"Sakura-chan?" He was confused when he saw her standing at the door. She looked up at him with small tears in her normally bright pale green eyes. "What are you doing here?"
"My mom and I got into a bigger argument after you left. She basically kicked me out 'cause I wouldn't follow her rules." She said as a tear rolled down her cheek. Naruto stepped to the side and pulled her into the apartment he owned.
"Sit in here and I'll be right back." He lead her to the couch in the living room before he ran into his room and came back two minutes later in sweat pants and an old black tee-shirt. "So your mom kicked you out of the house 'cause you were defending me?" She gave a small nod as a tear slipped from her eye.
"She was so mad when I wouldn't follow what she told me to do. I've never seen her so mad at me before. She said to get out and I didn't know where else to go. Ino would have been trying to gossip and stuff and I really don't want to deal with that and there's no one else I'm close to in the village."
"Don't worry about it." He gave her his bright grin before a thought struck him. "You want to get a shower and change?"
"I don't have any of my things."
"I can loan you a few of my things. I'll show you where the shower is." He led her to his room where he handed her an old pair of sweat pants and a tee shirt, then to the bathroom where she took a shower. Naruto sat on his bed waiting for her to finish so he can find out exactly what happened and figure out a way to fix it. He felt like it was his fault after all and in his mind it was for him to fix. After twenty minutes, the bathroom door slowly opened and Sakura walked out to him as he stood.
"Thanks Naruto. I needed that." She told him sadly, as she stopped in front of him looking at the ground. "I'm going to go to sleep." She went to walk past him when he grabbed hold of her arm.
"Sakura-chan, tell me what happened after I left."
"My mom and I argued and she said that I wasn't aloud home till I followed her rules." She told him trying to make it as plan as possible without having to explain all the insults that were said. Naruto only looked at her waiting to hear more. After a minute she knew she wouldn't get off easy so she began her story. "My mom was saying that I wasn't allowed to be around you anymore and calling you names and just saying so many untrue things and I couldn't stand it. I started yelling back and telling her the truth. She didn't like it and she said that she was going to go to the fifth and demand that we not be near each other ever again. When I told her that she wouldn't do that because we are the best there is and she can't afford to separate us she said that the fifth would if I requested it. I told her no. I won't request to be away from you just because someone with the wrong information says, even if that person is my mom." Tears began streaming down her cheeks; Naruto wrapped his arms around her and held her as she cried softly into his chest.
"Sakura-chan, you don't need to fight with your mom like that. Why don't you just talk to Granny and we can go out separately? I'm not worth fighting and losing your mom for." Sakura pushed back to look straight into his blue eyes to see them go dull and sad as he spoke to her. "I'm sure Granny will understand and I understand."
"No!" She scolded. "No Naruto. Please don't make me. I can't lose you, I lo-." She cut her self off as she turned away from him not believing she had almost told him she loved him. Naruto stood behind her stunned as the words she had almost spoken filtered through his mind. He watched her shoulders rise and fall as she took a deep breath before turning to face him, making sure to keep her eyes averted. "I'm going to go to sleep." She started walking and was stopped at the door by Naruto. He grabbed hold of her and turned her around. Before she could express her surprise, their lips connected for the third time that night in a blissful kiss. They both leaned in giving in to their feelings as the world spun around them. They pulled apart for a breath looking into each other's eyes.
"I…..love you too Sakura-chan." Naruto whispered as Sakura starred at him shocked that the man that had always been oblivious to everything, had processed and realized what she was about to say. Slowly a smile began to grow across her face as she leaned in and kissed his lips briefly.
"I've wanted to tell you that for a while now." Naruto grinned before he leaned in and gave her another kiss that was cut short by a hard nock at the front door. Naruto walked to answer the door while Sakura finished drying her hair.
"What have you done to my daughter?" Came a loud screech through the apartment making Sakura jump and run into the other room. Her mother gave one angry glare at Sakura before turning her infuriated blue eyes back to Naruto. "How dare you! You have taken the last thing dear to me in life and ruined it! You are nothing but a demon seeking to steal the happiness from human life!" She screamed getting closer and closer to him as he stood unmoving. Sakura ran over and placed herself between the two as her mother's eyes turned even angrier. "And you! How dare you run back to this….this thing? He will bring you nothing but despair and in the end death. Your father and I wanted you to live well and find a good man to settle down with, I have raised you better than this. How dare you turn your back on your family?" Sakura's eyes began to tear up making Naruto extremely upset. He placed his hands on her shoulders, turning her around to cry into his chest.
