Well you guys asked for it, so here is another chapter for you. I wanted to thank everyone who reviewed, follow/favorited, and PM'd me ideas and feedback for this story. All your support is greatly appreciated. So with that out of the way let's get to the fic.
Naruto wore a massive fox like grin as he walked into the Hokage Tower. He greeted everyone he passed with a smile and wave, which surprised everyone greatly. They were used to seeing Naruto being overly serious and stern.
"What the hell has him so happy?" Whispered a random chunnin to the man next him.
"Don't know, maybe he just got laid or something?" The man whispered back as Naruto passed them.
"Hmm you might be right." The chunnin said as Naruto practically skipped up the stairs towards his office.
Naruto was humming to himself as he opened the door to his office. But when he walked inside, he saw a rather annoyed Shikamaru holding his Kage Bunshin by the collar.
"Care to explain why a Kage Bunshin was here instead of you?" Shikamaru asked in a lazy tone.
"I just needed to step out for a second to get some fresh air." Naruto said as sauntered over his desk, his grin never leaving his face.
Quickly dispelling the Kage Bunshin, Naruto sat down in his chair. When Shikamaru eyed Naruto, he noticed his relaxed posture, happy tone, and the stupid grin that wouldn't leave his face.
"Something happen while you stepped out?" Shikamaru asked, causing Naruto's happy visage to falter momentarily.
"U-Uh no, why do you ask?" Naruto sputtered out as he pretended to look over a stack of papers.
"You just seemed more relaxed and happy when you walked in, plus that grin on your face was a dead giveaway." Shikamaru said as he sat in a chair in front of Naruto's desk.
"I don't know what you're talking about." Naruto said as he started to get nervous.
"Naruto I know when you're lying. I'm your advisor, if something is going on I need to know." Shikamaru said, making Naruto bite his lip as he thought of what to do.
"Oi, Kurama!" Naruto frantically thought, trying to get the fox's attention.
"What do you want gaki?" Kurama's sleepy voice replied.
"What should I do?"
"What are you on about?"
"Have you been paying attention at all?!"
"Not really, I kinda zoned out after you left the pink haired girl's home."
"Ugh! I wanted to ask you if I should tell Shikamaru or not?"
Kurama brought a giant paw up and scratched his chin as he thought.
"Well! What should I do!? I'm really starting to freak out here!"
"Calm down gaki!," Kurama roared making Naruto stop instantly. "Now I think you should tell him."
"Yes, like Shikamaru said he is your advisor. He is also the smartest person in the village. So he can give you good advice on what to do."
"Thanks Kurama!" Naruto said in happy tone.
"Yeah whatever gaki, just don't bother me for a while." Kurama said as he rested his head back down and closed his eyes.
This entire conversation happened within the span of five seconds. But Shikamaru knew that Naruto was talking to the fox. Shikamaru had started to pick up on all the signs. Like how Naruto's eyes zoned out for a moment, his jaw loosened, and his breathing became very slow.
"You were talking with the fox just now, weren't you?" Shikamaru asked when he saw Naruto's eyes refocus.
"His name is Kurama, and yes I was speaking with him." Naruto said in an irritated tone.
"Fine, what did Kurama have to say." Shikamaru drawled out.
"He said that I should tell you." Naruto said as he looked down at his desk.
"Well let's hear it."
Just as Naruto was about to open his mouth, the door to his office burst open. Standing in the doorway was Moegi and Udon.
"Nanadaime-sama, we have another problem!" Moegi said in a panicked tone.
Naruto sighed as he stood up.
"It's Bolt again, isn't it?"
"Uh, yes it is sir," Udon said.
"Fine I'll take care of it." Naruto said as he started to walk towards the window.
But just when he was about to jump out, he felt someone grab his arm. Naruto turned his head to see Shikamaru grabbing his right arm.
"When you get back we are discussing what happened." Shikamaru said in a low tone.
Naruto simply nodded before he jumped out of the window to find his son.
