a/n: The order of the sidefics I've written:

Meeting Ino, Sasuke's Past and Path, Kinky Couch Sex (not posting it here), Those Three Words, Phone Sex (not posting it here), Lazy Sunday, Sasuke's Migraine (Sasuke's POV), Jockstrap I, Jockstrap II (not posting it here), Bad Dream, Fear

Naruto was lying in his bed at his Dad's house, on the phone with a somewhat agitated Sasuke, who was disgruntled about a new hire.

"Not only am I bogged down with my own work, but I have to take time out to train this person who graduated about eight months ago."

"Well, they have to learn somehow, Sasuke, and you're a pro, right? Just help the poor girl out before you scare her away. Surely you didn't know everything there was to know when you started."

"Hm. I should've known you'd take her side."

Naruto grinned. "I'm just sayin' that if you're nice to her and help her out, you will be rewarded."

"Is that so?"

Naruto switched the phone to his other ear. "Sure, why not. I'll give you a blowjob or something."

"You do that already," Sasuke reminded him.

"Okay, well if you're gonna be a jerk to her, then I'll stop? And as much as I'd love to listen to you complain about work, I have a question I want to ask."

"...What question is that?"

Naruto sighed first and raised his arm in the air, waving his hand back and forth. "Ino wants to go out to dinner tonight. Just the three of us."

"Kiba isn't invited?"

"I guess not? I think she wants to, um, get to know you and stuff, and yeah."

"...I see. Do you want to go out to dinner with her tonight? I can't tell."

"No, no." He dropped his arm. "I don't mind, but if you don't want to, we can do it some other time."

"Well, I'm about 10 minutes from town. I can meet the two of you somewhere?"

"Mah," Naruto whined. "I can come and get you. If you want to shower and change?"

"Hmm." Sasuke sounded pleased. "You miss me."

"Shut up. That's not what I said. I just said I'd come and pick you up."

"Or you could do that in reverse order."

Naruto gave a deep chuckle. "You're right. I could pick you up and then come."

"That sounds good to me. Just let me know the deal when you get here. Are you leaving your Dad's right away?"

"Yep, gettin' my shoes on now." Naruto sat on the edge of the bed and slipped on his sneaker. "See you in a few."

"Okay. Bye, Naruto."

Naruto let the phone fall onto the bed and finished tying his shoes. He went into the bathroom to check his hair, gargle, and spray a bit of cologne on. He gave Ino a call, but it took them about 10 minutes to decide on a place to eat since Ino kept going on and on about how excited she was that it'd just be the three of them.

"Are you sure you don't wanna invite Kiba?" Naruto asked as he went down the stairs. "Hey, Ino, wait a sec, I gotta tell my Dad somethin'." He put his hand over the receiver. "Dad, Ino, me, and Sasuke are goin' out to dinner."

"Just the three of you? That's unusual, isn't it? What's Kiba up to?"

"That's what I was askin'. Ino wants to bond with Sasuke, I guess."

"Ah, I see," said Minato. He was sitting on one of the reclining chairs, flipping through a landscape architecture magazine that had a large gazebo on the front. "Have fun. Tell Sasuke I said hello." When he set his magazine down briefly it was to give Naruto a smirk and a knowing, fatherly look.

Naruto glared and felt his face going red. "Shut up, Dad. I'll see you later."

Since he was headed to his truck, he told Ino he'd meet her at this one place downtown in about an hour.

"Are you sure this is okay with Sasuke?" Ino asked, but somehow even if Naruto said 'no', he doubted that it would sway Ino any less.

"He's fine with it. Just don't ask him about work."

"Why's that?"

"He had a bad day today, I guess."

"Ah, okay. I'll try to remember that. See you sooon. Kisses." She hung up on him.

Naruto smiled as he opened the door to the truck and got in. No matter how unpredictable Kiba could be, at least Naruto had an idea of the kind of stuff that came out of his mouth, embarrassing or not, but with Ino, it was a whole other story. He had no idea what to expect, but he wasn't all that worried. If anything, he was curious about how Sasuke and Ino would get along.

When Naruto knocked on the door, Sasuke had already showered and was dressed in nice jeans and a dark blue t-shirt. His hair was still a little wet. He greeted Naruto with a genuine smile and a kiss before tugging him into the apartment. He playfully threw Naruto onto the couch, where he ended up on his back. Sasuke lay on top of him, kissing at his neck.

