Disclaimer: I don't own Naruto and Company. I wish I did. Especially Sasuke. Hehe.

Author's Note: Hey all! I'm back at trying my hand at a Naruto fic. My last one was way too serious for me. And the story line (was there a story line?) was too hard. So, that story, I'm sorry to say, has died. But, yes, this new one was just born, and it is making a special appearance for you all! This story is going to be Sasuke+Naruto. So, if you don't like that, then well, either you leave, or read anyway. Maybe I'll change your mind! There will be some Neji+Naruto hints, but it will be Sasuke and Naruto in the end. I love them soo much, this will be fun to write! Well, that's all for now. Please read and review. Thanks. Signing off, SilverRose88.

Chapter One

It was nice day. The sun was shining in the sky, accompanied by the vast masses of marshmallow-like clouds. The leaves on the trees still held the summer green, though a scattered few were slowly changing their colors since autumn was on it's way. The city of Konoha was just waking up, the streets slowly getting more and more crowded. Yes, it was simple nice day for everyone in the city except for one blonde boy who was sprinting down the streets.

"Dammit! I'm late!" he yelled, while shoving his hand into the sleeve of his uniform. "Crap! Crap! Crap! And it's the very first day, too!"

People walking down the streets quickly moved to the sides as the raging boy dashed down the road towards the local high school, swearing to himself for going back to sleep after his alarm had gone off. The blonde slowed down a bit as he turned onto the school's property. Okay, now, just as long as I don't get--

"Uzumaki!"

--caught. Oh, damn.

"Uzumaki, what do you think you're doing?"

Uzumaki Naruto turned around slowly to face one of Konoha High's teachers. He put on an innocent face. "Ah-I-I-ummm…Ah! I'm sorry, I'm sorry!" Naruto cried. "My-My alarm went off, but-but I went back to sleep, and-and I woke up late and I'm sorry! Please don't me mad, Iruka-sensei!"

Umino Iruka sighed. "All right, all right, Naruto. Come on, to the principal's office so you can get a pass,"

"Yahoo! Thank you, thank you sensei!" Naruto said, and grinned boyishly.

"Let's go," Iruka said and led the boy inside and to the principal's office. "Take a seat, and I'll get you a pass,"

Naruto obliged and sat down on the waiting bench by the door. Silently humming to himself, and tapping his fingers on his knees, Naruto waited as Iruka went to get him a pass.

"Naruto, here you go," Iruka said, handing him a pass when he returned.

"Oh, thanks!" Naruto said, standing up. "See you later, sensei!"

"Hold on a second, Naruto. Once more thing," Iruka said.

Naruto groaned theatrically. "What now?"

"The principal needs you to take the new student to his class," Iruka said. "Would you mind?"

"Yes, I do mind!" Naruto said. "I don't wanna! Make someone else do it!"

"Naruto." Iruka said sternly.

"Aww! Iruka-sensei! Please! Don't make me!" Naruto whined.

Iruka ignored him and asked one of the secretaries to bring the student in. The principal's door opened and a pale boy with raven hair walked out, looking almost irritated. "Ah, there he is," Iruka said. "Naruto, you owe me this for getting you a pass,"

Naruto made a face. "That's mean. I owe you nothing!"

Iruka shook his head. "Just go," he said, and sighed.

Naruto groaned again, turned to the other boy and motioned for him to follow him into the hall. After about a minute of pure silence, Naruto said, "You. What's your name?"

The taller boy glared at him.

"Okay, fine. Don't answer. I'm Uzumaki Naruto, and I'm the most popular guy in this school!" Naruto said.

The other boy grunted skeptically.

"Hey!" Naruto said. "You don't know, do you? I could be the most popular person, and you wouldn't know, would you? This is your first day,"

Still the boy said nothing.

"Okay, then," Naruto said. God, what's up with this guy? "What class am I taking you to, anyway?"

"I need to get to my locker first," he said.

"Oh, he talks!" Naruto said sarcastically and the boy glared at him again. "Number?"

"1100,"

"Hey, mine's like right by yours!" Naruto said.

The other boy grunted again.

"All right. From what I've gathered from this brief one-sided conversation, is that you're a cold, heartless bastard, who doesn't like to talk to anyone, who always seems to have a scowl and irritated look on your face, who doesn't believe that I could be the most popular guy in school, and who's last name starts with a 'U.'"

