Hello fellow readers and writers, this is my very first fanfiction. Please read and review, because I need to know if I should develop this storyline!
Disclaimer: Sadly, I do not own any of the Naruto characters or associated names.
Kakashi's back was arched where the shadow clone had kicked him, and another clone's foot was about to connect with his face. Kakashi struggled to regain control of his body, which had been put under some body-wrap Jutsu by Sakura. The young girl crouched vertically on the side of a tree 10 yards to his right, eyes closed, hands sealed, concentrating. Kakashi closed his eyes, waiting for the final blow…
Naruto watched silently as his clone jumped toward Kakashi, preparing to kick. Laughing silently to himself, Naruto focused his attention on the bells in his former sensei's belt. Only a few moments of Sakura's new astonishing technique remained, so Naruto jumped out of the trees and dove for the bells. Just as his hand connected with them, Kakashi spun away from the descending clone, dispelling it with a pounding roundhouse kick. Kakashi turned around with incredible speed and delivered a hard kick to Naruto's face, but not before the grinning teen had ripped a bell off the string, threw it into the woods, and disappeared in a puff of smoke. Another clone? Kakashi thought, muttering to himself as his Sharingan took in his surroundings. The triumphant Naruto emerged from the trees, his eyes victorious, as he held out the glittering bell at his limber Jounin former teacher.
"Gotcha, Kakashi-sensei!" Naruto said with glee. He looked at the bell in his hand, feeling a rushing sense of excitement coursing through him.
Sakura looked at Naruto and the bell, smiling. Awesome, Naruto! She thought to herself, and clenched her fist. We finally got the bell! Wait…(he finally got the bell, Sakura) I don't have one, do I? Sakura thought as a bubbling jealousy overcame her joy. Damn, and that technique Tsunade-sensei taught me worked so well! Kakashi couldn't even move for, like, 3 minutes! (you still didn't get the bell) the inner sakura yelled at her, and Sakura dropped her eyes, feeling stupid. Guess my new technique wasn't good enough…And just as tears welled up in her eyes, a bell bonked Sakura right on her head. She looked around, surprised, and found Naruto sitting next to her in the tree.
"You take it, Sakura. I have plenty of chakra left, and I can't wait to get the next one!"
"Naruto…! Arigato, Naruto-kun…"Sakura cried. Naruto stood up and gave her his best, patented Nice-Guy pose.
Feeling a new sense of affection for her newly arrived partner, Sakura took Naruto in her arms in a warm hug. What am I doing? She thought, but she settled down, feeling the bell in her hand and Naruto against her chest.
"S-Sakura?" Naruto stuttered, staggering back under her weight. "Sakura, I gotta get going! Kakashi will have recovered by now…" Naruto gently pushed her off him.
"Okay, Naruto. She gave him her best smile. Do it!"
Time seemed to stand still for Naruto as he gazed at the now womanly Sakura, a girl he had once adored. Man, she's lookin' good…He glanced at her chest, and his eyes widened. What are those…curves…CURVES…
"Ah!" Naruto said as he shook his head, blushing profusely. He grimaced at Sakura, who giggled, then he quickly jumped off the branch, looking around for Kakashi.
His sensei stood there, looking incredulously at Naruto. Naruto barely had time to twist his torso to the side as Kakash's arm zipped by, and the Jounin tripped Naruto with a sliding kick that knocked the young teen's breath out. Rising up from the kick, Kakashi twirled neatly and landed on Naruto's chest. Naruto, regaining his wind, looked up at Kakashi, grimacing in pain as the silver-haired Jounin grinned.
"Gotcha, Naruto." Kakashi laughed, about to run off, when a distracted look came to his eyes and he tapped the tiny headphone in his ear. Naruto never got a chance to retort, as his teacher suddenly disappeared in a puff of smoke, the last bell tingling to the ground.
Well, that was easy…Naruto thought. Sakura rushed up to him.
"Naruto-kun, are you okay…?" said Sakura, obvious concern tainting her voice.
"Yeah, yeah, I'm fine…" said Naruto, distracted by Kakashi's sudden disappearance. Damn, I don't feel like I really won…Naruto thought in slight disgust, looking at the bell sitting expectantly on the ground.
"Well, I guessed that's that…" said Naruto, scratching his head and finally coming around to Sakura's gaze.
"Where did he go?" said Sakura.
"I have no idea, he had beaten me and then he just…disappeared…" murmured Naruto.
"Well, I guess that's it for the bell test then. What do we do now?" said Sakura, relieved that the trying test was over.
Brightening, Naruto looked around him. He was actually back in Konoha! How could he forget…where were all the people he had known 2 and a half years ago! "Hey what the hell am I doing! I've got to see everyone! Sakura, I'll see you around! I'm gonna go find Shikamaru and Chouji!
Seeing the crestfallen look on his friend's face, Naruto put a hand under her chin and raised her eyes to his. "Don't worry, Sakura…I'm fine! I'll see you around, okay? Later, sexy!"
Feeling her anger rising, Sakura lashed out at Naruto, but he was already gone. "Damn it!" Sakura yelled, but she realized she was alone, and she crossed her arms across her chest. What was I feeling just then…Naruto really has become a man. His muscles when I hugged him, that confidence, his courtesy…. Of course I just did it to prove to him that I've grown up, but I wonder…
"Ugh!" Sakura shook herself, blushing. "What am I thinking? That brat Naruto! Next time I see him, he's got it coming." Sakura began to walk off in the direction of the village, a slight smile on her face. Naruto…