"Ow! Ow! Ow! OWWW! Get this demon cat away from me!" Naruto yelled, throwing the stupid cat into Sakura's arms, where it seemed to instantly calm down. "What the hell? Why did it only scratch me and Sasuke? This isn't fair!"
"Aww, is the cute little genin complaining about some scratches? Well guess what kid, you're gonna get a lot worse." Kakashi said.
"Shut up, I know! But why do we have to do stupid chores for people? Being a ninja doesn't mean you take your time to garden!" Naruto exclaimed.
"Every ninja has to do D-ranks at some point Naruto. I did it. Your father did it. Even the Hokages do it at some point." Kakashi said.
"Come on, let's just go get this cat back to it's owner so that we can get this mission over with!" Sakura complained.
"Sakura is right, let's go back to the tower and get another mission. Come on, let's go now." Minato said, ushering the children along.
"Oh my precious baby!" The Fire Daimyo's wife cooed, smothering the cat into her boobs, nearly suffocating the cat. "Oh, mama missed you! Yes she did! Yes she did!" As she did this, various thoughts went through he groups heads.
'Hah! Demon cat! You got what you deserved! I hope you die like that!' Naruto thought.
'That poor cat...' Sakura thought.
'Note to self; tell Naruto-kun that if I ever get like that, he'll smack me into my senses...' Gaara thought.
'Hn. When are we getting onto training?' Sasuke thought.
'Damn... how is that cat still alive? I remember having to catch when I was a genin...' Minato thought.
'Hmmm, I wonder if she'll care if I start reading Icha-Icha...' Kakashi thought.
'Why doesn't she ever do that to me?' Thought the Fire Daimyo in a sad mood.
"Now, here is your payment Sarutobi. Thank you kids for finding my precious Tora for me!" She said to the group after handing some money to Sarutobi.
"No problem." Minato said, smiling. "Whenever you need help again don't be afraid to ask."
"Of course not Minato! Let's go honey!" She said, dragging her husband out with her.
Sarutobi turned back to Team 7. "Good job, mission completed. Now, next you can walk a group of dogs, pull weeds at a local garden, h-"
"Dammit old man! Give us a real mission! I don't want to do anymore of these chores!" Naruto yelled.
"Naruto!" His father said in a cutting tone of voice. "Do not speak that way to the Hokage. And I already told you to stop the foul language!"
"But Tou-chan, it's not fair! Why can't we do real missions! I don't want to babysit or pull weeds! I want to go out a kick some butt!" Naruto exclaimed.
"Kakashi, Minato, do you think your team is ready for a C-rank mission?" Sarutobi suddenly asked, making Naruto's eyes glimmer with hope.
"Lord Hokage, you can't be serious!" Iruka said. "I know they're abilities, they were my students, their team isn't ready for this yet!"
"Excuse me." Minato said sternly. "So, you think that a team lead by a former Hokage and one of the best Jounin isn't ready for a C-rank mission, that I alone could do in my sleep? Never mind the fact that there are 3 children known as prodigies on the team, and you are telling me the team isn't ready?"
"Minato is right. We know they can handle this, even without us. You have no need to worry, we can handle the mission just fine." Kakashi said.
"You don't understand, I know them! I had them for 4 years, they were my students!" Iruka said.
Kakashi used a razor sharp voice that cut into Iruka sternly. "Exactly, their not your students anymore. They're mine and Minato's students now. You don't know how much they have learned in the past few months, but we do. And we say, as their senseis, that we know they are ready for this."
Iruka sat back down, his eyes wide. He didn't know what to say to that, because it wa true... they weren't his students anymore... former students, yes, but they weren't his anymore...
"Now." Sarutobi said. "Since you two feel they are ready, you shall be the first team of your year to get a C-rank. You will be escorting a bridge builder back to Wave country, and you will guard him as he and his coworkers finish building the bridge. Bring him in!"
A man walked in, drunk as a skunk, still holding a bottle of wine. His straw hat was tipped to the side and he was dressed in civilian clothes.
"This is my protection? All I see are two scrawny, weak girls, an idiot looking boy, and another idiot looking boy, with a scarecrow and a sun. No way are they gonna protect me!" He said.
"I'll kill him! I swear I'll kill him!" Naruto exclaimed, clawing at the man while being held back by Kakashi.
"I assure you, we are very capable of taking care of you. You have absolutely nothing to worry about. And, er, he's just playing around." Minato said, pointing at his son who was still shouting death threats.
"We'll meet tomorrow at the West gate, be there at 8:00 a.m." Kakashi said. "Alright, everyone go pack for roughly two weeks, only the necessaries."
"Hai sensei!" They all said, and all left in their own way. Sasuke and Sakura walking away, and Minato flashing his kids back home.
West Gate: The next day, 9:00 a.m.
"Where are those two? They were supposed to be here 5 minutes ago." Gaara said, getting up from her seat on the ground against a tree.
"They're probably just running late. Kakashi doesn't show up late for missions, just for training. Besides, he might be leading our client, since he doesn't seem to be here yet either." Minato said.
Sure enough, a couple of minutes later, Kakashi showed up with Tanzuna in tow.
"Stupid Village. Why would you have 4 different gates?" He muttered.
"Well, now that we're all here, we can get going." Minato said, and the group set off.
Gaara and Naruto were in the front, Sakura hanging onto Sasuke a few feet behind them, and at the back of the group was Kakashi, Minato, and Tazuna.
"What do you think it'll be like?" Naruto asked Gaara.
"If it's anything like Suna was, hot." She said.
