Summary-Naruto gets a late night visitor. SasuNaru, shonen-ai, fluff of cotton-candy consistency.

Disclaimer-No it isn't mine, duh.

A/N-Yeah, standard 'I wrote this at 2 am so that's why it sucks' excuse. Remember, Sasuke isn't OOC; it's just another side of his personality!

It was a warm summer night in Konoha village. The moon, in its third quarter, illuminated the streets with its pale, ghostly light. A slight breeze filtered through the village, and slowly blew light grey clouds across the vast, star-studded sky.

In short, it was a beautiful summer night.

A young ninja sat at his window, looking out at the village. It was times like this when he felt the most alone. When every other kid his age was at home, sleeping. Safe. Secure. Loved. And he was at home, alone. He didn't have the comfort of knowing that his parents were sleeping in the next room, and they would be there for you.

The boy cursed himself silently. He loved and hated nights like this. He loved to watch the scenery from his window; how the pale moon bathed everything in its cool glow, how the breeze ruffled the trees of the forest so they made a slight swishing sound, and how the breeze would play across your face almost teasingly. But on these nights he stayed up late, he remembered that he would never be told to go to bed, he had a big day tomorrow. He would never feel the mixture of annoyance and love other people his age felt towards their parents. He would never have love

The pranks were fun, but it quickly wore off, and no one gave a second thought to them once they were finished, and they left him feeling empty inside. Sure, it gave him recognition, but only in the lowest form, and it wasn't constant, like he knew real love was. As for his dream of becoming Hokage? Just that: a dream.

He just wished he could fall asleep. The blonde genin glanced over at his bedside clock. 2:43. Maybe if he was lucky the sun would rise in another hour, and then he could fall asleep.

Suddenly a timid knock at his door jarred Naruto out of his reverie and caused him to jump a foot in the air. Who the hell could that be? Warily, he went to the door and opened it a tiny crack, enough to peek at his visitor.

What he saw surprised him even more than the knock.

He didn't know who he expected it to be. But not this person. Not in a million billion years. Not ever. He blinked a few times to make sure his eyes weren't deceiving him. He opened the door.

Naruto and his visitor spent several long seconds staring at each other. Naruto was at a loss for words, definitely something that didn't happen often. And taking a good look at this guy, what surprised Naruto even more than seeing him at his doorstep was just how vulnerable he looked. His eyes were deceiving him. This was not Uchiha Sasuke.

This boy standing in front of him looked like Sasuke, but he was different. He wasn't cool, calm and collected. He wasn't the cold-hearted young ninja out to kill his brother. He wasn't the boy all the girls had fallen in love with and all the boys wanted to be just like.

In fact, he looked quite fragile, like the slightest touch would break him. The way the moonlight hit his face made him look like a fine porcelain doll. Naruto felt a faint pink blush worm its way into his cheeks. He really was quite beautiful. The overall feeling of vulnerability just made him want to take care of his rival. Made him want to wipe all his fear away. He didn't think the guy even had any fears but now.now he wasn't so sure.

But that was beside the point. Naruto regained use of his vocal cords and managed to ask.

"What are you doing here?"

But it didn't come out the way he wanted it to. He wanted to sound contemptuous, like he thought Sasuke was a little bug and nothing more. Instead, it came out in a slightly bewildered voice, which also sounded suspiciously like a whisper.

Sasuke's lips moved but hardly a sound came out.

"Didn't.to.alone," His voice was barely even a whisper, even quieter than Naruto and he looked so sad.

Naruto felt the same protective feeling wash over him again. If this had happened some other time, he would have pushed the other boy away, and denied the feelings that stirred inside of him. He would have been loud. And then he would have gone for ramen.

Sasuke turned around and started to walk away. What had he come here for? He had felt so alone, and he's thought maybe.just maybe he could share his loneliness with the fox- boy. Because he was alone too. Sasuke could feel a very slight stinging at the back of his eyes.

"Sasuke! Matte yo!"

Sasuke stopped, but he didn't turn around.

"Ne, Sasuke, what did you just say?"

"I said.I didn't want to be alone," God, what had he done? This was stupid. He should have stayed home.

Suddenly he was facing Naruto again. It seemed his body had acted of its own accord. He was looking into Naruto's abnormally blue eyes. He thought he saw something there. Something like.empathy, and something like care.

"Sasuke.I don't want to be alone either," Naruto tentatively reached out and touched Sasuke's cheek. It was soft, smooth, and seemed to be getting warmer by the second.

"You can come in, if you want," muttered the blond, letting his hand drop back to his side, and staring at the floor. When he looked up he saw Sasuke smiling. He'd never seen Sasuke smile before. He looked so happy, Naruto couldn't help smiling himself. He took the dark-haired boys hand, and led him inside.

"I hate nights like this. I can't go to sleep, and I always start feeling so.so alone." Naruto was just rambling on. He'd never been this happy since he graduated from the ninja academy. Could he have finally found someone that really liked him? Someone that would always be there for him? Someone to protect him?

Someone that loved him?

"I know what you mean," Sasuke replied softly.

As the midget genin sat on his bed, he pinched himself to make sure he wasn't dreaming.


"Dobe. What did you do?"

"I pinched myself,"

"What for?"

"I wanted to make sure this isn't a dream,"

Sasuke leaned over and kissed Naruto coyly on the lips.

"You can be sure it isn't,"

************ Well, that turned out a bit fluffier than I wanted. I tried to leave the ending open, in case you all want to see more. I might make a nice long fic out of this. Review!!