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Summary: When Naruto returns to Konoha, he finds out that life has moved on without him, including his ex-fiancé, Sasuke Uchiha.
Warnings: Yaoi! Citrus! Boyxboy loving! NaruxSasu loving! It's all here.
Author's Note: This is my second story that I'm writing. I'm still going to continue my first (Love: Discovered), but I wanted to do this fic at the same time. I don't have chapters written in advance like I do for L:D, but I'm going to try to post as frequently as possible.
Chapter One: Return of the Jinchuriki
It was weird for Naruto to see the Hokage mansion again. It was twenty years ago that he last saw it. So much had changed since then. He had grown up, gotten a family. And now, Lady Hokage summoned him back to his former home? That didn't make any sense. Especially considering everyone except her and Shizune thought he was dead.
That was a long story that began a long time ago. But it was ancient history now, and Naruto made a mental note to remind the Hokage of that when he saw her again. He knocked on the door to the office.
"Come in," he heard her say.
It shouldn't have surprised Naruto to see the Hokage look the same now as she did twenty years ago. I mean, even then she had used a jutsu to disguise her appearance.
"Lady Hokage," Naruto said, sitting down across from her.
"Please, Naruto," she said with a smile. "Call me Grandma Tsunade."
He laughed. "I guess you've missed me more than you let on."
"We all have," she said.
He stared at her, remembering a few pieces of his childhood. It all seemed so long ago – in a different world.
"Why did you call me back to the village after all this time?" he asked.
"I see you want to get straight to the point," she said. She shifted in her seat. "Mikishi Kaguya is dead. You're safe to return to the village for good now."
"I'm sorry, Grandma Tsunade, but I can't. I've moved on. I have a life in Suna, now. I have a husband."
"Ah, yes," she said. "I heard of your marriage to the Fifth Kazekage. How is Gaara doing?"
"He's great," he told her. "Who would have thought the two of us would fall in love? The first two times I met him, I was scared shitless. The third time, I beat the shit out of him. And now we're together twelve years, married seven."
"You're not the only one who moved on," she said.
"I've heard. Sasuke's married too, right? To Sakura?" Tsunade nodded.
"They even have kids. The youngest one is in the academy. Which is the other reason why I called you back. I still want you to succeed me as Hokage, Naruto. Of course, I need to show the elders of the village that you can be trusted as Hokage. Which is why I want you to train a genin team."
"You…want me…to train….a genin team?" he asked. There was no way. He had a life now. A husband who he loved. Gaara couldn't leave his village to live with him in Konoha.
"I'm sorry, Grandma Tsunade, but I can't," he said. "You know why. I'm a citizen of Suna, now. Gaara named me his successor as Kazekage. I can't be your successor as Hokage."
"I want you to talk to your husband about this," she said. "Just humor me. At the very least, come back to the village for a visit to reconnect with your friends. Everyone thinks you're dead. Kiba, Shikamaru, Sakura and Hinata will be overjoyed to see you again. Not to mention Neji, Lee, Ino, and Sasuke."
He froze at that name. "I don't think either Sakura or Sasuke will benefit from seeing me again."
"I've seen him, Naruto," she said. "He's a jonin now. I can tell your 'death' still haunts him to this day. He loves you, Naruto."
"He's married to Sakura. They have three children. I'd be a complication."
"Just think about it, okay?" she touched his shoulder. "And promise to visit me some more, alright?" She smiled at him. "I'm sure Jiraya would love to see you."
"What's the pervy sage been up to lately, anyway? And Kakashi sensei? And Iruka."
"You'll have to find out yourself," she said. "If you really care, you'll tell them you're alive. They were all hit hard by your 'death', too. It was all I could do to not tell Jiraya."
"I'll think about it, okay, Grandma?" I smiled at her. "But I have to get back to Suna. Gaara and I have plans for tomorrow night, and I want to be back by then."
"It was nice seeing you again, Naruto," she said with a sad smile. "I hope it won't be the last time."
