Hey! Me here! Haha, yes, anyways. Here we go, a Naruto fanfic. It was only a matter of time before this happened, I knew I'd write one one day. SO yeah.

KakashiXOC. Rated T for the odd spurt of language. And just to be safe. Yeah, safe is good. Good, indeed. Wait, did I just agree with myself? Oh crap, I did. Sigh Just read and ignore me. Go on! Shoo! Read!

I scoffed, resisting the urge to laugh at Naruto as he fell out of the tree for what looked like the tenth time.

"You've got to focus your chakra to your feet" I reminded him, my voice shaking.

I couldn't contain the laughter much longer.

Now, I'm sure many of you are wondering why I'm teaching Naruto to run up a tree. Don't worry, it's not like he's aspiring to be a squirrel or anything.

You see, Kakashi's sick, and I, being a substitute, am stuck watching Kakashi's team.

Although, he's been out sick for the past week.

Maybe he got some rare jungle virus. Yes, that's definitely it! That would make so much sense to why he hasn't been here.

Now if only he had actually been near a jungle.

It wasn't like I minding subbing in for him, no, in fact, I liked it.

His team listened, for the most part, and, they didn't try and attack me with a swarm of bugs.

It was the fact that Kakashi was never sick.

Literally, never.

"Um, Sensei?" I heard voice say. Who was that?

I turned around slowly, "Yes?"

Oh, it was the emo kid.

Sasuke had made it up the tree and was hanging smugly, upside down, from a tree.

I clapped.

"Yay for Sasuke!" I cheered, sounding crazier then I normally do.

"Why can't you do that, Naruto?" I heard Sakura ask.

"Who says I can't?" Naruto fumed.

I turned myself back around to watch this.

I have no idea where he went wrong, but instead of climbing the tree, he ran face first into it.

I couldn't hold it in.

I laughed, I laughed until I was lying on the ground.

"Akiko-sensei, are you ok?" Sakura asked slowly.

I waved my hand dismissively. "I'm as fine as a kitten in the rain." I replied calmly.

"Kittens don't like rain" Naruto said.

"This particular kitten does" I snapped, getting a raised eyebrow look from Sasuke, and upside-down one at that.

What's that emo looking at? C'mon, I'm not that weird!

Well, before I have you guys thinking I'm not a mental case, maybe I should explain a little about myself.

First, my name's Akiko, which means sparkle, or bright. I'm not sure why they named me that, I'm not that bright, nor do I sparkle, maybe my mother had something of fetish for shiny things, like me. Aside from Akiko being a fun thing to say, I'm normally called Ko, because Akiko's a fun thing to say (Trust me, once people start, it gets annoying).

I'm twenty years old.

My hair is what you would call an odd color, it's what I would call just dang awesome. I had my hair dyed….orange. It's a dark orange though, being blinded by it isn't possible.

My eyes are a grey color, which looks really funny with orange hair.

I moved here last year, taking up a substitute sensei job. It's not a bad job. Most kids are good, and I like their sensei's.

They like me too on a bonus note.

Well, I hope they do.

If they didn't, maybe I should stop going out to lunch with them. Yeah….right, like I'm going to stop going to lunch, it's free food. I'm not one to pass up on free food.

My family was killed a long time ago so I live with my uncle, but I'm looking for my own place.

I like shiny things, I've recently developed a fuzzy sock fetish, which my uncle claims is 'great!' I think he likes them to. Or he's planning on making a bomb out of them, I can see it happening. Yeah, enough for now, that's all you really need to know.

I lifted my hand in the air slowly.

"Help me up" I said, flailing my hand around aimlessly around until Sakura grabbed it and pulled me up.

"Thank you."

Sakura nodded, and then scurried over to gawk at Sasuke, who was still in the tree.

How long can that kid stay up there? I considered pulling out a stopwatch and timing him, but thought better of it after seeing Naruto's face.

I clapped, "Alright, Sasuke, out of the tree."

"What are we doing now?" Naruto asked.

I smiled like a crazed kid on sugar rush who had found where the icing sugar was. Naruto backed away slowly, I think Sakura did to.

"Push ups!" I screamed.

"How many?" Sasuke asked.

