After that night, Iruka Sensei allowed us to graduate.
At first we were shocked, but after the information sank in, we were overjoyed.
The next day all I did was sped through the village, though at some point I thought I saw Naruto and someone else following me.
But I sped up and the feeling disappeared.
I grew tired and decided to sit on a bench to regain some of my energy.
At some point I felt someone shaking my arm.
"Umm... excuse me?" came a voice and I looked to see a little girl with orange hair held up in really high pigtails and she has oval markings on her cheeks and she looked like she was blushing.
"Yes? What is it?" I asked her kindly.
"Are you the girl called Akane? The one that an do perfect jutsu's and dance amazing?" she asked. I nodded and smiled.
"In the flesh. And what's your name?"
"I'm Moegi. Can I... can I be your apprentice? I want to do those things too! Please?" she begged. Well, how can I refuse? We went to a more secluded area and practiced a song.
After we were done, we said our goodbyes and left for our homes.
The whole energetic day took it's toll and I woke up very late! I quickly dressed and tied my protector on my forehead, already rushing towards the Academy.
When I entered the room, the scene really knocked me on the floor laughing - Naruto and Sasuke were... kissing!!
"Pfft-ahahahaha!! You guys really swing that way? If I knew what's going on, I wouldn't have come!" I said through laughter. Both of them looked at me still gagging.
"Akane!" they whined but Naruto had animated tears on his face.
"Akane, how can you laugh?! Naruto is SO dead for doing that!!" both Ino and Sakura yelled. I stepped in front of Naruto with outstretched arms, kind of protecting him.
"Whoa there, calm down! I'm sure it was an accident. If you still want to fight take me on. But I won't take it easy on anyone!" I warned, kind of growling. All of the girls grunted, but didn't do anything - they just went back to their seats to sit down. I sighed and also sat.
"Thanks for the save Akane-chan! I owe you for that." Naruto thanked me as he sat down next to me.
"Don't mention it. Honestly though, I should have taken a picture - it would've lasted longer." I giggled and he did an anime fall.
"Akane-chan, don't make fun of me! It wasn't funny!" he whined again, but I just giggled.
"It was for me."
"Seriously, knock it off. It wasn't funny for me either." Sasuke said from behind. I turned to him with a smirk and he flinched.
"Really? Well, now I have a secret weapon if you two start fighting again." I said and turned back around. I could feel their scared eyes on me.
"Listen up, everyone! You will be put in a 3-man-cell team with a jonin teacher, but due to the uneven numbers, one team will have an advantage of one person. And here there are..." Iruka started to tell the teams but I shifted my stare at the sky outside the window. Teams huh? I wonder who I'll be with...?
"I hope we'll be in the same team, Akane-chan." Naruto said. I turned to him.
"Me too. I would be sad otherwise." I admitted. He pat me on the back reassuringly.
"Don't worry, we will be! Believe it!" he gave me the thumbs up as I smiled at him.
"Team 7 is the team with the advantage, so pay attention - Naruto Uzumaki, Sakura Haruno, Sasuke Uchiha and... Akane Hasegawa!"
"Yes!" I exclaimed and hugged Naruto who turned a bit red, and I shot a smile towards Sakura and Sasuke. The nodded at me, but don't seem too enthusiastic about the team...
"Team 8 is Hinata Hyuga, Kiba Inuzuka and Shino Aburame. Team 10 is Ino Yamanaka, Shikamaru Nara and Choji Akimichi. You will meat your Sensei at the designied spot. Dismissed!"Iruka sensei said and everyone got up to eat somewhere, but I wasn't so happy. I wanted to eat with someone from my team but I knew that they had other plans...
"Hm? Akane? What are you doing alone? Shouldn't you be with your teammates?" Shikamaru noticed my long face and asked me, Ino and Choji looking curious as well.
"Well my team isn't exactly enthusiastic. I don't think they would want to eat together..." I trailed off. Ino looked at me sympathetically and put her arm over my shoulders with a smile.
"Well then, come eat with us. After that, just go to where you're supposed to." she suggested as I smiled at her.
"Thanks Ino. You're the best!" I said and she smirked.
"Like always." I laughed at her confidence. We went on some sort of rooftop and Ino said that now they're going to have to listen and follow her since they're in her team and Choji said that she should take them to a barbeque. I chuckled while she sighed.
"Naruto?" me and Shikamaru said, looking at Naruto sneaking around a window where Sasuke was eating. Suddenly he jumped in, while the window closed and a ruckus was heard from inside.
"Naruto, if you so much as scratch him, you're on my enemy list forever!" Ino exclaimed with a clenched fist. After a few seconds, Sasuke stepped out with a smirk. Something didn't feel like him, though...
"He beat Naruto without breaking a sweat!" Shikamaru commented.
"What do you expect? Naruto against my boy Sasuke? No competition." I slightly glared at her but she shrugged it off. After we were finished, I secretly went to the window where Naruto jumped in. I was shocked to see Sasuke tied up at the floor.
"Sa-Sasuke? What happened between you and Naruto?" I asked as I removed the ducktape he had on his mouth.
"Naruto did a Shadow Clone Jutsu. How could he do that when in class he couldn't even do a simple Clone Jutsu?" I scratched the back of my head.
"Yeah, we kind of learned that 2 days ago. It's how we passed, actually. Look I know you're probably mad at Naruto, but promise me that you're not going to hurt him if I let you go."
"What? That guy is going to get it!" Sasuke yelled with outrage. I crossed my arms in a pout and turned around, my back facing him.
"Then I'm not talking to you." I simply said and motioned to leave.
"What? No, Akane! Wait!" I stopped in my tracks and glanced at him. He sighed. "I promise you, I won't hurt Naruto. Now just untie me!" I smiled and did so, helping him up.
"Alright, now go." he looked at me confused.
"I know that you can't just do nothing, so just lecture him or say a witty remark. Just don't hit him - that I won't allow you." I explained, while he gave me his famous Uchiha smirk. "See ya, Sasuke!" I said and jumped through the window, heading to the Academy.
Team 7 is going to be one special team...
I can tell already...