Chapter 2- Teamwork

Naruto woke up to the sound of his alarm. Looking out of his window, he noticed it was still cloudy outside. Nonetheless, he managed to get himself up, shower, get dressed in his new outfit, grabbed something to eat, and headed out to the training ground. He walked through the silent streets wondering what his first training day with his teammates would be like. Sasuke was kind of a loner, but teamwork couldn't hurt him if he'd allow it. Sakura was still a fan girl, so her focus could be more centered every move Sasuke makes. If she could break out of that phase then their team would be the better for it. He was brought out of his thought when he noticed the three tree post. No sooner after he had arrived did Sasuke and Sakura show up, both showing signs of being tired.

"Please tell me you both ate," said Naruto, as he caught the attention of his teammates.

"I did. But if you're wrong about this and I lose my breakfast I'm taking it out on you, Baka," said Sakura, shaking her fist at Naruto.

"That'll be your problem Sakura," said Naruto, crossing his arms at her.

"Well it seems our teacher is late again," said Sasuke, getting back the attention of his teammates.

"I have a feeling that this is going to be a regular thing with this guy," said Naruto, frowning at his sensei's personality trait.

"Regular thing with who?" asked Kakashi, appearing behind his students.

"No one sensei," said Naruto, deciding to keep his mouth shut about the matter.

"Alright then. Now, today's training exercise is pretty simple. All you have to do is get these two bells from me," said Kakashi, bringing out the two bells from his pocket.

"Just getting those bells? Sounds a little too easy," said Naruto, raising an eyebrow towards his sensei.

"It is simple, but here's what it means to you. You have until noon to get these bells. Who ever does not have a bell by that time will be tied to one of those training post and will not recieve lunch," said Kakashi, indicating to each part of the exercise.

'Lunch? So that's why he didn't want us to eat lunch. Good call Naruto,' thought Sasuke, seeing Sakura raise her hand.

"And there's something else you should know. If you should not get a bell by the time this test is over, you will also be sent back to the academy," said Kakashi, as the three genin looked at him with wide eyes and open mouths.

"But sensei, there are only two bells for the three of us," said Sakura, as Kakashi gave an eye smile.

"You are quite right Sakura. One of you will not get a bell. Makes things interesting doesn't it? Now, we should get started because you're killing your own time. So, without further delay, we shall begin...NOW!" said Kakashi, as the trio disappeared into the forest.


Naruto was hidden one of the nearby trees looking over the area. He saw Kakashi simply standing there, and then pulled out an orange book. He noticed Sakura hiding underneath a bush, and no sooner as he found her Sasuke appeared next to him on the branch.

"Looks like you were right about eating though he told us not to," said Sasuke, looking over the area.

"Seems so. What's the plan now, duckhead?" asked Naruto, taking a seat on the branch.

"Time to use that unpredictable head of yours, dobe," countered Sasuke, smirking as Naruto got steamed.

"Well obviously we need to get those bells, although it seems that no matter what the outcome one of us is going to be tied to one of the post," said Naruto, watching his teacher with a calculating eye.

"But why do that... unless it supposed to turn us against eachother," said Sasuke, as Naruto nodded in agreement.

"Yes, but I dont think Kakashi thinks that we would catch on that quickly. Come on, we need to meet up with Sakura and tell her what we know," said Naruto, disappearing to meet up with his pink-haired teammate.


Kakashi stood in place, his nose deep in his Ich Ich Paradise book. However, after some time had passed, he was wondering where his students were at.

'They've taken their time in waiting to attack. Perhaps they left? No, I can still sense them in the area. Hmm, maybe these three are the ones,' thought Kakashi, turning his attention back to his book.


"So that is the basis of the situation at this point," said Naruto, as Sakura was brought up to speed by Naruto and Sasuke.

"What should we do now, Sasuke-kun?" asked Sakura, getting a sigh from Naruto.

"The plan is relatively simple. Naruto and I will attack Kakashi simultaneously. Meanwhile, Sakura will sneak up on Kakashi and take the bells," said Sasuke, as his two teammates nodded in agreement.

"But Sasuke-kun, that will still leave one of us without a bell," said Sakura, as she knew that that would still leave them short a bell.

"We'll just have to settle that when we get the bells," said Naruto, popping his neck.

"Okay, I'll go get into position and wait for your signal," said Sakura, disappearing to her position.

"Sasuke," said Naruto, gaining his teammates attention, "When Sakura gets the bells, make sure that you get one. I'll allow myself to be tied to the post."

