A/N - Oh my god, peoples, I'm so sorry. It took like 13245432222 years for this one to come out. Are you mad at me? Yeah... I deserve it. I have no explanation or good excuse... I just fell out of writing for a while.
Music: Sic Transit Gloria... Glory Fades by Brand New
"Have you had any attacks lately?" Kakashi asked as they sat crossed-legged on his apartment floor.
Sakura shook her head. "None. Just that one time a few months ago."
"That's good. You're staying ahead of it," Kakashi said, feeling proud of his ex-student. "But Sakura," he said darkly, "Think how much you've grown. The demon is still on your heals."
"I know," she said quietly. "I know..."
He opened his eyes and studied her. "Are you okay?"
Her eyes didn't open She took a while to answer, and when she did her voice was shaky. "I'm fine, Kakashi."
His eyes narrowed. It was obvious that she was not. "What's wrong?"
"I said I was fine," she practically whispered.
"I'm just tired," she answered.
"Tell me the truth."
She opened her eyes, her emerald eyes met his. "I've been having nightmares."
If he was worried he didn't show it. "How long?"
"Since the attack."
"Why didn't you tell me?" He demanded.
"Because I felt silly," she said, looking off to the side.
"What are they about?"
"Bad things," she answered. She didn't want to go into detail with them.
"Sakura," his tone was stern.
"People I love dying," she answered. "The demon killing them all..."
"My parents, Naruto, Sasuke, Lee... you."
"Kakashi, I'm sorry, our time is up. I promised Gaara I would meet him later," Sakura announced as she stood up. She walked over to the door, picking her purse up on the way. She put her hand on the door, but otherwise didn't move. She looked glanced behind her towards her former teacher. "Kakashi... thank you." With that, she walked out of his apartment.
"Bye..." He couldn't help but feel a little sting as she left him for Gaara.
"I'm leaving today," Gaara said as he watched his food dispassionately.
"Oh?" Sakura sipped on her ice tea. Her eyes met his as she waited for him to continue, but all he did was to hold her gaze. "And...?"
"I can't watch you," he stated. He frowned deeply, his seriousness irking Sakura.
"I'm sure that someone else can be assigned to my training," Sakura said, somewhat baffled.
Gaara looked down at his bowl of ramen. He felt almost idiotic trying to explain what he'd been doing for the past months. He looked back up and her and nodded. "Gai will train you." He decided that he would not tell her how he watched her in her sleep.
Her eyes narrowed, obviously he wasn't telling her something. She decided not to push it. "Oh joy."
Even if Gaara was socially retarded, he did not miss the sarcasm in Sakura's tone. He remembered how the flashy ninja acted from the exams. But, as much as his teeth annoyed Gaara, he had a certain amount of respect for him. He saved Lee from him twice now, and his...love for his subordinates was something Gaara had become curious with. "Hn."
"When will you be back?" Sakura asked after a long spell of silence.
He just looked away.
"Beautiful youth of Konoha!" Gai stood in an awkward pose, his hips thrust out in front of him with his hands positioned in weird angles above his head. "Let us-"
"Lee! My youthful student!" Gai shouted happily as his attention shifted from Sakura to Lee.
"Gai-sensei! May I join you and Sakura-san in training this glorious morning?"
The older man embraced Lee fiercely, leaving Sakura to watch in horror. "Thank you, Gai-sensei!"
"Okay! Let's do one thousand squats.... with weights!"
"Yes!" Lee strapped the weights to himself, following Gai's example.
Sakura just watched them. They weren't even paying attention to her. She shrugged and turned around. She wasn't in the mood to deal with the green beasts. In their fury of squats, she was easily able to slip away.
Sasuke jumped down from a nearby tree, stopping Sakura. He crossed his arms and glared at her. "Let's spar."
Sakura, a little taken aback, face faulted. "Eh? N-no thanks, Sasuke."
In one fluid motion, Sasuke opened his pouch and pulled out a kunia. He put his finger through the hole and swung it towards Sakura. He stayed like that for a moment, with his hand outstretching the kunai. "Take it."
She obeyed questioningly, but took it. "Why do I need it?"
"Because it's unfair for you to go against me unarmed."
"700! 701, 702, 703-"
There was a loud crash followed by a sonic boom of chakra.
"Lee!" Gai shouted, looking from side to side. "Where's Sakura?"
The young man's eyes grew wide as he looked around wildly. "Sakura-san?"
They looked at each other for a moment, then they both jumped off towards the explosion. Within minutes, they were at ground zero. Sasuke was standing just above a crater panting heavily. He held his shoulder, wincing from the pain. Lee and Gai appeared next to him.
"What were you doing to Sakura-san?" Lee asked him, pointing an accusing finger. Sasuke simply looked over his shoulder at the crater. Sakura was lying face up, unconscious. Lee's eyes grew wide as he shot everyone with a dramatic look of horror. "SAKURA-SAN!"
"You went to far."
Kakashi leaned against the wall in the hallway outside Sakura's room. Sasuke had his back pressed against the wall, looking down with his arms crossed. Kakashi stared at the wall in front of him, never looking at the Uchiha.
"Sasuke, if you ever pull anything like this again, I will kill you," Kakashi said, still staring a hole through the wall.
"Hn..." Sasuke stood up strait and walked away.
In the room behind them, Sakura tossed in her bed. The mark on her neck began to grow again, sending stretches of black lines across her skin. She whimpered softly, her nightmares driving her to the brink of tears.
Kakashi, however, was unaware of that. He simply sighed and walked after Sasuke. He would have to have more... talks with him.
Sakura bolted upright in her bed. Her dark purple eyes that were not her own scanned the room, finding a family picture. The demon smiled, scratching on of Sakura's fingers against the glass protecting the picture.
This is going to be fun.
Just to put your minds at ease... I've already started the next chapter. Please don't kill me. I want to know what you really think of this fic. Reviews are teh roxorz! Heh... Okay. Till next time.