After The Battle
I want to thank Uzukazi for all the time he spent reading through and fixing my silly mistakes.
Sakura had finally made it to Naruto and he was barely standing. He saw her punch two men and he stood up tall. He looked around and saw Karin dodging all of the attacks meant for her, and Sasuke was standing up slowly. Naruto and Sasuke had blood all over them, most of it wasn't theirs, but as they moved more, more of their own blood soaked their clothing. Naruto pulled out kunai and started cutting his way to Sakura.
"What are you and Karin doing?" He asked when he got to her.
"Naruto, I can't take just sitting there any more-" She stopped and fought off another man. "while you get beat. I don't care what you say, I'm helping, and we need to call the others for help." Sakura told him and saw the scowl that crossed his face. Sakura shrugged and waved to the others, calling them into battle.
"Sakura, I don't want anyone in this battle, especially you!" He yelled before he pulled two clones and attacked a very large demon that was about to attack her from behind. "Sakura, get everyone out of here now!" He said as they both continued to fight the enemy and argue with each other.
"No! Naruto, I don't give a damn what you say. We will not leave and watch you be killed!" She screamed at him. "You may have a death wish, but I'll be damned if I just let you do what you want!" Naruto looked at her before they had a group of enemy to kill. In a second, they stood in a clear space for a few minutes before others found them.
"Sakura, I can't lose you. Just go back, please." He said looking into her eyes. "I know you can fight, but this war is about to get out of hand, and I don't want you near enough to get caught in anything."
"Naruto, I promise nothing will happen to me. You know you won't get me to go. Let's make this place safe for our friends, their children, and our children in the future." She said and the two saw groups of enemy demons and men running at them from either side. Naruto leaned down and kissed Sakura.
"Be safe." He whispered a second later, and she gave a smile and a nod before they both turned and began fighting, killing everything that came in front of them.
"Karin! What are you doing?" He yelled at her when she made it to his side. "You're going to get killed! Go back!" He yelled at her.
"No! Sasuke, if you keep this up you're going to kill yourself!" She yelled back. Sasuke looked around and saw Naruto arguing with Sakura after she called all the others into battle. Jugo came running over to them as he activated the curse mark and fought his way over.
"Jugo get her out of here!" Sasuke called to him as he came closer. "Karin, you don't have any jutsus or techniques to fight. If you won't leave at least go somewhere close and stay out of fighting." He said, looking at her with his dark eyes.
"I love you Sasuke." She whispered, giving him a small kiss on the cheek and using her avoid jutsu to get to a safe spot, leaving Sasuke and Jugo to fight side by side. It took everyone's full energy to make a dent in the enemy forces. Everyone was now fighting closer together to be able to help each other.
"It's like it never ends!" Inoichi said as another wave was about to hit.
"Call for some back up." Jiraiya said and bit his thumb, followed by Minato. They summoned three giant toads who looked around and jumped into action. "We need to end this soon, too much longer, and we'll all be out of Chakra."
"Jugo, I need you to do it." Sasuke said to the man standing beside him. Jugo looked at him for a moment before doing a hand sign and biting Sasuke's neck, making everyone look stunned. Sasuke fell to one knee, breathing heavy as the mark set.
"What the hell was that?" Kiba asked as Sasuke stood back up, pulling his arms out of the sleeves, and suddenly the chakra exploded around him. Naruto looked over and smirked.
"Good idea." He said, making everyone look at him.
"Naruto, don't" Sakura said looking at him hard. "I know what you can do, don't even think about it."
"Sorry, I'll be back." He said and walked forward before pulling all of the fox chakra he possibly could, and his chakra began to snap around him while his friends who understood what was going on, yelled at him. He began to growl and went to all fours as the chakra started to form a tail, then two and three. Jiraiya started to yell to Naruto but no words got to him and there were a total of seven tails when he jumped off with Sasuke beside him. The two of them fought and killed most of the army before they were both in the middle of the group. They saw Sasuke create something in his hands and it screeched and seemed to give off a small explosion. The group saw it then saw Naruto sit back and roar, forming a bright red light in his mouth before Sasuke flew higher, and Naruto jumped into the air. They both looked down as the army drew together to try and get them. Sasuke pulled back, and Naruto faced the ground. They both fired their attacks and as they hit the ground, they created a bright red light that screeched so loud, everyone covered their ears. They saw the aftershock start rolling towards them. They turned and started running as fast as they could, only stopping when they felt the wind push past them, then settle. The group turned to see everyone on the ground, dead, and Sasuke and Naruto trying to hold each other up. Sakura ran as fast as she could with everyone following her, Karin appeared out of nowhere and ran with her to Sasuke. As they came up to them they both dropped to the ground.
