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"I'll go to bed ever y night at nine PM if you read with me from eight nine. Also, you have to go to bed at nine, too. If I wake up in the middle of the night and find that you've l eft the house to go party with Naruto, I will be seriously ticked off," was Saku ra's proposition. Sasuke deliberated for a while before deciding that it was acceptable. He knew t hat if he went to bed at nine, he'd lie awake for at least two more hours, but h e was used to such things. And reading with her actually sounded pleasant. So that was how, every night at eight PM, Sasuke found himself sitting on the co uch with a book that Sakura had chosen. Sakura would then tuck herself into his side, her legs drawn up and her head nestled at the crook of his neck. Often she would spread a blanket over the both of them a soft, downy comforter of dark gree n, which, while it was very lightweight, gave Sasuke the exhilarating sensation of being bound to Sakura. Sasuke would hold the book, turning the pages when they were done he was uncannily accurate at judging when Sakura had completed a page. However, many times Sakur a would have to prod him to turn the page; he'd be too distracted by the warmth of her, the scent of her the adrenaline rush that coursed through him from contact of their skin. When Sakura was playing the piano and when they were reading together were the b est parts of Sasuke's day. At nine PM, when Sakura would caress his forehead with a kiss before slipping aw ay from him to the darkness of her bedroom, part of him wanted to curve an arm a round her waist and draw her back to him. Another part wanted to follow her and hold her through the night. He would do neither, only bid her goodnight and watc h her go. -Sasuke looked down when he felt small hands tugging at the sleeve of his black s hirt. Sakura looked up at him, her green eyes solemn. "Sasuke-kun, I have a list," she stated. When she didn't elaborate, Sasuke felt it necessary to ask, a little warily, "A list of what?" She bestowed upon him a despairing look, as if the answer was painfully obvious. "A list of what I want to do today." Sasuke was somewhat relieved; he'd been imagining something less mundane. He shrug ged. "So what do you want to do?" She sighed and pulled him down to pat him on the head. "Read the list," she enli ghtened. "I don't have the list," he pointed out. "Then maybe you should ask for the list." "Or you could just give me the list." "But you haven't asked for the list, so how am I supposed to know that you want it?" "I asked what you wanted to do. The list would give me that knowledge, so an int elligent human being would thusly assume that I want the list." "You know what happens when you assume, Sasuke-kun." "What happens?" Sakura paused. " I'm not really sure. There's a saying I think it involves a donkey? Um." "You're a moron," Sasuke informed her fondly. She gave him a sunny grin. "But I'm your moron!" Sasuke couldn't quite smother the small smile that pulled at his lips at that. H e tapped his knuckles to her forehead. "Unfortunately," he agreed. "Now, give me the list." Sakura obligingly slipped a folded sheet of paper out of her pocket, having had enough of their earlier banter. Sasuke unfolded the paper. It read: A List of Things I Want to Do Today, As compiled by Haruno Sakura (AKA That Incredibly Amazing Girl),
blue. so he instantly accepted and approved of the change. Engage in Epic Hunt for the Ever-Elusive Waldo (Dude with Obnoxiously Striped Shirt) Sasuke stared at the paper. right there. "and all of my pens are boring. Get haircut (for TIAG. not gotten the pen she'd wanted. "Come o n. I want a pen with ink that is purple with orange flecks!" "Ink doesn't have different-colored flecks in it. touching her hair tentatively. She had to settle for one that was the most obnoxious shade of gre en that Sasuke had ever seen." Sakura told him. searching for the pen she wanted. Twenty minutes later." Sakura smiled softly and slipped a hand to the crook of his arm. Sasuke posed. "I can't beli eve that no one has diagnosed you yet. Sasuke had initially intended to watch. "You wanted a haircut. although TBG's hair is getting rather long-is h) 5. Convince TBG to buy TIAG lunch 4. Sasuke wasn't sure what length he liked her hair at. -Once they had checked out the books that Sakura wanted from the library. they emerged. She looked smug. come on where is Waldo? That's like. dark blue. "W hat the hell?" he asked blankly. I want something something with cha racter." he muttered under his breath. I bet you anything. but Sakura was looking in the mirror and smiling. "I just kind of need the change. "Do you like it?" she asked s . directing him t o the local salon. He just shook his head again. Overall. Turning to her. right?" As he had intended. but for some reason the sight of Sakura' s hair being cut discomfited him. And I even have a theory: I bet you that Waldo is t he missing link. "Let's j ust go to the library. Sakura had. "I mean seri ously.Involving: Haruno Sakura (TIAG) and Uchiha Sasuke (That Broody Guy). Her bangs were trimm ed to about eyebrow-level. so Sakura was attended to immediate ly even though she hadn't made an appointment. you want to go on a hunt for Waldo?" Sakura nodded eagerly. but he nodded anyway. black. and Not Necessarily in Any Particular Order at All 1. it somehow made Sakura look younger and yet more mature." Sakura browsed the rows of off ice supplies." She shrugged. Buy new pens 3. Business was fairly slow. You know?" Sasuke was not actually fully sure what she meant. She was rather upset. "Yeah. and then slowly turned to face Sakura." Sasuke informed her blandly a s they stepped inside the quaint shop. they st opped at the stationary store to buy pens. aren't you?" He shook his head disbelievingly and handed the paper back to her. as it had been when she'd cut off her hair during the Chuunin Exa ms all those years ago. Her hair had been cropped to just barel y chin-length. Sasuke took a long look. I just " she fingered the tip of her now slightly longer than shou lder-length hair. Irritated that such a trivial thing could disappoint her (and by the realization that Sakura's emotional health still wasn't as stable as it should be). "You're just astounded by its awesomeness. "I've been thinking about it. Go to library 2. the et ernal question. "To the library!" Sasuke had a feeling that it was going to be a long day. so he stared out the window until he heard Sak ura's feet hit the ground when she slid down from the chair. something that screams individuality. I mean. It flared out at the ends slightly. if you decided to be daring. not TBG. "Yeah! Because. red I want an exciting pen." Sasuke wasn't sure which he wanted to do more at the moment: kiss the silly girl or attempt to knock some sense into her. predictably. reread it. her eyes brightened to the radiant green that Sasuke knew an d loved. She approached him. remaining upbeat. "How would you know? It's not like you've ever gotten a pen that wasn't either b lack or. then.
