Behind Blue Eyes
Naruto and Ino returned to the academy after a nice lunch at Ichiraku's, why Ichiraku's well they had good food, they liked Naruto and never chased her away, and they were close to the academy. Naruto and Ino were close friends along with Akimichi Choji and Nara Shikamaru the quartet were often found together, hell many thought they were all dating at one point, but that rumor was quickly disproven. Naruto was also friendly toward Hinata the Hyuga Heiress but Hinata was very shy and timid and always fainted when Naruto got close, thus they were not what anyone would call friends.
Now though Naruto, Ino, and Hinata were a team so hopefully Hinata wouldn't faint every time she got close to Naruto. Naruto and Ino retook their seats and looked to the front of the class where eight people were standing, wait, shouldn't there be nine? However Naruto didn't get to think about it too long as the first person stepped forward and called for Team One.
Naruto knew she was on Team Ten so her team would be last so she waited as one by one the teams were called.
"Team Eight with me." A woman with black hair and red eyes said stepping forward.
"Wait what about Team Seven?" Sakura asked.
A bearded man chuckled. "Your sensei isn't here yet so just be patient."
"Team Eight." the woman said again.
Choji, Shikamaru, and Shino rose from their seats and followed the woman.
"Team Ten with me." the bearded man said.
Naruto, Ino, and Hinata rose from their seats to follow the man leaving a bewildered Team Seven behind. The man led Team Ten to a Cafe where the team entered the building and found a place to sit. They all ordered some tea and sweets once the waitress came by their table.
"Alright first things first time for some introductions." the man said. "I want you to tell me your name, likes and dislikes, hobbies, and dreams for the future. Here I'll go first. My name is Sarutobi Asuma, I like Sausage and Soba with Tororo, I dislike asparagus, my hobby is playing shoji, as for my dream for the future well let's see how you do tomorrow then I might tell you."
"Sarutobi? You're related to Jiji?" Naruto asked her new sensei.
"I'm his son." Asuma replied. "Anyway, Ino your turn."
"My name is Yamanaka Ino. I like cherry tomatoes, pudding, flowers, and my friends. I dislike sashimi and rude people. My hobby is shopping, especially with friends. And as for my dream for the future, well it would have to be to become a strong kunoichi and marry a certain boy." Ino said introducing herself to her new sensei.
"Hinata you're next." Asuma said.
"O-Oh um m-my n-name is Hyuga H-Hinata. I-I like cinnamon rolls. I dislike crabs and sh-shrimp. M-my hobby i-is flower pressing. My d-dream f-for the future is to unite th-the H-Hyuga clan." Hinata said.
'Kami she's as timid as a mouse. She needs some serious confidence building.' Asuma thought. "Naruto you're up."
"Right my name is Uzumaki Naruto. I like ramen, my friends, learning new jutsu, and my plants. I dislike rude people, those who judge without getting to know a person, and the time it takes to cook ramen. My hobbies are training, watering my plants, and pulling pranks. And my dream for the future is to surpass the Hokage." Naruto said introducing herself.
'I knew it was a good idea to get Naruto on my team though I didn't expect to be given three girls. Oh well this should be fun. I'll make them the best kunoichi of their class.' Asuma thought with a grin on his face. "Right well I want the three of you to meet me tomorrow morning at training ground 10. I need to see your skills for myself before we can actually start doing missions. You three are dismissed."
Asuma rose from his seat and paid the bill for their tea and sweets and walked out the door leaving the three girls behind.
'I wonder how those three will do. I know I'm not going to fail them, they have a lot of potential. But I still need to see their skills in action and see if they can work together.' Asuma thought to himself.
Asuma made his way to the Hokage Tower. He was curious as to why he was singled out to train a team of three girls instead of Kurenai who would be able to relate to them better as a female herself. It didn't take long for Asuma to arrive at the Hokage Tower and once he arrived he climbed the stairs to the main office and knocked.
"Enter." came the raspy voice of his father Sarutobi Hiruzen.
Asuma opened the door and walked in.
"Ah Asuma what can I do for you?" Hiruzen asked.
"To be honest Tou-san I want to talk about my team." Asuma said plainly.
"What about your team I gave you Naruto as you asked for." Hiruzen said with a chuckle.
"You did yes, but you also gave me Ino and Hinata. You gave me a team of all girls why?" Asuma asked.
"I had trouble trying to figure out who to put on your team. You had only requested Naruto. I knew Naruto was close to Ino and friendly with Hinata. Also I knew you wouldn't baby them or slack off with their training like you would have with the Ino-Shika-Cho trio. I also put Hinata on your team with Naruto and Ino so that Naruto and Ino would help bolster Hinata's self-confidence and you would also encourage her as you trained the three of them." Hiruzen explained. "You're a talented ninja Asuma you can pass a lot down to the next generation."
"I understand Tou-san I won't fail you or them, they will be the best team of their class." Asuma said firmly.
"I know you won't." Hiruzen said.
The next morning Naruto walked into the clearing of Training Ground number Ten where she saw Ino and Hinata.
"Morning Ino-chan, morning Hinata." Naruto said as she smiled seeing her friends.
"Morning Naruto." Ino said with a smile on her face seeing her best friend.
