Shikamaru absolutely hated getting up early in the mornings. The Chunin Exams better be worth it for this. He and his team managed to pass the written exam and where now supposed to meet up at the entrance of the Forest of Death for phase two. When he arrived he took count of the people there. He, of course, noticed Ino and Choji first, followed by the rest of the teams from his graduating year. He noticed the ninja from the other villages as well, most particularly the Sound ninja. Their presence didn't sit well with him. Lastly, he noticed a girl that was standing off by herself. She had long blonde hair and wore black attire. He recalled catching a glimpse of her at the first part of the exams.
His thoughts were interrupted when the instructor handed the teams their scrolls and gave them the rules: get the opposite scrolls from another team, and make it to the tower at the end of the forest. The gates were opened and the young ninja were signaled to start