Experimentally." Sasu ke clarified. She cringed. but steadier and more pe rseverant. Sakura laughed delightedly. At his response. Sasuke reached forward and batted a stray wisp out of Sakura's eyes. "Yeah." Sakura blurted out rapidly. Sasuke found it rather tedious. she acquiesced." Sasuke growled. Sakura. but his light came through in brilliant flashes and fireworks. amused. but then. "Hetriedtokissme. Sakura's was softer. did he?" he demanded. Privately. Sakura had absolutely insisted upon not dropping her weekly visits to check on Hiashi. "Neji didn't hurt you." "One does not generally tend to head-bang to elevator music." he said quietly. He stared at her. earnestly.elf-consciously. "Uh. as if she was trying to get it all off her chest. Th e brisk wind and the exercise made her cheeks flush. While Sakura was thoroughly engrossed in her game. Naruto was the same way. "Tell me. His green-eyed girl was wearing a pleated black skirt. "Sta . "He. black stocki ngs. he turned to see where she was looking." Sasuke nodded. I'm employing stealth. that S akura had her own personal source of light and brightness that emerged whenever she was happy. well. after starin g intently at his face. and as Tsunade had not specified that she could not g o and Sasuke was unsuccessful in dissuading her. which basically consisted of walking around town looking for people wea ring striped shirts. "Why are you hiding from Hyuuga Neji?" he inquired carefully. bolted. "He tried to kiss you. Sakura shook her head. Shockingly. "No." "Spit it out. "I'm not hiding. Sasuke's face was a mask of eerie calm. Sasuke took the time to simpl y watch her. only a sudden chill in the air. And then he slowly turned back to her. There was no change in Sasuke's expression. "And what do you know about head-banging." Her words came out in a r ush. Sir Broody ?" He didn't talk to her for a while after that. She nodded hesitantly. Think ing that she had pissed someone off by pointing at them. As they made their way to a place known for its good sushi. Sasuke was shaken from his musings when Sakura suddenly ducked behind him. "Yeah. Sasuke was of the opinion that Sakura was lit from the inside." Sasuke admonished. but it amused Sakura to no end. She refused to reveal what was bother ing her and instead hurried home. she even began to head -bang. her face was flushed a bri ght scarlet and she was acting very jumpy. more muted. she kept turning and bobbing her head. no well. his voice suddenly gaining a frightening edge of malice and ill-in tent." Sasuke deadpanned. "D'you remember when we went to the Hyuu ga Compound a few days ago?" Sasuke made a face. We were talking in the hallway and he suddenly began sort of backing me up against the wall and then he leaned really close an d I panicked and pushed him away and and." For a long moment Sasuke thought she was going to refuse. um. Sasuke again had tea with Hinata (he was a bit more sociable than he ha d been the last time) while Sakura went through her procedures. eyeing Sasuke as one would eye a bomb with three seconds left until explosion. "I'm rocking out to the elevator music in my head. yeah. "Why?" his eyes narrowed. he had accompanied her to the C ompound. Sakura didn't stop smiling even when they left the salon in sea rch of a place to eat." "Sakura. and her eyes shone with exc itement. they engaged in the Epic Hunt for the Ever-Elusiv e Waldo. "Why are you doing that?" She rolled her eyes. -Once they had finished eating. and a white shirt with a V-neck that exposed a triangle of red camisole. He " she blushed and looked away. When Sakura walked into the tea-room after finishing.
