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You are Sakura Haruno, a twelve year old pink haired girl. You are said to be an exceptionally smart and gifted individual as you held the most consistency high scores in all areas in the academy. As well as your chakra control being second to none. Starting today, you are now officially an kunoichi of Konohagakure.

Before we continue, let us begin by constructing your life up into this point. Starting with the very beginning. You were born with or learned throughout your childhood that you have obtained something important. What was it?

Choose only Two.

>Abnormal Physical Capabilities and highly trained martial arts skills.
>An Innate exceptional talent for understanding and picking up skills in Jutsus of all kinds.
>One of the Five Chakra Elements already unlocked and highly skilled in it.
>A Unique Hiden (Clan Technique) or Forbidden Jutsu
>A Lost Kekkei Genkai
>Wild Card
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>>3498141
>Abnormal Physical Capabilities and highly trained martial arts skills.
>Wild Card
Fuck bloodlines
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>>3498141

Before anyone ask. I have thought long and hard about who would be the best character for a CYOA quest without being restrictive or ruining the fun aspect without sacrificing importance to the story. And I ended up going with the blank slate for this to better mold accordingly.
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>>3498147
Why not make completely original character?
>>3498145
+1
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>>3498152

Because I want this to be within the Konoha 12 generation and thought it would be too much to just replace a person while still achieving that goal.
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>>3498141
>You are Sakura Haruno, a twelve year old pink haired girl.
So we're useless for most of the entire series

>>3498157
>Because I want this to be within the Konoha 12 generation and thought it would be too much to just replace a person while still achieving that goal.

So, we're actually an OC then?
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>>3498163

If you want to look at it like that. Nothing in this is set in stone like in the story, so divergences can happen.
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>>3498141
>>One of the Five Chakra Elements already unlocked and highly skilled in it.
>>A Lost Kekkei Genkai
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>>3498141
>>Abnormal Physical Capabilities and highly trained martial arts skills.
>>Wild Card
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>>3498141
>Wild Card x2

I hope it's the lost bloodline of 'Common Sense'.
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>>3498141
>Abnormal Physical Capabilities and highly trained martial arts skills
>Wild Card
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So we are basicly OC that's pretending to be Sakura... Hard pass for me.
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>>3498207
I think it’s more like we’re replacing a non-essential element of the narrative
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>>3498141
>Abnormal Physical Capabilities and highly trained martial arts skills.
You'll have prise punchy bruiser Sakura from my dead body.
>Wild card
FATE TAKE THE WHEEL

Elemental chakra can probably be learnt with some hard work later, clan techniques are boring and a lost kekkei gekai is just asking for the vultures (and snakes) to circle.
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>>3498141
>Abnormal Physical Capabilities and highly trained martial arts skills
>Wild Card
I hope we can call out Sauske for being the edgy faggot he is and bully him for being to much of a bitch to train for his power once he gets the curse mark
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>>3498207

This anon right here >>3498214 gets it. You're still Sakura at the end of the day. How she acts will be entirely based around majority rule based on picks. We're just ironing out any inconsistency or lack of foresight since Kishimoto couldn't be bothered.
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>>3498141
>Abnormal Physical Capabilities and highly trained martial arts skills.
>A jewel that gives off a weird feeling (gelel stone)

Eh nothing of the given options besides physical prowess interested me.
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>>3498141
>>Abnormal Physical Capabilities and highly trained martial arts skills.
>>Wild Card
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>>3498141
>Abnormal Physical Capabilities and highly trained martial arts skills
>Wild Card
*AHEM*
Fuck bloodlines
Fuck tailed beasts
Fuck eye powers
And most of all fuck Madara and his gay ass tree
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>>3498254
Would be more convincing if you weren't picking wild card.
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>>3498235
>>3498238
>>3498145
>>3498152
>>3498179
>>3498197
>>3498215
>>3498221

You come from a normal family. Although your ancestors might have been ninjas during the founding of the village, it didn't mean you were born into a clan or held any noteworthy standings like some of your other classmates. What you did have an abnormal physical physique. It was forged through both good general genetics and hard work.

Ever since you were a small kid, you were rather strong and resilient. The kids that picked on you for your large forehead also unfortunately had to acknowledge you were quite hard to put down.But given your own strength, you didn't have the confidence to use it. In fact, you was positively terrified of it. Every day it was a hassle not to break the dining ware or leave collateral damage and trouble your hard working parents. Perhaps that's why it was so easy for other kids to bully you despite your gifts and natural talents.

However, someone did came into your steed and protected you from the bullies. It was your best friend Ino Yamanaka who helped you out through your time being considered a freak due to your wide forehead, unusual hair/eye color and your physical prowess. Over the following years, Ino's guidance and friendship helped you bloom and become stronger.

Did you have any other friends during childhood? Choose up to three

>Hinata Hyuuga
>Tenten
>Kiba Inuzuka
>Shino Aburame
>Rock Lee
>Shikamaru Nara
>Neji Hyuuga
>Sasuke Uchiha??
>Naruto Uzumaki???
>Someone Else
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>>3498263
>Tenten
>Kiba Inuzuka
>Shino Aburame

The wird crew!
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>>3498263

>Hinata Hyuuga
>Someone Else- Choji Akamichi
>Shikamaru Nara
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>>3498263
>>Tenten
>>Shino Aburame
>>Shikamaru Nara
Poor Choji. Always forgotten.
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>>3498263
>Rock Lee
Super strenght training buddies. The beautiful green beast and beautiful spring blossom on Konoha.
>Naruto Uzumaki???
Give the boy a friend already.
>Shikamaru Nara
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>>3498230
I guess. Also Gelel post being included is a mistake or is it the wild card?

>Tenten
>Kiba Inuzuka
>Shino Aburame

Let's go the unloved ones.
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>>3498263
>Naruto
>Lee
>Shikamaru

I really wanted to put both Sasuke and Naruto but that feels like cheating almost.
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>>3498274
kinda feels like that when people go for both in other quests,
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>>3498272

You'll just have to see
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>>3498263
>Rock Lee
>Tenten
>Kiba Inuzuka
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>>3498263
>Rock Lee
>Shikamaru Nara
>Naruto Uzumaki???

>Strenght and martial art Sakura
>Not wanting to have Lee (+ Gai) on tap
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>>3498277
Your not a Turtle... So your not the QM!
>>3498280
Shocking I know that I'm not interested in them.
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>>3498263
>>Hinata Hyuuga
>>Tenten
>>Rock Lee
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>>3498263
>Rock Lee
>Naruto Uzumaki???
These two are pretty much village outcasts for one reason or another so I think will get along well with each other as well. Imagine all of Naruto's clones with Lee and Gai trained taijutsu.

>Shikamaru Nara
If we're befriending the future hokage we might as well start laying the foundations for this guy to become his shadow vizer instead of running off to Sand.
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>>3498263
>Naruto
>Rock Lee
>Shikamaru
We only hang out with people who have ambition to improve themselves. Not clan wanking faggots.
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>>3498289
If that was true you would drop shikamaru as he has no ambition.
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>>3498289
>Shikamaru
>ambition to improve
Don't get me wrong, he's a good pick, but that ain't the reason.
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>>3498263
>Naruto Uzumaki
>Rock Lee
>Shikamaru
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>>3498271
>>3498274
>>3498280
>>3498288
>>3498289
>>3498298
Through Ino's help you ended gradually becoming more confident and break out your timid shell. Previously you used to hold back your emotions and kept to yourself. When you didn't have anyone, you used to talk to yourself and hanged out in the fields. Flowers were something you genuinely like. Makes sense when your name literally comes from a plant. It was how Ino ultimately found you, but every time she tried to talk to you prior you were too scared to speak and ended up running away.

Now those days were slowing going away as you hanged out with Ino. Through her you found yourself getting tangled in the antics of both Shikamaru Nara and Naruto Uzumaki. For Shikamaru it was a no brainier. Both he and Ino come from families that were strongly tied to one another in the Ino-Shika-Cho formation. You did have a connection to Shikamaru through your intelligence. Like you, he was highly intelligent and perceptive. It was arguable between the two of you who was the smarter one in your academy's generation. But most tend to fall upon you since unlike you Shikamaru was lazy and normally unmotivated. A bookwarm like you was naturally off put by this and often but in to try and get Shikamaru to do more than waste his talents away.

Naturally Shikamaru found you to be a total drag, but there was something about you that made him put a little more effort into things. You were Ino's best friend sure, but you had a fellow kinship with him. Now for Naruto Uzumaki however, there was little you knew about him. From what Ino and the rest told you, he was a class clown that always got into trouble and looking for attention. It made you think back to when you were alone. How you wanted to make ties with someone, anyone and not freak them out. Perhaps in some ways, you were just as much of an outcast as both Naruto and Shikamaru. So one day during one of Naruto's schemes, you decide to talk to the eight year old for the first time.

con


I can be a turtle if I wanted to. >>3498285
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>>3498263
>Naruto
>Rock Lee
>You and your gang bullied Sauske because of his constant clan faggotry
Fuck clan fags, he's a school shooter anyway it's not like this would change anything
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>>3498302

Naruto was naturally took back by your sudden decision to talk to him. He told you to shush though since he was hiding from the adults after painting on the walls again. You didn't take that well but you spontaneously took part in hiding with Naruto to get to know him better. He slowly open up and told you about how he always felt like he was being blamed or hated for something that he didn't do or know what he did. This really spoke to you as you asked him about his parents. He revealed to you that he doesn't have anyone except for the third hokage.

From that day on, you decided to be a part of Naruto's life as another one of Naruto's treasured friends. Sure that meant you often got dragged along to take part in many of Naruto's antics and pranks. You even found yourself often apologizing to the villagers whenever he was caught. This didn't do any favors for you since alongside Shikamaru, you were labeled as the outcast trio. But even so, as you hang out with Naruto you found yourself feeling free. Free to be yourself and free to open up and laugh. Of course Naruto was never dumb enough to pull a prank on you. Even if you don't mean it, sometimes you end up scaring him with your herculean strength. Most of the time it was on accident, but nonetheless there was time that you had to reel him in for goodness sakes.

Lastly there was Rock Lee. As suggested by both Naruto and Ino, you decided to do some exercises to try and get the pent up feelings out of you as well as get better control of your freakish strength. So you often woke up extra early to train when it was still dark. Easier said than done you often thought to yourself. Strong or not, you was still a young child and it was positively obnoxious for you to be waking up to yourself trying to keep it together. That's when during a morning jog into the woods you ended up seeing a rather strange sight. There was Rock Lee currently walking on his hands trying to keep balance while jogging.

Against your best intentions, you decide to talk to him in mid-jog. Much to your shock and mild annoyance, he ended up gushing over a girl like you talking to him. What was both Naruto and Lee acting dumb to you during the first time you decide to talk to them?

Regardless, you and Lee manage to find things to talk about during your jogs. Over time he slowly reveals to you that he didn't have any talent for Ninjutsu or Taijutsu. In fact he couldn't use any of it. So for the longest time he been training his physical body to better use Taijutsu. Unlike Lee, you can use all the jutsus no problem. It was just having control over your physical output that was your problem. Ironic since your chakra control was so refined and well attuned that you could do it in your sleep. And sometimes you did just to see if you could.

con
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>>3498325

Although you found Rock Lee to be positively weird and goofy like a certain Blond haired Ninja you know and a lazy brown haired ninja as well. It didn't change the fact you ended up respecting Rock Lee whenever the two of you chatted during your jog. His training was earnest and shown to be doing good for him. And if nothing else, you didn't have to result to talking to yourself again during night practice. So for better or worse, you ended up joining Rock Lee in his training methods. Though, you still couldn't bring yourself to openly do them in public. They were too...embarrassing for you. Luckily Lee was a good sport and kept you company during night training.

One day on a clear stary night, you were walking over to Naruto's place to give him some dinner. Your parents cooked a proper meal for the orange ninja since you ranted about his terrible lifestyle. You'd think if you didn't do these things from time to time, he'd die from improper nourishment from his ramen diet.

As you were closing in on his house, you see something strange in the distance. There was a child with dark blue hair and lavender eyes currently looking at what you think was Naruto's apartment from afar.

What do you do?

>Confront Her
>Surprise her
>Hide and watch her from afar
>Ignore it and give naruto his dinner
>Something else
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>>3498340
>>Surprise her
We can't drag this out too long - can't let the food get cold!
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>>3498340
>Hide and watch her from afar
It takes two to double-stalk
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>>3498340
>>Confront Her
Nip it in the bud. If we get this right maybe we can keep her from becoming a creepy stalker like in canon.
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>>3498345
+1 to surprise Ms. Susuke. Unless we are making a joke that his hair makes him look like a girl.
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>>3498340
>Surprise her
We do need to nip this in the bud for everyones sakes, but confronting her is a bit too harsh.

>>3498353
...isnt this Hinata though?
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>>3498340
>>Confront Her
>Walk up to her and talk like normal human being
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>>3498340
>>Surprise her

Approach her normally and she 100% runs.
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>>3498345
>>3498353
>>3498360
>>3498366


You take a few seconds to look at the person. From what you can tell, it was Hinata Hyuuga. Judging by your memory of her, you knew her to be the quiet girl in class. This seems to hit closer to home to you since before your friends you were no different than Hinata. Although for you it was a bit different since you talked to yourself a lot and just avoided confrontation altogether cause of your looks. Still, you needed to do something quick before the dinner gets cold. The last thing you wanted was for Naruto of all people to lecture you.

You decide to sneak forward via using your chakra control to walk on the walls. This was the best compromise to avoid making sounds while keeping the dinner safe in it's portable bento. Once you were close enough, you gentle drop to the ground without Hinata noticing. Afterwards, like a normal human being you tried to ask her what she was doing.

"Eeeep!"

Hinata almost jumped out from her hiding spot by the sudden delivery by you. You made sure to avoid knocking into her and spilling the bento.That didn't stop you from apologizing and calming Hinata down. You tell her your name which she did the same despite both of you knowing each other's names in the academy. With careful care and precise words, you asked Hinata what she was doing. She tells you that she wanted to thank Naruto for helping her with those bullies the other day. Unfortunately, she was too nervous to find the right excuse to confront and thank him. Especially since her father told him to avoid going to him. He never said why just to do it. This was the same excuse that all the other adults you know gave. But it wasn't like they were going to tell an eight year old why they should avoid Naruto.

What do you do?

>Give Hinata the bento and tell her to deliver it to him
>Drag Hinata with you and knock the door.
>Ignore Hinata and go back to delivering the bento
>Raise her Spirits
>Something else
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>>3498383
>Something else
>Whore ourselves
Gotta help pay the bills
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>>3498383
>Raise her spirits
To psyche her up a bit, then
>Drag Hinata with you and knock the door.
We must aquire new friend
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>>3498383
>Drag Hinata with you and knock the door
Strength
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>>3498383
>Look at her smugly
>"Oh, I get it."
>Drag her to the door
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>>3498383
>>3498388
Support
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>>3498388
Support
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>>3498388
This
Haha Daddy is going to flip when he realizes his daughter is hanging out with the weirdo group. Excellent.
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>>3498388
+1
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>>3498388
>We must aquire new friend
+1
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>>3498383
>>Drag Hinata with you and knock the door.
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>>3498388
>>3498389
>>3498391
>>3498392
>>3498397
>>3498406
>>3498410
>>3498411
>>3498413
A small grin forms on your face as you look rather smugly at Hinata. Naruto was starting to be a bad influence on you. Or pent up emotions were slowly corrupting you the more you find ways to let them out. Either way, you gently place your hand on Hinata's shoulder, other hand still holding on to the bento. It wasn't going anywhere with your inhuman strength plus chakra control holding it in your palm.

You first decide raise Hinata's spirits up. Getting her psyche up about not doing what her father tells her. It was the right thing to show gratitude over being rescued. You also mention that Naruto is harmless and nothing like those rumors. Yet you do point out that's quite immature and a total goof which ended up making Hinata laugh a bit. She thanks you for being so kind and supportive to her.

However, as she was preparing to leave, you slowly tighten your hand on her shoulder. That grin you had only widen further. Almost like you were the Cheshire cat. This made Hinata quite nervous and a little frighten. You reassure her fears, telling her that all your doing is just giving her a little push....by having her come with you to deliver dinner. Hinata freaks out over this, trying her best to break free from your grip. A futile effort on her part as you don't even notice her hard attempts. Even if she managed to hit your chakra points, your herculean strength was still too overpowering for her to break free.

So Hinata was forced to failing her hands while you casually walk to Naruto's apartment. Even with Hinata dragging her feet down, it didn't take you long to reach his house with your strength. With just a simple knock, you manage to alert Naruto of your presence. He was making his way to you as he was about to open the door.

How do you procceed?

>Hand Hinata the bento and leave it up to her.
>Give Naruto the bento and introduce Hinata
>Spill the Secret
>Something Else
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>>3498383
>Ignore Hinata and go back to delivering the bento
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>>3498433
>>Hand Hinata the bento and lead her.
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>>3498433
>Give Naruto the bento and introduce Hinata
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>>3498433
>Give Naruto the bento and introduce Hinata
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>>3498433
>Give Naruto the bento and introduce Hinata
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>>3498433
>Give Naruto the bento and introduce Hinata
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>>3498437
+1 We don't need the boy, we got Muscles.
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>>3498433
>>Give Naruto the bento and introduce Hinata
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>>3498433
>Give Naruto the bento and introduce Hinata
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>>3498438
>>3498445
>>3498447
>>3498448

Once Naruto was outside, he looks at the food which ends up making his stomach growl. You laugh it off before handling it to him. Imminently he went and ate the bento box. You twitch a bit by his spontaneous action but decided to just roll with it. You push Hinata to say her name, only letting go of her once she confirmed she wasn't going to run away. Chances are you would've chased after her, restrain her and drag her back to try again. Of course that would only scare both Naruto and Hinata. So it was good on you that she didn't do that.

"H-Hello....M-My name is H-Hinata Hyuuga...we met once before...and I-I'm in your class."

"Hmm, oh yeah I remember you. You were the gloomy quiet girl in the back~"

Some part of you really wanted to punch Naruto for not getting the mood. You honestly had your work cut out for you. Even so, you rebound on this by nudging Hinata to break out of her gloom by reminding her about why she came here. She slowly gets the confidence to say what she wanted to say and thank Naruto for helping him. Naruto's eyes widen, dropping his chopstick on the rice as he hears the words thank you.

"...No problem. I'm glad that I was able to help...dattebayo..."

Naruto ended up crying a bit from the exchange. He hid his face and tried to downplay his effort by saying he still got his butt kicked. But Hinata refute his words, saying that he action and intent matter more than the result. Hinata cheering on Naruto and her gratitude only made Naruto cried more at the acknowledgement.

>Making an excuse to go home and giving Hinata a thumbs up
>Give them both a hug
>Tease them both
>Something else
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>>3498479
>>Making an excuse to go home and giving Hinata a thumbs up
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>>3498479
>>Give them both a hug
Put those muscles to good use.
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>>3498479
>Give them both a hug
God this is so soft. I can't believe they're going to be killing people soon
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>>3498479
>Making an excuse to go home and giving Hinata a thumbs up
Miss me with this mushy noise, time for more 8 yr old gainz
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>>3498479
>Give them both a hug

One interaction isn't going to magically cure Hinata's shyness, and Naruto at eight can't read the mood even if it bit him. Sakura needs to be around to mediate if we want this friendship to get off the ground.
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>>3498479
>Drag them inside so they can stop making fools of themselves
>Make some tea so we can converse like people
>Murmur under a nose about lack of decent tea in these house
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>>3498479
>Give them both a hug
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>>3498479
>Give them both a hug
>"Get it together you dorks."
>Use the grip you have from the hug to lift them both off the ground and get them inside so they can stop making fools of themselves
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>>3498520
>>3498511
>>3498505
>>3498497
>>3498491

You decide to hug them both as they were having a moment. Both to support them, and to slowly move them inside so they don't embarrass themselves. >>3498535 You say these words while proving to the both of them at you are really strong as you got them inside without effort. Both making notes not to anger you as it as like pissing off an elephant or gorilla.

Naruto was dense and Hinata was too shy, so you needed to be the mediator to actually make this work. Though internally you was screaming Shannarō over succeeding. Shannaro? Great, now you're even starting to have your own catchphrase. Naruto and Shikamaru really were rubbing off on you the more you spent with them. So you decide to make some tea and actually use what Naruto had to make a proper dinner. Mental note you have is to use grocery shopping as an excuse to get the two of them closer and make sure Naruto actually bought more than what he likes. Maybe you could even use cooking you learning from your mom as another weapon.

Later down the line, you were walking from doing some errands for you home. As you take a path down the road, you see someone sitting on a bridge looking at the sunset. It was a boy with raven hair looking rather somberly at the water.

How do you proceed?

>Go to him and ask about his problems
>Leave him be to go finish your errands
>Do something to make him smile
>Something Else
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>>3498559
>>Leave him be to go finish your errands
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>>3498559
>Do something to make him smile
We gotta bust out the big guns here. Have her channel her inner Naruto / Lee.
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>>3498559
>Do something to make him smile
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>>3498559
>Do something to make him smile
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>>3498559
>>Leave him be to go finish your errands
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>>3498581
>>3498590
>>3498601

You decide that you mom can wait a little longer before you return with the goods. So instead of going home, you slowly approach the lonely kid. The trip from down the hill to the bridge gave you enough time to really think about what you can do to make them smile. The closer you got the more you notice that the kid was Sasuke Uchiha. He was a fellow classmate of yours. He was usually so chipper and happy in the few moments you saw him.

Ino was head over heels for him for reasons you didn't really understand. You yourself while thought he was a bit cute was far too distracted by training and bookwork. In addition, alongside matchmaking for others, you really didn't establish any feelings for yourself. Your day was full enough handling the nonsense from your small group of friends.

Once you was in range, you begin to channel what would Naruto and Lee would do in a situation like this. So you imminently start hoping on one hand to balance yourself once you got Sasuke's attention. You begin to use your fingers to spins you around like a ballerina. Twirling your legs a bit while mentally thankful you was wearing shorts today. You spin faster and faster as Sasuke observed your technique. He ended up laughing a bit the moment you purposely made yourself lose balance in order to fall like one of those goofballs.

"..Just what are you doing..."

You tell him you're making a fool out of yourself to make Sasuke smile, which ended up succeeding. Once you saw it was safe to go near him, you took a seat next time him. He got back to sitting down on the bench.

"..You're pretty talented for a bookworm."

Sasuke starts to slowly open up, telling you that he came out here after once again failing his clan's rite of passage. He wanted to impress his father who had eyes on his older brother Itachi. Sasuke beat himself over the fact he wasn't as good as his brother despite training so hard. You can relate in some regards despite being an only child.

How do you react?

>Offer to help Sasuke
>Raise his moral
>Tease him a bit while motivating him
>Apologize and cheer him up before going away
>Something else
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>>3498622
>Well if your dad's focused on Itachi, maybe spend time with your mom? I'm sure she could help you, and if not then make your mom happy by spending time with her.
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>>3498622
>>3498639
This is good.
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>>3498639
>>3498622
This
I'd also say
>Offer to help Sasuke
Because as the clan head's wife I'm sure his mom must have other duties to tend to - then he can come to us.
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>>3498652
>>3498639
These are good.
....are we setting him up for more heartbreak down the line here?
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>>3498622
>>3498639
>"Sometimes in life you just have to be patient and stay at it, but you should never let only one aspect of your life dominate your entire existance. Take some time to do things that make you happy, don't let all this pride and tradition stuff get to your head."
School shooter disarmed
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>>3498666
Now we just need to give Itachi some sage wisdom.

>"If a one eyed old guy tells you to murder your entire clan to keep said clan from staging a coup, kill him and just beat the shit out of your clan until they promise not to do it."
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>>3498639
>>3498643
>>3498652
>>3498655

You listen to Sasuke story before an idea came to your head. With careful tact, you mention to the young uchiha boy that if his father focused on Itachi then he should spend time with his mom. You mention the bond you have between you and your mom and point out all the times she helped you grow. Sasuke slowly starts to let this sink in as you continued. Even if she didn't have the means to help, just spending time was enough to make her happy. Sasuke's eyes widen at this as you gave a smile and the sun hit your body the right way to make it seem like you were glowing.

"Mmm, yeah...I think I'll go do that. I haven't given up wanting father to acknowledge me. But I'll go spend my time with mother in the meantime. Thank you."

You encourage Sasuke on his goal as the two of you exchange names names as you smile at one another. Then, you quickly grab your bag and run up the hill. You turn to Sasuke one last time while keeping your smile. You then tell him that if he still wants to learn how to use the fireball jutsu, you would help him out as well. You mention that your intelligence and chakra control being a good indicator to help maximize his efforts. Sasuke agrees to take your advice if his mother couldn't help and hurries his way home.

You quickly do the same since you didn't want to be lectured by your mom. But even if that happens, you would still feel good for helping Sasuke out. At the same time it makes you think back to the jutsu that Sasuke mentions. That was a fire jutsu wasn't it? He's the same age as you and already he knows what chakra affinity he has. That's pretty impressive. It makes you think more about what you had.

>Find out your Chakra Affinity
>Continue with what you been doing for training
>Practice the basics some more.
>Something else
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adding this 3498666 to >>3498670
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>>3498670
>Practice the basics some more.
Mrs. Fundemental
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>>3498670
>>Find out your Chakra Affinity
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>>3498670
>>Practice the basics some more.
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>>3498670
>Continue with what you been doing for training
>Ask Lee for some help with getting really swole
It will be interesting to play a str/con build in a world filled to the brim with Dexfags and magic men
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>>3498670
>Practice the basics some more.
She's and non-clan. She needs to get the basics down so she can really branch out when she reaches the academy. We're not going to be wasting time perfecting our kunia technique at that stage
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>>3498678
>>3498683
>>3498721

Although the interests of your Charka Affinity tickles you, you decide that it was better in the long run to practice the fundamentals. You was still very young and there was plenty of time to pick a path for you to take. So rather than rush for it now, all you can do is improve on what you have. So in between body building to increase your chakra amount and improve control over your herculean strength, you continued with polishing the basics.

In the time you worked, you managed to completely mastered the basic techniques. Such skills like the clone technique, body replacement, invisibility cloak, rope escaping and countless other basic techniques became child's play for you. With your chakra control, you manage to maximize their effectiveness and overall power while costing the absolute lowest in chakra consumption. That said, it was your own intelligence and creativity that truly brought out the true worth of simple techniques. Combined with your physical training, you would be a force to reckon with. Ninjutsu, Genjutsu, Taijutsu and Bukijutsu were things you polished extensively with the basics. Even more advance stuff like Fūinjutsu was falling under your grasp with your hard work. But for some reason, Genjutsu seems to really come second nature to you.

Speaking of physical training, you eventually found yourself getting swept up by Rock Lee's workout plan. Considering how much you been bonding with him during your jogs it was only inevitable. However, with the addition of Might Gai you just find yourself positively overwhelmed by the eccentric duo. Just now as you came to your meeting spot with Lee, you would see Might Gai coming into the distance as flashy as ever. You make brief chitchat while waiting for Lee.

What do you do?

>Ask Might Gai some pointers
>Request the same worth ethic as Lee
>Go at it in your own pace
>Ask him what it really means to be a Ninja
>Something Else
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>>3498736
>Ask Might Gai some pointers
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>>3498736
>>Ask Might Gai some pointers
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>>3498736
>Go at it in your own pace
The true nindo of the Might clan is to surpass oneself, not others. It does not matter if we push ourselves to the same degree as Lee, so long as we push ourselves to do better with every try.
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I'll be honest, I'm only here because I laughed incredibly hard at the idea of Sakura being a protagonist.

>Ask him what it really means to be a Ninja

Give us Inspiring wisdom Might-sensei.
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>>3498745
>>3498752

You decide to ask Might Gai some pointers on how you can improve your training and get a better control of your abnormal physical prowess in order to keep it in check. Such commitment for someone so young ended up making Might Gai tremble to the point of tears. He was so moved by your "Spring Time of Youth" that he couldn't help but pose and speak out in joy over your growth. You were put off by this as you are having second thoughts and wanting to go home. However, you get the strange feeling that you wouldn't be able to get away from Might Gai. Especially when he has been moved and motivated by your pure convictions.

