Fondue

A Dinner Game

I have no ownership of any characters used in this story.

Also if paragraph two doesn't make you hungry you have more willpower then I do.

I suggest not reading if you're on a diet.

The table was set beautifully, almost picture perfect. It made the gathering of teens take pause for a second. "Well come on you said you weren't used to the chill that we sometimes get this time of year. No better way to warm up as far as I'm concerned." The voice was that of no other then Choji, always the best man to ask for where to eat. He all but danced toward the long set up of food. The group had let him order ahead, mostly because there was no way to talk him out of it. Still the man knew his passion, and the feast laid before them was great.

At the right side of the table sat a simmering hotpot waiting to be used, accompanied by an almost boiling much smaller oil pot for fast frying, and a spead of meats. Next to them in the middle rested a long channeled and perfectly melted set of cheeses, three different kinds all too easily accessed from any seat on the table. An array of vegetables framed the edges of the three. Then at the left end sat a delicate and beautiful pair of chocolate fountains, one of dark and one of white, lightly iced trays of fruit decorated their shining silver bottom bowls.

The drinks were yet to be ordered, but the stunning variety of foods had certain members of the gang edgy. "Choji, of the love of god how are we paying for this? There's enough food here for a small army." The annoyed sound voice belonged to the longer haired blond of the troop. Ino was eyeing down her well rounded teammate even as he was reaching for a chair. He looked at her with the best sad puppy look she'd seen in years. "Hey they said they'd do anything to knock of the cold," his response left the blue eyed teen gaping at him.

They turned to the sound of snickering. Kankuro was chuckling rather opening as he wondered toward the table, where his brother had already seemingly just appeared at, it seemed that no one noticed him when he'd moved. "Don't worry about it. Somehow I doubt this would make a dent in our spending money." He was followed closely by Temari as she seated herself with a much better clamp on her laughter. Shikamaru had shrugged and sat next to the tall blond, trailed by the now much less dejected Choji. Ino wouldn't be left behind as she joined them. She looked back though as she noted the other sets that were yet to be filled. "I thought the others said they'd be waiting for us, not late."

"Troublesome... Who knows what random errand that Tsunade sent them on. You know how much Sakura is her pet Ino, if something needs doing she's the one that's sent." Shikamaru couldn't care less where they were by his tone, but he followed Ino's look toward the door. "Hump, sense we weren't going to have Ramen I'd be surprised if Naruto even showed up."

Ino and Temari shared one of those 'girl' looks and smiled at each other. "Oh he'll go where ever Sakura wants to go." The darker haired one explained while getting her first taste of the meat that was laid out. The pleased sound she made was an indicator for Kankuro to go ahead and take a piece as well and soon the teens were dipping away at all they could.

Shortly into it the missing three people appeared. Sai was first to sit with Naruto and finally Sakura joined the circle. At the inquiry from the black eyed teen it was explained that the sand siblings had complained about the cold and wet of Konoha compared to Suna at this time of year, or at least two of them had been complaining. In the moments that the explanation had taken place Temari had taken her attention off of her brothers. When it was returned though there was a slight twink of metal as she inserted her dipping fork between Kankuro and the nearest cheese sauce. "No double dipping you pig." The indignant look he had said he'd really not expected to be caught.

Sakura smiled lightly as the two bickered. "Well there's the first rule of this event. What other ones are we following? I always liked the one my mother told me about if you drop the bread in the cheese you have to kiss everyone at the table." Her statement was followed by an almost strangled sound as she glanced at her side to follow Gaara's arm down to where he'd just fumbled a piece of bread into the middle of the cheese containers. A slowly creeping blush reviled his shyness as he quickly withdrew his hand and stared at her. "You can't be serious," he stated in a surprisingly calm tone.

Giggling from the other side of the rounded table took his gaze. "I completely forgot about setting out the rules," Ino raise her hand authoritatively. "See it's tradition around here to set out certain rules when eating any kind of fondue. Every person gets their say. It turns into a kind of game. Some times the rule bars you from one of the dishes if you break it. Others have you buy something to go with the meal, like a bottle of sake for everyone. Still others are like the one Sakura said, things that would be something you'd say dare someone to do. The oldest rule of the game is if your refuse to obey a rule you broke you have to leave the table and wait for everyone outside." She took on a more reserved look then grinned at Gaara, "Sense the rules hadn't been set yet you don't actually have to kiss everyone."