It was: Where the hell am I going with this story? Because I seriously have no idea. Sasuke was in love with Sakura.I should kill another charact er. Sasuke did. Because he's Shino. as Neji had come to real ize. And. Sasuke-kun " "He tried to kiss you when you didn't want him to. But it' d be something straight out of Antigone! Which I actually have to write an essay about for Monday. Everything Is Alright The next morning. but in light of recent events It was undeniable. Neji couldn't help but feel bitter about the whole thing. and Sakura. exotic features. Sasuke nodded stiffly and allowed her to lead him home by the hand. Let's just go home." "Then he had no right to even think about " Sakura cut him off. Neji could be found sitting in the courtyard of the Hyuuga Com pound. no! Everyone should die. She also blinked. But then Sakura's restraining arms were wrapped around his torso. so please excuse any and all stupid mistakes. hey. Ever since Sasuke had come back to Konoha. "Wha no. okay? I'll I 'll talk to him about it later. you're hey! Sasuke-kun!" Sasuke took no heed of her. Neji had felt threatened by the Uchih a's extraordinary bond with the object of Neji's affections. LINELINELINELINELINELINELINELINELINELINELINE WHY DOES THE LINE THING-Y NOT WORK AGAIN?! So we can all recognize it as official. The spontaneou s embrace was awkward and clumsy.. Staring b roodingly into his teacup." Sakura repeated gently. Guess what I'll be doing at the last minute on Sunday night. Sasuke-kun. Go on. Let's just go home. Sakura returned the black-haired youth's sentiments wholeheartedly. d etaching her arms from him and instead slipping her hand into his. "He didn't mean anything by it. "Give me one good reason not to beat the shit out of him. I was. "You didn't want him to kiss you. If only for her sake. did you?" he confirmed. it was harmless.. I am a fluff-whore. Pein and Kakashi fought. (dies) I think. Sasuke stared at her hard.. guess. They complemente d each other. sudden drea d pooling in the pit of his stomach. Sasuke was a noticeably more pleasant person to be around when Sak ura was with him. Sasuke-kun. Enh." Sasuke snarled lowly. Unrelated: 1) Newest Naruto chapter (I've lost track of the numbers). with his d ark good looks." he ordered in a detached voice. "Let's go home. with her delicate. "Wait. astonished. highly personal level.y here. Wait. instead beginning to walk towards to oblivious paleeyed boy. and Sakura was much less moody with Sasuke there to steady her . 2) Let me ask you guys something: is it weird to feed marshmallows to one's hors e? Because my mom seriously laughed at me for at least ten minutes straight when I explained to her why all the marshmallows were gone. Neji had gone and taken their rivalry to a new . He had never de . Kinda bored me. She also doesn't feel like even looking over the c hapter. now. of course not. as she had ended up throwing her arms around h is side. Still. "What are you going to do? Sasuke-kun. D: It's so sad. pinning his arm between her and his body. Neji had to admit that Sakura and Sasuke made a striking couple Sasuke. At first he had bee n mollified by his belief that Sasuke was not interested in Sakura romantically. he mused over his own situation involving one Haruno Sakura and one Uchiha Sasuke. Sakura didn't notice when they passed by Neji and the Hyuuga noticed t hem.less than enthralled. before turning in Neji's direction (the Hyuuga was talking to someone and hadn't thus far noticed Sasuke and Sakura's p resence). "Sasuke-kun." Sakura's voice took on an apprehensive edge. nursing a cup of tea and glaring at anyone that approached him." she appealed.. however. BECCA IS ASHAMED OF HERSELF. Sasuke-kun. mmkay? And I just had a revelation." Sasuke blinked once and look ed at her. and he tightened his grip on Sakura's hand as he shot the other genius a vicious glare. Except for Shino.
It was something strong and fierce and overwhelming in its subtlety. only cared for her.voted so much time and effort to winning the approval of one person. Neji. well. Neji nodded. Tenten. But Neji knew. "Um " They both turned and found Sakura (who had spoken) and Sasuke approaching them. Sakura smiled. he did. The same glare that Sasuke was directing at Neji at that moment. He probably wo uld have grown to love her over time. another voice interrupted. "Neji-san ?" Neji grit his teeth in irritation when a meek maid's voice interrupte d his thoughts. And thus Neji's campaign for Sakura's feelings went down in flames. Neji knew what she was trying to say. Sasuke's protectiveness. "Spar?" She nodded. Something t hat had been escalating and growing and strengthening between the two. he deemed it worth trying. Sasuke's hand enveloped Sakura's. Tenten's steady presence usually served to ease away distressing thoughts of h is. I don't think of you that way. He stood. "I understand." he instr ucted. making ma tters such as political ties completely irrelevant. But then he conceptualized that maybe it wasn't quite so unbelievable. "Wow. obviously relieved at not having to voice what she was trying to say aloud. and to accept one who had trampled over that con cept so irrevocably it was inconceivable to Neji. He turned to face her slowly. so must be seriously ticked off. He knew that he had never loved Sakura. Sakura smiled uneasily. "Ah. He was much too practical to pursue a relationship with a person that was so clearly going to end up with ano ther. . j ust when he was thinking that she was beginning to develop feelings for him as w ell. She had backed away. she was snatched away from him by a traitor. all of the touches. the alarm and incredulity in her eyes evident. Neji. Once she had realized what he was doing. Sa kura's devotion. however. He didn't think that he could ever love anyone that much although." Neji was in no mood for company. thoughtful glance at Tenten. "Usu ally you at least ask who the visitor is. Neji. Before they could begin." Indeed. After she had finished treating Hiashi she and Neji had been conversing in the hallway. The two stopped about five feet away from Neji and Tenten." came a voice from behind him. His gaze softened. uh. Sakura had immediately pushed him away. casting a brief . peering down at him from her stand ing position." she greeted. and they walked to the Hyuuga's private training yard. He recall ed all of the little moments between Sasuke and Sakura that he had witnessed all o f the glances. I'm sorry. "What?" he asked stiffly. "So. The maid flinched. And then Tenten was standing in front of him. and then. "Hi. I just wanted to " Sakura began uncomfortably. And he realized that what Sakura and Sasuke had was something t hat Neji couldn't even begin to understand. That might have been why he had tried to kiss her a few days ago. without a doubt. and some thing that amounted to desperation and frustration and misplaced anger led him t o back her up against the wall and try to kiss him. where they bo th dropped into ready positions. reminding Neji of the day before when he had p assed them on the street Sasuke's glare. all of the words. Neji considered telling her to leave before dismissing the thought . tell them to go away. his hand tight aro und Sakura's." Neji knew that voice anywhere. He couldn't even fathom how Sakura could love someone who had betrayed Konoha a sh inobi's village was everything. Neji couldn't imagine what s omething like that must feel like. you have a visitor. "Whoever it is. a practiced impassive expression sliding over face li ke a shutter. angry and territorial. that he never would have loved her as much or as strongly as Sasuke did. had Sakura returned his sentiments. Tenten echoed the pleas antry.' and fled. mumbling so mething about needing to 'get back to Sasuke-kun. Neji tensed automatically.
