A/N This chapter jumps around a fair bit, but it should settle down in the next chapter. It's just cause this chapter was hard to write.

A few more days had come and gone. Tobirama had been very shut off from the world and quieter than usual. He had hardly spoken a word since the fight with the Akatsuki.

They had travelled to Tanzaku town in search of Tsunade. According to Jiraiya, they had almost found the woman.

When Jiraiya took the small group to a bar for dinner, Tobirama was shocked to see a familiar head of blonde hair that he had not seen in a very long time.

"Tsunade…?" Tobirama whispered, causing his two male companions to stop and look at him.

The blonde woman turned at her name. Her eyes widened as she gasped and dropped the glass of sake she had been holding.

"Tobi-oji-san…?" The woman cried, seemingly taking no notice of Naruto or Jiraiya.


Jiraiya and Naruto both looked at the scene before them. Tobirama and Tsunade were running to each other, and soon they were locked in a desperate embrace.

Naruto looked up at the sage. "How do they know each other…?"

"Tsunade is his great-grandniece. It must be hard on them both."

Naruto nodded. He couldn't help but feel jealous of Tobirama's attention on someone other than himself.

This was going to be a long night.


"Who would even want the position of Hokage, anyway…?"

Tobirama narrowed his eyes at his drunken great-grandniece. "What are you saying, Tsunade…?"

"That only a fool would want that position…" Tsunade slurred before downing another shot of sake.

Tobirama's eyes filled with fears. The last thing he heard as he stormed out of the pub was Naruto's angry voice.


"How could she…?"

Naruto stopped before he had opened the door to their hotel room. He could hear Tobirama inside, talking to himself.

"After everything that we had done for her…"

Naruto frowned. He knew that Tobirama was taking this hard. He hadn't been surprised at all when the Senju had stormed out of the pub, but knowing that the elder was still stewing on it made him worried – Tobirama didn't seem like the type that was troubled easily.

"And that Uchiha…" Tobirama continued on. "…I should've left him there to die – they didn't care when Izuna had died… Why should they care about that one? I can't stand this – knowing that what we had died for was held in disregard by our own blood! I just…"

Naruto flinched at the sound of glass shattering from inside the room. He knew that it would be best to just leave Tobirama by himself – the man needed time out.


Inside the bedroom, Tobirama nursed his bleeding hand. He had been so angry he had punched the window. Maybe it wasn't his smartest move, but could one blame him for being so angry? He had given his life to make sure that his grand-niece and the rest of the villagers would be happy, and how was he repaid? By Tsunade calling him a fool. How was he supposed to take that?

"I can't believe this…" Tobirama mumbled. "…I just can't… What did I die for…?"

Tobirama sat down on the bed and closed his eyes. He was too strong for tears, but that didn't stop him from wanting to cry. He lay down under the covers and tried to force himself into a sleep. He knew that nothing good would come out of dwelling on this.

"I just wish that something had come out of our deaths, nii-san…" Tobirama muttered before he drifted off into a sleep.


The next morning, Tobirama woke up in a strangely peaceful mood. Maybe that was because Naruto was curled up against him. He smiled and wrapped his arms around the boy, placing a small kiss in the blonde hair.

"Are you awake, Naruto?" Tobirama whispered.

Naruto grunted and shifted closer to the Senju. A small smile appeared on his face.

"I'll take that as a yes. What are you doing in my arms?"

Naruto shrugged. "Does it really matter? I'm here and you didn't care last night."

Tobirama laughed. "Alright, then, Naruto. We should probably get up and get some breakfast now, I think."

Naruto frowned. "Do we have to…? I'm comfy…"

"I'm sure you are, but you've got to eat." Tobirama ruffled the blonde hair before him. "It's not good to skip out on meals."

Naruto sighed. He reluctantly got up and followed Tobirama out of the room before a thought came to his mind.

"Oh, hey, Tobi," Naruto called. Tobirama looked down at him. "Last night, Granny Tsunade made a bet with me. She said that if I can master the Rasengan within a week, I can have her necklace."

Tobirama's heart clenched painfully. The necklace? "…That was my brother's necklace… If you win it, please… Take care of it…"

"Of course I'm going to win it." Naruto grinned. "And when I do, I'll take care of it for you."

Tobirama smiled. He wasn't sure what had come over him, but he leant down and placed a kiss on Naruto's lips. Naruto didn't seem to mind – he kissed back.

When they broke apart for air, Tobirama was kicking himself. How could he do something like that? What if… What if Naruto hated him for it…?


Tobirama braced himself for Naruto's reaction.

"Hey, Tobi, can we do that again?"

Tobirama's eyes widened. Naruto… wasn't mad or anything…? A smile slowly spread across his face and he leant down again, placing his lips back to Naruto's. Maybe he really could claim Naruto as his own one day.


The week had come and gone quickly. Tobirama had spent that time helping Naruto out with the Rasengan in order to win the bet. He didn't know about Tsunade, but he had faith in the blond.

Currently, Tobirama was out wandering the town while Naruto and Jiraiya were off doing their own thing. He wasn't too sure what they were up to, but he was sure that they'd be fine. He was actually searching for a gift that he could get for Naruto seeing as he had agreed willingly to have a relationship with him.

"I could probably get him this…" Tobirama picked up a mask, looking it over. He shook his head and put it back, deciding that it wasn't good enough for his Naruto.

Minutes had passed and Tobirama still hadn't made up his mind. However, he instantly had the feeling that something was wrong with Naruto and didn't waste any time in coming to the boy's aide.


When Tobirama arrived by Naruto's side at a battle-torn field, he was surprised to see the Hokage's necklace around Naruto's neck. He knew that Naruto would be fine – he knew how tough the kid was, so he instead turned to look at the two Sannin that were standing by near them.

"So he mastered the Rasengan?" Tobirama whispered as he lifted Naruto in his arms.

Tsunade nodded. Tobirama smirked. He knew that kid could do it.