AN: Sorry! I am really sorry that I took so long to upload this one. I never meant to take such a long hiatus, but it is what it is. I will be updating faster again, not as fast as before, but faster than I just did. I'm back in school, so I was busy with that on top of a job. I'm getting used to school, and I lost my job, so I'm in a better place when it comes to writing! YAY! So here's another chapter, please, please, please don't be put off of this story by the fact that I didn't post for a while
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Alright! Onto the story!
Naruto opened his eyes slowly, staring up at the ceiling. He felt as though there was a fog floating in his eyes. He lifted his right arm to try to wipe away the fog, but found it to heavy to lift. Naruto gasped in surprise as he felt Sakura re-adjust herself next to him.
It hit him then, and he swallowed heavily. He remembered, very exquisitly, just what they'd done and smiled widely to himself. The feeling in his body slowly returned to him, it was odd that something like that could be the thing that exhausts him the most. Naruto was renowned for his speed and stamina, but sex with his girlfriend tired him to the point of numbness. He shivered a bit at the thought, sex with his girlfriend, and his smile widened.
As his senses returned he could feel Sakura's hand absentmindedly sliding her hand up his bare chest. Naruto glanced at her, and his breath hitched in his throat, and he looked away quickly. Sakura was laying next to him, the blankets only coming up to about their hips, her bare upper half pressed tightly to Naruto's side.
He almost hit himself, he'd seen her naked before, the previous night even! Why was he so embarrassed? Naruto looked at Sakura again, not in any perverted way, but lovingly and softly. Her head was nestled next to his shoulder, so he shrugged himself lower, until his face was nearly level with hers, and kissed her forehead gently.
Previous night, before intercourse.
Tsunade was walking back to her office, it was a little past 1 in the morning so she decided she should let Naruto off the hook. She walked up to her office, swaying under her tipsy mind, and grab the knob, throwing it open.
"Hoookage-sama!" She said drunkenly as she walked in. She paused breifly for a moment, before bursting out laughing. She had obviously drunken too much because there were Narutos all around the room. "Oooor should I say samas." She corrected herself, chuckling.
"Yeah Baa-chan, you should say that!"
"I'm in too!"
"Don't count me out!" The Narutos were responding one by one, nodding their heads.
"But you're supposed to knock before you walk into the- Baa-chan what're you doing!?" The Naruto sitting behind the desk was interrupted as Tsunade starting bashing the heads of the clones. "The original said to tell you that this'll get done way faster with multiple, so long as he doesn't fall asleep we'll keep working!" Tsunade stopped after popping two Narutos, 6 left.
"Good plan!" She said, "Now get out of my spot, you can work on the floor." She demanded, the clone took a spot on the floor and continued working while Tsunade continued drinking and partying.
With Naruto and Sakura
"Are you okay? You seem a little different." Sakura said softly.
"Everything's fine Sakura-chan. I'm just tired, but unfortunately I can't go to bed. Baa-chan found out about the clones and demanded they continue to work, which means I can't go to sleep. For if I go unconscious the clones will no longer be sustainable and disperse." Naruto said, smiling slightly. He had just received the memories of the two clones, but no more, so surely Tsunade had demanded they work.
"Whoo! Keep working slaves!" Tsunade shouted as she leaned back in her chair. Her Naruto slave force working on her paperwork on the ground.
"Baa-chan!?" A clone said sadly.
"Not slaves! More like, indentured servants?"
"BAKA! That's practically the same!"
"Nuh uh!" This argument almost turned into a fight before Tsunade shouted for them to get back to work.
"Whatever you are, you're to do what I say. So keep working!"
Naruto had just received those memories, and almost laughed. He had received them late because his body wasn't awake yet, he reckoned. His lips still pressed to Sakura's forehead, he smiled softly. Naruto removed his lips from Sakura's forehead when he felt her stir.
Sakura moved slightly, finding that her headrest was no longer in it's previous position. She felt something warm pressed to her forehead, and it widened. Then it was gone, she almost groaned. She missed the feeling, the warmth of that thing pressed to her forehead. Sakura was so tired, she couldn't move any more than the small things she had been doing. Reluctantly she opened her eyes, and was met with a pair of striking blue eyes.
"Good morning, Sakura-chan." Naruto said to her softly. Sakura smiled softly at him, she certainly could get used to waking up to his face in the morning. With quite a bit of effort she moved her hand to his face and caressed his cheek.
