I want to thank Uzukazi for all the time he spent reading through and fixing my silly mistakes.
It had been a month since Sasuke was married and it was now Naruto and Sakura's wedding. Now Naruto stood with the other men in Sasuke's house while Sakura and the women were at Ino and Neji's house. The men were surprised by how calm Naruto was but what they didn't realize was that inside, Naruto was all over the place. He sat in his seat as everyone talked and he ignored them and stayed to his thoughts.
"You're calm for just about to get married." Kiba said as he sat on one side of Naruto and Sasuke sat on the other.
"It's taking everything in you not to lose it, isn't it?" Sasuke said looking at his friend as Naruto turned to look at him and gave a shrug. His head snapped to the door when there was a knock and they found Ino, Tsunade, and Kushina when the door opened. They were surprised to see Naruto sitting still in his seat, but Ino and Tsunade smiled as they got closer they saw the same thing Sasuke saw.
"How are you holding up?" Tsunade asked walking up to him. He only shrugged as she and Tsunade's gaze seemed to drill into him as Ino grabbed his arms and pulled him to his feet. She looked him in the eye before she opened her mouth to speak.
"Naruto, knock it off." She said hitting his chest. "You should know we can all see through you." She hit him again. "Start acting right." She said hitting hit his chest again knocking him down into his chair as everyone just looked on. Ino leaned down and smiled. "You should see Sakura. She won't sit still, we had to get her ready as she walked." Naruto smirked and looked at Ino as she pulled him to his feet again.
"Everything's set. Let's get this over with." Tsunade said as she and the others walked out with Naruto and Ino following.
"Why are you trying to hide? This is one of the most exciting days ever and you're acting like it's nothing." Ino said walking at Naruto's side. Naruto glanced at her.
"Because this is the most exciting day for Sakura. It really is nothing to me." He told her and looked straight ahead as they came closer to where the ceremony would take place. Ino looked at him again.
"Naruto." She said grabbing his arm stopping him. "I can see it and Tsunade can too. We can see it in your eyes. I know you're scared and nervous, stop hiding." She smiled and fixed his tie as everyone turned back to let Naruto and Sasuke take their spots. "Wait till you see her, you'll really lose it then. I better get back to her." She smiled and gave Naruto a hug before she and Kakashi left to join to women while Naruto and Sasuke took their spots.
"Sakura would you relax?" Ino said as she saw Sakura walk back and forth in front of her and the other women. She went over and led her to a seat and sat her down. Her dress flowing out around her. Ino sat in front of her talking and keeping her mind off of the wedding while the others fixed her hair and got everything ready.
"Ino, do you think Naruto's okay?" She asked. "This is so nerve wrecking. Why can't this just be done with?" She said as she was about to get up again making Ino place her hands on his shoulders and made her relax.
"Sakura, calm down. I'm sure he is fine; remember he's got all the men. You know Naruto." She smiled and looked at her friends before sighing. "If it makes you feel better, I'll go check on him." Sakura nodded and Ino stood as Tsunade and Kushina walked over. Kushina bent down and smiled at her soon to be daughter in law.
"You look beautiful. My son will not be able to able to keep his eyes off of you." She smiled and stood back up. "Tsunade and I will go with you, Ino." Ino nodded and they left to check on Naruto leaving the other women with Sakura.
"Sakura, this feels so nerve wrecking and all but believe me, once this is over it only gets better and more fun." Karin said with a smirk as she finished her hair.
"Depending on who you marry." Laughed Temari, making all the other girls laugh. "Honestly, it could be a million times worse….. You could be married to Shikamaru. Try living with that lazy bum." She said as she sat down.
"He can't be that bad. I mean compared to dog boy." Hinata said. Over the last few years she had begun to speak out more and become more like the others rather than reserved and shy. It surprised everyone when she started talking louder than a whisper, and didn't go red or faint when Naruto was around.
"You all think you have the worse one but this is Naruto I'm marrying. The same one that had ANBU chasing him every day, the same one that painted the Hokage monuments and was the class clown. He couldn't even do anything right. Compare him to the other men and you'll see. He is much worse." Sakura said as everyone thought. Memories of Naruto taking care of her and saving everyone came back into her mind. How he looked so strong. "I guess it won't be too bad, he is like the strongest out of everyone." Sakura said.