So you listen to Might Gai giving you some serious pointers. Unlike Lee you already have the physical capabilities lying deep within your body. What you needed to learn was better control. So restricting your natural abilities would give you a better understanding of your strength and weaknesses. As well as allow you to better control the output until you don't need any inhibitors to do the job. So you let Might Gai recommend you to go to one of two people in order to get them to help restrain your prowess to better train you. He does part you with some wisdom about the nindo of the Might Clan. The desire to surpass yourself is the most valuable thing one can learn. Even if you only improve a little, it is still a good achievement since it means you are stronger than you were yesterday. Keep pushing past your limits, and never settle on just scraping by. Always strive to be better than you were yesterday. You take Might Gai's words to heart as it further motivates you to become stronger and say goodbye to the weak you that you once was.

What do you do now?

>Go to Kakashi Hatake
>Go to Kurenai Yūhi
>Something else
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>>3498889
>Go to Kurenai Yūhi
Womyn powyr
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>>3498889
>>Go to Kurenai Yūhi
Right now, I don't think we can convince Kakashi to do anything more than be a colossal pain in our ass.
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>>3498889
>Something else
Find a female jonin who has actual accomplishments and significance instead of the only thing she's good for being birthing her dad some grandchildren just like he instructed her to do when she was fourteen. Fuck, I hate Kurenai's role in the plot. Nothing against the lady herself, but she is the perfect embodiment of the general uselessness of women in Naruto's narrative.
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>>3498902

So Anko then? Cause Tsunade isn't in the village.
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>>3498909
I said accomplishments, Sage! But I guess that just makes my point, doesn't it? Ah, fuck, let's just see Kurenai. Maybe having a cute little kohai looking up to her will encourage her to do something more with her life than being a broodmare in this timeline.
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>>3498889
>Go to Kurenai Yūhi

Kakashi had some good lessons but refused to teach anyone anything aside from the basics.

Except Sasuke of course, but that's It's own thing.

Kurenai has lots of genjutsu for us to learn, which In theory we'll excel at.
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>>3498891
>>3498898
>>3498919
>>3498958

It's Naruto, no girl can ever be as accomplished and significant as you wanted.

Eventually after completing your daily exercise and training for the morning, you slowly made your way to Kurenai Yuhi’s house. You figure talking to another female would ultimately be better in the long run. Might Gai was naturally kind enough to set up a meeting for the two of you as well as give him directions. For an over being and eccentric guy, he was very sweet and thoughtful. Still, you wouldn’t be caught dead wearing one of his jumpsuits. As you thought seriously about how to address Kurenai, you suddenly realize that you were almost most past her house. With a quick u turn, you made it to the estate and straight to the door. You quickly ring the doorbell and waited patiently. Soon enough you found yourself under the presence of Kurenai as she greets you.

"Hello? Oh you must be Sakura Haruno. Might Gai told me ahead of time that you needed my assistance? How can I assist?"

There she was Kurenai Yūhi, a Tokubetsu Jōnin who was considered among the very best in genjutsu. She was a true genjutsu prodigy as knew just about everything about how the mind works and the subconscious. More than that, she was also highly skilled at Fūinjutsu. It was rumored that she could even seal a person’s kekkai genkai. So surely someone of her talents would be able to help you with your condition. Without further ado, you quickly explain to Kurenai about your abnormal physique. You even shown her some examples to prove your point….with permission of course.


After the display, you slowly and carefully set yourself against the couch once you enter back inside. Going back into great detail about all the issues you had to deal with, you pleaded to Kurenai to help you with this unforeseen predicament. You want to be able to better control your strength while at the same time improve further. You even go into detail about how much of a burden you felt like you was carrying since you were born. Not to mention there was still deep rooted insecurities. You were getting better, but there was still something inside of you that kept you from truly speaking out as much as you wanted to.
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>>3499014

“Yes just by looking at you and seeing you display your strength I can already tell there’s a lot of inner turmoil in you. Being born with something like this condition you mentioned has made you highly insecure and self-conscious about your feelings and appearance. So much that I can suspect that you might be repressing parts of you to cope and better deal with your problems. It might have started to fade but you’re still having trouble really cutting loose out of fear of losing control. Am I right?”

You feel like you were being looked at by a therapist. She wasn’t wrong but you were starting to feel rather uncomfortable getting picked apart like this. You slowly ask Kurenai to get to the point of this while retaining your polite attitude. There was a nagging sound in your head showing rather a growing frustration at your own weakness being thrown at you. When all you wanted was some help. Not to be commented on like she was a basket case. Although, you used to talk to yourself and that habit hasn’t gone away completely with all the inner monologues you have.

“Don’t be nervous….and frustrated. I’m only explaining the symptoms before we tackled on to the core issue. I can help you regulate your output with a seal. Let it develop in time as you gradually get more control of your emotions and how much your body puts out you physical prowess. Since I believe that your emotions are also tied to this in some way. Now then hold still.”

You do as Kurenai asked while she begins to place a rather complex seal on your body. She did this by putting her right hand on your shoulder. It was being implemented through your entire body, although the symbol would only appear physical on your shoulder. There was no doubt you tensed up deeply from it as it actually did hurt. Like getting a Charley Horse over your entire body. Yet you preserved with some tears in your eyes as you held back the urge to cry.

con
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>>3499034

"There we go. Sorry for the long endurance round you had to do. But with this jutsu, the Sealing Technique: Four Limbs Weighting Seal, you should be able to better control your physical attributes now. They're being suppressed greatly, giving you more control of your current prowless. Normally you need beads for this, but I modified this version based on another sealing jutsu I know. So instead the markers are on each of the rose petals. It'll be start from white o blue, green, yellow and finally to red. Once they're red, this signifies that the training is complete and you'll be free to control one hundred percent of your maximum without issue. I'm going to teach you a safety word to use whenever you need to tap into more of your power. Right now you're around between one to five percent. Still higher than average, especially around your age. The safe word will let you jump by twenty percent each time you use it. But as you mention, it'll be much harder for you to control. So be careful. This will also help further develop your chakra since you'll be in constant training while the seal is on your body."

Much to your delight, it seems to have worked exactly as she said. You listen closely to make sure not to forget the safety word to momentarily have total access of your abnormal physical prowess and how much to regulate it between each jumps.

>Ask Kurenai if she could teach you to better your genjutsu and fuinjutsu skills.
>Thank her for her time and head home
>Ask her why she wanted to be a ninja
>Take notice of the plants around you
>Something else
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>>3499078

did it again ughhhhhhh
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>>3499078
>Ask Kurenai if she could teach you to better your genjutsu and fuinjutsu skills.
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>>3499078
>Ask Kurenai if she could teach you to better your genjutsu and fuinjutsu skills
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>>3499078
>Ask Kurenai if she could teach you to better your genjutsu and fuinjutsu skills
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>>3499129
>>3499140
>>3499240

"Hmm, I suppose it wouldn't hurt for me to teach you. I did took a look at you and notice that you have quite the affinity for Genjutsu. Actually it's pretty funny and poetic when you think about it. Your name is Sakura and I'm skilled at flora based jutsus even outside of Genjutsu. I think you might have been fated to meet me.You can call me Big Sis Kurenai."

You ended up calling her Kurenai-Sensai for now since you were too embarrassed to not be formal. Seem like between Ino and now Kurenai, you keep running into people who like to make flower related references around you. Well you like flowers so it didn't really bother you. Being refereed to as a bud was another story...even if it was true. At very least you had someone who was willing to help you "blossom".

Under Kurenai's tutelage you manage to greatly improve your knowledge and skills in both Genjutsu and Fuinjutsu. Unlike most of your classmates, you didn't exactly have any clan or heritage to depend upon for your skills. And your parents weren't exactly ninjas, so for the most part your only method of learning was through the academy. Honestly you mainly went to the academy out of your parents strongly believing you might be able to control your talents if you learned how to control chakra. Well they were half-right, you managed to control it much easier than your actual physical prowess. If it wasn't for Ino sticking her neck out to you, you probably would've dropped out and kept yourself isolated. Instead, you slowly took Ino's hand and ended up doing the same for other people like you. Now you had friends, although a small group, and a teacher to listen to. Surely things were looking up for you.

>Write out what you do for the next Two Years
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>>3499294
>Push yourself the the absolute limits of human strength and endurance, leaning to armor your body with chakara making you nearly indestructible
Super Armor, the ultimate Dexfag counter
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>>3499294
>Four Limbs Weighting Seal training
Try to get the petals as close to red as possible
>Train with Kurenai
If genjutsu comes naturally to us we might as well horne it now that we actually have a willing teacher.
>Physical conditioning and taijutsu training with Lee and Guy
>Drag Naruto and Hinata (+Shika) along to this training.
Naruro and Hinata will benefit from this training - Naruto because the academy is doing jack shit for him (+eventual Shadow clones with Maito taijutsu) and Hinata because if her clan's being anal about learning the Hyuuga forms she might as learn some other taijutsu form to put her eyes to good.
Shika Ive put in partially because I want everyone to bond, and partly because the persuasion skills Sakura will develop trying to get him to agree will help her well in future missions.
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>>3499458
I'm also assuming that
>further bonding with Naruto/Hinata/Shika/Lee in our down time
will be autodone, but adding that into my vote just in case.
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>>3499294
>>3499458
I like this plan.
I support it.

>>3499302
Chakra armor is a good idea though.
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>>3499458
>>3499469

For the next two years in the academy you spent your time learning more about Genjutsu and Fuinjutsu. Between those you ended up picking a fair amount of flora based Genjutsus much like your teacher Kurenai. Not only that but she also ended up teaching you how to dispel Genjutsu in addition to knowing when you are in one.

Naturally you didn't slack off when it came to Ninjutsu or Taijutsu either. In fact, you managed to learn Genin level techniques such as the Body Flicker Technique. It was a move that fit you perfectly. With deception techniques such as the clone technique, transformation and body substitution technique you utilized it to a level that best maximizes your basics and put them at a higher level than they would be normally.

As for Taijutsu, you spent your time improving how much you could muster through the Four Limbs Weighting Seal. It certainly made your every day life that much easier. On the other hand, you body was in constant training mode. Thereby, you begin to really appreciate your chakra control and physical training or else you wouldn't have the stamina to even leave the bed.

Currently you were around the green range but felt most comfortable around blue petals. If you focused only solely on physical training and control you probably could've reached yellow as your current maximum. Yet all the other stuff you were learning was just as important. Raw power meant nothing if you didn't have the experience or aptitude to really utilize it.

That was good, already you can feel the physical conditioning and taijutsu training opened you up to more options. Something that only offered up more efficiency when combined with your genjutsu and illusion-ish ninjutsu skills. It seem that your go to tactic was deceiving the senses so they couldn't react in time for a close range blow. It wasn't pretty or stunning like being apart of something more unique, but it certainly was a lot more efficient and deadly. It fits a bookworm/egghead quite like yourself.

That said, you didn't spent your days just training to be a better ninja. You spent each of your days slowly glowing closer to your friends. You spent your free time furthering your bonds with Naruto, Hinata, Shikamaru, Ino and Lee, But also made some new bonds with Choji, Kiba, and Shino. In fact, you were getting along basically with your entire class now that you ended up becoming more active. You were still polite and reserve, but you were becoming comfortable with yourself as you continue to develop.

con
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>>3499515

And yet...as you continue to improve, it didn't change a looming feeling inside your heart. Was this what you yourself wanted or were you just trying to recreate what you saw in Ino when she first saved you as an image of yourself. You gained strength sure and you can call what you established as your own. It still didn't stop you from feeling insecure about being in Ino's shadow more than standing alongside her as her best friend.

So during one of your days off, you ended up sitting inside the flower garden where you and Ino first met. Ino had just gotten done with helping her family in the flower shop. So now she was coming your way as you see her from afar.


"Sorry I'm late. I had a bit of extra stuff I had to do back in the shop. But I'm done now, so what's up?"

>Converse in small talk
>Be blunt and ask her why she helped you
>Talk about boys
>Something else?
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>>3499519

Also write in your dialogue
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>>3499519
>>Be blunt and ask her why she helped you
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>>3499519
>Be blunt and ask her why she helped you
>Were you just pitying the poor bullied girl? Or did you actually see something special in me?
>I just don't get why someone as popular as you would even bother with me back then
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>>3499519
>Thank you for all you've done, but there was something bothering me
>Be blunt and ask her why she helped you
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>>3499542
>>3499560
>>3499597

You decide to thank Ino for everything she done for the ten year old. You were truly grateful and happy to have a friend like her. However...you still couldn't get it out of your mind. The nagging ringing of pity and doubt that her friendship with Ino was the real thing. You needed to be sure or else you feel like you never truly be able to continue going on with these what ifs.

"Hey are you alright? You look rather stressed out even for you"

You take a deep breath...well several actually. To calm the nerves and set your resolve. You didn't want to potentially ruin this friendship, but you just had to be sure. So you mustered all the courage inside of you and started to unleash your inner Sakura. There was no filter to what you decided to say to Ino about why she saved you and chose to be your friend. Blunt was an understatement to how direct you are about this. It just didn't make sense as to why Ino would do such a thing for a stranger. You just had to know, it was driving you crazy. Ino looks at you with a serious look on her face.

"So...you been holding this in all this time huh?"

Ino turned away from you. At first you thought that you said something wrong. That it really was a bad idea to try and confront her as brutishly as you did. As you quickly try to apologize, she just moves her right hand against your forehead. You look at her with a confused look upon your face. She quickly flicks you on your forehead. You pulled away from the sudden flick, rubbing it in confusion as you ask her why she did that. It didn't really hurt given how sturdy you are, but it still tingled a bit.

"For a big brained egghead, you really have trouble seeing the simple picture. ...Do you really need a reason to give someone a helping hand? Have you ever heard of the bush clover?"

You were speechless by what Ino said. It was simple and in the end she was right. Yet you still had to be sure as you were assertive about this. You didn't want any doubts or to continue second guessing your best friend. It was hard enough just to get the question out of her. After saying that, you went back to wrapping your arms around you knee and huddling close to them. You shook your head at her question as you only know the scientific meaning. And you get the feeling that Ino would flick your head for choosing such a boring answer.

con
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>>3499837

"It's a blunt, candid love who treasures the bonds with her friends. It's something that my father said I share the embodiment. So even if I wanted too... I couldn't just stand there and see a bud like you just withering alone like that. It's just not in me to do something like that. And... a flower's true meaning only happens when it bloom. Right now you're planted in some real good soil and given some good water. You might not grow right away and it may seem like you'll never grow. However..I want to bet on you. That you'll be come...a flower that is beautiful and without equal. Something...that's more beautiful than any of the cosmos here"

Ino smiled at you which made you doubting her even for that brief moment all the more heart wrenching. You started to tremble, holding your left hand against the red ribbon on your head. It was the symbol of your bond with Ino. It was the thing that gave you courage and allowed you to step forward one step at a time. Here you are thinking that you were just a pity case or was subconsciously copying Ino to cope. Yet here she stood, right beside you all this time. Never once did she consider you any lesser than an equal. The friendships you made were of your own effort and they were real. And it was all thanks to the actions that inspired you.

So you couldn't help but cry. Ino leans against you, comforting you as you cried your eyes out. You truly were thankful to have someone like Ino to be your friend. Eventually you stop crying, getting handed a handkerchief to clean yourself up.

"Anyway let's change the subject. Since you ended up sharing something important. I suppose...I should do the same. You see...there's this boy I like in school. I know it's a little selfish and a bit shallow...but"

You hear her talk about Sasuke Uchiha. The same boy that you used to talk to. It was through him that you learned shurinkenjutsu while you helped him with chakra control and overall balancing his confidence. You two were good friends, but you never really thought about romance with him. Especially not since that faithful day.

>Root for Ino about her crush and support her as her BFF
>Mention all the good and bad with Sasuke
>Tell him you like him too (missing the point of love)
>Say you have a crush too
>Something else
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>>3499854
>>Mention all the good and bad with Sasuke
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>>3499854
>Mention all the good and bad with Sasuke
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>>3499854
>Mention all the good and bad with Sasuke
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>>3499876
>>3499933
>>3499858

Although you were pushing to support your friend, you end up telling Ino about all the good and bad things you experienced with Sasuke. You had quite the list as you were quite extensive about it. Sometimes you make Ino forget that you're suppose to be a ten year old girl rather than a walking library with legs. If nothing else, nobody can say you was never thorough.

The way you were talking about it made you sound like you were more his sister rather than mere classmates. Ino couldn't help but tease you about it, causing you to puff your cheeks in a pout. All you were doing was just helping her get a better feel for Sasuke.

"Sorry sorry, it's just funny. You're like the only girl aside from Hinata and Tenten who aren't really interested in Sasuke. Makes me feel self-conscious about it. "

You turn to Ino before dismissing her about being self-conscious. You low-key mentioned that you want to find your self-worth and love yourself first before finding love. If someone like you could doubt your best friend's intention, then how could you tackle actual love. Ino sat you against her, calling you a dummy as the both of you look at the flower bed and made more small talk.

>How did you spend your time in the academy?
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>>3499956
Continue with training and socializing with friends. Maybe try and hang out with Sasuke a little more.
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>>3499956
>Try to rekindle your friendship with Sasuke
>See if you can get him to spend time with your other friends too.
In character reason because Ino's speech about the bush clover has inspired you - Sakura is shaping up to be someone who truely cares for her friends, but a it seema that a combo of her own insecurities and post massacre Sasuke has caused the budding friendship to fall by the wayside.

Time to take a page out of Ino's book and reach out to him.

OOC reason because team 7 soon, and we need to soften him up.

>Focus a bit more on building up flower seal levels
Since we have a good grasp on the other stuff now.

>Find your chakra affinity
Again since we have a good grasp on the other things we're training now.

Otherwise carry on training pretty much like we have been - flower seal, stiff you're learning with Kuneia, taijustu and socialising with friend on the side.

Chakra justu can wait until we actually have access to Kakashi.
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>>3499956
>>3500272
Yeah I'll support this

>Start to revive Sasuke friendship
>Focus more on training Four Limbs Weighting Seal
>Chakra affinity
>Carry on working on our other skills in the background
>Hang out with our friends.

By the way anyone with more Naruto knowledge figure out what the wildcard is yet? I thought Whirlpool because she has tons of chakra...
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>>3500272
Support

>>3499956
>Putting attention to the classes.
>Studying and learning everything you can. (Tactics, moves, learning more about the clans, history, etc....)
>Focus to learn how to be the best Kunoichi.
>Try to be the best of the class and of the academy, make the best effort to get the best qualifications and notes.
>Drag or ask Shikamaru to help you study
>Help Naruto on everything you can to make him more intelligent at least.
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>>3500206
>>3500272
>>3500349
>>3500363

For the next two years you been studying and learning everything you can from the academy. You was one of the few students that actually took this stuff very seriously. Again, you didn't have a clan to your name. All you had was your abnormal physical prowess, your genius intellect, your advance chakra control, your natural affinity for genjutsu and a regeneration ability. The last one caught you off surprise as you discovered it one day during training.

You always knew yourself to be very resilient even as a kid. Yet...you never really got any cuts or bruises on your body. It was when you overexerted yourself during training when you tried to reach the red rose on your Four Limbs Weighting Seal. On one hand you managed to do so at the age of twelve, but you couldn't handle the output of your enhanced physical prowess. By the time you were twelve years old, you managed to easily surpass the herculean strength you had as a child as you reinforced your body. At a mere blue you were stronger and more effective than you were when you were a child. So it was natural you ended bedridden with broken bones. You theorized that it was best to save the red rose as your ace card. Heck yellow alone was risky especially in long periods but it was probably the best way to master red and have full access to your augmented prowess. Luckily the seal adjusted and let you regulated how much they weighted you down. Rock Lee compared it to the weights he usually carry on his body, only easier to smuggle.

Anyway, you expected to be stuck in bed recovering after getting an earful from Iruka and co. However, it was at this point your body surprised you yet again. What should've taken weeks to recover from, you ended up doing it in just three days. Nobody could tell you where it came from. Maybe you were just lucky and blessed in your own way. In order to test this, you ended up inflicting self-injuries on yourself to measure how fast you could recover. Minor wounds seem to heal instantly while more moderate and major ones took longer. Although you could speed it up with chakra, you found out that using it in rapid sessions weakened you as you often felt woozy and tired.

It was a hard thing to explain to both your parents in your friends when that caught you hurting yourself purposely....

con
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>>3500918

You didn't just spend time improving your physical prowess and believe me you put in a lot of effort to do it.Especially under Might Gai's supervision, you could currently pulverize a large boulder to literal dust with a single punch even at white rose stage.

The lessons you studied in class were hotwired into your mind. Some say you never forgot anything as you were a walking encyclopedia. It was no surprise that the egghead of the academy was very committed to her studies.You accumulated and learned everything that you can that the academy and your friends could teach you. While the title of best kunoichi didn't really interest you since all you cared about was being strong enough to protect your friends. Something in you motivated you to want to surpass your best friend Ino as she was still your equal in everything you did at the academy. Although your "rivalry" was much more grounded and natural if not friendly since you were still BFFs.

Speaking of BFFs, you spent your free time hanging out with your friends. Sometimes by force, especially when Ino or Naruto dragged you kicking and screaming from your books. All work and no play makes Sakura a dull flower they used to say. And they were right as much as you hated to admit it. So you started to maximize your study/training time and social time. Sometime even blending the two with "study sessions". Naturally you brought the dunces in your class to try and teach them what you learn. To this day Iruka and the rest of the teachers were positively moved by your attempts to help your more....troubling peers be less dumb. Still, you had to make some compromises as you got over. Such as teaching Naruto while participating in his pranks or studying with Shikamaru in between his naps.

The easiest had to have been when you hanged out with your girl peers Ino, Hinata and Tenten. Though, as you helped them be a ninja, they helped you try and be more social and have actual aspirations when it came being a girl. Course that was more on Ino and Tenten as Hinata just was happy to be needed and around friends.

con
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>>3500954

Though, the hardest thing you had experienced in the academy...was repairing the damage between the friendship between you and Sasuke. Ever since the incident of losing his family and the majority of his clan, Sasuke became much colder. He wasn't the cheerful and happy boy that you used to do shuriken training and chakra affinity training with.

The two of you were good friends that it wasn't surprising that Mokoto aka Sasuke's mom ended up shipping you much to both you and Sasuke's embarrassment. She even mentioned that it was like having another child, the daughter she never had. It made you embarrassed but you found yourself happy being near them and the rare moments you talked to Itachi. He was impressed by your genjutsu skills and gave you some pointers among other sage wisdom. So to hear about what he did made you unable to believe it.

Yet it didn't stop you from trying to reach out to Sasuke when others only kept their distance or saw him as a boytoy. You even had Ino backing you up, but in the end he kept his distance. He was too busy focusing on training. Again you had to compromise by using training as an excuse to get closer and repair the distance between the two of you. He was the top student overall, but he couldn't ignore your talent and analytical skills. He even admitted to you that they were your best strength. You couldn't help but feel tremendous pride about that. But that was essentially admitting you were a giant nerd. You didn't care, you mastered the fundamentals and were able to take them to new heights. What you lacked in uniqueness, you made up with ingenuity and creativity. You even managed to find out about your chakra affinity. You were good in Yin and Yang Chakra but you didn't have enough time to learn about your chakra element. Still, you improved what you did know during your time at the academy.

Speaking of the Academy, you were about to go outside to go pick up your ninja headband. You requested it to be red, serving as a reminder of the red bow that Ino gave you. Something that she was both very moved but also teased you about.

Currently you were looking at yourself in the mirror. The fruits of your labor and hard work were clearly viable to you. The other girls didn't see you as much of a threat for their crush over Sasuke. Who would like a well-toned martial artist with long pink hair ?

>What do you do?

>Motivate yourself despite your appearance
>Shrug it off with a sigh and head to the academy
>Check on Naruto
>Meet up with Ino and head to the academy
>Something else
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>>3501011
>>Meet up with Ino and head to the academy
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>>3501011
>Meet up with Ino and head to the academy
Fuck we better not have made enough butterflies for Naruto not to get the shadow clone scroll this time around. Best leave him to his own devices for a bit.
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>>3501011
>Meet up with Ino and head to the academy
>The other girls only fear you for your overwhelming power and dominance
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>>3501011
>Meet up with Ino and head to the academy

>Healing factor
Nah Konoha would probably know they have another tailed beast container running around...right...
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>>3501011
>>Meet up with Ino and head to the academy
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>>3501020
>>3501026
>>3501047
>>3501058

You decide to head out to Ino. It wasn't like you weren't used to the other girls outside of your friend circle calling you names like Billboard Brow or Muscle head. Didn't stop you from mentally imagining them getting a taste of their own medicine. But as you got stronger physically and mentally, you ultimately came to the wise decision that it wasn't worth it. Stick and stones couldn't break your bones, so why would words do the same? Especially when they weren't the people you wanted to be acknowledged by.

After getting dressed and eating breakfast, you kiss your mom goodbye and ran off to meet up with Ino. Even without the use of chakra, you were quite exceptionally agile and dexterous. Using things like parkour and other acrobatic arts to quickly maneuver through the village. It felt positively exhilarating for you as it doubled as practice. Running all kinds of tactics you would do in the heat of battle, it made you felt like a real ninja. Even though you were just trying to meet up with your best friend. Speaking of best friends, you manage to surprise her by landing dramatic in front of her with a"ta-da".

"There you are! Were you just coming back from morning training or was compromising again by using your run as practice"

Ino teased you, you laughed it off before the two of you started to walk to the academy. Like you, Ino was also getting her custom headband. Most of the class at this point passed their exams by the second run. You, Ino, Shikamaru, Shino, and Sasuke managed to do it on the first try. So you had free time to do whatever while in the academy until graduation. You committed most of that with book reading. You couldn't give any hints about the exam directly, yet you still tried to help out Naruto and co in your own way.

This was the last shot that Naruto had to complete the exam. If he doesn't, he was going to be held back a year. You really did try to put it into his head precisely about chakra control and concentration. Yet for some reason..you think that there might be a different reason why he couldn't do the clone technique. He was dimwitted, but he wasn't as stupid as he made himself out to be. Something mental related must have been the cause but you didn't pressed on it. Naruto would've called you a nag, much to your annoyance.

"So at this point we'll be put on teams and start going out on missions huh? Well so long as if I don't end up like my family I'd probably be fine with anyone. Though...I wouldn't mind being on Sasuke's team."

There Ino with her admiration and crush on Sasuke. You just laugh it off as you were making it to the classroom. Ino stops you by asking who would you wanted to be on a team if you had a choice.

>Tell her truthfully about who you had in mind
>Dodge the question with talks about the garden
>Don't answer and slowly walk inside
>Something else
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>>3501170
>Blush. "I-I'd like to be on a team with you." O~w~O
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>>3501170
>Dodge the question with talks about the garden
Any will be good
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>>3501170
>Dodge the question with talks about the garden
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>>3501170
>Dodge the question with talks about the garden

She's got so many friends that I'll be hard to choose. Think team seven will happen this time around because Sasuke is the least prickly around her and she's one of Naruto's closest friends.
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>>3501222
>>3501259
>>3501266

You think about the question hard, perhaps too hard given how analytical you are. Ultimately you couldn't decide which one to be teammates with. You have too many friends and you know they all have good strengths and weaknesses. Sure you probably could come up with the best team that'll suit you. Yet that would be insulting to your friends as you didn't see them as mere tools to be used. So you ended up asking about the garden instead.

"It's been doing well. The flowers are blooming quite nicely and our store is selling well as a result. You know you don't have to keep going there and watering the plants."

You know you don't but you ended up doing so anyway. Be it being friends with Ino, kunoichi training or being Kurenai's student, you just couldn't help yourself with floras. They were the first thing you yourself decided to tend to. And if it wasn't for them, you wouldn't be the splendid and confident kunoichi you are today.

You took your seat at the upper layer, waving to your friends before waiting for Iruka-sensai to come inside. Eventually he came to class on time and begin explaining about things you naturally kept in notes and in your head. Your eyes did notice the stress that Naruto was having when Iruka-sensai mentioned the fact that this was the last chance to past the exams this cycle. You couldn't help but sigh to Naruto, you were going to have to have him hit the books again if he was going to succeed.

>How do you spend your day?

>Hanging out with your friends
>Continuing your training
>Teach Naruto the basics yet again/tall to him
>Something else
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>>3501310
>>Continuing your training
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>>3501310
>Teach Naruto the basics yet again/tall to him
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>>3501310
>>Teach Naruto the basics yet again/tall to him
Hes a complete fucking dumbass but he's our dumbass.
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>>3501310
>>Teach Naruto the basics yet again/tall to him
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>>3501310
>Teach Naruto the basics yet again/tall to him
Damn straight he's our dumbass
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>>3501390
>>3501403
>>3501404
>>3501457

You try and spend the day trying to teach Naruto once again how to use the clone technique. It honestly frustrate you a bit that Naruto was having trouble with it since you know you taught him about chakra control. However, you didn't take it out on Naruto. Yelling at him will only make him regress and unable to get it right when he really needs to. By all accounts, he should be a good ninja. So what you gather something mentally was holding him back since he mainly slept in class and did pranks. Something you been rectifying by teaching him while he did said pranks.

