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Disclaimer: Naruto is Kishimoto's toy. I'm just playing with it. Abridged isn't mine either.
"He's late," Naruto muttered, peering sullenly out the classroom and down the halls.
I was sitting on one of the tables, reading one of the medic books I had checked out. Sasuke was minding his own business and being all broody.
I stole a glance at him. As much as I hated to admit it… he was kind of cute. Not as cute as Naruto... or Hinata... or Akamaru... or hell, Gaara and Sasori.
No one was cuter than them, though.
"Yep," I agreed. In response, Naruto grabbed an eraser and began setting up his prank. I quirked an eyebrow at him. "It's your own fault if you get in trouble."
"Hn. A Jōnin isn't going to fall for something as stupid as that," Sasuke muttered.
"You'd be amazed," I said wisely.
Just as I said that, Kakashi entered the room, causing the eraser to fall.
Naruto and I burst out laughing. Sasuke just stared at him in annoyance.
Kakashi slowly picked up the eraser and looked at it before saying, "How should I say this… My first impressions of you guys are…"
"I hate you."
Way to make it awkward, pervert.
"Let's see, why don't you introduce yourselves?" Kakashi suggested.
"What do you mean?" Naruto asked.
"Like... what you like, hate, your dreams and hobbies… Something like that."
"Why don't you introduce yourself first, sensei," Naruto suggested.
"Me? … I'm Hatake Kakashi. I have no intentions of telling you my likes and dislikes. As for my dreams… I have a few hobbies…"
"Mn…" I mumbled, returning to my book and rereading a confusing paragraph.
"Now it's your turn," Kakashi instructed.
"I'm Uzumaki Naruto. I like cup ramen, but I like ramen at Ichiraku that Iruka-sensei bought for me even more. I hate the three minutes I have to wait to boil up the ramen. My hobby is to eat and compare roman. And my dream is to become greater than all of the Hokages. I'm going to make all the villagers recognize my existence."
Kakashi nodded his head before it was my turn to speak.
We're going before Sasuke. You thinking what I'm thinking?
Absolutely. We are so trolling him.
"My likes are training and reading. My dislikes are obsessive weirdos with one track minds. My hobby now is to study to become a medic nin. Also, I have an goal that I have no intention to leave as just a dream. To surpass and to… kill a certain man."
Kakashi was silent for a moment while Naruto stared in surprise at me. I didn't even pay attention to Sasuke's reaction. Kakashi then gestured to Sasuke.
"My name is Uchiha Sasuke. There are many things I hate and not a lot I like. Also, I have an ambition that I have no intention to leave as a dream. The revival of my clan and to… kill a certain man."
"Hey! That's what I said!" I exclaimed.
"Way to be original, Sasuke," Naruto chuckled.
Sasuke ignored us. Silly Duck-Ass.
Whatever. Trolling Sasuke was a success, I'm happy.
"Alright," Kakashi began, "you three all have unique personalities, at least. We're going to begin a mission starting tomorrow. First, we're going to do something that we four can do."
"What is it?" Naruto asked eagerly, leaning forward.
I smirked. "Oh?"
"Out of twenty seven graduates, only nine pass. Eighteen will be sent back to the academy. So, in turn roughly sixty-six percent drop out."
"S-So what is the training exactly?" Naruto asked.
"Anyway…" and Kakashi explained where to meet him and stuff, yada, yada, yada… We left… and off to home I went!
So, how's the first book coming along?
I sat on my bed, staring at it. Confusing. Despite my somewhat vast knowledge of the Narutoverse, there's a lot of stuff in here I don't know… I think I'm going to have to head back to the library to grab some kind of dictionary.
Yeah. I stole a glance out the window. Actually… I'll do that now. Besides, there's something I want to do… and a few things I want to buy.
I knocked lightly on the door. For a while, no one answered until… Ino opened the door. I grinned at her. "Hey, Ino!"
"Hey, Sakura," she greeted me.
"Sorry you're not in Duck-Ass's group," I said, "but at least you got a cool sensei."
She shrugged, smiling brightly. "Yeah. Asuma's pretty cool. So what are you doing here?"
"I need a favor," I explained. "I want to cut my hair."
"What?" She asked, her eyes widening. "Why?"
I shrugged. "Too much of a hassle for training… Besides, I want a new look. So I was hoping if you would help me…?"
She grinned. "Say no more. Come on in, do you want to join us for dinner?"
I beamed. "Hell yeah!"
When morning came around, I stuffed my bag with books and grabbed an apple. I knew I could have probably slept in, but you never know… Then after tying my head band just like 'Sakura', I looked at the mirror.
I grinned at my new outfit.
Goodbye useless dress, hello comfy clothes.
My dress was replaced with a long red hoodie that hugged my body, with long sleeves. While it on its own would be capable as serving as a short dress (it went about midway on my thighs), I still wore tight black tights that ended a little after my knees. My kunoichi pouch wrapped around my right thigh (though you couldn't see it under my hoodie).
Epic new look.
