First off. I am so, so sorry. This shouldn't have taken this long to get out, but it just never turned out right, so I kept having to go back and rewrite the entire thing over and over again. I would also like to apologize to those reviewers that I have not replied to. I have a bad habit of doing that and it needs to stop. To help kill the habit, I made a AIM address: btd2468. So if you want to guys have questions about the story, or want to talk about the anime/manga, video games or just want to chat, drop me a line. I'd be happy to talk to all you wonderful people.

Since this story reached one hundred reviews(121 now!) I added in a special to go with this chapter. I hope you guys enjoy it!

I also have another story up called Whirlpool. It has spoilers for chapters 367 and up(Those of you who read it most likely know who its about). It was originally a one-shot, but it got ridiculously long, so I split it into two sagas. First one is out, and the second one will be out within the week after do some final editing. You can check it out in my profile or look in the 4th Hokage fics.

Well without further delay, here it is.

Chapter Nine: Baa-chan

"I think I've passed this part of the lesson, can we move on to the next section sensei?" Sakura stood straight, head held high with pride as she grinned back at Naruto who was at the edge of the lake. She stood in the center of the body of water, crossing her arms and arched a brow at him, waiting for an answer. Naruto made his way out towards her at a leisurely pace, grinning at her.

"You're doing great! I don't know how, but you're breezing through this easily!" He stopped next to her, putting his hands in his pockets. "To be honest, I wasn't really expecting you to get this far in so little-" He was cut off suddenly when his feet were swept out from underneath him and he fell backwards into the water with a loud splash. He reemerged seconds later, coughing up water. He pushed back the soaked hair from his eyes and glared up at her.

"What the hell was that for?! I was praising you and you pull this kind of crap on me?!" She glared back with more intensity, and he backed slightly in fear.

"That was for making fun of me during taijutsu training! Call me fat will you?!" She shouted, fist clenched tightly. His eyes rose up in confusion, and his face held a look of disbelief.

"I did not! I just said you were slow!" channeling chakra through his hands, he pushed himself back on top of the water. But before he could regain his balance, she lashed out at him with a punch. He let himself fall backwards, placing his hands on the surface of the water, he flipped backwards with ease and landed on his feet. He blocked another of her blows with his arm, and dodged to the side as she kicked at him. "I didn't say anything about your weight!" He continued to argue, trying to get her to calm down.

"Same difference!" She shouted back, and continued to lash out at him.

He sighed in defeat, and just went along with it. He should have been used to it by now. He'd been training her for about two weeks, and during said training, he would do what his sensei did to him. Taunt her. When ero-sennin taunted him, he would work harder to prove him wrong (and he always did). But when he would taunt Sakura, she just took it out on him with taijutsu. It was the same result even when they weren't working on taijutsu. He would taunt her, and she would start attacking him in 'righteous' anger.

'Girls are weird…oh well. At least this is improving her taijutsu…' Out of all the techniques he taught her, taijutsu was the one she had trouble with most. But that wouldn't be much of a problem in the near future.

Using the momentum from moving forward, Sakura did a roundhouse kick. But Naruto caught her leg effortlessly using his arm and thigh to keep her from moving. Without losing a beat, she threw another punch, but he caught her fist with his free hand. With Naruto holding her leg the way he was, she couldn't make another move. He grinned back her.

"Ready for round two?" He asked, then shoved her backwards. Her eyes widened as she was falling towards the water. But she reacted quickly, and twisted her body around gain balance. She did so successfully, and fell into a stance. She grinned back him.

"Hell yeah!" She made the move to charge at him once more, but suddenly felt something grab her ankles tightly. She didn't have the chance to look down as she was pulled under water. The pressure on her ankles disappeared as quickly as it came, and she swam to the surface. When broke through, she could hear him laughing. She whipped her head back to get the hair out of her face and glared at Naruto.

"No fair! Two on one is cheating!" His laughter died down to chuckles.

"Then maybe you shouldn't have tripped me into the water." She growled, but quickly pushed herself up as he did to get back onto the surface of the water. When she made to go at him again, she suddenly felt tired. Her foot began sinking as she stopped channeling chakra, and she lost her balance. But before she hit the water, Naruto was there and caught her. With one hand at her waist and the other placing her arm around his shoulders, he lifted her up slowly.

"Well, I think that's enough for now. Let's head back to shore." He somewhat dragged her across the waters surface until she was able to channel what chakra she had left to her feet, so that he wouldn't have to support her entirely.