The raven haired boy smirked. "Okay. From what I've gathered from your constant rambling, is that you're a loud obnoxious irritating, self-absorbed brat, who likes to get his own way, who talks way more than is welcomed for, and who's last name also starts with a 'U.'"

Naruto glared spitefully at him.

The boy smirked again. "Nothing to say now?"

"…Shut up!" Naruto said, and stomped off down the hall. Just when they reached their lockers, the bell rang, causing them both to jump. "H-Hey! That bell's not supposed to ring for another hour!"

"You dobe, it is supposed to ring now. Your internal clock must be set up wrong. And, now you made me miss my entire first class!" the raven haired boy said.

"Well, I didn't ask to escort you around!" Naruto shot back.

"I never wanted to either! And what do you mean, 'escort you around'? You only showed me how to get to my locker!"

"Yeah, well, that's all you deserve!" Naruto said. "You meanie! I'm not self-absorbed!"

"Sure you are. You said you were the most popular guy in the school, yet no one has said hi to you yet," he said.

"Hey, Naruto!" Shikamaru called.

"Ha, ha! See, see?" Naruto said.

The other boy just shook his head.

"Who are you?" Shikamaru asked the raven haired boy.

"Uchiha Sasuke," he said.

"Oh, sure, you tell him your name, but not me! I gave you a tour, for god's sake!" Naruto exclaimed.

"Oh, yes. A wonderful tour. You showed me how to get down the hall," Sasuke said, sarcastically.

"Oi, Naruto, why were you late?" Shikamaru asked. "Sleep in again?"

"Heh, heh, yeah, I did," Naruto said, rubbing the back of his neck and grinning sheepishly. "But then, I had to show him to his locker since he's new," Naruto added, casting Sasuke a glare.

"And now, you've got to show me to my next class," Sasuke said.

"No way. Find someone else!" Naruto said, and then, he took off quickly, Shikamaru following him, looking bored.

Sasuke stared after the blonde until he was one among the mass of students and he could no longer see him. Sasuke sighed. He put his book bag in his locker then headed to his next class.

"Class, this is Uchiha Sasuke. He's new to our school this year," Hatake Kakashi said.

Sasuke gave a slight smirk, which all of the girls mistook as a smile and swooned dramatically.

"Well then, where can you sit?" Kakashi said, and he looked around the classroom, trying to ignore the fact that every female was raising their hands and pointing to themselves or to the seat next to them, even if someone was already sitting there. "Aha, we'll put you in the empty seat in the back. Next to Naruto,"

Naruto looked up at the sound of his name and finally noticed that that bastard Sasuke was standing at the front of the room.

"Naruto, Sasuke will be sitting next to you," Kakashi said.

"What?" Naruto exclaimed as Sasuke smirked and took the seat beside him.

"Okay, now that that's settled, we can begin class," Kakashi said and then turned to the board and began writing the lesson.

"Great. The almighty cold bastard has to sit next to me," Naruto mumbled. "Why did he have to be in my class anyway?" Naruto swore under his breath, then turned his attention to his drawing, ignoring his teacher and everyone else in the classroom.

"Oi, Naruto, are you listening?"
"What?" Naruto drawled, lifting his head from the desk. He turned to face Sasuke staring at him. "Go away, you bastard, I want to sleep," Naruto dug his head into his arms and shut his eyes.

"Get up you dobe," Sasuke said.

"Don't call me a dobe!" Naruto exclaimed loudly. Then, he realized that everyone in the class had turned to look at him curiously. Naruto laughed nervously and looked at his desk.

"Nice to see you've awaken, Naruto," Iruka said from the front of the room.

"Sorry, sensei," Naruto apologized.

"You're late this morning and you sleep during my class," Iruka said.

"I'm sorry, sensei! Really, I am!" Naruto pleaded.

"Well, as your punishment, you're going to have the lead role in our play," Iruka said.

"What!" Naruto exclaimed. "I don't want to be in any play!"

"Too bad," Iruka said. "This year's play, as I was telling the class before you woke up, is Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare. So, Naruto, you have just landed yourself the role of Romeo. Congratulations,"

Naruto groaned. "No! No! No! Please, Iruka-sensei! Don't make me be in the play!"

