Here is a list of their ages just to help you out:

Toshiro - 11

Akito - 10

Satomi - 9

Natsumi - 9

Minako - 9

Shuhei - 1 1/2

Aftershock

Prologue

-Training-

Two Years Later…

"Minako, quit pacing. It's getting on my nerves." Akito said, annoyed.

The ebony haired girl stopped and turned on her friend, pointing a finger at him. "I won't stop until I see Shiro-kun on the horizon. Dad said they would be here today, and it's already past lunch! What's taking them so long?" she whined. She was really excited to see how everyone had grown. She still looked the same, but her hair was a few inches longer, and she had gotten taller. Hanging from her neck was the necklace Toshiro had given her. She never took it off, even when training. Instead she would hide it underneath her clothes.

Akito was taller as well, having grown to be half a head taller than her. He still wore his usual navy blue shirt and beige shorts, but his hair was more unruly looking. "I bet they'll be here soon. Now knock it off."

"Make me." She said, crossing her arms and beginning to pace again, sticking her tongue out at him.

"I will." He lunged at her then, tackling her to the ground. They began to roll, Akito trying to get her to stop and Minako trying to get him off her. Just when he thought he had her pinned, one of her hands got free and she jabbed him in the shoulder with her gentle fist. Hissing in pain, he brought his hand up to try and sooth the wound.

She pushed him off her, and they both stood. "That's cheating, you can't use your moves like that." Akito said, glaring at her.

"There weren't any rules, so technically I wasn't cheating. You're just being a sore loser." She said in a snotty tone.

"Whatever." He said with a roll of his eyes. He turned towards the forest and resumed his watch. Not a minute later he felt something next to his head. Glancing out of the corner of his eye, he saw Minako's finger creeping close to his cheek. He smacked it out of the way as if it were a fly, earning him a hit on the back of his head.

He turned to her then, a glare on his face. Then he reached over and smacked her on the back of the head in return. This caused the two to begin hitting each other, oblivious of their surroundings.

It was then Minako felt a familiar chakra. Shoving Akito away from her, she ran out of the gates and up to her friends. "Shiro-kun!" she yelled, embracing the redhead in a fierce hug.

Toshiro went wide eyed, bracing himself for impact. He hugged Minako as she squeezed him tightly. "Hey Minako!" he laughed. He was even taller now, his red hair a bit longer.

The Kazekage cleared his throat and sighed, "I'll let you reacquaint yourselves. I have to go talk with Naruto." Gaara said, disappearing in a quick swirl.

His disappearance revealed two very different looking girls. "Whoa!" Minako pushed Toshiro away just as she had Akito. "I can tell you guys apart just by looking at you!"

They both blinked and smiled at their friend, their faces mirroring one another. They were a bit taller, but still pretty short. One had longer hair that was braided tightly and the other still had kept hers above her shoulders. The bangs were long to her chin, but the rest of her hair was much shorter than it had been the last time. "Okay so…" Minako pointed towards the long haired twin. "Satomi?" and then looked at the short haired one. "And Natsumi?"

They both shook their heads. "Nope! Wrong!" they laughed together.

She raised a brow in confusion. Their chakras were different…so shouldn't she be right? "What?"

Akito walked up then and grabbed the hand of the shorter haired twin. "This is Natsumi." He said, looking into her pale eyes.

Natsumi giggled, blushing a bit. "How could you tell?"

"I just can." He said simply. Then he let go of her hand and turned towards Toshiro. "Hey Toshiro." he asked, bumping fists with the redhead.

"Sup Akito," he crossed his arms then and laughed. "I can't believe you can tell them apart."

"I can't. I just know which one is Natsumi." He shrugged and then smirked. "So how's your kunai throwing skills?"

Natsumi huffed, "I've been practicing more than him!" she glared.

"How about we go and see, huh, Akito?" Toshiro said, running off with the Uchiha. Natsumi's jaw dropped and her face was red now with rage.

Satomi just stared after them and then at her sister. "I don't know what you were expecting. They're just idiotic boys."

Minako watched them run away and then turned back to her friends. "Do you guys want to meet my baby brother?" she asked excitedly.

"Ugh! How could he, I haven't seen him in two years! And he just ignores me!?" Natsumi continued to rant, pacing around now. Satomi watched her younger sister and then focused on her dark haired friend.

"I'd love to Minako."

