Chapter 2: Team Seven, Meet Team Kakashi
Disclaimer: I do not own Naruto
Previously: Naruto and the gang are hanging out and are bored. They use a special scroll to go back to the past. They land in Kakashi's apartment. Kakashi and the Third Hokage have some knowledge the future. Team Kakashi will be staying at the Hatake home.
"I guess this place could use a little dusting," Kakashi said lightly.
"A little? Understatement of the decade," Sakura sighed.
"Yeah, well, it hasn't been used in a decade," Kakashi shrugged. "So, make yourself at home."
"I call my old room," Naruto ran upstairs.
"By the way, I'll be meeting my team at 3 today." Kakashi gave a one-eyed smiled. "Hey, you know what? I just remembered I have something to do."
"Very convenient timing." Sai raised an eyebrow.
"But you're always late anyways so I'm sure it won't matter if you didn't show up for another hour or two." Sasuke looked over his shoulder. There was no one there.
"Figures," Sakura folded her arms. "We should get started."
3 Hours Later
Kakashi popped back up at his old place. It didn't look like a haunted house now. It looked like…home.
"Wow, this place looks so clean. How'd you do it?" He looked at his future students. They were playing Poker.
"Teamwork sensei," Sakura smiled.
"And Naruto's clones," Sai replied as he put down Four-of-a-Kind.
"Damn, I'll fold," Sakura frowned.
"So will I," Sasuke scowled.
Naruto grinned, "Straight Flush, I win again."
"I don't know why we even bother playing with you. It's mostly you or sometimes Sai who wins. So unfair," Sakura put her cards down.
Kakashi observed the four interacting with each other. He was pleasantly surprised to see how civil they were with each other.
"I bet you're cheating, idiot." Sasuke glared at his blonde teammate.
Or as civil as his dysfunctional team could get.
Sai nodded, "I agree. There's no way anyone can be that lucky and not be cheating."
"Naruto, take off your jacket. We want to see your sleeves," Sakura demanded.
"C'mon guys it's just a game. I'm not cheating," Naruto put his arms up in a defensive motion.
Sasuke's eyes narrowed. "Then why are you so hesitant?"
"Guys, hold him down." Sakura ordered.
"Hey! 3 on 1, that's unfair," Naruto jumped behind Kakashi. "Sensei! They're being mean to me."
"Now, now children, play nice." Kakashi smiled. "Besides we don't have time for this. I've got to meet my team, um, let's see now," He thought for a moment, "Oh, yes, I had to meet them an hour ago."
The Future Four rolled their eyes, one word echoing throughout their heads. Typical.
"Let's go, I want to meet my younger self," Naruto said, finally coming out from behind Kakashi.
10 Minutes Later
"You're late!" Chibi-Naruto and Chibi-Sakura yelled as their sensei walked up to them.
"Mah, sorry, I was sidetracked when 4 teens from the future crashed into my apartment. They dropped in while I was eating lunch. Since they ate my food I had to eat out and there was a huge line and I was late."
"Liar!" The duo screamed.
"Wow, you know for once Kakashi-sensei has a legitimate reason," Sakura spoke as she and her teammates finally came into view. They had been walking a little behind the Copy-nin.
"I think it's a sign of the apocalypse," Naruto deadpanned.
Sai glanced at Sasuke, "These two are even louder than you said they were. How did you put up with them?"
Sasuke shook his head, "Don't even ask."
Chibi-Naruto, Chibi-Sakura, and even Chibi-Sasuke stared at them with wide eyes.
"N-no way," Chibi-Naruto pointed his finger at them.
"Naruto, it's rude to point at people," Sakura scolded.
"Are you really us? From the future?" Chibi-Sakura asked disbelievingly.
"Yes, they are," Kakashi answered. "It's been confirmed by myself and Lord Hokage. Rest assured they are not spies or fakes."
"Hey, hey, am I the Hokage yet?" Chibi-Naruto asked super hyper.
Naruto grimaced, "Man, was I really that annoying when I was younger?"
"What do you mean when you were younger? You still are," Sai pointed. Sasuke smirked and Sakura nodded in agreement.
"Shut up you jerk!" Naruto hollered.
"I rest my case," Sai smirked.