"I'm sorry, Naruto, but I've decided. I rather think you'd do well as the part of Romeo," Iruka said.

"But--"
"No, buts, Naruto," Iruka said firmly.

"Aw, man," Naruto whined, and slumped down further in his seat as Iruka started talking about the other roles in the play. "This sucks,"

"Hey, dobe," Sasuke said to Naruto.

"I said, don't call me dobe!" Naruto exclaimed, quieter this time.

"Listen, since you were sleeping in our last class too, you probably don't know this, but Kakashi-sensei paired the two of us together for the class project," Sasuke said.

"WHAT?" Naruto yelled. The class looked at him again, and he quieted down. "No! I don't want to work with you,"

"And, I'd rather not work with you either, but that's just how it is," Sasuke said. "I want a good grade on this project, and you're not going to pull me down. You're going to have to pull your weight. We're going to talk during lunch to figure things out,"

"Hey! Hey! Who do you think you are? Giving me orders like that? I'll figure things out with you when I want to figure things out! And, I can tell you that I will not be figuring things out with you during my lunch time!" Naruto said.

Sasuke glared at him. "Fine. We'll work things out after school. I'll wait for you at the parking lot, and don't be late," He stood up as the bell rang and walked out the class.

Naruto seethed after him. That bastard.

Sasuke waited impatiently by his car in the lot after school. Where was that dumb blonde? I told him not to be late. The raven haired boy glanced at his watch again and swore. He'd wasted almost twenty minutes for the boy. What was Naruto thinking? He didn't have enough time to just wait around for him.

"Hey, bastard!" Naruto called, waving as he ran over to Sasuke, who was leaning against his black sports car.

"You damn dobe, you're late twenty minutes," Sasuke said.

"I know, but I had to call my boss and tell him I was going to be late getting to work," Naruto explained.

"And that took you twenty minutes?" Sasuke said, though he was mildly surprised at the blonde's explanation.

"Yeah, well, I couldn't find a phone to use. The classrooms were locked, and then I wandered around the school before remembering that I could have just used the pay phone! But then I didn't have enough money, so I had to go to the office instead," Naruto said, giving a sheepish grin.

Sasuke rolled his eyes. "You are a complete baka,"

"Hey!" Naruto said, offended.

"Just shut up, and get in," Sasuke said, motioning to the car, and taking the driver's seat.

Naruto stared at the car for a second before taking the passenger side.

"What's with the hesitation?" Sasuke asked.

"N-Nothing, nothing. I-It's just that I've never been in such an expensive car before," Naruto said, looking extremely wide-eyed, staring around the car with interest. "Is this all yours?"

Sasuke nodded, finding the blonde's shock expression rather amusing. "Ready to go? Or should I give you a tour of the car?"

Naruto blushed a bit, embarrassed. "No, we can go," he said, turning to face and front. As they rolled out of the parking lot, Naruto asked, "Where are we going, anyway?"

"My house. No one's home right now, well except my brother, but he won't bother us. We've got a small collection of history books and the internet and stuff so we can just look things up there for now," Sasuke replied.

"O-Okay," Naruto said, not quite sure how he felt about going to the bastard's home like this. But what could he do? It was just for research, anyway.

"Whoa. This is your house?" Naruto exclaimed.

Sasuke smirked, and led the blonde down the front walk. "Yes. This is my house,"

"But it's so big!" Naruto said, staring saucer-eyed, and slack jawed at the gigantic mansion before him.

"Quit gaping and come on!" Sasuke said, grabbing his hand and dragging him inside.

Naruto snatched his hand back. "Hey, don't pull me like that!"

"But you were just standing there,"

"That's because it's so big!" Naruto said.

"You haven't been in a sports car, and you've never seen a house like this? What do you live in? A hole?" Sasuke asked.

Naruto looked away and said nothing.

Sasuke noted a somber expression on the blonde's face and wanted to take back his words. He shrugged and led Naruto down the halls towards the study. Opening the door, Sasuke said, "Okay, we'll research in here,"

Naruto whistled they entered. "Enough books? You've got an entire library in here!"

