(a/n: Hi! Welcome to my new fic! This is my second SasuSaku fanfiction! It doesn't mean that I won't be finishing my other fic, I will XD. So sit back, relax and enjoy!)
Summary: Orochimaru wanted Sakura to heal his hands, in exchange; he will return Sasuke to Konoha. Will Sakura agree?
Chapter One: Decisions
"Sakura-sama, is this it?"
She lifted her head up, and looked at the Kyuubi Boy. She nodded. "Yes, it is." She breathed, and then looked down at the item she was holding. Her team had killed the man. He had stolen Konoha's top-secret Medicine Scroll. The Godaime-sama had ordered Sakura, her teammate, and Team Gai to go with her. She was thankful. Tsunade had ordered them to call Sakura, Sakura-sama. Too be honest, she was a bit uncomforted. Naruto bend down, he took out a kunai from his pocket. Pausing slightly, he cut off the man's hair. "Is this alright?" He held it up. Sakura nodded firmly. "She should be satisfied."
Sakura tossed the scroll in the air, and then easily caught it again. "Let's go. It's nearly dark. Tsunade-shishou wants us back before the sunsets." She blinked, and looked behind her.
"Sakura-sama, what's wrong?" Lee asked. Sakura looked wearily behind her, a faint frown on her face. "It's nothing…" She replied. "Let's go…" Her teammates nodded curtly, before they rose and disappeared.
"Youshi… Good work." Tsunade said finally, after checking the scroll and the hair. Her light brown eyes showed relieve. Then she smiled. "Second time doing a A-Rank mission?" They nodded. Uchiha Sasuke had gone with Orochimaru nearly three years ago. Godaime told Team Gai that if Sakura and Naruto go on a mission, they must go with them. Two people weren't enough. "You're all dismissed."
They headed for the door; Godaime blinked then called out to her student. "Sakura! I want a word." Sakura nodded, closing the door quietly behind her. She walked towards her Shishou. "Yes?" Tsunade sat back on her chair once again. She sipped her coffee and sighed. "Sakura, I want you to take the Jounin Exam in the beginning of next year."
"Eh? So quick?" Sakura asked in surprise, a small smile appeared on her tired face. Tsunade nodded. "I think you're strong enough to be a Jounin. From now on, you must train hard." Sakura looked down, closing her eyes and then nodded. "I understand." Tsunade smiled. "You're a good girl Sakura." Then her expression changed.
"Shishou?" Sakura asked.
"Sakura, you must know" Tsunade said, frowning. "That some of us had seen Orochimaru around Konoha." Sakura felt her legs go weak, she opened her mouth to speak, but no words came out. "O-Orochimaru?" She managed. She suddenly felt really cold. It was weird; it wasn't winter.
Tsunade closed her eyes. "I think he wants the scroll you just carried." Sakura sank back to the chair, inhaling deeply. Her head was throbbing. Godaime looked at Sakura seriously into her sad emerald eyes. "Sakura, you must bring Sasuke back." Sakura blinked. "Just me?"
"With Naruto." Tsunade said. "You two were once his teammates. You probably would stop him." Sakura shook her head madly. "He won't come back! He won't!" She found herself covering her mouth with her hand, sobbing quietly. Godaime sighed, placing a comfort hand on her thin shoulder. "Sakura, you must. You have to try." It took a while for her to calm down. She stood up slowly. "I'll think about it…"
The Godaime gazed at her student. Then sighed. "Okay, I'll give you two days of time. Please think over. It's for the best. You do wish for Uchiha Sasuke to come back to Konoha right? Orochimaru is recently trying to take over Sasuke body. I won't allow that." Sakura looked down sadly. Sasuke-kun…
"Do you still love him?" Tsunade asked softly, unable to look at her in the eye. Sakura clenched her fists, without waiting for another question, she ran out of the office. Tsunade watched her disappear.
Sakura stared at her childhood picture with Team Seven. She touched the surface where Sasuke was; she looked at him, and then looked at her. Sighing heavily, she placed the picture on her desk as usual. Sakura sat on her bed, looking up at the dark ceiling. It had been nearly three years. She closed her eyes, the silence was killing her, and she smoothed her pink hair. Sakura was unhappy when she discovered Naruto told her Sasuke is not coming back. He will never come back. She clutched both of her hands on her chest. She admitted that she really missed him.
Without any thought, she grabbed her jacket and ran downstairs. "Okaa-san! I'm going to be out!" She called out before slamming the door behind her.
