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Naruto was annoyed. He’d just received his mark back on an essay he had been rather proud of. Unfortunately, it appeared his professor did not agree. Naruto had approached his professor in private to ask him to further elaborate on his comments, but the professor brushed passed him, claiming he had no time for Naruto’s “trivial matters”. Naruto sighed. What was he to expect? This was the same old, male professor who he had caught having relations with a student. Naruto grimaced at the memory.

He made his way into the campus library, resolving not to let the mark get to him, and made his way to his usual spot. It was fairly hidden, tucked away in a corner behind a bookcase. No one ever sat there but him, which was how he liked it. Only, today was different. Naruto turned the corner and glanced across at his spot only to see the back of someone sitting there. Naruto groaned and did a quick look back to see if there were any other free desks, but there wasn’t — it was exam time, after all. Maybe he could sweet talk the person at his spot into leaving, or at least sharing.

When Naruto looked back to his spot, though, realisation dawned on his face. That distinctive hair style… he should’ve realised it from the moment he saw him. Sasuke Uchiha. Naruto clenched his fist and stormed over to him.

Naruto slammed his hands on the desk. “Oi, Bastard! You’re in my spot!” he said, a bit too loudly if the distant hush by the librarian was anything to go by.

Sasuke looked up from his work and raised an eyebrow. “Your spot? I don’t see your name anywhere, idiot.”

“Don’t play dumb. You know fine well this is where I sit!”

Sasuke smirked. “Then by all means,” he gestured to the chair opposite, “sit. But I'm not moving.”

Naruto narrowed his eyes and hesitated. Sasuke merely resumed his work so Naruto reluctantly sat in the chair opposite.

For the first few minutes Naruto felt awkward… they never sat in silence together; their relationship was, you could say, complicated but never silent. Naruto shook it off, though, knowing he had work to be done and set his mind to it.

Half an hour later Naruto broke his focus to take a drink, only when he put the bottle down and looked across Sasuke was looking right at him. Naruto frowned. “Take a picture, it’ll last longer.”

Sasuke ignored the taunt. “I bet I’ll get a better mark than you for our next essay.”

“Ha! As if. I bet that I’ll score better,” Naruto said, but he sounded more confident than he felt. After all, this was Orochimaru’s class… the professor who not only had just marked him poorly, but had a freakishly disturbing interest in Sasuke. But still, Naruto’s pride was on the line here. He refused to admit defeat to Sasuke.

Sasuke smirked. “What do I get if I win?”

Naruto thought about it for a moment. “I’ll let you keep this spot.” It was pretty generous of him, he thought. He did really love this spot.

Sasuke rolled his eyes. “No. It’s not even your spot to bargain with. Instead I want you to admit to the class that I am better than you.”

Naruto gaped but quickly collected himself. “Fine. But if I win, you have to tell the class that I’m the best!”

Sasuke packed his belongings and stood. He walked around to Naruto’s side and put out his hand. “Deal,” he said. Naruto turned in his chair and shook Sasuke’s hand. In the next moment, though, Sasuke was at Naruto’s ear. “Oh and Naruto, I hope you know I don’t lose.”

Naruto shivered. Sasuke smirked and withdrew, leaving Naruto on his own.

“Bastard,” Naruto muttered but he couldn’t hide his smile; he loved a challenge.

Naruto spent the next week studying and when he wasn’t studying he was taking exams. It was tiring, but come Friday afternoon his exams for the semester were all over. All he had left to do was his assessment for Orochimaru’s literature class, an essay analysing postcolonialism in a bunch of short stories. Literature wasn’t his favourite subject but his pride was at stake thanks to the bet he made with Sasuke. A niggling voice in the back of Naruto’s head told him to be give up, insisting that Orochimaru would never mark him higher than Sasuke, but Naruto was stubborn and refused to listen to it. The better man would win… and that man would be him.

As he was leaving his exam, Naruto was grabbed and pulled aside the building. He raised an eyebrow. “Sakura? Everything okay?”

Sakura brushed her pink hair back with her hand, she looked stressed. It was unusual for her, a med student, to be among the arts campus. “I need your help,” she said, biting her lip. Naruto nodded for her to continue. Sakura withdrew an envelope from her handbag. “Can you deliver this to Ino?”

