Chapter Twenty-Two: Mission, Unmask The Hatake Clan
The following day, Naruto, Sasuke, Sakura and I were walking down the streets of Konoha, enjoying our time off. As I walked behind them, I looked up into the sky and looked at the position of the sun. That's when it hit me, I was to be meeting Kakashi. When I stopped, Naruto noticed and stopped as well. Sakura and Sasuke soon did so too.
"Hey Kazumi-chan! You okay?" he asked.
"Hm?" I said as I looked towards him. "Oh yeah, I'm fine. It's just I remembered that I have to go meet up with Kakashi. "I told them as I turned around and ran off. "I'll catch you guys later!" I yelled as I wave goodbye, still running.
"I wonder what she's meeting Kakashi-sensei for." Sakura asked herself.
Just as the trio started to move, Naruto stopped them. "Hey, don't you want to see it?" he asked the group. "They have been hiding it from us long enough already."
"See what?" Sakura asked.
"See what? Isn't it obvious?" Naruto told her. "Kakashi-sensei's and Kazumi-chan's real faces." Naruto said as he held a flashlight under his chin, giving him a scary look, which scares Sakura who punches Naruto in the back of the head.
"What do you think you're doing?" she growled.
"What nonsense. I'm not interested." Sasuke told him. "We've finished our mission for today, so let's go home."
"You're right." Sakura agrees. "But, it seems so interesting though."
"Maybe he has thick lips." Naruto whispered, catching the Uchiha's attention. "Just a little more." Naruto thought. "Maybe he has buckteeth." Naruto added. "Or maybe a small mouth." In the end, Sasuke gave up. The group was able to find found Kakashi and Kazumi and offered to treat them to ramen. Reluctantly, the siblings agreed.
"Well, this is out of the ordinary." Kakashi said as a bowl of ramen was placed in front of him and his sister. "The three of you treating us out to lunch. I wouldn't be surprised that it snowed on us." He said looking up. "You know what I mean?" he said as he look as his students as several more crazy ideas, of what could happen to them, popped into his head. "You guys are up to something, right?"
The three Genin panicked, afraid that they had just been caught red handed. However, Naruto wasn't ready to give up, not yet anyway. "Are you kidding Kakashi-sensei?!" Naruto said nervously.
"Ka-Kakashi-Sensei, you just got out of the hospital. Why don't you just go ahead and eat." Sakura encouraged hastily.
"I guess we better eat before they lose it, Onii-chan." Kazumi said as she elbowed him in the side, giving him a quick wink, unseen by her fellow teammates.
"Yeah, I suppose you're right." he agreed.
Kazumi and Kakashi both picked up their chopsticks and ever-so-slowly began to remove their masks. Sakura, Naruto and Sasuke were all paying close attention, making sure they didn't miss a chance of a life time to see their faces. Just as they barely had it over their noses, Ino, Shikamaru and Choji came out of nowhere and blocked their view.
"Ah! Sasuke-kun! What a coincidence." Ino said as she and her teammates continued to block Team 7's view of the Hatakes. The group practically screamed in frustration.
"Get lost, Ino-Pig!" Sakura screamed.
"Oh man, I can't see!" Naruto yelled.
"That was delicious." Kakashi said as he placed his bowl down, already had replaced his mask.
"I agree." Kazumi said, doing the same.
"SO FAST!" They all gasp in amazement as Kakashi and Kazumi looked at their team, who were tangled in a heap with Shikamaru, Ino and Choji.
"Huh? Is there something wrong?" Kakashi asked them.
"I-Its nothing." Sakura said.
"What the…" Naruto asked as he looked ahead. Teuchi's daughter, Ayame, had hearts in her eyes with red cheeks and Teuchi's cheeks were the color red a little as well.
"Huh?" Both Kakashi and Kazumi said as they looked at Teuchi and Ayame.
"Okay! Now I'm curious!" Team 7 exclaimed determinedly.
"That's it! Nothing's gonna stop me from seeing either of their faces!" Naruto yelled to Sasuke and Sakura.
"Okay, but how?" Sakura questioned.
"You'll see, one way or another." Naruto said, mysteriously again. Sakura punched his head and threw him to the ground.
