"Leave me alone, Naruto." Ino said firmly, never breaking her stride. She had a feeling he'd come after her.

Naruto caught up to a speed-walking Ino, now matching her pace, "You can't do this."

Ino tried not to pay him any mind.

Naruto, seeing how he wasn't getting any results, walked ahead of her, then stopped directly in her path, face to face.

She stopped, gave him a small glare, then took tried side stepping to walk around him. Naruto matched her movements with one of his own, blocking her.

"Naruto, move." She said.

"After we sit down and have a talk."

"In the middle of the street?" She snapped back a bit harshly.

"Of course not, just... let's go somewhere more private so I can talk to you."

She huffed and crossed her arms, "Naruto, I already told you, and Tsunade-sama, I do not want to talk about this anymore. I meant every word I said back in her office. So can you move? I'm late for my shift at the flower shop."

Naruto crossed his arms as well, "It's Sunday."

"So?"

"Even I know that the flower shop is closed on Sundays, Ino."

The Yamanaka sighed again, pinching the bridge between her nose, "Naruto, please move."

"Not unless you talk to me."

"I told you at least three times already. I. Don't. Want to. Talk. About it."

Naruto looked her straight in the eyes, "Then I guess we'll be standing here all day then."

Ino closed her eyes and fought back a growl, "Naruto, I'm seriously not in the mood. You're going to make me do something I don't want to do."

"Like what? Fight me?"

"Just move, Naruto, shit."

"Why don't you want to talk about it?"

"Why do you want to talk about it?!" Ino was getting really upset now, "We're not even good friends! We're comrades from the same village and academy class, not much else more than that. So why do you insist on getting in my business, trying to change the decisions in my life that have nothing to do with you?!"

People passing them in the street started to stare.

"I'll answer those questions if you let me talk to you." Was his reply.

Ino groaned/growled loudly.

"God, you're so damn stubborn! What part of 'no' don't you understand?! Get out of my way, Naruto, or this is going to end worse than it has to."

Naruto was as sturdy as a boulder, "So be it. I'm not giving up until you talk to me."

Ino took out a kunai.

She cocked her hand back, looking intently at Naruto's thigh, planning not to kill or seriously injure him, but to impair him so he can't chase her.

Her eyes then made contact with Naruto's. He was just standing there, with crossed arms. Staring back at her. Not moving the least bit, even as he saw the kunai aimed at him.

But it was the look he sent her. It made her question what she was doing right now.

After a very suspenseful pause, Ino slowly put her kunai away.

She sighed, "...Let's go to the flower shop. No one will be there."


Once both Naruto and Ino were inside of the Yamanaka Flower Shop, Ino closed the door, making sure the closed sign was on the right side.

Naruto leaned against the reception counter of the store and turned around to face Ino with crossed arms.

"I'm not changing my decision." Ino stated, crossing her arms as well.

"Why do you want to just throw away everything you worked almost four years on?" he asked.

Ino took a breath, "If you're that set on wanting to know, then I'll tell you. I don't want to be a kunoichi anymore because... my best friend... is dead. My rival... is dead. Sakura was someone I not only looked up to, but wanted to surpass. She was my drive, she motivated me to be better, not only as a kunoichi, but as a person. It's been that way ever since we were kids. Sakura is my main reason for being a kunoichi. And now that she's gone... it's like... what's the point anymore?"

"But you can't just give up like this... Being a kunoichi or shinobi is much more than competing with your rivals and friends. I learned that sometime after Sasuke left the village. We do this to serve our village. To protect it, and make sure we stay the strongest village out there. I understand that Sakura's death can have a toll on you, but quitting your job as a kunoichi isn't the answer. Both of my teammates are gone now. I'll eventually bring Sasuke back, but right now I'm the only one on my team, aside from Kakashi-sensei. Even Sai is dead now. Yet, you don't see me quitting. I want to continue being a shinobi, not only because I want to bring Sasuke back to Konoha and become Hokage, but because I know Sakura wouldn't like it if I just quit. And I know she won't like to see you quitting as well." Naruto said carefully.

Ino hung and shook her head. Two tear drops left her face and hit the hardwood floor below her.

