Author: cherubchan PM
SS: Sakura has had enough! She is forced into an engagement with the president's son, Naruto, whom her best friend Hinata is in love with. In a crimeriden city, will meeting an amnesic guy make things worse for her? DISCONTINUEDRated: Fiction T - English - Drama/Crime - Chapters: 4 - Words: 9,271 - Reviews: 17 - Favs: 9 - Follows: 9 - Updated: 01-22-08 - Published: 01-01-08 - id: 3983555
|A+ A- Full 3/4 1/2 Expand Tighten|
Finally, managed to post it.. Sorry to keep you all waiting. I am so eager to write this one! Happy New Year to everyone!
Special Thanks to Ah Sim, Scarletfirez, Safaia-chan and Kimiko for reviewing my past fanfic!
In conjunction with the new year, I have posted two fanfics: Silencer and Beast Within. Check out the other one too! Hope you all will enjoy this fanfic! Please R&R, OK? Without further ado, let's begin!
A catastrophic arrangement
All marriages are supposed to be the happiest moment in one's life.
"I have good news for you, Sakura!"
When one is engaged to their one, true love, everything in the world will fall into place. During the marriage, the bell rings and the music play beautifully. The sky is blue and the couple is excited about the days ahead.
A start of a new chapter in both of their lives. And they will go though it together.
"You are officially engaged to Uzumaki Naruto."
But what if one is not engaged to someone they truly love?
"WHAT THE FUCK MADE YOU THINK I WANTED ANOTHER GUY WHEN MY FIANCÉ DITCHED ME AT THE VERY LAST MINUTE?!?!?!?!" Sakura voice exploded across the room, her green eyes blazed with burning anger. Anger toward her aunt.
Okay, that didn't go as plan.
"Technically, it should be 'ex- fiancé'." Tsunade corrected.
Exasperation was clearly drawn on Sakura face. "I don't care about that! I am so NOT marrying Naruto!!!"
"How could you simply set me up with some random guy?" she bellowed, her voice strained as she tried to conceal the anathema that composed her voice.
"Sakura is engaged to Naruto?" Hinata thought.
Hinata just sat there in silence; her mind had flutter to some unknown place. Her brain was still recovering from digesting that huge chunk of information. It probably killed maybe a hundred of her brain cells. Or more.
In the background, she could hear the disastrous feud between the niece and the aunt. She slowly began to drift into her own world.
She bit her lower lip and clenched her fists tightly against her lap. She was just dumbfounded as the sentence, You are officially engaged to Uzumaki Naruto, keep replaying itself in her mental attic. The pain was just unbearable.
"Since you are clearly not fit to take care of your own well being, I must step in! You will be wed next month!"
"No way! You have NO such right to waltz into my private life or to decide who I'll wed!!"
"Oh yes, I do young lady! You have absolutely no idea how much right I have!"
"I don't give a shit about this asinine plan of yours but I'm not, and I really mean NOT marrying Naruto!"
The last two words emphasized itself in Hinata's brain. Then reality struck her with the impact and terror of a bolt of lightning.
Her best friend is getting hitched with the one man that she loved with all her heart.
Hinata had always known he liked Sakura, it was obvious. But Sakura had always rejected him, knowing that Hinata liked him; even though Hinata's attraction towards Naruto had been stark oblivious to him.
She dropped her gaze to the floor once more, avoiding both the arguing ladies from seeing her face. She just felt like disappearing.
"Why not? You knew him since elementary school! And besides, he has fancied you for a long time now."
"But the reason is that I don't love him!" Sakura shot back, her face in animosity.
"And..." She whirled her head towards the gloomy girl sitting beside her.
Sakura knew that this sudden engagement agonized every bit of her. She knew it all too well.
Hinata loved Naruto more than anything and has even been known to follow Naruto around without him knowing, her love reaching stalker's level.
She has indeed tried to confess her true feelings to him. But as all of us know, when Hinata is in a close proximity to the blonde, she'll either stutter too much when talking or flush too much. She is also well known for collapsing a couple of times before.
With Naruto's inability to notice the obvious combined with Hinata's extreme shyness complex, it's no wonder why both of them are not together yet.
She's way too shy. Too afraid that he will hurt her. She is already suffering.
I won't let it hurt her! Not this time!
"I REFUSE! THERE'S NO WAY YOU IN THE RIGHT MIND CAN MAKE ME!!!!" Sakura shouted with full force, standing up from her chair.
"Sakura-chan?" Hinata murmured inaudibly as she looked up to the pink-haired girl.