The next day, around lunch, Naruto finally made it back to his home in Suna. He had lunch with his sister-in-law, before going to the Kazekage's office to talk to his husband. He didn't know why his stomach was in knots thinking about it. It was just a normal conversation.
They sat next to each other comfortably for a few minutes. Gaara stroked Naruto's hair as Naruto laid his head in his husband's lap.
"What's going on, Naru?" Gaara asked him.
"It's Grandma Tsunade," Naruto said. "She…she told me Mikishi's dead."
"That's good," he said. "Now you don't have to live in fear anymore."
"That's the thing, though," Naruto said, sitting up. "I wasn't afraid. I knew Mikishi couldn't track me here, and even if he could, he couldn't kill me with you around. I love you. I love our life."
"What's got you so upset?" the redhead asked his husband.
"Tsunade wants me to return to Konoha. She wants me to lead a genin team. She wants me to be the Hokage after she dies."
The two sat in silence for a few minutes, as Gaara was left taking in the information. Naruto, meanwhile, continued to think it over. Ever since he was a boy, he remembered wanting to be Hokage. He was only 37, now, and he knew that Tsunade was in her eighties. She had to pick her successor soon.
But how could he leave his life, his husband? It wouldn't be fair. Especially knowing he'd have a lot of contact with Sasuke. Gaara knew of Naruto and Sasuke's relationship, and he knew that there was a piece of Naruto's heart that was forever out of his reach. But that didn't stop him from loving the blond. And for Naruto to leave him to return to his home – to Sasuke. That would be unbearable for him, and Naruto knew it.
Gaara stood up and left the room. Naruto waited ten, fifteen, twenty minutes before rising and leaving the room, too. He knew that Gaara was thinking the same thing he was. Gaara knew it was his dream – that's why he made him his successor as Kazekage.
There was no easy solution, and Naruto knew it. When he went to bed that night, he still hadn't seen Gaara. He was worried, but what could he do? All he knew was that he loved Gaara, and he didn't want to lose him. But that night, he dreamed of seeing his childhood friends – the rest of the Konoha Twelve – again. How Iruka, Kakashi, Jiraya, and Konohamaru were doing. He dreamed, for the first time in years, of returning to Konoha – for good.
It was around ten the next morning when Naruto, Kankuro and Temari were sitting around the table eating breakfast. The two siblings knew that something was up, but didn't know how to approach the topic. Temari finally summoned up the courage to talk, but was interrupted by the door opening, revealing Gaara.
"Gaara!" Naruto yelled. He got up and ran over to his husband, embracing him in a hug.
"Naruto," Gaara said, calmly. "We need to talk."
"I have to go to the market," Kankuro said, leaving the two alone with Temari. "I'll see you guys later."
"And I have to go see Shiminama," Temari said. "I need to ask her how preparing for the chunin exams is going." She left just like her brother, leaving her other brother and his husband alone. It was bull. Temari just spoke to her fifteen year old daughter yesterday! She knew perfectly well how she was doing.
"Where were you last night?" Naruto asked.
"I had to arrange some things," Gaara said, plainly.
"What things?" Naruto pressed.
"I've arranged for my new successor to be named."
"New…successor?" Naruto asked. "What about me?"
"What about you?" Gaara asked. "You can't be both the Kazekage and the Hokage."
"You're acting like I've already accepted Grandma Tsunade's offer!" Naruto yelled. "I haven't! I don't want to leave Suna. I don't want to leave you!"
"You won't be leaving me," Gaara said plainly. "Because I'm going with you."
"What are you –"
"As of tomorrow, Shiminama will be my new successor as Kazekage. We'll be moving to Konoha in a week so you can start your new job. Temari will be the acting Kazekage until her daughter is ready to replace her."
"Are you serious?" Naruto asked. "You'd give up being the Kazekage, you'd move from your only home, just to make me happy?"
"I'd do anything for you, Naruto. Now you won't have to choose between your dream job and your husband. Are you happy?"
Tears were welling up in Naruto's eyes. "You've made me the happiest guy on Earth!"
