The next morning, the team meets Arashi at the War Memorial and note that he actually showed up on time. “Alright, well, we’re going to go somewhere else to train because—” he thinks for a second, “Well, just come on.” He leads the squad to the Forbidden Forest area of the village. This tactical piece of land is chocked full of traps which are triggered by people simply having large amounts of chakra. Arashi deftly slides past the “Do not enter” tape and leads them deep into the forest. When they reach a particularly dense part of the forest, he stops, “Alright, so today you’ll be climbing up trees.” He goes over to a tree and walks up it effortlessly; when he reaches the top, he places a piece of paper with a seal on it. He does the same with two other trees. When he returns to the ground, he attempts to put corresponding seals onto his students; Yasei and Suzume allow it, but Kai adamantly refuses, much to Arashi’s consternation. “Fine, don’t then. For you two, those,” he points to the tags on Yasei and Suzume’s backs, “are explosive tags. They’re going to explode in three hours unless you activate the dispel seal up there,” he gestures to the tree seals. He pulls out a notebook and begins trailing away writing in it, “Alright, good luck.”
Yasei and Suzume look at each other in terror and begin to try and climb in earnest. Typically, they fail utterly. After about twenty minutes of attempts with moderate success, Yasei notices that the seals appear to be expiring at a rate faster than three hours. “Hey Arashi?” “Uh yeah?” he responds, barely interested. “These seals are burning up pretty quickly…are you sure we have three hours?” Arashi pauses and looks up from his notebook, “Oh, I forgot. I set those for thirty minutes instead of three hours.” He glances over at the tags, “You guys should probably hurry.” Yasei and Suzume redouble their efforts and get much further with the impetus of death closing in. With two minutes to spare, they all are able to successfully walk on the trees. However, when they go to activate the dispel seal, it only begins to sizzle faster…only to fizzle into nothing.
Arashi gets up and stretches, “Well, good job on progressing so quickly! I knew you had it in you.” As his squad members stare at him incredulously he lets out a quick laugh, which none of them had ever seen him do before, “Here, since you guys were such good sports, I’ll treat you to lunch.” He leads them to a barbecue restaurant which appears to be a hotspot for sensei’s taking their squads to lunch today. Suzume waves at Inazuma, Umi and Yukai (her friends from the orphanage) who are sitting with their goggled instructor a few tables away. As they proceed into the restaurant, they pass by the resident monk and jonin (Group A-2 Sensei) Tao Kokaro and his group. When Tao sees them, he stands up abruptly, “Oh. Uh…hey,” he says to Arashi. “…Hey.” Arashi looks clearly uncomfortable, but Tao appears to notice nothing, “So they gave you some kids, huh? How’s that going?” “Uh, pretty good. They learned how to climb trees.” Tao nods sagely and Arashi begins to slide past him. “I’ll uh…see you around?” Tao calls after him. Arashi waves awkwardly and sits down at a table. Kai looks almost amused, “Well that was awkward.” Arashi rubs his head, “Yeah…” and leaves it at that.
They proceed to order a whole ton of barbecue since they were starving after the training montage. As they settle in to eat, they hear sniggering from another table. Another classmate turned genin, Aki Waru, stares pointedly at Yasei with a sneer on her face. “Honestly,” she complains loudly to her group, “they shouldn’t allow strays in public places. Disgusting.” Yasei clenches her fists and looks down at the table; the fact that she is not an official member of the Shattered Sky’s Hyuga clan had been a means for people to talk down to her for years. Kai puts down his chopsticks and turns in his chair to face Aki, “If you keep talking about Yasei like that, I’ll thrash you,” he declares. Aki stands up abruptly, “Then fight me already!”
There is a blur of movement and suddenly Arashi has disappeared from the table; he now stands directly in front of Aki with his palm resting on her face. And he is surrounded by six ANBU ninja poised to strike and one standing directly next to him, with a hand on his arm.