I swear, with that one question he was taunting Naruto, impressing the fangirls that we all knew were hiding nearby, and questioning my teaching skills.

"As many as you can do, as for everyone else, ten" I replied evenly.

Sakura and Naruto groaned and began with the horrible task most commonly known as push ups.

I sat down again, settling myself down into the dirt, I began to count their push ups.

By the time Naruto collapsed, at 4, Sakura was on 5, and Sasuke was on 7.

"Naruto, c'mon" I said, unable to think of a random stupid snappy comeback.

"I'd like to see you do better" Naruto taunted. I smiled wickedly.

I got into my pushup stance.

Shut up, I do have a stance.

I managed to get 7 in before I to was lying on the ground.

I sat up, smirking at Naruto, because I'm a weirdo and compete with my students.

Oh great, I'm calling them my students. I may have some withdrawal issues once Kakashi is back.

I glanced around and, lo and behold, Sasuke was still going.

He was like a push-up madman.

Which I told him, only to be given another raised eyebrow look.

Sakura had finished her push-ups, and was sitting there, looking at me, waiting for what we were doing next.

I smiled. "Sasuke, you can stop." He stopped and looked at me. "What now?" he asked.

"We go home" I said dismissively. "I've had enough of you."

They all nodded, and stood up.

"See ya tomorrow!" I said, without thinking.

"Won't Kakashi-sensei be back?" Sakura asked. I scoffed, yeah right.

I had a sinking suspicion that he wasn't going to come in at all this week.

"If he's still out tomorrow, I'll go check on him." I promised.

"Alright then" Sakura said. I nodded, and ran away.

Yeah, I was right. Kakashi didn't come.

I was a little ticked at him, mainly for leaving me with them on a day when Naruto was especially hyper, and Sasuke was especially cranky.

So, to spite him, I took them out for ramen, and then I took them to a movie, I forget which one.

"Thanks Sensei!" Naruto said cheerfully, stepping out into the bright streets of what we call Konoha.

"No problem" I said, "I'm not sure if I could take training with you guys much longer." Sakura smiled slightly.

Did she think I was joking?

I wasn't joking. I was dead serious.

"Alright, we can call it quits for today, I'm going to go see if Kakashi's alright." I said. "Good" Sasuke said.

"I'm getting tired of your teaching methods."

I frowned. "What?" I asked, keeping my voice calm.

He repeated it, more to my face then before.

I twitched. "Oh, yeah!?" I shouted, ignoring some weird looks, "Would you rather I get that crazy old lady that's always petting your head?!"

It's true; there is a sub like that. She petted my head once. I've hated her ever since. Yeah, so, once I'd calmed down enough, I left.

I walked down the road, suddenly wishing I actually knew where Kakashi lived.

I wandered around, looking for a Kakashi-ish looking house, but I found none. Eventually I found myself window-shopping on Main Street instead of actually looking for his house.

I was walking in front of the grocery when I noticed Iruka.

"Iruka!" I called.

He looked up.

"Oh, hi Akiko."

"I promised Kakashi's students I'd check up on him, any idea where his house is?" I asked.

He blinked. "Yeah, he lives on Wall street. Number 766, I believe.

"Thanks" I said, running off.

Good ole' Iruka.

Always knows where people live.

Wait, how is that a good thing?

That's a bad thing.

For all I know, he could be stalking people.

That's definitely what he's doing.

There's no other option, besides the fact that he is on good terms with like everyone, and visits them a lot.

But I like my theory better.

But now I'm locking my door tonight. And the windows too.

Once getting thoughts of a stalker Iruka out of my mind, I set out to find Kakashi's place.

Not an easy task, mind you. There are like seven wall streets, and they all look alike.

Wait, maybe I went past the same place.

Six times, I wouldn't put it past me.

But apparently, seventh's times a charm.

This time I actually noticed a house with a 766 on it.

It was a nice two-story house, it had nice porch, a front yard that had potential, granted he actually looked after the garden, there was one of those weird porch roofs, and from there two windows that probably lead to like his bedroom and one other random room. Like a sewing room, I could see Kakashi having a sewing room.

