Disclaimer- Naruto's not mine.

A/N: Written for the Dialogue 500 lj community's "Interview" prompt.

"Sorry I'm late, Hokage-sama."

"It's fine. Trouble with your team?"

"Yeah, well... Kakashi is very protective of Rin, and Rin really doesn't like that sometimes..."

"Ah. Well, that's forgivable."

"What did you want to see me about, Hokage-sama?"

"... I've heard from Jiraiya that you want to become Hokage."

"Uh... yes, that's right."

"What would you say if I offered you the job?"

"... I'm sorry, did you just..."

"Yes. I'm offering to make you Yondaime."

"But- but Hokage-sama, I thought..."

"You thought I'd nominate Orochimaru? Yes... well, there's been some disturbing rumors about him lately..."

"About those people who've gone missing?"

"That's right. I can't afford to nominate someone like that. But I must confess. I am getting old, and I think it is time I stepped down. Besides... I'd like to retire, and my son is planning to have grandchildren in a few years. I'd like to be there for my grandchildren, to make up for my years as Hokage."

"It must be nice, to have a family."

"I'd heard you were interested yourself."

"Hn. I practically raised Kakashi, and I'd like to think of myself as a father-figure to Rin and... Obito, before his... passing. They were handful enough."

"Children are their own rewards. As Hokage, I like to think of the entire Hidden Leaf as my children."

"May I ask why you want me to become the Yondaime? I'm still very young..."

"I've told you my reasons for wanting to step down. As for why I have picked you... You are the Yellow Flash. Your legend has reached all the countries, the ears of the daimyo, the lips of the other Kage. The Hidden Rock still fears your name. I think that nominating you is a very wise choice."

"But I've only lead one team before. I mean, I've commanded in the war, but I don't know if I'm ready for this just yet."

"You've got a way of attracting attention. You know, I remember the first time I saw you. You were yelling about being Hokage, about being the best. And then there was that time in the Chuunin exam..."

"You mean when I told all the other genin that I was going to send them all home crying, because I was the best? Jiraiya-sensei tried to strangle me when he heard that."

"Yes, well. My point is that you've got spirit, charisma. You're a good man, too. It's because of you that Inoichi, Choza, and Shikaku were still alive to get married, and are already planning out their children's names. Some might even say you're the reason why most of the ninja in this village are alive today, why we came out of the War intact. You are honorable and kind and fair... which is amazing, considering Jiraiya's influence."

"I... I don't know what to say."

"Say yes."

"Alright. I... Thank you, Hokage-sama."

"Please don't call me that anymore... Yondaime Hokage-sama."