"You guys suck, you know that?" Naruto sulked.
"Relax Naruto, you know we love you," Sakura grinned.
Naruto crushed her in a big hug. "You know you're my favorite right, Saku—"
Sasuke punched him and knocked him to the ground.
"Hey," Sakura hit Sasuke over the head, "That was uncalled for."
Sasuke rubbed his head and winced. "Whatever, he still deserved it. He should learn to keep his hands to himself."
Team Seven members, including Kakashi this time, were flabbergasted at Sakura's action. Sai gave Naruto a hand and helped him up. "I think we're forgetting we have company."
Kakashi gave an amused chuckle. "Right, Team Seven," he turned to his shell shocked students, "meet Team Kakashi. Now, how about you introduce yourself?"
Naruto turned back to his younger self and teammates. "Hey, I'm Naruto Uzumaki, jōnin of Konoha. I am 16 years old and I am also the current Toad Sage. I like my friends, kicking butt, eating ramen, and Enka rapping. I hate judgmental people and traitors."
"What's Enka rapping?" Kakashi asked curiously.
"Don't ask," Sakura slapped her hand over Naruto's mouth.
"Anyways, I am Sakura Haruno and I am 16 years old. I am a jōnin Medic-nin and the apprentice of the Fifth Hokage. I like my friends, training, kicking butt, and learning new things. I dislike assholes in general."
"Fifth Hokage's apprentice?" Chibi-Sakura asked with wonder. I must be really strong then. Her teammates were staring at her with new found respect.
Chibi-Sasuke decided it was high time some of his questions were answered. Questions about Itachi.
Chibi-Naruto jumped in while Chibi-Sasuke was lost in his looked at Sai. "Who are you?"
So Sai decided to go next, "My name is Sai. I will be joining Team Kakashi in a few years. I am 17 years old and I used to be a member of an ANBU Black Ops Division. I like art, my friends, and inventing new jutsu. I dislike those who betray their friends and their village."
"You used to be ANBU?" Chibi-Naruto asked jaw-dropped along with his teammates.
Chibi-Sakura's eyes narrowed. "I thought you had to keep it a secret."
Sai shrugged, "You'd find out sooner or later anyways.
Sasuke froze. "Used to be? That means you were a member when you were younger."
Chibi-Naruto and Chibi-Sakura gawked even more. Chibi-Sasuke clenched his hands. Is he a genius like him? Why is everyone stronger than me? Naruto's a Sage and Sakura's the Hokage's apprentice. Damn, I need to know if that man is dead or not.
"Your turn Sasuke," Naruto grinned. Chibi-Sasuke's head snapped up.
Sasuke ignored him. Ugh, was I really that single minded? "I am Sasuke Uchiha and I am a 16 year old jōnin. I like my comrades, tomatoes, and people who don't annoy me. I dislike people who do annoy me."
Chibi-Sakura was on cloud 9 since Sasuke said he liked his comrades. And she was one of his comrades! Chibi-Sasuke wanted to scream at his older self and demand an explanation. But Kakashi cut in.
"Great, now that we're all acquainted, let's get to work. We're here to train, not chit-chat around."
"But—" The trio began.
"I don't care. If you have questions, you can ask them after we're done." He turned to his future students. "You're more than welcome to train with us."
Kakashi looked back to his team. "Now get to work. I don't want to hear excuses or anything."
He gave them a hard look. The trio knew he meant business. Team Kakashi wandered over to sit under a tree. Naruto sat on a branch and got comfortable for a nap. Sai sat on a branch below him and took out his sketch book. Sasuke and Sakura were sitting together at the base of the tree.
Team Seven began their usual 10 minute warm-up. Occasionally they would take a peek at their guests. Naruto was taking a nap. Sai was drawing. Sasuke and Sakura were in a discussion.
Chibi-Naruto was was happy because his older self seemed cool. Chibi-Sakura would always look at her older self and the older Sasuke. Then she's look at her teammate before blushing and looking away. Chibi-Sasuke wasn't favoring anyone from the future. He was glaring equally at all of them.
"Alright then," Kakashi smiled. "Let's begin with a light spar, everyone for themselves while I set something up."