“Sure,” Naruto said and accepted the envelope. “What’s in it?”

“Concert ticket for tonight. We were supposed to go together but my exam got rescheduled so I told her I’d meet her there. Didn’t want her to miss the supporting act, since she’s a huge fan.”

Naruto grinned. “Is this like a date?”

Sakura blushed. “No!” Naruto raised an eyebrow, which had Sakura cursing under her breath. “Okay, maybe! Yes! Happy?”

Naruto could read her like a book; they had grown up together, after all. He smiled and patted her shoulder. “Finally!”

Sakura rolled her eyes. “Just make sure she gets it.”

“You can count on me,” Naruto said and gave her a thumbs up.

“Thanks, Naruto. Now I really have to go or I’m gonna be late for my exam. I’ll see you around, yeah?”

“For sure. Good luck with your exam!”

Sakura pulled Naruto in for a brief hug and then shot off. Naruto watched as she quickly disappeared among the crowd of arts students. He looked down at the envelope in his hand, noting that there was a heart after Ino’s name. He couldn’t suppress the goofy smile that came to his face. Ino and Sakura had been skirting around one another for the longest time, and Naruto — friend to both of them — had been the piggy in the middle. Heck, their relationship had a history almost as complicated as his and Sasuke’s. They had been enemies, rivals, best friends, and most recently each other’s crush. It had been a great source of amusement and frustration for Naruto. To him it was only a matter of time until they finally got their shit together.

Naruto tucked the envelope into his bag and withdrew his phone. It was nearing four pm. He and Ino had a few classes together — she was also in the arts — but he wasn’t sure of her current whereabouts. He unlocked his phone and composed a message to her.

hey, where you at?

The reply was instant. cookie cafe. referencing is tedious :(

Naruto replied. yup. don’t go i’m omw!

Naruto pocketed his phone and headed to the Cookie Cafe. It was a small joint, tucked away behind the campus art gallery but it did the sweetest desserts and was one of the better places on campus for a decent cup of coffee.

“Naruto. Over here!” Ino called out, waving. Naruto joined her at the table she was working at. She had her laptop right in front of her and papers spread over the entire table, some stained with coffee.

“You okay?” Naruto said.

Ino took a deep breath and closed her laptop lid. She sat back on the chair, stretching her arms in front of her. “Yeah. Almost done.”

“Hey,” Naruto said as he read one of the pieces of paper, “is this for Orochimaru’s class?”

Ino hummed and took a sip from her cup. “Yeah, he drilled me last time for forgetting to italicise journal names. Anyway. What’s up?”

Naruto smirked as he dug into his back and withdrew the envelope. “This!” he said and offered the envelope. “Sakura asked me to deliver it.”

Ino accepted the envelope and looked inside. Her blue eyes sparkled as she gazed at the concert ticket but a moment later she was frowning. “I wish Sakura’s exam hadn’t been rescheduled,” she said.

“She’s still gonna go! She just might not make it in time for the supporting act,” Naruto said.

Ino let her head fall backward, her blond ponytail swishing behind her. “I know, but still. It’s like the world is trying to prevent us from getting together.”

“Now you’re being dramatic.”

Ino’s head whipped up. “Naruto! You’re meant to play the supportive friend in times like this!”

Naruto laughed and shrugged. “As if you’d have me any other way.”

Ino’s face softened and she gave his shoulder a light punch. “Yeah, you’re right. Thanks for delivering the ticket. I appreciate it.”

“No worries.” Naruto looked at the paperwork and sighed. “Suppose I should finish my lit essay, too.”

“You have much left to do?” Ino asked.

“Nah. Just want to go over it once more. Make sure it’s better than Sasuke’s.”

Ino perked up upon hearing Sasuke’s name. She leaned forward, arms crossed. “Oh? Go on.”

Naruto looked around. The Cookie Cafe had calmed down, only a handful of people remained. He watched a waitress bring out some chocolate drink that looked truly tempting, but Naruto was tight for money — such was student life — and it was an indulgence his body didn’t need, or so he wanted to believe. Ino snapped her fingers in front of his face and he turned to her. “Sorry. You were saying?” he said.

“Sasuke! You mentioned Sasuke… did something happen again?”

