EDIT: Went back and took out all of Hinata's s-s-stuttering because that's just silly -_- *slaps younger self*



Hinata rushed across the rooftops of Konoha and toward the hokage's office. She had been called in by ANBU not a moment ago to a meeting in Tsunade's office for a mission. The Hyuuga thought it was a little odd considering she had never gone on a solo mission before and she thought only jounin and special cases could. But, if the hokage wanted her to be a special case, she wouldn't object.

By the time she got to the big, red tower, she was seriously rethinking wearing a jacket in the hot, Konoha summer. Thankfully, she was hit by a blast of cold air from the air-conditioned tower that blew her midnight locks back when she opened the door to enter. After getting past the doors and into the coolness, she walked up the—seemingly never-ending—stairs, and down the curved hallway before stopping before the wooden door that lead into the hokage's office. She lifted her hand and made a few raps with her knuckles.

"Enter," the hokage's strong voice came through the door, and Hinata turned the knob.

"You called for m—W-What is this?" Hinata all but gaped at the scene of children scattered all about the hokage's office. Some were asleep, others were staring at nothing, and a silver-haired baby was chewing on a table leg.

Tsunade stared at Hinata as she looked around in shock (how she maintained that serious look with babies surrounding her was a mystery) before she let out a sigh, "Hinata… sit down."

Hinata walked over to the chairs that were pressed against the wall and pulled one of the chairs in front of Tsunade's desk before sitting in it.

The Gondime sighed as she rubbed her temples, "This is so hard to explain…" she began to chew on the pad of her thumb as she thought about how to tell Hinata exactly what was going on.

The dark-haired kunoichi furrowed her eyebrows at the hokage's effort to try and tell her something, "Please just tell me, Tsunade-sama. I can take it," she said sternly, despite the panic bubbling up inside of her; had something happened? Had someone died?

"Hinata, these children are going to be in your care. You are not to show them to anyone, for they are the children of some of the highest people in the world. I am assigning you to protect them, and I expect you to do so to the best of your abilities." Tsunade said, and Hinata noticed how Shizune, who was standing quietly beside the hokage, gasped quietly and looked at the pigtailed woman in surprise.

Hinata nodded hesitantly as she bit her lip to hold in her thoughts, causing Tsunade to give her a stern look.

"Speak up if you want to say something," she commanded.

The white-eyes kunoichi winced at being caught, "W-Well," she looked away from the hokage's steel gaze, "I'm not accusing you of favoritism or anything, but if you wanted s-someone about my age, why wouldn't you choose Sakura-san? She's… Sakura-san is much stronger than me."

Tsunade's eyes softened, "Well… You were just perfect for the job, Hinata. It's almost as if it was made for you. You'll be the perfect mother, and I believe that you can protect them."

"Thank you, Tsunade-sama… But, I'll need to notify my father; he wouldn't like me coming home with ten children without his knowing…" she trailed off at the look that Tsunade was giving her.

"You won't be staying in the Hyuuga Compound. We've made other arrangements. You will be staring in the Kira Apartment Complex, and you are not to let the children out of the house."

Hinata's eyes widened, "I-I'm sorry, but…" she bit her lip, the shy part of her beginning to take effect because she had interrupted the hokage; she pushed the shy Hinata away. "I don't understand… if I am to do this to the best of my ability, shouldn't I be able to take them with me?"

Tsunade sighed, "I was thinking about that matter. Originally, we thought that you could just leave a clone there; however, if that clone gets destroyed, they will be helpless," she rubbed her temples. "I suppose I could get you some help. Just try to manage until I can find someone. That means no leaving the house, okay?"

Hinata nodded, "Right!"

"Hyuuga Hinata, do you accept the mission of protecting these children?"

"I do, Hokage-sama."

"Good! Now then, go to this address," Tsunade threw a key with a piece of paper wrapped around it to the dark-haired teen. "The room number is on that paper and that is your key."

The Hyuuga nodded in reply.

"Dismissed. I shall have the children delivered to that room soon."

Hinata bowed before rushing out of the room. Shizune turned to the woman with a stern expression.

"Tsunade-sama! I thought we agreed to tell her the truth!" She said in a scolding tone, and Tsunade sighed.

"Yes, Tsunade-sama, I thought that was what we agreed upon," a third person entered the room—an ANBU. Her mask was that with all the likeness a porcelain mask could hold of a dog and from the back, long brown hair spilled out around her back.

"Inu, Shizune, there has been a change of plans. We are not going to tell anyone about this. It shall stay between the few of us that knew about it." Inu and Shizune looked at each other with—what could be assumed, on Inu's part—concerned looks.

"Why, Tsunade-sama? Doesn't the poor child deserve to know what she's protecting?" Inu asked.

Tsunade sighed as she looked at the door where the Hyuuga-hime had disappeared, "She does, but… I don't think she could handle it. It's better this way…

"It's better that she doesn't know that she's is caring for the organization that almost took us out—Akatsuki."

When Hinata arrived at her new home, she was met by two ANBU within her room; they seemed to be waiting for her.

"Hyuuga-sama, we have put them to bed. They are sleeping soundly, and we shall take our leave," they both bowed sharply before disappearing. She vaguely wondered why the ANBU had said they with such venom. Perhaps one of the children's parents had offended him? Maybe…

She sighed as she tucked a lock of dark hair behind her ear.

This was going to be a long mission.

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