A Storm in the Night
It was just after dinner time at the orphanage in Konoha. Five year old Naruto has just finished his measly dinner, and has gone back to his room. It is the smallest room in the orphanage, except for the closets. There is a mattress on the floor, otherwise it's bare. There is one blanket, but it's so threadbare that it doesn't really count for much. He curls up on the old mattress, trying to keep warm. It's winter in Konoha, and although it isn't snowing, it's bitterly cold out.
Surprisingly, though, Naruto isn't especially cold. The room is drafty, especially at the moment, since there was currently a large thunderstorm over Konoha, and the old window didn't close right. He's content, though, since the other children tend to leave him alone there. Just as he's about to fall asleep, though, he hears a bunch of noise coming from downstairs. As he listens, he hears the orphanage lady arguing about something, and he manages to catch the words "storm," "orphanage," and "collapsed."
Turns out, one of the other orphanages had sustained damage in the storm, and part of the roof had collapsed, and the workers there had decided that it wasn't safe to stay, so they had brought the children there to the orphanage that Naruto was in. Naruto suddenly hears footsteps approaching his room. He looks over at the door, and the old lady who runs the orphanage sticks her head in, still talking to whoever is in the hallway.
"I'm sorry, but this is the only other room that has space at the moment. I really don't want to put anyone in the same room as him, but we don't really have a choice. There isn't anywhere else."
Naruto remained still. As much as he wanted to know what was going on, he new it was better to remain quiet, since he was less likely to get punished that way.
"Oi, brat, some stuff happened at one of the other homes, so you got a roommate now. Behave, you hear?"
"Hai, oba-san," he said quietly, knowing better than to disrespect this woman, since she was the one in charge of his food.
"Anyways, this is Tenten, and she will be staying with you for the time being, got it? If I hear about you doing anything bad, you'll not eat for a week."
"Hai, oba-san," he said again, as the woman allowed a girl to enter the room. She was about the same size that he was, and had her hair done up in two buns. She had a Chinese style shirt on, and dark green pants.
"Hi, my name is Tenten. Who are you?"
As Tenten walked into the room, the old woman stepped out, shutting the door. Since Tenten was wide awake after having to walk in the storm, they sat up for a while talking about each other. Turns out that Tenten was a year older than Naruto, and both of them didn't really have any friends. Naruto didn't have any cause all the adults kept the other kids away from him, and Tenten didn't have any since all the kids were afraid she would beat them up. Tenten was quite the young tomboy, after all.
Eventually, Tenten fell asleep, lying across the mattress. He tucked the worthless blanket around her, and curled up on the floor next to the bed.
A couple hours later, he was awoken by a particularly loud bit of thunder, and just as he was about to fall back asleep, he heard a chattering sound. At first, he thought the noise was coming from outside, but as he lay there on the floor, he realized that the sound was coming from Tenten, who was shivering violently under the worthless blanket.
Prodding her awake, he asked, "You okay?"
Once she focused on him, she chattered out, "C-c-c-c-col-l-l-ld."
He reached his hand out to touch her arm, and once he made contact, his hand recoiled almost instantly. She was as cold as an ice cube! While he was in shock over how cold she was, she realized that he was warm.
"W-w-w-w-warm," she shivered out.
"W-w-w-w-w-warm, you w-w-w-w-warm."
"Huh? I'm warm? Yeah, I know that. I'm trying to figure out how to make you warm too," he said.
Eventually, Tenten got tired of listening to him think, and did what she thought was the most logical thing to do. She grabbed Naruto, and stuck him on the side of the mattress closest to the window.
"Hey, what was that for?"
"I'm-m-m c-c-c-cold. You-u-u-u-u're warm. Sh-sh-shut up and lie down," she told him, using as forceful a tone of voice as a shivering six year old girl can.
Confused, Naruto just agreed with her, and lay down next to her. She then flopped back down, and scooted as close to him as she could get, pressing her back into his chest. Naruto then started to panic, since he didn't really understand what was going on, and was about to scoot off the bed when she grabbed him.
