It had only been a few weeks since you'd joined Orochimaru's team, and you were already bored out of your mind. He'd sent you on plenty of little missions, but none of them had been dangerous or exciting. If this went on much longer, you were sure you'd go insane. With a high pitched, whiny voice, you approached Orochimaru. “Orochimaru, why don't you ever send me on any exciting missions? I'm crazy bored around here.”
Orochimaru looked up from a large stack of papers with your name written all over them and sighed. “Patience child. I haven't finished assessing your abilities yet. You wouldn't want me to send you off to your death, now would you?”
His warning meant nothing to you. You were confidant in your abilities and weren't about to let him keep you cooped up any longer. “If I don't do something I'm going to die from boredom. I need to go on a mission, a real one. None of this gathering herbs for your experiments or researching forbidden jutsu. I need a fight.”
Frustrated by your nagging, Orochimaru rubbed between his eyebrows and tried to think of something that might appease you. “I'm not sending you on a mission, you aren't ready yet. However, if it's a fight you want, then I do believe I may be able to organize a little something.” He chuckled quietly and stood from his messy desk. “Have you been able to defeat Kabuto yet? If you can't win against him, you have no business fighting anyone else.”
His question annoyed you a little. He knew you hadn't sparred with anyone since you'd been working with him, he hadn't allowed you to. “No, I haven't beaten him. But that's not because I can't, it's because last time I fought him, I didn't care whether or not I won or lost. And then there's the fact that a certain someone is keeping me in a protective bubble. So even if I wanted to fight with Kabuto, I doubt I would have been allowed to do so.”
Orochimaru stared at you with a dull expression. He was in no mood to stand around and argue with you. “Never mind that child. Do you want to fight or not?”
Realizing how quickly his temper was growing, you dropped your sarcasm down a notch. “Yes.”
“Good, then follow me.” Orochimaru led you down the now familiar corridors of the hideout and into a large room that existed solely for training. Oddly enough, Kabuto was already there, waiting on the two of you to enter. “Ah, Kabuto. I trust you're ready for my little test?”
Kabuto gave a quick, confident nod. “Of course Lord Orochimaru.”
Orochimaru's low, wicked chuckle echoed in the empty room, sending shivers down your spine. “Perfect, then why don't you to begin? I'll just watch for now.” Leaning against the cold stone wall, he slowly began to grin. He could already tell, this was going to be quite interesting to watch.
You were determined not to let Ororchimaru down. You were going to prove to him just how good you really were, no matter what it took. “I hope you're ready to lose four-eyes, because you're going down.”
“Ah, how sad, you're resorting to name calling to make up for your lack of skill. No matter, It won't help you win.” Without warning, Kabuto rushed you, easily knocking you into the wall behind you. “What's the matter, feet turn to lead?” He pushed his glasses up and sneered. “Or have you already given up?”
“Neither, I was just testing your attack strength so I could judge how difficult this was going to be.” You pushed yourself off of the now crumbling wall and brushed yourself off. “I doubt I'll even break a sweat.” Over and over you rushed Kabuto, each time he evaded with ease. The two of you seemed to be perfectly matched. Neither of you could land a blow, however, both of you were getting tired. You momentary stopped your attacks, trying to regain your energy. “You give up yet?”
“Not hardly.” Kabuto answered with a sadistic smile. His smile couldn't hide his fatigue though, he was panting just as hard as you were.
As you ready to resume your attack, Orochimaru stepped in. “That's quite enough.”
You were completely devastated. He couldn't stop you, not now. You hadn't proven anything at all. “But I could take him, I just need a little more time to do it. Come on Or-.”
“I said that's enough.” His voice was more stern this time, effectively silencing you. “I've seen all I need to see. If you're to be any good to me later, I can't have you exhausted, now can I? Both of you rest and meet me in the morning.” Orochimaru left the room in silence, trusting you would do as he'd ordered.
“You're lucky he stopped me. I was this close to winning.” With a loud snort you walked to your quarters. After a refreshing shower, you hopped into bed. You slept more soundly that night than you had in a long, long while. The next morning your body felt the effects of the fight. Even though you hadn't been hit by Kabuto once, your body ached each time you moved. “Man, maybe it's a good thing he stopped us when he did. I feel ready to fall apart.” With heavy legs, and aching arms, you managed to make your way to Orochimaru. Kabuto was already there, and seemingly, in perfect health.
Kabuto quickly noticed your less than perfect state and wasted no time tormenting you about it. “You look a little down. What's the matter, not feeling well?”
You wanted to retort, but Orochimaru spoke up first. “Now's not the time Kabuto. We have more important things to discuss.” He leaned forward, placed his elbows on his desk, and laced his fingers under his chin. “Now, despite what you might think, you both performed very well yesterday. I was able to analyze your strengths and weaknesses quite effectively. With this information, I am now able to move forward with my plan.”
Your heart skipped a beat. Finally it was time to move. Though you'd only been waiting for this for two or three weeks, it had seemed like an eternity. “Finally.” The grin on your face was growing to the point of looking unnatural and twisted.
Orochimaru chuckled at your excitement. “I'm glad you're so enthusiastic. However, we still have to prepare a few things, which means I'm going to have to send you on a few errands.”
“That's fine, I don't care. I'll do whatever you need, just say the word and I'm on it.” You clasped your hands tightly together, hardly able to contain your joy. Ready to bubble over, you tackled Orochimaru, tightly wrapping your arms around his shoulders.
“Calm down girl. You're going to wear yourself out before anything's begun.” He gave your back a gentle pat and helped you off of him. “Go get ready to leave. I have a large list of items you'll need to get, so pack accordingly.”
“Yes sir!” You saluted him and quickly ran off to get your things.
Orochimaru let out a sigh. “She is quite a handful, but useful.”
Kabuto looked at Orochimaru wearily. “Sir, I don't mean to be disrespectful, but you seem to be getting a soft spot for that girl. If my potion were to wear off, the results could be catastrophic.”
Knowing Kabuto was right, Orochimaru grimaced. “I'm well aware of that Kabuto, I don't need you to remind me. However, if the time comes, I trust you'll do what needs to be done.”
Only too happy to oblige, Kabuto chuckled and began to grin wickedly. “Of course my Lord. You have my word.”