The two began to head towards Minako's house, completely ignoring the furious Natsumi. They arrived at her house and went straight upstairs. Walking down the hall, they passed Minako's room and stopped at the one across from it. Minako opened the door and peered in. Seeing her mother rocking her brother, she walked in, Satomi following.

"Is he awake mommy?" Minako asked softly, not wanting to disturb him if he was.

"Yes dear, he's just waking up from his nap." Hinata said, looking up at her daughter. She smiled when she saw Satomi. "Hello Satomi how was the trip over?" she asked politely.

"Hi Aunt Hinata, it was alright." She said, going beside the woman and staring down at the child. "So this is the boy that my little sister is going to marry?"

Hinata looked at the girl in surprise. She didn't think Sakura would have said anything. Oh well, at least now she didn't have to feel guilty about telling Minako. "Yes, if things work out and your father agrees. His name is Shuhei." She said, smiling tenderly at her son. He was a mirror image of his father, except for his eyes. They were a crystalline blue, lighter than Naruto's, but darker than hers.

The little boy looked over at the newcomer and smiled, reaching up a hand to play with her bright hair. Minako giggled. "I think he likes you Satomi-chan."

Satomi actually smiled, poking his cheek and letting him grip her fingers. "He's cute. I like him a lot better than my little sister." She said, looking more closely at the little boy. The baby laughed and shied away from her finger, swinging his arms a bit.

"What makes you say that?" Minako asked, reaching up and tickling her brother, causing him to start laughing again.

"My sister's already mean. She pulls on mine and Natsumi's hair and she totally hates Toshiro, she always cries when he tries to play with her. She only likes my mom and dad, and she's either screaming or yelling." Satomi sighed, just thinking about her sister annoyed her. "I guess she's really cute though, but I dunno…"

"Oh. My brother always laughs and smiles at everything. And he loves to be played with." Minako said, allowing her brother to grip her finger. His light blue eyes looked from his sister to the new girl curiously.

Satomi shrugged and pulled her hand away then. "She's got red hair like my dad but her eyes are like bright emeralds. It's kinda unfair. She's the only one who got my mom's eyes."

"I think your eyes are pretty Satomi-chan." Minako said, pulling her finger away with a bit of difficulty then. She looked at her friend then. "Do you wanna go play something? I don't know how late our daddies are gonna be."

"We should go pick some flowers," the pink haired girl smiled, having one of her very few kinder moments. "I learned how to make flower crowns from Ino, we should make them for everyone."

"That sounds like a great idea! There's even a place we can pick them without having to leave the village!" Minako exclaimed, remembering what had happened the last time they had gone to a field of flowers. "Can we go mommy?" Minako asked, giving Hinata a pleading look.

"Of course sweetie. Just make sure you're back here for dinner." Hinata said, helping her son sit up so that they could play.

"Yes ma'am." Minako said, turning to leave the room.

Satomi followed and waved to her aunt, "Bye."


Natsumi collapsed to the ground, sweat covering her forehead. "Wow, it's a lot harder than I thought it would be." She gasped out. Neji paced in front of her, his hands behind his back.

"You're doing well, this technique you're trying to develop is interesting." He said with a sharp nod. "I know your father brought Toshiro and Satomi here so they could train with Tsunade while your mother is tending to Yuki, but what are you aiming for?"

A dark blush covered her face, "Well…my mom told me that Uchihas are all about strength…"

The brunette lifted a hand to silence her, "I understand. Akito right?"

"Yeah," she nodded and sighed. "It's not just that though…my brother and sister are both so strong. I don't have that kind of physical prowess…so I'm going to have my own power and develop my own fighting, not like my mom or my dad's."

"What is going to be your trump then?" he asked, stopping in his place and looking down at her.

Her gaze hardened as she forced herself up, "Speed. I'm going to be a long range and short range fighter. I have to be different than them."

He nodded once more and pat her head. "Alright then. Tomorrow come back here and we will continue your training and study of the gentle fist. And if you're going to focus on natural speed, I would go see Lee."

"Thank you Neji-sensei!" she smiled, nodded, and bowed respectfully before dashing off. She passed Tenten, who was holding her two year old boy.

"Hi Tenten! Hi little Ryo," Natsumi smiled, kissing the little boy before running off.

"Bye Natsumi! See you tomorrow!" Tenten yelled after the girl and then nuzzled her sweet son.

