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Ceestar: Ooo! Final chapter already? Thanks for the reviews, I hope I've fixed a couple of the problems. Enjoy!!

WARNING: SPOILER ALERT! Spoilers for Part 1 of the series! Up to episode 135 and chapter 238!

Chapter 5: As Time Went On

So Nyoko settled into the village. She became good friends with everyone, especially the other Jounin and Iruka. She continued living with Kakashi, who didn't seem to mind at all, even though she offered to move out of his way. Their friendship blossomed and everyone could see it. Neither of them were sure of it, they only considered their relationship a close friendship.

Kakashi went through some very rough times over the next three and a half years, but Nyoko stayed by his side to support him

She agreed with him and backed him up when he chose to nominate Team 7 for the Chuunin exam, because many people thought that they were not ready, including Iruka. Asuma and Kurenai had both nominated their teams for the Chuunin exam as well. Iruka had not liked the idea, because all the 9 were still rookies and had only just become Genins. Gai nominated his team for the exam too, a lot of Genin came from other villages to participate in the Chunnin exam.

But the Chunnin exam that year proved to be more trouble than what the Jounin would've thought when nominating their teams. Sasuke was given what Kakashi called a cursed seal, but he tried to hide the worry for his student, especially in front of Sakura. As the Chunnin exam was going towards its end though, Konoha had to face what was probably the largest ordeal since the Kyuubi. An attack from the Hidden Sound and Sand took a lot out of Konoha. There was a lot of damage done, and a lot of casualties.

"We will be late," Nyoko said as she and Kakashi stood in front of the memorial. She had her arms wrapped around the Jounin's right arm as they stared at their lost friends. The Third's funeral had already begun.

"Are those for Hayate?" Kakashi asked. Nyoko looked quizzically at him, she then turned around to see Yugao holding some flowers. Nyoko knew that Yugao and Hayate had been lovers and she made a forced smile, knowing exactly what her friend was going through. The look in Yugao's eyes was the same as her own, when she had lost Hikaru.

Yugao placed down the flowers and prayed, after some more time, all three of them left together to the Third's funeral.

Not long after, Kakashi had gone to fight Uchiha Itachi, the man that Sasuke had sworn to kill. Nyoko did not know what the truth was behind the Uchiha clans past, she only knew that now she also hated the man named Uchiha Itachi.

Kakashi had told her (Nyoko) to stay in the village because he had something to do. Kurenai and Asuma had gone as well, and Gai left not long after. That day Nyoko spent her time with Iruka, helping him at the academy.

"Those kids, they'll be the end of me one day." Iruka sighed, falling into his chair.

Nyoko laughed when she suddenly saw Genma running down the corridor, past the open door of the room she and Iruka were in.

"Genma-san!" She called, poking her head out the door. "What's the rush?"

"N-Nyoko-san." He stuttered.

"What's wrong?"

Genma was hesitant at first, not wanting to be the one to tell Nyoko the news. He wasn't looking at her, just staring at the floor. The Jounin took a deep breathe and faced Nyoko. "Kakashi-san, he's been injured."

"K-Kakashi-kun," Nyoko muttered softly.

Iruka came to the door with a worried look on his face and asked Genma to explain what he meant. Genma quickly told them what he had heard and that he was now going to find Aoba to tell him. Iruka held Nyoko's shaking shoulders, but she quickly pushed harshly past Genma and jumped out of the Academy window.

"Nyoko-sama!!" Iruka yelled, jumping along the roof tops and following Nyoko.

They reached Kakashi's apartment and Nyoko ran quickly up the stairs then burst into Kakashi's room. Kakashi was in bed, asleep. Kurenai, Gai and Asuma were around the room and looked sadly at Nyoko as she rushed in, followed closely by Iruka.

"Kakashi-kun!" Nyoko cried, running up to the bed and kneeling next to it.