You can only deduce that something was distracting him. So naturally during break time you decide to talk to him about it. You did it in a way that required tact and reasoning. Especially since you already past the exam, you need to be careful to not let Naruto think you was pitying him.

"It's nothing really! I'm just having an off day. Don't worry about it Sakura, I'll...manage."

You get the feeling that something was really bothering him. So naturally you tried to talk to him. However, he ended up walking once he notice that he was late to get a bowl of Ramen Ichiraku. You yelled at Naruto to remember what he learned and to not lose his cool. Rather if he heard your warning or not you wasn't sure. But you couldn't worry about it anymore than you did.

When it was time for the test, you cheered up Naruto and told him to remember what you taught him all this time. The only thing you could do now was wait and support him. So you waited outside playing cards with Shikamaru, Ino and the rest of your friends, You were winning at the card game and only had to avoid getting Ino's joker. Unfortunately as you were about to grab one of the two cards, you ended up seeing Naruto running off.

>What do you do ?

>Follow after him
>Leave him alone
>Go ask Iruka
>Something Else
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>>3501512
>Follow after him
If he's not screaming to the rooftops that he's passed then something's up.
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>>3501525
>>Follow after him
>If he's not screaming to the rooftops that he's passed then something's up.

THIS
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>>3501512
>Follow after him
Friendship therapy
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>>3501512
>>Go ask Iruka
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>>3501525
>>3501532
>>3501539

You quickly follow after him, although stooping mid way to apologize to the gang for leaving abruptly. Mentally of course you were disappointed that you couldn't see what card you picked. You strongly believe you won the game of cards [old maid] though. As chase after Naruto, you also made sure to hide your presence. You didn't want him to know that you were telling him. He was real good at avoiding people and outrunning them. If nothing else, all those pranks and chases reveal to you just how creative and talented Naruto really was. He just lacked confidence in his skills as he was more focused on being acknowledged, ironic considering how loud and outspoken he was. Talk about hitting close to home though.

Eventually you found him on a rooftop currently looking at the sunset with sad eyes. At least he wasn't around the swing set near the academy entrance. Honestly, you swear it's only there just for everyone to go to be sad and gloomy. Not that you could judge considering you did the same thing at least once.

Before you can go talk to him, you saw...Mizuki. Of course you kept yourself hidden, using that honed ninja skills to completely erase your presence. You figure that if anyone could get to him it would be Mizuki. However...as you listen to what he was suggesting...it only worsen your concerns. A chuunin was telling Naruto to steal a scroll from the hidden library. Specifically the scroll of seals in order to make Iruka acknowledge him and graduate the exam. You waited until they were both gone before eventually dispelling your hiding technique.

>How do you proceed

>Follow after Naruto to stop him
>Go to Iruka
>Something else
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>>3501595
>>Go to Iruka
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>>3501595
>Something else
The scroll is at the hokage's right? Let's try to warn him about Mizuki. Failing that
>Go to Iruka
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>>3501595
>>Go to the Hokage
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>>3501595
>>Go to Iruka
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>>3501626
Supporting
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>>3501626
Yeah Supporting.
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>>3501616
>>3501626
>>3501651
>>3501686

You decide that this news should travel to the Third Hokage Hiruzen Sarutobi. So you travel as fast as you can to the Hokage's maner. Well, as fast as you can without looking suspicious and alerting any would be watchers. Just cause you were worried about Naruto doesn't mean that you're an idiot. You didn't spent years learning how to be a ninja for nothing.

Once you arrived at the Hokage's manner, you slowly navigate through the stairways as you were lead into the Hokage office. There stood the third Hokage Hiruzen Sarutobi. You greeted the Hokage with respect before revealing to him exactly the deed of Mizuki's plan.

"I see, it's good that you came to me about this Sakura. I have already expected one of our ranks would be trying something. So I can't say that I'm not surprise, but this information helps me immensely. And I thank you for having the insight to go to me first rather than act on your own Sakura."

He went and gone to pat yourself on the head while giving you a reassuring smile. He wasn't going to let Naruto get dragged into Mizuki's schemes. That said, he told you not to tell anyone else about this. He wants to catch Mizuki on the act so there would be no questioning over the claims of betrayal coming from a newly genin.

So with that you ended up going to Iruka-sensai. It was on the way and you wanted to know for sure if Naruto passed or not. You were lucky as you caught Iruka as he was leaving the academy. The two of you shared greetings as you boldly question Iruka on rather or not if Naruto passed his exams. He determined look in your eyes as you wasn't going to back down from this.

"Oh is that what you were concern about? Yeah Naruto left before I could give my decree. I don't know why he ran though. He ended up actually summoning a clone. Of course in Naruto faction he goofed up and made the clone fell apart as it was whited out and cartoon like. But he did pass."

Shannarō! You knew that there was no way he could have failed! All that training and tactiful pursuing paid off after all. However, this only made you more upset over the situation. You kept a good poker face, but inside you were one step close from popping a blood vessel.

>What do you do?

>Stalk Naruto
>Leave this to the Third Hokage
>Something else
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>>3501759
>Stalk Naruto
We are seeing this through
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>>3501759
>>Leave this to the Third Hokage
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>>3501770

supporting
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>>3501759
>>Stalk Naruto
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>>3501759
>>Stalk Naruto
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>>3501770
>>3501863
>>3501871

Although you had the nagging supicion that you should just leave this to the Third Hokage. You ended up following after Naruto anyway. Like hell you was going to let some white haired jerk ruined what you and countless others were doing to Naruto. The orange goofball was finally starting to come together and really feel like he have people to make him belong. You already knew what that self-doubt and second questioning can do to a person especially if they were betrayed from personal experiences. So it only motivated you further to not let that happen to anyone ever again. Perhaps this was the start for your own ninja way.

Eventually your tracking ultimately lead you back to Naruto. You saw him in the act stealing the scroll from the Hokage Library. Naturally you follow after him, and more important made sure that you yourself wasn't followed. The chase eventually lead you into the forest as you confront Naruto as he was learning the Shadow Technique from the scroll. You really was going to chew him out on this for his recklness. However, your eye catch something on the scroll of sealing as you approach it in full detail.

>What Jutsu did you see?

>Assimilate All Creation Technique
>Flying Thunder God Technique
>Water Release: Water–Heavens Convergence
>Some Other Jutsu (Place it Here)
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>>3501916
>>Water Release: Water–Heavens Convergence
https://naruto.fandom.com/wiki/Water_Release:_Water%E2%80%93Heavens_Convergence

https://naruto.fandom.com/wiki/Assimilate_All_Creation_Technique

If you don't know what the Flying Thunder God is your an idiot.
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>>3501916
>>Some Other Jutsu (Place it Here)
>Blade of Wind
https://naruto.fandom.com/wiki/Blade_of_Wind
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>>3501916

I had some other secret/rare yet fitting jutsus plan that would make sense but I didn't want to make this too long. That and logically I kept the option for getting creation rebirth/strength of a hundred early off the table since that should be an important plot point for Sakura later down the line.
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>chakra enhanced strength.
https://naruto.fandom.com/wiki/Chakra_Enhanced_Strength
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>>3501916
>Assimilate All Creation Technique
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>>3501916
>>Assimilate All Creation Technique
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>>3501955
>>3501987

Your eyes noticed countless jutsus written down on the scroll. Perhaps far more quicker than Naruto would've, but one jutsu in particular really scream to you. It was called the Assimilation All Creation Technique. It was a rare jutsu made back in the times of war. It allows one to take on the properties of a nearby object, material, or substance, and any of its special characteristics. A very flexible and versatile jutsu, saying that much was an understatement. That said, you adopted it to memory as the other jutsus and secrets you saw fell into your memory banks subconscious. Maybe someday you can unlock them but right now you focused your attention Naruto.

You made your way to Naruto, who had indeed managed to learn the Shadow Clone jutsu tree line. You gripped your fists, getting ready to tell Naruto off for being so foolish. However, you caught to someone coming into the distance. So you quickly used the transformation jutsu to turn into a small animal and climb up the tree to avoid detection, while still being able to be aware of the events that were to take place.

You watched quietly that it was Iruka who managed to find Naruto and preparing to lecture him for being so reckless. Something that you yourself would've done if you weren't distracted by the jutsu you managed to uncover. Still, you kept quiet and let Naruto try and talk his way out of this. Only for then Mizuki to show up and attack the two of them.

>What do you do ?

>Continue watching them
>Fight Mizuki
>Protect Naruto
>Help Iruka
>Something Else
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>>3502075
>Continue watching them
Wait for a good moment before we
>Fight Mizuki
Since we sure as hell aren't going to beat him in a straight fight try for a good sneak attack
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>>3502075
>>Fight Mizuki
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>>3502075
>>Protect Naruto
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>>3502075
>>Protect Naruto
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Rolled 3 (1d4)

>>3502114
>>3502142
>>3502129
>>3502157

Sorry about that, previous set up was less fair.
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>>3502193
Just finished reading, dammit.

>>3502114
>Wait for a good moment
This.
Gotta time it right as we have surprise.
(Also wanna be the surprising supportive friend, not the ally who didn't believe in your ability to handle yourself. Basically, hidden Second Iruka.)
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>>3502114
>>3502129

You wanted to smack him down, to positively pulverized and break Mizuki in two. At the same time you wasn't dumb. Like it or not, he was a chuunin, an experienced shinobi. So you couldn't let your emotions get the better of you. Even so, the inner version of yourself was leaking out from your subconscious. You had the face of pure unyielding rage. So you used that to motivate you, to push you into thinking of all possible scenarios to ensure just one thing...Mizuki ends up defeated.

So you start to move around as a squirrel, avoiding detection while listening closely to the confrontation. Bit by bit you were getting closer to figuring out the perfect advantage point. But as you did so, you learned something shocking and horrifying about Naruto. The reason why the adults told you to keep your distance from Naruto, the reason why he was isolated....was because he was the vessel of the nine-tailed fox. It took your entire will to keep yourself from undoing the transformation jutsu.

..It wasn't fair. You had to keep yourself from having your heart break over hearing the truth. How long has it been since you were blind to this? How didn't you notice the truth to Naruto's pain? You just assumed that he was lonely because he was orphaned. And yet...and yet...you were unable to fully grasps such a thing. Naruto had to deal with something like this on his own. And now he knew the truth.

That's why...you couldn't help but cry for Naruto. It was a truly cruel fate that he had to endure. But as you were stricken by tears, you ended up watching Iruka protect Naruto by taking the blunt force of the giant shuriken. You then listen to Iruka explain his past to him, making it all the more painful for you. Yet at the same time, it only strengthening the resolve you had inside.

con
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>>3502252

So you continue to run, this time running after naruto. You needed to do whatever you can to keep him from acting foolish. More important than that, you wanted to keep his heart from breaking. Luckily you manage to find Naruto before anyone else. You quickly undo the transformation technique to confront Naruto. He was distraught and unsure of himself, almost looking afraid and sad. You slowly place your hand against him.

You tell Naruto only once to be quiet...your hand grips tightly against his shoulders. He could see the sadness in your eyes despite the seriousness of your expression. He doesn't say anything as he was on the verge of breaking. You pull him against the tree while looking back. The two of you ended up watching Iruka tricking Mizuki. Both of you were close enough to listen to Iruka defending Naruto.

Naruto broke into tears listening to Iruka saying that he was a student of Konohagakure. A true one of the kind that works hard, that put his all into what he strives to do, he suffered but that suffering only made him strong. He was the real deal. You ended up crying listening to that. Some other than you acknowledged him and believe in his potential. Naruto looks at you with a determined look on his face. You slowly let go of him, wiping the tears on your eyes, nodding back at him. Both of you didn't need any words as he went off to go use the shadow clone jutsu.

Meanwhile you used the transformation jutsu to transform into Naruto. You believed in him and he was going to win. You just wanted the chance for a couple of good smacks on Mizuki as the entire Naruto squad pummeled the crap out him. After that, you snuck out of there before drawing any attention from Naruto or Iruka. There was no need for you to get involved. And knowing Naruto, he wasn't going to tell that you were there as well. He was good at keeping secrets like that.

So you head out.

>What do you do now?

>Practice the Jutsu you know
>Head home and sleep
>Something else


>>3502229

That's what I was also going for if that option won.
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>>3502301
>Practice the Jutsu you know
At least try to get it down once
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>>3502301
>>Practice the Jutsu you know
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>>3502301
>>Practice the Jutsu you know
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>>3502301
>>Practice the Jutsu you know
Yeah.
Too worked up to sleep.
Channel that emotion.
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>>3502315
>>3502312
>>3502353
>>3502380

You decide before you head home to practice the new jutsu you learned. Part of you feel real bad looking at the scroll. At the same time how couldn't you have known you'd arrived at the moment where Naruto open the scroll and was learning the shadow clone technique. Something that you probably need to practice pulling off as well.

For now you are going to focus on the jutsu you acquired for yourself. The Shinra Banshō Dōka no Jutsu or Shinra Bansho for short was a technique that require complete touch to achieve. It turns the body into exactly what it is "assimilating" into itself. So naturally you decide to start by preforming the tiger seal. Afterwards, you touch the tree in order to copy its properties and characteristics. Much as you expect, you feel your arm turning into living wood as your entire body soon follows.

You were shocked to the point of almost being scared like a scary cat. You stopped yourself at the arm. You take the moment to calm yourself down before admiring that you have a wooden arm. You start to remember that this jutsu can alter the shape, so you decide to turn it into a hammer. This was freaky! You try different shapes before eventually returning your hand to it's original shape. Next you move your hand to the tree. Almost like it was a part of you, you watch the tree stretch and move just as you wanted to.

The rules of the jutsu including it's weaknesses started to be made apparent to you the more you spent time analyzing it. This really was a very useful jutsu. However, the more you practice it, the more you found yourself losing strength. You moved one of the tree branches to catch you before you fell to the ground. It wasn't all that surprising considering that such a high level jutsu would have risks to use.

That said, you were absolutely excited. Was this how everyone felt when learning a secret jutsu? Regardless, you needed to return home before you get too far into experimentation. After all, how would you explain your parents that you ended up passed out in the grass just moments before the sun rises.

Once you recovered and managed to avoid getting an earful from your parents, you decide to get ready for school. What do you decide to do first?

>Go to Naruto's apartment and talk about "that"
>Meet up with Ino and head to school
>Get in some more training with Lee
>Something else
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>>3502436
>>Go to Naruto's apartment and talk about "that"
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>>3502436
>>Go to Naruto's apartment and talk about "that"
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>>3502436
>>Go to Naruto's apartment and talk about "that"
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>>3502448
>>3502450
>>3502459

Before you do anything throughout the day, it was better to tackle the elephant in the room. Well...more a giant nine-tailed fox that nearly destroyed the village. You vaguely recalled reading about it during school study time. So your knowledge of it is limited entirely by what was publicly published. There was probably a lot of secrets about it that wasn't leaked out.

So you make your way to Naruto's apartment. You took the normal way this time considering you didn't get a full eight hours of sleep. And you just recovered enough of your stamina to be pro-active. Still, you have to be quite conservative of your remaining chakra. At the very least, this was a good learning experience.

You make your way to Naruto's apartment, slowly using the spar key you have to open the door. It was given to you by the third Hokage to help with maintaining Naruto's well being in check. Stuff like cleaning, cooking, and doing all kinds of household fix up was stuff you made sure to teach Naruto from watching your mom. You even served as an alarm clock. In hindsight, it was almost like you were a big sister to Naruto despite the fact being in the same class.

"Oh hey Sakura! I'm already up...I couldn't exactly fall back to sleep fully after....last night. So you don't need to wake me up like you usually do."

That Naruto, keeping his smile despite undergoing a rather painful experience. However, before you talk about "that" you catch Naruto about to use the open milk carton. You grabbed quickly only to see that...it was expired. Your eyes glance back at Naruto as he sweat drops with a gulp. Once again you told him to always keep his stock fresh. Otherwise he was going to get sick from his carelessness.

con
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>>3502485

So as the straw that broke the cammel's back, you ended up ranting about all the things that Naruto ended up neglecting. Not to mention you tell him that he shouldn't have ran away since he passed the exam. You really did sounded like a protective big sister to him. He ended up apologizing but being real thankful that you came. He was almost expecting things to have...changed since that night. You respond to this by hugging him, mentioning that you heard everything. And that he didn't need to keep any secrets or bare this alone.

"Sakura....I..."

You could tell that he was going to say that he didn't ask for this. He didn't want to be looked at as a monster...nor to be carrying one. So all you can do is comfort him with a hug. You mention to him that he is Naruto, your knuckle headed friend. And nothing was ever going to change that. He ended up holding you tightly and crying into your shoulders. He really needed this.

The two of you have a touching moment. What do you do now?

>Talk about the Shadow Clone Jutsu and your Shinra Bansho
>Head to school
>Something else
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>>3502498
>>Head to school
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>>3502498
>>Head to school
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>>3502498
>>Talk about the Shadow Clone Jutsu and your Shinra Bansho
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>>3502498
>Talk about the Shadow Clone Jutsu and your Shinra Bansho
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>>3502498
>>Talk about the Shadow Clone Jutsu and your Shinra Bansho

Am I right in thinking that the user can use the chakrs of whatever element they've absorbed? Like absorb fire to be able to use fire chakra, even if your naturally affinity is water? With her natural intelligence and tons of chakra sakura might be able to learn jutsus of all the elements, not just her affinity.

But also we should keep this under wraps - let Sakura be known publically as a super strong ninja, and keep this aside for emergencies.
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>>3502498
>Head to School
These are actually some nice AU Shenanigans.
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>>3502498
>Talk about the Shadow Clone Jutsu and your Shinra Bansho
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>>3502508
>>3502510
>>3502668
>>3502777

Going to allow it but don't be thinking of tanking a fireball to get fire won't end up with taking some damage.

The two of you eventually let go of one another as hugging any longer would be just awkward. So you ended up exactly talking about Naruto's shadow clones. You question him how he managed to pull it off in such a short time. He isn't sure either, Naruto believed that you were just a good teacher that when he was motivated to learn it the power just came to him. You weren't sure if he was praising you or just covering himself for not being as motivated as he should've been during practice. You let it slide since he did learn clone jutsu. He shows you how he does it, but doesn't actually activate it for obvious reasons.

You gather with your chakra control, you could probably do at least a dozen without it biting you in the butt. It was a jutsu that require equalizing the chakra in your body to make tangible clones. You on the other hand have somewhat above average chakra amounts, people like Sasuke and Naruto still have much more chakra than you. But that was balanced out by your amazing chakra control. After learning from Naruto, you decide to share your secret by touching a metal fork. Your entire body took a metallic shade once you preformed Shinra Bansho. Naruto was shocked but also amazed about the technique as you posed a bit and bragged.

"eeeh, I never thought you of all people would actually look Sakura-chan. Figured you'd close your eyes to avoid breaking the rules. Guess you're like me after all~"

For some odd reasons, you felt really angry about that. Just who keeps doing pranks and dragging you into their messes? It didn't change the fact he was right about taking a peek of the scroll. But it wasn't like you deliberately did it, it was already open. As you mentally jumped hoops to justify yourself, you notice that you had to get to the academy quickly. Of course that didn't stop you from telling Naruto to keep this as a secret. It was your ace in the hole and you be willing to even buy him ramen for a month in order to keep people thinking of your image as a super strong powerhouse with a big brain. He naturally does so, but you can't tell if it was because he was your friend or you promised him ramen. Probably both.

So you pushed Naruto to get cleaned up and tell him to hurry up so they don't be late. Since starting today, he'll be a genin alongside you. Naruto smiled and eventually walks alongside you to the academy. He was having the biggest of grins while he wore his headband. You guys were suppose to take pictures for ninja identification cards and then wait for what team you were going to be in. A simple measure since you did your best take a normal photo. Naruto on the other hand....well being Naruto was flashy as usual.

con
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>>3502846

You mentally sigh to yourself while slowly watching the other students take their picture and being evaluated by the Third Hokage. The fact your lessons having sink in really did make you happy. Unfortunately, watching it be used for stupid stuff like the sexy clone jutsu made you second think your life choices. And rather or not you should result to bonking Naruto for not even bothering to transform clothing if he was going to use "that".

As you tire yourself out thinking about all of this, you found yourself making small talk with Ino and the rest of the girls about what sort of people you were going to end up teaming with. Again you ended up dodging the question on the spot. You didn't have any real strong feelings like Ino wanted to not be grouped up with Choji and Shikamaru and Hinata wanting to be on Naruto's team. You honestly didn't have any real preference, just so long as it wasn't troubling and you have good chemistry, it would be enough.

Speaking of chemistry, you took notice that Naruto was staring closely at Sasuke in a Mexican stand off kind of way. The girls outside of your friends list naturally bickered about him glaring at Sasuke. Sasuke meanwhile held his ground, both really refusing to back down from one another. That is until someone was about to knock Naruto into Sasuke.

What do you do?

>Let it happen as "Karma"
>Get in between both of them to "stop it"
>Pretend to not look
>Something else
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>>3502855
>>Pretend to not look
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>>3502855
>Let it happen as "Karma"
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>>3502855
>Watch closely to make sure neither of them get hurt, ready to jump in
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>>3502855
>Watch closely to make sure neither of them get hurt, ready to jump in
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>>3502872
>>3502895

You decided to watch the events that took place as a hawk. At worst you were ready to jump in and stop the two of them from fighting. So naturally when you saw the fight about to break out you use your quick footing to rush in. However...you were hit with a surprise that you were so not ready for today.

Both Naruto and Sasuke ended up kissing you on the cheek while you were trying to break them up. Your face literally turned red as a tomato at the scene. So much emotion flowed into you, your mind actually fried. Therefore, you just stood there in a daze as the memory was now burned inside of everyone's eyes. You let out a loud Shannarō, pushing whatever next to you away with your herculean strength. When you came out of it, you would see...that you pushed Naruto and Sasuke into the other sides of the walls. Both were naturally unconscious from the sudden feat.

Smooth move Sakura, you ended up knocking both parties unconscious. You were upset about this but you had to step out of the room as it was next to impossible to keep your cool. So you ended up outside screaming incoherent babbles and just straight Shannarōs. If the kiss were angled differently, you could've lost your first to either Naruto or Sasuke. You definitely weren't ready for something like that! The question of which boy you would push toward escape your mind. You were too busy having a meltdown while thinking about the misconceptions that everyone is going to have over you now.

The sheer thought of it made you start punching against the ground like a demolition crew. ....Luckly you still had the common sense to do it somewhere where nobody cared if you ruin the surrounding area. You needed this. Eventually once you calmed down, you walked right back to class. Before anyone said anything, you gave a "I'm so done with everyone's shit." Oddly enough that kept everyone quiet. No one wanted to touch that or bring it up anymore. So you went back to sitting in class, listening to Iruka call out the teams.

As you expected Ino was put on Shikamaru and Choji's team, you wanted to comfort her but honestly you didn't know what to say. You were still a bit scatterbrain because of "that". The next team was Hinata, Kiba and Shino. A solid tracking team with lots of unique talents. The teams went by quickly, but as you wait...you slowly start to realize something you didn't want to consider. ...You're about to be partner up with Naruto and Sasuke.

How do you respond

>Incoherent Shannarōs!
>Play it cool but mentally scream
>Object imminently!
>Something else
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>Object immediately!
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>>3502924
>Incoherent Shannarōs!
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>>3502924
>Give a warning.
>"Either of you bring it up I'm putting you into the wall again."
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>>3502924
>Play it cool but mentally scream
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>>3502948
Support.

Also >>3502872 >>3502895 look what you have done >>3502924
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>>3503001
Oh come on, that's not the worst result possible from doing a write-in.
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>>3502948
>>3503001

Just as you ended up fearing, you were put on a team with Naruto and Sasuke. You kept a poker face, holding back that you were mentally screaming incoherent Shannaros among words that wouldn't be appropriate for school. Great, just great wasn't it? More fuel would be given on the soon to be anti-Sakura fan club considering that you got the pretty boy Sasuke on your team. Naruto on the other hand was...oddly enough attractive. What ended up hurting him was his headband placement and choice of clothing.

But you didn't have time to be part of any would be love triangles! You still haven't gotten your life goals completely in check yet. So you just had to endure as Naruto did exactly what you wanted to do and object to being put on a team. Of course he mainly said it about Sasuke who was equally against it but like you was trying to put a poker face about it.

"Naruto, we group these teams based on compatibility and balance. Sasuke got the highest scores in the exams, you got the worst. As for Sakura, she's the top female in the class but more importantly can balance the two of you out...as seen with what happened earlier."

Even your teacher Iruka was poking fun at this while still trying to be helpful. You almost ended up crying to Ino in comedic fashion while no longer felt jealous as she held back the urge to laugh while supporting you. Hinata was a little disappointed that she wasn't in your place. Which you probably would be willing to trade had you have any say in the matter.

Regardless, you spent your time waiting for your jounin proctor once Iruka gave them the go to come inside. One by one you saw your friends meet their respective proctors. You even saw your mentor Kurenai, a recent jounin walk inside.

"Sorry Sakura. As much as I would've like mentoring further as your team's leader. I have already been chosen to run squad 8. Don't fret, you're in the capable hands of Kakashi Hatake. So keep at it now and work hard."

With that, Kurenai rounded up Hinata's group. Naturally Hinata wished you guys luck and you couldn't be upset with her given how pure and gentle she was. Yet you still ended up mentally sobbing once you were left alone with Naruto and Sasuke. This was going to be a long day.

Speaking of long days, you spent your time watching Naruto starting to set up one of his pranks. A simple eraser to the door. A simple yet effective prank from the book of Naruto. You mentally judge yourself for even knowing all of Naruto's pranks to make a book out of it.

>Tell Naruto he could do so much better yet do nothing
>Help with the prank while lecturing him
>Pretend to ignore it
>Stop it
>Something else
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>>3503045
>Help with the prank while lecturing him
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>>3503045
>Pretend to ignore it
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>>3503045
>>Tell Naruto he could do so much better yet do nothing
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>>3503045
>>Pretend to ignore it
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>>3503045
>Subtly help with the prank but pretend to ignore it. You're not in the mood to make much of a lecture right now.
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>>3503045
>>Pretend to ignore it
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>>3503045
>Pretend to ignore it

>>3503001
I regret nothing!
>>3503009
Thank you.
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>>3503073
>>3503099
>>3503103
>>3503110
>>3503139

You decide to subtly mention ways to improve on the prank without actually helping. You were too tired and stressed to really get into a lecturing mood. Nor did you have the strength to restrain yourself if you wanted to stop Naruto. So instead, you pretend to ignore it.

As you and your team wait, you finally see someone coming into the classroom. It was your squad leader Kakashi Hatake as he opens the door. Both you and Sasuke notice that Kakashi could've easily dodge the eraser if he wanted to. Yet he chose to take it head on as Naruto laugh. Almost instinctively, you try and apologize while Sasuke says nothing as he couldn't get why Kakashi did such a thing.

Naturally as a response, Kakashi told you lot that he flat out hate this team in a calm yet blunt. Thus, putting you all in a gloomy mood. So you ended up following Kakashi to the outside as each of you sat on stairs while he leans on the rail.

"Now then, let's start with the introductions. My name is Kakashi Hatake. Hmm...I don't feel like telling you about things I like or things I hate. As for the future....I never really thought about it. As for hobbies....well I have lots of hobbies."

You were mentally annoyed by this. He didn't really tell you anything but his name. Yet you were too tired nitpick on what you really thought. Kakashi pointed to Naruto in order to start the line up. From what you already knew, Naruto spent most of the time talking about Ramen. It was only when he mentioned about being the Hokage that you widen a bit. Already Naruto has his sights on something big...so what did you have? What was being a ninja really means for you? Sure you did it mainly to control your gifts and having the talent for it. But what was your goals?

