The sun rose high above the Soul Society. Everyone was going about their daily business. The shinigami watched over this spiritual world protecting them from within the seireitai. They were broken up into thirteen guard squads that made up the shinigami forces. It had been a year since Ichigo Kurosaki defeated Sosuke Azien in battle and lost his shinigami powers. Everyone was grateful for his help with that incident but life had returned to normal.
One person was walking silently toward the barrack of squad 12. She wore a short form fitting kimono, with a white nagajugan underneath. Wrapped around her waist was a white obi, fastened with a red cord. She had piercing green eyes and silk-like black hair that was tied in a braid. This was Nemu Kurotsuchi, lieutenant of squad 12. She was on her way to see her father/creator Mayuri Kurotsuchi, the Captain of Squad 12. He had sent a hell butterfly to her, ordering her to come to the lab as soon as possible. She walked at a quick pace, hoping to get there soon, to avoid her father's anger. As she walked she didn't notice someone turn the corner until she ran into them. Both fell hard to the ground and Nemu was the first to look up. She looked and saw that it was the lieutenant of squad 4, Isane Kotetsu. Isane was a tall woman with gray eyes, silver hair, and two small braids on her right side. She wore the standard shinigami uniform and was slowly getting up off the floor.
"I'm sorry Nemu," Isane said and helped the other girl up. "Captain Unohana needs me as quickly as possible, and I wasn't watching where I was going."
Nemu looked at Isane and nodded. "I understand, I too am in a hurry to see my captain."
Isane nodded and went on her way. "I'll see you later," she called and disappeared around a corner. Nemu watched this and sighed, again heading toward her barracks and an angry Captain.
It was a beautiful day in Konohagakure, the Village Hidden in the Leaves. It had been three years since the end of the Fourth Great Shinobi War and the village was thriving. They had defeated Madara Uchiha and his armies, restoring peace to the land, but it was not a lasting peace. Soon all the villages were once again at fighting each other. This was the current dilemma of the Godaime Hokage, Tsuande Senju, was facing. She looked at the stack of paperwork before her and cried inwardly.
"Why do I have to do this?" she thought to herself as she continued to work. To her, every time she seemed to finish one stack, another one would suddenly appear to take its place. She was going insane. She missed her carefree life of gambling and drinking but alas, she had a job to do. Yet this didn't stop her from sneaking a quick glance at her secret stash of Sake in one of her desk draws. She looked around, quickly making sure the cost was clear, opened the cabinet, and pulled out a bottle. She smiled to herself as she poured herself a glass. Suddenly a large orange and yellow blur came through the window causing Tsunade to spill her Sake.
"MY SAKE!" she cried, as she looked down at the spilt drink. She looked up at the person who had burst through her window. Standing in front of her was a tall man, about 6'2, with long spiky blonde hair tied in a ponytail. He was wearing a black shirt, with a Jonin vest over it. He had black pants with orange strips down the sides. His coat had orange flames at the bottom and the kanji for fox on the back. He had dark blue eyes with three whiskers like marks on his cheeks making him look feral. This was Naruto Uzamaki, the hero of the War, and Jinchuriki of the Kyuubi no Yoko.
"Hi Baa-chan," he said cheerfully.
Tsunade looked at her "son" with a sigh. She got up and punched him across the room. "What have I have told you about that?" she yelled at him. "I said call me kaa-san."
"Sorry Kaa-san," he said, as he limped over to her. "I just couldn't resist."
"Sure you couldn't" she chided him, and gave him a motherly smile. "So what brings you here today?"
Naruto gave her a big smile and said, "I was bored and was wondering if you had any missions I could do?"
Tsunade knew there was something up. Naruto was asking to do work. Mostly he would try to worm his way out of D or C rank missions which was all she had. "You want to do a mission? Does it matter what rank?" she asked, hoping to get more information out of him.
"Not really," he said with a smile.
"What happened?" she asked him bluntly.
"What are you talking about?" he said, trying to get her off the subject.
"You never want to do low ranking missions," she said making him mentally slap himself. "So, you are either really bored, or you did something you want to get away from, and I have to a feeling it's the second one."
Naruto looked at his adopted mother and sighed. "Can't get anything passed you, can I," he said with a sigh.
"Pretty much," she said with a smile. "So, spill."