"That took more out of me than I thought…" She said, panting lightly.

"Yeah, but you did great! You were able to spar without having to worry about staying on the water's surface! I don't know how, but you're a natural at controlling chakra." She blushed lightly at the praise, and glanced at him from the corner of her eye.

"Really?" He nodded enthusiastically

"Really." Then his features took on a childish pout. "Honestly, I'm a little jealous. I wish I could learn as fast as you can. Then I wouldn't have everybody on my back all the time about fighting demons."

When they got to the shore, he set her down on the ground, and she flopped backwards to gaze up at the sky. He followed suit after her, letting out of contented sigh. Sakura turned her head towards him.

"So when is my new sensei going to show up?" She asked.

"Oh yeah…today." She shot up, looking at him in disbelief

"What?! Why the hell didn't you tell me?!" he rolled away from her for safety's sake, grinning bashfully.

"I forgot?" He defended himself weakly. She let out a frustrated shout, and charged at him once more. He jumped to his feet and ran back onto the lakes surface. She went to follow, but quickly discovered that she was sinking in the water. She stopped at her ankles, and began shouting at him.

"Get back here and fight like a man!" He just grinned from his spot, and stuck out his tongue. She let out a low growl, knowing she needed to rest before she could go out and pummel him more. But then she saw his mocking face turn to one of horror, and he quickly ran from his current position. Before she could figure out what was going on, a huge rock came flying out of the sky and plummeted down right where Naruto stood seconds before. A huge wave shot up several meters into the sky. Sakura let out a surprised squeak, and quickly scanned the area to find Naruto. She saw him skid to a stop on the water's surface, and raised his fist in the air, looking angrily past her.

"You trying to kill me you old hag?!" He shouted.

"I've been trying for years! You just never seem to cooperate!"

"If you worked on your aim instead of drinking and gambling you would actually accomplish something!" Sakura felt a gust of wind, and saw the back of a long, blond haired woman, running out towards Naruto with a ferocity she had never seen before.

"I've been waiting to do this for months you ungrateful brat!!" She shouted, then threw a punch at him. He easily avoided the shot, jumping backwards. When her fist crashed into the water, it made the rock she threw earlier look like a pebbles splash. Sakura took several steps back in shock, as she was drenched once more from the falling water that came from the woman's strike.

Sakura continued to watch in awe as Naruto and the strange woman continued to fight, still shouting insults at each other very loudly.

'Who is she?' She wondered.

"Try not to hurt him too much Tsunade! He still has to do his rounds tonight!" Hearing a familiar voice, she turned around, and saw a grinning Jiraiya, standing next to a young black haired woman holding a pig. The woman was shaking her head, and Sakura heard her mutter "Every time she does this…it never ends." Shaking out of her stupor, Sakura faced Jiraiya.

"Jiraiya-san, what's going on?" Jiraiya smiled kindly at her.

"Ah, where are my manners." He gestured to the woman next to him. "This is Shizune, she is the assistant and apprentice to Tsunade, who is currently trying to crush my student." He pointed back out at the lake to the blond woman, who was throwing more vicious punches at Naruto. He continued dodging her attacks, but as he did, she could make out a small grin on his face. "It's been awhile since they last saw each other. They tend to fight more the longer she's gone. Long distance doesn't work well with these two."

Tsunade was finally able to grab hold of Naruto's arm, spun around once, and sent him skipping across the water towards the others on shore. The last skip landed him on his back, staring up at the faces of his friends. He grinned, and waved at them.

"Hey ero-sennin, nee-chan…Ton-ton" He added once he saw the pig. Jiraiya grinned back,

"Yo." Shizune smiled and set down Ton-ton, offering a hand to Naruto. He gladly took it, and was pulled to his feet. She went to brush some of the mud off his shoulders, but he decided to hug her instead.

"N-Naruto! You're soaking wet!" She shrieked, and pushed him back slightly. He still grinned.

"Ahhh, but I haven't seen you in months!" His grin disappeared when he heard soft splashes of water coming from behind him. He let go of Shizune and turned around fearfully. Tsunade was making her way towards him at a leisurely pace. She was soaking wet, but that didn't seem to cool her temper. She stopped a couple feet away from him, and pushed back some strains of hair that stuck to her face. Naruto held his head up high, staring back defiantly. Tsunade gave him a flat look for several moments, then let out a sigh and held out her hand.

"Truce?" She asked. He grinned widely, then rushed her, enveloping her in a hug.

