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Koyuki came back to Konoha two months after the battle. Kakashi only found out about it the day she arrived.
When Genma dropped the report of his latest mission in his office, he casually said to Kakashi, "Do you know that Yukie-san has come back? The movie crew is picking her up at the harbor right now. She's probably on her way to the village."
Kakashi refrained from jumping out of his chair and running out of his office and toward the gate. Instead, he replied "Oh, really?" as calm as he could.
Genma gave him a knowing smirk. "Yeah, your students asked me to tell you about it."
"They did?" Kakashi asked, raising his eyebrow in suspicion.
"Yeah. They're waiting for the crew at the village's gate." Genma stood up straight, smirk still on his face. "Just telling. In case you want to meet her."
"Mhmm..."Kakashi said, pretending to read Genma's report. There's no way he would tell his friend that he wanted to see her badly.
When Genma came out, Kakashi stood up and looked out the window toward the gate. She's coming back today. She's coming and he wasn't prepared for this. Why the hell di they have to tell him the day she came back?! He almost jerked when he saw the gate being opened from afar. Speak of the devil and there she was...
The movie crew's coming back to Konoha was very similar with the way they came the first time. The double doors of the gate were opened and almost immediately, they heard cheering everywhere. They're coming in from the gate in the series of trailers. They also received the same grand and heartwarming welcome just like when they came a few months ago. Koyuki felt a little nostalgic, seeing it all. When they stopped, she walked out of her trailer and looked around. She couldn't believe how much she missed being in Konoha. Staying at that village for a few weeks, she felt like it had become her second home. The people, ninjas and civilians alike, were welcoming her with bright smiles on their faces. She couldn't believe she was still welcomed after what her people did to them. Among the crowd, she quickly spotted three familiar faces, which made her instantly feel relieved. Naruto and Sakura were waving at her with huge smiles on their faces. Beside them, Sasuke only nodded and gave her a small smile, but it meant a lot coming from him.
"Koyuki-nee-chan! Glad you come back!"
"Me too! I missed you guys so much." Her smile dimmed a little. "I'm surprised I'm still welcomed after what happened."
"Of course you are! You're our friend, Koyuki-san!" Sakura replied.
"Technically, it's not really your fault. In fact, we could win because of you," Sasuke added.
Koyuki smiled thankfully at them. Behind the trio, the other Konoha ninjas came to welcome her back. She didn't know how to feel. She still felt guilty because what happened to them was partially her fault. And yet, she felt touched and relieved that they still accepted her.
Koyuki greeted all the people who talked to her. But the one person she wanted to see the most was not there. Where was he?
"Yukie!" She turned around to see Makino-san, seating in his usual seat, waving at her to come over. "You've just arrived! You must be tired! Sit down!" he called, patting the seat next to him. She nodded and came over to sit beside her director.
"Sorry it took so long for me to come back, Makino-san" she said, looking down at her lap.
"Eh, don't worry. I don't know much about politics but I know you're going through some big shit. I'm even surprised you still want to continue the filming. I completely understand if you decide to back out."
Koyuki shook her head. "No, Makino-san. I'm already under contract. And while I am a queen of a country, I am also a professional actress. I'm not going to give up on either of them."
Makino smiled and ruffled her hair in a fatherly way. "That's the spirit! I know you're different from the moment I picked you up when you're still with Sandayu!" Koyuki smiled back, her spirit lifting up a little. "By the way, before you came back, there's someone who really wanted to see you."
Koyuki blinked. She guessed it was not out of ordinary. Well, she WAS an important and famous person so of course many people wanted to see her. "Well, didn't they all?" she joked.
Makino grinned. "No no, this one is special. This man asked me whenever we met about when you would come back. He came to the harbor everyday and looked at the horizon, as if waiting for you to come back."
Koyuki widened her eyes. Someone actually wanted to meet her that much?
"Oh, hey! Speak of the devil, and there he comes!"
Koyuki turned her head to where Makino-san was pointing. She unconsciously held her breath. There stood Kakashi, in his usual gray attire, looking right at her. He was staring at her with so much intensity that she could feel her blood rushing up to her face, turning it a pretty scarlet.
Now that they finally met each other after two months being away from him, she realized just how much she missed him. She missed hearing his voice, she missed looking into his eyes, she missed seeing his infamous eye-smile, she missed talking to him, and she even missed his mere presence near her.
