Naruto hugged his parents one last time before they boarded the plane bound for Japan. He waved as they disappeared into the terminal, reminding them to tell his grandparents hello for him. When they were finally out of sight, Naruto pulled his keys from his pocket and headed back to his car, hoping he could make it home before rush hour.

Two weeks, all to himself. He entertained the idea of throwing a party for a few moments before deciding against it. His mom's face appeared in his head, face as red as her hair with anger and a spatula in hand. Dying an early death didn't sound very fun. He didn't really have that many people he'd want to invite anyways.

A part of him wished he could've gone to Japan with his parents, he missed Kyoto, but he knew he couldn't miss that much school. So, he opted to stay home and look after the cat. And his frogs. Gamakichi and Gamatatsu couldn't be left alone for that long! They would be lonely (and so would he).

Two days later came the bad news. This coronavirus was spreading fast and it had made its way to Japan. Naruto wasn't too concerned. That is until a week later when he got worse news.

"I'm sorry, sweetheart, but we're going to be here longer than we thought. They've stopped all flights to and from Japan due to the virus," his mom said through his computer screen. "We're concerned about your grandfather's health, so it could be awhile before we can make it back to the states."

"It's okay, mom, really. I'll be fine by myself for a couple more weeks. Plus, I have Sakura. Don't worry about me. Keep me updated on grandpa's health."

"Okay, just call us if you need anything."

"Will do, mom."

"Love you."

"Love you, too."

Naruto sighed after closing his laptop. He thought about texting Sakura, but he knew that she would be busy with her internship and didn't want to bother her. He knew he should start on some homework, but just thinking about algebra bored him to death. So, he turned on the tv and set out for a night of gaming.

Naruto woke up to his phone buzzing.

"Hey, dad." He sat up, rubbing his eyes.

"Did you just wake up?"

"Uhh, no?" Naruto replied, glancing at his alarm clock displaying the time 12:57. His dad laughed. "Please don't tell mom."

"I won't, I just called to check and to give some updates."

"I'm getting kind of bored around here, now that school's been cancelled."

"Uh, yeah, speaking of school being cancelled… you remember the Uchiha family, right?"

"Yeah," Naruto grumbled. His childhood "friend" popped into his mind, that jerk.

"Well… Sasuke is studying abroad and he won't have any place to stay once the dorms are closed due to this virus, so we told Mikoto he could stay with you until this all blows over."

"You've gotta be kidding me! Sasuke?" Naruto exclaimed.

"Come on, now, Naruto, it's not that bad."

"Maybe not for you." Naruto knew he was being childish, but he couldn't help it.

"Either way, what's done is done. If you have that much of a problem with it, then you can talk to your mother about it."

A shiver went down Naruto's spine. The words, Red Hot Habanero, appeared in his mind. "Okay, okay, this is fine."

"Your mother would also like you to do some things around the house before you pick up Sasuke in a few days. I'll let her take over." There was some rustling as his dad handed the phone over to his mom.

"Hi, sweetheart, how're you holding up?" For all of her strictness, Kushina Uzumaki was the most loving mother anyone could imagine. Just hearing his mother's voice eased some of the tension in his shoulders that he didn't even realize was there.

"I'm okay, bored, tired of being alone." Naruto hadn't meant to say that, he didn't want to make his parents feel any guilt for being away.

"Well it's a good thing you're going to be having company real soon!" His mother sounded way too satisfied about Naruto's soon to be torture. "And the house can't be messy when having guests over! Make sure to vacuum, sweep, wipe down the counters, change the sheets in the guest room-"

"All right, all right, I know." Naruto flinched, preparing for a lecture.

His mother sighed. "Be good, all right? And remember to pick up Sasuke in a few days. I gave him your phone number, so you should get a text from him when he's ready."

"I will. Love you."

"Love you, too."

As soon as Naruto hung up with his parents, he dialed up Sakura. Luckily, she answered quickly.

"What do you want, Naruto?" Sakura sounded busy, but he knew she didn't mean any of the venom in her tone.

"You will never guess what my dad just told me."

"Gimme the tea, and make it quick. I have to leave for work in a little bit." It baffled Naruto how Sakura was still pushing through in times like this. To be training to be a doctor while a pandemic was happening, talk about pressure.

"I'm going to have to spend at least the next two weeks alone with Sasuke," he said.

"Wait, the Sasuke? The one you always talked about?"

"Yes, that Sasuke." Naruto flopped onto his bed, rolling over onto his back. "What am I gonna do?"

"Do you still, y'know, have feelings for him?" Sakura's voice was almost teasing.

"I don't know… it's been so long since I've even seen him. And I can't help but remember how much of a jerk he was when we were younger." Naruto groaned in frustration. "What if he got hot? I wouldn't be able to take that!"

Sakura laughed. "You'll have to keep me updated, but I have to go get ready for work."

"Okay, okay, have a good day at work."

"Thanks, Naruto."