"I SAID HOW! YOU STUPID LITTLE TROLL!" Sakura growled.
"Well smarty-pants. What do you purpose we do!?" Naruto huffed as he picked himself of the ground.
"Hn, we'll just have to tail them." Sasuke purposed. "They'll have to take off their masks eventually."
"Oh Sasuke! I swear you're so smart." Sakura said, praising the Uchiha as he walked away.
"Yeah, yeah. Well done, Captain Obvious!" Naruto mumbled.
"I'm sorry. What was that?" Sakura hissed violently.
"N-nothing." Naruto quickly replied.
The group quickly left and started searching for the Hatake siblings. They soon found them walking as they both carried groceries. Suddenly the oldest of the two stops dead in his tracks once he spots a book store. Kakashi suddenly drops the bag but luckily Kazumi was quick enough to catch it before it landed on the ground.
"What in the world is Kakashi-sensei doing?' Naruto asked as he and the others watch as Kazumi tried to pull him away from the window.
"It's so disappointing." Sakura mumbled. The group found themselves ducking when Kakashi whirled around.
"Damn it! He's onto us!" Sasuke whispered to the other two.
"Naruto, you idiot! You blew our cover!" Sakura growled.
"What? It's not my fault!" argued the blonde.
However to the group's surprise, Kakashi wasn't looking at them. It was the sigh that actually caught Kakashi's attention. "My favorite book is going to be made into a movie! I better order the tickets in advance!" Kakashi said as he rushed off, leaving Kazumi to haul the groceries as she went after him.
"Hey! Their on the move!" Sakura pointed out.
"Let's go before we lose them." Sasuke said.
"Yeah! Right!" Naruto said.
He and the others watched as the siblings disappear around a corner. The three jumped down from their hiding spot and rushed to catch up so they can continue to track down Kazumi and Kakashi. But once they turned down the alley, they both disappeared.
"They're gone!" Sakura said as they all frantically looked around.
"Oh great, they got away!" Sasuke said in an annoyed tone.
"Are you kidding! Where did they disappear too?" Naruto asked.
"Hey guys!" a familiar voice called out. The trio turned around to see Kazumi standing right behind them with Kakashi standing beside her.
"What are you three doing?" Do you guys need me for something?" Kakashi asked the panicking Genin.
"No, not really!" they all said as they shook their heads, simultaneously.
"Hmm?" Kakashi said. "They're up to something…." He thought.
"How the hell did they knew we were tailing them?" Naruto asked.
"Maybe there were just too many of us." Sakura answered.
"If you know how to hide, it doesn't matter how many people you have." Naruto says. "Don't tell me you forgot how to, Sakura!"
"You're the one who's forgotten!" Sakura snapped as she punched Naruto once again.
"Following him will be good training." Sasuke tells them. "Next time, we'll go one at a time."
"You're right, let's leave Naruto." Sakura says.
"What!" Naruto yells.
Naruto followed Kakashi through a small section of Konoha. After coming to a two way street, Kakashi just disappeared. He spotted Kazumi next, but she disappeared and he lost track of her. When he returned, he saw Sakura and Sasuke sitting down, drinking tea.
"He got away." He said as he sheepishly scratched the back of his head.
"You're as clumsy as ever!" Sakura yelled.
"You dumbass!" replied Sasuke.
The next day, it was raining as Sakura spied on Kakashi, who was standing in the rain, right in front of the Memorial Stone. After hiding under a bush, Sakura concluded in her head and quickly rushed over. To her surprise, it was none other than a scarecrow and not the real Kakashi. Sakura found Naruto and Sasuke drinking tea when she returned. Like they thought, it was unsuccessful.
The following day, Sasuke returned after spying on both Kakashi and Kazumi. When he returned, Sakura and Naruto were drinking tea as they sat on a bench that was under an umbrella.
"Sasuke-kun, how did it go?" Sakura asked.
"I got tired of tailing them both." He replied.
After hearing this, all three Genin just hung their heads down low.
The next day, the team were just exiting the through the large gates of the village. They had just received a new mission and were moving out.
"We're off!" Naruto yelled.