>Write out your hobbies, likes, dislikes and most importantly your goal/dream
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>>3503269
So we're gonna be defining what this Sakura grew to be like huh? Let's go for it.
>Hobbies: Ino got her into raising plants, Shikamaru got her into Shogi and Rock Lee's enthusiasm about exercise has rubbed off on her.
>Likes: Honesty, Self-Improvement and she's unironically a big supporter of the power of Friendship. Has sometimes guffawed at some of Naruto's Pranks but that probably doesn't count.
>Dislikes: Rumor Mills and the general trashy clique things because goddamn those are terrible, Laziness, Losing control of situations.
>Goal/Dream: Outside of the constant will to improve oneself due to Might Gai's Wisdom? She just wants to be a Shinobi that can help those in need. Not exactly the ambitious sort of goal but a admirable and maybe slightly naive one.

Pick and choose which ones you want Sakura to admit to I guess. I mostly picked out stuff that seemed logical for her to have considering her time at the Academy and her Childhood.
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>>3503269

>Hobbies: reading, learning, studying, training, gardening, shogi, trivia games, learning more about plants, flora and medical stuff.

>Likes: books, sweet food.

>Dislikes: spicy food, laziness, not having control over situations.

>Goal/Dream: improve oneself even more, become the best Kunoichi/Shinobi to help and protect those in need, also his friends, and surpass a rival.
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>>3503462
>>3503389
I don’t really see anything I would want to add.
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>>3503269

>>3503389 Supporting most of this - especially the dream, dislikes and likes.

Gonna support the hobby section of >>3503462 though, because I think she'll like more things than just plants.

Pretty sure with the creation technique the person gains the ability to weild and manipulate the elemental chakra of anything they've transformed into. And yeah for fire I was thinking a controlled burn to absorb the power of fire, not tanking a fireball. It'll be pretty in character of the girl who actively self harmed to find thr limits of her healing factor.
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>>3498254
Every single thread that's what the Naruto Quest MCs devolve into.
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>>3503597
Judging from our abilities this one seems to actually be rather in spirit to the original in a way.
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>>3503597
That’s because the super special bullshit everyone has detracted from what people actually liked about it.
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Also Kami Turtle/Sage of The Six Path your style of writing is full of obvious grammatical errors and just plain awkward in some places.
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>>3503462
>>3503389
>>3503580
>>3503567

Next up was yourself, seeing that Naruto chose to be Naruto it was up to you to actually do what your teacher wanted. So you begin to list your hobbies which comprised of >>3503462 . Then you went into your likes and dislikes of >>3503389 . So far what you listed sounded like precisely what a normal girl brought into the ninja would would have.

Yet what would really catch everyone's guard was your dream and goals. >>3503389 You had a simple yet still admirable one as Kakashi looks at you closely. Sure it was naive but considering how much you started valuing your friends and wanting to protect them from their sorrows it was the only thing you could think of that really fits.

"Now that is certainly an interesting setup you have Sakura. Now that just leaves you Sasuke."

Sasuke was straight and to the point. Hearing him talk only made you feel sad that he was much more cold and serious than he was in the past. What truly made it especially painful was hearing his goal being that he wanted to kill someone. Already he was walking down the path of revenge. But then, deep down you already knew that but didn't want to admit it.

"I think I got a good understanding of this team so far. Anyway, we'll start practice tomorrow at dawn. That's 6am if some of you don't know what meant. Try not to eat breakfast...just trust your teacher on this one."

Before you could ask him why you ended up seeing him disappear. That just left you, Naruto and Sasuke who was starting to get up and walk away.

>Go after Sasuke and try to talk/train with him
>Go along with Naruto
>Try to get them to both together
>Hang out with friends instead
>Train alone
>Something else
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>>3503781

Yeah I'm a little rusty and trying to fix that.
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>>3503784
>Try to get them to both together
Teamwork makes the dream work

>>3503781
Don't really mind the typos, but what really annoys me is just linking the write in posts like your doing this update instead of actually incorporating their text into the main post. Like why should we bother with write ins if you're gonna half ass it?
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>>3503784
>Try to get them to both together
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>>3503803

Little of being afraid of being redundant and working with the limited word limit for posts. But I'll incorporate the texts you guys create for dialogue scenes or things you think Sakura should say while doing actions.
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>>3503784
>Try to get them to both together
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>>3503806
>Little of being afraid of being redundant and working with the limited word limit for posts. But I'll incorporate the texts you guys create for dialogue scenes or things you think Sakura should say while doing actions.
You need to remember you are writing a story not just a series of posts with links haphazardly inserted throughout.
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>>3503803 >>3503803
Support
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>>3503835

Right I'll keep that in mind thanks. Any other criticisms, suggestions, etc is also welcome so I can make this enjoyable for everyone. Or...at least more fun than actually reading naruto or naruto fanfiction anyway,
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So what do you think Wild Card is?
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>>3503803
>>3503805
>>3503825
>>3503835

"Hey you guys! I think we should use this time to actually start team building activities. Since we’re going to be teammates we should try to get along. Please~" You suggested, trying to appeal to the two of them.

Both Naruto and Sasuke look as they debate on rather or not to scoff at the idea. After what happened earlier, it was already an uphill battle. Not to mention for as far as you could remember both Naruto and Sasuke have a deep rivalry between one another. In retrospect, this is probably why Iruka picked you to be the medium between the lone wolf and the hyperactive knucklehead.

“I’m sorry…let me rephrase…I implore you to reconsider.” To further the point, you crack you knuckles while keeping your smile. There was an eerie aura coming from you. You kept your nice girl appearance, but it was clear you was honestly getting tired of both of their shit today.

“…Fine. What do you have in mind?” Sasuke reflected, choosing his words carefully.

“Alright alright I get it. If Sakura-chan asks, then it’s only fair that I listen to her request.” Naruto tries to get on your good side since he knows exactly how you are when your limiter breaks.

With a mental sigh of relief, you start to think about what to do together. It’d had to be something that would serve as perfect team bonding while catering to both of your party’s interests. Now what did you know about Naruto and Sasuke so far? Sasuke likes training and taking deep walks. Meanwhile Naruto likes eating ramen, pulling pranks, and…watering plants?!?! You easily deduce that last one must have been your influence rubbing off on him like he was doing for you. Still, how exactly are you going to get these two to work together?

>Make a game that combines pulling pranks and training
>Talk about tactics while walking and eating ramen
> Give up and go home
>Something else

Hope this format is better than the old CYOA storytelling I was going with.
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>>3503952
>>Talk about tactics while walking and eating ramen
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>>3503952
>Talk about tactics while walking and eating ramen
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>>3503952
>Talk about tactics while walking and eating ramen
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>>3503952
>Hope this format is better than the old CYOA storytelling I was going with
I think it looks better.
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>>3503964
>>3503980
>>3504037

So you manage to convenience both Sasuke and Naruto to spend time together discussing tactics. You cox Naruto by having Ramen along the way. As for Sasuke, you suggest they take a long walk to make sure to keep his attention. So far so good right?

"Since it was my plan, I'll start us off. From my training I am essentially a jack of all trades. My affinity is Genjutsu, but I'm good at Ninjutsu and Taijutsu. Aside from the basics and what Kurenai-sensai taught me, I only ended up developing a unique jutsu based on in changing between Yin and Yang release. It's very versatile, but I’m still far from perfecting it. It’s called Inner Sakura...though I didn't chose that name for it myself. Other than that, I’m quite strong, resilient and recover quickly.”

There was one more jutsu you purposely failed to tell the Team. However, you were saving that for emergencies. That and you weren’t confident you can use it to the fullest with your current skill range. It was basically close to an A rank Jutsu after all.

"In that case...we're probably closer alike than you give yourself credit Sakura. In addition to knowing Ninjutsu, Genjutsu and Taijutsu there's shurikenjutsu and wires. I'm also able to use Fire Style techniques. "

"Man you make me look like the incompetent one here.”

"That's because you are!" Both you and Sasuke said in unison.

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>>3504197

You didn't want to admit it since you know when Naruto puts his all into it he can achieve great results. That still didn't change the fact that he still a knucklehead. With the amount of chakra he has, it was almost sinful for him to be so inept. Compared to you however, you didn't even half one tenth the amount of chakra Naruto has. You had to instead perfect your chakra control to not waste any chakra. That's why the basics were part of your bread and butter. As for Sasuke, you get the feeling he’s not telling everything. Then again, you didn’t have a leg to stand on as you spend the day talking strategy. This was good, you starting to feel like a real team…even if two thirds end up fighting most of the time.

"Hmph! Well I got some secret tricks of my own! Anyway, I'm getting the basics of Ninjutsu down and thanks to Sakura-chan's help I'm really good at Taijutsu."

"So we got two all-rounders and a brute. I suppose I could've done worse..."

“Now now, it’s not like we won’t have time to improve. Right now we can cover each other’s weaknesses so long as we stick together as a team.”

You say that but both Naruto and Sasuke didn’t want to agree. What’s with boys having to show how macho and tough they are? You mentally sigh to yourself before resuming team tactics.

How do you end the day?

>Try to just hang out
>Go home and rest
>Do some solo training
>Something else
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>>3504203
>Go home and rest
Gotta be well rested for Genin training.
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You know I just remembered Naruto had a few really good filler episodes.
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>>3504203
>Go home and rest
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>>3504219

I kinda want to use some of those filler to perhaps follow what Kishimoto originally intended for team 7 and do some missions to grow closer as a team before the chuunin exams.

But if you lot want to jump to them after the bridge arc then by means I'm fine with that.
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>>3504203
>>Go home and rest
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>>3504203
>>Do some solo training
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>>3504203
>Go home and rest
It's been a loooooooong day, just hope they get their shit together by the time training starts.
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>>3504203
>>Go home and rest

>>3504238
>It's been a loooooooong day,
Indeed.
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>>3504221
>>3504231
>>3504238
>>3504589

You decide to return home after a long day of talking about strategy and bonding. Considering the fact that you have a big day tomorrow, it wasn’t wise to try and do any strenuous actives. So you ended up having a big meal, followed by having a nice bubble bath. You were treating yourself nice after the day you have today. Honestly, if nobody would ever mentions “that” ever again it would truly be a real blessing for you. Once you took care of your nightly rituals, you went for an early night sleep. Tomorrow was going to bring a lot of new challenges so it was best to be prepared.

The next day you and your teammates made your way at the meeting spot. It was in a large meadow grassland, surrounded with trees and a small lake. There were three logs located at the center of the area. The middle log held what appears to be an alarm clock. Outside of some bushes and trees there were no other hiding spots. The field was vast and large, which gave it the perfect advantage point for direct combat. You start to grasp that Kakashi deliberately chose this location for a reason.

Speaking of deliberate choices, your stomach ended up growling over the lack of breakfast. Luckily you weren’t the only one as Naruto and Sasuke ended up with a similar response. Each of you look at one another with a distraught look over the realization. It couldn’t be that this was just another setup for Kakashi to take advantage of…right? You had plenty of time to think about this however. Perhaps too long considering that you were told to come here at five in the morning. Mentally you counted how long it took until Kakashi showed up as you count the hours down. …He arrived around eight in the morning.

“Sorry about that. On my way here I ended up meeting up with a black cat so I had to take a different path.” Kakashi remarks.

“You liar!”

Naruto was the only one who said it out loud, but it didn’t change the fact that all three of you were thinking the same thing. Sure it gave you more time to conserve your energy and get some sleep in. Even so, that didn’t give your mentor Kakashi the right to come in late. If you weren’t forced to conserve energy, chances are you would’ve most likely chewed him out. Instead, you decide to wait it out and listen to the instructions he had planned for today.

“Alright as I mention yesterday we’re doing to do something special. This is going to be a survival exercise. Now don’t drop your guard however. For this isn’t just a simple team building exercise. Rather...you’ll be fighting for your right to remain Genins.”

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>>3504702

You, Naruto and Sasuke were stricken with dread upon hearing the news. This must have been some sort of joke right? Why would anyone want to put such a high challenge right off the bat? As you rack your brain around it, Kakashi started to pull out an alarm clock. He begins to wind it down while continuing with the explanation.

“Out of the twenty-seven students who graduate the academy, only nine of them actually remain Genin. The other eighteen are naturally sent to the academy. In other words, this survival exercise is going to be a very hard test with at least a sixty-six chance of failure. So I want you to really think this through. Use everything you learn from the academy and personal experiences to beat the odds. As for added motivation, you’ll be fighting to get your lunch as well. Fail and you’ll be tied to the logs behind me and I’ll eat my lunch in front of you.”

Talk about setting the odds against you. Not only were you fighting without breakfast but if you fail all of your hard work will become null and void. There was no room for error. Every move have to count with your limited stamina. It starts to dawn upon you that maybe this was another stipulation to stimulate real combat. Or it was just another means to riffle you up. You wasn’t sure which but you certainly didn’t like it regardless.

“Now these bells holds the keys to your salvation. Today’s goal is to get one of these bells from me. Since there’s only two bells, at least one of you will have to be tied to one of the logs. That person will be marked as a failure for failing their objective. So keep that in mind. You are allowed to any weapons you have on you. In fact I highly recommend you confront me with the will to kill. Any less than that and you won’t be able to succeed. “

“Says the man who couldn’t dodge an eraser.” Naruto laughed.

“Class clowns are usually the weakest so there’s no need to worry. Especially ones with the lowest scores.” Kakashi clearly gotten under Naruto’s skin as you see the orange ninja just fuming with anger. Sasuke on the other hand remained cool and collective. You quickly gather that his patience was running then however. Seem like you’re the only one with a level head.

“Now on the count of three we’ll start the exercise. You have until the alarm goes off at twelve. So try your hardest to suc-“

[con]
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>>3504705

Before Kakashi could finish he was suddenly ambushed by Naruto. He was coming at Kakashi with Kunai in hand while moving at full force. A futile effort on the knuckle-headed ninja as Kakashi caught him effortless with him putting Naruto’s arm behind his back. With the Kunai held right behind his head, Naruto was forced to acknowledge Kakashi’s strength.

“I didn’t say start yet. That said, you came at me with the intent to kill. So I’ll take back what I said in the classroom. I might be starting to like you guys after all.”

Acknowledgement from Kakashi right off the bat. Maybe this wasn’t the hopeless challenge that all three of you thought it was. Once he finished counting down, each of you took to the air at high speeds. You needed to prepare and tackle this ordeal correctly. Without the right plan of attack. All you’ll end up doing is jumping in to your defeat. How do you proceed?

>Convenience the two to work together by having Naruto be bait/vanguard
>Focus on hiding your presence and wait for the right moment
>Take direct charge instead
>Something Else
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>>3504712
>Convenience the two to work together by having Naruto be bait/vanguard

Tactics will appeal to Sasuke and it let's Naruto fufill his wish of going ham on Kakashi. Also with those two working together then Sakura can find a way to jump in whenever there's an opening / provide backup to whoever needs it.

Also Im really liking the new style QM. But the CYOA style was alright too, just needed you to incorporate the write ins s bit better to be the best it could be.
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>>3504712
>Convenience the two to work together by having Naruto be bait/vanguard
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>>3499956
>Tenten who aren't really interested in Sasuke
Tenten said Sasuke was a hottie the first time she saw him.
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>>3504712
>Convenience the two to work together by having Naruto be bait/vanguard
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>>3504721
>>3504752
>>3504741

As you each of you make your way to the forest, you decide to take another turn. You first go to Naruto since you believe that he was still going to attack and be reckless. There was no point trying to talk Naruto when he is like this. Instead you decide it was better to use that hot-headed passion to good use. With the body flicker jutsu, you easily manage to catch up to Naruto. Before he had the time to ask any questions, you imminently went to explain your plan to him.

“Naruto, I think you should be the vanguard. You have the talent to force Kakashi to reveal his skills to you. When you put your mind on something you’re practically unstoppable. So Sasuke and I will support you from the shadows. We’ll wait for the chance to take advantage of the opening you’ll make against Kakashi. So go all out! We’ll got your back.”

You have gotten real good at motivating Naruto. With the Multi-Shadow Clone Jutsu, it’ll cover a wide range of man power. More importantly it’ll give you and Sasuke the means to blend in with his clones. That and you honestly believe that if either one of you took the vanguard spot it’ll be ineffective with Naruto. It takes a lot of analyzing skills to be able to read your adversary and plan accordingly. Naruto was more the type of character act on instincts anyway.

“Got it! You can count on me Dattebayo!”

Now that Naruto was on board you imminently went to where you judged where Sasuke was located. The Body Flicker technique made it easy for you to cover large ranges without wasting unnecessary amounts of stamina. You needed to conserve your remaining strength. So doing all of this was risky, especially when either one of them could’ve told you no. Even so, you would take this chance upon reaching Sasuke’s current location. You quickly shut him down and told him to listen as you explain your plan to him.

[con]
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>>3504770

“Sasuke, you and I will keep watch while Naruto acts as the vanguard. When you see an opening….don’t hesitate. Try to take him out with the next attack. If it doesn’t work then don’t let up. Keep pushing the pressure. Make Kakashi have to take you seriously so we can pincer attack him.”

Sasuke was the type to typically prefer to do things by himself. Yet you strongly believe that not even Sasuke would be foolish to ignore the strength of his enemy. This was not something that he can do it alone. Even if his pride wouldn’t openly allow it, you word it in a way that would meant he could keep his pride intact. However, it seems you manage to get him as he was no longer losing his cool.

“Alright, I’ll put my faith in your analyzing skills. “
Luck was seemingly on your side. Getting both Sasuke and Naruto to agree to the tactics you set up with only shows the direness of the situation. Not a single one of you was willing to waver and admit defeat. You all have reasons to continue being ninjas. Sure yours might be minor to either of your comrades. Despite that, they were your reasons and that makes them just as important. So you took your place, watching Naruto go forward with challenging Kakashi one on one. Despite the obvious gap in strength, Naruto kept his end of the plan. With the use of the Shadow Clone Jutsu, Naruto swarmed against Kakashi.

Much to your prediction Sasuke acted accordingly on schedule. He delivered all the stops with his Shurikenjutsu Barrage. He waited precisely for the moment where Kakashi drop his guard. Unfortunately all he did was end up using his attack on a substituted log thanks to the Body Substitution Jutus. And yet that was what Sasuke was waiting for. He already prepared his jutsu ahead of time as the moment Kakashi close in against Sasuke, he already released his Great Fireball Jutsu at him. This would force Kakashi on the defensive as he would have to avoid the giant fireball that came closing in.

>Release your limits and attack with full force!
>Get in close to use Genjutsu on Kakashi
>Deceive Kakashi with the Shadow Clone + Transformation Jutsu combo
>Use the trump card Inner Sakura
>Dig through the Ground and surprise attack him
>Something Else
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>>3504771
>>Use the trump card Inner Sakura
I mean Kakashi is going to know about Inner sooner or later if he's our teacher. Might as well have Sakura first use it in a controlled enviroment, rather that in the middle of an actual battle.
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>>3504771
>Use the trump card Inner Sakura
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>>3504771
>Get in close to use Genjutsu on Kakashi + using yellow strength to fight in close range
Evil Illusion: Tree Capture Death
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>>3504789
>>3504801
Never forget your roots

>>3499515

>It seem that your go to tactic was deceiving the senses so they couldn't react in time for a close range blow. It wasn't pretty or stunning like being apart of something more unique, but it certainly was a lot more efficient and deadly. It fits a bookworm/egghead quite like yourself
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>>3504846
I mean, if it was anyone but the Copy Nin I would have gone with that - but if he's done even the slightest research on Sakura he'd know that was her go to move (and he probably has, considering she's one of Naruto's only friends), so I think he'd be expecting it. Also I expect he'd see through anything genjutsu related pretty damn easily with his sharingan.

Sakura needs to strike fast and hard while he's distracted by Naruto and Sasuke, but most importantly she needs to take him off guard enough so she can nab the bells. Inner is probably the best mix of surprise and power.
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>>3504853
His sharingan is actually pretty weak compared to an actual sharingan user. If he gets hit by genjutsu he’ll still have to dispel it.
>>3504771
>Use the trump card Inner Sakura
I also think we should give Naruto and Sasuke the bells.
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>>3504897
True, but I'd also expect for him to be...on guard? for genjutsu from her since
>Super strength + solid taijutsu
>Genjutsu
are literally her most well known traits

>I also think we should give Naruto and Sasuke the bells.
Yeah I don't see this friendship oriented Sakura not giving them to her team mates.
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>>3504771
>Use the trump card Inner Sakura
This is a pretty good chance to try it out, and even if we fail we do have a second trump card in the waiting.
If our Wild Card upgraded Inner Sakura to ridiculous levels I swear...
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>>3504789
>>3504801
>>3504853
>>3504897
>>3504907

This was the moment you were waiting for. Without wasting any time, you blitz through from your hiding spot. Moving with all your strength to close the gap. The opening that the efforts of Naruto and Sasuke gave you was not going to go to waste. No matter what you face. No matter what the outcome was to be. You were going to take it head on as you went to try and deceive Kakashi’s senses while aiming for a punch.

Kakashi quickly manages to block your punch, making you grit your teeth tightly. His guard was impeccable even with you desperately trying to fake him out. Both of your arms were locked with Kakashi’s as he resists your attempts to try and overpower him. He wouldn’t be a jounin if he didn’t do his research on his students. You were no exception to him. Regardless if compared to Naruto or Sasuke that you were just a nobody. Yet it was this nobody that was going to make this work.

“Just like you to be an opportunist Sakura. Waiting for that moment where you can charge through with all you might to close the gap. A clever move but it’s fu- “

Kakashi stopped himself midway once he gathers what he was actually facing. It wasn’t the normal Sakura that he was expecting to clash with hand to hand. Rather it was some sort of tangible copy of her. Was the shadow clone jutsu? No! If that was the case, then he would’ve disabled it as a mere shadow clone can only take one hit. What was clashing against him was something more than that. Despite making contact and even getting hit, it refused to disappear. It did however start to look more grayish now that the deception was fading.

[con]
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>>3504984

Before he would realize what has happened, you on the other hand took advantage of it. Jumping from underneath the ground you rise upwards. Hands bleeding from how fast you were tunneling underneath. You had previously planned where Kakashi was going to jump to if he was to face the Great Fireball Jutsu. But that wasn’t enough to merely lung yourself from underground. Kakashi was much smarter than that. Chances are that he would react in a fraction of a second to dodge your sneak attack.

You didn’t have Naruto’s boundless stamina nor Sasuke’s natural gifts. What you did have over them was your mind. A mind that was both calculative yet creative simultaneously. Who else but you would use Yin Release to make a move quite like this? This was a gamble for you considering you just recently developed this move. Yet deep down you were willing to bet on it.

“…Well done” Kakashi exclaimed.

“Shannarō!” You screamed, just a fraction of a second. That’s all you needed to take those bells from him. If you can just achieve that then maybe you can turn this around. You told yourself this as your Inner Self grips tightly against Kakashi.

It was still remarkable that you actually manage to manifest your will into physical form. A tangible copy of yourself. Although it was far from perfect since otherwise it would’ve been completely impossible to distinguish between you and your inner self. At least through normal means. Still, you were facing Kakashi Hatake, a legendary shinobi. You should take more pride that you manage this far against him. Of course, you weren’t just going to settle for pulling the wool over him.

You wanted to win. If not for yourself…. then at least to make sure your friends continue their dream. This is what pushed you to break your current limits. You reached for the bells, touching them with a focused iron grip. In that fraction of a second, you manage to grab the bells from Kakashi. Pushing forward as Inner Sakura starts to fade now that it accomplished her job. Quickly you land but instantly drop to your knees.

[con]
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>>3504987

“…How do you like it? The first unique jutsu of the book of Sakura Haruno. Inner Sakura. Currently it’s only capable of lasting for a moment or two. And its range is limited to close range. As well as it drains me of my stamina achieving taijutsu or genjutsu with it. Still, this imperfect jutsu managed to deceive you. Though I could only manage that…because of my teammates.”

You panted through saying those words. It took the remainder of your strength to say it before falling to the ground. An explosion of emotion takes a lot of mental energy to muster. So making it materialize naturally drained you of your stamina. And you weren’t exactly running at one hundred percent at the start. With your remaining strength, you held the bells tightly to avoid losing them. Lying half-conscious on the ground with a smirk on your face. Somehow you manage to look pretty cool out there for a nobody.

>Keep the bells for yourself
>Give one to Naruto
>Give one to Sasuke
>Give both to Naruto and Sasuke
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>>3504988
>>Give both to Naruto and Sasuke
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>>3504988
>Give both to Naruto and Sasuke
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>>3504988
As much as I want to say keep the bells for ourselves, I know that's not the way.

>Give both to Naruto and Sasuke

Also, Imagine Kakashi's face when we undo part of the seal and effortlessly burst out of the ropes. Imagine.
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[Inner Sakura. For a good while I been thinking how to include it as it was one of her most defining traits. A gag that ultimately let her almost beat Ino before disappearing for the show altogether. So I did my research thinking what I can do with it. So I'm hoping it's up to standard since it's still a developing jutsu much like our little bud]
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>>3505001
So it's basically a super shadow clone that's powered by willpower? That's actually pretty cool, love the creativity put in it.
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>>3504998
If both Sause and Nart refuse, he just might skip the whole pole thing and pass us.
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>>3504988
>Give both to Naruto and Sasuke
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>>3504992
>>3504992
>>3504996
>>3504998
>>3505019

With what little strength you have, you manage to pull yourself up while Kakashi was now standing on one of the tree branches. During the exchange, he managed to maneuver himself away from you while you grabbed the bells. Speaking of bells, you slowly move out your hand to both Naruto and Sasuke. It was bleeding though you didn’t care since it would just heal anyway. This was way more important for you. Making sure that both Naruto and Sasuke would get the bell.

Although you didn’t say anything, your actions spoke more than what any phrase or sentence could cover. You even closed your eyes and smile to reassure them that it was okay. You were incredibly smart and diligent. You weren’t going to let going back to the academy stop you. If anything you’ll just have to do more training to catch up to everyone. And next year you’ll try again and be a real kunoichi. However, Naruto and Sasuke had other plans upon taking your bells for a moment.

“.... Eh?” You blinked, taken by surprise by both Naruto and Sasuke handing the bells back.

“Do you really think we can just take these after all that?” Naruto smiles.

“Don’t insult me Sakura. You earn the bells fair and square. You were the first one willing to work as a team. To use our strengths and weaknesses. And to push yourself beyond to compensate any flaws in the plan. Out of all of us here. The most who truly embodies the true will of a shinobi….is you.” Bits of the old Sasuke made themselves known to you as he was showing gratitude to you.

“What Sasuke said. We’re team seven after all! So we either pass together or we fail together dattebayo!” Naruto on the other hand was just moving his arms behind his back and trying to keep a strong face. He wasn’t going to let you go back to the academy alone. It just wouldn’t fit well with him.

“Shannarō…You two are really a bunch of idiots.” You muttered, shedding a few tears. Here you are willing to sacrifice yourself for the dreams of your friends. Only for them to throw it right back you for your sake as well. You truly were grateful to have been put on this team after all.

“But we’re your idiots.”

The three you ended up laughing. You soon found yourself being lift on one arm by Sasuke and Naruto on the other. You could barely stand since Inner Sakura took more chakra than you first calculated. Still, you were motivated to improve it and eventually master it. Two Sakuras were certainly better than one.

[con]
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>>3505028

“Well put Naruto. So I’m going to give you guys another chance to prove yourself. Until then, Sakura will have to be tied up to the tree while the two of you enjoy lunch. After all, she was the one who forfeited her bells for you. And it wouldn’t be fair to not take a maiden’s gift now would it?” Kakashi appeared behind the entire group in an instant. Honestly if you weren’t so tired you’d probably jump like a scary cat from the shock. That quickly was replace with a greater dread once his words finally sank in.

“You’re kidding right…. right?” You twitched in slight fear while Kakashi casually smiles at you. Before you could register what’s to come, you found yourself tied up to one of the logs. Specifically, it was the middle one as the alarm clock goes off.

After all that, you still ended up being tied up and unable to get any food. Life just wasn’t fair. If you weren’t so tired, you probably would’ve broke through the ropes through sheer force.

>Ignore your stomach growling
>Scream in Shannarō
> Put on the best poker face to keep Naruto and Sasuke from noticing
>Something else
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>>3505033
Wait what? Didn’t we already pass the test? The point was to test teamwork.
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>>3505033
>Scream in Shannarō
>>3505051
Yeah we succeeded. Now he is checking if those two dumb asses can work together when we are out.
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>>3505033
>Put on the best poker face to keep Naruto and Sasuke from noticing
>Fail miserably and eventually start mumbling in Shannarō
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>>3505033
>>3505064
Heh. This.

