Epilogue

"Have you guys ever wondered?"

"Wondered what, Inoichi?"

"What the hell did we do with our lives before Kushi-chan came?"

There was an eery silence between the group of boys. They all exchanged blank stares with one another. When the hell did Inoichi get so smart butt about this kind of stuff? Shikaku leaned back against the wall, a toothpick in between his teeth.

"Who knows? Life was already comfortable enough," he commented as he looked up to the clouds. The drifted so easily and with no care in the world, like he and the boys once were before that whole ordeal. It was over now. They would resume to being just clouds in the sky, waiting for anything. Sure they wasted too much time doing absolutely nothing, but they treasured times like this.

"You know, it is good to get back to it," Chozu replied. "Three months of nothing but helping Minato with that stupid bet. We nearly forgotten how to just chill again."

Everybody nodded.

"I kinda like this calmness, ya know? No girls to mess with us again," Inoichi chuckled.

The Hyuuga twins exchanged weird looks with each other. "Yamanaka, did you just swallow a smartass pill or something?"

Inoichi shook his head, understanding their reaction. "Nah, just after seeing the things Minato and Kushi-chan went through and managed to get back, it's amazing. Makes me kinda want the dream life again instead of a harem. A wife and a kid, maybe a girl."

Chozu raised an eyebrow. "Why would you want a girl?"

"Why wouldn't I? Sure it would be awesome to have a boy that I can teach my tricks to, but I want a girl that can be my little princess!" Inoichi exclaimed too cheerfully before gasping at the sight at Shikaku. "NARA, WOULDN'T IT BE SOOOOO AWESOME IF MY BABY GIRL GETS IT GOING WITH YOUR FUTURE BOY-"

Shikaku whacked him on the head, gritting his teeth angrily.

"Not...while...I'm...alive...loud...blond...grandchildren..."

Inoichi laughed victoriously. "Fine, fine! But life is so boring now. Hey Uchiha, maybe we can finally hook you up for real with Miko-chan!"

Fugaku, who was sitting quietly to the side eating rice crackers, had a vein popping through his forehead. "I have no such intentions."

Inoichi moaned. "Aww come on, big boy! Now that Minato's with Kushi-chan half the time, we gotta make life more interesting-Whoa, LOOK!"

All heads turned to where Inoichi was pointing his finger. All jaws gasped and dropped to the ground. All pair of eyes widened with shock at the scene before them.

Kazekage had Uzumaki Kushina up against the wall as her finger traced across his chest. She had a seductive smirk.

"You know, that scrawny Namikaze could never make me want you like this," Kushina said to him with intense eyes.

Kazekage growled. "Well, since he isn't around I guess we could..." He inched his face closer to hers so that their nose were touching.

Inoichi looked like he was about to cry. "Oh no, she's betraying him? Oh and I though Kushi-chan was innocent!"

"Shut up, Inoichi, and let's see what's really going on!" Shikaku hushed him quickly, also curious for this certain situation.

Kushina placed a finger on his lips, giggling. She could see that it enticed Kazekage.

"Oh and I heard you were a master at this," Kushina teased playfully, her fingers trailing down to his chest again and even lower to his pants. "But I got better plans..."

Everybody's mouth was in the shape of an "O." They didn't know what they were going to tell Minato. All this time, they had thought she was so innocent and easy. But now this. They couldn't believe this.

And they were still right to much their relief, surprise, and pain, when they saw that Kushina's legs immediately went straight up to Kazekage's crotch. He yelped in pain, almost like a little girl. His body was shaking, as if electrocuted. Within a second, his body laid on the ground, his hands reaching for the pain. Kushina smirked as she saw the tears forming around Kazekage's eyes. She crouched down, scrummaging through Kazekage's pockets until she pulled out a bright, red piece of cloth. As she stood up, she gave him another kick. Kazekage whimpered. The other boys stepped back. They had to remind themselves never to mess with this girl. EVER.

"THAT'S FOR STEALING MY FAVORITE PANTIES, EYEBROWLESS BITCH!"

