One Love:Two Worlds

You've Got A Friend In Me

"What do you think you're doing?" questioned Kakashi, quickly grabbing Emma's wrist.

"What does it look like I'm doing, dumb-ass?" Emma spat. "I'm getting the keys!" This time she used her other hand to try and grab at the keys.

Kakashi shook his head as he held firmly onto her. "Not like this you aren't."

"And why the hell not? You're the one who stuffed the keys down your pants and told me to grab them, not me!"

"True, but I didn't think you'd actually try it."

Emma stared at him cockily, struggling to get free. "And it's my fault you underestimated me, how?" She had him there. But still, why must she always insist on being so damn stubborn? It was a little infuriating the way she got sometimes. And yet, the way she looked when she was upset…

"You know, you look kinda cute when you're mad." smirked the scarecrow. Talk about catching someone off guard! That was the last thing Emma expected to hear from him, especially now.

"I-I-I…I, what?" she asked, blushing slightly.

Kakashi smiled victoriously. "What do you say we have a little fun, huh?" Eyes budging in shock, Emma was rendered frozen as thoughts of his implications filled her head. Did she hear him right? Did he just imply he wanted to……?

"F-f-fun? What kind of, um…fun?" A sly smile on his face, Kakashi leaned over so that his lips were next to her ear. As he did so, he noticed that her heart rate began to quick as goose-bumps adorned her skin, standing the hairs on her body on end.

Kakashi took her hands in his and whispered softly. "Usotsuki." Her heart still racing, Emma looked over from the corner of her eye at Kakashi.

"Usotsuki?" she asked nervously.

The silver-haired jounin smiled. "Yes, Usotsuki. It's a card game a friend taught me long ago." Emma almost lost her balance as a sudden wave of relief washed over.

"Heh-heh! A card game, right…!" she laughed nervously. "I should've known!"

Drawing back to look Emma in the face, Kakashi smiled happily. "Of course, what did you think I meant?" he asked coolly.

Once again, Emma began to laugh nervously, backing away in embarrassment. "How should I know? I mean, it's not like I can read minds. You could've been talking about a board game or something. Right?" Heh-heh. Smooth, real smooth! …Or not.

Kakashi, of course, had a pretty good feeling of what she thought. He himself thought about that exact same thing. But he couldn't let it happen, not like this. Not now, not here. Still, it amused him that despite Emma's perverted sense of humor, she was so nervous when it came close to something actually happening. And boy, did it come close! He almost didn't stop her. And right now, he was kinda starting to regret that decision.

"You know, if you had something else in mind, something more…exciting, I might be willing to do it." he smiled.


"M-more fun? Don't be silly, what could be more fun then playing a card game with a friend, huh? 'Cuz if there's something funner, I don't know what it is!"

"Okay, then." smiled the scarecrow, walking to the hall closet.

'Oh God! Talk about a close one!' thought Emma. 'Did he actually mean what I thought he…No...! That's silly! Don't be so stupid Emma, why would Kakashi want to do anything like THAT with YOU?'

"You okay there?" Kakashi asked, placing the card box on the table.

Emma blinked, snapping herself out of her thoughts. "Yeah, I'm fine."

"Good." he smiled. Emma nodded in agreement as she sat and watched him shuffle the deck.

"So, umm…how do you play Usotsuki?" inquired Emma, feeling slightly stupid.

Dealing the cards, Kakashi looked up her and smiled. "It's real simple. So don't worry, you'll get the hang of it in no time." Kakashi was right, the game was simple. Maybe too simple.

"This game is a whole lot like Bullshit." Emma stated.

"That's because it is." the jounin replied.

"Why didn't you tell me Usotsuki meant Bullshit?" she asked.

"I thought you knew that." shrugged the scarecrow.

Emma grimaced slightly. "Well obviously I didn't."

"Obviously." he smiled.

"You enjoy pissing me off, don't you?" questioned Emma. Kakashi smirked as he placed his hand face down, leaning back into his chair.

"Maybe I do." he chuckled. "But it's only because you're so…" he trailed off, eyeing Emma from the corner of his eye.

"I'm so what?" she asked, getting annoyed

"Funny looking." he laughed. Talk about a wrong choice of words!

