Author: ohwhatsherface PM
100prompts. 007 Work. The audition line looped around the block. It appeared everyone wanted to work for the Cirque d'Uchiha.Rated: Fiction T - English - Sasuke U. & Sakura H. - Chapters: 4 - Words: 5,067 - Reviews: 92 - Favs: 84 - Follows: 78 - Updated: 04-17-13 - Published: 02-17-13 - id: 9022018
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Prompt: 014 neglect
Characters/Pairings: Sakura, Naruto, Sai, Sasuke; Sasuke/Sakura
Warnings: post-canon, fluff
Summary: So apparently it's Valentine's Day...
Disclaimer: I do not own Naruto
It started with a bouquet of wildflowers that Naruto picked from the side of the training field. There were yellows one, purple ones, white ones, and a few that looked like weeds. All in all, someone like Ino would have scoffed at the makeshift bundle, but to Sakura they were perfect.
Naruto looked surprisingly bashful. His eyes were downcast and his cheeks were tinged with pink, but he still grinned brightly as he held out the flowers. Sasuke just thought he looked like an idiot – an idiot with a propensity for sucking up to the one who healed his injuries (and, to be fair, also usually delivered said injuries). Still, for an idiot, Naruto knew when to act.
"These are for you!" he stated loudly, shoving the bouquet into her hands.
"Huh?" Sakura stared down at them with a look of shock. "Naruto!" she cooed. She tackled him with a hug.
He returned the smile. "Happy Valentine's Day, Sakura-chan!"
Sasuke frowned. What?
Sakura was still giggling. "Oh, you're the best!" she yelled, hugging him again but careful not to crush his flowers.
"Nope!" Naruto replied. "You're the best, which is why you get flowers!"
Sasuke rolled his eyes. Really?
But Sakura was charmed. "They're lovely," she told the blond, sniffing at the freshly picked bundle. "Thank you so much, Naruto. I love them."
Sasuke wanted to scoff at how pathetically happy she was. They were just flowers – and at that, they were flowers Naruto picked from the field. The field where they trained. Really! He didn't even put any money or real thought into the gesture, so why was Sakura acting like he just made her day?
Her happy coos drew Sasuke out of his frustrated thoughts and Sasuke watched silently as she pressed a kiss to Naruto's cheek.
He met Naruto's eyes and scowled when the blond failed to supress his smug smile.
When Sakura went away to go get Sai so that they could go out for lunch, Naruto couldn't help but snigger Sasuke's way. "So…"
Sasuke raised an eyebrow, refusing to give Naruto the satisfaction of a response. When Naruto returned his silence, Sasuke almost growled. "What, idiot?"
Naruto beamed. "What did you get for Sakura-chan?"
"Nothing," Sasuke replied slowly. "Why would I get something for Sakura?"
"What?" Naruto's smile fell and he looked at Sasuke like he was crazy. "Are you kidding me?"
"Sasuke!" Naruto shouted. "It's Valentine's Day!"
"SO?!" Exasperated, Naruto pulled at his hair. "You're like… dating her or something, aren't you?" A touch of red brushed his cheeks but Sasuke did not confirm, so Naruto rolled his eyes. "Fine. Well, whatever you guys are, if I managed to get her a present and we're just friends, it'll look really bad if you don't."
Sasuke contemplated the matter. They weren't just friends, per se. Friends didn't go on occasional date-like things or have adult sleepovers or—they weren't friends. But at the same time… Well, Sakura seemed to be with content with where they were. Or, at least, she never tried to change it. Sasuke was always in a state of confusion when it came to her. She didn't say she wanted to be them to be "exclusive" or whatever that word was, she had yet to ever use the L-word around him, and honestly, she had a tendency of kicking him out in the morning or leaving really early because apparently she had work.
But they weren't just friends.
"I don't—" Sasuke stopped himself and looked up. Sakura was approaching them with Sai in tow, but she was too distracted by Naruto's gift.
He heard Naruto sigh and felt him pat his shoulder consolingly.
And he pretended not to hear Naruto mumble something along the lines of "what an idiot" under his breath.
Things only got better when they went out for lunch. The four decided some barbecue would be a good idea, so Sakura sat with Naruto on one side and with Sasuke and Sai on the other. They made idle conversation while Sakura occasionally paused to sniff the bouquet Naruto had given her, smile at him, and ruffle his hair.
Sasuke was big enough to acknowledge that the affection she showed Naruto was more maternal or sisterly than romantic, but seeing his not-quite-girlfriend acting so lovingly towards another person just didn't sit well with them. So naturally, it didn't help when out of nowhere, Sai pulled out a pink heart-shaped box and presented it to Sakura.
"Hag, it has come to my attention that as per social norms, I am to present you with flowers and/or chocolates today. However, as Dickless has already accomplished the former, these are for you."
Sakura eagerly took the box of chocolates and made a noise of appreciation. "Sai!" she all but shouted. "These are from that chocolate place inTea Country!"
Sai nodded. "Yes. I believe there is a small inscription on the side that says as much."
His sass didn't annoy her like it normally would. Instead, Sakura went around the table to launch herself onto Sai, nearly knocking into Sasuke in her haste.
When she finally pulled away, everyone could see the true glee on her face. "Sai, these are literally my favourite chocolates ever! How did you know? And how did you get them?!"
Sai shrugged. "You mentioned it once before. And I went there."
Across the table, Naruto rolled his eyes and mouthed "show off," while Sasuke sat there stiffly.
"Ah!" Sakura squealed. "Sai, I can't believe you remembered. I mean, Naruto and Sasuke still don't know my favourite colour I'm sure."
"I know your favourite colour!" Naruto automatically declared. When he got everyone's attention, he said as surely as he could, "Pink."
Their attention moved to Sasuke, and feeling their eyes on him, Sasuke sneered. "It's green, idiots." He felt mildly insulted when Sakura looked surprised that he knew. Sakura's eyes lingered on him and something in his stomach felt like it was trying to claw its way up through his throat. Sasuke promptly looked away from her.
"Well, enough of that," Sakura mumbled. She hugged Sai once more and returned to her seat, now gifted with the chocolates and flowers.
When she eventually left ahead of the boys to get to her shift at the hospital, Naruto let out an evil cackle.
"So like on a scale of -1000 and Worst Boyfriend in the History of Universe, where do you think you stand?" the blond asked.
Sasuke sneered. Dropping some cash on the table, he walked out of the restaurant.
He'd show them.
It didn't sit too well with him that she seemed so surprised to see him sitting inside her apartment after her evening shift at the hospital.
"Sasuke? What are you doing here?"
Sasuke glared and pointed at her accusingly. "I'm going to give you the best Valentine's Day night you can possibly imagine!" he declared, not realizing how silly he must have looked and sounded. But the sight of Naruto's flowers arranged in a vase on her coffee table and Sai's chocolates half-finished had sent him into one of those "jealous rage" things.
He shoved a single rose into her hands, along with a bag of chocolate-covered coffee beans that he knew she loved, and a stuffed dinosaur that he strategically tied a red ribbon around.
"These are your gifts," he stated. He proceeded to drag her towards the bedroom, where he all but pushed her through the door and—
Suddenly, Sakura burst out laughing. "Candles? Rose petals?" She looked at him, utterly astonished. "Sasuke!"
Gritting his teeth, Sasuke eased her out of her top and repeated tersely: "Best. Valentine's. Ever."