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Chapter 6:

"Sakura. Sakura. Sakura!" she heard, pulling her from her dreams. Thank the lord, Naruto dressed up as a bear running around trying to hug was scary enough.

"W-What, Sasuke," she grumbled.

"It's almost seven," she heard from next to her. "Don't you need to get up?"

It had been six months since Tsunade first gave Sasuke the probation, and since that night that he told her about everything he had kept bottled up inside, they both had slept on Sakura's bed together. Neither got too clingy in the night, and respected the other's personal space, so it wasn't as bad as they thought it would be.

Wait. Did Sasuke just say it was almost seven?

Sakura shot up from bed, almost banging her forehead on Sasuke's, but he moved out of the way just in time. "Why didn't you wake me sooner?!" she scolded him, scrambling out of bed.

"I just got up too," he said, a yawn verifying his statement.

They both had slept late last night, watching movies and eating popcorn.

"Ugh!" she groaned. She grabbed an outfit for the day, dashing into the bathroom and taking a record-time shower. She barely got the shampoo out of her hair.

She skipped breakfast and just about ran out the door. "Sorry, Sasuke, make your own breakfast today!" Without waiting for a response, she slammed the door shut and ran off to work.

Sasuke was still in bed, in awe at just how fast she managed to get ready. He rubbed the remnants of sleep from his eyes and got up, ready to start the day. After he cleaned up their (their?) room, he made himself a simple breakfast before going out as well.

He almost ran into Naruto as he walked out of the house, alone. He didn't need to have ANBU escorts anymore (thank God, because those two were getting as annoyed as he was).

"Yo! I haven't seen you since like…2 days ago!" Naruto joked.

Sasuke rolled his eyes. "Whatever, dobe."

"How have you and Sakura-chan been?" Naruto asked as they walked together to an unknown location.

Sasuke nodded. "Good. We've actually gotten pretty close."

"Whoa, really?"

He nodded again, kicking stones that were on the path they walked.

Naruto laughed, as if he was unable to believe the situation. "It's so weird hearing you talk like this. You used to really hate her."

"I never hated her. She was just annoying." Gosh, why did everyone think that he hated the pink-haired kunoichi in their childhood days. Just how rude was he to her exactly?

"Whatever it is. It's still weird hearing you guys and how close you are. I mean, it's nice. But weird."

Sasuke shrugged. What was so weird about having a friend? Was it wrong? He looked in front of him, now realizing that they were on their way to their old school.

"How…How have you and Hinata been?" Sasuke asked.

Naruto looked at him, shocked that he was asking about his girlfriend. His girlfriend. A goofy smile dominated his face and he leaned back, face towards the sky. "Great. She's so amazing. I think I might be in love, Sasuke."

This got Naruto a sidelong glance from Sasuke. It was abnormal to see the dobe so serious about something. That too, about a person, about love.

Sasuke's stomach churned. Over these months that he had been with Sakura, he and Sakura had gotten quite close. Closer than the Uchiha would have liked to admit. But he couldn't say that he hated it. It was nice having a presence there that could be counted on. It was nice having someone to spend the day with, to cook with, to live with, to be with.

He hadn't had that since his childhood days and although somewhat foreign, it was still liked. It never failed to leave him with a happy feeling in his chest.

But then that lead him to ask was it just that another person was there for him or the fact that Sakura was there for him? Was it…actually possible that he…maybe…somewhat liked her?

Sasuke had these thoughts for months now. And the more time he spent with her wasn't exactly helping his case. Living with her and being with her more clouded his head with thoughts of her and only her and he didn't like that.

Sasuke didn't like at all that he was so reliant on someone yet again. After all, bonds made you weak.

But…what about a bond so strong that helped you become a stronger person?

Ugh, this was all so confusing and annoying and he-



Naruto sighed. "I've been calling you, like, three times now. Are you okay?"

"I'm fine." He hesitated. Should he tell Naruto? Naruto would probably laugh and tease him, but Sasuke knew that the kyuubi's holder would never judge him. After all, Naruto was judged and ostracized his entire life, so why would he do the same to his few friends? "How did you know that you were in love with Hinata?"

Naruto eyed him. "What's with all the love questions?"

Before Naruto could scrutinize the situation anymore, Sasuke shoved him as a distraction. "I'm just asking."

Shrugging, he said, "I don't know. It happens over time. It's not like I just woke up one day and realized 'Oh, I love Hinata-chan.' It's more like the more time you spend with them and the more time you get to know them, the more you fall in love and I guess when you finally say it, you realize the reality - that you are in love. It's steps at a time, though." Recognizing that he was babbling, he looked at Sasuke who seemed to be deep in thought again. Naruto rolled his eyes. Did he just say all that to get ignored again?


