--- Chapter 2 ---

"Wait, wait,"panted Shikamaru. Team one was running along the tunnels as fast as they could, until Shikamaru stopped them. He had just remembered the Hokage's heedings.

"What is it, Shikamaru?"asked Shino

"Don't tell me your tired, already, we've only been running for ten minutes."exclaimed Naruto.

"I'm not tired but don't you remember what the warnings were?"Shikamaru asked his fellow teammates.

"Uhhhhhhhhh, there were warnings?"said Naruto, confused.

(the ***'s mean the start and the end of a flashback)

*** "Now let me warn you, in this task some of you may die! I won't tell you what's in store but I warn you..." ***

"Yeah, that we might die..."answered Hinata softly.

"Uh huh, if we don't work as a team." added Shino.

"Exactly, and if we are just suppose to get out of this cave, we don't need three days." explained Shikamaru. He then looked at Naruto, who's brows were furrowed and looking very confused. Shikamaru sighed, "It's troublesome to explain something really obvious to a dumb guy."

"Who's dumb?" asked Naruto, "I was just thinking of a plan..."

"Huhh..."muttered Shino.

"What Shikamaru's saying is that it isn't going to be as easy as it sounds because we have a whole three days to get out of a tunnel. There might be traps and hidden enemies within the area." explained Hinata calmly.

"Well if there are enemies, I, NARUTO, THE FUTURE HOKAGE WILL DEFEAT THEM ALL!!" exclaimed Naruto, loudly with one fist in the air. Shikamaru and Shino both tackled Naruto to the ground, trying to shut him up. Naruto struggled to no avail.

"Shut UP, you idiot!!!" whispered Shikamaru, angrily, looking cautiously to the left and the right of the tunnel, while Shino covered Naruto's mouth with his hand. Only when Naruto finally stopped struggling and fell silent did Shino let go. Naruto sat up, rubbing his head.

"That hurt!"he complained.

"Well, keep your mouth shut next time."said Shino,"You probably alerted all the enemies within the area. Idiot."

"Let's make a plan-"suggested Shikamaru before Naruto interupted.

"Hey!!! Why do we have to listen to that guy! He's no one special!"

"Be quiet, Naruto!" said Shino,"We have to listen to Shikamaru because he's the one with all the good plans. Don't you remember the finals of the Chunnin exam, where he thought of an idea to defeat that ninja. What was her name again? Temari, that's it."

"But he gave up in the end..."protested Naruto.

"That's not the point. The point is that Shikamaru can think of a good plan in a bad situation." explained Shino. I feel like I'm trying to make a three-year old trying to understand something, he thought to himself.

"Thanks, Shino."smiled Shikamaru."Now for the plan. Hinata will use her Byakugan to see if there are any one ahead of us. She will lead the group. Then a few metres after, Naruto and I will follow. Lastly Shino will follow, a couple of steps behind."

"I- I'm leading, the group?" asked Hinata, now a little afraid.

"I'm sorry I have to put you at the front Hinata," said Shikamaru, appologizing,"but you can see more than any of us, in this dratted place with your jutsu."

"That's slack, Shikamaru!"said Naruto angrily, seeing Hinata's frightened face. "You know she's frightened, yet you still put her at the front??" Hearing this Hinata had to smile. Naruto cares for me! she thought with glee, I won't let him down. I won't let my team down!

"That's ok, Naruto-kun,"she said confidently now, "We have to work as a team if we want to get out of here and pass the exam." She smiled at him. Naruto smiled back.


"Shino, you can leave some bugs behind can't you?"asked Shikamaru.

"Yes. You want me to leave bugs behind so we know where we're going, right?"guessed Shino.

"Yeah, and if an enemy is coming from behind the bug can cling onto the person so we know that they're coming and get ready."

"Huh? How does that work?"asked Naruto, who was trying very hard to keep up with the plan.

Shino sighed inwardly then said, "If I put a female bug on the enemy, the male bugs will sense them getting closer. But if the female bugs stay where they were left, we would know that no one is sneaking up on us." Naruto's eyes opened in surprise as he caught on.