On the other side of the village Boruto Uzumaki, or Bolt as many people called him, had just finished painting over a dozen buildings. He stood back and admired his work with a grin on his face.
"Dad is sure to notice me now." Bolt said in a hopeful tone. "If this doesn't work, I don't know what else to do."
Across the street Sarada Uchiha watched Bolt from behind a wall.
"Dammit Bolt, you're really gonna get it this time." Sarada said to herself, as she looked at the mess that Bolt had created.
As if on cue Naruto appeared behind his son and grabbed him by the collar.
"Bolt how many times have I told you to stop doing shit like this." Naruto said as he hoisted his son into the air. "Now you're gonna clean all of this up, then you're grounded for a week."
"Can you at least help me clean, dad?" Bolt asked with a glimmer of hope.
"No, I have to get back to work." Naruto said dashing all of Bolt's hope.
"B-But?" Bolt said as tears welled up in his eyes.
"Get to it!" Naruto yelled making Bolt step back in fear.
"Fine!" Bolt said as he gave his father a glare, before he turned around.
"*Sigh* What am I gonna do with that kid?" Naruto asked himself as he turned to leave, but something stopped him.
Instead of heading back to work, Naruto actually stopped to look at what Bolt had done. What Naruto saw shocked him to the core. Splattered in bright red paint across over a dozen buildings, were numerous phrases. All of them were about him, and all of them were unflattering and rude. But the one that hit Naruto the hardest was the largest one in the middle. It read, "Naruto Uzumaki World's Shittiest Father!"
Naruto's breath hitched when he saw this.
"Kami, it's just like I used to do," Naruto thought as he began to tremble. "How long has he felt like this? Have I truly been neglecting him this badly? Kami I really am a shitty father."
Naruto watched his son walk over, and start to wash off the paint. He felt a pain in his chest when he saw Bolt's sullen mood.
"I have to make this up to him, I have to start giving him more attention." Naruto thought as he started to walk towards Bolt.
As Bolt started to wash away the paint, he felt a presence behind him. He turned his head to see his father standing behind him.
"What do you want now?" Bolt spat as he started to clean again.
"I-I wanted to help you clean." Naruto said calmly as he picked up a sponge and started to help his son clean.
"W-What? I thought you had to get back to work." Bolt said in utter shock.
"They won't mind if I'm a little late," Naruto said as he flashed his son a smile. "Now if we hurry up I'll take you to get some ramen before I have to head back to work."
"R-Really!?" Bolt exclaimed as tears threatened to fall from his eyes.
"Of course, Bolt." Naruto said as he placed his hand on his son's shoulder. "And I'm so sorry that I made you feel neglected. I love you Bolt, don't you ever forget that."
Bolt looked into his father's eyes and saw that he wasn't lying. The tears that had been threatening to fall, finally started to pour from Bolt's eyes. The young boy quickly hugged his father's waist and started to cry into his orange jacket.
Naruto smiled as he hugged his son closer.
"Don't you worry Bolt, I'll never let you feel like this again." Naruto said as a few tears escaped his eyes as well.
After a few minutes Bolt had finally settled down. Both father and son started to clean up the paint on the walls. Several people stopped and wondered why the Hokage was cleaning paint off of the walls.
Sarada watched the scene with extreme interest. She had expected the Hokage to yell at Bolt, then immediately return tower. But she was shocked to see the Hokage walk back up to Bolt, and start to help him clean. Whatever the Hokage said effected Bolt greatly, and Sarada was surprised to see the boy hug his father and cry.
"Well we're finally done." Naruto said after almost a half-hour of cleaning.
Naruto turned to his son, but he was surprised to see that Bolt looked extremely nervous.
"What is it son?" Naruto asked suddenly concerned.
Bolt looked down at the ground as he rubbed his arm nervously.
"A-Are we still gonna get ramen?" Bolt asked shyly.
"Of course we are, I promised you we would didn't I!" Naruto said with a fox-like grin.
Bolt's eyes lit up when he heard this.