She looked at his gentle face, his mask was still on, but his forehead protector was sitting on his bed side table. Her fingers slowly caressed the Jounin's face as tears began falling. She touched his soft skin and then put a hand over her mouth. She fell to the floor and cried; Gai bent down and embraced her. Gai was a very good friend, even though he was a little weird, Nyoko was not afraid to cry into his chest as he tightened his grip a little.

Jiraiya, the author of the book series Kakashi read and a legendary Sannin, took Naruto with him to find Tsunade after the Itachi encounter. Tsunade was one of the best medical ninjas, and was a legendary Sannin along with Orochimaru and Jiraiya himself. She was the only that would be able to heal Kakashi and Sasuke, who had also gone to fight Itachi and lost.

Through the short period of time when they were away, Nyoko very rarely left Kakashi's side. The other Jounin and Chuunin grew worried as she had lost sleep and not eaten while watching Kakashi day after day. Many times Iruka and Gai tried to convince Nyoko to go for a walk outside because staying in that room was damaging her health.

It was a little time before Jiraiya and Naruto returned to the village with Tsunade. Everyone was relieved when they returned, they all knew now Sasuke and Kakashi would be alright.

A green glow appeared out of Tsunade's hand and over Kakashi's forehead. Nyoko held Iruka's hand tight and watched Kakashi's face. Tsunade removed her hand and Kakashi's right eye opened slowly.

Nyoko felt like a giant weight had been lifted from over heart as Kakashi slowly got up, he was alright. She cried more tears and then let of Iruka's hand and wrapped her arms around Kakashi's neck.

"Kakashi-kun." She muttered into his shoulder. "Don't scare me like that again."

He was dazed and didn't answer.

Tsunade was announced as the new Hokage, thus she became the 5th.

Sasuke changed a lot through time, starting really from the Chuunin exam. Kakashi guided Sasuke through a lot of training for both his skills and Sharigan. Even though Kakashi taught the Uchiha his one personal move, the Chidori, Sasuke ran from Konoha to join Orochimaru, the man that had killed the Third.

A team of five was sent to find Sasuke after his departure. Shikamaru, the only one that made Chunnin after the exam, lead the mission with Naruto, Neji, Chouji and Kiba. The mission was a failure, leaving Chouji and Neji with near fatal injuries. Kiba made it out with several deep wounds and Shikamaru a broken finger. Though Naruto ended up facing Sasuke, who had completely lost it. Sasuke had lost himself in his lust for power to defeat Itachi, he and Naruto fought a mighty battle. Nyoko spent a lot of time with Sakura and Lee, who was injured in the exam. Sakura had become very depressed over Sasuke's departure.

Kakashi had been on a mission at the time, when he found out what had happened, he immediately set out to find Naruto and Sasuke.

Kakashi brought back Naruto with serious injuries, but alive.

Nyoko helped Kakashi deal with what had happened to his team. Sasuke was gone; the word teamwork that Kakashi stressed so much was nothing to him now. Kakashi seemed more depressed around the house after that, and Nyoko tried everything to make him feel better.

"Kakashi-kun, it's not good for you to be so upset all the time," She said softly.

"Why?" Kakashi said, sitting on the couch. "Why hadn't I seen this coming? I should have been able to stop him."

"Kakashi-kun," Nyoko said sadly, sitting next to him. "It's not your fault. Sasuke decided to go on his own."

She wrapped a comforting arm around Kakashi and then pulled him into a hug. "We can't help what Sasuke did, he just wants power to defeat Itachi."

Time went on, and after a few days, Kakashi tried to forget about the incident. Though everyone still wished that day had never happened.

Days turned into weeks.

Naruto left the village with Jiraiya for a long term training session, and Sakura trained to be a medical nin under the guidance of Tsunade-sama. With Sasuke gone as well, Team 7 was no more.

Weeks turned into months.