he came to what was most de finitely one of the most life-altering. no power to seek. the story) is gonna end pretty soon. Score. Sakura would never love him in that way again. that other way. staring at her as she slept.' Sakura seemed to think that the Hyuuga truly did understand. But can we please get ba ck to Sasuke now? I miss him. Hah. Funfun." Sasuke reprimanded. Eventually Sasuke found himself sitting cross-legged on the floor of Sakura's be droom. some way of letting the notion ease in subtly. but then then he'd found himself thinking that he wanted to kiss her still. terrifying. Y eah. I'm losing all my ski ll!" . and and everything would simply be alright? No family to av enge. but he was still very distressed. make he r his in name as well. verything Is Alright "Where are you going?" Sasuke asked suspiciously. Mostly because he knew that falling in love with Sakura was the worst thing he c ould have done under the circumstances. DEAL WITH IT. the sound of her breathing calm ed his troubled thoughts. as he laid seething and brooding in bed. head-banging to "Last Words" b y Thousand Foot Crutch. I don't believe it. Because what if Sakura did love him back? What would he do? What would he say? C ould he really just live happily ever after with Sakura? Marry her? The thought was almost inconceivable to him. That he could marry Sakura. She huffed.even if he does bring unnecessary drama to the st ory. just in case he got any funny ideas. to put it mildly. Oh. The notion had been creeping up on him for some time now. and then Sakura had insisted on going to the H yuuga Compound to clear things up with Neji which basically consisted of Sakura st arting to say something and then Neji just responding that he 'understood. YES IT'S SHORT. Yes. I WANTED IT THAT WAY. AND I have midterms tomorrow. knew that wanting to kiss someone w as not a platonic form of love. Like always. Kakashi's not gonna die. Because Sakura would never love him back.-Sasuke was not in the best of moods. beautiful way. He either has a trick up his sleeve or someone's gonna come save him. core-shaking revelations of his life: He was in love with Sakura. Nah. "Sakura. Except my teacher promised to give me a donut because I'm a genius!kid. Ohoh. much worse. It's all very distracting.. and I wanted to get thi s out early because I'm busy tomorrow and am not going to be home all weekend. so Sasuke didn't pu sh the case. ________________________________________ GUESS WHOSE LINE-THINGY WORKS AGAIN? In your face. Unrelated: 1) Chapter 423. and I periodically jumped around my room. He had caught her trying to edge out the door whil e she thought he was taking a nap.. And now? Now he knew that he loved her loved her in that way. That night. Then he'd come to the conclusion that he loved Sakura platonically . I haven't trained in three weeks. I think this (like. no brother to kill? Just waking up to Sakura's green eye s every morning? No. which. He'd been reflecting on the past day's events and had recalled his sudden urge t o kiss Sakura. First he had realized that he truly did care for Sakura. had been very h ard to admit. Yesterday he'd learned th at Neji had tried to kiss Sakura. a trivial w him. at the time. he told himself firmly. that special. Unless Missa hits me wi th a plot idea that calls for extensions. "Where are you going?" she muttere d rebelliously. And even Sasuke. Sakura crossed her arms and averted her gaze. At first he'd dismissed it as simply a passing fancy. And it's probably really wei rd and random because I was aim-ing the entire time I wrote it (as I still am no w). but he decided to keep a close watch on the pale-eyed boy whenever he was around Sakura. some escalation. "Sasuke-kun. socially stunted as he was. hurt her. He was only setting himself up to get hurt or much. Kenna. all part of some proce ss.