Naruto laughed as he watched his son take off down the road towards Ichiraku. But before Naruto started to follow Bolt, he turned around suddenly. He wasn't surprised when he heard a small 'eep' from around the corner.
"Sarada-chan would you like to join us?" Naruto called out, making Sarada's heart beat faster.
"How did he know I was watching?" Sarada asked herself.
Sarada nearly jumped out of her skin when she felt a hand on her shoulder. She turned to see the Hokage smiling at her.
"So what do you say, do you want to join me and Bolt?" Naruto asked the surprised girl.
"H-How did you know that I was watching you guys?" Sarada asked in shock.
"I sensed your chakra." Naruto simply explained.
"I'm sorry for spying on you Hokage-sama." Sarada said suddenly.
"Oh don't worry about it Sarada-chan," Naruto said as he flashed her a smile. "And you can call me Naruto, your mom and I are good friends."
"O-Okay...Naruto." Sarada said nervously as she looked at the Hokage.
"So do you want come with us?"
"I-I don't know, I should probably be heading home." Sarada said as she started to fidget.
Naruto smiled as he watched the girl. He knew a way to make her join them.
"Sarada-chan I know that you like Bolt." Naruto said with a knowing smile.
"W-WHAT!?" Sarada screamed as her face turned bright red.
"It's really obvious Sarada-chan, and this would be a good way for you to get to know Bolt better."
"Uh...but...uh..." Sarada started to sputter uncontrollably as her face turned even redder.
"Come on." Naruto said as he took Sarada's hand and started to lead her towards Ichiraku.
Sarada didn't fight as the Hokage led her through the village streets.
Near Ichiraku, Sakura was standing in front of the Yamanaka Flower Shop. Ino had taken the shop over after her parents retired. Sakura hadn't spoken with Ino in a long time. They both had families, so they rarely had time just for them to hang out. Taking a deep breath Sakura walked inside the flower shop.
Walking inside, Sakura was immediately hit by the aroma of dozens of fresh flowers. She quickly spotted Ino behind the counter, lazily flipping through a magazine with a bored expression on her face.
Ino Yamanaka let out a sigh when she heard the bell on the door ring.
"Ugh Kami I really don't want to deal with any customers right now." Ino thought as she closed her magazine.
Ino plastered on a fake smile, as she prepared to greet her customer.
"Welcome to the Yamanaka...Forehead!" Ino exclaimed in a surprised tone when she saw her pink-haired friend.
"Hey, Ino-pig!" Sakura said happily as she walked up to the counter.
They both quickly leaned over the counter and hugged each other.
"It's so good to see you." Ino said as she hugged Sakura tightly.
"It's great to see you too, it's been too long." Sakura said as she returned the hug.
"So to what are you doing here?" Ino asked as they separated.
"I came to talk to you."
"Oh, you came to gossip!" Ino exclaimed happily.
"No, no Ino I have something really important to talk with to you about." Sakura said in a serious tone.
"Oh, okay Sakura," Ino said surprised by her friends sudden seriousness. "What did you want to talk about?"
"Can we do this in private?"
"Uh, sure thing," Ino said as she walked over to the entrance, and flipped the open sign to closed. "Okay follow me."
Ino quickly lead Sakura into a back room filled with various seeds and other planting materials. Pulling out a couple chairs they both sat down.
"So what did you want to talk about?" Ino asked as she got comfortable.
Sakura took a deep breath before she spoke.
"What if I told you that I made a big mistake when I married Sasuke?" Sakura said making Ino's eye widen.
"What are you talking about Sakura?" Ino asked in a confused tone.
"I'm saying that I should have never married Sasuke." Sakura said firmly and without hesitation.
"I thought that you loved him." Ino asked still in shock.
"I never really loved Sasuke, my feelings for him were just a simple crush. I care for Sasuke, he's like a brother to me, but he's not the man that I love."
"Then who do you love Sakura?" Ino asked her interest piqued.
"Well he's tall, has blonde hair, amazing blue eyes, a beaming smile, and cute whisker marks on his cheeks." Sakura said with a massive blush on her face.