>>Put on the best poker face to keep Naruto and Sasuke from noticing
>*stomach growling intensifies*
>>Fail miserably and eventually start mumbling in Shannarō
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>>3505078
Support
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>>3505078
+1
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>>3505051
>Didn’t we already pass the test? The point was to test teamwork.
>>3505054
>Now he is checking if those two dumb asses can work together when we are out.
Yeah, we led that success. He has to be sure the team gets it. It's also about sacrificing yourself for your team and knowing when to break the rules to ensure the success of the mission.
Kakashi is good.

Plus, why set up perfectly good hunger torture and then not use it?
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>>3505001
>Inner Sakura
>was one of her most defining traits. A gag that ultimately let her almost beat Ino
I loved this. Honestly, I would have been disappointed in any Sakura Quest that didn't feature it some way.

>before disappearing for the show altogether.
I always figured that Inner Sakura was born out of the imbalance between her inner desires and outward expression and that it faded when matured and began expressing herself more honestly. Yeah, that's it.

I'm hoping it's up to standard since it's still a developing jutsu much like our little bud
Yeah, it should be a weak fledgling juts right now, effectively just a limited ranged, more tangible shadow clone.... for now.
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>>3505078
>>3505033
Support
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>>3505051
>>3505054
>>3505064
>>3505078
>>3505085
>>3505082

When you got up this morning and skipped breakface, you most certainly didn’t have this planned for the day. Life was funny like that. Too bad you weren’t laughing and your inner self was mentally holding the urge to scream. What kind of sadistic madman make a twelve-year-old girl suffer hunger torture? Especially when she was the one who ended up saving the day for her team. You start to slowly realize you might have gotten the worst choice for a Jounin leader.

Despite being tired, hungry and humiliated by your action. You still didn’t hold any resentment or regret over it. If you had the choice, you would do it again and again till the end of time. At this stage of your life, you couldn’t help but stick your neck out for others. Sure Ino had paint the way for you by giving you a taste, but at the end of the day it was your choice to take the path. From a scared and timid girl who cared about her looks, you became a confident and strong willed girl that truly cares about her friends.

…. At least that’s what you kept telling yourself in between the stomach growling and mumbling Shannarōs. You were putting off your best poker face to avoid anyone noticing that you were hungry. Of course your stomach had other plans since it was more honest than you. It was hungry and it was going to let the world know it. This might have been the hardest test you have in your life. Yet you were desperately trying to hold it in, not letting Sasuke or Naruto notice that you were hungry.

Stomach was winning and will power was draining fast however. The growling intensifies further, making you lean against the log. It was just a few more hours. A few more hours and you can crawl your way back home and stuff yourself silly. So why wasn’t your stomach listening to your brain? You mentally sigh in defeat after another loud growl. Perhaps the loudest growling you ever heard your stomach make.

“…Shannaro…”

Sasuke slowly move his bento box towards you. He was trying his best to ignore your antics. He was spending more his time thinking how he and Naruto could fight while protecting a half-tired Sakura. Not to mention he believed that giving you food would disgrace your honorable sacrifice. Honor was important as without honor then people would be breaking the rules left and right.

“Here Sakura, take my bento.”

[con]
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>>3505366

How many girls wish they could have gotten Sasuke to say that to them? Not that you really care to have fuel to one up then and make them more jealous of you than they already are? No, you were too busy questioning why Sasuke would break Kakashi’s rule while he was away? The guy could be watching them as we speak. Simultaneously, your stomach was slowly overpowering your mind and making you not care about anything but food.

“But Sasuke why-“

“Sakura we’re going to need you at full strength. A half-starved and delirious Sakura Haruno would be far less effective than the kunoichi I acknowledge being smarter and more tactical than me. Besides…. My mother would’ve wanted me to give you one of her home cooked recipes.”

“Damn it Sasuke, I was going to give my bento to Sakura first. Now she’s going to think I’m copying you Dattebayo.” Naruto shouts, holding his bento at you.

“Then you should’ve hurried up rather than trying to think how to be cool.”

“Tsc!”

You ended up laughing at the antics between the two. You didn’t even have to say anything about working as a team. Yet you are, watching Sasuke and Naruto show the incentive to care more about the team rather than their own egos. Well, in their own way anyway.


“..You guys…I’m really touched by this. And what I say next doesn’t change the fact I’m grateful. However.…”

“I CAN’T move my arms. So how exactly am I going to feed myself?!?!”

Both look at each other in unison before it dawn upon them about the fact. You were honestly too tired to lecture them and just wanted food at this point.

"Naruto go and feed her."

"Why me! I mean I wouldn't mind but don't put me on the spot Sasuke!"

"You complained about not being first so I'm giving it to you!"

"I don't need your charity Sasuke!"

[con]
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>>3505373

Even though they were thinking about the team over themselves. Somehow they still needed to argue. Honestly, if the two of them ever found something to force them to work together...they'd be unstoppable. You however were fading fast and you needed to do something.

>Tell Sasuke to feed you
>Tell Naruto to feed you
>Yell at them both to just hurry up
>Wait it out while internally screaming
>Something else
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>>3505377
>Yell at them both to just hurry up
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>>3505377
>Yell at them both to just hurry up
They're our idiots...and that's supposed to be a good thing....
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>>3505377
>>Wait it out while internally screaming
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>>3505377
>>Yell at them both to just hurry up
Two guys stuffing one girls mouth.
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>>3505377
>Yell at them both to just hurry up
>>3505438
We are now a Naruto porn doujin.
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>>3505377
>Yell at them both to just hurry up
>"ARE YOU GOING TO FUCKING ARGUE UNTIL I STARVE TO DEATH!?!?!"
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>>3505377
>Yell at them both to just hurry up

>"You two better start taking turns feeding me before I loose my nervs"
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>>3505391
>>3505408
>>3505438
>>3505438
>>3505484
>>3505501
>>3505522

"ARE YOU GOING TO FUCKING ARGUE UNTIL I STARVE TO DEATH!?!?!" You screamed. It was an understatement to how done you were about the entire thing. More impressively, your anger managed to give you enough strength to actually break out of the rope. If nothing else, you continue to surprise yourself when your emotions are left unchecked. However, that last burst of strength flees quickly as you suddenly fall down.

“…Great…I just wasted the last of my strength getting angry at you guys. “You muttered tiredly. This was not your most crowning achievement. Face down bottom up, you looked like you were about to fade into unconsciousness. If it wasn’t your strong will keeping you awake, that last stunt would’ve made you pass out imminently. Adrenaline was your savor.

“You two better start taking turns feeding me before I lose what little nerves I have left.” Although you were lying on the ground half-tired, it didn’t change the threat in your voice. You were like a cornered rat just about to activate fight or flight. Both didn’t know how, but they figured you’d find a way to make your threat come true.

You were soon helped up from the ground. Now positioned into a slanted position against the log, you were indeed fed food by Naruto and Sasuke. As you instructed they took turns feeding you. You really didn’t care how embarrassing this was. You were fighting off the urge to fall asleep. So any nourishment however small was immensely appreciated.

As you begin to feel strength returning to you, you notice up in the sky a storm was coming. You mentally curse yourself over the worst case scenario. You just wanted to go home at this point and sleep this day off. As you brace yourself for a vengeful Kakashi to take action over breaking the rules. You were instead met with Kakashi appearing in front of the three of you with a smile.

“Congratulations you passed. “

“EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEH?!?!” All three of you shouted in harmony. This was getting more ridiculous by the second. You even almost choked on the food you were previously eating.

[con]
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>>3505591

“Sorry about that. I had to be sure that all three of you were in unison over what it means to be a team. Not just meekly following orders for your own self-interest or lack of backbone. Now Sakura.”

“Y-Yes”

“Remember your dream? You said that you wanted to improve and be a shinobi capable of helping those in need."

“R-Right. What about it?”

“It’s a simple goal to the point of being naïve. And yet, it’s a pure one that understand the core values of what it means to be a ninja. Your teammates Naruto and Sasuke have much more ambition to you. Which is precisely the problem. People with those kinds of ambition usually focus on themselves and not the team. They try and tackle everything by themselves as they cannot connect with those around them. A ninja must put the team first and themselves second. Those who are unable to do that can’t ever be expected to live up to the ninja code. A ninja must be able to see through deception.”

Naruto and Sasuke looked at each other when mentioned before turning their heads. You couldn’t help but laugh meekly at that since they were more alike that they wanted to admit. Yet hearing Kakashi acknowledge your dream and praise you for it really touched your tired heart. If you weren’t so out of it, you’d probably start to cry as you continue to listen to his wise words.

“I structured this exercise to make you second guess yourself. To consider all the possibilities and to even question my own words in order to find another way. Naturally, you are also to follow the rules of the leader without question. Something that you naturally did once Sakura took the lead. But I had to make sure that the teamwork I saw didn't only formed cause of a last ditch effort or just because Sakura told you. I wanted to see if Naruto and Sasuke could think for themselves and come to the same conclusion on their own. Had you done that, you would be the first team to actually grasp the truth to this exercise. “

Second guess yourself? That’s something you did every single day of your life. After all, you were an egghead that tend to overthink things and consider all your options before choosing the best one. This was especially true when it came to making compromises and playing to your ally’s strength. In essence, you were the glue that held the team together. Plain and droopy on the outside but highly flexible and very tenacious in holding things together or achieving your goals.

[con]
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>>3505596

“In the ninja world, those who break the rules and code are branded as garbage. But…those who choose to abandon their friends are worse than garbage." Kakashi explained.

Those words hit all three of you harder than any jutsu could ever do. So it wasn’t all that surprising you ended up crying. Naruto and Sasuke were just as touched as you but in their own way. You really started to feel truly grateful to have been put on this team after all. You let out a loud Shannaro as Kakashi slowly helps carry you up piggyback style.

“Alright Team Seven, we’re heading out on our first mission tomorrow. But before that, we need to take a picture to capture the moment and make the team official.”

>Try and persuade Kakashi to post pone it to tomorrow
>Tell him to at least treat you to lunch or let you finish eating the bento
> Grin and bear it
>Something else.
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>>3505614
>>Try and persuade Kakashi to post pone it to tomorrow
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>>3505614
> Grin and bear it
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>>3505614
>Tell him to at least treat you to lunch or let you finish eating the bento
FOOD
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>>3505614
>>Tell him to at least treat you to lunch or let you finish eating the bento
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>>3505614
>Try and persuade Kakashi to post pone it to tomorrow
We are not taking the picture while almost asleep
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>>3505614
>Tell him to at least treat you to lunch or let you finish eating the bento
His precious student isnt a total pushover.
Also I bet Team 7 is giving him serious Team Minato vibes right about now.
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>>3505614
>>Try and persuade Kakashi to post pone it to tomorrow
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>>3505614
>>Tell him to at least treat you to lunch or let you finish eating the bento
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>>3505614
>>Try and persuade Kakashi to post pone it to tomorrow
"I must look awful!"
I doubt it'll succeed, but it's what I imagine Sakura doing.
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Rolled 1 (1d2)

>>3505635
>>3505629
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>>3505635
>>3505665
>>3505792
>>3505638

“I’m not going until I get my food. I’m currently on the point of passing out so either postpone it for the next day or treat me to lunch! Also we look like we were hit through a war zone.”

You didn’t back down on this. In reality you would’ve prefer doing this on another day. That’ll give you more than enough time to get prepped up and look presentable. Instead of the half-starved and worn out kunoichi that was currently being carried. Even if he still decides to do it today, the very least he can do is treat you to lunch.

Kakashi looks at you for a bit, almost like he was lost in thought. Perhaps a flashback to something in his past that made him nostalgic. He ends up smiling but doesn’t show it as he looks upwards in the sky.

“Guess I can’t argue with that. So I’ll treat you guys as a celebration for Team Seven’s becoming official. Just name the place and we’ll go there.”

Any place you can think of eh? Well at this point you wanted food and didn’t care where it came from. However, this was the perfect chance to get some really expensive food. You start to think all of the foods you could eat on a Jounin’s salary. Your mouth almost waters in response, but overall you start to get the perfect idea to go for.

“Alright I want to go do a fanc-“

“Ichiraku Ramen!”

“That sounds like a great idea. Good job Naruto”

You absolutely wanted to punch Naruto for that. If your half-tired body didn’t have enough strength to do it, you probably would have jumped from Kakashi’s back. Only to then tackle Naruto directly and knock him out for ruining what could’ve been a big celebratory party.

[con]
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>>3506099

RIP kakashies wallet.
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>>3506099

So instead you mentally scream in all sorts of words that weren’t meant to be heard by anyone. Ultimately you lean against Kakashi’s shoulder, sobbing as he took you to Ichiraku Ramen. You didn’t exactly hate ramen but you surely wanted a much better meal than this! Sasuke didn’t object since he mainly didn’t care. So even If you gotten to his side, it would only be a tie at best. So you gloomily accept the reality, trying to bounce back from this as the lot of you walk inside.

Later that day, after getting your fill and groomed for picture day, you were currently waiting for the camera to finish. Now that you weren’t on the verge of collapsing you were far less crabby. Part of you was still upset that you didn’t get a high class meal but free food is free food. Each of you decide to take a position with you being in the middle, Naruto on the right and Sasuke on the left. Kakashi was at the back. You had the time to plan what kind of pose you wanted to take.

“Alright now on the count of three, say cheese”

You ball up your arms and tried to make a cute pose while Kakashi places his hand on Sasuke and Naruto’s head. Naruto was being bit of a grump while Sasuke was acting aloof. In retrospect you probably should’ve lecture the two of them to take this seriously and give a more formal pose. But in all honestly you just wanted the picture taken and just leave it at that. Besides, this fit the team anyway.

>What do you do for the next week?
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>>3506117
Train stamina and our Inner Sakura tech, train with Sasuke and Naruto, learn our Charkra Element, we probably won’t have much time to hang out with friends outside of Team 7 but if we can great.
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>>3506117
1. Keep studying and training like a good kunoichi
2. Try to touch base with our busy friends.
3. Try, probably unsuccessfully, to get Naruto and Sasuke to get along better.
4. Work on our secret jutsu when we can.
>>3506387
>Inner Sakura tech
Okay, yeah that makes more sense.
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>>3506387
>>3506117
Yeah this. Does general physical /stamina conditioning goes towards working towards the red petals on the flower seal?

But I'll also add
>Experiment with the assimilation jutsu more
Like figure out some basic things you can do if we absorb different elements. We already know that wood = can control trees, let's see what we can do if we a absorb stuff like soil, rock, water, ice. Things she can easily get her hands on.

But mainly we gotta slowly practice on controlling whatever we absorb and work on increasing the amount we can absorb too.

Manipulating different elemental chakras can wait until after we find our element.
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>>3506117

>>3506387
>>3506431
Supporting.
How long before we ship off to wave? We gotta know the basics of water control by then
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>>3506462

A week and few days. That's why I gave you the choice to tell me what you are doing during that time. Realistically it should be a month till shipping but eh, either Kishimoto can't plan time or I forgot the actual time frame.
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>>3506387
>>3506431
>>3506462

What an eventful three weeks you had experience under as a member of Team Seven. In the past two weeks, you ended up doing D-Class missions, training, socializing, studying and general bodybuilding exercises. That entire experience with Kakashi’s survival exercise taught you that you still have a long way to go. So you needed to be more diligent with your training.

Not only your unique jutsu was still incomplete, there was also the fact your stamina reserves could still need use. Sure when you had full preparation one can put you as being above average to the regular ninja. However, it didn’t change the fact that there would be times where you wouldn’t have the luxury of preparation. You needed to be able to fight at one hundred percent even when you were heavily low on both chakra and willpower. So trained you did in the free time you had for it.

To elaborate on your improvements, you first spent your day improving your physical and stamina conditioning. So the first thing you did was what you usually do. The sooner you master the seal placed on your physical body, the more power you can muster for long periods. Originally it was a tool to better control your physical prowess. And yet it made you more aware of your weaknesses and how it felt to be weak.

So it helped keep you grounded and using your intelligence to compensate. In addition, the more you learned and improve, the more powerful your physical prowess was becoming. Frankly it was getting kind of scary acknowledging the physical stunts you could do as a twelve year old girl. Giant weapons were as light as feather for you as you gained enough stamina to wield them for long/extended periods of time.

So in order to strengthen your willpower, you often put yourself into a state where you were close to passing out. Driven yourself near the breaking point would naturally bring out more of your inner strength. To push yourself to go beyond and keep moving through sheer force of will. That was the best way to build up more inner strength. Although, you did carry medical pills just in case.

Nothing would be more embarrassing then passing out during mid-training in the woods. It also help that this kind of training also not only build up your chakra in addition to the physical training but your muscle memory as well. The extensive and arduous training lead to you starting to be able to combat and move while in a state of unconsciousness or slumber. You frequently had Rock Lee to compare yourself with both figuratively and literally.
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>>3506541

The next thing you did was understand the full capabilities of your unique jutsu Inner Sakura. Right now it was at the level of being a vessel for your other techniques mainly Genjutsu and Taijutsu. On its own it could only travel in close distances as the further it went from you the harder it was to respond to your will and act accordingly. Not to mention it had a limit of how long it could remain before vanishing. It was also a drain on your mental energy or willpower as you summarized.

Considering the chakra conception wasn’t as bad like a normal shadow clone it was still highly useful to you. Because it was your will materializing, it copied your characteristics down to the latter. Even going as far as to mimic your movement and follow your intent in an instant.

So you could deceive someone without having to sacrifice cutting your chakra reserves in half. Still you wanted to do more than just have it be a mere doppelganger. Thus, you tried to summon only parts of it to conserve your will while opening up additional offensive and defensive capabilities. It was also real useful for the Body Substitution jutsu, Body Flicker Jutsu and even the regular Clone Jutsu.

Of course the Inner Sakura wasn’t the only jutsu you experimented and try to improve on. There was still the Shinra Bansho jutsu. It was one meant for emergencies but you still needed to know everything about it. Over the course of time, you practiced the technique on countless materials and substances. It seems in your tinkering and studying, you figured out that whatever you assimilated into your body you can freely control what’s transformed into it. Simple shapes and basic bending were simple to do while the more complex stuff took more chakra and mental fortitude to focus properly.

You could remold said part accordingly and control what substance or material you accumulated in yourself. Things that were similar or related were also within the realm of control and manipulation. Though it took more effort to do and require more discipline to keep the transformation stable. Solid stuff was the best thing to assimilate into yourself. Liquids, Gases and even Plasma were much trickier in that order. Just the other day you tried assimilated water from a stream and accidentally ended up merging with it. Defiantly this Jutsu was quite the enlightening experience for better or worse.

[con]
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>>3506549

As for socializing, you spent your time with your friends accordingly. From what you can gather, like you they were all undergoing training and team building exercises. Hearing from what they told you, you feel like you drew the short straw in the bundle by being with Team Seven. None of the others had to undergo the same level of weeding out quite like you did. You didn’t know if you should feel envious or upset about the entire thing. Still, it was nice talking to them despite how busy everyone was.

Speaking of busy, you tried some of those team building exercises that you were told on Naruto and Sasuke. It went as well as you expect it did…which was pretty badly. Neither Sasuke nor Naruto wanted to give an inch on the other. Leaving you once again to be the mediator and try to find compromise between the two. If nothing else, this was doing some real good on your people skills. On the other hand, you’re beginning to start feeling like you’re using Inner Sakura as a clutch to repress your stress and emotions. Just how many times you held back from saying Shannarō? The answer was a lot.

Currently you were coming back from a mission about hunting cats. It was to be expected that as Genin you would have to start small. These missions were to prepare you for the outside world. As well as make you grow closer to a team. At the same time you felt like you were getting paid to do household chores and charity work. Everyone has to start somewhere, but was this really what a ninja should be doing?

As you were having an external crisis on philosophy, your attention would ultimately turn back to Naruto who was complaining about the latest mission. Granted that big fat brown cat did scratched Naruto wildly. It didn’t change the fact that he didn’t have to be obnoxious to the Third Hokage about wanting a cooler mission. As if you were cut out to handle stuff like an A or S mission. From the books you read you know that long ago children were sent out to war against other villages and factions. Perhaps they were still doing it even now. So you were taking your blessing that you weren’t thrown into the lion’s den just yet.

>Lecture Naruto about the Ranking System
>Try and change the subject and ask what the next mission is
>Ignore the conversation
>Something Else
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>>3506561

[Chakra Nature is coming don't worry.]
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>>3506561
>Lecture Naruto about the Ranking System
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>>3506561
>Lecture Naruto about the Ranking System
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>>3506561
>>Lecture Naruto about the Ranking System
Yeah, Sakura would need to set him straight.
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>>3506561
>>Lecture Naruto about the Ranking System
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>>3506561
>>Lecture Naruto about the Ranking System
So going into wave we're at yellow with the flower seal, are able to summon inner pretty much like a normal clone without passing out straight away like we did during the bell test and know how to manipulate both soilds and liquids with the shinra bansho?
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>>3506561
>Lecture Naruto about the Ranking System
He's not a complete idiot, but he really should know exactly how hard A and S missions actually are.
>>3506631
Liquids is a risky proposition but possible, just don't count on it to save our behinds.
Solids are our best bet if we ever need to use it.
Gas and Plasma are rather difficult and we'll probably need to wait for a loooooong time before we can use those effectively.
Did I understand our progress correctly SOSP?
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>>3506844

Pretty much, but you're getting there.
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>>3506565
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>>3506590

“Naruto do you even know what qualifies as an A or S rank mission?” There was a look of skepticism in your eyes while you waited for an answer.

“It’s something that’s really important and it’ll only be reserve for cool ninja like us.” Naruto explains, all the more reassuring you of your skeptism.

“Ugh I knew it. Naruto, An A rank mission would be stuff like bodyguarding VIPs, Suppressing forces from enemy factions, assassination, espionage, stuff you would consider extremely important to the village. S rank like assassinations of VIPs, transporting highly classified stuff, entering enemy’s territory, very important stuff that have a high death rate. And you really want to go on one of those missions when we can barely catch a cat? “ You glance at Naruto, waiting for his answer despite knowing what it was going to be.

“….” Naruto sweatdrops.

“I thought so.” Another sigh escapes from your mouth.

You went on to fully explain the importance of each mission rank and how it was smart to build credit and skills through the old fashion way. Basically you went and destroy Naruto’s argument with fact and logic, earning praise from both the Third Hokage and Master Kakashi. Although he failed, Naruto still argues that they should at least be ready to do a C mission. You on the other hand just let him have this one since a C mission isn’t nearly as bad as trying to write their suicide pact by jumping into an A or S rank mission.

Meanwhile, Sasuke continues to keep to himself, knowing precisely that what you said was essentially common sense. Of course he would at least like to do a C rank mission relatively soon. Speaking of C ranks, the Third Hokage ends up being rather lenient after seeing two thirds of Team seven still wanted a change of pace. So the quick rundown is that Team Seven was to escort a man name Tazuna to the land of waves in order for him to build a bridge.

“Do we really have to protect this old geezer?” Naruto yelled, annoying the rest of the group.

“It’s either this or going back to the Cats Naruto.” You shut him down imminently.

“…Alright let’s get ready to go.” Naruto started to have a different tune.

You really are getting better at handling Naruto. Rather or not if that was a good thing you weren’t completely sure.

[con]
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>>3507127

Luckily you were given time to prepare for the necessary trip. So you packed all the essentials such as food, water, ninja supplies, some change in clothing, etc. You were being both practical yet fully functional as well. That said, your choice of clothing was rather cute. You were still a twelve-year-old girl, kunoichi or not. You never sacrificed cuteness for practicality if you can help it.

For added insurance, you started to invest in a small bag of different solid materials for you to use your secret trump card Shinra Bansho on. Liquids were doable but since you were going to a land of waves, you didn’t really think any liquids aside from water would really be effective there. That and water was still a little tricky in comparison to the solids.

Once you finish double checking if not triple checking for if you miss anything, you prepare to head out. Quickly you said your goodbyes to your parents and left messages for your friends alerting them that you’ll be gone for quite some time. It was probably going to be a week at most but you still made sure to pack efficiently in case it takes longer.

It wouldn’t take you long to make it to the meeting spot. With you being the second person to arrive after Sasuke. You naturally waited for both Naruto and Kakashi. Kakashi ended up saying another excuse which all three of you just was not having that today. Soon enough you were leaving the village and heading out into wilderness. This would actually be the first time you really left the village for work. There was vacations sure but this was completely different. So in a sense you were a bit nervous, but also excited all the same.

As you and your gang start to walk down the path, your eyes catch notice of a puddle. You remembered to take a check of the weather for the next few days so you could prepare accordingly. So you knew for a fact that there wasn’t a single rain drop for quite some time. This started to get you tensed up as you casually walked close to Tabuza while he and Naruto were arguing.

>Defend Tabuza
>Help Sasuke Fight
>Keep watch of the events to come
>Something else
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>>3507166
>Defend Tabuza
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>>3507166
>Defend Tabuza
Get him away from the puddle, that will probably force the poeplle behind this to show their hand early
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>>3507166
>Help Sasuke Fight
Reminder that this is a C rank mission and have no reason to think they are targeting Tabuza useless they actually do in which this is a now an A rank mission.
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>>3507180

A-Rank
These missions are completed by Jounin rank ninjas and usually include important tasks that will greatly benefit the hidden village or country, such as assassinations of wanted criminals and escorting important people across dangerous territory.

C-Rank
These are completed mostly by Chuunins, but are sometimes done by Genins as well. Various assignments include, hunting wild animals for food, and acting as a bodyguard for important villagers.
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>>3507219
C rank is usually limited to dealing with bandits. B rank is the minimum when enemy ninjas are involved.
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>>3507180
I'd assume in any escort mission the safety of the person being escorted is the priority. The puddle is dodgy and the Tabuza is too near it, so get him out of the way.
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>>3507264
This is also a C rank mission meaning ninja shouldn’t be involved. We should thinking they are targeting us not Tabuza, hell that’s why Kakashi faked getting killed so he could see who they were targeting. So logically we should be trying to draw them away from Tabuza if you are so worried about him getting killed.
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So want to discuss future plans?
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>>3507693
Well if we look at the big picture we will continue with the story. Everything works out for us in the current stage. Now if we approach the end of the Chunnin exams, I say let's kill Gara. With him dead, just about everything that happens after can't.
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>>3507763
Not really interested.
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>>3507763
>With him dead, just about everything that happens after can't.
Also I doubt that. Plot no Jutsu is one of the most powerful forces in the show.
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>>3507763
>Now if we approach the end of the Chunnin exams, I say let's kill Gara
as long as we avoid getting gimped like in canon
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>>3507693
Keep the long hair
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Personally I want to experiment with making ninja tools and pills. I think there is a lot of potential that was never explored.
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>>3507175
>>3507179

The single puddle being there got you tense up from the inconsistency. Yet you played it cool as you walked with the others towards your destination. However, something begins to form from within the puddle as it appears to be a lanky long black haired man wearing a gas mask. Right behind him was another man with spiky black hair who dressed in a similar fashion to the first man. They both had long claw like weapons as chains were sticking out from them.

Before you got the chance to turn and react, they’d already made the first move. By throwing one another over the distance, they quickly manage to catch Kakashi off-guard. Quickly the chains wrap around your teacher, restricting his movements while tearing into him. Not even he was able to grasp what just happened. With just a single tug, you ended up seeing your poor teacher getting ripped to shreds. Talk about a brutal moment for any twelve-year-old to see.

“Wha-!” You screamed, unable to finish the line.

“Master Kakashi!” Naruto called out, equally confused and distraught by the situation. You weren’t any better since even though you were somewhat paranoid it didn’t help you mentally prepare yourself enough for this outcome.

“Don’t weep for him. For it’s about your turn now!” The two brothers laugh before seemingly disappearing again. You focused your eyes on their movement, thinking that it could be the Body Flicker technique.

Naruto unfortunately was still in shock as he was frozen. Making him the perfect target for the two demon brothers to strike. That is until Sasuke took the first step by jumping directly in front of them. With a quickly thrown Kunai and shuriken combo, Sasuke manages to pin the chains against a tree. For added insult to injury, Sasuke lands on each other brother’s arms, practically taunting them as they glare at the uchiha. Following up on this, Sasuke maneuvered himself to deliver two kicks against them, forcing them to break their chain while he got into position.

You kept yourself close to Tazuna while getting into a stance. If they were to come for you, naturally you would lead them away from the client and attack them. However, if they were to come for Tazuna then you would have to play defensive and protect him with your life. You couldn’t be sure which was the more likely outcome. So you brace yourself for either option while retaining your cool.

