A/N: Hey guys, I'm back! D I've been busy and haven't had alone time with my computer for a while T.T. Though, I finally finished! xD

Hope you guys like it!


"Eh...Kakashi-sensei?" Naruto said as both he and Kakashi walked down the street.

"Hm?" Kakashi asked as he stopped walking, turning his head towards Naruto.

"You can let go of my hand now." Naruto muttered with a blush across his cheeks.

"Ah, but, I'm not sure if you'll run away." Kakashi stated; his eye still curved up as if he was enjoying this.

"I won't run away!" Naruto said, resisting the urge to pout.

Kakashi kept smiling, apparently he didn't believe him. Now, Naruto did pout at that as he was (again) dragged by the older man. As they walked, the blonde noticed people stare at them as they passed then. Though, Naruto kept his head down once he met their gazes. It felt...awkward just to see people staring at him when he was holding someone's hand (much less someone way older than him).

'Holding hands...like we're a couple.' Naruto realized; a blush was across his cheeks as he instinctively tightened his hold on Kakashi. Kakashi felt Naruto's hold tighten, but continued to walk (all in the while reading his book of course). For what seemed like ages, they finally arrived at Kakashi's house. Kakashi didn't bother to ask Naruto if he needed to get some of his stuff. 'The last thing he needs is to go back into that house.' He thought.

Not letting go of the blonde's hand yet, Kakashi finished reading the chapter he was on and closed the book. Placing the small book inside his pocket, Kakashi also grabbed the set of keys that were in the pocket as well. Naruto shifted awkwardly as he continued to hold Kakashi's hand, but the older man ignored it. After opening the front door, they both stepped into the house.

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Mishiba didn't have the time (nor reflex) to cover the surprise on his face as he stared at the cold glare from Gaara.

"W-What? What are you-come inside first." Mishiba said quickly as he stepped at the side, allowing for the three to go inside.

Gaara said nothing, though he suspected the older man. The Sabaku siblings kept their expressionless mask as they hesitantly walked into the house. Once Temari stepped into the place, an uneasy feeling blasted straight at her. Never the less, she didn't show her discomfort even though it was strong. It seemed Kankuro was feeling the same thing. Gaara stood still once they entered the house, apparently waiting for Mishiba to close the door and lead them to their living room.

"This way." Mishiba said gruffly behind them as he brushed past the siblings.

Sudden sparks of irritation was in Temari towards the man. 'To think that he was so polite at the front door.' Temari thought angrily as a frown was on her lips. Gaara frowned as well, but followed. As they walked into the living room, they heard a gasp of surprise and a thump of something dropping on the floor. Koyra stood up with a cup of tea on her hand. A remote was on the carpeted floor, indicating that it was the item that was dropped.

"The Sabaku siblings! It is an honor to meet you." Koyra said as she placed the cup quickly on the coffee table and bowed deeply.

Gaara heard Mishiba give out a small snort and quickly covered it by making it sound like a small sneeze. Apparently, he wasn't the only one who noticed it as Koyra gave his a hard glare as her head was up, but she was still in the bowing position. Mishiba's rudeness was grating on Gaara's nerves now and he could tell that his siblings weren't handling it so well either.

"Koyra, can you go into the kitchen? I need to discuss with them." Mishiba said, glaring back as if he was challenging his own wife to try and glare at him.

It seemed it work. Koyra immediately stopped glaring and stood straight up, looking away from her husband as if she was afraid of him (in which Gaara guessed was true).

"It would be best if she joined in the conversation as well." Gaara spoke.

Mishiba turned and gave Gaara a hard stare; it seemed he disliked the idea. Though Koyra's expression was in between interest and nervousness. Never the less, Koyra made a gesture for the Sabaku siblings to sit. Gaara made no move; he planned to make this discussion short. Of course when Gaara didn't move, neither did Temari and Kankuro. It seemed that Koyra felt a bit discomfort and quite offended.

"Could I get you something to drink or eat?" Koyra asked, glancing at all three of them.

"We're just here to discuss something with you two." Gaara said.

