I own nothing. I also extended her training by one year so she would be just a little bit older when she returned home. Because I could.
Naruko was finally returning home after three years of traveling and training with Jiraiya,and they were nearly there. The gates looming in the distance, visible over the tree tops if she jumped high enough. She could hardly contain herself as she ran ever faster towards the horizon. She wondered how things had changed over the last three years, and most importantly if Ichiraku's was still in business without her daily visit. Most of all she was excited to see her friends again, they had probably all changed a lot since her departure.
Naruko had grown and changed a lot over the three years. That isn't to say she had grown much taller, but to her dismay and Jiraiya's delight, it did mean she had grown curvier. Enough so that Jiraiya endlessly teased her about being "Foxy", but even worse was that she had to adjust her fighting style to accommodate for her chest being in the way. She had once threatened to cut them off during a PMS fuelled rage, but Jiraiya had bought her chocolate and the fox had threatened to grow them back out of spite, so she got over it. Besides, Tsunade had mentioned in a coded letter that Sakura was still incredibly flat chested, and Naruko was kind of looking forward to rubbing it in her face. Sakura used to tell Naruko she looked like a boy after all when they were kids. In all fairness, she had looked like a boy with her short hair and a baggy orange jumpsuit, but that was beside the point.
Honestly, she didn't know what to expect when she walked through those gates, but one thing was for sure, she hoped that Bushy-Brow had outgrown his green jumpsuit and the bowl cut, because there was no hope for him and Sakura-chan if he still looked like Gai-sensei. She had secretly been rooting for him since Sasuke lost his marbles and left the village. He was her best friend, and she was going to bring him home, but he was NOT boyfriend material. Sakura-chan deserved better and Rock Lee was the epitome of devotion, even if he was a little extreme. Okay, so Naruko had obsessed over this for a while. Her time editing Icha Icha and helping Jiraiya develop the storyline had opened her eyes to her potential as a matchmaker. And if there was one thing Naruko enjoyed most, it was making people she cared about uncomfortable and happy all at the same time. She intended to make Sakura-chan her first victim and set her up with the perfect man. She didn't know if she would be a good matchmaker in real life, but there was only one way to find out, and that was to hurry home and see for herself.
"Hurry up pervy-sage! The gate is just up ahead!" she called out to the man running behind her. She knew he could outpace her if he tried, he was just being lazy. She was considering running ahead of him, but he had all the paperwork so she would end up having to wait from him regardless.
"Jeez kid, I should have known you wouldn't give an old man a break. You even made me cut my research short so that we could leave early. Well, I guess there is no helping it. The sooner we get back to the village, the sooner I can get back to work." He replied. With a great heave, Jiraiya propelled himself forward and ahead of Naruko who grinned.
"That's more like it!" she shouted as she ran after him. He was definitely still outpacing her, but that speed gap was getting smaller and smaller every day. They emerged from the forest in a matter of minutes and were greeted by the site of the gate standing proudly. Two shinobi were minding the entrance like usual, and if their excited chatter was anything to go by they had recognized who they were already.
"Wow! It's really Jiraiya-sama and Naruko! We weren't expecting you for a few more days!" said one of the guards as he went through the motions of signing them in.
"I know," said Jiraiya in a dismayed voice. "but someone was in a hurry to get home." He said, side glancing at Naruko. She wasn't paying attention though, she was too busy staring through the gate and hopping from foot to foot in anticipation. One of the guards chuckled and handed her back her ID.
"Well, off you go Naruko, and welcome home." He said. Naruko was off like a shot, she ran up the first pole she came across and gazed down over her home. It looked just as she remembered, bright and busy, though perhaps there was a bit more housing in the north end. She looked to he hokage mountain and paused, Tsunade's face had been added to the cliffside. Naruko smiled softly, so maybe not everything was exactly the same, but then again neither was she. Well then, there was only one thing left to do. Inhaling deeply, Naruko held a cupped hand to her mouth.
"EVERYONE, NARUKO UZUMAKI IS BACK!" she shouted at the top of her lungs. "Ahh, yup, this really takes me back!" she said to herself. Naruko jumped down from the pole and headed in the direction of Hokage Tower, it had been too long since she had seen Baa-chan. She kept her eyes peeled for familiar faces as she made her way down the streets. To her utter delight, it was Sakura's face she saw first.
"Sakura-chan!" she shouted with a wave. Four heads turned in her direction, it looked like Sakura was with Konohamaru and his friends as well! Wow the kid had really grown!
"Naruko!?" Sakura exclaimed with wide eyes as she took her in. Konohamaru gave her the thumbs up.
