Ah-ha! And here is the not so long awaited sequel to Neko No Jutsu! Starting with the answer to the much asked question 'Who's the mom?' All shall be revealed. And if you haven't read Neko No Jutsu, I would recommend doing so, because there are many confusing thins to those of you who haven't.
And no, in the - what, a month? Two, three, ish?- since Neko No Jutsu was finished, I have not magically gained the rights to Naruto. So no, I do not own anything you see in this chapter. I own the characters of my own invention, but they come in later.
So yeah, without further adieu, that chapter.
- - - The Things We Protest - - -
"No way. No way in HELL. Never."
"Well, it was your bloody idea!"
"Yeah, based on your dream."
"I was twelve! The idea of revising an entire clan is a lot easier before you realize you're going to fall in love with a guy." Sasuke was almost shouting now, not really angry, but frustrated all the same. He was a great ninja and he was not going to be the one to bear a child.
"Yeah well, I never really cared about revising my family. And I can't be pregnant, I'm the Hokage." The smugness was heavy in his voice, a smirk lingered at the corner of his mouth. "Come on Sasuke, don't be such a wuss, Sakura's dealing with it just fine and she's been pregnant almost five months."
"Sakura's a GIRL! Girls do that."
"I wouldn't say that where Iruka could hear you. I showed him the jutsu and they got, um, right to work on it." His smirk had widened, and shifted till it bordered on perverted, how could it not with a statement like that.
Sasuke eyed him suspiciously. "How do you know that?"
Naruto grinned at him "I have my ways. And last month, Kakashi came a said that Iruka would need nine months off."
Sasuke snorted, than raised an eyebrow. "I thought chuunins didn't get maternity leave till at least six months?"
"Well, maybe Kakashi is over protective or something. But the point is, being pregnant doesn't make you any less of a ninja. I'd do it myself if I were aloud. But Hokage's are discouraged from having children. It's not exactly a rule, because before Tsunade, all Hokages were male, and Tsunade was considered to old to have children."
"There could be other options. Some one else could do it." Sasuke said this before he could think about it, but instantly regretted it the second that it left his mouth. A look of surprised hurt flashed across Naruto's face before it went completely blank.
"Yeah. You could do that to." Sasuke winced at the cold tone of the voice, before Naruto walked away. Sasuke was getting the feeling that he really should start thinking before he said anything else.
"What happened?" Kyuubi asked, as Naruto came storming up to where he had been sitting and talking with Itachi. Naruto ignored him, moving right past them to the training area. Kyuubi exchanged a worried look with Itachi as Naruto started to attempt to pummel a rather large tree.
"Do you want to talk about it?" Kyuubi asked as Naruto had totally destroyed one tree and was moving on to the next.
"No!" Naruto snapped, leaving a very large dent in a tree. Then, a moment later, he snarled out "He is such a bastard!"
Kyuubi turned to Itachi and mouthed 'Sasuke' at him. Itachi sighed silently, and nodded. He had been afraid of that. Well meaning or not, Sasuke had a bad habit of saying the wrong things at the wrong time. They both knew that what ever had happened had probably been over mutual stubbornness and a misunderstanding and to solve it, Naruto needed to rant, punch things, and hear an apology. Sasuke just liked to brood.
"Man, you really screwed up this time." Itachi said, clapping his hand on Sasuke's shoulder. Sasuke nodded miserably, before eyeing his brother suspiciously.
"How did you know that?" he was starting to get tired of asking that. Itachi got a slightly shifty look on his face and changed the subject. Sasuke stifled a sigh. He really hoped that it was because his brother was the Anbu captain and that therefore he just knew things. Because if that wasn't it, the only other thing that it could possibly be was that Kyuubi had been watching them with that mirror of sight again. He didn't even want to think of the last time that had happened.
"Let's not bother with the details." Itachi said quickly. "Let's work on your apology."
"What apology?" Sasuke asked, a bit surprised. That had honestly not occurred to him. Itachi gave him a sharp look.