Kakashi still had a lot of A and S ranked missions to go on, because the village was low on shinobi after Orochimaru's attack. While Kakashi was on his missions, Nyoko spent her time at the academy with Iruka and Shikamaru, training the young ninjas to be that would help protect the village. If not, she spent time with Ino at her flower shop, the two always had a lot to talk about.

Kakashi and Nyoko's 'friendship' grew and they got closer. They were now more confident in front of each other, and it was normal for Nyoko to see Kakashi without his mask. She had accidentally stumbled into the bathroom while Kakashi was in the shower one day and seen his true face. After that, he was not afraid to leave his mask off much more often when at home.

Nyoko yawned and rubbed her eyes as she opened the door to the bathroom. The house was quiet, she was pretty sure Kakashi was on a mission today.

As she walked in she heard and gasp and looked up to see Kakashi- maskless. And top less.

"Ah! Kakashi-kun!" Nyoko cried. "I'm sorry!! I thought you weren't home!"

Before Kakashi was able to say anything Nyoko had rushed out of the room and slammed the door shut. She leaned against it, a dark shade of crimson brushed upon on her face. She replayed what had just happened.

And laughed.

The door opened and Kakashi poked his still maskless face out.

"Um…Nyoko-sama?"

Nyoko turned around and looked at Kakashi, she smiled. And for the first time since they met, she saw him smile back.

"You're very good looking Kakashi-kun."

Kakashi blushed.

Asuma and Kurenai always urged the two to get together, but they would return with the question, "Then why don't you two get together?" Those arguments always ended in laughing and blushing.

Months turned into years.

All the Genin had become Chunnin over several exams. Hyuuga Neji proved that the Hyuuga clan was one of the strongest in Konoha when he became Jounin. Lee was the only other one apart from Shikamaru that wore his Chuunin vest, making him look even more like his sensei; Gai. There was one time Nyoko bumped into Lee on the streets and mistook him for Gai. Now she would always look twice before addressing them.

Nyoko had taken the exam after a lot of nagging from her friends and became a Chunnin herself. She went on mostly C ranked missions a few B ranked ones, on rare occasions she went on an A ranked one, and there was one time she and Kakashi both went on an S ranked mission.

Even though she had been living in Konoha for over 3 years now, Nyoko still thought of her home. Her old forehead protector still sat on her bedside table, with a worn Chunnin uniform. Every morning she went with Kakashi to the memorial to visit Obito and Hikaru.

Guards began to fall between the 6 people, not including Nyoko herself, in the village that knew Nyoko's true roots after the first year. All others were told that she we a ninja that wanted to change villages after her parents died in battle. So they only ever knew half the truth.

There had been times Nyoko herself wanted to tell close friends like Sakura or Ino. But Kakashi told her that for her own safety, and the safety of the others, it was best that she did not tell anyone about the Thunder Country. Some of them had heard of what happened in the Thunder Country, but had no idea the Princess was actually Nyoko.

Though the friendship and relationship between Nyoko and Kakashi grew, there was still one thing that annoyed Nyoko just that little bit.

"Nyoko-sama, I have a mission to go on soon. I should be back by tomorrow." Kakashi called from up stairs as Nyoko sat in the lounge, reading.

"Kakashi-kun?"

"Mmm?"

"There is something I've been meaning to ask you for a very long time." She said.

"What is it?"

"I am no longer the Princess of the Thunder Country, so…" Nyoko stuttered on the last part of her sentence, not knowing the correct words.

"If that's what you want then," Kakashi said, coming down stairs and just pulling up his mask.

Nyoko looked at him; she hadn't even finished her request.

"Nyoko-chan."

Ceestar: Weee!! Finished! I hope you all like the way I did this chapter, I was just trying something new I guess. Hope it wasn't too weird or confusing, and sorry for all the spoilers, I wasn't trying to write a summary of the storyline or anything! So sorry!

Thanks for reading y'all!! Would anyone be interested in a sequel?