Naruto slightly cringed at the “again”, reminded of his most recent embarrassing incident at the hands of the devil that was Sasuke Uchiha. The guy had pointed out all the flaws in Naruto’s thesis at the end of Naruto’s presentation. He had been clever about it, too, and posed his thoughts as well-worded questions. Naruto clenched his jaw at the memory.

He crossed his arms. “He bet me I couldn’t beat his mark on our lit essay.”

Ino’s eyes went wide. “Oh no. What did you bet him? Naruto, Orochimaru loves Sasuke. Even without the favouritism he’d be nearly impossible to beat.”

“Thanks for the vote of confidence, Ino. I appreciate it,” Naruto said drily. He let his head fall to the table. “I know I’m doomed but it’s not like I could’ve said no.”

Ino reached across and ruffled his blond hair. “Hey, I said nearly impossible. I thought you liked to defy the odds.”

Naruto sat up. “You’re right.” He grabbed his bag and stood. “I can do it!”

“That’s more like it,” Ino said. “Now go so I can finish this damn assessment.”

Naruto leaned down and pressed a kiss to her forehead. “Good luck. Also, enjoy your date.”

Ino hummed and Naruto shot her one last grin before he left the cafe.

“That’s all for today. I trust you all submitted your essays on time. Late submissions without an approved extension will be penalised,” Orochimaru said. He started to pack up his desk and looked out to the class, making eye contact with Sasuke. “See you when class next resumes.”

Sasuke clenched his jaw ever so slightly. No one would really pick up on it but Naruto had plenty of experience reading Sasuke’s subtle signs.

As everyone packed their bags and left the lecture theatre, Naruto approached Sasuke who remained at his desk and was otherwise occupied by his phone.

“Stressing out about our bet, Sasuke?” Naruto said with a smirk.

Sasuke pocketed his phone and turned to Naruto. “What’s there to stress about, idiot?”

“The fact that my essay is better than yours,” Naruto said and emphasised his words by poking Sasuke’s chest.

Sasuke took hold of Naruto’s hand and removed it from his chest. Sasuke’s hand was cool in contrast to Naruto’s own. “Hn. Doubtful,” he said and let go. He picked up his bag and brushed past Naruto.

“Just you wait and see, bastard!” Naruto called out after him. Sasuke didn’t even acknowledge him.

Naruto was the last student to leave, but as he headed to the exit of the lecture theatre Orochimaru called out to him. “Naruto? A moment please.” Naruto held in a groan and reluctantly made his way over to his professor’s desk.

“Yes, Professor?” Naruto said.

Orochimaru leaned back on his desk and crossed his arms. “Rumour is that you and Sasuke have a bet going on.”

Naruto froze. How did Orochimaru know about that? Surely Sasuke hadn’t told him; he was an asshole but he always played fair.

When Naruto didn’t respond immediately, Orochimaru smiled and gestured for him to speak. The smile itself made Naruto feel very uncomfortable and managed to pressure him into speaking.

“Maybe. What’s it to you?” Naruto said. Orochimaru smirked and Naruto instantly regretted the defensive tone.

“I hear it has a lot to do with me,” Orochimaru said, smirk in place.

“Not really,” Naruto tried but Orochimaru chuckled.

With his arms crossed, Orochimaru drummed his fingers along his bicep. “What would you offer me if I could guarantee you would win this little bet?”

Naruto’s eyes widened. He looked around to see if anyone else heard what he had just heard, but he was all alone in the vast space that was the lecture theatre. Orochimaru’s smirk remained in place. “Well?”

Naruto frowned, his fists clenched by his sides. “Nothing. I play fair. I don’t need your help. Besides, I don’t think the other professors would be happy to hear that you’re bargaining with students.”

Orochimaru chuckled. “Oh, Naruto. You do amuse me. Let me know if they believe you.” His expression turned dark. “Now get out my sight.” Naruto didn’t need to be told twice and left without looking back, though he could feel Orochimaru’s watchful eyes on him.

Once he was far away from the building, Naruto withdrew his phone from his pocket and composed a text to Ino.

you won’t believe what just happened.

Within moments, he received a reply.

!??? we’re at Ichiraku. tell us everything!