"You're never going to get anywhere with that attitude. But don't worry, I have an idea."
"Do I want to know?" Sasuke asked sarcastically.
"Probably not. But you don't really have a choice now do you?" Itachi was smirking now.
"And then he says that he'd be better off sleeping with some whore!" Naruto fumed. Kyuubi nodded sympathetically, very much doubting Sasuke had said any such thing, or at least not it those words. Even Uchihas weren't that dense. Although Sasuke did have a tendency to say the wrong thing at the same time.
"What the hell is his problem?" Naruto was almost yelling at this point. "I'd be perfectly fine with doing it myself! It's not my fault that I'm Hokage and that Hokage aren't allowed to have kids! Is it my fault that they say that being pregnant might make it harder to protect the village! Is it hard to understand that being pregnant might reflect badly on the village! I want to have the kids! I can't think of anything I'd rather do than have Sasuke's kids! Is it so hard to want him to do the same for me?"
"Well, maybe Sasuke has pride issues." Kyuubi suggested
Naruto snorted bitterly "You think?"
Kyuubi gave him a sympathetic look. "Anything else?" he said, a bit sarcastically. Naruto shook his head, but Kyuubi noticed that Naruto suddenly looked more depressed, which, until that moment, he had thought impossible. Kyuu gave him a worried look and crouched down so that he would be eyelevel with Naruto. "Whats wrong?"
"Nothing." he sighed. Kyuubi gave him a Look. Naruto sighed. "I just thought. . . . never mind, it's stupid. I just, well, I thought that he would, I dunno, want to make a more permanent commitment."
"No, not really, that's way to over the top, I don't need to spend that much money on decorations neither of us really care about, or a party we'll ditch in five minutes."
"Then what do you want?"
"I dunno, something that ties us together, a physical sign that announces that he's mind and that I'm his and there's nothing anyone can do about it. I know it's stupid, but I feel like he could just walk away at any moment, like anything could pull him away. I just, want that proof. . ."
The red head looked surprised. "oh."
Naruto laughed bitterly. "See, I told you that it was dumb."
"No it's not. Have you even thought about talking to Sasuke about this? Or do it yourself?"
Naruto laughed. "If I know Sasuke, he'd take that as a personal insult to his honour and masculinity."
Kyuubi decided that it would be best not to say anything at that point. Just because he was dating an Uchiha didn't mean that he would know everything about the one that Naruto was dating. But, he did know Itachi and knew that Itachi would probably be talking to Sasuke and, hopefully, coming up with some plan to help Naruto.
"I'm still not sure why he get's so upset, or why he acts the way he does sometimes. He's been staring off into space almost wistfully sometimes, and I can't figure it out, and he won't tell me."
Itachi sighed, sometimes his brother was about as smart as a sack of bricks. "Has it ever occurred to you that maybe he's uncertain about how you feel about him?"
"Why would he think that? I love him, he knows that."
"Yes, he does, but that doesn't mean you never should say it. He's spent all of his life with people pushing him away, of people not wanting him around, of broken promises and shattered dreams. Hokage or not, he's givin up a lot to get to that place now."
"But what can I do about that?"
Itachi smacked his forehead.
- - - Later. . . - - -
"So that's the plan. It's not to hard to follow, is it?" Itachi asked. Sasuke shook his head mutely. "Well, than what are you still standing here for? Don't you have stuff to get? Go! Shoo!" he made shooing motions with his hands, before pushing Sasuke ahead of him as he walked towards the town.
"Hey, wait?" Sasuke interjected. "What about Naruto?"
Itachi gave him a funny look "What about him? Don't worry, this will work, trust me."
"No, I mean, what if I run into him, he might still be mad at me, or he might figure out what the Plan is."
"Don't worry about that, I got it covered."
"Should I be concerned?"
Itachi laughed and stuck his tongue out.
"Does anyone mind explaining to me why I am being held hostage in my own house?" Naruto glared at them.
