Naruto climbed into the apartment he shared with his wife, Hinata.
He was so sweaty and sticky from his last ANBU Shinobi mission.
He got right into bed and wrapped his arms around his wife. He kissed her forehead and whispered, "I love you," in her ear.
Little did he know, his wife was already awake. She could smell the sweat on her husband's body and she didn't need a clock to tell it was early in the morning. Her husband worked at the Hokage's office. Maybe they kept him late doing paperwork and he got sweaty in his suit. Hinata couldn't help but think that maybe, just maybe, there was another reason he crawled into bed with her at that hour, smelling like sweat.
Neji was at Hyuuga Corp., filling out some paperwork. Then, he remembered he wanted an audience with his uncle. He picked up the telephone and dialed.
Neji hadn't had the most perfect relationship with his uncle in the past, but his uncle loved him and supported his ambitions with Hyuuga Corp. and ANBU Shinobi, and would probably be delighted to learn of his wife's condition. His uncle treated him like the son he never had.
Hyuuga Hiashi picked up on the third ring.
"Neji! What a pleasant surprise! How are you doing?" Hiashi asked.
When Hiashi retired, he had gotten exponentially more laid-back. He was less tense, more friendly, and definitely easier to talk to.
"Hiashi-sama! Tenten and I would like to request an audience with you," Neji said.
"Why don't you stop by this afternoon?" Hiashi-sama asked.
"Of course," Neji said, "Good day, Hiashi-sama."
The pair hung up.
Hinata shuffled into the bakery, a full hour late for work.
Tenten noticed something was wrong immediately.
"Hinata, is something bothering you?" Tenten asked her cousin-in-law gently.
Hinata nodded and bit her lip, "I think Naruto's cheating on me."
Tenten gasped, "Why would he do that? Naruto's crazy about you!"
Hinata shook her head, "Yesterday he came to bed early in the morning and drenched in sweat. What other explanation is there?"
Tenten shook her head, "There's got to be another explanation. I'll take care of the shop. Why don't you go find your husband?"
Hinata nodded and trudged off to the Hokage Building.
Orochimaru was in shock. He was caught in the Mangekyo Sharingan. He was done for. The person he had been talking to earlier hadn't been Kabuto at all. It was definitely Sasuke. Twenty-four hours went by. Then forty-eight. The sun kept rising and falling. He couldn't move, and he felt like he was being pelted with swords. Suddenly, he felt a Chidori through the heart. He was dead and gone, as dead and gone someone who wasn't human anymore could be, but it wasn't over yet. It was far from it.
Hinata walked into the Hokage Building and asked to see Naruto. The receptionist led her up an elevator then said, "You must be Uzumaki Hinata."
Hinata nodded. The receptionist smiled, "Naruto talks about you so much. He makes sure all the office party cakes are made by you. They're delicious."
Hinata laughed. Maybe it was all a big misunderstanding.
Neji opened the door to his cousin's bakery and was shocked to see nobody at the counter. Neji raised and eyebrow. Suddenly, his wife came bursting through the door to the kitchen, carrying a cake that must have been at least eight layers. She looked disheveled and like she had worked hard all day.
Neji immediately jumped over the counter and snatched the cake out of Tenten's hands.
"Tenten! Where's Hinata? Did she leave you with all this work?" Neji asked frantically.
Tenten nodded, "Hinata's confronting Naruto. I need more hands. All the interviews with those who applied to work here are next week."
Neji sighed and went to the kitchen and picked up a big stack of paperwork.
"Tenten, when Hinata returns, we must go have an audience with Hiashi-sama. But now, we have pastries to make."
The couple got to work.
Naruto was doing paperwork on the break in at the jewelry store last night when his wife came in.
"Oh, Hinata-chan! What are you doing here?" Naruto asked, jumping over his desk to greet her.
He then proceeded to pick her up and spin her around. Then, he noticed her expression.