"Naruto!" Sakura screamed and tried to run faster.
"Sasuke!" Karin screamed and tried to get to him faster to take care of him. The two women fell to their knees and pulled their husbands to them. Naruto was burnt and bleeding from his wounds and skinless body. Sasuke was bleeding heavily from his wounds and hands that had been burnt from getting too close to Naruto's attack. The others knelt down around the two couples. Sakura laid Naruto out flat and grabbed his hand. Slowly the skin grew back going up his arm and spreading across his chest to the rest of his body. Tsunade started healing Sasuke's wounds while Sakura took care of Naruto.
"Naruto, you dumb ass, I swear when you wake up I'm gonna beat you senseless." Sakura said as she started healing his wounds. "I told you not to." She said low.
"At least it's over." Shikamaru said, kneeling down.
"No. The brothers weren't here." Naruto whispered and tried to sit up, only to be held down by Minato. "I know where they are. We have to go now if we want to end this." He said. His voice was raspy as he spoke, his throat raw from the attack he used.
"Relax. You're not going anywhere; you need to know when to stop. We'll finish this, but not today." Minato said, and Naruto tried to get up again, getting half way up only to be shoved down hard by Sakura.
"I said that when you woke up I would beat you senseless." She said looking down at him. "I told you not to. I saw what it does to you. Now look, you probably can't even sit all the way up by yourself." Tears began to gather in her eyes.
"Sakura, take it easy on him." Sasuke said from where he was leaning back against Karin. Everyone looked at him then glanced back at Naruto, who had passed out. "He pushed well beyond the chakra he has." Karin gasped suddenly.
"Sakura, do you have a way to boost his chakra?" She asked, and Sakura nodded slightly before getting to work. "Sasuke, lay back down." She whispered into his ear and helped him lay back. She moved over to Sakura's side and watched her technique. "I've never seen that before."
"You wouldn't have. It's something that Naruto figured out and taught me." Sakura said softly as she continued her work. Once she was done, she sat back, exhausted. "He'll be out for a little while, but he'll be fine." She said tiredly.
"You should rest too. You've used up a large amount of chakra too." Tsunade said, watching Sakura's eyes open and close and open again slowly before her eyes closed, and Shikamaru caught her, leaning her against him.
"I'll take her to a bed and send word that the villagers can come back." Shikamaru said as he pulled Sakura into his arms and stood up. Minato and Kakashi lifted Naruto, and Jiraiya and Inoichi picked Sasuke up.
Shikamaru laid Sakura on a bed in the empty hospital when he heard her soft voice.
"Shikamaru?" She asked. He looked down at her, waiting for her to continue. "Is Naruto okay?"
"Yeah, like you said before you passed out, he'll be fine" He said looking down at her. "Tsunade said for you to get rest. The others are bringing Naruto and Sasuke in." Sakura nodded and gave a small smile before closing her eyes and falling asleep. Shikamaru took a bird and sent word to the villagers and fellow ninja who had left to stay safe. He walked back down and found everyone standing in the room Naruto and Sasuke were in. "What's everyone doing in here?" He asked.
"These two won't stay where they're put." Jiraiya said. "Seemed to have the idea that they need to go after the brothers right away, so we have to make sure they don't get up." He chuckled and looked over to see Kiba sitting beside Naruto with Akamaru laying on the bed half on top of him and Karin sitting on the side of Sasuke's bed with a hand on his shoulder.
"This is such a pain in the ass." He said as he walked into the room. "Sakura's sleeping down the hall."
