ONCE AGAIN I’M SO TERRIBLY SORRY ANON I TOOK THIS LONG ;_________________; I HAVE SEEN THIS IN MY INBOX AND HAV BEEN ITCHING TO WRITE IT, SO HERE IT IS FINALLY!!!
Naruto loved his bakery. He loved the way it was like he
stepped into an oven every morning, the warm humid air beating over his in in a
familiar caress. He loved how he was able to knead the dough and watch it turn
into delicious bread, or when he created pastries and customers marvelled at
the finished piece in awe. He also loved talking to his customers, whether they
were a random purchaser stopping by on a whim or a devoted patron Naruto had
the pleasure of seeing weekly.
Speaking of which, one was walking in at this very moment.
“Good mornin’ Sasuke, back again to see me huh?” Grinning from ear-to-ear, Naruto waited at the counter for his typically stoic regular customer to saunter up and select something.
Rolling his eyes, Sasuke spared him a glare before walking up to the counter and peering down at the protective screen where all the pastries, savoury and sweet, were laden.
“In your dreams, as if I would waste my time even coming
here if not for your food.”
Naruto clutched a hand at his chest in mock-pain, slumping over a little, his eyes not leaving Sasuke as he said, “Ouch, that hurts. You sure know how to hurt a guy’s pride,
Sasuke snorted lightly, and Naruto smiled when he caught sight of the tiny smirk tugging on his pale lips, “Naturally.”
“So, what’ll it be today? Can I tempt you, maybe a little,
Sasuke?” Naruto leaned over the counter, grinning and keen to engage in their usual banter.
Naruto had met Sasuke during the start of this year, when the man had dashed inside as a last minute attempt at finding some bread rolls for “unspoken circumstances” (Naruto had still not found out what those exactly were to this day but he would!). Needless to say they had engaged a rather a interesting encounter and it was a surprise for Naruto see Sasuke again the following week, ready to buy something for himself.
Sasuke stopped by every Sunday at 11 o'clock in the morning without fail ever since they had first met. And Naruto had grown somewhat fond of the man, with four months passed they had obviously found a sort of weird connection.
But they never met outside of the bakery, and never on any other day of the week. It was part of the reason why Naruto looked forward to Sundays the most (besides Tuesday and Wednesday - his free days).
“Hn, we’ll see Naruto.” Sasuke murmured, returning to his perusal of the screen pastries and Naruto busied himself with sorting out the loose bread rolls on his work bench.
Naruto had a lot of customers that he saw on a regular basis, like Kiba and Lee, and even that cute girl Hinata who seemed to be trying to ask him out. But somehow, Naruto always looked forward to seeing Sasuke more than anyone else. Something about him just made Naruto smile - even though he could be a right bastard when he wanted to be!
“Ahem”, a clearing of his throat drew Naruto’s attention to the evidently waiting Sasuke, his arms crossed and an array or pastry cakes, muffins - even pies! - he’d selected covering the expanse of the counter.
Naruto’s eyes bulged as he hurried over, “Jesus, Sasuke! You’re seriously gonna eat all of this!?”
Sasuke raised a delicate brow, “Is there a problem with it?”
Rubbing the back of his neck, Naruto smiled awkwardly and said, “Well, no, I guess not.”
There kinda was a problem with that. Sasuke had the tendency to buy quite a few things when he came into Naruto’s bakery. It wasn’t always that way, not when they had first gotten to know each other. But gradually Naruto noticed an incline in the amount Sasuke was purchasing. It was mildly alarming when Naruto pondered how far the Uchiha might go in the future.
“Hn, give me my food already, I have things to do.” Sasuke pulled out his wallet, and Naruto grinned sneakily.
“Impatient aren’t we? Ya owe me $26.50, hope you can afford it.“ Naruto winked, and Sasuke rolled his eyes, handing Naruto the exact amount in cash. It was sort of a running joke since Sasuke was stinking rich to treat him like an verage customer - Naruto thought it was funny at least!
Depositing his money in the cash register, Naruto bagged up Sasuke’s goods, handing it over and enjoying the brush of contact between their hands as he did so.
Naruto smiled warmly at him, “Well here you go, go and enjoy all
that Uzumaki produce!”
Sasuke stared at him a moment, then with a perfectly blank face said, “Don’t say that, the appeal drops substantially when you
Making a fake-outraged face, Naruto had to try really hard not to break character when he saw that adorable little half-smirk forming on Sasuke’s lips as he took his bags and turned to leave.
“Have a fantastic day, Sasuke-teme!” Naruto called out, and Sasuke turned back around, still smirking as he waved.
"See you next week, Usuratonkachi.”