The relief that set in on his slim frame was on visible to someone who'd known him for a while, and was something you'd of never seen him do when he still had Sukaku with him. He jerked slightly has his brother smacked him on the back. "Yeah having to kiss you little bro would be as bad as the time Temari let the fan girls back home have some of our photos. I thought that Matsuri was never going to shut up about how great you looked when caught in a nothing but a towel." The color the red head's face went was a perfect match to his hair. "For the sake of your continued good health, you should never say that again, or bring up any memory of the events that ensued." The harshness of his voice and the murderous look he gave both his siblings left Gaara at a complete lose at the whole table, save Sai and himself, erupted in laughter.

Sakura laid a soothing hand on his shoulder, "Don't worry we all have some sort of story like that." Her grinning face held his gaze for the duration of the humor riot. Then she turned to the entire table with a wicked look. "So who starts the rules for this one?" The questions hung in the air for a second then Naruto raise his dipping fork high in the air. "I will and the first rule is: If you loose your food in the frying oil you have to feed the person of your choice next to you for the next five minutes."

The pink haired medic went next. "Well I guess the whole table would be a bit much, so if you drop the bread in any of the cheeses you have to kiss someone sitting next to you." Gaara said there for a moment as the next rule came to him. Finally he spoke, "If you drop anything on the table you have to eat something raw." He blinked at Kankuro to go next. "Well that was kinda lame little bro, you can just choose a piece from the fruit trays." The plated faced young man hmmmed for a moment then smirked as he looked at Temari menacingly. "If you take more then five seconds fishing something from the hot pot you have to reveal to the group your secret crush if you have one, and kiss them is they're present. If you don't have one you have to kiss the person here you find most attractive." He followed her extended reach to the hotpot she was stabbing into. "You know rules don't go into effect until everyone has added theirs," she told him bluntly while retrieving her target.

Once done with her quick morsel the blond looked over to the chocolate fountains. "If you cross chocolates on the same piece of fruit you have to buy us all an ice cream later." She got smacked on the back of her head by her nearer sibling, "We came here to get warmed up, not cooled down." The blond shrugged as she turned to Shikamaru. He eyed her a second before stating simply and quick. "If you loose a vegetable in anything you have to tell use all the best sex joke you've ever heard." The blush that covered some faces at the thought made the usually stoic teen smirk as he waited for his partner to continue. "Well a classic from my family is: if you don't finish everything you've got on your plate by time everyone else is done you have to walk home backwards singing 'I'm a little tea cup' the whole way."

Ino rolled her eyes as she took her turn. "If you don't try something of everything on the table by the end you have to reveal your most embarrassing mission ever." Then she looked to Sai for the last one. He tapped his lips idly a second then seemed to have an idea. "If you're forced to kiss someone at the table it has to last more then three seconds and be on the mouth." "Oh good one!" Said Ino as she beamed at him sweetly. He nodded then looked back at everyone. "So shall we begin again?" A resounding yes went around the table as they all dug in.

To be continued next chapter. The list of rules again in order as they went around the table is:

1) If you loose your food in the frying oil you have to feed the person of your choice next to you for the next five minutes.

2I) f you drop the bread in any of the cheeses you have to kiss someone sitting next to you.

3) If you drop anything on the table you have to eat something raw.

4) If you take more then five seconds fishing something from the hot pot you have to reveil to the group your secret crush if you have one, and kiss them is they're present. If you don't have one you have to kiss the person here you find most attractive.

5) If you cross chocolates on the same piece of fruit you have to buy us all an icecream later.

6) If you loose a vegetable in anything you have to tell us all the best sex joke you've ever heard.

7) If you don't finish everything you've got on your plate by time everyone else is done you have to walk home backwards singing 'I'm a little tea cup' the whole way.

8) If you don't try something of everything on the table by the end you have to reveal your most embarrassing mission ever.

9) If you're forced to kiss someone at the table it has to last more then three seconds and be on the mouth.

And of course if any are not obeyed the person has to leave and wait outside for everyone.

I have plans for some of the rules being used for shipping purposes, but others I'm going to leave to comments and suggestions. Some may not be used, others may be repeated. Let's hear some ideas. No idea how many chapters this will end, so check back often.

Also the seating is Naruto Sakura Gaara Kankuro Temari Shikamaru Choji Ino and Sai going around a round table.