After the statement, everything was quiet. Invisible tension became to rise as Mishiba and Koyra (as well as Temari and Kankuro) waited for Gaara to speak.

"As I have said to Mishiba-san, I need to discuss with you two about Uzumaki-san."

"Uzumaki...- oh! You mean...Naruto." Koyra said, sounding as if she forced herself to say the blonde's name.

"Yes. I would like to propose something to you." Gaara said as he placed his hands inside his pockets.

"I ask that you leave Naruto alone."

Koyra let a small gasp of surprise while Mishiba's eyes widen slightly at the comment. All eyes (including Temari and Kankuro) were staring at Gaara. 'What is he doing?' Temari thought. Both of the older siblings knew Gaara was going to take action, but this was...unexpected (and very blunt). A couple seconds of silence followed until Mishiba spoke.

"What do we get for this?" He said, narrowing his eyes at the red-haired boy.

"Money." Gaara said plainly.

"...How much?" Koyra spoke out quietly.

"First, you agree."

"Oh, no way! You tell us how much the money or else there is no deal." Mishiba said, narrowing his eyes at Gaara.

"...Around $600." Gaara replied.

A large gasp was heard...and Koyra wasn't the only person that did it. 'What is he thinking?' Temari thought. 'He must know that by keeping Naruto, the orphanage gives them money. Also, the money is only a few dollars difference from what they receive.' A surprising thought passed her.

'Unless...'

"In addition, to the money that you receive from the orphanage monthly." Gaara added, his face showing nothing.

There was a few seconds of silence.

"...What?" Koyra said, apparently not believing what the red-haired boy said.

"Wait a minute! How did you-" Mishiba began, but was cut off.

"I have my resources." Gaara replied.

"Though, do you really think that we will un-adopt Naruto just for that small amount of money?" Koyra said slightly loud, looks like her personality is beginning to shine.

"I did not ask you to un-adopt Naruto. I merely requested that you stay away from Naruto." Gaara said with a hint of annoyance in his voice.

Another second of silence continued.

"What Gaara-san is trying to say." Temari began.

"Is that the orphanage only sends you the money through mail, they never check if you still have Naruto in your home. So if you agree to this request, you will have the money that we offered. As well as the monthly money and that you... won't have to see Naruto." Temari explain.

'As well as Naruto doesn't have to see you.' Temari thought bitterly. It seemed that the blondes' explanation have cleared up Koyra and Mishiba's confusion as they pondered at the offer.

"Excuse us for a moment." Mishiba said politely as he grabbed his wife's arm and steered her out of the living room.

Once they got out of the room did Temari turned to Gaara.

"So...this is what you planned to do all along?" Temari said with a slight surprised look still on her face.

Her only reply was a slight nod. With that...a small voice in the back of her mind spoke 'Is it enough?' The blonde girl turned to the space where Mishiba and Koyra once stood a few seconds ago. 'Yes...but only for a few months.' Temari thought. A question sprouted.

"What will happen if they have spent it all in the later months?" Temari asked out loud.

"Then they will try to get Naruto again until we give them another deal." Gaara said.

'Sooner or later, their greed will grow uncontrollably.' Gaara thought. 'Like the others. They're the same, no change or difference.'

"...Wait." Temari said.

"Why would they need to capture Naruto again if the adoption agency doesn't know if they even keep them in they're house?"

"Temari...don't you get it?" Kankuro spoke out, staring at his older sister.

"They keep him like a trophy. They don't care about his health, want, or anything else. The only reason why they keep him is to show off that they were...kind enough to adopt him." Kankuro said as he then stared at the ground with a glare and frown on his painted face.

The guilt that hid behind the back of her mind for the past six years ago came back in full force. The blonde girl could remember the times when Naruto was staying at their house. During those times, the house seemed less quiet, and more cheerful. And after...it was quieter before Naruto came. It had a chilling and threatening aura.

'Father...all because of him.' Temari thought in anger. Unconsciously, her right hand balled up into a fist. 'No, I can't think about that. At least, not now.' The sound of loud footsteps came their way and Mishiba and Koyra walked into the living room. Both had a calm look on their faces that looked strange and unnatural for their appearance.

