Title: Bittersweet
Subtitle: Holding Out for a Hero
Song: Frou Frou-Holding Out for a Hero
Rated: T
Genre: Romance
Summary: This takes place while the Rookie 9 are still in the ninja academy. They're all about 6 years old and Ino is sick so Sakura was alone at school. Can Sasuke do something about the mean girls picking on Sakura?
Couple: SasuSaku
Dedicated to: This whole one-shot collection is dedicated to Twinbells and everyone else who made the SasuSaku FST.
Disclaimer: No…unfortunately I don't own Naruto


A bell rung once, twice, three times, signaling that classes were over for the rest of the day.

"Yay! School's out for the rest of the day!" a little boy, Sasuke, cheered. He was a cute boy with pale skin. He had ebony colored hair that shined navy and blue in the sunlight. His hair was shaped like the back of a chicken but still, he was an adorable little boy.

Sasuke started running home, passing people and saying hello.


Where have all the good men gone
And where are all the gods?
Where's the street-wise Hercules
To fight the rising odds?
Isn't there a white night upon a fiery steed?
Late at night I toss and turn and dream of what I need



"No Ino-CHAN to save you today now isn't that right, Big Forehead Girl", a girl with violet colored hair taunted. The girl had short hair except for on the left side where here hair was long. Her eyes were also violet colored. She had two friends one with maroon colored hair and mahogany colored eyes. The other girl had an afro that was brown and well…you couldn't see her eyes.

The girl with violet hair, Ami, flicked the girl that she called "Big Forehead Girl". The girl, Sakura, had a read ribbon tying her pastel pink hair up. Her hair was silky and her eyes were an emerald color reflecting fear and shimmering with unshed tears.

Sakura backed further into the alley and soon cornered herself by backing into a wall. She whimpered as the three girls approached her.

"I washed my mouth ten times yesterday and you know what my mom told me? The roots of those flowers were poisonous. Not the flower itself. You knew that didn't you? I think we need to teach you a lesson of respect", Ami snarled.

"Girls", Ami snapped.

The two Ami-wanna-be's left her side and held Sakura up by the arms. Sakura whimpered, as she knew what was to come. Ami balled her hand into a fist and thrust it into Sakura's stomach. Then she unclenched her fist and slapped Sakura across the face. (I know…I made this kind of brutal for six-year-olds…but whatever...)


I need a hero
I'm holding out for a hero 'til the end of the night
He's gotta be strong
And he's gotta be fast
And he's gotta be fresh from the fight
I need a hero
I'm holding out for a hero 'til the morning light
He's gotta be sure
And it's gotta be soon
And he's gotta be larger than life



"Onni-chan! I'll race you to the training grounds!" Sasuke challenged cheerfully.

Sasuke ran off as fast as his little six-year-old legs could take him but stopped as he heard whimpering. He turned to find the source of the painful whimpers and he quickly followed the noise. He stopped and looked at an old ramen stand. Next to the stand was a little girl huddled in a ball crying quietly.

"A-ano…daijoubu?" Sasuke asked as he shook the little girl on the shoulder.

The girl looked up and Sasuke had to stop the grimace forming on his face. Her face had dry blood trailing down from her lips and she had a purple bruise on the middle of her forehead. The girl's shirt sleeve was ripped off on the left side and her hair was cut in weird angles.

"Hold on, let me get my big brother! He's really strong and he'll know what to do!" Sasuke exclaimed while running off.


Somewhere after midnight
In my wildest fantasy
Somewhere just beyond my reach
There's someone reaching back for me
Racing on the thunder and rising with the heat
It's gonna take Superman to sweep me off my feet



"Nii-san! There's a little girl over there and she's injured!" Sasuke informed his brother as he pulled Itachi toward the direction of the little girl he had met before.

Itachi looked down at the little girl and was surprised by the many bruises and small cuts the girl had on her body.

"What's your name?" Itachi asked.

"H-haruno Sak-Sakura", Sakura answered as she looked up.

"Wh-who are you?" she asked.

"Uchiha Sasuke! And that's my big brother Itachi!" Sasuke exclaimed.

"Come Sasuke. We'll have mother take care of her", Itachi commanded as he gathered the little girl into his arms.

"Wait my ribbon! Ino-chan gave it to me!" Sakura yelled struggling to get out of Itachi's arms.

Sasuke picked up the ribbon and smiled, "Don't worry! I have it! It's ripped on the side but I think my Okaa-san can fix that!"


I need a hero
I'm holding out for a hero 'til the end of the night
He's gotta be strong
And he's gotta be fast
And he's gotta be fresh from the fight
I need a hero
I'm holding out for a hero 'til the morning light
He's gotta be sure
And it's gotta be soon
And he's gotta be larger than life



"Okaa-san", Itachi called out.

"Itachi I thought you were going to help Sasuke train", their mother's words died on her lips as she saw Sakura. She dropped the spoon she was holding and ran to Itachi and took Sakura into her arms.

"My goodness, what happened?"

"Okaa-san…I think she's in my class. She plays with Yamanaka Ino", Sasuke informed.

"Sasuke would you like to help me bandage her up?" his mother asked bending down to look at Sasuke. Sasuke nodded his head and his mother smiled at him.

Sakura had her head buried in the crook of Sasuke's mother's neck.

"Sasuke go get a shirt and shorts for Sakura."

Sasuke ran to his room and looked through his drawers. He pulled out his smallest shirt and shorts. 'I guess this will do.'

He ran to the bathroom and saw his mom trying to get Sakura to let go of her so she could get the bandages.

"Sasuke, come here and talk to her. I need to get the bandages", his mother commanded.

Sasuke waddled over to Sakura and tried to get her to stand next to him. She looked at him and quickly hid her face in his mother's hair.