After an afternoon of lovemaking, Naruto and Gaara decided Naruto would move to Konoha now, so he could settle in before Gaara joined him. It worked well for them. It would give Naruto a few days to reveal himself to his friends before Gaara was thrown into the mix.
To say Tsunade was ecstatic that Naruto accepted her offer was an understatement. Shizune was also glad to hear Naruto would be coming back to Konoha.
Tsunade arranged for everyone – Lee, Tenten, Neji, Hinata, Kiba, Shikamaru, Ino, Choji, Sakura, Sasuke, Konohamaru, Jiraya, Kakashi and Iruka – to meet her in her office later that day, so she and Naruto would be able to explain everything to them before they made the official announcement.
It was weird having the fourteen ninja in her office at once, but Tsunade was more concerned with how they'd react after getting the news.
"So why are we all here?" Shikamaru finally asked the question that was on everyone's mind. Tsunade looked around at the ninja. There were six jonin – Shikamaru, Sasuke, Neji, Kakashi, Iruka, and Kiba – five chunin – Tenten, Kiba, Lee, Ino, and Choji – and two genin – Sakura and Konohamaru. That was forgetting the sannin standing off to the side.
"I have something important to tell you all about Naruto Uzumaki," she said. She noticed everyone seemed intrigued by this, but she noticed Sasuke, Jiraya, Iruka, and Hinata all looking at her rather intensely. Sakura glanced as Sasuke for a second before returning her gaze to her former mentor.
"Naruto Uzumaki died twenty years ago," Kakashi said. "Mikishi Kaguya killed him."
"What does his death have to do with us now?" Sasuke asked, keeping an expressionless face."
"You were all his friends," Tsunade continued. "It is true that Mikishi Kaguya targeted Naruto twenty years ago. But…I don't know how to tell you this…Mikishi didn't kill him."
"What are you talking about!" Sasuke yelled. "Of course he killed him! Naruto's dead!"
"No, I'm not." All 32 eyes trained on the blond haired man who had just entered the room. "I'm very much alive."
"It's…" Choji said, wide eyed.
"N-Naruto," Hinata stuttered
"Naruto!" Iruka yelled.
"Is it really you, kid?" Jiraya asked in wonder.
"What happened to you?" Sakura asked.
"You're alive!" Ino yelled.
"I can't believe it," Kiba said in shock.
"Neither can I," Shikamaru added.
"What's going on here?" Neji asked.
"I was going to ask the same thing," Kakashi said. Tenten turned to Tsunade.
"Is that really Naruto?" she asked.
"I can't believe it!" Lee yelled.
"You're…alive?" Konohamaru asked.
"Yes, it's really me," Naruto said. "I'm alive and well." His gaze trained on a raven haired, onyx eyed, man before continuing to address the group. "I had to fake my death to protect myself from Mikishi. I've been living in Sunagakure for the past twenty years."
It took Naruto a few seconds to realize what happened next. Apparently, Lee was so excited that he had to hug Naruto…right that second. Then, Iruka came to hug him, then Jiraya, then Ino, Sakura, Hinata. Konohamaru even hugged him. After the squeeze-fest was over, Tsunade kicked them all out and said that Naruto would talk to them privately later, as to not overwhelm him.
He was given the key to his old apartment, and he got his assignment – three genin who had just graduated the academy. There was Saki Uchiha, – Sakura and Sasuke's daughter – Temira Nara, – Shikamaru and Ino's daughter – and Mino Kano – someone else's son who Naruto didn't really know.
He finally got back to his apartment, and silently hoped Gaara wouldn't mind the more cramped space. He finally went into his bedroom, and was shocked to see a certain Uchiha sitting on his bed.
"I was wondering when you'd find me," Naruto said. "I guess you don't waste any time."
"Is this a joke to you?" Sasuke asked with venom in his voice. "Was our whole relationship a joke to you?"
"What do you mean?" Naruto asked. "Of course not!"
"Then why did you leave me?" he said. He was angry. Tears were threatening to fall. "Why did you let me think you were dead? I grieved you! You bastard!"
"I'm sorry," Naruto said. "I had to."