Gaara silently waited for their choice. Mishiba cleared his throat loudly while Koyra stayed silent.

"We've decided." Mishiba began.

"We accept the deal."

Somehow, Temari felt as if she taken a relieved breath when she didn't even breathe at all during Mishiba's talk. Gaara continued to stand still and stay silent. He pulled out the piece of paper that was kept inside his left pocket. The piece of paper turned out to be a check...for six hundred dollars and assigned to Mishiba. Gaara simply stuck out his hand in front of the surprised Mishiba.

"Here's the check. From now on, you will leave Uzumaki, Naruto alone."

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Neji was a prodigy...a genius by some people. Many, many girls (and some boys as well) have swooned and fallen in love with him. Most of them usually would stalk him...walking down the halls, eating in a restaurant, even in his home. Sasuke, well, he's the same thing (with the exception of more stalkers than Hyuuga and being more of an asshole to others). Though both of them agreed that if they met the person they...er...like, they would never, ever show any similarities that their stalkers show towards that person.

So...why in the hell are they on top of a tree branch that's below a window?

Er, well, it first began with Neji only following the two (after thinking about it for thirty seconds, of course). Then, Sasuke accidentally bumped into him. Which was strange since they were going in the same direction. Both glare at each other before the Uchiha asked a question.

"Where are you going?"

"I should ask you the same thing." Neji fires back.

"Hmph. That's none of your business." Sasuke said it seemed that he had tensed.

"Well, it's none of your business to question me."

Both stand in silence. Luckily, there was no one on the streets or else they would have to face the loads of tension and coldness that the two are receiving towards each other. Annoyed and impatient of the silence, Sasuke spoke.

"I just saw the idiot walk down the streets with Hatake."

Seemed that Neji wasn't the only one who had watched the scene between the two.

"So have I." Neji replied plainly

Silence. Without a word, the two walked at the same path that they both were previously going. If there were people who were luckily enough to with stand the tension and coldness a few minutes ago, they wouldn't have understood of the silent agreement from the two.

Though...

Both of them forgot to plan what to do once they followed Naruto and Kakashi. Hence they stood...on a tree branch, peering up at the bottom of a window and into the house like what countless of their stalkers have done almost everyday. They ignored the sense of irony and continued to wait for the two to appear. Sasuke turned his head towards Neji and a scowl appeared on his face.

"I thought you had a plan." Sasuke said with irritation in his voice, as if blaming the Hyuuga.

"I was thinking the same thing."

Ah, seems that they've started playing the game again. Both of them glared at each other...for what seemed like the hundredth time the whole day. 'Why in the world did I think of bring him along?' Was the question in both of their minds right then. Of course they knew the answer, but they still pondered why.

"Eh...Kakashi-sensei?"

Both moved their heads higher and peered at the bottom of the window. Naruto and Kakashi were now in the room. They were holding hands. This made both of the boys raise their eyebrows.

"Hm?"

Kakashi lowered his book and looked at Naruto. Naruto was facing the ground between them, his blonde hair covering his eyes.

"I..."

Sasuke and Neji leaned closer to the window. Suddenly, a growl was heard...it was Naruto's stomach. Both of the boys were so surprised that they nearly fell off the tree, but got their balance quickly. Though...the tree and its leaves rustled in the process, making Kakashi and Naruto turned towards the open window. A few seconds later, Naruto's stomach growled again. Kakashi sweat dropped as Naruto rubbed his stomach sheepishly, both forgetting the sound.

"Let's go eat. I have some ramen downstairs in the kitchen." Kakashi said.

"Yes!" Naruto shouted with his right fist in the air and a grin on his face.

They both turned towards the door and went downstairs. Sasuke suddenly got an idea and started to push himself up to the entrance of the window. Neji realized what he was doing and quickly grabbed his arm to stop him.

"Stop! You're going to get us caught." Neji whispered harshly, glaring at the Uchiha.