Before leaving the Hyuuga estate she took an offered towel and made sure she didn't look awful. Once she was presentable she looked around the streets, wondering which way was the correct path to the Uchiha prefecture. She had only been there once and it had been nearly two years ago. Deciding that the rooftops would be her best bet, she disappeared with her sand and began her search.


"Gah! You won again." Toshiro growled, crossing his arms in annoyance. "I don't understand, I practiced!"

"Yeah, but I learned new stuff and you haven't. Don't worry though, I can teach you tomorrow." Akito said, wiping the sweat from his brow.

"Awesome," the redhead smiled and sighed. "I think I'm done for the day. I have to go train with Grandma Tsunade. My mom said I'm slacking off since she's been taking care of Yuki."

"Okay, just come by whenever. My dad's on a mission, so I'll probably be here, unless Minako drags me out." He said, grimacing at the idea of having to socialize and all that girl stuff.

He nodded and headed out, "See you later then." And then he was gone.

Akito let out a sigh and put his kunai away. Then he took his shirt off and wiped his brow once again. He wrapped his hands in cloth, and began a series of taijutsu exercises.


Natsumi dropped down from the roof and looked up at the large estate. "Finally." She sighed, and walked into the gates. There was no one anywhere, "Hello?" she called, waiting for a reply that never came. "Sasuke-sama? Akito!"

She huffed, where were they? Making her way through the house, she peeked around the corner once she heard something. She felt the heat radiating from her cheeks at the sight. Akito was training without a shirt on. She shrunk back, swallowing hard. She'd never seen a boy without a shirt on that wasn't related to her.

He paused momentarily, but continued with the set he had started. He had felt Natsumi's chakra briefly, which meant that she was here and trying not to be detected. Possibly watching him. He smirked to himself. Well, if she was going to watch him, then he might as well give her a show. So he began a set of more complicated moves, adding in a few fancy flips for effect.

"Oh wow." She whispered to herself. He was much better then when she had seen him last, and he was already pretty good to begin with.

He formed a few seals, three shadow clones appearing next to him. They surrounded him then, and he began to spar with himself. Just a little longer, and he would be done.

She pressed her back against the wall and tried to still her pounding heart. She felt like such a creeper, just watching him spar. Her blush darkened as she thought about it. She turned and tried to get one last look, letting out a startled scream. "Akito!" she gasped, now face to face with him.

He smirked at her and crossed his arms. Raising a brow, he asked, "What are you doing?"

"N-nothing!" she yelled, and then covered her mouth with her hands. "I mean, I was just looking for you. I swear I just got here!" she couldn't help but look down. Her face was as red as a cherry now.

He leaned closer to her, his smirk widening. "Really? I could have sworn you've been here for a while."

Her eyes widened, "Um…no?"

"No? Are you sure?"

"No…" she looked down, she felt bad for lying now. But he would be freaked out and think she was some stalker fan girl. And she was not a fan girl.

He straightened then, satisfied with her answer. He walked back to his stuff and picked up his shirt, throwing it over his shoulder. Walking back over to her he stopped and held out his hand. She blinked and stared at his hand for a second, placing hers in his.

He led her into his house and went into the kitchen. Getting himself a glass of ice water, he turned to her and asked, "Can I get you anything?"

"Um…yeah water's fine if that's alright." She smiled, still trying to calm her racing heart.

He handed her the glass he had made for himself and got another one out. Once the glass was full he took a long drink, draining its contents. He re-filled the glass and took another sip, turning towards her in the process. "So why did you come over? Did you miss me already?" he asked with a smirk.

She choked on the water she happened to be drinking and covered her mouth with her wrist to avoid further embarrassment. After she had swallowed she took a deep breath, it was time to redeem herself. "Don't flatter yourself," she said as confidently as she could. "I just came to…" she looked around and grabbed a wooden spoon that happened to be on the table. "To borrow this."

He raised a brow at her and crossed his arms. "My wooden spoon? How did you even know I had one? You're not stalking me are you?" he asked in a teasing manner.

"What? No! I was just…" her face was red again. "Yeah okay…you just ignored me earlier and it made me upset that you wanted to hang out with my brother instead of me."

The smirk fell off his face then. "If you wanted to hang out then all you had to do was ask." He said seriously.

She huffed and glared at him, "Well you already ran off when I was trying to talk to you!"

He looked dumbfounded. "Oh. I'm sorry, I…didn't realize…"

"I mean, I know my brother is cooler than me and I'm younger than you, but I wanted to see you too, and it's a little irritating cause' you want to train with Toshiro, and Minako wants to see Toshiro and I dunno! It's just infuriating!" she yelled out, tears forming in her eyes now.

