I followed Hinata out of our room, through the hallway, down the stairs and out the front door. Once we were outside, instead of going right to the courtyard, Hinata took a left and headed towards a big sports arena.
"So, where exactly are we going?" I asked, making conversation.
"W-we're going to the Hangout Spot." Hinata said in a way that made me think that Hangout Spot should be capitalized. "T-that's where my friends and I h-hang out."
I nodded and followed her past the soccer field and into the woods. I would have been worried, being led into the woods with a virtual stranger, but I couldn't imagine Hinata hurting a fly.
As we went further into the woods, I began to hear the sound of voices.
"NARUTO!" a girl's voice came blasting over the rest of the noises.
"I'm sorry, Sakura," the guy whom I assumed was Naruto said. "I didn't mean to!"
Hinata and I walked into a clearing where several people were watching a pink haired girl beat up a blond boy.
Once everyone noticed that we were there, it became silent. The pink haired girl, now dubbed Pinky, stopped beating up blonde and looked over at us. The blond was the first to speak.
Hinata blushed a bright cherry red and stuttered out a hello. I glanced back and forth between Hinata and Blondie. It was obvious that she liked the boy.
"Hello, everyone!" I said, taking the initiative. It didn't look like Hinata was going to be able to introduce me anytime soon. "My name is Kasumi, Miyako. I'm Hinata's new roommate."
The blonde was the first to say anything. "Hi," he said getting up to bow, "my name is Uzumaki, Naruto and any friend of Hinata's is a friend of mine."
I smiled. Naruto seemed like he had a pretty easy-going attitude. "It's nice to meet you, Naruto," I told him.
Pinky was next. "Hello, Miyako, my name is Haruno, Sakura."
"Sakura," I said, "nice to meet you."
The rest soon followed suit. By the end of it, I had met Neji, Tenten, Rock Lee, Choji, Ino, Kiba, Shikamaru, Shino, and Sai.
"So, what sport do you play?" Naruto asked me.
I sweat dropped. "I don't play any sports," I said.
"WHAT!" everyone but Sai, Neji, and Shikamaru shouted.
I scratched the back of my head sheepishly. "I'm not really the sporty type. I'm a huge klutz."
"Then," Naruto said, "How did you get into this school?"
"Naruto!" Sakura said, slapping him upside the head. "You can't just say things like that to someone!"
I laughed. "That's okay. I totally understand. And, to answer your question, I don't know how I got into this school. I didn't even apply here."
"That's weird," Tenten said, and we left it at that.
A few weeks later, the school was abuzz with excitement. Every year, a soccer tournament for each of the seven surrounding schools, including Konoha High, was held. This year, Konoha would be the lucky hosting school. That meant that six different soccer teams would be staying at our school for a month. And, of course, education could not be forsaken, so the other students would be joining us in our classes.
That in and of itself wasn't all that exciting. No, what's really exciting was, the soccer team of the Akatsuki School for Juvenile Delinquents would also be playing in the tournament this year.
The Akatsuki soccer team was banned some years ago because they started a fight in the middle of a match. Each year, right before the tournament, the Akatsuki kids would petition the soccer council to let them play, and each year, the answer was no. That is, until this year.
"I can't believe the Akatsuki students are going to be staying with us for a whole month!" Sakura said, walking along side Hinata and I.
"What's the big deal?" I asked. "They're just a bunch of kids like us...only angrier."
Sakura gave me a look that said 'what-the-crap-have-you-been-smoking?' "What's the big deal? Really?"
I gave her a blank look.
"They are a bunch of convicts!" Sakura screeched, causing everyone in the hallway to stop and stare at us.
"Okay," I said, dragging the word out to where each letter had its own syllable. "We have to get to chemistry," I continued, grabbing Hinata and dragging her in the general direction of the science building.
"She's just a bit psycho," I said to Hinata as we entered the chemistry room.
Hinata laughed, and sweat-dropped. "Yeah."
We made our way to our seats just as the bell rang and class commenced.