And then suddenly she was running. But still. watching her go. but you get mad at the people who care about you for trying to help!" Sakura gasped. Just for a l ittle while. real physical exertion! A little light training won't hurt me and will help me keep my skill up. Did it ever occur to you that I'm not letting yo u do what you want to do anymore because when I did. "Of course I do!" she yelled. Running away from him. Sasu ke-kun. "Sasuke-kun I " she shook her head. Seeing that he had gotten through to her. before her face turned beet-red. Sasuke-k un. She stuck her chin out defiantly. "Just spar with me a little. looking miserable. okay? I'm really sorry. she had looked like she regretted it the mo ment she said it. And all he could do was stand there. "Then just come back inside. You have no idea what's good fo r you. you stupid-h aired moron!" The instant that the words left her mouth. "Of course I do! I love you. C'mon. you stupid-haired moron!" "I love you. stupid!" he growled. Surely it couldn't be true. I don't. I greatly dislike problems. She was mistaken. "is that you get so caught up in helping and taking care of every goddamn person on the p lanet that you completely forget about yourself. "No. please?" She tugged at his sleeve. Now that ticked Sasuke off. She just thought that she loved him. dark eyes narrowed to slits. The Hokage s pecifically said no physical exertion for a month. "Why won't you ever listen to me? I told you n o. as s he had so many years ago. but I'm doing it for your own good. "Yes. -Sasuke stumbled around dazedly. still. it is. Is that so mu ch? Do you even care about how I feel?" Sakura stomped her foot. "You don't care about me. I can take care of myself and make my own decisions! Why won't you respect that?" Sasuke stepped closer so that he could purposely tower over her. "That is not true. "Forget about training. "I'm sorry. she grew extremely pale.Sasuke dug in his heels. treacherous hope that was growing. "Your problem. clenching her fists and making agita ted gestures. her eyes wid ening." he informed her." She stared at him." He sneered at her. "She meant like." she accused. "Of course I care about you. and I really don't like people pointing them out to me !" He ignored her. try to avoid them when I can. "Do you want to know what your problem is?" he hissed. I know I've been stupid. her original stubbornness returning. "H onestly. Surely that meant something. I don't think you care about me. Sakura loved him? Sakura loved him? Sakur a loved him? The very idea that Sakura could be in love with someone like him No. you became ill? Do you know how guilty I feel about what happened to you? Did you ever stop to consider how scared I was when you collapsed? Well. If there was even a possibility that Sakura loved him could maybe even l . "I know what's good for me. "No. You never stop to consider how much I worry about you." he coa xed. Sasuke could not crush the horrible. "I love you." "That's the point. All I'm asking for is your safety and well-being. You think I'm being mean. After all. he told himself. but I just " she bit her lip." he began. Sakura? You seem to have all the answers . Sasuke put his hands on her shoulders and tried to steer her back into the manor. "I will absolutely not allow you to train. pointedly a voiding her bewitching eyes. Really light." She immediately became rigid." He sliced her a frustrated glare. you stupid-haired moron!" "I love you " He still couldn't even conceive of it. For me?" "That's not going to work on me this time. though!" Sakura shouted. Sakura. I promise no jutsus or weapons or anything. outraged." Sakura rolled her eyes. seeking out Sakura's chakra signature.
ove him close to how much he loved her Suddenly he felt her chakra flaring.. " he said slowly. Very late." He didn't even stop to think about it. alack. "How could you even doubt ugh.Make sure to watch out for it. For example: when writing a story. though? I have a new SasuSaku multi-chap planned. This was my very first multi-chapter fic. -runs around in circles. unable to process what was going on. THERE WILL NOT BE A SEQUEL. She seemed surprised by what she saw . beautiful understandin g had bloomed between them. "Sakura. "More than anyone. his face pressed to her neck. letting l oose a flurry of chakra-enhanced punches and kicks in a training sequence. Yup. Sasuke immediately buried his face in her hair. But it's okay. clutching her to him an d refusing to relinquish her mouth even when his lungs began straining for oxyge n. and his fingers fell away." she blurted immedia tely. they were curled up on the couch for their ritualistic reading hour. I " He was cut off by Sakura's abrupt kiss. "Answer me.. Instantly. "I want to go home. "You never listen to me. a glorious. Sakura. backing her up against a tree. Do you love me?" "Yes. "I'm so sorry I just I was forget I said anything. which she hid by buryin g her face in his neck. frozen.. confused and surprised." he said lowly. She gape d at him. His own voice practically shook. "Sakura. They hadn't talked about what happened at t he training grounds. Sakura was gently stroking his hair. She blinked at him. Who knows. lame as this may sound." Sasuke felt as if he had been punched in the gut. Immediately alarmed." "Do you?" he demanded harshly. Sakura Sakura was And then he was kissing her back. stiff. I learned a lot from it. When they eventually did break apart.alas. I know you d on't feel the same way. so all you really got was this half-assed attempt. desperately. fiercely. Possibly a few related on eshots. "You don't love me. As I hope I have made abundantly clear.. which was in Team Seven's old training grounds. There'll be an epilogue-ish thingy after this because I know this chapter w as all random and WTF-ish. "You're the most oblivious person I've ever met. startled. But Sasuke had abandoned literature in favor of resting his head on Sakura's sh oulder. Sakura. t oo." He was a fool. There was Sakura. She ducked her head. ________________________________________ Um. her arms winding around his neck. and for so long. he rushed to its locat ion." He was almost pleading. Sasuke-kun. God. though. okay? Just forget. Sakura -That night. "Just tell me. he was beside her. Certainly not me. But anyway. Sasuke saw what hinted at tear tracks glistening on her face . "I'm sorry. "So you really didn't mean it. a fool. He sto od. releasing her limbs and using the pads of his fingers to wipe away all traces of her tears." she whispered. "What?" came her muffled voice. mmkay? Unrelated: 1) KAAAAAAAAAAAAAKAAAAAAAAASHIIIIIIIIIIII!!!!!!!!! -dies insideEverything Is Alright . but they didn't need to. Sakura . and all the proof that was needed was Sasuke's refus al to unwrap his arms from around her and the tender look in Sakura's eyes. I know--and I had such a good streak going. catching her punch and subduing her kick. "Sasuke-kun I you. Guess what. "I love you. I've never really known where I was going with this story. Please take me home. so just " "Do you know how badly I want to hit you right now?" he queried sharply. So much. Terribly sorry." he breathed." he murmured. suc h a goddamn fool She came out of hiding to peer at his face." Sakura. Hahahahahaha--yeah. Sasuke-kun. Can we plea se pretend this never happened? I " her lower lip wobbled. panting harshly. an d. running a hand through his hair. I'm really excited about it. HAVE A PLOT.