"Whoa, whoa, whoa!" he said, holding his hands up to get her to stop. "I never said I thought Toshiro was cooler than you. It's just that he's really my only guy friend, and when you guys aren't here I'm stuck playing with Minako…or training." He said softly. "But, if you want to hang out or something then I can cut my training with Toshiro short tomorrow." He offered, trying to prevent the tears from falling.

She gave him a skeptical look. She sniffed, trying her best not to cry. "I don't want you to do that if it's just to make me stop crying."

"No, I want to." He said, walking over to her. "Because…I did miss you." He muttered, cheeks turning pink from his admission.

She was wide eyed, staring up at him in disbelief. "You did?"

"Yeah." He admitted, looking at the ground, blush darkening.

Her arms looped through his and tightened around his waist. "I missed you so much Akito!" she smiled, pressing her cheek against his chest. "I was so excited when I found out we were coming back, I knew I'd get to see you."

He hugged her back, laying his head on hers. "Well of course you'd get to see me squirt. I wouldn't let you leave the village otherwise." He said with a smile.

She laughed, tightening her hug. She had missed him so much, and he was even cuter than he was two years ago. She opened her eyed and gasped, "Minako!"

The dark haired girl stared wide eyed at the sight, "Um…what are you guys doing?" she asked, looking between the two.

Akito looked at the expression on her face and felt guilty. "We…were just getting some water." He said lamely.

"That's not what it looks like…" she trailed off, fiddling with the crown she had made for him.

Natsumi nodded, looking at their joined bodies and slowly pulling her arms away from him. "Y-yeah. We were just getting some water, cause he was so hot…I mean it was so hot!" she didn't know why she was so ashamed. Why did she have to watch out for Minako's feelings? Why did she get Toshiro and Akito?

Her sheepish look vanished and was replaced with a look of determination. She was tempted to just tell Minako she couldn't have Akito because she was already promised to her brother. But she knew she'd get in so much trouble if she did. She crossed her arms and looked at Akito. It was his decision after all.

Uncomfortable with the situation, Akito looked between the girls, a blush on his face from what Natsumi had said. Seeing what Minako was holding, he decided to change the subject. "What's that?" he asked, slightly curious.

She looked down at the flowers in her hands and blushed lightly. "Oh…Satomi-chan taught me how to make flower crowns, so I decided to make you one." She said, holding it out to him.

He took it from her and gave it a doubtful look. "It's a little girly though…" he trailed off, examining it.

Minako's lip began to quiver. "But you still wear the bracelet Natsumi-chan made for you! And it's pink!" she accused, pointing to his wrist.

Guilt filled him then. It was true, he never took the bracelet off. Never. So, with a reluctant sigh, he put the crown of blue flowers on his head. Looking at Minako he asked, "How does it look?"

"I think it looks stupid." Natsumi said angrily, crossing her arms. Though her face was red from the fact that he was still wearing the small token she made him. Her heart had skipped a beat when she looked at his wrist and saw it.

Minako giggled. "Yeah it really does Akito-kun, I'm surprised you put it on."

"You are so dead." He threatened, ripping the crown off his head and placing it on the table. He lunged at the ebony haired girl then, causing her to squeal and run away. He chased her out of the kitchen and into the living room, tackling her to the ground.

When she looked up she screamed again. Akito had a huge spit wad dangling from his mouth, and it was getting closer to her face. "Akito-kun stop it!" she squealed, squirming beneath him. He leaned closer to her, letting the spit get lower. "Natsumi-chan save me!" she pleaded, not wanting his spit to touch her.

All they heard was the loud slam of a door. Natsumi ran down the empty streets of the Uchiha prefecture, trying her best not to cry. Sometimes she really hated Minako. When she rounded the corner she slammed into a hard body and gasped. "I'm so sorry," she sputtered out.

Gaara stared down at her. The tears spilled from her eyes now, "Daddy!" she cried, wrapping her arms around him. He blinked, picking her up, a concerned look on his face.

"I was looking for you Natsumi, are you alright?" he said simply, letting her cry on his shoulder. She said nothing, and the redhead wasn't one for prying into his children's business. When and if she wanted to talk about it, she would. "Come on, let's go get something to eat." He told her as his sand picked up and took them away to find Satomi.