"Yeah. The way he saved the village several times and protected everyone. It was so sweet when he protected you when you were all fighting Danzo." Anko said. "We all had a front row seat to that fight. He really loves you." She smiled before they heard Kushina, Tsunade and Ino walking up to the house with Kakashi.
"He's really is dense. Trying to hold everything in." Tsunade said.
"At least it's better than him destroying everything and making everyone hold him down. Besides I had a little talk with him." Ino said as they opened the door and walked in. Ino smiled as Sakura sat waiting anxiously for Ino to tell her about Naruto. She walked over with Kushina and Tsunade as Kakashi and Anko spoke.
"So Ino, tell me." She said almost bouncing in her seat. Ino laughed before sitting beside her friend.
"Sakura, relax." She smiled at the face she gave Ino. "You should see Naruto. He was just sitting there when I went in. Sasuke was talking to him. Sakura wait till you see him. He looks so good, you're gonna melt when you see him. I talked to him for a bit. He is trying to hold everything inside but a few of us could see it in his eyes that he's about to lose it. When you have a chance you have to hit him for us. He tried to play everything off like it was all nothing." Ino said making Sakura smile.
"Now it's time you see what he looks like yourself." Tsunade said as Sakura stood up and Kakashi waited as the women went over everything one last time to make sure she was perfect before they started to clear and let him through. "Are you ready?" Tsunade asked.
"As ready as I'll ever be, I guess." Sakura said with a small smile. As everyone walked out of the house and started towards where they would be holding the ceremony. Once they were there, Sakura saw a large curtain that she and the other stood behind. She peaked around the corner and saw Naruto standing in the front talking to Sasuke, Jiraiya and Minato. She pulled back quickly and looked at Ino as she walked over. "Ino, he's…..I can't…" She started to get scared as Ino smiled and just placed a hand on her arm.
"Sakura, calm down. It's not that bad. Believe me. Just relax and walk down there like nothing is happening and get this part over with. You'll be fine, I promise." Ino said as Temari, Tenten and Karin walked over and peaked around the curtain.
"Oh, Sakura, you're so lucky. Look at him." Karin said.
"I know." Tenten said before they both fell over making Naruto, Jiraiya, Sasuke and Minato look to the back to see the two women stand back up with the help of Temari and Shizune. Kushina and Tsunade walked around them whispering something before they walked to the front to wait with Naruto and the others.
"What was that about?" Jiraiya asked when they stopped next to him. He and the others looked back and saw all the women on either side peaking around the sides before bolting backwards when they looked up.
"It seems Naruto has a fan club." Tsunade said. "While Ino, Karin and Temari are trying to keep Sakura calm the others are too interested in seeing what you look like all dressed up." Tsunade smiled and looked at the man she had known since he was twelve. "I think what they said was right. Now let's get this over with. I'm sure everyone knows where to be after eight other weddings." She smiled as Kushina kissed Naruto's cheek before she and everyone walked away leaving Naruto and Sasuke to stand in front and Tsunade beside Naruto as the person to marry them. They heard the music change and they women began to file out and down to their spots, Ino being the last one. She took her spot as maid of honor and the music changed again making everyone stand up and watch as Kakashi escorted Sakura down the aisle. Naruto's breath caught as he looked at Sakura. She was gorgeous. Ino smiled as Sasuke elbowed Naruto hard making him breathe again before she turned her attention back to Sakura. As she and Kakashi reached Naruto and he took her hand leading her up a few steps to Tsunade and the wedding started.
The reception started and everyone was dancing a bit before the food was served. While Naruto and Sakura danced Sakura hit him in his chest hard making him look at her confused.
"That's for acting like nothing was happening." She said and saw a smile spread across his face. "I looked like a fool running around and acting like the end of the world was here. While you were acting like nothing was happening and made everyone try to take a look at you, being so cool, while I had Temari, Ino and Karin taking care of me while Kakashi tried the get everyone back behind the curtain." Naruto smiled down at her making her smile at him. "How is it that one smile from you can always make me happy?"
"I don't know, maybe you should ask my fan club." He said earning himself another smack to the chest before they both started laughing.