"Truce!" He agreed cheerfully. She hugged him back, mussing up his hair affectionately.

"I missed you too."

Naruto broke their embrace and turned back to the others, and Tsunade's gaze fell onto Sakura. She walked around Naruto, looking Sakura up and down. Sakura felt nervous at the woman's penetrating gaze. Her eyes would dart back and forth from the ground and Tsunade's eyes, feeling uncomfortable. "Is this the one?" Tsunade asked Naruto over her shoulder.

"Yep. What do you think? Will you do it?" Tsunade circled her once, then stopped in front of her, hands on her hips.

"She's got the potential from what I saw earlier, but she still needs a lot of work." Her nervousness disappeared and changed into confusion.


"So you'll do it?" Naruto asked, excitement in his voice. Sakura leaned to the side, getting a better look at Naruto.

"What are you talking about?" Naruto maneuvered around Tsunade so that he was standing next to Sakura, and held out his arm towards Tsunade.

"She's gonna be your new sensei!"

"What?" Tsunade crossed her arms, smirking at Sakura's flabbergasted look, as Naruto continued to explain.

"Ero-sennin has watched some of our training sessions, and he thinks that baa-chan might be able to help you way better than any of us." Sakura glanced over at Jiraiya, slightly confused. He was reaching for his sake jug at his side.

"When Naruto told me how fast you were able to master tree climbing with out any prior training, that caught my attention." He paused to take a quick drink before continuing. "From what I've observed, chakra control for you is as natural as walking.

"To gain control like that takes years and years to accomplish. Naruto's control is adequate, but still has room for improvement. You on the other hand, can most likely pull of high level jutsus with some practice." Sakura blinked several times, her mouth open in shock and awe.

"Really? I could?" She asked in a light tone, excitement building up inside her.

"You could…But you can't." Jiraiya shot her happiness down instantly.

"But you just said that I can!" She said, slightly miffed. He wiggled his finger at her in a condescending way.

"You're control maybe amazing, but your chakra capacity is horrible. The worst I've seen in a long time." He said, causing her to winced

"Is it that bad?" Jiraiya was about to reply when Tsunade beat him to it.

"You can't train for more than fifteen minutes before you need to rest."

"But that was when we we're training on water!" Naruto cut in, trying to vouch for her.

"Shizune went for an hour an a half before she tired out on her first try on the water. And she was younger than Sakura is now." Sakura looked in awe over at the other woman, seeing her blush lightly. "But there is a solution to your problem."

Sakura snapped back to Tsunade, fully paying attention.

"How? If it will help me get better I'll do it." Tsunade arched a brow.

"I wouldn't jump into this without thinking it through completely." She pointed to Naruto "The training you did with Naruto was nothing compared to what I'm going to put you through. I don't have time for someone who won't be committed to this." She stated, her tone slightly dark. Sakura straightened up, holding her head up.

"I want to do this. I won't be a burden. I promise."

Naruto smiled proudly at her as Tsunade continued to give her a hardened look. Her eyes then drifted down to the stone that hung around Sakura's neck, and her eye's flashed briefly. She looked back at Naruto in shock, and he seemed to have a look saying 'I told you so!' on his face. Tsunade let out a bark of laughter, causing Sakura to jump in surprise.

"Alright. I'll train you." Sakura brightened up immediately, while Naruto let out a whoop of joy. "But as I said. This won't be some walk in the park."

"Right! I understand." She replied, but let out a quiet snort.

'Walking in the park is how I ended up in this situation in the first place.'

"Well now since that's been taken care of…" She reached over and snatched Jiraiya's sake jug out of his hand, and took a swig from it. He let out a small complaint and reached back for it, but she swatted his hand away while still drinking. She let out a satisfied breath when she finished, and grinned. "Let's find a restaurant and celebrate!" She looked over at Shizune "Start filling her in on the basics and what to expect. We'll catch up to you both later." Shizune sighed, but conceded. She led Sakura off by the arm, and began explaining what she was going learn. Sakura looked over her shoulder back at Naruto, who was still grinning like an idiot, but was waving at her. When the two of them were out of earshot, Naruto smirked at Tsunade.

"Told you I would find her again." She went to smack his head, but he ducked under and avoided the strike.

"Quiet! I agreed to train her, as was part of the deal. No need to rub it in." She muttered. He laughed, placing his hands on the top of his head.

"So what do you have in mind for her?" Jiraiya asked.