Sasuke turned is head towards the other and glared back, but knew that he was right...unfortunately. He looked back at the empty room again and down the stairs. Sasuke pulled back from the window and stepped back onto the branch. 'That idiot has some explaining to do at school.' Sasuke thought with a scowl as both him and the Hyuuga stepped back to the ground.

Meanwhile...

"Kakashi-senseeei!" Naruto whined with a pout.

"I thought we were going to have ramen!"

Kakashi turned his head slightly towards Naruto and continued to stir at the thick sauce in front of him.

"Hm, I did say that we were going to have ramen..." Kakashi trailed off with a thoughtful expression in his eye.

Naruto nodded furiously with hope in his eyes and leaned closer to hear him.

"But, I changed my mind. Kakashi said cheerfully with his eye now curved.

"Whaaat?!" Naruto said with his shoulders drooped and with his mouth opened in surprise.

"I thought that you ate too much ramen and decided that you should eat something else." The older man said as he turned his attention back to the sauce.

The blonde pouted and crossed his arms. Both were silent for a few seconds until Kakashi spoke.

"Can you hand me those plates?" Kakashi said as he slightly turned and pointed at the plates at Naruto's right.

Naruto took the two plates and handed to him.

"Thank you." Kakashi said with a curve in his eye as he brushes his fingers against Naruto's.

Naruto blushed at the sudden contact.

"A-Ah, I'm going to watch some T.V." Naruto stuttered as he quickly left the kitchen.

Kakashi chuckled.

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Gaara walked down the lane of Mishiba's house with a stoic face. He was relieved, yes, but what is the point of showing it when there is a chance that they will have to make the same deal again soon? Temari's limo was waiting for them as promised.

Kankuro frowned at the event just a few minutes ago. Sure it was great that Gaara managed to save Naruto even for just a while, but they were unable to really save him from his foster parents. 'Wait. What am I saying?' Kankuro thought. 'We couldn't just waltz right in and tell them to leave Naruto alone and have them listen.' The boy shook his head.

"Kankuro, are you alright?" Temari asked as she stared at her brother.

Kankuro blinked and stared back.

"Yeah, I'm fine..." He trailed off as he turned his head back and looked at the ground in front of him.

Soon, they reached the limo and the driver has already opened the door for them. They quickly got in. Temari turned to Gaara with a worried look on her face.

"What do we do now?" She said.

Silence.

"We wait."

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"Naruto." Kakashi called out from the kitchen.

"Time to eat."

Naruto grinned happily as he shut off the television and went to the kitchen. 'Wait...' The blonde thought. 'Since we're eating, that means Kakashi-sensei has got to take off his mask!' Naruto thought happily. 'I get to see Kakashi-sensei's face!' With that, he walked faster to the kitchen...only to find out that here was only one plate of spaghetti.

"Eh?" Naruto said, blinking.

"What? Doesn't look good?" Kakashi said with a sweat drop over his head.

"No...but I thought I was going to eat with you." Naruto said with a blush as he scratched his cheek sheepishly.

Kakashi blinked...and then smiled.

"Aww, Naru-chan wants company!" Kakashi said with humor in his voice.

"W-What?! N-No! I was just thinking that..." Naruto trailed off with a blush across his cheeks.

"And what's with the Naru-chan?!"

"What? Don't like the nickname, Naaaru-chan?" Kakashi said and chuckled as Naruto glared at him.

"No!" Naruto said.

"Well...then." Kakashi began.

"Too bad."

With nothing that he could do about it, Naruto pouted. Suddenly, the blonde's stomach growled again. With his anger gone, he sheepishly scratched his right cheek and grinned.

"Er...can I have my food now?"

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"Kakashi-sensei." Naruto said...or what sounded like through a mouthful of noodles.

"Chew first Naru-chan." Kakashi said with a smile as Naruto glared at his nickname.

But he did swallow his food before speaking.

"Umm..." Naruto began as he looked at his empty bowl of ramen.

"How come I don't get to see you face?" The blonde said as he looked up and stared at Kakashi.

