Falling
Precious Ramen

Disclaimer: I own neither Naruto nor OHSHC.


"TEME!"

Cerulean blue eyes glared harshly into obsidian. The owner of said blue eyes gritted her teeth, her calloused hands clenching into tight fists, her nails digging into her palms painfully. A deep growl emitted from the back of her throat.

"Don't... You... Dare," she snarled.

A smirk was deeply etched into the handsome face of the 'teme'. His smirk only widening upon hearing his bestfriend's warning. He chuckled mirthlessly, the sound echoing eerily around them.

"Dobe."

She sneered and inched closer to the young man, killer intent leaking off of her. He ignored her, his hands blurring as he quickly made the correct seals.

Seeing this, the young lass made a move to stop him, terror clouding her blue eyes as she watched him. But she was too late. The man took a deep breath, the chakra kneading inside his body converting into fire, "Katon: Gōkakyū no Jutsu!" He blew on a ring he formed with his index finger and thumb, a massive fireball expelling from his mouth. The flames engulfed it's target, burning it almost instantaneously, leaving a crater on the ground's surface.

Her grip on her kunai slackened, letting it drop to the ground with a slight thud. She couldn't feel her body. It was so, so numb. Eyes glazing and glistening with unshed tears, whimpering in a quiet defeated voice, "No..."

She took a moment to mourn her loss, gazing where it once stood. Breathing with difficulty, she whispered, "No..."

Her tears slowly slid down her whiskered cheeks, her plump lips trembling. Her knees failed to carry her and buckled.

"No... NO!" she screamed out in agony and anguish, her body shivering pitifully.

Trailing her bloodshot eyes back to the smirking young man, who watched her with amusement dancing in his cold obsidian eyes. She wheezed, "Why, Sasuke? Wh-why did you do it?"

"WHY DID YOU BURN MY POOR, PRECIOUS RAMEN?"

She shrieked loudly, flailing her arms. Fountains of tears comically poured down her face.

Sasuke rolled his eyes, twisting his pinky in his ear like she damaged his hearing, "Your obsession with those noodles are unhealthy, Dobe."

"WHAT IF I DON'T WANT TO BE HEALTHY?" she wailed, sobbing relentlessly as she clawed the dirt with her fingernails.

Their teammates stopped their actions and just stared at them quietly, used to their antics, before returning their focus to what they were doing.

"It's not my fault that you dropped the scroll containing your precious ramen. I just saw an opportunity to beat you, and beat you I did," he smirked at the blonde, his muscular arms crossing over his chest.

Naruto glared at him, "You cheated! That's so unfair!"

He snorted, "It's not my fault you can't handle losing, Dobe," and headed back to his tent.

"That bastard," she seethed, her eyebrows furrowed. She huffed, turning her head away and crossing her arms on her chest.

Sulking, she trudged to the campfire and plopped down to sit on a log.

She watched the fire with boredom, gazing as it licked the firewood.

"Sakura-chaaaaaaaannn."

Sakura sighed tiredly, "What is it, Naruto? You know, you could help—"

"Yeah, yeah, yeah," Naruto yawned, absentmindedly scratching her chin, "So, uhm, anyway, what's the purpose of this mission again?"

Vein popping from being interrupted, the pink-haired medic replied through gritted teeth, "Weren't you listening at all when Shishou informed us of the mission?"

"... No, not really."

Sighing in exasperation, she answered, "We need to go to the Land of Tea to retrieve a crate of Shishou's favorite sake."

"That's it?" Naruto asked in disbelief, "Man, Tsunade-baachan gave us a boring mission."


Naruto whistled happily as she marched ahead of her teammates, a content expression on her face.

Behind her, their medic was filing her nails with a kunai, while the two lookalikes silently and expressionlessly walked behind of the two girls.

They had just finished their mission in just a few days, and were on the way back to Konoha. Naruto was right, it was boring. But their boredom decreased a little when they encountered a dozen of bandits, who were intent on stealing the expensive sake. They were quickly dispatched, though.

Upon seeing the large entrance gates of Konohagakure, the blonde girl grinned giddily, wanting to go to Ichiraku's.

She gave an enthusiastic wave at the two guards, Kotetsu and Izumo, who waved back. She immediately headed for her favorite ramen stall, when a hand caught the back of her jacket and tried to drag her away to the Hokage tower, the largest building in Konoha that is occupied by their Hokage, "Naruto! We need to report back to Shishou first! The mission's not over until we report!"

"B-B-But! My rameeeen," but her protests were ignore by the medic.

Tsunade looked up from her mountains of paperwork, saying in a cheery voice, "Ahh! You're here! Where's my sake?"

Her apprentice shook her head, "But, Shishou, we need to report first."