"Well, we plan to hold you for ransom, then we shall leave a ransom note demanding $500 or else. . ." Kyuubi replied, grinning.
"What? $500? Is that it? I'm worth at least $1000!"
Itachi rolled his eyes. "If you say so. But, we can't ransom you away like that. Hm, whatever will we do?" He tapped his chin thoughtfully.
"Hey, I know." Kyuu said, as if this were the most natural thing in the world to be discussing. "Why don't we have him change. Then we can take him some where nice and get a pretty picture to show to the nice people."
"I could wear my Hokage robes?" Naruto suggested, playing along. Both of his 'kidnappers' shook their head.
"No good." Kyuu said
"Too flashy." Itachi agreed. Naruto, who was starting to get the feeling that there was more to this than either of them were letting on, rolled his eyes.
"If you two would let me go, I could go get something nice from my closet."
"This from the boy who wore orange half his life. Plus, you'd just sneak out the window to spite us. I don't think so. I'll go get you something." Kyuubi said, before turning to the elder Uchiha "You. Watch him." he left.
"So, do either of you mind telling me what the deal is?"
"I could, as your superior, order you to tell me."
Itachi considered this. "You could. But where's the fun in that?"
"Oh, believe me, for me, it's a blast."
"Ah, yes, but would I listen? Because, if I recall correctly, you almost never listened to the Godaime."
Naruto did not dignify that with an answer. But, in his defensive, it could have been that he didn't have a chance to respond, as at almost that exact moment, Kyuu had jumped down the remaining steps to land on his feet, a sizeable pile of clothes in hand.
Naruto eyed the pile suspiciously "Am I going to wear all of that?"
Kyuu gave him a withering look. "No, 'Tachi and I are going to pick something nice. And you are going to wear it no complaints."
Naruto raised a sardonic eyebrow "While tied to the chair?"
"We'll just untie you."
"How kind of you." he replied, sarcasm evident in his voice. Both of the other men in the room snorted.
"Here." Said Kyuubi finally, pulling a shy blue shirt with silver trim out of the pile, then tossing some low slung black pants.
Naruto rolled his eyes as he effortlessly slid out of the bindings, before mock glaring at the red head and storming into the bathroom to change.
Itachi whistled as he emerged from the room, wearing the clothes that had been picked out for him. The blue on the shirt was a perfect match for his eyes, and made them almost sparkle in the light.
"Let's see if we can do something about your hair." Kyuu said, advancing on him with a comb in hand.
"No! I like my hair!" Naruto covered his head with his arms quickly, completely destroying the mature picture.
"Come on, it's sticking up everywhere, please?"
"No!" Naruto pouted childishly. After several moments of this, he finally relented, and allowed his blonde hair to be calmed down slightly, although it didn't do much good. Finally, Kyuubi and Itachi, his self proclaimed beauticians, declared him suitable, or 'you'll do', as they put it.
They had then proceeded to drag him a the way through the town, earning him appreciated looks and whistles, and finally coming to the base of the Hokage mountain. Itachi had pushed him forwards and told him in no uncertain terms that he was to climb to the top and stay there, no questions asked.
Needless to say, Naruto did ask multiple questions, many consisting rather violent profanity and words that can not be repeated, all of which were ignored. Finally giving up, he had flicked both of them off, and disappeared, leaving them to splutter in outrage at the poof of smoke he left behind.
Naruto, to his vast surprise, did not find the usual barren stone in front of him, but instead, spread out on the ground was a checkerd blanket, adorned with a fabulous looking feast.
"So, do you like it?" A smooth voice said from behind him. He spun quickly, seeing Sasuke standing behind him, looking almost nervous. He was wearing a silk black shirt with gold trimming, the design almost identical to Naruto's. In short, he looked hot.
Naruto, still shocked, a state not at all helped by Sasuke's appearance, nodded dumbly. Sasuke gave a small smirk. "Good."
