Free. A word they both flung around so carelessly. Not out of spite, but simple because they could. Jumping from building to building, they felt free. No worries in their mind as the wind blew their hair, their stomachs churning from the height, the sound of their sandals hitting the cement rooftops. They felt free.
"Yahoo!" The brunette shouted, extending his hands in the air, "Come on Naruto! You're falling behind! I'm gonna win if you keep that slow speed up!"
"Shut up Kiba! I could go faster if I wanted to ttebayo!" The blonde shouted back, kicking off the tree harder than before, flying past the brunette and farther into the treetops.
"What was that Kiba? Thought you were gonna beat me!"
Growling, the brunette kicked off the branch harder, catching up to the blonde with ease, "Don't underestimate the Inuzuka clan! We're skilled at this type of stuff!"
"Not as good as me! I can do anything I set my mind too!"
"Oh yeah? Let's see it then! Yahoo!"
Reaching the final branch, they both kicked off as hard as they could, the finish line just a few meters away, I'm gonna win! They both thought, extending their hands to grab the red ribbon, I won't lose!!
A tie. They both grabbed the ribbon in unison, pulling at it to make the other release it, "I won Naruto!"
"Won my ass, I won! You were just a few seconds behind!!
"Shikamaru!" They both called down, a brunette with tied hair spiked staring back up, "You both won. It was a tie."
"What?! That can't be right!! I won!" They both said in unison, jumping from the branch and landing infront of the Nara boy, "Maybe your eyes were too busy looking at the clouds but I'm the one who got it first!"
"Piss off Kiba! It was me!"
What a drag. Shikamaru thought, placing his hands in his pockets and turning his back, "Just face it you two. You both won." He told them flatly, walking off into the brush.
Once Shikamaru was fully gone, both boys turned towards each other, glaring each other down with ferocity, "Just give it up Kiba. I won fair and square!"
"Like hell you did Naruto! Quit being such a sore loser and just admit that I won!"
That did it. The blonde rose his fist and swung, barely grazing the brunette's hair as he ducked. Taking the initiative, the brunette charged grabbing the blonde by the waist and knocking him over, holding him down by the wrists as he straddled him, "Come on Naruto! Quit being a sore loser and just admit I won!"
"Like I'll ever admit that! It was me that won!"
Watching from afar as the two bickered, a small boy wearing a black shirt with his clan's crest on the back looked on, his face contorted in confusion, "What idiots." He scoffed, turning his back and walking off, but not before looking over his shoulder to see the two sitting down and apologizing, eyeing the blonde more , "Usuratonkachi." He said aloud, a hint of a smile pulling on his lips as he continued on his way.
"Look, let's just agree with Shikamaru and settle it as a tie."
"Fine. Whatever." The blonde spoke, still sounding sour about the whole ordeal, "I'll only forgive you on one condition!" He shouted, standing and holding up a finger towards the brunette, "What is it?"
The blonde chuckled mischievously, "You have to carry me all the way back to the academy!"
"Are you insane you blonde idiot?! I'm not doing that!" The brunette shouted, standing and shaking his fist towards Naruto, "Like hell I'm gonna carry you! What do I look like, your boyfriend?!"
"No...you're my friend. That's why I asked. But if you won't carry me that means I won! If you wanna win you gotta find me!" Naruto shouted, jumping into the trees and running off, "I can smell you Naruto! You can't hide from me!!"
A few hours after their games, both Naruto and Kiba found solace uptop the Hokage monument, resting on the fourth's head and looking into the sunset sky. "It's nice up here, isn't it?" Naruto asked, his hands behind his head, "Yeah, his nice. You feel so calm up here and you can see the whole village below us. It really makes you feel like you could do anything!"
"Yeah. Anything." Naruto said quietly, taking one hand and lightly grabbing Kiba's, the brunette intertwining their fingers together, "Kiba, we're friends right?"
"Of course we're friends."
"And we'll always be friends right?"
"Then, one day when I become Hokage, I want you to be there by my side. I want my closest friend there so that I can always be my best."
Kiba turned his head, eyes wide as he stared at Naruto, his mouth ajar, "You...You really mean that?"
"Of course ttebayo! When I'm Hokage you'll be my right hand man!"
Chuckling to himself, Kiba smiled. His eyes shining brightly in the sunset's glow, "Thank You Naruto."
A few days later all of the students stood outside while their teacher, Iruka, was explaining a traditional shinobi sparring match. Calling students names two by two, each set where asked to form the seal of confrontation before beginning. When Kiba's name was called, he quickly took to the center of the circle his opponent called right after. Quickly forming the seal, both Kiba and his opponent began. Watching from the sidelines, Naruto cheered on in his head, making sure to hide his excitement.
Ending a match with a side swipe, Kiba was declared the victor, forming the seal of reconciliation with his opponent.
Walking back over to Naruto, both shared a high five and cheers.
After the next couple of matches, Iruka called out for Naruto, the blonde's excitement bursting forth, but was quickly diminished when Sasuke's name was called. Glaring from the each end of the sparring circle both boys formed the seal, only to have the match end just as quickly as it started, Sasuke pinning Naruto down and his fist held, Naruto staring deeply into the Uchiha's eyes. I recognize those eyes. Filled with so much hate. But...those eyes aren't looking at me. It's almost if his hate isn't meant for me. "Alright! Sasuke is then winner. Now, form the seal of reconciliation."
Standing, Naruto and Sasuke continued their heavy glares, their hands extending shakily as if they were trying to hold back, only to have both grab at each other's collars, "You wanna piece of me usuratonkachi?"
"I'll kick your ass ttebayo!"
Once Iruka managed to separate the two, Naruto quickly darted off, Kiba and a certain blue haired girl following him with their eyes. Quickly darting off, Kiba knew where he was going and knew he had to follow.
Staring up at the sky, Naruto was filled with anger and resentment as well as confusion about the look in Sasuke's eyes. "Stupid Sasuke! Why does everyone like him anyway? He's just a piece of shit ttebayo! He barely even talks!!"
"Knew I'd find you here." Said a familiar voice, Naruto quickly sitting up and looking behind him, "Kiba, how'd you know where to find me?" He asked, looking away from the Inuzuka, "Because we always come here at the end of the day. But seeing as how you're upset I knew you'd be here."
"Yeah well, I don't wanna talk about it."
"Didn't say I wanted you too." Kiba told him, taking his seat next to Naruto, "I just wanted to come up here and comfort you."
"Stupid Sasuke!! He's just so cool and quiet and all the girls like him!!"
"Have you tried that?"
"I can't because no one wants to be around me. Sure I have Shikamaru, Chōji and you but everyone else always looks at me like I'm a pest. Some day when I'm Hokage everyone will look up to me and respect me!"
"Sounds like a bold dream."
"Because it's gonna happen! I will become Hokage!!"
Kiba suddenly began to chuckle, slapping his leg as he did, "That's great to hear Naruto! I know you'll become Hokage and I'm gonna be right there with you!"
"Yeah!" Naruto shouted standing, cupping his mouth and shouting outward, "You hear the Konoha?! Im gonna be Hokage someday and all of you are gonna respect and acknowledge me!! I swear it on the sunset ttebayo!!"
"Yeah! And I'm gonna be right there with him when he does!! Yahoo!!"
"Just you wait Konoha!!"
Walking the streets of Konoha, two blue haired children looked up towards the monument, one with deep onyx eyes and one with white shy eyes staring deeply at the two on the fourth's head. "Whatever. Usuratonkachi." Sasuke scoffed, smirking slightly and walking off.
"Naruto, do your best!" The other said shyly, bringing her hands to her chest and smiling largely. "I know you can do it!"