The last day of the spring semester was here! I was so excited and nervous about seeing my grades and rank that I actually woke up before my alarm had gone off. For a change, I was the one hurrying Sasuke for school. Itachi was there that morning, so we all sat down for breakfast together. Since I was up so early, I helped him make food and even prepared tea for all of us.
Sasuke yawned, covering his mouth, the way he normally did, before digging in. "You know grades and ranks won't be posted until after school, right?"
"Yeah, but the sooner we get there, the sooner we get through the day!" My teacher, for my extra English, class had told me she wanted to wait until the rest of my grades were out to tell me how I'd done. The woman just wanted to torture me!
Sasuke shook his head. "Dobe, classes aren't going to start early simply because we get there early."
"Gah! You know what I mean! Stop trying to spoil my mood!"
He smiled and ate in silence. Itachi, too, smiled as he ate. He was glad that Sasuke was back to his normal self, even if that normal self was an ass. That jerk was always out to spoil my mood!
Itachi dropped us off at school before heading into work. He told us to have a good day and that we'd have to walk home that afternoon. Sasuke only nodded at him. I wished him a good day before taking off after Sasuke. He yawned again as we entered the building.
"Are you almost done with your contest entry?"
Sasuke nodded. "Hn. I finished last night. I hardly slept."
"Ah! Does that mean I get to see it soon?"
"Ne, Sasuke! You better win the contest!"
There was a small smile on his face. "Hn."
We headed up into the classroom, to find it empty. Sasuke sat at his desk, not caring that the classroom was empty. We'd really gotten here early. Sasuke put his head on the desk top and circled his arms around his head to hide his face. I heard him yawn again. I figured he might have decided to take a quick nap before school started. I sat in my desk behind him and leaned my head on one arm, using the desk for support.
Outside the classroom windows I could hear students' voices getting louder and louder. More students were showing up and soon the classrooms would fill up to begin the day.
I stared at Sasuke's back. Night after night he'd worked so hard to finish his contest entry. He didn't like staying up late to get work done. The couple times I tried to put off studying until night time, he'd scolded me, telling me nights were for sleeping. I smiled at the teme. He had completely gone against his own words.
I heard students approaching and leaned forward to touch Sasuke's back. "Ne, Sasuke."
He didn't respond.
"Sasuke!" I whispered. "People are coming!"
Sasuke gave a short grunt, quickly yawned and stretched and began rummaging through his pack for his books as though we'd just gotten here ourselves.
In that moment, Sakura and Ino came in, bickering with each other. Behind them were Shikamaru and Chouji. They stopped bickering as they laid eyes on Sasuke. Both of their faces lit up and walked over to us to greet us.
"Good morning, Sasuke-kun!" they said to him.
I saw Sasuke give them a small nod.
Sakura looked my way and smiled. "Morning, Naruto!"
I grinned. "Morning, Sakura-chan!" She was so pretty!
Sakura and I talked a little about how nervous we were about seeing our grades. Ino was walking back and forth between groups of people as more students arrived. Sasuke didn't turn around to face me the entire time before classes started. He must have been struggling to stay awake. When the bell rang, the class representative made us stand and greet our teacher. Then class began.
The entire morning, I had to poke or jab Sasuke in the back to make sure he stayed awake. I'd see him start to nod off. There was one time when he swatted back at me blindly, catching my arm in the process. I grinned. I was clearly annoying him.
The bell for lunch rang. Sasuke stretched. He turned around to me, pulling out a sack from his pack. "Itachi made us bento boxes."
"Awesome! Let's go eat!"
Sasuke and I walked out of the classroom and headed to our usual spot, weary of any girls that might follow us.
"You didn't have to keep bothering me during class," Sasuke hissed as we reached the rooftop.
"Course I did! You kept almost falling asleep."
"Did too, teme!"
He rolled his eyes and sat down to eat. I sat right behind him, pushing my back against his. "You know, you always told me nights were for sleeping."
I felt him stiffen. I couldn't help but laugh at him. He didn't bother saying anything and just ate in silence. After our meal, I was going to tell him about something I'd seen on TV the night before, but when I leaned my head back over his shoulder, I saw that he was snoozing again. No wonder he'd suddenly felt heavier. I brought my head back forward and smiled. Sasuke trusted me enough to lean on me at a time like this.
