After Team 7 returns from the mission, Kakashi leaves, explaining that he needs to report back on the mission. Naruto tries to spend time with Sakura, while Sakura tries to spend time with Sasuke, but both fail. Although Naruto is frustrated, he notices that he is being watched. He forces Konohamaru to reveal himself, along with his two friends, and Konohamaru congratulates Naruto on discovering them, not realizing how horribly he has been hiding. Noticing Sakura moping over Sasuke leaving, who called Sakura weaker than Naruto, Konohamaru assumes she is Naruto’s girlfriend, to which Naruto responds in the affirmative, causing Sakura to beat him up. A little later, she attacks Konohamaru for insulting her and, running away, Konohamaru encounters two strangers. Elsewhere, the Third Hokage informs Kakashi and the other jounin of Konoha that the Chuunin Exams start in a week.