Hello everyone, how are you all doing?
A lot of people told me to keep going with the story so now I am going to make a few alterations to the story. They are in their first year of college Naruto is in his second. He was smart before he just had a problem with things focusing wise.
As for everyone who told me to keep going thank you for the encouragement.
lara5170: They were supposed to be younger then what I decided now but it has been changed. I was actually going to take the whole story down but the people spoke and they didn't want that so I didn't.
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Guest; Kuroneko: I will start by saying that when your a kid it can follow you through your adult life especially if you come into contact with those people again and they are the same way and they treat you the same way. It doesn't matter if they are grown now and they were kids before it affected him emotionally and mentally because he wanted to believe they were his friends only for him to be hurt by them.
Those were all chapter 5 reviews and now I am going to reply to the people that replied to my author's note.
Guest: Thank you, and honestly, that was the plan to explain everything that happened to him as the story progressed but then I just wasn't sure about the story anymore.
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Court818: A thank you to you because I was feeling discouraged and I do plan on explaining what happened to Naruto more. And the other characters as the story goes on.
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Everyone this is the start of the new chapter I hope you enjoy it.
Naruto's anger had subsided since the day he snapped on him Sasuke could tell and that made him feel relief because he could now try to talk to him. It was exactly one week since that day. Problem now was to get Naruto to work with him in art or he would fail the class and he needed his grade.
"Naruto," Sasuke called out to him.
"Uchiha? What is it?" Naruto asked sitting in his seat.
"I was wondering if you wanted to be my partner for the upcoming assignment in this class." Sasuke asked looking nervous which he was because he really needed this grade and if Naruto said no he knew he wouldn't get the grade he wanted.
"Why me?" Naruto asked shocked because they didn't talk after he snapped at him.
If anything Sasuke steered clear of Naruto and made sure not to be in his crosshairs aside from in Art class where they sat next to each other.
"Because I would rather have someone I am familiar with then someone I'm not. I mean if you don't want to you don't have to." Sasuke said as he sat down in his seat next to Naruto.
"Fine, I guess we can be partners. I'm not really close with anyone in this class either." Naruto said with a small smile.
Naruto could honestly say he was shocked by Sasuke asking him and not just telling him. Maybe there was hope for the bastard yet. He could hope, right?
"Thanks," Sasuke said shocked that Naruto agreed.
It was quiet between the two of them waiting for the others to get into the classroom to take all the edge off but the two were on the edge of their seats. It didn't really matter when people started to file in because they were still that way. It was nerves that couldn't really be shaken off. They were both feeling it though it was something that was unspoken between the two.
"Hey, I'm sorry I snapped on you last week. I thought I got all my anger behind me but I see that it was still there. I guess it should still be there but it wasn't serious to the point of snapping on you." Naruto apologized.
"I guess what you said was true though," Sasuke said.
"Your damn right it was but I didn't have to snap on you all for it. I guess everything just started to pile up that I couldn't ignore it anymore." Naruto said.
Before the conversation could continue Sai started walking into the classroom ready to teach.
"Hello everyone, I want to start by everyone to get into groups of two," Sai said shocked that Sasuke and Naruto were in a group. "Now I want you two to draw your partner," Sai said.
"What do you mean Sai?" A girl in the class asked.
"I mean I want you to draw what you see in the person. Don't draw what they look like draw what you see from them." Sai said as he walked around the class.
"So you want us to draw what we think the person looks like on the inside?" Naruto asked.
"Correct Uzumaki," Sai said. "Now get started, everyone," Sai said.
Naruto and Sasuke just stared at each other. Not knowing what to say or what to do. They were literally at a standstill.
"You two it isn't that hard. Just draw what you see." Sai said letting out a chuckle from their expressions.
"Easy for you to say," Sasuke said.
"You two realize this isn't due until the end of the month so you have a good quality time to work on it. Get to know each other a little and see what you want to see." Sai said.
"Understood," Naruto said in a calm voice that made Sasuke glance at him.
