"Well, Tora-chan." Naruto scratched behind the cat's ear. "Looks like we're partners from now on." The cat purred. "Oh, you like that, do you? But there is one problem." The cat tilted her head to the side. "The color of your fur. Something a bit darker would suit you better." The cat meowed and shifted her color to dark purple. "Wow. That's a handy skill to have. Nice." The cat purred, nuzzling his cheek.

The next few months Naruto had very little to do. Since he had freed Tora and gotten her as a pet, he had two more jobs, one a civilian treasury and the other a mansion. He was getting stir-crazy.

He was playing solitaire with a deck of cards, Tora laying on the table next to him, when a cat masked female Anbu shunshined into his office.

"Uzumaki Naruto?"

"Can I help you?" Tora tilted her head at the intruder.

"The Hokage has called for you."

"Finally the old man gets me a job to pull. Come on, Tora-chan." He put Tora on his shoulder and used a purple smoke shunshin, his own creation, to get to the office. The Anbu shook her head and followed.

Naruto poofed into the office, seeing the Hokage deep into his paperwork, and grinned.

"Ah, hello, Naruto-kun." Sarutobi said, freezing the young man in his tracks next to the Hokage's personal library. He scratched the back of his head sheepishly.

"Hey old man." He was slapped on the back of his head by the Cat Anbu.

"Next time wait for me." Sarutobi chuckled and coughed, getting their attention.

"Now then, Naruto, I've a job for you."

"Figured as much. Who's coming with me?"

"Unfortunately, both Danny and Rusty are currently preoccupied with their own jobs, so you will have to do this one on your own."

Naruto raised an eyebrow, but other than that said nothing.

"This is a B-Rank, possible A-rank assignment, so I will send a seasoned Jounnin with you. Yuugao."

"Me, Hokage-sama?"

"Yes. You are currently the best I have for this kind of assignment. I would send Anko, but… well, I'll get to that in a moment. Now, some five days ago, a bridge builder named Tazuna came and asked an escort to his home village of Wave. He paid the amount for a C-Rank mission, so I sent Kakashi and his team, consisting of newly-instated Gennin Sasuke Uchiha, Sakura Haruno and Sai. But the client lied. It seems that the shipping magnate Gato has an ambition to control the country, so he hired Missing-Nin to help him with the job. Kakashi decided to continue with the mission anyway, after being ambushed by two Chunnin-level ninja. I've already sent Kurenai's team yesterday as battle support, but I'm sending you two for something else."

"You want me to steal from Gato." Naruto said ignoring the look on his companion's face. She had taken off her mask sometime during Sarutobi's speech. He had to admit she had a very beautiful face.

"I want you to completely bankrupt him, take over everything, give half his assets and all of his businesses in Wave to the people there, get the other half to Konoha and run the rest of the legal companies yourself, and shut down all of the illegal ones."

"And me, Hokage-sama."

"Your mission is two-fold. I'm sending you to protect Naruto and help him with anything he asks. Since this is his area of expertise, he will be leading the mission." She nodded.

"Our cover."

"You will be going as Solomon Gunn, a weapons dealer from Fire Country's capitol. She will be your wife and bodyguard with some ninja training and proficiency in kenjutsu. We have already established contacts and informants, as well as a nice little mansion in the capitol."

"Hm…" Naruto scratched his chin in thought. "There's only one flaw in you plan."

"Oh? Do tell."

"If Yuugao-chan's playing my wife now, she'll have to do it in the future too. I doubt this is the only time we'll be using this Gunn character."

"And do you mind?"

"To be honest I'm honored that such a beautiful and deadly Kunoichi agreed to play my wife." She blushed at his praise a little.

"Then I see no problem. You'll leave from the West Gate in one hour. Dismissed." They both shunshined out, leaving Sarutobi alone in his office. "I wonder…." He muttered out loud, followed by a perverted giggle.

One hour later we find Naruto and Yuugao tree-jumping in the direction of Wave.

"We'll be there by nightfall." She told him.

"Then we'd better make camp now. Civilians don't usually travel that fast, or at night." She nodded and they landed in secluded clearing near a small lake. Naruto started a fire while Yuugao came back with a few fish. After dinner, they sat around and talked for a while.

"Are you okay with this? You know, playing my wife and all."

"It's the order from my leader." He nodded at that. "Besides, it does help that you're cute." He blushed as she giggled at him. "Get some sleep now, dear. I'll take first watch."