The rest of the night went on with lots of dancing and laughter. Naruto and Sakura finally joined their family and close friends after finally making it through a large group of villagers who wanted to congratulate the new couple. They sat down at the table to talk but before Sakura had a chance to sit, Ino and Karin pulled her away.
"Looks like you're feeling better." Kakashi said looking at his former student as he relaxed back into the chair.
"Now that I can sit down." Naruto said with a smile making everyone else laugh. The women came back and sat with their husbands. "What was that about?" Naruto asked as Sakura sat next to him.
"Just another girl chat." She smiled and looked at Kakashi with a smile. "We found out a few things."
"And you need to spread it around?" Naruto said as the women all looked at him "What?" Sakura and Karin hit either side of him.
"That's not true. We just tell each other news." Sakura said. "And the news we heard was good and something that Kakashi wants to tell us." She said making everyone look at Kakashi. Anko smiled and looked at Kakashi. "Kakashi, would you like to tell the others?"
"Well it seems that it has already been told." Kakashi said and glanced at his wife. "Anko found out that she and I will have a baby." He smiled as everyone around the table looked at him as their jaws dropped. The women smiled and the men came out of their stupor.
"Are you serious?" asked Naruto. "So now we're gonna have a little Kakashi runnin around." He laughed.
"Better than little Naruto's." Sasuke smirked but lost it when Ino spoke.
"Better than little Naruto and little Sasuke's. Your kids will be the end of all of us." Ino laughed making everyone laugh. "Oh, and Anko's not the only one. Hinata said she was pregnant too." She smiled when they all looked over at Hinata who had drug Kiba out to dance.
The rest of the night they all talked and danced and had fun with each other. They celebrated all the pregnancies and Naruto and Sakura's wedding.
Three months later the group was gathered together at the gate to make their way to the sand village for Kankuro's wedding to Kiba's older sister, Hana. Ino, Temari, and Tenten were starting to show baby bumps at four months pregnant, Anko and Hinata were just beginning to show at three months pregnant. The trip would be a nice slow pace.
"Everyone ready?" Kakashi asked. As everyone gathered by the gate.
"How far away is this village?" Konohamaru asked as he walked up with his fiancé, Hanabi Hyuga. Naruto stood with Minato, Kushina, Kakashi, Anko, Shikamaru and Temari.
"With the pace we're gonna take it will be about three days." Naruto said as Sakura walked to his side. "Looks like everyone's here. Let's get going." Everyone grabbed their bags and started out of the gates. Naruto, Sakura, Shikamaru, and Temari led the way with Kakashi, Anko, Kushina, Minato, Neji, Ino, Kiba, Hinata, Konohamaru, Hanabi, Sasuke and Karin following behind them. They moved slowly to make sure everyone would be safe.
After traveling for a few hours of traveling, they had to stop in the woods as Sakura had to run and find somewhere to get sick. Ino ran after her to make sure she was alright while everyone waited. Naruto kept his eyes in the direction Sakura had run off with Ino as he waited. He hopped she was alright and thinking of why she could have run off. His thoughts were broken when everyone began to gather around him.
"What happened to Sakura?" Temari asked as she and the other came closer.
"I don't know. Ino followed her." Naruto said and glanced back in the direction Sakura and Ino had gone. "I better go check on them." He said turned to talk to find the two women while the others stood and waited. He walked back behind the bushes and found Ino holding Sakura's hair and rubbing her back. "What's the matter?" He asked and knelt down on the other side of Sakura.
"She's not feeling well." Ino said and rubbed Sakura's back again as she started to empty her stomach again. Once she stopped she took deep breaths and tried to calm herself and her stomach. "Feeling better?" Ino asked and handed her a cloth as she nodded.
"You should go back to the village. Temari and Shikamaru can lead everyone to the sand village." Naruto said helping Sakura and Ino to stand up.
"No. I'm fine." She said and saw the look Naruto gave her made her smile. "Really. I'm fine. I would know if something was wrong with me. I probably just eat something that didn't agree with my stomach. Come on, we better get back to the others." Naruto looked at her again for a moment, trying to see if she was holding something back.
"Sakura, I don't want you to be sick while we're traveling for several days. Why don't you just go back and rest." Naruto said looking at her as she rolled her eyes.
