Small Conversations

Sequel to "Things unsaid" "She was in Love", and "Losing an apartment, Gaining a House key"

Sometimes the big conversations happen in small parts.

Disclaimer: I don't own 'em, I'm just a spoony bard

CH1

In which a mission is assigned.

Most men would have bragged about moving in with a woman. Uzumaki Naruto, was not most men. Sakura had discovered, to her surprise, that after two weeks of living with him, hardly anyone knew. Of course she had told Ino and Tenten that he had officially moved in with her, and it was almost a guarantee that Hinata now knew as well. The girls didn't keep much from each other.

She was in the shower, Naruto dozing on the couch, when someone banged on her door. She could hear the soft thud of her lover (though it had only happened once so far), rolling off the sofa and answering the door. Moment later, Naruto was poking his head in the bathroom.

"Sakura, Kakashi-sensei wants to talk to you."

"I'll be out in a moment. I'm almost done in here." She answered.

The door shut behind him as he retreated back to the living room. Sakura sighed and finished rinsing her hair. She had the day off and had been looking forward to relaxing, or maybe even trying a few of the perverted things Tenten had suggested when she'd found out that Sakura had sex with Naruto. Shutting off the water and wrapping herself in a towel, she stepped out of the shower.

She groaned when she realized she hadn't brought clothes into the bathroom with her. She hadn't been concerned about with just Naruto home, but now Kakashi was also here. Opening the bathroom door, she peered out into the living room. Naruto and Kakashi were sitting on the couch with their backs facing the bathroom door. Taking advantage of this, Sakura slipped out of the bathroom and padded down the short hallway to the bedroom.

She dried herself quickly and threw on some clothes. Grabbing her hairbrush, she headed back out to the living room, pausing in the doorway to catch snippets of their conversation.

"-information on his whereabouts. The three of us are the best qualified." She caught the last half of Kakashi's sentence.

"Figures." Naruto sounded defeated.

"Oh, by the way, I hear you and Sakura are knocking boots." The casual tone irritated her and she stalked up to the back of the sofa and smacked the back of her ex-sensei's head.

"That, Kakashi-sensei, is none of your business." She glared at him.

Rubbing the back of his head, Kakashi grinned at her under his mask. "No need to get to touchy Sakura! I was just going to congratulate him!"

Both Naruto and Sakura blushed a deep red. They hadn't had much time to talk about things, Sakura had her position at the hospital, and Naruto had training and missions. The last week the two of them had come home from whatever job they'd had, eaten dinner, crawled into bed, and fallen asleep.

"Sakura's right, it's not your business." Naruto muttered. "Can we just talk about the mission, please?"

Looking at each of his old students Kakashi sighed. "I suppose." He handed a scroll to Sakura. "This came in this morning. They think they have located Uchiha Sauske. They want the three of us to go after him."

Sakura opened the scroll and read it quickly. Sauske had been spotted about three days from Konoha. He had been seen alone, but it was rumored that he had at least two subordinates with him, both S class criminals. Tsunade had given them the time limit of two weeks to bring him back to Konoha, dead or alive.

She handed the scroll to Naruto. "When do we leave?" She asked.

"As soon as you two are ready." Kakashi answered. "I'll wait outside." He stood and left, closing the door quietly behind him. Naruto had finished reading the scroll and set it on the coffee table. He put his head in his hands and groaned.

Sakura sat down next to him and put an arm around his shoulders, leaning against him. "You remember what I said last time?" She asked.

"You mean about how you didn't need me to keep that promise? Yeah, I remember. But Sakura, I have to." He didn't look at her.

"I know you wanted to bring him back for me, But Naruto, I can't forgive him."

"But you-" he choked, and Sakura realized he was fighting crying.

"I can't forgive him." She repeated. "I can't forgive him for what he's done to you." He looked at her now, tears gathered in the corners of his eyes, and she leaned forward to press a kiss to his lips. "I realized a long time ago, the day he tried to really kill me, and you saved me, I don't love him."

"I can't forgive him either." He whispered, tears now falling down his cheeks. "He tried to kill you Sakura, he betrayed Konoha. Joined up with the enemy. He left us to go kiss Orochimaru's ass."

Sakura wiped his tears away and kissed him lightly again. "How do we want to do this? I mean, how do we want to bring him back?" The unspoken question, which she hoped Naruto understood, was are we going to kill him?

"I don't want to kill him if we don't have to. But I will if I must." Sakura nodded in response. She too, would rather not have to kill someone she once considered a friend. "I want him to stand before the Hokage and have to explain himself. I want to know why he left, why he wouldn't come back, why he-"

"Me too." Sakura interrupted. She slid into his lap and wrapped her arms around him. "I want justice too." He hugged her back, his chin resting on her head.

"I won't let him hurt you again Sakura."

She stayed in his arms, seated in his lap with her head on his shoulder. His fingers played with the ends of her hair, a tendril tickling her neck every once in a while. She shivered and he glanced down at her.

"Something wrong?" he asked.

"No, it's just, that tickles."

A grin spread across his face. "Sakura-chan is ticklish?" His fingers moved swiftly, pressing into her ribcage and she let out a shriek.

"Naruto!" she tried to push herself off him, ending up instead, pinned to the couch with Naruto on top of her, fingers digging into her sides in just the right way to send her nerves haywire. She shrieked again and dug her own fingers into his sides. It earned a yelp and she laughed at him. "Who is ticklish?" She asked deviously.

The tickle fight continued, Naruto had the upper hand and when Sakura could no longer stand the torment, she cheated. She wrapped her arms and legs around him and yanked him down, crashing their mouths together. He gasped in surprise, and she used the opportunity to press her tongue to his. Tickling forgotten, Naruto kissed her back, sliding his mouth over hers, tasting her.

The impromptu kiss heated, Sakura started feeling the warmth of arousal growing in her, and laying on top of her as he was, she could feel his own answering. Her hands slid up the back of his shirt, palms flat against the hard muscles. He made a pleasure noise in his throat and pulled his lips from hers.

"Kakashi-sensei-"

"Is always late and he can wait." Sakura interrupted. "We've been so busy with work; we seemed to have forgotten play."

He grinned in response and kissed her again. Propping himself on one arm, he reached for the zipper on her vest, pulling it down. His eyes widened as he realized she hadn't bound her breasts, and his mouth was instantly on one nipple, the other being toyed with by his thumb. She clutched his head to her, moaning.

The door shot open with a bang, and they both jumped, falling off the couch. Naruto sprang to his feet almost instantly, kunai in hand. Sakura sat at his feet fighting with her zipper. She looked up to see an angry look on her lover's face as he threw the kunai.

"Mah, Naruto, your aim is off." Sakura recognized her old sensei's voice and groaned, smacking herself in the forehead with her palm. "I was just wondering what was taking so long."

She stood and glared at him as he lounged in the doorway. "I wish you had hit him with that." She muttered to Naruto.

Kakashi grinned through the mask at them. "So are you two ready to go? Sakura, your only half done." The silver haired jounin stepped forward, and grasping her zipper, pulled it back to its usual place.

She smacked his hand. "Pervert."

Kakashi only grinned again and leaned back against the doorframe. Naruto glared at him again and stormed off to the bedroom. He came back with their mission bags, handing Sakura hers. Sakura glared at Kakashi as well as they stepped out the front door. She double checked her pack as Naruto locked the door, ignoring the raised eyebrows of Kakashi.

"Okay, we're ready to go." She said.

"You sure? Because I can always stay and watch you know." Naruto punched him.

"Pervert." He muttered, taking Sakura's hand as they walked away. Kakashi popped his jaw back into place and followed.