"G-good m-morning N-Naru-chan." Hinata stammered.
Shortly after Naruto arrived Asuma walked into the clearing with a lit cigarette in his mouth.
"Morning everyone." Asuma said smiling at his team.
"Morning sensei." the three girls replied.
"Sensei do you really have to smoke that in front of us?" Ino asked, she wasn't against smoking but she wasn't keen on smoking herself.
"Do I have to? No, no I don't. Will I do it anyway? Yes I will." Asuma replied to his new student.
Ino let out a sigh and let the issue drop.
"Alright, today I will be testing you. This test has a failure rate of sixty-six percent. But I have a good feeling about you three so I think you will pass the test." Asuma explained before pulling out two bells. "The test is simple, you three have to get a bell from me. The one who fails to get a bell will be sent back to the academy. Now that doesn't mean there are two guaranteed places as it is possible that none of you can get a bell this is a test to showcase your skills and see if you are ready to become a true shinobi of the leaf."
"But sensei there are only two bells does that mean there are only two open slots on your team?" Ino asked.
"Telling you would spoil the fun." Asuma said with a chuckle. 'I wonder though can they put aside their differences and work as a team or will they take my words at face value.'
The three genin hopefuls nodded and got ready to fight.
"You have until noon to get a bell if no one gets a bell before noon you all fail the test and will be sent back to the academy." Asuma said trying to divide the girls. "Your test starts now."
The three girls all ran into the treeline causing Asuma to smirk seeing as the girls either wanted to ambush him or do something else either alone or as a team.
Naruto made her way to Ino under the cover of the tree line and got behind Ino to talk to her.
"We need to work as a team, none of us can beat a jonin alone." Naruto said to her teammate.
"Yea I already gathered that part Naruto but how do we do it?" Ino asked her friend.
"I have an idea but we need to find Hinata." Naruto said as she got ready to move again. "Follow me and stay quiet."
Ino nodded and got ready to follow her teammate. Naruto led Ino to where Hinata was hiding who didn't notice their arrival.
"Hinata we need to talk." Naruto said, scaring the poor girl.
Hinata hearing Naruto's voice right behind her screamed, alerting Asuma of their position. Asuma smirked, taking a drag of his cigarette.
"Seems Naruto scared the young Hyuga girl." Asuma said letting out a breath of smoke.
"There goes our element of surprise." Naruto deadpanned. "But seriously Hinata we need to work together. None of us can beat Asuma on our own. Hell, I doubt we will beat him by working together but we have a better chance if we work together."
"O-Ok Naru-chan." Hinata said.
"We seriously need to work on that confidence of yours. Anyway I have a plan." Naruto explained.
Naruto explained her plan to her team going over each person's role in her plan. Hinata was to engage Asuma directly in taijutsu while Ino attempted to use her family jutsu to take over Asuma's body letting Naruto or Hinata steal the bells. Naruto's main role was as an assassin not a frontline fighter so she would hold back and let Hinata fight Asuma while Naruto looked for an opportunity to showcase what she does best.
Hinata rushed out of the treeline into the clearing her Byakugan active and engaged Asuma in a taijutsu fight immediately putting Asuma on the defensive. Asuma didn't expect to fight Hinata right away or at all really her personality pegged her more of a support type rather than offensive. Asuma was holding back but he still had to be careful because if he lost his chakra he would be helpless against the other two.
Naruto smirked as her plan came together. She signaled to Ino who moved around in the treeline and prepared to use her jutsu. Naruto sent another signal and Ino let her jutsu fly.
"Shintenshin no Jutsu!" Ino called out as her body went limp and fell to the ground.
Asuma heard the name of the jutsu and quickly grabbed Hinata's wrist and twisted the girl and himself around forcing Ino's jutsu to hit Hinata instead of Asuma. Naruto cursed to herself but she didn't waste any time. She rushed Asuma's turned back with a kunai in hand ready to take the bells . As she neared Asuma however Asume kicked her in the stomach and sent her flying into a tree.
"That was a good plan girls and maybe against someone who wasn't as familiar with your clans or as skilled as I am it might have worked." Asuma explained.
Ino pushed herself back onto her feet having released her jutsu giving Hinata back control over her body. Naruto stood up from having hit the tree pretty hard.
"It seems we can't rely solely on our individual strengths used at the right times to beat you Asuma-sensei." Naruto said as she made a cross with the fore and middle fingers of both her hands. "Kage Bunshin no Jutsu!"
Asuma smirked, he had read that Naruto knew the shadow clone jutsu and was wondering if she was going to use it against him.
Two more Naruto appeared flanking the real Naruto. All three rushed Asuma engaging him in a taijutsu fight with Hinata supporting Naruto with her taijutsu as well meaning Asuma had to split his attention between four people. Using his superior skill he dispelled the two clones so he could fight Naruto and Hinata with less distractions. With Asuma fighting both Hinata and Naruto Ino saw another chance to use her family jutsu and took it.
This time however Ino didn't miss and hit her mark causing Asuma to pause as her consciousness took over his body this allowed Naruto to swipe the bells from Asuma and tell Ino to return to her body which Ino did. When Asuma regained control of his body he smiled.
"Well done you three pass we are officially Team Ten." Asuma said.