What did Naruto see in him? He couldn't help but wonder.
"Now start you two. It could be changed into whatever you want by the end of the month." Sai said starting to walk away only to look back at them and speak again. "Uzumaki don't forget you have to turn in your other art for the Art show and that you have to be there this time."
"Yes, I know," Naruto said then put on his headphones.
It was silent for a while without Sasuke moving at all but stayed staring at Naruto.
"Naruto, what do you see when you look at me?" Sasuke asked.
"Sasuke I don't think you want me to answer that right now," Naruto said softly.
Though he said that he knew that he couldn't draw Sasuke in a bad way the way Sasuke thought he would but he saw some good in Sasuke he just needed to get past all the bad. And trust there was a lot of bad. But everyone has bad in them even Naruto so it couldn't be that bad.
"Would if I do?" Sasuke asked.
"Let me finish it first," Naruto said and continued to draw.
'How do I see him?' Sasuke thought to himself then his hand started moving.
"Wow Uchiha, you're doing very well," Sai said shocked. "Is it helping you better that you are using your other hand?" Sai asked.
"Yeah, it is helping a lot," Sasuke said with a small smile that Naruto couldn't help but draw in his picture.
"You did very well but I don't know exactly what I'm looking at," Sai said looking at the work in a better view.
"Can we not talk about it?" Sasuke said getting nervous.
"Oh sorry," Sai said and carried on looking at another person's work.
The art room was silent aside from the strokes of the pencils on paper. Naruto kept glancing at Sasuke and wasn't sure really what he should draw but he did have a lot on the paper such as a boy in a corner, Sasuke's smile, and Sasuke sticking up the middle finger. Naruto was most definitely a divine artist and Sasuke wanted to know what Naruto saw him as.
"Naruto?" Sasuke called out to him as class ended.
"Yeah, Sasuke?" Naruto asked unsure of what Sasuke wanted.
"I would like to know how you see me," Sasuke asked in a voice that shocked the blonde and made him stop what he was doing.
"Can I just show you after I'm done? I really don't like showing people unfinished art." Naruto said with a smile that said it all.
'What did Naruto see in him that he didn't see in himself?' Sasuke thought.
Sasuke couldn't help but be perplexed about how Naruto could really change personalities quickly. Before they could talk anymore the bell rang and everyone started getting ready to go.
"I will talk to you all next art class about who wants to put their art in the art show and who wants to be involved remember its extra credit if your involved," Sai said as everyone filed out.
"Is it possible if I get involved?" Sasuke asked.
"You need the extra credit points huh?" Sai asked.
"I feel that I do," Sasuke said.
"You're trying to do the art in the best possible way. As long as you don't miss classes and get the assignments in you should be able to pass the class without a problem." Sai said.
"I still would really like to be involved," Sasuke said.
"Let him be involved Sai you never know what he could contribute to the show," Naruto said as he walked out the room.
"Okay I guess if you really want to I can set you up at a certain booth and then you can explain what the painter was thinking or what the theme was for the particular work," Sai explained.
"Sounds interesting, thanks I will look forward to it," Sasuke said waving bye to Sai and walked out the class.
Naruto was already down the hallway when Sasuke got out the class and Sasuke had to run to catch up with him.
"Sasuke Uchiha running after me?" Naruto asked acting shocked and surprised.
"Shut up, I think we started off on the wrong foot... can we..." Sasuke was saying but he couldn't complete his sentence nervous to get rejected by Naruto.
"Can we be friends? Is that what you were going to say?" Naruto asked his face devoid of emotion.
Sasuke looked up at him but didn't make eye contact honestly scared about what he would see in those blue emotional eyes but he nodded his head. He didn't even see the smirk that appeared on Naruto's face or the soft smile.
"I think... I can do that. But I do have a question what made you want to be friends with me? Really even when we were young you didn't want to be friends with me." Naruto asked looking at Sasuke and finally catching his eyes.
"I remembered something that made me realize something," Sasuke said not really going into detail.