"Maybe you're the one who missed me," said Naruto as he combed his fingers through dark, damp hair, trying to free his other arm so he could give Ollie's head a pat, too, since he'd come running up to them, meowing excitedly.

"I always miss you," Sasuke said dryly against his neck and gave him a sniff. "You smell good." After he planted another kiss to Naruto's mouth, he rolled to the side, his arm across Naruto's waist. "So what are the plans?"

"We're goin' to Russell's, that place downtown with the patio, where they have live music sometimes."

"Sounds good."

Naruto shifted onto his side so that they faced one another. He put a hand on Sasuke's hip, slowly moving it to his waist - above the belt he wore - and snuck his fingers under his shirt.

"Better mood now?" he asked.

Sasuke nodded and placed his hand on Naruto's chest. "Are you buttering me up?"

Naruto smirked. "I can think of better ways to do that."

"I bet you can, but do we have time for it?"

"If it's you, Uchiha, then yeah. We're gonna have to work on your stamina. Just how long does it take you, hm?" He stroked his fingers across Sasuke's stomach and then lightly dragged them over his ribs. "It's like that old game show Name that Tune... except it'd be more like 'I can get Sasuke off in... four minutes, no, three minutes...' "

"Are you questioning my sexual prowess?"

"Not at all. I'm just sayin' once my mouth gets on your dick, you come really fast."

Sasuke laughed and grabbed him by the back of the neck, pulling him close enough to kiss. "It's not my fault I have a hot, sexy boyfriend who gives a blowjob like a porn star."

"Wait," said Naruto, grinning, "I thought I was your boyfriend? Who's this other guy you speak of? Are you cheating on me already?"

Sasuke brushed Naruto's hair to the side and affectionately traced the curve of his right cheek. "Never. Absolutely never."

Naruto had to bite his lip so he would stop smiling so much. "We should probably get goin."

"We should." Sasuke leaned in and kissed him. Naruto parted his lips, letting Sasuke's tongue enter his mouth. Sasuke started to slide on top of him, settling between Naruto's legs as they made out for a while until Naruto's phone vibrated in his pocket.

"That's probably Ino," said Naruto between kisses.

"Tell her you're busy," replied Sasuke as he moved to nibble at Naruto's ear.

"I won't because then she'll know exactly what we're doin'... ah, that feels good."

"Does it?" Sasuke asked silkily and tilted Naruto's head, sucking at the sensitive skin behind his ear. Naruto's arms went around Sasuke as he let out short, low moan. "Mm. I love when you make that noise. So vocal, Naruto."

"Can't help it... really, unf, we should get goin'..."

"I guess we can always come back here tonight," mused Sasuke as he got off of Naruto and stood, readjusting his clothes. Naruto watched him for a moment until their eyes met again. "What?"

Naruto reached out his hand. "I like you."

Sasuke took his hand and pulled him up. "You like me, do you? And shall I try to be on my best behavior tonight?"

"I'm not worried about you. I'm more worried about Ino. I can already imagine the sort of stuff she's gonna ask us about."

"Like what? Our sex lives?"

"Pretty much."

"It's not as if I mind," said Sasuke, putting his hands on either side of Naruto's waist, slipping a thumb into one of the loops. "I'm more than happy to talk about sex... and you... and having sex with you..."

Naruto rolled his eyes. "That's private stuff. I don't even talk to Kiba about it much."

"But you used to talk to Kiba about sex when you were dating women, I'm sure?"

"But that's different- ", Naruto started to stay and stopped when Sasuke's eyebrow went up. "Or, not like that. It's just, you mean more to me than other women I've dated or slept with, Sasuke."

Sasuke ruffled his hair. "I'm not offended. Women tend to be more comfortable hearing those sorts of details about two men anyway, so I'm sure Ino's just curious. I'm not ashamed, so if she wants to ask questions, then I'm fine with it." He gave a shrug.

"I'm not ashamed. It's just..."

"Private," said Sasuke.

"Er, yeah. Let's just get goin'."

"Let me grab a sweatshirt."

"Ah, can I borrow one, too?" Naruto sat on the arm of the couch as Sasuke headed toward the bedroom. He came back out with a gray hoodie for himself and a blue one, which he threw to Naruto.

"You're givin' me your favorite hoodie?" asked Naruto as he stood up and stretched.

"I'm letting you borrow it yes, even though any time I let you borrow something, I never see it again."

"Pssht. Come over to the house and I'll give you whatever stuff it is I've stolen."