"...You don't understand, Naruto." she mumbles. Her voice was starting to crack, "You're so much stronger than I am. Everyone in my graduating year is. I don't think that I was ever meant for this kunoichi business. I'm so weak, and I'm just now realizing it..."

"Stop it." Naruto told her, "You're not weak! You-"

"Who the hell are you kidding, Naruto?!" she exploded, "I'm the weakest one out of everybody in our graduating class! Everyone has passed me, Shikamaru, Chouji, you, Sasuke, Hinata, Sakura, everyone! Whenever my team and I would train, even Asuma-sensei thought I could use the most work to improve myself! Every mission I've been on that forced us to fight, I was always the one that had to get saved! This shit is too dangerous for me, Naruto. Sakura was so much stronger than me, yet she died right on the battlefield. If she died at such an early point in her career as a kunoichi, who's to say that I wont end up just like her tomorrow?"

"You wont end up like her, Ino."

"How do you know that." she said flatly, "Shinobi and kunoichi live very short lives if you haven't noticed, Naruto, even the strong ones. The First Hokage died at a really young age, and so did the Second and Fourth. I don't wanna die young, Naruto. I want to live a long life; get married, have kids, watch them grow up. And Sakura's death made me realize that if she died at such a young age, it's almost set in stone that the same will happen to a weakling like me."

"That's bullshit, Ino!" Naruto shouted, "You're not weak! You're just not the up close and personal kind of kunoichi like Sakura! You're the kind of kunoichi that is supposed to stay at the edge of the battlefield, assisting your teammates from a distance. There are a lot of shinobi like that, and it doesn't make you any less stronger than any other kunoichi. You can take over people's minds, Ino! Do you know how cool that is? And you have Baa-chan's medical training, too. Yes, you're not really cut out for direct combat, but that isn't what makes someone a kunoichi or a shinobi. Your strength lies within your heart, not your combat abilities."

"But Sakura-"

"Yes, Sakura died on a mission. But your fate isn't connected to hers. You both are two different people, and honestly, I feel like I'm talking to Neji, before I fought him in the Chuunin Exams."

"But he was different, he believed that no one could escape their fate. I know I can change mine, and I know that I can avoid dying at a young age by handing in my Hitai-ate, and living a simpler life. I'll still be of use to my village by working in this flower shop, and I'll even volunteer at the hospital every now and then, but I just don't want to be a kunoichi anymore."

Naruto took a brief pause, "...Can I ask you something?"

"..."

"How do you think Sakura would feel about you doing this?"

Ino looked away, "Look... I know she wouldn't be particularly proud of what I'm doing... But she has to understand that I'm keeping myself safe. I know I'm not the hands-on kind of kunoichi, but there will be a time where I'll have to defend myself on my own, and I'm just not too confident that I can do that. If Sakura couldn't, then..."

"...Sakura didn't die on the battlefield."

Ino paused.

"...What?"

Naruto took a deep breath, "Sakura didn't die at the hands of the enemy during our mission."

Ino could only stare at him. She knew that he was on that mission, as well, so he couldn't have had false information. And she had enough experience in the T&I Department of Konoha to be able to tell that Naruto wasn't lying.

"...So how did she die?"

"..."

"..."

"... I killed her."

The gasp that was produced from Ino left her winded.

"Wh-what...? What do you mean... You killed her?"

Naruto rubbed his forehead, regretting his decision of telling Ino the truth.

"I know you know about me being container of the Kyuubi. While we were fighting Orochimaru, too much of the Kyuubi's chakra leaked out and I lost control of its power. I blacked out, and when I came to, Yamato-sensei told me that Sakura was in critical condition, and that I was the one who attacked her."

"..."

"..."

...Ino drew her kunai.

She lunged for Naruto, aiming to pierce his chest with the sharp blade. Naruto managed to hold and restrain Ino's wrists, just before the tip of the kunai touched his jacket.

"You fucking monster!" She shouted, using all her strength in an attempt to harm Naruto, "How can you go about killing off your own teammate like that?!"

"It was an accident!" Naruto shouted, pushing Ino off him, with Naruto being the stronger blonde. She lunged for him again, but this time Naruto caught the hand with the weapon and maneuvered Ino so that he had her in a full-nelson, rendering her harmless. Her arms fought against his and she tried kicking to get out if his grip, but to no avail.

