"Ya know, Sasuke, I thank you every day for what you did." Naruto said as he stood at the grave where the last Uchiha was buried. The once disturbed soil was covered in grass, and the once shimmering sword was dull and splotched with rust. Naruto looked at the blade with somber yet satisfied eyes and lowered his head while scratching his jaw. A scruffy sound was made as his fingers brushed the beard on his face. A comfortable silence surrounded the lone man as he stared at the equally rusty headband.

"I know that I visit you often to tell ya how it's going, but today it's different." He paused and a smile formed on his face.

"Ya see, I'm gonna be a father. Hinata's pregnant with our first."

He practically glowed with enthusiasm while he spoke to the grave. "I came here to tell you that I'm gonna name him after you." He said as he looked skyward. He stared at the white clouds above for a moment, before he spoke again.

"Any objections?" He asked hesitantly. He looked left and right before letting out a sigh.

"Not even a word from you, pal?" He asked in a friendly way. The wind picked up and rustled his battlecoat.

"Idiot." Naruto could have sworn he heard the wind whisper. He swiveled his head around in an attempt to locate the source but there was not one. He chuckled at his own actions before looking back at the sword.

"Thanks, for everything." He said as he turned his back to the grave. "Now, if you'll excuse me, I have an inauguration to attend." The wind picked up even more, and his spiky hair swayed with the blades of grass. He took a step before halting his stride. He looked back at the grave one last time.

"You can expect me to bring Sasuke to come see you, when he's old enough." Naruto said as he waved at the memorial.