When I reached the grounds, I plopped down on the grass and pulled out a medic book and began to study. Naruto arrived shortly after with Sasuke. Sasuke and Naruto stared at my hair for quite some time. After they were done staring, Naruto was the first to break the silence.
"Sakura-chan… your hair…"
I glanced up. "You like?"
"Why'd you cut it, Sakura-chan?" Naruto asked.
"Long hair would be too much of a hassle for training and missions," I explained. "Someone could use it against me if it's too long. Long hair was fine in the academy, but…" I shrugged. "Let's face it, this is the real world now. Things are a lot more different."
"Hn," Sasuke grunted.
I quirked an eyebrow. "Yep. Anyway, it's probably best if you sit down. I doubt Kakashi-sensei is going to be here for a long time."
Naruto took my advice and sat down next to me, grinning. The boy was just a regular ball of sunshine, wasn't he? Sasuke decided to stand instead. Naruto fidgeted for a bit, staring at me and my books, before he finally asked, "What do you have there, Sakura-chan?"
I glanced down at my book that I was reading. "Medical training books. I want to learn some medic training. It'll be helpful in achieving my goal."
"Your goal…" Sasuke began, "do you really have someone you want to kill?"
"Yes," I stated bluntly.
"Who is it, Sakura-chan?" Naruto asked curiously.
I pursed my lips. "Don't worry about it, Naruto."
And with that, I turned back to my book and began studying. Naruto yawned before rubbing his eyes.
Thus began the impossibly long wait for Kakashi…
"Good morning," Kakashi said.
"You're late!" Naruto exclaimed.
I yawned and closed my book before placing it in my bag. As Kakashi gave his excuse, Naruto glowered at him.
I stood up and brushed off the dirt that clung to my butt. Kakashi then began explaining the rules of the test. You have until twelve to get the bells, yada, yada, yada…
He provoked Naruto. Naruto charged, he beat Naruto, I quirked an eyebrow…
He released Naruto and then said start.
Before I could say a thing, Naruto and Sasuke were gone. I sighed.
"Kakashi-sensei?" I asked.
"Was your team really this hasty when you first started?" I wondered. "No. Don't answer that. Well… I'm off."
I lurched into the trees. I hid myself behind a bundle of leaves and sat down, watching as Kakashi pulled out his book and then Naruto took charge.
Oh, I knew where this was going.
Naruto swung his leg, Kakashi dodged, Naruto swung once again, lost his balance and next thing he knew Kakashi was behind him.
"You're too late… Hidden village of Konoha's secret taijustu master art…!" Kakashi's hand jabbed forward. "A thousand years of pain!"
Naruto screeched and lurched into the air, only to fall into the pond. I, on the other hand, began to shake with laughter.
I laughed and giggled and Kakashi turned to look in my direction. I was clutching my sides and heaving before I tumbled out of my branch and hit the ground.
"S-S-Sexual a-a-a-assault!" I howled with laughter and chanted it.
Kakashi gave me an incredulous look. "It's not nice to laugh at your team mates."
"Sh-Sh-Shut up~" I sung, shaking with laughter. "Oh… oh, wow…"
I shook my head before my laughter died and I hurried off to a new hiding spot. It wasn't time yet to start getting serious. I heard as Naruto rushed Kakashi, only to have Kakashi switch out on him. Then I heard as Naruto got caught, dangling like a fish from the tree.
I turned my head from my hiding spot—another branch in the trees—to see as Sasuke launched his attack. Right on time, his attack landed into Kakashi's back… only for Kakashi to disappear in a puff with the replacement of a log.
"Logged!" I shrieked from my hiding spot.
Naruto Abridged. Ftw.
I dropped down on the branch behind me and began to move away from my hiding spot, knowing I had given it away. I rushed from lower branch, to lower branch before deciding on a new hiding spot. I chuckled as I pulled myself up to the top branch.
I turned my head and saw Kakashi standing in the clearing, reading his book. I raised an eyebrow.
Good thing I didn't continue on to the next branch. He would have noticed me for sure…
"Sakura, behind you."
I covered my mouth to muffle the surprise shriek. I whirled around. "Damn, Kakashi-sensei! You nearly gave me a heart attack."
He tilted his head. "You gave away your position."
"You already knew where I was," I snorted. "So what's the point in such a thing…?
Just as I finished saying that, he held his hands in the familiar hand sign of a genjustu: leaves fell around me, obscuring my view momentarily. When the leaves vanished, I was in the center of the clearing. Kakashi was nowhere to be seen.
I turned my head, only to find Sasuke bleeding profoundly with multiple shuriken in his back. He was barely clutching on to a tree as he lifted his head weakly, "Sakura… help me."
I stared at him. "Kakashi, this is a direct insult to my intelligence. You think a genjustu like this would trick me? Honestly. First of all, no way would Duck-Ass ask for help, period. Second of all, I saw that hand sign. Just because I'm a newbie, does not mean I'm stupid!"
And in a huff, I marched right past Sasuke into the woods behind him. I figured if I kept walking, I would eventually be released from the genjustu. And after a while, my assumption was confirmed. Leaves whirled around me, before lifting away. I was back on my branch and Kakashi was gone.
