Love Story—by ang3Lix
Chapter 12: dialing for backup
Warnings: major cursing. Please make sure you can handle the ear blowing words before reading. Much thanks to all!
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Sasuke did not understand what was going on.
He expected rueful reactions, dangerous outbursts, and a broken nose, for God's sake! This was the things he expected from a wild female like Haruno Sakura, especially when provoked even with the slightest things such as her hair color.
But instead, he stood in front of the woman, waiting for what he felt nothing at all.
He wanted to feel the satisfaction of Sakura being angry, mad, frustrated—for he knew just by that he had won their game of wits. He could fully gloat to the world that while Sakura only thought of spiking his food with three teaspoons of chili powder, he had thought of kissing her as vengeance—and worked as successfully as he thought it would.
Sasuke knew how to decipher weaknesses, and surely, the weakness of the strong, tomboyish, man-hating Sakura was receiving the most earth-shattering thing that could break down the pride of a woman like her—a simple kiss from a simple someone. Easy, wasn't it? Add the fact that the person who kissed her was her sworn enemy, then it should be a clash of fists already!
But no. That was not what Sasuke received. To tell the truth, he received nothing at all! Sakura was as silent as an unanimated object. Not even a murmur as soft as a mouse's squeak could be heard from her.
Come on, you could at least cry! Urged Sasuke mentally, beads of sweat forming down his neck. Though he knew this was not going to happen (for this girl have no tear ducts, Sasuke presumed), he could at least try hoping.
But, unexpectedly, miniscule tears began forming at the base of her green eyes, shining like moon-lit puddles. Her lower lip began to tremble, her fists clenched tightly. Her shoulders began to shake uncontrollably.
Sasuke waited for the moment of satisfaction he deserved for putting up with this female, who can anytime beat him into something that could resemble partially digested food stuffs. She was actually going to cry! This was history in the making, apparently.
" I hate you." She finally muttered vehemently, before she turned away and stormed off, probably to some part of the mansion.
Feeling quite dejected, Sasuke sat himself down on the kitchen counter with one great heave.
" That was disappointing. " sighed Sasuke, rubbing his hand across the nape of his neck. " All the hard work.."
But Sasuke would soon find out, that making Haruno Sakura cry was something one should definitely not do.
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Secretly, onyx orbs peeked through the thin space between Sakura's door and its frame.
He tried adjusting his position to the left, to the right, but his view of the interior of Sakura's room was still small.
Of course, Uchiha Sasuke was not spying. Uchiha Sasuke was most likely, not a peeping tom. Uchiha Sasuke just wanted to calm his inner voice by making sure the female he aggravated was not.. dunking herself into water in some form of suicide. And by the looks of the Haruno a while ago, she was ready to kill someone with her bare hands. Well, we kind of know who's that someone is, don't we?
Uchiha Sasuke was not concerned of course. Well, at least he tried to convince himself he wasn't. He reasoned to himself that the only reason why he was snooping around, his face pushed against a small space between a door, was to calm down his thumping nerves. After that, he'd be sitting on the couch and watching TV.. right?
Sasuke then heard a couple of footsteps heading towards his location. Panic flowed through his veins as he scrambled to get to his feet, straighten his clothes, and apparently, look as innocent as possible.
He turned to where the noise came from—and saw only their two security guards striding quite quickly to where he was standing.
Sasuke raised his brow at the two, never remembering calling the for anything so far. " What are y—"
" She's gone, boss." Both of them chorused, heaving their breaths in deeply.
" We tried to follow her, but she used your car!" the first one said, placing his hand across his forehead to wipe away the beads of sweat.
" She ran away." The other said dejectedly, shaking his head.
Sasuke, uncertain, felt a tug on his chest, pulling on it's threads forcefully. Running his hand through his raven locks, he nervously closed his eyes in distress, and also in hope to tame down the quick thumping of his heart against his ribs.
Finally, he breathed out deeply, as well as gulping down the sticky lump that had formed upon his throat. " What direction did she take?" he asked, forcing his voice not to shake.
" That way.." the first guard said feebly, pointing to his left. " And she kept driving on, until she reached the park. That's where she took a left turn."
Sasuke's mouth went dry. Suddenly, an expression of irritation was plastered on his face. " I know where she is."