"I almost died when I found out Mikishi killed you!" he yelled. "I thought I had lost you, and it was all my fault."
"I couldn't control the situation!" Naruto yelled. "I needed to do it, or he'd keep attacking us. He'd kill us eventually."
"We could have stopped him."
"It took twenty years for him to die – and it was only because of a disease! We couldn't have possibly killed him."
"You didn't have to break my heart! I lost my parents! My brother! You were all I had! And I lost you, too!"
"I don't know what you want me to say," I whispered. "I can't change any of that."
"I love you!" he yelled. "I still fucking love you. I never stopped. Do you still love me?"
Naruto stood silently as his ex-fiancé stared into his cerulean eyes. Finally, after a minute, he spoke up. "I love you, too."
Sasuke was instantly in front of Naruto. He picked up the blonde's chin, and lifted his face into a fierce kiss.
Sasuke's hands ran through the blond locks, pulling Naruto closer to him. Naruto gave into the kiss, letting ten years of pent up feelings resurface. Sasuke pushed his back to the wall and continued to kiss vigorously.
He let his tongue explore Naruto's mouth – a mouth he hadn't tasted in a decade. Naruto was just as caught up in the taste of his former lover. Sasuke turned him around and pushed him onto the bed. He lifted Naruto's shirt above his head before kissing a trail of kisses down Naruto's toned abs. He came back up for a short, passionate kiss before planting his mouth on Naruto's exposed nipple.
Naruto gasped in pleasure before Sasuke pulled away, lifting his own shirt off and throwing it onto the floor. Bare chests met each other as Sasuke pulled Naruto into another kiss, their erections grinding against each other. The friction was unbelievable.
Suddenly, Naruto pushed Sasuke off him and stood up.
"We can't do this," he said. "You're married to Sakura! I'm married to –" he caught himself.
"You're married!" Sasuke yelled.
"So are you!" Naruto yelled.
"I thought you were dead!" he yelled.
"Do you love Sakura?" the blond asked.
"Not like I love you," he said. "I could never love anyone like I love you." He paused for a moment. "Who is he?"
"Who is who?" Naruto asked again.
"Your husband," Sasuke spat, as if the words were poisonous.
"Gaara Sabakuno," Naruto said. "We got married seven years ago."
"Gaara," he repeated with venom. "You married Gaara."
"I'm not the only one who moved on," Naruto pointed out. "You have a fifteen year old, a twelve year old, and an eight year old with your wife of sixteen years. Or have you forgotten about them?"
"I thought you were dead. I grieved for years before moving on."
"I didn't start seeing Gaara until twelve years ago!" I yelled. "That's how badly I couldn't get over you!"
"Let's run away," the Uchiha said. "Just you and me. We can go anywhere."
"You have a family, and to even suggest leaving them makes me wonder what I ever saw in you."
"I love you!" Sasuke yelled. "Doesn't that count for anything?"
"Gaara's moving to Konoha in a week," I said, staring at the floor. "I'm going to be leading a genin team – it actually includes your daughter, Saki – and Gaara will be with me."
"He can't leave Suna. He's the Kazekage."
"He was. He's leaving the position to be here with me."
"He must love you," Sasuke said.
"I love him," Naruto said.
"I don't care what you tell yourself at night, Naruto," Sasuke said, "but I know that you kissed back just know, and your feelings for Sabakuno don't even compare to me."
"Please, leave," Naruto said. "I want you to go." Sasuke put his shirt back on and made his way out of Naruto's apartment. Naruto looked around and saw memories. He looked at the couch and remembered how he and Sasuke would make love on that sofa. The bed, the floor, and even the kitchen table. He couldn't live there with those constant memories.
Sakura Uchiha knew that her husband was with Naruto. She was over the moon that her best friend was alive after all this time, but she was scared at the same time. She was married to Naruto's ex-fiancé. What if they wanted to rekindle their relationship?
Naruto and Sasuke's engagement wasn't a secret by any means. They even made it to the altar before Mikishi stopped it. In the chaos, three people died – Shino, Naruto, and Ino's mother. But if Naruto isn't dead, only two people died.
