“Is Himawari going to die, Dad?” Boruto asked, leaning in a bit too close to his sister.
Naruto pulled at his arm, and moved him off to the side. “No, she’s not going to die. She’s just got a fever. And I would stay away from her until she’s better, you don’t want to get sick do you?” He raised a brow, cocking a smirk at his son while he shook his head furiously as he backed away until he eventually left the room.
From the bed a throat aching cough came, followed by a strained small voice. “So does this mean I can’t go outside and play?” She was frowning now, a deep pout that lowered her lip and made her eyes big.
Naruto knew this look, it was the same one she used to get him to give into her. She may look innocent, but he knew, as well as Hinata, that she was a devious little girl who used her cuteness to get what she wanted. They suspected Hanabi to be behind this.
As much as Naruto wanted to say yes, he couldn’t. Hinata would kill him if she found her outside in this condition. So he shook his head, tucking the blanket up to her chin. “I’m sorry, but there will be no playing until my sunflower is one hundred percent better.”
“Not even if I’m ninety-nine percent better?” She gripped the sheets, pulling it up closer, hiding her mouth, which made her eyes look even sadder and his heart ache.
“Not even then.” He kissed her forehead, chuckling.
Himawari sighed, closing her eyes and wrinkling her nose at him. “I’ll get better really, really fast! And then I’ll be able to play with brother and everyone else again!” She was getting excited now, and a fit of coughs erupted from her mouth.
He waited for her to be done coughing before he spoke, his words gentle. “You’ll definitely be able to play with everyone when you’re better. But you got to promise me something.”
“What?” She asked, eager to know.
“You have to promise you’ll take your medicine when Mom gets home from the store. You have to be a big girl and do it, can you do that, for me?” Himawari didn’t like taking medicine, she hated anything that had to do with health, like check-ups and shots. It was something she got from him.
She didn’t say anything for a few minutes while she rocked it around in her head for a little bit. Then she held out her fist weakly, a thumb going up. “I promise!”
He gave her his best “dad” smile while placing a hand on her forehead. “Good! Oh, I think you’re fever’s going down, I bet if you go to sleep, it’ll be gone by the time you wake up.”
“Really?” There was excitement in her voice, and the reality of playing outside not to far off.
“Really, really. So you’d better get some sleep then.” He started tucking her in while she settled into the sheets.
“Yeah, I’ll be better…when I–I wake up.” The excitement and fever were taking over now, making her eyes close and her breathing deepen. And just like that she was sleeping soundly.
Naruto leaned down, pressing his lips to her hot forehead again. “Goodnight my sick little girl.”