"You have a problem with me then take it out on me, don't drag Sakura into this. She shouldn't have to deal with this because of me." Naruto said trying to get her mother to soften up to Sakura, but his words only made things worse.
"It is your fault that she has turn like this! She needs to see what it is really like to be an adult! She needs to realize that her decisions will come back to haunt her no matter what her little child mind thinks! Lady Hokage will be hearing about this. I will make sure there will be an end to this." she said as she stormed out of his apartment, moving as fast as she could to the Hokage tower. Naruto only held Sakura trying to comfort her hoping that Tsunade wouldn't split them up and ban them from seeing each other.
"Naruto, we have to stop her. I won't be able to do anything without you. All of our techniques for fighting are based on each other, and I –"
"Sakura, relax. Granny's not gonna do anything but explain to her why she can't split us up. She won't let us be separated. She actually really wanted us together." He said making her laugh through her tears. "Said we reminded her of my parents when they were younger."
"Yeah, she told me my mom acted just like you when you're around me and I act like my dad when I'm around you. I never believed her though. Can't imagine my dad acting funny at all. Well until I got the same story from the pervy sage and Kakashi-sensei."
"You know who your parents were?" she asked as she dried her tears.
"My mom was the last survivor of the whirlpool village up north. She came here when she was little and grew up with an adopted family. She met my dad when they went to the academy and they just got closer and closer. My dad was born here; he lost his parents when he was in his early teens. They died from some disease and his older brother went to the ice country and no one's heard from him since he left."
"Why do Jiraiya, Tsunade and Kakashi-sensei know them?" Sakura asked wondering why three of the greatest ninja knew two people that no one else remembered.
"Kushina Uzumaki and Minato Namikaze." He said and watched Sakura's jaw drop making him laugh.
"How long have you known your dad was the fourth?"
"Well I knew about him right after the fight with Pein and I found out about my mom later.
"And you never told anyone? Naruto you are the son of the Fourth Hokage, the greatest Ninja in the country and you didn't say a word."
"Well I can't have everyone treating me differently cause I'm his son." He chuckled. "Come on, want to talk to Granny about what she's planning?" he asked as he walked off into his room to change. Grabbed his jacket and threw it over his shoulder making something fall out of his pocket. He picked it up and looked at it. It was one of the scrolls he used when he traveled to carry cloths, this one was labeled with an 'S' making him smile. "Sakura-chan, look what I found." He called as he walked out of his room. He handed her the scroll and watched her smile brightly and take off to change into the old outfit. A dark pink sleeveless tube-top like top with a black band at the bottom connected to the dark pink skirt with fishnet. A black belt lay loose around her hips, white fabric hung from the left side of the skirt while her left wrist and for arm was covered by a brown glove. She walked out and smiled at Naruto before sitting to place her black boots on.
"I'm ready." She smiled as he took her hand as they started walking to the Hokage tower hoping that by the time the get, there Tsunade would have cooled off and Sakura's mother would be long gone. It took them a full fifteen minutes to reach the Hokage's office. Sakura raised her fist to knock on the door when she heard a voice come from inside.
"Come in!" Sakura and Naruto looked at each other knowing that Tsunade was not in a good mood. She opened the door, looked inside, and realized why Tsunade was so upset. She was sitting behind her desk glaring at Sakura's mother. "I'm glad you two came by. It seems there is a problem with the two of you being around each-"
"What are you wearing?" Sakura's mother cut Tsunade off making the Hokage even more upset.
"Akemi!" Tsunade called out. "I realize you want what is best for Sakura, but you must see that these two being teamed together is the best for everyone. I cannot separate them just because you do not like Naruto."
