What's at stake?
Sorry again for not updating in a while!
Senior years of high school are killing me!
"We, the Akatsuki, would like to propose a challenge" Pein challenged coolly.
'What?!' everyone thought.
"What kind of challenge?" Sasuke grimaced.
"Please let me explain" Konan jumped in and held out her hand with 2 different type of dice, "Each member of the gang will face each other one on one and it will be decided by these dice. The Akatsuki member will choose the first challenge being the aggressor, but the other member is allowed to disagree if the odds are too uneven. Then the winner of that match's team is allowed to choose the next challenge. Are we all clear about this?"
"Yes" Sasuke nodded.
Everyone else nodded their heads in agreement.
"Ok, now, Team Konoha, do you accept our challenge?"
The air was tense.
"Give us some time please" Shikamaru called his 'team' to gather around him.
"What should we do?" Sakura asked the group.
"Well, let's accept!" Kiba yelled out
"Wait, lets think about it first" Neji moved everyone to the side, "This is the Akatsuki. Their challenges are probably going to be hard and life changing. Before we go accept blindly, we need to make sure we are all prepared for this"
"Well I am ready to take them on whenever!" Sakura cried out loud.
"I've been meaning to take care of some unfinished business" Sasuke smirked
"Yeah! Me too!" Naruto agreed
"I'm gonna make that creep pay for putting a price on Akamaru!" Kiba growled
"I will be un-youthful if I say no!" Lee quoted
"That wannabe me…mocking me…" Ino grinded her teeth
"Wh-what they do is wrong…so…" Hinata mumbled in agreement
"I'd rather eat…but if Ino's in, someone has to keep her in control…" Chouji continued to eat at his chips.
"I think its time to show off my skills that I've been working on" Tenten grinned
"Maybe there's a chance of getting Sasori back…?" Kankuro wondered
Gaara smiled…well sort of…
"Oh well, if my siblings and everyone else is in…" Temari thought out loud.
"Shikamaru…?" Sasuke looked at Shikamaru
Shikamaru wrinkled his forehead deep in thought.
Everyone stared at him awaiting an answer.
Shikamaru sighed, "How troublesome…I guess I knew this moment would come anyway…"
"Is that a yes Shikamaru?" Naruto got excited.
"Yes, Naruto, it's a yes" Shikamaru grinned.
"WOOHOO! LET'S START THE PARTY!" Kiba cried out in joy.
"Kiba…it's not a party…" Hinata mumbled.
"Yo! Akatsuki! We accept!" Naruto declared loudly pointing at the gang pumped.
"Good" Pein spoke.
"Well then, we shall roll the dice now to decide the first round" Konan announced bringing the dice out once again.
"But wait, there are more members of our group in comparison to yours, so how is this going to work?" Shikamaru asked before Konan started to roll.
There was a pause.
"We didn't think of that did we?" Kisame asked Itachi.
"No, we didn't…" Itachi replied cooly.
"Look, can we just roll the first round already? I've got an appointment to get to soon!" Deidara stomped his foot impatiently.
"I hope it's a makeover. I wouldn't like a guy to keep mimicking my looks, all though it's very flattering" Ino giggled
"Stupid bitch…" Deidara swore
"May I propose a suggestion?" Zetsu asked
"What is it Zetsu?" Pein wondered
"How about we just roll the first round for now and after that round is completed, we will all do an all-out battle with all members participating afterwards to find the winner"
"But then, what would be the point of having the first round?" Sasori questioned
"Well, it'll give us time to think of an idea about the 'final battle' and maybe we could make the winner have some sort of advantage?"
Everyone pondered on the idea.
"It would make things easier…after all, if we had multiple battles, it'll drag out too long and the police would probably catch on what's happening…" Shikamaru thought out loud.
"Indeed" Neji agreed
"An all out war sounds more youthful than a single round!" Lee cried.
"Then can we all agree to a single battle then after one round and winner will be given an advantage?"
"Fine with me!" Naruto agreed.
There were nods all the way around.
"Wait a minute, what at stake?" Shikamaru asked
All eyes were on him.