"I'M funny looking?" shouted Emma, looking like Ed from FMA when somebody calls him "short". "Look who's talking! At least I don't hide my face behind some stupid mask!"

'Heh-heh…Oops!' Kakashi dead-panned. He didn't mean for her to take it THAT way! "That's not what I meant." stated the jounin, his arms waving defensively.

"REALLY? So what did you mean then, huh?"

Kakashi sweat-dropped. "Only that you're funny when you're mad."

"You think I'm funny, huh?"


"Well let's see how funny you think this is!" she shouted, kicking at him. Luckily, Kakashi was able to grab Emma's foot. After which, he pulled it, bringing her body up against his own in a tight grasp.

'UGH! Not AGAIN!' "Let me go!" Emma shouted, trying relentlessly to pull herself free.

"Not until you let me explain."

"Why, so you can EXPLAIN how my face makes you laugh?"

Kakashi shook his head. "No, so I can explain how cute you look with your nose all scrunched up like that." Yet again, Emma was caught off-guard by Kakashi's words.

"What?" she asked, double-blinking.

The silver-haired man smiled. "Anyone ever tell you how adorable you are?" Uh…um…Oh boy! God-did she feel awkward!

"O-only my family, when I was little."

"Well, you are." he smiled. "And that is what makes you so funny when you're angry, your adorableness." Emma wasn't sure if she understood his logic, but right now she wasn't exactly capable of reasoning of any sort. It was if her brain ceased to function, while her body went limp in his arms. Just then there came a knock at the door, which scared the crap out of Emma.

"ACK!" Emma screeched, jumping in Kakashi's grasp.

"Who's there?" asked the jounin, trying to restrain Emma.

"Who do you think it is?" came a gruff voice.

"Oh, thank God!" Emma sighed in relief, realizing who in fact was behind the door, and finally relaxing in the scarecrow's arms.

"Do you promise not to run if I open the door?" Kakashi asked Emma.

Emma gave a thoughtful look. "Hmm…maybe." she smirked.

"If you do, I'll be forced to restrain you." he smirked, pulling out some rope from one of his vest's pockets.

"You wouldn't...Would you?"

"You'd be shocked if you knew the things I'd be willing to do to you." teased the scarecrow, winking. Eyes bulging, Emma could feel her throat drying out as her jaw dropped. Kakashi chuckled as he released Emma from his grasp, and turned around opening the door.

"About damn time!" huffed Pakkun. "What were you love birds doing in here anyways?"

'Love birds?' "Who said we were 'lovebirds'?" Emma asked, blushing at the thought.

"Nobody told me." he stated. "But isn't it obvious?"

"Don't be ridiculous, Pakkun." Kakashi smiled nervously. "Emma and I are just friends."

Pakkun, sitting himself on the sofa, smirked evilly. "Then why did you call her name when-?" Thank God for Kakashi, he managed to cover the dog's mouth before he could finish the sentence! He didn't want her to know he was masturbating in the shower while thinking about her.

"Umm…what was that?" Emma asked, slightly confused and yet intrigued. 'When did he call my name? WHY would he call my name?'

"What was what?" replied the nervous jounin.

Emma furrowed her eyebrows. "Don't you even try to claim ignorance, because contrary to how I act sometimes, I'm not as stupid as I look. Now talk!"

"Oh! You mean that?" asked Kakashi, pointing to an annoyed Pakkun.

Emma nodded her head, becoming increasingly annoyed with the scarecrow's games. "Yeah, that. What was he talking about?" she rather demanded to know, instead of asked him.

"That was nothing, really." he replied coolly. "Just an inside joke, you know?" An inside joke, pertaining to her? Now she HAD to know!

"No, I don't. Enlighten me."

Pakkun laughed silently to himself. 'I'm gonna love seeing Kakashi try to get out of this!' Regaining his composure, Kakashi gave a quick and warning glare to Pakkun before releasing his grasp from the canine.

"Well I would, but it's more like a guy thing, so you wouldn't get it." he answered, scratching his head.

"So then, it's not like you don't trust me, or think that I'm stupid?" Emma asked playfully.

Kakashi shook his head, smiling. "No, not at all."