They stared at each other in an awkward silence. Koyuki couldn't see or hear anything. It almost felt like there was only her and Kakashi around. It took her one full minute to realize that it felt that way because for some reason, everyone around them had stopped talking and cleared up the way between them. All of them, ninjas, civilians, and the crew members, were waiting for either the Hokage or the actress to speak further.
Kakashi cleared his throat loudly. "Um... Hi... It's nice to see you back again."
"Y-yeah... I'm... happy to be back..."
Another silence ensued...
"Kakashi-san," Koyuki said suddenly, startling everyone, including the Hokage. "I need to talk to you... Just the two of us... Do you have time this evening?"
This was it. This was what everyone was dreading. Although most of the Yuki ninjas were pardoned for what happened and the Daimyos did not know what happened, things had been left hanging between Konoha and the Land of Spring, who had been close allies before that incident. While it's not very obvious, what happened had put a strain on the relationship between the ninja village and the small country. It's a matter of time before the leader of both communities had a talk with each other about it.
Kakashi did not reply for a long few seconds, making everyone nervous. He then nodded and gave her his eye-smile. "Sure... Actually, I've been meaning to ask you the same thing. I want to talk to you today. What about we talk over dinner tonight? My treat."
Everyone was a bit surprised at Kakashi's reply, including Koyuki. "Uh... um... yes, of course" she stuttered.
He nodded. "Good." He looked around them, at the people who were still staring at them. "What are you doing? Stop gawking and get to work." At his remark, they snapped out of it and continued their previous activities.
Kakashi turned back to look at Koyuki. "I'll be waiting for you at the Hokage tower in my office, at 7 p.m."
"Okay." She nodded.
Koyuki had prepared herself to talk to Kakashi once she came back to Konoha. Not only about the politics between their countries, but also about her feelings...
She wanted to discuss what they're going to do in the future. They need to repair the strained relationship between Konoha and the Land of Spring. Plans and deals had to be made to ensure it won't happen again. And about her feelings...
Koyuki honestly didn't know whether she still had a chance to be with Kakashi anymore. What happened had ruined whatever chance she had for them to be together. She knew he was targeted by assassins and even almost got killed once. But then it turned out the culprit was the people from her country. They were exiled people that were turned into a secret army by her advisor behind her back. Although she didn't know about all of it, as their leader, she shouldered that responsibility. It was her fault, her bad leadership caused that. In the end, her people had made enemies with Konoha. With Kakashi. And because of that, she didn't know whether she still deserved him.
She arrived at Hokage Tower and went up to the highest floor where she knew his office was. She knocked on the door and heard a soft "Come in" from the inside. She opened the door to see Kakashi, leaning on the opened window. He turned to look at her.
"I promised, remember." The corners of his eyes crinkled. She knew he was smiling behind his mask.
"Let's go then," he said, walking toward the door.
They went out of his office and out of the tower. They went pass the cafe they had visited the first day she was here, where she also met Ayame and Hanare for the first time. They walked pass the Ichiraku restaurant. She saw Ayame at the entrance, who smiled at Koyuki and mouthed to her 'Good luck'. The actress blinked in confusion. As they walked further away from the village, she became more and more confused.
"Where exactly are we eating?"
"You'll see. We're almost there."
Almost there? But they're already out of the village ground. She frowned as they keep walking up the hill, watching his back as he led the way. Kakashi suddenly stopped, making her almost bumped into his back. "We're here."
Koyuki looked around his back and saw a picnic blanket laid on the ground, some juubako boxes arrayed on top of it. She widened her eyes when she recognized the place. They were on top of the Hokage monument, right where they had fallen together back then...
Koyuki blinked in disbelief. "We're... going to have dinner here?"
Kakashi simply nodded and walked toward the picnic blanket. He sat down and raised his eyebrow at her. "Do you mind if we eat here?"
"N-no! It's fine with me. The view is actually very nice here."
Kakashi smiled. "Thank goodness. I thought you wouldn't want to be here because of the memory of what happened here."
Koyuki sat down beside him on the blanket. She opened the juubako boxes and looked at the food inside. "Where did you get the food?"
"I made them."
She turned to him sharply. "What? Seriously."
