Naruto was anxious,
his breathe unsteady. This would be the first time seeing his kids since the
official break up, and from what Hinata had said on the phone both of them had
no intention of speaking with him or Hinata. Naruto wasn’t sure how to handle a
situation like this, he was as confused as they were. On top of all this
commotion, Sasuke had been out on a mission for a couple days and Naruto was
missing his warmth and snickering smile.
Naruto looked towards
the desk in his room were his hokage cloak hanged cleaned and untouched.
Kakashi had agreed to fill in for Naruto until he was back on his feet, with Shikamaru
also helping him Naruto knew the village was in safe hands. He didn’t like
taking time off; to be Hokage means to fully devote yourself to the protection
of the people. But he just didn’t have it in him, his energy felt drained and his
heart felt enormously heavy in his chest.
He knew his kids were
going to be an issue, on top of that, he was unsure when to announce that fact
that he was dating Sasuke, well actually was he? Neither of them had talked
about it yet, they just drunkenly confessed their bottled love for each other.
But Sasuke nor Naruto had yet said the ‘boyfriend’ or ‘dating’ word, which made
Naruto extremely frantic and scared that Sasuke could leave and expect Naruto
to have known it was casual from the beginning.
Naruto let the thought
slide into the back of his mind, right now his kids were his priority, then
Konoha and lastly Sasuke. He couldn’t let that dark haired, extremely handsome,
eyes made of dark gold that could consume you in one glance…”God dammit Naruto.
GET YOUR SELF TOGETHER! This is no time to be thinking about Sasuke.”
With a quick lecture
to himself, he was out the door and off to see his children for the first time.
He was determined to make them understand that this changed nothing, that
Naruto would be the father they needed. He stepped outside to be greeted with a
cool gentle breeze, a refreshing start to his morning. The trees rustles in the
distance as the wind brushed fallen leaves across his feet. Naruto took in a
deep breathe, ready to take on the day.
Naruto sees a door he
is all too familiar with. That door was considered the entry to his home for
years, and now he was a stranger to this door which left his chest feeling
heavy. As much as Naruto was happy in the choice to call it quits with Hinata,
he missed coming home to his children a great deal. He only wished with time,
that he could start a new family, one that could include all those he cared
pondering this dream of having a big family with Sasuke. Having Boruto,
Himawari and Sarada all in the same house hold with Hinata and Sakura also
being a part of this family, and being happy for Sasuke and Naruto. But dreams
are not reality and Naruto surely knew that.
Naruto knocked on the
door. The handle swiftly turned to reveal a house which he could no longer could
call home. “Hinata, how have you been?” “I have been okay Naruto, but it’s been
very hard on the kids. They refuse to eat or come out of their rooms, I don’t
know what to do. They barely want to talk to me, and they refuse to go with you
next week. I am so torn Naruto, I knew it would be hard, but… not like this.”
Tears started to fall down Hinata’s cheeks, automatically Naruto went to hug
her and tend to her tears. As he wiped away the last tear Naruto realised he
was hugging Hinata, he wasn’t sure if Hinata would want them to be so close
after being divorced for nearly a week.
“Hinata, I’m sorry, I
didn’t mean to invade your space.” “No Naruto, it’s okay. Thank you. I do care
for you Naruto and no mater our divorce, I will always wish for your happiness.
So being civil and generally caring for each other, is the way I wish we could
be.” “We can be like that Hinata, that’s what I have been thinking as well. I
just wished that we can be one big happy extended family at the end of the
Naruto held his tongue
before he could slip in the part of adding Sasuke, Sarada and Sakura to the
addition. He took off his shoes and walked into the room that filled him with
familiar scents, a smell he didn’t realised he missed till that moment.
Naruto patted Hinata
on the shoulder assuring her with silent words that this would be okay. He let
himself take in a deep breath giving him enough courage to walk upstairs and
enter the games room.
Naruto opened the door
slowly and quietly. He stepped inside without a word. Steadily he knelt all the
way down the ground. By this moment both Himawari and Boruto had noticed his
presence. Both children stayed in their place far away from Naruto. As Naruto
started kneeling down, Himarwi and Boruto’s expressions grew more confused.
