"Hey Sasuke, can you please hold Hibiki for a second. I need to go grab something from the room quickly."
"Hn. Can't you see my hands are full already? You're the one who made me carry the bag with all the beach stuff Naruto."
"Ugh, just forget it. I guess I'll just leave without it then."
"Fine. Give him to me, I'll just put this stuff down."
"No, don't worry about it. God forbid I inconvenience the almighty Sasuke Uchiha."
The Uchiha-Uzumaki clan walked outside of their penthouse apartment and into the elevator in silence. Naruto stared at the buttons as they traveled to the ground floor. So much for trying not to argue in front of the child. Recently it seemed like all he and Sasuke did was argue. But it wasn't always like this. Not at all...
2 Years Ago
"Never in my life did I ever think I would be living in a penthouse suite with one of the richest guys in town." Naruto gazed around his new apartment in amazement as he tried to reel his head around the fact that he was now one of those 'fancy rich people' that he so despised as a child.
"Well that's what you get for stealing the Uchiha heir's heart." Sasuke smirked at Naruto's awe.
"It wasn't intentional really. But I'm glad it happened." Naruto glided over to Sasuke and captured him in a hug. "Thank you for this. Really. You've changed my entire world. I couldn't be happier to call you my husband"
"Oh Naruto. You have no idea how much you mean to me." Sasuke whispered into his ear.
They broke apart and Naruto grinned.
"Come one. Why don't you show me how much I mean to you in the bedroom?"
Naruto started to drag Sasuke into their new bedroom. This was it. His new life. He was married to his soul mate. Naruto smiled softly. There's no way he would ever get tired of Sasuke. Not in a million years.
The loud ding of the elevator brought Naruto out of his reverie. He let out a sigh as Sasuke began to walk in front of them.
"Oh Hibiki" he muttered to his gurgling son. "When did all of this trouble even start?"
The baby giggled at his father's question. Naruto gave him a sad smile and started trailing after Sasuke. This was going to be a long afternoon. He could just feel it.
The following day Naruto was home alone with Hibiki as Sasuke was at work. He had put Hibiki to sleep about ten minutes earlier so it would be a while before he woke up. Naruto grabbed his phone from the kitchen counter and dialed his best female friend. She answered on the third ring.
"Yo Sakura what you up to right now?"
Sakura sighed on the other side. "Honestly Naruto. It's 'Hey Sakura, what are you doing right now?' Is it really so hard to speak proper English?"
"When you live with a toddler who can only say a few select words, grammar becomes a thing of the past."
"I don't count that as an excuse because Sasuke still speaks like a normal person. How is my favourite godson anyway?" Sakura questioned.
"He's fine I put to him to bed like ten minutes ago. Are you doing anything important right now? Cause I'm really bored and I need you to come over and keep me company"
"I'm sorry Naruto. Not all of us are married to multi-millionaires allowing us to relax at home everyday. I'm working right now."
"Ditch. I could really use some company right now."
Sakura sighed again. "I'm really sorry Naruto but you're going to have to keep yourself entertained."
"Ugh alright whatever. See you tonight when you come over for dinner."
"Yeah are you sure that it's okay for you to be inviting all your friends over without Sasuke's permission?"
"I don't know. I don't care. It's my home as well. Why do I need to run everything past him anyway?"
"Okay okay. I get it. Things are still a bit frosty with Sasuke."
"A bit?" Naruto snorted. "It's like every time I do or say anything, he finds a problem with it. But anyway I don't want to bore you with my marital problems. See you later."
"You're not boring me Naruto. I'll talk to you properly later okay? Bye."
Naruto pressed the end call button on his phone and sighed. He was grateful for Sakura but he knew that by the end of tonight he would have had yet another row with Sasuke. He hated having these arguments with Hibiki around. All he wanted was to give his son a happy childhood and it seemed like the only way he could do that was if he and Sasuke split up...
No. He refused to think like that. Sasuke was his SOUL MATE for goodness sake. He wasn't going to just give up on them. In the back of his mind he felt a slight twinge of guilt for going behind Sasuke's back but he really could not stand the idea of spending yet another night alone at home while Sasuke was at work.