Naruto looked at her and sighed. "Well I kind of ruined Sasuke and Sakura's date, while I was training, by accidently destroying the restaurant they were in."
"That's why you're trying to get a mission," she said, thinking he was just being paranoid.
"This is Sakura we're talking about," Naruto said, starting to get scared. "She has been waiting to go on a date with Sasuke for years, and I ruined it."
Tsunade got the picture and knew he was as good as dead. She gave him a smile and started to look at the mission scrolls. "Let's see what we can find."
Nemu stepped into the lab, stood by the monitors, and watched as her father worked around a new machine he had made.
He turned and saw her standing there. "There you are, you stupid girl." He walked over to her and slapped her across the face. "You are supposed to be here as soon as I call you. Is that clear?"
"Yes father," she said looking at the ground. She hated when she made him mad. It seemed like everything she did was not good enough.
Mayuri looked at his daughter. "Let's get on with it," leading her toward the machine he was operating earlier. Nemu followed and wondered what he was going to show her. As they reached the machine, she noticed that it was large with many tubes coming from it. It had a large screen that showed a forest.
"What is this?" she asked as she looked at the machine
"This, my failed experiment, is a window into a world that we have never seen," he explained with pride.
"You mean there is a world we don't know about?" she said with shock. It been said that there were only the three worlds, and now with this discovery, it shattered that notion completely.
Mayuri looked at Nemu's shocked face and smiled. "Yes, with this we can view this other world and see what has been going on. Just think of the test subjects, and other things we can learn from that world."
Nemu just nodded and watched her father rant about this discovery. She wondered if this world had people on it, or was it inhabited by something that was a threat to the soul society.
"Have you reported this to the head captain?" she asked quietly.
"Why would I report this to that buffoon?" Mayuri stated obviously.
Nemu thought for a moment before answering. "He could authorize an expedition to that world," she suggested.
Mayuri looked at her and slapped her across the face. "Why didn't you mention this earlier, you stupid girl."
"I'm sorry," she said focusing on the ground once again.
"Don't dwell on it you idiot," he said. "Go send the message so I can get my work done."
"Yes father," she said and headed out the room.
-Later in captain meeting-
"So, I feel it would be very informative if we sent a team to this world and see what they have to offer us," Mayuri stated to the other captains, hoping they would approve of the plan.
"So, you're telling us, there is another world we have no knowledge of and you want to go and explore it? "said Toshiro Hitsugaya, captain of squad ten.
"Exactly," Mayuri stated.
"Are you out of your mind?" Hitsugaya said angerly. "We are still recovering from the war and you want us to waste precious manpower to visit a world that might be hostile to us."
"But wouldn't it be a good idea for us to learn about this world, so we can be prepared if they ever attack?" said Retsu Unohana, Captain of squad four. "It is always best to know your enemy."
Soon a huge argument broke out between the captains. Some wanted to explore this new place while others wanted to leave it alone. Head Captain Yamamoto looked at the bickering captains and slammed his cane down, causing everyone to go silent.
"Enough of this foolishness," he stated. "I have to agree with Captain Kurotsuchi. I think it would be in the best interest of the soul society to learn of this new place, and to see if hollow are there as well."
Mayuri smiled and was about to speak, when he was cut off by the head captain. "But, we will be sending only a pair, so as not to waste any forces. They must be, at least, lieutenants."
"I will send Nemu," Mayuri stated as if it was the easiest answer. "She knows what information to gather, and she can get it quickly."
Many of the other captains were nervous about sending their lieutenants to this new world. Mayuri knew, if no one stepped up, they would go.
"I will send Isane," Captain Unohana said finally, much to the surprise of the other captains.
"Retsu, are you sure that is wise?" asked Jushiro Ukitake, Captain of Squad 13.
"Yes, it is best to have a healer in the group, in case things turn hostile," Unohana stated. Everyone nodded in agreement.
"So, it is settled then," Captain Yamamoto said. "Lieutenants, Isane Kotetsu and Nemu Kurotsuchi, will travel to this new world and gather Intel on its inhabitants and hollow activity. Dismissed!"
Naruto looked at the mission scroll and sighed. It was a simple bandit raid mission. He was to head to a town on the edge of the land of fire, near the border of the land of winds. They were having trouble with a large group of bandits stealing their food and taking their women as slaves. Naruto knew it was just a C-rank. He wished she had at least a B-ranked mission, but then again, beggars can't be choosers.
