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(hasn't said this in a while, and takes a deep breath in for dramatization) I don't own Naruto or any of the characters. And as I fan, I would appreciate it if you were to buy the original book :D

"So, Naruto…"

"Wha?" Naruto whirled around and giving Sasuke a glare.

Sasuke twitched slightly, "…nevermind."

"Stupid Sasuke…" Naruto grumbled as he turned to face the water below.

They were at the bridge once again where they usually met their usually late sensei. Naruto was staring at the fishes below the bridge, Sakura staring off at the cherry blossoms, and Sasuke with his eyes closed thinking of vengeance (high probability).

Sakura turned her attention back to her teammates. It had been three days since Sasuke and her had met Naruto's new "friend." Sakura couldn't help but feel a bit uncomfortable with the fact that Naruto had invited a total stranger to his home. But that wasn't the main reason why.

The main thing that bothered her was that there was something that didn't fit together. No matter how much Sakura thought about it, she couldn't put something together. She didn't have a clue to what it was, and she couldn't quite put her finger on it either. It wasn't quite putting something together either. It also seemed like something was missing.

Since Sakura had met this 'Arashi', she felt like there was something he wasn't telling them, and she decided to figure it out.


Naruto slowly perked up from the river he was staring into, "Yea?"

"Come here for a sec." Sakura commanded, waving her hand forward.

Sasuke opened his eyes slightly and, with out moving a muscle, stared at Sakura.

Naruto raised a brow and walked towards Sakura, "What's the matter?"

Sakura pulled him to the side and stared to speak with a soft voice, "…you know Naruto, it really bothers me that you would invite someone you don't even know to your house just like that. I didn't think you would be…well…just that stupid. At least tell me something important that you know about him."

Naruto was gotten completely off guard, "…wait….what?"

Sakura sighed, "Listen, I'll just come out straight with it. Theres something about him that I don't like. Even Kakashi-sensei is slightly disturbed."

Naruto didn't like where this was going, "…Sakura…"

"I think Sasuke was going to tell you too." Sakura said this while looking to Sasuke, who was staring at the sky now.

Naruto remained silent. He didn't want to worry Sakura. And to think that even Sasuke was going to have a word with him about it. Making them worried was making Naruto worry.

He didn't want Arashi to leave. He had helped him so much.

But then again…he didn't tell me the truth. He hardly said anything about himself.

"Good morning team." Kakashi appeared in a puff of smoke, going back to the usual routine.

"This is tiring." Sighed Tsunade, "And that guy keeps bugging me."

"What do you mean Lady Tsunade?" asked Shizune, handing her a packet of files.

"The man who is currently staying with Naruto Uzumaki. Something about him is not right. I still don't believe his story. I have one squad of ninja having him under surveillance."

"I don't think he will cause harm. But he is suspicious." Replied Shizune.

Tsunade turned around in her chair to look out the window, to face the Hokage Faces.

"You can never be too sure…he can probably be gone in a flash."

"Jiraiya-sama! This is a surprise."

"Heh, just felt like having a walk down memory lane." The Sennin replied as he walked into the classroom.

Iruka grinned, "Is that so? Well the kids are playing outside right now The bell should ring in a few. Can I help you with anything?"

"Actually, I came here from a request of Tsunade." Replied Jiraiya calmly.

"You did? What for?" asked Iruka.

"The Hokage is wondering about any open spots for teachers." Smirked Jiraiya.

"Not another boring mission…" commented the blonde.

"Seems like his advice only works for a day or so, huh?" Sasuke smirked.

"Now now. No bickering like a married couple. On with your work." Replied Kakashi sitting on a tree branch, holding his book in his hand, while watching his pupils painting a resident's fence white.

"What did you say?" Naruto exclaimed.

"Does anything get to you?" answered back the Uchiha.

"Will they ever listen?" sighed Kakshi.

Sakura on the other hand, was not paying the slightest attention to her teammates. She was still concentrating on how to figure out who this 'Arashi' was.

Or should I say…Kurosaki.

Sakura had listened to a pair of ninja discussing about the new ninja. That he is known as Arashi, but had told his "true" name,Kurosaki.

