15 minutes later
Tsunade was running through the streets with her hands covering her face. Even though she covered her, people knew she was crying. As she stopped at near a block of the town, she laid on the ground.
"Why, I don't know what to do, I love him, I now know I love him, but what do I do?" Tsunade wondered as she cried in her arms. Tsunade knew she couldn't deny her feelings. The blond genin had come into her heart and now she came to enjoy his presence. She loved everything about him. What scared her wasn't the fact that she loved him, she sort of coped with that, but what scared her is that she wanted to go further and explore the possibilities of a relationship with him and her.
"Why did you have to do that Naruto?, that kiss has now weakened me to such a state," Tsunade said to herself as she tried to stand. Unknown to her, Shizune ran after her and soon caught up.
"Tsunade-sama, are you okay?" she said as she saw Tsunade struggling to stand to her feet.
"Oh Shizune, I am fine, don't worry," Tsunade said quickly wiping the tears from her eyes. Shizune didn't buy her act for even a second. After hearing their conversation, she knew now what was troubling them both.
"Wow, love truly has no bounds does it?" she asked herself as she looked at Tsunade. She gave Tsunade a hug that made the blond looked shocked at the act. Shizune decided no matter how immoral it was to society she would get Naruto and Tsunade together.
"Tsunade-sama, would you like to talk about whatever is bothering you?" she asked honestly. Tsunade looked up and smiled. She was glad to have someone to listen to her, though she wondered if Shizune could believe it, which she could since she heard it for herself.
"Thank you Shizune, I would like that, let's go back to a hotel then," she said as Shizune nodded and followed her.
Meanwhile with Naruto
"Stupid, stupid, STUPID!," he said to himself as he walked the streets.
"I practically lunged at her in there, she said she was confused, I just wanted to confirm something, but why did I do it then?" he wondered as he walked. As he walked he ran into Shikamaru, who gave him a good hello.
"Oh hi Shikamaru," Naruto said with his head down. Shikamaru noticed Naruto wasn't his hyperactive self.
"Naruto man, what is the matter with you?" he asked. In truth, he knew what was wrong, but to hear it from Naruto himself was a bit better.
"W-what are you talking about man?, nothing is wrong," Naruto said as he walked away. Shikamaru pondered his idea and what he was about to do. Rubbing his head, he sighed.
"Man, this is going to be a drag, " he said as he did his shadow possession jutsu on Naruto. He made the blond freeze in place and he turned him around to face him.
"Well if nothing is wrong you won't mind talking about it." he said as he manipulated the blond to a hotel. As they walked Naruto tried to fight the shadow but he knew it was no use. As they walked both were in utter silence.
13 minutes later
Naruto and Tsunade arrived at the hotel at the exact same time. Both walked as they looked at each other from across the entrance. A huge blush came to both as they instantly looked away from each other. Feeling the awkward silence, Tsunade turned to Shizune.
"W-w-w-well Shizune, let's go inside," she said as she walked inside the hotel. She moved so fast that Shizune was left coughing at some of the dust that Tsunade had kicked up. Naruto looked at Shikamaru.
"W-well since you dragged me out here, let's go," he said as he ran inside also. Shikamaru rubbed his head and he looked at Shizune. Both inched closer together and whispered.
"Is this really going to work Shizune?" Shikamaru asked. Even the lazy genius couldn't figure this plan out.
"Yeah trust me, Operation: Impossible Couple Pairing is a go," Shizune said as he eyes flared up. Shikamaru yawned.
"That name is weird, but let's get this over with," He said as they gave each other a thumbs up and went inside.
Back in Konoha
Danzo was frantic around the office. He had lost track of Naruto and Tsunade. Both did not appear at the Fire Daiymo's like he thought. His ninja said that they waited for 6 days, but nothing happened.
"Dammit, where did they go?" Danzo said as he looked at the map. He was clearly getting frustrated at losing the two ex-Konoha ninja. To make matters worse, he was being investigated by the Fire Daimyo herself, but she hadn't nominated him for Hokage, and felt that he had stolen the position. He was currently under probation for that issue and more than half of his powers and the Hokage were gone while this investigation began.
"Dammit, Dammit, why is this happening now of all times?" he wondered as he tried to predict where the two possibly were. His village was getting impatient. They all ranted about wanted the "demon's" body and his protector's head. Danzo managed to keep the people from a frenzy, but he was losing control and fast.