"I understand that we're being challenged…but for what?" Shikamaru continued
"Oh yeah, we forgot to mention that!" Kisame laughed
"That's because you're all fucking idiots!" Hidan cussed
"Don't hear you remembering either Hidan" Kakuzu commented
"What did you fucking say?!!" Hidan snapped
"ENOUGH!" Pein silenced them.
"This battle is here to settle all unwanted feelings between the gangs. In many ways, we are connected and have wanted to be at war with one another for quite some time now, so the point is that we'll settle everything between ourselves once and for all" Konan explained briefly.
"Is that all?" Sasuke questioned.
"I agree with Uchiha Jnr. I think we need to have something else at stake…" Kakuzu commented
"How about we get to choose a member from the losing team to keep, no questions asked?" Hidan licked his lips.
Shikamaru grinded his teeth.
"WHAT?!!" Kankurou barked.
"Wait Kankurou, this could be a chance to get Sasori back…" Gaara suggested
Kankurou calmed down and thought about it.
"Wait a minute, who would you wanna take?" Naruto asked
Shikamaru and Temari all ready knew the answer.
"Why that little blonde bitch Temari of course" Hidan grinned.
A spark when through everyone's heads.
"What an interesting proposition…" Kisame chuckled.
"Fine then! But if we win, we get Sasori!" Temari blurted out.
"WHAAAAAAAAAAAT?!!!!!!" everyone yelled out at once at Temari including Sasori.
"You can't possibly be agreeing to this Temari?!" Kankurou cried
"Seriously Temari, don't joke around!" Tenten yelled
Shikamaru balled his hand into a fist knowing that she wasn't joking.
"I'm not joking, I know that you two, Gaara and Kankurou, have been missing Sasori and so have I. In fact, I don't like how he left things in our family and this'll be our only chance to fix things" Temari explained.
"But still…" Ino paused.
"It's my choice now; let me go through with it…" Temari pleaded.
The gang looked at each other worried.
"Well, I'll have to trust my sister's judgement" Gaara said first.
"I couldn't make her change her mind even if I wanted to…" Kankurou sighed.
"If that's what you really want to do…" Tenten murmured.
Everyone slowly agreed one by one reluctantly…except for Shikamaru.
"Shikamaru…?" Temari sounded uncertain.
Shikamaru gritted his teeth and closed his eyes deep in thought.
"I-I haven't got enough data to think of the odds of this outcome…" Shikamaru told in a state a shock
"Then you'll have to trust me…" Temari said slowly
"But if we lose, you'll be in the hands of one of the most dangerous men around. Hidan isn't going to be exactly serving you tea and buying you fancy gifts. This is very dangerous, do you understand this Temari?"
Temari nodded hesitantly.
Shikamaru clenched his jaw, "Then I guess we have no other choice then to not lose"
"Of course! I'm not losing! Not now, not ever!" Naruto laughed
Sasuke grinned, "Trust me, this time Itachi's gonna get it!"
"I don't go back on my word!" Lee claimed
"You know that I will win!" Kiba laughed
"Don't worry" Ino smiled.
"Have faith in the gang" Sakura commented
"If it's to help someone in our gang, we'll definitely pull through" Tenten smirked
Hinata smiled in agreement.
"That's our destiny" Neji grinned
"Don't worry Shikamaru, we won't let Temari go into their hands" Chouji patted Shikamaru's back.
All of the horribly stuffy air went away and finally everything was clear.
As if a weight was lifted off everyone's shoulders.
Temari looked at Shikamaru.
He gave her a reassuring smile in agreement.
"Well we have no reason to really go against this idea since Sasori is ok with this" Pein scratched the back of his neck.
"Really Sasori?!" Kankurou exclaimed
"Show me what you've two got after all of this time" Sasori grinned
Gaara grinned back.
"Also, one more thing!" Sasuke yelled out catching everyone off guard.
"Little brother, what is it?" Itachi looked up at him
"Don't call me that! You know you've lost that right a long time ago! Let's say the losing gang has to forever stay out of the winner's way, no more trouble" Sasuke smirked.