"Sounds good to me. I think I've yet to stay at your house, and we've been dating how long?"

They walked to the door, each putting on their shoes. Naruto leaned against the wall to get his on without falling over. "Almost two weeks?"

"Feels like longer," Sasuke said with a smirk as he opened the door and waited for Naruto to be done. He held his hand out. "Ladies first."

Naruto rolled his eyes and gave him a smack on the back of the head. "Bastard. I'll drive since you just spent an hour in the car."

"So considerate," Sasuke said and grabbed for his hand as they went down the corridor that led to the stairs. Naruto gave the hand in his a squeeze.

"I have my moments," he said to his boyfriend.

"You do," replied Sasuke, letting go of his hand and moving it to Naruto's lower back. "You certainly do."

Of course, he and Sasuke arrived first, and since it was relatively decent out, they decided to get a table on the patio. There were a few people already out there, just an easygoing crowd, which is why he liked Russell's so much. The patio wasn't huge, but there were about eight circular tables, with four chairs to each. The back of the patio butted up against the sidewalk, but there was a fence to block anyone from just coming in from off the street. You had to come in through the entrance, which made sense since it was as much a bar as it was a restaurant. According to the sign he'd seen when they walked in, there'd be a band playing in two hours if they ended up staying that long. He and Sasuke ordered a couple of beers while they waited for Ino.

"This is nice," said Sasuke.

Naruto smiled. "It is, isn't it? It reminds me of when we went to the beer garden at Navy Pier except more chill."

"That was a good night." Sasuke smirked as he took a sip of his beer. "I think I preferred what happened after?"

"I'm assuming you don't mean when we went to get the wine."

"Mm. No. Not quite. I was thinking more about what happened in the dressing room."

Naruto's cheeks might've colored a bit. "That's definitely my favorite scarf now."

"I'm so glad you like it," said Sasuke, still looking a little too smug.

"It does feel like a date, though, doesn't it? I keep forgetting we're waitin' for Ino. So try not to make out with me as much as I'm sure you're dyin' to."

"Please," said Sasuke with a hint of playfulness, "I do have some restraint when I'm around you."

"I mean, I know I'm pretty irresistible. If I were you, I wouldn't be able to keep my hands off me either."

"Okay, we're going to have to do something about your cocky attitude. Before you say anything, yes I said cocky, get over it."

"Pssht. You're no fun, besides I'm over the dick joke phase."

"Until you get around Kiba again," Sasuke pointed out, "Speaking of, did you talk to him before you came to get me?"

"Mm. No, but he's a big boy. I'm sure Ino talked to him. It's not as if we haven't spent time with Kiba alone. Besides, in college I used to hang out with Ino alone all the time. She was a lot of fun."

"But you two never - "

Naruto waved a hand and pulled a face. "No way. We were just friends. She was, I thought, slightly out of my league anyway. Very pretty, very popular. She was a cheerleader for the football team, y'know, and when we'd go out together, she'd always get hit on."

"So how did she end up with Kiba then?" asked Sasuke.

"Ha. That's a good question. There's a story behind it, but it basically comes down to, they're both good people, and we became like the Three Musketeers, y'know? And while I was dating she who must not be named, those two started to slowly hook up, and now they've been together for a while."

"I see."

"Speak of the devil, here she comes," said Naruto, standing up as he saw Ino appear in the doorway to the patio.

"Oh my God," she said and came running toward him, hugging him enthusiastically. She looked really pretty, wearing a ruffley aqua shirt that hung off her shoulder and a pair of skinny jeans with strappy sandals. The ends of her long, blond hair had been curled in loose ringlets that fell over her shoulder. Ino's whole body was so warm and... well, curvyagainst his. He was so used to having a hard body pressed to him that he'd almost forgotten how nice this could be, too. "Naruto, I feel like it's been forever since just the two of us got together."

She pushed him away and immediately set her eyes on Sasuke. Ino's smile was huge. "Wow, shit. You must be Sasuke. Holy hell, Naruto, you have good taste. So handsome!"

Sasuke got up to greet her, taking her hand. "Ino, nice to meet you. Naruto's told me so much about you."

"Oh," she still held onto his hand but looked at Naruto as he went around and pulled her seat out for her. "And he has good manners. Tell me, Sasuke, how does someone like yourself possibly have the patience for our Naruto? Isn't he a handful?"

"He is," said Sasuke, waiting until Ino had seated herself before he sat, as well. "But that's what I like about him."

