The chuunin exams are continuing. And we unfortunately still have not been able to locate the rogue ninja Orochuimaru. ANBU squads and Speical Jounin's (including Kakashi) have been despatched all over the village and outside the village to keep watch. But it has been very quiet.
Too quiet for my taste, I have to agree with Kakashi-san, something big is going to happen, I just hope everyone is prepared.
In the mean time all we can to is be vigilant and continue doing what we need to do.
Back at Area 44, AKA the "Forest of Death" a good deal of teams have been eliminated. Ninjas from the land of Rain and Grass out of of the running, we even lost a couple of teams from the Leaf, but none of the rookies have flunked out so far. The "Rookie 9" seems to still be going strong. I am sure their Jounin teachers would be proud, but there are still a few more days left in the exam, and anything can happen. Other ninjas are not the only things one should fear in the forest. The forest itself is pretty dangerous and the creatures that live in it can be as deadly if not more deadly then any shinobi. Hell, I wouldn't want to out there myself. It's not picnic for me and I'm a Jounin.
As far as the status of some of the other teams, their have been reports that there was a particularly nasty run in with some of the ninjas from the sound village, but nothing can be confirmed for the moment.
One surprising thing did happen. The record for passing the second exam was broken in a big way. The 3 man cell comprising of Gaara, Kankuro, and Temari of the Sand made it to the tower with both scrolls in just 1 hour and 37 minutes!
That's destroying the previous record by four whole hours! What's even more amazing is that the group seems completely uninjured. It's as if they just took a leisurely stroll. Very strange. If is wasn't for the time time on the security tape, I wouldn't believe it. Though that one kid with the gord on his back I saw on the tape gives me the heebie-jeebies.
Well that's it for now. Hopefully we'll get a report from Kakashi and the others soon.
In the meantime. Be alert and be safe!