"Lady, you must understand. That demon has put my daughter's life at stake; he nearly killed several people in the village and should not be trusted. Leaving my daughter with a monster like that would make my husband turn in his grave-"
"Enough!" Sakura screamed making everyone look at her. "You don't know anything about Naruto. You can't even imagine how kind hearted and caring he is. He would never let anything happen to any one of his friends or the village, let alone me. He is nothing like that demon, and you have no right to call him such!" Tsunade was surprised Sakura was speaking like this and looked up at Naruto who was just as shocked. Akemi looked at her daughter as the tempers started to rise out of control.
"I am your mother; you will not talk to me that way young lady. This is a perfect example of what he has done to her. Making her act out like that is just one thing to prove my point." She said looking back to Tsunade who slowly rose to her feet.
"To be perfectly honest, Akemi, it's about damn time she said something. She and Naruto are very close; they have gone through hard battles and helped each other through rough times. It is not for you to say they should be separated. If one feels that, the other is not the best match for them as Shinobi and Kunoichi it is at their discretion. As for what you think of Naruto, I think you should get to know him and find out your facts before you start accusing him of things. I am sorry you feel that way but they are to stay together on missions and training. Besides the fact that they are of legal age to make their own decisions, they are almost twenty years old after all."
"But Lady, Tsunade-" Tsunade held up her hand to silence Akemi.
"Do you two wish to be separated?"
"no." the both answered making Tsunade smirk slightly as she turned to look at the infuriated Akemi.
"Now, if this is all finished I believe you should go home and get some rest." Akemi looked at her before turning and leaving without a sound. Naruto and Sakura turned to leave but were stopped. "Not you two." They turned back around slowly knowing that she was still upset at being woken up for a silly thing. "What exactly happened to make her charge in here and start yelling?" The two looked at each other and blushed ever so slightly but Tsunade could see the tint and knew what had happened.
"Well, when we got back we made plans to go out to eat and my mom got to the door before I could and she was upset to begin with. Then after we went back to my house and he was about to leave and she…." They both turned bright pink and looked anywhere but each other and Tsunade making the corners of her mouth twitch.
"She caught you. Is that the whole reason for her acting like that?"
"when Naruto left we got into a big argument and she said I wasn't aloud home until I lived by her rules and I guess she wandered around looking for me and found me at Naruto's " they both began to turn a dark pink and they remembered his apartment and everything said. "I didn't have anything and Naruto lent me some of his cloths and she saw me in them. That's when she went off and came here. We figured you would be up after she left and wanted to see what you told her."
"I see. I will work on finding you a place to stay and a way of getting your things without a war breaking out on the streets-"
"She could just stay with me-" Naruto blurted out making Tsunade smile as they both turned red. "I mean, at least until you find a place or something." He chuckled nervously.
"Shishyou, you don't have to worry about getting my things… I just want my gear and I can get new stuff." Sakura told Tsunade. "I don't want to cause any more problems than there already is."
"Sakura, it's not your fault that half the village still views Naruto as the demon he has inside. Even the ones that don't voice their opinions or act as such still have a lingering fear. Your mother wants to do what's best but what she doesn't realize is that you two working together it what is best. Don't worry about what anyone says. Besides, I believe in a few years you will have to be able to deal with people not only making comments about Naruto but also about Mrs. Uzumaki." She chucked as they both looked at each other and turned a deep dark red. "Go get more rest. This is only the first day of your two weeks off." The two didn't need to be told twice turning and practically running from the office leaving Tsunade to laugh as she turned to the open window. "Don't you ever go home and sleep?"
"Sometimes. I heard about some yelling going on and figured it would end up here." Kakashi said as he stood on the roof and looked in the window. "Looks like I was right."
"Looks like your students are growing up."
"They haven't been my students in quite some time. I knew this would happen one day. They are just like his parents, although Minato-sensei was calm and collected when he wasn't around Kushina-san."
"That's what you saw when he was older. He was very balanced as a child." She sighed remembering the old days before Minato died to protect his village and newborn son. "They would be very proud of him. He's made his way through some things that I might not have been able to."
"They really would be proud at how he turned out. He did pretty well for himself growing up." They both sat looking down at the street as Naruto and Sakura emerged from the building. They gave each other a small kiss before Naruto wrapped his arms around her and held her for a moment. She wrapped her arm around his waist and he let one of his drop as they began walking back to his apartment.
"They would be very happy for him too." Tsunade said as she watched the two walk.
"I believe I will be going to bed."
