The alcohol was strong and burned their throats as it went down, but it had a slightly sweet fruity taste very different from sake. Two of the five bottles were already empty and the third was more than halfway gone. They were using little plastic shot glasses and were matching each other drink for drink.

Anko gave him a wide drunken smile. "You ought to just give up. We both know how this goes."

"No way am I giving up."

"Suit yourself."

They both tossed back another shot.

Anko carefully refilled their cheap containers.

Naruto was staring at her with half focused eyes. "The dress looks good on you."

"Thanks," she murmured.

"Did you really buy it just because I said I liked it?"

"Yeah, I did. Why do you sound so surprised?"

He shrugged. "It's just that you never did anything because I wanted it before."

Anko was so startled the bottle very nearly slipped out of her grip. "Is that a fucking joke?"

"Everything you did for me was because it was an order right? When it was your choice you never did anything just for me." He sounded bitter and morose.

Anko's immediate instinct was to smash him over the head with the bottle and start stabbing him with the jagged end.

"What the hell Naruto!" She decided to just yell at him instead. "How can you even think that after all the things I've done just for you? The birthday parties, the chocolates, the presents, making you my apprentice…"

"Fucking Kakashi."

She hit him.

She reared back and punched the side of his face as hard as she could. They were both sitting on the floor so when she connected she just sent him from a sitting position to lying on his back. Anko meanwhile jumped to her feet, not noticing as she dropped the bottle and spilled both drinks onto the cheap carpet.

"FUCK YOU!" She screamed at the top of her lungs. "I've already apologized for that more than once. I've stopped sleeping with other guys to try and be with you. I have said sorry so many times I might as well get it tattooed on my ass! If you expect me to say it again you're an even bigger idiot than you were when we first met!"

Naruto was simply lying there on the floor looking up at her. "You're really mad, I can tell."

She clenched her teeth and gripped her fists so tight they were trembling. For the first time in a while she was thinking feeding him to her snakes might really be a good idea.

"What… do… you… want… from… me?" She growled.

"I want to trust you again like I did when you were Chichi." He said quietly. "I want to know that you care about me without any doubts."

She wanted to rip her hair out. She wanted to slam her head into the wall. She wanted to stab herself. She wanted to stab him.

"Sure, why don't you ask me to be a virgin again while you're at it? Ask me to be your age or to have tits like the Hokage's. Damn it gaki I am not Chichi I never was! Yes I lied to you back then; it was part of a mission. You're a ninja you should understand that! Everything since I told you my real name has been the truth though."

"When I left with Jiraiya you said you'd wait for me. Was that the truth?"

"I never said I'd wait. All I ever said was maybe."

"Maybe was a lie."

He sounded so sad and lonely it tore at Anko's heart even as it made her furious.

"Fine, I'm sorry, okay? There I've said it again. I am sorry I hurt you, I never ever meant to. You were twelve and I didn't know just how serious you took those words then. I saw it as a promise to a kid. I didn't take it as serious as I should have, and for that I am sorry Naruto. If I could go back and change it I would."

His eyes deliberately peered up into hers. "So the promise never mattered to you?"

"It mattered," she admitted. "But not the same way it mattered to you."

"So how am I supposed to trust you now?"

From out of thin air she produced a kunai in her right hand. "Want me to kill myself?" Despite the alcohol polluting her system her hand was perfectly steady and her eyes solemn and serious. "If you say the word I will, because I love you that much."

"Weren't you threatening to kill me just the other day?" Naruto asked.

"Yeah, that was out of love too."

Naruto just laid there staring up at her.

"So you want me to kill myself or not?"

"Not." He said in a low voice.

Anko nodded and made the kunai vanish.

"Look, I can't take back all the things I've done and I can't keep apologizing if you're never going to forgive me. All I can tell you is that I'm done sleeping around. I love you and just want to be with you."

"I love you, too." He said in a barely audible whisper.

"What? What did you just say?" Anko thought she'd just heard him say something very important but couldn't be completely sure.

Naruto sighed and spoke a little louder. "I said I still love you."

Anko stared at him very surprised.

"I loved you and trusted you completely." Naruto told her. "When I find out the truth it hurt me worse than anything I ever imagined. I never thought you would ever betray my faith in you."

Though she didn't want to Anko couldn't help but remember the absolute faith she'd had in Orochimaru. It was easy enough to remember the pain of his betrayal, and the shock of discovering he hadn't been the person she'd always thought him to be.

Anko came over and say down beside him on the floor. She gently rubbed the spot where she'd hit him. "Sometimes people disappoint you. Sometimes they are not as perfect as you want them to be. That doesn't always mean they hate you though, or that they don't genuinely love you."

"I think I'm finally beginning to understand that." Naruto told her. "So since I'm not a kid any more does that mean you'll keep any promise you make to me now?"

"Yeah I will."

His eyes stared longingly into hers.

"Then promise that you will never kiss or make love to anyone but me."

"I promise Naruto." She bent over and her lips kissed his. "I belong to you."

"In that case I promise to belong to only you too."

His hands reached up and slipped the shoulder straps off and pulled her dress down far enough to reveal her perfect breasts.

"Ooh," she teased in his ear. "Aren't you the bold one?"

"I told you I had a lot of guts."

She kissed him as he began to fondle her.

Why wasn't it always like this? Anko wondered as they were kissed.

She lay down beside him and began getting his clothes off. His hands were clutching her possessively, and working to slide the dress off of her. Their mouths were sucking and their tongues entwined. She was excited and scared. She wanted to make him happier than he'd ever been in his life. She had wanted this for so long; for the two of them to finally become lovers. Anko would do all she could to make he never regretted his choice.

They'd hurt each other in ways that only the people you loved could hurt you. Through it all though the bonds between them had never broken; all the harsh words had damaged but not wrecked their special connection.

Naruto pulled his mouth free and gave her one of his big playful grins. "I am going to completely rock your world"

"Don't talk too big this is just foreplay." She licked the sweat from his neck.

She gave a sudden gasp as he rose to his feet with her wrapped up in his arms.

"I am going to make you scream my name all night long." He promised.

"Just make sure I'm not doing it out of frustration. I haven't had sex for a long while; you had better not make me regret it."

He placed her carefully in the bed and climbed in on top of her.

"Are you going to pretend to be mad at me in the morning like usual?" Naruto asked.

"Well that would be tradition, so yeah, unless you give me the most amazing night of my whole life. I'd better not even be able to walk."

He kissed her eagerly. "I always liked it when you challenged me."

They began to make love.

The two of them quickly discovered the difference between ordinary sex and truly making love.

Neither of them had any regrets at all.