2 DAYS BEFORE THE CHUUNIN EXAMS
The Land of Fire was a big country that became even bigger after all that happened during the Bijuu Crisis. Thus, it is no wonder that it took a relatively long time to travel from Kyokujitsu to Kyūseishu, where the Chuunin Exams were held. What is more, when tasked with the transportation and protection of the Sankage herself to the neutral territory, you ought to be even more careful while traveling. Basically, your journey is bound to be a long one.
The transportation of the Kage could be seen as an S-rank mission, and a team of experienced jonin would have to be gathered. This meant that newly advanced jonin would not be allowed on the team, and neither outsiders would.
Thus, it is no wonder that Fujita Kaimu was surprised when he first got notified that he was assigned a spot on the team. Although technically being a jonin of Kyokujitsugakure, his status as an Emissary of Harugakure meant that he was almost never assigned missions of very high importance, due to Harugakure and the Land of Spring being under the banner of the Land of Earth.
Being an Emissary meant helping foster good relations between your country and the country you are sent to, and Kaimu had done just that at the start. However, his efforts seemed to do nothing other than retaining what neutral disposition Kyokujitsu had of his country. Over the passage of time, seeing his efforts bearing no fruit, he stopped trying. It had become apparent to him that a mere shinobi could not hope to influence the diplomatic relations of two countries, especially when it comes to big countries such as Kyokujitsu.
As he kept on reading the scroll with his orders, however, his excitement was wiped out in an instant.
You are to set off right away, travel to Kyūseishu on your own on a scout mission. Every 6 hours use this scroll and report back to the main team.
Crap, not again.
Kaimu walked among the food stands, searching for delicacies to accompany his home-brewed drink. The Chuunin Exams was a big event, and people from all over the world came to Kyuuseishi to watch. Par for the course, wherever there are festivities, one can find merchants trying to make a name for themselves and their products. Especially with the nature of the Chuunin Exams that encouraged competition, everyone was in high spirits."Oh! This takoyaki looks delicious!"
Kaimu exclaimed, his attention fully centered on the plate in front of him. He grabbed his gourd, pulled the cork out with a pop, and dug in with fervor. In the background, an announcement echoed out, calling for the three Kage to gather, and encouraging everyone else to enjoy themselves. A satisfied expression appeared on Kaimu's face as he washed down the fried octopus with a swig of sake.