[con]
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>>3507858

Rather than focus on Sasuke for humiliating them, they instead split themselves into two different directions. One on Naruto and the other coming directly for…...Tazuna. It seems like the second option was going to be how this was going to play down. So you grip your fist, preparing for a well time cross counter to avoid the claw strike while simtanteously punching him at his jaw. You can do this! You been training months if not years for things like this!

Sasuke knew that you could handle yourself so he went to protect Naruto instead. He quickly moved at fast speeds, almost like he was teleporting. Though more likely he was using the body flicker jutsu as well to close the distance at such a short time. Both of you brace yourselves for your respective enemy. Each of you were well equipped to handle the situation. It was time to show what you got.

That is until you would see Kakashi suddenly appear as takes out not one but both of them at the same time. Talk about cutting it close, but then you remember that a ninja must see through deception. So some part of you was still believing that Kakashi was still alive and you were right. Still, he could do without leaving you a rather graphic image to deal with when it was time to go to sleep.

“Hi. Sorry about that. There were some things I wanted to confirm so I let them pretend that they killed me. I had faith until then you could handle fourth rate ninjas like these.” Kakashi apologized. Your eyes quickly turn to the log that was currently ripped to shreds. Seem like Kakashi was one who appreciated the basics as well. His attention however went to Naruto.

“I’m especially sorry for you Naruto. I honestly didn’t think you would freeze up like that. Just stay right here while I’ll start interrogating these guys.”

>Comfort Naruto
>Check up on Tazuna
>Fistbump Sasuke
>Ask Kakashi what he meant by “Something he wanted to confirm”
>Something else
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>>3507872
>Fistbump Sasuke
>Comfort Naruto
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>>3507858
>>3507872
>let them pretend that they killed me
Why not use “believe” instead of pretend?
>Don’t weep for him. For it’s about your turn now
Why not “no need to cry for you shall soon join him”?
Those stick out the most because of how awkward they are I think you need to read them out loud just to hear awkward they are.

For the vote
>Comfort Naruto
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>>3507890

I knew I forgot something. My apologizes.
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>>3507872

>Comfort Naruto
>Check up on Tazuna
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>>3507872
>>Ask Kakashi what he meant by “Something he wanted to confirm”
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>>3507872
>>Check up on Tazuna
>>Comfort Naruto
We can give Sasuke pals props later.
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>>3507878
+1
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>>3507890
>>3507893

>use “believe” instead of pretend
100% agree. Completely changes whether the meaning. Kakashi was pretending to be killed and let everyone believe it.

>>Don’t weep for him. For it’s about your turn now
>Why not “no need to cry for you shall soon join him”?
This one almost worked, I think. I heard it in a creepy ninja voice. But the "about" was clunky and unnecessary.
I would have gone with "Don’t weep for him... For it’s your turn now!" or
"Don’t bother weeping for him, for it’s your turn now!" Although, your suggestion works well too.


Overall, I am really enjoying the quest.
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>>3507872
>Comfort Naruto
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Rolled 1 (1d3)

>>3507878
>>3508162
>>3508348
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>>3508277
>Completely changes whether the meaning
>whether
What the fuck? You do realize that’s an unnecessary word.
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>>3507878
>>3508270

After hearing Kakashi say those words, Naruto’s face only turned whiter. He couldn’t be his usual self and laugh of what had happened. Sure he was overall safe, but he should’ve done more. He shouldn’t have gotten scraped by the demon brothers and freeze up like that. He was a ninja, a shinobi from Konohagakure. This was unacceptable! Naruto continues to beat himself down and reflect upon his failure.

You on the other hand quickly motion to Sasuke to come over here. Only once he was in range that you silently yet happily move your hand out to him. Balled up into a fist, you easily made it apparent you wanted to share a moment without actually speaking it. Sasuke sees this and quietly move his fist to bump knuckles with yours. There it was, solid acknowledgement from Sasuke. You feel strongly accomplished that you held your own out there, but more important you were being respected by Sasuke.

“Nice work Sakura.”

“Back at you Sasuke.”

The two of you briefly shared pleasantries, confirming that the both of you knew that the water puddle was obviously a trap. Neither of you had to say anything to one another. And yet you both manage to keep your cool and act accordingly like proper teammates. Seems like the academy had done its job perfectly in preparing the two of you for the ninja world. Something that you’ll probably have to lecture Naruto over for not paying attention to his studies properly.

Oddly enough Naruto didn’t say anything about this. You were expecting Naruto to quickly bounce back and interject with something like “He just caught me off guard! Next time I’ll be the one who’ll be showing off how cool I am datebayo!” as a counterargument. You didn’t hear any of that however. Instead, your eyes would show you a completely frozen and humiliated Naruto. It made you feel rather uneasy and upset at yourself.

Here you are having a moment with Sasuke when you should’ve checked on Naruto first. After all, he was the one who got poisoned by the demon brothers. You weren’t a hundred percent sure about that. At the same time, you didn’t have any proof that they don’t coat their weapons in poison. So you quickly made your way to your bag in order to find some anti-poison treatment. While you did this, Sasuke turns his attention to Naruto.

“Are you hurt…...Scardey Cat?” Sasuke smugly asked. Well as smug as someone like him could muster while retaining coolness anyway.

“Sasuke!” Naruto fumes back, letting himself be taken over by the frustration and guilt in his heart.

You wanted to break up the tension between the two of them. At the same time.you had to wonder if this was Sasuke's way of getting through to Naruto. To make him take this seriously since he was the one who wanted a real mission. Now he had to pay the price for such arrogance.

[con]
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>>3508717

So you did nothing. You just let Sasuke feed Naruto the cold hard facts as you pull out the anti-poison treatment. Kakashi and Tazuna were having a heated conversation in the background. Naturally you were paying attention to the details. But your mind still focused on Naruto since you had to patch up his wound. Sure chances are you were going back home and he can see a real doctor. That still doesn’t change the fact that he could end up dying on the way if he’s not properly treated.

As you went to go and treat him however, Naruto ends up shocking the entire group with his next stunt. Through sudden impulse he ended stabbing his left hand with a kunai. He stabbed it rather deeply, causing his right hand to gush out blood quickly. His face tenses as it was clear he was in a lot of pain. Despite this, he forces himself to smile while looking at the party.

“I’m not going to lose to Sasuke! I won’t be a burden to my comrades! I swear on the pain coming from my left hand, I’m going to complete this mission! And I’ll protect all of my comrades, that includes you old man Tazuna! I’ll do it with this Kunai in hand! So don’t go canceling this mission for my sake now datebayo!” Naruto kept up a brave face. But you knew deep down this was his way of rectifying his incompetence. Something that you have personal experiences with yourself in the past.

“Naruto that was a moving speech, and I’m also proud of you for quickly treating yourself against the poison before it can properly spread. However…...if you lose too much blood then you’re going to die from blood loss. “As Kakashi points this out, Naruto starts to panic. The number one knuckleheaded ninja was frantically moving around like a scaredy cat. It would be ironically funny if it wasn’t also annoying to you.

“Stop moving! It’s only going to make you lose more blood you numbskull! Not to mention there’s the risk of getting an infection if we don’t treat you right now. Heaven forbid if you actually remember to clean your ninja tools.

“Thank you Sakura for that medical report.” Kakashi hands you the bandage wrap, trusting you with the job of patching Naruto up while he continues the interrogation.
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>>3508744
>Keep the secret to yourself
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>>3508735

Honestly, if this idiot was going to keep doing things like this. Then maybe you should invest in learning medical ninjutsu. As you think about such a possibility, you start to notice something strange in Naruto’s left hand. His wound, the one made by stabbing himself with the Kunai. It was already healing itself!

Was he just like you who was born with an unusual healing factor? Or could this healing factor come from the kyuubi inside of him? You couldn’t be sure since you never did ask anyone what exactly a jinchuriki really is. Still, if you have to compare, you’d estimate that this healing factor was faster than yours by a small margin.

>Mention the healing to everyone
>Quietly tie the bandage and talk to Kakashi about it later
>Keep the secret to yourself
>Something else
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>>3508751
>Keep the secret to yourself
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>>3508751
>Keep the secret to yourself
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>>3508751
>>Keep the secret to yourself
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>>3508751
>Keep the secret to yourself
So is she the one tail or three tail?
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>>3508814
Gaara is the one tail also I really hope we aren’t a jinchuriki since that would kill a lot of my interest for this quest.
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>>3508814

She's not a tailed beast like Naruto if that's what you were asking.
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>>3508751
>>Keep the secret to yourself
Maybe talk to Naruto about it later
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>>3508814
>>3508826
>Gaara is the one tail
This

>>3508829
>She's not a tailed beast like Naruto
Excellent.
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>>3508829
So it’s a rare constitution of sorts? That’ll get a lot of attention from the snake if he finds out.
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>>3508636
>What the fuck? You do realize that’s an unnecessary word.
WTF indeed.
I did not type that word. I don't remember typing something that could auto-correct into that word.
I suspect ninjas.

The timing and context of accidentally inserting a word while critiquing another's word choice is hilarious though.
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>>3508845
I blame Naruto.
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>>3508840

That's the closest answer I'll give till way later in the story where it'll get addressed. Don't want to spoil the fun. Just know it isn't tailed beast related or Kekkai Genkai related.
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>>3508751
>Keep the secret to yourself
It doesn't seem relevant as of now, you can look into how jinchuriki work outside of mission time.
>>3508847
I have sort of a idea for what you're going for, and it's spooking me.
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I'm going to take a bet and say we are an experiment that was rescued. Explains why we have pink hair, which is unusual in Naruto funny enough.
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>>3508766
>>3508777
>>3508782
>>3508814
>>3508832
>>3508854

As you continue to look at the healing factor kicking in, more and more ideas just keep flooding your mind. Maybe it could’ve neutralize the poison before it even entered the bloodstream? How far does it go? Does it consume only the physical stamina or just chakra altogether? Is it automatic or a conscious effort? The ideas and theories just won’t stop forming as you start to really use that intellectual side of yours. Your eyes briefly catch Naruto looking at you with a creeped out look on his face.

“Hey Sakura. Is it that bad? You keep staring at- “You cut Naruto off before he could finish. Your mind had just finally coming out of your long hypothesis session.

“It’s nothing. Next time though, think before acting okay?” “You suddenly tighten the bandages on Naruto’s hand. A sort of innocent reminder not to do something this stupid again.

Naruto winces a bit but quickly started to nod. Seems like he got the message. That or he didn’t want to make you mad. He has seen what you can do when you don’t hold yourself back. Either way, he was treated and from the looks of Kakashi and Tazuna talking. It seems that the mission was continuing despite being understand.

“Master Kakashi.” There was a sound of concern in your voice as you see him walking towards you.

“Don’t worry Sakura, I’ll quickly explain the situation. It appears that our client Tazuna chose to not inform us of an important detail in the request form. Those two ninjas that Sasuke and yourself were fighting are both chuunin-class. Troubling opponents that ace students like the two of you would have a challenge defeating. Of course I had faith in my team’s skills, that’s why I could leave it to you while I went on to discover the real reason for the attack. “Kakashi starts to put his right hand on your head, patting you for a job well done. You ended up blushing a bit while Sasuke got the same treatment.

“Had it just been ninjas attacking ninjas it’d be one thing. Based on their actions however, it seems they were more incline to assassinate Tazuna rather than fully commit to fighting either of you. These ninjas were hired by someone to take out Tazuna. So the mission normally should be called off since this is at least a B worthy mission. That said, after hearing Tazuna tell me the full story….and Naruto’s stubborn refusal to cancel the mission. I have decided that I should let the rest of Team 7 weight their opinion on the matter. At least before I make my final decision.”

>Continue the Mission
>Try to argue and suggest going home.
>Something else
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[One more thing. Do you guys prefer how I been handling honorifics or should make it more genuine and use the japanese style such as Kakashi-sensai or Naruto-kun. Personally I don't care, but I want to be sure on what you guys want.]
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>>3508890
>>Continue the Mission
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>>3508854

Depends how much the idea is making you spook'd. What is it
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>>3508890
>Continue the Mission
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>>3508890
As much as we would like to listen to reason, we need to continue the mission to at least keep a eye on Naruto, and since Tazuna's story is a factor in allowing us to add our opinion on the matter it's either safe or Kakashi has some sort of stake on this. Maybe another lesson like in the bell test? Eh.
>Continue the Mission
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>>3508928
Inner Sakura's development is starting to look like a hint
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>>3508892
>Personally I don't care
Sums it up. I don't have preference.
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>>3508890
>Continue the Mission
>Ask if he thinks they will send a Jonin next time
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>>3508896
>>3508929
>>3508933
>>3508974

“I think we should continue the mission. It would be too problematic for The Third Hokage having to properly punish Tazuna for lying and setting up a proper team for this. Not to mention, I’m sure Naruto would try and complete it even if he was told no. Actually, he’s the type who would do the opposite of what you tell him. So I have zero doubt in my hypothesis with Naruto. Then there’s Sasuke. He’s more reasonable to try and get him to see the logical side of things. At the same time, I also believe that Sasuke would like the chance to really prove his skills and get some real experience. If it came to the three of us, I’d be outvoted. And if that’s the case, then I might as well jump aboard.”

You weren’t wrong about Naruto and Sasuke. Who else but you know exactly how they think? The fact you were childhood friends with them gave you such insight to predict their actions. Your hypothesis ends up having more credibility when Naruto and Sasuke chooses to not give a response. Kakashi would only smiled at the scene. You didn’t know why but it was clear that there was something he was thinking that could explain it. You should probably ask him about his past in the future.

“In that case, we shall continue the mission. I’ll debrief you about the ordeal as we take a boat to our next destination.” As Kakashi says this, you all nod in unison as you travel to the next meeting point and get ready for a boat trip.

To summarize on the debriefing, Kakashi explains to the party that Tazuma is the leader of the bridge construction project for the Land of Waves. A small country that is very poor and was the perfect cover for an extremely wealthy man named Gato to take over. You are surprised by the name Gato considering his company was very influential in the shipping business. To have someone like that after Tazuma was a troubling predicament. You and Sasuke began to theorize the main objective while Naruto pretends to look like he understands all of this. In reality you know for a fact he was completely lost in the conversation.

As you rack your brain over theories, you then turn your attention back to Tazuna. Now trying to figure out him was a no brainier. It’s pretty obvious on Tazuna’s end on why he ended up lying about the mission. It probably took a lot of effort just to try and get C rank support from the village. So for Tazuna this was probably the best setup he could ask for over the Gato conspiracy. An Elite Jounin, two high class Genin from the academy…and the wild card Naruto Uzumaki.

[con]
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>>3509085

It would be an understatement to say that your team was a little over their heads over this. By all accounts Kakashi should have called this mission off. Unfortunately, all of you have a strong moral compass and couldn’t abandoned Tazuna. Especially when he started to bring up his family. Now you weren’t dumb, so you knew when someone was trying to guilt trip you. Yet you really didn’t have any leg to stand against his tactic. So you just let out a sigh and accepted that you were going to be putting up with more trouble than you reasonably should.

“So what can we expect to deal with? More Chuunin level ninja attacks or should I just assume the worst case scenario is the more likely next step.” You asked.

“It’s possible that the worst case scenario of them sending a Jounin is a very likely outcome. Still, I promise that whatever the outcome is I’ll protect all of you.” Kakashi explained, trying to defuse any doubt or worry in your heart. It was working although rather slowly.

“Sakura you need to stop worrying. We got Master Kakashi with us. And if one shows up I’ll pummel him like I did with Mizuki!”Naruto bragged, really making you consider popping that bubble.

“So should I expect you to do it through freezing up? If so that would be an impressive way to weaponize fear.” Sasuke taunts Naruto, causing him to rile up once again.

“This time will be different. Who knows? Maybe you’ll be the one trembling like a cat!” Naruto taunts Sasuke back, oddly making the Uchiha just as riled up as he was doing to Naruto.

“Naruto!”

“Sasuke!”

“Shut up both of you!” You screamed. The constant bickering was honestly giving you a headache. At the very least things were getting back to how it supposed to be. You were still on the fence on rather or not it was a good thing.

As the gang leaves the port and make their way into the forest, you notice something strange. From what your eyesight can tell you, it was a white rabbit jumping into the bushes. A rabbit was not exactly worth causing an alarm over. And yet….something was still off about it. That rabbit’s fur was snow white and not the typical chocolate brown shade. The current season wouldn’t have white rabbits. So why was it not brown?

>Investigate Yourself
>Tell the Party
>Keep it yourself and continue forward
>Something Else
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>>3509136
>Tell the Party
We've literally just been jumped by two ninjas hiding in a dodgy puddle. Not bringing up the dodgy rabbit would be foolish.
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>>3509136
>Tell the Party
A Off-Season rabbit would be a nice way of getting a different conversation going at the very least.
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>>3509136
>Tell the Party
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>>3509136
>Tell the Party
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>>3509136
>>3509143
>>Tell the Party
This, Alice. This.
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>>3509136
>Tell the Party
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“Hold on for a second alright.” You mention to the party in between walk as you start to move to the bush.

You slowly make your way without alerting the rabbit. As you get closer, you start to consider another problem. It dawns upon you that if you approach the rabbit carelessly, it’ll most likely run away. Sure you could probably catch it no problem, but you didn’t want to waste stamina. Especially when all you’re doing is just confirming your suspicions. So you started to calculate the right method of capture with the least amount of effort. As you do this, your direction soon turns to where Naruto currently was.

“Naruto I want you to throw a kunai in this direction.” You point at the spot for Naruto, practically doing the math for him for the direction he needs to throw it.

“Huh? Well alright if you say so datebayo.” Naruto throws the Kunai exactly where you directed him towards. Or so you would’ve liked to believe as he was a small margin off. As you go and check, your suspicions were right as Naruto just barely misses hitting the white rabbit. On the plus side the rabbit was too scared to move thus making it easier to grab.

“Thanks Naruto….” You muttered, picking up the white rabbit as you hand it to a now panicking Naruto. He results to hugging and nuzzling the rabbit to snap it out of its terrified state.

“See the color of its fur. I don’t recall white rabbits appearing here this time of year. Do you?” You start explaining to the group why this didn’t make any sense. Of course it made you a total nerd but considering how your knowledge about the climate came in handy, nobody really has a leg to make fun of you. Especially when your so called bookworm knowledge is proving to be highly useful.

Kakashi on the other hand was already one step ahead of you. Naturally he was on the lookout for the enemy. If you knew about the rabbit beforehand, then there’s no doubt that Kakashi definitely saw it first. Judging from his body movement, Kakashi was scouting while remembering to be subtle about it. Just because you know you’re being watched doesn’t mean you want the enemy to know that. So you didn’t say anything else. Rather you decided to keep face by continuing on the lesson about the climate and how it affects animals. Not letting the enemy know you were also trying to find them.
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>>3510082

Your eyes occasionally looked around as you keep on your guard. There was only a limited number of ways that the enemy could attack. Although, there was also the possibility that the rabbit itself was a substitution made from the transformation jutsu. A true master can make sure they don’t leave any tells when replicating the real thing. You didn’t put it passed you that this could just be some sort of mind game to try and make you mess up.

The more you thought about it, the more possibilities start to pile up and almost crush the mental image of Inner Sakura. Ugh! You started to mentally curse your high intellect as it was making you think too hard over something that should be simple. You almost lose track as Kakashi hears something in the distance. His eyes widen a bit before he quickly turns to the rest of the party.

“Everyone get down!” Kakashi alerted the party just in the nick of time. Your eyes narrowly catch the moving object coming at fast speeds. Out of sheer instinct, you move your right leg to kick Naruto in order to trip him while using your left arm to pull Tazuna down in the nick of time. Sasuke and Kakashi were naturally able to dodge without any assist.

All three of you luckily manages to dodge what appears to be a giant butcher knife or was it an oversized broadsword. Details to argue about later, right now you focused on the one who threw it. Standing on the weapon now lodged on the tallest point of a large tree was your enemy. It was a grey skinned athletic man, face covered in bandage with his chest fully exposed.

On his forehead there was a blue headband, it has the symbols of Kirigakure with the added detail of the forehead being slashed horizontally. When a headband is mark in such a way, it can only mean that the person was a missing ninja. A rogue who either abandoned his village or was cast out and now wanted as a criminal.

“You brats are much smarter than I originally gave you credit. No wonder why the demon brothers fell so pathetically.” The mysterious man looked upon you, Sasuke and Naruto especially when speaking.

“Well, Well. If it isn’t the rogue ninja of Kirigakure, Zabuza Momochi. To be more specific, one of the legendary seven swordsman of the mist. Or I should say former in your case.”

“As expected from the copy ninja of Konohagakure, Kakashi Hatake. Someone like you should naturally be well informed. But I rather if we just skip formalities and get to business. Sorry if that seems cold…but I’ll have to have you hand over the old man now.“ Zabuza turns to Kakashi, keeping a close eye to where his hand was moving. Kakashi was about to adjust his hand band to reveal his special crimson eye.

[con]
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>>3510114

Naturally Sasuke was in great amounts of shock about Kakashi’s title. By all accounts he should be the only Uchiha left…...just him and the man he swore to kill. And yet it was almost like Zabuza was implying that Kakashi carried the same “talent” that the Uchihas were known for. Could he really have the sharingan?

As for Naruto he was rearing to go to make up for his cowardice last time. Only to then be stopped by Kakashi. It didn’t take Kakashi long to convince Naruto that going up against Zabuza would be a foolish decision. Naruto hated to admit that but ultimately he does precisely what Kakashi asked of him.

“Get into Manji Battle Formation. Focus only on protecting Tazuna. This isn’t a fight that any of you can safely handle. So this is the best kind of teamwork you can do for now.” As Kakashi says this, he finally reveals to everyone his sharingan eye. A three tomoe sharingan to be specific.

Everyone was in shock at seeing the sight of the Sharingan. Naruto on the other hand was naturally dimwitted about what’s so special about the Sharingan. So Sasuke naturally had to fill him in. It was a special Kekkai Genkai that held a multitude of abilities. In this case, the ability to copy a person’s jutsu just by seeing it once. Zabuza also gave additional information about the Sharingan. Slowly it starts to dawn upon you just how special Sasuke really is. Yet you never seen him use such eyes. Why was that?

“Well now......I never expected Kakashi of the Sharingan would reveal his trump card so soon. You flatter me. Or maybe it’s because you want to protect those brats of yours. Either way, I’ll have to do something special for the occasion.” You weren’t sure how but the battlefield started to be engulfed in a dense white mist.

“When I once was in Kirigakure’s Anbu Black Ops, there was a page specifically about you in the bingo book. The man who has copied over one thousand jutsus..….Kakashi the copy ninja.” As Zabuza explains, you start to really get the feeling just how much of a big shot Kakashi Hatake truly was.

Sasuke was still in disbelief about a non-uchiha having his clan’s prized Kekkai Genkai. He starts to think rather or not Kakashi did the unthinkable and assassinated an Uchiha to get it. After all, it is possible one to use the Sharingan and not be from the Uchiha clan. In order to do that however, you must steal the eyes of one of them and implant it onto yourself. A move that would otherwise be constantly taxing for non-uchihas. Thus, Sasuke continued to keep up his guard while staring intensely at Kakashi.

[con]
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>>3510144
>The man who has copied over one thousand jutsus
Yet you can count the different jutsus he uses on your fingers.
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>>3510144

“Let’s end the talking here. I must kill that old man over there imminently. But it seems, I have to defeat you first, Kakashi Hatake.” Zabuza made the first move by kicking the tree. The force was enough for him to effortless pull his sword out and launch himself into the waters to stand upon. You were amazed by his level of chakra control as he easily stood on the lake’s surface.

Quickly you, Sasuke and Naruto got into position as you took center stage while Sasuke took the Left and Naruto took the right. Each of you were in a guarding stance with your weapons drawn out. You weren’t going to let him get to Tazuna or be a burden to Kakashi. Kakashi readies himself as Zabuza only intensifies the mist.

“Ninja Art: Hidden Mist Jutsu” Before you knew it Zabuza was already gone. The hidden mist thickens as it was becoming much harder to see your surroundings.

“Stay on your guard everyone. Zabuza Momochi is not only a former member of the Kirigakure’s Anbu Black Ops but is a known master to the silent killing technique. As the name suggests, it’s a killing skill that’s implemented in an instant in complete silence. By the time you realize it, it’s possible you may find yourself in the afterlife. Although it’s more likely he’ll come after me, I can’t say for certain that you won’t be in any danger. So again, stay on your guard.” Kakashi alerts the party the sheer magnitude of danger that is Zabuza.

“Well, if we fail then we’ll only just die.” Kakashi carefreely mentions in order to cut through the rising tension.

“How is that supposed to make us feel better?!?! I don’t want to die to someone who probably couldn’t grasp why a white rabbit is a terrible substitution choice!” Priorities Sakura, priorities.

Unfortunately, your priorities start to disappear as you could no longer see your teacher Kakashi. The three of you and Tazuna were now alone.

>Struggle to keep your cool
>Think about something else, anything else!
>Freak out!
>Inflict self-injury to calm your nerves
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>>3510194
>Struggle to keep your cool
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>>3510194
>Struggle to keep your cool
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>>3510194
>Struggle to keep your cool
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>>3510194
>but is a known master to the silent killing technique
>but is a known master of the silent killing technique
>>3510144
>He starts to think rather or not Kakashi did the unthinkable and assassinated an Uchiha to get it.
>He starts to think whether or not Kakashi did the unthinkable and assassinated an Uchiha to get it.
Your mistakes are getting minor enough to be considered typos through autocorrect rather than poor english. Keep it up and people might stop thinking you’re an ESL.
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>>3510194
>>Struggle to keep your cool
If we need to, let Inner Sakura freak out inside, but we've got this.
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>>3508892
I like the way you've been doing it.

Do you want me to point out the misused words I spot, or just leave it be?
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>>3510374

Might as well. >>3510234 has been doing it regardless.
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>>3510194
>>Struggle to keep your cool
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>>3510389
Yeah, but I'm polite.
And actually I only have one, really and now I feel like I'm nitpicking.
>>3510144
>rearing to go
The expression is "raring to go". Rearing makes sense too, but it's just not what's said.

At first, I thought you misused "imminently" instead of "immediately", but it's not wrong, just usually used more passively.
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>>3510194
>Struggle to keep your cool
Oh the bunny is Haku isn't it. No wonder Zabuza is revealing himself to us now. We still have him in our arms, right? We mustn't let him get away whatever we do.
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>>3510565
>Yeah, but I'm polite.
Nobody cares. This is fucking 4chan. If you are complaining about someone being a little rude then you are on the wrong site. Especially since I think he is an ESL and am trying to be a little humorous with comment not cruel.
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>>3510674
Fuck nah the rabbit is...his pet? Anyway we still need to protect it because it's cute and fuzzy.

I need to refresh my naruto knowledge
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>>3510156
It was a lie. It was a lie he spread to make people wary of fighting him. That's my headcanon anyway
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>>3510194
>>Inflict self-injury to calm your nerves
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>>3510678
Heh.
This is fucking 4chan. If you are complaining about someone poking fun at your slight rudeness then *you* are on the wrong site.
I wasn't complaining. I was making light of your approach while finding out if OP wants the critique or not. I've seen some ESL QMs super appreciate it and some QMs slip into shame spirals.
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Do you think in order to keep the threads cleaner and to have a place to properly address moments like these >>3510565
>>3510678 that I should make a discord/twitter ?
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>>3510674
>We still have him in our arms, right?
Would we have dropped the bun from our right arm when ducking the blade?
That's the question.
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>>3510952

Naruto had the bunny, but he would've likely dropped it after the fall.
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>>3510949

I'm generally against it because, at best, the thread looks clean, but sterile, lifeless, and dead with all the discussion elsewhere.
But that's me.
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>>3510955
>Naruto had the bunny, but he would've likely dropped it after the fall.
Damn, that's right. That white rabbit is GONE.
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>>3510209
>>3510211
>>3510217
>>3510368
>>3510452
>>3510674
>>3510969

The mist continues to thicken as time passes. It didn’t help that you were in the enemy’s playground. The Land of Waves is usually surrounded by the ocean. Normally that sounds like an obvious fact to know about. At the same time, knowing that the very environment was helping Zabuza’s Hidden Mist Jutsu made the situation all the direr.

“Eight Spots.”

“Huh? What?”

Things start to take a turn from the worst when you started to hear Zabuza’s voice. At first you merely thought you were imaging things. As time went on, those thoughts start to fade. In its place you begin imagining the assassin playing to your fears. You read about books correlating to such tactics back in the academy. But knowing about it and experiencing it firsthand were two completely different things as you come to realize that.