Cocking an eyebrow, Emma stepped closer to the tall, silver-haired jounin. "Then what you're really saying, is that I won't get it because I'm a girl?"

"No, not at all!" smiled the jounin, nervously shaking his hand for effect.

"So then, why won't I get it? You know me well enough by now to know how perverse I can be. So it's not like I can't take crude humor. And it's not like I can't keep a secret. Besides, don't you think if it's about me, I should know?"

"Who said it was about you?"

'Is he really THAT stupid? He did not just think I couldn't hear somebody talking from four feet away, did he?' Emma thought. "HE DID!" Emma shouted, pointing at Pakkun. "The damn dog isn't even four feet away from me, and we're in the same fuck'n room! Like I'm not gonna hear him talking about me?"

Damn Emma and her logic! Why couldn't she just let it go? Couldn't she see how uncomfortable this was making him? ...Or maybe she can, and she's just toying with him? He wouldn't put something like that past her. Still... Kakashi sighed heavily, trying his best to think up an excuse. But what to tell her? Then it hit him! Once again reverting back into his naturally aloof composure, Kakashi was certain his excuse would work.

"Well I didn't want you to worry about this, but I've been having nightmares lately."

Emma gave him a questioning look. "Okay, so what? How does that have anything to do with me?"

"Everything actually. See, in my dream you're being kidnapped, and when I go to save you I get killed. Which is why Pakkun heard me calling your name the other night."

'Wow.' thought Pakkun. 'That excuse wasn't that bad! I think he's getting better at this! …But will she believe it?' Apparently Emma did believe him. The slight shock on her face gave her away.

"That's it? Lovely. Most guys would either dream about sports or women, but you have to kill me in yours! I can just feel the love." Emma remarked sarcastically.

Kakashi sweat-dropped. "Actually you haven't been killed yet, only kidnapped."

"Haven't been killed, YET?"

"Not like I wanna see you die, it's just every time I DO try and rescue you I just…well…I can't."

"Yeah, yeah…" Emma scoffed, rolling her eyes. "Anyways, I'm tired as fuck, so if you don't mind-even if you do, tough shit-because I'm going to bed."

Kakashi chuckled. "No, I don't mind. Good night."

"Yeah, good night." Emma yawned.

However, just as she was settling in on the couch, she remembered something.

"Oh, I just remembered, you got a package the other day. It's on the kitchen table."

"A package?" Kakashi asked, walking into the kitchen. Sure enough, Emma was right, he found it there. But the package wasn't for him, it was for her. "This must be the new key I ordered for you." he stated, carrying the box into the living room.

"Key? What kind of key?"

"It's a new copy of Chii's apartment key, so you don't have to stay here anymore."

"Oh thank God! I was starting to get annoyed having to wear the same clothes for so long!" Emma beamed, taking the package from Kakashi and opening it.

"Well you could've taken my offer to borrow some of my clothes." Kakashi stated.

"And wind up like Cameron Diaz in There's Something About Mary? No thank you!" she laughed.

"Who?" asked Pakkun.

Emma sighed. "Never mind, I'm just gonna leave."

That said, she walked out into the hall and into Chii's apartment, Kakashi following her.

"What are you doing?" Emma asked when she noticed him.

"Following you." he replied.

"I know that." Emma huffed. "What I meant was, WHY are you following me?"

"Because until Chii gets out of the hospital, I'm still obligated to protect you." he replied, sitting on the couch. Obligated? ...Ouch, that hurt. And here Emma was thinking she'd made a friend.

'…I guess not.' Emma pouted inwardly. 'I should've known I was nothing more then a job to him.' "Oh…I see..." she stated, now gazing at her feet. Just then, something clicked in Kakashi's head.

"Oh no!" he protested. "I didn't mean it like THAT!"

Emma gazed up at him from the tops of her eyes, smiling halfheartedly. "No, it's alright. I get it." she mumbled, starting for Chii's bedroom. The scarecrow sighed as he got up, following Emma into the bedroom. He watched silently, trying to think of the right words to say, as she pulled out a suitcase from under the bed and opened it.