Mixed emotions surfaced both of their faces, but Boruto showed more signs of
anger. “Kids, I want you to listen. Don’t interrupt me until I am done. Got
Both kids unwillingly replied
with a stubborn “hmph” with forced nods of approval to allow Naruto his time to
speak. Naruto had a small smile of gratitude, but also didn’t lower his ‘dad’
figure just yet. “Kids, I want you to know that me and mum did not do this to
hurt you, we love you more than words can describe. We are doing this for our
happiness, both of us have been extremely unhappy and have tried our best to
make this work. I want you know that me and mum are still friends, we are happy
in our choice, and I know this will take time to understand but we hope you
guys can help make this easier for me and mum.” Naruto looked into both of
their eyes for moment. Sadness filled the air, but there was an under-layer of understanding.
“We love you, and we
will try to make you two happy separately. I know as well I haven’t been the
best dad, but I plan on spending a lot more time with both of you, I want to
make sure I don’t make the same mistakes as many fathers have in the past,
which is concentrating so much on my job and not having any time for my kids.”
Naruto started to tear up, something he rarely did in front of his children.
Both Boruto and Himawari were shocked by the scene that played before them.
Himawari was the first to jump up and run to her crying father.
every inch of Naruto, letting her tears fall onto her arm as she attempted to squeeze
harder. 1 minute later Boruto walked towards Naruto, looked him in the eye and
smiled. “Dad, I promise I will surpass you and make you proud, no matter what.
I will be the best ninja their ever was, and this isn’t going to stop me, just
you watch!” Naruto let out a small chuckle. Boruto jumped into the pile of
mushy hugs and tears, until time had seemed to slip away.
By the time Naruto
left his old home, he felt bitter sweet. Progressed had been made and both of
the kids had seemed to simmer down. He managed to get them to eat dinner and
agree to try and make this work. Hinata seemed ecstatic over the progress and
Himawari and Boruto ended up apologizing and smothering Hinata in hugs for a
solid 20 minutes. Naruto was glad he left on a positive note, but what rang
clear in his head was the fact that he was leaving. That sinking feeling hit
him hard, and the realism that he was no longer part of that house and part of
the picture was the thing that caused knives to dive into his heart and make
him feel utterly powerless. As much as things with Hinata were never well off,
Naruto valued family, he loved the idea of family. Seeming as he never had one
when he was young, he loved to believe he could create a loving happy family. To
see it fade away after years was as disheartening as having to leave after
dinner to his separate home.
Naruto was sure that
one day he would achieve that paradise he was looking for. A place were all his
happy places finally met. “Heaven.” The only word that rang in Naruto’s mind
for the next ten minutes was heaven. A place Naruto is sure he still hasn’t
seen and he feared how his heart would cope if he was ever so lucky to be taken
Naruto walked to his
home, which was some bland space he was renting out for the mean time. The room
had no life or colour to it, the walls were painting grey and most of the
furniture was either a dull black or grey to match the walls. Every time he
stepped inside he felt his heart sink a little bit more. He was so desperately
happy sitting on a table eating dinner with his children, he was even happy to
have Hinata there. The energy in the room felt warm and genuine, nothing fake
nor manufactured. It felt organic and Naruto craved to stay longer. But Boruto
and Himawari had to go to bed and once they left Naruto felt like a slice of
his heart went with them.
Naruto changed into
his hokage uniform, finally deciding it was time to make an appearance at his
work place, but he was determined to set up rules and boundaries that allowed
him to spend more time with his children. He was going to keep his promise this
Naruto stepped outside
his depressive apartment, with his colourful hokage uniform ready to become
everything he promised his children he would be. As he locked the door behind
him, he could notice a black figure down the corridor. Instantly Naruto’s
chakra kicked in, his senses had doubled and his hair stood on edge. The black
figure creeped closer and closer. Every step closer Naruto would slowly get
closer to his kunai.
“Now look at this, has
the hokage finally returned from his slumber? I heard you’ve been slacking off
whilst I was working hard.” Naruto was full of 100 emotions. He knew that voice
like the back of his hand, but he was fuming at the black figure for scaring
the living day lights out of him. “You scared the shit out of me Sasuke, what
the hell are doing here two days early?” The black figure immerged into the
light, revealing a porcelain man that never looked better in ninja uniform. “Is
that a proper hello to your boyfriend?”