Naruto quickly responded with omw as he exited the campus grounds. Ichiraku happened to be his favourite ramen joint. It was only half a kilometre away from campus and despite the great service and even better ramen it offered, it was never really busy. It did have a lot of Japanese businesses nearby to contend with, though. Naruto and his friends certainly gave them enough business.

Naruto quickened his pace as he thought back to Orochimaru’s offer. He was still processing what had just happened. What had Orochimaru wanted him to say? Why was he even willing to make a deal like that when Sasuke was his favourite student? Naruto groaned. Nothing made sense.

As he entered Ichiraku Ramen, three of the six stools that lined the counter were occupied. In them sat Ino, Sakura, and Shikamaru, with almost empty bowls. “Hey!” he greeted them all. They greeted him back as he sat on the stool next to Shikamaru.

“What’s up, Naruto? Haven’t seen you around in ages,” Shikamaru said.

Naruto rubbed the back of his neck. “Yeah, exams and assessments have been keeping me busy. How are you going?”

“Yeah, know the feeling. I’m same as usual. Life still drags on,” Shikamaru said but his smile said otherwise.

Ino groaned. “Okay, that’s enough. Naruto, your text. What happened?”

Naruto held his hands up. “Easy does it. I’ll tell you. Let me order some ramen first.” He gave Teuchi, the owner of Ichiraku, his order… which wasn’t really difficult since Teuchi knew his usual.

He turned back to the others. They were staring on in anticipation. “Okay. Right. Get this,” Naruto said, he took a deep breath. “ Orochimaru somehow found out about mine and Sasuke’s bet—”

Shikamaru frowned. “What bet?”

“We bet that whoever scores lower on Orochimaru’s next essay has to admit to the whole class that the winner is better.”

Shikamaru shook his head. “Sounds troublesome.”

Naruto shrugged. “Anyway, so Orochimaru found out about it and guess what? He asked me what I would offer him if he could guarantee I’d win the bet.”

All three pairs of eyes widened. “Holy shit!” Ino said. “What did you say?”

Teuchi served up Naruto’s ramen. Naruto eyed it up. “I said I don’t need his help, that I play fair, and that other professors might not like hearing about him bribing students,” he said while pulling apart his chopsticks.

Sakura slammed her fist on the counter multiple times. The empty bowls shook. Ayame, Teuchi’s daughter, took them away. “You did not threaten him!” Sakura looked at him, torn between disbelief and amusement. “Did you...?”

Naruto swallowed his food. “I have no reason to lie.”

Ino cackled. “So what did he say when you threatened to expose him?”

Naruto grinned. “Wished me luck and told me to get out of his sight.”

Everyone burst into laughter. “Oh man, you know what this means, though?” Shikamaru said. Naruto shook his head. “Means you’re fucked now.”

“Crap!” Naruto said after swallowing some more noodles. “I didn’t even think of the consequences… oh man.” He smacked his forehead.

Sakura crossed her arms and looked thoughtful. “Maybe you should follow through on your threat and tell a professor. Kakashi would be a good option.”

Naruto wasn’t sure how Sakura knew Kakashi, given that he was in the arts faculty not medicine, but guessed it was probably through Ino.

“No, Kakashi’s cool. I don’t want to put him in a difficult spot,” he said.

“But —”

“Don’t worry. I’ll be fine. I have a feeling today’s conversation will change nothing.”

Sakura and Ino exchanged glances. Their eyebrows furrowed in concern. Shikamaru sighed. “If you say so,” he said. He looked at his phone. “Man, I need to get going.” He stood up and placed money on the counter before gathering his belongings. “Good seeing you again, Naruto. Come by anytime — Kiba and Chouji have been wanting to catch up.”

Naruto turned from his ramen and nodded. “Yeah, I will. Good seeing you too. Catch you later.”

“Bye girls,” Shikamaru said and gave a half-assed wave as he left the joint.

It wasn’t until Naruto had finished eating his ramen that he noticed Sakura and Ino had been very quiet. He wiped his mouth with a napkin and turned to them. “Why so quiet?”

Sakura and Ino looked at one another and nodded. Sakura smiled. “We wanted you to be the first to know…”

Naruto raised an eyebrow. “Know what?”