"Good morning, Naruto." She said quietly, before moving to him and kissing him gently on the lips. Naruto kissed her back just as gently, basking in the feeling. When she pulled away he rested his forehead against hers.
"Um, last night was, a- amazing." He stuttered out, blushing madly as he wasn't sure how to take that sentence. He swallowed heavily, his nerves growing more unbearable, until he heard her laughter. Naruto's nervousness was immediately replaced by happiness as he heard her laughter. Laughter that made his heart melt, and his stomach do somersaults.
Sakura stopped laughing shortly thereafter, and looked him in the eyes lovingly. "It certainly was," She said softly, closing her eyes and kissing him again. Naruto smiled into the kiss, chuckling huskily when she pulled back. "Hey Naruto?" She asked him after his chuckling subsided.
"Yes my love?" He replied cheesily, which made her squint at him. "Yeah, I thought that'd be a little cheesy, but hey it's true!" She had to laugh at that. "But what? You seemed like you were going to ask a question?"
"Actually, I was. I just, I don't understand how you could never give up on me? Why you always tried to get me to be with you, even when I showed no signs of wanting to be with you." She said guiltily. "I'm glad you never did though, because if you had, we wouldn't be here right now."
Naruto chuckled lightly at her, "I'm glad too. As for why I never gave up, well simple. Would you give up on someone you love? Even if they seemed to be going the opposite direction? No, you wouldn't, which is also why Sasuke is back in the village. I love you, Sakura-chan, nothing is going to change that. I'll never give up on you." He said softly, smiling at her.
Sakura closed her eyes, smiling, a few tears leaking out of her eyes. Naruto wiped away the tears and she opened her eyes. "Thank you Naruto." She said, wrapping her arms around his neck and pulling him to her. "Thank you." When had he become so good with words?
After Naruto and Sakura fall asleep.
"Whoo! Pour me another, slave!" Tsunade said, she had stopped one of the Narutos to make him pour her sake.
"Baa-chan, what have I said about me being a slave." He replied, pouring her another glass. He set the bottle down, and suddenly all of the Narutos opened their eyes really wide and started shaking.
"What's going on?" Tsunade asked, but none of them answered, they just continued shaking. One by one they poofed out of existance, leaving Tsunade in a room fool of smoke. After the smoke subsided she looked at the remaining paperwork. Only about an inch of papers remained, the Naruto workforce had certainly done a good job.
After finishing the remaining paperwork herself she set out to beat Naruto for falling asleep on the job. She jumped across the village, landing on top of his apartment she dropped down to the nearby window that she found was always unlocked. Tsunade opened it up and stepped inside, where she saw a figure sitting at the table.
"The dobe's not here, if that's who your looking for." Sasuke said impassively as always.
"Than what are you doing here?" Tsunade asked, her suspicion rising.
"Waiting for him to get back of course." He replied, "He... Helps with the nightmares..." Sasuke continued, showing an uncharacteristic ammount of emotion.
Tsunade stood there, not sure how to respond, but also very surprised that the Uchiha had opened up so much. "I see." Is all she could muster before she turned and left the way she came.
Tsunade hopped across town to the other place she might find Naruto. He and Sakura had been spending a lot of time together. She landed at Sakura's front door and lifted her hand to knock, before deciding against it and quietly opening the door.
The couch was empty. So maybe Naruto wasn't here after all. She turned to leave before she heard a deep voice mumble something about Sakura, coming from Sakura's room. Oh, they share a bed. She thought to herself. She crept over to Sakura's bedroom door and opened it quietly, peeking inside.
Tsunade gasped at the naked forms of Naruto and Sakura pressed up against one another. They were covered by a blanket to a little higher than their hips, which Tsunade was happy for. She closed the door quickly and quietly before fleeing the scene. Next time, she would knock.
Sasuke woke up to the feeling of a familiar chakra nearby. He picked his head up off of the table to see Naruto standing by his bed a few feet away from him. Naruto was smiling softly at him, and Sasuke looked away.
"I'm sorry Sasuke," Naruto said softly, looking out the window. The sun was shining bright, it was about 2 in the afternoon. "You must've waited up all night, and I forgot that you had recently gone to the compound. I should have known that last night you would've come to talk to me about it, and I'm really really sorry." He finished guiltily.
Sasuke stood up from his spot, stepping away from the chair and pushing it in lightly. "Whatever, Dobe." He said, walking toward the window behind Naruto and opening it.
