tale of galant jiraiya
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Re: Shade of the Leaf
Sakura was saved from answering immediately with the arrival of the tempura. Ino gave her a knowing look as she took a large bite, but she ignored her friend as she tried to collect her thoughts. Figured that Ino would bring up a subject she hadn’t even thought to consider yet.
“I don’t know,” she said finally. “I mean all my life it’s been Sasuke. I wasn’t even aware that there were possibilities outside of Sasuke until recently. Now that I know there are other possibilities, it’s hard to find someone to match up to the standards he held, you know?”
“Yes. I think so,” Ino agreed. “Well, I have an idea, anyway. Shikimaru and I didn’t exactly have this problem, but I was never as into Sasuke as you were.”
Sakura shrugged. “It isn’t just that. I need someone who can be my equal, Ino, both in strength and mentality and that rather cuts the list in half.”
“It just means you need to introduce yourself to a bunch of ANBU.” Ino corrected with a grin. “Surely someone there is strong enough to deal with you.”
Sakura snorted, and to her relief, the conversation died a little as they both tucked into their meal. The murmur of the crowd around her was relaxing, and the cold tea had woken her up enough to enjoy her meal. A flash of blond out the window had her eyes flicking to the window, but she didn’t see anyone she knew.
‘Naruto is ANBU.’
The thought caught her completely off guard and she breathed deeply, glad that she hadn’t had anything her mouth. Ino gave her a look, and she hurried took a large bite of her tempura.
‘What does that mean? Of course, Naruto is ANBU he wants to be Hokage. He has to be the best.’ She scolded herself. She chewed rapidly, trying to control her confusion with distraction. Where had that thought come from? Surely, her subconscious didn’t think that Naruto of all people was dateable. It was Naruto!
Firmly taping down the thought, she turned back to Ino, determined to distract herself from those thoughts. She didn’t have the patience to even think that thought through right then, and it was ridiculous anyway. Naruto was her friend.
The quiet was mostly deceiving. The rooftop he was currently sprawled on was peaceful even surrounded by agitated chakra of searching ANBU officers. Sasuke didn’t appear to notice them, but that calm façade was as deceitful as his Sexy No Jutsu. It wouldn’t surprise him at all if Sasuke was not only aware of the ANBU, but could probably recite their major abilities and skills. His friend was such a sneaky bastard. A cold fish, but sneaky when he chose to be. The idiots wouldn’t think to look to the top of the Hokage’s tower until after they had already left.
“We probably only have another half hour,” Naruto said lazily, watching the stars twinkle.
Sitting up, rolling muscles that burned a little from the sparring match with Sasuke, he lifted both hands and settled them behind his head comfortably. If only Sakura was here, this moment would be perfect. Well, if Sakura was here and Sasuke relaxed enough to give him more than one word sentences. Sasuke was such a moody little bastard with the emotional depth of a ramen bowel. Sakura… It was better for Sakura to be getting sleep right now, with the way the old hag had been pushing everyone at the hospital.
He really didn’t see what she had seen in their teammate all those years. Sasuke was a friend, his teammate, someone he had fought for and would fight for again, he just couldn’t imagine anyone actually wanting to marry the bastard. The smile on his lips grew as he remembered the conversation he had had with her those nights ago. Sakura wasn’t in love with the emotionally stinted Uchiha, and he was one-step closer to being the Hokage. Life was good.
“You look like an idiot.”
“You’re just jealous.”
The Uchiha grunted but said nothing. Naruto smirked for a moment before eyeing the man next to him. “You’re not interested in her, are you?”
Sakura might say she wasn’t interested in Sasuke, but if Sasuke started to pursue her, then things could get tricky. He didn’t want to lose either of them, and if Sakura chose Sasuke, he would bite his tongue and say nothing. Having lived with hope for the past week, it was a hard question to ask.
“Sakura is my teammate.” Sasuke said firmly.
Naruto frowned at him. “She is my teammate too.”
Sasuke sighed. “She is only my teammate.”
“Oh. Well that’s good, because I’m going to marry her.”
“You are a fool.”
“Maybe,” Naruto agreed his smile widening. “I don’t really care, though. She already trusts me; she knows I’m there for her. It’s just a matter of time before she realizes everything else.”
Sasuke made a noise, but didn’t say anything else and Naruto stood. “We should be heading back. Eventually one of those idiots is going to think to look here.”
A puff of smoke, and the roof was clear.