"Shizune is going to see how well she'll take to learning the medical arts…" She then grinned wickedly at Naruto. "Other than that, I'm going to perfect her chakra control and taijutsu so that she can smack you senseless when I'm not around." Naruto winced in mock pain.

"Ahh…that's not nice baa-chan…" She laughed, but calmed down quickly, elbowing his side.

"So when are you going to get my necklace back?" She asked. Naruto looked up at the sky, feeling the breeze blow lightly on his face. He grinned.

"When she feels like she doesn't need it anymore." He replied. Tsunade rolled her eyes.

"She doesn't remember you does she." She said flatly, causing him to look sheepish.

"Not really…but I think she will. It's just going to take some time." He said softly. His stomach growled and he grinned. "Come on. Let's go catch up with nee-chan and Sakura-chan. I want to get some food." But when he looked back at Tsunade, she and Jiraiya were already walking off. "H-hey don't leave me behind!"

One Hundred Review Special

Twelve Years Ago…

'Faster, faster, faster…gotta get home now!' The little boy panicked, running as fast as his small legs could carry him. He cut through yards, getting himself even more dirty than he already was. Jumping one last fence, he landing in his own yard, knees bent as he looked around the large property cautiously for any sign of life. 'All clear…' He quickly moved towards the back door, checking his surroundings for any danger that present itself at any moment. He stepped inside, a small grin forming on his face. He chuckled to himself as he made his way through the house, going from wall to wall in a stealthy manner.

'Home free…I'm the best!!' He goaded himself on, gaining more confidence as he moved further in. 'Just gotta get to my room and-'

"What happened here?!?!" A voice shrieked through the house. The boy paused, one foot in the air. He glanced down at said foot and paled. A clump of mud fell from the raised appendage and landed with a splat on the floor. He turned his head slowly to glance behind, and paled even further.

From his position, to the route he took coming from the back door, there was a trail of mud, zigzagging from one side of the room to the other. There were mud spots and handprints on the wall when he had leaned against them. He gulped audibly, looking back and forth between his foot and the mud. Hurried footsteps sounded out throughout the house, becoming louder by the second. But the boy stood frozen in place, unable to break himself free from the fear

Soon enough, a group of people came around one of the corners and into view. Kakashi held two bags of groceries, looking mildly surprised, but overall not shocked. He just made his was to the kitchen table to set the groceries down. Jiraiya, who also held some groceries, started snickering quietly. His quiet laughter caused his former teammate Tsunade to start laughing as well. The only one who remained silent was Shizune, who looked around the room in awe and disbelief. All of them were his teachers, showing him how to fight the demons that plagued the lands. But more than that, they were his family. Shizune looked like she was about to burst into tears. She turned her shocked gaze upon the boy. The boy gulped again.

"Uh oh…"

"What did you get into Naruto?!" She asked, still in disbelief about the state of the house. The others snickering became louder as he slowly set his foot down, to balance himself. He laughed nervously, scratching his head, only to cause more mud to hit the floor.

"I-uh…um…heheh." He fumbled about, trying to find the right words to say. But Tsunade came forward, smiling down at him.

"Don't worry so much Shizune. He most likely got in another scuffle." She bent down and brushed off some of the mud off his shoulders. He grinned up at her.

"R-right baa-chan…" Tsunade raised an eyebrow at him.

"Why are you so nervous?" She asked suspiciously. She knew that Naruto would brag about all the fights he started(and especially the ones he won). So she knew immediately that something was wrong. He tried taking a step back, but she held his shoulders firmly, looking him over closely. Then her eyes landed on his neck, and widened in shock. "Where's the necklace I gave you?" She half shouted.

Finally able to muster up the courage to speak, he raised his head high, No longer afraid of the unknown.

"I lost it." Tsunade looked at him flatly for several moments, remaining silent. Then said,

"You 'lost' it?" He nodded, keeping the look on his face straight, though his heart was racing a mile a minute.

"Yep." Tsunade keep her stern gaze on him.

"You're telling me that you lost my necklace…the one that belonged to my grandfather, the first Hokage…" She said in a low tone. Once again, he nodded, trying to stay calm.

"Yep." This time, she shook him wildly.

"Where!?! Where did you lose it?!" With a completely straight face, Naruto replied in a serious tone.

"In a volcano."

There was a moment of silence, then a burst of laughter coming from behind Tsunade as Jiraiya cackled loudly, unable to hold it back. Tsunade's brow began twitching irritably.