you and Sakura-chan finally got together. meanwhile. Sak ura was lagging behind. very funny. married! Or were you planning on just having a meaning less fling with my best friend. my mother?" overlapped with Sasukes bewildered o utcry of "Married?" Ino rounded on him. too. She gently disentangled the tape measurer from around Sasuke and handed it back to Ino. hmm? Is that it? C'mon. "Don't even start. answer me. her face hidden in her hands. did you? Ah well. that reminds me I lost the bet hey. "Ino " Sakura began. who was watching him expectantl y. found the whole scene terribly funny. okay?" she offered. her expression devoid of anything that told him what she wanted to hear from him. "Do you know how long I've been w aiting for you to get married? Do you?" Sakura's reply of "Who are you. Sakura just grinned in response. Uchiha. you never did stop bein g an awkward turtle. We 'll see how pretty you are with a black eye " "Ino.U. -"Your best friend is crazy. "Yes. stop it!" Sakura ordered as the tops of Sasuke's ears burned bright red. " You're embarrassing him " Naruto. Forehead." Sasuke glared savagely at him as he continued to resist Ino's ministrations. "Roses or lilies?" she asked him crisply as she extracted a tape measurer from h er pocket and looped it around Sasuke's neck. You're shino bi! You could go on a mission and die tomorrow! A meteor could hit the earth! A plague could spread! Naruto could say something intelligent and we'd all die of shock!" Naruto scowled and crossed his arms. huh?" Naruto leered. r oses or lilies?" "For what? Get off me! Sakura!" He stared accusingly at the green-haired girl. while Ino marched up to Sa suke. "We're only ninete en!" Ino arched an eyebrow imperiously. "Sh ut up. "I'm trying to take your measurements. at least we know you're not asexual anymo re! But damn. raising her hands in a placating manner. snatching her hand from his hair and holding it in .O." she reminded him cheerfully. now." Sasuke muttered sullenly as they walked away from t he Yamanaka Flower Shop. "Ah. "Funny. Sakura!" the blonde warned. tough guy. Ino. "What are your intentions for our dearest Sakura-chan? Speak up. "How long does it take to tell someone one thing?" he muttered. "Hold still!" she snapped. don't you think? I promise I'll let you a ttack Sasuke with a tape measurer and harass him about flower decorations some o ther time." he grumbled.?" The only reason that Sasuke didn't knock Naruto clear to the other side of Konoh a in the very beginning of his little monologue was because he was too focused o n waiting for Sakura to exit the flower shop. wait! It was just yesterday. "Took you long enough! But still it se ems like just yesterday you were an asexual. "Time is of the essence. "So is yours. Disgruntled and humiliated. Ino this is all a bit soon. "I'm gonna hold you to that. And today. dead-last! I " he snuck a glance at Sakura. sli nging an arm around his best friend's neck. leaving Ino and Naruto squabbling behind them. antisocial little awkward turtle. trying to fight off the tape measurer-wielding f emale. "I what the hell?!" he exclaimed. I ask again. bastard. Sakura and Ino stepped out of the shop. d'you think Shikamaru would accept an I. a t which point Sakura found it prudent to step in and save Sasuke from further mo rtification. Sakura ruffled his hair. her hands on her hips. "Not the point. Sasuke!" he snic kered. he growled to the group at large."So. ignoring Sasuke's betrayed hiss of "Sakura!" Ino's eyes softened. Oh . "Yeah. a 'make your insane best friend leave me alone' look in his eyes." She waved a dismissive hand at him and opened her mouth to say something else. don 't be shy. Actually." she cautioned. As if in response to his irritation.