Ino suddenly gasped when she realized who Sakura was talking about.
"You're talking about Naruto, aren't you!?" Ino exclaimed, wide eyed.
Sakura simply nodded.
"Wow, when did this happen? When did you realize you loved Naruto?" Ino asked, making a small smile cross Sakura's face.
"I think I've always liked Naruto. When we were little, I always loved his pranks and crazy antics. But I pretended to not like them, because I wanted to impress Sasuke. Then when we formed Team 7, and I got to know the real Naruto we quickly became friends. He'd always compliment me, and ask me out on dates. Plus he was always risking his life to save me. Naruto just makes me feel so special, I feel like I'm safe with him." Sakura said as she started to remember all the time she has spent with Naruto. "I realized I loved him after he returned from his training trip with Jiraiya-sama. I missed him so much while he was gone. Then when he returned I was so happy, I can't even describe it. Then one day while I was in my room it hit me like a punch from Tsunade-shishou. I was in love with the blonde baka."
"Then if you always liked Naruto, why did you chase after Sasuke when we were younger?" Ino asked, making Sakura let out a long sigh.
"You know better than anyone, that I wasn't the most confident person when I was younger. I felt that if I went after Sasuke, that I would fit in better. Sasuke was the guy that almost every girl was pining after, so I just followed the crowd so that I wouldn't be an outcast." Sakura said as a look of shame crossed her face. "Kami I was so stupid back then."
"But why didn't you chase after Naruto, after you realized you loved him?" Again Sakura sighed as she firmly gripped her pant legs.
"At first I honestly had no idea how to act on my feelings. Naruto and I were so close, and I didn't want to ruin our relationship. But then everything changed when Pein attacked the village," Sakura clenched her teeth when she remembered that day. "When I saw Hinata declare her love for Naruto, then risk her life to protect him, I felt like I didn't deserve Naruto's love. I thought that Hinata was so much better for Naruto than me. So I decided to force my feelings for Naruto aside, and push Hinata and him together. I figured as long as Naruto was happy that I would be happy."
Tears started to fall from Sakura's eyes, as she hid her face in her hands.
"Kami it hurt so bad, Ino. To see them together, to see him happy with her and not me." Sakura sobbed out as Ino leaned forward and hugged her.
"Shh, shh it's alright Sakura." Ino said as she comforted her friend.
"I just wish that I would have told him before Hinata got to him." Sakura said through her tears.
"I know, I know." Ino said as she tightened the embrace.
After a few minutes Sakura had managed to calm down.
"So what are you gonna do now? Naruto is with Hinata, and they have a family together." Ino asked causing Sakura to perk up.
"That's actually why I'm here," Sakura said, making Ino raise an eyebrow. "I spoke with Naruto earlier today, and we had a very 'revealing' conversation."
"What did you guys talk about?" Ino asked, her interest piqued again.
"He told me that he still loves me," Ino's jaw dropped when she heard this. "Naruto told me that he made a mistake when he married Hinata. He told me that he never truly loved her, and that he has never stopped loving me."
"S-So what did you say to him?" Ino asked in complete shock.
"I told him that I loved him. T-Then...then we kissed." Sakura said, making Ino gasp. "He wants me to meet him in his office tonight at midnight."
"W-What are you gonna do?"
"That's why I came to talk with you, Ino. I wanted to ask you what you think."
Ino sat silently for a few moments as she thought.
"I think that you should do it." Ino said, surprising Sakura.
"You both seem unhappy with your relationships, and like you said both of you apparently love each other," Ino said, making a smile appear on Sakura's face. "But! You will have to split things off with Sasuke, and he'll have to end his relationship with Hinata. You both can't be sneaking around while your still married, that would hurt his public image. When Sasuke returns, you'll have to end things with him."
"Yeah, that's what I was thinking." Sakura said as in a depressed tone.
"Then there's the kids." Ino said with a sigh.