Kakashi was expecting the question, but the problem was; how was he going to explain it to him?

"I have never shown anyone my face. I will when the time and the person is right." Kakashi said with a smile.

"So, I'm not the right person to show?" Naruto said quietly as he went back to staring at his bowl.

"No, I don't mean it that way." Kakashi said with a nervous smile that covered up the expression in his eye.

"I'm just saying that I have yet to find someone to show my face."

...Uh-oh. Kakashi froze with his visible eye open. Naruto clenched his hands, but continued to stare down at the bowl. 'So...I'm not the right person for him?' The blonde thought with sadness. He quickly stood up and surprised Kakashi.

"Thanks for the food and letting me stay here for a while." Naruto said as he quickly walked towards the front door.

"Wait Naruto!" Kakashi stood up and grabbed the younger man's wrist.

Naruto immediately yanked away from the grip and stared at the floor in front of him.

"I'm sorry; I didn't mean it that way." Kakashi said with a somewhat worried look on his face.

There was silence before Naruto shift slightly. 'So, he doesn't like me.' It...made him angry. He was angry at himself for not being that person and maybe, not the right person to be trusted. 'Will I be trusted by someone?' He thought with a frown on his face that was hidden from Kakashi. 'No...since I am "it"' He almost winced.

"Naruto?" Kakashi called out as he continued to stand still.

He was surprised when Naruto looked at him with a large grin on his face. The blonde's eyes were in a curved shape to the point where you can't see them.

"Sorry about that Kakashi-sensei!" Naruto said with the addition of scratching the back of his head sheepishly.

Kakashi stayed silent, still surprised at the outburst. 'Why is he apologizing for?'

"Eh...thanks for letting me stay here for a while." Naruto continued as his hands were stuffed inside his pockets.

"But I'm going to go now! See ya-" Naruto began, but was cut off.

"I've already said that you're staying here." Kakashi said as he recovered from the shock.

"But I've already said that I'm staying at a friend's house." The blonde protested; there was a feeling of total frustration over him.

"Then whose house are you staying at?" Kakashi challenged, even if he found a place, he will still make sure if tell the truth.

He has to make sure.

"I'm staying at Kiba's." Wow, he's good at lying.

"You're lying."

Okay maybe not so good, but hey, he's getting better. Naruto pressed his lips and looked down. Kakashi continued to stay still, staring at the blonde's hair. 'What now?' Naruto thought as he clenched his hands inside his pocket.

"You can go outside if you want."

Naruto looked up and stared at Kakashi in surprise.

"Huh?"

"I really won't force you to stay here." Kakashi said with a sigh.

Naruto's eyes lit up and he smiled.

"...Thanks." He said as he walked to the front door.

Kakashi followed him. Naruto opened the door and felt something unsettling, something uncomfortable. 'Do you really want to leave?' It was the voice again, taunting him and giving him doubts of his choice. The blonde gripped the knob tightly. Damn it! He was sure to just leave and try to find a place...a place where he won't hurt his friends.

A hand was placed on his shoulder. Naruto turned around and saw Kakashi with a reassuring smile. It felt nice to have someone care about him; to just help him in some way. 'Will he still care about me even if I'm not the right person?' Naruto thought curiously. A small part of him was scared of the answer. The blonde turned around again and looked at outside.

The sun has already set and the stars began appearing. It was cold and the door was still open, but Kakashi seemed to not mind it. Both of them were quiet, it seemed like they were just savoring this moment even though it wasn't technically a pleasant one. Naruto couldn't choose what to do.

"I don't know about you, but I'm going to close the door. It's getting cold." Kakashi said with a chuckle.

Naruto blinked and looked at Kakashi. He then looked down at his hand clasping the knob. With a small smile, he made his choice.

He let go of the knob.

The blonde pushed the door lightly and made the door close by itself. He turned around and grinned at Kakashi. In returned, Kakashi grinned as well.

'Maybe I'll stay for a while longer...'


A/N: I'm sorry if the writing style is a bit off...my writing has been kinda rusty -.-;

Anyways, please R&R!