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I don't know if there are any beaches near Konoha. I've pretended there is- go with it, please? XD

"Cause I'm broken when I'm open,
And I don't feel like I am strong enough,
Cause I'm broken when I'm lonesome,
And I don't feel right when you're gone away-"

Seether Feat. Amy Lee- Broken

Just Walk

By Nanaki Lioness

It was going to be a beautiful morning. The sun was rising, breaking through the clouds and sending its golden rays down onto the ocean below. The waves of the sea crashed noisily against the shore as the tide worked its way in slowly, the sound steady and crisp.

It was observed by a lone person, standing halfway up a set of stairs leading down to the beach. His arms were folded across the waist-level wall around the stairwell and he was leaning on them, staring silently out to the sunrise.

"You're here already."

It wasn't a question- it was a statement. Sasuke didn't turn around- he knew who the person standing a few steps below him was.

"You remembered," he replied.

The visitor joined him at the wall, leaning across it too. "Of course. I thought you'd be on the beach, not up here on the stairs."

"Up here is a better view."

Silence for a moment.

"I bought you something."

Sasuke turned, eyes narrowed slightly on confusion. He was handed a small packet of mints, and he smiled softly.

"Thanks, Naruto."

Naruto shrugged. "You confuse me. You hate sweet things, but you like mints?"

Sasuke shrugged back, opening the packet. "It's not the same."

They both turned back to the view in front of them, content in each other's silent company.

"So what did you have planned for today?" Naruto asked eventually.

"I didn't have any plans," Sasuke replied. "I'm happy to stand here all day."

"It won't be a sunrise all day," Naruto pointed out. "And it's only five thirty. People will start coming here in a couple of hours. We'd get disturbed by the people coming up and down the stairs and-"

"Alright, maybe not here," Sasuke interrupted sharply. "We don't have to do anything, do we?"

Naruto shifted awkwardly. "I guess not."

Sasuke smirked softly. "That would drive you insane, wouldn't it?"

Naruto grinned. "Of course."

"Then let's walk."

They headed down the stairs and onto the walkway along the beach side. There was one lone person in the distance walking a dog, and no-one else around. Naruto eyed the sandy beach itself longingly, but Sasuke shook his head.

"No. You'll complain about having sand in your shoes all day."

Naruto pouted, but continued walking alongside his companion.

"It's been a while," he said softly. "Since we both had the time to do something like this."

"Since it's been planned for over a month, I really am surprised you remembered."

Naruto punched Sasuke's arm lightly, frowning. "I put it on my calendar and circled it and everything!"

Sasuke gave him a sideways glance. "You put it on your calendar?"

"Sure. Don't worry, I didn't write what I was doing. Just so I'd remember today was important. '5.30 meeting'. That's all."


Naruto sighed, grabbing Sasuke's arm and pulling him to a stop. "I've missed you, Sasuke."

"I've been at your side every day."

Naruto frowned. "That's not what I mean, and you know it. I've missed you."

Sasuke turned to him with a small smile, holding a hand to his face and cupping his cheek gently. "I've missed you too."

He dropped his arm down to Naruto's side, lightly clasping his hand and continuing his walk. Naruto gripped the welcomed hand tighter with a grin, and let himself be led.

"You're being rather bold," he noted. "This does count as a public place, you know."

"There isn't anyone else here," Sasuke replied. "It's our own personal sunrise."

Naruto pointed into the distance. "There's someone walking a dog up there."

Sasuke scowled at him. "They have their back to us, and they're too far away to see anything. Are you trying to ruin the moment?"

Naruto grinned, squeezing his lover's hand. "Maybe. You're cute when you're mad."

"Cute. Right."

Naruto's smile faltered, just for a moment. "I wish we didn't have to hide it."

Sasuke stiffened slightly, but didn't stop walking. "I wish we didn't live in such a prejudiced world, either."

They kept walking, Naruto eventually stopping and pulling on Sasuke's arm to stop him as well.

"What is it?" Sasuke asked, stopping and pulling his hand free gently.

"Where are we headed?" Naruto asked.

Sasuke shrugged. "I told you, I didn't have any plans for today. Let's just walk and see where we end up. We have the day to ourselves, and we're miles from home."

Naruto reached out for Sasuke's hand again, smiling as he received it. "Alright," he agreed. "I'll go anywhere if you're there with me sharing it."


Author's Note: Inspired by a little walk across the beach I shared with somebody very important to me this morning. It's a little sappy, but that's how I'm feeling this morning, so it came across in this.

I hope you enjoyed :)