Welcome to the second part of Where the Hell Are We Now? appropriately titled Killing Time . Since we never actually got to see what happened during the timeskip (if you follow the manga after the Valley of the End, if you follow the anime after the Seimei Arc) I decided to make shit up.

This arc of the story brought to you prematurely by numerous impatient reviewers. So if it sucks, blame them because I didn't intend to start this part until I finished either Shinobi's Guide 2: Bored Teenagers or Naruto: Ninja Burger Chronicles. Happy New Year, I still love you guys. Except you, Kaede-Bug. You know what you did.

Killing Time
Chapter One: Gina and the Sabaku Siblings
By Kaori

Sunagakure, situated in an arid desert with sand and stones serving as both moat and fortification to the people that dwell therein:

She'd arrived a mere fifty-three hours after her big send-off part (Tsunade seemed a little too happy to see her go) and already she was missing the relative paradise of Konohagakure with its lush forests, cool rivers, and moderate climate. Despite the loose-fitting clothing she wore, she still felt as if she was being cooked alive.

"I'm frying…" Gina whined as she lay on the window seat. "Kankuroooo, could you get me some ice water? Please?"

Currently, her only companion was the war-painted Kankuro who definitely did not enjoy her company and told her so every chance he got; and she'd only been there a little over two days. It's not that he hated the girl it was more that she got on every last one of his nerves. It only made things worse for him that Temari and Gaara weren't around to distract her today. They actually think she's funny.

"I'm not your errand boy!" he snarled. "Get it yourself, you know where the refrigerator is, lazy gargoyle girl…"

"You're so mean!" pouted Gina, moving so that she was looking at him upside-down with her feet on the glass. "And who gave you permission to call me a gargoyle? Only Bradley and Kotorra get to call me that, bat boy. Aren't I a guest in your hometown? You should be more hospitable."

"Grrr…I'll call you whatever I want gargoyle girl! Aren't you a guest? Shouldn't you be going out of your way not to cause trouble for your hosts?" Kankuro snapped.

"I only cause you trouble because you give me attitude. Respect your elders, young man!"

"Elders my ass! You're only a few months older than me!"

"You two sound like an old married couple." A voice drawled, tiredly from the door.

"Temaaariiiii!" Gina cried, pouncing on the other girl and knocking her to the floor. "Kankuro's been bullying me! Punish him!"

"Aren't you embarrassed to be acting like that at your age?" Kankuro muttered. The deuce hissed at him like a cat. "Obviously not. Why couldn't we have gotten Kotorra instead of you? At least she doesn't insist on driving me insane!" Gina got a mischievous grin on her face.

"Insane? Insane with lust?" she laughed as Kankuro lunged at her. "No, no! We can't do that here! Not in front of your sister!" the male Suna-nin was livid and she was loving every minute of it. "At least wait until the wedding night!"

"DAMMIT ARE YOU ON DRUGS? IS THAT IT? WHERE ARE YOU KEEPING THEM? I NEED THEM MORE THAN YOU DO!"

Temari sighed as she picked herself up off the floor and excused herself from the room. While she normally enjoyed the fits of rage Gina induced in her brother she was much too tired to fully appreciate it. Her current assignment was patrol duty which meant she spent hours outside in the hot sun staring out at stark desert. She was hot, dirty, tired, and in desperate need of some "Temari Time"; a good soak in the bath seemed like an ideal place to start.

On her way to the baths she was unsurprised to find Gina tied up, gagged and about to be hung out the window by Kankuro. Tired as she was she couldn't resist the urge to say, "Can't you two wait until I'm gone before you start having kinky sex?"

Kankuro's horrified expression would be one of her favourite memories.

At the baths, Temari enjoyed the feeling of the water surrounding her body and the peaceful surroundings. The Sabaku residence boasted six bathrooms, each one with a large sunken tub; being the daughter of a village leader had its perks. Her thoughts sobered at that; her father was dead and apparently had been for months. She shuddered wondering what would have become of her home had the deception not been discovered.

It was clear that Orochimaru had used Sunagakure's misguided anger for his own ends. Temari was only slightly satisfied that he had not succeeded. If he had the sennin would most likely have continued to manipulate the village to further whatever his goal was and then destroy it when he no longer had any use for it.

The sound of the door opening brought her out of her musings. Unconsciously she tensed only relaxing when the person who had entered the bathroom turned out to be Gina.

"Your brother threatened to drown me in the well outside so I figured if I had to get wet I'd join you in the bath and avoid watery death." Shrugged the other girl.

Temari chuckled and said she didn't mind at all. As the mulatto got into the bath, Temari's eyes wandered over her back. "Do those bother you at all?" she asked on impulse.

"Huh?" blinked Gina.

"Those stones in your back." Temari clarified. "Do they hurt?"

"No, well, not anymore at least. When the first column grew in it hurt a lot since they kinda came out all at once. I thought my back was going to split open. The rest grew in slowly but they itched like crazy." She made a face. "Ugh, just thinking about it makes me itchy." She wiggled around a bit, as if trying to scratch her back on the wall of the tub.

Once she'd settled down, Temari spoke again.

"I hope you don't mind me taking advantage of you for a little while."

"Huh? What do you mean?" Gina asked suspiciously. "If it's what I think you mean than I want you to know right now that I don't like girls that way." Temari gave her a look that was half angry half embarrassed. Gina laughed at her. "Oh Lord you should see your face! Tsunade got almost that exact same look on her face when I said that to her!" Temari frowned.

"You implied that the Godaime Hokage is a lesbian, to her face no less, and you're not lying in a smoking hole in the ground?"

"She wasn't the Hokage at the time, but yes." Gina giggled. Temari shook her head and laughed.

"You're insane!"

"So they tell me."

"Anyway, what I meant was if you didn't mind me taking advantage of having another girl around." Temari said. "I don't have any sisters and I rarely get to hang out with other kunoichi, so I hardly ever get to do anything remotely girly."

"Do I get to play with your hair?"

"As long as you don't do anything weird or permanent."

"Sister, considering half the crap I've seen you're going to have to be very specific about what you think of as weird."

An hour later, Kankuro was wondering why it was so quiet. Surely the two of them must have finished in the bath by now. Feeling a little anxious that they might be plotting something he went looking for them. After checking everywhere else he crept up to the door of Gina's room; giggling was emanating from the other side. Now certain that he had caught them in the act of plotting something devious he flung the door open…

…only to be met with the sight of Gina, dressed in a bathrobe with a towel on wrapped around her still wet hair, giving Temari a Flock of Seagulls hairstyle.

"Don't you knock?" shrieked the makeshift stylist and threw a comb at him. Then she stomped over, picked up the comb, and slammed the door in his gawking face.

Kankuro blinked stupidly at the closed portal for a moment before letting out an annoyed growl and stalking to his room. The immature girl was not his problem at the moment, he could care less what she and his sister did, and he was going to bed. Tomorrow was probably going to be filled with just as much aggravation.