Sasuke breathed heavily as he held his pounding head in his hand. "Damn nightmare," he complained under his breath. He pushed the covers off of himself, looked out the window, and shuddered. Rain pummeled the glass and lightning arced across the night sky, followed by a deafening clap of thunder. Just at that moment, a dark shape appeared at the window. His eyes widened, and his breath caught in his throat. Then the figure knocked.
Sasuke visibly relaxed, turned on a lamp, and opened the window. Naruto hopped through the window and Sasuke quickly closed it. "Dammit, Naruto! I was sleeping!" he growled.
Naruto grinned nervously. "I know. Gomen. But I couldn't sleep, and I'm out of ramen," he said sheepishly.
Sasuke rolled his eyes and sighed loudly at the ceiling. He pointed toward the kitchen. "Far right cabinet, top shelf, behind the rice."
Naruto smiled. "Thanks!" he said before heading for the kitchen. He returned a few minutes later with five cups ramen in his arms. "Thanks again, Sasuke! You're a pal!" he said as he started to open the window.
Sasuke looked at his friend's soaking wet clothes and hair. "Wait...Go eat it in the kitchen. You can wait out the storm here."
Naruto grinned and shut the window. "Thanks!"
"Yeah, yeah. Just don't wake me up when you leave. And get a towel. You're dripping water everywhere," Sasuke instructed before getting back into bed and shutting off the lamp.
Naruto sat down with his latest cup of ramen and began to eat. As he finished up the last one, he heard a yell from Sasuke's room. He jumped up and ran to his brother. He saw him tossing his head from side to side, his hair damp with sweat. "A nightmare?" he concluded. "Sasuke? Sasuke, wake up!" he said as he gently shook him.
Suddenly Sasuke's eyes snapped open. "HOW COULD YOU?" he roared as he grabbed Naruto by the throat and threw him to the floor. He then jumped on top of him and pulled back his fist in preparation for a punch.
"SASUKE!" Naruto yelled in an attempt to snap him out of it.
Sasuke froze mid-punch, his eyes wide with shock. "N...Naruto?"
"Who'd ya think it was, Teme?!" Naruto replied as he rubbed his sore larynx.
Sasuke sat down on the floor. "G...Gomen."
"That must've been one hell of a nightmare," Naruto said hoarsely. "What was it about?"
Sasuke froze for a second. There was no way in hell he was going to tell Naruto that he had replaced Itachi in his nightmare. "Um, just, Itachi," he said, hoping Naruto would buy it.
"Oh..." Naruto yawned. "Well I hope ya don't mind, but I don't think I'll be waking you up from your nightmares anymore," he said with a bemused smile.
Sasuke faked his usual smirk. "Hmf."
Naruto noticed it seemed quieter than it had been when he'd first arrived and looked out the window. "Well," He sneezed, "looks like the storm's done." Another sneeze.
"You really are an idiot. You caught a cold from being out in the rain," Sasuke said with a frown.
Naruto wiped his nose and made a reassuring hand wave. "Nah. Somebody must be talkin' about me. I've never been sick a day in my life."
Naruto smiled. "Nope."
"Okay then. See you later," Sasuke yawned as he crawled back into bed.
Naruto opened the window. "Ja!" he said and disappeared into the night.
Naruto sat up and then fell straight back down to the bed. His head felt like it weighed twenty pounds. "What the hell is the matter with me?" he groaned. He rolled out of bed, got dressed, and headed downstairs to breakfast.
Tsunade heard Naruto's footsteps and looked up. "Ohayo..." she noticed her son looked a little pale, "...Naruto?"
"Ohayo, Kaa-san," Naruto mumbled as he slumped into his seat.
Tsunade was instantly concerned. She got up and put a hand on Naruto's forehead. It was extremely hot. "You're burning up!"
"I'm not sick," Naruto replied as he sniffed.
"Yeah, right," Tsunade said. "You're not training today."
Naruto glared at her. "I told you, I'm fine!" he said. Just to prove his point, he stood and began performing some taijutsu moves. "Look!" At the end of his demonstration, he passed out and fell to the floor.
"Naruto!" Tsunade said loudly as she dropped to the floor by her son. She put two fingers to his neck and breathed a sigh of relief. She noticed Nabiki walking by. "Nabiki."
"Hai?" Nabiki replied as she stopped mid-step. When she saw Naruto on the floor her eyes widened. "Naruto-kun!"
Tsunade held up a hand to stave off Nabiki's oncoming panic attack. "He's just sick. Please inform Sakura and Sasuke that he won't be practicing with them today," Tsunade instructed as she scooped up Naruto into her arms.
Nabiki still looked concerned but bowed anyway. "Hai, Tsunade-sama," she said before disappearing in a puff of smoke.
Naruto groaned and opened his eyes. As his vision became clear he saw Tsunade sitting in a chair in front of him. "Ohayo," was the only thing he could think of to say.
Tsunade smiled. "You gave me a little scare there, kiddo," she said just before ruffling his hair slightly.