"I gotta go," Sasuke cut him off and disappeared into a poof of smoke.

"What the hell."

When Sasuke reached the hospital that Sakura worked at, he barged in the doors, immediately going to the front desk, about to ask what Sakura's schedule was when said girl noticed him. "Sasuke? What are you doing here?"

Sasuke went over to her and grabbed her wrist, dragging her to a secluded hall. He looked around, ignoring her protests. The flickering light. The extra clean and sterile pungent smell of hospitals. It wasn't the ideal place to say what he was going to but it was going have to do.

"Sasuke! What the heck? Let go."

Sasuke finally let go of her wrist and took a deep breath. "This is going to sound really weird."

"What do you mean?" When he didn't answer, she spoke again. "Sasuke, if you have something to say, hurry up; my schedule is filled to the brim today."

"Don't worry about your schedule right now. Don't worry about anything. Just…just listen." He looked away. Was he really going to do this? Right now? Here?

Sakura looked worried by now. It must be serious if the male was so worried about saying it. Was he unsure how to phrase it? Did he do something wrong? Was he scared of her response? "Sasuke, what happened? You can tell me," she said gently.

"Nothing happened. I mean…well, yeah, something did happen. You happened."

"What? Sasuke, you're not making any sense. Tell me. What's wrong?"

"I…I think I like you." Sasuke closed his eyes, waiting for her to do something. Anything. He doesn't know what he was expecting. A gasp? A hug? A slap? He doesn't know. But he definitely was not expecting a laugh. A scoff. Sasuke timidly looked up so that his eyes met hers.

"Sasuke, what the hell? Are you…Are you on something? Do you feel sick again? Or is this a dare or something stupid like that?" She scoffed again, shaking her head. Were those…tears he saw in her eyes? "You're wasting my time. Move."

What? Wasting her time? Does she know how embarrassing that was? He just freaking confessed his love and he was wasting her time? He walked forward, making her back up until she hit the wall while he was in front of her.

"Sakura, I'm being serious."

Sakura's eyes looked scared and were looking around anxiously. If someone was to see them, they would be in serious trouble. "S-Sasuke."

"I…Really, Sakura. I've been feeling like this for a while now. And I just had a talk with Naruto, too, and he made realize that, yeah, I really do like you. I was…in denial before. But I'm serious about this."

"W-What? I just don't understand. Wh-Why…? Why now?" The tears in Sakura's eyes got bigger and eventually started to fall.

Sasuke felt horrible for making her cry. He brought his hand up and wiped her eyes.

"I just…I can't understand this. Why now?" In Sakura's head, this was all a cruel joke. This couldn't actually being happening. Shouldn't it be the other way around?This was too much to handle. She…couldn't deal with this right now. Sakura pushed Sasuke away, running out of the hospital right as the tears started to seriously pour down, leaving Sasuke with a hollow feeling.

Sasuke didn't come back to Sakura's house until very late that night, spending the day training to get his mind off of what had just happened. After taking a quick shower and eating some leftovers from last night's dinner (did Sakura even have anything to eat?), he walked quietly to their room.

Should he sleep on the couch? He should give her space, right? He was about to turn around to go back to the living room when he heard, "Sleep here. You don't have to go to the couch."

Why was she still up? Or had he woken her up?

He closed the door behind him as he awkwardly shuffled to his side of the bed and crawled in, making a point to be as far away from her as possible.

"Sasuke…were you really being serious?"

He turned to face her. "Of course, Sakura. Why would I joke about something like that?"

"I don't know."

"I'm being serious."


Silence greeted them both.

Sakura shakily breathed and then said, "M-Me too."


"Yeah. I don't think it ever fully went away. It…It just…I just tried to hide how I felt."

Sasuke smiled and so did Sakura. There was silence again until they both started laughing, breaking the awkward atmosphere that was between them.

Sasuke slowly shifted towards Sakura and hugged her to him. "Thank you."

"For what?" she said, allowing him to hug her.

"For everything." He leaned down to press a small kiss to the crown of her head and he smiled. Sasuke could finally say that he was happy in his life.

Author's Note:

HEEYYY! Long time no see! Really crappy ending, I know, but I honestly just tried to wrap up things and finish this story off because I don't like it that much (and as some have you have expressed in the reviews, you don't like it either). I would like to focus on MTHIC: Sequel and Cliché Much? (and another very special story I have coming up, hehe) more because I simply like those better and think those have better plots and are more well-thought out. Soooo...yeah. I'm sorry about this ending. Really. But it is what it is. Haha.

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