Disclaimer: I do not own Naruto. I do own this little fox plushie that I call Kyuubi. It has these sad eyes...IT'S SO CUTE!...cough I mean...Don't sue me. But if you do, you can have everything but my plushies!
Author's Note: This was intended to be a one-shot, but I couldn't help myself. I feel in love with the plot and all of the possibilities it had. It may only be one or two chapters but life will go on! . PLEASE REVIEW! I posted this on under Kakkarotlover and have not received a lot of reviews, so if you really like it, go there and review as well. OH and take into account that at the beginning of this fic Naruto is about 29
He couldn't believe it. It had finally happened. His dream, his hope had finally come to pass. His brain had shut down. He couldn't think; he couldn't breathe. All he could muster was small squeak that could be translated into "What?"
"I said I am getting too old for this crap. I have decided to let you take over for me."
This was a joke. It had to be. Tsunade-sama was pulling a practical joke on him. He crossed his arms and glared.
"Very funny Tsunade-sama. Your joke is over now." She shook her head and smiled.
"This is no joke Naruto baka." She stood up and pulled the Hokage's headdress overtop of his blonde hair. "From now on you are the Sixth Hokage of the Konoha Village."
The door flew open as Iruka ran inside. He stopped in his tracks as he saw the Hokage's headdress on Naruto, and the stunned expression on his face.
"Sakura was telling the truth!" He claimed the blond haired boy in a tight hug. "Naruto, I am so proud of you!" Naruto looked into his teacher's eyes as if just realizing he was there. Iruka caught sight of the tears filling into Naruto's eyes. He gasped as those eyes rolled into the back of their owner's head and his body fell forward into his sensei's arms.
"Of all the possible response's I thought he would have, I never saw that one coming." Tsunade said amusingly to the sensei. Iruka laughed while staring down at the unconscious man in his arms. He adjusted him so he had good grip on him and picked him up.
"He will be okay, I think you just gave him a huge shock." Iruka looked up at the fifth. "Thank you." She waved her hand in dismissal.
"Don't thank me, the stupid baka earned it. Besides there is no one in this village I would trust more with this job than him." Her grin stretched all the way across her face. "Just don't tell him I said that." Iruka smiled and nodded. He said his good-byes before carrying the new Hokage to his apartment to let him rest up for the inauguration ceremony.
Uzumaki Naruto was officially the sixth Hokage of the Konoha Village. Tsunade made a public show out of it just to make sure the villagers understood and accepted it. Naruto expected there to be some sort of an uprising, possibly even a full-scale riot. Instead the villagers accepted it, with only a few mutterings. The majority seemed to have realized that Naruto had saved this village too many times for the Kyuubi to be controlling him. Besides, they all trusted Tsunade-sama very deeply and knew she would not throw their village to the dogs, or to the fox in this matter.
Naruto was very grateful that the news of him fainting did not get past a few selective people. He did not want the villagers to hear that he had shown such a weakness. He knew then, that they would have not accepted the decision with such ease.
This current time found Naruto entering into his new office for the first time. He stood in the doorway for a few minutes, taking in the site. Then he slowly shut the door and leaned his back against it. Taking a deep breath he walked boldly into the middle of his office. His hands ran down his white robes, the large symbol for Hokage printed in red. He had spent a great deal of time in this office when the third and the fifth had occupied it. But now, it appeared in a whole new light. It was his office. The Sixth Hokage's office.
Naruto threw his arms up in the air and screamed in excitement, in a way he had not done since he was much younger.
His joy was short lived though as he felt a presence across the room, entering through the window. He could not detect a murderous intent but he had to be cautious. He pulled a shuriken out of his pocket and let it fly in the direction of the intruder. It connected with the cloth at their side, effectively pinning them to wall, but saving them from actual injury. He had pulled another shuriken from his holster when he recognized the intruder. The weapon clunked loudly on the floor.
"S-S...sasu...ke?" Naruto starred at the figure standing on his bookshelf. The man was wearing an ANBU outfit with his mask pulled up over his head. His eyes were wide in shock before he settled into a smirk.
"Hello Naruto. Long time no see." Sasuke reached up to pull the shuriken out when, to his surprise, his arm was automatically pinned with another shuriken. He looked back at the Hokage surprised, once again.
Naruto had quickly gotten over his initial shock and was now livid. His entire boy was shaking, his hand clinched into fists at his side.
