Jeeze it took me forever to find a song in public domain (i.e. heard on the radio) that I could finish this fic with. Well this chapter is the last one for my little series of related song-fics but I do plan to do a series of unrelated song-fics. Now this song is the Pretenders song "I'll Stand By You" that was recently redone by Carrie Underwoood. On to the last chapter!

Disclaimer: Is it really necessary for me to do this every time? Ok Ok I don't own Naruto and I don't own the song "I'll Stand By You"

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Chapter 6 I'll Stand By You

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They'd finally done it, they'd managed to settle all the painful issues that lay between them and move on to trying to be happy together. Unfortunately Konoha's council refused to accept the Uchiha heir's choice of lover and was constantly trying to break them apart. And their attempts were getting vicious

Oh why you look so sad?

Tears are in your eyes

Come on and talk to me now

Sasuke entered the apartment he shared with Naruto and saw the blond sitting staring into a cold cup of ramen. The Uchiha went over to his lover and saw unshed tears dulling the incredible blue of his eyes.

"Naruto? What's wrong?"

The blond shook his head, not speaking for fear of breaking down. Sasuke took the cold ramen away and cupped Naruto's face in his hands, "Hey, tell me why you're so upset."

Don't be ashamed to cry

Let me see you through

Cause I've seen the dark side too

When the night falls on you

You don't know what to do

Nothing you confess

Could make me love you less

Naruto opened his mouth but all that escaped was a broken sound. The blond bit his lip and squeezed his eyes tightly shut, trying to subdue his tears. Sasuke pulled Naruto onto his lap and ran his fingers through his lover's golden hair soothingly, "It's okay, you can cry on me. I'm here."

Naruto let himself clutch Sasuke closely and cry into his shoulder.

Once the storm of tears had passed, Sasuke gently wiped the lingering wetness from Naruto'scheeks, "Now tell me what happened."

"I'm not sure I can."

"Usuratonkachi, you can tell me anything."

Naruto met Sasuke's eyes, "I was called before the council and the delivered an ultimatum. Either I leave you or they'll imprison you and make certain that I'll remain a genin for the rest of my life. They want us apart willingly or not and Kami-sama help me I considered leaving you so they couldn't throw you in prison. Forgive me."

Sasuke wiped the fresh tears from Naruto's eyes, "Shhh, you don't have to ask for forgiveness for trying to protect me. We'll think of something."

I'll stand by you

I'll stand by you

Won't let nobody hurt you

I'll stand by you

Naruto watched Sasuke silently pace and occasionally glare at inanimate objects. The Uchiha was bottleing his rage at the council up and it was putting Naruto on edge.

So if you're mad, get mad

Don't hold it all inside

Come on and talk to me now

"Sasuke."

"Hn?"

"Would you quit brooding and pacing an say something. You're making me nervous."

The Uchiha's eyebrow twitched but rather than reply he 'hn'-ed and waved Naruto off.

Hey, what you got to hide?

I get angry too

Well I'm a lot like you

Naruto's worry and frustration exploded and he grabbed Sasuke's shirt, yanking the brunette forward and yelling at him, "Damn it DON'T brush me off! I know you've got a plan you're brooding over, why are you keeping it from me?!"

Sasuke's eyes widened as he remembered that Naruto had a temper that was just as explosive and dangerous as his own, which swiftly rose to the surface and he yelled back at Naruto, "Why am I keeping it from you? I'm keeping it from you cause the only solution I can think of is leaving Konoha and if we do that any chance you have of being Hokage will be screwed! I don't want to cause your dream to be destroyed."

When you're standing at a crossroads

And don't know which path to choose

Let me come along

Cause even if you're wrong

Naruto let the Uchiha go and the brunette ran a hand through his hair, "I don't know what else to do. They have us cornered as long as we're Konoha shinobi. If we run we'll be named missing-nin and I don't want you to be hunted for the rest of your life."

Naruto laid his hand over Sasuke's heart, drawing the Uchiha's attention, "First of all, my dream of being Hokage used to be for the acknowledgement, now it's so I can protect my precious people and there are other ways to do that. Second, I'd run forever with the hounds of hell hunting me if it meant I was with you. There might be a way we can leave without becoming missing-nin but if that doesn't work I don't care, we'll run anyway."

Sasuke was utterly stunned, "You'd leave with me? Leave everyone behind?"

"Yes, because I'd be with the one who matters most."

I'll stand by you

I'll stand by you

Won't let nobody hurt you

I'll stand by you

Take me into your darkest hour

And I'll never desert you

I'll stand by you.

Sasuke traced a finger down Naruto's cheek, "So what's the way we could leave without being named missing-nin?"

Naruto smiled and outlined his plan to Sasuke, who was impressed by the deviousness of the plan and touched by the way the blond was so willing to risk everything to be with him.

They went to Tsunade and managed to convince her to agree to their plan and she began covert negotiations to put it into action. Soon the two lovers were free of Konoha and it's council's machinations.

And when...when the night falls on you

You're feeling all alone

You won't be on your own

I'll stand by you

I'll stand by you

Won't let nobody hurt you

I'll stand by you

Take me into your darkest hour

And I'll never desert you

I'll stand by you

Sasuke wrapped his arms around Naruto from behind as they stood on the balcony of their new home in their new village watching as the Second Exam Survivors and their senseis entered the gates of Suna, volunteers for Konoha and Suna's new shinobi exchange, "I'm surprised that they all came."

Naruto leaned back into his arms, "I know, I expected that the jonin would stay behind as well as Iruka-sensei but here they are."

Sakura caught sight of the two and waved, "Sasuke-kun! Naruto! Let's all get together tomorrow okay?"

They waved back and nodded. The pinkette turned to her fellow former Konoha shinobi and giggled, "They look stunned that we all came."

Iruka smiled, "Well neither one has ever had very many people prove that they'd do anything to support them. They'll soon get used to the idea that they have family who will be there for them no matter what."

Kakashi hmm-ed and took out his ever present Icha Icha. Gai and Lee started on about the flames of youth. Asuma wrapped his arm around a blushing and very pregnant Kurenai. Shikamaru muttered his trademark phrase while Choji crunched on his chips and Ino nagged her 'boys'. Kiba grinned and slung an arm around Hinata as Akamaru barked and Shino acted...Shino-y. Neji subtly rubbed his temple at Gai and Lee's antics while Ten-Ten yelled at the two to cut it out. Sai and Yamato busied themselves with discovering where their lodgings would be. And Iruka and Sakura began planning a slight celebration of the move to Suna.

Of course not all of the people who supported Naruto and Sasuke had moved to Suna, some had to stay behind to slowly cripple the council's power, but those that had would remain in Suna until Naruto and Sasuke could return to Konoha.

I'll stand by you

Eventually they all were able to return to Konoha and watch as Naruto was sworn in as Hokage with his faithful ANBU captain beside him, trademark black duck-tail hair making his identity obvious.

I'll stand by you

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Okay there it is the end.(sighs) I think I may need to work on the end of the end but I'm content with it for now. Let me know what you think? Thanks for reading this and for those of you who waited forever thank you for being so patient. Take care now, Ja ne!