Inoichi blew out a soft whistle. Kushina immediately turned around at the sight of the boys. All of them squeaked like mice. She laughed nervously.

"Ah, I'm sorry guys! I-I-I was just getting my panties back you know? After Minato stole them," She explained as if it was just a princess story. The boys gulped.

Shikaku spoke, or at least, tried to. "Um, d-d-d-d-does M-M-M-Minato k-k-k-know j-j-j-just i-i-i-in c-c-c-case-"

"Man, Shikaku, I thought the first time I hear you stutter like this would be when you finally ask Yoshino-chan out," Minato teased as he walked up next to Kushina. Everybody gawked. Something was definitely off.

Inoichi pointed an accused finger at Kushina. "OI YELLOW FELLOW! YOU BETTER HOLD ON TIGHT TO HER! YOU ARE ONE LUCKY BASTARD, BOY! DID YOU NOT SEE THE WAY SHE MANIPULATED KAZEKAGE WITH HER LUSCIOUS LIPS AND THAT CUTE LITTLE SMIRK-"

"Yamanaka, cut it," She said sternly. "That was only the first part of Minato's promise if we were to be back together."

"Then what's the second part?" Hizashi asked, raising an eyebrow.

Kushina didn't answer. Instead, she turned to Fugaku and sent him a death glare. Fugaku raised an eyebrow, not sure what she was trying to say. Then he looked around everybody and they all had similar looks. As if on cue, they all smirked. He gulped.

"Not again."


"Thank you for the lesson, Miko-sensei!"

As the last kid ran off from the ballet studio, Mikoto sighed. She was finally done with the day. She looked around her empty studio, not one kid in sight. She picked up all her belongings, closing up the studio. It wasn't even 5 but Mikoto had promised Kushina and Minato to meet them at the park later. Apparently, they had invited her to a picnic and although Mikoto insisted that the two should spend more time alone, the two persuaded her anyway.

She looked around the city, up to the bright, orange sky. The deal was finally over. And Kushina and Minato still managed to be together. It was a miracle how these things worked. She couldn't be more happier than now. She and Minato were finally talking again just like old times. She and Kushina were practically best friends. What better way for her best friends to date each other? She giggled. Things had a strange way of working in life.

She found herself at the park quicker than she thought. The grassy field were cool to her leg's touch. moved wit the wind. Mikoto's hair flew all over her face, blocking her view from the sight. As she was about to push her hair behind her ear, a pair of rough, dark hands had beat her to it. Mikoto blushed at the touch, smitten by the mysterious person. As she looked up, her face was even redder.

"F-F-F-Fugaku-kun?"

Fugaku nodded calmly, as if what he just did was the sanest thing ever. At least, for an Uchiha. He doesn't do things like that. She looked around, sighing. So that was Kushina and Minato's goal. She couldn't believe them. They were aware of what she was going through. Even if Shikaku said Fugaku cared about her, Mikoto thought that it stopped there.

"Look, I'm sorry if those two dragged you into this. I-I-I should just go home-"

"Chidori, wait, allow me to-"

"It's okay. I think I can walk myself home for once, thank you," Mikoto said quickly, turning away from Fugaku. She did not want to see him right now.

"Chidori-"

"Fugaku, please, Shikaku told me everything, okay?" Mikoto said, almost yelling at him. "The whole thing is over already. Y-You don't have to listen to Minato all the time a-a-and always look out for me. I can take care of myself so thank you for the help, but I'm perfectly fine-"

"No, you're not Mikoto."

Mikoto stopped. Her eyes widened. That was a new word for him: Mikoto. He had never called her that. She looked him right in the eye. They were calm and steady as usual, and yet Mikoto couldn't see the coldness in them as before. They were centered right at her face and hers only.

"W-W-What-"

"I'm not doing this right now because of Minato. I'm doing this because I want to." Two sentences. When were Uchihas capable of saying more than a word, let alone a sentence? Fugaku was really setting up some new standards.