They hung up and all Naruto had left to do was wait for Sasuke.

Naruto looked up from his xbox when he heard his phone buzz. It was a text from an unknown number, simply displaying an address. Another text came through right afterwards saying, "this is sasuke by the way". It was strange to see text messages in Japanese. It was something he usually saw in anime or when he was speaking to his family.


Naruto said goodbye to the friends he was playing with, stretched, and then grabbed his car keys, typing the address Sasuke sent him into Google Maps.

He found the dorms easily, glad that parking was free for the moment. He knocked on the door to the campus apartment where Sasuke lived, suddenly nervous. And when Sasuke opened the door, he knew his fears had come to fruition. Sasuke got hot. Really hot. Naruto felt his face redden and hoped Sasuke didn't notice.

"Well, are you just gonna stand there?" Sasuke asked. It was strange, speaking Japanese with someone other than his parents.

"Right, right!" Naruto brought a hand up to the back of his head, smiling awkwardly.

He helped Sasuke bring his things to the car and then watched as Sasuke locked his apartment door for the last time for who knew how long. All classes had been moved online, but would campus be shut down for good? Would Sasuke ever be able to move back into his campus apartment? Naruto hoped so because he wasn't sure he could stand even two weeks alone with Sasuke.

When they got into the car, Naruto plugged his phone into the aux and shuffled his music library, hoping something socially acceptable would come on.

"What the hell is this?" Sasuke asked after the first few seconds of the song and Naruto's ears burned as he pulled out of the parking spot.

"'Yes or Yes' by Twice…" Naruto mumbled. He wasn't necessarily ashamed to like kpop, but having such a cutesy song be the first to play after seeing Sasuke for the first time in years was totally uncool.

"You actually like this garbage?"

"Yes!" Naruto said indignantly. "And it's not garbage, Twice is the best kpop group to ever exist, yaknow."

Sasuke scoffed, turning his head to look out the window. "Whatever."

Man, Sasuke really got on his nerves. Insulting his music right after Naruto so generously helped him move his stuff and gave him a place to stay. What an asshole. But a hot asshole, the panicked bisexual in the back of his mind so helpfully supplied. Hot or not, Naruto didn't think he could put up with even a day of Sasuke's Twice-insulting bullshit.

Sasuke was nervous. He didn't want to show it, but he was scared when he got the email from his university that the dorms - and subsequently the on-campus apartments, like the one he was currently living in - would be closing. What was he supposed to do? Catch the next flight back to Japan? Quit his study abroad program at the drop of a hat? So, when he got the call from his mom, he wasn't exactly sure how to feel.

"Namikaze-Uzumaki? They live here?"

"Yes, Sasuke. Minato-san and Kushina-san have offered to let you stay at their house while the dorms are closed," his mother said through the skype call.

"I'll make sure to thank them when I see them."

"Actually, you won't be seeing them. They're currently in Japan as well, looking after Kushina's parents. They won't be able to make it back to the states until this virus has settled down."

"So I'll be staying at their house alone?" He asked, a little relieved he wouldn't have to relive childhood memories of Kushina scolding him and Naruto.

"No. Naruto is there, his dorms have been closed too. You two used to be so close, I'm sure you'll get along just fine now."

Sasuke groaned. He hoped Naruto wasn't as annoying as he used to be, and wasn't so insistent on being friends. Sasuke didn't need friends, he needed to study harder, train more, so he could beat his brother, so he could get the recognition for his efforts he deserved.

"Naruto will pick you up tomorrow, be good, stay safe."

"I will," Sasuke said. He'd go about his life as usual, studying and doing whatever he could to stay in shape, avoiding Naruto as much as possible.

He hit the "end call" button and got up, looking around his room. There wasn't much he had left to pack, he'd started boxing his things up as soon as the school announced that the dorms would be closing in response to COVID-19. Sasuke sighed and rubbed a hand down his face, getting ready to pack up the few things remaining in his campus apartment. He texted the number his mom gave him with his address, tacking on an "it's Sasuke" at the end.

It didn't occur to him until after he sent the text in his native language that Naruto might not know Japanese. He couldn't imagine that he'd have forgotten it, having been born in Japan and lived there for the first few years of his life, but Sasuke learned a long time ago never to underestimate Naruto's stupidity.

Naruto showed up about twenty minutes later, helping him move his stuff into his yellow Jeep. It was weird enough seeing Naruto driving at all, but his car was kind of ridiculous. And then, he heard it.

"I'm gonna make this simple for you, you have two choices. Yes or… Yes!"

No way. "What is this garbage?" Sasuke asked, knowing perfectly well what it was. Twice was huge in Japan and if he had to hear the intro to that song one more time…

Naruto turned bright red and turned it down a little. Despite seemingly being embarrassed, Naruto defended Twice more fiercely than Sasuke had thought he would.

