Summary: Modern-day AU. Jiraiya's first novel, Make-Out Paradise, is panned by Tsunade Senju, Jiraiya's high school best friend and crush. Tsunade's critical review leads to the resumption of their friendship … and more. JirTsu.
Warnings: Alternate universe, sexual innuendos and language.
Beta: Angel Wings-008
Disclaimer: I do not own Naruto and am not making any monetary profit by writing this fan fiction.
Writer and Medic
Twenty-five-year-old Jiraiya Sekiyu sat back at his writing desk and looked around his bedroom contentedly, sipping the last of his customary morning coffee. He glanced at his shut laptop and the bed with its shuriken-patterned green sheets. His gaze finally rested on the loud orange cover of his first novel, which was on the bookshelf. Make-Out Paradise.
It'd been two weeks since the book's release. Those two weeks had been hectic as hell for Jiraiya: reading and photo sessions, interviews, long queues of fans wanting his autograph …
He was taking a well-deserved break now.
The royalties and skyrocketing book sales made up for the backbreaking schedule. His patience and research (which consisted of very discreet, ninja-like bathhouse spying, not-so-secretive brothel visits and the occasional renting of movies) had been well-rewarded. He didn't mind the "pervert" tag that came with going to Konoha City's brothels and writing porn. After all, he'd been writing erotica and adventure short stories before starting the Make-Out series, which was a combination of the two with more emphasis on the former. He was particularly proud of his spying skills, which were so good that he fancied he had a shinobi ancestor or two …
Jiraiya's doorbell rang once, interrupting his thoughts. He went to his modest apartment's front door to receive the Sunday edition of The Konoha Times.
After closing the door, he sat on the couch and went through the paper leisurely. Eventually, he came across a review for Make-Out Paradise. And the reviewer was …
Holy fuck, Tsunade Senju!? Tsunade's a doctor, not a book critic, so why has she reviewed my novel?
Jiraiya was then reminded that his once-best friend in high school, Tsunade, was from an influential political family, although she preferred not to draw attention to it. Her humour was sarcastic, and she counted very few people as friends. She was also the only girl Jiraiya'd fallen in love with, and due to her looks, she was a definite influence on the Make-Out series.
He was still perplexed as to why she'd write a professional book review when he began to read it.
The highlight of an adult novel is its sex scenes, and for all the hype surrounding Make-Out Paradise, it is an utter disappointment in this area. The writing style is cheesy at best and juvenile at worst. The fantasy ninja world of the kunoichi protagonist, Junko, though original, is loosely described and seems far too simplistic.
Jiraiya scanned through the rest of the medium-length review, which was liberally sprinkled with expressions like "clichéd", "predictable", "purple prose" and so on …
In conclusion, Make-Out Paradise is your run-of-the-mill romance novel, except that it is in a historical fantasy setting. It is most definitely not for the discerning reader, who can afford to skip this travesty.
Jiraiya sighed and ran his hand through his white hair. Tsunade had pretty much burned his book (and hurt his pride a tiny bit). But he chose to ignore her opinion (after all, she liked to take silly pot-shots at him) and thought that he could get in touch with her again ...
Maybe she'd say yes if he asked her out (for the umpteenth time). It'd been years since he'd done that.
He put the paper aside and went to his laptop computer.
To be continued ...
A/N: I know the prologue's short. I'll try my best to make the subsequent chapters longer.