Sorry for the long wait, but I was a little stuck, and I thanks Orgo and Athena for the ideas that was given

Okay, the votes have been counted, and the main pairing is Sasunaru/natsuki due to the amount of votes.

Other pairings will be:



Kure/Anko (if they appear in this story)

I may add some more later, but these are permanent.


Chapter four.

Natsuki looked about her apartment and sighed. Nobody had even tried to take anything from here, or even tidy it up. She looked down at the piece of paper in her hand with a small frown on her delicate features. The piece of paper in her hand was her inheritance. No house was left, but there was an incredible sum of money now belonged to her. Instead of buying a new house, she decided to stay in this apartment as it was adequate to her current needs. Though it needed a little bit of work.

She had stayed in a hotel over the night, thinking that there was nothing here, but it appears she was wrong.

She got rid of all the old, worn down furniture and replaced it with new, brighter things. She gave the apartment a sweep through with the cleaning products, making the place sparkle. She replaced the heater as well since that one had stopped working years ago, but no-one would replace it. She also got new warmer curtains throughout the house as well as buying a new bed that was so much better then the old one.

One thing she also had to do was replace the cooker, which was too old and didn't work properly. All in all, she nearly replaced everything in her old house.

That looks much better Kyuubi remarked from her cage in the blonde's mind

"Yes, it does, doesn't it? Much more welcoming now." Natsuki replied with a small fond smile. The grand task had taken three days, even with the help of her Kage bunshins, and now she felt dirty, tired and hungry. She nipped into the shower and washed herself quickly before getting out and dressing in her normal leather attire. Now, it was time for ramen.

Just don't blame me it you get fat.

Natsuki ignored the mother-like beast and grabbed her frog wallet and heading into town.

She hummed as she walked along, minding her own business, ignoring the stares she got from the passers by. She rounded a corner and was almost knocked over when someone walked into her. She blinked and looked up slightly, since she was still smaller then everyone else, to look at Hinata. She smiled at the shy girl, who smiled slightly back.

"Hina-chan! How are you?" She asked. The girl blinked pearl white eyes and replied,

"I'm fine, thank you."

"What are you doing? You almost ran me over… I'm not exactly big you know!"

"Sorry! I didn't mean to!" Hinata replied, looking a little distressed. Natsuki rolled her eyes,

"I was joking Hina-chan. No need to take it seriously. Now, what are you doing?"

"Erm, I was going to get some dinner…"

"Oh! I'm doing exactly the same! What are you having? Ramen?"

"Ramen?" The girl asked, looking a little confused.

"Yeah! The best food in the world! Come on, my treat!"

And with that she grabbed the girl by the arm and walked off with the dark haired girl protesting the whole way. When they reached their destination, Natsuki promptly sat the other girl down before seating herself.

"Two miso ramen please!" She ordered the old man, who blinked at their sudden arrival before moving ahead with their orders.

Natsuki turned to Hinata, who was fiddling around in her pockets for something. Just then, something fell out. Natsuki bent and picked it up, staring at it. It was a picture of her old self, soon after he returned from her training session with Jiraiya. He was lying down, asleep, the woods after some training. His shirt was off showing off a well toned torso that Natsuki thought looked hot, but then, she was talking about herself. Did Hinata really take this picture? She turned to the pale girl and asked,

"Who is this?"

The girl looked at the picture and immediately looked sad. She looked away and said a small voice,

"That's Uzumaki Naruto The person you are replacing in your team…"

"Was he important to you?" For some reason, Natsuki had to know… especially if Hinata seemed to have stalked her old self. The girl looked at the bowl that had just been placed in front of her and poked about with it instead of eating.

"Yes, I cared for him a lot…" She said with a faint flush.

"How much?" Natsuki pressed as she swallowed a mouthful of noodles. She no longer ate sloppily, but ate with far more dignity as Kyuubi almost had to beat it into her. The blush on Hinata's face got even brighter and she mumbled,

"I loved him…"

Natsuki almost chocked on her noodles as she heard this. Hinata loved 'Naruto'! She stared at the girl in shock. Natsuki certainly hadn't noticed, but then again, she never noticed the girl much anyway.

"Y-you loved him?" She asked, her shock evident in her voice. The blush on the girl's face deepened, as well as the grief stricken look in her eyes. Natsuki looked at the picture and asked,

"Hmm, so you took this picture when you were stalking him?"

Hinata's head came up quickly to stare, horrified at the blonde and she then shook her head violently. "N-no! I never stalked him!"

"This picture tells me otherwise…stalker."

"P-please, don't tell anyone!"