"Maa, maa, fine."

Naruto, Sasuke, and Sakura's head turned to Sai, who they agreed were to give the report. The pale young man said, "Hokage-sama, we successfully retrieved the item and managed to flee without any guards noticing us and the disappearance of the item," he paused to fake a smile, "However, after we crossed the border, we noticed about a dozen bandits, none more than genin level, though a few were chunin level, following us. We quickly dispatched them. After that, there were no problems as we made our return to Konoha."

Tsunade nodded, her chin on the palm of her hand, "Hmm, I see. I expect a written report in my desk later. Now where's my sake?" she lazily grinned.

Sakura piped in, "Naruto sealed the crate in the scroll to prevent it breaking, and to make it easier to carry."

The pig-tailed blonde Hokage turned her expectant gaze to the spiky blonde, her expression patient, "Naruto?"

Naruto remained quiet for a moment, fidgeting, before she bursted, "Only if you give me an awesome mission!"

Tsunade raised her eyebrow and said, "Oh, okay, I'm sure Tora misses you."

"Gah! I'm serious, Babaa! Either you give me an awesome, not boring, mission, or the sake gets it," she threatened.

"You wouldn't dare."

"Oh, yes. I would."

Tsunade glared at the jinchuuriki, whacking her on the head, "Fine, fine! Just give me the sake!"

Naruto cheerfully bit her thumb and drew blood, unfurled the scroll, and dragged the bloody thumb on the scroll, leaving a bloody trail. There was a sudden poof and the crate they retrieved was placed on Tsunade's desk.

The Hokage giggled giddily, easily opening the crate and peering inside, when a sudden shout startled her, "WAIT! What about my mission!"

Giving her an annoyed glance, Tsunade droned, "I don't know, Naruto. It's really important and classified. I know they're your teammates, but—"

Naruto pushed and dragged her teammates out the door, despite their protests, and shouted, "You heard the woman! MOVE!" whilst locking the door. She then turned to Tsunade, who watched her with amusement, and grinned excitedly.

"But the windows are open, what if someone is eavesdropping?"

She hastily shut all the windows in the Hokage's office, locking them as well. She turned to Tsunade and gave her the puppy dog eyes, "Can I hear about the mission now?"

Tsunade smirked, "Heh, fine."

"Whoo!"

Tsunade suddenly turned serious, "I meant it when I said it's important. Not so much about classified, but close. Anyway, this mission consists of you going undercover as a student in this school called Ouran Academy, a prestigious private school located in Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan—"

"But wait, isn't that outside the Elemental Countries?"

"Yes."

"Cool!"

"—You will be placed in the class 2A, Second Year, Class A. You will be guarding a young man named Suoh Tamaki, I think he's around your age. His father, Suoh Yuzuru, the principal of Ouran Academy, thinks that there are lurking dangers for his son, and he wants you to guard Tamaki while he is in school. He will tell you all you need to know when you arrive—"

"Where will I be staying?"

Glare, "I was getting to that. Please avoid interrupting me, gaki."

"—This mission starts tomorrow. I want you to take the rest of the day off to say your goodbyes and pack your things. This mission is going to take about a year. Oh, and I've already taken the liberty to buy you an apartment near the school. Here is your key. I've made atleast two more spares, because I know you might lose them—"

"HEY!"

"—Your apartment is already furnished, I had it modeled after you apartment here in Konoha. 'Sides, your stuff is cheap. Oh, and your uniform for the school is placed on your bed in that apartment. I had Suoh-san give you permission to wear the male uniform, for I know that you will probably complain about the how you feel uncomfortable in that dress, and I know how much you hates skirts—"

"You know me so well."

"—Your fridge is already packed with food, and don't worry, there's ramen in there. Suoh-san provided them for you. You'll probably buy your food on your own when they run out, though."

"Wait, I thought I was guarding this Tamaki person?"

"You are."

"Then why isn't my apartment near his house or something?"

"Suoh-san has told me that he already has enough bodyguards in their home, he didn't want to alert Tamaki and the other students by putting those guards around school. He thinks it is better if it was an undercover bodyguard."

"Then why didn't he just disguise his guards?"

"I don't know, I think he wants his son to be guarded by an elite ninja—"

"Ohoho, so I'm elite?"

"... Shut up. He requested the best, and you are the best."

"Haha, wait til Teme hears this! He'll be so jealous."

"Whatever," Tsunade rolled her eyes, "Meet me here tomorrow in exactly 12 AM. I'll have someone travel with you to Japan, because you don't know the way."

"But wait, why is this important? Sounds like a simple bodyguard mission to me."

"Because Suoh-san's offering a really large amount of money."

"Figures."