'He probably wouldn't even know they were here. He comes home so late anyway…Maybe I'll ask them to leave early. Just to be on the safe side.'
Yet somehow, Naruto still had this sinking feeling that everything was sure to go wrong.
Naruto was busy reading a magazine when he heard the buzzer. He practically skipped to go answer it.
"Narutooooo! How's it going bro?!"
Naruto grinned and gave his friend a high-five. "Kiba! Everything's good man!" Total lie. Naruto noticed the two people behind him. "Shino, Hinata it's lovely to see you guys again."
Shino gave what seemed to be a frown. It was hard to tell underneath his black shades that he wore all the time. Even when he was indoors. "Naruto. Why are you so friendly with Kiba yet so formal when you are talking to me? Am I not one of your best friends as well? Do I not deserve a high-five for being your friend since college? No it would appear not."
Naruto gave an awkward shrug. "Sorry about that Shino. I just didn't think you were the high-five sort. Here I'll give you one now."
"No, do not worry about it. I understand how our relationship is now. I was just foolish before." Shino walked past Naruto and made his way to the balcony.
Kiba sighed in frustration "Great job Naruto. Now he's sulking. He's gonna be like that for the next few days at the least. I wish you'd realise you're not the one who has to live with him!"
Naruto laughed. "It's not my fault you chose to be roommates with a psycho case."
There was a soft feminine giggle from behind Kiba. Naruto grinned. "Your roommates are a bunch of idiots Hinata. How do you live with them?"
Hinata blushed. "I-I don't know Naruto. I just do. We're all r-really good friends."
Naruto laughed again. He could already feel his spirits being lifted. Who cared about Sasuke and all his drama? Tonight he was going to have fun.
An hour later and all of his other friends had arrived. There was Chouji who was known to eat about 7 large pizzas and still ask for dessert. Shikamaru who was Chouji's best friend and a waiter despite having the brains to actually be a scientist or doctor. Ino was their childhood friend due to their fathers all going to school together and she was a model who was well on her way to stardom. She had already appeared on several magazine covers and was known for her 'fearless' personality.
Tenten worked at the local museum and was fascinated with both ancient and modern weaponry and had a terrifyingly large gun collection. Lee was her weird best friend who was a fitness training instructor and HIS best friend was Neji Hyuga whose company was rivals with Sasuke's company and he also coincidently happened to be Hinata's cousin.
Naruto smiled as he gazed around the room. Everybody was socializing and having a good time. What's the point of having a super fancy apartment and not throwing amazing parties? Ino and Shikamaru had even brought their daughter over so that Hibiki could have company. He chuckled when he recalled the memory of Ino telling him she was dating Shikamaru. He had refused to believe her and went about four months before he realised that Shikamaru and Ino actually WERE a real couple.
"If talking to yourself is a sign of madness then surely laughing to yourself has to be on that list somewhere?"
Naruto blinked in surprise. "Sakura! I seriously didn't think you were coming there for a second."
"Yeah, yeah same old work crap. My boss is a real slave driver."
Naruto smiled. "Tsunade is really working your ass huh?"
"You have no idea."
Naruto shook his head. "Tough times, tough times…"
They stared at each other for a moment before they both started laughing.
"Woo Naruto," Sakura said as she wiped a tear from her eye. "Already been drinking? I don't think I've seen you this happy since Hibiki was adopted."
"I haven't felt this good in a while." It feels like I haven't seen everyone in forever and to have them all here at once is just a great feeling you know?"
Sakura was silent for a second before she said. "Yeah it is. It's also a great distraction from the S-word right? You're bottling up your emotions and focusing on a trivial event to help distract from what's really cutting you"
"Damn Sakura, I thought you were a doctor doctor not a therapist?!"
Sakura shrugged. "My mother was a psychologist. What can I say?"
"Well none of that stuff is true. I just wanted to have fun for once. " Naruto replied.
