Author Notes: Hello, everyone! Here's another small Naruto offering from me. I'm pretty sure something similar has been done before since this isn't a new fandom, but it was still fun to write. Enjoy :)
Setting: Sometime after the 4th Great Ninja War, but no big spoilers.
Warnings: All Character Deaths Ignored.
Disclaimer: Naruto belongs to Masashi Kishimoto.
- Story Start -
The large room beside the Hokage's office was teeming with people. Lady Tsunade had called for an important meeting and every available jonin and chunin in the village had turned up.
"There you are, my esteemed rival!"
It was a mark of how familiar Maito Gai's booming voice was that most of the shinobi present didn't even look up. The noble blue beast of the Leaf Village bounded over to Kakashi Hatake and threw an arm around his shoulders.
"You just don't know how lucky you are, Kakashi!"
"Hm? Why do you say that?" Kakashi asked, his attention still on the open Icha Icha book in front of his nose.
"Because Naruto calls you by your real name!"
Kakashi looked sideways at him.
"That's right. You are always Kakashi-sensei to him, but I am Bushier Brows-sensei."
Their conversation had caught the attention of some of the shinobi around them who chuckled in amusement.
"Naruto calls me by my real name too," Iruka commented with a proud smile.
Gai withdrew his arm from Kakashi's shoulders.
"Us as well!" Asuma chipped in with a laugh, gesturing to Kurenai and himself.
Gai's famous eyebrows drew together as he folded his arms over his broad chest.
"Ah, not to worry, Gai," Kakashi said in a soothing voice. "Naruto's nickname is just a way of showing he respects you."
Gai's frown turned into a scowl.
"And just what are you implying, Kakashi?" he asked. "That he doesn't respect you? Or Iruka? Or Asuma or Kurenai?"
All four of them sweatdropped.
"Hold it! Are you saying Naruto gave me that ridiculous nickname because he respects me?" demanded a new voice.
Everyone turned to see Master Jiraiya standing there, arms planted at his hips and clog shod feet placed well apart.
"For heaven's sake, I'm one of the san-nin and he calls me-" he broke off and winced. "I can't even say it!"
At that moment, Lady Tsunade strode up to them amidst a wave of bowings and greetings of 'Lady Hokage!' and 'Milady!'
"Stop complaining, Jiraiya," she said in a dry voice. "I'm not sure Grandma Tsunade is any better than Pervy-"
"Don't say it!" Jiraiya hissed in a frantic whisper as he looked around furtively.
"Hah - like that's a secret!" Tsunade scoffed, rolling her eyes before she turned to a pouting Gai.
"Don't take it personally," she said kindly. "It's just a - a Naruto trait."
Gai sighed and then he nodded.
"You must be right, Lady Hokage. He also has a nickname for Lee - Bushy Brows."
"There we go," Tsunade said and turned back to Jiraiya who was still sulking.
"Besides, doesn't Naruto call Gamabunta Chief Toad?"
"That's a perfectly respectable nickname," Jiraiya huffed. "He also calls Lord Fukasaku Gramps Sage, and the Great Toad Sage Great Gramps Sage. Perfectly fine nicknames if you ask me!"
"There, you see?" Kakashi told Gai, making an attempt to rectify his earlier mistake. "It's a term of endearment for Naruto. It just means he's fond of you."
An instant later, Kakashi realised what his words implied and sweatdropped again while Iruka, Asuma and Kurenai glared at him.
"Well, who else does Naruto have nicknames for?" Aoba asked after an awkward pause.
"Let's see. Killer B of the Cloud Village is Octopops and the Raikage is Old Man Raikage," she disclosed. "The Tsuchikage is Shorty Gramps or Grandpa Tsutchikage."
There were quite a few laughs all around.
"You know," Kakashi said thoughtfully. "Naruto once called Gaara No Brows."
He enjoyed the open mouthed surprise on the other' faces before adding, "Of course, that was before Gaara became the Kazekage."
"So what's in a name, right?" Iruka said with a smile. "A rose by any other name would smell just as sweet."
"Exactly," Kurenai said. "I like to think it means we all have a place in Naruto's heart, no matter what he calls us."
"Well said, Iruka and Kurenai," Tsunade agreed and walked to the front of the room. "So now that this little matter is cleared up, let's get the meeting started."
- Story End -
A/N: Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed it :) Did I miss out anyone?