Sasuke looked at him and shook his head. "No. Not a library. Not even close. But, yes, maybe there is a lot,"

"You've got that right," Naruto said.

"Let's just get to work," Sasuke said, setting his backpack at a round table and taking a chair.

Naruto sat beside him. "So, what's the plan?" he asked.

"Well, the project's on a famous western person. Any ideas?"

"Nope. That's why I asked you,"

Sasuke groaned. "Can't you at least act like you want to get a good grade? I told you before that your stupidity isn't going to pull me down,"

"hey! Don't call me stupid, bastard!" Naruto said.

"Fine, dobe,"

"Don't call me that either!" Naruto exclaimed.

"Hey, what's going on? This is a study, you know!"

Naruto shut up quickly and looked around for the source of the new voice. "Who's that?"

"Brother. Just come out," Sasuke said with a sigh.

"Brother?" Naruto said, then he saw a boy coming from behind the shelves who looked almost exactly like Sasuke. "Hey! He's like your twin!" Naruto said, pointing at the new arrival.

"Put your hand down you stupid dobe," Sasuke said. "This is my older brother, Itachi,"

"Hey! I'm Uzumaki Naruto!" Naruto said, enthusiastically.

"We're researching for a project, Brother." Sasuke said.

Itachi nodded. "Would you like to stay for dinner?"

Naruto gaped at him. "Can I?"

"You haven't asked him yet, Sasuke? Where did your manners go?" Itachi said.

Sasuke glared at him.

"Yes, Naruto, stay for dinner. And then, Sasuke can take you home," Itachi said.

"Yahoo! Free food!" Naruto said happily. "Thank you,"

"Not a problem. See you later, boys," Itachi said, then walked out the door.

"Hey, hey, your brother's nice! Why aren't you more like that?" Naruto asked.

Sasuke glared at him as well.

"Okay then, the death glare is back," Naruto mumbled. "Let's just find someone to do the project on, and start researching,"

"The most reasonable thing you've said all day," Sasuke said, pulling a book towards him.

"Hey!" Naruto said indignantly.

Sasuke smirked.

"Are you sure you don't want Sasuke to drop you off?" Itachi asked after dinner.

"Yes, I'm sure. I'll be fine. I've got to stop by the store anyway," Naruto said, swinging his backpack over his shoulder.

"All right then," Itachi said.

"Thanks for dinner," Naruto said. "Later Itachi. Bye, bye, Sasuke-bastard!" Naruto waved and took off.

"He doesn't seem to like you much, does he?" Itachi asked Sasuke as they headed inside.

Sasuke said nothing.

"Shame you're stuck with someone who hates you as a partner," Itachi continued.

Still Sasuke said nothing.

"He sure is cute though," Itachi said, passing his brother, who'd almost froze in the hallway.

"Oi, Sasuke-bastard, are we working today?" Naruto called to the raven-haired boy.

"Yes. Again. We've been researching after school everyday for four days. And every single day you feel compelled to ask the exact same question even though you know the answer. It's quite annoying, really," Sasuke said, shutting his locker door.

"Hey, Sasuke,"'

"What?"

"Let's go!"

"Why are you so eager to go? Usually you hate researching," Sasuke asked.

"I still do. But it's the weekend. I just want to get working with you over with, so then I can do my Three R's!" Naruto said excitedly, leading the way to the parking lot.

"The Three R's?" Sasuke inquired, staring at Naruto curiously.

The blonde turned to him sharply, looking aghast. "The Three R's! Rest, Relaxation, and Ramen!" Naruto exclaimed. "You've never heard of the Three R's? Shame!"

Sasuke rolled his eyes, and mumbled, "Dobe,"

"I'm not a dobe!" Naruto said. "H-Hey, where are you going? Your house is thataway!"

Sasuke sighed. "Itachi's got some thing going on at home. We've got to go to your place. This is the right way, isn't it? You always come from this road in the mornings,"

"Well, yes, bu-but…Why don't we go to the library instead?" Naruto suggested.

"What for? Too many people. It's hard to concentrate," Sasuke countered. "What's your problem?"

"I-It's just that-that my place is a b-big mess! Yeah, it's d-dirty and messy and a-a complete disaster!" Naruto said.