"We were just talkin' about how you and Kiba had an eye for each other in college," said Naruto. He drew his chair a little closer to hers.

"Oh, please," said Ino. "I had an eye for youwhen we first met, but you were always so obsessed with - "

Naruto looked affronted. "I was not obsessed."

"Whatever," she said, picking up the drink list and perusing it. She put a finger to her lip, tapping it. Her nails were painted a pale pink, and she must've been hitting the tanning salon, too, because she was pretty dark for this time of year. "You were all gaga for her because she was an older woman. I never liked her, you know."

"Let's back track a second though, what do you mean you had eyes for me?" Naruto spared a look at Sasuke, who calmly watched them, somewhat amused apparently.

"Duh. Most of the girls I knew had a thing for you, didn't you ever see the group that gathered on the quad when you and your friends would take off your shirts and throw a Frisbee around or that stupid little sack thing you kick around with your feet..."

"A hacky sack?" Naruto grabbed for his beer, shaking his head. "I, no, I... hm. What the hell? Why didn't you tell me this stuff?"

"What does it matter anyway, apparently women aren't your thing anymore, right? And not that I can blame you," she put her hand on Sasuke's arm and leaned over, madly grinning, "You in no way compare to anyone I've seen this guy with." She turned to Naruto. "You realize he is absolutely gorgeous, right?"

Naruto glanced at Sasuke. "I realize I'm lucky, yeah," he said.

Sasuke shared his glance for a while, returning his smile, until Ino let out a noticeable squeal and shifted around in her chair.

"Ugh, you two are too cute together. Naruto, I'm so happy for you, I haven't seen you like this in ages."

Naruto thanked her, and the waitress who'd taken their drink orders earlier came round to get Ino's. She ordered a mojito, and they fell into a casual conversation for a while, where Sasuke filled Ino in on his background after she rushed into her interrogation. Naruto let them have their moment of getting to know one another, only interjecting to crack a joke or answer any questions Ino had. So far she'd been good about not asking anything too private, but, they hadn't even ordered food yet.

Sasuke, in turn, because even though he could be short with strangers, was being incredibly generous and friendly with Ino. She, Naruto thought, was very difficult to dislike anyway and was as chatty as he could be at times. There was never a lull in conversation with her around, that's for sure. She was already radiating enthusiasm and excitement and her, just being pretty and feminine and outgoing, seemed to complete their little triangle.

"So you have one brother then?" Ino asked, sipping at her mojito that had been set down in front of her. They decided to wait a while on food.

"I do," replied Sasuke. "He lives in Seattle."

"And what does he do?" She pushed her hair over her shoulder, leaned back in the chair, and held it in a ponytail before dropping it again and resting her arms on the chair again.

"Well, he works for a brokerage there."

"Ah, exciting stuff."

"Indeed. You have no idea."

"Naruto said I shouldn't ask you about work, but I'm going to anyway."

Naruto rolled his eyes. "I didn't think I could stop you."

"I don't mind," answered Sasuke.

"No, I just think it's cool. You scout music talent and that sort of stuff? I think that would be so much fun. Naruto says you have to travel some for it though, right? That you just moved from London not that long ago."

"I do have to travel sometimes, but I'm hoping to stick to one place for a while and travel only occasionally."

"I see," said Ino. "I'm sure when you're dating someone like Naruto, who needs constant attention, you have to stick around."

Naruto nearly choked on his beer. "Ino!"

Sasuke chuckled. "That's true, but...I don't mind. I'd like to settle down for a while. If something should come up in future, we can always talk about it then." He gave Naruto a look.

"What? Naruto is such a homebody! I can't see him living anywhere but here! But if you can get him out of this hole, all the better! I only wish someone would come and whisk me away to somewhere warmer."

"No one's whisking me anywhere," said Naruto.

"I can whisk you," said Sasuke, smirking.

Ino laughed. "Dirty boy! I love it! So, speaking of..."

"Oh no, here it comes. I'm gonna need another drink, be right back!" Naruto got up and as he passed by Sasuke, put a hand on his shoulder. "Want anything?"

"Another one of these is fine," he said, picking up the glass and setting it back down.

Naruto left just in time, as Ino leaned in close to Sasuke, whispering low enough that he, thankfully, could not hear what she was asking. He went inside, to the bar, and asked for a couple more beers, his fingers tapping along on the wood to an old Johnny Cash song playing from the speakers. When he went back out onto the patio, Sasuke and Ino were talking in low voices, Ino gesturing and speaking excitedly, and Sasuke giving short responses. He looked at ease, though, so Ino probably hadn't gone too far. There was a point where, if Sasuke felt uncomfortable, he'd be straightforward about it. He set Sasuke's glass down in front of him and received a quick thanks before sitting again, and when he did, Ino turned to him with the biggest grin.