Sakura and Ino raised their joint hands and grinned. “The date was a success,” Ino said.

Naruto’s eyes widened for a fraction of a second before he punched the air and cheered. “Yes! About time!” He stood up and withdrew some money from his wallet and placed it on the counter. “Dinner’s on me. Thank you for the meal!” He turned back to Sakura and Ino and tilted his head in the direction of the street. “Let’s go celebrate!”

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They decided to go to The Drunk Goose. It was the pub closest to the university and by far the cheapest. It was usually mobbed by university students and young people but as it was a Monday evening, Naruto assumed it would be fairly quiet and subdued. 

When they entered the place it was quiet, as Naruto imagined, but also dimly lit. There were only a few lamps on, giving the room a kind of cool hushed ambience. Music was playing quietly in the background, but Naruto didn’t recognise the song. Some of the furniture had moved around since Naruto had been there last, but with its cozy aesthetic it was still the same old pub he remembered. Copper decorations lined the walls while warm coloured rugs were spread out on the floor with wooden furniture and an old fashioned fireplace to complete the look. 

There were a few people scattered around the pub but still plenty of empty tables to sit at. Ino led them to sit up at the bar instead. She turned to Sakura and Naruto. “What do you guys want?”

“Are they still doing five dollar pints?” Sakura asked. 

Ino turned to the bartender and relayed the question. The bartender nodded. 

“One of them will do me,” Sakura said.

Naruto nodded. “Me too.”

“Make that three,” Ino said to the bartender. The bartender took her cash and started preparing their drinks. 

“Haven’t been here in ages. I forgot how nice it is,” Sakura said. Naruto and Ino nodded in agreement as they watched the bartender pour their pints.

Ino took her drink, thanking the bartender. “Yeah. It’s weird being able to actually hear each other speaking for once,” she said.

Sakura hummed as she accepted her drink. The bartender pushed Naruto’s pint towards him. 

“Thanks,” Naruto said. He turned to both the girls and held his glass up. “Here’s to the best girls I know, finally getting their shit together.”

“Oi!” the two girls said in unison. Sakura rolled her eyes while Ino flicked his head but they were smiling.

Sakura held her glass up. “And here’s to Naruto for helping said girls get their shit together.” They all laughed and tapped their glasses together. 

Sakura’s grin disappeared though as she looked past Naruto. “Don’t look now, but your favourite person just entered.”

Naruto, never one to follow instructions, put his drink down and turned around to look. It was Sasuke and he was accompanied by Neji. Sasuke looked good. Better than good, actually. He was wearing jeans that fit his legs just right with a white top, a black coat and boots. His hair was still its usual odd yet distinctive style but it didn’t detract from his appearance. 

He made eye contact with Sasuke who merely  raised an eyebrow. Judging by Neji’s smirk, Naruto had been caught staring too long. His cheeks lit up as he swivelled quickly on his chair to turn back to the girls. 

Naruto gestured for the girls to lean in. “He looks good!” he said. 

Sakura laughed. “He always looks good, you idiot.”

“Naruto… are you… attracted to him?” Ino asked, with a smirk tugging at her lip.

Naruto gaped. “No! It’s just… I’m not used to seeing him off campus. He normally looks more… business-y. That’s all.” He took a big swig from his drink. How much of that he actually believed, he didn’t know. He had always thought Sasuke was conventionally attractive but he usually was too blinded by his shitty personality to be attracted to him, or so he routinely told himself.

Sakura frowned. “Slow down, Naruto,” she said.

“I’m okay,” he said and placed his drink back down. He had managed to down half of it in one go.

Ino studied him over the top of her glass. “You know it’s okay if you are attracted to him.”

“I’m not attracted to him!” Naruto said, but it came out louder than necessary. There were lots of eyes looking at him. Including Sasuke’s. Naruto ducked his head, trying to avoid embarrassing himself any further. 

Sakura smiled with pity at him and rubbed his shoulder. 

Ino looked down. “Sorry,” she said.

Naruto shook his head and looked at her, a small smile tugging on his lips. “Don’t be. It’s not your fault I need to learn volume control,” he said while rubbing the back of his neck. “Is he still looking?” he asked, not wanting to turn around in case Sasuke got the wrong idea.