"Hinata-chan, what's wrong?" Naruto asked.
Hinata bit her lip and asked, "Why did you come to bed last night at such an early hour in the morning? Why were you so sweaty? Are you cheating on me?"
Naruto shook his head and said, "I could never cheat on you! I love you! But… there is something I have to tell you."
Hinata's face went pale, "What?"
Naruto sighed and lifted the fox mask out of his pocket, "I'm in ANBU Shinobi. I'm Fox. Yesterday I had a particularly difficult mission at a jewelry store. It was hard work. But I joined ANBU Shinobi to protect my village, my family, especially you."
He took his wife's hand, and she smiled.
"Naruto, I-I'm in ANBU Kunoichi. I'm Butterfly. I can use the Byakugan a lot better than I've been telling you," she said.
They grinned at each other.
"Glad we got that cleared up! Now if only the paperwork on my desk would clear up," Naruto said, glaring at the paperwork.
Sasuke got out of Orochimaru's lair as soon as he knew Orochimaru was dead. He smirked. He was finally off probation. And more importantly, he could finally ask Sakura to marry him! But first, he had to get back to Konoha.
Hinata walked into her bakery kitchen with a grin on her face.
Tenten and Neji were making a cake. He was frosting the letters and she was frosting the flowers.
Hinata blinked, "Neji-nii-san, what are you doing here?"
Tenten grinned, "She's here. Let's go!"
They proceeded to take off their hair nets and aprons.
Neji said, "We have an audience with your father."
Then, the duo walked out of Hinata's bakery, leaving her very confused.
Sasuke found his way to ANBU Kunoichi headquarters.
"Tsunade-sama, Orochimaru is dead."
Tsunade-sama smiled, "Excellent, Uchiha. You're off probation. And I think Sakura's about to get on lunch break."
Sasuke smirked, and made his way over to the hospital. He passed Ichiraku's Ramen on his way there, and was shocked to already see Sakura there. Sakura wasn't alone. She was having lunch with Chouji. Sasuke got a horrible feeling in the pit of his stomach. Was he too late?
Hiashi-sama was reading a book on his f
ront porch when his nephew and nephew's wife appeared.
"Neji! Tenten! Glad to see you! Come inside!" Hiashi said, opening the door for the couple.
They sat down at his tea table and Hiashi proceeded to pour tea.
"Now, what did you two want to see me about?" Hiashi asked.
Tenten and Neji smiled knowingly at each other.
Tenten rested a hand upon her barely visible baby bump and said, "We're expecting."
Hiashi nearly dropped the teapot, "I'm going to be a grandpa," he whispered, "You two must be so excited!"
The couple smiled softly and suddenly Tenten said, "Oh! The baby's kicking."
Neji rested his hand upon his wife's belly and Hiashi jumped up to do so as well.
Hiashi smiled, "The twins kick so strongly."
Tenten looked startled, "Twins?"
Hiashi laughed, "Twins run in the family. They tend to skip a generation in the main family. One generation will be twins, the next will not, but then…" he gestured to Tenten's belly.
After a lovely afternoon tea with Hiashi-sama, Tenten and Neji left.
"Can you believe him? I thought he had another ten years before going senile, but twins!" Tenten shook her head in disbelief.
Neji opened his mouth, and closed it. Now would not be a good time to tell Tenten that he had seen the two separate chakra concentrations with his Byakugan and Hiashi's prediction was correct.
Kabuto walked into Orochimaru's lair, feeling very dazed. Uchiha Sasuke had done quite a bit of damge on him. Suddenly, he felt something crawl onto his skin. Then, a voice spoke.
"Uchiha Sasuke killed me, but that's okay. I can still live on through you."
Coming up next…
"Sakura, will you marry me?"
And after that…
"Congratulations! You're hired!"
So… what Ino couple do you want: KibaIno, ChouIno, or KankIno. Comment which one you want. New poll on my profile! Who should work at Hinata's bakery?