" "Do you love me a lot?" was her follow-up question." -That night. all traces of her tears immediately disappearing. or a lot a lot. He drew a . but I didn't l isten to her! Now look what's happened my husband is cheating on me with a harem o f older women oh. She tore her hand out of his. "You little tw erp. "More than anyone and everyone and anything and everything else?" "Yes. But don't worry! It's not me." Sasuke pointed out reasona bly." Sasuke acknowledged wearily. She sighed happily and snuggled up to his side." Sasuke admitted. "Sakura. She looked offended. " So how about that pony. "Oh. Tears formed in the corners of Sakura's eyes. or a lot a lot a lot?" "That's a stupid question. just in case. "Sasuke-kun." " So you love me a lot a lot a lot?" Sakura smiled brightly. Humor me. Sasuke. a bad feeling forming in his stomach. I'm afr aid we're going to have to get a divorce. Is that so much to ask? Is it? Does that mean you don't lo ve me as much as you say? Do you not love me at all? If that's the case. We're through. Happy?" She beamed at him. I'd do anything for you. "Yes. burrowing further into his side. huh? Huh. Why'd you pause?" "Because you're going somewhere with this. "Alright!" he yelled. "Then answer the question. you're going to have to learn to answer all of my inane questions." "And you'd do anything for me?" " Yes. Sasuke's only response was to drop a kiss to her lips and mutter. Sasuke watched Sakura drift in and out of sleep. "I love you. "Alright." he groused." Sasuke accused. and then realized that there was no other way to say it. Then he remembered somethi ng. "but I like hearing you say it. do you love me?" He frowned at her. "Now you don't even want to marry me. it's you . either? That's it. I want all of your stuff gone by t omorrow. Sasuke-kun. I'm a girl and therefore i nsecure by definition. "Sasuke-kun." Sakura scowled at him. the shame I knew I should have dated Naru " Sasuke couldn't take it anymore. Sasuke-kun?" Sakura looked up at him.his own. A pause. "How much do you love me?" she pressed. and then: "The third one. He hesitated." he mumbled. "Like." "It's my house!" he snapped. Sakura tugged at his sleeve. no matter ho w much they embarrass you." He exhaled and spoke to the top of her head. "You already know the answer to that. "You paused." "The third what?" "The third option. "Yes. if you want this relationship to work. a lot. wondering how long it would take them to reach the manor and if he could put up with his green-eyed girl and her nonsensical ramblings un til then. pleased with herself." "I'm not embarrassed." "What are you even talking about? We're not married. as they lay in bed." he whispered." Sakura urged. "Yes! So th at means you'd buy me anything. content to stay up and watch over her." she conceded." Sasuke groaned. "Mmm?" she responded. so now you're going to leave me homeless and destitute? My mother was right when she told me not to marry you. her eyes shining beautifully." "Yeah. right? Right?" "Yes. "Sasuke-kun! How could you say that? All I want to know is how much you love me.
chattering excitedly. thanks? And if you stumbled upon this page by accident. Sakura. um." he murmured. Happy Thanksgiving. For reviewing and just putting up wit h me in general. "I'm glad. That counts for something. but they didn't have to work t o get to the front. his Sakura. to repeat everything she said three times. lovely in a pale yellow tank-top and a white skirt. But. for being myself and thus being amazing. it was my first ever multi-chap. Again. what.erm.. lifting her up briefly. very untrue thi ngs rocked my world. though.. too. Love ya. for being amazing. He rather liked it better than her game last week. And it was true. revealing the bright green that he loved so de arly. he was holdi ng the most beautiful girl in the world. If you took the time to alert and/or favorite this story and read all the ch apters. There stood Tsunade and N aruto except Naruto was wearing the Hokage robes. pat yourself on the back. I'm " she frowned. when people saw them. of course of course." she smiled. Sakura bounced up and down. I'd like to apologize for how I pretty much let this story go to hell in a handbasket. Sasuke looked at Sakura. "Oh.myself. amused. "What. go buy yourself something ni ce. she grabbed his hand. a girl that loved him. they would just part so that they could get through. Instead. "Come on come on come on!" He allowed her to lead him by the hand away from the manor. what to say. yeah. and then m e. A girl that was Sakura.. and then I hope to see you all at my next SasuSaku multi-chap! Not sure of the title. up the stairs and onto the porch of the Uchiha manor. and then also Becca. "Getting old. tugging. Once they were at the front of the crowd. "I KNOW. If you apply to that category. I'd like to thank. ever-pimping Sharon. all. shouting "Excuse me excuse me excuse me!" Sasuke wondered whether this was ano ther one of her games. The villagers were gathering." He was glad. "As you all know.." The crowd around the Hokage Tower was very dense. Her eyelids raised about halfway. and I finished i t. It should solve your problem.long breath. So expect something not-quite-soonish. guys? My older brother got arrested for underage drinking. RIGHT?!" Once she was sure she had everyone's attention.but right now I'm working the plot out with the he lp of the ever-helpful.. I need to thank the uber-fantastical Missa for en couraging me and coming up with ideas and ranting about anything and everything with me (but mostly about pretty guys). "Everything's alright. u m. And then. He caught her as she launched herself at him . This story is finished finished finished. Hmm.. just hit the Ba ck button." ." Sasuke said. God. Tsunade spoke. Y'know? Once again. even though it was the p eak of summer and an ungodly hot temperature. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. Sasuke-kun.. either. yet. but not-quite-later-ish. If you are just reading this story randomly. into the inner Villa ge. smiling. bro. Her eyes wide and bright and wild. ________________________________________ So guess what. "What's going on?" She beamed at him and pointed to the top of the tower.first of all. You can maybe anticipate a few oneshots from me. But hey. what to say.. It really kind of made him wonder what was happening. for being me an d thus myself and thus amazing. charged through them . But seriously? All of you guys that reviewed and said very kind. "I'm glad..? Kind of. when she addressed him only a s "Sasu-baby. what?" he asked.. -runs in circlesEverything Is Alright Epilogue(-ish thing) "Sasuke-kun Sasuke-kun Sasuke-kun!" Sasuke turned to find his green-eyed girl racing towards him. right.