"Wow Boss! You sure grew up hot, as expected of the next Hokage!" he said with a bright grin. Sakura bopped the kid on the head, but she didn't disagree.
"Naruko, wow, when do you get back?" she asked.
"Just now! I haven't even seen Baa-chan yet. Sakura-chan it's so good to see you!" said Naruko as she launched herself at the pink-haired ninja for a hug. If Naruko took a moment to notice that, yes, Sakura-chan really did have small boobs, that was no one's business but her own.
"My Naruko, you certainly… grew up." She said, not so subtly eyeing the blonde's chest. "You're still shorter than me though." She said with satisfaction. Naruko pursed her lips.
"Maybe. Only by an inch or so." She muttered. Sakura had her there, oh well, there would be many chances to one up Sakura-chan later.
"Boss! Watch this! I have perfected my sexy jutsu! The proportions are just right!" interrupted Konohamaru. Naruko watched with interest as her disciple vanished in a puff of smoke and was replaced with a voluptuous brunette woman. Sakura-chan looked shell-shocked while Naruko herself felt disappointed.
"That technique… is beneath you, Konohamaru." She said, crossing her arms. The visage disappeared and a confused Konohamaru was in its place. "I don't ever want to see you use that again." She said, sternly. Konohamaru looked downcast, but nodded anyways.
"Wow, Naruko, that is very mature of you." Said Sakura, only to be cut off by Naruko.
"Instead I want to see you work on the ULTIMATE SEXY JUTSU!" shouted Naruko as she vanished in a puff of smoke, in her wake was a harem of sexy women, naked except for the strategically placed clouds. Amidst her shock, Sakura noted that one of the girls looked almost exactly like Naruko, and one of them looked almost exactly like her. Her look-alike had the audacity to wink at her.
"DO YOU ACTUALLY HAVE NO SHAME!?" she shouted at Naruko's flying body, Sakura had sent her flying with a punch on instinct, she almost wasn't aware that she had done it. Naruko, on the other hand, was very aware, a broken jaw was hard to ignore, after all, she was so lucky she had the fox to heal her. As luck would have it she flew straight into Jiraiya, who managed to catch her, but not without skidding backward.
"Did you piss off Tsunade already?" he asked his injured student. Naruko, blinked up at him with a look of horror plastered on her face and shook her head.
"No… it was Sakura-chan. There's two of them now, pervy-sage." She whisper-yelled. Jiraiya paled as well, he predicted much pain in his immediate future.
"Come on brat, we better get to Tsunade before we make her angry too. She doesn't like to be kept waiting." He said. Naruko nodded her head and righted herself, and if she hid behind Jiraiya when they caught back up with Sakura, well… that was because Sakura-chan sacred her.
They made it to the Hokage's tower with minimal incident, other than Sakura-chan chewing her out for being immature and pulling a stunt like that after being reunited. Naruko was able to smooth things over by appealing to Sakura's vanity and promising to remove her from the harem. Which was annoying, because now she would have to modify the jutsu again. They were done arguing by the time they knocked on Tsunade's door at least.
"Enter." Said Tsunade from the other side of the door, and Naruko pushed the wooden doors open with enthusiasm.
"Yo, Baa-chan! I have returned! Believe it!" she announced as she walked into the room. Tsunade visibly perked up as the blonde and her fellow Sanin walked into the room.
"Naruko?" she said as she looked over the girl. "Well, you certainly aren't the same brat that left here three years ago, are you?" she said. Naruko grinned, between her long hair and other assets, there was no mistaking her for a boy anymore. "You grew up hot, kid." She said with an approving once over.
"Of course, was there ever any doubt?" said Naruko, posing so her side profile was in Sakura's direct line of sight. She grinned when she saw Sakura's eyebrow twitch. Yeah, that wasn't going to get boring any time soon.
"Well…" said Tsunade, and Naruko deflated a bit.
"You… you really have no faith Baa-chan." Whined Naruko. Tsunade shrugged.
"You did look like a boy when you were 12, Foxy. I almost refused to train you because I thought you were someone else." Said Jiraiya with a shrug. Sakura snickered while Naruko looked betrayed.
"Pervy-sage… you traitor. I swear I'll never use the sexy jutsu for your research again." She said. Jiraiya looked alarmed.
"Hey now, lets not make threats! How about I buy you ramen to make up for it." Said Jiraiya, trying to recover Naruko's favor. Honestly, the sexy jutsu was integral to his books recent increase of success. Tsunade was looking at both of them with a critical eye, before sighing and shaking her head.
"I don't want to know, so just shut up." She said to both of them, they simultaneously nodded their heads.
"Now, after three years of training I assume you have learned a few new tricks, brat?" Said Tsunade. Naruko grinned and nodded her head.
