They were practically legends, despite their age. The Lucky Sevens’ infamy turning into something more like mythos, like the Sannin in their youth except, somehow, more. More faith, more impossibilities, more potential: the three Sages of Konoha–Uzumaki, Uchiha, and Nara; Toad, Hawk, and Deer.
Of course, to each other, they’re still just the same dorky kids who turned training into games and despite all efforts still had no idea what was under their sensei’s mask.
Which meant that, when Shikako–normally so unflappable–opted out of team Ichiraku that night, then started blushing when they asked why, it was like waving a red flag in front of a bull. Or a face mask in front of a group of curious teenagers.
Of course Naruto and Sasuke were going to snoop around.
Unfortunately for them, Shikako was much better at sneaking around than either of them.
Which meant they would need reinforcements.
Kakashi-sensei, being overly fond of messing with his cute little genin (despite none of them being genin anymore, or little) was all for joining them. But, being the Rokudaime Hokage in charge of the entire village, that meant that he couldn’t.
“But shouldn’t a Hokage be invested in the people of Konoha?” He asked, almost coyly, eyes curved in an unmistakeable smile.
“No,” Iruka-sensei responded implacably, setting yet another stack of scrolls on the desk.
And that was that.
Their next recruitment was a lot more successful. Not enthusiastically so, but that word never really could be applied to Shikamaru, even if it did have to do with his twin sister.
“And you’re sure it’s not anything official?” Shikamaru asked, just to confirm. It wouldn’t be the first time Team Seven dragged him into something which the paperwork ninja spoke of in horrified whispers.
“She said no to ramen! And she was blushing!” Naruto answered, in a rather unhelpful manner.
A quirk of Shikamaru’s eyebrow had Sasuke clarifying, “It was pretty unusual. She wouldn’t say what she was doing instead, just that she had already made plans with someone else.”
“Hm,” Shikamaru pondered, hands curved into his meditative gesture, “We’ll need someone with more intel.”
“Your dad?” Naruto asked, both thrilled and intimidated at asking the elder Nara for help.
“No way,” Shikamaru snorted, “We’ll need Ino.”
Given the fact that Ino is Shikako’s best friend, it stood to reason that she would know exactly what was going on with Shikako.
Then again, given that same fact, it also made sense that Ino wouldn’t share that information without Shikako’s consent. Even to her brother and teammates.
In this case, especially to her brother and teammates.
With a series very unsubtle facial and hand movements, Sasuke was convinced to use his charms on Ino to get her to talk.
She just laughed right in their faces.
“Oh, Sasuke-kun, you will always have a place in my heart,” she said, before patting his cheek the way one would a small child or a beloved pet, “But you really are not cut out for seduction missions.
"Although–just because I know it’ll be hilarious to see what you dumb boys do–I’ll tell you this,” she said, smile bright and devious, “It’s not a matter of what Shikako is doing, but rather a who.”
“What?” Naruto asked, confused.
“What.” Sasuke said, flatly.
“WHO?” Shikamaru practically seethed.
Instead of answering, Ino just laughed again, tossing her blonde hair and relishing in the triumph of knowing something someone else doesn’t.
A/N: A little late, but considering my sleep schedule is all messed up, not too bad? Also, a surprising short turn-around time on this one.
A response to this anonymous prompt. And though it doesn’t completely fill it, I thought this would be fun. Actually, I may continue this later so as to fill the rest of the prompt, but I quite liked this silly mystery set up.
Anyway, I hope you and your friend enjoy, anon!
edit: now titled “Don’t Hold Back” as a little nod towards the Scooby Doo theme song. Having a title does mean I’m more likely to visit a series so… take that as you will…
edit2: added to Dreaming One Shots