The lull in conversation doesn’t get past
Sasuke. Naruto’s chatter is something that tends to go on and on, but today is
different. The other seems a bit spacey, drifting in and out of the
conversation. Actually, Sasuke seems to be doing most of the talking, which is
“Is there something wrong?” Sasuke asks,
turning his attention away from the pasta sauce and leaning his hip against the
counter. He crosses his arms over his chest as he watches Naruto slowly come to
himself, eyes blinking in confusion.
“What? Why?” is the reply he gets. Sasuke
frowns, watching the other’s attention turn to the window as he takes in a deep
“Seriously, Naruto. You’re only like this
when you’re hiding something.” The last time Sasuke remembers Naruto being this
out of it, he was trying to think of ways to propose to Sasuke. Sasuke has
thought for days that Naruto was cheating on him, only to find out he was
making some elaborate plan to propose. Needless to say, Sasuke ruined the
surprise, but it all worked out in the end if the ring on his finger is
anything to go by.
“I’m just thinking,” Naruto mumbles, chin
resting in the palm of his hand. There’s a distant dreamy look in his eyes, one
that Sasuke’s never really seen before.
“What about?” The sauce is forgotten as
Sasuke makes the move to figure this whole thing out, taking the seat across
from Naruto. There’s contemplation on Naruto’s face, like he isn’t sure he
wants to tell Sasuke, but it doesn’t last long as a sigh leaves his lips.
It’s a simple answer, one that hasn’t come
up since Sasuke last told Naruto he wasn’t ready for them. He had told the
other someday, but he wanted his life to be a little more stable (he had just
been starting a new job. Just married as well).
“Kids?” Sasuke repeats, the word rolling
off his tongue easily. He remembers there being a time that he hadn’t been able
to say the word, but he hadn’t seen himself living out his life with someone he
loved at the time either.
“Yeah, I just was walking by the park
today and I was a family. I forgot how much I wanted one,” Naruto answers,
always honest. Sasuke knows Naruto has always wanted a family, but he always
claimed to love Sasuke enough to give that dream up. Sasuke doesn’t want to
take that dream from Naruto.
Plus, he thinks he’s ready.
“Maybe it’s time to do some research on
adoption,” he suggests, watching the way Naruto’s face lights up.