I'm pretty sure that Lady Tsunade or any of the higher ninja believed his story. But there's no evidence that he's telling the truth or that he's even lying. And he probably won't admit. Forcefully taking information doesn't seem like the Village's way of doing things.

Sakura thought all this as she made slow small brush strokes on the fence.

"Are you alright, Sakura?"

"…huh?" Sakura managed to reply.

She turned around to see Kakashi staring down at her, "Something wrong?"

"Oh. No. No. Just…"Sakura stared off, then turned back with a smile, "I'm kinda bored, sensei. What else can I do but space out?"

"…true." Answered back Kakashi.

"Sorry for making you worry." Said the pink haired girl, as she turned back to her job.

"As long as you're alright…"Kakashi said.

Sasuke's looked to the corner of his eyes to stare at his emerald-eyed teammate.

At the end of the day, after Team 7 completely did their job, they decided to call it a day and get back home.

"It was a great day team. Report tomorrow at the usual place and time." Announced Kakashi before he disappeared.

"Right." Replied the younger ninjas, robotically.

Sasuke immediately turned around to set off home.

"Bye, Sasuke." Sakura said calmly.

Sasuke didn't pause nor did he turn around. He simply made a wave with his hand to signal that he had heard.

Sakura made a really small smile.

"Hey, Sakura…mind…if I walk you home?" Naruto asked calmly, scratching the back of his head, his eyes still on Sasuke.

"…you wanna walk me home?" Sakura asked confusingly.

I always got a feeling that he liked me…but this is a first, besides the other times he asked me out in a stupid way. But something's different.

"Um, yea. If you don't mind." Naruto grinned, finally turning to her.

"…I guess it'll be alright." Sakura said quietly.

They set off into town, passing all the main stores that were starting to close. The sun was setting but there was still a warm temperature hanging about.

I need to think of a way to find out more about Arashi. I need to think harder. I need a lead or something that will get me started. Maybe something that will put me on the right track.

First I need to get to know him. I need to know what he thinks and how he thinks. I probably will get something from there. At least something. I might just pretend that I accept him and from there to get his trust, therefore he will eventually say something. But that would probably take too long. If he is dangerous, he might end up doing something threatening before I get the chance to find out anything.

Lady Tsunade probably has an eye on him. And most likely has someone looking after Naruto. It probably would be Kakashi.

Sakura looked around her as she walked, to check if she could sense anything.

Maybe Tsunade has ANBU squads keeping an eye on him. If they came last time when she summoned, what wouldn't make her want them to keep an eye on him?

I guess I can find out something from what I heard those two ninja secretaries gossiping about. I heard that he told Lady Tsunade that he was in the battle against the Fox Demon. I might be able to figure out something from that. I guess that where I'll start.

"Earth to Sakura."

"Huh?" Sakura turned her head. She forgot that Naruto was with her.

"You ok?" Naruto raised a brow.

"Haha, nothing, Naruto. I'm fine." Sakura lied.

Naruto turned to face the street ahead of them, "…you know, about earlier. I wanted to say I'm sorry for making you worry. You seemed to be bothered by something all day. And I just wanted to tell you, if that's the thing that's bothering you. That I'm fine. I trust this guy. He may have lied to me…which I'll talk to him about later, but you know the advice he gave me. Its worked a great deal. And…it feels like I got family, or something like that. I didn't know how great it felt to have someone waiting for you at home."

Naruto grinned.

Sakura stared at him wide-eyed. She wasn't expecting Naruto to apologize, none the less give an explanation/ speech. She was pretty sure that he had forgotten all about it. He even noticed that she was thinking about it all day.

"…Naruto." Said Sakura speechless.

Naruto grinned back.

"…Naruto…you idiot…" Sakura managed to say, since she was shaking.


"Naruto…you already have a family…" Sakura said with tears forming in her eyes.

"Wai-" Naruto started but was cut off.

They had already arrived in front of Sakura's house.

"Thanks for walking me home. I'll see you tomorrow." Sakura said not looking at Naruto at all. She quickly walked passed the gate and into her house.

"…good night." Naruto said calmly.

Iruka made an entrance!!Oh boy, I'm tired. And I still got homework to do. CHECK MY PROFILE!!FOR THE LATEST UPDATE!! Its all explained there.

PS, it might be a short chapter, but its better than nothing right?

Better late than never…I guess…