"Tsunade and I are working on a way around it." She bit her lip and widened her eyes. "I'll tell you about it if it works."
"Jounin exams are tough," Naruto mused, breaking their starring match. He was clearly satisified by her answer. "They really go out of the way to test your skills."
"Her genjutsu skills will be an assest." Sasuke reminded them, closing his eyes again. "I can only think of a handful of Jounin they would set against her who have the ability to see through genjutsu and deal with her strength."
Naruto nodded. "Yeah. True. Should be interesting. Good thing you learned the genjutsu."
Sakura snorted. "Like I had any choice."
Sasuke shrugged, unapologetic. The few days she had the chakra, Sasuke had spent drilling her in Genjutus, usually against Naruto. She wasn't a master, but once Tsunade had realized what she was doing, she had slipped her a few scrolls to read as well. It was a matter of control and instead of using her chakra for strength, she just had to twist it in a different way. Sort of like twisting a slime covered ball of pudding into shape and holding it. Her illusions weren't large, but when she managed to pull one off, they were solid. She was getting very good at seeing through them.
"We should get some rest." Sasuke suggested, shutting his eyes. "I refuse to carry either of you back because you're stupid enough to get stabbed."
"I could have healed him!"
"I was covering your ass!"
"I'll keep watch." Naruto offered with a growl. "If that's acceptable, Sasuke?"
It took a few minutes for the rearranging of limbs so that she and Sasuke were both comfortable in sleep. Her cheek was resting against Naruto's collarbones now, and Sasuke's legs were stretched out a little further thanks to Naruto shifting his shoulders around. The storm had picked up until it was almost deafening, but with Naruto under her fingertips, and Sasuke trying to pretend her knee wasn't lodged into his side, she was warm and safe.
Naruto stared at the clouds that were taking something of a shape above him. Winter rains were going to be moving in soon. That one could have been a pineapple, if Chouji had already taken a chunk out of it with his teeth. That one looked like a bird with one wing, and that one looked like a toad. Sort of. If he crossed his eyes a little.
"I hope your face gets stuck like that." Sasuke chided mildly.
"You're just jealous of my face." Naruto returned, closing his eyes.
He could ignore silly Sasuke comments today. He was in a good mood. If the day was to get any better, it would have to involve Sakura. Possibly in that nurse's uniform she detested.
"You're not giving her any reasons to notice you."
That had him sitting up. Blinking at Sasuke, he frowned at his friend. "Huh?"
Sasuke gave him an irritated glance. "Sakura. You are not giving her any reason to notice you as more than a friend."
"Yes I am."
"You move like a snail."
Naruto frowned. "You don't have any room to be talking, teme."
Sasuke reached over and clipped him in the back of the skull. "Pay attention. I'm not chasing Sakura. You are. Do something about it soon. I'm tired of watching you go nowhere."
Naruto frowned, crossing his arms behind his head. Maybe he was right. He liked the fact that Sakura was so comfortable with him, he liked that she didn't mind when he had an arm around her shoulders, and that she seemed to enjoy having him in her home. It was a nice home. Maybe Sasuke was right. He did need to do something that would get her mind off friendship and onto something else.
"Don't screw it up."
Naruto ignored that comment. He never screwed up. Well, when it was important. Most of the time when it was important. Crap.
"Hey Sasuke, you got any ideas?"
Sasuke stood up and walked away.
Naruto sighed. Well, he supposed he was in this one on his own. Flopping onto his back, arms still behind his head, he watched the clouds and thought.