Hello, thar. Meinos Kaen here!
Here's the next part of Corridor of Uncertainity! Boy, had I fun writing this! Especially for what I'll put in your mind right now! This will be the first and last time I will give you a hint, so pay good attention.
Among the two choices in the new Pool, hides a Bad Ending! Mwahahahah! Will you be able to dodge it?! Enjoy! Meinos Kaen out!
Disclaimer: Naruto and all its characters, places and situations are property of Masashi Kishimoto-Sensei. Everything else is an original creation of mine.
'I'm gonna try and lose them in the crowd!' Thinking that, he made a sharp turn and dove for the innermost part of town. If Wave's economy had made that big of a jump, its market-place was surely be bustling with activity and a lot of people among which to hide and disguise himself. "... The hell?!" Unless, of course, it was the market's closing day. Which left him with a wide, empty plaza. "ARGH!" 'They're closing in!'
If they were anything like his ones, they would progressively grow bolder and bolder till the boiling point was reached. And then... "... The glomp." He whispered, not really thinking that getting glomped by buxom girls of his own age could be more enjoyable compared to being 'attacked' by developing twelve years old. 'Where to, now?!'
He picked a direction at random and dove for the corresponding street. He didn't stop nor look around. That was why, when he took a turn- "Ooff!"
"Aah!" He barreled right into someone, knocking both of them to the ground.
"I-I'm sorry, I wasn't-Tsunami-nee-san?"
"Pay more attention, will-Naruto?" The woman got back on her feet before the blonde, who took his time to look around. "I've been looking all over for you! I have-Oh." She noticed his panicked state. "Too late, then?"
"And I can't lose them because there's no market, today!" He said, shivering. The road was empty except for the two of them but he could feel a number of presences. He whined miserably. "Nee-san, help me!"
"Well, there's... Huh." An idea crept through her mind. She fought back the flush threatening to come up and say hi on her face. 'What the hell am I thinking? There's no way...' She thought about it further. Yeah, he wouldn't go with it. '... Then, I'll surprise him.' Looking at it as something playful made her more confident. She smiled. "Naruto, are they looking?"
"Y-Yes, of course they are! That's the whole-" Slender hands grabbed the sides of his face. "Problem?" The half-lidded eyes he was staring at were very nice.
She hadn't done this in a long time, but she hadn't lost her touch. Maybe he was pretty inexperienced, but that could only explain the lack of response as she locked lips. The way his whole body went stiff, his eyes wide and he stood on his tip-toes as she fisted his hair and started using tongue, deepening the kiss, could not be explained by that. Nor could it explain the way he went limp against her as she finished it, a trail of saliva briefly connecting her tongue to his lower lip. As she hugged him to herself to keep him from falling to the ground, she grinned. 'Yup. Still got it.'
She waited a few seconds, gently caressing the back of Naruto's head before whispering in his right ear. "Naruto?"
"Hmmmeah?" He was still in trance. She chuckled.
"Are they gone, now?" The mention of his stalkers made him sober up. He blinked, straightened himself and observed his surroundings.
"... Yeah." He let out, surprised. "Why did-" He flushed. "I mean, you... Uhm... That..."
"Either they think you're already taken or that you prefer older women. Maybe both." She latched on his right arm and started pulling him along. For some reason, she was in a very good mood. "Let's go back."
"... Ok." The shinobi let himself be led, still a bit shellshocked by the brief but pretty heated make-out session. Well, more like kiss he got from Tsunami since he hadn't been cooperative and makeout implies collaboration and-'I'll just stop thinking, now.'
“Hmm, sure, ruin my fun.”
“There was NOTHING fun about what transpired this morning, you damn drunkard!” Naruto shouted at point blank range at the old bridge builder, who seemed unfazed by his loudness and anger. He just shrugged his shoulders.
“Meh. Serves you right for really believing something as ludicrous as that brat being really alive when you personally buried his body.” That made Naruto pause, and wince. This didn't escape Tazuna's eyes, nor Tsunami's, sitting at the table as well. “... Or did you want to believe it true?”
“... Maybe so. I guess when you put it like that, it really does sound stupid.” 'Probably some guilt and sadness at his death that never went away.' Sitting in another chair, Naruto slumped in it, looking at the ceiling. “Man, so weird... That only leaves as an explanation someone who looks identical to Haku and that, for some reason, also leaves flowers on his tomb. Also, how did she get to know where he's buried?”
“She, Naruto?” Tsunami said with a chuckle, remembering the error of judgment regarding Haku's sex Naruto had told them about. He rolled his eyes.
“Yes, believe me. I got the iced clothes to prove it.” Tazuna snorted and Tsunami laughed. “Seriously, never thought I'd get in that kind of situation with two girls on the same day...”
“Hmm? Two?” Both Tsunami and Naruto froze as they realized just what the blonde had let transpire. The shinobi cursed his mouth. “So, one of those girls actually managed to get to you? You must be getting sloppy.” Then they both sighed in relief. Shrugging, Tazuna got up from his table and headed for the back garden. “I'm going to take a nap.”
