Chapter 7: A Silly Mission
Special thanks to CRAZEDbySUGAR for the idea.
For team Minato nothing was better than visiting their teacher, and asking him if their squad could take on a mission. Each mission their teacher picked would push their team to their limit, and each was different; with new friends and new enemies, and occasionally bounty hunters going after a rogue ninja.
"I wonder what mission Minato – sensei will give our squad today?" Obito questioned enthusiastically as he ran backwards in front of his teammates.
"Me too, we haven't been out of the Leaf for a while, so I hope, with this mission, we can travel." Rin said as she smiled at Obito's antics.
"It'll be good if this mission will let me practice my new lightning blade technique." Kakashi said with an eager smile. It would seem that even Kakashi was excited for this mission, but none of the ninja expected what would come next.
"Minato-sensei we're here for a mission." The three kids said in unison upon entering the Hokage's office seeing Minato sitting at his desk with his head in his hands.
He lifted his heads when his student's spoke. "Oh good, Kakashi, Rin, and Obito, I'm glad to see you kids." Minato quickly stated, eyes darting back and forth as if looking for an attacking enemy. Seeing their sensei so distraught the kids immediately straightened their posture, faces becoming masks of seriousness.
"Quick, move in closer…" Minato commanded of his team as he gestured them forward.
"What I have to tell you is a secret that none must know of…" The kids gasped as they saw a look of seriousness pass onto Minato's face as he began his tale.
"The other day" He paused as if the memory would overwhelm him. Shaking his head he seemed to find his resolve and the rest of the story passed from his lips in a rush.
"I may have broken a sacred, golden vase. I will need you kids to go on a mission to find the sacred golden duct tape in order to fix it. It is of the upmost importance because if you can't fix the sacred, golden vase then I'll get in trouble and go to jail"
Obito, Rin, and Kakashi sweat dropped at their sensei's theatrics.
"Minato – Sensei are you serious you would go to jail? Is this sacred golden vase really that important?" Obito asked a look of disbelief passing over his face.
"Yes it is. You see this vase is where the village keeps their sacred golden flowers." Minato replied.
"The village has sacred golden flowers?" Rin asked, looking a little skeptical.
Minato sighed in exasperation. "Of course the village has sacred golden flowers. They have been kept in the sacred golden vase since the First Hokage helped to establish the village. Lucky for me I was able to save the flowers, but the vase needs to be fixed, or I will be prosecuted."
"But I thought you were Hokage, can they really put a Hokage in jail?" Kakashi asked.
"For this crime they can, those flowers and that vase are ancient Leaf Village heirlooms. Please hurry and help me before the council discovers the truth." Minato pleaded with his students.
The three looked at one another nodded, and headed out on the search for the sacred golden duct tape.
"This mission with be no sweat." Kakashi said as they left the Hokage tower, hands in his pockets as he looked at the cloudless sky.
"You never know Kakashi." Obito said, "Do you have any idea where this sacred golden duct tape is located?" He asked Minato who, as their sensei, was forced to come on the mission as well.
"No, to be honest, I have no clue where it could be..." Minato answered scratching the back of his neck sheepishly.
"Oh well we'll find it for you." Kakashi promised still looking at the sky.
With no leads as to the location of the sacred golden duct tape the team proceeded to run around the Leaf village like headless chickens as they searched for the mysterious item.
At one point Kakashi and Obito were forced to team up to fight off a purple people eater as they searched the mountain made of doughnuts on the outskirts of town, but still no luck.
They asked a few villagers if they had seen something called 'the sacred golden duct tape' but they all responded that they had never heard of it. One villager thought he had something called 'sacred golden duct tape' but it turned out to be normal duct tape painted golden.
"I have no clue where that duct tape can be hiding..." Kakashi said with a sad sigh.
"Me neither..." Rin said, "But we must keep looking."
"Hey Kakashi, what exactly makes a roll of duct tape sacred?" Obito asked.
Kakashi looked exasperated. "Well it's sacred because... Well it's golden, duh. Anything golden is obviously sacred." Kakashi explained with a laugh.
Obito laughed, "Yeah, I guess you're right."
"I just wish we knew where the duct tape was hidden..." Rin added.
"Don't worry Rin we'll find it." Obito said, but it was getting late and they checked everywhere they could think of. Maybe they would actually fail this mission, then Minato would go to jail and the sacred golden vase would never be fixed causing the sacred golden flowers to die.
Kakashi lay down, "Guys I don't know about you but I give up..."
"Me too" Rin said as she sat down next to Kakashi.
"Guys you can't give up yet! There is still more places we can search!" Obito argued but he sat down as well. 'Where could this sacred golden duct tape be?' they thought to themselves as they watched the sun set.
"I remember our first mission." Obito said, while reminiscing "Do you remember how happy we were when we got it done and received thanks from Minato?"
"Yeah, do you remember how easy that was? It was great we all felt like we were pro and we could do anything if we worked together." Kakashi added.
"Yeah, you two would fight nonstop back then. I'm actually relived that you two aren't fighting now." Rin added as well.
"You know Kakashi, you may be a jerk at times, but you are the closest thing I've ever had to a best friend. You too Rin, I don't know where I'd be without you guys." Obito said with a smile.
"You too Obito, I may not show it but, you are my best friend too." Kakashi said smiling back.
Rin smiled, "I love you guys we make an amazing trio. Even Might Guy's squad can't compare to us."
Suddenly Obito perked up jumping from his seat on the ground, "Guys, I think I just realized where the sacred golden duct tape is!"
Kakashi and Rin followed the Uchiha child back through the Leaf into Minato's house where Obito went into their dirty clothes hamper. He then pulled out a pair of sacred golden pants and reached into its sacred golden pocket and sure enough there was the sacred golden roll of duct tape.
"How did you figure that out?" Kakashi and Rin both asked looking surprised and a little disbelieving.
"Easy, whenever you can't find something it is often in the pocket of your other pants. I know from experience." He explained.
Kakashi let out a laugh. Obito was an odd kid, and his bickering with him was far from over. Heck, they would probably fight each other until they both died, but deep down Kakashi and he both knew they were close friends and that they would always be Team Minato.
~phantom130 5 (November 2013)