Repatriation Ch 25The joint Suna/Konoha team returned to the Village Hidden in the Sand after the accidental rockslide. Though no one was hurt, they certainly could have been and what was supposed to be a completely controlled situation ended up not being that way at all. Everyone knew, especially Temari, that if Sasuke hadn't been along, most likely she would have been dead. They did not rush back to the shinobi village. They walked slowly and quietly for the day and a half that it took them to return. The guards at the gate immediately notified the Kazekage's office when they spotted the unexpected shinobi group on the horizon. By the time the group had physically reached the gate, Kankuro was already there to greet them. "Temari, you're back a day early," noted Kankuro when he walked out to greet his sister. "Is everything alright?""Yes, it's fine," she sighed while talking. "There was an accident out in the field and Shikamaru and I thought it
Repatriation Ch 24Sakura eventually made her way over to the Kazekage’s office to report that she had arrived and that the herbs requested had been delivered directly to the medical nins. “Thank you very much for coming at your earliest convenience,” said Gaara to his visitor. “You’re welcome. I was happy to make the trip – after all Suna is the Leaf’s closest ally,” replied Sakura. Nothing was said for a few more seconds, but Sakura didn’t turn to go.“Is there anything else?” asked Gaara.“Sorry, but could you tell me how the joint Leaf-Suna exercises are going?” she asked. “I know it’s not technically my business…”“Sakura, not only are you a close friend, but you are also the Hokage’s trusted advisor. Of course I will tell you,” said Gaara. “Temari has advised me that the exercises are on schedule and due to end in two days time.
Repatriation Ch 23“You can come in now,” said Kankuro after opening up the door to his little brother’s office. “Hai, thank you,” said the woman sitting in the corridor. “What can I do for you today?” asked Gaara to the woman.“Lord Kazekage, I am Lady Kankoshi from the healing corps. I wanted to report to you that many of my direct reports are telling me that we are nearly out of several important herbs and other ingredients we need to make antidotes and elixirs. I felt it was my responsibility to make sure you were aware.”“Gaara, this is a perfect time to lean on our ally in Konoha. Their stocks are normally the best. I’ve even heard they keep some in storage outside the village in case of emergencies,” said Kankuro.“I am in agreement with you, Kankuro. Lady Kankoshi, do the best you can with what you have left. Do not administer medi
Repatriation Ch 22The exercises were completely planned out and went from simple to complicated over the course of the two weeks. Day one was comprised of simple sparring, just so the shinobi from one village could get acquainted with the abilities of the shinobi from the other. Each shinobi would spar another shinobi for five minutes with breaks in between to recover and discuss. Only a few pairs were ever sparring at one time so the others could observe and comment. Although the two villages had worked closely with one another during the war, many of the shinobi knew each other by reputation only. There were, after all, 80,000 shinobi from the five villages involved in the war - so what was the chance that the seven from the Leaf were familiar with the ten from the Sand? Practically nil. Also, the Sand had decided that the shinobi they wanted involved in these exercises were newly promoted chunin and jonin. There
Repatriation Ch 21The seven shinobi started their journey to Suna early the next morning. It was eerily quiet as they jumped from branch to branch through the forest that lied between the Village Hidden in the Leaves and the border of Fire Country. Shikamaru took the lead for the first hour or so, but then Sasuke noticed that he had slowed down so that he ended up side-by-side with him. "I just wanted to let you know that, officially, I am your escort during these exercises, but having been around you these last few months, I know you are now a dedicated shinobi. I'm not going to insist that someone stay connected to your hip the entire time we are outside the Leaf. It would just be troublesome for me to add that to everything else I need to do. However, do me a favor? Try not to go off by yourself at any time and please don't get me in trouble," said Shikamaru."I think I understand," said Sasuke with a smirk across his face
Repatriation Ch 20"That was one hell of an afternoon you subjected me to," said Naruto to Sasuke. They ended up going to the restaurant Naruto had been dying to go to for the 24 hours. "I wanted to surprise you," said Sasuke sarcastically. "Do you know how much time it would have taken me to explain it all to you? I would have gone on my own if I could have."Naruto did understand, but nonetheless, he pouted a bit anyway. "So," Sasuke led, wanting to change the subject and perhaps the mood. "How is Hinata?""Oh, ah, she's good," Naruto answered. "You've been spending a lot of time with her, especially since I've been with hanging out with Sakura a lot lately," noted Sasuke. "Er, um, yeah, that's true," said Naruto hesitantly."Why are you so nervous? It's just the two of us talking," asked Sasuke. He could tell that Naruto was uncomfortable about something, but wasn't sure what it was.
Repatriation Ch 19Sasuke looked at the plans in front of him. "As much as I had anticipated starting from scratch, I'm actually kind of glad the Hokage had the foresight to see that we had to start from somewhere," he noted. "Yes, she contacted me a few weeks ago and had me try to find the original plans for the Uchiha complex. Lady Tsunade said that you may not want the entire complex rebuilt, but highlighted a few things on here for me to work from," said the designer.Naruto didn't say another word after his brief outburst. Now he knew what he was looking at the plans for Sasuke's new home in the new Uchiha section of town.It took about an hour for Sasuke to make any verbal changes he wanted to the designer, who in turn made many mark-ups to the lay-outs that sat on the table. "
and I think that's it," Naruto finally heard Sasuke say. Naruto had to admit that as exciting a prospect as this was for his best friend,
Repatriation Ch 18"Enter!" shouted Tsunade when she heard the expected knock at her door.The door swung open and Sakura peeked her head around the corner. "You wanted to see me, M'Lady?"Sasuke, who was already in the Hokage's office undergoing his day-long 'debriefing' smiled seeing his pink-haired love at the door. His thoughts turned to last night after the funeral. He had been emotionally spent
happy, but still spent. Sakura had invited him to spend the night at her place, which he naturally took her up on. Nothing of any physical significance took place, but the mere fact that she was so understanding, and that she practically held him and comforted him the entire evening and into the night made him feel closer to her than ever. "Sakura, come in," said Tsunade. "I've got a mission for you.""A mission?" she repeated. It was by no means a strange occurrence for her to be assigned a mission, but for some re
Repatriation Ch 17"Tsunade, what have you done!" shouted Homura Mitokado as he burst into the Hokage's office unannounced and uninvited. Behind him walked an older woman, Koharu Utatane. "Tsunade, that was extremely irresponsible of you and we demand an immediate retraction!" added Koharu. Tsunade, who was in her office with Shizune and Tonton, simply looked up at the obviously flustered and stressed elders. She didn't say a word at first, which made the two intruders a tad bit nervous. After all, intimidation and making demands had always worked for them in the past, even with this Hokage. "Why should I retract the truth?" Tsunade asked only that one simple question."Well, it isn't the truth!" replied Koharu. "That isn't the way it happened at all!""Says who? You?" asked Tsunade. "You are talking about an incident that happened over a decade ago, Princess Tsunade. I can b