Hi guys.

It's been about 7 months since the last update, and a lot has happened, and a lot hasn't. Obviously.

Unfortunately it's still going to be awhile until By Any Means is officially updated. Lord of the Morning is in the middle of holiday work and I just finished a fast-track 8 week English course so I'm a little burnt on writing atm(I got an A-, its like I write for a hobby or something lol). The next chapter is sitting at about 78% done, it's just a matter of powering through which for both Lord of the Morning and I is hard to do because we kinda fatigued ourselves with By Any Means. We've had the story finished and planned out for probably about 2 and a half years and are just sick of it. We do want to finish it out but, for us at least, the story has been done and we need a solid spark to re-ignite our passion for it.

We have been messing around with other ideas for projects to work on but with me going back to school, especially because this was a heavy English semester for me, and Lord's busy holiday schedule we haven't gotten together to write. We are looking at early - mid January to get back on a regular schedule and write. So hopefully we'll have a new project underway as well as the next chapter done and maybe the next one out as well. Maybe.

We have a couple ideas in mind for what we want to write in the meantime, one of which is revamping This World So Cold, my other Naruto/FT crossover. Other ideas include a huge crossover crack fic, and restarting my One Piece story The Revolutionary Pirate which I took down. We also are planning on cleaning up By Any Means and fixing grammar, spelling, and plot holes or making things more clear. When we do so, we'll let you guys know in chapter updates and which specific chapters have been cleaned.

And as it's Christmas I have a couple presents for you guys XD:

I have a Discord channel available so if you guys want to chat or just hang out with me, just pm me asking for a discord link and I'll send it to you.

On Christmas Day I'll be re-posting The Revolutionary Pirate with all original chapters.

The first 5 reviewers for this A/N to wish Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays or your religious greetings to me and all the readers will receive some of my notes from not just The Revolutionary Pirate but By Any Means as well in honor of the 5th year anniversary. Fuck it's been 5 years. And yeah I know that was back in September. So a lucky few of you guys will get to see a solid blueprint of which direction the story is going in and just how it all comes together. Of course not all notes will be provided, nor will they contain the final story arc notes.

I'm including a sneak peak from the next chapter in here as well for the afk over the last 7 months.

I want to end by apologizing for being gone so long. A lot happened after May and life just got in the way. I moved out from my Dad's and am back in SoCal and started school again and Lord is forever working.

So Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to one and all and I'll see you guys next year!

The Revolutionary Ronin

0o0o0 Downtown Magnolia 0o0o0

"You won't believe how good this ramen stand is!" Naruto chatted excitedly holding onto the whole strawberry shortcake Erza had ordered from the bakery store that he was sure was overcharging them. 20000 jewel just seemed too much for a cake. But whatever made the red-head walking beside him happy. Besides, it wasn't his money to start with.

"Oh? I didn't know Magnolia had a ramen stand, it must be new," Erza pondered as they rounded the corner and came upon the "ramen stand." "Ichiraku Ramen? Isn't that the 5 star hotel with the 10 year waiting list that not even Yukie Fujikaze could get in without a reservation?!" Erza's eyes turned to stars upon seeing the many people heading toward the newly built hotel and restaurant.

In front of them stood an immaculate building, rising high into the sky. In bold red lettering the building's name stood out: Ichiraku Ramen. Over the last 10 years Ichiraku Ramen had become the premiere hotel to stay at. From it's humble beginnings as a small stand in Oshibana City to its rise as a multi-million jewel company, Ichiraku Ramen was now the epitome of high society dining and socializing. With it's grand opening in Magnolia, Ichiraku Ramen now had a total of 15 hotels spread across the continent, 12 combined with its famous restaurant, and 4 fully built resorts.

"Don't tell me… you got a reservation! But how? The wait list is 10 years, you'd have had to have gotten it 10 years ago! Why didn't you tell me!? I'm not dressed properly! The dessert they serve is said to have been made by the legendary Gin Doujima! To taste the legendary cakes-!"

"We're not going to Ichiraku Erza-chan."

"Eh?" Erza stared at her boyfriend as he chuckled, before pointing to just the side of the extravagant hotel.

"We're going there."

Just barely visible from where they stood was a neighboring building. Small, even compared to the usual size of most buildings in Fiore, stood a little restaurant: Restaurant Yukihira.

"Oh." A small raincloud formed over Erza's head as she realized that Naruto didn't have a reservation to Ichiraku and her dreams of tasting Gin Doujima's legendary desserts were washed away.

"Come on Erza-chan! I don't want a line to form!" Naruto said as he began to walk once more toward the small establishment, Erza walking slowly beside him. Just before entering she gave one last longing look toward Ichiraku. "...One day."

Erza sighed dreamily before stepping inside. The aroma immediately hit her. Her heart stopped as the most heavenly smells hit her senses. Spices, sugars, and various meats all combined to create a hunger yet unknown to the young redhead. It was as if she'd never eaten before as her stomach growled to obtain what her nose had smelt.

Inside was nothing more than a few booths and a bar, a single patron, and a young woman working behind the counter.

"Irashaimase!" the woman greeted as she took notice of the young couple that had entered her restaurant. "Oh Naruto!"