"Will you strip already?"

Naruto and Hinata froze, turning to look at each other. Hinata's face instantly went scarlet.

That was clearly Sakura's voice, coming from the bedroom. The door was slightly ajar, so their voices can be clearly heard from the living room.

Yesterday, Sakura mentioned that Sasuke's going to be home today, and asked Hinata if she and Naruto can come over for dinner. Sakura and Hinata will prepare food while their husbands catch up with shinobi stuff.

That's why the Uzumakis are here. It was their daughter, Sarada, who let them in. She said her dad just arrived and her mom's got 'some business to take care of'. Sarada then dragged Boruto and Himawari into her room to play.

"Really, Sakura, this isn't the time to be doing that," came Sasuke's reply.

"Of course it is! Besides, this is gonna be real quick, you know. Just put it all in and get it over with!"

Hinata's face went an even darker shade of red. Naruto can't help feeling flustered as well.

"Here, let me help you."

"Sakura, I can do it myself okay? Just...let me."


Silence. Awkward silence for Naruto and Hinata, actually.

And then came Sakura's voice again, this time sounding breathless. "Finally! Kami, Sasuke, you are so dirty!"

Sakura suddenly opened the bedroom door wide, carrying a laundry basket full of Sasuke's clothes, and still talking to her husband. "Go get cleaned up! Naruto and Hinata will be here soon." She then saw the couple, still frozen in shock, and blurted out cheerfully. "Oh, hi there, Naruto, Hinata! How long have you two been here?"

"Long enough to hear everything, Sakura-chan," Naruto mumbled.

"Huh? Oh my, Hinata, are you feeling ill? Your face is all red!" Sakura exclaimed.

"Of course she would be red! You should have closed that damn bedroom door if you're so excited to get Sasuke naked!" Naruto retorted.

"Eh? What in the world are you talking about, Naruto?"

"We heard you asking Sasuke to strip, insisting that it's gonna be quick if he would just 'put it all in and get it over with'!"

Sakura looked surprised, and then laughed so hard she was clutching her sides. "Oh, will you guys get your mind out of the gutter? I was just asking Sasuke to put his dirty clothes in the laundry basket all at once so I can wash them immediately, including the ones he was wearing. You see, the dirt and stains from missions are harder to remove after they've dried up, so it's better to wash them soon, yes?"

It was Naruto's turn to blush from embarrassment, although for an entirely different reason.