"What? Why do you want that?" asked Sasuke, confused as why the ambitious blonde would allow himself to be caught.

"Well I'm guessing Kakashi has read my file and knows my background. I'm more likely to be the one to not get the bell. I can make that sacrifice," said Naruto, though Sasuke wasn't yielding.

"But you mght be sent back to the academy. You think he's bluffing about that?" asked Sasuke, as Naruto merely shrugged his shoulders.

"We'll know soon enough. Come on, we need to go before Sakura's cover is blown," said Naruto, moving out of the cover, while Sasuke shook his head and left with Naruto.


Kakashi continued to read his book as time passed, but stopped when he heard footstops in front of him. He looked up from his book to see Naruto and Sasuke standing side by side.

"Attacking me together and leaving Haruno out of the mix? Well, there are only two bells, so I guess that makes sense," said Kakashi, closing his book and putting it away.

Naruto pulled out his scroll on his back and unrolled it on the ground. Kakashi and Sasuke watched as Naruto bit his thumb and wiped the blood over the scroll and were amazed when Naruto brought out his blade.

"When did you get that thing?" asked Sasuke, eyeing the blade that was as tall as Naruto and the hilt was taller still.

"Found it," said Naruto plainly, as Sasuke face flopped.

'That looks like one of the seven swords. Interesting, lets see what he can do with it,' thought Kakashi, as he had to snap out of his thoughts when Naruto charged with Sasuke.

Naruto leapt to the air, turned his body to the left, and swung his sword horizontally in that direction. Kakashi ducked in time to see Sasuke sliding into Kakashi. Kakashi brought his hands up to catch Sasukes foot, but had to let go and move back when Naruto brought his sword down vertically. As Kakashi got back to his feet, he brought up a kunai to block Naruto's heavy attack. As, the two struggled, Kakashi noticed something odd about Naruto's blade. It was lightly radiating light blue, and as this happened, he felt his kunai getting heavier. He was struggling to keep his blade up, what with not only his knife's weight increase, but Naruto's pressure as well. Eventually he had to manuever out of the way and drop his knife. But as he did that, he noticed that Sasuke had finished a set of hand signs with a tiger seal

'A tiger seal? A genin can't perform fire jutsu, uses too much chakra,' thought Kakashi as he anticipated an attack.

"Katon: Fire Ball Jutsu" said Sasuke as an enormous fire ball engulfed Kakashi.

"Whoa we didn't wanna kill the guy," said Naruto, looking at the blaze.

But as the fire died down, he saw that there was nothing there. By the time he wanted to say something, Sasuke was dragged underground. Naruto looked on as only Sasuke's head was left on the surface. Naruto had to hold back his laughter.

"You should have though ahead with that one Sasuke," said Naruto, as he saw his friend glare at him.

Naruto stopped smiling when he felt a pain in his lower backside. Narut was then flying through the air from the pain of the 'attack' and landed on a tree branch, his body hanging over it.

"You two worked well together, distracting me while the other formulated another attack. However, you still couldn't get to the bells," said Kakashi, complimenting on his students efforts.

"Who said we were the ones trying to get to the bells," said Sasuke, as Kakashi looked at him with a quizzical look.

"Sakura!" said Kakashi, as he looked to where he had the bells, only to see taht they were gone.

Looking up at a tree, he saw the pink-haired kunoichi holding up the bells.

"So the whole time your attack was a distraction so that Sakura could get at the bells," said Kakashi, looking between his students.

"In a nutshell yes," said Naruto, getting off of the branch he was hung over.

"You were able to use teamwork even though the threat of one of you not making it was hung over you. And for that... you pass," said Kakashi, eye smiling at team, who looked at him with confusion.

"Wait, you mean this was all to see if we could you use teamwork?" asked Sakura, as Naruto pulled Sasuke out by his neck.

"The past teams I had failed because they couldn't work together, but you guys managed to put aside your wants to work as a team, even though one of you might not pass. So, it is my extreame pleasure to announce that Team 7 reports for duty tomorrow," said Kakashi, giving a thumbs up to his new team, who celebrated their new team.

"Alright, we did it!" said Naruto, who then punched Sasuke in the arm, "And you thought one of us was going to be sent back to the academy."

"You did too baka," said Sasuke, as Sakura nodded in agreement.

"I was just messing around," said Naruto, pretending he didn't know what they were talking about.

A/N: Wuzzup! So yeah, I just decided to write a new chapter of this story. However, from here on out, I will be working on a fox's red dawn. So a little bit of Naruto's sword action, but there will be more to come in the land of wave arc. Till next time.