"Yes." Kakashi nodded.
"I didn't know you can cook, Kakashi-san."
"Well, being bachelor for a long time, I have to take care of myself. I can also clean and sew. After I became a Hokage and things become very peaceful around here, I have to take a hobby. You'd be surprised of how pretty I can knit a sock."
Koyuki couldn't help but to laugh at that remark. Hearing her laugh, he couldn't help but to laugh along with her. Laughing together like this, they couldn't believe how much they had missed each other's company.
"Maybe someday, I'll ask you to make me a handkerchief," she said, still giggling. He chuckled and shook his head as he distributed the food. Koyuki suddenly realized something. They're having a picnic instead of going to a restaurant or cafe... He's cooking the food for her...
It felt like a date. Koyuki felt her face going hot and shook her head. No! Snap out of it! We're here to talk about serious topic! This is not a date. She had been excited when Makino-san said Kakashi had been waiting for her to come back. But when she thought carefully about it, he might just want to talk about the politics in her country. Her excitement quickly got watered down. That's right. That's the only reason he's searching for me, nothing else.
They began to eat in a comfortable silence. Just like every time they ate together, Koyuki tried to sneak a peek at Kakashi's face. But he's always quick to wear his mask back on whenever she glanced at him. How he could do that was beyond her. After some time, he decided to start the conversation she had been anticipating. "So... how is your country?"
"Oh... well, it's been hectic... and tense..." she replied. She stopped eating for awhile as she thought back to her country.
"What did you do to the Yuki ninjas?"
"We decided to accept them back into the country. The loyal ones, at least. You know..." she gripped her chopsticks, "I feel a little bad for treating all of them the same. I exiled all of them for what they did during the coup my uncle did. But it turned out, not all of them were like that. Those who were still against the new reign were imprisoned and the rest were admitted back into the country."
"So you have an army again?"
"You can say that. We put them at the east side of the country, where we built back Yukigakure. They still rely heavily on firearms and technology though. We need to find someone who is willing to teach them ninjutsu."
"Yes. Listen Koyuki... about the weapons... I'm afraid I have to ask you to stop making them." Her body went rigid and her face paled. "I know that your country doesn't have a strong military power and those firearms, cannons, armors and shields are the only things that protect your country. But I want to make sure that no one will abuse their powers again. You made them to protect, and yet, they're used to destroy. I know you're not doing it on purpose, but it is dangerous. I personally think the technology of your country can be used for something much more useful than that."
After a few seconds, Koyuki nodded, letting a long breath through her mouth. She knew what was coming beforehand. "I understand..."
"But I also have a proposition." Koyuki perked up slightly after hearing Kakashi said that.
"What is it?"
"You said that your ninjas still rely on technology and not on ninjutsu, right?" She nodded. "We, Konoha ninjas will teach them." Her eyes widened in surprise. "If you need people to teach them, then we will lend you a hand. We'll teach them ninjutsu and genjutsu. I've talked to the other Kages and they offered to help as well. In turn, we need your country's help in improving the technology of our countries. The missions are getting tough for us, ninjas. An improvement will help a lot."
Koyuki smiled widely. Yes, this would work. A good cooperation. The ninjas of the five villages agreed to teach her country's newly formed ninja village in ninjutsu and genjutsu. In turn, her country would help improve their technology. This could help their relationship and even strengthen their bond with Konoha and the other four villages.
"I agree. I will talk to Katou about it first, but I think he'll agree as well. Thank you, Kakashi."
Kakashi tilted his head to the side. "For what?"
"For not holding a grudge against us." Koyuki smiled. "Oh, this is perfect! You know, we've been working on a new device. They kind of like a telephone, cause you can use it for communicating from afar. But it's smaller and wireless, so you can bring it everywhere. The catch is, it has to be charged with electricity. We don't know what to call it yet, but since it basically a telephone that can be brought anywhere, we call it mobile phone. It's actually more than that. There are many features you can use. You can use it to listen to music, taping video, and many others. We also make a more compact and wireless computer that you can bring everywhere. There will be only a monitor and a keyboard attached to each other..."
She kept rambling on and on about the new machines and devices her country had developed lately. Kakashi only smiled as he listened to her. "Yes, I think they will benefit us," he said, interrupting her.