"I will find you, you can't hide forever," he said with a sadistic smile.
Back in the town, in the hotel
"Shizune, hurry up," Tsunade said as she dragged Shizune into the door and placed a sound-proof seal on the space around them. They stood in the limited space and began their talk.
"Okay Tsunade-sama, what is wrong?" Shizune asked with a fake confused look. Tsunade looked out the window and it seemed safe.
"You WILL NOT tell anyone about this," Tsunade said as she held up a fist. Shizune nodded instantly as she promised not to tell a soul, which she would have to. Tsunade put her fist down.
"I-I-I believe I am in love with Naruto," Tsunade said with a blush to her face. Shizune pretended to be shocked. She knew she was in love, but tried to keep up the act.
"Really Tsunade-sama, with Naruto?" Shizune asked.
"Yeah, I have completely fallen for him," She said as her blushed burned brighter across her face.
"Shizune do you think it is wrong to feel this way?" she asked as she looked at Shizune for an answer.
"W-well Tsunade-sama, I am not sure I am a little surprised though," Shizune said as she tried to play being cool.
"I tried to convince myself that it was impossible for us, but after what happened I don't know,"Tsunade said to her. Shizune was surprised. She didn't know what happened beyond the talk.
"So what happened?" she asked. Tsunade looked up at her and blushed.
"H-He kissed me," she said. Shizune blushed as she imagined Naruto and Tsunade kissing. Tsunade snapped her out of her daze as she continued.
"I-I might want a relationship with him, but I wonder about it," she continued.
"My heart aches for him and his aches for me, but something is keeping me from him and I don't know what," Tsunade said as she ended her speech. Shizune processed the information and began to speak.
"Tsunade-sama, I believe that love holds no bounds between people, I also believe that if two people love each other enough for their hearts to ache for each other then they should be together, the only thing holding you both back is each other," Shizune said as she sat on the bed. Tsunade looked at Shizune in understanding. She knew Shizune was right. She loved Naruto and he loved her, so why weren't they together?
Tsunade thanked Shizune and ran off to find Naruto. Shizune smiled as she laid in the bed.
"Go get your happiness Tsunade-sama," Said Shizune on the bed.
Meanwhile with Naruto and Shikamaru
"So mind telling me what happened between you two? Shikamaru said as he sat on the bed. Naruto was walking around the room back and forth trying to gather his thoughts.
"Shikamaru, I-I-I love Tsunade," Naruto said to Shikamaru. He gasped though he already knew about it.
"I don't know why I do, but before I knew it I began to love her presence as she wormed her way into my heart," He said as he continued to talk.
"I can't distinguish between what's right and my own feelings," he said as Shikamaru nodded.
"Why don't you just tell her that you like her?" Shikamaru said bluntly.
"I think I made my feelings clear twice when I told her AND when I kissed her," Naruto said with a blush. Shikamaru almost chocked on those words.
"Are you serious?" he asked for confirmation. Naruto nodded. He sighed
"So troublesome, look Naruto, I don't have the answer for you, but all I can say is that you should follow what your heart believes, no one can tell you who to give your heart to, I personally won't care if you and Tsunade dated, if you are happy then I am alright with it," he said Naruto. Naruto seemed happy to hear those words as he looked at Shikamaru.
"What if she doesn't return my feelings?" he asked a little sad.
"The Naruto i know would keep fighting until he got her to love him," Shikamaru said with a smile. Naruto's face lit up in understanding. That's right he was Naruto Uzumaki. He never backed down from a problem. He would confront any obstacle that he faced. He would get Tsunade to love him. He just knew he would.
"Thank you Shikamaru, that's right screw what other people think, I love Tsunade-chan and she is going to be mine," he said as he ran out the door to find Tsunade.
"Man, well that wasn't as troublesome as I thought," Shikamaru said with a smile on his face as he laid on the bed.
"Go get your happiness Naruto," he said as he fell asleep on the couch
After 20 minutes of random searching, both Naruto and Tsunade found each other at the entrance of the hotel. Both saw that the other was looking for them as they wiped the sweat from their faces. Naruto walked up to Tsunade and Tsunade walked up to Naruto. They both looked in each other's eyes for 5 minutes before talking.
"Hey you," Tsunade said with a smile.
"Hey yourself," Naruto said with a smile.
Sorry, but cliffhanger of doom. Find out about these growing feelings tomorrow.