“The larynx, the spine, the lungs, the liver…. the jugular, and the subclavian veins. The kidneys and the heart. Now then, which vulnerable spot would be good? Who would be the perfect target? The boy in the orange jumpsuit? Maybe the raven haired brat? Or perhaps the pink haired girl? So many choices. And it would be so easy to pull off too….”

Now you sure that you were being messed with. These mind games were having quite the toll on your will. You weren’t sure if he was directly trying to get under your skin, Kakashi’s skin or maybe both. You try desperately to try and keep your cool against the killer tension. Easier said than done however. With each passing second it becomes harder and harder. You felt the tension only worsen as time went on. The mist was thickening, your senses begin to dull from the fear, and your mind was wearing down.

You start to bite against your lips. It was a deep bite to be precise. Deep enough to pierce the skin and draw out blood. The pain was helping you retain some form of coolness. However, it would only be a short time solution until you fell back to the panicking state you were in. Soon enough, Kakashi starts to release his chakra to give you more visibility. It was more than that though. He was trying to dispel the group’s growing fear and despair. Even with that you could still feel it.

[con]
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>>3510970

What an intense feeling for blood! A single action, be it simply blinking your eyes or even breathing would be enough for the mark of death. The constant feeling of the elite jounin’s murderous intent was suffocating you. Every bone in your body was shaking, your flesh trembles with goosebumps forming, your hair stood up to its highest point.

Sweat start to pour down while your heart beats faster and faster. You keep telling yourself to calm down, but it was no use. You were scared! It was as if your life was stuck in limbo as time practically stops. If this goes on for at least an hour, surely you’ll go mad.

Naturally you look to the rest of your comrades to check up on their status. Naruto and Tazuna were to be as expected for the most part. Naruto was desperately trying to keep his cool but failing. Meanwhile Tazuna was equally afraid. In his defense he was a very old man and a civilian. So you’d find it tremendously weird if he wasn’t this scared.

Your eyes then went on Sasuke who was especially terrified by this. You never seen Sasuke this scared before. It never once ran across your mind that the once cool and collective Sasuke would break down like this. You didn’t have time to be worrying about him and Naruto. Still, you couldn’t help but look at Sasuke getting close to taking his own life. You need to stop him! Luckily Kakashi was already on it.

“Sasuke, calm down. Don’t worry. I will protect all of you with my life.”

“How can you be sure!”

“Because I will not allow my comrades to get killed.” Kakashi smiles, turning his head back to the group.

“I wonder about that…”

As he finishes that line, Zabuza was already behind you. His right hand already on the giant executioner’s blade. Was this the body flicker technique? Or was he at the center of the party the whole time. It didn’t matter since you were already in his grasp. Zabuza was right when he said it was so easy to pull off. He made the manji formation into a deathtrap in just a blink of an eye.

“It’s over.” Those were going to be the last words you hear before Zabuza slaughters you.
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>>3510947
>some QMs slip into shame spirals.
>implying you’ve seen shit
I can tell you I’ve seen worse without even seeing what you are talking. The ones that keep going are almost always attention whores by fucking nature and most of the one that give up never had a chance in the first place. Running a quest is fucking demanding and anyone not willing to persevere and run multiple times per week might as well give up.
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>>3510984

Before you could react, Kakashi already took the first move by jumping in front of Zabuza. He manages to stop the former anbu member from swinging his sword against you. For added insurance, Kakashi had also knocked each and every one of you from Zabuza. You ended up catching yourself by placing your hand against the ground. Followed by several back flips, you manage to put enough distance between you and Zabuza.

You look down at the struggle between Kakashi and Zabuza. From what you saw, water was pouring out from the wound Kakashi inflicted upon Zabuza. What was more upsetting was seeing another Zabuza behind Kakashi. Only Naruto manages to warn Kakashi as Zabuza cuts Kakashi in half. To your relief it was only a Water Clone. The real Kakashi was right behind Zabuza, kunai aimed directly at his neck.

“Don’t move!”

There was a small bit of relief that nobody tried to make a witty exchange in this life or death struggle. Somehow Kakashi had managed to copy Zabuza during the exchange. Afterwards, he performed the Water Clone Jutsu and hid his real self elsewhere. A clever move from your teacher. He probably even used the line about protecting his comrades to distract Zabuza. Just how far was Kakashi thinking ahead?

So this was how the elites do things? You didn’t have time to truly admire Kakashi as Zabuza started to laugh. You didn’t get why he did this since Kakashi had the advantage. Unfortunately, the reason became clear as day as another Zabuza appeared. It seems that Zabuza had already taken additional measurements against the Sharingan. In just a flash, Kakashi was knocked back into the water after a brief exchange of blows with Zabuza. Not only was his Ninjutsu and Kenjutsu were high class but so was his Taijutsu too.

“W-What’s with this water......? It’s awfully heavy.” Kakashi struggles to pull himself out of the water. Unfortunately, Zabuza soon appeared right behind him to seal his fate.

“Humph, how foolish. To think you wouldn’t notice the Water Prison Jutsu I set up here!” Zabuza quickly waved handsigns as he bends the water around him. Kakashi soon found himself trap inside a sphere of water as Zabuza’s left hand was connected to it.

“The look of shock on your face tells me you been underestimating me. Did you think you escaping into water after receiving my kick was just a stroke of luck? Don’t be naïve! This was my real objective all along. The Water Prison Jutsu is a special prison made out of water. It makes it practically impossible for you to escape! The water’s density and pressure makes it harder for one to act. Weaker Shinobi for example ended up drowning while trapped inside. It would’ve be fortunate for me if you were one of those shinobis." Zabuza smiles.

[con]
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>>3511009

“Now Kakashi, I’m going to have you wait patiently here. I’ll have to settle things with you later. First, I’ll have to finish your brats off first. To properly teach both you and them a lesson.” With just a single hand, Zabuza quickly forms the Water Clone Jutsu. From the waters another Zabuza quickly forms with a devilish laugh.

“You’re acting big, wearing a headband like a Ninja.…...but a real ninja is far more than just merely playing pretend. A real ninja is one who has hovered life and death countless times. In other words, only those who are worth being listed in my bingo books deserves to call themselves Ninjas. Brats like yourselves can’t be called real ninjas.” With that, Zabuza makes another hand sign as the Mist starts to obscure his presence. Before you knew it, he was already gone. You tried to look for him but to no avail.

“You’re just a kid!” Naruto found himself to be the first of Zabuza’s victim. A swift knee drop to the face and Naruto was already down on the ground. His handband was lying on the floor as Zabuza taunts him by stepping on it.

>Fight Zabuza (write out your tactic)
>Help Naruto
>Backup Sasuke (write out your tactic)
>Protect Tazuna
>Something else
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>>3511026
>Protect Tazuna
Let Naruto and Sasuke do their thing. This is where they prove what they are capable of.
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>>3511026
>Protect Tazuna
He's a sitting duck otherwise. Plus if this makes Zabuza gun for us specifically that's the best time to blindside him with inner / our genjutsu laced punches.
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>>3511026
>Protect Tazuna
As much as I would like to help out Naruto here, Tazuna's the main target.
Getting Kakashi out of their prison is pretty important though so... any ideas?
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>>3511026
>>Protect Tazuna
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>>3511097
Naruto and Sasuke managed to free Kakashi without any help from Sakura and showing any of our abilities will put us in a disadvantage in the last fight of this arc.
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>>3511046
>>3511058
>>3511097
>>3511104

Good on you for wanting to not change the canon for this fight. That said, do you want me to skip to the Haku scene and short summarized the fight. Or do you want me to describe all of it.
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>>3511329
Which ever you feel like.
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>>3511329
Nah just short summarize

>Not changing canon
That's for later fights. Besides we need to take all Sasuke-Naruto team building moments we can.
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>>3511026
>Protect Tazuna
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>>3511340
The next one is on the bridge and is a pretty big one considering Naruto gets access to Kyuubi charkra and Sasuke unlocks Sharingan.
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>>3511329
While there is obviously a metagame going on, skipping stuff is highly unwarranted imho.
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>>3511401
There is no point in not glossing over it though. All trying to write it out would do is slowdown the quest.
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>>3512274
I agree, at this point it's basically a novelization of Naruto.
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>>3511329
I agree with not changing *this* fight.
Sakura made the right decision to stand and defend Tazuna. It wasn't glorious or exceptional, but it was necessary.
The awesome Sasuke and Naruto moment is a total bonus. Still one of my favorites.

As far as summarizing and skipping, I think it's a good idea.
If Sakura can't affect the event, we've already made the decision (like with Tazuna), or you choose to stick with canon for your QM reasons, then there's no reason to detail everything out.
If we can change things, drop us into the story with more detail like you've been doing.
Although a summary of events would be nice as we might've forgotten something key.
That's my opinion, anyway.

I'm playing to see how this incarnation of Sakura changes things.
I'm not playing with a heavy meta-game intent.
I'm saving all my meta-game to keep Sasuke from getting cursemarked.
...and maybe save the third Hokage somehow.
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>>3511360
>>3511046
>>3511058
>>3511058
>>3511097
>>3511104

You were on the edge of your sanity. What exactly should you do? Should you work with Sasuke and fight against Zabuza? Should you instead go to Naruto and check on his injuries? Should you stay and protect Tazuna? There were too many options to consider in such a short time. How could you possibly decide the best option? There was just no way to decide. You shouldn’t be second guessing yourself but you couldn’t help it!

The mere overwhelming pressure ended up making you freeze up. You were one who usually had complete control of the situation. Typically, you went and pick the best option based on logic. Thus, you never truly been in a situation where you couldn’t hatch a plan. The very thought would frustrate you to no end if you weren’t so terrified of Zabuza.

To nobody’s surprise, you ended up blanking out. You were over stressing your mind thinking and as a result you ended up motionless. Your senses were still active in case you needed to react. However, it only be a pale imitation of your razor sharp skills. What would ultimately snap you out of your lack of thought was Naruto. He managed to do something completely unheard of and got back his headband. His little speech about being put in the bingo books started to motivate you. You no longer felt any fear as you begin to return to your old intellectual self.

“Shannarō! That’s the number one knucklehead ninja I know!” Inner Sakura shouts happily. In times like these, your inner self was becoming more of a beneficial asset to you. On the outside you can remain calm and collected, while on the inside you can let your emotions explode without worry. That’s how you should handle things rather than try to overuse that brain of yours suppressing your emotions.

Seeing Naruto regain his confidence reassured your own resolve. You couldn’t explain it, but right now he was looking pretty cool. So there was no need to try and assist him. Instead, you watch Naruto and Sasuke start to come up with a plan. Who would’ve thought that a near death scenario would be enough to get them to finally work together? Now if only they could do this all the time. It’d certainly make your life a whole lot easier.

Kakashi on the other hand tries to argue against it. He desperately called out to the team, telling them to focus on saving Tazuna. The look on both of their faces started to bring doubt to them. In retrospect Kakashi was right that the mission took more priority than saving his life. However, that would go against the lesson he taught you. Those who abandoned their comrades are worse than scum. Someone who follows the teaching of Kakashi Hatake just couldn’t go against those lessons. It just wasn’t in you, but you did make for a compromise.

[con]
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>>3513131

“Naruto! Sasuke! Don’t worry about Tazuna. I’ll protect him with my life. So don’t hesitate! Save our mentor! Besides, it’s about time you knuckleheads start working together.” You called out to the both of them. A confident smile formed as you took a defensive stance.

Both Naruto and Sasuke ended up smiling a bit. Their worries started to fade away. This was good. There shouldn’t be any distractions. Instead, they should focus their all in saving Kakashi. The final nail on the coffin came from Tazuna himself as he steps forward.

“She’s right! You all got into this mess because of me. So what right do I have to keep you from saving your mentor. Go for it! Fight as much as you want! “Tazuna motivates the party. The last shred of doubt was completely gone as all of you were united.

As fate would have it, that was the be decision. In a clever stunt, Naruto manages to force Zabuza to release Kakashi after teaming up with Sasuke to trick Zabuza. To see them use the basic transformation jutsu in such a manner with the windmill of shadows made you incredibly proud. You thought that you were the only one that really honed their skills mastering the basics. Kakashi was also proud of his students as he reemerges to fight Zabuza. They did their job, so they can leave the rest to Kakashi.

You watch intently at the battles that took forth. The battle with Naruto and Sasuke against Zabuza allowed you gather information on the true importance of elemental clones. In addition, it also filled you in on as the strength and weaknesses of the Shadow Clone Jutsu. While the battle between Kakashi and Zabuza taught you the skill level of two elite jounins. All of their tactics and preparations were being burned into your memory. You didn’t know when, but it was about time you start to jump to the next level. You needed to figure out your own chakra element and refine it like Kakashi and Zabuza do for theirs.

The battle ultimately went to Kakashi as he defeats Zabuza thanks to the power of the Sharingan. Before Kakashi could make the killing blow, someone else ends up doing it for him. It was a masked individual named Haku. He quickly debriefed you about the Kirigakure hunter-nin and it was his job to take care of Zabuza’s corpse. He was no different than either of you, Sasuke or Naruto. And yet he was already so skilled. It honestly made you feel rather frustrated. He took down Zabuza and made it so easy. Before you really had time to reflect, Kakashi ends up passing out.

[con]
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>>3513143

“Master Kakashi!” You quickly called out to him. He was unresponsive, but his life wasn’t in danger. It was probably Kakashi overusing his sharingan. Again, Kakashi was a non-uchiha so his body couldn’t handle the Kekki Genkai properly. So you took it upon yourself to carry him. Physically you were the strongest out of the team.

“Good ole Sakura using her monstrous strength. With her handling the heavy lifting, we can rest easy.” Naruto compliments you. Of course it could also be taken as an insult to how unlady-like you are.

“Naruto! That’s not exactly what a young maiden wants to hear. I mean you’re right but still!” You lecture Naruto while still carrying Kakashi. You pouted in annoyance while the four of you walked.

It would take a while before you and the rest of Team Seven make it to Tazuna’s home. So if nothing else, this was good training for you. Upon arrival you were greeted by Tazuna’s daughter Tsunami. With her help you quickly made your way to a spare room to place Kakashi in. Until he awakens, you made yourself well aware of your surroundings. You went on to find a private place in order to practice “that jutsu” in peace.

Eventually Kakashi awakened from his recovery nap to give you some information. The four of you broke down the fact that had Haku was telling the truth then he would’ve destroyed the body instantly. There was no need for him to take it with him. In addition, the way H So he was clearly a double agent. The threat of Zabuza was not over. And it was going to take a week before Kakashi could properly function at a hundred percent. So what Kakashi ends up suggesting was some more training. To be more précised, he mentions the tree climbing practice.

>Ask him about your Chakra Nature
>Finish ahead so you can train by yourself
>Hold back your talent to avoid hurting your teammate’s ego
>Something else
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>>3513148
>Ask him about your Chakra Nature
>Finish ahead so you can train by yourself
They are big boys, kinda, they can handle a little ego bruise.
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>>3513148
>Ask him about your Chakra Nature
>Finish ahead so you can train by yourself
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>>3513148
>Ask him about your Chakra Nature
>Finish ahead so you can train by yourself
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>>3513148
>Ask him about your Chakra Nature
>Finish ahead so you can train by yourself
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>>3513148
>In addition, the way H
I think you are missing something here.
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>>3513176

It was suppose to be mentioning the way Haku struck at the pressure points with senbon to fake Zabuza's death that further Kakashi's suspicion.

Fuck I need my nap.
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>>3513154
>>3513156
>>3513160
>>3513171

Once again Naruto had little clue about Chakra during the explanation. You pinch your eyebrows, holding back the urge to manifest Inner Sakura to terrify Naruto. So you quickly explain to him the ins and outs to Chakra. Leaving the rest to Kakashi, you quickly listen to him explain how the tree climbing exercise work. You needed to put a fixed amount of chakra to your feet and maintain the right balance for the stream. Sound simple enough, perhaps too simple for you.

As each of you make your way to your respective tree, all three of you make the necessary handsign. The three of you manage to complete the requirements at the same time. For some reason you think of goldilocks and the three bears as you walked up the tree. Sasuke came up short as he was too brash and put too much chakra. Naruto on the other hand didn’t even make it past two steps as he barely put any chakra at all. You on the other hand was just right.

Naruto and Sasuke were too distracted on their mistakes to see you just casually walking. The fact you were whistling while having your hands behind your back shows how effortless this was for you. Before you knew it, you were already up on the top of the highest tree. You went to mark your tree while Kakashi points out your achievement.

“Looks like I’m the first one to finish.” You stick your tongue out in a playful manner. Naruto and Sasuke were in disbelief at the stunt.

“Wow! Way to go, Sakura! That’s just what you’d expect from our talented egghead.” Again you weren’t sure if he was complimenting you or accidently insulting you. An anger mark forms behind your head.

“Whatever.” Sasuke tries to play it cool, but he was naturally upset that he was having trouble with this. While you weren’t even really showing off your full skills. You end up forming another anger mark at the childish antics.

“Well, not only does Sakura have knowledge about chakra, her control and stamina is pretty good. It looks like Sakura is actually the closest one to becoming Hokage. Unlike a certain boastful ninja here. Also, it looks like the Uchiha Clan isn’t really that great either. Especially when comparing the cream of the crop to a non-clan ninja.” You naturally caught on that Kakashi was using you as bait. He wanted to motivate Sasuke and Naruto to push themselves further. Yet you weren’t going to let him get off using you for free. So you use body gestures to motion him to talk to you one on one.

[con]
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>>3513196

Kakashi quickly left Naruto and Sasuke on their own to continue training while the two of you went to a more fitting place. Once you arrive, you quickly mention to Kakashi that you would like training specifically made for you. You could already tell that Naruto and Sasuke have way more chakra than you currently. So you want to narrow that gap and improve further. Something that Kakashi wholeheartedly agrees with you. As a result, he was going to assign you your own special training.

“Now Sakura, the aimed for our training with you is for you to expand your arsenal. Unlike Naruto and Sasuke, you got near perfect control. So in addition to continue building up your chakra levels, we’re going to discover your chakra nature.”

“Yes Master Kakashi!”

“From what Kurenai told me you have an affinity for Genjutsu. Something that you been studying diligently whenever you get the chance to learn from Kurenai. So we don’t need to push you any further in that area. So we’re going to redirect your focus on the next step of Chakra Control. With your skills in Chakra Control, you should also learn about Shape Transformation and Nature Transformation.”

“Shape Transformation? Nature Transformation? I think I read about them once in the academy during my spare time.”

“Informed as always Sakura. I’ll jog your memory by giving you the rundown. Shape Transformation is an advanced form of chakra control that involves changing the form and movement of chakra, determining the size, range, and purpose of a technique. Normally this is something I’d tell you only once you master the tree climbing and water walking exercise. Yet I get the feeling that you already master those two steps at a very young age. “

“When I was very little I ended up trying to use the very best I could muster with my low chakra levels. So I studied immensely with the tree climbing exercise. Something I’d manage to do perfectly by the time I turned eight. As for water walking training…” You quickly did a flip directly into the stream of water. It was a rather graceful and elegant flip given your skills in parkour and acrobatics. Quickly you descend down to the surface, letting your chakra serve as footing. It was safe to say you ended up doing it flawlessly.

[con]
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>>3513198

“This is something I managed to mastered before I turned ten. Course until then I ended up nearly getting a cold from the amount of times I fell into the water.” You scratched your left cheek, trying to make your feats humbler and honest. To be frank, you were rather embarrassed by your chakra control training. It was something that unlike your physical training came so effortlessly. And yet there was still hiccup moments like you mentioned in your past.

“Very good! Looks like I was right to assume our bright student would be so high maintenance at a young age. “Kakashi places his hand against your head upon your return. He gave you a well-earned pat, causing you to blush from the praise.

“Shape transformation is one of two necessary components for creating or modifying a technique, the second component being nature transformation. While shape transformation changes the form and movement of chakra, nature transformation changes the actual nature of the chakra, altering its properties and characteristics.”

“Once you know both of these methods, it’ll become easier for you to truly develop your own jutsu. For instance, you could greatly improve your unique jutsu Inner Sakura once you gotten a handle on these two necessary components. Now let’s break down what makes up Nature Transformation.”

“Yes Master Kakashi” Once again you listen diligently to Kakashi’s lesson. It would be safe to say that the gears in your mind start to turn rapidly in light of this information.

“There are only five basic types of chakra elements natures. They are Fire, Wind, Water, Lightning and Earth. Most people start off with only one chakra element nature. It serves as their natural elemental affinity. With training it is possible to learn more chakra elements. Rarely however is it possible for anyone to have all five. A feat that the Third Hokage has managed in his prime. I myself can also use all five as well as yin and yang chakra. My affinity for the record is Lightning. “

You weren’t sure if you should make a scarecrow joke or a lightning rod one. You decide against it and instead go back to listening to Kakashi explain the rundown to you.

“These are special papers meant to tell us your chakra nature affinity. If you’re lightning-nature, then the paper will wrinkle. It’ll tear in half if you’re wind. Burn if you’re fire, get soggy if you’re water, and crumble if you’re earth.” Kakashi soon hands you one of the sheets.

>Choose Water
>Choose Earth
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>>3513200
>Choose Earth
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>>3513200
>Choose Earth
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>>3513200
>Choose Water
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>>3513200
>>Choose Earth
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>>3513200
>Choose Earth
It fits her bruiser build. Also if everyone buys into the ruse that she's all power and nothing else she can blindside them ever more with her genjutsu.

Plus she's shaping up to be the rock of team seven and all.

I'm assuming she can learn water later as like a minor affinity.
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>>3513200
>Choose Water
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>Choose Earth
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>>3513263
I want to learn all of the elements for obvious reason also I want to see if we can use a kekkai genkai using Shinra Banshou.
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>>3513269
To be honest I was kinda leaning towards voting water with the justification that she can essentially use most earth jutsus by using the shinra banshou, but she's having a harder time manipulating liquids with it right now.

But most water release technqiues don't utilise her strength to the fullest extent that earth techniques can, plus it will be easier to augment inner with earth techniques (e.g rock punches) rather than water (where sakura will have to focus on both controlling inner AND correctly aiming her water jutsu)

Plus Sakura does have an earth theme going on already - floral genjutsu, the flower seal, even her name.

Speaking of genjutsus, QM can we get a list of some of the ones she knows. We already know she can confuse an opponent's senses and perceptions, but we haven't got much detail about the floral based genjutsu's which kurenai taught her.
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>>3513277
That would be nice, we haven't had a chance to flex our Genjutsu properly just yet. Knowing what it is we're capable of using would help in that regard.
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>>3513284
>>3513277
I really want to experiment with Shinra Banshou though. I want to see if we can use it to transmute materials into other kinds. I want to see if assimilating drop of blood from a Kekkai Genkai user would let us use their Kekkai Genkai. I want to see if we can use it to add properties to an object.
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>>3513301
Yeah I wanna see if we can absorb two elements and then combine them to form an element chakra that would otherwise need a kekkai genkai - e.g fire and earth for lava.

>I want to see if assimilating drop of blood from a Kekkai Genkai user would let us use their Kekkai Genkai.
I doubt this. If we absorb blood we'd probably just...turn into blood (like we turned into water). It probably won't be enough to gain the kekkai genkai of the person, especially if its a one with whice gives physical mutations.

What would be interesting to see is, if we assimilated blood, would we able to do Avatar bloodbending hijinks? Like control the blood of everyone near us.

>I want to see if we can use it to transmute materials into other kinds
That would probably need us to add some yin/yang in depending on what we're trying to transmute, if it possible at all. But honestly I doubt it, the Banshou looks like its all about absorbing and controlling elements, rather than transferring its properties to other things.
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>>3513335
Shinra Banshou let’s us produce any sort of substance we assimilate and when we assimilate something it technically become part of our body. The big obstacle would be learning how to use it.
>Yeah I wanna see if we can absorb two elements and then combine them to form an element chakra that would otherwise need a kekkai genkai - e.g fire and earth for lava
We actually can’t do that unless we can modify the properties of an object which would imply what I want to do is completely possible.
>But honestly I doubt it, the Banshou looks like its all about absorbing and controlling elements, rather than transferring its properties to other things.
Because nobody has ever modified a jutsu to do something different right?
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>>3513203
>>3513217
>>3513233
>>3513263
>>3513267

Earth wins and yes you can learn water later as a minor affinity.

>>3513277

https://naruto.fandom.com/wiki/String_Bean_Binding_Illusion
https://naruto.fandom.com/wiki/Genjutsu:_Flower_Petal_Escape
https://naruto.fandom.com/wiki/Demonic_Illusion:_Hell_Viewing_Technique
https://naruto.fandom.com/wiki/Hundred_Blooming_Flowers_Technique
https://naruto.fandom.com/wiki/Genjutsu:_Mirage
https://naruto.fandom.com/wiki/Genjutsu:_Mist
https://naruto.fandom.com/wiki/Demonic_Illusion:_False_Surroundings_Technique

Then there's also

https://naruto.fandom.com/wiki/Hair_Camouflage [the hair technique series is now in your grasp]

and

https://naruto.fandom.com/wiki/Hiding_in_Surface_Technique
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>>3513743
Don't forget Demonic Illusion: Tree Binding Death

https://naruto.fandom.com/wiki/Demonic_Illusion:_Tree_Binding_Death
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>>3513759

Strange, I thought I had that added as well. Oh well.

Also for those who are too lazy to see the other tibit of hair techniques on the site's list underneath.

https://naruto.fandom.com/wiki/Hair_Binding_Technique
https://naruto.fandom.com/wiki/Needle_Jiz%C5%8D
https://naruto.fandom.com/wiki/Wild_Lion%27s_Mane_Technique
https://naruto.fandom.com/wiki/Hair_Needle_Senbon
https://naruto.fandom.com/wiki/Sharp_Hair_Spear:_Might

added some more that the wiki's list didn't cover.
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>>3513776
Oh these are nice, we need to start working on learning these soonish. Gives her some much needed range.
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>>3513743

You slowly grab the special paper from Kakashi’s right hand. Once it was in your grasps, you start to look at it closely. A single piece of paper was going to tell you what chakra element was your natural affinity. Was the piece of paper always this heavy? You shake your head trying to keep yourself from second guessing yourself. You wanted to know and you were going to get your answers. Quickly you close your eyes and focus on the paper with your chakra. It only responded by turning brown before crumbling.

“Seems like you’re a natural born earth user Sakura. This is rather good considering if I have to compare roles, you’re the foundation that supports your comrades. A rich soil that allows the buds inside to bloom and grow while you yourself are easily moldable to fit the situation. I don’t think I need to tell you about the comparison between you and a rock right? A young lady like yourself wouldn’t want to be told that. “

“Okay I get it! I’m unorthodox when it comes to being like a proper lady. “You pouted immensely, the inner version of yourself was sulking in her cave at even Kakashi pointing out how unlady like you are.

“Well, I’d be lying if I said you’re the splitting image of Yamato Nadeshiko. That being said, the Sakura Haruno I know is far more beautiful when she’s in the moment supporting her comrades and pushing herself to achieve victory. A beautifully blooming cherry/spring blossom that lives in the moment.” Kakashi smiles as you can tell he truly believes that.

“S-Shannarō!” You were as red as a tomato. It didn’t help that Kakashi pet your head. Compliments were something you rarely gotten. No to be more accurate, most of the comments about your appearance was mainly negative. From your wide forehead, your pink hair, your muscles, your curves, etc. You heard it all before and it didn’t do your self-confidence any better. So hearing stuff like this almost brought you to tears as you let out another Shannaro. Kakashi gave you a moment before going back to teaching.

“Now Sakura, before we teach you any Earth Jutsu we need to further refine your chakra control skills. The method will be broken down into three parts. First, I want you to start practicing making different shapes with your chakra. Really start to play with it and figure out exactly what you can do with it. How far you can take it, how long can you maintain it, etc. Once you gotten a good understanding and can pull it off with little to no effort, then I want you to move on to the next step. Next, I want you to start converting your Chakra current to your natural element. It would also help if you start practice influencing the earth such as this rock with your nature chakra. After you get a handle on this, I want you to apply the first two lessons together. Only after mastering those two can you start properly learning and creating your own techniques. “

[con]
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>>3513868

” Any other training you have planned I’ll leave it to you to handle. Honestly, I’m not expecting you to overwork yourself to master all of this in one week. Nor do I want you to get sloppy and rush your training either. By setting up the foundation, you can gradually improve yourself at your own pace. You don’t need to compete with Sasuke or Naruto given your personality and overall nature. So instead, focus on what you can do that neither of them can’t. If you can do that, you’ll be a much better all-rounder compared to the current you. “

“Yes Master Kakashi!”