"Stop moving. You're gonna stay here and keep me warm. Wherever you scoot off to, I'm just gonna follow you, but I wanna stay on the bed. It's more comfortable here. Any questions? I didn't think so," she said, scooting back up against his chest without allowing him to answer. Naruto just lay there, not moving, until her bare foot came into contact with his leg, which made him scream from the shock.
Once he got over the shock, he went back to not moving, since he really didn't know what he was supposed to be doing. Wanting to get more comfortable, and since Naruto didn't have a pillow in his room, she grabbed one of his arms, and extended it under her head, giving her something to sleep on. Naruto tensed at the action, but eventually relaxed. Eventually, they both drifted off to sleep, all thoughts of the storm forgotten.
When Naruto woke up, the first thing he noticed was that he was a lot warmer than he normally was when he woke up. Next, he realized that he was very comfortable, followed by realizing that there was something on his right arm, preventing him from moving it, and that his left arm was wrapped around something.
When he opened his eyes, all he could see was brown, and after a minute or so of processing all the incoming information, as well as recalling the night's events, he realized that the brown was the back of Tenten's head, and that she was using his arm as a pillow. His left arm was thrown over her left side, with his hand resting near her stomach.
But, before he could really begin to enjoy being like that, the old lady who ran the orphanage started banging on the door to wake them up, thus ruining the moment. The two kids reluctantly climbed out of the bed, and went about their morning activities.
This process went on for a couple weeks, with Naruto and Tenten sharing a room, and occasionally the bed, at night. During the day, they played together, since nobody else would play with them. They had to be careful, though, and not let the old lady catch them, since no one was supposed to pay with the 'demon child.' Eventually, they realized that if it looked like Tenten was always beating Naruto up, they left the both of them alone.
One day, while Tenten was 'beating Naruto up' the orphanage lady called over to Naruto, breaking his concentration, and thus causing him to not avoid a punch from Tenten, leaving her with a sore hand, and him with a sore face.
"Hai, oba-san?" Naruto called out, rubbing his sore cheek.
"The Hokage is here to see you. Hurry up and get your ass in here! And what have I told you about fighting?"
"Gomen, oba-san," Naruto said as he ran into the orphanages living room.
Tenten just stared after him, deciding to follow him after a moment, since she had nothing better to do.
As soon as Naruto made it into the living room, he launched himself at the old man, catching him around the waist in a bone crunching (for a five year old, anyway) hug.
"Hi Jiji! You here to take me to go get ramen??"
"Sure, Naruto, we can go get some ramen, but only a couple bowls. I have a lot of paperwork to do, remember?" Sarutobi replied, laughing.
Before Naruto could answer though, Tenten came running into the room, "Naruto, where'd you go? I'm not done beating you up yet!"
"Oi Tenten! Jiji's gonna take me out for ramen!"
"Naruto, was she really beating you up?" the Hokage asked.
Naruto just motioned the old man to bend over, and leaned in close to his ear, whispering, "No, Jiji, but as long as Tenten pretends to beat me up all day, everybody leaves us alone. Nobody else plays with us and its kinda fun too. We just pretend we're ninja's!"
Sarutobi jumped back from the assault on his eardrums, since Naruto had yelled out the last bit, and asked, "Well, Tenten, would you like to get some ramen with us?"
"Really? She can come too? You're awesome Jiji!"
"Um, I don't know. I never had ramen before. What's it taste like?" she asked.
"It's only the awesomeist food EVER!!!!"
"Umm, okay, I'll try it."
After Sarutobi informed the orphanage workers that he was taking the two of them out for a while, they departed for Naruto's second favorite place.
Along the way, Naruto never stopped talking. He asked Sarutobi all sorts of questions, ranging from his shoe size (Sarutobi wore elevens) to when he could go to the ninja academy (next year) to when he could wear his hat (when he made Hokage).
Having had that line of questioning shot down, he next launched into what had happened to him since the old man had last visited, which was the day before Tenten came to his orphanage. Sarutobi frowned when Naruto described his room, and decided that it was time Naruto get out of there. He was not frowning for long, though, as a smile was quickly brought out as he listened to the hyperactive blond describe some 'adventure' he went on.