"Our mission today is to help out at the ranch….." Sasuke thought.
"This mission itself isn't really that hard….." Thought Sakura.
"…..but no matter what happens, I'll definitely see it!" thought Naruto.
"Kakashi and Kazumi's real faces!" they all thought determinedly.
"What's up with you guys? You seem ready for anything." Kakashi asked the three.
"Oh yeah! We're really ready!" Sakura and Naruto both exclaimed.
"Oh, I see. That's good to hear." Kakashi said as he started moving forward.
Unknown to the group, three ninja were spying on them from afar. The leader, their boss, wanted revenge on Kakashi for an incident that occurred three years ago. When they stopped for a break, they were greeted by a very enthusiastic woman, who made them a buffet.
"Amazing." Sakura said.
"It looks delicious." Added Naruto.
Kakashi was sitting at the head of the table with Kazumi and Naruto on his left and Sakura and Sasuke on his right.
"Please, take your time." The host said as she closed the doors.
"What's wrong? You're not eating." Kakashi says.
"Oh, nothing. Why don't you eat, Kakashi-sensei?" Sakura says.
"Oh, I'm on a diet right now, so…." Kakashi started.
"So that's how it is. No matter what, I'm going to see his face." Naruto thought as he tosses the teapot at Kakashi. "Oh no, my hand slipped." Naruto yelled. Kakashi suddenly lifts up the table, knocking all the food down as he blocked the tea. All three fumed quickly.
"What the…..what's that all about?" Kazumi thought.
"What have you done?!" Sakura yelled.
"Oh sorry, I just unintentionally…" Kakashi started.
"Don't "unintentionally" me!" they all yelled. A few minutes later, Sasuke, Naruto and Sakura huddled together.
"So, what are we going to do now?" Sakura asks.
"Relax, I have an idea." Sasuke told the group.
"An idea?" asked Naruto.
Sasuke and Naruto were in the hot springs. They both emerge from the water and started looking around for any sign of Kakashi.
"I see…. Strangely enough, you've thought this idea through, Sasuke." Naruto said. "You'd usually take off your mask when you take a bath, right?"
"Just be quiet, dumbass." Sasuke snapped.
On the other side, Sakura was in the women's side of the hot springs. She was sad that she wouldn't be able to see Kakashi-Sensei's face, but at least she would get to see Kazumi's face instead. While she sat there, Kazumi was inside getting ready to enter the springs.
"Kakashi-sensei, ready yet?"
"Yeah, I'll be right there." Kakashi answered. "Sorry to make you wait." He told the boys as he appeared, revealing that he was wearing a towel over his face instead of his mask.
"Oh! You have got to be kidding me!?" Naruto and Sasuke both yelled in frustration.
"I really want to see." Said Sakura as she made her way to the wall. She tried her best to look through a crack but was unsuccessful. "Oh man, I can't see a thing." She said disappointedly.
"Sakura? What the heck are you doing?"
Sakura turned around to see the silver-haired girl standing in the water. Sakura had a frustrated look once she saw Kazumi had a towel covering her face. The boys heard Kazumi's voice as well and rushed over to the wall.
"What the hell!" Sakura yelled. "Kazumi, are you serious!?"
"Okay Sakura. You, along with Sasuke and Naruto, have been acting strange for days." Kazumi said. "What's going on with you three?"
"Nothing, nothing at all." Sakura staggered.
"Yeah, I certainly doubt that." Kazumi said.
As the girls continued to talk to each other, the boys were able to find a spot where, surprisingly, they had a clear view of the girls. As they looked, they suddenly found jets of blood flying out both their noses, sending them both falling backwards into the water.
Kakashi looked towards the boys and raised a visible eyebrow. "Hey! You two better not be peeping on my sister or on Sakura for that matter. They are your teammates." he said firmly.
Of….of course not." Both boys quickly say as they tried to stop the stream of blood.
After spending time at the hot spring, the team left and headed for the ranch. Before long, they made it to their destination.
"All right, everyone go to your post and start working." Kakashi announced. "Move out!"
"I can't go on much longer, I'm stressed out." Naruto told the others as they formed a huddle.