"Look, I didn't mean it the way it sounded." stated the jounin, rubbing the back of his neck. "I only meant that until Chii recovers it's my job to protect you. Which isn't to say that I don't like spending time with you, or that we'll never get to hang out again once Chii gets out…" Pakkun laughed to himself as he watched the scene unfolding in Chii's room. In all the time that he'd known Kakashi, which was most of his life, he'd never seen him so nervous and unsure of himself.

"So then, I'm not just some job to you?" Emma asked.

Kakashi shook his head. "No, you're more then that, you're-"

"A friend?" Emma asked, finishing his sentence.

"Yeah." he smiled. "A friend."

Emma smiled as she stood up, a change of clothes in hand. "Thanks." she said, ushering him out of the room.

Kakashi smiled in return. "Don't mention it." he stated, shrugging it off coolly as she closed the door on him. Pakkun shook his head and scoffed as he walked toward the door. "Can I help you?" Kakashi asked, turning around and sitting in a chair in Chii's living room and opening his book.

"No, I'm fine." stated the dog. "It's you, my friend, who needs help."

Kakashi cocked an eyebrow. "And how do you figure that?" he asked, turning the page.

"Well for starters, there's that whole thing that happened in Chii's room." replied Pakkun.

The jounin just shrugged and turned the page, not seeming to care. "And?"

"And?" asked Pakkun. "How about the fact that you haven't been on a single mission since SHE got here, huh? And don't give me that whole 'It's my job' excuse."

Sighing, the scarecrow pocketed his book and opened the apartment door. "I get where you're going with this, but you're wrong." he stated, shooing Pakkun out.

"Am I?" Pakkun questioned as he left, Kakashi closing the door behind him (Pakkun).

"Not that I don't enjoy your company, but your apartment is just down the hall. If anything goes wrong I can always call you." Emma stated, emerging from the bedroom in a fresh new outfit.

Kakashi smirked as he lay down on the couch, reopening his book. "That's okay, I'll just spend the night here, if you don't mind."

"Fine." Emma sighed. "Consider yourself damn lucky I'm too tired to argue. Good night."

"Good night." Kakashi smiled as watched her walk back into Chii's room to sleep. However that night proved to be a restless one for him. All Kakashi could think about was what Pakkun said. Though he'd admit it to no one, Kakashi knew Pakkun was right. Well…sort of. Kakashi DID like Emma, there was no way around that. But the way he figured it, it was most likely some type of adolescent infatuation, not actual love. After all, not only did he just meet the girl, but Kakashi was a Shinobi and could therefore not afford to fall in love, it would be too dangerous.

Then there was the obvious fact that Emma was physically different from every girl he'd ever been attracted to. She was plain and ordinary looking, and a little on the overweight side for her height. He knew this, he'd gone over it a million times! Not to mention that Emma wasn't the most stable of people. She had the uncanny ability to go from friendly to bitch in under three seconds flat. How many times has he had to restrain her so far? Five? Six? Of course she did have an excellent sense of humor, which he liked. Also the fact that she was as hurt as deeply he was gave them a sort of connection. And for all the pain she felt, and the humor she used to try and cover it, she still managed to retain a sense of child-like innocence that baffled him.

'She's like Naruto that way.' he thought. Finally deciding to give in to the nagging urge he'd been feeling all night, Kakashi got up from the couch and entered the bedroom where Emma was sleeping. Gazing intensively at the source of his confusion, the scarecrow felt a wave of emotions like those he'd never felt before wash over his being. She looked so peaceful, so angelic, so…tantalizingly welcoming, laying there. It was as if he'd stepped into a dream.

Careful not to wake her, Kakashi sat down on the bed next to Emma and played with her hair. Yet another one of the things he liked about her, was her hair. Though tangled from her constant turning in bed, her hair was soft and shone brightly in the moonlit room. Without thinking, the jounin let his hand leave her hair to trail the contours of her face. Stopping finally when he reached her soft lips, Kakashi thought back to the other night and the kiss that was forever etched into his memory. The longer he stayed there the more he wanted her, and the harder it got for him not to think about all the things he could do to or with her. He didn't know why, but right now he didn't care. He would leave all his doubts for the daylight. Now however, now was the time he's devote to himself.