"Naruto. I am not going back. I'm fine, really." Sakura said trying to change her husband's mind. "Please." She said looking up at him with her green eyes.
"Only if you promise to take it easy. I don't want to have to drag you behind me." he said looking down at her. She smiled before she felt Ino grab her arm.
"Naruto, would you just trust her and let's go." Ino said grabbing her friend and pulling her as she walked back towards the others making Naruto follow shaking his head. "So how much farther from here?" Ino asked as she joined back up with everyone who were waiting.
"We've only been traveling a few hours, Ino." Naruto said as he walked past her and went to his parents and the others who gathered around. "Let's keep moving." He said as Sakura came to his side.
"Are you okay, Sakura?" Kushina asked as she walked beside her daughter in law as the men began to walk. Naruto looked at her before turning and walking with the others.
"Despite what Naruto thinks, I'm fine." Sakura said glancing at Naruto as he shook his head.
"Oh, what did you think, Naruto?" Kushina asked her son making him look back at the two as they walked before looking at the road before him and shaking his head. "Well since Naruto won't say, what did he think?" She asked Sakura.
"He wanted to take me back to the village just because something didn't sit well in my stomach." She said "But I know the secret to get past him." She smiled at her mother in law and gave a small innocent smile as Naruto looked back at her. "What?" She asked him.
"You only think you can get away with everything." He said slowing down a bit to walk beside her. She smiled and wrapped her arm around his waist as he placed his arm across her shoulders. Suddenly they all stopped and looked around. "Sakura, watch the women." Naruto said before he took off in a flash of light. Kushina and Sakura moved to help protect everyone's backs while Minato threw a kunai and left and went to opposite direction in a flash. A large group of ninja from rain country came from the front and back of the group as screams were heard from either side. The men charged and began to fight everyone. As they figured out who was the strongest they began to gang up on them and cornering them. Shikamaru wasn't able to use his shadow possession, Temari couldn't use her fan, Kiba couldn't use most of his and Akamaru's moves, Sasuke and Karin fought back to back as more and more men tried to overtake them, Sakura was pushed into a corner so that she couldn't use any of her moves. As men got a hold of Sakura and Ino the others were being occupied.
"Those fast bastards can't help you now." A man called as he and a second man were about to finish their hand signs and kill the two friends who had fought and found themselves back to back. Suddenly Naruto and Minato were on either side holding kunai to the two men's throats.
"Would you be talking about us?" Naruto said and heard the other men get ready to charge. As they lunged Naruto and his father sliced the necks and turned. Fighting the other men, freeing their companions. There were only a few ninja left as everyone moved to more suitable spots to use their own jutsus. Sakura pounded three into the ground before turning and fighting another four men. The others took out the remaining men as Naruto and Minato killed their last opponents as they whispered.
"Who are you?" A man asked before the life faded from him. Sakura hit another man making him fly through the air and hit another man that Naruto was about to hit. He looked at her and she smiled as she turned and took down her last opponent. They looked around at each other. As husbands and wives checked over each other finding that only a few had small wounds but most had nothing wrong. Ino and Sakura healed all the small wounds. Naruto sat next to Sakura as Ino worked to find out if she could find any information from the one man that survived.
"You okay?" Naruto asked. Sakura looked up with a small smile before giving a nod and looked away. "You still not feeling well?"
"I'm okay. Let's just keep going and get everyone there safely. It's not good to have the pregnant women fight, you know." She said standing up. Naruto chuckled and stood up walking with her to the others. "Everyone okay?" Sakura asked the others.
"I think we're all fine but we really should get everyone to shelter." Karin said. "Especially the women." Sakura nodded as she and the others gather together. "We should get moving again."
"We can pick up the pace a bit. We need to get to Kawagakure as fast as we can. We can't risk the women having to fight again." Sakura said.
"Well, let's get going." Sasuke said turning around talking to the others with Naruto.
Hinata, Temari and Ino rode on the back of Akamaru, Anko and Hanabi rode on a Toad Naruto summoned with another toad, Gamakichi and Gamatatsu. Kushina rode a red toad while Karin rode on Gamatatsu's head after a long discussion and a promise of food, and Sakura rode Gamakichi. After three more stops for Sakura to get sick, the group was about to Kawagakure when the silence was broken.