"What's up?" he asked.

"Nothing," she said sweetly.

"Right. Like I believe that. I'm guessin' you asked for the run down on our sex lives or whatever?"

"Not in detail," she answered, "but I was just curious, because Kiba says you don't bring it up, and I can't honestly imagine you with a guy, Naruto, even one as good looking as Sasuke. Like, how did you figure out who would do what and what did you," she made a vague gesture with her hand, "have to do to... be okay with it? Sasuke says you don't think you're bisexual, but, um..."

Naruto sighed. "Hm. I'm still figuring some things out, but," he cleared his throat and was near whispering, "I'm not interested in any guys except Sasuke. I don't even look at guys and size them up, like how would they be in bed - "

"I certainly hope not," said Sasuke, apparently hearing him.

"You know what I mean," he told his boyfriend.

"Fine, so, but you two have," she raised her eyebrow, "You've done it, right? I mean, Kiba has hinted at it. And if I'm being too personal, I apologize, but this is so new to me."

Naruto looked at Sasuke first, wondering if he was okay with him discussing this. Sasuke was no prude though, which is something Naruto had come to learn quite quickly.

He scooted even nearer to Ino's chair. "We've had sex, yes."

"Mm. I don't know why that is so hot to me. I've never even thought about two guys together as being hot, but... yeah," she fanned herself. "That's hot."

"Well, that's because you're a pervert," Naruto said good-naturedly. "It's... I don't know how much detail you want - "

"Full detail," she said, "Full detail, please."

"Yes, give her full details, Naruto," Sasuke said, teasing him, and Naruto answered with a glare.

"Fine." He sat back in the chair. "Lay it on me. What do you want to know?"

"Okay, who did who first?" She asked, looking between them both, perhaps expecting to be able to read it on their faces.

"Depends on what you mean," said Naruto, and he pointed at Sasuke. "He sucked me off first, but if you're talkin' about somethin' else, then that would be me."

"I need a moment," she said, holding up her hand, her cheeks turning bright red. She picked up her mojito and held the glass to the side of her face. "That is so sexy, I don't even know what to say. I mean, you're both so... attractive, and fit, and... sexy. I think I understand why some men are so into lesbians."

"Wonderful," said Naruto. "So now you're comparing me to a lesbian?"

Sasuke laughed. "Ino, he is nothing like any lesbian I know of."

"Oh?" She turned her sights on Sasuke. "Is he... good? I've always been curious about how good Naruto is in bed."

At that, Naruto had to turn his head as he spit out his beer across the back of the patio. "Holy shit, Ino. C'mon."

"What? I'm not saying I'd sleep with you now," she said.

"God, I hope not," said Naruto. "Kiba's gonna kill me just for having this sort of conversation with you."

"Well, we're all just being honest," Ino argued. "So, Sasuke, what is he really good at?"

Sasuke gave Naruto a look, silently asking for permission before he answered. Naruto nodded his head.

"Blowjobs," said Sasuke, still looking at Naruto.

"Really," Ino gushed.

"Don't get me wrong, Naruto is... very good at..."

"Fucking?" Ino asked and giggled.

"Yes," said Sasuke evenly, and Naruto felt his body heat up just from the tone of his boyfriend's voice, the way Sasuke kept staring at him.

"Hmm." Ino glanced between them. "Don't mind me. If you need to take a quick trip to the bathroom to, uh, you know, then I can sit here on my own..."

For a few seconds, Naruto considered it. He'd yet to figure out why giving Sasuke a blowjob was just as exciting as getting one from him. He'd always been the type to enjoy pleasuring a partner, so, of course, it went the same way even if he was now with a man. The sounds Sasuke made, the look on his face... there was such a big rush in getting him off that it made his own toes curl just thinking about it. Pushing Sasuke up against the stall door, getting on his knees, yanking Sasuke's pants down and grabbing hold of his thighs as Sasuke's fingers started winding through his hair. He licked his lips and knew his eyes had glazed over. Sasuke might've been thinking near similar thoughts - but no! They weren't animals, dammit! He could resist long enough to have drinks and dinner. Probably.