Up where the mountains meet the heavens above
Out where the lightning splits the sea
I would swear that there's someone somewhere
Watching me



"What happened", Sasuke asked Sakura.

Sakura slowly lifted her head and jumped down from Sasuke's mother's arms. She turned to him and shyly said, "I fell off the sidewalk."

Sasuke's mother glanced down at them and heard Sakura's reply and frowned. "Honey, you don't get scratches and bruised like that when you fall off a sidewalk."

"B-but…I did!" Sakura exclaimed.

Sasuke, noticing the girl was a horrible liar, went to go get his brother.

"Itachi! Sakura won't tell us how she got hurt! What do we do?" Sasuke yelled.

Itachi sighed and followed his brother into the bathroom. He looked at Sakura and she squealed as she stared into the eyes of the Sharingan. Sasuke came up behind her and she hugged him while still looking into Itachi's eyes.


Through the wind and the chill and the rain
And the storm and the flood
I can feel his approach
Like the fire in my blood



"What happened to you" Itachi asked in a rough voice.

"Ino-chan wasn't at school today and yesterday she threw flowers into the mouth of a girl who was bullying me. Ino-chan was sick today so I was alone at school and so the bullies came back and beat me up because I didn't respect them."

Sasuke and his mother gasped as they wondered who would be so cruel to such an innocent and sweet girl. Sasuke thought about the people in his class and Itachi's eyes hardened.

"Who were they?"

"They're Am- NO!" Sakura yelled breaking out of her trance.

Itachi was surprised that she broke out of the Sharingan as was everyone else in the bathroom (haha they're still in the bathroom). Itachi was keeping a loose hold on her with the Sharingan because she didn't have a lot of energy but if she broke out of the Sharingan in the state she was in. Then something was wrong. 'She has potential to be strong when she's older. But she shouldn't have had to use so much strength to hide something like this.'

Sakura fainted on the spot but lucky for her Sasuke was still holding her. His mother shooed her sons out of the bathroom and changed Sakura into the clothes that Sasuke had gotten her.


I need a hero
I'm holding out for a hero 'til the end of the night
He's gotta be strong
And he's gotta be fast
And he's gotta be fresh from the fight
I need a hero
I'm holding out for a hero 'til the morning light
He's gotta be sure
And it's gotta be soon
And he's gotta be larger than life



Sakura woke up the next day and saw she wasn't in her room and someone was lying next to her. She turned her head and saw a head with ebony hair sticking out from the covers. She thought back on the events that happened yesterday and squeaked as she remembered the Sharingan.

Sasuke woke up when he heard a small squeak and looked to see Sakura awake.

"Hi!"

"A-ano…why am I here?" Sakura asked cautiously.

"Well…we didn't know where you lived so we had you stay here. You should call your parents though", Sasuke told Sakura.

"My parents are on a mission…as usual", Sakura said sadly.

"Oh…that's why they don't know you get bullied? Well then, I Uchiha Sasuke promise to protect you! And if I can't then my brother Uchiha Itachi will help me!" Sasuke vowed.

Sakura giggled lightly and smiled at him.

"You should smile more often. You have a pretty smile", Sasuke praised.

Sakura just blushed and turned her head. After a few moments of just laying in the bed (it's a Saturday for them) Sasuke remembered something.

"Come on! My Okaa-san fixed your ribbon! You can meet my Otou-san too!" Sasuke jumped excitedly.

Sasuke dragged Sakura out of the room and towards the kitchen where his father was reading the newspaper; his mother was cooking; and Itachi was seen taking off his shoes. Sakura squeaked as she saw Itachi and hid behind Sasuke clutching the back of his shirt.

Sasuke's mother saw Sakura and smiled. "Good morning Sakura."

Itachi rolled his eyes as he saw his mother and the way she acted towards Sakura. 'Must be a women thing when they don't have daughters.'

Sasuke pulled Sakura over to his father and said good morning and introduced Sakura. Sakura smiled shyly and bowed.

Sasuke brought Sakura over to Itachi and noticed she was scared of Itachi. "He won't hurt you! He's my big brother! Are you scared of the Sharingan? It won't hurt you!" Sasuke rambled.

Sakura looked up at Itachi with big eyes and gave him a bright smile. He looked down at her and couldn't help but give her a tiny smile back.

Sakura tugged on Sasuke's sleeve and pointed to his mother. He nodded and she walked over to his mother.

"Okaa-san…can I help you cook?" Sakura asked meekly.

Sasuke's mother's eyes twinkled at she heard Sakura call her mother. She happily agreed and put Sakura on the counter.

"Sasuke why don't you get Sakura's clothes", his mother suggested as she noticed Sasuke's shirt was falling of on the side and Sakura was holding up the shorts so they wouldn't fall. Sasuke nodded and ran off.


I need a hero
I'm holding out for a hero 'til the end of the night
He's gotta be strong
And he's gotta be fast
And he's gotta be fresh from the fight
I need a hero
I'm holding out for a hero 'til the morning light
He's gotta be sure
And it's gotta be soon
And he's gotta be larger than life



Sasuke came back with her clothes that were neatly sewed, washed and folded. She thanked Sasuke who brought her to the bathroom and she quickly changed and waddled back out into the kitchen. Sakura tugged Sasuke's hand and made him help his mom cook. They both stirred the batter for pancakes and once Sasuke's mom used all the batter she let them lick the spoon.

Sakura licked the spoon then put some batter on her hand (from the bowl) and spread it on Sasuke's cheek.

"HEY!"

The two started putting batter on each other and Sasuke's parents just smiled and shook their head while Itachi finished eating and went to his room to pack for his mission.


Queen Cow: Well…that's the end of this one-shot…I hope you guys like it! Especially you Twinbells! Thanks for reading! R&R please!