After a couple minutes, when it was sure that Tazuna was indeed in the back garden, the two moved again. “Naruto, that was dangerous... I think dad would have an heart attack if he knew about that.”
“S-Sorry.” Naruto lowered his head, in shame. “Also, sorry I forced you to do something like that for me.”
“Forced?” Tsunami blinked, confused. Then she understood. She shook her head, smiling. “Naruto, believe me, I could have thought of something else to help you.”
“... You could have?” He blinked. “Then, why didn't you?”
“... Because I liked the idea.” That simple admission caused Naruto to go scarlet. Tsunami smirked, then put on a mock-pout and touched her right cheek with the corresponding index finger. “Or am I not pretty enough? Maybe you don't like older women?”
“N-No! You're really pretty! It's just... Huh...” The Uzumaki actually started fidgeting, unsure of what to say or where to look, which only served to amuse Tsunami more.
“Okay. Enough of that. I've got to think about lunch.” She got up, and to a more attentive eye, the volute swing of her hips as she walked would have been apparent. Naruto was too focused on what was swung around more than if it was on purpose or not. Tsunami stopped at the door and turned to him. “Teriyaki sounds good?”
“... Perfect.” Naruto answered. '… Was I actually talking about Teriyaki?'
"What a day..." In the end, he was finally able to take a bath in the large tub of Tazuna's house. "In the end, I didn’t even find Ha-That girl." After lunch he had resumed his search for the mysterious doppelganger, this time using Kage Bunshin and Henge, but his search around town had proved as fruitless as that of the moring. Although the ending was kind of nice. Blushing at the memory, Naruto brought a hand to his lips. He could feel the warmth, the wetness... The taste of lemons. 'How strange. Nee-san doesn't wear lipgloss.'
Although he had tried not to think about it, he couldn’t help but stare at the woman's lips, and sometimes other parts, all day long. A couple times he had been caught staring. Fortunately, Tsunami just smiled as a reaction, like she enjoyed the attention. "... Man, Sakura-chan would kick my ass if she knew what I was thinking right now." 'I really, really liked it even if she only did it to help me. And I'd really, really like if it happened again.' And a small part of his mind told him that the hypothesis wasn't that farfetched, since she had admitted that she did it because she liked the idea. Ergo, she liked the idea of kissing him. Ergo...
With a sigh, Naruto left the comfort of the bathtub. He had a meadow to visit, that night. 'It's the only lead I got left.' As he did, his messenger buzzed among his discarded clothes. The new message informed him that he had collected an 'Out of Season Hazel'.
"Ok. This time-Huh." As he was about to leave the house to head for the meadow, he found someone sitting on the porch. Initially he thought it was Tazuna as he laid eyes on the saucer and bottle laying nearby, but the old man didn't have black hair nor that kind of figure. A figure he had become strangely familiar with after being drawn to observe it the whole day. "Tsunami-nee-san?"
"Naruto." She called his name, without turning around. As he walked to her side, he blushed. Tsunami's nightrobe was kind of loose, leaving uncovered a shapely leg up to mid-tight and a good amount of cleavage. She was smiling, her cheeks flushed. She had been drinking, it seemed. She chuckled, noticing his staring. He had been doing that a lot, that day. She patted the spot by her side. He swallowed.
"So, huh... Couldn't sleep?" He sat down nonetheless.
"Nope. I've been in a good mood all day long. I kept on smiling and couldn't fall asleep." She confessed, turning in his direction. "All because of you."
"Ehm... I'm sorry?" She chuckled and leaned her head on his right shoulder. There it was, the scent of lemons.
"Don't be. I said I've been smiling, didn’t I?" She sighed blissfully, which made her chest rise and drop slowly. Not that he was staring. No sir. “You see, Naruto, women like it when the people who they want to pay attention to them actually do pay attention to them.”
“Really? Could have sworn otherwise...” He joked, remembering just how Sakura had always rewarded his attention. Tsunami just sighed again, and then kept her silence. Naruto didn't say anything either, holding still, letting her keep on using her as a headrest.
"Hey, Naruto." She suddenly let out, in a low voice.
"Y-Yeah?" He stuttered out.
"Was that your first kiss?" Was there any more blood that could go to his face? She smirked. "I knew it." She threw her hands around his body, leaning onto him as she laid her head in the crook of his neck. "Did you like it?"
"N-N-Nee-san, how much did you drink?" He said, his face aflame.
"Just a couple saucers. I'm not drunk, Naruto." She smiled, humming against his neck. "I'm just... Free of certain reservations, right now." Her left hand suddenly trailed up, making circles on his chest. His breath became faster.
"I-If you say so..." He shivered at the sensation and then gasped. Her other hand had just leaned on his right tight. The spot felt almost unbearably hot, and his blood although still rushing to his face, was now also heading in the opposite direction.
"Naruto... If you want to... We can do it again..." Her voice was now dangerously low and sultry, those lips he had lusted for all day breathing hot air against his ear. "We can do... More."
1. Graciously accept the offer2. Leave for the meadow