"Kit?" Kurama pulled Naruto on his lap. They were sitting near a swing.
"Yeah?" Naruto asked. He looked up at Kurama. Tears stained his face. He had finally stopped crying.
"I know it's stupid to ask this, but are you ok?" Kurama started to play with Naruto's hair.
"I feel better," Naruto answered. "Thanks to you."
"I guess I'm lucky that I'm a demon," Kurama said.
"Why do you say that?"
"Because unlike humans, I do not love anyone. The only one I have such feelings for is you Kit. And I won't ever have to feel the pain of loss since when you die, I'll die as well."
"One day that will change."
"Oh? You think I'd fall in love with someone?"
"Yes. I believe that you will find someone to love more than you love yourself, more than me."
"The day that happens, remind me to cut my hair."
"I though you liked your hair long."
"And that is why I doubt it will happen."
"Being in love is a great yet painful feeling. You worry about the one you love. You also worry about how he feels about you and it only makes it worse if he doesn't love you back. But I know that I have to let him go. Even though I know this, it still hurts."
"Then fall out of love with him."
"It is not that simple and you know that. I dream about him only to wake up and see that he is not there. When I woke up this morning and saw him, it felt so right. I began to feel how I use to before..." Naruto choked on his words.
"You don't have to talk about it."
"But you were there! You are the only one I can talk about it to!"
"What about pink-haired?"
"Sakura wouldn't understand. She only saw what happened. You and I felt it."
"You will have to talk about it with someone else eventually."
"I know. I just don't want that time to happen too soon."
"I'll protect you, Kit."
"Thanks Kurama. For always being there."
"And I'll continue to be there for you for the rest of our lives."
"I wish you were the one I fell in love with."
"Sorry Kit, but is just not the way the world works."
"I know." Naruto began to get up. "We should be getting back. Gaara and Neji are probably really worried about us."
"They are worried about you, Kit, not me."
"I think Shukaku would disagree."
"That reminds me. I have a debt to settle with him."
Naruto laughs. "You can do that tomorrow."
"Alright." Kurama stood up only to watch Naruto trip. "Do you want me to carry you?"
"Kurama!" Kurama laughed. "That's not funny! Now my butt hurts!"
Kurama smirked. "Bet that will make them question what went on between us."
"Pervert!" Naruto blushed standing up. "How can you be so dirty?"
"Guess I need to take a bath!"
"That's not what I meant!" Naruto's stomach chose that time to growl.
"Looks like you're hungry. Let's go clean out the Kazekage's food supplies."
"Are you calling me a pig?"
"Yup! We both are." Kurama laughed pulling Naruto towards him. Naruto smiled and locked his hand in Kurama's. Together they returned to Naruto's room. Naruto got dressed and Kurama changed before they joined the others in Gaara's living room.
Sasuke watched Naruto and Kurama take a seat on a couch together. 'They were gone for so long.' He saw that they were holding hands. 'Why are they holding hands? Let go of his hand. Naruto is mine!' He shook his head. 'No! I have to let him go. He doesn't feel the same way that I do.'
"Everything ok Sasuke?" Neji asked.
"I'm fine." Sasuke said trying to look away from Naruto. 'It hurts to see them like this. I want him. I hope Sakura will be able to help.'
"I just sent the letter to Sakura," Gaara said.
"What did you say?" Neji asked.
"I wrote that Naruto was beginning to fall apart and that he cried out for her," Gaara.
Neji choked on his tea. "You do know that Naruto would never so that right?"
"I know, but does Sakura?" Gaara said. "Besides, I also said that I didn't trust Karin to heal Naruto if he got injured enough that Kurama could not heal him."
"What!?" Karin stood up. "If Sasuke asks me to heal him then I'd heal him!"
"So you wouldn't heal him without Sasuke telling you to?" Neji asked. "He is related to you."
"Distantly," Karin pushed up her glasses then sat down. "I don't know him a lot. But I will say this. I enjoy being around him."
"How do you guys feel?" Gaara said to Suigetsu and Jugo.
"I like the kid," Suigetsu said. "I'd listen to him even over this jerk. At least Naruto doesn't have a stick up his..."
"Suigetsu!" Karin yelled. "Sasuke is our leader!"
"You already know I'm only with him to get Kisame's sword," Suigetsu said.
"Naruto is comfortable to be around," Jugo said. Suigetsu and Karin stared at him. "What?"