As he approached the village, he heard someone scream. He picked up the pace and raced toward the village. As it came into view, he saw the bandits, raiding. He quickly pulled out a three-pronged kunai and threw it into the middle of the village. As soon as the Kunai landed, he disappeared in a yellow flash.
A bandit was having the time of his life. They were raiding the village again and he was about to get the one girl he had had his eye on since they had first arrived. As he was about to have his fun, he watched as a strange looking kunai fell out of the sky and hit the ground. He stared at it for a moment, when suddenly a yellow flash appeared. He suddently felt a blade of cold steel go into his body. The young girl looked up and saw a tall man with long spike blonde hair standing over her. He put his fingers to his mouth telling her to stay quiet and the pointed toward one of the houses where she could hide. She smiled and nodded, quickly running to the house. Naruto watched and made sure she was at the house before disappearing in a yellow flash. Soon, the cries of dying bandits filled the air as Naruto hunted them down, slaying them mercilessly. Soon only one bandit remained. He looked all around for the attacker but saw nothing.
"Show yourself," he shouted, his legs trembling.
He soon heard a laugh filled the air. "I am everywhere," the voice said causing the bandit to shake with fear.
"I….I'm not scared of you," he stammered, only to hear the laugh again.
"You will be." It said as he felt a blade against his neck. "So, now, what you can tell me about the other bandits?" Naruto asked.
Nemu and Isane stood next to each other with their things packed. They were nervously waiting on Mayuri to open a portal to this new world. They wondered what was on the other side and what type of people or things lived there.
"So, Nemu, are you ready for this?" Isane asked with a nervous smile.
"I am," she said flatly, not wanting to look weak in front of her father. "I will explore as ordered."
"Yeah," Isane said and turned to watch Mayuri work.
Mayuri was standing in front of the viewing machine before turning toward the two girls. "We are almost ready," he stated handing them two modified lieutenants' badges. "These will be your homing signals in case something goes wrong. Just put some reiestu into them and we will hone in on your positions." Both girls nodded and he continued. "You need to first find a settlement and observe the people. Next, find out if they have any type of powers at all, and lastly, see if there is any hollow activity there."
"Yes Captain," they said in unison and Mayuri smiled.
"Now, let's get this show on the road," he stated, pressing a button that started the machine. Soon, a loud sound filled the room. A Senkimon, with black and white doors, opened up for them. "I wish you good researching," he said, as he watched the girls enter the door.
The trip through the senkimon was different, to say the least. Once they stepped through, they found themselves surrounded by trees. Nemu looked around and saw the sun bearing down on them. Isane looked and saw, running around, many animals that she recognized.
"Let's get moving," Nemu commanded, leading the way. Isane followed and soon they found a road.
"Well, this is convenient," Isane muttered. Nemu nodded in agreement.
"This makes things easier," she said to Isane, as they headed down the road. Soon a town came into view and they observed many humans walking around. They then noticed that many of the people were looking at them as well.
"Is it just me, or do they see us?" Isane said to her companion.
"It seems that way," Nemu replied. "But, let's test that theory."
They walked toward one of the street venders and waited to see if the vendor responded.
"He looked at them with a smile. "What can I get you this fine day, ladies," he greeted.
"You can see us?" Nemu asked. The vendor looked at them as if they were crazy.
"Of course, who won't notice two pretty lasses," he said with a confused look on his face. He quickly grabbed Isane's hand and pulled her toward the stall. "Let me show my fine items."
Isane looked at Nemu and whispered in horror. "He can touch me."
Nemu nodded slowly and turned toward the vendor. "I'm sorry, but we have to go," she said, pulling Isane away. As they walked, they noticed that they literally bumped into everyone they passed.
"What's going on," Isane whispered, as they walked out of town.
Nemu thought for a moment before deciding. "It appears that we are just like the living in this world."
"So it seems," Isane said with a look of surprise on her face.
Nemu noted this phenomenon in her notebook.
"So, what do we do?" Isane asked.
"We just have to adjust our way of doing things," Nemu said, standing up.
"How do we do that?" Isane said with confusion.
"We act like everyone else," Nemu stated matter-of-factly and walked down the road. Isane nodded as they continued on their way. As night set, in they made camp in a clearing in the forest. As they prepared for the night, they noticed it was quiet, too quiet.