Naruto wasn't there when she reached his house. It was empty. She opened the door, and pushed it open. Sakura looked around, and turned on the lights. She stared; the room was a mess, clothes everywhere. She smiled slightly, running a hand through her hair. Living alone is not that easy. Her smile faded when she saw their Team Seven picture was facing down on the table. Taking steps forward, her fingertips touched the frame lightly, and she lifted it up. Sadness rushed over her. Why…? Did he want to forget about him as well? She placed the picture beside his bed, wiping the dust away with her sleeve.
She walked by the door, and closed it behind her.
Not to her surprise, Naruto was in the ramen shop, eating. She grinned as she saw stacks of bows on the table. The other customers were staring at him with disbelieve. Naruto raised his arm, and yelled. It seemed like 'Give me another one!' Sakura smiled and placed a hand on his shoulder. His face turned, "Ah! Sakura-chan! You're here to eat ramen too?" Sakura shook her head, still smiling, taking a seat down beside him. "Naruto, you're scaring the customers. You shouldn't eat that much. It's made for the stomach."
"You always say that. Just because you're a medicine ninja, doesn't mean I can't eat. You're nearly as bad as Tsunade-baachan." Naruto pulled a face, and turned back to his ramen. Sakura laughed, and turned to the man. "I'll have one as well." She turned to Naruto, and cleared her throat. "Naruto, listen up. I'm here to tell you something important." Naruto nodded, without looking at her, continuing to eat his noodles.
"U-Uchiha Sasuke is back." She managed. The other customers gave her a startling look, and rushed out of the shop as quick as they could. She didn't blame them. Sasuke was a disgrace for Konoha. Naruto choked, he nearly spit the food out. It took him a couple of minutes to swallow., and stood up furiously. "What? He's back?" Sakura put both of her hands on his shoulders, using all her strength to pull him down on the seat. "We're not sure yet. Shishou said some of us saw Orochimaru. So our mission to bring Uchiha Sasuke back." Her voice was shaky.
"Why can't Neji and Lee go?" Naruto mumbled.
"Naruto, we were once his teammates." Sakura said softly. Her noodle was served. She picked up her chopsticks, and slowly, she began to eat.
"Na, na, Sakura-chan. D-Do you still love him?" Naruto asked quietly, unable to look at her in the eye. Sakura stopped eating, dropped her chopsticks. Her face darkened.
"G-Gomen! I didn't mean that." Naruto said quickly, and stared back at his ramen. Sakura took a sip of the water. "Naruto, it doesn't really matter if I'm still in love with him or not. All we have to do is to bring Uchiha Sasuke back before Orochimaru takes advantage."
"Sakura-chan, why do you call him by the full name?"
"It doesn't matter!" Sakura said sharply. She placed a hand on her forehead. "S-Sorry, I shouldn't shout like that. I'm just really tired." She quickly finished her meal, and stood up. Placing the money on the table, she bowed slightly to the man, who nodded back to her. "Ah, Naruto, please keep this a secret. It is for the best." Naruto nodded solemnly. "Please meet at the bridge tomorrow morning seven sharp. Don't be late."
Tomorrow… Sakura clutched the picture in her hands, and stared blankly at the walls. She didn't know if she really wanted to see him or not. Would she break into tears, or hit him with her strength? Would he come back willingly, or attack Naruto and her? I'm so nervous… Sakura could feel her heart pounding against her chest. Seeing him would be too much for her. Shishou shouldn't have told me. She stared at her picture, tears landed on surface of the picture. She blinked, and wiped the tears away with her sleeve. No, I can't cry in front him. I won't, I won't.
She leaned back and lay on her bed. I don't think I'll survive. She closed her eyes. After a few minutes she fell asleep.
"Please, Sasuke-kun, don't go." Sakura cried out, grabbing him by his sleeve, tears falling from her eyes. "Don't go. Please. Stay here." He turned his head, looking at her. "I will not. I'm an avenger. If I stay in Konoha, it won't bring me any good." He released his sleeve. "Go back to sleep, Sakura."
"But I love you! I won't be happy if you're not here!" Sakura called out, crying.
Sasuke turned around, smirking. "You're annoying as usual."
Sakura opened her eyes, and sat up. She placed a hand on her forehead, panting. She hadn't had that dream in two years. She shook her head, and got up from the bed. Walking down the stairs quietly, she entered the kitchen and poured herself a cup of water. She raised the cup and drank. I hope tomorrow will be okay.
To be continued...
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