"Let me go!" She yelled, "I ought to kill you for what you did! Sakura was your teammate, our comrade!"

"Damn it, Ino, don't you think I know that?!" Naruto shouted back, "I feel horrible for what happened! I didn't mean to do it, it was something that I had no control of!"

Ino didn't calm down one bit.

"Sakura meant a lot to me too, Ino! You know I would never intentionally hurt her! I've been feeling like shit for the past few days because of it! Why do you think I didn't go to her funeral?! I felt like I didn't even deserve to be there!"

Ino's movements eventually slowed to a halt. Once Naruto was sure she didn't have anymore fight in her, he let her arms go. Ino collapsed onto the floor on her knees, her face buried into her hands.

"...How could you, Naruto..." She sobbed, "You were supposed to protect her..."

"Ino... Listen, I know that I was supposed to protect her and keep her from harm. She meant a lot to me too. And I've felt so guilty about everything over the past few days, I was starting to feel suicidal. But I swear to you, it wasn't intentional. I just blanked, and the Kyuubi took over. It was nobody's fault in particular, it was something unfortunate that occurred very suddenly." He placed a hand on Ino's shoulder. "I'm so sorry, Ino. If I could take my life in place of hers, I would. And I don't know if saying any of this will make you hate me any less, but... you have to understand that it wasn't on purpose."

For the next few minutes, only Ino's sobs filled the room.


*Later that day*

Anko walked down a road of Konoha, having just left Konoha's general hospital. Kurenai heard about Asuma's death. What's even worse, is that she found that out the same day she was going to tell him she's pregnant with his child. Anko had only went to Kurenai's house to see if she left her lucky kunai there, but was surprised to see Kurenai on the ground, crying. Anko gave her a shoulder to cry on, then escorted her to the hospital, since Kurenai wanted to see Asuma one last time and tell him about the baby, whether he were still alive or not.

The whole situation gave Anko a headache. She felt bad for her, yes, but didn't like it when people cried. Especially not people she cares about, which was only a handful.

After turning a corner, Anko spotted Naruto exiting out of the Yamanaka flower shop. She noticed how much she's been running into him lately.

"Oi, Naruto." She called and Naruto turned around.

"O-Oh, Anko... What's up?"

"I've been better." She says, "What about you? You look kinda... Off."

Naruto lets out a sigh, "I'm just stressed. Got a lot on my mind..."

"That makes two of us." She breathes, "Wanna have a few drinks with me?"

"I thought you didn't like it when I drink."

"I never said that. I just don't want you throwing your life away like a buffoon. Ain't nothing wrong with having a few drinks every now and then." She tells him, "So, are you coming with me or not?"

Naruto gave it some thought before answering. Maybe a few drinks could help his mind ease up a little, "Sure."


Anko and Naruto returned to the same bar that she found Naruto three days ago. The bartender almost gave Naruto trouble regarding him drinking at this bar again, but Anko covered his back, having known the owner for a while.

After consuming a few shots of strong alcohol, while sharing a few stories and laughs, the pair went over to the pool table. Naruto foolishly challenged her, not knowing of Anko's exemplary aim and precision.

He lost five games in a row.

Naruto gave up after his fifth loss and offered to have a few more drinks with her.

Naruto was at his seventh shot, while Anko was at her ninth. They both sported intoxicated blushes on their faces, although Anko's blush was a lot more saturated and noticeable.

Now absolutely drunk, Anko lost all morality for what she wanted to talk about, "Ugh... God, that's some strong shit..." She mumbled with slurred speech.

Naruto swallowed his next shot, following after with a similar reaction. He had a good buzz going, finding it harder to become intoxicated with Kyuubi's healing factor.

She focused her dizzy eyes at Naruto then sent him a wink.

Naruto blushed, and it wasn't because of the alcohol.

"Hey Naruto-kuuuuunn..." She thought she was whispering, but really wasn't, "You're kinda cute, ya know that...?"