"Actually I'm here." She said from the door, making everyone look over to her as she leaned against the doorway. She started to walk in and let go of the doorway. She began to sway and was caught by Kakashi, who helped her to a seat.
"You should be in bed resting." Tsunade said as she and Kushina went over to her with several blankets. They wrapped her up as Shikaku and Inoichi brought in a third bed and put it next to Naruto's letting the two women lead Sakura to the bed. As soon as she lay down she was sound asleep again.
"She can be as bad as Naruto sometimes." Kakashi said, looking at Sakura as she curled up in her bed. "She always was stubborn."
"I saw that back on the field." Kushina said. "She fought hard." She sat on the chair next to Sakura's bed and smiled as she looked at Sakura's small smirk on her face as she slept. "Did they ever find out why she was sick when we went to the sand village?" She asked, looking around.
"She was sick?" Tsunade asked walking over to the side of the bed.
"Pretty bad too." Kiba said from his seat. Tsunade placed her right hand over her left and ran them up and down Sakura's body. She suddenly stopped and put her hands at her sides with the smallest smile that only Jiraiya caught. "Did you find out what was wrong?" Kiba asked.
"I'm not sure." She said. "I think the three will be out for a while, why don't we let them sleep." She said, making everyone nod and start to leave. Jiraiya was the last one and left with Tsunade.
"What did you find?" He asked, and she looked at him like she didn't know what he was talking about. "Don't try that, I have known you long enough to know when you know something." Tsunade smiled and glanced ahead of them before stopping.
"Naruto will most likely not like the fact that Sakura was fighting today." She said watching as Jiraiya didn't get it. She sighed before she looked all around and whispered softly. "Sakura's pregnant." Jiraiya's eyes went wide, and he looked back toward the room they had just come from then back at Tsunade. "Obviously they didn't know. If Sakura knew, she would have told Naruto and would have gone with the others, and I know Naruto would have forced her to leave if she wanted to stay." Tsunade said as they continued to walk to meet up with the others.
The next day, Minato, Kushina, Fugaku, and Mikoto went to visit their sons. They settled down in their chairs and began talking about everything that had happened in the last nine months. Everyone had gotten married; there were several couple about to have children of their own. The four couldn't believe they had been given the chance to come back to their children and live like they were meant to live. Sakura awoke slowly and sat up, seeing her in laws and her friend's parents sitting in the room. She looked over and found Karin asleep in a chair beside Sasuke, who was sound asleep in the bed next to the sleeping Naruto.
"You're awake?" Kushina said with a smile to her daughter-in-law. "Do you feel better?"
"I feel a lot better, thanks." Sakura said and looked back at Naruto. "Has he woken up at all?" Kushina shook her head. Sakura climbed out of bed and went to the side of Naruto's bed.
"He should be waking up soon." Tsunade said as she, Jiraiya, and Kakashi walked into the room. "I heard you weren't feeling well when you went to the sand village" Tsunade said, walking over to her old student while Jiraiya and Kakashi walked over to Minato and the others.
"It was a one day thing." Sakura said with a shrug. "I got checked out and they couldn't find anything wrong. And I haven't felt like that since." She told Tsunade, who nodded and went to Jiraiya. She gave the slightest of nods as he smiled.
"I'm starved, why don't we go get something to eat. Those two will be out for a little longer anyway." Jiraiya said to everyone in the room, knowing that several people would decline. Minato and Kushina looked at each other and shrugged, as did Mikoto and Fugaku as they stood up.
"I'm gonna stay here. I want to look over the boys again." Tsunade said. Sakura shook her head, and Karin was still sleeping. The six adults left to eat, leaving Sakura and Tsunade to talk and look after the two men and the sleeping woman. Tsunade watched everyone leave before turning to Sakura, who was still sitting on the edge of Naruto's bed looking down at him. "Sakura, we need to talk." Tsunade said and sat on the bed Sakura had used the night before, making the young woman look at her confused. "Yesterday, I was told you were pretty sick, and no one knew if you had gotten checked out, so I tried to see if anything was still wrong." She paused as Sakura looked at her scared. "Did you know you were pregnant?" She asked. Sakura's eyes went wide, and her mouth opened as she shook her head.
