Well its the final chapter. Its been a long road but it was worth getting this done. ^_^

I don't always have someone to read over this, so if my grammar/punctuation/spelling/whatever is off, sorry. Please Review after reading, good or bad I really like to know, so please spend a few seconds telling me what you think. Enjoy.

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Chapter 9: Then and Now.

The church erupted with cries of happiness and joy as the couples lips met. Naruto quickly wiped the tear that began to emerge. Everyone followed as the newly weds ran from the church and into a carriage. Before they pulled away Sasuke turned toward him and mouthed 3 simple words. Talk. To. Her.

"I wonder what that's supposed to mean." she said sarcastically behind him.

"Ino, you scared me."

"So what did he mean?"

"He? Who?"

"Sasuke."

"Sasuke? Why, what did he say?"

"Naruto…stop." She wasn't buying it.

He sighed as he grabbed her hand. "Come with me." He led her through the crowd and back into the church. "What he meant was pretty obvious. To be honest though there isn't much to talk about…

"You sure about that Naruto? I think what we decided was a good thing, but I just want things to get better…I wanna be happy again."

"As do I. This is why I'm saying I'll be fine on my own for a bit… and you can be happy with Sai"

"Yeah…"

Naruto stood up and stretched out. "I'm off…see you around."

"You're not coming to the reception?"

"I have to go visit my doctor for a check up."

"But why not see Tsunade tomorrow?"

"I…I don't know." He shrugged. "I want too…"

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Months had passed since Sakura and Sasukes wedding and his last intimate moment with Ino. To his own surprise he didn't run away, or tuck away like a hermit but interacted far more than he had in the past years. That's not to say he didn't "avoid" Ino, he hated how he used that word but it was sorta true. He saw her very rarely and never really got into meaningful conversations with her. Since then things with everyone were getting serious, except for Ino. Soon after the wedding Sai and Ino broke off their wedding and remained friends. Though the reason for why they did it varied, Naruto felt he was a deciding factor. But it was what it was and everything was going smoothly, especially because his memory had fully come back to him.

Naruto smiled as he pushed away his second empty bowl of ramen away. It was 9am and Naruto was waiting for his mission partner to arrive. He had argued endlessly with Tsunade to just let him venture out alone, but she wouldn't hear any of it. "We're finding you a partner as we speak. You are not going out alone Naruto!".

He laughed, she was so damn stubborn. "One more bowl please!" he yelled. The old man smiled as he nodded.

"So where you headed off to this time Naruto?" the old man asked.

"Back to Tanzuka, they want to me a have a check up with my doctor over there and to help him out with something. Tsunade never really specified but I don't really mind."

"All by yourself again?"

"Not this time, I'm actually waiting for them to arrive."

The old man clapped his hands together. "Alright!" he exclaimed, "I'm going to make you a special ramen before your partner arrives." He began to work.

"Naruto smiled. "Can't wait."

"Neither can I, can you make that two please?." She said as she sat down next to him.

"I thought you hated ramen?" he said. There was no mistake in who it was...but he choose to keep his eyes locked on the old man.

"I told you…I started to enjoy it."

He chuckled. "Fair enough…So…how have you been?"

"Alright, I'm practically running the flower shop."

"I see." Two bowls of ramen were placed in front of him. "So what are you doing here?"

"I'm your partner dummy."

He chuckled. "Okay then."

"To be honest, I fought with Tsunade and Sakura over this…but now that I'm here I'm glad. I feel like I haven't seen or talked to you in forever…you've been like a ghost…I've missed you…" Ino picked at her ramen.

"We saw each other…a little."Naruto hesitated for moment. "But I…I miss seeing you too."

"You hesitated…" She pointed out.

"Ino... you know what my feelings are. I hesitated because…I didn't want to say the wrong thing."

"Like what?"

Naruto stood up for the counter. "Nevermind. This is a bad idea."

"Naruto Uzumaki! Stop running away!" she yelled.

"I didn't want to say I missed being with you! Because it kills me inside that I haven't seen you in so long! In fact, when I heard you and Sai had split, I had to force myself to sit there and not run over and kiss you all over!!" The ramen shop froze, as did a few people passing in the street. Naruto stood there with an embarrassed look on his face. Ino laughed. "I…umm…" He chuckled nervously.

Ino ran up and kissed him passionately. "I've missed you too."

Naruto smiled. "Lets do things right this time."

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So that's it…for now atleast. To be honest I'm running on empty right now, this ending is proof of that. I figured it would best to end it now and not kill it anymore by dragging out like I want to. But thank you all again for reading and reviewing, especially with my long update times. So be on the look out for my name in the near future, I'm sure I'll have something out with better updates (I promise!!!). If you liked any of my stories add me to your favorites and it'll let you know when I do. ^_^

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