- - - - - -Neji…
Who the heck was that?
I'm sleeping, darn it… go away…
Neji…! (tap, tap…)
Aargh, god dammit… I'm hell tired, so shut up! And stop knocking on my window!
Oh, so now you're all angry! You're the one who's disturbing someone's sleep!
Neji, damn it, open the frickn' window!
I'm not listening! Na na na na…
God, it's getting really cold in here… AARGH!
Hey… funny how that voice sound like someone I know…
WHO IN THE WORLD LEAVES THEIR SPRINKLER IN THE DEAD OF THE NIGHT!
Haha! How weird! Now that sounded a lot like a friend of mine!
OH, SO NOW YOU'RE MOCKING ME! YOU'RE GONNA GET IT, YOU WATER-SPEWING IDIOT!
Haha… ha… now that's interesting… it sound a HELL LOT like a best friend of mine…
Oh. Where'd she go?
She even sneezes like Sakura! Isn't that coincidental!
With that crash resounding deep into his mind, Neji abandoned all subconscious thoughts and opened his silver eyes to the world. Before he could even fix up his bed-ridden appearance, he had bolted out of his king-sized bed and headed for the window that had the signs of severe damage.
Chips of broken glass made a beeline for his face. Avoiding them cautiously, he approached the window carefully, avoiding the open pane.
He peered through the cracked window; and yet, he saw nothing. Did the person finally gave up and decided to take off?
Upon hearing that sound, Neji had taken a double-take back to the porthole and opened it completely. The window was, to put it down, big. After a few seconds of lugging, he poked his upper torso through it, guaranteeing him full sight of the lawn before him.
He looked down. Did the fates just hate him too much? Because he had a feeling that they were slowly making him an idiot. On purpose!
Sakura was sitting cross-legged by the cemented sidewalk, which was lying after a long row of bushes. She was soaking wet, her bare shoulders shivering with cold. By the way she was sniffing, she probably was waging one of her unusual crying sessions. She currently had her pointer finger inside her mouth—it seemed that it got pricked by some stray thorn bush among the ones behind her.
Heaving a sigh, Neji said, " Get in."
Smiling amidst all the tears flowing like rivers upon her cheeks, she stood up.
Neji wanted to bang his head into a wall. Maybe the fates decided to officially make him the stupid person. Apparently, Sakura's clothes had clung to her whole body like some piece of Velcro because of the lawn's automatic sprinkler.
It was only now.. that he saw her best friend as someone who's.. well, hot.
Shut up, Hyuuga! He urged himself, that's a mortal sin!
MORTAL SIN-SHMORTAL SIN! Barked inner Hyuuga Neji, You loser, even if she's our best friend, it doesn't mean we can't ogle at her perfectly shaped body—
Inner Hyuuga Neji was thrown into a lake of random thoughts after what he had just said to his original self.
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Neji winced visibly as his ears pounded loudly against Sakura's wailing.
After seeing Sakura soaked just outside his window, Neji had ushered her in and gave her time to change into something cleaner and.. apparently, something drier. Unfortunately the female members of his family were located somewhere to the left wing of the mansion, while all males were situated at the right. Having unknown visitors in the dead of the night was unacceptable for his hard-ass cousins, for they transform into grouchy bastards and bitches when disturbed in their sleep.
Actually, it was lucky the crashing of Neji's window didn't wake his beastly family members. Or else he'd be dealing with more than a wailing Sakura by now.
After letting her change into some of his clothes (since he knew it was impossible to borrow some from his female cousins, since it was still not the break of dawn), he quietly instructed the female to follow him into the Hyuuga mansions rehearsal room, which was conveniently soundproofed.
So, he stared blankly at Sakura, who wore his shirt, his baggy drawstring pajamas, his—
STOP IT! roared Neji inside his head.
Okay, so back to the present situation. Sakura was bawling hysterically, a finger poised against the edge of her eye—a typical child-like action. Neji could barely understand the words she was crying about. As she sat on a puffy couch with Neji by her side she continued to rant in what she thought clearly audible words.
" I cannot understand a word you're saying, Sakura." Pointed out Neji blankly. She should have known Neji was not the type to be approached when you have an extremely heavy burden. See what he'll do! Stare at you blankly!