Deciding it best not to risk waking up Emma or soiling Chii's furniture, Kakashi proceeded quietly to the bathroom. Here he allowed his imagination to soar as he relieved himself of his built-up tension. Finally around five or six in the morning, after calming himself down, and after deciding once and for all what his next move would be, Kakashi finally laid back down on the couch and fell asleep.

Meanwhile, In Anei…

"What have we learned so far?" the Yokoshima questioned Yami, his head engineer.

"Our studies show that the car acquired from Konoha is at least decades, if not centuries, ahead of any technologies known to exist. As such, we've had difficulty being able to study and successfully replicate working models." explained Yami.

The Yokoshima glared angrily as he grabbed Yami by his collar. "Listen to me, you worthless little toad, if you don't have a working replica ready to show me by the end of next week, I'll skin you alive and make lamp shades from your useless hide! Is that understood?"

"Y-y-yes Sir!" Yami stuttered.

"Good." smirked the Yokoshima evilly. "Now get back to work!" he bellowed, tossing Yami backwards into a wall. Turning around on his heel, the Yokoshima then marched out of the room and down the hall to Lab 3. "Tell me you're making better progress then that fool Yami, Yusuke." Growled the Yokoshima.

"Yes Sir." Smiled Yusuke. "As to date, my team and I have been able to make four dozen replicas of the weapon using the Raijin no Tama Scroll you provided us with."

The Yokoshima smirked evilly hearing this. "Good, but I expect you to have at least triple that amount by next week. Is that clear?"

"Perfectly Sir." Yusuke nodded. "And if I may, the world won't know what's coming to them."

"No." laughed the Yokoshima. "I'm afraid the world has no clue how close to its demise it truly is. Mwa-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!"

The Next Day, In Konoha…

For once, in the entire time she's been here, Emma woke up before Kakashi did. Which, needless to say, was quite a surprise as she usually preferred to sleep in.

'Ugh. It's only eight o'clock in the morning?' she thought, looking groggily at Chii's clock. 'Talk about an unholy hour to wake up.' Yawning, Emma got out of bed and sauntered into the bathroom for a shower, almost entering the hall closet thinking it was the bathroom. The warm water felt inviting as it cascaded down her, gently awakening her tired and sore muscles as it did so.And the vanilla-scented body-wash and shampoo and conditioner Chii had also proved to be a much welcomed stimulant to her senses.

'Where am I?' wondered Kakashi, stretching out lazily on Chii's sofa. 'This doesn't look like my place.' Too tired to really care where he was at the moment, the scarecrow got up and looked for the bathroom. 'Nope.' he thought as he opened the closet door. 'Not here either.' he noted, glancing into Chii's room. "Ah-ha." yawned Kakashi as he entered the bathroom, just as Emma had turned off the shower. Unzipping his pants, the jounin proceeded to relieve himself (urinate). 'I wonder why it's so wet and muggy in here?' he thought, noting the water droplets on the wall.

Grabbing the towel she'd left on the rack next to the shower, Emma dried herself off before finally wrapping it around herself and opening the shower curtain. Both Emma and the jounin froze as the shower curtain hit the wall. Kakashi fought hard not to...well…get hard, as he gazed intently at Emma, who was covered by nothing but a towel that clang tightly to her wet body.

"Yo." he smiled nervously, trying hurriedly to finish.

"Uhh…hi?" stammered Emma, clinging to her towel, not daring to look down in front of her.

Finished, the jounin quickly shook himself dry before returning his now aching member and re-zipping his pants, careful not to catch himself. Mentally chiding himself for not knocking, Kakashi tried his hardest to calm himself down. The fact that the heat radiating off her still damp skin was carrying the scent of her vanilla-soaked body didn't help the matter in the slightest, as he resisted the urge to just take the half-naked girl right then and there. Thankfully, Emma kept her gaze on his face. Which was good for Kakashi, lest she notice his tell-tale bulge.

'How did I not hear him enter?' she thought, wondering how long he'd been there. Just then there came at knock at the door. "I'll get that!" Emma shouted as she ran out of the bathroom, not remembering she was clad in naught but a towel. When she opened the door Emma came face to face with none other then Gai himself. "Oh, hello Gai." she smiled. "What can I do for you?"