"Er... Thanks, Anko-chan... You-"

Anko places a lazy finger over his lips, "Don't call me Anko-chan. Makes my name sound too girly." She says with a grin.

"Gotcha..." He mumbles.

She downed yet another drink, hissing at the burning sensation going down her throat.

She then starts to chuckle, "Ya know, I probably wouldn't say this if I were sober, but... I kinda have a crush on you..." She admits with another wink.

Naruto blushes again, "R-Really...?"

Anko's voice was now husky, dripping with lust, "Mm-hmm... I noticed it when I saw you training the other day... You're really sexy for a Genin." She grinned and leaned forward on her stool, placing her lips less than a centimeter away from his ear.

"Remember when you grabbed my ass in here a few days ago...? If you were to do that again, I'm pretty sure I won't hit you this time..." She whispered hotly in his ear, nibbling on his earlobe right after.

Naruto sported a blush equal to Hinata's, stammering with his words as he tried to think of something to say. She still nibbled on his ear, gently giving it a small lick after.

She's now directly in his face, rubbing his thigh, "Hehehe... Cat's got your tongue?"

Naruto nods. He wondered how things escalated to this so quickly. He noticed Anko subtly flirting with him by the time they got to the pool table, but now the way she's talking is just plain lecherous.

Anko laughs lustily, bringing her hand higher up his thigh, "If you want me to stop, just say the word."

Naruto said nothing.

"That's what I thought..."

She then gave his manhood a small grope before departing her hand away. She sighs happily and orders one more shot for both her and Naruto. They both down it at the same time.

Next, she gives him a very suggestive look, standing up out of her stool, "Hows about we leave and go back to my place to, you know, cuddle like we did before...?"

Naruto couldn't find it in himself to refuse such an offer. He hesitantly nods, and Anko grabs his hand, dragging him out of the bar.


Anko manages to open the door to her apartment after fumbling with her keys a few times. She steps inside, pulling Naruto inside before her. She closes and locks the door, then turns around and leans on the door, looking at Naruto with low-lidded eyes.

Naruto had to admit; she looked tempting.

"Mm... Naruto-kun..." She breathed hotly, "You're single, right...?"

"Y-Yeah..." He sputtered. Anko grinned. She found his nervousness cute.

"That makes two of us..." She tells him, "Come here."

Naruto hesitantly does as he's told and approaches Anko.

She then grabs him, switching spots with him in a flash. He was pressed against the door now, with Anko holding his wrists above his head.

"I really like you, Naruto-kun... You don't seem like a typical guy. You're strong, dedicated, got a nice sense of morality... Not to mention how sexy you are..." She purrs, looking deep into his eyes with her lowered ones. Her body felt hot for more than one reason, and her blush looked as if it painted across her face.

"Ah... Thanks, Anko-chan..." He mumbles. She sends him a devious smirk.

Then crashes her lips onto his.

Naruto's heart must have stopped for at least three whole seconds as Anko suddenly began kissing him. It wasn't something he complained about, but definitely wasn't expecting.

Soon, he got over his shock and started kissing Anko back. He found that her lips tasted like alcohol. But then again, so did his. She was very direct and superior with the way she kisses, he noticed. She dominated his lips with her own, and the fact that she had his hands pinned above his head gave her even more power in this position.

She didn't even hold back in sliding her tongue in his mouth. That was when the electricity sparked. Their bodies went from warm to hot as they engaged in a tongue battle, a battle that Naruto wasn't winning.

Neither Naruto or Anko are the tidiest of kissers, so it was only natural that a line of saliva was formed between them once Anko departed away from his mouth.

She looked at the expression on his face and gave an aroused chuckle, "I told you to never call me Anko-chan."

It was then that Anko noticed something poking her.

Her grin grew wider, knowing what it was. She placed a hand on the groin of his pants, feeling it through the fabric, "Is this because of me...?" She teases. Naruto nods. Anko chuckles again, then gives him another small make out session, this time, feeling him up and down.

Naruto let out a small groan when she broke the kiss. Anko loved having him in the palm of her hand, in more than one sense.

"I've been wondering lately... How big is it?"

Naruto looked at her, "Huh?"

"You heard me. How big-" she gave him a small squeeze, "-is your little friend down here? Six inches? Five?"

