Heartwarming: Dreaming Of Sunshine
- Strangely, Naruto's reaction to the Team 7 line-up is both this and a CMOF. After wanting to be put on a team with Sakura and not with Sasuke, he gets Sasuke, but Shikako instead of Sakura... and after booing about Sasuke, he sends Shikako a look that implies he wants to give her The Glomp. Which shows just how much her kindness has impacted him:
"… seven is Sasuke Uchiha, Naruto Uzumaki and Shikako Nara," Iruka continued, and my attention snapped back to him. Naruto booed at Sasuke, then cheered, looking like he wanted to jump over the test and tackle-hug me. I gave him a weak smile.
- The scene where Shikako, Shikamaru, and Choji reassure Naruto that they don't care about the Kyuubi and that they are still his friends.
Lee: "If Gaara became so angry because of his treatment, then you have overcome much hardship to have such a positive outlook, Naruto! You inspire me!"Naruto: "Ahh, thanks, bushy-brows."Naruto: "It's nothing. Don't worry about it."
- The part where Choji offers him some of his food, particularly with Shikako taking note that to do so is a sacred thing to him. Naruto - and the audience - are likely tearing up at this point.
- Then in Chapter 63, he tells the remainder of the Konoha 12 during a mission debriefing, Lee and Neji respond in a way that is pure Friendship Moment:
- At the end of 1st Naruto movie arc, not just Naruto (as in canon) but all members of Team 7 get a signed autograph from Yukie.
- Chapter 55: Naruto's response to Fuu when he learns she is a jinchuuriki - complete with Freakiness Shame and You Are Not Alone. Also a CMOF due to her taken-aback response.
Fu: "It's not you. They're afraid of me."Naruto: "That's silly, nee-chan. Why would they be scared of you?"Fu: "Because I'm a demon."Naruto: "No you aren't."Fu: "Yes, I am?"Naruto: "No, you aren't. Demons have, like, teeth and claws and they growl a lot and are really mean. You're people-shaped and really nice, so you're not a demon."Fu: "People shaped, huh?"<There was a surge of chakra - strange chakra, inhuman but nothing like Kyuubi or Shukaku - and wispy tendrils of chakra burst from her sides, beating up and down with enough force to lift her off the branch.>Fu: "There. I took this burden on when I became a Genin. And now, because of it, people from my own village - people I grew up with - treat me like a stranger. No, like a mad dog about to bite!"Naruto: "You have wings! That is so cool!"Fu: O_O
- Chapter 57 has some of this in retrospect - Sasuke does not defect to Orochimaru. What makes this heartwarming is not only the fact that Shikako has cemented the bonds of friendship in Team 7 more firmly, but that Sasuke is genuinely conflicted, and telling her is the first thing he does before her even decides to defect or not. Like Brother and Sister / Ship Tease, much? Whichever it is, though, it reeks of True Companions.
- Chapter 15 has a bonding moment between the team in an innocent water fight game that reminds you that these ninja are still just children and also:
""Sasuke," I said quietly but seriously. "I know you don't like people touching you, but I'm going to hug you now." Fair warning given, I practically wrapped myself around him, tilting my chin down so they couldn't see my watery eyes. "You aren't allowed to die. You hear me? Rule Number One of Team 7: No dying."
- Chapter 71 has one
Gelel: "You would fight a god?"Shikamaru: "YES, give me back my sister."
- Chapter 91 has a big one. The genin members of Team 7, Team 8, Team 10, and Team Gai head off to another Chunin Exam where they run into the Sand Siblings and a Mist Team featuring Haku and Chojuro. With the help of Shikako, they become friends. The moment is solidified with a sixteen-person fist bump.
- At the very end of chapter 94. Whether you're a Gaara/Shikako shipper or not, it's still a very heartwarming moment.
"Oh," I repeated softly, looking up at Gaara. Something, something hard and twisted in my chest eased a fraction. He'd heard me. He'd understood. He was warned and prepared and. And. He had handed it back to me.Someone else was doing something.I wasn't alone.