"How dare you... HOW DARE YOU!" Sasuke flinched. "How dare you be alive! You should be dead! All this time and no word! How dare you! You have been gone for almost 16 years! What in the world made you think you could walk in here like it was nothing!"
"Naruto baka." The Hokage blinked and was shocked to see a smile slowly crossing Sasuke's face. "Naruto let me down from here."
"NO! You are staying up there! You are a missing-nin! I should kill you on the spot." Sasuke's smile widened.
"Well then why don't you?" Naruto faltered. The anger fell from his face leaving only a foreboding expression. Sasuke was taken aback. Naruto being angry was ten times easier to deal with than a sad Naruto. Sasuke was lost as to what to do now. The man before him was defiantly different than he was all those years ago.
"Why are you here?" His voice was barely a whisper, his head staring intently down at the ground.
"Well I thought it was obvious." His voice the same level. "Naruto...no Hokage-sama." Naruto jerked his head upwards. "Will you at least let me defend myself?" Sasuke removed the shuriken, and this time Naruto made no move to stop him. The Hokage walked over and sat down at his desk. He placed his head in his hands and let out a troubling sigh.
"This is not how I imagined spending my first day as Hokage." Sasuke laughed and made his way over to Naruto. He sat himself down on the chair in front of the desk.
"In my defence, I did not know it was your first day as Hokage." Naruto pulled his out of his hands to stare blankly at the Uchiha. Something seemed to register with him.
"Why are you wearing that?" Sasuke laughed again, sending chills up Naruto's spine. He had never heard Sasuke laugh like this. It wasn't a choppy fake laugh, or a sarcastic laugh. It was a true warm laugh. It was absolutely frightening.
"On my way in an ANBU member attacked me. I didn't do anything too bad to her just knocked her unconscious. Then took her uniform. I left her right outside the wall." Naruto blinked.
"Why are you here Sasuke? Do you realize what you have done by coming here?" Sasuke raised an eyebrow. "Everyone thought you were dead. We got word that Orochimaru had been killed and the Sound collapsed. When you didn't come back, we assumed you had been killed as well. We had a funeral and everything." Sasuke's eyes widened in surprise. He had not expected this.
"I did not know that."
"I mean what am I supposed to tell everyone? 'Hi guys! Guess what! Sasuke's back!' There will be chaos in the village. Half of them will be ecstatic at your return, and half of them will want you dead. In the end it will come down to me! The village will want my decision on what to do with you! Of course no matter which one I choose I'm screwed." Sasuke sighed.
"Don't you want to at least hear my story? Then you can make your decision." Naruto laughed in spite.
"Yes of course, because I mean what good has ever come of making rash, spur–of-the-moment decisions." Naruto's' eyes flattened as he glared at the missing-nin. The dark haired man sighed once again.
"I deserved that."
"Yes you did! And so much more!" Naruto finally placed his head on the desk and looked up at Sasuke as if he had aged ten years. "Just go ahead, you can't make it any worse...hopefully." Sasuke laughed and shook his head.
"I had been at Orochimaru's for almost a year when I realized how much of a mistake I had made. Orochimaru was going to make me stronger yes, and then he was going to take my body. ("I tried to tell you..." "Let me finish") Meaning I would never get to fulfil my revenge. So I formed a plan. Orochimaru had always tried to start a rivalry between Kabuto and me. I had never really cared until I saw it as a way for me to get out. Orochimaru did want me strong, but he would not allow me to become stronger than him in fear I would kill him. So I began to act as if I wanted to fight Kabuto to be his number one lap dog.
"It appeared as if I was trying to fight for his attention. I was totally loyal to him in his eyes. This made him less cautious about training me more. He let me train longer and harder, and even taught me very dangerous jutsus. Still I knew that I alone could not take him down. It was an easy task for me to gather up the village's ninja. They were very disturbed to find out about all the sound-nin who had died during the war with Konoha. They were also very disturbed at the fact that Orochimaru seemed to not care in the slightest bit. He had thrown away so many lives just to get me. With my urging of course, they began to realize they meant nothing to him. It did not take long until I convinced them to rebel against him. There was a great battle and Orochimaru was killed, along with half of the village. ("That is what we heard." "Stop interrupting me." "Shut up I'm Hokage now." "Baka Hokage") I escaped though. Oh and you will be happy to know I personally killed Kabuto." The side of Naruto's mouth twitched. Sasuke knew he wanted to smile but was stopping himself. Naruto defiantly had changed.