Naruto was a better driver than Sasuke would give him credit for. He had a tendency to speed, but other than that he was pretty careful. Sasuke wondered if Naruto would ever stop shocking him. Probably not, the guy was so stupid and unpredictable that Sasuke didn't doubt that even he surprised himself.

They got stuck in some light traffic, but were soon driving into the suburbs where Naruto's parents lived, and where the two of them would be living for the foreseeable future.

It was cleaner than Sasuke expected. After all, Naruto had always been messy when they were kids. Naruto showed him in, giving him the house tour. It was a one story, but far from modest. He had forgotten that Naruto's dad ran the United States branch of Leaf Enterprises.

They moved all of Sasuke's stuff into one of the guest bedrooms and Naruto left Sasuke to unpack. An orange cat jumped onto the bed, making itself at home on the pillows he had just thrown onto the bed. Sasuke heard a chuckle from the doorway and looked up to see Naruto standing there.

"That's Kurama," he gestured to the cat. "He's always been kind of a troublemaker, so I hope you don't have too much breakable stuff."

"What do you want?"

"Are you hungry? I was thinking about making some food and figured I might as well make for two." Naruto was… kind of cute. Sasuke shooed that thought from his mind.

"Can you even cook?"

"Of course I can!" There was that blush and tone indignation again. "What makes you think I can't."

"You didn't have a very good track record when we were younger." Sasuke could think of at least five instances right now in which Naruto had attempted to make food and failed miserably. He made sure to say as much. "You should've been banned from the kitchen."

"Oh yeah? Then tell me one time I screwed up bad enough that you think I shouldn't be allowed in a kitchen!"

Sasuke crossed his arms. "You once put a can of soup in the microwave without even opening the can."

"Well, that was when we were younger and I didn't know better."

"I'm sure the fire department thought as much when they showed up to put out the microwave fire."

"Fine then. I guess I'll only make dinner for me." Naruto turned around curtly and began to walk back towards the kitchen.

Sasuke trailed after him. He was a bit hungry, but that didn't mean he trusted Naruto of all people to make something edible.

"What are you doing?" That did not look like food. In fact, Naruto was fishing something that looked very alive out of a container.

"I'm gonna feed my frogs. Wanna see 'em?"

"You have frogs?" Somehow, Sasuke wasn't surprised that Naruto had a strange pet.

"Yeah. You have to feed them live food or else they won't eat, so I went out to get my little cricket farm so I can feed them."

"Cricket farm?"

"Yeah!" Naruto held out a handful of crickets for Sasuke to see.

Sasuke cringed. "You're disgusting. But I guess I don't really have anything else to do."

Sasuke followed Naruto to his room, looking around, but trying to seem disinterested. There were a bunch of posters and pictures on the walls. The room felt very… lived in. It wasn't super messy though. In one corner on a desk, was a tank. It had a little pond and some rocks and little trees and two frogs hanging out in the tank. And oh my god Sasuke was not prepared for how cute those little frogs would be.

"Do you wanna hold one?" Naruto was already opening the tank and taking one of the frogs out. "This is Gamatatsu. He's kind of a fatty and eats a lot more food than Gamakichi."

Naruto put the frog into Sasuke's hand. It stayed still for a couple of seconds, before it started to hop up his arm. "Oh my god, what do I do? It's gonna get away!" Sasuke watched the frog travel around his hands with a mixture of fear and awe.

Naruto laughed. "What are you, scared of a little frog?"

Sasuke felt his cheeks heating up. "Some frogs are poisonous!"

"Like I'd keep poisonous frogs." Naruto took Gamatatsu back from Sasuke and stroked its little head. "These guys are harmless and so cute! How could you be scared of them?"

"I'm not scared," Sasuke scoffed. He walked out the room, throwing a "I'm gonna get some food" over his shoulder.

Naruto followed Sasuke out to the kitchen, watching with a smile as Sasuke searched the kitchen for what he wanted. "Do you even know where anything is in this kitchen?"

"No, but I'm sure I can find out."

Naruto laughed and moved further into the kitchen. He pulled out a rice maker, a pan, and some noodles. He got to cooking. Taking some meat out of the fridge while the noodles boiled. At this point, Sasuke just sat on the barstools at the island and watched Naruto cook. The kitchen was big and had an open layout, so Naruto moved around a lot while he stirred the noodles, checked on the meat simmering in the pan, and chopped up whatever vegetables he found in the fridge. He bopped along to whatever song was in his head and Sasuke found himself unable to take his eyes off of him. And whatever he was cooking smelled good.

"And, dinner is served! Stir-fried noodles and rice." Naruto slid a plate across the island to Sasuke before walking around to sit beside him.

"I'm surprised you didn't make ramen." Sasuke said, picking up a piece of meat with his chopsticks.

"I made ramen a couple of days ago, so I figured I'd make a different type of noodle today. It's boring making the same stuff all the time."

Sasuke nodded around a mouthful of noodles. "It's good."

Naruto smiled, and Sasuke thought that maybe, he could get used to this.