Uzumaki Naruto stood in the Hokage's office, waiting for the arrival of his long-time friends. Sakura sat in a wooden chair near the wall, she was cleaning a kunai, but avoided Naruto's gaze.
"So Sakura-chan...how well does Iruka-sensei kiss?" Naruto playingly threw out the comment in an atempt at lightening the mood, however the hint of resentment in his voice was not unnoticed by Sakura.
"Naruto...I..." Sakura was thinking of a way to explain herself, but quickly changed tactics. "What the hell are you questioning me for! I don't need to explain myself to you! You faked your death and ruined three years of my life!"
Naruto quickly looked down to the ground, his eyes glazed over.
Sakura saw that he was upset and instantly felt a tang of guilt pierce her heart.
"Dammit Naruto...I didn't mean..."
Sakura grabbed Naruto's face and forced him to look at her. She leaned forward and kissed him, he returned the kiss.
"You guys are so sweet." Tsunade looked on them with adoring eyes.
Naruto stuck up a thumbs up as he kissed Sakura. Out of the corner of her eye Sakura saw his display of victory, and bopped him on the head.
"You pretended to be upset just so I would kiss you?" Sakua yelled at the smiling Naruto.
Naruto nodded, and Sakura sighed.
"You annoying little idiot." Sakura kissed him once lightly, but before he could return the favor she broke the kiss. "Have fun with that, maybe next time you won't mess with me!"
Naruto stood dejected.
Then the door opened. And Hatake Kakashi walked in.
He was holding a copy of the late Jariaya's latest book, and when he looked up he had to do a touble take.
"Na-Naruto?" Kakashi stood in the doorway, Naruto walked toward him and extended his hand.
Kakashi pulled him into a warming hug. He pushed him away and held him at arms length.
"You look just like your dad."
Naruto smiled and scratched his head.
"It's good to see you're not...you know." Kakashi said, avoiding Naruto's eyes.
Naruto sat back down next to Sakura, Kakashi smiled at the two. Sakura leaned her head against Naruto's shoulder.
"So you two are...?"
Sakura blushed and nodded at her sensei. Kakashi chuckled lightly, and then took a seat next to them.
Tsunade sat at her desk, smiling at the three.
"Kakashi, I've been meaning to tell you..." Tsunade smiled, and then blushed, "Seeing as how you brought in the majority of his income, Jaraiya has left his book empire to you..."
Kakashi, twitched. He then nodded rapidly, turning towards Naruto and Sakura, he pulled a notepad from his pocket, and began scribbling.
Then the door opened, and Hinata's team (with the addition of Ringo) walked in.
Naruto's eyes fell on Hinata's body, and he couldn't help but stare.
He felt a burning pain, as Sakura's fingers bit into the flesh on his thigh.
"Remember Naruto, you belong to me..."
Naruto turned to Sakura, and licked her cheek. She blushed wildly.
Hinata faltered as she saw Naruto's face.
Naruto stood up and crossed his arms, throwing his former classmates a goofy smile.
Kiba and Hinata stared at Naruto in shock, Shino simply stood where he was, and Ringo scratched her chin in confusion.
"Namikaze? What's this about?"
Naruto smiled at his long-time friend.
"Nothing to trouble yourself with Ringo, just affairs of the hidden leaf village." He flashed her a thumbs up, and then noticed that her and Kiba's hands were intertwined.
Naruto chuckled, then sat back down next to Sakura, throwing an arm around her.
Tsunade nodded at the shinobi.
"If you would all please take a seat, once the rest get here, we can begin the meeting."
The ninja all sat down, with Hinata taking a seat next to Naruto.
"Naruto-kun, I-I-I'm so glad that you're alive."
Naruto smiled at her.
"Thanks Hinata, I'm glad you're alive too."
Naruto turned back toward the door as Shikamaru, Ino, and Choji walked in.
They all shared shock and greeted Naruto, and then took their seats beside the other shinobi.
Tsunade shuffled the papers on her desk, and then cleared her throat.
"Now, there is only one team we're waiting on, when they get here we can start..."
The door opened creakily, and Lee walked through slowly, his head in his hands.
Tsunade recognized a hangover the instant she saw one, and smiled at Lee's pain.
'That'll teach him to drink sake without my permission!'
"GOOD MORNING LEE!"
Lee clenched his hair in his hands and groaned. Tenten followed behind him and bowed to the Hokage, Neji then entered behind her.
"Good, now that everyone is here we can start the meeting." Tsunade placed her chin in her hands and cleared her throat, "It is time for us to be rid of this demon court."