“We’ll get you a new horse,” Kakashi promised. He ruffled Sakura’s hair, something that was endearing when she was a girl but was mostly infuriating now that she was grown up.
Sakura frowned back at him and slapped his hand away. “I don’t want a new horse. I want Buttercup.”
“Maybe she ran away,” Naruto suggested. He didn’t notice Kakashi and Sasuke glaring at him. “I mean what kind of a name is Buttercup?”
“You named your horse Noodle,” Sasuke pointed out.
“Hey, Noodle is a great name—”
“We’re going after her,” Sakura declared. “It was those guys from the pub that Naruto picked a fight with last night. I’m sure of it!”
“I did not, Sakura-chan!”
“They said they were heading for Suna. We’re going after them and when I have Buttercup back, they will feel my wrath.”
Sasuke groaned at the prospect of riding towards Suna, which would probably add another four days to their journey back to Konoha. He looked to Kakashi, hoping their leader might make Sakura see reason but found the older man smiling slightly, probably considering the bars and brothels of the town.
With a deep sigh, he got on his own horse. Naruto and Kakashi did the same while Sakura stood their pouting.
“You can ride with me,” Sasuke muttered.
Grinning, she climbed on behind him.