Disclaimer: Not mine.

Author's Notes: Non-Existent. Short drabble focused on an AU when Naruto and Sakura are married.

XXoXX

Was he stupid?

Looking at himself through the cracked mirror, Uzumaki Naruto did not see a man. A theif, a coward, an urchin, maybe, but not a man. Not the right man.

Was he stupid?

And as his clothes are removed for the too-tight sash, the too-thin kimono, he wonders about it. Was it him she was in love with? Or was it the one day a year that she was in love with, the day she sat and waited with patient anxiety?

Was he stupid?

He looks back at himself in the mirror, perhaps, looking for that small bit of him that remained behind the darkened contacts and contrasting face paint. He tugs softly at the hard, itching wig. Like everyone time he notices just how different it is from the real him. And, just like always, it is that thought that forces him to stand, to pull away from the mirror.

Was he stupid?

Yes. Undoubtedly so. Stupid for believing things would have been normal after all this time. Stupid for believing she was in love with him and not the memory of something else.

Yes. He was stupid. But he was stupid only for her.

Sasuke looked back into the mirror and smiled.