"So kid, why is everyone going to the sand village?" Gamakichi asked Naruto.
"Kankuro's getting married. He's the last one out of us to get married. Well except for Konohamaru." Naruto said rubbing his head glancing at the young man falling asleep on his feet.
"You're married?" Gamakichi asked looking shocked at the man he had grown up with. Naruto smiled and rubbed the back of his head as he gave a nod. "Who's the lucky woman, kid?"
"Believe it or not, the one on your head." Minato said walking to his son's side. "We should be there in a few minutes."
"Yeah. Better let them sleep for a while longer. I know a place we can stay for the night." Naruto told him as they walked into the city. "You guys better stay out here for a minute while I get everything set. He's not gonna believe it when he sees you walk in and everyone else." Minato nodded and Naruto went into the place to talk to his friend again.
"Naruto, you're back again? By yourself?" The hotel owner asked.
"No, Tamotsu. My friends are outside. We are passing through to the sand village. I need eight rooms, if you have them." Naruto said sitting down at the bar.
"You're lucky you came during the down time. You came at the perfect time, my boy. Tell your friends you will be up on the third floor and it will be one through eight." Naruto nodded before he went outside to talk to the rest of the group.
"We are the third floor and I have eight rooms set up. One through eight take your picks, here are the keys." Naruto said holding the keys out for all the men to take one leaving Naruto and Sakura to room three. The men woke their wives and everyone went to their rooms but Minato, Kushina, Naruto and Sakura. Naruto decided not to wake Sakura and to just carry her to the room.
"Get her right to bed." Kushina said looking at the young woman in her son's arms. Naruto cradled Sakura in his arms, as he jumped off or Gamakichi. "She really should get checked out." Kushina said.
"Yeah, try telling her that. Sakura likes to do things her way." Naruto said with a smirk. He turned to the toads. "Thanks for the help." They nodded and disappeared. "We're actually ahead of schedule so we can rest here another night or two. We'll see what everyone wants to do in the morning." His parents nodded and the three walked into the hotel together.
"Are you sure you haven't taken Jiraiya's habits, Naruto?" The hotel manager as ked when he saw him carrying Sakura while walking in the Minato and Kushina.
"Yeah I'm sure, Tam." He said as he walked past the desk. "See ya in the morning, tam." He called over his shoulder. "Jiraiya used to stay here when we traveled and when I went by myself I stayed here, that's how met Tamotsu. He's always been great with everything. He even gave me candy and Ramen when pervy sage came back with women." Naruto chuckled as he got to his and Sakura's room. He shifted Sakura to a position so he could open the door before saying good night to his parents and going into the room and laying Sakura down on the bed.
"Naruto?" She whispered as he started to walk away. He turned and saw her green eyes open and she sat up looking around. "Where are we?"
"We are at the Kawa village. Got everyone rooms at Tam's hotel." He said and sat on the bed next to her. "Get some more sleep. I think you should get checked out tomorrow, don't want you sick." Naruto said with a smile as he leaned down and kissed her as she lay back down and went to sleep. Naruto took his jacket off when there was a knock at the door; he slowly opened it and saw Sasuke standing there. "Hey what's up?"
"Karin made me come over. She wants to make sure Sakura's alright. It was either that or she would come and god knows where she would go after that." Sasuke smirked making Naruto chuckle low as he stepped outside the room shutting the door behind him.
"She's sound asleep. Got her to agree to see someone in the morning. Don't know what could be wrong with her. How you felling. It's been a while since we all traveled. How's Karin anyway? She looked exhausted on the way here." Naruto asked as he and Sasuke walked down to the bar and ordered drinks.
"It's been a while since we've gone so far in a trip. I can't seem to sleep though. She fell asleep almost as soon as I said I would find out how Sakura was. We traveled for years, and she was never this exhausted from it." He said taking another drink and the two friends went silent. "There is something that has been bothering me. Those two brothers that fought beside Danzo."
"Yeah. They got away and are still a threat. They had gotten all of the missing nin in the world together, if they attack, who knows what could happen." Naruto said to his friend. "I wish I knew where they were. Finish that battle once and for all." The two men turned and saw Minato and Kakashi walking into the room.