She knew that Sasuke loved Naruto before he loved her. She knew that he was bi, and that his first love was his biggest love. She didn't delude herself. She knew that there was a distinct possibility that with Naruto alive, Sasuke would leave her.
She couldn't help but be upset. She might love Naruto like a brother, but Sasuke was her husband. She even knew deep down inside that she technically was Sasuke's second choice. She knew she was being irrational, but she couldn't help it.
As the clock ticked and Sasuke still didn't come home, her mind began to wander. What could they be doing that's taking this long? – Scratch that, I don't want to think about what they're doing.
"Mother," Fushiki said, grabbing his mom's apron. "What's wrong?" It was cute how overprotective her little eight year old son was of her. Adorable, actually, but if she said the 'a' word, he would scowl for a week.
"Nothing, Fush," she said. "Mommy just heard some terrific news." Even trying to pass the tears off as happy tears, she failed. She started to sob.
"It doesn't sound very terrific," Fushiki said.
"I found out that a friend of your father and I is alive," she said.
"Who is he?" Fushiki asked.
"You've never met him," she said. "I haven't seen him in twenty years. His name is Naruto Uzumaki."
"Why are you sad that he's alive?" he asked.
"I'm not sad," she insisted. "It's a miracle. Now go to bed, alright?" He grunted a 'hn' at her before heading upstairs. He really was his father's son.
Seconds after she heard his door close, she heard the house door open, revealing Sasuke, drenched from the rain.
"Sasuke!" she yelled. "Get in here now before you catch a cold!" He came inside, and changed before heading downstairs to see his wife.
"So how's Naruto?" she asked.
"You should go see him," Sasuke said with his Uchiha mask on tightly. Sakura had managed to figure out how to see through it after ten years of being married to him, but she couldn't figure out what he was thinking for the life of her. "He seems to be doing well. He even has a husband who's moving in with him in a week."
"Oh, really?" Sakura asked, relieved. "Good for him. Is it anyone I know?"
"Gaara Sabakuno," Sasuke said, without glancing at her.
"Gaara? The same Gaara who almost killed the three of us?"
"That's the one," he said, his voice still just as emotionless.
"Stop it right now, Sasuke Uchiha!" she yelled. "I am your wife. Tell me what's going on. I know you still have feelings for him. Tell me what's going on."
"I don't know, Sakura," he said. "I'm confused. I'd finally gotten over him, and now he's back, and he's moved on. I don't know how I feel. I just don't know anymore." He got up and went into their bedroom, slamming the door.
Sakura sighed. If Naruto had a husband who he loved, then he wouldn't get back together with Sasuke. She was now officially completely happy that NNaruto was back in Konoha.
"I knew we'd find you here," Shikamaru said as he, Kiba, and Choji sat down next to Naruto at Ichiraku's. Shikamaru sat on Naruto's left, while Kiba and Choji sat on his left.
"Well, duh," Naruto said. "Where else would I be?"
"Ah, the four slackers together again," Kiba said, putting an arm around Choji and Naruto. "I never thought it would happen again."
"I know," Naruto said. "I was nervous coming back here, but I'm glad I'm back."
"So you've been living in Suna all this time?" Choji asked. Wow, he'd already finished his second bowl of ramen. I forgot that my appetite had nothing on his.
"Well, first I lived in Kiri, but after two years, I moved to Suna."
"Who's the lucky guy?" Shikamaru asked.
"What are you talking about, Shika?" Kiba asked.
"You're blind if you don't see the wedding ring on his hand," Shikamaru pointed out. "So who is he?"
Naruto blushed before answering. "Gaara Sabakuno."
"The Fifth Kazekage?" Choji asked with his mouth full.
"Yeah," Naruto said. "He's retiring, though. He'll be moving in with me next week."
"Really?" Shikamaru asked. "You and Gaara…I'd never have thought. How's Temari?"
"She's over you, if that's what you mean," Naruto said. Temari and Shikamaru dated for six months before Naruto 'died', and they broke up before Naruto moved to Suna. "She has a kid, and everything."
