A/N: Hey everyone. I was struck by an idea, and this is the result. I hope you like it. Please review!
Tap, tap, tap.
Tsunade growled in frustration. How could she get this paperwork done when the rain kept distracting her? The way it tapped against the window made her think of Jiraiya. He would always tap on the window when he came to visit her in the middle of the night when she was still stuck in her office doing paperwork.
She claimed that she hated those visits, but honestly…she loved them. He always cheered her up, even when she was in the worst mood. She had really missed him this last month while he'd been away.
The last time she had spoken to him he told her that he was off to see someone in the Stone village. He hadn't planned on being gone more than a week.
And here it was, a month later.
Tsunade shook her head. She had to concentrate on her work if she ever hoped to get home. But some small part of her didn't want to go home. She wanted to stay here to see if he would show up, tapping on the window as he always did.
Tap, tap, tap.
"Jiraiya?" Tsunade turned around in her chair, only to see the darkness and the sheets of rain falling from the sky and pounding against the window. Slowly, she turned back around, disappointment washing over her. She sighed.
What the hell is wrong with me? She thought, leaning back in her chair and closing her eyes. Why do I miss that old pervert so much all of the sudden? It doesn't make sense. Kami, the way I think about him…it's like I'm in love with him.
Suddenly her heart gave a twinge and her stomach was filled with butterflies. Tsunade's eyes flew open. Was she…? No. She couldn't be…? In love? With Jiraiya? Impossible!
Tsunade bit her bottom lip. Was it really such a strange thought? Was it really impossible? Her and Jiraiya being together, as a couple? Maybe even…getting married? Everyone in the village knew how he felt about her. If she would just tell him how she felt about him…then maybe…just maybe…
But she was afraid. What if he went and died, like Dan? What if she couldn't save him?
Tap, tap, tap.
This was Jiraiya she was thinking about. He was one of the Sannin! He was probably the least likely to die out of anyone she knew. So maybe she should just suck it up and take a risk.
He loves me, and I…I…I love him. She admitted it to herself. That was the first step, right? She had to admit it to herself before she could admit it to him.
I love him.
I love him!
"I love him." Tsunade whispered. A smile spread across her face. If she could admit it to herself, then she could admit it to Jiraiya.
And so she decided. As soon as Jiraiya came back, she was going to tell him how she felt. She was going to tell him that she loved him with all of her heart.
"Tsunade-sama. Tsunade-sama? Tsunade-sama!"
"Huh? Tsunade blinked, staring up at Shizune. She leaned her head back and sighed. "Shizune, can't you see I'm sleeping?" When she had fallen asleep, she didn't know, but apparently she had never made it out of her office.
"Well, I just thought that you would like to know that Jiraiya-sama's back."
"What!?" Tsunade's eyes flew open and she sat upright, staring at Shizune. "You're sure?"
Shizune smiled. "Yes. I think he's on his way here, actually."
Tsunade's eyes widened. She immediately started combing through her hair with her fingers, while Shizune watched her.
"Do I look horrible?" Tsunade asked.
"Since when do you care what you look like to Jiraiya-sama?" Shizune asked, trying her hardest not to laugh. She had known about Tsunade's love for Jiraiya for months. She just wanted to hear Tsunade admit it.
Tsunade glared at the younger woman. "I don't think that's any of your business, Shizune."
Shizune shrugged. "I guess it's not." She turned to leave, and then glanced back at Tsunade. "You look fine, except you might want to wipe away the drool."
Tsunade's hand flew to her mouth. She drooled in her sleep. Great. That's definitely a turn on...
"What?" Tsunade asked, fixing a pigtail.
"Please don't chicken out. He loves you, too." And Shizune disappeared.
Tsunade froze. How did she know…? Damn. Tsunade really had to start giving Shizune more credit.
A few excruciatingly long minutes later, there was a knock on the door. Tsunade tried to look busy, and then called, "Enter."
"Hey, Tsunade-hime!" The familiar greeting made Tsunade smile. She looked up at Jiraiya. What had she been so afraid of…really? Just looking in his eyes made her heart melt. She knew they were meant for each other. They had to be.
"Jiraiya." Tsunade said. "Where've you been? You said you'd be gone for a week! It's been a month, baka!"
Jiraiya grinned and leaned his hands on her desk. "Wow, hime. It sounds like you missed me."
Tsunade tried not to blush. "Well, I did."
Jiraiya was taken off guard. Normally, Tsunade's response to that was something more along the lines of, "In your dreams, pervert."
Jiraiya leaned casually against the side of her desk. "I missed you, too." Maybe he was pushing his luck…but something about Tsunade seemed different. When had he ever made her blush like that before?
Tsunade's heart pounded in her chest. She opened her mouth, closed it, and then opened it again. "Listen, Jiraiya. I have something I want to tell you."
"What is it, hime?"
Tsunade took a deep breath. "Well…Jiraiya…"
She stood up and walked around her desk, facing him. She was trying to make herself eye-level to him, but it didn't quite work. She was still to short.
Jiraiya raised an eyebrow at her.
"Tsunade…you're acting really strange. Are you feeling ok—," He was cut off by the feeling of lips touching his.
Was Tsunade kissing him?
Jiraiya's arms wrapped around Tsunade's back. She wrapped her arms around his neck, tangling her hands in his white hair. Jiraiya's lips moved with hers.
It was an amazing feeling. Tsunade's heart was hammering violently in her chest, threatening to explode. She felt light-headed. She hadn't felt this since she had kissed Dan, all those years ago. She didn't realize how much she had missed the feeling until right now. It was the most amazing sensation in the world.
Finally, they broke apart, both of them panting. Tsunade stared straight into Jiraiya's dark eyes.
"I love you." Her voice was barely more than a whisper.
A/N: Well, I hope you liked it. I should have it updated soon. Thanks for reading and please review. I'll gladly consider any suggestions!