..., after all, it wasn’t that important, and it had been quite a while since he had been back to the leaf village. Things were bound to have changed at least a little bit, even in the Hokage’s quarters.
The Hokage smiled as she watched Naruto enter the room. It looked to Tsunade like Naruto had done quite a bit of growing up in the few years that he had been touring the countryside with Jiraiya. The boy didn’t have the baby fat in his cheeks anymore, and looked like he had changed to a new jacket, one that she had to say looked quite a bit more attractive than the previous jacket that the boy had worn. It looked like he had broken his headband at one point though. She remembered the first time that they had met, and how she had knocked the boy’s old headband off of him with but a single finger and then taken him down just as easily. She was quite sure that today, if she had a little battle like that with the leaf ninja, that it would take quite a bit more than a finger to knock him down.
She smiled, Naruto. I have been expecting you. Have a seat.
Naruto blinked. He really hadn’t been expecting something like this. He supposed now that he thought about it, Tsunade would probably want to debrief him on all of the training that he had done. She probably wanted to keep an eye on that Jiraiya too, to make sure that he wasn’t twisting the poor boy’s moral fiber into something perverse. Naruto was quite sure that it was going to take a little bit more than spending a little...