Koyuki blushed when she realized she had rambled on in her excitement of their new cooperation. "I hope our technology will help a lot of people."
"I'm sure it will. Especially if you make it with the intention of helping people." They smiled at each other. "And also... about your technology..." He paused and she raised her eyebrows. "Maybe it's kind of confidential but... how did you get your hands on the moon metal? It's a legendary metal made by Otsutsuki clan. I didn't even know it existed until I read Sasuke's report. That is, if you're willing to share with me. I'm just curious."
Koyuki smiled. "It's okay. I trust you, and we're going to be partner in cooperation anyway so you have the right to know. You see, after I took over the country and we started our research again, we found a whole mine of rare metal underneath the castle. At first, we didn't know what metal it was. My family had been using it to make weapons and other machines for centuries. We didn't think much about it. But one time, there was a ninja who tried to kill me and I used my father's sword to counter his ninjutsu, and for some reason, it worked. We've never heard of a metal that could repel ninjutsu before, so we searched about it and found out that there was one rare metal that was said, could counter any ninjutsu, and that was moon metal."
"So your sword was made out of moon metal too?"
"I see. So that's why it was so strong. Our ninjutsu and weapons could not pierce their armor, but your sword could."
Koyuki smiled. "I didn't really think much about it before. I carried it around because it belonged to my father. You know moon metal is actually imbued with the Otsutsuki clan's chakra?"
"What? Really?" Kakashi exclaimed in surprise.
"Yes. We looked at the atom with microscope and found a large amount of chakra inside it. We have the metal in abundance in our country."
Kakashi nodded as he processed the information. "Fascinating..." he mumbled. Koyuki chuckled. "I'd love to learn more about it."
"Maybe someday you can come to the Land of Spring and I'll teach you about it."
"Sure, if you let me in."
Koyuki frowned at him incredulously. "Of course I will, Kakashi-san. You're always welcomed there. In fact, I'm surprised I AM the one still being accepted after what happened. My people practically waged war on you guys."
"It's not your fault Koyuki. You know that."
"But still, I have a nagging feeling that I should've been able to stop it. I should have paid attention to my people more. I should have realized that there's something wrong with Katou. A rebellion was happening behind my back and I didn't know about it."
"You can learn from your mistakes to be better. And you're not alone in facing all of this. You have me. Katou-san will help you as well. We'll always be there for you. I'll be there for you."
She smiled weakly at him. "As my friend?"
Kakashi froze. Friends huh? Since when did that word seemed to hurt him so much? "Yes... of course..."
Koyuki smiled and nodded, biting her bottom lips. "This maybe for the best."
Kakashi frowned in confusion. "What do you mean?"
"I'm sorry Kakashi. For everything you and the other Kages have to go through because of my people. And... you remember what I said at the backstage during the photo shoots, where you saved me from a fan? About... my feelings for you?"
Kakashi looked away from her, his body gone rigid. "Yes?"
"Please forget about it." He turned sharply to her. She smiled weakly. "After what happened, I don't think it's wise for us to be together. And... you don't even love me that way, right?" He wanted to refute, but his voice couldn't come out. "I don't need for you to love me back. Just talking to you like this... being friends with you is enough." No... Kakashi said in his mind. "I'm not going to bother you anymore. And I promise you, neither are my people." Don't say that... "After what happened, I don't think I deserve to be with you." Please, stop...
Koyuki looked down sadly, but then she tried to fake a bright smile. "Speaking about it, Ayame-san is a great woman. She's succesful and talented. She also cooks well. She'd make a great wife. You should ask for her hand before somebody else does, you know? Or maybe you prefer Hanare-san? You are both ninjas so it's perfect I guess. And she's very strong. I heard she even protected you when one of my people tried to kill you. Surely, she suits you."
Kakashi blinked and he realized he had grabbed her hand. Why was he doing this? He had told himself before, that when she came back, he wouldn't do anything about it. She was untainted, unlike him. He thought she didn't deserve him. And even though so many people told him to move forward, he still wasn't sure he could. And yet, when she asked him to forget about her confession, about her feelings... about the possibility of them being together... He found himself wanting to refute, wanting to reach out to her, wanting to tell her all the pent-up feelings inside of him. He found he couldn't accept it. He wouldn't accept it.
"Don't say that Koyuki. Don't tell me to forget about your feelings... Because there's no way I can forget."