"No. If I had known, I wouldn't have stayed and fought. You know that, besides, Naruto would have known, and you know how he is." She said and looked back at the sleeping Naruto. "He's going to kill me when he finds out."
"I'm sure he won't. Neither of you knew, there was no helping it. You tried to find out what was wrong, what I don't understand is how the person couldn't find you were pregnant." Tsunade said, and Sakura looked slightly confused. "You have learned to be a medical ninja. You know how long it takes for a women to feel the effects. The way I figure it, you're about three and a half months now."
"Naruto's really gonna kill me." Sakura said. "I should have seen it. That person was from a medical clinic in the river country."
"You know Naruto, he won't know what to do." Tsunade smiled, thinking of things Naruto would do once he found out. "Besides, you'll have someone to talk to about how to avoid your husbands. Tell your friend there she should talk to Sasuke." Tsunade said and stood up as Sakura's head shot around to look at Karin still asleep. "I'm going to join the others; you can come if you want."
"No I'll stay here." She said as Tsunade was walking to the door. "Tsunade?" She stopped and looked at the young woman sitting on the bed. "Could you not tell anyone?" The Hokage smiled and gave a nod.
"You have my word." She said and walked out, leaving Sakura in the room to think of how to tell Naruto. After a few hours, Naruto began to stir and open his eyes. He smiled when he saw Sakura sitting on the edge of the bed waiting for him to wake up.
"Sakura, are you alright?" He asked when he got a sad smile back. "What's the matter?" He asked when she nodded. She took a deep breath and closed her eyes, trying to find the right words. Slowly she opened her green eyes and looked down at him.
"I should have listened to you yesterday, when you told me to leave." She said and he looked confused. "Remember when I was really sick?" He nodded. "Tsunade made sure I was okay last night and found out why I was sick." She took a deep breath. "Naruto, I'm pregnant." She said quickly and saw him stare at her only blinking. After the initial shock wore off, he sat up and wrapped his arms around her. "You're not mad?"
"Sakura, you didn't know. There was no reason you couldn't help keep me alive like you always do." He said softly.
"She said I'm three and a half months now." She said, wrapping her arms around him. "And guess what?" She said pulling away slightly and smiling at him. "Sasuke's gonna be mad at Karin." Naruto glanced at his friend and the woman asleep then back at Sakura. "She's pregnant too." She said, making Naruto smile. "When do you want to tell everyone?"
" Whenever you open your big mouth." Naruto said, making Sakura smile and playfully hit his arm. "Where is everyone anyway? I would have thought they would have held us down all night." He said with a smile.
"They went to eat. I wanted to wait for you to wake up, so they went without me." Sakura told him, making him push the covers off and climb out of bed. Sakura grabbed his arm and steadied him as he was still a little weak. "Naruto, you should rest some more."
"Why, I'm all healed. Besides, I'm starved." He smiled, making her laugh slightly as he walked over and started changing into his clean clothes. "I'm guessing my mother dropped these off." He said as he grabbed Sakura's hand and half-drug her out of the hospital and to his apartment. With no one in the village, they would have to make their own food. Where else would they go? Sakura laughed at how enthusiastic Naruto was about food, like always. As they got to his place, Sakura was still laughing.
"Naruto, look we're here. Can we slow down now?" She asked as they stopped at his door and he opened it to find everyone there. They all looked at him, surprised as they walked into the apartment. "He heard that you were eating." Sakura smiled brightly as everyone laughed.
"Here." Kushina said, handing Naruto a plate of food with a smile. "What would you like me to make you?" She asked Sakura.
"I'll get myself something." She said as everyone sat down and started eating. Sakura sat down next to Naruto not long after that eating an omelet. Once they were all done, they began to talk.
"How long before everyone gets back?" Naruto asked
"Shikamaru sent word yesterday that they could start coming back, so depending on how far they got, it should only take a few days before everyone's back. They should start to come in today." Tsunade said. There was a black ink bird that suddenly flew in the window and went to Naruto only to turn into a scroll and fall into his lap.
