Chapter 1: A Bachelor and his Dog

Nightshroud: Hey, I'm back for my second story, Puppy Love! This stopy is a sequel to my first, Twin Blade of the Heavens, so you might want to read it first or you might get confused. I hope you enjoy!

Kiba Inuzuka walked silently walked down the busy streets of Konoha. Strolling casually, he glanced at the people walking by. It seemed like everyone was a couple, the people all holding hands or cuddling on benches. Kiba sighed and dug his hands further into his pockets. Kiba's dog Akamaru, resting on Kiba's head, sensed the sudden change in his master's mood and gave a little bark. Kiba's eyes drifted up towards his head.

"Eh, what's that, Akamaru? No, I'm fine."

Kiba continued walking until he reached the favorite hangout for the group, Ichiraku Ramen. He caught a glimpse of Shikamaru sitting at the counter. He strolled over and took a seat next to him.

"Hey, what's up, Shikamaru?"

Shikamaru turned his head gave his usual bored frown. "Nothing much, really. Say, Kiba, is something wrong?"

Kiba rested his head on his elbow and sighed before saying, "Nah, I'm fine." Akamaru jumped onto Kiba's lap and barked.

"That's not true, Akamaru!"

"Bark!"

Shikamaru watched the argument between Kiba and his dog with amusement. When it looked like they were finished, Shikamaru said, "I have the feeling that something is wrong with you, Kiba. Why don't you just spill?"

Kiba sighed and hung his head low. "Well, it's just that everyone seems to have somebody, and I got nobody."

Shikamaru raised an eyebrow and said, "You mean you feel lonely cause you don't have a girlfriend."

"Well, yeah. That's pretty much it."

Shikamaru shrugged. "Well, on the bright side, you're Hidden Leaf's most eligible young bachelor."

Kiba frowned. "That doesn't help much. The only other guys that are single are Rock Lee and Choji. I mean, even Naruto got a girl before me!"

Shikamaru nodded (while inwardly laughing). "Yeah, that is pretty bad. On the bright side, if anyone is going to hookup next, it'll have to be you."

At that moment, Choji walked in with a gorgeous girl holding his arm. Kiba and Shikamaru's mouths dropped to the floor.

"Great, now Choji's got a smoking hot girl hanging off his arms!" Kiba whined.

Choji, who heard the comment as he walked over, said, "Hey, you're talking about my cousin!"

Shikamaru, who had managed to pick his jaw off the floor, said in his normal tone, "Well, that had to be a fluke in the gene pool..."

Choji's cheeks puffed up with rage. "CHOJI THE HUMAN BOULDER!"

Kiba rubbed the bruises on his arm as he walked to training with his team.

"Darn it, Choji! You just had to use the human boulder on me."

Kiba kicked up the dirt, and his thoughts once again turned to his bachelor problem.

"Do you ever think I'll find the one for me, Akamaru?"

"Bark!"

"Thanks, pal. You were kidding about mauling them though, right?"

A girl darted from tree to tree through the forest. A kunai whizzed by her ear.

"That was too close. Don't these guys give up!"

Two shuriken lodged into the tree next to her. She leapt up into the branches and tossed back half a dozen senbom. The girl's assailants ducked behind some trees, causing her to lose sight of them.

"Uh oh."

The girl got a dizzying feeling in her head. She dropped to the ground as a paper bomb exploded in the trees above.

"I've got to get help."

The girl felt high chakra levels coming from nearby.

"Must be Hidden Leaf. Maybe they'll help."

The girl took of as fast as she could in that direction, her pursuers not far behind.

Kiba reached the training grounds and found his team close by. Hinata was practicing her punches and Sai was testing his aim.

"Hey, guys!" Kiba shouted with a wave of his arm. Hinata looked up and smiled and Sai waved back at him. When Kiba arrived, they told him that Kurenai was going to have them spar for training that day. Kiba grinned and said, "Yahoo! You guys better watch out, cause Kiba Inuzuka is top dog around here!"

The three sparred for most of the day. The sun was beginning to set, leaving a golden red haze across the sky. The three sat together, trying to catch their breaths.

"Well, I think you've had enough for today," Kurenai told them. "Pack up your stuff, and I'll see you tomorrow."

Sai began to look around and said, "Hey, Kiba, have you seen my kunai pouch? I think I left it back at the clearing."

"Don't worry about it. I'll go check."

Kiba walked back to the clearing and looked around. Spying Sai's kunai pouch on the ground, Kiba walked over and picked it up. When he lifted hi head, he saw a girl emerge from the woods and come straight at him. Kiba was immediately on guard and readied his kunai.

"Hey, who are you? Do you have permission to be in Konoha?"

The girl, who seemed to be in a hurry, removed a kunai from her pouch and hurled it straight at Kiba. Kiba quickly blocked the projectile, and then blocked her path again.

Kiba growled and said, "Hey, what do you think you're-hey!" The girl's eyes quickly darted back to the woods, and then she threw herself into Kiba, and the two tumbled to the ground as kunai whizzed over their heads. Kiba quickly got up to see two ninja clothed in black, with strange breathing masks, sharp claws, and attached to each other by a razor sharp chain (these are the demon brothers that attacked Team 7 after they first met Tazuna). The two assassins charged at Kiba and the girl. Kiba heard Sai shout from behind, and saw him leap into the air and hurl a kunai through their chain, pinning them to the tree. Then Hinata ran over to them, and with a powerful punch using Hyuuga style, she punched the two so far apart that the chain snapped. Kiba and Akamaru were ready in a second.

"Ninja Art of Beast Mimicry: Fang over Fang!"

The two shot forward like blurs, and collided into the ninja, sending them flying backward. Kurenai appeared behind them suddenly, to finish things off.

"Demon Treebind Jutsu!"

A tree sprouted at their feet and grew behind them, wrapping its branches around them and holding them fast to the trunk. Kurenai dusted her hands and smiled.

"Well, good job team. I'm going to radio Asuma and Kakashi to help me take these guys to the Hokage for questioning. You guys can be on your way."

Kiba was about to tell Kurenai about the mysterious girl, but decided not to. Besides, considering she was nowhere in sight, he didn't really have proof. He shrugged to himself, and followed Sai and Hinata from the grounds.

The girl sat concealed in the high trees. She watched the three chunin walking away towards the village.

"Those guys, why did they help me?"

While she sat thinking about it, she felt a sting in her hand. She looked over and noticed a small cut there.

"Oh no! There weapons must…have been…poisoned…"

Everything started to go hazy, and then she blacked out.

Nightshroud: Yaay! First chapter up! Due to school (yeah I know, it stinks), I will only be able to update every Friday, so look for new chapters then. I hope you like my story, and R&R!

Next chapter: Destined Meeting: Sparks of Attraction?