"Just how I like my women." Naruto said, winking at her.
Gaara laughed. "Wow, nice."
"But it's called the land of waves, so there has to be an ocean there right? We should go swimming!" Naruto cheered.
"Naruto-kun, we can swim at home though." Gaara said.
"But not in the ocean!" Naruto raved, making Gaara giggle.
"Sasuke-kun, let's go on a date!" Sakura said.
"Pleeeeaaasssee! Sasuke-kun!" Sakura said.
"Ne, Minato, you see think we should tell the kids?" Kakashi whispered to Minato as they passed by the puddle.
"No, let's see how they do without their senseis." Minato whispered back.
They walked a few more steps before two men emerged from the puddle and sent a chain through Minato and Kakashi. The kids turned in time to see there senseis be sliced into pieces.
"Sensei!" Sakura yelled.
"Tou-chan!" Naruto and Gaara yelled.
"Now, only 4 little brats to kill." One of the men said.
"Sakura! Protect Tazuna!" Gaara yelled as she and Naruto ran forward towards the men.
Gaara ripped the cap off her bottle of sand, which quickly poured out and onto the ground. Naruto couldn't control the rage boiling inside of him, and he quickly started developing a red cloak, his eyes changing from sky blue to red. While Gaara would have liked to calm him down, they had an enemy in front of them, and she was dangerously close to losing control herself.
Naruto growled. "I'll kill you!"
They both bolted forward, Naruto taking the man on the left and Gaara the one on the right. Gaara surrounded her enemy with sand, and lifted him in the air. She saw him struggling, trying to cut through the sand.
Too bad it wasn't that easy.
She crushed the man with her sand, hearing him scream in pain for a split second before he died. Her sand dropped to the ground and she dragged it through the fine grains of dirt to clean it off the blood. She brought it back to herself and put it in the bottle, capping it off.
Meanwhile, Naruto was dealing with his own opponent. The man whipped his chain out towards Naruto, but Naruto just cut through it with straight chakra. He grabbed the man and using his elongated nails, scratched his face, drawing blood and making the man go blind.
As the man's brutal screams ripped through the air, Naruto pulled back his fist and slammed it into the man's head. The man flew back from the power packed punch, and went through a tree, crashing into a boulder behind the tree with a sickening crack.
Naruto growled loudly, throwing his head toward the sky, and Gaara ran up to his form. She felt the red chakra burning her, even though she wasn't touching it, but she didn't care, she needed him to stop. Shukaku would deal with the effects later, so she knew she would be okay. Gaining all her willpower, she tackled Naruto to the ground, feeling the chakra searing her, she grunted in pain. Naruto writhed underneath her, snarling, but managed to pull her hand back and slap him across the face. He stopped for a moment, but then resumed. She slapped him over and over again, her hand going red, as she yelled.
"Naruto-kun, you have to stop! Stop it! I know how you feel! He was my Tou-chan too, but you have to stop! This isn't how you are, you can't lose control! Stop! STOP!" She yelled, starting to cry as she went on. Tears dripped down her face and she kept slapping him, even though he showed no resistance.
She grabbed his shoulders and shook him. "Naruto-kun, take control!" She yelled, and she saw the red cloak of chakra start to recede, leaving just Naruto. She hugged him and sobbed into his shoulder, and he just lay there, a dazed look on his face.
"S-Sensei?" Sakura stuttered.
Kakashi and Minato walked towards them with embarrassed looks on their faces. The rest of the group stared at them incredibly, well, except for Tazuna, who was still staring at Naruto.
"Kakashi-sensei and Minato-sensei, how are you alive?" Sakura asked.
Minato rubbed the back of his head. "Replacements aren't just for the academy." He said, pointing towards the pile of shredded wood where they had been standing.
"YOU MEAN YOU JUST STOOD AROUND INSTEAD OF HELPING US?!" Sakura yelled.
"YOU MEAN YOU JUST LET US THINK YOU DIED!?" Gaara yelled furiously.
"We wanted to see how far you had come. If it had gotten out of hand, we would have stepped in." Kakashi said.
"YOU DON'T THINK THAT WAS OUT OF HAND?!" Naruto yelled.
"Well, yeah, but right now, the problem is him." Minato said, pointing at Tazuna and narrowing his eyes at the man. "You. You said this was a C-rank, but those were Chunin. This is at least a B-rank, which you didn't pay for. While our team is ready for a C-rank, it isn't for a B-rank. You lied about the mission, which could have killed these kids. Now, you can either continue by yourself, or go back to the village and pay for a B-rank or up."
Tazuna begged them for forgiveness, then explained he needed their help. His village couldn't afford a B-rank, they were too poor, but they needed him there. He begged them to help him, and told them he absolutely needed them.
"Let's just help the poor man, we managed to beat those enemies, so we can beat the next one. No thanks to SOME PEOPLE." Gaara said, looking at Minato and Kakashi, who's eyes just twitched.
"Yeah, let's help him, his village needs it!" Naruto said.
"Hn." Sasuke said, in... agreement?
"Well, if Naruto and Sasuke want to, then we should go!" Sakura said.
"Well... if the kids want to help, then I suppose we could continue the mission."Kakashi said.
"Kakashi! We can-"
"Oh Minato, don't get your panties in a knot. Live a little! Don't you want to go on something other than a D-rank? Because if we go back, that's what we'll be doing for the next few months even though this wasn't our fault." Kakashi said.
"Oh fine." Minato said.
The kids cheered and ran ahead, and they all continued on like before. Except for one difference. All of them were on edge, wondering what would happen next...