" Sasuke stole it!" cried Sakura, now a bit more audibly, " Sasuke stole it!"
Neji almost sighed with relief. At least, they were going on the right direction! " Okay. We're in the right track." He assured Sakura, who was sniffling noisily. " What did he steal from you?" he asked carefully, trying his best not to provoke anymore tears from the woman.
" He stole my first popo!" wailed Sakura, pounding her fists against her own lap.
Neji looked confused and bewildered. " Popo..?"
" Give daddy a popo, hunny, he's leaving to buy you a pair of boxing gloves!"
" Neji-kun, are you okay?" the little pink haired girl asked, concern seeping through her emerald orbs. " Come, let me see your booboo, I'll give it a popo and it'll feel much better!"
" Naruto-kun, no popos until your college, promise?" the pink-haired female and the blond boy held pinkies as a seal to their promise.
" He stole my first popo!"
Neji paled beyond comparison. Choking on air, he stuttered out in astonishment-dejection-anger, " He.. h-he kissed you?"
Sakura nodded weakly, sobbing noisily.
" Yes, I did." Said a voice, which both recognized immediately.
Sakura and Neji turned to where the voice came from. There, standing by the open window, stood Uchiha Sasuke, completely soaked with sprinkler water.
Sakura sniffled, casting him a dark glare. " You're dripping all over the carpet, bastard." She shot angrily.
Sasuke in turn shot her an irritated look that said, 'Nice thing to say in a serious predicament.'
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It was a sudden burst of events.
Suddenly Neji had sprung to his feet and planted a hard blow upon the Uchiha's face, leaving a purplish imprint as a reminder. Sasuke, being the proud, egoistical person that he was, did not back down and threw back a punch against the Hyuuga's cheek. In no time both were wrestling the other to the ground in a mad frenzy of kicks, jabs, and punches.
As Sasuke and Neji strangled each other, Sakura had uncertainly stopped her crying upon Neji's blow, and attempted something no one should ever try: wrenching the two angered males apart. Well, let's say in the process she received a stray fist in the face and a misplaced foot on the stomach that either belonged to Neji or Sasuke, which made her even more madder.
Using her inhumane strength Sakura pulled Neji away from her fiancée, crunched up her fist and shot it upward in an uppercut. She then pulled Sasuke by his collar and punched him straight at the face, letting the cartilages of his nose break.
" ASSES!" Sakura yelled in frustration, " THAT'S WHAT YOU TWO ARE! SASUKE YOU BASTARD, HOW CAN YOU HAVE THE NERVE TO STRUT IN HERE WHEN YOU DID SOMETHING TOTALLY UNFORGIVEABLE! HOW LOW CAN YOU GET! AND YOU, NEJI, I THOUGHT YOU HAD SOME SENSE! YOU'RE MY BESTFRIEND AND YOU STARTED ALL THIS! GOD!"
Suddenly, the door of the rehearsal room pounded open, revealing several bed-ridden men and women. They looked as if they were ready for some blood.
" NEJI, DAMN IT! FUCK THIS NOISE!" roared a teenage male, banging his hand on the wall, " HOW THE MOTHER-FUCKING HELL DO YOU THINK WE'RE GOING TO SLEEP WITH ALL THAT FUCKING YAPPING, YOU GAY! AND YOU, YOU SHITHEAD-LOOKING PIECE OF ASS!" he roared at Sasuke, " YOU'RE FUCKING LOST IN THE WRONG FUCKING HOUSE! WHO THE FUCKING HELL ARE YOU, ANYWAY!"
" Kuroyanagi, shut the fucking hell up you stupid dick!" yelled a woman by the door, massaging her head. " You'd better stuff a fist at that hole you call a mouth or else I'd punch your face in, you useless fuck!"
" Sorry for the disturbance, Kuroyanagi-kun, Umi-chan." Said Sakura roughly, massaging her abdomen, where either Sasuke or Neji kicked her at. " I know you all need your rests, and behalf of these two, I apologize for the noise—"
" Sakura-chan!" greeted a now lively Kuroyanagi, " It's so nice to see you!"
Umi smashed a fist right at the back of his head, " You good-for-nothing moron!" she yelled right at Kuroyanagi's ear, " It's nothing, Sakura." She waved the apology away. Umi did a double take. " Are you.. hurt?" she asked at the sight of her purpling bruise and aching abdomen.
