TDE: Goth Love
Naruto x Gwen
That morning Naruto arrived back at the cabin just in time to see Geoff, DJ and Tyler conspire to get revenge on Harold for leaving his crusty underwear all over the place. He kindly refused their offer, cryptically answer he had his own form of payback that he needed to see too. So that morning he had made a hell of a barter with Chef to gain access to his kitchen. Amongst said things he had to do was medial chores; which for over three-dozen people was a bitch.
Thankfully he had some help by a certain dark eyed Goth. ''I'm glad you made it." Naruto stated. Originally he had considered inviting Courtney, but he realized this was the perfect time to get to know Gwen better.
"Yeah well, it beats trying to muffle out Leshawna's snoring." despite her sounding indifference, the small smile on her face gave her way. It didn't take long get out the ingredients and for Naruto to start cooking and after cooking breakfast for everyone they were now washing the dishes. Both were standing in front of the sink: rubber gloves up to their elbows.
''Dishes," she murmured. "...when you told me you needed help I didn't think you also meant dishes as well.'' Not to mention he cooked breakfast for everyone. I don't think I would have done that.
''So come on, tell me about you Gwen. We're friends right? I'm not ignoring the reality that we'll one day have to face each other, but we can at least avoid a bitter rivalry at least? Because whether win or lose, I don't bore you any ill will."
''Well? What do you wanna know?''
''Well, your full name?'' he asked, curios on learning about her exact background.
''Gwen Astrid.'' she answered him. ''Most people can't tell, but I'm a mix of Norse and European descent on my mother's side."
''That's interesting." Naruto replied, rather intrigued by the tidbit.
''My great grandfather was born in Scandinavia and my great grand mother was born in Sweden. They moved to the states after my Great grandfather's business went under to start a new life for themselves. They moved here and had my grand father and the rest of history. Most people just look at me and just see a really pale Canadian or white girl, so I don't bring it up often. So what about you? You're Asian right? On which of your parent's side did you inherit the blond hair and blue eyes?''
''My father's side.'' he answered her. Things began to relax and they casually conversed. They did that all way up to when it when it was time for the challenge. By the time they got their most of the other campers were gathered there and laughing their asses off. Chris had a grey skunk's stripe in the middle of his hair. The host looked rather pissed of course, no one could miss the fury and the fact that the other host K had finally returning. ''Hey ya campers! Haven't seen ya in awhile. Been setting some things up for future challenges and such. And I seen some of you have been busy.''
Naruto snickered, 'damn right'. he thought. He didn't agree to kitchen duty for the next week for nothing. He knew he would need very specific ingredients from Chef's kitchen for the various projects he would need.
"In today's challenge," K began, "...you will be testing the fundamentals of the teamwork, mind, and kitchen skills. Would you care to explain the rest Chris?''
''Sure...'' he said out of gritted teeth. ''Both teams will be cooking a three course meal, which we will then judge. The winners will get a reward, and the losers will send another team-mate home. Each team will pick a head chef to pick the theme of the meal, and take charge of the cooking."
DJ and Geoff exchange worried looks. "I don't like the sound of this, man."
"To cook, you need ingredients!" Chris exclaimed. "Once a week we have Helicopters fly in food. Today, however, a multitude of different were bought for just this challenge. Will it be some spicy Italian? Or maybe some soulful soul food. Regardless, you have until sun down to cook up a meal fitting of a king. Begin!"
Geoff was the first to walk over. "Hey dudes, with this stuff we can make some awesome Italian food!"
Duncan grinned. "Hello head chef!"
"Seriously?" Geoff asked, awed as Duncan nodded. ''Then lets get grabbing!'' He quickly moved to grab some food.
"Head Chef!" Heather said. "I'm calling it!" She glared at Beth. ''Try not to screw up this time. Okay.''
Beth nodded, placating the angry girl.
Leshawna walked up to her. "Just ignore her.''
The challenge continued and between Heather's faulty recipe and Owen being a fatass, team Fox had won yet again. After the celebration two campers in particular had snuck away.
"I would say Amy Lee of Evanescence."
"I think I might have heard a few songs by them. They're okay."
"Alright, how about your favorite ice cream flavor?"
"But...that's so plain."
"Oh? That's funny coming from you."
"I'm just kidding!"
"What's your favorite cake?"