"Good, because you have a mission tomorrow and you have to leave early." Kakashi smirked under his mask and turned to jump from rooftop to rooftop but was stopped.
"You haven't told them yet have you?"
"With Ino knowing I am sure they know already." With that he was gone leaving Tsunade to herself in the Hokage office.
The next day was hard waking up and knowing that she wouldn't be able to talk to her mother. Sakura opened her eyes and realized Naruto was sleeping beside her holding her tight like she had asked the night before. She turned over and looked at his peaceful face before laying her head on his bare chest. She gave a small smile knowing that Naruto was always going to be right beside her. She felt his arms pull around her frame making her look up into clear blue eyes.
"Did I wake you?" she asked
"No. I've been up for a little while. How ya feelin?"
"I think I should go get new clothes and things I'll need while I stay here. I still feel bad about what my mom was saying."
"Don't worry about it. Let's go get you what you need."
"But I have to stop at the back because all of my stuff is still at my mom's."
"Don't worry about your stuff at your mom's. Get ready and we'll get started." He smiled and kissed the top of her head before leaving the room before she could protest. Sakura sighed and started on her way to get a shower and dressed as the memory of them sleeping on the same bed so close sunk in. Naruto started to cook as he thought about how things were going with Sakura, that's when it hit him. They had slept in the same bed, under the same blackest and holding each other the entire night. He glanced into his room to see her climb out of bed and head towards the bathroom. An hour later they were both showered and dressed and heading out to shop.
"So where do you want to start?" Sakura asked Naruto who shrugged not knowing anything but his things. "Let's get clothes for around the village first, then we can work on getting clothes for missions and night, and then shoes-" Naruto cut her off at the bottom of the stairs with a kiss.
"Just lead the way." He smirked as she gave him another sweet kiss before leading him into the part of the village with all the shops.
"Hey Naruto? Do you want to keep us quiet for now?" She asked shakily and watched him as he shrugged.
"We can keep it quiet until you want to." She smiled at him as she led him into the clothing shop leaving an hour and a half later with three bags full. Once outside Naruto put the two bags he was carrying down and pulled out a scroll, sealing all three inside. "Where to next?"
"I was thinking to look at some things for training and our next mission." She led the way to the next shops where she bought the things she needed for missions, training, travel, sleep and Naruto's place. It took most of the day to finish the shopping and stop to eat before heading back to Naruto's apartment. They were almost at his place when they were stopped.
"Sakura!" the two turned around and found Ino running up to them. "I just heard what happened from your mom." Naruto and Sakura glanced at each other hoping that she wasn't told about the kiss at least. "I knew your mom never like Naruto but for her to say what she did is just wrong. She really doesn't know how Naruto really is. My parents said you can stay at my place if you want… or would you rather stay with Naruto in his apartment." She gave a big smirk as the color drained from the two in front of her.
"Ino! Stop, it's not-" She cut her self off realizing that half the village probably knew already and it was not worth trying to come up with stories. "Look we really don't want the whole village to know, not yet anyway. My mom is just one of the people who don't like Naruto and when they get wind of this, it's going to blow up big."
"Don't worry. I'll keep it quiet. Don't you think it would be better to get it out in the open as soon as possible to get everything done and over with?"
"I don't know. The way my mom blew up was just a little of what will happen." Naruto stood looking upset that it was his fault Sakura couldn't be happier than she was now.
"Why don't I start telling our friends and those who do like him when you leave for your next mission? You guys are always gone for like at least a month at a time. It should give it time to slowly relax by the time you get back." Sakura and Naruto looked at each other and shrugged.
"But we have off for the next two weeks." Sakura told her when suddenly Kakashi appeared next to them.
"How'd the cat mission go, Kakashi-sensei?" Naruto asked with a smirk remembering the cat missions he the rest of team 7 had to do when they were younger.
"Quick and not one of my team was attacked by it." He smiled at the now frowning Naruto. "The fifth wants you in her office. It seems you have a big mission."
"Great. She said we had the next two weeks off and we only get two days." Naruto grumbled as Sakura shook her head.
"Thanks, we better get going. Ino…. Just don't go overboard and leave us riots to come home to." Sakura said pulling Naruto with her to the Hokage tower.