Gai's face turned completely red as blood ran down from his nose. This was the second time he'd seen her in nothing but a towel, and he was beginning to hope it wouldn't be the last. "I-I-I-I…!" he stammered. Before Emma could ask what was wrong, Kakashi, who now had his mask on, walked over and put his hands lovingly on her hips from behind.

"Why don't you put on something less revealing?" he asked, noting the towel. Emma's eyes bulged as she looked down at her chosen attire. How could she have forgotten? Without so much as a word, she freed herself from Kakashi's grasp and ran off towards Chii's room.

'What's Gai gonna think?' she wondered, pulling her suitcase out from under the bed. 'I know what he's gonna think, he's gonna think something happened-That's what he's gonna think!' Emma sighed, mentally answering her own question.

After watching Emma run into the other, slamming the door shut behind her, Kakashi turned back around to face Gai. "What's up?" he asked. His face going from shocked to pissed, Gai's ears ran with clouds of smoke.

"WHAT'S UP?"" he shouted. "WHAT'S UP? I COME OVER TO FIND YOU DRESSED LIKE THAT, WITH A...A...AH-HEM! He gestured toward Kakashi's bulge while saying this. "AND EM-CHAN DRESSED IN ONLY A TOWEL, AND YOU HAVE THE NERVE TO ASK ME 'WHAT'S UP'?" Kakashi glanced down at himself, noting his naked chest and the still relevant bulge in his boxers. Heh-heh…Oops! This didn't look too good, did it?

'Then again, maybe I can have some fun with this…' the silver-haired jounin smiled evilly.

"You caught us at a bad time." Kakashi smirked. "We were just in the middle of something when you knocked. Why don't you try coming back a little later?"

"YOU WHA-?" Gai questioned, mouth ajar in shock.

'Was I right? Was Kakashi having sex with Em-chan when I knocked?' thought Gai.

"NO!" shouted Gai. "I REFUSE TO BELIEVE THAT! EM-CHAN WOULD NEVER DESECRATE HERSELF IN SUCH A WAY! MAYBE YOU HAVE THE REST OF THE WOMEN IN KONOHA FOOLED, BUT EM-CHAN IS SMARTER THEN THAT! SHE'S ABLE TO SEE RIGHT THROUGH YOU AND YOUR PERVERTED WAYS KAKASHI-SAN, MY ETERNAL RIVAL!" he yelled, pointing his finger and waving his hands frantically. Paying no attention to his friend, Kakashi quickly went over to the fridge and pulled an ice-pack out of the freezer.

'A bit drastic, but since I can't very well do anything with Gai here...'

"AND WHAT DO YOU PLAN ON DOING WITH THAT?" Gai questioned, giving the ice-pack a weird look. Preparing himself as best he could, Kakashi continued to ignore Gai as he sat down on the couch and slid the ice-pack down the front of his pants. Wincing slightly, he made sure to cover it with a pillow, before taking out his book.

"ARE YOU NUTS?' Gai questioned, after watching in shock at what the scarecrow had just done.

"Well Emma and I can't do anything with you here, can we?" joked Kakashi.

Meanwhile, in the bedroom, Emma dead-panned hearing Gai's rant.

'Guess I was right.' she sighed. 'At least Gai doesn't believe his own accusations. Which is something to be grateful for at least.' Sliding on her belt, Emma then walked out into the living room to see Gai and Kakashi in the middle of an argument. Well…more like to see Gai shouting at Kakashi while the scarecrow read his book, a pillow resting across his lap.


"Back at last, I see." Kakashi smiled at Emma, cutting Gai off.

"Oh, hello there Em-chan. You just caught me in the middle of scolding Kakashi-san over there." Gai stated as he smiled at Emma.

Emma smiled back in return. "I'd like to apologize for the manner in which you found us earlier. I'd just stepped out of the shower." she explained. "ALONE!" Emma added quickly.

Gai nodded, a relieved smile on his face. "That explains it!" he laughed. "I should've known better. Please forgive me for my earlier accusations, I should've known you'd never be that stupid."

Emma shook her head. "Of course not!" she laughed. Kakashi wasn't about to show it, but that last statement hurt him slightly.