Koyuki looked at him with a mix of sadness and confusion. "Why?" Kakashi couldn't answer that. He kept gripping her hand in his grasp. He didn't know what to do. He was debating in his mind whether he should tell her the truth or not. Koyuki saw the turmoil of emotions in Kakashi's eyes. "Kakashi?" she prompted once again.
"Can I tell you a story?" he suddenly said. She was confused by his behavior, but nodded her head. "Once upon a time, there was a boy. He was a ninja. He looked up to his father and loved him very much. However, one day, his father was disgraced just for choosing to protect his friend rather than complete his mission. The people around them humiliated him, including the friend whose life he had saved. The father then committed suicide in front of his son." Koyuki put a hand on her lips in shock. Kakashi kept going on. "That boy was determined not to become like his father and stopped looking up to him. He grew up to become a cold-hearted and calculating young man. All he cared about was to become strong. He was put in a team of three, with another boy, who was stupid but friendly, and a kind-hearted girl. His male teammate fell in love with their female teammate, but she was in love with this boy. But the boy never paid attention to her. He was too preoccupied in getting stronger."
Kakashi paused here, his grip getting stronger, as if he was reliving a painful memory in his mind. Koyuki kept quiet and waited for him to continue. "One day, the girl was kidnapped in the middle of mission. The two boys got into an argument about whether they should save her or continue the mission. This boy wanted to continue the mission, but his friend refused and decided to save their female teammate. They made up and then decided to go together. From then on, you could say they became best friends. However, after they saved the girl and almost got away... something happened... and the boy's best friend... he sacrificed himself to save him and the girl. Before he died, he made the boy promised to protect the girl that he liked. His best friend even gave the boy his eye. A special eye called Sharingan." Sharingan? Koyuki widened her eyes as it finally dawned on her who the boy he was talking about. "They were able to escape... the girl and the boy... but the best friend died. After some time, the boy started to develop feelings for the girl as well. But he couldn't let himself be together with her. Because his best friend, who had loved her before him, was dead. He'd protect her, but he wouldn't be with her." At this, Kakashi's eyes suddenly became distant. "One day, they were cornered by the enemies. The girl was used as a living weapon. The enemies intended to use her to destroy their village. Knowing this, the girl jumped in front of the boy when he was attacking the enemy... and she died." Kakashi closed his eyes painfully and Koyuki could feel his grip tightened again. She gripped back his hand. "That boy failed. Not only that he couldn't keep his promise to his best friend to protect the girl they both loved, he killed her with his own hand."
Koyuki could feel Kakashi's hand trembled. She knew that he was trying not to cry. She took both of his hands in hers and squeezed them. They stayed like for a moment, not saying anything. After composing himself, Kakashi continued. "The boy couldn't forget about it. He still felt guilty for what happened, even as he grew up into adulthood. His best friend had died. The girl he loved had also died. Yet, what happened could never be erased from his memory, preventing him from moving on. He swore he would never fall in love again. He believed he didn't deserve love. Not after what he did." He looked down at his lap and she watched him painfully. "But... Once again, he couldn't keep his own oath... Because he could feel himself falling in love for the second time in his life."
Koyuki could feel her jaw slack as her mouth gaped open. Don't tell me...
"This person is amazing. She has gone through a lot during her childhood, just like him. Just like him, she lost her father and became bitter because of it. At first, she was cold and callous, but she was able to change and become a better person after she defeated her enemies. She manages a double life. She leads a country while also working as a professional actress. She's a hardworking and responsible person. She's humble, kind, friendly, and understanding. She may not make the best decisions, but she always tries to do what she thinks is best for everyone. She is willing to turn against her own people to do the right thing. She bravely faces all the risks that will come from her decisions. She's a wonderful woman."
No way... He couldn't... Koyuki could feel so many different emotions swirling within her. Shock, confusion, excitement, joy...
Kakashi finally looked up at her. "For a long time, this man didn't know what to do. He didn't know how to deal with it. He thought he didn't deserve her. She was pure and untainted, unlike him. He had done a lot of bad things in his past. Did he even deserve her love, or anyone's love for that matter? His mind thought he should let go of her. But his heart wouldn't let him. And now... he is confused."
They were silent after that. Koyuki wanted to say something but her voice wouldn't come out.