"I will not allow Sasuke to take Sarada." Sakura said firmly. "He has barely been in her life, and she hardly knows her father. I will allow him to see her, but Sarada is staying with me."
"Okay, I can understand that. But what about Naruto and Hinata's kids?"
"I don't know what will happen with them. But I feel like Bolt will want to stay with Naruto, Himawari seems likes a mama's girl so she'll probably stay with Hinata." Sakura said as she cupped her chin.
"I think you're right with that one."
"Ino what would you do if you were in my position?" Sakura asked surprising Ino.
"Hmm," Ino said as an image of Shikamaru flashed in her head. "I would probably be doing the same thing you are."
"Really?" Sakura asked in a surprised tone.
"Yeah, don't get me wrong. I love Sai, he's a great guy and we have a wonderful family. But if I was given the chance to go back and do things differently, I wouldn't hesitate." Ino said with a sad smile.
"It's Shikamaru, isn't it?" Sakura asked mirroring Ino's smile.
"Yeah," Ino said before she chuckled. "I guess I was a little slow on the draw, and Temari beat me to him."
"I know how you feel." Sakura said before they both burst out laughing.
"Thank Ino-pig." Sakura said as she hugged Ino again.
"No problem Forehead," Ino said with a smile. "Now go get ready, you have to woo your man tonight."
"You're right," Sakura said as she stood and walked out of the back room. But before she exited the shop she saw Bolt run past the flower shop. However what shocked Sakura was when she saw Naruto walk past the shop with Sarada in tow. Her daughter looked like she was having a conversation with the Hokage.
"Looks like Naruto is already making a good impression on her." Ino said as she came up behind Sakura.
"Yeah, he really is." Sakura said with a massive smile on her face, as she watched Naruto lead both children into the Ichiraku ramen stand.
"Aah that was good!" Naruto exclaimed as he lead the children out of Ichiraku.
"Yeah, that was delicious!" Bolt said as he walked beside his father.
"It was pretty good." Sarada said with a small smile on her face.
"What! It wasn't pretty good, it was amazing!" Bolt yelled out as he turned to Sarada.
"I've had better." Sarada said she turned her head.
"You take that back!" Bolt exclaimed, making Naruto chuckle.
"Alright you two play nice, I have to head back to work." Naruto said as he adjusted his cloak.
"Okay dad, I'll see you later." Bolt said with a smile.
"I'm sorry Bolt, but I have to work late tonight." Naruto said making Bolt's head drop.
"Oh, alright." Bolt said in sad tone.
"Hey cheer up, how about I pick you up after school tomorrow. Then we can go do something, just me and you." Naruto said, flashing his son a grin.
"Sure buddy, it's a promise," Naruto said as he ruffled Bolt's hair. "Now I gotta go."
With that Naruto Shunshined away.
Bolt looked at the Hokage tower with a massive smile on his face. When Bolt turned around, he saw Sarada still standing behind him.
"Soooo do you wanna hang out?" Bolt said giving Sarada a smile.
"O-Okay," Sarada replied shyly.
"Come on, let's get everyone together so we can play!" With that Bolt grabbed Sarada's hand and started running through the streets.
Bolt never noticed the massive blush adorning Sarada's face.
When Naruto climbed through the window into his office, he saw Shikamaru asleep in a chair. Grinning mischievously, Naruto snuck up on Shikamaru. Just when Naruto was about to pull the chair out from under Shikamaru, he found that he couldn't move. He looked down and saw that Shikamaru's shadow had connected to his.
"You're not very stealthy, Naruto." Shikamaru said with his eyes still closed.
"Dammit Shikamaru, you're no fun." Naruto said with a pout.
"Care to explain what took you so long?" Shikamaru said as he released Naruto.
"It was family emergency." Naruto said as he sat down in his chair.
"So eating at Ichiraku counts as a family emergency now?" Shikamaru said lazily as he slumped in his chair.
"Hey! I was trying to bond with my kid!" Naruto said slightly offended.
"And Sakura's daughter too." Shikamaru quickly fired back.
