A/N: For my livejournal's fic meme, this being the first request I recieved. Requester was anonymous, but the title was supposed to be "Fleeting," and it needed to include the line, "If you fight me, I'll kill you." Also had to be SasuNaru, because apparently I haven't written enough of that lately. XD I am a bad, bad fangirl to be this disloyal to one of my favorite OTPs.

Set sometime after the chuunin exam and before Sasuke pulls the disappearing act. Possibly an AU version of the fight by the water tower, sans Sakura-chan.






"If you fight me, I'll kill you," Sasuke said flatly.

"You sure it wouldn't be the other way around?" His companion tilted his head curiously.

"I'm sure," he replied.

Naruto didn't say anything, just squinted at him. Sasuke glowered back, trying like always to hide the heat of his anger under a cold surface and failing miserably. Nothing new.

"I don't think you could kill me," Naruto said finally. "I mean, it's not like you COULDN'T, but you couldn't."

"Can't you even pretend to make sense?" Sasuke asked in irritation.

"I make perfect sense!" Naruto snapped. "Not my fault you're an idiot."

"I'm the idiot?" Sasuke raised an eyebrow at him disdainfully. "Look who's talking, dead-last."

"You shut up!" the other yelled. "I'm not that guy anymore!"

"I have yet to see any evidence of that," Sasuke retorted coolly.

"Because you're never HERE!" Naruto fumed. "You missed my fight with Neji, you were out for half the mess with Gaara, and you keep ignoring me every time I try to show you what I can do!"

"Please," Sasuke scoffed. "Like there's anything to show."

"There is!" Naruto shot back. "But you're too caught up in yourself to notice anybody else unless they hit you over the head with a rock!"

"Maybe I am, but at least I'm focused on my goal," Sasuke snapped back, voice like a whip- thin and quick and cruel.

"What do you think I am?!" Naruto howled furiously. "Everything I do, you ignore me! And right now, all I want is for you to acknowledge me, got it?! I can't become Hokage if I can't even manage that! So fight me!"

"If you fight me, I'll kill you," Sasuke repeated flatly.

"Like you haven't said that already," Naruto snorted. "But like I said, you can't do that."

"Yeah? Prove it, then," the other said with a smirk.

"'kay." Naruto shrugged, and darted forward, coming up beneath Sasuke, who was already in a defensive position, and-

- stopping, their noses just barely brushing, his hand an inch away from Sasuke's throat.

"What do I taste like?" Naruto asked curiously, tilting his head slightly.

"Miso," Sasuke answered instinctively- because he was expecting a fight, and a fight was half instinct. Then he realized what he'd said and his eyes widened in horror. To remember that taste- to have even NOTICED it, fleeting as it was- even Naruto could figure out what that meant. "I- I mean-!"

"See?" Naruto grinned at him.

It might be said that Sasuke blushed then, even if only briefly. Of course, it might also be said that Kakashi got to training on time every morning, but this would actually be true, if rather less believable.

"You really think you could ever kill me?" Naruto asked. Sasuke shut his eyes tightly. He could feel the other's breath mingling with his own.

"No," he muttered.

Naruto grinned again. "Good to know," he said, and then he kissed him.

Sasuke was surprised to find out that the other's taste was still the same.

Much better, though, now that it lingered.



* fin *



. : do you remember that first time? : .