A/N: Payment fic for serpents_tooth- threesomeeeee.
NejiSasuNaru. Gleeeeee. ^___^ Oh, you KNOW you want it.
"A Thousand Ways To Be Alone"
"It was not for nothing he was fifteen years old." ~ The House
of the Spirits; Isabel Allende
Naruto's eyes are blue. A nice shade of it too. Neji likes to
look at them sometimes (no one ever knows that he is, after all,
because he can see anything he wants to). Those same eyes
unsettle Sasuke, however. Because he's seen them when they
His eyes do some color-changing tricks of their own, but he
can't imagine how he could look half so fucking terrifying as
Naruto does with those dark streaks under his eyes and that
brilliant, horrifying, fresh-blood crimson in them.
The first time Sasuke saw that color up close he nearly died of
shock. And something small and animal and ancient in the back
of his mind SCREAMED.
Then he remembered it was Naruto and recovered enough not to
piss himself. But not much more than that.
Neji's never seen that red. He doesn't even know it exists.
Sasuke doesn't really want him to know, either.
Neji kissed Naruto at the training ground last week and Naruto
kissed back. Sasuke saw and wasn't sure if he should be
apathetic or jealous.
Neji is always very certain of his feelings. You have to be
certain when you're alone. There are different kinds of "alone,"
though. Sasuke, for example, isn't lucky enough to be alone.
Itachi's shadow is always with him. And Naruto has never been
alone, not even for a second, because of what is sleeping in his
Right now, the kind of alone they all are is the kind you get
when you're together and not as closely so as you want to be.
Sasuke's on the left. Neji's on the right. Naruto's in the
None of them are looking at each other.
Sasuke remembers, at the back of his mind, the time Naruto
accidentally kissed him. Neji remembers kissing Naruto on
purpose. Naruto remembers both kisses and tries not to blush.
It works better for him than it does for the other two, who are
both far paler than he is and growing pinker by the moment.
No one is speaking.
No one is speaking, but a lot of things are being said.
Sasuke notices that little cringe Naruto does when he's really
nervous and the way Neji readjusts the wrap around his arms.
Neji observes that same cringe of Naruto's and analyzes it for
what it is, and sees the way Sasuke's eyes flicker erratically
and analyzes that just as well. Naruto sees Sasuke's knuckles
slowly whitening and Neji's flushed face.
And all three of them are violin-string tight from top to
bottom, waiting to touch.
Because all three of them know that's what all three of them
want, but all three of them think they're reading the other two
This is why Uzumaki Naruto is and always will be a godsend.
Because he's an idiot and a ne'er-do-well and doesn't know
anything at all about things like love or sex or any of that.
Because he doesn't know it's not okay to want to kiss both of
the people sitting beside him.
And because he doesn't know, he does. And because he's Naruto
and they love him and (maybe, just a little, a lot more than
they'd ever admit) each other, they both kiss back. And then
they look at each other strangely for a moment, and Naruto kind
of laughs, and then things kind of make sense.
Not really, but a little.
Naruto leans back a little, sprawling his legs over Neji's lap
and leaning against Sasuke's shoulder. And if Sasuke and Neji's
hands are a little closer than they need to be, no one is saying
Perhaps it is an unexpected thing. Perhaps it is even the wrong
But they are children and, for once, invincible.
* ende *
. : i shall not change, i shall not change, i shall not change