"So I suppose you don't want to talk?" Naruto asked, turning and looking at him. Sasuke looked back for a moment, before jumping away, answering the question with silence. "I'll take that as a no then." Naruto said, before going to change his clothes.
Sasuke jumped through the village for a while, catching the eye of almost no one. One pair of eyes caught him though, but more accurately caught the look on his face. Sadness. A look almost no one had seen on the normally stoic Uchiha. She paid for her groceries, before politely excusing herself to chase after Sasuke.
After some jumping, Sasuke stopped in Team 7's normal training ground. He could feel her following him, but decided not to do anything about it. Sasuke activated his Sharingan before throwing some kunai toward a tree. In a blur he appeared in front of the tree before the kunai could strike and he blocked them with his recently drawn sword. He threw some more kunai, two at one tree and three at another. He blocked the two with his sword before they could hit and threw shurikan to block the other three.
Sasuke walked back into the clearing, leaving the thrown weapons, and practiced his chidori senbon, chidori stream, and chidori. After a while, Hinata stepped out of the treeline. Sasuke looked over to her, his usual indifferent look on his face, and went back to training.
"Hello, Sasuke-kun." Hinata said gently, half bowing to the Uchiha. Sasuke looked over to her, before stopping and flipping his hair out of his eyes.
"Hn, what do you want Hinata?" Sasuke asked stoically, his Sharingan reverting back to normal black eyes. Hinata lifted her bag of groceries toward Sasuke.
"These were initially meant to go back to my house on the compound, but I was wondering if... You. Wanted to.. Would like... To have a picnic with me?" She stuttered out, looking away. She had actually been planning on asking the Uchiha to have a picnic with her, so she had gone out and got the stuff she wanted to bring.
Sasuke closed his eyes and let his head roll to the side, almost resting on his shoulder. After a few moments he opened them again. "Why not." He replied quietly. Hinata looked back at him and smiled softly.
"Great!" She said happily. She walked over toward the Uchiha, avoiding the scorched grass and sat down, setting the basket in the grass next to her. Sasuke came and sat next to her, absentmindedly running his fingers through the soft grass. He closed his eyes, still tired from the night before, and accidentally drifted to sleep whilst sitting there.
Sasuke wandered through the streets of the Uchiha Compound, his kin's bodies littered the streets. He hurried to his home, bursting in to see his older brother, Itachi, standing over the bodies of his parents.
"WHAT HAVE YOU DONE!?" He yelled, tears streaming down his face.
Sasuke was backed against a wall, Itachi stalking toward him. Itachi's hand was raised to take Sasuke's eyes. He continued to walk toward a paralyzed with fear Sasuke, without the help of the cursemark which Itachi removed, Sasuke didn't have any chakra. Itachi reached him, and lifted his hand further, poking Sasuke in the forehead with his index and middle fingers, "Sorry Sasuke, maybe next time."
Sasuke opened his eyes, breathing heavily and a tear running down the side of his face.
"Sasuke-kun?" Hinata asked, setting aside the picnic stuff. "Are you okay?" Her voice was gentle. Sasuke looked over to her for a moment, before looking at the grass and wiping the tear away.
"I have to go." He said, standing up. Hinata stood up as well and gently placed her hand on his arm.
"Sasuke-kun, what's wrong?" She asked, concern lacing her voice. Sasuke tensed under her touch, but didn't move any further. "It's okay, you can talk to me." She said softly, stepping closer to him. "I'm here for you." Sasuke closed his eyes and clenched his jaw a bit. He released a shaky breath before looking at Hinata, his eyes clearly showing his pain.
"Have you ever hated someone so much, that you made it your life goal to kill them? And after killing them you found out you were wrong, so you made it your goal to kill someone else? I've done so much wrong, and I can't find any way to fix it. No matter how much I try to make it go away, that feeling remains, haunts me. Especially when I sleep." Sasuke said, shaking his head and looking at the ground, a few more tears slipping from his eyes.
Hinata tightened her grip on his arm and pulled him toward her, wrapping her arms around him. Sasuke was shocked, he tensed slightly against her. "You were misinformed, and under an influence from a curse. You didn't have control." Hinata said, hugging him closer to her. Sasuke slowly loosened up, and slowly wrapped his arms around her, laying his head on her shoulder. "You can open up around me, Sasuke, I'll never think bad of you." Hinata whispered.
Later on in the morning, after she had kicked Naruto out because she had things to do, Sakura got up and took a shower. Whilst in the shower she preformed a jutsu, which she had talked with Naruto about, that would ensure she didn't get pregnant from their activities last night. She wanted kids, but they both agreed that it was best not to have any now.