"S-Seven..." He answers. Anko could only laugh devilishly.

"Ooh, my my... That's big for someone so young. You wouldn't happen to be lying to me, eh Naruto-kun?"

"No..."

"Mm, would you mind if I found that out myself...?" She half-whispers. Before Naruto could even answer, Anko already had his pants and boxers around his ankles.

Naruto couldn't help but blush. Her impetuousness was making him nervous.

She stared down at the tool between Naruto's legs and didn't feel any sense of dissatisfaction at what she saw.

"Ooh yesss... That'll do just fine..." She purred, as she gripped the hard and warm organ, pumping it at a moderate pace. Naruto sighed as she jerked him.

"Ugh... A-Anko, wait..."

She grins, "What's wrong, Naruto-kun? Don't you want me? I certainly want you..."

Anko lined her mouth up to his ear, and the next thing she said sent shivers down his spine, "There's a lot of things I wanna do to you, Naruto..."

She pulled back and grinned at the face of pure pleasure he was making now that she was stroking him faster, "Mmn... Seeing you like this is making me really wet, Naruto... Wanna see...?" She then releases his other hand and guides it under her skirt, allowing it to feel the moist panties underneath, "See...? I soaked my panties and it's all your fault..." She moans.

Naruto and Anko engaged in more heavy petting until Anko moved his hand away. She fell onto her knees in front of him, pumping his meat directly in front of her face.

"Anko... Are you about to...?" Naruto asks incredulously.

She smirks up at him, "Suck your dick?" she supplies the answer. "Heh, maybe. I hope you don't mind. I don't do this to guys unless I really like them, so this is the first time I've ever did it before..." She opens her mouth and leans forward. But before any part of her mouth makes contact with Naruto's genitals, she stops and looks up at him.

Naruto's heart was beating rapidly. He felt her breath graze the tip of his flesh, teasing him beyond belief, "... And by the way, I'm know I'm drunk, and I probably wouldn't be doing this if I was sober. But screw it, I really do like you, and I'm feeling kinda adventurous today." She says with a wink, "So don't feel guilty about any of this."

Naruto was winded by a wet and warm sensation surrounding the tip of his penis. He groaned as Anko looked up at him to smirk at his face.

"Ugh... A-Anko-chan... I-"

He suddenly felt Anko's teeth pressing onto his manhood. It wasn't a hard bite, but a firm and playful one.

"What did I say about calling me Anko-chan?" She teases. She then goes back to her task in pleasing Naruto with her mouth. Naruto accidentally bangs his head against the door.

Anko slowly started accelerating the movements of her head, using plenty of saliva that started to slowly slide down her chin, as well as off the shaft of Naruto's dick. The sensation was phenomenal for Naruto, as he found it hard to keep his breathing steady. Her tongue worked magic on the head and shaft of his cock, as she sucked on him with much vigor.

Naruto almost asked her if she was sure this was the first time she'd ever done this. He looked down at her, and saw a sight that almost made him reach the edge right then and there. Her eyes were closed, and her eyebrows were squeezed together, showing how focused she was in pleasing him. Her blush spread horizontally across her face like an equator, as a result from the alcohol and her own arousal.

"Mmm... Hmm-mmn..." Anko hummed around his shaft. She never performed oral sex on another man before, despite a few rumors around Konoha, but Anko found this experience to be exciting and arousing. She loved hearing his groans, as well as the sensation of his dick going in and out of her mouth. She wasn't sure if she liked it this much because she truly enjoyed it, or if it has anything to do with her level of intoxication.

"A-Anko..." Naruto breathed suddenly, "Gonna cum..."

To the disappointment of Naruto, that was Anko's signal for her to stop. She knew it was torture for her her to stop while he was at the brink of climax, but she had other plans.

She looked at his twitching and saliva-covered dick with a smirk, then looked up at him, "Sorry, Naruto-kun. I don't want you blowing your load just yet... Not before I get to have some fun, too." She then stands up, takes off her Hitai-ate and undoes her abnormally-styled ponytail, letting her hair flow a bit past her shoulders.

Next, she strips off her trench coat. Then her skirt, then her panties, which were damp with her juices.

