Colors of Life and Death

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Into the Fire

Naruto yawned, sat up and scratched the back of his neck. "Damn. What time is it?" he thought as he turned his head toward the clock. "Eight-o-clock already?" He put on his indoor slippers and shuffled off to the bathroom.


As he gazed into the mirror he studied his looks. "I wonder what I'd look like with a ponytail?" he thought as he pulled back the hair that was hanging down at the nape of his neck.

A knock sounded on Naruto's bedroom door. "Naruto-kun! Breakfast!" yelled Nabiki's voice.

"Hai!" Naruto yelled back through the closed bathroom door. After he'd finished his morning routine he got dressed and headed downstairs.


As Izumi handed Naruto his bowl of breakfast-themed ramen he looked up at Tsunade. "Neh, Baa-chan?" 

Tsunade flinched at the use of Naruto's nickname for her but realized that it would probably take a while for him to stop using it completely. "Mm?"

"Do you think I'd look good with a ponytail?"

Tsunade choked a bit on her bite of sausage. "What brought that on?" she asked.

Naruto shrugged. "I dunno. Maybe a new look to go with the new voice?"

"Hmmm. You know what? I say go for it. I think it'll look nice," Tsunade answered with a wide smile.

Naruto smiled and slurped up some of his ramen. I better just go ahead and tell her. If Hinata and me just show up holding hands it'll be ten times worse," he thought. After a few mouthfuls, he put his chopsticks on the table. "Baa-ch...Kaasan, if I tell you something, do you promise not to make fun of me?"

"I'll try my best," Tsunade said honestly.

Naruto took a deep breath. "I asked Hinata to be my..." For some reason, he felt too embarrassed to say the word girlfriend, so he simply put up his pinkie finger instead.

Tsunade's mouth hung open for a few seconds "Oh my God," she said with a grin as she folded her arms. "It's about damn time. I was starting to think you'd stay dense about her forever," she said with a laugh.

Naruto looked a bit irked at her comment. Dammit. I knew she couldn't resist.

"Of course she accepted," Tsunade predicted.

Naruto was still annoyed that she had laughed, but at least his mother hadn't teased him as badly as he thought she would. "Yeah," he said with a small smile.

Tsunade smiled broadly. "So..." she said with an eyebrow wiggled, "Have you kissed her yet?"

Naruto's cheeks reddened. "Baa-chaaaaan!" he yelled indignantly.

Tsunade chuckled. "Seriously though. Since you have a girlfriend now, I need to ask you a few, um...things," she said with some discomfort.

Naruto gulped. He didn't like the sound of that.

Tsunade let out a long puff of air. "I suppose there's really no easy way to do this...How much do you know about sex?"

Naruto's eyes increased in size tenfold. He also stiffened and turned bright red. "Do we...have to talk about that?" he said, barely getting the words out.

"I need to have an idea of what I'm dealing with." Tsunade sighed. "Would it be easier if I just asked you 'yes or no' questions?"

Naruto nodded his head rapidly.

"Okay. Well, you obviously know the anatomical differences between the sexes so we can skip that part. Do you know the basic way sex works?"

Naruto swallowed and nodded his head.

Tsunade visibly relaxed and sighed. "Thank God. Um...are there any questions you want to ask me?"

At the realization that the talk was much shorter than he had feared Naruto relaxed a little. After his skin had regained a bit of its normal color he spoke. "Ummm," he managed in a small voice.

Tsunade scratched her temple. "Alright then, I just have one favor to ask you. Wait until you're at least sixteen for this and please only do it with a girl you love more than life itself. Sex with someone you don't love is empty and meaningless."

Naruto seemed to consider this for a moment. "Okay," he said with a small smile.

Tsunade chuckled, partially from relief and gave the boy a hug. "Thank you." She sat back up. "Anyway, let's finish breakfast. I have some paperwork I have to get to or Shizune will never leave me alone about it," she finished with a grumble.

Naruto nodded and the two resumed eating.


Tsunade yawned and glanced up at the clock. "Hmm, ten of." She looked down at the papers on her desk. "Good thing I'm almost done with this."

As if on cue, ninjas began to come through the doors at that very moment. Naruto and company filed in after about five minutes and got in the assignment line. Just as their turn came around Hiashi barged into the office.

Tsunade stiffened. Although she respected his abilities, she had never cared for the man. "Hiashi?"

Hiashi looked over at Naruto and Hinata, who were holding hands and glared. He turned his attention back to the Fifth. "I need to speak with you on an urgent matter," he said as he walked up to the assignment table. "In private," he said in a low voice.

Tsunade cocked an eyebrow and frowned. "Alright, but make it quick. I have assignments to hand out," she informed him as she stood and gestured for him to follow her. The two walked into a small office that branched off the assignment room. Once she shut the door she sat down behind the desk at the back and waved a hand at the empty chair in front. "So...What do I owe the pleasure of this visit, Hiashi-kun?" she said in an insulting tone as Hiashi occupied the previously empty chair.

Wendy Winchester

Edited: 12.07.2019

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