"And so, if you want to stay in Konoha, Obaa-chan wants to test your skills and give you ranks," Naruto finished explaining what had happened both at the meeting and after.
"I'm staying," Karin said. "I will take the test." She looked at Naruto and then at Sasuke. She still had feelings for Sasuke, but she wanted to be around Naruto since she loved his chakra aura.
"I don't really mind staying," Suigetsu said. "Being an Anbu sounds cool since I'll be able to cut some things. And it will be easier to find the swords I want that way."
Naruto looked at Jugo and notice his hesitation. "Are you afraid about something?"
"I'm afraid that I will go crazy," Jugo muttered.
"You'll be fine," Naruto said. "Sasuke and I calm you down right? Then there is no need for you to worry."
"Ok," Jugo said a minute later. "I'll stay, but I'd like to be around you as much as possible."
"What?" Naruto blushed.
"I'd like to stay close to you since you keep me calm," Jugo said. "I know we can't be together twenty-four seven, but being in your house would be fine. If you don't mind me coming over when you are gone."
"Why not just stay here?" Naruto asked. Team Hebi and Itachi looked at him. "I mean, Kurama and Itachi will be staying together right?" Itachi looked at Kurama then nodded. "Well, they will take Itachi's old room. There are several other rooms in this house. You can all take one."
"We can stay here?" Jugo asked.
"Yes," Naruto grinned. "This will be your new home!"
"Home," Jugo smiled for the first time in a long time. "I like the sound of that."
Sasuke wanted to ask for his room back, but he had no idea how to say it. He didn't mind sharing the room with Naruto. In fact, he would enjoy waking up next to the blond. His thoughts shifted into picturing waking up to Naruto in bed after sleeping together.
"Sasuke?" Naruto asked. "Are you ok?"
Sasuke snapped back to reality. "Yeah, I'm fine."
"Good," Naruto said. "I was just saying that if you want your room back, I'm willing to give it up to you. I can sleep in a different room."
And his day-dream shattered. "You don't have to do that!" Sasuke said loudly.
"Well, if you change your mind, let me know," Naruto said. "Go ahead and pick a room then." Sasuke frowned. There goes all of his dreams of eating breakfast in bed with Naruto.
Itachi put his hand on Sasuke's shoulder. "Sorry little brother."
"It's ok," Sasuke said. "I have to gain his trust back before I can tell him how I feel." He looked at Naruto who was talking to Suigetsu. "I want him to be happy, even if it is not with me."
"Give it time," Itachi said. "I'm sure things will change."
"Thanks Aniki," Sasuke said.
"No problem Otouto," Itachi then walked over to Kurama.
There was a pop of smoke as a man appeared in the room. "Yo!"
"Hey Kakashi-sensei," Naruto said.
"Lady Tsunade wished to speak with you," Kakashi said.
"Ok," Naruto said. "Why don't you stay for dinner?"
"I'd love to but Iruka..." Kakashi began.
"Invite Iruka-sensei over," Naruto said. "We need to catch up."
Kakashi paused then side. He knew Naruto would bother them until they gave in. "Ok, I will." He then popped out.
"Guys," Naruto said to Kurama, Itachi, and Team Hebi. "I have to go. Iuruka-sensei and Kakashi-sensei are coming over for dinner. Please help Kurama make it." He began to wave a sign but stopped. "And no funny business you two." He looked at Itachi and Kurama. "I'd like to come home with a clean house." He finished his jutsu and disappeared leaving behind a smirking Kurama and a somewhat scared Itachi.
"Obaa-chan?" Naruto called popping into Tsunade's office. "What do you want?"
"A few things," Tsunade said. "I wanted to know where Itachi and Team Hebi would be staying."
"Oh, they'll stay with me at the Uzumaki Compound," Naruto said.
"I see," Tsunade said. She thought about saying something about Suigetsu, but knew Naruto could handle him. "The next thing I wanted to talk about you is very important."
"What is it?" Naruto gulped.
"When will you accept the seat as the sixth Hokage?" Tsunade asked.
"I can't become Hokage," Naruto said. "You know that."
"Naruto," Tsunade said. It was rare for her to use his name when she wasn't giving him an order. "Everyone will accept you as their Hokage. The Akatsuki shouldn't..."
"Tsunade-sama," Naruto said. Hearing him say her name like that shocked her. He had only said it that way twice before and both times where not in good circumstances. "What happened happened. There is no way to change that. I lost the right to become Hokage over two years ago."
"It was not your fault!" Tsunade yelled. "It was theirs! Even Jiriya would agree."
"Jiriya is not here," Naruto said. "He is still in a coma!"
"He will wake up!" Tsunade yelled.
"He won't!" Naruto shook his head. "You know that Jiriya is as good as dead!" Tsunade slapped Naruto across the face. There were tears in her eyes. "I'm sorry. I was out of line." He looked down at the floor.
"Jiriya will awaken," Tsunade said trying to calm herself down.
"I want him to," Naruto said. "It is just that, I hurt him."
"He would be angry if he knew that you thought it was his fault that he ended up that way."
"But it is my fault. If I wasn't so mad no one would have been hurt."
"It was only him that got hurt. You only attacked him. And he will forgive you."
"Can he? Can he forgive the demon that almost killed him?"
"You are not a Demon! And he will forgive you. You forgave Sasuke right?"
"That was different."
"It isn't. He almost killed you. And from what I heard, it was not only once, but twice."
"It wasn't his fault."
"It was more his fault in almost killing you than it was your fault for putting Jiriya into a coma."
Naruto fell silent. Then he sighed. "If... when Jiriya wakes up, I'll agree to become Hokage. But not before that. If he doesn't, Kakashi-sensei would make a great Sixth."
Tsunade sighed. "Fine Brat! But you will have to call him Ero-sennin again! he would think it is strange if you don't."
Naruto smiled. "I will."
Tsunade nodded as Naruto popped out of the room. She looked at the photo inside the draw of her desk. "Jiriya. Please wake up soon. Your godson needs you."