Part 1 is here and Part 2 is here
All right, part 3 is up! In which Aiko is defeated by nature not once but twice, Utakata makes dramatic poses, and they investigate a stinky town. Oh, also, it turns out that Utakata is a lot more observant than Aiko gave him credit for. Shame that she wasn’t more subtle when she had the chance.
“What is your obsession with Zabuza about?”
Aiko flipped the bingo book shut and aimed a scowl at her companion.
Utakata was perched on the table, lounged back indolently on his elbows. He was doing that strange thing where he posed so that his robes fell open at the collar.
She looked away. “I don’t have an obsession.”
He made a polite, ‘Ah,’ sound of comprehension.
‘I have a good reason to keep an eye on him. That’s not an obsession.’
Bingo books really weren’t enough current information, though. She was starting to get nervous about timing. She didn’t want to be absent for Team seven’s mission to Wave. What if she missed them?
She wasn’t certain what she wanted to do, but she did want to see them. Just to be sure everyone was alright and things were going to be fine.
‘Maybe I should pick Sakura up like a suitcase and take her with me. If she doesn’t show up for the exams, Orochimaru can’t kill her.’
Aiko winced and put the book away, zipping her bag with a harsh motion.
Utakata followed her with his eyes, apparently content to wait her out.
‘That would probably make me an actual criminal. Konoha would not be pleased. Plus she would probably want to go home and that just sounds like a bummer.’