Naruto was gone at
this point, if the man spinning a kunai around his finger walking sensually
toward him wasn’t enough, then the fact that Sasuke just used the words
‘boyfriend’ had definitely done it. Naruto honestly believes he blanked out for
a moment, because the last thing he remembers is standing by his door way.
Naruto’s reflexes were
so quick that in less than a second he had Sasuke pinned to a wall, his eyes
glowed neon blue in the dark corridor. Sasuke smiled cheekily, knowing his
taunting was stirring up Naruto. “You missed me that bad, huh?” “You wish.” Naruto
let his lips skim Sasuke’s without actually pressing down. He knew how the game
was played and he was prepared to win. “Tch, you tease.” “You have to wine and
dine me before you get any of this. Wise words from a very sexy friend of
“Friend?” Sasuke’s eyes
seemed pent up with both rage and lust for the man who was slowly walking away
back into the light of the street. “You heard me lover boy. Friend. We shall see
how well you wine and dine now that you are back.” Before Naruto could fully
cross the light that separated him from the street Sasuke had him pinned down
harshly against a brick wall. He spared no expense of chakra seeming as half
the bricks split into pieces and started crumbling on the floor.
“You’re paying for
that.” “Tch, gladfully.” In an instant Sasuke’s lips were digging deep onto
Naruto’s, the kiss was hot and heavy with steam circulating between the two
men. The kiss sooner or later lead to a full make out session, with the world
around them becoming a blurred hot mess. Naruto didn’t hear the street that was
centimetres away from him, he didn’t sense the bricks which pressed against his
shirt and he sure as hell didn’t sense a living soul around them, besides the
one that currently held his heart on a silver platter. Naruto twisted and
turned with Sasuke, digging his fingers deeply into his hair. He didn’t want
this bliss to end, but alas it was Sasuke who pulled away with half lid eyes
full of raging lust. “So still a friend?” “Hm, border line.” Naruto winked at
Sasuke, but this motion just turned Sasuke into a full on monster.
“Look here Hokage, if
you wish to keep this friendly, I can do that, but let me tell you. If we start
this war, you will have to do a lot more than wine and dine me to get anything
out of me.” “Wooooh, isn’t someone a bit upset I won’t call them my boyfriend?
Fine boyfriend Uchiha, wish to join me for drinks?” Sasuke had a soft and triumphant
smile on his face but suddenly turned a soft shade of pink. “Uh Naruto, you
might have to wait, I still have a bit of a situation down there.” Naruto
followed Sasuke’s eyes and then was struck with the fact that both of them were
quite turned on from that. “Yer, agreed.”
laughed it off, until their bodies turned stone cold as the finally noticed
they weren’t alone. Naruto and Sasuke turned around to look who was down the
corridor firmly leaning against the wall with a book in his hand. “Kakashi?”
“Hello.” Naruto gulped
down painfully, terrified of exactly what he heard and what he saw. “Uh Kakashi,
how much of that did you see?”
“Enough. To be honest I’m
not that surprised, I am madder that I have been doing your job whilst you are
here making out.” “Hey! Sasuke just got here from a mission!” “Hm, I know he
came to me first, thinking you would be there. As soon as he saw me he went
from showing actual human emotion to stone cold bitch once again. So naturally I
was curious where he was going in such a rush and alas I found him here.”
Naruto didn’t know what to feel, he was terrified of all this coming out to
soon for Hinata and the kids to handle, he was desperate to plea with Kakashi,
to keep his mouth shut.
“Now, I will keep quiet
about all this, if you buy me dinner and the new icha-icha paradise/tactics book.” Sasuke coldly asked back
“is that all your highness?” “Uh Mr. Uchiha, I would be careful speaking like
that to me I do hold a big leverage over you so be nice to your sensie.” Sasuke
just let out an irritated huff, unwilling to partake in Kakashi’s games, but
Naruto would do anything to keep him quiet.
*The ramen shop hadn’t
seen the dynamic 3 eating together in a long time. And by god, was it not like
the old days. There was a loud and vibrant Naruto trying to fill the air with
conversation, a moody Sasuke who did not want to be there and lastly Kakashi
who was extremely content with his new book and free bowl of ramen, enjoying
the power he obtained over the two. All that was missing was a flirtatious
Sakura, which is convenient, because tables have turned and Naruto wants him
100 times more than she ever did back in the day. Having the two fight over
Sasuke’s attention would surely make for an interesting dinner*