"Hehehehe, I get it now!" ^.^

Shikamaru looked at his teammates. "So, is everyone ready?"he asked, "we shouldn't be wasting anymore time." Everyone nodded. "Hinata?"

"ok."nodded Hinata, and put her hands together, forming seals. "Byakugan!"she cried. She started off at a run. Shikamaru and Naruto were close behind her. Shino was last. His hands were covered with bugs. Every few metres he would leave a bug crawling on the ground.

------- Meanwhile ------

Sasuke was walking close behind Kiba. Kiba had his nose up in the air, sniffing every so often. Behind Sasuke and Kiba, Sakura and Ino where giving each other glares. When Sakura tried to walk up to Sasuke, Ino would step in front of her, blocking her way. When Ino tried to walk ahead, Sakura did the same thing.

"Stop it, Ino-pig!"growled Sakura under her breath.

"Well, don't try to hog him, forehead girl!"retorted Ino. Sakura flushed red and touched her forehead. Sure it is bigger than everyone else's but I was the smartest girl when we were still at the academy, she thought.

"I wasn't going to!"

"Were too!"

"Were not!"

Before anyone could say anything Kiba broke in, "There's something strange smelling ahead! It's coming towards us!"

"What is it?"asked Sasuke, with a gleam in his eyes.

"I can't tell, but it's really big and fast!"

"What shall we do Sasuke-kun?"asked Sakura, nervous and forgeting about the arguement with Ino just before.

"We have to fight it because there's no where to run!"he answered looking at the path they came from. "Get ready!"

Suddenly Akamaru growled and jumped out of Kiba's jacket. Obviously it was going to fight with them. Kiba, Sasuke, Sakura and Ino lined up facing the direction of the the enemy.

"Are you sure there's someone there, Kiba? I can't see or hear a thing!"protested Ino. But before Kiba could say anything a slithering noise was heard.

Kiba gulped. "Ino... I don' think it's someone...it's something!"

"It's coming!"whispered Sasuke, as he moved into a stance. The noise became louder and louder as it came closer. Sakura could feel her heart beating in her chest like a drum. She wiped her sweaty hands on her thighs and gripped her kunai tighter.



As suddenly as it started, the sound stopped. "Has it gone?"whispered Sakura. She felt something cold behind her. She spun around.

------Team one------

Shikamaru, Shino and Naruto had been following the lead of Hinata for a while. Suddenly Hinata stopped and bent over, gasping for air. Her Byakugan was gone and she slumped to the floor of the caves. Naruto stopped immediatly and crouched next to her.

"Are you alright, Hinata?"he asked, his eyes worried. Hinata looked up into them and smiled.

"I'm alright, Naruto-kun."she said. *Cough Cough* "I just need a rest thats all. Running and using Byakugan tires me."

*Cough cough*

Shikamaru pushed Naruto away from Hinata and smiled at her. "Well you have a rest, I'll set up some traps so we will be warned if anything comes near us." Hinata nodded. *Cough cough*

"Shino, look after Hinata, while Naruto and I set up the traps."he ordered. Shino nodded and took out a flask of water for Hinata. Shikamaru dragged Naruto away from Hinata.

"Hey, hey, why did you do that for?"complained Naruto to Shikamaru, "I could have taken care of Hinata!"

Shikamaru stopped and eyed Naruto but didn't say anything. Finally he said bluntly.

"Shino is stronger than you, if the enemy comes from the other side and attacks, while we're over here, Shino can fend them off until we come to help. You can't."

"Whatever."muttered Naruto, as he bent down to help with the traps. When they had finished putting traps on both sides of the tunnel, they went back to their resting place. Hinata was already looking much better. They all sat down and took a gulp of water from the flask. No one said a word until Shikamaru spoke up.

"How strange."he mumbled.

"What is?" asked Naruto quickly. Shikamaru, who was looking at his knees, glanced up.

"This is too easy."

"Hahahaha"laughed Naruto, "Maybe Granny Tsunade underestimated us!"

"Even if she did, we would have at least met some trouble. It's already 2 hours into the exam, yet...nothing." Right on cue there was suddenly a bone chilling scream.