Sakura smiled through her gritted teeth. " Nothing deadly—"
Umi turned, once again, into a killing machine. " THAT'S IT! NEJI, GET YOUR ASS IN THAT CORNER AND STAY THERE! YOU, YOU USELESS PRETTY BOY, GET UP AND GO AS FAR AWAY FROM NEJI AS POSSIBLE OR I'MA KICK YOUR FACE IN! KURO, DON'T JUST STAND THERE WITH THAT STUPID LOOK ON YOUR FACE, GET ME A FUCKING FIRST AID KIT! USELESS MORON!" she roared.
When the both grumbling boys sat half-heartedly at their respective corners, Kuro returned to the rehearsal room with a medical kit. Umi grabbed it from his hands and opened a bottle of ointment. She began to dab some in Sakura's face using a cotton ball very gently. Funny how Kuro and Umi be unstoppable beasts towards others, while they transform into cute, little respectful puppies at Sakura's presence.
" Feels a lot better," sighed Sakura contentedly, " Thanks a lot, Umi-chan, Kuro-chan!"
Umi threw the bottle of ointment roughly, which was caught by Neji. She threw the spare bottle towards Sasuke, who was still looking as murderous as Neji.
While Sasuke was furiously dabbing the liquid on his cheek, he wiped his slightly bleeding nose with the sleeve of his shirt. He casted another forceful glare towards Neji, as if forcing the white-eyed male to melt against his heated gaze. He then turned his angry stare towards Sakura, whom he just wanted to glare at with no apparent reason at all. That was when he noticed it.
Sasuke's eyes narrowed in irritation. He then sneered, " Nice of you to lend him your clothes, Hyuuga. A very decent thing to do, really."
Neji flashed his blazing orbs towards the sneering male. " Oh, it's not that at all Uchiha." Neji retorted with the same collectivity and coolness, " It's just because I have enough decency not to steal someone else's.." Neji struggled for words, " popo, without any permission like a bastard would likely do!"
Sasuke looked very confused, " Popo..? What the heck—I'LL SHOW YOU DECENCY, YOU RAT-ASSED—" Sasuke began to growl menacingly, and was ready for another rumble.
" OKAY, THAT'S IT, I'M CALLING YOUR FUCKING MANAGER, YOU MOTHER-FUCKING ASS!" Kuroyanagi roared, angrily flipping his phone open and dialed someone's number quite fast.
" Hello, world!" said the voice over the phone. They could clearly hear the voice for the loudspeaker of Kuro's phone was activated.
" ASSHOLE! COME HERE!" yelled Kuro over the phone.
" Oh, it's you, Kuro-kun!" chirped the male merrily, " what can I do for you, friend?"
" YOUR MAN-BITCH IS HERE, GOING ALL CRAZY AND STUFF! GET YOUR ASS HERE QUICK!"
" Kuro, you are so kind!" chirped the voice again, " But I'm not a homo, you know. But I'll gladly come over to kick my protégé's ass!"
Kuro yelled over the phone once more.
" DRIVE SAFE, YOU BASTARD-WHORE!"
" How do YOU know Hatake Kakashi, Kuro?" asked Umi indecorously, hitting him hard on the arm,
" The bastard and I were classmates in Toshihiko Seki's Entertainment Workshop." Kuro said aimlessly, " He did some pretty good acting down at that place."
" YOU ACTUALLY GO THERE! YOU COMPLETE MORON, WHY THE HECK DID YOU NOT TELL US ALL THIS!" Umi shrieked, excited.
Kuro snorted, " And have all of you act like this!" Kuro waved a hand over at Umi, who was shaking with excitement. " No way, not in a million mother-fucking years."
While Umi was convulsing badly, someone knocked on the rehearsal room's window. All of them turned—and saw the gravity-defying hairstyle of Hatake Kakashi. He was one again, grinning like nothing of a ramble happened.
" Hello, world!" he greeted jovially.
Kuro frowned with curiosity, " Since when were you able to resist your laziness and actually got here that fast!"
Kakashi, again flashed his teeth at them. " I was in the neighborhood!"
" Stinking bastard-liar." Kuro grumbled in disdain.
