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An Unexpected Romance

By Ann Shannon

Romance

Chapter 12-Falling in Love

"What are you doing?" She asked as he worked the locked door open.

"My bother's not the Hokage for nothing. We're breaking into the spring so you can wash." He smiled at her.

"But you said it was separated."

"It is but if we're the only ones in there does that matter? And it will be fairly dark anyway."

She giggled. "If my father had known you'd be such a rule breaker he might not have offered me to you."

He led her to women's side and helped her find a sheet to wear, "I'll turn my back while you change." And while she changed he shrugged out of his armor and stripped down to his pants. When she was done he grabbed a towel and turning away slipped his pants off and secured a towel around his waist. When he turned back he was fairly certain she was blushing. "If it embarrasses you to see me undressed Chikako, then you shouldn't look." He walked over to her and put his arm around her bare shoulders. "Come on."

He led her to the side of the pool. The light was dim but she could see that this was a much larger spring than the one that they had visited the other day. She stepped in carefully and allowed herself to become accustomed to the heat. But Tobirama's hand was still on her shoulder, radiating a heat all its own and filling her with a warmth she had never experienced, she was having trouble telling the difference. He led her to an edge where they could sit and they sat in the warm water, allowing it to sooth their tired bodies. He let his arm rest around her shoulders and she leaned into him a little wondering about the strange feelings that were stirring deep inside of her.

"Tobirama?"

"Mmm?" He had been drifting, thinking about the feel of her naked shoulders beneath his hands and how much he wanted to lean in and kiss those shoulders, and other things. But he knew that he couldn't rush her. He wanted her to desire it too.

"How do you make me feel this way?"

He looked at her carefully. She was so innocent and yet so direct. "What way?"

"Well, when you hold me, or even just touch me. My arms tingle and my stomach twists into knots. What do you do that makes that happen?"

He groaned quietly, she wasn't going to make it easy on him. "Does it happen when I do this?" He leaned forward and kissed her gently on her mouth.

"Mmm. Yes."

"And this?" He tipped her head back and led a trail of light kisses down her chin and onto her neck.

She giggled a little. "Yes." She looked up at him and leaned up to kiss him. "And it makes me want to kiss you more."

He smiled, "I think that's because you find me attractive, Chikako. It's the way it should be."

"Oh."

"Do you like it?"

"Yes." She was being shy but she looked up at him and kissed him gently on the mouth.

He leaned down, pulling her onto his lap and kissed her, gently teasing her mouth open for a full kiss and when she complied he leaned in with a demanding kiss that took her breath away. When he pulled back he knew full well that she was aware of his interest in her by how her body pressed against his. He trailed kisses down her shoulders and onto her chest above her towel listening to her gasp as he did. "Did you like that?" He whispered, his voice was sensual and quiet.

"Very much so."

"We shouldn't do this in the water." He rose, lifting her with him and carried her back towards the lockers, kissing her while he walked. He put her down on her feet and pulled her close to him pressing her back against the wall. His hands searched her body, feeling her through the sheet she was wrapped in. She moaned and leaned in wrapping her arms around his neck and clinging to him tightly.

"Is anyone there?" The mans voice rang out in the dark.

"Shit." Tobirama cursed quietly, turning and pushing her behind him into the shadows. "It's me Kenta."

"Tobirama? What are you doing in here? We've had trouble with some of the kids breaking in after dark I didn't expect you though."

"I really needed to wash up, I had a long trip." He sighed, and hoped that he would stay in the doorway and not see Chikako behind him, silently cursing himself for exposing her this way.

"You know this is the women's side?"

"Is it? I hadn't noticed. I guess I should be more careful."

"Are you alone? I thought I heard voices when I came in."

"Yeah. I was talking to myself. Like I said, it was long trip."

"Alright. Well, I have to ask you leave but just lock up well, alright?"

"Thanks, Kenta. I will."

They heard the man leave and Tobirama breathed a sigh of relief but when he turned back to her his towel twisted and fell at his feet, leaving him standing in front her completely naked.

Chikako gasped, although the light was dim it was behind him and when he had turned she'd gotten a very good look at his outline.

He pulled her close to him anyway. "We should get dressed and go home. I should never have started this here, and risked exposing you like that."

"It's ok. I don't mind, and you hid me anyway."

"I don't know if he knew you were there or not but I won't have people meeting you like this. You deserve better."

He walked over to where their clothes where and pulled his pants on. Chikako just stood frozen watching him. He looked up, "is everything alright, Chikako?"

Her eyes ran up and down his muscular chest as he pulled his shirt over his head. "Yeah, fine." But her nervous voice betrayed her.

"Did you like what you saw?" He approached her with a slight swagger. "If you hurry into your clothes, I'll show you again when we get home."

Her face was hot and beet red she was sure, she was glad it was dark enough that he couldn't see it. "Umm. OK."

"I know you're blushing, Chikako. I like it when you blush, it's sweet."

She was torn between wanting to lean into his arms and kiss him or get dressed, and she was painfully aware that he was watching. She took a deep breath and dropped her towel at her feet. She heard him inhale sharply at the sight of her and then she looked right at him in the dim light and walked over to her clothes to put them on. He came up behind her and pressed himself to her body before she could though, running his hands down her sides letting his fingers rest where they might. "I'm looking forward to home, Chikako."

She smiled, glad to know she had the same effect on him that he had on her and finished dressing.

They sneaked out of the hot springs carefully securing the door behind them and she followed him home, secure in the knowledge that their vows would be finished tonight.

When they arrived at Hashirama's house he led her to the kitchen door. The kitchen was dark but a light glowed in the main room where they could hear Hashirama and Mito talking quietly. He held a finger to his lips, indicating they should be quiet and they silently slipped up the stairs to their room.

When they got there he closed the door quietly and turned to take her in his arms. She wrapped her arms around his neck and kissed him fully and deeply, moaning her desire into his mouth as she did. He led her to the side of the bed and turned long enough to remove his shirt. When he turned back she had done the same and was facing him.

Their room was not as dark as the hot springs had been and he could see the full bloom of the blush on her cheeks as she looked up at him, her eyes heavy with desire. He kissed her and drew her down on to the futon with him. "You are so beautiful, Chikako."


Chikako opened her eyes, had someone knocked at the door? Next to her Tobirama stirred, pulling her close to him, she reveled in the feel of his body so near to hers. "Who is it?" He sounded annoyed.

There was a muffled voice on the other side of the door. He checked to make sure Chikako was covered, "Open the door, I can't hear you."

The door opened far enough for Hashirama to stick his head in the room, "I need you. Ninja's have been spotted in the forest outside the main gate." And the door was shut.

Chikako was more awake now and she realized that it was still quite dark out. Tobirama leaned over her dusting a kiss on her cheek. "Are you awake?"

"Yes. I'll be fine. Go." She rolled so she could face him and smiled up at him.

He rose and began to dress quickly. "I shouldn't be gone long. See you at breakfast then."

"Ok." She watched him pull the door open. "Tobirama?"

He turned back, "Yes?"

"I love you."

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