The bell rang again. I gently shook him awake. He rubbed his eyes and yawned. As he traversed the hallways to get back to class, we had to weave our way around groups of students. I could see Sakura and Ino and several of our classmates loitering around outside the classroom, or sticking their heads and half their bodies out the windows, talking. Sakura spotted me and waved. I waved back.
Out of nowhere, a group of guys run past us, shoving me hard into Sasuke. I put my arms up to not completely crash into him. I ended up with my hands on either side of Sasuke's shoulders, only inches from his face. He'd moved back, pressing himself against the wall. We stared at each other for a moment in silence. He looked down and away from me. I took a step back and sheepishly laughed, scratching the back of my head. That had been awkward. Sasuke started saying something, when another group of students ran past, bumping into me, again. This time, I didn't get the chance to react. I crashed right into Sasuke.
I had silenced him.
I... I had silenced Sasuke!
I quickly took a step back. "Gah! Sasuke, I'm sorry!"
Sasuke was staring at me with wide eyes. Then, slowly, he swiped his forearm over his mouth. "You idiot! How could let something like that happen!"
"It wasn't my fault! People pushed me, dattebayo!" I yelled back, putting my hands up defensively.
"You should've put your arms out again!"
I was about to yell again, but I could hear Kiba and some of the other students laughing. The girls were mostly shocked. I turned around to see Ino and Sakura standing there like does in the middle of the road, bright lights flashing them.
Sasuke scoffed. "Dobe." He turned around and walked to the classroom. The girls wouldn't stop staring at him.
"It wasn't my fault!" I screamed, following behind him.
Kiba slapped my back. He couldn't stop laughing. I shoved him aside roughly, telling him he was a jerk. Even Shikamaru had a smile on his face. The jerk was probably trying not to laugh. Until the bell rang again, the guys wouldn't stop making fun of us. It was ridiculous.
I could feel how hot my face was. I wanted to beat every single one to a pulp. More than anything, I wanted Kiba to shut up. I couldn't look at Sasuke the rest of afternoon classes. The couple times I did look his way, I couldn't help but notice that his ears were pink.
By the time school was over, Sasuke seemed back to his self, though he still shot plenty of glares my way. He was in such a bad mood that even Sakura and Ino didn't want to go near him. Sakura kept scolding me for what had happened. Even after repeating that it hadn't been my fault, she still blamed me. Ino kept going on and on about how she couldn't believe I'd stolen Sasuke's first kiss from them.
It wasn't my fault!! It's not like I had wanted to lock lips with the guy!
It just happened!!!
I was in a pretty bad mood as well. Hell, I didn't even care about my grades anymore! This was all so stupid and ridiculous. I dreaded going home and telling Itachi what happened. He was bound to notice the shift in both our moods.
Sluggishly, I headed out into the hallway to the bulletin board to look up my grades and rank. Sasuke was already gone. Sakura walked with me, still mad.
"Honestly, Naruto, I can't believe you did that to Sasuke-kun!"
"Sakura-chan! I already explained that it wasn't my fault! I was pushed into him!"
"Doesn't matter! You better apologize to him!"
"You took away his first kiss and embarrassed him!"
I pouted it. "It was my first kiss, too, you know, dattebayo," I murmured.
Sakura finally let it drop once we reached the bulletin board. Just as we had gotten there, Sasuke was already leaving back to the classroom to get his things. He glanced my way for a moment. There was a smirk on his face. What the hell was that for?
Sakura and I looked up our names. She'd found hers no problem. I had to go to from one end of the board to another to find mine. Then, I spotted my name with the numbers next to it.
I couldn't believe what I was seeing.
I did it.
I did it!
I passed all my classes and ranked the tenth spot!
I did it!!
I ran back to the classroom, completely forgetting about what had happened only hours ago. Sasuke was gathering his things when I did a sharp turn into the room. I tackled him to the ground.
"Dobe! What are you--!" he managed to partially catch me as we both tumbled to the floor.
"Sasuke, I did it! I passed everything! I even made the top ten!!"
"You barely made it," he scoffed, trying to sit up, pushing me off.
"Who cares! I made it!" I screamed, throwing my hands up.
"All right, dobe, now get off!" he growled.
I pushed myself off and stood with a bounce. "All right, Uzumaki Naruto is invincible!"
"Quiet down, dobe, you still need to see if you passed your extra English class."
That comment made me take a pause. "Ah, yeah. You're right." Regardless, I couldn't contain my joy. I kept giggling the entire time I gathered my things and headed down to my class. Sasuke walked silently beside me.
