The italics represent a flashback.......obviously
This story is set around the Shippuden time-frame
Sluuurrp!!! The soft, delicious noodles of Ichiraku's ramen softly slid down Naruto's throat.
"MMMMMMM, this sure is some great ramen!!!!" Naruto exclaimed, "I wish I could eat it all the time!"
"Well thank you Naruto! You know what, since that's your 6th bowl tonight, that one's on the house."
"Thanks!" Naruto sighed to himself, "Well, I better get going, another big day of nothingness and summer heat waits."
His waiter said thoughtfully, "You know what Naruto?"
Naruto looked up at the man, "Yeah?"
"You should get a girlfriend."
Naruto smiled at the thought, "You know, I just might."
But he frowned to himself as he thought, "But who would want to do anything with me?"
As he left the restaurant, he decided to walk the long way home, past the wealthier district of Kahona. As he walked with the sun setting behind him, he tri