“Is who still looking?” came a voice that definitely did not belong to Sakura or Ino. He jumped when he saw Neji at his side followed closely by Sasuke.

Sakura and Ino shared a look of alarm but Naruto just held his head up high. “None of your business, actually.”

“Right because you definitely didn’t mean Sasuke.”

“That’s right. It was someone else.” He leaned forward to look at Sasuke beside Neji. “Sorry if Neji got your hopes up.”

Sasuke chuckled. “You wish. But just so you know...” Neji moved out of the way as Sasuke leaned forward into Naruto’s space and whispered in his ear, “You couldn’t handle me.”

Naruto’s face turned cherry red. If he hadn’t been thinking sexy thoughts about Sasuke before, he sure as hell was now thanks to the asshole’s smooth voice. Was that bedroom banter? Did he use those lines on his sexual partners? 

Sasuke withdrew, a smirk on his face. “Can’t wait to see you admit I’m better to the class.” He turned to Neji. “Let’s go.” 

Neji nodded and the two of them made their way over to an empty booth. Naruto glared holes into their retreating backs, annoyed that he hadn’t got the last word in. He took another swig from his drink.

Sakura and Ino looked thoroughly bewildered by the whole thing. “What just happened?” Sakura asked.

“That’s what I wanna know. What exactly did he say to you?” Ino said.

“Nothing important,” Naruto said. 

Sakura and Ino shared a look. “Are you okay?” Sakura said.

Naruto forced a smile. He didn’t want to ruin their drinks. It was, after all, in celebration of their new relationship. “I’m good,” he said. He wasn’t going to let Sasuke put a damper on that. 

 

 

Without the slightest subtlety, Naruto caught Sasuke eyeing him down. Naruto smirked and raised an eyebrow at him, challenging. Challenging what exactly, he wasn’t entirely sure. 

Curiously, Sasuke stood and walked by, brushing their shoulders as he passed. “This way,” he said, quietly. Naruto frowned and looked back to see if the girls or Neji had heard and seen what he had, but when he turned there was no one there. Not even the bartender. The room was empty. Strange.

He shrugged and followed Sasuke around the corner but was taken by surprise when said man backed him into the wall, his hand planted firmly on the wall next to Naruto’s head. 

“About time you got here,” Sasuke said. 

But before Naruto could reply that he had been mere seconds behind him, Sasuke’s lips met his own. 

Naruto’s eyes widened but, for whatever reason, he relaxed into the kiss when he felt Sasuke’s thumb stroking his hip. Sasuke took this as an invite to deepen the kiss and delved further into Naruto’s mouth with his tongue. Naruto moaned a little. It was just a kiss, with his rival of all people, but before now he’d never felt a jolt of electricity travel through his body. When was the last time he got laid?

Sasuke could definitely tell the effect he was having on Naruto. His other hand left the wall and brushed over the slight hardness in Naruto’s jeans. Naruto shivered at the touch and moaned into Sasuke’s mouth.

But Sasuke withdrew his hands and then his mouth. Then, something Naruto never thought he’d see in his life, Sasuke dropped to his knees in front of him. Naruto licked his lips. “Sasuke?”

Sasuke didn’t reply. Instead his hands went straight to Naruto’s fly and undid the buttons and zipped down the fly. Naruto grew harder at the implication of Sasuke’s actions. He blushed as his erection sprung free yet was still somewhat restricted by his boxers.

Naruto could only watch as Sasuke tugged down Naruto’s jeans just enough to pull his boxers down. His erection sprung free and Sasuke wrapped his hand around the base while looking up at Naruto. “Who’s really better, Naruto?” he challenged, before taking the tip of Naruto’s cock in his mouth.

Naruto threw his head back and couldn’t stifle a moan as Sasuke worked on his cock. He was so flustered. How was Sasuke so good at this? Just like the damn bastard to be good at everything. Naruto was sure he hadn’t felt this turned on in a long time.

Naruto chanced a glance down at him, and never had he seen Sasuke look so good than he did then with his eyes downcast and head bobbing on Naruto’s cock. Sasuke must have read his thoughts, though, as the next moment he looked straight up at Naruto. He stopped and withdrew his mouth. “Be honest. Who’s better, Naruto?” he asked.

