"Are you quite sure about this?" Temari held the bronze kunai in her hands, watching the highly polished metal glitter in the evening sunlight. Sitting across from the multi-national panel of kunoichi did not make her nervous, but it did give her reason to pause. The bronze kunai was said to be the token of invitation, but outside of that little was known about the organization's activities or the induction process.
"Very certain. We do not make invitations lightly." Mabui, a beautiful, dark-skinned kunoichi from Kumogakure was clearly the leader of the group. "Between your battle prowess and your relationship to Kazekage Gaara, we'd be foolish to not want you in the Golden Lilies."
"Of course," A jounin from Kirigakure Temari did not recognize was flicking either four or five senbon in her hand, her movements were too fast to follow, "we have strict standards and we want to be sure you qualify."
"You ever hear the phrase, 'I wouldn't want to be a member of any club that would have me for a member'?" It was already a hot afternoon and Temari didn't like the stuffy air of this meeting adding to that. From the smell in the air an evening breeze was likely to come in and she wanted to be outside to feel it.
That comment earned more than one laugh from the members of the panel. Kurotsuchi, granddaughter of the old Tsuchikage, who had been nothing but stern the entire time nearly fell out of her chair chuckling. Knowing they were women first did help break the tension in the room.
"The council of Kages decided that this group of elite kunoichi from different villages would go a long way in breaking down the bad blood between the villages. Men are so bad at diplomacy; we women decided that we needed to lead the way."
"Okay, so what do I need to do to join?"
"Joining is simple, we only want the best." Mabui motioned to a fellow kunoichi from Kumogakure, a redhead Temari recalled seeing in the war, to the back door. "So to complete your entrance to our organization all you have to do is beat one of our members."
"So are you ready for our rematch then?" A familiar voice came from behind Temari, in spite of herself Temari felt her heart skip a beat upon hearing her.
"Tenten?" Turning in her chair, Temari regarded her friend from Konoha.
"If all I have to do is beat Tenten again, then this should be a cakewalk." Temari was playful with her banter, but sizing her up before a potential fight would be good too.
"Oh this won't be like any of our previous fights, right Mabui-san?"
"As a member of the Golden Lily, you will gain access to special weapons, equipment, and other items that nobody else has." Mabui procured a scroll from her bag and teleported it from her hand to Tenten's.
Flipping the scroll in her hands, Tenten playfully put it in a holster on her right hip. "What do you say?"
With a smile on her face, Temari realized there was only one thing to say, "Sounds like fun."