"Anyways…" huffed the scarecrow. "To what do we owe the pleasure of your company?" Gai blinked thoughtfully, trying to remember the answer to that question.

'Oh…That's right!' He nearly forgot it in all the commotion! "I thought that with Chii back and all Em-chan would be moving back in with her. But since Chii isn't out of the hospital yet that would mean that Em-chan would be here in the apartment all alone. So I wanted to invite her to an early breakfast." Gai explained, giving Emma a hopeful/pleading smile.

"Sounds nice, I could go for something to eat." Emma smiled.

"Really? You would?" beamed Gai.

Emma nodded. "I haven't had breakfast yet, so why the hell not?"

"I'll come too." Kakashi stated, putting his book away. Gai wasn't much competition. Actually he wasn't any competition at all. Still, unlike some of the other girls in Konoha, Emma had yet to show any interest in the scarecrow in other then just being friends. And Kakashi wasn't about to chance that Emma would actually fall for him and not himself.

"Just let me get changed. I'll meet you two downstairs." Kakashi stated, giving Gai a 'Just try and stop me!' look before discretely abandoning the ice-pack which had served its purpose painfully well under the pillow, and walking over to his own apartment.

Gai sighed in defeat, knowing that Kakashi would come whether he liked it or not. For some reason the Green Beast had thought that this could be his first date with Emma. But with Kakashi tagging along it didn't look like things were going to work out for him. Nevertheless, he decided that it wouldn't hurt to strike up a conversation with the girl while they waited.

"So, you got a boyfriend back home?" he asked nervously. Emma never talked about having one, so maybe if he was lucky she wasn't taken yet? The reaction he got was one not one that he'd expected. Instead of a simple yes or no, Emma replied with a burst of laughter.

"Me? Boyfriend? That's rich!" she chuckled uncontrollably. "Who in their right mind would want to go out with ME?"

Gai looked back at her in shock. "What do you mean?" he asked, awestruck.

"Look at me. I may be okay to look at, but I'm not beautiful." Emma stated, trying her best to control her laughter. "Not to mention my personality requires a distinct taste."

"That's not true."

"Isn't it? I mean, just look at all the other girls my age…" she stated, pointing all around them. "Not only are they beautiful-they're gorgeous! Not a zit, blemish, or split-hair among them! And except for the odd-ball here and there, not a one of them is over-weight! How can ever expect to compete with them?" Looking around, Gai took notice at all the women passing by. He saw women and girls of all shapes and sizes. True, most of them did have flawless complexions, and hardly any were noticeably obese. But they weren't all as gorgeous as she said they were.

"They're not all THAT pretty." he shrugged.

Emma scoffed. "Whatever, you're just saying that 'cuz you're my friend."

"Is he?" asked Kakashi, stepping out of the apartment building. "Or is he right?"

Emma looked up at the scarecrow, grimacing. "What do you know? You wear a mask to hide your face, for Christ sake!"


"So…Why would you wear a mask all the time if you didn't have something you wanted to hide?" she asked.

Kakashi chuckled. "My reasons are my own. But it's not because people think I'm ugly. If anything I've been told I'm quite handsome. Isn't that right, Gai?"

"Yeah well…they might say that." scoffed the beast.

"But I thought nobody's seen your face." Emma questioned.

The scarecrow shook his head as he leaned close her. "Don't you remember this morning?" he whispered into her ear.

'This morning? What happened this…? Oh!' she thought, just now remembering that she'd seen him without his mask on. Concentrating on the mental picture of his face in her head, Emma's face began to redden. 'I didn't think about at the moment, because well…because of what happened. But now that I think about it, he didn't look half bad!'

"Well, are we gonna eat or not?" Gai asked, quickly linking his arm with Emma's as he dragged her towards the restaurant.


"And you should see his chakra levels! They're almost as high as mine!" During their lunch Gai spent the whole time talking to Emma about his prized student Rock Lee, and how his was the best team in town. To which she paid little attention, but made sure to fake interest for the sake of her friend. Meanwhile, all Emma could actually seem to do was to think about Kakashi. Or to be more specific, his face. He was gorgeous! She wasn't sure if they had a Mr. Universe contest here, but she was sure that if they did, Kakashi would win hands-down. So then why did he hide behind a mask all the time?