She saw in her face, determination, so strong, she became encouraged a bit. Sakura has always inspired her.
She was strong to speak her mind, to fight for what she believes in and that she has always been there for Hinata. Always.
Sakura tried to stare down that deathly glare Tsunade cast.
Suddenly, Tsunade's chair fell back with a loud thud as it hit the floor. The sandy haired woman then stood up and slammed both her hands on the table, snapping Hinata out of her trance immediately.
"You will do as I say! Or else..."
"Or else, what?!" Sakura retorted angrily.
"Or else, I'll FIRE you!" Tsunade paused a moment, daring her to fight back.
Sakura just stared at her boss, swallowing the words she had on the tip of her tongue. Her mind wasn't competent enough to organize any coherent words after hearing that.
The words seemed to send a jolt though her. It struck her badly.
Hinata's eyes widened in horror as she heard it. No! She can fire Sakura! She wouldn't...
Sakura stood there, her body erect and stiff. She balled her knuckles and clenched her teeth.
"S-Sakura-chan…" a small voice chimed in. Both the arguing ladies turned round.
"Congratulations for the en-engagement..." Hinata murmured nervously, beads of sweat popped out. Hopefully it will relieve some of the tension.
"Hinata-chan?" Sakura said, her face soften in confusion. Her expression turned bitter.
"Don't let your job go. Just m-marry N-Naruto-kun... H-He's very nice... He'll take care of you."
Sakura stood there paralyzed by what Hinata said. She couldn't accept it! Hinata loves Naruto not her! They should be together!
Why... Why Hinata-chan? Why must you be so fucking nice!?
Sakura stared at Hinata but Hinata didn't return the gaze. Instead she turned around so that she doesn't see the face of her disappointed friend. Sakura felt betrayed.
Hinata just couldn't let Sakura lose her job just because of her. It wouldn't be right!
"See Sakura? Even Hinata knows Naruto is perfect for you! Now, do you agree???"
Balderdash! It's all an act!
Sakura took a sharp breath first. She lifted her head up so that her emerald green orbs will meet her brown ones. She shot a tacit glare to Tsunade.
Why did you submit yourself, Hinata-chan? You're breaking your own heart... Why must you let it go through all the hardship again?
She stared hard at Tsunade, her body was shaking as she tried to suppress the anger that started to boil over. She looked over to Hinata again and was greeted by amiable face. Her smile didn't look genuine but forced.
Your face looks cheery but what do you actually feel on the inside?
"Well?" Tsunade said in apoplectic.
Sakura knew what she had to do this time.
"No…" she answered briefly. I won't let her get hurt even if she wants to!
Hinata looked at Sakura with astonishment and bewilderment.
Tsunade wanted to kill her but held her tongue back.
"Ah! Quit being a pansy and just agree to this! I can't ask Jiraya to cancel it just because 'you don't want to'. What will people think?" Tsunade slammed her palms on the table once more; hoping to knock some sense into her stubborn head.
But Sakura didn't budge one bit. Her eyes still blazed with her iron will to succeed.
"I won't do it."
That got onto her nerves. It made Tsunade go ballistic.
"But I've already signed the agreement!" she whined, voice raised.
"Who asked you not to ask me in the first place." She retorted brusquely.
Tsunade felt like ripping Sakura up. She finally succumbed.
"Okay, okay, okay. I'll make you a deal then." Tsunade said reluctantly, a hand tipped her chin in a bored way.
Hinata looked at Tsunade; her mood slightly lifted.
"Go on, I'm listening." Sakura said quietly, feeling relieved.
"I can't annul the engagement without a valid reason but…"
"But???" she repeated curiously, one eyebrow quirked.
"I'm sure Naruto will understand if..." Tsunade paused in aposiopesis.
This has certainly done a bang up job in driving Sakura to the wall.
"Bah! God dammit, just get on with it already!" she said impatiently.
"If... You love another man."
Sakura hesitated, and then she looked at Tsunade and saw on her face a hint of a smirk. Tsunade's eyes glowed with triumph.
She had already planned this!
"I'll have you know, I'm over guys!"
"I don't give a fuck about that, understand? Oh and one more thing, that man must also gain my approval as well."
"What sick world do you live in? You know I've already had it with guys! How the hell do you expect me to fall in love with another?!"
Okay, that's a good start. So how was it? I feel Sakura doesn't have a choice does she? Oh, by the way, Sakura is Tsunade's niece in my fic. Sorry if its too short... Don't kill me, it's my first fic.
Stay tuned and thanks for the support! Happy New Year! -waves-