"This is creepy," Isane said looking around the forest.
Nemu looked around and agreed. "Yes it is," she said. "Maybe it's because there is a lot of hollow activity at night."
"I don't think so," Isane replied. "I don't feel any hollows near at all."
"We will have to verify this," Nemu decided, getting up. "I shall scout around and see what I can find."
"I don't think that is a good idea," Isane stated, feeling a presence around her.
"It's fine, I won't be gone long," Nemu assured her, and disappeared into the trees.
As Nemu walked, she tried to feel any hollow reiestu, but couldn't. She did feel a weird sort of energy but she couldn't fully comprehend it. She stopped and extended her senses only to be grabbed from behind and quickly knocked out.
Isane noticed that Nemu's spiritual pressure had suddenly dipped. She quickly stood up, pulled out her zanpakuto and waited, her senses heightened. As she listened she felt a tremor from underneath. She tried to get away, only to have a pair of hands grab her and pull her under.
Naruto jumped from tree to tree, heading toward the bandits' camp. The bandit he had captured and silenced, told him that a group of missing-nin from Kumo led the group. They were C-ranked missing nin. Naruto sighed. He was hoping for a least someone who would give him a decent fight. As he spotted the camp he formed a cross shaped hand seal and said, "Kage Bushin no justu." Soon five clones stood next to him. He ordered them to scout the perimeter and find out if they had any prisoners. He soon received the clones' memories and knew that they had a cage of women near the west side of camp. He also learned that the missing-nin had brought in two more. They were taken to a tent in the middle of camp. He knew he had to save them before anything bad happened.
"Let's do this," he said and faded into the night.
Isane started to awaken and felt a cold draft against her skin. As she opened her eyes she noticed that she was almost naked. She had been stripped to her underwear and found herself tied to a pole. Next to her was Nemu in her black panties and bra. She looked around and saw that their things were in a pile in the corner. The flap of their shelter suddenly opened to reveal two men with strange symbols on their foreheads. To her it looked like a pair of clouds but there was a line through them.
"Looks like one is awake," Said a short, green-haired man of average height.
"Who are you?" Isane said as she struggled against her bonds.
"I am your new master," the shorter man said with a smile. "Now, be a good girl and it won't hurt much."
Isane tried to undo her bonds but they were too tight. "I am going to die here," she thought.
Suddenly the sound of people dying filled the air. A bandit ran in and shouted, "We're under attack!" only to dash outside again.
The two men looked at each other and the taller one said, "Go check it out." His partner nodded and left to obey his orders.
The other one looked at Isane and said, "Where were we?"walking closer to her.
Naruto was taking out the bandits as quickly as possible. He had created over fifty clones and had them attack the camp all at once. He assigned a group of clones to free the girls from the cages and lead them to safety. As he fought, he felt the memories of one of his clones enter his mind. One of the missing-nin was out and ready to fight. Naruto headed toward the middle of the camp and landed in front of the man.
"So, you're the one who attacking out camp," the nin said with anger.
"Yep, that me." Naruto said with a smile.
"Fine, I'll just kill you and go back to having my fun," the nin said and went through a few handsigns, "Doton: Mud Dragon Justu." A large dragon came from the ground and headed toward Naruto. Naruto dodged to the side and went through his own set of hand signs, "Fuuton: Air Bullets." He sent five large balls of compressed air at his target. The missing-nin eyes widened and he flashed a set of hand signs, Doton:Earth wall. A wall of earth came up from the group and blocked the wind. Naruto ran toward him and climbed up the wall. He jumped off the top, a ball of blue energy forming in his hand, Resengan. Naruto thrust his hand forward and caught his target in the head. As Naruto landed, nothing was left of the missing-nin.
"One down and one to go," Naruto said and headed toward the tent where the two girls were being held.
Isane watched in fear as the man came toward her. She tried to get away but she was trapped. As he was about to grab her, a blade suddenly burst through his heart. Isane watched in horror as the man dropped to the ground, dead. She turned to discover the identity of her victor. Standing in front of her was a tall man with long blonde hair. He was wearing a headband like the others, but it was decorated with a different symbol.
