Sept 6

Dear Diary!

Sorry for ignoring you for the last couple of days, but I was busy! Believe it!

Ok so we went to Tsunade-baachan this morning to get our mission, and she had the nerve to try to lay another D-ranked mission on us! Can you believe that?! I burst out and made my objection clear and earned a large bump on my head. Owie. But I got us a B-ranked mission! Yay!

So Sasuke-teme, Sakura-chan, Kakashi-sensei and I set out. The mission was to retrieve a stolen sacred scroll from the bandits around the fire temple. Sounds fun and interesting right? That's what I thought too.

How wrong I was.

First of all, the trek there was pretty bad in itself. The first half was pretty normal and boring, but then we reached the Fire Country's infamous toxic swamp. I saw it from a distance and gagged.

Ew. That's the only way to describe it. Ew.

Lying in front was a lake of thick black tar and above the muck hung a cloud of white fumes that resembled thick fog. And the smell oh gawd the smell; imagine a giant garbage disposal, the swamp smelled like that from a distance away, I really don't want to know what it smelled like up close.

They say that when you smell something, you're actually breathing particles of it into your nostrils.


I really don't want muck in my nostrils, how disgusting.

Even Sasuke wore a grimace, heheh. He looks funny with his nose scrunched up like that. On the other hand, Sakura-chan had her hand covering her face, frowning and asking Kakashi-sensei if we could take a different route. He just smiled, I think, it's hard to tell with that mask of his, and pulled out 4 gas masks from his bag. I sighed in relief. Well, at least we didn't have to get muck in our nostrils.

We each gratefully accepted the masks. They worked really well too, effectively blocking out the smell. And with that, we faced the swamp.

I looked around and found some dead logs semi-floating on top of the swamp and hopped on. So we progressed, slowly but surely.

Until the log I stepped on shook and the next thing I saw was a big gaping mouth filled with sharp white teeth. I quickly leapt back just in time to evade it. Then all around us these reptilians stirred awake and glared at us with sleepy eyes, as if they were annoyed that we disrupted their sleep.

Sakura screamed as a scaly beast's mouth opened right under her, guiding her deep into its throat. But Kakashi-sensei leapt and caught her before she fell in and dashed away, calling out to us, "This way, hurry!"

Sasuke and I hurried to catch up, but it was difficult avoiding the beasts since they were the only things besides real logs to jump on, since the swamp has become too deep to trudge through.

I felt my foot hold being pulled out from under me and the next thing I knew… I didn't know anymore.

The end.

Haha just kidding, if the great Uzumaki was dead who would be writing in his most treasured journal right now? Haha, anyways…

When I came to, it was already dark and a campsite has been set up. Then I noticed a weight on my stomach, and I looked down to see a messy array of black hair. At first, I was confused, then I realized it was Sasuke-teme's head. I smiled and attempted to move my arm to touch the teme's head, but I couldn't move it because it ached so much.

So instead, I just looked down and stared in awe at the teme's sleeping face. Heheh, even in sleep he wore a scowl, how cute.

Wait. Not cute, just… different.

His obsidian eyes slowly peeked open and stared into mine hazily. Then he quickly removed his body from atop mine, and I missed the heat in the chilly night. He then looked at me with concern and worry flashing through his orbs as he queried urgently, "Are you okay Naruto?!"

I flinched because the sudden noise shocked my sensitive ears and then nodded affirmative. I gave my teammate a small smile too.

Then to my surprise he lowered his head until it rested on my stomach area and was silent for a while. I spoke hesitantly, "Teme..?"

After a few more moments of silence he spoke softly, "The beast swallowed you whole… When I saw you, I couldn't react fast enough to get you out… I'm so weak, so pathetic…"

I was shocked at the teme's sudden confession; it was so unlike him who always acted like he was better than everyone else. Just…wow. But I also didn't want him to be like that; it wasn't his fault or anything. So I let him know.

"Teme, it wasn't your fault, don't blame yourself. That's so unlike you… And plus, I'm fine now aren't I? It's all my fault for not being able to tell the difference from the logs and beasts so don't beat yourself up over it."

Then I noticed his soft breathing and realized that he has fallen asleep again. Wow, did me being hurt affect him so much? Why? … Well, there's a question for me to ponder…

I tried to move my other arm and found happily that I could move it pretty easily. So I reached down my pouch and pulled up my journal.

Still… I want to know who got me out from the belly of the beast. But looking down at the peacefully sleeping teme I don't want to wake him up. He's obviously tired and drained.

And besides, I found that I didn't really mind the weight and warmth on my tummy. I smiled happily, knowing that the teme would probably act like his cold icy self again tomorrow. Today I saw a side of Sasuke that I've never seen before, and I really like that side…

I briefly wondered where Kakashi-sensei and Sakura-chan were, but I'm really too tired. I should stop writing now and catch some shut-eye… We've got a mission to do.

Sasuke… I don't know what to say; I'm confused.

Uzumaki Naruto.

P.S. Too sleepy… please tell me what you think… *yawn*