Naruto woke up the next Tuesday morning to the sound of the horses wanting out. He hopped down from the loft and let them out into the field. He watched them roam around for about an hour before he heard some commotion coming from the town. He hurried to see what was going on, and in the main street was a parade of carriages and royal soldiers. Naruto couldn't see clearly so he climbed a single tree right next to the road and leaned against one of the branches. In the biggest open carriage he saw the king, who he recognized easily because every once in a while he would come to check on the horses. It was the one sitting next to the king who caught Naruto's eye, a beautiful young girl with long blue hair. She sat silently at the kings side with an innocent face, looking around at the villagers.
"Wow…" Naruto gazed at her, he was so mesmerized he was not paying attention to what the king was saying.
"My people, I am pleased to announce that finally our country will forge an alliance with our neighboring country the land of wind." His words were followed by great cheers from the crowds. "This Sunday I will meet with the king of wind country and sign a peace treaty, and finally bring our soldiers home." More cheers followed his voice, the girl looked around with a small gentle smile. The carriage began to move again, but Naruto wasn't done admiring the girl. He leaned a little more on the branch to get a better look but the branch began to bend and break and Naruto started tumbling to the ground before he had time to think. With a huge thud he landed in the middle of the street, scaring all the kings horses that were pulling the carriages. This made everyone gasp, the king stood back up to see what was blocking his way. "Who are you?" He commanded.
Naruto got up and lifted his head "I'm sorry your highness I just-" He was caught off guard when Mako sped out of the crowd and forced Naruto to bow back down.
"My apologies my lord" Mako said quickly "my friend here obviously was not thinking fast enough to get out of your way. I hope you can find it in your noble heart to forgive his arrogance."
The king looked at them both, he recognized both of them. He let out a small sigh. "Very well, both of you get out of my sight."
"Thank you sir." Mako ran off dragging Naruto behind him. He dragged Naruto behind his house and slammed his back against the wall. "You idiot! Your lucky I got your ass out of there."
"Sorry Mako" Naruto looked down at the ground
Mako shook his head "No its fine, but you could have gotten yourself killed."
"Sorry I just…I don't know…" Naruto seemed to be starring off into space
"Hey, Naruto what the hell is wrong with you?" Mako shook his body a little. Naruto looked back at where he first saw the girl.
"Who was that Mako?"
"That girl…the one that was sitting next to the king?"
Mako's eyes widened, he looked around to see if anyone was listening. "Are you talking about princess Hinata?"
"Hinata, what a beautiful name." Naruto seemed to be day dreaming.
"Snap out of it!" Mako said swatting his friend on the side of his head. "Naruto, please tell me that you didn't fall for the princess." he said nothing. "Tell me."
"If I did then I would be lying." Naruto shot back.
Mako slowly held his hand to his forehead, like someone just threw a rock at him. "Damn it…"
"Mako how often is she out of the castle, I need to talk to her and hear what she sounds like."
"Do that and the king will kill you for sure." He slammed him against the wall again. "You shouldn't be thinking about doing things like that..."
He lowered his head as if he knew what his friend was going to say next. "I know she wouldn't like someone like me but-" Naruto was interrupted.
"That stupid promise…" Mako shook his head
His head came back up "Huh? What are you talking about?"
"I know the princess-"
"You do? Whats she like? Have you told her about me? Did she like what she heard?" Naruto shot out question after question.
"I know her…and she told me if you ever wanted to meet her she wanted me to try to sneak you in."
"So you'll do it?"
"I have to, I made a promise." Mako admitted, regretting it every word he spoke now.
"You're the best Mako, lets go now!" Naruto grabbed his sleeve and tugged on it.
"You have to wait until tomorrow." he pulled the blond right back to him
"The only way I get to see her is during knighting ceremonies. I bring in the swords my dad and I make to the king for his new knights, then they let me stay a while for the ceremony. Tomorrow is when the king makes Sasuke one of his knights." He whispered.
"So I'll get to see her then?"
"Yes…" Mako sighed "but you have to behave yourself, I'll fill you in on what you can and cant do on the way to the castle tomorrow. Meet me at my house at dawn."
"Gotcha!" he said as he ran for home. His usual daily routine seemed to drag on forever. All that mattered was the fact that he was going to meet a very beautiful princess the following day.