"Are you ok," he asked, reached for her hand. Isane, unsure of his intentions, tried to move away. He noticed this and stopped. "I am not going to hurt you," he said, holding his hands up Isane looked at him and slowly nodded, he came toward her and untied her bonds. As her arms fell from the pole she pulled them close to her body. She was so scared, if he hadn't come, that man would have had his way with her. She shivered and started to cry, only to find something wrapped around her shoulders. She looked up and saw that the man had taken off his jacket and put it around her. He left her, went over to Nemu, and untied her. Since she was still unconscious, he held her gently in his arms. Isane slowly stood up and walked toward him.
"Thank you," she said as he slowly set down Nemu.
"It's not a problem," he said with a smile. "Just doing my job."
"Let's get out of here," he said scooping up Nemu in his arms and heading out of the tent. Isane nodded and started to follow, only to return to grab their zanpakuto. She didn't notice that she had left the modified badges in the tent.
Nemu slowly opened her eyes and looked around. She noticed that she was in a bed and that she was not fully clothed. She sat up, held the blanket to her, and looked around to see where she was. The door opened. She tensed, only to see Isane walk in, a bowl of food in hand. She was wearing a black t-shirt, that seemed to hug her form, with a pair of white Capri pants.
"Oh good, you're awake" she said with a smile.
"Where are we?" Nemu asked, looking around the room.
"We are currently in an inn," Isane said, as she set down the bowl of food on a night stand. "We were attacked two nights ago, and you've been out cold."
"Then, how are we here?" Nemu asked, afraid of the answer.
"I will be the one to answer that," said a voice by the door. Nemu turned to see a blonde haired man standing by the door. "Naruto Uzamaki, at your service."
"What happened?" Nemu asked. Isane proceeded to explain what had happened. Nemu listened and became extremely grateful for what Naruto had done for them. She turned to Isane and questioned, "Where are our things?"
"I was only able to grab our zanpakuto," Isane admitted. "I couldn't get the badges.
Nemu looked, with shock, at Isane. They were stuck. Without those badges, they couldn't get home. Naruto noticed this and saw that they were in trouble.
"Hey, it's ok. You guys can come with me to Konoha," he said with a smile.
"Konoha?" Nemu said with a questioning look.
"Yeah it's my home," he said. "I think we can help you try to get home."
Nemu knew that they weren't going to be able to get home by themselves.
"Fine, ok," Nemu said.
"Great," Naruto said with a smile. "Well, I'll leave you two alone. If you need me I'll be in the next room."
"Do you think we can trust him," Nemu said, looking at her partner.
Isane looked at Nemu and nodded. "He saved us when he could have had our way with us, but he didn't. So I think we should trust him."
"Fine, we will trust him for now," Nemu said, and proceeded to eat the food on the table. "Also, can you help me find some clothes.
Naruto, Nemu, and Isane walked up the road and soon, came upon the large gates of Konoha. Nemu and Isane looked at the gates in awe. They had never seen anything like it. As they approached the gates, they noticed that many people were staring at them.
"Why are they staring?" Nemu whispered to Isane. Isane just shrugged.
They then stopped at the front gate and saw the two gate guards coming toward them. "Welcome to Konoha," said one of the gate guards, to the group. He then noticed that Naruto was one of the trio. "Hey, Naruto, how you been?"
"Hey, Izumo," Naruto said with a smile. "I"ve been good, just got done with a mission."
"Nice," Izumo replied with a smile, and looked at Nemu and Isane. "And, who are these two lovely ladies?"
Isane blushed and Nemu looked at Izumo with confusion. Naruto smiled and began the introductions. "This is Nemu and Isane. I helped them out while on my mission. I am taking them to see the Tsunade Kaa-san to see if we can help them get home."
"That's our Naruto," said Izumo, patting him on the back. He pulled out a clipboard and had them write down their names. After everything was said and done Izumo smiled. "Enjoy your stay in Konoha."
Naruto waved bye to Izumo, and began to walk again with the girls following close behind. Isane looked around the village in awe. It was huge. She looked up and saw five faces coming out of the side of the cliff.
"I wonder who they are?" she thought to herself as they walked.
Nemu watched as people with the same headband as Naruto ran around the village. It seemed that everyone who wore it was part of some group, and this group seemed to be fairly large. She also saw many of them who would wave or stop to say hi to Naruto, meaning he was respected. Soon a large tower came into sight causing Nemu's curiosity to peak.