“You’ll be assigned to look after Tazuna while I recover and the boys continue the tree climbing training. The construction site is a perfect spot for you to train while on duty. Still, try not to cause any problems to Tazuna if you can help it. Also when you’re traveling, carry some rocks with you and continuously try to influence their shape. Do all of this and not even looking after Tazuna will negatively hamper your training.”

You nod in acknowledgement of the task Kakashi gave you. It looks like he really has faith in your multi-tasking skills. To be able to train while still doing your job. Now that's something neither Sasuke nor Naruto could do. And they say your study habits and bookworm tendencies wouldn't have any real merit in the real world.

>Practice Shape Transformation first
>Do more Shinra Banshou Training
>Learn more of the Hair Jutsus you committed to memory from Master Kurenai
>Physical Training and Chakra refining
>Something else
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>>3513878
>Practice Shape Transformation first
>Do more Shinra Banshou Training
One of these.
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>>3513884
>>3513878
Or both, I don’t really care honestly if it is both or not just as long we do one.
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>>3513878
This is more teaching in one update than he did in the entire show I think
>Practice Shape Transformation first
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>>3513899

Don't forget the emotional support. It's safe to say that Inner Sakura has been a massive clutch in the girl's life, especially in this story. So what kind of bad teacher would he be if he didn't try in his own way to tackle on the girl's insecurities and still active self-loathing.

But yes you are right and that's one of things that always bugged me. I know I'm not alone on this.
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>>3513878
>>Practice Shape Transformation first
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>>3513906
>So what kind of bad teacher would he be
Honestly the one good teacher was Guy. He clicked with Lee but tried his best for TenTen and Neji.
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>>3513922

If we're counting filler then Azuma and Kurenai still trump Kakashi. Even Yamato put more effort in reaching to these kids.
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>>3513878
>Practice Shape Transformation first
>Maybe those Hair Jutsus can help with that
If anything the ability to control one's hair might give a little bit of a idea on how to control the shape of their Chakra, if not give it a sort of "Blueprint".
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>>3513935
>If anything the ability to control one's hair might give a little bit of a idea on how to control the shape of their Chakra, if not give it a sort of "Blueprint".
I could easily argue that Shinra Banshou would be better for that and more useful.
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>>3513878
>Practice Shape Transformation first
>Physical Training and Chakra refining
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>>3513935
>>3513878
Supporting this.
Maybe start using some chakra to shape her hair (points, ect), to get the gist of the control needed to make a shape, then stop using hair as a filler and make the shape with pure chakra? We're killing two birds with one stone since we're getting practise manipulating hair in too.

>>3513948
Shinra banshou is also super chakra intensive for her though. Not a good idea to got burning through her supplies while in the field.
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>>3513935
Support
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Also Sakura must remind Kakashi a lot of Rin with the way she is.
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>>3513948
Hair is more flowy and lighter than most solids, maybe learning how to control it can help her control water better
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>>3513948
Shinra Banshou is useful but I don't want Sakura to suddenly become a one trick pony, these two are closer obtainable goals and as >>3513953 mentioned are not going to burn through her chakra reserves as heavily.
We have plenty more opportunities to practice with it outside of mission time.
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>>3513953
>>3513964
>>3513965
Fair enough.
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>>3513966
If it makes you feel any better, being able to extend one's range with hair is probably going to be incredibly helpful with dealing with the Shinra Banshou's range limit, not only making Sakura a great all rounder with her Genjutsu and Taijutsu but also a terrifying field controller.
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>>3513971
The real reason I want to get good at Shinra Banshou isn’t necessarily just for combat but also for medical purposes. Assimilating with someone’s body would give a lot of options for healing someone else.
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>>3513977
I mean healing that person not someone other than that person.
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>>3513977
>>3513978
Alright calm down Kabutomaru, you raise a good point. But there are waaaaaaaaay too many lewd jokes to make with that idea, and since she's only twelve it's just gonna get creepy.
Speaking of creepy. Did we dodge Naruto learning the Sexy no Jutsu with being their childhood friend?
Sorry for sounding like a Tumblrite with this tangent, but hindsight is not kind on early Naruto.
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>>3513986
>Unfortunately, watching it be used for stupid stuff like the sexy clone jutsu made you second think your life choices
It still exists this time around.
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>>3513993
Gah I missed that, guess it was unavoidable though since it's a requirement for future events.
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>>3513993
>>3514003

If it makes you feel better, you lectured the crap out of him the first time you saw it.
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>>3513935
>>3513953
>>3513956

Going with these

There will be a point where you will get to practice Shinra Banshou. I wouldn't have included it in the options to obtain if I wasn't ever going to let you master it or expand upon it further.
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>>3514028

Last thing, do you want me to summarize your weekly training or cover up each day until the week is over and letting you organize/plan accordingly on which days what you put priority on?
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>>3514041
Daily
That way if we plateau training one thing we can quickly switch to another.
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>>3514041
I would vote on a summary, we're not exactly playing Princess Maker here. Not to mention daily training would get slow.
But you do raise a good point about this being a week of training time, Shinra Banshou is just too risky if something were to happen as of right now. If you want a idea of what I wanted to go for: Start with hair jutsu, then try to use hair jutsu as a basis for shape training, then attempt shape transformation without the hair as a stepping stone.
The question would be on how quickly each of these phases would go. If we somehow get spare time outside of keeping watch for Tazuna and the team in general then I would focus on keeping ourselves fit.
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>>3514041
If there is an advantage to going day by day I’ll want that.
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>>3514066

A few post at best covering the entire day. You would have spare time to do additional stuff like keeping fit. Tazuna is still a construction worker so it'll only be a 9 to 5 job. You could probably micromanage your time to only need 6 hours of sleep to really seize the day.
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>>3514041
Let's go daily. Gotta get those gains
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>>3514083
Fair enough, I'm being outvoted in favor of min-maxing though so we can take it slow if new developments come up.
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>>3514028
>>3514061
>>3514078
>>3514094

Previously before going to sleep, you decided to do some physical training. It was the usual one handed headstand pushups. Even without him being here, Rock Lee’s enthusiasm continues to rub off on you. So you had small boulders attached to your legs, switching arms after each one hundred sets. Your daily work regiment did its best to hone every fiber of your body. If nothing else, you were going to be a powerhouse who can conserve chakra and only use it when necessary. Just because Kakashi gave you homework on improving yourself, it didn’t mean neglecting your daily gains for strength and stamina. As you did your daily workout, slowly pushing yourself further than last time, you spent your time thinking how exactly are you going to plan your day.

You only had a week to improve shape transformation and nature transformation. Actually you had more time than that in retrospect once the mission was over. Still, you didn’t want to use that as an excuse to not try your hardest. Naruto and Sasuke were putting their all to master the tree climbing exercise. So why shouldn’t you with your training? To motivate yourself, you set some goals, including the goal to get as far as you can with them in a week’s time. Truthfully, you wanted to master them both before improving on stuff like Inner Sakura.

Parts of you really want to get a better handle on Shinra Banshou. At the same time, you consider the chakra drain and cost efficiencies Shinra Banshou needed to properly improve it. With only a week to go off on, it was best to tackle more manageable subject. That said, you strongly believe the setup you have planned will ultimately help with Shinra Banshou in the future. That said, you spent your time thinking how you was going to tackle Shape Transformation. You didn’t want to waste a single ounce of chakra haphazardly trying to make a construct out of nothing. You needed to take this slow and be smart about it. To really be efficient while still achieving results.

It then dawns upon you. You could use your hair as the test subject for shape manipulation. After all, hair is more flowy and lighter than most solids. Not only would this would give you a hint at how to control the shape of your chakra. It would also help you have better control with controlling liquids for Shinra Banshou. And if nothing else, this would make it easier to learn those hair techniques Kurenai showed you that one time during training. You marveled at your genius as Inner Sakura boasted. So after your daily exercise, you head back home and turned in early for sleep.


Day 1

[con]
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>>3514153

After taken care of your daily rituals and gathered nourishment you were ready to tackle the day. Today was Sunday, so you didn’t have to go out with Tazuna to the bridge. This gave you the perfect opportunity to start off with Shape Transformation in peace. You took the lotus yoga position to center yourself on the bed. Slowly you close your eyes and begin to take a deep breath. Before anything it was best to get yourself mentally prepared. This was new territory for you, so taking it slow was key. You start putting your chakra into your hair. Those long, well-groomed locks start to sparkle from the infusion of chakra. Each strand of hair was containing a small portion of chakra. You did not let a single drop go uncontained.

Slowly with careful control and precision, you begin to gradually extend your hair. At default it was already close to your waist in length. To show any real progress you push your hair to reach Rapunzel-like lengths. Within moments, your beautiful pink locks manage to cover most of the entire room. The chakra was still sealed inside your hair, completely trapped within where you control its circulation. You open one of your eyes to look at this. If Ino call you a sheep when you were only six with short hair. Then she would be making a ton of ram jokes with your hair now. Not that you let it bother you. After all, you were born on march 28, thus making you the Aries horoscope.

“Good. Now then…” You mentally cheered yourself at your progress. Yet you didn’t let yourself get distracted. The real challenge starts now. By using the chakra trapped inside of your hair, you start to stimulate it further.

A single strand starts to move entirely on your command. Then another and another. Soon you manage to move an entire bundle of hair. It swish and slide, moving with the same patterns as a snake. This was good, you were beginning to get a feel for your chakra. This might have been a bit tricky but you keep your cool. You went to extend your influence on more strands of your hair. Slowly but surely, you begin to control several large bundles of hair. To the outside view, you look liked one of those onryō or another wild, long haired yokai (demons). Lucky for you that there was no one around to watch you play with your hair as you slowly get used to controlling it. That is…...until you hear someone open the door.

“Hey Sakura. I wanted to ask if you could give me some ti-“Naruto barges in, clearly not knowing what privacy means. You didn’t have time to revert back as you turn to look at him.

[con]
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>>3514251

You and Naruto look at each other for a moment as he catches you in your hair training session. Slowly he closes the door while retaining his optimistic smile. Chances are you ended up terrifying him as a loud scream comes out afterwards. This messes up your concentration, causing your hair to go berserk. Quickly without warning it starts to recoil around you. Before you had time to understand it, you found yourself enwrapped in tight bondages. From head to toe you were tied up in rather thick and densely reinforced strands of hair. This was the last thing you ever wanted to experience.

"MMmmMM?!?! MMHMM, MMMMPHMPHHMM!" You screamed. The haired muffled your voice as you start fuming in your rising anger. You manage to lift yourself up, struggling against your hair with constant thrashing and wiggling. It was safe to say that you were more than just upset.

“MMMMMPHH! MMMMMMMMMPH!!

>Calm down and relax to regain control
>Break through your extended hair with brute strength
>Carefully cut the parts that restraining you with a Kunai
>Yell at Naruto to come back and scream in shannaro!
>Something else
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>>3514259
>Calm down and relax to regain control
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>>3514259
>Calm down and relax to regain control
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>>3514259
>>Calm down and relax to regain control
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>>3514259
>Calm down and relax to regain control
This training session's gonna be a looooooooong one.
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>>3514296
>>3514251
>>3514153
Honestly his writing would improve a lot if he cut out the excess fat. For amateur writers it’s better to write simpler than try to be fancy. At least until you get a good grasp of the basics then you can work on the more complex stuff like metaphors/similes, tone, voices, etc.
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>>3514263
>>3514273
>>3514283
>>3514296

You wanted to rage forward and break out of your hair. It wasn’t like you couldn’t just grow more anyway! That’s what you wanted to do. Yet you manage to overpower your anger. Logic and reasoning was slowly coming back to you. It was possible for you to break free if you really try and exert yourself. Unfortunately, that would only cause you to lose precious chakra and stamina. So it was far more efficient to just calm down. Don’t let this one setback end up ruining your day.

“Mmmph….” You muffled out a sigh. Slowly lying yourself back onto the bed, you begin to start thinking calm thoughts. Letting the anger in you slowly fade.

In just a few minutes, you still lie there on the bed. Currently you were still trapped in your own locks. At this point it would be a miracle if nobody else showed up to look at you. You didn’t need any more reason to get angry. Getting angry was the opposite of what you should be doing. So you went back to removing all distractions from your mind.

Quelling the anger within in order to return to tranquility. The raging storm of your mind quickly fades. Returning to peace and tranquility once again, you start to get a hold of your chakra. The strands of chakra infused hair relaxes themselves. The bindings soon recede and you were once again free from that act of humiliation.

Shape Transformation was no joke. You needed constant control to maintain at all times. The slightest offset could cause the entire spectacle to backfire on you. You make mental note to not lose focus even when controlled by your emotions. You once again resume your training once you catch your breath and return to being absolutely calm.

The hair starts to respond to your will. More and more of the strands of locks start to bend themselves accordingly to your design. Gradually you spread more of your influence until finally all of your hair was under your control. From testing how far you can extend and retract to entangling objects with your hair. You start to get a good grasp of it’s potential.

Because of the malleability that your hair carried, it started to open up countless different tactics. In all honestly, you were only really limited by the amount of chakra you have. So long as you had chakra, you could always make more hair for resource. You could also extend it as far as you want. It of course put you at risk since the further your hair went, the more control needed to keep it under check. That’s not including the reinforcement and other augmentations needed to make it practical.

So the most optimized method was to keep it around mid-range, only using long range tactics when you have a safe point to remain stationary. Of course, you made sure to start practicing on the shape it takes. You start off simple with things like daily appliances, but you start to slowly extend to more complex shapes.
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>>3514413

The more you practice, the better you got at handling your hair. A suddenly realization soon dawns upon you. By learning about Shape Transformation, you were subconsciously grasping an additional skill.

Without noticing it, you were on your way to learning and improving chakra flow. You weren’t sure if Kakashi had planned for this by telling you about the two transformations. Or your own hair trick was a true blessing in disguise.

You start to recall the lessons on Chakra flow from the books you read. All while still having your hair continue to take different shapes. The method was simple given that you already been applying it.

You weren’t at the stage yet to start really applying your elemental nature. That said, you begin to freely manipulate the quality and density of your hair. Previously when you started, it only had the same strength as a wet towel bundled up. Gradually you raise the strength and density of your hair tensions.

Soon enough, you were ready to start applying the reinforced hair properly. It’s current strength and density was that of solid iron. So what better way to test it as you reshape your hair into fists. Several of the other strands reshape themselves into a giant hair wall. You didn’t want to accidentally destroy the guest room.

So you used the hair wall as practice for your fist. Starting off with a single punch, you begin to focus more and more on improvements. Gradually you increase the amount of punches you deliver and how many giant fists you made. Over time you were at two fists.

“Shannaro!“Your inner self mentally cries, while you continue to keep focus. Your hair was moving faster and faster with each punch the giant fists made. The tempo only continues to rise, the strength of the hair’s tension improved, and your flexibility and control only accelerates further. In a blink of an eye, you managed to go from two punches to four as you consciously double the intake each time.

Before you knew it, you ended up throwing sixteen consecutive punches a second with the multitude of hair like arms. An impressive feat, but more importantly the barrages of blows each contained the same amount of power as your normal punches now.

Perhaps you could even make it faster and stronger if you really put your all into it. You test this by repeatedly punching against the reinforced hair wall you made. You were really getting pumped as you did this.

In just an hour of this, you ended up improving not only your offensive and reinforcement capabilities, but your defensive capabilities, overall speed and flexibility. You even managed to fire the hair like projectiles...carefully of course.

The less arms make from your hair, the more focused your blows can be without requiring more stamina and chakra. Eight was a good number to stay on, but sixteen was still at your best without noticeable drain.

[con]
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>>3514439

Arguably one of your biggest liabilities was now turning into a fine strength for you. You couldn't be happier. So you plopped yourself fully on the bed. Still continuing to play with your hair while looking up to the ceiling.

>Continue with Shape Transformation by using only actual chakra
>Switch up to Nature Transformation
>Go Grab Lunch
>Something Else
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>>3514360

I think he meant how the min-maxing will make this take longer. But if it's about writing, I long since committed to using this experience to regain my lost skills and improve further as both a writer and story teller. So continue with your tips and pointers.
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>>3514437
I just realized how many adverbs you are using and how you are using them. Your writing really is bloated, adverbs should only be used for emphasis or clarity NOTHING ELSE. Also avoid repeating the same idea multiple times.
>>3514445
>Continue with Shape Transformation by using only actual chakra
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>>3514445
>Check in with Naruto and give him some pointers.
He did come for help and doing this will keep him out of our hair for at least the day. Afterwards do >>3514447
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>>3514445
>Go Grab Lunch
>Continue with Shape Transformation by using only actual chakra
We can do fucking JoJo punching now
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>>3514445
>>Switch up to Nature Transformation
We've got the basics of shape down, and it's cool as hell. But, we need some practice with earth in.
We'll need both to get anywhere with the rock exercise Kakashi assigned us.
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Going to ask this >>3504225 again to gauge the interests of everyone before it's too late.

>>3514447 I am deeply sorry at all the mental stress I must be causing you with my writing.
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>>3514480
Go for it.
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>>3514480
I’ve previously wanted to be a writer and did a lot of research into what good writing is and did a bit of writing. A lot of it was outright shit and made a lot of mistakes that haunt me to this day. Like the bad habit I got from essay writing that has you writing one idea three times over, overbloated writing that serves little purpose, purple prose that would make your eyes bleed, poor word selection that change the meaning and feel of a passage, etc. There’s also the fact you are writing a quest with people waiting for the update so less is more. I realize I sound a little unreasonable but I do actually enjoy your quest and want you to improve in speed and quality.
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>>3514447
>>3514452

By the time it was lunch time you had already mastered shape manipulation. Of course it was only through your hair. It didn’t take away your achievements. With your hair experiments you ended up learning the hair jutsus.

They came to you much easier than you expected. Practice will naturally make them more practical over time.

For now, another door has opened for you. And you were going to take it. Once you retracted your hair did you start the next step.

Sure you should’ve gone and grab lunch. But why stop a good thing? You were on a roll and nothing was going to get in your way. You begin to directly manifest chakra into your right hand.

The hair practice had given you a good grasp of how to do it. However, manifesting shape through a medium and doing it with chakra were two completely different things. Naturally you had a much harder time doing it.

Still you didn’t waver. Rather, you continue to press forward. The image of victory floods your mind. All the skills you accumulated in the early morning helped you progress.

Bit by bit you continued to get better at it as you kept at it. Improving with each attempt you did. Eventually, the chakra starts to take shape as you manage to successfully apply what you learned on to raw chakra.

In order to apply and recreate everything you learned previously with pure chakra took you the entirety of the day. You were far too into your training to notice the time.

Nobody really bothered you as you practiced. Naruto and Sasuke were out, Kakashi was resting, and Tazuna’s family spent time with each other. So you didn’t have any distractions.

“Yeah! I did it!” A victorious scream out from the top of your lungs. Your left hand thrusts upward in the sky. Your right hand was still holding your latest shape transformation. Unfortunately, the deep feeling of fatigue starts to catch up with you. Your body quickly drops to the ground. The chakra shape dispelled.

In hindsight you probably should’ve taken it easy and go eat lunch. Live and learn Sakura…live and learn.

>How do you tackle the next day?

>Refining Shape Transformation further
>Focus on Nature Transformation
>Experiment on Chakra Flow
>Extensively Focus on Physical Training
>Something Else
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>>3514600
>Experiment on Chakra Flow
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>>3514600
Eat a hearty breakfast then >>3514619

Don't burn out, remember to take breaks
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>>3514600
>>Experiment on Chakra Flow
But eat before starting, and actually get lunch when it's lunch time.
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>>3514600
>Experiment on Chakra Flow
Also hearty breakfast + eat lunch at the right time. Though its just like her to get so into training that she zones out completely.

So right now she can
>Control lenght of hair
>Control hair density
>Make Jojo fist barrage
>Make hair projectiles
>(Presumably) make hair into points for stabbing
That one sound bitch who grabs us by the hair is going to have a nasty surprise
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>>3514600
>>Extensively Focus on Physical Training
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>>3514600
>Take a moment to eat, relax, recharge and perhaps converse with Tazuna's family
>Recenter
>Experiment on Chakra Flow
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>>3504225
>do some missions to grow closer as a team before the chuunin exams.
I like this idea, wish I had said so before.
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>>3506561
>start feeling like you’re using Inner Sakura as a clutch
>>3513906
>It's safe to say that Inner Sakura has been a massive clutch
Crutch.
You rely on a crutch, like the physical object.

When something was perfectly needed, like that maneuver Naruto and Sasuke did, it was "clutch", like something you grab just at the right time.
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>>3514600
>Have a good breakfast
>Hair punch Narutoif he even thinks of sniggering
Then
>>Experiment on Chakra Flow
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>Our main skill is analysis and tactical planning
>We’ve got busted strength that we’re actively limiting so we can use it less destructively
>Forgoing romantic subplots in favor of pursuing our goals of becoming a ninja that can save people
Gang we’ve turned Sakura into Deku
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Maybe we can learn to make a hair clone (maybe connected to main body by a single strand of hair or something) that can house Inner Sakura during battle and extend her range
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>>3514995
i mean we gotta use our knowledge to matchmake
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>>3514619
>>3514633
>>3514669
>>3514864
>>3514897
>>3514933

Day 2

The next morning you slowly rise up with a yawn. The first thing you did was walk towards the bathroom. In your half-awaken state it was still rather easy for you to find your way. At some point before going to bed, you went back to practicing with your hair. Your control ended up improving further as you managed to make more complex shapes. Combined with your density control, it was almost like getting hit with a reinforced version of the real thing. Who needs kunais when your hair can spike up like a porcupine and pierce through things?

As you made your way to the bathroom, you begin to multitask as normal. This time however, your hair strands were helping you do the mundane things. From brushing your teeth to personal hygiene. Your hair was very attentive in getting you ready for the day. You managed to successfully trim down the chakra consumption to the bare minimum. In time your living hair was no different than moving a limb. You felt your confidence rising at your achievements. That’s when it hits you as you look at the mirror now with fully opened eyes.

Formally you kept your hair well-groomed out of habit. Truthfully there was some part of you trying to make yourself look more feminine. Although you didn’t want to admit it, those girls back home did get to you. Subconsciously you took care of your looks try and appeal to others without realizing it. Having such long hair was a liability. Yet not once did you ever think to yourself about it. Sure you were distracted by other things, but deep down you knew it. There was no way someone as smart as you wouldn’t notice it. You deeply hated yourself for that, but you did nothing about it.

Now you were grooming your hair just to keep its strength up. It was like keeping good care of a trusty companion or well-crafted weapon. This lessen the burden about your self-image. It didn’t go away, but you consider this the first step to improving yourself. The first real step actually.

Once you were ready to tackle the day you headed out for breakfast. After the fiasco yesterday you remember to yourself to always regulate your schedule properly. That includes not forgetting to take breaks and gathering nourishment for training. You were the last one to arrive as Kakashi, Naruto and Sasuke were already chatting and eating.

“Morning sleepy head. I’m glad you can join us for breakfast.” Kakashi greets you with bit of a tease. After all, he was more worn out than you were. He still helped you to the kitchen to replenish yourself. You ended up getting a lecture about keeping up with nourishment and resting.
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>>3515233
>>3515242
???
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>>3515242

Naruto poked fun of you about that. Ironic since he was the last person to talk about maintaining a healthy balance. You lost track of how many times Naruto ended up overexerting himself. You didn’t argue, in fact you consider it part of your punishment. It still ticked you off as your hair started to mimic live snakes without you consciously being aware. Goes to show how second nature having living hair was becoming.

“Took you long enough. You’re the only one on bridge duty Sakura.” Sasuke said hello in his own way. You were still embarrassed since Sasuke was the one who carried you to the kitchen yesterday during dinner time. Kakashi didn’t even had to order him to help you out.

Deep down it made you really happy. That kind boy you met on the bridge was still there. Just currently surrounded by a wall of brooding. If you had to compare it to something. You would say it was similar to the hedgehog dilemma. That didn’t stop you from trying to reach to Sasuke. Of course not. But you were smart enough to gradually get him to open up to you.

“Cut her some slack Sasuke. Not everyone is like you who just wake up naturally beautiful. Don’t you know a woman’s charm requires her to put a lot of work into their beau-“Naruto cut himself off mid-sentence. He instinctively notices there were about eight different fists floating in front of him.

From various directions they were just millimeters from connecting him. You said nothing but your expression clearly said “Choose your words carefully now. You didn’t hold grudges. Rather you didn’t like to hold them since you were better than that. Still, you didn’t exactly forget what happened yesterday.

“So what exactly did you need help with?”

“I wanted you to help me with chakra control actually.”

“Again? Fine, but you better pay attention this time.” You sighed. Already you were thinking of how to tell it to Naruto in a way that he'll understand.
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>>3515245

There was a phrase in there I didn't like so I changed it.
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>>3515251

So you spent your morning essentially giving the Chakra Control for dummies equivalent of a lesson. Naruto seems to get it once you dumb it down for him. He seems to really respond well when you make comparison to things like food. You were sure that not even Choji would be this much of a blockhead.

After breakfast the three of you head out to your respective areas. Naruto and Sasuke back to the wood. You and Tazuna to the bridge. As Kakashi told you, you were allowed to continue training while keeping guard of Tazuna. Otherwise, you get the strong feeling that both Naruto and Sasuke would leave you in the dust. So trained you did. What you chose to train on the other hand was not on schedule. You decided to tinker with the concept of Chakra Flow actually.

Chakra Flow was a method to use one’s chakra to enhance the physical capabilities of one’s weapon or tools. A necessary skill in the battlefield between two skilled ninjas.

Chakra Flow was at its best when applying the elements to it. For you, earth chakra would improve its density and hardness. Sounds perfect for a bruiser like you.

So you spent the first half of the morning frequently charging your kunais. You tested several factors while keeping aware of your surroundings. How long can you hold a charge? How far can you extend it? How many objects could you charge with Chakra Flow?

Applying the lessons from both the Tree Climbing exercise and Water Surface Walking made the effort to learn Chakra Flow easier to grasp. You even started tossing Kunais and using your chakra to real it back. It operated similar to magnetics.

You got down the practice on weapons. So you went to up the ante by focusing on your body. Technically, you were already doing Chakra Flow with your body through your hair. So the process of putting it into your right arm and containing it went by easier than you expected.

The isolation of chakra only further intensifies the flow in your arm. Slowly you transfer it to your left arm. Then, you started to fickle with it using your legs. Soon you found yourself covering your entire body with the Chakra Flow.

A constant blue aura of chakra circulates around your body. To the outside view you look like some sort of glowing blue light. You rectify this by suppressing the chakra. Compressing the chakra to the point of being a thin outline, you manage to mainly appear normal to the outside view. Only those good at seeing chakra could notice. A boom for you.
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>>3515294

Seeing the fight with Zabuza and your mentor Kakashi really opened you up to the concept of Chakra Flow. Already you were using it to extend your personal field. With this, you can use chakra to alert you of dangers moments before they come close to you.

You weren’t a Hyuuga who had such a thing already built into them with the Byakugan. For you, it was still rather impressive. Unfortunately, it was also rather draining to maintain for long periods. You also come to realize intensifying the Chakra Flow strengthens it but drains you faster.

So you took a break and went to eat your lunch after a productive experiment.

>Continue with Chakra Flow Training
>Improve Shape Transformation
>Learn Nature Transformation
>Help with the heavy lifting
>Something else
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>>3499302

https://naruto.fandom.com/wiki/Rock_Armour

It's coming.
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>>3515298
>Learn Nature Transformation
We're getting to be quite the mary sue, huh? Not that I'm complaining, this quest is very fun and I really do like your writing.
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>>3515298
>Help with the heavy lifting
Get strength conditioning in while helping out the workers.
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>>3515302

You're building up utility, but chakra amount/consumption is still your bane for now.

But in terms of opness, you're no different than Naruto or Sasuke. So good on you for keeping up.
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>>3515298
>Help with the heavy lifting
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>>3515326
Good because those two are fucking broken.
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>>3515298
>Help with the heavy lifting
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>>3515298
>Help with the heavy lifting
There is nothing wrong with giving a bit of a helping hand. No need to be flashy with it either.
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>>3515326
It's funny, a group of mine keeps attempting to make Naruto games but they eventually devolve into a OPness shitfest because they cannot control their minmax-boner for a single minute.
So in terms of power growth this is nothing compared to those, congrats on keeping stuff balanced despite our shenanigans.
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>>3515371
To be fair canon Naruto becomes an OPness shitfest.