Sasuke’s breath teased Naruto’s cock. He was so close. Naruto didn’t know what to say; he just wanted Sasuke’s mouth back on him as soon as possible. 

“You?” Naruto said, unsure but willing to say anything to feel that warmth again.

“You don’t sound so sure about that. How about I prove it to you?” Sasuke said, smirking. His mouth hovered over Naruto’s cock but Naruto’s vision faded as a constant beeping filled his ears.

He woke with a start and immediately hit snooze on his phone alarm. As he sat up he grimaced at the feeling of stickiness in his boxers.

“Jesus Christ,” he said, kicking his quilt off to reveal the mess he’d made. He hadn’t had a wet dream since he was, like, a young teen. He was a grown man now, this never happened. Or at least it hadn’t until this morning. And of course it just had to be the asshole who made it happen.

Thinking back on it, though, he wouldn’t say no to a repeat. He didn’t think any of his past sexual experiences lived up to the one imaginary Sasuke gave him. But that was dreams for you. He sighed but didn’t dwell on it. It would never happen. Even if Sasuke was attractive, there was no way he would get down on his knees for Naruto. Naruto would happily bet a million dollars on that.

He took his boxers off and headed to the bathroom.

 

 

It wasn’t until two days later in class that Orochimaru handed back everyone’s essays. Naruto’s eyes widened as he took in his mark; it was a lot better than he expected: 93%. He grinned, feeling rather smug and approached Sasuke and smacked his essay on the desk in front of his rival. He was feeling pretty confident until he felt Orochimaru’s eyes on him — there was an amused glint to them which immediately caused Naruto to frown.

Sasuke merely tossed his own work on top of Naruto’s and rested his chin on his hands. Naruto paled when he took in the mark: 94%. He could practically feel Orochimaru’s smug satisfaction oozing out, even with his back to him. 

Sasuke smirked. “Time to pay up.”

Orochimaru must have been waiting for that exact moment because he silenced the class. “If everyone could return to their seats that would be great. Naruto has an important announcement to make,” he said.

Naruto gulped as everyone did as Orochimaru instructed and he was the last one left standing.

“What are you waiting for?” Sasuke said, arms folded.

Naruto looked around, everyone was waiting for him to start. He cleared his throat.

“I would, um, just like to say that Sasuke,” Naruto started. He chanced a glance down at Sasuke, which was the wrong thing to do because his mind flashed back to that wet dream with Sasuke looking up at him, mouth over his cock asking him who’s better.

“Um, Sasuke is…”

He just had to get a few more words out but he couldn’t rid of the sexy mental image of the man. His cheeks turned very red as he grew more flustered. Why did he have to be looking down at Sasuke?

Damn it, Naruto! Get a hold of yourself! With all his willpower he closed his eyes and dug his nails into his forearms. You’re better than this! He told himself. 

You’re better than him! He’s your rival, remember?

Better than him at what, though? He wasn’t sure, but if part of him still had faith in himself then that was more than enough. His eyes flew open and he pointed at Sasuke.

“Sasuke. Double or nothing!” he said.

Confused faces filled the classroom, Sasuke’s being one of them. 

Sasuke raised an eyebrow, not expecting the change in tune. “What?”

“Double or nothing. If I win, I’m free. If you win, the stakes for me are doubled.”

Sasuke frowned. “No. I want you to pay up. Now.”

“Are you sure, Sasuke?” Ino said before she rushed over to Sasuke and proceeded to whisper something in his ear. When Sasuke smirked, Naruto frowned. He did not like his best friend and number one rival colluding.

But whatever Ino said must have satisfied Sasuke because he turned to Naruto. “Double or nothing it is.”

Orochimaru cleared his throat. “Okay. That’s enough of that. You can organise whatever you’re planning after class,” he said, but the disappointment could be heard in his tone. Internally, Naruto put a stroke against his own name. Orochimaru may have been one up over him from scoring the essays, but now Naruto was on par. 

Naruto sat back down in his seat next to Ino wondering what the hell she could have said to convince Sasuke to go for the double or nothing. He studied her profile but she gave nothing away as she jotted down notes from the professor. Oh well. He’d find out soon enough, he guessed.