"Oh, really do tell what that was," Naruto said as they were about to get off the elevator.
"How lonely and bored I was when you left," Sasuke said honestly just as the doors to the elevators opened up and let him walk out.
Naruto was shocked and it wouldn't leave his face. He was so unbelievably shocked and that's when he felt it he was blushing.
'Damn it that bastard got in my heart... again.' Naruto thought to himself as he looked away and let the elevator close again.
Sasuke looked back expecting Naruto to be there only to not see him at all. He actually thought him and Naruto could talk some more before he went to his other classes but Naruto disappeared so he just shrugged his shoulders and walked away from the building to find his other friends.
"Hinata do you think we can talk?" Naruto asked over the phone.
"Yeah what's going on?" Hinata asked.
"Just meet me in the dance hall," Naruto said quickly getting an okay then hanging up.
(Phone Call End)
Naruto got there before Hinata and had his hands in his lap. He couldn't get what was just said to him out of his head.
"Naruto are you okay?" Hinata asked as she walked into the room.
"My feelings for the bastard aren't going away. If he starts being nice it's just going to get worse for me. I don't want that." Naruto said.
"Sasuke is being nice?" Hinata asked shocked.
"Yeah he is and I don't know what to do with that type of Sasuke," Naruto said.
"Maybe you should just give him another chance," Hinata said.
"I DON'T WANT TO!" Naruto groaned loudly.
"Do you want him to be nice to you or mean?" Hinata asked sitting next to him.
"I'd rather have him mean because then I won't care about being around him," Naruto whined in his arms.
"Naruto, I think you should take this as an opportunity on getting to know him better as in better than before," Hinata said.
"I will give him a shot to be my friend but nothing more than that Hinata," Naruto said.
"Naruto you can't help who you like," Hinata said.
"Yes, I can," Naruto said.
"Okay," Hinata said shrugging her shoulders.
"Do you want to go out tonight with me?" Naruto asked.
"I thought you had your publishing to do today?" Hinata said.
"No, I did that last week. I also already started with my next one so I'm ahead of schedule if anything." Naruto said.
"Sure, then I don't mind. What are we going to do?" Hinata asked.
"Go to Jiraiya's bar," Naruto said with a smile.
"Naruto are you going to protect me from Jiraiya?" Hinata asked.
"Of course, I will, you can bring Shino and Kiba too. How is Kiba by the way?" Naruto asked looking at her from the side of his arm.
"He's better; Shino said that Kiba hasn't even been drinking. You know he did change a lot after he started drinking." Hinata said in a good mood.
"Well, maybe a bar isn't the best place for him then," Naruto said getting a nod from Hinata.
"I would agree with you but I think it would be good for him to hang out with you," Hinata said.
"Why me?" Naruto asked confused.
"Because you and Shino have your shit together and he needs to get his shit together too. Your influence would be great on him." Hinata said with a smile on her face that made Naruto smile too.
"You still care a lot about him even though he is like that right now," Naruto said with a smile.
"Of course, everyone really changed on him when you left. Shino and I were his only real friends but the moment Kiba started dating Kankuro Shino didn't really want to talk to him like that. I think it made it worse for him especially because of what was going on at his house when he was that age. Trust me from what Kiba told me it was bad." Hinata told Naruto.
"I can understand him there considering I didn't have anyone, to begin with," Naruto said.
"No Naruto, that's not why I said that I said it because despite being alone since you were young with Godparents that were career oriented or drinking you became a great person for yourself," Hinata said with a sweet smile.
"Thanks, I'm sure a lot of people had bad upbringings and came out of them with a good head on their shoulders," Naruto said with a smile that could bring down the sun with how bright it is.
"Shut up, I will call Shino and Kiba later so let me know when you're out of class so we can go together," Hinata said getting up.
"Okay," Naruto said also getting up because he had one more class to get too.
"Oh yeah, I am going to the Art show so I am excited to see your new work," Hinata said with a smile.
"Thanks, I will be there this time," Naruto said with a smile.