"Right then, should we order some food?" Naruto suggested, his voice significantly raspier than earlier, and God help him, but Sasuke seemed to notice and laughed at him. "Shut up, you," he said and Sasuke put his hands up in a show of his innocence.

"C'mon, don't be embarrassed," Ino told him, placing her hand over his, "You used to talk all about this girl or that to Kiba when all three of us went out. I know you're not shy about sharing."

"It's different with Sasuke," he said.

"Naruto likes to keep it private," Sasuke explained.

"Why?" Ino asked bluntly. "I'm not weirded out that you're with a guy."

"It's not that," said Naruto, scratching the back of his head. "I lo-,er," he stopped when he realized what he had been about to say, "I likeSasuke, and I just, don't want our sex life to be trivial or a novelty, y'know?"

Ino made an interesting sound between a squeal and a giggle.

SquiggleNaruto's brain supplied and then he shook his head.

"I understand," said Ino. "You're serious about Sasuke, right? And it's new. You two haven't been dating very long, and you want it to be special still. I think it's romantic. Don't you, Sasuke?"

Sasuke turned to her. "Very."

Naruto half-glared at him, frustrated because he couldn't figure out if he wanted to be mad at him or get him in the back seat of the car and screw him senseless.

"Don't glare at your boyfriend," Ino whispered near his ear. "Besides, I love the way he keeps looking at you."

Their voices were low enough that Sasuke probably couldn't hear them.

"How does he keep looking at me?" he asked her.

"He's soin love with you, it's ridiculous."

Naruto's eyes were wide as he shifted toward her more.

"What?" she asked. "You are, too, aren't you? You practically just admitted it."

"It's too soon to say the L-word. It's only been a couple of weeks."

"Maybe so," she said, touching her lips again with her forefinger. "But I've reallynever seen you look like this around anyone else you've been interested in before, Naruto. Do you think he's the one?"

"What, like the chosen one?" He joked.

Ino made a displeased sound in her throat. "I only want you to be happy. If he makes you happy, do what you have to in order to keep him around. I'm sort of jealous, really."

"About what?" He was looking at Sasuke again, who was watching the both of them patiently.

"I dunno. That he likes you so much. That you like him so much. You're both sort of perfect for each other."

"You and Kiba are good together, too," said Naruto, his tone soft and warm.

"I know," she agreed, smiling at him fondly, "I certainly think so. So, shall we order then? I think Sasuke's starting to feel left out. Why don't you slide over to him while I make a trip to the ladies' room."

"Sure," he said and watched her go. He moved his chair over by Sasuke's, squeezing the man's thigh, right above his knee.

"I want to kiss you right now," Sasuke said, his voice low and husky.

"Yeah?" Naruto leaned in. "I was kind of thinking I wanted to do more than kiss you."

"How much more?" Sasuke turned his head, brushing his lips briefly across Naruto's cheek. They were at one of the back tables, so it was unlikely anyone was even looking their way. He gave Naruto a nudge. "Hm?"

"Like I had flashbacks to when we were in the bar with Suigetsu."

"The stall?" Sasuke asked. "I was thinking of that, too. It'd be pretty easy."

"It would."

"And what would we do once we were in there?"

Naruto turned enough that he was speaking into Sasuke's ear. "I'd blow you."

Sasuke's lips parted, and he dabbed his tongue across them. "Tease."

"I'm not teasing," he said, his eyelids drooping a little, "If we went back there, I'd get on my knees and suck you off."

"I like you on your knees..." Sasuke's hand moved up on Naruto's thigh, fingers just barely reaching out to brush his crotch. "Later is fine. When we go home."

"Works for me," he said, which was when Ino came back out, took a moment to ogle them so close together and sat back down with her biggest smile yet.

"Don't stop on my account," she said.

Before he moved his seat further away, Naruto did place a quick kiss to Sasuke's mouth, and as they parted, both smiled at the other, making Naruto want to do it again, but, yeah. PDA wasn't really his thing, so he could be good.

They ordered and when the food arrived and they started eating, they fell into an easy conversation. When the band came out an hour or so later, the three of them stayed to listen. Naruto and Sasuke drew their chairs close together and, under the table, held hands. Ino was on Naruto's other side, leaning against him and sometimes using his shoulder as a pillow. It felt like family to him. The sister he'd never had and the man he considered his equal and best friend. With just the simple act of having their hands joined together, he had yet to stop feeling that crazy fluttering feeling in his chest, and understood completely that what made him happiest was having Sasuke at his side.