparred. They had been banned from that when Naruto and then a day later Ino had decimated first Sasuke (by Ino) and a teacher (by Naruto) in taijutsu.
"Are you two out of your minds?" a voice from behind told them they weren't alone.
The pair of blonds turned to see Shikamaru and Choji finish their own spar.
"What do you mean Shika?" Ino asked.
"First you break Sasuke's arm in a spar and then Naruto breaks both of Shiza's arms and legs the next day."
Choji stuffed a handful of chips into his mouth as he watched his three friends.
"So Choji, after school I hear your going away for a week." Naruto prompted.
"Yeah, my sensei for ninja cook is taking me to the court of the Water Lord. During the journey I'm supposed to pick up some recipes from the land and I'll be working on my semester final with him." The Akimichi heir said proudly.
"You'll pass easily Choji." Ino said as she stole a chip and munched on it. A big change in the last two years was Ino had learned to eat properly.
"And you'll be back in time for the final here as well, right?" Naruto asked.
"Should be." Choji said munching on a chip. "Mom's excited either way. You three are going to take your final exam?"
Ino shrugged. "I know daddy is going to be there."
"I just can't believe that we're nearly out of the academy for the summer." Naruto said. The four twelve year olds shared looks.
"A couple more years and we'll be official ninja." Ino said.
"It used to be graduation age was eleven." Shikamaru added accepting a fresh chip from Choji.
"Guys, I don't think I'm going to finish the academy." Choji finally spoke up and his three friends looked at him. He closed his bags of chips. "I'm doing better as a ninja chef and face it, except for you three it's a popularity contest."
Naruto snorted and the name of "Uchiha" was made a coughing sound from Ino.
"So this will be your last semester with us?" Ino asked for verification.
"Yeah. Its just…"
"We understand." Naruto said.
"And when you're a top chef we can have you cook for us." Ino said.
Shikamaru shook his head at the blonds antics.
He looked at Choji who smiled. "You know abandoning me with these two is far too…"
"Troublesome!" Ino, Naruto and Choji said and Shikamaru gave them a look before all three chuckled and Shikamaru joined them after a bit.
Choji gestured at the blonds. "Anything new with the collars?"
Ino touched hers. "Well other than not opening, we've managed to keep from slamming into one another or triggering the newest addition of shocks when we get to far apart."
"Inoichi says that he's looking for someone that still makes them." Naruto said. "In the meantime we've learned a lot."
Ino snorted and nudged her fellow blond. "Just think Shika, you could have been added to the collars if daddy could have found a third one."
The Nara heir shuddered at the prospect of being linked like that to the blonds.
"Yeah Shadow boy you'd be one of us." Naruto said with a foxy grin.
"Yeah, you could dye your hair." Choji added and then took off running with Shikamaru giving chase.
"A couple more years with Sasuke." Ino said as they watched their friends.
Naruto grunted and cocked his head to the side. "Choji's gotten faster."
Ino was quiet for a bit. "Who do you think our new teachers are going to be at the academy in the fall?"
Naruto shrugged. He had basically given up at working at the academy and spent time going over it with Inoichi in the evening once they got home. He still handed in the bookwork but only gave the bare minimum of effort there as well. Shikaku and Inoichi had agreed when they saw the papers that were returned and those were not the ones they'd seen before he handed them in.
"I thought we'd work on defense tonight." Ino said.
"If you want." Naruto answered.
"Its just I left you open to attack last time and…"
"Its okay Ino. That's why we train. And we have the best teamwork outside some of the more experienced teams." Naruto said.
The teachers called an end to the spars and dismissed the class for the day. Ino fell into step with Naruto as they headed for the gates.
"Hey, Ino." A voice rang out. The pair turned to see Sakura running to catch up.
"Hey Sakura." Ino said. She didn't fight with the girl anymore. Sakura like most of the girls in their class had made a turn around after Sasuke's words. Sakura had gone to see Inoichi for counseling as she had come close to slitting her wrists in depression.
"Sakura." Naruto said as the pinkette joined them.
"Can you believe it? Ami's gotten better." Sakura and Ami still didn't like each other despite dropping the Sasuke Uchiha fan club.
The blonds looked to where Choji had Shikamaru pinned to the ground and was rubbing grass in his face. They knew why Ami had gotten better. It started a couple months ago.
Seeing the shared look Sakura had to ask. "What? You know what it is?"
She followed their looks.
"No not Shika." Ino said.
Sakura watched as she watched Ami approach and her jaw nearly hit the ground when the purple haired girl reached the pair and gave Choji a kiss.
"When the hell did that happen?"
"Well it happened…"
The quartet of friends were hanging around Ichiraku's. Choji was spending time learning the ins and outs of ramen and how it could be used by a ninja chef. They had been joking around when Ami had ducked into the shop.
After trading some insults with Ino that had been below standard, the four friends could see Ami was nervous.
"Alright, spill." Ino said.
"I don't know what you're talking about." Ami tried to leave but Ino got in her face.
"Ami, we're not friends, hell we're barely acquaintances. But even I can see you're spooked."
Ami looked away. "I'm going to be sold."
"What do you mean?" Ino asked.
Ami huffed. "My father has decided since I'm not doing well as a ninja hopeful he's going to sell to some merchant. The guy is like ancient."
"Why would he do that?" Choji asked.
"Because he's leaving Konoha and he wants his debts paid off." Ami said bitterly.
Choji frowned. "Here." He put a bowl of ramen in front of her.
Ami didn't even protest and Choji pulled his friends aside. "Keep her here, I'll be right back."
"So Choji's family became her sponsor and she's living with them." Ino said.
"But that doesn't explain…that." Sakura said pointing to the kissing pair and a disgruntled Shikamaru who was still being used as Choji's cushion.
"Well Ami at first wasn't receptive, but as she spent time with the big lug she fell for the old Akimichi charm."
"Chi-Chi's been teaching her how to fight and how to cook. You should see her and Choji in the kitchen together."
Sakura was saved from further asking when Ami and Choji joined them with Shikamaru. Sakura's eyes were locked on the couples linked hands. "Are you guys coming to the shop?" Ami asked. Her tone one Sakura wasn't used to.
"Naruto, Shika and I have some lessons with daddy and Uncle Shikaku but after that…"
"Shop?" Sakura asked.
"Haruno." Ami said her tone flattening.
"Yeah, Ami takes a couple of hours at Ichiraku's." Ino said.
"I get to spend time with Choji-kun and it gives Ayame and Teuchi-san a break." Ami said.
"So, you want to join us?" Ino asked.
"Sakura we're ninja or close to it. Dieting like models is bad. Hell we burn more calories than ten models when we use jutsus."
"Not to mention all the physical activities." Naruto added.
Sakura looked torn.
"Come on, you can help Ami and I keep these boys under control." Ino said.
"We're not that bad." Naruto said and was answered by numerous snorts.
AN: Another time skip next chapter. In fact it will be graduation and our team will be sixteen. Yes Ami will be paired with Choji. Yes Choji isn't going to be an academy ninja, but a ninja chef under a master. I might be pairing Sakura with Shikamaru that's not decided. More next chapter with the collars. Yes they are stuck for now. They will be removed in the future. And…well time will tell.