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Cold...

Sakura took one last look at herself in the mirror and smiled. Her outfit was modest, but professional looking. Quickly catching a cab, she breathed excitedly. Today was the day of the interview for the job that she had wanted really badly. Her thoughts were interrupted when she noticed the long line of cars. The traffic had gotten really heavy and they had to slow down.

She looked at her watch and nearly fainted. Eight forty-five! Eight forty-five already! She prayed to herself that she might at least get a shot at getting the interview rather than the job.

Jumping out of the cab, she brushed her pink hair back and hurried into the huge imposing twenty floored building. She was ten minutes late. She was walking so quickly toward the designated room that people jumped out of her way staring. Sakura smiled nervously and waved a sorry. When she was about to make a turn, she nearly smashed into the person who appeared.

"Sakura-chan!" said her friend, Ino, who worked there. Sakura looked up clueless at her friend's face. She was dressed in a smart office suit. Her blonde hair was bound up and make-up applied with a skilled hand.

"Ne? Ah, Ino-chan!" Sakura smiled nervously.

"Do you have any idea how late you are?" asked Ino worried. "The boss doesn't seem to be very happy about this. I've already tried to put in a good word for you though."

"Arigato gozaimashita, Ino-chan!" said Sakura bowing. "I know, this is all my fault. Traffic was heavy this morning."

"Oh, I see, but quickly go and apologize sincerely, ok?" said Ino sternly.

"Hai! I will, don't worry," smiled Sakura.

Sakura hurried on and left her friend. She resumed her rapid pace and sped towards the room. As she was nearing the door, a guy with a black suit on walked out. Sakura crashed right into him before she could stop and they both toppled to the floor.

"Gomen nasai!" said Sakura jumping up. Looking at the guy she had just knocked down, she smiled apologetically.

He got up and smoothed out his suit. Sakura couldn't help noticing his lean and tall stature. Some strands of his dark hair framing his handsome face, he eyed her through his cool dark eyes. Sakura fidgeted uneasily under his stare.

"Who are you and what is your business here?" he asked in a sharp, crisp tone that radiated authority.

"Um…I'm Sakura Haruno," she said with a bow.

"Hm so you finally showed up," he said more to himself than her. "You can go home. Your time is gone."

Sakura watched him speechless, desperate. "But.." she stammered. "I would have gotten here earlier if traffic wasn't so heavy…"

"In the real world, excuses get you nowhere."

Ino showed up behind Sakura and pleaded with her. "But, boss, please. Give Sakura another chance. She's a really hard worker. I'm sure she won't let you down if you just give her a chance."

He put his hands in his pockets and turned away, seemingly considering whether to listen or not. "No."

Ino and Sakura looked desperately at him.

"Sasuke, why are you always so coldhearted?" suddenly asked a deep, loud voice behind them. Sakura jumped and turned. Ino turned and smiled.

"Uchiha-sama, ohayoo gozaimasu," Ino bowed to the man. Sakura looked around clueless, but she followed what Ino did. Sasuke only scoffed.

"Otousan, you have given me the responsibility of the interviews and I am simply doing my job. Refusing the incompetent."

Sakura gasped silently, but Ino only sighed. Surprisingly, the man who owned the whole empire only gave a good natured laugh and patted his son on the back. "You still have much to learn."

Sasuke just walked away. Sakura stared after him curious and angry. She turned to look at her friend and the big guy who had just appeared. She smiled nervously. The man extended his huge hand toward her. He shook her hand and smiled.

"Welcome to the Uchiha Corporation. I'm sure you'll do fine under the guidance of hardworking Ino here."

Ino and Sakura looked at each other, both beaming with joy. Ino blushed at the compliment. The man then walked away leaving the girls. Sakura glowed with happiness. In her mind, however, she wondered about the coldhearted and mysterious son of the great Uchiha-sama, but pushed it to the back of her mind because she had just gotten the job!