Okay. Now it's time to get serious, I thought, scowling. I glanced around. Let's go find Sasuke and Naruto.
I leapt off from my branch, dropping down to the next one. Over and over I repeated this process until I somehow found myself staring at the back of Sasuke.
"Duck-Ass," I whispered, "come here."
Sasuke whipped his head around, his eyes narrowing. "What are you doing?"
"We need to work together," I said. "All of us. Including Naruto. You do realize this is a test to measure out how well we work together, right?"
"What are you talking about?" Sasuke snapped.
I rolled my eyes. "Come on, it's so obvious. Why do you really suppose there's only two bells? It's to see if we turn against each other for our own personal benefit. When you're on a team mission, you have to work together and overcome your selfish desires. This is a test to see if we can push aside our selfishness and work to achieve something greater. Don't tell me you didn't figure it out?"
Sasuke said nothing, but his eyes narrowed further. "Hn. And what exactly is your great plan?"
"First, we need Naruto," I said. "So do you mind helping me look for him?"
"Hn. Dobe is over there."
He gestured in a general east-ward direction and I nodded my head before jumping away from him (I was really starting to like doing that - to hell with walking when you had shinobi jumping). He followed close behind me. Eventually we did find Naruto, and I explained to him what was going on. He took it in strides, but he didn't like the fact he was working with Sasuke. I could tell that the feeling was mutual with Sasuke.
But, they both agreed to it and we set the plan in motion.
(Third Person POV)
Kakashi knew they were up to something. Of what, he didn't know. Yet. He had the funny feeling he was going to find out soon enough.
"Oi! Kakashi! You ready to admit defeat?" called out the familiar voice of Naruto. Naruto entered the clearing, grinning wickedly.
"Hmm?" Kakashi asked, lifting his eyes off the pages of his beloved book.
"'Cause Uzamaki Naruto is going to kick your ass!" Naruto shouted, charging forward.
Kakashi merely tilted his head slightly, eyeing the energetic blond.
Naruto held up his hands in the familiar sign for Shadow Clones. "Multi-Shadow-Clone Justu!"
Seven more Narutos appeared, rushing towards Kakashi.
Kakashi sighed before taking a step back. That's when the hand shot up from the ground, just barely grazing Kakashi's foot.
Emphasis on barely. Had it not been for Kakashi's superior reflex, the hand might have grabbed him. As it were, though, it did not. Instead, Kakashi was forced to be launched up into the air to avoid both the hand, and the army of Narutos.
Right at the same time one of the Naruto Clones launched another Naruto into the air. This was followed quickly by three more.
Kakashi's eyes narrowed slightly. It was way too clever for Naruto.
Kakashi twisted his body to dodge the first round of Narutos, but what he didn't expect was for the body that the ground hand was attached to, to lurch up into the air after him. Sasuke zeroed in on Kakashi, bringing his leg up to kick him.
Kakashi grabbed Sasuke's leg, just as Sasuke swung his first fist. Kakashi grabbed Sasuke's fist with his other hand… Just as he felt something brush against his pocket.
And there, holding on to his leg, was a grinning Sakura. Her hand darted forward to grab the bells—and Kakashi quickly released his chakra to substitute... but not before one bell was grabbed by Sakura.
Kakashi was substituted with one of the Naruto clones, and disappeared into view.
Sakura and Sasuke fell to the ground, both flipping to land properly. Naruto rushed over to greet them, smirking like mad.
(First Person POV – Sakura)
I held up the bell proudly. "Excellent work, everyone."
The bell rung sharply and Kakashi reappeared next to his students. "Well, well, good job, Sakura. It looks like you're the only one who passed. I suppose, then, you're also the only one who gets lunch—"
"Bzz!" I buzzed. "You're wrong, Kakashi. Naruto and Sasuke also pass."
"I'm sorry, I didn't realize you were the sensei."
I grinned. "I'm not, but all three of us worked together as a team. If it wasn't for them, I could have never been able to grab the bell on time."
"Only one of you gets the bell."
"Correct," I agreed. At this Sasuke shot me a venomous glare and Naruto looked appalled. I continued, "So we all pass."
"I'm afraid I'm not following your logic."
"All three of us," I gestured to them. "Worked together as one. Only one of us gets the bell. That one, is all of us. And besides. I wouldn't have eaten the food even if you had given it to me. These are my team mates. My comrades. They take priority over all. After all…"
Pause for dramatic affect. Pause for dramatic affect. Pausepausepausepausepausefor theloveofsweetJashinPAUSE… okay now you can continue.
"Those who don't take care of their friends are even worse than scum," I finished.
Kakashi stared at me, and I could have sworn his one eye widened just slightly. I cleared my throat. "So… did I get it right?"
Kakashi stared at me for a moment before glancing at Naruto and Sasuke. He was quiet before he said. "Yes. All of you pass."
Naruto cheered. "Yatta! Way to go, Sakura-chan~"
I laughed and preened under Kakashi's praise. Sasuke merely smirked.
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