Chibi-Naruto and his teammates began. The blonde boy kept getting hit because Sasuke didn't bother with Sakura since he thought she was too weak. And Sakura kept beating Naruto because he was hesitant to hit her and she couldn't match Sasuke's speed. So it was pretty much a 2 on 1.
10 Minutes Later
Kakashi called for his students to stop. The trio froze where they were. They looked to their older selves, hoping to see if they were impressed. Much to their disappointment, not one of the teens was looking. They were still doing what they were doing before: napping, talking, or drawing. Or that's what they thought.
"Based on their performance, I'd say we've arrived just after the mission to Waves," Sakura stared peacefully at the sky.
"Yes, I agree," Sasuke glanced at Team Seven. "I have the Sharingan but not the Curse mark." And I'll make sure it stays that way.
"Come here my cute little kiddies," Kakashi waved them over. The trio walked over to their sensei.
"Why's there a High Striker here?" Sakura asked curiously.
A High Striker was an attraction used in carnivals and such. They are also called strength testers because a person used a hammer or a mallet to strike utilizing enough force to hit the bell at the top and make it ring.
"I'm glad you asked. You see this isn't just any High Striker, it's a special one adapted specifically for ninja. It is a measure of chakra control and strength. There are 8 levels: Zero, Pathetic, Weak, Average, Good, Strong, Excellent, and Monster. Here, I'll demonstrate."
The trio moved back and gave him room. Kakashi easily lifted the hammer and brought it down with his full strength. The arrow rose up to level 6: Strong.
"Chūnin generally hit 'Good.' Jōnin usually get up to 'Strong.' The 'Monster' level was created specifically because of Tsunade Senju. She's unmatched when it comes to brute strength." Kakashi lowered the hammer. "Now, who wants to go first?"
"Me! I do," Chibi-Naruto grinned and ran up to his sensei.
"Can we also try after you're done?" Sai asked.
The trio practically jumped a foot up in the air. They hadn't sensed Team Kakashi at all.
"Sure," Kakashi said as he handed Chibi-Naruto the hammer.
"Alright, here I go," Chibi-Naruto struggled a little. The arrow rose up to Level 3: Weak.
Chibi-Sasuke smirked, "Seems pretty accurate."
"S-shut up, let me try again."
"No Naruto, you only get one try," Kakashi took the hammer and gave it to Chibi-Sakura.
She struggled a lot and was finally able to do it. Chibi-Sakura got Level 2: Pathetic. She hung her head in disappointment and gave the hammer to Chibi-Sasuke.
"It's alright Sakura, I'm sure the stupid thing broken or something," Chibi-Naruto tried to cheer her up.
Chibi-Sasuke took his turn. The arrow rose up to Level 4: Average. Not the Level the Uchiha wanted but it was good enough.
"Yeah, my turn!" Naruto grinned. He took the hammer from Chibi-Sasuke and swung. The arrow rose up to Level 5: Strong.
"Awesome!" Both Naruto cheered.
Naruto handed the hammer to Sasuke. He reached the same Level as Naruto and frowned. Chibi-Sasuke also frowned. He passed the hammer onto Sai. The artist came up to the same level as his teammates, only a slightly bit higher.
"My turn," Sakura confidently took the hammer.
"Should we…?" Naruto hinted.
"It's best if you do," Sakura smirked. Team Seven looked confused at the exchanged and slightly intimidated at Sakura's facial expression.
"C'mon guys," Naruto led the group back to the tree they were hanging out at.
"Why?" Chibi-Naruto asked.
"You'll find out soon enough," Sasuke smirked.
Team Seven followed them. Kakashi was curious as well. When they were at the tree Sakura looked back.
"Yup," Naruto gave her a thumbs-up. Team Kakashi used their chakra to stick to the ground. Sakura easily lifted the hammer and swung.
The High Striker broke, the bell went flying, and the entire training ground was leveled. Team Seven members fell to the ground as the miniature earthquake took place. Couple of seconds later, the dust finally cleared.
Sakura stood looking pleased. She looked back at the group. Naruto was laughing out loud while Sai smiled and Sasuke smirked. Every member of Team Seven was staring at her with their jaws dropping. If their eyes got any wider their eyeballs would pop out.
Sakura observed her surroundings as she walked over to them. "Oops, I should have held back to bit more."
