Wind and Fire Chapter 10Occurring at the same time Sai is near the field sketching….Sakura, Kankuro and Jento were bored for most of the day. Yes, they kept their eyes peeled for anything unusual. Sakura, of course, had radio contact with Sai so if anything were to happen at his end, she would immediately know. So, as you would guess, random conversations would pop up now and again to break the silence. Some were more boring than others, but at least it kept the time moving along. There really wasn’t anything for them to do other than monitor if Kanoshi would show up again.“So how is it having Naruto as the Hokage,” Kankuro asked Sakura. “It’s different….and yet again, at the same time, it’s not. I’ve been around him so long that even the slight changes he’s made since taking over from Lady Tsunade haven’t been too difficult to adjust to,” said Sakura. “I think I know what
Wind and Fire Chapter 9The entire mission had been like a roller coaster…one moment the team was up and hopeful that success was right around the corner…the next, full of doubt. A few days in their new situation had passed and still nothing had come to fruition. Sakura and Kankuro had both found jobs in the small village and were quickly learning not only the names and information that their co-workers could provide, but also things about some of the customers who were constantly coming through. Sai got the good end of the deal. There was no work involved for him. He simply meandered through the forest near the house in question keeping tabs on anything unusual…and there hadn’t been much. So he drew…and drew some more. Things came to a head once again one evening when all of the shinobi were back inside their homebase once again. “Did you hear anything?” Kankuro asked Sakura.“I’m afraid not…an
Wind and Fire Chapter 8Kankuro's internal clock was nearly foolproof. Despite the new sleeping circumstances, he woke up right on cue between two and three in the morning. He lifted his arms above his head and yawned while he stretched."Hmmm."He turned quickly to see what had made the sound. The panic he felt for a split second quickly subsided as he once again realized his exact circumstances....that there was another shinobi in the bed with him. I've got to get going, he thought to himself. Sai had, after all, graciously offered to take the first shift even after the long trek from the Leaf to get here.He dressed in his villager's garb and made his way out the door. If anyone had accidentally seen him, he would have looked just as normal as any other person. The only strange thing that might catch someone's attention if he was seen was the current time of day. After all, there weren't too many people - villagers or not - out at this time of night.
Wind and Fire Chapter 7The four shinobi - two from the Leaf and two from the Sand - left Konoha the next morning. They were completely prepared for the mission and had plenty of rest, food, and weapons to get started. Sakura was right in that the trip did take approximately 6 hours....well, actually it was closer to 7 because the team did take their time to have lunch in the forest on the way.Kankuro was appointed the official lead with Sakura as his back-up. He also took the lead in the cross-formation they used when jumping from tree to tree most of the way to the village. Right before they reached their destination, the forest ended. The four shinobi dropped out of the trees and stopped to regroup for the last, short trek to the village itself."You all know what to do, right?" Kankuro said.Three shinboi nodded in return. Sakura walked behind one of the larger trees while the three men remained standing there."You, too, Jento," said Kankuro, prodding the young shinob
Wind and Fire Chapter 6Sakura, Kankuro and Jento were the first ones to arrive in the meeting room the next morning. "Hello," said a dark-haired, pale shinobi as he entered the room. He held up his hand and smiled a genuine smile.Sakura was talking with Jento at the time. She spun around when she heard Sai's voice. "Good morning," she greeted him."Have you been briefed at all about the mission yet?" Kankuro asked."I'm afraid not," Sai replied. "I didn't get home until late and didn't get the message about this meeting and the mission it was about until then. Otherwise, I would have tried to find out a little more before coming here this morning.""Don't worry about it, Sai. I'm sure they are fine giving you all the details this morning," said Sakura."But - ," said Sai. He was a little put off wasting other people's time just so he could be brought up to speed. "I didn't get a chance to request you as part of the team until yesterday's initial meetin
Wind and Fire Chapter 5The joint Sand-Leaf meeting to discuss what to do about the dangerous new puppet master who was flaunting his desire to be just like Sasori commenced just after lunch. They used a small room down the hallway from the Hokage's office instead of the office itself just so they would not be interrupted frequently. Inside the room was Naruto, Shikamaru, Kakashi, Tsunade, Sakura, Kankuro and Jento. After the mandatory pleasantries were completely taken care of, the meeting began with a serious tone."Here is a file with all the information we have about this puppet master who now resides in the western Land of Fire," noted Kakashi, pushing a small stack of papers in a folder across the table to Kankuro. Kankuro picked up the folder and opened it as Kakashi continued to speak."From what we can tell, this individual has been living in his home in this same small village for the past 11 years. He seems to be alone - there has been no family to speak o
Wind and Fire Chapter 4Kankuro's eyes flickered open. He never slept well on nights before missions. He had been doing this sort of work for nearly 10 years now and he was beginning to accept this as something that would never change about him. He looked over at the clock. It read 3:47am. Damn, he thought to himself as he lie there pondering his next move. Go back to sleep? Unlikely even if he tried. It was only a minute later when he swung his legs over the side of his bed and he popped up bound to get things underway. At least today is only a travel day. Even without a lot of sleep I should be alright. First he tackled the basics....washing his face, brushing his teeth, and getting dressed. He then made his way to the small kitchen to get a quick bite to eat before packing and being on his way. The folder was left on the kitchen table last evening. He opened it to glance at the information inside once ag
Wind and Fire Chapter 3Kankuro stumbled into the building where his brother's office was located. What was with that dream? he asked himself. It had seemed so real and so recent, but in actuality the kidnapping, the fight with Sasori and the poisoning had happened quite a few years ago. That event was when the Akatsuki had only started to take the tailed beasts from their jinchuriki. Now, even the Fourth Shinobi World War was but a distant memory and most of the affected lands and villages were nearly recovered from its carnage.He climbed the stairs to the third floor and ran into Temari in the hallway outside of Gaara's office. "He called for you, too?" she said to her brother when she saw him.Kankuro grunted in the affirmative. It wasn't a normal thing for him to be summoned to the office of the Kazekage. Temari noticed something was a little off with Kankuro. After a brief silence, she asked, "Are you alright? You look like something's both