"Ah, Uzumaki-kun, there you are. How did you do?" My teacher was standing outside the classroom, waiting for me.
I hurried over to her, telling her the great news.
"Really? Nice job! Here's your exam," she said, handing me a packet.
I pulled out my exam and looked at my grade. I couldn't believe it.
Once again, I barely failed...
My teacher gave me an apologetic smile. "I'm sorry, Uzumaki-kun. You're really getting a grasp on it, but you're still making too many simple mistakes."
I turned to face Sasuke, who was still catching up. "I guess you were right," I told him.
He bowed to the teacher and looked over my exam with me. I really had made a lot of simple mistakes. Everything I'd remembered telling Sasuke and everything he'd corrected was in there. All the small mistakes that kept holding me back. I had barely passed my other English class, but this teacher was stricter.
"I'll have to take another semester!" I complained.
My teacher smiled. "Actually, I'm allowed to make you a deal," she said.
"Do I get to take a makeup test?"
She shook her head. "No. I have been given authority for the following: If you complete your summer homework flawlessly, and pass another exam I give you at the start of the fall semester, you won't be required to take the extra class for the semester."
Sasuke and I stood there, listening. I was going to get a second chance to redeem myself!
"You mean it?" I asked eagerly.
She nodded. "Yes, but remember, the homework has to be flawless and you need to pass another exam."
"All right, don't worry about class today. Go on home." She handed me another packet, which I could assume to be my summer homework.
"Thank you so much!"
Sasuke and I bowed to her and headed out.
"You got lucky," Sasuke said.
"Yeah, I guess I did." I slid both packets into my backpack to make sure I didn't lose them.
"I can't believe you barely failed again."
"She graded more harshly than our regular teacher. I think that exam is the reason I didn't get any higher than tenth spot."
"Sasuke, I passed!" I said excitedly. "Let's go out to eat!"
He sighed. "Are we going to celebrate every time you pass something?"
"Aw come on, don't spoil it. Besides, we'll be celebrating you, too."
"Yeah, I saw your name. You got second spot!"
He didn't say anything. "So?"
"You can't tell me you're mad to have gotten second spot? I thought you said Shikamaru was smarter than you?"
"I'm not mad. For as long as I've had Nara in one of my classes, he and I always took the top two spots. This time I got second and he got first."
"Oh it changes?"
"Then, let's celebrate my ranking and the fact that you've maintained your spot!"
He shook his head and smiled a little. "Fine. Usuratonkachi."
Sasuke called Itachi to let him know where we'd be for dinner. Itachi said he'd try to catch up if he could. Sasuke and I went to his favorite restaurant. I liked the place, too. They had some really good food and their ramen was pretty good. Nothing compared to Ichiraku, but still good.
For most of waiting time, we were pretty quiet. It was getting weird. Even when we were seated Sasuke didn't say anything, preferring to look through his phone or at the menu.
"I'm sorry about earlier today."
Sasuke froze. I saw him nearly drop his phone. He turned a little pink. "I know it wasn't your fault. Just don't mention it again."
I nodded. More silence. This was killing me. "Uh, was that really your first kiss?"
He put his phone down. "What are you doing, Naruto?"
"Well, you're so quiet and you were mad at me!"
"Keep it down, dobe," he demanded. He put his phone away. "I know it wasn't your fault, Naruto. I overreacted."
"I'm still sorry," I told him.
"I know. To answer your previous question, yes, it was my first kiss. Was it yours?"
I felt pretty bashful in that moment. "Ah yeah," I answered scratching the back of my head. "That sucks, huh? Getting our first kiss from a guy."
Sasuke sighed and resumed looking at the menu. "At least it was someone I knew," he breathed.
I wanted to say something, but couldn't. I had barely heard the words; they left me a little stunned. Sasuke was more concerned with the fact that it wasn't a strange or obsessive girl that had kissed him. He was more worried about the fact that it was someone he knew. That was definitely one way of looking at it. I could have kissed Kiba by accident and that would've been even more disastrous.
There wasn't anything more to say. Sasuke and I ordered and maintained a comfortable silence. Just as we'd gotten our food, Itachi had made it. The rest of dinner conversation revolved around school and grades, and a few things about work from Itachi. Neither Sasuke nor I mentioned anything about the kiss. There was no point.
It could've been worse, right?