I stood in front of his house, staring blankly as I tried to decide how to enter his house.

I could go through the window, just for the sake of going through the window, or I could go through the door, and look relatively sane.

As nice as keeping some sanity points, the window seemed like so much more fun.

So, that's what I did. I climbed the freaky rail thing that kept the porch roof from falling.

Once I made it up, I made sure no one was watching, which I probably should've done before climbing up a post.

Luckily for me, no one was watching.

If they were, someone would've called the police, and that would really cause some problems.

I crawled up to the window and looked in, Kakashi wasn't in the bedroom.

I sighed with relief.

Yes, stealth point to me. I opened the window slowly, hoping it wouldn't creak, and it didn't.

Yay, the window didn't creak! I thought, doing a mental happy dance.

I would've done a real happy dance, but being on a roof and all, that would be a very stupid thing to do.

I jumped into the room and onto the bed, without making much noise.

I looked around. There was a desk, a bed, a chair, and a bookshelf.

Wait! Wait a minute!

This room is too clean to be Kakashi's room. There was nothing on the floor, or any perverted looking books on the shelf.

Definitely not Kakashi's room.

A guest room?

Or does he have a girlfriend?

Gasp! That's it! He has a secret girlfriend! It all makes sense!

Wait- what all makes sense?

I have no evidence.

Oh well, I guess I'll have to ask him later.

Oh, yes, brilliant plan, walk up and ask if they have a secret romance.

Not like it matter's.

Kakashi probably already thinks I'm a mental case.

Hey! It's not my fault he walked in on me when I was dancing!

Well, ok, maybe it was, I didn't have to dance when I got the job. And he didn't have to walk in right away.

He could've given me two minutes to calm down before he walked in to start the grand tour.

Which he didn't even finish, might I add, he wandered off to go read his stupid book, leaving me to find my way myself.

I walked out of the room carefully, I couldn't have myself falling. I looked around the hallway; it was a mess, Aha! I thought suddenly. A staircase.

I began the horrendous trek down the stairs, my frown growing larger every time the staircase creaked.

Stupid stairs, creaking when it's so obvious I'm trying to be ninja.

Once I'd made it to the bottom, and cursed at the staircase quietly, I peered around the corner.

There was Kakashi, lying sound asleep on the couch, his creepy mask still on. I don't get it, how does he breath with that thing on? Then I noticed something, he was wearing

plaid pajama pants, but no shirt. I could feel my face turn slightly red, but I pushed the feeling back, there was also a book lying open on his chest, Make-out tactics.

"Kakashi?" I called softly.

He muttered something in his sleep about who-knows-what.

After several random and probably unheard of attempts at waking him, I finally just grabbed the book of his chest and smacked him on the head with it.

"Oi! Kakashi!" I said loudly as he rolled off the couch in surprise.

"Akiko? What are you doing here?" He asked, sitting up and holding his head where I'd hit him moments before. "Your students were worried, I said I'd check up on you" I explained brightly.

He gave me a look that said: 'Why you? Of all people?'

Yeah, he definitely thinks I'm crazy.

"It was me or Naruto" I told him.

He nodded, looking thankful after that.

"And you said you were sick" I scoffed, leaning forward and examining his face. It didn't look like he'd been sick. He blinked.

"How'd you get in here?" He asked.

Oh, yeah. Subtle change of subject, smooth.

"The window was open" I said, slowly standing up straight.

"The door wasn't locked you know" He said. I shrugged. "So, where's the fun in that?" He chuckled.

I extended my hand to help him up, he took it gratefully.

"So, are you really sick?" I asked.

"Cause I'm kicking your ass either way."

"Why?" He asked slowly.

"You left me stuck with Naruto and Sasuke, for a week" I stated, crossing my arms. "Where they that bad?" He asked.

I nodded.

"Well, then I guess I'll have to be the hero and come to work tomorrow" He joked.

I rolled my eyes. "Thanks, you hungry?" I asked suddenly.

His brow creased thoughtfully.

"Yes" he nodded. I smiled.

"Good, Kurenai invited me out to eat at six; she said I could bring a friend."

He raised an eyebrow. "I'm your friend?"

I shook my head, "Not really, but I can't just let someone die of hunger."