"That's it!" She grabbed the scruff of his neck, picking him up effortlessly, then headed towards the door. Panicking, Naruto began squirming wildly, but was held firmly by Tsunade's iron grip. "If you're not going to tell me, then we're going to train until I beat the truth out of you."

"I-I don't want to train! I'm tired!" He shouted, as they passed by a disinterested Kakashi, a worried Shizune, and Jiraiya who was still howling with laughter.

"Well maybe you should have thought twice about messing around volcanoes then!" The door slammed, muffling Naruto's cries for help. Jiraiya wiped the tears from his eyes, then sobered up, motioning for Kakashi and Shizune to follow him out the front door.

"Well…While Tsunade's busy beating the snot out of him, you two go try and find the necklace."

"We might not have any luck. There was a storm coming in before we got here, it'll wash away his scent, making harder to find out where he lost it." Kakashi replied.

"What about you Jiraiya-sama?" When the three reached the front step outside, Jiraiya looked up at the sky, watching the dark clouds closing in fast.

"I'm going to go find the old man. If anybody can get Naruto to talk, it's him. Now get going, you don't have a lot of time before the rain falls, and we need that stone." The two of them nodded, and vanished in an instant, leaving Jiraiya alone. One last shriek sounded through out the neighbor hood, and a feral grin showed on Jiraiya's face .

"Tsunade-hime never shows any mercy…"

Several agonizing hours later, Naruto found himself in bed, bandaged up from his 'training'. Tsunade had only stopped When Jiraiya had arrived with Sarutobi, who was smiling. He had kindly told Naruto to go wash up while he spoke with Tsunade, in which Naruto had readily agreed and limped his way to the house. He soaked in the bath for an hour before Shizune came to patch up his wounds, and put him to bed. She had tried to find out where he lost the necklace, but he kept quiet. She left him to rest, though he could not get to sleep so easily. The door to his room creaked open, and he glanced over nervously, but he let out a sigh of relief soon after.

"It's only you oji-san." the old man chuckled, smiling back at Naruto.

"Thought I was Tsunade eh?" He turned on the lights, and moved into the room, sitting at the end of the bed. "I heard you had quite the adventure today! But Tsunade wasn't too happy about it." Naruto laughed nervously.

"Y-yeah…" Sarutobi smile disappeared though, and he gave Naruto a solemn look.

"I can understand her anger though…She had given you her keepsake." Naruto flinched, suddenly feeling guilty. Sarutobi patted his shoulder in comfort "Naruto…You can tell me the truth. Did you get into a fight, and the bullies took it?"

Naruto jumped to his feet, his hand forming a fist from righteous anger.
"No way! I totally kicked their asses!" Eye's widening, he slapped his mouth shut. But Sarutobi just smiled.

"So there was a fight?" Naruto sighed, sitting cross legged on his mattress. "You know I don't like it when you start fights Naruto."

"But they were picking on someone! I had to do something!"

"Oh? Why don't you start from the beginning. So I know the whole story." Naruto let out another sigh, then nodded.

"I was coming home, and I cut through the park to get here faster. I saw some kids picking on a girl…" Sarutobi chuckled lightly.

"A girl?" He asked with a teasing tone, causing Naruto to blush lightly.

"Yeah…A-anyways. They were picking on her! I had to do something! So I took them out. And they ran off like the chickens they are." Sarutobi laughed, his eyes crinkled as he smiled.

"So you saved the day? I'm proud that you helped her, but that doesn't explain what happened to your necklace." Naruto blushed, scratching the side of his face.

"Well, she was still upset about being picked on. She said she had bad luck." His blush disappeared, and he looked at Sarutobi with a piercing gaze. "Baa-chan said that my necklace brought good luck! So, So I gave it to her…I-I mean borrow it! I let her borrow it. Until she doesn't need it anymore…"

Shaking his head, Sarutobi smiled, ruffling Naruto's head affectionately.

"You're a good person Naruto. But why didn't you tell the others the truth? Especially Tsunade?"

"I thought she would get mad…and the others would have made fun of me…well, mostly ero-sennin…"

"So you were afraid?" Naruto glared at him.

"I'm afraid of nothing!!" But Sarutobi's stern look caused him to wilt. "M-maybe a little scared."

"You have nothing to be afraid of Naruto. We're your family, never be afraid of to tell us anything."


"You should tell Tsunade the truth as well." Naruto looked away, his face flushing from embarrassment.

"Can you do it for me oji-san? Just this once?" Sarutobi stood up, smiling at him once more.