"I knew I couldn't come back to the village yet. I did not realize at the time I would be declared dead, but I had to find Itachi, no matter what the cost." He paused as he stared directly at Naruto, causing him to shudder.
"I soon heard the news of what happened with the Akatsuki. How all of them were killed except for Itachi. Congratulations on that mission by the way." Naruto looked away.
"We would have been destroyed if all the reinforcements had not arrived, the majority of the Sand and a lot of Konoha ninjas. I was going to fight Itachi...but Sakura made me let him go. She said that you were the only one who could kill him." Sasuke appeared taken aback.
"I didn't know that." Naruto's eyes took on a dark tint.
"Yeah, she still believed you were alive then. Of course then after three years we had to legally declare you dead." Sasuke looked away.
"Well Sakura was right."
"I know that now." There was a pause before the Uchiha turned back to face Naruto. His face was stone set serious.
"No...Not about that...I...I did it."
Naruto stopped breathing for a second. Anyone else would have probably questioned Sasuke. Anyone else would have said 'did what?' Not Naruto. He did not need to ask to know exactly what it was he 'did'. He took a big gulp.
"You killed him?"
Naruto's next action blew Sasuke away. The sixth jumped out of his chair and threw his fist in the air.
"YES! You did Sasuke! You killed him! Isn't that great? I knew you could do it! I just knew it!" Naruto was jumping in the air, a look of complete triumph on his face. Naruto calmed down at the sad smile on Sasuke's face.
"I thought that was how I would feel as well." Naruto lowered his hand that was still in the air as he looked at the boy in confusion.
"All I felt...was empty. I had thrown away everything to kill him. I had pushed away...my most important person." Sasuke stared at the ground refusing to look at Naruto. "I had given up my dream of being a ninja, I had ruined my life to kill him and revenge my clan. As I lay there...over him...I realized it. He had meant for this. He wanted me to be his avenger. He wanted me to end up as him. To kill everyone I loved and seek power. Itachi had hoped that in my attempt to beat him, I would have done as him and killed everyone who I loved. He wanted someone like him. Unfortunately, for him, things did not go as planned."
There was silence for a long time.
"Kakashi told me why you tried to kill me." Sasuke was broken from his daze as he stared at him in surprise. It had never occurred to him that of course someone besides him and Itachi knew about the Tsukiyomi. He nodded, not knowing how exactly to respond.
"Why didn't you?"
This was the part Sasuke had been dreading more than anything. This question had been the cause of him delaying his return to Konoha. He had killed Itachi more than three years ago, but it had taken him this long to get the courage to return. He had faced down one of the legendary sannin, fought and killed the legendary Uchiha Itachi, returned to his village knowing that he may very well die. Yet, he did not have the courage to tell Naruto this one simple thing.
"Naruto...I...well..." The sixth blinked in surprise as he watched the Uchiha stumble over his words. He had not seen this coming. From the minute Sasuke had entered into his office he had seemed cool and collected. Now he seemed...frightened. Naruto's mouth fell into a smirk.
"Sasuke?" The Uchiha gulped and swallowed his doubt. 'It's now or never.'
"I didn't kill you...because I realized something. I realized that...that you were not my best friend." As soon as he said it, he knew it had come out wrong. Naruto pointed at Sasuke threateningly.
"WHAT?" A small smile appeared on Sasuke's face. This glimpse of the old Naruto gave him the courage he needed to continue.
"That day, I finally accepted that you meant so much more to me than a best friend." Naruto lowered his hand and stared in awe. He blankly stared at the man before a light blush appeared under his eyes.
"...L-like...brothers?" Naruto squeaked out, though he knew it wasn't what Sasuke meant. He knew in his heart exactly what the Uchiha meant. Sasuke turned his head away to stare at the wall.
"You know what I mean Naruto." His voice was barely above a whisper. There was a long silence. Without a word Naruto calmly walked over to one of the bookshelves. He began to pull out books, barely look at them, and then throwing them in a pile on the floor.
'How dare he say something like that. I just wont think about it. That will make it go away. If I pretend that nothing happened then I will not have to deal with it.' He finally picked up a book sitting on top of the shelf, and moved back over to his seat, Sasuke's eyes following him the entire way. He flipped quickly before turning to a certain page and pointing.