He moved to sit down, motioning for Naruto to do the same, which he did. Sasuke, who had been half expecting this reaction, (the other half had thought that Naruto would punch him and storm off), had casually poured both of them a glass of the best sake he had been able to find.
They ate the majority of the meal in silence, but a comfortable one, which Sasuke found a bit strange, considering that Naruto had been furious with him earlier.
Naruto was starting to feel a bit nervous, Sasuke was giving him a very strange look, heated and excited and uneasy all at once. And he was fidgeting. One thing that Naruto had learned about Sasuke, he didn't fidget, ever. It just didn't happen, it would be as if Gaara started doing a song and dance routine in a slinky, sparkly dress.
"Naruto." Sasuke started, breaking the silence, and the mental image, for the first time since the meal began. "I . . . didn't mean what I said earlier."
"Didn't you?" Naruto asked, not coldly, just sounding mildly curious. But Sasuke flinched, Naruto was more upset than he let on.
"No, I didn't. I shouldn't have said that. . ." he hesitated "I'm sorry."
Naruto snorted. "Is that supposed to make it better? You say that you're sorry, and I say okay, and we kiss and pretend that it never happened? And what about next time?" he was starting to get so worked up that he didn't see Sasuke reaching into a pocket. "You're never going to give in. Am I some sort of embarrassment? Is it so painful to be see-" His mouth dropped open as the thing in Sasuke's hand was opened.
It was a ring. It was so simple, yet beautiful. It was pure silver, imbedded with a golden topaz set between two smaller sapphires that sparkled with a fiery blue. The topaz glowed in the dying sunlight. Naruto's mouth had dropped open and his entire world had centred around the tiny piece of jewellery.
Eventually, it occurred to him that there was indeed a person attached to this ring, and that they were almost certainly expecting some sort of response. He looked up to meet deep cobalt eyes, his eyes glowing in hope and his voice breathless as he said, cautiously, softly.
"Does this mean what I think it does?"
Sasuke's eyes were warmer than he had ever seen him, except for that day in the woods when they had first kissed. "That depends." he replied, voice equally soft. "What do you think it means? If you think that it means that I want to spend the rest of my life with you, than yes. If you think that it means that I would do anything to make you happy, than yes. And if you think that it means that one answer from you could make me happier than I've ever been, then yes, it means exactly what you think it means."
Naruto was fighting back tears, his eyes wide in an almost comical fashion. He stared at Sasuke for a moment, who looked almost nervous, as if unsure as to what Naruto's reaction would be. Naruto figured that it would be best to give him a solid answer, for Sasuke's sake, mind you.
He flung himself at the startled Uchiha, who didn't have time to move, even if he had wanted to. He found himself with a large armful of an almost sobbing blonde. "Why the hell am I crying?" the aforementioned blonde mumbled, swiping uselessly at his eyes. Sasuke smiled softly down at him.
"I love you, dobe. And never forget it. I want you to always wear this, so you'll always think of me. And Ill wear one to, so you'll know that I'm always thinking about you. Although I don't need a ring to do that."
". . .yours? You have one too?"
Sasuke nodded and grinned drawing a small chain from around his neck, on it was a ring almost identical to the one Naruto now had clutched in his grip, except it was a large sapphire set between two smaller topaz's. He drew out another chain from his neck, hooked Naruto's ring on it and carefully clipped it around the blonde neck.
"There. Now it's official. I'm yours and you're mine."
Naruto's were glowing with happiness. "Mine." he whispered, nuzzling into the warmth that was Sasuke.
- - - Emd Chapter 1 - - -
It's soooo sappy! I ca't believe I wrote this! But anyway, for those of you reading Sound Of Lies, that won't be updated for at least three weeks, I have camp, and I decided to focus on this, since where I'm plannning to end the next xhapter of Sound Of Lies is on a really big cliffie, so you'd have to wait a really long time
. I thought that this'd be nicer, sorry it's no beta-ed. I leave in 45 minutes.