She got dressed, ate a quick meal, and left her apartment to the hospital. Work was slow today, only working on a few genin who had gone a little to far in their spar and injured each other. She sat at her desk in her office, wearing her white overcoat, doing paperwork.
"I have an amount of paperwork that rivals shishou's." She mumbled to herself, continuing to work. Sakura at least hoped to put a dent in her paperwork before her lunch break. She worked diligently, never taking time to look away from the paperwork. After she had made what she felt was a decent sized dent in her paperwork, she looked at the clock.
"What?! How is it possible that it's almost 11 o' clock at night!" Sakura yelled. She put her head on her desk, "I'm just as bad as Naruto." She mumbled, lifting her head a little bit, before dropping it back down onto the desk.
"Hey I take offense to that." She heard a voice behind her. Sakura stood up and swung her kunai at the voice without thinking. "AGH! Sakura-chan what the hell! Are you trying to kill me!" Naruto yelled, not quite dodging the kunai in time and getting a cut across his cheek. Sakura studied him for a moment, noticing one of his hands wrapped around a kunai stabbed into the wall next to him.
"When did that get there?" She asked, pointing at the kunai in question. "Why didn't you tell me you put a Flying Raijin kunai in my office?"
"Well this is the first time I've seen you since this morning." Naruto said, rubbing the blood away from the healed cut on his cheek. "You're lucky I heal fast, or you'd've had to heal that." he mumbled, smiling at her. She shook her head and rolled her eyes.
"Whatever... Baka." She said, smiling.
Sasuke lay on his back, looking at the stars. Next to him, Hinata was also laying on her back looking at the stars. They had been at the training grounds all day, talking and eating the little bit of food Hinata brought. Sasuke had never been happier.
No words had been spoken for a while, and that was okay with both parties. They were spaced out about 5 inches from one another, both had their arms under their heads and were relaxing. Out of the corner of his eye, Sasuke could make out the rise and fall of Hinata's chest, he could see her tight fitting shinobi pants and purple jacket. Her jacket was unzipped slightly, exposing more of the fishnet she wore underneath. Sasuke thought about what he was doing for a moment, and focused on the stars.
Sasuke had since ditched the clothes he wore when he was under Orochimaru, choosing to wear a much more casual attire. A black zip up jacket, much like Naruto's, but solid black with the only color being the Uchiha Clan emblem on the back. Underneath it he wore a dark gray shirt that hung loose on him. He wore dark black pants and shinobi sandals, opting to still have his sword strapped to his back, he wore a black cloth that he tied around him like a belt, though his sword and belt were resting on the ground above him.
Hinata shivered, and sat up. She zipped up her jacket and wrapped her arms around her legs, drawing her knees close to her chest. "I think it's time for me to go h- home." She said, shivering again. Sasuke sat up as well.
"Okay, I'm staying here... For a while." Sasuke said, laying back down on his back and looking at the stars again. Hinata looked at him confused for a moment, wondering what he meant by that.
"Where do you stay at night, Sasuke?" She asked, starting to collect the picnic things she'd brought. Sasuke shrugged, closing his eyes.
"Wherever I can. No one will rent an apartment to me, claiming 'He has a home in the Uchiha compound.' Though I know it's because of what I did. Yet another thing that won't go away from something I did wrong. I... I can't stay at the compound... Not yet." He said, sighing heavily. Hinata gasped lightly, before nodding her head.
"So, you sleep outside?" She asked, and he simply nodded his head. "W- W- Would... You l- l- like to s- stay with me? I- I mean! You can sleep on the couch!" She corrected herself quickly. Sasuke opened his eyes to look at her.
"Are you sure you wouldn't mind having 'a murderer' and 'a traitor' sleeping on your couch?" He asked sadly, but hopefully. She smiled softly at him, and nodded. She set down the stuff and moved closer to him, wrapping her arms around him again.
"I don't think you are either of those things." She said, giggling softly. He chuckled as well, and she let go to pack up the rest of the stuff. She liked his laugh, she decided then, and she would get more of it from him.
AN: And there's that! HOLY SHIT! I am very very sorry about the 2 month wait on this chapter. I really never meant for that to happen and I wish you guys will forgive me. Hopefully I can get another chapter up this week, to make up for the wait. And after that I think I'll post these chapters on Fridays, if not every Friday, every other Friday. Anyways, thanks for reading and please please please review!