"I'm almost at my limit, too." Sasuke admitted.
"Sasuke-kun, to tell you the truth, I am too." Sakura added.
"Then, we'll use our last resort." Naruto said.
"Last resort?" Sasuke and Sakura ask.
"These are…" Sakura started.
"Can't you tell by looking at them?" Naruto questioned. "They're ninja uniforms."
"Where did you get them?" Sakura asks.
"Oh, that doesn't matter." Naruto replied.
"What will we do in these?" Sasuke asked.
"We'll rip those masks off by force!" Naruto yelled as he struck a pose.
As the group started putting their plan into action, the real three rouge ninja were hiding in a barrel. They were shocked when they spotted three others dressed just like them, running up towards Kakashi while he was fixing the fence.
"Hey! Kakashi Hatake!" Naruto yelled.
"Huh? What happened to you three?" Kakashi asked.
"What are you talking about? We're just ordinary ninjas! It's not like we want to see what's under that mask or anything….." Naruto said but was stopped when Sakura pushed him to the ground. "Ow."
"You idiot! Don't be saying anything unnecessary!" she shouted.
"Hey boss. There are more people who have grudges against Kakashi." One of the Nin said.
"Now's our chance." Said the other.
"All right, let's go." Their leader order as he jumped out of the barrel, with the other two following close behind. "Hold it right there!" he yelled as he struck a pose. "Kakashi, it's about time we settled things." He was holding a bottle of purple poison but suddenly dropped it. Meanwhile, Kakashi had rounded up his students and tied them up, together.
"Phew, I was wondering how much longer you'd be sneaking around in the shadows…" Kakashi said as he placed his students down. "….but you've finally come out." the three rouge ninjas started backing away. "But before that, Sasuke, Sakura, Naruto." The Genin shot their eyes open. "Why on earth are you dressed like that?"
"Well, um, you see…." Naruto started.
"Oh no, I need to think up of an excuse." Thought Sakura. "Ha! You fell for it!" Sakura said as she pointed a finger towards the rouge ninjas. "We knew that you were after Kakashi-sensei all along!"
"What?! Then you were aware of our plan from the beginning?" the leader asked.
"Of course! This was a trap to lure you guys out." Sakura says. "You fell for it."
"So, we were caught up in your web of deception!" the leader shouted.
"We just underestimated you because you were just kids!" one of them said.
"No one filled me in on any of this." Naruto thought.
"Nice work Sakura." Thought Sasuke.
"I don't quite get it, but oh well." Kakashi said as he scratched the back of his head, starting to make his way towards the group. The trio backed up and quickly got down to their knees.
"Please forgive us! Please forgive us!" they pleaded.
"There is no use talking." Kakashi told them as he tied the up the exact same way he did three years ago. But as he stood there, Kakashi wondered who they were. The group just started crying, completely shock at the fact that the ninja didn't remember them. Suddenly Kazumi appears and had a confused look on her face.
"Huh? What the heck happened around here?" she asked.
"Kazumi? Where have you been?" Sakura asked.
"Dealing with horses, pigs and sheep." I answered. "Cleaning them and their pins. I am not going into details."
As the sun started to set, the team started making their way off the ranch. Not being able to stand it any longer, Naruto stepped up and just asked.
"Say, Kakashi-sensei?" Naruto ask. What's under that mask?"
"What? You wanted to know what's underneath this mask?" Kakashi asked them. They all nodded. "Then you should have said so from the beginning."
"Then you'll show us?" Sakura asked.
"Sure." Kakashi replied. All three of them quickly huddled in front of Kakashi, waiting for him to show them what was underneath his mask. Several thoughts ran through all of their minds."All right then… Under this mask is….
"Under that mask is….?" All three thought.
"Is another mask. Pretty cool huh?" Kakashi said as he pulled his mask down completely, revealing another one.
"WHAT!" the three yelled as they fell over into the dirt. As this happened, Kazumi was laughing as she held her stomach. Kakashi was chuckling as well.
"ARE YOU KIDDING ME? WHAT KIND OF ENDING IS THAT?!" Naruto shouted as Kakashi and Kazumi continued to laugh at their teammates.