"Sounds good to me!" Naruto agreed.
"Fair enough…" Pein also agreed.
"Then let's get started already!" Deidara complained
"All right, the first round goes too…" Konan brought out the dice and rolled them.
It was as if time went by slowly as the dice rolled.
Sasuke hoped it was him and Itachi.
Naruto stared at them intensely.
Sakura hoped it wasn't her.
Lee wanted himself to show up so he could look good in front of Sakura.
Shikamaru wanted to bring down Hidan.
Kiba wanted to bite off Kakuzu's head.
Everyone was hoping something as the dice continued to roll.
Then they finally came to a stop on…
Ino and Deidara.
"Hell yeah! Your going down bi-atch!" Deidara screamed out in excitement.
"You wish! Finally my time to bring down the phony!" Ino laughed evilly.
"Ah damnit! I really hoped it was me!" Kiba growled.
"Have a death wish do we?" Kakuzu smiled evilly.
"I wanted to look good in front of Sakura" Lee cried
"Trust me; it wouldn't have made a difference…" Sakura commented uneasy.
"Ino? What type of fight is that going to be?" Sasuke hissed annoyed that it wasn't him and Itachi.
"Yeah Ino, you can't fight" Chouji looked worried.
"Um actually…" Kisame started, "It's a challenge, not a fight, so it doesn't mean it specifically has to be coming down to fists. It could be anything, like cooking for example"
"Mmm…shark fin soup…" Chouji licked his lips.
"Say what?!" Kisame spoke in horror.
"Alright. When the time comes, Deidara will announce the challenge and the war begins. 'Til then, make what ever preparations you need to make and we'll see you soon" Pein discussed and walked off.
The rest of Akatsuki followed.
You could see Sasori threatening Hidan in a distance and telling him off for making such a strange proposal.
There were still a crowd of girls surrounding the group and some had run off to chase after the Akatsuki.
Some were taking photo's with their mobiles during this and some were even video recording it.
Well Facebook and Youtube was going to be flooded.
"I just realised…" Shikamaru thought out loud.
"What is it Shikamaru?" Neji wondered.
"This news is going to spread so big that it's going to reach China" Shikamaru gasped.
"Shit! The girls!" Kiba looked at them all as they whispered to one another already sharing ideas on the situation.
"They've got evidence too~" Ino whined
"What are we going to do? We definitely don't want interference" Tenten asked
"Stand back everyone, I've got an idea" Sasuke walked forward facing the group of girls.
"N-no Sasuke, you can't be thinking…" Naruto stuttered.
"We have no choice Naruto" Sasuke grieved
"There has to be another way"
"There is none! We have to act quick!"
Naruto looked at him concerned and nodded.
"Everyone, cover the girls eyes" Naruto told the group.
"Wh-what?" Hinata mumbled
"Why?" Kiba questioned.
"Just do it, quickly! And for Sakura and Ino, cover their ears"
Shikamaru covered Temari's eyes.
Lee blocked Sakura's ears and Sakura held her own eyes.
Chouji helped Ino.
Soon all the girls in the group were done.
"Alright, we're set Sasuke" Naruto told Sasuke anxiously.
"What is he going to do?" Kiba still questioned not knowing what's going on.
"Oh no, he's going to do that" Shikamaru stared gobsmacked.
"That?" Neji stared at Sasuke suspiciously.
"If you guys know what's best for yourselves, cover the girl's eyes and ears tightly"
Shikamaru's face grimaced holding Temari tighter.
"If Shikamaru's the one warning us like this, then we better listen" Chouji spoke
"Quickly Naruto, get the school nurse before Sasuke starts!" Shikamaru ordered Naruto.
"Oh yeah, I better do that" Naruto ran off.
"Ok, here we go" Sasuke closed his eyes and took a deep breath in.
Then he opened them and looked at the girls staring at him giving them a devilish smile, "I love you"
All of the girls gasped.
A few of them fell on the floor due to a heart attack.
Many of them got blood noses and fell on the floor in a puddle of their own blood due to blood loss.
