Hey, minna… Sorry for not updating in a super-de-duper time, but, well… Meh. Either way, a new chappie!

Onwards with the story!



"This is blucross."- Talking

'This is blucross.'- Thinking

This is jutsu being spoken/thought of


Naruto had to admit it: he hadn't had this much fun in quite a while. For some reason (that could probably be blamed on sadistic senseis), he was enjoying the game of cat and mouse with his father; it was really quite amusing to see Minato failing in catching his son.

As soon as he had heard Minato coming for him back at the Memorial Stone, he had made a quick getaway, quietly but quickly making his way back to the village. Walking along, he waved hi to the villagers as they greeted him; by now, the rumor that Namikaze Minato had a brother (or at least had someone who looked a lot like him) had spread through the village to the point that everybody was treating him as though he were a beloved member of the village. He tried to ignore it, but the memories of his childhood would slip into his thoughts every so often. Sometimes, he really did wonder what his life would have been like had his father or mother lived that night. Would he have been treated as Sasuke had, like royalty, or would his father have had the villagers treat him like a normal kid from a shinobi family?

Naruto shook that line of thought out of his head; it wouldn't do for him to think like that. The past was the past, and he was proud of who he was and what he had achieved.

With a small smile, he checked his watch and saw that it was about time to meet up with Rin at Ichiraku's. He idly wondered how long it would take for his father to give up and head to Ichiraku's as well. It'd be interesting to see if he had inherited a double dosage of stubbornness from his parents, or if it was just part of the Uzumaki genes.

He was happy to see that he wasn't the first to arrive at Ichiraku's; he wasn't sure what he would have said if it was found that he was the first one to arrive when he had only been in the village for a day. Thankfully, Rin was already there, and surprisingly, so was Kakashi. So, Naruto happily made his way over to the two.

"…and who was that boy with you and Minato-sensei, Kakashi-kun?" Naruto heard Rin ask Kakashi, and he had to hold back a snort; she and Sakura sounded so similar it was infinitely amusing.

"Namikaze Naruto, at your service," Naruto made a short bow as he came up to the table where Rin and Kakashi were sitting, sending what he knew was a charming smile to the girl. Kakashi gave a snort of amusement, but Rin blushed slightly, smiling sheepishly.

"Nice to meet you, Naruto-san, I'm Rin," she said, holding out her hand to Naruto, who shook it with a cheerful smile on his face.

"Nice to meet you too, Rin, though Naruto's just fine," Naruto replied.

"Where's Minato-sensei?" Rin asked, giving Naruto a curious look. "I thought the two of you were together.

"We were, but one thing led to another and… Oh, yabbe*. Kakashi, let me sit on the inside of the booth." Naruto didn't give Kakashi any time to complain as he hopped over the young shinobi just as his father entered the restaurant. He looked around to find his team, smiling when he saw them, and made his way over to them.

"Hey Rin, Kakashi-kun, have you seen- aah! Naruto!" Minato greeted his students before seeing the blonde mop that belonged to Naruto.

"Yo, Aniki," Naruto gave his brother a sheepish grin.

"Don't 'Yo' me! Where have you been?" Minato asked, "I've been looking all over the village for you!"

"Hahaha, sorry Aniki, I got lost on the road of life," Naruto replied, not being able to resist saying his sensei's line, for, at that moment, Rin was taking a sip of water. Upon hearing Obito's classic excuse line, she choked on her water, spraying it all over Kakashi's face.

"Oh my god, I'm so sorry, Kakashi-kun!" Rin exclaimed, frantically trying to dry off Kakashi, who was growing more and more annoyed by the second. Naruto was quietly laughing, trying not to let out any noise. Meanwhile, Minato just sighed, slipping into the booth next to Rin, signaled for the restaurant attendant to come and take their orders.*

"Well, now that we're all here," here Minato sent a glare at Naruto, who just smiled, "we can catch up. How are you, Rin?"

"Pretty good, Minato-sensei," Rin replied. "I've continued learning more medical jutsus, and my training has come along nicely."

"That's good," Minato replied, pausing as the attendant came to get their orders. When everybody had ordered, they all stared at Naruto.

"What?" Naruto asked. "Is there something on my face?"

"How can you eat that much ramen?" Rin asked, shocked. They had each ordered, a bowl of chicken for Rin, and a bowl of miso for Kakashi and Minato. Naruto, however, had gotten two bowl of miso, a bowl of pork and a bowl of chicken.

"I just can," Naruto replied. He could eat more, but he didn't want to rob his father's bank account on the first day.

"That's rather like Kushina-san," Kakashi said dryly, giving Naruto a deadpan look, "are you sure you aren't related to her rather than Minato-sensei?" Kakashi asked, and Naruto sweat-dropped, knowing that Kakashi wouldn't give up his secret to Rin that easily.

"It is true that Kushina-san has quite the appetite when it comes to ramen," Rin admitted, "but surely you can't eat as much as her, can you, Naruto?" Naruto grinned widely at that, enjoying the wary look that appeared on Rin's face.

"Actually," Naruto said, "I once ate twenty-eight bowls of ramen. In one go." His grin became a full-out smile as he saw Rin and Minato's jaws drop, and he took great pleasure in seeing Kakashi's eye pop out as far as it did.

"No way!" Rin cried. "No way you could have eaten that much! That's what Kushina-san eats!"

"How much do I eat now?" Asked a voice from behind Rin, and they all looked to see Uzumaki Kushina in the flesh, a hand on her hip and an eyebrow raised.


Yeah, I know, lame chapter. But next the next chappie will have some of Naruto's past as Minato's twin come out, so that should be fun, yeah?