Naruto was frozen place when he heard this.
"Care to explain what's going on Naruto?"
"Why do you have to be so damn smart, Shikamaru?" Naruto said with a chuckle.
"I'm your advisor, so I have to be able to pick up on little things. Now spill it!" Shikamaru said taking a forceful tone that surprised Naruto.
"Alright, alright jeez," Naruto said defensively. "I shouldn't have married Hinata."
"Come again." Shikamaru said as he raised an eyebrow.
"I made a huge mistake when I married Hinata. I never truly loved her, my heart still belongs to Sakura." Naruto said as he closed his eyes.
"But Sakura is married to Sasuke." Shikamaru said pointing out that obvious fact.
"I know, but she doesn't love him." This revelation shocked Shikamaru, but he kept his calm composure.
"How do you know this?"
"I spoke with her earlier," Naruto said as he opened his eyes. "We talked for a bit, and I found out that she loves me."
Shikamaru's calm composure fell apart as his eyes widened.
"Did anything happen between you two?" Shikamaru asked, fearing that they might have done something already.
"We kissed, but nothing more. But I am meeting Sakura tonight." Naruto said as he remembered Sakura's lips on his own.
"I see," Shikamaru said as he sighed. "You do know that you'll have to end things with Hinata, and she'll have to end things with Sasuke if you want to continue this. Because it will severely hurt your image if you're caught with Sakura, while you're both still married."
"I know that, but I know that Sakura will end things with Sasuke when he returns. I just know she will," Naruto firmly stated.
"What about the kids?" Shikamaru asked, making Naruto sigh.
"I know that Sakura will want to keep Sarada, and she'll fight for her too. As for Bolt and Himawari, I don't know. I love both my kids, but I just started to reconnect with Bolt so I really don't want to leave him. Himawari on the other hand has always been closer to Hinata, and I feel like she'd be happier with her. I'll leave who the kids stay with up to them. If Bolt wants to stay with Hinata, and Himawari wants to stay with me that's fine. I just want them to be happy." Naruto said in a sad tone.
"So you'll end things with Hinata?" Shikamaru asked, making Naruto frown.
"Yes I will, as soon as Sasuke returns. But I'm not really looking forward it." Naruto said as he pictured Hinata's saddened face.
"Alright, but be careful Naruto. You're walking on very shaky ground right now." Shikamaru said as he stood up.
"Thanks for being so understanding Shikamaru." Naruto said with a smile.
"Hey I'm your advisor right. It's my job to give you advice and make sure you make the right decisions. And you being unhappy and stressed at home would have eventually led to you making bad calls." Shikamaru said as he opened the door. "Just remember what I said, be careful."
"I will, and thanks again!" Naruto called out as Shikamaru started to walk out the door.
"Sometimes you're too troublesome, Naruto." Shikamaru said with a smirk as he closed the door behind him.
"Alright!" Naruto said as he looked at the paperwork in front of him. "As soon as I get this done, I can prepare for my meeting with Sakura-chan." Naruto grinned as he formed a hand sign. "Kage Bunshin no Jutsu!"
The room was suddenly filled with smoke, as four clones appeared.
"Alright guys, the sooner we finish this shit, the sooner we can get ready for Sakura-chan!"
All the clones let out a cheer as they started to quickly fill out the paperwork.
And done, that's another chapter down. Alright before anyone get mad at me, no I don't dislike ShikaTema. In fact I love that pairing, and it's one of the only ones that made sense in the end. But I've always loved ShikaIno, and plus SaiIno is just a random pairing. So what did you guys think. Love it? Hate it? Please let me know. Remember to follow/favorite, PLEASE REVIEW, and PM any ideas you have for this story. The steamy stuff will happen next chapter, so look forward to that.
Also I wanted ask. After Naruto and Sakura split up with Hinata and Sasuke, should I pair them with anyone. Should I make SasuKarin, SasuHina, KibaHina, or should I leave them both single. Let me know what you guys think.
So until next time, I'm outta here.