"Alright, as long as you promise me something."


"You be my friend. I'm not sure that the others accept me… I mean, I did replace Naruto as well as buying his house. And I really want a have friend, especially with someone as sweet as you." It may not be what Hinata wanted, since the boy of her dreams was dead, but it was the next best thing.

Hinata looked at her with wide eyes, as if trying to figure out what the Kazama had just said. Finally, she asked,

"Y-you mean it? You want to be my friend?"

Natsuki smiled and replied,

"I wouldn't ask if I didn't mean it. Come on, I'll show you what I've done to this Naruto's house. All his stuff was left there, so I got rid of most of the things, but I kept his personal belongings. You can take them if you wish." For some reason, Natsuki didn't want to keep some of the stuff, and Hinata would be more then happy to take the stuff.

The Hyuuga heiress looked slightly startled at this and then nodded shyly. Natsuki smiled and placed, even though the girl protested, enough money on the counter to pay for them both and led the girl down the street to her house.

"You know, that's a good picture of him… he looks kinda hot." Natsuki said, feeling a bit vain. The dark haired girl blushed crimson and mumbled,

"I always thought he was hot… better then Sasuke-kun."

Natsuki blinked and then smiled gently.

"I think you're the only girl about that isn't crazy about Sasuke… well, I'm not."

"B-but you flirt with him…" Hinata said, waving her arms about a little to emphasise her point. Natsuki shrugged and said,

"It winds him up, and that's so fun. Hehe, it's funny to watch his face when I insult him."

"There's a saying that goes 'you hurt the one you love.'" Hinata said quietly.

"Huh?" Natsuki asked, looking a bit confused. Hinata smiled slightly and said softly,

"Never mind Natsu-chan."

"You're no fair!" Natsuki pouted, crossing her arms. Hinata giggled, but didn't say anything.

They reached the apartment and stepped inside. The blonde turned on the light and stepped further inside. Hinata came in after and stared around the main living room, her mouth wide open. Natsuki went over to the corner that held the stuff that she didn't want to keep. She looked at Hinata and said,

"This is all yours. I'm sure that he wouldn't mind if you have all this stuff. It includes all his old clothes and some other stuff." Hinata opened it up and looked through the stuff, which included the orange jumpsuits and her old headband among other things. Hinata smiled softly and said,

"Thank you. I will take good care of this stuff." She looked at the clock, which read 10:24.

"I should be going now." She said, sounding a little disappointed. Natsuki looked at the clock and smiled gently,

"Shame. Ah well, I'll see you tomorrow, right?"

"Yeah, you will." Hinata said quietly before leaving the apartment, leaving Natsuki alone. She sighed, running a hand through her silky blonde hair.

She yawned, deciding to go to bed for the night.


The next morning, she woke up early. She yawned loudly and got herself ready. She looked at the clock and saw that she was three hours late.

Ahh well, Kakashi will forgive me.

Of course. Just give him the 'don't you love me anymore' treatment and he'll seriously fall for it.

Oh yeah, totally.

When she arrived, all the others were there, including Kakashi. They watched her as she approached them, humming a soft tune. She stood by Sasuke and said,

"Sorry I'm late, but I woke up late."

That's even lamer then Kakashi's

I know…

Sakura hissed at the blonde teen and growled at her,

"You should always arrive early! Stupid bitch!"

"Now now Sakura, be nice. Now, Natsuki, try to remember the meeting times!"

She looked at him through her eyelashes and twirled a piece of hair around her finger looking at him with a pleading expression,

"I-I'm sorry, Kaka-chan. I've always lived alone and so I don't really listen to people. Can you ever find it in you big kind heart to forgive me?"


Kakashi looked a little mortified, but quickly coughed and replied, trying to keep his cool,

"Well, erm. Yes, I'll forgive you today. But try to turn up on time tomorrow."

"Hai Kaka-chan!" She cried, glomping him.

He sighed and patted her shoulder,

"Come on, let's go and train." He said, turning and walking off. Natsuki chuckled softly and trailed behind the others, talking with the ancient fox demon,

Ne, Kyuu. Do you think we'll be able to do some cool missions soon?



Huh? What? Oh sorry! I was in my…er… own world. Hmm, yeah…in my own world…

What were you thinking about?

Well, I was kinda thinking… is Sasuke's ass as tight as it looks?


Is Sasuke's ass as tight as it looks? A female like me does tend to wonder these things.

You're such a perv…

Wanna find out? It'll piss him off…

Hmm…well… okay. So, what do I do?

Simple…pinch his ass.