Neji rolled his eyes. " Couldn't anybody see that the Hyuuga estate has doors?"
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Haruno Sakura found herself shaking hands with the ACTUAL Hatake Kakashi.
It was not that she was star-struck with his complete and undeniably blinding charm. No, Sakura was not the type to ogle at famous celebrities that could have chances of running for president. She was simply stunned because of Kakashi's.. well, bounciness.
" YOU MUST BE HARUNO SAKURA!" he had yelled, as he was halfway through the rehearsal room's window. When he managed to scramble through, he had grabbed her hand (the sore one, may I add) and shook it like there was no tomorrow.
Sakura groaned under her breath. He REALLY needed to let go of her very sore hand now. " Nice to meet you, Kakashi-san." She said uncertainly.
Sasuke began to grumble. " 'Nice to meet you, Kakashi-san!' what a complete faker, she's gonna say all that but then suddenly she's gonna do something bad like spiking people's sandwiches with chili pepper—"
" SHUT THE FUCKING HELL UP, UCHIHA!" Sakura roared, pelting the boy with anything she could reach. Kuro conveniently handed her the contents of their first aid kit, grinning sadistically. He had always hated pretty boy asses like Uchiha Sasuke.
Kakashi brought a thumbs up. " I approve! Go marry each other or something like that!" he chirped.
" What the heck are you yapping about, Kakashi!" shouted Sasuke, who was running around, trying to evade the improved grenades Sakura was raining down on him.
Sasuke then stopped abruptly. A bottle of headache pills bounced on his head. And thanks to that certain bottle, he was awaken! He remembered the true reason why he had invaded an enemy territory with chances of his survival nil as Neji's eyes.
To retrieve your fiancée idiot! Prodded his inner self, hissing.
Oh yeah. I knew that!
Sasuke the cleared his throat, opened his mouth to say—
" Kuroyanagi-kun, Umi-chan, Kakashi-san, Neji-kun, it think it's time for us to go." Sakura suddenly, and nonetheless politely said, her hands intertwined together.
Huh! That's supposed to be my line! Protested Sasuke mentally.
" Are you sure you're safe with Uchiha-bastard, Sakura-chan?" Umi asked, " You could stay here overnight if you want, there are tons of excess rooms in the estate—"
Sakura smiled, shaking her head. " I think I can handle myself, Umi-chan."
Kakashi nodded in response. " I fully trust her statement." He said, observing the two limping males Sakura had bashed his fist through.
" Arigato, Umi-chan, Kuro-kun. I'll be seeing you soon." She politely said, bowing down slightly.
" Take care of yourself, Sakura! No late night activities!" Kuro called, waving, " Except if it's with me, of course—"
He was silenced with a hard bash on the skull, courtesy by Umi.
Sakura chuckled at Kuro's antics. " Of course, Kuro-kun."
Sakura the turned to Neji, who was still scowling heavily. She walked towards the brooding male cautiously, trying her hardest not to attempt anything that could make him blow his top.
" Neji-kun?" she asked uncertainly, " I have to go now."
Neji did not even spare her a single glance. He continued to glare down at the wall in escape from her. Maybe he was a little peeved with her reaction of hitting him on the jaw, when he only started up the squabble in attempt to get revenge for her.
Sakura bit her lip.
Neji could not help but feel extremely pissed off, even at his best friend. Because the things that occurred today was the worst chain of events that happened. And she hit him! In turn for siding with her and kicking Sasuke's ass for her, SHE HIT HIM! That was waaay inconsiderate, thank you very much!
And when Neji's angry, it means absolutely no talking.
But then, before he could walk away and get back to his room, he saw Sakura move in front of him.
" Move." He muttered quietly, directing his gaze at the farthest point away from her.
It was then that Sakura closed in the distance between them and embraced her with all her might.
" I'm sorry, Neji-kun." She had whispered " I'm really, really sorry."
Neji glared down at the petite woman, who partially refused to let go until he said something that could indicate the fix of their friendship.
He carefully placed his arms around her fame loosely in an attempt to embrace back. Sakura smiled softly. For her, this was enough. She knew Neji has limitations upon expressing feelings, and this was the farthest he could go.
Neji could only soften the anger in his eyes while Sakura muttered an audible thank you. As he removed his arms around her, she gave him another apologetic smile and headed for the door, where Sasuke had already gone through.