"Hey! I can cook!" He protested.

"Cook what?" I asked, allowing a bit of surprise in my voice.

"I can make ramen" He replied.

I raised an eyebrow. He sighed, "I see your point." I smiled.

"Alright, now get dressed" I said.

He nodded slowly and walked into a room just to the left of the couch.

"You know" He said, he voice muffled by the door, "We barely know each other, it's going to look weird, you taking me to eat with you."

I nodded, then realized that he couldn't see that through the door, quickly agreed.

"Yeah, but I'll just tell them I couldn't leave a starving man to die."

"You know they're not going to believe that, right?" He asked, opening the door to his room, finished pulling his vest on, and walked out.

"Well, too bad" I said, looking up at him. Arg, he was tall. "It's almost six" Kakashi said blandly. "Alrighty then!" I cheered, "Head out!"

I bolted out the door, Kakashi following calmly behind.

"Where are we going?" Kakashi asked me.

"How should I know?" I responded quickly,

"She didn't tell me-crap"

I added, after realizing what I'd just said.

He sighed, "Great, I get woken up from my nap, only to be stuck wandering Konoha with a mental-case."

"That mental-case is right here" I snapped.

I think he smiled. Stupid mask.

"Well, on a brighter note, we got to know each other better" I said, referring to the fact that we had actually managed a conversation.

"Did you plan this just to get to know me better?" Kakashi asked me suspiciously.

"Would I lie about free food?" I replied.

He sighed, "No?" "That's right, now let's find somewhere to eat" I said.

"There's the ramen place right there" Kakashi said.

I shook my head, my gray eyes wide.

"No way. You know Naruto's in there." He laughed.

"You said you're hungry, and it's not like we're actually doing anything" he said.

"But its Naruto" I said. He laughed again.

"Just go in." He sighed.

"If he gets any idea's" I began.

"He won't." Kakashi said. I rolled my eyes for no reason and walked in.

Sure enough, there was Naruto.

"Akiko-sensei! Hi" Naruto said cheerfully from a counter stool. I smiled slowly.

"Hey, Naruto."

"Why is Kakashi-sensei with you?" He asked.

"Well, I couldn't leave a starving man to die" I explained.

Naruto's eyes went wide. He peered over my shoulder at Kakashi, who had one hand covering his face as he shook his head.

"C'mon, sit down" Naruto urged. I tried not to laugh as Naruto stood up and rushed Kakashi to a stool. I sat down next to him.

"Won't believe me, eh?" I teased, elbowing him in the ribs.

"What would this fine couple like?" A man asked from behind the counter.

I looked up, blinking.

Did he just say couple? A couple? Why would he call us a couple?

"We're not a couple" Kakashi said.

"And I'll have the special." The waiter person glanced at me.

"I'll have the same." I said. Eventually the ramen came.

"You feel ok, sensei?" Naruto asked after Kakashi had managed to swallow some, without anyone noticing he had taken his mask slightly off. Sadly for Naruto, it was back on by the time he noticed.

Kakashi nodded. I poked the ramen with my chopstick before taking a bite. It took us half-an-hour to finish.

"Who's paying?" I asked. Kakashi shrugged. "I don't have my wallet."

I sighed, pulling my wallet out of my pocket. "Fine. But you owe me a meal here."

Kakashi nodded in agreement. After I had managed to find the amount of money in my wallet, which took a while, as I had little change and I had resorted to counting quarters.

"You could always carry actual money with you" Kakashi pointed out as we left.

I had just given up in the end and used a coupon I borrowed from Naruto.

That's a new low for me, borrowing coupons from Naruto.

I shrugged, "I would, if I had any."

"You do have a job" He reminded me.

"Yeah, but the pay is crap" I muttered.

"Is it really that bad?" he asked. I looked up at him.

"Are you kidding? It makes the assistant teaching job's pay look great!"

Kakashi looked at me sympathetically. We all know how little the teaching assistants get paid. It's pretty sad actually.

"You want to be an assistant?" he asked. I nodded. "Are you sure?" He asked, a tone of shock creeping into his voice. I nodded again.

