{SOMEWHERE BETWEEN THE SAND AND LEAF VILLAGE, OROCHIMARU'S LAIR}

"Kabuto, do you know where that tone-deaf idiot is?"

"You mean Sarai, sir?"

"Who else in our sound village is tone-deaf?"

"Good point sir, but I'm afraid I don't know her whereabouts."

"Great! Just great! First Itachi rejects my offer, I get kicked out of the Akatsuki and now our "luck" is missing! This is a horrible day!"

"If you'd like to make it better, I heard there was a group of Leaf Nin going on a short trip tomorrow morning, not far from here."

"Why would I care about something like that?"

"Well I also heard that they were all Jewish and that one of them is the sexiest thing since sex."

"Sex isn't that sexy." he thought for a moment. "Is it a boy or girl?"

Glancing at his papers, Kabuto replied, "A boy, sir."

But, Orochimaru was already gone.

{NOT FAR FROM OROCHIMARU'S LAIR}

"Aww, I hope I left on the right day. Nii-chan will be mad if I'm late." A girl with blond hair down to her shoulders walked slowly around a small clearing. Something moved around in a bush and the girl screamed. "Ah, I'm sorry pedo-chan! I mean Orochimaru-sama! Orochimaru-sama! I didn't mean to run, I swear! I-"

"Who're you calling 'pedo-chan', eh?" out from the bushes a girl with long blond hair held back in a braid appeared.

Tears filled Sarai's eyes. "Nii-san!" she shouted, leaping on top of the girl.

Sarai was quickly smacked on the head.

"Don't yell, you idiot. Unless you want to be captured again."

"Yes, Aya-Nii." For the first time Sarai looked at Aya's face and gasped. "Nii-san! What happened to your headband?"

"Oh, that?" The black forehead protector had the mist sign and a clear slash through it. 'Did you really think they would let me stay if I came to save you?"

Sarai's eyes were filling again. "Bu-but…that means…"

"Yep. I'm a missing Nin now, but I can take care of myself." Aya smiled down at Sarai. "I'm just glad you're safe."

Sarai whimpered. "But then my situation hasn't changed at all! I'm still stuck with a criminal!"

"Well, if you want to go back to 'pedo-chan', be my guest."

"NOOOOO" she clung to Aya's leg.

"Just kidding, kidding! Get off!" Aya shook her leg forcefully. "It's almost morning now, so we should be going soon."

"It's morning already? Where are we going, anyway?"

"Well, I wanted to try and find an old friend, but I think we'll just go past the leaf village."

"Oh. Have you ever been past the leaf village?"

"Once or twice. We should be fine." Aya started walking away, Sarai on her heels.

[20 METERS AWAY]
"So where are we going, Juu-sensei?" Momoko carefully climbed over a fallen log to catch up with her excited sensei. Gary and Mao were close behind

"We're going to deliver a message to the sand village informing them about the chunnin exams."

Mao quickened his pace. "Why couldn't they just send it by bird?"

"Hokage wanted me to deliver something to the Kazekage, and the bird wouldn't have been able to carry it. Not to mention I wanted to take you guys out." Juu-sensei smiled widely.

Momoko was somewhat shocked. "That's so nice of you sensei!"

"Heh, you think?" he blushed a little.

They walked into a clearing where the sun shone through the branches, giving a green glow.

Aya cursed and ducked into a bush, dragging Sarai with her.

"Ow! What'd you do that for?" Sarai whined and rubbed the back of her head.

"Shut up.' Aya pointed to the clearing they were headed towards. Standing there were four people; a man and three children who appeared the sisters' age.

Sarai sat up indignantly. "So what? It's just people, we should be fine." she received a light smack on the head.

"Idiot. Look at their headbands, they're leaf nin."

"They're ninja? That's no big deal. We can just lie to them or bribe them or something."

"That might work with any other village, but the Leaf village is well known for their high, almost un-ninja-like, morals." Aya replied gravely.

"Oh." Sarai decided it was a good time to shut up.

Quickly judging their position, Aya concluded that it would be for the best to sneak around the small obstacle.

"Well, well. What have we here?" The green foliage produced a person across from the leaf nin.

Sarai's face fell as she muttered to herself, "Orochimaru…"

Alarmed, Aya searched for another route. Leaf nin were one thing, but a Sannin! They had to get out of there, now.

Juu-sensei stiffened. Momoko glared at the stranger. He seemed suspicious.

Suddenly, Mao was thrown back into the bushes, a scaly purple tail writhing after him. His hand was still gripping a small kunai. Gary starred at the spot Mao stood only seconds before, then turned around furiously.

"Who the hell are you?"

"And what did you do to Mao?" Momoko was as angry as Gary now, her hands tight fists at her sides."Juu-sensei! Are you going to do anything!?"

Their sensei was staring at the bushes that Mao had fallen into.

"Sensei!"Momoko screamed at him, "Do something! Help Mao! Just do something, anything!" She turned to Gary," Go check on Mao, make sure he's okay."

He didn't answer.