" That was smooth, Neji" Kuro yelled excitingly, " I never knew you had it in you!"
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Uchiha Sasuke, for the first time, was driving a car. Not a yellow pathetic looking scooter. And he had a comfy seatbelt on, a fresh air-con and a handy cup holder.
But yet, though he wanted to strut his stuff, brag at Sakura for finally taking possession of the vehicle, he could not help but not feel like it.
He sat at the driver seat, driving in complete silence. Sakura was on the front seat beside him, gazing out of the window, looking up at the blinking light posts.
Both were not in the mood to talk about anything. And we probably know why, right?
But Sasuke, unexpectedly, broke the silence first.
" Second day of the engagement and were ready to pull our hair out." He said, " I'll talk to my parents, and you talk to yours. Were gonna end this thing."
Sasuke felt a small pang in his chest. He convinced himself that it was nothing—probably mixed up feelings that needed to be sorted. But it was completely nothing at all.
Right? he had asked himself.
Why do I think that you're making the gravest mistake of your life?
This isn't wrong, okay, this is probably the best thing to do. Growled back Sasuke.
Once you break of this engagement of yours, this is going to the press. This would be the greatest scandal you idiot, and the hopes of you stepping up to the pedestal once more is nil! Sakura's the only girl who defied you, so why give up the chance of getting to know her and why she have immunity over your all powerful ego—I mean, charm!
" I don't back out from my word." Sakura had said. " And neither should you. I'm not accepting the engagement because I like you, I accepted it because I respect the decision of my parents. Don't get me wrong."
Sasuke was stunned by her.. nobleness. He could only cough out in embarrassment, readjust his grip upon the stirring wheel, and stare at the road ahead. " Hn."
A few moments passed.
Sasuke held out his hand. " Sorry."
Sakura stared at it blankly, as if contemplating on what to do with it, while Sasuke sweated.
Instead of taking his hand to shake it, she gave him a quick embrace. Quick, yes, but still an embrace.
" I don't shake hands." She shrugged. " I give peace hugs."
Suddenly, Sasuke didn't feel so jealous anymore.
Oops. Did the author just let that slip out? Hihihi. My bad.
" But you're doing the dishes tomorrow morning." Sakura said, lifting her legs up and letting it settle against the car's dashboard.
Sasuke could not help but grin. " Only if you teach me how to."
Sakura tiredly smiled. " You are such an idiot."
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The next day..
Youna was in very big trouble.
" THIS IS AN OUTRAGE!" Hikaru Yukino's manager roared, spit flying around. He banged both is fists on the table, making it sway a bit.
" WE GAVE HATAKE KAKASHI ANOTHER CHANCE TO REDEEM HIMSELF BY ATTENDING THIS MEEITNG, AND HE WAS INCONSIDERATE ENOUGH TO LEAVE THIS ONE OUT! WE TURNED DOWN A PARTNERSHIP WITH KOUYA SHINIGAMI FOR UCHIHA SASUKE'S PARTICIPATION IN THIS MOVIE! KOUYA IS A WELL KNOWN WORLD-WIDE AS A JAPANESE ACTOR THAT MANAGED TO STEP FOOT IN HOLLYWOOD! DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH WE SACRIFICED FOR THIS!"
Youna could have trembled a lot more if she didn't hear a voice from the door.
" Sorry I'm late." Said Kakashi, setting his coat against his chair and slumping down at it.
" Kakashi-san..?" muttered Youna faintly.
" The thing I was supposed to do was finished earlier than expected." Kakashi explained brightly. " I think I'm pretty satisfied with the results."
He looked around, surprised to see furious expressions. He turned to gorgeous girl sitting by the end of the table, staring at her nails, the back of her revolving seat facing the table.
" Hello, Hikaru-san!" Kakashi greeted. " Or could I call you Ino?"
The revolving seat turned around, revealing a beautiful blond with charming blue eyes.
" Where's my Sasuke-kun?" she asked slyly.
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And that was chapter twelve. And I think you all know the next one coming: it's entitled "Meeting Ino". Thanks for the people who gave me support, even if I was gone for a long time and still continued to support me. THIS ONE'S FOR ALL OF YOU GUYS! God bless!