I was fully aware of the crap that they got put through by the sensei's. I didn't really care, better pay meant more work. It makes sense, doesn't it?

He shook his head. "Maybe you really are crazy."

I was about to say some really awesome comeback, when something caught my eye;

Police tape and flashing lights.

So I found myself saying: "Yeah, maybe. Hey, what do you think is going on over there?"

Kakashi shrugged, "I don't know, but I have to say I'm a little curious myself."

"Then let's go see!" I exclaimed.

I broke into a light jog/ skip thing, Kakashi just walked calmly behind me.

It looked like a crime scene, and the closer I got to it, the more ominous it looked.

There were people gathered outside of the police do-not cross tape, some were crying.

Very ominous. As I got closer, I also saw I truck, on the back in big, white, letters it read: Coroner.

Did someone die?

"What happened here?" I asked a police officer standing outside of the tape. "There was a murder" He offered, not looking up from the mug of coffee he was holding.

Cops and their stereotypes.

"A murder" I inquired, wanting to know more.

"We're not able to give anymore information to the public" he said robotically.

"Really?" Kakashi said, "That's a shame."

The police dude looked up. "Hey, Kakashi" he said, suddenly noticing me and him.

Then he shook his head. "I'm sorry; I really don't know what happened."

"Could it be him?" Kakashi asked.

By 'him' he was probably referring to that killer that was on the loose.

Normally I would've found this thought frightening, but at the moment, I was more curious about it than normal.

The man shook his head, "It's likely, but is this really the way you want to be spending your date?"

Date? Again with date thing! Why must everyone think we're on a date?

I think Kakashi noticed how my fingers were twitching madly, because he spoke up before I could strangle someone.

"We're not on a date" He said. The cop raised an eyebrow.

"Oh, then why is this fine young lady with you?" My fingers started twitching more violently, could he not see how much I felt like strangling him.

"She got invited to supper, decided to drag me along, and then got lost" Kakashi explained.

"I know exactly where we are, thank you very much" I said. Kakashi laughed, and then stopped when he realized some of the crying people were glaring at him for laughing.

"Alright, well I'm going home" Kakashi said. I nodded.

"Good idea, cause if I'm watching your class again tomorrow I will track you down" I threatened.

"And do what?" he inquired.

My eyes narrowed.

"I'll tell Naruto where you live."

He rolled his eyes.

Well, the eye that I could see. Maybe he only rolls one eye. That would be so awesome.

And really scary. Kakashi turned and left, heading off in the direction of his house.

I frowned, remembering where I lived.

Crap, I was stuck following Kakashi. Well, I thought, I might as well have company.

"Kakashi! Wait up!"

"Where were you?!" A voice hollered as I stepped through the door to the house.

"Hmm?" I said as I kicked off my shoes, literally, into the closet. "Oh, hi uncle."

It was then he began his little tirade about coming home late.

Honestly, he acts like an over-protective father, and it gets annoying.

I'm old enough to care for myself.

"Where were you?" he asked again.

I blinked. "I was with Kakashi Hatake for a bit" I said.

"You and Hatake, huh?" my uncle mused. I frowned.

"It's not like that!" I protested.


"Yes, uncle."

My uncle smiled knowingly, "Right." My eye twitched slightly.

I hated that smile, it was like Gai's smile sometimes, and so, if you can imagine coming home and seeing that smile, you'd understand at least half of my issues.

"There was another murder" I said, changing the topic quickly. My uncle's smile morphed into a frown.

"Really? Who was it?"

"I dunno, they couldn't tell us anything" I said, shrugging. The smile came back onto my uncle's face.

What did I say?

"Us?" he asked slowly.

"Kakashi was with me, ok?" I said, frustrated.

He smiled his stupid smile again. I rolled my eyes.

"I'm going to bed" I said, quickly hurrying to my room.

I pulled on my awesome pink panda pajama pants. Try saying that one five times.

After laughing about my awesome tongue twister I had just come up with, I lay down on my bed.

I didn't fall asleep right away; I couldn't get rid of the feeling something weird was going to happen tomorrow.

Aha's! I'm done the first chapter. And have no fear! I have a plot planned(Woah, does that sound funny to anyone else?) So yeah.