Real hard. Make sure he feels it.

You are such a perv, you know that…

Guilty as charged…

Natsuki sighed, but decided to try it out for herself…maybe the old fox was rubbing off on her. She focused her eyes on Sasuke, who was walking in front of her, and then gave an evil smirk. This was going to be fun…

She reached forward with a hand and grabbed the Uchiha's right cheek, grinning when she felt how tight he was. The raven haired teen, jumped at the unexpected grope and whirled around to glare at her. This caught Sakura's attention,

"What the hell!-?" Sasuke growled. Natsuki looked at him innocently,


"Why the fuck did you just grope me?" At this, Sakura's widened in a mixture of horror and jealousy. Natsuki smirked evilly at them and replied,

"I just wanted to see if your ass was as tight as it looked…you didn't disappoint."

Sasuke's eyes widened a fraction before he snarled and turned around, walking off…and was that a blush on his face?

AH-HAHAHAHA! That was so good! Did you see that! He blushed!

Of course, any guy would blush if a pretty girl groped them.

Er…kit…this is Sasuke we're talking about…



We'll worry about this later…


The routine of meeting Sasuke and Sakura went on for the month that she had come back to Konoha. She had become really close to Hinata as well, surprised at how open the shy girl could be. She had also made friends with the others, after they had gotten used to her presence in their gang. All in all, she was happy about her progress. She had thought that it would be hard to regain them as friends. She could sigh in relief.

So, she woke up in the morning, feeling happy. She quickly got ready and went to meet the others, being before Kakashi for once, much to the surprise of Sakura. Sasuke didn't say anything, but then, after the groping incident, he didn't talk much to her and often avoided her gaze. Kyuubi made fun of him inside her mind, making Natsuki laugh at some of the rather lewd comments she made. Sakura thought she was weird…not that she cared for her opinion.

It was only recently that she noticed who shallow the pink haired was, especially when she was flirting with 'her' Sasuke. Was he really that great? She didn't think so, but then, she knew the real Sasuke whereas Sakura didn't. All she saw was the name 'Uchiha' and nothing else.

When Kakashi finally appeared, he informed them that Tsunade wanted to see them about a mission. They made their way over to the Hokage's tower and entered the busty woman's office. There they found the rest of the Konoha 12 waiting for them. Tsunade was sat at her desk, reading from a scroll. When they entered, she looked up and them and smiled.

"Right. I have a mission for you. The client is extremely wealthy, which is why you are all here. Your mission is to protect a man. He is a Seer, which means that he can see into the future. We believe that Orochimaru is after him. At the moment, he is with the Kazekage under heavy guard. You are to escort him back to his home in the land of Earth. Do you understand?"

They nodded and Natsuki frowned slightly,

Why would that snake bastard want a Seer?

I don't know…no one knows what that snake is scheming these days. He disappeared after Sasuke was retrieved. No one has seen him since.

Hmm…he's up to something…ah well…at least I get to meet Gaara again!

He won't know you…

I know…it'll be nice to become friends with him. He's nice… if you get past the serial killer mask.


Later that night, Natsuki sat on the balcony of her apartment, looking out over the village. She then looked up at the stars and the full moon.

'It looks beautiful tonight…' She decided. She was brought from her thoughts when a familiar voice asked,

"What you thinking about brat?"

She looked up at the toad sannin, who stood behind her. She shrugged and replied,

"That the moon was beautiful… pull up a ledge Ero-sennin."

The man grunted, but sat down anyway. They were silent for a while and then the blonde asked,

"Where have you been for the past month?"

"Information gathering…"

"For your book?"

"No. I was trying to find Orochimaru. He's a slippery bastard. I was asked to do this by Tsunade-hime to see if I could neutralise him before the Seer had to go back home. Unfortunately I wasn't able to find him, so you have the job of guarding the man."

"Will you be there as well?"

"No…I may be near by to help if anything big happens."

"Cool… I think…"

Jiraiya chuckled and clapped Natsuki on the shoulder saying,

"You better be going to bed kid, you have a mission to go on tomorrow."

"Okay Ero-sennin!"

"Don't call me that!"

Natsuki pulled on her puppy eyes, playing with an end of her hair,

"D-don't you love me any more?"

Jiraiya groaned and quickly left the scene with Natsuki's chuckle following him into the night.


YAY! I did it! I'm rather proud of myself XD

If you're thinking 'Isn't Naru-chan a Seer in Tojikomeru' well, that's because originally the Seer idea was in this fic…it just happened to be in my dream for Tojikomeru XP

Okay…what do you think?