smirking. She pressed them closer together so he would have more support. -One Month Later "Sasuke-kun. Hiya. This time Sasuke waited for her to d raw her knees up. then sat down on the end of her chair. "Kids these days " Naruto and Sasuke shared a glance. "Boys. "You !" Naruto laughed and cannon-balled in to join her. taking off her sunglasses. "Gods save you all. and he took her in his arms. "I hereby resign my position as Hokage and leave my post to y our new Rokudaime. but broke off when Naruto splashed water at th em. instead of just taking the occasional S-ranked mission when we f eel like it. "So. I've got you." he admitted. "Well. til ting his head for a better angle. He smiled into the kiss. hair wild and eyes green and God. using her legs as a bac k-rest." She walked away. shouting and celebrating. "Get a room. "He did it he did it he did it!" Sasuke watched her as she laughed and cried and screamed all at once. and rose to jump in the pool and give Naruto a good. right there in t he Tower." Naruto's blonde head bobbed." She removed her Hokage's hat and placed it j auntily on Naruto's head. boys. "Come here. In the water. The boy they'd used t o scorn had come to be a great Village favorite. treading water beside him. her red tankin i exposing a strip of her abdomen. heard Naruto splashing around. Naruto strolled over. We're all screwed. Naruto spoke. solid thrashing. can you go get me a drink. yellow locks disheveled. her sunglasses hiding her eyes. kissing him on the mouth. Sakura-chan. and she peered down at him. She wrung out her hair." Sakura raised her sunglasses. which caused Sakura to back up. if Tsunade would ever admi t such a thing." She swam over to him." Sasuke shoved him back. a nd Sakura. guys " They joined together to fling her into the pool. "As my first act as Hokage I order the immediate construction of a c ommunity pool!" Better than Sasuke had feared. looking thoroughly ridiculous in his bright orange swim-trunks. lifting her out of the pool. sputtering. "I am. but he was smiling. "Heyyy. Sasuke sat on the edge of the p ool. massaging his head in small circles. Sasuke took a moment to look at Naruto." She shook her head mournfully. He collected one of her hands. instead of chilling at the pool?" He grinned. "You guys are jerks. "I'll have you know that ensuring the happiness of my people is offi cial Hokage business. bastard. rubbing his thumb over her palm." He punched Sasuke playfully on the shoulder. you two! No one wants to see that!" This time it was Sasuke and Sakura who looked at each other. No rough-housing by the pool. please?" Sasuke glanced over to where Sakura reclined in a poolside chair. "But we're your jerks!" She hid a smile and went back to her chair. She surfaced. She noticed him watch . She smiled and bent down. and the situation devolved into a full-fledged scuffle b efore Sakura stood. "Some of us have real jobs. "Um." she continued. That would probably be his second act. Uzumaki Naruto. ankles brushing his. He'd thought for certain that Naruto's first orde r of business would be to build himself a personal ramen shack. The crowds cheered uproariously. she was so beautiful. Sakura took his hands and danced around. "You look happy. "Shouldn't you be working on official Hokage busin ess. He felt the sun on his face. grinning broadly. and Sakura bent forward.Sasuke concluded that it was indeed a very weird day. leaving Naru to alone on top of the Tower. Tsunade shook her head wryly. Perhaps he was dreaming. and outstretched his arms towards her. hands raised." Sasuke murmured. He leaned back. He breathed out. "What do you want?" Before she could answer. The blonde boy peace-signed. it's official." she remarked.
I should write an epilogue. "I love you. ho.. yo. So I did. I kind of want to write a sequel for this. But I don't know. and I'm still upset. when Karin wa s bein' all annoying and Sasuke was basically just like "Shut up. ALL OF YOU ARE NINJA GANGSTERS . Sasuke was happy. Karin got in trouble!" and Zetsu or whoever was like "Sasuke . So. It was still cute.. Unrelated: 1) Danzo. :) ." she whisper ed into his ear. Maybe h ave them go on some super-duper mission or something." Or something. ________________________________________ OHMYGOD. I forgot all about this story until like. Doesn't get any better than that.ing and swam closer.. Thank you everyone for the reviews and kind words and. maybe. Such. . You know. you've sure got a lot to deal with. A. I have a lot of other stuff I'm working on. As dictated by my histo ry. But.and I'm afraid I'll write the first few cha pters and then run out of ideas/lose interest/get bored.." and Suige tsu was like "Haha. winding her arms around his neck. in like. well. Bitch. when I was lik e. hey. So. the second-to-latest chapter. -seethes2) Team Hebi (or whatever they're calling themselves these days) had a cute mome nt! I'm so upset.kindly-worded reviews! You've no idea how much they mean to me.. right? Right.Yeah. Crazy.. two hours ago. Is. yeah. her wet cheek pressed up against his. from Sakura's POV mostly.
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