The rest were standing weakly still in a trance staring at Sasuke.
"Please forget about what has happened just now, ok?" Sasuke grinned and winked.
Roses and hearts flew everywhere.
One hit Shikamaru's head, "Ouch!"
The girls replied weakly, "Of course our darling Sasuke" and fainted onto the ground.
All that was left was a pile of girls lying on the ground in a total trance all smiling happily.
"Ok, it's safe to let go now" Sasuke looked back at the gang.
They were all looking at Sasuke in disbelief.
"That's…amazing…you are literally a lady killer" Kiba's mouth was left hanging.
"What an outcome. I understand why we had to cover their eyes, but why only ears for Sakura and Ino?" Neji questioned still shocked.
"That's because those two are already obsessed as it is, so listening to my voice alone would've knocked them out" Sasuke explained.
"To think that you would unleash yourself willingly…" Shikamaru commented
Sasuke went red, "We had no choice. I hate doing it but…"
"Nah man, good job!" Chouji smiled.
Lee cried, "Could you teach me to be that cool and youthful?"
Shikamaru slowly peeled his hands away from Temari's eyes.
Temari opened her eyes just to see a pile of girls on the floor, "What the hell happened here?"
"Sasuke unleashed his super pheromones" Shikamaru explained.
"Amazing…" Tenten said shocked at the scene in front of her.
"Sakura? Ino? What's the matter with you guys?" Chouji yelled out
Everyone stared at them.
They were both in a dazed saying 'Sasuke' over and over again.
"Damnit, it wasn't enough" Shikamaru cursed out loud.
"I don't get it; we were holding their ears tightly!" Lee exclaimed.
"They couldn't of possibly heard Sasuke or see him" Chouji looked concerned.
"Must have been when Sasuke winked and the hearts and roses started flying around. It probably had hit them. You were overdoing it a bit Sasuke" Shikamaru figured out.
"Sorry, it was a big group of them so I had to unleash a bit more than usual. I haven't done it in a while, so it's hard to control" Sasuke apologised.
"That's alright, it looks pretty mild so they won't forget anything…" Shikamaru reassured.
"What happens to the rest of the girls?" Neji looked at the pile.
"They are forced to follow Sasuke's command and who ever fainted at the start will forget everything that had happened in the past 10-15 minutes" Shikamaru answered
"Unbelievable…" Chouji gasped.
"Hey guys! I've got the infirmary people here!" Naruto called after them running.
A whole bunch of nurses and even Principle Tsunade followed after him.
"I didn't even realise we had that many nurses" Temari commented.
"I think they increased exponentially when we enrolled here" Shikamaru chuckled.
"How the hell did you get the whole infirmary to agree to come with you Naruto?" Kiba asked.
"I just said 'Sasuke's going to unleash his super pheromones' and they all ran out of the door immediately" Naruto replied.
"Why did you guys have to name it?" Sasuke flushed furiously.
"Wait, how do the nurses even know about it?" Neji questioned
"This has happened once and now when ever it happens, they will come rushing"
"Why haven't I heard of this happening?" Kiba barked
"It was kept top secret" Shikamaru shrugged.
"Can you tell me now since I've seen it?" Kiba suggested
"No" Sasuke answered for Shikamaru
All of the nurses had started to rush all of the girls inside the building and for the worse cases; Tsunade had started to treat them.
Finally, they had all woken up not remembering a thing.
The bell had rung and the gang started to head back to the building.
"What a troublesome lunch" Shikamaru yawned.
"How exciting!" Kiba cried
"I wonder what type of challenge Deidara will ask of Ino…" Chouji wondered.
"It will probably have something to do with fashion, I wouldn't worry about it" Hinata spoke.
"I really can't be bothered with class after THAT" Tenten groaned.
As they continued to walk on, Shikamaru grabbed Temari's hand and lead her to a different direction.
"Shikamaru…?" Temari questioned his move.
Shikamaru didn't look at her or answer and continued to pull her arm taking her somewhere else.
They continued to walk outside of the building and soon they were alone behind one of the buildings.