"Koyuki... if that man is right in front of you right now... what would you say to him?"
Koyuki was speechless. She didn't know what to say. Right now, the man she had loved all this time was confessing to her, not only about his feelings but also his past. It meant a lot to her. It meant a lot coming from someone like Kakashi, who rarely talked about himself. She knew that he trusted her enough to tell her about all of this. It took so much willpower for him to say it to her. After a long moment, she took a deep breath and prepared her words carefully.
"I would tell him to stop tormenting himself. He had gone through enough pain as it is. Sure, he had done a lot of mistakes in his past. But he was also hurt because of it. In the end, everything was not his fault. His best friend and the girl he loved didn't die because of him. They did what they did out of their own choice. And to honor their sacrifice, he should live his life to the fullest. He may had done some terrible things in his past, but nobody's perfect. He learned from his mistakes and he made sure not to do it again. That's what important. And I think, if he tells that woman he loves about his feelings, she would understand. Because she loves him too and she understands his pain."
Kakashi stared at her with wide eyes as she smiled at him. There was so much love in her eyes and her smile. His eyes glazed with unshed tears. He closed them to prevent it from falling. "She's a smart woman" he remarked.
"She really is," she replied, chuckling a little.
Another silence ensued. Neither of them talked or moved. Until Kakashi pulled Koyuki toward him and enclosed her body in an embrace. Koyuki wrapped her arms around him and buried her face into his chest. She could feel her own tears on the verge of falling. She tightened her grip on him. Kakashi savored her warmth, burying his nose into her hair. For the first time in his life, he wanted to keep someone by his side. For the first time, he didn't want to let go of a woman. He wanted to keep her. He wanted her to stay by his side forever.
"Thank you," he whispered. "For accepting me, a man full of flaws and faults."
"Kakashi..." Koyuki reluctantly pulled back from him. She frowned a little when she couldn't feel his warmth anymore. "I told you, nobody's perfect. Everyone has good and bad qualities. Despite what you think of yourself, you are kind. You are modest, responsible, caring, understanding and protective of the ones you love. You can be lazy, but when things are getting serious, you take your responsibility seriously. You act as if you don't care much about anything, but you are actually very dedicated to your job and caring toward the people you love. Sure, you have some quirks, like reading porn in public. But I think those quirks are funny and cute." She giggled a little.
"I was a jerk before. I was aloof and calculating person" he said.
"Yes, but I wasn't exactly a saint either back then, remember?" she countered. "Like you said, I was cold and callous. I acted so selfishly and I didn't care about anyone's feelings but my own. But I change. I try to change. And so do you. We're actually very similar with each other. We both lost our fathers, the persons we loved the most, and became embittered because of it. We were such jerks back then. But now we've changed. Or at least we try to change. If we do it together, we can do it." She smiled tenderly at him. "I love you. And I want to face my future with you. If I can, I want to spend the rest of my life with you. Oh, what am I talking about? I want to marry you. I'm rambling again, sorry." She flushed a little.
Kakashi couldn't help but chuckled at her. "Usually, it's the man who proposes to the woman, you know."
"Well, I'm a supporter of feminism so I don't care."
He smiled and pulled her into his arms again. "It will be difficult, because we are both leaders of our respective communities."
"We have a lot of problems ahead of us."
"Some people may not agree with it."
"We can't spend that much time together since both of us are busy."
"You will regret it."
He smiled and brought her even closer to his body, if that was possible. "Then I won't regret it either." They spent a few seconds just snuggling into each other.
"I have to say, you have a unique way of confessing," she remarked in a teasing tone.
"Can't be helped. I don't have much experience. You're one of the only two women I ever confessed to."
"And yet, you still don't give me the privilege of seeing your face."
Kakashi raised an eyebrow. "You want to see my face?"
"Of course! Who wouldn't be curious if you cover it 24 hours full!"
"No I don't. I don't wear a mask when I eat, sleep and take a shower."
"Well, I ate with you sometimes, but even in all those times, I still couldn't see your face." She looked away, flushing. "How can we even kiss properly if you won't even show me your face? Even Ayame-san got to see your face, and Hanare-san got to kiss you once."
Kakashi blinked. He processed what she said in his mind and unexpectedly, started to laugh.