"Alright…Now, it's rather late, so why don't you get some sleep, and I'll see you in the morning."

"Okay." Naruto crawled back under his sheets as Sarutobi shut off the lights. "G'night oji-san!"

"Goodnight Naruto."

The next morning, Naruto was eating breakfast with Kakashi. Nartuo was munching on a piece of toast slowly, deciding to take it easy for the day. Reaching for his glass of milk, Naruto drank it down in several gulps, clanking the glass on the table and let out a satisfied sigh. When he went to wipe his mouth clean, he saw Tsunade standing at the opposite side of the room, giving him a flat look. His eyes widened, and he panicked. With a single bound, he leapt into Kakashi's arms, clinging onto his neck tightly.

"Save me nii-chan!!" Kakashi could only sigh, patting Naruto's head with his free hand awkwardly.

"There, there…She may be kinder today than she was last night." He consoled the boy gently. Tsunade walked over, detached him from Kakashi, and hauled him outside once more. Naruto expected to be tossed to the other side of the yard like before, so he shut his eyes tightly.

Instead, He felt himself being lowered to the ground slowly. He cracked open an eye when his feet touched the ground, then gapped openly at Tsunade's smiling face.

"Eh?" She ruffled his hair, while he just looked up at her in confusion. She let out a sigh, blowing away a stray hair from her face.

"I'm sorry for beating the tar out of you." She said. Naruto noticed movement behind her, and saw Sarutobi smiling from the door way. It was then that he realized what was going on. His face flushed from embarrassment, and he looked towards the ground.

"Naw, I'm sorry baa-chan…I should've told you what happened in the first place…" She grinned, ruffling his hair.

"You're quite the lady's man aren't you?" She said in a teasing tone. His face quickly turned red, and he looked at the ground. "Well I hope you won't turn out like Jiraiya." Naruto jumped back holding out his arms in front of him, making it look like an X.

"No way!"

"Good. So what's her name?" He opened his mouth to reply, then paused looking up in thought.

"I…umm…I don't know." He said honestly.

"You never asked for her name?" She asked in disbelief. He held up his arms in defense.

"I was gonna, but then I had to get back here before I got in trouble!" He pointed an accusing finger at her, as well as giving her a sour look. "If you and everybody else didn't make me come home at six then I could've gotten her name and where she lived and went to school and all that other stuff people ask about when they first meet!"

Tsunade gave him a flat look, and lightly swatted his hand away.

"After that stunt you pulled last week you're fortunate enough to even see the light of day!" She said sternly, then poked his forehead, causing him to stumble back slightly. He quickly regained his balance, crossed his arms and looked away in a huff. After several moments of silence, Tsunade stood up, and motioned at Naruto to follow her back to the house. He did so, but continued to pout. "Did you at least get a good look at her?"

"We were both covered in mud…" He mumbled. She rolled her eyes.

"Of course. So how are you supposed to get back your necklace if you don't know her name or what she looks like?" He quickly cut in front of her, causing her to stop. Tsunade raised a brow.

"I'll find her." Naruto said seriously, determination shone in his eyes. "We made a deal to meet again, and I keep my promises." His serious demeanor suddenly changed into a wide grin. "So I'll find her. You can count on that!"

Tsunade blinked several times before she let out a bark of laughter.

"Ha! Alright. I'll hold you to it then." She held out her hand to Naruto, who stared at it for a second, then grabbed it, shaking with a firm grip.


"Are you gambling again Tsunade?" Both of them turned to face Sarutobi, who was smiling as well. "Because you should know it isn't wise to make a bet with Naruto. He has a knack for winning." She waved off her teacher nonchalantly.

"Bah. It wasn't a bet, just making sure he keeps his word." Naruto nodded in agreement. Sarutobi chuckled, then went back inside.

"Of course. I'll see you both later then." When he was out of sight, Naruto looked up at Tsunade, a questioning look on his face.

"It was a bet, right?" She grinned down at him.

"Of course!" He grinned back with just as much eagerness as her. "But we can figure out the details later. After all, it may be awhile before you find your little girlfriend." She teased. He blushed, and looked away in embarrassment.

"…Hag…" Her eyes flashed at the remark.

"Don't push it brat."

There you go! I hoped you enjoyed it. I start more classes on Monday, so updates will still be awhile I'm afraid.(that and Halo 3...I know I'm pathetic) But the second part of Whirlpool should be out around then so check that out too. Until next time...