"Does Cheesecake count."
"No, because it would win by default."
The two of them had grown to really respect each other. The Awake-athon had proven that the both of them could be quite stubborn. "Ramen, I would hardly call that a meal?"
"Blasphemy! I'd call it more of a meal then a bowl of strawberries!"
"Hey! Don't knock the berries!"
They had gotten so engrossed in their conversation they almost didn't notice it was getting dark until the dock lights flickered on. Naruto then found himself chuckling.
"What? What's so funny."
"Its nothing." he said, turning away as he tried to hide a smile on his face.
"What is it?" Gwen pressed on with an inquiring eye. She wasn't a nosy person by nature, but whatever was going on she wanted to know.
"I...I sort of having been peaking into some things. Fan mail and all sorts of stuff. People have been, shipping people."
"Shipping?" Gwen asked, clearly confused by what the blond meant. Naruto kicked off his sandals and moved closer to the edge of the dock, letting the cool breeze course between the cracks of his toes.
"You know, when people gossip about which two characters are going to hook up and stuff." he explained as a realization came over Gwen.
"Right, why do I sense that I'm not going to like what I'm going to hear?"
"Trust me, I know the feeling. A lot of people seem to think you and Trent would make a cute couple, just as many people who ship Cody and Noah." he finished with a shake of his head.
"Okay, that's a bit creepy." Gwen remarked as she brought her knees up to her chin. "Are...all of us shipped?"
"Yeah, Duncan and Courtney and a few people are pulling for you and Cody." Naruto couldn't help but laugh at the face Gwen made when he said that.
"What about you?" she asked.
Naruto sighed and shook his head. "I think the weirdest one is me and Eva. People think we're secretly in love and that I have plans to tame her or something with my manliness while I'm the only one who isn't intimated by her anger issues."
"Aaw, but you two would be so cute." Gwen teased as Naruto blanched.
"Don't even joke about that." he remarked. "I have nothing against strong women, but I set a line at a woman who could bench press three of me." he then continued. "A lot of people seem to really want me with Bridgette though. Even more than Courtney who people think we have chemistry."
"Bridgette's a nice person." And of course he has some sort of friendship with Courtney. Naruto's a nice guy, handsome, and athletic. Of course he's going to end up with someone like Bridgette or Courtney. Gwen couldn't help but feel sad when she thought about it. Were her feelings for Trent that shallow? Or was it merely a passing infatuation? Who to say this wasn't the same? She was so confused.
"And a few people even said that you and I would make a cute couple." he finished with a purr and seductive gaze.
"What...?" it barely came out in a whisper. Gwen could feel herself blush horribly when her voice cracked. She then heard him laugh as he almost doubled over.
"Well that wasn't the reaction I was expecting." he admitted as he tried to calm himself down.
A growl escaped her lips. "You jerk." the hurt was evident, she made a motion to leave when Naruto grabbed her arm.
"I'm sorry," he hastily blurted out. "It was a suggestion in one of the letters that I do that. I was only joking around, I didn't mean to upset you."
"I...I don't like being thought of as a joke. I had enough of that already." she whispered.
"I'm sorry...I won't hurt you again...I promise."
Hearing those words made Gwen's heart flutter. "You shouldn't promise things you can't keep."
"Maybe so, but then that means I can spend every day making sure that I don't break that promise."
'Don't be taken in? Don't let sweet words let your guard down.' she mentally told herself. Because no matter how sweet Naruto was, there was just as many cute guys that could say and act in the way she wanted to hear and see.
Naruto began shuffling through his jacket and he took out something. It was the most beautiful gem Gwen had ever seen. In fact it looked more like a beautiful crafted Crystal, hanging from a gold chain. Without a word he should placed it around Gwen's neck, leaving her speechless.
"I trust you Gwen." he stated with a grin. "Keep that safe for me, will you? Think of it as a good luck charm. I'm expecting you to give that back to me in the finals. When I win of course. Goodnight." he said as he got up.
"Yeah right, I'll give it back to you when I win in the finals." she shouted back, finding herself wearing a grin of her own. There was no way she was going to lose to him. No matter how cute he was or how he made her heart flutter. 'Stupid blond and his way with people.' she thought, though if she was completely honest with herself, a part of her wouldn't have mind how things turned out. Something told her that in a way, she already won.