Then, to Naruto's surprise, she rips the torso area of her mesh bodysuit from her collar, down to her waist. Anko's full breasts are now exposed, which is quite a rare sight to behold for anyone in Konoha.

To Naruto, seeing Anko essentially nude, directly in front of him was a breathtaking sight.

"Mhm... Like what you see?" Anko teases, striking a sexy pose.

Naruto could only nod.

Anko gives a dirty chuckle and presses herself against him, sandwiching his hard flagpole between each other, "Now before I give you the best night of your life... We have to reach an agreement."

All the while, Anko was grinding herself onto him, rubbing her lower abdomen against his dick, "What agreement...?" He asked, fighting back a moan.

"I don't have sex with anyone I'm not committed to, I made that promise to myself a while back. And I have to admit Naruto... I'm rubbing off on the idea of you being my new boyfriend." Naruto was surprised to hear this, something that Anko noticed, "I know that I'm kinda drunk, and I may not seem like the 'girlfriend type', but I have been thinking about this for a while, and I've come to the conclusion that we'd make a kickass couple, no?" She says with a smirk.

"So... You're asking me to be your boyfriend?" Naruto says slowly.

Anko rolls her eyes, "Kami, you're slow. What do I have to do, write it out for ya? Yes, I'm asking you to be my boyfriend." She then pokes him in the nose and gives another wink, "So whaddya say?"

After some thought, "Sure... I'd love to be your boyfriend."

Naruto then takes the lead this time and grabs Anko by the waist, kissing her firmly. Anko, although a bit surprised by this, just sits back and threads her fingers in his hair, returning the kiss with just as much vigor.

Soon, the pair find themselves on Anko's bed with Naruto on top. His hands roamed and groped all over Anko's body, and Anko was loving it. His lips disconnected from hers, then attacked her neck, something that made Anko moan.

"Naruto-kun..." She sighed, locking her legs around him, "Put it in... I want to be your first."

At those words, Naruto stopped all efforts in pleasing Anko.

She wondered why he's now just sitting still like this, "Naruto...? C'mon, what're you waiting for?"

Naruto sighed, "I can't do this."

He then pulls back, leaving a very confused, and somewhat irritated Anko lying on the bed.

"What do you mean you can't do this?" She asks, "Is it because you're a virgin?"

He looked her straight in the eyes, "That's the thing... I'm not really a virgin..."

"Oh." Said Anko, following after with a shrug, "So? I don't mind that much. And wouldn't that make things easi-"

"Anko."

"What?"

"I lost my virginity today." He tells her.

Anko pauses, allowing this to sink in, "...Today?"

Naruto nodded, "Before you invited me to drink with you, I had sex with someone a few minutes beforehand."

"...That Yamanaka girl." Anko mumbles, now connecting the dots on why she saw him stepping out of the Yamanaka flower shop so late, which was also closed on Sundays.

Naruto hesitated, "...Yeah. I'm not dating her or anything, and I'm not really sure how everything happened, actually... But it did. And I would feel wrong if I-"

"Get out."

"Huh?"

"I said get out." Anko repeated, "Get out! Get the hell outta my apartment!"

"Anko, wait, if you'd just-"

Naruto felt a sharp pain against his cheek, followed by the warm sensation of blood slowly gliding down his skin.

He heard the kunai hit the wall behind him, and stared at Anko with surprise, as she held another kunai, "I didn't miss, I only scratched your face on purpose. If I have to say it again after this, I'm going to leave more than just a scratch." She told him darkly, "Get. Out."

Naruto saw it in her eyes that she was serious. No more words were spoken as she watched Naruto gather his clothes and belongings and leave the apartment. He sent her one last look before stepping out the door, which she responded with a glare.

Once she heard the door close, she let out a frustrated yell, then buried her face into her pillow. Tears began to fall, and it confused Anko why that was. There was a heavy pressure in her chest that she wasn't familiar with. The fact that she's feeling this way made her even more upset, causing more tears to fall. She wasn't exactly to sure what she was feeling, nor was she sure if the alcohol had anything to do with it, but she knew it hurt.

That night, for the first time in many years, Anko Mitarashi gently cried herself to sleep.