Shikamaru didn't let go of her hand.
A gust of wind blew briefly.
After a moment of silence, Temari spoke, "Shikamaru? What's wro-"
She was cut off by Shikamaru who pulled her to himself into an embrace.
"Shika…maru…? What's gotten into you?" Temari hesitated.
"Why?" he asked
"Why did you agree to those terms?"
She couldn't tell if he was angry, annoyed or sad.
Everything was in turmoil.
"I told you, it's the only way to bring Sasori back"
"There had to be some other way. Hidan, he's dangerous, twisted, frikin' MAD and you just go and walk into his arms-"
"Who said I was walking anywhere?! Look I don't plan to go anywhere else but here!" Temari looked up to see Shikamaru's face.
His eyes were cold and dark.
"I told you, trust me, trust in our group, and trust yourself. We won't lose to that group. We're strong enough to pull through this, why are you uncertain?"
"Because…because I can't calculate the outcome. Right now it looks like a 50% chance both ways. I don't like those odds. I'm angry with the fact that I agreed to this…"
"Then stop sooking and take this on like a man. Instead of regretting what just happened, do something about it instead and prepare for the future because that's where we're heading at the moment!" Temari scolded.
Shikamaru stopped talking.
Thoughts were processing through his head and then he grinned, "I'll take you up on that" he parted from Temari and walked away.
"Where are you going?" Temari questioned.
"I'm preparing for the future" he replied without looking back.
"MASTER GAI!!" Lee cried out.
"Yes, my youthful Lee" Gai replied with joy.
"I need your help! I'm going to enter a great battle to show my youthfulness and prove to Sakura that I can protect her!"
Tears started to form in Gai's eyes, "That's the spirit Lee! You've learnt well! Now 100 laps around the gym on your hands!"
"Yes Master Gai!"
I should stop looking back and regretting my choices
Akamaru barked back in reply.
"Come on boy! We've got some training to do!" Kiba grinned
Instead I should keep looking forward
"M-Ms. Kurenai…" Hinata stuttered unsure
"Hinata, it's unlike you to skip class" Kurenai spoke shocked.
"P-please, be my teacher again and guide me. I've always been the one who's running away and needing help, b-but this time I want to be useful and help everyone else"
Kurenai stood there shocked watching Hinata bow her head down.
Then she smiled.
Everyone else is trying their hardest
"Please Tsunade! Teach us how to treat people!" Ino and Sakura asked in unison.
"I'm busy you two. Why are you asking me about this now?" Tsunade grumbled.
"Because we know we're not great fighters, but we still want to help! Please, help us help our friends!"
Tsunade looked at them sceptically, and then sighed.
"Well if this is what you want, I better not hear any complaints from neither of you"
"Of course!" Ino gleamed
"We won't let you down" Sakura smiled.
"Then let's get going!" Tsunade called out.
"Tsunade…don't you still have your principal duties you need to finish" Shizune sobbed.
So why can't I?
"What brings you here, young Neji?"
"I need your guidance to help me pull through of what's ahead"
Hyuuga stared at the young one before him. "Very well"
"Thank you Master"
It's time to take action
"Ey! Ero-sennin!" Naruto called out to a man with white hair.
"Ah! If it isn't Naruto! How's life been?"
"I need your help to train again"
"Is that all you come here for"
"Please, this time I really need it" Naruto looked at him seriously.
Jiraiya looked back at him and grinned.
"Lucky you, I seem to have some free time ahead of me. All of the cute girls have stopped coming to the hot springs for a little while"
Naruto beamed, "Thanks Ero-sennin!"
Make a move
"Yo, Sasuke" Kakashi called out to the black-haired kid.
Sasuke turned to look at him.
"I've been looking for you" he smiled.
And who knows
"What is it Chouji?"
"I want to start training now!"
It may just turn out for the best if we keep on trying
"Well, if it isn't Shikamaru. What can I do for you" He breathed out a cloud of smoke.
"I heard you were quite the fighter before you became a teacher"
"What about it?"
So let's keep moving forward not looking back.