"W-what insane strength," Kakashi stuttered. "And what do you mean 'held back a bit more?' Just how strong are you?"
Sakura grinned, "Well, I'm not quite at my master's, Lady Tsunade's level, but I am extremely close."
"Lady Tsunade?" Chibi-Sasuke asked in confusion. He only knew of 4 legendary ninja: Madara Uchiha and the 4 Hokage. Other than those four, the only powerful ninja I know of that are still alive are Kakashi-sensei, and him.
"Yes, the Slug Sannin Tsunade Senju," Sakura said proudly.
"Is she really that powerful?" Chibi-Sasuke asked with narrowed eyes. Sasuke rolled his eyes. No doubt his idiotic younger self was comparing the Fifth Hokage to Itachi.
Slug Sannin? What's that mean? Chibi-Naruto thought.
Sai began answering, "Well, she is one of the Legendary Three Ninja. As in one of the three most gifted ninja to have ever in born in Konoha, the ninja world even. The Sannin became gennin at the age of 6 under the guidance of the Third Hokage, Hiruzen Sarutobi."
Three of the most gifted ninja to have ever been born? Chibi-Sasuke froze. Why the hell haven't I ever heard of them?
"Gennin at 6?"Chibi-Sakura squeaked. "That's half our age!"
Sasuke felt the urge to groan. He could tell just by looking at his younger self he was doing even more comparing and making idiotic plans. Chibi-Sasuke was completely oblivious to his older self's irritation at him. 6 year old gennin? That's even younger than Itachi! If I could just get one to train me—
Chibi-Sasuke's thoughts were interrupted when Sakura continued where Sai left off. "She is a world renowned Medic who has created nearly 50% of today's Medical ninjutsu and one third of the medicine as well."
"Jeez, she must be really, really smart!" Chibi-Sakura tried to imagine the Slug Sannin.
"She is, and not just when it comes to Medical ninjutsu. But strategies as well," Sasuke spoke up. "The ninja who was pretty much the sole reason Konoha won the Second Shinobi War."
That effectively put the trio into stunned silence.
Naruto decided to get in the last word. "And coolest of all…"
The trio leaned in eagerly.
"She can summon a slug over 300 feet in size!"
"…That's nice but not as cool as being a gennin at 6 and referred to one of the most talented ninja ever born. Not to mention she's probably the Mother of Modern day medicine and many Medical ninjutsu as well." Chibi-Sakura relied.
"Or being the main reason Konoha won a Shinobi War," Chibi-Sasuke shrugged.
Naruto sulked, "I think it's the best part…"
"I want to be trained by this Tsunade lady!" Chibi-Naruto was practically jumping up and down.
"Wait," Naruto said, surprised by his younger self's declaration. "I was trained by a Sannin too. Jiraiya the Toad Sage!"
"Really?" Chibi-Sakura asked. "What's he famous for?"
"A shame to all literature, his Make-Out series that is," Sasuke rolled his eyes.
"Hey!" Kakashi cried out clutching his precious book. He was content with being forgotten as his Team was gaining some great knowledge. Though he did wonder what exactly did those morons—er, nice people—at the Academy taught these days.
"You mean that crap Kakashi-sensei likes to read?" Chibi-Sakura wrinkled her nose.
"…Yes," Naruto grumbled.
"It is a very, very good read thank you very much!" Kakashi defended his precious book.
Sakura scoffed, "If you call PWP good."
"PWP?" Chibi-Sasuke asked, his thoughts about his brother temporarily forgotten.
"Porn without plot," Sakura said it bluntly. There is no one capable of those...positions that Jiraiya has in his story. It's an insult to anyone who practices medicine.
"I knew it!" Chibi-Naruto exclaimed.
"Alright, that's enough, time to get back to training." Kakashi knew he would be opposed. So for the second time that day he used his ANBU caption commanding voice. "Now."
Chibi-Sasuke was angry. The Copy-nin knew. But he was always angry so it didn't matter. His reading material had been mocked enough as it was. Not to mention I have some idea who Sasuke's Sannin master would be. No need to give him any stupid ideas.
So Team Seven grumbled but went back to training. Meanwhile Team Kakashi decided to take a walk. They figured it was about time they came up with a plan.