tale of galant jiraiya
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Re: Shade of the Leaf
Naruto muttered something under his breath that had Sakura swatting at him. He dodged her blow before scooting over and picking up her feet, setting them in his lap and digging his knuckles into her tight arches. She sighed in pleasure.
“I do not care what the council thinks.” Sasuke said with a frown. “My personal business isn’t any of their concern.”
“Their going to make it they’re business,” Naruto told him, a frown on his face as he looked up at the ceiling. “Our biggest problem is going to be the Hyuuga clan. They have a lot of internal turmoil right now with the split to support Hinata or Hanabi.”
“That affects me how?”
Naruto snorted and looked at his head. “Don’t be an ass. You know as well as I do how the Hyuuga clan is, and what they will do to remain the most powerful clan. It’s bred into all the little monsters they give birth to and only encouraged as they grow older. Your clan was always a direct threat to that. If they can find any excuse to keep you from restarting your clan, or putting you back on the council, they will.”
Sakura nodded, “Tsunade has made a comment or two that makes me believe the council is split on several issues. Not just with you, Sasuke.”
Sasuke frowned at them. “Who else is in on this little game of yours?”
Sakura threw a pillow at him and frowned at Naruto when he stopped rubbing her feet. His eyes were on Sasuke and she sighed, crossing her arms as she waited for him to start rubbing again.
“It’s not a game, Sasuke.” Naruto said firmly, his shoulders tensing slightly.
The Uchiha crossed his arms. “Then what is this?” The angle of his body-shifting, right hand curling a little in preparation for a fight.
“If you two start wrestling in my living room, I’m throwing you both out by your ears.” Sakura warned.
“I want to be Hokage,” Naruto said slowly, eyes on Sasuke as he slowly relaxed. “In order to do that, I have to have the approval of the council.” His smile was faintly bitter. “They won’t give it to a man who is a container for a demon, you know. No matter how strong I am. They think Sand is insane for allowing Gaara to rule."
Sasuke continued to frown at him.
“In order for me to be become Hokage, I need a council that will vote me in.” Naruto continued, unabashed. “For that to happen, I need allies.” He pinned his best friend with a look. “As long as the Hyuuga clan keeps you off that council seat, that’s one less chance I have. If I’m not Hokage, then we can’t change anything.”
“Before you start getting all huffy,” Sakura warned, moving her foot in another silent attempt to continue the foot massage. “That wasn’t the sole reason we went after you. We want you back. It’s just an added bonus that you come with a council seat.”
Sasuke looked away. “I know.”
Sakura shared a grin with Naruto, that statement was definitely progress. To her delight, Naruto’s shoulders relaxed a little more and he went back to her abused feet. She sighed, letting her head fall back against the couch. If she could just get Sasuke to rub her shoulders while Naruto rubbed her feet, life would be perfect. It would never happen.
“We’re going to have to be careful not to break the rules too much, in the future. If we don’t do anything, Tsunade might be suspicious that we are planning something.” Sakura pointed out.
“Kakashi might help with that.” Naruto said thoughtfully. “He doesn’t particularly care for the council and most of this mess was his idea anyway.”
Sasuke raised a brow but said nothing.
“The clans are worried about your mentality,” Sakura told Sasuke. “You might want to think of ways to prove that you’re mostly sane.”
“Mostly?” Naruto asked with a grin.
“I don’t think there is a single clan that can claim to be completely sane,” Sakura said in disgust.
“Ah,” Naruto whined. “You don’t want to go and rescue little kittens from trees and feed orphans cookies?”
“Go to hell, dead last.”
Sakura, sensing where this was going, sighed and shifted her feet out of Naruto’s lap. As wonderful as this bonding was, she needed a shower and a long, long nights rest. Sakura sighed and stood, moving to pick up the tray they had piled the Okonomiyaki onto and carried it back into the kitchen.
“How long are you two planning on sticking around?”
“Why? You ready to get rid of us that early?” Naruto teased, his blue eyes smiling at her.
“I want to take a shower, and the last time you two were together in one place, you ruined my mothers favorite chair.” She pointed out. “I don’t trust you in closed spaces unsupervized.”
“We were twelve!”
“I’ve been told little boys actually never grow up,” she shot back, whapping him in the back of the head as she walked by.
“That was over cookies!” He returned, reaching up to rub his head. “It isn’t like you can actually make good cookies!”
The cup she threw at him was chakra enhanced.
“Go away Naruto, before Sasuke has to take you the hospital!”
“Let’s go, dead last.” Sasuke agreed, standing in an easy motion.
“Shut up, Bastard!”
Rolling her eyes, she headed to her bedroom, shutting the door firmly behind her. If she was lucky, Sasuke would bully Naruto into cleaning. The Uchiha hated to leave messes behind him, and Naruto knew were all her dishes went. If not, then she would just deal with it in the morning. She was tired.
Sitting on the bed, she pulled her socks off. She couldn’t quite shake the smile that was lingering on her lips. Listening to the faint bickering coming from the living room, she headed into the shower with the knowledge that things were getting better.
Naruto whistled faintly as he stepped into Sasuke’s apartment. It took forever to get into the place, with all the traps and jutsu Sasuke used to protect his privacy.
“That went really well.”
“At least I know what I want,” Naruto shot back. “You’re still floating in limbo.”
The Uchiha looked away with a scowl.
Sasuke didn’t even bother answering that one.
“I guess you’re right. The whole eye thing.”
“Dead last,” his tone was dangerous.
“At least I won’t be going back to sleep on her couch like a fool.”
It was Naruto’s turn to face forward. “She won’t mind.”
“She doesn’t know.”
“It’s not important right now.”
Naruto shrugged, uncaring. He knew Sasuke was just irritated at the way they had cornered them and had shown him a reason to involve himself in life again. He would just take it out on him tomorrow when they went to spar. Right now, he was too happy about the success of their surprise dinner to really care what his friend thought. Sleeping on her couch let him stay close to her, and Sakura wouldn’t mind even if she did know. At least, he was pretty sure she wouldn’t mind. She hadn’t complained yet.
Yawning, he rolled his shoulders. “So, are you in?”