A/N: And so, by popular demand (and by my own free will) our favourite band, The Fifth Element, is returning for a sequel!
This chapter is dedicated to: Lala girl in lala, SparkleDazzleDuez, O.o Crazy Brunette o.O, yunaluna95, Angelwings228, AnuHit, mizzgirlygirl10, BaileyUchihaHyuga, DarkAngel2098, Tenten195, Shojen Vampward, Shadow of the Forgotten Ones, MysteriousRed, choocolic, Sasukesbiggestfan, rixclassa.
Chapter 1: Letters
Neji thought back to the day three years ago when Hiashi finally let him go. Times had changed big time. Shikamaru's old plan for leaving the house didn't work anymore. Everybody knew the bands faces. Especially Neji's. They were constantly holed up in the house, unable to even go out into their backyard.
But that wasn't the only thing that had changed over the last three years. Tenten used to come over nearly every day with her friends in tow. Now, Neji saw her once a month if he was lucky. Naruto had a habit of complaining about that. He had taken to that group of girls faster than anyone else in the band had. Neji also knew that Naruto had a thing for Hinata. Probably two years ago, before things started to go downhill with the popularity, Neji had walked in on the two kissing in the basement. Hinata had looked at him as if she thought Neji was going to throw a fit.
Neji had simply turned around and went back upstairs. Though he had seriously thought about it, Neji didn't wallop Naruto just for that. But when Neji saw Naruto by himself a few hours later that same day, Neji had grabbed him by the front of his shirt and gave him a warning, that if he ever hurt Hinata, he would kick his ass halfway across the world and keep going. Naruto got it, and vowed not to. Though Neji was free from the Hyuuga clan, his old habits were still floating around. Hiashi had left Neji in charge of watching over Hinata, and making sure she didn't get hurt, walking her to and from school every day, all those things. Now she was old enough to be on her own, but that didn't mean the habit wasn't still there.
Sasuke had made a habit of throwing ping-pong balls at Itachi whenever he saw him and Azimora so much as even sitting together. It used to be whenever they were caught making out, but bitter moods have driven it that far. Sasuke was irritated that Itachi was the only one who saw his girlfriend on a regular basis. Neji knew that Itachi understood, because in the last few months, Itachi had been keeping his distance from Azimora, who understood as well but didn't seem to like it much.
Shikamaru actually lost the last game of Shougi Neji played with him. And it was a spectacular loss. If Neji didn't know any better, he would say that he did it on purpose. But the real reason for his loss was distraction, annoyance, all that jazz.
Neji was at a loss for what to do. There had to be some way to get out of this house without being bombarded on the street. Being inside was slowly killing the band. Neji had only recently noticed that.
"We need to get out of here, Shika." Neji murmured when Shikamaru walked into the living room.
"I hear you." Shikamaru sat down on the couch. "But there's not much we can do."
Neji's cell phone rang in his pocket. He pulled it out and looked at the number. It was Tenten.
"Hello?" He said into the phone while he got up from the couch and walked up to his room where he could talk in peace without being disturbed.
Hey, Neji. Tenten's voice sounded dull.
Nothing... I just... Tenten sighed. It's just not being able to see you anymore.
"I know." Neji sighed. "Believe me, if there was a way out of this, I would take it."
You've gotten too popular, Neji.
"I know." Neji muttered. "I hope it'll calm down eventually."
What if it doesn't?
Neji thought about that. "We'll figure it out. I'll sneak out of the house in the dead of night and go through your window if I have to."
Tenten giggled. That sounds like something from Romeo and Juliet you know.
"You don't have a balcony, Tenten." Neji said with a smirk.
Tenten giggled again. Touché.
"This whole separation thing is affecting the entire band, you know." Neji told her. "We've all gone into a state of perpetual depression that just doesn't seem to want to leave."
That's because you guys haven't had a breath of fresh air for over a year now.
Neji sighed. "I know. You have no idea how bad I want to leave the house right now."
I'm wondering why you guys don't just go on tour or something.
Neji stared at his wall. Why didn't he think of that?
"I love you. You're a genius."
Tenten's laughter rang in his ears. All right, well I guess you're going to announce it to the rest of the group?
"Yeah, I'll let you know if it works out. I'm taking you with me."
Tenten laughed again. Why are you such a flirt?
Yes you are!
Neji smiled to himself. It was times like these that he wished Tenten was in arms reach.
So, talk to you later?
Neji smirked. "Ciao." He flipped the phone shut.
He jumped off his bed and went downstairs to see Itachi, Shikamaru, Sasuke, Naruto and Azimora sitting on the couches watching TV.
"Guys. Tenten just gave me a brilliant idea." Neji said enthusiastically.
"What is it?" Shikamaru murmured, all the bitterness reaching his voice.
"Why don't we go on tour?"