"W-what?" Koyuki asked, blushing in embarrassment.
"You're jealous" he stated matter-of-factly, still chuckling.
"No, I'm not! ...Okay fine, maybe a little." She had heard about it from Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura. The trio tried to see Kakashi's face when they ate together in Ichiraku, but only Teuchi and Ayame got to see it. Then, when the trio tailed Kakashi during his 'date' with Hanare, they saw the two accidentally kissed. She felt a hot jealousy in her chest when she heard about it.
"Koyuki, I never intended to show my face to Ayame back then. Besides, Teuchi-san also saw it so it's not like it was anything special. And what happened back then with Hanare was an accident. The kids fell on us and I ended up on top of her, it's that simple."
Koyuki still looked away and even pouted a little. He wanted to tell her that her jealous expression was cute, but held back that comment as he continued to watch her in amusement. He sighed and shook his head. "Koyuki, look at me."
She turned to him. "What? It's not like I want to see your face or kiss you, or...any...thing..."
She gaped. Kakashi had pulled down his mask, and right in front of her was the most handsome face she had ever seen. It was like looking at the face of an angel. Why did he cover it up all the time? It was a sin not to show it to the world!
Kakashi chuckled at her reaction. "You know, if you don't close your mouth, a bug will go inside."
Before she could retort at him, he put his hand behind her head and crushed their lips together, making her brain go blank.
"Darn! Even when they kiss, we still can't see Kakashi-sensei's face!" Naruto shout-whispered from his perch behind a tree with his two teammates. They were following Kakashi and Koyuki on their 'date' to see what might happen. They found out it was more than they expected. Not that they weren't happy about it. In fact, they're glad their sensei finally moved forward and for once, was willing to be with a woman.
"Umh, maybe we should change location," Sakura said as she squinted her eyes, trying to look at the new couple better. Kakashi and Koyuki were kissing, with Kakashi's mask pulled down. But he had his back to them and they couldn't see his face.
"This is the best location for spying. If we change now, he'll know we're here," Sasuke whispered. He didn't admit to them that he too, wanted to see Kakashi's face so badly. Though judging from Koyuki's expression when she saw it, it was something to be appreciated.
"Ugh, I want to see Sensei's face. Koyuki-nee-chan is so lucky," Naruto grumbled.
"Well... at least they're happy" Sakura said. The trio had heard and watched what happened between the two adults and they couldn't be happier for them. The three of them felt a smile form on their faces as they watched the Hokage and the queen embracing each other.
"Guess our plan succeeded after all, huh?" Naruto said.
"Mhmm," Sasuke replied. "It's not going to be easy for them in the long run, though."
"Still, at least this is enough for now, right? Kakashi-sensei is happy. Koyuki-san is happy. And it's not just them. Their relationship will strengthen the bond between Konoha and the Land of Spring" Sakura said. Naruto and Sasuke nodded in agreement. "Oh, and by the way, you two owe me 200.000 Ryo." The two boys looked over at her in shock. "The bet remember? My candidate wins so you have to pay me."
"I thought the bet's already over!" Naruto exclaimed.
"Keep your voice down Naruto, or they'll hear us. No, I don't remember we deciding the bet's over."
"I was hoping you forgot," Sasuke mumbled under his breath.
"Can we just forget about it in honor of Sensei's happiness? I mean look at him. Isn't watching him happy is enough of a reward?" Naruto reasoned.
"Nice try Naruto. But no, I also want a physical reward in a form of shopping money. So I'll be waiting for my reward from you guys," Sakura said in a sing-song tone.
"Can Sasuke and I share? 100.000 Ryo each?" Naruto grinned pleadingly.
"Nope. 200.000 Ryo for each of you, which makes it 400.000 Ryo for me."
Naruto and Sasuke groaned.
Kakashi held back a sigh from his place at the picnic blanket with Koyuki. No matter how much they tried to keep quiet, he could still hear them. Stupid brats. I can hear all the things you said.
He made a mental note to punish them for making a bet about his love life later...
"Kakashi?" He turned back to look at the beautiful woman, who was resting in the crook of his arm, smiling lovingly at him.
Then again, he guessed he could let them go for now. After all, they did help him in getting himself a woman.
That my friends, is the end of this story. Thank you for reading and reviewing. I hope you enjoy this fanction. See you!