"You better believe it!" she said with a hand on her hip, she was proud of what she had accomplished over the last three years.
"Good. I want you to show me what you have learned. I've arranged a ninja for you to spar with." She said. Just then, there was a knock at the door and two ninja entered the room. Naruko beamed as she recognized the two.
"Hey Shikamaru, guess who is back." Said Sakura, proudly gesturing at the blonde. It took him a few moments before his eyes widened.
"Naruko?" he said, shaking his head. Behind him, Temari leaned forward in shock.
"Holy shit, I thought she was a boy…" she muttered to herself. Naruko's beaming smile disappeared as she sent the other woman a hurt look. She recovered quickly though and turned her attention to Shikamaru.
"Neh, Shikamaru, are you the ninja I'm supposed to fight?" she asked. Shikamaru shook his head.
"I don't know what you're talking about, I'm just here to drop off some reports for the Hokage." He said, holding up the papers for her to see.
"Oh… then Temari-san?" she asked. The sand-nin just shook her head, still openly staring at Naruko's chest. She'd honestly thought she was a boy…..
"No Naruko, they aren't here to fight you. Your opponent is right outside the window." Said Tsunade, looking a little resigned.
"Really? Who is it?" Naruko asked as she walked towards the open window. She braced her hands on the window ledge and leaned her head and torso outside. To her surprise Kakashi sat there, eye smiling and holding a copy of icha icha.
"Yo." He said with a small wave.
"Kakashi-sensei!" she exclaimed with delight. Kakashi opened his eye to give his student a proper hello and choked on air as his brain tried to comprehend what it was seeing. The colors certainly screamed Naruko, as the woman before him was dressed in an orange jacket and a black shirt. However, the long hair, large curves, and feminine face couldn't possibly belong to his little androgynous student.
"Naruko?" he said. Blue eyes danced with mirth as she laughed at him.
"Wow you haven't changed a bit Kaka-sensei!" she said. "Anyways, I've got a gift for you!" she exclaimed as she retreated into the Hokage's office. Kakashi followed suit and jumped up onto the window ledge, where he stayed crouching.
"Oh, for me?" he said, intrigued. Naruko nodded with a toothy grin and pulled out a book from her pouch.
"Look here Kakashi-sensei! The newest volume of Icha-Icha! It hasn't even been released to the public yet." She said, proudly. Kakashi reached out and held the book with reverence. He was honestly touched, here he was being handed new porn by a very attractive blonde, now if only the blonde woman wasn't his student (who was supposed to stay androgynous forever), everything would be perfect.
"Naruko, have I ever told you that you are my favorite student? Your sensei is so touched." He said, only to be cut off by an annoyed Tsunade.
"Honestly, man, get a hold of yourself." She griped, Kakashi eye smiled and wisely chose not to say anything more.
"Hey, are you going to be my opponent then, Kakashi-sensei?" asked Naruko.
"Ahh, yours and Sakura-chan's," he said. Naruko turned around and looked at Sakura for confirmation, and Sakura looked to Tsunade.
"Yes, I wanted to test not only the skills you have learned from Jiraiya, Naruko, but also the skills that Sakura has been learning with me." Said Tsunade. Naruko thought back to her encounter with Sakura earlier and put her hands behind her back so Kakashi could see them, and quickly signed the shinobi signal for run. Kakashi, who had been looking forward to the team 7 reunion, suddenly found himself wondering if he should be dreading the occasion instead.
"Ah, we don't need to start this test right away. Surely Naruko must still be tired from all her traveling. We can meet up tomorrow." He said, and quickly departed from the Hokage's tower. Naruko was probably just trying to mess with his head… but Kakashi had new porn to read and it was better safe than sorry. Sakura pinched the bridge of her nose and shook her head.
"He probably just wanted to read his new book." She said disapprovingly. Naruko giggled nervously and nodded her head.
"Haha, yeah, probably." She agreed, while internally congratulating herself for saving her sensei's life. If he was caught reading porn during their fight by Sakura-chan, she was probably going to turn him into a vegetable. Hopefully, her sensei was better behaved around Sakura-chan than pervy-sage was around Tsunade. At that moment, inspiration hit Naruko like lightning.
If Kakashi = Jiraiya, and Sakura = Tsunade, and Jiraiya+Tsunade = Obviously Soul Mates, then didn't Kakashi+Sakura = OTP as well? Naruko grinned and congratulated herself on her own genius, sorry Lee but it looks like Sakura-chan IS spoken for. Clearly, there had never been a better matchmaker to grace the earth! Now all she had to do was figure out a way to get her sensei and teammate together.