The Love Doctor of Konoha
(Disclaimer: I don't own Naruto or its characters)
(A/N: Well it was a short story, but I enjoyed writing it. I hope you all enjoy reading it)
"I can't believe how selfish you're being, Asuma!"
"I'm not being selfish, I'm trying to set a good example for our students, why can't you understand that, Kurenai?! And coming here for this, we don't need to bother Tsunade-sama with something so trivial."
"So now our relationship is trivial, huh? I'm beginning to wonder why I like you in the first place!"
"I still like you, I just don't think we should do it is all. Please understand where I'm coming from."
"I know where you're coming from. You're afraid. Afraid of commitment! I thought we had something special!"
"This is intolerable! I'm going in whether Asuma likes it or not!" Tsunade said to herself, then rushed from her desk, burst open the door and threw a kunai at the quarreling lovers making them leap back and giving Tsunade their complete attention.
"Listen up because I'm only going to say this once. I heard you two squabbling all the way up here and that's not behavior I expect from two of my jonin. Continue acting like children and I'll demote both of you back to genin and make Ibiki-san your sensei! Do I make myself clear!?" Kurenai and Asuma looked at the Fifth Hokage in shock, trying to figure out if her threat was serious. The look on her face said she was and was waiting for their response but losing patience quickly.
"Yes, Hokage-sama!" both jonin said simultaneously.
"Now tell me what the heck you two are fighting about and make it quick."
"Well, Hokage-sama," Kurenai began, "We've been…dating for a while, soon after I got promoted to jonin and it's been great so far."
"So, what's the problem?" Tsunade asked.
"I want us to go to the next level, but Asuma's been…reluctant."
"What do you mean by 'next level' Kurenai?"
"She wants us to move in together, Hokage-sama," Asuma answered.
"And what's so bad about that?" Kurenai asked her boyfriend.
"The problem is we're both sensei of some young ninja at an impressionable age who are just beginning to have romantic relationships. What kind of example would we be setting if we were to move in together without getting married first? How can we expect them to be responsible in their relationships if we won't be?"
"I'd hate to say it, Kurenai, but Asuma's got a valid point," Tsunade began, "I've been listening to a lot of the younger ninja talk about their love problems all day. They need appropriate guidance in such matters. I want you both to consider what was just said. It sounds like Asuma wants to marry you sometime in the future. You should wait for that before living together."
"Thank you, Hokage-sama," Asuma began, but Tsunade interrupted.
"Do you think you're ready to get married? I think at least you are Kurenai, if you wanted to move in that badly with him." Kurenai blushed and smiled and Tsunade continued, "How about you Asuma? Do you love Kurenai enough to marry her? You've been together for a while after all, it seems you're committed to her already."
"Yes I am, very much so," Asuma replied, then looked at Kurenai, "I just was a little worried we were rushing things is all."
"Well, I'm ready if you are," Kurenai smiled. Asuma opened his arms and Kurenai walked into his embrace, returning the affection and then they kissed.
"Well if I can get you two apart, I think I need to see Asuma for a second alone. Wait in my office, Kurenai," Tsunade said. With one last peck on the cheek, Kurenai smiled and left her boyfriend alone with the Fifth Hokage.
"I am very proud of you, Asuma. You could have handled it better, but you stuck to your guns and were thinking about others as well as your lover. As a reward for your strong moral fiber I have an A-class mission for you."
"Excuse me, Hokage-sama, but what on earth are you talking about?"
"Simple. You want to stay together with Kurenai and she wants to move in with you, but you won't have it until you get married. You also had to disturb me and get me mixed up in your little spat. Since you did get me mixed up, I think I should do something for you. Your mission, which shall be mandatory and secret from everyone except the two of us, is to go out and find the best engagement ring for her you can find. Then give it to Kurenai in the most romantic way possible. And they both better be good. I'm gonna ask her how it went when it all goes down and you better not disappoint me, got it," Tsunade winked at Asuma.
"Understood, Hokage-sama. I promise not to disappoint either you or especially Kurenai. I'll get right on it!" Asuma smiled and went into Tsunade's office and arm in arm walked out with his girlfriend.
"So…what did the Hokage want, Asuma?" Kurenai asked.
"Sorry Kurenai, top secret," Asuma smiled as they walked off. Then Shizune turned to Tsunade.
"I'd hate to break it to you, Tsunade-sama, but that last little one took a lot of time. I don't think you're gonna finish today," she said sadly.
"UGH! Now I'll never get to go to the casino today! What a day that was. I think I'll just put my work away and call it a day. Take off Shizune, I'll be along in a minute." Tsunade walked back into her office and sat at her desk, reorganizing her papers so she can try to catch up the next day. When she finished she leaned back on her chair and put her feet on her desk.
"Forget the casinos, what I need, after a day like that is a good soak in a nice hot bath," she sighed, then her ears perked as she heard a stifled giggle. "Alright you little pervert, come on out where I can see you. You won't get a 'show' tonight, I promise!"
"Alright alright, I give up," Jiraiya said, deactivating his invisibility jutsu, "but get it right, I'm a big pervert," he grinned mischievously.
"How long have you been there?" Tsunade asked.
"Long enough to see you get tired out from all those blasted kids, then Kurenai and Asuma too."
"Why is it they all came to me though, they've got their parents or sensei? I don't think Sarutobi-sensei ever had this happen to him."
"Well, Saurtobi-sensei may have been well-loved by the people of Konoha, but their new Hokage is a woman, and a strong one at that. Plus you're a doctor. Those factors make you more approachable than Sarutobi-sensei ever was. They've finally gotten used to you and trust you wholeheartedly. You should be flattered, you've become The Love Doctor of Konoha," Jiraiya grinned, placing a hand on Tsunade's shoulder.
"Yeah, well…it felt good to help everyone, but I don't think they realize that I'm not so good at relationships myself. I haven't tried since…" Tears ran down the Fifth Hokage's cheek. Jiraiya put his shoulder around his old friend.
"They don't know you like I do, Tsunade. They love you, but you're still the Hokage, the symbol of strength in our village. They can't imagine you're still human underneath all of that. Just remember that you are human and that you have at least one person who cares about you enough to relate to you on that level. If you ever need me, I'll be here for you, Tsunade, no matter what"
"Thank you Jiraiya. That means a lot to me. I should get ready to go now," Tsunade said getting up off her chair, wiping the tears from her eyes.
"Hey I've got an idea. You've had a long day, so let me treat you to dinner and maybe some sake afterwards, what do you say? I'll even promise to be on my best behavior too."
"Are you asking me out on a date, Jiraiya?" Tsunade asked with a hint of a smile.
"Not if you don't want it to be. You said it will never happen a long time ago. As far as I'm concerned, this could be two good friends enjoying each other's company."
"Well, never is a long time and I think I can finally give you another try. Just don't make me regret it."
"I promise you won't, come on, let's go eat, drink, and be merry," Jiraiya offered his arm to Tsunade and the Fifth Hokage took it. They left together, hopeful of reinforcing their long relationship, with a possibility of gaining something more, the type of relationship that Tsunade observed in all her visitors today.
(A/N: Well, that's it for this story, I hope you all enjoyed reading it as much as I loved writing it. Maybe if I can come up with an idea for one, or get enough encouragement I'll make a sequel. What do you think?)