Slight OOC Sasuke; I still can’t get over SS and NH being canon ffs. I’ve had like seven mental breakdowns in public and I am still not okay.
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(WARNING: NaruSaku BROTP (although I do really like NS tbh))
this was supposed to be <500 words but it’s 1000 again ffs what is wrong with me
“So,” Naruto began. He sat at the edge of the stone bench, bathed in his white Hokage coat that fluttered gently with each whiff of wind. His short hair scarcely moved, like freshly cut blades of grass, and he had a look that told Sakura he was immersed in deep thought about what to say next.
“…So,” she responded just as blandly. She found herself sitting on the other end of the bench, where she watched her feet dangle casually, hands pressed under her thighs. The warmth of her sweaty palms began to transfer into the frigidity of the bench. She couldn’t force herself to look at Naruto, and waited for something—anything—to save them from this awkwardness.
“Congratulations on becoming Hokage,” she said. “It’s amazing. You’re amazing.”
He turned his head to face her. In his blue eyes, the color of fresh ocean water, was gratitude.
“Thank you, Sakura-chan.”
Naruto, attempting to break the discomfort of the situation among them, began to yawn and spread out his arms, stretching them in the air with an accompanied howl, before letting his new arm settle on the back of his seat.
“You know,” he said, his voice dropping down to an almost inaudible murmur. “I never stopped loving you.”
“Ah—!” Sakura began, her face shooting up to watch his nostalgic expression, trying to find any signs of him still having romantic attractions for her in his serene smile. “But—but, Hinata—“
“Let me finish. It’s true, I did love you dearly once. I still love you, but it’s changed now, you know? I love you in a different way. You’re my family, Sakura-chan, and you’ll always be part of my family. I hope you won’t get jealous or offended by this,” he warned, stopping to chuckle at his joke, “but there’s a new girl who’s stolen my heart, and every fiber of my being. Plus,” he added. “She makes killer ramen, and other things as well.” At this, he winked.
“Oh, Kami, Naruto!” Sakura cried, burying her face in her hands. “You’re such a dirty pervert! I don’t need to know about what happened behind your kid’s conception, alright?”
Naruto laughed, moving closer to wrap his arm around Sakura’s shoulder and press his knuckles into her temple.
“I never change, Sakura-chan, know that. And,” he said, eyes softening, tone quieting. “I’m happy for you.”
“…Huh?” Sakura asked.
“I’m happy that you found him again. Happy that he’s with us. With you, more importantly. He’s my best friend, and I’ve never seen him as at peace with the world as he is with you. “
“It’s really thanks to you,” she said, leaning her head against Naruto’s shoulder and looking up at the clear sky. “You really do keep your promises.” She felt her eyes welling up, and let out a sniff. Naruto shook his head and teased her.
“You’re still crying even though he’s back?”
“I hate you,” she frowned, slapping his forearm. “Jerk.”
“Here.” He offered the end of his Hokage cloak for her to wipe her face. “Need it?”
“Isn’t this like, sacrilege or something?”
“I’m the Hokage, so what I say goes. So if you want to let out your snot all over my nice white coat, then let it be.”
“Dobe, are you making Sakura cry?”
Sakura and Naruto turned their heads to find Sasuke, draped in a black cape with a taunting smirk on his lips. His hand reached for his katana, ready to point it at Naruto if need be.
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