My second fanfic! I hope you all enjoyed my first one! I'm overjoyed about the reviews I received. I'm really not sure about a sequel now... I dunno what to write for one. Anyway here is a new story for now! Hope you like it! It might be hard to update because of school but I'll try my best! There may be some bspoilers/b in the beginning, but the rest is all my work. But... just to let you know it is based on this: Sasuke has left to join Orochimaru and Naruto,Neji,Kiba,Shikamaru, and Choji are on a mission to bring him back. I have decided to have Sakura training to get stronger... and well now I'm spoiling my story lol.
Chapter 1: The Beginning
' I am weak...
I need to get stronger! '
Sakura thought as she was training. She punched a tree... it cracked. Sakura was frustrated...but who could blame her? Her life had been a living hell lately. Sasuke had abandoned the leaf village to join Orochimaru and a group of people with Naruto had gone after him. She felt helpless. Kakashi was busy doing missions, so he couldn't train her. She had to do it alone, with no one for company. Sakura shook her head, break time was over, time to train. She looked up to see a large cliff so high in the air it made her head spin. Sakura quickly gathered chakra to her feet and began to climb it. Thoughts raced through her head, they were memories, memories that could never be forgotten.
' Hey look it's the forehead-girl!
You are annoying.
Cry-baby Sakura! '
Her facial expression changed from tired to that of a determined and annoyed person. She was going to show them all she wasn't weak! She started climbing at a rapid rate, when something caught her attention. A small flower fell down from the top of the cliff. Sakura snatched it and examined it, while still hanging. It was a cosmos. Sakura smiled at the memory...
' Ino-chan... why did you give me this ribbon?
Because... I thought it would be a waste for you to wither away as a bud. There is no meaning to a flower unless it blooms... and it might turn out to be... a flower more beautiful than a cosmos. '
That was the day she started to believe in herself, thinking it would be nice if it were true. As she continued to climb, the good memories came.
' Sakura... you should have noticed it first right? Your anatical ability and genjutsu know-how are the most improved on our team.
Your chakra control is quite complete. '
She stopped again as the image of a dark-haired boy and a blond haired boy popped into her head.
" Sakura, " the dark-haired boy spoke. " Thank you. "
She stood there overflowing with tears in front of the blond. He offered her a friendly smile and said, " I promise I'll bring Sasuke back! "
Sakura smiled. ' I'm doing this for you guys too. I promise I won't let you down! ' She gathered another set of chakra to her feet and stomped the ground. After a large leap, she found herself at the top of the cliff. She smiled confidently as she gazed at the view of her village. She looked out towards the foreign lands, wondering how her two friends were doing. She layed her head down to rest against the trunk of the tree. Many cosmos layed around her, they were so beautiful. She picked a few, and then began to make her way back down the cliff. She made it down just in time for sunset. Her stomach began to growl, so she made her way to Ichiraku (the ramen shop). Little did she know that she was being watched by someone on top of the Hokage Monument.
Ichiraku had its usual amount of customers, with the exception of a noisy blonde. Sakura made her way to the counter. She sat on a stool next to her former sensei, Iruka.
" Oh hey Sakura, " he said in a cheerful tone.
" Hello Iruka-sensei. Have you completed your missions already? "
" Yes I have, but I'll have more tomorrow. It's not easy teaching at the academy and performing missions at the same time. "
" Yeah. So, have you heard on Kakashi's status? "
" He's so busy with his missions that he has hardly no time to even rest. But, he's a jounin so he's used to it. We're going through a rough time now, and the village needs money. "
" I see. Well, have you...er...heard anything about...um... Naruto's mission? " She looked up to him, he had a concerned look on his face for a moment.
" No, I'm afraid I haven't. I believe that Naruto's group is still searching for Sasuke. If they don't find him within four months then the mission may be called off. " Sakura froze at that statement. She couldn't believe it, would they really just give up like that?
" What about Sasuke-kun? Don't they care about bringing him back? Why would they just give up? " Iruka hesitated for a second then spoke,
" Well, of course we want Sasuke back, but there are certain obstacles. He isn't with normal ninjas, he's with Orochimaru. I was persuaded to go, and we all know that. But... if he's been gone that long... he's probably already pledged his alligence to Orochimaru. He will be considered a dangerous missing-nin. " Sakura's heart started to break. Would Sasuke REALLY turn against the leaf? Against his former teammates?
" I-I see..." Sakura whispered. Iruka decided not to continue to talk about Orochimaru.
" So, judging by how exhausted you look... you've been training?" Iruka questioned. Sakura blushed.
" Yeah. "
" That's good. I guess you have no one to train with then huh? "
" No, I'm all alone. With Kakashi out on his mission and Naruto and Sasuke out... I'm the only member of Team 7 here. "
" Don't worry, it will be alright. " Iruka tried to cheer her up. She smiled. They talked about how things were going at the academy while they ate their ramen. Iruka decided to pay for Sakura since it was the least he could do.
" Thanks Iruka-sensei. "
" No problem. Good luck with your training! " Sakura nodded, then turned to walk home. Her parents had been completing many missions, and they had already gone to sleep. She studied a few scrolls for an hour, then headed up to her room. She was in about to climb into bed, when something caught her eye. Laying on her dresser was a picture frame containing a picture of her and her team. She smiled and giggled, but her laughter turned into a few silent tears. She leaned beside her bed and prayed for them.
' Please keep them safe and bring them home safely. '
She hopped into bed and pulled the covers over her.
' Everything will be back to normal... I hope. '
Well... a...er... interesting first chapter. Tell me what you think, I won't continue if you guys really hate it. The story isn't totally focused on Sakura, so we'll be seeing some of Naruto and Sasuke in the next chapter. I'm not sure if I'll have any SasuSaku in this...but I still love that pairing ^_^. R&R! I hope to update soon!