Naruto was still talking when they got to Ichiraku's, although he was allowing Tenten into the conversation more often. It was fine with her, since she didn't really know who the guy was, besides the fact that Naruto liked him. She knew he was the Hokage, she just didn't know what a Hokage was.
As soon as they entered into the ramen stand, Naruto immediately switched over to talking to the old man there, not even pausing to take a breath. It amazed the girl how easy he brought the old man behind the counter into his conversation, (about what, Tenten wasn't sure) and just blew her away when the old man just followed Naruto as he talked, a skill that Tenten still lacked. Sure, she could keep up fine when it was just the two of them, but in their present company? Naruto made life-long auctioneers look like mimes, he could talk so fast.
"So, Ten-chan, what kind of ramen do you want?" Naruto asked as he clambered onto a stool.
"Eh?" Tenten had been so into admiring how fast he could talk that she missed his question.
"I said, what kinda ramen do you want?"
"Ano, what kinds are there?"
Naruto opened his mouth to respond, but Sarutobi cut him off, "Just take a miso. If you let Naruto get going on all the kinds of ramen there are, you'll be my age before he finishes."
Naruto glared at the old man for cutting off his rant, "I want two large miso."
"Oh? Didn't you just eat lunch, Naruto?"
"Yeah, but they never gimme enough, so I'm still hungry," the boy replied.
This just re-affirmed his decision to get Naruto out of the orphanage. "I'll take the usual, Teuchi-san."
"Hai, Hokage-sama, and for you?" the man asked, looking at Tenten.
"Ano, a small miso, please."
Their orders were brought out in short order, and Naruto immediately started inhaling his, until he remembered that Tenten was trying it for the first time. He saw her take a bite, and asked, "Well, isn't it the best food ever?"
"It's pretty good, but I think I like dango better."
Naruto just grumbled and went back to inhaling his ramen.
Once they finished, Sarutobi took them back to the orphanage, since he had to go finish his neglected paperwork.
The next time Naruto saw the old man was about a week later, and much to the old man's surprise, Naruto didn't come shooting out to greet him as soon as he showed up. Sarutobi had to actually go to his room to get him, and what he saw made him both angry and sad. Angry for the state of his room, and sad because Naruto was curled up in the corner, all miserable looking.
The old man just quietly walked in, closed the door, and crouched down next to him. "What's wrong, Naruto?"
Naruto looked up at the old man, and Sarutobi could tell he was just managing to hold his tears in. "Ten-chan had to go back to the other orphanage today. Now I got nobody to play with," Naruto told him quietly, his voice wavering.
Sarutobi gave off a quiet smile, "Well, Naruto, I can't help with that, but I do have a present for you."
"Really?" He asked quietly.
"Yeah. Come on, I'll go show it to you."
Sarutobi led Naruto across the village, taking him to the other side of the poor area of the village from where the orphanage was. He led Naruto into a slightly beat-up looking apartment building, stopping in front of a door on the top floor.
"Who lives here, Jiji?" Naruto asked him.
"You do, Naruto," the Hokage replied, handing him a set of keys. "This is your new home. It's not much, but I think you'll like it here better than at the orphanage."
Naruto just held the keys in shock, the situation not really sinking in. eventually the emotions of the day overwhelmed him, and tears started to silently work their way down his face, until he launched himself at the old man, catching him in a death grip hug, almost knocking them both over.
When he finally managed to get some control over his emotions, he thanked the old man several times, and went inside. There were only two rooms, those being a small bathroom, and a larger room that was a combination of kitchen, living room, and bedroom, but to Naruto it was huge. He actually had a real bed, a closet, and even his own couch!
He was so overwhelmed, he lost the little control he had gained over his emotions, and curled up against the Hokage, and happily cried himself to sleep.
AN: Well, here ya go. first chapter of my first naruten. before you all feak out, im not abandoning fox sage. i will continue to work on both until their done, however long it may take. updates may come faster for this one, though, since i actually have most of the plot figured out already, unlike fox sage, which i basically make up as i go. when i get to the point where i weave Naruto's Rant into this story, (since it IS a part of this story) i may remove it at that point in time. it just depends on how many changes i have to make to it to get it to flow with the rest of this story. also, A Storm in the Night is my working title. i may change it in the future, just so you know.