The group looked at him as if he were insane.
"Why, so we can get more popular?" Sasuke spat.
"No, so we can get out of this house!"
"That's great and all, Neji." Itachi told him. "But we don't even have a tour bus, nor do we have an agent who can schedule our appearances."
Neji felt his hopes sinking. "Yeah..." Neji sighed. "I guess that's true..."
The group sat in silence.
"Something like that wouldn't stop you, Itachi." Azimora said suddenly, joining the conversation. "The Itachi I know would jump at the thought and try to use those ties to Konoha Music Studios to get yourself an agent and a tour bus, and go on tour."
Itachi stared at the floor. "It's not that easy." He murmured. "You can't just call Konoha Music Studios and ask for a tour bus and an agent. Remember that KM Studios is a television station, as well as a record company. If they have a whole stock of tour busses and whatever else we freaking need, I'll eat my foot."
"Well, you are a very popular band. You have so many connections to so many different companies, it's not even funny!" Azimora flipped her head and walked over to the drawer where the band kept their sponsorship letters and various other documents from more companies than they could count.
"You've got sponsors from so many different music companies!" Azimora said, pulling out a thick wad of envelopes. "I sorted through all these letters, proposals, whatever. So I know what you have more than you do." Azimora pulled the elastic band off the envelopes, and proceeded to go through them.
"Look, you've got one from that guitar company you guys seem to like so much!" Azimora said holding up the envelope.
The band remained silent.
Azimora rolled her eyes, and smirked to herself. She knew more than they did about their sponsors. She knew way more.
Azimora held up one of the envelopes that she originally found unopened. "You guys didn't even open this one, but I did for you. You got this last year. It's called a record deal. Heard of them?"
"Yeah." Itachi muttered. "I've heard of them."
Azimora pulled out the letter, and proceeded to read it out loud:
"To whom it may concern,
This letter is a proposal for the members of The Fifth Element. We at Konoha Music Studios believe you are ready for the big time. And so, we offer you our assistance in making yourselves an official band."
"I thought we already were!" Naruto cried.
Azimora ignored him and continued.
"We offer you the opportunity to record a new record, as well as assist you in going on tour if you-"
Itachi snatched the letter out of Azimora's hand, almost tearing it in half in the process.
"You could've said please." Azimora muttered bitterly.
Itachi read over the letter. Then without saying a word, he passed it to Neji who read it over. Neji passed it on to Naruto, who passed it to Sasuke who passed it to Shikamaru, who looked up at the group, his face blank.
Then Shikamaru smirked. "Are you going to eat your foot, Itachi?"
Itachi smirked. "No."
"The letter's dated from six months ago." Neji murmured as he ran the letter through his head. "How do we know that they're still going to support us?"
"Well," Azimora said, her voice reaching that mischievous pitch it only reached when she had something big to say. "I don't know about you guys, but I know how I know that they're still going to support you."
"How?" Itachi asked.
"This came in the mail today." Azimora held up an envelope that clearly had been opened already.
"You seriously go through our mail?" Itachi growled taking the envelope from Azimora.
"Why not?" Azimora asked with an innocent smile on her face.
Itachi pulled out the letter and proceeded to read it.
"To whom it may concern," Itachi began.
"We are still awaiting the reply of The Fifth Element in regards to-"
"Okay, we get it." Sasuke muttered.
Itachi read the letter over silently, before passing it to Neji, who passed it...you get the idea.
"So..." Shikamaru placed the letter on the table. "What are we going to do?"
The group looked around at each other.
"I say, yes." Naruto slapped his hand on the table.
"I agree." Sasuke slapped his hand down.
"Count me in." Itachi slapped his hand down.
"Do you have to ask?" Shikamaru smirked and put his hand down.
The group looked towards Neji who was smirking at him.
"Do we get to take our friends with us?" Neji asked.
The group looked around at each other again.
"HELL YES!" They cried simultaneously.
"I'm in." Neji put his hand on the table.
"Do we have to do that long cheer?" Naruto asked.
"No, we can make up a smaller one." Shikamaru said with a smirk.
"I got one." Neji said. "I stole it from one of my favourite book series."
"Which one?" Shikamaru asked.
The group raised their eyebrows.
"Okay?" Itachi said awkwardly.
"I'm going to say 'Hobey-ho', the rest of you reply immediately afterwards, with 'Let's Go!' Go it?"
"So... Hobey-ho, let's go?" Naruto asked.
"Exactly." Neji said with a smirk.
"Do it." Sasuke ordered.
"HOBEY-HO?" Neji cried.
"LET'S GO!" The band cried, and broke from their circle.
"Dial that number, Itachi." Neji said, feeling the energy that was now flowing through the band after over a year of dormancy. "We're going on tour."
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Okay, I'd better get back to doing something else.