saturdays are apple picking days, part vi

written by A. E. Stover
this version is not edited







Saturday, 6 October 2012
10:38 AM



Sasuke drank some of the broth from the small plastic bowl in his hands as Sakura ladled some of the instant ramen into her own. He immediately frowned in displeasure when Naruto began inhaling his food at an ungodly speed.

“Naruto, slow down,” Sakura chided absentmindedly. “You’ll choke.”

“Saakuwa-chaan,” Naruto spoke through a mouth full of noodles, “ha’f I ev’a t’oked befo’e?”

“No, but I’ll make sure you do if you don’t eat normally,” Sakura responded in deadpan as she picked up a pair of chopsticks.

 Before Naruto could whine, Sasuke spoke up; “Is that a squirrel going through your bag, Sakura?”


Both boys watched silently as Sakura started screaming and throwing pebbles and – once again – their apples at the open car door. The small brown rodent chattered noisily and wildly scurried this way and that before finally jumping ship and high-tailing it out of there.

Sakura breathed heavily from her seat on the blanket, her face furious and red.

“…You dented the van.”

Sakura turned and gave Naruto a dark look. “I’ll put a dent in your face if you don’t shut up!” she screamed, rising to her feet and shaking her fists.

Naruto yelped and leaned back, raising his arms defensively in front of him. He settled down when he realized that Sakura was making her way back to the car, muttering incoherently under her breath.

The door to their van slid shut noisily and loudly.

Naruto stared at his bowl before beginning to eat again, shoving noodles into his mouth as fast as he can.

For a moment, a comfortable silence wrapped around the two remaining friends. Naruto and Sasuke ate quickly and quietly, each absorbed in their own thoughts. Naruto finished first and sighed contently, leaning back. Then, turning to face Sasuke, who was still eating, with a serious look, he said; “Yep. She’s definitely on her period. Man, I’m happy I’m not a girl. I don’t need to deal with blood and shit oozing out of a vagina and stuff.”

Sasuke had opened his mouth when Naruto spoke. His appetite diminished rapidly and he shut his mouth. He scowled darkly and quickly shot Naruto a baleful look before setting his small plastic bowl of ramen down and heading to the car.

Naruto stared aghast as his male friend. “You’re not finishing this?” he asked with a clueless look on his face. At the glare he received from Sasuke, Naruto scoffed and crossed his arms. “What, is the princess on his period too?”

Sasuke promptly tipped his tin of instant ramen over Naruto’s head, the remaining contents spilling onto the blond’s hair and clothes. Then, Sasuke stood and left to join Sakura in their van.





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