"Uh-huh. Look Naruto this whole deal with Sasuke is really just going overboa-"
Sakura was cut off by Naruto shushing her. She saw Naruto staring at the entrance and followed his eyes. She gasped in horror. "Oh no..."
There at the door, home early from work was Sasuke Uchiha.
Naruto gulped and then took a deep breath. He turned around and gave Sakura the biggest smile he could muster. "I'll be right back Sakura, there's just something I need to take care of."
Sakura looked suspicious. "Naruto…"
Naruto started to jog away from her and towards Sasuke. He had no idea what was going to happen now. Would Sasuke yell at him in front of all his friends or would he just ignore what was going on and retire to the bedroom?
"Hey, you're home early…" Naruto gave a nervous chuckle.
Sasuke had a dazed look on his face as looked around his living room filled with people. "Five minutes." He murmured softly.
"Huh?" Naruto asked in confusion.
"I said five minutes. As in you have five minutes to get rid of your ragtag team of friends or else I'll do it." Sasuke replied nonchalantly.
Naruto gaped at him. "You're kidding right? You can't seriously expect me to just kick them out?!"
"Yes. I do. And if you're unable to do it then I will. I have no qualms about kicking these strangers out of my home."
Naruto's face went red. "First off, they're not strangers. They're my friends whom I've known longer than I've known you might I add. Second, this is not just your home. It's mine as well."
"That doesn't change the fact that it's still also mine. You should have asked my permission before doing something like this."
"You would have just said no!" Naruto spat out furiously.
"We'll never know now will we? You have about 3 minutes remaining by the way." Sasuke began to walk upstairs while ignoring the stares he was getting.
Naruto was seething with anger. He glanced over at Sakura who was staring at him clearly having seen the entire exchange between him and Sasuke. He cleared his throat and hollered out. "All right guys. I'm really sorry about this but the dinner party's over."
There was a loud groan from the crowd. Nonetheless they began to shuffle towards the door. They all knew about Sasuke and his moods. Some of them offered their condolences to Naruto while he just stood there and pretended like it didn't really matter. Sakura demanded to speak to Naruto as he ushered her out the door but he pretended like he couldn't hear her and practically shut the door in her face. As soon as everybody had left Naruto took a deep breath. He grabbed the door handle and almost ripped it off as he opened the door and stormed out. He didn't know where he was going. He knew he would come back eventually but at the moment if he stayed in that apartment any minute longer he might do something he will regret.
As Naruto walked the streets of Konoha city, one of Japans more quieter cities, he found himself at the park. In the afternoons he would bring Hibiki here and together they would feed the ducks. It was a simple activity but it got them both out of the house and away from HIM. Naruto plopped down on a bench and flung his arm over his face. "What's going on? Why is this happening to us? Why are we falling apart?" He shifted positions so that now his head was resting on his folded fingers in true classic Sasuke style. He stared into the pond that he had seen many times before. Naruto realised that he had never seen the park at night before and gazed around in awe at the quietness and lack of screaming children.
As Naruto began to look up at the sky he noticed it was a full moon and he thought to himself. "I love both Sasuke and Hibiki dearly but sometimes, just sometimes, I wish I had never met them. I miss the days of living with Pervy Granddad, it was so easy back then. Sure I didn't know my parents but at least when I came home everyday, I knew there was joy waiting for me. Fun times to be had waiting for me. I used to be so crazy as a kid, I was a parent's nightmare. But now…I don't even recognise myself. My whole life is just babies and arguments. I wish that I lived in a world where everything was different. Sasuke wasn't sour and broody and I was an independent man with a job of my own without a care in the world."
Naruto sighed and unwillingly stood up. He walked like a zombie back home and found himself in his living room. The lights were switched off so he couldn't see anything but he somehow made it to the guest room. His pyjamas were in his and Sasuke's room and he didn't feel like seeing Sasuke's face at that moment so he flopped down onto the bed in his normal clothes and immediately fell into a deep and dreamless sleep. What Naruto didn't realise is that sometimes who have to be careful what you wish for…