"I'm sorry for leading you on, making you think that after the kiss, we...you know..." Fugaku stopped there, closing his eye. Mikoto nodded. She knew what he was trying to say. He just didn't have the guts to say it.

"Face it, at first, it was all to help Minato. The other guys were trying to set us up together so you wouldn't be with that loud girl all the time. But I guess that after a while I..." He did it again. He looked away and hesitated. Mikoto could see the hint of red on his strong cheekbones.

He never got to say it. Mikoto went up to him in an embrace. She pressed her cheeks against his strong, hard chest. Her arms hung in a circle around his waist. Fugaku fidgeted for a moment, but he slowly relaxed. He looked down at her head with an uneasy face.

"Mikoto..."

"I get it. Uchihas don't have a wide enough vocabulary to ask a girl out," Mikoto teased under her breath. "But it's alright. I wouldn't like you this much if you actually talked."

Fugaku smirked. He pushed her back so that they were facing each other. "Well, that's because Uchihas would rather do something else than talk to girls."

Mikoto blushed as she saw his face lean towards hers. She remembered this. It was just like that night at the club. Except this time it would be so much better. He was lifting one hand to reach for her cheek, pausing it midair. His lips were an inch away from her. Half an inch. A centimeter. She could imagine it once more. He was finally doing this out of his own heart. Their lips barely grazed each other when-

"FUGAKU THAT FUCKING HAND OF YOURS BETTER NOT BE TOUCHING HER BOOBIES!"

"MINATO, STUUUPID! HOW COULD YOU, OUT OF ALL PEOPLE, RUIN THE MOOD?"

"YAMANAKA, SHUT THE HELL UP!"

"HE STARTED IT!"

"FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE MINATO, THIS IS NOT WHY I CHOSE YOU TO BE MY BOYFRIEND! YOU JUST RUINED A PERFECTLY GOOD MOOD!"

"EXCUSE ME KUSHINA-CHAN BUT IT WAS YOU WHO SET UP THIS IDEA! I DO NOT APPROVE! WHO KNOWS WHAT COULD HAVE HAPPENED IF I WASN'T HERE?"

"OH SO NOW YOU'RE BLAMING ME!"

"Oh how cute, they're having their first fight."

"Isn't it darling? It's like they're married already."

"SHUT UP HYUUGAS!"

"CALM DOWN! YOU KNOW UCHIHA WOULD NEVER DO THAT TO CHIDORI!"

"Or mayber...he would."

There's a long pause of silence...

"FUGAKU I'M HANDCUFFING YOUR HANDS FIRST, THEN YOU CAN KISS MIKO-CHAN ALL YOU WANT!"

"NOW YOU'RE BEING IRRATIONAL!"

Fugaku scowled. "To hell with this."

Without a care in the world, he grabbed both of Mikoto's cheeks and slammed his lips against hers. Mikoto followed suit. The thought of all her friends hiding behind the trees with their overly loud argument didn't matter to her anymore. She was in Fugaku's embrace and that made her smile enough already. She would never thought that Fugaku was capable of doing something like this. She never thought that Fugaku would ever make butterflies in her stomach and her cheeks grow hot.

Looks like the bet did had some good results for her after all.

The End


IT'S OVER! I"m so sad. I actually really liked this. It was my first non-Sasusaku pairing and in my opinion, it went pretty good. It's not perfect, but I feel great after finishing this. Maybe I'll resume to this couple again one day, but who knows? Sasusaku has always been my favorite pairing and therefore, I get the most inspirations from that. Thank you guys for always reading this story. I look forward to updating quicker for you guys' sakes. I hate skipping a week of updating because it means you guys won't be able to read it. Thank you so much. I know it's too much to ask, but if you guys could check out my other new story "Rumy-Nin," it would mean the world to me. I hate sounding like a commercial, but I really want you guys to check that out. If you guys like it, I hope you guys keep reading and reviewing it! If you don't, it's alright. Some stories are just not meant for some people. It's like how people either really love Twilight or really hate it.

I can never say this enough, but thank you so much you guys. On days when I don't feel like writing for myself, I can always look to you guys to write for and that makes me happy.

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