"I think that is that most you have ever said without saying something about killing someone," Suigetsu said.
Jugo shrugged. "Just saying how I feel. Whenever I'm around Naruto, I feel a calm warmth spread through my body. With him around, I won't lose it."
"Are you going to stay in Konoha with naruto after your Team complete's its goal?" Neji asked.
Jugo looked at Sasuke. "If I am allowed to."
'They feel safe around him,' Sasuke thought. 'I too want to be with him.' He smirked. 'I see. so that's it.'
"Sasuke?" Naruto had gotten close to Sasuke. "Are you ok?"
Sasuke did his best to hide a blush. It worked. "I'm fine."
"Ok," Naruto sat back down. He looked at Sasuke. "I'm sorry for what I said about your family."
"I'm sorry as well," Sasuke muttered.
"But I am not sorry about what I said about you," Naruto said. "What I said was true and you deserved it."
"I know," Sasuke said.
Naruto's stomach let out a loud growl. He blushed as Kurama laughed. "I almost forgot that I was hungry."
"Dinner will be served soon," Temari said coming into the room. Kankuro was behind her. Dinner came ten minutes later.
"Hey Gaara," Naruto chewed a piece of steak. "Tomorrow can you let out Shukaku? Kurama wants to fight hm."
"In human form right?" Gaara said. "I don't want Suna getting destroyed because pisses off the other."
"I'll set up a stronger barrier," Naruto grinned.
"We get to see two demons fighting it out?" Suigetsu asked. "Yes!"
"Well, it won't be easy to see," Naruto said. "They move really fast."
"Then I guess I'll have to see for myself," Suigetsu said.
"I do not mind," Gaara said. "And it seems that Shukaku wants a fight as well."
Kurama yawns. "Well, I'm going to sleep." He stood up. "Hey Kit?"
"Yeah?" Naruto said through a bite.
"It ok if I share your bed?" Kurama asked.
"Go ahead," Naruto said. "It is a double bed." Sasuke looked ready to kill Kurama, but Naruto didn't notice.
"See you later then, Kit," Kurama said smirking. 'It's fun making the Uchiha mad.'
"I am also going to retire," Gaara said. "I need to rest if I am going let Shukaku out."
"I'm done as well," Neji said getting up.
"Keep it down you two!" Naruto called out after them. "I'd hade to have to call the fight off due to lack of sleep." Neji blushed as Gaara let a small grin form.
"Thanks for the mental picture, Naruto!" Kankuro said. "That's my little brother!"
"Sorry, but you need to get use to it," Naruto said. "What if Neji decides to move here?"
"Oh God!" Kankuro slammed his head against the table. "I'll have nightmares. If that happens, I'm moving to Konoha!"
"You just want to get closer to Tenten now that she's free," Naruto said.
"Hey!" Kankuro yelled. "She's a widow! And she lost to Temari."
"She's Anbu," Naruto said. "She is stronger than before. You two would make a good couple."
"That would leave you the only single one among your friends," Kankuro.
"I can live with that," Naruto said. "As long as everyone is happy."
"You're a virgin aren't you?" Suigetsu asked.
Sasuke almost choked on his water. Naruto blushed. "S-so what? Is there something wrong with that?" Naruto blushed a darker red when he realized that he just admitted to being a virgin.
'Good," Sasuke thought. 'That means I'll be his one and only.'
"Well, you aren't the only one," Suigetsu said. "I bet Sasuke here is one too."
"Suigetsu!" Sasuke slammed his fist on the table. He could not hide his blush.
"No way!" Naruto was shocked, but he wasn't the only one. Temari and Kankuro just couldn't believe it.
"Sorry for not liking women," Sasuke covered his mouth with a hand. 'Dammit!'
"Knew it!" Naruto yelled. "That so explains everything!"
"Looks like you don't have a chance, Karin," Suigetsu mocked. Karin blushed and stared down at the table. She was having dirty thoughts of Sasuke with Naruto since he was the first one she could think of.
"Good for Naruto though," Jugo added.
Naruto blushed. "What?"
Jugo looked at Naruto. "Well, you love Sasuke. And Sasuke loves you, so it's a good thing." Naruto and Sasuke could not look at each other for the rest of the night.
'Is that true?' Naruto thought. 'Does Sasuke love me?'
'Jugo said Naruto loves me,' Sasuke thought. 'God I hope that's true.' The two of them had really good dreams that night.