"Can't sleep either?" Minato asked sitting next to his son with Kakashi on his other side. Naruto and Sasuke shook their heads. "Us either. Just a feeling that bothers me about those brothers." He said before he ordered his drink followed by Kakashi.
"Seems like the women are having no problem sleeping." Kakashi said with a smile.
"Yeah, can't wake them up even for the end of the world." Naruto smiled. "I guess they need it right now though."
"How's Sakura?" Kakashi asked Naruto.
"Sleeping. Only woke up long enough to change and get in bed. I did get her to agree to see someone tomorrow, so hopefully she finds out why she's sick." Naruto said running his hand through his blond hair. His father and old teacher nodded and the four men drank quietly for a few moments.
"I have some sources I can check for information about the brothers. I'll work on finding them tomorrow." Sasuke said.
"I have a few people I can talk to, and I can send my toads out to get more information. Hopefully we can find out where they are and what they're planning." Naruto said.
"After the wedding, we can start sending teams out and we can hopefully eliminate them." Kakashi said. "With the teams out there with the sources you two have we should be able to take care of this quickly." The men nodded.
"Tsunade will have to make new teams. Most of the women will be out because of pregnancies. I wonder who she's going to choose to take their places." Minato said. "Tsunade may have the others take charge of the Genin teams for now and form teams later."
"Sasuke you might have to take up Ino's spot." Naruto said. "You get to work with Guy." he chuckled.
"Or Tsunade might find it best that you work with Guy." Sasuke said making Naruto stop chuckling and looked hard at his friend. "Besides your mother could take Ino's spot as could my mother or any number of ninjas."
"We will see when we get back." Minato said with a smile. They saw Sakura walked over to them at the bar. "I thought you were sleeping." He said to his daughter in law.
"I was. What are you four doing up so late?" She asked walking over to Naruto, stopping at his side.
"Sasuke knocked on the door and we came down here, they came down a little bit later." Naruto told her and wrapped his arm around her waist. "Why are you up?"
"It's three in the morning. I come looking for you and found you four sitting down here. Why are you four up anyway?" She asked looking at the four men at the bar.
"We've been talking about finding those brothers that fought beside Danzo. Sasuke and I are gonna start talking to sources tomorrow." Naruto said handing his drink to Sakura. "We were talkin about who would be taking the women's places."
"Tsunade's been thinking about that since she heard about the first ones." Sakura smiled. "She has someone picked out to take Anko, and Ino's spots. And I think she's going to rearrange the teams." She looked at the four men who looked at her silently asking. "And before any of you ask, I'm not going to tell you who she chose." The men sighed and went back to drinking. Naruto took the cup out of her hand and smiled at the face she gave him.
"You won't tell, then you don't get my drink." He laughed holding his drink at arm's length so she couldn't get it. She crossed her arms and pouted for a moment before she called the bar tender over and ordered one herself. "You could do that." Naruto said making the three others chuckle. Before the bar tender could fill the drink Sakura took off running making all the men look at her. "I better go take care of that." Naruto said walking towards where Sakura had run to. He flashed down the hallway and caught up to her as she ran into the bathroom in their room. "Sakura?" He asked as he opened the door to find her on the floor by the toilet. He knelt down and ribbed her back handing her a napkin after a few moments. "You okay?" He asked.
"Yeah, I think so. I just wish this would stop." She said as Naruto helped her stand up. "I have checked everything, I can't figure out what's wrong." She said before she brushed her teeth and Naruto walked into the bedroom.
"Well hopefully whoever you see will be able to tell." Naruto said as Sakura came out of the bathroom. "For now, why don't you lie down and get some sleep. I'll be right back." Sakura smiled as she walked over to him giving him a kiss.
"Alright, but don't make me come look for you anymore." She smiled and climbed into bed when he gave a nod as he shut the door. Naruto walked back down the stairs and saw the three men still sitting at the bar.
"How is she?" Kakashi asked.
"She's fine, going to sleep now." Naruto told him. "I'm gonna get some sleep before I have to be a pack mule tomorrow." He said making the other men chuckle.
"I think I'm going to follow you. Karin's going to have me all over this village." Sasuke said standing up.
"You guys better get to sleep too. It won't just be our wives that need bags carried, and with these women, we're all gonna have to help each other." Naruto said making the four of them laugh before they went their separate ways for the night.