"Lets go see kaa-san," Naruto said and lead them up to the top of the tower. As they approached a large set of doors, a girl with short black hair, wearing a black-blue kimono, looked up to see them walking toward her.
She jumped up and ran over to Naruto giving him a bear hug. "I missed you," she said with a smile
"Me too, Shizune onee-chan," Naruto agreed. "But, I've only been gone a week."
"That's true, but it's still too quiet without you here," she said with a laugh.
Naruto just laughed and gave her a big smile. Shizune then noticed Isane and Nemu standing behind him. "Naruto, Who are the two women behind you?"
"This is Nemu and Isane," Naruto said, introducing the pair. "I helped them on my misson and I brought them to talk to kaa-san to see if we can help them get home."
"That is so you, Naruto," Shizune said knowingly. "Be nice, she's having a bad day."
"Got it," he said and headed toward the doors. He opened the door and shouted, "HI KAA-SAN!"
Tsunade jumped out of her chair and looked at her son. "NARUTO!" she said and punched him across the room. Isane and Nemu watched in bewilderment as Naruto flew through a wall and landed on the ground hard. "Don't startle me like that!"
Naruto slowly got up and walked over. "Sorry kaa-san," he said with a smile.
Tsunade smiled and then noticed the girls. "Naruto, why are there two girls with you," she questioned, staring at her son. "If you got them pregnant, you're responsible for your actions."
Isane blushed and Nemu stared at Tsunade as if she was crazy. "No! That is not what's going on," she reassured Tsunade. "Naruto offered to bring us here and see if you could help us get home."
"Oh, he did,"Tsunade muttered, shaking her head. She turned to Naruto. "So, how did you meet them?"
Naruto proceed to give his mission report while Tsunade listened intently. She looked at her son and said, "We can see what we can do, but in the meantime, they are your responsibility while they are in the village. Is that understood?"
"Yes Kaa-san," he said with a smile.
"That's a good boy," she beamed, and looked at Nemu and Isane. "Welcome to Konoha. I am Tsunade Senju, Godiame Hokage."
"I am Isane Kotetsu," Isane said, with a small bow
"Nemu Kurotsuchi," Nemu said, mirroring her friend.
"It is nice to meet you," Tsunade replied. "So where are you two from?"
Isane started to get nervous wondering what they were going to tell her but Nemu stepped up with their answer. "We come from across the sea. We are here to see what your culture is like and how we can find ways to help each other."
Tsunade eyes narrowed. She felt something was off with their story but knew she could prove anything. In addition, it seemed that they were completely honest about wanting to learn about them. She decided to have Naruto with them at all time, also to have a few Anbu follow them as well. She smiled and said, "Welcome to Konohagakure."
"Thank you for having us," Isane said greatfully.
Tsunade's tone turned serious. "While you are in our village, you are to stay with Naruto at all time, is that clear?"
"Yes ma'am, " They replied in unison.
Tsunade looked to Naruto. "Take care of them."
"Yes ma'am," he repeated, with a smile as they headed out of her office.
"I have a feeling life is going to get a lot more interesting," she said to herself, reaching for a bottle of Sake.
Mayuri stood by his machine and waited for Nemu to check in. They were supposed to check in after the first day to report their progress, but it had been more than three days. At first, he chalked it up to Nemu being her usually stupid self, but he knew she wouldn't be this late.
"Activate their homing becons," he ordered one of the researchers. After a few minutes, one of the researchers waved to Mayuri.
"Sir, we can't find their signals," he regretfully responded.
"What do you mean, 'we can't find their signals' " Mayuri shouted. A quick scan of the screen stated that their signals were not found.
"This can't be good." Mayuri thought intently.
That is the first chapter of my new story. (Thank Jessica, my editor) this idea had been bugging me a lot lately and I had to get it out of my head. The pairing I hope is obvious. As you know I love doing unusual pairing. It will be NAruto/Nemu/Isane and either another bleach girl or naruto. I will take suggestion but they cant be regular used pairings. Anyway tell me what you think and I really would love to see what you think of this new idea.
Also to clearify Naruto treat Tsunade like a Mom, Soul reapers are treats as living in Naruto world, and Ninja can learn Kidos and shinigami can learn Justu.
PLEASE REVIEW AND I WANT TO KNOW WHAT YOU THINK. PLEASE!