Kakashi, meanwhile, was having a similar problem. He'd decided the night before that he'd tell Emma how he felt, or at least what he thought he felt. This, of course, was proving to be more difficult then it sounded. First there was the whole embarrassing moment in the bathroom. Then Gai had to come and try to horde-in on his turf. And now…well…let's just say he was trying his hardest to think up a way to properly voice his feelings to her.

Kakashi had never actually told a girl he thought he loved her. And although he'd had his share of dates, he'd never actually taken the time or interest to get to know them better…to develop an actual relationship. Thank God for movies and Jurachi's books, otherwise he'd be totally lost about this. But thankfully he did know a thing or two about the subject, even though he lacked the personal experience in the subject.

'Let's see…First I'll have to ask Chii where I can find a romantic restaurant. Or better yet, maybe I could hire a chief to come to my apartment? It'd be expensive, but I think she's worth it.' Next he'd have to make sure to buy her something. 'It's always a good idea to give girls gifts. It makes them feel special. And Emma is defiantly one of a kind.' The last thought made him smile to himself as he watched Emma nod her head and fake a smile at what Gai was saying while stirring her drink. 'Even when she's being bored out of her mind she still tries to be a good friend by faking interest.'

The scarecrow beamed brighter as he thought of just how wonderful a person Emma truly was. He'd never met anyone quite as…unique as her. Except for maybe Naruto, but Kakashi wasn't in any way attracted to him. At that very moment Emma looked up to see him staring at her. Shocked, she only managed to hold his eye contact for about a second or two before turning her head in embarrassment to hide the blush forming on her cheeks. Her reaction caused the silver-haired jounin to chuckle lightly to himself. Before he could jokingly ask her what the matter was, Gai stood up and kissed Emma's hand goodbye.

"I'm afraid I must leave, for now my team and I must go on our mission." Gai stated, trying to sound debonaire.

Emma sweat-dropped as she pulled her hand away. "Okay then, good luck." she smiled faintly. Gai smiled so brightly as he left, that Kakashi almost got blinded by the glare.

"Shouldn't you go see your team too?" Emma questioned. Well actually yes, he did have to meet up with his students. In fact he was currently 20 minutes late doing so. But that fact didn't bother him in the slightest. Right now all Kakashi wanted was to spend more time with her.

"Nope." smiled the scarecrow. "But there is something else I was meaning to do."

"What?" she asked, slightly afraid by the look the jounin was giving her.

'Is he smirking under there? Why would he be smirking? And why do his eyes look like they're sparkling?' Emma didn't have time to ask before Kakashi got up and grabbed her hand, pulling her out the door with him.

"The heck are we going?" she inquired, trying her best to keep up with his pace.

"You'll see…" he smiled, guiding her through the streets towards their destination.

'That helps!' Emma thought sarcastically. They'd been running for ten minutes now and Emma's legs were starting give out. "Kakashi…I…don't think I can…" she panted. Nodding in understanding, Kakashi stopped then lifted her into his arms bridal style. Too shocked and tired to scream, Emma clung tightly around his neck as he leapt up onto a rooftop and darted towards an unknown destination. 'Now I know how Kagome feels!' she smiled to herself.

Five minutes later they finally stopped outside of what appeared to be a woman's clothing store. Emma looked up at him questioningly, wondering why he'd brought her here.

"Here it is!" Kakashi smiled, setting her down on the ground.

"Uhh…yeah." she smiled faintly. "But why are we here?"

Kakashi shrugged as he held the door open for her. "I thought you might want some new clothes. The ones you have now are just fine, but you tend to stick out a little." Looking at her attire, then that of those around her, Emma had to agree that he was right.

"Yeah, well…I guess I do look weirder then usual." Kakashi would've given anything to have said something romantic and charming. Something like 'You look perfect…to me.' Or 'I like weird.' Even 'And I'm normal?' Anything would've been better then what he'd actually said next.

"Trust me, the sooner you're out of those clothes, the better." Oh, the insinuations this brought to mind! No sooner had those words come out of his mouth, did the two of them turn redder then a tomato. "I mean…um…after you!" he stammered slightly, mentally kicking himself as he walked in behind Emma.

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