Team 7 runs into a mission that's a little more than they expected. Short and sweet.
Sakura was lying on the ground underneath a tree, panting and clutching a bloody left arm. She struggled to sit up and caught sight of her sensei looking at her.
“This is impossible!”
She brushed the hair off her sweaty forehead, leaving a streak of blood and dirt over her eyebrows. She heard a yell from the other end of the field and craned her neck over her right shoulder to see who it was. Kakashi followed her gaze and saw Naruto, or rather, ten Naruto’s pulling frantically at a shrub that looked as if it had been there since the beginning of time. They could hear him shouting, “Don’t you know who I am, you stupid plant?”
Sakura wearily climbed to her feet and turned once again to face the weed that had been battling her for the last hour and a half.
“I don’t know what else to throw at it!”
Kakashi patted her awkwardly on the head and said, “You’ll think of something.”
He turned and began heading towards the well at the edge of the pasture, pulling an orange book out of his pocket. She gave his retreating back a cold look and her inner Sakura shouted, “Some help you are, you pervert!”
She massaged her aching shoulder and was about ready to recommence her attack on the weed when a great tearing noise floated across the field. She turned once again to see the ten Narutos dancing around the roots of the shrub, which they had finally ripped out of the earth. The replications were hugging each other and whooping, “I am the great Uzumaki Naruto! No plant can stand in my way!” He stopped dancing long enough to point to Sasuke, who had poked his head around a large clump of bushes, which until now had kept him hidden from view.
“Sasuke-kun!” Naruto shouted gleefully. “I told you I would beat you!”
The young Uchiha scowled at him and disappeared once again behind the flora. An instant latter, they heard him growl, “Katon: Goukakyuu no jutsu!” and the entire clump of bushes went up in a ball of fire, sending birds flying anxiously from the surrounding trees. Once the flames had died down, Sasuke sauntered around the edge of the charred earth, hands in his pockets and a smug smile on his face.
“Mine looked cooler,” he muttered to the still triumphant-looking Naruto, who elbowed him as he passed.
Naruto fell into step with the dark haired boy as he headed towards Sakura, who was pulling the top of the weed toward the ground with all her strength. As they neared, it slipped out of her hands and went whipping wickedly back to its original position, raining tiny flowers down onto the girl's head. She looked about ready to cry.
“Don’t worry, Sakura-chan,” Naruto said consolingly. “Maybe if we all pull it’ll come out. Worked for me. And if not, well, Sasuke can always torch the thing.”
Sakura smiled at her two team-mates before rising to her feet. They faced the plant with looks of determination. It was all or nothing now. Unfortunately there was no easy way for them all to grip the plant at the same time. They considered the situation for a moment and finally organized themselves into a sort of train, with Sakura holding onto the plant, Sasuke’s arms around her waist and Naruto holding his. They each molded chakra into their feet and took a deep breath.
“One," Naruto growled, "Two….THREE!”
They gave a mighty tug and the plant flew from the ground. Their momentum propelled them about ten yards backwards where they landed in a pile, Sakura still holding the weed in a death grip. Its fronds dangled in front of Naruto’s face, which was protruding from under Sasuke’s leg.
“That was fun,” he gasped, Sasuke’s weight compressing his diaphragm.
From his relaxed perch in a tree across the pasture, Kakashi shook his head at his students and sighed, “And they said my teamwork exercises were pointless.”