"Hm," he said. "Good to know."
"But I hear you're already spoken for," Naruto said. "How's Ino?"
"Troublesome as always," Shikamaru muttered.
"And you!" Naruto yelled, turning to face Kiba. "When did you and Hinata start going out?"
"About six years ago," Kiba said. "We got married last year."
"You know what that means," Naruto said. "Choji's next." At the mention of his dating status, Choji almost choked on his ramen. "Who are you interested in?"
"No one," he said, all too quickly, before blushing.
"That's bullshit," Shikamaru said. "He has his eyes on a girl named Maya Kano."
"Kano?" I asked. "Is she related to Mino Kano?"
"She's her mother," Choji said. "How do you know Mino?"
"I'm going to be leading a genin squad. It's you're daughter, Shika, Sasuke's daughter, and Mino."
"Really?" Shikamaru said. "Small world."
They sat and talked like that well into the morning. Naruto was glad his friends finally found happiness – well, most of them did. He got back to his apartment at about four in the morning, ready for a good morning's sleep.
It was a real mistake to not see Iruka immediately, because after only four hours of sleep at 8 am, Iruka's knocking on Naruto's apartment door woke the blond up.
"Naruto!" he yelled. Jeez, it was as if he'd never left. Rubbing his eyes, Naruto made his way to the door and opened it to see an irate Iruka. "I want to talk to you, catch up. Let's go somewhere for breakfast."
Naruto yawned. "Sure, let me just get dressed first." They went to some American style restaurant, and ate. He told Naruto about his life – he finally became a jonin two years ago, meaning he left the academy. He said it was time, so he gave it up to be a jonin, but Naruto could tell he was lying – he missed those kids.
"What about you?" he asked. "What have you been up to?"
"I got married," Naruto said, holding up his ring.
"What!" Iruka said. "I missed your wedding," he said with a sad look. "Does this mean you and Sasuke are done?"
"Yes," I said. "I still have feelings for him, but I love Gaara."
"Gaara…Sabakuno! The Kazekage of Sunagakure!"
"No, the other Gaara," I said sarcastically. "Of course Gaara Sabakuno!"
"How…" Iruka began.
"He's moving here in a few days. He's done being the Kazekage."
"He must really love you," Iruka said.
"I love him, too," Naruto said. "What about you? Anybody worth mentioning in the last twenty years?"
"I've been seeing Kakashi for a few months," he admitted.
"What!" the blond shouted. "I didn't know you were gay. And Kakashi? How did that happen?"
"It was the anniversary of your death. We saw each other at your tombstone, and we comforted each other. Twenty years have gone by so slow without your antics, Naruto. One thing led to another, and we're together now."
"That's great!" he said. "I'm glad you're happy."
"Me too, Naruto," he said. "Kakashi and I are always here for you if you need us. Oh, and Jiraya told you that he expects to see you soon or he's sicking Gamabunta on you."
Naruto laughed and they continued to eat. Finally, when they were done, Naruto went to find his old teacher, who was (you guessed it) spying on half naked girls at the bath house.
"It figures I'd find you here, pervy sage."
"Hey, kid," he said. "It's about time! Where have you been?"
"I told you, I've been in Suna," Naruto said. "What about you? Have you really just spent the last few years spying on naked girls?"
"Naruto, I have something I need to tell you," he said grimly.
"What?" Naruto asked. He could tell by Jiraya's facial expressions and his tone that whatever it was was serious. He didn't want to hear it.
"Naruto," Jiraya began. "I'm…I'm dying."
In the Next Chapter: Gaara moves to Konoha; Naruto talks to Kakashi about Sasuke; Naruto begins to train his genin team; Jiraya's days are numbered.
Author's Note: As you can see, this is very different from my other story. I hope you liked it. It won't end up being as long as Love: Discovered, but it'll be decently sized. I have a few things that are going to happen. Review to tell me what you think. I really need reviews to know how to improve. I know this chapter went a little fast, but that was mostly to get the story started. R&R!