"So? My room's a mess, too. It's not a big deal. We've only ever worked at my house. So, now you've got to play the host," Sasuke said. "Give the directions,"

"B-But-But…Oh, all right. Take a left here," Naruto said, looking glum.

They arrived at a tall apartment building in a few minutes. Naruto led Sasuke inside and up the elevator to the third floor. He opened the door to his room and held it open. "Tada. Home sweet home," Naruto said.

Sasuke caught every drop of sarcasm. He stepped inside and Naruto locked the door behind them.

"Well, here we are," Naruto said.

There was only one big room, where a twin size bed sat against one wall, and few bean-bags were against the other wall. A small T.V. was in the corner. The kitchen was on the left, a small round table with one chair next to it. A closet was on the right next to the bathroom. There were a few small posters on the walls, and a big collage of photos above the bed. The floor was covered with papers, books, clothes, and ramen cups.

"I-I know it's not that great. I-I mean, it's not like your place, but well, yeah…" Naruto let the sentence evaporate into the air.

Sasuke turned to him, trying not to look surprised. "Your parents?"

"Dead,"

"Oh,"

"Yeah," Naruto sighed. "Um, let me clean up a big for space and then we can start," He quickly began to run around the place, picking up clothes, stuffing them into the closet; tossing empty ramen cups into the trash; and organizing the mass of papers and books, making a pile next to the bed. "O-Okay, there. Ready?"

"Sure," Sasuke said.

"Sorry, but I only have one chair. We can just work on the floor," Naruto said, sitting down against his bed. He busied himself with taking out notes and books from his backpack, acting as though Sasuke wasn't even there.

All at once, Naruto's attitude made perfect sense. Sasuke wondered why he hadn't realized it before. Naruto felt embarrassed about his apartment. It made sense now why no matter how many times Naruto was in Sasuke's car or over at his house, he always seemed so awed and overwhelmed. Sasuke then remembered his comment the first time Naruto had been over. Do you live in a hole? Sasuke bit his tongue. That had been rude. But, it wasn't like he'd known Naruto lived here, right?

Sasuke turned to Naruto and sighed. "Come on, if we work hard, I-I'll t-treat you to some ramen,"

Naruto looked up quickly, eyes wide with surprise. "You-You will buy me ramen?"

"That's why I just said,"

"…Why?"

"Because I want to, all right. But you won't get any if you don't work today," Sasuke said, with a slight smile.

Naruto grinned widely. "Okay! I'll work!"

Sasuke shook his head and turned to look at his notes.

Awhile later, Sasuke heard Naruto say quietly, "I don't want you to be sorry for me,"

Sasuke tried not to look surprised. "Yeah, well. Who said I was?"

Naruto grunted. "Thanks anyway,"

"Just get to work, dobe," Sasuke said with a smirk.

"Ahhh! Ramen! My haven!" Naruto exclaimed, grinning childishly. "Yumm! Yumm! Yumm!"

Sasuke rolled his eyes. "It's only food,"

"Shh! It'll hear you!"

Sasuke shook his head in utter dismay. "Wow. Just…wow,"

Naruto grinned even more.

"Naruto!"

Said boy looked up and waved. "Hey, Neji! I didn't know you worked here,"

"Started yesterday," Neji replied. "What are you doing here?"

"Getting my daily dose of ramen!"

"Do you have money to pay?"

"Sasuke's buying!"

Neji turned to Sasuke, looking rather surprised. He stared at him for awhile, pale eyes leveled with dark ones. "I see,"

"Want to join us?" Naruto asked.

"Not today. I've got to work. But another time,"

"Sure," Naruto agreed happily. "Later!"

Neji nodded and walked over to the counter.

"Who was that?" Sasuke asked.

"Hm? Oh, Hyuuga, Neji. He's in our drama class," Naruto replied.

"Friend?"

"Sort of. Why?"

"Just wondering,"

"Okay, well, then, are you going to eat that?" Naruto asked, staring hungrily at Sasuke's bowl of steaming ramen.

Sasuke suppressed an unfamiliar urge to laugh. The blonde look so silly and pathetic. Sasuke pushed his bowl over to Naruto. "It's all yours,"

"Ah! Sasuke you're the best!" Naruto exclaimed excitedly.

In the restaurant, one raven-haired boy smirked, and another scowled angrily from behind the counter.