"Oh man, Nabiki was on duty. She must have been the ANBU you knocked out. She will kill me. I better go tell someone she is out there." Naruto stood up and headed for the door. "I may be able to convince her to keep quiet, it would not look good on you..." Sasuke stood up quickly and grabbed his arm.
"Don't do this to me Naruto. Do not ignore me. If you don't want me here I will leave before anyone is notified. No one will have to know I came. But please at least give me an answer. Some kind of answer." The Hokage stopped moving. Naruto stood motionless with Sasuke's hand on his arm. He did not know how to respond to Sasuke.
"Sakura will be very upset if she finds out you came to see me first. You should go to her. Don't worry she has been over her crush on you for a while now, but I still think that she would want you to visit her."
"Dammit Naruto! Don't do this to me!" Naruto ripped his hand of Sasuke's grip as he turned to face him.
"You have been gone for almost sixteen years! Do you think you can just come in here and start demanding things! It's been sixteen fucking years! I was thirteen when you left!" Sasuke flinched at the other man's remarks.
"I don't how I feel! I don't want to know how I feel. Everything was going fine then you had to come here and mess everything up. I have dealt with my feelings and I buried them! Then you come back and mess everything up!"
"I'm sorry Naruto, I didn't mean to...Wait...Your feelings?" Naruto gasped and covered his mouth. Sasuke, for the first time in a while, gained the notorious smirk he was so famous for. He tightened his grip on Naruto's arm before pulling him against him. The Hokage gasped as he was sent propelling forward, landing directly against a warm body. Sasuke stared down at him with that smirk.
"What are these feelings you have, Hokage-sama." Sasuke whispered in a seductive voice. Naruto paled.
"I...no...I don't...I..." Sasuke ran his other hand up and traced it along Naruto's face.
"Fox got your tongue?" That seemed to break him out of his trance as he glared at the Uchiha.
"Whatever feelings I may or may not have had, are no longer there." This comment, to Naruto's confusion, did not seem to have the affect he had wished upon it. Instead, he could swear he saw a fire light in Sasuke's eyes. Although it seemed impossible his face was now only inches away from his own.
"So you do admit that you have feelings for me...Hokage-sama" His smirk was already as wide as his face. A light blush appeared on Naruto's cheeks.
"That's not what I...I didn't mean...you..." Sasuke's nose was now touching his.
"Then what did you mean Hokage-sama?" His voice was mocking.
Both of the shinobis froze where they were, closely together, their faces only an inch apart. Naruto quickly pulled apart from Sasuke, his eyes bulging.
"Yes?" Without warning the door opened. Naruto's whole body tensed immediately. His head jerked around the room to find...he was alone. The window was open though. He turned his attention back to his intruder. It was a familiar silver-haired pervert jounin. He lifted his hand in a greeting. Naruto laughed nervously.
"Oh Hello...huh...Kakashi-sensei...hahah...How are you?" Kakashi lifted one visible eyebrow.
"You haven't called me sensei in almost ten years." Naruto's laugh increased.
"Oh...Sorry...hahaha...just a slip up...hahah..." Kakashi stared at the Hokage before shrugging it off. He assumed he had probably walked in on Naruto caressing something in his new office. That sounded like Naruto. Or he had probably tried to install and small burner to make Ramen with.
"I just came here to welcome you into your new office." Naruto finally seemed to calm down at this statement. Kakashi handed him a small gift bag. The fox took it but gawked at the jounin. "Open it, it wont kill you." His eye curved in an arch, which made him assume he was smiling.
"Thank you Kakashi!" He reached down into the bag and pulled out his gift.
"...ICHA ICHA PARADISE!" Kakashi burst out laughing before walking out the door and shutting it closed. Naruto chucked the book at the closed door before shaking his head. 'Some people never change...' He glanced toward the window. 'And some people do..."
First Chapter done! Aren't you excited!
Naruto: Kakashi is such a frickin' perv!
OniB: And you aren't Mister Sexy No Jutsu?
Naruto: Hey! That's different!
Sasuke: Not really if you think about it...
Naruto: You be quiet! You're on thin ice as it is!
OniB: Be quiet boys or I will have to restrain you. gets an evil tint in her eyes
Naruto and Sasuke: Sweatdrop
OniB: Well anyway, Thank you for reading and please review! Also, if anyone is interested in being a BETA reader I would love thee ever so much:3 Email me if you are interested. Now to deal with these naughty shinobi...