"Hopefully I will actually be able to buy one," Hinata said with a smirk.
"Try hard," Naruto said and went in the opposite direction as they got out the dance hall.
The whole day for the Uchiha was so uneventful since he spoke to Naruto. He wanted to talk to Naruto again and at least try to be friends with him.
'Damn how am I going to hang out with him?' Sasuke thought to himself as he seen Hinata and Kiba talking to each other.
Sasuke walked up to the two and happen to hear them talking about hanging out with Naruto tonight.
"Do you think you can ask him if we can hang out? I would like some tips on our art class?" Sasuke asked politely.
"I will ask but I don't know what he will say about it," Hinata said.
Kiba, on the other hand, stayed quiet didn't want to talk to anyone aside from Hinata.
"Kiba is shocking; I thought he would be outside sucking dick for money," Neji commented.
"Shut up Neji," Hinata said annoyed more than anyone has ever seen.
"Why are you such an asshole? I never did anything to you." Kiba snapped standing up glaring at Neji.
"Woah calm down Kiba," Sasuke said gently pushing him toward Hinata.
"Fuck you too, you realize you did someone wrong and now you want to be nice to everyone when you're as much of an asshole as he is," Kiba said making Sasuke's eyes go dark in anger.
"I was just saying this in your best interest," Sasuke said moving away from Kiba.
"No, you're saying it because Naruto is willing to talk to you because you suddenly grew a conscious and started caring about the people you hurt." Kiba snapped.
"Kiba stop it," Hinata said pulling him back.
"What's going on?" Naruto asked from the door.
"Naruto," they all seemed to say at the same time.
"Neji said something about Kiba and Kiba snapped on both him and Sasuke," Hinata answered.
"Why both?" Naruto asked.
"Because they are both cold bastards," Kiba grumbled.
"I was just stopping something before it turned into an altercation that was it." Sasuke defended.
Naruto was shocked to see they were all starting to break apart. They were all getting angry and he didn't really know who was going to break first.
"I was just sick of them. Now that you snapped at Sasuke he feels the need to be nice all of a sudden because he thinks oh someone is better than me so I should get them on my side. And Neji is just an asshole that wouldn't have shit either if his uncle didn't take him in." Kiba said throwing a bomb out there.
Naruto seemed shocked everyone goes through their own situations at home but he didn't expect Kiba to throw out someone else's dirty laundry.
"At least the person who takes care of me actually cares about me. They don't just leave me to fend for myself." Neji growled out obviously Kiba hit a touchy subject.
"Shut up, you guys whine a lot. Do you or any of you know how lucky you are? At least you have someone some people have no one. Get a grip on life before it swallows you." Naruto said and walked out the room.
"NARUTO WAIT!" Hinata screamed grabbing her stuff and running after him.
Sasuke did the same thing grabbing his stuff and following them along with Kiba who didn't want to be alone with Neji.
"What?" Naruto asked feeling exhausted already.
"Are we still going?" Hinata asked.
"Yes, just meet me there and I will make sure he doesn't bother you or come with the other two and be ready," Naruto said as he was about to walk off Sasuke ran up to him grabbing his arm.
"Can I ask you a favor?" Sasuke asked.
"What is it?" Naruto asked shocked a little.
"Do you think we can hang out sometime and you can give me some art pointers?" Sasuke asked. "It doesn't have to be tonight because I know you have plans, but can we?" Sasuke asked.
"That doesn't seem like a problem but if I do this I want our assignment that we are doing now to be mine when you're finished with it," Naruto said.
"You... you want my assignment of what I see in you?" Sasuke asked shocked letting go of Naruto's arm.
"Yeah," Naruto said shrugging his shoulder.
"You realize it might not be good right?" Sasuke said.
"Yeah, but I still want it," Naruto said.
"Fine, you can have it," Sasuke said.
"Thanks, pleasure doing business with you," Naruto said walking away from them all before he stopped and turned slightly. "Oh, and you should put it up in the art show," Naruto said but he didn't wait for Sasuke to respond he just took off.
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