Squad #10, consisting of Maria, Ino, Choji and Shikamaru sat on a bench just outside the academy. Well, Maria actually sat in a tree next to the others.
They all looked up as a man walked up to them. He was dressed in the typical Jonin getup. Tied around his waist was a white sash with the Hokage symbol on it. As he walked he pulled a cigarette out of his pocket and lit it.
"Squad 10?" he asked the four. When they nodded he said, "Good. My name is Asuma Sarutobi and I'll be your Jonin squad leader."
Then the four kids started coughing from the cigarette smoke and their eyes started to water. Asuma laughed.
"There's no need to start crying, I've only introduced myself!" He boomed. His voice was low and kind, like a father.
Shikamaru pointed at the cigarette. "It's the smoke, it's making our eyes water!" He coughed. He looked back at Maria. She didn't seem to be affected by it as much as everyone else.
She raised an eyebrow at his questioning look. "Do you really need to ask that?" She asked.
"Oh yeah," he turned back, still coughing.
"Well, why don't we all introduce ourselves?" Asuma asked, grinning.
Maria, who had quickly gotten used to the smoke, wiped her eyes. "What do you want us to say?"
"Name, likes, dislikes, hobbies, and maybe your dream or your goal in life." Asuma suggested.
"Okay," Maria smiled. "My name's Maria. I don't know my last name and never have. I like lilies, especially lilac ones. I also love horses, my stallion Yarraman has been with me for as long as I can remember. Bess, his foal, was born last year. I dislike people who are annoying and get in my way. My hobbies are hanging out with Kaze Hatake, my best friend, and playing Shogi with her. Another hobby is playing my guitar, which a presume belonged to my parents. My dream is to find out who my parents were." She said simply. "And that's all."
Asuma looked intrigued. "Thank you, Maria." He said with a kind smile. "Who's next?"
As everyone else introduced themselves one by one, Maria stared off into space. She desperately tried to remember something about her parents, but every time she tried, it slipped away, just out of reach. She sighed and fiddled with her armband.
Later on, Maria met up with Kaze. Kaze was sitting in the lounge of her and her brother's house. Maria let herself in and sat down on the sofa opposite her.
"How you go?" Maria asked her.
"Well, I kicked Sasuke's butt in taijutsu, that was fun." Kaze grinned.
"Of course it was." Maria smiled. "Who's your sensei?"
"Have a wild guess." Kaze rolled her eyes.
Maria thought. Who could it be, who could it -
"Ah. Of course." Maria stifled a laugh.
"The little bastard didn't even tell me." Kaze pouted. "And of course he had to be two hours late. Stupid goddamn pervert."
"What happened?" Maria smirked at her friend's annoyed look.
Kaze gave a small smile and proceeded to tell the story.
Squad #7 was waiting in one of the empty classrooms of the Academy. Sakura was waiting patiently, Naruto was getting fidgety, Sasuke was as dull as ever and Kaze was asleep in a corner.
"Aw!' Naruto suddenly yelled. "Why is our sensei so late! Everyone else has already left!" Without waiting for an answer he stood up and grabbed a chalkboard duster off one of the tables and opened the door. He stood on a stool and wedged the duster in between the door and its frame, before putting the stool back where he found it.
"Naruto," Sakura said. "What are you doing?"
"It's their punishment for being late!" Naruto grinned and sat down again.
A few minutes later they heard footsteps. The door to the classroom opened and a man walked in. The duster fell from its place and onto his head. Sasuke didn't react, Sakura winced and Naruto burst out laughing.
"Ha, don't fall for such obvious pranks!" He rolled around on the floor, laughing his head off.
The man brushed the chalk from his hair. "First impression," he said, "I don't like you guys."
Sakura slowly stood up and walked over to Kaze. She shook Kaze's shoulder and whispered, "Kaze, wake up. Kaze!"
The man piped up. "Ah, wait, that's not such a good idea..."
But it was too late. Kaze was already awake. She rubbed her eye before glaring at Sakura, who began to sweat and backed away slowly. Kaze yawned and stretched. She caught sight of the man at the door.
"Kakashi?" She tilted her head slightly. "What are you doing here?"
Sakura sighed. "He's our Jonin sensei, Kaze."
At that Kaze stood up abruptly. "You mean you knew you were going to be our sensei this whole time and you didn't tell me?" She yelled.
Kakashi laughed nervously. "Hey, I wanted it to be a surprise." He said, holding up his hands.
Kaze gritted her teeth. "You know damn well I hate surprises." She glared at Kakashi, her eyes narrowed.
Kakashi scratched the back of his neck. "Well, I thought you'd like this one." He tried.
Kaze looked like she was about to explode. Naruto had stopped laughing, Sakura's head was whipping from Kaze to Kakashi, and even Sasuke had been watching carefully.
"Do those guys know each other?" Naruto asked dumbly.
Sasuke answered. "Of course they know each other, they're brother and sister." His eyes seemed to flare at the word 'brother' but he refused to show his emotions.
"They are?" Sakura asked, still looking from one to the other. "They don't look at all alike."
"That's because Kakashi resembles his father, while Kaze resembles her mother." Sasuke replied.
"You seem to know a lot about them." Naruto observed. "How come?"
"That's none of your business."
By now Kaze had stopped yelling and Kakashi had regained his composure. Kakashi sighed.
"Well, follow me." He said, wandering out the door. Kaze walked out after him and after a few seconds, the other three followed suit.
"So, that's it." Kaze finished.
"You really know how to lose your temper, don't you?" Maria laughed. Kaze tried to look disapproving, but ended up laughing along with her.
A/N: Sup everyone, Willow is back!
Sorry this chapter took so long. I had a MAJORLY MAJOR case of writer's block on this story, but I had a go today. This may not have gone exactly how it does in the anime or manga, but meh. It'll work.
If this chapter sucks, let me know and I'll try and fix it. ^-^`
Sooo... big thanks to Gaara's Babe for being so supportive of this story, along with Dodo Rulez and Diana Ornelas for being the other two fans of this story. Once again, sorry it took this long.
Well, peace out!