"Sai's really getting good." Naruto said as he opened the scroll and read it. "Looks like the first ones are here. They need the gate opened." Kakashi and Jiraiya left to open the gates while the rest sat talking, when there was a knock on the door and it opened, revealing Sasuke and Karin. "Hungry?" He asked them. Sasuke shrugged and Karin nodded before she started making food for herself and Sasuke while he went and sat down. Sakura smiled at Naruto and went to help Karin cook and to talk. Tsunade smirked, knowing that Sakura had told Naruto what they had talked about. Soon Mikoto and Kushina went to help with the food. The men glanced over and saw the women all whispering and Naruto put his head in his hands
"Not feeling well, Naruto?" Minato asked his son when Naruto laid his head in his hands. Naruto looked up and shook his head. "I'm surprised you're both up and looking like nothing happened." Minato said to both men who shrugged. "If I wouldn't have known, I would have guessed you hadn't both been hurt as bad as you were yesterday, by looking at you now."
"It may not look it but they're still seriously hurt and should take it easy for a while. Which neither one will do, may I add." Sakura said, sitting back in her seat. "Which means Karin and I just have another job to add." She said, looking hard at Sasuke and Naruto.
"It can't be that bad." Mikoto said, retaking her place. Karin and Sakura looked at each then at the two men before answering.
"It can be worse than you can imagine. I have seen both of them fight and practice. Neither one gives up or gives in until they are literally out or dead. And even then they'll push themselves even farther." Sakura said.
"I know how Sasuke can be; I can assure you that it can be really bad." Karin said, looking hard at her husband. "From what I hear of Naruto, he can be even worse." Sakura nodded in agreement.
"Looks like you two aren't going to get away like you used to." Tsunade smiled as the door opened and the others who had stayed behind walked in with Jiraiya, Kakashi, Sai and Tenzo. "Looks like you got Shikamaru's message." Sai nodded.
"As soon as we got word we came back." Sai said "Naruto, I would have thought you and Sasuke would be half-dead." He said, walking closer to them.
"We're too good to die." Naruto chuckled, making Kiba laugh. "Not like you coulda survived any of that." Kiba smirked as everyone who knew Naruto and the others knew this was going to end in a challenge. "I bet you could have lasted two minutes fighting the way we had to."
"Naruto, don't start." Sakura said before Kiba could say a word. "Kiba, keep your mouth shut before I tell Hinata you're trying to get Naruto killed." She said, making Kiba's mouth slam shut.
"Naruto, you know you're too wounded to start that crap." said Tsunade. "So shut it before I have to teach you a lesson again." Naruto smirked and looked at her for a moment before he looked away and started eating again.
"Teach him another lesson?" Minato asked her, making Jiraiya and Tsunade smile as Naruto sat back, rubbing the back of his head. "I don't think we've heard that story."
"Jiraiya had taken him with him when they came looking for me. It seems Jiraiya was trying to teach him Rasengan but he couldn't do it properly. They had found me to get me to be Hokage; I said no and said a few things that made the little brat upset." She said looking over to Naruto, who had crossed his arms and was staring at her. "He tried to beat me; all I needed was one finger." She smiled, making everyone look at Naruto.
"You were like fifty, and I was a twelve year old kid. That makes you look so good." He said to her, making Jiraiya laugh.
"You're such a brat." He said to the young man. "Tsunade beat you twice with one finger, but you learned Rasengan and mastered it in a week." Minato looked between Jiraiya and Naruto stunned.
"He mastered it in a week?" He asked.
"It was a bet they had." Jiraiya told him. "And he's added several new techniques over the years. Rasenshuriken, the one that almost killed you."
"I can use it now. I can throw it." Naruto said crossing his arms looking happy. "I have the great ball Rasengan, demon fox Rasengan, and typhoon water vortex technique that I learned to do by myself when I was traveling." Everyone that knew about the Rasengan was amazed at what Naruto knew. They all sat and started talking about back when they were younger, telling stories about Naruto in school or missions and after and when Sasuke was off with Orochimaru and after he killed him. It was amazing to know what had happened since they had all died and how things had been played out.